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Los Angeles events September 2019

Taste of Los Angeles

September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 30)
Hollywood (6.3 miles NW)
Sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, The Taste offers unlimited food, beer, wine, and spirits tastings, plus cooking demonstrations at Paramount Pictures for age 21+. Repeats in Costa Mesa in October.

Shakespeare in the park

September 1, 2019
(also Aug.)
Griffith Park (9.1 miles north)
Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival has pre-show activities before each performance at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. The 2019 productions are “Pericles” and “Twelfth Night.” Bring a blanket or low-back chair. No pets. Free including parking.

Music festival at a brewery

September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 31)
Glendale (10.7 miles north)
Made in L.A. is a two-day music festival (Cold War Kids, Phantom Planet, Donavon Frankenreiter, etc.), with quality beer for sale outside Golden Road Brewing, 5410 W. San Fernando Road for age 21+.

World music

September 1, 2019
(2 to 7 p.m.)
Santa Monica (14.2 miles west)
Hear a diverse lineup of music, watch dance from around the world, join dance lessons and art making, and buy food and drinks when Broad Fest returns to the Broad Stage. Free, including parking.

Asian night market (L.A.)

September 1, 2019
(also Aug.)
Arcadia (20 miles NE)
Shop from hundreds of vendors selling food, merchandise, and crafts at the 626 Night Market, with performances and a DJ dance floor at Santa Anita Park. No pets.

Hawaiian festival

September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 30)
Long Beach (24 miles south)
E Hula Mau [website has sound] features a hula competition, live music, artisans, and an “Island Food Court” at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach.

Long Beach Comic Con

September 1, 2019
Long Beach (24.2 miles south)
Celebrating comics and pop culture, Long Beach Comic Con showcases the works of talented writers, artists, illustrators, and creators with celebrity guests, panels, cosplay, exhibitors, and vendors at Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.

Ticket deal $5 to $30

International street fair in Orange

September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 30)
Orange (34 miles SE)
Hear music from different countries, eat international food, shop at arts & crafts booths, and visit kids’ crafts & games on car-free streets at Orange International Street Fair in Old Town Orange. No pets. Free.

Civil War reenactment

September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 31)
Huntington Beach (36.2 miles SE)
See Civil War battles and weapon demonstrations, watch President Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address, and hear a band concert during HB Civil War Days at Huntington Beach Central Park. Free.

Classic film festival

September 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Aug. 29)
Hollywood (8.7 miles NW)
Watch rare and unusual films from 1910 to 1944, attend programs, and hear celebrity guests at Cinecon in the iconic Egyptian Theatre.

Welcome ships & sailors

September 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Aug. 30)
San Pedro (22.8 miles south)
See military demonstrations and flyovers, and enjoy free entertainment during LA Fleet Week at World Cruise Center. Adults and children age 5+ can make a reservation in advance to tour military ships, but you must wear closed-toe shoes and bring ID if 18+. Free.

Movies at the cemetery

September 1 - 21, 2019
(also Aug.)
Hollywood (6.7 miles NW)
The FAQ says you’re welcome to bring beer, wine, blankets, pillows, a small tarp, or low chairs to Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Screenings on the lawn, with pre-show DJ music.

County fair

September 1 - 22, 2019
(begins Aug. 30)
Pomona (32.3 miles east)
Although parking and food are expensive at the L.A. County Fair, it does offer lots of carnival rides, barnyard animals at “The Farm,” a giant hall of vendors, and nightly music concerts at the Fairplex. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays except Labor Day.

Ticket deal $15.75 (child $8.50)

Rooftop theater

September 1 - 30, 2019
(also Aug.)
Downtown & Hollywood
Watch classic and contemporary films under the open sky on a deck chair at Rooftop Cinema Club either downtown at Level (age 18+) or in Hollywood at NeueHouse (age 21+ because it has a bar).

Film festival

September 4 - 8, 2019
Burbank (12.7 miles north)
Burbank International Film Festival screens the work of up-and-coming artists, and it holds Q & A sessions, receptions, parties, and a closing night dinner and awards ceremony at AMC Burbank 16.

Free show: America’s Got Talent

September 4 & 11, 2019
(Wednesdays 2 p.m.)
Hollywood (9.1 miles NW)
Join the studio audience watching singers, dancers, comedians, and magicians performing for the judges (Howie Mandel, Simon Cowell, Gabrielle Union, Terry Crews, and Julianne Hough) at the filming of America’s Got Talent in Dolby Theatre. Read the dress code. Children age 10 to 17 OK with a legal guardian.

Free tickets

Free concerts at the pier

September 4 - 25, 2019
(Wed. 7 to 10 p.m.)
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
Twilight on the Pier offers live music on two stages plus “immersive art, food offerings, a beer and spirits garden, games, and interactive activations” along the Santa Monica Pier promenade. Free, no ticket or RSVP is required.

Free concerts

September 4 - 28, 2019
(also Aug.)
multiple locations
KCRW radio presents Summer Nights “a series of outdoor shows featuring live band performances and DJ sets” in Southern California venues. Free.

Classical music under the stars

September 5, 2019
(8 p.m.)
Hollywood (8.5 miles north)
Hear popular music by Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including a piano concerto, during Mozart Under the Stars at the Hollywood Bowl.

Ticket deal $17 to $26

New art fair

September 5 - 8, 2019
Santa Monica (12.5 miles west)
Based in London, The Other Art Fair “leads the way in uncovering and nurturing new and innovative creative talent” exhibiting works by 116 emerging artists at Barker Hangar.

Greek mythology under the stars

September 5 - 28, 2019
Pacific Palisades (18.9 miles west)
The Heal is “a bold new version of Sophocles’ timeless tale of hurting and healing” called Philoctetes, in an outdoor venue modeled after ancient Greek and Roman theaters at the Getty Villa for age 12+.

Ticket deal $26 (Thursdays)

Cowboy show

September 6 - 7, 2019
Anaheim (34 miles SE)
Professional Bull Riders compete to see who can last the longest atop a bucking bull at Honda Center.

Party on Catalina Island

September 6 - 7, 2019
Catalina Island (53 miles south via ferry)
Taste wine from 30 wineries, hear live music, watch the “Step Brothers” film, and mix with beautiful people at the Catalina Wine Mixer at Descanso Beach Club on Catalina Island.

Lobster festival

September 6 - 8, 2019
Long Beach (24.7 miles south)
Long Beach Original Lobster Festival steams “fresh live Maine lobster” and has live music, a food court, a children’s area, a dance floor, and beach bars at Rainbow Lagoon. Mixed reviews on Yelp. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Ticket deal $9

Young Frankenstein the musical

September 6 - 21, 2019
Whittier (17 miles SE)
Young Frankenstein is a live musical by Mel Brooks that spoofs the horror-film genre at The Whittier Center Theatre,

Ticket deal $13

Flight attendant comedy

September 7, 2019
(7 p.m.)
Hollywood (7.5 miles NW)
Australian comedy queen Pan Ann is the “perfectly inappropriate in every way air hostess” known for her musical numbers, sparkling costumes, and fresh observational comedy at The Montalbán.

Ticket deal $25 to $80

Party at the art museum

September 7, 2019
(7:30 p.m.)
Mid-Wilshire (8.6 miles west)
A ticket to Muse ‘til Midnight includes your first drink and entertainment (music, visual installations, and performances) at Los Angeles County Museum of Art for age 18+.

Street music

September 7, 2019
(5 to 11 p.m.)
Long Beach (24.1 miles south)
Part of the Summer and Music festival in Long Beach, Buskerfest invites a dozen local and regional bands to perform on four stages set up on flatbed trucks with minimal plugged-in equipment at E. First Street & Linden Avenue. Free.

Beer tasting

September 7, 2019
Orange (45 miles SE)
Sample 100 different craft beers and buy food at Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival with games, two bands, and vendors at a park in Silverado.

Outdoor movies

September 7 - 21, 2019
(also Aug.)
Los Angeles area
Eat See Hear screens crowd-pleasing films with food trucks, local bands, and high-definition audio visual projection. Bring a blanket or low chair.

Ticket deal 2 for $16

Classical music at the Bowl

September 10, 2019
(8 p.m.)
Hollywood (8.5 miles north)
Hear the Los Angeles Philharmonic and French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet perform works by Debussy, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff at the Hollywood Bowl.

Ticket deal $17 to $26

Ghoulish movie in 4D

September 12 - 25, 2019
Hollywood (9.1 miles NW)
Watch the popular animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D (which is 3D plus lights, fog, scents, and snow) at historic El Capitan Theatre.

Halloween at Universal Studios

September 12 - Nov. 3, 2019
Universal City (10.4 miles NW)
Halloween Horror Nights offers eight haunted mazes, a stage show, a terrifying tram ride, a zombie attraction, and scare zones at Universal Studios Hollywood. Suggested age 13+. No costumes or masks.

Monster convention

September 13 - 15, 2019
Burbank (16.1 miles north)
Son of Monsterpalooza has 150 vendors, exhibits, celebrity guests, and makeup demos “for fans and professionals of film, makeup, special effects, collectible toys, art and monsters” at The Marriott in Burbank.

Home & garden show

September 13 - 15, 2019
Anaheim (30 miles SE)
See showcase gardens and designer rooms, attend seminars and workshops, watch cooking shows, and shop from hundreds of vendors at the Anaheim Home & Garden Show at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Chinese lunar festival

September 14, 2019
(5 to 11 p.m.)
Chinatown (3.1 miles NE)
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival has live music, a craft-beer garden, mooncake, cultural demonstrations, DJs, local bands, a crafts market, and food vendors in Chinatown near 943 N. Broadway (from 900 to 970). Free.

Electric car festival

September 14, 2019
(10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Elysian Park (3.3 miles NE)
Bring a driver’s license to test drive “a variety of electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in electric vehicles (PHEV)” at Charge Up LA, with food trucks at Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center. Free.

Music & art festival

September 14, 2019
(noon to 7 p.m.)
La Brea (7 miles NW)
Laid back Tarfest has live music, live art, craft vendors, a beer garden, food trucks, and kids’ activities in the park at La Brea Tar Pits. Video (2.5 minutes). Free.

Charity tasting event

September 14, 2019
U.C.L.A. (13.9 miles NW)
L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade promises “superstar chefs and mixologists from all over the country” preparing signature items for you to sample, with a live auction at Royce Quad. Adults $195, kids 12 and younger free.

Seafood tasting

September 14, 2019
(3 to 7 p.m.)
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
Off the Hook Seafood Festival features seafood tastings from local restaurants, curated cocktails, live music, chef demos, games, a beer garden, and a VIP lounge at Santa Monica Pier for age 21+.

Dog festival

September 14, 2019
(11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
Bring your dog with license and proof of vaccinations to Doggie Paradise for “entertainment and workshops, puppy photo-ops, canine arts & crafts, doggie free runs, mobile grooming, splash pools, ball pits, treats, merchandise, pet adoptions, cutest dog contests, and activities for dogs & humans” outside the Queen Mary.

Ticket deal $17

Mexican Independence Day

September 14 - 15, 2019
Downtown (2.5 miles NE)
Join the crowds at Mexican Independence Day for live music, dancers, authentic food, a carnival, and historical displays on Olvera Street. Free.

Latin American festival

September 14 - 15, 2019
Santa Ana (33.2 miles SE)
Celebrate independence from Spain at Fiestas Patrias with music, entertainment, food, a beer garden, carnival rides, art & culture exhibits, vendors, an El Grito ceremony (Sat. 6 p.m.), and a parade (Sunday 4 p.m.) at Santa Ana Stadium. Free.

Electronic dance music

September 14 - 15, 2019
San Bernardino (57 miles east)
Billed as North America’s longest-running dance music festival, Nocturnal Wonderland features 62 music artists on four stages at Glen Helen Regional Park for age 18+, with camping available.


September 14 - Oct. 6, 2019
Downtown (1.7 miles NE)
La Bohème is Puccini’s story of youth, loss, and love, set in the Latin Quarter of Paris at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Ticket deal $39 to $224

Halloween at Six Flags

September 14 - Nov. 3, 2019
Santa Clarita (35.9 miles north)
Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware of ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night during Fright Fest [sound] at Six Flags Magic Mountain, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Fashion event

September 19 - 21, 2019
Culver City & West Hollywood
Promising “a dazzling showcase of how fashion, beauty and tech are blending to create a visionary retail experience,” LA Fashion Film Festival offers workshops, films, and panel discussions in two venues. Donation.

Knott’s Scary Farm

September 19 - Nov. 2, 2019
Buena Park (25 miles SE)
Knott’s Scary Farm is an evening event with dozens of attractions that include mazes, shows, scare zones, and rides, plus 1,000 monsters roaming the grounds of Knott’s Berry Farm, for age 13+.

Arts & crafts show

September 20 - 22, 2019
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
Shop for handmade items from hundreds of vendors at the Harvest Festival, which offers entertainment, food booths, and a children’s activity center at OC Fair & Event Center.


September 20 - Oct. 27, 2019
Anaheim (32.5 miles SE)
Oktoberfest has German food, German beer on tap, live bands, polka dancing, and entertainment indoors and outdoors at The Phoenix Club on Fri., Sat., and Sun. Children age 17 and younger are free.

Free museum day

September 21, 2019
Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live.

Adventure race

September 21, 2019
Chinatown (3.5 miles NE)
Questival is a 10-hour race that begins and ends at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Your team of 2 to 6 people completes the challenges assigned by a smartphone app to win prizes. Video (1 minute).

Art fair in Westchester

September 21, 2019
Westchester (17 miles SW)
Westchester Arts & Music Block Party has live music & dance performances, art and commercial vendors, a beer and wine garden, food trucks, and tours of Emerson Avenue Community Garden, on Emerson Avenue (from W. 80th Street to W. 80th Place). Free.

Beer tasting

September 21, 2019
Long Beach (22 miles south)
A ticket to the inaugural Craft Beer Long Beach Festival includes 10 beer-tasting tickets and live music, with food for sale outdoors at Rancho Los Cerritos. No pets.

Country music in Ventura

September 21, 2019
(1 to 9 p.m.)
Ventura (71 miles west)
Hear live country music at Boots & Brews Country Music Festival, with beer and food for sale at San Buenaventura State Beach.

Dinosaur festival

September 21 - 22, 2019
Exposition Park (2.9 miles SW)
Meet paleontologists, hear about fossil discoveries, see rare specimens, and take part in hands-on activities during Dino Fest at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Emmy Awards

September 22, 2019
Downtown (0.2 miles north)
The Emmy Awards recognizing outstanding work in the television industry are distributed in Microsoft Theater, and the event is broadcast live on television.

Grape Stomp

September 22, 2019
(4 to 9 p.m.)
Temecula (94 miles SE)
Your ticket to Grape Stomp includes dinner, wine, music, dancing, and a chance to compete in barefoot grape squishing (or to watch) at Ponte Winery.

French film festival

September 23 - 28, 2019
Hollywood (10.6 miles NW)
COLCOA French Film Festival screens films and TV movies, holds happy hour talks, and offers discussions with directors at Directors Guild of America.

Blue Man show

September 24 - Oct. 6, 2019
Hollywood (7.7 miles NW)
Blue Man Group puts on an exciting show that combines comedy, theater, music, and special effects at Hollywood Pantages.

Ticket deal $58

Korean festival

September 26 - 29, 2019
Koreatown (2.4 miles NW)
Join 350,000 people celebrating Korean culture at Los Angeles Korean Festival with authentic Korean food, cultural performances, vendors, and pop music. Free.

Horror film festival

September 26 - Oct. 9, 2019
Hollywood (8.4 miles NW)
Beyond Fest is “a world genre film festival dedicated to delivering the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema” at The Egyptian Theatre.

Haunted ship

September 26 - Nov. 2, 2019
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
Dark Harbor promises 7 haunted mazes, monsters, a 4D theater, immersive attractions, entertainment onstage, themed bars, and concession food at the Queen Mary. Expect lines.

Party at the zoo

September 27, 2019
(6 to 10:30 p.m.)
Griffith Park (10 miles north)
Roaring Nights features a cover band, DJ music, 15 food trucks, and bars at Los Angeles Zoo for age 21+.

Ticket deal $17

Food truck festival

September 27, 2019
(4 to 9 p.m.)
Pasadena (11.8 miles NE)
Shop from food trucks and then spread a blanket among shaded oaks in the immaculate grounds surrounding Rose Bowl Stadium on Final Fridays, held the last Friday of the month. Free including parking.

Free VIP tickets

Gelato Festival

September 27 - 28, 2019
West Hollywood (9.3 miles NW)
Enjoy unlimited tastes of gelato and vote for your favorite with a ticket to the Gelato Festival at Pacific Design Center.

Air show near San Diego

September 27 - 29, 2019
Miramar (112 miles south)
Largest of the U.S. military air shows, Miramar Air Show has both civilian and military aircraft on the ground and in the air, daily shows by the Blue Angels, acrobatics, fireworks, and vendors at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (where Top Gun was filmed).

Beer festival

September 28, 2019
Westlake (1.2 miles north)
LA Beer Festival promises unlimited samples from 80 breweries, food trucks, a DJ, and live music outdoors at Los Angeles Center Studios for age 21+. Held in April & Sept.

Free national park day

September 28, 2019
Admission is free at national parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks (including Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon). Expect more people and less parking than usual.

Music at Watts Towers

September 28 - 29, 2019
Watts (12 miles south)
Day of the Drum celebrates the role of drums and drummers in world cultures on Saturday. Simon Rodia Jazz Festival features jazz, gospel, and rhythm and blues on Sunday. Both offer food vendors, arts and crafts, and kids’ activities at Watts Towers. Free.

Latino cultural festival

September 28 - 29, 2019
Long Beach (24.6 miles south)
Baja Splash Cultural Festival “celebrates the beauty and diversity of Latino cultures through song, dance, art, and cultural displays” at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Off-road adventure expo

September 28 - 29, 2019
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Shop from hundreds of exhibitors selling gear to fans of “off-road racing to rock crawling, trail riding to sand sports, motorcycles and ATVs, to camping and adventure travel,” and watch off-road racing demonstrations at the Off-Road Expo at the Fairplex.

Huntington Beach concert

September 28 - 29, 2019
Huntington Beach (40 miles SE)
Sammy Hagar’s High Tide Beach Party & Car Show “is a day-long party on the sand of Huntington Beach” including Sammy Hagar & The Circle, REO Speedwagon, and Reel Big Fish for all ages.

Haunted house

September 28 - Nov. 2, 2019
Thousand Oaks (43.5 miles NW)
Reign of Terror Haunted House promises “105 bone-chilling rooms and 8 terrifying attractions” with lots of props and gore at Janss Marketplace. See schedule.

Chocolate event

September 29, 2019
Pasadena (11.4 miles NE)
Taste artisan and gourmet chocolates and confections at the Los Angeles Chocolate Salon, which includes demonstrations, chef and author talks, and wine tasting at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Ticket deal $20

Festival in Venice

September 29, 2019
Venice (14.9 miles west)
Brave the crowds and heat at Abbot Kinney Festival to enjoy hundreds of art vendors, four stages of music, food trucks, beer gardens, kids’ rides, and a great vibe on Abbot Kinney Boulevard (from Venice Boulevard to Main Street). Free.

Sandcastle Contest

September 29, 2019
Corona del Mar (48 miles SE)
See fantastic creatures and creations made of sand at the Sandcastle Contest at Corona del Mar State Beach.

Magic Bar

September 30, 2019
Encino (19.3 miles NW)
Magic Bar is a “sleight-of-hand saloon” that serves you close-up magic in an intimate bar located inside Woodly Proper restaurant for age 21+. Reviews.

Ticket deal $20

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