The best of what to do in and around Los Angeles this month.
Enjoy several music and food festivals this month, including the return of Long Beach’s Music Tastes Good and Las Vegas’s Life is Beautiful. Closer to home, the Los Angeles Times brings restaurants from all over the city together for The Taste, the Los Angeles Beer Festival promises unlimited samples of 200 beers, and The xx hit the Forum for a dreamy indie concert.
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September 1 - 3 | Food
The Los Angeles Times hosts this massive food and drink party in the Paramount backlot. The Taste features five different events (each has a separate ticket), with themes such as Field to Fork and Dinner with a Twist. Each event has different participating restaurants, but every eatery on the list is top-notch: Chinese Laundry, Chaya, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and E.A.K. Ramen are just a few heavy hitters to name-drop.
Paramount Pictures Studios Backlot, 783 N. Van Ness St., Los Angeles | From $95 | website
September 9 |
“The U.S.-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility” Opening Reception
Stop by the Craft and Folk Art Museum on opening night of The U.S.–Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility to get a first look at this especially relevant exhibition. In works ranging from photography and sculpture to painting and architecture, the featured artists grapple with the much talked about border and what it offers: promises for the future, fear, hope, and more. The exhibit is part of a larger art series connecting Los Angeles and Latin America called Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, going on from September through January 2018.
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles | $12 | website
September 22 - 24 | Music festival
Life Is Beautiful
This relatively new music, art, and food festival hit Las Vegas for the first time in 2013, but it’s already become one of Sin City’s bigger fall draws—and worth the four-hour drive from L.A. to take it all in. Life Is Beautiful mixes electronic music acts with hip-hop artists, indie rockers, and pop stars for an eclectic lineup. This year’s headliners include Blink-182, Gorillaz, Kaskade, Muse, Lorde, and Chance the Rapper. With an added focus on painting Downtown Las Vegas in murals for the event and food offerings that are just as enticing as the tunes, Life Is Beautiful makes it easy for you to believe in its name. General admission may be sold out, but you can still snag VIP tickets or try your luck with the secondary market.
Fremont St. and S. Seventh St., Las Vegas | From $655 | website
September 23 | Museum
Summer Happenings at the Broad: Basquiat
For its last Summer Happenings of the season, the Broad is focusing on American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and his varied influences, from punk to hip-hop and street art. Basquiat was known for exploring dichotomies in his art, and he often painted his take on black vs. white, gay vs. straight, and wealth vs. poverty. The Broad event will feature musical performances by Zebra Katz and Downtown Boys, who will dish out hip-hop and punk, as well as choreographed dances and a sound piece inspired by Basquiat’s work.
8:30 PM - 11:59 PM | The Broad, 221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles | From $25 | website
September 23 | Activism
Better Together Unity March
March against racism, sexism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric at Better Together Unity March, which will begin and end in Pershing Square in the middle of Downtown L.A. The event is another way to show the city, state, and federal government what you believe in, as well as meet other likeminded people fighting against hate in all its forms.
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Pershing Square, 530 S. Olive St., Los Angeles | Free | website
September 29 | Music
English indie band The xx are known for their minimalist sounds blending indie, electronic, and dream pop. Their 2012 hit “Angels” earned them the #3 spot on the U.S. Top 100 chart, while their 2016 single “On Hold” reached the #2 spot in the States and #1 on the U.K. indie charts. Both are surely on the lineup for the band’s L.A. show, as are tracks from the group’s latest album, I See You.
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM | The Forum 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood | From $40 | website
September 28 - October 1 | Outdoor event
Camp No Counselors
Summer camp doesn’t have to be only for kids. That’s the philosophy behind Camp No Counselors, the adults-only summer camp experience that will make you nostalgic for the sleepaway camps of your past. You’ll spend a long weekend at a real camp facility, enjoying access to activities like ropes courses, swimming, archery, ping-pong, and more. In the evenings, the open bar will remind you that you’ve grown up a lot since your last camp days.
Lake Hughes, CA | From $525 | website
September 30 | Drink
Los Angeles Beer Festival
Sample a selection of 200 beers from 80 breweries (including Devil’s Canyon, Drake’s Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, and Thorn Brewery) at the annual Los Angeles Beer Festival. Over a dozen food trucks will also be on-site, as well as live musicians and a dueling piano bar. Your ticket gets you unlimited tastings—so, this is one event you’re going to want to plan for an Uber home.
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Los Angeles Center Studios, 1201 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles | From $45 | website
September 30 - October 1 | Music & food
Music Tastes Good
Music Tastes Good debuted last year and received acclaim for its especially diverse lineup of music and food. The Long Beach festival is back for a second year with an exciting mix of musicians and chefs, including headliners Ween and Sleater-Kinney as well as local chefs Khanh Hoang (Company of Khanh) and Paul Buchanan (Primal Alchemy). Tickets are still on sale for this intimate music and food fest, which promises to deliver a follow-up that’s even better than before.
Marina Green Park, 386 E. Shoreline Dr., Long Beach | From $75 | website
October 21 - January 1 | Plan ahead: Museum
“Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors”
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s highly anticipated Infinity Mirrors exhibit doesn’t open until the end of October, but tickets for the exhibition go on sale September 1st, and they’re expected to sell out fast. Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room is currently on display at the Broad, and it’s made the rounds plenty of times on Instagram and Facebook thanks to its eerie otherworldly vibes, but this larger exhibition will give viewers the opportunity to enter six of Kusama’s other infinity rooms, as well as contextualizing her work within art movements of the 20th and 21st centuries.
221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles | $25 | website
Sarah Purkrabek writes about people, places, music, and events from her home in the heart of Los Angeles.