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10 Events We're Looking Forward To This Fall

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By Sarah Chamberlain and Emma Gallegos

The end of summer is bittersweet. We'll miss long, sunny days—but not the afternoons we spent wilting under triple-digit temperatures.

The festival circuit slows down somewhat in the fall, but fortunately there's still plenty to do in sunny Los Angeles no matter the season. We picked a few upcoming events that should interest you whether you're interested in music, beer, comedy, food or...spiders.

Natural History Museum Spider Pavilion
Today-November 4

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Get educated on eight-legged crawlies at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM). The Spider Pavilion is an interactive habitat where visitors can view hundreds arachnids from around the world, as well as their intricate webs. NHM says, “The goal of this living exhibit is to convey how harmless and gentle these animals are,” and while we're still a little creeped out, we have to admit it sounds pretty cool. Ticket prices for the outdoor pavilion alone range from $1 to $3. Plan your visit at the exhibit's website.

Culture Collide Festival
October 4-7

The Culture Collide Festival will return to Echo Park for the third year with a line-up that brings together bands from all over the world including of Montreal, The Big Pink and Zola Jesus. The festival sponsored by FILTER Magazine will include lots of shows, happy hours and a Sunday all-ages block party. This year for the first time, the festival will also feature a 2-day Culture Collide Creative Summit on October 4 and 5. Wristbands are $20, which gets you into all shows (until they fill up). For more information, visit the festival's website.

BAM Fest 2012
October 6

The 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica will host the third annual BAM Fest from 1-6PM (BAM stands for sacred trinity of Beer, Art and Music). Over 35 breweries, plus bands, galleries and vendors, will represent on the westside. Tickets are $40, and $45 at the door. Get the need-to-know details at the 18th Street website and get updates on the BAM Facebook page.

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Eagle Rock Music Festival
October 6

If you can't make it over to the westside for BAM, fear not: the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock (CFAER) will also host their fourteenth annual music festival on Colorado Boulevard between Argus and Eagle Rock. Dozens of acts from almost as many genres will occupy more than ten stages, so listeners can switch the soundtrack at will, all while enjoying delicious food truck fare. Admission is a $10 suggested donation. Read more at CFAER's website.

Abbot Kinney Festival
October 7

Venice's own Abbot Kinney is hosting its annual festival celebrating life on the mile-long stretch in Venice. There will be live music, unique crafts, delicious food—and an emphasis on eco-consciousness. The festival organizers' commitment to sustainability means they want you to recycle, carpool and ride your bike to the festival — and not just because it's Abbot Kinney Fest Day. The festival kicks off at 10 am and lasts until 6 pm. For more information, visit the event's website.

626 Night Market
October 20-21

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The 626 Night Market, “the largest Asian night market in Los Angeles”, returns to provide revelers with dozens of vendors' food and wares. This will be the 626 Night Market's first appearance in their new home at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. The event will last from 3 pm until 12 am on Saturday and 3 pm until 10 pm on Sunday. Keep tabs on the event at their Facebook page.

Los Angeles Oktoberfest
October 20-21

Throw on your lederhosen (or dirndl) and head up to Hollywood for a weekend-long beer celebration at Vanguard. More than 20 beers will be on tap for the festival, which will be from 1-5PM on each day. Additional entertainment will include a band, Bavarian dancers, a stein holding contest and more. Tickets are $35 for admission at 2PM and $5 refills or $100 for VIP admission at 1PM and unlimited refills. You'll also drink up for a good cause: proceeds benefit Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Get your tickets at the event website.

Dia De Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
October 27

Generally, we're pretty pumped about Halloween and Day of the Dead. We'll let you know more about what's going on in town as the date nears, but it's safe to say we're looking forward to the Dia De Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever. The event kicks off at 12 pm and goes until 12 am. Tickets cost $10. For more information, visit the event's website.

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AFI Fest
November 1-8

The American Film Institute will present AFI Fest, presented by Audi, November 1-8. Each night of the film school's annual Hollywood festival will include galas, public discussions and tribute events in addition to a core program of short and feature-length films. The full schedule remains under wraps until October, but the headlining feature will be the premiere of Steven Spielberg's presidential biopic "Lincoln," which will be shown on the last night of the festival. Pre-registration for free tickets begins October 11, but patron passes and packages are available now, starting at $125. For more information visit the festival website.

LA Comedy Festival
November 2-11

In November, you'll be able to catch the best of the best at the LA Comedy Festival. The week-long laughfest celebrates forms from screenplay to standup, with an impressive program boasting three feature-length world premieres. Ticket prices are TBA, but you can track the festival at their website.