10 Things To Do For This Saturday in L.A. [9-30-2023]

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Street view of Chinatown Central Plaza / Photo by: Christina Champlin

The weekend started with a morning sprinkle, but things are clearing up and in view is a jam-packed list of fun to-dos. Let’s get into it.

For this Saturday in Los Angeles, check out the Day of the Drum Festival at Watts Towers, a free Transformers screening at Expo Park, the Moon Festival in Chinatown, Japan Family day at Santa Anita, or a Made in L.A. celebration at The Hammer. Scan the full rundown of ideas below!


Make Metro Part of Your Weekend

2023 Watts Towers Day of the Drum and Jazz Festivals – > This weekend at the the Watts Towers Arts Center campus, catch a pair of annual cultural events perfect for the whole family. On Saturday, the 41st Day of the Drum Festival brings dancers and percussionists together for a day of rhythm spanning styles from traditional Aztec music to African beats. Then on Sunday, the 46th annual Jazz Festival is back with a lineup that includes spoken word artists, gospel jazz, and blues. Both events take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are free to attend. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the A Line to 103rd St / Watts Towers Station

Three Top Picks To Do This Saturday

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts at Exposition ParkM FA > This Saturday at Exposition Park, Paramount+ and Street Food Cinema are collaborating to host a free screening of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, to be shown in English accompanied by Spanish subtitles. Expect a pre-screening DJ set by Raul Campos, plus plenty of local food and drink vendors, special giveaways, and photo ops. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Get more info and RSVP to attend here.

Moon Festival in ChinatownM FA > The Moon Festival in Chinatown brings an evening of free all-ages activities and activations to Central Plaza, including live performances and the annual kids lantern parade. Runs from 5 to 10 p .m. More info here.

Japan Family Day -> Japan Family Day pops up at Santa Anita Park this Saturday and Sunday for two days of cultural events, demonstrations, food, cosplay, vendors, a calligraphy workshop and more. The festival runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both dates, and you can also catch the Tokyo City Cup at the race track on Sunday. Tickets start at $10. More info here.

Six More Things To Do in L.A. Today

  • This Saturday, The Hammer Museum hosts a public celebration for the newest iteration of Made in L.A., a biennial celebration of artists who work, live and create in the city of Los Angeles. FA
  • We Love Roller Derby celebrate the vibrant history of roller derby with the LA Thunderbirds as part of a two-part event this Saturday at LA Plaza and Moonlight Rollerway. FA
  • Melrose Hill Block Party is a micro street party spotlighting LA’s thriving community of young creatives, artists and chefs.
  • Celebrate the Autry Museum’s 35th anniversary this Saturday with a day of festivities, activities, and community appreciation.
  • 18th Street Arts Center hosts a fall open house event this Saturday at their Santa Monica Airport campus, offering guests the chance to peruse new work from over 20 artists in residence. FA
  • Grand Performances returns for a special, one-night fall concert entitled LA Sínfonica “Eight Seasons” at California Plaza. M FA

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