Things to do in Burbank

Unleash Your “Beautiful Grit” on the Dance Floor at the BellaMoxi Convention

The 2018-2019 “Frame Your Focus” Tour is coming to the Burbank Convention Center this April!

BellaMoxi = beautiful grit. - It is a term that the founders of this innovative dance convention coined to describe their fledgling creation. Now in its fourth year, the BellaMoxi Convention is making its way across the country spreading its core message of helping dancers in all disciplines and skill levels illuminate their passion while providing opportunities to continue pursuing their dream career.

BellaMoxi ConventionConvention and Competition - Season IV of the BellaMoxi Convention, entitled “Frame Your Focus” is coming to our very own Burbank Convention Center on Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28. As the previous three seasons have shown, what makes this dance convention so unique is that it seeks to expose dancers to what it truly takes to have a successful career as a dancer!

Commercial and Concert Dance - All are welcome to show off their passion for a specific style (from ballet and hip hop to musical theater), but more of an emphasis is put on training well-rounded dancers – the key to being a successful working dancer. Every weekend stop on the tour ends with thousands of scholarship dollars being awarded to the winners of a variety of competitions.

Choreographic Festival - A staple of the event, this innovative celebration showcases the talents of budding choreographers in hopes of inspiring future generations to “find their own voice through movement”! Just like the dancers and their competitions, the Choreographic Festival also involves cash prizes for the stand-out dance makers!

So, you think you can dance? Be sure to book your stay with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and take advantage of our convenient location adjacent to the Burbank Convention Center. Get ready to enjoy exhilarating days at BellaMoxi, then come back, kick off your dancing shoes, and relax in the comfort and style of our accommodations.


It’s Back! The Second Annual LA Shag Festival 2019 Returns in April!

Join us at the Burbank Convention Center and learn why “it don’t mean a thing, if you ain’t got that swing!”

Shag dancing was brought to Burbank last year with the inaugural edition of this event. Surprisingly, for a first run event, the two-day affair drew in over 500 attendees who just couldn’t wait to get down and swing! Founded by two of the area’s top modern day shag dancers, this festival sought to bring their passion and innovative techniques on this retro dance style to the masses. This year, both Stephen Sayer and Chandrae Roettig have gathered more of their professional friends to swing back into the scene with LA Shag Festival 2019 on April 12 – 14. This festival at the Burbank Convention Center promises to be even bigger and better than last year!

There are two major facets to this festival – the Nightly Parties and Daily Workshops!

LA Shag FestivalNightly Parties – 3 nights of “taster classes” in a variety of different types of shag. From Friday night’s “Collegiate Shag Taster”to Sunday night’s “The Madison Taster”, you’ll be able to pick up the subtle (and not so subtle) differences while being instructed by the pros! Each night consists of contests in a variety of shag categories and late night DJ dancing parties. And when we say “late night”, if last year was any indication, the sun will be rising and dancers will still be swinging!

Daily Workshop – The true heart and soul of this event is the two days (Saturday/Sunday) of workshops, broken down in different skill levels so you’ll never feel out of place. Last year, there was only one style offered – Shag! That, of course, returns with four different levels broken into three sessions each day (from beginner to advanced). New for 2019, the instructors will be providing workshops for a second style – L.A. Style Lindy Hop (with two skill levels and two sessions each).

Ready to swing your heart out at the LA Shag Festival 2019? Book your stay with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, the host venue for this event. Our hotel offers guests a variety of upscale accommodations and amenties, perfect for kicking back and resting those dancing feet after a full day of swinging at the adjacent Burbank Convention Center.


Hit The Right Note With These Upcoming Concerts at the Staples Center

What do superstar musical artists P!NK and Michael Bublé have in common besides their Grammy Awards?

Basketball may be finishing up earlier than expected at the Staples Center this year, but that won’t stop the crowds from flocking to this Downtown LA venue throughout the months of April and May. Check out these highlights from the concert calendar for early spring:

Concerts at The Staples CenterAn Evening with Michael Bublé | April 2 - 8:00 PM - After five sold-out world tours, this Canadian crooner is back on stage, touring all of North America in support of his most recent album “Love”. Yet you can also expect to hear the songs that have made him beloved by music fans across the globe, from “Haven’t Met You Yet” to “Home”.

P!NK: Beautiful Trauma Tour | April 15 - 7:30 PM - It is hard to believe that this tour started in March of 2018 and is still going strong. But with a legion of fans, the powerhouse vocals of this pop icon continue to sell out arenas across the world! Part pop show, part theater – this is one concert that needs to not only be heard but seen to be believed.

Ariana Grande | May 6 & 7 - 8:00 PM - The “Sweetner” World Tour is making its way to SoCal for two performances! This is one show that all fans of the current music scene will not want to say “Thank You, Next” to!

Eric Church | May 17 & 18 - 8:00 PM - Another crooner is making his way to LA, but he is of the outlaw country variety. No slick suits but just as much heartfelt lyrics, his Double Down tour is truly a feat of musicianship in itself, as he performs two totally different set lists on back-to-back nights!

Elevate your Staples Center concert experience by staying at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Located a short distance away from the iconic Downtown venue, you’ll enjoy the comfort of our luxurious guest rooms and a variety of state-of-the-art amenities like our fitness center, outdoor pools, and 24-hour room service! Book your stay today!


The All-New Synthplex Expo Is Almost Here!

The inaugural edition of this highly-anticipated synth technology expo is taking place at our Burbank Convention Center this March!

Affectionately called “Synthapalooza” by its founders, the Synthplex Expo is almost here! Taking place at our Burbank Convention Center on Thursday, March 28 through Sunday, March 31, this festival, simply put, revolves around “all-things-synthesizer”. Part genre, part instrument, it would be hard to classify Synthplex as a standard convention, as there is so much in store for all who decide to attend.

Synthplex ExpoCreated by two life-long synthesizer enthusiasts, Michael Learmouth and Michael Lehmann Boddicker, this four-day expo will feature:

Educational and Technology Seminars.  Be sure to catch the Electronic Music History Seminar!

Masters’ Sessions with Industry Legends.  Even though the performances may be the most attended, the Question and Answer panels will give you the most insight into the genre and techniques from the musicians who play them.

Trade Show Exhibits. Showing off the latest technology that you can try out and then buy!

Hands-On Workshops.  For the true DIYers – build your own synth equipment!

Live Performances.  Over 20+ performances are planned throughout the four days!

Pop-Up Synth Museum.  A whole collection of synthesizers will be on display for you to experience hands-on.

Even if you don’t know a Moog Modular from a Mellotron, all music lovers will find something to enjoy at this first of its kind event.  To fully complement your experience, be sure to book a room with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.  We look forward to making magic musical memories with you soon!


The Ultimate Tinseltown Experience – Hollywood Studio Tours

Experience La La Land like never before by taking one (or all) of these exclusive Hollywood Studio Tours! 

As we’re currently entrenched in “Movie Awards Season”, now is the perfect time to consider taking a behind-the-scenes look at where all of the magic you see on screen happens. For regular visitors to our area of the Golden State, you’re probably well-versed in the three official Hollywood Studio Tours that are open to the public. Yet for a slight refresher course, here are the basics:

Hollywood Studio ToursWarner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood – Get a glimpse at a true backstage studio experience. Iconic landmarks will be recognizable to any film fan, such as the iconic WB water tower, and the exhibits cater to fans of some of the most popular franchises in contemporary cinema (Batman and many other DC Superheroes and Harry Potter) You may even get a chance to see the set for the last season of The Big Bang Theory!

Paramount Studio Tour – With over a hundred years of history behind the walls of this studio, there’s a lot to see! While you will get a true intimate experience on the backlot of a working studio, that history is also on full display when you explore the new “Tour Center” and “Prop Warehouse” along with longstanding iconic filming locations that have always made up the bulk of the tour.

Sony Pictures Studio Tour – Very similar to its “Paramount” counterpart, this backstage experience is on a fully functioning studio. Yet this time, instead of catching a glimpse of the actors on the set of “This Is Us” or “NCIS”, you may spot the team of “The Goldbergs” or even Pat Sajak on his way to tape “Wheel of Fortune”!

After your trip through the magic of the movies, you’ll want a comfortable place to come back to your life “behind-the-scenes”. Book your room with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, conveniently located near all three iconic Hollywood landmarks.


Feel the Rhythm at the ASH Dance Convention

Join us for this unique dance convention on its California tour stop at the Burbank Convention Center this April.

Since the first event held in 2010, Artists Simply Human has had one goal: to bring together those with a love for dance from around the globe to share in their passion. Thus, the ASH Dance Convention was born and since has featured a one-of-a-kind faculty who are meant to motivate, inspire, energize, and renew your passion for dance.

ASH Dance ConventionThis year, the SoCal stop on the tour takes place on Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7 at our Burbank Convention Center. Each of the three days consists of workshop classes in various genres from Contemporary and Hip Hop to the more traditional Ballet and Tap. The dance convention concludes with special Performance Showcases, giving all of the dancers an opportunity to perform in a non-competitive environment while still receiving critiques from the renowned faculty members.

Stripping away the competitive aspect of similar conventions, ASH solely focuses its attention on the dancer and their own personal growth. This is achieved through, longer class times, smaller class sizes, Q&A sessions with faculty members, different levels for dancers ages 4 through professional, live webcasts of all performance showcases and monetary scholarships to continue pursuing your dreams.  

Round off your ASH Dance Convention experience by staying with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.  Experience the convenience and comfort of our accommodations, whether you are local or flying in through the nearby Hollywood Burbank Airport for the convention!


Calling All Robots in Disguise: Join Us for TFcon USA 2019!

Save the dates and join us for the world’s largest fan-run Transformers convention this March!

This long-running convention may have been founded in The Great White North, but in its 18th year, California is where you want to experience it first-hand! Why? We’re not being biased just because TFcon USA 2019 is taking place at our Burbank Convention Center. No, it’s because an event that has been 35 years in the making is “rolling out” … and only in Burbank!

Just as the organizers of the world’s largest fan-run Transformers convention have been slowly revealing their big surprise for the 35th Anniversary of the series, we’ll start you off with some basics. TransformersCon began in Canada in 2002 with an attendance that couldn’t even break 200! Now, TFcon is the most-attended convention honoring the series in the world! Since 2014, the organizers have taken the convention on the road with this year’s USA event taking place at the Burbank Convention Center on Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17.

TFcon USA 2019The event features the standard types of convention attractions line, Transformers merchandise for sale, guest Q&A panels, autograph sessions and fan contests and games!

Now, for the surprise – TFcon 2019 USA will feature a Generation One Reunion! To those who don’t know their Autobots from their Decepticons, this assembling of voice actors, comic book writers, artists, and toy designers that contributed to this fictional universe since 1984 is a once-in-a-lifetime happening! The names that have been announced thus far, including Jerry Houser – the original voice of Junkyard, Sandstorm, and Sweep in his first-ever convention, have fans counting the days until March 15!

There’s “more than meets the eye” to this three-day event! Whether you’re local or flying in through the nearby Hollywood Burbank Airport, you’ll want a convenient place to “roll out” from. As hosts of TFcon, you’ll find no better home-base than the luxurious comfort of the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel!


The 4 Things You Can Find at This Year’s Hollywood Connection Convention

The most inspiring dance event is coming to the Burbank Convention Center this February!

They teach to inspire the next generation of dancers and are set to return to the Burbank Convention Center on Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 17! Hollywood Connection Convention & Competition teaches all of the fundamentals of dance in a fun environment. Whether you plan on pursuing a career in the field or just want to learn a few moves to bust out on the dance floor with your friends, this three-day convention has events that will cater perfectly to you!

So, what are you looking to find?

Hollywood Connection Convention & CompetitionFind Your Technique

Two full days of classes where dancers are called by names, not numbers. These classes are personal, providing the chance for feedback directly from the HC instructor. All of the faculty members are seasoned veterans in the field and are ready to “go the extra mile” for their students. Classes include:  Jazz/Contemporary Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary Lyrical, Jazz Funk, Hip-Hop, Musical Theater and “Dancing in Heels”.

Find Your Connection

For the teachers, Studio Owner Business Seminars are meant to help those who teach dance reignite their passion for the art by learning fresh approaches and business practices. For the dancers, shine bright throughout your class or competition, and you’ll have a chance to audition for a top dance agent!

Find Your Passion

Two nights of dance competition will pit the best-of-the-best against each other in friendly (but fierce) battles. The four age divisions are:

  • Superstars/Mini – Ages 7-9
  • Co-Stars/Juniors – Ages 9-11
  • Guest Stars/Teens – Ages 11-14
  • Producers/Seniors – Age 14+

Find Your Joy

The Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is proud to play a small role in Hollywood Connection as the official venue. Whether you’re local or flying in through the nearby Hollywood Burbank Airport, book a room with us to ensure you have the perfect home-base for the event. Don’t wait as rooms are filling up!


Celebrate Lunar New Year 2019 at Universal Studios Hollywood

2019 is the Year of Pig and Universal Studios Hollywood will celebrate its arrival from Saturday, February 2 through Sunday, February 17.

A trip to Universal Studios Hollywood is always an enjoyable experience for the whole family. Who wouldn’t want to get lost in the magic of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or take a ride through the streets with Fast & Furious – Supercharged? And while these attractions will still draw thousands through the gates this February, there’s an extra special reason you should consider making the trip to the Burbank area during the second month of the year – their Lunar New Year 2019 celebration (from February 2 – 17)! What can you expect from this two-week festival?

Universal Studios HollywoodCultural Performance and Decorations – Even though much of the actual park will remain unchanged, Universal Plaza will be transformed with traditional red Chinese lanterns and a beautiful plum blossom Wish Tree. It may not rival the majesty of Hogwarts in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter area, but you’ll get lost in the pageantry of the celebrations of the Year of the Pig!

Kung Fu Panda’s Dragon Warrior Training – In this interactive stage show, kids will learn a few basic moves from their favorite Kung Fu Panda from the film series  – Master Po!

Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop – Serving up culturally-themed foods, Master Po’s adoptive goose of a father will be on hand to meet-and-greet his patrons. Foods include “secret ingredient stir-fry noodles” and “Po’s dumplings”.

Character Interactions – Ever wanted to meet a Mandarin-speaking Transformer or hobnob with Sanrio’s iconic cat character? Both Megatron and Hello Kitty will be on hand to greet guests during the festivities.

Cap off your Year of the Pig celebrations by booking a room with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Located less than 5 miles away from Universal Studios Hollywood, the convenience and comfort of our spacious accommodations will provide you with the perfect home base for your Lunar New Year adventure!


Top 3 Reasons to Visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not Hollywood

Learn why you should consider taking a trip to the two-floor Ripley’s Odditorium to explore the most bizarre attraction in Hollywood! 

“Seeing is believing” has never been more apropos than when describing the oddity-laden attraction known as Ripley’s Believe It or Not! With museums, or the so aptly named “odditoriums”, all over the country, this franchise has been a beloved part of Hollywood Boulevard since its opening in 1992. But a lot has changed since Ripley’s Odditorium opened its doors, bringing with it new reasons why you will want to visit this bizarre attraction.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not HollywoodOne - 2 Floors and 13 Galleries of Odd Fun!  We won’t spoil all of the odd surprises (and with a rotating collection of the strangest things from across the globe, it would be hard to do), but you’ll be sure to be amazed or at least entertained. Your journey through Ripley’s Odditorium is self-guided and at your own pace. Want to spend more time staring at the shrunken head collection? Go for it! Rushing through to get that perfect selfie with a prehistoric cave bear? We won’t judge. The only way to truly describe what’s inside is to take a trip through the 13 galleries for yourself.

Two - Ripley’s Smash Dash. One of the newest additions to Ripley’s Hollywood is this state-of-the-art interactive experience! Only the sharpest of reflexes will come out on top in this race against time or your best friend/bitter rival. Buttons will light up and buzz around you with only seconds on the clock to turn them off.

And Three - Walking Distance To Other Can’t Miss Attractions.  Adjacent to the Odditorium are both The Hollywood Wax Museum and the Guinness World’s Records Museum.

After exploring the stranger side of life, you’ll be in need of a relaxing haven for your retreat back to normalcy. Located only a short distance away from Ripley’s Hollywood, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is not only normal but comfortable, contemporary, and welcoming. Book your stay with us today!