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South Central’s First Vegan Festival, ‘HALLOWEED,’ Afro GoGo Party, and More! GTFO, L.A. Taco’s Official Event Guide for October

10:56 AM PDT on October 4, 2019

    [dropcap size=big]O[/dropcap]ctober is here and it’s officially time to bust out those sweaters and denim jackets, put on that dark lipstick, and start acting like it's fall. The leaves on the floor, the cold breezes breaking up the relentless L.A. dry heat, we know we speak for a lot of you when we say that this is the best time of the year. We know how easy it is to just snuggle underneath some tiger-adorned cobijas but save that for when you sleep because there are a lot of things cracking in our beautiful city this month, so GTFO!   

    Call the homies, call your boo, or lone-wolf it, and live it up.   

    Kiss Me! - Oct 4th

    Just in time for cuffing season, Kiss Me is the perfect vibe for all things autumn and romance. Hear amorous beats by everyone ranging from Ozuna to Burna Boy to Kaytranada and Celine Dion. Why not? It’s free with RSVP and who knows maybe you’ll meet a new boo. Get more deets here.

    Afro GoGo Block party - Oct 5th 

    Take the party outside of the club! Afro GoGo Block party will have great vibes, Afro Beats, and more. On top of having great music, there will be dancing, food, and games. It’s being held in Chinatown from 3 PM to 10 PM. Get more details here.

    La Loncheria - Oct 6th - Free

    Ever wake up on a Sunday wanting to enjoy that last bit of the weekend but also not wanting to feel tired at work on Monday? La Loncheria might be the vibe for you. There will be live performances by Nancy Sanchez, Alicia Blue, Miguel Pulido and DJ sets by Linda Nuves and Vlatz. It’s a day time party, so no need to worry about being out too late and being tired the next day. La Loncheria will be a monthly event happening every first Sunday of the month. Get more details here.

    Luna Chats Presents Lit Latinas - OCT 8th 

    Are you looking to share space with Latinas passionate about storytelling? Look no further than “Lit Latinas.” Master writers Julissa Arce, Danyeli Rodriguez del Orbe, and Naibe Reynoso will all be giving readings and talking about navigating the current US political and cultural environments as writers and creators. Also, come to hear why your story is needed right now and for inspiration on how to tell that story. Get more details here.

    Photo courtesy of the Southern California Foodways

    A People’s History of Southern California Foodways - OCT 11th- 12th

    My favorite thing about food is that each bite is full of savory bits of politics and history. Learn about the history of how immigrants and people of color impacted California’s foodways. This delicious conference talks about the politics of foods and deliberately centers the food of marginalized people, who often are left out of the larger culinary narrative of the state. Tickets include food, FYI. Get more details here.

    Indigenous People’s Day - Oct 13th 

    Los Angeles is done with Columbus Day and celebrating a day that marks the beginning of the genocide of Indigenous people. L.A. is throwing a party to celebrate Indigenous culture at Grand Park. The theme of the second annual celebration of Indigenous People’s Day is focusing on the past, present, and future, with an emphasis on pushing politicians to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day. Get more details here.

    Secret Project: DTLA Underground  Dance Festival - OCT 12th - 13th 

    This is a two-day festival featuring underground dance music, street art, digital art, and more from downtown L.A.’s creative community. The event comes from Insomniac, one of the original projects born out of the warehouse scene of early-‘90s Los Angeles. View the music lineup and more info on the festival here.

    SÜPRFEST: South Central's First Vegan Festival - OCT 19th 

    South Central is having its first Vegan Festival hosted by SÜPRMARKT. SÜPRFEST is offering attendees the chance to try vegan food at affordable prices. The first 200 people get free food and every other attendee gets discounts on food, so everyone in the community has a chance to try out vegan food. It’s held next to the Taste of Soul food festival, so thousands are expected to come out and enjoy some plant-based goodness. Besides having great vegan chefs present, there will also be cool wellness workshops, including yoga and art therapy. Why spend a ton of money trying yoga elsewhere, when you can try it out at SÜPRFEST? Get more details on this rad vegan fest here.

    Taste of Soul - OCT 19th - Free

    Taste of Soul is an annual community event featuring over 150 food vendors, celebrities, music, and more. Head out to Crenshaw and Obama Boulevard for a chance to experience delicious food, great vibes and live performances by Queen Latifah to Stevie Wonder, Chante Moore, Ginuwine, Doug E. Fresh, Brandy, and more. There will also be a singing competition for children and adults. Adults can also enjoy a beer garden and there will be plenty of activities for children. Get more details here.


    Imagine Halloween but instead of kit kats and mounds of joy, you got edibles instead? It sounds like fun to me! Head out for a haunted maze filled with weed treats. There will also be horror-themed plant installations, so maybe that means a very wild venus flytrap. On top of just being the spookiest stoner party ever, there will be DJ sets and live performances. Get more details here.

    The Growlers - Beach Goth Halloween 2019 - OCT 31st

    I honestly added this event because I like the phrase “beach goth.” ¯_(ツ)_/¯ The Growlers are coming back to their hometown of Los Angeles on October 31st and November 1st for a two-day party at the Hollywood Palladium. There will be special guests, art installations, and other weird but cool things, and of course, unique headliner sets by the Growlers. Get more details here.

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