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The Best Events in Los Angeles This October 2019

All the best events in Los Angeles this October, 2019. Highlights include Haunted Wine Tours, DTLA Oyster Fest, P-22 Day in Griffith Park, rooftop screenings, the Joshua Tree Music Festival, Lana Del Rey at the Hollywood Bowl, the K&L Champagne Tent Event, an underground tour of Downtown LA, and so much more.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at the Old Zoo, Griffith Park – October 4 through November 2
Now in its 11th year! The classic LA hayride staple but wow how it’s grown! In addition to the hayride this year there’s also Midnight Falls (a haunted town that’s always stuck in 1985) and Midnight Mortuary (a haunted maze in a funeral home).

Fall Film Series at Union Station, Downtown – Friday, October 4 through Friday, November 15
Metro Art Los Angeles is pleased to present “Song of the Sea,” (2015, 93 min, Dir. Tomm Moore) as the first in an all-new film screening series featuring animated films at Union Station. This screening is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Special guest introduction by artist, animation director and filmmaker, Lyndon J Barrois.

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Spooky season has finally arrived! 💀🕸 We can’t wait to kick off our Malibu Lights: Haunted Nights Tour TONIGHT! Got tickets? Get ready for ghouls, frights, and plenty of boos… 👻🍷 Missed out on tix? Stay tuned for more information on our holiday light tour launching in November! #malibuwinesafari #malibulights #hauntednights #spookyseason

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‘Haunted Nights’ at Malibu Wine Safaris – starts October 4 through November 3
The Halloween edition of the Malibu Wine Safaris promises “otherworldly dimensions, haunted forests, psychedelic sci-fi tunnels and beyond,” attractions that sound equal parts haunting and picturesque. The tours run through Nov. 3 on select dates.

33rd Annual California Avocado Festival – October 4th and 5th
Take a drive up the coast to visit the 33rd Annual California Avocado Festival in Carpinteria. There will be an Avocado Expo, a food court with loads of creative ‘cado inspired dishes, a kids zone, an arts and crafts venue, plus some 75 music acts will play four stages over the course of the three-day festival. Entry is free.

Oddities Flea Market at the Globe Theater, Downtown – Saturday, October 5 & Sunday, October 6
Feast your eyes on medical history ephemera, anatomical curiosities, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy, obscure home decor, jewelry, one of a kind dark art, and more. This absolutely awe-inspiring market of the most incredible, unique oddities is taking up residence at the historic Globe Theater on October 5th & 6th. Inside, you’ll find three floors of unusual vendors from across the country, hand-picked by curator Ryan Matthew Cohn.

CicLAvia, Los Angeles – Sunday, October 6
CicLAvia catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free streets.

Amuse Bouche at Melody, Virgil Village – Tuesday, October 8
A food and comedy and, of course, wine pop-up party ! Featuring
bites from Tim Hollingsworth
sandwiches from e stretto
…and natural wines curated by Melody
Comedy from Patton Oswalt, Megan Gailey & Sabrina Jalees
Hosted by Karl Hess
Music from DJ R-Rated

Lana Del Rey at Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood – Thursday, October 10
Lana Del Rey has announced her highly anticipated return to the road with a run of shows across the U.S. this fall. Produced by Live Nation, the eight-city outing will kick off September 21st in New York and make stops in Seattle, Portland and more before wrapping October 11th in San Diego, CA. The highly anticipated trek will also include an October 10th date at the famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA.

Joshua Tree Music Festival, Joshua Tree – Thursday, October 10 through Sunday, October 13
A family-friendly global music experience in the magical Mojave, with continuous live music, yoga from sunrise to sunset, an action-packed Kidsville, magical visual arts, healthy food options, inspiring playshops, world market, Astronomy Theatre + so much more.

Lineup: North Mississippi All Stars * The California Honeydrops * Yak Attack * The HU * Russ Liquid Test * Earth Arrow * Elektric Voodoo * Balkan Bump (Live Band) * Zach Deputy * Cole Williams Band * Adam Freeland * Steve Poltz * Desert Rhythm Project * Orchestra Gold * The Amritakripa Band * Ocho Ojos * Myshkin Warbler * Megafauna * Water Seed * Gabriella Evaro * The Gold Souls * The Flusters * Davis * Diana Gameros * The Markus Meurer Didj Journey * Sone * Long/Division * Cactus Wine Experience * Songwriter Sessions

Culver City Art Walk and Roll Festival – October 12
A four-block stretch of Washington Blvd will close to traffic for a day-long event featuring distinguished artists, live music, eclectic food trucks, wine and beer gardens, tastings, fun kid’s activities, interactive art experiences, and more. Free and open to the public!

14th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar – October 12
The Los Angeles Archives Bazaar is an L.A. history buff’s dream. Local institutions and archives will have experts on hand to show off rare collections and answer questions, plus guests can enjoy a day-long program of presentations and workshops. The event is free, but USC campus parking rates apply.

CraftoberFest LA at The Rose Bowl – October 12
Craftoberfest takes over the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on October 12 bringing over 20 select SoCal breweries plus traditional German eats for a day inspired by the world’s largest “Volksfest” (beer festival) in Germany.

DTLA Oyster Fest – October 12 and 13
This two-day event at Grand Central Market (organized by Oyster Gourmet) brings oyster farmers and oyster lovers to celebrate all-things-oyster. For guests, it’s an opportunity to shuck their way through a variety of oyster source from farms all over the United States. Admission is free, with oysters available for purchase.

Fall Festival at The Original Farmers Market – October 12 and 13
The Original Farmers Market’s annual Fall Festival offers plenty of family-friendly fun, including a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, arts and crafts, pie-eating contests, and plenty of live music.

P-22 Day Festival at Shane’s Point, Griffith Park – Saturday, October 19
October 22 is now forever known as P-22 Day, by official declaration of the City of LA. That’s right, Los Angeles recognizes the importance of its resident cougars. But for the fourth annual festival the official day didn’t fall on a weekend. So mark your calendars and come celebrate P-22’s special day in Griffith Park on Saturday, October 19. It’s FREE and open to the public. You can pose with P-22 (well, his likeness) in a photo booth, try out a virtual reality experience of a wildlife crossing, meet Ranger Rick, learn from experts on how to coexist with wildlife, view an urban wildlife garden installation, listen to live music, enjoy delicious food, and discover many more exhibits and activities. Don’t miss it!


Carved: Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns
10/23–27, 6:30–10:30pm, Descanso Gardens
For five nights only, a thousand professionally carved pumpkins – some as large as 100 pounds and all of them real – will line a 1-mile walk through the Descanso Gardens. Pumpkin artistry on display!


God of the Outsiders: Satan in Literature, Culture, and Entertainment
10/24, 7:30pm – 10pm, Philosophical Research Society
Mitch Horowitz (“solid gold” – David Lynch) explores the interplay between our primeval understandings of the Dark Side and how Satan is reflected back to us in myth, parable, legend, culture, horror, music, and fashion. Tracing the earliest origins of humanity’s conception of an opposing force in the Eastern and Western worlds, Mitch explores some of history’s most bracing and provocative interpretations of the Satanic—from the work of Milton and the Romantic poets (William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; Lord Byron’s Cain) to more recent fiction and nonfiction literary efforts (Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s The Club Dumas; Anton LaVey’s The Satanic Bible; Michael Aquino’s The Diabolicon), and examines how even some of our most recognized supernatural films (Devil’s Advocate; Rosemary’s Baby; The Ninth Gate) enunciate Satanic themes with penetrating classical validity. You will come away with an entirely new conception of a “familiar devil.”

Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch + Corn Maze
M-F 4pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9pm, Redlands, CA
Corn Maze, pig racing, pumpkins shot out of cannons, goats, a pumpkin patch, corn dogs, and so much more. Only about one hour outside of LA. Share the excitement and anticipation as you or your child carefully selects just the right pumpkin, grown on Live Oak Canyon’s family farm, for you to take home and carve together. It’s a great time for the whole family!

The Montalbán Rooftop Screenings
Doors open at 6pm, movie at 8pm, The Montalbán
An antidote to Cinespia’s loud party atmosphere and for those who want a fun experience but also want to actually watch the movie. They have noise cancelling headphones and a great lineup of screenings for the entire month (American Psycho, Interview with the Vampire, Let the Right One In, Carrie, Hocus Pocus…).

Natural History of HorrorOpens 10/10, 9:30am to 5pm daily, Natural History Museum
Explore the scientific inspiration for classic monsters from Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Get a glimpse of rare movie props, film footage, hands-on activities, and museum specimens.


New Beverly Cinema – All October
Horror all month long! Eyes Without a Face, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Scream, Kwaidan, and an all-night horror marathon with rarely screened titles TBA are just a few of the offerings.

Through A Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs
Opens 10/17, Tues–Fri 12–5pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm, Skirball Cultural Center
This exhibition explores the early and influential photojournalism work from Kubrick’s formative years working for Look magazine.

K&L Annual Champagne Tent Event
Saturday, October 19
Fall has arrived and it’s time for the annual Champagne Event on Vine Street from 4:00 to 7:00pm. A group of artisanal growers/producers will be flying in from France to present their wines exclusively to K&L guests. Producers include Aspasie, Baron Fuente, Fallet Dart, Le Brun de Neuville and Louise Brison. 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. We will also have many of the big-name producers on hand to present their selections. From the big houses we will have representatives from Louis Roederer, Billecart-Salmon, Laurent Perrier, Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Pol Roger, and more. For $95 per person plus tax you will be able to sample more than 60 Champagnes plus enjoy small bites from Barbix. This event will benefit our good friends at the Hollywood Police Activities League (PAL), a community-based crime prevention program that provides young people with positive alternatives to gangs and drugs. Once you purchase, your name will be added to a guest list at the door.

“Underground LA” Paranormal Vice Tour – Saturdays 3-5:30pm, meet at Cole’s, DTLA
Explore the city’s “underground” past ranging from famous Prohibition-era murders to the famous speakeasy haunts frequented by the Hollywood elite. This experience includes a few stops under the busy streets of Los Angeles to discover a century-old tunnel and speakeasies, alongside more modern interpretations of the city’s hidden watering holes. Learn about the ghosts of the Cecil Hotel, the last sighting of the “Black Dahlia” Elizabeth Short, and the Victorian center of vice that is now the city’s government center.

Grand Park Downtown Día de los Muertos, Downtown – Saturday, October 26 through Sunday, November 3
Día de los Muertos—Day of the Dead—is a celebration and remembrance of those who have passed away.The annual remembrance takes place on November 2, 2019. At Grand Park, the holiday is celebrated as an extended free festivity with a large scale nine-day art installation that begins with Noche de Ofrenda or Night of the Offerings (or Altars). Taken together, the altars, curated by Self Help Graphics, and art pieces organized by Lore Media and Arts, paint a picture of topics and people that are highly relevant to Los Angeles’ diverse communities. Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos is a community-oriented space inviting park-goers to contribute to the community altar, ideated by artist and educator Ofelia Esparza, a 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellow; both she and her family continue to be instrumental in preserving and conserving Día de los Muertos in Los Angeles.

True Crime Stories of Los Angeles/Ghost Tours at Heritage Square Museum – Saturday, October 26 – Sunday, October 27
Victorian love triangles, a speakeasy turned deadly, a murderous scandal and an historic riot: life in early Los Angeles was anything but quiet! Experience the backstory of some of Los Angeles’ most notorious crimes and witness how detectives of the past solved mysteries in an era before DNA testing and high-tech forensics. “True Crime Stories of Los Angeles” will present historic characters, crime reenactments and early investigators recreating conventional methods of the day to solve cases and bring perpetrators to justice.

The historical cases will include:

  • 1886: A Victorian love triangle between two sisters, Hattie and Minnie Woolsteen, and the Los Angeles dentist they both desire. The shocking murderous scandal was front page news for months.
  • 1903: The attempted murder of Agnes Mesmer by her husband, local philanthropist and Los Angeles booster Colonel Griffith J. Griffith.
  • 1920s: See how a festive Halloween Speakeasy party turned deadly.
  • 1938: The Harry Raymond Car Bombing is a story of the crooked vs. the crooked.
  • 1942: What were the factors surrounding the Sleepy Lagoon Murder in Commerce that sparked a historic Los Angeles riot?

Additionally, participants will discover how poisons and other typical methods of murder were employed in early Los Angeles crime history.

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