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33 Awesome Things To Do in L.A. This Weekend You Need to Have on Your Radar [9-11-15 to 9-13-15]

September 10, 2015 by Christina Champlin

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 decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend includes VAN Beethoven, a Barnsdall Park movie series, a FREE rooftop movie in Pasadena, the Rose Bowl Flea Market, the Long Beach Comic Con, the Original Lobster Fest, and plenty more!

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So grab some friends or go at it alone, but most importantly have fun and enjoy yourself!

[RELATED: The Best Way to Find Discount Events in Los Angeles]

VAN Beethoven at Disney Concert Hall

Image via LA Phil

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Friday September 11th, 2015

1. VAN Beethoven A Virtual Reality Experience

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is bringing classical music to you! Board the VAN Beethoven mobile experience, touring Los Angeles starting Friday in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Put on the Oculus virtual reality headset and be transported to a 360° 3-D performance featuring the opening of Beethoven’s timeless Fifth Symphony performed by the LA Phil, and conducted by Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel. VAN Beethoven, is a virtual reality project touring around LA in September through October in different locations of the city.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Pop Physique DTLA Opening FREE Classes

This week through Friday, Pop Physique is offering free classes to celebrate its new location. The schedule which include classes led by Pop Physique co-founder Jennifer Williams can be found on Pop Physique’s sign up/RSVP page.

5. 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. The Goonies will screen on Friday and Top Gun on Saturday.

6. 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.

7. OAK Sample Sale

Now through Wednesday, September 30th, score OAK’s edgy-cool basics, outerwear, shoes and more at their DTLA sample sale. Prices start at a modest $10.

Location: 910 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90015

8. 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!

9. 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.

10. 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.

Saturday September 12th, 2015

11. Ice Cube and Friends At The Queen Mary

Ice Cube is back on the West Coast and he brought some music heavy hitters with him. Riding on the wave of success of his recent bio pic Straight Outta Compton, Ice Cube comes to Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach for a one night performance along side two-time Grammy winner T-Pain, songstress Ashanti, hip hop artist Baby Bash and Straight Outta Compton rappers 2nd II None. More information and discount tix available via Goldstar link above.

12. California Beer Festival

California Beer Festival will feature live entertainment, bocce ball, gourmet sliders and samples of over 60 craft brews all alongside beautiful Puddingstone lake in San Dimas.

13. Long Beach Comic Con

The Long Beach Comic Con is here! Expect tons of panels, screenings, celebrity guest appearances and more. Happening all weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center.

14. Street Food Cinema

Good movies, amazing venues, up and coming local bands and tasty food trucks. What more could you ask for? This weekend Street Food Cinema screens Edward Scissor Hands at Griffith Park Center (Discount tickets still available via Goldstar), E.T. at Victory Park and  Moulin Rouge at Syd Kronenthal Park (Discount tickets still available via Goldstar.) All three events open at 5:30pm and movie starts at 8:30pm.

15. Saturday Sale: California Market Center

Brace yourself a really big SALE is coming your way! The Saturday Sale at the California Market Center is open to the public with slashed prices of  50 to 80% off tons of contemporary brands.

16. 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.

17. Maurice Sendak And Shel Silverstein Tribute Art Show

Supahcute is proud to present Small Adventures A Serious & Silly Tribute to Maurice Sendak & Shel Silverstein at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland. Opening on September 12, this group exhibition features works inspired by two of the greatest children’s book authors of all time.

18. Eat|See|Hear Screening Of The Princess Bride

The Eat|See|Hear Summer Movie Series (winner of L.A. Magazines Best Outdoor Movie Series), is in full effect! This weekend they will be screening The Princess Bride at Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall. Free parking, awesome food trucks and live music round out your night. Bring your dog they even give doggy biscuits at the door!

19. LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour

Take an exclusive look inside eight modern homes in Venice, Santa Monica and Hermosa Beach thanks to the folks over at Modern Home Tours. Drive to each location where your ticket will allow you access into each house where its homeowners and architects will be waiting to give you a tour.

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20. Barnsdall Art Park’s Famed Outdoor Movie Night Series Begins

Barnsdall Park is bringing it’s fall outdoor screening series to help fund raise funds for the park’s capital projects, art programs, historic renovations and gallery exhibitions. Each event will include pre-screening tunes spun by D.J. youNGNoon from 5.30pm till dusk, plus a selection of wines per Dark Horse Wines as well as several local food trucks (TBD) on hand to make sure no one goes hungry. This week’s movie: Shaun of the Dead. 

21. Family Day: Community Studio At The Hammer

The Hammer Museum invites the community to have fun making art, experiment with a variety of art materials all alongside contemporary artists. The afternoon will include artist workshops, music, and more!

22. Abbot Kinney Marketplace

The Abbot Kinney Marketplace is a weekly free outdoor marketplace located on the front athletic field of Westminster Elementary. The marketplace which is organized by a family of artistic individuals, was put together so that artist, designers, craftsmen, and more can come together and have a platform to sell their pieces. They also have food trucks and different dj’s who participate weekly. This weekend apparel from Line & Dot , Gypsy05 and Madison Harding footwear will be having a sale at the market with discounts as steep as 70%. A percentage of the proceeds go to funding school art and after school programs.

23. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Watch the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy in one sitting at The Aero in Santa Monica. Presented by the American Cinematheque and TheOneRing.Net, a discussion will follow the first feature with executive producer Mark Ordesky, moderated by Cliff Broadway of TheOneRing.net. There will also be special video messages from actors Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett and Sala Baker plus trivia contests throughout the day for prizes!

24. Sounds Of LA

Sounds of LA is a monthly series of free concerts in the TASTE Food Hall Courtyard at Fig at 7th in DTLA. KCRW DJs spin tunes and host the monthly shows, this week artist Sam Marsey and Arron Bryd will provide the entertainment.

25. Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! At The Burbank International Film Festival

The Burbank International Film Festival will present the director’s cut world premiere of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! including extended scenes, surprises, and a Q &A with stars of the film at the AMC Burbank Town Center 6 on Saturday at 8:00pm. Tickets are $20 and include the KILLER Afterparty which will showcase actual props from the film.

26. FREE Rooftop Cinema Series In Pasadena

There is nothing better than an outdoor movie screening to wind down the summer here in Los Angeles. The Rooftop Cinema Series in Pasadena, is a free open air movie screening taking place along South Lake Avenue. Now in its third year, the complimentary movie series presented by the South Lake Business Association will screen Avatar this weekend. Each screening will be paired with a family friendly atmosphere and unique food trucks. Guests are encouraged to arrive by 6:00pm to enjoy the resident DJ and activities such as neon airbrush artists, glitter tattoos and ping pong. Movie starts at 8:00pm and parking is free!

27. L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade

Chef Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and David Letz will host the L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade event this year. The day-long cookout brings top chefs from across the country together for on tasty event where all the proceeds go directly towards awareness for children’s cancer. Some of the celebrity chefs participating include Giada De Laurentiis, Ludo Lefebvre and Ray Garcia.

28. The Dollface Dames Burlesque Show at Magicopolis

L.A. based burlesque troupe The Dollface Dames take over the Magicopolis stage for a night of tease, balloon popping, belly dance and even clogging? Lets just say they do a lot in their 80 minute show. But the fun doesn’t end there the Magicopolis bartenders double as magicians! Grab half price tickets and spend your money at the bar!

Sunday September 13th, 2015

29. Matthew Barney: River of Fundament

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Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT is Barney’s first major solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles. Barney’s newest film might be his largest undertaking since his five-part CREMASTER film cycle. The artist made 85 pieces for this movie, including a 25-ton sculpture, drawings, photos, and storyboards, all will be displayed at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA starting this Sunday and will run through January 18.

30. War and Peace in 60 Minutes At Stage Sundays 

Watch Brad Griffith as he attempts to tell an audience the entire story of War and Peace, in 60 minutes at Stage Sundays at Angel City Brewery with The Interrobang Departure. Seen at the Hollywood Fringe Festival this particular event will have a humble suggested donation at the door.

31. Rosebowl Flea Market

One of the biggest and most popular flea markets in California is located in Pasadena inside of the Rose Bowl. Yup it is literally THAT big. Held on the second Sunday of each month the Rosebowl Flea Market has everything you can imagine; $5 vintage tees, hard to find vintage jewelry and furniture is only the tip of the iceberg.

32. The Final Red Sun BBQ Of The Summer

Katana will host its final Red Sun BBQ of the Summer, featuring a selection of new food and drink specials exclusively for the last evening of the series, including Scallop Toban Yaki with soy yuzu butter, Lobster Roll with truffle mayo in a Hawaiian bun and Asahi beer towers. The weekly patio celebration features a new three-course Yakiniku menu ($45 per person) of marinated Japanese meats such as New York Strip, Chimichurri Shrimp, and Short Ribs grilled at the table over 1,000°F Bincho charcoals. The sunset soirée is also accompanied by a DJ and festive lights and décor.

33. Frank Gehry At LACMA

LACMA will be honoring Frank Gehry and his iconic architecture with a career-spanning retrospective. The exhibition will focus on the development of Gehry’s digital design and fabrication programs, along with the architect’s relationship with urbanism.


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