Marina Spooktacular@ Burton Chace Park
This two-day festival on the Los Angeles waterfront with costume contests, participatory dance events, arts & crafts, and more. Daytime activities are kid-friendly, but when night falls, the park evolves into a field of frights with tours of L.A:s only haunted pirate ships, recommended for brave souls age 13 and up. Free; Saturday & Sunday; 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

San Pedro Día de los Muertos Festival
Enjoy San Pedro’s historic downtown, cocktails, authentic Mexican fare, and musical performances by two-time Grammy- award winning Mariachi Divas, celebrated local headliners Kotolan,  and Salt Petal, and many more. New for 2018, the festival will debut the Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila Garden, serving signature cocktails created with Tradicional, the original tequila made from 100% blue agave. The garden will also feature Jose Cuervo Tradicional’s Ofrenda installation, honoring unsung heroes from Mexican culture including: Cuervo founding lady Ana Gonzalez Rubio y de la Torre, painter Maria Izquierdo, Mexican revolutionist Emilliano Zapata and printmaker/illustrator Jose Guadalupe Posada. Sunday, 3 – 9 pm; 398 West 6th Street. San Pedro, CA 90731 (parking: 566 S. Centre Street, San Pedro)

Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
Danny Elfman returns to the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. He’ll be singing as Jack Skellington with fellow cast members live-to-film while the cult-favorite movie plays, accompanied by an orchestra and a choir. Friday – Sunday, 8 pm; 2301 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA; 323.850.2000

Carrera de los Muertos is a 5k run that honors Day of the Dead. Remember loved ones that have passed in this rich cultural tradition. The course runs through lower Chinatown and then takes a left turn onto Alameda Street towards Los Angeles State Historic Park.  Traditions include face painting to resemble skulls, decorating altars with bright orange marigold flowers, candles, photos and other memorabilia. There will be an official Runners Altar for participants to decorate and a post race, finish line festival honoring art, music and community. Register here; Saturday, Race Day Registration Opens and Pick Up Bibs / T-Shirts: 6:45 am, 5k Start: 8 am, Awards and Enjoy the Festival: 10 am; Olivera Street, 845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Noche de Ofrenda
Grand Park partners with Self-Help Graphics & Art and Lore Media & Arts for the sixth year to present a traditional Noche de Ofrenda ceremony honoring the dead and featuring prayer led by the local indigenous community. The evening will include performances by traditional dancers representing the Aztecan, Oaxacan and Michoacán traditions, as well as Los Angeles-based poets and musicians. The event, which will unveil a master altar that invites contributions from the entire community, kicks off the official unveiling of Grand Park’s Día de los Muertos altars and art installations developed by local artists and community groups. Saturday; Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Día de los Muertos at Grand Park
Celebrates the traditions of Día de los Muertos with multiple ways to experience and learn about the holiday. In partnership with Self-Help Graphics & Art and Lore Media & Art, the park will present 50 altars and art installations created by local artists and community groups that reflect the theme Looking to the Past to Build the Future. The park will offer free guided tours, which will highlight the artwork and discuss the traditions of the holiday. Sunday; Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Día de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Hollywood Forever Cemetery presents the 19th annual Día de los Muertos festival. This year’s festival honors Coatlicue, the Aztec “Mother of Gods” who gave birth to the moon, stars, and the sun. View more than 100 altars created to honor ancestors and loved ones. Judges will select the best altar in the categories of Event Theme, Traditional Altar and Contemporary Altar – the best of each category wins $3,000. Día de los Muertos attire is strongly encouraged – come dressed in your finest calaca (skeleton) apparel and enter the costume contest. $25, free/children 8 years and under, and seniors age 65 and over (until 4 pm); Sunday, noon – midnight;  6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The Hollywood Crawl of Fame III: Red, White, and Green Halloween
MiniBar Hollywood GM and Bartender Jeremy Allen will be leading a bar crawl starting at MiniBar, and progressing to Ever Bar, Lost Property, and a few other Hollywood spots. A portion of the ticket price will be donated to legal services non-profit organization Al Otro Lado. In celebration of event sponsors Peroni and Yola Mezcal, you are encouraged to dress in red, white and green (the colors of the Italian and Mexican flags) in lieu of a traditional Halloween costume. $25; Saturday & Sunday, 4 pm; 6141 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Sixth Annual Zombie Crawl
Hundreds of Zombies and Victims will take over the streets of Downtown Santa Monica on Halloween weekend. Sponsored by MedMen, this year’s crawl will be the biggest and best year yet with Zombie Survival Kits for all! Enjoy spooky food & drink specials all night at over eight of the city’s most popular bars and restaurants starting at Rusty’s on the Pier and ending at the Official After Party at the largest venue in the city, 1212 on the Promenade with giveaways sponsored by MedMen, DJ, Dancing, Late Night Happy Hour Menu, Contests & more. Makeup artists will be on-site at the starting location to assist with the zombie-fying process and provide free zombie makeup to the first 100 attendees. $12 in advance, $15 day of (includes a wristband for specials at participating bars); Registration is from 6-9 pm; Rusty’s Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier; 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

The 11th Annual Schtick or Treat
Hosted by Jason Saenz and Nick Turner, this longstanding comedy tradition features over 40 comedians performing as your favorite comedy legends. $15 presale, $20 cash door; Sunday, 7 pm; The Virgil, 4519 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Three Day Rule‘s 5th Annual Halloween Party
Join in the party that includes: five bars; two dance floors; two DJs; psychics; and costume contest with prizes like trips to Palm Springs from Tesloop, DSTLD Premium Denim, $600 worth of personal styling. Saturday, 8 pm – 2 am; Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Preux & Proper’s The Big Lebowski Halloween Brunch
DTLA’s Preux & Proper Owner and Partner Josh Kopel have teamed up with Partner and Executive Chef Sammy Monsour and Beverage Director Kassady Wiggins to present a Halloween Brunch with themed drinks and delectable dishes. No Big Lebowski party is complete without a White Russian, or three, so start the celebration off with a One Hell Of A Caucasian White Russian Frozen Daiquiri made with Effen Vodka and St. George Nola Coffee Liqueur. Guests who come Dressed in Costume inspired by the film will also enjoy a complimentary One Hell Of A Caucasian just for joining in the fun! If one party too hard on Saturday, start the day by Enjoying My Coffee, which is comprised of Knob Creek Bourbon, cold brew coffee, Stoneground Guerrero Chocolate, cream and Miracle Mile Orange Bitters. Let your inner-cowboy come out to play with the Good Sarsaparilla cocktail with cardamom and clove-infused Effen Vodka, vanilla bean and sassafras simple syrup, cinnamon ice, and ginger ale. Or, order a refreshing ½ dozen Miller High Life Ponies on ice for just $8. The menu includes “I Told That Kraut A Thousand Fucking Times I Don’t Roll On Shabbos” House Andouille Nachos made with 2-day kraut, Thousand Island dressing, gruyère, toasted caraway and pickled mustards seeds; “Those Are Good Burgers” Burger; an In-N-Out style 2X2 made with Strauss organic grass fed beef patties, Dark Ale Chz Sauce and animal style dress; “Fuckin A’?” Nashville Hot Chicken Sando topped with Pot d’Huile CBD oil, house pickles and cookout slaw; “Ay Dios Mio” Masa Fried Crawfish Roll with Cajun spice, slaw, pickles, hot sauce and avocado mash; Po’ Boy with miso aioli, Bánh mi vegetables and chicken liver pâté; and the“I Can Get You A Toe” Crispy Pig Trotter Po’ Boy. Sunday, 12 – 4 pm; 840 South Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213.896.0090

Brandon’s Kickoff Weekend at 6th & La Brea & Swinging Sixties Halloween Party
Dress up in 1960’s style and join in a Halloween weekend celebration at the unveiling of Brandon’s at 6th & La Brea. Vinyl tunes, lo-tech vibes, and drinks will be flowing in this luxe dark and moody back bar. Order from a simple menu of house-brewed beers and one-off cocktails. Enjoy complimentary tray passed bar bites plus a polaroid photo booth. Costumes are highly encouraged! Space is limited. Friday & Saturday, 8 pm – 12 am; 600 S. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036; RSVP at info@6thlabrea.com

Eagle Rock Bark
Eagle Rock Bark is a Halloween-themed block party and pet rescue adoption event with trick-or-treating, games and fun for humans and pups. Entertainment includes a performance by Cookie the Psychic Wonder Dog, a human barking contest and a watermelon-eating contest (where you can compete with your own dog….talk about bonding). Free; Sunday, 1 – 4 pm; Eagle Rock City Hall, 2035 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA

And speaking of Lady M… 
The Skyline at The Everly Hotel is hosting a live, interactive performance of Shakespeare’s iconic tale of murder most foul, Macbeth. Featuring an all-female cast, the event is a follow-up to the Skyline’s sold-out August performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this time including two sinfully good specialty cocktails: Out Damned Spot, an homage to Lady Macbeth, made with apple-infused Grey Goose, Calvados, apple bitters, red caramel), and Foul is Fair (Grey Goose, St. George gin, Lillet, sherry, thyme, lemon, muddled celery, squid ink, prosecco). $10; Sunday & Monday; The Everly, 1800 Argyle Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Katsuya King XXIII Roll
To celebrate LeBron James joining the L.A. Lakers, Katsuya has created the King XXIII Roll made with king crab, Wagyu beef and topped with caviar. A portion of sales will be donated to the LeBron James Family Foundation to support its newly opened I PROMISE School in Akron, Ohio. The special creation is on the menu at all L.A. area Katsuya locations. $35; 11777 San Vicente Blvd, Brentwood, 310.237.6174; 702 Americana Way, Glendale, CA, 818.244.5900; 6300 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 323.515.8782; 800 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 213.747.9797

The Waterfront Venice Opens
Following an extensive months-long renovation, The Waterfront re-emerges on the Venice Beach boardwalk as an all-day cafe, sit-down restaurant, lounge and beer garden. There’s also a coffee and matcha tea bar and tacqueria offering breakfast tacos and other favorites. Seating at the 10,000-square-foot dog-friendly space is mostly outdoors.  Monday -Thursday, 11 am – 10 pm, Friday, 11 am – midnight, Saturday, 8 am – midnight, Sunday 8 am – 10 pm; Boardwalk Tacos, daily, 8 am – 8 pm; 205 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA

Soul Food Pop-Up
Authentic soul food comes to Fairfax’s Little Ethiopia neighborhood every Sunday. The Soul Food pop up is brought to you by the chefs of Annie’s Edibles, an LA-based catering company with clients ranging from the NFL network and Nike to TMZ. Founder Annalisa Johnson says she wants her new Sunday pop up to be a place where neighbors, friends, family, and strangers can come by for “funk music, fried chicken and a hug.” Meat dishes range from traditional items such as oxtails and gravy, and shrimp and grits, to modern takes on the classics including habanero honey fried chicken, and short rib french fries. Each entree comes with three sides, with you choosing from a menu of mac and cheese, candied yams, cornbread dressing, greens with smoked turkey, black eyed peas, or red beans with smoked meat. Round out your meal with house-made desserts including OMG banana pudding, peach cobbler, or indulge in a refreshing beverage like strawberry lemonade and purple rain punch. Each meal comes with complimentary cornbread and whipped butter. Every Sunday, 11:30 am – 6 pm; 1066 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

Sausage Fest 2018
Kick off Fall at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows with Sausage Fest 2018 featuring local beers, polka band and sausages grilled up by Chefs Jason Prendergast (FIG Restaurant), Ray Garcia (Broken SpanishBS Taqueria) and Jonathan Butler, formerly of 71 Above, and Michael Antoci, Founder, Pachamama Farm. Beer is provided from  Santa Monica Brew Works and Strand Brewing Company. FIG Restaurant’s Executive Chef Jason Prendergast will be serving up his ‘Chicago Dog,’ inspired by the windy city, his hometown, as well as an ‘Italian Sausage with Vinegar Braised Peppers.’ $35 (Tickets include all you can eat and sip upon entry); Sunday, 3 – 6 pm; Miramar Gardens at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310.319.3111

Eat. Play. Move.
L.A.’s first “Filipino-Angeleno” food fest returns to the Arts District featuring Filipino flavored dishes created by local chefs and restaurants. There’s also a beer garden, kids’ activity area and musical performances by The Lokel Show. $5; Saturday, noon – 4 pm; N. Vignes St. and Jackson St, Los Angeles, CA

Nerano‘s Sunday Suppers
Beverly Hills fine dining Italian restaurant, Nerano is now offering a special on Sundays only which will be sure to satisfy all your end of weekend carb-loading cravings. Join Nerano for Spaghetti Sunday, where you can choose a spaghetti with any sauce of choice from the menu and a wine carafe for two. That’s not all! Don’t forget – kids eat free every Sunday. Treat your fam to a Sunday filled with the best of Southern Italian-inspired authentic fare, courtesy of Chef Michele Lisi. $60; Sunday; 9960 South Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Artisanal LA Harvest Pop Up
Shop locally-made gifts, handcrafted jewelry, candles, indulgences and more from 30+ merchants including Drunken Cake Pops, Hush Beauty Labs, Pacific Pickle Works, Rose Gypsy and more. Free; Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; The Point, 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo, CA; 310.414.5280

The Other Art Fair
Following the Spring launch in DTLA, The Other Art Fair returns to Santa Monica’s sensational Barker Hangar, presenting 130 talented emerging artists alongside a unique and immersive program including an installation & new works by Guest Artist Gary Baseman, created exclusively for the fair. Through Sunday; 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405




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