A hilly area situated between Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena along the Arroyo Seco, Highland Park is one of L.A.’s oldest settled areas. In the early 20th century, Highland Park and Pasadena were known as havens for the artists and intellectuals who led the Arts & Crafts movement. In the 1960s and 70s, it became populated predominantly with Latinos and other ethnic groups.
In the 2000s, Highland Park once again became a mecca for creatives, who were attracted by the historic Craftsman homes and relatively low rents. Trendy shops, galleries, restaurants and bars have opened along Figueroa Street and York Boulevard, with businesses on both streets being the reasons why Highland Park is the hot L.A. neighborhood of the moment. But there are many hidden gems in the area that are off the beaten path and worth checking out, both old and new.
The 12th annual Lummis Day Festival is taking place on Friday-Sunday, June 2-4. Lummis Day celebrates the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles through educational and cultural events at locations like the Southwest Museum, Avenue 50 and the Lummis House. For more info, visit www.lummisday.org.
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Now in its third year, Grand Avenue Arts: All Access returns on Saturday, Nov. 4 to showcase the world-class arts and cultural organizations located on Grand Avenue between Temple and 6th Streets. Taking place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the one-day, free community event will feature performances, exhibitions, behind-the-scenes tours, and interactive, family-friendly activities.
Grand Avenue Arts: All Access is a collaborative, community-inspired initiative that highlights and celebrates the participating institutions' commitment to the cultural landscape of L.A. More than 10,000 people will enjoy a wide range of programs and extraordinary access to some of L.A.’s most prestigious cultural organizations. Grand Avenue will be adorned with colorful balloons and signage to help guide visitors.
For convenient access, Go Metro and take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station. To find out your best route, use the Metro Trip Planner or call (323) Go Metro (323.466.3876).