October 2018 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our October 2018 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, Halloween festivals and our favorite fall concerts
Tapia Brothers Farm Pumpkin Patch.
Photograph: Monique Batac Tapia Brothers Farm Pumpkin Patch.
By Time Out Los Angeles editors |
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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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Halloween Horror Nights
Photograph: Courtesy Universal Studios
Things to do, Festivals

Halloween Horror Nights

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Confront familiar foes at Universal Studios' annual Halloween festivities, where big-budget scares meet iconic horror movie characters. Navigate eight mazes, scare zones and the "Terror Tram"—last year's tie-ins included The Walking Dead, The Shining, Ash vs. Evil Dead and American Horror Story. This year's theme? The Purge. They do make for some pretty fun walk-throughs, but there's something about that level of corporate partnership that just ceases to be scary for some. See more of the best haunted houses in L.A.

Photo Ark
Photograph: Courtesy Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark
Art, Photography

“Photo Ark”

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Seasoned photographer and author Joel Sartore has contributed to National Geographic magazine for over two decades. Now, Angelenos will have a chance to see a glimpse of his stunning photos of some of the world’s most threatened species with this selection of 100 large-format prints. Sartore’s Photo Ark project has brought him to over 40 countries to capture portraits of 8,000 species in his quest to catalog all of the world’s animals before they disappear.

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Photo courtesy Arctic Monkeys
Music, Rock and indie

Arctic Monkeys

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The snotty British garage-rockers return after a four-year hiatus. The ferociously talented quartet headlines with its blend of full-tilt, sinewy rock, which is constantly undergoing sharp-witted evolution.

Dear Evan Hansen
Photograph: Matthew Murphy
Theater, Musicals

Dear Evan Hansen

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In this captivating original musical, high school student Evan Hansen is thrust into social relevance after a classmate's suicide. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s score combines well-crafted lyrics with an exciting pop sound, and Steven Levenson’s book gives all the characters shaded motives. Read the review of its run on Broadway.

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Drake
Photograph: Dan Martensen
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Drake + Migos

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Billed as the Aubrey and the Three Amigos Tour, this arena-filling series finds the turtleneck-sweater–wearing, “I fuck with Turrell” rapper teaming up with the ad-libbing trio behind “Bad and Boujee.” Expect the two to at least perform together during “Walk It Talk It.”

Gorillaz
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Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Gorillaz

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It’s an event, to say the least, when the world’s biggest cartoon band brings its chart-topping show to town. Murdoc & Co. are of course helmed by Damon Albarn and cult cartoon artist Jamie Hewlett, with a cast of impressive (as in, spit-out-your-drink-impressive) collaborators. For the band’s Demon Dayz Festival, they’ve recruited Erykah Badu, The Internet, DRAM and others.

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Photograph: Courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society
Things to do

Strut Your Mutt

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This isn’t your average dog walk! Best Friends Animal Society’s annual event and fundraiser to help homeless pets is back this year with a walk through Exposition Park and a canine-themed fest. Gather your pack and check out the pet contests, treats and fun for dogs and humans alike, all in support of shelter pets in need. Register now to complete challenges and win cool prizes. Your registration, and anything else you raise, goes to the participating L.A. area shelter or rescue group of your choosing.

Things to do, Conventions

Politicon

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Politics—on both sides of the aisle—and entertainment collide at this two-day convention. Expect to see live broadcasts, panels, movie screenings, debates, art, book signings, music and comedy at the L.A. Convention Center. Guests include Henry Winkler, Dennis Rodman, Chris Christie, Malcolm Nance, Tucker Carlson, Ben Shapiro, Ana Navarro, Cenk Uygur and more.

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Vegan chili cook off at Tony's Darts Away
Photograph: Courtesy Artisanal Brewers Collective
Things to do, Festivals

6th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off

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Grab some clothing with a little give and head to Tony's Darts Away, where Artisanal Brewers Collective is hosting their 6th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off. Watch five chili champions battle it out to claim the #1 title, and you can taste their all-vegan goods along the way. This year's challengers include Avocadamama, whose plant-based mac and cheese pop-up lights up Highland Park on a weekly basis; Clean South LA, who focuses on vegan comfort foods such as seitan popcorn chicken; Krimsey's Cajun Kitchen, which brings a taste of Louisiana to NoHo with vegan po'boys, beignets and more; Taqueria la Venganza, who normally whips up traditional street tacos, sans animal product; and Word of Mouth, a food truck whose game is plant-based comfort foods like jalapenño poppers and fried Chick'n sandwiches.  Judges who'll be tasting this year's chili and crowning a winner include chef Tal Ronnen (Crosscroads), chef Caroline Concha of Beelman's (Artisanal Brewers Collective's DTLA vegan pub) and Maggie Ortlieb, the founder of VegOut. For $10 at the door, spectators get to try five three-ounce samples—and vote in the People's Choice Awards. A portion of proceeds benefit the Freedom + Rescue Project.

Pok Pok Affogato at Pok Pok LA
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Things to do, Festivals

Eastside Food Festival

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The Eastside Food Festival is back for its fifth year of celebrating the Eastside's food culture. This year's event will feature more than 35 hand-selected vendors serving their best bites, including newcomers  Kismet and Otoño, along with returning favorites like Kettle Black, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Homestate, Pine & Crane. Between noshing on food, attendees will be entertained with popular L.A. musicians and DJs, discussion panels, demos and tastings.

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