#TopPicks: September ’17 Outings

Looking for free, low-cost, or unique outing ideas that you can only experience this month? Look no further! September’s events include the perfect blend of creativity and fun that only LA can deliver.

Tuesday, 9/5Grand Park boot camp: Are you and your Little looking to get into shape? Check out this free opportunity to exercise in the city.

Wednesday, 9/6

  • Full moon hike: Community Nature Connection hosts a 2.8 mi roundtrip hike around Franklin Canyon.
  • Free movie night: Horse Thief BBQ hosts a showing of Back to the Future at 8 pm.

Thursday, 9/7

  • San Pedro Art Walk: attend an artist opening reception, or watch an artist at work during this free evening event around San Pedro’s art galleries.
  • Mar Vista Art Walk: enjoy the company of live painters, storytellers, musicians, and poets during this free quarterly event.
  • Mexican folk dance lesson: is your Little a budding performer? Learn the musical and dance styling of Veracruz at the Old Town Newhall Library.

Friday, 9/8Free movie night: bring blankets and snacks for this family-friendly nature-themed movie at the Ballona Discovery Park.

Saturday, 9/9

  • Tiny Porch Concert: experience original music in a rustic setting for free!
  • Campfire in the park: Community Nature Connection hosts an evening of family fun, complete with songs, skits, and bonfire-food-roasting.

Sunday, 9/10

  • 826LA@Hammer: try your hand at some creative comedy writing with TV writer Julia Prescott during this free workshop at the Hammer museum (RSVP).
  • Latino Book & Family Festival: celebrate Latino storytelling for a full day of exhibits and workshops at La Plaza de Cultures y Artes.

Friday, 9/15LA Anime Film Festival: this 3 day festival (through 9/17) includes 20 anime film screenings and Q&A sessions with directors and voice actors.

Saturday, 9/16

  • Glendale Open Arts & Music Festival: check out this free, music-driven event in Glendale, complete with art workshops throughout the day!
  • Tarfest: the La Brea Tar Pits is holding a one-of-a-kind music festival, along with activities for kids, like percussion and breakdancing workshops.
  • Coastal cleanup day: enjoy the great outdoors while giving back with your Little at the Ballona Wetlands.

Sunday, 9/17Free museum day: Pacific Standard Time brings free entry to 52 museums across SoCal.

Saturday, 9/23

  • Museum Day Live: Smithsonian magazine brings you even more free museums throughout the country!
  • Surf City Surf Dog: who can say no to dogs and surfing? Huntington Beach brings you a chance to check out these athletic pups during this free event (RSVP).
  • Green Festival Expo: is your Little passionate about sustainability? Learn more about green practices and organizations on Saturday or Sunday.
  • Dino Fest: the Natural History Museum shines a spotlight on our favorite prehistoric creatures through exhibits and hands-on activities.

Sunday, 9/24

Saturday, 9/30Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival: this 36th annual event will infuse your day with African dance and rhythmic drumming. The jazz festival follows the next day!

The LA County Fair is running 9/1 – 9/24 at the Pomona Fairplex, and prices are lower for kids and adults on weekdays.




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