As the Californian sun bathes Santa Monica in golden hues, a different kind of heat rises – the anticipation for Frieze Los Angeles. Stepping into its expansive embrace isn’t simply entering an art fair; it’s a sensory odyssey. Conversations murmur like a symphony, punctuated by the soft hum of spotlights illuminating a tapestry of artistic voices. Eyes dart across canvases ablaze with color, sculptures that command attention with their audacity, and installations whispering narratives.
Frieze is more than just exhibitions; it’s a microcosm of L.A.’s dynamic art scene. Here, established luminaries mingle with fresh talents, collectors rub shoulders with curators, and passionate art enthusiasts ignite dialogues that transcend the sterile walls of exhibition halls. It’s a testament to the city’s boundless spirit of innovation, constantly attracting the most forward-thinking and boundary-pushing art from around the globe.
As the days of Frieze draw closer, it’s a reminder of L.A.’s unique ability to blend its cultural heritage with audacious innovation, creating a dynamic art scene that is both deeply rooted and endlessly evolving.
Frieze Los Angeles | Febr 29 – Mar 3, 2024 | at Santa Monica Airport’s Airport Park Soccer Field in the city of Santa Monica | 3027 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
What to See During Frieze Week in Santa Monica
Since launching in 2019, Frieze has solidified the late February Angeleno as Frieze Week. The satellite fairs have become equally interesting. The two to make time for are Felix Art Fair in Hollywood and SPRING/BREAK Art Show LA in Culver City.
SPRING/BREAK Art Show LA is a curator and artist-centered event. It’s not quite a typical fair as it’s individual exhibitions under one theme that lays out as a fair.
The location has not been announced yet, but it’s consistently a dynamic event worth visiting. Last year’s SPRING/BREAK was in Culver City. Visit their website to join their newsletter or follow their Instagram to follow up on its location.
Update: The SPRING/BREAK Art Show LA will be at Skylight Culver City within the Culver City Arts District.
SPRING/BREAK Art Show LA | Feb 27 – Mar 3, 2024 | at Skylight Culver City in the Culver City Arts District | 5880 Adams Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Where to Stay in Santa Monica
Since Los Angeles is so massive, it’s best to stay close to Frieze and pick a hotel in Santa Monica. This will reduce your daily commute time to the fair and give you more local transit options.
Also, Santa Monica is a lovely city in and of itself. It’s walkable, laidback, and has excellent food. Here are four hotels that are convenient to Frieze, have walkable options around them, and are popular destinations themselves for the nights you want to stay in.
Fairmont Miramar is an iconic oceanfront hotel boasting stunning views and impeccable service. It features a spa, fitness center, and several elegant dining options, including the renowned FIG Restaurant.
Wake up to the sound of crashing waves and breathtaking ocean views at Shutters on the Beach. This luxurious hotel offers unparalleled comfort and impeccable service, ideal for indulging after a day at Frieze.
Palihouse Santa Monica is a boutique hotel offering a stylish and intimate atmosphere focusing on Californian design. It has a rooftop bar with stunning views, a chic pool deck, and a popular Mediterranean restaurant.
Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica is another charming option with a European flair and pool. It’s a straight shot to get to Frieze, and you can also walk either to Main Street or Downtown Santa Monica from the hotel.
Where to Eat in Santa Monica
Birdie G’s is just steps from Bergamot Station. This vibrant Mediterranean restaurant has a buzzing atmosphere and flavorful dishes, from wood-fired pizzas and fresh seafood to seasonal salads and pastas. It’s perfect for a lively lunch or a more casual dinner.
Birdie G’s | 2421 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Pasjoli is a trendy French bistro on Main Street that offers a menu of seasonal plates. They have a beautiful patio and a stylish indoor dining space, perfect for a sophisticated meal. Due to its popularity, you will likely need a reservation for dinner.
pasjoli | 2732 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Are you craving a taste of New Mexico in California? Vamos Vamos serves up authentic hatch green chile and other flavorful dishes alongside their signature cocktails from their tequila bar.
Vamos. Vamos. | 2917 ½ Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Mori Sushi in Culver City is a hidden gem known for its fresh, melt-in-your-mouth sushi and traditional Japanese atmosphere. Diners rave about the specially grown rice and handcrafted ceramics that elevate the dining experience.
Mori Sushi | 11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
What to See During Frieze Week in Hollywood
Head to Hollywood and discover curated contemporary art at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt at the Felix Art Far. You’ll find rising stars and Los Angeles-based artists.
Felix Art Fair | Feb 28, 2024 – Mar 3, 2024 | at The Hollywood Roosevelt in the Hollywood neighborhood | 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Where to Stay in Hollywood
Embrace the playful spirit of Hollywood at Mama Shelter. This trendy hotel boasts rooftop bars, vibrant art installations, and a buzzing atmosphere, perfect for those seeking a more energetic stay.
Where to Eat and Drink in Hollywood
Hotel Cafe is located near Mama Shelter. After a day at Frieze, relax with a classic cocktail at the iconic Hotel Cafe. This historic venue has helped launch the careers of many musicians and provides a relaxing atmosphere to reflect on your artistic discoveries.
For over 20 years, the Hotel Cafe has hosted intimate live music performances from local singer-songwriters to well-known icons. The venue has been a breakout room for many independent artists, including Adele, Katy Perry, The Lumineers, Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran, Leon Bridges, Mumford and Sons, and Sara Bareilles.
Hotel Cafe | 1623 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Next door to Mama Shelter, Los Angeles icon Chef Wes Avila reimagines ancient Yucatan cuisine with vibrant, fresh ingredients at Ka’teen. Forget tacos. This is an artful escape to culinary paradise.
KA’TEEN | 6516 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Amidst your Hollywood and Mid-City gallery tour, discover Salt’s Cure. This modern American haven boasts inventive seasonal cuisine, a chic atmosphere, and an award-winning wine list, all inspired by the freshest ingredients.
Salt’s Cure | 1155 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
What to See During Frieze Week in Downtown Los Angeles
Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy, the world’s first art amusement park, is now open to the public for the first time in nearly four decades. The spectacular showcase features an astounding collection of rides and relics crafted by the world’s foremost contemporary artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, David Hockney, and many more. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is a must-see for art and amusement park enthusiasts alike. Tickets are only available until March 3rd, so Frieze Week is a perfect time to go.
The American rock band Juliette and the Licks, led by actress and singer Juliette Lewis, will be performing at the Teragram Ballroom on February 28th, the night before Frieze opens. The ballroom is a general admission-only live-music venue with multiple bars that presents big-name rock and indie bands in the Westlake neighborhood just west of Downtown Los Angeles.
Juliette and the Licks | Feb 28, 7 PM | Teragram Ballroom, 1234 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Where to Eat in Downtown Los Angeles
Luna Luna is situated just across the river from the Arts District. Bestia, one of the city’s most celebrated and beloved eateries, is only a mile away, making it an excellent way to conclude your day at the amusement park.
Bestia is a culinary wonderland where wood-fired ovens bring out the flavors of seasonal ingredients. Their menu is a symphony of taste and texture, featuring everything from melt-in-your-mouth pastas to innovative vegetable dishes.
Bestia | 2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021
If you’re looking for a good restaurant near the galleries you’re interested in, check out the LA Times’ 101 Best Los Angeles Restaurants list. The list is ranked by critics, and includes restaurants from all over the city. You can use the helpful map to find restaurants near the galleries you’re visiting.
Navigating the City
Remember, traffic in Santa Monica is heavy on a normal day, so Frieze Week will be particularly congested. Consider booking flights and accommodations well in advance, making restaurant reservations, and wearing comfortable shoes.
Prepare for the Californian sunshine with sunscreen and a hat. Santa Monica is chillier than you’d expect in the evenings and early mornings, so remember to bring a shearling robe coat or a quilted shell jacket.
Frieze Los Angeles Map
The Find Contemporary Art map has yellow pins for Frieze Los Angeles and the satellite fairs, a green pin for Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy, numbered blue pins for museums and galleries, and purple icons for hotels, restaurants, transit, and parking at the fair.
Flights and Airport
- Rental Cars: Los Angeles is a car-centered city, so it’s best to have one to be able to see all of the galleries you will want. You can use Rentalcars.com to compare pricing for the many options at LAX.
- LAX-it: This new service connects you to ride-hailing apps at LAX. Walk or take the free shuttle to the LAX-it lot near Terminal 1 (a 3-8 minute walk) or ride the free shuttle from other terminals (19-minute walk).
- Taxis: Pick up at LAX-it, Parking Structure 3, or Terminal 7 baggage claim. For curbside pickups, choose UberBlack, UberBlack SUV, or Lux to avoid the LAX-it shuttle.
- Airport Lounges: Give yourself a lot of time to arrive to LAX. The airport traffic is unpredictable on an average day, but will be packed with everyone leaving Frieze at the same time. See if you can reserve lounge access through your airline.
- Mark Bradford’s “Bell Tower” Sculpture: Skip the usual airport distractions and gaze upwards at Tom Bradley International Terminal’s Departures Hall. Suspended above security, “Bell Tower” offers a mesmerizing, religious-like vortex when you stand underneath it. The 26-foot collage, made from recycled materials, blends modern Jumbotron screens with medieval bell towers, sparking thoughts on technology, society, and history.
Getting to Frieze Los Angeles
- Rideshare: Easiest option! Use Uber or Lyft and enter this address: 3027 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, 90405.
- Metro E Line: Affordable and scenic! Hop on at Expo/Bundy Station and go directly to the fairground. A 30-minute walk (1.5 miles) if you get off at Bundy Dr. and Airport Ave.
- Big Blue Bus: Convenient access! Routes 8 and 14 stop near the fairground and other hotspots. Take Route 14 towards Inglewood and get off at southbound Bundy Dr. and Airport Ave. (3-minute walk) or take Route 8 to Ocean Park Blvd. and Bundy Dr. (12-minute walk).
Parking at Frieze Los Angeles
- Limited onsite parking: Book in advance! Costs $40 for ticket and pass holders. Enter via College Drive. Free shuttles are available to the fair.
- Limited ADA parking: Available via Donald Douglas Loop. Use address: 3235 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica, CA 90405.
- Public parking garages and street parking: Prepare for higher rates and congestion.
- Due to limited parking, consider rideshare or transit.
- Download the Transit app for real-time bus and train info.
- Download the TAP LA app to pay for Big Blue Bus and Metro rides with your smartphone.
- Download the Find Contemporary Art map. If you need directions, type your email address below and the directions will automatically be sent to you.
Frieze Los Angeles awaits. Dive into the diverse offerings of the satellite fairs, indulge in culinary delights, and rest your head in stylish accommodations. Embrace the Californian sunshine, the infectious energy of L.A.’s art scene.
So, pack your curiosity, book your tickets, and prepare to be captivated by the vibrant pulse of Los Angeles.