Tickets & Events in California

$55 VIP Tickets to San Diego Beer and Music Festival for Two on October 25 ($100 Value)

San Diego Beer and Music Festival

Waterfront Park

$100 $55

Sample more than 65 craft beers and access the Stone VIP Park while grooving to live music and fueling up from food trucks

"The Music of Led Zeppelin" by Silicon Valley Symphony at City National Civic on Saturday, September 20 (Up to 52% Off)

Nederlander Concerts

City National Civic

$45.75 $22

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Full orchestra and rock band join forces to give songs such as "Stairway to Heaven" appropriately epic treatments

Guy Branum, Janine Brito, and Kevin Shea at Cobb's Comedy Club on September 25 or 26 (Up to 56% Off)

Guy Branum, Janine Brito, & Kevin Shea at Cobb's Comedy Club

Cobb's Comedy Club

$18.50 $10

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Enjoy a triple-dose of hilarity from Chelsea Lately star Guy Branun, award-winning comic Janine Brito, and Kevin Shea

Classic Film Series for One or a Family at Warnors Center For The Performing Arts (Up to 53% Off)

Warnors Center For The Performing Arts

Fulton Mall

$40 $19

Classic films played on the first Thursday of each month inside a historic theater

Standup Comedy at Sacramento Punch Line (Up to 76% Off)

Sacramento Punch Line Sacramento

Sacramento Punch Line

$74 $18

Nationally touring comedians headline Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, including Steve Byrne, Shaun Latham and Fortune Feimster

Four-Concert Mini-Series from Long Beach Symphony on Saturday, October 4–May 30 (Up to 50% Off)

Long Beach Symphony Orchestra

Terrace Theater and Long Beach Arena

$198 $99

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Four-concert series includes Beethoven and Mendelssohn symphonies, surf-rock hits from Papa Doo Run Run, and Brazilian bossa nova

"Funny Fun" Standup for Two or Four at Club 21 Through February 28, 2015 (Up to 55% Off)

"Funny Fun"

Club 21

$20 $10

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Comedian Dan Mires fills Thursday nights with headlining standups including David Gborie, Ngaio Bealum, and Kirk McHenry

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Major League Baseball Game at Angel Stadium (Up to 62% Off). Four Games Available.

Los Angeles Angels

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

$20.50 $10

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The Angels' dominant offense looks to lock up a playoff spot during mid-September showdowns against AL West rivals

Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52%Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Interactive dinnertime murder mystery that stars professional actors tests diners’ sleuthing skills throughout a multicourse meal

Dierks Bentley at Stockton Arena on Thursday, October 2 (Up to 50% Off)

Dierks Bentley

Stockton Arena

$36.35 $20

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Country stars share rollicking stompers and heartfeld ballads

Improv Comedy for Two at Made Up Theatre (Up to 57% Off)

Made Up Theatre

Grimmer

$28 $12

Alternating teams perform long- and short-form improv fueled by audience suggestions

"La Bamba" at California Theatre of the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 25, at 8 p.m. (Up to 57% Off)

"La Bamba"

California Theatre of the Performing Arts

$89.75 $39

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Rollicking musical tribute paints a portrait of the all-too-brief life of Hispanic rock star Ritchie Valens

One or Two Private One-Hour Golf Lessons from Joe Smith at Dryden Creekside (Up to 51% Off)

Joe Smith at Dryden Creekside

Modesto

$120 $59

PGA Class A pro Joe Smith draws from more than a decade of coaching experience and a competitive playing career to help golfers improve

Orange County Roller Girls Roller-Derby Bout, or One Month of Roller-Derby Classes (Up to 69% Off)

OC Roller Derby

The Rinks - Huntington Beach

$11.54 $6

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Roller-derby squads face off against some of the top teams in the west coast and train aspiring skaters in fast-paced classes

SCV Music Festival with Aaron Tippin & Blue Oyster Cult on September 26 or 27 (Up to 35% Off)

SCV Music Festival w/ Aaron Tippin & Blue Oyster Cult

Valencia Country Club

$31 $20

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Country star Aaron Tippin and classic rockers Blue Oyster Cult headline a two-day outdoor festival of rock, country, blues, and jazz

Standup Show and Appetizer Platter for Four, Plus 4 Tickets to a Future Show at Ha Ha Café Comedy Club (Up to 87% Off)

Ha Ha Café Comedy Club

Valley Village

$191.90 $25

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Showcases held seven days a week feature headlining comics from around the world, high-energy hosts, and surprise celebrity visits

Squeaky Clean Comedy at Ontario Improv Comedy Club on Saturday, October 11, at 2 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Squeaky Clean Comedy

Squeaky Clean Comedy

$20 $10

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Comedians avoid vulgar and offensive language at a standup-comedy show suitable for guests 16 and older

Sunnyvale Community Players Presents: "Gypsy" on September 12–October 5 (Up to 40% Off). 15 Dates Available.

Sunnyvale Community Players Present: "Gypsy"

Sunnyvale Theatre at the Sunnyvale Community Center

$30 $18

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Sondheim musical tells the true story of how a driven mother inspired the creation of one of the most famous burlesque dancers of all time

Standup Comedy for Two with Nachos and Tickets to a Future Show at The Ice House (Up to 79% Off)

The Ice House

The Ice House

$94.50 $20

Club carries on a 50-year tradition of hilarity that has included Robin Williams, George Lopez, and Jerry Seinfeld

Merlin's Magic & Comedy Dinner Theatre for Two or Four at Rib Trader (Up to Half Off)

Merlin's Magic & Comedy Dinner Theatre

Rib Trader

$119.80 $60

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Medievally clad magician weaves mystical tricks before entranced audiences over a dinner of sumptuous barbecue ribs and chicken

"Rent" at Plummer Auditorium, September 25–28 (Up to 53% Off)

"RENT"

Plummer Auditorium

$20 $10

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Professional production of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical that follows an ensemble of artists as they fight through poverty and AIDS

Silicon Valley Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum on Saturday, September 27 (Up to 39% Off)

Silicon Valley Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum

Santa Clara Convention Center

$80 $49

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Guests including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Congresswoman Judy Chu speak at this annual convention

2014 BANFF Mountain Film Festival Radical Reels Tour at California Theatre on September 25 (Up to 40% Off)

2014 BANFF Mountain Film Festival "Radical Reels Tour"

California Theatre

$40 $24

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Short-film festival celebrates extreme athletes from around the world

$25 for One Ticket to a Spar Star Promotions MMA Event at Hollywood Park Casino ($54.16 Value). Three Dates Available.

Spar Star Promotions Presents "Fight Night"

Hollywood Park Casino

$54.16 $25

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A title fight and a super heavyweight showdown highlight the first of three upcoming MMA events

18-Hole Round of Golf with Range Ball Buckets for Two or Four at Rancho Carlsbad Golf Course (Up to 49% Off)

Rancho Carlsbad Golf Course

Carlsbad

$68 $38

18-hole par 3 course with nary a hole longer than 165 yards makes things easy for inexperienced players and those without a lot of time

$29 for a Visit with Beer for Two to the California Blues and BBQ Festival on September 21 ($72 Value)

California Beer Bestival

Mission Park

$72 $29

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Savory barbecue prepared by talented competitors and craft brews are available for purchase

A Slice of Comedy Starring Sean Carrigan at Mother Mary's on Saturday, September 27 (Up to 45% Off)

A Slice of Comedy with Phillip Medina and Danny Minch

Mother Mary's

$16.45 $9

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Actor Sean Carrigan shows off his comic chops in a standup set at pizza restaurant

Two-Day Pass to Newport Folk Presents Way Over Yonder Feat. Jackson Browne at Santa Monica Pier (Up to 38% Off)

Newport Folk presents Way Over Yonder

Santa Monica Pier

$96.82 $60

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Jackson Browne, Local Natives, and Lucinda Williams are among the rock, folk, and blues acts at this outdoor festival

Christopher Titus: The Angry Pursuit of Happiness at Lobero Theatre on Saturday, September 27 (Up to 41% Off)

Christopher Titus: The Angry Pursuit of Happiness

Lobero Theatre

$34 $20

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Comedian shares brutally honest stories of his unconventional life and tackles topics including terrorism and his dysfunctional family

9-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four Including Cart and Range Balls at Sunrise Golf Course (Up to 69% Off)

Sunrise Golf Course

Citrus Heights

$62 $22

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Rows of shady trees keep golfers cool as they shoot for the 9-hole course's par of 31

"Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" or "Bodies: The Exhibition" through November 16 (Up to 40% Off)

Bodies: The Exhibition and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

Premier Exhibition Center

$25 $15

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Marvel at 200 authentic artifacts recovered from the doomed ocean liner, or explore the human body by viewing carefully preserved specimens

Movie Tickets for One or Two at Warner Grand Theatre (50% Off). Four Options Available.

Grand Vision Foundation

Central San Pedro

$15 $7.50

Watch American classic rock films in historic art deco theater opened in 1931

Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee on Saturday, September 27, at 8 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee

Richard M. Brunelle Performance Hall

$27 $13.50

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PhD-holding comedian draws on academic background and PowerPoint skills to craft cerebral, PG-13-appropriate comedy sets

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Nights with Jason Love at Paseo Camarillo Regency on October 15–December 17 (Up to 47% Off)

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Nights with Jason Love

Paseo Camarillo Regency

$15 $8

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Jason Love, alongside some of Hollywood's hottest stand-up comedians, shares skills that got him on Comedy Central and "Last Comic Standing"

Bay Area Dinner Show Magic and Variety Performance for One or Two (Up to 43% Off)

Bay Area Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

Pasadena Greek Fest at Santa Anita Park on September 19–21 (Up to 75% Off)

Pasadena Greek Fest

Santa Anita Park

$100 $25

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Santa Anita Park becomes a hub for traditional Greek food, dancing, music, and wares for the whole family

Dinner and Jazz Event for Two at Empowering Success Now presents Twilight Dinner and Jazz (50% Off)

Empowering Success Now presents Twilight Dinner and Jazz

Lake Elsinore

$190 $95

Musicians such as Kenny Rice, J. Boykin, and Vaughn Fahie create dulcet tones to accompany dinner, served by Summerly Grille Restaurant

"Top Rock" at Hard Rock Hotel, August 1–September 20 (Up to 50% Off)

Top Rock

The Hard Rock Hotel

$30 $15

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Revue pays homage to '80s and '90s rock hits with a fully choreographed stage show

Weekend Standup Show for One or Weekday Standup Show for Four at The Comedy Store (Up to 72% Off)

The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store

$32 $9

Comedy club once home to Jim Carrey and George Carlin incites laughter with acts such as Sam Tripoli and Mo Mandel

Newark OktoberFest Package with Mug and Beer at Swiss Park on Saturday, September 27, at Noon (Up to 30% Off)

Newark OktoberFest 2014

Swiss Park

$20 $14

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An afternoon of German music, dancing, games, auto displays, and, of course, fine German beers

All-Day Golf Outing for Two or Four with Pull Cart Rentals and Beverages at Washoe Creek Golf Course (Up to 55% Off)

Washoe Creek Golf Course

Petaluma

$43 $21

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Golfers enjoy day of unlimited play at two scaled-down nine-hole layouts with an included pull cart before unwinding with a beer or soda

Movie Outing for Two or Four with Large Fountain Drinks and Popcorn at Laemmle Theaters - Claremont 5 (Up to 40% Off)

Laemmle Theaters - Claremont 5

Claremont

$34.75 $22

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Nibble popcorn topped with real butter at a five-screen theater that showcases everything from Hollywood hits to foreign art-house cinema

Noor Iranian Film Festival at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 on October 17–21 (Up to 60% Off)

"Noor Iranian Film Festival"

Laemmle's Music Hall 3

$12 $7

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Festival in its seventh year celebrates the contributions of Iranian and Iranian-Americans to film

"Murder at the Tropicabana" at Zio Fraedo's (Up to 54% Off)

"Murder at the Tropicabana"

Zio Fraedo's

$127.06 $59

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Audiences help Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel unravel a farcical crime while dining from an Italian buffet

Slow-Smoked BBQ and Drinks for Two or Four at The Cats Restaurant & Tavern (Up to 39% Off)

The Cats Restaurant & Tavern

San Jose

$40 $25

Pitmasters grill 16-ounce ribeye steaks, St. Louis style smoked ribs, and Atlantic salmon, and slow-smoke barbecue for 10 hours

Four Weeks of Beginners' or Intermediate Tennis Classes for One Child from Johnny Allen Tennis (Up to 51% Off)

Johnny Allen Tennis

Multiple Locations

$99 $49

In twice-weekly classes, beginners learn basic techniques, while more advanced players focus on balance and movement during drills and games

Comedy Show with Appetizers for Two or Four at Planet Gemini (Up to 52% Off)

Planet Gemini

Casanova Oak Knoll

$30.95 $14.98

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Duos or foursomes enjoy the comedic stylings of standup acts while munching on bar-style appetizers inside a warm, intimate club

The Magnificent 7 at South Shore Room at Harrah's Lake Tahoe on September 20 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

"The Magnificent 7"

South Shore Room at Harrah's Lake Tahoe

$38.50 $19.25

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Seven studly male dancers from L.A. dazzle audiences with sizzling choreography and chiseled muscles in this Vegas-style revue

Wine and Music Festival for One or Two from Wine, Rhythm, and Brews on October 4 (Up to 39% Off)

Wine, Rhythm, and Brews

Sierra Madre

$40 $25

Sip beer and wine from local producers while listening to live music or participating in the silent auction; proceeds go to charity

Classic Sports Racing Group Presents The Charity Challenge Vintage Racing on October 4–5 (Up to 52% Off) 

Classic Sports Racing Group Presents: The Charity Challenge Vintage Racing

Sears Point

$25 $12

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Historic and vintage race cars from the '30s–'70s race around Sonoma Raceway as onlookers cheer, eat, or even purchase a ride-along

Trapt at House of Blues Sunset Strip on September 21 at 8 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Trapt

House of Blues Sunset Strip

$26 $13

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Alt-metal rockers behind "Headstrong" and "Love Hate Relationship" play their selt-titled album in its entirety

"Boomers: The Music of Revue of a Generation" at Horton Grand Theatre Through October 12 (Up to 55% Off)

"Boomers: The Music Revue of a Generation"

Horton Grand Theatre

$64 $29

The greatest hits of the '60s and '70s come alive in this throwback musical led by seven singers and a tight backing band

The Truth Behind His Success: "The Wolf of Wall Street" Jordan Belfort on September 30 at 6 p.m. (Up to 55% Off)

The Truth Behind His Success: "The Wolf of Wall Street" Jordan Belfort

Davies Symphony Hall

$199 $89

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The entrepreneur whose life story inspired The Wolf of Wall Street shares secrets on sales, money management, and building a business

Fiestaval with Los Lobos and Malo at Cesar Chavez Plaza Park on September 21 at 3 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Fiestaval

Cesar Chavez Plaza Park

$40.37 $20

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Grammy-winning American-Chicano rock band headlines music festival featuring fellow Latin-rock legends Malo and folkloric dancers

Oakland A's Baseball Game at O.co Coliseum on September 21 or 22 (Up to 62% Off)

Oakland A's

Coliseum Industrial Complex

$26 $10

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The A's take on the Phillies and division-rival Angels in critical games that could have postseason implications

$89 for Flamenco Dance Show and Three-Course Spanish Dinner with Sangria at Cafe Sevilla ($163 Value)

Cafe Sevilla

Eastside

$163 $89

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Flamenco performers accompany traditional Spanish dinners centering on paella studded with seafood, chicken, and sausage

$88 for a Murder-Mystery Dinner for Two with Souvenir Mugs from The Dinner Detective ($161.60 Value)

The Dinner Detective Ontario

Ontario

$161.60 $88

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Four-course chicken, salmon, or pasta meal accompanies humor-studded modern mystery theater as guests scramble to find a killer among them

Standup at Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, Thursdays–Sundays (Up to 78% Off)

Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club

Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club

$40 $12

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Comedians seen on late night talk shows, network sitcoms, and Last Comic Standing star on stage

"The Un-Royal Ball" Comedy Dinner Show and Souvenir Wine Glasses for Two on Saturday Evenings (Up to 40% Off)

"The Un-Royal Ball"

Belly Laugh Productions / Courtyard by Marriott at Old Town Pasadena

$132.12 $79

Audience members enjoy a gourmet 4-course meal while witnessing high-jinks explode during an interactive spy-comedy dinner show

Opening Night of Berkeley Symphony Orchestra at Zellerbach Hall on October 2 at 7 p.m. (Up to 53% Off)

Opening Night of Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

Zellerbach Hall

$15 $7

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Elgar's Enigma Variations, a world premiere Oscar Bettison, and a performance of Sibelius's Violin Concerto by soloist Jennifer Koh

$16.99 for Two Movie Tickets and Two Large Popcorns at Moviemax Theatres (Up to $32.50 Value)

Moviemax Theatres

Carlsbad

$32.50 $16.99

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Guests munch on large popcorns while watching Hollywood hits on the big screen, courtesy of new, high-definition digital 4K projectors

The Dollface Dames at Magicopolis on September 13–January 10 at 10:30 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

The Dollface Dames

Magicopolis

$30 $15

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Foxy burlesque team enthralls audiences with evening of striptease, song, comedy, and vaudeville

$19 for Movie Package with Two Tickets, Two Popcorns, and Two Drinks at BlueLight Cinemas ($36.50 Value)

BlueLight Cinemas

Cupertino

$36.50 $19

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Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn feeds movie fans during second-run flicks projected in theaters with DTS and Dolby surround sound

Rockefellas Music Festival at Lake Elsinore Storm Stadium on November 15 or 16 (Up to 50% Off)

Rockefellas Music Festival

Lake Elsinore Storm Stadium

$30 $20

Musical tributes to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Tom Petty, along with local bands and classic car show

Props & Hops Craft Beer Fest on Saturday, November 22, at Palm Springs Air Museum (50% Off)

Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs

$80 $40

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Sample 4-oz. beers from 40+ breweries while listening to DJs and live bands and wandering among a hangar's worth of vintage planes

Ivan Amodei's "Intimate Illusions" at Beverly Wilshire on September 20 or 27 or October 25 (Up to 59% Off)

Intimate Illusions

Beverly Wilshire Hotel

$73 $30

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Award-winning magician dazzles with carefully wrought illusions and witty banter, accompanied by a live cellist

Movie Tickets and Popcorn for Two or Four at Osio Cinemas (Up to 45% Off)

Osio Cinemas

Old Monterey Business District

$29 $16

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Cinema screens foreign films, domestic documentaries, and independent features

"The Vagina Monologues" at Cupcake Theater on August 22–October 4 (Up to 53% Off)

"The Vagina Monologues"

Cupcake Theater

$38 $18

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Women weave stories about their bodies and frankly discuss gender-based violence in an OBIE-winning work by Eve Ensler

$75 for Mystery Comedy Dinner Theater for Two with Magnets at Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater ($130 Value)

Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater

The Imperial House Restaurant

$130 $75

Four-course meal and commemorative show magnets accompany a live, comedic mystery performance with audience participation

One-, Two-, or Three-Day San Francisco Green Festival Visit for One, Two, or Four on Nov. 14–16 (Up to 68% Off)

Green Festivals

Ft. Mason

$15 $7

Browse 250+ eco-friendly businesses and explore a weekend of cooking demos, kids' activities, inspirational speakers, and live music

$85 for a Murder-Mystery Dinner Show and Mugs for Two from Dinner Detective Sacramento ($161.60 Value)

Dinner Detective Sacramento

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

$161.60 $85

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Dinner party descends into wacky madness as an interactive murder mystery unfolds; improv actors play detectives and suspects

$16 for Movie for Two with Popcorn and Beer or Wine at The New Parkway Theater ($29 Value)

The New Parkway Theater

Uptown Oakland

$29 $16

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Viewers recline on cozy couches and love seats while enjoying popcorn, craft beer, and local wine while watching movies on the big screen

Cool Beans Comedy for Two at Ice House Comedy Club on July 26, August 21, or September 18 (Up to 55% Off)

Cool Beans Comedy

Ice House Comedy Club

$20 $10

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Cool Beans Comedy show highlights performers from Adult Swim, The Guild, and their own sitcoms

Movie, Soda, and Popcorn for Two or Four at American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre or Egyptian Theatre (Up to 57% Off)

Aero Theatre or Egyptian Theatre

Multiple Locations

$37 $18

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Historic cinemas screen festival hits and revivals; upcoming shows include Raging Bull, Jaws, and The Shining

Shriekfest Horror Film Festival at Raleigh Studios on October 2–5 (Up to 50% Off)

Shriekfest Horror Film Festival

Raleigh Studios

$140 $70

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Four-day fest includes spine-tingling short and feature films from around the world

Improv or Sketch Comedy for Two or Four on Friday and Saturday Nights at Finest City Improv (Up to 45% Off)

Finest City Improv

San Diego

$20 $12

In its new home attached to the Lafayette Hotel, this comedy theater hosts everything from riffs on classic films to improvised musicals

$17 to See "Foodies! The Musical" at The Shelton Theater (Up to $36.18 Value)

"Foodies! The Musical"

The Shelton Theater

$36.18 $17

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Musical revue’s cast skewers eating habits, kitchen gadgets, and over-attentive waiters

Sushi Dinner for Two or Karaoke Party Room Rental with Drink Credit at Oishii Sushi Bar and Grill (Up to 56% Off)

Oishii Sushi Bar and Grill

Downtown

$25 $15

Cocktails complement menu of specialty rolls, fresh sashimi, and sushi and fuel karaoke performances in private rooms

Standup Comedy at The Comedy Store (Up to 78% Off)

The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store

$45 $10

Comedy club once home to Jim Carrey and George Carlin hosts showcases of nationally known comics and surprise guests

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Amid the bustle of Hollywood Boulevard stand two monuments to the silver screen. One, the TCL Chinese Theatre, oozes with history— imported Chinese stone lions, a 90-foot-tall copper roof, and concrete blocks that bear the handprints of Hollywood luminaries from years gone by each memorialize the celebrated role the building has played in Hollywood for more than eight decades.

Next door, Chinese 6 Theatres is a tribute to the cutting-edge. Six theaters, some with 3D capability, immerse viewers in ultra-realistic picture and sound better than sitting inside Steven Spielberg's android brain. Beyond the plush theater seating, a bar slings cocktails for in-movie sipping and a restaurant serves a full menu for cravings after the show. The service schedule varies for the bar and the restaurant but both will be open during Summer 2013. Whether they opt for the historic cinema or the ultramodern theater, visitors can catch a full slate of acclaimed new releases on their chosen big screen.

The storied history of TCL Chinese Theatre rivals those of the more than 200 celebrities whose handprints, footprints, and autographs are cemented into the theater's forecourt. Erected in 1927 and declared a historical and cultural landmark in 1968, the iconic theater stages movie screenings, premieres, events, and red-carpet ceremonies. Today, moviegoers walking through the theater's main courtyard can revel in the same opulence of those 1920s screen idols, craning their necks upward to take in the looming pagoda that frames the entrance. Inside, the theater's original 1927 screen towers high above the plush red-velvet seats, surrounded by wooden panels that rise to a ceiling with flowing Chinese-style drawings. This classic Hollywood setting is one of the reasons why the theater, in an echo of its origins, hosts celebrity-studded premieres, such as the 2012 opening for Life of Pi and the 2013 opening for Beautiful Creatures.

6925 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles,
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A childhood peppered with basketball, football, and volleyball couldn't keep Mary Murphy out of the ballroom after she was struck by the athleticism of the sport while watching a championship performance in her early twenties. She began to compete around the world, eventually slowing down enough to found Champion Ballroom Academy in 1990 and finally teaching there full-time in between stints on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance.

Mary has plucked like-minded instructors for her studio, some of whom created Core Rhythms, a Latin dance-based aerobics program. Many of the other teachers are competitive-dance champions or black belts in hula hoop. Aside from running a flourishing dance studio, Mary's palpable passion for the art form has also driven her to play a leading role in San Diego's Chance to Dance program, a curriculum that introduces school kids to the artistry and strength-building foundations of dance.

3580 5th Ave
San Diego,
CA
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Its name may contain the word "museum," but The Tech Museum of Innovation prefers not to wallow in the past. Since its earliest days in 1978, it has exhibited the timeless principles of science while also celebrating the latest in technological achievement. In doing so, the institution inspires visitors to apply that same spirit of creative problem-solving to all aspects of life.

  • Size: the mango-and-azure domed building fills 132,000 square feet with hundreds of interactive exhibits and six labs
  • Hands-On Experiments: ride in a jet-pack chair worthy of NASA, feel what it's like to experience an earthquake, or grow jellyfish DNA in a lab
  • Eye-Catchers: the creations inside Social Robots, where visitors design and build robots before dressing them up in hats that a human could never pull off
  • Permanent Mainstay: The Tech Awards Gallery, a showcase of past inventions and inventors from the museum's annual Tech Awards
  • Visiting Exhibit: REBOOT:music lets you create modern music with high-tech devices; try the L?HA! Laser Harp, which substitutes laser light for strings
  • Don't Miss: The Tech Studio, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the prototypes and fabrication of upcoming exhibits?and lets visitors be among the first to test them
201 S Market St
San Jose,
CA
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After one look at the pristine pools packed with toys, and it?s no surprise why La Petite Baleen?s four San Francisco?area swim facilities are so popular with kids. What may be surprising, however, is that the flourishing network of schools started humbly in the backyard pool of John Kolbisen and Irene Madrid.

In 1979, the public school teachers were brainstorming ways to integrate their passion for educating kids with their love of the water. Starting with their own three children, some neighborhood kids, and their logo?Waverly the Whale, John and Irene began teaching swim lessons with a rather progressive philosophy: They approached swimming not just as an extracurricular activity, but as a means to boost self-confidence, build friendships, and learn to overcome fears.

More than 30 years later, La Petite Baleen has become a renowned family of schools, partnered with the U.S. Swim School Association and the Swim for Life Foundation. Part of the success has to do with how children are grouped. In weekly sessions, pods of tots of similar age, skill level, and personality evolve at a similar pace?earning individual achievement ribbons as they do. Kids make friends in the group, and the recurring scheduling means that they can stay enrolled with their new buddies indefinitely or until they grow their own dorsal fins. Each location?s indoor pools are kept at an inviting 90 degrees, in an attempt to make even the most timid student to feel comfortable in the water. Perhaps most importantly, the teachers participate in ongoing training designed to encourage empathetic, yet firm teaching methods.

933 Mason St.
San Francisco,
CA
US

Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

2771 E Shaw Ave
Fresno,
CA
US

Founded with the goal of bolstering childhood development via confidence- and fitness-boosting programs, Tricks Gymnastics, Dance, and Swim's team of instructors keeps kids of all ages active and engaged via a host of high-energy classes. The highly skilled and friendly crew works hard to foster a nurturing environment within each class, keeping a close eye on the kids while teaching them new skills via positive reinforcement and recognition of effort. All three locations offer dance classes that introduce preschool Baryshnikovs to the world of movement and grant school-aged pupils a chance to explore various styles ranging from ballet to jazz to ballroom hokey pokey.

Meanwhile, experienced coaches man gymnastics programs designed to combat inactivity and encourage healthy lifestyles. Young ones aged 0–5 burn excess energy and hone flexibility during Tumblebunny classes, and big kids build strength and character thanks to both noncompetitive and competitive programs. A variety of special events include date nights that enable parents to sneak off for an evening of fun while their progeny plays at the gym. The Folsom location further fortifies its kinetic curriculum with swim programs focused on teaching pupils the essentials of water safety and basic swimming techniques. Paddlers grouped into classes by age hop into the crystalline pool, splashing about in waters kept at a balmy 89 degrees to ward off loitering snowflakes.

4440 Marconi Ave
Sacramento,
CA
US