Halloween Horror Nights: Viral videos of haunted house visitors shrieking their way through mazes have racked up the views in recent years, and understandably. Many people know the visceral thrills of being scared, over and over, in a well-themed environment. The annual Universal Studios Hollywood creep-tacular is a master of this macabre art form, and its movie-quality walk-through experiences are key. Find your courage and enter the worlds of "The Exorcist," "American Horror Story," "Krampus," "Halloween," and more scream-worthy stories, starting on Friday, Sept. 16.
East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade: Southern California boasts a beautiful bevy of meaningful processions and parties, but few possess the history of this yearly East LA celebration. Music, dance, and community are all woven through the day, with Fernando Allende and José Luis Orozco on the bill, and the post-parade festival brims with savory fare and more family-sweet goings-on. Want to join in? Be at Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Mednik Avenue for the parade's 10 a.m. start on Sunday, Sept. 18. (NBC4 is a part of the celebratory day.)
Emmy Awards: You may be on the red carpet at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Sept. 18, rehearsing your acceptance speech in your head, or you may be hosting an at-home party, the better to catch the stars of the shows you love best. If you're planning on doing it up, consider a stop by a Patina Restaurant Group eatery. This is the outfit catering the 2016 Emmys, and they've got a line-up of libations saluting the small-screen accolades, from "Writer's Block" to "Director's Cut."
What to do, where to go and what to see
Nautica Malibu Triathlon: The ocean-close community is pretty darn Instagrammable most days, but few Malibu moments are as big as this swim-bike-run competition. As is tradition, several stars compete, with Scott Eastwood, Max Greenfield, and James Marsden all expected to join in at the 2016 event. Can you watch the Sept. 18 water-land showdown? You can — look for the bleachers near lifeguard tower #14. All the information on getting to the early-in-the-morning Zuma Beach to-do is right here.
CicLAvia's pLAy Day in LA: The thrice yearly close-the-streets, ride-your-bike bash is now a staple of local life, but, up to now, there's never been a CicLAvia fundraiser. That'll all change on Saturday, Sept. 17 when the bike-walk-roll extravaganza throws an afternoon party at 613 Imperial Street in the Arts District. This isn't the usual CicLAvia bike ride but a day filled with raffles, eats, Golden Road brews, helmet decorating, games, and more activities. Cost to help out this beloved organization? It's a hundred bucks for an adult. Join in now.