It’s the last weekend of September and the first weekend of the maximum amount of fall fun kicking off in L.A. From scary pop-ups to retro-arcades, the city of stars in showing out this weekend. Spend some time out on the town and discover your inner Angeleno!
Friday, September 27
I Like Scary Movies
Location: 2118 East Seventh Place, Los Angeles
Artist Maximillian’s popular horror-themed pop-up I Like Scary Movies returns for Halloween season September 20 through November 17. The detailed and beautiful series of installations is a love letter from the artist to iconic horror films like The Lost Boys, Beetlejuice, and The Shining. Runs Wednesday through Sundays.
Van Nuys Art Festival
Location: Civil Center, Van Nuys
The third annual Van Nuys Arts Festival showcases the artistic talents and skills of local residents. This years theme is “The Glow Up” and the Van Nuys Civic Center will be transformed into an outdoor virtual forest with interactive art installations, live music, a 3-D maze and more.
Park After Dark Program
Location: Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills
The Stars of Paramount Ranch – Go behind the scenes with a ranger and explore Paramount Ranch at night! See the eerie remains of Western Town. Stand on a dangerous, abandoned racetrack. Gaze into the sky to see the stars that still shine here. Bring a flashlight, water, and wear sturdy shoes. Stargazing will be available if the sky is clear.
Saturday, September 28
Union Station’s Retrocade Experience
Location: Union Station, DTLA
Enjoy free play of over 50 classic arcade games from the 70’s-90’s during Union Station’s Retrocade Experience happening September 28-29. Guests will also get to enjoy classic arcade food, 80s soft drinks, a Pac Man competition, along with beer, wine and specialty-themed cocktails. Admission is $5 to the experience.
Fantail Wine, Beer & Food Festival
Location: USS Iowa Battleship-250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro
Relive the 1940’s aboard the historic Battleship USS IOWA when 40’s On The Fantail Wine, Beer & Food Festival takes over the ship for a day of live music, swing dancing, food and drinks all to raise funds for Mission 22, a non-profit working to combat veteran suicide. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase.
14th Annual Wag ‘n Walk
Location: Rancho Simi Community Duck Park amphitheater, 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley
Wag ‘n Walk is a three-mile fundraising walk for you and your dog. Vendors, music, prizes, dog adoptions, and silent auction/raffle items. Event T-shirt and goodie bag for walkers that raise at least $100. Registration is FREE.
Sunday, September 29
Mexico in a Bottle: South to North
Location: LA Plaza De Cultura y Artes-501 N Main St.., Los Angeles
Mexico in a Bottle: South to North is a special tasting event that explores Mexico’s regional spirits and flavors through craft spirits, art, food, and music. Over 100 expressions of spirits will be offered plus bites from several restaurants including Guelaguetza and Madre.
Abbott Kinney Festival
Location: Abbott Kinney
The Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice has been dubbed the coolest block in America by GQ Magazine. Enjoy over 350 vendors, eclectic boutiques, artisan eateries, food trucks and booths, kids’ rides and games, four music stages, three beer gardens, and more along the mile-long street.
28th Annual California Lemon Festival
Location: Girsh Park, Goleta
As always, the Lemon Festival will feature the most extensive ‘Safety Street’ in the county. Stop by for their wildly-popular pie-eating contests, arts and crafts vendors, and more food than you can shake a lemon-scented stick at. A petting zoo and amusement park rides add to the many things that make the California Lemon Festival fun for the whole family.