Artisanal LA
Spend the weekend with 250+ makers, artisans, crafters and chefs for shopping, workshops, demos, panels, artist installations and more. Expect to see Sow Swell Pop-Up Urban Farm, Skylight Books Pop-Up Shop, The Institute of Domestic Technology Laboratory, Altadena Farmers Market Mini, hosted beverages from Honest Tea, Joia, Pressed Juicery, POP Water and VERVE Coffee* Organic spirits tasting with LA’s Greenbar Distillery (21+). $12/presale tickets include limited edition collectible totes, $15 discounted weekend pass, $15/door: cash only, capacity allowing; Saturday & Sunday; LA Mart, 2nd Floor Magic Box + 11th floor Maker City, 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Los Angeles Facial Hair Society’s Beard and Mustache Competition
This Saturday afternoon head to the Federal Bar for the Beard and Mustache Competition. (my kinda competition….love me a beard). So grab a beer and swoon. Tickets here; October 12; 4-9 pm;  The Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood

Oktoberfest at Saddle Peak Lodge
This Oktoberfest comes with five-course, German-beered lunch under a bunch of mounted animal heads. I mean that’s how you pictured Oktoberfest, right? $55; October 12, noon; 419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, 818.222.3888

Tortilla Republic‘s AIDS Walk
Tortilla Republic will donate 15% of its fundraiser party proceeds to the AIDS walk in addition to a $1,000 monetary donation to support the restaurant’s 10k team. Enjoy music from DJ Dan Knapp, specialty Hibiscus Margaritas, and late night bites including: Seared Albacore Tuna with ancho chile crust, mango & radish slaw, and avocado; Jalapeño Croquetas with with potatoes, goat cheese, panko crust, and cilantro crema; and Flautas de Pollo with flour tortillas, jidori chicken tinga, queso fresco crema and guacamole. Friday, 10:30 pm-2 am

Brewery Arts Complex
The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice annual open studio weekend at The Brewery Arts Complex and it’s one of my favorite events in Los Angeles! They are celebrating their 30th anniversary, so check out over 100 resident artists, which you can speak with and purchase artwork directly from the artists. Free; Saturday & Sunday, 11 am-6 pm; 2100 N Main St., Downtown

Rock & Reilly’s on Sunset’s got a party featuring 12 bars, four food trucks (Germany’s Famous Bratwurst Truck and The Grilled Cheese Truck), and ’80s throwback tunes from the Spazmatics. $15 presale; Saturday, 12-9 pm; 8853 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90029

A Benefit Art Exhibit, Auction & More
Check out Street Art from Around the Globe, Surf/Skate/Snowboard Art, Knockout Display of Low-Rider Cars, Photo Exhibit of Graffiti Art from the Berlin Wall, Rock Photography, and 3-D Chalk Art. Plus, meet the artists, enjoy live music, wine & hors d’oeuvres. Friday, 7 – 10 pm. On Saturday, from 6 pm, join the Spirit of Excellence Awards Dinner. It’s an informal cocktail party and dinner hosted by Emmy Award-winner Mark Steines, and featuring a special performance by two-time Grammy Award-winner Colbie Caillat and dinner by An Catering, owners of Crustacean, Tiato, and AnQi restaurants. They will honor 2013 Spirit of Excellence Award recipients in an evening of art, music, live and silent auctions, and award presentations. On Sunday, from 12 – 5 pm, join in the art exhibit and auction sale. Plus there’s a DJ, beer, wine & food trucks. The Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Air Center at Santa Monica Airport, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Culture Collide Festival
This international festival curated by Moby showcases artists from more than 24 countries. Enjoy live performances (Liars, King Khan & The Shrines, The Raveonettes), film screenings, and art. $30; October 10-12; Echo Park; full schedule

Pasadena ArtWalk
At Pasadena’s largest urban art fair,showcases SoCal’s artist’s painting, sculpture, watercolor, photography, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, and printmaking. Plus, you get free museum admission at Pacific Asia Museum and Pasadena Museum of California Art, hands-on activities, and live music. Saturday, 11 am-5 pm; Colorado Blvd. and El Molino Ave., Pasadena

Rodeo Drive Festival of Watches
Two blocks of Rodeo Drive and Brighton Way in Beverly Hills are featuring some of finest timepieces anywhere. Celebrate the art of the watch on Rodeo Drive with 20 of the world’s most luxurious brands like Jaeger-LeCoultre and Officine Panerai. View the latest timepieces, experience two centuries of history with watchmaker demos, and see the current watch trends for men and women. Through October 13; Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills

L.A. Foodies join together at this trick-or-treat party at Angel City Brewery. Dress up in your Halloween best and trick or treating among L.A.’s finest sweets and treats vendors.Your ticket gets you sips of Angel City Beer, including yet-to-be-released specials, unlimited samples, and more. $15/$40 VIP; Saturday, 5 pm; 216 S Alameda St., downtown; 213.622.1261

BeWell Expo
Achieve inner bliss by getting to know the health and beauty industries’ best-kept secrets at this all-inclusive experience. Hit up the brow, lash, and eco-nail bars before taking a healing sound bath. Saturday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm; Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena

Vietnam via LA
Get transported to Vietnam with this pop-up restaurant! Dine on a four-course dinner including bahn mi crostini and baby squid salad. This is the first event in a new monthly series that will feature fabulous local chefs. Sunday, 6 pm; Nic’s Beverly Hills, 453 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills

La Botte’s New Secret Menu
La Botte has a new communal table that will serve up a four-course tasting menu for $20 weeknights from 5-8 pm. You’ll be eating Wagyu lasagna and mushroom gelato. Monday-Friday, 5-8 pm, 620 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.576.3072

Meatless Sundays at Willie Jane
Executive chef Govind Armstrong and chef de cuisine Ryan Costanza present their vegetarian take on Southern classics with a three-course dinner prix fixe. Feast on Indian summer rolls with pickled vegetable, a cauliflower couscous entree, and roasted almond cookies with date jam run. $26; Sunday, 5-9 pm; 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 310.392.2425



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