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Check Out the Best Los Angeles Things to do in September

The Broad

The Broad contains nearly 2,000 works of postwar and contemporary art and opens Sept. 20. Photo by Iwan Baan.

From twilight concerts and food festivals to the opening of The Broad and more; find the best Los Angeles things to do in our September 2015 events roundup.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Twilight Concert Series
Sept. 3, 10. Annual summer concert series at the Santa Monica Pier featuring contemporary up-and-comers and classic bands. Rebirth Brass Band and Tune-Yards headline this month. 7-10 pm. Free. 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.458.8901.

The Taste
Sept. 4-6. The Los Angeles Times’ annual food and wine fest offers a look at what’s hot in the city’s vibrant food and cocktail culture. Learn from key players in the L.A. dining scene at tastings and seminars like “Field to Fork” and “Flavors of L.A.”—co-hosted by famed Times food critic Jonathan Gold. Check website for schedule. $100-$175. Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave, L.A., 213.237.5000.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Sept. 4-6. The Hollywood Bowl adds to the growing repertoire of films it live-scores under the stars with Steven Spielberg’s 1982 sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Labor Day weekend sees the family-friendly flick about a young boy and his alien friend screened in HD in full while the L.A. Philharmonic provides live accompaniment, performing John Williams’ classic, uplifting and Academy Award-winning score. Take in the sounds—and keep an eye on the moon for possible bicycle sightings. 8 p.m. Sept. 4-5, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.

Los Angeles County Fair
Sept. 4-27. 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 a Ferris wheel, watch a concert by the likes of the Beach Boys or ZZ Top, and dine on plenty of deep-fried food. W noon-10 pm; Th noon-11 pm; F noon-midnight; Sa 10 am-midnight; Su 10 am-10 pm. $8-$20, under 6 free. 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, 909.623.3111.

Art Deco Festival at Queen Mary
Sept. 4-7. Cruise back in time to the Golden Age of Travel for a weekend aboard one of the greatest Maritime Monarchs in history. Drink, dine, dance, and discover the opulence of this by-gone era immersed among the largest collection of Art Deco in the world.  Partake in prohibition tastings, a bootlegger’s bash, double decker art tour, grand deco ball and more. Tickets start at $15. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0742.

Fiesta Hermosa
Sept. 5-7. 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.

Queen Mary Shoreline Jam
Sept. 5-6. The Queen Mary presents its annual Shoreline Jam music festival featuring top bands all day long like world-renowned reggae rockers, Pepper and rock, hip-hop, and reggae fusion band, The Dirty Heads. Noon-11:30 p.m. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.

Sept. 5-6, 11-12, 19. Cinespia’s screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, now in their 14th season, find crowds jostling for spots to watch cult flicks projected on a mausoleum wall. Also on hand are DJs and themed photo booths. Closing out the season this month are highlights like the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, Psycho and Carrie. Check website for full schedule. Gates 6:45 pm; movie 8:30 pm. $15. Parking $10-$15. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, 877.435.9849.

Street Food Cinema
Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26. Outdoor summer film series features screenings every Saturday night at various locations across L.A., as well as live music and food from the city’s top trucks. Highlights this month include The Outsiders, Fight Club and Ghostbusters. See website for a full schedule and times. $6-$20, under 5 free. 323.254.5068.

Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles
Opening Sept. 10. An ancient Greek tragedy gets an East L.A. spin from from MacArthur Fellow and critically acclaimed author of Electricidad and Oedipus el Rey, Luis Alfaro. See it under the stars in the Getty Villa’s outdoor theater. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade
Sept. 12. More than 50 top chefs—including Roy Choi and Giada De Laurentiis—and mixologists serve signature menu items for a good cause at this beloved philanthropic culinary event that helps fund the fight against childhood cancer. Noon–4 pm. $195. Royce Quad, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., L.A., 610.649.3034.

Frank Gehry
Sept. 13-March 20. Perhaps the most renowned architect of our time, Frank Gehry is the deserving subject of a new retrospective at LACMA. Opening Sept. 13, the exhibition explores the urbanist’s prolific career, reaching from the 1960s to the present. The Canadian-born but L.A.-based architect (he graduated from USC’s School of Architecture) is best known for his mind-bending, fluid designs. The luminary is most famously the mastermind behind such structures as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Los Angeles’ own Binoculars Building in Venice; and the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, which represented a cultural renaissance for downtown L.A. upon its 2003 opening. Head to the museum to see over 200 of Gehry’s drawings (many never before shown in public) and 65 models that provide an intimate look at both the evolution of the legend’s thinking and his innovation in digital design. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000.

Matthew Barney: River of Fundament
Opens Sept. 13. MOCA’s Matthew Barney: River of Fundament combines film, drawings, photographs and sculpture (14 if them weighing up to 25 tons)—and counts Norman Mailer as an influence. MOCA’s presentation of the exhibition will include new works made since the film’s premiere, which exemplify Barney’s continued exploration of its themes. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N Central Ave., downtown, 213.626.6222.

Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs
Sept. 18-Jan. 18.
Get a rare, up-close look at a selection of over 20 mummies, many of which have never been on public display, originating from ancient Egypt and Peru, and from many historic ages and backgrounds. 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.3466.

Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox
Sept. 19-20. Athletes, philanthropists and celebrities (the likes of Teri Hatcher, Jon Cryer and James Marsden have participated in recent years) are among the more than 5,000 people who turn out to swim, bike and run at Zuma Beach, all to benefit the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Pediatric Cancer Research Program. 7 am. Participant registration $210-$340. 30000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 818.707.8866.

Sound of Music Ahmanson
Sept. 2o-Oct. 31.
Launching a North American tour at the Ahmanson, three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien will direct a new production of the beloved musical. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.

Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival
Sept. 25-27. Enjoy discounted Maine lobsters, live music, stilt walkers, tall ships, an interactive exhibit from the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, shopping and more at this world-record-winning food festival on the waterfront. F 5-11 pm; Sa 11 am-11 pm; Su 11 am-7 pm. $10, under 12 free. Ports O’ Call Village, 77 Berth, San Pedro, 310.798.7478.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Sept. 26. Celebrate the 77th traditional Chinese lunar festival in Chinatown with a moon viewing, a cooking demo and storytelling, plus live music and a craft-beer garden. 5-11 pm. Free. Central Plaza & West Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, downtown, 213.680.0243.

Sept. 26. Enjoy live music, a biergarten, food trucks, kids’ activities and more at this fun cultural event in Hancock Park. 1–8 pm. Free. LaBrea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.

The Broad
Opens Sept. 20. This art museum built by philanthropists and longtime art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad contains nearly 2,000 works of postwar and contemporary art. A restaurant and a 24,000-square-foot public plaza are adjacent to the museum. Free. 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.232.6200.

Abbot Kinney Festival
Sept. 27. This festival—now in its 31st year—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,

Strand House Culinary Masters Series
Sept. 28. Dine on a five-course menu from guest Top Chef season 10 winner, Chef Kristen Kish, who has spent much of her career working in fine restaurants including Michelin-star Chef Guy Martin’s Sensing and Barbara Lynch’s Stir as Chef de Cuisine. Kish is also the co-host of the Travel Channel’s new series 36 Hours where she and fellow travel enthusiast Kyle Martino explore hot spots in cities around the world in just 36 hours The dinner menu will be paired with a selection of wines from Galerie Wines and winemaker Laura Diaz Muñoz will also be at the dinner introducing her distinctive offerings. $150/pp. 6:30 cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner. 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470.