We may have been bemoaning the end of summer but with these worthwhile events, we are now saying, “Hello September!” From Harry at the Hollywood Bowl, racing rubber duckies in Pasadena to creating your own jewelry inspired by ancient Palmyra, this weekend is off the cultural hook. Check out the rest of the list below including an early start to Halloween at Disneyland. Boo-ya!

photo: Michelle E. via Yelp 

Los Angeles

Harry Connick Jr. 300th Birthday Celebration of New Orleans
A Big Easy bash with Harry Connick Jr.! The beloved singer, bandleader, and actor will pay tribute to his hometown on its 300th birthday and close out our season in style with fireworks on a NOLA-themed night. The powerhouse brass of Bonerama — with special guest singer/songwriter Erica Falls — kickstarts the party. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

DTLA Moonlight Walking Tour
A nighttime twist on the Modern Skyline walking tour, Modern by Moonlight explores the skyscrapers and plazas of Bunker Hill in the soft glow of twilight. By day, the glass and steel towers of the business district exude corporate power. Yet by night, glowing windows, evocative lighting, and reflective skins transform these Modern monoliths into a beautiful and mysterious landscape. This special walking tour takes an evening stroll among the architecture, public art, and plazas of downtown’s Bunker Hill area. It ends at the Bona Vista Lounge at the top of the futuristic Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, for no-host cocktails, dining, and spectacular nighttime views (subject to availability). Fri. Event details.

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Kimbap and the Koreas
In this participatory artwork, Juried Exhibition 2018 artist Hannah Varamini invites you to collaboratively assemble rolls of Kimbap, a quintessential Korean food. The workshop will explore the histories that this food symbolizes and reflect on the question of what it means to own and ingest both history and language. Please note seating is on a first come, first served basis. The programming is part of Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery’s Juried Exhibition 2018, a large-scale group exhibition introducing a new generation of LA artists. Fri. Event details.

Fantasies and Fairy Tales
The exhibition Fantasies and Fairy Tales will explore the role of fantasy and the recurrence of popular fairy tales, myths, and legends in the graphic arts in the years around 1900. Some works in this exhibition evoke a sense of terror and dread, while others offer a romantic vision of an invented or idealized past or focus on the enchantment of the world around us. In all these works, artists present a particular way of seeing that exceeds naturalistic representation. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Westside

Helena Ku Rhee & Colleen Kong
Join author Helena Ku Rhee and illustrator Colleen Kong-Savage for a fun (and free!) chat about their debut picture book, The Turtle Ship, a story loosely based on the life of Korean hero Admiral Yi Sun-Sin of the 16th century Joseon dynasty. In the story, a young boy Sun-sin is inspired by his pet turtle to design one of the greatest battleships in history. Featuring a dynamic, folktale-like story and rich paper-collage illustrations that will transport you to another era, The Turtle Ship is a fascinating read for the entire family and will inspire you to dream big. Sat. Event details.

Ancient Accessories
Portraits from ancient Palmyra show people accessorizing with beautiful and ornate jewelry. Elaborate bracelets, earrings, and headpieces paired with intricately patterned clothing tell us that these ancient people had serious style. Explore the exhibition with your family, and make your own unique piece of jewelry to take home. Sat. Event details.

Pasadena

10th Annual Rubber Ducky Races
Join Kidspace for its wackiest and quackiest event of the year at our annual Rubber Ducky Races, where you can decorate and race rubber ducks down the Interpretive Arroyo stream! Race your duck, cheer on your friends, and explore the Hawk’s Nest. Races will run every half hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ducks will be available for purchase in the Busy Bee Learning Store, no outside ducks will be used to ensure that all races are fair with the same shape and weight of each rubber duck. Race participation will be first-come, first serve, with 20 children per race. Guests will be able to play in the Arroyo between races. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort
Eerie encounters and fiendish fun await guests at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park as favorite experiences are transformed into dreadful delights. With seasonal attraction overlays, Halloween-themed décor and food and beverage offerings, plus encounters with dastardly Disney villains, happy haunts will materialize around every corner. New this year is the popular character Vampirina, from the Disney Channel and Disney Junior hit series for kids and families, “Vampirina.” Also known as “Vee,” Vampirina arrives at Disneyland Resort for the first time ever, just in time for the Halloween season. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Vampirina at Disney California Adventure Park starting September 7. She will also make a special appearance during the “Frightfully Fun Parade” at Mickey’s Halloween Party. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Designing for Disaster at Descanso Gardens
Explore the ways home gardens and public spaces can help reduce the risk of fires, floods and other natural disasters. The seminar will be comprised of two sessions, which can be taken together or as individual classes. Advance registration required. Please note: To attend both sessions, please reserve your spot in each class under “Reserve Tickets.” Sat. Event details.

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—Andie Huber

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