Here are some of my favorite events happening in Los Angeles for September 1st-15th.
First Fridays on Abbot Kinney
Come take part in this festive celebration of urban beach lifestyle at First Fridays on Abbot Kinney! This popular monthly event takes place in the heart of Venice, and features numerous food trucks, open galleries and extended shop hours. You will also find special deals and great happy hours at the many shops and restaurants along Abbot Kinney Blvd. Remember to show up early in order to find parking! (There are a few parking valets on Abbot Kinney, though you can get stuck in traffic on Abbot Kinney (best to avoid it). Valet Parking on Electric at Milwood (behind Abbot Kinney to the east at the Electric Lodge). There are 2 hour metered lots directly behind Abbot Kinney – Electric is the street behind it.
When: Friday September 1st, 5:00-11:00pm some venues open later
Where: Abbot Kinney Blvd (Between Venice Bl + Westminster in Venice CA 90291)
LA County Fair
Every year, thousands of people make the trip to the Fairplex in Pomona to eat fried foods, take a plunge on a roller coaster and maybe win a prize at one of the many game booths.Although parking and food are expensive, it does offer lots of carnival rides, barnyard animals at “The Farm,” a giant hall of vendors, and nightly music concerts. New rides include the Endeavour, with suspended cockpit-like seats tthat whirl riders 60 feet into the air, and the new La Grande XL Wheel, an air-conditioned Ferris wheel with cabins that reach 150 feet. Find all of the details here: http://lacf.com.
When: September 1 – 24, 2017
Where: Pomona Fairplex (1101 W McKinley Ave)
Chinatown Summer Nights
The last Chinatown Summer Nights festival of 2017 is taking place on Saturday, September 2nd right in the heart of Los Angeles’s Chinatown. Chinatown Summer Nights is part street festival and part all out block party featuring gourmet food trucks, Chinese fireworks, live music, craft brews, and dance parties with KCRW DJs. There is also plenty to see from local artists and merchants, as well as cooking demonstrations, cultural activities, a monkey (you heard me), and much, much more! Did I mention it’s FREE?!
When: Saturday, September 2nd 5pm-midnight (although many local shops are open earlier, and the bars stay open later)
Where: Chinatown Central & West Plaza (943 – 951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles CA 90012)
Sample 60 wines, spirits, and craft beers with small bites and live acoustic performances at Vino-Palooza on the waterfront lawn of the Marina Del Rey Hotel. This wine & music festival produced by platinum recording artist Ryan Cabrera — in conjunction with Tier 1 Events, LLC. Each festival offers complimentary tastings from more than 25 boutique wineries, craft breweries and local distilleries, and unplugged performances by Ryan Cabrera & special guests; benefiting Matt Sorum’s Adopt The Arts Foundation. For more info and tickets, visit www.vino-palooza.com
When: Sunday, September 10th 1:00pm-5:00pm
Where: Marina Del Rey Hotel
Odd Nights at the Autry
The Odd Market brings its monthly nighttime flea market to Los Feliz on September 15th starting at 6:00pm. The event will be held both indoors and outdoors at the Autry in Griffith Park. Come listen to live music as you browse the offerings of over 80 pop-up shops and moblie boutiques as well as food trucks, and a kids area with a rock wall, massive inflatables, bungee, toddler swing, DIY arts and crafts and more! The Odd Market comes to the Autry on the 3rd Friday of each month, and admission is $5 (kids 12 & under get in free) Pet’s are welcome too, so bring your pooch!
When: September 15th (6:00pm-11:00pm) & Every 3rd Friday
Where: The Autry in Griffith Park- 4700 Western Heritage Way (Free Parking at the Griffith Park Zoo)
Go Wild with Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo!
Roaring Nights is the Friday night summer concert series held (you guessed it!) inside the LA Zoo featuring live bands, DJs, pop-up zoo keeper talks, special animal encounters, L.A.’s favorite food trucks, lawn games and more. September 15th is 80’s vs. 90’s Night featuring DJ Richard Blade spinning the 80’s, and Boombox Heroes, playing all of your favorite 90’s hits from the Back Street Boys, Goo Goo Dolls, Smash Mouth, Weezer, and Alanis Morissette. Online ticketing closes at 5 p.m. on the day of the event, but you can still purchase your tickets at the Zoo membership window as early as 6 p.m. New this year: Explore more of the zoo with an expanded route open from 6 to 8 p.m. Full bars are available for guests 21 and older. For all guests, themed attire is strongly encouraged. Buy tickets here!
When: Friday, September 15, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens – 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
$20 per person (GLAZA* members $17)
Must be 18+ to attend (Valid ID is required for entry).
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