Just because summer is almost officially over doesn’t mean summer is actually over — ’cause, you know, it’s Los Angeles, and we’ve got outdoor things to do at least through January.
Lobster Festival September 12-14. 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.
Nautica Malibu Triathlon September 13- 14. Malibu.Watch participants swim, bike and run their way along Zuma Beach and the PCH at Saturday’s International Distance Race and Sunday’s slightly shorter Classic Distance.
US Sumo Open September 20. Cal State, Long Beach. This is a battle pitting massive man against massive man, in what amounts to a very aggressive hug-off.
LA Beer Week September 20-28. All over LA. This brew-rrific event is actually dozens and dozens of events everywhere from Pasadena to Santa Monica and beyond, all involving beer: tap takeovers, bar crawls, huge parties, etc.
LA County Fair thru September 28. Fairplex. LA has changed immeasurably since 1921, when this event was first staged as an agricultural fair. However, the perennially popular event still has farm-friendly appeal alongside the more modern acrobats, wine tastings, exhibitions and concerts.
LA Podcast Festival September 26-28. 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.
Banana Festival September 27. Ventura and Vicinity. Go bananas at the Banana Festival: banana foods, bands, farmers market, arts and crafts marketplace, activities for kids and a recipe contest (with a banana trophy!)
LA Kings Home Opener October 8, 7 PM. The LA hockey team plays against the San Jose Sharks in their home opener. Enjoy the hockey season and cheer for the Kings!
Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic October 11. Will Rogers State Historic Park. Put on your wide-brimmed hats and Sunday best for this annual polo match!
AIDS Walk Los Angeles October 12. West Hollywood. Hoof the 6.2 miles solo or grab a team and walk together to raise money for AIDS research and awareness.
Disneyland Halloween Time September 13-October 31. Disneyland, Anaheim. Little ghouls and goblins can celebrate Disney’s Halloween Time at the “happiest place on earth” when Disneyland adds an autumn and Halloween theme to both Disneyland Resort parks.
Outdoor Ice Skating All over LA. Each ice rink has its own schedule, some starting as early as the beginning of November and running through February. The technology to keep ice frozen even in 80-degree weather has spawned an outbreak of outdoor ice skating rinks around the Los Angeles, creating pseudo-winter fun for the masses.
There may be a lack of fall foliage in LA, but there isn’t a lack for things to do. Check out all the fun and share other events in the comments!