It's officially Fall, and although it might be warmer in the West, this list of the best things to do in Los Angeles in October will have you breaking out the cozy sweaters and crunching through invisible piles of golden leaves.
Free Jazz Fridays at LACMA (Oct 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th)
As paid live concerts begin their return to Los Angeles, so do their freebies. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is starting their weekly Jazz concerts once again to return to Saturday's Latin Sounds in the near future. New guidelines do require reservations, though, with tickets opening up on the TUESDAY of that week at 10 a.m.
October 1st's concert features the sounds of the Yellowjackets at 6 p.m.in the Smidt Welcome Plaza.
DineLA (October 1st-15th)
Fall DineLA Restaurant Week is here with tons of good deals to be had with prix-fixe lunches and dinner for as low as $15! Newcomer Matu is on the menu with a 5-course Wagu dinner plus wine for $90. While that is more than their current menu ($78 without wine), you will be guaranteed the dishes listed versus the rotating specials they usually do. Next, Southern Italian favorite Ospi in Venice has a 2-course lunch for just $25 with an option to add dessert for just $4! Redbird in DTLA has also just joined the line-up with a $55 3-course dinner. Most options are dine-in only, but some, like U-Street Pizza in Pasadena, have got take-out as well, offering a 4-course for $45.
Oktoberfest (Various Dates)
The Bavarian beer bash is on for two weekends, October 2nd/3rd and October 10th/11th, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Expect live music, lederhosen, and loads of brews. Meanwhile, there's also horse racing going on; it is a track, after all.
General admission is $35 and includes 8 3 oz beer tastes, a stein, and a $5 betting voucher. You can get $10 off just by signing up for their newsletter.
Also, in Oktoberfest news, Brewyard Beer Company in Glendale is holding their Oktoberfest Cornhole Tournament on October 2nd and 3rd, with proceeds benefiting Family Promise of the Verdugos. The tournament is at 2 p.m., but live music and food happen all day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the 2nd and 12 to 2 p.m. on the 3rd. Get your tickets here for just $10.
Lastly, not be missed is Vegan Octoberfest on October 16th at L.A. Center Studios from Noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 and up and include unlimited samples of beer plus 3 14 oz pours, but all bratwurst are barred :)
Spooky Tea at the Wayfarer DTLA (Thurs-Sun in October)
The Wayfarer Downtown LA is serving up its first annual Spooky Tea. The themed afternoon tea includes spooky seasonal petit fours, freaky finger sandwiches, a salted caramel witches tea, and more for $60. Tricks like Makers Mark Tea Infused cocktails, and extra sweets are also available as add ons.
Make your reservations for Lilly Rose restaurant 24 hours in advance here for seatings from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.
National Taco Day (October 4th)
National Taco Day is October 4th, and it's your chance to take advantage of some deals and do some good. Find out where to get 4 Mini Crispy Tacos for $6 in this National Taco Day post. You can pick up the O.G. Pink Tacos below with shredded chicken, avocado, and habanero pickled onions at Pink Taco on Sunset Blvd.
OC Japan Fair (October 15th-17th)
Experience Japanese food and culture at one of the biggest Japanese Festivals in California, the O.C. Japan Fair. Guests can enjoy food vendors, performances, anime cosplay, and a very cool Tuna Cutting Show where you can sample the freshest tuna outside the Toyosu Market.
Tickets are $10 or as low as $8 with their early bird pricing. Kids under 6 and kids at heart over 65 are FREE! The event takes place at the O.C. Fairgrounds.
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (All October long)
The Haunted Hayride is back in Griffith Park for 2021 with timed Hayrides, a Trick or Treat Maze, and more.
Ticket prices begin at $29.99 for the Hayride only. Hours vary but generally run from 7 to 11 p.m. in the evenings. Choose a date if you dare!
Knott's Scary Farm (All October long)
Knott's Scary Farm in Buena Park promises EVEN MORE FEAR for this year! The entire theme park is transformed for Halloween with rides, mazes, and over 1000 scary creatures.
Ticket prices vary and begin at $90, but there are tons of discount websites that can bring it down. Hours are 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Apple Picking (Weekends in October)
October is apple picking time, and the closest spot to Los Angeles is Oak Glen, California. You'll find this small town just a little more than an hour away, and all the orchards are almost in the same block. Willowbrook Apple Farm is my favorite for U-Pick apples and U-Press Cider.
They are open starting the first weekend in October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Academy Museum (October and ongoing)
Visit L.A.'s newest museum, The Academy Museum, celebrating all things film and entertainment-related. Currently, exhibitions include The Pixar Toy Story 3D Zoetrope and the special The Oscars® Experience, among others.
Timed tickets are required and are $25 for adults and FREE for children under 17. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. most days.