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LA's 13 Best Things to Do This September

Published On 09/01/2015 Published On 09/01/2015
Valliancourt Photography (Wasteland Weekend)
Courtesy of LA Times The Taste

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Sep 4 Fri

Taste The Taste The massive LA Times-presented food festival is back, with seminars, wine tastings, and, of course, heaps of food from big-name chefs including Roy Choi and Ludo Lefebvre.

Paramount backlot

Taste The Taste Paramount backlot The massive LA Times-presented food festival is back, with seminars, wine tastings, and, of course, heaps of food from big-name chefs including Roy Choi and Ludo Lefebvre.

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Sep 7 Mon

Destroy an open bar at Casper's Labor Day Sail Because they're TOTAL GENIUSES, the mattress company Casper is throwing a Labor Day SAIL, aka a party-boat cruise with an open bar and mattresses you can pass out on/um... test or something.

Fisherman's Village, Marina del Rey

Destroy an open bar at Casper's Labor Day Sail Fisherman's Village, Marina del Rey Because they're TOTAL GENIUSES, the mattress company Casper is throwing a Labor Day SAIL, aka a party-boat cruise with an open bar and mattresses you can pass out on/um... test or something.

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Sep 12 Sat

Hit the first annual Crab and Sushi Festival Road trip over to the Land of Mustachioed News Anchors and Overpaid Quarterbacks (San Diego guys, it's San Diego) for the first-ever ode to your two favorite things. Oh, and beer. So three favorite things. Oh, and music, so...

Liberty Station, San Diego

Hit the first annual Crab and Sushi Festival Liberty Station, San Diego Road trip over to the Land of Mustachioed News Anchors and Overpaid Quarterbacks (San Diego guys, it's San Diego) for the first-ever ode to your two favorite things. Oh, and beer. So three favorite things. Oh, and music, so...

Jeff Miller/Thrillist

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Sep 13 Sun

Attend the first-ever Fucking Catalina Wine Mixer CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS WASN'T A REAL THING BEFORE? Now it is. It's even got The Dan Band.

Descanso Beach, Avalon

Attend the first-ever Fucking Catalina Wine Mixer Descanso Beach, Avalon CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS WASN'T A REAL THING BEFORE? Now it is. It's even got The Dan Band.

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Sep 18-Nov 1

Scream your ass off at Halloween Horror Nights Even though it doesn't feel like Halloween at all yet, the first night of LA's premier scare-tacular event is smack-dab in the middle of Sept; this year's fears include a Purge-inspired tram area and a brand-new 3D This Is the End horror-comedy maze.

Universal Studios

Scream your ass off at Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Even though it doesn't feel like Halloween at all yet, the first night of LA's premier scare-tacular event is smack-dab in the middle of Sept; this year's fears include a Purge-inspired tram area and a brand-new 3D This Is the End horror-comedy maze.

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Sep 18 Fri

Meet a bunch of famous LA podcasters Sure, they may not be able to prove whether Adnan did or didn't do it, but the guys who run the LA Podcast Festival did prove they can lock down some killer 'casters to do live podcasts, including Doug Benson, Marc Maron, and Aisha Tyler.

Sofitel Hotel

Meet a bunch of famous LA podcasters Sofitel Hotel Sure, they may not be able to prove whether Adnan did or didn't do it, but the guys who run the LA Podcast Festival did prove they can lock down some killer 'casters to do live podcasts, including Doug Benson, Marc Maron, and Aisha Tyler.

The Popup Dinner

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Sep 19 Sat

Discreetly check out a secret outdoor dinner Held in a secret location (last year's, above, was on the SaMo Pier), the PopUp Dinner is a schmancy sort of pot-luck affair, with everyone dressing in white, bringing their own picnics and table settings, and getting down to a DJ set from Morning Becomes Eclectic host Jason Bentley.

Secret location TBA

Discreetly check out a secret outdoor dinner Secret location TBA Held in a secret location (last year's, above, was on the SaMo Pier), the PopUp Dinner is a schmancy sort of pot-luck affair, with everyone dressing in white, bringing their own picnics and table settings, and getting down to a DJ set from Morning Becomes Eclectic host Jason Bentley.

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Sep 19 Sat

Bring your glow sticks to Mad Decent Block Party Cut Copy and Diplo are just two of the massive names at Mad Decent Block Party, an EDM-and-hip-hop-leaning two-day fiesta.

LA Center Studios

Bring your glow sticks to Mad Decent Block Party LA Center Studios Cut Copy and Diplo are just two of the massive names at Mad Decent Block Party, an EDM-and-hip-hop-leaning two-day fiesta.

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Sep 24 Thu

Channel Mad Max at Wasteland Weekend Did you watch Mad Max: Fury Road and think, "DAAAAAAAAMN I WANT TO RIDE IN ONE OF THOSE CARS AND SHOOT FIRE AND WEAR A MASK AND BE SO COOL." You did? Well, now you can: this sorta Burning Man-ish three-day event is totally Mad Max-themed, with attendees getting extremely into the apocalyptic spirit in every way possible. Except for that whole no-water thing. There will be water.

California City 

Channel Mad Max at Wasteland Weekend California City  Did you watch Mad Max: Fury Road and think, "DAAAAAAAAMN I WANT TO RIDE IN ONE OF THOSE CARS AND SHOOT FIRE AND WEAR A MASK AND BE SO COOL." You did? Well, now you can: this sorta Burning Man-ish three-day event is totally Mad Max-themed, with attendees getting extremely into the apocalyptic spirit in every way possible. Except for that whole no-water thing. There will be water.

Jeff Koga

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Sep 25 Fri

Eat all the lobster at LA Lobsterfest The annual crustacean-and-music feast returns with all sorts of claw-and-tail preparations, as well as a typically sweet tunes lineup, which features headliners Black Crystal Wolf Kids (who just happen to be fronted by self-fiving Thrillist LA editor Jeff Miller), Run River North, Vaud and the Villains, and more.

The Port of San Pedro

Eat all the lobster at LA Lobsterfest The Port of San Pedro The annual crustacean-and-music feast returns with all sorts of claw-and-tail preparations, as well as a typically sweet tunes lineup, which features headliners Black Crystal Wolf Kids (who just happen to be fronted by self-fiving Thrillist LA editor Jeff Miller), Run River North, Vaud and the Villains, and more.

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Sep 25 Fri

Celebrate the Feast of San Gennaro If you're not stuffed from all that lobster, you can make your way to Hollywood for the annual Italian food blowout, which has got all sorts of cheese-and-pasta-and-pizza stalls, as well as carnival games and traditional music.

Behind El Capitan, Hollywood

Celebrate the Feast of San Gennaro Behind El Capitan, Hollywood If you're not stuffed from all that lobster, you can make your way to Hollywood for the annual Italian food blowout, which has got all sorts of cheese-and-pasta-and-pizza stalls, as well as carnival games and traditional music.

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Sep 26 Sat

Try not to fall at reggae roller disco The out-there event company Re/creation is throwing a sorta '70s/sorta Bob Marley-inspired rollerskating night, with drink specials, two DJ floors, food trucks, and a bunch of athletic people who're way better at rollerskating than you.

Circus Disco

Try not to fall at reggae roller disco Circus Disco The out-there event company Re/creation is throwing a sorta '70s/sorta Bob Marley-inspired rollerskating night, with drink specials, two DJ floors, food trucks, and a bunch of athletic people who're way better at rollerskating than you.

Courtesy of DrinkEatPlay

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Sep 26 Sat

Throw 'em back at the LA Fall Beer Fest Because one beer fest is NEVER enough, the same people who throw April's massive collection of breweries are back at it, with more than 200 different beers on tap.

LA Center Studios

Throw 'em back at the LA Fall Beer Fest LA Center Studios Because one beer fest is NEVER enough, the same people who throw April's massive collection of breweries are back at it, with more than 200 different beers on tap.

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