Despite everyone getting back into their fall routine, it still very much feels like summer. This weekend in L.A. will host concerts, festivals that range from art to food, and if that doesn’t float your boat, you can get on one and explore an island we have right next door. When it comes to planning your weekend, you have a healthy roster of options.

Friday, September 8
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See The Dodgers Take On The Colorado Rockies
Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(866) 363-4377

Tonight, head to Chavez Ravine and see the Dodgers take on The Colorado Rockies in what is sure to be an exciting game! The Dodgers are riding a high right now and poised to make it to the playoffs, so make sure not to miss this divisional matchup. Grab a Dodger Dog, a beer, and root for the home team!

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MC Hammer In Concert
Staples Center
1111 S Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

It’s been nearly 30 years since MC Hammer changed the course of pop culture and released, “U Can’t Touch This.” Between the dance moves and those iconic pants, Hammer helped to define the 90s with his style and sound. This Friday night fans will get to relive the magic as Hammer returns to the stage at Staples Center no less. Headlining over contemporary acts like Keyshia Cole and Goapele, this show has generated an impressive amount of buzz that seems to exceed curiosity or nostalgia. One thing is for certain; there will be quite the spectacle on Friday night in Los Angeles.

Saturday, September 9
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Chalk Art Festival
Redondo Beach Pier
100 Fisherman’s Wharf
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 318-0631

Now celebrating its 16th year, the Chalk Art Festival essentially takes the historic Redondo Beach pier and transforms the entire space into a gigantic canvas. With artists of all levels converging on the pier, sections of the space are divided up casually and people are welcomed to get as creative as possible with the same medium, chalk. Focusing more on the interactive component by encouraging people to get their hands dirty, the festival even offers free chalk for the first few hundred attendees. Among the best places to enjoy some sun along the shore, now you can leave a little piece of art behind for everyone to see.

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Cruise to Catalina
320 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 778-8322

With ships leaving out of both San Pedro and Long Beach, the island of Catalina is just a short ride away. Ideal for a single day getaway or a full weekend of hiking, hitting the zipline, and enjoying the shops and restaurants of Avalon, this is another example of just how lucky Southern Californians are. Along with tours of the island, the Catalina Island Ocean Runner gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the sea life that surrounds the island. Home to relaxing spa options and charming seaside accommodations should you decide to make it a full weekend; Catalina is great retreat without having to go too far.

Sunday, September 10
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Piñata Making Party
Craft & Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 937-4230

Marking the reopening of the gallery within the museum, the opening reception for the latest exhibit, “The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility” has a hands-on twist to help visitors celebrate. Guests will be able to make their own piñatas. Enlisting the help of LA’s very own Piñata Design Studio, attendees will get a thorough introduction on just how to create and assemble their very own work of paper Mache art. Reiterating the cultural influence that emerges from the communities associated with the borders, the piñata is a tangible, take-home that reinforces educating through experience. Plus, you get to fill it with candy.

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The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
Rainbow Lagoon Park
400 E. Shoreline Village Dr.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-3100

If you reduce the event down, the Long Beach Lobster Festival is an opportunity to enjoy fresh lobster while soaking in the sun on the gorgeous Rainbow Lagoon. However, the festival makes sure to cover all the bases. There are craft booths and even a petting zoo for the kids. Live entertainment will take to the stage for the entire weekend to ensure you can work off that lobster tail on the dance floor. There is even a karaoke stage for those that spend enough time in the beer garden. Considering all the amenities, it’s important to remember that the succulent lobster meal is still the star. The event runs all weekend long to ensure everyone gets his or her fill.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.

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