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Things To Do

Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [10-14-2022 to 10-16-2022]

October 13, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
A light installation at the 2022 edition of Carved at Descanso Gardens. Photo by Brian Champlin

Art shows, Oktoberfest, spooky films, a garden party and a tortilla tournament. Sounds like a heck of a cocktail… or maybe it’s just your weekend in L.A.

For October 14-16 in Los Angeles, check out Pasadena ArtNight, FIGat7th Oktoberst, the Taste of Soul Street Festival, a Beyond The Streets Print Bazaar, the Beverly Hills Art Show, Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament, Blocktoberfest in Culver City, and more. Start mixing your perfect to-do list below.

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Things To Do This Weekend

Pasadena ArtNight -> This Friday, the fall edition of Pasadena’s bi-annual ArtNight includes free activations at 20+ partner locations, including the Gamble House, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena City Hall, and the USC Pacific Asia Museum. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. Get more info here.

Dumpling & Beer Fest -> On Friday, the Dumpling & Beer Fest takes over the historic Mission District in San Gabriel for a night of highlighting tasty dumpling vendors, craft beer, live music and more. Early-bird beer tasting wristbands are available for $30 through September 30 prices will go up to $35 after September 3. More info here.

FIGat7th Oktoberfest -> This Friday and Saturday, DTLA shopping center FIGat7th celebrates Oktoberfest with a two-day event packed full of danceable DJ sets, traditional brats, and a beer garden featuring brews from Smog City, Crown & Hops, Enegren, Stone Brewing, Common Space Brewing, and Benny Boy Brewing. Entry is to the event is free. Get more info here.

Movies on the Roof Halloween Series -> Starting this Friday and Saturday, Movies on the Roof returns to the Westfield Fashion Square with back-to-back weekends of scary movie picks, supported by live games, comfy seating, and plenty of food options for purchase. Tickets are just $5, and proceeds go to support Hope of the Valley. Get more info here.

Carved at Descanso Gardens (daily through October 31) -> Descanso Gardens’ latest version of the family-friendly Carved includes brand new UV light installations by Belgian artists Tom&Lien Dekyvere, alongside a hay maze, pumpkin house, and hundreds of carved pumpkins inside the Camellia Forest. Tickets run $32-$38 for non-members. Carved runs nightly through October 31. Get more info here.

Urban Death Tour of Terror -> Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre’s annual tradition of Urban Death is back with a brand new series of terrifying vignettes, bookended by walks through a creepy maze. Performances continue on Fridays and Saturdays through October 29, with two bonus shows on Sunday, October 30 and Halloween Monday, October 31. Advance tickets are $20 per person. More info here.

Reign of Terror Haunted House -> This award-winning haunted house and walkthrough experience located in Thousand Oaks is now in its 22nd season. The 2022 edition features 135 (!) rooms in 10 different, inter-connected sections within 28,000 square feet of floor space. Standards tickets are $30. Available on select dates through Nov. 5, including this Friday and Saturday. More info here.

Oktoberfest at Fairplex -> Now through October 22, Pomona Fairplex transforms into a fantastical Bavarian Oktoberfest every Friday and Saturday with live oompah bands, DJs and even a No Doubt tribute band plus German food and plenty of beers to go around. Tickets cost $10 – $15. 21+ only. More info here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts Ben Williams Band at Smidt Welcome Plaza as part of the ongoing Jazz at LACMA series, which continues on Friday evenings through December 2. Admission is free, however seating is limited and first come, first served. More info here.

Taste of Soul -> The 17th annual Taste of Soul brings an all-day street festival to Crenshaw Blvd this Saturday. Expect 4 stages of musical entertainment plus over 300 of local vendors, food options, and exhibitors. Free to attend. Runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Get more info here.

Mt. Wilson Open House -> This Saturday, Mt. Wilson Observatory and the California Art Club join forces to celebrate the marriage of science and the visual arts with an Observatory Open House, an all day Paint/Sculpt-out, a display of selected works of art from the “Mars, An Artistic Mission” exhibit. Runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info here. Due to a forecast of rain and possible thunderstorms, the open house event has been cancelled.

Beyond The Streets Print Bazaar -> This Saturday, graffiti and street art exhibitor Beyond the Streets hosts an inaugural Print Bazaar at their new flagship location on La Brea Ave. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, guests can explore a curated art market featuring over two dozen artists/vendors, plus pop-up food options. Admission is free. Get more info here.

WCC Market LA -> This Saturday at Skylight ROW DTLA, the West Coast Craft Market brings over 175 creative artists and craftspeople together for a special one-day shopping event. Runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission, and pets are welcome. Get more info here.

Binge Free Festival -> Kicking off this Saturday, Santa Monica’s version of Fringe Festival offers three-plus weeks of free performances workshops, readings, music and poetry to the Santa Monica Playhouse. All shows are free, but tickets must be reserved in advance. Runs through November 6. Get more info here.

Indigenous People’s Day Celebration -> On Saturday, The Getty celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day with a hands-on workshop, curator-led tours, and a special spoken word performance, all presented in conjunction with the exhibition Reinventing the Américas: Construct. Erase. Repeat.

Beverly Hills Art Show -> The two-day Beverly Hills Art Show comes to Beverly Gardens Park this Saturday and Sunday with over 200 artists expected to participate. Free to attend. Runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. More info here.

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Oktoberfest at Santa Anita Park -> Saturday and Sunday, Oktoberfest returns to Santa Anita Park for two weekends of Bavarian beer tastings, steins, live music, dancing, and all that comes with this German themed celebration. Tickets start at $25. More info here.

Enchanted Garden at L.A. Arboretum -> This Sunday’s first-ever adult Halloween event at L.A. Arboretum features tarot readings, creature encounters, themed cocktails and special performances, including a candlelight reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven in the gazebo. Tickets for non-members are $40. Get more info here.

BlocktoberFest -> On Sunday, Culver City’s Maple Block Meat Co. goes all-in for a day of BBQ, games, and live music, along with brews from Three Weavers, Paperback and El Segundo Brewing. Tickets (including unlimited food samples) starting at $55 per person, with an unlimited drink-plus-food ticket going for $75. More info here.

Oscar Sunday Ghost Stories  -> Each Sunday in October, The Academy Museum screens an award-winning film at the Ted Mann Theater offering its own spin on the concept of a ghost story. This weekend, catch a screening of 1964 Japanese horror classic Kwaidan. Tickets are $10 for adults. Screening start at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Drag Me To Brunch -> Loews Santa Monica’s monthly drag brunch returns this Sunday at the hotel’s signature oceanfront restaurant, Blue Streak. RuPaul drag performer Naysha Lopez hosts the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All brunch guests will get a front row seat to a drag show with no additional fees. A portion of proceeds from Drag Me to Brunch will benefit The Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Dining & Drinking

(recs by Christina Champlin)
Everson Royce Bar 7th Anniversary Party Post on Instagram.

Everson Royce Bar Turns 7 -> Everson Royce Bar celebrates seven years in business this Sunday with an epic anniversary party that includes live bands, DJ sets, free cake, mystery shots, food specials and the rollout of an entirely new happy hour menu. More info here

Be Bright Coffee -> Smorgasburg caffeine pop-up Be Bright Coffee opens their first brick-and-mortar shop on Melrose Avenue this Saturday. Be Bright was started by husband and wife duo Frank and Michelle La. as a direct-to-consumer roasting company and have since become a popular coffee pop-up serving AAPI inspired drinks. Their latest seasonal drink menu includes a Black Sesame Crunchy Butter Mocha and Pumpkin Pie Latte. The new location will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament -> This Sunday, Gustavo Arellano’s Great Tortilla Tournament host the final showdown that answers the question “Who makes the best tortillas in Los Angeles?” Going down at Smorgasburg at ROW DTLA, join fellow tortilla enthusiasts for a day of food, DJ sets, tortilla painting  and tortilla guidance with Gustavo and very special guests at the ¡Ask A Tortilla Expert! Free to attend. More info here.

Oktoberfest at Wirtshaus German Restaurant & Beer Garden -> Every Saturday and Sunday Wirtshaus German Restaurant & Beer Garden hosts Oktoberfest festivities alongside traditional Bavarian cuisine such as schnitzel, wursts and large house baked pretzels.

Dine L.A. -> In case you missed it, Dine L.A. starts this Friday and we’ve compiled a quick list of the top ten menus that need to be on your radar as you hunt for food deals around the city.


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