It’s about to be officially summer here in Los Angeles, and there’s no better time of year to hit the streets for a real taste of what this city is about. Proving just how dynamic the downtown area has become over the last few years, the June calendar is chock full of food festivals, alt-rock headliners, and yes, Cardi B. In short, there’s a lot going on this month.
Noon to Midnight brings together local and national acts for a one-day blitz of experimental and classical music. In all, the lineup is spread across six venues, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall itself, as well as two outdoor amphitheaters. Be sure to catch new works by Julianna Barwick, as well as several world premieres performed by the Sakura cello quintet and the Lyris quartet. Tickets from $10.
There may be no better assemblage of musicians in LA this summer than Yola Fest, which makes its debut at the Los Angeles State Historic Park on June 8. A staggering lineup of female performers, including Lykke Li, Charli XCX, Cat Power and Courtney Love anchor the event, which will also be presented by YOLA Mezcal, an all-female mezcal producer from Oaxaca, Mexico (Lykke Li is a co-founder). Just by purchasing a ticket, you’ll be doing some good: a portion of the proceeds will go to the Downtown Women’s Center. Tickets from $68.
If you ever wondered what the deal is with LA’s infatuation with donuts, here’s your chance to find out. The DTLA Donut Fest, now in its second year, is ground zero for all things doughy and deep-friend: expect donuts, along with churros, apple fritters, and donut holes, by a dozen different LA-based vendors, including institutions like Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken and Voodoo Doughnuts. There will even be a donut eating contest, for those who excel in this particular arena. Tickets from $5, $7 at the door.
There’s never been a better time to be a vegan in the USA, and we have LA to thank for much of that visibility. At Vegan Playground at Pershing Square in DTLA on June 15, catch trendy plant-based food purveyors such as Avocada Mama, Workaholic (known for their treasure-sack-like Korean dumplings) and Nodoh Brand in the act, as they serve up tasty vegan mac ‘n cheese and “nozzarella” sticks, plus kombucha, live music performances, and art installations.
Bronx-born rapper Cardi B has dominated the pop and hip-hop charts relentlessly since her debut in mid-2017, and this month she shows up at LA’s biggest, most monumental arena: the Staples Center. This date is part of a wider run of USA and European festivals, during which Cardi B will be joined by Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Baby. Tickets from $162.75. More info here.
We’re continually inspired by the creative energy of Downtown Los Angeles. For local recommendations—and to hear from the diverse individuals who make DTLA what it is today—head to our Meet You Downtown blog.