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

Rock ’n’ roll, erotic art, and a bit of polo
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It may not feel like it, but fall is finally here, and we’re starting to get stoked for spooky season. On our list of best bets for the weekend is here!


Vivian Girls at the Regent

October 4

Vivian Girls had a great run as a band back in the mid-aughts, but in 2011, the trio called it quits. Two members moved to L.A., one to New York City, and all went on to start a bevy of new projects. Now, after eight years apart, the group is back together with richly textured new music.

Potty Mouth

October 5

The women of Potty Mouth have been bringing energy back to the pop-punk genre–and with a new, major label record, they’re reaching a bigger audience than ever. Come prepared to bounce up and down. Alex’s Bar, Long Beach, $18

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

October 5

Feeling fancy? Dress up and head to Will Rogers State Historic Park to watch Nacho “the David Beckham of polo” Figueras. Spectators can also enjoy food trucks, lawn games, and, of course, star watching—Olivia Wilde and Kendall Jenner have graced classics past.

Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival

October 5 & 6

The Tom of Finland Foundation in Echo Park organizes their 24th annual festival, inspired by the legacy of the trailblazing LGBTQ artist known as Tom of Finland. Stop by to check out (and purchase!) works from 50 emerging artists of today, and take in panel conversations about art and social media.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Fridays, Saturday, and Sundays in October

This will be the eleventh–and biggest-ever–year for the annual haunted hayride in Griffith Park. Hop aboard for a ride through the creepy Old Zoo area (abandoned after a 1926 flood and mostly closed off), transformed for the season with eerie fog, sound effects, and ambience. As you roll, actors and monsters will pop out, chase you down, and startle. Almost everything has been overhauled for 2019, with new ride themes and whole new attractions, so even if you’ve been before, this might be the year to go again.

L.A. Dances

Through November 24

L.A. Dance Project by Benjamin Millepied (aka Mr. Natalie Portman) is putting up 11 contemporary works—six of which will be world premieres. Choreographers include Kendrick Lamar collaborator Charm La’Donna and Us’s pas de deux designer, Madeline Hollander.


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