17 Awesome Events Happening In Southern California This Week

Find the perfect pumpkin. Get lost in a maize maze. Dine with class at two high-end food fests. Listen up at Werk It!, a female-centric podcast. Kick up your heels as the California African American Museum celebrates its fall exhibitions. Laugh along with the Groundlings at their 45th anniversary.

It's time to pick your pumpkins at your local patch, such as Tanaka Farms in Irvine. (Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30; 9 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Tanaka Farms' Pumpkin Patch
Tanaka Farms — 5380 University Dr., Irvine
Halloween means family fun at the farm. The pumpkin patch, which is open daily through Oct. 31, offers wagon rides, barnyard exhibits, a corn maze, a produce market and a U-Pick Vegetable Patch.
COST: Admission is $4, but other activities are extra; MORE INFO

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30; 7 P.M.
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin
Palace Theatre — 630 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Simonetti's Italian prog rock band performs the live score to Dario Argento's classic giallo slasher flick Deep Red (Profondo Rosso), as well as an additional set of Goblin material. All ages.
COST: $37 - $70; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1; 9 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Forneris Farms Corn Maze
Forneris Farms — 15200 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills
Each fall, the farm carves out an amazing maize maze that makes for (sometimes frustrating) family fun. The maze is NOT haunted but it has lots of dead ends to allow for adventuring. It takes about an hour to meander through the four acres of twists and turns. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult. Ticket prices include the maze, unlimited train rides and the "Farm Frolic" area. Cash only. The maze is open daily through Oct. 31.
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1; 6:30 P.M.
Milkfarm and OTOTO Cheese and Sake Dinner
OTOTO — 1360 Allison Ave., Echo Park
Ototo's co-owner and resident sake expert Courtney Kaplan hosts a guided six-course sake and cheese pairing dinner with Leah Fierro from Eagle Rock's Milkfarm. The courses start with a sampling of a select cheese paired with a Nama sake (the unpasteurized, purest form of sake) and concludes with a Japanese-style dish that integrates the cheese, prepared by co-owner and chef Charles Namba.
COST: $129 per person; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
Lexus All-Star Chef Classic
L.A. Live — 800 Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
The food event returns with several dining experiences created by renowned chefs. This year's program includes the debut of a Korean Masters Dinner, an Italian Masters Dinner and Carneval, a new strolling event with a focus on meat. Fan favorite dinners, including the French Masters, BBVA Spanish Masters, Little Masters and the Grill & Chill walking and tasting event also return. Participating chefs include Nyesha Arrington, Eunji Lee, Ludo Lefebvre, David LeFevre.
COST: Prices vary, starting at $135; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30
Groundlings 45th Anniversary
The Groundlings Theatre — 7307 Melrose Ave., Fairfax
The famed theater and comedy school celebrates its 45th anniversary with a series of special events and comedy shows. The free panel discussions begin this Wednesdayat 4 p.m. (and cotinue every Wednesday in October) with Writing for TV/Film, moderated by Michael Churven. The anniversary culminates on Oct. 21 and 22, with two nights of comedy featuring sketches from cast members both past and present.
COST: FREE - $75; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
Angel City Jazz Festival
Various locations
The adventurous jazz festival goes beyond the traditional definition of the genre. The lineup includes established and emerging artists, with a focus on West Coast creative jazz. The 2019 lineup includes Dwight Trible, Terry and Gyan Riley, Motoko Honda's Sound Escape Project, JBL Quintet, Parlour Game and Iridescent.
COST: Individual ticket prices vary, but passes run $80 - $140; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2; 7 - 9 P.M.
Can't Stop, Won't Stop—Fall 2019
California African American Museum — 600 State Dr., Exposition Park
The museum holds an opening celebration for its fall exhibitions: Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century; Dust My Broom: Southern Vernacular from the Permanent Collection; LA Blacksmith; Making Mammy: A Caricature of Black Womanhood, 1840-1940 and Timothy Washington: Citizen/Ship. DJ sets by Jasmine Solano and Earry Hall, Timothy Washington and Culture Shock. Food trucks will be onsite, and the afterparty continues \at Free Play, across the parking lot from CAAM.
COST: FREE with RSVP to rsvp@caamuseum.org; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2; 7 P.M.
Hollywood Chinese
Sierra Madre Playhouse — 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre
This documentary, directed by Arthur Dong, weaves together the stories of actors, directors, writers and movie stars "who have defined American feature films, from the silent era to the current new wave of Asian American cinema." The film shows how Asians have overcome racism to create memorable characters, scenes and films. Cal Poly Pomona film history adjunct professor Doug Cooney leads a discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2; 8 P.M.
George Will and Larry Wilmore
Zipper Concert Hall — 200 S Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Writer, producer and comic Larry Wilmore talks with conservative political writer George Will about his book, The Conservative Sensibility. Will's book examines how the "Founders' belief in natural rights created a great American political tradition — one that now finds itself under threat."
COST: $20 - $95; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
Newport Beach Wine & Food
Newport Beach Civic Center — 100 Civic Center Dr., Newport Beach
The culinary event returns for its 6th edition, with a number of special lunches, dinners and events happening at various locations throughout Newport Beach. The festival inates in Saturday and Sunday's Grand Tasting event at the Civic Center, featuring celebrity chef cooking demos, tastings from more than 40 restaurants and sips from more than 250 varieties of wines, spirits and brews. Chefs participating in the weekend's festivities include Hubert Keller, Alan Greeley, Richard Blais, Brooke Williamson, Art Smith, Antonia Lofaso and Casey Thompson.
COST: Grand tasting tickets start at $150; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3; 9 P.M.
Tank and The Bangas
The Fonda Theatre — 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The New Orleans-based five-piece, which won NPR's Tiny Desk contest in 2017, performs songs off their latest album, Green Balloon. The band, which blends soul, rap, jazz and R&B, has played worldwide including at Coachella, Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival.
COST: $27.50 - $28; MORE INFO

Lisa Hanawalt speaks on a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival on May 1, 2019 in New York City. (Dominik Bindl/)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4
Werk It! A Women's Podcast Festival
The Theatre at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
WNYC Studios presents a two-day convention of women who are shaping the future of podcasting with conversations, workshops, networking opportunities, one-on-one mentoring sessions and a Podcast Accelerator for pitching, developing and piloting podcasts. Speakers and guests include Lisa Hanawalt (Tuca & Bertie, BoJack Horseman), author Roxane Gay, Kerri Hoffman (PRX), Amanda Lund (Earios), Shereen Marisol Meraji (Code Switch) and KPCC's own Kristen Muller, the organization's chief content officer.
COST: $250 - $550; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
OC Auto Show
Anaheim Convention Center — 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim
The 2019 show features more than 600 of the newest autos, exotic cars, electric cars and work trucks. Guests can test drive more than 100 vehicles. For kids, there's an onsite scavenger hunt and a "test drive" just for them. Food trucks will be around to feed the driver and riders.
COST: $12 - $15, kids 12 and younger get in free; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3; 7 - 9 P.M.
Scenting the Bates Motel
The Institute for Art and Olfaction — 932 Chung King Rd., downtown L.A.
Artist and writer Catherine Haley Epstein leads a discussion and working session on "exposing the dark side of scent." Epstein shares what she's learned about scenting public spaces such as hotels and reveals curious research about the ever-present creepy smells around us. Then, with hypothetical client Norman Bates, the group will conduct a collaborative, hands-on exercise to formulate the perfect scent for the Bates Motel.
COST: $20; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3; 7 P.M.
Umi no Sachi: The Bounty of the Ocean
Los Angeles River Center & Gardens — 570 W. Ave 26 #100, Cypress Park
The Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) present an evening of sustainable seafood dishes from several of L.A.'s top restaurants including Holbox, Azay, Mama Musubi, Ise-Shima and Heirloom LA. The participants will share food and showcase their sustainable practices. Tickets include all tastings and beverages. This event is 21+.
COST: Tickets start at $250; MORE INFO

Roxane Gay talks at Playboy Playhouse on May 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (John Sciulli/Getty Images for Playboy Playhouse)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3; 8 P.M.
Hear to Slay: Roxane Gay, Tressie McMillan Cottom, and Guests Live!
The Theatre at Ace Hotel — 929 S Broadway, downtown L.A.
One of the highlights of the Werk It festival is a live taping of the black feminist podcast hosted by Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom. Listen to conversations about politics, current events and popular culture with guests including Tichina Arnold, Ashley Nicole Black and Danielle Perez.
COST: $25 - $100; MORE INFO