Things To Do

Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [10-10-2022 to 10-14-2022]

October 10, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Pasadena City Hall. Photo by Christina Champlin

The Dodgers’ real season is set to start tomorrow, but if you looking for something to do besides watch your boys in blue play October baseball, you’ve come to the right place.

This week in Los Angeles, from October 10-14, catch Carved at Descanso Gardens, Screamfest in Hollywood, poetry at LACMA, Thursday Sessions at Boomtown, Pasadena ArtNight, FIGat7th Oktoberfest, the San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest, and more. Hope you enjoy the rundown!


Things To Do This Week

Carved at Descanso Gardens -> Descanso Gardens’ latest version of the family-friendly Carved is back with brand new UV light installations by Belgian artists Tom&Lien Dekyvere, alongside a hay maze, pumpkin house, and hundreds of carved pumpkins inside the Camellia Forest. Tickets run $32-$38 for non-members. Carved runs nightly through October 31. Get more info here.

14th Annual Hola Mexico Film Festival -> The 2022 Hola México Film Festival wraps up on Monday with a special movie/concert event at LA Plaza featuring a screening of Enfermo Amor followed by a performance from cumbia singer Amandititia. Tickets are $30. Get more info here

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch -> Now open daily through October 30, Culver City’s favorite pumpkin village offers plenty of family fun, including photo ops in front of giant pumpkin installations, a straw maze, a super slide, petting zoo, giant rocking horses, and pumpkin decorating sessions. Tickets range from $8-30, depending on date of attendance. More info here.

Free Second Tuesdays -> Both The Autry Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offer free admission every second Tuesday of the month.

Black Lagoon Pop Up Bar -> The touring immersive Halloween pop-up bar Black Lagoon is now at Lost Property Bar in Hollywood for a month-long residency of themed cocktails in a wicked atmosphere filled with goth and metal music. No cover and costumes are encouraged. The bar is open Tuesday through Sunday beginning at 7 p.m. 

Screamfest Horror Film Festival -> This Tuesday, the 22nd annual Screamfest kicks off at TCL Chinese Theater with the world premier of Hulu’s Matriarch, paired with an opening night party. The festival continues through October 20 with a diverse lineup of world and west coast premieres, including screenings of Living With Chucky, Slayers, and The Loneliest Boy in the World. Get tickets and see the full schedule here.

Natasha Trethewey at LACMA -> Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Natasha Trethewey comes to LACMA this Wednesday for a special reading, followed by a conversation with Miguel A. Valerio, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Washington University in St. Louis, and IIona Katzew, Curator and Department Head of Latin American Art at LACMA. The free event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. RSVP required. Get more info here.

Letter Writing Nights with Vote Forward -> Join the the folks from Vote Forward at Angel City Brewery this Wednesday for an evening of letter writing aimed to drive election turnout among unregistered and low-propensity voters. More info here.

Thursday Sessions -> Thursdays at Boomtown Brewery now feature live music and a nightly food truck, joined by Boomtown’s ample selection of locally crafted beers. Events start at 7 p.m. No RSVP required. More info here.

Rock 2ND & PCH -> Long Beach’s 2ND & PCH hosts a free concert series on three select Thursdays in October, features a selection of top Southern California tribute bands. This week, catch Bruno and the Hooligans, a Bruno Mars tribute act. All shows free to attend. More info here.

Haunt O’ Ween -> Haunt O’ Ween’s 200,000 square-foot playground of Halloween-themed games, performances, rides, and attractions is now back in Woodland Hills. This action continues this Thursday to Sunday, then on select dates through October 31. GA tickets run $36-$44. Get more info here.

Nights of the Jack -> The annual 1-mile trail of Halloween lights and jack o’lanterns at King Gillette Ranch continues on select dates through October 31, including this Thursday to Sunday. In addition to the signature walk, expect live pumpkin carving demos, face painting, a souvenir shop, and a “spookeasy” offering adult beverages for sale. Admission runs $29.99-$44.99 depending on which day of the week you attend. Get more info here.


Pasadena ArtNight -> This Friday, the fall edition of Pasadena’s bi-annual ArtNight includes free activations at 20+ partner locations, including the Gamble House, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena City Hall, and the USC Pacific Asia Museum. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. Get more info here.

Dumpling & Beer Fest -> On Friday, the Dumpling & Beer Fest takes over the historic Mission District in San Gabriel for a night of highlighting tasty dumpling vendors, craft beer, live music and more. Early-bird beer tasting wristbands are available for $30 through September 30 prices will go up to $35 after September 3. More info here.

FIGat7th Oktoberfest -> This Friday and Saturday, DTLA shopping center FIGat7th celebrates Oktoberfest with a two-day event packed full of danceable DJ sets, traditional brats, and a beer garden featuring brews from Smog City, Crown & Hops, Enegren, Stone Brewing, Common Space Brewing, and Benny Boy Brewing. Entry is to the event is free. Get more info here.

Urban Death Tour of Terror -> Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre’s annual tradition of Urban Death is back with a brand new series of terrifying vignettes, bookended by walks through a creepy maze. Performances continue on Fridays and Saturdays through October 29, with two bonus shows on Sunday, October 30 and Halloween Monday, October 31. Advance tickets are $20 per person. More info here.

Reign of Terror Haunted House -> This award-winning haunted house and walkthrough experience located in Thousand Oaks is now in its 22nd season. The 2022 edition features 135 (!) rooms in 10 different, inter-connected sections within 28,000 square feet of floor space. Standards tickets are $30. Available on select dates through Nov. 5, including this Friday and Saturday. More info here.

Oktoberfest at Fairplex -> Now through October 22, Pomona Fairplex transforms into a fantastical Bavarian Oktoberfest every Friday and Saturday with live oompah bands, DJs and even a No Doubt tribute band plus German food and plenty of beers to go around. Tickets cost $10 – $15. 21+ only. More info here.


Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts Ben Williams Band at Smidt Welcome Plaza as part of the ongoing Jazz at LACMA series, which continues on Friday evenings through December 2. Admission is free, however seating is limited and first come, first served. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(recs by Christina Champlin)

dineLA is back from October 14-28, and if the massive list of deals is too much to consume, don’t fret. I’ve got a rundown of (only) 10 spots that I think you might like to hit up during the fortnight of food offerings, including Bone Kettle, Shibumi, Hanchic., and A.O.C. Peep the list here.

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