31 Really Cool Things to do This September in Los Angeles (2018)

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Need stuff to do this month in Los Angeles? We looked ahead on our calendar to focus in on some of the best events happening in September 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.

September 2018 event highlights include the LA County Fair, Made in LA Fest, Tarfest, the Abbott Kinney Community Festival, Annenberg After Hours, a dOGUMENTA art show, the Frogtown Art Walk, Dino Fest at NHM, and LOTS more.


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1. The LA County Fair Returns (through September 24)

The LA County Fair returns to Pomona for a enormous assortment of activities, musical performances, food and beverage offerings, and more.. -> More information

2. Made in LA Fest at Golden Road Brewing (September 1-2)

Golden Road Brewing is holding their two-day 2018 Made In LA Festival, focusing on Los Angeles art and culture with musical acts like Dorothy and Saint Motel. -> More information

3. Vegan Street Fair in North Hollywood (Sep 1-2)

Vegan Street Fair LA Nights features some of the best vegan vendors and eats around the Los Angeles area, along with games, music, karaoke, and much more. -> More information

4. Fiesta Hermosa (September 2-4)

Fiesta Hermosa returns to Hermosa Beach on Labor Day Weekend. The “largest arts and crafts fair in Southern California” offers food, drink, music, and more. -> More information

5. The 2018 Future is Female Concert (September 4)

The annual Future is Female concert returns for a 2018 show featuring music from female composers such as Germaine Franco (TAG) and Tamar-kali (Mudbound). -> More information

6 Long Beach Original Lobster Festival (September 7-9)

The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival returns for the 22nd year in a row with live entertainment, activities, and boat loads of fresh Maine lobster. -> More information

7. Annenberg After Hours (September 7)

See Annenberg Space for Photography’s current exhibit, Not an Ostrich, after hours, along with live music, and a special documentary screening. -> More information

8. Long Beach Comic Con (September 8-9)

Long Beach Comic Con returns for two-days of cosplay, panels, a space expo, screenings, and a behind the scenes look at the comic industry. -> More information

9. ‘Frankenstein 200’ — A New Group Art Show & Reception at Corey Helford Gallery (opens September 8)

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at Corey Helford Gallery’s opening reception and month-long exhibition of Frankenstein 200. -> More information

10. FREE MindTravel Silent Piano Sunset Concert at UCLA’s Fowler Museum (September 12)

Enjoy MindTravel’s sunset concert by composer and pianist Murray Hidary broadcast directly into your eyes through wireless headphones at the Fowler Museum. -> More information

11. Art Battle Los Angeles Returns (September 12)

Watch 16 artists face off over three rounds, creating paintings from blank canvases in 20 minutes for you to vote on, and decide who wins at Art Battle LA at The Exchange. -> More information

12. Son of Monsterpalooza is Coming to Burbank (September 14-16)

Get ready to scream, be amazed or simply turn away because Son of Monsterpalooza is coming just in time for Halloween with makeup demos, panels, and more. -> More information

13. dOGUMENTA: A Dog Art Show at FIGat7th (September 14-16 & 21-23)

Man’s best friend finally has an art exhibit made just for them! dOGUMENTA LA is a free, dog-friendly art show hosted over two consecutive weekends at FIGat7th in Downtown L.A. -> More information

14. Westchester Arts & Music Block Party (September 15)

The 3rd annual Westchester Arts & Music (WAM) Block Party will feature succulent planting, garden tours, face painting, and a petting zoo for FREE. -> More information

15. Water Lantern Festival (September 15-16)

Experience something magical as you decorate your individual lantern and watch it light up over the Whittier Narrows Lake during the Water Lantern Festival. -> More information

16. ‘Cine Sin Fronteras’ in Monterey Park (September 15)

Check out Cine Sin Frontera, a selection of highlights from the Morelia International Film Festival at the Vincent Price Art Museum with music and more. -> More information

17. BEST Ride: Sriracha Slow Roll in Duarte (September 15)

Enjoy a bike ride in Duart to the world-famous Huy Fong Foods Factory for Sriracha-infused food and views atop the Santa Fe Dam. -> More information

18. Open Arts & Music Festival in Glendale (September 15)

Enjoy the Open Arts and Music Festival in Glendale. This festival includes live performances, a marketplace, art, and much more! -> More information

19. Rosemead Moon Festival (September 15)

Come enjoy the 2018 Rosemead Moon Festival, a celebration that sees Valley Blvd. close down for over 110 vendors, live performances, games and more! -> More information

20. KCRW’s ‘Left, Right & Center’ LIVE in Santa Monica (September 20)

KCRW’s political show Left, Right & Center returns to The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage to talk policy, the midterm election and more with a range of guests. -> More information

21. Venice Afterburn 2018 (September 21-23)

Shake off the dust of Burning Man at Venice Afterburn, a 3-day long event showcasing the cars, costumes and people that make the desert celebration special! -> More information

22. Nerdbot-Con 2018 at the Pasadena Convention Center (September 22)

The 3rd annual Nerdbot-Con is returning to the Pasadena Convention Center for a day of cosplay, nerd, gamer and superhero appreciation. -> More information

23. 16th Annual Tarfest at the La Brea Tar Pits Park (September 22)

The 16th annual Tarfest is back for 2018 with a FREE showcase of music, dance, live artwork, a biergarten and wine bar, all at the iconic La Brea Tar Pits. -> More information

24. The 11th Frogtown Artwalk (September 22)

Happening along the Los Angeles River, the Frogtown Artwalk features pop-up galleries, artists’ studios, musical performances, and art installations. -> More information

25. Opera at the Beach: ‘Don Carlo’ at the Santa Monica Pier (September 22)

Grab your chairs and blankets to enjoy a picnic with a live broadcast of opera Don Carlo from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion directly to Santa Monica Pier! -> More information

26. Union Station’s Retrocade Experience (September 22-23)

Enjoy classic arcade games from the 70’s-90’s at Union Station’s Retrocade Experience, with classic arcade food, a Pac Man competition, and more! -> More information

27. San Antonio Winery Harvest Festival (September 29)

Celebrate over 100 years of wine-making in Los Angeles at the San Antonio Winery Harvest Festival, with wine and beer samplings, food, live music and more! -> More information


28. Tacos and Beer Festival at Pershing Square in DTLA (September 29)

The Tacos and Beer Festival in Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles will feature various tacos, beer, micheladas, live bands, a piñata breaking party, fiesta costume contest and a mechanical bull. -> More information

29. Dino Fest at Natural History Museum (Sept. 29-30)

The 3rd annual Dino Fest returns to NHMLA this September 29-30 for a weekend of celebrating the prehistoric giants that one ruled the earth. -> More information

30. Celebrate LA! — An Eight-Mile Street Party (September 30)

Enjoy the Los Angeles streets with no cars during Celebrate LA, an eight-mile street party featuring live music, games, and a free Hollywood Bowl concert. -> More information

31. Abbot Kinney Festival 2018 (September 30)

L.A. favorite Abbot Kinney Festival returns in 2018 for another day-long celebration featuring live music, food, rides, and over 300 vendors. -> More information

Be sure to check the We Like L.A. Events Calendar for updates on fun things happening around the city throughout September. You can also sign up for our daily/weekly newsletter if you want events sent straight to your inbox. 


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