The Grove Los Angeles is one of my favorite spots to go to. It is a trendy shopping center that offers a great variety of entertainment. Both visitors and locals truly enjoy this spot. I have a lot of family and friends who come to visit and every single one of them has enjoyed The Grove. It has a classic vibe that helps to set it apart from other outdoor shopping centers in the area. Plus, they host fabulous events throughout the year.

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Favorite Places to Dine at The Grove

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There are several choices when it comes to dining at The Grove. Connected to this shopping center is the original Los Angeles Farmers Market. A lot of people enjoy the old-time vibe this spot has as well as the variety of foods. I find it to be overpriced for what it is so I prefer dining at the nearby restaurants but it is definitely worth checking out. If you don’t feel like walking to the farmers market you can catch a ride on the cute trolley.

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My personal favorites are The Cheesecake Factory, yes I’m aware you can eat at this place anywhere but I still love it. Maggiano’s, my family, and I always leave with an amazing amount of food for future meals. I love going to get a cupcake at Sprinkles!

Events At The Grove

Some of my favorite events that I have attended have taken place at The Grove.

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Bloggers Who Brunch is a monthly event that takes place during the summer months. The events offer lite bites, photo ops, and occasionally workouts. These events are free and open to the public.

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A lot of fun events with recognizable guests take place in the park at The Grove. I previously attended a welcome back from Rio celebration for Olympian Gabby Douglas.

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Barnes and Noble at the Grove has a lot of book signings. I have met several celebrities at their events over the years including Mindy Kailing, Drew Barrymore, Dick Van Dyke, and Neil Patrick Harris just to name a few. You must purchase a book or cd to meet the guest. These are wristbanded events. The wristbands are given with your onsite purchase beginning at 9 am.

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Citi Events

If you have a Citi card you will have the opportunity to attend fun events at The Grove throughout the year. In the spring my boyfriend and I went to a movie premiere that Citi was sponsoring. We even got to go to the pre-party at Dominique Ansel. Other Citi events have included a private Michael Bolton Concert and VIP tickets to the Christmas Tree Lighting.

A few of the Citi-sponsored events do not require you to have a Citi card in order to attend. They host live recordings of podcasts and mini-concerts from singers like Andy Grammer. You can find out more about Citi Private Pass events here.

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One of the most popular events is the Christmas Tree Lighting at The Grove. It is a free event and people line up hours before it begins. There are appearances from recognizable faces. In the two times that I have gone, I have seen Seth MacFarlane, Meghan Trainor, and Andy Grammer. The firework show and snowfall finale really help kick off the holiday season.

Street Style Cinema

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For a few weeks every summer they host Street Style Cinema. They play a movie in the park and give you free snacks. My Mom and I had a blast watching The Devil Wears Prada here.

The Grove has a decent amount of stores for shopping though the stores are a bit pricey with places like Barney’s. I like coming here for the atmosphere and the events more than the shopping.

About The Author

Michelle Ares is the founder and creative director of LA Dreaming. I have a passion for Southern California and love sharing my adventures and experiences with you. I love to travel, find new places to check out, and watch movies. You can follow me on Instagram @la.dreaming

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