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Things To Do

Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [9-9-2022 to 9-11-2022]

September 8, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
View of Downtown Los Angeles skyline from the West Observatory Trail. Jan. 23, 2022. Photo by Brian Champlin

Keep an eye on the rain situation for this Saturday. Though there is plenty to do this weekend, much of the goings on are outdoors, and thus we could see some pivots and/or cancellations if the county catches a torrential downpour. Now, with that caveat out of the way, here is what’s on deck…

This September 9-11 in Los Angeles, you’ll find Cinema Tiki Party in Highland Park, Summer of Salsa at LA Plaza, the Bergamot Station Open House, MASAFEST, the Hi Autumn Festival, KCRW Summer Nights at One Colorado, Brick Fest Live in Pasadena, the Valley Artisan Fest, Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival, and more. Full rundown starts below.

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Things To Do This Weekend

Summer of Salsa -> LA Plaza’s final Summer of Salsa event of the year takes place this Friday headlined by a performance from  nine-piece salsa group La Verdad. Free to attend. Starts at 6 p.m. 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 Spiderman: No Way Home. Event starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Halloween Horror Nights -> Scary season is back at Universal Studios starting this Thursday. 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. Get more info here.

Black Crystal Wolf Kids -> This Friday, frontman (and friend of We Like L.A.) Jeff Miller leads indie-rock tributers Black Crystal Wolf Kids in special live performance at The Goldfish in Highland Park. Costumes will be worn. Sing-alongs encouraged. Tickets are $17. Doors open at 6 p.m. Get more info here.

Grand Performances -> [UPDATE: Due to rain expected this weekend, both Friday and Saturday events have been cancelled, to be rescheduled for a later date] The signature summer series at California Plaza continues this weekend with in a two-night (Friday and Saturday) theatrical presentation of Citizen: An American Lyric. Both nights begin at 7:30 p.m. and include a post-show Q&A with the cast. All shows are free to attend. More info here.

Bergamot Station Open House -> This Saturday, Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station Arts Center hosts their Fall Open, offering public access to over 20 galleries and creative businesses. The family-friendly event showcases gallery exhibitions through artist talks, curator walk throughs, live performances, opening receptions and more. Free for all. No ticket necessary. Runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. More info here.

Cinema Tiki Party ->  This Saturday, the Highland Park Indie Film Festival holds its first ever Cinema Tiki Party as a countdown to announce the 9th annual HPIFFl lineup. Expect live music, raffle prizes, local vendors, tiki clothing and collectibles, drinks and more. The celebration runs from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Offbeat Bar on York in Los Angeles. Free admission. Get more info here.

MASAFEST -> On Saturday, celebrate the stone-ground, nixtamalized staple of Mexican cooking with a one-day festival at the Masienda parking lot featuring bites from Taco María, Ditroit, Quarantine Pizza, Los Dorados, and Poncho’s Tlayudas. Also check out a pop-up shop, a kids activity corner, and a book-signing from Jorge Gaviria’s for his new book MASA: Techniques, Recipes, and Reflections on a Timeless Staple. This event is open to the public and the first 300 guests who pre-register before September 6 will receive a free bag of Masienda Heirloom Corn Masa Harina ($12 value) upon check-in. Get more info here.

Music x Flowers -> This day-long, pop-up event at South Coast Botanic Garden highlights African Americans in floriculture through a series of immersive experiences, including classes, music, fashion, and food and beverage. The Saturday lineup includes two Wellness x Flowers programs (at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.) featuring gentle yoga, guided meditations and floral arranging. Some activities require advanced RSVP, but all are free with paid garden admission. More info here.

Summer on 7th -> This Saturday, Summer on 7th brings fundraiser concert to the campus of Inner-City Arts with performances by Cordae and Mallory Merk, plus DJ sets from dublab and La Junta Crew. GA tickets start at $65 person, with proceeds to benefit arts programming and instruction for underserved Los Angeles youth. More info here

Pickwick Vintage Show -> The Pickwick Vintage Show is back at ROW DTLA this Saturday with over 45 vendors showcasing an incredible assortment of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Tickets range from $10-$20 depending on time of entry. More info here

Valley Artisan Fest -> Looking to get crafty? Saturday’s Valley Artisan Fest at the Metrolink Train Station in Chatworth offers free workshops led by expert makers in a variety of hobbies/skills, including Quilting & Fiber Arts, Visual Arts, Music & Dance, Cooking, Beer and Wine. Get more info here.

Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival 2022 -> A one-night showcase of short films featuring original scores performed live-to-picture by the Helix Collective, all leading up to audience-given awards for best film and best score. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $25. Get more info here.

Eat Move Meditate -> A free community wellness event comes to the USC Village this Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. Expect DJ-spun tunes, a wellness panel, yoga class, meditation class, dance class, and more. More info here.

The Great Homecoming -> A two-day pet adoption event with a musical touch pops up at the Montalbán Theater this Saturday and Sunday. Producers of the award-winning musical Pup! A Chew Story will present a live, concert-style reading of the show each night, with several hours of activations (including adoptable pups on hand) to precede the evening performances. Tickets cost between $27-$40. More info here.

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Brick Fest Live -> Brick Fest brings two days of block-building fun to the Pasadena Convention Center this Saturday and Sunday. Expect life-sized LEGO installations and sculptures, exclusive merch, hands-on-attractions, building activities, and more. Single day GA tickets start as low as $20. Get more info here.

Hi Autumn Festival -> This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival (aka Moon Festival) is September 10, and Temple City has their own multi-cultural celebration popping up this Saturday and Sunday, called Hi Autumn Festival. Co-produced with the World Journal, the two-day event features local vendors, carnival game booths, food biter for purchase, live entertainment, and a special moon cake giveaway. Free to attend. Runs noon to 9 p.m. at Temple City Park on both days. More info here.

KCRW Summer Nights at One Colorado -> [UPDATE: Due to rain expected this weekend, both Saturday’s performance by Tolliver has been rescheduled for September 17]. KCRW’s summer events programming hits Old Pasadena hit back-to-back evening concerts at One Colorado. Tolliver headlines Saturday, while jazz pianist Mark de Clive-Lowe will perform on Sunday. Free to attend, no RSVP necessary. More info here.

Dog Days Camp with Pretty Good Boys -> This Sunday, Pretty Good Boy and Pawsitive MGMT present DOG DAYS CAMP, a pawsome afternoon of grooming, treats, photo opportunities and dog-friendly vendors for humans to explore. Free to attend. More info here

Americana in the Park -> McCabe’s Guitar Shop and the City of Santa Monica team up for a series of free concerts held at Gandara Park every Sunday in September. All events run 4 to 7 p.m., and are free to attend. This weekend, A.J. Lee and Blue Summit headline the show. See the complete lineup and get more details here.

The Space Between: The Modern in Korean Art -> Opening this Sunday, LACMA’s newest exhibition highlights the formation of modern art in Korea with more than 130 works spanning 1897 to 1965. Access to the new exhibition is included with regular museum admission. Get more info here.

Dining & Drinking

Pastries from Mil. Photo by Mil Instagram.

Mil Weekend Pastry Boxes -> After a brief hiatus, Mil has returned in pop-up form with weekend stints at Hanchic in Koreatown. Preorder on Tock is now available for pick up Friday through Sunday of “The Mil Spread,” a pastry box ($45) featuring eight artfully prepared goodies including the fan-fave Miso Honey Cinnamon Roll and Black Sesame Mochi Cake Bar. In addition, a Mil-k Cream Bun, double filled with fluffy milk is now on offer for $7 a la carte. Expect pastry boxes expertly curated each weekend with variations week-to-week. For now, preorders launch every Monday for weekend pick-ups. Follow Mil on Instagram for updates.  

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$10 Burgers at Messhall Kitchen -> Messhall Kitchen in Los Feliz celebrates its ten years of service by offering their signature Mess Burger (usually $18) for $10 throughout the month of September. The Mess Burger deal comes with a side of fries and is available from noon to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to. 3 p.m. on weekends. 

Delinquente Wines Tasting at Tabula Rasa Bar -> The East Hollywood natural wine bar hosst a special wine tasting of Australian wine company Delinquente Wines this Sunday, September 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. Expect a mix of wines, aperitivo cans and stuff not yet on market. Stay for a jazz set by Beth Goodfellow following the tasting.

Pooches & Palomas Menu at Tallula’s -> Gather your fellow dog parents and head to Santa Monica Mexican restaurant Tallula’s for the newly launched Pooches & Palomas. This dog-friendly brunch menu is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes “Wolf’s Brunch,” a raw, grass-fed hanger steak, “Beef Pie Bandera” made with ground beef and packed with dog approved veggies, plus a “Good Dog Sundae” with bananas, peanut butter, whipped cream, and sprinkles. 


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