From pumpkin patches and paella to an epic month-long music festival, here are the top LA weekend events for October 5-8.
Red Bull Music Academy Festival
Oct. 6-29. Making its West Coast debut, this month-long festival fills L.A. with performances, conversations with creative trailblazers, concerts and club nights. Highlights include a technicolor new direction from singer-songwriter St. Vincent and Flying Lotus’ latest 3-D show, co-headlined by bass virtuoso Thundercat. Check website for full list of shows and venues. redbullmusicacademy.com
James Beard Foundation’s Taste America
Oct. 6-7. The national epicurean tour kicks off in Los Angeles with a weekend-long celebration that includes A Night of Culinary Stars with special guest All-Star Chef Barbara Lynch (Oct. 6), which features some of L.A.’s best chefs collaborating on a seated dinner preceded by a cocktail and tasting reception at Vibiana downtown. On October 7, enjoy free cooking demos by Lynch and Local Star chef Michael Cimarusti, book signings, culinary treats from local producers and artisans at Sur La Table in the farmers market. $275+. jbftasteamerica.org
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch and Boo-tique by Mr. Bones
Oct. 6-30. Pick your pumpkin, enjoy activities for the whole family and celebrate fall at the Culver City institution. In addition to the legendary pumpkin patch, Mr. Bones will also be popping up at Platform LA with a Boo-tique Pumpkin Patch (Oct. 7-31) that features a Halloween boutique, a perfect setting for photo ops, activities and more. F-Sa 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Su-Th 9 a.m.-8 p.m. See website for full schedule and pricing options. Main Patch: 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City; Boo-tique by Mr. Bones at Platform LA: 8850 Washington Blvd, Culver City. mrbones.com
Los Angeles Paella Wine & Beer Festival
Oct. 7. Dozens of paellas—the saffron scented rice dish from Spain—will fill Pershing Square for the annual festival. Feast on unlimited paella, including the largest one ever cooked in California that will feed 3,000 people. The event also hosts the World-Wide Semifinals of Paella Valenciana in Los Angeles where 50 acclaimed chefs will compete for various titles. $30-$90. Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., downtown. Tickets
CicLAvia—Heart of L.A.
Oct. 8. Six miles of L.A.’s normally congested streets turn into a car-free park for a walk and bike tour through Chinatown, DTLA, Echo Park and Boyle Heights during this beloved open streets event. See website for route details. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 213.355.8500. ciclavia.org
LA Greek Fest
Oct. 6-8. Experience the best of Greece in the middle of L.A. Fill your dish with authentic Greek food and pastries, along with Greek wine, beer and cocktails. In addition to food, find ongoing dance performances, cooking demonstrations, live music and more. Saint Sophia Cathedral, 1324 S. Normandie Ave., L.A., 323.737.2424. lagreekfest.com
Don’t Mess with Texas
Oct. 8. Local breakfast taco connoisseur HomeState is teaming up with the Ace Hotel DTLA for a Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fundraiser. Enjoy an afternoon of delicious cocktails, a speciality taco and DJ sets from Fred Armisen, Andres Renter and Andy Dawn Baby Lighting, among others. All proceeds support the Central Texas Food Bank. 21+. 12-5 p.m. Ace Hotel DLTA, 929 S. Broadway, downtown. acehotel.com
Olvera Street Muertos Artwalk
Oct. 7. The annual event brings together artists and artisans from the area who will be selling original artwork, clothing and jewelry. Also find face painting and live performances. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Olvera Street, 845 N. Alameda St., downtown. olveraevents.com
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Oct. 7. Celebrate the full harvest moon at this Chinatown festival, which offers traditional Chinese cultural demonstrations, local bands and DJs, a dessert-eating competition and moon viewings through telescopes. 5-11 p.m.. Free. Central Plaza, 943 N. Broadway, downtown, 213.680.0243. chinatownla.com
La Cienega Design Quarter Sidewalk Sale
Oct. 6-7. The inaugural event showcases 30 design shops and showrooms offering heavily discounted antiques, lighting, furniture, fabrics, rugs and garden ornaments. Participants include Paul Ferrante, Christofle, Serena & Lily, Waterworks, among others. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. La Cienega Boulevard from Santa Monica Boulevard to Melrose Avenue, Melrose Place and Melrose Avenue from San Vicente Boulevard to Orlando Avenue. lcdqla.com
Maritime Museum of San Diego in L.A.
Oct. 6-11. Calling all adventures and seafarers as San Diego’s 1542 galleon replica ship, San Salvador, docks in the City of Angels. Take a dockside tour from Friday through Sunday or opt for a true four-hour sailing experience aboard the vessel Monday through Wednesday. No sailing experience required. Tours: $12 adults; $7 children/students 17 and under; Free children under 5. Day Sailing: $99/pp. Los Angeles Maritime Museum, 600 Sampson Way, San Pedro, 310.548.7618. sdmaritime.org
Upcoming | Oct. 9-14. This month at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic explore the colorful music scene of Mexico City with the CDMX festival—part of the citywide Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA cultural initiative. Grammy-winning percussionist Antonio Sánchez performs his innovative Birdman soundtrack live to film; Mexrrissey covers Morrissey with a Mexican flair; and rock band Café Tacvba takes the stage with new arrangements. 111 S Grand Ave., downtown. laphil.com
FOOD + DRINK
LA Loves Puerto Rico
Oct. 7-14. More than 70 restaurants, bars and others across greater Los Angeles have signed on to donate all proceeds from select Puerto Rico-inspired dishes and drinks to aid those there affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Eat and drink across the city at AOC, Felix, 71Above, MB Post, Wolf, The Ricans (at Smorgasborg), Filifera, among many others. View website for full list and more info. lalovespr.com
James Beard Foundation’s Taste America photo by Marc Fiorito / Gamma Nine. Maritime Museum of San Diego San Salvador photo by Chris Szwedo. CDMX photo by Bógar Adame Mendoza.