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 decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This Halloween weekend includes a ninja-themed haunted maze, Wiltern’s Night of Horror, Boo at the LA Zoo, the WeHo Carnaval, Dia de los Muertos celebrations on Sunday, and much, MUCH more to choose from.
31. Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration
Halloween fun for the whole family, there’s even a Day of the Dead Tour of Altars, and Fiesta! All activities like pumpkin decorating and a movie screening of Mad Monster are FREE for all ages. For a list of special activities and dates of events visit the official Old Town Pasadena page.
32. Halloween Party At The Blitz
The Halloween party at The Blitz is a swell way to follow the Halloween parade and other West Hollywood festivities. Open til midnight (likely even later), the gallery and community arts events center will have piles of candy to hype you up for the night and will display creepy paintings by Harry Blitzstein to rattle your nightmares. Dozens of costumes and some musical instruments will be floating around the gallery for you to borrow for photos and mayhem. Admission is FREE!
33. Knotts Scary Farm
For 2015, the Knotts Scary Farm features 11 menacing mazes, tons of interactive scare experiences and more than 1,000 monsters roaming the park and lurking in the fog, whatever you’re imagining, it’s here…at Knott’s Scary Farm. Knott’s Scary Farm takes place on select nights September 24 – October 31. Tickets go for around $46, but sure to check our friends at Goldstar for discount offers throughout the month.
34. Surprise! All Musical Halloween Show & Party
Come and LOL your ass off on a downtown rooftop for a night of comedy, singing, delicious spooky cookies, aka “spookies”, a costume contest and one booze filled dance party. The comedic guests are kept secret but past performers include: Demetri Martin, Ron Funches, Cameron Esposito and Matt Braunger. Tickets cost just $5.
35. Boo At The Zoo
The LA Zoo’s annual Halloween celebration includes spooky tales, puppet shows, pumpkin carving, interactions with some of the zoo’s creepy crawlers, a haunted barn photo op, lots of trick-or-treating and a “Graveyard Safari” maze.
36. WeHo Carnavale
On Halloween night, 2014, an estimated 500,000 people took the the streets in West Hollywood in one of the biggest Halloween celebrations in the entire world. Organizers are still in the process of finalizing this year’s lineup, but if it was anything like the festivities will be an event to remember.
37. 8th Annual Halloween Party for Downtown LA Kids
Children and their families living in Downtown Los Angeles are invited to a Halloween Party in Grand Hope Park at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM.) Kids can enjoy puppet shows, bouncy houses, crafts, face painting, “Trick-or-treat” doors, snacks and refreshments. General admission is $5 in advance and $8 at the door.
38. Rise of The Jack O’ Lantern Festival
Attention pumpkin carving enthusiasts! The Rise of the Jack-O’-Lantern Festival features more than 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors arranged in creative ways along a 1/3-mile scenic walking trail all set to an original music score. In 2015 there are two L.A. locations where you can enjoy The Rise, at either Descanso Gardens or Santa Anita Park. For more information and discount tickets check out Goldstar..
39. Celebrate Halloween At Manhattan House
Manhattan House is offering up a spooktacular Halloween themed menu, happy hour all night long for those in costume and a best costume award.
40. Halloween Trick-or-Treat At Westfield Topanga & The Village
Westfield Topanga & The Village retailers will be hosting a special trick-or-treat Halloween event for children aged 12 and under. Children and families can stop by both centers to hunt for treats at participating retailers for fun, safe trick-or-treating. The event will take place from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. Participating retailers will have signage displayed to inform shoppers that they have treats to pass out.
41. HARD Day Of The Dead
HARD is back for another two-day festival this time at the Fairplex. Headliners include: Deadmau5, Hot Chip, Glass Animals, Nero, Flying Lotus and more.
42. Doma Kitchen’s Halloween Party + Costume Contest
Don your favorite costume and join Doma Kitchen in Manhattan Beach for an all-inclusive Halloween Party and Costume Contest on Saturday, October 31st. The ticketed event will include small bites prepared by Chef Kristina Miksyte along with bottomless beer, wine and music from DJ Justin Date. The event is 21+ and priced at $50 per person.
Need even more Halloween events? Check out our Massive A-Z List of Things to Do for Halloween.
Sunday November 1st, 2015
43. SoCal VegFest
The First Annual SoCal VegFest, is a free event chalk full of action! Think, plant-based food sampling, musical entertainment, guest speakers, cooking demons, raffles, interactive booths, food vendors, humane organizations, a yoga tent, a children’s area with a variety of engaging opportunities and much more.
44. Celebrate Day of the Dead in Los Angeles!
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is kind of a big deal in Los Angeles, and while a number of the celebrations take place in October the majority of the biggies fall on Sunday, November 1.
Here’s a quick link list of some options for you:
- San Pedro Dia de los Muertos Festival
- Dia de los Muertos Altars + Art in Grand Park
- Rose Hills Dia de los Muertos
- 42nd Annual Self Help Graphics Dia de los Muertos
- Third annual Downey Dia de los Muertos
- Olvera Street Dia de los Muertos
- Dia de los Muertos at Santa Monica’s Woodlawn Cemetery
45. Picture This! At Satellite
LA’s only live animated comedy show is going down at the Satellite. Hosted by Brandie Posey with Max Silvestri, Dan St. Germain, Ryan Singer, Erik Charles Neilsen, Thai Rivera, Georgia Brooks, Mike Mayfeild, Josh Cheney, Luke McGarry, Mike Hollingsworth and more. This event is 21 and over. Tickets are $5 a pop.
46. Veuve Clicquot Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos At Toca Madera
Expect to be greeted by stilt walkers as you enter into a mystical world of luminous flowers and elaborate candle lit skulls at Toca Madera. Celebrate in style with craft Veuve Clicquot cocktails all night long and receive complimentary Dia De Los Muertos face makeup by Make Up Forever. Entrance to the party is free and runs 5:00pm to 2:00am.
47. Hollywood Sites & Bites Food Tour
This four hour tour of the sites and taste of what Hollywood has to offer will take you to The Roosevelt Hollywood to the iconic Capital Records and even Melrose avenue. You will make several stops at some of Los Angeles’ most talked-about restaurants for a variety of savory and sweet tastings. Half price tickets are available via Goldstar. Bon appetit!
48. Hinterland’s New Fall Menu
Chef Max DiMare reworked Hinterland’s lunch and dinner menus to incorporate new flavors just in time for fall! Menu highlights include: crispy pork belly with smokey lentil ragu, Fuyu persimmon & burrata and a delicious caramelized apple bread pudding with vanilla bean ice cream, fall spice anglaise, and salted bourbon caramel.
49. Rice & Shine’s Afterbrunch
Sleep in after your wild Halloween night and make your way to a late brunch filled with Filipino Soul Food AND mimosas brought to you by Chef AC Boral and his traveling RICE & EVENT food party! Happening at the Lock & Key in Koreatown from 4:00pm-8:00pm! Oh yeah…show up in last night’s costume and receive a free hangover toast.
50. Free Taco At Tacos Tu Madre
Tacos Tu Madre is set to have a grand opening on Sunday November 1, 2015 and to celebrate they will be giving away one free basic taco to folks following the restaurants Instagram account.
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