The 5 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

You’d be HefeWISEen to hit up Oktoberfest in DTLA

1. DTLA Oktoberfest
October 21 & 22

It’s “fall” in L.A., which means we can enjoy autumnal activities while also enjoying temperatures in the 80s. This weekend, head to an Okterberfest celebration in Pershing Square—with an L.A. twist. Hometown breweries like Angel City and Iron Triangle will be pouring California beers, but fans of German imports needn’t fear: Hefeweizens will abound. The menu is equally as surprising, what with traditional eats like brats and pretzels and curveballs like Thai-Mexican fusion (because DTLA Oktoberfest DGAF). General admission is free, but tasting package prices vary based on how much you plan on sampling. 

2. Pop-Up Magazine
October 21

Unlike the Moth or Mortified, this roving show is upgraded with animated video, prerecorded audio, food (occasionally), and live music (always). Journalists, comedians, memoirists, and other writerly humans read their works in front of a packed crowd. None of the narratives is recorded for posterity, though, so catch this event at the Theatre at Ace Hotel or don’t catch it at all.

3. Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Festival
October 20-22

The conversation surrounding Hollywood’s diversity controversy—you might even call it a diversoversy, if you want people to hate you—has spread to the comedy scene. The fest, organized by the Second City, returns to L.A. for a second year to give women, LGBTQ performers, comedians of color, and other underrepresented funny people a stage.

4. Art Center College of Design Car Classic
October 22

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If there’s one thing France, Italy, and the U.S. have in common, it’s a love of carbs—er, cars. Enthusiasts can ogle a selection of classic, modern, and concept vehicles at ArtCenter College of Design, many of which compete for coveted awards like Best in Class and Designer’s Choice.

5. P22 Day
October 22

When it comes to superstardom, there’s Brad Pitt, and then there’s P22. The National Wildlife Federation honors Los Angeles’s most popular mountain lion with a specialist-led walk, information on setting up wildlife cameras, a snazzy virtual reality experience that lets you see through a mountain lion’s eyes, and more.