Everything Fun You Can Do This Weekend in LA

Kick off the spooky season with music fests, air shows, food festivals, and more.

The leaves may be turning slightly less green and the sun may be setting a smidge earlier, but that doesn’t mean LA has slowed down for fall. This weekend is stacked with big-time music fests, Halloween-themed events, and amazing spots to eat. And if you’re looking for even more ideas for an epic weekend, check out these cool new art exhibits, support Latinx-owned businesses, or road trip to Newport Beach.

If you can, donate to support Puerto Rico as they recover from devastating damage and flooding as a result of Hurricane Fiona.

Friday, September 30–Sunday, October 2
25300 Dana Point Harbor (Dana Point)
The large-but-not-too-large beachside festival curated by Eddie Vedder returns to Dana Point with a stacked lineup: headliners include classic rock queen Stevie Nicks, pop princess P!nk, and alt-rock all stars Jack White and Vedder himself, with a deep lineup that also features soulful singer Joy Oladokun and the 60’s throwback harmonizers Habibi.
Cost: $159+

Friday, September 30-Sunday, October 2
Huntington Beach
If you’ve been petitioning for Top Gun: Maverick to get a (very deserved!) Best Picture nomination, then this is probably the weekend event for you: a high-flying aerial extravaganza over the water in Huntington Beach. The US Airforce Thunderbirds and the US Army Golden Knights are just a couple of the performers, with live music, boat races, and more abetting the sky-high stunt show.
Cost: $25+

Saturday, October 1
Hungry Gardens Urban Farm (Sun Valley)
The wildlife preservation organization Teranga Ranch is throwing an open-to-the-public symposium on bats—yep, those winged nocturnal creatures that are sort of terrifying but also totally amazing. Head there for an excuse to see if vampires are real, or check out Hungry Gardens, where they grow all sorts of heirloom fruits and vegetables.
Cost: Free

Saturday, October 1
Republic of Lucha (South Pasadena)
The Lucha Libre-obsessed store/gathering spot/museum Republic of Lucha is adding some obscure Halloween-themed film screenings to their calendar of events this month, starting with this week’s selection, Santo vs The Vampire Women, a 1963 treasure featuring satanic sacrifices (and presumably a very hip soundtrack). Upcoming screenings include The Panther Women on Friday, October 28 and the unrated, adults-only Santo In Dracula’s Treasure, Sexy Version on actual Halloween.
Cost: $15

Saturday, October 1
One Colorado (Old Pasadena)
Wet hop beers are made once a year during harvest time when the hops are picked right off the vine and brewed within 24 hours—resulting in the freshest beer you can imagine with grassy and bright flavors. Sample it for yourself at Sage Vegan Bistro’s Wet Hoptoberfest that’s being hosted in the courtyard at One Colorado, featuring eight local breweries that made wet hot beers with hops from Sage’s 18-acre regenerative and organic farm in Fillmore. For just $25, you’ll get a mini tasting mug and unlimited pours, and there will also be games like cornhole, giant Jenga, ring toss, life-size checkers, live music, plus vegan pretzels, and a food stand featuring produce and products straight from the farm.
Cost: $25

Saturday, October 1-Sunday, October 2
Royce Hall Rehearsal Room (UCLA)
This one-of-a-kind performance art show blurs the lines between spectator and performer by giving each member of the 16-person audience a shared script and notecards to be a part of the show, making each performance a totally unique, immersive experience. The whole thing’s orchestrated by the experimental theater duo known as 600 Highwaymen, who Le Monde called “the standard-bearers of contemporary theater-making.”
Cost: $25

Saturday, October 1–Sunday, October 2
Pasadena Convention Center
This feline festival celebrates everything we love about our favorite furry friends, with new cat-centric products, photo ops with celebrity cats, workshops on pet ownership, and more—including a cat art exhibition paying homage to celebrity cat dad Nicolas Cage. Yes, for real.
Cost: $25+

Sunday, October 2
Santa Anita Park
This family-friendly fest celebrates the cultural mainstays of Japan, with Japanese pop culture and a cosplay contest, food vendors selling sushi, okonomiyaki, ramen, and more, a live taiko drumming performance, and free giveaways all day.
Cost: Free with online registration.

Sunday, October 2-Monday, October 3
The Tasting Kitchen (Venice)
Abbot Kinney’s The Tasting Kitchen has put together a two-night prix fixe dinner with Valle de Guadalupe-based chef Viko Morales (Artio) and Monte Xanic winery to showcase the area’s culinary and viticultural traditions. Dishes include a Duck Carnitas Tostada with mole verde and Arroz Meloso with 12-hour-braised oxtail, plus Guava Sorbet for dessert.
Cost: $165

Sunday, October 2
Shangri-La Hotel (Santa Monica)
This locally focused music festival is in an unusual spot: the rooftop of the Shangri-La hotel, making it one of the most intimate open to the public festivals in LA and one of the only ones with panoramic ocean views. Performers include Conner Cherland and Sierra Blax, with surprise DJs as the sun goes down.
Cost: $10 with the code THRILLIST.

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Jeff Miller’s got his own little backyard festival thing going on this weekend too. He’s at @jeffmillerla on Insta if you want to learn more.