DTLA Summer Bucketlist

Here's A Epic Summer Bucket List For Your Downtown LA Adventures

With summer quickly approaching- Angelos are looking for things to do to fill up the break. We all attempt to use the time off to try things we normally don’t do or what we wish to do.

What if I told you that you have the opportunity to experience culture, adventure, foodie finds and more within your own backyard and without breaking the bank?

Not sure how to spend the Summer in DTLA? Happening DTLA got you covered with our DTLA Summer Bucket list!


1. Watch a rooftop film at LEVEL Downtown LA


888 S Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Take advantage of the Los Angeles summer nights and while you’re at it enjoy a great movie. Watch Oscar nominated productions such as “Lady Bird” and “I, Tonya” or cult classics like “Pulp Fiction” and “Mean Girls”. Catering to all genres and offering alcohol, Los Angeles’ Rooftop Film is a summer experience for adults 21 and over. Surrounded by an endless amount of stars and the towering Downtown buildings; sounds like the best way to watch an iconic movie.


2. Take a dancing class @ DANCE DTLA at Grand Park


200 N Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Returning for its 14th summer, DANCE DTLA is taking over Grand Park! Spend the day time enjoying a picnic at the park; but at night watch it transform into summer concert with live music and dancing. Alternating Fridays, have been pre selected for days that a dance instructor will teach guest some cool dance moves for free. Each night will have a dedicated genre including: Samba, 90s, Salsa and more! For a detailed schedule of the events visit the link above.

3. Go shopping on Olvera Street



Olvera St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

No need for summer traveling to experience another culture. Take a trip to Los Angeles’ “first street”, Olvera. Shaded by the line of trees and occupied by hundreds of vendors selling purses, jewelry and more; this historical block is reminiscent to a small Mexican marketplace. Visitors travel far and wide to take have a bite of authentic Mexican treats, listen to Mariachi performers and take part in the Aztec and Mexican folk dancing. Celebrating Latin culture and supporting local businesses, this is a great place to visit for the summer.

4. Attend a free summer concert at Pershing Square


532 S Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
     Continuing its10 year tradition, Pershing Square is hosting their annual summer concert series. The concert series celebrates culture and the community, by inviting local performers of all ages to present their talents. Bring your blanket and stop on by for music, food and a cool photo booth. Did I mention for free?
*Performers this year includes: Bright Light Social Hour, The Wallflowers and more! A full list of the dates and schedule are on the link above!

5. Take a tour of the DTLA Art District


DTLA W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Interested in Wall Art and Selfies? Then this activity should definitely be on your summer bucket list. The Arts District is a section of Downtown that allows artists to use the streets as their canvas. These artists tackled subjects such as equality, feminism, and other political interests thus gaining a growing audience. Come to DTLA bright and early, park in a nearby location and be ready to walk. Different sponsored organizations hold their own tours to display the artwork of the city such as the DTLA Art Walk and Downtown LA Walking Tours. Artwork featured on the tour includes: the Polka Dot wall, the Colette Miller: Angel Wings and Hueman’s “Bloom” wall.

6. Enjoy a summer cocktail at a DTLA rooftop bar


Raising the Bar: DTLA’s Top Rooftop Bars


Temperatures are rising and its only right to follow the summer Angelo tradition of attending a Rooftop party. Take a day off and have some fun in the sun! Various hotels in Downtown Los Angeles are home to the tastiest restaurants and bars located on their roofs. Some of theses places even host monthly events including pop up shops, pool parties, DJs and live music!
Checkout our list of the top DTLA Rooftop Bars on the link above.

 7. Go on a DTLA Scavenger Hunt


(Starting Area)
111 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Explore LA the right way! Twenty plus challenges. Gather your friends and get ready to compete. Big City Hunt throws scavenger hunts throughout Los Angeles. Take part in the Downtown series to catch out LA top destinations including: Grand Park, the Broad and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. This activity will lead to team growth, sight seeing and an amazing adventure. To sign up check out the link above.

8. Visit all of the Downtown Districts



We previously went over the wonder of Downtown’s Art District. However, we could not end this list while shouting out the other districts. From live music and dancing to fresh flowers and fashion, the DTLA districts has it all! Spend the summer trying out the different districts including: the Arts, Floral, Jewelry and Fashion District. Each of these locations are about a block over from the other and specialize in their own themes. The Floral District is perfect for picking fresh flowers for every occasion. Looking for wholesale and retail apparel, check out the fashion district for a shopaholic paradise. To add accessories to those new outfits, you can also take a visit to the Jewelry District for wholesale costume jewelry.