25 Awesome Vegan Things to Do in Los Angeles This October
October brings on the fall events in full effect! Here’s this month’s itinerary!
Veg Singles Event
Wednesday, October 2
An evening singles mixer with mild weather, vegan snacks, and—of course—alcohol!
Awareness Film Festival
Awareness Film Festival highlights a multitude of indie flicks and documentaries with a purpose. With films focused on sustainability, beauty standards, poverty, and more, this 10 day festival will bring attention to topics you’ve never before considered. Make sure to catch the film #PowerPlant on closing night which explores the possibility of a plant-based society.
Saturday, October 5
Vegtoberfest brings a taste of Germany’s iconic Oktoberfest to sunny Hawthrone with tens of local beers and an epic pop-up lineup that includes Swamiji Pizza, The Vegan Hooligans, Srey Vegan, and more! And make sure to stop by the VegOut LA booth to say hi and grab a copy of our magazine!
MooShoes 5 Year Anniversary Party
Saturday, October 5
Join MooShoes in celebrating 5 years in Los Angeles with a day of vegan food, yoga, sales, and more! NYC’s famous Lagusta’s Luscious will be making an appearance.
Vegan District at The Pike Outlets
Saturday, October 5
Vegan pop-ups, food trucks, and artisans gather for this free event at The Pike Outlets!
Vegan Fashion Week Awards
Thursday, October 10
A night to celebrate the most iconic, creative, and powerful vegan stylists, models, make-up artists, and more in fashion!
Vegan Fashion Week
Monday & Tuesday, October 14 & 15
As the vegan food game in Los Angeles soars beyond all expectations, the fashion game … well, it could use a pick me up. What better place to start than two days packed with a runway show, clothing swap, and powerful conferences with industry insiders?
Saturday, October 19
A community celebration of vegan food, workshops, performances, speakers, and more.
Whittier Zombie Pub Crawl
Saturday, October 19
Put on your best zombie costume and join in on this Dia de los Muertos themed pub crawl. The crawl will stop at Whittier’s all-vegan Modern Shaman and include a costume contest.
Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20
SoCal VegFest features two days of vegan vendors, lifestyle products, alcoholic beverages, and more in the OC!
Vegan Goth Dinner Party
Monday, October 21
A five course vegan meal accompanied by all the dark tracks your punk-loving heart could want.
Veg Speed Date
Saturday, October 26
Meet the love of your life or have fun trying.
Dia de los Tacos Festival
Sunday, October 27
Come try out THIRTY different tacos at this Downey festival to see which one takes the crown of SoCal’s best vegan taco! Yes, we did say thirty and yes all of them are included in your ticket. Eeep! That’s like all treat and no trick!
Flow + Flavor
Sunday, October 27
Wake up your body with rooftop yoga at ROW DTLA accompanied by some of the city’s best views, then head downstairs to tear up Smorgasburg’s array of indulgent eats!
Experience an evening of intimate dining, accommodating hosting, and handcrafted vegan food inspired by the cuisines of several different African countries.
The Vegan Valley Meatless Monday
Who said Mondays where boring? The Vegan Valley is bringing excitement to the beginning of the week with their Meatless Monday series, featuring a rotating list of vegan vendors each week.
Vegan Taco Tuesday
Swing by Tanto’s Tacos at The Truck Stop in Culver City from 11am-4pm for $2 vegan tacos!
Head to The Other Door in North Hollywood every hump day for vegan eats and drinks. The regulars include Avocadamama, Donut Friend, Madame Shugah, Mama’s Tamales, Senoreata, and Vegatinos. Plus, each week features a different special guest vendor.
KCRW’s Night Market at The Bungalow
Every Thursday Night
Head to Santa Monica every Thursday night for food trucks, cocktails, and music. Vegan options include MANEATINGPLANT, The Falafel Factory, and more!
Every Thursday (Santa Clarita) & Sunday (North Hollywood)
Four years ago, we could've never imagined we’d get the chance to enjoy juicy burgers and fried chicken sandwiches. One year ago, we could’ve never imagined we’d be able to get those things every week. Today, we’re reclaiming our childhood favorites every weekend at Vegan Exchange (formerly Vegan Sunday). Make sure to check out both Vegan Exchange's two locations—North Hollywood and the new Santa Clarita! And don't miss the Vegan Halloween Party at Vegan Exchange Santa Clarita on 10/31. There will be a costume contest, DJ, spooky games, trick or treating for kids, and more!
Vegan Pop-Ups in Highland Park
Every Friday Night
Come for the tequila at Block Party, stay for the wide array of vegan Mexican food, and continue to stay for more tequila.
SunCafe Raw Vegan Cookie Classes
Weekends are the perfect time for learning a new skill. Join Chef Ron at SunCafe every Saturday for raw vegan cooking classes.
The Little Green Kitchen Pop-Up
Feast on nachos, tostadas, tacos, and cheesecake at the Brentwood Farmers Market from 9am-2pm!
Sundays at The Gentle Barn
Kick it with the animals you save from enjoying a plant-based diet at The Gentle Barn.
Every Sunday (Except October 20)
Enjoy Instagrammable eats from LA’s most prestigious pop-ups, including Workaholic, Happiness Capsule, Donut Friend, Señoreata, and more!
This month’s Smorg Tip: Señoreata is the first vendor to make the Monthly Smorg Tip twice! Holla! Oh right—let us tell you why. Last time we highlighted Señoreata’s vegan Cuban sandwiches, but this time we’re here to let you know about their yuca fries, which are light and fluffy on the inside, crispy and seasoned on the outside, and served with a side of pungent garlic aioli. If you’ve never had yuca fries, now’s your time to give ‘em a chance, because they can be even more irresistible than potato fries. I KNOW, SHOCKING, but it’s the month of Halloween afterall!
Ryan is a cook, writer, and musician born and raised in Tampa, FL. With years of recipe testing for his Asian-American food blog, No Eggs or Ham, behind him, he strives to sharpen the image of vegan food by highlighting chefs who push the boundaries of plant-based cuisine. Unlike the advice your mom lent you, he encourages you to play with your food every chance you get!
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