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33 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [10-18-2021 to 10-22-2021]

October 18, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Grand Park Dia de los Muertos
A Dia de los Muertos Altar in Grand Park with City Hall in background. Photo by Brian Champlin

Did that rain this morning catch you by surprise? No worries, a bit of wet weather never slows down our list of fun to-dos for the days ahead in L.A.

This week, from Oct. 18-22, features more Oscar Frights! at The Academy Museum, free days at botanical gardens, a rooftop boxing class in Hollywood, Erykah Badu at The Bowl, Dia de los Muertos altars at Grand Park, the Fall Festival at the Original Farmers Market, a new show at The Groundlings Theatre, and more.

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Monday / Throughout the Week

1. Oscar Frights! -> The brand new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (opened Sep. 30) is packing its first full month of programing with series of 13 Oscar-nominated horror movies, showing on select nights at the state-of-the-art, 1000-seat David Geffen Theater. This week the series includes Poltergeist on Monday, The Fly on Saturday, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula on Sunday. Adult tickets (for screenings only) are $10 a piece. More info here.

2. Cat Art Show 4: A New Beginning -> A new edition of the Cat Art Show is now on display at the second floor of the old Hop Louie restaurant space in Chinatown. The 10-day exhibition features artists from 16 counties who have produced over 80 cat-themed works, including sculpture, collage, painting, and illustration. Tickets for the opening night celebration are invite only, but free reservations are available to view the works on select dates from Oct. 15-24. More info here.

3. John Jennings at CAAM -> Author, graphic novelist, curator, and professor John Jennings will be holding a special talk on Monday at the California African American Museum to discuss his collaboration on a graphic essay and video that accompanies the Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch exhibition, on view at CAAM through Jan. 23, 2022. Event is free with RSVP. More info here.

4. Witchy Architecture Tours -> For the second year in a row, actress Amber Benson (Tara Maclay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is teaming up with with Friends of Residential Treasures: LA (FORT:LA) to create a tour guide showcasing five fairy tale-inspired residences around the Los Angeles area. FORT:LA will also offer Grimm’s tales passages read by actors to accompany guests as they drive through the Witches Houses 2 Trail. You can download the tour map on FORT:LA’s website for free starting on Oct. 13. Read about last year’s tours here.

5. Carved at Descanso Gardens -> Carved is a family-friendly event with hundreds of carved pumpkins, a pumpkin house, hay maze and themed food and beverages that create a fun harvest festival atmosphere. Runs Oct. 11-31, with general admission tickets costing $32-35. More info here.

6. Bond in Motion -> The Petersen Automotive Museum’s newest exhibit showcases the largest official James Bond vehicle collection in the United States, including the 2002 Ashton Martin V12 Vanquish (replete with machine guns and heat seeking missiles) and the 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 “Wet Nellie,” which conveniently converts into a submarine (as seen in The Spy Who Loved Me). Exhibit access is included with general admission, which is $17 for adult, non-members.

7. Icons of Darkness -> Opening at Hollywood and Highland on Sep. 27, the new Icons of Darkness exhibit promises hundreds of rare props, costumes, effects and other film-used items, all pulled from privately-owned collections of authentic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror film memorabilia. Think T-Rex heads from Jurassic Park, original helmets from Star Wars, a screen-used Xenomorph creature costume from Aliens, or wands used in the Harry Potter series… you get the idea. Adult tickets are $30. Get more info here.

8. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch -> Culver City’s favorite pumpkin village offers plenty of family fun, including photo ops in front of giant pumpkin installations, a straw maze, a super slide, giant rocking horses, and pumpkin decorating sessions. Dogs are even welcome too, on select days of the week. Runs Oct. 7-31. Tickets range from $5-20, depending on date of attendance. More info here.

9. House of Horrors: A Prime Video Pop Up Shop -> For Halloween 2021 Amazon Prime Video is stepping up their IRL game with a pop-up experience featuring show-inspired costume displays from multiple Amazon Originals, including The Voyeurs, Black As NightMadres, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, which all will premiere on the streaming network in October. Visitors can shop select costumes, stop for photo ops with special displays, or swing by a candy kiosk. Free to attend. Runs Oct. 1-31 at Amazon Pop Up, 8551 Melrose Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

10. Boo at the Zoo -> The Los Angeles Zoo goes wild this October with the return of Boo at the L.A. Zoo, featuring Halloween decor, a spooky stroll with photo ops, an extinct-animal graveyard, and other weird and wacky animal facts and educational opportunities. Weekends include special animal feedings, merry-not-scary entertainment, take-home crafts, and, during the last two weekends in October, trick-or-treat candy stations scattered throughout the Zoo grounds. Runs Oct. 1-31. All activities are included with Zoo admission, which is $22 for adults, and $17 for children 2-12. Tickets are More info here.

Tuesday

11. Star Trek at Skirball -> This Thursday, Oct. 7, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds opens at the Skirball Cultural Center. The exhibition highlights Star Trek’s indelible imprint on modern culture and technology while giving fans a rare glimpse at over a hundred artifacts and props from the Star Trek films and television series, including tricorders, communicators, phasers, uniforms, space craft models, and even the command chair and the navigation console used in the original series. Tickets to Skirball start at $15 per adult. Get more info on the exhibition and planning your visit here.

12. ‘Auteur/Voyeur: Through The Rear Window’ Series -> From Oct. 11 to Nov. 3, American Cinematheque is showcasing at series of films at the Los Feliz 3, thematically connected by the subject of voyeurism. Tickets are $13 per film. This week screenings include A Snake of June on Tuesday, Being John Malkovich and Under the Skin on Wednesday, and Lost Highway on Friday. Get more info and the full series schedule here.

13. Free Botanical Gardens -> Every third Tuesday of each month, Descano Gardens, the L.A. Arboretum, and South Coast Botanic Garden offer free admission days. Advanced reservations are required, and based on availability.

Wednesday

14. Rooftop Boxing Class -> Get a killer workout with a killer view this Wednesday at a Prevail Boxing class on the rooftop of the Hollywoood Roosevelt. Tickets are $25. Yoga mats, boxing gloves, towels and water are all provided. More info here.

15. Andy Warhol at The Luckman -> The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA is hosting a new exhibition of over 70 works by Andy Warhol, including 10 recently-acquired silk screens, plus a trove of polaroids from the artist’s personal collection. Admission is free, but reservations (available Wednesdays through Sundays) are highly recommended. More info here.

16. Haunt ‘O Ween LA -> Building on last year’s drive-through experience, this year’s Haunt ‘O’ Ween LA at the Westfield Topanga expands into a spooky fun playground of family friendly in-person attractions, including a pumpkin patch, spooky graveyard, trick-or-treating area, gfood trucks, wine tasting, and more. Runs Oct. 1-31. Tickets are $30 per person on weekdays and $35 on weekends. More info here.

17. Nights of the Jack -> Set at the King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, Nights of the Jack creates an interactive walking trail more than a half mile in length, lined with thousands of hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins and pumpkin inspired installations. Runs daily from Oct. 1–31. Weekday general admission is $34.99 per person, and weekends run $39.99. More info here

Thursday

18. Erykah Badu at The Bowl –> The legendary neo-soul artist brings her vocal stylings to the Hollywood Bowl this Thursday evening with a special performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets still available as low a $39.50 (plus fees) as of initial publication of this post. More info here

19. Inside A Typewriter -> Reggie Watts comes to the Dynasty Typewriter this Thursday for an improvised performance of beatboxing, music, and comedy. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. More info here.

20. Creep LA -> JFI Productions’ Creep LA has been a mainstay of local immersive horror shows since debuting in 2015, and this year’s edition promises a more intimate experience. Starting Sep. 30, Creep takes over The Ghost Light venue inside the Three Clubs bar in Hollywood, only allowing six guests in per performance, according to Scare Zone. Shows runs during timed blocks on select dates from through Oct. 31. Tickets are $95 per performance, plus service fees. More info here.

21. Halloween Horror Nights -> Universal Studios Hollywood brings their annual terror attraction back starting on Sep 9. This year’s edition includes the return of the “Terror Tram,” featuring “The Ultimate Purge,” along with a maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” GA tickets range between $69-$99, depending on the date of attendance. More info here.

22. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride -> After adapting to a drive-thru version last year, the Haunted Hayride is back in Griffith Park for 2021 with in-person activities based around a fictional town named Midnight Falls, circa 1985. In addition to the signature hayride, highlights for this year’s event include a Trick or Treat Maze, the Midnight Mortuary Tour, and the Dead End Diner. Kicks off this Friday, Sep. 24 and runs on select nights through Oct. 31. General Admission tickets are $39.99 (access to all attractions) and if you want to do the hayride only it’ll run you $29.99. Get more info here.

Friday

23. Dia de los Muertos altars at Grand Park -> A large-scale altar and over a dozen art installations curated by Self Help Graphics will be on display throughout Grand Park starting this Friday, Oct. 22 in celebration of Dia de los Muertos. On Saturday the park will honor the new inslallations with a Noche De Ofrenda, an evening of reflection and remembrance featuring poetry, dance, and workshops. The altar and installations will be on view at the park through Nov. 2, and are free to view. More info here.

23. Halloween Family Night at The Aquarium of The Pacific -> The Aquarium will offer extended evening hours for this special family-friendly Halloween event. Kids can come in costume and explore animal exhibits, participate in a scavenger hunt, and get goodie bags. Tickets are $24.95. More info here.

24. A Groundling on Elm Street -> The newest sketch show at the Groundlings Theatre kicks off this Friday, Oct. 22, and features cast members from the Groundlings Main Company. Shows are set for Friday and Saturdays through Nov. 20. Tickets are $25. More info here.

25. Fall Festival at the Original Farmers Market -> This year’s fall festival at the Original Farmers Market starts on Friday with an evening concert by American Mile Southern Rock, then continues on Saturday and Sunday with two full days of pumpkin patches, puppetry, crafting, and live performances. Free to attend. More info here.

26. Long Beach’s inaugural Oktoberfest festival -> This Friday tips off two full weekends (Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 29-31) of Okbtoberfest action at Scottish Rite Event Center in Long Beach. Expect authentic German beer, food, dancing, and live entertainment. General admission tickets are $20 per person. Remember that beer, wine and food are all available for purchase, and not included with admission. More info here.

27. Beware the Dark Realm -> Now in its fifth decade, The Silvey family’s Beware The Dark Realm is one of the longest running mom and pop haunts in the county, offering what they describe as a “high intensity walk-through attraction filled with terrifying live monsters, amazing special effects, and incredible sets.” Runs Oct. 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30. The event is free, but front-of-the-line tickets are available with a $10 donation to Family Promise of the Santa Clarita Valley. Get more info here.

28. Urban Death Tour of Terror -> Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre’s annual tradition of Urban Death continues with a new series of terrifying vignettes, bookended by walks through a creepy maze. Runs every Friday and Saturday in October start on Oct. 1, and ends with special performances on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Tickets are $15 per person. More info here.

29. It’s Alive! -> Starting Oct. 1, Mary Shelley fans can head to the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena for It’s Alive! An Immersive Frankenstein Experience, produced by the Downtown Repertory Theater Company. The show transports guests into the mind of the Frankenstein author while offering audiences the chance to “meet the poets and radicals of Mary’s inner circle” (Shelley famously palled around with Lord Byron and John William Polidori, who is credited with the first published work of modern vampire fiction). General admission tickets are $60, or $55 if you buy at the early bird rate. More info here.

Dining

30. Panxa Cocina -> Chef Arthur Gonzalez’s New Mexico influenced restaurant Panxa Cocina in Long Beach has a new fall menu featuring Duck Carnitas, Goat Cheese Stuffed Squash Blossom drizzled with poblano honey, Chili Dusted Niman Ranch Pork Chop, Anchiote Cornish Game Hen and a New Mexico roadside favorite, the Fry Bread Taco.

31. Superba Food + Bread in Hollywood -> Superba Food + Bread took over the The Cat & Fiddle space in Hollywood last year and this Friday they’ll officially open their doors with an entirely new Superba culinary experience featuring a cocktail program, raw bar and an expanded menu with new items. The expansive restaurant is made up of 4,500 square feet of interior space housing a grand dining room, 14-seat bar, coffee counter, and oyster bar. An additional 2,000 square feet of outdoor dining in the courtyard is centered around a restored wishing well from the late 1920’s. Superba Food + Bread will be open seven days a week, offering non-stop service with brunch, lunch and dinner. The walk-up Coffee Counter will include the full suite of Superba Bakehouse products including over 20 different pastries as well as lattes and other specialty drinks. 

32. 20-Inch Pizza Slice at Mickey’s -> Mickey’s Deli in Hermosa Beach recently brought back their infamous XL Pizza Slice. For a limited time get your hands on a 20-inch slice made with Mickey’s handmade pizza dough, topped with a house made tomato sauce and mozzarella for $15.99 with an additional $1.50 for every extra topping.

33. A Study of Fire at Terra -> Monthly guest chef pop-up dinner series “A Study of Fire,” returns to Eataly’s rooftop restaurant Terra on Oct. 20 with Argentinian Chef Norberto Piattoni. Tickets cost $90 per person and can be made on OpenTable under the “Experiences” tab. A portion of the proceeds of the exclusive one-night-only tasting will help raise money for Restaurants Care, an emergency assistance fund serving California restaurant workers year-round.


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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30 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [10-15-2021 to 10-17-2021]

October 14, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Los Angeles State Historic Park 2017
Overlooking the newly renovated Los Angeles State Historic Park. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

As Los Angeles finds its way out of the pandemic and restrictions gradually ease, we’re continuing our bi-weekly round-ups of fun to-dos, mixing in the occasional online/virtual event with an ever-growing listen of in-person experiences and food ideas.

This weekend, from October 15-17, features the San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest, a Cat Art Show, KCRW Summer Nights, an Archaeology Day celebration, LATINAFest, Dia de los Muertos at MOLAA, and more.

[Remember, if you want to stay connected with our weekly updates, be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. Newsletter]

Friday / All Weekend

1. San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest –> The 7th annual San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Festival returns to the San Gabriel Missions Playhouse this Friday, Oct. 15. Expect dumpling food booths, food trucks, dessert booths, a craft beer garden, and plenty of live entertainment. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free, with bites for purchase onsite. There are also unlimited beer sample wrist bands are on sale online for $35. More info here.

2. Once Upon A Can In The West -> With funding now secured for Issue 3, the LAnd Magazine is hosting a special launch party at Highland Park Brewery where they’ll toast to the zine to come with a limited edition West Coast IPA release created by HPB. DJ Holloweyed will be onsite spinning music on the patio. Party starts at 7 p.m. Proof of vaccination will be required. More info here.

3. OC Japan Fair -> Head to the OC Fair and Event Center this Friday through Sunday for one of the largest Japanese cultural festivals in Southern California. OC Japan Fair offers three days (Oct. 15-17) of cultural activities and special programming, including a tuna cutting show (Saturday and Sunday), sake tasting, live musical and dance performances, candy sculpting, calligraphy, and more. General admission is $10.

4. Beware the Dark Realm -> Now in its fifth decade, The Silvey family’s Beware The Dark Realm is one of the longest running mom and pop haunts in the county, offering what they describe as a “high intensity walk-through attraction filled with terrifying live monsters, amazing special effects, and incredible sets.” Runs Oct. 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30. The event is free, but front-of-the-line tickets are available with a $10 donation to Family Promise of the Santa Clarita Valley. Get more info here.

5. Cat Art Show 4: A New Beginning -> A new edition of the Cat Art Show comes to the second floor of old Hop Louie restaurant space in Chinatown for a 10-day exhibition starting this Thursday, Oct. 14. Artists from 16 counties have produced over 80 cat-themed works, including sculpture, collage, painting, and illustration. Tickets for the opening night celebration are invite only, but free reservations are available to view the works on select dates from Oct. 15-24. More info here.

6. Where Do We Go From Here? ->  A public art exhibition featuring contemporary artists who identify as women and people of color debuts at a DTLA Fashion District building starting this Thursday, Oct. 14. Featured works include curator Zehra Ahmed’s Womxn in Windows project; a collection of six photographs printed on silk screens from artist Janna Ireland; and artist Ginger Q’s ESTAMOS AQUI, a six-foot neon sign that will be displayed atop the building. The exhibition is viewable at street level at 700 South Main Street through March 1, 2022. Get more info here.

7. Historic illipinos -> October is Filipino American History Month, and to celebrate HiFi Kitchen will host a 25-year anniversary screening of one of the most historic break dancing battles of the 90’s, Radiotron’s Renegades vs Style Elements. The screening will be followed by a panel featuring Wicket, Remind and more. Food, music, and cyphers will also be part of the night. The event takes place at Tropico De Nopal Gallery Art-Space. More info and tickets here.

8. Endless Summer Spritz Bar -> Every Friday in October, Hotel June and Lo-Fi Aperitifs are hosting a poolside spritz bar with sets by DJ Lady Sinclair, plus shareable Baja bites for purchase. The series is complimentary (free admission) and open to the public. Runs 5 to 7 p.m. Get more info here.

9. Icons of Darkness -> Opening at Hollywood and Highland on Sep. 27, the new Icons of Darkness exhibit promises hundreds of rare props, costumes, effects and other film-used items, all pulled from privately-owned collections of authentic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror film memorabilia. Think T-Rex heads from Jurassic Park, original helmets from Star Wars, a screen-used Xenomorph creature costume from Aliens, or wands used in the Harry Potter series… you get the idea. Adult tickets are $30. Get more info here.

10. Creep LA -> JFI Productions’ Creep LA has been a mainstay of local immersive horror shows since debuting in 2015, and this year’s edition promises a more intimate experience. Starting Sep. 30, Creep takes over The Ghost Light venue inside the Three Clubs bar in Hollywood, only allowing six guests in per performance, according to Scare Zone. Shows runs during timed blocks on select dates from through Oct. 31. Tickets are $95 per performance, plus service fees. More info here.

11. Boo at the Zoo -> The Los Angeles Zoo goes wild this October with the return of Boo at the L.A. Zoo, featuring Halloween decor, a spooky stroll with photo ops, an extinct-animal graveyard, and other weird and wacky animal facts and educational opportunities. Weekends include special animal feedings, merry-not-scary entertainment, take-home crafts, and, during the last two weekends in October, trick-or-treat candy stations scattered throughout the Zoo grounds. Runs Oct. 1-31. All activities are included with Zoo admission, which is $22 for adults, and $17 for children 2-12. Tickets are More info here.

12. Haunt ‘O Ween LA -> Building on last year’s drive-through experience, this year’s Haunt ‘O’ Ween LA at the Westfield Topanga expands into a spooky fun playground of family friendly in-person attractions, including a pumpkin patch, spooky graveyard, trick-or-treating area, food trucks, wine tasting, and more. Runs Oct. 1-31. Tickets are $30 per person on weekdays and $35 on weekends. More info here.

13. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride -> After adapting to a drive-thru version last year, the Haunted Hayride is back in Griffith Park for 2021 with in-person activities based around a fictional town named Midnight Falls, circa 1985. In addition to the signature hayride, highlights for this year’s event include a Trick or Treat Maze, the Midnight Mortuary Tour, and the Dead End Diner. Kicks off this Friday, Sep. 24 and runs on select nights through Oct. 31. General Admission tickets are $39.99 (access to all attractions) and if you want to do the hayride only it’ll run you $29.99. Get more info here.

14. Nights of the Jack -> Set at the King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, Nights of the Jack creates an interactive walking trail more than a half mile in length, lined with thousands of hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins and pumpkin inspired installations. Runs daily from Oct. 1–31. Weekday general admission is $34.99 per person, and weekends run $39.99. More info here

15. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal -> Universal Studios Hollywood brings their annual terror attraction back starting on Sep 9. This year’s attraction will include the return of the “Terror Tram,” featuring “The Ultimate Purge,” along with a maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” GA tickets range between $69-$99, depending on the date of attendance. More info here.

16. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch -> Culver City’s favorite pumpkin village offers plenty of family fun, including photo ops in front of giant pumpkin installations, a straw maze, a super slide, giant rocking horses, and pumpkin decorating sessions. Dogs are even welcome too, on select days of the week. Runs Oct. 7-31. Tickets range from $5-20, depending on date of attendance. More info here.

Saturday

17. KCRW Summer Nights -> One Colorado in Old Pasadena plays host to this rescheduled edition of KCRW’s signature outdoor summer series (and yes, we know summer is over!). DJ sets by KCRW’s Travis Holcome bookend a featured performance by Afro/Latin Funk group Jungle Fire. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. More info here.

18. Pulling the Sun Back -> This past Monday (Indigenous People’s Day), a new site-specific work by Mercedes Dorame opened at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Pulling the Sun Back – Xa’aa Peshii Nehiino Taame allows viewers to explore three elements of Tongvan community structures: Kiiy (home), Shyee’evo (healing space), and Yovaar (ceremonial space). This Saturday an opening reception will be held to celebrate the new project. Reception runs from 3 to 5 p.m. More info on the opening here.

19. Archaeology Day -> The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area celebrates Archaeology Month with a special event this Saturday at King Gillette Ranch. The all-ages event include presentations and demos by local archaeologists, Native American performances, hands-on excavation boxes, and even the chance to throw an atlatl spear at a target. Free to attend. Runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.

20. Murad x Rooftop Cinema Club’s The Drive-Up at Santa Monica Airport -> Murad has partnered with the RCC drive-up series for Saturday movie screenings this month with a hosted sample bar giving out free deluxe samples of Murad’s Retinol Youth Renewal Collection plus other fun giveaways and an IG worthy concession stand. This Saturday they’ll screen Hocus Pocus. More info here.

21. Angel City Market Dia de los Muertos -> Angel City Market is hosting back-to-back days of Dia de los Muertos themed outdoor events. Expect dozens of local vendors, face painting, DJ’d, music, games, and live dancing. A limited number of free tickets are available online, otherwise it’s $5 at the door. Get tickets and check out the list of activities for Day 1 here. Day 2 here.

22. Gimmie Gimmie! Peach Samba -> This monthly comedy show held at Oeno Vino Wines in Atwater Village. Saturday’s lineup includes Sara Schaefer (Comedy Central Half Hour, MTV, Netflix), Ever Mainard (Disney, Conan), Doc Willis (Netflix, Cartoon Network), Best Actress, Jonathan Cerda Rowell (Coming Out on Stage) and Max Kerwien. Tickets are $5. More info here.

Sunday

23. Dia de los Muertos at MOLAA –> The Museum of Latina American Art in Long Beach celebrates Dia de los Muertos this Sunday with a free event featuring DJ’d music, mariachi and live dance performances, special vendors, and a altar created by artist Carmen Vargas Argot. Keep in mind that while admission to the event is free, onsite parking is $15. Runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

24. LATINAFest -> A celebration of all things Latina comes to LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes this Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Expect dozens of local vendors, a cocktail garden, live musical and spoken word performances, plus wellness demos. General admission tickets start at $10. Get more info here.

Dining

25. The Greyhound Giving Out Free Wings -> On Friday The Greyhound in Highland Park celebrates their two-year anniversary with free wings (chicken and veggie wings) from 4 p.m. till close on Friday, Oct. 15. Pair complimentary wings with Happy Hour (4 to 6 p.m.) deals that include food and drink specials.

26. Filipino American History Month X Genever -> It’s Filipino American History Month and Genever is hosting an early weekend Happy Hour this Saturday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. For every cocktail sold $1 will be donated to the Asian Foster Family Initiative. In addition, a Sarao Jeepney will be parked right outside Genever for the public to step aboard for a photo opt. If you’re not familiar with Jeepneys, the colorful jeeps are the Philippines’ most popular form of public transportation after World War II. Everyone is welcomed to view the Jeepney but you must be 21 or older to enter the globally inspired cocktail bar. 

27. S.Pellegrino Destination Dining -> Starting this Friday, S. Pellegrino Destination Dining returns with a cross-coastal culinary exchange between restaurants in Los Angeles and New York. Diners in Los Angeles can enjoy signature dishes from some of the hottest restaurants in New York including Llama San, Contento, Di an Di and Shukette. Each week the program will focus on two restaurants from opposite coasts exchanging recipes for the week. Kicking things off on from Oct. 15 through 22 is Chef Josef Centeno’s Michelin-starred Orsa & Winston cooking up Chef Erik Ramirez of Llama San recipes. Each signature swap dish comes with a free bottle S.Pellegrino. More info here.

28. Todo Bien -> Tijuana style birria pop-up Todo Bien opens their first brick and mortar on Friday Oct. 15. Located on the corner of La Brea Ave. and Sunset, the casual spot’s will feature birria (beef or chicken) stuffed in tacos, burritos, quesadillas, or topped on tostadas. Traditional sides, vegetarian friendly options, cold beers, micheladas and churros are also in play.

29. Comfy Pup -> This Sunday sink your teeth into a Smoked Italian Beef Sandwich from midwestern comfort food pop up Comfy Pup. River St. BBQ teamed up with Comfy Pup to create the 8-hour smoked Wagyu round roast sandwich which will be available at Deus Ex Machina in Venice from noon to 2 p.m. The Smoked Italian Beef Sandwich ($18) is served with au jus, on a toasted French roll and covered in hot giardiniera with a side of Comfy Pup’s hand cut fries covered in River St. BBQ’s queso. Pre-orders are available now. 

30. Ellenos -> Seattle’s popular scooped yogurt bar Ellenos is a staple at the iconic Pike Place Market, and this month they’re giving Angelenos a taste by popping up at Grand Central Market. Available Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the month of October, Ellenos’ traditional Greek yogurt scoop cart will be located inside the Hill Street entrance of the market. Scoops include fan-favorite flavors like Pumpkin Pie, Marionberry, Lemon Curd, and more.


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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33 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [10-11-2021 to 10-15-2021]

October 11, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
La Brea Tar Pits
The La Brea Tar Pits. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

There’s always lots to do in Los Angeles, and per usual we’re here with a bi-weekly (Monday and Thursday) rundown of the best of what’s happening in the city and county.

This week, from Oct. 11-15, features Carved at Descanso Gardens, Screamfest, a witchy architecture tour, a free panel discussion at the La Brea Tar Pits the Cat Art Show, the San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest, OC Japan Fair, Beware The Dark Realm, and more!

[Remember, if you want to stay connected with our weekly updates, be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. Newsletter]

Monday / Throughout the Week

1. ‘Auteur/Voyeur: Through The Rear Window’ Series -> From Oct. 11 to Nov. 3, American Cinematheque is showcasing at series of films at the Los Feliz 3, thematically connected by the subject of voyeurism. Tickets are $13 per film. The series opens this week with Peeping Tom on Monday, Auto-Focus on Thursday, and then free screening of Amazon Studios’ The Voyeurs on Friday, presented along with a Q&A with filmmaker Michael Mohan. Get more info and the full series schedule here.

2. Carved at Descanso Gardens -> Carved is a family-friendly event with hundreds of carved pumpkins, a pumpkin house, hay maze and themed food and beverages that create a fun harvest festival atmosphere. Runs Oct. 11-31, with general admission tickets costing $32-35. More info here.

3. Bond in Motion -> The Petersen Automotive Museum’s newest exhibit showcases the largest official James Bond vehicle collection in the United States, including the 2002 Ashton Martin V12 Vanquish (replete with machine guns and heat seeking missiles) and the 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 “Wet Nellie,” which conveniently converts into a submarine (as seen in The Spy Who Loved Me). Exhibit access is included with general admission, which is $17 for adult, non-members.

4. Men in Black in VR -> Dreamscape Immersive at the Westfield Century City has a brand new virtual reality experience based on the world of Men in Black. Men in Black: First Assignment casts you as a rookie agent tasked with thwarting an Octopoid plot that could destroy the entire universe – unless you stop it. Tickets are $23.50 per person, and the experience runs about 35 minutes end to end. Get more info here.

5. Icons of Darkness -> Opening at Hollywood and Highland on Sep. 27, the new Icons of Darkness exhibit promises hundreds of rare props, costumes, effects and other film-used items, all pulled from privately-owned collections of authentic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror film memorabilia. Think T-Rex heads from Jurassic Park, original helmets from Star Wars, a screen-used Xenomorph creature costume from Aliens, or wands used in the Harry Potter series… you get the idea. Adult tickets are $30. Get more info here.

6. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch -> Culver City’s favorite pumpkin village offers plenty of family fun, including photo ops in front of giant pumpkin installations, a straw maze, a super slide, giant rocking horses, and pumpkin decorating sessions. Dogs are even welcome too, on select days of the week. Runs Oct. 7-31. Tickets range from $5-20, depending on date of attendance. More info here.

7. House of Horrors: A Prime Video Pop Up Shop -> For Halloween 2021 Amazon Prime Video is stepping up their IRL game with a pop-up experience featuring show-inspired costume displays from multiple Amazon Originals, including The Voyeurs, Black As NightMadres, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, which all will premiere on the streaming network in October. Visitors can shop select costumes, stop for photo ops with special displays, or swing by a candy kiosk. Free to attend. Runs Oct. 1-31 at Amazon Pop Up, 8551 Melrose Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

8. Boo at the Zoo -> The Los Angeles Zoo goes wild this October with the return of Boo at the L.A. Zoo, featuring Halloween decor, a spooky stroll with photo ops, an extinct-animal graveyard, and other weird and wacky animal facts and educational opportunities. Weekends include special animal feedings, merry-not-scary entertainment, take-home crafts, and, during the last two weekends in October, trick-or-treat candy stations scattered throughout the Zoo grounds. Runs Oct. 1-31. All activities are included with Zoo admission, which is $22 for adults, and $17 for children 2-12. Tickets are More info here.

Tuesday

9. Screamfest -> Screamfest kicks off 10 days of independent horror features and shorts this Tuesday with an opening night red carpet event paired with the a showing of rockstar horror thriller The Retaliators. The series runs through Oct. 21 at the TCL Chinese Theater. Tickets per screening (or block of shorts) are $11. See the full schedule and get more info here.

10. Free Screening of Hedwig -> Zebulon Cafe is hosting a free screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Tuesday night as part of a special 20-year anniversary celebration of the film. Costumes and sing-alongs encouraged. Starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

11. Star Trek at Skirball -> This Thursday, Oct. 7, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds opens at the Skirball Cultural Center. The exhibition highlights Star Trek’s indelible imprint on modern culture and technology while giving fans a rare glimpse at over a hundred artifacts and props from the Star Trek films and television series, including tricorders, communicators, phasers, uniforms, space craft models, and even the command chair and the navigation console used in the original series. Tickets to Skirball start at $15 per adult. Get more info on the exhibition and planning your visit here.

12. Ssssensational Ssssnakes -> Kidspace Museum in Pasadena has a new interactive exhibit that gives children a chance to get up close and personal with a few reptile ambassadors while getting unique insights into what about makes snakes so special. Access to Ssssensational Ssssnakes is provided with regular admission, which is $14.95 per person. Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31. More info here.

Wednesday

14. Witchy Architecture Tours -> For the second year in a row, actress Amber Benson (Tara Maclay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is teaming up with with Friends of Residential Treasures: LA (FORT:LA) to create a tour guide showcasing five fairy tale-inspired residences around the Los Angeles area. FORT:LA will also offer Grimm’s tales passages read by actors to accompany guests as they drive through the Witches Houses 2 Trail. You can download the tour map on FORT:LA’s website for free starting on Oct. 13. Read about last year’s tours here.

15. We’re Wolves at Hive Gallery -> We’re Wolves, opening at The Hive Gallery in DTLA on Oct. 2, promises an “immersive journey into a werewolf family’s cabin,” with what looks like a vast collection of drawings, paintings, and mixed media works, all dedicated to the transformative demihuman. The exhibition features contributions from over three dozen listed artists. Along with an opening event (RSVP required), special events slated in conjunction with the exhibition include a film fest on Oct. 9 and a moonlight performance night on Oct. 16. Check out the exhibition website for more info. Gallery hours Wednesday to Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m., or by appointment.

16. Andy Warhol at The Luckman -> The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA is hosting a new exhibition of over 70 works by Andy Warhol, including 10 recently-acquired silk screens, plus a trove of polaroids from the artist’s personal collection. Admission is free, but reservations (available Wednesdays through Sundays) are highly recommended. More info here.

17. Haunt ‘O Ween LA -> Building on last year’s drive-through experience, this year’s Haunt ‘O’ Ween LA at the Westfield Topanga expands into a spooky fun playground of family friendly in-person attractions, including a pumpkin patch, spooky graveyard, trick-or-treating area, food trucks, wine tasting, and more. Runs Oct. 1-31. Tickets are $30 per person on weekdays and $35 on weekends. More info here.

18. Nights of the Jack -> Set at the King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, Nights of the Jack creates an interactive walking trail more than a half mile in length, lined with thousands of hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins and pumpkin inspired installations. Runs daily from Oct. 1–31. Weekday general admission is $34.99 per person, and weekends run $39.99. More info here

Thursday

19. Fossilized and Realized -> This Thursday, the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum will host a special discussion on the significance of the tar pits in art and popular culture. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles archivist  Yolanda Bustos moderates a panel featuring artists Mark Dion and Carl Cheng, along with historian Alison Laurence. The event is free to attend with RSVP. More info here.

20. Cat Art Show 4: A New Beginning -> A new edition of the Cat Art Show comes to the second floor of old Hop Louie restaurant space in Chinatown for a 10-day exhibition starting this Thursday, Oct. 14. Artists from 16 counties have produced over 80 cat-themed works, including sculpture, collage, painting, and illustration. Tickets for the opening night celebration are invite only, but free reservations are available to view the works on select dates from Oct. 15-24. More info here.

21. Creep LA -> JFI Productions’ Creep LA has been a mainstay of local immersive horror shows since debuting in 2015, and this year’s edition promises a more intimate experience. Starting Sep. 30, Creep takes over The Ghost Light venue inside the Three Clubs bar in Hollywood, only allowing six guests in per performance, according to Scare Zone. Shows runs during timed blocks on select dates from through Oct. 31. Tickets are $95 per performance, plus service fees. More info here.

22. Halloween Horror Nights -> Universal Studios Hollywood brings their annual terror attraction back starting on Sep 9. This year’s edition includes the return of the “Terror Tram,” featuring “The Ultimate Purge,” along with a maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” GA tickets range between $69-$99, depending on the date of attendance. More info here.

23. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride -> After adapting to a drive-thru version last year, the Haunted Hayride is back in Griffith Park for 2021 with in-person activities based around a fictional town named Midnight Falls, circa 1985. In addition to the signature hayride, highlights for this year’s event include a Trick or Treat Maze, the Midnight Mortuary Tour, and the Dead End Diner. Kicks off this Friday, Sep. 24 and runs on select nights through Oct. 31. General Admission tickets are $39.99 (access to all attractions) and if you want to do the hayride only it’ll run you $29.99. Get more info here.

Friday

24. San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest –> The 7th annual San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Festival returns to the San Gabriel Missions Playhouse this Friday, Oct. 15. Expect dumpling food booths, food trucks, dessert booths, a craft beer garden, and plenty of live entertainment. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free, with bites for purchase onsite. There are also unlimited beer sample wrist bands are on sale online for $35. More info here.

25. OC Japan Fair -> Head to the OC Fair and Event Center this Friday through Sunday for one of the largest Japanese cultural festivals in Southern California. OC Japan Fair offers three days (Oct. 15-17) of cultural activities and special programming, including a tuna cutting show (Saturday and Sunday), sake tasting, live musical and dance performances, candy sculpting, calligraphy, and more. General admission is $10.

26. Beware the Dark Realm -> Now in its fifth decade, The Silvey family’s Beware The Dark Realm is one of the longest running mom and pop haunts in the county, offering what they describe as a “high intensity walk-through attraction filled with terrifying live monsters, amazing special effects, and incredible sets.” Runs Oct. 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30. The event is free, but front-of-the-line tickets are available with a $10 donation to Family Promise of the Santa Clarita Valley. Get more info here.

27. Historic illipinos -> October is Filipino American History Month, and to celebrate HiFi Kitchen will host a 25-year anniversary screening of one of the most historic break dancing battles of the 90’s, Radiotron’s Renegades vs Style Elements. The screening will be followed by a panel featuring Wicket, Remind and more. Food, music, and cyphers will also be part of the night. The event takes place at Tropico De Nopal Gallery Art-Space. More info and tickets here.

28. Urban Death Tour of Terror -> Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre’s annual tradition of Urban Death continues with a new series of terrifying vignettes, bookended by walks through a creepy maze. Runs every Friday and Saturday in October start on Oct. 1, and ends with special performances on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Tickets are $15 per person. More info here.

29. It’s Alive! -> Starting Oct. 1, Mary Shelley fans can head to the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena for It’s Alive! An Immersive Frankenstein Experience, produced by the Downtown Repertory Theater Company. The show transports guests into the mind of the Frankenstein author while offering audiences the chance to “meet the poets and radicals of Mary’s inner circle” (Shelley famously palled around with Lord Byron and John William Polidori, who is credited with the first published work of modern vampire fiction). General admission tickets are $60, or $55 if you buy at the early bird rate. More info here.

Dining

30. Old Fashioned Week -> Elijah Craig’s Old Fashioned Week returns for 10 days of Bourbon cocktails at a number of local bars and restaurants. Kicking off on Friday, Oct. 15, the public can order up Old Fashioned cocktails created just for the event. Proceeds of each classic bourbon cocktail sold will be donated to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation. Cocktails include a smoky small batched Elijah Craig Old Fashioned at Messhall Kitchen in Los Feliz. Participants this year span all over Los Angeles County including Birdie G’s in Santa Monica, Spin Lounge in Whittier and The End in Torrance, see the full directory here. Old Fashioned Week wraps up on Oct. 24.  

31. Breadblok -> Gluten-free bakery and cafe Breadblok recently rolled out a new fall and winter menu that includes handmade Buckwheat Pumpkin Bread, Maple and Vanilla Brioche Donuts as well as seasonal cozy eats like a Honey Baked Squash & Baby Carrots Salad to a Tortilla Española served with Breadblok’s popular French baguette. Most baked goods can also be found at several farmers markets in the city.

32. Fundraiser for Hispanic Heritage Month -> Now through Friday, Oct. 15 Milagro Tequila celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by partnering up with Los Angeles restaurants Thunderbird BarPattern Bar, and Tacolicious for limited time drink and food combos to raise money for non-profit No Us Without You, an organization that provides food security for undocumented immigrants in the Los Angeles area. Specials include a Sweet Potato Puffy Taco and Milagro Margarita ($20) from Thunderbird; a taco of your choice and either a Paloma a la Lare or El Chamuco ($17) from Pattern Bar; and your choice of one taco and a Milagro Margartia ($20) at Tacolicious.

33. Salt & Straw -> On Oct. 15-17, Salt & Straw pints are buy three get one free. This includes classic flavors and their annual Ice SCREAM Halloween menu. Promotion does not apply for online orders and is only available at scoop shop locations.


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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Things To Do

32 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [10-8-2021 to 10-10-2021]

October 7, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Gamble House
Gamble House. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

As Los Angeles finds its way out of the pandemic and restrictions gradually ease, we’re continuing our bi-weekly round-ups of fun to-dos, mixing in the occasional online/virtual event with an ever-growing listen of in-person experiences and food ideas.

This weekend, from October 8-10, features Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds at The Skirball, ArtNight Pasadena, the Culver City Art Walk, CicLAiva: Heart of the City, the Grand Tortilla Tournament of Champions, the Family Style Food Festival, and more.

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Friday / All Weekend

1. Star Trek at Skirball -> This Wednesday, Oct. 7, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds opens at the Skirball Cultural Center. The exhibition highlights Star Trek’s indelible imprint on modern culture and technology while giving fans a rare glimpse at over a hundred artifacts and props from the Star Trek films and television series, including tricorders, communicators, phasers, uniforms, space craft models, and even the command chair and the navigation console used in the original series. Tickets to Skirball start at $15 per adult. Get more info on the exhibition and planning your visit here.

2. ArtNight Pasadena -> The City of Pasadena’s biannual celebration of art and culture takes place in a hybrid format this Friday, Oct. 8, with a collection of in-person and virtual experiences provided by institutions including the Armory for the Arts, USC Pacific Asia Museum, the Pasadena Museum of History, and the Gamble House. Note that shuttle service will not be provided this year. Free to attend. Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test required for entry to in-person events. More info here.

3. Endless Summer Spritz Bar -> Every Friday in October, Hotel June and Lo-Fi Aperitifs are hosting a poolside spritz bar with sets by DJ Lady Sinclair, plus shareable Baja bites for purchase. The series is complimentary (free admission) and open to the public. Runs 5 to 7 p.m. Get more info here.

4. Vegan Fashion Week -> Vegan Fashion Week, which promotes animal-free and sustainable fashion, is hosting a two-day event this Friday and Saturday at the South Park Center in DTLA. Attendees can purchase a $20 ticket that includes access to the pop-up market, LA Fashion Festival film screenings, networking hour, and complimentary soft drinks. See the full schedule for both days and get more info here.

5. Santa Monica Mystery Quest -> Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. in partnership with Santa Monica Mystery Quest have launched a free scavenger hunt series on the Third Street Promenade, taking place on the second Friday of each month from September through December. 2-4 players are recommended per squad. Get more info here.

6. Icons of Darkness -> Opening at Hollywood and Highland on Sep. 27, the new Icons of Darkness exhibit promises hundreds of rare props, costumes, effects and other film-used items, all pulled from privately-owned collections of authentic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror film memorabilia. Think T-Rex heads from Jurassic Park, original helmets from Star Wars, a screen-used Xenomorph creature costume from Aliens, or wands used in the Harry Potter series… you get the idea. Adult tickets are $30. Get more info here.

7. Creep LA -> JFI Productions’ Creep LA has been a mainstay of local immersive horror shows since debuting in 2015, and this year’s edition promises a more intimate experience. Starting Sep. 30, Creep takes over The Ghost Light venue inside the Three Clubs bar in Hollywood, only allowing six guests in per performance, according to Scare Zone. Shows runs during timed blocks on select dates from through Oct. 31. Tickets are $95 per performance, plus service fees. More info here.

8. It’s Alive! -> Starting Oct. 1, Mary Shelley fans can head to the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena for It’s Alive! An Immersive Frankenstein Experience, produced by the Downtown Repertory Theater Company. The show transports guests into the mind of the Frankenstein author while offering audiences the chance to “meet the poets and radicals of Mary’s inner circle” (Shelley famously palled around with Lord Byron and John William Polidori, who is credited with the first published work of modern vampire fiction). General admission tickets are $60, or $55 if you buy at the early bird rate. More info here.

9. Urban Death Tour of Terror -> Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre’s annual tradition of Urban Death continues with a new series of terrifying vignettes, bookended by walks through a creepy maze. Runs every Friday and Saturday in October start on Oct. 1, and ends with special performances on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Tickets are $15 per person. More info here.

10. Boo at the Zoo -> The Los Angeles Zoo goes wild this October with the return of Boo at the L.A. Zoo, featuring Halloween decor, a spooky stroll with photo ops, an extinct-animal graveyard, and other weird and wacky animal facts and educational opportunities. Weekends include special animal feedings, merry-not-scary entertainment, take-home crafts, and, during the last two weekends in October, trick-or-treat candy stations scattered throughout the Zoo grounds. Runs Oct. 1-31. All activities are included with Zoo admission, which is $22 for adults, and $17 for children 2-12. Tickets are More info here.

11. Haunt ‘O Ween LA -> Building on last year’s drive-through experience, this year’s Haunt ‘O’ Ween LA at the Westfield Topanga expands into a spooky fun playground of family friendly in-person attractions, including a pumpkin patch, spooky graveyard, trick-or-treating area, food trucks, wine tasting, and more. Runs Oct. 1-31. Tickets are $30 per person on weekdays and $35 on weekends. More info here.

12. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride -> After adapting to a drive-thru version last year, the Haunted Hayride is back in Griffith Park for 2021 with in-person activities based around a fictional town named Midnight Falls, circa 1985. In addition to the signature hayride, highlights for this year’s event include a Trick or Treat Maze, the Midnight Mortuary Tour, and the Dead End Diner. Kicks off this Friday, Sep. 24 and runs on select nights through Oct. 31. General Admission tickets are $39.99 (access to all attractions) and if you want to do the hayride only it’ll run you $29.99. Get more info here.

13. Nights of the Jack -> Set at the King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, Nights of the Jack creates an interactive walking trail more than a half mile in length, lined with thousands of hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins and pumpkin inspired installations. Runs daily from Oct. 1–31. Weekday general admission is $34.99 per person, and weekends run $39.99. More info here

14. Rocketman at Pershing Square -> Pershing Square’s Friday film screening series continues on Oct. 1 with a showing of Black Panther. Entry is free, and the event is all-ages. Food will be available for purchase onsite. More info here.

15. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal -> Universal Studios Hollywood brings their annual terror attraction back starting on Sep 9. This year’s attraction will include the return of the “Terror Tram,” featuring “The Ultimate Purge,” along with a maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” GA tickets range between $69-$99, depending on the date of attendance. More info here.

16. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch -> Culver City’s favorite pumpkin village offers plenty of family fun, including photo ops in front of giant pumpkin installations, a straw maze, a super slide, giant rocking horses, and pumpkin decorating sessions. Dogs are even welcome too, on select days of the week. Runs Oct. 7-31. Tickets range from $5-20, depending on date of attendance. More info here.

17. Beverly Center Pumpkin Patch -> The Beverly Center’s second annual family-friendly pumpkin patch kicks off on Oct. 1. Activities include pumpkin carving demonstrations, live music, photo ops, and of course pumpkins for sale. More info here.

Saturday

18. Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at The Citadel -> Hulu celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month this weekend (Oct. 9-10) with a two-day cultural event hosted by Valentina (RuPaul’s Drag Race) and Alexander Rodriguez (iHeartRadio). The all-day events will feature live performances by Mariachi Arcoiris De Los Angeles, Yamila Guerra and Yalil Guerra Orchestra, and Heart of Samba Entertainment. A selection of fan art curated by the Museum of Latin American Art will also be on display. Runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. More info here.

19. Scare Down in Downtown Torrance -> This Saturday, a family friendly, Halloween-themed street fest takes over Downtown Torrance from 5 to 9 p.m. Costumed kids can trunk-or-treat for free goodies from car trunks decked out in holiday decor. Other activities include games, live music, DJ-spun tunes, “demon” skaters performing tricks, a car show, and tarot card readers. Free to attend. More info here.

20. Culver City Art Walk and Roll Festival -> The Culver City Art Walk returns this Saturday with two stages of live music, beer gardens, food trucks, local vendors, a kids zone with rides and games, gallery exhibits and pop-ups, and a ReCharge Mobility Showcase. The heart of the festival takes place along Washington Blvd, which will be closed between McManus and Caroline Ave. Runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

21. KENSHO RYOKAN -> This weekend (Oct 9-10) KENSHO RYOKAN will open its doors (prior to its official opening next year) to welcome DECO BOKO Market LA, a showcase of Japanese products, designs, goods, and the makers themselves. Open to the public (free admission with an rsvp) from noon to 5 p.m. market goers will also find various food offerings, drinks, bottles, and select goods from Kensho KONBINI for purchase. Saturday evening from 6 to 11 p.m. will include a ‘NOMIKAI’ Dinner Party” with complimentary Sapporo beer and food for purchase. Create Japan will pop-up on Sunday to lead several Bento Box workshops for $40 a person. More info here.

22. Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour -> The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles is hosting their 38th Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Socially Distant) Walking Tour on Sunday. Tours run 2.5 to 3 hours, and run every 20 minutes from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. General admission tickets for the tour are $20. More info here.

23. All Them Witches Opening Reception -> This Saturday, the Last Bookstore will host an opening reception for All Them Witches, a new exhibit on display upstairs on the mezzanine level. The exhibit features contributions from over two dozen artists and doll makers, and featured artists Ulla Anobile and Lori Herbst will both be in attendance at the reception on Saturday. Receptions runs from 1 to 6 p.m. More info here.

24. Latin Jazz and Music Festival -> Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo’s 8th annual Latin Jazz and Music Festival takes plcae this Saturday and Sunday Free in-person event is at Sycamore Grove Park in Highland Park. The free show is headlined by Ozomatli and Little Willie G on Saturday, and La Sonora Dinamita with Vilma Diaz and Joe Bataan on Sunday. More info here.

25. National Pet Wellness Month x The Drive Up at Santa Monica Airport -> To celebrate National Pet Wellness Month, The Drive Up at Santa Monica Airport will host a dog friendly daytime screening of Monsters, Inc. Before the screening begins, guests are invited to browse items from local pet vendors, enter their pups into a photo contest, as well as participate in a number of “Tail-Wagging Activities” to win various prizes. Pupcorn and relief stations will be available on site, as well as some other doggo-friendly delights. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Much Love Animal Rescue.

Sunday

26. CicLAvia: Heart of L.A. -> CicLAvia brings its open streets programming to Downtown L.A. this Sunday starting at 9 a.m. MaCarthur Park, the Civic Center, Chinatown, and Mariachi Plaza (all adjacent to Metro stops) will serve as hubs for the event. Portions of W. 7th St., Broadway, Figueroa, W. 1st St., Central., and E. 4th St. will be closed off to vehicular traffic, as pedestrians, bikers and skaters will be able to explore the roadways unimpeded. More info here.

27. Great Tortilla Tournament of Champions -> L.A. Times columnist Gustavo Arellano has teamed up with KCRW to host the Great Tortilla Tournament of Champions, coming to Smorgasburg LA on Sunday, Oct. 10. The final four features a taste-off between Burritos La Palma (flour), Anchos Southwest Grill and Bar (flour), Taco María (corn), and Tallula’s (corn). Smorg opens at 10 a.m., and round one of the tourney starts at noon. More info here.

28. Blocktoberfest -> Culver City’s Maple Block Meat Co. will host a 6th annual Blocktoberfest this Sunday. The epic all-you-can-eat party includes a whole roasted hog, bbq sides, a Burgers by Standings pop-up, ax throwing, live music, and a VIP craft beer garden. Tickets cost $49 per person while VIP beer garden access plus AYCE food will cost $59 a person.

29. Americana in the Park -> Every Sunday from Sep. 19 to Oct. 10, the City of Santa Monica will team up with McCabe’s Guitar Shop to present a special concert series at Gandara Park that explores the roots Americana music. This Sunday, the series concludes with kid folk band The Hollow Trees followed by multi-instrumentalist Joachim Cooder. Event goes from 3 to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. More info here.

30. Family Style Food Festival -> This Sunday, a family-friendly food festival comes to Television City on Fairfax, featuring dozens of food and merch vendors, live music, and a special kid’s area. Participating food vendors include Broad Street Oyster Co., Cofax, Earle’s on Crenshaw, Howlin’ Rays, Jon & Vinny’s, Parks BBQ, Mister Softee, and Tacos 1986. Runs noon to 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 for adults, and children 12 and under are free. More info here.

Dining

31. Spooky Tea Service -> Lilly Rose, located inside The Wayfarer in Downtown Los Angeles, is offering a Spooky Tea service on Thursday through Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. all through the month of October. For $60 a person you’ll receive a full tea service with a Halloween twist that includes bites like pumpkin bread, a lobster roll on charcoal bread, fall colored Macarons and much more. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.

32. LOAM -> A new restaurant lands inside The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles this Friday. LOAM will launch with daytime coffee, a grab-and-go counter service and full service dinner in the evenings with breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch to debut later this month. The seasonal menu is crafted by Chef Joshua Guarneri and highlights local businesses like Weiser Family Farms, garden of, Clark Street Bread and Yokose Seafood. See the opening menu here.


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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Food, Lifestyle

A Day-by-Day List of Farmers Markets for Los Angeles County

October 5, 2021 by Christina Champlin
Farmers Market Berries / Photo by: Christina Champlin

Nothing beats getting your produce from a farmers market. You’ll feel a sense of community by buying local and supporting hard working growers. Plus, there’s peace of mind in taking ownership of what you put in your body.

With that said, below I’ve compiled a comprehensive index of farmers markets in the Los Angeles County, in hopes that every Angeleno will make it a point to shop for fresh fruits and veggies, directly from the folks that harvest them.

To start–and because there are literally dozens of options–I thought it might be useful to preface the listing with a few of my favorite farmers markets. That is to say, the locations I frequent that I think deserve a special call-out. In the section after, I’ve created a master list of farmers markets in the county organized by the day of week (starting with Monday), and it includes a link to the most up to date info and current hours, as of date of publication of this article.

If you’re keen on it, check out the faves below, or skip down to the index to see what farmers markets are happening today.

Santa Monica Farmers Market / Photo by: Christina Champlin

My Favorite L.A. Farmers Markets

1. Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market: For over three decades The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market has been an essential part of some of the top restaurants in Los Angeles. Here you find the most diverse grower-only Certified Farmers Markets in the state. Highly seasonal and often unique, the fruits and vegetables here are the best I’ve seen in the city. It’s also one of the largest in the city and makes for a true delight to walk around in. There are a few vendors that stand out and bring crowds to their tables each week. Murray Family Farms usually displays some visually bazaar produce like Pink Oyster Mushrooms, Sea Beans, Che Fruit and something called Buddha’s Hand that resembles a giant lemon with tentacles. They also offer really sweet cherries and other familiar fruits when in season. Fans of strawberries should beeline straight to Harry’s Berries before any other stand, you’ll be rewarded with perfect strawberries used by some of the best chefs in the city. The strawberries sell out every time and fast. Coming early for them is necessary. The market is held on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2. Hollywood Farmers’ Market: Since 1991, the Hollywood Farmers’ Market situated right in the middle of Hollywood has been one of the most popular Sunday activities in tinsel town. A lively market atmosphere, mountains of technicolor produce and other goods line the streets. You can find fresh honey directly from the bee farmer, fish caught that very morning by the person at the booth, prepared foods, fresh eggs and much more here. Open on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fresh baked bread / Photo by: Christina Champlin

3. Burbank Certified Farmers Market is strictly a farmers driven market. These guys mean business. You won’t find arts and crafts here, or a petting zoo. Just fresh produce and knowledgable growers, some of which have been at the market since the start in the 80’s. Organic cheeses, honey, baked goods and pre-made foods can also be found at the market. The proceeds raised by the non-profit market are donated to the Providence St. Joseph Hospital Foundation in Burbank which reinvests the funds into the community through healthcare services. The market happens every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

4. The South Pasadena Farmers Market is an evening farmers market located in the historic South Pasadena area. Managed by the nonprofit South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce the public flock to this market every Thursday to grab a casual dinner from food vendors and groceries for the week. It’s also a kid friendly market place with cheerful holiday celebrations like trick or treating in October and a tree lighting ceremony in December. The market is open Thursday 4 to 8 p.m. on warmer seasons and closes one hour early during the winter.

Montrose Farmers Market / Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

5. The Mar Vista Certified Farmers Market has been around since 2006 and it’s become a happening spot to spend a Sunday morning. You can pick up fresh European baked goods, sweet seasonal fruits, and just about everything else that normally makes it on your grocery list. There are food vendors sprinkled along the market as well and a separate area for local artisans selling their goods like plants, jewelry and soaps. This market is also located across the street from the Japanese market Mitsuwa where I like to continue my shopping and make a stop by the popular food court for some ramen or tempura bowl. The Mar Vista Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. year-round.

6. The Montrose Farmers Market is held Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a charming stretch of the shopping district in Montrose. Situated right up against the scenic mountain side this particular market feels worlds apart from the bustle and noise of city life. The market takes over a few blocks providing shoppers with an open street experience. Start on the east end where the fresh produce vendors are and make your way westward to the delicious food vendors.

Farmers Market Brussel Sprouts / Photo by Christina Champlin

Day by Day Schedule of Farmers Markets in Los Angeles County

Keep in mind market dates that fall on holidays are likely to be closed or have different hours of operation, always double check before making your plans.

Also, in my research I noticed that sometimes official farmers market websites have out-of-date information (or they don’t have official websites), so in that case I’ve linked to relevant social media site such as Facebook or Yelp, where the info is most current.

Mondays

South Gate Farmers’ Market [8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.]

Bellflower Certified Farmers’ Market [9 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market  [9 a.m. to 2 p.m.]

Houghton Park Farmers’ Market [Summer Hours: 3 to 7 p.m | Winter Hours: 2 to 6 p.m.]

East Hollywood Certified Farmers’ Market [3:30 to 7:30 p.m.]

Tuesdays

Torrance Certified Farmers’ Market [8 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Pasadena Farmers’ Market at Villa Parke Center [8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.]

Manhattan Beach Farmers Market [ Summer hours: 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.]

Culver City Farmers’ Market [2 to 7 p.m.]

Silver Lake Farmers’ Market [1:30 to 7 p.m.]

Highland Park Old L.A. Certified Farmers’ Market [3 to 7 p.m.]

Long Beach Bixby Park Farmers’ Market [3 to 7 p.m.] & [Summer Hours 3 to 8 p.m.]

Westfield Sherman Oaks Farmers’ Market [3 to 7 p.m.]

Stand of rainbow cauliflower / Photo by: Christina Champlin

Wednesdays

Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market [8 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Altadena Farmers Market [Spring/Summer Hours 3 to 8 p.m.] & [Fall/Winter Hours 3 to 7 p.m.]

Huntington Park Farmers Market [8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.]

Lincoln Heights Certified Farmers Market [3 to 7 p.m.]

Adams Vermont Farmers Market [ 2 to 5:30 p.m.]

Thursdays

El Segundo Certified Farmers Market [3 to 7 p.m.]

South Pasadena Farmers Market [4 to 7 p.m.]

La Cienega Farmers’ Market [2 to 7 p.m.]

Westwood Farmers Market [ Noon to 5 p.m.]

East Hollywood Certified Farmers’ Market [3:30 to 7:30 p.m.]

Bixby Knolls Farmers Market [Summer Hours 3 to 7 p.m.] & [ Winter Hours 2 to 6 p.m.]

Monterey Park Farmers’ Market [4 to 9 p.m.]

Central Avenue Farmers’ Market [10 a.m. to 3 p.m.]

Redondo Beach Farmers Market [8 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Montebello CFM [ 5 to 9 p.m.]

Farmers market stand / Photo by: Christina Champlin

Fridays

Historic Downtown San Pedro Farmers Market [ 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.]

Echo Park Farmers’ Market [ 3 to 7:30 p.m.]

Monrovia Farmers Market [5 to 9 p.m.]

Bank of America Farmers Market [10 a.m. to 2 p.m.]

Long Beach Downtown Farmers Market [10 a.m. to 2 p.m.]

Hermosa Beach Farmers Market [Noon to 4 p.m.]

Covina Farmers Market [5 to 9 p.m.]

Uptown Whittier Farmers Market [ 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.]

Saturdays

Burbank Certified Farmers Market [8 a.m. to Noon]

Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market [8 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Santa Monica Farmers Market [8 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

East L.A. Certified Farmers Market [8 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Silver Lake Farmers Market [8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.]

Pasadena Farmers’ Market at Victory Park [8 a.m. to Noon]

Crenshaw-Baldwin Hills Farmers Market [10 a.m to 3 p.m.]

Marina del Rey Farmers’ Market [ 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.]

Playa Vista Certified Farmers Market [9 a.m. to 2 p.m.]

Torrance Certified Farmers Market [8 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

La Cañada, Flintridge Farmers Market [9 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Buena Park Downtown Farmers’ Market [9 a.m. to 2 p.m.]

Downey Farmers Market [9 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

North Hollywood Farmers Market [9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.]

Cerritos Farmers Market [8 a.m. to Noon ]

Old Town Calabasas Farmers Market [8 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

West Covina Farmers Market [9 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Canoga Park Farmers Market [9 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Farmers Market Fruit Haul / Photo by Christina Champlin

Sundays

Hollywood Farmers’ Market [8 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Melrose Place Farmers Market [10 a.m. to 2 p.m.]

Larchmont Village Farmers Market [10 a.m. to 2 p.m.]

Studio City Farmers Market [8 a.m. to 2 p.m.]

Mar Vista Certified Farmers Market [9 a.m. to 2 p.m.]

Playa Vista Farmers Market [9 a.m. to 2 p.m.]

Historic Downtown Los Angeles Farmers Market [9 a.m. to 3 p.m.]

Santa Monica Farmers Market (Main Street) [ 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.]

Atwater Village Farmers Market [ 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.]

Beverly Hills Certified Farmers Market [9 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Brentwood Farmers Market [9 a.m. to 2 p.m.]

Pacific Palisades Farmers Market [8 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Malibu Farmers Market [9 a.m. to 2 p.m.]

Encino Farmers Market [8 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Montrose Farmers Market [8 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Wellington Square Farmers Market (Mid City) [9 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Westlake Village Farmers Market [10 a.m. to 2 p.m.]

Alhambra Certified Farmers Market [8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Temple City Farmers Market [8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Claremont Certified Farmers and Artisans Market [8 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Palos Verdes Farmers Market [8 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

West Los Angeles Certified Farmers Market [9 a.m. to 2 p.m.]

Toluca Lake Farmers Market [ 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.]

Westchester Farmers Market Sunday [ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.]

Santa Clarita Farmers Market [8 a.m. to Noon]


Did we miss something? Spot an error? Have hours changed or did a location close? Shoot an email to tips@welikela.com, subject line ‘farmers markets’ so we can update this post.

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28 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [10-4-2021 to 10-8-2021]

October 4, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit at Skirball Cultural Center
Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit at Skirball Cultural Center. Photo by Christina Champlin.

There’s always lots to do in Los Angeles, and per usual we’re here with a bi-weekly (Monday and Thursday) rundown of the best of what’s happening in the city and county.

This week, from Oct. 4-8, features a new Star Trek exhibit at Skirball, Bond in Motion at The Petersen, a Tito’s Fiesta in Culver City, Havana Nights in Downey, Warhol works at The Luckman, Vegan Fashion Week, and more!

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Monday / Throughout the Week

1. Bond in Motion -> The Petersen Automotive Museum’s newest exhibit showcases the largest official James Bond vehicle collection in the United States, including the 2002 Ashton Martin V12 Vanquish (replete with machine guns and heat seeking missiles) and the 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 “Wet Nellie,” which conveniently converts into a submarine (as seen in The Spy Who Loved Me). Exhibit access is included with general admission, which is $17 for adult, non-members.

2. Tito’s Fiesta -> This Monday, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Tito’s Tacos team up to celebrate National Vodka Day and National Taco Day, which both take place annually on Oct. 4. Tito’s Fiesta Mexicana pairs tacos and vodka-based cocktails with live comedy, Folklórico and Mariachi entertainment. The ticketed event runs 4 to 9 p.m. and costs $25 per person for three cocktails and tacos (unlimited until supplies last) if you are only here for the food a ticket to the event will cost $10.  Proceeds will go on to benefit The Culver City Cultural Affairs Foundation. Some tickets will be available at the door.

4. Men in Black in VR -> Dreamscape Immersive at the Westfield Century City has a brand new virtual reality experience based on the world of Men in Black. Men in Black: First Assignment casts you as a rookie agent tasked with thwarting an Octopoid plot that could destroy the entire universe – unless you stop it. Tickets are $23.50 per person, and the experience runs about 35 minutes end to end. Get more info here.

5. Icons of Darkness -> Opening at Hollywood and Highland on Sep. 27, the new Icons of Darkness exhibit promises hundreds of rare props, costumes, effects and other film-used items, all pulled from privately-owned collections of authentic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror film memorabilia. Think T-Rex heads from Jurassic Park, original helmets from Star Wars, a screen-used Xenomorph creature costume from Aliens, or wands used in the Harry Potter series… you get the idea. Adult tickets are $30. Get more info here.

6. House of Horrors: A Prime Video Pop Up Shop -> For Halloween 2021 Amazon Prime Video is stepping up their IRL game with a pop-up experience featuring show-inspired costume displays from multiple Amazon Originals, including The Voyeurs, Black As NightMadres, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, which all will premiere on the streaming network in October. Visitors can shop select costumes, stop for photo ops with special displays, or swing by a candy kiosk. Free to attend. Runs Oct. 1-31 at Amazon Pop Up, 8551 Melrose Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

7. Boo at the Zoo -> The Los Angeles Zoo goes wild this October with the return of Boo at the L.A. Zoo, featuring Halloween decor, a spooky stroll with photo ops, an extinct-animal graveyard, and other weird and wacky animal facts and educational opportunities. Weekends include special animal feedings, merry-not-scary entertainment, take-home crafts, and, during the last two weekends in October, trick-or-treat candy stations scattered throughout the Zoo grounds. Runs Oct. 1-31. All activities are included with Zoo admission, which is $22 for adults, and $17 for children 2-12. Tickets are More info here.

8. Beverly Center Pumpkin Patch -> The Beverly Center’s second annual family-friendly pumpkin patch kicks off on Oct. 1. Activities include pumpkin carving demonstrations, live music, photo ops, and of course pumpkins for sale. More info here.

Tuesday

9. The Enigmatist -> If you have an addiction to solving puzzles, then you might want to check out The Enigmatist, an in-person experience created by New York Times crossword wizard David Kwong. Running from Sep. 14 to Oct. 30 at The Geffen Playhouse. Tickets start at $30. More info here.

10. Ssssensational Ssssnakes -> Kidspace Museum in Pasadena has a new interactive exhibit that gives children a chance to get up close and personal with a few reptile ambassadors while getting unique insights into what about makes snakes so special. Access to Ssssensational Ssssnakes is provided with regular admission, which is $14.95 per person. Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31. More info here.

Wednesday

11. We’re Wolves at Hive Gallery -> We’re Wolves, opening at The Hive Gallery in DTLA on Oct. 2, promises an “immersive journey into a werewolf family’s cabin,” with what looks like a vast collection of drawings, paintings, and mixed media works, all dedicated to the transformative demihuman. The exhibition features contributions from over three dozen listed artists. Along with an opening event (RSVP required), special events slated in conjunction with the exhibition include a film fest on Oct. 9 and a moonlight performance night on Oct. 16. Check out the exhibition website for more info. Gallery hours Wednesday to Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m., or by appointment.

12. Andy Warhol at The Luckman -> The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA is hosting a new exhibition of over 70 works by Andy Warhol, including 10 recently-acquired silk screens, plus a trove of polaroids from the artist’s personal collection. Admission is free, but reservations (available Wednesdays through Sundays) are highly recommended. More info here.

13. Haunt ‘O Ween LA -> Building on last year’s drive-through experience, this year’s Haunt ‘O’ Ween LA at the Westfield Topanga expands into a spooky fun playground of family friendly in-person attractions, including a pumpkin patch, spooky graveyard, trick-or-treating area, food trucks, wine tasting, and more. Runs Oct. 1-31. Tickets are $30 per person on weekdays and $35 on weekends. More info here.

14. Nights of the Jack -> Set at the King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, Nights of the Jack creates an interactive walking trail more than a half mile in length, lined with thousands of hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins and pumpkin inspired installations. Runs daily from Oct. 1–31. Weekday general admission is $34.99 per person, and weekends run $39.99. More info here

Thursday

15. Star Trek at Skirball -> This Thursday, Oct. 7, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds opens at the Skirball Cultural Center. The exhibition highlights Star Trek’s indelible imprint on modern culture and technology while giving fans a rare glimpse at over a hundred artifacts and props from the Star Trek films and television series, including tricorders, communicators, phasers, uniforms, space craft models, and even the command chair and the navigation console used in the original series. Tickets to Skirball start at $15 per adult. Get more info on the exhibition and planning your visit here.

16. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch -> Culver City’s favorite pumpkin village offers plenty of family fun, including photo ops in front of giant pumpkin installations, a straw maze, a super slide, giant rocking horses, and pumpkin decorating sessions. Dogs are even welcome too, on select days of the week. Runs Oct. 7-31. Tickets range from $5-20, depending on date of attendance. More info here.

17. Havana Nights -> This Thursday, the City of Downey is hosting a special evening celebrating Cuban Culture at the rooftop of a parking structure at the corner of 2nd and New Street. Havana Nights will feature live musical performances, DJ’s, artist exhibits, food vendors, arts and crafts for kids, plus a beer and wine garden. Runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

18. Turtle Races at Brennan’s -> The signature turtle racing night at Brennan’s in Marina Del Rey is now back every first and third Thursday of the month. Races run at 8:30 and 9:45 p.m. More info here.

19. Creep LA -> JFI Productions’ Creep LA has been a mainstay of local immersive horror shows since debuting in 2015, and this year’s edition promises a more intimate experience. Starting Sep. 30, Creep takes over The Ghost Light venue inside the Three Clubs bar in Hollywood, only allowing six guests in per performance, according to Scare Zone. Shows runs during timed blocks on select dates from through Oct. 31. Tickets are $95 per performance, plus service fees. More info here.

20. Halloween Horror Nights -> Universal Studios Hollywood brings their annual terror attraction back starting on Sep 9. This year’s edition includes the return of the “Terror Tram,” featuring “The Ultimate Purge,” along with a maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” GA tickets range between $69-$99, depending on the date of attendance. More info here.

21. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride -> After adapting to a drive-thru version last year, the Haunted Hayride is back in Griffith Park for 2021 with in-person activities based around a fictional town named Midnight Falls, circa 1985. In addition to the signature hayride, highlights for this year’s event include a Trick or Treat Maze, the Midnight Mortuary Tour, and the Dead End Diner. Kicks off this Friday, Sep. 24 and runs on select nights through Oct. 31. General Admission tickets are $39.99 (access to all attractions) and if you want to do the hayride only it’ll run you $29.99. Get more info here.

Friday

22. Endless Summer Spritz Bar -> Every Friday in October, Hotel June and Lo-Fi Aperitifs are hosting a poolside spritz bar with sets by DJ Lady Sinclair, plus shareable Baja bites for purchase. The series is complimentary (free admission) and open to the public. Runs 5 to 7 p.m. Get more info here.

23. Vegan Fashion Week -> Vegan Fashion Week, which promotes animal-free and sustainable fashion, is hosting a two-day event this Friday and Saturday at the South Park Center in DTLA. Attendees can purchase a $20 ticket that includes access to the pop-up market, LA Fashion Festival film screenings, networking hour, and complimentary soft drinks. See the full schedule for both days and get more info here.

24. Urban Death Tour of Terror -> Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre’s annual tradition of Urban Death continues with a new series of terrifying vignettes, bookended by walks through a creepy maze. Runs every Friday and Saturday in October start on Oct. 1, and ends with special performances on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Tickets are $15 per person. More info here.

25. It’s Alive! -> Starting Oct. 1, Mary Shelley fans can head to the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena for It’s Alive! An Immersive Frankenstein Experience, produced by the Downtown Repertory Theater Company. The show transports guests into the mind of the Frankenstein author while offering audiences the chance to “meet the poets and radicals of Mary’s inner circle” (Shelley famously palled around with Lord Byron and John William Polidori, who is credited with the first published work of modern vampire fiction). General admission tickets are $60, or $55 if you buy at the early bird rate. More info here.

Dining

National Taco day is Monday, Oct. 4. Here are a couple of promos/events happening to celebrate:

26. DTLA’s Tacos AF will partner with Rajon Rondo of the Los Angeles Lakers for a special taco fundraiser. For every taco sold on Oct. 4, Tacos AF will donate $1 to the Downtown Women’s Center. Rondo will also be at the restaurant from 1-4 p.m. to help pass out orders to customers and meet fans. 

27. Little Llama Peruvian Tacos is celebrating their one year anniversary at their brick and mortar location and five years at Smorgasburg with buy one, get one free tacos on National Taco Day. Simply purchase a taco and receive a bonus taco of your choice (Pomegranate-Glazed Pork Belly Taco or a Papa a la Huancaina Taco) free of charge.

28. For a limited time Nomad Eatery in El Segundo is offering an Oktoberfest inspired special, The Nomad Sausage Plate, a grilled bratwurst topped with smoky fresh herbs, sauerkraut, served with Nomad Bavarian mustard and crispy German potatoes. Available now through Oct. 10.


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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29 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [10-1-2021 to 10-3-2021]

September 30, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Los Angeles Zoo Entrance
The Los Angeles Zoo entrance. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

As Los Angeles finds its way out of the pandemic and restrictions gradually ease, we’re continuing our bi-weekly round-ups of fun to-dos, mixing in the occasional online/virtual event with an ever-growing listen of in-person experiences and food ideas.

This weekend, from October 1-3, features the Highland Park Indie Film Fest, Boo at the Zoo, Nights of the Jack, LA Wine Fest, Baja Cultural Festival, a new werewolf art show, Silent Sundays at the Mission Playhouse, the Frogtown Marketplace, and more.

[Remember, if you want to stay connected with our weekly updates, be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. Newsletter]

Friday / All Weekend

1. Highland Park Independent Film Festival -> This week the The Highland Park Festival returns to the Highland Theater with a two-day event celebrating the best of East L.A. film, art and music. Friday kicks off with a red carpet event, DJ-spun tunes, and a free screening of the documentary Carlos Almaraz Playing With Fire. Saturday continues with a full day of screenings, plus a concurrent fan fest taking place outside the theater featuring music, dancing and live painting by Highland Park artists. Saturday’s entertainment includes a DJ set from 6 to 8 p.m., plus an exhibit of all things Mermaid curated by members of the Arroyo Arts Collective. Get more info on the film festival, including the full lineup of films, here.

2. Creep LA -> JFI Productions’ Creep LA has been a mainstay of local immersive horror shows since debuting in 2015, and this year’s edition promises a more intimate experience. Starting Sep. 30, Creep takes over The Ghost Light venue inside the Three Clubs bar in Hollywood, only allowing six guests in per performance, according to Scare Zone. Shows runs during timed blocks on select dates from through Oct. 31. Tickets are $95 per performance, plus service fees. More info here.

3. It’s Alive! -> Starting Oct. 1, Mary Shelley fans can head to the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena for It’s Alive! An Immersive Frankenstein Experience, produced by the Downtown Repertory Theater Company. The show transports guests into the mind of the Frankenstein author while offering audiences the chance to “meet the poets and radicals of Mary’s inner circle” (Shelley famously palled around with Lord Byron and John William Polidori, who is credited with the first published work of modern vampire fiction). General admission tickets are $60, or $55 if you buy at the early bird rate. More info here.

4. Urban Death Tour of Terror -> Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre’s annual tradition of Urban Death continues with a new series of terrifying vignettes, bookended by walks through a creepy maze. Runs every Friday and Saturday in October start on Oct. 1, and ends with special performances on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Tickets are $15 per person. More info here.

5. Boo at the Zoo -> The Los Angeles Zoo goes wild this October with the return of Boo at the L.A. Zoo, featuring Halloween decor, a spooky stroll with photo ops, an extinct-animal graveyard, and other weird and wacky animal facts and educational opportunities. Weekends include special animal feedings, merry-not-scary entertainment, take-home crafts, and, during the last two weekends in October, trick-or-treat candy stations scattered throughout the Zoo grounds. Runs Oct. 1-31. All activities are included with Zoo admission, which is $22 for adults, and $17 for children 2-12. Tickets are More info here.

6. POW! WOW! Long Beach -> POW! WOW!, a week-long festival of street art, murals, and events, is back in Long Beach from Sep 28 to Oct. 5. Visitors can scout for the newly installed murals and art works around Downtown LB, or take part in related programming including a pop-up shop on Tuesday, an artist-led bike tour on Friday, a beach party on Saturday, and Yoga sessions on Sunday. Get more info about the full slate of programming here.

7. Icons of Darkness -> Opening at Hollywood and Highland on Sep. 27, the new Icons of Darkness exhibit promises hundreds of rare props, costumes, effects and other film-used items, all pulled from privately-owned collections of authentic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror film memorabilia. Think T-Rex heads from Jurassic Park, original helmets from Star Wars, a screen-used Xenomorph creature costume from Aliens, or wands used in the Harry Potter series… you get the idea. Adult tickets are $30. Get more info here.

8. Ssssensational Ssssnakes -> Kidspace Museum in Pasadena has a new interactive exhibit that gives children a chance to get up close and personal with a few reptile ambassadors while getting unique insights into what about makes snakes so special. Access to Ssssensational Ssssnakes is provided with regular admission, which is $14.95 per person. Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31. More info here.

9. Haunt ‘O Ween LA -> Building on last year’s drive-through experience, this year’s Haunt ‘O’ Ween LA at the Westfield Topanga expands into a spooky fun playground of family friendly in-person attractions, including a pumpkin patch, spooky graveyard, trick-or-treating area, food trucks, wine tasting, and more. Runs Oct. 1-31. Tickets are $30 per person on weekdays and $35 on weekends. More info here.

10. Night Train to the Cinema ->  Now through Oct. 1, American Cinematheque is presenting a series of classic films where the drama revolves around railway transportation. Screenings take place at either the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, or the Los Feliz 3 on Vermont Ave. The concluding week of screenings, all at the Los Feliz 3, are as follows: Emperor of the North on Tuesday, The General on Wednesday, then finally Runaway Train and The Trans-Europ-Express on Friday. Tickets are $13 per screening. More info here.

11. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride -> After adapting to a drive-thru version last year, the Haunted Hayride is back in Griffith Park for 2021 with in-person activities based around a fictional town named Midnight Falls, circa 1985. In addition to the signature hayride, highlights for this year’s event include a Trick or Treat Maze, the Midnight Mortuary Tour, and the Dead End Diner. Kicks off this Friday, Sep. 24 and runs on select nights through Oct. 31. General Admission tickets are $39.99 (access to all attractions) and if you want to do the hayride only it’ll run you $29.99. Get more info here.

12. Nights of the Jack -> Set at the King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, Nights of the Jack creates an interactive walking trail more than a half mile in length, lined with thousands of hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins and pumpkin inspired installations. Runs daily from Oct. 1–31. Weekday general admission is $34.99 per person, and weekends run $39.99. More info here

13. The Enigmatist -> If you have an addiction to solving puzzles, then you might want to check out The Enigmatist, an in-person experience created by New York Times crossword wizard David Kwong. Running from Sep. 14 to Oct. 30 at The Geffen Playhouse. Tickets start at $30. More info here.

14. Rocketman at Pershing Square -> Pershing Square’s Friday film screening series continues on Oct. 1 with a showing of Rocketman. Entry is free, and the event is all-ages. Food will be available for purchase onsite. More info here.

15. Dine Alhambra -> Dine Alhambra Restaurant Week returns starting this Friday with special deals at 15 select restaurants in Downtown Alhambra. Prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus range from $15 to $50. Runs from Sep. 24 to Oct 1. More info here.

16. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal -> Universal Studios Hollywood brings their annual terror attraction back starting on Sep 9. This year’s attraction will include the return of the “Terror Tram,” featuring “The Ultimate Purge,” along with a maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” GA tickets range between $69-$99, depending on the date of attendance. More info here.

17. Beverly Center Pumpkin Patch -> The Beverly Center’s second annual family-friendly pumpkin patch kicks off on Oct. 1. Activities include pumpkin carving demonstrations, live music, photo ops, and of course pumpkins for sale. More info here.

18. Tristan Eaton at LBMoA -> All At Once: 25 Years of Art & Design showcases a 25-year history of Tristan Eaton’s work, from street art to murals to design projects for Fisher-Price and Kidrobot. The exhibition, on view at the Long Beach Museum of Art, has been extended through Oct. 31. Keep in mind general the $12 general admission is half-off on Fridays, with advanced purchase online using the code FRIDAY50. More info on the exhibition here.

Saturday

19. LA Wine Fest 2021 -> After skipping 2020, the LA Wine Fest comes to Harry Bridges Memorial Park in Long Beach for back-to-back days of 40+ participating wineries, 20+ exhibitors, and over a dozen breweries, distilleries, and cideries. General admission tickets are $80, and an all-access pass is $100. Parking is not included. Pro-tip: Make sure to use the promo code LONGBEACH to save 20% on your tix. More info here.

20. Red Bull Dance Your Style -> This Saturday, Pershing Square plays host to Red Bull Dance Your Style, a global street dance competition showcasing performances in hip-hop, house, waacking, popping, krumping, locking, and more. Free to attend. Doors open at 4 p.m., dance battles commence at 5 p.m. More info here.

21. We’re Wolves at Hive Gallery -> We’re Wolves, opening at The Hive Gallery in DTLA on Oct. 2, promises an “immersive journey into a werewolf family’s cabin,” with what looks like a vast collection of drawings, paintings, and mixed media works, all dedicated to the mythical demi-human. The exhibition features contributions from over three dozen listed artists. Along with an opening event (RSVP required), special events slated in conjunction with the exhibition include a film fest on Oct. 9 and a moonlight performance night on Oct. 16. Check out the exhibition website for more info. Gallery hours Wednesday to Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m., or by appointment.

22. Hermosa Harmony Festival ->  On Saturday, this “silent” beach festival pops-up adjacent to the Hermosa Beach Pier offering attendees five stages of live music and DJs, all experienced through high-fidelity headphones. Runs to 2 to 9 p.m. All-ages. General admission tickets are $45. Get more info here.

23. Baja Cultural Festival -> To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts their annual Baja Cultural Festival this Saturday and Sunday. Programming features special musical and dance performances, including one by Danza Azteca Cultural Ketzaliztli. Festivities included with the price of admission ($36.95 for adults). More info here.

24. Night Visions II -> Wildlife photography fans can meet photographer Johanna Turner during an artist’s reception this Saturday at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Visitor Center. Turner’s latest exhibit showcases a new collection of camera trapped images—photos taken when creatures trigger a motion sensor. The works will be on display through Oct. 30. The reception is free to attend, and takes place this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. More info here.

Sunday

25. Americana in the Park -> Every Sunday from Sep. 19 to Oct. 10, the City of Santa Monica will team up with McCabe’s Guitar Shop to present a special concert series at Gandara Park that explores the roots Americana music. This Sunday the series opens with a performance by Children’s music duo Hullabaloo, followed by the music of Phil Salazar and The Kin Folk. Event goes from 3 to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. More info here.

26. Silent Sundays -> San Gabriel Mission Playhouse brings back their Silent Sundays series on Oct. 3 with screening of Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman, accompanied by a live Wurlitzer organ player. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 for day of show. More info here.

27. Frogtown Marketplace -> This Sunday, Frogtown Marketplace celebrates its 1-year anniversary of monthly pop-up events. Expect local vendors, live music, DJ’d music, and raffle prizes, plus a special hula performance starting at 3:30 p.m. Free admission. Runs 2 to 8 p.m. Located at 3001 Gilroy, right across from Frogtown Brewery. More info here.

Dining

28. Mark your calendars, in anticipation of National Taco Day (October 4) several restaurants are celebrating with taco deals over the weekend and the legendary Tito’s Tacos is set to host their annual ticketed fiesta on Monday.

  • On October 4, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Tito’s Tacos team up to celebrate National Vodka Day and National Taco Day, which happen to occur on the same day of the year. Tito’s Fiesta Mexicana will couple tacos and vodka based cocktails with live comedy, Folklórico and Mariachi entertainment. The ticketed event runs 4-9 p.m. and costs $25 per person for three cocktails and tacos (unlimited until supplies last) if you are only here for the food a ticket to the event will cost $10.  Proceeds will go on to benefit The Culver City Cultural Affairs Foundation. Tickets will be available at the door.
  • Lanea in Santa Monica will be celebrating National Taco Day with All-You-Can-Eat Street Tacos and a cocktail of your choice for $25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 2. Chef Petra Zavaleta, from East LA’s lamb barbacoa operation Barbakush, is the chef behind Lanea and is known as the “Barbacoa Queen of Los Angeles.” On this day barbacoa is on the menu as well as asada, shrimp, fish, cesina, a Beyond Meat option and a veggie option.
  • Chicas Tacos will be offering a flight of any 4 Tacos on our menu + Agua Fresca + Chips & Salsa for $15 from open to close.

29. dineL.A. returns with its fall edition of special menus from a number of restaurants at approachable prices. Kicking off on Friday October 1 and running through October 15 the public will be treated to lunch menus starting at just $15 and dinner menus starting at $25. Check out the entire list of participating restaurants on the official dineL.A. page. And our personal menu highlights below.

  • Eataly LA will be participating in dineLA with special menus from rooftop Italian grill Terra that include two course during lunch ($45) and dinner ($65) with the option to add a drink flight for $25. The casual La Pizza & La Pasta located inside the complex will offer a three course menu that includes pastas and pizzas for $35 for dine in and to-go.
  • IMARI in Brentwood is featuring a traditional Japanese prix-fixe menu that includes a starter, several meat and seafood dishes, handrolls and dessert for $75 a person.
  • The Tam O’ Shanter in Atwater Village is offering a four course dinner special that includes their legendary Roast Prime Rib of Beef for $55. See the full menu here.
  • Rossoblu in DTLA will feature an eclectic three course Italian menu for $55 that include swordfish spiedini, beef carpaccio, dry aged duck breast and an apple brown butter crostata to name a few. See the full menu here.

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21 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [9-27-2021 to 10-1-2021]

September 27, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Photo via the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau

There’s always lots to do in Los Angeles, and per usual we’re here with a bi-weekly (Monday and Thursday) rundown of the best of what’s happening in the city and county.

This week, from Sep. 27 to Oct. 1, features POW! WOW! Long Beach, dine L.A., National Silent Movie Day, Creep LA, Boo at the Zoo, the Highland Park Indie Film Festival, and more!

[Remember, if you want to stay connected with our weekly updates, be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. Newsletter]

Monday / Throughout the Week

1. Icons of Darkness -> Opening at Hollywood and Highland on Sep. 27, the new Icons of Darkness exhibit promises hundreds of rare props, costumes, effects and other film-used items, all pulled from privately-owned collections of authentic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror film memorabilia. Think T-Rex heads from Jurassic Park, original helmets from Star Wars, a screen-used Xenomorph creature costume from Aliens, or wands used in the Harry Potter series… you get the idea. Adult tickets are $30. Get more info here.

2. Dine Alhambra -> Dine Alhambra Restaurant Week returns starting this Friday with special deals at 15 select restaurants in Downtown Alhambra. Prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus range from $15 to $50. Runs from Sep. 24 to Oct 1. More info here.

Tuesday

3. POW! WOW! Long Beach -> POW! WOW!, a week-long festival of street art, murals, and events, is back in Long Beach from Sep 28 to Oct. 5. Visitors can scout for the newly installed murals and art works around Downtown LB, or take part in related programming including a pop-up shop on Tuesday, an artist-led bike tour on Friday, a beach party on Saturday, and Yoga sessions on Sunday. Get more info about the full slate of programming here.

4. Night Train to the Cinema ->  Now through Oct. 1, American Cinematheque is presenting a series of classic films where the drama revolves around railway transportation. Screenings take place at either the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, or the Los Feliz 3 on Vermont Ave. The concluding week of screenings, all at the Los Feliz 3, are as follows: Emperor of the North on Tuesday, The General on Wednesday, then finally Runaway Train and The Trans-Europ-Express on Friday. Tickets are $13 per screening. More info here.

5. The Enigmatist -> If you have an addiction to solving puzzles, then you might want to check out The Enigmatist, an in-person experience created by New York Times crossword wizard David Kwong. Running from Sep. 14 to Oct. 30 at The Geffen Playhouse. Tickets start at $30. More info here.

Wednesday

5. National Silent Film Day -> To mark the first ever National Silent Movie Day on Sep. 29, the Hollywood Heritage Museum will formally dedicate a new mural and plaque at Chaplin Keaton Lloyd Alley (1640 Cahuenga Blvd). As part of the celebration, a special presentation will screen in the monitors in the windows of the Dash building at 6363 Hollywood Blvd. on Sep. 28 & 29. Visitors can view this installation and use a QR code to download a short tour of filming locations around the alley. Separately, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will screen a trio of newly restored Harold Lloyd shorts for free online starting this Wednesday, and available to view through Oct. 13.

6. L.A. Culture Shake-Up -> This Wednesday, Zócalo Public Square comes to Helms Bakery District in Culver City for special discussion event on the current state of cultural leadership in Los Angeles, and how emerging leaders will shape the years to come. Speakers include California African American Museum executive director Cameron Shaw, Inner-City Arts president and CEO Shelby Williams-González, and MAK Center for Art and Architecture director Jia Yi Gu. Architecture and Design Journalist Frances Anderton moderates. More info here.

7. Ssssensational Ssssnakes -> Kidspace Museum in Pasadena has a new interactive exhibit that gives children a chance to get up close and personal with a few reptile ambassadors while getting unique insights into what about makes snakes so special. Access to Ssssensational Ssssnakes is provided with regular admission, which is $14.95 per person. Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31. More info here.

Thursday

8. Creep LA -> JFI Productions’ Creep LA has been a mainstay of local immersive horror shows since debuting in 2015, and this year’s edition promises a more intimate experience. Starting Sep. 30, Creep takes over The Ghost Light venue inside the Three Clubs bar in Hollywood, only allowing six guests in per performance, according to Scare Zone. Shows runs during timed blocks on select dates from through Oct. 31. Tickets are $95 per performance, plus service fees. More info here.

10. Halloween Horror Nights -> Universal Studios Hollywood brings their annual terror attraction back starting on Sep 9. This year’s edition includes the return of the “Terror Tram,” featuring “The Ultimate Purge,” along with a maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” GA tickets range between $69-$99, depending on the date of attendance. More info here.

11. Pay-What-You-Will at USC PAM -> Tickets the to USC Pacific Asia Museum are only $10, but if that’s still too much keep in mind that every Thursday is a pay-what-you-will day. Now through Oct. 3, visitors still chance to check out Nick Dong’s Divine Immersion exhibition. Advanced reservations required. Get more info on planning a visit here.

Friday

12. Highland Park Independent Film Festival -> This week the The Highland Park Festival returns to the Highland Theater with a two-day event celebrating the best of East L.A. film, art and music. Friday kicks off with a red carpet event, DJ-spun tunes, and a free screening of the documentary Carlos Almaraz Playing With Fire. Saturday continues with a full day of screenings, plus a concurrent fan fest taking place outside the theater featuring music, dancing and live painting by Highland Park artists. Saturday’s entertainment includes a DJ set from 6 to 8 p.m., plus an exhibit of all things Mermaid curated by members of the Arroyo Arts Collective. Get more info on the film festival, including the full lineup of films, here.

13. Haunt ‘O Ween LA -> Building on last year’s drive-through experience, this year’s Haunt ‘O’ Ween LA at the Westfield Topanga expands into a spooky fun playground of family friendly in-person attractions, including a pumpkin patch, spooky graveyard, trick-or-treating area, food trucks, wine tasting, and more. Runs Oct. 1-31. Tickets are $30 per person on weekdays and $35 on weekends. More info here.

14. Boo at the Zoo -> The Los Angeles Zoo goes wild this October with the return of Boo at the L.A. Zoo, featuring Halloween decor, a spooky stroll with photo ops, an extinct-animal graveyard, and other weird and wacky animal facts and educational opportunities. Weekends include special animal feedings, merry-not-scary entertainment, take-home crafts, and, during the last two weekends in October, trick-or-treat candy stations scattered throughout the Zoo grounds. Runs Oct. 1-31. All activities are included with Zoo admission, which is $22 for adults, and $17 for children 2-12. Tickets are More info here.

15. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride -> After adapting to a drive-thru version last year, the Haunted Hayride is back in Griffith Park for 2021 with in-person activities based around a fictional town named Midnight Falls, circa 1985. In addition to the signature hayride, highlights for this year’s event include a Trick or Treat Maze, the Midnight Mortuary Tour, and the Dead End Diner. Kicks off this Friday, Sep. 24 and runs on select nights through Oct. 31. General Admission tickets are $39.99 (access to all attractions) and if you want to do the hayride only it’ll run you $29.99. Get more info here.

16. It’s Alive! -> Starting Oct. 1, Mary Shelley fans can head to the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena for It’s Alive! An Immersive Frankenstein Experience, produced by the Downtown Repertory Theater Company. The show transports guests into the mind of the Frankenstein author while offering audiences the chance to “meet the poets and radicals of Mary’s inner circle” (Shelley famously palled around with Lord Byron and John William Polidori, who is credited with the first published work of modern vampire fiction). General admission tickets are $60, or $55 if you buy at the early bird rate. More info here.

17. Urban Death Tour of Terror -> Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre’s annual tradition of Urban Death continues with a new series of terrifying vignettes, bookended by walks through a creepy maze. Runs every Friday and Saturday in October start on Oct. 1, and ends with special performances on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Tickets are $15 per person. More info here.

18. Beverly Center Pumpkin Patch -> The Beverly Center’s second annual family-friendly pumpkin patch kicks off on Oct. 1. Activities include pumpkin carving demonstrations, live music, photo ops, and of course pumpkins for sale. More info here.

19. Tristan Eaton at LBMoA -> All At Once: 25 Years of Art & Design showcases a 25-year history of Tristan Eaton’s work, from street art to murals to design projects for Fisher-Price and Kidrobot. The exhibition, on view at the Long Beach Museum of Art, has been extended through Oct. 31. Keep in mind general the $12 general admission is half-off on Fridays, with advanced purchase online using the code FRIDAY50. More info on the exhibition here.

Dining

20. dineL.A. returns with its fall edition of special menus from a number of restaurants at approachable prices. Kicking off on Friday October 1 and running through October 15 the public will be treated to lunch menus starting at just $15 and dinner menus starting at $25. Check out the entire list of participating restaurants on the official dineL.A. page. And our personal menu highlights below.

  • Flavors From Afar -> Flavors From Afar highlights refugee chefs who have migrated here from around the globe. Each month one chef is selected to create a menu of authentic and highly personal recipes from their homeland. For dineL.A. Flavors From Afar is offering an international inspired dinner for two for $65 for dine in or takeout. The three course meal includes your choice of Somali Chicken Fried Rice, Guatemalan Adovato Goat Plate, Afghani Burani Banjan and more. See the full menu here.
  • Pasta|Bar -> One of the best tasting menus in the city can be found at Chef Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee’s Pasta|Bar. For dineL.A. treat yourself to an 11-course tasting menu ($195) inspired by the flavors of California. The intimate experience seats eight guests at a time and diners will get a front row view of the team expertly putting your meal together. See the full menu here
  • Little Llama Peruvian Tacos -> The contemporary Peruvian eatery will offer a $15 three course Taco Party special for lunch and dinner. Available for dine in and take out, the set meal includes fresh made mango salsa with organic blue corn tortilla chips, your choice of two tacos (we suggest the Lomo Saltado taco) and a side of cilantro rice. See the full menu here
  • HiHo Cheese Burger -> All three locations of the popular wagyu burger specialist will have a Pastrami Double Cheeseburger and hand cut fries special for $15. The grass fed and grass finished wagyu here is certified humane and sustainably raised. See the menu here

21. Salt & Straw Halloween Ice Cream Menu -> Salt & Straw launched their annual Ice SCREAM Halloween menu this past Friday with special flavors including Jack o’ Lantern Pumpkin Bread (made of tasty pumpkin bread, and whipped cream cheese) as well as more adventurous creations like the Don Bugito’s Creepy Crawly Critters a matcha ice cream with toffee-brittle mealworms and chocolate crickets. Folks who miss the good old days of trick-o-treating can indulge with a scoop of The Great Candycopia where salted butterscotch ice cream is folded with house made versions of Kit Kats, Reeses, Snickers and Heath Bars. The Ice SCREAM Halloween is available through the end of October.


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26 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [9-24-2021 to 9-26-2021]

September 23, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
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Natural History Museum Dinosaur Exhibit / Photo by: Christina Champlin

As Los Angeles finds its way out of the pandemic and restrictions gradually ease, we’re continuing our bi-weekly round-ups of fun to-dos, mixing in the occasional online/virtual event with an ever-growing listen of in-person experiences and food ideas.

This weekend, from September 24-26, features LA Haunted Hayride, Fourth Fridays at The Broad, The Other Art Fair, a Totally Valley Block Party, DinoFest at Natural History Museum, LA Tequila Fest, and more.

[Remember, if you want to stay connected with our weekly updates, be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. Newsletter]

Friday / All Weekend

1. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride -> After adapting to a drive-thru version last year, the Haunted Hayride is back in Griffith Park for 2021 with in-person activities based around a fictional town named Midnight Falls, circa 1985. In addition to the signature hayride, highlights for this year’s event include a Trick or Treat Maze, the Midnight Mortuary Tour, and the Dead End Diner. Kicks off this Friday, Sep. 24 and runs on select nights through Oct. 31. General Admission tickets are $39.99 (access to all attractions) and if you want to do the hayride only it’ll run you $29.99. Get more info here.

2. The Other Art Fair -> The Other Art Fair Los Angeles returns to the Santa Monica Barker Hangar from Sep 23-26 with a showcase of 140 independent artists. General admission tickets for Friday-Sunday are $15. More info here.

3. A Star is Born at Pershing Square -> Pershing Square’s Friday film screening series continues on Sep. 24 with a showing of A Star is Born (2018). Entry is free, and the event is all-ages. Food will be available for purchase onsite. More info here.

4. Grand Performances -> This Friday’s edition of Grand Performances doubles as a KCRW Summer Nights event. The evening kicks off with DJ sets by Anne Litt and Valida, followed by a performance from electronic music artist Madame Gandhi. Free. Outdoors. Runs from 6 to 10 p.m. More info here.

5. One Colorado’s Summer Flicks -> One Colorado in Old Pasadena is hosting an outdoor movie series in September featuring free admission, complimentary popcorn, and plenty of drinks and meal to-go options for purchase. This Friday the series continues with a screening Yesterday. Show begins at 8:30 p.m. Seating is based on capacity, and is first-come, first-serve. Early arrival is strongly encouraged. More info here.

6. Dine Alhambra -> Dine Alhambra Restaurant Week returns starting this Friday with special deals at 15 select restaurants in Downtown Alhambra. Prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus range from $15 to $50. Runs from Sep. 24 toOct 1. More info here.

7. Fourth Fridays at The Broad -> The Broad’s monthly Fourth Friday series concludes on Sep. 24 with extended museum hours from 5 to 8 p.m., special dance activation alongside select gallery exhibits, and DJ spun music at the East Bank Plaza. No standby line available for this installment. Free tickets for museum admission must be booked in advance. More info here.

8. ReSound -> Leela Dance Collective’s ReSound is a 5-day celebration of Kathak dance highlighted by educational workshops and free street performances at locations throughout Los Angeles County. Workshops are only $10 to attend, and the first public performance takes place at Grand Park on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Performances continue over the weekend at venues in Woodland Hills, Santa Monica and Pasadena. Check the full schedule of events here.

9. Hola México Film Festival -> The 2021 Hola México festival continues this week with screenings at REGAL DTLA through Sep 24., then caps off with a final screening and party at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Sep. 25. Catch the full lineup of films to screen here.

10. Knott’s Scary Farm -> The Orange County theme’s park massive Halloween metamorphosis includes a thorough assortment of spooky ride transformations, scare zones, mazes, themed food options, art, and even an uncensored puppet comedy show. Open Select dates now through Oct. 31. GA tickets start at $50, and the Fright & Fast Line ticket (offering priority access to mazes and Fast Lane rides) is $109. More info here.

11. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal -> Universal Studios Hollywood brings their annual terror attraction back starting on Sep 9. This year’s attraction will include the return of the “Terror Tram,” featuring “The Ultimate Purge,” along with a maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” GA tickets range between $69-$99, depending on the date of attendance. More info here.

Saturday

12. Easy Mornings at Grand Park -> Every Saturday in September Grand Park will play host to special morning events featuring family-friendly activities, including arts-based workshops, wellness and dance workshops, public art and live DJ entertainment. Free to attend. No RSVP required. Runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday. More info here.

13. Free FIDM Fashion Club Day -> This Saturday, FIDM is hosting a special event for high school and college students at their downtown campus. Participants can attend a fashion styling workshop, engage with DIY stations, and model their creations on the runway. Free to attend. More info here.

14. The Do-Over at Grand Performances -> The final event of GP’s summer schedule features a 15th anniversary celebration of party purveyor The Do-Over. Featured artists include The Beat Junkies, Four Color Zack, DJ Rhettmatic, Gas Lamp Killer, Natasha Diggs, DJ Nu-Mark, and Quantic. Runs 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Free. Outdoors. More info here.

15. New Exhibitions at CHG -> Corey Helford Gallery opens two new exhibitions this Saturday: Monochrome, Apples and Animals, from Japanese oil painter Mayuka Yamamoto in the Main Gallery, along with Adrian Cox’s Dream Country in Gallery 2. CHG visiting hours are noon to 6 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday. More info here.

16. 2021 LA Tequila Fest -> Over 50 premium tequila and mezcal brands showcase their flavors at their tastes at LA State Historic Park this Saturday. In addition to the samples, expect food trucks, DJ sets and lawn games. GA tickets are $65, which allows you to try 15 samples. More info here.

17. Totally Valley Block Party -> On Saturday, Westfield Fashion Square plays host to a Totally Valley Block Party featuring over ten food trucks, five valley breweries, outdoor games and giveaways, all soundtracked by DJ-spun tunes. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. Free admission. More info here.

18. Imagining the West in Music -> This Saturday, The Autry in Griffith Park will host a free one-hour performance by singer-songwriter Raye Zaragoza. More info here.

19. Asphalt Comedy -> Asphalt Comedy highlights up-and-coming comics at a pop-up outdoor stage along Melrose Ave. This Saturday’s lineup features Daphnique Springs, James Davis, Justin Martindale, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Audrey Stewart, Justine Marino, and Jodi Miller. General admission tickets are $30, and can be purchased here.

Sunday

20. DinoFest LA -> The 10th anniversary edition of Natural History Museum’s DinoFest offers meet-and-greets with world-renowned paleontologists from the museum’s Dinosaur Institute, screenings of Dinosaurs of Antarctica 3D, fossil demos, hands-on activities, and discussion sessions. If you want to learn more about dinosaurs, this is the event for you! Tickets are $15 for museum admission. More info here.

21. Americana in the Park -> Every Sunday from Sep. 19 to Oct. 10, the City of Santa Monica will team up with McCabe’s Guitar Shop to present a special concert series at Gandara Park that explores the roots Americana music. This Sunday the series opens with a performance by The California Feetwarmers, who specialize in New Orleans-style jazz takes on tunes from the 1920s and 1930s. Event goes from 3 to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. More info here.

22. Autumn in the Garden -> Arlington Garden, the only dedicated free public garden space in Pasadena, is celebrating its 16th anniversary with a fundraiser party this Sunday. Musical performances will be provided by Mia Doi Todd and the jazz band Katalyst. A $75 ticket includes light bites from Sqirl and wine provided by Wenzlau Vineyard. All profits from the sale of tickets are used to support the garden. More info here.

23. The Leo From Rio Sound Machine -> This Sunday in WeHo, Brazilian-American multidisciplinary artist Leopold Nunan will present a two-hour dance music show extravaganza in West Hollywood Park, thanks to the WeHo Artist Performance Grant. The interactive pop-up will feature Carnaval parade costumes, dancers, live drums, capoeira acrobats, drag queens and a DJ’d soundtrack. Free admission. Starts at 6:30 p.m. More info here

Dining

24. Hisaya Kyoto Chestnuts -> Hisaya Kyoto Chestnuts is the first U.S. branch of the Japanese chain, which specializes in chestnut-centric desserts. Popular items include the Fuji Mountain, a soft serve topped with matcha and candied chestnuts, boba drinks flavored with chestnuts and Japanese baked donuts with chunks of chestnuts in it. The menu is pretty expansive, including a Mont Blanc cheesecake, cookies, donuts and Tiramisu all with–you guessed it–chestnuts.

25. New Menu item at Sushi Note -> Sherman Oak’s popular wine and sushi bar Sushi Note will offer a special Biscotti Flight ($11) only available this weekend (Friday through Sunday.) Created by Chef Saito and Chef Aguilar the flight includes four crispy rice bites will be topped with Ora King Salmon with lemon, avocado and crispy leeks; and House Cured Gravlax with crème fraiche and pickled wasabi stem.

26. Sightglass Reopens Cafe -> Sightglass in Hollywood will reopen their cafe this Friday with a new menu from chef Jillian Bartolome. The sprawling space includes a market place featuring local purveyors, a coffee shop and a cafe offering fresh pastries, housemade sourdough bagels, sandwiches, salads and bowls. 


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27 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [9-20-2021 to 9-24-2021]

September 20, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Image via The Other Art Fair

There’s always lots to do in Los Angeles, and per usual we’re here with a bi-weekly (Monday and Thursday) rundown of the best of what’s happening in the city and county.

This week, from Sep. 20-24, features a Burt Reynolds doc at Hollywood Forever, free days at botanical gardens, the Other Art Fair, a Kathak dance celebration, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, KCRW Summer Nights with Madame Gandhi, and more!

[Remember, if you want to stay connected with our weekly updates, be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. Newsletter]

Monday / Throughout the Week

1. I Am Burt Reynolds -> I Am Burt Reynolds is a 2020 documentary that chronicles the life and career of the late actor. On Monday, The Hollywood Forever Cemetery will be hosting a free screening of the film, accompanied by the unveiling of new Burt Reynolds monument on the cemetery grounds. Though the screening is free, keep in mind onsite parking is $20. More info here.

2. Hola México Film Festival -> The 2021 Hola México festival continues this week with screenings at REGAL DTLA through Sep 24., then caps off with a final screening and party at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Sep. 25. Catch the full lineup of films to screen here.

3. A Taste of New Orleans -> On Monday night, Broken Shaker Los Angeles is teaming up with Perrier to host hosting a benefit fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Ida. Proceeds from the ticketed event will benefit Turning Tables and Another Round Another Rally. $20 gets you in the door, and entry includes complimentary beverages and small bites along with New Orleans-style entertainment. Proof of vax required. More info here.

Tuesday

4. Are You Still Listening? -> Are You Still Listening is a free monthly comedy show presented by Netflix is a Joke Radio. The series returns this Tuesday to Dynasty Typewriter with a lineup featuring Greta Titelman, Derek Gaines, Robin Tran, Shane Torres, Tacarra Williams, and Will Foskey. The show starts at 8 p.m. RSVP does not necessarily guarantee entry, and admission will be based on first come, first served. More info here.

5. Night Train to the Cinema ->  Now through Oct. 1, American Cinematheque is presenting a series of classic films where the drama revolves around railway transportation. Screenings take place at either the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, or the Los Feliz 3 on Vermont Ave. This week’s lineup includes The Lady Vanishes and The Darjeeling Limited at Los Feliz on Tuesday, and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) at Los Feliz on Thursday. Tickets are $13 for general admission. More info here.

6. Free Botanical Gardens -> Every third Tuesday of each month, Descano Gardens, the L.A. Arboretum, and South Coast Botanic Garden offer free admission days. Advanced reservations are required, and based on availability.

Wednesday

7. ReSound -> Leela Dance Collective’s ReSound is a 5-day celebration of Kathak dance highlighted by educational workshops and free street performances at locations throughout Los Angeles County. Workshops are only $10 to attend, and the first public performance takes place at Grand Park on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Performances continue over the weekend at venues in Woodland Hills, Santa Monica and Pasadena. Check the full schedule of events here.

8. The Comedy Roof -> A weekly comedy showcase on the rooftop of Grand Central Market. This week’s lineup features Jermaine Fowler (Coming 2 America, Comedy Central, HBO), Jeff Horste(Comedy Central, Hart Of The City), Meghana Indurti (Reductress, The Onion, The New Yorker), Logan Guntzelman (Comedy Central). Tickets run $20. More info here.

9. A Conversation with Migos -> Hip hop trio Migos (Quavo, Offset, Takeoff) will be at the GRAMMY Museum on Wednesday for a special conversation discussing their artistic rise and legacy. Tickets are $25. More info here.

10. Fall Plant Sale at The Huntington -> Every Wednesday during the fall The Huntington hosts a plant sale event featuring plants propagated from the historic gardens, including cacti, succulents, roses, trees, shrubs, perennials and more. More info on reserving tickets to plant sale events here.

11. Wisdome LA -> Wisdome LA’s immersive art park in the Arts District has reopened with a new artistic experience called Mystic Universe. Single tickets are $50, couples are $85. Open for reservations Wednesday through Sunday. More info here.

12. The Enigmatist -> If you have an addiction to solving puzzles, then you might want to check out The Enigmatist, an in-person experience created by New York Times crossword wizard David Kwong. Running from Sep. 14 to Oct. 30 at The Geffen Playhouse. Tickets start at $30. More info here.

Thursday

13. The Other Art Fair -> The Other Art Fair Los Angeles returns to the Santa Monica Barker Hangar from Sep 23-26 with a showcase of 140 independent artists. Tickets for Thursday’s opening night party are $45, and it’ll cost you $15 per ticket for Friday through Sunday. More info here.

14. Pay-What-You-Will at USC PAM -> Tickets the to USC Pacific Asia Museum are only $10, but if that’s still too much keep in mind that every Thursday is a pay-what-you-will day. Now through Oct. 3, visitors still chance to check out Nick Dong’s Divine Immersion exhibition. Advanced reservations required. Get more info on planning a visit here.

15. Fall Shop & Sip Pop-Up Night Market -> On Thursday, Sofitel Los Angeles Beverly Hills is hosting a pop-up marketplace on their outdoor patio featuring local fashion and jewelry vendors, with additional entertainment including an Astrological Gem Reading booth and a Room Service Drag Show on the stage of our bar Riviera 31 following the shopping event. Free to attend. More info here.

16. Halloween Horror Nights -> Universal Studios Hollywood brings their annual terror attraction back starting on Sep 9. This year’s edition includes the return of the “Terror Tram,” featuring “The Ultimate Purge,” along with a maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” GA tickets range between $69-$99, depending on the date of attendance. More info here.

Friday

17. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride -> After adapting to a drive-thru version last year, the Haunted Hayride is back in Griffith Park for 2021 with in-person activities based around a fictional town named Midnight Falls, circa 1985. In addition to the signature hayride, highlights for this year’s event include a Trick or Treat Maze, the Midnight Mortuary Tour, and the Dead End Diner. Kicks off this Friday, Sep. 24 and runs on select nights through Oct. 31. General Admission tickets are $39.99 (access to all attractions) and if you want to do the hayride only it’ll run you $29.99. Get more info here.

18. Grand Performances -> This Friday’s edition of Grand Performances doubles as a KCRW Summer Nights event. The evening kicks off with DJ sets by Anne Litt and Valida, followed by a performance from electronic music artist Madame Gandhi. Free. Outdoors. Runs from 6 to 10 p.m. More info here.

19. One Colorado’s Summer Flicks -> One Colorado in Old Pasadena is hosting an outdoor movie series in September featuring free admission, complimentary popcorn, and plenty of drinks and meal to-go options for purchase. This Friday the series continues with a screening Yesterday. Show begins at 8:30 p.m. Seating is based on capacity, and is first-come, first-serve. Early arrival is strongly encouraged. More info here.

20. Dine Alhambra -> Dine Alhambra Restaurant Week returns starting this Friday with special deals at 15 select restaurants in Downtown Alhambra. Prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus range from $15 to $50. Runs from Sep. 24 toOct 1. More info here.

Dining

21. TATEL -> Spain’s TATEL officially opens for lunch and dinner service in Beverly Hills this Tuesday. The Michelin Star Chef Luigi Fineo helms the U.S. extension of TATEL, with a menu focused on Mediterranean and Spanish seafood recipes. Guests will be treated to items like arroz carabinero, atún fino and tortilla trufada to name a few. Expect hundreds of wine and spirits on the drink list, some of which are extremely rare. TATEL is taking reservations now through OpenTable.

22. A Study of Fire at Terra -> On Sep. 22 Kevin Bludso (Bludso’s BBQ) helps kick off “A Study of Fire,” a monthly guest chef pop-up dinner series at Eataly’s rooftop restaurant Terra. Bludso’s secret family recipes will be on full display for the evening with guest being treated to smoked meats crusted with char and grilled seafood alongside vibrant cocktails, and side dishes. Tickets cost $90 per person and can be made on OpenTable under the “Experiences” tab. A portion of the proceeds of the exclusive one-night-only tasting will help raise money for Restaurants Care, an emergency assistance fund serving California restaurant workers year-round.

23. Ghisallo -> The owners of The Tasting Kitchen in Venice Beach will open Ghisallo, a causal pizza kitchen on Sep. 23 in Santa Monica. Wood fired pizzas prepared by Chef David Rodriguez will made with seasonal ingredients and offered as a pie or by the slice. Freshly made pastas, starters, salads, desserts and a selection of wine and microbrews on tap will also be part of the menu.

24. Shappy Pretzel Co. x HFC -> In honor of World Alzheimer’s Month, Seth Rogan and Lauren Miller Rogan’s Alzheimer assistance non profit HFC will collaborate with Adam Shapiro’s Shappy Pretzel Co. for a pop-up series at The Grove and Americana on Friday, September 24. The Rogan’s and Shappy have created a special “Cumin Get It” flavor which is available in a pack of three for $10. Additionally the public can grab three original pretzels for $10, little bites for $6 and Oreo filled pretzels for $12. All proceeds from that day will go directly to HFC. Seth Rogen, Lauren Miller Rogen, Adam Shapiro, and Katie Lowes will also make special appearances on-site at 11 a.m. Pre-orders are now available, day of walk up ordering will also be available.

25. Lock & Key’s New Food Menu -> The Koreatown bar has updated their cocktail list and reworked their food menu to include deep-dish pizzas, lollipop chicken wings and a decadent deep fried PB&J. Additionall, Lock & Key’s famous walk-up window that use to serve Ramen Burgers is now a pizza window that also offers the full food menu and select cocktails to-go every Thursday through Sunday 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

26. Father’s Office DTLA -> After a long pandemic hiatus Sang Yoon’s gastropub Father’s Office has reopened its Downtown LA’s Arts District location. Recognized for their famous Office Burger and over 50 craft beer selections, Father’s Office was awarded a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide in 2019. 

27. Que Padre Raises Funds for LAFD -> In observance of Fire Preparedness Month, Que Padre at Palisades Village is offering a month long ‘sizzling’ menu that includes a Firefighter “L.A. Street Taco” menu, an extra spicy margarita, flaming hot street corn and more. All proceeds from items purchased on the special menu will benefit Station 69 in Pacific Palisades. Guests can also donate directly to the LAFD via counter cards, or purchase LAFD merchandise at concierge of Palisades Village. 


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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Things To Do

28 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [9-17-2021 to 9-19-2021]

September 16, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
California African American Museum
California African American Museum. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

As Los Angeles finds its way out of the pandemic and restrictions gradually ease, we’re continuing our bi-weekly round-ups of fun to-dos, mixing in the occasional online/virtual event with an ever-growing listen of in-person experiences and food ideas.

This weekend, from September 17-19, features Harry Potter at the Bowl, Night Dive at the Aquarium, Americana in the Park, L.A. Beer Fest, free yoga at CAAM, HEALTHFEST L.A.! at Olvera Street, and more.

[Remember, if you want to stay connected with our weekly updates, be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. Newsletter]

Friday / All Weekend

1. Harry Potter at The Bowl -> On Friday the Hollywood Bowl starts the weekend with a special screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, featuring a live-score-to-screen performance by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, as conducted by Justin Freer. Tickets still available as low as $23 as of publication of this post. Get more info here.

2. Night Dive at The Aquarium -> The Aquarium of the Pacific’s adults-only, after-hours event, Night Dive, returns this Friday featuring an array of art, DJs, live music, cocktails and food trucks. This Friday’s event will also feature a live painting session by multimedia artist Samantha Tagaloa. Tickets are $24.95. Must be 18+ to attend. More info here.

3. Golden State Tattoo Expo -> This three-day event at the Pasadena Convention Center brings dozens of the world’s best tattoo artists together in one place. Attendees can expect original art, jewelry and fashion for sale, in-person seminars, live performances (including burlesque), tattoo contests, and more. Tickets are $30 for a single day, or $60 for a weekend pass. More info here.

4. Your Late Night Show Tonight -> Blaine Capatch (Beat the Geeks) hosts this monthly talk-show-style comedy event on the rooftop of Grand Central Market, which is presented an in-person performance while also streamed on Zoom. This month’s special guests include Laurie Kilmartin, and Dana Gould. Tickets to attend in person are $20, or you can watch online for $15. More info here.

5. Rooftop Cinema Club’s Drive-Up -> Rooftop Cinema Club’s special drive-up series at the Santa Monica Airport continues this weekend with Bridesmaids and Friday the 13th on Friday. Tickets for a lawn box (two guests) start at $29. More info here.

6. The Art of Citizen 13660 -> The Japanese American National Museum’s newest exhibition honors the legacy of Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13600. Published in 1946, Okubo’s memoir was the first book-length account of the incarceration and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. JANM’s exhibit will include original sketches and drawings by Okubo, plus a draft copy of her final manuscript. Miné Okubo’s Masterpiece: The Art of Citizen 13660 runs through Feb. 20, 2022. JANM’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Adult museum admission starts at $16. Get more info here.

7. Hola México Film Festival -> The 2021 Hola México Film Festival kicks off with a party this Friday at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, featuring a screening of Perdida, directed by Jorge Michel Grau. The festival continues with screenings at REGAL DTLA through Sep 24., then gets capped off by a final screening and party at LA Plaza on Sep. 25. Tickets for the opening are $50. Catch the full lineup of films to screen here.

8. The Enigmatist -> If you have an addiction to solving puzzles, then you might want to check out The Enigmatist, an in-person experience created by New York Times crossword wizard David Kwong. Running from Sep. 14 to Oct. at The Geffen Playhouse. Tickets start at $30. More info here.

9. Grand Performances -> This Friday’s edition of Grand Performances features an evening of Afro-Latin sounds performed by L.A. locals Boogaloo Assassins. Free. Outdoors. Runs from 6 to 10 p.m. More info here.

10. Night Train to the Cinema ->  Now through Oct. 1, American Cinematheque is presenting a series of classic films where the drama revolves around railway transportation. Screenings take place at either the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, or the Los Feliz 3 on Vermont Ave. This week’s lineup includes double features of The Darjeeling Limited and The Palm Beach Story on Friday, then The General and Supercop on Saturday. Tickets are $13 for general admission. More info here.

11. One Colorado’s Summer Flicks -> One Colorado in Old Pasadena is hosting an outdoor movie series in September featuring free admission, complimentary popcorn, and plenty of drinks and meal to-go options for purchase. This Friday the series continues with Tenet Screening begins at 8:30 p.m. Seating is based on capacity, and is first-come, first-serve. Early arrival is strongly encouraged. More info here.

12. Wisdome LA -> Wisdome LA, an immersive art park located in the Arts District, is reopening this Friday with a new artistic experience called Mystic Universe. Single tickets are $50, couples are $85. More info here.

13. Halloween Horror Nights -> Universal Studios Hollywood brings their annual terror attraction back starting on Sep 9. This year’s edition includes the return of the “Terror Tram,” featuring “The Ultimate Purge,” along with a maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” GA tickets range between $69-$99, depending on the date of attendance. More info here.

Saturday

14. Critter Carnival -> This Saturday, PetSpace hosts a special Critter Carnival offering guests the chance to mix and mingle with adoptable mammals, reptiles, and birds while also partaking in tons of family-friendly activities, including carnival games, critter crafts, and carnival style foods. Runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

15. Buyepongo vs Quitapenas -> Grand Performances celebrates Mexican Independence day with a friendly battle of the bands between Afro-Latin artists Buyepongo and Quitapenas. Runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Outdoors, free and open to the public. More info here.

16. L.A. Beer Fest -> This Saturday The L.A. Beer Fest returns to Los Angeles Center Studios with its usual two-session format where guests can sample tastes from some 80 breweries. Food trucks will provide grub to pair with your brews, and live music will entertain attendees as they browse offerings. GA tickets are $50. More info here.

17. The Mitchells vs the Machines at Aero ->  On Saturday the Aero Theatre hosts a free screening of The Mitchells vs the Machines accompanied by a Q&A with director Michael Rianda and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Attendees with RSVPs will be admitted on a first come, first served basis until the theatre reaches capacity. More info and RSVP here.

18. New Works at Thinkspace -> Thinkspace Gallery is hosting an opening reception on Saturday for the debut of three new exhibitions: Kayla Mahaffey’s Remember the Time in Gallery I, Roos van der Vliet’s Mirrors of Your Soul in Gallery II, and Jon Burgerman’s Fuzzy Faces in the viewing room. Get more info on the exhibitions here.

19. Drawing Workshop at MOLAA -> This Saturday, the Museum of Latina American Art in Long Beach is hosting a Plein Air Drawing Workshop lead by teaching-artist Maria Guadalupe Mannanal leading a session focusing on drawing with graphite on paper. All materials provided by MOLAA. RVSP required. More info here.

Sunday

20. Americana in the Park -> Every Sunday from Sep. 19 to Oct. 10, the City of Santa Monica will team up with McCabe’s Guitar Shop to present a special concert series at Gandara Park that explores the roots Americana music. This Sunday the series opens with a performance by nine-member Masanga Marimba Ensemble. Event goes from 3 to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. More info here.

21. HEALTHFEST L.A.! -> This Sunday, Olvera Street plays host to a community festival featuring music, food, games and shopping, all in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event will also feature numerous local healthcare providers and representatives offering on-site services, including free health screenings and testing. Free to attend. Runs from noon to 6 p.m. More info here.

22. Giving Up the Ghost -> On Sunday, Sow and Tailor will host an opening reception for “Giving Up the Ghost” featuring works by Chino Amobi, Sula Bermúdez-Silverman, Miranda Byk, and Aryo Toh Djojo. Event runs from noon to 4 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday from noon to 4.pm., but appointments are recommended.

23. Self Care: Yoga at CAAM -> Meditation instructor Constance Hartwell leads this 60-minute yoga flow session at the California African American Museum starting at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Free to attend. Be sure to bring your own mat and water. More info here.

Dining

National Cheeseburger Day is this Saturday Sep. 18. Below are a few unique cheeseburger specials you can bite into over the weekend.

24. HauteMess -> The European-inspired marketplace is highlighting their signature Mess Burger, a blend beef patty with fresh tomato, cheddar cheese, lettuce, caramelized onions and bacon aioli. More info here

25. Playa Provisions -> Top Chef winner Brooke Williamson will bring back the beloved Pretzel Burger from The Tripel which closed last year. The burger is made with half a pound of aged rib-eye beef, caramelized onions, poppy seed slaw, and aged cheddar on a pretzel bun. More info here

26. Messhall -> The Mess Burger is topped with a generous amount of house-made smoky sauce, caramelized onions, cheddar and pickles held together by a brioche bun. More info here

27. American Beauty -> This Friday, the Venice steakhouse brings back their Steakhouse Burger, a half-pound house blended patty generously topped with melted Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and Worcestershire aioli served on a house baked Superba Bakehouse Kaiser roll. More info here.

28. Flower Burger -> The all-natural, vegan and rainbow bunned burger chain from Italy has a location in Los Angeles on the Westside and a ghost kitchen for deliveries. Add “flower cheddar” their plant-based cheese, to any burger. More info here.


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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Food

The Best Happy Hours in Los Angeles (In Our Humble Opinion) To Try At The Moment

September 15, 2021 by Christina Champlin
Happy Hour at Hermanito
Happy Hour at Hermanito. Photo by Christina Champlin.

A premium happy hour is based on three key elements: The quality of the food and drink, the allure of the ambience, and the depth of the discount. For it to be truly special, you’ve got to have a mix of all three, with a heavy emphasis on the first ingredient. Quality over quantity every time, friends.

That said, the truth is that the “best” places for happy hour in Los Angeles are always changing, at least in my mind. Consider this list a snapshot of what’s on my brain right now, from German beers and Peruvian tacos to Spanish tapas and inviting charcuterie plates. And yes, dollar oysters. Always dollar oysters.

Browse the below to scope out new places to try on your next outing. And if you’re not a fan of the options provided, fret not. I’ll be updating this list on the regular, so be sure to check back in a few months to see the best of the latest.

[LAST UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2021]

Hermanito (Sawtelle)

Sawtelle’s Hermanito is a Mexican bar and eatery that infuses Japanese inspired ingredients onto their eclectic menu. Stop in for the “Off-Hour Menu” Thursdays through Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m. specials during this time include $10 plates like a trio of either chicken tinga, al pastor tacos or veggie tacos, sharable nachos topped with black mole and Salsa Macha Chicken Wings with avocado salsa. A selection of craft cocktails including a High Ball, and Margarita are specially priced at $10 a pop. And, if you are looking for a place to dine outdoors, Hermanito can’t be beat with three patio spaces, each distinguished by unique decor.

Otoño ( Highland Park)

It’s Siesta Hour everyday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the bar and patio area of Chef Teresa Montaño’s Spanish restaurant Otoño. Tapas range from $5 to $12, including Pan Con Tomate, Frito Mixto and Jamon Croqueta. An excellent selection of Spanish sandwiches on house-made stecca bread run $10 to $16 during this time as well. Cheers to a happy hour well spent with a $9 sangria in hand or for those looking to try something from the Basque Country an excellent Atxa white vermouth ($11.)

Red Lion Tavern (Silver Lake)

This Old school German beer garden and restaurant has served the Silver Lake neighborhood for over 60 years. Red Lion’s extra long happy hour runs Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Here you can score German beers, wine and cocktails starting at just $5.75. Order the large warm pretzel for $5.25 and a large sausage platter that features three kinds of German sausages plus pickles, peppers and mustard for $9.50. It’s all delicious.

Michelada at Madre.

Madre (Torrance, West Hollywood, Palms)

Oaxacan food can be hard to find in some parts of the city, and a Oaxacan focused happy hour is rarer still. At Madre, savor a sizable menu of over a dozen small plates including $6 mole nachos with chicken, $6 seafood tacos and Queso Fundido with chorizo and tortillas for $9. Happy hour cocktails ($9) feature a mix of mezcal and reposado libations, beers are $5 a pop and wine by the glass as well as micheladas cost $6. Happy hour is available at all three locations of Madre from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Big Bar (Los Feliz)

Happy hour at this acclaimed bar includes $5 draft beers, $8 wines by the glass, a cocktail of the week for $10 and an Afternoon spritz for $10. Bar bites like Yukon gold fries ($5) tempura battered crispy cauliflower ($8) and a burger ($12) are provided by Alcove which shares the space and garden patio with Big Bar. Stop by Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. to enjoy the specials. Big Bar is also conveniently located near The Greek Theatre, making it an ideal spot for a pre-show drink.

Bull & Butterfly (Playa Vista)

California ranch style steakhouse Bull & Butterfly hosts a weekday happy hour Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. that features $9 craft cocktails, $9 wines by the glass, beer deals, and rotating food specials only available during happy hour. Dishes like roasted artichokes, jalapeño mac and cheese and beef sliders with house made potato chips have all appeared on the menu. It’s kind of a surprise with the happy hour food menu but if you must know, try checking the restaurants Instagram for details and delicious photos of whats on deck for the week.

Pork Belly Taco from Little Llama Peruvian Tacos.

Little Llama Peruvian Tacos (Downtown Los Angeles)

Little Llama Peruvian Tacos owners Jean Valcarcel and Angela Wagner got their start working for Ricardo Zarate at Mo-Chica, one of the city’s first Peruvian fine dining restaurants. From there, Valcarcel found inspiration from his Peruvian upbringing to start his own pop-up supper club, partnering with Wagner who managed the operations. Eventually that partnership gave birth to Little Llama Peruvian Tacos, first as a pop-up vendor at Smorgasburg and now as a casual brick and mortar serving modern Peruvian food. During happy hour Monday-Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., indulge in shrimp ceviche in aji amarillo leche de tigre on a tostada ($10.50), pollo a la brasa tacos on non-GMO corn tortillas ($4) and American Lager as well as wines by the glass for $7 that can be requested as a carafe (for a fee) to share for the table. Keep in mind the tacos are sizable, and two could easily work as a meal.

Saso (Pasadena)

Chef Dominique Crisp’s Basque-inspired bistro Saso hosts happy hour Friday through Sunday 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. On the menu are wines, spirits and sangria for $7, Pacifico for $5 and tapas that run $5 to $13 that includes oysters, wagyu steak bites with chimichurri, croketas and a Jamon Iberico grilled cheese. The restaurant is attached to the historic Pasadena Playhouse, and I think the best seat in the house is in the arch-filled courtyard. Definitely request a to be seated there if space is available.

Gracias Madre (West Hollywood)

West Hollywood’s plant-based restaurant Gracias Madre hosts happy hour on weekdays from 3 to 5 p.m. with $8 bites that include nachos, crispy taco filled with plantains, eggplant, an “al pastor” taco of mushrooms topped with grilled pineapple, and a heart of palm ceviche tostada. The Purista Margarita on happy hour is $8 with the option to sub in mezcal for an extra $1. House white and red wine is $7 and draft beer is $5. There’s also a Taco Tuesday special where $25 gets you three tacos and a Purista Margarita.

Charcuterie from Esters Wine Shop. Photo by Lindsey Huttrer.

Esters Wine Shop & Bar (Santa Monica)

Part of the Rustic Canyon family of Santa Monica restaurants, Esters Wine Shop & Bar’s happy hour runs Monday through Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. A selection of wines are $9 by the glass, featured beer is $5 and the special happy hour cocktail of the day is $9. To start, nibble on a snack plate of lavender almonds, marinated olives, curry cashews, and corn nuts for $13 or a charcuterie plate ($18). There’s even a fantastic cheese plate for $20. Burrata & crostini ($10) and half dozen oysters ($20) are also on the happy hour menu.

The Burbank Pub (Burbank)

The pirate-themed Burbank Pub has a three-hour special on food and drinks they’ve dubbed the High Seas Happy Hour” every Tuesday through Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Food ranges $3-$7 and includes tasty bar bites like a crispy brussels sprouts in Caribbean spices, SPAM sliders on Hawaiian buns, fish tots and a smashburger. Happy hour beer, wine and well drinks are all just $5 and a number of featured tiki cocktails run $7-$9.

Nick + Stef’s (Downtown Los Angeles)

Elevated steakhouse Nick + Stef’s happy hour is one of the most dependable in DTLA. It happens weeknights Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in their outdoor and indoor lounges. Bar snacks like smoked deviled eggs, steakhouse sliders, and sweet potato fries are all under $10. For larger appetites there’s a Steak Frites special for just $21. A number of featured specialty cocktails are $12 during happy hour, a selection of wines by the glass are $10 each and beers run $6 to 7.

Redbird cocktail. Photo by Mary Costa.

Redbird (Downtown Los Angeles)

Chef Neal Fraser’s modern American restaurant Redbird is offering a happy hour menu at the bar where everything is $10. On Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. guests can mix and match craft cocktails (named after icons both real and fictional like Charlie Chaplin and Carrie Bradshaw,) while sampling elevated bar bites like grass fed beef tartare and prawns with green papaya, weiser melon and nuoc cham.

ETA (Highland Park)

Highland Park’s neighborhood cocktail spot ETA has $1 happy hour oysters daily from 5 to 8 p.m. (or until they run out) along with a number of cocktails like Old Fashioned and Daiquiris for $10, draft lager and sake for $6 and featured wines for $10 a glass. Check ETA’s Instagram to see what kind of oysters are featured for the day and for live music nights.

L.P. Rooftop (West Hollywood)

L.P. Rooftop’s menu is full of snack-able plates and cocktails. There’s even a daily happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. to go with the unbeatable views of West Hollywood and the surrounding neighborhoods. Menu highlights include a $9 cheeseburger, $10 calamari, $10 EP Froze, $12 house cocktail and more. During summer and fall L.P. also hosts a popular movie screening series on their rooftop, so if you dig the food then consider a dinner-and-a-movie night sometime in the future.


Got a suggestion for our happy hour update? Want to let us know about a change on one of the menus mentioned above? Feel free to write in to tips@welikle.com, subject line ‘happy hours in L.A.’

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