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29 Awesome Events In Southern California This Weekend

The immersive Haus of Creep opens at ROW DTLA this weekend. (Courtesy of Just Fix It Productions)
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Mexican Independence Day festivities take over downtown L.A., Costa Mesa and Santa Ana. The Halloween season begins as Horror Nights and the Haus of Creep open. The Son of Monsterpalooza has a weekend run in Burbank. Plus, there are art and music festivals in Glendale, Mid-Wilshire, Rosemead and Santa Monica.

Haus of Creep
ROW DTLA, Building #2 -- 777 S. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
The latest installment of the horror museum and surreal art experience skewers "grammable" culture. Guests will be immersed "in a bizarre and shocking world where reality and performance art blur together." The 75-minute installation reminds people that art is alive -- i.e., you will be touched -- and is recommended for mature audiences 21+. Trigger warning: There will be simulated violence, disturbing content and nudity.
COST: Tickets start at $69; MORE INFO

Lezathlon Summer Camp 2019
Canyon Creek Camp -- 41600 Lake Hughes Rd., Lake Hughes
The annual lesbian sporting event and summer camp features womxn competing in oil wrestling, three-legged races, trivia contests, arm wrestling, tug of war and an obstacle course. Camp registration includes lodging (in team cabins with bunk beds and private showers), all meals (including vegan and vegetarian options) and admission to parties and camp activities.
COST: $175 - $1,475 (for a four-person cabin); MORE INFO

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Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Studios -- 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City
The studio opens up new scary attractions based on current and classic TV shows and films. Wander through 10 mazes, including ones based on Stranger Things, Jordan Peele's Us, House of 1000 Corpses and Creepshow. Explore five scare zones (with tons of monsters), jump on rides or watch an all-new high-energy show from dance troupe Jabbawockeez.
COST: General admission starts at $64; MORE INFO

Through SUNDAY, NOV. 3
Sikh: Turban and Identity by Amit and Naroop
Museum of Tolerance -- 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Pico-Robertson
The turban, an integral part of the Sikh faith, represents equality of all people, tolerance and justice. The Sikh Project celebrates this identity through portraits of Singhs and Kaurs (men and women) by British photographers Amit and Naroop. The images explore beauty and diversity in the community and what is means to be Sikh in America.
COST: Included with museum admission $11.50 - $15.50; MORE INFO

Revelers parade in classic cars during the 72nd annual East LA Mexican Independence Day Parade on September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

FRIDAY, SEPT. 13; 5 - 9 p.m.
El Grito
Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center -- 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
El Grito (The Cry of Dolores) commemorates the moment Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bell of his church on Sept. 16, 1810, and cried for a call to arms, triggering the Mexican War of Independence. The Segerstrom's event features performances by Mariachi Infantil R.h.y.t.m.o., Pilares de México, Danza de Tecuanes, Ariana Martínez, Orgullo Guerrerense & Nostalgía Calentana Guerrerense, Chinelos, Ballet Folklorico Relampago del Cielo and David Mendoza. El Grito takes place at 8 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 13; 6 - 9 p.m.
Mexican Independence Day Concert
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse -- 320 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel
Celebrate the holiday with a concert from Mariachi Cantares de México. Watch the dancers of Esperanza Flores Ballet Folklorico open the festivities at 6 p.m. Come hungry because downtown San Gabriel businesses are open. Chanos' Mexican food will be available for purchase along with all natural pops from Nomad Ice Pops. Parking is free. Chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis or bring your own.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 13; 8 p.m.
Killer Crocodile
Hyperion Tavern -- 1941 Hyperion Ave., Los Feliz
Fabrizio De Angelis' 1989 "carnivorous gore-fest" is being released on blu-ray by Severin Films, which is teaming with Rendezvous DJs to throw a launch party. In addition to a screening of the film -- in which environmentalists are preyed upon by a killer croc -- the night includes a video DJ set by Jimmie Gonzalez and a release party for the new Giallo Cinemix on Bluray: Last Night A DJ Took My Life.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 13; 9 p.m.
Cumbiatón 2 Year Anniversary
Globe Theatre -- 740 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The Latinx party, run for and by people of color, celebrates two years with a soundtrack of cumbia, reggaeton, merengue, banda and hip-hop. The anniversary night features two headlining Latinx bands, folklorico dancers and DJs. This event is 21+.

Son of Monsterpalooza
The Marriott Burbank Convention Center -- 2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank
Monsterpalooza's fall show returns just in time for the Halloween season. Created for fans of SFX in film, TV and themed entertainment, the weekend features more than 150 artists and vendors, presentations, makeup demos and celebrity guests including Robert Patrick, John Bernthal, Billy Zane, Devon Sawa, Jenna Elfman and Linda Blair.
COST: $25 - $30 per day; MORE INFO

WP24 holds a Mid-Autumn food festival on Friday night in downtown L.A. (WP24)
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FRIDAY, SEPT. 13; 6:30 p.m.
Mid-Autumn Festival
WP24 by Wolfgang Puck at The Ritz-Carlton -- 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
The celebration of the upcoming fall harvest and season showcases the delectable offerings from the famed chef's most revered restaurants. WP24's chef de cuisine John Lechleidner hosts chefs Tetsu Yahagi (Spago), Hugo Bolanos (Hotel Bel-Air) and Hillary Henderson (CUT) who'll prepare and serve dishes at different stations around the 24th floor restaurant. Admission includes unlimited access to food stations and one signature cocktail.
COST: Tickets start at $69; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, SEPT. 13 - SUNDAY, SEPT. 15; 4 - 11 p.m.
Panana Night Market
Del Amo Fashion Center -- 3525 W. Carson St., Torrance
Nosh on Asian street foods from more than 100 vendors at the first night market held in Torrance. The evvent features live performances and games for kids and adults alike.
COST: $5 admission, cash only; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, SEPT. 13; 8:30 p.m.
Jay Som
The Echoplex -- 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park
Jay Som aka Melina Duterte plays her guitar pop tunes in support of her critically acclaimed sophomore album Anak Ko. Affectionately, Boy Scouts and FIME open the night.
Cost: $17 - $22; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14; 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade
Royce Quad, UCLA -- 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood
Dozens of star chefs and mixologists come together for this annual event to raise money for the fight against childhood cancer. Guests stroll UCLA's lawn while noshing and sipping bites and drinks from some of the city's best culinary creators. Hosted by chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne (Lucques, a.o.c., Tavern) and chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat), participants include Josef Centeno, Michael Cimarusti, Josiah Citrin, Bricia Lopez, Suzanne Tract and Sherry Yard. Children 12 and younger receive free admission with a paid adult.
COST: $225 - $1,200; MORE INFO

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 14; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Doggie Paradise
The Queen Mary -- 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach
Long Beach Dog Festival offers a day for our four-legged friends and family members. Enjoy puppy entertainment and workshops, photo-ops, canine arts and crafts, doggie runs, mobile grooming, splash pools, ball pits, treats, merchandise, on-site pet adoptions, cute dog contests and even a few human-centric activities. Dogs' license numbers must be ready for online checkout. Admission price includes ticket for one human and one canine companion.
COST: $15 - $50; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14; 3 - 7 p.m.
Off the Hook Seafood Festival
Santa Monica Pier -- 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
The plastic-free food fest returns with proceeds benefiting Heal the Bay. Sample eats from a number of restaurants including Blue Plate Oysterette, Cafe Del Rey, The Lobster, Herringbone, Cleo Hollywood, Red O, Sushi Roku, The Albright, Emporium Thai, The Venice Whaler, TUMBI Craft Indian Kitchen, Jaliscos Tacos and Bento Moderno. Throughout the afternoon, enjoy music by Yacht Rock, Driftwood Mac and Top 40 tribute band The Reall Deall Band. Admission price includes tastings and alcohol. The event is 21+ (but infants and toddlers in strollers are ok).
COST: General admission starts at $65; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14; 3 - 10 p.m.
Open Arts & Music Festival
In front of the Alex Theatre -- 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
This festival has a great talent lineup of performers on two stages, including headliners Kilo Kish and Nick Waterhouse. The day also includes an arts market with an augmented reality exhibition, a kids zone, a Golden Road beer garden (21+), food vendors and the launch of Glendale Tech Week.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14; 3:30 - 11:30 p.m.
6th Annual Rosemead Moon Festival
Valley Blvd. between Ivar Ave. to Walnut Grove Ave, Rosemead
The mid-autumn family fest features a night market with more than 120 Asian street food and drink vendors, family-friendly games and entertainment. The performances start at 6:30 p.m. in front of Rosemead City Hall on Valley Blvd. The traditional mooncake giveaway on the stage could happen anytime between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Tarfest 2019 returns to Mid-Wilshire for a day of live art, music and family fun. (Courtesy of Tarfest / Launch LA)

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14; 12 - 7 p.m.
17th Annual Tarfest
La Brea Tar Pits -- 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The music and arts festival begins at noon with music provided by KCRW DJs Raul Campos, Jeremy Sole and Valida. Guests can immerse themselves in live painting sessions with artists Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez and Mr. BBaby or visit the rainbow tunnels of the Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano. The 21+ crowd can also partake in the Lagunitas Biergarten & Cocktail Lounge, and everyone can buy selections from food trucks including Baby's Badass Burgers, Rice Balls of Fire, The Deli Doctor, White Rabbit Truck and Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14; 10 a.m. - noon
SalviSoul Curtido Workshop
Silver Lake private home
Karla T. Vasquez, Salvadoran food writer and founder of SalviSoul, presents cooking workshops that focus on curtido, a fermented cabbage slaw that always accompanies El Salvador's national dish, the pupusa. In addition to this weekend's workshop, there's another scheduled for Sept. 28 in the West Adams area.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14; 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Annual Museum Store End of Summer Sale
Lasky DeMille Barn at the Hollywood Heritage Museum -- 2100 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
Take home a piece of Hollywood history as the museum holds its annual sale of books, DVDs, posters and industry memorabilia.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14; 8 p.m.
Sergio Mendes: The 60th Anniversary of Bossa Nova
Soka Performing Arts Center -- 1 University Dr., Aliso Viejo
One of the most renowned Brazilian musicians of all time (and three-time Grammy winner) performs to celebrate bossa nova, "the intoxicating mix of jazz and Brazilian pop he helped define." Mendes's rose to stardom with his band, Brasil '66, and collaborated with Antônio Carlos Jobim and Cannonball Adderley.
COST: $45 - $85; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14; 5 - 10 p.m.
An Evening of Art & Celebration at 18th Street
18th Street Arts Center -- 1639 18th St., Santa Monica
The night begins with open artists' studios throughout the campus at 5 p.m. Then, there's a screening at 7 p.m. in the Main Gallery for Video in Site: The Road Film, curated by Paul Pescador and Maura Brewer. The night ends at Highways Performance Space with a 40th anniversary celebration of media arts center and think tank EZTV through a screening of videos and performances highlighting EZTV's diverse projects and collaborations from 8 - 10 pm.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14; 3:30 - 11 p.m.
NFMLA Film Festival InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Festival
Linwood Dunn Theater -- 1313 Vine St., Hollywood
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles teams up with AMPAS for a short film festival that screens local and international films by emerging filmmakers from Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Spain, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Australia, Canada and the U.S. Doors open to the public at 3:30 p.m. with receptions before each of the three screening programs.

Traditional Aztec dancers march in the 2018 Fiestas Patrias parade in Santa Ana. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Fiestas Patrias
602 N. Flower St., Santa Ana
Santa Ana's Mexican Independence festival offers family-friendly activities over two days. Watch performances by El Dasa, Los Rieleros del Norte and Angeles Ochoa, buy authentic foods, and enjoy carnival rides, games and art and culture exhibits. The traditional El Grito Ceremony, led by the Mexican Consulate, takes place on Saturday night. The big parade marches down Main Street in Santa Ana beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Additional Fiestas Patrias events include:

SUNDAY, SEPT. 15; 5 - 10 p.m.
El Grito
City Hall Spring St. Steps and Grand Park -- 200 N. Spring St., downtown L.A.
In addition to local vendors, food trucks and a carnival, there's live music with headliners Los Tigres Del Norte.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 15; 1 - 7 p.m.
Mariachi Festival 2019
Ontario Town Square -- 224 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario
This family music fest doubles as a fundraiser to keep the unidos por la música program active in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Listen to mariachis while noshing on street tacos and other snacks from vendors. Browse arts and crafts or sip on a michelada (for those 21+).

Coast 2019 closes down two miles of streets in Santa Monica this Sunday, Sept. 15. (Javier Guillen)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 15; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Coast 2019
Santa Monica
Two miles of streets in Santa Monica (Ocean Ave. from Wilshire Blvd. to Colorado; Colorado from 5th St. to Ocean Ave., Main St. from Colorado to Pier Ave.) will be closed to cars for an afternoon of music, food, art, biking, jogging, walking and scooting. Performers and artists include Sol e Mar, Venice Beats, Mariachi Linda Mexicanas, Cuñaoand the California Feet Warmers. Family-friendly activities along the route include helmet decorating, a kids bike skills rodeo, a giant puppet parade and salad-making at the community garden.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 15; 1 - 8 p.m.
The Hundreds' Family Style Food Festival
Television City Studios -- 130 N. Fairfax Ave, Fairfax
The festival combines culinary delights with top streetwear brands and artists. Participating restaurants include Jon & Vinny's, Badmaash, Cofax and Tikifish. Check out art and designs by Kenny Scharf, Garfield, Mr. Cartoon, Modernica, among many others. 143 Soundsystem, Andre Power (Soulection) and Them Jeans provide the afternoon's soundtrack. VIP admission includes entry at noon, a gift bag, swag, access to a VIP lounge with open bar and free Howlin' Rays (available in VIP only). Children younger than 10 get free admission. General admission tickets don't include food or drinks.
COST: $40 - $120; MORE INFO

2nd annual Art Women Art Week (AWAW)
E.P. & L.P. and Melrose Rooftop Theatre - 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
The weeklong series celebrates and supports women in the creative arts with films, interactive talks with female entrepreneurs, actors, producers and screenwriters, and a showcase of artworks from up-and-coming artists. Each night covers a different theme with a paired film screening. The programming kicks off on Sunday with a focus on female entrepreneurs. Screenings include the short film Lost Soul, directed by Sarah Hatherley, and the feature First Wives Club.
COST: $15 each program;MORE INFO

Editor's Note: The original version of this story misstated the price of the Haus of Creep event. It has been corrected.

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