At LA Opera, we’re not just invested in putting on a great show—we also want to make long-lasting memories. So why not enhance your own memories and take advantage of your trip to Downtown Los Angeles with an evening (or afternoon) full of dining, dancing or even a giant slide that overlooks the city?
We’ve been in downtown for a long time, and we’re so excited with all the new developments in our neighborhood. We got you covered with a list of fun activities all within a mile or two from the opera house—so whether you’re a student looking for fun cheap thrills or really want to treat yourself, there is something for every opera-goer on any budget.
LA may be expensive, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any hidden gems at a discount price. Below are options for a night out that’ll make your evening perfect (and also make your wallet sing).
Grand Central Market
If you’re trying to save on cash, check out Grand Central Market (only an 11-minute walk from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion) for some affordable yet tasty treats. You can check out places like Belcampo Meat Co. for burgers, Ana Maria for tacos, and more for great food in a low-key atmosphere.
Did you know that Angels Flight railway will take you steps away from LA Opera? Live your La La Land fantasy and take Angels Flight from Olive Street to Grand Avenue (after dining at Grand Central Market, of course). Fares are only $1 (and 50 cents for Metro/TAP card holders)…
Walk through Grand Park
…or to save on even more cash, simply walk to the performance through Grand Park! They often host their own events, so check out their events calendar to catch festive holiday displays or live music while on your way to LA Opera.
Got some hard-earned cash to spend? Downtown LA has recently seen a boom in upscale restaurants and bars, and they’re all a stone’s throw from the opera house. Below are some activities that’ll show off your fine taste (and give your credit card a workout).
Kendall’s Brasserie is a Music Center classic. Located right below the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (underneath those iconic red umbrellas), Kendall’s offers hearty meals and great cocktails just steps away from the stage—which means you can wolf down an extra cocktail or two and still make it on-time.
One of LA’s hottest spots is Perch LA’s rooftop lounge on Hill Street, which overlooks all of Downtown LA. Open until 2 a.m. on weekends, it’s the perfect place for your nightcap following a performance at LA Opera. They also serve food, so if you prefer to eat after the show, Perch LA has you covered.
Want more music with your music? For something a little more lively, head to bluewhale for live jazz and art after the opera (they’re also open until 2 a.m.). Located in Little Tokyo, it’s only half a mile from the opera house. Balance your opera with some jazz!
Bringing the whole family to the opera? Be sure to attend on one of our Domingo Family Days! We pick performances from the most family-friendly operas we have in a season and do lots of fun activities, like meeting the cast, cookie decorating, games and more. Here are some activities to accompany your Family Day experience.
(Our next Family Day is for El Gato Montés: The Wildcat on Sunday, May 19.)
Gizmo’s Cereal Bar
Start your afternoon in LA with a bite to eat at Gizmo’s Cereal Bar, Downtown LA’s first restaurant devoted entirely to—you guessed it—cereal. With delicious treats at low prices (and only a little over a mile from the opera), it’ll satisfy cravings for both children and adults.
LA Central Library
The Children’s Literature department at the Los Angeles Public Library–Central Library has plenty of activities for children of all ages, both on weekdays and weekends. Check out their website for a full list of upcoming events.
Skyslide at OUE Skyspace
The Skyslide at Skyspace is a 45-foot glass slide on the exterior of the US Bank Tower, about a half-mile away from LA Opera. You can ride the slide at about 1,000 feet above Downtown LA. It’s perfect for kids (and adults) who crave adventure. Click here for ticket information to Skyspace.
Regardless of how you spend you time at the opera, we hope you’ll remember your trip to the opera for a lifetime. Will we see you there?LA Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the greater good.