10 Amazing Things To Do In Downtown LA This Month

Plan out your month with the city's best culture, concerts, eateries and more.
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10 AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN Downtown LA | October 2017

No More FOMO. Plan out your month with the city’s best culture, concerts, eateries and more.

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THINGS TO DO

October 14

Festival Of Disruption; Theater At The Ace Hotel

Watch an amazing lineup of musicians, actors and artists, from Bon Iver and TV on the Radio toDavid artist Ed Rucha and comedian Pete Holmes, plus a ton of Twin Peaks collaborators at Lynch’s Festival of Disruption.

October 21

Strut Your Mutt; USC/Exposition Park

Walk the walk at Best Friends Animal Society’s annual event and fundraiser to help homeless pets. This isn’t your average dog walk. Round up your pack and check out the pet contests, treats and fun for dogs and humans alike, all in support of shelter pets in need. Register now to complete challenges and win cool prizes. Registration and anything else raised goes to the participating LA area shelter or rescue group of your choosing.

October 28

KCRW Masquerade Ball; USC/Exposition Park

Plan out your costume and get ready for L.A.’s favorite public radio station legendary Halloween masquerade. Expect to find a labyrinth of sensory-stimulating themed rooms showcasing circus troops, DJs, ghost stories, costume contests and, of course, boogying masqueraders. There will also be an array of food trucks on site to satisfy your post-dance midnight hunger. The event is 21 and over, so be sure to leave any trick-or-treaters or college freshmen at home.

FOOD + DRINK

October 14

Taste Of Italy; Italian American Museum Of Los Angeles

Celebrate Italian culture and cuisine benefitting the city’s Italian American Museum. Featuring the areas top Italian and Italian American restaurants and wineries. The festival will also feature live musical entertainment including performances of traditional Italian music, opera, as well as contemporary styles. This plus more, all taking place at the beautiful outdoor plaza on historic Olvera Street.

October 21

Oktoberfest; Pershing Square

Enjoy German dishes and beer at Pershing Square’s free two-day street festival with music, dancing and Bavarian charm. Best way to ring in October(fest).

Find more things to do in our October 2017 events calendar.

ARTS + CULTURE

October 6, 7

‘I Didn’t Ask For This: A Lifetime Of Dick Pics’; Think Tank Gallery

NSFW traveling showcase returns to Think Tank Gallery. This digital age-inspired show, I Didn’t Ask For This: A Lifetime of Dick Pics features a tongue-in-cheek approach to dick pics. However, it’s not just all show and tell. The event also features various panels and discussions on gender inequality and consent in the digital age. There will also be celebrity panelists on-site, including Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson, Sovereign Syre (author and feminist pornstar) and Tristan Taormino (sex educator and author).

October 21, 22

Pancakes & Booze; Lot 613

Eat your heart out while immersing yourself in art. The Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns for its premiere underground art show – served up with a stack of pancakes! Featuring between 50 and 150 local artisans, a unique lineup of live musicians and DJs, live painting, body painting, and more, this art show is one for the books. The best part? A free pancake bar all night long (yum!).

Find more things to do in our October 2017 events calendar.

MUSIC + NIGHTLIFE

 

October 13

Blue Hawaii; Moroccan Lounge

Let loose and let go to Ra’s music that draws influence from 90’s dance tracks and deep disco cuts. It unfolds like a play and each song being supported by shorter interlude pieces: skits, phone calls, acoustic demos, real life samples and quiet left-turns. Here the strength which Ra has been searching for is boldly stated: “I learn to greet the day, with as much tenderness as if I were laying in your arms, learning how to be alone without you, and happy to be with me”.

October 20, 21

Cloak & Dagger; The Globe And Palace Theatres

Dance to to the likes of Jesus and The Mary Chain, She Wants Taking, Com Truise, Cold Cave, HEALTH, plus more. From dusk till dawn, the weekend before Halloween, Cloak & Dagger has got you covered with an incredible lineup.

October 25

M. Ward; Walt Disney Concert Hall

Watch quiet but prolific singer-songwriter M. Ward who raised his profile as part of She & Him and Monsters of Folk. Ward’s real strength has always been his solo records, naturally timeless collections of experimental folk songs that dip a toe into rose-colored pop and quaint nostalgia (Mm).

Want more? Then be sure to check out Happening In DTLA’s Events Calendar for updates on exciting things happening in the city throughout the month of October.

Aneesah Moore
Aneesah Moore
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