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The historic Ford Theatres presents a summer season of music, dance, theatre, film and family events in its 1,200-seat outdoor Amphitheatre. Picnicking is encouraged! Food and beverages are available for purchase onsite. Check online for detail on performances, ticket prices, dates and times.
West Coast’s premier smooth jazz event features the newest and best in smooth jazz. Jazz fans from around the country flock to Avalon for this event year after year. Over 30 top recording artists are scheduled to perform at the festival, which always takes place in October. Tickets start at $40 October 10 – 13 October 17 – 20
Showcasing the best in new Brazilian cinema and providing the movie-loving public with access to some of the most critically and important Brazilian filmmakers, film industry professionals and emerging new talent by bringing them together in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world. The Festival features special programs including Filmmakers Retreat, several panels, intimate Coffee Talks and much more. Additionally, the Festival screens short films created by Brazilian talents living in the United States. Check the website…
Presentation of contemporary Polish Cinema: features, short films, documentaries, and animation. Check online for films, locations, and ticket prices. Laemmle’s NoHo 7 Theatre, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood Laemmle’s Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles
Enjoy an evening al fresco at the Odd Market, an “indie” bazaar with food trucks, live music, and the coolest SoCal vendors for crafts, vintage items, home goods, and oddities. Select museum galleries will be open from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. For a list of vendors and other event updates, visit TheOddMarket.com.
For over 30 years, the merchants on Olvera Street have celebrated Día de los Muertos. The celebration has evolved to incorporate the pre-Columbian, Aztec, Mayan and Catholic rituals surrounding death. Each night, a vibrant and colorful procession sets the stage for our ceremony. Día de los Muertos is, in fact, a celebration of life – it is not a time to mourn our loved ones, rather it is a time to remember the lives they lead and the many things…
Inspired by CicLAvia, the weekly street closure event in Bogotá, Colombia, established over 30 years ago, CicLAvia consists of the temporary opening of Los Angeles streets to all. Join San Gabriel Valley this month for 4.5 miles open streets event! This event on will connect #ActiveSGV’s home at the Jeff Seymour Center in El Monte, the annual Dia de los Muertos festival on Main Street, and the South El Monte Civic Center. Check website for route map
Discover the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s twentieth annual Scarium of the Pacific—a spooktacular, educational Halloween event for the whole family. Enjoy special Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, creepy coloring contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, and kooky crafts, and meet eerie animals in the Great Hall. $29.95 Adults, $26.95 Seniors, $17.95 Children (3 -11), Free – children under 3 and Aquarium members
Come and enjoy dance, music, song, food, arts/crafts vendors, information/community resources and cultural traditions of the Urban American Indian community of Southern California.
Grand Park celebrates the traditions of Día de los Muertos with multiple ways to experience and learn about the holiday. The park will present 50 altars and art installations created by local artists and community groups and offer free guided lunchtime tours, which will highlight the artwork and discuss the traditions of the holiday. Check website for time