(Credit: Queen Mary)

(Credit: Queen Mary)

Chances are there is at least one text message in your phone that reads something like, “What’s happening this weekend?” While everyone can get behind a few days away from work, it’s not always easy to figure out how best to spend that time. Sure, sleeping in and binge watching Stranger Things isn’t a bad decision, but you don’t want to feel like you squandered a few days worth of recreation. We combed through the plethora of happenings in LA to make sure you have a concise, carefully selected list of weekend options. If you were uncertain how to spend your weekend, look no further.

Friday, September 30
(Credit: Queen Mary)

(Credit: Queen Mary)

Dark Harbor
Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802

It’s the opening weekend of what has become one of Southern California’s best haunted attractions, due in part because it’s actually haunted. The Queen Mary has a well-known history with the supernatural, so it’s only fitting that the Halloween theme result in a production designed to make your hair stand on end. Adding two new mazes to the floor plan, Intrepid and the Panic 4-D Experience are included as ticket prices actually dropped. For all of $20 (online), a ticket to Dark Harbor provides a chilling, terrifying good time on a vessel synonymous with some spooky things. Offering amenities like the Voodoo Tasting Room to aide in providing liquid courage, as well as premium packages to make an evening aboard a party, Dark Harbor continues to be a must-visit during the Halloween season.

Saturday, October 1
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(Credit: SpaceBarbarians.com)

Evil Dead The Musical
The Garage Theatre
251 E 7th St.
Long Beach, CA 90813

Anyone familiar with the cult film franchise is almost immediately intrigued by a live stage production of anything Evil Dead. The trilogy from Sam Raimi is widely regarded as one of the most important of the genre, so much in fact that a musical has been a running production since 2003. The current stage show is happening at the Garage Theatre in Long Beach and fans are filling the seat to get a glimpse. While the musical takes some liberties by combining elements from the entire trilogy, there’s no denying that the show is all about having a good time with a bit of gory-tinged humor. In the vein of Rocky Horror Picture Show, Killer Clowns from Outer Space, and The Toxic Avenger, Evil Dead has stood the test of time for good reason. While the musical hasn’t enjoyed the same longevity, more than a decade running suggests it just might. Grab your ticket and find out why.

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(Credit: Emma McIntyre/WireImage.com)

Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: The Ramones and the Birth of Punk
Grammy Museum
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 765-6800

In 1976, The Ramones unleashed their self-titled debut and essentially transformed rock music in a way that has influenced countless of musicians spanning generations. A joint effort between the Grammy Museum and the Queens Museum of New York, this two-part exhibition brings into focus the legacy of the punk rock forefathers in a way that is both intimate and comprehensive. Showcasing some 50 different relics from the Ramones on loan from both public and private collections, the Queens Museum portion will emphasize The Ramones’ impact on the New York cultural landscape. The Grammy Museum will be tasked with highlighting the band’s contribution to pop culture history as innovators, trailblazers. Whether music is a passion or just a pastime, the significance of The Ramones is indisputable. This is an exhibition that best showcases how art can change the world.

Sunday, October 2
(credit: Aquarium of the Pacific)

(credit: Aquarium of the Pacific)

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-3100

Housing an incredible variety of Pacific Ocean wildlife, the Aquarium of the Pacific is the kind of place you can spend an entire day exploring and still not finish. Among the latest features added to the Aquarium include a habitat for sea horses, sea dragons, and vanishing animals. The latter of the exhibit reiterates the importance of the Aquarium. Through education and interactive means, the institution encourages conservation as a means of thwarting extinction among declining numbers of Pacific Ocean species. Regularly offering classes, touch pools, guided tours, and even encouraging volunteers to donate their time, the Aquarium of the Pacific continues to be failsafe for your weekend.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 03:  Recording artist Dolly Parton attends the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

(Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Dolly Parton
Hollywood Bowl
2301 Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068

Earning everything from Grammy Awards to Academy Awards, Dolly Parton is widely-regarded as one of the country music’s undeniable treasures. Her musical output includes, but is not limited to, a staggering 43 solo studio releases. Parton has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, just to name a few. Her legacy and appeal remains unwavering as fans from all walks of life and all preferences recognize her importance to not just country music, but music as a whole. Parton headlines the Hollywood Bowl this weekend for a set of shows that are sure to instill lasting memories for those lucky enough to score their ticket.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.