FEST: Dino Fest
The Natural History Museum’s first ever dinosaur celebration is packed with everything from paleontology experts and rare fossils to the Velociraptor from Jurassic Park. In other words, there’s something amazing for dino geeks of all ages. More information (September 24–25, Natural History Museum).
EXPLORE: Pokemon Go DTLA
Dress up in your best Ash Ketchum gear and traverse a Main St. stacked with Lure Modules at this massive community event. Don’t forget to read up on all our Pokemon Go hacks beforehand. More information (September 23, Pershing Square).
NIGHTLIFE: Sleepless, The Music Center After Hours
Stargaze, play classic video games and watch large-scale video projections to a live music soundtrack that ranges from ‘80s electropop to classical fare. With cocktails and snacks on hand, you’ll be tempted to stay until the night ends at 3 a.m. More information (September 23, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion).
DANCE: Soft Leather
The international dance party touches down in L.A. for a night of “pansexual dress-to-sweat” dancing. Start prepping your outfit now. More information (September 23, The LASH).
DRINK: Los Angeles Moon Festival Cocktail Feast
Celebrate China’s traditional Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with a night of Asian-inspired cocktails at DTLA’s gorgeous Alexandria Ballrooms. Bartenders from L.A. faves like Lock & Key and The Cannibal provide sips, and the snack menu is full of decadent ice cream donut sandwiches. More information (September 23, Alexandria Ballrooms).
MUSIC: The Broad Summer Happenings
The Broad brings a night of high-octane electronica, as musicians Julianna Barwick and SOPHIE provide a soundtrack to multimedia art from Vessel and Charles Atlas. More information (September 24, The Broad).
BOOKS: Little Tokyo Book Festival
Catch author panels and book signings at this inaugural celebration of Japanese literature. Pick up a few tomes and stock your bedside table with books from a variety of English and Japanese publishers. More information (September 24, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center).
NIGHTLIFE: Old School Hip Hop Night
Get down and get nostalgic with a night celebrating hip-hop’s golden era. Legendary San Francisco DJ Dave Paul will be on hand spinning all the best hits—up until ’99, that is. More information (September 24, The Resident).
SHOP: September Series Curated Designer Marketplace
Contemporary living pop-up Show + Tell hosts this one-day showcase of L.A.’s art and design community. One-of-a-kind ceramics and clothes make an ideal spot to shop for a gift, but it’s also worth visiting for the live music, art installation, and tarot card readings. More information (September 24, Show + Tell).
FEST: 35th Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival and Jazz Festival
Participate in a traditional Yoruba ground blessing then watch a performance from drum group Le Ballet Dembaya at this long-running community event. Sunday brings a quality lineup of genre-spanning jazz performances. More information (September 24–25, Watts Tower Arts Center).
Shakespeare’s classic thriller gets a makeover in this adaptation from Tony award-winner director Darko Tresnjak. Plácido Domingo takes on the titular role, and Verdi’s classically dramatic score. More information (September 25, LA Opera).
FEST: Angel City Brewery Oktoberfest
Ease the official end of summer with a time honored tradition—day drinking! Snack on food from Seoul Sausage Company and Salt & Straw while drinking pints of Angel City Brewery’s Märzen style lager and competing in contests. We’ll see you at the yodeling and Stein hoisting competitions. More information (September 25, Angel City Brewery).
WTF: The Jails of Old Los Angeles Walking Tour
Explore L.A.’s criminal past with this guided stroll down Broadway. History buffs will be happy to know this tour of criminal and civil history is lead by social historians from the Los Angeles Visionaries Association. More information (September 25, Grand Central Market).
SPORTS: Dodger Fan Appreciation Day
Ready for some nostalgia? Fan appreciation day is also Vin Scully’s last day as a Dodgers announcer. Get ready to soak up that iconic voice while the Dodgers take on the Colorado Rockies. More information (September 25, Dodger Stadium).