Arts & Entertainment

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

File photo of leaves on a street.
File photo of leaves on a street.
KirkD2009 via Flickr Creative Commons

The weather might be saying otherwise, but fall is in full swing, and so is the weekend. With everything from the first round of Oktoberfest gatherings to an indulgent chocolate excursion, it's time to drink in every bit of the new month.


L.A. Chocolate Salon

Is your weekend in need of some chocolate? See demonstrations by some of the chocolate world's gurus (like The Chocolate Guru, Lee Scott Theisen), and taste some gourmet treats. Whether you prefer dark, milk, truffle or white chocolate, you will find treats to your liking. 

WHEN:  Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Event Schedule
WHERE: The Pasadena Center | MAP
COST: Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door | Get Tickets


Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler

Head over to Pasadena for your art gallery fix. This exhibition features the debut of six new works from local artists inspired by the Octavia E. Butler papers at the Huntington Library. Peruse the work of the science fiction writer there, including everything from short stories written in her adolescence to book contracts to programs from her speaking engagements. The exhibit lasts through the end of the year if you can't make it this weekend. 

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 1, 6 - 8 p.m.  
WHERE: Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena | MAP 
COST: Free 


NOMO FOMO: An art show about Broads in the City 

"Broad City" has grown a fandom of its own sort, cultivating a broad following (pun intended). The fan art is equally impressive. Head over to Meltdown Comics and be transported to Broad City with over 80 pieces of art inspired by the show. As an added bonus, food, drinks, live music and a photo booth will also be available. Pro tip: While you're at it, pick up some comic books. 

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 30, 8 - 10 p.m.
WHERE: NerdMelt Showroom, Hollywood | MAP 
COST: General admission is free, VIP tickets are $25 | Get tickets 


Activate Uptown

Spend your Saturday enjoying fresh air at Activate Uptown. Visit various corners around Northern Long Beach for a variety of family-friendly activities, like a youth basketball tournament and live tunes on blues and rock music stages. Walking, biking and skating along Myrtle Avenue, you can get a preview of safety projects aimed at making the street safer. 

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WHERE: Artesia Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue in Long Beach | MAP
COST: Free

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A flight of beers at Oktoberfest.
A flight of beers at Oktoberfest.
Courtesy of Santa Anita Park

Oktoberfest Trackside  

Come October, the only thing that potentially rivals Halloween is the beer festival that dominates the entire month. Head over to the horse-racing tracks at Santa Anita Park for German food and eight 3-ounce craft beer pours — all pretzeled together with lawn games, stein holding and corn toss contests. As we usher in the first month of fall, Oktoberfest events are popping up all over Southern California, so if you can't make it to this one, have your fill of brew at the Montrose Oktoberfest, the Long Beach Oktoberfest or the Vegan Oktoberfest


WHEN: Saturday, Oct.1, noon - 5 p.m. 
WHERE: Santa Anita Park | MAP 
COST: Tickets start at $30 | Get tickets 


The Big Draw LA 

Avoid the crowds this weekend and get those creative juices flowing. Settle down in an air-conditioned room in the library and start working on that comic book that you've been planning in your head. Folks will be challenged to make 24 pages in 24 hours in this comic marathon. Pro tips: Come with a stirring mind — drawing materials will be provided. If you prefer to create art with other people, head over to Grand Park on Sunday to make your mark with chalk

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Santa Monica Public Library | MAP 
COST: Free 


San Fernando Chile Festival

It's going to be a salsa-dancing, chile-eating kind of weekend as the annual Chile Festival spices up San Fernando. There will be live music, a beer garden, an art pavilion and chiles — lots of chiles. Do you make the best salsa around? Enter the salsa contest, or if you can handle all kinds of spicy, enter the chile eating contest. Kiddos can count on having a good time too at the kids' zone. 

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 1 - Sunday, Oct. 2, noon - 10 p.m.
WHERE: 900 Block of San Fernando Road | MAP
COST: Free admission

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