There’s always something to do in Los Angeles! Check out these September 2016 events and fill your calendar with food, music, entertainment, and fun!
September 1-5: The 52nd Cinecon Classic Film Festival
If you’re interested in rare and unusual films, check out the screening at Cinecon 52. Cinecon combs the major film archives and Hollywood studio vaults to select forgotten gems that seldom get seen on the big screen. All films will be shown at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Most films are 35mm and silent films shown with live accompaniment.
September 1-8: 20th LA Shorts Fest
Head over to L.A. Live for the 2016 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. You might catch Tyrese and Jennifer Hudson in “Shame,” produced by Denzel Washington.
September 3: Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival
Held at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, this film festival focuses on women’s art, short films and music.
September 5-9: The 6th Annual Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
Lift-Off Global Network supports grassroots filmmakers with their film festival, taking place Raleigh Studios.
September 21-28: 2016 DTLA Film Fest
This event is produced annually by a nonprofit arts organization led by a volunteer group of filmmakers and community activists. Screenings will be held a Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live.
Sept. 2-Oct. 2
The Coaster Show 2016—the fourth installment of a popular exhibition that started out as a last-minute substitution. The gallery has tapped a number of artists to use four-inch coasters as canvases, elevating the bar doodle to an art form. The coasters are for sale with the prices capped at $250. The opening reception is on Friday, Sept. 2 from 8-11pm, and the closing party is on Oct. 2 from noon to 6pm.
The LA County Fair begins on Friday (Sept. 2) at the Fairplex in Pomona and runs through Sept. 25. Go for the rides, the petting zoo, and of course, the wide variety of strange and unusually delicious food! This year, Deep-Fried Hot Sauce, Deep-Fried Bacon S’mores and Deep-Fried Bacon Guacamole have been added to the menu. Except for Labor Day Weekend, the fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Adult admission: $14-20
Sept. 7, 9 , 10; 27-29
Drake stops at the Staples Center on Sept. 7, 9 and 10, and moves to the Forum from Sept. 27-29.
The PaleyFest: Fall TV Previews return to Beverly Hills from Sept. 8-15 featuring screenings and panel discussions with some of the fall’s most anticipated show premieres.
General admission tickets start at $20.
MainFest Alhambra is a new music festival bringing a great lineup to L.A.’s suburbs! Food trucks will be on hand with designer food and drinks.
The Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns to DTLA on Sept. 9-10 at Lot 613. In addition to the art and free pancakes and beer, the pop-up will also feature live painting, live body painting, music, and more. The show will conclude with a Zombie Fashion Show on Sept. 10.
Tickets are $10 at the door. $21+.
Long Beach’s Original Lobster Festival returns to the Rainbow Lagoon from Sept. 9-11. Crustaceans are flown in daily from Maine for the festival. The Lobster Shack will be in attendance, serving Lobster Rolls, Tacos, Fried Rice, Bisque, Sliders & Lobster-on-a-Stick, along with an international food court. Come hang out for the food, music, entertainment and whole lobsters.
Tickets: $13 general admission (which does not include a lobster meal).
Add-on meals are $17-$107 per ticket.
Prices go up at the door.
HM157 in Lincoln Heights presents Feed LA Fest 2016, a two-day benefit concert and food/clothing/”handy stuff” drive. The festivities begin at noon on Sept. 10 and continues to 11:55 pm on Sept. 11. Proceeds benefit FeedLA & ShareHopeUSA, two nonprofits that provide food & goods to those in need in Los Angeles. Check the site for a list of items the organizations need the most, and then come listen to a great lineup of music.
Tickets: $15 for one day pass, $25 both days.
Los Angeles International Neon Jubilee Festival is a day-long street fest that celebrates the re-lighting of the Panorama’s restored 1939 neon marquee. Throughout the day (noon to 6 pm), visitors will be treated to a number of performances as well as workshops and film screenings inside and outside the Velaslavasay Panorama museum. At 8 pm, there is more music, puppetry shows and the lighting of the sign to cap the festival. Events in the theatre are free during the day and are on a first-come-first-served basis. The evening program is ticketed $20.16 ($18.98 VPES members) and proceeds will go to support the museum.
The Atlantic holds a Race + Justice Summit brings together policymakers and storytellers in an effort to spur conversations around the changing narrative of race and identity in America. Held at the Hudson Loft in DTLA from 10am to 5pm, the day will feature director Ezra Edelman and Patrisse Cullors of Black Lives Matter and the premiere of a VR film about the effects of mass incarceration on families.
Son of Monsterpalooza, Monsterpalooza’s fall show, is at the Burbank Convention Center Sept. 16-18. If you’re into SFX, this expo is for you. There are more than 150 vendors, presentations, makeup demos, celebrity guests (Bruce Davison, Denis O’Hare and more) throughout the weekend.
Tickets: $25 per day or $60 for the whole weekend.
The Green Festival Expo returns to the L.A. Convention Center (Hall K) on Sept. 16-18, promoting healthy and sustainable lifestyles. This expo offers a look at trends in green living, emerging green brands and other more recognized products. Visitors can sample and buy thousands of products and services from companies founded on sustainability. This year’s focus will be on food with presentations from celebrity vegans Moby and Ed Begley Jr., among others. Additionally, the Expo hosts screenings of documentary films Cowspiracy and Speciesism with discussions with their directors.
Ride the Metro and show your receipt to get in for free!
Long Beach Comic Con takes over the Long Beach Convention Center on Sept. 17-18 celebrating comic books and pop culture. In addition to celebs from film and TV (Batman: The Animated Series’s actors Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester; Con Man’s Nathan Fillion and Firefly cast members Summer Glau, Sean Maher, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite) check out the works of talented writers, illustrators and other artists. There are more than 130 workshops and panels planned for the weekend.
Dinosaur Jr. plays three nights at the Teragram Ballroom this month, from Sept. 21-23.
The Los Angeles Podcast Festival returns to the Sofitel Los Angeles with three days of live podcast recordings, panels and parties mixed with stand-up comedy.
Tickets: $49-$59 (depending on the day) and passes start at $139.
The Music Tastes Good music and food festival takes place in Downtown Long Beach from Sept. 23-25. There is a great music lineup and plenty of food options.
Tickets: $25-$75 (depending on the day)
3-day passes are $120-$240 (VIP, which includes a farm-to-taste experience)
Tarfest is an annual music & arts festival along the Miracle Mile and the La Brea Tar Pits. The festival is free for all ages and features rising local artists, musicians and bands, curated by LAUNCH LA. This year’s music program includes performances by Dear Boy, Durand Jones & The Indications, Brit Manor and BRAEVES. Food trucks include Baby’s Badass Burgers, Made in Brooklyn NY Pizza, Meat the Greek and Rice Balls of Fire. The festival will also include a Lagunitas Biergarten and wine bar and cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Regina Spektor plays two shows at the El Rey on Sept. 29-30. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $49.50
NoMo FOMO: An Art Show about Broads in the City (the first Broad City art show) will be held at Meltdown Comics on Sept. 30. The exhibition will feature fan art, which Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer popularized on their Tumblr page (#FanArtFridays). The show will remain on view through Oct. 7. While the show is free, VIP passes are also available for $25, and includes early entry at 6:30 pm, and a Broad City Survival Kit featuring Luna Bars, Broad City temporary tattoos, two limited edition prints and more. The show opens at 8 pm on Sept. 30. They’re suspecting a large crowd, so get there early.