Things Happening in Los Angeles This Month (September 2018)

Photo by Travis Yewell on Unsplash

Photo by Travis Yewell on Unsplash

Summertime is coming to an end in LA, which means that its time to get up and get out! Los Angeles has a ton of events happening throughout the season all ranging from concerts, festivals, wine tours, fireworks shows and much more. Check out this list of all things happening right here at home this month. Make sure to check the end of the list for some spooky festivities coming up! 

Remember to check back as this list will be updated. 

Scavenger Hunt Anyone?

Friday-Saturday, September 7-8


Check out an all-night, app-driven scavenger hunt that moves you from the Malibu pier to Griffith Park (and beyond!). So if you've been wanting to get a better feel of the city, here's your chance during this 24-hour hunt. Potential to win up to $5K in prizes!

The Starting line is Downtown at the LA State Historic Park 

Cost: $48 per player

Dance Downtown’s ‘90s night

Friday, September 7

Grand Park - Downtown

Got some moves you haven't busted out since the 90's? Well, nows your chance to get into the groove with some like-minded folks. Dress to impress for this event! 

Cost: Free

Escape room

September 11, 2018 (7 p.m.)


Let's go back. Way back, to 1940's Hollywood. Break free of this film-noir styled mystery with Escape Room LA. Do you have what it takes? 

Cost: $33-$39

Listen to the Temptations

September 11 - 12, 2018 (8 p.m.)

Downtown (1.7 miles north)

Check out the gripping story of the temptations in Ain't Too Proud and listen to some of the greatest hits including My Girl, Just My Imagination, and Papa Was a Rolling Stone at Ahmanson Theatre.

Cost: $65 - $195

Party at the zoo

September 14, 2018 (6 to 10:30 p.m.)

Griffith Park (10 miles north)

Ditch the average bar and go hang at the Zoo for the night during their Roaring Nights events that features a live band, DJ, Bars, and food trucks. 

Cost: $21

Outdoor movies

September 15, 2018

North Hollywood Recreation Center

11430 Chandler Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601

Movies are great. Watching movies outside is even better. Check out a great film at Eat See Hear while hitting up a food truck and listening to a local band. 

Cost: $8 – $21

Taco Tasting

September 15, 2018

2.2 miles NE

Hungry? Head to Taco Takeover and grab some tacos, cocktails, beer, games, all while listening to live music at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.

Cost: Starting at $57 

Movies at the Cemetery

September 15 & 22, 2018


Enjoy a movie and bring along your own dinner, wine, beer, blankets, pillows, a small tarp, or low chairs to Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Screenings. Listen to some live music too as you wait!

Cost: Starting at $12 

The Great American Smokeout with Snoop Dogg

September 15, 2018 (7 p.m.)


Go hang at The Great American Smokeout. Hear some of your favorites like Snoop Dogg, Slightly Stoopid, Cypress Hill, Kottonmouth Kings, Don Carlos, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, Musical Youth, DJ Quik, Berner, Warren G, and Afroman perform.

Cost: Starting at $67 

Craft Beer Long Beach Festival

September 15, 2018 (noon to 5 p.m.)

Long Beach 

Beer tasting, live music, and food? Sounds like a good time at the Craft Beer Long Beach Festival

Cost: Starting at $30

Dogumenta L.A.- Art for dogs 

September 14 - 16 and 21 - 23, 2018

Downtown - 735 S. Figueroa Street

Your pup deserves a night out too. Try taking the little ones to an art show curated just for dogs. 

 The show will have sound and smells dogs can appreciate at.

Cost: Free with RSVP


Dreamgirls Musical

September 14 - 30, 2018

North Hollywood

This emotional rags-to-riches tale focuses on a fictional 60's Motown girl group building their musical career and the turmoil that comes along with it. 

Cost: $40.00 - $80.00

Mexican Independence Day Parade & Festival

September 16, 2018

East Los Angeles (8.7 miles east)

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. celebrate Mexican Independence Day with Mariachi music, art, food, and of course some dancing.

Cost: Free

USC College Football

September 21, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)

Exposition Park 

Watch the U.S.C. Trojans play Washington State and get riled up enjoying the exciting game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Taste of Orange County

September 21, 2018 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)

Costa Mesa- Segerstrom Center

Check out some “beverage sampling, unlimited food samples, and live entertainment” during this 21+ event. 

Cost: Starting at $65


September 21 - Oct. 28, 2018 (weekends)

Anaheim - The Phoenix Club

Enjoy German food, beer, live bands, polka dancing, and entertainment at this great event. 

Cost: Free admission for children age 17 and younger.

Free Museum Day

September 22, 2018


Have any museums you've been meaning to get to, but haven't? We'll make sure to go on Museum Day! Sign up and get two free tickets! 

Free national park day

September 22, 2018


Grab a camera and get out to enjoy a great national park. Expect a ton of like-minded individuals but that just means you can make new friends who enjoy the same things. 

The Sweets Show

September 22 - 23, 2018

Anaheim - Anaheim Convention Center

Ready for a yummy pastry, baking, and cake show that promises “delicious samples, freebies, classes, panels, and celebrity appearances.”

Cost: Starting at $12 

Beyond Fest - Horror film festival

September 27 - Oct. 4

Aero Theatre in Santa Monica and Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood

This festival promises to be “a world genre film festival dedicated to delivering the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema.”

Cost: Starting at $8 

Paint and Run 

September 29, 2018

Huntington Beach

If taking a run and getting bombarded by colored cornstarch suits your needs then this event is for you! Grab some friends for a fun time. 

Cost: Starting at $14.99 

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival - Chinese lunar festival

September 29, 2018 (5 p.m. to midnight)

Chinatown - Chinatown Central Plaza

Enjoy some live music, a craft-beer garden, mooncake, cultural demonstrations, local bands, and DJs during this festival. 

Cost: Free

Intimate Illusions - Magic show

September 29, 2018

Beverly Hills - Beverly Wilshire Hotel 

Go check out a 90-minute magic show with a beautiful live cello accompaniment. 

Cost: Starting at $65 

Reign of Terror Haunted House

September 29, 2018 (and October dates)

Thousand Oaks - Janss Marketplace

Visit this haunted house that promises “100 bone-chilling rooms and 8 terrifying attractions.”

Cost: Starting at $15 

California Vegetarian Food Festival

September 29 - 30, 2018

Hollywood - 5300 Melrose Ave

This food festival will offer great tips and advice on fitness, cooking, and a healthier lifestyle. Try some food samples and watch some cool cooking demos. 

Cost: $20 - 75

Dino Fest - Dinosaur festival

September 29 - 30, 2018

Exposition Park - Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Love dinosaurs? This festival is for you then! Enjoy some fossil discoveries and rare specimens. You also have the option to take part in hands-on activities.

Chocolate Convention

September 30, 2018

Pasadena - Pasadena Convention Center

Get ready for some yummy artisan and gourmet chocolates at the Los Angeles Chocolate Salon. View some demonstrations and wine tasting while there!

Cost: Starting at $20 

Abbot Kinney Festival - Venice festival

September 30, 2018

From Venice Boulevard to Main Street 

Take part in hanging at the tourist central hub of Venice beach and check out some creative artwork, music, food trucks, beer gardens, and kids’ rides. 

Cost: Free


September 30, 2018 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Downtown - Claremont & San Dimas

Walk, bike, or roller skate for 8 miles with the city of L.A! Things can get a bit hectic, but there's nothing like enjoying a beautiful sunny day out with like-minded individuals who all want to have a bit of fun and get some exercise in.  

Cost: Free

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