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40 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Best Keep on Your Radar [10-26-15 to 10-30-15]

October 26, 2015 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 includes an all-you-can-carry pumpkin patch, $1 pizza, a ninja-themed halloween maze, a grip of horror movies at The Wiltern, and a whole lot more.


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

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Barnsdall Park afternoon

Hazy afternoon at Barnsdall Park. Credit: Christina Minh

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Monday October 26th, 2015

1. Valerie Confections Offering Angelenos FREE Samples for a Whole Week

From Monday, October 26 until Friday, October 30 Valerie Confections will be handing out complimentary samples like their Almond Fleur de Sel Toffee, Scotch and Stout Truffles and Chocolate-Dipped Caramel Apples. For more information and a schedule of the delicious samples, see our full story here.

2. Free Meditation Classes At The Springs DTLA

Urban wellness oasis The Springs is offering free meditation class, Monday through Fridays at 1:00pm! Grab one of their fresh pressed juices after, it’s pretty much the best in town.

3. Prime Pizza Celebrates One-Year Anniversary With $1 Slices

Prime Pizza located on the food-centric block of Fairfax is turning one year-old this Monday, October 26, 2015. To celebrate, the critically acclaimed pizza joint will offer $1 cheese slices from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

4. Celebrate The Day Of The Dead At The Iconic Olivera Plaza

There are a bunch of free ‘Day of the Dead’ activities at Olivera Plaza till November 3, 2015.

5. Get Festive With Halloween Inspired Drinks At Bar10 

This week, West Hollywood’s Bar10 will offer two Halloween-inspired cocktails sure to get Angelenos in the mood to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve! The Cauldron is a spiced rum creation with cherry liqueur, blackberry cordial and a dash of fresh lime juice. If you like pumpkin pie the Irish Autumn is made with Tullamore Dew Whiskey, Baileys, a pumpkin spice liquor, pumpkin purée, graham cracker and a pumpkin pie spice crust, it’s like a pie you can drink! These cocktails will be available on Monday until Halloween.

6. Hot Tub With Kurt and Kristen

Comedians Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal’s Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen is one of the most popular weekly variety shows happening at The Virgil. You might recognize Kurt from Chelsea Lately and Kristen from The Daily Show and Flight of the Concords. Laugh your butt off for just $5 bucks or $8 at the door. Get your advance tickets here.

Tuesday October 27th, 2015

7. Toca Madera Introduces New Seasonal Fall Menu

Executive Chef Raymond Alvarez uses fresh locally sourced ingredients with an emphasis on organic in his ”barrio style” inspired dishes. Toca Madera’s new seasonal menu items include: spaghetti squash tacos, filet mignon and truffles, grilled citrus salmon and a red Aztec pozole.

8. Rooftop Film Club

The popular screening series that has already held court in London and New York is now here in Los Angeles! For each screening of the Rooftop Film Club series organizers will set up rows of lawn chairs on the r oof of the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre and provide headphones for each attendee. Doors open at 6:00pm with screenings starting at 8:00pm. Kicking off the week of screenings is The Thing on Tuesday, Nightmare on Elm Street on Wednesday, Psycho on Thursday and Friday 13th on Friday.

9. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens Weird Women 

LACMA will screen Weird Women. This ongoing  Tuesday Matinee film series cost $2 for members and $4 for non members.

10. Gourmet Food Truck Night

Every Tuesday night the California Heritage Museum holds a Gourmet Truck Night at the museum showcasing a select of gourmet truck eateries.  All happening from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

11. Carrie: The Killer Musical

An immersive,  one-of-a-kind musical production of the classic Stephen King tale of bullying, cruelty, and revenge. Now playing at the historic Los Angeles Theater. Performances all week and weekend long. Discount tickets and more information available via our friends at Goldstar.

12. The Ancient Forest At Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens just opened their brand new Ancient Forest over the weekend, the forest features plants virtually unchanged since dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Highlight includes a new cycad collection that includes almost 175 plants representing 66 species including several endangered species.

Wednesday October 28th, 2015

13. All-You-Can-Carry Pumpkin Patch At Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market 

Come out to the Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market for the all you can carry pumpkin patch event. For just $5 take home as many pumpkins as you can carry down a 25-foot long pumpkin patch lane. Goodluck!

14. Lucha Va Voom’s “Mexican Horror Story”

Happening at the Mayan Theater this event will have wrestling matches, aerial performers, contortionists, and plenty of other wacky antics. Tickets range from $40 to $75 and if you can’t make Wednesday’s show there’s one more on Thursday.

15. LA Haunted Hayride

If the idea of hopping on a bandwagon that travels through the darkness of Griffith Park while costumed characters seep out of the shadows to try to terrify you sounds like the time of your life… then step right up to the L.A. Haunted Hayride!

16. Bootleg Theatre Offering Free Yoga With Kali Yoga All October

The Bootleg Theatre in Echo Park is offering one hour long FREE yoga classes with Kali Yoga every Wednesday and Sunday at 11:00AM all October long. Updates,schedules and an indie rock instrumental playlist for the classes can be found on their Facebook event page.

17. Knotts Scary Farm

For 2015, the Knotts Scary Farm features 11 menacing mazes, tons of interactive scare experiences and more than 1,000 monsters roaming the park and lurking in the fog, whatever you’re imagining, it’s here…at Knott’s Scary Farm. Knott’s Scary Farm takes place on select nights September 24 – October 31. Tickets go for around $46, but sure to check our friends at Goldstar for discount offers throughout the month.

18. The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D With 4-D Sensory Effects

El Capitan Theatre’s dazzling 4-D screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas, will bring Halloween Town and Christmas Town to life. Watch the movie in Disney Digital 3-D while the 4-D sensory effects, that include fog, wind, snow and more, enhances your movie experience. Find a full schedule of screenings for this week and discount tickets at Goldstar.

Thursday October 29th, 2015

19. Free Movie Screening in California Plaza

The folks from Grand Performances continue their FREE fall movie series with a screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit at California Plaza in DTLA.

20. Rise of The Jack O’ Lantern Festival

Attention pumpkin carving enthusiasts! The Rise of the Jack-O’-Lantern Festival features more than 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors arranged in creative ways along a 1/3-mile scenic walking trail all set to an original music score. In 2015 there are two L.A. locations where you can enjoy The Rise, at either Descanso Gardens or Santa Anita Park. Be sure to look for some discount ticket options via our friends at Goldstar for this event (while supplies last).

21. Game Night At Grand Central Market

Eat, drink and play every Thursday at Grand Central Market. Grab dinner and cocktails then top the night off with an assortment of games from Jenga to ping pong. The festivities end at 9pm for all the early risers out there!

22. MOCA Free Night

Every Thursday evening from 5:00pm – 8:00pm admission is free to both the MOCA on Grand and The Geffen Contemporary.

23. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

Long Beach Harbor transforms into a seaport of the damned this Halloween. At Dark Harbor, six mazes await you that will take you through never-before-visited areas of the haunted Queen Mary. There’s also the Monster Midway, where you, zombies, food and entertainment intertwine, including a sinister freak show and the Mechanical Monster. Be sure to grab discount tickets (while available) for select dates via our friends at Goldstar.

24. Free Night At The Skirball Cultural Center 

The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday.


Friday October 30th, 2015

25. SkyBar At The Mondrian Is Throwing A Batman-themed Costume Bash

SkyBar at the Mondrian presents Return to Gotham, a Batman-themed costume bash that takes place Friday and Saturday.

26. Revenge of the Ninja

Revenge of the Ninja is a ninja-themed haunted maze featuring a 3500 square foot indoor/outdoor solid-walled labyrinth that includes “heart-stopping displays, mind-boggling special effects, and nightmarish scare talent.”  Well, at least that’s what the organizers say! The maze is put together and sponsored by the Way of the Shadow Martial Arts Academy in Torrance.

27. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar And Sanrio® Gudetama® Special Collaboration Menu

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar and Sanrio are teaming up to introduce the newest Sanrio member Gudetama, the lazy egg, through a special multi-course menu. Starting October 30th and running through November 29th, a specially developed Gudetama-inspired menu created by Executive Chef Ernesto Uchimura will be available for $39 and each menu set will come with a limited edition Gudetama t-shirt. Gudetama is also set to make special restaurant appearances throughout the month at all Plan Check locations.

28. The Wiltern’s Night of Horror

The Wiltern theater will be transformed into a haunted house to host a pre-halloween mega bash featuring a back-to-back-to-back-back horror movie screening (including An American Werewolf in London and Cabin in the Woods), a dance party hosted by Henry Pope, costume contest, virtual reality horror film showcase and live hollywood FX makeup presentation by Cinema Makeup School. Be sure to check for discount tickets for the event via our friends at Goldstar (while supplies last).

29. Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo

Stan Lee’s Comikaze is a multi-media pop culture convention, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Comikaze assembles comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and all things pop-culture, making it a mash up of comic con and a pop-culture convention.

30. Sound Bath At One Down Dog In Eagle Rock With Jamie Ford

No need to drive way into the dessert for a sound bath. Jamie Ford is stopping by One Down Dog this Friday! Relax in savasana as the healing tones of planetary gongs and crystal singing bowls bathe you in vibration. Reach a deep state of relaxation and meditation. Leave feeling “re-tuned”, restored and rebalanced. The sound bath will take place from 7:30pm to 9:00pm and cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Register on the One Down Dog events workshops page.

31. Tales From The Crypt Halloween Special

The Captured Aural Phantasy Theater  is bringing back to life the “Tales from the Crypt” comic book. Relive old stories that inspired generations of horror-tellers performed live right in front of you! Happening at The Bob Baker Marionette Theater Thursday and Friday.

32. California Market Center Showroom Sample Sale Event

Open to the public once a month the California Market Center hosts a showroom sample sale event where 13 floors of participating showrooms open their doors from 9:00am-3:00pm to savvy patrons.

33. Beware The Dark Realm

Based off a medieval castle, Beware the Dark Realm is a high intensity walk-through attraction complete with flickering torches, stone walls, torture chamber, three-dimensional ghosts, live scare actors and fire breathing creatures. The haunted house is also a non-profit Halloween haunt helping to raise funds/food for the local Santa Clarita Food Pantry.

34. OktoberBeast at Alpine Village

Enjoy traditional Bavarian fun, food, and beer with a Halloween twist this weekend at the oldest running Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California the Alpine Village in Torrance. The festivities will continue on Saturday too.

35. Front Porch Cinema Screens Ghostbusters

The Santa Monica Pier presents Front Porch Cinema, a free movie night under the stars taking place every Friday during the month of October. Unwind on old-timey lawn chairs and watch oceanfront films on a giant inflatable screen, this week the featured presentation is Ghostbusters. The Cinema Lounge will open at 6:00pm and the movie begins at 7:30pm.


36. LA Boo at the Zoo

Every weekend in October, the LA Zoo’s special season program offers live music, storytelling, fun photo opportunities, jack-o-lantern carving demonstrations, costumed characters, crafts and more. There will even be a “Graveyard Safari” to discover creatures that emerge in the dark corners of Los Angeles.

37. Celebrate Hallow’s Eve At Bow & Truss

Latin-inspired restaurant Bow & Truss presents a special Halloween’s Eve celebration. The evening will feature a costume contest, games,happy hour all night and a special Halloween-themed dessert!

38. Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween is just a couple weeks away but if you can’t wait till then head on over to Universal Studios for a pre-game scarefest! Universal Studios has announced some new features to their annual horror night including the Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness, based on the upcoming Guillermo del Toro film. Walk into the world of Insidious, outrun the park’s monsters and try to survive the walkers of The Walking Dead. They even revamped the Terror Tram with a 3-D maze based on the apocalyptic comedy This is the End.

39. BOGO Day At The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

On Friday, October 30, 2015 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is celebrating Halloween with a BOGO Pumpkin treat. Coffee and tea lovers are treated to a complimentary pumpkin beverage with a purchase of any seasonal pumpkin drink (of equal or greater value; at participating stores only).

40. BlueCollar Halloween Pack Walk

Celebrate Halloween with your dog. Walk to Echo Park Lake with a pack of costumed dogs and get awesome prizes, goody bags and bash pinatas in to get more treats for your pooch! The walk takes place from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Location: 1320 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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