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September 2020 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our September 2020 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and concerts

Stranger Things
Photograph: Courtest Ken Kinzie/Universal Studios
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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 L.A.’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 L.A. in our September events calendar.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2020

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Art, Installation

‘Light the Barricades’

icon-location-pin Annenberg Space for Photography, Century City
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Before “W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine” arrives at the Annenberg Space for Photography, the Century City museum is mounting its first citywide public art installation.

Judy Chicago, Trinity, 1965
Photograph: Courtesy Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles
Art, Contemporary art

“Judy Chicago: Los Angeles”

icon-location-pin Jeffrey Deitch, Hollywood
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Survey some of the feminist artist’s early works, from her time spent in Los Angeles and Fresno between 1965 and 1972, including a mix of paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations and documentation of Chicago’s environmental and fireworks projects.

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Stranger Things
Photograph: Courtest Ken Kinzie/Universal Studios
Things to do, Festivals

Halloween Horror Nights

icon-location-pin Universal Studios Hollywood & Universal CityWalk, Universal City
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Confront familiar foes—including ones from Stranger Things—at Universal Studios’ annual Halloween festivities, where big-budget scares meet iconic horror movie characters.

Things to do

Oogie Boogie Bash

icon-location-pin Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
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Well, well, well, what have we here? The Nightmare Before Christmas’s bug-stuffed sack has taken over the Halloween duties at Disneyland, moving the theme park’s annual after-hours, specially ticketed seasonal event across the way for the debut of Oogie Boogie Bash at California Adventure.

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Cinespia
Photograph: Courtesy Cinespia
Movies

Cinespia Cemetery Screenings

icon-location-pin Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood
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It isn’t summer in L.A. with a screening at Hollywood Forever, toting folding chairs, picnic blankets, snack spreads and lots of booze.

J. C. Milligan, Crowds at Bullock’s Department Store, Broadway, Los Angeles, August 1919.
Photograph: Courtesy the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Things to do, Exhibitions

“Nineteen Nineteen”

icon-location-pin Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens, San Marino
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Travel back a hundred years as the Huntington Library marks its centennial with an in-depth examination of the year 1919.

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Things to do, Festivals

Dark Harbor

icon-location-pin Queen Mary, Long Beach
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The only thing better than a haunted attraction is a haunted attraction on a giant boat. You’ll find all the usual horrors here—fog, mazes and countless monsters. What sets Dark Harbor apart is its use of its surroundings; the dark, cramped confines of the Queen Mary are already pretty spooky even without monsters.

Things to do, Festivals

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

icon-location-pin Old Zoo, Griffith Park
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Like seemingly all pop culture horror experiences right now, this year’s Haunted Hayride will set the action in the mid-’80s in the ficticious town of Midnight Falls.

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Rooftop Cinema Club
Photograph: Courtesy Kimmi Cranes
Movies

Rooftop Cinema Club

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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The masters of alfresco rooftop movie viewing have returned for another season of screenings in Hollywood and Downtown L.A.

Things to do, Event spaces

Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano

icon-location-pin La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Miracle Mile
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Each summer, a different world-renowned architect constructs a short-lived immersive pavilion in London’s Kensington Gardens. Now, for the first time, one of those fleeting structures is headed stateside: SelgasCano’s crisscross of airy rainbow tunnels will welcome visitors who are looking for colorful photo ops and free performances, hosted by coworking space Second Home and the Natural History Museum.

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