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Things to do this weekend in Los Angeles: October 28-30

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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

If you love food so much that you're willing to ditch work, then splurge on a ticket to Bitten L.A. This all-day foodie conference at Barnsdall Art Park includes catered meals and foodie panels that include everyone from beloved critic Jonathan Gold to Leona chef Nyesha Arrington.

Otherwise, start your weekend in West Hollywood for an artist reception for There’s Something Happening Here. Travel back to 1966 with music and counterculture shots from Henry Diltz—responsible for the Doors' Morrison Hotel album cover—who'll be on-hand for a talk at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, followed by a reception in the exhibition at the adjacent library

Head down the street for E.P. + L.P.'s Stranger Things Halloween Weekender. Play on a Ouija board while listening to '80s music and sipping on any of the rooftop bar's three era-appropriate neon cocktails.

Catch one of the final outdoor concerts of the season as M83 takes to the Greek Theatre. Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez's no-holds-barred approach to electronic pop, from ’80s haze to synthesized ragtime.

Saturday

Celebrate Bunker Hill's burgeoning collection of cultural institutions at Grand Ave Arts: All Access. The all-day block party includes free performances, exhibitions and tours at spots like the Broad, MOCA and the Music Center.

Take your pick between a trio of pop-culture festivals on Saturday. Geek out with your favorite pop-culture stars at EW PopFest. Today's lineup for the TV, movie and podcast fest at the Reef includes a Crazy Ex-Girlfriend live performance, a Gilmore Girls sneak peek and a concert from Nick Jonas and Janelle Monáe. 

Alternatively, trek out to the Anaheim Marriott for the Now Hear This Podcast Festival. The inaugural fest includes live podcast tapings from Doug Loves MoviesWTF with Marc MaronWith Special Guest Lauren Lapkus and more.

Otherwise, rock your socks off with Flight of the Conchords, Weird Al, Patton Oswalt and more at Festival Supreme, the Tenacious D-curated music and comedy fest at the Shrine Expo Hall and grounds.

Before the sun goes down, start looking for parking for Día de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever. This Day of the Dead celebration gets pretty crowded later on, but it's worth braving the crowds; the altars and costumes are persistently stunning, and this year's native theme, "The Tree of Life," is sure to be spectacular.

We should also mention that most of this year's best Halloween parties are going down tonight, so swing by a costume shop and take your pick of parties.

Sunday 

Stock up on dry-climate and water-wise flora at the Huntington Library's Fall Plant Sale. Peruse a selection of herbs, bulbs, grasses, shrubs, cacti, succulents and a mix of green oddities.

Indulge your inner foodie and shopaholic at a Halloween edition of Smorgasburg LA. The Brooklyn export is bringing a costume contest and trick-or-treating to its Sunday morning Arts District market.

Attend the final day of Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con, a fan fest filled with comic book panels, anime screenings and celebrity appearances hosted by the Marvel icon. Today's highlights at the L.A. Convention Center include a kids' costume contest, '80s and '90s cult cartoons, and a Power Rangers panel.

Close out your weekend at the Hollywood Bowl for The Nightmare Before Christmas Live with Danny Elfman. See the composer step into the role of Jack Skellington for a live orchestrated performance and screening of the stop-motion cult classic, with appearances by original cast members Catherine O’Hara (Sally), Ken Page (Oogie Boogie) and Paul Reubens (Lock). If you can't score a ticket, the El Capitan Theatre is screening a 4-D version of the film, complete with an organ pre-show, just down the street.

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

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