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Welcoming Fall In Northridge

A woman and child smile in a park, surrounded by trees with brilliant fall leaves

One of the northern neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Northridge is the home of California State University, Northridge, The Van Nuys Airport, and a host of quite Northridge Los Angeles Apartments. Like the rest of the city, the Mediterranean climate here ensures that temperatures remain warm, even into the autumn months, and that means there are as many fun ways to kick off fall outdoors as there are indoors. These next few months will be jam-packed with exciting things to do. From refined cultural activities to kid-centric outdoor frolicking, there's a wide array of things for you to get into, and we're going to take a quick look at a few that might pique your interest.

A Bit Of Fun Outdoors

Westlake High Food Truck Festival

You might be wondering, how could an autumn high school festival be exciting? Trek on over to Thousand Oaks to the Westlake High School Food Truck Festival and you'll find out. The fact that "food truck" is right in the title should give you a tip-off. Taking place at the Thousand Oaks Library Park, the event will feature an all-star lineup of stellar gourmet food trucks. Baby's Badass Burgers, Tainamite, Sweet Arleen's and more will be in attendance. Each will be offering something a bit different, so if you're keen on sampling food truck cuisine, you'll have come to the right spot and be contented just by that.

It's not just about the food trucks, though. There will be family friendly activities and that everyone can enjoy. From bounce-houses and slides for the kids, to raffles and open-air lounging for adults, everyone will find something to suit their tastes. Beyond that, live music will be provided, courtesy of the local High School jazz bands. If you wanted to get your fill of big band ensembles and smaller combos, this is the place to do it.

What's more, you'll be doing a favor for the community. Proceeds from the event go to support the WHS Instrumental Music Program, ensuring these talented young musicians will have the tools they need to keep honing their craft and progressing into the future performers they're meant to become. Tickets are only $7.00 when purchased in advance, and $10.00 if purchased at the event. Plus, kids under five enter for free. "Bring your blanket and beach chairs," and show up to support this worthy cause while having a great time kicking off Fall.

Parent's Night Out

While not strictly an "event" in the vein of the Food Truck Festival, the YMCA in Porter Ranch, just a slight ways north of Northridge, offers a unique opportunity—Parent's Night Out—on the 3rd Friday of the every month:

"Enjoy a night out knowing your kids are having fun at the North Valley Family YMCA! Our experienced and caring Child Activity Center staff will provide fun activities for your child in a safe and well-supervised environment."

While the kids are safe, you'll be free to plan a custom celebration to kick off autumn. Head to that beer festival you looked up, or maybe a fall-themed party? The choices are up to you, and you'll have near-limitless freedom (for a few hours, at least) knowing your younglings are stashed in a welcoming environment while you have a night on the town.

Cultural Enrichment

Autumn Nights Music Series

If you don't mind heading up past Santa Clarita for some great music, the Autumn Nights Music Series might be the event for you. Taking place at the Northpark Village Square, this event, which runs from September 14th to November 9th, offers up a selection of family-friendly music in conjunction with a relaxing happy hour.

You can sit and have some drinks, or roam the Village Square while letting the dulcet tones of talented performers grace your ears. Notables include Shani Rose, Ray Howard, and Natalie Wattre, and each performance is free of charge. As noted on the event's Facebook page, this is a great way to "ease into those relaxing autumn evenings," provided you have a Thursday evening free.

Drink, Paint, Create

Heading over to Tarzana, you'll come across Drink, Paint, Create, hosted by Winey Art. This series of events, taking place on Wednesdays throughout October and November, is designed to "add a twist to date night, girls' night out or simply me time." Participants will be able to paint under the guidance of a professional artist, who will lead them through the process of creating a finished work in only two hours. While learning about the painting routine, guests will also be order drinks to lighten the mood and socialize, knowing at the end of the night, they'll have their own personal masterpiece to take home and call their own.

CSUN Symphony

If you're more in the mood for symphonic music, be sure to leave October 4th free. The CSUN Symphony will be putting on a presentation, Elegance Through The Ages, which will "nclude works by Rameau, Handel, Rossini, Debussy, and Beethoven" accompanied by performers Allie Kaster (soprano) and Cole Binkley (clarinet). The event will take place at the Plaza del Sol Performance Hall, with doors opening at 7PM.

Halloween Themes

Reign Of Terror Haunted House

It's not Fall without a haunted house, and the Reign Of Terror Haunted House in Thousand Oaks is delivering one of the most bone-chilling experiences in Southern California. Featuring around 100 rooms of horror, all connected, it's a non-stop cavalcade of heart-pumping action. For those that might need the excitement turned down just a notch, there is also a "Lights On" variety of the haunted house on select days, which removes the monsters, darkness, and frightening special effects. Either way, it's something you'll have to see to believe, and an excellent option for showing some love to the Fall season.

Northridge Los Angeles Apartments Make For Great Place To Kick Off Autumn

In particular, Alder, located on scenic Parthenia Street. A luxury rental community tucked away in a local neighborhood paradise, the selection of fine floor plans, generous amenities, and amazing, resident-focused philosophy make for a superior living experience. Come see what it's all about, and remember that Northridge in the Fall is best welcomed at one of the town's best residences.