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Fall is a great time to check out many of the local entertainment venues here in Southern California. By the end of September, tourists have come and gone and there’s less traffic in the Southland to deal with. Thankfully many local tourist spots in Southern California also are offering exclusive discounts to residents only. Better yet, some tickets are even free (a small service fee applies).
Goldstar.com highlights events in Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire and San Diego with everything from family-friendly theater to comedy shows to concerts and more.
So, here’s a roundup of the best fall entertainment deals in Southern California for families! As always, if you find a great deal that you like, make sure to purchase it immediately. Once tickets are sold, they are gone forever!
Happy Field Tripping!
Southern California Entertainment Discount Tickets
Complimentary Tickets to see America’s Got Talent, Los Angeles
Some of your favorite stars were on America’s Got Talent — so hop on this offer to sit in the studio audience of the hit TV show for free, and get a close up look at Terry Crews, Howie Mandel, Simon Cowell, Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough. Catch every leap, joke and juggle live on stage! Free tickets are available to see a live taping on 8/23, 9/4 or 9/11.
Have you ever dreamed of living inside a giant, delicious fruit like a children’s book character? World of Fruit is a feast for the senses, with vibrant themed rooms and delectable in-season samples from all over the world! Get an intimate tour of mother nature’s sweet bounty at World of Fruit.
Follow Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion down the Yellow Brick Road in this musical spectacular based on the classic MGM Film! Perfect for family members of all ages, this heartwarming show will leave you humming such classics as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “If I Only Had a Brain,” “If I Were King of the Forest” and so many more! There really is ‘no place like home’ like our historic La Habra Depot Playhouse — an actual converted railroad station! Mysterium Theater is so proud to bring such a beloved story to the stage and we cannot wait to see you and the whole family at the theater!
Complimentary Tickets to the Museum of 3D Illusions, Los Angeles
The Museum of Illusions comes Instagram-ready with completely new 3D illusions, and the Upside Down House exhibit that will take your breath away, transporting you to a world of fantasy and imagination! Our 30+ 3D illusions produce eye-popping pics, inspired by cartoon, art, current events, movies and more! Not just that, our Upside Down House features seven unique rooms all flipping the world as you know it, upside down! Guests can look forward to go on an African safari, get close and personal with the elephants, take stage in front of a massive crowd of adoring fans, walk on the edge of a skyscraper in a daring escape attempt. And of course, try cooking breakfast in an upside down kitchen, or relaxing on our sofa, conveniently located on the ceiling. Flash photography is not just allowed, it’s encouraged. The Museum of Illusions is the place to be to create memories and let your imagination soar. Created by some of the world’s best artists, with new exhibitions being added often, so act fast to see them all!
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach that rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. With a collection of singing insects along for the ride, they face hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way. Based on the beloved and quirky story, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr. is a charming and clever new take on the family classic. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty book, join James and the gang in this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery.
Los Angeles magazine called The Really Awesome Improv Show “the best kids’ comedy show.” Patton Oswalt also praised the show, saying “Your kids get to act like goofballs. Highly recommended,” while The Tolucan Times declared “a most impressive, quick on their feet (and wit) troupe.” Now celebrating a nine-year run, The Really Awesome Improv Show features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation and is great for the whole family. There’s a rotating cast so you’ll see different faces and games each week. Great for birthday parties and family outings, enjoy The Really Awesome Improv Show at The Second City in Hollywood.
Complimentary Tickets to Long Beach Comic Com, Long Beach
Avoid the insanity of San Diego while still indulging in all the pop-culture awesomeness that comes with a comic con in the entertainment capital of the world at Long Beach Comic Con. The big-name guest list includes names like Crystal Allen, David Bullock, Howard Chaykin, David Gallaher, Jackie Dallas and guest of honor Shea Fontana. Get your inner geek on and come in costume!
Complimentary Tickets to Kidspace Museum, Pasadena
Los Angeles is a melting pot of culture. Join the Kidspace Museum is celebrating the diversity at their Free Family Nights, an opportunity that includes both family bonding time and a chance to explore the city’s cultures. From the art of Pasadena to the music of Bollywood, you and your little ones will get a taste of what L.A. has to offer, along with themed activities and free admission into the museum for those hours. Exhibits will also get your creativity going with features like the nature exchange, an imagination workshop, the Galvin Physics Forest and more.
If you don’t think a children’s tale set during the Civil War could be relevant to today, just wait until you see Little Women. This production takes everything we love about a good coming-of-age story (self-discovery, sisterhood and heartache), and puts it all to music. If the lyrics make you feel extra nostalgic, that’s probably because Mindi Dickstein also did Toy Story: The Musical.
Evita charts the young and ambitious Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to sainthood. Set in Argentina between 1934-1952, the Tony-winning musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor illegitimate child to ambitious actress to, as the wife of military leader-turned-president Juan Peron, the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her death from cancer at age 33. The events in Evita’s life are presented in song and commented on by the show’s narrator, Che. Well-known numbers from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece include “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Oh What a Circus,” “Buenos Aires” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall.”
Complimentary Tickets to a LA Galaxy II Soccer Game, Los Angeles
Experience the next crop of Major League Soccer stars at an LA Galaxy II game. Playing in the fan-friendly confines of Dignity Health Sports Park Track Stadium, LA Galaxy II matches offer an intimate setting for professional soccer in Southern California. Your ticket includes free on-site parking, plus there are discounted concessions options and a host of exciting promotional nights and giveaways. Galaxy II have been one of the most successful teams in the United Soccer League, having made the playoffs in each of their first three seasons.
Complimentary Tickets to Museum of Dream Space, Los Angeles
Museum of Dream Space (MODS) is the first museum mainly exhibiting digital art in the United States. The design concept of MODS is illuminated by art design from Yayoi Kusama (famous of infinite rooms) and the development of digital art. MODS is a world full of live images reacting on motion. You have a chance to visit a magical world with incredible Illusions supported by very unique technology. Come and take numerous amount of incredible pictures and videos and be a part of MODS world at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles.
This year’s festival includes Twelfth Night and Pericles. In Twelfth Night, a cloud hangs over the country of Illyria as Countess Olivia mourns and Duke Orsino pines. But when Viola (a young woman with a big secret) washes onshore, it soon becomes clear that you can’t keep the human spirit down for long. Music, dance, and lovable misfits abound in one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time, all set against the backdrop of the jazz era. In Pericles, love is lost and found again in one of Shakespeare’s most spellbinding plays. The young Pericles sets out for adventure, but gets more than he bargains for. Twenty-five years later, it’s his daughter’s turn to sail the high seas as she seeks to unravel the mystery of her birth. An epic tale, spanning continents and decades, complete with knights errant, Greek gods, pirates…and more than a few surprises.
America’s Funniest Home Videos, the longest-running primetime entertainment show in ABC history, returns for Season 30 with the same mission: to provide viewers with hysterical moments that fly by at a dizzying pace. These real-life blunders are fun for everyone from four to one-hundred-and-four. AFV, the show that invented the viral video, continues to be a Sunday-night tradition for millions of families from coast to coast. Hosted by actor and Dancing with the Stars Season 19 champion Alfonso Ribeiro, America’s Funniest Home Videos has given away over $14 million in prize money and evaluated more than a million video clips from home viewers.
Complimentary Tickets to The Food Space, Los Angeles
The Foodie Space is the photo-loving foodie’s dream come true. Imagine colossal glitter fries that you can marry, playing with an overflowing noodle bowl of phở, an over-sized tea set mad enough to make Alice jealous, and many more to interactive with! Playing with society’s obsession with social media and #foodporn, visitors will have a chance to take tons of glorious food pics to their heart’s content with larger than life food-themed exhibits. No need to feel embarrassed when taking pics of food here. All interactive exhibits were created by local artists. A collectible pin is included with each admission. Perfect for date nights, family & friends, and gifts for the foodies in your life.