Los Angeles events September 2020. Things to do in LA.
Los Angeles events September 2020
Shakespeare in the park
September 1 - 6, 2020
(begins June 27)
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 2020 productions are “King Lear” and “As You Like It.” Bring a blanket or low-back chair. No pets. Free including parking.
Classic film festival
September 3 - 7, 2020
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.
Taste of Los Angeles
September 4 - 6, 2020
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 Studios for age 21+. Repeats in Costa Mesa in October.
September 4 - 6, 2020
Long Beach (24 miles south)
E Hula Mau [website has sound] features a hula competition, live music, artisans, workshops, and an “Island Food Court” at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach.
September 4 - 6, 2020
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.
International street fair in Orange
September 4 - 6, 2020
Orange (34 miles SE)
Hear music from different countries, eat international food, browse arts & crafts booths, and check out kids’ crafts & games at Orange International Street Fair on car-free streets in Old Town Orange. No pets. Free.
Welcome ships & sailors
September 4 - 7, 2020
San Pedro (22.8 miles south)
Watch military demonstrations and flyovers, attend free entertainment, do a team obstacle course (2 people age 18+), and visit a STEM science expo (Sat., Sun., Mon.) during LA Fleet Week at World Cruise Center. Adults and children age 5+ can line up to tour military ships (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), wearing closed-toe shoes and bringing ID if age 18+. Free.
September 4 - 27, 2020
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.
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.
Civil War reenactment
September 5 - 6, 2020
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 Civil War Days in Huntington Beach Central Park. Free.
Billed as the largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California, Fiesta Hermosa features 300 artists and crafters, high-quality food vendors, two music stages, a beer and wine garden, and a “Kiddie Carnival” near the ocean. Repeats in May. Fair map.
September 6, 2020
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 during Broad Fest outdoors at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage. Free, including parking.
Taste wine from 22 wineries, hear live music, watch the “Step Brothers” film, and mix with beautiful people at the The Original Catalina Wine Mixer at Descanso Beach Club on Catalina Island.
September 12 - 13, 2020
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
Hear celebrity speakers, watch chef demos, and join workshops at Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo, which includes hundreds of beauty & health product vendors at Los Angeles Convention Center.
Mexican Independence Day
September 12 - 13, 2020
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.
September 13, 2020
Long Beach (26.4 miles SE)
Check out 450 vehicles parked on 14 blocks of E.Second Street at the Belmont Shore Car Show in Belmont Shore. Free.
September 18 - 20, 2020
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.
Oktoberfest in Anaheim
September 18 - Oct. 25, 2020
(Fri., Sat., Sun.)
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. Children younger than age 18 are free.
Art fair in Westchester
September 19, 2020
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.
September 19, 2020
Long Beach (22 miles south)
A ticket to Craft Beer Long Beach Festival includes 15 beer-tasting tickets and live music, with food for sale outdoors at Rancho Los Cerritos. Chairs and blankets are OK, but no pets.
September 26, 2020
Torrance (18.4 miles SW)
Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival promises “the hottest ukulele talent on the planet showcasing a wide range of styles and genres” plus workshops, group strum-alongs, and vendors at Torrance Cultural Arts Center. Free for children age 12 and younger.
Free national park day
September 26, 2020
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 26 - 27, 2020
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 afternoon kids’ activities at Watts Towers. Free.
Festival in Venice
September 27, 2020
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.
September 27, 2020
Temecula (94 miles SE)
Your ticket to Grape Stomp includes dinner, hors d’oeuvres wine, beer, music, dancing, and a chance to compete in barefoot grape squishing (or to watch) at Ponte Winery.
KCRW radio presents Summer Nights “a series of outdoor shows featuring live band performances and DJ sets” in Southern California venues. Free.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Live art competition
Downtown (1.3 miles east)
Watch 12 artists compete to win your vote as they transform blank canvases into beautiful pieces of original artwork during Art Battle at Exchange LA for age 21+. Afterwards, bid for the art in a silent auction.
Mexican food fest
Downtown (2.3 miles NE)
The Great Tortilla Tournament has tortilla tastings, food vendors, a bar, tortilla art, kids’ activities, and DJ music at L.A. Plaza de Cultura y Artes. No pets, chairs, glass, or alcohol. Free but arrive early in case it fills to capacity.
Koreatown (2.4 miles NW)
Celebrate Korean culture at Los Angeles Korean Festival with authentic Korean food, cultural performances, vendors, and pop music. Free.
Free game night
Downtown (2.5 miles east)
Play new games (AR, VR, XR, normal reality, and arcade) and then share your feedback with developers on Beta Night at Two Bit Circus, 634 Mateo Street. Mostly free.
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.
Downtown (3 miles NE)
For $5, you get unlimited play on 50 cabinet games from the 1970s to 1990s during Retrocade Experience, with food for sale (candy, soft drinks, nachos, popcorn, churros, beer, wine, and specialty-themed cocktails) at Union Station. Expect lines.
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.
Electric car festival
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.
Lincoln Heights (3.7 miles NE)
An $80 ticket to Harvest Festival includes wine, beer, food samples, live music, and a charity grape stomp at San Antonio Winery for age 21+. No pets.
Community art festival
Elysian Valley (5.3 miles NE)
Frogtown Artwalk is an eco-friendly event featuring 37 art studios, 50 artists, three music stages, a literary lounge, and an interactive light installation. It’s held every two years along the Los Angeles River Greenway Trail near 1767 Blake Avenue. Free.
Architects for Animals is a cocktail reception with displays of unique outdoor dwellings for community cats and an auction of dozens of cat food bowls decorated by celebrities (Jay Leno, Elvira, Bo Derek, Clint Eastwood, etc.) at HermanMiller Showroom.
Horror film festival
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.
Party at the art museum
Mid-Wilshire (8.6 miles west)
Muse ‘til Midnight is a dance party with multiple performance stages, art activities, a cash bar, and food for sale at Los Angeles County Museum of Art for age 18+.
Enjoy unlimited tastes of gelato and vote for your favorite with a ticket to the Gelato Festival at Pacific Design Center.
French film festival
Hollywood (10.6 miles NW)
COLCOA French Film Festival screens documentary films, short films, TV movies, and TV series. It also holds happy hour talks and offers discussions with directors at DGA Theater Complex (Directors Guild of America).
Music festival at a brewery
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+.
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.
Adults playing like kids
Pasadena (11.8 miles NE)
Sip signature cocktails, eat tasty bites, dance to DJ music, and play your way through the Kidspace Children’s Museum at Playdate for age 21+.
New art fair
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 140 emerging artists at Barker Hangar. Held in April and September. Children under age 16 free.
Family art day
Westwood (12.6 miles NW)
Make art projects, see a puppet show, hear live music, listen to stories, and watch dancers on Family Day: Art Beyond Borders at the Hammer Museum for age 5+. Free except parking.
Charity tasting event
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 $225, kids 12 and younger free.
Free concerts at the pier
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.
El Segundo (15.4 miles SW)
Watch 3x3 competition, shop in the festival village, and see art demonstrations and entertainment at Los Angeles Street Festival on N. Douglas Street (from Imperial Highway to Atwood Way). No pets, food, or drink except sealed water. Free tickets online.
Van Nuys (17.8 miles NW)
It may be a small event, but Van Nuys Arts Festival promises “art, music, food, and plenty of fun for the whole family” including a glow nature garden and a 3D maze at Van Nuys Civic Center. Free.
Chinese moon festival
Arcadia (18.9 miles NW)
Moon Festival Spectacular has art, classical music, food vendors, a tea garden, and kids’ activities at Santa Anita Race Park (gate 6). Free admission and parking.
Asian night market (L.A.)
Arcadia (20 miles NE)
Shop from hundreds of vendors selling food, merchandise, and crafts at the 626 Night Market, with performances, DJ music, and dance competitions at Santa Anita Park. No pets.
Taste of Japan
Long Beach (23.7 miles south)
Buy Japanese food, beer, sake, and crafts, and watch Japanese guitarists, drummers, martial artists, and samurai on stage at Taste of Japan at the Pike Outlets. Children age 12 and younger are free.
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.
Latino cultural festival
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.
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.
Off-road adventure expo
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.
Latin American festival
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 (Saturday evening), and a parade (Sunday 4 p.m.) at Santa Ana Stadium. Free.
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, aerobatics, parachutists, and vendors at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (where Top Gun was filmed).
Creepy tour at Paramount
Hollywood (6.5 miles NW)
The $99 After Dark Tour: Tales from the Other Side is a 2.5 hour flashlight walk behind the gates of Paramount Pictures to the graves of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, with stories about the dearly departed, complimentary champagne, movie candy, popcorn, and free parking for age 16+. Bring ID if you are age 18 or older.
Halloween at Universal Studios
Universal City (10.4 miles NW)
Halloween Horror Nights offers 10 haunted mazes, 5 scare zones, a stage show, and thrilling rides at Universal Studios Hollywood. Recommended for age 13+. Do not wear a costume or mask. Attractions like Harry Potter and Minion Mayhem will not be open.
Disturbing haunted house
Fullerton (24.1 miles SE)
The 17th Door tells a gruesome story as you navigate its prison maze for 37 minutes in a group of 6 to 8, at 1851 W. Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton. (Enter behind the building.) Actors may touch you, and you may get wet. To buy tickets, click a date on their calendar. Free parking.
Knott’s Scary Farm
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. Recommended for age 13+.
Thousand Oaks (43.5 miles NW)
Reign of Terror Haunted House promises “115 custom rooms packed with terrifying beings, a swarm of live monstrous characters, and countless spectacular special effects” at Janss Marketplace. Lights are on for children younger than age 13 on one afternoon. See schedule.
Knott’s Halloween for families
Buena Park (25 miles SE)
Family-friendly Knott’s Spooky Farm has daytime activities for ages 3 to 11, including trick-or-treating, a show with Peanuts characters, and a costume contest at Knott’s Berry Farm on weekends.
Halloween at Six Flags
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 at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Ticket includes 4 shows, 6 scare zones, 9 rides. Extra cost for 6 mazes. See schedule.
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