MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen & Friends Oct. 8 and Nov. 12, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Three-time Emmy award-winner Debbie Allen swings into her third season of Dance Sundays taking place on the Promenade Terrace this fall. Held from noon-2 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month, this invigorating dance series, involving styles like salsa, African, tap, hip-hop and more, encourages all skill levels and groups to get on their feet for two hours of outdoor fun. Be a part of the rumble echoing down Santa Monica Boulevard and experience the rhythm of a special event like no other. No RSVP necessary. (lovebeverlyhills.com) “Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic” Oct. 20-29, Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts Considered “One of the greatest epics of all time” by Francis Ford Coppola, the Wallis, in collaboration with Mark Amin, presents “Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic,” a visually astounding cinematic shadow play suitable for all ages. Inspired by the 10th-century Persian epic “Shahnameh” (“The Book of Kings”), this epic tale follows the lives of two lovers, Zaul and Rudabeh, as they triumph over inconceivable odds. With Hamid Rahmanian’s stunning graphics rendered by Larry Reed in the form of puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation, this 70-minute “live animation” performed in English casts its shadows on the cinematic screen for a unique experience you don’t want to miss. (thewallis.org) Thanksgiving at Montage Nov. 23, Montage Beverly Hills Leave the planning, preparation and dishes at home this year in exchange for an elegant Thanksgiving feast at Montage Beverly Hills. The resort’s 5-star restaurant, Georgie, will be serving a mouth-watering family style buffet from noon-7 p.m. Devour sweeping views of L.A. at the Rooftop Grill with an a la carte menu serving traditional Thanksgiving additions. If your appetite calls you earlier, savor a relaxing brunch buffet in the Marquesa ballroom. With decadent meal options and no cooking demands, Montage Beverly Hills gives you plenty of choices to be grateful for. (montagehotels.com/beverlyhills) MONTAGE KAPALUA BAY Kapalua Restaurant Week Oct. 23-29, Kapalua, Maui Sink your teeth into Kapalua Restaurant Week, returning this fall with a portion of proceeds to benefit Maui Food Bank’s newest program, Aloha Backpack Buddies. Choose from a range of decadent dishes prepared by participating restaurants including Cane & Canoe, The Banyan Tree, Kai Sushi, The Wine Palette and many more. Each venue is offering your choice of a prix fixe twocourse menu for lunch, a three-course prix fixe menu for dinner daily or a special menu item. For every restaurant week item sold, one dollar will go to support the Aloha Backpack Buddies program. (kapaluarestaurantweek.com) Thanksgiving at Cane & Canoe Nov. 23, Montage Kapalua Bay Leave the mess and stress at home in exchange for a decadent meal at Cane & Canoe overlooking the serene ocean waves of Kapalua Bay. Offering a special festive menu and live entertainment for Thanksgiving, this historically rich locale will also offer its a la carte menu for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a holiday buffet from 3-8 p.m. You’ll be glad you left the meal planning at home. (montagehotels.com/kapaluabay) MONTAGE PALMETTO BLUFF Symphony Under the Stars Oct. 3-4, Montage Palmetto Bluff Let John Morris Russell and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra brighten your night as they bring you the sounds of Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Motown featuring the popular group Deas Guys. If you left your planned picnic at home, enjoy music with a delicious meal inside the event’s large festive tent, where table groups may compete for a variety of prizes with concert themed costumes, tables and dinner menus. Gates open at 6 p.m. with the concert kicking off at 7:30 p.m. (hhso.org) Buffalo Run Oct. 8, Palmetto Bluff The Buffalo Run, a 10K, 30K or 50K race benefiting the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, sprints back for its fourth year. Gates open at 5:30 a.m. with the 50K race starting at 6:30 a.m., followed by the 30K race at 8:30 a.m. and the 10K race at 10 a.m. If you prefer to tag along with a team, round up your best and fastest friends for the relay races, inviting groups of three for the 30k and five for the 50k race. With a trail winding deep into Palmetto Bluff’s ancient maritime forests, this year’s Buffalo Run will be an experience worth marking your calendar for. RSVP to book your spot at info@pbconservancy. org. (palmettobluff.com) MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH Laguna Dance Festival Sept. 7-17, Laguna Beach Offering world-class dance on a theatre stage, art galleries and site-specific outdoor venues, the Laguna Dance Festival is the perfect opportunity to experience top-quality performances from international and national touring companies. Featuring performances by Paul Taylor Dance Company (with a dance on-screen program at Laguna Art Museum presenting a documentary on Paul Taylor, introduced by alum Patrick Corbin) and Ballet BC, Laguna Dance Festival offers many special events including First Thursdays Art Walk performances, master classes, as well as the opportunity to meet the dancers themselves in an intimate setting. Founded and artistically directed by former ballet star Jodie Gates, the Laguna Dance Festival draws you into the world of rhythmic storytelling. (lagunadancefestival.org) 19th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Oct. 7-15, various Laguna Beach locations Bringing the studio to the sand for its 19th year, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) presents the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, the West Coast’s most reputable nine-day plein air art event. Showcasing the nation’s top plein air landscape painters competing for prestigious prizes, this fine art celebration features public paint-outs, painting demonstrations, PleinTalk conversations and educational events and activities. Tucked in the picturesque hills of Laguna Canyon at Tivoli Too, the Invitational culminates Oct. 14 with the highly anticipated Collectors Gala, where attendees get the first peek at original art created throughout the week and presented for award consideration. (lagunapleinair.org) Robb Report’s Culinary Masters Oct. 23-25, Montage Laguna Beach Prepare your palate for this delicious event joining some of the most renowned chefs in the world for a six-course gala dinner, raising funds for ment’or BKB Foundation at Montage Laguna Beach. Culinary experts such as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud and Jérôme Bocuse will lend their artistic eyes to every dish, which will be carefully paired with wines undoubtedly worth toasting with. Gear up the following morning for a friendly golf tournament at Monarch Beach Golf Link tucked into the charming bluffs of Dana Point. Later, join together for a relaxed dinner at Montage to raise one final glass commemorating this elegant and fulfilling experience. (culinary.robbreport.com) MONTAGE DEER VALLEY James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour Sept. 16, Riverhorse on Main Straight from Montage Deer Valley, Executive Chef Shawn Armstrong will be stirring up a succulent dinner and wine experience hosted by James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour. This elegant space, rated one of the top restaurants in the country by Forbes magazine, is best known for its American fare, exquisite wines and live music creating a truly full-bodied experience. The event will run from 6–10 p.m. (jamesbeard.org) Howl-O-Ween on Historic Main Street Oct. 31, Main Street, Park City, Utah Gear up your furry friends this year for the annual Howl-O-Ween dog parade strolling up Main Street to Heber Avenue. Beginning at 5 p.m. on Main Street, owners will have the opportunity to flaunt the creativity of not only their pups’ costumes, but also their own. Named one of the top Halloween celebrations in the country by Travel & Leisure magazine, this unique event is a must-see, even for families without paws. (visitparkcity.com) PRIVATE THANKSGIVING DINNER AT CLIFF HOUSE NOV. 23, MONTAGE KAPALUA BAY Gather together your family and friends for an unforgettable banquet at the historic Cliff House at Montage Kapalua Bay. With a breathtaking backdrop overlooking Namalu Bay and views of the neighboring islands of Molokai and Lanai, your lavish meal won’t be the only sight to feast your eyes on. This year’s Thanksgiving Family Style menu will include dishes such as sliced citrus brined free range turkey, buttery brioche rolls, traditional Hawaiian stuffing and much more. For bookings, email mkbcatering@ montagehotels.com or call 808-662-6505. (montagehotels.com/kapaluabay) MUSIC TO YOUR MOUTH NOV. 16-19, PALMETTO BLUFF Music to Your Mouth is back this fall for its 11th helping, serving four days of delectable events filled with many of the best names in Southern food. Savor both innovative and traditional Southern food and drinks prepared by some of the most talented chefs, mixologists, and vintners, as well as a handful of smooth and soulful artists returning this year (plus some new faces) to bring mouthwatering music to your ears, too. Don’t miss the chance to reserve your Whole Hog & A Bed weekend package, which includes a twonight stay at Montage Palmetto Bluff. (musictoyourmouth.com) AUTUMN ALOFT SEPT. 16-17, PARK CITY, UTAH Lift your gaze above the Western mountain range to see the magnificent Autumn Aloft hot air balloon festival taking place in multiple locations in the Park City area. Both Saturday and Sunday, this event will be painting the sky with its main 24 balloon launch at North 40 Fields in Park City, Utah, beginning at approximately 8 a.m. with field access made available at 7:45 a.m. For Saturday only from 8-8:30 p.m., cast your eyes to eight balloon baskets for the Candlestick on Main Street taking place between Fourth and Fifth streets. (autumnaloft.com)
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