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 20 to Sunday, September 22 features The Queen Mary Night Market, Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day, Dino Fest at NHMLA, Oktoberfest at Eagle Rock Brewery, The Barnsdall Art & Craft Fair 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 20th, 2019
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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.
6. 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
7. 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.
8. Pasadena Greek Fest Taste will have guests enjoying authentic food, live Greek music and dancing in a family friendly setting September 20-22.
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. 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!
11. 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)
12. 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 .
13. 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)
14. 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)
Saturday September 21st, 2019
15. Over 10 L.A. County Museums Will Be Free For Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day. Participants include the Japanese American National Museum, the GRAMMY Museum, Autry Museum of the American West, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and more. FREE
16. The 4th annual Dino Fest returns to NHMLA September 21-22 for a weekend long celebration of the prehistoric giants that one ruled the earth.
17. Head to the Hollywood Bowl for the beloved annual event Sing-A-Long Sound of Music and prepare to sing your heart out with thousands of fellow fans.
18. Party under a historic Los Angeles bridge when Open-Air Affair: Summer Day Party takes over The Viaduct with performances by Crazy P, Clarian, Heat-Wave DJs and Midnight Lovers DJs.
19. Want to celebrate Halloween early? Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights has been 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.
20. dublab is throwing a 20th Anniversary Party at Bedrock LA with live performances, DJ sets, sound installations, activations, food trucks, drinks and more.
21. Descanso Gardens new concert series SILENCE presents experimental popular and classical new musical performances at specific sites within Descanso’s collection of horticulture. The series continues with artist Suzanne Ciani. Mia Barcia-Colombo, Yuri Inoo, Cristina Montes Mateo, Vicki Ray, and Diana Wade perform Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s In the Light of Air.
22. Fun Shui: Marketplace for Home Goods takes over Grand Central Market this Saturday for a marketplace with vendors, offering art, vintage items, homemade décor, small house plants, and scented products.
23. The 4th annual Westchester Arts & Music (WAM) Block Party will feature music, dance, art, garden tours, community organizations, kids activities and more. FREE
24. 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)
25. Eagle Rock Brewery’s Oktoberfest party returns for another year of beer drinking, kraut eating competition and other feats of strength.
26. L.A. Chocolate, Wine & Spirits Festival will bring a tasting experience of artisan chocolate, wine and spirits from around the globe. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
27. Olga Pericet comes to the Ford Theatres for a one-night-only flamenco performance that blends tradition with contemporary vision. Featuring award-winning flamenco dancer Olga Pericet audiences will be dazzled by the art of dance, right under the stars of one of LA’s best amphitheaters. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
28. Drunken Devil presents its signature immersive dining experience, To Live and Di(n)e in LA, this weekend. Guests will get the chance to sit down with the ghosts of infamous Los Angeles true crime figures including Charles Manson, Elizabeth Short, and Richard Ramirez, as you indulge in a decadent, four-course meal.
29. The Los Angeles LGBT Center celebrates its 50th anniversary with a star-studded show at the beautiful Greek Theatre this Saturday featuring Sia, Rufus Wainwright, Lily Tomlin and Jane, Kathy Griffin, Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown and Bobby Berk and more.
30. Spook Show’s Biz-aar! a gathering of spook enthusiast conjured up by Halloween Club is a free bazaar showcasing the best of the macabre through vendors, artists, collectors, spook masters and more. Happening at the Halloween Club La Mirada location.
32. Cafe Gratitude, Eat Drink Vegan and LA Taco present the 4th Annual LA’s Best Vegan Tacos this Saturday at One Santa Fe in the DTLA Arts District.
33. September 21 is National Batman Day and Golden Apple Comics is passing out free Batman comix and other giveaways while supplies last plus %25 off any comic with Batman in it.
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. The 4th annual Nerdbot-Con is returning to the Pasadena Convention Center for a day of cosplay, nerd, gamer and superhero appreciation.
Sunday September 22nd, 2019
36. The Barnsdall Art & Craft Fair supports local artists and provide a personable gift shopping experience to the public. This is a free, kid-friendly event showcasing diverse works from the Art Center students and faculty; this includes handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, cards, prints, paintings, drawings, and photography.
37.The Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round will be hosting a Roaring Twenties Speakeasy Party with a Vintage Cirque Sideshow. There will be a talented cast of eccentric performers along with other DJ entertainment and live music by Holy Crow Jazz Band. Other highlights include merry-go-round rides, strolling performers, cirque games, dance exhibitions, and more.
38. Japan House host Movie & Bites a combined screening and culinary event featuring a discussion, a screening of the acclaimed Japanese film “The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice” (1952) by legendary filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu and bites of salmon ochazuke plus popcorn during the screening.
39. Challenge yourself with a 75-minute yoga class while enjoying views of the DTLA skyline during Flow + Flavor: Rooftop Yoga at Smorgasburg x ROW DTLA.
40. Milk Bar Los Angeles turns one and they are throwing a Birthday Party this Sunday with a block party from noon to 3 p.m. with music, tasty sundaes, crafts and an impromptu truffle party.
41. dublab spins tunes at Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions, a free outdoor dance party on the park’s Performance Lawn. FREE
42. 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)
43. 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.
Tabula Rasa Bar turns three this week and they are doing it big all weekend long. What once was a new hip bar located in Thai Town known for its curated beer and wine plus one tasty Cuban sandwich, has now grown into a beloved neighborhood bar featuring some of the best food pop-ups in Los Angeles.
The official Three-Year Anniversary Party happens on Friday and will feature free tray passed bites from 3 to about 8 p.m. plus live jazz with Katin Burns from 6 to 9 p.m. and DJ Taylor Tosh from 9 p.m. till late. Champagne specials will be offered all night.
Then on Saturday free tray passed bites will happen once again from 3 p.m. to about 8 p.m. plus live jazz with Blair Sinta Trio from 6 to 9 p.m. and DJ Third Culture Kid from 9 p.m. till late with drink specials being offered all night long.
For the Sunday finale owner Zach Negin and friends will throw a free neighborhood BBQ from 2 to 6 p.m. with a MacLeod Brewery Tap Takeover and music by Jazzaholics from 6 to 9 p.m.
Tabula Rasa Bar is located at 5125 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
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