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23 Fabulous Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Courtney Barnett headlines the Greek Theatre. (Photo: Pooneh Ghana)
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Comedy is king this weekend as the Adult Swim Festival and Will Ferrell's Best Night of Your Life bring the mirth. For lovers of festivals, there's a seafood fest, a mole fest, an inflatable run-fest, a Greek fest, an Oktoberfest and a medieval feast (close enough). Also happening: Amber Rose's Slut Walk, a Khan-Con and punk rock storytelling.

FRIDAY, OCT. 5; 7:30 p.m.
Courtney Barnett
Greek Theatre -- 2700 North Vermont Ave., Griffith Park
Indie rock darling Courtney Barnett is touring solo in support of her newish album, "Tell Me How You Really Feel." Supporting acts: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks and Waxahatchee.
COST: $29.50 - $49.50 (plus fees); MORE INFO

Adult Swim Festival
The Row -- 777 Alameda St., downtown L.A.
The network hosts its first major L.A. festival with a more than 24 hours of live entertainment headlined by Run the Jewels and Mastodon. Additional artists include Dorian Concept, Flying Lotus (in 3D), Georgia Anne Muldrow, Hannibal Buress and Thundercat. TV fans can also experience "The Rick and Morty Musical Ricksperience" with music from the show performed by a 37-piece orchestra, DREAM CORP LLC Virtual Reality Eggs experience, Rick and Morty mini-golf and a giant hot dog ride.
COST: $49 - $255; MORE INFO

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5th Annual Level Ground Festival
Various locations
The multigenre art festival takes place over five weeks, beginning on Friday at 8 p.m. with "Typecast," a stand-up show hosted by Rachel Mac at Evidence Film Studio in Echo Park. The lineup includes Curtis Cook, Brendan Scannell, Felicia Folkes, Morgan Jay and Emma Willmann. Other events include solo exhibitions by L.A.-based visual artists Ruthintruth, Rae Threat and Rebekah Me.

LA Greek Fest
St. Sophia Cathedral -- 1324 S. Normandie Ave., Pico-Union
Opa! The family festival features food, wine, games, live music and folk dancing. We can almost taste the ouzo, souvlaki, moussaka, spanokopita, loukoumathes, feta and dolma. The festival is free to everyone on Friday.
COST: $3 - $5; children 12 and younger get in free; MORE INFO

Meet Bonnet Boy on Zombie Joe's Urban Death Tour of Horror. (Photo by Jana Wimer)

Urban Death Tour of Terror
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre -- 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
Zombie Joe and his ghoulish crew present a new maze of horrors, monstrosities and disturbed spirits trapped. Keep the kiddies at home. The immersive experience includes graphic content, trigger warnings and full nudity.
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

M.A.R.S. Music & Arts ReSound
The Vortex -- 2341 East Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
This experimental art and music series features a cross-pollination of contemporary music, applied arts, philosophy, science and technology. It opens on Friday with the concert "TeleporMartian," with performances by Ensemble Garage and Thisplay, and four commissioned works by Genoel Lilienstern, Katharina Rosenberger, Ying Wang and Wen Liu. 3D hologram projections, video mapping, virtual reality and interactive projections round out the evening.
COST: $10 - $120; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, OCT. 5; 8 p.m.
Khan-Con - Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
The Montalbán -- 1615 Vine St., Hollywood
Khaaaaaaaaaan! The name is seared into Trekkies' memories and internet memes. There's a special screening of the "Star Trek" film taking place in the theater named after Ricardo Montalban, the actor who made the character famous (along with Mr. Roarke on "Fantasy Island"). Special guests include film critic Scott Mantz,"Jupiter Jet" co-cretors Jason Inman and Ashley Robinson, and Honest Trailers' Dan Murrell. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for themed drinks (for those 21+), trivia contests, photo booths, prizes and giveaways. Cosplay is encouraged.
COST: $20 - $45; MORE INFO

Dearly Departed Tours
Various locations throughout Hollywood
The company that specializes in the un-glittery side of Tinseltown launches three new tours. On the Horrific Homicide True Crime Tour, guests learn about grisly L.A. crimes, including the Silent Movie Theater murder, The Palomar Apartments arson deaths and the Pink Elephant Liquor dismemberment. On the 90-minute Behind the Boulevard walking tour, guests travel one block past Hollywood Boulevard to learn about its rich, fun and sometimes fatal history. And the family-friendly, one-mile walking tour, Hollywood's History and Haunts, explores the area's scary sights and sounds (and stinky smells).
COST: $25 - $60; MORE INFO

If you want to say no to domestic violence, gender inequality, victim blaming and sexual assault, there's the Amber Rose SlutWalk.

SATURDAY, OCT. 6; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Amber Rose SlutWalk
Pershing Square -- 532 S. Olive St., downtown L.A.
Throw yer hands in the air and walk like you just... DGAF. The grassroots SlutWalk movement was inspired by a Toronto police officer who told a crowd of college women that they could avoid sexual assault by not dressing like sluts. Turning anger into action, the movement has focused on gender equality, ending rape culture, victim blaming, slut shaming, body shaming and other social injustice issues. The festival includes a march (check in at 1st St. between Hill and Broadway), speakers, educational and health booths, DJs, food and drinks. This event is for mature audiences only; ages 18+ is suggested.
COST: $7 - $250; MORE INFO

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SATURDAY, OCT. 6; 8 p.m.
Electric Lodge -- 1416 Electric Ave., Venice
Rogue Machine Theatre presents the Tom Morton-Smith play about the theoretical physicists who realize the dangerous potential of atomic fission, and the charismatic J. Robert Oppenheimer, who leads the Manhattan Project and the creation of the atomic bomb. Directed by John Perrin Flynn, the production runs through Dec. 30.

SATURDAY, OCT. 6; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
5th Annual Olvera Street Muertos Artwalk
Olvera Street -- downtown L.A.
More than 40 local artists sell original artwork, clothing, jewelry or offer face painting. New artists joining this year's street festival include Calaveras y Diablitos, Cre8 Acai, Mexcalito Soul, Mextica, Moonstone Craft, NRepujado, Pipiripau, Standing Brown, Sweet-E-Treats and The LA Garden. A dozen live music and dance performances are scheduled throughout the day.

SATURDAY, OCT. 6; 4 - 10 p.m.
Eagle Rock Music Festival
Colorado and Eagle Rock Blvds. -- Eagle Rock
The 19th edition of the street festival stays true to its mission, spotlighting talent from NELA (Northeast L.A.). The day includes performances by Vintage Trouble, Cut Chemist, The Lions, Almalafa and El Conjunto Nueva Ola.
COST: FREE, but Fast entry/VIP tickets: $10-$25; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, OCT. 6; 12 - 10 p.m.
Montrose Oktoberfest 2018
2200-2400 Honolulu Ave. -- Montrose
In addition to the typical games, rides, bratwursts and beer,Montrose's Oktoberfest features a ticketed yoga class and youth fitness class ($12 - $35) from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., as well as contests like the Best Dressed Bavarian Dog, Stein Holding (21+ only) and a Mustache and Beard competition.
COST: FREE admission; VIP tent $45 - $71; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, OCT. 6; 8 p.m.
A Conversation with Linda Ronstadt
The Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
This is a big screen, multimedia journey through the singer's life, featuring personal stories, videos, photos and, of course, music. Ronstadt also sits down for a conversation and Q&A about her 40+ years in the music business. VIP package includes an autographed CD of "Simple Dreams" and a signed copy of her memoir.
COST: $35 - $100; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, OCT. 6; 7 p.m.
Will Ferrell's Best Night of Your Life
The Greek Theatre -- 2700 North Vermont Ave., Griffith Park
The curly-haired comedian presents a night of comedy and performance with an incredible lineup of names from stand-up and late night: Jerry Seinfeld, Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, Jim Jefferies, Michelle Wolf, Kumail Nanjiani and Jerrod Carmichael. Red Hot Chili Peppers drumme and Ferrell doppelgänger Chad Smith has assembled a supergroup called Chad Smith's Super Mega Funktastic Jam Rock All Stars with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses, Stefan Lessard of Dave Matthews Band, Josh Klinghoffer of RHCP, Brad Paisley and Coldplay's Chris Martin. The show benefits Cancer for College, which provides college scholarships to low-income, high-achieving cancer survivors.
COST: Tickets start at $49.50; MORE INFO

The Inflatable Festival and Run has plenty of kid and family activities, including an epic water balloon fight. (Photo: The Inflatable Festival & Run/Facebook)

SATURDAY, OCT. 6; 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Inflatable Festival & Run
Fairplex -- 1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona
This family experience features more than 28,000 pounds of inflatables, including a 5K inflatable obstacle course. The day includes zorb ball races, bounce houses, inflatable jousting, carnival games, more obstacles, go-kart racing, water balloon battles, live music, food, face painting and magic shows. The festival is perfect for kids ages 12 and younger (and their parents).
COST: $9.99 - $64.99; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, OCT. 6; 3 - 6 p.m.
The LA Beer Festival
Los Angeles Center Studios -- 450 South Bixel St., downtown L.A.
Do you like beer? The fall edition of this festival series offers 200 beers for sampling along with food trucks, DJs and live music. While beer samples are included in all ticket levels, food is sold separately. Tickets will not be sold at the door. VIP tickets get you in an hour early and allow access to air-conditioned bathrooms. This event is strictly 21+.
COST: $45 - $80; MORE INFO

The Off the Hook seafood festival offers foods from local restaurants and competitions like oyster shucking. (Photo: Off the Hook)

SATURDAY, OCT. 6; 4 - 7 p.m.
Off the Hook Seafood Festival
Santa Monica Pier -- 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
This seafood fest will be... off the hook, charts, rails. Really. It's a plastic free(!) and benefits Heal the Bay. Featured restaurants include Blue Plate Oysterette, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, The Lobster, BOA, Sushi Roku, Herringbone and Enterprise Fish Co. In addition to beer and wine tastings, there's live music, games and an oyster shucking competition. VIP access starts at 3 p.m.
COST: $50 - $85; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, OCT. 7; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
ASID Pasadena Home Tour
Locations in Pasadena and South Pasadena
The American Society of Interior Designers offers a shuttled, semi-guided tour of three private residences and gardens: Paul R. Williams Pasadena estate (1925); Merril W. Baird Pasadena estate (1939) and Petrie Wilson, South Pasadena estate (1968). The tour also includes a pop-up market with food trucks, vendors and free design consultations. Meet at 1020 El Centro St. in South Pasadena to catch the shuttles.

SUNDAY, OCT. 7; 6 - 9 p.m.
A Medieval Feast
Bowers Museum -- 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana
Eat like a knight (without utensils) during this three-course meal accompanied by mead and Italian wine. Enjoy courtly entertainment provided by Chivalry Today and Courtly Noyse. If you insist on knives, forks, et al., they will be provided. The dinner also includes admission to the current exhibition, "Knights in Armor."
COST: $65 - $75; MORE INFO

Holy moly! All things mole will be served up at Grand Park this weekend. (Photo: Ismael Villafranco)

SUNDAY, OCT. 7; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
La Feria de Los Moles
Grand Park -- 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A
The Mexican food festival celebrates mole in all its deliciousness. Different types of moles, from sweet and savory to mild and spicy, will be available to buy from dozens of vendors. In addition to food, there will be crafts, cultural performances and activities. The VIP ticket includes a guided tour, tastings and bypassing lines.

SUNDAY, OCT. 7; 8 p.m.
War Stories: Tales of 70's & 80's Punk Mayhem Told by the Perpetrators Themselves
The Roxy Theatre -- 9009 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Pleasant Gehman and Theresa Kereakes, the duo behind '70s L.A. punk rock zine "Lobotomy," curates a storytelling lineup. Listen to tales from punk rock, new wave and rock icons including Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Jennifer Finch (L7), Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Off!), Abby Travis (The Lovedolls, The Go-Go's, KMFDM) and Mike Watt (The Minutemen, Dos, Firehose). DJ Lina Lecaro spins tunes throughout the night. The event is all ages.
COST: $40 - $45; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, OCT. 7; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Parts of Colorado Ave., Ocean Ave. and Main St. -- Santa Monica
The city of Santa Monica's version of CicLAvia celebrates community, art and sustainability. More than two miles of city streets will be closed to cars, allowing people to walk, bike or skate without worrying about traffic. Music, performances and activities take place on every block and at landmarks like Camera Obscura, City Hall and the Pier, culminating in a party at the final Twilight on the Pier music concert, headlined by Red Baraat.

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