(Credit: LA Auto Show)

(Credit: LA Auto Show)

With fall weather finally in the air, Los Angeles can officially bundle up with a scarf, grab a warm cup of coffee, and explore more this great city has to offer. This week, don’t miss the return of the LA Auto Show, a must-see for car aficionados and drivers looking for the next best ride. Live music and theater events, restaurant offerings, and even a few adventures for the whole family take place this week as well. Let’s explore the best of Los Angeles.
Monday, November 16
(Credit: Tacos tu Madre)

(Credit: Tacos tu Madre)

Restaurant Openings & Anniversaries
Various locations

A variety of new restaurants are hitting the Los Angeles scene, including Chego, the rice and noodle bowl restaurant from Roy Choi (of the Kogi Truck and A-Frame fame), now located inside the Whole Foods Market Downtown. The highly anticipated flagship restaurant from Innovative Dining Group, ROKU, will open today with 8,000 square-feet of indoor/outdoor dining space on the Sunset Strip. Teppan and sushi chefs will take the main stage alongside a curated list of sake, Japanese beer, craft cocktails, and Japanese whiskey. Tacos tu Madre, LA’s newest taco concept restaurant (which also boasts a walk-up window), features an inventive take on Mexican street fare. Santa Monica welcomes three new restaurants tomorrow: Sidecar Donuts, Mendocino Farms, and Juice Served Here, all opening at 631 Wilshire. In addition to the new restaurants, Sushi Roku is celebrating its 15th anniversary with 50% off all food items this week through the 19th. Simply mention the promo to receive the discount!

Tuesday, November 17
(Credit: Adventure to Santa)

(Credit: Adventure to Santa)

Adventure to Santa – a DreamWorks DreamPlace
South Bay Galleria
1815 Hawthorne Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
(310) 371-7546

The South Bay Galleria is proud to host Adventure to Santa – a Dreamworks DreamPlace, open now through Christmas. Reservations can be made in advance (saving families from waiting in long lines) to meet not only Santa Claus himself, but also the lovable character Shrek. During the experience, families will also take a virtual sleigh ride to the North Pole adding to the excitement of this holiday encounter.

Wednesday, November 18
(Credit: Los Balcones)

(Credit: Los Balcones)

Peruvian Food Celebration
Los Balcones Peruvian restaurant
1360 Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 871-9600

Jorge, Walter and Eduardo Rodriguez, owners of Los Balcones Peruvian restaurant and Chavela in Hollywood, are collaborating with guest chefs Ricardo Zarate and San Francisco-based Danny Kou to serve a special Peruvian food celebration offered this week from Wednesday, November 18 through Sunday, November 22, 2015. For the special menu and event, each guest chef will prepare two Peruvian dishes, which will be served with three dishes from Los Balcones and choice of dessert. Proceeds from the event will go to a charity effort that aims to help Peruvian youth seeking a career in the culinary arts.

Thursday, November 19
(Credit: Kidspace Museum)

(Credit: Kidspace Museum)

Explore Pepper Tree Music Jam
Kidspace Museum
480 N Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 449-9144

Although fall weather has finally began to take root in Los Angeles, there is still plenty of sunshine and opportunity to explore nature with your family this fall. Pasadena’s Kidspace Museum is proud to announce its latest exhibit, part of the larger Arroyo Adventure gardens which will be completed Spring 2016, the Pepper Tree Music Jam. The Pepper Tree Music Jam features a wide assortment of percussion and wind instruments created from a selection of natural and everyday objects that produce a variety of beautiful sounds. The space has been designed to invite guests to develop an understanding, appreciation, and sensitivity for the music and sounds that are inherent in nature.

Friday, November 20
(Credit: Paolo Dutto)

(Credit: Paolo Dutto)

LA Philharmonic
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 850-2000

Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and former LA Phil Resident Conductor Lionel Bringuier and superstar pianist Yuja Wang reunite with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall for three performances this weekend, Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21, at 8 pm, and Sunday, November 22, at 2 pm. Also on the program are the voices of the Los Angeles Master Chorale for the U.S. premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Karawane. The program includes Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, the composer’s quiet revolutionary masterpiece; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, K. 271; and Salonen’s Karawane, featuring the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Saturday, November 21
(Credit: LA Auto show)

(Credit: LA Auto show)

LA Auto Show
LA Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 741-1151

Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show is the first major North American auto show of the season each year. Over 1,000 2016 makes and models of domestic and international cars will make their debut at the auto show, which is open to the public November 20th-29th at the LA Convention Center. In addition to checking out the models and their makers on the main floor, guests can jump behind the while of over 100 models in the Ride & Drive event, offered on most days of the show. Anticipated debuts include unannounced models from Ford, Fiat, GMC, Kia, Nissan, and Porsche, as well as concept cars from Audi, Aston Martin, Scion, Subaru, Volvo, and Volkswagen.

Sunday, November 22
(Credit: Fountain Theatre)

(Credit: Fountain Theatre)

“Forever Flamenco”
Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(323) 663-1525

Dancer Leilah Brookhim will combine her passion for flamenco with her heritage as the daughter of Sephardic Jews in La Sefardí in tonight’s special production of ‘Forever Flamenco,’ onstage at the Odyssey Theatre on the west side. Brookhim will be joined onstage by singer José Cortes, guitarist Andres Vadin and percussionist Gerardo Morales in this up-close-and-personal, sensual, and passionate experience. Tickets start at $40.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.