The 2017 Academy Awards will be held Sunday, February 26. Many of the events and Oscar parties surrounding the Academy Awards are closed to the general public, but there are lots of ways to join in the excitement if you're in town during Oscar Season. If you're hoping to get a glimpse of the red carpet in person, you have to plan way ahead. Oscars.org posts a lottery application each fall, usually in October, for the Oscar Fan Experience, where applicants are selected at random for bleacher seats on the red carpet.
If you weren't lucky enough to win one of those seats for this year, here are some Oscar events everyone can attend. If you have a public Oscar event in LA to add to this list, email details in the format below here.
Note: Hollywood Boulevard is closed down to traffic a full week before the awards, and is even closed to foot traffic the day of the event. So if you don't have an invitation, it's best to stay out of the area on the day.
The Art of Motion Picture Costume Design at FIDM
The Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising in Downtown LA hosts its annual showcase of Oscar-nominated costumes in the Best Costume Design category. The Free exhibit includes nominated costumes from the current year's nominees as well as the winners for best costume design from the previous year.
When: February 7, - April 22, 2017, Tues - Sat 10 am - 5 pm
Where: 919 S. Grand Ave, Downtown Los Angeles, 90015, corner of 9th
Parking: Pay parking is available under the FIDM building (enter off 9th, just west of Grand) or at street meters or surrounding lots.
Info: fidmmuseum.org, (213) 623-5821
89.3 KPCC's "FilmWeek" Oscar Preview 2017
A week before the Oscars, Larry Mantle of AirTalk on KPCC public radio will convene a panel of film critics to talk about the Oscar hopefuls in front of a live audience at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown .
When: February 21, 2017, 1-3 pm
Where: Theatre at Ace Hotel, 933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 900
Cost: $11 GA, member discount
The Academy's Oscar Week Public Events
The week before the Oscars, the Academy hosts a series of evening panels featuring the nominees in the categories of Shorts, Documentaries, Feature Animation, Foreign Language Film and an additional Makeup and Hairstyling Symposium. The Shorts category is the only one that screens the entire films. The others will show clips and discuss them with the creators.
When: Feb 21-25, 2017
Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Cost: Free to $5 per ticket
Oscar Nominated Shorts and Production Panel Hosted by American Cinemateque at the Egyptian Theatre
On the Friday and Saturday before the Academy Awards, American Cinemateque hosts a series of screenings and panels celebrating nominees you don't hear as much about. Friday evening they'll be screening nominated documentary shorts. Saturday, they'll be screening live action and animated shorts and have panels with nominated production designers and editors.
When: February 26-27, 2016
Where: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028
Cost: $11 GA, $9 Seniors and Students, $7 members, Saturday panels are free
Global Green's Pre-Oscar Party
This fundraiser for Global Green USA is hosted by a different bunch of celebrities every year. It's a club party with live music and top LA DJs. This year it's at the new TAO Hollywood nightclub with live musical performances by Grammy Award winner Estelle, along with Cody Simpson and Taylor Dayne.
When: February 22, 2017, 7-11 pm
Where: TAO Hollywood, 6421 Selma Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028
Cost: $1500 and up
Info: globalgreen.org, 310-895-9505
International Documentary Association DocuDay Oscar Nominee Film Screenings
Most of the documentary films nominated for Academy Awards have a very limited distribution across the country, but they will all be shown one after the other on the Saturday before the Oscars. There will be a Q&A with filmmakers after some of the films.
When: Saturday before the Oscars 9 am to Midnight, see Film Schedule
Where: Writer's Guild of America (WGA), 135 Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Cost: $70 all day pass, discount for IDA members
Parking: Free in WGA structure
Red Carpet Oscar Viewing Party at the Art Theatre in Long Beach
The red-carpet - dress up just for fun - viewing party at the Art Theatre is by invitation only, but all you have to do to get an invitation is make a $25 or more donation to this historic non-profit theatre on Long Beach's Retro Row. The Academy Awards will be shown live on the big screen. Wine and champagne will be available at the concession stand for $5 a glass.
When: February 26, 2017, 4 pm
Where: The Art Theatre,
Cost: $25+, you can donate online or at the event.
Night of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing Gala
You'll find some of the celebrities who don't have tickets to the Dolby Theatre for the Academy Awards at the annual "Night of 100 Stars" viewing party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The event includes reserved table seating, dinner and open bar. Tickets are limited, but anyone with $1000 can buy a seat at the table with real stars while they last.
When: February 26, 2017, 3:30 pm
Where: The Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Cost: $1000 plus $25 service charge
Tickets and Info: www.nightof100stars.com or 310-446-5416, Nightof100stars@aol.com
APLA's Oscar Viewing Party at the Abbey
West Hollywood's favorite gay restaurant/bar, the Abbey, hosts the annual Aids Project LA fundraiser, which starts with a red carpet cocktail reception at 4, followed by an optional sit-down dinner for Oscar viewing. Celebrity host TBA.
When: February 26, 2017, 4:00 pm
Where: The Vineyard Beverly Hills, 1652 Tower Grove Dr. Beverly Hills CA 90210
Cost: $500 Gold, $1000 Platinum
Tickets and Info
You can find tickets to some of the most exclusive parties in town, including the Vanity Fair and Elton John parties at thevipconcierge.com.
This information was accurate at the time of publication, but is subject to change at any time. check the event website for the most current information.