The 6 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

Surprise. Another L.A. weekend packed with fun stuff to do. 

Another weekend full of bitchin’ stuff to do is on the horizon. Let us help you plan.

Beyond Fest

September 26-October 9

The best genre fest in L.A. returns for another year of horror movies, celeb Q&As, and a little bit of Tommy Wiseau. This weekend’s events include an all-day David Cronenberg marathon that culminates with a screening of Dead Ringers with Cronenberg in person, and a screening of Bubba Ho-Tep with director Don Coscarelli on the scene.

Reseda Rising Art Walk and Night Market

September 29

Since 2009, the nonprofit 11:11 A Creative Collective has made art pop up in unexpected places in the Valley, from shopping malls to second-story rooms over local bars. Their third annual Reseda Rising Art Walk and Night Market is bringing art, music, beer, and more to the intersection of Sherman Way and Lindley Avenue. This year’s event features installations by LightRiders, Cassie Zhang, and Grump Girl Sam; a beer garden serving Valley-brewed suds, a zine fest within the fest, live music, food trucks, a dance battle, and more.

Dark Harbor 2018 at the Queen Mary

September 27-30 (dates through Nov. 2)

Whether or not you believe the Queen Mary is actually haunted, there’s no doubt you’ll see some spooky stuff at this annual Halloween attraction. The scale might be the largest of any haunt in town, with 200 different monsters and ghosts in six different mazes, plus secret chambers, a 4D “panic experience,” a haunted hookah lounge, live entertainment, hidden bars, rides, and more. You can even book a stateroom to stay on the ship overnight. 

TASTE at Westfield Century City

September 28 and 29

The fanciest of shopping malls, Westfield Century City, is home to a number of culinary destinations, including Eataly. This ticketed event will give you a chance to sample from them all, with tastings of food, wine, and spirits, and chef demos and experiences.

Open House at ICA LA

September 29

To celebrate the opening of a pair of new exhibits—Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush and B. Wurtz: This Has No Name—New York-based sculptor Wurtz is coming to the museum for a free talk with ICA curator Jamillah James. Live music by NTS Live featuring Mild Animals, ice cream by Jeni’s, and beer by San Francisco’s Fort Point Beer Co.

Dino Fest at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

September 29 and 30

No matter how long they’ve been toast, dinosaurs will always been fascinating to human beings (until we’re toast, I guess). The Natural History Museum is celebrating our Jurassic buds with hands-on experiences, a dino encounters show, and chances to pick the brains of actual paleontologists.

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