Los Angeles events October 2017. Fun things to do in LA & Orange County. Halloween parties, haunted houses, shows, plays. Oktoberfest LA events in Los Angeles October 2017.

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Enjoy the best events and things to do in Los Angeles & Orange County with this calendar.

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Lithuanian festival

October 1, 2017

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.

Chocolate event

October 1, 2017

Pasadena (11.4 miles NE)

Taste artisan and gourmet chocolates and confections at the Los Angeles Chocolate Salon, which includes demonstrations, chef and author talks, and wine tasting at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Music at Watts Towers

October 1, 2017

Watts (12 miles south)

Day of the Drum celebrates the role of drums and drummers in world cultures on Saturday. Simon Rodia Jazz Festival features jazz, gospel, and rhythm and blues on Sunday. Both offer food vendors, arts and crafts, and kids’ activities at Watts Towers. Free.

Music festival

October 1, 2017

Long Beach (24.6 miles south)

Music Tastes Good is an all-ages music festival with 20 performances per day, food vendors, bars, and an optional tasting tent in Marina Green Park.

Wine & food festival

October 1, 2017

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.

Sandcastle Contest

October 1, 2017

Corona del Mar (48 miles SE)

See fantastic castles and creatures made of sand at the Sandcastle Contest at Corona del Mar State Beach.

Horror film festival

October 1 - 10, 2017

Hollywood (8.7 miles NW)

Beyond Fest [sound] is “a world genre film festival dedicated to delivering the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema” at the Egyptian Theatre.

Whisky tasting

October 4, 2017 (6 p.m., VIP 5:30 p.m.)

Downtown (1.3 miles north)

A ticket to Whisky Live includes a dinner buffet, live entertainment, and a glass to sample 150 different scotches, bourbon, and whiskies at The L. A. Hotel.

Concert in the desert

October 5 - 8, 2017

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.

Serious film festival

October 5 - 15, 2017

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.

Games festival

October 6 - 8, 2017

Downtown (2.3 miles NE)

IndieCade is a festival for independent video games with talks, panels, parties, and more than 200 games to play at the Japanese American National Museum and nearby venues.

Greek festival

October 6 - 8, 2017

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 6 - 8, 2017 (party Oct. 5)

Hollywood (6.3 miles NW)

Shriekfest is an international horror & science-fiction film festival and screenplay competition at Raleigh Studios.

Chinese lunar festival

October 7, 2017 (5 p.m. to midnight)

Chinatown (3.1 miles NE)

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival has live music, a craft-beer garden, mooncake, cultural demonstrations, local bands, and DJs at Chinatown Central Plaza. Free.

Music festival

October 7, 2017

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.

Dragon boats

October 7, 2017

South El Monte (15.5 miles east)

Watch dragon boat races, shop food vendors, and see stage shows (Chinese acrobats, art, dance, music, and martial arts) at L.A. Dragonboat Festival [sound] on Legg Lake at Whittier Narrows Park. Bring a blanket or chair. Free.

Get painted as you run

October 7, 2017

Huntington Beach (40 miles SE)

Wear a white shirt, and then get bombarded by handfuls of colored cornstarch as you run the 5K Color Run at Huntington State Beach.

Oktoberfest in Orange County

October 7, 2017

Dana Point (65 miles SE)

Buy a beer and mug for $20 , then $10 per beer after that at Dana Point Oktoberfest, with food for sale and entertainment for all ages at Sea Terrace Park. Free.

Street fair

October 7 - 8, 2017

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 7 - 8, 2017

Long Beach (24.2 miles south)

The scenic Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon includes multiple events.
  • Oct. 7 - Aquarium of the Pacific 5K & Kids Fun Run
  • Oct. 8 - Marathon, Half Marathon, and Bike Tour

Encino festival

October 8, 2017

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.

Horror film festival

October 10 - 19, 2017

Hollywood (9.1 miles NW)

Screamfest screens new horror, science-fiction, and thriller films at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.

Korean festival

October 12 - 15, 2017

Koreatown (2.4 miles NW)

Join 350,000 people celebrating Korean culture at Los Angeles Korean Festival [sound] with authentic Korean food, cultural performances, vendors, and pop music. Free.

Haunted walk

October 13, 14, 20, 2017

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.

The white dinner

October 14, 2017

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 14, 2017

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.

Festival of the Philippines

October 14, 2017

Echo Park (3 miles north)

Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture offers traditional and contemporary Filipino food, music, dance, crafts, and culture at Echo Park Lake. Free.

Seafood tasting

October 14, 2017 (3 to 7 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+. Tickets.

Women’s Expo

October 14 - 15, 2017

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.

Fall Festival

October 14 - 15, 2017

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.

Halloween at the aquarium

October 14 - 15, 2017

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.

Scottish festival

October 14 - 15, 2017

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.

AIDS walk

October 15, 2017

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.

Giant street fair

October 15, 2017

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 expo, and classic cars for nine blocks on Ventura Boulevard (from Van Nuys to Kester). Free.

Underground art show

October 20 - 21, 2017 (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

Downtown (2.6 miles east)

Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition by 150 artists, with free pancakes, live music and DJs, live body painting, a bar, and a Saturday zombie fashion show at Lot 613 for age 21+.

Design fair

October 20 - 22, 2017 (preview Oct. 19)

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.

Street fair in South L.A.

October 21, 2017 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Crenshaw (6.1 miles SW)

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

Beer festival

October 21, 2017 (noon and 4 p.m.)

Burbank (12.7 miles north)

Burbank Beer Festival & Street Fair [sound] features 85 craft beers on tap, live music, entertainment, and vendors at San Fernando Boulevard & Orange Grove Avenue for age 21+.

Movies on the beach

October 21, 2017 (dusk)

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.
  • October 21 - The Nightmare Before Christmas

Oktoberfest

October 21 - 22, 2017

Downtown (1.2 miles NE)

You’ll find a beer garden, sausages, pretzels, German desserts, live music, and dancing at Downtown L.A. Oktoberfest in Pershing Square. No pets. Free entry.

Indoor art show

October 21 - 22, 2017

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.

Art fair

October 21 - 22, 2017

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 21 - 22, 2017

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 Saturday costume parade.

Food festival

October 22, 2017

Silver Lake (5.4 miles north)

Eastside Food Festival is an indoor/outdoor tasting event with 30 EastSide restaurants and bars plus entertainment and demos at Mack Sennett Studios.

Italian festival

October 22, 2017 (12 to 10 p.m.)

North Hollywood (15.4 miles NW)

The Los Angeles Italian Festival is a new event promising “Italian food, music, comedy, beer, wine, bocce ball, and entertainment” plus kids’ activities at Victory Boulevard & Vineland Avenue. Free.

Tasting event

October 23, 2017 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

Westlake (1.9 miles NW)

A ticket to The Gold List [formerly Bite Nite] gets you beer, wine, cocktails and food from 25 restaurants chosen by the Pulitzer Prize winning restaurant critic of the Los Angeles Times at The MacArthur for age 21+.

Evening cruise - Newport Beach

October 23 - 29, 2017

Newport Beach (48 miles SE)

Enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery, complimentary chips and salsa, and a cash bar on the 1.5-hour Sunset Cruise departing from 309 Palm Street.

Discount tickets $10.

Halloween on a farm

October 23 - 31, 2017

multiple locations

Enjoy pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes.
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Attractions

October 23 - Nov. 30, 2017

multiple locations

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Disturbing haunted house

October 24 - 31, 2017

Fullerton (33.7 miles SE)

The 17th Door tells a gruesome story as you navigate its prison maze in a group of 6 to 10, at 851 W. Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton. Actors may touch you, and you may get wet.

Literature night

October 25, 2017 (6 p.m. to midnight)

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.

Plays in a cemetery

October 25 -26, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

Altadena (14.5 miles NE)

Watch short plays with mature themes, adult language, and theatrical violence at Wicked Lit as you’re led upstairs and through the grounds of Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery for age 13+.

Discount tickets $40 to $80.

Opera

October 25 & 28, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

Downtown (1.7 miles NE)

Set on a colorful exotic island, The Pearl Fishers by Bizet is about two men who fall in love with the same woman. Sung in French with English subtitles at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Discount tickets $41 to $149.

Haunted Hayride

October 25 - 31, 2017

Griffith Park (9.3 mile north)

The main attraction at Haunted Hayride [sound] has you sit in straw on a flatbed trailer pulled past costumed characters who dance and sing. The other attractions are mazes with scary characters and strobe lights. VIP lines can be a lot shorter. See schedule.

Haunted ship

October 25 - Nov. 1, 2017

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 aboard the Queen Mary. Expect lines. See schedule.

Discount tickets $9 to $15.

Halloween at Universal Studios

October 25 - Nov. 4, 2017

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 for age 13+. No costumes or face paint. Schedule.

Haunted motel

October 25 - Nov. 4, 2017 (every day)

Anaheim (30.4 miles SE)

Mable’s 6 Feet Under is a short but highly rated maze populated by dead and undead motel staff plus animatronics that will have you screaming and laughing at the Business Expo Center.

Halloween party

October 26, 2017 (9 p.m.)

Hollywood (7.1 miles NW)

Resurrection is a giant costume party with “state-of-the-art sound, lighting and lasers,” two music rooms, and a costume contest at Florentine Gardens for age 18+.

Haunted Trails

October 26 - 28, 2017

Laguna Niguel (59 miles SE)

Experience scary music, black lights, fog machines, strobe lights, and clowns popping out as your group is escorted through a series of mazes and tents on Haunted Trails at Crown Valley Park for age 8+.

Arabian films

October 26 - 29, 2017

Hollywood (9.2 miles NW)

The Arab Film Festival screens films about the beauty, complexity, and diversity of the Arab world, plus its people, culture, art, history, and politics at Harmony Gold on Sunset Boulevard. (Oct. 26 is in Pasadena.)

Knott’s Scary Farm

October 26 - 31, 2017

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+.

Discount tickets $32 to $45.

Halloween party

October 27, 2017 (8 p.m.)

Downtown (0.8 miles SE)

Costumes are mandatory at gay-friendly Halloweenie, which promises “a night of costumed revelry, libations, and spooky dance music” at the Belasco Theater for age 21+.

Halloween ball

October 27, 2017 (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.

Oktoberfest

October 27 - 28, 2017

Torrance (14.9 miles south)

Billed as the oldest in Southern California, Oktoberfest is a high-energy celebration of German beer, food, and music, with a band from Germany and lots of contests at Alpine Village for age 21+ (all ages some Sundays).

Popular culture convention

October 27 - 29, 2017

Downtown (0.2 miles south)

Los Angeles 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.

Indoor crafts market

October 27 - 29, 2017

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.

Oktoberfest

October 27 - 29, 2017

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., Sun.

Creative horror show

October 27 - 31, 2017

NoHo Arts District (12.4 miles NW)

Urban Death has you walk through a twisted maze with eerie scenes to reach your seat, where you watch short performances by creepy actors and alien creatures at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre.

Homemade haunted yard

October 27 - 31, 2017

Burbank (15.2 miles north)

Expect a line at The Backwoods Maze [page requires signing into Facebook], a super scary maze with props and detailed monsters in a private home at 1912 N. Pepper Street in Burbank. Dates in 2017: Oct. 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, 31. Free.

Halloween at Magic Mountain

October 27 - 31, 2017

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. Dates in 2017: Sept. 16-17, 23-24, 29-30; Oct. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-31.

Haunted house

October 27 - 31, 2017

Thousand Oaks (43.5 miles NW)

Reign of Terror Haunted House [sound] promises “100 bone-chilling rooms and 8 terrifying attractions” with lots of props and gore at Janss Marketplace. Open Sept. 30, Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-22, 27-31.

Mermaid musical

October 27 - Nov. 5, 2017

North Hollywood (13.6 miles NW)

Based on the book by Hans Christian Anderson and the movie by Disney, The Little Mermaid is a live show about King Triton’s daughter Ariel, who longs to be human, at the Cupcake Theater.

Discount tickets $19 to $50.

Halloween scavenger hunt

October 28, 2017 (11 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.

Discount tickets $25.

Day of the Dead at the cemetery

October 28, 2017 (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 28, 2017

Hollywood (7.7 miles NW)

You’re welcome to mingle in two rooms that represent heaven and hell at Angels & Demons. Heaven features beautiful models as angels, and hell boasts adult film stars as devils, with DJ dance music at W Hollywood.

Halloween party

October 28, 2017 (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.

Halloween party

October 28, 2017 (9 p.m.)

NoHo Arts District (13.6 miles NW)

North Hollywood Monster Bash has DJ dance music, two bars, costume prizes, and entertainment onstage every 30 minutes at the Federal Bar for age 21+.

Halloween parade

October 28, 2017 (6 p.m.)

Anaheim (27.3 miles SE)

Led by a headless horseman, the Anaheim Halloween Parade features pumpkins, moons, witches, cats, astronauts, and odd creatures going down Broadway from I-5 to West Center Street Promenade. Free.

Arts & crafts fair

October 28, 2017

Claremont (34.4 miles east)

Visit 500 juried arts & crafts booths selling pottery, photography, jewelry, clothing, and garden items at Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire [website has sound], plus food vendors filling the closed streets in Claremont Village. Free.

Foodie event

October 28 - 29, 2017

Los Angeles locations

Promising “amazing chefs, restaurants, and cultural figures,” Taste Talks Los Angeles has a $99 dinner on Saturday with drinks for age 21+. On Sunday is a conference, afternoon cookout, and evening party.

Discount Sunday cookout $25.

Family Halloween

October 28 - 29, 2017

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, carnival games, and food vendors at Burton Chace Park. Parents must sign waivers for their children. Free except parking.

Halloween at the zoo

October 28 - 31, 2017

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. 28 & 29 at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Homemade haunt

October 28 - 31, 2017 (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. Dates in 2017: October 21, 22, 28, 29, 31. Donation.

Homemade haunted maze

October 28 & 31, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)

Torrance (21.3 miles SW)

The Haunted Shack is a haunted house with special effects in the driveway at 5112 Maricopa Street in Torrance for age 6+. Free.

Half marathon

October 29, 2017

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 29, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)

Santa Monica (14.5 miles west)

Howl-o-ween is a pet costume contest and pet parade with pet-friendly exhibitors in the dog park at 182 Pacific Street in Santa Monica. Free.

Day of the Dead downtown

October 29 - Nov. 5, 2017 (also Oct. 28 7 p.m.)

Downtown (1.6 miles NE)

Día De Los Muertos fills the open spaces of Grand Park with fantastic altars and art exhibitions to honor the dearly departed. Explore on your own or take a 30-minute lunchtime tour led by artists. Free.

Halloween street party

October 31, 2017 (6 to 11 p.m.)

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 bars (no outdoor alcohol or backpacks). Free.
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