Fun Things to do This September in LA

Need stuff to do this month in Los Angeles? We looked ahead on our calendar to focus in on some of the best events happening in September around Los Angeles that you should probably have on your radar. After all, better to get your tickets now than wait till the last minute and find out your favorite event is sold out.

September 2018 event highlights include the LA County Fair, Made in LA Fest, Tarfest, the Abbott Kinney Community Festival, Annenberg After Hours, a dOGUMENTA art show, the Frogtown Art Walk, Dino Fest at NHM, and LOTS more.


1. The LA County Fair Returns (through September 24)

The LA County Fair returns to Pomona for a enormous assortment of activities, musical performances, food and beverage offerings, and more.. -> More information

2. Made in LA Fest at Golden Road Brewing (September 1-2)

Golden Road Brewing is holding their two-day 2018 Made In LA Festival, focusing on Los Angeles art and culture with musical acts like Dorothy and Saint Motel. -> More information

3. Vegan Street Fair in North Hollywood (Sep 1-2)

Vegan Street Fair LA Nights features some of the best vegan vendors and eats around the Los Angeles area, along with games, music, karaoke, and much more. -> More information

4. Fiesta Hermosa (September 2-4)

Fiesta Hermosa returns to Hermosa Beach on Labor Day Weekend. The “largest arts and crafts fair in Southern California” offers food, drink, music, and more. -> More information

5. The 2018 Future is Female Concert (September 4)

The annual Future is Female concert returns for a 2018 show featuring music from female composers such as Germaine Franco (TAG) and Tamar-kali (Mudbound). -> More information

6 Long Beach Original Lobster Festival (September 7-9)

The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival returns for the 22nd year in a row with live entertainment, activities, and boat loads of fresh Maine lobster. -> More information

7. Annenberg After Hours (September 7)

See Annenberg Space for Photography’s current exhibit, Not an Ostrich, after hours, along with live music, and a special documentary screening. -> More information

8. Long Beach Comic Con (September 8-9)

Long Beach Comic Con returns for two-days of cosplay, panels, a space expo, screenings, and a behind the scenes look at the comic industry. -> More information

9. ‘Frankenstein 200’ — A New Group Art Show & Reception at Corey Helford Gallery (opens September 8)

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at Corey Helford Gallery’s opening reception and month-long exhibition of Frankenstein 200. -> More information

10. FREE MindTravel Silent Piano Sunset Concert at UCLA’s Fowler Museum (September 12)

Enjoy MindTravel’s sunset concert by composer and pianist Murray Hidary broadcast directly into your eyes through wireless headphones at the Fowler Museum. -> More information

11. Art Battle Los Angeles Returns (September 12)

Watch 16 artists face off over three rounds, creating paintings from blank canvases in 20 minutes for you to vote on, and decide who wins at Art Battle LA at The Exchange. -> More information

12. Son of Monsterpalooza is Coming to Burbank (September 14-16)

Get ready to scream, be amazed or simply turn away because Son of Monsterpalooza is coming just in time for Halloween with makeup demos, panels, and more. -> More information

13. dOGUMENTA: A Dog Art Show at FIGat7th (September 14-16 & 21-23)

Man’s best friend finally has an art exhibit made just for them! dOGUMENTA LA is a free, dog-friendly art show hosted over two consecutive weekends at FIGat7th in Downtown L.A. -> More information

14. Westchester Arts & Music Block Party (September 15)

The 3rd annual Westchester Arts & Music (WAM) Block Party will feature succulent planting, garden tours, face painting, and a petting zoo for FREE. -> More information

15. Water Lantern Festival (September 15-16)

Experience something magical as you decorate your individual lantern and watch it light up over the Whittier Narrows Lake during the Water Lantern Festival. -> More information

16. ‘Cine Sin Fronteras’ in Monterey Park (September 15)

Check out Cine Sin Frontera, a selection of highlights from the Morelia International Film Festival at the Vincent Price Art Museum with music and more. -> More information

17. BEST Ride: Sriracha Slow Roll in Duarte (September 15)

Enjoy a bike ride in Duart to the world-famous Huy Fong Foods Factory for Sriracha-infused food and views atop the Santa Fe Dam. -> More information

18. Open Arts & Music Festival in Glendale (September 15)

Enjoy the Open Arts and Music Festival in Glendale. This festival includes live performances, a marketplace, art, and much more! -> More information

19. Rosemead Moon Festival (September 15)

Come enjoy the 2018 Rosemead Moon Festival, a celebration that sees Valley Blvd. close down for over 110 vendors, live performances, games and more! -> More information

20. KCRW’s ‘Left, Right & Center’ LIVE in Santa Monica (September 20)

KCRW’s political show Left, Right & Center returns to The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage to talk policy, the midterm election and more with a range of guests. -> More information

21. Venice Afterburn 2018 (September 21-23)

Shake off the dust of Burning Man at Venice Afterburn, a 3-day long event showcasing the cars, costumes and people that make the desert celebration special! -> More information

22. Nerdbot-Con 2018 at the Pasadena Convention Center (September 22)

The 3rd annual Nerdbot-Con is returning to the Pasadena Convention Center for a day of cosplay, nerd, gamer and superhero appreciation. -> More information

23. 16th Annual Tarfest at the La Brea Tar Pits Park (September 22)

The 16th annual Tarfest is back for 2018 with a FREE showcase of music, dance, live artwork, a biergarten and wine bar, all at the iconic La Brea Tar Pits. -> More information

24. The 11th Frogtown Artwalk (September 22)

Happening along the Los Angeles River, the Frogtown Artwalk features pop-up galleries, artists’ studios, musical performances, and art installations. -> More information

25. Opera at the Beach: ‘Don Carlo’ at the Santa Monica Pier (September 22)

Grab your chairs and blankets to enjoy a picnic with a live broadcast of opera Don Carlo from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion directly to Santa Monica Pier! -> More information

26. Union Station’s Retrocade Experience (September 22-23)

Enjoy classic arcade games from the 70’s-90’s at Union Station’s Retrocade Experience, with classic arcade food, a Pac Man competition, and more! -> More information

27. San Antonio Winery Harvest Festival (September 29)

Celebrate over 100 years of wine-making in Los Angeles at the San Antonio Winery Harvest Festival, with wine and beer samplings, food, live music and more! -> More information

28. Tacos and Beer Festival at Pershing Square in DTLA (September 29)

The Tacos and Beer Festival in Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles will feature various tacos, beer, micheladas, live bands, a piñata breaking party, fiesta costume contest and a mechanical bull. -> More information

29. Dino Fest at Natural History Museum (Sept. 29-30)

The 3rd annual Dino Fest returns to NHMLA this September 29-30 for a weekend of celebrating the prehistoric giants that one ruled the earth. -> More information

30. Celebrate LA! — An Eight-Mile Street Party (September 30)

Enjoy the Los Angeles streets with no cars during Celebrate LA, an eight-mile street party featuring live music, games, and a free Hollywood Bowl concert. -> More information

31. Abbot Kinney Festival 2018 (September 30)

L.A. favorite Abbot Kinney Festival returns in 2018 for another day-long celebration featuring live music, food, rides, and over 300 vendors. -> More information

Schedule provided by We Like LA.

Weekend Events: March 2 – 4

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

This weekend in L.A. (March 2-4) includes Lyrics to Life, Food Book Fair, International Women’s Day March, Cherry Blossom Festival, Air + Style, IPA Festival, a Sweet Experience Expo and MUCH more!


Friday March 2nd, 2018

1. ‘Lyrics to Life,’ a FREE four-day pop-up exhibition featuring art inspired by song lyrics from the likes of The Notorious B.I.G., Radiohead, Nicki Minaj and The Weeknd, comes to Downtown Los Angeles from March 2-5.

2. First Fridays return to the Natural History Museum this Friday. The event will explore L.A. inventiveness, capped with live music from Mondo Cozmo, Superet and Shannon Lay.

3. The first annual Food Book Fair, headquartered at the Ace Hotel, hits Downtown Los Angeles March 2-4 for a delicious weekend of events for foodies and food publishing.

4. In honor of Women’s History Month, Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz and Brockus Project Dance present L.A. Dance Festival 2018 in Century City from March 1-3. The event features Women Rising performances that celebrate the many contributions from female-led companies and art through the female perspective.

5. The Classic Auto Show returns to the L.A. Convention Center March 2-4 for the largest three-day indoor classic car show in the United States. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

6. The Japanese Food Festival takes over the InterContinental in Downtown for two days (March 2-3) of food, sake, and travel exhibitions from over 50 participants.

7. Greenbar Distillery will open up their facility for a tour of their organic distillery. The tour is one hour long and guests will have a chance to learn about the process of spirit making and taste some of the Greenbar portfolio.

8. Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0 will host specially priced prix fixe lunches and dinners at some of the city’s best restaurants. From February 25 through March 3, dozens of Long Beach restaurants will offer two-course brunch and lunch menus for $10, 15, or $20 per person, and three-course dinners for $20, $30, $40 and $50 per person.

9. The Groundlings Theatre presents their latest main stage show, Sweet Valley Groundlingsperforming this Friday. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

10. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

11. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

12. Free admission at: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art.

Saturday March 3rd, 2018

13. The International Women’s Day March and Rally kicks off in Downtown L.A. on Saturday. Join in a spirited walk through the city for a great cause. Hosted by AF3IRM Los Angeles, the motto of the march is “Uprising: Forward to a Feminist Future.” Convened and led by transnational/women of color, this march is inclusive of all people. There will be speakers, poets, and musicians throughout the day.

14. The Cherry Blossom Festival comes to the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Peninsula this Saturday featuring hula and ukulele performances, gardens for a “hanami” (a.k.a. cherry blossom viewing), a picnic on the Amphitheater Lawn and more.

15. Air + Style is March 3-4 at Expo Park in Downtown L.A. Hosted by Shaun White, Air + Style features prominent artists, skateboarders and snowboarders,  sports competitions, special guests and live performances by Phoenix, ZEDD, Cut Copy, Phantogram, Tinashe and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

16. The Pasadena Museum of History is launching a new Sci-Fi exhibit and opening day offers day of festivities with free admission to mark the opening this Saturday. “Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, and Southern California” will run through September 2. FREE

17. Treat Yourself LA, a new food festival, will takeover the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, with all-you-can-eat samples of Southern California’s most drool-worthy treats, both savory and sweet. You can savor hot fried chicken, crispy waffles on a stick, the meltiest grilled cheese sandwich and more. Participating restaurants include The Pie Hole, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Cheezus, Ridges Churro Bar, Rollin’ Creamery and many more.

18. The 5th Annual Los Angeles IPA Festival returns to Mohawk Bend in Echo Park on March 3-4 tapping 60 IPAs this weekend, all made by Golden State breweries.

19. Esoteric Bus presents Echo Park Book of the Dead a four hour tour of notorious crime scenes that include Edward Hickman’s kidnapping of Marion Parker, the “Man in the Attic” love nest slaying and much more. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

20. Pasadena’s beautiful Storrier Stearns Garden is hosting A Taste of Japan dinner and fundraiser where guests will sample delicious treats from various food and drink stations. Savor Okonomi-yaki provided by Otafuku Foods,  Japanese dishes from The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, and creative onigiri will be available.  Whiskies by Beam Suntory, different local sakes and Nigori Sake Sayuri by Hakutsuru Sake of America Inc., and iced Japanese teas will also be on hand.

21. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group presents Writer-Director Sharon Yablon’s evening of three new short plays focused on disturbing stories of Angelinos who find themselves in the desert.

22. The San Fernando cocktail bar in Glendale welcomes burlesque troupe ‘The Dollface Dames’ with music from Lounge-O-Rama, hot fire acts, smooth crooners and more! Check for discounted ticketsbefore making your purchase. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

23. There’s a Year Of The Dog art exhibition at Giant Robot 2 (GR2) debuting this Saturday.

24. Join Viva Balance, Selectively Spiritual, Good Saint, and Shanti Kitchen at Mystic Journey Yoga for a day of guided meditation, healing, and nourishing food.

25. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. Happening Saturday and Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Sunday March 4th, 2018

26. The Tongo Hut in North Hollywood is hosting the ultimate tiki party in honor of an amazing 60 years in service! From 2 to 10 p.m., Mai Tai-lovers will have a chance to celebrate with live music, drinks and shopping. Highlights include Tonga Tom spinning tunes outside, Durango’s Tacos, an art show, and a chance to create art based on a Tikiyaki song. Entrance to the event is free, but drinks and food are available for purchase.

27. The second annual Sweet Experience Expo returns to the South Bay with a dessert and pastry expo featuring hundreds of local dessert and pastry chefs showcasing their offerings and serving up samples.

28. Head to historic Filipinotown for MARCH FORTH! a block party and fundraiser for put on by Los Angeles Walks. The annual party advocates for safe, accessible, fun, and equitable walking for all! From noon to 3 p.m. a free block party for all ages will take place on Vendome St. between Council St. and Beverly Blvd featuring games, magicians, face paint, bike lessons and more. From 2 to 5 p.m. a ticketed fundraiser party with food, drinks, music, art and a guided Mural Art Alley Tour will take place.

29. Food Book Fair’s Foodieodicals is coming to Smorgasburg LA this Sunday. Part festival, part conference, it’s dubbed as the “Coachella of writing about eating”, starring food magazines, journals, periodicals and zines from Mexico City to Tokyo. FREE

30. Stories Books & Cafe purrrrsent a free night of cat themed entertainment benefiting Eastside LA’s Luxe Paws Cat Rescue. Festivities include music by Nana The Cat Lady, Psychic Pet Readings by Shana Leilani, amazing but true stories of “History’s Greatest Feline Heroes,” a lecture by Dr. Paul Koudounaris, a silent auction and more.

31. Friendship Buddies is a weekly stand-up comedy show at the Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park. Come hangout in the back patio, enjoy a cocktail, and LOL to outstanding stand-up comedians in Los Angeles. FREE

32. The Great Rock and Roll Flea Market will take over The Regent Theater in DTLA with an impressive selection of vintage collectors, antiquities dealers, vintage clothing, jewelry makers, music memorabilia, vinyl, local food vendors, food trucks, craftsmen and used musical instruments dealers. FREE

Schedule provided by We Like LA.