The cultural heartbeat of Los Angeles
Ask anyone here and they will rave about the friendly neighbors, community pride, and the rich history of this area. The heart of this neighborhood is Leimert Village, which is full of art galleries, unique restaurants, bookstores, and shops where events and festivals are held throughout the year. The village is home to a hub of art and music and is compared often to NYC’s Harlem or Greenwich Village for the impact it has had on African-American culture.
Leimert Plaza Park was designed by the Olmsted Brothers to serve as the public hub of the master-planned community and the park has been a go-to community space since the 1980s hosting art walks, a regular drum circle, annual celebrations, rallies, protests, and memorials.
Leimert Park is bordered on the north by Jefferson Park, on the east by Exposition Park and Vermont Square, on the south by Hyde Park, and on the west by View Park-Windsor Hills and Crenshaw. Many of the homes here are on the larger side and you'll find Spanish-style homes or bungalows in the surrounding streets.
Many Leimert Park residents are here for the art, music, and culture that this section has to offer. Given that Ella Fitzgerald lived in the village from 1957-1980, it's safe to say that this area is home to many artists, musicians, and creatives who feed off the local vibrant energy.
Leimert Park Village has some wonderful eateries that evoke the soul and vibe of the neighborhood. Some of our favorites are:
Leimert Park Village will be the “hub” of all things in this neighborhood including blues and jazz night clubs, theaters for musicals, dramatic performances, award ceremonies, comedy specials, poetry readings, and venues for hip hop. Project Blowed is the longest-running hip-hop open mic in the world, started in 1994 by rapper Aceyalone and friends. It is hosted by Kaos Network and held every Thursday night at 43rd Place and Leimert Boulevard.
The Leimert Park Book Fair is the largest African American book fair on the west coast and is a beloved event in the neighborhood along with the annual Juneteenth Street Festival that brings together artists and residents for a day of fun and remembrance. The celebration in Leimert Park dates back to 1949 when a new resident started hosting a barbeque in his backyard. Since then, the celebration expanded and has been organized by Black Arts Los Angeles since 2009.
The iconic and historic Vision Theatre will be reopening in 2022 after massive reconstruction and is sure to bring fantastic films, acts, and musical events to the area. Destination Crenshaw is also currently under construction but will soon be a museum focused on Black culture and history in LA.
Leimert Park is served by Los Angeles Unified School District. Within Leimert Park are the following schools:
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