33 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Have on Your Radar [9-14-15 to 9-18-15]

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 includes the start of Halloween Horror Nights, Paley Fest fall TV previews, a virtual reality van, free McDonalds, the LA County Fair, the new LA Opera season, and plenty more.


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

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Monday September 14th, 2015

1. Paley Fest Fall TV Previews

Over the week of September 9-15 you can catch a sneak peak of the fall’s most anticipated new shows during screenings at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Here is the complete schedule via the official website.

2. VAN Beethoven A Virtual Reality Experience

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is bringing classical music to you! Board the VAN Beethoven mobile experience, touring Los Angeles starting Friday in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Put on the Oculus virtual reality headset and be transported to a 360° 3-D performance featuring the opening of Beethoven’s timeless Fifth Symphony performed by the LA Phil, and conducted by Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel. VAN Beethoven, is a virtual reality project touring around LA in September through October in different locations of the city.

3. David Bowie Exhibit At Taschen Gallery

“Mick Rock: Shooting for Stardust, the Rise of David Bowie & Co.” will be glam-rocking it up for one month as Taschen Gallery’s latest exhibit. Showcasing prolific music photographer Mick Rock’s extremely rare photographs of David Bowie and friends during his “Ziggy Years.”

4. E.P. & L.P Vintage Australian Wine And Eight-Course Tasting 

New modern Asian eating house and rooftop bar E.P. & L.P. is collaborating with Bonhams auction house for a rare night of vintage Australian wine tasting. Limited to only 40 seats, the intimate eight-course wine pairing and dinner crafted by Executive Chef Louis Tikaram will include a never-before-seen auction preview of pairings from exceptional wines including back vintages of Penfolds, Yalumba, Tyrrell’s, and d’Arenberg, to name a select few. Over 20 fine Australian wines will be poured during the course while chef Tikaram, an Australian native, whips up an eight-course menu of modern Asian cuisine. The tasting and wine paring cost $145 per person and is all-inclusive for the evening.

5. LF Outlet store End of Season Blow Out Sale

Shop the LF Outlet now till the 20th for one insane sale. Shoppers can now take an additional 50% off their already discounted items. Expect to find $100 denim for $12, $150 jackets for $14 and so much more.

7714 Melrose Ave., 
Los Angeles, CA 90046.

6. LA County Fair

Few events combine live music, art, agricultural attractions, farm exhibits, and more fried food than your arteries can handle, but it’s all part of the LA County Fair, running until September 27. More information and discounted tickets (for select dates) can be found via Goldstar.

7. Frank Gehry At LACMA

LACMA will be honoring Frank Gehry and his iconic architecture with a career-spanning retrospective. The exhibition will focus on the development of Gehry’s digital design and fabrication programs, along with the architect’s relationship with urbanism.

8. SPiN Standard Open Ping-Pong Tournament

From 8:00pm to midnight Spin Standard inside of The Standard in Downtown Los Angeles will host a open ping pong tournament. For just $10 you get unlimited table time and an entry into the singles tournament.

Tuesday September 15th, 2015

9. McDonald’s Free Breakfast For Students Day

Free is free, right? On Tuesday, September 15th participating McDonalds in Cali will offer free breakfast, to kid’s kindergarten through eighth grade from 6:30am – 9:30am. Students under 13 years old are required to be accompanied by an adult to redeem this freebie.

10. Rooftop Film Club

The popular screening series that has already held court in London and New York is now here in Los Angeles! For each screening of the Rooftop Film Club series organizers will set up rows of lawn chairs on the roof of the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre and provide headphones for each attendee. Doors open at 6:00pm with screenings starting at 8:00pm. Kicking off the week of screenings is Dirty Dancing on Tuesday, Reservoir Dogs on Wednesday and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Thursday.

11. Gourmet Food Truck Night

Every Tuesday night the California Heritage Museum holds a Gourmet Truck Night at the museum showcasing a select of gourmet truck eateries.  All happening from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

12. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens Forbidden Planet 

LACMA will screen the sci fi cult classic Forbidden Planet. This ongoing Tuesday Matinee film series cost $2 for members and $4 for non members.

13. DIY Kimchi Workshop At Whole Foods West LA 

Join fermentation expert and Master Preserver Hae Jung Cho for a kimchi workshop. Learn how to make your very own batch of kimchi and take it home in a neat mason jar! 100% of the proceeds will go to the Whole Kids Foundation. Tickets are $10, RSVP here.

14. Reggie Watts & Karen At El Cid

Reggie Watts and his band Karen play two sets at the El Cid while friends Strella warm up the crowed! Admission is just $10.

Wednesday September 16th , 2015

15. The Super Serious Show

Expect to see some of today’s best working comedians alongside a few young up-and-comers at one of the best live comedy shows in Los Angeles, The Super Serous show! Although the lineup changes each month, the creators of the show Mandee and Joel of CleftClips try to consistently create a intimate and magical atmosphere to have a laugh. This week’s line up includes Brooks Wheelan, Jerrod Carmichae, Nikki Glaser, Josh Gondelman, Iliza Shlesinger and The Spanglers with a video preview by Scott Gairdner for Moonbeam City.

16. Rare Beatles and Rolling Stones Photography At Andaz

The Bob Bonis Archives is the largest never before seen archive of Beatles and Rolling Stones Photographs known. The Andaz West Hollywood will host an unveiling party for The Bob Bonis Archives, a series of limited edition photographs by the former US Tour Manager Bob Bonis featuring intimate and extremely candid unseen shots of The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. The works will be on display at the Andaz West Hollywood through December as part of the hotel’s rotating art program. In addition a select number of exhibited photography will be available for purchase at Andaz West Hollywood during the public event this Wednesday from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

17. Old World Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is in full effect down at the Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Enjoy beers, brats, German baked goods and plenty of live music and activities. If you can’t make it down during the week stop by on Sunday for the Dachshund racing!

18. POG night At Tiki No

Wednesdays at the Tiki No will draw the most competitive POG-playing Angelenos in town. The bar is launching a weekly POG competition series called The Scorpion Bowl. POG-playing Angelenos can just play for fun or for a $100 prize each week. Even teams with the best names will be awarded a special prize each month!

19. Soul Dance In Santa Monica

A free-style dance evening held at MSIA aka Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness is open to everyone this Wednesday – no dance expertise needed! Come get your boogie or get in some spiritual “exercise” time as I like to call it.

20. Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo


The Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo will take place at the LA Convention Center. From Wednesday to Friday patrons can partake in workshops that include a “Marijuana Investor Summit” and “How to Open a Cannabis Business,” and talks by guest speakers such as Melissa Etheridge and ex Men’s Wearhouse founder George Zimmer.

Thursday September 17th, 2015

21. Discount Tickets to the LA Opera

The LA Opera’s 2015-2016 season opens with a Woody Allen directed production of Gianni Schicchi (starring Plácido Domingo) followed after the intermission by Franco Zeffirelli’s epic production of Pagliacci (which Domingo will conduct!). The double-billing runs from September 12 to October 3, and Goldstar has some discount tickets for select dates, including this Thursday’s performance.

22. Vince Sample Sale

Prive will be hosting a Vince sample sale starting September 17th till the 20th at Lincoln Creative Studios. Prepare to shop an amazing assortment of men’s and women’s apparel up to 70% off. Hours run Thursday and Friday from 10:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Cash and credit cards are accepted, however no handbags or outerwear are allowed inside the sale and there’ll only be communal fitting rooms available.

Location: 1656 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

23. Free Night At The Skirball Cultural Center 

The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday. Check out the Singing Posters and Bill Graham and the Rock n Roll Revolution exhibit.

24. Playhouse District Block Party

All summer long every Thursday night from 6:00pm to 11:00pm in the Playhouse District of Old Town Pasadena, join a crowd of locals gathering for live music and food trucks. This week brings the Grilled Cheese and Lobsta truck to Old Town. Get more info on the official Facebook page for the event.

25. The Last Silver Lake Picture Show of the Summer

This free, summer-long community event screens popular films in a picnic-like setting at Sunset Triangle Plaza, and September 17 is the final show of the season, with a featured presentation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Things kick off at 7:00pm, so get there early to secure a seat!

26. Matthew Barney: River of Fundament

Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT is Barney’s first major solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles. Barney’s newest film might be his largest undertaking since his five-part CREMASTER film cycle. The artist made 85 pieces for this movie, including a 25-ton sculpture, drawings, photos, and storyboards, all will be displayed at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA starting this Sunday and will run through January 18.

Friday September 18th, 2015

27. Aladdin on the Big Screen

Never seen “A Whole New World” sung on the big screen? Come to the El Capitan Theater this Friday as the Disney classic returns to the big screen! Get more information and discount tickets (while available) via our friends at Goldstar.

28. Oktoberfest at Alpine Village

Enjoy traditional Bavarian fun, food, and beer at the oldest running Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California at Alpine Village in Torrance. Things kick off on September 11 and the festivities continue all the way until October 31.

29. Halloween Horror Nights


Halloween is just a couple weeks away but if you can’t wait till then head on over to Universal Studios for a pre-game scarefest! Universal Studios has announced some new features to their annual horror night including the Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness, based on the upcoming Guillermo del Toro film. Walk into the world of Insidious, outrun the park’s monsters and try to survive the walkers of The Walking Dead. They even revamped the Terror Tram with a 3-D maze based on the apocalyptic comedy This is the End.

30. Friday Night Jazz at LACMA

LACMA’s award winning Department of Music Program is a remarkable city resource, providing hundreds of free concerts and musical events every year for Angelenos to enjoy. This Friday their summer-long jazz series continues at the BP Grand Entrance.

31. A Live Read of Airplane!

For the ninth year in a row TreePeople will close their summer event series with a live (and lively!) reading of the 1980 comedy Airplane! An ensemble of 11 actors, including Oscar nominee Robert Forster, will handle all 69 roles in this deliberately uncensored reimagining of the original classic. The event runs two nights, both Friday and Saturday, and you can get half-off tickets for Friday’s performance via Goldstar.

32. LA Podcast Festival

Really, really, really into podcasts? The Los Angeles Podcast Festival is back for its fourth year and includes live podcast recordings, panels, special events, and parties, along with a special standup comedy show. It all goes down over the weekend of September 18-20 at the Sofitel Hotel.

33. Learn CPR With The CPR Mobile Tour

The American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour stops by Grand Park from noon to 1:15pm this Friday to raise awareness and teach Americans how to perform hands-only CPR to the beat of the Bee Gees’ hit “Stayin’ Alive” which, consequently, has more than 100 beats per minute!

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