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Susan Dalton waves to motorists on the 110 freeway from the Wilshire Boulevard overpass near downtown L.A. during CicLAvia on June 23, 2013.

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Riders climb Wilshire Boulevard in downtown L.A. during the seventh CicLAvia event on June 23, 2013.


Don't bust out your scarves and boots quite yet. September has passed, but the hot weather is sticking around. But that's not to say you can't still get your autumn fix! From a fall fashion show to the dungeon of doom, we've got a list of events that'll get you in gear for the spooky season. 

Here's everything you need to know: 


1. Join in the Bedrocktoberfest block party 

(Photo: Ken Scarboro/KPCC)

L.A. Weekly will help celebrate Bedrock Studios' five-year anniversary in Echo Park with a massive block party headlined by producer and rapper RZA Saturday. The night of live music will take place outside of the Echo Park recording studio, best known as the Disneyland for musicians. Listen to Take Two's segment on the space here

Pro tip: Eat at It's a Thai Hometaurant, Taix or Mohawk Bend for quality food and booze before or after. 

When: 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Bedrock LA | MAP

Price: $30 | Purchase tickets here with promo code BED50


2. Scope out fall fashion trends at a pop up marketplace

Explore vintage clothes and accessories  at the Cooper Design Space this Saturday. The marketplace will feature designs and original concepts from nearly 50 retailers. Take a look at some of the hottest metal necklaces at an exhibition curated by designer DYLANLEX. Rumor has it that Echo Park shop Tavin Boutique will be at the marketplace on Saturday, too!

Pro tip: Be sure to stick around for the open bar and enjoy bite-sized appetizers courtesy of Chef Fred Eric of D'elish Cafe. 

When: 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Cooper Design Space | MAP

Price: $10 for general admission 



3. Get in costume for the 19th Annual Kidspace Pumpkin Festival

(Photo: Courtesy of Jack Messitt and Kacy Andrews)

Expect a day of games, costumes, live music — and of course a pumpkin patch! Admission is free, but there will be ticketed activities available, including a petting zoo, pony rides, carnival rides and a bounce house. Hosted in Brookside Park, all proceeds benefit Kidspace Children’s Museum.

Pro tip: Need a costume quick? Try the resale shop Children's Orchard in Manhattan Beach. The store carries a collection of cheap costumes for the little ones. There are also always Out-of-the-Closet thrift stores sprinkled around Southern California.  

When:  9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Kidspace | MAP 

Price: Free


4. See what lurks in the basement of the Hollywood Museum 

(Photo: brianwallace/Flickr)

See life-size costumes from your favorite cult heroes, like Freddy, Jason, Chucky and more. Walk through the actual prison corridor set used in “The Silence of the Lambs.” Step closer and see Hannibal Lecter’s jail cell, complete with authentic props from the movie.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday 

Where: The Hollywood Museum | MAP

Price: $5 to $15 | Purchase tickets here


5. It's an edible food summit — let's learn how to cook! 

Mingle with chefs, bloggers and food artisans while participating in hands-on workshops, cooking demos and discussions — it's all happening this weekend at the Patchwork Show in Costa Mesa. 

Pro tip: Want to learn to whip up preserved lemons, kimchi or bitters? Don't miss the hands-on demonstrations. Here's the event program. 

When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 

Where: SoCo Collection | MAP | PARKING 

Price: Free


6. Bike — or walk — the streets of DTLA at CicLAvia 

CicLAvia is back, and this time it's taking place in the heart of Los Angeles. Main streets in downtown L.A. will be blocked off to cars to make way for pedestrians. Check out KPCC's list of resources including hub spots and feeder rides — plus a map of places to ride, eat and relax. 

Pro tip: Not a cyclist? Celebrate the open streets of CicLAvia with Los Angeles Walks. All the info you need is here

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Downtown Los Angeles | MAP

Price: Free


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