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29 amazing things happening in LA this October

Celebrate Halloween and Oktoberfest, meet Mars rovers at JPL and attend a car-based opera, plus more amazing things to do this October
Day of the Dead 2013 at Hollywood Forever.
Photograph: Michael Juliano Day of the Dead 2013 at Hollywood Forever.


October 2-31
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.

October 10
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.

October 10
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.

October 18
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.

October 24
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.

October 31
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.


October 1
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.

October 2
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.

October 3
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.

October 10
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.

October 18
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.


October 1-11
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.

October 21
Pre-sale for Rain Room tickets; LACMA

Snag your timed tickets starting today for the sure-to-be-popular installation opening November 1.

October 25
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.


October 11
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.

October 25
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.


October 1
BORNS; Hollywood Forever Cemetery

See LA transplant Garrett Borns play his eclectic blend of folk, glam and electric rock at the Cemetery.

October 3
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.

October 14
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.

October 30
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.

More to explore