Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [10-2-2023 to 10-6-2023]

Downtown Santa Monica Metro station. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

First week of the month? Let’s make it a good.

This October 2-6 in Los Angeles, catch a Sketch Party at Benny Boy, The Benson Movie Interruption at Dynasty Typewriter, free rides on Metro for Clean Air Day, Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Culver City, Carved at Descanso Gardens, a Dumplings & Beer Fest in San Gabriel, First Thursdays in Westwood, and more.


Things To Do This Week

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick

Sketch Party at Benny BoyFA TP > Sketch Party’s twice-monthly drawing/drinking meet-up comes to Benny Boy Brewing this Tuesday. They’ll hook you up with sketch paper, pens, pencils, and markers, then it’s up to you to create, mingle, hang out, and enjoy BB’s solid lineup of craft beers and ciders. All artistic levels welcome. Free to attend. Runs 7 to 11 p.m. 21+ only. More info here.

The Benson Movie InterruptionM > What’s better than seeing a terrible/awesome movie with your friends and making fun of it while you watch it? One word: Celebrities! This Tuesday at Dynasty Typewriter, Doug Benson hosts a “your choice” version of his Movie Interruption series with special guests Patton Oswalt, Mae Martin, and Paul F. Thompkins. Guests are invited to bring in a Blue Ray / DVD of their choice, and the audience will vote on what to watch before the show begins. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of. More info here.

Free Events at Oxy ArtsFA > Oxy Arts hosts a pair of free cultural activations this week at their Highland Park arts center. On Tuesday, check out a new conversation series called Oxy Live!, with the first edition featuring writer, artist and non-binary activist ALOK. Then on Thursday, stop by for panel discussion and collaborative art workshop by The Chapter House, an Indigenous community arts organization. Both programs are free to attend. Get more info here.

First Wednesdays at AoP -> The Aquarium of the Pacific’s monthly, evening lecture series continues this Wednesday with sea turtle researchers with NOAA‘s Southwest Fisheries Science Center to learn about the recovery of Green turtles in the eastern North Pacific Ocean. Per usual, the one-hour talk is to be followed by a meet-and-greet, cocktails, and music and crafts in in the Pacific Visions Art Gallery. Tickets are $5 if you buy in advance. Parking is $6 for the for 2.5 hours in the Aquarium structure. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Free Metro Rides for California Clean Air DayM FA > To Celebrate California Clean Air Day this Wednesday, L.A. Metro is offering free rides on all Metro bus, rail and bike services for the entire day. Need somewhere to go? Take the 720 Rapid Bus to The Hammer Museum is see the new Made in L.A. exhibition. Maybe you can take the B or D Lines to Civic Center / Grand Park station for a Wellness Break at the park. Or you could just ride the E line out for a beach day in Santa Monica. Up to you!

Tito’s Fiesta Mexicana at Tito’s Tacos -> This Wednesday, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Tito’s Tacos are teaming up to celebrate National Vodka Day and National Taco Day, which happen to occur on the same day of the year. Coupled with the food and drink will be entertainment by an all female Mariachi band, Mexican folklorico dance performances and Master of Ceremonies comedian Eric Schwartz aka “Smooth-E.” Proceeds will go on to benefit The Culver City Cultural Affairs Foundation. Tickets cost $30 for food and alcohol, $15 for those interested in food only. More info here.

First Thursdays in WestwoodFA > UCLA First Thursdays come in two parts: First there’s the Westwood Village Farmers Market from noon to 4 p.m., then an evening block party from 7 to 10 p.m. This month, the nighttime portion features a night market celebrating L.A.’s diverse food scene. Free to attend. More info here.

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch TP> Beginning this Thursday, 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 cost $10 to $30 depending on date and tickets for activities begin at $1 each. More info here.

Boney IslandM TP > Boney Island has moved its annual Halloween haunt from the confines of Griffith Park to a new home at the Nature Gardens of Natural History Museum Los Angeles. Attendees can expect an array of glowing installations, spooky skeletons, and shadow puppetry interlaced with artistic performances, real fossils from the museum’s collection, live animal presentations, and plenty of trick-or-treating opportunities for the little ones. Boney Island runs Thursday to Sunday through the end of the month, plus October 30-31. Tickets are $25. More info here.

La Cage -> Experience the electric La Cage live show at Hollywood’s Roosevelt’s secret theatre starting this Thursday. Inspired by the golden age of supper clubs and the iconic La Cage Aux Folles nightclub, the evening includes live vocals, dazzling dance, and a live band, all paying tribute to drag culture pioneers with emcee Tommi Rose and surprise celebrity guests like Cheyenne Jackson and Ada Vox. Audiences can also sip on classic cocktails and dine on Cinegrill Theatre’s supper club inspired menu. La Cage starts October 5, with shows on select Friday nights at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets for the show start at $55. More info here.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride -> The signature Halloween experience held in Griffith Park is back for 2023, continuing this Thursday to Sunday. Fictional horror-town Midnight Falls is once again your setting, filled with roaming monsters, a haunted mortuary and of course the iconic Hayride. Tickets start at $29.99. The scares continue on select dates through October 31. More info here.

Encyclopedia Commedia -> This Thursday, Encyclopedia Commedia is back at Lyric Hyperion with a high IQ comed show where performers create short acts based on individual encyclopedia entries and the audience can play along to receive fun prizes. The week’s lineup features Kendra James (Crooked Media, Lovett or Leave It), Alan and Claire Linic (Saturday Night Live), Alli Goldberg (Love Isn’t Blind), and Fahsai (WestCoast Ballroom). Tickets are $15. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Urban Death Tour of TerrorM > Starting this week, Zombie Joe’s annual tradition of Urban Death is back with a brand new series of terrifying vignettes, bookended by walks through a creepy maze. Performances run on Fridays and Saturdays through October 28, with three bonus shows on Sunday, October 29, Monday October 30 and Halloween Tuesday. Advance tickets are $22 per person. More info here.


Carved at Descanso GardensTP > Descanso Gardens’ family-friendly Carved returns this Friday with a pumpkin wonderland featuring a new route, hundreds of carved pumpkins and kid-friendly activities. Tickets run $30-$40 for non-members. Get more info here.

Dumpling and Beer FestFA > On Friday, The Dumpling and Beer Fest returns to the Mission District of San Gabriel this year with more vendors then ever. Admission is free, and if you’re 21 or older, you can purchase tickets for the beer garden ($40), for unlimited beer samples from 14 regional breweries, including Pico Rivera’s Brewjeria Company, San Gabriel’s Ogopogo Brewing and Hawthorne’s Common Space Brewery. More info here.

Oktoberfest at Fairplex -> Starting this week, the Fairplex transforms into a fantastical Bavarian Oktoberfest every Friday and Saturday through October 21 with live oompah bands, DJs and plenty of German food and beers to go around. Tickets cost $12 – $22. 21+ only. More info here.

37th Annual California Avocado FestivalFA > This Friday to Sunday, take a drive up the coast to visit the 37th Annual California Avocado Festival in Carpinteria. The three-day event includes an Avocado Expo, a food court with loads of creative ‘cado inspired dishes, an arts and crafts venue, plus three stages of live music with over 60 performers scheduled. Entry is free. More info here.

Taste of Pasadena -> Pasadena Magazine presents the Inaugural Taste of Pasadena on Friday, October 6, at the Pasadena Convention Center. This event offers guests unlimited tastings from chefs and restaurants spanning the San Gabriel Valley and beyond. Attendees can look forward to a wide array of culinary offerings, handcrafted cocktails, live music, and more. Tickets start at $85.

First Fridays in Bixby KnollsFA TP > The October edition of First Fridays along Atlantic Ave in Long Beach is back for October with live music, extended hours at participating businesses, and special discounts. Runs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
A whole pizza pie from little coyote in Long Beach. Photo credit little coyote Instagram.

little coyote’s Awesome Weekly Pizza Promos -> little coyote in Long Beach offers plenty of specials to add a bit more pizza to all of our lives. Tuesdays are BOGO days, buy one pie and get the second half off. Orders can be made in-store or online, just use the code “bogo”. Stop in on Wednesdays between 4-6 p.m. for Hump Day Happy Hour where you can score $3 cheese slices and beers, $4 pepperoni as well as white pie slices and $5 wines. Deals are available at both Long Beach locations. 


All’Antico Vinaio Now Open -> Florence’s most famous sandwich shop, All’Antico Vinaio, has officially opened its first Los Angeles outpost on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. These colossal rectangular sandwiches are crafted with layers of deli meats like mortadella, cheeses, creams, and greens, all nestled between schiacciata bread. The menu boasts over a dozen delectable options, including favorites like La Summer, L’Inferno, and La Paradiso.

Happy Hour at La Cha Cha Cha -> Tired of the all too common $18 cocktail? La Cha Cha Cha in the Arts District recently introduced a $10 cocktail happy hour. Happening every Tuesday through Thursday, between 5 to 7 p.m. the menu features a Michelada, Spicy Pineapple Margarita and Margarita. 

dineL.A. -> dineL.A. Restaurant Week returns for its fall edition from October 6-20. The two-week promotion features special prix-fixe menus from over 200 restaurants across Los Angeles, with lunch deals starting at $15 and dinners from $25 to $65+.

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