Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, with culturally rich neighborhoods and attractions throughout the city. East L.A.’s Boyle Heights is a must for great Mexican food and the famed Mariachi Plaza. The Los Angeles Plaza Historic District in Downtown L.A. features the Olvera Street Mexican marketplace and the Avila Adobe, the oldest surviving residence in Los Angeles. Chinatown is home to a thriving art gallery scene as well as restaurants and shops. Nearby Little Tokyo is home to the Japanese American National Museum and the site of the annual Nisei Week festival. Leimert Park is considered the center of L.A.’s African-American arts scene. Koreatown has the highest concentration of nightclubs and restaurants in the country. The Persian Square community near Westwood is home to the largest number of Persian-Americans outside of Iran.

Events & Festivals

Cultural Highlights

Feb 18

La Santa Cecilia

Valley Performing Arts Center

Feb 19


Valley Performing Arts Center

Feb 25

An Evening With Dianne Reeves

Royce Hall - UCLA

Mar 24

Anarchy in Asian America: Sex, Punk, and Transgressive Cinema

Ray Stark Family Theatre (SCA), School of Cinematic Arts 108