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September 2019 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our September 2019 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 2019

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Art, Installation

‘Light the Barricades’

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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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.

Descanso Gardens
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Music

Silence at Descanso

icon-location-pin Descanso Gardens, La Cañada
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Artistic directors Christopher Rountree and Anna Bulbrook have curated a series of unbounded musical performances at specific sites across the Descanso Gardens grounds.

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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.

Ali Wong
Photograph: Courtesy Zach Dobson
Comedy, Stand-up

Ali Wong

icon-location-pin The Wiltern, Koreatown
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The Fresh Off the Boat scribe and American Housewife co-star attacks the Wiltern for eight nights of stand-up.

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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.

Man Da Rin American Pale Ale at Frogtown Brewery
Photograph: Rozette Rago
Bars, Beer bars

Long Beach Beer Week

icon-location-pin Location T.B.A.,
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The new 10-day festival will feature pours from more than 40 LBC breweries, brewpubs and beer-forward restaurants, not to mention events across the city, like tap takeovers, brewer meet-and-greets, demos, pairing dinners, beer yoga and more.

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L.P. rooftop bar
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Movies

Art Women Art Week

icon-location-pin E.P. & L.P., West Hollywood
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Partake in a weeklong series of films, panels and pop-ups celebrating women from the swanky rooftop at E.P. & L.P.

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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Evening of Tiki drinks Los Angeles at the Spare Room bar in Hollywood
Photograph: Courtesy the Spare Room
Bars

Evening of Tiki at the Spare Room

icon-location-pin The Spare Room, Hollywood
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The Spare Room’s summer celebration of all things tiki drink is back in full force. Beverage director Yael Vengroff will hop behind the bar with different guest bartenders one night every month, whipping up tiki-themed cocktail menus with a new drink list each time.

Things to do

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World

icon-location-pin Orpheum Theatre, Downtown Historic Core
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Asia O’Hara hosts an evening with sickening performances by the queens from season 11, including Plastique, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and Yvie Oddly, as well as Naomi Smalls, Kameron Michaels and Kim Chi.

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