THINGS TO DO
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride; Old Zoo
Confront the Boogeyman at this year's installment of the spooky Griffith Park tradition.
October 9-November 1
Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns; Descanso Gardens & Santa Anita Park
Stroll a scenic trail of thousands of intricately hand-carved jack-o-lanterns.
Strut Your Mutt; Exposition Park
Take a walk, with or without your furry sidekick, around the park for this Best Friends Animal Society's fundraiser.
Festival Supreme; Shrine Auditorium
Rock your socks off with Die Antwoord, the Kids in the Hall, Amy Poehler and more at the Tenacious D-curated music and comedy fest.
October 10, 11
JPL Open House; Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Meet robots and Mars rovers at the popular NASA open house above Pasadena.
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.
Día de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever; Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Find traditional Mexican music, food and altars dedicated to the dead at this annual celebration.
West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval; West Hollywood
Dance and drink your way through West Hollywood with thousands of other (sometimes scantily) costumed revelers.
Find more things to do in our October 2015 events calendar along with our guide to Halloween in LA.
FOOD & DRINK
San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest; San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
Swap out pretzels for dumplings at this Oktoberfest alternative, where you can enjoy unlimited craft beer and choose from the best dumpling vendors in town.
LUCKYRICE LA Moon Festival Cocktail Feast; Vibiana
Celebrate the Harvest Moon Festival by clinking glasses at this swanky party featuring Asian-inspired libations from LA’s top mixologists.
Los Angeles Donut Festival; Mad Ave Graffiti House
Stuff your face with donuts (and donut burgers!) at this gluttonous festival (Can’t make it? Read about all the donut shops we love.).
October 3, 4
Vegan Oktoberfest; LA Center Studios
Celebrate Oktoberfest at this annual meat-free event, boasting plenty of beer and vegan eateries.
Taste of Italy; Pico House
Twirl spaghetti and sip on world-class wine at Taste of Italy, with all proceeds going towards the Italian American Museum’s exhibitions and the Italian Hall.
Eastside Food Festival; Mack Sennett Studios
Enjoy the best food on the Eastside at this festival, where you’ll find Alimento, Jeni’s Ice Creams, Homestate and more repping this side of the city.
See more of our favorite Oktoberfest events.
ARTS & CULTURE
Immortal Beethoven; Walt Disney Concert Hall
Listen to Gustavo Dudamel conduct the LA Philharmonic through two complete cycles of Beethoven’s nine famous symphonies.
October 4-November 15
Hopscotch; The Industry
Strap in as LA’s experimental opera company presents a new opera that takes place in 24 real, moving cars on LA streets.
October 17, 18
Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández; Luckman Fine Arts Complex
See traditional dances from all over Mexico performed by Mexico City’s renowned folk dance company.
Pre-sale for Rain Room tickets; LACMA
Snag your timed tickets starting today for the sure-to-be-popular installation opening November 1.
Bang on a Can All-Stairs; Royce Hall
Watch contemporary music ensemble will perform a night of new commissioned works by today’s cutting edge composers.
October 31-November 28
Moby-Dick; LA Opera
See Melville’s classic adventure novel adapted for opera—it’s not a far stretch with all that drama.
Rooftop Film Club and Time Out present Sunset Boulevard; Ricardo Montalban Theatre
We’re teaming up with LA’s newest rooftop film series to present three films in October, and this tinseltown classic is our first pick.
Rooftop Film Club and Time Out present Chinatown; Ricardo Montalban Theatre
We chose another one of our favorite LA films, 1974 noir classic Chinatown, to be screened al fresco at Rooftop Film Club this Sunday eve.
Find more movies in our picks for this week's best film events.
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
BORNS; Hollywood Forever Cemetery
See LA transplant Garrett Borns play his eclectic blend of folk, glam and electric rock at the Cemetery.
The Bluegrass Situation; Greek Theatre
Catch the Ed Helms-helmed banjo-pickin’ bluegrass festival—back for its fifth year—during this intimate, one-night engagement.
Kurt Vile and the Violators; The Fonda
Hear tracks from Vile’s great new album, b’lieve i’m goin down, in addition to (we hope) some oldies but goodies.
Tobias Jesso Jr.; The Fonda
Listen to this Vancouver singer-songwriter croon piano ballads at the Fonda.
Find more shows in our October 2015 concert calendar.
October 1-November 15
Carrie: The Musical; Los Angeles Theatre
See LA’s historic theater turn into a gymnasium for this bloody good time.
October 13-November 1
Annie; Pantages Theatre
Attend a new incarnation of the Tony Award-winning musical.
October 27-November 22
Breaking Through; Pasadena Playhouse
Watch this world premiere with Broadway star Alison Luff and former American Idol star Constantine Maroulis.