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Streets in Downtown Burbank will be packed with special effects artists, street painters, and more than 100 established artists from disciplines such as painting, photography, and sculpture at the Downtown Burbank Art Festival. The festival will take place outdoors on four blocks of San Fernando Boulevard between Angeleno Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard. The Festival is free and open to the public.

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As part of the festival, the Burbank-based Creative Talent Network will present the CTN Road Trip, an event devoted to animation and visual EFX artists from feature films, video games and television. Happening on San Fernando Boulevard between Olive Avenue and Angeleno, patrons will have the opportunity to purchase artwork and interact with the artists, whose contributions are found among the highest grossing animation films of all time.

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Also scheduled are live art demonstrations, panel discussions with top Industry artists and art directors, portfolio reviews, and breakfast with the pros presented in collaboration with Brainstorm. Guest speakers include talent from Marvel Studios, Pixar, Insomniac Games, and many more.

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WHAT: Downtown Burbank Art Festival
WHEN: April 11 – 12, 2015 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 
WHERE: Downtown Burbank, CA

DETAILS: 

  • The Festival is free and open to the public

CONTACT INFO: (818) 238-5180

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Tis the season to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays! While most of us in Southern California aren’t going to get much of an “authentic” feel during the holiday season, with temperatures in the 70′s and 80’s and palm trees swaying, we simply do what we can to get into the spirit. Luckily, many of our neighbors have created some holiday cheer to help us spread the joy with our friends and families.

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El Segundo Candy Cane Lane

Since 1949, Candy Cane Lane has been an El Segundo holiday tradition. This block of houses includes a huge array of decorations including a visit from Santa on his sleigh sometime between 7:00 and 9:00 pm nightly. Visitors are encouraged to donate canned food for needy families in El Segundo. The event runs until December 23rd.

Location: 1200 block of East Acacia Avenue, look for the Candy Cane Lane sign. The street is closed to cars, however, nearby parking is not difficult.

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Woodland Hills Candy Cane Lane

The Woodland Hills candy cane lane is located at the intersection of Lubao and Oxnard Streets near Pierce College. This eight square block area has been maintaining this holiday tradition of decorating with lights, characters, and artificial snow since 1952. Santa has been seen roaming around on occasion. Residents request visitors arrive before 10:00 pm weekdays and 11:00 pm weekends and many turn their lights off after that hour to discourage late night neighborhood traffic. Be warned: the traffic getting onto Oxnard backs up. Runs through New Year’s Day. It begins on the 2nd Saturday of December and lasts through the end of the year.

Location: Lubao and Oxnard Streets

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Altadena Christmas Tree Lane

This year Altadena Christmas Tree Lane is celebrating its 90th anniversary. This neighborhood boasts the oldest large-scale Christmas lighting spectacle in the US. This has earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places. It runs from dusk to 10:00 pm weekdays and until midnight weekends and holidays through January 2nd.

Location: Santa Rosa Avenue between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive

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Brea Eagle Hills Christmas Lights

Running through New Year’s Day, this Brea Eagle Hills neighborhood goes all out with 100 homes decked out with lights, decorations, live music, a live nativity scene, and horse-drawn carriages. Some residents even decorate the interior of their homes and allow visitors to peek inside.

Location: Entrance is either via East Birch and South Starflower Streets or East Lambert Road and Sunflower Street.

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South Torrance Sleepy Hollow

This South Torrance neighborhood is fairly remote, located in the Seaside section of Torrance quite a distance from the freeways. Many consider the trek to be worth it to check out the nearly 40-year-old tradition. It’s a cute neighborhood with non-uniform blocks allowing for some “old country” feel as you turn the bends. It is also recommend you park and walk. Runs through New Year’s Day.

Location: Entrance is near the intersection of Anza Avenue and Calle Mayor.

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San Marino Majestic Pines on St. Albans

St. Albans Drive decorates its massive pine trees for the Christmas season and it really is a site best taken in by walking. The effect makes you feel as if you are a miniature character in some fun, surreal, Christmas spectacle.

Location: St. Albans Drive at Huntington Drive.

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WHAT: Candy Cane Lanes And Holiday Lights
WHEN: Multiple cities
WHERE:
Check each neighborhood

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Shine up your skates and grab your mittens! LEGOLAND® California Resort is getting its outdoor gear ready for its annual winter celebration, Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights. The winter fun kicks off with more than 50 tons of real snow, a new ice rink, festive treats, holiday entertainment, and family fun activities.

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During Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights, the Park’s Fun Town transforms into a winter wonderland featuring 7-foot tall snow-covered tube runs for children to slide down and a snow-play area where families can throw snowballs at LEGO® themed targets and build snowmen using LEGO accessories.

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Plus, new this year, guests can enjoy gliding on ice at the Resort’s ice rink located in front of the ticket plaza for additional fee. Park guests can also sing along with holiday entertainment including live music featuring LEGO Friends Live, Jingle Jammers, the Big Test Holiday show and the Holiday Character Dance Party. Holiday Snow Days continues with the annual LEGO Christmas tree lighting event and concludes with San Diego’s biggest Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31.

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WHAT: Legoland Snow Days & Winter Nights
WHEN: 
November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015
WHERE: 
1 Legoland Drive | Carlsbad, CA 92008

CONTACT INFO: (760) 918-5346

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The Wisdom Tree

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Visit the Wisdom Tree at Griffith Park for a short hike with epic views. Watch the sun set, the city lights come up, and the moon and stars come out. The summit boasts a 360 degree view and single tree visible from the surrounding trails and peaks.

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To get to the trailhead and avoid the maze of Hollywood Hills roads take Lake Hollywood Drive from Barham Blvd. Follow this road through the neighborhood until you see Wonder View Drive heading east. You can’t park on Wonder View, but there’s plenty of free parking on Lake Hollywood. No passes or permits needed (although there’s no parking between 9:00 pm and 6:00 am every night).

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Park along Lake Hollywood Drive and begin your hike heading east up Wonder View Drive. The road ends at a gate and then you’ll continue a short distance on a dirt road.

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You’ll pass a water tower to the left and a power line tower straight ahead. Wonder View Drive continues and a single-track trail splits off to the right. Head up this trail.

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You’ll see a prominent, newly-placed plaque commemorating the land’s protection and listing off some of the donors who chipped in to save it. The trail begins here and really doesn’t waste any time in starting its climb.

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The trail is easy to follow but there are several rugged areas with pretty steep drop-offs. The dirt is your usual, loose San Gabriel slick, so take your time on the descent to prevent slips.

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You’ll ascend almost the entire gain of the trail before you even hit the first mile mark – it’s about 743 feet of gain in 0.78 miles. But while you’re hiking up you’ll have amazing views of Griffith Park.

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If it’s clear, you’ll also be able to see downtown Los Angeles and the Griffith Park Observatory sneaking out from behind the front range.

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As you approach the top of the ridge, the trail splits and makes a sharp turn to the east on a ridge towards the Cahuenga Peak and a sharp turn to the west towards the Wisdom Tree.

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There’s a short spur trail that will take you to the ledge, where you’ll find shade, amazing views, and a fun geocaching with messages.

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Don’t miss an epic sunset at the Wisdom Tree!

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WHAT: The Wisdom Tree
WHEN: Monday – Sunday | 8:00 am – 10:00 pm 
WHERE: Lake Hollywood Drive at Griffith Park

CONTACT INFO: (323) 913-4688

SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram

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Your favorite block party is back and better than ever. Rock & Reilly’s is turning the Sunset Strip into a larger than life party, packed with live rock bands, Bratwurst food trucks, Photobooths, Face Painting, Yards, Steins, and more beers on tap than you can drink in 10 hours.

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Rain – or – Shine. All attendees must be at least 21 years of age or older. This ticket does not guarantee you entrance after 2pm, please arrive early to guarantee your spot within the gates. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

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Rock and Reilly’s invokes the kindred spirits of a Prohibition-era speakeasy, infused with hip Brooklyn-style. Great food, a world-famous selection of whiskey, beer & more. Free Wi-Fi. 17 Flatscreen tvs with full sports packages. Killer music, stiff drinks, and the shenanigans that Rock & Reilly’s has become world-famous for!

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WHAT:
 Rock & Reilly’s Reillyfest
WHEN:
Saturday, November 8, 2014 | 12:00 pm 
WHERE: 
8911 West Sunset Blvd. |West Hollywood, CA 90069

DETAILS:

CONTACT INFO: (310) 360-1400

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The biggest kids’ Halloween celebration in Southern California, Brick-or-Treat Party Nights, presented by Shutterfly, is about to get bigger at LEGOLAND® California Resort. The family theme park is adding two Friday nights (October 17 and 24) to its Halloween festivities. Now six nights in October, Brick-or-Treat Party Nights features a variety of family activities including the Ghost Cruise Scavenger Hunt,  Brick-or-Treat Trail including a LEGO® Legends of CHIMA™ toy giveaway, a new bonus treat station and dance party at SEA LIFE®Aquarium, and LEGOLAND Hotel is joining in the fun with its own Brick-or-Treat entertainment.

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Every Saturday night and two Fridays in October from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, the park transforms into a not-too-spooky Halloween celebration. Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is a special event and admission can be purchased for as low as $30 if purchased online in advance. Special event ticket holders can enjoy costume contests, nighttime trick-or-treating for children 12 and under at 12 treat stations throughout LEGOLAND California Resort where kids can gather goodies, tasty treats, and other surprises. The LEGO themed treat stations offer a safe, fun, and entertaining trick-or-treating experience for all to enjoy during Party Nights with festive music, live entertainment, interaction with the “Boo Crew,” the animated light show “Spirits of Halloween,” and fireworks capping off the night at 9:00 pm.

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WHAT: Legoland Brick-or-Treat Party Nights
WHEN:
October 4, 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25, 2014 | 5:00 – 9:00 pm  
WHERE: 
1 Legoland Drive | Carlsbad, CA 92008

DETAILS:

CONTACT INFO: (760) 918-5346

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The Los Angeles County Fair is the largest county fair in North America and is back for one giant party featuring great food and drink, popular music and concerts, new attractions and worlds, kids fun and entertainment, and the wine, beer, and spirits marketplace.

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A summer tradition, the End of Summer Concert Series, presented by Toyota, offers the best in current and classic entertainment to guests. Encompassing everything from rock to pop to Latin to R&B, the End of Summer Concert Series is the coolest way to spend an evening. Grab your friends, bring a date or gather the family – the grandstand rocks and rolls with your favorite tunes. All concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Purchase your tickets online or at the Box Office. Make it a night to remember with one of their exclusive VIP PACKAGES.

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Party and play all night in the all-new Steam Punk-themed Grinding Gears nightclub. DJs, light shows, and entertainment create the perfect atmosphere.

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See what’s new and enjoy the enchantment of Luminasia. The lanterns themselves are individually created by a team of over 50 highly skilled Chinese artisans who have been creating lantern artwork for over nine generations.

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The combination of immense skill of the workmanship coupled with 21st century production and lighting makes this experience a must-do attraction for the entire family. Visit this once in a lifetime opportunity where you will step into a world that will stun your senses and leave you hypnotized byLuminasia’s beauty.

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Whether it’s to enjoy the very best in wine, beer, and spirits, or to relax from the excitement, LACF makes for a great place to hang out with friends.

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The Wine, Spirits, & Beer Marketplace, presented by Groupon, showcases the finest domestic and international vintages, as well as craft beer and distilled beverages – all winners of the Los Angeles International Wine, Spirits, and Beer competitions. The competition is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious in the United States. Click to enroll in Tasting Classes.

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The field trip program takes place every Wednesday – Friday, September 4 – 26, 2014 (Closed Wednesday, September 3). You may choose any date that you would like to attend. If the date is in the drop down menu on the website, the date is still available.

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Checking with your transportation department to ensure busing is available on the date you would like to attend is suggested before booking your date. Lunch storage is available on grounds if your group decides to bring a sack lunch. The only thing you need to bring with you on the date of your field trip is the confirmation email that you receive after you enroll.

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WHAT: Los Angeles County Fair 
WHEN:
August 29 – September 28, 2014 | Hours of operation 
WHERE: 
1101 West Mckinley Avenue | Fairplex, CA 91768

DETAILS:

CONTACT INFO: (909) 623-3111 | info@lacountyfair.com

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