37 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [9-16-19 to 9-20-19]

Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series
Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert Series from 2013. Credit: T. Tseng via flickr

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 through Friday 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 16 to Friday, September 20, features  Art Women Art Week, Beta Night at Two Bit Circus, 80’s night at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, The Queen Mary Night Market, Hello Kitty Friends Around the World Tour 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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Monday September 16th, 2019

1. E.P. & L.P. along with Melrose Rooftop Theatre will host the 2nd annual Art Women Art Week series from September 15 – 21. The weeklong female-forward series is dedicated to highlighting women in the creative arts with a line-up of talks with female entrepreneurs, actors, producers & screenwriters paired with a curated movie screening.

2. It’s Monday Night Trivia at Imperial Western located inside Union Station.

3. Tim Burton dazzled us with “The Nightmare Before Christmas” 26 years ago and from September 12 through 25 The El Capitan in Hollywood will screen the beloved movie in 3D with interactive 4D sensory effects. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. Astronomy on Tap hosted by Caltech Astronomy happens once a month at Der Wolf in Pasadena. Professionals will give informal talks about a variety of topics while enjoying German beers with the public.

5. Photo production company for the stars The Scenario Studio brings their mind-blowing professional sets to Grand Central Market for the public to experience from September 7 through November 4. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Tuesday September 17th, 2019

6. Two Bit Circus is hosting a Beta Night allowing guests to play and test out new games for free, all they want is your feedback in exchange. FREE

7. Outdoor Voices, ROW DTLA, and OLIPOP team up to host evening wellness gatherings for the month. This Tuesday head to ROW DTLA Building 1 Rooftop for a mat pilates work out led by Coreology followed by activations by The Things We Do & beverages from OLIPOP. RSVP is mandatory. FREE

8. Head to Golden Road Brewery for Drag Queen Bingo inside the illusive Chloe’s Speakeasy.

9. UNIDENTIFIED LANDED OBJECT (“ULO”) opens at ROW DTLA for an otherworldly experience where an adaptation of the installation Light Leaks by technology artist Kyle McDonald and Jonas Jongejan, Creative Technologist at Google Creative Lab can be experienced. Visitors will be pulled into an optical illusion of millions of flickering reflections that dance off of mirror balls hitting every inch of the space. ULO will run Tuesdays through Sunday until September 28.

10. The Santa Monica Conservancy will host an open house at the Preservation Resource Center during Food Truck Tuesday happening at the California Heritage Museum lot. During the event conservancy docents will offer free tours of the 1897 Shotgun House, the last intact one in Santa Monica.

11. 260LA is hosting a Sandro sample sale September 17-22. Score deals on the French labels mens and women’s ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories .

12. Free museum days: South Coast Botanic GardenDescanso Gardens, La Brea Tarpits Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Wednesday September 18th, 2019

13. Twilight Concerts returns every Wednesday from August 21 to September 25 for free music performances on the Santa Monica Pier. This week Methyl Ethel, Lila Gold and Lisa Richards will perform. FREE

14. There’s an evening screening of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am at The Hammer. The documentary follows the acclaimed author from her childhood, to book tours with Muhammad Ali and beyond as she explores topics of race, history, America, and the human condition. FREE

15. The Super Serious Show is a comedy event produced by CleftClips featuring both established and up-and-coming talent performing an array of stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. Happening at The Virgil.

16. Lunetta in Santa Monica will host an AYCE paella party that features pinchos (a.k.a. Spanish appetizers), house-made white sangria, sweets and a Basque country favorite, the Parakeet cocktail made with Pastis and Creme de menthe and Cava white wine spritzers. Reservations are highly recommended.

17. RuPaul’s Drag Race Werq The World Tour takes over the Orpheum Theatre with an all new production featuring Mission Leader Asia O’Hara on a journey to save the universe with the help of a group of intergalactic queens including Detox, Naomi Smalls, Plastique, Violet Chachki and Yvie Oddly.

18. FLIX at FIG screens Selena at FIGat7th in DTLA. The free movie screenings happen every third Wednesday of the month. A live DJ and happy hour kicks off the night at 6 p.m. and the film begins at 7 p.m. FREE

19. There’s a The Office trivia night at Angel City Brewery this Wednesday. Free to play.

20. The first-ever Museum of Weed is a 30,000 square foot space of ‘higher learning’ presented by WeedMaps aims to provide insight and history into marijuana through interactive exhibits, Instagram-friendly art installations and a bevy of historical artifacts. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday now till September 29. Admission starts at $35.

Thursday September 19th, 2019

21. Creep L.A. presents the fifth installment of HAUS OF CREEP an immersive 75-minute experience that takes guests in a bizarre world where reality and performance art blur in a very dark way. HAUS OF CREEP will run from September 13 through November 3 on all weekends with some weeknights available.

22. Thursdays are 80’s night at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. Spooking crowds for over 25 years, the park employs the industry’s best special effects to bring pop cultures most famous movies and shows to life. Mazes include Stranger Things, Walking Dead and the new Ghostbusters experience.


23. Head to the Getty Villa for an outdoor performance of The Heal in the Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater. Sit in the stunning venue modeled after ancient Greek and Roman theaters and enjoy a new version of Sophocles’ timeless tale. The show runs every Thursday through Saturday from September 6-28. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes hosts Plática: The Placemakers and Placemaking: The Story of a Los Angeles Community a free conversation examining decades of placemaking, community formation, and gentrification in the multiethnic Los Angeles community of Echo Park. FREE

25. on Thursday Old Town Pasadena hosts WinePas, a foodie crawl with wine and gourmet food tastings paired with retail therapy all to raise funds for Pasadena Educational Foundation.

26. Every first and third Thursday of the month Brennan’s in Marina Del Rey hosts their famous turtle races. Since 1974, this tradition brings these little speedsters out of their sanctuary (located in the bar) for an exciting game that support charities. Race starts at 9 p.m.

27. Knott’s Scary Farm is back with their signature haunted attractions, mazes and thousands of monsters ready to scare the living day light out of you and your crew.

28. Free museum days: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand (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 USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

Friday September 20th, 2019

29. The Queen Mary Night Market is an outdoor celebration of SoCal’s food and art scene. Guests can dine and shop by the ship at an event featuring dozens of food trucks, vendors, local makers selling jewelry, fashion, and art, and much more.

30. Hello Kitty Friends Around the World Tour celebrates Hello Kitty’s 45-year anniversary with a multi-room, sensory-rich, brilliant walk-through adventure from September 20 through October 20. The 10,000-square-foot pop-up takes you aboard ‘Hello Kitty Air’ to virtually visit London, Paris, New York, Honolulu, and Tokyo.

31. Get up close and personal with sharks at the Aquarium of the Pacific during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests will have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and view large sharks in an after hours setting. FREE

32. Board the famed Battleship IOWA Museum for free outdoor movie screenings on the ship’s fantail under the night sky. The screenings are free and open to all ages. This Friday they will screen Captain Marvel. FREE

33. Sponsored by the L.A. Times, the Los Angeles Street Festival is a free two day fest featuring the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters a street-style basketball showdown, an open esports Super Smash Bros. tournament, music, food trucks and activities for all ages. FREE


34. Pasadena Greek Fest Taste will have guests enjoying authentic food, live Greek music and dancing in a family friendly setting September 20-22.

35. Odd Nights At The Autry feature a collection of over 200 vendors, 20 gourmet food trucks, a beer garden, custom handmade treasures and live local bands. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

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

37. Don’t Tell Comedy pops up in Venice Beach at a secret location with some of the biggest names in comedy. Performers are kept under wraps and the location will be emailed to all ticket holders. BYOB!

Food Pick for the Week

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

Haute Mess is a new casual dining spot in the Fairfax District that doubles as a tightly curated European market. Their Sandwich Bar is not to be missed. Read all about their spectacularly-baked French baguettes and tasty sandos in our story here.

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