Stunning September Events -The Best Of Fall

We have been lucky to have a mild summer and fall is generally the most mild of our months. Event planners are well aware of this and strategically place some of the best Southern California events to happen in September.

There is a lot to choose from and should be something everyone can enjoy. Here is my cheatsheet for the best historic architecture events, food and wine festivals, music and more:


Sept 7th & Sept 14th / Centennial Square Pasadena City Hall

If you have not attended an Eat See Hear event yet, you have been missing out. A great way to please all the senses, it always centers around a classic movie in an outdoor setting for an evening screening. Come early to explore the curated Food Trucks, enjoy the band that starts at 6PM and then settling into your favorite low-slung beach chairs or picnic blanket for the flick. The September schedule includes a screening of the John Cusack cult classic Say Anything on Sept 7th and then Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory on Sept 14th.  Dogs are welcome. Tickets $14. LINK


The Moth Storytelling Live

Sept 11th & 17th / Mid-Wilshire & Silverlake

The Moth is a national network of live storytelling performances from average people (most often). Anyone can apply to tell their story and the result is amazing. The events and stories featured generally follow a theme. The Sept 11th show at Busby’s East (Wilshire / La Brea) will center around stories about neighborhoods and the September 17th show at Los Globos in Silverlake is all about tales centered around Cars. For an idea on the experience, check out The Moth podcast which highlights the best stories from their events. Tickets $15-25 LINK

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Historic Arden Road Neighborhood Walking Tour

Sept 14th 9am-11am / Arden Road Pasadena

There are over 40 landmark districts in Pasadena and many of them are quite well known. Neighborhoods like Bungalow Heaven, Garfield Heights and the Markham District get a lot of play, but there are some hidden gems that are now being highlighted by our friends at Pasadena Heritage. The latest addition is the Arden Road Neighborhood. Built in the 20’s and 30’s, this neighborhood is quite grand and features and eclectic mix of not only the beloved Craftsman but English Tudors and Colonials. This neighborhood was Beverly Hills before there was a Beverly Hills. Tickets $20 LINK

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Hike By Moonlight

Sept 14th 6:30PM / Griffith Park Observatory

With our close proximity to the San Gabriels, most of us have embraced our inner hiker. Should season makes for great hiking but night hikes offer the best weather. With an active population of things that go “bump in the night” group hikes take the fear and risk out of hiking in the hills past dusk (just just need to run a tiny bit faster than the slowest person you hike with).

The Moonlight Hike event in Griffith Park is a great way to get out into nature and see some of those epic Hollywood Sign views. Moonlight Hike Griffith Park. Sept 14th Saturday closest to full moon (full moon on Sept 13th). Event is organized by the local Sierra Club. Tickets: $FREE LINK

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Station Market Pop Up Sale

Sept 14th-15th / Huron Hub Station 2640 Huron St Cypress Park NELA

The Historic Huron Substation used to power the Yellow Car trolleys that used to operate in around DTLA from 1901 to 1963, the registered historic building has been through many iterations since but now plays host to the quarterly Station Market Popup event where local artists, craftsman and artisans sell home furnishings, art, linens and apparel. Looking for some unique pieces to decorate, this hidden gem event is perfect to check out. Tickets: $FREE LINK


LACMA Jazz Fridays

Sept 20th & 27th / LACMA Smidt Welcome Plaza

LA County Museum of Art is the anchor for Museum Row in Mid-wilshire. While we know it for major art exhibitions, there is an active calendar of free entertainment options. Break out of your norm and make a trip west to see some very talented musicians as part of their Friday Jazz series. Tickets: $Free LINK

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Hollywood Bowl Concert Series

Multiple Dates / Hollywood Bowl

There is nothing more LA than a concert at “The Bowl”. If you haven’t done this yet, you should just leave town, I can have your house listed and sol to someone that actually loves Southern California pretty quickly.

The season schedule ends November 2nd (Sara Bareilles) but they are a bunch of shows in between and there is something for every taste in music. From Mozart Under the Stars Sept 5th and Barry Manilow the next night to Gladys Night on Sept 8th and Ben Harper on Sept 11th Every taste of music is represented at this stunning venue. The Garden and Terrace seats are the pricey ones, insiders go for the Super Seats in sections J1, H and G1 which are dead-center and always a great price. BYO Wine and snacks if you are keeping an eye on expenses.  Uber there is use Metro and the shuttle to avoid the parking surge post-concert. Tickets: Prices vary on artist and section. LINK

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Fall Equinox Sound Bath

Sept 22nd / Throop Unitarian Universalist Church

If you haven’t been to a ‘sound Bath” yet don’t feel like you’re in the dark. Sound baths are all the rage and are a blend of meditation and yoga. It is a relaxing experience achieved through the vibration of Tibetan Bowls. If it sounds a little hippy-dippy, it is, but it can be a profound experience for even the biggest skeptics. Your chakras will thank you. Tickets $20 LINK

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Zuffenhausen Porsche Car Show 

Sept 22nd 10AM -3PM / Pasadena City Hall

Few cars transcend trends, lifestyle and time like early Porsches do. See the latest supercars to impeccably restored Porches from the early 60’s at this car show that is sure to delight even those that don’t care for car shows. The historic setting of Pasadena City Hall is sure to make this a highly Instagram-able event. Tickets: $FREE to Spectate, $50 To Show Your Porsche LINK

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Final Fridays Food Truck Festival

Sept 27th 4-9pm / Pasadena Rose Bowl

We think of the Rose Bowl for big games, concerts and flea markets, but a flurry or smaller events are starting to take hold of these hallowed grounds. Final Fridays is one of those under-the-radar events that you probably missed. The event centers around Food Trucks, music and the enjoyment of the Greens at the Rose Bowl. Bring a ball, bring fido, bring the kids and enjoy the park like it should be. Enter through Lot K. Tickets: $FREE There is a stadium Tour you can take for $10. LINK

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Yachtley Crew: Soft Rock Concert

Sept 27th 8PM / Canyon at The Rose Pasadena

Most of us have a sweet spot in our hearts for the smooth sailing music of Hall and Oates, Kenny Loggins, The Doobies and the soft rock era that dominated the radio waves of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Affectionately referred to as Yacht Rock this genre of music sparks instant nostalgia and sing alongs. Band Yachtly Crew performs the classic jams of the era like no other. It truly is a show to behold. It is clinically proven impossible to not have an amazing time at one of their shows. Tickets $15 LINK


Historic Pasadena Pub Crawl

Sat Sept 28th / Del Mar Metro Station Pasadena

Purveyors and protectors of all things historic in Pasadena, Pasadena Heritage holds several walking tours in Pasadena all with a heavily researched theme. The Historic Pub Crawl is one of the most popular undoubtedly because it includes booze and tales of yore. Stumble into the September installment. Tickets: $45.00 Non-Members $40 Members LINK

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Pinot Palooza 2019 - LA

Sept 28th 12PM-6PM / City Market Social House DTLA

This Australian import has been a wildly popular event series Down Unda’ since 2012. Come taste 100 wines from all over the globe. While the focus is on the superior varietal of Pinot (we all know Merlot sucks) there will also be craft beers, boutique spirits and bites to help absorb. Ticket price inclues unlimited tastings. Yes unlimited. Tickets $55 LINK

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Michael Robleto

REALTOR®-Compass Real Estate


Michael Robleto is a Los Angeles based REALTOR® that specializes in Historic Pre-War residential properties and those with architectural merit. Home buying and home selling is extremely challenging in Southern California. Michael uses his vast knowledge of historic homes, residential construction and modern day marketing and digital technology to predict and solve the many problems that arise in real estate transactions. His client accolades of insight, integrity and hard work support the fact that he is not your average agent. 

Michael leverages his personal passion for historic architecture to provide his clients the unknown insight on the pros and cons of older homes.  Michael, the son of a contractor, a California native, grew up in an older Bungalow home and has spent 23 years in Southern California admiring the unique architecture of the region.  He often writes on homeownership strategy, historic residential architecture and related topics which can be found on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram under the common profile name of his blog; BungalowAgent or at 

Michael is a committee member and frequent volunteer for the preservation efforts of Pasadena Heritage, the La Conservancy as well as a supporter of the Five Acres center for children.  

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