Saturday Featured Activities

SCHEDULE OF COMMUNITY EVENTS

SATURDAY July 9 2022 - Pedestrians only

2:00 p.m. - Gates open

4:00 p.m. - Music starts

10:00 p.m. - Viaduct closes

YOU MUST HAVE TICKET TO ENTER SATURDAY’S EVENT

Get your free ticket here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grand-opening-of-the-sixth-street-viaduct-tickets-360641286797

This event is limited to 15,000 people. 

Print out your ticket or download it to your phone.

ENTRANCE

Enter on the eastside of the Sixth Street Viaduct in Boyle Heights at Boyle Avenue and Whittier Blvd. Metal detector and screening required.  

SATURDAY FEATURED ACTIVITIES TO CHECK OUT

100 YEARS OF CARS

When you enter from Boyle Heights, celebrate LA’s motor vehicle history by checking out an array of vintage vehicles and the culture of the low and the slow - LA’s Lowrider scenes.

Historical fact: The first gasoline-powered vehicle appeared on the streets of Los Angeles in the early morning hours of Sunday, May 30, 1897. It was the first time a “motor carriage” appeared anywhere in Southern California. The vehicle had been built in a machine shop on West Fifth Street. It traveled on Sixth Street from Downtown Los ANgeles to Boyle Heights on its first trip.

A CELEBRATION OF FOOD TRUCK CULTURE

The intersection between food and wheels has driven culture in Los Angeles since at least the 1930s. Join us to celebrate the LA street food culture by sampling a wide array of tasty treats. 

A CELEBRATION OF MARKET CULTURE

Highlighting the diverse creative talent of our city, with a focus on Boyle Heights and the Arts District, vendors have been carefully selected with an emphasis on  handmade arts and crafts, including gourmet condiments and delicacies representative of the local community.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES

OZOMATLI
Named after the Aztec monkey god of dance and passion, Ozomatli play a unique mix of salsa, hip-hop, reggae, rock, merengue, funk and more. Formed in Los Angeles in 1995, they have since gained a reputation as the hottest live band on the west coast, traveling worldwide to great acclaim, known for their riotous and high energy live shows. They play Latin brass and percussion versions of everything from old James Brown tunes to current rap hits to the theme from Sesame Street! Ozomatli inspired Carlos Santana to describe them as ‘the future of music’ when they opened for him in 1999.

LA SONORA DINAMITA

La Sonora Dinamita is a Mexican and Colombian musical group that plays cumbia, a Tropical music genre popular throughout Latin America. As one of the first Cumbia groups to reach international success, it is credited with helping to popularize the genre throughout Latin America and the world. The original orchestra was formed in 1960 in Cartagena de Indias under the direction of bandleader Lucho Argaín. It disbanded in 1963, but was re-formed in 1975 under the direction of Julio Ernesto Estrada "Fruko" Rincón, the artistic director of the Discos Fuentes record label. In 1981 the group released its first successful recordings, such as the classic "Mi Cucu." While the group's lineup has changed, it has always featured a strong female vocalist to accompany its ten-piece brass instrumentation.

BUYEPONGO

Buyepongo, originally founded in 2008 as a folkloric cumbia band, is a Los Angeles-based quintet that makes contemporary pan-Latin music in the style they intriguingly call“buyangú” — an eclectic but cohesive mezcla of global beats and spicy flavors influenced by their California home base as well as the band members’ travels to Central and South America. Appropriately, Buyepongo loosely defined means to ‘cause a ruckus’ and this merry band of musical noisemakers does exactly that, deploying a bewildering array of riff-heavy sounds and expertly blended influences that work equally well in intimate or modest settings as they do in front of large festival audiences or at cultural and municipal institutions.

EL TRISTE AND LA SMILEY

Puppetmaster Cain Carias, a protege of The Bob Baker Marionette Theatre, learnt the craft of puppeteering from Bob Baker himself. Working with a friend and dollmaker, Ms. Reyes Arte, together they collaborated to create El Triste and his ‘girlfriend’ LA Smiley. While billed as ‘The saddest clown in Los Angeles’ El Triste brings joy to the streets to be enjoyed by young and old alike.

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