Things To Do In DTLA This Weekend July 20-22

Join in on the largest choral event in California history, check out some old-school low-riders, visit the lost underground tunnels of DTLA, or get lost in the smoke with your favorite comedy duo. Let Happening in DTLA help plan your weekends!

There’s always something to do on weekends in Downtown LA, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out exactly what those things are. Here at Happening in DTLA we make the planning simple!

Below are our picks for events that you’re sure to enjoy this weekend in the community! For our full calendar of events, just click here.


July 20

Cheech and Chong: Still Rolling – Celebrating 40 Years of Up in Smoke

Grammy Museum – Tickets Price Varies

Whoa, man. It’s been 40 years since the release of the cult classic, Up in Smoke, and the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live is commemorating the film and duo behind it.

Items surrounding the film and it’s soundtrack will on display on the third floor of the museum until the Spring 2019.

Items on display include an original marked-up script, master tape for the album, comedy sketches and limited-edition anniversary smoking devices, in addition to art guitars from Cheech Marin’s curated collection, Blazing Chicano Guitars.

The Grammy Museum is located at 800 W Olympic Blvd. Info and tickets can be purchased at


Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance

California Plaza – Free

Composer Graham Reynolds and librettists Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol bring their modern opera Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance to the California Plaza for a two-night stay.

The story captures the spirit of the Pancho Villa, famed Mexican Revolutionary, through a series of musical settings. Ranging from chamber opera and rock & roll, to traditional Tejano styles and avant-garde experimentation. Just two vocalists and a small ensemble are able to draw connections between Villa’s idealism and the complicated interrelationship of the United States and Mexico that continues today.

The California Plaza is located at 350 S Grand Ave. The performance starts at 8:00pm, the event is free. More info can be found at

July 21

Big Sing California

Walt Disney Concert Hall – Free

Join over 10,000 singers for the biggest choral event in California state history! We will perform choral masterworks like Morten Lauridsen’s Dirait-on and Eric Whitacre’s Sleep, alongside popular favorites like Lean On Me, Pentatonix’s Sing, the Beatles’ Hey Jude, and many, many more.

Eric Whitacre, Swan Family Artist-in-Residence, hosts this live choral concert with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and 2,000 audience singers at Walt Disney Concert Hall, which will simultaneously broadcast to five California satellite venues where choirs will be assembled and singing with each other in real-time.  In addition, the concert will be live-streamed online for anyone in the world to watch – and sing along. And best of all, it’s absolutely free.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S Grand Avenue. More info can be found here.


Cartwheel Art Tours: “Underground LA” – DTLA

Cole’s Bar – $85

Explore the city’s “underground” past ranging from famous Prohibition-era murders to the famous speakeasy haunts that the Hollywood elite would frequent.

This experience includes a few stops, under the busy streets of Los Angeles, to discover a century-old tunnel and speakeasies, alongside more modern interpretations of the city’s hidden watering holes.

The meeting location is at Cole’s Bar

Advance Tickets Only. All Sales are Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.

Cole’s is located at 118 E. 6th Street. More info and tickets can be found here.


July 22

Run + Yoga + Beer

Angel City Brewery – $10

Every Sunday, join up with eager exercisers nice and early at Angel City Brewery for a bit of running, yoga, and a pint to cool off after.

The group meets up at 9:30 am at the brewery, then goes on a quick 2-mile run around downtown, followed by a Vinyasa flow class around 10:00 am. Once finished, all participants are invited to stay for a pint of their favorite Angel City beer, included in the $10 cost.

Angel City Brewery is located at 216 Alameda St. Event goes from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.


Torres Empire Car Show

LA Convention Center – $36.50

Hydraulics, air-ride suspensions, custom paint and interiors will all be on display during the Torres Empire Car Show at the LA Convention Center. Some of the best car clubs are making their way to Downtown to showcase their one-of-a-kind cars.

But the cars aren’t the only attraction worth showing up for. West Coast hip-hop legends will be performing at the event, including; Too $hort, Tha Dogg Pound, Chingy and many more. The family-friendly event also offers food, drink and goodies to buy and start your own vehicle customization.

The LA Convention Center is located at 1201 S Figueroa St. Tickets can be purchased at the door, more info here.


Contributing Writer at Happening In Group | [email protected]

A writer from the Los Angeles area in his 20-somethings. An enjoyer of good conversations, good compositions, and good drinks. Inspired by the the sights, sounds and ideals of a city which embraces cultures of all different mediums.