October in Los Angeles and Malibu: A Month Filled with Excitement and Cultural Exploration

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Welcome to a vibrant weekend filled with exciting events and activities in Los Angeles and the beautiful coastal city of Malibu. Whether you’re a local looking for fun things to do or a visitor seeking unique experiences, we have you covered. From cultural festivals to outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone. Let’s dive into the highlights of October 1, 2023, and discover the best ways to make the most of your day in these dynamic cities.

10. Made in L.A. 2023: Acts of Living – A Showcase of Local Artistic Talent

Location: Hammer Museum, Westwood

Discover the vibrant art scene of Los Angeles at the Made in L.A. biennial, an exhibition that highlights the talent and creativity of artists from the greater Los Angeles area. Organized by curators Diana Nawi and Pablo José Ramírez, the exhibition features the works of 39 artists, collectives, and organizations. Explore the diverse range of artistic practices on display, including painting, sculpture, performance art, and multimedia installations. The opening night celebration offers an opportunity to mingle with the artists and immerse yourself in the thriving art community of Los Angeles. Experience the power of art to provoke, inspire, and challenge perceptions at this extraordinary exhibition.

Nights of the Jack – A Halloween Extravaganza

Location: King Gillette Ranch, Calabasas

Kick off the spooky season with the family-friendly Nights of the Jack, an enchanting Halloween experience that will leave you in awe. Located at the picturesque King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, this event features a nearly 1-mile trail adorned with thousands of hand-carved pumpkins, immersive scenes, and captivating art installations. Explore the illuminated wonderland as you marvel at the incredible craftsmanship and creativity on display. Don’t forget to participate in face painting, digital carnival games, and other interactive activities. Indulge in delicious food and beverages from food trucks and The Spookeasy, a special area offering adult libations.Nights of the Jack is the perfect way to embrace the Halloween spirit and create lasting memories with your loved ones.

Tristan Eaton’s Dead Press Pop-up Opening Night

Location: Sized Studio, East Hollywood

Immerse yourself in the world of art at the opening night of Tristan Eaton’s Dead Press Pop-up. Founded by renowned artist Tristan Eaton, this pop-up gallery showcases exclusive releases from Eaton himself and features stunning sculptures from collectibles studio Sideshow. Be among the first to witness the creative brilliance of Eaton’s work and explore the unique pieces on display. The opening night party promises an evening of art appreciation, mingling with fellow art enthusiasts, and discovering new perspectives.

Ohana Festival – A Beachside Music Extravaganza

Location:Dana State Beach, Dana Point

Bid farewell to summer with a three-day music festival set against the picturesque backdrop of Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. The Ohana Festival is an all-ages event that brings together an impressive lineup of musicians and bands. On the first day, enjoy performances by The Killers and Haim, followed by Eddie Vedder and The Chicks on the second day. The festival concludes with an electrifying finale featuring Foo Fighters and Pretenders. Experience the magic of live music, indulge in delicious food, and soak in the sun-drenched atmosphere at this unforgettable beachside event.

Hola México Film Festival – Celebrating Mexican Cinema

Location: Various venues in Los Angeles

Celebrate the rich diversity of Mexican cinema at the 15th annual Hola México Film Festival, the largest Mexican film festival outside of Mexico itself. Taking place at various venues across Los Angeles, this festival showcases a curated selection of thought-provoking and entertaining films. The opening night features the coming-of-age comedy Sobreviviendo Mis XV (Surviving My XV) by director Chava Cartas. Immerse yourself in the vibrant stories and creative visions of Mexican filmmakers, and join in the closing night festivities, which include a screening, concert, and an award ceremony recognizing audience favorites.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago – A Captivating Dance Performance

Location: The Music Center, Downtown L.A.

Witness the grace and artistry of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as they perform a captivating mixed repertory at The Music Center. This renowned dance company has been entertaining audiences for over four decades and continues to push the boundaries of contemporary dance. The performance includes works such asBUSK by choreographer Aszure Barton, the West Coast premieres ofColtrane’s Favorite Things by Lars Lubovitch, andDear Frankie by Rennie Harris. Prepare to be mesmerized by the incredible talent and precision of these dancers as they bring these powerful and evocative pieces to life.

Thriller Nights – A Throwback Horror Party

Location: STC Anaheim GardenWalk, Anaheim

Step back in time to the 80s and 90s at Thriller Nights, a 21+ throwback party that celebrates classic horror films and nostalgia. Produced by Room 2 Party, this unique event brings your favorite horror flicks to life with photo spots, specialty cocktails, touch-screen game tables, local cover bands, and a DJ spinning the best hits from the era. Let your inner horror fan run wild as you immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this nostalgic celebration.

2023 Annual Watts Towers Drum and Jazz Festivals

Location: Watts Towers, Watts

Experience the vibrant spirit of Watts at the 41st Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival and the 46th Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival. The Day of the Drum Festival on Saturday showcases multicultural dance and music performances, including Xochipilli, the Korean Classical Music and Dance Company, SHINE Mawusi, the Garifuna Cultural Group, and Gimme A Beat. Return on Sunday for the Jazz Festival, featuring performances by Alaadun, Melvin Lee Davis and Friends, Food4Thought, Queen Socks, and Love, Ray Bailey and Friends, Dee Dee McNeil, The World Stage Big Band, Kamau Daáood, and the JMP Allstars. Celebrate the rich cultural heritage and artistic expressions of the Watts community at these lively and engaging festivals.

The Autry 35th Anniversary Celebration – A Block Party with a Twist

Location: Autry Museum of the American West, Griffith Park

Join in the festivities as The Autry Museum of the American West celebrates its 35th anniversary with a vibrant block party. This family-friendly event invites you to enjoy a carnival atmosphere with Native performances, live music, food trucks, and fun activities for all ages. The museum is rolling back ticket prices to their opening year in 1988, allowing you to experience the museum’s exhibits and collections at a nostalgic rate. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness Native Voices’ premiere of Where the Summit Meets the Stars by Frank Henry Kaash Katasse (Tlingit) and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the American West.


Malibu Farmers Market and Art Festival – A Celebration of Local Artistry and Fresh Produce

Location: Malibu Farmers Market, Malibu Civic Center

In addition to the exciting events happening in Los Angeles, don’t miss the Malibu Farmers Market and Art Festival taking place at the Malibu Civic Center. This weekly event showcases the best of local produce, artisanal goods, and handmade crafts. Explore a wide variety of stalls offering fresh fruits and vegetables, gourmet snacks, baked goods, and unique artisanal products. Engage with local artists and discover their extraordinary creations, ranging from paintings and sculptures to jewelry and ceramics. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this community gathering and support local businesses and artists.

Note: The Malibu Farmers Market and Art Festival is happening on Sunday, October 1, from 8 am to 2 PM. Enjoy the market’s offerings before or after exploring the other events in Los Angeles

October 2023, offers an array of captivating events and experiences in Los Angeles and Malibu. From immersing yourself in the enchanting Halloween ambiance at Nights of the Jack to enjoying live performances by iconic artists at the Today Was A Good Day concert, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Delve into the world of art at Tristan Eaton’s Dead Press Pop-up or celebrate Mexican cinema at the Hola México Film Festival. Engage with the vibrant cultural heritage of Watts at the Drum and Jazz Festivals, or embrace the beauty of contemporary dance at the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performance. Don’t miss the Autry Museum’s 35th anniversary celebration or the Made in L.A. 2023 exhibition at the Hammer Museum. And if you find yourself in Malibu, make sure to visit the Farmers Market and Art Festival for a taste of local produce and artistic talent.

With so much to see, do, and explore, October 1 promises to be a day filled with excitement, cultural enrichment, and unforgettable memories. Embrace the vibrant spirit of Los Angeles and Malibu, and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of experiences these cities have to offer.

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