The Best October Events in Los Angeles

Summer may be over in Los Angeles, but like the weather here, our town offers bright spots throughout the year including special events, street festivals, food and wine tastings, movie nights, and concerts. Here you will find all the best October events and things to do including Los Angeles Music Video Festival, a Hocus Pocus screening at Malibu Wines, Eastside Food Festival at Mack Sennett Studios, Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and many more!.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at the Old Zoo
Through Oct 31
Are you afraid of clowns? This year Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is taking you on a terror trip to Clown hell! Navigate your way through scare zones and pitch-black mazes filled with “demons and maniacs” at every corner.

Boo at the LA Zoo
Every Day in October
Celebrate the Halloween season at Boo at the LA Zoo, happening every day in October, with creepy but sweet family Halloween fun.

7th Annual Los Angeles Music Video Festival
Oct. 1-7
7th Annual Los Angeles Music Video Festival takes place from October 1 to 7 at the Downtown Independent, 72andSunny and the Ace Hotel.

Werk It: A Women’s Podcast Festival at The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Tuesday, October 3
Werk It is a podcast festival produced for women, by women. Join for three days of workshops, demonstrations, networking, mentoring sessions and NSFW conversations about working in audio and digital media. Werk It is for women in all stages of their careers currently working in or hoping to break into audio and digital media.

Malibu Movie Night Under the Stars at Malibu Wines
Friday, October 6
4 movie screens and plenty of room for everyone!!  Food will be available for purchase by The Taco Chef! Movie will start around 7:30pm There is no entrance fee, we just ask that each party purchase a bottle of wine. Tastings conclude at 6:30pm and then bottle sales only. As always, Malibu Wines is 21 and over only. Table reservations are not required, but if you would like preferred and guaranteed seating, please make a table reservation.

L.A. Greek Festival
Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 8
The LA Greek Fest is the largest and most iconic Greek food and wine festival in Los Angeles, California bringing over 15,000 attendees together for a three day weekend of Greek food, wine, traditional Greek dancing and one-of-a-kind cultural experiences. Located at Pico and Normandie on the same grounds of one of LA’s most beautiful and well-known Greek Orthodox Cathedrals – Saint Sophia Cathedral, the festival brings together the community of the Byzantine-Latino Quarter, people from all over downtown Los Angeles and Southern California.

Front Porch Cinema at the Santa Monica Pier
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Unwind on the front porch of California after a long week. We’ve got FILMS, FOOD, DRINKS & FUN each Friday night this Fall. Oh, and the movies are really good too, and free! There are even old-timey lawn chairs for rent that melt away the stress of the week while you relax and enjoy the ocean breeze.

3rd Annual Paella Wine and Beer Festival at Pershing Square
Saturday, October 7
The 3rd Annual Paella, Wine & Beer Festival is a celebration of Paella – a dish that comes to us from Spain, with origins dating back to the eighteenth century. It is a saffron-infused rice dish that marries bold flavors and delightful textures. Combined with a variety of meats, shellfish and vegetables, paella was originally a peasant’s meal cooked over an open fire in the fields and eaten directly from the pan using wooden spoons. The dish takes its name from the wide shallow pan that it is cooked in, traditionally called the paella or paellera. The recipe commonly known as paella can more accurately be referred to as Arroz a la Paella (rice done in paella-style). Today, paella recipes have become somewhat of an art form – ranging from decadent meats and seafoods to vegan and vegetarian.

Skirball Harvest Festival
Sunday, October 8
Embrace the fall harvest season and celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot at this daylong festival—curated and produced in partnership with Artisanal LA, a showcase of handmade edibles and home goods. With family and friends, explore the Skirball campus transformed into a socially conscious, bustling market, offering abundant produce, an assortment of locally sourced fare, home goods, craft beer, and more. Program partners include Food ForwardHomeboy Industries, and Imperfect Produce. Dance and sing along to performances by CunyáS.H.I.N.E. MawusiMostly Kosher with dance leaders Bruce Bierman and Gilberto Melendez, and the Dustbowl Revival. Then participate in a community art project with artist Becca Lofchie. Visitors of all ages will create and collage a one-of-a-kind, mix-matched garden.

CicLAvia: Heart of L.A
Sunday, October 8
Pedal your way through DTLA, Chinatown, Westlake, Little Tokyo, the Arts District and Boyle Heights during the bike-friendly fest.

LA Korean Festival
Thursday, October 12 – Sunday, October 15
The 44th annual L.A. Korean Festival with provide a 4-day showcase of Korean culture through food, performances, music, and exhibitions.

The 12th Annual Pasadena ARTWalk
Saturday, October 14
The 12th Annual Pasadena ArtWalk celebrates the Playhouse District with a FREE juried art show and sale from a wide variety of local artists while also offering patrons the opportunity to experience all of the amazing art the District has to offer.  Set in the cultural heart of Pasadena with art, music, and activities, Green Street will provide the perfect shaded canopy for this unique, all-ages art event.

Depeche Mode at Hollywood Bowl
Oct 12, 14, 16, 18
Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher draw on their immense back catalogue of classics and plug their new album, Spirit, over four nights at the Bowl.

RuPaul’s Drag Race at Globe Theatre
Friday, October 13
Your favorite queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race are here to “WERQ your world” in the Official World Tour presented by Voss Events in collaboration with World of Wonder and VH1! Hosted by Michelle Visage with sickening performances and group productions including Alyssa Edwards, Detox, Kim Chi, Latrice Royale, Peppermint, Shangela, Valentina and Violet Chachki.

Off the Hook Santa Monica Seafood Festival
Saturday, October 14
Celebrate the sea and indulge your cravings for shrimp, fish, lobster, oysters and more at this oceanfront seafood-centric festival.

Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Festival
Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22
The goal of the LA Diversity in Comedy Festival is to offer a platform for celebrating the unique points of view that come from diverse talent in LA and beyond. This festival will offer performers of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to explore issues of diversity across race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity through performances, panels, and workshops. Hosted by The Second City in Hollywood.

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors at The Broad
Saturday, October 21 through January 1
Step inside artist Yayoi Kusama’s vibrant, kaleidoscopic world, featuring six infinity rooms and large-scale installations and artwork from 1950 to the present.

EastSide Food Festival
Sunday, October 22
EastSide Food Festival is a gathering of the best of the best and rising stars from LA’s gastronomic scene. The festival features over 35 food and beverage vendors including restaurants, celebrity chefs, locally owned brands and more. With a focus on the evolving and diverse scenes of LA’s EastSide neighborhoods, the festival highlights all aspects of culture in our communities. As in years previous, this year will include discussion panels and food demos with appearances by musicians, artists, chefs, and more – all who share one universal thing – the love of food, and a passion for talking about it.


L.A.’s Day of The Dead at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Saturday, Octobe 28
The 4-stage festival will honor artist Jose Guadalupe Posada & feature live entertainment, over 100 altars, traditional dancing & Mexican cuisine.

KCRW’S Masquerade Ball at The MacArthur
Saturday, October 28
LA’s favorite Halloween dance party is back! KCRW’s Masquerade Ball returns to the stunning and iconic MacArthur in DTLA. Dubbed “one of the biggest and best bashes in town,” by the LA Weekly, KCRW’s Masquerade Ball is a feast for the senses, a glamorous and gritty mash-up of eccentricity, spanning multiple ballrooms, and featuring DJs, bands, special musical guests, performance artists, belly-dancing flappers, high-flying luchadores, and much more! Masquerade sells out every year, so get your tickets now!

West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval
Tuesday, October 31
Each year, the City of West Hollywood hosts its incomparable Halloween Carnaval — one of the most unique Halloween gatherings in the world. With an estimated attendance of several hundred thousand people, the Halloween Carnaval is the world’s largest Halloween festivity. Akin to Times Square in New York City on New Year’s Eve, it is one of Southern California’s largest events of any kind.

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