27 Fabulous Events Happening This Weekend In Southern California

Learn about the art of tarot and lotería cards. Party with the cool cats at the P-22 Festival. Watch films at PANAFEST or Film Independent's New Wave. Attend screenings of the creepy new thriller Lighthouse. Join a couple hundred thousand friends at the 14th Annual Taste of Soul festival. Sample the OC's culinary offerings at The Taste. Participate in the annual AIDS walk.

Loteria cards (Andrea López/Flickr Creative Commons)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18; 6 - 10 P.M.
Lucas Nights: Art of the Card—Tarot and Lotería
Exposition Park's South Lawn — 899 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park
Although it's still under construction, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has begun its community programming efforts, including an event that examines the art and history of tarot and lotería cards. The night features a discussion with curator Erin M. Curtis, writer and scholar Gloria Arjona and artist and tarot reader Marcella Kroll (at 7 and 8:30 p.m.). Other activities include tarot and lotería card-making, onstage tarot readings, lotería games, private readings, raffles, music by dublab's DJ Wyldeflower, food trucks and a cash bar. FREE with RSVP but RSVP does not guarantee admission. This event is 21+.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
The New Wave
MOCA and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in downtown L.A.
Film Independent, KCRW and MOCA team up for a weekend of keynotes, panels and programming to celebrate the "spirit of change that is driving the transformation of art and culture." The free showcase features keynotes by director Alma Har'el (Honey Boy, LoveTrue, Bombay Beach) and artist Hebru Brantley as well as a conversation with South Asian auteur Anurag Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur, Sacred Games). Throughout the weekend, MOCA offers free admission to its galleries. MOCA Grand Avenue Ahmanson Auditorium is located at 250 S. Grand Ave., and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Warehouse is located at 152 N. Central Ave.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

'A New Día' is an immersive art installation at Wisdome LA. (Courtesy of Estrella Jalisco)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
'A New Día' Immersive Art Installation
Wisdome LA — 1147 Palmetto St., downtown L.A.
A new, immersive and Instagram-ready Day of the Dead art installation opens at the Art District gallery. Presented by Estrella Jalisco, the company has collaborated with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez for a "sensory journey of the four geodesic dome installations." The event is 21+.
COST: Tickets start at $29; MORE INFO

Beer and a selfie for one visitor to Pink Oktoberfest on October 12, 2019 in London, England. (Peter Dench/Getty Images)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19; 7 P.M.
2019 Santa Clarita Oktoberfest
Wolf Creek Brewery, 25108 Rye Canyon Loop, Santa Clarita
Prost! This Oktoberfest celebration brings a bit of Munich to the SCV with a variety of German and German-style beers. The event also features German food, music and games (all with a California twist). Tickets include entry for two guests, who will each receive a free German beer glass, as well as a first beer (500ml). Food costs extra and each additional beer is $8. Games and entertainment are free.
COST: Starts at $45 for general admission for two; MORE INFO

THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
Los Angeles Fashion Week
The Majestic Downtown, A.G. Bartlett Building — 650 S. Spring St., downtown L.A.
Art Hearts Fashion holds runway presentations featuring designers Cross for God, Venus Prototype, Tony Iniguez, Natalia Gaviria, Lila Nicole, Kentaro Kameyama and Michael Costello. Enjoy art activations, celebrity guests and sponsored giveaways.
COST: $33 - $3,300; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
The Lighthouse Q&As
ArcLight Cinemas — 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
The new psychological thriller from Robert Eggers (The Witch) stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. There are three Q&As this weekend — following the 8 p.m. screening on Friday (with Eggers and Dafoe); after the 4:30 p.m. screening on Saturday and the 2:45 p.m. screening on Sunday (with Eggers, Dafoe and Pattinson).
COST: $17 - $18; MORE INFO

The Mexican chocolate sundae, a dessert at Lowell Cafe in West Hollywood. (Elina Shatkin/LAist)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
Eat + Drink Week West Hollywood
Various West Hollywood locations
More than two dozen eateries and bars will participate in the first restaurant week devoted exclusively to WeHo. Set menus let patrons explore the offerings of Gracias Madre, the country's first cannabis cafe Lowell Cafe, TowerBar and Restaurant, Bacari W. 3rd, Boxwood, The Henry, Locanda Veneta, Connie & Ted's, Tesse, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Michael Mina's Osteria Cal Mare and Pacifique, among others.
COST: Set menus are $15, $25, $35, $45, $55 and $65; MORE INFO

Syrian ice cream at Le Mirage Pastry in Anaheim, February 2019. (Elina Shatkin/LAist)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
Los Angeles Times The Taste - Costa Mesa
The MET — 535 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa
The L.A. Times showcases Orange County's renowned chefs and restaurants. Chef Carlos Salgado of Michelin-starred Taco María discusses Mexican cooking with questions from cooking columnist Ben Mims, while another showcase focuses on the Syrian pastries of Maher Nakhal, who owns Le Mirage Pastry. Unlimited tastings and drinks are included with general admission. The event is 21+.
COST: $80 - $150; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
PANAFEST 2019
The Downtown Independent — 251 S. Main St., downtown L.A.
Now in its fifth year, the Panamanian International Film Festival expands its boundaries. The program includes more than 45 films; a celebration of the late actor Raul Julia with a screening of Ben De Jesus' All the World's A Stage: Raul Julia, a screening area for films using 360-degree technology; and panel discussions. The weekend also features a poetry pop-up and a live theater piece developed for Panafest by SP!T director Alex Alpharoah.
COST: Tickets / passes run $10 - $90; MORE INFO

Lizzo performs at Radio City Music Hall on September 24, 2019 in New York City. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18; 7 - 11 P.M.
Lizzo: Cuz I Love You Too Tour
Hollywood Palladium — 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Good luck getting one of the hottest tickets in town. The singer, musician, rapper and flautist is currently on tour in support of her album Cuz I Love You Too. All tickets for are general admission standing room only.
COST: $89.50 - $99.50; MORE INFO

Zola Jesus performs onstage during Adult Swim Festival 2018 at ROW DTLA on October 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Adult Swim)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19; 8 P.M. - 2 A.M.
Ace Hotel's 20th Anniversary Celebration
The Theatre at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The hotel chain celebrates 20 years with an art and music shindig. Watch performances by Ryuichi Sakamoto, serpentwithfeet and Zola Jesus followed by an afterparty in the lobby featuring tunes by DJ Four Color Zack and Eug. Proceeds from the night benefit three nonprofits: Urban Artworks, Sanctuary Art Center and Art Corps.
COST: $20 - $150; MORE INFO

Pumpkins at Petaluma Pumpkin Patch on October 28, 2011 in Petaluma, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
25th Annual Kidspace Pumpkin Festival
Brookside Park & Lower Arroyo — 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena
The family-friendly festival features a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, carnival games and seasonal crafts. Kids are welcome to dress up and take part in a costume parade, get their faces painted and pick out pumpkins from a pumpkin patch. There's live music and performances for the adults, too. Proceeds benefit the Kidspace Children's Museum.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

British actor Idris Elba performs a DJ set at the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on June 27, 2015. (OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
All My Friends Music Festival
Skylight ROW DTLA — 777 Alameda St., downtown L.A.
The fest features house music artists from around the world. With two stages and a secret speakeasy-style third stage, the lineup includes headliners Justice (France) with Woman Worldwide and Black Coffee (South Africa). Also on the bill are Diplo and MK doing a back-to-back set, Blond:ish (Canada), Gene Farris (U.S.); Idris Elba (U.K.), Kaz James (Australia), Bruno Furlan (Brazil), Sita Abellan (Spain) and Russia's Volac. This festival is 21+.
COST: Individual daily tickets start at $89; MORE INFO

The L.A. Printers Fair returns to Carson for its 11th year. (Courtesy of the International Printing Museum)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19; 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
L.A. Printers Fair
International Printing Museum — 315 W Torrance Blvd., Carson
The annual fair celebrates the art of paper, letterpress printing and handmade books. Seventy artists and vendors will show off custom posters, hand-printed cards, hand-made paper, ephemera and antique books. Jessica Spring of Springtide Press is this year's featured artist, presenting a lecture on Saturday. The exhibition Inside Hollywood: The Earl Hay Press Collection features rare type and printing blocks from Earl Hays Press, the leading producer of "fakes" and "inserts" for Hollywood films and TV shows for a century.
COST: $5 - $10; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19; 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest — 5200 E 2nd St, Long Beach
The 16th-annual chalk contest features sidewalk art by both emerging and professional artists. Held in conjunction with the Belmont Shore Art Walk on Second St., artists vie for cash prizes. Works will be drawn on premium artist's paper that will be affixed to the sidewalk with blue masking tape. (Drawing on paper lets artists move indoors if it rains.)
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19; 10 A.M. - 7 P.M.
14th Annual Taste of Soul
The Taste of Soul — Crenshaw Blvd between Stocker St and Obama Blvd.
With an expected 350,000 attendees, L.A.'s largest one-day free street festival returns to Crenshaw Boulevard. Bring your families to experience soul food, local and international cuisine, and Black culture fused with diverse traditions. Johnny Gill headlines the music lineup, which is spread across five stages.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19; 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Eastside Italian Deli Block Party
Eastside Market Italian Deli — 1013 Alpine St., downtown L.A.
The longtime Chinatown deli celebrates 90 years in business with a party on Saturday afternoon. Expect lots of fun and food.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

P-22 walks by one of Miguel Ordeñana's wildlife cameras in the daylight. (Miguel Ordeñana)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19; 11 A.M. - 4 P.M.
P-22 Day Festival
Shane's Inspiration in Griffith Park — 4800 Crystal Springs Dr., Griffith Park
To recognize the importance of our resident cougars, the city of L.A. declared Oct. 22 to be P-22 Day. L.A.'s favorite mountain lion even has his own festival, which is part of Urban Wildlife Week. Check out a VR experience of wildlife crossings, meet local rangers, hear experts talk about coexisting with wildlife, view urban wildlife installations and check out music, food and kid-friendly activities.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

Dia de los Muertos altars and art installations by local artists are seen on November 1, 2018 in downtown Los Angeles, California. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19; 3 - 10 P.M.
10th Annual El Sereno Dia de los Muertos Festival
El Sereno
The all-ages festival returns with an afternoon and evening of art, dance and live music from Louie Cruz Beltran, Mariachi Divas and Spaghetti Cumbia. The evening ends with a Dia de los Muertos procession by Ballet Coco and Ballet Bravo.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19; 5 - 7 P.M.
The Show Won't Go On Reading
Dearly Departed Tours and Museum — 5901 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns, authors of The Show Won't Go On: The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic Deaths of Performers Onstage, present and sign their book. It details obscure facts and anecdotes about final curtain calls... literally. If you miss Saturday's reading, the authors are doing another presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books & Cafe in Echo Park.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild presents an intimate tasting event in Arcadia. (Julie Verive)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19; 6 - 10 P.M.
L.A. Beer and Food Festival
Los Angeles County Arboretum — 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild presents the intimate tasting event at its new Arcadia location. The night is produced by small and indie craft breweries along with support from local food partners. Several beers feature California botanicals brewed with ingredients such as local citrus, stone fruit, herbs and spices. They can be paired with bites like Broxton Public House's Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini or a chicken breast from Gus's Famous Fried Chicken. There are more than 100 brews at the event, and admission includes unlimited tastings, complimentary bites and educational sessions.
COST: $60 - $75; MORE INFO

Snoop Dogg performs onstage at STARZ Madison Square Garden on August 20, 2019 in New York City. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for STARZ)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19; 4:30 - 11 P.M.
How the West Was Won
FivePoint Amphitheatre — 14800 Chinon, Irvine
Snoop Dogg performs Doggystyle in its entirety while fellow headliner The Game performs The Documentary from beginning to end. Other artists include Xzibit, Warren G and The Alkaholiks.
COST: Tickets start at $32.50; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20; 7:30 P.M. - 7:30 A.M.
All-Night Horror Show 2019
New Beverly Cinema — 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax
The horror marathon features six rare, mind-blowing features, trailers, shorts and cartoons. Will you make it through the night and into the daylight? The films selected have not played locally in many years.
COST: $30; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19; 8 - 10 P.M.
Perla Batalla
Caltech's Beckman Auditorium — 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena
Before he died, the great Leonard Cohen told his old friend and former backup singer Batalla that he was afraid his music would die with him. The international recording artist isn't letting that happen and performs a tribute show for Cohen.
COST: $10 - $40; MORE INFO

Baryonce hugs a participant as thousands of people march during the 33rd annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles event in downtown Los Angeles, California on October 15, 2017. (AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20; 9 A.M. - 1 P.M.
AIDS Walk 2019
Los Angeles City Hall — 200 N. Spring St., downtown L.A.
The 5-mile walk, which begins and ends at City Hall, benefits APLA Health, a nonprofit that provides health and advocacy services. Walk alone or with a team. While it's not mandatory, organizers suggest raising $25 for the cause. The day begins with aerobic warmups and finishes with arts, music, entertainment and information booths.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20; 1 - 3:30 P.M.
Norton Simon Fall Festival
Norton Simon Museum — 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Families can travel around the world and through time by participating in pop-up art-making workshops in the galleries and garden. The creative writing nonprofit 826LA holds a time-travel workshop where you can create luggage and a journal, design a time machine, write postcards from the 18th century, create 17th-century inspired hats and explore 19th-century Paris. There's also storytelling and music. The event is free for all children 18 and younger. Adults pay general admission.
COST: $12 - $15 admission for adults; FREE for kids 18 and younger; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20; 7:30 P.M.
Santa Monica Symphony 75th Concert Premiere
Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High School — 600 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica
The symphony opens its historic season with Guido Lamell conducting. Robert deMaine, principal cello of the LA Phil, performs Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B Minor. The program also includes Weber's Overture to Oberon and Gershwin's An American In Paris. The evening begins with a pre-concert lecture by KUSC's Rich Capparela and features coffee and cake during an extended intermission. All concerts are open seating.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO