75 Incredible Things To Do This September In L.A.

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75 Incredible Things To Do This September In L.A.

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.

1. Settle In For A Movie Under The Stars On A Boat

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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.

2. Journey To ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ With This Epic Pink Floyd Exhibition Coming To L.A.

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.

3. Experience The Sistine Chapel At This Incredible Multisensory Exhibition

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.

4. Enter For The Chance To Win An Exciting Date Experience From Bumble

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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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5. Book Your Tickets The Sensational This ‘Love Actually’ Live Spectacle 

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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.

6-8. Get Into The Spooky Spirit & Start Planning Your Halloween

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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:

9. Sip On Rare Whiskeys At This Hidden Subterranean Restaurant With 5,500-Gallon Aquarium

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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.

10. Laugh Out Loud On The Beach, Featuring The Country’s Headlining Comedians

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.

11. Step Into A Comic Book-Style World At This New 2D Coffee Shop 

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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.

12-14. Stock Up On Late Summer Reading At One Of These 3 Incredible Libraries

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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.

15-18. Enjoy A Gourmet Feast And Pet Therapy In The Santa Monica Mountains

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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:

19. Step Into Tarantino’s Cinematic World With This Electrifying Rock ’N’ Roll Revue In Hollywood

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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.

20-25. Take In The Views At One Of These 6 New Sky-High Hotspots

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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.

26-36. Explore One Of These 11 Hidden Gardens In L.A.

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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.

37-51. Explore The Great Outdoors With These 15 Activities That Don’t Involve Hiking

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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…

52-54. Visit These 3 Curious Local Gems

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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.

55. Battle The Undead To Save The Living At This Exhilarating ‘Army Of The Dead’ VR Experience

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.

56-59. Enjoy An Enchanting Candlelight Concert

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:

60-68. Cool Off Without Heading To The Beach At One Of These 9 Swimming Spots

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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.

69-73. Take A Trip To One Of These 5 Quirky Desert Art Town

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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.

74. Sunbathe At One Of These 13 Cliffside Havens

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.

75. Visit One (or all) Of These 11 Museums & Galleries For Free

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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