While fall foliage is sparse in L.A., the there’s no shortage of Halloween spirit. It’s October, so there are precious few weeks left to hit up costume stores and stockpile some of the best Halloween candy. If Halloween isn’t really your holiday, then celebrate the end of summertime crowds and enjoy one of the best hikes in L.A. Regardless, you’ll find something to do among the street fairs, Halloween parties and other fun festivals in L.A. in our October events calendar.
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L.A. Dance Project is staging a trio of programs on rotation at its Arts District studios this fall. You’ll find 10 L.A. premieres and six world premieres put together in collaboration with local visual artists.
The latest challenging exhibition from the Annenberg Space for Photography examines the real and imagined barriers that have separated societies and ideas for centuries, from the Roman Empire to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Partake in a sound bath, enjoy a vegan meal or see a comedy show inside this floor-to-ceiling installation from artist Laurie Shapiro. A queer, Jewish female artist, Shapiro worked on the sukkot-like rainbow piece over the space of a year, and it’ll be on display at Radiant Space in Hollywood on Saturdays from noon to 3pm, with a different site-specific event in the evening.
Nope, you haven’t traveled back in time: Nick, Joe and Kevin are back with their first album in a decade and this headlining gig at the Hollywood Bowl, with support from Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw.
It’s alive. It’s alive! The Natural History Museum is taking a look at the science and history that inspired some of film’s most iconic, hideous creatures. “Natural History of Horror” will tackle scientific discoveries, like early experiments in animal electricity and the excavation of King Tut’s tomb, and explore how they influenced old-school monster movies, like The Mummy and Frankenstein.
Years before he'd put the unmistakable imagery of 2001 and The Shining to celluloid, Stanley Kubrick was a teenage photojournalist in New York. The Skirball is celebrating that lesser-known period in Kubrick's career with a collection of over 130 of his photographs.
The Broad surveys 25 years of Neshat, an L.A.-by-way-of-Iran photographer and videographer whose passionate work mines the ancient and recent history of Iran and its people.
The Annenberg Space for Photography is mounting its first citywide public art installation.
The masters of alfresco rooftop movie viewing have returned for another season of screenings in Hollywood and Downtown L.A.—this time with a slate of Halloween flicks.
Each summer, a different world-renowned architect constructs a short-lived immersive pavilion in London’s Kensington Gardens. Now, for the first time, one of those fleeting structures is headed stateside: SelgasCano’s crisscross of airy rainbow tunnels will welcome visitors who are looking for colorful photo ops and free performances, hosted by coworking space Second Home and the Natural History Museum.
As cathartic and communal as it is visually stunning, the annual Rise Festival marks the release of thousands of illuminated lanterns into the night sky above the Mojave Desert. The two-day festival outside of Las Vegas kicks off in the afternoon with hourly music sets, and each night culminates in a massive, simultaneous lantern release just after sunset—and we do mean massive, with 30,000 attendees expected. Why exactly you choose to float a lantern and what wishes or remembrances you imbue it with are totally up to you, to be shred among a Burning Man-esque circle of attendees all doing the same thing. Now, to answer one of the most important questions you probably have: All lanterns are 100% biodegradable, and following the event, organizers retrieve the lanterns as well as any pre-existing litter from the surrounding desert. In addition, Rise purchases carbon offsets for every vehicle it uses—attendees will have to do so on their own, though, if they’re interested. You’ll find the festival about 25 miles outside of Vegas, just off the 15 at the Jean Dry Lake Bed. Tickets range from $78 to $129, depending on when you purchase them and whether or not you’ve attended before. The 2019 event just passed, so you’ll have to wait until fall 2020 for the next edition.