Los Angeles events October 2019. Things to do in LA.

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Los Angeles events October 2019

Horror film festival

October 1 - 8, 2019
Hollywood (8.4 miles NW)
Beyond Fest is “a world genre film festival dedicated to delivering the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema” at the Egyptian Theatre.

Tasting events

October 2 - 5, 2019
Downtown (0.2 miles NE)
All-Star Chef Classic offers casual tasting events and formal chef dinners from $135 to $425 at L.A. Live.

Jazz festival

October 2 - 13, 2019
Los Angeles (multiple locations)
Angel City Jazz Festival promises “the most innovative and original national and international jazz musicians.”

Quilt & craft show

October 3 - 5, 2019
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
The Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival offers workshops, seminars, and vendors of fabrics and supplies at OC Fair & Event Center. Free.

Auto show

October 3 - 6, 2019
Anaheim (30 miles SE)
Check out 600 new vehicles, test drive more than 80 models, and see exotic cars on display at the Orange County International Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center. Free for kids age 12 and younger.

Wine & food festival

October 3 - 6, 2019
Newport Beach (47 miles SE)
Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival is “where beautiful food and people meet,” according to the Huffington Post. Try tastes from 15 different gourmet restaurants each day and sip 200 varietals from 60 wineries, with smooth music at Newport Beach Civic Center.

Serious film festival

October 3 - 13, 2019
Downtown (0.2 miles north)
Focusing on “our world’s pressing issues,” Awareness Film Festival screens a wide range of subjects from the environment and social justice to peace and politics at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live 14.

Greek festival

October 4 - 6, 2019
Los Angeles (2.9 miles west)
Enjoy Greek food made by 10 restaurants, wine, beer, music, dancing, and carnival games for the kids at L.A. Greek Fest at St. Sophia Cathedral.

Avocado festival in Carpinteria

October 4 - 6, 2019
Carpinteria (89 miles NW)
Eat guacamole and other avocado dishes, hear 75 music acts on four stages, learn about avocados at the avocado expo tent, browse arts & crafts booths, and shop from food and retail vendors at the California Avocado Festival. No pets. Free.

Dragon boats

October 5, 2019 (8 to 11 a.m.)
Irwindale (25 miles NE)
Watch dragon boat races, shop food vendors, and see stage shows (Chinese acrobats, art, dance, music, and martial arts) at Los Angeles County Dragon Boat Festival on Legg Lake at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area. Bring a blanket or chair. Free.

Lithuanian festival

October 5 - 6, 2019
Silverlake (7.6 miles north)
Celebrate Lithuanian heritage and culture at the L.A. Lithuanian Fair [sound], with traditional Lithuanian food and drink, music and dancing, and folk arts and crafts at St. Casimir Lithuanian Catholic Church.

Street fair

October 5 - 6, 2019
Manhattan Beach (18.8 miles SW)
Shop from 200 juried artists, buy food from 100% nonprofit groups, enjoy the beer & wine garden, watch free entertainment, and visit the kids’ area at Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair at Live Oak Park. Free.

Mexican festival

October 6, 2019 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
Enjoy Mexican food, music, mariachi, folklore, and crafts at La Feria de los Moles in Grand Park. This is a no smoking, no alcohol, no pets event. Free.

People in the street

October 6, 2019 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
multiple locations
Walk, bike, or roller skate on car-free streets downtown during CicLAvia. Cars cross the route at some intersections. Minors on wheels must wear helmets. Free.

Literature night

October 6, 2019
North Hollywood (13.4 miles NW)
Lit Crawl L.A. is an evening for book lovers, with author readings, brain games, and live music in 45-minute sessions at dozens of restaurants and bars in the NoHo Arts District. Free.

Italian festival

October 6, 2019
North Hollywood (15.4 miles NW)
The Los Angeles Italian Festival promises “Italian food, music, and culture” plus vendors and a kids’ corner at 1900 N. Vermont Avenue. Children younger than age five are free.

Encino festival

October 6, 2019
Encino (20.1 miles north)
Encino Family Festival has food trucks, a beer and wine garden, craft vendors, a kids’ zone, and live entertainment on Ventura Boulevard (from Balboa to Amestoy). Free.

Horror film festival

October 8 - 17, 2019
Hollywood (9.1 miles NW)
Screamfest screens new horror, science-fiction, and thriller films at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.

Taste of Pasadena

October 10, 2019 (6 to 9 p.m.)
Pasadena (11.8 miles NE)
Taste of Pasadena promises food and drink samples including “four finalist cocktails” from Pasadena restaurants plus DJ music outside Rose Bowl Stadium.

Wine tasting in Ventura County

October 10, 2019 (6 to 9 p.m.)
Thousand Oaks (43.6 miles NW)
A ticket to Conejo Uncorked includes wine tasting, gourmet food, live music, and a silent auction to support the Kiwanis, in The Gardens at Los Robles Greens.

Games festival

October 10 - 12, 2019
Santa Monica (12.4 miles west)
IndieCade is a festival for independent video games with talks, panels, parties, and more than 200 games to play at the Center for Media and Design.

Concert in the desert

October 10 - 13, 2019
Joshua Tree (139 miles east)
Smaller than the Coachella Valley festivals, Fall Joshua Tree Music Festival is an alternative “family-friendly global music experience” in the Mojave desert at Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground. Repeats in May.

ArtNight in Pasadena

October 11, 2019 (6 to 10 p.m.)
Pasadena (11.7 miles NE)
Expect crowds at ArtNight, where you can see exhibitions and performances at 22 venues and shop from 8 food trucks. Held in March and October. Free.

Nighttime nature event

October 11 - 12, 2019 (5:30 to 9 p.m.)
Claremont (35.7 miles east)
See a wolf, an owl, insects, reptiles, carnivorous plants, and other nocturnal creatures as you explore the grounds of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden during Things That Go Bump in the Night, with “displays, activities, and crafts for all ages.”

Popular culture convention

October 11 - 13, 2019
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
L.A. Comic Con is for fans of comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and popular culture, with panel discussions, artists, and vendors at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Marathon

October 11 - 13, 2019
Long Beach (24.2 miles south)
The scenic Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon includes multiple events.
  • Oct. 11 - free health expo
  • Oct. 12 - 5K, kids’ run, free health expo
  • Oct. 13 - bike tour, half marathon, marathon

Haunted walk

October 11, 12, 18 2019
Burbank (15.2 miles north)
Hang out in Stough Canyon Park with games and food trucks while you wait for your 20-minute Haunted Adventure: Backlot Horror Stories, featuring intimidating costumed actors in a maze at the Starlight Bowl for age 6+. Do not wear a costume.

The white dinner

October 12, 2019
location uncertain
Tickets are scarce for Le Dîner en Blanc, a glamorous picnic and dance for couples dressed in white who bring their own food and table to a public location, which is kept secret until the last minute.

Taste of Italy

October 12, 2019
Downtown (2.3 miles NE)
Taste of Italy “features the region’s best Italian restaurants, authentic Italian products, and world-class Italian wines, with live performances” inside and outside historic Pico House for age 21+ to support the Italian American Museum.

Southern California history day

October 12, 2019
University Park (2.6 miles SW)
Attend lectures, meet history experts, and share your home movies at Los Angeles Archives Bazaar in Doheny Memorial Library on the USC University Park Campus. Free.

Local art fair

October 12, 2019
Culver City (7.1 miles west)
Culver City Art Walk and Roll Festival offers live music, food trucks, wine and beer gardens, tastings, electric scooter and bike rides, and kids’ activities. Free.

Pasadena ArtWalk

October 12, 2019
Pasadena (11.7 miles NE)
Pasadena ArtWalk features a juried art show, live entertainment, an art stroll, and hands-on activities on shady East Green Street in Pasadena. Free.

Dog walk

October 12, 2019
Pasdena (11.9 miles NE)
Race for the Rescues is a 1K/5K/10K dog walk and kids’ fun run with awards, pet adoptions, a silent auction, and a DJ dance outside the Rose Bowl.

Oktoberfest at the Rose Bowl

October 12, 2019 (1:30 p.m., VIP 12:30)
Pasadena (11.9 miles NE)
Combining unlimited beer from 20 California breweries with food for sale from “first-class restaurants,” Craftoberfest celebrates Oktoberfest in Brookside Pavillion near the Rose Bowl for age 21+. Children age 12 and younger are OK.

Oyster festival

October 12 - 13, 2019
Downtown (1.6 miles NE)
Meet oyster farmers, taste a wide variety of oysters, and drink wine by the glass at the DTLA Oyster Festival in Grand Central Market. Free admission.

Fall Festival

October 12 - 13, 2019
Fairfax (8.9 miles NW)
The Fall Festival has a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, arts & crafts, pie-eating contests, and live music at the Original Farmer’s Market. Free.

International festival

October 12 - 13, 2019
Irvine (53 miles SE)
Global Village Festival has 85 performances on five stages, international food, a crafts marketplace, and a kids’ village at Orange County Great Park. Reviews. Free.

Scottish festival

October 12 - 13, 2019
Ventura (82.6 miles NW)
Experience the culture of Scotland at the Seaside Highland Games, which offer bagpiping, drumming, folk music, dancing, British cars & food, games, athletic competitions, herding dogs, beer tasting, and a children’s area at Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Beer tasting

October 13, 2019 (1 to 4 p.m.)
Chinatown (3.9 miles NE)
A $45 ticket to DTLA Breweries United Fest gets you unlimited tastings from 9 local breweries, with food for sale outdoors at 1700 Naud Street for age 21+.

Food & wine tasting

October 13, 2019 (3 p.m., VIP 2 p.m.)
Culver City (15.1 miles SW)
Taste food, wine, beer, and spirits from 25 makers with live music and kids’ activities at Westside Food & Wine Festival indoors and outdoors at Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside. One child age 9 or younger free outdoors with each adult. Held in July and October.

Haunted Trails

October 17 - 19, 2019
Laguna Niguel (59 miles SE)
Experience scary music, black lights, fog machines, strobe lights, and clowns popping out as your group of 10 is escorted through a series of mazes and tents on Haunted Trails at Crown Valley Park for age 8+.

Oktoberfest in Pomona

October 18 - 19, 2019
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
It’s pricey, but you’ll find German food, entertainment, carnival games, bar drinks, and of course beer at Oktoberfest at Fairplex for age 21+.

Taste of Los Angeles

October 18 - 19, 2019
Costa Mesa (40 miles SE)
Sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, The Taste offers unlimited food, beer, wine, and spirits tastings, plus cooking demonstrations at The Met in Costa Mesa for age 21+. Also held in L.A. in August/September.

Scrapbook Expo

October 18 - 19, 2019
Ontario (41 miles east)
Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Ontario Convention Center.

Taste of Orange County

October 18 - 19, 2019
Costa Mesa (41.7 miles SE)
Sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, The Taste offers unlimited food, beer, wine, and spirits tastings, plus cooking demonstrations at The Met on Anton Boulevard for age 21+. Also held in Hollywood in Aug.

Zombie festival

October 18 - 20, 2019
Long Beach (24.7 miles south)
Despite mixed Yelp reviews and parking issues, the gruesome walking dead gather at Long Beach Zombie Fest for cosplay, a haunted maze, a makeup area, a costume contest, food vendors, and zombie walks (Fri. 8 p.m., Sat./Sun. 7:30 p.m.) at Rainbow Lagoon.

Japanese festival

October 18 - 20, 2019
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
Celebrate Japanese culture at the OC Japan Fair with Japanese entertainment, food, music, Kimono models, games, and vendors at OC Fair & Event Center.

Street fair in South L.A.

October 19, 2019
Crenshaw (6.1 miles SW)
Billed as the city’s largest street festival, Taste of Soul offers live music (jazz, gospel, and soul), dancing, and food vendors on Crenshaw Boulevard (between Stocker Boulevard and Rodeo Road). Free.

Science-fiction party

October 19, 2019 (6 to 11 p.m.)
Hollywood (8.6 miles NW)
You’re welcome to wear a costume to the $161 Farscape: 20th Anniversary Celebration, which includes food, two drink tokens, a costume contest, performances, and artwork and displays from the “Creature Shop” at The Jim Henson Company.

Beer tasting

October 19, 2019 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
Arcadia (17.5 miles NE)
Sample 100 beers from craft brewers, eat complimentary bites from a dozen restaurants, and attend educational sessions at Los Angeles Beer & Food Festival at Los Angeles County Arboretum.

Cocktail party at the aquarium

October 19, 2019 (7 to 11 p.m.)
Long Beach (24.6 miles south)
Explore the Aquarium of the Pacific “with gourmet bites and a drink in hand,” dance to the music of a live band or your silent-disco headphones, and bid on art with a $150 ticket to Sea Fare.

Music festival

October 19 - 20, 2019
Downtown (2.2 miles SE)
See 37 performers of hip-hop, R&B, and dance music at All My Friends Music Festival on two stages inside Row DTLA for age 21+.

Art fair

October 19 - 20, 2019
Beverly Hills (10.9 miles NW)
Shop for fine art from hundreds of juried artists at The Beverly Hills Art Show, with live entertainment, a children’s area, food trucks, and a beer & wine garden at Beverly Gardens Park. Held in May & October. Free.

Handmade printing fair

October 19 - 20, 2019
Carson (14.9 miles south)
Meet 80 letterpress and printmaking artists, see “old” newspapers used in movies, try printing and paper making, and tour the galleries during Los Angeles Printers Fair at the International Printing Museum.

Pumpkin festival

October 19 - 20, 2019
Calabasas (33 miles NW)
Calabasas Pumpkin Festival has live bands, a DJ dance zone, vendors, pumpkin food and beer, pumpkin painting, professional pumpkin carvers, kids’ games and inflatables, and a costume parade (Sat. 11 a.m.).

Vegan food festival

October 19 - 20, 2019
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
SoCal VegFest promises free food samples, food vendors, speakers, celebrity chefs, musicians & DJs, comedians, games, and a kids’ area at OC Fair & Event Center.

Greek festival - San Bernardino

October 19 - 20, 2019
San Bernardino (62.2 miles east)
Small and friendly Inland Empire Greek Fest On the Hill [sound] serves authentic Greek food, homemade pastries, beer on tap, live music, and a bit of dancing at St. Prophet Elias Church.

AIDS walk

October 20, 2019
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
“Nobody walks in L.A.” except at the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) AIDS Walk Los Angeles fundraiser to fight HIV/AIDS. It begins with a ceremony at Grand Park and ends with music and food trucks at the fountain.

Cannabis athletic event

October 20, 2019
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
Although the theme is marijuana, none is allowed at the Civilized Games, which has a 4.2-mile walk/run, a fitness challenge, yoga, boxing, art contests, live performances, and “speeches about cannabis + wellness” at Santa Monica Pier.

Giant street fair

October 20, 2019
Sherman Oaks (16.8 miles NW)
Billed as the largest event in the San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks Street Fair features two entertainment stages, 250 vendors, food booths, a bar, carnival rides, a pet zone, and classic cars for nine blocks on Ventura Boulevard (from Van Nuys to Kester). Free.

Free show: America’s Got Talent

October 21, 2019 (2:15 p.m.)
Pasadena (11.4 miles NE)
Watch singers, dancers, comedians, and magicians from previous shows perform for the judges (Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Alesha Dixon, Heidi Klum, and host Terry Crews) at the filming of America’s Got Talent: The Champions in Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Children age 10 to 17 OK with a legal guardian. Dress code.

Free tickets

Halloween at the zoo

October 21 - 27, 2019
Griffith Park (10 miles north)
Kids are welcome to wear costumes to Boo at the L.A. Zoo, which has exhibits to explore, creepy crawlers (snakes, frogs, lizards), weekend entertainment, and trick-or-treating (Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27) at Los Angeles Zoo.

Pumpkins on display

October 21 - Nov. 3, 2019
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Pumpkin Nights promises thousands of lit pumpkins, a 40-foot dragon, a ghostly pirate ship, fire dancers, games, pumpkin artists, and movie screenings at the Fairplex. Closed on Halloween Oct. 31.

Free game show

October 21 - Nov. 6, 2019
Fairfax (8.7 miles NW)
Join the studio audience for a chance to win cash and prizes during the taping of The Price is Right with Drew Carey in Television City. Bring age 18+ ID and your Social Security number. You can pay to park at The Grove Parking and walk to the gate on Fairfax Ave.

Free tickets

Films about outer space

October 23, 2019 (8 p.m.)
North Hollywood (14.1 miles NW)
Watch 10 short films about space travel, time travel, extra-terrestrial life, and alternative dimensions at Secrets of Outer Space, which is $10 at Ark Theatre.

Halloween movies on the roof

October 23 - Nov. 2, 2019
Hollywood (8.4 miles NW)
Watch creepy movies under the stars on the rooftop of The Montalbán, with beer, wine, and food for sale.

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Haunted Hayride

October 23 - Nov. 2, 2019
Griffith Park (9.3 mile north)
The main attraction at Haunted Hayride has you sit in straw on a flatbed trailer pulled past costumed characters. Other attractions include a haunted house, mini escape games, and mazes with scary characters and strobe lights. The reviews on Yelp say to expect long lines and no parking at peak hours.

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Disturbing haunted house

October 23 - Nov. 2, 2019
Fullerton (24.1 miles SE)
The 17th Door tells a gruesome story as you navigate its prison maze for 37 minutes in a group of 6 to 8, at 1851 W. Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton (enter behind the building). Actors may touch you, and you may get wet. To buy tickets, click a date on their calendar. Free parking.

Scary art

October 23 - Nov. 14, 2019
Mid-Wilshire (7 miles NW)
I Like Scary Movies is an interactive art installation inspired by horror movies like “The Shining,” with plenty of selfie opportunities at The Desmond. Review.

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Comedian

October 23 - Nov. 24, 2019
Downtown (1.7 miles north)
“Mike Birbiglia’s great comic storytelling is art” says New York Magazine. Experience it yourself at his live show The New One at Ahmanson Theatre.

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Ballet

October 24 - 27, 2019
Downtown (1.7 miles NE)
Marinsk Ballet performs Jewels, George Balanchine’s glittering masterpiece that combines music by Fauré, Stravinsky, and Tschaikovsky at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

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Design fair

October 24 - 27, 2019
Santa Monica (12.5 miles west)
Shop for premium home furnishings, meet designers, and attend educational programs during contemporary Westedge Design Fair at the Barker Hangar.

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Irish musical

October 24 - 27, 2019
Cerritos (21.7 miles SE)
Tony Award winner Once is an emotionally captivating musical about love and loss, with live folk music, dancing, and humor at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.

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Knott’s Scary Farm

October 24 - Nov. 2, 2019
Buena Park (25 miles SE)
Knott’s Scary Farm is an evening event with dozens of attractions that include mazes, shows, scare zones, and rides, plus 1,000 monsters roaming the grounds of Knott’s Berry Farm, for age 13+.

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Haunted ship

October 24 - Nov. 2, 2019
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
Dark Harbor promises 200 monsters, six haunted mazes, live entertainment, secret bars, and exciting rides at the Queen Mary. Expect lines.

Discount tickets (not all dates)

Haunted house

October 24 - Nov. 2, 2019
Thousand Oaks (43.5 miles NW)
Reign of Terror Haunted House promises “115 custom rooms packed with terrifying beings, a swarm of live monstrous characters, and countless spectacular special effects” at Janss Marketplace for age 13+. See schedule.

Halloween at Universal Studios

October 24 - Nov. 3, 2019
Universal City (10.4 miles NW)
Halloween Horror Nights offers 10 haunted mazes, 5 scare zones, a stage show, and thrilling rides at Universal Studios Hollywood for age 13+. Do not wear a costume or mask. Attractions like Harry Potter and Minion Mayhem will not be open.

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Creepy tour at Paramount

October 24 - Nov. 16, 2019
Hollywood (6.5 miles NW)
The $99 After Dark Tour: Tales from the Other Side is a 2.5 hour flashlight walk behind the gates of Paramount Pictures to the graves of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, with stories about the dearly departed, complimentary champagne, movie candy, popcorn, and free parking for age 16+. Bring ID if you are age 18 or older.

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Magician

October 24 - Nov. 28, 2019 (Thursdays 8 p.m.)
Claremont (34.5 miles east)
Expect laughs and gasps at Handcrafted Mysteries “an immersive magic and mentalism experience with Greg Van Holsbeck” at The Claremont Forum. Reviews.

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Tasting tour

October 24 - Dec. 29, 2019
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
Learn about L.A.’s history, architecture, and food scene on the entertaining three-hour guided Downtown L.A. Food Tour, with tasting stops at six local restaurants. This tour is highly rated on Yelp.

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Gay Halloween

October 25, 2019
Downtown (0.8 miles SE)
Billed as one of America’s largest gay Halloween parties, Halloweenie requires costumes and promises “a night of costumed revelry, libations (no host), and spooky dance music” at Belasco Theater for age 21+.

Halloween costume ball

October 25, 2019 (9 p.m.)
Hollywood (7.7 miles NW)
You’re welcome to mingle in two areas that represent heaven and hell at Angels & Demons. Heaven features beautiful models as angels, and hell boasts adult film stars as devils, with “five top L.A. DJs playing house & top 40 hits” at W Hollywood for age 21+.

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Freaky concert

October 25 - 26, 2019
San Bernardino (63.8 miles east)
Escape Psycho Circus promises “a terrifying world of music, art, performers, and thrills” that includes 60 music acts, special effects, and performances by “freaks, geeks, fortune tellers, and contortionists” at National Orange Show Event Center.

Oktoberfest in Torrance

October 25 - 27, 2019
Torrance (14.9 miles south)
Billed as the oldest in Southern California, Alpine Village Oktoberfest is a high-energy celebration of German beer, food, and music, with a band from Germany and contests for age 21+ on Fridays and Saturdays, and all ages on Sunday.

Oktoberfest in Anaheim

October 25 - 27, 2019
Anaheim (32.5 miles SE)
Oktoberfest has German food, German beer on tap, live bands, polka dancing, and entertainment indoors and outdoors at The Phoenix Club. Children younger than age 18 are free.

Psycho with the symphony

October 25 - 31, 2019
Downtown (0.9 miles east)
Watch the great thriller film Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock on the big screen as the LA Opera Orchestra performs the eerie soundtrack in The Theatre at Ace Hotel.

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Magic cabaret show

October 25 - Nov. 1, 2019
Hollywood (8.4 miles NW)
The Black Rabbit Rose Show promises “an evening of magic, mystery, and dazzling spectacle” in an intimate theater for age 21+. Wear cocktail attire.

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Haunted house in Westminster

October 25 - Nov. 2, 2019
Westminster (33.3 miles SE)
A ticket to Mist gets you “free rein to roam a dark, fog filled town looking for 13 artifacts while being hunted by terrifying creatures” for 30 minutes near Westminster Mall for age 13+. Expect lines.

Halloween at Six Flags

October 25 - Nov. 3, 2019
Santa Clarita (35.9 miles north)
Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware of ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night during Fright Fest [website has sound] at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Ticket includes 4 shows, 6 scare zones, 9 rides. Extra cost for 6 mazes. See schedule.

Dinner cirque show

October 25 - Dec. 29, 2019
Buena Park (25 miles SE)
Enjoy a four-course dinner while you watch an edgy mix of cabaret, comedy, music, and cirque-style acrobatics at Teatro Martini for age 18+. Reviews.

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Halloween drag party

October 26, 2019
Downtown (1.1 miles east)
Los Angeles Halloween Ball by The Boulet Brothers is “packed with DJs, dance floors, horrifying stage presentations, interactive areas, mazes, Halloween carnival games, and an army of L.A. monster superstars” at The Globe Theater for age 21+.

Charity ball

October 26, 2019 (9 p.m.)
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
The pricey Masquerade Ball is a black tie event for 800 masked guests, with champagne, an open bar, and DJ dance music at Clifton’s Republic to support charity.

Halloween scavenger hunt

October 26, 2019 (9:30 a.m.)
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
Your team of two to four players races from Grand Park on foot or by public transport to complete tasks downtown and win treats on the Haunted Halloween Hunt for ages 14+. Costumes are welcome.

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Dog walk

October 26, 2019
Exposition Park (3.4 miles south)
Join animal lovers walking their dogs at Strut Your Mutt, which includes a family-friendly festival with food trucks, vendors, and activities at Exposition Park.

People in the street

October 26, 2019
San Gabriel Valley (11 miles NE)
Enjoy four miles of car-free streets in El Monte during 626 Golden Streets by walking, biking, skating, scooting, jogging, running, ambling, or strolling. Three activity hubs have trick-or-treating booths, music and arts, e-bike demos, and family-friendly games and contests. Free.

North Hollywood party

October 26, 2019
NoHo Arts District (13.6 miles NW)
NoHo MonsterBash has DJ dance music, two bars, costume prizes, and entertainment onstage every 30 minutes at the Federal Bar for age 21+.

Cemetery tour

October 26, 2019 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Long Beach (22 miles SE)
Watch eight “graveside performances by actors who relate the life and demise of the persons lying at rest” and see 10 special attractions during Historical Cemetery Tour at two adjacent cemeteries (Long Beach Municipal Cemetery & Sunnyside Cemetery). We recommend wearing a hat and/or sunscreen.

Halloween parade

October 26, 2019
Anaheim (27.3 miles SE)
Led by a headless horseman, the Anaheim Halloween Parade features pumpkins, moons, witches, cats, astronauts, and odd creatures going up Broadway from I-5 to West Center Street Promenade. Free.

Day of the Dead + car show

October 26, 2019
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Celebrate “Dia de Los Muertos” with contemporary and traditional music, visual art, altar making, and dozens of lowrider cars at En Memoria at the Fairplex.

Motorcycle race

October 26, 2019
Huntington Beach (33.6 miles south)
Moto Beach Classic has races, bands, (punk, funk, metal, reggae, and soul), and vendors at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Video (1 minute).

Arts & crafts fair

October 26, 2019
Claremont (34.4 miles east)
Visit 400 juried arts & crafts booths selling pottery, photography, jewelry, clothing, and garden items at Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire, plus food vendors filling the closed streets in Claremont Village. Free.

Indoor art show

October 26 - 27, 2019
Los Angeles (4.3 miles NE)
Twice a year, 100 artists invite you to visit their loft studios during Brewery Artwalk in the former Pabst Brewery at 2100 N. Main Street. Held in April and Oct. Free.

Sexy poetry

October 26 - 27, 2019
Silver Lake (5.3 miles north)
Inspired by 19th-century bordellos of Paris and New Orleans, The Poetry Brothel presents poets in an immersive and lush, speakeasy-style environment with a bar and cabaret entertainment at El Cid for age 21+. The October 26 event is a costume masquerade.

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Family Halloween

October 26 - 27, 2019
Marina del Rey (14.6 miles SW)
Marina Spooktacular offers “kid-friendly fun by day, and spine-tingling spooks by night [for age 13+]” with haunted pirate ships, tractor rides, carnival games, and food vendors at Burton Chace Park. Parents must sign waivers for their children. Free except parking.

Halloween at the aquarium

October 26 - 27, 2019
Long Beach (24.6 miles south)
Scarium of the Pacific has a kids’ costume contest, a creepy coloring contest, underwater pumpkin carving, magic shows, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, and eerie animals at Aquarium of the Pacific.

Homemade haunted maze

October 26 - 31, 2019 (7 to 10 p.m.)
Burbank (14.5 miles NW)
A family obsessed with Halloween invites you to visit their scary maze Rotten Apple, with a new theme each year at 907 N. California Street in Burbank. Open Saturdays, Sundays, and Halloween. Lines. Donation.

Knott’s Halloween for families

October 26 - 31, 2019
Buena Park (25 miles SE)
Family-friendly Knott’s Spooky Farm has daytime activities for ages 3 to 11, including trick-or-treating, a show with Peanuts characters, and a costume contest at Knott’s Berry Farm, weekends and Oct. 31.

Day of the Dead exhibits

October 26 - Nov. 3, 2019
Downtown (1.6 miles NE)
Día De Los Muertos fills the open spaces of Grand Park with 50 fantastic altars and art exhibitions to honor the dearly departed. Explore on your own (5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.) or take a 30-minute lunchtime tour led by artists.

Community pet fair

October 27, 2019
Eagle Rock (10.3 miles north)
Eagle Rock Bark and Meow is a mellow neighborhood festival with pet-related vendors, adoptable pets, a doggie fashion show, a human barking contest, food trucks, free candy & pet treats, and a costume contest for kids and dogs outside Eagle Rock City Hall. Free.

Dogs in costume

October 27, 2019 (3 to 6 p.m.)
Long Beach & Santa Monica
  • Long Beach - Howl’oween Parade has food trucks and vendors (noon), pet adoptions (12:30 p.m.), a human parade (2:25 p.m.), a pet parade (2:30 p.m.), and costume contests at Marina Vista Park. Free.
  • Santa Monica - Howl-O-Ween has a scavenger hunt (3 p.m.), a pet parade & costume contest (5 p.m.), food trucks, and vendors at Pacific Street Park. Free.

Tasting event in Orange Conty

October 27, 2019 (6 to 9 p.m.)
Irvine (38.8 miles SE)
Taste 70 varieties of beer, wine, and spirits, plus food from “more than 60 of Orange County’s top restaurants” at Tustin Food & Wine Festival in Tustin Blimp Hangar. Free parking.

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Halloween burlesque show

October 30, 2019 (8 p.m.)
North Hollywood (13.5 miles NW)
You’re welcome to wear a costume to The Lalas Halloween Burlesque Show, “a custom, classic rock, spooky, sexy one of a kind Halloween burlesque show” at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood for age 21+.

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Halloween party

October 31, 2019 (8 p.m.)
Hollywood (7.7 miles NW)
Hit the dance floor with King Tut and Cleopatra at King Tut’s Tomb as DJs play a mix of top 40, hip-hop, and dance music with “amazing lighting effects” at W Hollywood.

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Halloween street party

October 31, 2019
West Hollywood (11.3 miles NW)
Join 500,000 adults in killer costumes indulging in harmless debauchery at West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval on Santa Monica Boulevard (from Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard), with food trucks, music stages, and indoor bars (no street drinking). Carry all items in clear bags. Free.

Creative horror show

October 31 - Nov. 2, 2019
NoHo Arts District (12.4 miles NW)
Urban Death walks you through a twisted maze with eerie scenes to reach your seat, and then watch short performances by creepy actors and alien creatures at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre for age 16+.

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