20 Cool L.A. Events in September Every Angeleno Should Have on Their Radar (2016)

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

We looked ahead on our calendar to spotlight some of the best events happening in September 2016 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 2016 event highlights include LA Times’ The Taste, the LA County Fair, DinoFest at Natural History Museum, a Little Tokyo Book Fair, MainFest in Alhambra, the Long Beach Comic Con,  and LOTS more to choose from.

Complete rundown starts after the jump.


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LA Times The Taste
LA Times The Taste 2015. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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1. Pokemon GO Tournament at The Wiltern (Sept. 1)

Start the month by heading over to the Wiltern Theatre on Sept. 1 for a special Pokémon GO tournament and meet-up featuring a unique Pokémon drink menu, music,  vendors, merchandise, cosplay, special guests, and a chance to compete for a Wiltern Pokemon gym badge.

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2. LA Times’ The Taste (Sept. 2-4)

The Taste is one of L.A.’s premier food festivals featuring five unique events from Sept. 2-4, with each of the five events including unlimited tastings from the city’s best eateries and plenty of cocktails to wash them all down.

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3. LA County Fair (Sept. 2-25)

This year’s fair features the usual assortment of rides, animals, food, shopping plus the End of Summer Concert, a full-service ice skating rink with shopping promenade, a dinosaur walking tour, a human body exhibit, and a flower & garden pavilion.

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4. Star Trek Opera (Sept. 3)

For a special one-night-only event Pacific Opera Project will give an encore performance of its Star Trek parody of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio at the newly reopened Ford Theatres in Hollywood.

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5. Barnsdall Art Park Wine & Movie Nights (Fridays starting Sept. 4)

Enjoy classic films paired with delicious wine as part of the Barnsdall Art Park’s fall fundraising series, taking place every Friday from Sept. 4 through Oct. 2.

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6. PaleyFest Fall TV Previews (Sept. 8-15)

There’s no better way to get prepped for the new slate of fall television programming than at The PaleyFest Fall TV Preview taking place Sept. 8-15. The CW, Fox, ABC, CBS, El Ray, and NBC will all have panels promoting their new shows along with the stars of said shows.

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7. Oktoberfest in Alpine Village (starts Sept. 9)

Enjoy traditional Bavarian fun, food, and beer at the oldest running Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California at Alpine Village in Torrance. Festivities continue all the way until Oct. 29.

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8. Pancakes & Booze Art Show (Sept. 9-10)

This two-night event expects over 125 emerging artists to participate, live body painting, live painting, photo booth, musical performances and a zombie fashion show (fashion show only on Saturday). Oh, and LOTS of pancakes!

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9. Original Lobster Festival (Sept. 9-11)

The 20th annual Original Lobster Fest is a three-day crustacean-centered event featuring noms, live entertainment, an interactive reptile exhibit, and much more!

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10. MainFest in Alhambra (Sept. 10)

Head to the SGV for performances by Capital Cities, Miami Horror, Chk Chk Chk and more at the inaugural MainFest, a dance-centric Alhambra music festival.

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11. California Beer Festival (Sept. 10-11)

85+ craft beer vendors make their way to San Dimas for the two-day California Beer Festival

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12. WelcomeFest at The Wallis (Sept. 10-11)

Spend the weekend enjoying performances by local and renowned artists showcasing some of the upcoming shows at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

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13. Long Beach Comic Con (Sept. 17-18)

Enjoy panels, artists, comics, cosplay and more at this annual two-day event back at the Long Beach Convention Center.

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14. Music Tastes Good in Long Beach (Sept. 23-25)

Music Tastes Good is hitting Downtown Long Beach for a brand new, massive three-day music and food experience presented by KCRW.

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15. Feast of San Gennaro (Sept. 23-25)

Celebrate Italian culture with music, games and most importantly, food as the 15th Annual Galbani Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro takes over the streets of Hollywood Sept.  23-25.

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16. Los Angeles Podcast Festival (Sept. 23-25)

Now in its 5th year, The Los Angeles Podcasting Festival returns with a three-day event featuring industry panels, parties, a podcasting lab, and a special stand-up comedy show on Saturday, Sept. 24.

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17. Redondo Beach Lobster Festival (Sept. 23-25)

Redondo Beach’s annual three-day celebration of Lobster returns on the final weekend of September with food, music, fun and sun.

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18. Little Tokyo Book Festival (Sept. 24)

Get inspired at the first-ever Little Tokyo Book Festival taking place this Sept. 24 at the Aratani Theatre at the JACCC in Little Tokyo.

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19. Tarfest (Sept. 24)

Tarfest is back for 2016 with a free festival showcasing music, dance, live artwork, and installations all at the iconic La Brea Tar Pits.

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20. DinoFest at Natural History Museum (Sept. 24-25)

The Natural History of Museum’s first annual Dino Fest is two-day event set bring dinosaurs to life through a series of talks, performances, tours, and hands-on activities.

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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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