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Halloween Event Guide Thru October
Knott’s Scary Farm Thru Oct 31
Evenings around Halloween, Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into Knott’s Scary Farm, with more than 1,000 monsters roaming 10 mazes, four “scare zones” and two live shows. It’s one of the largest (and oldest) Halloween events held at a theme park and includes the classic Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, for a twice-nightly big top show.
Dark Harbor Thru All of October
What sets Dark Harbor apart is its use of its surroundings; the dark, cramped confines of the Queen Mary are already pretty spooky even without monsters—just be prepared to climb a lot of skinny staircases. There’s also an R.I.P. Lounge (see what they did there?) if you’re looking for a first-class experience (fewer monsters, more booze, made-to-order taco station). Tip: Arrive before 8pm for $20 “Happy Haunting Hour” tickets.
Halloween Horror Nights Oct 1-31
Confront familiar foes at Universal Studios’ annual Halloween festivities, where big-budget scares meet iconic horror movie characters. Navigate eight mazes, scare zones and the “Terror Tram” with tie-ins like The Walking Dead, The Shining, Ash vs. Evil Dead, American Horror Story and more. They do make for some pretty fun walk-throughs, but there’s something about that level of corporate partnership that just ceases to be scary for some.
LA Beer Hop Oct 1,7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Beer Hop offers brewery tours on the weekends, offering tours that focus on different L.A. neighborhoods. Tours last for 4-5 hours and are led by a knowledge Beer Hop guide, driving each group to three breweries while providing fantastic information along the way. The Beer Hop bus arranges for pick-up at metro stops to ensure as little driving on your part as possible.
Jazz at LACMA Oct 6, 13, 20, 27
One of L.A.’s best free live music offerings, Jazz at LACMA has featured such legends as Wayne Shorter, John Clayton, Kenny Burrell, Les McCann, Billy Childs, Arturo Sandoval, Cannonball-Coltrane Project and Ernie Watts. Celebrating over twenty years at the museum, the program continues to be one of the museum’s most recognizable (and beloved) programs.
Los Angeles Dragon Boat Festival Oct 7
If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at paddling (or drumming), this low-key, beginner-friendly event is the place to do it. Expect lion dancers on the sidelines and over-the-top outfits on many of the teams, some of which take the annual costume competition as seriously as the race itself.
Artists & Fleas Venice October 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th
The newest flea market on the block, the Venice outpost of this artisan/craft-focused flea market mini-empire is bringing records, vintage and vintage-inspired clothing, cosmetics, jewelry and more to the Westminster Avenue Elementary School. A handful of small batch confectioners provide sweet treats to snack on or take home, while food trucks and nearby restaurants provide heartier bites.
Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Oct 14
Put on your wide-brimmed hats and Sunday best for this annual polo match led by Argentine polo star Nacho Figueras. Arrive early to avoid the lines for the shuttles, which transport you from the parking lots at nearby schools to the Will Rogers State Historic Park and the Champagne bars and food trucks, which open at 11am. Once you’ve fueled up, head to the field to cheer on the teams in the 2pm game.
Off the Hook Seafood Festival Oct 14
Mark your calendars for the third annual installment of this Santa Monica Pier–set oceanside fest that benefits the Westside Food Bank. The event showcases some of the city’s best restaurants and seafood dishes, from shrimp and sushi to oysters and mussels, plus cocktails, live music, games and chef demos.
The Eastside Food Festival Oct 22
The Eastside Food Festival is back for its fourth year of celebrating the Eastside’s food culture. Between noshing on food, attendees will be entertained with popular L.A. musicians and DJs, discussion panels, demos and tastings.
L.A.’s Day of The Dead at Hollywood Forever Cemetery Oct 28
Now marking its 18th year at Hollywood Forever on October 28, this year’s Day of the Dead festival will be themed “The Legacy of Posada,” in honor of Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada. Many of the artist’s works are used in Dia de Los Muertos celebrations, including satirical and political skull illustrations. The four-stage festival will feature Posada’s work, as well as live entertainment, more than 100 altars, traditional dancing and Mexican cuisine.
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Thru Oct 31
Far from those kid-friendly rides through a pumpkin patch, this hayride unleashes all sorts of demons, and bogeys on Griffith Park. It’s an actual hayride—a long one—paired with a “scary-go-round” for wee ones (and ‘fraidy cats), a number of scare zones and a pitch black maze filled with “demons and maniacs,” and probably lots of frisky teenagers. This year’s theme, “Clown,” brings back the clown tent finale and is sure to trigger some serious coulrophobia.