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There’s way more to fall than a new TV season and readily available Halloween candy. Especially in Los Angeles, when the city comes alive with incredible eats, cultural events and picture-perfect scenery. Consider this your autumnal agenda.

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1. It’s open only on Thursday nights but so worth fitting into your packed social schedule: Poppy is the new boîte noir on La Cienega that’s like a surrealist storybook come to life, with roving storytellers, sketch artists and people in mermaid costumes. Take it all in with one or two of the creative cocktails.

2. The Institute of Contemporary Art has relocated from Santa Monica to swank new digs (with a café and retail) downtown. See the fascinating Martin Ramirez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation, about the California émigré artist who was institutionalized (perhaps wrongly) for schizophrenia (through December 31).

3. Shop the new Fred Segal flagship at Sunset and La Cienega, where 22,000 square feet of shops-in-shop include Ralph Lauren’s Double RL, ready-to-wear brand Libertine and a space devoted to the CFDA, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the group that puts on the fall fashion shows in New York.

4. Beat the still-considerable heat with Swim Team, the new 45-minute full-body workout that has you swimming short laps, doing sit-ups using the pool edge and basically getting the toughest core workout ever to some fierce hip-hop beats (yep, waterproof, wireless headphones are involved). 

5. Feel all smarty-pants and see a Greek tragedy in the jaw-dropping Malibu amphitheater at the Getty Villa with Iphigenia in Aulis (through September 30).

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6. It’s harvest season; so why not bring the family along to get lost in the state’s largest corn maze? The Big Horse Corn Maze is an all-day farm affair in Temecula.

7. Plan a staycation at the new Dream Hollywood—dine downstairs at Beauty & Essex, then wake up to your choice of the Hollywood or DTLA skylines.

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8. Be poised at noon on October 2 to get tickets to Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at the Broad. That’s because the trippy kaleidoscopic installations are so Instagram-friendly and beloved (by Adele, no less), they brought down the museum’s server when they first went on sale in September.

9. Any interiors enthusiasts out there? Discover trending paint colors, new collections of luxurious fabric and tips on capturing the glam of California’s manses in your own home at the PDC’s Fall Market (October 5), in which to-the-trade showrooms open their doors for panel discussions with noted decorators.

10. Beginning October 5 through Halloween, the hit horror podcast (and upcoming Amazon series) Lore comes to life as a scary interactive performance in which small groups are led though a darkened house in DTLA. Rooms contain the real-life inspirations behind vampires, changelings, werewolves, séances and possessed dolls—what’s not to freak out about love?

11. It’s not fall without a night at the Greek Theatre; we vote for Laurel Canyon resident Father John Misty, who’ll perform songs from his masterful Pure Comedy (October 13).

12. House tours! A-frame houses! Midcentury antiques sales! It’s all happening in Palm Springs’ Modernism Week Fall Preview, the October 20 weekend.

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Heidi Duckler

13. They dance atop library stacks, hillside bluffs and now at noon on October 24, the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre comes to Maguire Gardens in DTLA in a free homage to Edouard Manet’s “Luncheon on the Grass.”

14. Want a more macabre take on Halloween? Embark on a Haunted Tales of Downtown Los Angeles tour that will take you up close and personal with the Chinatown Massacre of 1871, the L.A. Times bombing and the Black Dahlia murder.

15. Still waiting to nab Hamilton tix? Opt for the smart, silly musical parody Spamilton at the Kirk Douglas Theatre while while you wait for prices to go down (opens November 5).

16. Check out Dead Pilots Society, the stage version of the popular podcast about unproduced television series. We’re excited to see Patton Oswalt star in Red State, Blue State, written by Adam McKay (The Big Short, Anchorman) and Chris Henchy (The Campaign, The Other Guys). It’s at the intimate Largo at the Coronet theater (Nov. 12).

17. They pioneered dance-punk. They were Grammy nominated. They produced a workout tape for Nike. They broke up. Now LCD Soundsystem’s back together and better than ever with a five-night residency beginning November 17 at the Hollywood Palladium.

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Seven Magic Mountains

18. Take that road trip you’ve been meaning to do to the Nevada desert, just outside Las Vegas, to see Seven Magic Mountains, the fluorescent rocks art piece by Ugo Rondinone nearing the end of its two-year installation in 2018.

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