About 150 years before the Hollywoodland sign popped up in 1923, L.A.'s first real neighborhood was El Pueblo de Los Angeles. With more than a dozen historic buildings and today's popular tourist destination of Olvera Street, El Pueblo is now a historic monument, but it has been around since 1781, long before L.A.'s burgeoning metropolis attracted a confluence of cultures. In the spirit of the unique experiences that define all Angelenos, the annual L.A. Heritage Day features more than 200 local museums, historical societies and heritage organizations, which aim to give us a deeper appreciation of our city's rich heritage (think art, architecture, theater, music and food). They'll share what they're up to and enlighten us on the city's cultural history in more than a dozen assorted presentations throughout the day. Other features include children's activities (including a lantern-making workshop), presentations, a display of historic L.A. cars, giveaways and, yes, food. Seven museums are within walking distance, so make a day of it. The Pico House, 424 N. Main St., dwntwn.; Sun., April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; free. (213) 628-1274, laheritage.blogspot.com.
Sun., April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 2014