With September comes the simultaneous wind down of summer and ramping up of fall. Between catching final beach days and your first of many pumpkin spice lattes, Los Angeles is full of events, pop-ups, openings and more that both embrace the warmth of late summer and onsetting Halloween season. See everything L.A. has in store below.
Presented by Tunes Go Hard and the Anime Boys, The Federal in North Hollywood will play host to an anime night. Beginning at 7 p.m. for guests 21 and over, head in for a night of anime, music, tattoos and tarot readings. Tickets
On Sept. 20, The Virtue Project will hold the West Coast premiere of abortion rights doucmentary Battleground at The West Hollywood EDITION. After the film, director Cynthia Lowen and other special guests will partake in a discussion moderated by former Chief White House Correspondent for CNN Jessica Yellin. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by the screening at 6:30 p.m. RSVP
On Sept. 21, The Hollywood Roosevelt will relaunch Cinegrill Theater, which originally first opened in 1936 as a famed cabaret and nightclub for Hollywood elite like Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart. In its newest chapter, Cinegrill will present entertainment spanning cinema, burlesque, magic and comedy. Its inaugural show will feature a screening of Casablanca hosted by José Ignacio Cuenca and marks the first in a series of Classic Cinema Nights. Tickets
In honor of National Pepperoni Pizza Day, Napoli’s Pizza Kitchen in Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks will offer a free pepperoni pizza to walk-in guests from noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 20. Website
From Sept. 23 to 25, Angeleno foodies can enjoy a whole weekend of exclusive culinary experiences at Hollywood’s historic Paramount Pictures Studios. The three-day outdoor food and drink festival will feature tastings from more than 40 restaurants per session, live cooking demonstrations, DJs and more. Showcased restaurants include Tacos 1986, Lunasia Dim Sum House, Moo’s Craft BBQ, Jilada, Ditroit and The Brothers Sushi, among others. Tickets
One of Mexico City’s most dynamic cocktail bars is making its way to Los Angeles. Stopping at Bar Flores on Sept. 28 and Death & Co. on Sept. 29, the Rayo takeover will feature a curated selection of special cocktails that highlight the style and essence of Rayo’s vibrancy.
On Sept. 25 at 10:30 a.m., join Barsha Wine & Spirits Tasting Room in Manhattan Beach for a wine-themed vinyasa-based yoga session. Between poses, you’ll learn fun wine facts over the course of the hour-long class, which will be followed by a wine tasting. Attendees are invited to stay after for more wine and snacks and will receive 20% off glasses of wine and 10% off retail purchases. Tickets
Ahead of Fair Trade Month in October, Gasolina Cafe and Fair Trade LA are coming together for their first Artisan Night Market on Sept. 24 from 4 to 9 p.m. The evening will feature live flamenco music, complimentary tapas from Sandra Cordero’s Spanish kitchen and fair trade products for purchase, such as textiles from Oaxaca, Mexico and handmade jewelry from Hatian artisans. RSVP
On Sept. 21 at 6 p.m., Esters Wine Shop & Bar is hosting a guest chef for the first time in more than two years. Co-owner Kathryn Coker is inviting Little Fatty chef and owner David Kuo for an evening of fried chicken, caviar and champagne. He’ll be cooking up platters of his signature Taipei Hot Chicken with shiso green goddess dressing, sesame coleslaw and mini scallion buns with the option to add caviar. Meanwhile, the Ester’s team will be serving up glasses of one of Kathryn’s favorite champagnes, Bereche et Fils “Vielles Vignes” Brut Reserve NV. Only 50 platters are available on a first come, first served basis. Reservations
Calling all whiskey fans: have you ever imagined a tasting held across 12 floors? The sprawling spirit experience is going down on Sept. 28 at The Wayfarer and courtesy of the Garrison Brothers Distillery. For 21 and over visitors, the event takes place across the entire hotel. It starts at The Rooftop for a welcome cocktail, which will later be followed by a three-course dinner with whiskey pairings at Gaslighter Social Club and a nightcap at Lilly Rose. The evening will highlight Garrison Brothers’ small-batch and signature expressions. Tickets
On Sept. 29, you can devote your evening to getting a behind-the-scenes peek at the magic of Angelini Osteria. Beginning at 6 p.m., Gelson’s and chef Gino Angelini have teamed up for an online virtual cooking class. By the end, you’ll have delicious penne alla vodka and bocconcini di pollo for two. Be sure to RSVP by Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. to get your cooking kit on time.
Through September and while supplies last, Johnny Rockets is celebrating National Milkshake Month by pairing up with Santa Monica Brew Works to release a Strawberry Milkshake Porter and a Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake Porter. The limited batch beers are available at the Johnny Rockets Universal CityWalk and Santa Monica Brew Works’ Tasting Room/Beer Garden.
To celebrate the Cara Loves Karl Collection, Karl Lagerfeld has debuted a pop-up shop at The Grove that showcases its collaboration with actress and model Cara Delevigne. The collection features sustainable materials and inclusive designs, while the store uses digital interactive installations. Website
On Sept. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m., celebrate Italy’s rich culture of street delicacies and wine right in L.A. The longtime Italian restaurant will host a night of delicious food, music, libations and conversations in Angelini’s outdoor courtyard. Tickets
Making his West Coast shop debut, Southern designer Billy Reid has opened his first L.A. retail space at Platform in Culver City. The pop-up store carries the men’s collection and pieces from the brand’s recent collaboration with Gibson. 8840 Washington Boulevard 90232
On the heels of opening Boisson Brentwood, the non-alcoholic retailer has made its way to Studio City. Beginning Sept. 15, Angelenos are welcomed to browse non-alcoholic spirits in a judgment-free zone. 12330 Ventura Blvd 91604
Following a recent special show at The Echo and the release of their new single, catch the hometown punks on their two-night take over in Hollywood on Sept. 8 and 9. Tickets
Heritage Farm is celebrating its opening with a series of dinners in partnership with celebrated local chefs. To kick off the experience, they are welcoming Chef Takashashi of Kodo on Sept. 17 and Aaron Melendres of Uptown Provisions and Boomtown Brewery on Oct. 1. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and costs $125 per person. Reservations can be made by phone (562.343.1068) or over email.
Kohn Gallery will highlight emerging and historic artists at The Armory Show, Booth 28. Showcasing works that elucidate modes of representation, featured artists include Lita Albuquerque, Martha Alf, Wallace Berman, Sophia Narrett, Kate Barbee, Ilana Savdie, Nir Hod and Jinbin Chen, among others.
Throughout September, Los Feliz’s Messhall Kitchen is celebrating a decade of service. Since its opening, Messhall has offered the beloved Mess Burger, which will be available with fries for $10 from noon to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. What’s more, Messhall will host an anniversary party on Sept. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. with free BBQ plates, cocktail specials, games, music and more. Website
Opened Sept. 2, Tyra Banks takes over Santa Monica with ModelLand. The experience welcomes guests to be a model for a day and get guidance from posing professionals; find your light with state-of-the-art technology; master your angles and enjoy SMiZE Ice Cream. Visit Fridays through Sundays, 1 to 7 p.m. Reservations
High tea is always more fun with a little party. On Sept. 10 at 1 p.m., Velverie will team up with Casamigos for a three-course afternoon tea service with cocktail pairings that coalesce the Casamigos portfolio with Velverie’s signature loose tea leaf. Highlights include the Mezcal Match Cocktail, Early Grey Blanco, Chai Reposado, Smoked Salmon Blinis, Ricotta Lavender Fig Tea Sandwiches and Fig Chocolate Truffles. Reservations
Every Sunday in September at Gandara Park, the city of Santa Monica presents the second annual Americana in the park concert series from 4 to 7 p.m. Featuring family-friendly acts, the free series explores Americana from its roots to modern forms and showcases a diverse group of Southern California artists and styles. Learn more
On Sept. 10 from 1 to 5p.m., spend the day sparking connections and acquiring mental health resources with the Born This Way Foundation and Evenbrite. The free daytime festival welcomes Angelenos to a day of panels, dance, music, breathwork, poetry and more. RSVP
Celebrate Labor Day with the ultimate vegan ice cream experience. Filled with live music, Oliopop root beer floats, raffle prizes, a photo booth and vegan bites, you’ll have the chance to decide who makes the best vegan ice cream. The event features local vegan ice cream vendors like JD’s Vegan Ice Cream and Dream Pops to debate between. There will also be special boozy ice cream spritzes made by Cafe Gratitude. Tickets
On Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m., La Venta Inn concludes its Summer Sunset Social Series with a live painting demo by local artist Don Crocker. In partnership with the Palos Verdes Art Center, there will also be live action food stations from Made by Meg Catering. Tickets
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Marking her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, Pace will present the work of Brooklyn-based painter Kylie Manning beginning Sept. 17. Having witnessed the impacts of social, political and economic change, her work is informed by the atmospheres, latitudes and colors present in the various geographies of her childhood, including Alaska and Mexico. Learn more
Whether in downtown, El Segundo or the Arts District locations, Rooftop Cinema Club has a packed slate for September. Get ready for new blockbusters and old favorites like Hocus Pocus, Selena, Mamma Mia!, Elvis, Everything Everywhere All At Once, Princess Mononoke, Top Gun: Maverick and more. Tickets
As summer winds down, ROW DTLA is ramping up their event lineup. On Sept. 10, join them for the Pickwick Vintage Show featuring over 45 vendors or visit Sept. 11 with you best furry friend for Dog Days Camp and an afternoon of grooming, icy sweet chews, photo opps and special dog-friendly vendors. Then, on Sept. 17 childrenswear retailer OMAMImini will debut its “Light Always Wins” collection, which will be accompanied by a rooftop celebration with a movie screening, live music, drinks and bites, designer meet and greet, kid-friendly entertainment a limited edition Ukrainian post stample raffle and a number of efforts to raise funds for Ukraine. Also that weekend and through Sept. 19, Clare V.’s will be holding a sample sale. Finally, every Monday from noon to 3 p.m., you can stop in for a bite at one of the delicious food trucks. The September lineup has Pickles & Peas on 9/5, Poke to Go on 9/12, Bunz Burgers on 9/19, and Dina's Dumplings on 9/26.
On Sept. 17, Agua Caliente Casinos host The Como La Flor Band: The Ultimate Selena Experience at the Agave Caliente Terraza. Tickets
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Viceroy Santa Monica and Viceroy Los Cabos have teamed up for Playa to Playa, a collaborative tasting menu that takes guests on a journey down the coast of California to the tip of Baja California. Available at Viceroy Santa Monica’s Sugar Palm Fridays through Sundays, the menu will feature rotating courses from each chef that demonstrate a blend of their talents, while telling a story through flavors, ingredients and dishes important to the culture of their respective destinations. The experience includes seven courses: three by Chef Jason Francisco, three by Chef Carlos Teran and one dessert conceptualized by both. Reservations
Now through Nov. 13, witness The Groundlings Sunday Company and their newest sketch comedy show, Viva Las Sunday. Directed by Michael Churven, the show stars Christopher Matias Aguila, John David Williams, Luke Millington-Drake, David Crabb, Karli Moreno Kaiser, Kurt Quinn, Ashley Bell, Emily Blackwell, Anthony Guerino, Jason Kaye, Lindsey Mallard, Matthew Newman, Alyssa Scholl, and Tru Valentino. Tickets
Photography by: Courtesy The Hollywood Roosevelt