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With Telescopes and a Planetarium, Burbank is Your Gateway to the Cosmos!

Your ultimate guide to planning a trip to see the stars at this Burbank Observatory.

Planetarium BurbankYou may not even realize it, but we bet that you have seen The Griffith Observatory even if you have never been to Los Angeles. As one of the most iconic buildings in California, this Burbank Observatory that is perched high above the city in the Hollywood Hills has been in countless movies and television shows. With breathtaking views of the entire landscape below, from the Hollywood Sign to all of the glowing lights of La La Land itself, just visiting this mammoth of Griffith Park is a memorable experience. Admission to the observatory is always free, but you should plan to spend a few hours exploring all of the wonders of the world (and those above us) that can be found inside.

Opened in 1935, the Griffith Observatory is one of the area’s most popular destinations. Being the most visited public observatory across the globe, there are a variety of must-see exhibits and attractions to experience inside including:

  • Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon presentation theater – a 190-seat auditorium offering daily and special programs on topics dealing with all things out of this world!
  • Samuel Oschin Planetarium – Including a Zeiss star projector and a state-of-the-art digital projection system, this Planetarium Burbank is the finest in the entire world. Every show is live with a storyteller making no two shows the same. At the moment, the 290-seat auditorium is showing three different shows that take guests on journeys of cosmic exploration (ticket prices for these shows vary).
  • Telescopes – Even when the sun is shining, the 12-inch Zeiss refracting telescope in the rooftop dome will give you a clear view the stars above!
  • Foucault Pendulum – this iconic cable-held, 240-pound bronze orb consistently proves to its guests that the Earth is spinning on its axis.

After an exciting day of out-of-this-world fun, return to Earth and recharge in comfort at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Less than fifteen miles away from the observatory, our modernly-appointed accommodations and 4-star hotel amenities offer all of the comforts that make it easy to be away from home; a truly perfect landing pad after your trip to the stars!

Discover Your Own Fighting Spirit at the Martial Arts History Museum

Education meets high flying fun at the world’s first Martial Arts History Museum!

Martial Arts History MuseumWhat do the Samurai, Lua Warriors, and the Mighty Sumo all have in common? They are all real types of cultural warriors that can be learned about at the Martial Arts History Museum. This highly educational museum showcases the different Asian cultures and how the world of martial arts is weaved into their history, it is also full of fun exhibits highlighting popular culture.

In a fun-filled experience for all ages, it takes its visitors on a journey through the art, history, culture, and tradition of the martial arts across the globe. Created as a timeline linking the generations of Asian cultures and their warriors together through history, visitors will learn and see examples of how much these traditions have affected our own American culture. For most guests, touring the museum takes around an hour even though the many places you will “explore” seem as if it would take a lifetime (or maybe seven!). The traditions of China, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, Thailand, and even our own country’s fiftieth state of Hawaii are explored through historical artifacts and beautiful infographics.

Popular culture also has its time to shine at the Martial Arts History Museum Burbank. There is a complete section of the museum devoted to the History of Anime and a spotlight on the role that Walt Disney played in changing the world. This Media section also includes a full timeline of martial arts in through film and television with photos and props on display.

If you’re interested in exploring this unique type of kung fu museum in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is the perfect home base! Our modernly-appointed hotel is less than three miles away from the museum, making it easy to not only explore all of the wonders of the world of martial arts but many of Burbank’s other top attractions.

Three Experiences of Hollywood Boulevard for The Whole Family

Underneath the gaze of the Hollywood Sign, explore some of the top things to do along this Los Angeles cultural icon!

Experiences of HollywoodLa-La Land. Tinseltown. Hollywood. Los Angeles has many nicknames and just as many attractions to explore. There are so many things to see and do, it can be hard to feel like you are really getting the most from your experiences of Hollywood. Yet there is one place where you will be sure to find non-stop entertainment, celebrating the storied heritage of Los Angeles and the entertainment industry – Hollywood Boulevard! From capturing a photo of the famed Hollywood Sign to catching a tour along one of the most famous streets in the U.S.A, we have put together a list of the three can’t-miss attractions for the entire family:

  • The TCL Chinese Theatre – Home to one of the largest IMAX auditoriums in the world, this Hollywood landmark is much more than just a state-of-the-art theatre to see today’s top blockbusters. Most famously known as Grauman's Chinese Theatre, its Forecourt to the Stars has immortalized the brightest stars in cement, giving the public a chance to measure their own handprints and footprints up to those of their entertainment heroes.
  • Madame Tussauds Hollywood – What would a trip to La-La Land be without a little celebrity spotting? No need to track them down one by one – take a selfie with your favorite stars at one of the world’s famous wax museums. With the right filter, we bet you will be able to fool your best friends into thinking you really met Zac Efron!
  • Hollywood Tours – If you aren’t sure what you really want to see in Tinseltown, your best bet would be to take a tour of the entire area. Starline Tours takes its riders around all of the famous L.A. landmarks is style… on their ever-popular Hop On, Hop Off Double Decker buses!

When you’re ready to relax and recharge after your day on the town, there’s no better place than at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Conveniently located less than 10 minutes away from all of these attractions, our luxurious guest rooms and upscale amenities perfectly pair with your visit to the Entertainment Capital of the World!

Take a Trip Back in Time at This Theater Near Marriott Burbank

Learn more about this Tony-winning play being presented at The Garry Marshall Theatre for 15 performances only!

Garry Marshall TheatreIf you are planning to visit the area, checking out the theater show schedules near Burbank is always a great place to start when making your personal trip itinerary. And if you just so happen to be in the area this month, you are in luck and should definitely see if you can catch one of these shows near Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.

Running from May 15 through June 2, The Garry Marshall Theatre will be presenting the Tony-winning Broadway play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Written by Lanie Robertson and starring renowned stage star Deidrie Henry, the play encapsulates the last four months of Billie Holiday’s life, full of searing performances of over a dozen musical numbers from her legendary catalog. For these musicals at The Garry Marshall Theatre, patrons should be aware that in addition to traditional theater seating, there will be limited on-stage seats available. As the show is set in a Philadelphia jazz bar in 1959, the staging allows for select audience members to feel as if they are part of the action with this VIP experience!

To be a part of the show, enjoying the humor and timeless music of Billie Holiday right from the stage, you must be 21 or older to reserve your VIP tickets. As part of this package, you will receive a complimentary bottle of wine or champagne, served right at your table for two, so you can feel every bit the part of Ms. Holiday’s own audience. Please be advised that this show contains adult language, the smoking of herbal cigarettes, and the drinking of alcohol (the May 22 performance will be a “smoke/alcohol free” experience).

After taking a trip back in time, return to the present in the modernly-appointed luxury of the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. A perfect home-away-from-home for a visit to see any of the stage plays in Burbank, CA, our hotel offers all of the comfort and convenience you need to make your getaway truly standing ovation worthy!

Your Personal Scouting Report on Taking a Dodger Stadium Tour!

Did you know that there are more than just games at Dodger Stadium for you to enjoy?

Dodger Stadium TourThe boys of summer may be back on the diamond, but that doesn’t mean that the games at Dodger Stadium are the only action at the ballpark. Since it opened its doors in 1962, the third-oldest stadium in baseball has welcomed fans from across the globe and not just to catch one of the many LA baseball games that continue to captivate the sports world year in and year out. Some guests have no interest in baseball but are looking to get a more intimate glimpse at this icon of American sports history by taking a Dodger Stadium Tour.

Being such a cornerstone of the game, there is more than just one baseball stadium tour available. To help you decide, here's a handy guide to get you started:

  • Standard Tour – taking place on non-game days, this 90-minute tour includes a trip to the Field, visit to the Dugout and an exclusive look at the team’s Trophy Gallery.
  • Pregame Tours (only available during the regular season) – an exclusive tour that begins 45 minutes before the game. Stops may include the Club Level Memorabilia Hall, VIP restaurant/lounge, interview room, and early access to enjoy batting practice. (Ticket to the game not included)
  • Clubhouse Tours (select Saturdays and Sundays) – a true one-of-a-kind experience, this 2 hour tour will include visits to the Bullpen, the Weight Room, Batting Cage, Clubhouse, and the Interview Room.
  • Jackie Robinson Tour – an intimate look at one of the most important figures in sports history. This 90 minute tour includes stories revolving around Robinson with visits to the Press Box, Trophy Gallery, Field and Dugout.

No matter what tour you decide, make your visit to the area a true homerun by staying at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Ideally located away less than 15 miles away, you’ll enjoy the perfect combination of major league comfort, convenience, and genuine hospitality!

Port Charles Invades Burbank at the General Hospital Convention

The 3rd Annual General Hospital Convention is returning to Burbank, California this June!

Paging all General Hospital superfans! You’re needed in Burbank, California… STAT! Why you may ask? Well, if you’ve been a part of the first two General Hospital Conventions that have taken place at the Burbank Convention Center you need no further convincing. But for the GH Convention neophytes, we have put together a quick rundown of the Five Ws of this three-day extravaganza to get you ready to take a trip to Port Charles with us for a weekend!

General Hospital ConventionWho – Hosted by Laura Wright (“Carly Corinthos”), the entire weekend will be full of events featuring a venerable “who’s who” of Port Charles residents from the entire 55 years of this beloved series. From the other half of the supercouple, Carly and Sonny, Maurice Benard, who still captivates audiences today, to Genie Francis, the true originator of this term in soap opera lore as “Laura Webber”, many of your favorite actors will be on hand all weekend long for panels, signings, and photo-ops!

What – There are a variety of events throughout the three days of the convention. Set tours, a Friday night Karaoke party, the aforementioned panels and signings, and a variety of vendors will populate the Convention Center, ensuring that each and every attendee will get a truly memorable experience.

When – Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9, 2019. Actual times of panels and signings will be announced closer to the event.

Where – The Burbank Convention Center at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel

Why – Really? We think we might need to check your pulse if you still need further convincing. The past two conventions were so beloved that the organizers expanded it to three full days of exciting entertainment in celebration of this long-running series and its beloved characters.

As the host hotel for the General Hospital Convention again this year, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is the premier choice of accommodation for this event. Our spacious guest room and upscale amenities will offer you the perfect retreat after your trip to Port Charles.

2019 Starlight Bowl Concert Series

It must almost be summer as the dates and performers for this year’s slate of summer Burbank concerts have been announced!

For almost thirty years, the Burbank Starlight Bowl has brought a variety of vibrant performances and local community programming to our area of the Golden State. Evening summer concerts have become a staple for many locals of the city of Burbank, but also provide a great reason to come into town and see a show. The schedule for this year’s shows has just been announced, making it the perfect time to start planning what concerts you wish to attend:

Starlight BowlBig Bad Voodoo Daddy / Rumble King on July 4.  “An American Celebration” featuring two acts performing tunes in the style of music made famous in the good ol’ U.S. of A – swing! 

Karla Perez / Bandidos de Amor on July 13.  “Latin Night under the Stars” with a special celebration in the honor of the memory of the Queen of Tejano music, Selena.

The Fab Four / The Answer on July 20.  “Back together by popular demand”, this double bill of tribute acts will serenade you with hits from The Beatles and rock out with true classic rock anthems.

Yachtley Crew / Graceband on July 27.  This exciting double bill pairs the “Titans of Soft Rock” with “The King” whose rocking tunes will be accompanied by a world-class laser light show!

Which One’s Pink / The Neil Deal on August 3.  Another week, another noteworthy double bill featuring the progressive tunes of Pink Floyd and the rocking Americana standards of Neil Young!

John Waite / Venice on August 10. The series finale of another show-stopping season at the Starlight Bowl!

(Gates open at 5:30PM / Concerts begin at 6:30PM)

If you’re planning a visit for any of these Burbank concerts, elevate your experience to rockstar status by spending the night with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Our location, less than five miles away from the Starlight Bowl, makes it easy to get to and from the show with the luxurious comfort of our modernly-appointed accommodations ready to serve as a perfect standing ovation worthy encore.

The Final Los Angeles Salsa Festival Is Almost Here!

It’s the “End of an Era” as the final Los Angeles Salsa Festival/Congress is set to take place this May at the Burbank Convention Center.

It’s the end of an era. After 20 years, a new generation and demographic has emerged and is taking salsa dance into the 21st Century! With these changes come hard goodbyes and this May at the Burbank Convention Center, it’s time for one of the most bittersweet for lovers of salsa dancing across the globe! The 21st Annual Los Angeles Salsa Festival/Congress will be the last.

Los Angeles Salsa FestivalThe longest-running salsa congress in the US will take its last dance over the course of three days, Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26. Founded by the late pioneer in salsa, Albert Torres, the festival has always united lovers of this Latin style of dance from all over the world, showcasing the best live bands, dancers and instructors of the time. As dance becomes more “social” and less driven by the live musical performances were which once at the core, the remaining founders have decided to end the festival by going out with a true celebratory bang!

Highlighting “The Best of The West”, the festival will be comprised of the traditional workshops, dance parties, and live entertainment all highlighting talent from the L.A. scene. The centerpiece of the festival this year will comprise of an “epic” 72 hour social dance party, ensuring that the action won’t stop until the waning hours on Monday morning!

Singular events during the festival are already selling out, but passes for the full three-day dance party remain. As the venue and partner hotel of the Los Angeles Salsa Festival, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is the one true home base for anyone coming to the event. For those flying in to Los Angeles, you will find comfort and convenience in our modernly-appointed accommodations, that are located adjacent to Hollywood Burbank Airport. Our room block is filling up so be sure to mention the “L.A. Salsa Festival” and book your room today!

Go Back to Your Roots at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree 2019

In its 50th year, SCGS Genealogy and their flagship event are bringing three full days of events to the Burbank Convention Center. 

Forget the “Family Tree” you have hanging in your house! With new advances in technology and our new digital age of consciousness, now is the perfect time to explore and take a journey to your past! And the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Southern California Genealogical Society are here to help you start on your path!

Genealogy Jamboree 2019Formed in 1962, the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) seeks to promote interest in family history and genealogy. Having a 40,000+ volume library with genealogical sources from around the US and Europe, SCGS Genealogy events are some of the biggest and most prestigious across the globe. And this year on May 30 - June 2, their hallmark event – the Genealogy Jamboree 2019 – will take place at the Burbank Convention Center.

50 years strong, this year’s SoCal Genealogy Jamboree, or “Birthday Bash”, will be attended by people from across the globe to participate in the activities, hear the lectures, and visit the various exhibitors that make up the three-day conference. The organizers make an effort to ensure genealogy is fun for all members of the family by offering programs and activities for visitors of all ages. Even though many of the topics covered may seem too scholarly or inaccessible, you don’t need to be a genealogist to attend this conference. As long as you have an interest in discovering more about your family history, you will find yourself enlightened and entertained throughout the weekend!

As the host venue for this event, the  Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is the ideal place to stay during your Genealogy Jamboree 2019 experience. Located adjacent to the Hollywood Burbank Airport for those flying in for the conference, registered attendees can reserve their rooms at the special conference rate. Book early as rooms are filling up!

Don’t Miss This Spring’s Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival!

The two-day festival is set to take over Downtown Burbank this May! 

This is not your average street fair, but would you expect anything less from the “Media Capital of the World”? Now in its 16th year, the Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival is set to bring more than 200 renowned artists from around the country to meet, greet, and amaze the over 25,000 patrons who biannually attend. Just as years past, this interactive festival will take place on the blocks of San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia & Olive from 11AM through 7PM on both Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19!

Downtown Burbank ARTS FestivalUnlike other arts festivals of this caliber, the event is free and open to the public. Another unique facet is the blending of digital and special effects animators with the more traditional artisans that patrons are used to finding at similar fairs. The normal art-for-sale booths will be interspersed with a variety of participatory attractions such as signings, drawing sessions, and workshops. Peruse and purchase works in painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and other fine arts while also taking part in some of the more interactive events, such as the Teen Art Challenge or the ever-popular Doodle Run. 

One of the most anticipated facets of this spring’s event will be the street painting display. Many of the top artists in this field will descend upon Downtown Burbank, working all weekend long to create colorful chalk masterpieces for a final viewing in the final hours of the festival on Sunday night.

Be sure to sketch up the perfect weekend in Downtown Burbank by staying with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Only a short distance away from the festival, you’ll enjoy the perfect combination of luxurious comfort, a convenient location, and the genuine personalized service of our Marriott staff! Talk about a true masterpiece!