Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This weekend in L.A. from Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15 features Grand Park + Outfest Present PROUD Picnic + Movie Night, TARFEST, Doggie Paradise at The Queen Mary, Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in Chinatown, COAST Open Streets in Santa Monica 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 weekend!
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Friday September 13th, 2019
1. Get ready to scream, be amazed or simply turn away because Son of Monsterpalooza is coming just in time for Halloween with makeup demos, panels, and more happening September 13-15.
2. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles continues their Summer of Salsa concert series this Friday. Dance to the sounds of some of the city’s best salsa and Cuban bands one Friday evening each month through summer. FREE
3. Spend Friday The 13th at Scum and Villainy Cantina and kick off Halloween season with horror trivia, themed drinks and more. Costumes are encouraged. No cover!
4. Earth, Wind & Fire lights up the stage of The Hollywood Bowl this Friday and Saturday with a funkified show with a firework finale.
5. 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)
6. Enjoy an interactive Friday night dinner at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck during their special Mid-Autumn Festival. The celebration showcases the culinary talents of the Wolfgang Puck family with chefs from Spago, CUT, Hotel Bel-Air, and WP24 by Wolfgang Puck joining together for the evening to host guests at a variety of food stations spaced throughout the restaurant. Highlights include whole roasted Korean spiced Sonoma lamb, ricotta gnocchi, black sesame egg tarts and moon cakes. There are three ticketing options to choose from, depending on the package, a ticket can cost $69, $99 or $149. Purchase your ticket here.
3. PaleyFest returns to the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills September 5-15 with panels and screenings of the most hotly anticipated new fall TV shows. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
7. 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)
8. Enjoy an evening of music when Jazz at LACMA returns for their weekly free performances in the courtyard from 6 to 8 p.m. FREE
Saturday September 14th, 2019
9. Grand Park + Outfest Present PROUD Picnic + Movie Night returns for its fourth year of a picnic and outdoor movie screening in celebration of diverse voices in film. This free event offers a showcase of short films from the Outfest Fusion Festival along with full-length presentations. Guests can arrive early to DJ’s, food trucks, and the park’s popular splash pad and playground. FREE
10. The 17th annual TARFEST music and arts festival welcomes guests of all ages to explore art installations, live painting, DJ’s, food trucks and more at the LA Brea Tar Pits. FREE
11. The Queen Mary is hosting an entire afternoon of dog-friendly fun called Doggie Paradise. Let your pooch play in splash pools, a canine crafts station, a bark-filled ball pit, paw painting, and more. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
12. The Open Arts & Music Festival is a free festival that attracts over 10,000 people to foster community pride, teach new skills, strengthen relationships across the city while celebrating art and music. This year’s festival takes place at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and features an arts market, free workshops, live music, a beer garden and food, public art installations, a Kid Zone, and a VIP lounge. FREE
13. 81st Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in Chinatown celebrates the full harvest moon with traditional Chinese cultural demonstrations, local music, food, shopping, a mooncake demo, mooncake sampling, a peek at the full moon through telescopes and much more. FREE
14. Off The Hook Seafood Fest returns for its fifth year for a foodie fundraising event celebrating sea creatures, chefs, fisherman, ecosystems, and a desire to preserve our world’s oceans.
16. The first-ever Taste of Japan festival comes to The Pike Outlets in Long Beach showcasing Japanese culture and cuisine. The family-friendly festival will feature food, Japanese pop culture and entertainment, shopping, anime, martial arts, and more.
17. 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica host An Evening of Art and Celebration at 18th Street. The night will begin with artists open studios, then a screening of Video in Site: The Road Film, curated by Paul Pescador and Maura Brewer and end with additional screenings celebrating 40 Years of think tank EZTV. FREE
18. The Echo Park Film Series, in partnership with Council member Mitch O’Farrell, is presenting a series of summer/fall movie nights at Echo Park Lake this week Viva Las Vegas will be screened. FREE
19. Ex Hex performs at the Getty Center Courtyard as part of the museum’s Off the 405 summer concert series. FREE
20. Cinespia is back for its 18th summer season, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for screenings of films modern, cult, and classic. On Saturday All About Eve will be screened.
21. The 18th Annual Claremont Village Wine Walk returns to Claremont Village on Saturday inviting attendees to sip wine and sample food at over 30 village stores.
22. 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. Producer, Don Hahn and Author, Dave Bossert will introduce the movie during Thursdays opening night show at 7 p.m.
23. Get to know the East Village Arts District this Saturday during the Long Beach Art Walk. The route is six blocks long with nine galleries, 21 murals, and 28 businesses ready to be explored. FREE
24. OUE Skyspace, the tallest open air-observation desk on the west coast now has their own wine. Sip Skyspace Red, White and Rosé wines presented by Farmstrong Winery, enjoy jazz, a slide down the famous glass slide and toast to the epic views of DTLA during their wine release party.
25. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back with a show on Saturday at The Virgil. This Saturday’s lineup features a dozen well known comedians and animators.
26. Eat|See|Hear returns for 2019 with a screening of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory at Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
27. The Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society will host their annual Fall Cactus & Succulent Sale this Saturday in Encino at the Sepulveda Garden Center. Peruse and purchase unique and unusual cactus and succulents plus handmade pottery, and art.
28. Don’t Tell Comedy pops up in Mar Vista 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!
29. The Rosemead Moon Festival will host over 120 vendors, live performances, games and more over a stretch of Valley Blvd from Walnut Grove Ave to Ivar Ave. FREE
30. 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)
Sunday September 15th, 2019
31. The Family Style Food Fest, presented by DoorDash and The Hundreds brings one of a kind dishes, prominent streetwear brands and performance artists together for a festival this Sunday.
32. Two miles of Santa Monica streets will be closed for the 4th Annual COAST Open Streets where the public will be invited to bike, skate, run, and walk freely and safely. There will be roaming musicians, hands-on activities, and free artist-led workshops where attendees can create and decorate costumes. FREE
33. México’s quest for independence launched on September 16, 1810. In remembrance, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes will host a family day with live entertainment and culinary, garden, and art workshops. FREE
34. 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.
35. The 73rd annual East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade and celebration will take over Cesar E. Chávez Ave. starting at Mednik St. and ending at Record Ave. There will be live music, food, vendors and more. FREE
36. 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.
37. Massive foodie market Smorgasburg LA in Downtown Los Angeles is open every Sunday and brings a massive roster of indie food pop ups, merchandise vendors and more at ROW DTLA. This weekend they’ll host the LA Record Fair, curated by Beat Swap Meet where over 10,000 items like vintage vinyl, vintage t-shirts, cassettes and CDs will be for sale.
38. 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.
Food Pick for the Week
This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.
DTLA’s H&H Brazilian Steakhouse launches a weekend brunch this Saturday and Sunday. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. guests can sip on bottomless mimosas while enjoying table side service of organic Brazilian churrascaria (a.k.a. a variety of grilled meat on a large skewer sliced on demand). The menu includes Brazilian small plates like Chard and Gruyere Eggs in a Hole and an Asparagus Eggs Benedict. To celebrate the new brunch service this weekend all guests will receive one free mimosa. Cheers to that!
H&H Brazilian Steakhouse is located at 518 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
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