43 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [10-14-19 to 10-18-19]

Photo via Nights of the Jack

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday through Friday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, October 14 to Friday, October 18, features Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch, OUE Skyspace hosts Yoga in the Sky, a Zombieland double at Alamo Draft House, Second City Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Festival, Aquarium of the Pacific Shark Lagoon Nights and MUCH more.


Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Monday October 14th, 2019

1. Enjoy a bit of spooky fall family fun at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Culver City all week. Don’t forget to snap that iconic picture in front of the pumpkin house!

2. Femmes The Rules is a stand up comedy show at Lyric Hyperion where male comedians are paired with female (or non-binary) comedians that are allowed to interrupt him with commentary during his set but it doesn’t work vice versa, the male comedian has to just sit and watch quietly during their partners set.

3. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with a screenings of Scream, John Wick 3 and more this week.

4. Pumpkin Nights feature thousands of carved pumpkins across several pumpkin-themed lands accompanied with special holiday activities. Happening October 10 through November 3.

5. There’s a free Monday Night Fiction Workshop at Beyond Baroque in Venice this Monday. The weekly workshop will be facilitated by author, screenwriter, playwright, and director Barra Grant. FREE

6. A colorful, winding installation called The Second Home Serpentine Pavilion is now open at the La Brea Tar Pits for the summer and its 100% free for the public to roam and explore. The pavilion is open daily and will run through November 24. FREE

Tuesday October 15th, 2019

7. OUE Skyspace host Yoga in the Sky a monthly yoga class 1,000 feet above the city. Class begins at 6 p.m. and guests need to bring their own mats.

8. The Natural History Museums latest exhibit dives into the scientific inspiration behind some of Hollywoods most terrifying creatures. “Natural History of Horror” opens October 10, 2019 through April 19, 2020 and will include rare movie props, film footage, interactive activities paired with museum specimens.

9. Scum and Villainy Cantina is hosting a Spooky Tiki Night this Tuesday with a brand new tiki menu, collectible tiki mugs and more.

10. There’s a daily Great Pumpkin Hunt happening at the South Coast Botanic Garden featuring an imaginative scavenger hunt, light hiking, a pumpkin shop and access to the gorgeous 87-acre grounds. Great for families. Halloween costumes are welcome.

11. Hello Kitty Friends Around the World Tour celebrates Hello Kitty’s 45-year anniversary with a multi-room, sensory-rich, brilliant walk-through adventure from September 20 through October 20. The 10,000-square-foot pop-up takes you aboard ‘Hello Kitty Air’ to virtually visit London, Paris, New York, Honolulu, and Tokyo.

Wednesday October 16th, 2019

12. There’s a Zombieland double-feature happening at Alamo Draft House in Downtown Los Angeles this Wednesday where the audience (you) is asked not to “look alive” so come dressed in full zombie attire and celebrate the new Zombieland: Double Tap film.

13. The Haunted 2: Welcome Foolish Mortals is an art exhibit inspired by places like the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Marvel at creepy animatronic works alongside paintings, sculptures, and jewelry. Happening at The Hive Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles the exhibit will run October 6 through November 3 and is free to view. FREE

14. Cocktail bar The Spare Room located in the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is hosting a monthly A Night of Music Jazz Trio series. Music starts at 9 p.m.

15. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride will unify under one theme this year Midnight Falls a fictional town in 1985 filled with macabre characters. Check out the Roadkill Ranch on the outskirts of town; Trick or Treat in a ghoulish neighborhood; drop by the local mortuary, or engage in mini-escape games. Of course, the centerpiece remains the hayride, which will take guests straight to the hellish portal from which the town’s nightmares escape. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

16. Artist Maximillian’s popular horror-themed pop-up I Like Scary Movies returns for Halloween season September 20 through November 17. The detailed and beautiful series of installations is a love letter from the artist to iconic horror films like The Lost Boys, Beetlejuice, and The Shining. Runs Wednesday through Sundays. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Outdoor Voices, ROW DTLA, and Better Booch team up to host evening wellness gatherings for the month. This Wednesday head to ROW DTLA Building 1 Rooftop for a mat pilates work out led by Coreology followed by activations by The Things We Do & beverages from OLIPOP. RSVP is mandatory. FREE

18. Creep L.A. presents the fifth installment of HAUS OF CREEP an immersive 75-minute experience that takes guests in a bizarre world where reality and performance art blur in a very dark way. HAUS OF CREEP will run from September 13 through November 3 on all weekends with some weeknights available.

19. Every Wednesday The Continental Club in DTLA features live jazz hosted by Matthew Yeakley plus complimentary mini cupcakes from Big Man Bakes. No cover!

Thursday October 17th, 2019

20. The Skirball presents Through A Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photography opening October 17. Before he became one of the most prolific directors of our time he was a 17-year old man who in 1945 sold his first photograph to the magazine Look. The public will see photos, many of them unpublished all exposing New York life through the eyes of Kubrick. The exhibit closes March 8, 2020.

21. The Second City will host the Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Festival from October 17-20 celebrating performers of diverse backgrounds across race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity through performances, panels, and workshops.

22. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor returns with six terrifying mazes, including the brand new Rogue, in which the crew either is (or isn’t?) working to save the capsized vessel you’re trapped aboard. Nightly entertainment, rides, roaming monsters, and themed lounges round out Dark Harbor’s offerings. Happening September 26 through November 2. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Club Bahia in Echo Park will transform into the vampire bar in the cult classic From Dusk Til Dawn with vampire shot girls offering El Silencio mezcal, gruesome staged acts inspired by other dark Hollywood films including an occult ritual inspired by Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and some sort of performance by a bloody Kill Bill look-a-like bride.

24. Head to the Greek Theatre for Rocketman: Live in Concert featuring a special performance by Elton John and Taron Egerton with The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra.

25. Nights of the Jack, a half mile trail completely filled with thousands of pop culture inspired hand-carved illuminated Jack O’Lanterns returns to King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas October 3 through November 3 for a spooktacular family friendly event.

26. Clifton’s in Downtown Los Angeles just launched a new Latin Night with two separate rooms of live salsa and Bachata.

27. Every Thursday the Motherland comedy show brings known comics to the stage for free at Filipino restaurant Kusina Filipina in Eagle Rock. FREE


28. Free museum days: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.) and USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

Friday October 18th, 2019

29. The currently under construction Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Exposition Park, presents Lucas Nights: The Art of the Card—Tarot and Lotería. The evening will feature tarot and Lotería card making, conversations, tarot readings, Lotería games, raffles, a DJ, food trucks, and a cash bar. This is a 21+ event. FREE

30. Now in its third year, Haunted Little Tokyo is filling one of Los Angeles’ most historic and exciting neighborhoods with tricks and treats. Activities will span the whole month of October and include film screenings, a pumpkin patch, a block party and a trick or treat night.

31. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre in North Hollywood presents their annual Halloween iteration of Urban Death Tour of Terror. Guests will wind through a short maze before entering a darkened theater where series of disturbing vignettes will be presented one after another. The show runs October 4 to November 2, Fridays and Saturdays plus Halloween night. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. Ace Hotel Celebrates their 20th Anniversary on Friday by throwing a party at the majestic Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA. The line up includes Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, performance artist serpentwithfeet, and experimental artist Zola Jesus. The party keeps going with an after party with DJ tunes.

33. Get up close and personal with sharks at the Aquarium of the Pacific during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests will have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and view large sharks in an after hours setting. FREE

34. Street Food Cinema’s Halloween-themed series at Downtown’s Million Dollar Theatre continues their month long residency with a screening of SAW. Guests are allowed to bring food to the screening and backstage ghost tours for $12 is also available.

35. Want to celebrate Halloween early? Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights has been spooking crowds for over 25 years, the park employs the industry’s best special effects to bring pop cultures most famous movies and shows to life. Mazes include Stranger Things, Walking Dead and the new Ghostbusters experience. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

36. Malibu Wine Safaris launched a Haunted Nights Tour this month promising “otherworldly dimensions, haunted forests, psychedelic sci-fi tunnels and beyond.” Tickets are still available for Friday.

37. The Roots and Wings Project joins forces with the California Arts Council to present LUMINOUS STREETS, an immersive theatrical experience that takes the audience through the Downtown Los Angeles Historic Core including spots like The Last Bookstore and King Eddy’s Saloon with stories that center on women’s survival and pursuit of justice. Happening October 18 through November 10

38. The Fairplex transform into a German playground for Oktoberfest on October 4-19 Fridays and Saturdays. Expect Bavarian music, chicken dancing, bratwurst and pretzels while knocking back some authentic German beers. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. The Sivley family is back for their 48th year of hosting the award winning, Beware the Dark Realm a haunted house experience in the city of Santa Clarita. The haunt will run every Friday and Saturday through the end of the month. FREE


40. Constitution Happy Hour at AMMO at The Hammer continues this Friday with guided, topical conversations about the US Constitution and its role in our democracy.

41. Reign of Terror is one of the largest haunted houses you can attend, and it grows bigger every year. This year promises 115 rooms, encompassing nine different themes, each one connected to the last. Themes include Infected, Asylum, Miner’s Revenge, Fun House, the all-new Containment and more. There’s also a new experience called the Widow’s Den where one should “avoid being wrapped up.” We can only assume that means spiders. Special events include a Lights-On tour ($5), for those who would prefer to see the sets without all the scares, and a Lights-Out, for those who’d prefer to navigate the maze with a single glow stick per group.

42. Alpine Village Oktoberfest returns this Friday with traditional Bavarian fun like Oom Pah Pah party bands, German fare, and delicious cold German beers. Oktoberfest runs Fridays through Sundays October 4 – 27.

43. Knott’s Scary Farm is back with their signature haunted attractions, mazes and thousands of monsters ready to scare the living day light out of you and your crew. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Food Pick for the Week

This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

The Mixing Room at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE will transform their outdoor patio into an Oktoberfest Biergarten every Friday night this month. Sam Adams and Angel City beers will be served while Bavarian eats like Currywurst Sausage, Chicken Wiener Schnitzel, large soft pretzels and Smoked Beer Bratwurst will be offered on the Biergarten menu. Plenty of Oom-pah music and festive decorations will make you feel like your in Munich. The festivities start at 5 p.m. No reservations are required and all are welcome to supply their own lederhosen. The Oktoberfest Biergarten is open every Friday and on select Saturdays (October 19 and October 26.) Prost!

The Mixing Room is located at 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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