(credit: Jim Donnelly)

(credit: Jim Donnelly)


The last week of summer has arrived and whether you are elated or disappointed, make the most of the outdoor options coming your way including a two-day outdoor music festival, movie screenings under the stars, and an outdoor fiesta to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. If you do want to stay indoors, consider hitting up a brand new restaurant for dinner, taking the kids to a rockin’ Disney show, or seeing a theater production on one of LA’s best stages.

(credit: Gadarene Swine)

(credit: Gadarene Swine)


Monday, September 15

Restaurant Opening: The Gadarene Swine
The Gadarene Swine
11266 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 508-5500
www.thegadareneswine.com

Brand new to the LA dining scene, Chef Phillip Frankland Lee’s The Gadarene Swine, located in Studio City, focuses exclusively on vegetables and is set in an adorable back cottage themed restaurant. While the entire menu is vegan, the hyper-modern approach and unique flavor combinations truly provides something for everyone, including a tempting tasting menu and full beer and wine menu.
Full tabled dinner service, as well as a Chef’s counter, are both available.

(credit: Latino Heritage LA)

(credit: Latino Heritage LA)


Tuesday, September 16

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-3231

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day on the steps of LA’s City Hall tonight. The city’s El Grito Mexican Independence Day Celebration will attract over 25,000 residents who will enjoy fabulous music, live entertainment, dancing, food, and beverages with a massive party that lasts until 2am! Don’t miss the Latinos in Hollywood Photo Exhibit taking place this month throughout Los Angeles including the LA Library, LAX Terminal 4, and many more locations.

(credit: Zach Dilgard & Mark Zibert)

(credit: Zach Dilgard & Mark Zibert)


Wednesday, September 17

“The Trip To Bountiful”
Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2772
www.centertheatregroup.org

Legendary actress Cicely Tyson will reprise her Tony Award winning role in “The Trip To Bountiful” on the Ahmanson Theatre stage beginning this week. The Pulitzer Prize winning play, written by Horton Foote, showcases an elderly widow returning to her hometown, Bountiful, Texas to restore her dignity. Co-starring known actors and celebrities Blair Underwood and Vanessa L. Williams, the stellar performances are matched by the exceptional and inspirational tale.

(credit: LA Theater Works)

(credit: LA Theater Works)


Thursday, September 18

“Under Milk Wood”
James Bridges Theater
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
235 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 827-0889
www.latw.org

LA Theatre Works is opening its 40th Anniversary Season with “Under Milk Wood,” by famed Welsh poet Dylan Thomas who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. The “play for voices” set in the little fishing village of Llareggub will include an all Welsh or Welsh-American cast including Kate Burton (Scandal), Laura Evans (BBC’s The Basil Brush Show), John Francis (Invasion Roswell), Jason Hughes (Midsomer Murders), Christopher Monger (director, The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain), and Matthew Rhys (The Americans). The audio will be recorded live in front of an audience.

(credit: Disney Live!)

(credit: Disney Live!)


Friday, September 19

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival
Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 308-6300
www.disneylive.com

Join in an evening of family-friendly song and dance with Mickey Mouse and his lovable pals. Songs from your favorite Disney films including Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story will be remixed to a variety of fun and upbeat rhythms including rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz, and country. The all-star Disney lineup includes more than 25 Disney characters who interact with guests in the theater throughout the show.

(credit: Melanie Breault)

(credit: Melanie Breault)


Saturday, September 20

Street Food Cinema
Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
www.streetfoodcinema.com

Spend your last night of summer with a summertime favorite: outdoor movies in the park. Enjoy the last night of Street Food Cinema with the classic film Alien, screened outdoors at Exposition Park. So Many Wizards will take to the stage before the show starts, and you can sample the delicious fare of California Taco Bear, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Farmer’s Belly, Foodism, Lets Roll It, Lobos Truck, White Rabbit, Perkup Coffee & Co., Waffles De Liege & more food trucks while you wait for the screening to begin.

Related: A Guide To Street Food Cinema

(credit: Jim Donnelly)

(credit: Jim Donnelly)


Sunday, September 21

Sunset Strip Music Festival
Sunset Boulevard and San Vicente
West Hollywood, CA 90069
www.SSMF.com

The two-day Sunset Strip Music Festival will take place on the streets of West Hollywood this weekend. The lineup is headlined by Jane’s Addiction and Empire of the Sun, with additional performances by Failure, Cold War Kids, ††† (Crosses), Minus the Bear, Mayer Hawthorne, Iration, Tove Lo, Big Freedia, Kaiser Chiefs, The Birds of Satan, Nightmare and the Cat, Beware of Darkness, and many more. Interactive experiences, food, beverages, and much more will round out the outdoor music experience. Single and two-day passes are available.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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