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Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

A poke bowl topped with avocado and seaweed.
A poke bowl topped with avocado and seaweed.
Photograph by Michael Saechang via Flickr / Creative commons

Take a deep breath and head out the door for some serious stress-relieving happenings this weekend. Whether it's a fall beer fest or some soothing crafting, we've rounded up the best ways to unwind. 


I Love Poke Festival

This one's a bit of a splurge — but worth it, if you like eating sushi's open-bowl cousin. Admission scores you tastings from over 20 OC-based restaurants, including Poke Party and North Shore Poke Co. If you've never had poke, take a friend and embark on a culinary adventure together. Cheers! 

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 13, Noon-3 p.m. 
WHERE: Hotel Irvine | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $75 | Get tickets 


Jackalope Indie Artisan Market 

This marketplace is perfect for treasure-hunting shoppers. Peruse items from over 200 local crafters to jazz up any part of your home, wardrobe or workplace — including candles, stationary and so much more. You never know what you'll find — expect to run into some pretty unique products. 

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 12-Sunday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
WHERE: Central Park, Pasadena | MAP 
COST: Free


Transgress Fest 

You've probably never been to a music festival like this, but here's your chance. The self-proclaimed first punk and hardcore festival in Southern California centers around the music and voices of bands in the transgender community, including Maladjusted, Trap Girl and more. 

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 12, 4 p.m.-midnight 
WHERE: LGBT Center on 4th, Santa Ana | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $10-$15


The tattoos of a local man are seen as he walks to the Togitogiga Waterfall in the O le Pupu-Pue National Park on September 12, 2015 near Poutasi, Samoa.
The tattoos of a local man are seen as he walks to the Togitogiga Waterfall in the O le Pupu-Pue National Park on September 12, 2015 near Poutasi, Samoa.
Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Incredible Inks 

This is your chance to finally get those matching family tattoos — temporary ones, that is. In conjunction with the exhibition "Tatau: Marks of Polynesia," enjoy a day filled with crafts, workshops and performances. Kids will have a chance to design their own tattoos and learn how to fold origami. So head over to Little Tokyo for your day of creative relaxation. 

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 
The Japanese American National Museum | MAP 
COST: Free 

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Courtesy of L.A. Fall Beer Fest

The Los Angeles Fall Beer Festival

It's about time one of these creeped up again. With over 200 of your favorite brews to choose from and delicious bites from food trucks, you should have no problem dealing with that post-election stress.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 12, noon-4 p.m. 
WHERE: Los Angeles Center Studios | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $45 | Get tickets 


File photo of a crowd waving American flags.
File photo of a crowd waving American flags.
Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr Creative Commons

America's Parade 2016 

Sport your pride for the red, white and blue at this year’s Veterans Day event, which commemorates the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and all branches of the country's military forces in one giant parade. For a more mellow way to honor veterans, head over to Hollywood and catch the opening night of "Everything In Between," a play with cast and crew members who've served the nation in battle. 

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 
WHERE: VA Greater Los Angeles, West L.A. campus | MAP 
COST: Free 


File photo of a wreath.
File photo of a wreath.
Emily May via Flickr Creative Commons

DIY Fall wreaths 

Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, and it's never too early to start preparing. You'll be surrounded by pine cones, ribbon, leaves and everything else that screams "holidays!" Add a little bit of hot glue to the equation and you'll be going home with a new centerpiece for your mantle, front door or dining table.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.-Sunday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $10-20

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