Pick Your Pumpkin

A hometown event with big time fun, the annual Calabasas Pumpkin Festival celebrates the “Calabaza,” which is Spanish for “pumpkin.” According to local legend, in the late 1700’s, explorer Juan Bautista de Anza was traveling through the area now known as Calabasas when suddenly, his wagon full of pumpkins ​overturned. A few months later, the area saw its first pumpkin patch! 

Some 200+ years later, the the community has made it a tradition to celebrate its namesake with friends, family, fun and of course, pumpkins!  The low-cost, family friendly event showcases the great businesses and organizations of Calabasas. 

Housed along Lost Hills Road and the beautiful Juan Bautista de Anza  Park (3701 Lost Hills Road). The Calabasas Pumpkin Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presented by the City of Calabasas and the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce, the festival features live bands, contests, reptile and wildlife shows, inflatable rides and youth carnival games, plus a pumpkin patch, pumpkin foods and flavors, pumpkin beer, pumpkin crafts and a professional pumpkin carver. CalabasasPumpkinFestival.com

Painting the Town

The 25th annual ArtWalk Ventura, takes place the weekend of October 6-7. The free, two-day celebration of Ventura’s thriving arts community is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. This signature event in Ventura’s historic Downtown and Westside Cultural District offers patrons a free, self-guided (and shuttled) tour of dozens of professional exhibits, pop-up studios, live performances and PODS Containers transformed into mini art galleries. ArtWalkVentura.org

Author Insight

The Malibu Library Speaker Series presents author Sy Montgomery at the Malibu Library Wednesday, October 3, at 7 p.m. Montgomery writes for print and broadcast with the aim of reaching as wide an audience as possible at what she considers a critical turning point in human history.

“We are on the cusp of either destroying this sweet, green Earth or revolutionizing the way we understand the rest of animate creation,” she says. “It’s an important time to be writing about the connections we share with our fellow creatures.” RSVP: 310.456.6438.

Champagne & Polo

The 9th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, Los Angeles returns to Will Rogers State Historic Park on Saturday, October 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees can enjoy watching an exciting polo match while enjoying a day of picnicking and champagne sipping.

Polo-goers and champagne sippers alike can purchase one of three ticketing options, which offers access to Veuve Clicquot champagne bars featuring Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, Rosé, Rich and Rich Rosé. Guests will also enjoy delicious food offerings from some of the city’s most popular food trucks, lawn games and prime seating to cheer from the sidelines during a thrilling polo match led by world-renowned polo player Nacho Figueras.

Veuve Clicquot is proud to support Will Rogers State Historic Park, the official beneficiary of the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, Los Angeles. General admission: $80. VeuveClicquot.Tumblr.com/VCPoloClassic