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

The Food Event, Desert Daze, and more
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The weekend is here and it’s time to get out there and enjoy some of the best stuff going on in and around L.A., from a music fest to our very own food fest in Malibu.


Desert Daze Festival

October 10-13

Take a weekend off from reality and enter the psychedelic dreamscape of Desert Daze. Set on the sandy banks of Lake Perris, surrounded by mountain vistas, the festival brings together cool artists–Stereolab, The Flaming Lips, Devo, Wu-Tang Clan–and mystical, positive vibes.

Dudamel Conducts Music from the Americas

October 10-13

Grammy Award-winning conductor Gustavo Dudamel is bringing the rousing music of the Americas to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Los Angeles Philharmonic music director will conduct the world premiere of Esteban Benzecry’s Universos infinities, featuring acclaimed Argentine piano virtuoso Sergio Tiempo.

Pumpkin Nights at Pomona Fairplex

October 10-November 3

Fun for families or adults, Pumpkin Nights sets up at the Pomona Fairpelx for a fun, super Instagram-worthy fall experience. Stroll through a “pumpkin land” constructed of more than 3,000 carved gourds, cuddle up for nightly outdoor movie screenings, grab some festive fall treats, and explore.

The Original Farmers Market’s Fall Festival 

October 12 & 13

If you don’t feel like driving out to the country for some harvest fest fun, no worries because the Farmers Market’s Fall Festival is bringing country vibes to the heart of L.A. Enjoy a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, arts and crafts, pie-eating contests, and lots of live music at this free event.

Echo Park Book of the Dead Tour

October 12

Guides from Esotouric–the experts in L.A.’s underbelly–will take you on a tour of the creepy secrets of the neighborhoods once known as the “streetcar suburbs,” Echo Park, Angeleno Heights, Elysian Park, and Silver Lake. Learn about the crimes, mysteries, and murders behind the historic architecture, and pay an inside visit to Sister Aimee Semple McPherson’s famous parsonage. The tour departs from 661 Industrial Street in DTLA.

The Food Event

October 13

Come hungry for dishes from L.A.’s best restaurants (and giraffe selfies) for Los Angeles magazine’s own annual Food Event at Saddleback Ranch in Malibu. Chefs from 40 sensational SoCal eateries—including L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele, Gracias Madre, Homestate, Michael’s, STK, Alta Adams, Coin & Candor, Salazar, and Yours Truly—gather to serve up samplings of their most delicious dishes, while Stella Artois, Maker’s Mark, Hornitos, and other brilliant beverage sponsors keep your cup full.

2nd Annual Indigenous People’s Day Celebration 

October 13

Last year, for the first time ever, the City of Los Angeles officially celebrated Indigenous People’s Day in place of Columbus Day. This second-annual celebration in Grand Park, hosted by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, features art, food, and music from artists with indigenous roots (Taboo, Xiuhtezcatl, Doc), and is meant to serve as a call to federal lawmakers to officially replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day.


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