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Outrageous Fall Entertainment

Autumn is fast approaching. But there is much more to do in Los Angeles than simply watching the leaves change color. There are fun and funky things to do, delicious food and wine, and of course festivals with tons of art and musical entertainment on display. Fall is truly fabulous!

Unique Spots and Happenings There are some truly unusual places in Los Angeles to visit that you can't find anywhere else.

Get wild at Wildlife Waystation in Lake View Terrace! You'll get up close and personal to an array of exotic animals. These include tigers, grizzly cubs, lions, chimpanzees as well as native animals from Southern California. www.wildlifewaystation.org

If you are interested in the macabre then the Museum of Death in Hollywood is the perfect place for you. The museum features everything from serial killer artwork, antique funeral ephemera, mortician and coroners instruments, Manson Family memorabilia, pet death taxidermy and crime scene photographs. www.museumofdeath.net

Wanna go Back to the Future? Then check out the Time Travel Mart located in Mar Vista and Echo Park. These stores, known as the “convenience store for time travelers”, are full of quirky fun with everything from a roommate post listing by a caveman to robot pets. www.timetravelmart.com

Take a ride on Angels Flight – the world’s shortest railway. This tiny railway takes passengers on a journey between Hill Street and Grand Avenue on Bunker Hill. The two train cars are 116-years-old and have given more than 100 million rides along the hillside track. www.angelsflight.org

Believe it or not, dOGUMENTA is an art exhibition designed for your dog at FIGat7th in Downtown Los Angeles. Not by or about dogs, dOGUMENTA is a curated art show FOR dogs. Each Sunday will feature onsite mobile dog adoption. Featured artworks by LA-based artists address the canine sensibility through a variety of media – from sound and sculpture to kibble and squeaky toys. Sept. 14 - 16 and 21 - 23. www.dogumenta.org

Escape Rooms are the newest trend in entertainment. Locked in a themed room (think murder-mystery) teams of players must solve puzzles and use clues to escape before the timer buzzes.

The Room in North Hollywood has two Escape Rooms - The Cabin and The Spaceship. The theme behind The Cabin is: Ted Carpenter crosses paths with Wendy Loomis, a counselor at the nearby summer camp. All the counselors are slaughtered and consumed by Ted, except Wendy. After Wendy escapes, Dwight, their son, scatters clues throughout the cabin. Ted dies and Dwight becomes a killer too. Will you be his victim?

In The Spaceship NASA sends the USS Conquest on the first manned mission to a galaxy other than our own. Radio silence was expected, but it came as a shock when The Conquest sent a transmission saying they had found life. You and your fellow astronauts have been sent on a mission to rescue or make contact. www.theroom-la.com

The Basement is an escape room venue with four different experiences, located in Sylmar. Enter the room with your team, and then you'll get a set amount of time to solve the puzzles inside and escape. You’ll directly interact with many aspects of the environment. Rooms include The Basement, The Elevator Shaft, The Study and The Courtyard. www.thebasementla.com

Launch into the 2018 Questival Space Tour. This 24-hour adventure race pits teams of 2 - 6 people to compete for prizes. Revamped with a brand-new app and 300-plus new challenges, there are countless chances for adventure from Malibu Pier to Bronson Cave and beyond. www.cotopaxi.com/questival

If you've ever had a hankering for history you will love the 24th Annual Civil War Days Living History Event in Huntington Beach. See battles and weapon demonstrations, watch President Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address, enjoy an evening dance and hear a military band. Sept. 1 – 2. www.hbhistory.org/civilwar

Long Beach Comic Con celebrates comics and pop culture, by showcasing the works of talented writers, artists, illustrators, and creators with celebrity guests, panels, cosplay, exhibitors, and vendors. September 8 - 9. www.longbeachcomiccon.com

Whale Watching Fall is the best time to go whale watching, and now it's even more exciting as humpback whales have been taken off the endangered species list.

Get your whale on with Island Packers in Ventura. Over 28 species of whales and dolphins have been identified within the waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary of southern California. So take a trip and make some marine friends! www.islandpackers.com/whale-watching

Experience Marina Del Rey while whale watching on a three to three and a half hour trip on the “Big Whale.” Chase the migration of gray whales and encounter minke whales, giant mola mola, dolphins, sea lions, porpoises, sea turtles and a myriad of beautiful and and unusual sea birds year-round! www.mdrwhalewatching.com

Fall Fruits Pumpkin is of course, quintessential autumn fare. These days, people are getting creative with their pumpkin. There are pumpkin spice lattes and even pumpkin beer. You can support local Californian brewers like the Almanac Pumpkin Pie, which starts with heirloom pumpkins from Bodega Bay and roasts them whole to create a deep sugary caramelization.

If you prefer pumpkin pie, as well, pie, your best bets are the Pie Hole in Glendale or Pasadena, which bakes from scratch, by hand, using only the highest quality ingredients and served by the slice. Republic of Pie in North Hollywood prepares fresh baked sweet and savory pies, scones, shortbread delights before your eyes in their display bakery and delight your sweet tooth.

It's a fall-themed adventure to pick your own apples. So head out to Oak Glen. Los Rios Rancho is SoCal’s largest apple farm, featuring heirloom fruit trees with over 32 apple varieties. Fresh-pressed apple cider is a seasonal treat, and you can take it home by the gallon. You can also ride around the orchards in a wagon. www.losriosrancho.com

Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is the perfect place to pick pumpkins. There are Magic Lanterns to Cinderellas to Luminas. The farm hosts its annual Fall Harvest Festival through Oct. 29 where you can catch a tractor ride, a chicken show, and lots of other fun activities. www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com

Mingle with the Stars Fall in LA means the start of TV taping season, so if you’ve ever wanted to see the magic behind Conan, Ellen or even Lip Sync Battle, now’s the time to get tickets. Audiences Unlimited is the exclusive studio audience ticket representative for over 30 shows. www.tvtickets.com

It may be fall, but because we are in Los Angeles we can still enjoy a movie on a rooftop. Rooftop Cinema Club allows you to check out your favorite films while snuggling up under a complimentary blanket. www.rooftopcinemaclub.com/los-angeles

The Oxnard Performing Arts Center (The PACC) is kicking off its 50th Anniversary Season. The 2018-19 lineup delivers with a lively array of arts and cultural acts, events and programs. Upcoming performances include: Fall Classic Car Show, The Last Straw: Film, Art and Q&A, Los Angeles Azules, Spooked! Movie and a Fright and Travis Tritt. www.oxnardperformingarts.com

Festivals What better way to celebrate the season than through a festival?

The L.A. County Fair offers lots of carnival rides, barnyard animals at “The Farm,” a giant hall of vendors, and nightly events like KC & the Sunshine Band & Kool & the Gang, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Cheap Trick and Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias. Attractions include The Millard Sheets Art Center Presents Alt 66 exhibition, Vintage Postcards from Route 66 and The Rock Candy Factory. Aug. 31 - Sept. 23. www.lacountyfair.com

The Ventura Aloha Beach Festival features Hawaiian music and dance, and reggae, a surfing competition, frisbee-catching dogs, a canoe race, and plenty of vendors on Ventura Pier. Sept. 1 – 2. www.alohabeachfestival.us

Perfect for kids, the Dinosaur Festival allows you to meet paleontologists, hear about fossil discoveries, see rare specimens, and take part in hands-on activities at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. This year you can cool off with dinosaurs who lived in polar environments, like Cryolophosaurus. And help celebrate the Dinosaur Puppets' 10th birthday! Sept. 29 – 30. www.nhm.org/site/activities-programs/dino-fest

Join the Los Angeles Times for Taste of Los Angeles, three evenings of amazing food, wine, spirits and chef experiences, plus unique culinary pop-ups and collaborations. Hand-picked local restaurants will showcase L.A.'s rich and diverse culinary scene. Sip, savor, and celebrate. Sept. 1 – 2. extras.latimes.com/taste

At the Taste of Pasadena guests can enjoy unlimited food and drink tastings from Pasadena’s finest restaurants. Admission includes tastes of the four finalist cocktails in the SIP-tember challenge. Those attending thave the opportunity to vote for their favorite cocktail. All this plus DJ music at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Sept. 13. www.visitpasadena.com/events/taste-pasadena

One of America's favorite fruits, the banana, will be celebrated at the 7th Annual Port of Hueneme Banana Festival. Festivalgoers will enjoy a variety of foods including sandwiches, empanadas, banana splits, banana funnel cakes, chocolate-banana milkshakes, frozen chocolate covered bananas and more. The festival also features live bands, beer and margaritas, arts and crafts vendors, and kids’ activities. Sept. 29. www.BananaPortFest.com

805 Wine & Brew Festival offers tastings from local wineries and breweries, and delicious small bites prepared by the chef at Los Robles Greens. The event will also include art & crafts, vendors, a silent raffle and the rocking music of Ignition, an awesome local cover band. The festival will be held at The Gardens at Los Robles Green in Thousand Oaks. www.805WineBrewFest.com

Art Exhibitions There is nothing more creative than unique works of art.

The off-beat Valley Relics Museum features a huge historical collection of cool, nostalgic items from the San Fernando Valley like BMX Legends. Rare historic photos and documents are also on display. www.valleyrelicsmuseum.org

Museum of Neon Art in Glendale tells us that Los Angeles was once the neon capital. It features neon art from around the world, as well as iconic signs from Hollywood’s golden age, including the rooftop sign from the Brown Derby. Current exhibitions include: “There’s More to Neon Signs Than Liquor, Motels and Live Nude Girls” and “Motel California” which runs through Aug. 26. www.neonmona.org

Entertainment abounds in Los Angeles. Get out and enjoy it!

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