26 fun things to do this weekend in LA [9-24-2021 to 9-26-2021]

Natural History Museum dinosaur exhibit / Photo by: Christina Champlin

As Los Angeles finds a way out of the pandemic and restrictions gradually ease, we continue our bi-weekly roundups of fun tasks, mixing the occasional online / virtual event with an ever-increasing in-person listening. culinary experiences and ideas.

This weekend, September 24-26, features LA Haunted Hayride, Fourth Fridays at The Broad, The Other Art Fair, a Totally Valley Block Party, DinoFest at the Natural History Museum, LA Tequila Fest, and more.


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Friday / All weekend

1. Haunted Wagon Ride in Los Angeles -> After adapting to a drive-thru version last year, the Haunted Hayride is back in Griffith Park for 2021 with in-person activities based around a fictional town called Midnight Falls, circa 1985. In addition to the signature hayride, highlights for this event of the year include a Trick or Treat maze, the Midnight Mortuary Tour and the Dead End Diner. Starts this Friday September 24 and runs some evenings until October 31. General admission tickets cost $ 39.99 (access to all attractions) and if you want to do the cart ride only, it will cost you $ 29.99. Get more information here.

2. The Other Art Fair -> The Other Art Fair Los Angeles returns to the Santa Monica Barker Hangar from September 23 to 26 with a showcase of 140 independent artists. General admission tickets for Friday and Sunday are $ 15. More info here.

3. A star is born in Pershing Square -> The Pershing Square Friday film screening series continues on September 24 with a screening of A star is born (2018). Admission is free and the event is open to everyone. Food will be available for purchase on site. More info here.

4. Great shows -> This Friday’s edition of Grand Performances doubles as a KCRW Summer Nights event. The evening kicks off with DJ sets by Anne Litt and Valida, followed by a performance by electronic music artist Madame Gandhi. To free. Outside. Operates from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. More info here.

5. A Colorado summer movie -> One Colorado in Old Pasadena is hosting an outdoor movie series in September with free admission, free popcorn, and plenty of drink and take-out options for purchase. This Friday the series continues with a screening Yesterday. The show starts at 8:30 pm Seats are allocated based on capacity and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Early arrival is strongly encouraged. More info here.

6. Dinner at the Alhambra -> Dine Alhambra Restaurant Week returns from this Friday with special offers in 15 selected restaurants in downtown Alhambra. Fixed price lunch and dinner menus range from $ 15 to $ 50. Operates from September 24 to October 1. More information here.

7. Fourth Friday at the Broad -> The Broad’s monthly Fourth Friday series ends September 24 with extended museum hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., special dance activation alongside exhibitions from selected galleries and music by DJ at the East Bank Plaza. No watch line available for this slice. Free tickets for entry to the museum must be reserved in advance. More info here.

8. Resonate -> Leela Dance Collective’s Sound is a 5-day celebration of Kathak dance showcased through educational workshops and free street performances at locations in Los Angeles County. Workshops are just $ 10 and the first public performance is in Grand Park on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Performances continue over the weekends at venues in Woodland Hills, Santa Monica and Pasadena. Check out the full schedule of events here.

9. Hola México Film Festival -> The Hola México 2021 festival continues this week with screenings at REGAL DTLA until September 24, then ends with a final screening and party at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on September 25. Discover the complete program of films to be screened here.

10. Knott’s Scary Farm -> Orange County Theme Park’s massive Halloween makeover includes a full assortment of spooky rides, scare zones, mazes, themed food options, art and even a show puppet show uncensored. Open select dates now until October 31. GA tickets start at $ 50, and the Fright & Fast Line ticket (offering priority access to mazes and Fast Lane rides) is $ 109. More info here.

11. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal -> Universal Studios Hollywood is bringing back its annual terrorist attraction starting September 9. This year’s attraction will include the return of the “Terror Tram”, featuring “The Ultimate Purge”, as well as a maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. GA tickets vary between 69 $ and $ 99, depending on date of attendance More info here.


12. Easy mornings in Grand Park -> Every Saturday in September, Grand Park will host special morning events featuring family-friendly activities, including art workshops, wellness and dance workshops, public art and live DJ entertainment. Free to attend. No RSVP required. Runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday. More info here.

13. Free day of the FIDM fashion club -> This Saturday, FIDM is organizing a special event for high school and college students on their downtown campus. Participants can attend a fashion styling workshop, interact with DIY stations, and model their designs on the catwalk. Free to attend. More info here.

14. The Do-Over with great performances -> The final event of GP’s summer program includes a celebration of the 15th anniversary of party provider The Do-Over. Featured artists include The Beat Junkies, Four Color Zack, DJ Rhettmatic, Gas Lamp Killer, Natasha Diggs, DJ Nu-Mark and Quantic. Operates from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. To free. Outside. More info here.

15. New exhibitions at the CHG -> Corey Helford Gallery opens two new exhibitions this Saturday: Monochrome, apples and animals, by Japanese oil painter Mayuka Yamamoto in the main gallery, with Adrian Cox Dreamland in Gallery 2. The CHG’s visiting hours are from noon to 6 pm, Thursday to Sunday. More info here.


16. 2021 LA Tequila Fest -> Over 50 premium tequila and mezcal brands showcase their flavors to their tastes at LA State Historic Park this Saturday. In addition to samples, expect food trucks, DJ sets, and lawn games. GA tickets cost $ 65, which allows you to try 15 samples. More info here.

17. Totally Valley Block Party -> On Saturday, Westfield Fashion Square hosts a Totally Valley Block Party with more than ten food trucks, five valley breweries, outdoor games and freebies, all to a DJ soundtrack. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free admission. More info here.

18. Imagine the West in music -> This Saturday, The Autry in Griffith Park will host a free hour-long performance by singer-songwriter Raye Zaragoza. More info here.

19. Asphalt comedy -> Asphalt Comedy spotlights emerging comics on a pop-up outdoor stage along Melrose Ave. This Saturday’s lineup includes Daphnique Springs, James Davis, Justin Martindale, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Audrey Stewart, Justine Marino and Jodi Miller. General admission tickets cost $ 30 and can be purchased here.


20. DinoFest LA -> The 10th anniversaryYes edition of the DinoFest of the Natural History Museum offers meetings with world-renowned paleontologists from the Museum’s Dinosaur Institute, screenings of 3D Antarctic Dinosaurs, fossil demonstrations, hands-on activities and discussion sessions. If you want to learn more about dinosaurs, this event is for you! Tickets cost $ 15 for entry to the museum. More info here.

21. Americana in the park -> Every Sunday from September 19 to October 10, the city of Santa Monica will team up with the McCabe Guitar Store to present a special concert series in Gandara Park that explores the roots of American music. This Sunday, the series opens with a performance by the California Feetwarmers, who specialize in jazz in New Orleans, to tunes from the 1920s and 1930s. The event runs from 3pm to 6pm. Free and open to the public. More info here.

22. Autumn in the garden -> Arlington Garden, the only free public garden space in Pasadena, is celebrating its 16th anniversary with a fundraising night this Sunday. Musical performances will be provided by Mia Doi Todd and the jazz band Katalyst. A $ 75 ticket includes light bites of Sqirl and wine provided by Wenzlau Vineyard. All proceeds from ticket sales are used to support the garden. More info here.

23. The Lion of Rio Sound Machine -> This Sunday at WeHo, multidisciplinary Brazilian-American artist Leopold Nunan will present an extravagant two-hour dance music performance in West Hollywood Park, courtesy of the WeHo Artist Performance Grant. The interactive pop-up will feature carnival parade costumes, dancers, live drumming, capoeira acrobats, drag queens and a DJ soundtrack. Free entry. Departure at 6.30 p.m. More info here


To eat

24. Chestnuts Hisaya Kyoto -> Hisaya Kyoto Chestnuts is the first American branch of the Japanese chain, specializing in chestnut-based desserts. Popular items include Fuji Mountain, a chewy dessert topped with matcha and candied chestnuts, chestnut-flavored boba drinks, and baked Japanese donuts with chunks of chestnuts. The menu is quite extensive, including a Mont Blanc cheesecake, cookies, donuts and tiramisu, all with, you guessed it, chestnuts.

25. New menu item at Sushi Note -> Sherman Oak’s popular wine and sushi bar, Sushi Note, will be offering a special Biscotti flight ($ 11) only available this weekend (Friday through Sunday.) Created by Chef Saito and Chef Aguilar, the flight includes four bites of crispy rice and topped with lemon Ora King salmon, avocado and crispy leeks; and homemade Gravlax with crème fraîche and a pickled wasabi sprig.

26. Sightglass reopens the café -> Sightglass in Hollywood will reopen its café this Friday with a new menu from chef Jillian Bartolome. The sprawling space includes a marketplace with local vendors, a cafe, and coffee shop offering fresh pastries, homemade sourdough bagels, sandwiches, salads, and bowls.

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