Outdoor Cinema Food Fest This Weekend!

Greetings! We are super excited for the Outdoor Cinema Food Fest to be descending on L.A. State Historic Park this Saturday. The event is shaping up to be quite the experience; with doors opening at 5:30pm, bands at 6:30pm and “Back To The Future” starting at 8:00pm. Tickets are $8. Don’t worry about dinner; they got you covered. Along with movies and music, there will be eight different food trucks to satiate the hungriest of appetites including: Ride or Fry, Grill ‘Em All, Krazy BBQ, White Rabbit, Phamish, Yalla Truck and Ciao Bella.

At this point you may be wondering, “last time I was at the park, I don’t remember seeing any sort of large scale screen?” Well don’t worry, they are bringing a 50ft. blow up screen that they will erect for ample movie watching, that will be setup with the Downtown skyline in the distance. The only thing you really need to bring is a blanket. For more info, click on either of the images in this post.

FYF Fest This Saturday

FYF Fest this Saturday, tix $30, doors open at noon

This Saturday, September 4th, Los Angeles State Historic Park will host, for a second year in a row, the FYF Fest. Tickets are $30 and doors open at noon. With over 30 bands performing, there seems to be something for everyone. There will be lots of food trucks with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, as well a meat based dishes. If you are on the fence, here are some bands that we are excited about seeing.
Magic Kids
Best Coast
Ariel Pink
Panda Bear

Thanks For Coming To The Campfire

Here are some photos from last Saturday night.

Getting tuned up for a campfire sing-a-long
Getting tuned up for a campfire sing-a-long


Everyone is learning about the Zanja Madre

Getting ready for the marshmallow roast

Hard Summer This Saturday

This coming Saturday, Los Angeles State Historic Park will be hosting Hard Summer Music Festival.The event runs from Noon to Midnight and is shaping up to be quite the good time. Tickets are on sale for $65 here.
Here are a few myspaces of some of the performers that will be playing this Saturday
Erol Alkan
The Twelves
Sticky K

On Spring Opens!

Check out the hand painted sign and mural

Last Saturday, amongst much fanfare, On Spring officially opened it doors (or windows to be more accurate) to the general public. The day featured live music and spoken word performances courtesy of Hen House Studios, fresh-brewed coffee and healthy salads, sandwiches and soups. The building that On Spring now occupies was originally known as Sam’s Lunch which was built in 1949. Sam served hamburgers to hungry railroad workers up until his daughter, Millie, took over the family business. Rechristened as Millie’s, she served similar american fast food until she closed up shop in 2002. Park Maintenance Chief, Andre Jones, remembers Millie’s food and according to him you got your burger her way, or no way. “Better not ask for ketchup.”

We here at CA State Parks, are very excited to be a part of the evolution of this small hamburger stand turned locavore eatery. Hopefully, On Spring will be more accommodating to individual tastes. The cafe is located at the South end of L.A. State Historic Park (near the Chinatown Gold Line stop) and is currently open Tuesday through Saturday, 7:00am to 3:00pm, but look for these hours to expand as summer approaches. Our sunset walkers and joggers may soon be tempted by an after workout snack.

Ample seating!

May 22nd Sunset Campfire!

Come join park staff for our second Summer Sunset Campfire! We will be learning about animals, roasting marshmallows, and just having a good time. Bring the whole family and picnic dinner and enjoy the sunset as it sets behind the downtown skyline. The campfire is happening on May 22nd at 6:30pm here at LA State Historic Park. If you have any questions, call Thomas at (323) 441-8819. Hope to see you there!

What A Great Sunset Campfire!

In case you missed it, we had a great Sunset Campfire over the weekend. Wild Works brought numerous amazing animals that they rescued and resuscitated and of course the night ended with a marshmallow roast. Thanks very much to everyone who came out and you can look forward to our next campfire on the May 22nd.

Getting the campfire started...
Getting the campfire started...

Time for the puppet show!

Mollie of Wild Works and her assistant show us snakes

After that we saw a Red-Tailed Hawk and an American Kestrel

Mollie's Assistant and a beautiful Barn Owl.

A Red Fox surveys the park.

All photographs by Keleigh Apperson

Sunset Campfire Tonight!

Tonight, at 6:30pm, Los Angeles State Historic Park kicks off it’s Summer Sunset Campfire with very special guests, Wild Works. Wild Works

is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), was founded by Mollie Hogan in 1995 to bring to life her vision of providing interactive wildlife educational programs to enhance the public’s understanding of nature and the environment while also ensuring lifetime quality care for non-releasable wild animals.

quoted from their website
Yes indeed, Mollie will be bringing real animals with her to share with all of us. We are thrilled that they will be coming back to the park, after such a wonderful presentation in September at our last campfire. As always we will have a campfire and will be roasting marshmallows. So tell your friends and come on done to the park tonight! Any questions call Thomas at (three two three) 441-8819.

Check out Wild Works’ website here.

Thank You For All Your Help Planting Trees!

It was a great success; thanks very much to all the volunteers who came out!

Tree Planting This Saturday, April 17th!

Looking to do your part for Earth Day? Then look no further than Los Angeles State Historic Park! California State Parks has been working with North East Trees and California State Parks Foundation to plant 150 trees and various native plants at the north end of the park. The color-coded image above shows where the four types of trees will be going. The yellow circles are Western Sycamores, the green circles are Black Cottonwoods, the blue circles are White Alders and the red circles are Arroyo Willows. All of these trees are native to Southern California and we can’t be more excited to have some shade up here at the north end.

The event takes place this Saturday, April 17th, with registration starting at 8:00am, and planting starting at 9:00 am and ending at 1:00pm. This event is free to the public, some snacks will be provided, but make sure you bring your own water bottle, we will have water but this is plastic bottle free event.

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