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33 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Have on Your Radar [9-7-15 to 9-11-15]

September 7, 2015 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 includes a Labor Day pool party, free ice cream, the final Twilight Concert of the summer, the Downtown Art Walk, The Original Lobster Fest, and plenty more events to choose from.


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

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Rooftop Bar The Standard Hotel

Rooftop bar at The Standard in DTLA. Credit: Prayitno via flickr

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Monday September 7th, 2015

1. FREE Fosselman’s Soft Serve Cones At Dog Haus

In collaboration with Alhambra’s most famous ice cream shop Fosselman’s, Dog Haus will be offering free soft serve cones at all of their locations on Labor Day, September 7.

2. Bid Summer Adieu With Chef Kris Morningstar At Terrine

Labor Day, Monday, September 7th California brasserie Terrine will host an all-day BBQ on the restaurant’s idyllic patio from 11:30am to 11:00pm. Chef/Owner Kris Morningstar, will host its second all-you-can-eat BBQ featuring traditional, American-favorite fare prepared with Terrine’s French-California twist. Prepare for a feast standouts include Pickle Brine Fried Chicken, Swordfish Brochettes, Crispy Potato and Hatch Chile Tacos and Frito Pie with Texas chili and cheese. The all you can eat BBQ cost a modest $35.

3. Wavey Pool Party

Local fashion brand the Well and Steve Aoki’s music label Dim Mak is having a party! The casbah chic pool deck at the Hotel Figueroa is the place to be for fashion trendsetters and music mavens. Grab some food at their taco bar, down some $5 PBRs and take a dip in the heated pool.

4. Bar ONE Free Pizza

Bar ONE in NOHO is taking Hoppy Hour to another level with FREE pizza Monday through Friday from open to 9:00pm. Take advantage of $7 beer flights, $1 off craft draft and wine, $4 sake bombs and $5 off bottles of wine. If my calculations are right you can have free pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner… I guess that’s where I’ll be all week.

5. Bow & Truss Wine & Cheese Night Launch 

Latin-inspired restaurant Bow & Truss will launch a wine and cheese event series on Labor Day and will continue every first Monday of each month until November. The Wine & Cheese Night will feature a special wine and cheese tasting with wine expert Chuck Novak guiding guest through the experience.

6. 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.

7. Nerdist Open Mic

Watch Kyle Clark and John Ungaro host this weekly comedy free-for-all. You’ll see new comics and familiar comics trying out new material. It’s free to sign up but do it at 5:00pm for the best chance to get selected! The lottery is at 5:30pm. They pull 25 names for the night plus 5 guaranteed spots for the following week. You get 3 minutes to make some comedy magic!

8. Fiesta Hermosa

The annual South Bay ritual known as Fiesta Hermosa will bring over 300 over 300 artists, crafters, painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, and sculptors to downtown Hermosa Beach over Labor Day weekend (September 5-7) in a celebration to mark the end of summer that includes live music and a food court with more than a dozen vendors to choose from.

9. Pacific Media Expo

Discover the newest anime from Japan, coolest bands from the Pacific Rim, latest Harajuku fashion and some very disturbing horror films at the Pacific Media Expo created by the founder of the Anime Expo. More information and discount tickets can be found via Goldstar.

Tuesday September 8th, 2015

10. Reggie Watts & Karen At El Cid

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

11. Taco & Trivia Tuesday’s At Angel City Brewery 

Every Tuesday celebrate all things “T” with tacos and trivia at DTLA’s open air brewery Angel City. Taqueria el Severo will be serving up grilled tacos outside, while Brainstormer host’s trivia inside. Trivia starts at 7:00pm sharp.

12. 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 Breakfast At Tiffany’s on Tuesday, Ghostbusters on Wednesday, JAWS on Thursday and The Goonies on Friday.

13. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens The Day The Earth Stood Still

LACMA will screen the sci fi cult classic The Day The Earth Stood Still. This ongoing Tuesday Matinee film series cost $2 for members and $4 for non members.

14. 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.

Wednesday September 9th , 2015

15. Free Screening of Firefly

In support of Ovation TV acquiring the much-loved Joss Whedon show Firefly there will be a free screening of the series pilot on Wednesday at 7:00pm at Pulp Fiction Comics  located at 1742 Clark Ave, Long Beach, CA 90815.

16. 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. Get more information and discount tickets (while supplies last) via our friends at Goldstar.

17. 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!

18. Sip Cocktails, See The Sights With The Historic Hollywood: Stars & Bars Gang!

Get a taste of Old Hollywood sip on classic cocktails as an awesome guide share history tidbits, celebrity stories and more on Urban Adventures tour of Historic Hollywood. Grab discount tickets via Goldstar.

19. PATIO Comedy Series At Bow & Truss

Bow & Truss presents a new free comedy night series ‘PATIO’ hosted by Mark Agee. Each show will feature a variety of notable comedians, with Candice Thompson and Yassir Lester this Wednesday!

Thursday September 10th, 2015

20. Throwback Thursday Screening of Fast Times at Ridgemont High


30 years later Fast Times at Ridgemont High is still one of the best comedies out there. Throw back Thursdays will be screening the flick and a gourmet food truck will be on-site with edibles tied to that night’s film. Guest are encouraged to bring their purchased food into the auditorium before the screening and enjoy a playlist of specifically curated music to match that night’s film. Grab some discounted tickets while they last via Goldstar.

21. The Downtown Art Walk

The Downtown Art Walk has been an L.A. cultural phenomenon bringing in art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month. Art galleries, shops, bars and more open up for one big party celebrating art and DTLA for one fine night. For September the Art Walk will dedicate the month to “Diversity” – in all of it’s shapes, contexts, creeds, and meanings.
Participating galleries for this Art Walk will include: DAC Gallery, These Days, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery, Carol Cirillo Stanley Studio Gallery, The Spring Arts Collective, and the LA Fashion District.

22. Twilight Summer Concert Series: Tune – Yards & Avid Dancer

Presented by TrueCar the Twilight Summer Concert Series is closing out the summer with performances by Tune – Yards and Avid Dancer. Happening on the Santa Monica pier this event is free open to all ages.

23. HARD Presents A Night at Fairplex

HARD will put on an electric show at the LA County Fair for one-night and will take over two-stages. Headliners include DVBBS, Juicy J, Destructo, AC Slater and more. Tickets to the festival will include free admission to the fair during the day.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. MOCA Free Night

Every Thursday evening from 5:00pm – 8:00pm admission is free to both the MOCA on Grand and The Geffen Contemporary.

27. The Food Truck Collective

Come out to the NOHO Library on a Thursday night and nosh on food truck goodies, partake in some games such as giant jenga, giant chess and checkers as well as a LEGO building station. There are also story read-alongs where the kids get read a story by the DJ and are encouraged to sign up for a FREE Library card! There will be plenty of lawn space where families can bring their blankets and make it a picnic night.

28. Fall Open House At The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

On Thursday, September 10 from 2 – 6 pm, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf invites you to sip and sample any 12 oz. fall beverage for just $2. New fall flavors include Salted Butterscotch, classic Pumpkin, and Pumpkin Chai flavors served up as a latte or Ice Blended® . Check participating store locations to take advantage of this day.

Friday September 11th, 2015

29. Original Lobster Festival


Lobster lovers unite! The 19th Annual 2015 Original Lobster Festival will be held September 11-13, at the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach and features live music, an international food court, two beach bars, and oh yeah, tons of fresh, live Maine lobsters steamed in the world’s largest cooker. More information and discount tickets can be found via Goldstar.

30. 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.

31. Hollywood Sites & Bites Food Tour

This four hour tour of the sites and taste of what Hollywood has to offer will take you to The Roosevelt Hollywood to the iconic Capital Records and even Melrose avenue. You will make several stops at some of Los Angeles’ most talked-about restaurants for a variety of savory and sweet tastings. Half price tickets are available via Goldstar. Bon appetit!

32. 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.

33. 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 can be found via Goldstar.

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