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Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour lights up downtown’s Staples Center this month.

From outdoor theater and music to foodie fests and more find the best Los Angeles things to do in September 2014 in our events roundup.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Persians by Aeschylus
Aug. 28-Sept. 27. See a classical Greek tragedy in the Getty Villa’s dramatic outdoor theater. New York-based SITI Company, one of America’s leading theater ensembles, returns to the Getty Villa to perform Persians, an emotional story of war, victory, and loss experienced by an imagined Persian court. In this sole surviving Greek tragedy about a historical event—the battle of Salamis in 480 B.C.—Aeschylus glorifies the Athenian victors but also humanizes the defeated Persians, emphasizing the universal impact of war on family and community. Previews: Aug. 28-30, $25; Thurs.-Sat. Sept. 4-27. 8 p.m. $36-$45. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300.

Los Angeles County Fair
Aug. 29-Sept. 28. Head to the outskirts of L.A. for a distinctly non-Angeleno experience. Cheer on a racing pig, learn about farming, take a spin on the Ferris wheel, watch a concert and dine on plenty of deep-fried food. 1101 West McKinley Ave., Fairplex, 909.623.3111.

Fiesta Hermosa
Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Check out one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the country at the 42nd annual “Fiesta Hermosa” in downtown Hermosa Beach. The event features more than 300 artisans including painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors and more, in addition to live music on two stages, kiddie carnival with pony rides and petting zoo, an international selection of food to eat, beer, wine and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Hermosa Beach.

Aug. 31-Sept. 28. Multiple award-winning playwright/director David Mamet tackles America’s most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with sexually assaulting a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.

Long Beach Funk Fest
Sept. 1. George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic headlines the sixth annual event. The funk icon will be joined on stage by the best funk artists available including Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Katdelic, The Meters Experience featuring Leo Nocentelli, Delta Nove, Brasil Baile Funk with Gisella, Sea Funk Brass Band, MC Rickey Vincent and more. Live art, dance and the Kid’s Zone of Funkativity will also be returning to the event. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.

Pier Pressure Labor Day Marina Del Rey Yacht Party
Sept. 1. Send summer out in style with three levels of fun on a Hornblower Yacht. The party features top EDM DJs, cabanas, bottle service and all the fun in the sun you can handle. $40+. 3-7:30 p.m. 13755 Fiji Way Marina del Rey, 323.604.6030. Tickets

Labor Day Clambake & Cookout at Whiskey Red’s
Sept. 1. Celebrate the end of summer with a seaside soiree on the largest waterfront patio in Marina del Rey. Dine on an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet piled high with clams, mussels, crab legs, shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, and more, including make your own s’mores, all to the tune of live bands and DJs. 1-8 p.m. $10 advance/$15 door no food; $45 advance/$50 door with food. 13813 Fiji Way Marina Del Rey. Tickets

Check out our full guide to Los Angeles Labor Day weekend events

Dunkin’ Donuts Santa Monica
Opens Sept. 2. SoCal locals and visitors can finally rejoice over their coffee and donuts as the first Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in Southern California opens its doors. Expect to indulge in all your favorite baked goods and coffee. Those who want to be among the first to jump in can line up for the 5 a.m. opening the first 100 people in line will receive a Dunkin’ Donuts tote bag filled with special items and the first person in line will be rewarded with free coffee for one year. Stop in throughout opening day to enjoy free passed samples, photo opportunities with beloved brand mascots, Cuppy and Sprinkles, and surprise giveaways throughout the day.  Angelenos will also have the opportunity to enjoy a special California-inspired donut on grand opening day only, while supplies last. 1132 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.

Spirited Thursdays Casa del Mar
Sept. 4-25. Spend your Thursdays sipping specialty cocktails, boutique wines and craft beer while chatting with spirit ambassadors, mixologists, vintners and more at Hotel Casa del Mar’s ocean-view lounge, Terrazza. For every drink ordered featuring that Thursday’s showcased spirit, Terrazza’s chef will send out a complimentary small plate. This months featured beverages include: Sept. 4: Ilegal Mezcal (small batch mezcal); Sept. 11: Art in the Age (unique liqueurs available in ginger, rhubarb, and sage, to name a few); Sept. 18: Tequila Ocho (single estate tequila); Sept 25: Chareau (California-crafted aloe liqueur). Thursdays 6-9 p.m. 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, 310.430.7144.

Twilight Concert Series
Sept. 4, 11. Annual summer concert series at the famed Santa Monica Pier featuring contemporary and classic bands. OK Go with Allah-Las and Charles Bradley with King James & the Special Men headline this month. 7–10 pm. Free. 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. 310.458.8901.

Sept. 4. In this night of comedy for a mature audience, five pitiful L.A. cops try to take down the city’s biggest crime syndicate, but end up hiring strippers, leaving their guns inside newspaper vending machines and arguing in a room full of middle schoolers instead. $5. 9:30 p.m. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., 323.908.8702.

Prohibition Ball
Sept. 6. Celebrate the Culver Hotel’s 90th anniversary with a Jazz Age bash featuring prohibition inspired handcrafted cocktails, imaginative dishes reminiscent of classic 1920’s fare, a Black Jack table, cigar rolling, and an array of magical entertainment like live swing and jazz bands, burlesque dancers and Munchkins mingling with the crowd (since the original Wizard of Oz Munchkins lived at the hotel during production of the movie). “The Prohibition Ball serves as our grand re-opening while showcasing a party that this City has not seen in a long time..” says General Manager Seth Horowitz. Your most dashing 1920s period attire is required. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $90.

Paleyfest Fall TV Previews
Sept. 6-15. Are you ready to get out of your summer TV watching slump and look forward to what will be the buzz on the flat screen this fall? At the 10th annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews you can get ultimate sneak-peek of the hottest new comedies and dramas premiering this fall season on ABC, CBS, the CW, FOX, and NBC, and participate in interactive panel conversations with the show’s casts and creative teams. The Festival will also feature two special programs, a Fall Season Premiere: MTV’s Faking It on Sept. 12 12 and a Fall Flashback: The Facts of Life 35th Anniversary Reunion on Sept. 15. The Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills.

Street Food Cinema
Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27. Outdoor summer film series hosts screenings every Saturday night at various locations across L.A. Features live music and food from the city’s top trucks. Highlights this month include Pineapple Express and Beetlejuice. See website for a full schedule. 5:30 pm. $6-$17. 323.254.5068.

Made in L.A.
Through-Sept. 7. Hometown art pride is at an all-time high at the Hammer Museum this summer with the biennial Made in L.A. exhibit. Opening June 15, the show provides a glimpse into the city’s artistic currents and offerings through the works of under-recognized artists. Organized by Hammer chief curator Connie Butler and independent curator Michael Ned Holte, Made in L.A. offers visitors the opportunity to explore the talents of 35 locally based artists through a series of thought-provoking paintings, sculptures, performances and video installations—including 11 commissioned pieces—on display throughout the UCLA-backed institution. Visitors are judges, too: The recipient of the $25,000 Public Recognition Award is determined by viewers’ votes. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000.

Marjorie Prime
Opening Sept. 10. Playwright Jordan Harrison’s innovative new drama deals with hard-hitting questions technology poses­—specifically, whether one should use it to simulate departed loved ones. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.

Walking With Dinosaurs
Sept. 11-14. Travel back in time at Staples Center as you watch impressively imposing and realistic animatronics. This updated production will showcase changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the likely feathering of some species. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown.

Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival
Sept. 12-14. Enjoy discounted Maine lobsters, live music from up-and-coming bands, tall ships, artisanal shopping, a pirate camp and more at this nautical food festival on the L.A. waterfront. $10, under 12 free. Ports O’Call Village, 1190 Nagoya Way, San Pedro, 310.798.7478.

The Bazaar Terrace Tasting Series
Sept. 12. Grab a seat on the terrace and enjoy luxe tapas and drink pairings every month. In September The Bazaar features a variety of Casamigos Tequila cocktails pairs with bites from chef Jose Andres like jicama-wrapped guacamole, avocado ceviche, goat cheese stuffed piquillo peppers and more. $45/pp. 465 S La Cienega Blvd., L.A. Tickets

Sept. 13. Enjoy an evening of delectable food from local chefs and food trucks, artisanal spirits curated by Silverlake wine and a celebration of art in all its forms, including live painting, performance artists, giant puppets and more. Live music will be preformed by musicians from “The Voice,” “American Idol,” and “The X Factor.” VIP preview from 5-7 p.m., includes a tastings from celebrity chef Kris Morningstar’s soon-to-open restaurant, Terrine. 7-11 p.m. $30, $100 VIP. LAMAG | Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.

Step and Repeat
Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4. MOCA returns to its performance arts roots with the multidisciplinary Step and Repeat at The Geffen Contemporary. Step and Repeat is a mash-up of new voices in performance art, music and sound art, comedy, and poetry from across the United States, with a special focus on the burgeoning performance communities in Los Angeles. 152 N Central Ave., downtown, 213.626.6222.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Sept. 13. Celebrate the traditional Chinese lunar festival with full moon viewings via telescopes from the Griffith Observatory, cultural workshops, storytelling and a mooncake tasting, plus live music and a craft beer garden. 5pm-midnight. Free. Chinatown Central Plaza, 943 N. Broadway, downtown, 213.680.0243.

La Traviata
Sept. 13, 17, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28. Nino Machaidze, one of LA Opera’s favorite leading ladies, returns as Violetta, with Arturo Chacón-Cruz as her handsome Alfredo in one of opera’s greatest romances, La Traviata. Plácido Domingo reprises in one of his newest signature roles, as a father determined to do the right thing. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211.

Nautica Malibu Triathlon
Sept. 13-14. Athletes, philanthropists and celebrities are among those who turn out to swim, run and bike at Zuma Beach, all to benefit the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Pediatric Cancer Research Program. 7–11:30 am. 30000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 818.707.8866.

Fireworks Finale: The Simpsons Take the Bowl
Sept. 12-14. Journey from the Springfield Bowl to the Hollywood Bowl for this unprecedented event, celebrating the longest running sitcom of all time. Hank Azaria hosts the evening where the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra accompanies your favorite scenes on the big screen with special guests like Nancy Cartwright, John Lovitz, Yeardley Smith, “Weird Al” Yankovic among others, and a fireworks finale. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.

Kiss Me, Kate
Opening Sept. 16. Wayne Brady lends his talents to this production of the classic musical, known for its iconic songs by Cole Porter. The play celebrates both Shakespeare and theater itself, and this retelling showcases the trailblazing African American actors of the early 20th century. $47-$125. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529.

Choir Boy
Opening Sept. 16. Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play deals with discrimination at a boys’ prep school, set against beautiful gospel harmonies. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.

The Trip to Bountiful
Opening Sept. 17. Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood star in this inspiring tale of an aging matriarch embarking on one last trip to her Texas hometown. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.

Katy Perry
Sept. 19-20. Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour lights up downtown’s Staples Center with glowing sets, neon costumes and, as one might expect from the “Firework” chanteuse, crowd-pleasing pyrotechnics. The larger-than-life spectacular befits the pop megastar (pictured above), who has sold millions of albums and generated a string of No. 1 Billboard hits since hitting it big with 2008’s “I Kissed a Girl,” including “Roar” and “Dark Horse,” from her latest album, Prism. Los Angeles audiences are in for two nights of soulful ballads, irresistible dance hits and girl-power anthems, kicked off by special guests Canadian indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown.

Sept. 20. Dozens of the nation’s most distinctive emerging artists, performers, and cultural innovators come together and showcase their talents and ideas at historic and notable venues along the Miracle Mile. Find live music, painting and poetry, a beer garden, gourmet food trucks and more entertainment all day long. 1–8 pm. Free. LaBrea Tar Pits Park 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout
Sept. 20. The L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout, a foodie tradition hosted by Chef Suzanne Goin, business partner Caroline Styne (Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern) along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat), offers an afternoon of  of fantastic fare, cocktails for a cause, children’s activities, silent and live auctions, and much more. Taste food from returning chefs like Michael Voltaggio, Zach Pollack, Mary Sue Milliken, as well as new participating chefs  Roy Choi, Tom Colicchio, Scott Conant, Michael Fiorelli, Benjamin Ford, among others. Leading mixologists and vintners from around the nation will be in attendance for samples of their cocktails and fine wines. Mixologists include the artistry of Eric Alperin, Neal Bodenheimer, Aidan Demarest, Greg Lindgren, Christiaan Rollich, Marcos Tello, and Mari Tuttle. The event supports the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) in their quest to find better treatments and ultimately cures for all kids with cancer. $195, $1,200 premier ticket level that includes a behind the scenes tour of the venue, an opportunity to  meet the chefs and watch as they prepare their dishes, as well as an exclusive pass to the private Chefs Dinner the evening before, on Friday, September 19. Noon-4 p.m. Wilson Plaza at UCLA, L.A.

Sunset Strip Music Festival
Sept. 20-21. Alt-rock takes over the famed Strip during this sixth annual street festival. Once inside, catch bands playing in the street, or duck inside one of Sunset’s venues for a free show. Jane’s Addiction, Empire of the Sun and Cold War Kids headline. 2 pm. $75-$125. 9000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.659.7368.

Bobby McFerrin
Sept. 20. Multitalented musician Bobby McFerrin opens The Broad Stage’s 2014-2015 season this month. The sunny singer and 10-time Grammy winner arrives at the Santa Monica cultural hot spot in support of his latest album, last year’s Spirityouall. Forget your troubles as you take in the infectious sounds of McFerrin’s unique blend of jazz, rock and blues-inspired spirituals. 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, 310.434.3200.

Abbot Kinney Festival
Sept. 28. This neighborhood festival spotlights the eclectic offerings along the boulevard. Find shopping, dining, beer gardens, art galleries, live music and more. 10 am-6 pm. Free. Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, 310.310.0982.

Jersey Boys
Opening Sept. 30. The award-winning musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons makes a stop in L.A., bringing hit songs like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and more. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.

Shakespeare at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
Through Oct. 24. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum celebrates the Bard’s 450th Birthday with an All-Shakespeare Season under the stars. The five-play repertory season weaves together summer performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing and Bill Cain’s Equivocation. 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga Canyon, 310.455.3723.