12 Can't-Miss Events in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is so much more than the glamour of Hollywood award shows and lazy beach days. Check out the best events in LA all year long, from a Mexican-wrestling-themed Valentine’s Day celebration to retro Christmas fun!

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Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Mikey Roe tries the super spicy wings at Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown. 960 1280

  

25 Degrees

25 Degrees

The grilled cheese and onion rings at 25 Degrees, a 5-star burger joint that calls the Roosevelt Hotel its home. 960 1280

  

25 Degrees

25 Degrees

The #1 burger at 25 Degrees, with its toasted brioche bun, caramelized onions, 2-cheese blend, Thousand Island dressing, arugula and bacon, is a knockout. 960 1280

  

Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Mikey at Dan Sung Sa, K-town’s greatest pojanmacha — a term that loosely translates to “gastropub”. 960 1280

  

Berri's Pizza Café

Berri's Pizza Café

Mikey and the Feed the Beast crew look over footage at Berri's Pizza Café, which is a quiet little Italian joint by day, but a veritable club by night – complete with mood lighting and techno music. 960 1280

  

Berri's Pizza Café

Berri's Pizza Café

The avocado pizza at Berri's Pizza Café, with its thin, crispy-yet-foldable crust and gooey, drippy cheese, is as close to New York pizza as it gets in Hollywood. 960 1280

  

Cole's

Cole's

A turkey, cheese and pastrami sandwich with a pickle at Cole's, a downtown landmark that turns out its classic sandwiches (with pork, lamb or beef) late into the night. 960 1280

  

Cole's

Cole's

The oldest pub in the city, Cole’s is also the only place serving up a French dip until 2 a.m. 960 1280

  

Cole's

Cole's

You can’t go wrong with a grilled cheese late at night -- especially this grilled cheese with barbecue sauce at Cole's. 960 1280

  

San Gennaro Italian Festival

San Gennaro Italian Festival

Mikey happens upon the San Gennaro Italian Festival on the corner of Hollywood and Highland, where he finds some authentic meatballs and ravioli. 960 1280

  

Mayflower Hotel

Mayflower Hotel

The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
Eliot Spitzer's infamous, resignation-inducing hook-up in Room 871 with prostitute Ashley Dupre earned the Mayflower instant notoriety. But it wasn't the first celebrity scandal in the hotel's colorful past. President Clinton was photographed publically embracing Monica Lewinksy at a 1996 campaign event here, and House prosecutors later interviewed Lewinsky in the Presidential Suite before Clinton's impeachment trial.
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Washington Hilton

Washington Hilton

Washington Hilton
Right outside the Washington Hilton, President Reagan was shot in the lung at the hand of mentally ill John Hinckley Jr. in 1981 after giving a speech at the hotel. The action was fueled by Hinckley Jr.'s obsession with Jodie Foster. It is thought that he was playing out a scene in Taxi Driver where a deranged man tried to murder a politician to win the actress's character over (we don't recommend this technique to woo a woman). Needless to say, he was deemed insane and is now in an asylum.
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Wardman Park Hotel

Wardman Park Hotel

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel is known for war-time celebrity scandals. Just before the U.S. entered World War II, a British Spy using the name Cynthia used the hotel as a base while spying on the French Vichy Embassy. Considered a swallow ' a person who uses sexuality during war-time to gain information ' her flirtatious nature worked to her advantage and she was able to access top-secret documents during her stay at the Marriott.
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The Jefferson

The Jefferson

The Jefferson
This elite D.C. boutique is named after a founding father with an ignonimious sex life, so it's only fitting that it was the scene of a salacious modern-day political sex scandal. Strategist Dick Morris resigned in 1996 after a woman claimed he paid her for sex at The Jefferson. The event was made more famous after it was reported that during their rendezvous he sucked her toes and allowed her to listen in on his phone with President Clinton (we're hoping not at the same time).
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The Hay Adams

The Hay Adams

The Hay Adams
One of the oldest and most historical hotels in the District, the Hay-Adams has certainly seen some celebrity scandals during its time. The most notorious occurred in 1989 when Carl 'Spitz' Channell, known as an extremely conservative right-wing activist, held a fundraiser at the hotel to fund weapons for Nicaraguan rebels. He later pled guilty to charges relating to the Iran-Contra-Affair.
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MGM Grand

MGM Grand

MGM Grand Hotel and Casino
Although his multiple (and we mean multiple) affairs did not surface until 2009, Tiger Woods was allegedly cheating on wife as early as one year into their 2004 marriage. The first of his many mistresses to come forward, Jaimee Grubbs said that she met Woods in 2007 at a Las Vegas nightclub. After asking her over to his table, Woods invited Grubbs back to his suite at the MGM Grand -- a night which resulted in an 18-month affair (and numerous dropped endorsements).
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Four Seasons New York

Four Seasons New York

Four Seasons New York
Apparently steroids aren't Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez's only vice: He has reportedly entertained a number of high-class prostitutes at this swanky establishment while still married -- ladies supplied to him by none other than former New York governor Eliot Spitzer's madame of choice, Kristin Davis.
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Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont
Jessica Simpson may act like a ditzy blonde, but she had to know what she was getting into with this one -- in 2004, while she was still married to Nick Lachey, Simpson allegedly starting hooking up with Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine at the Chateau Marmont. Shortly after the divorce was finalized, she was photographed leaving the hotel wearing Levine's shirt.
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Loews Regency

Loews Regency

Loews Regency
This family-friendly luxury hotel on the Upper East Side hardly seems like a place for sleazy encounters, but that didn't stop Rielle Hunter from propositioning John Edwards after spotting him at the Regency hotel bar. Elizabeth Edwards wrote in her book, Resilience, that Rielle "wait[ed] for him outside the hotel hours later when he returned from a dinner, wait[ed] with the come-on line, 'You are so hot.'" And we all know where that led...
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Soho Grand Hotel

Soho Grand Hotel

Soho Grand Hotel
Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and singer Ashlee Simpson may be married now, but a drunken outburst by Ashlee revealed that the pairing didn't start quite so innocently. Simpson reportedly screamed at Pete's confused ex Michelle Trachtenberg, "I hope you know, the whole time you were dating Pete, I was [bleep]ing him!" And where did this illicit bleeping begin? At none other than the Soho Grand Hotel, hubby Pete said on the Howard Stern Show.
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Carlyle A Rosewood Hotel

Carlyle A Rosewood Hotel

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
For celebrity lovers trying to avoid being plastered all over the tabloids, the Carlyle might be their best bet. Its expert discretion -- photos aren't even allowed in the restaurants when there are people present -- has earned the historic hotel its status as a vault to some of the city's biggest secrets. Even JFK and Marilyn Monroe reportedly trusted their affair to the Carlyle. And unlike other couples on this list, their notorious rendezvous was never conclusively proven.
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Georgian Hotel

Georgian Hotel

The Georgian Hotel
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard worked together on the set of No Man on her Own in 1932, but sparks didn't fly until 4 years later, when they reconnected at a gala. The then-married Gable had to keep things hush-hush, so the pair secretly met at The Georgian Hotel -- until they were outed in a scandalous article, Hollywood's Unmarried Husbands and Wives. Gable divorced his wife and married Lombard in 1939.
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Beverly Hills Hotel

Beverly Hills Hotel

The Beverly Hills Hotel
The Beverly Hills Hotel's secluded bungalows are a favorite with Hollywood heavy-hitters hiding their secret affairs. Howard Hughes kept 4 bungalows at the hotel -- 2 as decoys, 1 for him and his wife, and 1 for his mistress of the hour. Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, after meeting on the set of Woman of the Year, lived together in Tracy's bungalow for the majority of the 1940's and 50's, even though Tracy never divorced his wife.
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Sunset Strip

Sunset Strip

The mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard, better known as Sunset Strip, passes through West Hollywood, extending from Hollywood on Harper Avenue to Beverly Hills at Sierra Drive. 960 1280

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Capitol Records Building

Capitol Records Building

The Capitol Records Tower, located in the Hollywood Boulevard commercial and entertainment district on Vine Street, was built in 1956, and is considered one of the city's historic landmarks. 960 1280

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame, located near the Kodak Theatre, consists of more then 2,000 celebrity permanent public monuments (stars) on more than 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. 960 1280

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The Viper Room

The Viper Room

The always-popular Viper Room nightclub on Sunset Strip, which opened in 1993, was once partly owned by Johnny Depp, and is infamous for the drug-related death of actor River Phoenix. 960 1280

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Kodak Theatre

Kodak Theatre

Located in the Hollywood and Highland Center shopping mall and entertainment complex on Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue, the Kodak Theatre was built in 2001 and is the first permanent home of the Academy Awards. 960 1280

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Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign

The iconic Hollywood Sign, which is about 45 feet high and 350 feet wide, was created in 1923. 960 1280

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Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont

Modeled after a French chateau in France's Loire Valley, the Chateau Marmont was built in 1927. Chateau Marmont has been referenced in songs, seen on album covers and has been a high-end place to crash for some of the biggest celebrity party animals. 960 1280

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Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Located on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theatre has played host to many of the biggest movie premieres. 960 1280

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Hand and Footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Hand and Footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Quite possibly the most revered "blonde" in history, Marilyn Monroe left her handprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre after the release of her movie Gentleman Prefer Blondes in 1953. 960 1280

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Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl

Seating almost 18,000 people, the Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural amphitheater in the US, and is set against the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills. 960 1280

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Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive

If shopping is what you fancy, there is no better place in Hollywood than Rodeo Drive. The 3-block stretch is lined with boutiques and shops: Versace, Prada and Jimmy Choo, to name a few. 960 1280

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Paramount Studios

Paramount Studios

Founded in 1912, Paramount Studios on Melrose Avenue is America's oldest existing film studio and the only remaining major film studio in Hollywood.
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Hollywood Forever

Hollywood Forever

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery located on Santa Monica Boulevard is the final resting place for some of Hollywood's most talented. It was founded in 1899 and, on the verge of bankruptcy in 1998, was bought, restored and refurbished by Tyler Cassity of Forever Enterprises. It is still active today. 960 1280

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The Beverly Hills Hotel

The Beverly Hills Hotel

Referred to by some as just "The Hotel," the Beverly Hills Hotel opened in 1912 as the first building in the greater area, and is partly responsible for the creation of the surrounding city of Beverly Hills.
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Mammoth Tragedy at La Brea Tar Pits

Mammoth Tragedy at La Brea Tar Pits

While excavating in the La Brea Tar Pits in order to build an underground parking garage for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art next door, a nearly intact woolly mammoth skeleton was discovered. It is now on display at George C. Page Museum on Wilshire Boulevard. 960 1280

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