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2021 Fall RoundUP

The great thing about living in Southern California is that even though we are still going through a pandemic, we are graced with great weather and can hold events outside. This fall, in addition to the bountiful opportunities to eat all manner of decadent foods—from Beer Fest to Donut Fest to Tequila Fest to Vegan Fest and Rocktoberfest, not to mention the Pumpkin and Lobster Festivals (separate, not together…I’m not sure how well pumpkin and lobster would gel for the taste buds in the same meal)—outdoors, there are also a number of opportunities to enjoy culture around town.

First and foremost, there is the World Naked Bike Ride on September 18th, a worldwide “clothing-optional” bike ride (also open to skateboarders and rollerbladers) held in protest of indecent exposure to automobile emissions and of dependence on the oil industrial complex.

If you like all things renegade but don’t necessarily want to get primal for a cause, Banksy: Genius or Vandal? opens in August and goes through December at a secret, undisclosed location (until you buy your tickets). Promised to be “an immersive experience,” the exhibit boasts over one hundred pieces of artwork, and all Covid and social distancing protocols will be in place.

If you prefer more traditional art but want a unique experience, Immersive Van Gogh might be for you. No, there will be no real Van Goghs (for that you will have to go to the Getty, the Hammer or the Norton Simon), but producers have transformed Ameoba Music into 500,000 cubic feet where you feel like you’re inside of one.

In May 2021, a rare deep-sea species of anglerfish (you know, those strange creatures with lures that look like lightbulbs sprouting from their foreheads) called a Pacific football fish, was found washed up on Newport Beach. From August 25-November 29th, you can visit the Natural History Museum (masks and social distancing required) in Exposition Park and learn all about this exotic and strange fish.

You may know about the Los Angeles Zoo, in Griffith Park, but did you also know about all the other cool things Griffith Park has to offer? Home to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, the Griffith Observatory, the Greek Theater, the Autry Museum of the American West and The Bronson Caves also know as the Bat Cave in the 1960s Batman television series, Griffith Park is a great place to take the family. During the tail end of summer, the Independent Shakespeare Co. puts on free Shakespeare at the old zoo. And the park allows for many recreational activities from bike rentals to golf to hiking to camping to soccer, swimming, and tennis.

Check out the Hollywood Bowl for every kind of musical experience, from Beethoven to Yo-Yo Ma to Alanis Morrisette to Marvel Studio’s Black Panther in concert. Parking and getting out of the parking lot at the end of the concert is horrible, so I highly recommend taking one of the busses to a predetermined drop-off lot. It’s a one-of-a-kind Los Angeles experience watching musical stars under the stars.

Opening September 30th after a series of pandemic postponements, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will boast a collection of film history treasures from Judy Garland’s Wizard of Oz ruby slippers to the extraterrestrial headpiece worn in Alien to Gregory Peck’s annotated To Kill A Mockingbird script and the typewriter used to write Psycho. Located on the same block as the LACMA and across the street from the Peterson Automotive Museum in the historic art deco May Company Building, the Museum will have two exhibit areas, an education studio devoted to workshops on filmmaking, and two theater halls for screenings, programming, and other special events.

If you’re holding an event this fall, consider hiring PopUP CleanUP for your pre-, live-, and post- event cleaning needs. We also offers consultations on how to streamline your events and make them safe.

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