Fright-filled fun, food festivals, free community concerts, a four-day art fair, and something special in Frogtown. Lots of Fs in that last sentence, which is totally on point because we’ve officially hit Fall in Los Angeles!
From September 23-25 in L.A., catch The Other Art Fair, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, a Totally Valley Block Party, the Frogtown Art Walk, Watts Towers Day of the Drum and Jazz Festivals, Westchester Arts & Music Block Party, the LA River Fest, and more. TONS to do. Scan the rundown below to get your weekend started.
Things To Do This Weekend
The Other Art Fair -> From Thursday to Sunday at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, The Other Art Fair showcases a curated selection of over 140 independent artists. Spy art for sale while enjoying live DJ sets, activations, installations, and a cash bar. Private view tickets (Thursday only) are $45, and individual tix for Friday to Sunday run $10-$20. Get more info here.
Loss, Life & Love -> Starting Thursday, Loss, Life & Love brings a three-day festival to Leimert Park and the surrounding community, offering hybrid online and in-person activities including workshops, performances, and keynote talks, all centered on the themes of mortality, grief, and strength. The programming culminates with an afternoon street festival on Saturday. All events are free to attend, with pay-what-you-can tickets available for purchase. See the full lineup of events here.
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride -> The signature Halloween experience held in Griffith Park is back for 2022 starting this Friday and Saturday. Visitors will experience a revamped version of Midnight Falls, a fictional horror-town filled with roaming monsters, a haunted mortuary and macabre theatre. Hayride-only tickets start at $29.99, and GA tickets for all attractions start at $39.99. Get more info here.
Knott’s Scary Farm -> Beginning Thursday, Knott’s Scary Farm returns with their signature lineup of haunted attractions, mazes and thousands of monsters ready to scare the living daylight out of you and your crew. More info here.
Halloween Horror Nights -> Scary season continues at Universal Studios this Thursday to Sunday. The fall horror takeover features the signature Terror Tram, plus a litany of scare zones, lives shows, and eight different haunted houses, including a nightmare experience based on The Weeknd’s After Hours video series. GA tickets start at $72, but VIP and express packages can push the price point well over $300 depending on the offer. Runs on select dates through October 31. Get more info here.
L.A. International Ukulele Festival -> The L.A. International Ukulele Festival kicks off this Friday with a concert co-headlined by Brittni Paiva and Andrew Molina at theTorrance Cultural Arts Center. The fun continues with an all-day festival on Saturday featuring workshops, live performances, classes, a marketplace, and Hawaiian food, and then a concert and play-along on Sunday. Get more info on tickets here.
Le Creuset brings a Factory to Table Sale -> Cookware brand Le Creuset brings a Factory to Table Shopping Event to the Pomona Fairplex this Friday to Sunday featuring rare shapes and styles of cookware items, plus giveaways, snacks, refreshments, live music and more. Tickets are $45 for Friday’s premier shopping session, $25 the Saturday VIP session, or $10 for Sunday’s GA. PLUS: You can use the code WELIKELA to receive a 50% discount on tickets for Saturday or Sunday. More info here.
Latin Nights at Runway -> Every Friday in September, Runway Playa Vista hosts free salsa dancing classes with live latin musical performances to follow. Lessons start at 5:30 p.m. No RSVP required. More info here.
Redondo Movie Nights -> On Fridays through September 30, catch free movie screenings on the Redondo Beach Pier. This week they’ll screen American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story. Event starts at 7 p.m. More info here.
Totally Valley Block Party -> Westfield Fashion Square and My Valley Pass team up this Saturday for another edition of the Totally Valley Block Party, which will feature on-site food vendors, 10 local breweries, DJ-spun tunes, and plenty of free family activities. Get more info here.
Westchester Arts & Music Block Party -> This Saturday, the Westchester Arts & Music (WAM) Block Party brings a day-long community event to Emerson Avenue, with proceeds benefiting local non-profits. Free to attend and family friendly. The party features live music, dance, art, garden tours, kids activities, food trucks and a beer and wine garden. More info here.
Grand Performances Finale -> Grand Performances wraps up a summer of free concerts this Saturday with a headline performance by Chilean songstress Francisca Valenzuela, supported by a DJ set Chulita Vinyl Club and a performance from Mexican-American singer-songwriter Renee Goust. Free to attend. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. More info here.
Frogtown Artwalk -> Back in person for the first time since 2018, the Frogtown Artwalk returns this Saturday for a day/evening of community events and arts along the L.A. River in Elysian Valley (aka Frogtown). Expect studio tours, bites for sale, kids crafts, hula hooping, pedicab rides, performances, dance, a chalk walk, a literary lounge, poetry and spoken word artists, and pop-up installations. Free to attend. Get more info here.
San Pedro Festival of the Arts -> On Saturday, the San Pedro Festival of the Arts (formerly the San Pedro TriArt Festival) pops up at Peck Park for an afternoon of performances from over a dozen local dance companies. Free to attend. Runs 1 to 4:15 p.m. Get more info here.
Yoga on the Mountain -> On the last Saturday of the month, the Santa Monica Mountains Fund hosts a morning of outdoor yoga and live acoustic music at the King Gillette Ranch in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. All skill levels are welcome. Free to RSVP, and reservations are required to attend. More info here.
Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival + Jazz Festival -> Two signature annual events are back at Watts Towers this weekend, with the Day of the Drum Festival on Saturday and the Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival on Sunday. Both days include guided tours, a drum pavilion, access to Noah Purifoy and Charles Mingus galleries, gardening activities, a food court, and arts and crafts vendors. Free admission both days. Get more info here.
Zero Proofed Karaoke Party -> This Saturday, Alana’s Coffee Roasters in Mar Vista hosts a non-alcoholic cocktail party with Zero Proofed featuring a live karaoke band ready to rock out with a rotating list of volunteer lead singers. It cost $5 to sing, and an RSVP is required for entry.
Mount Wilson Star Party -> Mount Wilson Observatory hosts a public star party this Saturday, where visitors can take advantage of the high elevation and (hopefully) clear skies to gaze at stellar objects through telescopes provided by the members of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., and is free to attend. No RSVP required. Get more info here.
LA River Fest -> On Sunday, the Friends of the Los Angeles River host an evening film festival at L.A. State Historic Park dedicated to all things LA River. Expect food trucks, DJ-spun tunes, activations and giveaways, plus screenings of films that highlight the river’s cultural, historical, and ecological connection to the community. Free to attend. Runs 5 to 9 p.m. Get more info here.
Smorgasburg, Paramount+ & Beavis and Butt-Head -> To celebrate the return of Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head, Paramount+ has teamed up with Smorgasburg to make a play at breaking the world record for the largest plate of nachos, this Sunday. The current Guinness World Record holder stands at 4,689 pounds, set by the University of Kansas back in 2012. The Beavis and Butt-Head nacho platter will be made with chips, jalapeños, beans, and cheese. After the attempt to break the record, nachos will be distributed to Smorgasburg attendees for free. Nothing will be wasted as leftovers will go to partnering organizations that serve the Los Angeles community after 4 p.m.
Pause at The Point -> Join Pause Studio in El Segundo this Sunday for a morning wellness reset sponsored by Liberate in partnership with Corepower Yoga. Enjoy a yoga session, bites and beverages and complimentary Pause services. The event is donation based ($5 minimum is encouraged.) All proceeds go to NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. More info here.
Los Angeles CHOCOLATE SALON 2022 -> Have a weakness for chocolate? Head to Pasadena on the last Sunday of September for a day of tastings, demos and (yes) sculptures at the 14th annual Los Angeles Chocolate Salon. Tickets are $22.75 in advance, or $25 at the door. All tastings included with entry. Get more info here.
Dining & Drinking
Oktoberfest at Pitfire Pizza NOHO -> Pitfire Pizza’s flagship location in North Hollywood transforms their outdoor patio into an Oktoberfest Beer Garden on weekends starting September 24 and running through October 9. Taking place Saturdays and Sundays, festivities include a special Wurst Pizza made with three types of wursts, jumbo pretzels with beer cheese, a rotation of Oktoberfest beers plus live Oktoberfest-party-bands and fun contests on Sundays.
Figtoberfest at Mohawk Bend -> Central Coast’s Figueroa Mountain Brewing is throwing a “Figtoberfest” at Mohawk Bend this Saturday with German food, beers and games. Happening from noon to 4 p.m. the day will feature a German inspired menu, German lagers from different breweries, special beers from Figueroa Mountain, games like keg squatting, complimentary flash tattoos and much more. Free to attend, registration and additional information can be found on Eventbrite.
Oktoberfest at LA Ale Works -> The Hawthorne brewery is throwing a family and pet friendly Oktoberfest on September 24 with German beer releases, the 5th annual Stein Holding Competition, live music, games, special merch and a best dressed contest. More info here.
Benny Boy Brewing x Wallflower Market Doggie Bazaar -> This Saturday grab your pup and stop by Benny Boy Brewing in Lincoln Heights from 1-7 p.m. to treat your dog to a day of shopping and doggie burgers from La Burg. Hosted by Benny Boy Brewing and Wallflower Market, expect 14 local pet focused vendors, food for humans as well as dogs, also adoptable dogs and plenty of Benny Boy’s signature ciders and beers. Free to attend. More info here.
L.A. Times Food Bowl Night Market -> The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl comes to a close with a three-day event at Paramount Studios September 23-25, that includes all-inclusive food and drink tastings. GA tickets for individual nights start at $110 per person. Get more info here.
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