42 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [9-24-18 to 9-28-18]

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 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 24 to Friday, September 28, features Beyond Fest, 2018 L.A. Fashion Week at The Bloc, Pop Art Photo Show, TechDay LA, The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Van Nuys Arts 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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Monday September 24th, 2018

1. Head to Frogtown’s artist-run space Tin Flats every Monday and Tuesday now until Nov. 27 for a free drive-in movie screening curated with some very special programming. Presented by The French Los Angeles Exchange, this project presents films, performances and exhibitions from artists in the program, as well as a film that echoes their own work. FREE

2. The Secret Society of The Sisterhood hosts their fifth full moon edition at the Masonic Lodge in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Performers include Reggie Watts, Patty Schemel and others reading about the theme of the night, “What in the HELL am I gonna do now?!”

3. Kevin Kwan (author of Crazy Rich Asianswill be at Vroman’s bookstore in Pasadena along with Tan Kheng Hua and Rebecca Sun as they discuss Kwan’s latest release Rich People Problems. FREE

4. There’s a La Morra Pizzeria pop-up happening at Salazar on Monday starting at 5 p.m. until the pizzas run out.

5. The Taste of Arcadia brings 40+ vendors to the Los Angeles Arboretum.

6.. Get centered during Beach Yoga SoCal. Feel the sand in your toes, calm your senses with the sound of the ocean and do a yoga flow during sunset. Class starts at 7 p.m. and cost $15.

7. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with a screening of Indiana Jones Temple of Doom, Napoleon Dynamite and more this week.

Tuesday September 25th, 2018

8. 260LA will host a Reformation sample sale from Sep. 25-30 at their Beverly Hills location.

9. American astrophysicist, author, and globally recognized science personality, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson takes the stage of The Wiltern in Koreatown this Tuesday for an insightful conversation about this world and beyond.

10. Swim Up Cinema happening at the NoMad Los Angeles rooftop will screen JAWS by the pool and offer “concession stand” service bar drinks (wine + cocktails) and snacks. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 8pm. Admission is free.

11. G&B coffee located inside Grand Central Market will host a free coffee cupping demonstration at 2 p.m. led by an experienced barista. FREE 

12. Movie Nights at Tropicana Bar located at The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel will throw Angelenos a movie night series every Tuesday night from 8 to 11 p.m. from June through September by the David Hockney painted Tropicana Pool. ​The series closes out this week with a screening of Blade Runner.

13. Free museum days: Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits Museum

Wednesday September 26th, 2018

14. The California African American Museum (CAAM) is hosting their annual Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop celebration this Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees will have a chance to browse the museum’s exhibits, enjoy a DJ set and food trucks during the event. FREE

15. Beyond Fest, Los Angeles’ strangest, scariest, and largest genre film festival returns Sep. 26 to Oct. 9 with another year of bold programming. Sharing a newfound partnership with Hulu and Shudder, 2018’s program boasts an absolutely massive lineup – the festival’s biggest yet – of fan-favorites, nightmares, and oddities, along with bold premieres.

16. Face your fears during Universal Studios Hollywood Horror Nights. This year, the Stranger Things maze is the main attraction. You’ll also get to experience bone chilling attractions by American Horror Story, The Shining, Halloween, KrampusAsh vs. The Evil Dead and Walking Dead. Check for discounted tickets on select days. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Head over to Santa Monica for Twilight on the Pier. This fall a wide range of musical groups and artists will performance across different stages, transforming the pier into a festival, complete with art, a beer and spirits garden, games, and interactive activations. FREE

18. The Hammer will hold a free screening of RBG the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary about her life and career. FREE

19. Florence + The Machine plays the the Hollywood Bowl this Wednesday night. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

20. The Slurring Bee makes its way to The Virgil this Wednesday for a bar spelling bee with a money prize, bee-themed prizes and guaranteed slurring if you choose to participate.

21. See comedians recreate Who Framed Roger Rabbit live onstage while drunk at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood.

22. Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks will host its 8th Annual Cuban Pig Roast this Wednesday starting at 5:30 p.m. The menu features Cuban classics like Lechon Asado, Cubano and jerk chicken. Guests are encouraged to make reservations through OpenTable.

23. The Garvey Ranch Observatory will host an evening of astronomy with members of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society. Guest will have a chance to go into the dome to view the stars, enjoy a star party on the lawn, and learn how to build their own telescope. The observatory is open to the public on Wednesday nights only. FREE

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

25. Liquid Intelligence will take over The Mixing Room from 6-7 p.m. for one hour of a complimentary cocktail. This time guests will taste R6 Bourbon Neat and Old Fashions. FREE


Thursday September 27th, 2018

26. Kick off 2018 L.A. Fashion Week at The Bloc shopping center in Downtown. There will be a host of activities, panels, and more to ensure an engaging start to the city’s ode to trends. Interactive pop-ups will be present from the likes of Nixon, Audrey Lee Designs, and Bolla, as well as a panel from Los Angeles’ top fashion and beauty influencers.

27. The Pop Art Photo Show happening Sep. 27-30 , at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica., will feature a plethora of rare movie and music posters (including a French Casablanca advertisement, one of the few remaining in the world), pop art prints, photos, and much more. Check for discounted tickets on select days. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

28. On Thursday LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes hosts a screening of the documentary Beyond Borders a documentary focused on why Mexican citizens immigrate to America, and the ways they still connect with their families and original homes. The showing will also include a panel of speakers. FREE

29. Whether you’re interested in the most recent technological developments or just want to dip your toes into the market, you’ll find something to discover at TechDay LA, a startup series, now in its fourth year, that showcases the newest products and services from startups around the country.

30. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will transform into a seaport of the damned for the Halloween season with terrifying mazes and monsters at every turn. Happening Thursdays and through Sundays through Nov. 2.

31. The seventh annual Sunset & Dine food festival will feature 20+ restaurants, beer, wine and entertainment curated by Amoeba Music. Happening at Columbia Square in Hollywood.

32. 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.

33. Married British-American comedy duo We Are Thomasse returns to Second City Hollywood this Thursday for a 45 minute live show of their quirky, fast-paced sketches.

34. 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.

35. Free museum days: 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 USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

Friday September 28th, 2018

36. Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts free jazz performances on Fridays through November. Concerts take place at the main entrance. FREE

37. The second annual Van Nuys Arts Festival showcases the artistic talents and skills of local residents. The Van Nuys Civic Center will be transformed into an outdoor virtual forest with art installations, live music, a 3D dance party, live-mixed projection mappings, and more. A variety of food trucks will be on hand and the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild will host a beer garden. FREE

38. Westfield Century City hosts TASTE with a two day epicurean event featuring samplings from the shopping center’s best restaurants plus chef experiences, wine and spirits tastings, live entertainment, and more.


39. Friday Night Block Party returns to L.A. LIVE in DTLA for an evening of live music, shopping, street performers, art and more. FREE

40. Alpine Village Oktoberfest celebrates 50 years! The fun kicks off this Friday with traditional Bavarian fun like Oom Pah Pah party bands, German fare, and delicious cold German beers. Oktoberfest runs Fridays and Saturdays September 7 through October 27.

41. Coco will return to the big screen at the El Capitan Theatre for a special limited screening. From Sept 27-30 and Oct 6-7 screenings will include live performances by Grammy Award-winning musicians Mariachi Divas along with Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

42. 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.

Food Pick for the Week

Photo Credit: BOURBON Steak House

A  96 ounce Prime Rib Roast (yes, 96 oucnes!) is now available at BOURBON Steak House in Glendale. The Ol’ 96er, as it’s called, takes inspiration from John Candy classic, The Great Outdoors. The massive cut of Flannery Beef Prime Rib Roast is smoked and hand-carved table-side. Accompanying the roast are market sides that include Black Truffle Macaroni & Three Cheese, Golden Yukon Potato Purée, Asparagus with Preserved Lemon, Fried Cauliflower with Harissa and more. Don’t attempt to try this on your own. The Ol’ 96er feeds four to six people and is available both as a pre-ordered option or in the restaurant (it takes 45 minutes to prepare) and cost $249.

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