Erykah Badu attends the 2016 One Music Fest concert in Atlanta Georgia 9/10/2016 at the Lakewood Amphitheater. Photo via Shutterstock.

LA3C Music and Food Festival 2023

NOVEMBER 10-12, 2023


The City of Stars showcases some of its brightest at this three-day festival.

Los Angeles is full of itself. Has been forever. And while we tire of Angelenos bragging about their city’s cultural clout, we also know they have a point. It’s this influence on culture-at-large via artistic achievement that will be celebrated at Penske Media’s LA3C. The festival name stands for Los Angeles (LA) Capital of Culture and Creativity (3C). 

Last year, LA3C was held in Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown. This year the event will disperse among multiple venues across downtown Los Angeles. Four of them, Marketplace on Main, the Palace Theater, the Theater at Ace Hotel, and the Orpheum Theater, will primarily host the musical guests, which include Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu and Questlove. The Los Angeles Theater, in addition to hosting Kamasi Washington, will screen programming by Women Under the Influence, a cinema collective that highlights women in film. The last venue, Bazaar on Broadway, will be home to a shopping thoroughfare run by Black Market Flea, a LA-based market that highlights local Black-owned businesses and vendors. Bazaar on Broadway will also have live sunset jazz and a record shop run by In Sheep’s Clothing all weekend long, as well as a sprawling food market of local Los Angeles restaurants. The food options range from Korean barbeque to Neapolitan pizza to Turkish breakfast food and more. 

As the festival has moved indoors, seating capacity is limited and first come, first serve. Unless you’re willing to cough up extra for the VIP tickets, make sure to get to the shows far enough ahead of time for a good spot, but no more than an hour before the show starts. 

The Specs 

  • Attendance numbers will vary by event.
  • Single day General Admission tickets start at $49. Single day VIP tickets start at $149. Three day General Admission tickets start at $99. Three day VIP tickets start at $399.
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What is the closest airport to LA3C?

LAX is located about 17 miles from the festival.  

Where is the festival held?

The festival is held in downtown Los Angeles in between Broadway and Main Street, in venues including the Ace Theater, the Orpheum Theater, the Los Angeles Theater, and the Palace Theater. 

What kind of bag can I bring into LA3C?

No bag larger than 12” x 12” is permitted. 

Which artists are on the LA3C lineup?

Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Flying Lotus, Quest Love, Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Terrace Martin, Marc Rebillet, Sudan Archives, Nick Hakim, Fred Armisen, Julie Byrne, Kilo Kish, Lonnie Holley, Aja Monet, Pauli The PSM, Novena Carmel, John Carroll Kirby, Shabazz Palaces, Yrsa Daley-Ward with The Josh Craig, Acyde, Siobhan Bell, Salami Rose Joe Louis, Def Rain, Dennis Free.

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BY Sarah Cortina