Los Angeles has long been know for it’s busy art scene and entrepreneur culture. Along with that, how could we forget it’s buzzing performing arts industry for film, music, special effects, make-up and television – all amazing creative fields. If you find yourself in the City of Angels, be sure to soak in some of the artistic experiences below…
10 Unique Artistic Experiences to Have in Los Angeles
1. Venture Down Melrose Avenue
Melrose Avenue is the alternative hub of Hollywood (Starting at Santa Monica Blvd and ending between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood), and with that comes a grungy artistic vibes channeling into boutique fashion labels, never-before seen accessories, boutique tattoo parlours, mural street art and independent galleries.
Collect those snaps for Instagram in front of the famous murals of LA..
On Sundays you’ll also find the famous ‘Melrose Trading Post’ Flea market, which has provided a big opportunity for 250+ artists and collectors to show their wares. If you are all about “collecting those snaps” for Instagram in front of the famous murals of LA, then you’ll be sure to find a number of them here in Melrose Avenue.
Location: Melrose Drive, Los Angeles
Open: Daytime Hours
Cost: Free to walk around
Experience with a local: $39 USD // Let locals, Natalie & Javiar, show you around the ‘Must-see’ murals in downtown L.A and Melrose Drive. Link here.
2. Visit Venice Beach Skate Park & Board Walk
This is where you see possibly some of the coolest people on the planet, rocking their skater lifestyles. Around the skate park coolness there is a number of cone shaped pillars with some sick-as street art to admire. Soak up the creative vibes of the chilled out crowd and be inspired to create some free-flowing Californian masterpieces.
Location: 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Open: 7am – 7.30pm, best time to go would be late morning or afternoon
Cost: Free to walk around
Experience with a local: $30 USD // Capture the spirit of Venice beach with local photographer, Walter. Link here.
3. Appreciate the Performing Arts
You can’t avoid the movie industry in Los Angeles, but why would you want to! You can visit a number of the operating film studios such as Paramount Studios, Warner Bros and Universal Studios, all complete with an opportunity to see behind the scenes of where movies are made and have some fun!
There are also many theatre shows, comedy clubs and performances to see and experiences
There are also many theatre shows, comedy clubs and performances to see and experiences with professional singers, actors and dancers if that’s your thing! One of the most famous places to see some classic comedy acts is at ‘The Comedy Store’, opened in 1972 in West Hollywood.
Paramount Studios: 9am – 8.30pm // 5515 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Warner Bros Studios: 8.30am – 4.30pm // 3400 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA
Universal Studios: 10am – 7pm // 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA
The Comedy Store: 7pm – 2am // 8433 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Experience with a Local: $100 USD // A private acting coach workshop with Michael, an award winning actor and filmmaker, and owner of Glowstick Bay Studios. Link Here.
4. Discover Special Effects & Make-up for Film
The art of special visual and sound effects is very interesting, professional artists use unusual techniques to achieve what we think looks easy or digitally modified. You will be able to learn about the Hollywood art of special effects at the film studio tours, but for a more in-depth look, try one of the below experiences. There are small groups or one-on-one sessions with a local.
Create Hollywood Sound Effects: $65 USD // with Adam, one of 40 Foley Artists working in Hollywood today. He has worked on TV shows such as Orange Is the New Black, Designated Survivor, Double Dare!, The Middle, and GLOW. Link here
Experience Hollywood by Green Screen: $50 USD // with Tony, a successful executive producer for TV and Radio for the past 30 years, currently based in Hollywood California. Link Here.
Red Carpet Make-Up Workshop: $35 USD // with Brian, who is a Hollywood makeup artist with more than 20 years of beauty experience, doing make-up for celebrities and actresses for Red Carpet events. Link here.
5. Enjoy the Colourful Venice Canals
Not many people know it, but Venice was named after the European city of Venice because it actually does have a few streets of canals behind the beach area (the main one being Canal Street). It’s a great place to go for a stroll, as it is generally quiet and there is so much colourful quirky-ness to soak in! The houses are all painted bright colours with funny garden accents, painted canoes and giant flamingo floats.
This really is a fabulous place to sit and sketch, paint or wander around and enjoy photography.
Location: Start in Canal Street, Venice, CA 90292
Open: 24hours, it is a residential area, so respect the neighbors!
6. Stroll the Rose Bowl Flea Market
The Rose Bowl Flea Market is very iconic in California as being the largest and most famous, with celebrities and interior designers frequenting the stalls to find unique wares for decorating their homes and wearing on the red carpet. It is located a little out of the city centre in Pasadena (Hello Uber!), but totally worth the trip.
I’ve been to A LOT of flea markets around the world and I have to say that this has been one of the most impressive!
There are stalls all the way around the stadium, filtering into the nearby paddock and all around the grounds. My tip would be to arrive early, bring plenty of water in summer (as it gets very hot!), pack some food (as the food is limited and expensive) and bring cash if you are planning to shop.
Have an idea of what you might be looking for before going, as there are sections within the market for new handmade goods, antique home wares, rugs, furniture, vintage clothing, vintage accessories, western clothing and boots.
Location: 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103
Open: Sundays Only, 9am to 3pm
Cost: Entry is 7am $16 / 8am $13 / 9am $10 USD
7. Visit the Broad Gallery in Downtown
This place is heaven for inspiration! The Broad is a contemporary art gallery in L.A Downtown, only recently opened in 2015. It has quickly become the new favourite gallery and is inside a stunning $140 million-dollar building. The board hosts over 2,000 pieces of contemporary art by more than 200 artists.
Location: 221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Open: Closed Monday, Tuesday to Wednesday 11am – 5pm, Thursday to Friday 11am – 8pm, Saturday 10am -8pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm
Cost: Free to see permanent collections, Exhibition Entry Varies.
8. Explore the Good Vibes at Pacific Fair
Walking down Pacific Fair is on everyone’s L.A bucket list for good reason! It is a whirl of colour, lights and the smell of freshly cooked churros! Enjoy the good vibes and gather some colour palette ideas from the bright umbrellas, fair grounds and street stalls.
Location: 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Open: Pacific Fair Park, Open Monday – Thursday 11am to 8pm, Friday – Saturday 11am to 12am, Sunday 11am to 9pm
Cost: Free to walk around
9. Attend the LACMA Gallery
LACMA (Los Angeles county Museum of Art), is LA’s largest gallery space and is located along the museum mile in downtown. It has more than 150,000 artworks to feast your eyes on, including Monet and Picasso as well as modern works and artifacts from history until present. Outside the museum is also a public sculpture ‘Urban Lights’ by Chris Burden.
Location: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Open: 11am – 5pm, Closed Wednesdays
Cost: $25 Admission for Adults, $21 Students, Free after 3pm for L.A Residents
10. Admire the Architecture of the Disney Concert Hall
This is one building you don’t want to miss seeing! It’s designed by the same dude (Frank Gehry), who also designed the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain. It’s mesmerizing sheets on metal reflect all kinds of light and play an illusion on your eyes, looking like the sails of a boat in the wind. Tours are available inside also, but really the main inspiration is all about the architecture.
It’s mesmerizing sheets on metal reflect all kinds of light…
Have an amazing artistic time in Los Angeles, Wishing you Creativity + Adventure Everyday!
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