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Los Angeles State Historic Park

  • Things to do
  • Chinatown
L.A. State Historic Park
Photograph: Courtesy CA State Parks
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Time Out says

With 32 acres of open space directly adjacent to Chinatown, L.A. State Historic Park boasts an amazing view of Downtown. The park was once home to major events like FYF, Renegade Craft Fair and Hard Summer, but all went quiet with a major multi-year renovation that started in 2014. Upon its completion in spring 2017, the park redesign added drought tolerant landscaping, a scenic overlook bridge, an orange grove and a snack bar, Cargo.

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Address:
1245 N Spring St
Los Angeles
Price:
Free
Opening hours:
8am–sunset
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What’s on

Street Food Cinema

  • Outdoor

For dinner and a movie, all in one, just follow the food trucks. During the spring, summer and fall, Street Food Cinema throws together a series of outdoor parties—usually alfresco, sometimes in a drive-in format—that include screenings of some of our favorite movies, paired with an assortment of gourmet food trucks and even a live music performance from a cool local band. The screenings are held in venues across L.A. and alternate from week to week, so make sure to check the schedule. Some of the outdoor venues are dog-friendly, allowing you to bring your four-legged cinema lover along. See more of this season’s outdoor movie screenings in L.A.

Bob Baker Day

  • Performances

In celebration of the late Bob Baker, the namesake puppet theater hosts this annual celebration at Los Angeles State Historic Park. The free fest, which runs from 10am to 5pm, features puppet performances throughout the day, plus an assortment of crafts and activities that typically includes everything from bubbles to balloons to music. This year’s event includes an appearance by David Arquette as Bozo the Clown, a kid’s talent show hosted by Kate Micucci, music from Very Be Careful and a kickoff with legendary puppeteer Sid Krofft.

Cinespia Cemetery Screenings

It isn’t summer in L.A. until the first cemetery screening brings hoards of movie-lovers to Hollywood Forever, toting folding chairs, picnic blankets, snack spreads and lots of booze. Each year, Cinespia brings classic cult favorites to the hallowed resting place of Old Hollywood greats—and a couple of off-site screenings, too. Before it heads back to the cemetery, Cinespia will kick off its 2024 season with a pair of screenings at L.A. State Historic Park, plus its first-ever event at the Rose Bowl. Catch Mammia Mia! (May 10) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (May 17) in Chinatown and Almost Famous (May 25) in Pasadena. Unlike the cemetery, these spots aren’t BYOB, but you can bring your own food or hit up the on-site bar and concessions. And, of course, Cinespia’s popular photo booths and DJs will make their return, as well. The outdoor screenings are an L.A. rite of passage, a quintessential summer experience and one of the best film venues in the city. Just be sure to get your ticket early, arrive early, pee early… it’s a popular affair, to say the least.

L.A. Pride in the Park

  • Music festivals

The long-running L.A. Pride has left West Hollywood for destinations farther east—though WeHo actually still hosts its own Pride-related music fest—for this music festival on the edge of Chinatown. There’s no lineup yet for this year’s edition (Megan Thee Stallion and Mariah Carey headlined last year’s) but the Christopher Street West-produced concert will once again set up at L.A. State Historic Park on June 8, with all sorts of other LGBTQ+ programming between sets.

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