All the Best October Events in Los Angeles

October has arrived! It’s many people’s favorite month because of all the Fall and Halloween related activities and events. Below I’ve compiled some of the best October events in Los Angeles. Enjoy!


Free Film Noir at Union Station (Oct. 7) – FREE admission. Seating is first-come, first-served. The first in the Film Noir at Union Station series in collaboration with the Film Noir Foundation presents “UNION STATION” (1950, Paramount, 80 min. Dir. Rudolph Mate). This taut thriller features plenty of memorable set piece scenes filmed inside Los Angeles’ historic Union Station and other L.A. locations that double for the film’s Chicago setting. All films in the series feature scenes shot at Union Station.

Culver City Art Walk (Oct. 8) – Celebrate the beginning of the fall art season at the Culver City Arts District’s Art Walk 2016 on Saturday, October 8, 2 to 6 p.m. Art Walk will center on Washington Boulevard between Helms and Fairfax Avenue. Treat all your senses to an array of art, music, dance, food and interactive activities. Take our free self-guided tour of art galleries, retailers, restaurants and creative spaces. There will be activities for all ages to explore, experience and enjoy the Culver City Arts District. Throughout the day, music and dance performances will be at Art Walk venues.


David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption (Oct. 8 & 9) – “Life is a festival of disruption.” David Lynch is bringing this quote to life by inviting his favorite artists to participate in the first-ever Festival of Disruption at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Performances  include Robert Plant & The Sensational Shape Shifters, St. Vincent, Rhye, Jon Hopkins, The Music of Twin Peaks with Angelo Badalamenti, XIU XIU & Sky Ferreira, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. Talks include Frank Gehry, Kyle Maclachlan & Laura Dern, Mel Brooks, Debbie Harry & Chris Stein.

RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns at LA Convention Center (Oct. 13 – 16) – See thousands of hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns creatively arranged along a scenic walking path and set to a musical score designed to bring out the Halloween spirit in visitors of all ages.

6th annual Found LA: Festival of Neighborhoods (Oct. 15) –   The non-profit L.A. Commons will host its 6th annual Found LA: Festival of Neighborhoods. As previous years’ tours have been guided by themes—the L.A. River, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets program, and last year’s Maps of Los Angeles—this year’s tours focus on religion and spirituality in Los Angeles under the banner “The Soul of the City.” Found LA’s “The Soul of the City” participants in October will have the opportunity to explore the amazing diversity of religions and spirituality across Los Angeles and the cultural practices embedded within them.

Burbank Beer Festival (Oct. 15) – A massive beerfest is on tap this fall in Downtown Burbank! The Second Annual Burbank Beer Festival & Fall Street Fair returns to beautiful Downtown Burbank Saturday October 15th from Noon- 7pm with TWO sessions of Craft Beer to choose from! Session 1 Noon-3pm Or Session 2 4pm-7pm. Each session will feature over 85 Craft Beers on Tap, Live Music and Entertainment. The Fall Street Fair is FREE to the public and will line the streets of Downtown Burbank!


Japanese Garden Festival at Descanso Gardens (Oct. 15) – Descanso celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Japanese Garden with this family-friendly festival. New this year: Experience the ancient music and dance performed in the Imperial Court of Japan! Activities free to members except where noted. Click here to see Sunday’s schedule.

Fall Festival at The Original Farmers Market (Oct. 15 & 16) – Farmers Market at The Grove will celebrate the harvest with a family-friendly festival including the world famous All-Alaskan racing pigs, a petting zoo, kid-sized pedal-powered tractor pull competitions, old-time artisans, pie-eating contests, and lots and lots of live music. You will also find the Market and its merchants fully decorated! Be on the lookout for out Fall Festival photo cut-outs throughout the Market. 

Sherman Oaks Street Fair (Oct. 16) – The 26th Annual Sherman Oaks Chamber Street Fair is the largest event in the San Fernando Valley.  Admission is free with 100,000 people expected this year. Billed as a celebration of Southern California heritage and culture, the fair features over 200 vendors displays, and exhibits, food trucks, and an outdoor craft beer & cocktail garden in front of the main stage presented by Local Peasant. Major attractions include a Classic Car and Hot Rod Show, a Carnival & Fun Zone, a Community Performing Arts Stage with talent from over 15 local schools presented by Wells Fargo, and a Pet Zone presented by IMT Residential. The main concert stage will feature The Empty Hearts with members of Blondie, The Cars, The Romantics, and The Chesterfield Kings. Pleasant Valley Sunday will celebrate the Monkees’ 50th Anniversary, and Paperback Writer will recreate a Beatles concert from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road. Guitar legend John Blair and The Trespassers will perform old school ‘60s surf instrumentals.


Champagne Tent Event, K&L Hollywood (Oct. 22) – The annual fall Champagne Event returns to Hollywood  as artisanal grower/producers will be flying in from France to present their wines exclusively to K&L guests. Producers include Aspasie, Franck Bonville, Coutelas, Le Brun de Neuville, Louise Brison, Jean Josselin, Arthur Marc, Ergot and Charles Ellner. This is a rare opportunity to engage with the people that grow the grapes and make the wine and to learn more about their approach to Champagne. For $85 per person plus tax you will be able to sample more than 60 champagnes plus enjoy small bites from Republique.

CrabFest in Little Tokyo (Oct. 22) – Enjoy ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT snow crab legs and side dishes prepared by Starry Kitchen (one of Jonathan Gold’s/LA Times 101 best LA restaurants)! This fall fundraiser for JACCC is sure to be a special evening of delicious food, beverages, crab, and great company.

Pasadena ARTtWalk (Oct. 22) – Pasadena ARTWalk is Pasadena’s largest urban art fair with over 5,000 people attending yearly. The event highlights some of the best Southern Californian visual artists showcasing their work in painting, sculpture, watercolor, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, and printmaking. ARTWalk is free and all ages are welcome.


Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Oct. 29) – The Ceremonial Altar Set-Up will occur Friday, October 28th, 2016 – 3pm onward. Dia de Los Muertos attire strongly encouraged – Come dressed in your finest Calaca apparel. Spend an eventful day relaxing and watching the evening stars appear as the cemetery comes to life with joyful celebration. Enjoy fine Mexican cuisine and a wide spectrum of Day of the Dead arts and crafts available for purchase.

Grand Ave: All Access (Oct. 29) – Grand Ave, Los Angeles’s home for world-class arts and culture brings back Grand Ave Arts: All Access, an inside look at rehearsals, architecture tours, museum exhibitions, performances, workshops, food and drink and kids’ film screenings for all to enjoy. Grab the whole crew to take a peek behind-the-scenes for the ultimate Los Angeles field trip.

Happy October!

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