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Los Angeles events September 2018

Taste of Los Angeles

September 1 - 2, 2018
Hollywood (6.3 miles NW)
Sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, The Taste has a Friday soiree, a Saturday tasting & dinner, and a Sunday tasting & block party at Paramount Pictures.

Shakespeare in the park

September 1 - 2, 2018
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. Free.

Art & music festival

September 1 - 2, 2018
(5 to 11:30 p.m.)
Atwater Village (9.8 miles north)
A ticket to Made in L.A. gets you “music, art, food, and beer” at Golden Road Brewing, 5410 W. San Fernando Road for age 21+.

Asian night market (L.A.)

September 1 - 2, 2018
(4 p.m. to midnight)
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 monthly all summer. Open an extra hour on Friday and Saturday. No pets.

Blues music

September 1 - 2, 2018
Long Beach (24 miles SE)
Bring a folding chair or blanket to New Blues Festival, which has 30 blues bands on two stages and food vendors at El Dorado East Regional Park.

Hawaiian festival

September 1 - 2, 2018
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.

International street fair in Orange

September 1 - 2, 2018
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 - 2, 2018
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.

Movies on the beach

September 1 - 2, 2018
(and other months)
Huntington Beach (40 miles SE)
Buy a ticket online to see popular films at BeachFront Cinema at Huntington State Beach. Read what to bring with you on the guidelines page.

Hip-hop & reggae festival

September 1 - 2, 2018
San Bernardino (60 miles east)
High Life Music Festival features top artists (T.I., Fat Joe, B-Legit, Yo Gotti, etc.), a marijuana exhibit, and an area for medical marijuana cardholders. Age 18+.

Ventura festival

September 1 - 2, 2018
Ventura (68.5 miles NW)
It features Hawaiian music and dance, but the laid-back Aloha Beach Festival also has reggae, a surfing competition, Frisbee-catching dogs, and plenty of vendors on the ocean west of Ventura Pier. Free.

Classic film festival

September 1 - 3, 2018
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.

Fiesta Hermosa art fair

September 1 - 3, 2018
Hermosa Beach (21 miles SW)
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.

Welcome ships & sailors

September 1 - 3, 2018
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.

Outdoor movies

September 1, 8, 15, 2018
Los Angeles area
Eat See Hear screens crowd-pleasing films with food trucks, local bands, and high-definition audio visual projection on a 52-foot screen.

Movies at the cemetery

September 1 - 22, 2018
(and other months)
Hollywood (6.7 miles NW)
The FAQ says you’re welcome to bring dinner, wine, beer, 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 - 23, 2018
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.

Rooftop theater

September 1 - Oct. 31, 2018
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).

World music

September 2, 2018
(2 to 7 p.m.)
Santa Monica (14.2 miles west)
Hear a diverse lineup of music, watch dance from around the world, join in tango lessons and art making, and buy food and drinks when Broad Fest returns to the Broad Stage. Free, including parking.

Beer festival

September 2, 2018
(3 to 7 p.m.)
San Pedro (24.4 miles south)
A ticket to Brews, Blues & BBQ includes “unlimited beer tastes, bottled water, live entertainment, games, and ship tours” during Fleet Week on the pier at S. S. Lane Victory.

Mariachi music

September 2, 2018
(7:30 p.m.)
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Mariachi U.S.A. Fiesta is a concert outdoors at the Fairplex. Admission to the county fair is included.

Film festival

September 5 - 9, 2018
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 concerts at the pier

September 5 - Oct. 7, 2018
(Wed. 6:30 p.m.)
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
Twilight on the Pier offers live music on three stages plus “immersive art, food offerings, a beer and spirits garden, games, and interactive activations” along the Santa Monica Pier promenade, Wednesdays plus Oct. 7. Free, no ticket or RSVP is required.

Free concerts

September 6, 2018
multiple locations
KCRW public radio presents Summer Nights, “a series of outdoor shows featuring live band performances and DJ sets” in Southern California venues. Free.

Dance Downtown

September 7, 2018
(Fridays 7 to 11 p.m.)
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
Join the crowd dancing under the stars at Dance DTLA in Grand Park. Free.

Lobster festival

September 7 - 9, 2018
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. It gets mixed reviews on Yelp.


September 7 - Oct. 27, 2018
Torrance (14.9 miles south)
Billed as the oldest in Southern California, Alpine Village Oktoberfest is a high-energy celebration of German beer, food, and music, with a band from Germany and contests for age 21+ on Fridays and Saturdays, and all ages on Family Sundays.

Fitness festival

September 8, 2018
Downtown (0.9 miles NE)
“Workout live with your favorite fitness stars and hear from industry leading experts” about health & fitness, with live music at Plankkapalooza in Globe Theatre.

Electric car festival

September 8, 2018
(10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Downtown (1.4 miles north)
See and test drive “a variety of electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in electric vehicles (PHEV)” if you bring a driver’s license to Charge Up LA – Electric Vehicle Festival, with food trucks at Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, 111 N. Hope Street. Free.

Nude art

September 8, 2018
(7:30 p.m., VIP 7 p.m.)
Downtown (2.3 miles east)
Nude Art LA promises an “eye-popping” mix of paintings, sculpture, photography, burlesque dancers, live nude sketching sessions, and dazzling performances at Art Share L.A. for age 18+.

Charity tasting event

September 8, 2018
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.

Waterfront wine tasting

September 8, 2018
(1 to 5 p.m.)
Marina del Rey (14.6 miles SW)
Sample 60 wines, spirits, and craft beers with small bites and live acoustic performances at Vino-Palooza [website has sound] on the waterfront lawn of the Marina Del Rey Hotel.

Food festival

September 8, 2018
(3 p.m., VIP 2 p.m.)
Arcadia (20 miles NE)
A ticket to L.A. Food Fest includes all food and beverages from 100 “hot restaurants and celebrity chefs to old school carts and stands, plus craft beer gardens, craft cocktail bars, tequila tasting, an iced coffee lounge, and an ice cream social” with entertainment on the infield at Santa Anita Park.

Street music

September 8, 2018
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.

Long Beach Comic Con

September 8 - 9, 2018
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.

Live art competition

September 12, 2018
(7:30 to 11 p.m.)
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.

Taste of Pasadena

September 13, 2018
(6 to 9 p.m.)
Pasadena (11.8 miles NE)
Taste of Pasadena promises food and drink samples including “four finalist cocktails” from Pasadena restaurants plus DJ music outside Rose Bowl Stadium.

Party at the zoo

September 14, 2018
(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+.

Electronic dance music

September 14 - 15, 2018
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.

Monster convention

September 14 - 16, 2018
Burbank (16.1 miles north)
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.

Art show for dogs

September 14-16 & 21-23, 2018
(11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
0.6 miles north
Believe it or not, Dogumenta is “a curated art show for dogs” featuring art with sound and smells dogs can appreciate at 735 S. Figueroa Street. Expect a line.

Halloween at Universal Studios

September 14 - Nov. 4, 2018
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. Schedule.

Taco tasting

September 15, 2018
2.2 miles NE
A ticket to Taco Takeover includes tacos, cocktails, beer, games, and live music at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.

Street fair in Westchester

September 15, 2018
(10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
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 t0 W. 80th Place). Free.

Beer tasting

September 15, 2018
(noon to 5 p.m.)
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.

Beer tasting

September 15, 2018
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.

Mexican Independence Day

September 15 - 16, 2018
(10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
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 15 - 16, 2018
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.

Halloween at Six Flags

September 15 - Oct. 28, 2018
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.

Lantern festival

September 16, 2018
(Sat. is sold out)
South El Monte (13.8 miles east)
Water Lantern Festival starts with food trucks & music (5 p.m.), you design a lantern (7:30 p.m.), and you launch it on Legg Lake (8 p.m.) at Whittier Narrows Park, 750 S. Santa Anita Avenue in South El Monte.

People in the street: San Gabriel Valley

September 16, 2018
(9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Baldwin Park (21.2 miles east)
Bike, walk, skate, or play on 4.6 miles of car-free streets between Morgan Park and Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area during Open Streets, with activity stations at both ends. Free.

Emmy Awards

September 17, 2018
Downtown (0.2 miles north)
The Primetime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding work in the television industry at the Microsoft Theater, and the event is broadcast live on television.

Film festival

September 20 - 28, 2018
Greater Los Angeles
Focusing on the work of independent storytellers with unique voices and innovative visions, L.A. Film Festival screens independent films, TV, online content, and filmmaker-driven studio titles at seven venues.

Knott’s Scary Farm

September 20 - Oct. 31, 2018
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+. Open Thursday to Sunday, plus Oct. 31.

Taste of Orange County

September 21, 2018
(7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
Costa Mesa (41.8 miles SE)
Decadence offers “beverage sampling, unlimited food samples, and live entertainment” in the plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts for age 21+.

Art & music festival

September 21 - 22, 2018
(8 to 10 p.m.)
Venice (13.4 miles west)
Family-friendly Venice Afterburn offers art, music, interactive installations, and decorated cars & bicycles near the ocean in Windward Plaza until 10 p.m. Free.

Party on Catalina Island

September 21 - 22, 2018
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.


September 21 - Oct. 28, 2018
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.

Disturbing haunted house

September 21 - Oct. 31, 2018
Fullerton (24.1 miles SE)
The 17th Door tells a gruesome story as you navigate its prison maze in a group of 6 to 10, at 1851 W. Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton (enter behind the building). Actors may touch you, and you may get wet. See schedule.

Free museum day

September 22, 2018
Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live.

Community art festival

September 22, 2018
(4 to 10 p.m.)
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.

Music & art festival

September 22, 2018
(1 to 7:30 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. Free.

Car seat festival

September 22, 2018
Culver City (9.5 miles west)
Parents and kids have fun at the Celebrity Red Carpet Safety Event, with interactive safety exhibits, vendors, speakers, coasters, a tricycle race track, face painting, cookie-decorating, arts & crafts, play houses, and games at Sony Picture Studios for $28 per family.

Food festival in Pomona

September 22, 2018
(1 p.m., VIP noon)
Pomona (32.5 miles east)
Global Flavor: International Food & Drink Festival promises “unlimited culinary & beverage samples from international breweries, wineries, & restaurants” with live music, international entertainment, and handmade art at 171 W. 2nd Street in Pomona for age 21+.

International festival

September 22, 2018
Irvine (53 miles SE)
Global Village Festival has 100 performances on five stages, international food, a crafts marketplace, and a kids’ village at Orange County Great Park. Reviews. Free.

Free national park day

September 22, 2018
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.

Dessert show

September 22 - 23, 2018
Anaheim (30 miles SE)
The Sweets Show is a pastry, baking, and cake show that promises “delicious samples, freebies, classes, panels, and celebrity appearances” at Anaheim Convention Center.

Horror film festival

September 26 - Oct. 9, 2018
multiple locations
Beyond Fest is “a world genre film festival dedicated to delivering the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema” at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica and Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

Quilt & craft show

September 27 - 29, 2018
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
The Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival offers workshops, seminars, and vendors of fabrics and supplies at OC Fair & Event Center.

Serious film festival

September 27 - Oct. 7, 2018
Downtown (0.2 miles north)
Focusing on “our world’s pressing issues,” Awareness Film Festival screens a wide range of subjects from the environment and social justice to peace and politics at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live 14.

Air show near San Diego

September 28 - 30, 2018
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).

Haunted house in Laguna Hills

September 28 - Oct. 31, 2018
Laguna Hills (50 miles SE)
A ticket to Scary Place gets you unlimited same-day visits to “three floors full of haunted attractions,” including two mazes, a haunted ride, and live entertainment at Laguna Hills Mall. Expect lines.

The white dinner

September 29, 2018
Location uncertain
Tickets are scarce for Le Dîner en Blanc, a glamorous picnic and dance for couples dressed in white who bring their own food and table to a public location, which is kept secret until the last minute.

Chinese lunar festival

September 29, 2018
(5 p.m. to midnight)
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.

Get painted as you run

September 29, 2018
Huntington Beach (40 miles SE)
Wear a white shirt, and then get bombarded by handfuls of colored cornstarch as you run the 5K Color Run at Huntington State Beach.

Dinosaur festival

September 29 - 30, 2018
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.

Vegetarian festival

September 29 - 30, 2018
Hollywood (6.3 miles NW)
California Vegetarian Food Festival offers speakers, organic cooking demos, fitness activities, a kids’ area, live music, food samples, and meals for sale outdoors at Raleigh Studios.

Music at Watts Towers

September 29 - 30, 2018
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 29 - 30, 2018
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.

Music festival

September 29 - 30, 2018
Long Beach (24.6 miles south)
Music Tastes Good is an all-ages music festival with 20 performances a day, gourmet food, bars, a tasting tent, and chef demonstrations in Marina Green Park.

Off-road adventure expo

September 29 - 30, 2018
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.

Haunted house

September 29 - Nov. 3, 2018
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 30, 2018
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.

Festival in Venice

September 30, 2018
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.

People in the street

September 30, 2018
(9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Claremont & San Dimas (20 miles NW)
Walk, bike, or roller skate 8 miles (mostly car-free) either direction between Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl during CicLAvia. Cars cross the route at some intersections. Minors need helmets unless they are walking. Enjoy dozens of performances & activities along the route. Free.

Jazz festival

September 30 - Oct. 14, 2018
Los Angeles (multiple locations)
Angel City Jazz Festival promises “the most innovative and original national and international jazz musicians.”

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