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Event Date

Event Description




Oct. 1

Free Family Night: Latino Heritage Month

Enjoy the museum, culturally inspired art activities and a live musical performance.

4-8 pm

Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Oct. 5-6

Reyes Adobe Days

Activities showcasing California’s past and present include old-fashioned games, pony rides, kids art projects, art exhibits, a parade and live performances.

11 am-4 pm

5464 Reyes Adobe Rd., Agoura Hills


Oct. 4-6

Ventura Harvest Festival

Strolling performers, Kid Zone, arts and crafts exhibitors, pumpkin patch and more.

Fri. and Sat.: 10 am to 6 pm, Sun.: 10 am to 5 pm

Seaside Park at the Ventura County Fairgrounds

Adults: $9, seniors: $7, youths (13-17): $4, kids 12 and under FREE. Bring a canned food donation and get $2 off your adult ticket price.

Oct. 5


Carnival games, costume contest, German food, coloring contest, bingo and more.

12 noon-11 pm

2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Ave., Montrose


Oct. 5

World City

Music by Los Texmaniacs. The grammy winner perform a mix of rock and roll and jazz while honoring their Tex Mex conjunto roots.

11 am and 12:30 pm

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Free, arrive early to get tickets.

Oct. 5

Angel Festival

Celebrate angels! Kids crafts, face painting, Parijata Yoga and Kirtan Yoga dance and more.

11 am-4 pm

Memorial Park, 222 W Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre


Oct. 5-6

Kidspace Annual Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkin patch, live performances, arts and crafts, bounce houses, petting zoo, food, live performances

9:30 am-5:30 pm

Brookside Park, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

Free admission and parking; fee for all activities

Oct. 6, 13 and 20

Family Fundays

The Creative Playground performs a variety of plays for families, a different play each weekend.

11 am

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., Topanga

$8, children under age 2: free

Oct. 12

Ojai World Music Festival

Enjoy performances, workshops and other events. Prices vary.  


Libbey Bowl

Ojai Ave. And Signal Street

Ojai Arts Center, 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai


Oct. 12

Malibu Pie Festival

Pie-eating contests, local bands, Karate demo, kid performances, kids crafts, storytelling, petting zoo and lunch from food trucks.

11 am-4 pm

Malibu United Methodist Church, The Courtyard, 30128 Morningview Drive, Malibu


Oct. 13

Taste of Encino

Food samples from local restaurants, a wellness fair, live entertainment and children’s activities including a rock climbing wall and a balloon slide.

10 am-5 pm

Ventura Blvd., between Balboa Blvd. and Amestoy

Free admission, cost for samples

Oct. 13

Second Sunday Science: Nature’s Treasures This science program is for the whole family.

2-4 pm

Madrona Marsh Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance

$5/person or $10/family

Oct. 14-15

Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture

Children’s activities, food, art exhibits, literary readings, performances and film screenings.

10 am-6 pm

Point Fermin Park, 807 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro


Oct. 19-20

Harvest Festival

Costume parade, seasonal crafts, hay bale gardening and live music.

10 am-3 pm

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada

Adults: $9, Students/Seniors: $6, Children ages 6-12: $4, Children ages 5 and younger: Free.

Oct. 19-20

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

Inflatable rides, contests, carnival games & business district fun zone, car show, live bands,

reptiles and nature programs.

10 am-5 pm

Juan Bautista de Anza Park

3701 Lost Hills Rd., Calabasas

Admission includes all games/rides: $5. Children under 2: Free. Free parking.

Oct. 19-20 and 26-27

Boo at the Zoo

Eucalyptus Grove will become a giant Pumpkin Patch with jack-o-lantern carving, photo opportunities, and eerie crafts. The Creepy Creature Encounter at the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo will feature trick-or-treating, a chance to get up close with some creepy creatures, and Halloween entertainment.

10 am-5 pm

LA Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles

Adults: $18, Children: $13

Oct. 20

Reptiles and Amphibian Appreciation Day

Join us for a daylong celebration of the slimy and scaly. Get to know reptiles and amphibians from around the world and right here at home. The whole family will enjoy up-close animal encounters, a venomous snake feeding demonstration, art projects, and hands-on activities.

9:30 am-5 pm

Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles

Adults: $12, Teens: $9, Children ages 3-12: $5

Oct. 20

Autumn Sea Fair

The ocean-related activities include live music, an exciting marine life puppet show, and a giant origami demonstration. Adventurous pirates of all ages can join in the search for buried treasure in the Great Treasure Hunt, learn how to cast a fishing line, and participate in the Beach Olympics!

10 am-4:30 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro


Oct. 25

Theatricum Bootanicum

Get in the Halloween spirit with scary storytelling, costumes, belly dancing, food, games and a haunted house.

4-11 pm

Theatricum Botanicum

1419 N. Topanga Cyn. Rd., Topanga

$15; Free for kids 5 and younger

Oct. 26

Saturday Scene

Story Pirates Present The Flagship Show

The performers will adapt movie ideas written by children in the audience into a hilarious sketch musical.

11 am

UCLA Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles


Oct. 26

Dia de los Muertos

Storyteller Georgette Baker shares the history and traditions of this holiday with stories, songs, and the building of a memorial altar.

2-3 pm

Central Library

630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles


Oct. 26

Halloween Family Fun

Listen to live music, make crafts, play games and decorate and carve pumpkins.

1-4 pm

Leonis Adobe

23537 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas


Oct. 26

Sea Scare

Come in costume! Make your own slime and learn what ocean animals use slime to survive. Cookie decorating, mask making, fortune-telling, live DJ, games and much more.

6-9 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro

Adults: $5, Children: $1

Oct. 26-27

Enchanted Green Hallows Eve

The STAR ECO Station transforms into a magical fairytale palace of trickery, treating and eco storytelling! See your favorite fairy tales with an environmental twist. Costume contests, games, prizes and performances all day.

12- 4 pm

Star Eco Station, 10101 W. Jefferson Blvd., Culver City

One child free per paying adult. Adults: $8, additional children: $6.

Oct. 26

Halloween Haunted Trail and Costume Contest

The spooky hike is appropriate for all ages. Hay rides, costume contests, prizes and a trick or treat street. Free reptile show, free petting zoo and free pony rides.

6-9 pm

Thousand Oaks Community Center

2525 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks

Free admission. Cost for haunted trail ($3).

Oct. 26

Old Fashioned Halloween Fun

Pumpkin contest, cupcake walks, trick or treating, crafts, storytellers, gold panning and games.

1-4 pm

Stagecoach Inn and Museum

51 S. Ventu Park Rd., Newbury Park

Adults: $5, Students/Seniors: $4, Children (ages 5-12): $2, Children ages 4 and younger: Free

Oct. 26

A Haunted Halloween Carnival

Arts and crafts, games, bounce house and costume contests.

11-3 pm

Westwood Recreation Center

1350 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles


Oct. 27

Day of the Dead Celebration

Enjoy music, dance and theater performances. Design calavera masks, assemble an herb sachet and more.

12-4 pm

Plaza de Cultura y Artes

501 North Main St., Los Angeles

(213) 542-6200


Oct. 27

Stories in the Afternoon: Dancing Divinities

Listen to tales of rhythm and sound inspired by Hindu works, and be inspired to create drawings of music and dance.

2-3 pm

Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Adults: $8, Children under 18: Free

Oct. 27

Kids in the Courtyard: Design Yourself

Learn more about the imaginative way people celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with body paint, then make your own pattern to transfer to your hand or other part of your body.

1-4 pm

Fowler Museum at UCLA, North Campus, Sunset Blvd. And Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles

Free: parking is $12

Oct. 27

Family Flicks: E.T. The Extraterrestrial

Enjoy this classic story about a boy who befriends an alien.

11 am

Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles


Oct. 30

Annual Halloween Storytime!

Mr. Steve will be bringing out all of the best monster and ghost stories for our annual Halloween story time. Enjoy trick-or-treating and crafts.

10 am


695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena


Oct. 31

Halloween Family Carnival

Bouncer, carnival games, costume parade and trick-or-treating.

3:30-7:30 pm

Studio City Recreation Center 12621 Rye St., Studio City

Free admission

Oct. 31

Halloween Carnival

Carnival games, candy, costume parade, jumper, prizes, arts and crafts and puppet show.

4-8 pm

Tarzana Recreation Center

5655 Vanalden Ave., Tarzana

Free; $1 activity tickets

Oct. 31

Halloween Carnival

Costume contests, games, arts and crafts, refreshments, prizes and fun.

4-8 pm

Silverlake Recreation Center

1850 West Silver Lake Dr., Silverlake


Oct. 31

Halloween Carnival

Costume Contests, game booths, moon bounce, live performances, candy bags and more.

4-8 pm

Granada Hills Recreation Center

16730 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills

Free admission; some activities require a nominal fee.

October 2013 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles

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