The grand opening celebration of the completed Grand Park (from Grand Avenue to Spring Street) introduced the entire park to the public. From the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain to Olive Court, to the Performance Lawn, to the Flag Garden in the Community Terrace, and the Event Lawn and dog run, visitors now have access to the entire park. They are encouraged to take the Metro Red Line to Civic Center Station that lets riders off right in the middle of the park. In addition, parking is available in Lot 10 with entrances on Broadway and Hill Street between First and Temple Streets (also in the middle of the park) and in Lot 17 at Olive and First Streets (enter from Olive Street).The park's fall calendar includes a range of events and activities with appeal to a wide variety of park visitors, including:
- New Hub for CicLAvia – Grand Park joins other locations as a new hub for this event that opens the streets for bicyclists, walkers, runners and more. Grand Park features concerts, special activities plus food and beverages ( October 7, 2012; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.);
- Make Your Mark at the Park (Big Draw) and Grand Park's Pooch Party – Grand Park provides opportunities for artists and amateurs of all ages to participate in Big Draw, the world's largest celebration of drawing. That same day, dog lovers will enjoy a fun and entertaining "pooch party" with dog parades, activities and interactive booths. The event dedicates the much anticipated dog run on the Event Lawn, expected to be a popular downtown destination for dog owners and their pets ( October 14, 2012; noon-4:00 p.m.); AXIS Dance Company – Grand Park welcomes AXIS Dance Company, one of the world's most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities, who will give audiences a new perspective on the power of physically integrated dance ( October 27, 2012; 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.);
- Dedication of the Cherry Blossom Trees – The Japanese Consulate joins with the county to dedicate the cherry blossom trees in Grand Park's Community Terrace in honor of the 100 th anniversary of the donation of cherry trees by Japan to the United States. ( November 2, 2012; 4:00 p.m.);
- Grand Park Presents Downtown Dia de Los Muertos – Grand Park presents the first official downtown Dia de Los Muertos celebration with live music and visual artists from the Latino community ( November 2, 2012; 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.); and
- Flash Fest – The Music Center inaugurates Flash Fest with an event at Grand Park. Flash Fest is a new pop-up art happening that explores all art forms in myriad ways with appeal to all ages and interests. Each event will turn on a particular theme, which will be up for a short time and then disappear until the next Flash Fest. The first event at Grand Park is "High Roads and Railroads," a musical intersection of an African American string band, "The Ebony Hillbillies," with the traditional Irish folk music of "Teada," along with a number of interactive arts workshops ( November 4, 2012; 5:00 p.m.).