Events in Los Angeles County | October 2015

Posted by First Team Real Estate on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 at 10:00am.

All month long there are tons of things to do and events going on across Los Angeles County. From Oktoberfest celebrations to haunted houses and attractions, this October is jam packed full of fun! Check out our complete list of LA events and if you need even more things to do, take a peek at what's going on in Orange County this October.

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

October 1st – November 1st

Coming to the Descano Gardens this month is the most unique and iconic family friendly event all fall. Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns will feature more than 5,000 hand-carved illuminated pumpkins created by professional artists and sculptures arranged in creative ways along a 1/3 mile scenic walking trail. You'll also see artists hand-paint and hand-carve the images of some of your favorite TV and movie stars into giant 100 pound pumpkins at the live carving station!

Event website: therise.org

Halloween Horror Nights

October 1st – November 1st
Thursdays - Sundays

Universal Studios Halloween Horror nights is back again with a new 3D This Is The End comedy-horror maze plus the largest Walking Dead attraction that recreates the last season of the serious. Thursday through Sunday the park frights are open!

Event website: halloweenhorrornights.com

Boo at the Zoo

October 1st – 31st

Spooky – and totally safe family festivities – are coming to the LA zoo this month. Explore the zoo’s darkest caves and learn about the “super natural” powers of animals in the dark, and choose your own adventure during the day and on the weekends you can come for special frights and delights. Every Saturday and Sunday there will be special crafts, pumpkin-carving demonstrations, costumed characters, Adventure Theater, Graveyard Safari rides and more.

Event website: lazoo.org

Alpine Village Oktoberfest

Now – October 31st
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

The Longest running Oktoberfest in Southern California is at the Alpine Village in Torrance. Traditional Bavarian fun is supplied by Oom Pah Pah party bands, your belly is sated by traditional German fare, and your thirst is quenched by delicious German beers brewed by Warsteiner.

Event website: alpinevillagecenter.com

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

Thursday, October 1st – Saturday, October 31st

Live your nightmares aboard the haunted Queen Mary and join our cast of ghouls, spirits, and undead for an unforgettable, frighteningly authentic haunted experience. The Dark Harbor experience includes carnival food and rides, live entertainment and haunted mazes - one of which goes through the ghostly corridors of the Queen Mary ship!

Event website: queenmary.com

BubblyFest by the Sea

Thursday, October 1st – Saturday, October 3rd

You can join over 60 wineries on the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Pismo Beach for the only Festival Series dedicated to Sparkling Wine in the country. Taste the best champagne and sparkling wines from around the world and meet the winemakers behind the amazing bubbly. The event kicks off with a dinner on Thursday night, seminars on Friday afternoon, Gatsby inspired Cocktail Party Friday night and tastings throughout Saturday. 

Event website: bubblyfest.com

San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest

Thursday, October 1st
6PM-9PM

Putting a local twist on the Oktoberfest season, the Dumpling and Beer festival in San Gabriel will have dumpling vendors, local craft beer tastings, live entertainment and more. Admission is free and beer-tasting wristbands are $20 in advance. Dumplings are sold separately.

Event website: eventbrite.com

LA Korean Festival

Thursday, October 1st – Sunday, October 4th
12PM-10PM

If you love the Korean culture then you’ll love everything going on the 42nd annual LA Korean Festival. Rock out to Kpop, chow down on kim-bap and duk-bok-gi, shop over 300 local and international vendors, check out the reenactment of a tradition Korean wedding and enjoy even more entertainment, food, drinks and exhibits. Entry free so there’s no reason not to stop by the fun!

Event website: lakoreanfestival.org

Longines Masters Los Angeles

Thursday, October 1st – Sunday, October 4th

During the four days of the event, you can experience exceptional, and exhilarating, show jumping competitions while also enjoying various social events that celebrate the glamorous Los Angeles lifestyle. You might even spot a couple celebrity attendees!

Event website: mastersgrandslam.com

LA Haunted Hayride: Boogeyman

Friday, October 2nd – October 31st

The legendary attraction at the Old Zoo at Griffith park is back again and themed as a fully immersive ride focused on the world’s scariest boogymen. The hayride will be going on Fridays through Sundays until October 11th and then Thursdays through Sunday for the rest of the season.

Event website: losangeleshauntedhayride.com

Panic Mountain

Friday, October 2nd – November 1st
Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights

A whole new scary experience is coming to Southern California – the ultimate overnight zombie nightmare. The site says it’s an immersive and interactive overnight experience in the San Bernardino mountains. There will be a series of mental and physical group challenges like obstacles courses and mazes to get your adrenaline pumping. Do you have what it takes to survive all night?

Event website: panicmountain.com

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

Friday, October 2nd – Saturday, October 31st

Highlights of the Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch include a petting zoo, face painting, pony rides, super slide, straw maze, giant rocking horses and celeb sightings. If you’re wondering where all the celebrities in LA are taking their kids to the pumpkin patches, this is it. Open Monday-Thursday 10AM-7PM, Friday & Saturday 9AM-9PM and Sunday 9AM-8PM.

Event website: mrbonespumpkinpatch.com

Wicked Lit

Friday, October 2nd – Saturday, November 14th

A scare event for the literary, Wiked Lit is a walking theater experience in a graveyard based on classic literature. Held at the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery, this haunted tour will include adaptations from The Fall of the House of Usher, The Grove of Rashomon and The Ebony Frame. Can you keep your wits about you as you walk through the graveyard?

Event website: wickedlit.secure.force.com

Vegan Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 3rd – Sunday, October 4th
1PM-5PM

Enjoy a taste of Germany and indulge to your heart’s content – all vegan friendly! All the food and beer will be vegan so you can celebrate traditional Oktoberfest with a clear conscience. There will be Bavarian maids, live Oompah bands, traditional food and fun for all. General admission is $45, VIP $55 and designated driver tickets are $20.

Event website: veganoktoberfest.com

LA Donut Festival

Saturday, October 3rd
11AM-2PM

You DONUT want to miss the sweetest festival in LA! Stuff your face with the best donuts and coffee in the area and finish it all off with a donut burger (yes, it does exist!).  There will also be an epic battle and live stage judging panel to decide the Best Gourmet Donut in LA!

Event website: ladonutfestival.com

Long Beach's Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 3rd
2PM-10PM in Torrance

Long Beach’s exclusive Oktoberfest event will include Beer Olympics, costume contests, live music, Food Trucks, and Das Boot Contest, along with a fully stocked bar and outdoor and indoor seating. That’s right there are Beer Olympics with all the most important sports like beer pong, dunk tank, flip cup and stein holding! For more info and tickets, check out the website.

Event website: eventbrite.com

Sunnyside Cemetery Presents: The Shining

Saturday, October 3rd
Gates open 6:30PM | Movie starts 8:30PM

The last film for Lola’s Outdoor Retro Cinema at Sunnyside Cemetery will be a horror movie classic – The Shining. Tickets are $12 or $15 at the gate.

Event website: thefridacinema.org

LA Paella Fest

Saturday, October 3rd
2PM-8PM

The largest Paella and Wine Festival in the U.S. is coming to LA this month. The celebration of Latino culture will include 50 paella teams, unlimited wine, beer tequila, sangria and of course delicious paella for everyone to enjoy! General admission is $65, VIP is $120 and designated driver tickets are available as well. To decide the best of the best there will also be a diverse panel of celebrity and political figure judges from the Latino community.

Event website: lapaellafest.com

Reign of Terror

Saturday, October 3rd – Saturday, October 31st

Held out in Thousand Oaks this haunted house experience is really truly scary. There are six different attractions to make your way through including the classic Victorian Haunted House, The Asylum, Blood Manor, Miner’s Revenge, Quarantine and the brand new Fun House (not fun at all, we promise). Admission is $17 per person or $25 for express tickets, and the proceeds from this event go to parks in the area.

Event website: rothauntedhouse.com

Creep LA

Thursday, October 8th – Saturday, October 31st

A brand new attraction, Creep LA is a Downtown scare zone located in an abandoned warehouse in LA’s Arts District. This fully immersive haunt experience is produced by a group of theatrical artists with a scare unlike any other that’ll leave you fearful long after your visit ends according to the site. Do you dare?

Event website: creepla.com

Camp No Counselors

Friday, October 9th – Sunday, October 12th

For the Columbus Day long weekend you can go to summer camps for adults!  The first weekend already sold out and that’s why they brought a second weekend your way. Check out the website for pricing! It’s like Wet Hot American Summer but not talking cans – we don’t think.

Event website: campnocounselors.com

Oktoberfest at the Fairplex

October 9th-11th, 16th-18th & 23rd -25th

The home of the L.A. County Fair brings you their Los Angeles Oktoberfest starting October 9th with beer, German food, Bavarian music, Games, tribute bands every night and the chicken dance. Admission for adults is just $5. The event is 21+ on Friday and Saturday but the whole family is welcome on Sundays.

Event website: oktoberfestatfairplex.com

Promenade Beer & Wine Festival

Saturday, October 10th
6PM-10PM

The Downtown Long Beach Associates invites you to the Promenade Beer & Wine Festival to celebrate the growth of the wine bars and craft beer brewed right in Downtown Long Beach. Enjoy food pairings, live local bands, and of course some great beer and wine tastings. Tickets are $30 for general admission which includes unlimited beer and wine tastings (while supplies last!), ten food tastings and a souvenir tasting cup.

Event website: downtownlongbeach.org

Hot Wings & Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, October 10th
12PM-5PM

Come taste a variety of the best wings in SoCal paired with craft brews. Tickets cost $33 and include 6 hot wings, 8 beer tastings, clubhouse admission for the racetrack, and trackside seating. Bet on horse and watch them run by while you beer taste. Event will be held at the Santa Anita Park.

FITCON Los Angeles

Saturday, October 10th
10AM-6PM

LA Fitcon is a two day fitness, health and sports convention held at the Fairplex in Pomona. Saturdays festivities include a fall/winter fashion show, Fitcon games, meet and greet with social media starts, work out demos and a Halloween costume contest. Sunday kids are free with 1 paid adult and there will be a mini sports camp, kids workout demos and skill training.

Event website: fitcon.us

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Annual Open House

Saturday, October 10th – Sunday, October 11th
9AM-4PM

The event is free of charge and takes visitors on a “ride” through the wonders of space. Highlights include a life-size model of Mars Science Laboratory, demonstrations from numerous space missions; JPL’s machine shop, where robotic spacecraft parts are built; and the Microdevices Lab, where engineers and scientists use tiny technology to revolutionize space exploration. No tickets or reservations required!

Event website: jpl.nasa.gov

LA Oktoberfest

October 16th, 17th & 25th
Friday 16th: 6-10PM, Saturday 17th: 1-5PM, Sunday 25th: 1-5PM

Put on your lederhosen and grab your stein because traditional foods, beers and Bavarian babes are coming your way at the Los Angeles Oktoberfest. Sing and drink along to old time songs and join in the good times.

Event website: laoktoberfest.com

Eastside Food Festival

Sunday, October 18th
4PM-8PM

Held at the Mack Sennett Studios, Eastside Food Festival is a gathering of the best of the best and rising stars in LA’s gastronomic scene. Celebrating the foodie culture that LA is known for, the festival supports local sustainability and will feature locally owned and operated businesses, celebrity chefs, local brands and more. Come out for great food, music, demos and discussion panels!

Event website: eastsidefoodfest.com

Down of the Dead at the Million Dollar Theatre

Friday, October 23rd
Doors open 8PM, Movie at 9PM

The Million Dollar Theatre in Downtown LA is the oldest of the movie palaces and by far the most haunted which makes it the perfect venue for a screening of George Romero’s classic Dawn of the Dead. The one-night-only screening will include DJs, full bars, a themed Photo Booth and some scary surprises!

Event website: cinespia.org

4th Annual BierBuzz Masquerade

Saturday, October 24th
9PM

A Costume Craft Beer Festival, the BierBuzz combines everything you like about craft beer festival and adds a ghoulish twist. Try some rare beers, show off your Halloween costume, listen to live bands and have a ball. For a full list of participating breweries and eateries check out the website. General admission is $40, VIP $50 and Designated Driver $20.

Event website: eventbrite.com

Rotten Apple Hollow

October 24th, 25th, 30th and 31st

This free home haunt in Burbank, this is always described as a Halloween must-see. For 25 years these people have devoted their time and terror to their greatest passion – Halloween. The haunted house is totally free however 100% of donations are sent to charities in need.

Event website: rottenapple907.com

Lucha VaVoom: Mexican Horror Story

Wednesday, October 28th – Thursday, October 29th

You ready to watch mini monsters Mexican wrestle? Of course you are, so get your butt over to Lucha VaVoom at the Mayan Theater. Tickets are $40 for general admission, $55 Ringside and $75 Golden circle.

Event website: ticketweb.com

SoCal LoopFest

Thursday, October 29th
4PM

A performance art festival of technology and sound, LoopFest is all about showcasing tons of unique instruments, technologies and musical styles. The line up of musicians includes hi-minded avant-garde, mellow ambiance, noise bands, funky jams, and traditional songs for a truly eclectic and unforgettable mix of performers. For a full line-up list, check out the site.

Event website: noahpeterson.com

The Haunted Ghost Ship

Saturday, October 31st
9PM

California Nightlife presents Long Beach Pier Pressure Haunted Ghost Ship Halloween. It’s the biggest yacht party four years running with 3 decks, 5 DJS, 2 rooms of music all in one amazing night. Let loose and set sail for breathtaking views of the Long Beach skyline and VIP perks.

Event website: californianightlife.com

WeHo Halloween Carnival

Saturday, October 31st

The largest Halloween street party in the world happens in West Hollywood! Every Halloween 500,000 people take to the streets of Santa Monica Blvd. to enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages, food vendors, and photo stations; and the bars along Santa Monica Blvd. take part with drink specials and patio parties.

Event website: visitwesthollywood.com

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Saturday, October 31st
Gates open 5:15PM, Movie at 7PM

Screening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Rocky Horror Pictures Show is the best way to celebrate your Halloween. From the audience participation, crazy get-ups and graveyard setting, everything about this night screams October 31st.

Event website: cinespia.org

The Nightmare Before Christmas Live

Saturday, October 31st – Sunday, November 1st

Danny Elfman is going to be playing Jack Skellington at this live-orchestrated screening of the movie at the Hollywood Bowl. You don’t want to miss this Halloween performance. Saturday the preshow begins at 6:30, show at 8PM. Check out the site and get your tickets before they’re gone!

Event website: hollywoodbowl.com

What are you up to this month? Do you have another event to share in the LA area? If you do, leave a comment and share your favorite thing to do in Los Angeles County this time of year.

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