Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This pre-Halloween weekend in L.A. (October 27 – October 29) includes Dia de los Muertos celebrations, ‘Romance Resurrected at MOBR’, a Zombie Crawl, a Halloween block party, SoCal corgi beach day, and MUCH more.
Friday October 27th, 20171. ‘Romance Resurrected’ at the Museum of Broken Relationships is a fun, festive, and (just a little) frightful way to kick off your Halloween weekend in Los Angeles. Co-hosted by the fine folks at We Like L.A. (hey, that’s us!), the shindig will feature drinks, dancing, and plenty of ways to explore the terrifying mysteries of this thing called love.
2. Old Pasadena Day of the Dead Weekend starts this Friday. The event features three days of music, activities, and a self-guided Tour of Altars, featuring both traditional and contemporary Day of the Dead altars (Oct. 27-29)
3. Way back on October 27, 1917, Grand Central Market opened its doors to Angelenos. Still in operation and more vital than ever, the Market now celebrates 100 years in business on Friday with a daylong celebration. The 100th Birthday Bash will feature vendors serving items inspired by the food hall’s history. Hear live music inspired by different times in the Market’s history, along with a vintage photo booth, costume contest and more.
4. Visit Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills when it’s transformed into Scare-amount Ranch, a free family-friendly evening combining nature with film history. FREE
5. LA Critical Mass: America’s Largest Community Bike Ride – This year’s ride starts ride at Wilshire Blvd and Western Ave, Los Angeles, California at 6:30 p.m. Costumes encouraged!
6. The undisputed king of comics, Stan Lee is returning to L.A. for his 6th annual Comic Con at the L.A. Convention Center. Hosted on October 27-29, this annual event is a pop culture haven for comic, video game, fantasy and multi-media fans.
7. Kick off Día de los Muertos at FIGat7th in DTLA with free tequila tastings, music and face painting this Friday. FREE
8. The Redondo Beach Pier Association and King Harbor Association invite guests to a free Halloween 80s Dance Party hosted by Richard Blade. FREE
9. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Arts and Crafts movement during the 26th Annual Craftsman Weekend, taking place in Pasadena on October 26-29.
10. Eat|See|Hear returns with Front Porch Cinema, a free movie night below the stars every Friday on Santa Monica Pier from September 29 through October 27. The fall film series will also feature music, drinks, and bites before each screening. This week they’ll conclude with a screening of “Rogue Elements” presented by REI. FREE
11. After multiple sold-out performances in New York, Boston and Los Angeles, Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic will make its debut at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. Feathers of Fire is a dazzling show of shadow puppetry “live animation” of a 10th-century book of Persian poetry played out on a cinema-size screen. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
12. Head over to Torrance for one of the most well-known Oktoberfest celebrations in the L.A. area! Alpine Village Oktoberfest runs September 8 through October 28 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy traditional Bavarian food, beer, dancing, and more.
13. The Sivley family is back for their 46th year of hosting the award winning, Beware the Dark Realm a haunted house experience in the city of Santa Clarita. Haunt kicks off this Satruday and will run every Friday and Saturday thorough the month. FREE
14. Knott’s Scary Farm is back with their signature haunted attractions, mazes and thousands of monsters ready to scare the living day light out of you and your crew. Be sure to check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
15. California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles’ Garment District, will open its doors to the public for a big sample sale this Friday. Score fantastic bargains on current styles for women, men and kids. Keep in mind that most showrooms accept cash only, and that you’ll want to bring your own bags.
16. Get ready to shriek, because Urban Death: Tour of Terror is back at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood. This haunted theater attraction features a terrifying performance and a maze of inexplicable horrors, unfathomable monstrosities, and the disturbing spirits that walk among us. Happening every Friday and Saturday this month. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
17. Silent Classic Horror Festival will host a month long fright fest. This week the 1925 film Phantom of the Opera will be screened at Old Town Music Hall located in El Segundo. The festival takes place every Friday through Sunday.
18. Climb aboard the 17th Annual Ghost Train in Griffith Park on October 13-31 and ride on their iconic train into a spooky setting of animatronics, projections and pyrotechnic. The ride is family friendly with no blood, gore or actors jumping out to scare you like most Halloween experiences.
19. 260 Sample Sale LA returns with a Paul Smith sample sale at their Beverly Hills store October 25-29. Offering up to %75 off of women’s and men’s clothing, accessories and shoes.
20. The Queen Mary Ghost presents Ghost & Legends a new year-round experience perfect for thrill seekers and scare enthusiasts. Climb aboard the haunted RMS Queen Mary and test your fears inside the massive interactive and immersive haunted attraction.
21. Checkout The Nightmare Before Christmas with 4-D Effects at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood October 20-31. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. Happening all weekend long. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
Saturday October 28th, 201722. The First-Ever Growlers Six Music Festival happening on October 28-29 at the Port of Los Angeles will feature acts like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, The Growlers, The B-52s, Girl Talk and more.
23. L.A.’s Day of The Dead at Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the largest Dia de Los Muertos celebration in L.A. featuring four music stages, live entertainment, 100+ altars, traditional dancing and delicious Mexican cuisine.
24. KCRW’S Masquerade Ball is back from the dead and headed for The MacArthur! Lucent Dossier, Lucha Vavoom, and belly-dancing flappers Les Petites Bonbons are just a few of the high-profile acts performing at the ball.
25. This Saturday enjoy free admission to a dozen exhibits across Los Angeles County during PST: LA/LA West LA & Valley Free Day. FREE
26. The Ace’s annual Halloween party, the Beastly Ball, features DJ sets by special guests Thee Mike B, DJ Franc, and the Restless Nites DJs, with dark arts provided by Super Deluxe and special cocktails. Dweller-of-the-night attire encouraged.
27. Celebrate Halloween at Marina del Rey’s Burton Chace Park on October 28–29 during the Marina SPOOKTACULAR. Offering a family-friendly harvest celebration during the day and spine-tingling thrills at night, guests can enjoy haunted pirate ships, scavenger hunts, a hay maze, carnival games, a “Thriller” dance flash mob and much more. FREE
28. Honor the dead at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles during its Día de los Muertos ceremony on Saturday, followed by eight days of viewing Dia de los Muertos altars. Saturday will feature a traditional Noche de Ofrenda ceremony, art installations, L.A.-based poets and musicians as well as Aztecan, Oaxacan and Michoacán dancers. FREE
29. In honor of Halloween, visit the Huntington in San Marino for Drama After Dark: A Night of the Macabre with Poe & Gorey this Saturday. Watch an enactment of creepy works on the moonlit grounds of the Huntington like “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Gashlycrumb Tinies,” and more.
30. The 14th Annual Halloween and Mourning Tours at Heritage Square Museum returns for two days of all things mourning such as a tour of the Undertaker’s home, a seance, coffin making, a Victorian mummy unwrapping party to name a few.
31. Theatricum Botanicum will transform itself into a haunted Halloween extravaganza with various activities and entertainment. Highlights include ghost stories, game booths, themed food and libations, live music and performances by zombie thespians and improv groups.
32. TAO Group’s CARNAL CARNIVAL is a fully immersive Halloween extravaganza with circus characters, an exotic zoo, a neon fun house, DJ’s and Snoop Dogg. Guests will have access to several locations including The Highlight Room atop DREAM Hollywood and Avenue Los Angeles.
33. The 5th Annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl will bring hundreds of wannabe zombies to the heart of the west side for a night of terror, partying, dancing and drink specials from many city establishments. The night will end with a party at 1212 on the promenade.
34. Idle Hour in North Hollywood will host a Disney Villain Costume Party. Dressed as a Disney villain character!
35. Halloween weekend at Clifton’s Republic in Downtown Los Angeles welcome ghost, goblins and gauls to The Neverlands, an immersive haunted forest experience. Featuring live and dead entertainment, rare concoctions of alchemy and mayhem, including fiery cocktails and devilishly delicious food items by Executive Chef Andrew Pastore.
36. Long Beach Zombie Walk heads to Shoreline Village for zombie movies, beer gardens, live music, mazes, games, a Thriller flash mob and a massive zombie walk. FREE
37. Grab your pooch and head to Angel City Brewery in DTLA this Saturday for the brewery’s Howl-O-Ween event. The dog-friendly afternoon will feature a dog costume contest, adoptions, dog treats and much more.
38. Chicas Tacos and Boomtown Brewery are teaming up for a deadly 1920’s Hollywood soiree. The night will feature Cocktails from the Crypt, Bewitching Burlesque, DJs of the Damned, an immersive crime solving game and more.
39. The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride continues at The Old Zoo in Griffith Park through October 31. This years theme is “Clown” and features four different freaky zones, a slew of demonic clowns, a corn maze and more.
40. Hundreds of Corgis will gather this Saturday for SoCal Corgi Beach Day at Huntington Beach. All dogs are allowed to come to the fall beach day!
41. Wicked Lit is a spooky immersive theatre experience taking horror literature and turning them into plays at the Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery. It happens every Thursday through Sunday from September 28 through November 9. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
42. Multi-sensory, walk-through experience Creep LA returns to the Music Box in DTLA October 5 through November 12. Inspired by the Amazon Prime Exclusive Series Lore the experience is fully engaging, multi-sensory and super-scary, featuring some of pop culture’s most legendary horror myths. Happening Thursdays through Sundays.
43. The 36th Annual Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire comes to Claremont Village featuring local artists and craftsmen selling goods, live music, international foods and a children’s costume parade. FREE
44. Halloween Horror Nights taking place at Universal Studios Hollywood will immerse guests in a three-dimensional world of terror featuring a new slate of mazes, scare zones and a newly designed “Terror Tram” experience. Themes include American Horror Story, The Shining, SAW, Insidious and more.
45. Boo at the L.A. Zoo returns for a spooktacular season. Highlights include a “Nocturnal Adventure” maze, “Animals and Boo” creepy crawler encounters, pumpkin-carving demos and other family-oriented fun.
Sunday October 29th, 201746. LAVA (the Los Angeles Visionaries Association) will host a free tour of civic art in Los Angeles’ civic center. There will be an illustrated lecture focused on the rich architectural legacy of Downtown L.A.‘s civic center and a group walk to visit a number of historic and more recent civic artworks. FREE
47. The Eagle Rock Bark Halloween Block Party and Kittie and Doggie Rescue Adoption comes to Eagle Rock City Hall on Sunday for the cutest Halloween-themed event all for a furry cause. FREE
48. There’s an All-Star Cookout happening at Mack Sennet Studios in Silver Lake this Sunday. Expect chefs like Jonathan Yao of Kato, Erwin Tjahyadi of Bone Kettle and Avner Levi of Cento Pasta Bar to grill up some good eats right before your very eyes.
49. The Los Angeles Master Chorale will present a Dia de los Muertos inspired concert of mostly Latin American composers, themed around “death” and “celebration.” The concert will take place at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
50. Enjoy a bit of spooky family fun at Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch. The patch is open daily with an additional “Boo-tique” pop-up near by at Platform LA in Culver City.
51. Check out Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s renowned Historic Walking Tour this Sunday. The popular, fact-filled tour are led by film historian Karie Bible.
52. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will transform into a seaport of the damned for the Halloween season with terrifying mazes and monsters at every turn like the Iron Master and Graceful Gale. This year they’ll reveal their newest member of the crew, his name is Chef and he’s got a carnivorous kitchen staff with a big appetite. Happening Thursdays and through Sundays. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
53. Do you think your dog has the best Halloween costume? Enter your for legged friend in the 17th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade at Marina Vista Park in Long Beach! Expect over 500 pups during this popular annual parade through Belmont Shore.
54. There’s a Great Pumpkin Hunt happening at the South Coast Botanic Garden from October 1 through November 30 everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highlights include an imaginative scavenger hunt, light hiking, a pumpkin shop and access to the gorgeous 87-acre grounds. Great for families. Halloween costumes are welcome.
Article courtesy of We Like LA.