Get us in your inbox

Search
Pumpkin trail at Carved
Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano

October 2024 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our October 2024 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, Halloween festivals and our favorite fall concerts

Michael Juliano
Edited by
Michael Juliano
Advertising

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 secure your haunted house and spooky screenings tickets. If Halloween isn’t really your holiday, then celebrate the end of summertime and enjoy one of the best hikes in L.A. sans the seasonal crowds. Regardless, you’ll find something to do in L.A. in our October events calendar.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2024

This October’s best events

  • Things to do
  • Markets and fairs
  • price 0 of 4
  • Downtown Arts District

Every Sunday you can find dozens of food vendors at this market at ROW DTLA, with a mix of much-loved pop-ups and future foodie stars. Look out for this year’s new vendors, including Basket Taco Co, Battambong Barbecue and Taste of the Pacific.

  • Things to do
  • price 0 of 4

The term CicLAvia stems from a similar Spanish word for “bike way,” and in L.A. it’s become a shorthand for the temporary, festival-like closing of L.A.’s streets. The event (inspired by the first Ciclovías in Bogotá, Colombia) welcomes bikes, tricycles, skateboards, strollers and basically anything else without an engine to ride a rotating cast of car-free routes. You’ll inevitably always find a route each year around Downtown, but past events have taken it anywhere from the harbor to the San Gabriel Valley. Expect music, street performances and food trucks, as well as general whimsy and shenanigans along the way. Shop owners and restaurants along the CicLAvia route also tend to host specials. It goes without saying that you should bike or take the Metro to your desired spot along the route.

Advertising
  • Music
  • price 3 of 4
  • Downtown

Treat your ears to a vibrant concert on a spring or summer night this year, by attending MUSE/IQUE’s annual program. This monthly series of performances, held venues (largely outdoors) across L.A., features a mix of performances inspired by landmark albums and public figures, including tributes to Ed Sullivan, Bob Dylan, Abraham Lincoln, Oklahoma! and more. In order to attend, you’ll need to become a MUSE/IQUE member; you could make a $75 donation for a single event, but if you’re interested in more than just one, it’s cheaper per event to become a full-fludged member.

  • Museums
  • South Park

Whenever, wherever—we’re meant to be with Shakira! Explore the history behind the global and social superstar in her new immersive exhibit, Shakira, Shakira, currently open at the Grammy Museum. Step into this enchanting space celebrating 33 years of Shakira’s career with never-before-seen outfits, exclusive interviews and videos, TikTok activations, an exclusive Instagram Gold Room and more. Head to the link below to purchase tickets and explore the other exhibits within the museum. 

Paid content
Advertising
  • Music
  • Folk, country and blues
  • Hollywood

The legendary Laurel Canyon singer-singwriter takes the stage at the Hollywood Bowl for a pair of shows—her first in L.A. in over two decades. Expect tons of special guests at these “Joni Jam” dates, including, so far, Brandi Carlile.

  • Music
  • Music festivals
  • price 2 of 4
  • Inland Empire

Desert Daze is your antidote to the typical desert gathering (think a noisier, more indie lineup than Coachella and less dirt than Burning Man). Though it’s close enough to L.A. to go just for the day, the fest caters to campers with easy access to hiking trails and a bazaar of mystics and wanderers. The fest is skipping its 2023 edition at Lake Perris (it’ll be back in 2024) in favor of Daze in the City, a series of closer-to-home concerts that include Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Melody’s Echo Chamber, the Black Angels, the Dandy Warhols and Blonde Redhead.

Advertising
  • Music
  • Punk and metal
  • Inglewood

In any discussion of rock acts that have improved with age, English heavy-metal institution Iron Maiden has to come in somewhere near the top: Even if Bruce Dickinson can’t hit every screeching high note of his prime (cut him some slack, the guy overcame tongue cancer), he deploys his resources for maximum impact, something that could be said equally for his restless bandmates.

Advertising
  • Music
  • Punk and metal
  • price 3 of 4
  • Inglewood

Relive your early pop punk days with Sum 41 as the Canadian outfit arrives to wreak havoc for one last time on the “Tour of the Setting Sum,” what’s being billed as the band’s final headlining tour.

Recommended
    You may also like
    You may also like
    Advertising