Our Pretty Gritty Arts District tour is gaining in popularity. This quirky neighborhood is home to new industry, excellent restaurants, fine art, murals and street art. Many original tenants are being displaced as the neighborhood gentrifies, but there are a few people trying to preserve a place for working artists in the Arts District. Many pioneering residents have been able to benefit financially from the changes. A new bridge, park land and residences are turning this once industrial neighborhood into a residential and cultural destination.
New Arts District Tour times
Several big industry players are locating in the Arts District, but it is still very much warehouses, shipping and trucking. Which is why we limit our Arts District tours to weekends, but his summer we are opening up a weekday afternoon Arts District tour, as the neighborhood has reached a point where we feel comfortable leading tours on the weekdays here.
Free Arts District walking tour route
If you can not make one of our tours, here’s a suggested walking route. Starting at Hauser and Wirth, you can check out some fine art, and unique shopping on the surrounding 3rd street. Next head over to Art Share LA, with a free gallery maintained by the 30 subsidized artists who reside here. Then cross 4th street, to the Arts District Co-Op, and The Container Yard, walk this block full of murals and check out the shops in both locations selling textiles made by artists living in the Arts District. Finally, come in for a soft landing at Resident, a local bar/beer garden that serves drinks and food out of Vintage trailers, at night the night club is open for live music and dancing. All of these suggestions are within a mile of each other, and Little Tokyo.
Our bike tours are the best way to see the Arts District
Why outline a free walking tour when we sell tours of the Arts District? Because this is just a taste of our Pretty Gritty Arts District tour, and if it interests you, you’ll learn a whole lot more about this trendy Los Angeles neighborhood with our well researched narration on the history and artists working in the area. Plus our tour goes a lot deeper in to the neighborhood than most people see on foot or by car. Get off the beaten path in Los Angeles and try one of our bike tours.