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Somehow, we’re already midway through October, which means the Halloween season is in full swing. There are costumes to consider, parties to attend, and candy to buy. But beyond all of that, one of the very best ways to celebrate the season of spooky is by going to a killer (see what we did there?) haunted house. 

Of course, not all haunted houses are created equal; some are realistic and truly terrifying, while others are more cheesy and funny than spooky. That’s why we honed in on the best options from San Francisco to Miami, so you can be sure you’ll get all of the scares you need to properly celebrate the season. 

 

Orange County

Knott’s Scary Farm

For the month of October, Knott’s Berry Farm is transforming into Knott’s Scary Farm, the

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Modernism Week is an annual Palm Springs event that takes place every February to celebrate mid-century modern architecture, design, fashion, art, and culture. The affair draws thousands of people to its more than 350 events, which include paneled films, lectures, home tours, nightly parties, and a whole lot more for mid-century enthusiasts. The event has become so popular, in fact, that it now features a smaller but no less compelling Fall Preview that gives you a glimpse into what the February event will hold.  

Modernism Week Fall Preview Neighborhood Tours

Modernism Week Fall Preview Featured Home

Dubbed a “mini-Modernism Week,” this year’s Fall Preview will take place on October 17-20 and features over 50 events that allow you to engage with the beauty of mid-century design. For instance, there’s a

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Founded in 2002, Austin City Limits (ACL) is an annual music festival in Austin, Texas, that draws droves of people (about 450,000) from all over the country for its seemingly endless lineup of huge bands and musicians.

Each year, the festival takes place in Zilker Park on two consecutive three-day weekends, with each day featuring concerts from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The concerts run the gamut of genres, from folk and country to rock, hip hop, and indie, so you’ll find all kinds of people enjoying what the festival has to offer. 

Austin City Limits Music Festival
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Speaking of what ACL has to offer, in addition to some of the best musical acts in the world, it features a variety of tents offering unique experiences. For instance,

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Architectural salvage stores offer treasure troves of goodies for interior and architecture enthusiasts. These stores specialize in buying and selling parts from demolished and remodeled structures, functioning similarly to vintage clothing shops but with elements for your home. For instance, you might find a beautiful chandelier, antique doorknobs, or an ornate marble mantlepiece from an architectural salvager. 

In addition to items in these stores typically being cheaper than brand new pieces, they’re often better quality too. Today’s market tends to prioritize quantity and affordability over quality, which means contemporary pieces often feature lower-quality materials and construction than many of the pieces that you might find at a salvage shop. 

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If you like German beer, bratwurst, and bands, then you’ll love Oktoberfest. The traditional festival has taken place in Germany every year since the early 19th century, and cities all over the U.S. are celebrating through festivals of their own. Oktoberfest officially started on Saturday, but celebrations continue in various locations through October.

To help you figure out where to enjoy the festivities this year, we rounded up the best Oktoberfest celebrations yet to come from San Francisco to Miami. So put on your favorite German garb and prepare to dance, eat, and drink your face off at any of the following events. 

 

Alpine Village - Los Angeles

Alpine Village hosts the oldest Oktoberfest celebration

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Located in the Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang is a small city in Santa Barbara County that’s steeped in Danish culture. During the early 20th century, an estimated one in 10 Danes left the poor economic conditions of Denmark, seeking greater opportunities in the United States. Three of these Danish immigrants, Reverend Benedict Nordentoft, Reverend J. M. Gregersen, and Professor P. P. Hornsyld, joined forces to create a Danish colony in 1911, which is what’s known as Solvang today. 

“Solvang” means “sunny field” in English, and it very much lived up to its name during its establishment, featuring abundant farms, primarily for dairy farming—work that many Danish immigrants were doing in their home country. As the city expanded and

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This month, the first net-zero energy and LEED Platinum-designated building in Orange County will open at the ENC Nature Preschool, a school designed to educate children, engage parents, and provide a research forum for early childhood and environmental education. 

Housed adjacent to the Environmental Nature Center, the preschool is one of only three preschools in the world that's LEED Platinum Certified, the highest designation that a building can receive for sustainability and energy efficiency. The Newport Beach-based school is also planning to participate in the Living Building Challenge.  

ENC Nature Preschool Newport Beach Breezeway

The Living Building Challenge is, "a green building certification program and sustainable design framework that visualizes the ideal for the built

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Nestled in the foothills of the Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree is a census-designated place in San Bernardino County. With just around 8,000 permanent residents, the Joshua Tree community is small but mighty, and surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery this country has to offer. 

The high-desert area is best-known for Joshua Tree National Park, but it also offers plenty of lesser-known gems for art, design, and architecture enthusiasts, largely thanks to the artists, thinkers, and makers who flock to the region for the inspiration offered by its unique landscape.

Joshua Tree High Desert House by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg
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For instance, the High Desert House, designed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, belonged to artists Jay and Bev Doolittle who

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This Sunday, August 25th, one of the most prominent, unique, and talked about annual events in the country, Burning Man, will take place for the 33rd time. If you’ve never been there, it can be tough to wrap your mind around what, exactly, the event is; in fact, many people who have been there will say the same. That’s because Burning Man is sort of its own living organism, evolving and shifting each year depending on who attends and what they contribute. But there are a few common themes and activities that you’ll find no matter what year you attend. 

The event takes place each year in Black Rock City, a temporary city in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada that’s erected solely to serve the event. The Burning Man mission includes

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Crestwood Hills is an LA neighborhood that was developed in the Santa Monica Mountains above Sunset Boulevard in 1946. The way it came to be makes Crestwood Hills among the most unique neighborhoods in California. In postwar LA, four veterans and musicians decided to pool their money to buy an acre of land and build homes on each of the four corners surrounding one communal pool. 

The idea of these friends coming together as a community to afford land and amenities that they couldn’t afford alone caught the interest of more and more people. What started as four friends grew to include 500 people, many of whom were artists of various types, who wanted to create a sort of utopian commune. These 500 people came together to form

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