You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Friday, October 11, 2019.
May it lead you to adventure!
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1. [9 a.m.] Head to this year’s IndieCade to check out independent video games from around the world. Guests will be able to preview and play games, join in on forums and workshops with the signature event “Night Gaming”, featuring gameplay underneath the night sky. Happening Oct. 10-12.
2. [9:30 a.m.] The Natural History Museum’s latest exhibition dives into the scientific inspiration behind some of Hollywoods most terrifying creatures. “Natural History of Horror” opens October 10 and runs through April 19, 2020. It includes rare movie props, film footage, activities and museum specimens.
3. [1 p.m.] The Haunted 2: Welcome Foolish Mortals is an art exhibit inspired by places like the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Marvel at creepy animatronic works alongside paintings, sculptures, and jewelry. Happening at The Hive Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles the exhibit will run October 6 through November 3 and is free to view. FREE
4. [1 p.m.] Now in its 9th year, L.A. Comic Con returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center October 11-13 with 800+ diverse artists and vendors, selling comics, collectibles, art, toys, apparel, and everything in-between. Last year’s three-day event had over 100,000 attendees.
5. [5:30 p.m.] Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s family-friendly night time event Things That Go Bump in the Night (October 11-12) invites the public to explore the grounds, get to know nocturnal animals that call the garden their home and capture a view of night-blooming flowers and carnivorous plants.
6. [6 p.m.] Pasadena ArtNight attracts tens of thousands of annual visitors to a one-night event where more than twenty of Pasadena’s arts and cultural institutions offer free admission. Guests can expect on-site food trucks and live performances at many of the participating locations, including Armory Center for the Arts, The Gamble House, the Pasadena Museum of History, USC Asian Pacific Museum, and more. FREE
7. [6:30 p.m.] Spooky season is in full effect at San Fernando Valley Halloween Drive-In Nights, where you can enjoy a classic horror film at the Lake Balboa Complex. Park your vehicle, listen to the movie via your radio speakers, and take in a double feature to match the season. Ghostbusters and Friday The 13th will be screened on Friday. The following day, October 12, see Adams Family and The Exorcist. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
8. [7 p.m.] The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor returns with six terrifying mazes, including the brand new Rogue, in which the crew either is (or isn’t?) working to save the capsized vessel you’re trapped aboard. Nightly entertainment, rides, roaming monsters, and themed lounges round out Dark Harbor’s offerings. Happening September 26 through November 2. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
9. [8 p.m.] Ford Theatres presents the premiere of Hassan Hajjaj: My Rockstars Experimental Live. For one night only, the live installation infuses live musical performances, a projected installation of the famous My Rockstars Experimental Vol. 1 series by Hajjaj all live on stage for the first time.
10. [8 p.m.] Obie Award-winning writer and director Ain Gordon re-imagines the story of John E. Fryer the courageous gay psychiatrist turn activist who made a profound impact on LGBTQ civil rights in 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous presented by Center for the Art of Performance UCLA. The show runs Friday and Saturday.
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