Things To Do

37 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [9-11-17 to 9-15-17]

September 11, 2017 by We Like L.A. Staff

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 11 to Friday, September 15, features We Like L.A. Cocktail Nights, a huge launch party for PST:LA/LA, Roaring Nights at the L.A. Zoo, the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival, 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!

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Los Angeles Zoo Entrance

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

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Monday September 11th, 2017

1. The Improvised Shakespeare Company is back at Largo for two performances this Monday and Tuesday.

2. Head to the Ford Theatres for a free summer JAM session featuring complimentary dance instruction. This Mondays theme is Japanese Folk Dance FREE

3. The show calls themselves “literature as bloodsport” see it for yourself when Write Club Los Angeles returns to The Bootleg Theater this Monday.

4. Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen at The Virgil is one of the most popular weekly variety shows happening on a Monday in Los Angeles.

5. Grab a beer and get artistic by attempting to draw a live model at Angel City Brewery in DTLA when Drinky Draw returns for their popular beer and art event.

Tuesday September 12th, 2017

6. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Arrival at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Inception at Montalban in Hollywood.

7. Grand Park is ready to whip you into shape during their Summer Bootcamp series happening every Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All fitness levels are welcome! FREE

8. Free admission days: Natural History Museum, La Brea Tarpits Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Autry Museum of the American West

Wednesday September 13th, 2017

9. Join us for a few drinks inside the oldest distillery in Los Angeles during We Like L.A. Cocktail Nights at Greenbar Distillery. We’ll help unlock the mysteries of mixology and give you a hands-on cocktail making experience. Guests will be greeted by a cocktail, followed by a short and fascinating guide to cocktail making from a Greenbar Distillery cocktail expert. Guests tables will be loaded with organic spirits and liqueurs, fresh produce for muddling and garnishing, bartending tools, and maker sheets (so you can remember your cocktails the next day!) Hope to see you there! The Sept. 13 edition of this event series has been postponed.

10. Play Indiana Jones for a day with Escape Room LA: The Cavern. Find clues and solve puzzles to get your hands on a lost civilization’s ancient treasures hundreds of feet below Downtown Los Angeles! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. BBQ joint Horse Thief located at Grand Central Market will screen Wizard of OZ on their patio this Wednesday. FREE

12. Radio Picture Show , a monthly storytelling event, is back at The Virgil this week with tales inspired by songs and images.

13. KCET City Rising and The California Endowment present a free screening event and discussion of a documentary examining gentrification called CITY RISING. RSVP is required. FREE

14. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. The LEGO Batman Movie at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Arrival at Montalban in Hollywood.

15. 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)

16. 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.

Thursday September 14th, 2017

17. Pacific Standard Time LA/LA kicks off this Thursday for a four-month-long exploration of Latin American and Latino art in relation to the City of Angels. Led by The Getty the high profile event is a collaborative effort with dozens of art institutions across the city.

18. The Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA launch party will take place at Grand Park in DTLA. This day-long party will feature ancestral and modern folk music from Latin America, DJ tunes, dance performances, latin themed food and much more. FREE

19. The Silver Lake Picture Show returns with free outdoor movie screenings in the heart of Silver Lake at Sunset Triangle Plaza. This week: Scream will be screened . FREE

20. TechDay is the place to be if you’re looking to form a startup. As one of L.A.’s largest startup gatherings, the free event includes an accelerator alley, job search booths, live demo stage, showcases and plenty of networking opportunities. FREE

21. Experience the food and culture of East Hollywood’s ethnic neighborhoods through a four hour foodie tour this Thursday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)


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. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. The Goonies at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Matrix at Montalban in Hollywood.

24. Get spooked during Paramount Pictures After Dark Tour: Tales From The Other Side where you’ll hear scandals of yesteryear and the lost souls who haunt the studio lot by moonlight. The tour starts at dusk with champagne as you head into the studio lot where you’ll weave in and out of sound stages and the darkest corners of the infamous backlot. You’ll end the night next door at Hollywood Forever Cemetery with spine tingling tales of Hollywood’s most dearly departed and the secrets they took to their graves. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Café Gratitude & Eat Drink Vegan present a special screening of WHAT THE HEALTH at Café Gratitudes Larchmont location. Suggested donation is $10 and you’ll get popcorn and GT’s Kombucha.

26. Free admission days: Japanese American National Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

Friday September 15th, 2017

27. 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

28. 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.

29. 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

30. 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.

31. 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!

32. 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)


33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. Free museum days: Long Beach Museum of Art

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