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Things to do this weekend in Los Angeles: October 7-9

Michael Juliano

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


Eat your way into the long weekend with a belly full of food truck fare at First Fridays on Abbot Kinney. The monthly Venice affair brings food trucks, open galleries and late-night shop hours—the triumvirate of L.A. street fest staples.

Spend the 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 City of Gold, the documentary about local beloved food critic Jonathan Gold.

Alternatively, get your fill of classic comedies at the Getty Villa during Cinema Under the Stars. The museum is complementing its outdoor theater production of Haunted House Party, A Roman Comedy with the similarly themed but utterly ridiculous Monty Python's Life of Brian.

Cap off the night with a show from Peaches at the Wiltern. In a career that has brought forth underground stripper anthems, luscious fake facial hair, collaborations with Iggy Pop and Christina Aguilera, and—let us bow our heads—the term fatherfucker, Peaches comes to town.


Start your Saturday off with a jolt of caffeine during a Coffee Hike through the Arts District. The tour starts at the Springs and includes stops and drinks at three coffee shops, where you'll finally learn what all of those fancy cafe phrases mean.

Gets down Bavarian style at the Westside's favorite sausage haus during Oktoberfest at Wurstküche Venice. Throw on a pair of lederhosen, hoist a stein into the air and chow down on pretzels and special sausage selections.

While you're there, mingle amongst LA's hippest makers while shopping at Artists & Fleas Venice. The Brooklyn-to-DTLA-to-Venice market brings jewelry, books, snacks, vintage-inspired threads and more to Abbot Kinney every other Saturday.

Scope out gross-out artwork and attempt to flee temporary imprisonment at Trap House, an exhibition that's part art gallery, part escape room. The experience opens today at Think Tank Gallery with a free gallery show of more than 50 sci-fi, horror and special effects sculptors, as well as a voyeuristic escape room from designer Adam Milicevic, art director for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Japan.

Take a Halloween-time guided tour of the Paramount Studios and the neighboring Hollywood Forever Cemetery during Paramount After Dark Tour: Tales From the Other Side. This after-hours tour digs up the dirt on Hollywood's dearly departed and comes with champagne, candy and popcorn.


If you didn't trek out to Desert Trip, scope out the second day of Festival of Disruption, surrealist director David Lynch's unbelievably curated festival. Today's lineup at the Theatre at Ace Hotel includes talks from Frank Gehry, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, a set from Rhye and a Twin Peaks concert by Angelo Badalamenti, Sky Ferreira and Xiu Xiu.

Welcome fall with Oktoberfest at Lucques, a decadent dinner with house-made schnapps, sausages, sauerkraut, spaetzle and pretzels—as well as German beers and select Austrian wines.

Close out your weekend with a concert from Sia at the Hollywood Bowl. The astounding singer and hit maker is embarking on her first tour in five years, with opening sets from Miguel and AlunaGeorge.

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

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