32 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Have on Your Radar [9-28-15 to 10-2-15]

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 a dumpling and beer festival, Dark Harbor at the Queen Mary, the LA Haunted Hayride, the LA Korean Festival, Halloween Horror Nights, and plenty more events to choose from.


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

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Queen Mary with Palm Trees
View of the Queen Mary through the palms. Credit: Rob Young via flickr

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Monday September 28th, 2015

1. What Would You Brew? Is Back!

Ever thought about brewing your own distinct favor of beer? Will here’s your chance! Angel City Brewery is asking What Would You Brew? Simply submit your answer here, the more out there the better! One lucky winner will brew their beer with the Angel City brewing team. In addition, they’ll receive a custom kegerator, case of pint glasses, tap handle and a tin tacker sign. The beer will also be featured during LA Beer Week 2016!

2. 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.

3. Matthew Barney: River of Fundament

Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT is Barney’s first major solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles. Barney’s newest film might be his largest undertaking since his five-part CREMASTER film cycle. The artist made 85 pieces for this movie, including a 25-ton sculpture, drawings, photos, and storyboards, all will be displayed at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA starting this Sunday and will run through January 18.

4. Frank Gehry At LACMA

LACMA will be honoring Frank Gehry and his iconic architecture with a career-spanning retrospective. The exhibition will focus on the development of Gehry’s digital design and fabrication programs, along with the architect’s relationship with urbanism.

5. 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.

Tuesday September 29th, 2015

6. 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 roof 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 Notebook on Tuesday, The Grand Budapest Hotel on Wednesday, American Beauty on Thursday and The Shawshank Redemption on Friday.

7. Good Looks

Every last Tuesday of the month, the very hilarious Ian Karmel (Chelsea Lately) and Andrew Michaan host a free stand-up show at play, on 1018 S Santa Fe Ave. in DTLA. For information on the guest line up visit the Good Looks tumblr page.

8. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens The Incredible Shrinking Man

LACMA will screen the sci fi cult classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers . This ongoing  Tuesday Matinee film series cost $2 for members and $4 for non members.

9. Peaches show at Amoeba

Peaches will celebrate her new album, Rub with an in-store performance at Amoeba Music in Hollywood at 5:00pm. She will also be signing limited copies of her album.

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. Bow & Truss Screens Dumb & Dumber

Latin-inspired restaurant Bow & Truss  throwback movie night series is back. This week Dumb & Dumber will screen on the patio of the NOHO restaurant. Admission is $15 for a reserved spot and comes with a movie-themed cocktail and dessert!

Wednesday September 30th, 2015

12. Hollywood Sites & Bites Food Tour

This four hour tour of the sites and taste of what Hollywood has to offer will take you to The Roosevelt Hollywood to the iconic Capital Records and even Melrose avenue. You will make several stops at some of Los Angeles’ most talked-about restaurants for a variety of savory and sweet tastings. Half price tickets are available via Goldstar. Bon appetit!

13. Old World Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is in full effect down at the Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Enjoy beers, brats, German baked goods and plenty of live music and activities. Happening this Wednesday through the weekend.

14. Aladdin on the Big Screen

Never seen “A Whole New World” sung on the big screen? Come to the El Capitan Theater this Friday as the Disney classic returns to the big screen! Get more information and discount tickets (while available) via our friends at Goldstar.

15. David Bowie Exhibit At Taschen Gallery

“Mick Rock: Shooting for Stardust, the Rise of David Bowie & Co.” will be glam-rocking it up for one month as Taschen Gallery’s latest exhibit. Showcasing prolific music photographer Mick Rock’s extremely rare photographs of David Bowie and friends during his “Ziggy Years.”

Thursday October 1st, 2015

16. 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.

17. San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest

Experience Oktoberfest San Gabriel Valley style! The first ever Dumpling & Beer Festival will fuse craft beers and everyone’s favorite dish- the dumpling into one unique Oktoberfest with a local twist. Free to enter, and $20 gets you an unlimited beer sampling (price good till September 30).

18. Throwback Thursday Screening of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

Throw back Thursdays at Laemmle’s in NOHO will be screening 80’s musical flick Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. A gourmet food truck will be on-site with edibles tied to that night’s film. Guest are encouraged to bring their purchased food into the auditorium before the screening and enjoy a playlist of specifically curated music to match that night’s film. Grab some discounted tickets while they last via Goldstar.

19. MOCA Free Night

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


20. LA Korean Festival

Now in its 42nd year, the LA Korean Festival aims to promote the best of what Korean culture has to offer in a massive street fest that includes tons of food vendors, live music, performances, and exhibitions. Oh, and it’s FREE to attend! Takes place October 1-4.

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. Cask Beer & Farmer’s Market

Buy local and taste seasonal produce in the hip artist district of Downtown. From 4:00pm-9:00pm Angel City Brewery hosts a farmers market just outside of their triangle lot. Thursday is also “Mystery Cask” night so cheers to that too!

23. 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. ALSO: Check our friends at Goldstar for some discount ticketing options for The Rise throughout October.

24. Free Night At The Skirball Cultural Center 

The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday. Check out the Singing Posters and Bill Graham and the Rock n Roll Revolution exhibit.

25. The Food Truck Collective

Come out to the NOHO Library on a Thursday night and nosh on food truck goodies, partake in some games such as giant jenga, giant chess and checkers as well as a LEGO building station. There are also story read-alongs where the kids get read a story by the DJ and are encouraged to sign up for a FREE Library card! There will be plenty of lawn space where families can bring their blankets and make it a picnic night.

26. VAN Beethoven A Virtual Reality Experience

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is bringing classical music to you! Board the VAN Beethoven mobile experience, touring Los Angeles and making an appearance at the Korean Festival Thursday and Friday evening. Put on the Oculus virtual reality headset and be transported to a 360° 3-D performance featuring the opening of Beethoven’s timeless Fifth Symphony performed by the LA Phil, and conducted by Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel. VAN Beethoven, is a virtual reality project touring around LA in September through October in different locations of the city.

27. Playhouse District Block Party

Every Thursday night from 6:00pm to 11:00pm in the Playhouse District of Old Town Pasadena, join a crowd of locals gathering for live music and food trucks. This week brings the Sun of a Bun and Lobos truck to Old Town. Get more info on the official Facebook page for the event.

Friday October 2nd, 2015

28. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show


The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar (prices starting at $6.50)

29. Oktoberfest at Alpine Village

Enjoy traditional Bavarian fun, food, and beer at the oldest running Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California at Alpine Village in Torrance. Things kick off on September 11 and the festivities continue all the way until October 31.

30. 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! The hayride will run from October 2-31 (every Friday-Sunday, plus some Thursdays and Wednesdays), and our friends at Goldstar have some special dealsto save you about $5 on select dates.

31. 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.

32. Photography Day at Santa Anita Park

On this special day photographers of all different skill levels will have access to thoroughbred workouts so they can snap their best shots up close. Grab a special voucher from Goldstar that includes a hot breakfast served at Clocker’s Corner, during which top trainers and jockeys will regale you with stories of life at the track.

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