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Highland Park

Los Angeles’ Highland Park is a diverse, eclectic neighborhood that Native Americans and Latinx communities have inhabited for centuries. Celebrated for its history, art scene, ethnic diversity, and cuisine, Highland Park is filled with surprising delights that more and more people are discovering every day. Exploring the neighborhood's nooks and crannies is one of the most rewarding ways to spend a day in L.A.

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A view of L.A. from the top of Highland Park.
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Highland Park
Los Angeles’ Highland Park is a diverse, eclectic neighborhood that Native Americans and Latinx communities have inhabited for centuries. Celebrated for its history, art scene, ethnic diversity, and cuisine, Highland Park is filled with surprising delights that more and more people are discovering every day. Exploring the neighborhood's nooks and crannies is one of the most rewarding ways to spend a day in L.A.
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A view of L.A. from the top of Highland Park. Eric Berry

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The warehouse at Western Costume.
Jun 20
North Hollywood, California

Hollywood Magic at Western Costume

A behind the scenes adventure at one of the most renowned costume houses in the world.
Octopus eggs.
Jun 22
Long Beach, California

Cephalopod Movie Night With Science Friday

Join us for an evening of talk, tentacles, and talent, featuring four original short films from Science Friday and a panel of scientists.
Harpsichord studio.
Jun 23
Los Angeles, California

It Doesn't Want to Sound Good

Hurdy-gurdies, harpsichords, and the craft of making an instrument sing.
The art of lock picking.
Jul 6
Los Angeles, California

Lock Picking at Greenbar Distillery

Pick the brain of a security expert over drinks at this mind-bending, hands-on workshop.
60-inch telescope.
Jul 6
Los Angeles, California

The Second Largest Public Telescope in the World

Step into the dome for an evening of planets, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, and colorful double stars at the Mount Wilson Observatory.
Look at my coat!
Jul 13
Reseda, California

Homeward Bound: Pigeon Navigation

Meet a flock of homing pigeons who have mastered bird navigation and get the opportunity to hold and release a dove.
Palisades and Movie Colony, Santa Monica, California.
Jul 13
Santa Monica, California

Hollywood's First Hidden Getaway

Discover Santa Monica's scandalous past during a beachfront tour of the fabled and star-studded 'Gold Coast.'
Topanga Canyon retreat.
Jul 13
Topanga, California

Topanga Hills Stargazing with SkiesAway

Soak up breathtaking views of LA, and the Solar System, from a swanky abode high above the city.
Abandoned greenhouse.
Jul 14
Los Angeles, California

Griffith Park's Abandoned Commonwealth Nursery

Get the dirt on the history of the park's long-lost greenhouse and contribute in planting new seeds for its comeback.
Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda on the road in 'Easy Rider.'
Jul 14
Los Angeles, California

Cinemyth Film Series: 'Easy Rider' and the Search for Freedom

Cruise through the mythic landscape of 1969 for the 50th anniversary of Dennis Hopper's legendary revisionist western.
The gallery space.
Jul 20
Los Angeles, California

A Hidden Repository of Curious Craft

Gain access to a largely secret gallery where junk materials are reincarnated as wondrous sculptures.
The Chapel of Radiance (mausoleum upstairs).
Jul 21
Altadena, California

Mountain View Cemetery's Famed Mausoleum

Discover the treasures and resting places of historic Californians behind the doors of the crypt you've likely seen in a movie or two.

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