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The weekend has arrived and if you haven’t solidified your plans yet, you are probably not the only one. Figuring out what to do with two-plus days of free time is a tough task. We ran through our special calendar of events to assemble a quick list of great options of how best to make the weekend worthwhile.

Friday, October 21
(Credit: “We Are Beautiful” by Sung Hyun Kim)

(Credit: “We Are Beautiful” by Sung Hyun Kim)


ArtNight Pasadena
Pasadena City Hall & Various Venues
100 Garfield Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
www.artnightpasadena.org

Pasadena’s answer to the artwalk craze has resonated with an enthusiastic community that has turned ArtNight into an annual pilgrimage that saw some 28,000 visitors last year alone. Spaced out over some 16 different destinations throughout the city, independent galleries, the Armory Center, museums, the city library, and even City Hall play host to local artists in a neighborhood-based celebration that marries art, music, entertainment, and food trucks naturally. With each location staying open late and opening their doors for free, the people of Pasadena and beyond are invited to checkout the art, mix, mingle, and spend an evening getting lost in the city. With shuttles operating to help get visitors to and from the different locations, ArtNight is a citywide party that is the perfect way to spend a Friday night.

Saturday, October 22
Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives first base coach George Lombard #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago Cubs in the fourth inning of game three of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)


Watch The Dodgers Game At A Local Bar
Various Locations

The Dodgers might be playing their NLCS Game 6 at the famed Wrigley Field in Chicago, but band together as True Blue fans and fill the bars, pubs and restaurants with TV’s to root for the home team today! Plenty of places around town will be showing the game, including some of LA’s Best Sports Bars.
 

(Credit: Café Gratitude)

(Credit: Café Gratitude)


Vegan Taco Competition
Café Gratitude
639 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 580-6383
www.cafegratitude.com

The taco in Los Angeles is about as fundamental as the hot dog is to baseball. The city is brimming with destinations all serving their finest contribution to the ultimate street food. Having a competition involving the taco is a tough task but tackling a Vegan taco is an added caveat that is enough to pique most foodies’ interest. Café Gratitude within the Larchmont area is hosting nine of the city’s best chefs all vying for the title of best Vegan taco. Mick Weldon of 100 Tacos, Raul Medina of Taqueria la Venganza, Andrew Perez of Organix, and Ernesto Moreno of Café Gratitude will be just a few of the competing chefs. Guests need $20 to score the goods and cast their vote, with all proceeds going to the Los Angeles Humane Society. Not that you needed a reason to enjoy nine signature tacos, but with the money going to charity and the ingredients coming from responsible sources, this is top-notch tortilla-wrapped goodness.
 

R. Kelly (Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

R. Kelly (Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


R. Kelly Buffet Tour
Microsoft Theater
777 Chick Hearn Ct.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
www.r-kelly.com

R. Kelly is widely-considered one of the most prolific singer/songwriters in R&B music. For more than two decades, the Chicago native has continued to chart, sell records, and pack in concerts. The Buffet marks his 13 studio release and only his 11 arena tour. Dotting 40-cities across the country, Kelly charges through some 40+ songs each night spanning his 20-something plus year career. Considering he amount of songs the man is responsible for, it’s impossible to not come across one that will stick with you. Known for bringing the spectacle to the stage, this is a hot ticket.

Sunday, October 23
(Credit: Sara Reeve)

(Credit: Sara Reeve)


13th Annual Mourning Tour
Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer St.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 225-2700
www.heritagesquare.org

Los Angeles has a wide array of museums and cultural centers, but few places in the city are like Heritage Square Museum. A living monument to Victorian-era design and architecture, the art on the grounds is an actual collection of buildings and homes from the era. Now in it’s 13th year, the museum hosts a Mourning Tour, in line with the time of the season of Halloween. The tours are essentially a crash course in how people of the time dealt with and celebrated the passing of loved ones. Focusing on etiquette and decorum, the tour gives visitors an interactive look at history within the context of something universal, like death. Easily one of the most picturesque places in the city, this is something off the beaten path that will ensure you have a unique weekend.
 

Photo Credit: Scott Gries/ImageDirect

Photo Credit: Scott Gries/ImageDirect


Jimmy Eat World
The Roxy
9009 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
www.theroxy.com

Scoring a ticket to watch a band like Jimmy Eat World is a guaranteed great time but when you cram a band of that size into an iconic club on Sunset, well, now you have an event. Jimmy Eat World is taking to the stage at The Roxy this weekend and there’s just no way the show will be anything less than stellar. To see an arena-sized act hit the sweaty club circuit adds an element of intimacy that always seem to make the songs sound and feel better. Everyone is packed in tight and singing along in a way that would be annoying and inconvenient, if it wasn’t so fun. You have been advised. Hit Hollywood this Sunday and see this show.
 

(credit: Underwood Family Farms)

(credit: Underwood Family Farms)


Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival
3370 Sunset Valley Rd
Moorpark, CA 93021
(805) 529-3690
www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com

Step foot inside Underwood Family Farms’ Moorpark pumpkin patch today and you’ll know why this has consistently been one of the most popular destinations during fall for families every year. The Annual Fall Harvest Festival features all of the activities from past years, plus many more. There will be a U-Pick pumpkin patch where you can choose from a huge selection of pumpkins, or take part in a petting zoo, a corn maze where you’re sure to get lost, tractor rides, pig racing, and much more. Make sure not to miss the Antique Tractor Weekend (October 15 & 16 from 10am to 4pm) where you’ll get to check out antique tractors and even a tractor parade. This weekend, on October 22, and 23rd, it’s actually Western Weekend! So, come by from 11am to 3pm for stunt ropers, covered wagons, music, magic and much more. At 3pm, cowboys ride off, but the festivities continue until 6pm with games, music, rides, races and much more family fun.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.

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