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Things To Do

Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [10-21-2022 to 10-23-2022]

October 20, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
A mural of P-22 by artist Corie Mattie on the wall at Hype Silverlake. Photo by Brian Champlin

The weather this weekend might actually start to feel like fall, and we’ve got an events list to match.

From October 21-23 in Los Angeles, you’ll find Halloween Night at the Aquarium, Cemetery Lane at Heritage Square, the P-22 Festival in Griffith Park, the Music Box Steps Festival in Silver Lake, Grand Ave Arts: All-Access in DTLA, the LA Printers Fair, the Compton Air Fair, Dia de los Muertos in San Pedro, the Fall Festival at the Original Farmers Market, and more. LOTS to do, including many free ones. Hope you find something to fit your mood. Enjoy!

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Things To Do This Weekend

Halloween Family Night at AoP -> Kids in costume take over the Aquarium of the Pacific during this Friday’s annual Halloween Family Night. Guests can bring the little ones for a self-guided scavenger hunt while exploring the Aquarium’s many exhibits during extended evening hours. Admission is $24.95 per person for non-members. Get more info here.

Forget About Spaghetti Festival > Starting this Thursday, The Elysian Theater’s new comedy festival celebrates the theater’s one-year anniversary with ten nights of performances, including 17 new, original works and 6 free secret shows. The festival runs from October 20-30. Guests can purchase individual show performances, or a festival pass for $49. Get more info here.

Cemetery Lane -> The victorian homes at Heritage Square Museum get a haunted makeover at this throw back trick-or-treat experience running over two consecutive extended weekend blocks (October 19-23 and 27-31). Cemetery Lane features 13 themed trick-or-treat stops in all, along with a hay maze, gift shop, and plenty of costumed characters and photo ops along the way. Tickets are $27-$32 depending on time of entry. More info here.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater: 60 Years of Joy & Wonder -> This Thursday, Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale hosts an opening reception for a new exhibition that traces the six decade history of the iconic Bob Baker Marionette Theater. The retrospective features close to 100 artifacts, including hand-crafted marionettes, original concept art, archival photographs, an animatronic band, and more. Forest Lawn is free to visit Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Joy & Wonder remains on view through March 19, 2023. More info here.

BODYTRAFFIC -> BODYTRAFFIC returns to The Wallis for a two-evening performance this Friday and Saturday that offers guests an electric, joyous evening of contemporary dance, including the West Coast premiere of Baye & Asa’s The One to Stay With, plus an encore performance of Matthew Neenan’s whimsical and joyous A Million Voices.Tickets range between $39-$99. Get more info here.

Carved at Descanso Gardens -> 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.

Binge Free Festival -> Continuing this Thursday to Sunday, 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.

PCH Movies & Moonlight -> PCH Movies & Moonlight in Long Breach opens a fall version of their outdoor movie programming this Friday with a free screening. Coco. The event includes pre-show entertainment and free face-painting before the movie screens. More info here.

Movies on the Roof Halloween Series -> Continuing this Friday and Saturday, Movies on the Roof returns to the Westfield Fashion Square with two nights of spooky films, all 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.

P-22 Day Festival -> This Saturday, the annual celebration of the big cat who crossed two freeways returns to Griffith Park for its seventh year. The 2022 festivities offer plenty of exhibits and activities, including a P-22 photo booth, an urban wildlife garden installation, live music, and much more. Free to attend. More info here.

Grand Ave Arts: All-Access -> On Saturday, Grand Ave Arts: All-Access bands together over 10 arts and culture institutions along Grand Avenue for a day of art, activations, and family fun. Highlights include an instrument petting zoo at Colburn School, Día de los Muertos altars and art at Grand Park, a live recital from the LA Opera , and augmented reality tours and experiences. All activities free to attend. Get more info here.

Music Box Steps Festival -> For nearly 30 years, the Silver Lake Improvement Associations has hosted a one-day festival celebrating The Music Steps, site of the 1932 Laurel & Hardy short film of the same name. This Saturday’s event includes special screenings, a community raffle, complimentary bites, and live entertainment. Runs from noon to 4 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

The Compton Air Fair -> The annual Compton Air Fair brings a day of family fun and education to to Compton-Woodley Airport this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expect static airplane displays, special exhibits, entertainment, and food for purchase. Free to attend. More info here.

One Colorado Halloween -> Old Pasadena’s One Colorado continues a run of family-friendly Halloween events (October 20-31) this Saturday with a free pumpkin decorating session from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get more info and RSVP here.

Future Nostalgia -> This Saturday, Future Nostalgia brings a one night only pop-up gallery to in Historic Filipinotown to highlight digital and physical art by L.A.-based Asian and Asian American artists. The evening affair includes works from 6 different artists paired with lineup of 5 DJs throughout the evening. Tickets are $15. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. Get more info here.

L.A. Archives Bazaar -> If you’re a Los Angeles history nerd, you won’t want to miss the trove of historical treasures at this Saturday’s annual L.A. Archives Bazaar, presented by L.A. as Subject and the USC Libraries. Free to attend. Get more info here.

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Los Angeles Printers Fair -> If paper, printing, and lettering are your bag, head to the International Printing Museum in Carson this Saturday and Sunday for the annual Los Angeles Printers Fair. Guests can enjoy hands-on printing activities, tours of the museum, a marketplace with over 80 vendors, and other special exhibits. Adult tickets are $10, and kids get in for $5. Runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info here.

Halloween Hootenanny Craft Beer Festival -> This Saturday, the second annual festival brings 40+ craft breweries, cideries, wineries & kombucha makers to the Museum of Latin American Art for a one-day event. GA tickets start at $45 per person. More info here.

Fall Festival at The Original Farmers Market -> This Saturday and Sunday, the Fall Festival at The Original Farmers Market returns to offers plenty of family-friendly fun, including a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, arts and crafts, pie-eating contests, and plenty of live music. More info here.

Dia de los Muertos in San Pedro -> On Sunday, head to San Pedro for the neighborhood’s 10th annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration along West 6th St. from 2 to 8 p.m. Expect live music, local food vendors, crafting for kids, a beer garden, and altar competitions. Free to attend. Get more info here.

It’s Alive! A Plant Based Horror Marketplace! -> The Plant Base LA’s twice-a-year marketplace is back at Common Space Brewing this Sunday. Expect 30+ vendors, vegan food options, a costume contest, and live music. Runs noon to 5 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Coco at The Hammer -> The Hammer Museum’s Family Flicks screening series continues this Sunday with a showing of Coco, starting at 11 a.m. Free to attend. No RSVP required. Get more info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
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A Margarita at Tu Madre. Photo courtesy of Tu Madre Instagram.

$1 Margaritas and Palomas at Tu Madre’s Grand Opening  -> Tu Madre‘s expansion to downtown Santa Monica kicks off this Saturday with a grand opening event offering $1 Organic El Sativo Margaritas and $1 Don Julio Palomas for guests who follow them on Instagram (limit one per person.) Known for their modern take on tacos, Tu Madre’s menu highlights include Fried Chicken Tacos with spicy honey and poblano ranch slaw; Crispy Shrimp Tacos in a sweet n sour marinade topped with seaweed flakes; and a Breakfast Burrito elevated with truffle guacamole, soft scrambled egg, crispy tater tots and American cheese.

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70-cent Drinks for The Brig’s 70th Anniversary -> Venice cocktail bar The Brig turns 70 this month, and this Sunday there will be a celebration with 70-cent well drinks (from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.) as well as free tats, food trucks, giveaways, swag and live music.

Postmates x Chrissy Teigen’s Banana Bread BOGO -> Chrissy Teigen and the Cravings team is launching a new line of home baking mixes, which you’ll be able to get your hands on starting this week. Adapted from Teigen’s own recipes, the new mixes include: Chrissy’s Ultimate Banana Bread Mix; Buttermilk Mochi Pancake Mix; and Salted White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Mix. Ahead of the official launch Chrissy is teaming up with Postmates to offer app users a preview of the Ultimate Banana Bread mix. From October 20-30 users can order a freshly baked loaf of Chrissy’s Ultimate Banana Bread ($14) and receive a free box of the banana mix to recreate the recipe at home. A percentage of proceeds during this period will be donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.  

Fever-Tree Mixer Truck Handing Out Mocktails this Weekend -> Carbonated mixer brand, Fever-Tree hits the road with their mocktail truck for stops in Abbot Kinney (Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), 3rd Street Promenade (Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Melrose Trading Post (Sunday from 10:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m.). The truck will be staffed bartenders from Toca Madera, La Cuevita and Elephante ready to serve up complementary mocktails made with Fever-Tree. Full details here.


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