It’s hard to believe, but September has come and gone. But just because it’s too chilly to spend all day at the beach, or you notice the days getting shorter, doesn’t mean your social calendar has to dry up. We’re officially deep into the fall season as we welcome October and, without a doubt, this month is overflowing with things to do. Here are 12 things to try this month in L.A., from charitable walks to cemetery plays.
1. AIDS Walk
On October 15, thousands will gather at the steps of L.A. City Hall for the 6.2-mile AIDS Walk. Into its 31st year, the ongoing walk raises awareness and funds to help sustain APLA Health’s prevention, care and advocacy programs for those living with someone affected by the disease. It’s a day filled with walking, running, fitness, fun, food, celebrities and shows, all for a good cause.
2. Oktoberfest Downtown L.A.
Oktoberfest may be over in Germany, but L.A. is laced with beer-centric celebrations all month long. One to check out is the Downtown L.A. Oktoberfest event happening October 21 and 22 in the heart of the city. Admission is free and the offerings are plenty with brews, tasting packages and several other vendors and food options for you to check out.
3. Lit Crawl L.A.
Bookish folks unite. It’s time for the annual Lit Crawl L.A., happening October 25. In its fourth year in Los Angeles, this literary event reimagines the traditional pub crawl and encourages attendees to get “drunk on words.” With more than 40 presenters and 36 bars, restaurants, galleries, theatres and other NoHo Arts District spots, some of the best of L.A.’s literary scene will be reading and inspiring all night long. Leave your beer goggles at home. Bring your reading glasses instead.
4. The Gold List
If you’re an L.A. foodie, you’re not going to want to miss this. On October 23, acclaimed Los Angeles Restaurant Critic Jonathan Gold will host The Gold List, a night celebrating food, flavors and drinks at some of Mr. Gold’s favorite L.A. restaurants. Tickets are $135 and include a chance to sample signature dishes, mingle with Jonathan himself and meet some of Southern California’s star chefs.
5. Plays in the Cemetery
You’ve done movies in the cemetery; now it’s time for plays in the cemetery. Hosted by the group, Unbound Productions, performances of Wicked Lit are happening all month long. Take the drive to Altadena and behold the idyllic Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery where the short but captivating plays will take place. Designed for mature audiences, this is an event you won’t want to overlook.
6. A Night with Janis Joplin
Janis may be gone, but her music and her spirit live on. Go back in time and experience A Night with Janis Joplin on October 28 at the Saban in Beverly Hills. The raw emotion and unforgettable voice that made Janis so popular comes through in this live performance as you’ll hear her classics like “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” and “Summertime,” among others. This is one musical journey that you’ll want to be apart of.
7. Westedge Design Fair
From October 19 – 22, the Santa Monica Barker Hanger comes alive with design; welcome the WestEdge Design Fair. This event, in it’s fifth year, showcases some of the most innovative and inspiring happenings in design right now. With a host of exhibitors, designers, architects, panel discussions and fetes, this design event draws interest from all over the city and shows some of the best in contemporary design all under one roof. If you’re a design enthusiast, this ought to make your month.
8. Hollywood Film Festival
Less glam than many of the film festivals we hear of, but offering a greater reason, the Hollywood Film Festival kicks off on October 17 and runs through October 22. If you’re a film connoisseur, this is where you need to be. More than 100 films will be showcased as well as Q&A sessions and events to celebrate emerging talent and filmmakers.
9. L.A. Greek Fest
That trip to Santorini didn’t happen this year, but that’s ok; you can still get lost in the essence of Greece by attending the L.A. Greek Fest. Happening October 6 – 8 at Saint Sophia Cathedral, this event draws attendees from all over the city. It’s a culturally-rich three days filled with food, traditional Greek dancing, more food, wine, vendors and an all around good time. Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks are event chairs and might be in attendance as well. Tickets are only $5, considerably less than a flight, we’d say.
10. L.A. Comic Con
The excitement of Comic Con is headed to our city. Los Angeles Comic Con happens from October 27 to 29 at the L.A. Convention Center. Tickets range from $30 to $569. What’s included in a Comic Con day? A chance to meet some of your favorite actors, meet and greet the legendary Stan Lee and listen in on panels to learn about some of the most memorable moments and exciting happenings in pop culture. You may even want to dress up.
11. Masquerade Ball
Hailed as a premiere event in L.A. is the UNICEF Masquerade Ball. A decadent and fun-filled evening, this beautiful event happens on Friday, October 22 from 9pm – 2am at Clifton’s Republic. With various sponsorship levels, all of the proceeds go towards the empowerment of Syrian refugee women in Jordan. The star-studded night is celestial themed and promises to be a fun and exciting time. Go masked or don’t go at all.
12. Dragon Boat Festival
One of the largest dragon boat festivals in California is in our own backyard. On October 7, the annual Dragon Boat Festival kicks off at Legg Lake Park in Whittier Recreation Area in South El Monte. This all day event is rich with history dating back to ancient China around 340 B.C., when dragon boats were a symbol of strength and sacrifice. The event itself includes not only the races, but Chinese Acrobats, traditional Chinese dancing, martial arts performances and food. A good time, indeed.