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Your Ultimate Guide To October: 20 Awesome Events Happening In Los Angeles

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We found a number of notable happenings in October, so we're ready to help you plan out your social calendar for the month. Read on for all our event picks and details.

Ongoing

MUSICAL INTERVENTIONS (Comedy)
Josh Kun, MacArthur Fellow and USC Annenberg Professor, continues his “Musical Interventions,” a “musical exhibition” as part of The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. Interventions is a sonic exploration of the musical networks between Los Angeles and various Latin American communities and cultures. Upcoming programs include Voice of the Xtabay: A Tribute to Yma Sumac on Oct. 7 at the Hammer Museum and Playing with Fires: Chicano Batman Plays Carlos Almaraz at LACMA on Oct. 18.

Oct. 3-4

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CHANCE THE RAPPER (Music)
Chicago’s Chance the Rapper plays the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 3-4. 8 p.m on both nights. Tickets start at $35. This is a lease event, so no outside alcohol is allowed.

Oct. 3-5

WERK IT (All-women’s podcast festival)
WNYC Studios in New York presents Werk It, an all-women’s podcast festival, which takes place from Oct 3-5 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Programs include: BuzzFeed’s Another Round with special guest Amber Rose on Oct. 3; Death, Sex & Money in conversation with Niecy Nash on Oct. 4 and 2 Dope Queens, hosted by Jessica Williams and special guest co-host Naomi Ekperigin on Oct. 5. There’s also a Podcast Bootcamp on Oct. 3. Individual ticket prices vary, but $550 for an all-access pass.

Oct. 5-Nov. 12

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LORE (Immersive horror)
The folks behind Creep LA present the immersive haunt experience, Lore, which is based on the Amazon Prime exclusive series that debuts on Oct. 13. The new TV series is itself derived from Aaron Mahnke’s popular podcast of the same name. The one-hour, small group walkthrough experience takes place at Magic Box LA on select dates between Oct. 5 and Nov. 12. Visitors will step into an altered world where folklore comes to life. The experience is for adults only. Tickets start at $65.

Oct. 5-8

SHRIEKFEST FILM FESTIVAL (Film)
The 17th annual Shriekfest Film Festival is a horror/fantasy/sci-fi film festival and screenplay competition that runs Oct. 5-8 at Raleigh Studios. Up-and-coming screenwriters and filmmakers screen/show their short films and features. The opening night party is at Bar Sinister/Boardners on Oct. 5 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Party entry: $10 and includes a screening. Tickets: $10 per film/shorts block. Passes: $100-$120.

Oct. 5-15

LAX FESTIVAL, 5TH EDITION (Performing arts fest)
Los Angeles Exchange [LAX] Festival, 5th Ed., runs from Oct. 5-15 in several venues throughout Los Angeles, featuring contemporary performances by both local artists as well as performers, creators from Mexico City. The festival presents 12 projects and 44 performances, beginning with Lulu, an ongoing multi-platform performance adaptation of the 1895 Frank Wedekind Lulu play, at Automata in Chinatown.Oct. 6-8

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INDIECADE (Games festival)
IndieCade’s 10th anniversary festival takes place on Oct. 6-8 at The Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. The festival is the largest international festival of independent games. Join the gaming community and play more than 200 of the latest titles, from live action RPGs, VR/AR, mobile, console and tabletop games. Passes start at $20; all access passes $379.

Oct. 6-29

RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY FESTIVAL LOS ANGELES (Music)
After five years in New York, Red Bull Music Academy holds the west coast debut of its month-long Red Bull Music Academy Festival in October in L.A. The festival includes live music, club nights and conversations with creative artists. Artists include: Flying Lotus, Thundercat, St. Vincent, SOPHIE, Arca, Ryoji Ikeda’s Synthesizer Orchestra with 100 Cars; celebrations of Alice Coltrane, Early West Coast Hip-Hop, Japanese Video Game Music and Latinx Metal. There’s also scheduled conversations with Edgar Wright, Ice-T, Floria Sigismondi and Bappi Lahiri. A conversation with punk icon Alice Bag at MOCA’s Ahmanson Auditorium opens the festival on Oct. 6. Ticket prices vary.

Oct. 9-17

CDMX: MUSIC FROM MEXICO CITY (Music)
As part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the LA Phil presents the music festival CDMX: Music from Mexico City, showcasing Mexico City’s vibrant music scene. Concerts include three orchestral programs led by Gustavo Dudamel. The series starts on Oct. 9 with the jazz program Birdman Live with Antonio Sánchez and wraps on Oct. 17 with CDMX: New Music from Mexico (Contemporary Mexico). Ticket prices vary.

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Oct. 12, 14, 16, 18

DEPECHE MODE (Music)
Music veterans Depeche Mode brings its Global Spirit Tour to the Hollywood Bowl for four nights this month: Oct. 12, 14, 16 and 18. Warpaint opens each night. 7:30 p.m. Best ticket availability on the 18th. Tickets: $57+. Remember, this is a lease event, so no outside alcohol is allowed.

Oct. 13-March 2018

X: 40 YEARS OF PUNK IN LOS ANGELES (Exhibition)
The Grammy Museum presents the exhibition, X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles, opening on Oct. 13 and running through March 2018. The exhibit includes instruments and gear played by band members; handwritten lyrics and notebooks by Exene Cervenka and John Doe; clothing and other items; original concert flyers for L.A. shows; rare photographs and artwork by Exene; and a screening of X: The Unheard Music Film and more. Unfortunately, the opening conversation and live music set that opens the exhibition on Oct. 13 is already sold out. Adult admission: $12.95.

Oct. 14-15

DAVID LYNCH'S FESTIVAL OF DISRUPTION (Film + music + fundraiser)
David Lynch’s second Festival of Disruption is a music, art, film and creativity festival curated by Lynch that takes place on Oct. 14-15 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Proceeds from the festival raise funds and awareness for The David Lynch Foundation, which focuses on eliminating post-traumatic stress through Transcendental Meditation. Performances by Bon Iver, The Kills, TV On The Radio, Sharon Van Etten, Laura Marling, Reggie Watts, Moby DJ set and Shepard Fairey DJ Set. Conversations with Ed Ruscha, Bill Pullman, Sheryl Lee, Pete Holmes and Twin Peaks Collaborators as well as screenings, meditation and exhibits by William Eggleston and David Lynch and others. Tickets: $249-$999.

Oct. 20-22

LONG BEACH ZOMBIE FEST (Undead gathering)
Join the walking dead for a three-day invasion of Long Beach from Oct. 20-22. The Long Beach Zombie Fest takes place at Rainbow Lagoon on Friday from 5-10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 3-10 p.m. Join in many activities and workshops including a Zombie Walk, a Thriller Workshop, a Zombie Apocalypse Scavenger Hunt and Dangerous D Ultimate Shock Show. Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory. Tickets/passes: $5-$20.

Oct. 20-22

LOS ANGELES DIVERSITY COMEDY FESTIVAL (Comedy + conversation)
The Second City holds its second annual Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Festival from Oct. 20-22 at The Second City Stage (located on 2nd floor with no elevator access), 3 Arts Stage (located on 2nd floor with no elevator access) and The Hollywood Improv. The festival offers a platform from L.A.’s diverse talent pool to allow comics and performers the chance to explore issues of diversity across race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity through performances, panels and workshops. Ticket prices vary.

Oct. 21

BURBANK BEER FESTIVAL
The third annual Burbank Beer Festival takes over Downtown Burbank on Saturday, Oct. 21 with two sessions for craft beer sampling: 12-3 pm or 4-7 pm. Each session features 85 beers as well as live musical performances and vendors. Tickets are $40 (for Session I) and $45 (for Session II) and includes a tasting glass and three-ounce craft beer samples. While beer festival entry is 21+, the street fair (noon to 7:30 p.m.) is free for all ages.

Oct. 21-Jan. 1, 2018

YAYOI KUSAMA: INFINITY MIRRORS
Because of overwhelming demand, The Broad is releasing additional tickets and extended hours for the upcoming special exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, which runs from Oct. 21-Jan 1. (Tickets on sale on Monday, Oct. 2). The Broad will stay open an additional 14 hours each week to accommodate the demand for guests to view these six infinity rooms. If you’re not one of the lucky ones to snag tickets, a limited number of standby tickets will be available on-site on a first-come, first-served basis. $25 advance, $30 on-site. Children 12 and under are free.Oct. 27

CHESTER BENNINGTON TRIBUTE (Music)
The remaining members of Linkin Park come together for a one-night only memorial and tribute to their friend and bandmate Chester Bennington, who committed suicide on July 20. The special event takes place on Oct. 27 at the Hollywood Bowl with the band being joined by a number of artists on stage. Linkin Park members intend to contribute their fees from the event to Music For Relief's One More Light Fund in memory of Bennington. Sold out, so try your favorite alternative ticket broker.

Oct. 27-29

STAN LEE’S L.A. COMIC CON (Expo)
Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con returns to the L.A. Convention Center from Oct. 27-29 and is a must-do event for fans of comics, sci-fi, anime, horror and pop culture in general with performances, panel discussions, workshops, games, collectibles and more. Guests/panelists this year include: Walter Koenig, Chloe Bennet, Burt Ward, Kevin Smith, Gates McFadden, Phil LaMarr and many others. One-day tickets $30-$45; passes at $80-$569 and add-on packages cost extra.

Oct. 28, 29 and 31


LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE (Film + opera)
LA Opera off Grand presents La Belle et la Bête—Jean Cocteau’s beautiful 1946 cinematic masterpiece of Beauty and the Beast, for three screenings + performances on Oct 28 and 31 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. There’s a new soundtrack composed by Philip Glass, who reimagines the film’s original music and dialogue with a classical opera, performed live. Tickets: $34-$124.

Oct. 28

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS - DAY OF THE DEAD (Celebration)
The 18th Annual Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery takes place from noon to midnight on Oct. 28. In addition to altars, costumes and cultural traditions that honor ancestors, there’s live music and performances. Music by Aterciopelados, Cuco, Ximena Sariñana, Very Be Careful and La Chamba. Tickets are $20. Children 8 years and younger and seniors 65 and older free until 4 p.m. Want the 411 on additional events and happenings in L.A.? Follow @LAist or me (@christineziemba) on Twitter.