Elizabeth Kivowitz | 310-466-8769 |  

On Thursday, May 4, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Broxton Avenue, the Westwood Village community will have front-row seats for a diverse set of music and dance performances from past and upcoming UCLA Spring Sing concerts. The performances are part of “Joy Fest,” the May edition of First Thursdays (#UCLAfirstthursdays), the monthly series connecting the campus with the Westwood community. The annual Spring Sing concert is one of UCLA’s most celebrated traditions, dating back to 1945, and the 2023 edition takes place May 19.

This month’s event will feature Taiko drummers, mariachi, contemporary dance and DJs, as well as food and T-shirt giveaways.

There will also be games and hands-on fun for community members of all ages.


Thursday, May 4

  • Noon to 4 p.m.: Stop by the weekly Westwood Village Farmers Market to get free tickets to UCLA TEDx talks and the upcoming Spring Sing annual concert. Celebrate spring with a free blossom kit to take home.

  • 7 to 10 p.m.: Spring Sing and other performances including folk music, mariachi, contemporary dance, Taiko drumming, brass bands and more


  • Taiko drummers
  • Mariachi de Uclatlán
  • Contemporary dance performances
  • Brass band
  • Folk music groups
  • Light-up swings and air hockey
  • Stilt walkers
  • Instagrammable photo moments
  • DJ music and dancing


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Broxton Avenue in Westwood Village, Los Angeles (map)


Journalists should contact Elizabeth Kivowitz at 310-466-8769 or for details. Most regular-sized vehicles can park in UCLA Lot 36 on Kinross Avenue between Gayley and Veteran avenues.


The UCLA First Thursdays series, which began in March 2022, aims to forge connections between the UCLA campus and its neighbors and to support the continued revitalization of Westwood Village. More than 35,000 people experienced UCLA First Thursdays in the last year.

Monthly events on Broxton Avenue involve daytime activities at the weekly Westwood Village Farmers Market and evening block parties with immersive activities, art, music, dance and food. First Thursdays are put on by UCLA Strategic Communications, in partnership with the Westwood Village Improvement Association.

Past daytime activities at the farmers market have included mentorship cafés, mindful awareness instruction, financial literacy coaching and live poetry. Evening themed block parties have featured space exploration, student art exhibitions, immersive experiences, live musical performances, cooking demonstrations and competitions, DJ music, dance lessons and food giveaways, among other highlights.

The events are all free and open to the public.