City Hall, peeking through lavender, stands at the lower end of Grand Park. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles…)
With the completion of downtown's new Grand Park just around the corner, plans for a grand opening celebration and full menu of events for fall have been announced in an attempt to further establish the new green space as a destination for those living in and around the city's historic core.
The festivities are scheduled to begin with a grand opening celebration on Oct. 6, which is to mark the completion of the park's full, four-block plan and include morning dance lessons presented by the Music Center and an aerial dance performance by the group Bandaloop high on the exterior of City Hall.
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The day also is to include the launch of Grand Park's jazz series with a performance by the duo Dos y Mas on the performance lawn as well as an original dance performance at the park's Fountain Plaza choreographed by the artistic director of the Diavolo Dance Theater. The piece titled "A Fanfare for Grand Park" is to feature music by the classical quartet Brass Pacifica, Mariachi Los Comperos and West African percussionist Malick Sow.
Other planned events include the establishment of Grand Park as one of the gathering points for the street fair and cycling event CicLAvia on Oct. 7, a public drawing celebration and dog run for pet owners on Oct. 14 and a performance by the Axis Dance Company on Oct. 27.
The Hill Street bar La Cita plans to host a music-filled Dia de Los Muertos celebration at Grand Park on Nov. 2, and the pop-up arts happening Flash Fest is set to come to the park on Nov. 4 with an Irish folk ensemble and an African American string band. Plans are also in progress for the park to host a farmers market, yoga and other festivals.
Grand Park already hosted a grand opening of sorts in July to christen the park between Hill Street and Grand Avenue; the "Community Terrace" between Broadway and Hill opened earlier this month.
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