LA Weekend Events: Sept. 3-6

We made it through the summer, and for most of us, we’ve made it through the first week or two of school—let’s pat ourselves on the back! But before we can move into full-on fall mode, let’s enjoy this last little bit of summer thanks to the long, Labor Day weekend. Not only do we have our weekend picks below, but we’ve got a whole other list of things to do with the family on Labor Day for you to check out. Have a safe holiday everyone!

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Fiesta Hermosa
For 50 years, Fiesta has been filling Hermosa’s streets with art, music, and fun. Fiesta de las Artes, as it was originally named, celebrated artisan culture and welcomed visitors from all around to the beach to shop and enjoy the art. For more than a decade, Fiesta has been known as Southern California’s largest beachside arts and craft festival. But we in Hermosa like to think of Fiesta simply as a tradition. Sat.-Mon. Event details.

Read with Local Authors
Join us as we read our way through September! Every year, September is recognized as Literacy Month! Here at The Pretend City, we’re inviting local authors to expand our minds by reading and engaging with us in reading rich and high- quality literature! Reading helps lay the foundation for strong language and literacy competence, stimulates curiosity, develops a child’s ability to focus/concentrate and so much more! Fri.-Mon. Event details.

Pinatas: the High Art of Celebration
This show will explore how they are designed, constructed and executed, and the integral role that they play in modern material culture. It will simultaneously present the work of traditional piñata artisans and artists who reinvent and reinterpret the piñata through their engaging sculptural practices. Sat. Event details.

Brentwood Country Mart Movie Night
Last chance to see a movie at the BCM! Come see Monsters Inc. (with a Pixar short* to start!) Friday night at 6 p.m. in the South Courtyard at the Mart. Grab dinner, nibbles and sips to go for the show from your Mart favorites. Fri. Event details.

Pick Your Own Produce
It’s a short-ish (and so worth it) drive to Moorpark’s Underwood Farms, where the pick-you-own fields are open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri.-Mon. Event details.

Peek a Roo at the LA Zoo
Discover Peek-A-Roo – part-panda, part-kangaroo—this soft interactive plush features an animated pouch that magically reveals a mystery baby inside!  This exclusive 1,100 square foot exhibit at the LA Zoo is magical fun for the whole family! Fri.-Mon. Event details.

Butterfly Pavilion at NHM
Butterflies are taking flight at NHM! Get up close to beautiful butterflies in our new Butterfly Pavilion. This seasonal exhibit — located outside on the south side of the Museum — features more flight space, more resting spots, and more natural light. There will be hundreds of free-flying butterflies inside, and our awesome Gallery Interpreters who can explain why these animals are so special. All ages welcome! Fri.-Mon. Event details.

The Pink Floyd Exhibition
Their Mortal Remains is an audiovisual and music journey that spans over five decades of Pink Floyd’s iconic rock history. Guests will hear from the band members in their own words via an interactive audio guide that will provide a description and story to all that you are seeing. Fans will get to travel back in time and immerse themselves in a world created by Pink Floyd through the sounds of music and the voices of past and present members, Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and David Gilmour. After opening in London and touring Europe to rave reviews, this is the exhibition’s first time in America! Fri.-Mon. Event details.

Marina Del Rey Waterbus
For just $1 per ride, you can take the WaterBus to six stops in the Marina, including Burton Chace Park, Fisherman’s Village, and Marina “Mother’s” Beach. Bikes and strollers are allowed on board; pets are not allowed. Cash only. Fri.-Mon. Event details.

Go Apple Picking
If you are ready to say buh-bye to summer and kickstart fall, head to one of these favorite apple picking spots and say hello to fall’s favorite fruit. Fri.-Mon. Event details. 

Pre-Sale Tickets Available:

Academy of Motion Pictures Museum
Timed admission tickets to the Academy Museum are now on sale. Advance reservations must be made online. A ticket will be required to visit the Academy Museum’s exhibitions: Stories of CinemaHayao MiyazakiThe Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer CollectionBackdrop: An Invisible Art, and The Pixar Toy Story 3D ZoetropeThe Oscars® Experience requires a special ticket, as do programs and screenings. The public may also visit the Academy Museum Store and Fanny’s restaurant and café. Opening September 30, 2021! Event details.

Klimt: The Immersive Experience
Klimt: The Immersive Experience is a 20,000 square foot light and sound spectacular featuring two-story projections of the artist’s most compelling works. Encounter the brilliance of one of history’s greatest artists in 360 degrees.This is a 360º digital art exhibition that invites you to step into the world of the incomparable universe of Gustav Klimt, one the greatest artistic geniuses of the turn of the twentieth century. Event details.

Haunt O’ Ween Immersive Halloween Event
An Immersive family friendly playground of Halloween adventures and fun! For 31 days we welcome families to interact and engage with everything Halloween has to offer all in one place; pumpkin picking and carving, trick or treating, face painting, performances, games, food trucks and so much more! Tickets are on sale now and the event runs Oct. 1-31. Event details.

Carved at Descanso Gardens
For three weeks in October, thousands of carved pumpkins will line a 1-mile walk through the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove. Along with pumpkins, there will be exciting new oversized sculptures made of sticks and other natural materials. Pumpkin carving demonstrations, the ever-popular pumpkin house, a hay maze, and themed food & beverage will all help to create a fun harvest festival ambiance. Tickets for Carved will go on sale to members on Sept. 1, 2021 and the general public on Oct. 1, 2021. Event details.

—Andie Huber


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