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Festive Fun Is at Your Fingertips at Stevie Wonder’s House Full of Toys Benefit Concert

Holiday cheer will be signed, sealed, delivered at this 22nd Annual holiday event at the Staples Center this December.

Tell all of your part-time lovers. Call up the sunshine of your life (and no, not just to say “I love you”). The holiday season is almost upon us and with it brings the 22nd Annual Stevie Wonder’s House Full Of Toys Benefit Concert, one of the most beloved benefit concert events to hit Los Angeles every December. This year – taking place at the iconic Staples Center on Sunday, December 9th – “Little Stevie” is promising a “Song Party” that is a true celebration of life, love, and music! Those three attributes perfectly encapsulate this icon’s decade spanning career and will be surely on full display during his beloved benefit.

“Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand” 

22nd Annual Stevie Wonder’s House Full Of Toys Benefit ConcertThe “Sir Duke” maestro and his timeless lyrics have touched the hearts and souls of generations. Getting a chance to see him live, even now at 68-years-young, is truly can’t miss. Yet what makes this concert even more memorable is its philanthropic heart, a testament to the character and charitable soul of this living legend. In support of his own non-profit We Are You Foundation, which benefits children, people with disabilities, and families in need, attendees are encouraged to participate in the concert’s toy drive by bringing an unwrapped gift to the show. While Stevie gives you the gift of his soulful melodies, you will bring joy to someone less fortunate during such a festive time of the year.

Don’t be Uptight!

Everything is alright when you end your soulful trip through Stevie’s songbook with a relaxing evening in the luxurious accommodations of the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Located minutes away from the iconic Downtown LA venue, our comfortable, well-appointed guest rooms provide the perfect home-away-from-home for any Staples Center event.


Jazz Up Your Thanksgiving Weekend at the US Open Swing Dance Championships

Swing on by the Burbank Convention Center this November for the Flagship International Championship in this exciting genre of dance! 

Many celebrate Thanksgiving by running in their local Turkey Trot, an annual charitable race that burns off enough calories to indulge in the feast ahead “guilt-free”. This year, may we suggest another type of “trot” with your turkey? On Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is proud to host the 2018 US Open Swing Dance Championships, where more competitors of every age and style come to perform than any other event across the globe!

“It Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing!”

US Open Swing Dance ChampionshipsWhether you are competing in one of the thirty divisions or just wish to be a spectator offering support, the Burbank Convention Center is the place to be! With over 6,000 square-feet of premium dance floor, secondary ballrooms at the Center and our Hotel for workshops and practices, and terraced seating to ensure you can catch every move, The Open promises to make its 36th year one of the best.

 Some highlights will include…

- Daily open social dancing events

- Workshops teaching basics or different variations to novices and professionals alike

- Hall of Fame and the Walk of Legends Award Presentation, honoring those whose “legendary” contributions have made the US Open Swing Dance Competition the prestigious event it is today. 

Ready to be crowned US OPEN CHAMPION!?!

We know this prestigious title may be just as much of a dream as winning a Mirror-ball Trophy on a certain television show, but you will feel every bit the champ when you stay with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel for the event. Located near the Hollywood Burbank Airport for those flying in from the 27 countries represented at The Open, our convenience complements our comfort to ensure your weekend is a swinging success!


Get Ready to Rock the Griffith Park Trail 30K-Half Marathon-10K!

No matter your preferred distance, learn all about this series of races, part of the Hollywood Trail Rock Star Run, that are ready to rock your world! 

Put away the guitar picks and drum sticks – it’s time to become a different type of “rock star”! Calling all runners – this upcoming set of fall Burbank Marathons is ready to rock your world!

Griffith Park Trail 30K Half Marathon 10K“Hollywood Never Got This Dirty Before!”

On Saturday, November 10, you’re invited to run, hike, or even power-walk your way through three different distances during the Hollywood Trail Rock Star Run at Griffith Park. Not only is the event an incredible athletic pursuit for runners of all skill levels, it’s one of the most breathtaking and historic courses in Southern California. Run past the picturesque Bronson Caves, take in the iconic Hollywood sign, and bask in the amazing cityscape of La La Land as you tough it out on the trails.

Obtain Your Rock Star Status

The start time for all three distances, the Griffith Park Trail 30K/Half Marathon/10K, is 7:30AM SHARP! That means that you will want to get to the park early, with Bib Numbers being handed out at the starting line at 5:45AM. That start on Commonwealth will begin a long day of running through a well-marked course including stocked aid stations every few miles with volunteers on hand to attend to all of your needs.

If you need more convincing to get out and rock the trails, each finisher will receive their own running version of a platinum record (a beautiful, well-deserved medal), a high-tech running shirt for future pursuits, and a festive celebratory feast! 

Need a place to start your journey off right or to provide the perfect encore to honor your newly-minted rock star status? Located only five miles away, the comfortable accommodations and variety of amenities of the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel will ensure your race day is a smashing success in relaxing yet superstar-worthy style!


Creativity Starts Here at The CTN Animation eXpo

The top talent from the animation, visual effects, and video game industries are set to descend on “The Media Capital of the World”! 

10 years strong and no signs of stopping, the 2018 CTN Animation eXpo (CTNX) is set to commence Thursday, November 15 through Sunday, November 18 at our Burbank Convention Center. The mission of the Creative Talent Network is to help bring the top talent in multiple animation-related industries together. Now in its fourteenth year, the CTN has built this eXpo to be the number one creative conference worldwide!

CTN Animation eXpoPutting The Talent Center Stage

Over the course of the four-day event, attendees will be given a behind-the-scenes look and access to many forms of animation and what it takes to make it in the industry. The creativity will be free-flowing with a variety of presentations, live demonstrations, and workshops taking up the bulk of the event. There’s no singular focus in the medium of animation. The one true focus is on the talent – from the professionals seeking to guide future artists to the dreamers endeavoring to turn their creative fantasies into reality. 

Every Artist Was First An Amateur

At the eXpo, you are given the chance to network your own talent. Share portfolios, make connections, and learn valuable tips on how to make it in the animation industry. There are different levels of tickets and add-ons to fit every type of attendee. So no matter if you are a world-renown professional or just an avid admirer, this eXpo promises to bring the animation community together in a welcoming and fun-filled environment! 

To get the most out of your CTNX experience, you’ll want to have a convenient home base, ensuring your experience is stress-free and unforgettable! Not only is the Hollywood Burbank Airport located nearby, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is the official venue for the event, making our comfortable, well-appointed accommodations perfect for locals and Golden State visitors alike.


Season’s Greetings Come Early at the Burbank Winter Wine Walk!

Celebrate the “most wonderful time of the year” with a day full of festive family fun and winter-inspired wine tastings.

Your mind is still all things autumn, but winter is coming! In celebration of the season, the Downtown Burbank Partnership is hosting its 3rd Annual Burbank Winter Wine Walk. Together with a Holiday Street Fair, this celebration of wine and local businesses will take over San Fernando Boulevard on Saturday, November 17 (12:00PM – 8:00PM) and will surely get you in the holiday spirit.

A beautiful sight…

Burbank Winter Wine WalkDubbed “The Most Magical Day in Burbank”, the event is open to the public, with many local businesses, eateries, artisans, and other vendors lining the streets spreading their own Golden State style of holiday cheer. Over 100 restaurants are open with special menu items in honor of the day, and the over 300 shops are just waiting for you to get in a little early gift shopping!

We’re happy tonight…

There are two festive features of the event: the Holiday Street Fair and the actual Wine Walk. While the street fair, including a can’t-miss magical Snowfall, is full of family-fun, the real action is during the Walk itself! Tickets and a Valid Photo ID are required for this showcase of many world-class wineries and breweries who are “on tap” just waiting for you to sample their variety of vintages. This sampling in the designated tasting area starts at 4:00PM and runs through 7:00PM.

Walking in a winter wonderland!

When the snowfall commences (approximately 6:45PM), you would need to be quite the Scrooge to not feel the holiday cheer! Or maybe that’s just the wine working its merry magic. Either way, Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is just a short distance away and is ready to welcome you with cozy, comfortable accommodations, keeping you wrapped up in the seasonal spirit if only for one night!


Discover the Magic of Storybrooke at the Once Upon a Time Convention!

Magic is coming to the Burbank Convention Center, bringing all of the fairy tale wonder of this recently concluded series to life once more!

After seven seasons, “Once Upon a Time” has told its final tale. Yet that doesn’t mean all of the magic spells have been cast, as Creation Entertainment has created a final send-off for this beloved series: the Official Once Upon a Time Tour!  

Once Upon A Time ConventionFive different locations across North America were selected to give fans a chance to celebrate their love for all things Storybrooke one last time, and from Friday, November 9th through Sunday, November 11th, its California’s turn! The Once Upon a Time Convention, taking place at our Burbank Convention Center, promises three full days of fairy tale fun. And being the final stop of the tour, it’s the true swan song for fans of the franchise!

Yes, you read that right – this is the last chance for you to bid farewell to your favorite fairy tale fandom!

On hand for this fond farewell will be many familiar faces from the “pages” of Storybrooke. Sometimes it’s good… to be evil and you won’t want to miss your chance to meet Lana Parrilla, who has captivated us all as the Evil Queen Regina. Or maybe you have been “hooked” by a certain swashbuckling pirate and wish to express your devotion to the Captain of your heart, Colin O'Donogue, in person.

Meeting your favorites is only part of the magic, as there are countless fun activities and panels that will be sure to send these storybook characters off in style. Another way to guarantee your tale escapes a dreaded Rumplestiltskin-eque curse? Book a room with the official partner hotel for this event - Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Whether local or flying in through the nearby Hollywood Burbank Airport for the event, the convenience and comfort of our accommodations will help ensure your weekend ends with your own personal happily ever after!


Don’t Miss Out On These Upcoming Staples Center Events!

The pucks will drop and the balls will be tipped, but there are still many great concert events to check out at the Staples Center this year!

The return of sports to the Staples Center doesn’t mean that the music must die! From the electrifying twang of Keith Urban, to the always polarizing yet popular hip-hop lyrics of Drake, to the classic throwback jams of Bruno Mars, the upcoming concert slate features something for every music lover!

Keith Urban: Graffiti U World Tour 2018 | October 6

With a unique stage design and his signature Down Under style, Keith Urban is ready to own the stage for a can’t-miss celebration of the superstar’s entire career. From the classic hits to his freshest material, the two-plus hours of country-fried tunes will fly by! With an assist from upcoming showstopper Kelsea Ballerini, no country fan should miss this event!

Staples CenterDrake | October 12 – 14

Drake is bringing his platinum-selling hits and headline-grabbing “Aubrey & The Three Migos” tour to town for a three-night engagement! He may have “started from the bottom”, but 2018 has been a career year for one of the biggest names in music! This show is more than “bad and boujee” beats from two award-winning artists (hip-hop trio Migos opens the show), with visual aspects that will leave you spellbound! 

Bruno Mars | October 23 – 24 & 26 – 27

With four different supporting acts for his quartet of LA shows, Bruno Mars is bringing the 24K Magic Tour to the City of Angeles. Show-stopping numbers and effortless “finesse” will abound as this globetrotting tour winds down its 135-stop nostalgia trip that began in 2017! 

Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is the perfect home base for checking out any Staples Center events. Our modernly-appointed accommodations and convenient location near the Hollywood Burbank Airport will ensure that your local staycation or trip from afar will be “in tune”!


Bring Your Buds and Enjoy a Bevy of Brews at the Burbank Beer Festival!

The Burbank Beer Festival is the perfect opportunity for beer connoisseurs from far and wide to discover the best brews from the Golden State! 

There may not be 99 bottles of beer lining the wall of vendors that’ll set up shop along the streets of Downtown Burbank. But with over 85 different craft beers on tap, a host of different live entertainment acts, and a free Fall Street Fair, the Annual Burbank Beer Festival is sure to be a “hoppy” good time! Taking place along San Fernando Boulevard on Saturday, October 20th, and organized by the Downtown Burbank Partnership and the California Beer Festival, this successor to the OktoBURfest celebration puts the emphasis on the rising L.A. craft brew scene.

For “hopheads” and “mules” alike…

Burbank Beer FestivalLike many of the beer festivals that populate the scene, the Burbank Beer Festival is broken up into two ticketed tasting sessions, from 12:00PM to 3:00PM, and from 4:00PM to 7:00PM. Your ticket will be limited to one session, but with your provided tasting glass, you’ll be able to partake in unlimited beer samplings across the three different beer gardens.

Be sure to show up for your session early as there’ll be many other revelers joining you in this Burbank beer bliss. Besides your required photo ID, it would be best to consider packing lightly, as there’ll be a bag check upon entry to the event.

For the love of the lager…

With three blocks of craft beers to discover and two other whole blocks ripe with many entertaining street fair activities, your three-hour sud-filled soiree will surely fly by! You’ll soon find there’ll be no more bottles of beer on your wall! Whether flying in through the nearby Hollywood Burbank Airport or making it a leisure local afternoon, stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. You can feel free to indulge as your comfortable accommodations will only be a few miles away!


The Top Places to Catch the California Football Games This Season!

Don’t drop the ball – learn the best way to score a touchdown and see the top California football games in 2018!

Forget four seasons! For many, there are only two: football season and not football season. And even though many claim to be the “City of Champions”, Los Angeles IS the “City of Championship Venues”! If you’re looking to catch one of the many California football games this fall, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel has broken down the basics for your choices of pigskin pilgrimage:

California Football Stadiums

California Football GamesOpened in 1923, the L.A. Memorial Coliseum has stood the test of time as a true icon, home to a few of the greatest sports moments in history. Not only has it hosted a few “Big Games” and Olympiads, the coliseum is now the interim home to one of the professional teams that have recently moved back west to the Golden State!

This world-famous Rose Bowl Stadium may be the annual home to “The Granddaddy of Them All” (the Rose Bowl game), but it’s also considered the number one classic venue for college sports. Break out the Blue and Gold and head over to Pasadena to cheer on the mighty UCLA Bruins.

American football in a soccer stadium? If you’re looking for a more intimate perspective of the professional game, the newest venue to hit the City of Angels, StubHub Center, is the place for you! Watch the former pros from San Diego take the field at their interim home in Carson.

Planning on checking out a game on the Californian gridiron this season? Book a room with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel to ensure that no matter the score, your personal game day will be one of victory! Our modernly-appointed accommodations and convenient proximity to the Hollywood Burbank Airport will guarantee that locals and visiting rival fans alike have a winning game plan!


Get Inspired at the InD’Scribe Con & Book Festival

Join fellow authors and readers in a celebration of independent publishing at the Burbank Convention Center.

Fancy yourself a modern Shakespeare?  Or are you more of a Jane Austen?   Maybe you have no dreams of penning your own masterpiece but sure love to tear into any book you can get your hands on!

InD’ScribeIf you find either sentiment speaks to your creative soul, then be sure to pencil in the upcoming InD’Scribe Con & Book Festival taking place at our hotel October 4-7, 2018. For four days, the Burbank Convention Center will be filled activities for authors and readers alike to enjoy. The overall feeling of this gathering of like-minded wordsmiths is welcoming and accepting – a place where you can feel free to let your creative soul shine!

Events taking place throughout the convention include interactive panels and workshops with some of the top independent authors writing today! The list of attendees is vast and varied, but the two keynote speakers may be familiar to anyone who considers themselves an indie-bibliophile (especially of the romance genre).

Kristen Ashley has penned over sixty romance novels. Not only will she be giving a keynote address, she will be on hand to participate in a variety of workshops over the four days including tips on how to build authentic characters.

Denise Grover Swank has found her voice speaking to a younger audience with her top novels being geared toward the Young Adult crowd. In addition to her keynote speech, you can expect to learn how to effectively write comedy when dealing with serious subjects and other tricks of the trade that she continually employs in her writing.

To ensure maximum enjoyment of this trip through the ever-changing world of the written word, book a room with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, the official host hotel for the InD’Scribe Convention.