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Things to do this weekend in Los Angeles: Sept 21-23

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Michael Juliano
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We curate an L.A. weekend itinerary of the city’s best concerts, culture and cuisine, every week, just for you.

Friday

If you’re up for a trek to OC, encounter free-roaming monsters, terrifying mazes and haunting attractions at the opening weekend of Knott’s Scary Farm.

Escort your pooch to dOGUMENTA, an art exhibition designed for dogs at FIGat7th.

Take your pick between a trio of standout concerts on Friday night: Liz Phair channels the heyday of ’90s alt rock at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, the National brings a dose of beautiful melancholy to the Hollywood Palladium and Blood Orange plays a soulful set at the Greek Theatre on the heels of Dev Hynes’s lauded Negro Swan.

Saturday

Make sweet melodies on a four-stringed instrument at the Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival. The Torrance Cultural Arts Center fest includes workshops for players of all levels as well as performances and a market.

Head to the kickoff of Studio City’s new weekly, family-friendly outdoor food fair, Valley Urban Market, where there’ll be grilled lobster, fresh dumplings and sweets galore—not to mention Dave Grohl, who'll be passing out brisket and pulled pork with Tennessee BBQ truck the Beached Pig. Find more details and the vendor list here.

If you’re up for a daylong fest, head to Los Angeles State Historic Park for the inaugural Head in the Clouds. Music and media collective 88Rising’s inaugural hip-hop-focused festival features the likes of Rich Brian, Joji, Keith Ape, Zion.T, Higher Brothers and more.

Find sweet treats at the grand opening party for L.A.'s first Milk Bar, which finally opens today. Starting at 11am, expect cake tastings, contests and specials such as $1 cereal milk soft serve. (Here's everything you need to know about Christina Tosi's first West Coast bakery, plus a peek inside.)

Take advantage of free art-viewing opportunities today thanks to two events. Spend a free day at the Autry, Japanese American National Museum, Museum of Latin American Art and more during Museum Day Live. Or swing by the Frogtown Art Walk for live music and open galleries around the L.A. River-adjacent neighborhood.

Put on your lederhosen and yodel along during Sing-A-Long Sound of Music at the Hollywood Bowl. Or go in search of One-Eyed Willy’s treasure during The Goonies: Live!, a celeb-filled live reading of the ’80s classic at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre

Sunday 

Step into immersive storytelling technologies (i.e. augmented, mixed and virtual reality) for “The Portal,” a free LA Film Fest event held at the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Playa Vista.

On the other side of the freeway, peruse handmade wares from 55 independent designers during the Unique LA Pop-Up, this free event at Culver City’s Platform from the celebrated market series.

Leave the quarters at home and take advantage of free play on over 40 arcade cabinets during Union Station’s Retrocade Experience.

Wrap up your weekend at one of three major open-air venues: Grizzly Bear and TV on the Radio play the Hollywood Bowl, Chvrches perform at the Greek Theatre and Beyoncé and Jay-Z share the stage at the Rose Bowl.

Find more things to do this weekend by clicking each day or by heading over to our weekend calendar. 

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