Arts & Entertainment

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

File photo of a dog taking a rest after a walk.
File photo of a dog taking a rest after a walk.
Jesse Michael Nix via Flickr Creative Commons

As you stare at the clock and count down the minutes until the weekend begins, here's some help planning it out. Choose from a food block party, a guinea pig rescue festival and so much more. Cheers! 


Brand Boulevard Block Party 

Some serious good eats have landed in Glendale recently, and now it's time to dig in. With everything from a new Shake Shack location to a fresh poke joint — not to mention long-standing restaurants in the area like Bourbon Steak Los Angeles — you might want to start fasting now. 

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 22, 5-8 p.m. 
WHERE: Brand Boulevard between Colorado Street and Caruso Avenue, Glendale | MAP
COST: Tickets are $50 | Buy tickets 


Real American Places: Edward Weston and "Leaves of Grass"

The idea is simple: American photographer Edward Weston collaborated with poet Walt Whitman to capture the faces and places he described in his poetry. The outcome: 25 photographs taken across the country in the 1940s. If you're into more abstract or colorful art, check out plenty of other exhibits at the Huntington's galleries — including a limited time (this weekend only) display of exotic orchids, or Lari Pittman's mood books

WHEN: Opening Saturday, Oct. 22 through March 20
WHERE: The Huntington Library, Scott Galleries, San Marino | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $25 for adults 


Artisanal L.A. Fall Show 

This one's a no-brainer if you love unique, locally-made products. From hot sauces, to jewelry and houseware, you'll be sure to find something you didn't even know you needed. Attend demos and classes from some of the 150 L.A.-based designers and munch on tons of samples. Pro tips: Wear some comfortable shoes — the warehouse is big. If you prefer an outdoor, smaller-scale version, head over to Abbot Kinney Boulevard

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  
The California Market Center, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $10


P-22 Day and Urban Wildlife Festival 

You may not know L.A.'s favorite resident cougar P-22 personally, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't celebrate him. He's traveled all throughout the city and has survived even more — and for that, he gets his own special day. Head over to Griffith Park to take a photo with a cutout of P-22, enjoy live music, talk with park rangers and meet another animal friend: Ranger Rick the raccoon. 

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 
WHERE: Shane's Inspiration Universal Playground, Griffith Park | MAP 
COST: Free 

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Brewery Art Walk via Facebook

Brewery Artwalk 

Head over to the former Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery, now inhabited by local artists, for an open studio weekend at the art complex. Walk through and peruse the work of over 100 participating resident artists and get a chance to speak with them directly. Though the building hasn't manufactured beer in years, they've got a beer garden — and the artists may just hand you a brew from their own stash. Pro tip: The San Antonio Winery is right down the street if you still need a fix. Or you can hit up a fall harvest craft beer festival in the San Fernando Valley. 

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 
WHERE: Brewery Arts Complex, Northeast L.A. | MAP 
COST: Free 


Strut Your Mutt 

Spend the day with your lovable fur babies and the rest of the city's pups. You won't just be walking — there will be interactive games and activities for your best friend. They'll get to snack on some hand-decorated treats, participate in doggy musical chairs and compete for best trick. Registration fees go to helping local animal shelters, so there's really no negatives. Also, you'll be rewarded with plenty of doggy kisses after. If you're into smaller pets, check out the guinea pig rescue event also happening this weekend. 

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
WHERE: Exposition Park | MAP 
COST: Registration is $35 online | Register 


Hale House at Heritage Square Museum.
Hale House at Heritage Square Museum.
Tod Kurt/Flickr

Halloween and Mourning tours 

Perhaps one of the creepiest places in the city — the Victorian-era homes are not technically haunted, but they do cause some serious goosebumps. Head over for a subtle spook and learn about death and mourning practices during the Victorian era, play period games and score some candy. Hoop skirts are optional. Not so much into haunted houses? Check out a pumpkin race in Manhattan Beach for an equally fall-friendly outing.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Oct. 23, noon-4 p.m.
WHERE: Heritage Square Museum, Montecito Heights | MAP      
COST: Tickets are $20

How are you spending your weekend? Let us know on Twitter @lizmoonyoz and @LeoHasACat.