Start your summer with style at the LA Design Festival

It’s no secret that Los Angeles is the design capital of the world. The LA Design Festival (LADF) returns Thursday, June 7, through Friday, June 10, to honor our city’s rich and creative design culture.

This isn’t your average cookie-cutter expo at a convention hall, instead the LADF weekend will include over 50 events throughout the city including tours, talks, parties, shopping and more. Most of the events are near either Metro Bus, Rail or Bike.

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The festival kicks off with the LADF Opening Fundraiser and Awards Night  at the Welcome Pavilion located at ROW DTLA, 777 Alameda Street in downtown – which also serves as the festival’s main hub. The evening will include special performances by DJ Smiles DavisMaceo Paisley, and MashUp Contemporary Dance Company. You can access the hub by taking a short ride on the Metro Line 60 to 7th/Alameda. The Line 60 conveniently stops on at 7th and Hope right outside the 7th St/Metro Center Station.

There’s something literally for everyone at LADFC and you can fine tune your weekend from the stacked lineup of tours, talks, open houses, and art exhibitions. Here’s a rundown of some of must-see events you won’t want to miss.

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Rebrand Cities: Fireside Chat with Hajj Flemings

Friday, June 8 11 a.m. – noon at ROW DTLA

Rebrand Cities founder Hajj Flemings will lead a special Fireside Chat with today’s most exciting design thinkers and leaders. RSVP is required. Rebrand Cities is a global civic design partnership with an audacious goal to get 10,000 neighborhood businesses online.





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Dezeen Screening: “Elevation”

Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 every half hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ROW DTLA

Elevation by Dezeen is a documentary that reveals how drones will transform cities, revolutionizing how people travel, how goods are delivered and how buildings look and are constructed.





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De Lab Design Bike Ride

Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the ROW DTLA

The de LaB (design east of La Brea) annual design bike ride is back! Stop by some of the newest in retail design, studios, and museums near the Arts District on this special tour. You can purchase a day pass and rent a Metro Bike for the ride across the street from the ROW for only $7.



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Union Station Art and Architecture Tour

Sunday, June 10, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Union Station

Led by trained Metro Art Docents, the tours will cover historic Union Station art, architecture and spaces not generally open to the public, including the Historic Ticketing Hall. Additionally, the tours will explore artworks located in the Gold Line Portal, Union Station East and inside the Metro Gateway Headquarters Building.

Some events require an RSVP so be sure to see the full schedule for details. Hope to see you there!