There are so many fun festivities and volunteer opportunities in LA for Thanksgiving — it may be hard to choose between them!
We’ve listed some of our favorite holiday events to help narrow down your options!
The Enchanted Forest of Light:
Descanso Gardens in La Cañada is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in LA County. The nighttime experience there mixes art installations with luminescent forests and lovely, shimmering sound effects. The Enchanted path is about a mile long and it can get chilly at night, so we recommend bundling up and wearing comfy shoes! There are also several entertainment evenings within the next month including student performances and DJ sets on the lawn. It opens on November 17th, don’t miss out!
The Los Angeles Auto Show:
Beginning on November 22nd, and concluding on December 1st, the LA Auto Show is a convention for all. There are cars from all walks of life, different time periods, movie picture cars, and even brand new “cars of the future” being debuted at the show. There is something for everyone to enjoy. There are also celebrity meet-and-greets and people may even test drive some of the vehicles.
The Great Los Angeles Walk:
This special event happens every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The walk is 18 miles long and usually lasts about 9 hours. You begin on one end of the city and end up on the opposite side. However, if that sounds too daunting of a task, you’re always welcome to jump in and out of the line wherever you please. No reservations are required, but an RSVP is appreciated!
Special Halloween events are going on at the LA Zoo from October 1st to the 27th with lots of daily activities! The Boo at the Zoo is a great thing to bring your family to.
Let’s go over some of them:
Spooky Stroll: Come on down to the Zoo and you’ll find lots of Halloween games, a quaint pumpkin patch, and several BOO-tiful photo op locations. They are also hosting a very special extinct animal graveyard where you can come learn about some dearly departed species.
Boo Bird Show: As you may know, the Zoo has a very popular World of Birds show twice a day. In October, they have a very unique Halloween version of the show. Spoilers, there will be owls, vultures, and much more!
Spook-tacular Science Show: This show is only featured on weekends in the Adventure theater so don’t miss it. There will be bubbling potions, a hovercraft ghost, and even more spooky surprises, all hosted by a mad scientist!
Trick or Treating: On October 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th, there will be treat stations scattered around the park. There will be treat bags, candy and more, don’t miss out!
There are so many fun activities that they simply can’t all fit in this article. You’ll have to head down to the LA Zoo yourself and see what other fun surprises are in store this spooky month!
The LA Times Presents “The Taste”
The Taste has become one of the most well-known foodie shindigs in Los Angeles. The best restaurants that the city has to offer come down every year to show off their delicious offerings. The dog days of summer are upon us. But there’s no better way to enjoy Labor Day than to stuff your face with the best food you can get your hands on. From August 30th through September 1st, The Taste will beckon you to the Paramount back-lot for unlimited food and drinks.
What can you expect to find there? How about Bazaar by José Andrés, Rao’s, Le Comptoir, Park’s BBQ, SLAB, Salazar, Jitlada, Triple Beam Pizza, Employees Only, Freedman’s, Ghengis Cohen, Bone Kettle and Izakaya Osen. And there’s far more where that came from!
Not to mention, besides the scrumptious food, you can expect some insightful panel discussions and demonstrations which will be hosted by LA Times’ editors. Now you may be wondering how much this fiesta of food with its limitless options will cost you—I got you covered. Tickets for each night of The Taste will be $115 per person and $190 for some exclusive VIP goodness. You can claim your tickets right here.
I’d say that’ll be money well spent when your stomach is filled with the best food the city has to offer.
Nothing Says Summer Like the OC Fair
The OC Fair brings you together with one of SoCal’s most entertaining summer traditions. Sure, we have the Ventura County Fair or the LA Fair as well, but there is something special about the OC Fair.
The fair mixes tasty fried food along with every type of carnival attraction you could possibly imagine. And in case you haven’t found yourself in more country-oriented areas, you can check out cute farm animals and the occasional rodeo or demolition derby.
I definitely wouldn’t plan on maintaining any sort of dietary restrictions while at the fair, as evidenced by the picture above. If there was ever a time for a little bit of a cheat day, it would be when attending this fair. I am not entirely sure if I’m seeing whipped cream or ice cream on top of those fries. I am both curious and horrified.
However, I am fully in support of this Flaming Hot Cheeto Pizza. I know what I am ordering when I head down to Costa Mesa this weekend. The OC Fair will conclude in early August so you have a little bit of time to check it out. All the details you could possibly want can be found right here at the event website. Enjoy your summer and the OC Fair.
Photoville LA Is Here
A Unique Artistic Experience
Photoville LA brings the unique Photoville experience and transports it to The Southland. It takes place this upcoming weekend at The Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City. The exhibit will provide you with an intimate look into some wonderful exhibitions. The unique draw for the event is that re-purposed shipping containers, photo cubes, and lightboxes will house the exhibits in lieu of more traditional artistic housings. This creates an environment of togetherness and of separation. Each container is like its own separate art space, but also creates an obvious closeness among the observers.
This is the first time that Photoville is coming to LA and therefore there are obviously no pictures to showcase exactly what it will look like. However, there are plenty of images from their traditional New York City events and you can get a clear image of what you should expect to see (and how you should expect to see it).
More Than Just Another Pretty Picture
Photoville LA will also feature a variety of nighttime projections, talks, workshops, family-friendly activities, food vendors and a community beer garden. There’s plenty to see and enough things to do to involve the whole family. Take advantage of the better weather and get out there next weekend. Enjoy some fine art.
Return to WonderCon
Make your way down to the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend and get your nerd on. Consider this practice for the Avengers coming out next month. Whether you want to dress up like Iron Man or stay in your normal clothes, you’ll find yourself among a friendly community. The event contains a little something for everyone whether you’re more into Television or Movies. WonderCon 2019 will feature special guests, sneak previews, and Q&A Panels.
You can find all the information that you need to purchase passes right here
If you love comics or have an interest in learning more about the numerous comic book movies and television shows that are around, this is a a great opportunity. The special guests of this event encompass the industry’s heaviest hitters.
Feed Your Fandom, Feed Your Belly
Either before or after you embark on your WonderCon 2019 journey you should grab some tasty food. I found a nice spot called The Scratch Room that is located right by the convention center.
Make a day out of your Anaheim excursion. Hit up The Scratch Room and try some of their award-winning breakfast items or tasty burgers. They have a diverse menu that will whet your appetite. So, be it at WonderCon or The Scratch Room, you’ll be in for a satisfying weekend.
The Los Angeles Art Show
Next week some of the greatest Contemporary and Modern Art around will be in Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center. It’s time for the 2019 rendition of the Los Angeles Art Show. There’s something for everyone to like at one of the country’s oldest art shows. Additionally, while certainly a mecca for Contemporary and Modern Art, the show also features Historic and Traditional Art as well.
Additionally, more than 200,000 square feet of exhibition space is committed to today’s prominent galleries at what has been called “The Most Comprehensive International Contemporary Art Show in America.” In fact, the event showcases contemporary painting, illustration, sculpture, and more. Therefore, no matter what your artistic persuasion is the Los Angeles Art Show will have you covered.
Here is a listing of all the different exhibits that will be featured at the event:
- Modern & Contemporary
- Featured Programming
- Ink Painting
- Dialogs LA
- Project Space
- Works On Paper
- Ethnographic Art
- LUXURY pbsg
Detailed explanations of just what each exhibit will offer (not to mention ticketing information) can be found right here.
The event will run from January 23rd through the 27th. Go forth art aficionados!
Everyone Can Enjoy New Year’s Eve
Whether it’s New Year’s Eve or Noon Year’s Eve, there will be plenty of things to do on Monday. I found a couple of events that are wildly different, but that should cover the bases whether you want to bring the whole family out or not. If you have some kiddos and want them to enjoy some of your typical NYE events at a more appropriate time and location, check out Noon Year’s Eve. This event is brought you by the fine folks at the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena.
The event aficionados at TimeOut Los Angeles describe it as thus, “This cute kid celebration mimics a grown-up New Year’s Eve fete but counts down to a balloon drop at noon rather than midnight. Little ones can make party hats and noise makers together beforehand, dance to live music and sip on sparkling cider to welcome in the “noon” year.” Now doesn’t that sound equal portions adorable and fun. And let me just say that regardless of age, sparkling cider is a treat for everyone. The event runs from 9:30am to 3pm and you’ll want to get there by 11am if you want to participate in all the countdown festivities.
A Traditional New Year’s Eve Affair
Now if you were lucky enough to find a sitter, you’ll be able to put the kiddos to bed and participate in a more traditional New Year’s Eve. The Queen Mary is holding one of the Southland’s biggest NYE parties. It can get a little pricey at $115 for GA tickets and $215 for VIP tickets; however, it’s well worth it.
You’re going to have the perfect excuse to dress up and channel your inner Hollywood Star or Starlet of yesteryear. Not to mention, you can treat yourself to a fantastic fireworks display, live music, and drunken revelry. You might not be able to buy love or buy friends, but you can buy some New Year’s Eve fun. Check out some tickets right here.
Happy New Year’s!
The Nutcracker Returns to Long Beach
The Long Beach Ballet presents its 36th annual rendition of the holiday classic. The Nutcracker, the timeless tale, returns to fill the minds of a new generation of kiddos with thoughts of holiday adventure. Numerous productions of The Nutcracker excite the Southland every season (some are even mentioned on this blog). However, The Long Beach Ballet truly pulls out all the stops. And there are two more shows left for you to possibly check out this holiday season on the 21st and 22nd. The ticket situation is as follows:
- $78.00 Main Orchestra/ Main Loge
- $55.00 Perimeter Orchestra/ Perimeter Loge
- $34.00 Balcony
Here’s a link to the website for additional ticket purchase details.
But what exactly sets this performance of The Nutcracker apart from all the others? Long Beach Ballet’s interpretation is one of the only area productions that includes not only a live full orchestra, but a horse, flying sleigh, and pyrotechnics. There are certainly many options to choose from this holiday season, but this one should be near the top of your wish list.
Nevertheless, these added touches truly set this event apart from its contemporaries. The majesty of the live orchestra only serves to enrich the imaginative aspect of the experience. Not to mention that having an actual horse and sleigh on stage with the addition of pyrotechnics will excite anyone, especially young children. The high quality of the performance and attention to detail make all the difference.
Make your way to the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Enjoy the performance and have a wonderful Holiday Season!
This weekend, or any weekend during December for that matter, is the perfect opportunity for a great date night. The park is hosting its seasonal art installation, “Winter Glow,” throughout the month. If you find yourself in the area during the evening, you’ll find yourself walking through a beautiful winter wonderland. Well, minus the snow and reindeer.
Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays. Visitors can stroll together through this 12-acre art, projection and light display, exhibit and installation and experience the wonder of Grand Park lit up like never before. Iconic elements of the park, including the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, will shine in new and exciting ways. And once you’re done making your way around the park you can make your way to one of Grand Park’s most popular restaurants.
Welcome to Maacheroni Republic
Maacheroni Republic offers its customers artisan homemade fresh organic pasta. And not only is the restaurant’s pasta dishes the delicious main draw, but they also have fantastic dessert offerings too. Whether you want some Lasanga di Carne, Rigatoni Pom’Amore or Tiramisu, this restaurant’s got you covered.
Have yourself a wonderful, seasonal date night and make your way down to Grand Park!