The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Sept. 27-Nov. 2
The Ringmaster’s corrupt control of over 200 heinous monsters has dragged our six terrifying mazes further into the depths of decay, promising the most intense season of SoCal’s most authentic haunted attraction.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Queen Mary, Long Beach
Contact: 562-499-1739 / www.queenmary.com
Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon Oct. 5
Starting in Downtown Long Beach, runners head towards the Queen Mary and then through Shoreline Village. After running next to the Pacific Ocean on the flat beach path, half marathoners will continue down Ocean Boulevard while full marathoners veer right and head through Belmont Shore toward Marine Stadium.
Contact: 562-795-8900 / www.motivrunning.com/run-longbeach
Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge Oct. 5-7
Ultimate family obstacle course, with 13-15 fun and challenging obstacles, plus lots of running, jumping, climbing, and mud!
Time/Place: 8:30am-2:20pm / Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
Craft Fair Oct. 5-7
Admission: FREE. Parking: $5.
Time/Place: Fri & Sat 12-8pm, Sun 7am-4pm / Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
Harvest Fest at The Shoppes Oct. 6
Family-friendly event to feature Jack O’Lantern’s Pumpkin Patch, Farm Friendz Petting Zoo and game, balloon tying, face painting and more.
Time/Place: 12-3pm / The Shoppes at Westlake Village
Contact: 805-495-5400 / www.shoppesatwestlakevillage.com
The Inflatable Festival & Run Oct. 6
Bounce houses, Zorb Balls, and inflatable jousting are only a few of the over forty inflatable attractions families can expect. The festival also features a 1-mile/5k track featuring kid-friendly inflatable obstacles that visitors can complete at their own pace.
Time/Place: 8am-2pm / Pomona Fairplex
Off the Hook Seafood Festival Oct. 6
Tastings from the city’s best seafood restaurants and chefs, live music, oyster shucking competition, sustainable seafood VIP Lounge and more.
Time/Place: 3-7pm / Santa Monica Pier
Montrose Oktoberfest Oct. 6
Offers you an authentic Bavarian experience for the entire family to enjoy including food, beer/beverages, games/rides, contests and live music.
Time/Place: 12-10pm / 2200-2400 Honolulu Avenue
Bark at the Park Oct. 6
Vendor exhibits, fun games and activities for your playful pooch. Raffle proceeds benefit the LA County Lancaster Animal Shelter.
Time/Place: 10am / Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park, Lancaster
Contact: 661-723-6077 / www.lancasterbarkatthepark.org
Adult Swim Festival Oct. 6-7
Combining the best of music, comedy, gaming and great food, Adult Swim fans will spend the weekend immersed in a one-of-a-kind cultural festival happening between two massive stages.
Time/Place: Market Row, DLTA
Galpin Car Show Oct. 7
We are expecting nearly 1000 vehicles that will be on display. In addition, we are also featuring more fun activities for kids like carnival games, paint-the-truck, live entertainment and food.
Time/Place: 9am-2pm / Galpin Motors, Northridge
Contact: 855-320-4585 / www.galpin.com/carshow
Denim, Diamonds & Stars for Autism Oct. 7
VIP & general cocktail reception, silent & live auctions, live entertainment, seated gourmet dinner, and a program of celebrity presenters, live entertainment, and a tribute to 2018 honorees.
Time/Place: 4:30-9:30pm / Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Contact: 818-340-4010 / www.denimanddiamondsforautism.net
The City of Santa Monica presents COAST Oct. 7
More than two miles of city streets will be closed to cars and open for people to stroll, bike, and roll. Attendees will indulge in food, listen to live music, enjoy world-class art, and experience the community’s public spaces in a new, reimagined way.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Downtown Santa Monica
Reyes Adobe Days Oct. 11-14
A weekend of entertainment, historical demonstrations – including rancho activities for kids, museum tours – art, parade, music, recreation, beer and wine tasting, gourmet food trucks, shopping and the RAD RUNS 10k & 10-miler on the 13th.
Time/Place: Reyes Adobe Park, Agoura Hills
AltCar Expo Oct. 12-13
Every year, exciting debuts of alternative technology vehicles – cars, fleets, trucks, bicycles, and scooter – are available for a Ride & Drive experience.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Santa Monica Civic Parking Lot
Contact: 310-390-2930 / www.altcarexposocal.com
Shoreline Village Haunted Maze Oct. 12-Oct. 31
This year all proceeds go to support the YMCA Youth Institute. Admission is $6. See website for schedule of days.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Shoreline Village, Long Beach
Pumpkin Nights Oct. 12-Nov. 4
Invites visitors to journey into the world of Pumpkin Nights with dazzling, multi-sensory Halloween displays and eight Pumpkin Lands created with over 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins and funkins.
Time/Place: 5-10pm / Pomona Fairplex
Malibu Pie Festival Oct. 13
Contests, kids’ activities, live music and more.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Malibu Methodist Church: 30128 Morning View
Contact: 310-457-7505 / www.malibuumc.org
Oktobeer Craft Brew Fan Festival Oct. 13
Taste amazing beers where Hollywood celebrities once displayed their acting craft next to amazing Hollywood movie sets. Entertainment including live bands, DJ’s, comedians and gypsy street performers.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / Hollywood Sports, Bellflower
Contact: 503-747-9605 / www.eventbrite.com
Long Beach Oktoberfest Oct. 13
Unlimited tastes, 2 sessions & a return to The Pike Outlets. Enjoy both traditional and non-traditional Oktoberfest activities, food options & music.
Time/Place: 12-7pm / The Pike Outlets
San Gabriel Valley Pride Oct. 13
Local community organizations and businesses, Classic Car Show, Health & Wellness area, Pet Adoption, Drag Queen and Drag King readings, a Family Arts and activity area, “Portraits of Pride” exhibit of LGBT Olympian Athletes, “Fearless” exhibit of High School and College Out LGBTQ athletes, a GSA Fundraising area, local entertainment and refreshments.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Pasadena Central Park
Building Bridges Fall 4 Wellness Fair Oct. 13
There will be free fun family activities ongoing, demonstrations, giveaways, informational booths, free healthy refreshments and healthy food trucks!
Time/Place: 11am-2pm / Torrance High School
Contact: 310-328-5310 / www.torranceca.gov
Empty Bowls Oct. 13
3-course gourmet soup dinner (wine, appetizers, soup, salad, rolls and dessert), silent and live auctions, entertainment and select a handcrafted artisan soup bowl of their very own to take home with them!
Time/Place: 6:30-9pm / O’Donnell Hall/American Martyrs Church, Manhattan Beach
Contact: 310-782-8196 / www.familypromiseosb.org
Say NO Bullying Festival Oct. 14
Anti-bullying influencers, some of today’s hottest musical talent, exhibit/resource booths, food, celebrities, and a massive group of supporters from all over Southern California.
Time/Place: 1-4pm / Griffith Park-Pettigrew, Los Feliz
Contact: 800-451-6434 / www.saynobullying.org
LA Westside Food & Wine Festival Oct. 14
With over 25 food, wine, beer, spirit and drink purveyors providing scrumptious samples you won’t leave hungry or thirsty from this event! Benefits The Westside Food Bank.
Time/Place: 3-7pm / LA Westside Marriott, Culver City
Long Beach Zombie Fest Oct. 19-21
Join hordes of rotting revelers for Long Beach’s annual zombie outbreak, a THREE DAY invasion of the walking dead who will channel their inner zombie as they take over.
Time/Place: Fri 5-10pm, Sat-Sun 3-10pm / Rainbow Lagoon Park
Contact: 562-495-5959 / www.longbeachzombiefest.com
Out of the Darkness Community Walk Oct. 20
Speakers, entertainment, remembrance activities, and a community resource fair. Make a difference in the lives of those touched by suicide by participating in our walk.
Time/Place: 10am / Santa Monica Pier
Contact: 310-962-3475 / www.afsp.org/lawalk
Bravery Uncorked Food, Wine & Jazz Benefit Oct. 20
Ticket includes Wine Tasting (+ beer) amazing food, & live music by the Jack Daro Jazz Band. Supporting the National Wounded Warrior Center to be built in Mammoth Lakes. A live auction, silent auction and raffle.
Time/Place: 12:30-4:30pm / Boccaccio’s Restaurant, Westlake Village
Buckboard Days Parade Oct. 20
“Passport Through Rowland Heights” Grand Marshal: Congressman Ed Royce. Festival immediately following the parade at Rowland Park.
Time/Place: 9am / Rowland Heights
American Indian Celebration Oct. 20-21
Native music, dancing, storytelling, and food. Native artists will sell jewelry, beadwork, gourd art, paintings, and crafts.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Antelope Valley Indian Museum, Lancaster
Contact: 661-946-3055 / www.avim.parks.ca.gov
Oktoberfest DTLA Oct. 20-21
Lots of great beer will be available to taste or buy by the pint in our Beer Garden, along with sausages, pretzels, authenic desserts and of course live music and dancing.
Time/Place: 2-10pm / Pershing Square
Contact: 310-404-3094 / www.oktoberfestdtla.com
Calabasas Pumpkin Festival Oct. 20-21
There will be live bands, contests, reptile and wildlife shows, inflatable rides and giant slide and youth carnival games. Pumpkin patch, pumpkin foods and flavors, pumpkin beer, pumpkin crafts and professional pumpkin carver.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Juan Bautista de Anza Park
Contact: 818-222-5680 / www.calabasaspumpkinfestival.com
LA Cancer Challenge 5K Walk/Run Oct. 21
The signature fundraising event of the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
Time/Place: 7:30-11am / UCLA
Contact: 310-473-5121 / www.lacancerchallenge.com
Asian World Film Festival Oct. 24-Nov. 1
Champions films from more than 50 countries across Asia. AWFF draws greater recognition to the region’s wealth of filmmakers while strengthening ties between the Asian and Hollywood film industries.
Time/Place: Arclight Culver City
Claremont Village Venture Arts and Crafts Faire Oct. 27
Get your holiday shopping done early as you walk the streets lined with 400 booths!
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Claremont Village
Diamond Bar Halloween Party for Pups & Kids Oct. 27
All treats and no tricks. Activities for both children and dogs.
Time/Place: 9am-12pm / Pantera Park
Contact: 909-839-7073 / www.diamondbarca.gov
Model Train Show Oct. 27-28
“How to” clinics will be held on various railroad subjects throughout the day. Bring your own model cars and locomotives if you would like advice and assistance.
Time/Place: 10am / South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula
Contact: 310-544-1948 / www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org
Kidspace Pumpkin Festival Oct. 27-28
Petting zoo, pony rides, bouncers, carnival games, and seasonal crafts. Participate in a costume parade, enjoy face painting, and pick out pumpkins from the pumpkin patch.
Time/Place: 9:30am-5pm / Brookside Park, Pasadena
Contact: 626-449-9144 / www.kidspacemuseum.org
Marina Spooktacular Oct. 27-28
Expect kid-friendly fun by day and spooky entertainment by night (recommended for ages 13+). Costume contests, DJ entertainment, crafts, free pumpkins and carving kits.
Time/Place: 12-8pm / Burton Chase Park, Marina Del Rey
Contact: 424-526-7900 / www.visitmarinadelrey.com
A Time for Heroes Festival Oct. 28
This year marks the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s 30th anniversary!
Time/Place: 12-3pm / Smashbox Studios, Culver City
Long Beach Dia De Los Muertos Oct. 31
Live Concert, Facepainting, Mariachis, Ballet Folklorico, Dia De Los Muertos Altar Displays, Children’s Fun Zone, Arts & Crafts, Art Displays, Food and Beer Garden.
Time/Place: 5-11pm / Pine Ave., between 4th and 6th Street