Arts & Entertainment

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

File photo of a pumpkin patch.
File photo of a pumpkin patch.
Patrick Slaven/Flickr

It's Friday again and this weekend is jam packed with something for everyone — whether you're already in the Halloween spirit or not. From a three-day zombie festival to a Pixar interactive exhibit, we've got the details. 


Taste of Mexico 

It isn't really hard to find good Mexican food in the Southland, but why not head over to the heart of the city to have the best of it all? A passport to this annual food event will score you unlimited tastings from over 35 of L.A.'s Mexican restaurants and all-you-can-drink pours of tequila, mezcal, micheladas and beer, of course. Top it all off with live music and photo booth and you've got yourself a solid weekend excursion — if you're over 21.  

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15, 7 - 11 p.m. 
WHERE: La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Tickets start at $65 | Get tickets 


Frida Kahlo, Frieda and Diego Rivera, 1931, oil on canvas at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Frida Kahlo, Frieda and Diego Rivera, 1931, oil on canvas at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
profzucker/flickr Creative Commons

Celebrating Frida Kahlo

Settle in for a cozy afternoon and immerse yourself in the world and works of Frida Kahlo with an exhibition and movie inspired by her life and art, presented by Miriam Quezada. If you're more of a Picasso fan, head over to the Norton Simon Museum for an exhibit featuring his lithographs

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2 - 4:30 p.m. 
Altadena Library | MAP 


The Science Behind Pixar 

Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Nemo — you name it. Oh, did we mention "Monsters Inc."? The interactive exhibition delves into the science, technology and engineering of the beloved animated films. You don't have to be under 10 years old to enjoy the hands-on activities or snap an Instagram-worth picture with your favorite character. 

WHEN: Opens Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
WHERE: The California Science Center | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $15-21 | Get tickets 


CicLAvia: Heart of L.A. 

This weekend might provide the perfect balance of warmth and cool, fall weather for a bike ride. Ditch the minivan and explore the city's downtown architecture on two wheels. The best part is you can join really anywhere along the route or participate in various activities at the hubs spread along it. Food trucks and free water will be available at each of them to keep you and the family going throughout. 

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
WHERE: Throughout DTLA | Route map 
COST: Free 

21+ PICK

Burbank Beer Festival 

Sure, it's October and that means giant German beer festivals all month long, but if you want to keep it low-key, head over to Burbank. More than 85 craft beers will be on tap from brew houses like Golden Road Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company and so many more. If you're a designated driver, the street fair will be free. Pro-tip: If you're going to go to any Oktoberfest, you might want to check out the Vegan Oktoberfest

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15 
Downtown Burbank | MAP 
Tickets are $45 | Get tickets 


An artist drawing at the Monster Drawing Rally.
An artist drawing at the Monster Drawing Rally.
Armory Center for the Arts via Facebook

Monster Drawing Rally

It's like sponsoring a jogger or standing on the sidelines of a marathon — sort of. Watch artwork happen in real time by 100 artists while sipping on craft beer from Craftsman Brewing Company. You'll have the option to purchase any of the drawings after. All proceeds benefit the center's future exhibitions. 

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 16, 1 - 6 p.m. 
WHERE: Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $10  


Long Beach Zombie Festival 

Warning: this pick is not for the faint of heart. If you're willing to immerse yourself in a three-day zombie outbreak with music, horror and everything related to the undead, this one's for you. With everything from interactive scare zones to "Thriller" dance workshops — not to mention the zombie crawls everyday of the festival — true Halloween fanatics won't want to miss out. Pro tip: Not so much into the whole walking dead thing? Head over to the Convention Center for an illuminated display of ornately hand-carved pumpkins or to an actual pumpkin patch for a more mellow spook. 

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 14 - Sunday, Oct. 16
WHERE: Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach | MAP 
COST: Tickets start at $13 for a one-day pass | Get tickets 

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