1. Hocus Pocus Three Ways
Maybe you still love Hocus Pocus all these years later because of Bette Midler’s overall perfection. Or maybe it’s because you still find the word “yabbos” hilarious. Or mayyyybe it’s because Thackery Binx was, is, and forever shall be a total smoke show. Get your fill of the cult classic film this weekend at no less than three—three!—Hocus Pocus-themed events. Hollywood’s El Capitan Theater is screening the film four times per day October 6 through the 15; Los Feliz’s Rockwell Table and Stage is hosting The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus now through November 4 (this weekend there are performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday); On October 7, Pasadena’s Sugarmynt Gallery showcases original concept art and props from the movie.
2. LA Podcast Festival
Put faces to the voices in your head at the 6th annual LA Podcast Festival, taking over the Millennium Biltmore Hotel October 6-8. The weekend includes live podcast recordings (duh), panels from pros like Feral Audio’s Jason Smith, a DIY podcast lab, and a Saturday night standup showcase featuring Marc Maron. Celeb hosts like the Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark of My Favorite Murder and Doug Benson of Doug Loves Movies will be there, too.
3. Fresh Coat Mural Festival
Head to Coylton Street in the Arts District on October 7 for the first ever Fresh Coat Mural Festival, a block party thrown by The Container Yard and Hansen’s Soda. Watch local artists like Drew Merritt and AXIS in action as they paint more than eight new murals throughout the day (find a mural map here), jam out to RJD2, Peanut Butter Wolf, and others, and keep your energy up with food truck eats, cocktails, Angel City beer, and sodas from Hansen’s.
4. The Eagle Rock Music Festival
A section of Colorado Boulevard shuts down during this musical smorgasbord, now in its 18th year. The lineup is as reliably diverse and excellent as ever, with sets from East L.A. folk band Las Cafeteras, San Francisco-based six-piece electronic band The Seshen, and more. As always, entry is free.
Drool over cars from all eras, take a guided tour of the Ranch’s Old West movie sets, and catch a screening of Back to The Future during this free event at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills. You can watch the movie from your car if you want, but if al fresco is more your speed, bring chairs or blankets to watch from a designated seating area. There will be food trucks and concession stands on site to satisfy grumbling stomachs.