Tucked into the hillsides of Northeast Los Angeles, Eagle Rock is a free-spirited community full of independent businesses and art-minded events. It's an ideal neighborhood for daytime excursions, where you can hike, shop and do some beer-tasting, but there is nightlife here as well. Eagle Rock is also home to several large annual events to keep in mind if they coincide with your trip to Los Angeles.
On Fourth of July weekend, Anime Expo takes over the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown L.A. The annual celebration of Japanese entertainment and pop culture has exploded in popularity in recent years, drawing tens of thousands of guests to check out watch the latest anime, shop for merchandise and dress up as their favorite characters.
This year, Anime Expo will feature a host of special guests, including Final Fantasy creator Sakaguchi, popular cosplayer Stella Chuu and musical duo Angela, who has provided the theme songs for multiple anime series. WIth its massive exhibit hall, eclectic programming and events that go into the night, the convention schedule itself will keep you on your toes. Sometimes you have to get out of the crowd and explore the rest of Los Angeles. Read on for 10 things to do during the 2017 Anime Expo.
When in Eagle Rock, make sure you eat. This L.A. neighborhood is well-known for its mom-and-pop eateries that range from local institutions to foodie hot spots. Here, you'll find a wide variety of cuisines and plenty of restaurants that offer vegetarian options as well as joints that make serving locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients part of their mission. Whether you're in Eagle Rock for brunch or dinner, here are ten great neighborhood dining spots.
Eagle Rock's retail scene is a must-visit for anyone looking for unusual keepsakes from your trip to Los Angeles. The neighborhood's fun and unusual collection of shops pop up in clusters on Eagle Rock and Colorado Blvds. Here you'll find small boutiques emphasizing the local, the indie, the handmade and the vintage. Take a walk and bring your wallet. You never know what will catch your eye when you're shopping in Eagle Rock.
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