LA Weekend Events Roundup 10.13.16

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 10.13.16

Edited by Christina Xenos

Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns
Oct. 13-16; 27-30. At Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns, 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins line a walkway while a spooky soundtrack sets the mood, making it a perfect Halloween event for all ages. Ogle life-size works of art made out of multiple pumpkins, like the Chinese dragon. Los Angeles Convention Center (Oct. 13-16), 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown; Fairplex (Oct. 27-30), 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, 818.639.8981.



Vegan OktoberfestVegan Oktoberfest
Oct. 15. Those who steer clear of animal products but don’t want to miss out on the month’s Bavarian boozy fun, raise a stein to this vegan event. Find entertainment; German-themed food from such vendors as Grilled Cheese Truck, Dogtown Dogs and Donut Friend; and unlimited sampling of beer and cider from the likes of Angel City Brewery, the Dudes’ Brewing Co. and Honest Abe Cider. 1-5:30 p.m. (VIP admission at noon). Alcohol served until 4:30 p.m. $45-$50; nondrinking $20-$25; VIP $65-$75. Tickets only available online. L.A. Center Studios, 450 S. Bixel St., downtown.



Pasadena OctoberfestPasadena Octoberfest
Oct. 15. Raise a stein for the inaugural Pasadena Octoberfest at the Rose Bowl. The craft beer, culinary and music festival features restaurants and food trucks creating craft beer-inspired and infused culinary creations; over 50 top craft breweries including 30 rare styles of beer from Sam Adams alone; live entertainment and silent disco. 2-6:30 p.m. $35-$75. 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena.



fall festivalFall Festival
Oct. 15-16. Celebrate the season at The Original Farmers Market with a weekend filled with entertainment and activities. Find a family-friendly festival that features a petting zoo, All-Alaskan pig races, kid-sized, pedal-power tractor pull competitions and a “no hands” pie-eating contest. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211.



Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, Los AngelesVeuve Clicquot Polo Classic, Los Angeles
Oct. 15. This year marks the seventh annual Los Angeles edition of this classy, celebrity-frequented sporting event in Pacific Palisades. Picnic, sip Champagne and see professional polo at its best. Event is 21+. 11 am-5 pm; match starts at 2 pm. $75-$400. Ticket purchase includes shuttle transportation between dedicated lot and event grounds. All tickets must be purchased through Eventbrite. Will Rogers State Historic Park, 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, Pacific Palisades.



CicLAviaCiclavia—Heart of L.A.
Oct. 16. Nearly 6 miles of LA’s normally congested streets turn into a car-free park for a walk and bike tour through Boyle Heights, Chinatown, downtown and Westlake during this beloved open-streets event. See website for route details. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 213.355.8500.



Beverly Hills ArtshowBeverly Hills Artshow
Oct. 15-16. This long-running outdoor art showcase displays artwork from some 240 exhibitors twice a year. Wine and beer gardens and food trucks are also on-site. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Beverly Gardens Park, along Santa Monica Boulevard from Rodeo to Rexford drives, Beverly Hills, 310.285.6830.



The Science Behind Pixar
Opens Oct. 15. The California Science Center has always had a knack for making learning fun. Now the museum is merging science with popular animated films in what’s sure to be a winning combination. The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition has its West Coast premiere, providing an interactive look at the computer-animation giant’s movie-making magic. Visitors can explore the science, technology, engineering and math concepts behind the Pixar process through hands-on activities and learn how artists and computer scientists bring the company’s award-winning films to life. Full-size re-creations of beloved characters like Buzz Lightyear, Dory, WALL-E and Monster Inc.’s Mike and Sulley let little ones feel like a part of Pixar’s animated world. $9.95-$14.95, under 4 free. 700 Exposition Park Dr., downtown.



Butterfly PavilionButterfly Pavilion
Sept. 16-Oct. 16. See more than 25 North American butterfly species and an array of plants in this outdoor exhibit at the Natural History Museum. The Butterfly Pavilion showcases monarchs, queens, malachites and various longwings and swallowtails, which will flutter among flowering plants inside the enclosed habitat. The pavilion is just part of the museum’s nature-oriented attractions, which also include the outdoor nature gardens and indoor nature lab where you have on-site opportunities to learn about insects and other species in the urban environment. 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466.



Spa Week
Oct. 17-23. Biannual event sees some of LA’s top spas offering signature treatments for just $50. See website for a full roster of participating spas and treatments. 212.352.8098.



Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine BarFOOD + DRINK
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Head to Pasadena to feast on Fleming’s signature steaks and wine selections—100 by the glass—in an expansive location. Fleming’s is known for serving USDA prime and certified Angus beef—aged a minimum of 21 days; they also offer small plates like braised short ribs and lobster tempura, as well as a variety of sides (think drool-worthy chipotle cheddar macaroni & cheese and Fleming’s potatoes with cream, jalapeños and cheddar cheese). The new location is also one of the only outposts of the Newport Beach-based restaurant chain to serve lunch. Find the weekday menu filled with lighter fare like sandwiches, flatbreads and entree selections in addition to a three-course prix-fixe. Also find a bar menu and twice-nightly happy hour specials. 179 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, 626.639.0490.



Salt & StrawSalt & Straw
Opens Oct. 13. Downtown’s Arts District is about to get a lot sweeter—iconic Portland-based, family-run ice cream purveyor Salt & Straw opens the doors to their fourth LA location this week. Indulge in an artisanal, chef-driven ice cream with signature scoops like Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons and Stumptown Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts. Their seasonal Halloween-themed “Spooktacular” series features flavors like Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin Sherbet, The Great Candycopia (butterscotch ice cream with homemade Snickers, Whoppers, Heath Bars and peanut butter cups) and a spicy creamy Dracula’s Blood Pudding that even has a hint of chicken liver (for real). The location will also serve as a community gathering space, featuring pop-ups and community events like a series of spotlights on area artisans with whom Salt & Straw collaborates on seasonal flavors. (Photo by Wonho Frank Lee.) 829 E. 3rd St., downtown, 213.988.7070.



Shake ShackShake Shack
The modern day “roadside” burger stand is taking LA by storm with the opening of their third SoCal outpost in Hollywood. Find it just off Hollywood & Vine in the Eastown complex, boasting their menu of classic burgers, Vienna beef hot dogs, spun-fresh frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer, wine and more. This location features the LA-only Roadside Double, a double Swiss cheeseburger topped with Dijon mustard and onions simmered in bacon and beer. Also find a selection of local frozen custard concretes, including the Tinseltown Toffee (chocolate custard, peanut butter sauce, chocolate toffee and Compartes dark chocolate chunks) and LA Pie Oh My (vanilla custard and slice of Rucker’s Pie seasonal pie). Spun exclusively at the Hollywood Shack is the Sunset Grind (vanilla custard, Stumptown coffee, marshmallow sauce and Cofax spiced crumb donut). Apropos to the neighborhood, the Hollywood Shack will  also be serving the Traffic JAM Shake—vanilla custard blended with Sqirl raspberries and cardamom jam. 6201 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.



FeastlyDinner With Friends at Feastly
Oct. 13-15, 19. The Arts District pop-up social dining experience continues to provide food lovers with a new and interesting ways to dine. This month with a dinner series from chefs Becky Reams and Jean Valcarcel. They’ve partnered with InHouse Theatre to give diners the chance to enjoy a theatrical experience centered on food and exploration. The multi-course menus will include dishes inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Dinner With Friends, that include Kabocha squash tartine with red miso jam, beet and mustard green; black cod with chili crab broth and blistered haricot vert; and lemon almond butter cake with sweet corn-infused cream . Dinner will be served as the performance continues around the diners. $85. Address offered with ticket purchase.



Da KikokikoDa Kikokiko
Opens Oct. 14. Get a taste of Hawaii on the shores of LA. The culinary team of Top Chef alum Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts celebrate their favorite foods from Hawaii at their new fast-casual restaurant in Playa Vista. The menu features modern takes on poke, shaved ice and musubi—the traditional SPAM version and unique variations with different proteins and vegetables. Find it in the new Runway Playa Vista shopping and dining destination. (Photo by Bethany Nauert.) 12760 Millennium Dr., Playa Vista, 424.835.4192.



Nest at WP24 at The Ritz-CarltonOvertime Power Hour
From Oct. 14. Head to Nest at WP24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles for specially-priced drinks and dishes available after every Kings, Clippers and Lakers home game at the Staples Center until close. Overtime Power Hour kicks off on Oct. 14—the LA Kings’ first home game of the season. Small bites start at $6 and include signature items such as the Maine lobster spring rolls with prawns, ginger and 10 spice honey; baby pork belly “bao buns” with Chinese honey-garlic glaze; and sushi; along with a special selection of off-menu items available only during the power hour. Classic and Far East-inspired cocktails start at $9 and include selections like the lychee martini made with Ultimat Vodka, lychee, and lime; also find house-made Sangria with red wine, prosecco and fresh fruit. 900 W Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.743.8824.



Oct. 13, 16. LA Opera kicks off its 2016-2017 season with a new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth. Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak directs this adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic tale, with LA. Opera general director Plácido Domingo playing the title role. It’s the company’s first staging of the opera since 1987—a reprise that music director/conductor James Conlon calls his and Domingo’s “offering to the international recognition of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.” Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave.



ScorseseFor The Record: Scorsese–American Crime Requiem
Through Oct. 16. Subtitled American Crime Requiem, this production explores over 40 years of the legendary Martin Scorsese’s storytelling by bringing his films’ soundtracks (including Goodfellas, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street) to life. Stop by before the show for Scorsese-inspired cocktails from the newly opened The Bar @ The Wallis, dine on handmade pasta and desserts from the Prince of Venice food truck and enjoy pre- and post-show entertainment and performers. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.



A View from the BridgeA View from the Bridge
Through Oct. 16. Fresh off recent Tony wins and sold-out runs on Broadway and the West End, Arthur Miller’s play follows a Brooklyn longshoreman obsessed with his 17-year-old niece and his raging jealousy over her love of an immigrant. For a more intimate experience, opt for onstage seating. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.



RaineyMa Rainey’s Black Bottom
Through Oct. 16. Phylicia Rashad directs August Wilson’s groundbreaking play—inspired by the real-life Gertrude “Ma” Rainey—which depicts the racism and exploitation in the music industry present during a 1927 recording session in Chicago. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.



Through Oct. 16. Award-winning playwright Robert O’Hara’s comedy about a dysfunctional family barbecue that turns into an intervention for a drug-addicted sister makes its West Coast premiere, with a cast including Yvette Cason, Dale Dickey and Frances Fisher. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.