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 9 to Friday, October 13, features The Hubble Cantata, the L.A. Korean Festival, a late-night party at Skirball, ArtNight Pasadena, 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 9th, 2017
1. Boo at the L.A. Zoo returns for a spooktacular season this year with a new “Nocturnal Adventure” maze and favorites like the Zoo’s “Animals and Boo” creepy crawler encounters, pumpkin-carving demos and other family-oriented fun. Weekend tickets will feature “Fearsome feedings,” during which carnivores will devour their favorite carcasses and bones.
2. Astronomy on Tap at Der Wolfskopf in Pasadena brings professional astronomers to bars to give informal talks on a variety of scientific topics followed by lots of discussion with guests. And beer!
3. Grab a beer and get artistic by attempting to draw a live model at Angel City Brewery in DTLA when Drinky Draw returns for their popular beer and art event.
4. There’s a Great Pumpkin Hunt happening at the South Coast Botanic Garden from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.
5. Beyond Fest returns from Sept. 29 through Oct. 10 with 12 days of special screenings from around the globe at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
6. The Business LA is a free comedy show at Little Joy featuring some of the best local comics in town. FREE
Tuesday October 10th, 2017
7. Mr. C Beverly Hills is extending their popular Poolside Cinema series into fall. Every Tuesday evening, from October 10 to November 21, you can visit the gorgeous yacht-inspired pool deck at the Italian-inspired hotel, where you’ll ensconce yourself in a lounge chair for a film and casual-yet-elevated food under the stars. The series kicks off this week with Jurassic Park.
8. There’s a Stranger Things Musical Tribute happening this Tuesday at the El Cid. Revisit your favorite moments through the eyes of musical comedy, complete with a dozen original songs inspired by the sounds of 1983 from The Police to the Eurythmics. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
9. The month of October is still a warm one so the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt hotel will throw Angelenos an “Endless Summer” Movie + Swim series every Tuesday night. 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 Heathers. All you need to do is rsvp to get in.
10. Classic Horror Tuesday Matinees at LACMA will screen Dracula in Spanish this Tuesday.
11. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Labyrinth at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Raiders of the Lost Ark at Montalban in Hollywood.
12. Pacific Standard Time LA/LA is in full swing with a four-month-long exploration of Latin American and Latino art in relation to the City of Angels. Led by The Getty the high profile event is a collaborative effort with dozens of art institutions across the city. Check out our top highlights here.
13. Free museum days: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Autry Museum of the American West
Wednesday October 11th, 2017
14. Art and science collide in The Hubble Cantata, a remarkable musical experience making its West Coast debut at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood this Wednesday. Set against breathtaking images from the Hubble Space Telescope, the show includes a five-minute virtual reality film that plunges the audience into a beautifully intense voyage through the Universe and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
15. KCRW’s There Goes the Neighborhood will go live in front of an audience with the topic “Who Benefits When a Neighborhood “Improves?” taking place at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. The discussion will also include a reception before the show. FREE
16. 260 Sample Sale LA returns with a Rent The Runway sample sale at their Beverly Hills store October 11 to 15. Offering up to 90% off on gently used designer apparel and accessories, brands on sale include: ML Monique Lhuillier; Marchesa Notte; kate spade new york; Nicholas; Opening Ceremony; Derek Lam 10 Crosby, and more.
17. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. La La Land at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Wonder Woman at Montalban in Hollywood.
18. Horse Thief BBQ, located at Grand Central Market, will screen Nightmare Before Christmas on their patio this Wednesday. FREE
Thursday October 12th, 2017
19. The 44th annual L.A. Korean Festival (Oct 12-15) will provide a 4-day showcase of Korean culture through food, performances, music, and exhibitions.
20. Multi-sensory, walk-through experience Creep LA returns to the Music Box in DTLA Oct. 5 through Nov. 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, including vampires, changelings, werewolves, séances and possessed dolls. Happening Thursday through Sunday.
21. Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch at Platform LA happening Oct. 6-30 in DTLA features a fun spooky space for families to celebrate Halloween featuring an interactive pumpkin village, straw maze, a giant rocking horse ride, Mr. Bones’ Super Slide, A Jumpin’ Pumpkin and much more. Happening Thursday and through the weekend.
22. Back for its 8th year, Wicked Lit is a spooky immersive theatre experience that takes classic and unique horror literature and turns them into plays at the Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery every Thursday through Sunday starting Sep 28 and running through Nov. 9. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
23. The Red Bull Music Academy Festival presents Outside Insight: Electric Shadows, a genre-bending music showcase featuring experimental performances and more throughout the night.
24. There’s a Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus at Los Angeles’ Rockwell Table & Stage. The 1993 family comedy starred Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker as three witches looking to feed on the youth of the world on Halloween. Only two teens, a young girl and a once-human cat can stop them. In this version expect powerhouse songs and lots of jokes. Happening Thursday and Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
25. Downtown Art Walk brings art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month to take part in gallery tours, shop the art mart and sample nearby food trucks, and experience the overall flavor of the downtown Los Angeles Historic Core.
26. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will transform into a seaport of the damned this 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)
27. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with a screening at their rooftop spot, this Thursday they’ll screen Baby Driver at Montalban in Hollywood.
28. Time to get in the Halloween spirit. 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)
29. 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.
30. Free museum days: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)
Friday October 13th, 2017
31. ArtNight Pasadena returns with art, music and entertainment at over 18 local cultural institutions, venues and shops. FREE
32. Skirball After Hours presents Late-Night! Música y Arte a late-night gallery party featuring live music by Mark de Clive-Lowe, a DJ set by Chulita Vinyl Club, food trucks, a cash bar, and more. FREE
33. Eat|See|Hear returns with Front Porch Cinema, a free movie night below the stars every Friday on Santa Monica Pier from Sept. 29 through Oct. 27. This fall film series will also feature music, drinks, and bites before each screening. Guests have the option to rent old-timey lawn chairs on site or bring their own gear. The series continues with a screening of Hidden Figures. FREE
34. The Damn Devillez: Horror Cosplay Burlesque will takeover Three Clubs with their strangely sexy cabaret show featuring classic strip tease with a spine-chilling twist. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
35. Metro Art presents “L.A. Documentaries at Union Station,” a celebration of the city of Angels through true stories on film. Kicking off the series is “Roller Dreams” this Friday in the Historic Ticketing Hall. FREE
36. The Vista Theatre will screen Friday the 13th on Friday the 13th!
37. Turn Me Loose, a comedic drama about the life of comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, starts a one-month run at the Wallis this Friday. The production stars Emmy award winner Joe Morton and is directed by John Gould Rubin.
38. Climb aboard the 17th Annual Ghost Train in Griffith Park (Oct. 13-31) ride in a train into a spooky setting of animatronics, projections and pyrotechnic. The ride is family friendly as there is no blood, gore or actors jumping out to scare you like most Halloween experiences.
39. L.A.’s legendary Groundlings Theatre troupe presents its latest main stage show, Groundlings of the Corn. Expect an evening of sketches, improv and LOL moments. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
40. 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)
41. Head over to Torrance for one of the most well-known Oktoberfest celebrations in the L.A. area! Alpine Village Oktoberfest runs Sept. 8 through Oct 28 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy traditional Bavarian food, beer, dancing, and more.
42. 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. The organizers have been creating versions of Urban Death for 12 years and the theatre group is known for creating boundary-pushing live progressive theater. Happening every Friday and Saturday this month. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
43. Silent Classic Horror Festival will kick of their month long fright fest with the 1922 film Nosferatu at Old Town Music Hall located in El Segundo. Happening Friday through Sunday.
44. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Wonder Woman at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Friday 13th at Montalban in Hollywood.
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