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October 2020 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our October 2020 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, Halloween festivals and our favorite fall concerts

By Time Out Los Angeles editors |
Los Angeles skyline
Photograph: Courtesy Sterling Davis

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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Frankenstein film still
Photograph: Courtesy Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County/Universal Studios
Things to do, Exhibitions

“Natural History of Horror”

Natural History Museum, USC/Exposition Park

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.

Photograph: Courtesy Stanley Kubrick/Museum of the City of New York/SK Film Archives LLC
Things to do, Exhibitions

“Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs”

Skirball Cultural Center, Westside

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.