Have a Frighteningly Good Time at MONSTERPALOOZA

All things creepy, scary, and frightening are coming to Burbank with MONSTERPALOOZA. This event celebrates and revels in monster movies, horror flicks, and the unknown terrors that go bump in the night.

Revel in Scares at the Burbank Convention Center in September

This undead event will be happening on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 15-17. Head to Burbank Convention Center and prepare for an exciting exploration of fear in different mediums, including art, movies, TV, and music.

Here are events to check out during the monster convention.

Son of Conjoined

MONSTERPALOOZAThis exhibition will feature art and sculpture from a variety of creators all looking to give you goose bumps. An atmospheric setting will make this display incredibly eerie. You can see it all weekend long and get your heart racing.

Costume Contest

The Costume Contest is one of the most anticipated parts of the whole monster event. There will be celebrity judges, cash prizes, and lots of creativity, as all costumes must be hand-made. Don’t forget to look out for Dead Elvis wandering around the venue!

Island of Lost Souls

The horror classic Island of Lost Souls, starring Bela Lugosi, has a new, award-winning score composed by Jay Woelfel. Watch a screening of the film on Friday evening and stick around after for a Q&A with Bela Lugosi, Jr., and Jay Woelfel.

For ultimate convenience, book your stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel if you’ll be heading to this monster event. You’re sure to have a scary-good time!


Eat See Hear Is Your End-of-Summer Fun Headquarters

An outdoor event in L.A. that has it all is Eat See Hear. This is where you can eat delicious grub from food trucks, see outdoor movies on a big screen, and hear up-and-coming music acts performing in the park.

Eat See HearNosh, Watch and Listen at Griffith Park

There will be movies, eats, and music in Griffith Park through September 16. Here’s what you need to know.

Outdoor Movies

Watching classic movies is an enjoyable way to spend an evening outdoors. Upcoming films you can see include Young Frankenstein, When Harry Met Sally, and Goodfellas. Each showing happens on the grassy, green lawn at the park.

Food Trucks

Local trucks from all over L.A. will descend on this fest. Vietnamese, Brazilian, Mexican, and more – it’s all here. Fill up your belly with good eats from Little Spoon, Brasil Kiss, Pho King Awesome, Richeeze Grilled Cheese, and plenty of other options.

Music

Indie bands, musicians, and singer/songwriters are some of the talent you’ll hear before every movie. Upcoming acts include Haunted Summer, The Captain’s Son, and Trapdoor Special.

If you’ll be attending this fun fest that hits all the right notes, book your stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.


See Tomorrow’s Filmmaking Stars at Burbank International Film Fest

Are you a movie buff looking for a great experience this summer? Want to get in on the ground floor with upcoming talent in the film industry?

The Burbank International Film Fest (BIFF) is back in town, partnering with AMC theaters in downtown Burbank for a festive affair with all the glamour and glitter of the movie scene.

This is where you’ll see films from unknown talent looking to make a splash in the industry. The festival supports and champions independent filmmaking, so you’ll be seeing tomorrow’s stars premiere at the fest.

What’s Big This Year at BIFF?

The Burbank International Film FestThis year, the festival will be held from September 6 – 10 with screenings at AMC 16 Theatres. Here are some stand-out events to discover.

The World Movie Premier Screening of The List

The festival’s opening night film is The List. This is a hilarious romantic comedy about a lower-class man in love with a woman from an upper-class family. After he pops the question, she surprises him with a list of "improvements" he needs to make before she’ll walk down the aisle.

Garlic and Gunpowder

Watch the world premiere of this mob comedy, a slap-stick affair that parodies the Mafia. It stars Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, James Duval, and Steven Chase. Stick around after the screening for an after-party with an open bar and live DJ. 

Los Angeles Marriot Burbank Airport Hotel invites you to come and stay while you are in town exploring this fantastic film fest. With free shuttle service to Hollywood Burbank Airport and close proximity to the event, you'll be right where you need to be to have a great trip!


STAPLES Center Has Your End-of-Summer Entertainment

If you want to see a big-time show, concert, or sports event, STAPLES Center is where you’ll find them. This entertainment venue has plenty coming up for end-of-summer fun. Find out what performances are on tap and plan on attending.

Music and More Coming Up at the Arena

Summer is wrapping up with a huge parade of shows marching out through the end of August. Catch one of these huge events and make it memorable.

Staples CenterThe mega-popular singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran will be heading to the Center for a three-day leg of his world tour. He’ll be supporting the January release of his album, “÷,” which includes songs like “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You.” You can see him and opening act James Blunt on August 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. each night.

Korean pop culture, also called “hallyu,” will descend on L.A. with KCON. This convention will include K-pop music, TV dramas, fashion, beauty, food, and much more. There will be workshops, panels, exhibits, booths, and merchandise along with chances to meet your favorite Korean stars.

Plus, huge K-pop acts like Cosmic Girls, Seventeen, Heize, Astro, and more will perform. It’s all happening on August 19-20 at 7:30 p.m.

Mega Summer Concert

This mega-concert will feature an impressive line-up of artists from rap and R&B. The line-up will include Fat Joe, Arcangel, De la Ghetto, Bad Bunny, J. Alvarez, and Bryant Myers. See the show on August 26.

If you’re planning to wrap up your summer with a bang at any of these events, stay at a convenient hotel with all the accommodations you need. Book your stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.


On a Warner Bros. Studio Tour, a World of Movie-Making is on Display

Movie magic happens in Hollywood. Your visit wouldn’t be complete without witnessing some of it for yourself. Take a Warner Bros. Studio Tour and go behind-the-scenes.

What to Expect: Batman Museum, DC Universe, and More

On a studio tour, you can take a three- or six-hour journey through movie and television backlots, soundstages, the Prop Department, and other exhibits.

Warner Bros. Studio TourOn the tour, you’ll see famous backlots that were used for exterior shots on shows like Gilmore Girls, Casablanca, and Friends. You’ll also get to visit soundstages where productions are ongoing. Just some include The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, Fuller House, The Ranch, and Shameless.

D.C. Universe: The Exhibit

The D.C. world of comics, including books and movies, is on display, and it’s a main stop on a studio tour. See costumes, props, original comic books, and more from films starring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Suicide Squad.

Batman’s Rides

One of the draws of a studio is getting to check out Batman’s various Batmobiles from films starring the superhero. From the ‘80s and ‘90s films to the most recent Dark Knight trilogy, you’ll see an evolution of really cool cars, motorbikes, and even a snowmobile.

Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts

Another exciting exhibit is props and costumes on display from the Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Of special note is Voldemort’s evolution of costumes from his young days as Tom Riddle to his reign of terror as the Dark Lord.

Experience movie magic for yourself and other fantastic area attractions when you book your stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.


Burbank Comedy Festival Brings the Funny

It’s all that and a barrel of laughs. The Burbank Comedy Festival is where you’ll be entertained, get insider tips and instruction, and take advantage of help for rising comics.

Flappers Comedy Club Is Hosting This Comedy Fest

The fun begins on August 13 and lasts through the 19th. Each day will feature different entertainment, workshops, panels, happy hours, after parties, and more.

Comedy Festival Highlights

This event is jam-packed over seven days. Here are the shows and highlights you should keep on your radar.

Burbank Comedy FestivalOn August 13, check out “The Foundations of Comedy Intensive,” a workshop where you’ll learn all about how to improv and craft jokes. You’ll even learn about microphone technique and how to vibe with your audience. Other workshops will include “Marketing & Promoting Yourself & Breaking into the College Market” and “Social Media for Comedians.”

Panels will bring you insider discussions about the industry. Catch panels from club owners, casting directors, agents, and managers. In particular, watch out for the Casting Director Panel on August 15.

You can check out a variety of talent during the festival. Look to Underground Showcases to watch brave souls take on an open mic night, or watch live recordings of comedy podcasts. Plus, you can attend after parties each night of the festival at 11 p.m. at various venues, including Flappers Comedy Club Main Room, Barneys Beanery, and Fantasia Billiards.

Celebrity Comedians Appearing

Celebrities you’ll see at the festival include writers, comedians, and show hosts. They’ll include David Zucker, Jimmy Pardo, Jeff Garlin, Carol Leifer, Hal Sparks, Jaime Kennedy, and more.

Come to this comedy fest and let the laughs loose. While you’re visiting the area, book your stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.


Street Food Cinema is a Triple-Threat

Is it an outdoor film fest? Or is it a gourmet food truck gathering? Maybe it’s a live music experience.

Actually, Street Food Cinema is all three. Since 2012, this event has been going strong. It has expanded to locations throughout the L.A. area and enthralls visitors with great films, great food, and great music in the park.

Street Food CinemaOutdoor Movies in L.A. 

This outdoor event happens at 12 different locations across L.A. Find out where to watch, listen, and eat nearby and see what movies are coming up this summer.

Glendale Central Park, Glendale

July 29 – The Hunger Games will be on the big screen, and the Brian Eder Ensemble will bring the music.

August 26 – Watch Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s 50 First Dates and come early to get a good seat and hear the tunes.

September 30 – Never Been Kissed will take you back to the ‘90s, and Ramonda Hammer will perform.

Exposition Park, Downtown

July 8 – Come to watch Boogie Nights and see Fire Tiger light up the stage.

August 5 – 8 Mile will be showing and DJ Bakdraft will return with great music.

L.A. Food Trucks to Look for at Outdoor Movies

A variety of different food trucks will be showing up to each event. You’ll get a chance to taste something new at every movie.

A few of the trucks you can expect to see: Mexican Chuck Wagon Fusion, Street Kitchen L.A., Phillyfornia, India Jones Chow Truck, Boba Ni Taco, Wings ‘N Waffles, Berlin Truck, Royal Kebab, Batterfish, and more.

Watch outdoor movies in L.A. when you stay with us nearby at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.


Find Out Who Will Take Home the CONCACAF Gold Cup

Soccer (or football, as the Europeans call it) will come to the Rose Bowl this summer. If you’re a fan, you can see the semi-final match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup with some exciting rivalries and game day action.

The Gold Cup is One of North America’s Biggest Soccer Tourneys

The Gold Cup only takes place every two years. It’s a continent-wide tournament that includes North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

CONCACAF Gold CupThe tournament takes places in 13 cities across the U.S., including Dallas, Denver, Cleveland, Nashville, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Tampa Bay. The Rose Bowl has the honor of being a chosen venue – it will host a Knockout Round on July 23.

The game on the 23rd will be a nail-biter with high stakes. See the winner of quarter final game #3 versus the winner of quarter final #4 in a semi-final, knockout game. This match-up will determine who will head to the final in Santa Clara, CA at Levi’s Stadium.

The team who wins on the 23rd will battle it out on that final field to see who will get to raise the trophy in victory, plus earn North American bragging rights.

This tournament is a huge draw for fans and soccer lovers. Not only do hordes of enthusiasts descend on the stadium – millions of people tune in at home, as the game is broadcast live on TV.

This should be an exciting event and a great reason to visit the L.A. area. If you’re planning on attending this huge soccer match, stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.


At Dragonfest, Explore Martial Arts Culture/History

A two-day expo for all things martial arts and Asian culture, Dragonfest is coming back bigger and better than ever.

Tickets get you access to martial arts and kung-fu stars; anime, manga, and cosplay; vendors selling merchandise; and lots of other fun from the martial arts film industry.

Support the Martial Arts History Museum + Attend the Expo

The festival will be held August 5-6 at the Burbank Convention Center. This year the festival will be twice as large, so there will be more booths, more entertainment, and more fun.

DragonfestAt the Expo on August 5, explore and enjoy all things martial arts. Check out equipment; buy anime, artwork, and toys; and see cool cultural performances like Taiko drumming and Filipino stick dancing.

Plus, you’ll get the scoop on new films coming out and get the chance to meet the producers, stars, and stuntmen. You can also expect music and meet-and-greets.

On August 6, head to the Red-Carpet Event at the Martial Arts History Museum. Talk to your favorite martial arts stars at a Celebrity Q&A, get their autographs, and grab a photo-op for a perfect souvenir.

Ticket Information

Order your tickets in advance online to get priority entrance into the fest. If you buy tickets at the door, note that only cash will be accepted.

The proceeds from the entire event will benefit the museum. Purchase tickets and contribute to a worthy cause!

If you’re planning on attending this martial arts fest, consider convenience and stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. We’re festival headquarters and have a great location right across the street from the airport.


The Downtown Burbank Car Classic Brings the Hot Rods

To see a parade of classic cars and other marvels of the automobile world, then head straight to the Downtown Burbank Car Classic. This family-friendly event will appeal to car aficionados and novices alike with all kinds of opportunities for summer fun.

Car Shows Are Perfect Summer Entertainment

This event will gear up on Saturday, August 5, rain or shine. It will all happen on San Fernando Boulevard and adjacent streets. This exciting event is produced by the Downtown Burbank Partnership. 

Downtown Burbank Car ClassicClassic cars aren’t the only cool rides you’ll see at the show. You can also look forward to getting a look at famous cars from film, TV, and celebrity owners; custom cars decked out to the nines; exotic cars; and motorcycles.

The cars on display will be up for all kinds of awards. These will be presented on the Main Stage at 7 p.m. Just a few include Best in Show, Best Classic Vehicle, Best Celebrity Vehicle, Best Custom Vehicle, and Best Modified Vehicle.

It’s a Car Showcase – and a Lot More

Cars are just one aspect of the show. If they’re not quite your thing, there will also be lots of other fun to enjoy. This includes family entertainment, vendor booths, and music from live DJs, plus the chance to win prizes. Get your face painted, check out balloon artists and street artists, and explore Downtown Burbank.

Enjoy the car shows, check out entertainment, and have a ball. This event is a great addition to your summer schedule. If you plan on attending, make sure you book your stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.