Desert 5 Spot
As fall fully descends upon the city, Los Angeles shifts to welcome plenty of pumpkin spice, a dash of mysticism and lots of coziness. A lot is going on between now and Halloween, so get your calendar ready with everything happening this month below.
Website/ 146 N Robertson Blvd 90048
On Oct. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m., Arclinea will celebrate the debut of its 3,000-square-foot mono-brand kitchen showroom in Los Angeles. The space works to catalyze the way Angelenos think about kitchens and to provide a cutting-edge experience.
Website/ 6725 Sunset Blvd 90028
In October, Catalina Jazz Club will welcome two artists whom it considers as part of its Legends List. Two-time Grammy winner Marcus Miller will grace the stage from Oct. 5 to 8, while Grammy winner and Latin Grammy Hall of Famer Pete Escovedo will perform from Oct. 20 to 21.
Website/ 550 Flower St 90071
The Delphi Hotel holds a weekly brunch party. It all kicks off at 11 a.m. at its diner-restaurant, Denae’s, and then shifts to the hotel and patio from 3 to 7 p.m. Guests can expect DJs, $5 mimosas and bloody mary’s and bottle service during the afternoon.
Website/ 6516 Selma Ave 90028
At Desert 5 Spot, the change of seasons means goodbye to Swimsuits & Cowboy Boots and hello to Touchdown Hoedown | Tailgate Sundays. Starting Oct.1, the Hollywood rooftop welcomes Angelenos and visitors to watch their favorite teams go head to head while sipping signature cocktails. Also, YeeHaw Yoga will continue happening on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Just be sure to reserve your free spot in advance.
Website/ 200 S Grand Ave 90012
On Oct. 2 at 6 p.m., the Colburn School will host a screening of Flower, an immersive experience in movement storytelling that explores intergenerational equity in Oakland. After the film, Lisa Ling will interview producers Misty Copeland and Leyla Fayyaz. Admission is free, but reservations are required.
Website/ 25000 Glen Ivy Rd 92883
As part of Evenings at Gleny Ivy programming, Glen Ivy Hot Springs will host an Old Hollywood-themed evening. Black & White Night will take place on Oct. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. and will include a complimentary cocktail reception with passed bites; dinner by the Ivy Kitchen; live entertainment and a screening of Casablanca. Tickets are available now.
In celebration of The Golden Bachelor premiere, ABC has turned the 32-foot Randy’s Donut sign gold. What’s more, the Inglewood location is offering a limited-edition golden donut and Golden Hour special from 5 to 7 p.m. daily until Oct. 1. There will also be a 10% Golden Discount on the day of the season premiere, Sept. 28. Until Oct. 1, there is also a limited edition hot dog and Holden Hour special at Pink’s Hot Dogs.
Website/ 6500 Selma Ave 90028
One Thursday every month, Mama Shelter throws a Drag Bingo Night hosted by Billy Francesca. The October edition will take place on Oct. 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. Participation is free and you have the chance to win prizes while enjoying Mama’s top-notch drinks and eats. Be sure to reserve your spot in advance.
Website/ 41 Hugus Alley 91103
From Oct. 1 to 6, One Colorado and Wellness District Los Angeles will host a week of events in support of the community’s mental health and wellness. The lineup includes workshops, fitness classes, yoga, sound bath healings, Reiki and massages.
Website/ 3540 North Mission Rd 90031
On Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Plaza de La Raza will host Classical California’s sixth annual Kids Discovery Day. The day will feature performances by the likes of Los Angeles Opera, the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and the USC Thornton School of Music and activities, such as instrument building, Be a KUSC DJ booth, arts and crafts and more.
From Oct. 1 to 7, the Rodeo Drive Committee will present Rodeo Drive Celebrates Timepieces & Fine Jewelery. The series pays tribute to the craftsmanship, innovation and creativity of the luxury fashion district with the likes of a watchmaking masterclass, exploration of the latest collections and more.
Website/ 115 S Fairfax Ave 90036
Joe Keery and Maya Hawke won’t be there to serve you, but Netflix Bites is offering the next best thing. From Sept. 25 to 30, Scoops Ahoy will pop up at Netflix Bites to serve sundaes inspired by the world of Stranger Things. The ice cream brand is also available at Wal-Mart so you can make sundaes at home too
Website/ 10250 Santa Monica Blvd 90067
American Girl is now open at Westfield Century City. The two-level store features signature dolls, fashion and accessories; a new retail concept; the Dolled Up Salon; personal shopping services and and a reimagined full-service restaurant.
On Sept. 26 at BOA Manhattan Beach and on Sept. 28 at BOA West Hollywood, the steakhouse will host a special dinner featuring a six-course tasting menu paired with the best of Paul Hobb Winery. Menu Highlights include A5 Kagoshima Oscar-style, Chilean sea bass and uni, a lamb bolognese tagliatelle pasta with olives and ricotta salata. Reservations are now open.
Website/ 2706 E Cesar E Chavez Ave 90033
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Brooklyn Ave Pizza Co. has launched the L.A. Latino Flavors Collab Series. From Sept. 15 to 22, stop in for the Tlayuda Pizza paired with mezcal flights curated by Madre Restaurant & Mezcaleria owner Ivan Vasquez. Then, from Sept. 22 to 29, there will be the SOMOS Salsa Macha Mexican Pizza and from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6, sommelier Annette Alvarez-Peters, founder of Annette A.P. Wine & Spirit Inc., has curated a selection of wines. Finally, from Oct. 6 to 15, there will be a specialty pork and potato pizza by native Angeleno chef Jorge Sandoval, who found inspiration from his Chicano and Boyle Heights roots.
Website/ 416 W 8th St 90014
In collaboration with Made to Move, Broken Shaker will throw its Made to Swim five-year anniversary party on Sept. 24 from 3 to 8 p.m. where guests can dance and swim to music by DJs Alexis Curshé, Escaflowne, Josh Peace, Akumen and Andy Oro. Tickets are now available. Then, on Sept. 29, it will host the Sunset Dance Party with Jade. From 5 to 9 p.m., the 2SQTBIPOC-centered event will feature art installations, dancing, a photo booth and a sound bath and queer ancestral ceremony. Tickets are also now available.
Website/ 889 Americana Way 91210
Byredo has opened its newest outpost at the Americana. It offers the full range of Byredo perfume, home fragrances, makeup and body care products.
Website/ 930 Hilgard Ave90024
The W Los Angeles— West Beverly Hills has debuted a new fitness and wellness series for hotel guests and locals. Featuring classes by brands and studios like Pure Barre and Barry’s, the series runs through December and takes place at the hotel’s Wet Deck pool area. The next class is HIIT with Barry’s on Sept. 23, followed by Barre with Pure Barre on Sept. 30.
Website/ 416 W 8th St 90014
In the final two weeks of September, there is plenty to do at the Freehand LA cocktail bar. Here, you can partake in Negroni Week from Sept. 18 to 24 and Bee’s Knees Week from Sept. 22 to Oct. 1 by ordering the eponymous cocktails. Also, on Sept. 30, DJ Desirable D will spin music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Other happenings at Rudolph Bar include liza jazz from 8 to 11 p.m. on Sept. 20 and 27 and DJs from 7 to 11 p.m. on Sept. 22, 23 and 30.
Website/ 800 W Olympic Blvd 90015
Commemorating 50 years as a venue, the Grammy Museum will showcase The Roxy: 50 Years On The Sunset Strip between now and Jan. 7. Highlights include dozens of performer photographs, behind-the-scenes photos, photos from the original production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and movie, Roxy memorabilia from Lou Adler’s archives and original documentary short film.
Website/ 6161 West Centinela Ave 90230
Presented by The SoCal Sound/88.5 FM, the final show of its Summer Concert Series will take place at the West Lawn at Hilton Los Angeles Culver City. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the event will feature an all-day happy hour menu by West & Co.; samples from beverage sponsors Tanteo Tequila, Angel City Brewery and Daou Vineyards and music by L.A.-based duo Strange Hotels.
Website/ 303 Cordova St 91101
Hotel Dena, Pasadena Los Angeles, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel is now open in downtown Pasadena. The 311-room boutique property embraces local art, dance, music and culture through its imaginative spirit.
Website/ 939 S Figueroa St 90015
Available every Wednesday now and through the fall, Hotel Figueroa’s Sparrow Italia now offers the Serate di Vino program. The four-course prix-fixe menu features four courses by chef Joana Cruz that are paired with a curated selection of wines selected by corporate beverage director Carla Lorenzo. The menu includes beef tartare, octopus carpaccio, duck confit and creme brulee. Reservations are now available.
Chef, writer and founder of For The Culture Klancy Miller will bring her book tour to Los Angeles to celebrate the release of her new cookbook, For the Culture: Phenomenal Black Women & Femmes in Food. Her conversations will take place on Sept. 25 at the Ace Hotel DTLA at 6:30 p.m. with High on the Hog’s Fabienne Toback and Karis Jagger and on Sept. 27 at Now Serving with Los Angeles Times assistant food editor Danielle Dorsey at 7 p.m.
From Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, Klatch Coffee is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a lineup of events and giveaways that coincide with National and International Coffee Days. See the full lineup here.
The Malibu Triathlon will take place at Zuma Beach from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1. Attracting stars and Angelenos alike, the swim-bike-run race weekend raises funds for the pediatric cancer research programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Registration is now open.
Website/ 225 N Canon Dr 90210
Created by mixologist Chris Amirault, The Maybourne Bar has debuted the Symphony cocktail collection. Exploring the similarities between music and cocktails, it features the four elements to create a sensory experience.
On Sept. 26 at 7 p.m., Mastro’s Steakhouse Beverly Hills and Mastro’s Ocean Club Los Angeles will host a wine dinner featuring wines crafted by Chris Carpenter and a five-course menu. Tickets are now available for the Beverly Hills and downtown locations.
Website/ 8310 W 3rd St 90048
Melanie Wine Bar hosts its conversational wine-tasting classes every Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. Hosted by its wine director and expert sommelier, Stephen Sherry, Melanie Talks Wine explores the history and wine-making methods behind global wine varietals. The upcoming classes are on Sept. 23 (Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary and Bosnia) and Sept. 30 (Old World vs New World). Tickets are now available.
Website/ 5732 Melrose Ave 90004
On Sept. 21, Osteria Mamma will start serving its fall wine flight. For $20, the flight will include a glass of Babbo Rosso IGT Ravenna, Il Branco Montefalco Rosso DOC and Fagiana Bursôn IGT Ravenna Rosso.
Website/ 6801 Hollywood Blvd 90028
From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Ovation Hollywood celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a lineup of music performances at the center courtyard every Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and its ongoing movie series on Sept. 29 with a screening of Dora and The Lost City of Gold.
Website/ 649 S Olive St 90014
On Sept. 28, Ristorante Per L'Ora relaunches. Showcasing Italian cuisine with an L.A. flair, the menu features dishes like Maine lobster rigatoni and street corn agnolotti.
Website/ 15225 Palisades Village Ln 90272
On Sept. 21, Saint Laurent will open its newest outpost at the Pacific Palisades Village. It will offer women’s and men’s ready-to-wear products, leather goods, shoes, jewelry and eyewear.
Website/ 7000 Hollywood Blvd 90028
Brunch will be available at the Hollywood Roosevelt restaurant starting Sept. 24. Available every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., menu highlights include duck confit, oven-baked galette, chicken and biscuits and avocado toast.
Website/ 1800 Bridgegate St 91361
Registration is now open for Soolip’s fall creative arts workshops. Classes include The Alchemy of Wildflower Inks, Healthy Holiday Menu Creation and more.
Website/ 1262 Westwood Blvd 90024
UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance will present two performances at The Nimoy this month. On Sept. 29 at 8 p.m., the nine-member Ethiopian ensemble Ethiocolor will take the stage, followed by Counterpoint, a collaboration from pianist-composer Conrad Tao and dancer-choreographer Caleb Teicher, on Sept. 30 at 8 p.m.
Website/ 665 W Jefferson Blvd 90007
On Sept. 29, Charlotte de Witte will throw her first-ever all-nighter show in Los Angeles at Shrine Expo Hall. Tickets for the immersive live music experience are on sale now.
Website/ 100 S Grand Ave 90012
Conrad Los Angeles, the downtown luxury hotel, now offers a curated Rams suite as part of its LA Rams Package. It includes a keepsake swag bag, two tickets to the home game at SoFi Stadium, a $100 food and beverage credit for any of hotel offerings, such as San Laurel or Agua Viva, and a waived destination fee.
Website/ 25000 Glen Ivy Rd 92883
Glen Ivy has expanded its evening lineup with Vibrate The Cosmos—An Evening Meditation Ceremony. Consisting of two different classes that follow the cycles of the moon (Sept. 29 for the harvest full moon and Oct. 14 for the solar eclipse), both feature gentle breath work, chanting mantras and rhythmic movement. The classes are free with admission to Evenings at Glen Ivy, which run from 4 to 9 p.m. until Oct. 22.
Website/ 395 Santa Monica Pl 90401
The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories at Santa Monica Place has a lineup of new fall courses. In anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, prep with a four-week regional French cuisine course; a number of baking classes and/or a cooking 101 class.
Great White has debuted an in-house wine it created with Deux Punx. Called Bloom, it is available at the three L.A. locations. To celebrate, the brand has partnered with fine artist and creative director Tony Camaro, whose work can be seen on the wine label, merchandise, ceramics and menus.
Website/ 1260 S Figueroa St 90015
On Sept. 10, 17 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., La Lo La’s Rooftop will havw brunch decked out with live music and Michelada and Bloody Mary bars. Later on the evening of Sept. 10, there will be a special bingo game from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring giveaways, dance battles and MC Speakerboxx and DJ Kuddah. Meanwhile, on Sept. 16 and 20 from noon to 1 p.m., Kat Matutina will host a boot camp. Other events include the monthly wine series on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m., monthly live music on Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Weed + Grub Live! on Sept. 28. Also, Sam Reece of S***** Craft Club will have a book party on Sept. 20.
Website/ 10250 Santa Monica Blvd 90067
Princess Polly has opened its first U.S. location at Westfield Century City. The 3,370-square-foot space welcomes guests to an immersive, interactive shopping experience of its nearly 200 styles.
Website/ 849 Ocean Ave 9040
Oceana Santa Monica has opened the doors to its flagship restaurant. Inspired by Southern California produce, Sandpiper features dishes by chef Kaleo Adams that pay tribute to family recipes and travel-inspired techniques and flavors. Menu highlights include roasted Japanese sweet potatoes, Maine lobster tortellini and slow-cooked pork ragu.
Website/ 1936 W Glenoaks Blvd 91201
Valerie Confections, which moved its headquarters to a 5,000-square-foot location last fall, has debuted a new beverage program with tea lattes and espresso drinks. Also of note, Valerie Confections regularly hosts baking and cooking classes and Saturday Afternoon Tea.
Website/ 317 S Broadway 90013
Set to become an annual tradition, Grand Central Market in downtown will host an Oktoberfest experience for two weekends: Sept. 16 and 17 and Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 from 4 to 10 p.m. For $15 for general entry and $25 for special entry, attendees get to partake in games, contests, special food offerings, beer gardens and live entertainment. You can also expect brews like Paulaner, Hofbrau, and Golden Road. Tickets are now available.
Holey Grail Donuts’ newest Breaking Bread offering, the Maui Ohana Donut, is available at all locations through Sept. 27 and is made of guava, strawberry and lilikoi (passion fruit) and topped with pineapple confetti. Proceeds go toward supporting survivors of the Maui wildfires.
Website/ 607 N La Cienega 90069
Jean Dousset, a designer lab-grown jewelry brand, has opened its first-ever flagship boutique in West Hollywood. Created in partnership with Design, B******, it welcomes walk-ins and offers personalized one-on-one appointments.
Website/ 823 W Exposition Blvd 90089
On view from Sept. 8 to Dec. 9 at USC Fisher Museum of Art, the Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick exhibition showcases an overview of Walker’s career through more than 80 pieces of work created between 1994 and 2019.
Website/ 9850 Wilshire Blvd 90210
Lalique has debuted the Lalique & Vignobles Silvio Denz Wine and Chocolate Tasting Room at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. An experiential tasting program, it includes a flight of three wines from Vignobles Silvio Denz, which are each complemented by a gourmet chocolate pairing.
Website/ 8430 Sunset Blvd 90069
On Sept. 29, the Mid-Autumn Festival will take place at the Pendry West Hollywood’s rooftop and will feature the culinary talents of restaurants from across the city. In addition to DJs and dragon dancers, the evening will include food from Badmaash, Chinois, Cut, The Joint Seafood, Merois, The Original Thai Dishes, Ospero, Pizzeria Mozza, and Spago. Admission, tables and after party tickets are now available.
Website/ 9882 S Santa Monica Blvd 90212
The Peninsula Beverly Hills has teamed up with Caviar Kaspia on a new caviar-centric menu that will be available throughout September during the hotel’s weekly tea party service at The Belvedere Terrace. Alongside eclectic china and glassware, pastries, cocktails and a DJ, guests can expect dishes like deviled egg with Siberian reserve caviar; marple pee wee potato with amur gold caviar and sour crème; lobster salad with Siberian reserve caviar and potato pancake mille feuille with ossetra caviar and smoked sturgeon filet. Reservations are available on OpenTable.
Website/ 6516 Selma Ave 90028
Hosted by Rainee Blake and Chloe Kat, Desert 5 Spot presents Soft Spot Songwriter Nights Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. In addition to showcasing singer-songwriters, the evening also features its Taco Tuesday deal: two crispy birria tacos for $10.
Website/ 1400 N Cahuenga 90028
Every Saturday, The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood’s I|O Rooftop presents the French Riviera Soiree. The event takes place from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and features free entry, a dance floor, Hollywood views and a sushi station. VIP tables are available for reservation by emailing [email protected]. You can also RSVP on Eventbrite. Also each Saturday night, The Godfrey’s restaurant, ALK, will host weekly jazz nights. From 6 to 9:30 p.m., diners can listen to the talents of local performers while enjoying executive chef Olivier Rousselle’s menu. Reservations are available on OpenTable.
Photography by: Katrina Frederick