Oct. 6-29. A sea monster emerging from a pond? A house constructed entirely of pumpkins? Descanso Gardens “Carved” event illuminates autumn presenting a mile-long trail of pumpkins, new routes plus an expanded Día de los Muertos ofrenda altar. Tickets $35-$45. Open daily, 5:30–10 p.m. 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. descansogardens.org
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour Social
Oct. 13. Swifties, celebrate the Eras Tour premiere at Westfield Topanga with exclusive limited edition cocktails, desserts, entertainment and discounts at the Margarita Garden Rock & Reilly’s for AMC Topanga ticket holders. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 6600 California 27 #9038, Los Angeles. Reserve a Spot
Movie Nights At The Godfrey Hotel iO Rooftop Bar & Lounge
Oct. 19. Trying to see the unseen? Rooftop Movie Nights at the Godfrey Hotel are back. Join them at iO Bar & Lounge for weekly screenings of scary movies on a 60 ft outdoor rooftop screen. Includes access to the rooftop, reserved seating, complimentary popcorn and cotton candy, complimentary use of the Godfrey blankets, fun photos in their 360 photo booth and a chance to win prizes with movie trivia games. Cash bar features themed cocktails for the night along with selected menu items for dining. $40.00 minimum per person. The Grudge (2020), Thursday at 8 p.m.
1400 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles.
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Family Fest at The Wallis
Oct. 14. Enjoy a free family-friendly event dispersed across two venues on the Wallis’ campus with kid-friendly activities, musical performances, food trucks and more featuring artists Parker Bent, Mariachi Tierra Mia and Kymberly Stewart. Starts Saturday at 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m. 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. thewallis.org
Free Family Fun at the OC Fair & Event Center!
Oct. 12-15. The Orange County Sustainability Decathlon challenges university teams to design and build model solar-powered homes addressing climate change and California’s housing needs. View the homes at a free one-of-a kind educational event for the entire family featuring educational exhibits for kids, a beer and wine garden, a speaker series and much more. Join them for the final four-day stretch, October 12–15. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. ocsd23.com
Food + Drinks
Piemonte’s Pizza al Padellino
Oct. 13. Eataly is offering a specialized class focused on the rich, deep-dish pizza al Padellino, a distinct style hailing from Torino. Under the expert guidance of a Scuola Chef, guests will craft their own pizza from scratch and savor a variety of other pizzas complemented by selected beers or wines. $125 per person. Starts Friday, 6-8 p.m. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. eataly.com
Frankenstein’s Mad Scientist Cocktail Lab
Now Open. Frankenstein’s might look like an ordinary bar from the outside, but inside is a laboratory of concoctions and curiosities — and your drink is the next experiment. Mad Scientists will guide you through the experience. Together, you unlock the secrets hidden within the simmering beakers and test tubes, test the limits of mixology, and when used correctly, you may just discover the antidote. Open daily, choose from 6, 6:30, 8 or 8:30 pm. 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood.
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Café Fig Joins Dine LA
Now Open. Hotel Figueroa’s all day cafe is showcasing an exclusive three-course menu including beef cheek & potato croquettes, the portobello bahn mi and “the classic” burger. Finish off with dessert – a seasonal fruit tart, combining shortbread, vanilla ice cream and a medley of seasonal fruits. $55 a person. Open daily, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. 939 S. Figueroa St. UNIT 300, Los Angeles. hotelfigueroa.com
Now Open. Following a successful opening in Marina del Rey, PLANTA expands its footprint to Brentwood. This location features new menu items such as carrot tartare with tahini and black garlic miso and tagliatelle carbonara with smoked tempeh. A must try from the cocktail menu is the Kyu Kiki, made with Japanese whiskey, black sugar, ginger and angostura bitters. Open daily at 5 p.m. 11754 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. plantarestaurants.com
Brightland Welcomes Tilda
Now-Oct. 16. Echo Park’s Tilda wine bar partners with Brightland pantry essentials to present a limited-edition dish dubbed the Marinated Isle of Lesbos Feta. Made with Greek feta in Brightland’s AURORA rosemary olive oil with late-summer produce and olive oil toast. Pair the dish with any of their wine selections, from sparkling to white wine. Open daily, hours vary. 1507 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles. tildawine.com
Arts + Culture
Unit Oct. 15. From esteemed singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin, a timeless love story intertwining two mythic tales — those of dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice and King Hades and his wife Persephone. This journey to the underworld melds Mitchell’s enchanting melodies and Chavkin’s poetic vision, navigating themes of industry versus nature, doubt against faith and fear juxtaposed with love. Thursday,- Sunday, hours vary. The Ahmanson Theatre 601 W. Temple St. Los Angeles.
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Halloween & Mourning Tour
Oct. 13-15. The Heritage Square Museum invites history enthusiasts to its two-fold annual event. An evening tour unveils tales of ghostly encounters and haunting occurrences, while the annual mourning faire provides a glimpse into Victorian-era death and mourning etiquette. The event also offers children the opportunity to engage in period games and craft 19th-century harvest creations, ensuring a historically rich experience for all attendees. Starts Friday, at 6:30 p.m. 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. heritagesquare.org
Oct. 13. Pasadena’s eclectic mix of museums and performance venues open their doors to the public free of charge. Visitors can utilize complimentary shuttle buses or traverse on foot to explore various site-specific installations and renowned local institutions, including the Gamble House and Pacific Asia Museum, among others. There will also be food trucks interspersed throughout the event. Friday, at 6-10 p.m. For more information and specific locations, please visit cityofpasadena.net
Until Oct. 19. Referred to as the “Sundance of Horror,” this film festival serves as a platform for emerging independent international filmmakers to showcase their scariest work. This year, the festival curtain raises with “DIVINITY,” featuring a notable cast that includes Stephen Dorff, Moises Arias, Michael O’Hearn, Karrueche Tran and Emily Willis, supplemented by performances from Scott Bakula and Bella Thorne. 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. screamfestla.com
Photo credit: Cafe Fig Interior by Hotel Figueroa. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.