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September 30-October 3


Scarecrow Gardens at Haunt'Oween LA photo courtesy Experiential Supply Co.

Haunt’Oween LA

Oct. 1-31. Get in the Halloween spirit at the family-friendly “spooktacular” experience Haunt’Oween LA. Presented by Experiential Supply Co., this monthlong Halloween wonderland returns to The Promenade at Westfield Topanga, but this time as an open-air walk-through adventure instead of a drive-thru. Expect six massive interactive environments, door-to-door trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, face painting, games, performances and more. 5-11 p.m. $30 weekdays, $35 weekends, free for children under 2. 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. socalhauntoween.com

Mother and son walking through Beverly Center's pumpkin patch photo courtesy Beverly Center

Pumpkin Patch at Beverly Center

Oct. 1-31. Kick-off the fall season at Beverly Center during its second annual family-friendly pumpkin patch experience. Look forward to pumpkin carving demonstrations, live music, Instagrammable photo moments and surprises through the whole month. This year, Beverly Center will also offer an in-center fall-themed photo setup in Grand Court as well as pumpkin sales at its Concierge Desk. Strolling through The Patch: M-Sa 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Pumpkin sales: M-Su 2-6 p.m. 8500 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.854.0070. beverlycenter.com

A person opening a wine bottle on a table with two other open wine bottles at LAWineFest photo courtesy After Image Studio

LAWineFest at Harry Bridges Park

Oct. 2-3. Sip sip, hooray! The 15th annual LAWineFest returns to Long Beach with more than 40 award-winning wineries, craft breweries (and other fun drinks). Wine lovers can enjoy sips from around the globe, but also those with roots in Long Beach, including the city’s only local winery Waters Edge Winery, as well as Snoop Dogg’s 19 Crimes. Admission includes a souvenir wine cup, unlimited wine/beer tastings, bottled water and coffee. Ages 21+ only. Sa 2-6 p.m., Su 1-5 p.m. $100 GA, $125 all-access. 1126 Queensway Drive, Long Beach. lawinefest.com

Gogh with Lifeway Kefir Immersive Yoga class photo courtesy Immersive Van Gogh Los Angeles

Gogh with Lifeway Kefir Immersive Yoga 

Now Available. You’ve heard of the popular Immersive Van Gogh experience, but have you heard of the new yoga experience? Gogh with Lifeway Kefir Immersive Yoga is a unique wellness experience featuring yoga and mindfulness sessions in the immersive art installation space sponsored by Lifeway Foods. Each class is 35 minutes long with an additional 25 minutes thereafter to enjoy the exhibit. Participants will also receive a nutritious kefir sample compliments of Lifeway Kefir. See website for schedule and more info. $54.99 per person. 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 844.307.4644. vangoghla.com

Food + Drink

dineLA at Bourbon Steak LA photo courtesy Make Me Hungry


Oct. 1-15. Calling all foodies! DineL.A. Restaurant Week returns for a 15-day dining event showcasing the diversity of culinary experiences the city has to offer. Participating restaurants will be offering specially-priced menus ($15-$65+) available for lunch and dinner with a focus on supporting dine-in service, both indoor and outdoor, and takeout dining. A few of the participating restaurants include matū, Bourbon Steak L.A. (pictured), Sightglass Hollywood, Flavors From Afar, Gwen, Casa Vega, Yamashiro, Original Farmer’s Market and more. See website for full list and more info. discoverlosangeles.com/dinela

Nomad Sausage Plate from Nomad Eatery during Oktoberfest photo courtesy LocaliteLA PR

Oktoberfest at Nomad Eatery

Through Oct. 10. Come hungry to Nomad Eatery for chef-owner Scott Cooper’s Oktoberfest special featuring familiar favorites. Try the Nomad Sausage Plate (pictured) featuring a grilled Bratwurst topped with smoky fresh herbs, sauerkraut and Nomad Bavarian mustard alongside crispy German potatoes. And don’t consider leaving without ordering a refreshing Three Weavers Seafarer Kolsch-style ale. Su, Tu-Th 4:30-9 p.m., F-Sa 4:30-10 p.m. 2041 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 190, El Segundo, 310.606.5500. nomadsouthbay.com

A private party inside Lumiere's Writer's Den photo courtesy DKC Public Relations


Now Open. Elevate your dining experience at the new traditional French-inspired brasserie, Lumière. Located adjacent to the all-new Fairmont Century Plaza, Lumière is a warm and inviting neighborhood gem where you’re treated like a regular, even if it is your first time in. Executive chef Ramon Bojorquez brings his expertise to the table, sourcing local, unique and high-quality ingredients, along with his deliciously clever updates on old-school French favorites such as chicken liver mousse and steak frites. Open nightly for dinner from 5-10 p.m. 2025 Avenue of the Stars, L.A., 310.424.3031. lumierebrasserie.com

A slice of lime being squeezed over two asada tacos from Tacos AF photo courtesy JS2 PR

National Taco Day at Tacos AF

Upcoming | Oct. 4. Mark your calendar to celebrate this nationally recognized tasty day at L.A.’s “new kids on the block”—Tacos AF. After opening its doors this summer in DTLA’s Jewelry District, Tacos AF will be partnering with Laker’s very own Rajon Rondo on this day to raise money for the Downtown Women’s Center organization. For every taco sold on Monday, Tacos AF will donate $1 to the women’s center to help support women experiencing homelessness in DTLA. M-Sa 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 312 W. 7th St., L.A., 213.221.7231. tacos.af

Arts + Culture

Versa-Style Dance Company's "Freemind Freestyle" photo courtesy Versa-Style Dance Company and LA Phil

Versa-Style Dance Company’s Freemind Freestyle

Oct. 1. Grab your tickets to watch Versa-Style Dance Company perform its latest full-length work, Freemind Freestyle, at The Ford. Commissioned by The Ford Theatre Foundation and presented by the LA Phil, this performance explores a wide range of dance forms such as hip-hop, house, whacking, popping and krump as vehicles of expression. 8 p.m. $15-$20. 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, L.A., 323.850.2000. theford.com

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers photo credit Molina Visuals

Anne Akiko Meyers at The Wallis

Oct. 2. Be enchanted by acclaimed violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, accompanied by pianist Fabio Bidini, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in the Bram Goldsmith Theater. Meyers will present the world premiere of a new arrangement of Corelli’s Sonata in D minor, created especially for her by Andy Poxon. The evening also features Meyers’ premieres of Arvo Pärt’s “Estonian Lullaby,” which the composer dedicated to her, and Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure on This Shining Night” and “Dirait-On.” 7:30 p.m. $39-$99. 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000. thewallis.org

Kehinde Wiley's headshot photo by Brad Ogbonna

Kehinde Wiley’s A Portrait of a Young Gentleman

Opens Oct. 2. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens presents a special commissioned exhibition by the renowned artist Kehinde Wiley (pictured) inspired by Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy (ca. 1770)—on view through Jan. 3. Wiley’s A Portrait of a Young Gentleman (also the original title of the Gainsborough painting) will be a large-scale portrait in the Grand Manner style that joins The Huntington’s permanent collection. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2100. huntington.org

Photo credits: Haunt’Oween LA courtesy Experiential Supply Co. Bourbon Steak LA courtesy Make Me Hungry. Lumière courtesy DKC Public Relations. Tacos AF courtesy JS2 PR. Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers by Molina Visuals. Kehinde Wiley by Brad Ogbonna. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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