If we could write the rules of living in Los Angeles this would be our No. 1, always at the top of our list: When you live in this city, there’s no excuse for boredom just because it’s a weeknight. There are hundreds of things to do in Los Angeles each week, whether you hit the beach at sunset or go for a morning bike ride, or catch a concert or a comedy show—and that’s really only scratching the surface. Well, we don’t make the rules, but we will provide you with plenty of ideas for your next free weeknight right here. Now go out (or, in a few cases, stay in) and tackle these things to do in L.A. this week.
The best things to do in Los Angeles this week
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The best events in L.A. this week
Hollywood Forever Cemetery claims to host the largest Day of the Dead celebration in California, and we wouldn’t doubt it: The cemetery grounds are covered with art exhibitions, dance rituals, musical performances, arts and crafts projects and food vendors (and crowds) aplenty. This year’s event, which honors the plumed serpent Quetzalcoatl, has been split into two timed sessions.
See Danny Elfman step back into the role of Jack Skellington for a live performance and screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas, including special guests Ken Page (stepping back into the singing role of Oogie Boogie), “Weird Al” Yankovic (Lock) and Billie Eilish (Sally).
Boyle Heights’ Self Help Graphics & Art has presented this Day of the Dead celebration for over four decades. The event begins at Mariachi Plaza, where a handful of theater groups lead an animated procession to the Boyle Heights arts center, where you’ll find local food and craft vendors. In addition to the on-foot walk, you’ll also find a car caravan (plus a bike ride held a week later).
As the scrambled name implies, this London-based collective spins nothing other than the sweet tones of new edits and remixes of Fleetwood Mac tracks. For this Halloween-themed “Wild Heart Disco,” extravagant costumes, Mac-related or otherwise, are very much welcome, so get your best Stevie Nicks bouffant on and prepare for unabashed Fleetwood fun.
Each year the Walt Disney Concert Hall adds a little bit of Frank Gehry architecture to Halloween with a silent film screening accompanied by organist Clark Wilson for an extra eerie feel. This year, take a seat for 1920’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring John Barrymore.
Watch a screening of Coco, Aztec dances by Xico Tepec, music by the Mariachi Conservatory and dance by Ballet Folclorico Princesa Donaji and Tierra Blanca Arts Center during this free Day of the Dead celebration at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Look out for food from Mamas Tamales and Tacos Too, as well.
Peruse altars in the plaza of El Pueblo at this Day of the Dead celebration. Expect plenty of festive wares from the merchants on Olvera Street, along with children’s crafts in the morning and a candlelight procession every night. Stop by during weekends for face painting and performances.
Disco Dining Club has staged things you wouldn’t believe: a dark H.G. Wells dinner party, a Versailles-themed fête glittering in a hall of mirrors. And now it’s throwing a decadent Halloween disco fete fit for a cyberpunk existence at the Bradbury Building.
About 4,000 down and 46,000 to go: The National Park Service is setting out to give some love to the Santa Monica Mountains by planting 50,000 native trees over the next year, and it could use your help. On most Fridays and Saturdays through April 2022, you can register to plant and water coast live oaks, willows, elderberries, valley oaks and sycamores at Rancho Sierra Vista (4121 Potrero Rd, Newbury Park).
More than two decades in, Wilco sounds just as magnetic and Jeff Tweedy’s lyrics just as sweet and sharp as they’ve ever been. The Chicago group has shuffled its lineup and sound over the years, mostly ditching its alt country roots for detours into noise rock and jam band territory—or, on its latest record Ode to Joy, more quiet meditations. Live, you can expect to see the incredibly tight band alternate between krautrock grooves and Lynyrd Skynyrd-like guitar attacks.
From now until November 15, you can take your coffee like a Wes Anderson character at Café Le Sans Blague, a promotional pop-up at Dayglow Coffee touting the director’s pandemic-delayed latest movie, The French Dispatch. Available at both Silver Lake and West Hollywood Dayglow locations, as well as in Chicago, Le Sans Blague will be serving a menu of four caffeinated drinks inspired by the film.