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October 2013 Events in Los Angeles

A Calendar of Events, Festivals and Concerts Going on This Month in LA


This month is jam-packed with events, parties and unique gatherings. From Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos to film screenings and arts and jazz gatherings, LA's got it going on in October.

Taste of Downtown Burbank

When: Oct. 6, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Where: San Fernando between Magnolia and Orange Grove, Burbank

What: Like the name implies, get a taste of Downtown Burbank through samples from more than 40 area restaurants and eateries. Drink wine and beer on the AMC Walkway and watch live music performances. Proceeds go to the Burbank Community YMCA’s scholarship fund.

Angel City Jazz Festival

When: Oct. 4-13

Where: John Anson Ford, REDCAT, LACMA, UCLA Royce Hall, Zipper Hall

What: LA's only jazz and new music festival is back. Original and innovative jazz musicians from the West Coast and around the world will hit the stages for a celebration. The event takes place at five venues and combines music, film, art, dance and food. It will also feature two world premieres.

LA Fashion Week

When: Oct. 9-18

Where: Various venues

What: LA Fashion Week features citywide presentations and events--to point them to next year's runway trends and cutting edge looks.

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The Tuna Bora Collection (novella release event)

When: Oct. 19

Where: The Last Bookstore, Downtown

What: Hosted by Black Hill Press, this event celebrates 12 novellas released in 2013. It includes author readings and signings.

Harvest Festival

When: Oct. 20, 10 a.m.

Where: Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge

What: Celebrate the Autumn season with a Descanso tradition which includes food, costume parades, storytelling, music, crafts, garden activities and more. Suitable for the whole family.

LA Decom

When: Oct. 5

Where: LA State Historical Park ('The Cornfield')

What: Celebrate a decade of Burning Man style creativity and mayhem at this annual event. Multiple stages will host entertainment, art and activities for all ages. Burners will unite for 18 non-stop hours of live music, DJs, theme camps, art car displays, green tech, puppetry, marching bands and more.

Hollywood Film Festival

When: October 18-20

Where: Various

What: This festival aims at bridging the gap between established Hollywood and the international creative community, providing an avenue of discovery for emerging filmmakers.

Spooktacular Carnival and Pumpkin Dash

When: Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Lanai Road Elementary Encino 4241 Lanai Road, Encino

What: Spirited family fun comes at no price at this free Halloween event. It features rides, an obstacle course, climbing wall, haunted house, games, eats and treats and a costume parade. Call 818-788-1590 for more information.

Kanye West

When: Oct. 26 and 28

Where: Staples Center, Downtown

What: Multiple Grammy Award-winner Kanye West plays LA as part of his Yeezus Tour. He is joined by Top Dawg Entertainment hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar

Masquerade: A Halloween Costume Ball & Dance Party for KCRW

When: Oct. 26, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: Park Plaza Hotel, McCarthur Park

What: KCRW DJs will spin under ghoulish aliases at the grand classic LA venue of the Park Plaza in five uniquely themed ballrooms. With live band performances, costume contests and food trucks, this is sure to be one of the "it" events of the night.

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