53 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. You Need to Know About [10-20-17 to 10-22-17]

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 (October 20 – October 22) includes, the P-22 Day Festival, Eastside Food Festival, Pancakes & Booze Art Show, Brewery ArtWalk, Burbank Beer Festival, Long Beach Zombie Fest and MUCH more.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.


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Burbank Beer Fest 2015
This is what a huge streefest in Downtown Burbank looks like (from Burbank Beer Festival). Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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Friday October 20th, 2017

1. The Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns to Lot 613 in DTLA for an underground art show served up with a stack of pancakes! Highlights include local artisans, live music, DJs, live art, body painting, and more.

2. The Second City’s Diversity in Comedy Festival returns October 20-22 offering a platform for diverse, funny talent inside and outside of L.A. Some issues explored will be race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity through performances, panels, and workshops.

3. It’s Oktoberfest at the Pomona Fairplex! Oom-pah music, the Chicken Dance, authentic German brats and brews flown directly from Germany will be on hand to help you party in true Bavarian style. Happening Friday and Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. The WestEdge Design Fair comes to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from October 19-22 for a premier contemporary design fair experience. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Multi-sensory, walk-through experience Creep LA returns to the Music Box in DTLA October 5 through November 12. Inspired by the Amazon Prime Exclusive Series Lore the experience is fully engaging, multi-sensory and super-scary, featuring some of pop culture’s most legendary horror myths. Happening Thursdays through Sundays.

6. Wicked Lit  is a spooky immersive theatre experience taking horror literature and turning them into plays at the Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery. It happens every Thursday through Sunday from September 28 through November 9. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. The 5th annual G2 Green Earth Film Festival heads to Loyola Marymount University for three days of eco-conscious films. FREE

8. Eat|See|Hear returns with Front Porch Cinema, a free movie night below the stars every Friday on Santa Monica Pier from September 29 through October 27. The fall film series will also feature music, drinks, and bites before each screening. This week they’ll screen Beauty & the Beast. FREE

9. BlueCollar Working Dog will host a HELLHOUNDS PACK WALK around the Echo Park Lake this Friday. The evening walk will include goodie bags, a piñata filled with dog treats, human snacks, contests and prizes.

10. Checkout The Nightmare Before Christmas with 4-D Effects at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood October 20-31. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. Odd Nights At The Autry feature a collection of over 200 vendors, 20 gourmet food trucks, a beer garden, custom handmade treasures and live local bands.

12. 260 Sample Sale LA returns with a 3.1 Philip Lim sample sale at their Beverly Hills store October 18-22. Offering what they call “far below retail prices” the sale will have women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, accessories and the brands shoe collection.

13. Starlight Bowl in Burbank will host NIGHT TERRORS a haunted maze. In addition to the maze there will be face painting, games, food trucks, spooky campfire stories and much more.

14. 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. Be sure to check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. The Long Beach Zombie Fest returns with Zombie Walk on October 20-22 at the Rainbow Lagoon. Event highlights include a scavenger hunt, haunted maze, free make-up services, horror films and the infamous zombie walk. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

16. Climb aboard the 17th Annual Ghost Train in Griffith Park on October 13-31 and ride on their iconic train into a spooky setting of animatronics, projections and pyrotechnic. The ride is family friendly with no blood, gore or actors jumping out to scare you like most Halloween experiences.

17. Head to Torrance for one of the most well-known Oktoberfest celebrations in the L.A. area! Alpine Village Oktoberfest runs September 8 through October 28 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy traditional Bavarian food, beer, dancing, and more.

18. The Sivley family is back for their 46th year of hosting the award winning, Beware the Dark Realm a haunted house experience in the city of Santa Clarita. Haunt kicks off this Satruday and will run every Friday and Saturday thorough the month. FREE

19. After multiple sold-out performances in New York, Boston and Los Angeles, Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic will make its debut at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. Feathers of Fire is a dazzling show of shadow puppetry “live animation” of a 10th-century book of Persian poetry played out on a cinema-size screen. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

20. The Queen Mary Ghost presents Ghost & Legends a new year-round experience perfect for thrill seekers and scare enthusiasts. Climb aboard the haunted RMS Queen Mary and test your fears inside the massive interactive and immersive haunted attraction.

21. Get ready to shriek, because Urban Death: Tour of Terror is back at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood. This haunted theater attraction features a terrifying performance and a maze of inexplicable horrors, unfathomable monstrosities, and the disturbing spirits that walk among us. Happening every Friday and Saturday this month. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. Silent Classic Horror Festival will host a month long fright fest. This week the 1923 film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligri will be screened at Old Town Music Hall located in El Segundo. The festival takes place every Friday through Sunday.

23. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. War For The Planet Of The Ape at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and The Babadook at Montalban in Hollywood.

Saturday October 21st, 2017

24. The Third Annual Burbank Beer Festival & Street Fair returns to the streets of Downtown Burbank for one of the largest celebrations of craft beer in L.A. Entry to the street fair and main stage entertainment is free and open to all ages. Craft beer tasting sessions are ticketed and includes a 3- ounce tasting glass and craft beer samples from 45+ different breweries.

25. Sunland-Tunjunga Open Studios happening October 21-22, is a free guided weekend tour of local art studios and creative venues from over 40 artists in 17 different locations in the San Fernando Valley. FREE

26. The first Clean Food Fest heads to the California Market Center on October 21-22 for a health-centered festival that celebrates clean, sustainable, beyond-organic, allergen-free food.

27. Oktoberfest DTLA returns to Pershing Square on October 21-22 for two days beer tastings, traditional bratwursts and pretzels to fusion eats, live music and plenty of dancing. Admission is free and guests interested in the tastings can purchase packages that range from $15-65.

28. The free Beverly Hills artSHOW happening on October 21-22 will showcase over 245 artists ranging from pantings and sculptures to ceramics and jewelry on display across four blocks. FREE

29.  The first-ever Halloween Film Pestival hosted by Western Exterminator at the Los Feliz 3 is all about creepy crawlers. Expect bug themed activities such as a cricket-eating contest, alongside classic film screenings like Bee MovieThe Ant BullyThe FlyEight Legged Freaks and more. FREE

30. Experience a sophisticated yet creepy pre-Halloween evening during Night of 1.000 Devils. Billed as an “immersive horror soiree.” Guests will enjoy cocktails, dark burlesque performances, fortune tellers, tarot card readers, a dark disco and more.

31. Esotouric Bus presents Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles Bus Tour. Spend a Saturday afternoon exploring the tough streets of L.A. through the famous crime writers eyes. There’s also a stop for Chandler-themed gelato. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)


32. The Skirball Family Sleepover aboard Noah’s Ark will take place this Saturday. Dinner and access to all fall exhibits are included in your ticket.

33. Pop-Up Magazine is a night filled with true, multimedia storytelling with stunning visuals, film, and live music. Listen to writers, filmmakers, photographers and producers share their stories at the Theatre at The Ace.

34. There’s a classic scary movie screening at the Heritage Square Museum this Saturday. Pack a picnic and catch the 1953 flick It Came From Outer Space in 3-D!

35. Boo at the L.A. Zoo returns for a spooktacular season. Highlights include a “Nocturnal Adventure” maze,  “Animals and Boo” creepy crawler encounters, pumpkin-carving demos and other family-oriented fun.

36. The Brewery ArtWalk returns for its fall edition on October 21-22 with works from over 100 participating resident artists in mediums including video, painting, performance, ceramics, interior, fashion, multi-media and more. Entry and parking are free. FREE

37. Enjoy a bit of spooky family fun at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch located at 10100 Jefferson Blvd. in Culver City.

38. The Native Plant Sale comes to The Autry’s ethnobotanical garden in Griffith Park this Saturday. Get an education on plants from ethnobotanist/educator/plant curator Nicholas Hummingbird (Cahuilla-Apache) and take home a California Native plant yourself.

39. The Strut Your Mutt fundraiser is a chance to enjoy a brisk walk with your furry friend while benefiting those dogs who have yet to find a home. The benefit walk will take place at Exposition Park.

40. There’s a Great Pumpkin Hunt happening at the South Coast Botanic Garden from October 1 through November 30 everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highlights include an imaginative scavenger hunt, light hiking, a pumpkin shop and access to the gorgeous 87-acre grounds. Great for families. Halloween costumes are welcome.

41. Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles will host a public opening of ‘Mike Kelley: Kandors 1999 – 2011’ The exhibition is the most comprehensive survey of Kelley’s last body of work. The reception is free to attend, food and drinks will be provided by Manuela and music courtesy of MOON UTERUS. FREE

42. Westfield Topanga will host UNCORKED this Saturday. Enjoy a day of champagne, wine and food tastings benefiting The Foundation for Los Virgenes Schools. In addition on Sunday, they’ll host UNCASKED , a craft beer and food tasting event. Tickets cost $30 per person for admission to one event and $50 per person to attend both events.

43. 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 like the Iron Master and Graceful Gale. This year they’ll reveal their newest member of the crew, his name is Chef and he’s got a carnivorous kitchen staff with a big appetite. Happening Thursday and through the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

44. The 5th annual FandangObon festival returns to Little Tokyo’s Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) on October 21-22. Get ready for a multicultural experience featuring live music, dance performances, art, food, a farmers’ market, environmental workshops, and more. FREE

45. The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride returns to The Old Zoo in Griffith Park from September 29 to October 31. This years theme is “Clown” and features four different freaky zones, a slew of demonic clowns, a corn maze and more. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

46. Halloween Horror Nights taking place at Universal Studios Hollywood will immerse guests in a three-dimensional world of terror featuring a new slate of mazes, scare zones and a newly designed “Terror Tram” experience. Themes include American Horror Story, The Shining, SAW, Insidious and more.


Sunday October 22nd, 2017

47. P-22 Day Festival returns to Griffith Park for a day long celebration of the beloved mountain lion. The festival will have a photo booth, a VR experience, nature hikes with park rangers, live music, food and much more. FREE

48. If you love art books, you’ll want to go check out the 2nd Annual A.G. Geiger Art Book Fair, taking place in Chinatown. This free event unites artists, booksellers and fine arts enthusiasts in historic Chung King Plaza for live performances, shopping and exhibitors.

49. Maple Block will throw another Blocktoberfest, an all-you-can-eat barbecue affair where $55 gets you unlimited smoked meats, sausages, hot dogs, brisket chili, and delicous sides. A beer garden, ice cream, fun activities, live music and more will round out the day.

50. The Eastside Food Festival returns to Mack Sennett Studios with some of the best eastside eats in L.A. This year, the fest will include unlimited tastings from over 35 local food and beverage vendors, cooking demonstrations, discussion panels, live music, live podcast and more. Ticket cost $65 for general admission and $95 for VIP.

51. Topanga Vintage Market hits Pierce College in Woodland Hills this Sunday. Expect over 170 of LA’s best vintage, antiques, and collectibles dealers.

52. Roxana Jullapat of Friends & Family will host Bakers Will Bake this Sunday at The Hollywood’s Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Now in its fifth year, Jullapat’s annual bake sale fundraiser will benefit The Farm to Face Environmental Program at Thomas Starr King Middle School, specifically Ms. Jones’ gardening and environmental studies program.

53. Throughout the month of October, Westbound will host double-feature screenings of cult classic Halloween flicks on their back patio every Sunday night as well as on Friday the 13th and Halloween. Screenings begin at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. This Saturday they’ll host screenings of Young Frankenstein and Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

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