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Red Carpet ceremonies are a good way to guarantee seeing a celebrity in LA

Some people have become obsessed by a celebrity and it can be very unhealthy. The news is full of stories of stars who’ve been stalked by overly-fanatical fans so I’m definitely not condoning that kind of stuff in How to Guarantee Seeing a Celebrity in LA! The first thing to know about famous people (and I’ve got this on good authority, I don’t know many) is that they’re just people, exactly like you and me. Well not exactly like me (I’m not rich or famous), but you know what I mean.

If you do come across someone famous while you’re in Los Angeles (probably by following this guide), please be respectful. Remembering that they live here and that, though seeing them may be a big deal for you (and maybe millions of others), they’re just going about their everyday life.

Nevertheless, there are likely actors, artists or singers that you like, and in whom you’ve become interested, perhaps because you’ve grown-up with them or they’ve touched you in some significant way, and it can be very rewarding to see them in the flesh. I know it has been for me.

How NOT to See a Celebrity

Before I delve into how to guarantee seeing a celebrity here, let me start by letting you in on a secret. I can guarantee that you WON’T see someone famous while doing any of the celebrity homes minivan tours that run from Hollywood Boulevard. No self-respecting celebrity is going to let themselves be seen by them if they can help it (and they can – that’s why they’ve got security). Legitimate stars don’t want to encourage the tour operators to hound them anymore than they already do!

There’s a plethora of articles and blogs about LA that share tips with eager visitors on where they can find these mythic creatures, from bougie bars in Brentwood to hidden eateries in Eagle Rock, but there are by my count 10 ways to GUARANTEE seeing a celebrity in LA, and I’m going to spill the tea on them here.

In fact, if you follow this guide, you’ll not only see the celebrity but probably hear from them too.

10 Totally Legit Ways to See a Star in LA

1. GO TO A HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME STAR DEDICATION CEREMONY

Celebrities (if they’re alive) are obliged to go to the unveiling of their own star on the Walk of Fame and they usually bring along a few of their (famous) friends. You can just show up at the ceremony, where they give a speech, sign autographs and take selfies with fans. There are dedication ceremonies on an almost weekly basis, check here for news on upcoming events.

We’ve often seen these ceremonies while we’re on the Real Hollywood or LA in a Day tours, since they’re usually in the morning.

After the ceremony why not go to Musso and Frank Grill, opposite the Egyptian Theatre, for lunch? It’s a popular spot for the Hollywood crowd, and if you don’t want to eat you can just sit at the bar and people watch.

2. GO TO A RED-CARPET MOVIE PREMIERE GALA

TCL Chinese TheatreEl Capitan Theatre and various other movie theatres around town hold film premieres, where most of the cast of will show up to give speeches, sign autographs and take selfies with fans.

They’re free to attend and always fun. It’s one of the best ways to guarantee seeing a celebrity in LA.

3. GO TO AN IMPRINT CEREMONY AT THE TCL CHINESE THEATRE

What could be more Hollywood than seeing your favorite star putting their hands and feet into wet concrete?

Several times a month there’s an imprint ceremony in the famous forecourt of the Chinese Theatre. Even for the biggest stars getting honored in this way is a big deal. Check here for details.

Imprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre – good way to guarantee seeing a celebrity in LA

4. GO TO A TELEVISION SHOW TAPING

A lot of TV shows tape in front of a live audience. That includes big sit-coms (like Friends and Seinfeld in the past, and many network shows now) and chat-shows, such as Jimmy Kimmel.

It’s free, it can be a lot of fun (the producers need to keep it that way, so you keep laughing at their jokes) and you can see how the sausage is made, but you need to sign up online.

Check here for an updated list of shows that tape with live audiences in Los Angeles, with links to obtain tickets. Make sure you turn up early too, as these events are always over-subscribed. 

5. GO TO THE THEATRE

Los Angeles may not be a theater town, like New York or London, but we do have a lot of great theater here, believe it or not. Why not go and see some while you’re here? 

The Center Theatre Group is the main Broadway style theatre company in Los Angeles and a lot of very famous actors have appeared in their plays. But there are also performances at following venues:

The Center for the Art of Performance UCLA

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 

The Odyssey Theatre

If you enjoy stand-up comedy, keep an eye out for performances at the Pantages Theatre and other venues too.

6. GO TO A FILM OR TV SHOW SCREENING

Every week there are movie and Television show screenings, followed by Q and A’s, at venues including:

The Paley Center

The American Cinematheque

The New Beverly Cinema 

The Ace Hotel in DTLA

If you go to one you may be able to ask your favorite actor that burning question you’ve always wanted answered. And they’ll have to respond.

7. GO TO A CONCERT

There are concerts, featuring the very biggest artists out there, in Los Angeles all the time. Why not enjoy one while you’re here?

Do this and we guarantee seeing a celebrity in LA! Check here for updated listings.

8. GO TO A SPORTS MATCH

We’ve got a LOT of great sports teams or franchises here in Los Angeles. Why not catch a game?

The following teams all call the city home.

The Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Rams

L.A. Galaxy 

Los Angeles F.C.

All of the above teams also have celebrity fans, who’ll often show up to games, and you’re guaranteed to see the team’s stars.

9. GO TO A FAMOUS AUTHOR’S BOOK-SIGNING

If the stars you’re interested in are writers (and some writers, such as J.K. Rowling, are big stars) then why not go to an author book-signing or reading?

Pasadena

Vroman’s Bookstore

DTLA

Central Library

The Last Bookstore

Libraries and bookstores need our support, so visit one of the above. They all have events of this type on a regular basis.

10. GO TO A HALL OF FAME INDUCTION & PERFORMANCE AT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM

Every month the Grammy Museum, in downtown, holds events to honor music artists, which you can attend. It also hosts the annual Grammy Awards Show itself, which obviously has a huge host of the biggest stars performing. 

To find out what’s happening at the Grammy Museum while you’re in Los Angeles, check here.

To learn more about how Los Angeles was ground zero for the birth of celebrity culture a hundred years ago, read Beverly Hills and the Stars Houses Tour.

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– By Damien Blackshaw. (Twitter)

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