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Giving Back Show: A Supernatural Official Convention

The Burbank Convention Center is about to get a dose of all things scary, sexy, and Supernatural!!! 

Sometimes life seems… “Supernatural”! One time when we can say for certain that this otherworldly feeling will invade the Burbank area is during this October’s Supernatural Official Convention. This “Giving Back Show” is a two-day extravaganza, with a variety of activities and events for fans of the hit American television series, taking place at the Burbank Convention Center on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20. Since 2005, brothers Sam and Dean Winchester have captivated fans and captured hearts across the globe and this Giving Back convention is the perfect chance to show your love for the beloved series that is set to conclude in Spring 2020.

A Supernatural Official ConventionAs with all conventions sponsored by Creation Entertainment, this show will be an engaging experience that allows likeminded SPNFamily members to enjoy a full weekend of fun and entertainment. This year in Burbank, the show will include the likes of Ruth Connell, Alexander Calvert, to the ever-popular, fan-favorite Misha Collins… or should we say Castiel? Either way, the amount of participants from all of the fifteen seasons is staggering and their involvement spans the full course of both days. There are a variety of events from daytime live panels and photo-ops to nighttime special, extremely limited encounters. These can range from a dinner out with David Haydn-Jones to a Pajama Party with your favorite Wayward Sisters, Kim Rhodes and Briana Buckmaster. Be sure to consult the full schedule for all of the details on each and every interactive event that you can be a part of. 

And while you’re there, be sure to check out who is the host of this Supernatural extravaganza. That’s right, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and our Burbank Convention Center have the honor of being not only the site for the event, but the host hotel! Besides being the most convenient (and comfortable) place to make your home for the weekend, as the Hollywood Burbank Airport is also right next-door for those flying in for the event, as the official host, we’re offering a special group rate! This is “one hell of a time for a family reunion” and we hope to see you there!

Halloween Comes Early at Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest

Even before fall arrives, Fright Fest is bringing the thrills and chills to Los Angeles! 

The calendar may still officially show that it is summer, but fall is right around the corner. And with its ever-growing popularity, this means the start of Halloween season. No longer just one day a year, the tricks and treats now start much earlier, with one of the most anticipated celebrations of this season returning to Six Flags Magic Mountain on September 14!

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright FestSix Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest is bigger than ever!

On select dates throughout the month of September and every weekend leading up to Halloween on October 31, this celebration of all things terrifyingly frightful returns to the theme park for its 27th year! Continually raising the bar on Halloween-inspired thrills, Fright Fest will offer 23 haunted mazes in 2019! These walk-through attractions are updated every year to ensure if you have visited in the past, you won’t be experiencing the same fright a second time!

Yet the biggest frights always come from unexpected places.

To ensure that no one leaves the park without a scare, the Fright Fest Scare Zones will keep you on your toes with roaming zombies and other frightful ghouls ready to prove that the greatest tricks are sometimes the sweetest treats! These scare zones stick to a theme, so if you have a severe fear of clowns, maybe steer clear of their zone… or maybe not?

Your favorite rides will also hold a frightening twist… or not.

Do you dare to ride some of the park’s monster coasters during the Fest? Be sure you aren’t afraid of the dark as these already thrilling rides, from X2 to Twisted Colossus, are turning off the lights. Of course, there are some tame attractions for all of the little monsters in your family who have come to the park in the daylight hours. That’s right – there are no real frights during the day with a Trick or Treat Trail and Halloween Crafts giving the younger set a chance to celebrate. But once the clock chimes 7:00PM, no one is safe from the terrifying fright that only comes at night.

After actively seeking out the tricks, you might be in need of a real treat! Luckily, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is not just convenient, but a comfortable and fright-free place for you to rest your heads, with only the greatest night of sleep provided by our luxuriously-plush beds!

Root, Root, Root for the Home Team During California Football Games This Fall!

Once again, The Golden State strikes pay dirt with a multitude of marquee California football games this fall. 

California Football Games

When it comes to the game of football, there may be no greater state to catch the action on the gridiron than California… especially for those in SoCal! Why – because your pigskin play is not only limited to one day of the weekend as both college and professional teams make their home in Los Angeles! The new “Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park” is only one year away from opening, making 2019 the last time you will be able to catch some of these teams at this duo of sports venues.

Dignity Health Sports Park – The Smallest Professional Football Venue in 2019!

Naming rights may have fans confused this year, but the former StubHub Center is still the temporary home of the former San Diego professional football team this year. Constructed as a soccer stadium, fans are used to watching a different version of football on the pitch at this Carson, California venue. Yet since 2017 when the professional football team from San Diego decided to relocate to Los Angeles, the Dignity Health Sports Park has been their cozy 27,000 seat home.

L.A. Memorial Coliseum – A True National Historic Landmark!

There may be no better place to catch a football game this fall than at one of the most iconic sports venues across the globe. Since 1923, The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has been home to the USC Trojans and to this day, most of their games will attract a capacity crowd (which sits at a whopping 78.467)! This is guaranteed when one of their rivals – whether it be the cross-town UCLA or infamous Notre Dame – encroaches on their home turf.  Yet since another professional football team decided to return home to L.A. after years of playing in St. Louis, the Coliseum has the honor of being the home for both the pros and collegians again in 2019. 

Whether you are in town to catch a home game on either the professional of collegiate level, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel offers fans an ideal place to stay. Located with easy access to all of the major freeways and with the added convenience of being adjacent to the Hollywood Burbank Airport for those flying in for a game, our modern accommodations and thoughtful amenities provide you with your own perfect temporary home, where comfort and relaxation await!

Thrills Abound at Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights!

No one’s too old to enjoy Halloween-inspired festivities, especially when it’s being put on by Universal Studios Hollywood! 

Not only does Universal Studios Hollywood start celebrating the second most popular holiday in our country a month early, they continue to add more tricks and treats each and every year based on the newest films and pop culture phenomena. Opening with a Fan Preview Night on September 12, Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights is one of the area’s most popular destinations for some terror-ific family-fun!

Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror NightsWell… maybe not the whole family!

Parental discretion is advised but the park recommends that children under the age of 13 may find Halloween Horror Nights too intense. The reason for the caution – the event transforms Universal Studios Hollywood into the city’s most terrifying Halloween experience, including walk-through maze attractions, intense scare zones, terrifying live shows, and of course, the extreme rides and attractions you have come to love at the park throughout the years! This year, they have added even more mazes bringing the total up to 10. Each one takes on a different theme including Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Ghostbusters, AMC’s The Walking Dead Attraction, Stranger Things, and many more that have yet to be announced. There are 5 new scare zones and an all-new live show featuring the famous dance crew, the Jabbawockeez.

Halloween is no longer one day a year!

Starting with the first-ever Fan Preview night, the event runs on select nights from Friday, September 13 through Sunday, November 3. Another new addition this year is the weekly 80’s Throwback Thursdays. All of the same thrills will be on display but with an added 80’s spin including live bands and DJ dance parties. No matter which night you choose, these rain-or-shine events begin at 7:00PM. And even though you may be tempted, no costumes are allowed!

To enjoy the best discounts and shorter wait times for the attractions, think of planning to attend in September. And be sure to truly perfect this experience by booking a stay with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Conveniently located 5 miles away from Universal Studios Hollywood, we’ll ensure that your night of Halloween Horror is not a trick, but a truly memorable treat!

Get Closer To The Stars at Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Take a selfie with your favorite stars at one of the world’s famous wax museums in LA!

For over 200 years, millions of people have ventured through the doors of Madame Tussauds wax museums across the globe. Why has this pursuit lasted through the centuries and still captivates the modern millennial as much as it did the ladies and gents of the late 19th century? It seems like a touch of old-fashioned curiosity is at its waxy heart! And honestly, what would a trip to Hollywood be without a little celebrity spotting?

Madame Tussauds HollywoodThe fourth American site, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, opened its doors in 2009. Just as the others who have come before, the museum is the perfect place to see your favorite Hollywood celebrities up-close-and-personal! Sure, they may be made of wax, but many of the likenesses are truly uncanny. And with the perfect vantage point, getting a “real-life” selfie with Brad Pitt is now a possibility!

Taking a trip to one of the world’s famous wax museums in LA is about more than just the stars of today. There are a variety of exhibits that showcase different luminaries from past, present, and even fiction! Currently, Madame Tussauds Hollywood’s exhibits include:

Marvel Superheroes 4-D: Featuring interactive themed areas that bring these characters to life in multi-sensory fun, you have a chance to “meet” Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and Wolverine.

The 90’s Are Here: This is a temporary exhibit that includes a variety of installations for you to explore – including a ball pit! Step into the ultimate 90’s bedroom complete with inflatable furniture, teen magazines, lava lamps, and many other details that will send you straight back to the days when Will Smith was still a Fresh Prince. Celebrity sightings will include Selena Quintanilla, Tupac, and Britney Spears in all of her ‘Baby One More Time’ youth!

Spirit of Hollywood: The Golden Era of Cinema may be gone but it’s not forgotten. Mingle with Marilyn Monroe or stay silent with the master Charlie Chaplin. And don’t worry, The King has not left this building either!

Harry and Meghan: Visiting Hollywood for only 6 months, the Duke and Duchess have journeyed across the pond to make your acquaintance.

After a full day of hobnobbing with your favorite stars, make sure you complete the entire Hollywood experience by booking a stay with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Conveniently located less than 10 miles away from the museum, we’ll make you feel like a star with great comfort, luxury and amenities all at an amazing rate!

Son of Monsterpalooza Returns to Burbank This September

The fall “offspring” of the famous Monsterpalooza convention will come to life at the Burbank Convention Center from September 13-15, 2019.

What is ”Son of Monsterpalooza”?  The child of Monsterpalooza, silly! But for those who need a little bit more information before planning to head to the Burbank Convention Center this September – Monsterpalooza has become globally known as the top convention for both fans and professionals of film, makeup, special effects, art, and memorabilia of the “monster movie” genre. But monster lovers demanded more and thus the Son of Monsterpalooza was born!

Son of MonsterpaloozaMonsters As You’ve Never Seen Them Before.  Since its “birth”, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel has had the honor of hosting this event, which is set to return on September 13th and run through the 15th. Having been the former home of the “father” for seven years before it moved to Pasadena, we were the perfect choice to bring this two-of-a-kind convention to life. The entire Burbank Convention Center will be crawling with over 150 amazing artists, bringing monsters to life before your very eyes during demonstrations of award-winning makeup techniques and special exhibits full of sculptures and paintings from many beloved films and franchises! In addition, exhibitors will be on hand to sell their work such as unique masks, sculptures, costumes, props, makeup, prosthetics, and so much more monster merchandise!

Now Presenting!  The heart of the convention is always the special presentations, panels, and celebrity appearances including some of the top stars and filmmakers in the business. Some of the highlights for 2019 will surely be panels for the 40th Anniversary of Phantasm and Terminator 2: Judgment Day including Robert Patrick himself. Other keynote guests include Billy Zane, Juliet Landau, and legendary writer/director/producer Dario Argento (be sure to consult the schedule for times and dates).

As the official host for Son of Monsterpalooza, Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is your one true home-away-from-home for the convention. Be sure to book soon and take advantage of our special room rates for attendees of the event.

Experience Great Events at Rose Bowl Stadium

Gear up for UCLA football games and explore other upcoming events at this famed venue.

If you’re looking to end your summer with a bang and fall into autumn in style, look no further than Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium. This National Historic Landmark is not only the home of UCLA football games but hosts a variety of other events that cater to more than just sports fans on Saturday. Whether you prefer rocking out to some timeless tunes, taking a tour of one of the most famous venues in the country, or just settling in for a little bit of pigskin, you’ll find it all right here in the coming weeks!

Rose Bowl StadiumRose Bowl Stadium Tours.  The perfect way to spend an afternoon and held the last Friday of every month, the tour takes you through areas of the National Historic Landmark that are hardly ever open to the public, from getting an up-close look at the celebrated field to visiting the original 1922 Locker Room.  The tour takes around 2 hours with two separate running times, 10:30AM and 12:30PM.

UCLA Football.  Football season is almost here, which means it is time to break out the Blue and Gold in support of the mighty Bruins. The 2019 Season of UCLA football games at the Rose Bowl commence on Saturday, September 7 at 1:15 against San Diego State. Make your fall football plans now and check out the full schedule for kick-off times and dates.

Upcoming Concert Events at the Rose Bowl.  The Rolling Stones : It would be impossible not to find “Satisfaction” when these legendary rockers “Paint It Black” all over Pasadena as their “NO FILTER” tour rolls into town on Thursday, August 22.

Pasadena Daydream Festival: A true end to summer comes to the area on Saturday, August 31 with a lineup full of classic alternative rock artists. Headlined by The Cure, you can expect performances by The Pixies, The Deftones, Chelsea Wolfe among the variety of featured acts.

Whatever event brings you to “America’s Stadium”, make sure to complement your experience by booking a room with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Take advantage of our upscale amenities and enjoy spacious, modernly-appointed accommodations in a variety of styles designed to suit your specific needs.

The Perks of Planning Meetings and Events at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel in 2019

Your one-stop shop to the many benefits of hosting your next events at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel! 

No two events are the same. Even if you have an annual gathering, each and every year will pose new challenges and specifications that go into ensuring it is an all-around success! There are few guarantees in life, but the entire team at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel truly believes that hosting your meeting or event with us is the first step toward “guaranteeing” a memorable time for all involved.

Burbank Convention CenterThe Meetings and Events section on our website does a wonderful job of outlining all of the details for you, from floor plans of each and every Burbank Meeting Space we have at your disposal to the variety of tools and amenities we can provide to ensure your vision is fully realized. It would be hard for us to better convey the convenience of our location, adjacent to not only our Burbank Convention Center (which would be the perfect Burbank Event Space for any large-scale gathering), but the Hollywood Burbank Airport for guests flying in to town. Each and every aspect of our venue and the state-of-the-art technology we offer can be best found there.

Yet for 2019, our Marriott Sales and Catering Team has decided to add extra perks when you choose to book your event with us. Just like we are ready to personalize your event to cater to your specifications in each and every detail, you can choose three of the following six perks to add to your booking:

  • Double Marriott Bonvoy Rewards Points
  • Complimentary Coffee Break
  • 65” Flat Screen or LCD Projector Discount Package
  • 10% Off : Choose from your Meeting Room Rental or Catering Menus
  • 10% Off : Audio/Visual
  • Discounted Self-Parking

This new perks are on top of our everyday bonuses that ensure you plan an inspired event. Discounted room blocks for your guests, App-based tools, and the expert guidance of our professional meeting planners… don’t wait and get started planning your meeting or event with the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel today!

Three Reasons to Check Out the Burbank International Film Festival

One of the most prestigious film festivals in Burbank will be returning to the area on September 4, 2019.

Burbank International Film Festival

Now in its 11th year, the Burbank International Film Festival (BIFF) is set to return to the Media Capital of the World in September. This five-day film festival will be screening more than 180 short films and features that represent 60 countries across the globe. The festival is juried and offers over 20 awards in a variety of categories from “Best Feature Film” and “Short Film By Women” to personal honors such as “Best Actor” and “Feature Film Scoring/Composing”. Yet why should you want to check out one of the most celebrated film festivals in Burbank?

Promotes Independent Filmmaking.  Before they became household names, Steven Spielberg and Christopher Nolan were independent filmmakers. The BIFF mission is to promote those filmmakers that have yet to get their big break and are just emerging on the scene. By distributing these unknown works to a larger public, the stars of tomorrow have a chance to shine and take a step toward Tarentino status.

New Category: LGBTQ Inclusive Short Film.  Promoting equality in the entertainment field, this new category is meant to inspire the next generation of filmmakers to fully embrace and promote the celebration of LGBTQ stories and themes on screen.

Closing Night Dinner & Gala Awards Show.  On Sunday, September 9th, the film festival comes to a close with the ‘Closing Night’ festivities. Starting with a Cocktail Reception (5:30) that leads into the Three-Course Dinner and Awards Show (6:30PM), this is the night where the BIFF truly shines, acknowledging the films that made the biggest impact and will earn top honors in their respective categories. The Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is honored to be the host for all of these ‘Closing Night’ festivities and looks forward to helping spotlight the tomorrow’s stars of the film industry today.

If you’re planning a visit to the Los Angeles area for BIFF, receive true superstar treatment by booking a stay with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Our 4-star Burbank hotel offers spacious guest rooms and modern amenities in a peerless location, as not only are we the hosts for the Closing Night festivities, but we’re in proximity to all of the screenings and special events for the entire festival.

Discover Tomorrow’s Stars Today at the Burbank Comedy Festival

The 6th annual Burbank Comedy Festival returns to the area this August for a week full of laughs! 

There aren’t that many comedy festivals in Burbank each and every year. But when August rolls around on the calendar, the “Media Capital of the World” shines a big fat spotlight on the hottest new talent in comedy. Now in its sixth year, the Burbank Comedy Festival promises to be a week full of laughs, shining that light on over 200 of the hottest comedians from across the globe. Headquartered at the Flappers Comedy Club Burbank, the festival runs from Sunday, August 11 to Saturday, August, 17 2019 and includes a variety of events from shows, workshops, and panel discussions.

Burbank Comedy FestivalWhat to Expect.  The highlights of the Burbank Comedy Festival are the shows that take place throughout the week at Flappers Comedy Club. Passes are available offering access to all of the events, but tickets for many of the marquee shows can be purchased individually as well. The full schedule of events includes standup performances, panels, podcasts, workshops, and a variety of smaller after party festivities.

Discover the New Kings and Queens of Comedy.  This year kicks off with a ‘Grand Opening with Hal Sparks’ on Sunday, August 11. What follows will be over 100 events showcasing some household names, some breakout up-and-comers, and many ‘unknowns’ who are ready for their chance to steal some of the spotlight and a few laughs in the process. Some events will focus on a specific aspect of the comedy field from voice-over work to stand-up to the not so funny sides of the business like marketing yourself and gaining an audience. A few of the can’t-miss events this year are the We Talk Funny panel event with some of your favorite cartoon voice actors (Monday, August 12) and the ever-popular Wittiest Women All-Female Showcase (Tuesday, August 13).

Be sure that you are ready for all of the laughs and that your Burbank Comedy Festival experience doesn’t take a turn toward tragedy by booking a room with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. No matter if you come to town for one night or the whole week of events, our convenient location less than five miles away from the Flappers Comedy Club will keep you in the center of the action while affording you all of the comforts of home (and then some)!