30 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [9-10-18 to 9-14-18]

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, September 10 to Friday, September 14, features PaleyFest, Hollywood Shorts, MindTravel Silent Piano Sunset Concert, Art Battle LA, Twilight on The Pier, dOGUMENTA LA and MUCH more.


Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

Los Angeles Zoo Entrance
The Los Angeles Zoo entrance. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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Monday September 10th, 2018

1. Come to PaleyFest at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills to check out panels and screenings of the most hotly anticipated new fall TV shows. Taking place on most days from September 6-16.

2. Start your week with a free Jam Session at the Ford Theatres. This week’s focus: Swing Dance. FREE

3. Modern Hiker founder Casey Schreiner returns to the Brouwerij West in San Pedro with a brand-new presentation on the Best Hikes in the San Gabriel Mountains.

4. There’s a Queers + Beers Mixer hosted by API Equality-LA at Arts District Brewing Co.

5. L.A. Dragon Studios is a new spot in the valley that features an all-access arcade all for a flat fee of $10 per day, plus an escape room and Hydra Squad VR for around $30 per person per experience. Open seven days a week.

6. Westfield Topanga Restaurant Week kicks off on September 7 for a 10-day dining event across the Westfield Topanga properties, highlighting a diverse selection of choices and flavors, from fine dining steakhouses to good old Southern BBQ. The best part? Guests can expect savings of up to 20% off on uniquely crafted prix-fixe menus.

Tuesday September 11th, 2018

7. Hollywood Shorts the monthly screening program dedicated to showcasing the best of international and American short films returns this Tuesday to The Ford Theatres.

8. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include Drive, Romeo & Juliet and more.

9. There’s two new hyper-realistic VR experience at The VOID in Glendale a Ghostbusters themed experience and a scarier Nicodemus: Demon of Evanishment experience. Experiences run on different days, be sure to check their schedule.

10. 260LA will host french women brand Maje sample sale from September 10 through September 16 in their Beverly Hills space.

11. Head to the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel for a free movie night every Tuesday from June 12 to September 25 by the David Hockney painted Tropicana Pool. This week they’ll screen Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

12. Free museum days: Natural History MuseumLa Brea Tar Pits MuseumLos Angeles County Museum of Art, and Autry Museum of the American West

Wednesday September 12th, 2018

13. There’s a free MindTravel Silent Piano Sunset Concert at UCLA’s Fowler Museum led by pianist Murray Hidary this Wednesday. FREE

14. 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.

15. Twilight on the Pier in Santa Monica is a free concert open to the public every Wednesday from September 5-October 3. The concert features live performances across different stages, a festival vibe, complete with art, a beer and spirits garden, games, and interactive activations. FREE

16. Cut Chemist will perform a live set at Amoeba Hollywood (with some special visuals) to promote his latest double-vinyl release Die Cut.

17. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with a screening of Mean Girls on Wednesday.

18. It’s trivia night at Grand Central Market this Wednesday on the Broadway side of the food hall.

19. The L.A. County Fair returns to Pomona for a enormous assortment of activities, musical performances, food and beverage offerings, and more. The fair runs through September 23. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Thursday September 13th, 2018

20. Head over to The Wiltern for a special big-screen showing of Pulp Fiction. Part of the Movie Night at The Wiltern series, this screening of Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed 90’s classic will be accompanied by a costume contest, a DJ, and other activities taking place before and after.


21. The night market at hilltop Asian restaurant Yamashiro back for 2018 every Thursday, from 5 to 9 p.m., through September 27. Angelenos can enjoy a farmers market, freshly prepared foods and Yamashiro’s unbeatable views of Hollywood.

22. Downtown Art Walk brings art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month to take part in gallery tours, shop the art mart and sample nearby food trucks, and experience the overall flavor of the downtown Los Angeles Historic Core.

23. Enjoy free family-friendly outdoor movies in Malibu thanks to Screen on the Green at Trancas Country Market every Thursday through September 13. The series concludes with a screening of Grease. FREE

24. Free museum days: USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.),  Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.) and Santa Monica History Museum

Friday September 14th, 2018

25. 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 (September 14-16 & 21-23) at FIGat7th in Downtown L.A. FREE

26. Get ready to scream, be amazed or simply turn away because Son of Monsterpalooza (Sep 14-16) is coming just in time for Halloween with makeup demos, panels, and more.

27. The legendary Queen Mary welcomes master magician and apparitionist, Aiden Sinclair, aboard the ocean liner for ‘Illusions of the Passed; Legends of the Queen Mary, A Theatrical Séance!’ where guests will travel back in time to encounter the ghosts who reside on the historic ship.

28. Come watch film composer Rolfe Kent and his band perform outdoors at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon during “The Concert Goes Awry.” He and his band will create live melo dies and harmonies that will be looped and played together eventually into a beautiful swirl of vocals.

29. The Los Angeles Zoo’s annual after-hours music series, Roaring Nights comes to a close this week with Richard Blade spinning 80s tunes, while Flashback Heart Attack will cover beloved 80s songs. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. Ánimo Productions and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes present the latest installment of Boleros De Noche concert series featuring bolero music under the stars in historic Los Angeles.


Food Pick for the Week


This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

Chef Erwin Tjahyadi will prepare a six course tasting menu at his Southeastern comfort food restaurant Bone Kettle on Wednesday, September 12. The meal will be paired with sake selected by World Sake Imports Sake Specialist Kerry Tamur. On the menu you’ll find a few Bone Kettle favorites mixed in with new dishes exclusive to the special event. Highlights include Rack of Lamb and Braised Coconut Fried Chicken. The Art of Sake Pairing & Six-Course Tasting Menu is $95 per person. Reservations can be made over the phone.

Bone Kettle is located at 67 North Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91103

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