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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!

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!

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.

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.

Hit the Right Note with These Upcoming Hollywood Bowl Concerts

Summer is here bringing with it longer days and an abundance of Hollywood outdoor concerts.

When you think of the top destination for live music in Southern California, there is one iconic venue that stands above all of the other amphitheaters in Hollywood. With the iconic silhouette of its famed band shell, The Hollywood Bowl has hosted every top act across all genres of music since its opening in 1922. This year, their slate of Hollywood outdoor concerts is just as ripe with talent. No matter your personal preference, from swinging crooners to pop legends to a leading man turning in his SAG card to hit the stage, we’ve rounded up some of the can’t-miss shows of the summer concert season:

Upcoming Hollywood Bowl ConcertsChrissie Hynde | Saturday, July 6 - The trailblazing lead singer of The Pretenders presents a world-premiere event, making her Hollywood Bowl debut to promote her new ‘jazz-dub’ album backed by a full orchestra. But fear not, your favorite Pretenders hits will be reimagined and mixed into the set list – truly the best of both worlds!

Tony Bennett | Wednesday, July 10 - His heart may have been left in San Francisco, but this living legend is bringing his talent to Los Angeles. With seven decades of repertoire, it will be a swinging night of jazzy joy underneath the Bowl.

Hugh Jackman | Friday, July 19 & Saturday, July 20 - The Man. The Music. The Show. Talk about a tagline that rings true as the star of the stage and the silver screen will be singing the hits from his variety of musical performances. From ‘The Boy From Oz’ to ‘Les Misérables,’ this former X-Man turned ‘Greatest Showman’ will be backed by a full orchestra and few special guest stars!

Lionel Richie | Monday, August 5 - There may be no ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ but you will be partying ‘All Night Long’ with this pop legend! Even better, this event is being performed under “House Rules”, meaning you can bring your own food and drink into the Bowl!

If you want to experience any of these Hollywood Bowl concerts (or any other special events on their full schedule), make sure to book a room with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Located less than 10 miles away, our comfortable accommodations and extensive range of amenities will provide you with the perfect standing ovation-worthy encore to your night at The Bowl!

Restricted Area” No More; Take a Warner Brothers Studio Tour!

Discover the magic behind the cameras during one of the best studio tours in California!

Warner Brothers Studio TourLos Angeles is the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ and home to many of the studios that create the magical moments we enjoy on the small and large screen! Normally, backstage access to these havens of movie and television magic are off limits to the general public. Yet fear not as there are a variety of movie studio tours in California that allow you behind-the-scenes access to your favorite franchises with sets, props, and even a chance to see some stars in action!

The Warner Brothers Studio Tour is an ever-changing experience exploring the back lot and soundstages of this famed production house. Every day, the route of the tour will change based on the productions being filmed on the lot at that time. Every tour will visit the exterior sets, a working soundstage, the Batmobile Collection, DC Universe Exhibit, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, along with countless other props from a variety of classic titles from their portfolio. 

As previously noted, there are three levels of tour access to choose from:
Studio Tour – The most popular option that includes all of the above behind-the-scenes access. Between the guided tour and your own walkthrough of the interactive areas, this tour will last around three hours.
Classics Tour – A play on the standard Studio Tour, your guide will take you through the same behind-the-scenes areas but with a focus on Warner Bros. Golden Age of Film and TV and lasts slightly longer due to the added ‘Classics Made Here’ extras.
Deluxe Tour – For the superfans of movie making magic, this tour includes the entire Studio Tour plus visits to the Costume Department, the Property Department and Warner Bros.’ Commissary Fine Dining Room for a complimentary lunch. With all of the added benefits, this tour will last over five hours!

If you want to experience any of the best studio tours in California, make sure to book a room with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Take advantage of our upscale amenities and enjoy spacious, modernly-appointed accommodations, all of which are conveniently located less than five miles away from the studio lot.

Monsters Unleashed Burbank is Bringing Hip-Hop to La La Land!

Unleash your inner rhythm when the original hip hop dance convention comes to Burbank in July!

Monsters UnleashedGuess who's back – Monsters Dance is bringing back their world-renowned hip hop dance convention to the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center on July 24 through July 28. For four full days, this part convention, part competition will bring the top choreographers in the hip-hop world together to offer workshops and new techniques to each level of dancer, from the most neophyte to the almost pros! At every stop of their Monsters Unleashed tour, there will be many different opportunities for attendees to advance their knowledge of dance and own standing in the world of hip-hop. With scholarships, seminars, freestyle battles, auditions, and so much more, you have to be there to truly experience the rhythmic insanity in all its glory.

Registering for the Monsters Unleashed Los Angeles Tour Finale will automatically give you a chance to join in on over four days of professional classes, a ticket to the Monsters Show, auditions for scholarships, workshops with some of the area’s top agencies, and complimentary daily buffet lunches. There are additional “add-on” packages that will get you into some of the more prestigious competitions at the event along with professional classes and headshot sessions with the top professionals in the business. The four day event is quite intense, but if you are willing to put in the effort, you will be sure to walk away one step closer to your ultimate hip-hop dancing dream. Whether that is dancing at the clubs with your friends or taking it to the professional level like the instructors you will meet, that is all up to your own personal goal for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Elevate your Monsters Unleashed experience by staying with us at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. As the host venue for this prestigious event, we are proud to offer great rates for the all its attendees. We can’t wait to help you unleash your inner monster as you experience everything their LA Finale has to offer!

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.