Emmy weekend will be busier than usual this year, with the telecast shifting to Monday and contending with rush hour traffic near downtown L.A.’s Nokia Theatre. The party scene will also be complicated by Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards at the Forum in Inglewood, with Video Vanguard Award winner Beyonce, Maroon 5, Usher, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer scheduled to perform. Here’s your guide to the festivities.
Wednesday, Aug. 20
Directors Nominee reception, 7 p.m. at the DGA. The Television Academy salutes the director nominees.
Thursday, Aug. 21
Icon Mann pre-Emmys Salute to Black Men in Television: The Evolution of Character, 6 p.m. at the Charles Aidikoff Screening Room. SAG-AFTRA’s David White will moderate a panel discussion celebrating black actors in television.
Two Feet Project’s Pre-Emmy dinner, 7 p.m. at Rivabella. The cocktail reception and dinner is a fundraising event for Two Feet Project’s work in Kenya. Among expected guests are Lance Reddick and Tamara Tunie.
Writers Nominee reception, 7 p.m. at the TV Academy. The Academy salutes the writer nominees.
Audi Celebrates Emmy week, 7 p.m. at Cecconi’s. The annual celebration, in its fifth year, draws “Modern Family” favorites like Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, as well as Fred Armisen and Michelle Dockery. As the official automotive partner of the TV Academy, celebs will be chauffeured in A8 TDI vehicles throughout the week.
OK! TV Pre-Awards party, 7:30 p.m. at Sofitel Los Angeles. The party will honor nominees and presenters as well as spotlight celebs’ charities of choice with a “giving carpet.” Among the talent expected: Mark Ballas, Nigel Lythgoe and “Power’s” Naturi Naughton.
Friday, Aug. 22
Vanity Fair and Maybelline New York’s Toast to “Veep,” 7 p.m. at Sunset Tower. The HBO show celebrates seven nominations including one for comedy series and leading lady Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Producers Nominee reception, 7 p.m. at the London West Hollywood. The TV Academy salutes the producer nominees. Expected to attend: “Louie’s” Blair Breard, Dante Di Loreto, Noah Hawley and Steven Levitan.
Heifer International’s Beyond Hunger: A Place at the Table gala, 8 p.m. at the Montage Beverly Hills. Honorees include Diane Lane, Ian Somerhalder, Annie Griffiths, Tom Colicchio and Lori Silverbush.
CAA party, at Bouchon.
Saturday, Aug. 23
Women Making History event presented by National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Magazine, noon at the Skirball Cultural Center. Honorees include Sophia Bush, Lesa France Kennedy, and Callie Khouri.
BAFTA/LA tea party, 2 p.m. at the SLS Hotel. Yanks and Brits alike can forgo tea and scones for champers at the annual event. Among the expected guests: newly crowned Emmy winner Uzo Aduba, Angela Bassett, “Downton Abbey’s” Joanne Froggatt and Gareth Neame.
Performers Nominee Reception, 6:30 p.m. at Spectra by Wolfgang Puck, Pacific Design Center. The TV Academy salutes performers and presents certificates. Among the expected honorees: “Masters of Sex’s” Lizzy Caplan, “The Good Wife’s” Josh Charles and “Fargo’s” Billy Bob Thornton.
UTA party, 7:30 p.m. at a private residence.
WME party, 8 p.m. at a private residence.
Women in Film/Variety party, 8:30 p.m. at Gracias Madre. Host committee includes stars Lena Dunham, Julianna Margulies and Kerry Washington, honchos Bela Bajaria, Nancy Dubuc, Paul Lee, Michael Lombardo, Gary Newman, Jennifer Salke, Ted Sarandos, Nina Tassler and Dana Walden.
Entertainment Weekly party, 9 p.m. at Fig & Olive. Among the expected guests: “Orange Is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox, Amy Poehler and Kerry Washington. Presenting sponsors are L’Oreal Paris and Hearts on Fire.
Sunday, Aug. 24
ICM Partners Annual Emmy Brunch, 11:30 a.m. at a private residence.
NBC party, 5 p.m. at Boa. Before the big telecast, NBCU will celebrate its nominees at a casual bash.
Showtime’s Emmy Eve party, 7 p.m. at Sunset Tower. KT Tunstall will perform for Showtime’s nominees including Claire Danes, Matt LeBlanc and Edie Falco.
MPTF’s Evening Before, 8 p.m. at the Lawn at Century Park. Foundation Committee Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg and host committee fundraise for MPTF. Among the regulars will be Matt Bomer, Connie Britton, Bryan Cranston and Jon Hamm.
Monday, Aug. 25
The 66th Emmy Awards, 5 p.m. on NBC at the Nokia Theatre
Governors Ball, 8 p.m. at the L.A. Convention Center. “20 Feet From Stardom’s” Judith Hill will perform for partygoers, backed by the Red Hot Band. Dance troupe Extreme Bean will also perform among the “kaleidoscope of color” LED/laser light display throughout the ballroom. Chef Joachim Splichal and Patina Catering will oversee a three-course menu.
Fox Broadcasting, Twentieth Century Fox TV, FX, National Geographic Channel party, 8 p.m. at Vibiana. The whole Fox family will get together to celebrate their diverse nominees including “American Horror Story,” “Cosmos,” “Glee” and “Modern Family.”
HBO party, 8 p.m. at the Pacific Design Center. HBO’s fetes are always must-attends on the party circuit. With 99 nominations for the network, expect to see the casts of “Veep,” “The Normal Heart,” and “True Detective” making the rounds.
AMC & IFC afterparty, 8:30 p.m. at Boa. Last year’s party featured an epic danceoff between “Breaking Bad’s” Dean Norris and “Dancing With the Stars” pro Derek Hough. (Guess who “won”?) Expect the stars of “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” to toast “Bad’s” swan song.
Netflix Primetime Emmy Celebration, 9 p.m. at the Chateau Marmont. Netflix is already doing better than last year, picking up seven Emmys at Saturday’s Creative Arts Emmys and celebrating with an afterparty at Cecconi’s. With 31 total nominations, the party should be hopping with Kevin Spacey and the “House of Cards” crew welcoming rookies “Orange Is the New Black.”