#TopPicks: September’18 Outings

The summer is winding down, but the events are still popping all over LA. Check out our hit list for September outings below, and don’t forget to check out the calendar for more outing ideas!

Ongoing

LA County Fair: (Select dates Aug. 31-Sept. 23) Featuring old school arcade games, classic cars, live performances, and your favorite fair foods. Note that the festival is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Theatricum Botanicum: (Select dates in September) Experience live afternoon and evening performances of Coriolanus, The Crucible, Haiti, and The Chalk Garden

dOGUMENTA: (Sept. 14-23) Check out the nation’s first art exhibition curated for dogs in Downtown LA, featuring mobile adoptions on Sundays and artwork by LA-based artists.

Smallfoot Yeti Village: (Select dates Aug. 12-Sept. 14) This yeti experience on Hollywood and Vine showcases photo moments, arts and crafts, games, a “snowball pit,” a slide, and much more to celebrate the release of Smallfoot.

Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch: (Sept. 15-Oct. 31) Enjoy a variety of activities at Irvine Regional Park, including hay rides, train rides, panning for gold, a haunted house, hay maze, and carnival games.

Tuesday, September 11

Free Evening Yoga: (Edendale Branch) Bring your yoga mat and create a more balanced lifestyle at this hour-long yoga session.

Wednesday, September 12

Twilight on the Pier: (Santa Monica Pier) Check out a free, multi-artist lineup by the beach featuring artists from Australia.

Glendale Community College Fair: (Glendale) Check out this free college fair at Glendale Community College.

Free Relaxational Meditation Performance: (Pasadena Library) Relieve stress and tension with a 45 minute gong performance.

LA Career Fair: (Hilton LAX) Your job-seeking Little should bring plenty of resumes to put their best foot forward with potential employers.

MindTravel: (Fowler Museum, UCLA) Experience real-time compositions delivered “silently” through headphones in a beautiful atmosphere.

Thursday, September 13

Screen on the Green: (Malibu) The Trancas County Market green plays host to a free screening of Grease. Don’t forget your picnic blanket and basket!

3D Printing Class: (West LA) All ages are welcome to this free 3D design and printing class at the West LA library.

Culver City USD College Fair: (Culver City) Attend this free college fair at Culver City High School.

Straws – Free Movie Screening: (Oxnard) Learn about plastic pollution at this free screening.

Friday, September 14

People Street Bike Rodeo: (Leimert Park Village) Open to participants ages 9 and up, you and your Little will learn how to identify a safe bike to ride, and maneuvers to be safe on the road.

DJ Skills Workshop: (Wilmington) Kids can learn how to use two turntables, a mixer, and vinyl to DJ.

Classic Car Show: (Burbank) If your Little goes crazy for classic cars, stop by Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank for their weekly classic car show.

Saturday, September 15

Mexican Independence Day: (Olvera Street) This two-day event celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spain with delicious food, fun, and entertainment.

Healthy Soul Fest: (Windsor Hills) Take advantage of free health screenings, yoga, food trucks, and arts & crafts.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Art of the Game: (Alhambra) RSVP for an all-ages exclusive look at incredible artwork form the new Spider-Man video game.

Rosemead Moon Festival: (Rosemead) Check out this free night market featuring a variety of Asian fusion street foods and drinks.

Coastal Cleanup Day: (Multiple locations) Heal the Bay organizes a collective effort to remove trash and debris from the environment across more than 50 inland and coastal areas in LA County.

Open Arts and Music Festival: (Glendale) Enjoy a free, all-ages festival with live music, craft workshops and demos, a DJ lab for teens, robot engineering for preteens, and theatre workshops for kids.

Westchester Arts and Music Block Party: (Westchester) This free community event features kids activities and crafts, live performances, a petting zoo, and a magician.

Back to Basics: (Leimert Park) If your Little is 16 and up and isn’t yet comfortable riding a bike for everyday travel or recreation, learn about the basics of bike handling in this course.

Off the 405: (Getty Center) Check out Vagabon’s indie pop project for live, evening music in the courtyard.

Avocado Festival: (La Habra Heights) The home of the Hass avocado hosts an anniversary celebration, including a guacamole contest, pony rides, and arts and crafts.

Frau Fiber’s Sewing Rebellion: (Santa Monica) Learn how to make crafts for free at the Camera Obscura in Santa Monica.

Silverlake Flea-Night Market: (Silverlake) Window-shop at this eclectic flea market featuring vintage clothes, handmade treasures, home decor, and art.

Sriracha Slow Roll: (Duarte) Explore the world famous Huy Fong Foods factory (birthplace of Sriracha) after a bike ride from the Duarte Gold Line Station.

Sunday, September 16

Mexican Independence Day: (Olvera Street) This two-day event celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spain with delicious food, fun, and entertainment.

Native Garden Volunteer Day: (Rancho Palos Verdes) Learn about native gardening and help maintain the garden at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

Origami Workshop: (Hollywood Blvd) Learn simple folding mechanisms and playful origami designs.

Annual Glendale Family Festival: (Glendale) This family festival features free activities, food, music, and more.

Thai Cultural Day: (Barnsdall Art Park) This free cultural celebration includes Thai food demos, massage, international dancing, kick boxing, and more.

Monday, September 17

Cosmic Musings Presentation: (Griffith Observatory) If your Little is super interested in planetary systems, don’t sleep on this opportunity to learn about exoplanet discoveries.

Data Driven Problem Solving: (Glendale) Learn the basics of coding and Python programming. Bring your laptop- no previous coding experience necessary.

East LA College Fair: (Monterey Park) Attend this free college fair at East Los Angeles College.

Kombucha: (North Toluca St.) Learn how to make kombucha during this free workshop.

Tuesday, September 18

Free Evening Yoga: (Edendale Branch) Bring your yoga mat and create a more balanced lifestyle at this hour-long yoga session.

Youth Now: (CAAM) Teens are invited to participate in workshops to inspire activism and inspiration through music.

Wednesday, September 19

Twilight on the Pier: (Santa Monica Pier) Check out a free, multi-artist lineup by the beach featuring artists with an island vibe.

FLIXatFIG Free Screening: (Downtown LA) Check out a free evening showing of 101 Dalmations at the Taste Food Hall.

Sunset Walk & Talk: (Griffith Observatory) Join a 1/2 mile hike led by a Park Ranger and Museum Guide to learn about the history of Griffith Park and objects visible in the evening sky.

Thursday, September 20

Third Thursdays: (Pasadena’s Playhouse District) Watch artists paint a live mural, enjoy a shaved ice, explore the USC Pacific Asia Museum, listen to live performances, and participate in an activity at the Pasadena Playhouse.

3D Printing Class: (West LA) All ages are welcome to this free 3D design and printing class at the West LA library.

Friday, September 21

Odd Nights at the Autry: (Griffith Park) This kid-friendly event features a rock wall, inflatables, live music, and free parking!

Classic Car Show: (Burbank) If your Little goes crazy for classic cars, stop by Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank for their weekly classic car show.

Movies in the Park: (La Habra) See a free showing of The Star at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Movie Under the Guns: (San Pedro) Board the Battleship IOWA and bring a blanket to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Saturday, September 22

Autumn Equinox: (Griffith Observatory) Check out a brief talk in the Gottleib Transit Corridor at 6:54 PT to mark the autumn equinox.

Piperoid Workshop: (Hollywood Blvd) Learn how to make paper crafts.

Frogtown Artwalk: (Frogtown) Check out the local arts and crafts of Frogtown at this afternoon/evening event.

Movies at Sunset: (Hermosa Beach) Enjoy a free evening showing of ET The Extraterrestrial. Popcorn and pizza will be available for purchase.

Bollywood Dance: (Santa Monica) Learn how to dance Bollywood moves for $5 at the Camera Obscura.

Silverlake Flea-Night Market: (Silverlake) Window-shop at this eclectic flea market featuring vintage clothes, handmade treasures, home decor, and art.

Moon Festival Gourmet Food Fair: (Temple City) Local community performers, art showings, and cultural foods are the highlight of this cultural festival.

Video & Memory: (Santa Monica) Learn about narrative video making during this digital video workshop for only $5.

Union Station’s Retrocade Experience: (Union Station) Enjoy an eclectic collection of classic arcade games and pinball games at this 2-day free play event.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day: (Multiple locations) Register for free tickets to a free day at multiple LA County museums.

Japanese Festival Folk Dancing: (West LA) Dance, learn to dance, and watch dance at the United Methodist Church. The event features games, crafts, and face painting for kids.

Public Star Party: (Griffith Observatory) Try out a variety of telescopes at the Observatory’s monthly star party from 2 pm – 9:45 pm.

Sunday, September 23

Moon Festival Gourmet Food Fair: (Temple City) Local community performers, art showings, and cultural foods are the highlight of this cultural festival.

Soap-Making Class: (Monterey Park) Learn how to make soap! $15 for materials.

SMCC In-N-Out Family Picnic: (San Marino) Kick off Fall with free In-N-Out, live music, free train rides, and more. Register by 9/14 to attend.

Food Forward: (Melrose) Collect fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s market, that will be donated to local food banks and pantries.

Union Station’s Retrocade Experience: (Union Station) Enjoy an eclectic collection of classic arcade games and pinball games at this 2-day free play event.

Monday, September 24

Full Moon Hike: (Beverly Hills) Explore Franklin Canyon on a moderate evening hike with a naturalist volunteer.

Tuesday, September 25

Free Evening Yoga: (Edendale Branch) Bring your yoga mat and create a more balanced lifestyle at this hour-long yoga session.

Wednesday, September 26

Twilight on the Pier: (Santa Monica Pier) Check out a free, multi-artist lineup by the beach featuring eclectic, indie artists.

Thursday, September 27

3D Printing Class: (West LA) All ages are welcome to this free 3D design and printing class at the West LA library.

Friday, September 28

The Wizard of Oz Screening: (Pasadena) Enjoy a free screening of the classic Wizard of Oz at One Colorado.

DJ Skills Workshop: (Wilmington) Kids can learn how to use two turntables, a mixer, and vinyl to DJ.

Classic Car Show: (Burbank) If your Little goes crazy for classic cars, stop by Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank for their weekly classic car show.

Saturday, September 29

Rules of the Road: (Leimert Park) Open to ages 16 and up, you and your Little will learn how to bike safely on the streets for everyday travel.

Environmental Action Training Youth Summit: (Beverly Hills) Join other middle and high school students to learn how to preserve the environment.

Indian Martial Art Movement: (Santa Monica) Learn the basic movements of this ancient martial arts for $5.

Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Disney’s Magical Mid-Century: (Downtown LA) A writer/producer/director of notable Disney movies leads a lecture and book signing at the LA Public Library.

Day of the Drum Festival & Jazz Festival: (Watts Towers) This annual, two-day festival features live performances, music, arts and crafts, and dancing.

Car Show & Drive-In Movie: (Agoura Hills) Enjoy a free car show, kids activities and drive-in movie showing of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.

BHS Art & Community Fair: (Gardena): Experience live performances, free health check ups, raffles, and free backpacks and school supplies.

Silverlake Flea-Night Market: (Silverlake) Window-shop at this eclectic flea market featuring vintage clothes, handmade treasures, home decor, and art.

Sunday, September 30

A Chance to Dance: (Los Angeles Ballet Center) Is your Little a budding ballerina? The Los Angeles Ballet hosts a monthly community outreach initiative offering free dance classes.

Self-Care Symposium: (Pasadena) Learn about the importance of mental health and self care through mindfulness, yoga, and breathing.

Day of the Drum Festival & Jazz Festival: (Watts Towers) This annual, two-day festival features live performances, music, arts and crafts, and dancing.

Children’s Book Festival: (Costa Mesa) This family-friendly event features hundreds of exhibitors, booksellers, and education providers.

Set to Screen: (Agoura Hills) Explore the Paramount Ranch on an easy-paced walk behind the scenes.

Celebrate LA!: (Downtown LA) This free, 8 mile street party connects the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Hollywood Bowl, and includes a free concert at the Hollywood Bowl, along with many family-friendly activities and workshops.

Abbot Kinney Festival: (Venice) Check out this free block party, including kids’ rides and games, food trucks, and live music.

 

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