FREE ADMISSION — The Museum of Contemporary Art will be among the cultural institutions and organizations opening their doors for free for Grand Avenue: All Access.

This week, we get our culture on along Grand Avenue, eat pancakes while viewing art, celebrate fall in Griffith Park, celebrate Dia de los Muertos in DTLA, check out dinosaurs at the LA Convention Center and head out to the Arboretum for lantern artworks.

Grand Avenue:

All Access

Let’s open with the best of the week, The fourth annual Grand Avenue: All Access, a free look at the cultural heart of LA.

This event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 3, gives you a chance to sample some of the offerings of such cultural institutions and organizations as LA Opera, the LA Phil, Grand Performances, the Colburn School, The Broad and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

There are too many to list, but I highlight a few that caught my eye:

• The Broad, 221 S. Grand Ave., will offer a family scavenger hunt and family-friendly, pop-up gallery talks.

• The LA Phil at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., will host an instrument petting zoo and will hold a percussion workshop for children.

• The LA Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., will showcase young up-and-coming singers and will hold backstage tours. There will also be an instrument making workshop.

For a complete schedule visit


and Booze

The Pancakes and Booze Art Show returns at 8 p.m., Nov. 3, this time at a new venue, the Union Nightclub, 4067 W. Pico Blvd.

The event will feature over 500 artworks by more than 150 artists working in all types of media, live body painting and special to this show, a zombie fashion show.

Your $15 ticket gets you in and also gets you all the pancakes you can eat. Drinks will cost you extra. See Eventbrite for tickets.

Dia de los Muertos Street Festival

The 24th Street Theater, 1117 24th St. (near where the 10 meets the 110), is hosting a block party for Dia de los Muertos from 6 to 10 p.m., Nov. 2.

There will be a procession, live music, dancing, face painting, food vendors and altar making.

What caught my eye about this event is that the theater’s neighbor, The Valaslavasay Panorama, 1122 24th Street, will have performances of Bob Baker’s Marionettes, a pop-up children’s art and curiosities display and a tintype demonstration, showing the photographic process of the 1850s.

Griffith Park Harvest Festival

The City of LA’s Parks Department will host a harvest festival in Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., from noon to 4 p.m., Nov. 4.

The event will feature live music, a childrens zone with a climbing wall, a bounce house and games and local craft beers curated by the LA County Brewers Guild.

Jurassic Quest

Dinosaurs will take over the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., from 3 to 8 p.m., Nov. 2 and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 3-4.

Jurassic Quest will feature more than 80 dinosaurs as well as a ton of dinosaur-related activities and games. There will be fossil digs for your young paleontologists, rides on animatronic dinosaurs and opportunities to make your own plaster fossil mementos.

Tickets are $20. Parking is also $20, so you might want to consider taking Metro rail.

For details and tickets, visit

Moonlight Forest Lantern Art Festival

Now through Jan. 6, the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., is hosting the Moonlight Forest Lantern Art Festival.

“Masterfully crafted lanterns beckon you into the gardens” says. “Some depict beautiful animals, shimmering exotic flowers and intriguing figures from Chinese legends. An evening of dazzlingly color and magic begins.”

The magnificent lanterns reflect three themes: Nature, Children’s Garden and Chinese Culture, all of which embrace the mission and communities of the Arboretum.

Tickets are $38 and available through Eventbrite.

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