In tandem with the Getty's ongoing Pacific Standard Time Presents architecture edition and the Dwell on Design convention, the Los Angeles Design Festival embraces the city's sprawling geography in a weeks-long program of architecture- and design-focused tours, parties, exhibitions and screenings. Some 40 events are slated, including a Big City Forum at the Standard Downtown on June 19, a Chinatown focus on June 29 and a citywide design shopping night on June 27. There's even an app for that. But perhaps the single most curious-minded of the engagements has to be June 15's Design Caravan -- a guided excursion to the deep Valley and beyond, starring Los Angeles
magazine's design guru/hidden-gem maven Chris Nichols. Tour takers will be treated to stops at little-known locales including a public art installation, an innovative design studio, an abandoned art deco airport and a prop house specializing in historical objects -- not to mention the better-known but still gorgeous grounds of the world-famous Griffith Park Observatory, where the tour begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. with a picnic by Wolfgang Puck, which is included in the $20 ticket. The best part? All the driving is handled by a fleet of pink-mustachioed Lyft cars, leaving you free to snap, post and tag your Instagrams for a chance to win something awesome. Griffith Park Observatory, 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Feliz; Sat., June 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; $20. ladesignfestival.org.
Sat., June 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2013