You've planned an apple picking excursion and picked up tickets for a Halloween party, but there are far more free things to do in October. From a free haunted house to a Downtown block party, these are the best ways to make the most of your month without breaking into your wallet.
Sept 30-Oct 7
NOMO FOMO: An Art Show about Broads in the City; NerdMelt Showroom
Wait out Broad City's hiatus with more than 75 pieces of the show's most impressive fan art.
Amber Rose Slut Walk; Pershing Square Park
Take to the streets with model Amber Rose as she leads this impassioned walk in the name of ending sexual injustice, victim blaming, derogatory labeling and gender inequality.
Noon to Midnight; Walt Disney Concert Hall
Kick off the LA Phil's progressive Green Umbrella series with an entire day of pop-up performances throughout the Downtown concert hall, as well as a chance to see the cloud-like installation Nimbus.
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Oct 15, 16
Fall Festival; The Original Farmers Market
Catch a musical performance or make a friend at the petting zoo during this family-friendly harvest festival.
CicLAvia: Heart of LA; DTLA
Pedal your way through DTLA, Chinatown, Westlake, Little Tokyo, the Arts District and Boyle Heights during the bike-friendly fest.
ArtNight Pasadena; Various locations in Pasadena
Explore Pasadena’s underrated bounty of museums and cultural spaces with pop-up performances across the city as well as free shuttle buses and admission to local institutions like the Norton Simon Museum and Pasadena Museum of California Art.
Photograph: Courtesy JimDonnellyPhoto/Wikimedia
Odd Nights at the Autry; Autry Museum of the American West
Hit up the final night market of the year with everything imaginable: beer gardens, live music, bounce castles, more than 200 artisan vendors—and then some (i.e., horse parking, yes, horse parking).
Through Oct 28
Front Porch Cinema; Santa Monica Pier
Spend Friday evenings by the beach at this music and screening series complete with movie-themed cocktails.
Grand Ave Arts: All Access; Grand Avenue
Celebrate 11 Bunker Hill institutions with free performances, exhibitions and tours at spots like the Broad, MOCA and the Music Center.
Photograph: Courtesy Jamie Pham
Oct 29, 31
The Haunted Shack; Torrance
Brave this hand-built, homegrown haunt as it approaches two fun-filled decades in the South Bay.
West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval; West Hollywood
Dance and drink your way through West Hollywood with thousands of other (sometimes scantily) costumed revelers.
Free concerts; Various locations
Listen to some tunes without breaking the bank with free shows at the Echo, the Satellite, Grand Park and more.
Free museum days; Various locations
Make the most of free days at LACMA, the Natural History Museum and more, plus always-free museums like the Hammer, Getty and Broad.
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