A Bespoke Guide to Los Angeles - Autumn

Don’t think that just because the temperature starts to dip in Los Angeles that the array of events and happenings in the city will temper off. From September on, LA is set to host epic theatrical works and ballet debuts, al fresco jazz nights and a world-class film festival, to name but a few highlights. Stay on top of the best the city has to offer this autumn with our guide to the best events in Los Angeles.

AFI Fest


The annual film festival of the American Film Institute will be once again rolling out the red carpet to welcome some of the industry’s top talents, from both sides of the camera. Galas, screenings, and discussions are slated for the 31st edition of the festival, which, in true AFI tradition, remains the only one of its kind that’s free to the public.

9th – 16th November 2017

Various locations around Los Angeles

Mozart: 1791


Spread over 10 days, the LA Philharmonic is performing some of the great works Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed during the last year of his life, 1791. Gustavo Dudamel will be conducting selections from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute during the programme, as well as the “Final Piano Concerto” event, which will include performances of Ave verum corpus and the rarer Little Masonic Cantata for men’s voices.

29th September – 8th October

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Avenue, CA 90012

Jazz at LACMA


With over a quarter of a century of fine al fresco jazz performances under its belt, the Jazz at LACMA programme is still going strong. Fantastic Southern Californian musicians, like John Clayton, Kenny Burrell, and Arturo Sandoval have taken part in the free Friday night concerts; there’s a reason over 42,000 Angelenos continue to pull up chairs and picnic blankets during the season every year.

Now – 24th Friday November 2017

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Red Shoes


The US debut of Matthew Bourne’s dazzling double Olivier Award-winning The Red Shoes is dancing onto the stage at the Ahmanson Theatre this September. Itself an adaptation of the Powell and Pressburger 1948 film of the same name, The Red Shoes tells the heartbreaking story of an ambitious ballerina who finds the line between passion and obsession all too easy to dance past.

15th September – 1st October

Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Holidays at Disneyland Resort


There’s nowhere better to celebrate the holidays than the happiest place on Earth. Spread over several months this autumn and early winter, Disneyland Resort is throwing colourful, wonderful parties and events. Look out for Mickey’s spook-tacular Halloween Party and the Frightfully Fun Parade, the Latin American-themed ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party (with giant mojiganga puppets) and, of course, the huge outdoor water dance, the pyrotechnic-fuelled World of Color show.

September – December 2017

Disneyland, 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802

Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic


While making shadow shapes is an ancient form of entertainment, filmmaker and graphic artist Hamid Rahmanian’s production of Feathers of Fire is as cutting-edge and contemporary as they come. Said to be the biggest shadow play ever performed, Feathers of Fire is an adaptation of an epic Persian poem, using colourful, cinematic processes to bring the story to life in an utterly mesmerising way.

20th – 29th October 2017

Bram Goldsmith Theater
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors


One of the most anticipated events to hit The Broad in recent months, Infinity Mirrors is an installation from Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The huge mirrored room, illuminated with countless sparkling LED lights, is an all-consuming work of art, which can only be experienced by one person at a time, making the minute you spend in there experience all the more thrilling. 

21st October 2017 – 1st January 2018

The Broad, 221 S Grand Avenue, CA 90012

Visual Voyages


Taking visitors on a visual voyage of Latin American nature from Columbus through to the explorations of Charles Darwin, the latest exhibition at The Huntington is part of the far-reaching LA/LA project from Pacific Standard Time. The exhibition, formed with collaboration from several international institutions as well as The Huntington’s own collection, includes rare books, drawings, paintings and manuscripts.

16th September 2017 – 8th January 2018

Boone Gallery, The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108

Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld


In addition to being the name of a 1995 photograph included in the exhibition, this show’s name accurately reflect the Sarah Charlesworth’s preoccupation with the idea of doubling, a theme that appears frequently in her work – where she explores the role of images in contemporary society and culture – and this exhibition, which showcases photos taken between 1977 and 2012.

Now – 26th November 2017

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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