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Stay in Hollywood. Take Metro.

Hollywood. It’s the stuff dreams are made of. It’s also centrally located within the Los Angeles area, and home to attractions like the Walk of Fame, Madame Tussauds, Hollywood Wax Museum, TCL Chinese Theatre, Amoeba Music, ArcLight Cinemas, The Egyptian Theatre, Capitol Records, Hollywood + Highland Mall, The Hollywood
Museum, and much more!

Stay in Hollywood! Accommodations range from hostels and budget chains to boutiques and luxury brands, and everything in between. You’re sure to find the place that’s right for you! Make Hollywood your base, and take Metro to experience all the Los Angeles has to offer, from Long Beach to Santa Monica; Downtown Los Angeles to
Pasadena, and many other exciting locations.

To illustrate this point, Only in Hollywood partnered with local fashion designers MANAM Fashion and Vic-Chen to install a window display in our storefront office at 6562 Hollywood Blvd. The designers each selected three destinations easily accessible from Hollywood via Metro and dressed mannequins to represent six stations: Chinatown; Downtown Santa Monica; Downtown Long Beach; Memorial Park (Pasadena); and 7th/Metro (Downtown Los Angeles). Hollywood/Highland was also represented as the starting point! The windows will be on display through Labor Day.

Designer Vic-Chen dressed mannequins to represent Chinatown, Long Beach, and Santa Monica; locations that are easily accessible from Hollywood via Metro. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

A huge thanks to our fellow business improvement districts (BIDs) for providing the photos to illustrate each destination: Old Pasadena Management District, Downtown Center BID; Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.; Downtown Long Beach Alliance; and Chinatown BID.

MANAM Fashion representing Hollywood & Highland, the starting point for journeys on Metro! (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Designer Statements

Vic-Chen, a Los Angeles-based designer, focuses on designing Men’s Apparel in fun, creative, and innovate way. Vic-Chen interpreted the mission of representing the Santa Monica, Long Beach, and Chinatown Metro stops by putting together playful, contemporary, and colorful designs that align with the culture of these parts of Metro Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.vic-chen.com.

Designer Vic-Chen’s representation of Downtown Long Beach. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

MANAM specializes in luxury leather clothing and accessories, and “loungerie” i.e. sexy loungewear that is comfortable enough to wear at home, and sophisticated enough to wear out.  This juxtaposition was inspired by the independent, live/work lifestyle that many professionals now have the luxury to access. I want MANAM to be a major player in supporting American industry and economy with domestic manufacturing, and set a humanitarian example for appropriate compensation and treatment of skilled craftsmen and laborers. For more information, visit www.manamfashion.com.

About Metro

Metro (the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. It serves as transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder and operator for one of the country’s largest, most populous counties. More than 9.6 million people – nearly one-third of California’s residents – live, work, and play within its 1,433-square-mile service area. For more information, visit www.metro.net.

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August 8, 2017

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2017 Annual All Property Owners Meeting

The boards of directors for both the Central Hollywood Coalition and the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance will host their joint annual gathering on Thursday, August 24, 2017.  The program will address the challenges and opportunities that the BID team has been addressing, from homelessness and public safety trends to development and planning, as well as BID renewal.

The meeting will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Oscar Room, 7000 Hollywood Blvd. It will be followed by a wine reception and appetizers from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Parking is available on site for $10.

All property owners, and their representatives, in both districts are invited to attend. Please RSVP to 323-463-6767 or email lorin@hollywoodbid.org.

 

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August 8, 2017

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Bop on down to Bibibop

Bibibop Asian Grill brings the bold flavors and healthy ingredients of South Korea to its new home at Sunset and Vine!

The interior of the new Bibibop Asian Grill at Sunset and Vine in Hollywood. (Courtesy photo)

Fans of Shophouse, the Asian-fusion chain from the Chipotle brand that recently shuttered, can take solace in the fact that Bibibop has taken over all 15 former Shophouse locations. Although Bibibop features some different flavors and products, the concept is very similar.

Guests begin by choosing from a base of noodles, rice, or salad; add a protein and a hot topping; then customize it with your choice of cold toppings and sauces (there are five sauces to choose from). There are also sides such as kimchi and pineapple, as well as edamame. Bibibop lets you complete your meal with complimentary miso soup!

The flavors of Bibibop Asian Grill. (Courtesy photo)

Bibibop first opened in Columbus, Ohio, in August of 2013. Inspired by bibimbap, a traditional Korean dish, the chain has expanded to nearly 30 locations across the country, including two additional locations in Los Angeles and one in Santa Monica.

For more information, visit www.bibibop.com.

A complete meal from Bibibop Asian Grill at Sunset and Vine in Hollywood. (Courtesy Photo)

BIBIBOP Asian Grill
6333 Sunset Blvd.
(323) 462-2856

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August 1, 2017

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Hollywood’s Hub for Bicycles Now Open

The new Metro Bike Hub is now open at the Hollywood & Vine Red Line Station. Located at 1630 N. Vine Street, convenient to both the Metro Red Line, the LAX Fly-Away, and numerous bus lines, the 1,000 square foot facility includes parking for 64 bicycles. Closed-circuit TV surveillance, secure access, peak-hour staff availability, same-day repairs, accessory sales and bike-related clinics are all part of the $560,000 facility.

The Metro Bike Hub at Hollywood and Vine. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Bike hubs provide an attractive option for commuters who drive to Metro park-and-ride lots, especially for those who live within a bikeable distance of transit stations. The hub allows riders to leave their bikes at the station in a safe environment and avoid the hassle that sometimes comes with bringing bikes aboard crowded trains.

Riders may register online for a membership, or visit any of the Metro Bike Hubs during attended hours. The Metro Hollywood Bike Hub is staffed from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, offering bike repairs with free estimates, on site sign-ups, amd help with any cycling or bike communing questions. In addition to the Hollywood location, the El Monte Bike Hub is now open at 3501 Santa Anita Ave. Metro broke ground last month on a new Bike Hub at Union Station, and a Culver City Expo Line Station Bike Hub is planned for 2018. There are also bike share stations in downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Port of L.A. with a Venice location coming soon.

Secure parking for bicycles available now at the Metro Bike Hub at Hollywood and Vine. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

They also have a public air pump and work stand with tools available for anyone to use during the staffed hours. Members have access 24/7.

Riders may sign up for a free month online at www.metro.net/bikehub by using the code ‘biketometro’ through the end of 2017.

Currently, riders can chose between three membership plans; a 7-day pass for $5; a 30-day pass for $12; and a one year pass for $60. Discounts are given for seniors (62 and over); disabled, Medicare, and students K-12 at a rate of $25 for a year.

The new Metro Bike Hub at Hollywood and Vine is staffed weekdays from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

“Metro’s Bike Hub is a welcome new addition to Hollywood and Vine,” said L.A. City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, who represents the 13th Council District, including Hollywood. “If we want to reduce our reliance on motor vehicles, Los Angeles residents need better, reliable transit options. More people are riding bikes to get to work and for recreational purposes and the Metro Bike Hub is another step to building our bicycle infrastructure. I am excited to have this new world-class amenity in one of our city’s most iconic destinations.”

Just remember to bring your own lock; otherwise you can purchase one from the hub’s retail section during staffed hours!

Metro Bike Hube is operated by Bikehub.com.

Metro Bike Hub – Hollywood and Vine
1630 N. Vine Street
(626) 228-3606

The Metro Bike Hub at Hollywood and Vine offers free clinics and support for bike riders. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

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July 31, 2017

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Old Hollywood Locals Night – Summer Edition

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, local residents are encouraged to come out and enjoy all that Old Hollywood has to offer!

The second in the Old Hollywood Locals Night series of events, the festivities will take place from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Hollywood Boulevard between Las Palmas Ave. and Cahuenga Blvd.

Cabo Cantina, 6669 Hollywood Blvd., is one of the participating restaurants at Old Hollywood Locals Night. (Photo by Gary Leonard)

The Hollywood Property Owners Alliance and Suaya Properties are coordinating the event. This evening will feature performance art, live music, community booths, and food tasting at participating restaurants.

Hollywood PAL participating in the spring Old Hollywood Locals Night. (Photo by Gary Leonard)

Register today for your Old Hollywood Locals Night passbook which entitles you to free samples at participating restaurants and a chance to win prizes.

Passbooks will be provided to registrants the night of the event starting at 6:00 p.m. at the courtyard of Janes House, 6541 Hollywood Blvd. The community booths and activities will be located on sidewalk “bump-outs” along Hollywood Blvd.

Local band Sunshine and Moon performing at the spring Old Hollywood Locals Night. (Photo by Gary Leonard)

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July 31, 2017

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The Friendly Frolic Room

As bartender Tarek Martin laughs “The bar is a perfect mix of neighborhood regulars, tourists, and all-around professional drinkers.”

The Frolic Room, located next door to the Pantages Theater is also arguably the most historic and quintessential dive bar in Hollywood. Open every day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., this watering-hole has gone through a variety of permutations over the years. It began serving as a private speakeasy lounge originally called Freddy’s, then opened to the public in 1934, as Bob’s Frolic Room.

Historic photo of the Pantages Theatre, with the Frolic Room at left, from the Richard Wojcik collection. (Courtesy photo)

Cozy, dark, and featured as a set in numerous period films – including The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential, the bar is many things to many people. It’s a classic, pre-theater watering hole for Pantages’ patrons, a legitimately kitschy hangout for tourists and Hollywood history buffs, a neighborhood bar with a bevy of regulars and a killer juke box, and a landmark for fans of writer Charles Bukowski. Bukowski, the wayward author as famous for his drinking as his writing, made the Frolic Room a frequent stop. His portrait hangs above the register, and for a time, there were weekly readings of his works held at the bar.

The Frolic Room was also reputedly the last place the real Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short, was seen alive. Both Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland also imbibed here. Howard Hughes owned both the Pantages and the bar from 1949 to 1954. He added the colorful, artistic neon bar sign above the door that still welcomes patrons today, as well as throwing lavishly wild parties.

“The history of the bar, the fact that it is the oldest bar in Hollywood, people know about that, and want to come in just to soak up the atmosphere. If the walls could talk, the stories they could tell would be pretty cool,” Martin notes. “There are so many legends about the place, whether it’s about Bukowski drinking here, or Elizabeth Short being last seen here. It’s a lot of fun telling the stories, sharing the theories, whether they are true or not. People really enjoy them.”

On the eastern wall, a storied mural by artist Al Hirschfeld features caricatures of celebrities in full color.

The mural inside the Frolic Room by artist Al Hirschfeld. (Courtesy photo)

“The mural is a big attraction. It was installed in 1963, and was restored not that long ago. We have glass over the bottom portion of it now so that people can’t write on it or mark it up. It’s a real landmark,” Martin attests.

Artist Oscar Ropide carefully worked on restoration of the classic piece in 2012.  Albert Einstein, Clark Gable, Laurel & Hardy, Marilyn Monroe, and Tallulah Bankhead are among the iconic 1960s-era celebrities depicted on the full color panels. The Frolic Room, with its convivial vibe, red pleather seats, and dim space-ship style ceiling lights would seem to be the perfect place to find Einstein and Monroe interacting in real life, although alas, they did not.

Hirschfeld called himself a “character-ist,” not a caricaturist, often included the name of his daughter, Nina, in capital letters hidden in his work – and did so in this piece, three times. Hunting for the name is an activity that many bar visitors indulge in – when they’re not ordering classic, reasonably priced drinks.

“We’re an old-school bar,” Martin explains.  “We are not a mixology spot, we serve beer and shots.” He adds that orders differ depending on the time of day and the crowd. “When people are going to the Pantages and they’re dressed up and they stop in for a drink, they tend to order more classic cocktails. But we serve everything you can think of, across the board.”

One of his most frequently ordered cocktails is a martini. “This is such a classic Hollywood dive, that’s really the perfect drink for the place.”

But there are plenty of other choices served up by bartenders who are known for their no-nonsense skills, pouring everything from a Bloody Mary made with Sriracha hot chili sauce to a generous Old Fashioned, a Tiki-like pineapple and rum, raspberry Chambord, and even Pernod, the anise-flavored liqueur that turns milky when water is added. According to Martin, the bar has just about any alcoholic beverage a patron can think to order.

“What I’d most like people to know about the Frolic Room is that our bartenders are great, and we will take care of you whether we know you or not,” Martin says.

And there’s plenty of Hollywood history to enjoy, besides.

Frolic Room
6245 Hollywood Blvd.
(323) 462-5890


Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer. Passionate about everything-Los Angeles, you can see her work in the arts on her own www.diversionsLA.com.

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July 31, 2017

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Making a Splash: Hollywood Hotel Pools Make Summer Wet and Wild

When it’s hot time, summer in the city, but you just can’t get away to some tropical beach, Hollywood hotel pools make a terrific alternative. With a full range of great views and fun parties, it’s time to dive on in to some of the glamorous, blissfully aqua waters just a splash away from bustling Hollywood Boulevard. Just don’t forget your bikini or swim trunks.

The pool at The Hollywood Roosevelt’s Tropicana bar. (Courtesy photo)

The Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

David Hockney designed the multi-million-dollar underwater mural of alluring, water-like squiggles at the bottom of the pool in 1989. The Spanish Colonial hotel itself is a landmark built in 1927 and restored in 2003, both stylish and romantic. Staying for the weekend or overnight, guests can enjoy pool and garden views from balcony rooms, poolside rooms, or cabana suites, as well as the happening scene at the Tropicana poolside café and bar. A Tropicana Seasonal Pass available for purchase at the hotel also allows access to the pool and its lush poolside day beds. The café features a 60s-era chic vibe; and in the evenings, fire pits blaze. Every Saturday night, there’s a pool party, open to partygoers outside the hotel as well as guests. Featuring a range of visiting celebrity DJs as well as the hotel’s resident DJ Chris Homes, there’s plenty of dancing, swimming, celebrity watching, bubbles, and elaborately designed pool toys. In short, it’s all one hot scene with a cool, garden level pool. The pool and café are open until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, until midnight weeknights, and until 8 p.m. on Sunday.

W Hollywood Hotel’s “wet deck.” (Courtesy photo)

W Hollywood
6250 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

There’s so much to do besides simply swim at the W Hollywood’s pool, whether you’re staying in one of the hotel’s sleek and modern rooms, or visiting for a day. This summer, Sunday pool parties run from 1 to 7 p.m. at the roof top pool with its soaring, killer view of Hollywood. Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., the hotel hosts Get Fit, with exciting free classes from Brit Middleton, Eryt & Hot 8 Yoga. Regular pool hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., with DJs spinning Friday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. While complimentary lounge chairs are for guests only, daybeds and cabanas can be reserved by the public for a minimum food and beverage price. So stay for the weekend or just get your yoga on, then relax with a creative craft cocktail, and dance the afternoon away.

The pool at Loews Hollywood Hotel. (Courtesy photo)

Loews Hollywood Hotel
1755 N Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

At Loews Hotel, conveniently adjacent to the shops, theaters, and restaurants of the Hollywood and Highland complex, the heated outdoor pool is five stories up. The pool and a serene terrace both offer their own stellar view of the Hollywood scene below. An added perk: comfortable poolside cabanas are free to hotel guests. Weekend Perks specials that include breakfast and free wi-fi as well as suite upgrade packages, make this relaxing pool even more of a destination oasis. Day-trippers can book a luxurious massage or facial at the hotel’s Balance Spa and also receive pool and terrace access.

The rooftop pool at the brand new Dream Hotel Hollywood. (Courtesy photo)

Dream Hotel
6417 Selma Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Newly opened for summer of 2017, Dream Hotel has a dreamy rooftop pool scene that makes a good match for its name. With both a lounge and restaurant, there are  a wide variety of craft cocktails and hip, of-the-moment cuisine such as Hamachi crudo on the menu. Glamorous rooms make checking in – and checking out the latest Hollywood hotel- an exciting prospect. The 11,000-square-foot pool and party space is open for hotel guests only during the day on weekdays, but weekends after 1 p.m., and on weekday evenings after 6 p.m., it’s open to the public. The blissful view stretches from the Hollywood Hills to downtown, and the cabanas feature retractable tops and sides. The floor is raised by a hydraulic lift. For visitors not staying at the hotel, the rooftop oasis can be reached through a separate flagstone-and-ivy lined alley.


Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer. Passionate about everything-Los Angeles, you can see her work in the arts on her own www.diversionsLA.com.

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July 26, 2017

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Finding Your Way Around Hollywood Will Soon Be Easier

We’ve made some exciting progress on the Hollywood Wayfinding Signage Project! Through a series of steering committee meetings, a community open house, and presentations to external organizations, we are nearing completion of the preliminary design work for this program. In addition, we’ve secured a generous contribution of $15,000 from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to help complete the preliminary planning and design work for this legacy project.

Signage design concepts have been thoroughly vetted and a consensus has been developed for the top choice. The selected concept is representative of the iconic art deco architecture seen in many historic buildings throughout Hollywood.

We have finalized the destinations to be included on the pedestrian wayfinding signage as well as the map kiosks. Working with our community partners at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Hollywood Historic Trust, and Council District 13, we are in the process of identifying locations for signage pole placements.

When this design work wraps up by the end of this summer, the Hollywood Entertainment District and the Sunset & Vine District will set forth on a campaign to secure funding for implementation. We will continue to rely on our city and community partners to see this project through to fruition.

We believe this project will be an asset to the Hollywood business community, helping stimulate economic activity while improving the visitor experience. This seamless and fully integrated wayfinding program will not only streamline the pedestrian experience, it will improve vehicular circulation and make it easier for visitors to find parking.

We can’t wait to share our next update!

Rendering of the favored wayfinding sign project elements. (Courtesy of Hunt Design)

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July 6, 2017

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2nd Annual Make Music LA on Hollywood Boulevard at Egyptian Theatre

Hollywood is rich in music history, with many great bands and artists having gotten their start here, and many famous recordings produced in the many studios located here.
To celebrate this musical heritage, and recognize the vast amount of talent right here in the community, HPOA produced the second annual Make Music LA on Hollywood Boulevard on June 21, 2017, at the historic Egyptian Theatre’s forecourt.
Sponsored by Sunset + Vine Apartments and Robertson Properties Group, and with cooperation from American Cinematheque and Musicians Institute, the event was an all-day, all-ages, free outdoor concert.
Performers included students and alumni of Musicians Institute Honey & Jude, Bruno Romano + Oriana Lucas, Rayssa, and Janvi Anand. Additional local artists included Earth Arrow, Sunshine & Moon, Emily Zuzik, and Arthur*Autumn. Hohner donated harmonicas to attendees, and Urban Masala sponsored lunch for all artists. Makeup artist Marky Make-Up was on hand providing airbrush tattoos.
Make Music Los Angeles on Hollywood Boulevard is part of Make Music LA.  Based on France’s Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982, the festival has become a phenomenon celebrated on the same day in more than 800 cities in 110 countries. Make Music LA engages all communities of Los Angeles in an annual cross-cultural celebration of the power of music and art through musical performances by amateurs, students and professionals.

Below are photos from the 2nd annual Make Music LA on Hollywood Blvd.

Earth Arrow performing at the 2nd Annual Make Music LA on Hollywood Blvd at the Egyptian Theatre. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Hollywood locals Sunshine & Moon performing their country and gospel original tunes at the 2nd Annual Make Music LA on Hollywood Blvd. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Rayssa, one of Music Connection Magazine’s Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists of 2016, and an alumna of Musicians Institute, at Make Music LA on Hollywood Blvd. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

The duo of Bruno Romano and Oriana Lucas performing at the 2nd Annual Make Music LA on Hollywood Blvd. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Up and coming pop act Honey & Jude performing at Make Music LA on Hollywood Blvd. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Local artist and “rocker mom” Emily Zuzik performing at Make Music LA on Hollywood Blvd. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Janvi Anand, a Los Angeles based Indian guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer, entrepreneur, and teacher, performing at Make Music LA on Hollywood Blvd. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Arthur*Autumn, aka Brent Arthur Nuffer, is a prolific songwriter/singer from Michigan, now living in Los Angeles, California. He originally brought the idea of Hollywood participating in Make Music Day to the staff of HPOA, and performed at both the inaugural event and this year’s concert. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Marky Make-Up provided free air-brush tattoos to the attendees of the 2nd annual Make Music Day LA on Hollywood Blvd. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

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June 30, 2017

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Hollywood Carnival rolls through Hollywood on Saturday, June 24

The Los Angeles Culture Festival™ (LACF) and Hollywood Carnival are proud to present the Annual Los Angeles Culture Festival™ — a world culture festival — expressing the colors of culture and freedom of the world as one people. This is a celebration of our cultures and traditions, featuring colorful costumes, dances, food, arts & crafts, and music from around the world.

The celebration will commence with the Grand Marshal beginning the Parade of the Bands, on the world famous Hollywood Blvd. It proceeds for three (3) miles ending on Highland Ave., the main entrance to the Carnival Culture Village. Our parade and culture village will feature several well- known celebrities from various genres, including movie stars and music icons.

On Saturday, June 24, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Blvd. will miraculously transform into a Grand Carnival & Street Extravaganza with parade-goers and masqueraders dressed in vibrant, breath- taking costumes dancing to pulsating rhythms of Calypso, Soca, Samba, Reggae, Zouke, Latin, Punta, Meringue, Mariachi, Reggaeton, Blues, Jazz, Steel-pan, Indian, Asian, African, Middle Eastern and other worldly music.

We highly anticipate that this cultural fusion will attract a significant amount of local attendees from our diverse multi-cultural society, not to mention a variety of tourists — creating a great family-friendly environment.

For more information, visit www.hollywoodcarnival.com.

June 23, 2017