October 2013 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our October 2013 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite fall concerts.



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Halloween at Malibu Country Mart

Halloween at Malibu Country Mart Courtesy Malibu Country Mart

While fall foliage is sparse in LA, the there's no shortage of Halloween spirit. It's October, so there are precious few weeks left to hit up costume stores and stockpile some of the best Halloween candy. If Halloween isn't really your holiday, then celebrate the end of summertime crowds and enjoy one of the best hikes in LA. Regardless, you'll find something to do among the street fairs, Halloween parties and other fun festivals in LA in our October 2013 events calendar.

Angel City Jazz Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Angel City Jazz Festival presents every type of jazz you can think of, at five venues stretching over two weekends. Innovative jazz musicians from the West Coast and around the world will perform; the festival presents established jazz artists as well as lesser known emerging talent, with a focus on west coast creative styles from some super cool cats. The theme for 2013's festival is “Metamorphosis: Artists on the Cutting Edge of Change.”

LA Podcast Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

LA's second annual podcast fest will include live broadcasts, meet-and-greets with local hosts, forums and stand-up comedy. Broadcast nerds have never looked so cool. Look out for live shows this year from WTF with Marc MaronJimmy Pardo's Never Not Funny and Doug Benson's Doug Loves Movies.

  1. Sheraton Delfina 530 W Pico Boulevard
  2. Until Sun Sep 20
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Patchwork Show: Edible Edition

  • Free

This foodie version of the cute handmade arts & crafts fest boasts an outdoor marketplace full of local artisan food vendors, book signings, food trucks, restaurant pop-ups, a beer/wine/cocktail garden and more. Expand your culinary knowledge at a variety of hands-on workshops (think: food foraging in the wild and creating beauty products from edibles) as well as panels on topics like food trends and sustainability—all for free. The festival will take place at SoCo Collection (3303 Hyland Ave) in Costa Mesa.

CicLAvia — Heart of LA

  • Critics choice
  • Free

LA's beloved eco-friendly free-for-all is returning to its roots in the city streets where CicLAvia's first five events took place. Show up on bike, foot, stroller, skateboard—anything sans motor—to get some exercise while exploring Downtown like never before in the blocked-off Heart of Los Angeles route.

Culture Collide Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Filter Magazine's cosmopolitan music festival brings together big names and buzzworthy bands from around the world. Discover your next favorite artist while venue-hopping around Echo Park for four days after a separately ticketed kick-off party with Phoenix and Dinosaur Jr. The weekend's lineup features the Raveonettes (Denmark), Miami Horror (Australia), King Khan & the Shrines (Canada, Germany) and many more. Last year's creative performance spaces included the local Whole Foods and inside flying airplanes. But take note: The down-to-earth fest has a strict "no fashion headdress" policy. Check the website for a detailed schedule.

  1. Various locations in L.A.
  2. Thu Oct 8 - Sat Oct 10
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