This weekend is a mash-up of the best of both summer and fall. For the last of summer concerts, head to DTLA with KCRW and dance the night away or head to Irvine to get a jump start on your pumpkin picking (and catch the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off!). PS: Don’t forget to read our handy, must-go pumpkin patch guide for LA kids.

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Latin Nights at RUNWAY
Join us on Town Center as we continue our live music series with Latin Nights. Hear tunes from salsa, merengue, cha cha, Rumba, Flamenco and a mix of the finest rhythms of Latin America and Spain. Fri. Event details.

Surf City Surf Dog Event
This unique canine sporting event not only features the world-famous dog surfing competition, but also family-friendly activities including pet adoptions, canine play zones, vendor booths, and food trucks. The series has benefited charities such as the French Bulldog Rescue Network, Westie Rescue of Orange County, Golden Retriever Rescue, Barks of Love, OCSPCA, and Huntington Dog Beach. Bring your family and four-legged friends for some fun in the sun! Sat. Event details.

Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch
This pumpkin patch in Orange County is fun for the entire family. Come out and enjoy the many activities for kids of all ages. The Pumpkin Patch is located just behind the train station and admission is FREE. Please note that a gate entrance fee will be charged by the County of Orange for each vehicle that enters Irvine Regional Park. This Sat. they are hosting the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off! Pumpkin growers will see if they have what it takes to win a prize for growing the biggest pumpkin. Cash prizes will be awarded. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Montana Avenue Art Walk
Mark your calendars for the much-anticipated Montana Avenue Art Walk featuring local artists, activities, music, and more. Sat. Event details.

Pasadena Model Railroad Open House
A model train show for all ages. The Pasadena Model Railroad, operates the Sierra Pacific Lines, one of the largest HO scale-operating model railroads in the world covering almost 5,000 square feet. Trains from all eras are operated, steam, diesel, modern freight, old freight, classic passenger trains and Amtrak. Breathtaking scenery and theatrical lighting all combine to make this model railroad one your whole family will enjoy. Mask requirements will be enforced per government regulations. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Topanga Vintage Market Is Back
With over 200 vendors, it’s packed with vintage everything, from furniture to fashion, tools to toys, antique instruments to vinyl records. The front row is a select group of local artisans providing handmades from soap and candles, to fine jewelry, clothing and art. Sun. Event details.

KCRW Summer Concerts
Wilderness dance party anyone? Don’t miss your chance to catch the last summer concert series hosted by KCRW. Fri. Event details.

Acura Grand Prix
The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is much more than a race weekend: it is a three-day, two evening festival, combining world-class racing with a wide variety of activities for the whole family, all taking place on the streets of downtown Long Beach. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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Carved at Descanso Gardens
For three weeks in Oct., thousands of carved pumpkins will line a 1-mile walk through the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove. Along with pumpkins, there will be exciting new oversized sculptures made of sticks and other natural materials. Pumpkin carving demonstrations, the ever-popular pumpkin house, a hay maze, and themed food and beverage will all help to create a fun harvest festival ambiance. Event details.

Haunt O’ Ween Immersive Halloween Event
An Immersive family friendly playground of Halloween adventures and fun! For 31 days we welcome families to interact and engage with EVERYTHING Halloween has to offer all in one place; pumpkin picking and carving, trick or treating, face painting, performances, games, food trucks and so much more! Event details.

Disney Merriest Nites
Mickey Mouse has invited many of his friends to host 6 themed parties throughout Disneyland Park on select nights—so you can celebrate the season in a merry new way.During this separately ticketed holiday event, you can enjoy after-hours admission to Disneyland Park with limited capacity, including select attractions and entertainment, unique Disney Character sightings, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A., themed photo ops, unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital downloads from the event, themed menu items, live bands, dance parties and the opportunity to purchase special event-themed merchandise! The event takes place: November 11-December 9, 2021. Event details.

—Andie Huber

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