Looking for an insider's view on things to do? We've tapped our in-the-know staff for their picks on L.A.'s best events and experiences. Enjoy!
Let's face it, La La Land offers plenty of intoxicating experiences. This month, discover the allure of different art eras—from French Impressionism to 90's pop—with immersive experiences designed to induce rhapsody.
Find yourself transported to the whimsical, revelrous ambiance of France’s most famous Impressionist paintings. This week, The Getty will host a lecture and four-course champagne tasting event that explores Édouard Manet’s depictions of 19th-century Paris. Grab tickets for the evening of Wednesday, January 8 or Friday, January 10. If you miss it, you can still explore The Getty collections and find yourself intoxicated by Manet’s brushstrokes.
At the end of the month and through the spring, you can take things from intoxicated to “Toxic”. A long-awaited Britney Spears pop-up event will finally arrive in La Brea, just 2 miles from Le Parc Suites. “The Zone” is designed to stimulate all of your senses so that you can completely slip into Britney’s music video worlds. From “Oops… I Did it Again” to the infamous Burmese python of “I’m a Slave 4 U”, everything Britney will be covered in 60-90 minutes, thanks to the work of award-winning production designers. Tickets are required and the exhibit is open every day except Tuesday, from January 31 through April 26.
Amidst the holiday festivities in LA during the month of December, sometimes all you need is a serene moment to get centered. Tucked away in Beverly Hills just 2 miles from Le Parc Suites, Greystone Mansion is the spot for this type of respite.
Owned by the City of Beverly Hills and considered to be among California’s most luxurious residences south of Hearst Castle, this estate is a gem to behold. It’s also an iconic location, featured in Hollywood films such as The Big Lebowski and The Social Network.
Landscape with formal English gardens, the grounds are open to the public every day this month (except on Christmas Day). Come for a stroll and savor some moments of peace in the hills above the city.
The mansion itself is closed to the public, aside from private events. December 7 and 8, for example, you can experience the “Joy to the Holidays” event at the mansion, which involves everything you’d expect from a traditional holiday fest (cookie-making, crafts, vendors, Santa) along with a concert in the formal garden.
If you have your eyes on the new year, you can also purchase tickets (only $20!) to the next “Music in the Mansion” event on January 19.
Just around the corner from Le Parc Suite Hotel, you’ll find Pacific Design Center—a renowned institution for showcasing design, conferences, film screenings, and more. This month brings about the inaugural exhibition at the PDC Design Gallery: “SUPERSHOW”.
Running until February 23, 2020, this colorful exhibition features the work of Los Angeles-based artists known as “Fallen Fruit” (aka David Allen Burns and Austin Young).
Using the subject of fruit as a cultural object, the artists present visually delicious installations. Among recontextualized materials such as textiles, plates, and framed pieces, "SUPERSHOW" will include a new wallpaper pattern created just for Los Angeles, one-of-a-kind refinished vintage furniture pieces and found objects. Combined with extensive floral motifs, the show holds the kind of artistic eye-candy that will get your creative juices flowing and make you want to adorn your home in colorful produce.
The PDC Design Gallery is free and open to the public, so you can stroll over enjoy this vibrant, full-bodied exhibition any time between 12 pm-5 pm Tuesday through Sunday.
Rainbows and Stars
LA comes alive with cultural events during the fall, and art installations and concerts are not hard to come by. Below are a few highlights in Hollywood.
A queer, Jewish female artist, Laurie Shapiro debuts her “Alchemy Tunnel” installation at Radiant Space in Hollywood this month. While the opening reception was quickly sold out, you’ll still have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the installation on Saturdays from 12-3 pm from October 12 through November 23. You can also purchase tickets to special events within the installation over the next few weeks: partake in a sound bath, enjoy a vegan meal, or see a comedy show inside the floor-to-ceiling rainbows and patterns. Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite color of the rainbow, but you’ll have to remove your shoes.
If you’re in town on October 19, head to the Hollywood Bowl for “We Can Survive”. You’ll have the pleasure of witnessing contemporary mega-stars like Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Lizzo, and more. This annual concert is 97.1 AMP Radio’s breast cancer research benefit show. There’s nothing like catching a star-studded lineup for an important cause.
The Real Equinox: Hike into the Harvest Moon
For a lot of LA locals, there’s a plea to wake me up when September starts. Summer tourism can be heavy in combination with the heat. As the beaches grow less crowded, the water stays warm and September brings long days of late summer that are perfect for a sunset hike. Le Parc Suites is located near the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, so opportunities for stretching your legs abound.
You don’t have to follow the Instagram models to Runyon Canyon. There are so many options for getting outside, capturing an expansive view (and maybe a glamour shot or two), and enjoying the SoCal sun leading up to the autumnal equinox.
You can cruise up to Mulholland Drive for a breathtaking view from Nancy Hoover Pohl Overlook at Fryman Canyon. From there, stroll over to the Autry Overlook for another perspective. Relieve your furry friend at the 3-acre off-leash dog park nearby, known as Laurel Canyon Park.
If you really want to explore the great outdoors, head to the actual geographic heart of LA: the 605-acre sprawling Franklin Canyon Park. You’ll find over 5 miles of trails, plentiful picnic areas, a lake, a duck pond, and a nature center. The best part? You can enjoy the park with your leashed pup in tow on the Hastain Trail. Afterward, come up for a splash in the rooftop pool!
Food Art, Ecological Music, and a Space Symphony
If you’re looking for more than a languorous LA beach day during the month of August, we’ve curated a few quirky events: spacey music in lush gardens, a cosmic experience at the Hollywood Bowl, and a fascinating, food-inspired art exhibition.
Mother Earth’s Plantasia: On August 10 and 11, head to the nearby Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden in Westwood to shop for unique houseplants while enjoying a listening party of Mort Garson’s 1976 spacey synth album. This is more than just an auditory experience—you’ll encounter a botanical feedback system that generates lightscapes throughout the garden. If you can’t make it for this special event, the 7.5-acre living museum (that focuses on the diversity and evolution of plant life) is open every day for a walk through the winding paths.
Offal: Featuring 44 LA artists, this exhibition seeks to unpack and celebrate the city of Los Angeles’ relationship to diversity and food in all of its forms. Head to Barnsdall Art Park & Hollyhock House from August 15 through September 29.
America in Space: At the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday, August 15, celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the first man on the moon with a transcendent program of lunar film clips—from Hollywood films to archival footage—accompanied by the LA Philharmonic.
A Star-Studded Summer
SoCal sizzles in the summertime, and balmy July evenings are the perfect time to chill outside. This month, catch a flick or dance the night away in LA’s parks.
On Saturdays into September, the Eat|See|Hear Outdoor Movie series offers film screenings in LA parks. The events include food trucks and are dog-friendly. Prepare to be dazzled by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca on July 13 at Griffith Park, or crack up with Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino for Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion on July 20 at LA State Historic Park. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. Doors open at 5:30 pm, live music plays at 7 pm, and the movie starts at 8:30 pm.
Head to Downtown LA for an evening of dancing under—and maybe even with—the stars. Through August 30, 2019, Dance DTLA hosts Friday night dance lessons alongside a live band or DJ. Explore the genres and show off your moves at these free events. In July, you can try your toes at tango or get your groove on to disco.
Pride & Other Wild Times
A wild kick-off to summer is always welcome in LA. Whether you want to flaunt your pride or dig into your earthy side, we’re highlighting a couple of colorful events during the month of June.
LA Pride is one of the biggest pride events in the country and you’ll have easy access to the festival at West Hollywood Park, less than a mile away from Le Parc Suites. The atmosphere is both good-natured and raucous, and there will be no shortage of dazzling performances by divas, drag queens, and DJs. There will be events throughout the whole first week of June but the free parade will take place on Sunday, June 9 between 11 am and 2 pm along Santa Monica Boulevard.
If you’re looking for something to do that’s quite literally wild, check out the June events at the LA Zoo near Griffith Observatory. You can celebrate World Ocean Day at the Aquarium on June 8, sip merlot among the monkeys at the Sustainable Wine + Dinner series on June 27, or get down to disco and drink specialty cocktails in an open-air glamping lounge during the 21+ Roaring Nights that kick-off on June 28.
Garden Variety Getaways
May flowers are here in sunny southern California. Celebrate the season’s floral abundance right here in the city.
The Getty Center always makes for a fascinating day, but venture a little farther to the Getty Villa for an afternoon garden tour every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 2:30 pm. This 40-minute tour highlights the rich mythological connections of the four Roman gardens.
Head just 3 miles into Beverly Hills for a blooming sensation: the Virginia Robinson Gardens. This refined estate is the perfect little escape from the urban grid and is known as a hidden gem by locals. The gardens include rare varieties such as albino hibiscus along with California favorites like poppies and lavender. There’s also no shortage of Beverly Hills history. The grand pool in front of the guest quarters was once frequented by Grace Kelly and is highly Instagram-worthy. Also of note is the tennis court where Charlie Chaplin played his final match.
Events Galore: LA Outdoors
April brings longer days and ideal weather for outdoor fun in La La Land. We’ve rounded up an assortment of events for our epicureans, tree huggers, and even travelers with canine companions.
On April 7, head to the Rose Bowl for a taste of some of LA’s finest bars, restaurants, and dessert shops at Masters of Taste luxury food festival.
For an early Earth Day celebration, head to Grand Park in Downtown LA on April 11 for green living demos (including electric vehicles) and activities (yoga boot camp).
If you want to make a sustainable mark on LA, join the Friends of the Los Angeles River’s annual cleanup. The effort will tackle different parts of the river on April 13, 20, and 27. Work hard, but play hard too: the event will include live music performances, gift giveaways, family activities, and refreshments.
We can’t forget our guests with furry friends in tow. PAWSAPALOOZA Festival & Marketplace will celebrate all things canine on April 20 in West Hollywood. Grab that leash and enjoy pet-friendly products, a costume contest, food trucks, drinks, and treats galore.
Tour Melrose Avenue
A huge part of visiting the Los Angeles area (and West Hollywood in particular) is “see-it-yourself tourism.”
Travelers spin through their Rolodex of film memory and begin to check off the sights and landmarks from their favorite movies and T.V. shows. Melrose Avenue is among the most popular West Hollywood destinations, in part, because of the hit 90’s soap opera Melrose Place, now a modern cult classic. Fans will be surprised, however, when they visit Melrose Avenue to find a bustling network of conceptual clothing shops, designers, film studios, urban hangouts, and eateries instead of the quiet residential block represented in the show.
Perhaps the most unique “surprise” found on Melrose is the Melrose Trading Post, an open-air market for hard-to-find vintage collectibles and eclectic handmade wares from vendors all over the city. The Trading Post is open every Sunday, rain or shine, and asks a $5 admission to benefit the Greenway Arts Alliance, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reconnect the city through art. Be sure to stop by the market when you take your Melrose Avenue stroll.
What You Didn’t Know About the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Regarded as one of Los Angeles’s most-visited locations, this iconic landmark has a storied past, draped in glamour, talent, and the love of the fans avidly awaiting the rise of their favorite celebrity’s star.
What you don’t know about the Hollywood Walk of Fame will thrill and surprise you as you plan your stroll down the Walk which lies only a few blocks from our hotel.
There Should Have Been Drawings
When the original idea for the Hollywood Walk of Fame was pitched, it was meant to include caricature drawings of the celebrity. The problem was, the planners and real estate developer, the famed Mr. Hollywood, had already settled on a color scheme for Hollywood Blouvard which would have clashed with the drawings.
Capturing Moments in Hollywood Time
The Walk originated at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland in 1958 and hasn’t changed much in the last several decades, but the surrounding city is in a constant state of reinvention. To commemorate the Walk’s anniversary and our dynamic city, in 2010 the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, accompanied by Bob Barker, placed a large time capsule beneath the inaugural star featuring items they felt reflected L.A. as it existed then. The capsule is scheduled to be opened in 2060.
If you’re a repeat visitor to our city, then you’ll know the sense of déjà vu first-timers sometimes
feelwhen strolling the Walk. Yes, it’s possible you did pass Frank Sinatra’s star two or three times. You may have also seen multiple stars for Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and Bob Hope. There are many celebrities that own more than one star due to nominations in various categories. There’s also a possibility that the star you’re gazing at doesn’t belong to who you think. Consider this when searching for the star of Michael Jackson or Harrison Ford—you wouldn’t want to confuse the King of Pop and the lovable intergalactic rogue with the radio host and silent film star of the forties.
Explore West 3rd Street
Los Angeles is the perfect setting for trendy fashions, eclectic art, and local specialty items that can rarely be found anywhere else.
Hit the streets only a short distance from our hotel to West Third Street, one of our city’s top walkable shopping districts and get the most of your shopping experience. If you are on the hunt for hidden treasures, you’re sure to find them as you stroll through over one hundred shops, eateries, and bars that dominate these six blocks of quintessential L.A. flair.
Third Street’s proximity to fascinating L.A. staples like the original Farmer’s Market and the L.A. County Museum of Art make it a prime spot to spend the day, the night, or anything in between. Once you’re done shopping on West Third Street, stop by The Grove, L.A.’s top entertainment complex for glamorous events, blockbuster movies, and the best in Instagram-ready photo opportunities.
Parade Through the Holiday Season
Take advantage of the gorgeous weather on your West Hollywood vacation this season and head out onto the streets for any one of the city’s festive holiday parades. There are plenty to thrill and entertain every traveler, but we’ve gathered our favorites for you here.
Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
Make your way to the marina on December 8, 2018, for the 56th Annual Boat Parade, a free event showcasing the finest in nautical decoration and holiday spirit. The parade kicks off at 6 p.m., but be sure to stay for the firework show over the water at the end of the night.
The Rose Parade
Founded in 1890, this globally famous parade is now in its 131st year and still going strong. Originally organized to celebrate the beauty of California, the parade has become a worldwide staple in recognizing the New Year as it’s traditionally held on New Year’s Day every year. Featuring hundreds of thousands of flowers, dancers, musicians, and equestrian riders, this historic parade is not to be missed.
3 Awesome Facts You Didn’t Know About the La Brea Tar Pits
West Hollywood boasts mild weather in the month of November which makes it the perfect time to explore the mysterious, yet treasured, historical site, La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. Though a famous attraction, a deluge of misconceptions surround the pits.
An Active Scientific Site
Most visitors tend to think that we’ve learned all there is to know from the tar pits. Not true. This site is highly active. Paleontologists continue to excavate the pits and glean new insights into history, medicine, and even space travel every day!
The Statues Are Not Dinosaurs
Contrary to popular belief, the only fossils found in the tar pits date 11,000 to 50,000 years ago which is just about sixty-five million years after dinosaurs were already extinct. However, a variety of bird species have been found encased in the tar—the dino’s closest living relative.
Only One Human Has Been Found
Popular film and internet would have you believe the tar pits were once the dumping grounds of famous gangsters, renegades, and warring settlers. The opposite is true. No human remains have been discovered since 1914, and that was the ritual funeral burial of a 9,000-year-old girl called La Brea Woman. She was lovingly put to rest with her giant dire wolf.
Must-See West Hollywood Events in October
Whether you're visiting West Hollywood for work or play, we want your visit to our hotel to be as special to you as it is to us. We scared up this year's best events near Le Parc Suites to show the best our city has to offer this Halloween season.
Solar Festival Sunstock
Show your environmental side at this totally solar powered, waste-free music festival only a quick ride down Sunset Blouvlard. Bring your reusable containers and festival gear so you can dance, eat, and drink the night away with a lineup of more than ten local bands. All proceeds benefit Grid Alternatives GLA and construction on new solar power rooftops.
Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
This historic graveyard is the resting place for thousands of yesteryear’s Hollywood elite. In that fashion, Hollywood Forever has partnered with Cinespia to bring your their Halloween film series from October 13th-31st. Bring a blanket, a lawn chair, cooler and picnic beside the mausoleum of the starlets. There will be a prescreening DJ before and after the feature presentation.
Yayoi Kusama at The Broad
Whenever a new museum opens in Los Angeles, it’s
reasonfor celebration. The Broad has been gaining recognition since opening its doors in 2015, and the magnificent installations by Yayoi Kusama have been causing quite a stir.
Spend the day getting acquainted with the stars. Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room immerses viewers into a sparkling pulsating starfield of LED lights. The experience only lasts 45-seconds but the memory will last a lifetime and so will the Instagram-worthy shots. Make your way to the first-floor installation the second you arrive because the wait time can go into the hours. Her newest installation Longing for Eternity is also on view and visitors can peer through a small opening into a LED light-filled chamber for a visual transportation into a complete immersion of boundless transcendence. Kusama was born and raised in Japan and emerged as an artist during the Vietnam era. Her works reach a diverse international audience and her body of work spans over six decades.
Start Your Day on Our Rooftop
Have you experienced our recently remodeled Skydeck yet? We are so excited to welcome you to our new rooftop paradise.
Start your day with a luxurious dip in our inviting pool with the sun just peeking over the horizon. Let go of your worries and socialize with your friends on our poolside loungers shaded by golden umbrellas that pop like fireworks against the crystal blue sky. A lunch of mojitos and farm-to-fabulous gourmet dishes are to follow. Vitamin D is provided by the sun, but all other nurturing comes from us. Spend the day under the glow of the Los Angeles rays and in the best company. So slip into something more comfortable and meet us on the roof. Are you ready to jump in?
Fun Day at Santa Monica Pier
Vacations in Los Angeles are for relaxation and fun. That's why we suggest heading over to Santa Monica for a chill day on the Santa Monica Pier. Start by looking out across the horizon and taking in the breathtaking Pacific Ocean views.
A solar-powered Ferris wheel, roller coaster, and a dozen rides await you. Visit this iconic West Coast spot that has been featured in a myriad of movies such as Quicksand, Forest Gump, Iron Man, A Night at the Roxbury and more. Enjoy the variety of all ages activities with locals and visitors. Our favorite is the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium which houses 100 species of local fish and is run by the nonprofit Heal the Bay. Stay until evening to hear live local bands play. Select from an array of restaurants and pubs that have cold beers and craft cocktails to help you cool off and keep you refreshed. Take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline with the bright moon glistening on the waves or come back during the daytime to enjoy the three-mile stretch of white sand beaches at the State Beach.
Rooftop Cinema Club
Beautiful city views and excellent films are returning for the fourth consecutive year. Rooftop Cinema Club is an elevated outdoor movie experience located at NeueHouse Hollywood and LEVEL. Watch movies al fresco such as Coming to America, Ghostbusters, and Romeo + Juliet with the stars overhead.
Your ticket includes freshly made unlimited popcorn as well as charming lawn chairs and blankets upon request. Shared double deckchairs are a little more expensive but picture-perfect for a romantic date. Catch every line of your favorite flick, with wireless headphones provided by the venue. Los Angeles is the backdrop to a vast array of Hollywood movies-- it only fits to get lost in the cinematic-splendor of a captivating film. Over 30 plus films are being shown, and the series runs until the end of June. For tickets, please click here.
EEEEEATSCON Returns to Santa Monica
Treat the crew to a day of food, music, and inspiration. Le Parc Suite is centrally located, making a day trip to Santa Monica a breeze. Hosted in the Barker Hangar, EEEEEATSCON is returning for the second year. Foodies will rejoice, as the festival is bringing local and cross-country restaurants, award-winning chefs, and talented musicians for one day only, May 19th, 2018.
Imagine a festival where the restaurants are the headliners, and a sample means a full-sized portion. Too good to be true? We agree, but in the words of The Infatuation, “EEEEEATSCONis as much about connecting with a community and getting inspired as it is about eating and being entertained.” Snag scrumptious dumplings from Lunasia Dim Sum House located in San Gabriel Valley, or relish in a slice of pristine pizza from Roberta’s Brooklyn. For tickets and a full lineup, click here.
The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Why Los Angeles is Perfect for Adult Spring Break
Where else can you visit The Museum of Selfies, catch a rooftop movie, and sleep amongst the stars? It’s no secret that Los Angeles is jammed-packed with fun activities. However, we think springtime is the best time.
The combination of the pleasant weather, clear skies, and if you are planning on visiting Disney, shorter lines, makes for a winning situation. To be honest, there are shorter lines for basically all of the tourist attractions and it’s easier to snag coveted restaurant reservations and more. We suggest kicking off your vacation with a night at the Troubadour, located just a stone's throw away from our luxe hotel. Rolling Stones named it “one of the best rock clubs” and we can’t help but agree. Other top activities here include hitting the beach, taking a surf lesson, going hiking, and visiting a museum. Le Parc Suite has always been a hidden favorite for stars and celebrities, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be in on the secret. Celebrate your spring break in the heart of West Hollywood; reserve your room now for guaranteed springtime feels.
Top Three Local Events for March
Visiting in March? Time to explore WeHo like a local. We’ve rounded up our top picks below:
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party, Rock & Reilly’s Irish Pub, March 17th,
Feel the luck of the Irish by heading to the center of the festivities. With over 100 kegs of green beer, traditional foods, games, and DJ’s, it’s sure to be a massive celebration.
Rock & Reilly’s Irish Pub, 8911 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
Chelsey Johnson in Conversation with Carrie Brownstein, Hosted by Book Soup, March, 22nd
Pop in and see Chelsey Johnson discussing her debut book, Stray City, with Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia and Sleater Kinney. A funny and thoughtful book about nuclear families and the choices we make.
Book Soup at City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vincente Blvd, West Hollywood, tickets cost $27 and include a copy of Stray City
Carly and the Universe, The Peppermint Club, March 30th, 8:00 pm
Spend an evening swaying to the off-beat soul influenced setlist from this local Los Angeles band. Their new album is out March 30th. Don’t miss this chance to hear some local tunes.
Peppermint Club, 8713 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood
Surprise Your Beloved with a Romantic Getaway | Los Angeles Done Right
Spend Valentine’s Day in one of the most romantic cities in the world--we can’t wait to welcome you at Le Parc Suite Hotel because nothing says “I love you” like breakfast in bed, a bottle of Prosecco, and chocolate covered strawberries delivered to your room.
Book an amorous getaway right in the heart of Los Angeles. Start the day snuggling bedside with a full American breakfast that will have you feeling splendid. Relish in the lazy morning before venturing to our stunning Sky Deck for a refreshing rooftop pool dip. Melt into oblivion on lush lounge chairs while spending quality time together and enjoying the view. Finish the night with an intimate dinner at Knoll that will nourish your body and soul. The food is expertly crafted by our Executive Chef and features locally sourced farm-to-table goodies you're going to love. Call in advance to secure your spot, (310) 855-8888. Our accommodations are tailored to provide you with the most comfortable and decadent vacation yet! We look forward to celebrating your love.
California-Perfect New Year’s Resolutions to Kick Off 2018
Annually, we challenge ourselves to create a list of resolutions to jet start the year. Let us help you succeed with three suggestions that will make your Los Angeles vacation the best one yet.
Get Fit: Head upstairs to our Skydeck for a day of heart-pumping fun activities. Start with a round of tennis on our private court, followed by a refreshing dip in the heated pool. Reenergize on our luxurious lounge chairs before heading indoors for an optional sweat session in our full-service gym. Treat yourself to a relaxing wind-down in the sauna and let the worries of yesteryear melt away.
Eat Healthier: Kick off your health regime with a scrumptious meal at our on property eatery, Knoll. Indulge in the farm-to-table menu that changes seasonally to nurture your body and soul.
Experience More Art: We are huge fans of contemporary art. From the Rauschenberg prints at Knoll to the artwork adorning the hotel, we simply can’t get enough. But if you feel like exploring, head to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Broad, Museum of Contemporary Art, or the Hammer Museum. Your day is guaranteed to be spent admiring the finest local and international artists in the world.
Le Parc Suite Hotel is your secret oasis, follow these three resolutions for an amazing vacation.
Los Angeles: Where Christmas is Done Right
Get into the festive mood while visiting our steadfast city. This Christmas enjoy a picturesque backdrop of swaying palm trees, rolling hills, and waves crashing on the shore. LA may not be the first place that pops into your mind when you hear “Christmas,” however, we know how to celebrate.
Start with a fun twirl around the ice skating rink at Pershing Square, formerly known as Downtown on Ice. It’s the first Los Angeles outdoor rink and due to new technology, the ice stays frozen, even in 80-degree weather. If you missed the Hollywood Christmas Parade--then head to Disneyland for nightly parades, or visit the Grinch at Universal Studios Hollywood for a night to remember. It’s perfect for you and your loved ones. But if you are feeling sophisticated, book a ticket to see The Nutcracker Ballet at the Broad Stage at Santa Monica Performing Arts Center for a magical evening. Pass by the concierge on your way out and let us plan your perfect evening. Christmas isn’t until December 25th, but we celebrate all month long.
Interesting Facts About Los Angeles You Might Not Know
Have you ever wondered how Los Angeles got its name? Keep reading and we’ll let you in on a little secret. Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis with hidden corners and surprises. Here are three interesting facts about Los Angeles you might not know.
“Los Angeles” is Only Part of the Name - When LA was originally founded, the full name was “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de Los Angeles Sobre el Rio Porciuncula” meaning “The town of our lady queen of the angels on the Porciuncula River.”
Los Angeles Is HUGE - If it were its own country, it’s economy would be bigger than Sweden, Switzerland, and Saudi Arabia.
The Film Industry Wasn’t Always in LA - The film industry transitioned from East Orange, NJ in 1907, and moved to sunny Los Angeles because of the weather, the diverse terrain, and the distance from Thomas Edison and his Motion Picture Patents.
Enjoy your new found knowledge while exploring West Hollywood!
It’s Not Halloween Without the West Hollywood Carnaval
West Hollywood Carnaval is the world’s largest and most unique celebration of it’s kind. Taking place on the spookiest night of the year, it’s the optimal party to tap into your Halloween spirit. Each year there is an estimated half a million people in attendance, including film, theater, and reality TV stars. There are also six stages for live musical performances, drag queen shows, stand-up comedy, art and celebrity appearances, and more.
In Los Angeles, you never know which celebrity is going to show up. Past years have included performances by Boy George and a Rocky Horror Picture Show tribute featuring Tim Curry. Commemorate the creepy holiday by putting on your most ghoulish and fantastical costumes and heading to the one-mile-stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard/Historic Route 66 between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard. WeHo Carnaval takes place on All Hallow’s Eve from 6 to
11pm. No tickets are necessary, but costumes are encouraged. Stay at Le Parc Suite during the festivities, the perfect home base for all your ghostly needs. Click here for reservations and Happy Halloween!
LACMA & The Hammer Museum: Your Guide to Los Angeles Museums This Fall
There are an impressive 850 million visits to American museums each year. This outnumbers all major league sporting events and theme parks combined. People love museums, and fortunately, Los Angeles has an extensive list of world-class institutions to visit. It would be impossible to list them all here, but check out our top two picks:
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, (323) 857-6000
If you only have time for one museum, head to LACMA for a day of contemporary art bliss. With over 128,000 pieces of art, it’s the largest of its kind in the western United States. After exploring the exhibitions, swing by the museum's hip coffee shop, C+M, for a boozy milkshake or eclectic vintage-inspired deserts.
The Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024, (310) 443-7000
Visit for a digestible collection of edgy contemporary art. The permanent collection and rotating exhibitions are artist-centric and progressive. Currently on view in the lobby is Japanese artist Tabaimo site-specific work and her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.
Three Ways to Enjoy the Last Days of Summer
Los Angeles is a year-round destination, but things are just a little more steamy during summertime. Enjoy the last days of the summer season while indulging in these perfect tourist activities.
Stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Let the California sun be your guide as you saunter through the immortalized gold lettering in the pink terrazzo. Feel the Hollywood magic and
stardustas you search for your favorite celebs amongst the 2,600 shining stars.
Hollywood Walk of Fame, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Shop on Rodeo Drive
Nothing makes you feel more Hollywood than walking along the European cobbled walkways of Two Rodeo. Pop into the high-end boutiques or let your imagination run wild window-shopping.
Two Rodeo, 9480 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Visit the Griffith Observatory
Spend a couple of hours browsing the connection between humans and space at the popular “Hall of the Sky” and “Hall of the Eye.” Reenact your favorite La La Land moments and then relax in Griffith Park for picturesque views of the city. The building itself is a true work of art.
Griffith Observatory, 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Cool Things to Do in July
Fourth of July isn’t the only reason to celebrate this month. We have our radar set to cool, and these events are sure to set the mood.
Summer Nights in the Garden at Natural History Museum, July 14th & 28th, 5-9pm
Cocktails, live music, botanical tours, and creative projects make this a perfect Friday night. Enjoy a refreshing breeze under the stars at the Natural History Museum.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd, (213) 763-3466
DT Stage Concert Series at Pershing Square, Starts July 15th
Dance away to The Wallflowers, B-52’s, and Toad the Wet Sprocket to name a few at this weekly Saturday concert series starting on July 15th. Nothing says summer like a vibrant outdoor concert.
Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St, (213) 847-4970
Sondheim on Sondheim at the Hollywood Bowl, July 23rd, 7:30 pm
Celebrate the music of Stephen Sondheim in this one-night-only evening dedicated to his vast musical career. Gustavo Dudamel will lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Vanessa Williams, Jesse Ferguson (Modern Family), Matthew Morrison (Glee), and more.
Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave, (323) 850-2000
Summertime in Los Angles: June Highlights
Summertime is the best time to enjoy Los Angeles. Sample the glitz, glam, and theatrical nature of our eclectic and phenomenal city. Check out these exclusive June events and let the good times roll:
LA Pride Festival, June 10th & 11th, 10am-10pm
West Hollywood is gearing up for one of the largest LGBT pride events in the United States. Come out for the two-day festival that culminates with the #ResistMarch for human rights. The celebration is sure to be one of the most colorful and meaningful yet. Brandy and Chromeo are headlining, which guarantees an incredible dance party. Buy tickets here.
LA Film Festival, June 14th -June 22nd
Check out the best up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world at the annual LA Film Festival, hosted by the nonprofit Film Independent. Ideal for film aficionados and those looking to break into Hollywood. For a full lineup of events and screenings, click here.
Your Own Personal La La Land: Live in Concert
Calling all La La Land fans. Soon you will be able to experience the Academy Award-winning original score live at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. The world tour kicks off in L.A., May 26th and 27th, with Justin Hurwitz conducting his score performed by a talented 100-piece symphony orchestra, choir, jazz ensemble, and the original vocal recordings.
Hurwitz is thrilled to share his vision with the audience and have them experience the music in person, performed by master local musicians playing in real time. The concert will also tour Canada, Mexico, the U.K., Italy, Turkey, and Switzerland. But we can’t imagine anything more magical than enjoying it in Los Angeles, it’s namesake and inspiration. Lionsgate is suggesting attendees dress in the vintage style of the movie incorporating old Hollywood garb. Elevate your spring and treat yourself to a star-studded night at this historic amphitheater.
Spring Fever, Los Angeles is Heating Up In April
The weather is sunny and Los Angeles is on fire with festivals and concerts. Here are our top picks for this month:
THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS, APRIL 12,
Nobody gets us moving like this indie rock Canadian band that will have your entire body bumping. Whiteout Conditions, their seventh and newest album, has been heavily anticipated and for good reason. They are ridiculously talented and an excellent live show.
The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S Broadway
THE WEEKND, STARBOY: LEGEND OF THE FALL 2017 WORLD TOUR, APRIL 29 & 30TH
This world-famous artist needs no introduction. Catch one of his live shows at the iconic Forum and let the RnB vibes take over--who knows maybe you won’t be able to feel your face.
The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd
TASTE OF THE EASTSIDE, April 30th
Indulge in tastings from over two dozen top restaurants, while sipping on wine flights from Silver Lakes Wines and listening to music from KCRW DJs. Some of the featured participants are Momed, Malo, and Little Dom’s, all hotspots destinations. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, 570 W Avenue 26
Drink Whiskey Like A Pro In Los Angeles
This year St. Patrick’s day falls on a Friday night, giving us plenty of opportunities to celebrate. However, if you are over the age of 25 and still drinking green beer and leprechaun inspired cocktails, we have a better alternative for you. Why not tip your hat to the culture by exploring Irish Whiskey’s right here at our hotel bar? Visit the Knoll restaurant and have it either mixed or sip it neat. Whatever your preference, it’s a great way to connect with the holiday.
When enjoying your drink, here are a couple of tips to keep in mind. The flavor of Irish Whiskey will be lighter than it’s counterpart Scotch. It will also be less smoky because they tend to have fuller flavors due to the mix of grains, unmalted, and malted barley. Jameson is the most famous and Bushmills is considered to be the oldest, however, the industry is experiencing a boom and new smaller companies are producing smaller batch whiskeys. When in doubt ask your bartender, they should be able to lead you in the right direction. Pick a poison and sip it slowly. Happy St. Patricks Day to you!
Romance in Los Angeles
February is for lovers and we at Le Parc Suite Hotel want you to enjoy your holiday in the throes of luxury and relaxation. Rekindle your romance with a couple of bonding activities.
Take an early morning stroll hand-in-hand through our charming and fashionable neighborhood. Nothing is more amorous than window-shopping before the rest of the world has risen. Pick up a green juice or coffee nearby to give you an energizing boost.
Relax on our rooftop deck poolside or melt into relationship heaven in our hot tub. Our prestigious hotel amenities are the most coveted in the neighborhood, so soak in all the opulence.
Spend a romantic evening having dinner at our onsite star-rated restaurant, The Knoll. The intimate bistro-style setting is the prime spot to get cozy and enjoy each other’s company. For more information visit us online or call 877-591-9556 for reservations.
Light Up the New Year With Some Humor
Check out these fantastic comedic events happening this January.
The holidays have finally passed and now we can return to our regular programming. However, no weekend in Los Angeles is ever ordinary. Check out these fantastic comedic events happening in January. On the 8th, is the “No Pants Subway Ride,” this may not be an official comedic event but it is sure to stir some smiles and laughs. Join in the fun or try to catch a glimpse of a some New Year’s resolution legs. For a traditional evening of comedy, head to Downtown Independent on January 11th, where Time Out Los Angeles is hosting a night with some of the hottest up-and-coming comedians. The show includes Matt Ingebretson, Zach Sherwin, Dulce Sloan, Frankie Quinones, Amanda Seales, Dave Ross, American Town Hall and more. The following week catch Riot LA, an alternative comedy fest running from January 19-22nd. The lineup includes Ali Wong, Felipe Esparza, Mel Brooks, and Rachel Bloom. These events are guaranteed to start off your year right!
Downtown Independent, 251 S Main St, (213) 617-1033
Riot LA, will take place in several locations, visit: https://www.facebook.com/RiotLA/