Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [10-9-2023 to 10-13-2023]

Pasadena City Hall. Photo by Christina Champlin

It’s Friday the 13th week, which means this edition of the weekly to-dos ought to have some sort of hex over it, right? Well, no hex here. Just a boatload of fun ideas to fill up your week.

This October 9-13 in Los Angeles, check out a movie night at The Godfrey, Roguelike Rumbles in Burbank, John C. Reilly in song at The Elysian, the Los Angeles Korean Festival, ArtNight Pasadena, Son of Monsterpalooza, and more.


Things To Do This Week

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

Movie Nights At The Godfrey -> Stop into the Godfrey Hotel’s I|O Rooftop Bar & Lounge this Tuesday for Halloween Movie Nights. They’ll be screening Psycho (1998) on a 60-ft outdoor screen. Reservations include reserved seating, complimentary popcorn, cotton candy, and access to Godfrey blankets. Spooky-themed cocktails like “Cannibalism” and “Corpse Reviver,” along with devilish treats such as Mini Mummy Dogs, Fried Chicken Monster Sliders, and Pumpkin Queso Dip with Ghost Chips. Entry is free with an Eventbrite reservation, and a $40 minimum spend on food and beverage per person is required. Parking is complimentary when the spend is met. 

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch – > Culver City’s favorite pumpkin village is open daily through October 29. Mr. Bones 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.

Carved at Descanso GardensTP > Descanso Gardens’ family-friendly Carved is back with a pumpkin wonderland featuring a new route, hundreds of carved pumpkins and kid-friendly activities. Tickets run $30-$40 for non-members. The event runs nightly through October 29. Get more info here.

John C. Reilly is Mister RomanticTP > Actor John C. Reilly is back at The Elysian Theater this Wednesday to showcase his musical chops in Mister Romantic, a musical/comedy journey about a man who lives in a box and only comes out to perform (or when someone says they’ll love him forever). Tickets are $30. Show starts at 10 p.m. More info here.

Roguelike Rumbles -> Returning this Wednesday to Roguelike Tavern in Burbank, Roguelike Rumbles is a live, immersive (and oft hilarious) Dungeons and Dragons game where audience members cheer on their favored champion and offer support by purchasing potions, magical items, and more. Pre-game questing begins at 7 p.m., and the adventure begins at 8 p.m. It’s free to attend, but there is a two-item minimum. More info here.

Los Angeles Korean FestivalFA > This Thursday to Sunday, The Los Angeles Korean Festival is back at Seoul International Park, promising four exciting days of festivities. One of the largest Korean-American events in the nation, the fest will feature 250 vendors from Korea and the local community, live performances, and an array of delectable food offerings. Free to attend. 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.

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.

Urban Death Tour of Terror – > 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.

The Last Improv – M > This Friday at Dynasty Typewriter, The Last Improv gathers an A-list lineup of comedians to perform skits based on the stories of a guest monologist who offers impromptu diatribes inspired by audience suggestion. Dan Black hosts a lineup featuring Nicole Byer, Lauren Lapkus, Jon Gabrus, Brett Gelman, Lennon Parham and guest monologist Paul Walter Hauser. GA tickets are $25 in advance. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Oktoberfest at Fairplex -> The Fairplex in Pomona 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.


Movie Fridays on Third Street PromenadeFA > Every second Friday of the month through December, Santa Monica hosts a free outdoor movie on the 1200 block of Third Street Promenade, between Arizona & Wilshire. This Friday, catch a screening of Freaky Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m. No RSVP necessary, but you can get more info here.

Pasadena’s Biannual ArtNightM FA TP > The fall edition of Pasadena’s biannual ArtNight includes free activations at 20 partner locations, including the Gamble House, Armory Center for the Arts, the USC Pacific Asia Museum, and Pasadena City Hall. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m., and there will also be a free shuttle with limited service to transit visitors between location hubs. More info here.

AfterlifeM > This Friday and Saturday, Afterlife’s techno festival takes over L.A. State Historic Park for an experience of mind bending visuals and a live performances from Argy, Kevin de Vries, Julya Karma, and MRAK’s “We Don’t Follow” by Carmine Conte. Saturday tickets are sold out. Friday tickets cost $124.50 person. More info here.

Son of Monsterpalooza -> This weekend, head to Burbank for this three-day (Friday to Sunday) con where guests can meet and hang with award winning artists behind some of the greatest creatures ever created, plus peruse selection of over 150 exhibitors selling one of a kind creations, LIVE makeup demonstrations and more. Tickets run $35-$40 for single-day passes. More info here.

Friday the 13th at New Beverly -> This year, October includes an actual Friday the 13th, and the New Beverly Cinema is doing it right. This Friday, they’ll host a 2 p.m. matinee of John Carpenter’s Christine, an evening double-feature of Jason X and Hellraiser: Bloodline, plus a midnight showing of From Dusk Till Dawn. Tickets are $10. More info here.


Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Salmon Hwe at AB Steak. Photo courtesy of AB Steak.

AB Steak Introduces Delicious New Menu Items -> AB Steak, Chef Akira Back’s modern Korean Barbeque restaurant, has just unveiled two enticing new dishes. The first is a refreshing sliced salmon (Hwe) plate, served with rice puff and ssamjang ponzu, a great addition that cuts through the richness of the grilled meats. The second item is the AB Pizza, featuring wagyu prepared carpaccio-style on a crispy tortilla, drizzled with truffle oil. Both are perfect for sharing, but don’t miss out on AB’s bubbly Egg Souffle topped with cheese and Snow Flower Kkot Sal (Australian wagyu short rib) to take your KBBQ experience to the next level.

Espresso Martini Fest -> Get ready for the ultimate caffeine-infused cocktail experience as Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur presents its second annual Espresso Martini Fest. The week-long fest (October 9-15) includes a number of events from happy hour parties at Normandie Club and Gran Blaco to an Espresso Martini Fest Shake off at Cha Cha Cha.

Oktoberfest at Wirtshaus German Restaurant & Beer Garden -> Join Wirtshaus German Restaurant & Beer Garden in the Fairfax District every Friday and Saturday for an epic Oktoberfest celebration. Experience the essence of Bavarian culture with a tasty menu featuring schnitzel, wursts, and pretzels, complemented by a selection of 35 German beers. Enjoy the lively sounds of Oktoberfest music and don’t miss the stein holding contest. The fun kicks off each evening after 6 p.m.

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