With Autumn officially here, it is time to sweater up and get cozy with everything fall. Pumpkin flavored everything meets warm pots of stew and soup…well…if this left over summer heat would give it a rest! Check out what is going on in your neck of the woods!
Fri Sept 30th
Chatsworth – Granada Hills Grubfest is large and in charge this Friday in Chatsworth. This gourmet food truck event is sure to please every Friday night. It’s a community family happening where you can walk you friendly dog and enjoy the sites and sounds of people having fun. There’s no alcohol being sold or allowed. See You There…
DWTN – The USC Minds in Development Lab is a child development research lab investigating how children see the world. The lab is currently running a study about children’s future planning for children aged between 4 and 5 years. The study involves children playing fun games with friendly researchers for around 20 minutes. Parents can get a free-all day parking pass within distance to the neighboring museums.
Griffith Park – LA Zoo – Boo At The LA Zoo invites kids to the zoo for some Halloween holiday fun. During the week visitors can enjoy the daily activities and some fun Halloween magic…but the weeknds are the BEST! Mad Scientist shows, costume fun and so much more!
Pasadena – Kidspace Museum presents: Animal Home. This monthly series teaches kids how to care for and house specific type of kid friendly pets. September 30: Rats and Hamsters
Santa Monica – Front Porch Cinema let’s family catch some of the latest or greatest films for free on the pier in Santa Monica. The evening starts with DJs at 6pm; films start at 7:30pm.
Sept 30: Zootopia (PG)
October 7: City of Gold (R)
Ventura – Head north to the 27th Annual Harvest Festival and Original Art Show. . Seaside Park becomes a hub of activities with shopping, live entertainment, contests, strolling entertainers, and a Kidzone with a pumpkin patch. Enjoy 300 exhibitors with jewelry, home décor, wood work and more!
Runs through Sunday the 2nd
Sat Oct 1st
Hollywood – Venture out to the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood to see Disney’s Queen of Katwe.
Queen of Katwe is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
Moorpark – Underwood Farms 19th Annual Harvest Festival is a great time for the family. Featuring pig races, animal shows, a corn maze and gourd tunnel, a combine slide, tractor rides, live music, educational demonstrations, Farmer Craig’s Chicken Show, hay pyramids, tractor displays, and animals to feed, there is a little something for everyone.
Pasadena – The Pasadena Museum of California presents their Children’s Workshops. All ages are welcome. Workshops are included in admission, (children under 12 are always free). October 1: Abstract Paintings & Prints
Santa Monica – Children’s Book World presents the bestselling creative team of Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell comes a timely picture book about immigration. Raising important identity issues like “Where did we come from?” and “Who are we?,” This Is Me is as delightful as it is important. In This Is Me, a teacher tells her class about her great-grandmother’s dislocating journey from home to a new country with nothing but a small suitcase to bring along.
Sepulveda Pass – Getty Center – Watson Adventures Wizard School Scavenger Hunt For Harry Potter Fans . Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Getty Center in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Wizards and muggles alike can play and enjoy this hunt. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art.
Various LA Locations – Home Depot Kids Workshop is a free monthly workshop for kids 5-12 years old. The class teaches DIY skills and tool safety. This weekend: Firetrucks
Sun Oct 2nd
DWTN – October is Latino Heritage Month. Engage and be inspired by the highlights and contributions made by the Latino community to our Nation, while bridging cultural gaps, enhancing and connecting the diverse, multi-racial and multi-cultural mosaic that is Los Angeles. Held throughout the City of Los Angeles Latino Heritage Month LA festivities will range from sophisticated art exhibits, family friendly festivals to live concerts. This variety of events will attract Latinos of all walks-of- life, from the social media/ tech savvy millennial, middle income families, to top of their career professionals.
DWTN – Grand Park – Make Your Mark In The Park is a fun-filled, creative afternoon celebrating the act of drawing as part of a special Big Draw LA event. Grand Park is transformed into a giant experimental drawing studio, with both public performances and many participatory drawing activities. Food trucks are onsite.
DWTN – Exposition Park – CLOSING WEEKEND! Pterosaurs Flight In The Age of Dinosaurs is a fun exhibit at the Natural History Museum. These prehistoric kings of the air ruled the skies during the time dinosaurs dominated the land. Pterosaurs flew with their fingers and walked on their wings. Some were gigantic and others could fit in the palm of your hand.
Hollywood – 2 Girls 1 Pup October Show with Amy Miller. Monique Madrid (Splitsider) and Comet the Pup and back. Join them and guest co-host Amy Miller (Last Comic Standing) for the October 2Girls1Pup Show! The Comedy Show you can bring your dog to, and show off that Doggy Halloween Costume!
7:00pm – Pre-Show RED CARPET! PUPparazzi, Free Pabst Blue Ribbon, Free PUPcorn! Tickets are $5 (CASH) and enters you to win a bunch of free dog-friendly prizes! All proceeds benefit The Tailwaggers Foundation.
North Hollywood – The Valley Film Festival is the premier showcase for the best new work by San Fernando Valley residents, and American and international independent filmmakers. Join us September 28-October 2, 2016 at the Laemmle NoHo7 for our 16th annual celebration of cinema.
Pasadena – The Norton Simon Museum presents Stories in the Afternoon. Explore the world and subject matter of great paintings. Participants then create masterpieces of their own.
October 2: Little Chanclas
Fri Oct 7th
DWTN – Metro Art & the Film Noir Foundation present : Film Noir at Union Station . The first in our Film Noir at Union Station series in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation, we are pleased to present “UNION STATION” (1950, Paramount, 80 min. Dir. Rudolph Mate). This taut thriller features plenty of memorable set piece scenes filmed inside Los Angeles’ historic Union Station and other L.A. locations that double for the film’s Chicago setting.
Pacoima – Discovery Cube LA’s newest exhibit takes visitors on a travel adventure with LEGO: LEGO Travel Adventure. Kids can go anywhere over land, sea, and air by creating extraordinary vehicles to move through different types of terrain, including mountains, oceans, jungles, deserts and more. Builders can suit-up as a pilot, ship captain, or racecar driver to find inspiration for their vehicles
Valley Village – The Eclectic Company Theatre presents the world premiere of “The Civil War Remembered“, a new play written and directed by Maureen Lucy O’Connell. It is a mixture of true events and apocryphal stories using actual transcripts of speeches from this time period and articles about The Civil War. Music from the era is interspersed throughout the show. Suitable for ages 12 and above.
Sat Oct 8th
Culver City – The Culver City Arts District is hosting Culver City Artwalk 2016. This unique collection of art galleries, creative businesses, specialty retail and restaurants, will present ArtWalk 2016 event on Saturday, October 8th from 2pm to 6pm. The Artwalk will celebrate the beginning of the fall art season with a free self-guided tour of art galleries exhibiting new, and distinguished artists, musical performances throughout the day at various venues, interactive experiences and special offerings at several area restaurants.
Pasadena – Pasadena Doll Show and Sale. This is one of Southern California’s premier doll shows. The dealers are among the best of the best. Many are members of NADDA (National Antique Doll Dealers Assoc.) and UFDC (United Federation of Doll Clubs). This show features a fine array of antique and collectible dolls, toys and bears. There will be a wide variety of merchandise for sale from the 1860’s through 1960’s.
San Fernando – San Fernando 5K Relay Walk or Run. 5K (3.1 miles) relay consisting of 3-loops of about 1.6K (1.03 miles) each team of 3 people that can walk and/or run the course. Each team member will complete one loop. Time chips will be used to provide individual loop times and final team time. Top three teams from each category awarded prizes. All levels are encouraged to participate. All teams are three participants or do the individual run.
Santa Monica – Santa Monica Paw-ty is fun for all! Come help us celebrate 10 years. Vendor Discounts, Raffles for Gift Baskets, Treats for Dog and People, Prizes for the fun of it. Open to all. Bring your pet and your friends.
Thousand Oaks – Vintage Grocers, a community-minded market and retailer of gourmet, organic, natural and conventional foods, opens at The Promenade at Westlake, with a series of fun, (and tasty!) events. Activities planned for Tuesday October 4 and Saturday October 8 are particularly geared towards families with kids. Saturday, October 8 – Kids’ Carnival (1pm – 4pm)
Bring the little ones for an all-day event featuring face painting, music and prizes.
Woodland Hills – Light the Night Walk – Woodland Hills is an event to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Light the Night Walk funds treatments that are saving the lives of patients today. LLS is accelerating cures by providing patient support services, advocacy for lifesaving treatments and the most promising cancer research anywhere. And it’s all happening now.
Sun Oct 9th
Encino – Head out to the heart of the Valley to the 29th Annual ATaste of Encino! The annual festival brings together restaurants offering a variety of food, local business exhibitions, arts and crafts vendors, a health fair, live music, and a kids’ zone. A portion of the proceeds raised at Taste of Encino is used to fund local school and community charities.
Griffith Park – Autry Museum – California Continued is a new Exhibition at The Autry! With new temporary and core galleries, an ethnobotanical teaching garden, and an immersive media projection room, California Continued explores the ongoing and interdependent relationships between people and the California environment.
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