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Best of Fall

Autumn has arrived! The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling down and there are so many ways to unwind and simply celebrate the season.


Art

Art season is here and Los Angeles is featuring tremendous works. Here are some pieces that you can't miss.


Come to Arts On The Move is a free pop-up park art performance! There will be food trucks, bands, and local artists. Performances by Taylor Made, and opening the show is the Jarrod Tyler Band. Come early to check out the stunning art. Genesta Park, 16953 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Sept. 21. www.eventbrite.com/e/arts-on-the-move-genesta-park-tickets-71450595655


The 2019 Van Nuys Arts Festival is a creative and exciting event that will feature art, music, food and plenty of fun for the whole family. This year's theme is VNAF: THE GLOW UP with a focus on the arts, technology, nature, and empowerment. Van Nuys Civic Center, 14410 Sylvan St., Los Angeles. Sept. 27. www.culturela.org/event/van-nuys-arts-festival-2/


ArtWalk Ventura 2019 is back with new artists and art venues! Ride the ArtWalk shuttle through Ventura and become a part of the whole day art experience. Ventura will be alive with a wide variety of art venues, interactive public art exhibits, live art demonstrations, kids activities, music and more. ArtWalk is also organizing several pop up galleries. Exciting stops along the route this year include The Museum of Ventura County, The WAV, Bell Arts, Art City Studios, John White Studio, and Pacific Wonderland Inc. Sept. 28. www.artwalkventura.org


Music

Cool tunes are the perfect accompaniment to Fall.


Spaceland Presents and Restless Nites brings a unique two-night event called Substance Music Festival which transforms the historic Los Angeles Theatre into a tightly curated sonic oasis featuring some of the very best in electronic, post-punk and darkwave acts. The lineup includes Gary Numan, John Maus, Boy Harsher, ADULT. Lust for Youth, Black Marble, A Place to Bury Strangers and many more. Substance is in partnership with Das Bunker, Part Time Punks, Sex Cells, DREAM, and Revolver. Los Angeles Theater, 615 S Broadway, Los Angeles. Nov. 1, 2. www.eventbrite.com/e/substance-music-festival-tickets-65227383861


The Boots & Brews Country Music Festival is bigger and better than ever! This festival is all about celebrating friends, drinking cold beer, and listening to great country music! Grab your best dancing boots and get ready to dance! Food from local food vendors and ice cold beer available for purchase. The lineup includes Daniel Bonte, Niko Moon, David Nail, Easton Corbin, Billy Currington. San Buenaventura State Beach Park, Ventura. Sept. 21. www.bootsandbrews.com


Lumina Music Festival & Concert Tour gives attendees a unique and artistic experience that invigorates the mind, body, and spirit while propelling the careers of performers to heights that will cultivate success throughout their careers. The artist roster includes Mercy Collazo, Koko Kennedy, TaRhea Ray, Uri'el & The Watchers, Avlla Dy, Vilda Ray, Nichole Loré, Ayanna The Loner, Cassowary, Different Type of Cool, and more! Leimert Park, Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles. Oct. 5. www.evensi.us/lumina-music-festival-concert-tour-leimert-park-kaos-theater/336114893


Food

Yum, yum, yum. It's time to chow down.


Sylmar Taco Festival is a delicious day with live music, a taco eating contest, a car show, and of course TACOS. The Taco Eating Contest is presented by Taquito y Mas and Furnsaj Restaurant & Bakery. The Taco Car Show – yes, you heard that right – the Taco Car Show allows you to dress up your prized vehicle and compete for the grand title of "Best of Show." Sylmar Park, 13109 Borden Ave., Sylmar. Sept. 21. www.sylmartacofestival.com


Bring in the Fall harvest season and observe the Jewish holiday of Sukkot at the Harvest Festival, which features live music, dancing, and maker stations. Mostly Kosher and DJ Daddy Differently will perform on stage, and there will be Israeli folk dancing led by Bruce Bierman and Gilberto Melendez. Check out a workshop to create your tea blends, salves, and dream pillows made from recently harvested herbs, or make an amulet. Savor tea from the magical samovar, engage in conversation, and visit the Skirball Sukkah for storytelling. Includes museum admission and limited one-hour tickets to Noah's Ark will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability. Skirball Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Oct. 13. www.skirball.org


The LA Westside Food, Wine and Spirits Festival will showcase a variety of Southern California's best culinary talent, finest wine and spirits makers. Over 40 food, wine, craft spirits and beers, and non-alcoholic drink exhibitors will be serving delicious tastings. Your all-inclusive ticket also includes live music, DJ, photo booth, strolling magic and other entertainment, silent auction and product giveaways from a mix of sponsors and vendors. Courtyard by Marriott LA Westside, 6333 Bristol Pkwy, Culver City. Oct. 13. www.facebook.com/events/courtyard-by-marriott-la-westside/los-angeles-westside-foodwine-fest-benefits-westside-food-bank/245176956384192/


Changing of the Leaves

Autumn is here in Southern California, and if you want to look, there are plenty of places to admire Fall colors of brown, red and gold.


Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is an 86-acre garden in Claremont that contains around 2,000 different plants. It also happens to be a wonderful spot to see leaves of all colors during the Fall months. www.rsabg.org


The LA County Arboretum has plenty of Fall foliage to enjoy – so go and check it out! www.arboretum.org


A drive across the scenic Ortega Highway that leads from the Palm Desert to San Juan Capistrano is a great way to enjoy Fall.


Located in La Cañada Flintridge, Descanso Gardens has plenty of Autumn foliage to peruse, including many plants that are native to California. www.descansogardens.org

The Riverside County town of Idyllwild and nearby Lake Hemet have some tremendous fall leaves, with cottonwoods which become bright yellow as the summer season comes to a close.


Festivals

Have an awesome time at a fun-filled festival!


The City of Agoura Hills is hosting the 15th Annual Reyes Adobe Days Parade and Festival. Come to the park to check out food trucks, crafts, face painting, a petting zoo, music and more! The parade route runs on Reyes Adobe Rd., starting at Yerba Buena Elementary School and ending at Reyes Adobe Park. Oct. 12, 13. www.reyesadobedays.org


It's time for the Annual Heyler Harvest Festival! RSVP to get a free pumpkin. Many amazing raffle items will be given away. A $50 gift card will be awarded to the winner of each of four costume contest categories. Lots of food, games, and pumpkins...all for free! Come join the fun. 10659 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. www.facebook.com/events/10659-w-pico-blvd-los-angeles-ca-90064-2222-united-states/heyler-harvest-festival/562377243933034/


October is Italian-American Heritage Month and it's time to celebrate all things Italian! The Third Annual Los Angeles Italian Festival is a day to taste, hear and experience amazing Italian food, music, and culture right here in Los Angeles. This is the day that everyone is Italian! 1900 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Oct. 6. www.eventbrite.com/e/the-los-angeles-italian-festival-tickets-63630168547


Flea Markets

Wanna start your Christmas shopping? Head out to a Fall flea market!


The Rock 'N' Roll Flea Market will bring together a collection of impressive handpicked vendors including vintage collections and antiquities dealers, vintage clothing, jewelry makers, music memorabilia, vinyl, local food vendors, food trucks, craftsmen and used musical instruments dealers. The Regent Theater, 448 S. Main St., Los Angeles. Oct. 5. www.rnrflea.com


The world-famous Rose Bowl Flea Market takes place the second Sunday of every month! Come shop from over 2,500 vendors selling everything from coveted antiques, rare vintage finds, and today's most up-to-date trends! For the first time you can now purchase general admission tickets online and avoid the lines! Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. Oct. 13. www.facebook.com/rosebowlfleamarket


The Oddities Flea Market is a curious, curated collection of the best purveyors of the odd and unique. Hailing from Brooklyn, this is an affair you won't want to miss. Feast your eyes on medical history ephemera, anatomical curiosities, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy, obscure home decor, jewelry, one of a kind dark art, and more. This is an awe-inspiring market of the most incredible and unique oddities. Globe Theatre Los Angeles, 740 South Broadway, Los Angeles. Oct. 5, 6. https://theodditiesfleamarket.com


Movie Screenings

Watching a movie outside is amazing in Fall because the weather is cooling down and is just perfect!


The chill night air won't be the only thing sending a shiver down your spine at The Montalbán's Halloween Rooftop Movie Series. From fun films like Hocus Pocus and Ghostbusters to creepier fare like Get Out and classics like The Mummy, these outdoor movie evenings will make your hair stand on end in the best way. https://rooftopcinemaclub.com/los-angeles/


Check out Eat|See|Hear's outdoor Fan Choice screening of Psycho! Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), is overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother. Autry Museum in Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. Oct. 5. www.eatseehear.com


Just Relax

Fall is the perfect time to take care of yourself.


The Health & Wellness Beach Festival is an inaugural community collaborative festival built around health and wellness, arts, entertainment, and philanthropy. Activities and elements include food and beverage vendors, live music, photo booth, networking, sports, martial arts, games, kids activities, and beach clean up. This community collaborative festival is designed to learn about healthy lifestyles in a fun environment. Beach Yoga SoCal, 2600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica. Sept. 22. www.facebook.com/events/beach-yoga-socal/health-wellness-beach-festival/426024241344486/


Animals are a great way for us to chill out. So check out the 5th Annual Guinea Pig Festival! There will be vegan food, music, guinea pig adoptions, speakers, panels, competitions, vendors, guinea pig supplies and gifts, music, ranch tours, speakers, free guinea pig health checks and nail clips. Lots of family fun even if you don't have a guinea pig! Farralone Farms, 10856 Farralone Ave., Chatsworth. Oct. 20. www.laguineapigrescue.com


Happy Autumn!

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