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

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The L.A. County Fair runs through Sept. 24. (Image: Camel, courtesy of the Fair)
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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 to our comments section.

All month

PST: LA/LA (Art)
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a celebration and survey of Latino American and Latino art in L.A. Led by the Getty, PST: LA/LA is a collaborative effort from arts institutions across Southern California. There are a number of thematically connected exhibitions that run this month through January 2018. Several events also happen this month to help kick off PST, including a free public launch party to celebrate the start of the initiative on Sept. 14 at Grand Park, as well as free admission at 50 museums throughout Southern California on Sunday, Sept. 17. Here's what you'll need to know about the fair if you've a newcomer (or not)

Sept. 1-24

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L.A. COUNTY FAIR (Fair)
The LA County Fair begins on Friday, Sept. 1 at the Fairplex in Pomona and runs through Sept. 24. While the fair animals and exhibitions are cool, we all know that the food—especially the friend kind—is the main attraction. New food items this year include: Flamin’ Hot Cheetos roasted corn on the cob; Nitro Pop - candy pop kettle corn dipped in liquid nitrogen; The Pickle Cheese - a giant dill pickle stuffed with jalapeño cheese dip, dipped in corn dog batter and deep fried; and edible bugs. Except for Labor Day, the fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Adult admission: $14-20.

Sept. 1-4

MOUNTAIN & ADVENTURE FESTIVAL GATHERING (Outdoors + film)
The Mountain & Adventure Film Festival Gathering takes place over Labor Day Weekend at the Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts in Mt. Baldy celebrating outdoor sports and lifestyles. Participate in mountain recreation sports (rock climbing, hiking trail running, etc.); yoga; pro athlete presentations; photography workshops; music; films after dark and more. DJs, Ari Shark, Georgia O Kief, Misharev, Andy Mez and Dansman spin music during the day and from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. nightly. L.A.-based band Hounds plays a live set on Saturday night. The festival opens on Friday and runs through Sunday, Sept. 3. The 52nd annual Run to the Top race takes place on Monday, Sept. 4.

Sept. 2-Oct. 8

KOZYNDAN (Art)
Gregorio Escalante Gallery in Chinatown opens the largest solo show to date for the art duo, kozyndan, on Saturday with a reception from 7-10 p.m. In The Golden State, kozyndan pays tribute to California in their own way. It’s the duo’s most political work to date, reflecting on how the 2016 presidential election affected them. The works will remain on view through Oct. 8.

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Sept. 5

OUTLANDER (TV screening + pop up)
Starz’s time-traveling, historical romance Outlander returns for its third season on Sept. 10, but L.A. audiences get a chance at a sneak preview on Sept. 5 at The Grove. There are screenings of the new season’s first episode—focusing on the separate lives of the dashing Scottish warrior Jamie (Sam Heughan) and his time-traveling wife Claire (Caitriona Balfe)—at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Pacific Theaters. In addition, there are several pop-up activations from 3:30-8:30 p.m. related to the show. Fans can visit a mini print shop replica, play in a photo booth, and partake in a flower crown bar and tea leaf readings. Tickets are first come, first-served and will be given out beginning at 10 a.m.

Sept. 6-16

PALEYFEST PREVIEWS (Fall TV screenings)
The PaleyFest: Fall TV Previews return to Beverly Hills from Sept. 6-16 featuring screenings and panel discussions with some of the fall’s most anticipated show premieres. Participating shows include: OWN’s Queen Sugar, Univision’s El Chapo; Hulu’s Future Man and The Mindy Project; ABC’s The Mayor; The CW’s Valor and Dynasty; NBC’s Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders; CBS’ Me, Myself & I; Fox’s The Orville and Ghosted; Netflix’s Big Mouth and Fuller House; and will conclude with EPIX’s Berlin Station. The festival opens with Showtime’s Shameless with William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum and several other cast members. General admission tickets start at $20.

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Sept. 7-9

JIM GAFFIGAN (Comedy)
Comedian Jim Gaffigan plays five shows at the Theatre at Ace Hotel this month. He’s on the Noble Ape Tour, and he does one show on Sept. 7 and two shows each day on Sept. 8 and 9. Gaffigan’s comedy revolves around life observations, fatherhood and food (like Hot Pockets). Tickets: $49.75-$69.75.

Sept. 9

HIGH AND LOW FESTIVAL (Music + comedy)
The High and Low Festival takes over the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino on Sept. 9. Headlining band Brand New are joined by Death Cab For Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Best Coast, Bad Suns and many others. The punk site The Hard Times has curated a comedy area that features a great lineup that includes Kurt Braunohler, Mike Lawrence, Cameron Esposito and Guy Branum. Tickets: $79-$259. Doors at 1 p.m.

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Sept. 9

SUNSTOCK SOLAR FESTIVAL (Music)
Sunstock Solar Festival is being held on Sept. 9 from 2-11 p.m. at the Magic Box @ the Reef. It’s not only a music festival—headlined by Ra Ra Riot, with Robert DeLong, Run River North and many others—but it’s also an event dedicated to educating and activating communities toward building greener cities and healthier futures. The festival also includes solar-powered installations, green food trucks, immersive art, workshops, games and sustainable vendors. Adult general admission: $25-$30 and $20-$25 for students/senior/military; $12-$17 for ages 16 and younger.

Sept. 15

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS (Scares)
If you like being terrified for fun, then mark Sept. 15 on your calendars because that’s when Universal Studios Hollywood brings together four slasher film legends—Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface and Chucky—in two all-new “Titans of Terror” experiences. Halloween Horror Nights features mazes, Terror Trams that allow guests to walk along iconic sets, from the Psycho House and the Bates Motel to Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds. Ticket prices vary by days/times/experiences, but general admission starts at $65.

Sept. 16

TARFEST (Music + Art)
LAUNCH LA presents the 15th annual Tarfest, a music and arts festival at the La Brea Tar Pits, on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 2-10 p.m. The fest is free and all ages and features rising local artists, musicians and bands, curated by LAUNCH LA and Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands.la. This year’s music program includes a headlining performance by La Bouquet and opening acts Brainstory, Alina Bea, The Sovereign Artist and Love Ghost. Kid-friendly activities, a Lagunitas Beer Garden and Wine Bar and food trucks on site include Baby’s Badass Burgers, Meat the Greek, Rice Balls of Fire, The Deli Doctor and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Free admission.

Sept. 16-17

CALIFORNIA VEGETARIAN FOOD FESTIVAL (Food)
California Vegetarian Food Festival takes over Raleigh Studios in Hollywood on Sept. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to cutting-edge, plant-based food, the festival also has beer, wine and cocktails, a showcase of 100% vegan innovation and goods, live music, fitness classes, kids’ activities and more. Tickets: $20-$75 (VIP). Children 10 and younger are free.

Sept. 18

NEW ORDER (Music)
On Monday, Sept. 18, New Order plays the Hollywood Bowl (a lease event). The band’s been touring for the past 18+ months in support of their 2015 record Music Complete. The electronic duo Goldfrapp opens the night. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $32.50.

Sept. 22

THE DROP: IRON & WINE
The Grammy Museum’s The Drop program welcomes Iron & Wine on Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. Sam Beam is in conversation with the museum’s Executive Director Scott Goldman about his career and his latest album Beast Epic, which was released on Aug. 25. Following the discussion, Iron & Wine performs a few songs from the new album. Tickets: $20.

Sept. 23

FLEET FOXES (Music)
Fleet Foxes headlines the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 23. The indie folk band released Crack-Up, its first full-length in six years, earlier this summer. Beach House opens the night. The show is sold out, so contact your favorite ticket broker. Show: 7:45 p.m.

Sept. 23-24

NHMLA DINOFEST 2017 (Science):
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) brings the world of dinosaurs to the public with its second annual Dino Fest—a two-day celebration of dinosaurs big and small. Learn about the work of paleontologists and how artists and filmmakers use science to create pop culture beasts. Throughout the weekend, there will be talks, performances, tours, hands-on activities and special displays. Admission: $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, $5 for children. Museum Members and children ages 2 and under are free.

Sept. 24

BATTLE OF THE BURGER (Food)
Our friends at Time Out Los Angeles and Guinness Blonde are holding L.A.'s inaugural Battle of the Burger on Sept. 24 at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Eat your way through burgers served up by some of the best grillers in the city then cast your vote for the favorite. Participating restaurants include Grill 'Em All, Beacon Echo Park, Lock & Key, Haché, The Counter, Slater's 50/50, The Oinkster, Everson Royce Bar, Pono Burger and more. Tickets: $20-$35. The tickets include a burger tasting from each participating restaurant, a complimentary Guinness Blonde American Lager and a side dish. The event also features music, games and giveaways.

Sept. 24

COSMIC JOURNEY: (Music)
Cosmic Journey closes out KCRW’s World Festival series at the Hollywood Bowl for the year. Solange “guides and curates a divine musical journey” of R&B, folk and jazz and is joined by Blood Orange, KING, Kelela, Moses Sumney, Kelsey Lu and others on the musical journey. The concert is sold out, so head to your fav ticket source for help.

Sept. 29

THE SHINS (Music)
The Shins headline the Greek Theatre on Friday, Sept. 29 with Foxygen and Day Wave opening. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$49.50.

Sept. 30-Oct. 1

MUSIC TASTES GOOD (Food + music fest)
The Music Tastes Good music and food festival takes place in Downtown Long Beach from Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The lineup includes Ween, Sleater-Kinney + RIDE, Charles Bradley, Alvvays, Digable Planets, of Montreal, Dr. Octagon, !!!, Big Freedia, Heaven 17, Protomartyr, Old 97’s and many others. In the Taste Tent, the festival features 16 special guest chefs from New Orleans and Long Beach. Music Tastes Good passes start at $75 a day, passes for the new "Taste Tent" experience start at $150 and VIP passes start at $225.

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