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Your Perfect LA Weekend: October 2-4

We curate an LA weekend itinerary of the city's best concerts, culture and cuisine, each week, just for you



Start your Friday night out with a rooftop screening of Pretty Woman. Rooftop Film Club is presenting the Julia Roberts rom com atop the Montálban Theatre on Vine. They'll provide the headphones, chairs and cozy blankets—since we're all about pretending that it's fall.

If you'd rather get spooked, head to opening night of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. This year's theme, "Boogeyman," drags attendees through a trail of nightmarish characters at the Old Zoo at Griffith Park.

Steady your nerves afterwards with a drink at the LUCKYRICE LA Moon Festival Cocktail Feast. Sip innovative, Asian-inspired libations (think: Thai lemongrass) at Downtown's Vibiana.



Though Oktoberfest is winding down in Germany, it's just ramping up here. Put on your lederhosen, brush up on your oompah dancing and raise a stein—there's something for everyone, including this weekend's Vegan Oktoberfest.

Show off your Simpsons knowledge in the late afternoon at Stonecutters LA. This monthly trivia challenge at NerdMelt is holding its special Halloween-themed 3rd Annual Spooktacular All Treehouse of Horror Edition.

Take your pick between a pair of outdoor performances in the evening. The Ed Helms-curated Bluegrass Situation stomps and hollers its way into the Greek Theatre, with headlining sets from Dawes and the Punch Brothers.

Over at the Santa Monica Pier, settle in for Opera at the Beach. The LA Opera is live streaming its production of "Gianni Schicchi" (starring Plácido Domingo and staged by Woody Allen) and "Pagliacchi" for free.

Wrap up the night with a considerably more grotesque performance, the Zombie Fashion Show, which returns to DTLA tonight. Watch more than 50 Hollywood makeup artists transform pretty models into gory zombies at this party, art exhibit and pancake breakfast.


Make your way to LACMA this morning for the opening of New Objectivity. This wonderfully creepy exhibition examines modern German art in the years between WWI and WWII with works from Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, August Sander and more. It's an often overlooked period, and the show does an incredible job of shedding light on paintings and photos that tackle everything from succulents to lustmord (sexual murder).

If you'd rather exercise your support for LA's own fine artists, then spend the afternoon at the Brewery ArtWalk. Free to attend (and park), this open studio weekend invites attendees to explore the spacious arts complex, its resident artists and the in-house restaurant and bar.

Scope out a preview of Hopscotch, LA's first-ever car opera. This unconventional opera takes place in 24 actual moving cars. Buy a ticket and you'll be driven around LA in a car with the performers (and a driver, not part of the 100-member cast)—plus, tickets are only half-price today since it's still in previews.

Close out your weekend with one of the opening performances of Carrie: the Musical. The handsome and historic Los Angeles Theatre will be transformed into a high school gym, perfect for a creepy and bloody good time.