October events in Los Angeles you don’t want to miss

These are some of the essential events to attend in Los Angeles this October.

Welcome to Los Angeles, where every day offers something new. Hidden in California’s most populous city is a wild world of wonder that is just waiting to be explored. Dig a bit deeper, and you will find personal treasures to delight in. While L.A. has its staples (including a literal arena bearing that name), part of the city’s beauty comes from its ability to evolve. From popups to festivals and openings to charity events, there’s always a reason, and a season, for an outing.

Right now, while everyone is immersed in all-things Halloween, you can always break from the tradition and check out some other cool things to do around the city.

Here are a few exciting events curated for those who are seeking a different type of adventure.

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Formula 1 Takes Over Hollywood for the First-Ever Fan Fest

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From October 29-30, Formula 1 is shutting down Hollywood Boulevard for its inaugural Fan Fest. The free event is bringing racing to the streets of Los Angeles for the first time ever. The live car run and immersive F1 Hollywood Festival will soon be gifting motorsports fans on the West Coast the experience of a lifetime.

The kick-off begins on Tuesday, October 29, at 10 a.m. when the “Hollywood Ride of Fame” car exhibition takes over Hollywood Boulevard. It will feature iconic F1 cars that span the ages, offering Los Angelenos an expedition unlike anything seen here before.

The Fan Fest continues on Wednesday, October 30. At 5 p.m., Grand Prix winners Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, and Valtteri Bottas will be treating fans to a riveting live show that will encapsulate the entire F1 experience. Those in attendance can expect supercars, stunt displays, and exciting Red Bull stunts.

F1’s previous U.S. festivals have been hugely successful. Accordingly, this has prompted even more growth from the auto racing giant. As its expansion in the U.S. continues, bringing this show to the City of Angels seems like a natural move. It’s the perfect prelude leading up to the 2019 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, which will take place in Austin, Texas, from November 1-3.

Freedom & Fashion Presents ‘Over the Rainbow’

When creativity and goodwill come together, incredible things can happen. This event is more than just an outing—it’s an experience with a heart. At the center of it is Freedom & Fashion. The organization taps into things involving fashion and beauty and uses them to empower the people who need it most. Their focus is specifically on youth and women who are overcoming sex trafficking, domestic violence, and other injustices.

“Over the Rainbow” will be held on October 12 at The Second Home Serpentine Pavilion. This will be an interactive, immersive, and creative fashion and art experience that is meant to raise awareness for the organization’s cause. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, rightfully thrusting this event into the spotlight even more. Statistics show that one in four women and one in seven men experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Freedom & Fashion was founded to create a safe place for survivors.

“Over the Rainbow” is 100 percent inspired and executed by Freedom & Fashion students. This event gives people an opportunity to join the survivors who are rising above their abuse. Those in attendance will get to meet the fashion students and take part in creative stations where they can collaborate with them. There will be live performances and guests will have a chance to give back. There will also be some fun swag for people to take home.

Doyenne LA

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The definition of Doyenne is a woman who is the most respected or prominent person in a particular field.

As if Los Angeles wasn’t already geared toward the creative collective, Doyenne LA kicks things up a notch, putting its focus on women and the importance of spirituality. The organization puts on a new show and highlights a new all-female lineup on the first Thursday of every month. Doyenne sessions that take place in L.A. fall close to the new moon. This is seen as a feminine symbol that represents the rhythm of time.

Former Duran Duran drummer, Chastity Ashley, is the perfect embodiment of the Doyenne mantra. The percussionist was at the center of the latest event, which was held at The Argyle in Hollywood on October 3. Events are sponsored by DJcity, DAS Audio USA Office, and Custom Litt.

Ashley is known as the Neon Pony. She took center stage on a night which featured a lineup of female DJs. Ashley’s act is different than anything else out there. She’s a hybrid DJ who plays drums while also performing choreographed dances.

Los Angeles has everything you’re looking for. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you’ll stumble upon something special that you never even knew existed.

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Sari Cohen is a journalist based in the Greater L.A. Area. She began her career in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedy writer/performer and over the years has developed scripts for both the stage and screen. She currently covers music and live entertainment for AXS, reviews movies for Hollywood First Look Features and writes for InLove Magazine. She also pens funny stuff for popular sites such as Cracked and Screen Rant. You can often find her at concerts or on a red carpet somewhere, talking to someone about something. From on-the-scene reporting to exclusive interviews, she tackles every topic from music, movies and television, to fashion, lifestyle and politics. You can check out more on Twitter at @ask_sari or follow her adventures on Instagram under @thesavvyscribbler.