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October 2019

For Artists, By Artists… The CTN Animation eXpo Returns for Its 11th Year!

Painting with a broad brush but with a focus on the artists, the only expo dedicated to animation talent in the US returns to the Burbank Convention Center in November. 

The CTN Animation eXpo is the only dedicated event of its kind in the US that focuses on talent in animation. Now in its 11th year and attended by more than 10,000 professionals with 340 exhibitors, the Creative Talent Network (CTN) is working on making 2019 a banner year for the eXpo (CTNX2019) with an even bigger and better event. CTN is compromised of a large community of local and international professionals and their annual eXpo is their biggest program of giving back to the artistic community. Another way that they will be giving back this year is by donating a portion of the proceeds of the event to Exceptional Minds. Exceptional Minds is a professional training academy for individuals on the autism spectrum who are pursuing their dream of having careers in animation.

CTN Animation eXpoMaybe taking some inspiration from this philanthropic endeavor, the theme for CTNX2019 is “Transformations”. Unlike previous eXpos, this year’s event is four full days, from Thursday, November 21 through Sunday, November 24. Other new additions include Master Class Workshops, an expanded Career Camp, more networking opportunities, and even After Hours events. Yet after 11 years, it is clear that some things do not need to be changed as at the heart of the event is a spirit of fun and celebration for animation and its creators. These returning facets of the eXpo that always draw the attention of attendees are the live demonstrations, networking receptions, panel discussions, personal consultations, and many other career-seeking opportunities including the aforementioned “Camp”.

Our Burbank Convention Center has had the honor of hosting this prestigious event throughout its formative years and we always look forward to celebrating our city’s Animation Week in style. As host, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is proud to be the preferred choice of accommodation for many attendees of the eXpo.  Whether local or flying in for the eXpo through the official airport of CTN, the Hollywood Burbank Airport, we are offering a special group rate for attendees. Don’t wait and book your stay today! See you in November!

Take a Bite Out of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals Official Convention

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the hit television show “The Vampire Diaries”, the two-day event is sure to “fang”-tastic! 

The final stop on The Vampire Diaries & The Originals Official Convention tour brings the blood-red carpet to Burbank for a weekend of “fang”-tastic fun on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10! Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of “The Vampire Diaries” television series, fans of both this beloved teen vampire drama and its successful spin-off “The Originals” can engage with the stars and creators who made the undead magic come alive on screen.

The Vampire Diaries and The Originals Official ConventionOver the course of two days, there will be a variety of different activities and attractions to peruse. From celebrity panels and Q&A sessions to interactive trivia games, cosplay contests, and auctions, each day will be jam-packed with opportunities to celebrate your love for the Salvatore brothers with fellow superfans.

And yes… both Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) will be on hand to celebrate the 10 years of their eternal brotherly bond. They aren’t the only Mystic Falls residents that will be descending on the Burbank Convention Center for the event. The star of “The Originals” Klaus (Joseph Morgan) would never want either brother to take all of the spotlight. And other beloved characters such as Alaric (Matthew Davis), Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), and Adrian (Micah Parker also serving as “Host” for both days) will be on hand to ring in 10 years of TVD on TV!

Based on the popular book series of the same name by L.J. Smith, the television series ran for eight seasons on The CW. Yet even though the finale was over two years ago, the fans’ love is just as undying as the supernatural characters on the screen. There are a variety of ticket packages available so you can personalize your experience to fit your level of TVD love!

Yet no matter your level of fandom, be sure to plan ahead and book a room with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel for the convention. Not only are we adjacent to the Hollywood Burbank Airport for those flying in for the event, our Burbank Convention Center is the venue for the entire weekend! As host, we are offering a special group rate for attendees, but the deadline is fast approaching. See you in November!

Run Like a Rock Star at the Griffith Park Trail 30K/Half Marathon/10K

On Saturday, November 9, you’ll discover why out of all of the Burbank marathons, “Hollywood never got this dirty before”! 

No matter how fast you can run, you’ll be sure to enjoy the Fall edition of the Griffith Park Trail 30K/Half Marathon/10K on Saturday, November 9th. The scenic course starts at Commonwealth Drive with the beautiful trail winding through the entire expanse of historic Griffith Park. This includes challenging, tough trails out to the famed Observatory, down to the Bronson Caves, that will continue on to the base of the Hollywood Sign, giving all runners unparalleled views of Downtown Los Angeles! The finish line for the most popular length of the race, the Half Marathon, is on Commonwealth Canyon Avenue.

Griffith Park Trail 30KHalf Marathon10KEven though one length may be more popular, this race will offer a trial for three – 10K, half marathon, or 30K – all throughout historic Griffith Park. It is open to walkers as well as runners, but registration is required! Living up to its name as a Hollywood Trail Rock Star Run, you can partake in a variety of incentives during and after the race. During the race, you will encounter aid stations every 2 – 3 miles that are well-stocked with Clif gels and Clif shot blocks, salty and sweet snacks, fruit and of course, water to keep you fully hydrated. Yet after the race is when the real “Rock Star” revelry can begin. First, you get your well-deserved “swag” – a beautiful finisher medal and high-tech, moisture-wicking shirt. Then, it is time to party with a post-race lunch full of savory and sweet choices to cap off your triumph in style!

The race begins for all runners 6:30 AM, but participants need to arrive early to pick up their Bib Number and Race Packet. This pick-up starts at 5:15 AM at the starting line on Commonwealth Drive. The Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is conveniently located just 10 miles away from the start of the race in Griffith Park, providing you with a perfect home base for pre and post-race experiences. The upscale comfort of our accommodations will ensure you get a great night of rest before the big day. Our pools, whirlpool spa, and fitness center will help you get over any post-race soreness. And even though that lunch may have been satisfying right after the run, the innovative California cuisine at E.D.B. (Eat, Drink, Be) is a perfect choice for a true celebratory feast!

3 California Weddings That You Can Plan For Yourself

Learn how one of the top wedding venues in Burbank can make all of your dreams come true! 

Weddings at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel

From those looking for extravagant California weddings with receptions that live up to the “Golden” moniker of our beloved state to the ones who wish for more intimate affairs with just the closest of friends and family, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel offers a wide variety of excellent ideas and flexible spaces to celebrate your big day! Our dedicated Certified Wedding Specialists are ready to help you begin planning the perfect style of our ‘Burbank Weddings’ to create a day you will remember for the rest of your lives. Here are just three of the more popular examples:

One Venue Instead of Two!

We have the ability to be both your ceremony and reception venue. Not only do many couples find this a more cost-effective strategy over having multiple locations, your guests will love not having to drive from the ceremony to the reception. Trust us – the traffic in Los Angeles lives up to its infamous reputation.

Celebrate Your Culture!

Our multicultural and multilingual hotel staff has the knowledge required to host all types of wedding celebrations, from the most traditional to custom ethnic events! We fully understand the importance of cultural nuances and along with your guidance, we will ensure to incorporate the most significant customs and rituals into your Big Day. This includes authentic cuisine, entertainment, and décor. No detail, however small, will be overlooked.

Intimate Wedding… Extravagant Reception!

Have the best of both worlds by having an intimate wedding ceremony that later transforms into a true grand affair for all of your friends and family. Our wedding venues are flexible and customizable to fit any size and will reflect your style and personal sense of romance perfectly. All of our spaces feature state-of-the-art audiovisual technology that can adapt to your needs, from slideshows to music, to videos. And when we say that we can fit any size, our Academy Ballroom can accommodate 1,900 guests! Even your Facebook friends can get an invite.

Of course, no matter what style you choose, the convenience for you and your guests have helped make us one of the top wedding venues in Burbank. Not only are our experienced staff and plentiful amenities fully at your disposal to help craft your ‘happily ever after’, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel can also serve as built-in accommodations for your entire congregation of friends and family. With the added convenience of the adjacent Hollywood Burbank Airport for guests flying into the Golden State for your Big Day, you can relax and know that without this added stress of travel to and from venues, the focus will be solely where it belongs: on celebrating two lives becoming one!


Discover the Merry Magic of the Burbank Winter Wine Walk

The holiday season officially starts in Downtown Burbank on November 16! 

If you’re looking to start the merrymaking and begin your holiday season a little early this year, look no further than the Burbank Winter Wine Walk! Thanksgiving may not roll around on the calendar until the 28th, but this year’s Burbank Wine Walk is taking place on Saturday, November 16th throughout Downtown on San Fernando Blvd. Included within the ‘social event of the year’ are a free Holiday Street Fair, live entertainment, and the can’t-miss nighttime Snow Fall! Proceeds from the event benefit Downtown Burbank, supporting local businesses and the overall community.

Burbank Winter Wine WalkEven though the Holiday Street Fair begins at noon, the Wine Walk itself commences at 4:00 PM. As a ticketed portion of this event, you should plan on arriving early to your specific check-in location. At this time, you will be given your wristband, tasting glass, and a map highlighting not only all of the tasting zones but other points of interest throughout the area. Wine sampling is from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. You can only sample the wine within the over 30 different tasting locations. When not sampling, you are free to browse the other attractions in the area.

New for this year is a special Santa VIP Lounge, an exclusive 21+ area located at The New Terrace at the Burbank Town Center. With 20 supplemental tasting opportunities, additional libations from craft beers and champagne, to fresh and festive fare whipped up by Chef Jason Collis; you will definitely feel like you are on Santa’s ‘Nice’ list this year!

The other attractions are highlighted by the all-day Holiday Street Fair, the beautiful holiday lighting displays, and of course, the snowfall at the Main Stage (starting at 6:45 PM). It will certainly feel like it is beginning to look a lot like the Christmas season in Burbank. Make this day truly feel like a holiday gift and book a stay with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Enjoy the comfort of our upscale accommodations and a variety of modern amenities near all of the best Downtown Burbank attractions.