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Los Angeles events September 2019

Fashion event

September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 30)
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.

Taste of Los Angeles

September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 30)
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.

World music

September 1, 2019
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.

Blues music

September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 31)
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, 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.

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.

Fiesta Hermosa art fair

September 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Aug. 31)
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 - 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.

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.

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. It gets mixed reviews on Yelp.

Party on Catalina Island

September 6 - 8, 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.

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.

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.

Electric car festival

September 14 - 22, 2019
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.

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.

Oktoberfest

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.

Music & art festival

September 21, 2019
(uncertain)
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.

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 t0 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.

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.

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.

Taste of Pasadena

September 26, 2019
(uncertain)
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.

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).

Free national park day

September 28, 2019
Nationally
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.

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.

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.

Film festival

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Free concerts

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Free museum day

September 2019
(undated)
Statewide
Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live.

Horror film festival

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Jazz festival

September 2019
(undated)
Los Angeles (multiple locations)
Angel City Jazz Festival promises “the most innovative and original national and international jazz musicians.”

Outdoor movies

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Rooftop theater

September 2019
(undated)
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).

The white dinner

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Serious film festival

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Fitness festival

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Nude art

September 2019
(undated)
Downtown (0.9 miles east)
Nude Art LA promises an “eye-popping” mix of paintings, sculpture, photography, burlesque dancers, live nude sketching sessions, and dazzling performances at Cooper Design Space for age 18+. Held in March and September.

Live art competition

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Dance Downtown

September 2019
(undated)
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
Join the crowd dancing under the stars at Dance DTLA in Grand Park. Free.

Taco tasting

September 2019
(undated)
2.2 miles NE
A ticket to Taco Takeover includes tacos, cocktails, beer, games, and live music at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.

Mexican Independence Day

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Dinosaur festival

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Chinese lunar festival

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Vegetarian festival

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Movies at the cemetery

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Mexican Independence Day

September 2019
(undated)
East Los Angeles (8.7 miles east)
East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade & Festival begins with a 10 a.m. parade at E. Cesar Chavez & N. Mednik Avenues, followed by an 11:30 a.m. festival with Mariachi music, art, food, and dance. Free.

Car seat festival

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Party at the zoo

September 2019
(undated)
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+.

Chocolate event

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Music at Watts Towers

September 2019
(undated)
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.

New art fair

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Art & music festival

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Free concerts at the pier

September 2019
(undated)
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. Free, no ticket or RSVP is required.

Waterfront wine tasting

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Oktoberfest

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Monster convention

September 2019
(undated)
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.

People in the street: San Gabriel Valley

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Street music

September 2019
(undated)
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 2019
(undated)
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.

Music festival

September 2019
(undated)
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.

County fair

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Food festival in Pomona

September 2019
(undated)
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+.

Latin American festival

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Get painted as you run

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Taste of Orange County

September 2019
(undated)
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+.

Beer tasting

September 2019
(undated)
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.

International festival

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Electronic dance music

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Grape Stomp

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Shakespeare in the park

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Asian night market (L.A.)

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Beer festival

September 2019
(undated)
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 2019
(undated)
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Mariachi U.S.A. Fiesta is a concert outdoors at the Fairplex. Admission to the county fair is included.

International street fair in Orange

September 2019
(undated)
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.

Hip-hop & reggae festival

September 2019
(undated)
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 2019
(undated)
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.

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