Weekend Events | October 7 – October 9

The weekend has arrived, and this is plenty of fun things to do this October. From festivals to art installations and a batch of pre-Halloween fun, we have you covered. Read on for the best happenings this October 7 through October 9!

Los Angeles Weekend Events | October 7 – October 9 

Family Style Fest

When: October 9

Where: Fairfax

What: When food and streetwear combine, you get ‘Family Style Fest.’ Expect brands like Nike and Gallery Dept alongside local chefs like Kato’s Jon Yao and Mother Wolf’s Evan Funke at this weekend’s event. Attendees will be able to sample bites from dozens of restaurants and popular concepts like Mr. Charlie’s and Happy Ice.

CicLAvia: Heart of L.A.

When: October 9 – December 4

Where: DTLA

What: Get your pedal on at CicLAvia! The annual ride allows participants to bike through DTLA, Echo Park, Chinatown, and Boyle Heights, car-free! Enjoy seven miles of vehicle-less road while you take in city sites.

Grand Park’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

When: October 8 – October 9 

Where: Grand Park | Downtown LA

What: Grand Park offers more than just a flora-rich public space. The DTLA park is a hub of programs and culture. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its unveiling, Grand Park will host an evening concert this weekend. Stop by on Friday for music to delight, and then make your way back on Saturday for a family festival of fun.

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | October 7 – October 9 

Ohana Encore

When: Until October 9 

Where: Orange County

What: If you missed Ohana Festival last week, you are in luck! The encore presentation returns this weekend for two days of great sets. Catch Eddie Vedder, Alanis Morissette, and the Roots on Friday, October 8. Return back on Saturday, October 9, to close out the fest with the Black Keys, HAIM, and Band of Horses.

Ever Present

When: Until October 9 

Where: The Getty | Westside

What: Experience ephemeral performances during this experimental series presented by The Getty. This October, ‘Ever Present’ will bring dance performances led by Milka Djordjevich and wearable artworks from Victoria Fu and Matt Rich.

Shaqtoberfest

When: Until October 31 

Where: Long Beach

What: Lakers legend, DJ, and haunted house MC Shaquille O’Neal is providing a hauntingly good time this October. Don’t miss Shaqtoberfest, which will take over the grounds outside of the Queen Mary from late September through Halloween. A mix of family-friendly attractions and after-dark haunts, the fest will likewise all be narrated by Shaq.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | October 7 – October 9 

Electric Dusk Drive-In Presents: Double Feature Night- Child’s Play & Gremlins

When: October 8 

Where: Glendale

What: Is there a better era of Horror flicks than the 1980s? We’ll let you be the judge with this weekend’s double showing of cult classic hits. Catch Child’s Play and Gremlins at Electric Dusk Drive-In. LA’s longest-running pop-up drive-in invites you to Glendale to enjoy film, food, and fun!

Vegan Street Fair Nights 2022

When: October 8 – October 9 

Where: North Hollywood

What: After a two-year hiatus, Vegan Street Fair returns to NoHo! Free entry for all, this beloved street fest brings 200+ vendors for an evening of community fun and food. Enjoy music, games, entertainment, and more at this festival of vegan-friendly bites.

The 22nd Annual Los Angeles Pottery Show

When: October 8 – October 9 

Where: Glendale Civic Auditorium | Glendale

What: The Los Angeles Pottery Show returns this October for two days of pottery goodness. Head to Glendale’s Civic Auditorium to see a range of fine art pottery, ceramics, tile, and decorative art.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | October 7 – October 9, 2022 

Nights of the Jack

When: September 30 – October 31

Where: Santa Monica Mountains

What: The scenic King Gillette Ranch and Santa Monica Mountains will be illuminated once again this October for Nights of Jack. Enjoy an on-foot, mile-long trail with food trucks, a Spookeasy, trick-or-treating (October 28-31), and more. Timed tickets are required each night; expect to spend an hour to an hour and a half there.

Haunt’oween LA

When: September 30 – October 31

Where: Woodland Hills 

What: Hatched out of the hunger for car-friendly trick-or-treating options, this former Halloween drive-through is back again in Woodland Hills as an on-foot adventure. Haunt’oween will celebrate the spooky season with a walkthrough that features tons of pumpkins, a trick-or-treating–filled town, and an illuminated carnival, plus face painting, performances, games, and food trucks.

Fall Harvest Festival at Underwood Farms – Friends of the Farm Weekend

When: October 1 – October 31 

Where: Underwood Farms | Moorpark

What: The 25th Annual Fall Harvest Festival returns at Underwood Family Farms this October. The farm will transform into a giant Pumpkin Patch, Pick Your Own & Fall Harvest experience filled with games, rides, photo ops, live entertainment, themed weekends, bands, and more.

 

Our Favorite Local Pumpkin Patches | Out & About

Spooky season has arrived, and it’s time for a good old-fashioned visit to the pumpkin patch. Find your perfect jack-o-lantern at one of the many local pumpkin patches around town. Read on for our list of the best pumpkin patches around for October 2022!

Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch

Location: Los Angeles

Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch delivers a country-escape feel to its Sepulveda Blvd. city location. Above all, get lost amongst corn stalks, straw bales, and mounds of pumpkins. Likewise, Shawn’s shriek-fest activities include an inflatable pumpkin, arcade games, face painting, and a giant tiger slide.

Mr. Jack O’Lantern’s Pumpkin Patch

Location: Los Angeles 

Mr. Jack O’Lantern’s Pumpkin Patch has six locations spread across California, making this multiverse of patches convenient to many locations. Of course, activities vary between locations, but all sites include pumpkin decorating, carving, and photo stations. Most importantly, there are petting zoos, pumpkin bounce houses with slides, pumpkin bowling, and tumbling tombstones.

Tina’s Pumpkin Patch

Location: Sherman Oaks

Tina’s Pumpkin Patch at Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks certainly has a bounty of activities for the kids, including train and pony rides, an obstacle course, a bounce slide, and a straw maze.

Pa’s Pumpkin Patch

Location: Long Beach

The folks at Pa’s Pumpkin Patch have more than forty years of experience serving up Halloween snacks, pumpkin-carving hacks, and adventurous activities. Additionally, its extensive ride list includes carnival-type attractions such as toon cars, a merry-go-round, and a dragon race.

Tanaka Farms

Location: Irvine (Tanaka) | Costa Mesa (Hana Field)

There’s no spooky smoke and mirrors at Tanaka Farms, which has one of Orange County’s only real pumpkin patches. Get in touch with nature in the u-pick veggie and pumpkin patches, enjoy wagon rides and tractor climbs, and hang out with the barnyard and pasture animals. Additionally, Tanaka’s smaller sister farm of Hana Field offers a similar scaled-down experience in Costa Mesa.

The Pumpkin Factory

Location: Corona

The Pumpkin Factory in Corona offers a cornucopia of activities. Entertain the kids with archery, paintball, and the bee train ride, carousel, spinning pumpkin, go gator coaster, and helicopter. Most importantly, the affiliated Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Farm is the largest outdoor pumpkin patch in Southern California.

The Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival & Pumpkin Patch

Location: Pomona

The Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival & Pumpkin Patch is staged at the polytechnic’s agricultural college over five weekends in October. Likewise, farm fun includes animal petting, hay wagon rides, and a giant corn maze. 

September 30 – October 2, 2022 | Weekend Events

Say goodbye to September and hello to October (aka Spooky season) this weekend! From Pup-o-ween to Shaqtoberfest and more, there’s is tons of joy and even scares to be had around town. Read on for our weekend round-up of happenings this September 30 through October 2. 

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS | September 30 – October 2, 2022

The Magical Films of LAIKA

When: Throughout October

Where: The Academy Museum | Miracle Mile

What: See 4K remasters of the magic of LAIKA’s magical stop motion movies all through October. This family-friendly screening series includes such classics as Coraline, Paranorman, and more! In addition to the screening, Q&A sessions with filmmakers like Chris Butler and Arianne Sutner will also be available.

Jamie xx

When: September 30 

Where: Hollywood Bowl

What: Jamie Smith (aka Jamie xx) takes his talents toward the dance floor with his latest solo record. Head to the Hollywood Bowl for a stripped-down mix of shuffling kicks and snares, drum melodies, and more. Joining the lively lineup will be Caribou.

Pup-O-Ween

When: October 2 

Where: Chinatown

What: Spooky season takes a turn for the adorable this weekend at Pup-o-ween! Take your pup for a day of fun at this Halloween-themed dog-friendly fest at L.A. State Historic Park. Festivities will include pup massages, professional portrait sessions, and a costume contest, of course!

 

WESTSIDE & BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS | September 30 – October 2, 2022

Ohana Festival

When: September 30 – October 9 

Where: Orange County

What: Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Festival heads back to Doheny State Beach this weekend through October 9. Catch an incredible line-up that includes Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder (of course), Jack White, and P!nk. The rest of the lineup includes the likes of Khruangbin, St. Vincent, Brittany Howard, and more.

 

Shaqtoberfest

When: Until October 31 

Where: Long Beach

What: Lakers legend, DJ, and haunted house MC Shaquille O’Neal is providing a hauntingly good time this October. Don’t miss Shaqtoberfest, which will take over the grounds outside of the Queen Mary from late September through Halloween. A mix of family-friendly attractions and after-dark haunts, the fest will likewise all be narrated by Shaq.

Rooftop Cinema Club

When: Until October 31 

Where: El Segundo 

What: It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus and a lot of fun at El Segundo’s favorite al fresco movie night. Join the Sanderson Sisters for this weekend’s Rooftop Cinema Club showing of Hocus Pocus. Feeling a little less Dinsey, they’ll be showing the OG Scream too. 

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | September 30 – October 2, 2022

CatCon

When: October 1 – October 2

Where: Pasadena Convention Center

What: Hey there, Cat-lovers, this ones for you! CatCon takes over the Pasadena Convention Center this weekend for a feline-friendly festival. The two-event will include speakers, meet and greets, furniture, art, toys, and clothing. Expect a panel of feline-friendly speakers as well as meet and greets. 

Electric Dusk Drive-In Presents: 1984 Double Feature Night – Ghostbusters and Nightmare on Elm Street

When: October 1

Where: Glendale

What: Is there a better era of Horror flicks than the 1980s? We’ll let you be the judge with this weekend’s double showing of cult classic hits. Catch Ghostbusters and Nightmare on Elm Street circa 1984 at Electric Dusk Drive-In. LA’s longest-running pop-up drive-in invites you to Glendale to enjoy film, food, and fun!

JONATHAN KARRANT & THE JOE ALTERMAN TRIO

When: October 1

Where: Feinstein’s at Vitello’s | Studio City

What: Acclaimed artists, singer Jonathan Karrant and pianist Joe Alterman team up for an evening of music on Saturday, October 1st, at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s. Don’t miss this one-night-only collaboration!

 

CONEJO VALLEY EVENTS WEEKEND EVENTS | September 30 – October 2, 2022

Nights of the Jack

When: September 30 – October 31

Where: Santa Monica Mountains

What: The scenic King Gillette Ranch and Santa Monica Mountains will be illuminated once again this October for Nights of Jack. Enjoy an on-foot, mile-long trail with food trucks, a Spookeasy, trick-or-treating (October 28-31) and more. Timed tickets are required each night; expect to spend an hour to an hour and a half there.

 

Haunt’oween LA

When: September 30 – October 31

Where: Woodland Hills 

What: Hatched out of the hunger for car-friendly trick-or-treating options, this former Halloween drive-through is back again in Woodland Hills as an on-foot adventure. Haunt’oween will celebrate spooky season with a walkthrough that features tons of pumpkins, a trick-or-treating–filled town, and an illuminated carnival, plus face painting, performances, games, and food trucks.

Fall Harvest Festival at Underwood Farms – Friends of the Farm Weekend

When: October 1 – October 31 

Where: Underwood Farms | Moorpark

What: The 25th Annual Fall Harvest Festival returns at Underwood Family Farms this October. The farm will transform into a giant Pumpkin Patch, Pick Your Own & Fall Harvest experience filled with games, rides, photo ops, live entertainment, themed weekends, bands, and more.

From the NASA Dart Mission to Amazon Scribe and more | Tech News

As the week and the month of September end, we are diving into a new batch of technology news. From the NASA Dart Mission to Amazon Scribe and more, read on and stay connected with the world of technology and science!

McDonald’s Unveils Happy Meal for Adults – The Cactus Plant Flea Market Box

For an optimal dose of nostalgia given a modern twist, Mcdonald’s has unveiled its Happy Meals for adults box lunch. The Cactus Plant Flea Market Box is a collab between the fashion brand of the same name. Inspired by the childhood joy of Happy Meals, the adult-focused box lunch will be available at participating McDonald’s while supplies last. For those eager to try the Cactus Plant Flea Market Happy Meal, you’ll have a choice between a Big Mac or 10-piece McNugget meal. Likewise, each box comes with an artsy take on Happy Meal toys. The four collectible figurines will be abstract takes on McDonald’s characters like Grimace, Hamburgler, and Birdie, the Early Bird.

Meta Launches Make-A-Video, AI-Generating Tool

Facebook parent company Meta has launched its latest social media feature. Make-A-video is a new artificial intelligence system and Meta’s latest research foray in technology that can create content from text prompts. In addition, to images, the technology can also create videos from images or similar videos. Meta believes its research into “generative AI” has the potential to open new opportunities for artists and creators. Of course, other companies have been exploring this side of technology as well. OpenAI, the company behind the service Dall-E, has also been experimenting with text prompts to create visual art. In fact, just this week, the tool was opened to everyone. In addition, Google also launched its AI program this past May. 

Instacart Goes Healthy with Latest Business Model

In an effort to make healthy food more accessible, Instacart is launching a new business model. The initiative will focus on increasing food security and nutrition. Called Instacart Health, the new model will embrace “food as medicine.” This concept will focus on the health benefits of certain types of food as it applies to health care. The model includes Care Carts, a new Instacart product the company says will enable health care providers and caregivers to order groceries on behalf of someone else. In addition, there will also be Fresh Funds, a service that will allow health organizations, an employer, or insurance companies to give people funds for buying food via Instacart. 

NASA Telescope Captures Successful DART Mission

As millions watched around the world, NASA completed a successful mission of crashing its DART spacecraft into an asteroid. NASA deliberately crashed the DART spacecraft into the asteroid as a part of a planetary defense mission. Since the spacecraft crashed into the asteroid, it’s not clear how big of a dent it left on the rocky surface. The ATLAS project, which takes advantage of telescopes across the world, grabbed a great video of the moment of impact, which occurred about 7 million miles from Earth. The DART mission is a test to see if we can knock space rocks off course, should they ever be headed our way.

Amazon Unveils E-Ink Tablet for Writing and Reading

A new kindle has arrived, and this time it’s re-writing what you thought about Kindle…literally. The Kind Scribe is Amazon’s latest reading device. With a 10.2-inch E Ink screen, a stylus that attaches to the side of the device, and a bunch of new software, the $339.99 Scribe packs a lot into one device. The Scribe is available for preorder today, and Amazon promises it’ll be out before the holidays. The e-commerce giant hopes this latest iteration of its Kindle Reader will make it a bigger competitor with other smart tablet devices. Likewise, only time and consumers will tell. 

The Best Places for a Plant-Based Bite | L.A. Eats

Whether you’re vegan or craving a simple healthy meal, our list of the best plant-based bites around town is sure to cure your cravings. Read on for the best vegan spots that are 100% plant-based around town!

LOS ANGELES

CROSSROADS KITCHEN

Location: 8284 Melrose Ave | Los Angeles 

When it comes to the best vegan restaurants in L.A., it’s hard to top Crossroads Kitchen. Open since 2013; the plant-based menu offers stunning creations you would genuinely be surprised are vegan. We recommend the Artichoke Oysters as a starter, with the Spaghetti Carbonera for a main dish worth remembering.

HONEYBEE BURGER

Location: 1820 N Vermont Ave | Los Angeles

Bite into a burger that’s grilled to perfection and 100% meat-free. That’s what you can expect at Honeybee Burger, the vegan fast food stop in Los Feliz. Enjoy your burger with a side of sweet potato fries and a shake for a classic off-the-grill lunch with a healthy twist.

SHOJIN

Location: 333 S Alameda St Suite310 | Los Angeles

If you are in the mood for sushi or ramen, Shojin in Little Tokyo is one of the best vegan restaurants for Japanese food. Get your serving of their baked “crab” hand roll, or enjoy a hearty kabocha squash ramen. 

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES

DE BUENA PLANTA

Location: 1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd | Venice

If you happen to be a fan of Butcher’s Daughter in Venice, the popular spot has a great vegan option for you! De Buena Planta opened in the past year and has quickly risen to be one of the best vegan restaurants on the West Side. From gorgeous cocktails to delicious cauliflower and mushroom tacos, what more do you need? Go ahead and indulge; it’s healthy! 

PLANT POWER FAST FOOD

Location: 5095 Pacific Coast Hwy | Long Beach

With a California coastal menu that’s equal parts pretty and delicious, Plant Power Fast Food in Long Beach has been fast to reach a top spot on our list. Along with the convenience of a drive-through for those on the go, Plant Power offers breakfast and lunch options to help you power through the day. Enjoy house-made burger patties and a horchata milkshake that will have you coming back for more! 

PLANT FOOD + WINE

Location: 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd | Venice

Abbott Kinney has no shortage of healthy dining options, vegan and otherwise. At the top of that list is Plant Food + Wine. The restaurant offers Vegan fare so good you’ll forget it is all plant-based. Focused on locally sourced ingredients, P.F.W.’s’ menu brings together a rich array of tasty options. 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

H.O.P.E.

Location: 11943 Ventura Blvd. | Studio City

Healthy Organix Positive Eating is what you will find at H.O.P.E. and also what their acronym means. It’s both eclectic and enchanting, with a delicious and vast menu offering Asian specialties and even a few Mexican dishes. Enjoy burgers, wraps, and more for a vegan dining spot to suit any appetite.

O’CADO RESTAURANT

Location: 14568 Ventura Blvd | Sherman Oaks

Offering plant-based fusion with sustainable Wine, craft beer, and cocktails, O’cado serves as a perfect choice for an enjoyable evening out. The food offering ranges between Latin, Mediterranean, and American for culture-infused bites to delight your taste buds.

VEGGIE GRILL

Location: 16542 Ventura Blvd., Encino

Open from the early afternoon through the evening, Veggie Grill makes for the perfect stop if you search for a casual lunch or dinner option. When it comes to the best vegan restaurants in the Valley, Veggie Grill has plenty to offer that lads it on our list. While it may be a chain restaurant, the quality remains consistent in everything from the Far East Bowl to the Meatball Sandwich.

CONEJO VALLEY

NATURAL CAFE

Location: Westlake Village

Fresh, quirky, and tasty are just a few of the ways we would describe Natural Cafe. The Westlake Village vegan spot has an almost endless list of plant-based options to enjoy. We recommend the Buddha Burrito or Portobella Mushroom sandwich for a mealing that’s both filling and delicious!

INN OF THE SEVENTH RAY

Location: Topanga Canyon

When searching for a spot that offers both zen and quality food, Inn of the Seventh Ray is just as it sounds. A picture of tranquility in Topanga Canyon, the restaurant is tucked away from the street hustle and bustle and nestled in the canyon alongside a flowing creek. Stop by for lunch, brunch, or dinner for a day at one of Conejo Valley’s best vegan restaurants. And for those seeking a healthy kombucha boost, they have no shortage of in-house specialties to boost the mind, body, and soul.

SAGE PLANT-BASED BISTRO

Location: Agoura Hills

A casual plant-based neighborhood eatery, Sage Plant-Based Bistro offers its best to Conejo Valley and indeed delivers. You’ll find plenty to enjoy at this delicious vegan gem, from the tasty Buffalo Cauliflower Wings to the Jackfruit Stuffed Avocado.

Take a Train Trip from LA | Out & About

Tired of road trips that involve driving? Take a train trip from LA! While train travel may seem old school, it still remains one of the best ways to take in the California coast. Luckily for you, Union Station is ideally located downtown, making it the perfect gilded-age stop along your local travels. Read below for our list of the best train trips from LA via Amtrak to get all aboard for some fun!

San Diego

In San Diego, there is something for everyone to enjoy. From festivals to concerts and more, it’s ideal for a train trip from LA. Party in the Gaslamp Quarter, cruise the harbor or visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo. After enjoying your scenic train route, explore Balboa Park, experience the USS Midway Museum, and shop at Seaport Village.

San Luis Obispo

Great for a family getaway or wine trip, San Luis Obispo is perfect for a train trip. Being that it’s 5.5 hours away from L.A. Downtown, you may want to start your day early or stay overnight. Once in town, check out a number of museums like the children’s museum, railroad museum, and historic mission. For adults, there are many wineries in the area and great hikes at Valencia Peak and Bishop Peak (both have amazing views).

Santa Barbara

About 3 hours away from Los Angeles on the train, Santa Barbara is a beautiful one-night getaway. There is a zoo, harbor, wharf, bike path, coastal park, and historic mission to explore. Plus, wine is a top attraction that adults can enjoy locally or on a day trip.

Paso Robles

For a great train trip and wine vacation, Paso Robles is a fantastic option. There are some activities for families, but overall, this destination is best for an adult trip. Visiting wineries is the top thing to do, with more than 200 to choose from. Due to the 6.5-hour train commute and one daily Coast Starlight train, you’ll need to stay overnight for at least one night.

San Jose

Looking for an urban getaway? San Jose is another great train trip. Taking 10 to 11 hours away on the Coast Starlight, it’s definitely meant for an overnight stay. Head to the SAP Center for concerts and NHL hockey games. For other top attractions, check out the Municipal Rose Garden, Santana Row commercial district, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, and Happy Hollow Park and Zoo.

The Best Plants for Your Fall Garden | Home Tips

With Autumn around the corner, it’s a great time to add a touch of fall to your garden. That’s why we’re sharing our favorite fall plants to accompany the season. Read on below for a list of garden delights.

HELENIUM

Heleniums are simple plants to grow and are a top choice for any fall garden, whether it’s in the planning stages or already in blossom. These lovely flowers range from gold, red, and brown and come in a wide range of styles and sizes. Because of these unique traits, Heleniums are more than capable of being the solo plant species in a garden, as it provides a world of interest all on its own, with not one bed identical to another.

CHRYSANTHEMUMS

As the meaning of its name implies, the “golden flower” chrysanthemums originally came only as gold, but now they’re found in a variety of colors, from the most vibrant reds to the softest lavenders. Chrysanthemums are amazing fall plants for any garden because of their balance of youth and maturity and limitless possibilities of design.

MARIGOLD

Marigolds are popular garden plants because of their rich blends of yellow to orange and long-lasting bloom. Active during spring, summer, and fall, these easy-to-grow flowers offer a bright welcome to many companion flowers, so pairing has little to no hassle. Marigolds also give the overall appearance of any garden an attractive pop that can light up your day.

PURPLE FOUNTAIN GRASS

The purple fountain grass is popular for its beauty and versatility as a centerpiece or sophisticated border. The unique blend of white and purple and the natural, elegant pose of this plant make it a beautiful accompaniment to fall gardens of many arrangements. The plumes, or feathery seeds at the tips of the flowerheads, can also be used for dried flower arrangements for your home.

SHRUB ROSE

Shrub roses are hardy fall plants with long-lasting times of bloom and have a natural resistance to disease! Able to be planted from spring to fall, these plants are easy to care for. They also require little hassle or later nurturing. Their color ranges from humble white to eye-catching purple. This makes the garden arrangement a breeze when pairing with your other plants.

PANSY

Pansies are a classic spring and fall plant because of their easy care and variety of colors. These charming flowers are hardier than they appear, able to last up to eight months if planted in the fall. This means you’ll have a colorful array of petals all throughout fall, winter, and spring to bring an endless light to your garden.

 

Weekend Events | September 23 – September 25

Fall into autumn fun with this weekend’s round-up of local happenings. While it’s not officially fall, this weekend’s events will be sure to put you in the fall spirit. Read on and enjoy a range of fun this September 23 through September 25 weekend!

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS | SEPTEMBER 23 – SEPTEMBER 25

L.A. River Fest

When: September 25 

Where: Chinatown 

What: Make your way to L.A. State Historic Park for an open-air screening of short films about the L.A. River. LA’s famed urban waterway has been featured in a plethora of large to small-scale films. Don’t miss this sampling of cinema brought to you by the Friends of the L.A. River.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

When: September 23 – October 31 

Where: Griffith Park

What: Griffith Park’s famed haunted hayride arrives early to bring frights and haunts to Angeleno’s. Make your way to the fictitious 80’s town of Midnight Falls if you dare.

L.A. Times Food Bowl: Night Market

When: September 23 – September 25

Where: Hollywood

What: Fancy a foodie-approved weekend? You are in luck because L.A. Times Food Bowl is back with a night market you won’t want to miss. Enjoy a showcasing of the city’s top restaurants and appearances by the likes of Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes and L.A. barbecue legend Kevin Bludso.

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS | SEPTEMBER 23 – SEPTEMBER 25

The Other Art Fair

When: September 22 – September 25 

Where: Santa Monica

What: Head over to Barker Hanger this weekend to see works of art from over 140 up-and-coming artists. The weekend-long art fest has been curated for collectors and fans of varying budgets.

Loss, Life & Love

When: September 24 

Where: Leimert Park Plaza | South LA

What: It’s not as morbid as it sounds. This weekend’s Leimert Park event invites attendees to ponder life itself for a three-day series of talks and workshops. The in-person street fair will feature comedians, speakers, and musicians.

Americana in the Park

When: September 4 – September 25 

Where: Gandara Park | Santa Monica

What: Enjoy music in the park at this Sunday afternoon concert for the community. All through September, Gandara Park will explore the roots of Americana via tunes.

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | SEPTEMBER 23 – SEPTEMBER 25

Home Composting & Urban Gardening Workshop

When: September 24 

Where: Lopez Canyon Environmental Center | Sylmar

What: Learn how to create your own urban garden and at-home composting. This weekend’s workshop will teach you all the basics taught by the LA Sanitation & Environment green waste specialists. In addition, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will be there to offer water conservation tips and rebate information.

Halloween Horror Nights

When: September 8 – October 31 

Where: Universal Studios | Universal City

What: There’s no running or hiding because Halloween Horror Nights is back and haunting now through October 31. Get your spook on with haunted houses and mazes inspired by the Weekend, Halloween, The Black Phone, Freak, and the classic Universal Monsters.

Valley Relics Museum Experience

When: Every Saturday and Sunday

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum.

 

CONEJO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | SEPTEMBER 23 – SEPTEMBER 25

Movies in the Park

When: September 23 

Where: Arroyo Vista Community Park | Moorpark

What: Food trucks, photo ops, and more! This weekend’s Moorpark Movie night features more than just a film screening. Enjoy an evening under the stars while viewing the cult-classic film Napoleon Dynamite. 

29th Annual California Lemon Festival

When: September 24 – September 25 

Where: Goleta

What: Be sure to stop by Girsh Park in Goleta for the 29th Annual California Lemon Festival. Likewise, the event will feature yummy lemon food, a great family atmosphere, and a cornucopia of entertainment and activities.

Hispanic Heritage Month at Stagecoach Inn

When: September 24 

Where: Stagecoach Inn Museum | Newbury Park

What: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Stagecoach Inn Museum. “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation” invites the public to learn what life was like at the ranchos in the early 1800s. In addition, the Inn will feature Caballero and Fiesta costuming.

The Best Retro Movie Theatres in Town | Out & About

As the weather cools down and the leaves turn, let’s turn back the clock for a retro movie theater outing. Tinsletown is famed for its retro fixtures, and many of these architectural icons remain in use. From silent noirs to classics and blockbusters, there is a range of films to see across LA’s many old-fashioned cinema spots. Read on for our list of favorites and catch a flick in true style!

The Theatre at Ace Hotel

In 1927, the Theatre at Ace Hotel went by a different moniker, the United Artists Theatre. Now restored to its 1,600-seat glory, the theatre still maintains the charm instilled by its iconic founders, namely Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin. Architecture inspired by the Spanish Gothic style, richly illustrated murals, and a vaulted ceiling covered in tiny glimmering mirrors, The Theatre at Ace Hotel is retro movie going done right!

Orpheum Theatre

Featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer, one of only three original theater organs still existing in Southern California theaters, The Orpheum theater is a retro movie theater gem. The Orpheum offers seating for over 2,000 people with orchestra, loge, balcony, and side box seating. The interior has also been featured in scenes for such films as the Oscar-winning “The Artist” and even American Idol.

TCL Chinese Theatre

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is not just for bug budget Hollywood premieres. Established in 1927, it’s arguably the most spectacular theater of its day – and even today still! From film festivals to IMAX showings, Sid Grauman’s third theater and “dream” project is a great way to play tourists in town. In addition, the Hollywood Blvd retro movie theatre also houses a range of artifacts imported from China as well as statuary made specifically for the theater by Chinese artisans.

The Palace Theatre

Established in 1911, the Palace Theatre is the oldest of the three Broadway theaters in Los Angeles. With a faded majesty about it, the theater bodes a French renaissance style. In addition, the facade features four figures to represent the muses of vaudeville: music, song, dance, and drama. 

Vista Theatre

The Vista is a budget-friendly glimpse of Hollywood glam – with matinee shows for only $5.50. A fixture of Tinsel Town since 1923, the Vista Theatre was originally dubbed the Lou Bard Playhouse. In the vein of The Chinese Theatre, there are hand prints marking the sidewalk, and beautifully restored Egyptian statues and murals decorate the cinema.

The Egyptian Theatre

The second theatre from Sid Grauman, The Egyptian, is just a few skips down from the Chinese Theatre. With an extensive courtyard, the inspiration for The Egyptian came after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922, which led to an Egyptian craze that swept the nation.

Weekend Events | September 16 – September 18

We’re diving right into mid-September with a bevy of local fun! There are plenty of great ways to spend your weekend around town, and we have you covered. Read on for our weekend round-up of events!

Los Angeles Weekend Events | September 16 – September 18 

Museum Day

When: September 17 

Where: Various L.A. Museums

What: Hosted by Smithsonian magazine, Museum Day invites you to check out LA’s top museums for FREE. This year you can enjoy the day at the GRAMMY Museum, Japanese American National Museum, Museum of Latin American Art, CAAM, and more!

LUMINEX 2.0: Projected Realities

When: September 17

Where: DTLA

What: Downtown LA comes to life with dazzling lights for one night only this Saturday. The site-specific light-installation project will be staging augmented reality installations and more, all for free, around DTLA.

LA Beer Fest

When: September 17

Where: Westlake

What: The LA Beer Fest is back and brewing up pours from over 80 breweries. Make your way to this one-day beer fest and enjoy food trucks, live music, and more. 

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | September 16 – September 18

Oaktoberfest

When: September 17

Where: Venice

What: While it’s not yet October, you can kick off this famed fall fest early at Firestone Walker Brewery this Saturday. The one-day event, named after the brewery’s signature lager, will feature food, music, and more. In addition, there will be three German-inspired beers and special package options. 

BeachLife Ranch

When: September 16 – 18 

Where: Redondo Beach

What: BeachLife Festival goes country for this weekend’s music line-up. Make your way to Redondo Beach for music from The Lumineers, Hall & Oates, Brandi Carlile, Dierks Bentley, Wilco, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Malibu Triathalon

When: September 17 – September 18

Where: Malibu

What: Even if you are not participating in the Malibu Triathlon, you can still cheer on Saturday’s participants. See competitors swim, bike, and run their way along Zuma Beach and PCH at this weekend’s Olympic distance race. Funds raised will go towards Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’s Pediatric Cancer Research Program.

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | September 16 – September 18

Eat | See | Hear

When: Until October 29 

Where: North Hollywood

What: With stops at different locations around town, Eat|See|Hear brings the fun to the best local destinations. See cult flicks, enjoy delicious food and hear the sounds of L.A.’s top local bands.

Halloween Horror Nights

When: September 8 – October 31 

Where: Universal Studios | Universal City

What: There’s no running or hiding because Halloween Horror Nights is back and haunting now through October 31. Get your spook on with haunted houses and mazes inspired by the Weekend, Halloween, The Black Phone, Freak, and the classic Universal Monsters.

All-Age Skate Night

When: Every Saturday

Where: Moonlight Rollerway | Glendale

What: Get your roll on this Saturday at Moonlight Rollerway’s All-age skate night. The Saturday night skate will be for all ages from 8 PM to 11 PM, with tickets required for entry.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | September 16 – September 18

38th Annual Ventura County Coastal Cleanup Day

When: September 17

Where: Throughout Ventura County

What: Help keep the coast clean by participating in this Saturday’s annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. From 9 am to noon, you can help remove trash and plastic pollution in the Ventura County area. Let’s help ensure our local beaches stay beautiful!@vccoastcleanupday to remove trash and plastic pollution that has been accumulating in our County since the last Coastal Cleanup Day.

805 Night Market 

When: September 17 – 18

Where: The Oaks | Thousand Oaks

What: Inspired by open-air night markets, 805 Night Market invites you to venture out this weekend. Eat, drink, socialize, and be entertained at this fun festival, open to all ages. 

21st Annual Thousand Oaks Rotary Wine & Beer Festival

When: September 17 

Where: Hyatt Regency Westlake | Westlake Village

What: Join the Thousand Oaks Rotary Foundation for an evening of wine, beer, and bites. Since its inception, the event, for adults ages 21 and up, has raised over $550,000 to benefit the Ventura County Special Olympics and the Thousand Oaks Rotary Foundation. Both help support many local charities and provide student educational scholarships.