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.

Governors Ball 2017
Photograph: Lauren Spinelli
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Childish Gambino

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There was a time when Donald Glover was just a sitcom star who released clever, embarrassingly confessional rap tracks under a moniker devised by a Wu-Tang Clan name generator. These days, he’s the creator of genre-defying FX show Atlanta, a part of the Star Wars universe (as young Lando Calrissian) and the creative voice behind the striking music video for his latest track, “This is America.” On tour behind his not-yet-titled “final” album, Glover will be joined by Mississippi hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd and Long Beach rapper Vince Staples.

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Things to do

Passport to South Africa presented by South Africa Tourism

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Join Time Out Los Angeles and South Africa Tourism for a happy hour celebration that features our favorite South African sights, sounds and flavors. South Africa’s fascinating diversity will be at your fingertips with pop-up experiences showcasing the country’s beautiful destinations of Cape Town and Johannesburg—alongside a very cool little taster of what it’s like to go on an authentic South African wildlife safari (hint: it’s amazing). But don’t pack your bags just yet… one lucky winner will walk away with a set of luxury luggage.

Interpol
Photograph: Courtesy Interpol
Music, Rock and indie

Interpol

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Now considered a legacy act of the early 2000s, Interpol quickly rose to fame with their debut album Turn on the Bright Lights, which was hailed by both NME and Pitchfork as one of the best of 2002. Since then, the band has struggled through member splits, complacency and solo projects. But don’t count them out: Paul Banks and his crew are back to promote a new album, Marauder, with support from the Kills and Sunflower Bean.

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Courtney Barnett
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Music, Rock and indie

Courtney Barnett

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After collaborating with kindred musical spirit Kurt Vile on a collaborative album last year, Aussie singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has already cooked up a new batch of songs. Her latest album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, confronts the hardships of being a woman in the music industry, clapping back at critics and anonymous internet trolls through a collection of empowered, indie-rock anthems.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World

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Bob the Drag Queen hosts an evening with sickening performances by the queens from season 10 plus fan favorites Kim Chi, Valentina, Shangela and Violet Chachki.

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COAST Open Streets
Photograph: William Short
Things to do, Festivals

COAST Open Streets Festival

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On Sunday, October 7, from 10am to 4pm, bike, bus, train or walk your way to a free and fun means of exploring the beautiful city of Santa Monica at the third annual COAST Open Streets Festival. This local event transforms two miles of streets into a festival for the day. Stroll with stilt walkers, dance to local bands and DJs, and feel the breeze as you move through Santa Monica. Explore the interactive COAST Zones celebrating arts, culture, sustainability and mobility, as well as other attractions along the route. COAST takes place on Main Street and Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

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Art, Textiles

Judy Chicago’s Birth Project: Born Again

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In the early 1980s, the seminal feminist artist assembled a team of 150 female needleworkers to create textile works about motherhood and maternity. The PMCA, in its final exhibition, displays 16 such works.

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Autobiography
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Dance, Contemporary and experimental

Autobiography

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British choreographer Wayne McGregor arrives with Company Wayne McGregor. Before each show, a computer arranges and selects from among the 23 sections to be performed.

Things to do, Walks and tours

Amber Rose Slut Walk

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Model Amber Rose leads this impassioned walk from Pershing Square in the name of ending sexual injustice, victim blaming, derogatory labeling and gender inequality.

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