14 Things You Absolutely Have To Do In LA This September


Just because summer is almost officially over doesn't mean summer is almost ACTUALLY over -- 'cause, you know, it's LA, and we've got outdoor things to do at least through January. So enjoy Summer Part II, starting with these 14 things. 




Heal the Bay Clambake

When: September 1

Where: Whiskey Red's

When you buy tickets to this all-you-can-eat, end-of-Labor-Day-weekend extravaganza, you'll feel good about yourself for three reasons: 1) you'll have helped heal the Bay (some of the ticket proceeds go there), 2) you'll have eaten a crap-load of clams, and 3) you'll have rocked out to two great LA cover bands.

OkStupid, A Burlesque Tribute to Dating

When: September 2

Where: Rockwell Table & Stage

Not only does this almost-nude-apalooza have the best name of any burlesque show to come across our desk this month, it's an ALMOST-NUDE-APALOOZA with actually lovely ladies and stand-up comics.

Huntington Beach Food, Art, & Music Festival

When: September 5-7

Where: 21601 Pacific Coast Highway

Head South-ish for this all-weekend fest, which boasts one of the oddest musical lineups of all time (Jefferson Starship! The dude from Blues Traveler collabing with... Sheila E.!??!) and one of the most awesome food lineups of the month: award-winning BBQ directly from the BBQ Championships in Reno.


Three Day Rule takes over The Grove

When: September 10, 17 & 24

Where: The Grove

The dating/hanging out/just throwing cool events website Three Day Rule's doing three open-bar, food crawl-included events at The Grove (which also include DJs), and all three of them have 10 FREE tickets set aside for Thrillist readers. To possibly get in on a pair of those, just email groversvp@threedayrule.com and, uh, tell 'em who sent 'cha.

Craft Beer Weekend

When: September 12-14

Where: Ace Hotel, Palm Springs

'Cause it just isn't hot enough in LA, hit PS the weekend of the 12th for some crisp, cold, craft brew. 20+ brewers will be doing a beer tasting menu on Friday and an all-day swim party/BBQ/beer-swilling shindig on Saturday, with tastes from Modern Times, Ska Brewing Co, and more.

Lobster Festival

When: September 12-14

Where: Port of San Pedro

One of the best food fests of the season, this three-day, all-things-crustacean (and some things pirate-y) festival also has a stage with curated music from the dude who used to run Indie103.1... which means the bands you see here will likely be bands that'll be playing at Coachella in two years.

Mad Decent Block Party

When: September 13

Where: LA Center Studios

Don't let the humble name fool you: this party should be more than just decent, thanks to a headlining set from Diplo (!) and HQ oontz from Laidback Luke and STRFKR.


The World's Greatest Tribute Bands: Def Leppard


 September 16


Whisky A Go Go

The best show on AXS TV returns with another season of free tribute band shows at the Whiskey, including this if-you-squint-you'll-actually-think-it's-'84 ode to Def Leppard. We've got 150 free tickets for Thrillist readers, so just click the link above and pour some sugar on... someone.

Camp No Counselors

When: September 19-21

Where: Canyon Creek Summer Camp

You're not gonna believe this, but here it goes: this you're-gonna-have-so-much-fun weekend is basically summer camp for adults, with archery, talent shows, a color war... and an all-weekend open bar. Seriously. This is happening.

Black List Live!

When: September 20

Where: Montalban Theater

For many young screenwriters in Hollywood, getting on the Black List -- the list of the best screenplays of the year that haven't yet been optioned -- is a massive deal. Even bigger is having the organization that picks the Black List put on one of your screenplays as a live read with big-name actors (previous appearances have included stars of Mad Men and The Avengers). This performance -- of the 2008 comedy The Seekers of Perpetual Love-- is one in a series that continues through November.

US Sumo Open

When: September 20

Where: Cal State, Long Beach

On perhaps the opposite side of the spectrum from the Black List's readings, this is a same-day battle (if you want to do both -- and you should -- you can: this is from 1-4pm) pitting massive man against massive man, in what amounts to a very aggressive hug-off.

Sunset Strip Music Festival

When: September 20-21

Where: ... The Sunset Strip

This massive street fest has upped the ante this year, breaking out of its metal roots to embrace alt-rockers both old-school (Jane's Addiction) and new-school (Cold War Kids; Empire Of the Sun), plus a hip-hop stage curated by beloved underground rapper Murs. Oh, and you might wanna consider the VIP tickets, since they get you on a rooftop lounge with views of the fest and a cash bar.


LA Beer Week

When: September 20-28

Where: Alllllll over LA

This brew-rrific event is actually dozens and dozens (and dozens and dozens) of events everywhere from Pasadena to Santa Monica and beyond, all involving beer: tap takeovers, bar crawls, huge parties, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc. (is that enough? one more? etc.).

LA Podcast Festival

When: September 26-28

Where: Sofitel Hotel

This festival of people-talking-to-other-people-and-being-recorded is a great way to check out masters of the genre, including interview superstar Marc Maron and Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani (who'll be talking about The X-Files, like a boss).


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