September 2013 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our September 2013 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite summer concerts.

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Ferris wheel at LA County Fair.

Ferris wheel at LA County Fair. Photo courtesy LA County Fair

September may signal the end of summertime, but you'd never know it with this month's packed schedule of major events. Start wrapping up your summer playlist and get in one last visit to one of LA's best beaches while the water's still, relatively speaking, warm. If you'd rather skip town, take advantage of the long Labor Day weekend to squeeze in a weekend getaway. But don't worry, there's no shortage of food fests, street fairs and other fun festivals in LA in our September 2013 events calendar.


The Taste

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The Taste assembles LA food and wine samplings onto the Paramount backlot for a weekend of workshops and tastings. Various LA Times editors—including, most notably, food critic Jonathan Gold—lead daily panel discussions and demonstrations on topics from farm-to-table to cocktails.

  1. Paramount Studios 5555 Melrose Avenue, at N Gower Street
  2. Until Sun Aug 31
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Fiesta Hermosa

  • Free

Don't be shy about stripping down to your skivvies. After roaming the 400 stalls at this arts festival, sampling the fine foods and listening to the music, you may want to take it off for a dip in the nearby Pacific. Look out for another Fiesta over Memorial Day weekend in late May.

  1. Downtown Hermosa Beach Pier Ave, Hermosa Ave, 90254
  2. Until Mon Sep 1
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LA County Fair

  • Price band: 2/4

LA has changed immeasurably since 1921, when this event was first staged as an agricultural fair. However, the perennially popular event still has farm-friendly appeal (livestock beauty contests, local produce) alongside the more modern acrobats, wine tastings, exhibitions and concerts.

  1. Fairplex 1101 W McKinley Ave
  2. Until Sun Sep 28
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Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

  • Price band: 1/4

Bizarre fact: Although this weekend-long festival is held in the coastal town of San Pedro, all the lobsters eaten here are flown in from Maine. There’s a fine line-up of bands, partially curated by KROQ's Locals Only, and a troubling LobsterDog Parade, when locals dress their pooches as sea creatures.

  1. Ports O Call Berth 76, 90731
  2. Until Sun Sep 14
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The Beach Ball Soul Revue and Reggae Fest

  • Price band: 2/4

The inaugural Beach Ball brings a little bit of love and groove to the Santa Monica Pier. Those old wooden planks will get a workout from all of the stomping and skanking at this two-day music festival. A KCRW-sponsored lineup splits the weekend into soul on Saturday and reggae on Sunday.

  1. Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier
  2. Until Sun Sep 22
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