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

We’ll meet you at the apple orchard

1. The LA Mag Food Event
October 15

Not to toot our own horn or anything, but like—toot toot. Our very own Food Event returns to Saddlerock Ranch on October 15, and this year’s gunna be big. Sample eats from restaurants like 71 Above, Republique, Guerilla Tacos, Scopa Italian Roots, and Breakfast by Salt’s Cure; Sip drinks from purveyors including Malibu Family Wines, Beekeeper Cellars, and Peerless Coffee & Tea; Keep the good times rolling at an after party at Malibu Cafe. All of this plus the zebras, camels, water buffalos, and other animals that call Saddlerock Ranch home. Could there be a more perfect Sunday?

2. CDMX: Music from Mexico City
Through October 17

The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative gives Mexico City’s vibrant music scene some love during this fest. This weekend, catch Dudamel conducting the scores from Mexican films at Noche De Cine (Friday, hosted by Mexico City native and The Hateful Eight star Demián Bichir); a concert dubbed CDMX: Now! featuring established and emerging Mexican musicians, plus dance lessons (Saturday); and a performance from Mexican rock band Cafe Tacvba, whose vibrant oeuvre will be complemented by a full orchestra (Sunday, conducted by Dudamel).

3. Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic
October 14

L.A.’s bourgiest occasion returns to Will Rogers State Historic Park, bringing with it horses, celebrities, and bubbly. Dress in your Saturday best to sip champers and stomp divots, then post up on the sidelines to watch polo phenomenon Nacho Figueras gallop his way through chukker after chukker.

4. Friday the 13th on Friday the 13
October 13 

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How often can you watch Friday the 13th ON Friday the 13? (If you know the answer to that and it’s kind of a high number, don’t burst our bubble.) You have a bunch of opportunities to see the classic slasher flick on its namesake day: The Vista Theater is hosting an 11:59 p.m. screening; Rooftop Cinema Club is showing it at their Montalban Theater location at 8 p.m.; There’s a 9 p.m. screening at the TCL Chinese Theater; and Arclight Hollywood has a midnight showing. 

5. Apple Picking at Willowbrook Apple Farm
October 14 and 15


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What better way to pretend that L.A. has seasons than to do something super autumnal, like apple picking? Swing by Willowbrook Apple Farm on Saturday or Sunday and fill up your sack with Winesap apples from the orchard’s century-old trees, then stop into the gift shop for some delicious souvenirs (apple butter, farm-fresh honey, hand-dipped caramel apples). You can even try your hand at pressing cider (see what we did there?).