The best of what to do in and around Los Angeles this month.
Amp up the fall vibes with a spooky outing at Knott’s Scary Farm or a showing of one of the scariest horror films. There’s also much eating to do: Start with dessert at Dessert Week (because life is uncertain), eat your way through L.A.’s best meals with a view courtesy of Los Angeles magazine, and finish with a bite into food’s future.
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October 1 | Activism
Female-led activist group CODEPINK is behind the third annual SlutWalk through Downtown L.A., which brings thousands of women and men together in a march against sexual violence, rape culture, and slut- and body-shaming. With the support of model-actress Amber Rose, the event will include a mile-long march, celebrity appearances, musical performances, and plenty of opportunities to get involved in spreading the movement beyond the October 1 event.
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles | Free | website
October 1 - 31 | Holiday
Knott’s Scary Farm
With fall in full swing, Halloween is the next holiday on everyone’s minds. Get your dose of terror at a Los Angeles favorite. Every year, Knott’s Berry Farm transforms itself for the season into Knott’s Scary Farm, filled with haunted rides, spooky mazes, thrilling shows, and terrifying creatures lurking around every corner. This event is not kid-friendly—those under 13 are advised to stay home—so you know it’s going to be scarier than your average theme park Halloween night.
7:00 PM - 1:00 AM | Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park | From $40 | website
October 1 - February 24 | Art
“Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present, and Future”
As part of the ongoing art series Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Boyle Heights’ Self Help Graphics & Art gallery is presenting Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present, and Future. The exhibition will explore this Mexican tradition—making it an especially interesting one to visit around late October and early November—and how it has grown and changed with Los Angeles’s Chicano and Latino communities.
Self Help Graphics & Art, 1300 E. First St., Los Angeles | Free | website
October 5 | Music
When Humanz, the Gorillaz’s first album release since 2010, came out in April, it was met with a slew of positive reviews from critics and fans. For fans of the band, the release meant something else, too: a chance to hear their favorite songs live. This tour has been almost a decade coming, so Gorillaz is sure to do it big. Come early: Rapper Vince Staples opens the show.
7:30 PM | The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood | From $53 | website
October 7 | Film
This is the time of year to bust out the classic scary movies—and they’re even better (and scarier) when viewed on the big screen. Vista Theatre in Los Feliz is having a midnight showing of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, which forever changed the genre of horror. The must-see scary movie will be shown on 35mm film for maximum old-timey scare factor. Tickets are selling out fast, so this is one to jump on sooner rather than later.
11:59 PM | Vista Theatre, 4473 Sunset Dr., Los Angeles | From $12.50 | website
October 14 - 20 | Food
Dessert is served first (and second, and third) at this food festival. The event kicks off on the 14th in Downtown L.A. with dozens of dessert vendors, endless samples, and entertainment. Then the treats keep on coming throughout the week, when dessert specialists throughout the city will offer discounts and deals on their tempting sweets.
Locations vary | From $10 | website
October 15 | Food
"Los Angeles" Magazine Presents “The Food Event”
This is the 12th year running that Los Angeles magazine has spearheaded “The Food Event.” This time, expect more of the celebrity chef demos, unlimited samples, and wine and beer tastings that made the first 11 of these food parties so successful. The event takes place at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, meaning that the view, along with the food, will be incredible.
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Saddlerock Ranch, 31727 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu | From $130 | website
October 28 - 30 | Food
A cross between a food festival and a conference, Taste Talks brings chefs, foodies, restauranteurs, and celebrities together for a one-of-a-kind look at—and taste of—the future of food. There will be panel discussions, cookouts, tastings, and hosted dinners, as well as awards. Whether you’re in the food industry for a living or just love knowing the latest of what and where to eat next, Taste Talks will give you plenty to digest.
Locations vary | From $49 | website
October 29 | Dance
Russian Grand Ballet Presents “Swan Lake”
If you only see one ballet, it should be Swan Lake. And if you’re going to see it, then you should see it performed by one of the best ballet troupes in the world. Luckily for you, the Russian Grand Ballet is making a one-night stop in L.A. to dance this Tchaikovsky classic, and tickets are still affordable and available.
7:00 PM | Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 743 Lucerne Blvd., Los Angeles | From $40 | website
December 21 | Plan ahead: Music
Give yourself an early Christmas present and head to the Forum to watch Jay-Z perform live as a part of his 4:44 Tour. It’s named for his latest album, which has gained critical acclaim for its honest, emotional, and deeply personal nature. This is the rawest you’ve ever seen the rapper, as he addresses changes in hip-hop, racism, and, of course, his even more famous wife’s most recent album, Lemonade.
8:00 PM | The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood | From $39 | website
Sarah Purkrabek is a writer and editor living in the heart of Los Angeles.
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