This Weekend: Made in America Festival

Several streets in downtown LA will be closed as thousands of people head to BudweiserÂ’s Made in America music festival during Labor Day weekend. Reggie Kumar reports live from downtown LA on August 30, 2014. (Published Saturday, Aug 30, 2014)

Grand Park, our downtown park, has been the subject of every comparison possible since debuting just over two years ago. How is it like other urban parks, how is it not, and will the 12-acre expanse become LA's primary meeting, picnicking, hangout place?

It's been trucking along on several fronts, save one: It hasn't yet hosted a major, major concert, like many other metro-ensconced green spaces around the country have. That changes over Labor Day Weekend with the Budweiser Made in America Festival, which is the first time the park has been the location for a pay-to-get-in happening.

Final Preps Before Music Festival Hits DTLA

[LA] Final Preps Before Music Festival Hits DTLA
Final preparations were underway before tens of thousands of people pack downtown Los Angeles for the massive Made in America music festival in Grand Park. Kate Larsen reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (Published Friday, Aug 29, 2014)

The mondo, multi-genre gathering, which will see upwards of 50,000 attendees ready to see live performances from Imagine Dragons, Afrojack, Kanye West, John Mayer, Iggy Azalea, Kendrick Lamar, Juanes, and Weezer, was announced in the springtime. Founded by artist Jay-Z, the fest has Philadelphia roots and is "expected to inject millions of dollars into the LA economy," says Mayor Eric Garcetti.

United Way is a beneficiary.

Downtown Bracing for Weekend Music Festival

[LA] Downtown Bracing for Weekend Music Festival
Promising a big-name lineup and heavy crowds, this weekend's Made in America concert is set to take downtown LA by storm. But the expected street closures and raucous atmosphere aren't as exciting for some. Michelle Valles reports from downtown LA for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (Published Friday, Aug 29, 2014)

The two-day party is also being "met with resistance by a group who fears alcohol will lead to dangerous behavior, while officials say security and the city are ready."

Headed to the park along with those 50,000 concert goers? Best check out the festival guide, which includes information on street closures, area hotels, ticket specifics, and how to get there (Metro is suggested).

Countdown to Made in America Fest

[PHI] Countdown to Made in America Fest
NBC10's Matt DeLucia explains last minute preparations for the Made in America music festival, taking place on the Ben Franklin Parkway Saturday and Sunday. (Published Friday, Aug 29, 2014)

The large-scale outdoor music festivals continue for Los Angeles, with the Sunset Strip Music Festival scheduled for the final weekend of summer (Sept. 20 and Sept. 21).