LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 1:    Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully announces the game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on July 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images.)

(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images.)

Only in Southern California does the fall season include pumpkin spiced lattes and tank tops. With temperatures expected to climb into August-like numbers, there really is no reason to stay cooped up inside. You might need to bring some unblock, but there are plenty of reasons to brave the heat this weekend. No matter what you are into, there is always something tailor-made for you in LA.

Friday, September 23
(Credit: Alpine Village)

(Credit: Alpine Village)

Oktoberfest 2016
Alpine Village
833 W Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90502
(310) 327-4384

There is no shortage of Oktoberfest celebrations happening in every city in the nation around this time of year. However, our particular Oktoberfest has received some national recognition. The fall harvest celebration has been going strong at Alpine Village since 1968. Under the massive tent that is visible from the 110 freeway, thousands of eager partygoers dine, drink, and hoist their steins every weekend. Offering traditional food, beer brewed by Warsteiner, and a stage full of brass with the Alpine Village Oom Pah Pah band, the gathering is always lively. While Friday and Saturday nights are strictly for grown folks, Sundays are open to the entire family. Grab your lederhosen and prepare to chicken dance.

Saturday, September 24
(Credit: The Duncan MacIntosh Company)

(Credit: The Duncan MacIntosh Company)

Southern California Boat Show
Cabrillo Way Marina
2500 Miner St.
San Pedro, CA 90731

Opting to change the scenery to something a bit more fitting, this year’s Southern California Boast Show is being held on an actual marina. Boasting a collection of over 200 different motoryachts, catamarans, trawlers, cruisers, sportfishers, and even paddleboats all featuring the latest in marine advancement and development. Attendees will also be able to patron any of the 80 vendors all showcasing their own aquatic accoutrements and technologically applicable trinkets. The four-day event is a dream come true for boating enthusiasts and just as entertaining for those that haven’t broken in their sea legs just yet.
Monkey Town LA
111 W. 21st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

It took well over ten years, but Los Angeles has finally got their shot at enjoying the meticulous insanity of Monkeytown. This five-course gourmet dinner prepared by chef Nick Montgomery formerly of famed dining destinations including Momofuku and Blackbird of Chicago, is paired with visual art presented inside of a seamless cube of massive television screens. Complementing the sensory experience, the ingenuity on each plate is met with an immersive experience that functions like dinner and a movie in a stylishly surreal setting. Curated by Monkeytown founder Montgomery Knott in collaboration with some 16 different artists from both Europe and here in the US, the video presentation is two-hour narration that is both poignant and provocative. With previous stints in New York, Denver, Barcelona, and Austin, Knott is calling Los Angeles the swan song for Monkeytown. Do not miss this unique experience.

Sunday, September 25
(Credit: Music Tastes Good Festival)

(Credit: Music Tastes Good Festival)

Music Tastes Good Festival
335 E. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Long Beach is making a play to become recognized as a formidable destination among passionate festival-goers. Celebrating the inaugural Music Tastes Good Festival with an eclectic line-up indicative of the city’s diverse identity, the three-day event boasts range from the likes of De La Soul, The Specials, Nick Waterhouse, Sylvan Esso, Rival Sons, and the Melvins to name a few. In between the stages, ticketholders can explore the imaginative culinary offerings from revered chefs paired together for the Farm-To-Taste experience. With dinner seating’s offered each evening from 5pm to 10pm, the idea is that great minds think alike and when working in tandem, the result is a savory symphony. Enjoy the comfort of a block party only with much better food, music, and production down in the LBC.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 1:    Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully announces the game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on July 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images.)

(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images.)

Vin Scully Weekend
Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

There are few things in this world that could enjoy the longevity of some 67 years. For generations of baseball fans, this weekend will be a bittersweet one. The longtime voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Vin Scully, is signing off one last time down at Chavez Ravine. It will no doubt be a very emotional afternoon as for many, Scully’s voice has become synonymous not only with Los Angeles and our beloved Dodgers, but has transcended the sport to become iconic in baseball history. Tom Hanks once argued that there is no crying in baseball. This weekend an exception will definitely need to be made.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.