EAT: The Food Event 2016
THE food event of the year (ahem, bragging) is THIS SUNDAY. Come binge on appetizers from 30 of L.A.’s best restaurants, sip wine and cocktails, and enjoy the refreshing Malibu breeze at our annual food celebration. That’s right, we at Los Angeles magazine are throwing this party for YOU, and trust us, it’s going to be incredible. And before you go, read up on—and salivate over—some of our favorite new restaurants that will be there. More information (October 16, Saddlerock Ranch).
The nation’s largest celebration of indie video games returns to L.A. for a weekend of panels, socializing, and tournaments. Stock up on energy drinks now—there are over 200 awarded tabletop, digital, and VR games available for play. More information (October 14–16, The SCA Complex).
FEST: Desert Daze
Descend on Joshua Tree’s Institute of Mentalphysics to see performances from Washed Out, Toro y Moi, Deerhunter, and more at this new age festival. The art installations, speaker series, and indoor diner provide plenty of things to do between sets, but don’t forget to check out our Joshua Tree recommendations while you’re there. More information (October 14–16, The Institute of Mentalphysics).
EAT: National Dessert Day at Salt & Straw
Celebrate National Dessert Day with autumnal ice cream flavors at Salt & Straw’s new Arts District location. Year-round flavors like Honey Lavender are available, but definitely sample their October “Spooktacular” flavor series, which has standouts like Essence of Ghost, a smoky sherbet laced with Mexican vanilla and Laphroaig Scotch. More information (October 14, Salt & Straw Arts District).
SEE: The Force Awakens
Catch a free screening of George Lucas’s latest classic on the Santa Monica Pier, accompanied by food, drinks, and pre-movie music. Viewers can upgrade their experience by renting a classic lawn chair, but picnic blankets are always welcome. More information (October 14, Santa Monica Pier).
SHOP: The Original Farmer’s Market Fall Festival
Attend an urbanized county fair, complete with live music, pie eating contests, and the world famous All-Alaskan racing pigs. The kid-sized pedal-powered tractor pull competitions make this an especially great weekend event for families, but it’s open to petting zoo-lovers of all ages. More information (October 15–16, The Original Farmer’s Market).
SEE: Artsy Tartsy, A One Night Art Show
See original work from over 30 artists, including Shepard Fairey and Mear One, at this pop up art show. DJs like Raul Campos set the mood, and TART restaurant provides food and drinks. More information (October 15, Farmer’s Daughter Hotel).
EAT: Dessert Week
Satiate your sweet tooth and vote on desserts from 25 different L.A. confectionaries to crown the “2016 Golden Spoon.” Then, work off your sugar high by playing Ping Pong, dancing to live music, and sampling dessert wine. More information (October 15, Pershing Square).
DO: Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic
The 7th Annual Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic transforms Will Rogers State Park into a polo field worthy of Pretty Woman, complete with picnicking and a champagne tasting. Lawn games and gourmet food trucks round out the afternoon, giving you the ultimate excuse to dress up and drink some Rosé. More information (October 15, Will Rogers State Park).
FEST: Stockholm, CA
Sweden’s musical exports dominate the indie music scene, completely justifying a day-long fest. Dance to sets from well-known acts like Icona Pop and Little Dragon; then find your newest Nordic musical obsession. More information (October 15, The Shrine Auditorium).
Let loose with eight hours of dancing and bass, with performances from European exports like Bas Moody and TWR72 in addition to some homegrown talent. More information (October 15, Warehouse location TBA).
FEST: Vegan Oktoberfest
Attention, vegans of Los Angeles—the time has come to dust off your dirndl. Get unlimited pours of 50+ ciders and beers, live music, and vegan food truck fare from likes of Donut Friend and Dogtown Dogs. More information (October 15, L.A. Center Studios).
SEE: Trevor Noah
The Daily Show’s charming new host has been serving up some of the best comedic commentary of the election cycle, and his stand up is equally impressive. Get your tickets here. More information (October 15, The Dolby Theatre).
DO: CicLAvia, Heart of L.A.
CicLAvia’s anniversary bike route returns with street closures throughout Chinatown, Boyle Heights, Westlake, and DTLA, making it easier than ever to enjoy L.A. sans car traffic. More information (October 16, route map here).
DRINK: DTLA Breweries United Fest
For $46 you’ll get an unlimited beer tasting (and a commemorative glass) from seven DTLA breweries. The event benefits the Keep a Breast foundation, making day drinking a surprisingly virtuous way to spend your Sunday. More information (October 16, Triangle Lot).
DO: Puppetzilla PuppetSlam
You think you know about puppet shows, but you have no idea. Head to the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood for an evening of short-form theater—vaudeville, performance art, even burlesque—centered around the art of puppetry. Bonus: it’s BYOB. More information (October 16, Steve Allen Theater)
DO: Disco Dive Season Closer
After a long summer of poolside debauchery, Disco Dive takes over The Standard’s Rooftop for one last hurrah of the season. KMLN, Rachel Torro, and Patricio provide tunes for the presale-only afternoon of dancing and drinks. More information (October 16, The Standard DTLA).