(credit: Queen Mary)

(credit: Queen Mary)

The weekend is finally here and whatever you daydreamed of doing while stuck at your desk is ready to become your reality. Whether you feel like rummaging through some recycled treasures or crowdsurfing to a set from The Used, LA is a cup runneth over when it comes to getting out and having fun. Hitting the event calendars and scoping the scene, we have done the legwork so you don’t have to get overwhelmed with options. Rally the troops, here is what you are doing this weekend in LA.

Friday, October 2
(credit: Queen Mary)

(credit: Queen Mary)

Queen Mary Dark Harbor
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738
Dates: October 1, 2015 – November 1, 2015

While there is room to argue that SoCal has too many haunted attractions, there are few like Dark Harbor at the historic Queen Mary of Long Beach. Now while the production, make-up, themes, and presentation of the attraction are all top-notch, the obvious sets Dark Harbor apart from it’s competitors. The Queen Mary is considered a hotbed for the paranormal. People from all walks of life all seem to agree that the place is genuinely haunted, a caveat that makes a Halloween attraction so much more interesting. Not for the faint of heart already, a trip to Dark Harbor is a step up from the rest of the scare zones. Ticketholders beware.

Saturday, October 3
(credit: Vegan Oktoberfest)

(credit: Vegan Oktoberfest)

Vegan Oktoberfest
LA Center Studios
450 S. Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Let’s get down to it. This Oktoberfest boasts 50 different beers with unlimited tastings, plus some 30 different food vendors all offering Vegan faire. Complete with a traditional German brass Oompah band and all the festivities of the harvest celebration like stein-holding and the dancing Chevy Chase did in European Vacation, this is Oktoberfest for folks that don’t get down with animal bi-products. Offering a portion of the proceeds to animal rights advocates organization, Expand Animal Rights Now, you can hoist that stein and know that you’re drinking for a great cause.

(credit: Lee Allen)

(credit: Lee Allen)

Taste of Chaos
San Manuel Amphitheater
2575 Glen Helen Pkwy
San Bernardino, CA 92407

Reviving the alternative rock music tour for a special one-day event, the San Manuel Amphitheater will be booming with bands like The Used, Thrice, Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional, and The All-American Rejects. Lazily labeled ‘emo’, the package touts a collection of artists that took aggressive rock music and infused some melody, infused a honest stream of consciousness that skipped the aggro-knuckledragging typically associated with energetic rock music. The afternoon will certainly incite some movement among the fans, but outshining the bumping and shoving will be the arena-sized sing-alongs every one of these bands will prompt.

Sunday, October 4
(credit: Natalie Iturbe)

(credit: Natalie Iturbe)

Visit The Melrose Trading Post
7850 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 655-7679

What started back in 1997 has grown to become one of the most successful social programs in the history of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Founded and operated by Greenway Arts Alliance, the Melrose Trading Post has generated some seven million dollars since the start to help Fairfax High School and supplemental school programs. Working with local artists and generating revenue through admission and vendor fees, every Sunday Fairfax High is lined with a collection of artisan goods and recycled treasures, prompting a flock of enthusiastic shoppers. A destination that is fundamentally LA, if you are gonna shop, at least now you can do it for the kids.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.