18 Reasons You Must Visit Los Angeles in 2018

King Tut, NBA All-Star, LA Phil 100, 10 years of dineL.A. & much more!

Mezzanine at the NoMad Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of NoMad Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Even frequent visitors and longtime residents who are familiar with L.A. can always discover something new in this exciting metropolis. Read on to find out the latest attractions, greatest events and new hotel openings taking place in Los Angeles. How many of these must-sees will you scratch off your bucket list this year?

1. Celebrate 10 Years of dineL.A. (JAN. 12-26, 2018)

dineL.A. 10-Year Anniversary
Chef Tetsu Yahagi, Spago Beverly Hills

2. CHEER FOR NBA ALL-STARS & FUTURE CHAMPIONS

NBA ALL-STAR GAME 
Los Angeles is hosting NBA All-Star for a record sixth time on Sunday, Feb. 18. The 67th annual game will take place at STAPLES Center, home of the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers. L.A. previously hosted NBA All-Star in 2011, 2004, 1983, 1972 and 1963. This will be the third All-Star Game at STAPLES Center, which hosted in 2011 and 2004.

NCAA WEST REGIONAL
STAPLES Center will be Hoops Heaven again in March, when Pepperdine University hosts the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship West Regional on March 22 & 24. One team will leave Los Angeles as champion of the West Regional and a berth in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four®!

3. Travel to Ancient Egypt with King Tut (March 24, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019)

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the California Science Center presents the world premiere of King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh. The largest King Tut exhibition ever displayed internationally, Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh features more than 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut’s celebrated tomb, many of which the boy king himself used in life and in death, including gold jewelry, gilded wood furniture, and ornate ritual objects–60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt. King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh will be on view at the CSC from March 24, 2018 to Jan. 6, 2019. Experience these priceless treasures at this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition before they return to Egypt forever!

4. Kickoff the LA Phil Centennial (Sept. 30, 2018)

The world-renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic is celebrating its 100th season in 2018-19. On Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, all of Los Angeles is invited to join in a free, day-long festival called LA Phil 100: Celebrate LA! The extraordinary day will include CicLAvia, an open streets event with performances by professionals and amateurs from Grand Avenue in front of Walt Disney Concert Hall all the way to the Hollywood Bowl. The street festival will later flow into a free, massive kick-off concert at the Bowl, featuring Gustavo Dudamel conducting the LA Phil and guest artists in a celebration of all the artistic communities that make L.A. such a vibrant, creative city.

Adding color and movement to the celebration, the LA Phil will also light up Walt Disney Concert Hall with a dynamic media installation, WDCH Dreams, created by the award-winning artist Refik Anadol. Launched at the end of September 2018 in conjunction with the 2018 Gala California Soul, featuring the works of California artists from John Adams to Frank Zappa, the installation will animate the night-time façade of Walt Disney Concert Hall, announcing to the entire city that the centennial year has begun.

5. Experience World-Class Arts & Culture

Getty Villa courtyard
Getty Villa courtyard | Photo by Stephen Lee Carr, Flickr

6. Sing Along with Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's "Reputation" Stadium Tour at Rose Bowl Stadium
Taylor Swift's "Reputation" Stadium Tour at Rose Bowl Stadium | Photo courtesy of Taylor Swift, Facebook

TAYLOR SWIFT: REPUTATION
One of the world's bestselling pop artists, GRAMMY Award winning singer Taylor Swift brings her Reputation Stadium Tour to Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on May 18 and 19.

7. WELCOME KUNG FU PANDA & HELLO KITTY TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD

DREAMWORKS THEATRE FEAT. KUNG FU PANDA
Universal Studios Hollywood
will soon roll out the red carpet for a unique, never before seen DreamWorks Theatre attraction. Opening in 2018, this newly designed venue will play host to a variety of DreamWorks Animation themed attractions, beginning with a multi-sensory adventure inspired by the global blockbuster franchise Kung Fu Panda. Created in partnership with Universal Creative and DreamWorks' Artists, this new attraction will take guests on a legendary journey that fuses captivating storytelling with state-of-the art projection mapping and LED lighting effects for an immersive, unstoppable-awesome experience.

HELLO KITTY EXCLUSIVES
Sanrio's beloved global pop icon, Hello Kitty will also join Universal Studios Hollywood in 2018. Hello Kitty and her signature red bow, along with more Sanrio friends including My Melody, Keroppi, and Chococat, will be featured on park-exclusive merchandise including accessories, apparel, collectibles, and confectionery. Highlights of the exclusive product offerings include designs incorporating classic Universal titles such as Jaws, ET, Back to the Future and more. Hello Kitty herself will also appear to meet and greet guests!

8. Check Into L.A.'s Newest Hotels

Veranda at Hotel Figueroa
Veranda at Hotel Figueroa

NOMAD L.A.
Sydell Group, which opened The Line Hotel in Koreatown in 2014, will open the Los Angeles outpost of New York’s NoMad Hotel in January 2018. The NoMad will be developed out of Downtown L.A.’s Giannini Place, which was built in 1923 as the headquarters for Bank of Italy (which became Bank of America). The 12-story hotel will have 250 rooms as well as a rooftop pool.

HOTEL FIGUEROA
Downtown L.A.’s Hotel Figueroa is reopening in February after the landmark property, which was first built as a women’s hostel in 1926, emerges from a $55-million renovation. The 268-room hotel will feature six bars and restaurants. Book Now →

9. Toast the Millennium Biltmore 95th Anniversary (October 2018)

Rendezvous Court at Millennium Biltmore
Rendezvous Court at Millennium Biltmore | Photo courtesy of Frank Hsu Flickr

10. Enjoy Movie Magic at Alamo Drafthouse & Velaslavasay Panorama

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE
L.A. will add to its extraordinary collection of movie theatres when the highly anticipated Alamo Drafthouse opens at The Bloc in Downtown L.A. The Texas-based theatre chain is well-known for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, as well as serving local breweries on tap, craft cocktails and multi-course feasts paired to screenings.

VELASLAVASAY PANORAMA
Located at University Park in the West Adams Historic District, The Velaslavasay Panorama presents an art form that has been nearly lost due to modern technology and the numerous ways that the public consumes mass entertainment. The panoramic exhibition encircles the spectator within a vast painting of a continuous landscape, accompanied by sound and 3-D elements. The Velaslavasay Panorama is currently raising funds to exhibit Shengjing Panorama in the spring of 2018. Painted by masters Li Wu, Yan Yang and Zhou Fuxian, Shengjing Panorama depicts an urban Chinese landscape during an era of great technological change, global exchange, and diversity in architecture, religions, and culture. Shengjing Panorama will be the first ever China-USA collaborative panorama since the artform emerged in the late 18th century.

11. Feel the Emotion of "The Color Purple" (May 29 - June 17, 2018)

The 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival, The Color Purple at the Hollywood Pantages has been hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” by The Hollywood Reporter. Directed by Tony winner John Doyle with a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, this joyous American classic is a stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South.

12. Watch Two Icons On Stage in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" (June 8 - July 1, 2018)

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" | Photo courtesy of The Wallis

One of the must-see plays of 2018 is Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, Long Day's Journey Into Night at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Led by director Sir Richard Eyre, the Bristol Old Vic’s award-winning production stars Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons and Olivier-winner Lesley Manville in their Los Angeles stage debuts. Irons said, “Over forty years ago I saw Laurence Olivier play James Tyrone. I never dreamed I would one day be given the opportunity to play him myself. I am so glad I have the chance to work again with Richard Eyre and Lesley Manville on this, one of America’s greatest plays.”

13. Give a Standing Ovation to L.A. Theatre

"Come From Away" at the Ahmanson Theatre
"Come From Away" at the Ahmanson Theatre | Photo courtesy of Centre Theatre Group

14. Discover L.A.'s Cultural Festivals

Dragons at Golden Dragon Parade in Chinatown
Golden Dragon Parade | Photo courtesy of JerryDP, Flickr

GOLDEN DRAGON PARADE
The Lunar New Year is the most celebrated holiday of the year for nearly 1.5 million persons of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent in Southern California. The highlight of Downtown L.A.’s Chinese New Year festivities is the 119th Annual Golden Dragon Parade, taking place in Chinatown on Saturday, Feb. 17. Each year, more than 110,000 spectators view the parade, which features dozens of floats, marching bands, entertainers, local business leaders and cultural groups. The parade starts at Hill and Ord Streets and concludes at Broadway and Cesar Chavez. The 2018 Grand Marshal is TBA. Previous Grand Marshals include everyone from legendary martial arts master Bruce Lee to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
Dating back hundreds of years, Día de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead") is celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world. During the multi-day holiday, family and friends gather to honor and celebrate those who have passed away. One of L.A.'s quintessential Día de los Muertos festivals takes place at Hollywood Forever, featuring a traditional procession with Aztec blessings and regional musical-dance group dedications; music and theatrical performances; hundreds of Aztec ritual dancers; art exhibition in the Cathedral Mausoleum; children’s arts project area; arts and crafts; and food vendors.

15. Root, Root, Root for the Dodgers

The Dodgers celebrate their 22nd National League Pennant
The Dodgers celebrate their 22nd National League Pennant | Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers will celebrate their 60th anniversary season since coming to L.A. in 1958. The 2018 season begins on Thursday, March 29 when the Dodgers face their archrivals, the San Francisco Giants for a four-game homestand. For more information and tickets, visit www.ladodgers.com.

16. Get Behind the Wheel at the LA Auto Show (Nov. 30 - Dec. 9, 2018)

 

Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®) is world-renowned as the first major North American auto show of the season. Whether you're a lifelong car enthusiast or just looking for something the entire family will enjoy, don't miss the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®), open to the public Nov. 30 - Dec. 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Each year, the LA Auto Show offers more than 1,000 cars on display including numerous North American and global unveilings; test drives of nearly 100 of the latest models; and the newest in customized, tuner and aftermarket cars and trucks in The Garage. Whether you’re in-market for a new vehicle or planning for the future, the LA Auto Show is your one-stop-shop for hassle-free, stress-free comparison shopping for cars, trucks, SUVs, electric vehicles and more.

17. Play New Video Games Before Anyone Else at E3 (June 12-14, 2018)

E3_2017-WrapUp from E3 on Vimeo.

Taking place June 12-14, E3 is the world's premier event for computer, video and mobile games and related products. At E3, the video game industry's top talent will pack the Los Angeles Convention Center, connecting tens of thousands of the best, brightest, and most innovative in the interactive entertainment industry. For three exciting days, leading-edge companies, groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products will be showcased to video game fans from across the country and around the world.

18. Dare to Ride CraZanity at SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN

With 19 roller coasters, Six Flags Magic Mountain holds the world record for the most roller coasters in an amusement park. The "Thrill Capital of the World" will add to its title in the spring of 2018 when it opens CraZanity, the world's tallest pendulum ride. Standing a record-breaking 17 stories high, CraZanity will reach speeds up to 75 miles per hour as it whips back and forth, higher and higher - riders will experience weightlessness with a staggering view of the world below. CraZanity is the centerpiece of the newly themed Boardwalk area with renovated attractions, including enhanced bumper cars, dining, games and shopping. Thrillseekers will be excited to know that beginning Jan. 1, 2018 Six Flags Magic Mountain will be open 365 days a year!

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