Here are some of my favorite Los Angeles events for the second two weeks of October:
Burbank Beer Festival
Wanted to experience a real Oktoberfest in Germany, but misplaced the keys to your private jet? Yeah, we’ve all been there. Thankfully, a great alternative awaits you in the San Fernando Valley! For the second year in a row, the Burbank Beer Festival (and Fall Street Fair) returns to downtown Burbank. San Fernando Blvd. will be shut down for this street festival which features over 85 brews on tap from nearly 50 different breweries (both local and out-of-state)! There is also plenty of entertainment, live music, games, and art venders to satisfy the non-drinkers in your group. Admission to the Street Fair is free for all ages, but for those 21 and up, access to the brew zone costs $45 and includes plenty of samples! (Designated Drivers $10)
When: Saturday October 15 from Noon- 7pm with TWO sessions of Craft Beer to choose from! Session 1 Noon-3pm Or Session 2 4pm-7pm.
Where: Downtown Burbank
The biannual celebration of art returns to Pasadena this October with ArtNight Pasadena. Museums and galleries all over the city open their doors to those wanting to experience all of the culture that Pasadena has to offer. Free shuttles operate between the 18 various art institutions including the Norton Simon Museum, Pacific Asia Museum and Pasadena Museum of California Art. Also featured are various food trucks, live music, performances and more! Best of all, it is completely FREE!
When: Friday October 21 2016 6pm- 10pm
Where: Various locations across Pasadena (Park at any participating institution, and take the free shuttle!)
Día de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever
Come commune with your ancestors at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s 17th annual Día de los Muertos festival in Hollywood. It is the largest Day of the Dead celebration in California, and this year’s theme is “the Tree of Life.” The party features art installations, 100+ ceremonial altars, cultural dance and music, food vendors, calaca (skeleton) costume contests, and art & crafts for the children. Tickets are $20 (children 8 and under or 65 and older are free until 4pm). I took my girls when they were little and it scared them! I suggest 8 years and up.
When: Saturday, October 29th: 12pm until 12am
Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery- 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038
West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval
Did you know that each year West Hollywood holds the largest Halloween street party in the WORLD? That is no exaggeration either- the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval routinely draws over 500,000 visitors in a single night! This street festival, which shuts down a mile-long stretch of Santa Monica Blvd, is not for the faint of heart (maybe leave the children at home). It is a rowdy, raunchy, and wildly entertaining time featuring multiple concert stages, food, and plenty of booze. It is worth going simply to check out the spectacular showing of costumes that range from the extravagant to the barely there. Just don’t try to drive to it… seriously don’t. The streets surrounding the area are either shut down for the festival or clogged with traffic. So it is best to take a ride-share service.
When: Monday October 31 6 p.m – 11p.m, the nearby bars keep the party going late.
Where: Santa Monica Boulevard between N Doheny Drive and La Cienega