This fall you have to prioritize: Forget the pumpkin-patch visit and opt instead to catch fantastic performances, eat great meals and even take a nighttime stroll through a psychedelic garden. Here’s what everyone is going to be talking about. Ready? Let's fall.
See "Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A"
The new exhibition at the Skirball Center explores how Lichtenstein used printmaking to make fine art accessible to the masses. October 7 to March 17, 2017
Browse the New Ralph Lauren Flagship
Luxe interiors and the latest elegant-prepster fashions are on offer inside the luxe newly redesigned Rodeo Drive Ralph Lauren flagship, as well as some snacks a la New York’s sceney Ralph Lauren-owned Polo Bar.
Immerse Yourself in "Thenardiers Inn"
Musical-theater geeks, history buffs and barflys will all enjoy this immersive cabaret version of Les Misérables at CAC Studios in Santa Monica. October 14 and 15, 2016
Mingle at the Vegan Oktoberfest
Step away from the brats but still have lots of beer, enjoy oompah music, and enter a stein-holding contest at L.A. Center Studios. October 15, 2016
Catch Bon Iver in Concert
Get ready for a sonic boom. Bon Iver’s polarizing and brilliant new record, 22, A Million, is the star of this Hollywood Bowl show, along with a guest appearance by Patti Smith. October 23, 2016
Walk Through "Electric Earth"
Lose yourself at the first North American retrospective of installation artist Doug Aitken, an important contemporary artist whose oeuvre includes multichannel video installations, transcontinental trains and projections of Cat Power as a postal worker. Through January 15, 2017
Rock Out At the Beach Goth Music Fest
Get your concert on with an eclectic lineup of old (rockers the Violent Femmes) and new (rapper Gucci Mane). October 22 and 23, 2016
Catch the First Harry Dean Stanton Award
Grab a seat in the Theatre at Ace Hotel in DTLA for an evening of film clips featuring this iconic independent actor-musician and performers such as Father John Misty, Kris Kristofferson and Karen O. October 23, 2016
Watch Lucha VaVOOM
Masked Mexican wrestling, sexy burlesque dancers and funny commentary (Fred Armisen has shared his opinions in the past) are all happening at the Mayan Theater. October 26 and 27, 2016
Experience a Gallery-Garden
California Continued is the the Autry Museum’s ambitious 20,000 square foot indoor-outdoor exhibition showing how First Californians took care of our land—and lessons today’s residents can learn from them. Through 2017
Attend the Now Hear This Podcast Festival
It’s about time you see the people you listen to on your commute in person (Marc Maron, Lauren Lapkus, Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider and more!). October 28 to 30, 2016
Strut Your Mutt
Stop by this dog-walking party, a favorite of celebs like Amanda Seyfried and her dog Finn, to raise money for no-kill animal shelters. October 22.
Dine at Manuela
Indulge in a sinful white-gravy-and-biscuits brunch at Manuela and then stroll around the rest of the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel warehouse. Check out a gallery show, the Artbook shop and an outdoor chef’s garden space that includes the city’s cutest chicken coop.
Catch "Girl Gods"
A stage full of women angrily dancing around and making us laugh. It’s just what we need in the run-up to Thanksgiving. November 3 to 6, 2016
Watch Film Noir at Union Station
Downtown’s retro-glam train station hosts free screenings of movies shot in the building. Don’t miss Criss Cross, the 1949 film with sexy young stars Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. November 4, 2016
Stroll Through Mercado Sagrado
You’re walking through a leafy glade, surrounded by sparkling crystals and willowy sprites. No, it’s not some ayahuasca daydream—it’s the annual craft and art fair in Malibu Canyon. November 5 and 6, 2016
Attend the American Film Institute Film Festival
A prestigious weeklong event with big-deal films (last year’s much-nominated The Big Short premiered here), discussions with filmmakers and, of course, big movie stars. November 10 to 17, 2016
See "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
Former Glee heartthrob Darren Criss has the title role in this awesome rock musical at the Pantages Theatre. November 1 to 27, 2016
Check Out the Broad Museum's "Creature" show
Book an early ticket and get in line at 9:30 a.m. to be the first to sign up for the first-come, first-served entry to the Infinity Room. November 5, 2016 to March 19, 2017
Get Tickets to "Merrily We Roll Along"
The Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical is about three friends looking back on their lives from their days as aspiring musical-theater performers. Expect Tony-winning Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray) to wow as a sharp-tongued drama critic. November 22 to December 18
Take a Nighttime Walk Through a Forest of Light
Descanso Gardens debuts a trippy one-mile nighttime walk where tree trunks are glowing, greenery is multicolored and everybody’s smiling. November 25, 2016 through January 7, 2017
Enjoy Queen Mary Ocean Liner Ice Skating
Why miss ice skating outdoors just because the weather is in the 70s? Visit the Queen Mary ocean liner docked in Long Island—they’ll have a huge skating rink next to the water, and a tall ice luge to slide down. Just like Grandma’s house (in the song, anyway.) November 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017
Hear "Christmas in Vienna"
Um, hello, holiday spirit. You’ll be sure to catch it at a performance of the Vienna Boys Choir at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. December 2, 2016
Stretch Yourself at the L.A. Yoga Expo
You’ll want to attend this daylong series of classes, music, healthy eating and leggings shopping at the L.A. Convention Center. Because unwinding from all that holiday stress requires drastic measures. December 17, 2016
See the Rams Play on Christmas Eve
Give yourself or the football fan in your life a Christmas Eve to remember by attending a highlight game of the Rams’ first season back in Los Angeles, playing the San Francisco 49ers. December 24, 2016
Browse the Holiday Shop at Lincoln Café and Store
Nosh and simultaneously shop for gifts at the Lincoln Café and Store. The yuzu chicken salad bowl is to die for, and starting in December, there’s an old-timey pop-up that sells fancy packages of caramel, marzipan and chocolate tree ornaments.
Dine on Cheese Puffs at Rosaliné
Peruvian fusion cuisine is trending hard, and star chef Ricardo Zarate’s new West Hollywood spot Rosaliné does it right. Don’t miss the camote frito, little sweet potato beignets stuffed with manchego cheese and stinging nettle. Opening Late December.