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

Los Angeles
Best events for 12 months

Los Angeles events October 2019

Halloween movie

October 1 - 5, 2019
Hollywood (9.1 miles NW)
Watch three outlandish witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) on the big screen in Hocus Pocus at El Capitan Theatre.

Ticket deal $10

Small film festival

October 1 - 6, 2019
Hollywood (9.2 miles NW)
It’s not big and glitzy, but Hollywood Film Festival has a big heart because it screens films by “change-makers, social innovators, and cultural educators...as a storytelling force for good” at TCL Chinese Theater.

Horror film festival

October 1 - 9, 2019
(begins Sept. 26)
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 $125 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.

Ticket deal $125

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.

Knott’s Scary Farm

October 3 - Nov. 2, 2019
(begins Sept. 19)
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+.

Haunted ship

October 3 - Nov. 2, 2019
(begins Sept. 26)
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.

Halloween at Universal Studios

October 3 - Nov. 3, 2019
(begins Sept. 12)
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.

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.


October 4 - 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+.


October 4 - 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 Family Days.


October 4 - 27, 2019
(begins Sept. 20)
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.

Creative horror show

October 4 - 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+.

Haunted house

October 4 - Nov. 2, 2019
(begins Sept. 28)
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.

Halloween at Six Flags

October 4 - Nov. 3, 2019
(begins Sept. 14)
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.

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.

Halloween at the zoo

October 5 - 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 some days at Los Angeles Zoo.

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.

Italian festival

October 6, 2019
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.

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.

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.

Pumpkins on display

October 10 - 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, pumpkin artists, and movie screenings at the Fairplex. Closed on Halloween Oct. 31.

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.


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

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” in historic Pico House to support the Italian American Museum.

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.

Fall Festival

October 12 - 13, 2019
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.

International festival

October 12 - 13, 2019
Irvine (53 miles SE)
Global Village Festival has 100 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.

Romantic musical

October 12 - 20, 2019
Downtown (1.7 miles NE)
The Light in the Piazza is a breezy musical about a woman and daughter who travel to Italy and the Italian who falls for the daughter, at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Ticket deal $42 to $134

Food & wine tasting

October 13, 2019
(2 to 6 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.

Ticket deal $32 to $56

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.

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.

Women’s Expo

October 19 - 20, 2019
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.

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.

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.).

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.

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.

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.

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+.

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.

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+.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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+.

Ticket deal $18

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.

Day of the Dead exhibits

October 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.

Food festival

October 2019
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+.

Creepy tour at Paramount

October 2019
Hollywood (6.5 miles NW)
The $99 Paramount Pictures After Dark Tour 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.

Ghoulish movie + live score

October 2019
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.

Music festival

October 2019
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.

Zombie bar crawl

October 2019
Santa Monica (14.3 miles west)
Dress like a zombie if you don’t want to get chased on the Santa Monica Zombie Crawl, which includes food and drink specials at eight bars and restaurants, beginning at Rusty’s Surf Ranch for age 21+.

Hot sauce festival

October 2019
Anaheim (31 miles SE)
A ticket to California Hot Sauce Expo gets you fiery samples from hot sauce vendors and a view of the eating competitions at City National Grove of Anaheim.

Homemade haunted maze

October 2019
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.

Haunted walk

October 2019
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.

Homemade haunted yard

October 2019
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. Expect a line. Free.

Disturbing haunted house

October 2019
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.

Haunted Trails

October 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+.

Halloween drag party

October 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+.

Willy Wonka costume ball

October 2019
Downtown (1.1 miles NE)
Los Angeles Theatre is decorated like a chocolate factory for Willy Wonka + Costume Ball, which offers live music, a DJ dance party, trick and treats, bars on every level, a costume contest, and a screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) at 9 p.m. Costume required, age 21+.

Charity ball

October 2019
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 2019
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.

Halloween movies on the roof

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

Halloween party

October 2019
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.

Knott’s Spooky Farm

October 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.

Printing advice

Print using the Chrome browser. In print settings, turn on “background graphics.”

© events12.com