Downtown Dark Nights Celebrates 10th Birthday of L.A. Live!

Celebrating the 10th birthday of L.A. Live AND the 5th year of producing Downtown Dark Nights, Melissa Richardson Banks of @DowntownMuse and Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA proudly announce L.A. Live’s Downtown Dark Nights: Birthday Edition on Friday, June 8 @ 6pm to 12 midnight. Like years before, you can sample food and drink at participating restaurants with their special $5 menus, shop local artisan vendors, stroll among the lighted art installations, and stop to watch muralists paint live.



VENDORS: Amor y FlorBenjibug Vinyl Art | Canyon CollectionClenn Designs | Cowpunk Leather Products | Flea Market Girl | Karmic Fox | La Casa de FridaLondon Manori | Maiden Voyage Clothing Co. | Parlor Tattoo PrintsPocket Square Clothing | Rock & SockShay Candles | Urban GeometryWag City Clothing

$5 FOOD & DRINK MENUS: Cleo | Katsuya | Lawry’s CarveryLive Basil Pizza  | Red Mango | Rock’N Fish | Rosa Mexicano | Smashburger | Triple 8 China Bar & Grill | Wolfgang Puck

DEEJAY: DJ Francesca Harding
LIVE MUSIC: Ryan & Liz Dueling Pianos | The Bucket Boy | Weekend Celebrity

MURALISTS: PhobikSepterhed | Brett Crawford | Armando Rosete | MDMN | VYAL | Why.HerWIKICANVASJames Wilde XO

HULA HOOP PERFORMERS: Hooptown Hotties | Heather Blount-Elliott | Claire Bush | Pamela Crawford | Morgan JenkinsFaeryn Rose | Lauren Shaw of SpinFX

JUGGLERS: Alex Bistrevsky | Dmitrious Bistrevsky | Pablo Paniagua

STILT WALKERS: Antonio G-R | Stephen Hues |Brady Spindel | Rebecca “Fireplug” LevisSeraphina | Star Child


CHARACTER PERFORMERS: Ringmaster Roger | L.A. Clown



Join us on SAT 5/19 for L.A. Live’s DTLA BLOCK PARTY!

Join us at L.A. LIVE Block Party for a night of shopping and drinking! Stroll around and shop at our Pop-Up Marketplace with over 40 local vendors while listening to live music! Enjoy $5 food and drink menus at participating restaurants.

The event is FREE and open to the public! Details at

– Pop-Up Marketplace
– $5 Food & Drink Menus
– Live Music
– Street Performers
– 30% OFF New Era Store (open until 9 PM)
– 30% OFF Team LA Store (open until 9 PM)
– Public Skate session at STAPLES Center (6 PM to 10 PM) for $20 (including skate rental) or free with your LA Kings season tickets member card.

ARTISAN VENDORS: Amor y Flor | Arts Petite | Benjibug Vinyl Art | Bori Cubi: Art by Jolín Miranda | Canyon Collection | Cowpunk Leather Products | Curmudgeon Cards | Cute Laces | Detroit Trash | Eddy Lee Art | Flea Market Girl  | Freedumb Founded | Hannah Frost Jewelry | Ichiban Bath Co. | Incandescent Bloom | JadenMoon Natural Soaps & Skin Care | La Casa de Frida | Lit Soul Candles | London Manori | Marston Company | Mountains & Skye | Oaxacan Soul | Olivia’s Heritage | ONYX XOXO | Panache Jewelry | Piece by PiecePocket Square Clothing | Pop Art by PJ Andrews | Railcar Fine Goods | Rose Gypsy | Sabukana DesignsSECOSCAPES | SoCal Etsy Guild | Stephanie Payan DesignsThe Key Historic | Tiff Wu Bags | Tiger Moon Designs | Trece Cielos | Two Little Kings | UNiiqueWest Coasterz Engraved Wood ArtWIKIDCANVAS | YHF Los Angeles

Matthew Pretty, The Bucket Boy | Unity Dance Crew | Body Painting by Robert Yancy | Biorhythms by Body Paint | Hollywood Hotshots | All Night Diner Music | Violinist Tamboura Baptiste | Sethward Productions | Darin Malfi | One-Man Band by Gilbert Montoya | Juggling by Pablo Paniagua | Bob’s Flow Circus | Derek McAlister

$5 FOOD & DRINK MENUS: Katsuya | Lawry’s Carvery| Live Basil Pizza | Red Mango | Rock’n Fish | Rosa Mexicano | Smashburger | Tom’s Urban | Triple 8 China Bar & Grill | Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

DJ Canyon Cody
– Live music by Weekend Celebrity

– Skate inside STAPLES Center during 6 PM to 9 PM for $20 (includes skate rental or bring your own skates!)
– LA Kings Season Ticket Members skate for free (must show their Season Ticket Member Card upon entrance)

1005 Chick Hearn Ct., Los Angeles, CA 90015 (click HERE for a map and directions!)

Now in our 5th year, the Downtown Dark Nights event series is curated by Melissa Richardson Banks aka Downtown Muse and Edgar Varela of We Are DTLA. The series is organized by L.A. Live Properties and is presented onsite at L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.

VENDORS & PERFORMERS! For consideration to participate in a future event, submit your info at HERE!

The Los Angeles Paella Wine & Beer Festival in DTLA

The Los Angeles Paella Wine & Beer Festival is coming!

Fifty chefs from California-Baja California region and Spain will compete
for the title of Best Paella in Los Angeles at the 3 rd Annual Paella Wine & Beer Festival to be held onOctober 7 th , from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Pershing Square (532 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA)

The Los Angeles Paella Wine & Beer Festival is a celebration of Paella – a dish that comes to us from Spain, with origins dating back to the eighteenth century. It is a saffron-infused rice dish that marries bold flavors and delightful textures. Combined with a variety of meats, shellfish and vegetables, paella was originally a peasant's meal cooked over an open fire in the fields and eaten directly from the pan using wooden spoons. The dish takes its name from the wide shallow pan that it is cooked in, traditionally called the paella or paellera. The recipe commonly known as paella can more accurately be referred to as Arroz a la Paella (rice done in paella-style). Today, paella recipes have become somewhat of an art form – ranging from decadent meats and seafoods to vegan and vegetarian.

The Los Angeles Paella, Wine & Beer Festival, will feature UNLIMITED TASTING PAELLA that will feed over 5,000 people. We are proud to have one of the World-Wide Semifinals of Paella Valenciana in Los Angeles, competing with other eight countries. The Food Festival will also feature more than 50 acclaimed Paella chefs and their teams which will gather from across the globe to compete for the title of: “Best Paella Valenciana in Los Angeles”

The Los Angeles Paella Wine & Beer Festival will also feature dozens of acclaimed local and international wineries, breweries and tequilerias with UNLIMITED WINE & BEER TASTINGS, Sangria, Spirits and Spanish Tapas for sale. Fifty Regional and International Chefs to Compete for the Best Paella Participating chefs include Mario Medina, Leo Razo, Luis Roger, Chris Tzorin, Claudia Sandoval, Miguel Angel Guerrero, Andrew Spurgin, Javier Gonzalez, Flor Franco, and Jesus Melero and Miguel Sanfeliu, both from Spain. A panel of ten chefs will judge the paellas a select the winner. The

Festival will also feature 20 wineries, 10 beer companies, and 10 tequileros from California, Mexico, and Spain. The winner of the paella Valenciana will be going to Spain to compete for the world title of best Paella Valenciana in Chueca Valencia Spain.

Restaurateur and Chef Vicente Ortiz will be cooking the biggest Paella

ever cooked in the USA. Los Angeles Paella, Wine & Beer Festival will also feature a number of Spanish & Mexican music and dance performers who will create a one-of- a-kind festive atmosphere.

For more information about the festival, please visit General
admission tickets cost $50 and may be purchased online. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the festival’s non-profit partner, CANICA USA Inc Images can be found at
Along with teaser video clip here