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Event Date

Event Description




Oct. 1-31

Boo at the Zoo (our review)

Special activities throughout the month with more added events on Saturdays and Sundays. Live music, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, mad science shows, puppet shows and crafts. Strolling characters, sing-a-longs and seasonal treat-feedings for the animals.

10 am-4 pm

LA Zoo

5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles

Adults: $21, Children: $16

Parking is free.

Oct. 1st

Family Art Day

Enjoy a modern retelling of Go, Dog, Go with surprises, color, clowning, and vaudeville. Also, enjoy special art projects and a tour of the Weisman museum.

12 pm-2 pm

Pepperdine University Center for the Arts

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu

Go, Dog, Go! Adults: $10-$20. Kids 17 and younger are free. Family Art Day and museum admission: Free

Oct. 6th-8th

Ventura Harvest Festival

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

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

Seaside Park at the Ventura County Fairgrounds

10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura

Adults: $9, seniors: $7, youths (13-17): $4, kids 12 and under FREE. Print the coupon from the event website and get $2 off your adult ticket price. Parking: $5.

Oct. 6th-8th

LA Greek Fest

Live music, dancing, cooking demos, dance workshops, cathedral tours and Greek food.

Fri.: 5-10 pm, Sat.: 12-11 pm

Sun. 12-10 pm

St. Sophia’s Cathedral

1324 South Normandie Ave., Los Angeles

Fri.: Free

Saturday and Sunday: $5.

Get a coupon for $2 off admission with this link.

Oct. 7th


Carnival games, costume contest, German food, German and local entertainment, carnival rides, an accordionist, bingo and more.

12 noon-11 pm

2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Ave., Montrose


Oct. 7th

Haunted Arroyo

The outdoors of the museum will be glowing with ghouls, spooks, and mystery as visitors journey through the Haunted Arroyo. Your family can light up with glow in the dark paint, learn how to make ghoul slime, investigate how nocturnal animals live in darkness, create glowing lanterns, and join in the monster mash dance party

5-8 pm

Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Oct. 8th

Gallery Games

Engage with works of art with your family! Enjoy easy-to-play games in a guided tour.

11 am-1 pm

Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free. Parking is $6. Cash only.

Oct. 8th

Encino Family Festival

Food samples from local restaurants, a wellness fair, live entertainment and children’s activities.

10 am-4 pm

Ventura Blvd., between Balboa Blvd. and Amestoy

Free admission, cost for samples

Oct. 14th-15th

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. 14th

Salt Marsh Open House

Learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat at Cabrillo Beach by using binoculars and microscopes to observe live animals. View the birds of the marsh, learn about native plants and observe the changes in the tides.

2-4 pm

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


Oct. 14th

Diwali Celebration

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is a Hindu festival that celebrates light over darkness and the story of the Ramayana. Walk through the galleries to see works that depict characters from this epic poem, make tissue-paper tea light holders and create rangoli, design patterns to bring good luck..

1:30-3:30 pm

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

Adults: $12, Children under 18: Free

Oct. 14th

Archaeology Day

Learn how to dig like an archaeologist, check your spear throwing skills, watch flintknapping, and more. There is also the opportunity to engage with local archaeologists and watch them present their work.

10 am-3 pm

Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center at

King Gillette Ranch 26876 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas


Oct. 21st-22nd

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

Inflatable rides, contests, carnival games and 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. 21st

Pumpkin Party

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

1-4 pm

Leonis Adobe

23537 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas

Admission is $8.

Oct. 21st

Nature Walk

Take a guided walk on the preserve with a trained docent and learn about the flora and fauna that live in this marsh. You'll see how living things interact in their habitat and learn about the Henrietta Basin.

10 am-12 pm

Madrona Marsh Preserve

3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance


Oct. 22nd

Scandanavian Autumnfest and Hostmarknad Celebration

Swedish food, meatball cook-off, games, waterslide, pool, tube slide, art show, gem mining, bouncer, folk dancing, games for kids, music and more.

9:30 am-5 pm

Vasa Park, Triunfo Cyn. Rd. and Kanan Rd., Agoura Hills

Free admission. Parking is $10.

Oct. 28th

Sea Scare

Come in costume! Have a scary good time, the ocean way. Attractions include Trick-or-Treat Trail, Seaside Boardwalk, the Sea Scare Party Zone, and Skull Alley.

7-10 pm

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

Pre-pay online: Adults: $5, Children: $1

At the door: Adults: $7, Children: $3

Oct. 28th

Halloween Haunted Trail and Costume Contest

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

6-9 pm

Thousand Oaks Community Center

2525 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks

Free admission. Cost for haunted trail: $5.

Oct. 28th

Haunted History

Bring Your Own Pumpkin (BYOP) carving and decorating, spooky cartoons, twilight tours, haunted harvest games and more.

4 pm

Los Encinos State Historic Park

16756 Moorpark St., Encino


Oct. 29th

Pumpkin Race at the Pier

Race your pumpkin and try to capture the Championship Trophy! There will be team awards including Best Design, Worst Crash and Most Adorable. There will be fun activities for kids and local merchants will be giving out treats to trick-or-treaters in costume.

12-5 pm

Manhattan Beach Pier

2 Manhattan Beach Blvd. in Manhattan Beach

Free admission and activities; pumpkin kits are $25

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