Midnight Club: Los Angeles contains a series of story missions as well as several types of recurring races that the player can perform.
- First Impressions - Booke starts, race against Henry
- Sunset Strip Race - Booke starts, race against Trevor
- Hollywood Auto - First meeting with Karol
- Red Light Racing - Karol starts, race against Martin
- The Strip - Booke starts, need to earn 400 rep on the Sunset Strip
- Hollywood Hangout - Booke starts, need to win series. Great Palace parking lot series location.
- Get Tuned Up - Booke starts, win six races with a tuner
- Bird on the Line
- Hollywood Time Trial
- Step it Up
- Tricks of the Trade
- Hot Pink
- Switch it Up
- (incomplete list ...)
The South Central Premium Upgrade adds new story missions to the game. These are also included in the Complete Edition of the game.
The following race types are introduced within story missions, after which they are available to the player to perform on a recurring basis outside of the story.