Echo Park Lotus Festival takes place each July in the shadow of downtown Los Angeles Festival organizers expect to relaunch the famed festival in 2013 after a complete rejuvenation of the lake at Echo Park. The lotus flower is significant to the Asian cultures as a symbol of rebirth, purity and life. Tip #44 from Van Ness Water Gardens www.vnwg.com
The Spot: DinetteWhat To Order: Avocado ToastOne of the newest additions to the Echo Park food scene, Dinette features a menu with an eclectic mix of items, including pizza, avocado toast, waffles, and spaghetti. Because, well, why not? Dinette, 1606 Sunset Boulevard (near Echo Park Avenue); 213- 278-0301.
The East Side of Los Angeles is booming: Almost everything noteworthy—from restaurants to boutiques—is popping up over in Los Feliz, Echo Park, Silver Lake, or Downtown. Heres where LAs most pace-setting crowd hangs out.