Things to do in Burbank

It Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t The US Open Swing Dance Championships!

The oldest swing dancing competition in the world returns to the Burbank Convention Center this November. 

The best swing dancers are ready to compete for the title of US Open Swing Dance Champion! There are several different divisions of swing that will be competing during this four-day event at the Burbank Convention Center. In fact, there will be over 36 competitions that will make up the US Open Swing Dance Championships in 2019, taking place from Thursday, November 28 through Sunday, December 1. Many of the competing dancers have come to consider The Open as the most challenging and exciting swing competition in the world. Being the oldest competition of its kind, now in its 37th year, old friends will be reunited and new relationships will be formed.

US Open Swing Dance ChampionshipsFor those who don’t know the different between “Shag” and “Lindy”, rest assured that The Open still holds a lot of magic for all in attendance. You don’t have to be one of the hundreds of competing dancers to enjoy the event. While the ultimate achievement is to win a Championship title and the now famous “Opus” trophy, just being there and seeing all of the dance routines is a memorable event for any fan! You will feel every bit of sincerity in the event’s motto of “Share the Dream, Share the Passion”, as the dancing community always loves to expand its fandom with new dancers and non-dancers alike.

On top of the over $50,000 in cash and prizes that are awarded throughout the competitions, The World Swing Dance Council will be announcing their annual inductees into the Hall of Fame. Not to be outdone, The Open itself will be honoring the newest US Open supporter to earn the Walk of Legends award, their own version of a HOF!

If you are planning on celebrating Thanksgiving Weekend in Burbank for The Open, we hope you will consider making the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel your home-away-from-home for the holiday. Not only will we keep the spirit of the holiday in your weekend with comfortable accommodations, upscale amenities, and world-class dining options, we are the official host hotel for The Open. With the Hollywood Burbank Airport conveniently located adjacent to our hotel, there will be no travel woes for those flying into the area for the event. Better yet, we are offering a special group rate to our US Open Swing Dance attendees. Book your room today and we’ll see you on the dance floor!

For Artists, By Artists… The CTN Animation eXpo Returns for Its 11th Year!

Painting with a broad brush but with a focus on the artists, the only expo dedicated to animation talent in the US returns to the Burbank Convention Center in November. 

The CTN Animation eXpo is the only dedicated event of its kind in the US that focuses on talent in animation. Now in its 11th year and attended by more than 10,000 professionals with 340 exhibitors, the Creative Talent Network (CTN) is working on making 2019 a banner year for the eXpo (CTNX2019) with an even bigger and better event. CTN is compromised of a large community of local and international professionals and their annual eXpo is their biggest program of giving back to the artistic community. Another way that they will be giving back this year is by donating a portion of the proceeds of the event to Exceptional Minds. Exceptional Minds is a professional training academy for individuals on the autism spectrum who are pursuing their dream of having careers in animation.

CTN Animation eXpoMaybe taking some inspiration from this philanthropic endeavor, the theme for CTNX2019 is “Transformations”. Unlike previous eXpos, this year’s event is four full days, from Thursday, November 21 through Sunday, November 24. Other new additions include Master Class Workshops, an expanded Career Camp, more networking opportunities, and even After Hours events. Yet after 11 years, it is clear that some things do not need to be changed as at the heart of the event is a spirit of fun and celebration for animation and its creators. These returning facets of the eXpo that always draw the attention of attendees are the live demonstrations, networking receptions, panel discussions, personal consultations, and many other career-seeking opportunities including the aforementioned “Camp”.

Our Burbank Convention Center has had the honor of hosting this prestigious event throughout its formative years and we always look forward to celebrating our city’s Animation Week in style. As host, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is proud to be the preferred choice of accommodation for many attendees of the eXpo.  Whether local or flying in for the eXpo through the official airport of CTN, the Hollywood Burbank Airport, we are offering a special group rate for attendees. Don’t wait and book your stay today! See you in November!

Take a Bite Out of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals Official Convention

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the hit television show “The Vampire Diaries”, the two-day event is sure to “fang”-tastic! 

The final stop on The Vampire Diaries & The Originals Official Convention tour brings the blood-red carpet to Burbank for a weekend of “fang”-tastic fun on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10! Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of “The Vampire Diaries” television series, fans of both this beloved teen vampire drama and its successful spin-off “The Originals” can engage with the stars and creators who made the undead magic come alive on screen.

The Vampire Diaries and The Originals Official ConventionOver the course of two days, there will be a variety of different activities and attractions to peruse. From celebrity panels and Q&A sessions to interactive trivia games, cosplay contests, and auctions, each day will be jam-packed with opportunities to celebrate your love for the Salvatore brothers with fellow superfans.

And yes… both Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) will be on hand to celebrate the 10 years of their eternal brotherly bond. They aren’t the only Mystic Falls residents that will be descending on the Burbank Convention Center for the event. The star of “The Originals” Klaus (Joseph Morgan) would never want either brother to take all of the spotlight. And other beloved characters such as Alaric (Matthew Davis), Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), and Adrian (Micah Parker also serving as “Host” for both days) will be on hand to ring in 10 years of TVD on TV!

Based on the popular book series of the same name by L.J. Smith, the television series ran for eight seasons on The CW. Yet even though the finale was over two years ago, the fans’ love is just as undying as the supernatural characters on the screen. There are a variety of ticket packages available so you can personalize your experience to fit your level of TVD love!

Yet no matter your level of fandom, be sure to plan ahead and book a room with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel for the convention. Not only are we adjacent to the Hollywood Burbank Airport for those flying in for the event, our Burbank Convention Center is the venue for the entire weekend! As host, we are offering a special group rate for attendees, but the deadline is fast approaching. See you in November!

Run Like a Rock Star at the Griffith Park Trail 30K/Half Marathon/10K

On Saturday, November 9, you’ll discover why out of all of the Burbank marathons, “Hollywood never got this dirty before”! 

No matter how fast you can run, you’ll be sure to enjoy the Fall edition of the Griffith Park Trail 30K/Half Marathon/10K on Saturday, November 9th. The scenic course starts at Commonwealth Drive with the beautiful trail winding through the entire expanse of historic Griffith Park. This includes challenging, tough trails out to the famed Observatory, down to the Bronson Caves, that will continue on to the base of the Hollywood Sign, giving all runners unparalleled views of Downtown Los Angeles! The finish line for the most popular length of the race, the Half Marathon, is on Commonwealth Canyon Avenue.

Griffith Park Trail 30KHalf Marathon10KEven though one length may be more popular, this race will offer a trial for three – 10K, half marathon, or 30K – all throughout historic Griffith Park. It is open to walkers as well as runners, but registration is required! Living up to its name as a Hollywood Trail Rock Star Run, you can partake in a variety of incentives during and after the race. During the race, you will encounter aid stations every 2 – 3 miles that are well-stocked with Clif gels and Clif shot blocks, salty and sweet snacks, fruit and of course, water to keep you fully hydrated. Yet after the race is when the real “Rock Star” revelry can begin. First, you get your well-deserved “swag” – a beautiful finisher medal and high-tech, moisture-wicking shirt. Then, it is time to party with a post-race lunch full of savory and sweet choices to cap off your triumph in style!

The race begins for all runners 6:30 AM, but participants need to arrive early to pick up their Bib Number and Race Packet. This pick-up starts at 5:15 AM at the starting line on Commonwealth Drive. The Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is conveniently located just 10 miles away from the start of the race in Griffith Park, providing you with a perfect home base for pre and post-race experiences. The upscale comfort of our accommodations will ensure you get a great night of rest before the big day. Our pools, whirlpool spa, and fitness center will help you get over any post-race soreness. And even though that lunch may have been satisfying right after the run, the innovative California cuisine at E.D.B. (Eat, Drink, Be) is a perfect choice for a true celebratory feast!

3 California Weddings That You Can Plan For Yourself

Learn how one of the top wedding venues in Burbank can make all of your dreams come true! 

Weddings at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel

From those looking for extravagant California weddings with receptions that live up to the “Golden” moniker of our beloved state to the ones who wish for more intimate affairs with just the closest of friends and family, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel offers a wide variety of excellent ideas and flexible spaces to celebrate your big day! Our dedicated Certified Wedding Specialists are ready to help you begin planning the perfect style of our ‘Burbank Weddings’ to create a day you will remember for the rest of your lives. Here are just three of the more popular examples:

One Venue Instead of Two!

We have the ability to be both your ceremony and reception venue. Not only do many couples find this a more cost-effective strategy over having multiple locations, your guests will love not having to drive from the ceremony to the reception. Trust us – the traffic in Los Angeles lives up to its infamous reputation.

Celebrate Your Culture!

Our multicultural and multilingual hotel staff has the knowledge required to host all types of wedding celebrations, from the most traditional to custom ethnic events! We fully understand the importance of cultural nuances and along with your guidance, we will ensure to incorporate the most significant customs and rituals into your Big Day. This includes authentic cuisine, entertainment, and décor. No detail, however small, will be overlooked.

Intimate Wedding… Extravagant Reception!

Have the best of both worlds by having an intimate wedding ceremony that later transforms into a true grand affair for all of your friends and family. Our wedding venues are flexible and customizable to fit any size and will reflect your style and personal sense of romance perfectly. All of our spaces feature state-of-the-art audiovisual technology that can adapt to your needs, from slideshows to music, to videos. And when we say that we can fit any size, our Academy Ballroom can accommodate 1,900 guests! Even your Facebook friends can get an invite.

Of course, no matter what style you choose, the convenience for you and your guests have helped make us one of the top wedding venues in Burbank. Not only are our experienced staff and plentiful amenities fully at your disposal to help craft your ‘happily ever after’, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel can also serve as built-in accommodations for your entire congregation of friends and family. With the added convenience of the adjacent Hollywood Burbank Airport for guests flying into the Golden State for your Big Day, you can relax and know that without this added stress of travel to and from venues, the focus will be solely where it belongs: on celebrating two lives becoming one!


Discover the Merry Magic of the Burbank Winter Wine Walk

The holiday season officially starts in Downtown Burbank on November 16! 

If you’re looking to start the merrymaking and begin your holiday season a little early this year, look no further than the Burbank Winter Wine Walk! Thanksgiving may not roll around on the calendar until the 28th, but this year’s Burbank Wine Walk is taking place on Saturday, November 16th throughout Downtown on San Fernando Blvd. Included within the ‘social event of the year’ are a free Holiday Street Fair, live entertainment, and the can’t-miss nighttime Snow Fall! Proceeds from the event benefit Downtown Burbank, supporting local businesses and the overall community.

Burbank Winter Wine WalkEven though the Holiday Street Fair begins at noon, the Wine Walk itself commences at 4:00 PM. As a ticketed portion of this event, you should plan on arriving early to your specific check-in location. At this time, you will be given your wristband, tasting glass, and a map highlighting not only all of the tasting zones but other points of interest throughout the area. Wine sampling is from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. You can only sample the wine within the over 30 different tasting locations. When not sampling, you are free to browse the other attractions in the area.

New for this year is a special Santa VIP Lounge, an exclusive 21+ area located at The New Terrace at the Burbank Town Center. With 20 supplemental tasting opportunities, additional libations from craft beers and champagne, to fresh and festive fare whipped up by Chef Jason Collis; you will definitely feel like you are on Santa’s ‘Nice’ list this year!

The other attractions are highlighted by the all-day Holiday Street Fair, the beautiful holiday lighting displays, and of course, the snowfall at the Main Stage (starting at 6:45 PM). It will certainly feel like it is beginning to look a lot like the Christmas season in Burbank. Make this day truly feel like a holiday gift and book a stay with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Enjoy the comfort of our upscale accommodations and a variety of modern amenities near all of the best Downtown Burbank attractions.

Discover The Tasty Eats At Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel

From breakfast to dinner, our two Burbank restaurants serve up a variety of Americana food options for every meal! 

Burbank is not only a perfect travel destination – it is a foodie destination as well! Many guests who have come through our doors have had a chance to experience everything the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel has to offer, from beautiful accommodations, upscale amenities, and a dynamic duo of delectable dining! All this, and all under one roof while also being adjacent to the Hollywood Burbank Airport, has made us a convenient meeting place for business and leisure travelers alike. Yet when it comes to dining, you don’t need to be ‘just visiting’ the Golden State to swing on by and enjoy some of the local flavors being perfectly prepared by the culinary teams at our two onsite eateries. From an after work meet up with clients to a quick bite to eat before the weekend football games with friends, our restaurants have got you covered.

Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport HotelE.D.B. – Eat Drink Be

Stylish ambiance and contemporary fare go hand-in-hand at our re-imagining of what Southern California dining should be in the 21st Century! Our relaxed SoCal vibe and casual fireside outdoor seating offers local plates, inventive cocktails, craft brews and a curated selection of the best wines, both local vintage and from afar. Celebrating classic menu items but with a contemporary twist, the menu is both approachable while still being innovative. Sliders made with Wagyu Beef, quesadillas with Chicken Mole being the star stuffing, and two types of tacos to celebrate your “Tuesday” either by land (Duck) or sea (Ahi Tuna).

Daily Grill

Always made from scratch and featuring an extensive menu of American favorites, from Chicken Pot Pie to “Loaded Mac & Cheese”, our Daily Grill is one of 18 locations of this community-based chain whose mantra has won over our hearts and that of many eaters across the country – “The only thing we put before our guests is our food”. This sentiment is reflected in their unique preparations and made-to-order menu options, many of which can be prepared Gluten Friendly. They take great care to prevent cross contamination so any dietary need will respected with their commitment to flavor and freshness still shining through.

So, who’s hungry? Both of our Burbank restaurants are open and waiting for you! E.D.B. is located in our outdoor eating area and open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m,. Daily Grill is adjacent to the lobby of the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport and Convention Center and opens daily at 6:30 a.m (closing time does vary). We hope to see you soon!

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!