Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Oct. 14-21


A woman takes a selfie in a captain’s chair at “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds” at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. The exhibit, which opened on Oct. 7, looks at the impact of “Star Trek” on culture, art and technology. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)




Here is a sampling of things to do in-person and online in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area, Oct. 14-21.




Beware the Dark Realm: A walk-through Halloween haunt, opens 7-10 p.m. Oct. 15. Other dates: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 16; 22-23 and 29-30. Minimum suggested age: 10. Masks are required. Free admission; front-of-the-line tickets are $10 per person (purchase tickets here:; funds raised go to the nonprofit Family Promise Santa Clarita Valley). 28621 Sugar Pine Way, Santa Clarita.

Fall Harvest Festival at Underwood Family Farms: The harvest festival has theme weekends: Antique Tractors, Oct. 16-17; Wild West, Oct. 23-24; All About Pumpkins, Oct. 30-31. Attractions include: animal center, pumpkin house, corn maze and corn stalk labyrinth, pumpkin patch, hay pyramids, Farmer Craig’s Chicken Show and a gourd tunnel.  Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission $22 on Oct. 16-17 and 23-24; $16 on Oct. 30-31. Farm market hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. FAQ page: 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. 805-529-3690.

Archaeology Day at King Gillette Ranch: The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area presents the event with hands-on practice of digging up “artifacts” as an archaeologist would do, talks by local archaeologists on the work they do, display of local artifacts that have been found, Native American performances and demonstrations on turning stones into arrowheads, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 16. Free. 26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. More details here:

Carved – Descanso Gardens: Tickets are on sale for the walk-through display of hundreds of carved pumpkins that line a one-mile walk through the Camellia Forest and the Oak Grove plus a hay maze and a pumpkin house, through Oct. 31. Tickets are by timed entry, 6:30-10 p.m.; $32-$35. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. 818-949-4200.

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Vegan Oktoberfest: Event includes craft beers, vegan food vendors, live entertainment, Oktoberfest dress contest and a stein-holding contest, 1-5 p.m. Oct. 16. Food vendors will serve at least one German/European menu item. Minimum age: 21 and older only. Tickets not sold at the door. Tickets $50; $20 for non-drinker; $70 for VIP (includes one-hour earlier admission from noon-1 p.m.; German beer specials; access to the VIP lounge). LA Center Studios, 450 S. Bixel St., Los Angeles.

West Hills Optimist Club: The group’s annual get-together Italian dinner with door prizes, 6 p.m. Oct. 16. Tickets $30. Reservations required by Oct. 12. Event is a fundraiser for the group. St. James Presbyterian Church, 19414 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Kathy, 818-970-7200. Facebook:

Trunk or Treat: Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Community Police Station and the office of Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez invites children to the fun, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 23. Fun …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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