Halloween starts now. We know it's only Oct. 2, but the festivities have already begun. (Don't know what to dress up as? How about El Niño? Just throwing out ideas...) Anyway, we're getting into the spooky spirit this weekend with creepy art, classic flicks and 5,000 hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns. Here's everything you need to know.
The food looks soooo good — kimchi pancakes, spicy rice cakes, boba, roast corn, asian-fusion links. Plus, there will be live bands, dance performances and K-pop. This is happening on Normandie in Koreatown — where else? — and admission is FREE. Click here for a parking info, and a coupon.
When: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday
Where: L.A. Korean Festival Foundation | MAP
Price: Free admission
This weekend is also the Brewery Artwalk, which draws hundreds of people to Lincoln Heights twice a year. It takes place in a huge artist-in-residence community, which also happens to be a former PBR brewery. How hipster is that? Tons of artists will open up their doors; explore everything from design and illustration to fashion and jewelry. Oh, and you get to drink beer while you peruse the impressive work.
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: The Brewery Arts Complex | MAP
Price: Free admission and parking
Walk through a path surrounded by 5,000 hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns as a specially curated soundtrack gets the spooky mood going. These aren't your typical pumpkin carvings. Artists have prepared everything from traditional scary-faced pumpkins to ones with carvings inspired by pop culture — Pokemon, Grand Theft Auto and more. The RISE experience will be back at Descanso Gardens and debuting at Santa Anita Park.
When: Various times through the month
Where: Descanso Gardens | MAP
The Addams are Halloween's royal family, and there is no better way to start the festivities than by catching the quirky film at Street Food Cinema's outdoor screening. Bring blankets, a picnic and, if you have one, your dog. Arrive early to catch new music and eat from the tasty food trucks, too.
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Victory Park | MAP
Relive your favorite horror stories at the Last Spookstore — a horror story art show at the Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles. A couple dozen artists have created works inspired by literature, like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Stephen King’s Pennywise the Clown (also known as It). The opening reception is Saturday night, and admission is free. There will be a donation bar from Highland Park Brewery, which is a new spot on York. Score.
When: 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Last Bookstore | MAP
6. The Shining
If you’d rather hang closer to the coast, check out Lola’s Retro Outdoor Cinema at the Sunnyside Cemetery. It'll host its last screening of the season: "The Shining." Pro tip: Come early if you want good parking.
When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sunnyside Cemetery | MAP
7. Weekend Splurge: Vegan Oktoberfest
Vegans, it's your time to shine. Saturday and Sunday is the much-anticipated Vegan Oktoberfest. Tons of vegan restaurants will be there, including Sage, which is known for its soulful bowls and hearty tacos. Admission price will include unlimited pours of over 50 different beers, tons of food and live entertainment, like a stein-holding contest. (It's not as easy as it sounds!).
When: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: L.A. Center Studios | MAP
Price: $45 general admission
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