56 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. You Need to Know About [9-16-16 to 9-18-16]

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 week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (Sept. 16-18) includes LA Zoo Roaring Nights, Kaleidoscope at Union Station, the Long Beach Comic Con, the Chinatown Moon Festival, a Japanese Garden anniversary in Long Beach, and LOTS more to choose from.


Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.


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Earl Burns Japanese Garden
Earl Burns Japanese Garden. Credit: Jayson via flickr cc

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Friday September 16th, 2016

1. Union Station will transform from metro hub to music venue for a special late-night classical concert and party with Kaleidoscope, a conductorless 40-member LA based chamber orchestra. The show is free and open to the public. FREE

2. Skirball Cultural Center closes out their Take Me Out to the Movies summer screening of classic baseball films this Friday with A League of Their Own. Guests will enjoy DJ’d music, ballpark themed snacks like cracker jacks and hot dogs, plus full access to the Skirball galleries to explore Chasing Dreams. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. The L.A. County Fair continues at the Fairplex this week, running Wednesday through Sunday until Sept. 25. Be sure to check for discount tickets on select dates from Goldstar, while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. The Groundlings Theatre will bring together their best sketches and troupe members for a night of epic proportions as they set out to put on their largest main stage show of the year called Groundlings Pledge WeekDISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Oktoberfest in Alpine Village starts Sept. 9! Enjoy traditional Bavarian fun, food, and beer at the oldest running Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California at Alpine Village in Torrance. Festivities continue all the way until Oct. 29.

6. The folks at Zocalo Public Square are getting all cinematic on us this summer with an outdoor movie series in downtown Los Angeles. This week they will screen Rushmore. FREE

7. The Alchemist’s Lab: A Victorian Escape Room happening Thursday through Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. The L.A. Zoo’s Roaring Nights is back with an awesome assortment of music, food trucks, animal encounters, new exhibits and more. This months music theme is 80’s Night.

9. The Getty Villa’s fall outdoor theater production is back! Haunted House Party, a comedy based Plautus’s Mostellaria, will be performed every Thursday-Saturday through Oct. 1. Be sure to grab discount tickets for select performances via our friends at Goldstar. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. CreepLA returns Sept. 15 – Oct. 31, promising a bigger and scarier time where the lines of reality and performance art are blurred into your worst nightmare. Opening night has sold out so get your tickets fast for this weekend.

11. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening Friday through Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. Rooftop Cinema Club features three screenings this weekend: RENT on Friday, Cabaret on Saturday and An American in Paris on Sunday.

13. The Green Festival will cover all things sustainable-living. Featuring 200+ exhibitors, vegetarian and vegan food, and educational panels. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. Spend a evening with wine and a classic film screened outdoors at the beautiful Malibu Wines Angeles National tasting room. This Friday they will be screening Grease. FREE

15. Frogtown Full Moon Night Walk takes you on a nighttime safari along the banks of the LA River. Catch the lunar eclipse while learning about the past and what the future may hold for this special habitat.

16. Once Upon a Canyon Night brings together nature and art for a series of performances in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheater nestled among the trees July 23 through September 17. This weekend Sept. 16-17 is Airplane! The Reading with Robert Forster. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden celebrates its 35th anniversary this Friday. Located at Cal State Long Beach guest will enjoy a night of live music, food stations a silent auction and a reveal of the new architectural plans for the garden.

18. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Beauty and the Beast at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood when they screen the film throughout the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. LACMA’s award winning Department of Music Program provides hundreds of free concerts and musical events every year for Angelenos to enjoy. This Friday their jazz series continues at the BP Grand Entrance.

20. Free Museums This Friday

Saturday September 17th, 2016

21. The Electric Dusk Drive-In is back at a new location on Fletcher Street at the LACCD Van De Kamp college campus complete with an astroturf outdoor seating area. Bring a car or come with lawn chairs this week Pulp Fiction will be screened.

22. The annual Long Beach Comic Con takes place at the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend Sept. 17-18. Expect panels from Marvel, DC and Image Comics, vendor booths and special guests.

23. The 4th annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival will feature knee-slapping musical performances by Long Beach natives the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The White Buffalo, Chuck Ragan and more as well as food trucks, craft beers and something called an “Instrument Petting Zoo.”

24. Experience the food and culture of East Hollywood’s ethnic neighborhoods through a four hour foodie tour this Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. HUSHFest is coming to the Santa Monica Pier with a tribute show, featuring Motion Potion paying tribute to Radiohead and PZB spinning the best of Daft Punk all night long on your very own personal headphones.

26. Top comics will take the stage at the iconic Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip this Saturday two shows are on the bill with headliners Nikki Glaser and Iliza Shlesinger. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

27. Eat|See|Hear is back with a screening of Purple Rain. Check for discounted tickets before you make your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

28. Brainfeeder night at the Hollywood Bowl brings out the best of the “beat scene” with Flying Lotus, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Thundercat, Shabazz Palaces and The Gaslamp Killer performing for one night. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29. Support scpaLA by attending Dancing with the Dogs! Watch as pups strut their stuff with their human companions as they put on a lively dance show for your viewing pleasure. Suggested donation is just $10.

30. Quiet Clubbing features three separate DJs spinning tunes at the same time while guests tune in via personal headphones. Head gear lights up in the colors to indicate which channel you are on so you can dance your way towards a stranger tuned into the same station. Happening down at Brouwerij West brewery in San Pedro.

31. Street Food Cinema has screenings of three movies this Saturday. Close Encounters of The Third Kind at Syd Kronenthal Park (discounted) and E.T. at Marriott Golf Course (discounted). DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar).

32. Round up the family for the We Are LA Family Music Festival, the day-long fest will include a star-studded lineup of celebrity appearances including Kevin Costner, Katey Sagal and Rachel Platten, with musical acts and family-friendly entertainment to round out the day. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. The LA Wildlife Symposium at Descanso Gardens is the perfect time to learn about local wildlife in Los Angeles County, the importance of biodiversity and how to attract wildlife to your garden!


34. Get a taste of Old Hollywood and sip on classic cocktails with the Historic Hollywood: Stars & Bars Gang as they recall Hollywood tales and history. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

35. Now in its 15th season Cinespia brings classic films to the famed Fairbanks Lawn at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Some 4,000 moviegoers are expected to attend per night, bring blankets, food and drinks (including alcoholic beverages). This week they will screen the Moonrise Kingdom.

36. The 78th Annual LA Chinatown Moon Festival is free to attend. Guest can enjoy mooncake pastries and be entertained by kung fu and dance performances, live music and even a ping pong tournament! There will also be a beer garden, food trucks and vendors throughout the event. FREE

37. Detroit-based contemporary art gallery Library Street Collective will open their first Los Angeles location this Saturday with a opening reception for pop art artist Jordan Nickel (POSE) titled FRANKLY. FREE

38. Fan of clowns? Like the touch of velvet? If the answer is YES! head to the Velveteria a museum dedicated to velvet paintings for their latest exhibit “Clowntacular” tickets are just $10.

39. Presented by Arts Brookfield, City Beats at FIGat7th will close out the season with a free performance with Maylee Todd and guest DJ, Aaron Paar from 4:00-6:30 p.m. FREE

40. The Frog Spot will host a live Dub Reggae event this Saturday with Dub Siren HiFi Sound System and Friends of the Los Angeles River. The Dub meeting will include a live-mixing and dubbing session with luminaries of the Dub Reggae community including Dub legend The Scientist. Beer and wine will be served and food vendors will be on-site.

41. Brooklyn-born craft market Artists & Fleas will be in the Arts District of DTLA this weekend and will feature locally made art, fashion, vintage and beyond. FREE

42. The Downey International Food & Music Festival invites people to check out local restaurants in the city while enjoying live music, festival attractions and an outdoor movie for free! FREE

43. Cartwheel Art Tours and The Wheelhouse, Bike Shop + Coffee Shop will lead a bicycle tour of the Arts District. Guest will pedal through the Arts District stopping at three coffee shops for tastings. During the tour guides will provide insight on the art, history and developments of the thriving neighborhood. The day concludes at ediBol with homemade waffle wedges drizzled with Stumptown Hair Bender deep chocolate sauce. BYOB (bring your own bike).

44. The 3rd Annual Horton’s Hayride is an all-ages rockabilly themed festival featuring live music, burlesque, a car show, carnival games, a vendor village and lots more. All happening at the Port of Los Angeles.

45. The city of Redondo Beach will host the 4th Annual Brewer’s Chili Cookoff, a chili battle pitting brewers against each other. All you need to do is try the chili and vote for your favorite. Expect beers on tap all day!

Sunday September 18th, 2016

46. Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is hosting its Wine & a Movie fundraising series at the Hollyhock House. This weekend they will host an Evening of EXPANDED Cinema on 16mm – Presented by Cinespia Salons, the evening will feature the greatest experimental, exploratory, and psychedelic filmmakers on 16mm with Jordan Belson, John Whitney, Pat O’Neill and more.

47. See Kraftwerk in 3-D at the Hollywood Bowl as part of KCRWs annual World Festival. Dubbed as the fathers of electronica music their highly acclaimed productions bring music, performance and computer art together for a unique expereince. Kraftwerk makes their first ever appearance at the Hollywood Bowl this Sunday!

48. The 12th Annual Cruz’n for Roses Car Show in Pasadena will show off classic cars, hot rods, and custom cars along Mission Street this Sunday. Its free to come down and see the cars, food vendors and exhibitors will also be on hand. FREE

49. The Amazing Los Angeles Race II is part scavenger hunt, part sightseeing tour. Spend your Sunday afternoon getting to know the city of angels by making your way through iconic L.A. sites while solving puzzles – it’s an active and fast pace way to visit all tourists areas on your bucket list. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)


50. The LGBTinsel Town Walking Tour in Hollywood takes place this Sunday. Guest will learn about the start of the LGBT community, the juicy stories about decades of closeted stars, the history about LA’s first Gay PRIDE parade and even a mysterious secret tunnel right under the Walk of Fame hidden from locals and tourist.

51. The Natural History Museum’s newly designed outdoor Butterfly Pavilion exhibit is back! The permanent structure will feature over 25 species of butterflies housing hundreds of them for your viewing pleasure.

52. Artist, author, and musician Kenneth Anger will make an appearance this Sunday at The Regent for a screening, live performance and Q&A. Anger is best known for his experimental Magick Lantern Cycle films which till this day influence directors such as Gus Van Sant, David Lynch and Martin Scorsese.

53. The 3rd Annual Taps & Tapas craft beer and food festival will highlight the local flavor of Uptown Whittier. Guests will enjoy food and beer tasting from local restaurants and breweries.

54. The South Park 20 Experience opened this month at The Paley Center in Beverly Hills. Check out the foul mouth characters 20 years of antics all under one roof. FREE

55. It’s pay what you can at the Craft and Folk Art Museum on Sunday.

56. Free Museum this Sunday:

Bonus: Sunday is National Cheeseburger Day! Celebrate with the following.

  • Check out 10 Spots For The Best Burgers in Los Angeles – try them all we dare you!
  • Head over to Dog Haus and make your cheese burger a double on them! In honor of the special day guests will be able to upgrade their Haus Burgers with a second patty and extra slab of cheese for no charge 😉
  • K Ramen. Burger. Beer. will celebrate this foodie holiday by offering 50% off the K Burger all day!

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