Hello September: Concerts, Festivals and More Happenings Around Venice This Month
Pumpkin spice everything is back in season and the promo aisle at CVS says it's time to start planning Halloween costumes: September has arrived. The usual late-summer heat means we won't feel sweater weather for some time still, but we can wait patiently because these upcoming events are best enjoyed when the sun lingers.
September 1 // Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Santa Monica Pier
It's the second to last concert of this summer's Twilight Series, and tonight is indie rock band Unknown Mortal Orchestra known for funky beats and cosmic melodies. Get amped for the show and watch UMO's video for "So Good At Being In Trouble," which was shot on the Venice Beach Boardwalk and features Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin!!) trying to save his friend from a hippie cult.
September 2 // First Friday
Your three-day weekend begins on First Friday. Get some Kogi tacos and Coolhaus ice cream at The Brig's food truck lot, and save the date for Abbot Kinney's biggest day of the year coming up at the end of the month.
September 3 // Artists & Fleas Venice
This Saturday (and every Saturday) the Venice outpost of Artists & Fleas takes over the yard at Westminster Elementary on Abbot Kinney with dozens of booths from local artists and vendors.
September 5 // Labor Day + Muscle Beach Championship
Watch bodybuilders compete for the ultimate title of Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach. A vintage swimsuit competition was added to the events this year too, and "Iron Guru" Vince Gironda will be inducted into the Muscle Beach Hall of Fame.
September 8 // Ohio Players @ Santa Monica Pier
Capping this summer's Twilight Concerts will be '70s funk legends the Ohio Players performing with Holy Ghost.
September 10 // Venice Wave Fest @ Venice Beach
A debut music festival on the beach that's free to attend and features emerging bands and DJs.
September 15 // Venice Art Crawl's Afterburn
For everyone coming back and coming down from Burning Man, the Venice Art Crawl is hosting the annual Afterburn for its final event of the year. This time it will relocate from Rose Ave. where it has been held the past two years to the Venice Beach Boardwalk for a special two-day event.
September 17 // Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally + Miss Venice Vintage Pinup Contest
The 9th annual play day for motorbike enthusiasts starts at the Stronghold with a group ride and continues through the day with good eats, live bands, a vintage Harley raffle, and the Miss Venice Vintage 2016 pinup contest.
September 17 // Grease Movie and Sing-A-Long @ Venice High
The classic doo-wop musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John returns to its alma matter where it was filmed in the summer of '77. Put on your poodle skirts and leather jackets and bring the family out for a movie night and sing-a-long.
September 18 // Jazz Brunch @ Lincoln Place
The signature fundraising event for Venice Community Housing takes place at Elkgrove Circle with live jazz and a silent auction.
September 24 // BAM Beer Art Music Festival
30 local breweries will be representing at the annual Beer Art and Music fest at Santa Monica's 18th Street Arts Center along with food trucks, live music performances and open art studios.
September 25 // 32nd Annual Abbot Kinney Festival
A mile-long stretch jam-packed with more than 300 arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment including five music stages, three beer gardens and two kids stages with rides and games.