Things To Do

36 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [10-17-16 to 10-21-16]

October 17, 2016 by Christina Champlin

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 morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, Oct. 17 to Friday, Oct. 21, features Screamfest Horror Film Festival, the Diversity in Comedy Festival, Left, Right & Center Live, Three-play Fridays at Royce’s Arcade, Digital Nature at the arboretum, and LOTS 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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L.A. County Arboretum

L.A. County Arboretum. Credit to Chris M. Morris via flickr cc

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Monday October 17th, 2016

1. Join the Mondrian Los Angeles and GEN ART at the DIVE IN a free movie screening event highlighting classic and contemporary films every Monday. This week they will screen The Grand Budapest Hotel. FREE

2. The Museum of Broken Relationships will present a unique series of after-hours talks all designed to navigate the good the bad and the ugly of romantic relationships. This week they will host “Space Clearing & Self-Empowerment”, a night of Feng Shui with Dana Claudat, Feng Shui Master.

3. Every third Monday of the month head to Santa Monica to the gorgeous Victorian at The Basement Tavern to see top comedy headliners during Basement ComedyFREE

4. Sweet Rose Creamery’s Studio City Fall Movie Night screening of Addam Family. FREE

5. Runway Playa Vista will launch Music Mondays a free weekly concert and music series. Silent Disco, presented by HUSH concerts will kick off the series. FREE

6. The Oct. 17  lineup of Hot Tub with Kurt & Kristen features Caitlin Gill, Amber Kenny, Pete Homles, Ismael Loutfi, Brian Moses, Allen Strikland Williams.

7. Come on out to Angel City Brewery in DTLA’s Arts District as they host one epic game night that includes 15+ Board Games, 8+ beers on tap, a 3-round cornhole Tournament and one geeky host. FREE

Tuesday October 18th, 2016

8. Screamfest Horror Film Festival showcases some of the best in horror, helping to break out films like Paranormal Activity and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. Expect several U.S. premieres, special panels and more. Happening Oct 18 through 27. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Rooftop Cinema Club features four screenings this week: Dirty Dancing on Tuesday, American Psycho on Wednesday, 20 Feet from Stardom on Thursday and Friday on Friday.

10. The Rocky Horror Burlesque Show taking place at The Rockwell will feature burlesque and Boylesque of the Hollywood Jane Revue. The troupe has years of RHPS shadowcasting experience and guests will see a side of the RHPS like they’ve never seen before. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. Tongva Park in Santa Monica is a free site- specific dance performance by Los Angeles choreographer Lionel Popkin. Titled Inflatable Park the work will feature inflatable installations mixed in with dance performance. FREE 

12. Free admission days this Tuesday for: Los Angeles County Arboretum, South Coast Botanic Garden and Descanso Gardens.

Wednesday October 19th, 2016

13. The Super Serious Show is a comedy event produced by CleftClips featuring both established and up-and-coming talent performing an array of stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. Happening at The Virgil.

14. CreepLA returns Sept. 15 – Oct. 31, promising a bigger and scarier time where the lines of reality and performance art are blurred into your worst nightmare. Tickets available Wednesday through the weekend.

15. It’s a Monster Tap Takeover at Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach. Mother Earth Brewing and Ska Brewing will feature their beers and 80s horror flicks will be screened. Come dressed in costume and get $1 off you beer.

Thursday October 20th, 2016

16. Radio meets stage on Oct. 20 as KCRW’s Left, Right & Center brings their immensely popular political show to a live audience at the Theatre at Ace Hotel with a special look Inside the Political Circus of 2016.

17. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor promises to be darker, more shocking, and even more terrifying than ever. A new spirit named the Iron Master will join a group of sinister spirits and hundreds of their horrific henchmen ready to scare guests in the five different mazes on the ship, along with a Paintball Shooting Gallery, a 4-D horror show, freak shows and more. Check for discounted tickets Thursday through Sunday before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. Go on a unique treasure hunt with discount tickets to the Alchemist’s Lab escape room at the Oddville Art Space. Available Thursday through Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. LA Fashion District will host an Urban Dinner Party pop-up outdoors on a giant 104-foot-long dining table. Guest will be surround by the Downtown L.A. skyline, with live music and light installations. Ticket includes a four course dinner with Chef Felix Barron and complimentary wine provided by Finca La Malena.

20. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening Thursday through Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)


21. In the third installment of The Makers | Artist Conversation, L.A. artists Roy Dowell, Michael Massenburg and June Edmonds, will host an intimate conversation of their artworks displayed at Metro stations. The discussion will take place in the Historic Ticketing Hall at 7 p.m. FREE 

22. Throwback Thursdays at NOHO cinema screens Quadrophenia this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. If the idea of hopping on a bandwagon that travels through the darkness of Griffith Park while monsters hide in the shadows to scare you sounds like fun, than the L.A. Haunted Hayride is the place to be. Happening all weekend!

24. Free admission days this Thursday for: MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen, Skirball Cultural Center, Japanese American National Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art and Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Friday October 21th, 2016

25. For the past 45 years, The Sivley family has been bringing haunts to Santa Clarita, and are back this year with their award winning haunted house experience, Beware the Dark Realm beginning this weekend! FREE

26. Starting this Friday Royce’s Arcade Warehouse will start ‘Threeplay Fridays’ from 4 to 7 p.m. For $3 you get three hours of unlimited play of games such as Donkey Kong, Street Fighter 2, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga and many more.

27. Art and nature collide at the Digital Nature Art Show at LA Arboretum Oct. 21-22. The two-night event will feature artists projecting their digital and video works onto the botanical gardens. Discount tickets are available for this event while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

28. The Diversity in Comedy Festival at Second City Hollywood starts this Friday offering a three-day series of panels, workshops, and performance all aimed at exploring issues of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

29. The Groundlings presents Hook-Up App a new sketch comedy show that spotlights dating in the digital age. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre hosts Urban Death Tour of Terror a immersive haunted house experience every Friday and Saturday from Oct. 7 – Nov. 5. Guests walk through a maze surrounded by monsters and arrive in the theater for a 20-minute performance before reentering the maze, this time with new monsters lurking at every turn.

31. Eat|See|Hear presents Front Porch Cinema, a free movie night under the stars taking place every Friday on Santa Monica Pier from Sept. 30 through Oct. 28. This week Labyrinth will be screened. FREE


32. Knott’s Scary Farm is back with 13 haunted attractions, four new mazes, a thousand monsters and, for the first time ever, standalone Skeleton Room Keys. Don’t miss out on the laser gun fight with zombies! Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. Head over to Oktoberfest in Alpine Village and enjoy traditional Bavarian fun, food, and beer. The is considered one of the oldest running Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California. Festivities continue all the way until Oct. 29.

34. The 1993 Disney classic Hocus Pocus will screen at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood all weekend. Before each screening Rob Richards and the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ will reanimate The Skeleton Dance, one of Disney’s first spooky cartoon shorts. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

35. Bluecollar Halloween Pack Walk at Echo Park Lake is a free Halloween event with mans best friend. There will be a costume contest, raffle, dog friendley pinatas and more. FREE

36. Studios will open after hours to the public during Art Night Pasadena taking place in Old Town Pasadena. The event is free and celebrates local artists through exhibits, live music and entertainment. FREE

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