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Bike rides, scary camping and live music; this weekend in DTLA

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, June 07, 2013, at 11:50AM
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This weekend DTLA is jam-packed with events; starting tonight with a festival at Grand Park and the first day of the Jubilee Music Fest.

Long days, (extra) sunny weather and a jam-packed calendar of events means it's officially summer in Los Angeles. From parties at Grand Park to getting scared out of your wits, there's plenty to do over the upcoming weekend, in and around DTLA.

Here's a round-up of events for the first weekend of June:

CelebrateLA! in Grand Park: Say goodbye to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and hello to Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti with this festival of food, music and celebrities. The party starts at the steps of City Hall and sprawls through Grand Park. There will be food trucks, live music, and guest appearances from Ryan Seacrest, Wanda Sykes and former president Bill Clinton. According to city officials, this party marks the culmination of the City's Annual Heritage Months and is intended to honor L.A.'s "diversity, creativity and innovative spirit." The festival goes from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 7

Great Horror Campout: Ever feel like a horror movie was so real you were actually in it? Well, now you can be. The Great Horror Campout is a real-life, "interactive horror camping adventure," where patrons pay $149 to spend the night in a tent and be scared. Campers arrive at the L.A. State Historic Park and will be confronted with "a plethora of species that were only thought to have existed in legend." It's only open to people 18 and over. There are two scaring sessions this weekend: One begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7 and the other is at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 8

Jubilee Music Festival: What was once the Silver Lake Jubilee has headed east to the Arts District, for the first DTLA festival this weekend. The party starts Friday, and the line-up seems to encourage people to head out of work early to catch the start of the festival at 3 p.m. Bands will play all afternoon and night on Friday and Saturday, including Fool's Gold and the Black Lips. There will also be comedy sets, DJ's playing tunes, five "booze gardens" and pop-up shops. One-day general admission tickets are $35, two-day tickets are $55. The festival takes place on Friday, June 7 and Saturday June 8, at 590 S. Santa Fe St.

Street Food Cinema: This outdoor movie series comes to Downtown this Saturday, for a screening of "Escape from Planet Earth" at Grand Hope Park. Doors open at 5:30 and the evening includes live bands, face paintings and free Slurpees. General admission is $10 and reserved seating is $15. The movie begins at Sunset in front of FIDM at W. 9th and Hope streets.

L.A. River Ride: This annual event accommodates riders of all ages and skill levels, with bike routes that range from 15 to 100 miles. Most rides beging at Griffith Park and go along the L.A. River for varying lengths. The "Park to Playa" ride travels 70 miles to Long Beach, and the 36-mile training ride goes from The Autry to the Maywood Riverfront Park, with detours through DTLA. The River Ride begins at 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 9

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