Looking for something fun today?  Maybe something spooky or a touch of history?  Well, look no further.

Fri 10/11/13

Arcadia: Live theatre set in a real mausoleum in a real cemetery,  Wicked Lit 2013 presents classics such as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in a new and innovative way.

Burbank: Join all four of Burrough’s High School’s show choirs (including 2013 National Champions) as they kick off their season with a  performance of “Burroughs on Broadway“.

North Hollywood: Beginning 10/08 until 10/17 the Laemmle will be hosting “Screamfest Horror Film Festival“.  Discover new blood–or honor the masters.

Pasadena: ArtNight Pasadena once again returns with free admission to over 18 cultural venues throughout Pasadena.  A wide array of activities: from dance to visual arts, music & other activities will be at your fingertips to enjoy.

Pasadena: Peel back the years of Pasadena history and take Old Town Haunt‘s Haunted House tour.  Starting October 5th and running through November 2nd, the basement of the Union Savings bank is creepy on it’s own!

Sat 10/12/13

Arcadia: Head for a day at the track at Santa Anita for Oktoberfest to grab a beer, some authentic German food, and watch the races.

Chatsworth: Did you know the San Fernando Valley has a rich and vibrant history?  It’s not just sleepy bedroom community.  The Valley Relics Cultural Museum will open it’s doors on Saturday. Be a part of the grand opening where a car show, dj, food truck fest, and many other sights will be enjoyed.

North Hollywood: Here’s one for kooky: a facial hair competition.  If the lumberjack look is your thing–or you just want an evening of interesting people to watch–head to The Federal Bar for Los Angeles Facial Hair Society’s First Beard and Mustache Competition.

Pasadena: If you didn’t get your fill of ArtNight at One Colorado, head to the Theatre District to discover over 30 participating artists at this year’s ArtWalk.

Sherman Oaks: Join others at the Sherman Oaks Galleria to raise money for breast cancer by participating in Zumba for a Cause–a part of Party in Pink Zumbathon.

Studio City: The Studio City library will be hosting BARK: Kids Reading to Dogs.  The program helps boost kids reading skills and self confidence by using certified therapy dogs to read with.

Woodland Hills: With the Great California Shakeout just around the corner (Oct 17th), it might be a good idea to brush up on your safety skills during Council District 3’s Public Safety Fair.  Learn what to do in case of an earthquake or fire–or even an act of terror.  You can find everything from pet adoptions to demonstrations.

Sun 10/13/13

Encino: The Encino Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Encino’s premiere event, Taste of Encino.  Get a glimpse into what Encino has to offer with a day full of entertainment, food, and a portion of the proceeds going to local schools.

Glendale: Head to the Glendale Galleria for POP UP! Fall Concert Series. This week: The Jazz Butchers playing smooth jazz.

Sherman Oaks:  Howl at the big screen during the Galleria Archlight’s Scary Stories series.  Movie of the night: Ghostbusters.

Fri 10/18/13

Pasadena:  If you are a history buff (as I am) and enjoy craftsman style homes (as I do) then you might find yourself in Pasadena for the Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Weekend.  Immerse yourself in arts and crafts stylings with tours of various craftsman style homes.

Sat 10/19/13

Pasadena:  Every night in October, One Colorado hosts free concerts.  For a complete list of performers, check out here.  Concert of the night: Gaby Hernandez.

Valley Glen:  I personally have a family friend with autism that just headed to start his first year of college, and so I can’t tell you enough how happy it made me to see that Summit View School will be hosting a College Fair for Students with Learning Differences.

Sun 10/20/13

Encino: Join the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles for A Concert for World Peace to honor journalist Daniel Pearl and the Daniel Pearl Foundation.

Glendale: Head to the Glendale Galleria for POP UP! Fall Concert Series. This week: Hypnotic Robotic playing techno music.

Sherman Oaks: Spend the day at LA’s largest block party, Sherman Oaks Street Fair.  From a whole lineup of performers to a slew of vendors, there will be fun for everyone in the family.

Sherman Oaks: For your big screen terrors, head to the Galleria Arclight as part of their Scary Stories series.  Movie of the night: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Studio City: History and Film buffs take note: join the Studio City Library for a presentation on “50 Years of CBS Radford Lot Television Production

Fri 10/25/13

Woodland Hills: Put on your dancing shoes (and bring your check book) to join the “Dancing with our Valley Stars“–a fundraiser to support the Valley Cultural Center.  You might recognize them as the group that does all the free movies and concerts all summer long.

Sat 10/26/13

North Hollywood: Self proclaimed “THE Halloween Party for the Valley” is the NoHo Monster Bash.  Bring a costume to the Federal Bar for entertainment & a costume contest.

Los Angeles: Vivan Los Muertos!  The Autry Museum in Griffith Park will hold their annual Day of the Dead celebration for adults and kids alike.  Stroll displays of family alters, watch folklore and Aztec dance groups, and wander the mercado as you learn more about this Mexican tradition.

Pasadena: One Colorado will be hosting a Pumpkin Decorating Contest for kids–in addition to a slew of other events throughout the month.  Don’t worry parents, this is stick-on & glue only event!

Studio City:  Looking to pick up a new title to read?  The Studio City Library will be hosting a Used Book Sale from 10AM-2PM.

Sun 10/27/13

Glendale: Head to the Glendale Galleria for POP UP! Fall Concert Series. This week: Jet Set Quintet playing jazz.

North Hollywood: Celebrate the Celtic version of Halloween: Samhain.  From Celtic dancing to storied variations of folklore, Halloween and Celtic tales will be told through song, story, music, and dance.

Pasadena: For the car enthusiast in the family, go to the Art Center’s Car Classic 2013.  A display of the both rare and innovative, it is exactly what your favorite auto-lover will want to do!

Sherman Oaks: If you enjoyed the last Down on Ventura’s list of 5K Walk/Runs, check out In Honor of Conor.  Conor Lynch was 16 when he was running with his Cross Country team and was hit and killed.  An annual Walk/Run raises awareness for safety for pedestrians, runners, cyclists, and young drivers.  This year’s theme is “Super Safe Drivers” so run in costume!

Sherman Oaks: Another opportunity to get your scare on during the Galleria Arclight’s Scary Stories series.  Movie of the night: The Exorcist.

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