Fall may be creeping in, but there’s still a ton of summer fun to be had.
While the days begin to oscillate between mild and boiling, outdoor pursuits still reign this month. September is the perfect time to make the most of the California weather and there’s no better way to do that than soaking up the sunshine with a gorgeous, new rooftop spot, and invigorating open-air activities. Get inspired by this list of things to do in September.
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Castaic Lake Swim Beach in Santa Clarita is one of the most stunning locations in LA County to catch a film outdoors and Drive In At The Park is bringing their beloved cinema series to the beach. Grab some chairs, blankets and snuggle in for a show with beer, wine and delicious snacks (including hot pizzas delivered to your seat will be available). Find out more here.
The iconic pig will be floating into Hollywood next month. Except, instead of packing into a stadium like sardines, fans will be taken on an audiovisual journey that transcends time and space. The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains brings the visionary universe of one of the most successful bands to life like never before.
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition showcases the awe and wonder of arguably one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements while allowing its visitors to experience this art from an up-close, life-sized, and never-before-seen perspective.Allow the artistic genius’s masterpieces to blossom around you, enfolding you in their brilliance. Get your tickets here.
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Bumble and Fever are joining forces in the City Guide Sweepstakes to give you a weekly chance to win an unforgettable LA date. From a luxury sailing trip or surf lesson to a picturesque wine tasting or immersive Tarantino night, these curated experiences are great for a first, second, third, or even 30th date. Don’t miss your chance to win a date night to remember.
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While it might not be cold outside, it’s almost (almost) that time of year again where we partake in our favorite festive traditions; we dust off the garish knitted sweaters, eat enough food to hibernate for a month and rewatch Richard Curtis’ classic Christmas film, Love Actually. Except, this year, we get to switch our couches for a giant, 3-dimensional cinematic world with live actors belting out songs from the iconic soundtrack. The award-winning For The Record series in partnership with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will be bringing the glorious [trackLink link_url="https://loveactuallyshow.com/?utm_campaign=102601"]Love Actually Live back to audiences for a limited run this winter.
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It’s September, which means it’s officially time to start conjuring up plans for the darkest and most beloved season of the year: Halloween. While haunted drive-throughs and glowing gourds saved our year in lockdown, this year’s lineup of events are set to be bigger and better than ever before. Here are the 3 we’re most excited for:
- Haunt O’ Ween: A 150,000-Square-Foot Halloween Playground With A Hollywood Twist
- LA’s House of Spirits: A Macabre Cocktail Soiree At A Historic Manor In Highland Park
- Freeform’s Halloween Road Walk-Thru At Heritage Square
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Take a colorful staircase down to this basement hidden beneath the historic Pershing Square Building—14 floors below the rooftop hotspot Perch (with the same owners)—and you’ll find the swanky dinnertime hangout, Mrs. Fish. Contrasted with Perch’s sweeping city views of the L.A. skyline, your gaze will be diverted to curated art from the hottest Tokyo galleries, an unparalleled selection of whisky, incredible food, and, of course, an impressive fish tank filled with marine life at the heart of it all. Find out more here.
L.A.’s legendary live comedy scene has been dormant for about a year now but it’s finally back with this Comedy On the Beach experience from the creators of the Venice Comedy Compound Ahmed Ahmed & Jason Rogers. It combines all of the things we love most about L.A. in one evening: an iconic beachfront setting, hilarious national headlining comedians and delicious offerings. Tickets sell out fast, so don’t wait. Book your spot here.
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Every inch of the space, from the walls and furniture to the packaging (yes, the macarons too), appears as though it has been drawn with a giant black marker on a flat white card. In this case, the giant hand wielding the marker is Southern California-based pop art illustrator Joshua Vides. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the pages of Archie, except with really good coffee. Find out more here.
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In Southern California, bookshops aren’t just about picking up a brilliant tale, they are a whole experience. Here are some of our favorite literary oases that make finding a book just as exciting as reading one.
The idyllic 29 Oaks Ranch is known for pairing delicious farm-style food and quality time with adorable farm animals. When it comes to creating irresistible experiences you didn’t know you needed, there is simply nothing that matches it. Here are 4 blissful outdoor experiences to do:
- Wine & Cheese with Goofy Goats at 29 Oaks Ranch
- Bubbly Mimosa Brunch with Goofy Baby Goats!
- Happy Hour & Tarot Reading With Friendly Farm Animals
- Whiskey Tasting with Wacky Goats at 29 Oaks Ranch
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Quentin Tarantino’s Cannes-winning Pulp Fiction cemented his place as one of the most influential auteurs in film history, generating an insatiable thirst for more outrageously violent blood splatterings and quotable scenes. The only thing better than rewatching his cult hits is experiencing this genre-bending postmodern extravaganza. And it debuts at L.A.’s iconic Bourbon Room on August 5. The first few weeks are almost completely sold, so don’t wait to book your tickets.
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There’s never a bad season for cocktail soirees on any of L.A.’s incredible rooftop spots. The view, innovative drinks, L.A. attitude and those killer sunsets are a winning combination. However, you can dedicate the last of the warmer weather with a visit to one of these fine newcomers. From the French Riviera-inspired Bar Lis in Hollywood to Mexico City’s Cha Cha Cha outpost Downtown, there’s an international spirit to the experience at these sky-high havens.
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While living in a thriving metropolitan area comes with endless perks—otherwise, we wouldn’t all be here, right?—now and again, we need to break away from the daily grind and escape to nature. There’s nothing quite as therapeutic as gathering your thoughts under the shade of towering trees and wandering through lush landscaping with pops of color and subtle tweets of birds to remind us we’re not the only residents. Find all 11 here.
As we slowly start to emerge from lockdown and with summer coming in hot, there’s no better time to venture out into the diverse geographical landscape of California. From the serene valleys, the rocky mountains, and steep cliffs, to the sandy beaches and expansive ocean, there is an endless world waiting to be explored. Of course, swimming and hiking are the go-to activities, but there are far more thrilling ways of discovering what L.A. has to offer while practicing the art of social distancing. Step outside your comfort zone and get your pulse racing again with one of these activities…
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Leaving the city can be daunting during these uncertain times, luckily there are plenty of local gems that are worth checking out at least once. If you’ve been to any of these spots already, then this may be the perfect time to become a tourist in your own city and rediscover these quirky little gems.
- This Quaint Little Lane Is A Taste Of Europe Hidden In The Heart Of DTLA
- This Mosaicked Venice Gem Is Open To Explore Every Saturday
- Take A Trip Back In Time To The Retro Replica Of The Original In-N-Out In Baldwin Park
A 5th-floor parking garage in Santa Monica has been turned into a cinematic playground with this Army of the Dead – Viva Las Vengeance: A VR Experience. Step into a cutting-edge, adrenaline-fueled world where Westfield Century City Rooftop becomes a dystopian quarantine zone, riddled with flesh-eating zombies. Your mission: Battle the undead, save the living.
The wildly popular Candlelight concerts have never ceased to captivate audiences across the globe. The series brings you talented musicians who perform live concerts in beautiful settings, all bathed in Candlelight. While the virtual performances during the lockdown were just as magical, the exclusive event is now taking over iconic indoor spaces for a unique evening:
- Candlelight Open Air: Songs from Magical Movie Soundtracks at JW Marriott Anaheim
- Candlelight: A Night at the Opera (A Tribute to Queen)
- Candlelight: A Vivaldi Celebration ft. The Four Seasons
- Candlelight: Favorite Anime Themes and Video Game Soundtracks
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SoCal is home to some breathtaking beachside scenery, but in the height of summer, you’re likely to see more bronzed bodies than sand. So, taking a little trek through incredible local landscapes to these little swimming havens might be a good alternative. Sure, they can get a little crowded, but if you time it right and go the distance, you’ll be rewarded with a refreshing pool to dip in. Find the full list here.
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The state has endless natural and manmade treasures to explore. From desert art to natural wonders, you’ll have the rest of the year packed with possibilities.
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While there’s nothing better than cooling off in the ocean, melting amongst droves of people makes it a little less appealing. So, taking a little drive and seeking out less popular beaches will be the only way to survive the heat during a pandemic. Whether you’re looking to surf, sunbathe, play beach volleyball or explore rocky coves, there’ll be something for you here.
Get your cultural fix at one of these world-class galleries and museums in L.A. You can marvel at masterpieces from around the world from various decades or take in poignant contemporary works from the voices of our time, and you can do it all for free every day of the week. Take a look at the full list here.
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