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Los Angeles events October 2018

Serious film festival

October 1 - 7, 2018
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.

Horror film festival

October 1 - 9, 2018
multiple locations
Beyond Fest is “a world genre film festival dedicated to delivering the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema” at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica and Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

Free concerts at the pier

October 3 & 7, 2018 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
Twilight on the Pier [formerly Twilight Concerts] offers live music on three stages plus “immersive art, food offerings, a beer and spirits garden, games, and interactive activations” along the Santa Monica Pier promenade, Wednesdays plus Oct. 7. Free, no ticket or RSVP is required.

Jazz festival

October 3 - 14, 2018
Los Angeles (multiple locations)
Angel City Jazz Festival promises “the most innovative and original national and international jazz musicians.”

Korean festival

October 4 - 7, 2018 (opens Thurs. 3 p.m.)
Koreatown (2.4 miles NW)
Join 350,000 people celebrating Korean culture at Los Angeles Korean Festival with authentic Korean food, cultural performances, vendors, and pop music. Free.

Auto show

October 4 - 7, 2018
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.

Concert in the desert

October 4 - 7, 2018
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.

Fashion event

October 5 - 6, 2018
Culver City & West Hollywood
Promising “a dazzling showcase of how fashion, beauty and tech are blending to create a visionary retail experience,” LA Fashion Film Festival offers workshops, films, and panel discussions in two venues. Donation.
  • Oct. 5 - Fred Segal, West Hollywood
  • Oct. 6 - Technicolor Experience Center, Culver City

Greek festival

October 5 - 7, 2018
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.

Horror film festival

October 5 - 7, 2018 (party Oct. 4)
Hollywood (6.3 miles NW)
Shriekfest is an international horror & science-fiction film festival and screenplay competition at Raleigh Studios.

Wine & food festival

October 5 - 7, 2018
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.

Avocado festival in Carpinteria

October 5 - 7, 2018
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.

Beer festival

October 6, 2018 (3 p.m., VIP 2 p.m.)
Westlake (1.2 miles north)
LA Beer Festival promises unlimited samples from 80 breweries, food trucks, a DJ, and live music outdoors at Los Angeles Center Studios for age 21+.

Music festival

October 6, 2018
Eagle Rock (10 miles north)
Eagle Rock Music Festival is a “community street festival showcasing a variety of innovative, multicultural, and local music” on seven stages near Colorado Boulevard & Eagle Rock Boulevard. Donation.

Seafood tasting

October 6, 2018 (4 p.m., VIP 3 p.m.)
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
Off the Hook Seafood Festival features seafood tastings from local restaurants, curated cocktails, live music, chef demos, games, a beer garden, and a VIP lounge at Santa Monica Pier for age 21+.

Dragon boats

October 6, 2018
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.

Inflatable festival in Pomona

October 6, 2018
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Run a one-mile obstacle course and enjoy activities like bounce houses, Zorb Balls, and inflatable jousting at The Inflatable Festival & Run at the Fairplex.

Huntington Beach concert

October 6, 2018 (noon to 10 p.m.)
Huntington Beach (40 miles SE)
Sammy Hagar's High Tide Beach Party & Car Show “is a day-long party on the sand of Huntington Beach” including Sammy Hagar & The Circle, REO Speedwagon, and Reel Big Fish for all ages.

Lithuanian festival

October 6 - 7, 2018
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 6 - 7, 2018
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.

Marathon

October 6 - 7, 2018
Long Beach (24.2 miles south)
The scenic Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon includes multiple events.
  • Oct. 6 - 5K + 1-mile kids fun run
  • Oct. 7 - marathon + half marathon + bike tour

Kids’ obstacle race

October 6 - 7, 2018
Silverado (49.1 miles SE)
Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Oak Canyon Park. Parents can race for free.

Music festival downtown

October 7, 2018 (12 to 7 p.m.)
Downtown (1.7 miles SE)
Comfort LA Music Festival features 20 musical acts, comedians, DJs, vendors, beer, wine, and “the best soul food in the city” outside Comfort LA for age 18+. Free admission until 1 p.m.

Encino festival

October 7, 2018
Encino (20.1 miles north)
Encino Family Festival [formerly A Taste of Encino] has food trucks, a beer and wine garden, craft vendors, a kids’ zone, and live entertainment on Ventura Boulevard (from Balboa to Amestoy). Free.

Sandcastle Contest

October 7, 2018 (10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
Corona del Mar (48 miles SE)
See fantastic creatures and creations made of sand at the Sandcastle Contest at Corona del Mar State Beach.

Fashion week

October 7 - 10, 2018 (5 to 10 p.m.)
Mid-Wilshire (9 miles NW)
Wear semi-formal attire to attend a designer show during LA Fashion Week, with live entertainment, art exhibitions, and fashion showcases at Petersen Automotive Museum. Oct. 6 is by invitation only.

Horror film festival

October 9 - 18, 2018
Hollywood (9.1 miles NW)
Screamfest screens new horror, science-fiction, and thriller films at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.

Celebrity chef dinner

October 12, 2018
Beverly Hills (9.2 miles NW)
Taste America: Los Angeles includes a 6 p.m. cocktail reception and tasting, a 7:30 p.m. seated dinner and dessert reception, and an auction at SLS Hotel for $300 to support the James Beard Foundation.

Party at the aquarium

October 12, 2018 (7:30 to 11 p.m.)
Long Beach (24.1 miles south)
Night Dive features live bands, DJs, cocktails for sale, a beer patio, food trucks, and artwork at Aquarium of the Pacific for age 18+.

Games festival

October 12 - 13, 2018
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. (The events held on Oct. 11 are only for developers.)

A taste of Spain

October 13, 2018 (1 to 8 p.m.)
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
Paella, Wine & Beer Festival delivers Spanish food, wine, live music by the Gipsy Kings, and Flamenco dancing at Pershing Square. Your ticket includes tasting paella, wine, and sangria from 1 to 5 p.m.

Taste of Italy

October 13, 2018
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” in historic Pico House to support the Italian American Museum.

Pasadena ARTWalk

October 13, 2018 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
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.

Daredevil stunts

October 13, 2018 (7:30 to 10 p.m.)
Anaheim (34 miles SE)
Watch 30 freestyle athletes perform mind-blowing stunts, freestyle motocross, and BMX routines when the Nitro Circus comes to Honda Center.

Indoor art show

October 13 - 14, 2018
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. Repeats in April. Free.

Fall Festival

October 13 - 14, 2018
Fairfax (8.9 miles NW)
The Fall Festival has live music, a petting zoo, racing pigs, arts & crafts for kids, and pie-eating contests at the Original Farmer’s Market. Free.

Scottish festival

October 13 - 14, 2018
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.

Food & wine tasting

October 14, 2018 (3 to 7 p.m.)
Culver City (11.9 miles SW)
Taste food from 16 restaurants with wine, beer, spirits, live music, and a silent auction at Westside Food/Wine Fest indoors and outdoors at Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside.

Haunted walk

October 19, 2018
Burbank (15.2 miles north)
Hang out in Stough Park with refreshments and activities while you wait for your 20-minute Haunted Adventure, featuring intimidating costumed actors at the Starlight Bowl for age 6+. Do not wear a costume.

Haunted Trails

October 19 - 20, 2018
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+.

Design fair

October 19 - 21, 2018 (party Oct. 18)
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.

Zombie festival

October 19 - 21, 2018
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.

Ticket deal $7 (Sat. or Sun.)

Japanese festival

October 19 - 21, 2018
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.

Oktoberfest

October 19 - 27, 2018
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 Family Sundays.

Oktoberfest

October 19 - 28, 2018
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 on Fri., Sat., and Sun. Children age 17 and younger are free.

Halloween at Six Flags

October 19 - 28, 2018
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 [sound] at Six Flags Magic Mountain, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Rooftop theater

October 19 - 31, 2018
Downtown & Hollywood
Watch classic and contemporary films under the open sky on a deck chair at Rooftop Cinema Club either downtown at Level (age 18+) or in Hollywood at NeueHouse (age 21+ because it has a bar). If their website does not display all movies through Oct. 31, you may need to select a date manually.

Halloween at the zoo

October 19 - 31, 2018
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. 20, 21, 27, 28, 2018) at Los Angeles Zoo.

Homemade haunted yard

October 19 - 31, 2018 (7 to 10 p.m.)
Burbank (15.2 miles north)
You must sign into Facebook to see The Backwoods Maze, a super scary maze with props and detailed monsters in a private home at 1912 N. Pepper Street in Burbank. Open Oct. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 31, 2018 unless rainy. Expect a line. Free.

Disturbing haunted house

October 19 - 31, 2018
Fullerton (24.1 miles SE)
The 17th Door tells a gruesome story as you navigate its prison maze in a group of 6 to 10, at 1851 W. Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton (enter behind the building). Actors may touch you, and you may get wet. See schedule.

Knott’s Scary Farm

October 19 - 31, 2018
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+. Open Thursday to Sunday, plus Oct. 24 & 31.

Ticket deal $34 to $53

Haunted house in Laguna Hills

October 19 - 31, 2018
Laguna Hills (50 miles SE)
A ticket to Scary Place gets you unlimited same-day visits to “three floors full of haunted attractions,” including two mazes, a haunted ride, and live entertainment at Laguna Hills Mall. Expect lines.

Use coupon code “deal”

Haunted ship

October 19 - Nov. 2, 2018
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
Dark Harbor promises 7 haunted mazes, monsters, a 4D theater, immersive attractions, entertainment onstage, themed bars, and concession food at the Queen Mary. Expect lines. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays except Oct. 31.

Ticket deal $15 to $27 (Oct. 25+)

Halloween at Universal Studios

October 19 - Nov. 3, 2018
Universal City (10.4 miles NW)
Halloween Horror Nights offers eight haunted mazes, a stage show, a terrifying tram ride, a zombie attraction, and scare zones at Universal Studios Hollywood. Suggested age 13+. No costumes or masks. Schedule.

Ticket deal $75 to $85 (Oct. 25+)

Creative horror show

October 19 - Nov. 3, 2018
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+.

Haunted house

October 19 - Nov. 3, 2018
Thousand Oaks (43.5 miles NW)
Reign of Terror Haunted House promises “105 bone-chilling rooms and 8 terrifying attractions” with lots of props and gore at Janss Marketplace. See schedule.

Nightmare theater

October 19 - Nov. 4, 2018
Glasswell Park (5.9 miles north)
Creep LA: Awake is a “multi-sensory, 75-minute walk-through experience with moody rooms, intimate encounters (you will be touched), and terrifying scenarios” in groups of 25 at Row DTLA for age 18+.

Pumpkins on display

October 19 - Nov. 4, 2018
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Pumpkin Nights promises thousands of lit pumpkins, a 40-foot dragon, a ghostly pirate ship, fire dancers, pumpkin artists, and movie screenings at the Fairplex. Closed on Halloween Oct. 31.

Murder mystery

October 19 - Nov. 11, 2018
La Mirada (22 miles SE)
Agatha Christie’s suspenseful masterpiece Murder on the Orient Express stars detective Hercule Poirot investigating a murder on a train full of suspects, at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts for age 13+.

Ticket deal $15 to $33

Puppet show for grown ups

October 19 - Nov. 25, 2018
North Hollywood (13.6 miles NW)
Humans and puppets live on Avenue Q in a shabby neighborhood, entertaining mature audiences with subversive songs and funny antics at Cupcake Theater.

Ticket deal $9 to $49

Dinner cirque show

October 19 - Dec. 29, 2018 (8 or 9 p.m.)
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.

Ticket deal $39 for dinner & show

Halloween freak show

October 20, 2018 (7 to 9:30 p.m.)
Downtown (0.9 miles NE)
HallowFreakinween features side show acts, stand up comedy, drag, and burlesque “all on the weird, wild, dark, and twisted, yet funny side” at The Globe Theatre for age 21+.

Ticket deal $14 to $16

Solar festival

October 20, 2018 (3 to 11 p.m.)
Hollywood (1.4 miles south)
Celebrate clean energy from the sun at Sunstock, with food trucks, a beer garden, vendors, speakers, live music, and a solar-powered LED art installation after dark at Gramercy Place & Hollywood Boulevard. Free.

Dog walk

October 20, 2018 (11 a.m.)
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.

Street fair in South L.A.

October 20, 2018 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
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.

Free flashlight concert

October 20, 2018 (6 p.m.)
Griffith Park (9.7 miles north)
You and your flashlight become part of the show when family-friendly Rumpelstil performs “contemporary, fun German rock and pop music” with “singing, dancing, and joyful participating” at the Greek Theatre.

Free tickets

Sherlock Holmes + tea

October 20, 2018 (7 p.m.)
Pasadena (12.3 miles NE)
Set during a Christmas dinner, The Game’s Afoot is about a Broadway actor who plays Sherlock Holmes on stage and must prove he can solve a real crime when his guest is murdered, at Madeline Garden. Your ticket includes tea, salad, sandwiches, a scone, and dessert.

Ticket deal $60

Beer festival

October 20, 2018
Burbank (12.7 miles north)
Burbank Beer Festival & Street Fair [sound] features 85 craft beers on tap, live music, entertainment, and vendors at 201 N. San Fernando Boulevard for age 21+.

Unconventional political convention

October 20 - 21, 2018
Downtown (0 miles)
Politicon offers a “weekend of panels, debates, TV and movie screenings, art podcasts, comedy shows, Q&As, book readings, interviews, meet & greets, art exhibitions, and music performances” with famous guests at Los Angeles Convention Center.

Women’s Expo

October 20 - 21, 2018
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
Hear celebrity speakers, watch chef demos, and join workshops at Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo [sound], which includes hundreds of beauty & health product vendors at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Art fair

October 20 - 21, 2018
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.

Pumpkin festival

October 20 - 21, 2018
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.).

Movies on the beach

October 20 - 21, 2018
Huntington Beach (40 miles SE)
Buy a ticket online to see popular films at BeachFront Cinema at Huntington State Beach. Read what to bring with you on the guidelines page.

Halloween movies on the roof

October 20 - 31, 2018
Hollywood (8.4 miles NW)
Watch movies under the stars on the rooftop of The Montalbán, with beer, wine, and food for sale.

Ticket deal $6 to $14

Homemade haunted maze

October 20 - 31, 2018 (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 Spooky Farm

October 20 - 31, 2018
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 and with Peanuts characters, and a costume contest at Knott’s Berry Farm, weekends and Oct. 31.

Opera about Gandhi

October 20 - Nov 11, 2018
Downtown (1.7 miles NE)
L.A. Opera performs Satyagraha by Philip Glass, which shows how Mohandas K. Gandhi developed his concept of political struggle through active, loving, non-violent resistance, at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Ticket deal $74 to $199

AIDS walk

October 21, 2018
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.

Food festival

October 21, 2018 (4 p.m., VIP 3 p.m.)
Silver Lake (5.4 miles north)
Eastside Food Festival is an indoor/outdoor tasting event with 35 EastSide restaurants and bars plus entertainment, a cocktail demonstrations, and a wine discussion at Mack Sennett Studios for age 21+.

Ticket deal $35 (VIP $48)

Italian festival

October 21, 2018
North Hollywood (15.4 miles NW)
The Los Angeles Italian Festival promises “Italian food, music, comedy, beer, wine, bocce ball, and entertainment” plus kids’ activities at 1761 N. Vermont Avenue.

Giant street fair

October 21, 2018
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.

Haunting play in Pasadena

October 21 - Nov. 11, 2018
Pasadena (11.9 miles NE)
Based on a novel that spawned a feature film, The Woman in Black is an eerie ghost story about an English village terrorized by a scorned woman at Pasadena Playhouse.

Ticket deal $29 to $108

Register to vote

October 22, 2018
California
Today is the last day to register to vote in the November 6 election, and you can do it online.

Ghoulish movie in 4D

October 23 - 31, 2018
Hollywood (9.1 miles NW)
Watch the popular animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D (which is 3D plus lights, fog, scents, and snow) at historic El Capitan Theatre.

Ticket deal $10

Asian films

October 24 - Nov. 1, 2018
Culver City (8.4 miles west)
Watch 40 films from throughout Asia during Asian World Film Festival at ArcLight Cinemas in Culver City.

Whisky tasting

October 25, 2018 (6:30 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
Downtown (1.1 miles east)
A ticket to Whisky Live includes a dinner buffet, live entertainment, and a glass to sample scotches, bourbons, and whiskies from 50 exhibitors at The Majestic Downtown.

Ticket deal $70 (VIP $100)

Charity ball

October 25, 2018 (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.

Gay Halloween

October 26, 2018
Downtown (0.8 miles SE)
Billed as one of the largest gay Halloween parties in the U.S., Halloweenie requires costumes and promises “a night of costumed revelry, libations, and spooky dance music” at the Belasco Theater for age 21+.

Popular culture convention

October 26 - 28, 2018
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
L.A. Comic Con (formerly Comikaze Expo) 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.

Ghoulish movie + live score

October 26 - 28, 2018
Hollywood (8.5 miles north)
Watch the popular animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas as Danny Elfman and members of the original cast perform their roles accompanied by a full orchestra and choir at the Hollywood Bowl.

Ticket deal $38 to $93 (Sunday)

Indoor crafts market

October 26 - 28, 2018
Pasadena (11.4 miles NE)
See a juried selection of quality handmade work, including ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, paintings, and sculpture at the Contemporary Crafts Market in the Pasadena Convention Center.

New art fair

October 26 - 28, 2018 (preview Oct. 25)
Santa Monica (12.5 miles west)
Based in London, The Other Art Fair “leads the way in uncovering and nurturing new and innovative creative talent” exhibiting works by 110 emerging artists at Barker Hangar.

Ticket deal $5.25

Day of the Dead at the cemetery

October 27, 2018 (noon to midnight)
Hollywood (6.7 miles NW)
Join the costumed crowds viewing elaborate altars and colorful displays that honor the departed at Dia de Los Muertos, which has live music, arts & crafts vendors, and Mexican food at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Halloween party

October 27, 2018 (9 p.m.)
Hollywood (8.7 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 and a laser show” indoors and outdoors at the Egyptian Theatre.

Wine + insect tasting

October 27, 2018 (3:15 p.m.)
West Hollywood (9.8 miles NW)
Yes, that’s right! Taste five boutique wines paired with exotic, edible insects at the Scary Delicious Bug & Wine Pairing in V Wine Room.

North Hollywood party

October 27, 2018
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+.

Halloween parade

October 27, 2018
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.

Freaky circus

October 27, 2018 (12 to 5 p.m.)
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Lagunitas Beer Circus promises “freaktacular entertainment” by 100 performers (burlesque, side show acts, aerialists, marching band), midway games, food trucks, beer, and a costume contest at the Fairplex for age 21+.

Ticket deal $40

Phillipines food festival

October 27, 2018 (noon, early entry 10 a.m.)
Santa Ana (33.2 miles SE)
Eat Play Move LA features Filipino dishes (Ube cronuts, Ube baklava, Abobo burritos, Buko Pandan lattes, paella), stage entertainment, a children’s area, and a beer garden at Boomtown Brewery.

Ticket deal $3 ($10 early admission)

Arts & crafts fair

October 27, 2018
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.

Asian-Pacific pop culture

October 27 - 28, 2018
Glendale (11.9 miles north)
Focused on Asian entertainment, Pacific Media Expo offers films, anime, cosplay, an artists’ market, live performances, a fashion show, game tournaments, panel discussions, and workshops at Hilton Los Angeles North.

Family Halloween

October 27 - 28, 2018
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 27 - 28, 2018
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.

Half marathon

October 28, 2018
Downtown (0 miles)
Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon (plus 5K) follows a relatively flat course, with live bands on the way, and has a free two-day health & fitness expo on Friday and Saturday.

Dogs in costume

October 28, 2018
Santa Monica (14.5 miles west)
Howl-O-Ween is a pet party and costume contest with prizes, pet-friendly exhibitors, and a food truck at Pacific Street Park in Santa Monica. Free.

Day of the Dead exhibits

October 28 - Nov. 4, 2018
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.

Movies at the cemetery

October 31, 2018
Hollywood (6.7 miles NW)
The FAQ says you’re welcome to bring dinner, wine, beer, blankets, pillows, a small tarp, or low chairs to Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Screenings on the lawn, with pre-show DJ music.

Halloween street party

October 31, 2018
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 (Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard), with food trucks, music stages, and indoor bars. Carry all items in clear bags. Free.