From performances at L.A. Phil’s Disney Hall, including an evening of improvisational jazz with Herbie Hancock and a world premiere concert by DJ-slash-restauranteur Moby, to a pop-up dinner series at Fuss & Feathers Supper Club and a graveyard tour of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, here’s our list of the top six things to do in L.A. this October.
Fuss & Feathers Supper Club—Thursdays, October 11 – November 15
Fuss & Feathers Seasonal Dinner Series is a modern American supper lineup inspired by the recipes, ingredients and culinary methods of America’s colonial past. After a successful launch this summer, Fuss & Feathers is returning with two seasonal series, the first beginning on October 11th through November 15th (weekly on Thursday evenings), followed by a winter series, which will kick off on January 10th and run through February 14th. Each week will feature an elaborate and distinctive tasting menu with beverage pairings for up to twelve guests. Visit www.hatchethallla.com/fuss-feathers for more information.
L.A. Fest—October 4 – 14
Celebrate L.A. Phil’s centennial by catching six performances at Disney Hall over a week and a half, including a major new work by visionary composter Gustavo Dudamel to kick off the fest, an evening with improvisational jazz icon Herbie Hancock, and a premier gig by revolutionary artist, restauranteur, and musical maverick Moby. Before the show, stop by the LA Fest Lounge for free tastings of LA Phil 100 beer brewed in collaboration with L.A. Ale Works and music from some of the cities favorite local artists. Check out www.laphil.com for a detailed schedule of performances.
Dear Evan Hansen—October 17 – November 25
The six-time Tony winner Dear Evan Hansen finally kicks off at the Ahmanson this October, and it might be the first Broadway show to give Hamilton a run for its money. The musical has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics for its gripping portrayal of one high school boy’s loss, isolation, and anxious struggle to connect. The New York Times calls it “a gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heart”—and we have a feeling you’ll think so too.
COAST Open Streets Festival—October 7
On Sunday, October 7, from 10am to 4pm, walk or ride through gorgeous Santa Monica at the third annual COAST Open Streets Festival. This local event converts two miles of streets into a fun and free day fest with L.A. bands and DJs, stilt walkers, and artists from all walks of life. Explore the interactive COAST Zones paying tribute to the performing arts, culture, and sustainability, as well as plenty of other attractions along the way. Find COAST fest on Main Street and Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour—October 13
You might feel like walking the grounds of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery by your lonesome, but we think it would be better (and less disturbing) to fork up $20 and go for a three-hour, informational tour of Hollywood Forever with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. Visit legendary figures such as John Huston, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Rudolph Valentino and many more while hearing a great overview of the cemetery and the lives of its most famous residents. Tour dates can be subject to change, so check with www.cemeterytour.com before you go.
Street Food Cinema—October 1 – October 27
This October, Street Food Cinema is throwing together a series of outdoor parties that will include an assortment of gourmet food trucks, live music performances by local bands, and screenings of some of our favorite films such as Edward Scissorhands, Halloween, and Twilight (if that’s what you’re into). The screenings are held in venues throughout L.A. and change from week to week, so check with www.streetfoodcinema.com for a detailed schedule of events. Most of the outdoor venues are dog-friendly, so don’t forget to bring your pup!
By: Nico Picciuto