Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.
Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This weekend (September 15-17) includes a big free museum day to launch PST: LA/LA, Tarfest, the California Vegetarian Food Festival, Saaztoberfest, the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival, and LOTS more.
Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.
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Friday September 15th, 2017
1. Pacific Standard Time LA/LA kicks off this weekend! Enjoy a four-month-long exploration of Latin American and Latino art in relation to the City of Angels. Dozens of art institutions across the city will be participating, and we’ve listed specific openings, receptions, and special events for this weekend throughout our article below.
2. Los Angeles Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium will host Lost & Found at the Movies: Stories from Latino L.A. This new series will celebrate the art of cinema and how we both lose ourselves and find ourselves at the movies. In addition, Edward James Olmos and Academy film archivist Alejandra Espasande-Bouza will make a special appearance! This free event is part of Pacific Standard Time: L.A./L.A. FREE
3. Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo concludes their summer series with a themed night of 80s vs. 90’s music. Activities for the evening include live bands, DJs, pop-up zoo keeper talks, special animal encounters, food trucks, lawn games and more. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
4. George Lopez and Cedric the Entertainer will join Yvette Nicole Brown in conversation following a premiere screening of BET series Comedy Get Down at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. Guests will enjoy a pre-screening reception with appetizers and beverages. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
5. Los Angeles Anime Film Festival celebrates 100 years of anime films during its three-day event September 15-17 at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE.
6. Circles and Circuits opens this Friday at CAAM (California African American Museum) in Downtown Los Angeles’s Exposition Park. The presentation will trace the history of Chinese Caribbean art from the 1930s through the period of the region’s independence movements, showcasing the contributions of artists little known in the Unites States. FREE
7. Movie Under The Stars at Malibu Wines will screen 1985 flick Clue. Admission is free but they suggest each party purchase a bottle of wine. Cheers!
8. Garbage Pail Groundlings is the latest main stage show at the renowned LA theater. The show is filled with sketch comedy, improv and a cast of growing comedians who’ve made appearances in movies like Ted and television shoes like Workaholics. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
9. Odd Nights At The Autry feature a collection of over 200 vendors from 20 gourmet food trucks, a beer garden, custom handmade treasures and live local bands.
10. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem at The Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the series feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food pop-ups and this Friday includes music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.
11. The LA County Fair takes over the Fairplex in Pomona from Sep. 1-24 with fair-style foods, live musical performances, carnival-style games, rides, and unique attractions such as an expanded farm section (over five acres) featuring tons of interactive agricultural experiences for guests to enjoy. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
12. Get a peek into the Fall TV season during the 11th annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Sept. 6-16. Located in Beverly Hills The Paley Center for Media will play host to the ten-day festival featuring some of the most anticipated shows both new and old, as well as star-studded panel discussions with series cast and creatives.
13. Start the Halloween fun this Friday during Son of Monsterpalooza 2017 Sept. 15-17 happening at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank. The convention if full of horror themed shopping like costumes, apparel, toys and special appearances by celebrities and artists in the horror world.
14. LACMA’s award winning Department of Music Program provides hundreds of free concerts and musical events every year for Angelenos to enjoy. This Friday their jazz series continues at the BP Grand Entrance.
15. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Dirty Dancing at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and The Terminator at Montalban in Hollywood.
16. Free admission day at the Long Beach Museum of Art. FREE
Saturday September 16th, 2017
17. The Hammer Museum is kicking off their Radical Women exhibition with a late-night party this Saturday. Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 will highlight over 100 exceptional Latin American women artists from 15 countries. This event is free, open to the public and part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. FREE
18. The 15th annual Tarfest is back for 2017 with a FREE showcase of music, dance, live artwork, a biergarten and wine Bar,and installations, all at the iconic La Brea Tar Pits. FREE
19. The “Ghosts” of Paramount’s Past will return to Paramount Ranch this weekend for a night of spooky stories at the historic movie ranch and learn the answers to what ghosts haunt the ranch? Why did the racetrack shut down a year after it opened? Why were witches hiding in the nearby woods? The event is free. Bring a flashlight and your courage. FREE
20. The L.A. Public Library will host a free party this Saturday for a new Oaxacan art exhibition titled Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A., an exhibition celebrating the rich social fabric of Los Angeles through the lens of our city’s vibrant Oaxacan community. Saturday’s opening festivities will feature a performance from Grupo Folklórico Guish Bac and la Banda Grandeza Oaxaqueña, a stencil workshop with the exhibition artists, plus special exhibition tours and refreshments. FREE
21. Esotouric Bus Adventures hosts a four-hour luxury coach tour of Downtown LA featuring tales of hotel horrors and main street vice. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
22. The Open Arts & Music Festival returns to Downtown Glendale with music from Run River North and DUCKWRTH plus craft beers, kiddie fun, $1 vinyl, and more. FREE
23. The California Vegetarian Food Festival returns to Raleigh Studios in Hollywood on Sept. 16 and 17, with animal friendly eats, speakers, and entertainment. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
24. Angel City Brewery’s Saaztoberfest, a new spin on Oktoberfest, is coming on September 16 and 17 with the launch of their new SazzBerry brew. SaazBerry is a new violet-colored ale, created by the brewmasters of Angel City Brewery. Expect music from The Munich Boom-Steiners, along with fun contests, SaazBerry-inspired art, Saazberry beer cocktails, and a sweet treat-themed Beer Bazaar. The event is 21+ and free to attend.
26. The 2nd Annual Monrovia Station Beer, Wine & Music Festival heads to Station Square Park in Monrovia for a fun filled day of brews, vino and tunes. Sample over 30+ beers and wine, participating vendors include: Modern Times, Hop Secret, Wine of the Month Club members and more.
27. 5th Annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival heads to Rainbow Lagoon Park for a day of 17 folk and roots acts, local beers and food trucks, a mustache/beard contest, a Polly’s Pies pie-eating contest, a kid-friendly pumpkin patch and more.
28. Street Food Cinema this Saturday features two screenings on Saturday: The Princess Bride 30th Anniversary at Brand Library Park Glendale and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind at Poinsettia Rec Park West Hollywood. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
29. The Autry presents a photographic archive of La Raza, the Los Angeles newspaper essential to the Chicano Rights Movement in the 1960s and 1970s. This event is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.
30. Get a taste of Downey during the Downey International Food & Music Festival. There will be live entertainment, a beer & wine garden, festival attractions and plenty of grub from local restaurants, food trucks and more. There will be an outdoor movie screening in the evening as well.
31. Rockabilly festival Horton’s Hayride returns for the fourth year in a row at San Pedro for an all-day music fest with Reverend Horton Heat, The Bouncing Souls, and more. In addition there will be food, classic cars, and pinup models for your viewing pleasure.
32. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Top Gun at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and A Space Odyssey at Montalban in Hollywood.
Sunday September 17th, 2017
33. As part of the launch for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA over 50 SoCal museums will offer free admission this Sunday!
34. Love house music? Head to Sunday Sessions Gets Deep in Grand Park to celebrate DEEP-LA. Hear sets from three DEEP-LA DJs, hang out at the 21+ Cocktail Garden and bid adieu to summer. This event is open to all ages. FREE
35. Find out what’s good to drink in the DTLA Arts District during Art Share L.A.’s bar crawl. This community event will kick off at Art Share L.A., where guests can enjoy a vodka tasting. Attendees will then move onto additional participating bars and resturants including Bar 82, Angel City Brewery, Edibol and more.
36. The Central Library in Glendale is hosting a conversation between Bill Esparza and Gustavo Arellano. Esparza is an acclaimed food journalist who has covered L.A.’s Mexican-food culture including profiles of local chefs and vendors, neighborhood guides and traditional and modern recipes. FREE
37. There’s an opening reception for Afro-Cuban painter Harmonia Rosales known for her re-imaging of Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam,” replacing Adam and God as black women. Covered by BuzzFeed, BET.com, The NY Post, The Huffington Post and more, this show will be the first time, the artist is exhibiting her work in a gallery setting. Happening at the Simard Bilodeau Contemporary in Downtown Los Angeles. FREE
38. The Roaring Twenties Street Jam returns to the historic Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round where the park will host a lawn party by day and a merry-go-round dance party by night. Dress in your best vintage and enjoy lawn games, live music, dance lessons and exhibitions, food trucks, vendors and more. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
39. Get a tasty history of the soda fountain when Vintage Ice Cream Man Cary Farnsworth brings his illustrated presentation to the Egyptian in Hollywood. The presentation will be followed by silent classic SPEEDY. The event also includes an ice cream social in the courtyard!
40. The Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will open this Sunday in a new whole new outdoor pavilion. The special exhibit will run through November 26.
41. Take in a few laughs at the end of the weekend at Cool Beans Comedy at the Ice House in Pasadena. FREE
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