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Fall Family Fun in Los Angeles

by Eugenia Lazaris

Sep 1, 2018

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As September arrives so, sadly, does the end of summer. In Los Angeles, however, summertime seems to live on. This year-round destination makes the most of its amazing climate by keeping the summertime fun alive with these great activities that make the most of the weather.


Check Out Some Local Fare at a Food Festival

Smorgasburg LA, a five-acre, open-air food festival located in Downtown Los Angeles, is a great way to get to know the flavors of the city. Open every Sunday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., L.A.’s cutting-edge food scene is on display with more than 50 local food vendors to choose from. There are plenty of yummy and unique treats to tempt your whole family’s taste buds. If Italian food is your thing, then check out Porchetta Republic with its delicious sandwiches filled with flavorful meats. If you’re a cheese lover, Cheezus is a must-stop for the ooiest-gooiest grilled cheese you can imagine. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, all the tantalizing choices will drive you crazy! Donut Friend serves up stuffed donuts while Churro Boss is serving up its soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside treats topped with an assortment of goodies, like ice cream and crunchy cereal bits.


Catch a Rooftop Movie

Hollywood is the entertainment capital of the world and the Rooftop Cinema Club keeps the movie magic alive. While the movies are not first-run (recent showings include Point Break, Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing), the experience is unforgettable. Moviegoers relax in comfortable lawn chairs on the roof of the former CBS studios building and enjoy a full-length movie projected on the side. The warm Los Angeles evenings and historic movie-land setting create the perfect ambience for an outdoor movie experience.

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Catch a Wave with Fido

Head to the beach Sept. 29 for the annual Surf City Surf Dog Competition in the city of Huntington Beach. This free, annual event proves Angelenos — and their dogs — love the beach. Events kick off Sept. 28 with a doggie fashion show with the talented pooches catching waves and hanging 10 all day on Saturday at the city’s Imperial Beach. The goal of the event is to have fun, encourage community interaction and raise funds for charities like Barks of Love and several dog rescue networks.


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United Continues Its Global Expansion

United Airlines keeps soaring to new heights, recently announcing another expansion of its leading global route network. The airline added new non-stop flights between Newark (EWR) and Marrakesh (RAK), Morocco; Tokyo (NRT) and Cebu (CEB), Philippines; and Houston (IAH) and Medellin (MDE), Colombia. That’s not all: United also plans to increase flights to popular worldwide destinations including Hong Kong (HKG); Seoul (INC), South Korea; and Porto (OPO), Portugal. Following the recent agreement to increase flights between the U.S. and Chinese governments, the airline now adds four weekly flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG).

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