Weekly Fun: Events to Guide Your Free Time


It's a busy week here in Los Angeles, with Halloween in full effect, new movie events happening every five minutes and Oktoberfest wrapping up with a bang. So, out of all the possibilities that this fine city has to offer, what should you spend your time on? We've got a few ideas, but there are plenty more to be found on our Events page. Don't say we never told you so.

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Up first is the continuation of KCET's vaunted Cinema Series, with a screening tonight. The long-running weekly film event has moved from Santa Monica's Aero Theater to a fall location in North Hollywood, with plenty of early blockbusters and hard-to-find indie releases on the docket. Tonight's screening of Lincoln is sure to draw a crowd. If you can't make it tonight, Saturday is full of silver screen events, with the Barnsdall Outdoor Movies series getting spooky with a screening of The House on Haunted Hill. Back in Santa Monica at the Aero, they're running a dusk-till-dawn horrorthon with a full night of movies including Hellraiser, The Devil's Rain, Christine and more.

If you're looking for something a little less gory, UCLA is hosting an all-day event focusing on new and emerging agriculture practices. The sustainable agriculture innovation conference For both small urban farmers and large agribusiness owners alike, the nearly twelve hour event will focus on new technologies, best practices and will feature more than a dozen speakers and motivators on the important topic. Or, if you're just looking to relax with a nice cold beer, Saturday brings with it a full-on party in Alhambra. 38 Degrees, the popular craft beer outpost, is combining the foods and flair of a traditional Oktoberfest celebration with the hoppiness of over two dozen local IPAs. Affectionately known as Hoptoberfest, the afternoon event kicks off at 1pm and runs all night.

But, let's be honest with ourselves. It's all about Halloween, and the parties, festivals and kid-friendly events all reflect the times. Beginning on Friday with Atwater Village's city-sponsored Boo-levard night, kids can take to the streets in their spookiest getups for all of the family-friendly candy and good times they can hope for. Or, take them on a tour of the zoo on Saturday morning, with the annual Boo at the Zoo family event. If you're up for something a bit more cultural, the 12th annual Dia De Los Muertos returns to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, with all of the face painting, music and cultural celebrations you could want. For the adults, there's Halloween at the Roosevelt Hotel, a long-standing dance party and dress up excuse. The all night event kicks off at 8pm and features DJs, haunted rooms, a maze, and dance party aficionados Chromeo headlining the popular event. No matter, just be safe out there this weekend, everyone. It's going to be a wild one.

For more weekly events visit kcet.org/events.

About the Author

Farley Elliott is a freelance food writer and comedian. He currently writes for KCET.org, SeriousEats.com, LAist.com, and L.A. Weekly. You can catch Farley doing comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Hollywood.
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