Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo
Apr. 15, 2016 - Oct. 31, 2016

Discover a lost world from millions of years ago. The L.A. Zoo’s newest exhibit features 17 life-size, life-like animatronic dinosaurs, brought to life with electronic “brains.” The attraction also features a Fossil Dig, a Stegosaurus robot with controls you can operate to make the creature move; a climbable Pachyrhinosaurus; and a free downloadable “Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo ” augmented reality app to access special content, including 3-D views of all the dinosaurs. (photo Billings Productions).

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters
Aug. 1, 2016 - Nov. 27, 2016

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s first museum retrospective. The exhibition explores del Toro’s creative process by bringing together elements from his films, objects from his vast personal collections, drawings from his notebooks, and approximately 60 objects from LACMA’s permanent collection. The diverse range of media—including sculpture, paintings, prints, photography, costumes, ancient artifacts, books, maquettes, and film—totals approximately 500 objects and reflects the broad scope of del Toro’s inspirations.

Toba Khedoori Toba Khedoori
Sep. 25, 2016 - Mar. 19, 2017

The first major retrospective of UCLA alumna, Toba Khedoori features 25 works spanning the arc of her autistic oeurve over the last 20 years, from her more recent oil-on-canvas paintings alongside her earlier large-scale works on paper. Her contemporary pieces frequently explore architectural form from distanced perspectives. The exhibition is the first major museum presentation of Khedoori’s new paintings and her first survey in 15 years.

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
Sep. 29, 2016 - Oct. 31, 2016

Long Beach’s ocean liner/hotel draws from its history, crafting modern-day scares out of the vessel’s haunted past. This year, the ship’s protector, the Iron Master, takes center stage with his new maze, Intrepid. Also on board are five more signature mazes, more than 200 monsters and a variety of spirited attractions.

Front Porch Cinema Front Porch Cinema
Sep. 30, 2016 - Oct. 28, 2016

Head to the iconic Santa Monica Pier to watch free Friday night flicks on a giant inflatable screen. Presented by LA’s premier outdoor movie event producers, Eat|See|Hear, Front Porch Cinema kicks off this week with Zootopia. The season continues with Pulitzer-Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold’s documentary City of Gold on Oct. 7, Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Oct. 14, Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary on Oct. 21 and a bonus screening on Oct. 28. Come early for the cinema lounge, which beings at 6 p.m. and offers movie-themed cocktails and small bites to complement the films.

Boo at the L.A. Zoo Boo at the L.A. Zoo
Oct. 1, 2016 - Oct. 31, 2016

All month long, the Los Angeles Zoo offers Halloween fun the kids can get in on at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, with haunted caves, a cornstalk maze, pumpkin carving, creepy crafts and creature encounters, plus trick-or-treating Oct. 29-30. (photo Jamie Pham).

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Oct. 1, 2016 - Oct. 31, 2016

The popular Los Angeles Haunted Hayride finds groups of scare-seekers piling into the back of a tractor to be paraded through Griffith Park’s Old Zoo. During this year’s Secret Society-themed event, riders are herded off the wagon to face part of the course on foot for the first time—with ghosts of hayrides past haunting their every step—to complete their initiation into an “elite” or “deranged” society. The Dark Maze and haunted village complete the experience.

Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A.
Oct. 7, 2016 - Mar. 12, 2017

Renowned for his representations of everyday objects and his inventive interplay of line, dot and color, Roy Lichtenstein (1923–97) shaped the Pop Art movement. The Skirball Cultural Center’s new exhibition explores how the artist and the movement, buoyed by a renaissance in printmaking, made fine art accessible to the American public in ways that had not been achieved before. By exploring the historical and cultural context of Lichtenstein’s life and work, the exhibition sheds light on the social impact of Pop Art. The show coincides with the 50th anniversary of prominent Los Angeles printing house Gemini G.E.L. and features more than 20 of its Lichtenstein prints.

Model Apartment Model Apartment
Oct. 11, 2016 - Nov. 20, 2016

This early work by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies follows an elderly couple who retire to Florida but can’t escape their brutal past. (Photo by Jeff Lorch Photography.)

The Science Behind Pixar The Science Behind Pixar
Oct. 15, 2016 - Dec. 30, 2016

The California Science Center has always had a knack for making learning fun. Now the museum is merging science with popular animated films in what’s sure to be a winning combination. The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition has its West Coast premiere, providing an interactive look at the computer-animation giant’s movie-making magic. Visitors can explore the science, technology, engineering and math concepts behind the Pixar process through hands-on activities and learn how artists and computer scientists bring the company’s award-winning films to life. Full-size re-creations of beloved characters like Buzz Lightyear, Dory, WALL-E and Monster Inc.’s Mike and Sulley let little ones feel like a part of Pixar’s animated world.

Brewery Artwalk Brewery Artwalk
Oct. 22, 2016 - Oct. 23, 2016

his biannual art walk takes place in the world’s largest art complex, located inside a former Pabst Blue Ribbon factory. More than 100 resident artists who live in the brewery’s lofts open up their studios to showcase their work. A beer garden and restaurant are also on-site.

CÚRATE Cookbook Sunday Supper CÚRATE Cookbook Sunday Supper
Oct. 23, 2016

Lucques, the flagship restaurant owned by Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, hosts the first of their Bookfest dinners for fall. Kicking it off is a dinner from Katie Button—one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs”—in honor of her new cookbook CÚRATE. Dine on a four-course dinner that features dishes like watermelon tomato salad with goat cheese and corn nuts; squid ink pasta; and lamb chops with black olive and rosemary crumble; and almond cake with cream sherry, brandy, lemon and thyme ice cream.

Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns
Oct. 27, 2016 - Oct. 30, 2016

t Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns, 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins line a walkway while a spooky soundtrack sets the mood, making it a perfect Halloween event for all ages. Ogle life-size works of art made out of multiple pumpkins, like the Chinese dragon.