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35 Awesome Things To Do in L.A. This Weekend You Need to Have on Your Radar [10-2-15 to 10-4-15]

October 1, 2015 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend includes the LA Korean Festival, Dark Harbor at the Queen Mary, the LA Haunted Hayride, an outdoor movie at Barnsdall Park, Vegan Oktoberfest, and plenty more to choose from.

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So grab some friends or go at it alone, but most importantly have fun and enjoy yourself!

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Friday October 2nd, 2015

1. LA Korean Festival

Now in its 42nd year, the LA Korean Festival aims to promote the best of what Korean culture has to offer in a massive street fest that includes tons of food vendors, live music, performances, and exhibitions. Oh, and it’s FREE to attend! The festival starts today and continues through Sunday.

2. Rooftop Film Club

The popular screening series that has already held court in London and New York is now here in Los Angeles! For each screening of the Rooftop Film Club series organizers will set up rows of lawn chairs on the roof of the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre and provide headphones for each attendee. Doors open at 6:00pm with screenings starting at 8:00pm. This week screens The Shawshank Redemption.

3. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

Long Beach Harbor transforms into a seaport of the damned this Halloween. At Dark Harbor, six mazes await you that will take you through never-before-visited areas of the haunted Queen Mary. There’s also the Monster Midway, where you, zombies, food and entertainment intertwine, including a sinister freak show and the Mechanical Monster. Keep in mind our friends at Goldstar have discount tickets up to $10 off for select dates in October

4. Nasty Gal Fall Sale

Nasty Gal’s fall sale, happening Thursday through next Monday offers 30% to 70% off on select merchandise in women’s apparel and accessories. Sale takes place at both Melrose Ave and Santa Monica locations.

5. Free Meditation Classes At The Springs DTLA

Urban wellness oasis The Springs is offering a free meditation class at 1:00pm! Grab one of their fresh pressed juices after, it’s pretty much the best in town.

6. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show

The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar (prices starting at $6.50)

7. Creatures Of Comfort Epic Sale

The Creatures of Comfort sale will take place Friday to Sunday. Score 60% to 80% off on labels like Isabel Marant, Acne Studios, Rachel Comey, vintage items and more. Friday and Sunday hours are 11:00am-7:00pm, Sundays hours are noon to 5:00pm.

Location: 7971 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles 90046.

8. Free Trims By Wahl For A Good Cause

Men’s grooming leader Wahl is visiting the Top 10 ‘Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America.’ The last stop on the tour is the #2 city — Los Angeles. Wahl will be parking its 30-foot mobile barbershop at Hollywood & Highland this Friday. A team of master barbers will be offering FREE trims and for every facial hair trim performed, Wahl will donate $1 to ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, a nonprofit that is leading the fight to end prostate cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men.

9. First Friday Freebie Night At The Pasadena Museum Of California Art

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Take advantage of First Fridays at The Pasadena Museum of California Art. Starting at noon and ending at 5pm.

10. Oktoberfest at Alpine Village

Enjoy traditional Bavarian fun, food, and beer at the oldest running Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California at Alpine Village in Torrance. Things kick off on September 11 and the festivities continue all the way until October 31.

12. LA Haunted Hayride

If the idea of hopping on a bandwagon that travels through the darkness of Griffith Park while costumed characters seep out of the shadows to try to terrify you sounds like the time of your life… then step right up to the L.A. Haunted Hayride! The hayride will run from October 2-31 (every Friday-Sunday, plus some Thursdays and Wednesdays), and our friends at Goldstar have some special dealsto save you about $5 on select dates.

13. First Friday at Bixby Knolls

An artwalk, dining and shopping experience where participating businesses in the Long Beach neighborhood of Bixby Knolls businesses unite to promote local artists and musicians through extended operating hours. Fun for all-ages… and free! 630pm-930pm this Friday.

14. What Would You Brew? Is Back!

Ever thought about brewing your own distinct favor of beer? Will here’s your chance! Angel City Brewery is asking What Would You Brew? Simply submit your answer here, the more out there the better! One lucky winner will brew their beer with the Angel City brewing team. In addition, they’ll receive a custom kegerator, case of pint glasses, tap handle and a tin tacker sign. The beer will also be featured during LA Beer Week 2016!

15. Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween is just a couple weeks away but if you can’t wait till then head on over to Universal Studios for a pre-game scarefest! Universal Studios has announced some new features to their annual horror night including the Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness, based on the upcoming Guillermo del Toro film. Walk into the world of Insidious, outrun the park’s monsters and try to survive the walkers of The Walking Dead. They even revamped the Terror Tram with a 3-D maze based on the apocalyptic comedy This is the End.

16. Photography Day at Santa Anita Park

On this special day photographers of all different skill levels will have access to thoroughbred workouts so they can snap their best shots up close. Grab a special voucher from Goldstar that includes a hot breakfast served at Clocker’s Corner, during which top trainers and jockeys will regale you with stories of life at the track.

Saturday October 3rd, 2015

17. Tapia Brothers Farm Pumpkin Patch

Tapia Brothers Farm in Encino puts on one insane corn maze complete with a map and trivia questions! Make your way through the maze searching for the answers, to be submitted into a drawing for a chance to win $100 cash. The pumpkin patch also offers a farmers’ market,  kid friendly attractions, like bounce houses, hay wagon ride, tractor-pulled train and pony rides (weekend-only.)

Location: 5251 Hayvenhurst Ave Encino, CA 91316

18. Barnsdall Art Park’s Famed Outdoor Movie Night Series

Barnsdall Park is bringing it’s fall outdoor screening series to help fund raise funds for the park’s capital projects, art programs, historic renovations and gallery exhibitions. Each event will include pre-screening tunes spun by D.J. youNGNoon from 5.30pm till dusk, plus a selection of wines per Dark Horse Wines as well as several local food trucks (TBD) on hand to make sure no one goes hungry. This week’s movie: Bring It On with a special appearance by Jessica Bendinger .

19. Zombie Fashion Show & Creature Exhibit

Talk about drop *dead* gorgeous (sorry couldn’t help myself).  On Saturday, October 3 come watch as 50 Hollywood makeup artists transform a bevy of beautiful models into gory zombies in this one-of-a-kind zombie fashion show. A $10 cover to the event also gets you unlimited pancakes  courtesy of the folks from the Pancakes & Booze Art Show (woot-woot!).

20. Vegan Oktoberfest

The 2nd annual Vegan Oktoberfest is the world’s first event to marry an authentic Oktoberfest celebration with an all vegan menu. This year’s edition takes place on the weekend of October 3-4 at LA Center Studios in DTLA.

21. Supersonico at the Palladeum

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This Saturday at the Hollywood Palladeum Latin alt rocker Ximena Sariñana along with Columbian artist Aterciopelados, rapper Mala Rodriguez and techno band Kinky as they headline Supersonico, a multi-Stage, multi-Genre cultural happening. If you want more details and discount ticket options, be sure to check our friends over at Goldstar.

22. LA Brewery Art Walk

The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice annual, weekend-long celebration of local artists that featu res over 100 participating resident-artists displaying their work at the Brewery Arts Complex in downtown Los Angeles.  Visitors will have the opportunity to see new works, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the studios. Best part? It’s free! Runs  11:00am-6:00pm on October 3-4.

23. Street Food Cinema

Good movies, amazing venues, up and coming local bands and tasty food trucks. What more could you ask for? This weekend Street Food Cinema screens The Adams Family at Victory Park in Pasadena. The screening event will open at 5:30pm with the movie starting at 8:30pm.

24. VAN Beethoven A Virtual Reality Experience

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is bringing classical music to you! Board the VAN Beethoven mobile experience, touring Los Angeles and making an appearance at the Brewery Art Walk Saturday and Sunday evening. Put on the Oculus virtual reality headset and be transported to a 360° 3-D performance featuring the opening of Beethoven’s timeless Fifth Symphony performed by the LA Phil, and conducted by Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel. VAN Beethoven, is a virtual reality project touring around LA in September through October in different locations of the city.

25. Abbot Kinney Marketplace

The Abbot Kinney Marketplace is a weekly free outdoor marketplace located on the front athletic field of Westminster Elementary. The marketplace which is organized by a family of artistic individuals, was put together so that artist, designers, craftsmen, and more can come together and have a platform to sell their pieces. They also have food trucks and different dj’s who participate weekly. A percentage of the proceeds go to funding school art and after school programs.

Sunday October 4th, 2015

26. KCRW’s 7th Annual Good Food Pie Contest

Join KCRW as hundreds of home cooks and professionals compete at the 7th Annual Good Pie Contest. Visit the galleries inside the Fowler at UCLA, and enjoy a cooking-themed family program and two talks on Native American arts, and sample lots of pies!!!

27. Rise of The Jack O’ Lantern Festival

Attention pumpkin carving enthusiasts! The Rise of the Jack-O’-Lantern Festival features more than 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors arranged in creative ways along a 1/3-mile scenic walking trail all set to an original music score. In 2015 there are two L.A. locations where you can enjoy The Rise, at either Descanso Gardens or Santa Anita Park.

28. Old World Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is in full effect down at the Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Enjoy beers, brats, German baked goods and plenty of live music and activities. Taking place all weekend!

29. Matthew Barney: River of Fundament

Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT is Barney’s first major solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles. Barney’s newest film might be his largest undertaking since his five-part CREMASTER film cycle. The artist made 85 pieces for this movie, including a 25-ton sculpture, drawings, photos, and storyboards, all will be displayed at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA starting this Sunday and will run through January 18.

30. The Ancient Forest At Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens just opened their brand new Ancient Forest over the weekend, the forest features plants virtually unchanged since dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Highlight includes a new cycad collection that includes almost 175 plants representing 66 species including several endangered species.

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31. Frank Gehry At LACMA

LACMA will be honoring Frank Gehry and his iconic architecture with a career-spanning retrospective. The exhibition will focus on the development of Gehry’s digital design and fabrication programs, along with the architect’s relationship with urbanism.

32. Aladdin on the Big Screen

Never seen “A Whole New World” sung on the big screen? Come to the El Capitan Theater this weekend as the Disney classic returns to the big screen! Get more information and discount tickets (while available) via our friends at Goldstar.

33. David Bowie Exhibit At Taschen Gallery

“Mick Rock: Shooting for Stardust, the Rise of David Bowie & Co.” will be glam-rocking it up for one month as Taschen Gallery’s latest exhibit. Showcasing prolific music photographer Mick Rock’s extremely rare photographs of David Bowie and friends during his “Ziggy Years.”

34. Hopscotch

The first-ever car opera will make its world premiere in the second most gridlocked city in the U.S., yep thats us! Hopscotch will take place in 24 moving cars, ticket holders are driven around the city in a car with the performers for an immersive experience with performances taking place inside and outside of the vehicle.

35. Grab A Partner And Compete In The Amazing Santa Monica Race

Part sightseeing, part scavenger hunt and 100% team work! This race will have you and your partner exploring Santa Monica Beach and the Venice Boardwalk searching for clues to solve the ultimate puzzle. Grab your discounted tickets via Goldstar.


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