(credit: Ashley R./Yelp)

(credit: Ashley R./Yelp)


If you are like most people, you probably got a ton of invitations via Facebook, but none look too fun to attend. Everyone has something going on this weekend, but luckily for you, we ran through our special calendars to put together a concise and great list of things you should check out this weekend.

Friday, October 21
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 23:  Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball against the Phoenix Suns on March 23, 2016 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)


Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Phoenix Suns
Honda Center
2695 E Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
www.nba.com

While there is no expectation that our beloved Lakers will be much of anything this season, there is always something exciting about watching the squad hit the hardwood. Preseason basketball gives fans the chance to see some of the unpolished aspects of the team. The working progress is a unique look at not only the mechanics of the game, but, fans also get to see what kind of budding talent is working it’s way into the fold. Tickets are inexpensive and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Spending your Friday with the purple and gold is never a bad call.

Saturday, October 22
(Credit: Knott’s Berry Farm)

(Credit: Knott’s Berry Farm)


Knott’s Scary Farm
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620
www.knotts.com

When it comes to haunted attractions, the Granddaddy of them all remains Knott’s Scary Farm. Going strong for some 43 years, the entire amusement park transforms into an exhilarating experience complete with grand scale production and thousands of scare actors roaming the grounds. Boasting 13 different mazes designed to terrify the guests, ticketholders will find themselves extra jumpy for the entire night. New for 2016, Scary Farm has launched four different Skeleton Key Rooms. These haunting experiences are separate from the mazes and offering their own unique backstory to set the mood and heighten the tension. In between screams, guests can still grab a seat on all of the parks thrill rides for added late night fun. Knott’s Scary Farm never gets old.
 

(Credit: KJ Photo)

(Credit: KJ Photo)


San Clemente Oktoberfest
Vista Hermosa Sports Park Carnival Grounds
987 Avenida Vista Hermosa
San Clemente, CA 92673
www.scoktoberfest.com

The fall is loaded with Oktoberfest events, but few have the kind of small town, beachside charm of San Clemente. Embracing a California twist to the harvest celebration, here guests are treated to unique happenings like a wiener dog fashion show in addition to more traditional events like the stein holding contest. In between drinking games and general shenanigans, the San Clemente Oktoberfest boasts some seriously good entertainment with live performances from the likes of dirty reggae veterans, Aggrolites and Southern California folk punks, Vinnie and the Hooligans. Enjoy a bratwurst and a stein of beer while taking in the fresh salty smell of the beach this weekend.

Sunday, October 23
(Credit: Santa Ana Zoo)

(Credit: Santa Ana Zoo)


Boo At The Zoo
Santa Ana Zoo
1801 E Chestnut Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
www.theatricum.org

Billed more as a “Merry, Not Scary” Halloween experience at the zoo, Santa Ana does a great job of being festive and family friendly for the holidays. As families check out the different animals, kids can hit one of the ten different trick or treat stations along the trail. Not only are costumes encouraged, but the Zoo actually hosts a parade that gives visitors a chance show off their duds. The Santa Ana Zoo houses an impressive collection of animals and continues to get creative in reaching out to their surrounding community. If you are looking for something family-friendly and holiday appropriate, hit the Zoo.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.

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