Looking for something fun to do in the San Fernando Valley and surround Los Angeles area?  From Fall festivals to a booze art show, here’s a few ideas of things going on in the next few weeks!

Fri Oct 17th

DTLA-Pancakes and booze, need I say more?  The Pancake and Booze Art show is coming to Lot 613.  This underground art show will be popping up in the Arts District.  Booze and pancake to your heart’s content.  Cost is $5.
Los Angeles-Living with a disability doesn’t mean you can’t make it your ability.  The Braille Institute Library Service is have having an open house.  They will show you all they are offering people who don’t have use of their sight.  Event is free.
Hollywood-Meltdown Comics is putting on a John Ritter tribute titled “Come and Knock on Our Door”.  If this tribute was a presidential candidate, I would vote for it.  It’s been an incredible 11 years since we lost him to heart problems but renew your heart with some John Ritter art. Tickets are free and proceeds go to Angel City Derby Girls.
West Hollywood-Peachy Keen strikes again, this time at Bar Lubitsch.  Come on down for a free, totally free comedy show, no drink minimum, free.  Six main comedian and two hosts round out the lineup of celebrity fun people.  Did I mention it was free?
West LA-Time for a launch party for Ministry of Supply.  These crafty people will have you looking stylish while you enjoy seasonal cocktails and light bites.  The co-founder himself, Kit Hickey will be there too.  Event is free.
Westwood-My friends at UCLA are hold a brain storming fest to solve medical needs.  Inventathon 2014 kicks off on Wednesday and ends on Saturday.  Stop by to hear some brilliant minds fix medicine.  Tickets to this event are free but you must RSVP.
Woodland Hills-Authur Murray Dance Studios, the one who hosted all those Dancing under the Stars events at the Westfield Topanga Shopping center is having an open house.  If you have been bitten by the dancing bug, come on down.  Free group class and open house party to follow.

Sat Oct 18th

Beverly Hills- Pinkies up.  The Beverly Gardens Park is hosting the twice yearly artSHOW.  Lots of art, food and drink. Unlike most things in Beverly Hills, admission is free.
Beverly Hills- If all the kids want to do on Saturday is lay around get them to Franklin Canyon for a little hike.  Family Nature Walks are a great way to start the day with some exercise and family time before they tune you out with their devices.  Event is free unlike the IPhone your son had to have.
Beverly Hills- Taking a picture of nature is hard.  Come on down to the Nature in Focus class to learn how.  Bring some comfy shoes and a camera and let the guide do the rest.  Event is free.
Calabasas-King Gillette Ranch is holding Birdfest.  If you love winged creatures, this is the place for you. Enjoy these free creatures in their environment.  Event is free, parking is free, and bird food is free.
Hollywood-Kick off the Halloween scene with a classic scary movie, Carrie.  Barnsdall Park will be hosting the outdoor movie event.  There will also be food and drink plus DJ’s to spin some tunes to complete the party.  Tickets start at $10 and benefit all the cool things the park does throughout the year.
Los Angeles- Hands down, one of my favorite events, 9th Annual Taste of Soul Festival.  If you like music, food and a good time, this is for you.  It all soul and nothing but soul plus Queen Latifah is the first honorary celebrity MC.  She will bring U-N-I-T-Y.   Hope to see you there.
North Hollywood- I consider myself a foodie but to combine history with it is just awesome.  How LA Invented the Backyard BBQ is a tale is culture and good old fashion outdoor cooking.  This is for the 18 and over crowd but it will make you think twice the next time you fire up the grill.
Pasadena-One of my favorite field trips as a kid was going to Kidspace.  Flash forward to today and Kidspace having its 20th Annual Pumpkin Festival.  Tons of music, games face painting and everything else that makes a kid happy.  Event is free.
Pasadena- I love live music in an al fresco atmosphere.  Say Say is bringing the party to One Colorado with their electronic music.  Dance the week away as these Sunset Strip Music veterans melt the cares of your week away.  Even is free.
West LA-New comers I Imagines, are having a party and they are inviting you.  Come on down to Edge Rentals and enjoy a night of free food, music and drinks.  I Imagines motto is to have max positive impact on the world through passion.
West LA-If you are nifty with the knitting needle you might want to stop by the Craft and Folk Art Museum for their Yarn Bombing Los Angeles Knit Graffiti Collection.  This event is for all skill level and lets you finish that project you’ve put aside while enjoying the company of other knitter.  Event is free.
Woodland Hills- The Rock Chippers of Woodland Hills present the 16th Annual Gem Show.  First United Methodist Church is playing host to this even.  Come and see pretty things. Admission is free.  Buy a rock yourself and one as a stocking stuffer.

Sun Oct 19th

Beverly Hills-The Beverly Center is hosting “Wicked”.  It’s not the musical but a museum to celebrate all things Wicked.  A behind the emerald curtain, if you will, on the goings on in Oz.  Tickets are free but the cool factor is through the roof.
Beverly Hills-Ever been told to walk a mile in someone’s moccasins?  Now you can.  The Native Ways hike will do just that.  Make your way through the paths the Chumash walked.  See there dwellings and tools of the trade.  Event is free.
DTLA- Art and a walk.  Come take a tour of a great street that LA was built on.  Found L.A. presents Historic North Figueroa Street.  Bring some comfy walking shoes and prepare to have some knowledge dropped on you.  Event is free.
Encino-How does a Mostly Ghostly Carnival sound?  Freaky and creepy things are happening on Lanai Road.  There will be food, games and fun.  Event is free and all proceeds go towards the Lanai Road Public Elementary School.
Griffith Park- One of the best things about growing up in LA was going to Travel Town and the best day is Depot Day.  This annual event instills the love of locomotives in children.  There is nothing but fun and good memories here. Come on down.  Event is free.
Los Angeles-Homelessness is a big problem but the Bill and Penny Drive LA aims to end the problem.  This charity has the highest success rate for taking homeless people off the streets, find housing and preventing them from being homeless again.  Event is hosted by Space 15 Twenty.  Event is free. Come and see that they are all about.
Mission Hills-Forneris Farms puts on a fall festival well worth the $8 admission.  Fall Harvest Festival 2014 had face painting, mazes, tractor pull and much, much more.  Oh yea and a pumpkin patch.
Sherman Oaks– Festivals in San Fernando Valley kicks off at the 24th Annual Street Fair in Sherman Oaks.  This family fun party is jam packed with rides and food.  Along with beer gardens, wine gardens and actual gardens.  Event is free. Come and get your fair on.
West LA-The Bun Shop is the place to meet for the 4th Annual Found LA: Festival of Neighborhoods.  Celebrate local shops and small businesses. Eat and shop on one of the Mayor’s great streets.
West LA-More artsy less fartsy.  The Craft and Folk Art Museum presents the work of Clare Graham and MorYork.  This Exhibition is called: The Answer is Yes. Their work is unique and they be there to take you through the creative process.  Event is free.
West LA– MWM is having a Designs Trunk Show.  Come and get the good stuff at a really good price.  Event is free but one-upping your friends is priceless.

Fri Oct 24th

Hollywood- There is nothing or more cool than when an iconic actor takes you through their role in an American classic.  Carl Weathers aka Apollo Creed and Bill Duke sits down, watches two movies (Predator & Action Jackson) with you and discuss how he approached the roles that made him famous.  The Egyptian Theater is the place and tickets start at $7
Northridge- Having trouble finding an affordable haunted house?  Look no further than Big Worm’s Sherwood Scare. Voted the best haunted home by Golden State Haunts, the place is right out of a horror film.  Cost is a well-spent $3.
West Hollywood– Ain’t no party like a West Hollywood party cuz a West Hollywood party don’t stop.  The famous West Hollywood Carnival is here for your enjoyment.  It has all the traditional family fun and much, much more.

Sat Oct 25th

DTLA-Street food and Cinema.  Sounds good to me.  In honor of Halloween, Exposition Park is hosting an outdoor screening of the Shining.  This classic Jack Nicholson film will have you shaking in your boots.  Music will be provided and food by various food trucks.  Tickets start at $12.
DTLA-It’s time to visit the KTOWN Night Market’s Halloween Food Festival.  Sixth Street closes down for this party. There is tons of culture and tons of food.  Tickets start at $3.
DTLA- The LA Brewery is doing a really cool thing, you can drink beer and go on an Artwalk.  This is not a trick, you can walk around, drink beer and enjoy art.  On top of that good news, admission is free.  It’s like Christmas in October.
DTLA- Grand Park is prepping for The Day of the Dead by doing it through art.  Artists from East LA will display their pictures honoring the dead.  There will be food, poetry and music.  Celebrate culture.  Event is free.
Pasadena-Come and experience a culture that is not often represented in Los Angeles, Jamaica.  Learn about what makes up the Latino heritage and Jamaican worlds.  The 16th Annual Latino Heritage and Jamaica Festival.  Enjoy the food and artifacts that make this culture special.  Event is free.
Northridge-Walk a Mile in Their Shoes is an event to raise awareness of domestic violence and help those who are effected.  This even is for the family and includes a walk through compass and a carnival.  Come out and help a good cause.
North Hollywood-Cinema is celebrated in many ways. The Laemmle NOHO is showing off this craft in the genre of addiction.  Highlighted through struggles in the form of shorts and documentaries, this is sure to be a moving tribute to those who struggle with the disease.
Pasadena-It’s time to get your pumpkin on.  One Colorado is the spot to decorate your pumpkin.  Event is free and space is limited.  Kids, get your mummy to take you.

Sun Oct 26th

Beverly Hills- It’s time to get “Wicked”. The Beverly Center presents a museum to the musical that is celebrating its 10th year and a return to the Pantages for the holidays. It’s sure to be Oz-some, see what I did there? Tickets are free.
Encino- Head to Los Encinos State Historic Park to take in some of the macbre during Haunted History II.  From Bring your own Pumpkin carvings to the eerily creepy tours, the day isn’t complete with a stop.
DTLA- Grand Park is celebrating Dia De Los Muertos. Come by the park and honor the ones who came before us. Event is free.
Pasadena- Get into the mind of Michael Duncan. This well-known artist uses collages and decades long past to create beautiful things. The Pasadena Museum of California Art is excited to have him. Get cultured. Tickets start at $5.
West Hollywood- It’s official, West Hollywood has gone to the dogs. Healthy Spot is helping your pet get it’s howl-o-ween on. Stop on by for a free gift bag and other ghoul party favors. Event is free.
West LA- Big Sunday is putting on their 5th Annual Spooky Sunday. Get all the Halloween fun in a kid friendly way. This event is be servicing under privileged kids and families, while having all the festive flair. Event is free.

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