(credit: Underwood Family Farms)

(credit: Underwood Family Farms)


While the weather doesn’t feel quite fall-ish, the amount of excitement for Halloween is a constant reminder that the season has officially changed. People around these parts have most certainly gotten into the spirit of things and there is no shortages of places nurturing a bit of macabre, the fun kind of course. Considering it is LA, if the ghouls and goblins aren’t your thing, there are plenty of alternatives to make a weekend of. Here is a quick list of what’s happening in LA.
Friday, October 16
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(credit: Nik E./Yelp)


Run The Jewels
Fox Theater Pomona
301 S Garey Ave
Pomona, CA 91766
(877) 283-6976
www.foxpomona.com

A live music gem in the outskirts of Los Angeles, the Fox Theater is the kind of place where the history of the building almost adds to the quality of a show. Considering Friday night is live with the hottest duo in hip-hop, Run The Jewels a the Fox are a great one-two combination. El-P and Killer Mike are praised by both fans and critics alike for good reason. The team’s output is second to none. Dynamic production from El-P and stout lyrical stanzas from Killer Mike make every song electric, both on record and even more so live. The walls at the Fox will shake Friday night. This is a show you do not want to miss.

Saturday, October 17
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(credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)


Screamfest LA
TCL Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 461-3331
www.screamfestla.com
Dates: Oct. 13 – 22, 2015

Among those in the know, Screamfest has been regularly referred to as the “Sundance of Horror.” The nine-day stretch at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre aims to find the very best in independent film making with all things horror at the forefront. Acknowledging submissions are on par with other long-standing film festivals “best” categories from Actor & Actress, Director, Cinematography, animated short, student film, and so on. For people that cannot get enough of the genre, this is no doubt your holiday season.
 
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Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival
3370 Sunset Valley Road
Moorpark, CA 93021
(805) 529-3690
www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com
Dates: October 3 – October 31, 2015 from 9am – 6pm

Moorpark’s Underwood Farms’ annual Fall Harvest Festival includes a ton of fall activities ranging from a tractor-drawn wagon ride, a great corn maze, and live entertainment to a pumpkin patch (pumpkins not included), hay pyramids, animal exhibits, a petting zoo, educational information, a kid’s corral, pedal tractors, pig races and much more!

Sunday, October 18
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(credit: Natalie Johnson)


Oktoberfest
Alpine Village
833 W Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90502
(323) 321-5660
www.alpinevillagecenter.com

Alpine Village has been doing Oktoberfest for decades and certainly the best around if you’re looking to celebrate. Aside from the tens of thousands that flock to the massive tent off the 110 freeway, the Alpine Village folks bring in a real Bavarian Oompah brass band from…BAVARIA. Steins full of imported German beer, German sausage with gigantic pretzels, and thousands in attendance nightly makes the Torrance installment of the fall classic a party destination.
 

(Credit:Castle Gourmet)

(Credit:Castle Gourmet)


Eastside Food Fest
Mack Senett Studios
1215 Bates Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 660-8466
www.eastsidefoodfest.com

With an added emphasis on the local contribution of the Eastside of Los Angeles in the grand scheme of Southern California’s culinary identity, the Eastside Food Fest is a dedicated field of some 30 vendors all working and catering to the East side. Specifically, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, East Hollywood, Koreatown, Downtown, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Atwater, and Echo Park. Independently owned and operated locations using locally sourced products from responsible, self-sustained resources will be showcasing their best tastes for eager foodies. Music, art paired well with some working-class gourmet dishes makes for a fantastic Sunday afternoon.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.