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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 |
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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.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2020

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L.A. Dance Project
Photograph: Courtesy Josh S. Rose/L.A. Dance Project
Dance, Contemporary and experimental

L.A. Dances

icon-location-pin LA Dance Project Studios, Downtown
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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.

Art, Photography

“W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine”

icon-location-pin Annenberg Space for Photography, Century City
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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.

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Laurie Shapiro, Alchemy Tunnel
Photograph: Courtesy Pen Densham
Art, Installation

‘Alchemy Tunnel’

icon-location-pin Radiant Space, Hollywood
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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.

Jonas Brothers
Photograph: Courtesy Peggy Sirota
Music, Pop

Jonas Brothers

icon-location-pin The Forum, Inglewood
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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.

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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”

icon-location-pin Natural History Museum, USC/Exposition Park
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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”

icon-location-pin Skirball Cultural Center, Westside
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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.

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The Broad
Photograph: Courtesy Sam Poullain
Art, Photography

“Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again”

icon-location-pin The Broad, Downtown
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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.

Art, Installation

‘Light the Barricades’

icon-location-pin Annenberg Space for Photography, Century City
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The Annenberg Space for Photography is mounting its first citywide public art installation.

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Rooftop Cinema Club
Photograph: Courtesy Kimmi Cranes
Movies

Rooftop Cinema Club

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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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.

Things to do, Event spaces

Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano

icon-location-pin La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Miracle Mile
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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.

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