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. 23-25) includes Sleepless at The Music Center, Dino Fest at NHM, $1 admission at The Gamble House, a Jazz Fest and Day of the Drum Festival at Watts Towers, the Feast of San Gennaro, 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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Friday September 23rd, 2016
1. Sleepless: After Hours at the Music Center is back this Friday for late-night party featuring DJs, light installations, classic arcade games, cocktails, small bites, and more. We Like L.A. will be there! Find us to win some awesome prizes as we party into the early morning hours.
2. Knott’s Scary Farm is back starting this Thursday with 13 haunted attractions, four new mazes, a thousand monsters and, for the first time ever, standalone Skeleton Room Keys. Don’t miss out on the laser gun fight with zombies! Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
3. Redondo Beach Lobster Festival (Sept. 23-25) is a three-day celebration of all things lobster with food, music and fun in the sun. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
4. Music Tastes Good in Long Beach (Sept. 23-25) is a brand new, three-day music and food fest presented by KCRW featuring Warpaint, Dr. Dog, Iron & Wine and special food experiences like a farm to table dinner and Bloody Mary brunch.
5. Celebrate Italian culture at the Feast of San Gennaro (Sept. 23-25) with music, games and, most importantly, food.
6. The Los Angeles Podcasting Festival (Sept. 23-25) returns with a three-day event featuring industry panels, parties, a podcasting lab, and a special stand-up comedy show.
7. For the Record: Scorsese pays tribute to director Martin Scorsese film scores by brining to life iconic scenes and its musical counter parts from Taxi Driver to Goodfella’s and The Departed the show is supported by a stellar cast that includes Tony-winner John Lloyd Young (Jersey Boys), Pia Toscano (American Idol), and Grammy-nominee B. Slade. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
8. Luckyrice will celebrate the Moon Festival with one extravagant cocktail party. Taking place at the Alexandria Ballroom in Downtown showcasing some of L.A.’s best bar programs and Bombay Sapphire East Gin.
9. Get discounts on The Alchemist’s Lab Escape Room Experience Friday through Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
10. Rooftop Cinema Club features two screenings this weekend: The Goonies on Friday, Pretty Woman on Saturday.
11. 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.
12. Experience a full day of Korean culture in a jam packed festival setting during the LA Korean Festival (Sept. 22-25) Taking place at Seoul International Park Free in Korea Town. The festival will have plenty of live performances, games, vendors and amazing food. LA Korean festival is free to attend and open to all ages. FREE
13. For three straight nights starting this Wednesday the Odyssey Theatre will be offering free preview performances of A Taste of Honey. FREE
14. The L.A. County Fair concludes at the Fairplex this weekend! Be sure to check for discount tickets on select dates from Goldstar, while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
15. Opa! The Pasadena Greek Festival is back with three days of all things greek. Fun for the whole family enjoy greek entertainment, games and most importantly the food.
16. 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. Tickets available Thursday through the weekend.
17. Trina Turk is having a warehouse sale Sept. 23 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Sept. 24 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) prices start at just $5 and includes Mr Turk mens, home decor, footwear, accessories and woman’s ware. Location: 3025 W. Mission Rd. Alhambra, CA 91803
18. Diavolo: Architecture in Motion at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Performances Friday through Sunday.
19. 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)
20. The South Park 20 Experience concludes this Sunday at The Paley Center in Beverly Hills. Check out the foulmouthed characters 20+ years of antics all under one roof while you still can. FREE
Saturday September 24th, 2016
21. The 35th Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival will celebrate cultural differences in the community through music, dance and interactive performances including a Yoruba ground blessing and drum circles. There will also be free guided tours at the historical Watts Towers Arts Center. Open to all ages! FREE
22. Tarfest is back with a free festival showcasing music, dance, live artwork, and installations at the iconic La Brea Tar Pits. Open to all ages, kids will enjoy art activities and adults a Lagunitas Biergarten & Wine Bar, plus food trucks! FREE
23. Climb aboard the award winning Esotouric Bus for Blood & Dumplings: A Crime Bus Tour of the San Gabriel Valley. Listen to the shocking criminal history of the SGV from battling Neo-Nazis, the Man from Mars bandit, Phil Spector’s castle and much more. During the tour there will be a stop at one of the best dumpling resturants in the city. The tour is all inclusive. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
24. The Natural History of Museum’s first annual Dino Fest is a two-day event (Sept. 24-25) set to bring dinosaurs to life through a series of talks, performances, tours, and hands-on activities.
25. Eat|See|Hear is back with a screening of Idiocracy, joining the screening is Mike Judge, Terry Crews and Dax Shepard. The night will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the movie with Shepard Fairey spinning tunes and TRDMRK performing. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
26. A Current Affair brings together over 60 premier vintage retailers and private dealers from Los Angeles and beyond for a one stop shop for unique and covetable collections. Shop and enjoy an open bar, sway to DJ tunes, unwind in the lounge and nosh on small bites. The pop up will take place at the Cooper Design Space Sept. 24-25.
27. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening this Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
28. Culver City is celebrating their centennial with the block party of the century! The neighborhood-wide festivities will feature food, entertainment, and most importantly community. FREE
29. The Little Tokyo Book Festival will take place at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo. The inaugural event is free to attend and will feature panels and book vendors of Japanese American, Asian American and Little Tokyo-focused writers. FREE
30. Street Food Cinema has screenings of two movies this Saturday. Pulp Fiction at Exposition Park and Who Framed Rodger Rabbit (discounted). DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar).
31. PLATFORM in Culver City will host their monthly Underpass party celebrating with music, art, and fashion. Them Jeans will spin tunes and The Cannibal will serve complimentary bites and curated beer and wine. RSVP is required. FREE
32. It’s hard to believe The Rocky Horror Picture Show will turn 41 this Saturday. The folks over at Vitreous Studios will pay tribute with a free art exhibit featuring Lauren Evertt’s portraits from the book People Like Us which depicts the shadow cast of RHPS. There will also be a short documentary about the shadow cast, a live performance from the RHPS shadow cast and a open bar. FREE
33. 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
34. Celebrate Jim Hensons 80th birthday with a screening of the 1979 classic “The Muppet Movie” at the Crest Theatre in Westwood. Live music with The Reel Players as Dr. Teeth & Electric Mayhem will kick of the fun and birthday cake will be served in the lobby.
35. The Emerson Avenue Community Garden Club will host their first annual Westchester Arts & Music (WAM) Block Party, a free, day-long celebration with live performances, arts and crafts, food and socializing. FREE
36. The Annenberg Space for Photography presents Timothy Greenfield-Sanders exhibit Identity: The List Portraits featuring 151 large portraits of pioneers in five distinct groups relating to identity including race and gender. The exhibit opens this Saturday to the public and will run through February 26, 2017. FREE
37. The 11th Annual Shoreline Village Pirate Festival (Sept. 24-25) promises sword fights, pirate bands, a treasure hunt, magic and plenty more. The event has no admission cost. FREE
38. 7th Annual BAM Fest: Beer, Art, Music takes place at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica and promises unlimited beer pours, wine samples, food trucks, live entertainment and more.
BONUS: A Bunch of L.A. County Museums are Free Today as Part of ‘Museum Day Live!’
Sunday September 25th, 2016
39. The Gamble House is offering $1 admission day this Sunday to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Guest will enjoy self-paced tours of the Gamble House, food trucks, family activities on the lawn such as soap carving and kids’ woodworking workshops, plus live music and more.
40. Watch tail-waggers take to the waves at Surf City Surf Dog down in Huntington Beach.
41. Come celebrate culture, jazz and community at the 40th annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival. A free day filled with live jazz music, guided tours and art. The event opens with a Yoruba ground blessing followed by performances of various of Jazz styles from traditional, spontaneous, Afro-Cuban to “straight ahead jazz” classics. FREE
42. The 20’s are coming to Griffith Park this Sunday! Roaring 20’s Jazz Age Lawn Party is a fun filled day with live music, a vendor village, old fashion games like croquet, DJ spinning jazzy tunes, and of course a Dapper Derby to determine the Best Dressed (adult & children) to name a few.
43. Angel City Brewery will host a Oktoberfest party this Sunday filled with classic German games, food and Märzen-style beers! Get into the spirit by partaking in a sauerkraut-eating contest, or maybe a stein hoisting and yodeling competition. FREE
44. The 32nd annual Abbot Kinney Festival returns this Sunday taking over the mile-long boulevard with food trucks, beer and spirit gardens, live music, and vendors. There will be four music stages as well as a Silent Disco/Spritzr Love Lounge plus pony rides, a mega slide, Ferris wheel, rock climbing, and arts and crafts.
45. Get centered at Imagine Fest the “ultimate bohemian expereince” taking place at Paramount Ranch in Malibu. The day will be filled with yoga, meditation, music, dance, art and community. There will be food trucks, a Vendor Village and even a kids area. 100% of the proceeds go directly to charity Unlikely Heroes. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar).
46. 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.
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 Black Orpheus with a Tribute to Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro.
47. San Gabriel Mission Playhouse will host ‘Silent Sundays’ at 2:30 p.m. screening, 1928’s “Speedy” $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
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