Things To Do

41 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [9-12-16 to 9-16-16]

September 12, 2016 by Christina Champlin

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, Sep. 12 to Friday, Sep. 16, features Local Natives at The Greek, PaleyFest Fall TV previews, CreepLA, the LA County Fair, Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo, Oktoberfest at Alpine Village, and LOTS 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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Concert at The Greek Theater. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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Monday September 12th, 2016

1. Check out Magic Monday at the Santa Monica Playhouse.

2. Witness literary combatants wage war during Write Club Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theater

3. 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.

4. The International Documentary Association will host several free screenings of some of the year’s best documentary films. Monday will screen the New York Times Op-Doc and continues with OJ Made in America, Class Divide and Gelason for the rest of the week at The Landmark theater. FREE

Tuesday September 13th, 2016

5. Get a taste of Old Hollywood and sip on classic cocktails with the Historic Hollywood: Stars & Bars Gang as they recall Hollywood tales and history. Happening Tuesday and Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. Food truck night at the California Heritage Museum features a big selection of tasty food trucks (5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.) FREE

7. Free Museums This Tuesday

Wednesday September 14th, 2016

8. Rooftop Cinema Club features three screenings this week: Mommy Dearest on Wednesday, Hedwig & the Angry Inch on Thursday and RENT on Friday.

9. The L.A. County Fair continues at the Fairplex this week, running Wednesday through Sunday until Sept. 25. Be sure to check for discount tickets on select dates from Goldstar, while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. Above Sixty is hosting a FREE movie night every Wednesday now through Sept. 28. This week they will screen Grease. FREE

11. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Beauty and the Beast at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood when they screen the film Wednesday and throughout the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. Grouplove is giving a free live performance at Amoeba Records at 6 p.m. Fans who buy their new album Big Mess will get priority spots first. FREE

13. The South Park 20 Experience opened this month at The Paley Center in Beverly Hills. Check out the foul mouth characters 20 years of anitics all under one roof. FREE

14. Vinoteque on Melrose hosts a trivia night on their patio every Wednesday at 8 p.m. FREE

Thursday September 15th, 2016

15. Spend a evening with wine and a classic film screened outdoors at the beautiful Malibu Wines on select nights in September. The screenings are free! This week it’s Some Like It Hot on Thursday. FREE

16. Classical Nights at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic concert series continues with the theme Musique de France. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. The Getty Villa’s fall outdoor theater production is back! Haunted House Party, a comedy based Plautus’s Mostellaria, will be performed every Thursday-Saturday through Oct. 1. Be sure to grab discount tickets for select performances via our friends at Goldstar. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. Drag Queen Bingo takes place every first and third Thursday of the month during Grand Central Market game night! FREE

19. Will Geer’s Theatricum “Under the Oaks” is outdoor music series occurring every Thursday in September featuring prominent local and unique bands, artists and entertainers. This week spend an evening with “Love Songs, Storytime and Moon-Madness!” with longtime Theatricum company member Tom Allard and musical guests.

20. Throwback Thursdays at NOHO cinema screens Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. Zócalo and the Getty have teamed up for a panel discussion this Thursday on “How Do We Depict Religious Experiences?” at the Getty Center. The event is open to the public and a free reception will follow the panel. Events can get popular so rsvp hereFREE

22. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening Thursday through Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. SoFar Sounds is coming to One Colorado in Pasadena every Thursday for a night of free live music. Line up to be revealed on the night of the show. FREE


24. Tart will host Don’t Be a Drag a new weekly, live music event every Thursday featuring cocktail specials and performances from local drag queen Lady Red Couture. FREE

25. Free Museums This Thursday

26. The Alchemist’s Lab: A Victorian Escape Room happening Thursday through Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Friday September 16th, 2016

27. Union Station will transform from metro hub to music venue for a special late-night classical concert and party with Kaleidoscope, a conductorless 40-member LA based chamber orchestra. The show is free and open to the public. FREE

28. Skirball Cultural Center closes out their Take Me Out to the Movies summer screening of classic baseball films this Friday with A League of Their Own. Guests will enjoy DJ’d music, ballpark themed snacks like cracker jacks and hot dogs, plus full access to the Skirball galleries to explore Chasing Dreams. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29. 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.

30. The folks at Zocalo Public Square are getting all cinematic on us this summer with an outdoor movie series in downtown Los Angeles. This week they will screen Rushmore. FREE

31. The L.A. Zoo’s annual Roaring Nights, is back with an awesome assortment of music, food trucks, animal encounters, new exhibits and more. This months music theme is 80’s Night.

32. CreepLA returns Sept. 15 – Oct. 31, promising a bigger and scarier time where the lines of reality and performance art are blurred into your worst nightmare. Opening night has sold out so get your tickets fast for this weekend.

33. Local Natives are playing at the Greek this Friday with special guest Charlotte Day Wilson. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

34. The Green Festival will cover all things sustainable-living. Featuring 200+ exhibitors, vegetarian and vegan food, and educational panels. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

35. Spend a evening with wine and a classic film screened outdoors at the beautiful Malibu Wines Angeles National tasting room. This Friday they will be screening Grease. FREE

36. Frogtown Full Moon Night Walk takes you on a nighttime safari along the banks of the LA River. Catch the lunar eclipse while learning about the past and what the future may hold for this special habitat.


37. Once Upon a Canyon Night brings together nature and art for a series of performances in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheater nestled among the trees July 23 through September 17. This weekend is Airplane! The Reading with Robert Forster. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

38. The Natural History Museum’s newly designed outdoor Butterfly Pavilion exhibit is back! The permanent structure will feature over 25 species of butterflies housing hundreds of them for your viewing pleasure.

39. Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden celebrates it’s 35th anniversary this Friday. Located at Cal State Long Beach guest will enjoy a night of live music, food stations a silent auction and a reveal of the new architectural plans for the garden.

40. 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.

41. Free Museums This Friday

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