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Things to do this weekend in Los Angeles: October 21-23

By
Michael Juliano
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We curate an L.A. weekend itinerary of the city's best concerts, culture and cuisine, every week, just for you.

Friday

Head over to Griffith Park for another evening of Odd Nights, a night market at the Autry packed with everything imaginable—beer gardens, live music, bounce castles, more than 200 artisan vendors—and then some (i.e. horse parking, yes, horse parking).

Get to know Pasadena's underrated collection of museums at ArtNight Pasadena. Take advantage of free shuttle buses or hoof it between site-specific installations and free evenings at local institutions such as the Pasadena Museum of California Art and Norton Simon Museum—make sure to check out the museum's new Picasso exhibition while you're there.

Spend the rest of your evening by the beach at Front Porch Cinema, a music and screening series complete with movie-themed cocktails. Tonight's event at the Santa Monica Pier includes a showing of Labyrinth, the Jim Henson-directed cult classic starring the late, great David Bowie.

Saturday

Up for a drive to Santa Ana? Spend two days at the Observatory for Beach Goth, the most surprising music fest in Southern California. See the Growlers' eclectic O.C. concert transition from indie upstart to full-blown fest with a lineup that includes Bon Iver, Justice, Gucci Mane, James Blake, Future Islands, Violent Femmes, TLC, Patti Smith and more.

Otherwise, head to Exposition Park with your best four-legged friend for Strut Your Mutt. This annual Best Friends Animal Society fundraiser is back with a morning walk, 5K run and a canine-themed fest with pet contests, treats and fun for dogs and humans alike, all in support of shelter pets in need.

Sample bites and sips from vendors like Shake Shack, Mainland Poke, Porto's Bakery and more at the first-ever Brand Boulevard Block Party. With the recent influx of top-notch chains moving into Glendale, a sort-of housewarming party is in order—with plenty of live music and libations to go around. 

Celebrate and commiserate life's most cringeworthy moments at Mortified, a live storytelling extravaganza—a show-and-tell, if you will, of people's most embarrassing, awkward, and often seminal moments. The L.A.-born show returns home with back-to-back sets Wanderlust, both of which will be recorded for an upcoming TV documentary.

Head over to UCB Franklin for Bill & Ted's Spooky Halloween Spooftacular. UCB lampoons the year's biggest pop culture happenings with a performance that parodies the unfunny, kind of bigoted Halloween stage show "Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure" that used to run at Universal Studios.

Sunday 

Explore the imaginative landscape of young, female and trans-identifying photographers from around the world at #girlgaze: a frame of mind. This mostly digital exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography has been largely sourced through social media by Girlgaze, a collective founded by the famed British-born television host, women’s advocate and photographer Amanda de Cadenet.

Mix and mingle with over 150 local makers at Artisanal LA. Treat yourself to a cocktail and a showroom event at the California Market Center penthouse where hundreds of local craft enthusiasts will gather for chef demos, tastings, workshops, a mini farmers market and a plethora of pop-up shops. 

Pay tribute to the prolific veteran actor Harry Dean Stanton at the namesake The Harry Dean Stanton Award. This Vidiots fundraiser at the Theatre at Ace Hotel includes musical performances from Karen O, Father John Misty, John C. Reilly and more, as well as an appearance by Stanton himself.

Close out your weekend with a concert at the Hollywood Bowl from Bon Iver + Patti Smith. Hear Justin Vernon’s folk outfit play songs from 22, A Million, its first record in five years, alongside a set from legendary punk poet Patti Smith.

Find more things to do this weekend by clicking each day or by heading over to our weekend calendar. 

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