Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [10-7-2022 to 10-9-2022]

CicLAvia – Heart of LA on October 10, 2021. Photo by Brian Champlin

Need an excuse to get outside this weekend? We’ve got plenty.

This Oct 7-9 in Los Angeles, catch Carved at Descanso Gardens, Grand Park’s 10th anniversary concert, CicLAvia in the heart of L.A., the Culver City Art Walk & Roll Festival, a Sunday Funday at The Wallis, a jazz fest in MacArthur Park, Listening By The Moonrise at L.A. State Historic Park, dance performances in The Getty Garden, and more. Start exploring options below, and have a great weekend!


Things To Do This Weekend

REMINDER: Metro’s new K Line opened on Friday, and to celebrate the local transit system is offering free rides all weekend long on all services, including rail, bus and Metro Micro. Get details here.

Icons of Darkness -> Back at Ovation Hollywood starting this Friday, Icons of Darkness promises hundreds of rare props, costumes, effects and other film-used items, all pulled from privately-owned collections of authentic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror film memorabilia. Think T-Rex heads from Jurassic Park, original helmets from Star Wars, a screen-used Xenomorph creature costume from Aliens, or wands used in the Harry Potter series… you get the idea. Adult tickets are $30. Get more info here.

Carved at Descanso Gardens -> Starting Friday, Descanso Gardens’ latest version of the family-friendly Carved debuts with 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.

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch -> Back this Friday, Culver City’s favorite pumpkin village offers plenty of family fun, including photo ops in front of giant pumpkin installations, a straw maze, a super slide, petting zoo, giant rocking horses, and pumpkin decorating sessions. Tickets range from $8-30, depending on date of attendance. Open daily through October 30. More info here.

Haunt O’ Ween -> Haunt O’ Ween’s 200,000 square-foot playground of Halloween-themed games, performances, rides, and attractions is now back in Woodland Hills. This action continues this Thursday to Sunday, then on select dates through October 31. GA tickets run $36-$44. Get more info here.

Nights of the Jack -> The annual 1-mile trail of Halloween lights and jack o’lanterns at King Gillette Ranch continues on select dates through October 31, including this Thursday to Sunday. In addition to the signature walk, expect live pumpkin carving demos, face painting, a souvenir shop, and a “spookeasy” offering adult beverages for sale. Admission runs $29.99-$44.99 depending on which day of the week you attend. 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 -> Beginning Friday, Pomona Fairplex transform 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. Event runs through October 30. More info here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts Alan Pasqua, Peter Erskine, and Darek Oles to 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.

First Fridays in LB -> Bixby Knolls First Fridays return this week along Atlantic Ave, and this month the programming includes free salsa dance lessons at Expo Arts Center. More info here.

Highland Park Independent Film Festival -> The 9th Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF) returns to the Highland Theater this Friday and Saturday for a two-day celebration of indie filmmaking featuring four feature-length documentaries and 43 shorts, including 8 world premieres. See the full lineup and get info on tickets for individual screenings here.

Oktoberfest at Benny Boy Brewing -> Benny Boy Brewing gets in on the Oktoberfest game this weekend with two days of beers, ciders, stein-holding competitions and German-inspired eats by River Street BBQ, Shappy Pretzel Co., Comfy Pup (Friday only) and A’s BBQ (Saturday only.) Themed entertainment includes a classic Volkswagen Beetle car show with Vintage Vochos on Friday and a live German polka band on Saturday. Anyone who wears a dirndls and lederhosen will get $1 off steins! 

Grand Park 10th Anniversary Concert -> On Saturday, Grand Park celebrates their 10th Anniversary with a free concert featuring performances by Tolliver, Boogaloo Assassins and Las Cafeteras. Get more info here.

9th Annual Latin Jazz & Music Fest –> The 9th annual Latin Jazz & Music Fest offers a free afternoon of swinging tunes, food trucks, and community booths, all taking place this Saturday at MacArthur Park. The lineup includes Joe Bataan, Vilma Diaz y La Sonora Dinamita, Susie Hansen Latin Band, and El Niño Son Mayor featuring Chuy Perez. Runs from 2 to 9 p.m. No RSVP necessary. Get more info here.

The Oddities Flea Market -> For two days (Saturday and Sunday),The Oddities Flea Market takes over the Globe Theatre for an off-beat shopping experience where you’ll find three floors of one-of-a-kind curiosities such as anatomical items, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy crafts and more for sale. Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $50 for VIP. More info here.

Dance in the Garden at The Getty -> This weekend at The Getty, you can catch a dance performance via a collaboration between choreographer Milka Djordjevich and visual artists Victoria Fu and Matt Rich as part of the Ever Present series. Djordjevich and a team of dancers will perform throughout the site donning Fu and Rich’s wearable artworks. There will be a Saturday sunset performance (5 p.m.) and a follow up performance on Sunday (noon). Get more info here.


Canciones de ti at Self Help Graphics -> Self Help Graphics’ annual Dia de los Muertos exhibition returns this Saturday, accompanied by special guests, a live performance from Buyepongo, and an altar by Indigenous Wellness Collective. The reception starts at 5 p.m. and is free to attend with RSVP. Get more info here.

Culver City Art Walk and Roll Festival -> Head to Culver City this Saturday where a four-block stretch of Washington Blvd will close to traffic for a day-long event featuring distinguished artists, live music, eclectic food trucks, wine and beer gardens, tastings, fun kid’s activities, interactive art experiences, and more. Free and open to the public. More info here.

Hollyhock House Family Lawn Party -> On Saturday, Bring the kids in your life to Barnsdall Park for a morning lawn gathering featuring a puppet show from Bob Baker Marionette Theater followed by family crafts. The one hour event is free. More info here.

CicLAvia: Heart of LA -> This Sunday, CicLAvia – Heart of LA brings the city’s biggest open streets event to Downtown Los Angeles for a route that includes hubs in Chinatown, Mariachi Plaza, Echo Park, and Grand Park. Get more info here.

Listening By The Moonrise -> Clockshop’s quarterly Listening By Moonrise series is back at Los Angeles State Historic Park this Sunday with a featured performance by Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Sofia Honer. Free to attend. Event begins at More info here.

The Hammer’s Fall Exhibition Celebration -> The Hammer Museum hosts a Fall Exhibitions Celebration this Sunday featuring music in the courtyard and a cash bar, along with evening access to the museum’s newest exhibitions. Get more info here.

Sunday Funday at The Wallis -> Sunday Funday returns for the 2022-23 season at The Wallis starting this Sunday. Expect a family friendly salsa dance instruction session, along with kids entertainment provided by Broadway Babies. The event starts at 11 a.m. on the Promenade Terrace. Free to attend. No RSPV necessary. Get more info here.


Dining & Drinking

The Spanish Fried Chicken at A.O.C. Photo by A.O.C. Instagram.
(round-up by Christina Champlin)

A.O.C Raising Funds with Spanish Fried Chicken -> October is Independent Restaurant and Bar Month, and A.O.C. is raising funds in support of the Independent Restaurant Coalition. For every Spanish Fried Chicken sold, $1 will go to IRC and their work to help independent establishments. The Spanish Fried Chicken at A.O.C. has been a staple at Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s wine bar, and never disapoints. The dish comes with a romesco aïoli and chili-cumin butter during dinner, and gets topped with jamón serrano and served with a cornmeal waffle during brunch.

Big Brown Beautiful Backyard Bash -> Guerrilla Tacos is throwing a Big Brown Beautiful Backyard Bash this Saturday. Happening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the event includes a makers market featuring Hispanic artisans selling jewelry, leather goods, and other hand-crafted items. Guerrilla Tacos has also tapped vendors such as Gogo’s Tacos, Hamburgers Nice and I Love Micheladas to join in on the fun. No tickets or reservations are needed to attend.

World Sake Day at OTOTO -> I mentioned last week that October 1 was World Sake Day, but THIS Sunday OTOTO celebrates with an afternoon tasting of over 40 different sakes. Chef Charles Namba will curate light bites to complement the sake, on the menu are mini Katsu Sandos, Miso-cured Cream Cheese and Furikake Popcorn. Tickets cost $65 per person and can be purchased on the OTOTO Tock page.

Looking Ahead 

BlocktoberFest -> On Sunday, October 16, 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. Guests who order their tickets before October 10 will get 22% off their tickets when they use the code: BLKTBR22 More info here.

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