Home Tips: 10 Home Décor Crafts to Turn Your Home Into an Autumnal Oasis

Transforming your home into an autumnal oasis could be as simple as focusing on the small accents you’re bringing into each room of your home. When it comes to the changing of seasons, there is nothing more exciting than when summer fades into fall. The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling down, and your coffee order changes from iced to hot. Fall is a time to put your beach towels back in storage, and get back into regular routines. Thus, making it the ideal opportunity to return to your crafting room with these 10 Fall DIY crafts in mind.

1. Fabric Pumpkins

Fabric pumpkins are a fresh way to display seasonal gourds. You can pair sewn faux pumpkins among real ones (some of which you can spray or sponge paint) during this fall season. Imagine — spare branches, scattered leaves, and these pumpkins displayed in your home. Autumnal oasis dreams.

Home Décor Craft: Sew linen, silk, and velvet into adorable faux pumpkins that can be displayed and reused every year.

2. Wheat Cluster

For an easy, lightweight decoration that still evokes the glorious fall harvest, try these dried wheat bundles.

Home Décor Craft: Begin by bundling together three to ten stalks of wheat. Then, wrap the stalks of wheat together in twine. Leave about three feet of twine hanging off the bunch in a tail. Next, cut the stalks to approximately three-inches in length. Repeat for as many bundles as desired. Then, push the separate tails on the twines through a chosen bead, loop all at the end, and tie it into a knot. Hang it upside down on your front door as a creative way to say hello to the fall season!

3. Rustic Woven Lanterns

Thinking of dressing your dinner table with fresh center pieces this holiday season? Look no further with this eco-friendly and chic way to upgrade your dinner table.

Home Décor Craft: Upcycle old mesh placemats by cutting & rolling them into tubes and stitching them along the seams. Place cylinder shaped votives around candles. Wax, soy, or electric candles – your guests won’t be able to spy the difference! Candlelight will gracefully flicker through the loose weave of the hurricane lanterns as you entertain over dinner.

4. Soft Seats

With this DIY craft, dinner isn’t going to be the only warm thing at your table. With these simple slipcovers, you can instantly reinvent dining chairs at your formal dining table over the holidays.

Home Décor Craft: To start, simply drape a finished sheepskin over the back of the chair before securing it with Ultrasuede-tape or cord. Extra fall points for choosing a contrasting cord color. Next, finish securing them to the chair by threading the tie through the sheepskin on each side with a tapestry needle (that will help you create a cuff over the chair’s top). Knot the ends and let them hang loose. Voila!

5. Gingham Knit Blanket

Believe it or not, you don’t need to be an expert knitter to tackle this DIY project; you can make this cozy throw blanket with quick-to-knit strips.

Home Décor Craft: Gather scarves in the colors you want, and sew them together. That’s it! Below, scarves of alternating stripes are sewn together to create a unique gingham pattern.

6. Harvest Branches

We love how easy these fleeced branches are to put together. Specifically how they have the power to add a touch of warm color to any setting you place them in.

Home Décor Craft: Simply pull a bit of fleece roving off a ball, and then press the end of the fiber against the branch. Start wrapping tightly, gently pulling the fleece apart (without tearing it) as you go. Wrap the branches until the piece of fleece runs out. Add more fleece as needed to cover the branch. When adding, wrap over the last inch of wrapped fleece with e.

The friction of your fingers on the fibers and the natural oils form your skin help the fleece stay on the branch and adhere to itself.

7. Pumpkin Spice Scented Candles

If you’re among the camp that counts down the days until you can sip a classic pumpkin spice latte once again, these homemade candles are for you. Poured into orange-tinted mason jars, they throw off an especially autumnal glow in any area you might have in mind.

Home Décor Craft: Hot glue candle wick to bottom of festive colored jar. Bring water to a boil in a pot (filled half way). Reduce to a simmer. Place a different jar with broken up candle wax inside into the pot of simmering water. Water should be about 1/2 way up the side of the jar. When the wax becomes liquid add a heaping tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice. Mix. Carefully pour the liquid wax into the festive colored jar. If the candle wick starts to tilt, secure the wick between two sticks or pencils. Set aside to cool overnight. Trim the wick. Light it up!

8. Nut Wreath

Celebrate fall’s abundance of almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and walnuts with this festive decoration. Use any hard-shelled nuts, including acorns you gather from your own backyard.

Home Décor Craft: Gather all your nuts, small and large. Begin hot gluing the large ones together to form the shape of your wreath. Add in the small nuts as you go to fill in the spaces. Let cool, and hang on door. Ta da!

9. Embroidered Throw Pillows

Upgrade a pair of store-bought wide-weave cushions by tricking them out with bright neutral yarns sewn directly into the weave.

Home Décor Craft: Grab some of your favorite colored yarn and sew in fun patterns and fringe with a tapestry needle. That’s it. Truly. 

10. Block-Printed Linens

Block-printed linens are costly to buy, but surprisingly simple to make. With some textile paint, muslin fabric, and woodblock stamps, you can create linens that are exclusive and unique.

Home Décor Craft: Begin by layering a paper towel on top of a foam sheet; lay pre-washed muslin fabric on top, and smooth out any wrinkles. Then, pour your choice of textile paint on a plate. Next, dab a sponge in the paint and smooth it evenly onto a wooden printing block with a unique pattern. Stamp it on the muslin fabric. Let dry. Pictured are indigo shades, but you can substitue for any color of your choosing.

Where To Watch 4th Of July Fireworks In Los Angeles

The 4th of July is coming. That means all over L.A., events are popping up and fireworks will be freaking out your dog.

If you’re looking for what to do, where to go and what to see to commemorate America’s birthday, check out the rundown below!

JUNE 29-JULY 1 WEEKEND

SOUTH GATE
June 29 – July 4, times vary by day

Finally, an event that will have a ton of fried food and cotton candy! South Gate is hosting its annual 4th of July Carnival, every day from Friday to Wednesday. There will be rides and games, and fireworks on the 4th at 9 p.m. More info here.

4900 Southern Ave, South Gate
Cost: Free


SANTA MONICA
June 30, 4-9:30 p.m.

Boasting the “biggest, most sensational patriotic community event on the Westside,” Santa Monica College’s pre-4th celebration will include picnicking, special exhibits, live entertainment, and a nighttime firework show. There will be plenty of food available for purchase, so don’t worry about packing everything you need. There will also be a food drive, so bring any non-perishable items you have sitting around.More info here.

1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica
Cost: Free

EL SERENO
June 30, 5-10 p.m.

Also sponsored by Councilmember Jose Huizar, in partnership with El Sereno Bicentennial Committee, the concert and fireworks show will start at 5 p.m., but an Independence Day Parade will start at 10 a.m. The concert will feature Tierra, a Latin R&B band — so expect to be wooed and soothed by nightfall. More info here.

El Sereno Park, 4721 Klamath St., Los Angeles
Cost: Free

MALIBU
July 1, 8-10 p.m.

Malibu city fireworks will take place over the water, starting after sunset. Sunday isn’t the only night to see fireworks over the water, though. Malibu will set fireworks off in Paradise Cove and Malibu Colony on the 4th as well. More info here.

21600 block of PCH, Malibu
Cost: Free

MANHATTAN BEACH
July 1, 5-7 p.m.

Picnic, concert, and salute to the troops: Manhattan Beach will have it all for two hours. Parking will be tight, so rideshare services and carpooling are encouraged. There will be a marching band, wind ensemble, brass and woodwind quintets, and any other ceremonial music you can imagine. It’s time to get your old time patriotism on! More info here.

Polliwog Park Amphitheater, 1601 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Cost: Free

 

REDONDO BEACH
July 1, 2-10 p.m.

Bring beach blankets, umbrellas, chairs, food, and whatever else you need for a day at the beach, full of arts & crafts, music, and swimming. If you don’t feel like packing food, no worries — Ruby’s Diner will be providing a special menu for the occasion. It’ll be a teaser for Redondo Beach’s all-day celebration on the 4th. More info here.

Seaside Lagoon Redondo Beach, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach
Cost: $25

EAGLE ROCK
July 1, 5-10 p.m.

Sponsored by Councilmember Jose Huizar and the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce, the 9th annual concert in the park and fireworks show will take place at Eagle Rock Park. The concert will feature the Spazmatics, an ’80s band from Thousand Oaks. The show is picnic style, but don’t bring alcohol, pets, canopies, umbrellas or glass bottles. More info here.

Eagle Rock Park, 1100 Eagle Vista Drive
Cost: Free

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4

ROSE BOWL
2-9:30 p.m.

To start, there are L.A.’s big annual traditions. The Rose Bowl is hosting its 92nd AmericaFest, which includes a Michael Jackson sing-a-long. You can watch the fireworks from the bowl, and bring picnic blankets — but no big bags allowed.

1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103
Cost: $15-30

HOLLYWOOD BOWL
7:30-10 p.m.

The Go-Gos will headline the annual fireworks spectacular, which means you can channel your inner 80’s diva and crimp your hair (finally!). The event will also include performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with conductor Thomas Wilkins.

2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Cost: Prices vary

GRAND PARK DTLA
3-10 p.m.

Not all of the major annual events cost money. The 4th of July Block Party at Grand Park is free. Expect lots of live music, games, art activities, and Angelenos picnicking. Parking will be hard to find, as always in DTLA, so you can take Metro’s Red or Purple Lines to Grand Park Station, or take the Gold Line to Little Tokyo.

200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: Free

RESIDENT IN DTLA
1-7 p.m.

Some 4th of July events are smaller, but equally as appealing. For example, a Daft Punk and 4th of July themed brunch at the Hewitt in DTLA. Food will be available throughout and there will be lots of music (and Daft Punk).

428 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Cost: $0-$10

MARINA DEL REY
All day

Head to Marina del Rey and start your day with the crowds arriving at noon to spend the day at the beach. Enjoy the typical sites of Marina del Rey, or do some kayaking and paddleboarding. The firework start at 9 p.m. and last 20 minutes.

13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Cost: Free

REDONDO BEACH PIER
All day

Redondo Beach will also be hosting fireworks over the water for free — spend the day at the beach and stay until 9, when fireworks start.

121 W Torrance Blvd #103, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Cost: Free

Schedule courtesy of LAist.

 

Weekend Events: April 27 – 29

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend in L.A. (April 27 to April 29) includes a Gala in the Gardens, Our L.A. Voices: Arts Festival at Grand Park, The Eclectic free music festival and art walk in South Pasadena, Street Food Cinema, Santa Monica Wine Fest, Taste of the Eastside and MUCH more.

Enjoy!

Friday April 27th, 2018

1. Alcove and Big Bar presents their annual Gala in the Gardens spring time festival. Guests can expect five completely different experiences and signature cocktails to go with each space. Highlights include a boozy tea garden and a Putt Putt Goose mini golf experience. Admission is free. FREE

2. Our L.A. Voices: Arts Festival at Grand Park happening April 27-29 is recognized as the “Best of L.A. Arts Festival,” a weekend long art celebration featurinf visual art showcases including dance, music and theatre performances, alongside traditional art pieces. FREE

3. The TCM Classic Film Festival, will return to Los Angeles from April 26 to 29 bringing over 80 movie screenings — including new restorations of landmark films — and panel discussions at several iconic Hollywood venues.

4. There’s a SURVIVOR themed comedy show happening at The Virgil featuring stand-up vs. sketch comedians with hilarious challenges to determine who is the comedy SURVIVOR. FREE

5. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of The Montalban in Hollywood and LEVEL in DTLA with multiple screenings this weekend that include Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Silence of the Lambs and more.

6. Immerse yourself in eight days of French film, documentaries, and TV shows when the COLCOA French Film Festival takes over the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Hollywood from April 23-30.

7. Amy Herzog’s Belleville continues its first-ever Los Angeles run at the Pasadena Playhouse this weekend. The play stars Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect, True Blood) and Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces, The Newsroom) in a production that Entertainment Weekly calls a “shocking thrill ride that will leave you breathless.” Performances run this Friday (8 p.m.) and Saturday (2 and 8 p.m.), with engagements continuing on select dates through May 13.

8. Pasadena’s One Colorado hosts its first-ever Happy Hour Week from April 25-May 1 offering live entertainment and specially priced drinks and bites from local restaurants.

9. Visit the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, a majestic Mediterranean masterpiece built in 1915 and designed by distinguished architect Reginald Davis Johnson, from April 22-May 20. The tours have been going strong since 1948, it’s also one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the country.

10. Happy Place has found a new home at LA Live’s Event Deck, opening on April 26 and running through May 27 the very Instagram friendley experience will feature a giant pot of gold and indoor confetti dome, a bath tub filled with rubber duckies and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. The Museum of Failure has a new location on Hollywood and Highland with new exhibits and products that include Juicero, Facebook Gifts, RCA SelectaVision, Pets.com, and Google Wave. There’s also an entire section dedicated to Hollywood with some of the industry’s biggest fails. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. The Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical Blues in the Night kicks off a three-week run at The Wallis this Friday.

13. Decompress at Mystic Journey Crystals in Venice with a crystal sound bath that combines original compositions and performances with crystal singing bowls.

14. On the last Friday of each month the California Market Center hosts a public sample sale with hundreds of showrooms offering men, women and children fashion as well as gift and home items at below-retail prices.

15. The VOID’s virtual reality experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is now open in the Glendale Galleria. The “hyper-reality” experience puts players in a 360 virtual world allowing them to touch, smell, and sensing their surroundings.

16.  260LA will host a Paul Smith sample sale event April 24-29 in Beverly Hills with mens and women’s apparel, shoes and accessories at a steep discount.

17. Stash House, a new escape room in L.A. will allow you and your friends to get actively involved in a crime drama — with zero chance of going to prison. Happening all week.

18. Step inside The Museum of Illusions in Hollywood and find yourself in a classic painting, part of a cartoon, part of current events, inside movies and much more. Highlights include watching the Titanic go down, “climbing” a sheer cliff and other eye popping visuals. Happening all week.  (DISCOUNTED)via Goldstar.

Saturday April 28th, 2018

19The Eclectic, a free music festival and art walk, returns for its 10th year along the streets of South Pasadena for an afternoon of entertainment on four outdoor stages, along with ten other venues, and 50+ musical performances planned with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy headlining the event. There will also be open houses at art galleries and studios. FREE

20. The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show comes to Union in Arlington Heights featuring over 150 local artists, live body painting, live art, an eclectic lineup of live musicians and DJs, and more. Come hungry , there will be a FREE pancake bar all night long.

21. Street Food Cinema returns with its first event of 2018, a screening of Dazed and Confused. at L.A. State Historic Park

22. Ms. Lauryn Hill, Cypress Hill, five of Bob Marley’s sons, Tom Morello and a host of reggae superstars will perform at Kaya Fest, a music and awareness festival commemorating Bob Marley’s landmark album Kaya, at National Orange Show (NOS) Events Center in San Bernardino on April 28-29. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Spend a day sipping tea in a gorgeous garden while enjoying the ocean view during Tea by the Seaat the historic Point Fermin Lighthouse in San Pedro. There will also be garden tours, craft booths, self-guided lighthouse tours, and more.

24. Enjoy two days in the sand listening to some sweet sounds when Travis and Fedley’s Back To The Beach Festival hits Huntington State Beach April 28-29. The music lineup includes many ska and 90’s rock favorites, including 311, Sublime with Rome, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone (with the original line up), Goldfinger (featuring Travis Barker), The Aquabats, Save Ferris, Less Than Jake and many more special guests.

25. Japan House Los Angeles (JHLA) presents Takeo Paper Show titled SUBTLE, an experimental exploration of paper, on view from April 13 through May 23, 2018. The exhibit will showcase innovative paper creations that will have you look at paper in an entirely different way. To celebrate this exhibit JHLA will host several free air vase workshops where you’ll learn how to make a vase with paper on Saturday. FREE

26. The Santa Monica Wine Fest comes to Barker Hangar on April 28-29 for two days of wine-tasting with over 50 wineries. Santa Monica Wine Fest benefits the Surfrider Foundation, an organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

27. de Plume gallery’s spring group show titled Skin and Bone will examine the human figure through the eyes of artists THEOHUXXX, Gino Belassen, Matthew Floriani, Ilaria Bochicchio and Bo Bosk. The opening reception from 6-10 p.m. is free to attend. Skin and Bone will be on view till May 24, 2018. FREE

28. The Smokers Club Fest comes to the Queen Mary Waterfront in Long Beach April 28 29 for a two-day hip-hop music festival by the water. Line up includes Wiz Khalifa, School Boy Q, Kid Cudi, 2 Chainz, Mac Miller, Ty Dolla $ign, Isaih Rashad, and Lil Pump.

29. Jackalope is an indie fair that boasts over 150 handmade makers ranging in products from home décor, food and houseware, to fashion accessories and body products will take over Pasadena Central Park on April 28-29.

30. Smog City Brewing in Torrance celebrates its fifth anniversary with a lively party and loads of beer. Your ticket gets you a gift bag with new brew, Awkward Teenager, a haze-influenced, murky IPA brew. There will also be beer cocktails, creatively concocted with fruits, salts and cordials.

31. Contribute to the beauty of the City of Angels by volunteering to clean up the L.A. River. This Saturday FOLAR will be working at Compton Creek at Del Amo Metro Station, Golden Shore Marine Reserve, and Willow Street Estuary.

32. The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is back at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale for another year of fun every Saturday and Sunday from April 7 through May 20. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. ROW DTLA teams up with Unique Markets for several Unique L.A. mini markets to celebrate their 10th anniversary. The shopping event will feature a monthly rotation of hand-picked local artists, designers, and emerging brands.

34. Get a glimpse of what Los Angeles looked like during the Victorian era when the Homestead Museum’s Victorian Fair of the Far West on April 28-29 takes place.  The fair will include live music, dance lessons, pie-eating contests, self-guided tours of the museum’s historic houses, crafts, a petting zoo, and more. Admission and parking are free and Victorian dress is encouraged. FREE

35. On Saturday, Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse celebrates Independent Bookstore Day with activities for all ages. Bookworms can enjoy poetry readings, guests authors, a book drive, give-aways, signings and special story times with visits from therapy and rescue dogs.

Sunday April 29th, 2018

36. Taste of the Eastside returns to Los Angeles River Center and Gardens for a day of celebrating food and drink from Eastside neighborhoods including Silver Lake, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Atwater Village and beyond.

37. The family-friendly Puppet Festival at the Skirball will feature various performances & storytelling through the art of puppetry, as well as a chance to make your own puppets.

38. The Pickwick Vintage Show returns to Pickwick Gardens in Burbank with an array of vintage clothing and items from the last century for sale from over 65 exhibitors from across Southern California.

39. Speak Easy Yoga is a brand-new series curated especially for Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown on Sundays through the end of May. Do a down dog with music from the 1920s and if you choose to follow your yoga session with the Indigo’s Bootlegger Brunch, you’ll enjoy your first drink free with proof of yoga ticket purchase.

40. The go-to flea market for vintage 20th century design is back this Sunday. Downtown Modernismwill take place at the Modernica factory showroom, where attendees can browse over 80 vintage modern dealers.

41. AutoCon Los Angeles, a celebration of all things automotive, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday.

42. Take a stroll down the T.V. Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood. Dedicated to television pioneers, you’ll see a 27-foot Emmy Award, a life-sized statue of Johnny Carson and other legends of the small screen contained in the plaza. FREE

43. ETA in Highland Park is throwing a Luau for their 2nd anniversary on Sunday. The shindig will take place from noon to 6 p.m. and will feature Hawaiian Kulua Pork, tiki cocktails, and DJ tunes. No cover.

44. There’s a free seminar on humanely coexisting with wildlife at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Topics include how to prevent wild critters from visiting your property and steps to take when a wild animal is seen in your neighborhood. No RSVP is required. FREE

45. Checkout some local businesses during Angel City Brewery’s Beer Bazaar. Enjoy some beers and food truck eats as you shop Tiger Moon Designs, The Sellout, Dang GIrl, Petralis, Rock & Socks and more.

46. Dutch King’s Day Celebration takes over the ShoreLine Aquatic Park in Long Beach for an Amsterdam style street festival. Get a taste of Dutch dining, shop a Dutch style flea market, dance to Dutch tunes and more.

47. Downward Grog presents Brewery Yoga this Sunday at Forgtown Brewery.

48. Museum of Selfies opens on April 1 and will run till May 31 with 10 interactive exhibits that welcomes visitors to take a closer look into the cultural phenomenon. The curators of the Glendale museum have also collected an array of Instagram-inspired art as well as an Iron Throne made of selfie sticks for guests to enjoy.

Schedule provided by We Like LA.

Weekend Events: February 16 – 18

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend in L.A. (February 16-18) includes the Chocolate & Art Show, NBA All-Star events, the Golden Dragon Parade, a Boozy Bake Off, and MUCH more.

Enjoy!

Friday February 16th, 2018

1. Palm Springs Modernism Week returns February 15-25 to celebrate all things midcentury modern including architecture, art, interior landscape design and vintage culture.

2. The Chocolate & Art Show Los Angeles returns to The Vortex in DTLA on February 16-17, with chocolate fondue, the work of up-and-coming artists & more.

3. The NBA All-star extravaganza is back for another year of fan celebrations, celebrity games and all things basketball. Beginning on February 16, then continuing till February 18, Los Angeles venues including Staples Center and Verizon Up Arena at Los Angeles Convention Center will host a variety of All-Star events, including showcases, games and trainings.

4. Jack Daniel’s has been selling its whiskey since 1866 and this weekend they will bring a pop-up shop to Los Angeles for just three days. From February 16-18, the Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg General Store will offer Angelenos a unique assortment of goods, services and events featuring live music and Southern food from Miss Mary Bobo’s, a Lynchburg institution for over a century.

5. See percussionist Antonio Sanchez performs his critically acclaimed score for Birdman at Royce Hallwhile the movie is projected behind him. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

6. Celebrate the Year of The Dog during a Lunar New Year Celebration at Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights. The temple will host Chinese traditional cultural performances and the grounds will be decorated with dog decorations. Happening all weekend.

7. Bootie LA presents a 90’s vs 80’s mashup night at the Echoplex this Friday.

8. The Groundlings Theatre presents their latest main stage show, Sweet Valley Groundlingsperforming this Friday. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

9. The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) continues through February 8-19. Now in its 26th year, the 12-day festival will showcase over 100 new films and the talented artists who created them.

10. Free admission at: Long Beach Museum of Art

Saturday February 17th, 2018

11. Celebrate the Year of the Dog during Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place. Enjoy Asian-themed stilt walkers, traditional Korean fan dancers, Chinese music, The Voice’s Katherine Ho as emcee and more.

12. The 119th Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival returns to Los Angeles’ Chinatown with floats, marching bands, entertainers, a culinary stage, artisans & much more. FREE

13. Long Beach Comic Expo, a celebration of comic books and pop culture, returns to Long Beach Convention Center on February 17-18. Check for discount tickets for making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXV returns February 17-18 to celebrate 25 years of the annual event with an array of authentic Scottish activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment, drinks and cuisine. Check for discount tickets for making your purchase. DISCOUNTED(via Goldstar)

15. The 40z & Waffles Brunch Series is back for NBA All-Star Weekend. Not your ordinary Sunday Funday, attendees will enjoy brunch, cocktails, a surprise live performance and more at Viva Hollywood. Early-bird tickets are currently $40.

16. The American Youth Symphony celebrates Bernstein’s centennial with a free concert at Royce Hall this Saturday. FREE

17. The J. Paul Getty Museum will host a handful of free events to celebrate the Getty Center’s 20th anniversary, this Saturday and Sunday will host Afro-Cuban percussionist Francisco Aguabella (1925-2010) with two performances featuring Latin jazz standards and Aguabella’s original compositions. The series will run through May 20. FREE

18. The St. Valentine’s Day Speakeasy Party & Pie Fight hosted by Roaring 20’s Street Jams is a throw back extravaganza with music, dance, cocktails, a staged reenactment of the historic St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and one epic pie fight to close out the night. Check for discount tickets for making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles will host an opening reception for Geta Brătescu. The Leaps of Aesop, the first Los Angeles solo show focusing on the work of the 92-year-old pioneer of Romanian Conceptualism. FREE

20. There’s a midnight showing of indie flick Once Upon A Superhero at the Hollywood Playhouse theatre. The screening will also have various live entertainment, music, comedy, a 420 market and food vendors.

21. Comedy show that’s BYOB and dog friendley? Yup On Deck Comedy is just that and they’ll be performing at the Nerdist Showroom this Saturday.

22. Long Beach Mardi Gras takes over Shoreline Village with a full day of music, dance, parades, and more. The party is free to attend and guests are encouraged to dress up. FREE

23. See My Neighbor Totoro in 35mm at the Aero Theatre this Saturday.

Sunday February 18th, 2018

24. The Great Boozy Bake Off will take place at Angel City Brewery in DTLA this Sunday. The bake off will feature bakers testing their skill at incorporating booze into cupcakes, candies, breads and more. A $2o ticket gets you a sampling of all the contestants creations and all proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There will also be games, a cookie-decorating station and more to be announced. Beer is not included in the ticket price.

25. FLAX Project presents “The Dialectic of the Stars,” a free art festival taking place at five iconic venues in Los Angeles in the month of February. The festival will feature stimulating arts events incorporating cinema, music, mobile artworks, a concert of motorcycles, dance and more. This Friday the event continues at Ford Theatres with installations and performance throughout venue. FREE

26. The New Bad Boys of Magic have got some dirty tricks up their sleeves at Hollywood’s Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge this Sunday. These boys are fresh off of their sold-out run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival so expect some magic you’ve never seen before.

27. The Minor Threat art exhibit pays homage to the 80’s straight edge band of the same name with more than a dozen artists and vendors showcasing mixed media work, plus live music. Taking place this Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. at 5 Star Bar in Downtown. Tickets are $20 at the door. You can read more background here via LA Taco.

28. L.A. Stories combines writers and musicians to create a story inspired by living in Los Angeles. This music and storytelling show will have performances about the L.A. droughts, celebrities, dating in L.A. moving to L.A. and more.

Schedule provided by We Like LA. 

Street closures for New Year’s Eve in Grand Park

It’s that time again, Los Angeles: New Year’s Eve in Grand Park. The relatively new annual tradition is in its fifth year, and as always, promises to be a free, family-friendly spectacle of light and live music, including a 3D projection on City Hall.

The party in Grand Park means that some streets around the park will be shuttered starting this weekend to make space for revelers.

Street and freeway off-ramp closures

Starting 10 a.m. December 30, the following streets will close. All streets will re-open by noon January 1.

  • Spring Street between Temple and Second streets
  • North Broadway between Temple and Second streets
  • Hill Street between Temple and Second streets
  • Olive between First and Second streets
  • First Street between Grand Avenue and Main Street

How to get there

Metro

Feeling like driving isn’t the way to get to this party? Hop on the train. The Red and Purple lines offer easy access to the park via the Civic Center/Grand Park station. It’s also a short walk to the park from the Gold Line’s Little Tokyo/Arts District station.

Those traveling via the subway should note that the Temple Street access point into the Civic Center/Grand Park station will be closed until midnight January 31. After midnight, the portal will re-open for exits only, to help people clear out from the park festivities. (The First Street portal to the station will remain open for the whole event.)

Metro will once again offer 24-hour service on New Year’s Eve. Fares will be free from 9 p.m. December 31 to 2 a.m. January 1.

Bike

There will also be free bike valet at Second Street and Broadway. Drop your bike off in a secure, attended parking area and pick it up in 2018.

Rideshare

People taking an Uber or Lyft to Grand Park on New Year’s Eve are asked to use 111 Los Angeles Street as the endpoint. That address will have riders dropped off a block away from the event’s First and Main entrance.

Grand Park is usually the brightest show in Downtown on New Year’s, but this year, there will be the added draw of a second light show to welcome 2018. The Financial District’s Wilshire Grand is counting down to 2018 with a light show and a special display on its crown. It should be visible from 15 miles away, light show creators say.

Story by Curbed. 

Rodeo Realty's 2017 Holiday Party

Another year, another successful holiday party!

Rodeo Realty hosted its holiday party on Saturday, December 9 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City.

Agents from all offices enjoyed a night filled with great music, food and drinks!

To view all photos from the event, view them on our Facebook page HERE.

For those who used the hashtag: RodeoRealtyHoliday2017, you can view photos HERE.

You may also download a photo from Dropbox.

We hope everyone had a blast!

Weekend Events: September 29 – October 1

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (September 29 – October 1) includes Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival, LA Beer Fest, Boo at the L.A. Zoo, Los Angeles Chocolate Salon, an open streets fest in Santa Monica, Music Taste Good, Halloween Horror Nights, Crawfish for Cancer and LOTS more.

Enjoy!

Friday September 29th, 2017

1. UnSilent Cinema at FIGat7th (Sept. 28-29) is a two-day showcase of classic silent films enlivened by contemporary live scores. The back-to-back evenings will feature a happy hour in the TASTE courtyard, a DJ at the FIGat7th plaza, plus screenings of The Goddess scored by Juana Molina on Thursday and The Passion of Joan of Arc scored by Julia Holteron on Friday. FREE

2. Back for its 8th year, Wicked Lit is a spooky immersive theatre experience that takes classic and unique horror literature and turns them into plays at the Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery every Thursday through Sunday starting Sep 28 and running through Nov. 9. Check for discounted ticketsbefore making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. Eat|See|Hear returns with Front Porch Cinema, a free movie night below the stars every Friday on Santa Monica Pier from Sept. 29 through Oct. 27. This fall film series will also feature music, drinks, and bites before each screening. Guests have the option to rent old-timey lawn chairs on site or bring their own gear. The series kicks off with a screening of La La Land. FREE

4. Downtown Dark Nights at L.A. LIVE will feature $5 food and drink menus, live music, street performers, and a marketplace featuring eclectic goods from local artisans and vendors.

5. Time to get in the Halloween spirit. The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride returns to The Old Zoo in Griffith Park from September 29 to October 31. This years theme is “Clown” and features four different freaky zones, a slew of demonic clowns, a corn maze and more. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. Always Legal To Laugh (Sept. 28-29) is a new comedy series taking place at Hollywood’s historic Montalbán Theatre. The live shows will include material from classic The Second City archives, original sketches about modern cannabis culture, and The Second City’s world-famous improvisation. Be sure to check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. Head over to Torrance for one of the most well-known Oktoberfest celebrations in the L.A. area! Alpine Village Oktoberfest runs Sept. 8 through Oct 28 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy traditional Bavarian food, beer, dancing, and more.

8. Halloween Horror Nights taking place at Universal Studios Hollywood will immerse guests in a three-dimensional world of terror featuring a new slate of mazes, scare zones and a newly designed “Terror Tram” experience. Themes include American Horror Story, The Shining, SAW, Insidious and more.

9. Beyond Fest returns from Sept. 29 through Oct. 10 with 12 days of special screenings from around the globe at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

10. LA City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and CHAMPION CITY present the very first Van Nuys Arts Festival. Highlights include live musical performances, dublab DJ sets, live art murals, a classic car exhibit with a nod to the Van Nuys car culture, family arts and crafts, a silent disco, craft beer garden and food trucks. FREE

11.  Pacific Standard Time LA/LA is in full swing with a four-month-long exploration of Latin American and Latino art in relation to the City of Angels. Led by The Getty the high profile event is a collaborative effort with dozens of art institutions across the city. Check out our top highlights here.

12. California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles’ Garment District, will open its doors to the public for a big sample sale this Friday. Score fantastic bargains on current styles for women, men and kids. Keep in mind that most showrooms accept cash only, and that you’ll want to bring your own bags.

13. The Actors Gang in Culver City will open their season with Captain Greedy’s Carnival, a musical satire mocking greed, humbug, corruption and predatory capitalism. Follow the story of four innocents who get tricked by a legendary con man. From there on they’ll encounter freaks, illusion, terrifying exhibitions and more. Happening Friday and Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Wonder Woman at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Armageddon at Montalban in Hollywood.

15. LACMA’s award winning Department of Music Program provides hundreds of free concerts and musical events every year for Angelenos to enjoy. This Friday their jazz series continues at the BP Grand Entrance.

Saturday September 30th, 2017

16. The 36th Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival will unite all cultures through music, dance and interactive performances including a Yoruba ground blessing and drum circles. There will also be free guided tours at the historical Watts Towers Arts Center and vendors selling food and arts and crafts. Open to all ages! FREE

17. Crawfish for Cancer is part festival and part fundraiser that takes place around the country. They’ll head to the Santa Monica Pier for their first L.A. event this Saturday with a full day of unlimited crawfish and all the fixings, an open bar and live music to provide an authentic Cajun crawfish experience.

18. It’s Oktoberfest time at Santa Anita Park, enjoy horse racing alongside steins of delicious German beer, a costume contest, a stein-holding competition, German “oompah” music from Bavarian Wunderband and more. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. Music Tastes Good comes to Marina Green Park in Long Beach on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 for two days of music, food, and art with music by Peaches, Sleater-Kinney and more.

20. The Pain is Love Tour hits The Microsoft Theater for a night of hip hop featuring Ludacris, Ashanti, Fat Joe, Foxy Brown, Lloyd, Da Brat, Lil’ Mo and more. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. The heat is not going anywhere here in L.A. so 1886 Bar at The Raymond in Pasadena will host an Endless Summer Mezcal Party this Saturday. The event will feature one-of-a-kind mezcal tastings, signature 1886 mezcal cocktails, food prepared by The Raymond’s Executive Chef, and beats by DJ Ces.

22. Join firefighting grill masters from around the city as they compete for the ultimate BBQ bragging rights during the Second Annual Fire It Up! BBQ Competition. The day will feature four hours of taste-testing some of the best BBQ in town, grilling celebrities, local firefighters and more. Hosted at the Fire Family Foundation headquarters.

23. Street Food Cinema this Saturday will host an overnight camping event with a special screen of The Lost Boys to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the film. The event will take place at King Gillette Ranch in Malibu.

24. Los Angeles Beer Fest returns for their fall edition at L.A. Center Studios with unlimited beers, live music and food trucks.

25. Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Angel City Brewery this Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. where $1 of every SaazBerry pint sold will go to Keep A Breast, a nonprofit organization aimed at empowering young people around the globe to get educated in breast health. The event will also have DJ Kreature spining tunes and the Wheel of Boobies where guests can spin for a chance to win prizes.

26. Get a taste of Whittier’s local flavor during the Uptown Food Festival. This food tasting event will feature unlimited food samples from dozens of local restaurants.

27. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Get Out at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and The Fifth Element at Montalban in Hollywood.

Sunday October 1st, 2017

28. Boo at the L.A. Zoo returns for a spooktacular season this year with a new “Nocturnal Adventure” maze and favorites like the Zoo’s “Animals and Boo” creepy crawler encounters, a puppet show, pumpkin-carving demos, special animal feedings and other family-oriented fun. Weekends will feature “Fearsome feedings,” during which carnivores will devour their favorite meal – carcasses and bones.

29. Get a taste of a beloved Mexican dish when La Feria de los Moles heads to Grand Park in DTLA. The event will feature special presentations on the origin of mole, representatives from Puebla and Oaxaca and various mole tastings. There will also be delicious pastries prepared and paired with the moles. Entrance is free, while the food is available for purchase.

30. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will transform into a seaport of the damned this Halloween season with terrifying mazes and monsters at every turn like the Iron Master and Graceful Gale. This year they’ll reveal their newest member of the crew, his name is Chef and he’s got a carnivorous kitchen staff with a big appetite. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

31. Come celebrate culture, jazz and community at the 41st Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival. A free day filled with live jazz music, guided tours and art. The event opens with a Yoruba ground blessing followed by performances of various jazz styles from traditional to spontaneous. There will also be free guided tours at the historical Watts Towers Arts Center and vendors selling food and arts and crafts. Open to all ages! FREE

32. The city of Santa Monica presents COAST an annual open-streets event encouraging the community to walk, bike, skate, and scoot through two miles of activated streets. Expect live music and performances, local food, art installations, promotions near the Pier, and more. This free event covers Ocean Avenue from Wilshire Boulevard to Tongva Park and Main Street from Colorado to Pier Avenues. FREE

33. The Angel City Jazz Festival returns to the Ford Amphitheatres in Hollywood honoring the centennial of Thelonious Monk with a tribute to the influential pianist and composer.

34. The Los Angeles Chocolate Salon returns to the Pasadena Center featuring a curated selection of fine artisan, gourmet and premium chocolates. Guests can enjoy chocolate tastings, demonstrations, chef talks, author interviews and an augmented reality (AR) experience.

35. Celebrate the art of the music video during the 7th Annual Los Angeles Music Video Festival, taking place over seven nights from October 1 to 7 at various L.A. locations. This grassroots festival is the largest music video event in the country and includes video screenings, speakers, a juried competition, musical performances, and more.

36. There’s a Sustainable Seafood Expo 2017 happening at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro this Sunday. The expo will educate people on how to limit their marine foot print and sample food from sustainable seafood companies.

37. The Moth is returning to the Broad Stage in Santa Monica for a one-night show titled Leap of Faithon Sunday.

38. Knott’s Scary Farm is back with their signature haunted attractions, mazes and thousands of monsters ready to scare the living day light out of you and your crew. Be sure to check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. The third annual SlutWalk hosted by Amber Rose will take place at Pershing Square in DTLA. Join fellow activist for an afternoon of unity.

40. The Great Rock and Roll Flea Market will take over The Regent Theater in DTLA with an impressive selection of vintage clothing, jewelry  and music memorabilia. FREE

Article courtesy of We Like LA.