Your Ultimate Guide To September: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles


Sci-fi at LACMA this month, thanks to 5 Every Day

We found a number of notable happenings in September to help plan your social calendar. Read on for all our event picks and details. Did we miss something? Add your event in our comments section.

Film Throughout September

CLASSIC SCI-FI: In conjunction with 5 Every Day, LACMA's Tuesday matinees for September are five classic science fiction films, all on 35mm. Among the films screened are the classics The Day The Earth Stood Still and Forbidden Planet, starring Robby the Robot and a young Leslie Nielsen. "A matinee, after all, is an escape," writes 5 Every Day. "Why not make it an otherworldly one?" Tickets: $4, $2 for LACMA members, seniors and children.—Carman Tse

FILM FESTIVALS: If you’re tired of what’s playing in your local cineplex and want something different, then there are several film festivals—both in and out of town—that are might fly under the radar. The 2015 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival moves to L.A. LIVE (Stadium 14) in DTLA from Sept. 3-10. The 7th Burbank International Film Festival runs Sept. 9-13 at AMC Theaters in downtown Burbank. The Joshua Tree Film Festival 2015 takes place Sept. 18-20 in several venues in Joshua Tree. And finally the 5th Annual Catalina Film runs Sept. 24-27 on Catalina island.

SHAW BROTHERS: Without the Shaw Brothers there wouldn't be Kill Bill. Quentin Tarantino pays tribute to the ultra-prolific Hong Kong studio with a month full of their films (all on 35mm, of course) at his New Beverly Cinema. Aside from just the classics (The Five Deadly Venoms, One-Armed Swordsman), the New Bev goes deep and screens some of their rarer and more eclectic works, including their forays into horror (The Boxer's Omen, Human Lanterns), exploitation (Bamboo House Of Dolls), monster movies (The Mighty Peking Man), and even superhero movies (Infra-Man). If you only have time for one double-feature, make sure it's the pairing of The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin and The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter. Tickets: $8. —Carman Tse

Sept. 4-27

FAIR: The LA County Fair, which begins on Friday, Sept. 4 at the Fairplex in Pomona, celebrates its 93rd anniversary this year. While the fair animals and exhibitions are all nice and good, let’s be real— we go to the fair for the food. The fried kind that you should double up-your-Maalox for: the half-pound deep fried cheeseburger, deep-fried Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, deep-fried watermelon on a stick and so many more. The fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Tickets: $10-20.

Sept. 4-6

FOOD & WINE FEST: The L.A. Times’ The Taste food & wine festival takes over the Paramount backlot on Labor Day Weekend. In addition to the unlimited tastings included in the price of admission, guests can attend chef-led cooking demonstrations and listen to panel discussions on the Southern California culinary landscape. There are five themed sessions during the weekend: Opening Night on Friday; Field to Fork and Dinner with a Twist on Saturday; Brunch & BBQ and Flavors of L.A. on Sunday. Tickets: $100-$150 per session.

Sept. 9-16

TV PREVIEWS: 2015 PaleyFest: Fall TV Previews that features early screenings and panel discussions with some of the fall’s most anticipated network shows runs Sept. 9-16 at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills. Things kick off with NBC shows with screenings and panels of Truth be Told and Undateable on Sept. 9 and wraps up with special events NCIS: Los Angeles Fall Premiere on Sept. 11 and CSI: Farewell Salute on Sept. 16. Check the lineup for other network panels and screenings. General admission tickets: $20-$96.

Sept. 11-Oct. 31

OKTOBERFEST: Alpine Village is the home of the oldest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California, and they start the party on Sept. 11 with Oom Pah Pah party bands, traditional German fare, and German beers brewed by Warsteiner. Hours are Fridays from 6 pm to midnight (after party until 2 am in Steinhaus Restaurant); Saturdays from 5 pm to midnight (after party until 2 am in Steinhaus Restaurant) and Sundays from 1 to 6 pm. The Oktoberfest is 21+ on Fridays and Saturdays and all ages on Sunday.

Sept. 12-13

CON: Long Beach Comic Con takes over the Long Beach Convention Center on Sept. 12-13 celebrating comic books and pop culture. In addition to celebs from film and TV, check out the works of talented writers, illustrators and other artists. There are a number of workshops and panels planned for the weekend, including a cool series with the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey. (One of the workshops is "Sci-Fi Space vs. Reality.")

Sept. 12-Oct. 24

OUTDOOR MOVIES: Barnsdall Art Park launches its fundraising Outdoor Movie Night series on Saturday, Sept. 12, running through Oct. 24. Curated by the online networking community The Black List, the seven-week series features American Pop-themed movies (though the first film in the series is Shaun of the Dead, which is a decidedly British film, right?),with wine tastings and music by D.J. youNGNoon from 5.30 pm with the movies starting at sundown. Expect special guests weekly. Tickets: $25 for movies plus tasting (4 pours) or $15 for the movie without beverages.

Sept. 12

ART: The Armory Center in Pasadena holds its annual fundraiser, the Monster Drawing Rally on Sept. 12 from noon to 5 pm. The event features live-drawing by 100 artists in front of an enthusiastic audience. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase original art pieces created during the drawing rally for $75 each. Admission is $10, and $5 Craftsman draughts will be on-tap all day. Proceeds benefit Armory exhibitions.

Sept. 18-20

PODCAST FEST: Audible’s Los Angeles Podcast Festival returns with three days of 35+ live podcast recordings, panels and parties culminating in a huge stand-up comedy show. Confirmed podcasts and talent include WTF with Marc Maron, Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler, Doug Benson's Doug Loves Movies, Thrilling Adventure Hour and American Public Media's Dinner Party Download. All events take place at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills. Tickets: $29-$59 (depending on the day) and passes start at $119.

Sept. 19

CIDER FEST: The LA Cider Fest, held at Raleigh Studios with two main sessions on Sept. 19, is a tasting event that doesn’t put the focus squarely on beer. The fest presents 50 carefully curated selections of the best ciders, beers, and meads. If you’re not familiar with the drinks, there are experts to help explain and lead you down the right roads (and not the overly sweetened routes). Tickets: $50-85. (Designated driver tickets are $22.75.)

Sept. 19-20

BLOCK PARTY: Now in its eighth year, the Mad Decent Block Party tour comes to the LA Center Studios on Sept. 19-20. Artists include T-Pain, Cut Copy, Diplo and others. Check the site for detailed artist lineups. Saturday tickets: $45.50-$80.50 and tickets for Sunday are $35-$75.50. The festival is 18+.

Sept. 20

THE BROAD: Advance tickets for The Broad museum in DTLA went online yesterday (and promptly took down the system!), so the anticipation is already at a fever pitch for when the new contemporary art museum opens to the public on Sept. 20. Founded by Eli and Edythe Broad and designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the museum will house the 2,000-piece Broad collection, showcasing masterworks of postwar and contemporary art. Free entry.

Sept. 21

CLIFTON’S: On Monday, Sept. 21 from 6:30-9:30 pm, Clifton’s Cafeteria officially reopens with a celebration that benefits the Los Angeles Conservancy. Guests will be among the first to visit the iconic downtown restaurant after its extensive renovation by owner Andrew Meieran. Guests will be able to visit the “reimagined first-floor cafeteria,” as well as the new Monarch Bar on the second floor. Admission: $125 and includes admission, passed hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and entertainment, plus full dinner and dessert (offered through the cafeteria line, of course). Tickets are available at laconservancy.org/cliftons-2015.

Sept. 24

POP-UP MAGAZINE: The California Sunday Magazine brings its Pop-Up Magazine back to L.A. for a night at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Sept. 24 at 7:30 pm. The evening launches the magazine’s national tour, too, and brings a program that includes true stories, film, photography, art, radio and music live on stage. They’re keeping mum on the exact lineup for now, but past contributors/guests have included: Susan Orlean, Michael Pollan, Alice Walker, Beck, John C. Reilly and Charlyne Yi. Tickets (which go on sale Sept. 1) are $25-$40+ fees.

Sept. 25-27

LOBSTER FEST: Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival presents the 17th Annual Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival, Sept. 25-27 in San Pedro. Come for the lobster, but stay for the great music lineup throughout the weekend: Black Crystal Wolf Kids, Run River North, The Taiko Project, Vaud & the Villains, James Supercave and Andy Clockwise. Hours: 5-11 pm on Friday, 11 am to 11 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 7 pm on Sunday. Tickets: $10 general admission, but $45 for VIP, which include a lobster meal.

Sept. 26


TARFEST: LAUNCH LA and 88.5 FM KCSN present the 13th annual Tarfest, an annual music & arts festival along the Miracle Mile and the La Brea Tar Pits, on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1-8 pm. The fest is free and all ages and features rising local artists, musicians and bands. This year’s music program, curated by LAUNCH LA and Kevin Bronson of BuzzBands.LA and 88.5 FM KCSN, includes performances by Gavin Turek, The Shelters, Jessica Childress, Babes and Salt Petal. Food trucks Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousin’s Maine Lobster and Meat The Greek will be on hand serving food. The festival will also include a Lagunitas Biergarten and Wine Bar.

CHOCOLATE: The 9th Annual Los Angeles Chocolate Salon returns to the Pasadena Convention Center on Sept. 26 from 11 am to 5 pm. Chocolate fans can taste and experience artisan and gourmet chocolate from such purveyors as Amano Artisan Chocolates, Droga Chocolates, Marco Paolo Chocolates, Gourmet Blends, Chocolatier Eve, Valenza Chocolatier and Mignon Chocolate, among others. Adult tickets start at $20.

Sept. 27

AK FEST: The 31st annual Abbot Kinney Festival takes place on Sept. 27 along a mile-long stretch of Abbot Kinney Boulevard. If you haven’t been down in a while, then the festival might be a good time to check out the neighborhood’s boutiques, artisan eateries and art galleries, along with the usual festival fare. There are 300 vendors expected, including food trucks and food booths, five live music stages, two kids stages, rides and games and three beer gardens. Admission to the festival is free.

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