• Pamela Froman

Fall Entertainment 2019

Autumn is coming up fast. But there is so much more to do here in Los Angeles than just seeing the leaves change color. There are entertaining and creative things ways to have fun, yummy food and drinks, and of course tons of festivals with art and musical entertainment out in full force. After all, Fall is truly fantastic!

Art Walks and Festivals

You can't get more inventive than art. At these spots, you can check out everything from flawless paintings to posh crafts.

2019 Thousand Oaks Art Walk features amazing artists with traditional, contemporary and original work. There will also be music, a beer and wine garden, gourmet food trucks and much more. The Oaks Mall, 350 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. Oct. 19 - 20.

A waterfront juried art festival with more than over 40 talented street chalk artists, the Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival displays colorful murals along the Village promenade while overlooking the boats. Street painters create spectacular chalk scenery along the promenade and enjoy original artwork that is available for purchase. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura. Sept. 7 - 8.

The SoCal Etsy Guild Market in Northridge features live music, art, crafts, fashion, vendors, and much more! Northridge Fashion Center, 9301 Tampa Ave., Northridge. Ongoing, the third weekend of every month.


Welcome back Fall as you listen to some cool jams.

The Open Arts & Music Festival is a free, all-ages festival. The Festival offers a stellar lineup of live music, an arts market with fun, free workshops, a beer garden offering suds from local craft breweries, temporary public art installations, and all-day activities to keep the kids occupied. 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Sept. 14.

The West Adams Avenues Jazz & Musical Festival "Under the Stars," is a fantastic event with three full nights of music, dancing, children's activities, a dance contest, arts, crafts and jewelry from local artisans and delicious foods from local restaurants. 2521 7th Ave., Los Angeles. Aug. 30 – Sept. 1.

Woooeee! The Third Biennial Masters of Musical Whistling International Festival and Competition is here. This innovative music festival features over 60 musical whistlers from nine countries who will meet and compete with popular and classical compositions to vie for the title of World Champion. You'll be blown away by the five competitive divisions, which include live band accompaniment, and self-accompaniment. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Aug. 23, 24.

Food and Wine

Los Angeles is full of delicious and delectable eats – and drinks!

Ready to celebrate all things Italian? The Los Angeles Italian Festival allows you to taste, hear and experience amazing Italian food, music, and culture – no plane ticket to Italy required! Indulge yourself with traditional Italian and Italian-American culinary delights. Here, everyone is Italian! 1900 North Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Oct. 6.

The Upside Down Beer Festival is inspired by the popular Netflix show. Drink samples of over 20 strange beers, like the Eggo Waffle Porter. There will be live 80's music from the Supernatural Boys and DJ Eddey Fresh. Check out the dark upside-down basement and beer gardens, or try to beat the high scores at the arcade room. Globe Theatre Los Angeles, 740 South Broadway, Los Angeles. Sept. 28.

Get back to your German roots with Oktoberfest at Abigaile! Enjoy a tasty, traditional menu with an array of German beers along with raffles, games, prizes, and family-friendly activities such as face-painting and a magician. Abigaile Restaurant and Brewery, 1301 Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Beach. Sept. 21.

Step back in time with us and relive the incredible 1940's aboard the historic Battleship IOWA. Taste fine vintages, craft brews, and signature bites. There will be top USO Entertainment – Headliner Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five led by Hilary Alexander, live music by The Satin Dollz, dance exhibitions by The Hollywood It Girls, big band tunes by DJ Little Red, classic cars, photo ops with pin-ups, swing dance lessons, a best-dressed contest and more! Battleship USS Iowa Museum, 250 S Harbor Blvd., Los Angeles. Sept. 28.

Go bananas at the Banana Fest! Learn about the inner-workings of the port! Tours by land and sea scheduled hourly. Kids can enjoy bounce houses, bungee, games, reptile exhibits and do banana crafts. Rock out to tunes from local bands that will get you grooving and shakin’ it on the dance floor. Mouthwatering sandwiches, sushi wraps, banana splits and shakes, funnel cakes and more. Boutique clothing, hand crafted jewelry, garden art, hats, sunglasses, and much more. Sept. 28.


Watching movies is a fun-filled way to live in lives that are not our own. We celebrate the art of film!

The 16th Annual Other Venice Film Festival is more inventive than ever with full-length, short and animated films. OVFF will feature filmmakers, panel discussions, local artists and parties. 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Oct. 4, 5.

A three-day event, The Moorpark Film Festival screens independent features and shorts. Moorpark has a long history of filmmaking – with shooting locations for films like "Chinatown", "Magic Camp" and "Some Kind of Nut". High Street Arts Center, 45 E High St., Moorpark. Aug. 23 - 25.

KaPow Intergalactic Film Festival is an amazing collective of filmmakers, screenwriters, and podcasters. Genres are accepted from categories such as Animation, Feature, Documentary/Mockumentary, Music Videos, TV Pilots, Short Films, Web/New Media, Trailers/Teasers, Experimental and Podcasts. Get creative! Laemmle NoHo 7 in North Hollywood. Sept. 13 - 19.

For a unique outdoor movie experience, you can't go wrong with The Melrose Rooftop Theatre. This unique space showcases classic movies and new releases every week through November. The cinema utilizes wireless technology with individual headsets provided to guests to maximize the experience. Dinner and Movie tickets include a three-course dinner and reserved seats. There is also a full bar, candy and snack boxes available! 603 N La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood.


All the world is a stage...

Page to Stage Playwrights Festival offers three inspiring days of brand new plays! Page to Stage: That's What She Said is a Playwrights Festival featuring unpublished plays that celebrate the female voice. Brea Civic and Cultural Center, 1 Civic Center Cir, Brea. Aug. 31 - Sept. 1.

Fairs and Festivals

You can't go wrong with a day at the fair!

The L.A. County Fair is full of fun activities. Chow down on delicious fried foods, get an adrenaline rush on a carnival ride or even win a prize at one of the fun-filled game booths. Music is on display from the O'Jays, Pitbull, WAR, Juanes, and 38 Special. Fairplex in Pomona, 1101 W McKinley Ave., Pomona. Aug. 30 - Sept. 22.

With carnival games, contests and prizes, live music, shopping, arts and crafts, great food, family entertainment, car show, rides, and much more, Simi Valley Days Parade and Carnival is a must-attend event! Simi Valley Town Center. Sept. 12 – 15.

The 14th Annual Wag 'n Walk is a supercharged three-mile fundraising walk for you and your doggy best friend. There will be vendors, music, prizes, dog adoptions, and silent auction/raffle items. Walkers that raise at least $100 get an event T-shirt and a goodie bag. Wag 'n Walk benefits Animal Rescue Volunteers, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of homeless and abused pets. Rancho Simi Community Duck Park, 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley. Sept. 28.

The Thousand Oaks Street Fair features artists who create and display artisanal hand-made items. With around 370 vendors, it's the perfect place to bring the kids, do some windowless shopping, enjoy fantastic entertainment, and delicious food and treats with the various food trucks and food vendors. Oct. 20.

The 32nd Annual Encino Family Festival (Formerly A Taste of Encino) will be filled with business booths, craft vendors, kids activities and a Fun Zone, school booths, food, and live entertainment the whole family can enjoy! Ventura Blvd. (Between Balboa Blvd. and Amestoy). Oct. 6.

The Sherman Oaks Street Fair features a carnival with everything from a 45′ Ferris Wheel, Ninja Runs, 20' Slides, Bouncy Castle, to a set of Euro Bungee's, pet adoptions from local pet adoption agencies, pop culture zone, live entertainment all day and an outdoor cocktail lounge. Oct.

Bhakti Fest celebrates the devotional paths of yoga, Kirtan (sacred music), and meditation. Bring your yoga mats to the idyllic Joshua Tree. Practice with the best yoga teachers in the world, dance to sacred music by world-renown Kirtan artists, and take workshops with leaders in the field of personal growth. Stop in at The Bhakti Family Village and expose your children to other enlightened youth and families; enjoy the best vegetarian food at any festival. 4733 Desert Knoll Ave., Twentynine Palms. Sept. 25 – 30.

Labor Day Activities

Summer may be over, but the fun hasn't stopped.

Golden Road Brewing hosts its third Made in LA Music and Arts Festival on Labor Day Weekend to celebrate Los Angeles' best art, music, food, and California-inspired beer. The block party features live performances from Phantom Planet, Donavon Frankenreiter, Lematire, Pell, and Lauren Ruth Ward. Golden Road Brewing, 5410 W. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles. Aug. 31 to Sept. 1.

Are you a foodie? The Taste is back, and this year it's utterly delectable. Held on a movie lot this delicious day is presented by the Los Angeles Times. Tons of restaurants will be displaying their best dishes. Sample some yummy eats. There will also be daily panel discussions and demonstrations on subjects like farm-to-table cuisine or mixing the perfect cocktail. 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. Aug. 30 – Sept. 1.

You don't have to work on Monday? Join the Hollywood Labor Day Club Crawl! On Sunday night, Sept. 1, you can party at up to four of Hollywood's best clubs! No cover charges and no waiting in lines, it's $30 for the entire night! This night will be legendary.

This Labor Day weekend take a 3-day holiday weekend island vacation at Catalina Island. This fun-filled organized trip features activities and great people in a summer camp environment. You won't need a tent and you won't be roughing it! Great meals are prepared by experienced camp staff and served buffet style with seating in a large dining hall and outside deck. Accommodations are rustic cabins with electrical outlets or private constructed platform tents with cots. Organized hikes, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, volleyball, yoga, happy hours, karaoke, mixers, dance lessons by professional instructors, dancing to a mix of tunes, awesome DJ, and a hosted sing-a-long campfire. Boats depart out of Long Beach early morning on Aug. 31 and return either Sept. 2 mid-morning or late afternoon. Bring friends or come on your own!

Get out and celebrate. Fall is fabulous and chock full of fun!

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