Things To Do

42 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [10-23-17 to 10-27-17]

October 23, 2017 by We Like L.A. Staff

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, October 23 to Friday, October 27, features Romance Resurrected at the Museum of Broken Relationships, Flavors Mexico at Skirball, Day of the Dead Weekend in Old Pasadena, Grand Central Market’s 100th birthday, 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 23rd, 2017

1. NPR Presents: Tom Hanks in Conversation with David Greene on Monday at the Bovard Auditorium on the campus of USC.

2. Attention runners! Tonight is We Run L.A. – a nighttime group run event hosted by Los Angeles Marathon starting near Grand Park. FREE

3. Checkout The Nightmare Before Christmas with 4-D Effects at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood October 20-31. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. Happening all week long. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. Boo at the L.A. Zoo returns for a spooktacular season. Highlights include a “Nocturnal Adventure” maze,  “Animals and Boo” creepy crawler encounters, pumpkin-carving demos and other family-oriented fun.

5. There’s a Great Pumpkin Hunt happening at the South Coast Botanic Garden from October 1 through November 30 everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highlights include an imaginative scavenger hunt, light hiking, a pumpkin shop and access to the gorgeous 87-acre grounds. Great for families. Halloween costumes are welcome.

Tuesday October 24th, 2017

6. Learn about the many vibrant regional cuisines of Mexico through in-depth lectures, cooking demonstrations, tastings, and hands-on participation during Flavors of Mexico. Taking place at the Skirball Cultural Center, the monthly series kicks off  with Gilberto Cetina of Holbox, formerly chef at Chichen Itza sharing his recipe for Yucatán fish.

7. The iconic Hollywood Roosevelt is hosting an “Endless Summer” ​Movie + Swim ​series every Tuesday night in October. Catch throwback films as you lounge by the David Hockney painted Tropicana Pool and enjoy a curated menu of food and drink offerings unique to each movie, this week it’s The Lost Boys. All you need to do is rsvp to get in.

8. After multiple sold-out performances in New York, Boston and Los Angeles, Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic will make its debut at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. Feathers of Fire is a dazzling show of shadow puppetry “live animation” of a 10th-century book of Persian poetry played out on a cinema-size screen. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Classic Horror Tuesday Matinees at LACMA will screen The Invisible Man this Tuesday.

10. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with a screening of a Beetlejuice at Montalban in Hollywood.

11. Mr. C Beverly Hills extends their popular Poolside Cinema series into fall every Tuesday evening, from October 10 through November 21. Visit the gorgeous yacht-inspired pool deck where you’ll ensconce yourself in a lounge chair for a film and elevated bites under the stars. The series continues with a screening of My Girl.

Wednesday October 25th, 2017

12. Lucha VaVOOM’s Annual Halloween Celebration taking place at The Mayan Theatre October 25-26 with their highly entertaining Mexican-style wrestling and comedy show.

Immerse yourself in a night of literary delights when the 5th Annual Lit Crawl L.A. returns to the NoHo Arts District. Restaurants, bars, galleries, and theaters will offer an array of literary samplings from the best that Greater Los Angeles has to offer.

13. 260 Sample Sale LA returns with a Paul Smith sample sale at their Beverly Hills store October 25-29. Offering up to %75 off of women’s and men’s clothing, accessories and shoes.

14. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with a screenings of Poltergeist at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles.

15. Horse Thief BBQ, located at Grand Central Market, will screen Beetlejuice on their patio this Wednesday. FREE

Thursday October 26th, 2017

16. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Arts and Crafts movement during the 26th Annual Craftsman Weekend, taking place in Pasadena on October 26-29.

17. Shaun of the Dead comes to the iconic Greek Theater for a special screening that will honor and celebrate some of the film’s most memorable moments. Enjoy zombies, pints, and other surprises as you watch the ghoulish flick. In the spirit of Halloween, dressing up as your favorite Shaun of the Dead character is encouraged! Attendees will also receive a free Shaun of the Dead t-shirt (while supplies last). Discount tickets to the screening are also available while supplies last! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. Enjoy a bit of spooky family fun at  Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch, located at 10100 Jefferson Blvd in Culver City. The pumpkin patch is open daily at 9 a.m. through Oct. 30. There is a related“Boo-tique” pop-up at Platform LA, also in Culver City at 8850 Washington Blvd. The pop-up opens at 11 a.m. Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday-Sunday.

19. Multi-sensory, walk-through experience Creep LA returns to the Music Box in DTLA October 5 through November 12. Inspired by the Amazon Prime Exclusive Series Lore the experience is fully engaging, multi-sensory and super-scary, featuring some of pop culture’s most legendary horror myths. Happening Thursdays through Sundays.

20. Wicked Lit  is a spooky immersive theatre experience taking horror literature and turning them into plays at the Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery. It happens every Thursday through Sunday from September 28 through November 9. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Get Out at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Death Becomes Her at Montalban in Hollywood.

22. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will transform into a seaport of the damned for the Halloween season with terrifying mazes and monsters at every turn like the Iron Master and Graceful Gale. This year they’ll reveal their newest member of the crew, his name is Chef and he’s got a carnivorous kitchen staff with a big appetite. Happening Thursday and through the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride returns to The Old Zoo in Griffith Park from September 29 to October 31. This years theme is “Clown” and features four different freaky zones, a slew of demonic clowns, a corn maze and more. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. Halloween Horror Nights taking place at Universal Studios Hollywood will immerse guests in a three-dimensional world of terror featuring a new slate of mazes, scare zones and a newly designed “Terror Tram” experience. Themes include American Horror Story, The Shining, SAW, Insidious and more.


25. Free museum days: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.),  MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball, Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

Friday October 27th, 2017

26. ‘Romance Resurrected’ at the Museum of Broken Relationships is a fun, festive, and (just a little) frightful way to kick off your Halloween weekend in Los Angeles. Co-hosted by the fine folks at We Like L.A., the shindig will feature drinks, dancing, and plenty of ways to explore the terrifying mysteries of this thing called love.

27. Old Pasadena Day of the Dead Weekend kicks off this Friday. The event features three days of music, activities, and a self-guided Tour of Altars, featuring both traditional and contemporary Day of the Dead altars (Oct. 27-29)

28. Way back on October 27, 1917, Grand Central Market opened its doors to Angelenos. Still in operation and more vital than ever, the Market now celebrates 100 years in business on Friday with a daylong celebration. The 100th Birthday Bash will feature vendors serving items and specials inspired by the food hall’s history. Hear live music inspired by different times in the Market’s history, along with a vintage photo booth, costume contest for prizes of commemorative lapel pins, a book signing of The Grand Central Market Cookbook, and more.

29. Visit Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills when it’s transformed into Scare-amount Ranch, a free family-friendly evening combining nature with film history. FREE

30. LA Critical Mass: America’s Largest Community Bike Ride – This year’s ride starts ride at Wilshire Blvd and Western Ave, Los Angeles, California at 6:30 p.m. Costumes encouraged! (Oct. 27)

31. The undisputed king of comics, Stan Lee is returning to L.A. for his 6th annual Comic Con at the L.A. Convention Center. Hosted on October 27-29, this annual event is a pop culture haven for comic, video game, fantasy and multi-media fans.

32. Eat|See|Hear returns with Front Porch Cinema, a free movie night below the stars every Friday on Santa Monica Pier from September 29 through October 27. The fall film series will also feature music, drinks, and bites before each screening. This week they’ll conclude with a screening of “Rogue Elements” presented by REI. FREE

33. Head over to Torrance for one of the most well-known Oktoberfest celebrations in the L.A. area! Alpine Village Oktoberfest runs September 8 through October 28 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy traditional Bavarian food, beer, dancing, and more.

34. The Sivley family is back for their 46th year of hosting the award winning, Beware the Dark Realm a haunted house experience in the city of Santa Clarita. Haunt kicks off this Satruday and will run every Friday and Saturday thorough the month. FREE

35. 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. Be sure to check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

36. California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles’ Garment District, will open its doors to the public for a big sample sale this Friday. Score fantastic bargains on current styles for women, men and kids. Keep in mind that most showrooms accept cash only, and that you’ll want to bring your own bags.

37. Get ready to shriek, because Urban Death: Tour of Terror is back at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood. This haunted theater attraction features a terrifying performance and a maze of inexplicable horrors, unfathomable monstrosities, and the disturbing spirits that walk among us. Happening every Friday and Saturday this month. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)


38. Silent Classic Horror Festival will host a month long fright fest. This week the 1925 film Phantom of the Opera will be screened at Old Town Music Hall located in El Segundo. The festival takes place every Friday through Sunday.

39. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. The Fly at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Scream at Montalban in Hollywood.

40. Climb aboard the 17th Annual Ghost Train in Griffith Park on October 13-31 and ride on their iconic train into a spooky setting of animatronics, projections and pyrotechnic. The ride is family friendly with no blood, gore or actors jumping out to scare you like most Halloween experiences.

41. The Queen Mary Ghost presents Ghost & Legends a new year-round experience perfect for thrill seekers and scare enthusiasts. Climb aboard the haunted RMS Queen Mary and test your fears inside the massive interactive and immersive haunted attraction.

42. Free museum days:  Long Beach Museum of Art and Museum of Latin American Art (5 to 8 p.m.)

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