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15 Cool L.A. Events in September Every Angeleno Should Keep on Their Radar

August 22, 2015 by Brian Champlin

Need stuff to do this September in Los Angeles? Got you covered.

We looked ahead on our calendar to highlight some of the best events happening in July 2015 around Los Angeles that you should probably have on your radar. After all, better to get your tickets now than wait till the last minute and find out your favorite event is sold out.

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September highlights include LA Times: The Taste, the LA County Fair, the Original Lobster Festival, the start of Oktoberfest, and plenty more great events to choose from.

Complete rundown starts after the jump. Enjoy!

[REMINDER: In some cases We Like L.A. does receive revenue when visitors click on ticket links and make purchases, however we maintain complete editorial control over the events we suggest. Basically, it only makes it on to the website if we think it is cool!]


1. LA Times: The Taste

From September 4-6, LA Times: The Taste returns to offer Angelenos a food and drink experience unlike any other. Highlights include an opening night party on Friday, a field-to-fork midday celebration on Saturday, a Sunday brunch+bbq event, and an ethnic food ‘tour’ of some of L.A.’s finest dining spots hosted by Jonathan Gold on Sunday. Tickets for each individual event are sold separately. 21+ only.

2. Fiesta Hermosa

The annual South Bay ritual known as Fiesta Hermosa will bring over 300 over 300 artists, crafters, painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, and sculptors to downtown Hermosa Beach over Labor Day weekend (September 5-7) in a celebration to mark the end of summer that includes live music and a food court with more than a dozen vendors to choose from.

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3. LA County Fair

Few events combine live music, art, agricultural attractions, farm exhibits, and more fried food than your arteries can handle, but it’s all part of the LA County Fair, taking place at the Pomona Fairplex from September 4-27.

4. Art Deco Fest

Looking for a little design inspiration in your life? Check out the Art Deco Fest taking place at the Queen Mary over the weekend of September 5-6. Highlights include access to the ship and her restaurants, the Observation Bar, two Art Deco lectures, the Vintage Bazaar, Golden Era of Travel Showcase, Art Deco classic collectibles and entertainment lounge. Get more information and discounts tickets (while supplies last) via our friends at Goldstar.

5. PaleyFest Fall TV Preview

Over the week of September 9-15 you can catch a sneak peak of the fall’s most anticipated new shows during screenings at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Get more information and discount tickets (while supplies last) via our friends at Goldstar.

6. Oktoberfest at Alpine Village

Enjoy traditional Bavarian fun, food, and beer at the oldest running Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California at Alpine Village in Torrance. Things kick off on September 11 and the festivities continue all the way until October 31.

7. Original Lobster Festival

Lobster lovers unite! The 19th Annual 2015 Original Lobster Festival will be held September 11-13, at the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach and features live music, an international food court, two beach bars, and oh yeah, tons of fresh, live Maine lobsters steamed in the world’s largest cooker.

8. Long Beach Comic Con

Now in its seventh year, the Long Beach Comic Con returns to the LB Convention Center over the weekend of September 12-13 and will feature an awesome assortment of celebrity guests, panels, exhibitors, creators, and of course the always popular artist’s alley. Get more information and discount tickets (while supplies last) via our friends at Goldstar.

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9. LA Podcast Festival

Really, really, really into podcasts? The Los Angeles Podcast Festival is back for its fourth year and includes live podcast recordings, panels, special events, and parties, along with a special standup comedy show. It all goes down over the weekend of September 18-20 at the Sofitel Hotel.

10. Mad Decent Block Party

Looking to end summer with a bang? The touring Mad Decent Block Party series comes to Los Angeles for a two-day stop from September 19-20 with a lineup that includes Major Lazer, T-Pain, Cut Copy and more.

11. LA Children’s Art Show

The LA Children’s Art Show features tons of imaginative art work from aspiring youngsters while providing a family friendly atmosphere that includes hands-on activities, workshops and an awards ceremony with surprise guests from Disney characters, princesses and superheroes. It all goes down over the weekend of September 19-20 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Get more information and discount tickets (while supplies last) via our friends at Goldstar.

12. Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival

Virtual Reality content creation is just scratching the surface of what might be possible, but you can get a sneak preview at this traveling showcase of some 30 VR films, all viewable on Samsung Gear VR and Oculus VR headsets. In Los Angeles on September 23, location TBA. The future is now!

13. Redondo Beach Lobster Festival

Did you miss the Original Lobster Festival earlier in the month? You can still check out the Redondo Beach Lobster Festival over the weekend of September 25-27. Highlights include tons of live music, a kids’ area, cocktails, food, craft beer, and of course many great lobster creations for your consumption. Get more information and discount tickets (while supplies last) via our friends at Goldstar.

14. Day of the Drum Festival + Jazz Festival at Watts Towers

The Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival (September 25) celebrates the role of drums and drummers in world cultures, past and present. The Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival pays homage to jazz, gospel and rhythm and blues through a day-long celebration and concert.  Best part? Free admission to both events!

15. Tar Fest

On September 26, 88.5 FM KCSN and Launch LA present a day of family friendly activities and live music (all for FREE) at Hancock Park for Tarfest LA, 2015.

Finishing Up in September

There are a number of summer-long event series finishing up their runs in September, including:

So what’s on your radar for September in Los Angeles? Let us know your favorite ideas in the comments below!

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