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13 free things to do in Los Angeles this October

Michael Juliano

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.

Oct 1
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.

Oct 1
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.

Oct 16
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.

Oct 21
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

Oct 21
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.

Oct 29
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.

Oct 31
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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