43 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. You Need to Know About [10-7-16 to 10-9-16]

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 weekend (Oct. 7 to Oct. 9) includes All Space Considered at the Observatory, the L.A. Greek Festival, the Culver City Art Walk, Discover Marina Del Rey, a Taste of South Lake,  South Bay Oktoberfest, First Fridays, and LOTS more to choose from.


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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Griffith Observatory at Night
A night view of the Observatory. Credit: Ron Reiring via flickr cc

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Friday October 7th, 2016

1. OPA! the 18th Annual L.A. Greek Festival is hitting the streets of L.A. Oct. 7-9 and more than 20,000 people will be in attendance for one big fat Greek block party! The weekend will feature some of L.A.’s best food establishments and top Greek restaurants as well as international entertainment. Opening day (Friday) is free to attend, tickets are $5 over the weekend.

2. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre hosts Urban Death Tour of Terror a immersive haunted house experience every Friday and Saturday from Oct. 7 – Nov. 5. Guests walk through a maze surrounded by monsters and arrive in the theater for a 20-minute performance before reentering the maze, this time with new monsters lurking at every turn. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. The Skirball Cultural Center presents Into the Night: Pop for the People where the music and art will both go POP! with one night only performances and late night activities through out the evening to celebrate the new exhibit Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A.

4. There’s a free classic Movie Screening Series coming to Union Station kicking off this Friday with the noir classic police thriller Union Station (1950). FREE

5. All Space Considered is back at Griffith Observatory for their monthly discussion panel of all things astronomical. Free and open to the public, though seating is limited. FREE

6. Take advantage of First Fridays in Venice, Bixby Knolls, and Pasadena.

7. Eat|See|Hear presents Front Porch Cinema, a free movie night under the stars taking place every Friday on Santa Monica Pier from Sept. 30 through Oct. 28. Kicking off the series is City of God. FREE

8. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor promises to be darker, more shocking, and even more terrifying than the last. A new spirit named the Iron Master will join a group of sinister spirits and hundreds of their horrific henchmen ready to scare guests in the five different mazes on the ship, along with a Paintball Shooting Gallery, a 4-D horror show, freak shows and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Back again its 7th year, Wicked Lit is a spooky immersive theatre experience that takes classic horror literature and turns them into plays at the Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery every Thursday through Sunday starting Oct. 1 and running through Nov. 12.

10. Knott’s Scary Farm is back with 13 haunted attractions, four new mazes, a thousand monsters and, for the first time ever, standalone Skeleton Room Keys. Don’t miss out on the laser gun fight with zombies! Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. Rooftop Cinema Club features two screenings this weekend: The Goonies on Friday and The Motorcycle Diaries on Saturday.

12. Head over to Oktoberfest in Alpine Village and enjoy traditional Bavarian fun, food, and beer. The is considered one of the oldest running Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California. Festivities continue all the way until Oct. 29.

13. If the idea of hopping on a bandwagon that travels through the darkness of Griffith Park while monsters hide in the shadows to scare you sounds like fun, than the L.A. Haunted Hayride is the place to be. Happening all weekend.

14. Getty Villa’s film series Cinema Under The Stars returns with classical comedies in the outdoor classical theater. This Friday it’s Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

15. The Kooples is having their first ever L.A. sample sale from Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shoppers can save up to 70% on men’s and women’s fashion. Location: 8483 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles 90069.

16. CreepLA returns Sept. 15 – Oct. 31, promising a bigger and scarier time where the lines of reality and performance art are blurred into your worst nightmare. Tickets available Thursday through the weekend.

17. The Bailey Blue one day sale is happening from 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. score dresses, skirts, and tops for $9! Location: 1850 E 15th St Unit B Los Angeles, CA 90021

18. Starting on Sept. 30 film fanatics can view new, classic and strange films at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for Beyond Fest 2016.

19. For the Record: Scorsese pays tribute to director Martin Scorsese film scores by brining to life iconic scenes and its musical counter parts from Taxi Driver to Goodfella’s and The Departed the show is supported by a stellar cast that includes Tony-winner John Lloyd Young (Jersey Boys), Pia Toscano (American Idol), and Grammy-nominee B. Slade. Playing this week and weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

20. LACMA’s award winning Department of Music Program provides hundreds of free concerts and musical events every year for Angelenos to enjoy. This Friday their jazz series continues at the BP Grand Entrance.

21. Free admission days this Friday for: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 pm), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 – 8 p.m.) FREE

Saturday October 8th, 2016

22. Get into the Halloween spirit by catching up on classic horror flicks every Saturday in October when Frights Feast Film hosts a scary movie screening at the Eagle Rock Recreation Center. Kicking off the screening is Aliens. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. L.A. based burlesque troupe The Dollface Dames take over the Magicopolis stage for a night of tease, balloon popping, belly dance and even clogging. Lets just say they do a lot in their 80 minute show. But the fun doesn’t end there the Magicopolis bartenders double as magicians! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar).

24. The Taste of South Lake, the SGV’s largest free culinary event, is back for a full day of tasty bites, refreshing sips, live cooking demos, music from internationally acclaimed bands and more. FREE

25. The Electric Dusk Drive-In is back at a new location on Fletcher Street at the LACCD Van De Kamp college campus complete with an astroturf outdoor seating area. This weekend’s screening: Alien. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)


26. The inaugural South Bay Oktoberfest will take over the Bay Club Redondo this Saturday for a day of brats, beers and live music.

27. Street Food Cinema has screenings of three movies this Saturday. Jurassic Park at Syd Kronenthal Park, The Breakfast Club at Will Rogers State Park (discounted) and Little Shop of Horrors at Victory Park (discounted) . DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar).

28. The Culver City Art Walk  is a free event taking place throughout the Culver City Arts District. Guests will enjoy free self-guided tours of galleries where art, musical and dance performances with special offerings at surroundung restaurants. FREE

29. Comics Iliza Shlesinger and Anthony Jeslnik will be doing stand-up at L.A.’s legendary Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip this Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. Getty Villa’s film series Cinema Under The Stars continues with classical comedies in the outdoor classical theater this weekend it’s A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.

31. Practice the Charleston and dust off that flapper dress because Casino Moderne goes Hollywood at the 1929 American Legion Post 43. The night will be filled with hot jazz, magic, a faux casino and more.

32. Australian women’s fashion brands C/meo Collective, Finders, Jaggar Keepsake, and The Fifth Label are having a sample sale Oct 8 through 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shoppers can save up to 80% off. Location: 1136 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood CA 90038

33. The annual Rotary Art Show is free to attend and will feature over 90 local and regional artists exhibiting and selling original works in mediums including ceramic, jewelry, sculpture, metal art, photography, glass art, and painting. FREE

34. The Reef in DTLA will play host to the 29th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo Oct. 8-9. Shop from 50+ vendors both men and women from clothing to accessories.

35. Come down to the longest-running Filipino cultural celebration in Southern California during the 25th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture. Happening at the Echo Park Lake admission is free and guest can enjoy Filipino food, drinks, music and more. FREE

36. Come see hot rods and classic cars at the Downtown Covina Thunderfest & Music Festival. Free and open to all-ages the event will also have live music, food,vendors and more. FREE

Sunday October 9th, 2016

37. Feria de Los Moles 2016 comes to Olvera Street this Sunday for a celebration of Mexico’s national dish the mole! The event is free and open to all ages.


38. The second annual Brunch at the Races returns to Santa Anita Park on Oct. 9 featuring over 30 top Los Angeles breakfast, brunch and lunch spots trackside.

39. Discover Marina Del Rey is a free event that invites guests to explore the man made marina through a variety of activities and entertainment. FREE

40. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

41. Beachfront views and good eats right on the pier is what Taste of the Pier is all about. Come out this Sunday to the free foodie event taking place in Redondo Beach to raise money for the Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach. FREE

42. The Autry Museum of the American West will debut its largest renovation yet, with the addition of two new galleries, an ethnobotanical teaching garden, and a media projection room comprising of some 20,000 square feet. Housing works from the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection and contemporary works by Native American artists the exhibits are centered around California environment through the eyes of Native American cultural traditions and practices.

43. The Natural History Museum’s newly designed outdoor Butterfly Pavilion exhibit is back! The permanent structure will feature over 25 species of butterflies housing hundreds of them for your viewing pleasure.

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