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What's On In Los Angeles In October

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Updated: 7 October 2016
With Halloween around the corner, events this month take on a creepy candor. With several classic and campy horror screenings in addition to musical tributes, concerts, outdoor festivals and LA’s annual Día de los Muertos celebration, October in the city bids a jam-packed welcome to Fall.


The Addams Family | © Paramount Pictures, Dolly Parton | Flickr/ Linda Stanley

FILM | Snap your fingers at The Addams Family Anniversary

📅 Saturday, October 1st, 5:30pm

Kicking off October on the right foot, Street Food Cinema brings The Addams Family to the Eastside, commemorating the kitschy classic’s 25th anniversary. As always, SFC will feature live music before the screening and hosts several food trucks to coax your cravings. Kick back with a snack under the cool night sky.

Tickets: $13

📍 Eagle Rock Recreation Center

MUSIC | Sing hello to Dolly Parton at the Bowl

📅 Sunday, October 2nd, 7:30pm

The country queen plays two nights in Los Angeles this month at the famous Hollywood Bowl. Belt along to her greatest glittery hits and pack a picnic to enjoy under the stars. Whether you’re up close or in the nosebleeds, any seat is a good seat at the Bowl.

Tickets: $35-$275

📍 Hollywood Bowl


James Earl Jones and Diahann Carol © 20th Century Fox, Deep House Yoga | Courtesy of Deep House Yoga, The New Beverly © Wikimedia/pop culture geek, mole © Wikimedia/ Jessica Spengler
James Earl Jones and Diahann Carol © 20th Century Fox, Deep House Yoga | Courtesy of Deep House Yoga, The New Beverly © Wikimedia/pop culture geek, mole © Wikimedia/ Jessica Spengler

FILM | Disrupt dominant narratives with Everyday Resistance to Power series

📅 Monday, October 3rd, 8:30pm

Curators Sherry Millner and Ernest Larsen present a series of short-form non-fiction films that document the struggles for freedom around the world. The curators will host the evening, screening works from their deep dive into histories of resistance, featuring films from Israel, Portugal, Mexico, France, Egypt and more.

Tickets: $11

📍 REDCAT Theater

FILM | Travel back in time to Harlem in the 1970s with Ava DuVernay

📅 Wednesday, October 5th, 8pm

As part of the ARRAY @ The Broad film series, REDCAT screens the 1974 film Claudine, starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones as an unlikely couple in Harlem, New York. Using the film as a spring board, a panel featuring Ava DuVernay and special guests will examine the welfare system, family structure, and racial tensions percolating in the U.S.

Tickets: $20

📍 REDCAT Theater

MUSIC | Stretch to the beat with Deep House Yoga LA

📅 Thursday, October 6th, 7pm

Get into the groove of an all-levels yoga session backed by a live DJ set. The weekly Bay Area event Deep House Yoga presents its first night in Los Angeles, hosted by DTLA’s Undercurrent Collective. Stick around for a healthy juice happy hour and a live trunk show by sustainable fashion designer Gigi Moll.

Tickets: $20

📍 417 E 15th St, Los Angeles, CA, USA

FILM | Experience marathon madness at The New Bev’s All-Night Horror Show

📅 Saturday, October 8th, 7:30pm

Get in on the New Beverly’s annual tradition, a 12-hour horror movie marathon, featuring six surprise back-to-back screenings of esoteric ghouls, goblins, gore and more. This all-nighter is not for the faint of heart. Will you make it ‘til daylight? Tickets must be purchased in advance online.

Tickets: $25

📍 New Beverly Cinema

FOOD | You be the judge at La Feria de los Moles

📅 Sunday, October 9th, 10am-6pm

The largest Mexican food festival in Los Angeles is coming to Olvera Street, and it’s bringing the big guns to the flavor competition. Sample many varieties of the classic dish, from Mole Poblano, Mole Negro Oaxaqueño, Mole de Caderas, Pepian Rojo, Pepian Verde, Vegan Mole and more, while watching chef demonstrations, cultural performances and live music. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty, and wear your eatin’ pants.

📍 Olvera Street


Jack o' lantern © Deviantart/erica17spazy, Carrie © Red Bank Films, Ciclavia © Wikimedia/Downtowngal
Jack o’ lantern | © Deviantart/erica17spazy, Carrie | Red Bank Films, Ciclavia | Wikimedia/Downtowngal

ART | See 5,000 art jack o’ lanterns at RISE at the Convention Center

📅 Thursday, October 13th – Sunday, October 16th

Take a curated walk through an illuminated maze of artistically crafted jack o’ lanterns to welcome the glow of Halloween season. RISE of the Jack O’ Lanterns invites hundreds of carvers to descend upon the Convention Center to present 5,000 fresh pieces of pumpkin art for viewers’ enjoyment.

Tickets: $26

📍 Los Angeles Convention Center

FILM | Get scary with Carrie and the prom you never had

📅 Friday, October 14th, 8pm

Marking the 40th anniversary of Carrie Brian De Palma‘s genre-defining Halloween classic — The weSpark, Ace Hotel and Scream Factory is hosting a spooky screening party. Join the cast and crew for a senior prom party circa 1976, complete with a costume contest, photo booth, “Bloody Carrie” cocktails and a live DJ into the evening. All proceeds go to weSpark cancer support programs.

Tickets: $25-$175

📍 The Ace Hotel

ART | Travel through the history of Halloween at Lethal Amounts

📅 Saturday, October 15th, 8pm

Underground rock n’ roll art gallery Lethal Amounts presents ‘The Art of the Halloween Mask,” featuring the best of contemporary special effects and mask production along with a collection of vintage Halloween masks dating back to the 1960s. Costume inspiration will abound as you walk through Halloween history.

📍 Lethal Amounts

FESTIVAL | Take back the streets with CicLAvia in the heart of LA

📅 Sunday, October 16th, 9am-4pm

CicLAvia is bringing a festival on wheels to the Heart of Los Angeles. Cycle, skate, walk or run through the route in Boyle Heights, Chinatown, Westlake and Downtown Los Angeles, which will be closed to cars for the duration of the event. CicLAvia temporarily reclaims public space and allows Angelenos to rub elbows with our communities in a way we seldom have opportunity to. Download the route map to determine your starting point.

📍 Various locations


Shirley Manson © Wikimedia/Zach Klein, © Wikimedia/Olivia Jones, Harry Dean Stanton © Argos Films
Shirley Manson | © Wikimedia/Zach Klein, | Wikimedia/Olivia Jones, Harry Dean Stanton | Argos Films

ART | Re-investigate the Wikileaks scandal with The Source at REDCAT

📅 Wednesday, October 19th, 8pm

Chelsea Manning has been portrayed in many ways by the media: adrift adolescent, emboldened whistleblower, and traitor to her country. The Source is a multimedia musical theater work; composer Ted Hearne and director Daniel Fish use video installation and choir compositions to re-investigate the media spectacle that surrounded Manning, who infamously leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks.

Tickets: $69

📍 REDCAT Theater

TALK | Dissect the nuance of the political spectrum with Left, Right & Center

📅 Thursday, October 20th, 7:45pm

KCRW’s popular political talk show Left, Right & Center is coming to you live for one night only with a special election edition. Host Josh Barro will bring amuseument to the table as always, but the panelists are sure to get into the nitty gritty of this particularly bizarre election season.

Tickets: $30-$45

📍 The Ace Hotel

MUSIC | Get trashy with Garbage at Hollywood Forever

📅 Friday, October 21st, 6pm

The grunge rockers Garbage are taking over the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for a one-night event on the Fairbanks Lawn, touring their Strange Little Birds LP, which Pitchfork calls the group’s darkest, most intimate work and the group’s best release of the last 15 years. Boogie to the low-fi synth rhythms, sing along to the classics and and conjure the spirit of the 1990s.

Tickets: $47.50

📍 Hollywood Forever Cemetery

PAGEANT | All hail the queens at TransNation Queen USA

📅 Saturday, October 22nd, 8pm

Putting a queer spin on the grand pageant tradition, TransNation Queen USA 2016 celebrates all things transgender, showing off the best and the brightest in trans culture, beauty, while engaging the audience on broader transgender issues. Queen USA will feature national contestants, notable musical talent, and will award three contemporary trans pioneers and advocates.

Tickets: $25-$125

📍 The Ace Hotel

SHOW | Revere the film legacy of Harry Dean Stanton at the Ace Hotel

📅 Sunday, October 23rd, 8pm

The Vidiots Foundation is hosting a night of revelry and reverence in honor of iconic actor Harry Dean Stanton. The actor, who turned 90 this year, was in over 200 films in his 50-year career, including many classics like Cool Hand Luke, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Pretty in Pink, The Godfather Part II and many more. The evening is hosted by Stanton’s lontime friend Ed Begly Jr. and will feature performances and tributes from Kris Kristofferson, Karen O, Father John Misty and more. All proceeds go towards the programming initiatives of the Vidiots Foundation.

Tickets: $30 and up

📍 The Ace Hotel


Smell of a Female © The Cramps, Nosferatu © Jofa-Atelier Berlin-Johannisthal, Sugar skulls ©Flickr/Glen Van Etten
Smell of a Female | © The Cramps, Nosferatu | Jofa-Atelier Berlin-Johannisthal, Sugar skulls |Flickr/Glen Van Etten

MUSIC | Shake out the creeps at The Cramps Tribute Night at Monty Bar

📅 Friday, October 28th, 8pm

Lethal Amounts presents the best macabre party in town, just in time for All Hallows Eve. Spot-on tribute band Teenage Werewolves will bust out the campiest, creepiest psychobilly classics in reverence of the band that ‘kept rock n’ roll dangerous,’ The Cramps. A donation to the Cramps’ favorite charity, Best Friends Animal Society, will be made from proceeds of the evening.

Tickets: $10 at the door

📍 Monty Bar

MUSIC | Reimagine the classic ghoul Nosferatu with the LA Opera

📅 Saturday, October 29th, 8pm

F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent classic, Nosferatu: A Sympohy of Horror, is wrought with shadowy, high contrast aesthetics, and its starring ghoul with gnarled claws and iconoclastic fangs has influenced the horror genre irrevocably. The film’s original score by Hans Erdmann is largely lost, so tonight, the LA Opera’s artist in residence Mathew Aucoin will re-compose the score, sampling contemporaneous composers and newly penned compositions by Aucoin himself. A Halloween party to follow is included with the price of admission.

Tickets: $29-$99

📍 The Ace Hotel

ART | Honor the dead at the Día de los Muertos altar exhibit downtown

📅 Sunday, October 30th, 5:30am-10pm – Sunday, November 6th

In partnership with Self Help Graphics, the annals of Grand Park host the vibrant, personal and political assemblages of Día de los Muertos altars, with a special focus on issues that impact local communities such as gang violence, immigration reform and education. The week-long outdoor exhibition will be open with an indigenous prayer ceremony to honor ancestors and loved ones who have passed away.

📍 Grand Park

MUSIC | Get kooky and pensive with CocoRosie at the Fonda

📅 Monday, October 31st, 8pm

As part of their Heartache City Tour celebrating their eponymous sixth studio album, CocoRosie comes to LA for a night of ethereal freak folk at the Fonda Theatre. Danish synth popstar Dinner will open followed by super-speedy hip hop wordsmith Busdriver amping up the crowd in the belly of this historical art deco theatre.

Tickets: $31

📍 The Fonda Theatre