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 a big day of free events in DTLA, a farewell to the Sixth Street Bridge, a corgi beach day, the DTLA Oyster Fest, Dia de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever, and more!
So grab some friends or go at it alone, but most importantly have fun and enjoy yourself!
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Friday October 23rd, 2015
1. The 8th Annual Long Beach Zombie Walk & Festival
The 8th Annual Zombie Walk & Festival is set for the weekend October 23-25 at Rainbow Lagoon Park with promises of undead attractions, music, guts, blood, interactive events, and pretty much anything zombie related you can think of. A main draw for the weekend is of course Saturday night’s zombie walk, which starts around 7:00pm as costumed guests gather to roam the streets of Long Beach around Shoreline Village (in a roundtrip 35-45 minute walk). Be sure to check out our friends at Goldstar for discount tickets to this event.
2. Sole Society Sale
Happening down at Sole Society’s HQ from 10:00am to 4:00pm, score the LA-based e retailer’s footwear, bags, scarves, sunnies, hats, jewelry and more, starting at just $6. This is a one-day warehouse sale not to be missed. No large bags are allowed, so bring a small purse or just your credit card.
Location: 8511 Steller Dr Culver City, CA 90232
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D With 4-D Sensory Effects
El Capitan Theatre’s dazzling 4-D screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas, will bring Halloween Town and Christmas Town to life. Watch the movie in Disney Digital 3-D while the 4-D sensory effects, that include fog, wind, snow and more, enhances your movie experience. Find a full schedule of screenings and discount tickets at Goldstar.
4. Oktoberfest At Fairplex
The Fairplex transform into a German playground for Oktoberfest every Friday and Saturday of this month. Expect Bavarian music, chicken dancing, bratwurst and pretzels while knocking back some authentic German beers. Entry is only $5.
IndieCade, is a three day event, featuring indie games from around the world, it’s also an award show, and a conference! Takes place in Culver City, from October 22-25, 2015.
6. 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. Be sure to grab discount tickets (while available) for select dates via our friends at Goldstar.
7. Front Porch Cinema Screens Guardians of The Galaxy
The Santa Monica Pier presents Front Porch Cinema, a free movie night under the stars taking place every Friday during the month of October. Unwind on old-timey lawn chairs and watch oceanfront films on a giant inflatable screen, this week the featured presentation is Guardians of The Galaxy. The Cinema Lounge will open at 6:00pm and the movie begins at 7:30pm.
8. Free Meditation Classes At The Springs DTLA
9. 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.
10. Beware The Dark Realm
Based off a medieval castle, Beware the Dark Realm is a high intensity walk-through attraction complete with flickering torches, stone walls, torture chamber, three-dimensional ghosts, live scare actors and fire breathing creatures. The haunted house is also a non-profit Halloween haunt helping to raise funds/food for the local Santa Clarita Food Pantry.
11. Scotch & Soda Sale At Cooper Building
Score discounts on the Amsterdam-based brand’s womenswear and menswear during the three-day sample sale. Happening Thursday and Friday (9:00am to 6:00pm) and Saturday (9:00am to 2:00pm) in suite 820 of the Cooper Building.
Location: 860 S Los Angeles St Los Angeles, CA 90014
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!
13. 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 r oof of the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre and provide headphones for each attendee. Doors open at 6:00pm with screenings starting at 8:00pm. Kicking off the weekend of screenings is Dazed and Confused on Friday with a Saturday screening of Top Gun to follow.
14. Helmut Lang’s First LA Sample Sale
Helmut Lang is taking over Santa Monica’s Lincoln Creative Studios for a four-day blowout sale. Happening Thursday through Sunday, shopper can score up to 70% off the brand’s women’s apparel and accessories. The sample sale schedule goes as follows: Thursday and Friday 10:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday 10:00am to 2:00pm.
Location: 1656 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
15. LA Boo at the Zoo
Every weekend in October, the LA Zoo’s special season program offers live music, storytelling, fun photo opportunities, jack-o-lantern carving demonstrations, costumed characters, crafts and more. There will even be a “Graveyard Safari” to discover creatures that emerge in the dark corners of Los Angeles.
Saturday October 24th, 2015
16. Grand Ave. Arts: All Access
Grand Ave Arts: All-Access, is a day-long event scheduled for Saturday that features a cross-coordination of freebies hosted at The Broad, MOCA, Grand Park, The Walt Disney Concert Hall, and more! The day will include open rehearsals at the LA Opera, architecture tours, museum exhibitions, performances, food and drink, kids film screening, and a brand new art installation. Best part? Attendance for any and all events is FREE.
17. SoCal Corgi Beach Day
The folks behind SoCal Corgi Beach Day are planning a fall meet-up this Saturday down in Huntington Beach, and it promises to be one epic display of cuteness. Last July 800 corgis showed up for a sun filled day. This time around expect events like corgi limbo, a corgi talent competition, a CelebreCorgs of Instagram Kissing Booth and even a Howl-O-Ween costume contest!
18. A Farewell to the Sixth Street Bridge
Councilmember José Huizar will host a FREE Farewell Festival and Concert for the iconic Sixth Street Bridge this Saturday, October 24 starting at 2:00pm. Artists scheduled to perform include War, Aloe Blacc, Graciela Beltran and more!
19. DTLA Oyster Fest
October is National Seafood Month so celebrate with some juicy oysters this weekend at the DTLA Oyster Festival! The Oyster Gourmet, and a few oyster friends from across the country will be at Grand Central Market this Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 6:00pm for a special pop-up. Market visitors will be able to taste their way through oyster varieties for just $2 a piece!
20. Day of the Dead at Hollywood Forever
The 16th annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Day) festival will take place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on October 24 starting at noon. Come out and enjoy a day of traditional Mexican cuisine, arts, crafts, and plenty of costumed guests getting into the spirit of things. This year’s theme is “Shamanic Visions of the Huichol.” Admission is $20 for adults, children 8 and under are free.
21. A Celebration of Space with Bill Nye
The Planetary Society is marking their 35th anniversary with a big party hosted by comedic science educator Bill Nye this Saturday night in Pasadena. Among the featured guests for the celebration will be renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson who will be receiving the Cosmos Award for the Public Presentation of Science.
22. Goblins And Wizards Market Crafts Faire
Whimsic Alley’s Goblins And Wizard Market Crafts Faire is back, hosting 24 vendors selling their handmade goods. This event spans two days and is FREE to the public! There’s even a costume contest on Sunday! The crafts faire will be held in the Great Hall from 10:00am- 6:00pm on both days.
23. Yoga Poolside At The Line Hotel
[Update: We just got news that Saturday’s class will not be taking place this weekend due to a special event scheduled by the hotel]
One Down Dog has teamed up with the Line Hotel in Koreatown to provide Angelenos and hotel guests with yoga this Saturday and Sunday. Yogis can take a class on the pool deck and hang by the pool afterward or catch brunch at Commissary. Classes are $15 ($10 for hotel guests) and run from 9:30am to 10:30am.
24. BierBuzz Masquerade
Southern California’s first costume craft beer festival BierBuzz Masquerade will have 40+ breweries on hand pouring rare and special brews exclusive to the event. Did we mention unlimited pours? Yep!
25. Barnsdall Art Park’s Famed Outdoor Movie Night Series
Barnsdall Park is bringing it’s fall outdoor screening series to a close. Help raise funds for the park’s capital projects, art programs, historic renovations and gallery exhibitions. The closing 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 on hand to make sure no one goes hungry. This week’s movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
26. EEK! At The Greek!
Symphony In The Glen will perform at the 5th Annual EEK! At The Greek!, a symphonic extravaganza, presented by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles taking place at the Greek Theatre. The family-friendly event will feature the 60-piece Symphony In The Glen Orchestra with Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein performing a creepy collection of frightening favorites, plus a Trick-Or-Treat Village in the plaza prior to the performance.
27. Bad News Live…FREE!
There’s a free live taping of a comedic talk show featuring hilarious comedians from HBO, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, The World Famous Comedy Store, FX’s Sons of Anarchy, and an Emmy-Award winner who’s appeared on TBS’s Conan. After-party to follow. RSVP and get more info on their official Eventbrite page.
28. Hammer Bash
The Hammer is having a FREE party to celebrate their fall exhibitions UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015 and The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris. Rhonda International DJs GODDOLLARS & Paradise will spin tunes all night while guest enjoy, the new exhibitions after hours, cocktails, dancing and even a gif generating photo booth.
29. 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 A Nightmare on Elm Street and an extra screening of Never Sleep Again – the documentary about this iconic film with special guest Heather Langenkamp at Will Rogers Polo Grounds, Pacific Palisades. In addition The Lost Boys will be screened at Westchester Park, Los Angeles. Both screening events will open at 5:30pm with the movie starting at 8:00pm. Discount tickets are available to the screenings via our friends at Goldstar.
30. Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration
Two weekends of Halloween fun for the whole family, there’s even a Day of the Dead Tour of Altars, and Fiesta. All activities like pumpkin decorating and a movie screening of Mad Monster are FREE for all ages. For a list of special activities and dates of events visit the official Old Town Pasadena page.
31. Okipoki Officially Opens
The grand opening of Okipoki is taking place Saturday, October 24th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Serving up fresh seafood in a chef’s counter style environment the menu consists of chef features rather than a build your own style bowl, which is different from most poke restaurants.
32. Cinespia Presents George Romero’s Original Dawn Of The Dead At The Million Dollar Theatre
Cinespia presents George Romero’s original Dawn of the Dead at the Million Dollar Theatre this Saturday. DJs will be spinning tunes, a themed photo booth and a full bar will be there as well. This is a 21+ event.
Sunday October 25th, 2015
33. 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. For more information and discount tickets check out Goldstar.
34. Carrie: The Killer Musical
An immersive, one-of-a-kind musical production of the classic Stephen King tale of bullying, cruelty, and revenge. Now playing at the historic Los Angeles Theater. Performances all week and weekend long. Discount tickets and more information available via our friends at Goldstar.
35. Bootleg Theatre Offering Free Yoga With Kali Yoga All October
The Bootleg Theatre in Echo Park is offering one hour long FREE yoga classes with Kali Yoga every Wednesday and Sunday at 11:00AM all October long. Updates,schedules and an indie rock instrumental playlist for the classes can be found on their Facebook event page.
36. Knotts Scary Farm
For 2015, the Knotts Scary Farm features 11 menacing mazes, tons of interactive scare experiences and more than 1,000 monsters roaming the park and lurking in the fog, whatever you’re imagining, it’s here…at Knott’s Scary Farm. Knott’s Scary Farm takes place on select nights September 24 – October 31. Tickets go for around $46, but sure to check our friends at Goldstar for discount offers throughout the month.
37. Estrella Now Open!
From the folks who brought us Sweetfin Poké, Estrella is the latest concept of Alan Nathan,Brett Nestadt and Dakota Weiss. Located in the heart of the Sunset Strip, Estrella offers all-day service that include chai spiced french toast to sous vide hanger steak with a orange-habanero chimichurri. Mixologist Gia St. George, man’s the bar program at Estrella serving up rock inspired cocktails like the Sunset Boulevard appropriately named- Sex, Drugs, and Rock N’ Roll inspired by Ian Dury.
38. Breakfast Club Cruise-In | Oktoberfest
The Petersen Automotive Museum’s Breakfast Club Cruise-In is back this Sunday. To celebrate Oktoberfest, German cars from their collection will be on display, along with new manufacturers, vintage race and iconic tuner cars. All car enthusiasts are welcome to participate in the car show and contest. Awards will be given for Best-In-Show and People’s Choice. The most historically authentic car will receive The Petersen Award! Aside from the cars, music and food will also be available.
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