The Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

TarFest, Earth, Wind & Fire, and more
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Summer’s nearly in the rearview, but that doesn’t mean L.A.’s slowing down for the season. From R&B legends at the Hollywood Bowl to an art fest at the Tar Pits, here some of the best weekend events in Los Angeles.


Earth, Wind & Fire

September 13-14

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Your chance to finally dance to a live performance of “September” in September is here. The 50-year-old group of genre-bending titans joins the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and conductor Thomas Wilkins to close the season with a doubleheader, fireworks included.

Off the Hook Seafood Festival

September 14

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A bunch of local restaurants (and also Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.) are taking over the Santa Monica Pier for a celebration of all things seafood. Tickets get you tasting portions from Herringbone, the Albright, Margo’s, Enterprise Fish Co., and more than a dozen other restaurants, not to mention tunes from a tribute band called Driftwood Mac.

TarFest

September 14

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There will be tar at this annual art and music fest, but it definitely isn’t the pits. Against the iconic backdrop of the La Brea Tar Pits, KCRW hosts a day of DJs, art installations, live painting, food trucks, kids stuff, and more. Post up in the Lagunitas-sponsored open-air beer garden and cocktail lounge and take in the primordial ooze.

Stuck in Heaven at Leiminspace

September 14

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If you got stuck on stickers as a kid and never got unstuck, this sticker art show at Leiminspace in Chinatown will be a real treat. Check out (and buy) stickers made by 40 local artists, curated by animator and illustrator Kat Ball. Now all you need are a bunch of notebooks to decorate.

La Bohème

September 14-October 6

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L.A. Opera opens its season with Puccini’s seminal tragedy at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Those preferring to milk the nice weather while it lasts can opt for a free alfresco broadcast of the show September 28 at Santa Monica Pier or Torrance’s Columbia Regional Park.

All About Eve at Cinespia

September 14

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Bette Davis and Anne Baxter go head to head in this 1950 classic about a conniving woman and the actress she attaches herself to. It’s Cinespia’s last (non-sold-out) screening of the summer.

The Hundreds Family Style Food Festival

September 15

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Streetwear brand the Hundreds makes its first foray into the food fest world with this all-ages event at Television City Studios. The lineup, which is pretty sweet, includes beloved L.A. restaurants like Jon & Vinny’s, Petit Trois, Badmaash, Tacos 1986, Sweet Chick, and Cofax, plus a couple of NYC imports. Blondie Beach, Emo Nite, and more provide the soundtrack.


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