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Enjoy the Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood

The holidays are a magical time at Universal Studios Hollywood. To see the sights, lights, and festive atmosphere (not to mention ride the amazing rides), make plans to visit this upcoming season.

A Merry Holiday Season Beckons at Universal Studios Hollywood

Holiday-time is rolling around once again. Head to Universal for a fun excursion that will put you in the right spirit.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Holidays at Universal Studios HollywoodOne of the prime attractions at Universal is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This holiday season, Harry’s world is getting decked out with cheer. Watch the spectacle of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” with music and lights, eat holiday treats at The Three Broomsticks, and wander through a festive wonderland in Hogsmeade.

Grinchmas

Christmas is coming to Whoville. While you’re visiting, get your photo with the Grinch as Santa, decorate ornaments, and hear the sounds of the Who-liday Singers as well as Martha May Who-vier and the Who-dolls.

Merry and Mischievous Minions

The Minions will be at the park ready for photo ops in time for the holidays. Snap a pic right before you hop aboard Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, a 3D ride that launches you right into the hilarious movie.

Visit Universal Studios this season and revel in a merry time. Book your stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel to experience it all.


Get Your Swing on at the US Open Swing Dance Championship

It tempts the best of the best in swing dancing to compete for top honors, but the US Open Swing Dance Championship is so much more. Learn some new moves in workshops, dance your shoes off at social dances, or just watch the excitement of the competition from the stands.

The Swing Dancing Soiree at Burbank Convention Center

The swing dance-off is set for November 22 – 26. It’s the 35th anniversary of this fun, fast-paced, lively competition and social event. It will all take place at Burbank Convention Center.

US Open Swing Dance ChampionshipThe Competition

If you’re interested in competing, there are plenty of divisions, including Classic, Showcase, Young Adult, Teams, Strictly Swing, Strictly Shag, and Jack & Jill Swing.

Registration is open until November 11.

Workshops and Learning Opportunities at The Open

Sign up for a workshop and learn tips from the pros. Instructors will include Kyle Redd and Sarah Vann Drake, Benji Schwimmer, Myles Munroe and Tessa Cunningham Munroe, and John Lindo.

Social Dancing

There will also be lots of opportunities to kick back and have fun on the dance floor at the event. Attend an open dancing session on the 22nd, head to the kick-off dance party, or stay for late-night dancing each day.

If you’re planning to dance your way to The Open, book your stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.


Attend the CTN Animation eXpo in the Animation Capital of the World

Are you an art student, animator, illustrator, or creator? You might want to check out the CTN animation eXpo, a hub for professionals in the world of traditional and digital animation.

Artists and Animators: Attend the eXpo at Burbank Convention Center

This one-of-a-kind event will be held from November 17-19 at our Burbank Convention Center. It’s hosted by the Creative Talent Network and will feature lots of fun, networking, talks, exhibits, tours, and panels.

Breakfast with the Pros

CTN Animation eXpoGather for a morning meal and network with industry pros in a relaxed setting. This event is limited to 60 attendees, who will breakfast with 20 professionals.

Conversations with Creators

During these sessions, you’ll sit in an intimate setting and make connections with talented artists in the industry. Each session is limited to 20-30 people and lasts an hour.

The Exhibit Floor – CTN Village

This sprawling hub of the event is where you’ll find artist booths, merchandise for sale, books, studio booths, recruiters, art, and more.

Featured Artists

Featured artists at the event will include Chiara Benedetti, a visual concept artist and illustrator, and Kim Jung Gi, a sketch artist.

If you’ll be making your way to the eXpo, come and book your stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.


The Once Upon a Time Convention Is Coming to Burbank

If you’re a fan of Once Upon a Time, you need to attend the official Once Upon a Time Convention in Burbank. This fan event will feature meet-and-greets, a costume contest, trivia competition, karaoke party, and more.

Once Upon a Time Fans: Convene with the Cast at Burbank Convention Center

This will be a three-day event held from November 3-5 at our Burbank Convention Center. Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

Meet the Cast

Once Upon a Time ConventionThis is your chance to meet some of the cast members from your favorite show and get some autographs.

Among those making appearances will be Lana Parilla, who plays Regina/the Evil Queen; Jennifer Morrison, who plays Emma Swan; Rebecca Mader, who plays Zelena/the Wicked Witch; and Colin O’Donohue, who plays Captain Hook/Killian Jones.

Costume Contest

Dress up in your most creative costume for the chance to win the grand $250 prize. Come as one of your favorite characters, or make your own unique get-up.

Trivia Competition

Put your in-depth knowledge about the show to good use and participate in trivia competitions on Friday evening and Saturday/Sunday during the event. Gift certificates will be handed out to winners.

If you plan on attending this fun convention, stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel for a memorable weekend.


Scare Up Some Fun at Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights

If you’re ready, terror will come alive when you visit the Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights. This special, scary season event will happen on select dates from now through November 4.

The Terror of The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, and More Come to Life

Make no mistake: This event is not for the faint of heart. You’ll be plunged into an atmosphere of genuine horror and fear as you explore each of the main attractions, including eight themed mazes.

Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror NightsThemed Mazes

The themed mazes at Halloween Nights of Horror will immerse you in the frightening fictional worlds of TV shows and films. You’ll wander through the post-apocalyptic world of The Walking Dead, stumble through the shocks of The Shining, and run for your life in Ash vs. Evil Dead – plus more.

JABBAWOCKEEZ Show

What happens when strange creatures from galaxies far away crash-land on 1950s planet Earth? This high-energy live show tells the story.

Titans of Terror Tram

Take a ride on the Terror Tram – if you dare – and come face-to-face with modern horror movie giants. Chucky, the serial killer-possessed doll, will lead you into a nightmare.

Stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel while you’re out looking for Halloween scares for great deals and a perfect location. Our Stay for Breakfast and Visit Universal Studios package includes special rates and breakfast for two adults and two kids.


Let the Good Times Roll at the Burbank Beer Festival and Street Fair

This fall, come to downtown Burbank to sip on brews and check out cool vendors at the Burbank Beer Festival and Street Fair. The streets will come alive with music, food, and good times.

Beer Festivals in Burbank Are All the Buzz

The festival will be happening on Saturday, October 21. This lively event will welcome all ages for the fair, and adults 21 and over for the beer.

Burbank Beer Festival and Street FairBeer Sessions

There will be two beer-tasting sessions on tap. Each will include live music, entertainment, and over 85 craft beers to try in three different beer gardens.

Street Fair

The accompanying street fair is totally free for the public. Come to wander among the vendors and shops that will line the downtown streets. Area shops and restaurants will be open, too.

Participating Breweries

Just a few of the breweries you’ll be able to sample from at the festival include Poseidon Brewing Company, Riley’s Brewing Co., Mt. Lowe Brewing Co., Brewyard Beer Company, Lincoln Beer Company, Baja Brewing Co., and Island Brewing Company.

Get a taste of local beer festivals and street fairs while you’re enjoying your stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.


Rockin’ and Rivalries at Rose Bowl Stadium

The famous and historic Rose Bowl Stadium is the home of UCLA Football, the college Rose Bowl, and more. Get a glimpse of all the cool upcoming events you should check out at this amazing arena.

College Football, Concerts, and More: It’s All Happening at the Stadium

When you’re in the area, you’ll want to attend one of these fun games or concerts. Make room in your schedule to sit in the stands for an afternoon or evening of entertainment.

Upcoming Home Games

Rose Bowl StadiumThe fall football season is looking exciting. Here are upcoming home games to see in Pasadena.

Sunday, September 3 vs. Texas A&M

Saturday, September 9 vs. Hawaii

Saturday, September 30 vs. Colorado

Saturday, October 21 vs. Oregon

Concerts to Check Out

Did you know the stadium doesn’t just host football games? It’s also a hot venue for an outdoor concert. Here’s what’s coming up.

Catch Green Day on their Radio Revolution Tour. They’ll hit the stadium on Saturday, September 16.

Coldplay is set to perform at the stadium on Friday, October 6. They’re touring internationally in support of their most recent album, A Head Full of Dreams.

Whether you’ll be rocking out at concerts or cheering on the home team this upcoming fall, book your stay with us at Los Angeles Marriot Burbank Airport Hotel.


Go Behind the Scenes at Burbank Studio Tapings

Burbank is a hot spot where many of your favorite TV shows are recorded for broadcast. If you want to get in on a live taping for a fun day, here’s how to do it for multiple popular shows with great live performances.

Get Your Tickets for Burbank Studio Tapings

While you’re in the L.A. area, you need to get a taste of showbiz. Here are some great TV productions you should check out.

Burbank Studio TapingsConan

News and variety show host Conan O’Brien brings the funny with hilarious monologues, entertaining interviews with celebrities, and funny skits.

Tickets for show tapings are free, but are first-come, first-served. The show tapes on Monday – Friday throughout the year. 

The Big Bang Theory

This TV comedy is all about a gang of socially-inept yet brilliant nerds, and the women who love and put up with them. It stars Katie Cuoco as Penny, Johnny Galecki as Leonard, and Jim Parsons in his famous role as Sheldon.

Tickets to see a live taping are free. They are released 30 days prior to their respective episode taping and are first-come, first-served.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Ellen is a beloved TV personality who hosts her own daytime talk show. It features dancing, breezy interviews with celebrity guests, and more fun and humor.

You can request free tickets to the show online in advance, but keep in mind that they’re in high demand. Standby tickets are also available on the day of taping if you inquire before 12 noon.

If you’re planning on catching a fun show taping in Burbank, stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.


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!


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.