Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This weekend, from Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14, features Haunted Hayride, the Pasadena ArtWalk, The Fall Brewery Artwalk, David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption , L.A. Bacon Bash, The Big Quiet a Mass Meditation and MUCH more.
Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.
Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!
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Friday October 12th, 2018
1. Spatial Reality: Artists Explore the Future of XR is a new experimental exhibit coming to sp[a]ce gallery at Ayzenberg in Pasadena where some 25 artists will exhibit work in the mediums of augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality. The exhibit opens this Friday, and then continues on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) from October 13 to 28. General admission tickets are free, with premium VIP experiences also available for purchase. FREE
2 .Nights of the Jack is a half mile trail filled with thousands of hand-carved and illuminated Jack O’Lanterns. Family friendly and located in Calabasas, the experience is filled with pumpkins carved into notable animated characters, movie stars, sports heroes, and many more. Happening Thursday through Sunday.
3. Unbound Productions’ site-specific Wicked Lit returns to the Mountain View Mausoleum, offering the perfect setting for all new tales of horror. This year, guests will enjoy two theatrical adaptations: Charles Dickens’ The Chimes: A Goblin Story, and Ernest Rhys’ Teig O’Kane and the Corpse. Guests will walk through the mausoleum as they follow both chilling tales. Happening Thursday through Sunday.
4. 18 Pasadena art and cultural organizations will offer free admission as part of ArtNight Pasadena. which features the Gamble House, Norton Simon, and USC Pacific Asia Museum, among others. Patrons can also take advantage of a free shuttle to stops around Pasadena. FREE
5. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will transform into a seaport of the damned for the Halloween season with terrifying mazes and monsters at every turn. Happening Thursdays and through Sundays through Nov. 2. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
6. From Oct. 12 to 14, Comedy Comedy Festival makes a return to Los Angeles, featuring a slew of comedy shows, standup comedians and written performances.
7. Critically acclaimed, avant-garde haunt Creep returns with ‘Awake.’ The walkthrough thrusts participants through a 75-minute series of horrific situations in a shockingly cinematic fashion. As a result, you are placed face-to-face with your worst fears, presenting an incredibly unique and intimate horror experience. Happening at ROW DTLA Thursday through Sunday.
8. The Second City will host the Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Festival from October 11-14 celebrating performers of diverse backgrounds across race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity through performances, panels, and workshops.
9. 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. The signature event will”Night Gaming”, featuring gameplay underneath the night sky. Happening Oct. 11-13.
10. Pumpkin Nights feature over 3,000 carved pumpkins across eight pumpkin-themed lands accompanied with special pumpkin fire and magic shows, carvings, and plenty more. Happening October 12 through November 4.
11. 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, where you will be able to park your vehicle, listen to the movie via your radio speakers, and take in a double feature to match the season. Hocus Pocus and Christine will be screened on Friday. The following day, October 13, see Beetlejuice and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
12. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre in North Hollywood presents their annual Halloween iteration of Urban Death. Guests will wind through a short maze before entering a darkened theater where series of disturbing vignettes will be presented one after another. Happening Friday and Saturday. Check for discounted tickets on select days. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
13. The Groundlings’ Halloween Show returns with plenty of blood, gore, creepy clowns, severed body parts and most importantly laughter. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
14. The Haunted Hayride returns September 29-October 31 at The Old Zoo in Griffith Park featuring four different Scare Zones, including trick or treating in a blood-curdling neighborhood and riding on the Scary-Go-Round and taking a ride on the main attraction the Haunted Hayride. Check for discounted tickets on select days. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
15. Face your fears during Universal Studios Hollywood Horror Nights happening Thursday through Saturdays till November 3. This year, the Stranger Things maze is the main attraction. You’ll also get to experience bone chilling attractions by American Horror Story, The Shining, Halloween, Krampus, Ash vs. The Evil Dead and Walking Dead. Check for discounted tickets on select days. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
16. L.A.’s pop-up museum catalogue is growing larger this fall with The Pizza Experience – a multi-sensory pizza themed walkthrough. Explore giant installations, an oversized cheese pool, a pizza hall of fame, pizza theme-flavored snacks throughout, actual pizza slices and more. The Pizza Experience runs through January 29. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
17. Alpine Village Oktoberfest celebrates 50 years! The fun kicks off this Friday with traditional Bavarian fun like Oom Pah Pah party bands, German fare, and delicious cold German beers. Oktoberfest runs Fridays and Saturdays September 7 through October 27.
18. Recent Spanish Cinema is a 4-day film series promoting Spanish films from Spain in the US. Several films will make their Los Angeles debut during the series. Running October 11-14 at the Egyptian Theatre.
19. Beauty² will bring together 40 curated brands in the mindful beauty industry for shopping, complimentary glam appointments, cryogenic facials and much more. Admission is free.
20. 260LA will host a Rent the Runway sample sale up to 90% off retail price from October 9-14 in their Beverly Hills location.
21. Take a break from your dietary restrictions at Cheat Day Land, Los Angeles’ newest pop-up museum celebrating the snacks and treats that we dream of during our workouts. Featured installations and experiences ranging from a donut gym with pastry dumbbells to a life-size cereal bowl, an art gallery, and much more. Cheat Day Land is here for an entire month, from October 1-31. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
22. Haunted Little Tokyo is presenting a series of Japanese horror films from some of the best horror visionaries this month. The series continues with a screening of Jinro Game at Union Center for the Arts.
23. The 19th Annual Reign of Terror is one of the largest haunted houses in Southern California, containing a total of eight unique themes spread among 105 separate rooms in over 23,000 square foot space.
24. The Fairplex transform into a German playground for Oktoberfest on October 12-13. Expect Bavarian music, chicken dancing, bratwurst and pretzels while knocking back some authentic German beers. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
25. Get spooked during Paramount Pictures After Dark Tour: Tales From The Other Side where you’ll hear scandals of yesteryear and the lost souls who haunt the studio lot by moonlight. The tour starts at dusk with champagne as you head into the studio lot where you’ll weave in and out of sound stages and the darkest corners of the infamous backlot. You’ll end the night next door at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Happening Fridays and Saturdays. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
26. The Groundlings’ Halloween Show returns with plenty of blood, gore, creepy clowns, severed body parts and most importantly laughter. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
27. Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts free jazz performances on Fridays through November. Concerts take place at the main entrance. FREE
28. HorrorWorld is a collection of three separate haunts in one location presented by horror FX company Bone Yard Effects. Mazes include Into the Black, The Psycho Sanitarium, and The Fleshyard.
29. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include As Good As It Gets, The Neverending Story and more.
30. Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia has transformed into Fright Fest, offering six mazes, multiple scare zones, and the chance to ride some of your favorite coasters—including Twisted Colossus and Full Throttle—in the dark. Happening Friday through Sunday.
Saturday October 13th, 2018
31. The Fall Brewery Artwalk (October 13-14) includes art displays spanning video, painting, performance, ceramics, interior, fashion, multi-media and more. There will be over 100 participating resident artists for guests to discover and interact with. FREE
32. Check out all the art, activity and culture that Pasadena has to offer during the Pasadena ARTwalk featuring art shows, restaurant deals and much more. FREE
33. Zona Rosa Caffe’s 24th Annual Dia de los Muertos celebration put on in partnership with the Pasadena Playhouse, will offer a plethora of activities and offerings including sugar skull tastings, face painting, artwork from a slew of artists, music, dance, performances, silent disco and more. FREE
34. Now in its third year, David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption returns to The Theatre at Ace Hotel with two days of programming — including film screenings, music, art exhibitions and more — curated and overseen by Lynch himself. It all goes down on October 13-14.
35. Enjoy this year’s Fall Festival at The Original Farmers Market (October 13-14), including a petting zoo, pie-eating contests, live music, and plenty more.
36. Craftoberfest takes over the Rose Bowl in Pasadena bringing 30 of SoCals best breweries and restaurants including Bottle Logic, Alesmith and more along side traditional German eats. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
37. Knott’s Scary Farm is back with their signature haunted attractions, mazes and thousands of monsters ready to scare the living day light out of you and your crew. Happening Thursdays through Sundays. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
38. Visit the Annenberg Space for Photography as it welcomes its newest exhibit The National Geographic Photo Ark, a multi-year project led by Joel Sartore to photograph every living species throughout the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. The exhibit opens on October 13 and continues through January 13. FREE
39. Head to the inaugural Secret Project Festival (October 13-14), which promises a fresh and exciting outdoor celebration of DTLA’s creative culture through food, music and art. Participants will enjoy art installations, live music and experiences curated by David Chang of Majordōmo, bar Apotheke and LA’s Club Called Rhonda.
40. Adidas presents You Had To Be There at Los Globos, a phone-free party, where upon entry you must put your cellular device in a locked pouch. For just one night, enjoy the party environment curated just for this event and stay off your phones and social media! Admission is free.
41. Drunken Devil presents Bacchanalia a horror-centric bash that transports guests to court during the roman rule of Caligula. There will be an open bar, actors unfolding a dark theatrical narrative, burlesque and much more.
42. On October 13 and 21, take the family to Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena for Haunted Arroyo. A museum after hours party, the evening will boasts a wide range of activities including potion making, glow-in-the-dark painting, a slime station, lantern crafting a Monster Mash dance party and more.
43. Stop by Hollywood Forever Cemetery and join the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles during a walking tour back into time to find out about the many famous Hollywood legends who rest in peace at this iconic cemetery.
44. At the 10th Annual Los Angeles Printers Fair (October 13-14) celebrate the paper arts with handmade paper, cards, posters, opportunity for personal, custom prints and more with featured artist Chris Fritton.
45. Emo Nite Day boasts a huge setlist of live performances from the likes of Dashboard Confessional, All Time Low, 3OH!3 and much more, including DJ sets from Travis Barker (of Blink 182) and Gnash happening at The Shrine Expo.
46. Frogtown’s artist-run space Tin Flats will host Endless Song Exhibition featuring performances by Rafaela Lopez, and music by Yann Novak accompanying artists Rebecca Bruno and Rafaela Lopez work. Presented by The French Los Angeles Exchange, this project presents films, performances and exhibitions from artists in the program. FREE
47. Festival M.A.R.S will highlight immersive performance making use of musical compositions, virtual reality, audio-reactive visuals that surround both performers and audience, and much more.
48. Head to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens for Boo at the Zoo on any Saturday or Sunday during the month of October for a large assortment of seasonal activities for the whole family. Featuring live, expert pumpkin carvings, Halloween games, a mini pumpkin patch and plenty more.
49. Street Food Cinema returns this weekend with screenings of Halloween at Eagle Rock Rec Park and Gremlins at Glendale Central Park. Select screenings are discounted via Goldstar. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
50. The Valley Urban Market an open-air, family-friendly, food experience is now open at the Sportsman’s Lodge parking lot in Studio City every Saturday.
Sunday October 14th, 2018
51. L.A. Bacon Bash will have you indulging in specially curated bacon and craft beer from all over so-cal as well as a day of fun at Santa Anita Park’s race track. We Like L.A. readers can save $10 on tickets by using the special promo code
BACON18 when purchasing tickets.
52. The Big Quiet: A Mass Meditation at the LA Public Library will include a sound bath experience in the rotunda of the L.A. Public Library, with string instrumentalists, special guests and more.
53. Octubrefest a Mexican Oktoberfest taking place at Smorgasburg in DTLA, will feature a wide variety of Mexican dishes, Mexican inspired craft beers, and plenty of micheladas. Enjoy food specials including Oaxacan sausage and chorizo. Admission is free.
54. Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Special Olympics at this year’s Pier Del Sol. The annual culinary festival allows guests to enjoy brunch with a wide range of specially cooked meals from the city’s best chefs, along with unlimited rides at Pacific Park.
55. Come celebrate Pagan Pride at Rainbow Lagoon Park. The event will explore and put into proper display the beliefs, practices and realities of Paganism, filled with workshops, as well as vendors, rituals and plenty more. FREE
56. Angel City Oktoberfest is a full day of German music, German beer, and super fun contests of strength that include steinhoisters, sauerkraut eaters, and yodelers. Admission is free!
57. Two Bit Circus a new “Micro Amusement Park,” inside a 50,000-square-foot warehouse in the Arts District hosts a wide range of gaming activities including VR experiences, classic arcade games, and Story Rooms.
58. There’s a Great Pumpkin Hunt happening at the South Coast Botanic Garden daily featuring an imaginative scavenger hunt, light hiking, a pumpkin shop and access to the gorgeous 87-acre grounds. Great for families. Halloween costumes are welcome. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
59. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with a screening of The Goonies
Food Pick for the Week
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For the fourth consecutive year, Grand Central Market and The Oyster Gourmet will host oyster farmers from around the continent at the DTLA Oyster Festival on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Meet the farmers, taste their half-shells, and learn about the distinctive “merroir,” or taste of place, that distinguishes oysters grown in different waters. The farmers will be shucking both days from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the Market’s Hill Street platform adjacent to The Oyster Gourmet, which will offer a curated selection of French wines by the glass and by the bottle. Around the Market, vendors will offer special dishes featuring oysters. As part of the celebration, Louisiana-rooted, Los Angeles-based band, the Mudbug Brass Band will inspire festival-goers to dance and swing to the rhythms of traditional New Orleans Jazz, R&B, and Funk on Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.
Stop by Grand Central Market October 13-14 for the DTLA Oyster Festival and enjoy all things oyster. Put on in part by the only master Ecailler in L.A., Christophe Happillion of The Oyster Gourmet, the event hosts top oyster farmers from North America for a weekend of oyster education, French wines, a film screening of “The Oyster Farmer” and all the oysters Angelenos can eat. Admission is free, the movie screening is also free and food is for purchase. Farmers will be shucking from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Market’s Hill Street platform. Additionally GCM vendors will also be offering oyster-centric dishes throughout the day. Happy slurping!
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