Brewery Art Colony Tour (on hiatus until April 2024)

Los Angeles is home to a lot of amazing artists. And nowhere will you find more in one place than at the Brewery Arts Complex!

Located just north of Downtown LA, between the historic neighborhoods of Lincoln Heights and Chinatown, the Brewery Arts Complex is known worldwide as the World’s Largest Art Colony. Comprising 13 buildings spread over 18 acres, the colony is on the site of a former brewery (first Eastside Brewery, later Pabst Blue Ribbon) and the original Eidson Power Plant for Los Angeles. In 1982 the grounds were purchased, and with the passage of the “Artist in Residence” zoning law, coverted into a massive artist in residence complex.

Your tour will visit a number of lofts in the complex (typically 5-7) while touring the grounds. In each loft you’ll meet the artist who lives there, tour their beautiful and fantastical lofts, and learn about the art they create. Between loft visits you’ll get a fascinating history lesson about this iconic complex. Your guide is a resident themselves, immersed and living in this wonderful community. And the tour ends in the center of the complex at the local watering hole and restaurant, Barbara’s at the Brewery.

Public Group and Private Tours Available


$25 per person 

For Private Group bookings, please go HERE (including school, corporate, social groups)


Approx 2-2.5 hours – 1.5 miles of slow paced walking. There are some flights of stairs on the route.


Public Tours schedule varies, click the booking button for calendar

Private tour availability varies, please inquire

Start Point:

The main gate of the complex. 650 Moulton Avenue for the purpose of mapping.

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How far do we walk? 

Does the tour start on time? Yes. We suggest arriving at least 10 minutes early to insure you don’t miss the beginning. There are benches to sit on at the start.

What if I’m late? The guide will still be near the start for the first 5 minutes of the tour, showing the art work on Imperial. If you are unable to locate them, you can try calling 310-503-2365 (though we may not be able to pick up if leading a tour.)

Gratuity/tip? Tips are always appreciated by our guides, but never required. If you want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide for that job well done, a tip is very welcome.

What if it rains? This is the one tour we usually cancel if it is going to rain. Biking in the rain isn’t very fun, especially down some of alleys we traverse. You will be notified 24 hours in advance if we decide to cancel, and can either rebook or be refunded.

Will we see art by (insert name here?) You may. If its in the area, you’ll likely visit it. But the routes can vary slightly, so if you expected a particular piece of art, and didn’t get to see it, your guide will gladly point you in the right direction after the tour (or break the news gently if that piece is long painted over.)


  • Please arrive 10 minutes early as the tour starts on time.
  • Just tell the guide your name. No need to print out the ticket or confirmation email.
  • ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE RAIN OR SHINE: The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where we are forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability) or offered a full refund.
  • ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE OUTDOORS: Dress appropriately for the weather.

Cancel/Rescheduling Policy

  • We understand that your plans sometimes change. That is why we try to be as flexible and accommodating as possible.
  • Prior to 72 hours before tour time, a full refund can be given.
  • Sorry, no refunds within 72 hours of tour start time. Our guides need to get out of work and other commitments to lead the tours, so we commit to paying them whether guests show up or not.
  • Up to 24 hours before a scheduled tour you can reschedule for a different date. We only allow one reschedule per booking.

The tour starts in front of Arts District Brewery (828 Traction Ave, Los Angeles CA 90013)

There is metered street parking in the area. If you can’t locate a street spot, there are pay lots on several adjacent streets.