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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Run the Jewels at FYF 2015, day 1
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Music, Music festivals

Adult Swim Festival

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Everyone’s favorite chill-out block of out-there animation is taking its signature brand of comedy and music to Downtown L.A. for an inaugural festival. The Adult Swim Festival will take over ROW DTLA on October 6 and 7. In addition to previously announced headliner Run the Jewels, the fest has tacked on sets from Hannibal Buress, Thundercat, Wavves, Zola Jesus, Big Freedia, Dan Deacon and Julianna Barwick. A second wave of headliners includes Mastodon, Neko Case, Flying Lotus and T-Pain. Expect plenty of Adult Swim show tie-ins, including games and exclusive merch. A map for the fest also shows two stages, a beer garden, an inflatable obstacle course dubbed “Smack Up My Uvula” and the Meatwad Dome, a trippy 360-degree video experience held inside of a structure modeled after the Aqua Teen Hunger Force mascot. Single-day passes cost $75 to $99, while a weekend pass runs for $230 and includes priority entry and access to a Friday night preview event. 

Joshua Tree Music Festival
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Music, Music festivals

Joshua Tree Music Festival

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Make your way to the desert for the Joshua Tree Music Festival, a gathering of like-minded indie musicians who will be rocking out to a dance-world-electro-funk’n groove. The biannual festival is a four-day party with over 30 bands in a unique lineup of artists who aren’t necessarily household names. There’s free water to all patrons, no service charges on tickets and yoga classes aplenty.

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Twilight on the Pier
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Music

Twilight on the Pier

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It has a new name, a new schedule and refocused curation, but the former Twilight Concert Series is returning to the Santa Monica Pier. The free concert series formerly brought indie favorites and up-and-comers to the Pier in the middle of the summer, as well as crowds that were maybe a bit more than the city could handle—notably a 25,000-person turnout for Khalid in 2017. This time around, Twilight on the Pier kicks off in September—past prime tourist season—and dives deep into a different global sound each Wednesday night. Expect themed nights that draw from Latin, Australian, Afrobeat and South Asian sounds, with notable acts like Brazilian Girls, Betty Who and Fela! The Concert. The series will now feature three stages instead of just one, with region-specific vendors scattered between as well as a beer garden and games. Notably, the public beach adjacent to the Pier will not be activated as a viewing area anymore, though it’s not clear yet if or how that’ll be enforced.

Music, Rock and indie

Jeff Tweedy

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The Wilco frontman’s freewheeling solo shows balance acoustic takes, deep cut requests and charming banter.

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Andrew Bird
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Music, Rock and indie

Andrew Bird

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Since moving to L.A., multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird has been known to pop up every few months for small, intimate shows. The shows aren’t too different from his “Gezelligheid” tours; the name translates to “extra, extra cozy” in Dutch, an atmosphere Bird encourages at the intimate performances where he uplifts listeners before entering the dark winter. Expect a reworking of his impressive back catalog with a heavy emphasis on violin pieces, an instrument he's been playing since he was four.

Music, Dance and electronic

Moby

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Moby’s quiet roles as an animal rights advocate, vegan and blogger belie his fervent musical output: over a dozen studio albums that’ve jumped from hardcore and dance to blues and glam rock.

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Desert Daze
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Music, Music festivals

Desert Daze

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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. Tame Imala, My Bloody Valentine, Death Grips, Shellac, Mercury Rev, Warpaint and Ty Segall top this year’s lineup.

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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.

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Drake
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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.”

Pok Pok Affogato at Pok Pok LA
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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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