Fall is in full swing, so get out there and enjoy the still-warm weather at a variety of events like a baseball game, an aquarium, a beer fest – the possibilities are endless. Some of these events are even free, so be sure to sample what Southern California has to offer.
Hello Kitty Mini-Bobblehead
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Dodgers have been giving out bobbleheads and other promotional items throughout the year to their fans. A Hello Kitty mini-bobblehead will be passed out to the first 50,000 fans who attend the the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game. Hello Kitty is dressed in her famous red bow and sporting the L.A. Dodgers uniform as well as a baseball. Play ball!
The Wiggles Taking Off
2200 E Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806
Can you believe The Wiggles have been around for 21 years? Kids were introduced to three new cast members this year and to the first female member. Original founding member Anthony Field is still the Blue Wiggle and the four have been touring across USA and Canada. The popular group focuses on child development, offering educational entertainment. “The Wiggles Taking Off” tour will have your kids wiggling in their seats and singing along to their favorite tunes.
Aquarium Of The Pacific
100 Aquarium Way,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Two Magellanic Penguin chicks hatched earlier this summer and now the pair is ready for you to “ooh” and “ahhh” over. Up until now, public access to the chicks was via the chick webcam. Visitors can view the chicks in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat where they will be hanging with their parents Roxy and Floyd. The public is also invited to help name the two penguin chicks at a live auction at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Tenth Annual Sea Fare fundraiser in October.
Twilight Concert Series with Jimmy Cliff
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Reggae legend Jimmy cliff is performing at the Twilight Concert Series along the Santa Monica Pier. Cliff’s latest album REBIRTH is his first studio album in seven years. Dance your way to this all ages free concert to hear his latest single “One More.” Jimmy Cliff will also perform classes such as “You Can Get It if You Really Want,” “I Can See Clearly Now.” He will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of “The Harder They Come.” The Delirians and Ethan Tucker will be the evening’s openers.
The Music Center Grand Park
Grand Park’s Event Lawn (between Spring and Broadway)
200 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Music Center and Grand Park present architects of Air – Exxoplis. Walk through a wondrous sculpture of paths of color and a world of lights and sound. Visitors are asked to take off their shoes as they move through tunnels and are then washed over with beautiful hues and blends of color. Free Walk-up tickets are available Sept. 13, 14 and 15 at 10 a.m. Once distributed, tickets to Exxoplis will be sold out. You will be asked to remove your shoes and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Great Wine Festival
The Orange County Great Park
Irvine, CA 92618
The 2013 Great Wine Festival will be held at the Great Park in Irvine from 2 to 5 p.m. Regular price tickets are $75 and attendees will be treated to an afternoon of amazing wines and delicious food. Wineries include Noble Vines, Beringer and South Coast Winery. Participate in the silent auction and enjoy live music at this 21 and over event. Tickets are not available at the door.
“The Breakfast Club” At Eat|See|Hear
LA State Historic Park
1245 N Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Say goodbye to summer at Eat|See|Hear’s final outdoor screening with John Hughes’ classic, “The Breakfast Club.” Festivities will include food trucks Schmuck Truck, Me So Hungry and more, plus a musical performance from L.A. Font. Your furry babies will be treated to free dog biscuits at the door and kids under 5 get in free. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the LA State Historic Park and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Rock & Brews El Segundo’s Third Annual Local Craft Beer Festival
Rock & Brews El Segundo
143 Main Street
El Segundo, CA
Beer lovers unite at the Rock & Brews Restaurant in El Segundo. Local beer brewers will be on hand to serve up their cold crafts to beer fans, including Eagle Rock and Strand Brewing. Food will also be available and this event is open to the entire family. Spend the afternoon enjoying photo booths, music, activities for kids and of course cold brewskies for the adults. Rock & Brews is the creation of Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.
Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival
Downtown L.A. Arts District’s Lot 613
613 Imperial Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Taste fried chicken as its done around the world at the Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival. Sample fried chicken, side dishes, desserts, craft beer and cocktails from 11 of L.A.’s best chefs, including STREET’s Susan Feniger, Mo-chica and Picca’s Ricardo Zarate. Tickets are $55 in advance and $65 at the door, but tickets are limited. VIP tickets are also available at $90 in advance and $100 at the door and they include reserved seating, early admission and a special cocktail created by Matthew Biancaniello. This is a 21 and over only event and a portion of the proceeds will benefit My Friend’s Place, which assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives.
Tee and her family are usually out-and-about every weekend. She loves exploring Southern California and marking places off her must see list! Tee blogs about family fun at www.thatsitmommy.com.