10 Totally Unique Date Ideas for This Fall in L.A.

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Dating is hard enough without having rack your brain figuring out clever ways to avoid stereotypically simplistic meet-up spots. You know… the coffee house… the movie theater… the bookstore…

The good news is that as we look ahead to our fall calendar in Los Angeles we find no limit of unusual events to attend, and below I’ve listed some of my personal favorites.


The rundown is (in my humble opinion) perfect if you’re looking for a fun date night, or just something unique to liven up your weekdays or weekends.

Hopefully it’ll make the autumn season just a little bit sweeter (or in some cases, spookier) for you and your special someone.


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1. Carrie 40th anniversary and Prom (Oct. 14)

You and your date can celebrate the 40th anniversary of Carrie with a special screening of the 1976 film at the Ace Hotel’s gorgeous Spanish Gothic theater followed by a 70’s-style prom in the lobby. Members of the film’s cast and crew will be in attendance for a Q&A. Expect guests to be dressed in their most stylish 70’s formalwear.

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2. Digital Nature at the LA Arboretum (Oct. 21-22)

Digital Nature at The LA Arboretum promises a special evening of animation, light and sound in the garden. Artists will light up the night by projecting their art on botanical garden spaces while guests enjoy live music, a no-host bar and food trucks. It’s a two-night event!

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3. Storytelling Soiree at El Cid (Oct. 23)

What do you get when you combine immersive storytelling, art, cocktails, and literary-inspired costumes? How about a Storytelling Soiree coming to El Cid on Oct. 23. The event will be hosted by the creators of the Beyond Books App. as well as the humble blog editors at We Like L.A. (ahem… yours truly).

If you like a good story well told then you won’t want to miss this! Make sure to RVSP via our official Facebook event.

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Storytelling Soiree

4. Three-play Fridays at Royce’s Arcade Warehouse (starts Oct. 21)

As of Oct. 21 Royce’s Arcade Warehouse will add a new weekly event to their open-play calendar.  If you’re looking for a great date to kickstart a weekend why not consider heading to Threeplay Fridays for up to three hours of unlimited classic arcade play for only $3. Pro-tip: Follow up your arcade session by dining at one of the best places to eat in The Valley.

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Royce's Arcade Warehouse
Royce’s Arcade Warehouse. Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

5. Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens (starts Nov. 25)

Enchanted: Forest of Light will offer visitors a colorful one-mile path route through 10 distinct light displays at unique points within Descanso Garden including the Oak Grove and the Japanese Garden. The forest attraction will be open every night from Nov. 25, 2016 through Jan. 8. 2016, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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6. Lichtenstein at Skirball Cultural Center (through Mar. 12)

Pop For The People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. at the Skirball Cultural Center allows visitors to immerse themselves into the world of one of pop art’s most influential creators. With works ranging from stark social commentary to more playful comic-book inspired riffs, this exhibition is a perfect conversation piece for any day date.

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7. Front Porch Cinema at the Santa Monica Pier (through Oct. 28)

Every Friday in October through Oct. 28 the folks from Eat|See|Hear are bringing free outdoor movie screenings to the Santa Monica Pier. The event series is called Front Porch Cinema and movies to be screened include: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Labyrinth, and Tight Loose.

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Front Porch Cinema
Image via Front Porch Cinema

8. Nightmare Before Christmas Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Oct. 28-30)

For the second year in a row Danny Elfman will lead a live stage-to-screen performance of The Nightmare Before Christmas at the Hollywood Bowl along with fellow Nightmare cast members including Catherine O’Hara, Ken Page and Paul Reubens. The show will have three performances: Oct. 28, 29 and 30. Be sure to arrive early for the Burton-themed costume contest!

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9. Grand Ave: All Access (Oct. 29)

Take your date to explore some of the best that DTLA has to offer at 2016 Grand Ave: All Access. The day-long affair takes place over a seven block stretch of Grand Ave between Temple and 6th Street. Pop-up programs will occur at The Broad, Grand Park, the Disney Concert Hall, the Music Center, and more. Best part? It’s all free!

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Grand Ave: All-Access
Grand Ave: All-Access. Photo by Jaime Pham via Grand Ave: All Access

10. The Hammer’s 100 Days of Film and Performance (through Jan. 25)

Need options? The Hammer Museum is curating more than three months worth of unique programming broken down into three categories: a film and video series, weekend performances by artists, and courtyard rehearsals of works in progress. And yes, all programs are free to attend (minus parking).

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Got any killer date ideas for the fall you want to let us know about? You can email ideas to [email protected].


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