SCENE: Upcoming events for the adventurous

Those looking to spice up the remaining days of September as well as the start of October can attend these events in Los Angeles. Most events are completely free of attendance with no tickets needed. Check out the official websites for more information.




Glendale Open Arts and Music Festival

  • September 16  
  • 2 – 10 p.m.
  • 216 N Brand Blvd Glendale, CA 91203

The 2nd Annual Open Arts and Music Festival will be held in Downtown Glendale on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 2-10 p.m. Admission is free for all ages. The event will be family friendly and will feature live vocals and art installations. Examples will include a zine workshop from 3:30 – 5 p.m. as well as a screen printing workshop that will be open all day. Parking can be found at The Glendale Galleria as well as The Americana at Brand. Food and drinks will be sold at the venue via food trucks, but other options are available in the surrounding Downtown Glendale.

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Surf City Surf Dog

  • September 23
  • 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • 100 Goldenwest Street Huntington Beach, CA 92648

The annual Surf City Surf Dog competition will be held at Huntington Dog Beach on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission is free for all ages, though parking may be hard to find without a valet. Dogs of all breeds and sizes will participate in single dog heats as well as tandem heats of dog/dog or dog/human. In this series of quick competitions, dogs compete to see who can stay on the surfboard for the longest time. Non-competing pets are also welcome to join on the beach with other dog lovers.

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  • September 17- October 22 (Sundays)
  • 1 – 6 p.m.
  • 833 W Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 90502

Voted as one of the Top Ten Oktoberfests in America by USA Today, the Oktoberfest in the Alpine Village in Torrance is back again this year. The fest runs from Sept. 10 to Oct. 22, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Those under 21 will be unable to attend on Friday and Saturday, but Sunday is reserved for all ages. For those wanting a break from festivities, the Alpine Village has a market, restaurant, and several shops to browse. Admission for Oktoberfest is free, but tickets can be booked in advance to bypass the entrance line.

Photo courtesy of alpinevillagecenter.com




Los Angeles Anime Film Festival

  • September 15-17
  • 6 p.m. – 12 p.m.
  • 800 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90015

Discover new anime films or rewatch favorites at the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival in Downtown Los Angeles. The festival will include more than 20 movies and feature question and answer panels with voice actors, directors and producers. The older, more popular films such as My Neighbor Totoro are $8 while newer, niche films are $12. Films are screened on different days and hours, so tickets will have to be bought accordingly. LA Live has its own parking, but it is costly at $5 for two hours and $10 for each additional 30 minutes.

Photo courtesy of la-aff.com


Compiled by Jamie Chen, Scene Editor

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