iDig.LA Weekend Guide – October 25-27

Welcome to the spooky weekend. Halloween is almost upon us, and there are lots of frightful things to do this weekend. Including the first ever Night of the Living Zoo, a Good Food Fridays’ Halloween Harvest at Santa Monica Place, a Dead Man’s Party at Dog Haus Biergarten, an outdoor screening of The Shining, a spicy Sriracha Festival,

Friday, October 25

Night of the Living Zoo
Los Angeles (7pm-12am)
A one-of-a-kind, 21-and-over Halloween celebration, “Night of the Living Zoo” will transform the Los Angeles Zoo into a theater of mysterious and macabre delights: enjoy the spine-chilling stunts of the Sideshow Sirens, DJ Johnny Hawkes spinning at the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel, and live musical performances by Batwings Catwings and Edgar Allan Poets, as well as a costume contest, hair-raising decorations and special effects, fortune tellers, creepy cocktails, and food truck favorites. Tickets are $45 dollars.

Good Food Fridays’ Halloween Harvest
Santa Monica (6-9pm)
The Market at Santa Monica Place returns for its final installment of Good Food Fridays with a special Halloween Harvest theme. This month’s event will offer food samples, tastings and activities for the whole family, fall chili demonstrations at 7 p.m. and an opportunity to give back to local Santa Monica/Malibu schools. Special guest vendors for the October event include Gindo’s Spice of Life, KRAVE Jerky, Rosewood Pantry, Go Green Nopal Foods and Hepps Salt. The festivities will include pop-up boutiques from talented local designers including Ivory Mason Eyewear, A Lost Art, Timka Jewelry, Home Baked Beanies, a photo booth from 3D Cheeze, a pop-up Pumpkin Patch from Santa Monica Farmers Market, and a coffee and art lounge from Groundwork Coffee with local artist Cerreah Laykin. Guests can also enjoy cooking demonstrations, seasonal wines and beers, and beer cocktails will be available for purchase.

Nick + Stef’s Meat 101
Downtown Los Angeles
School is officially back in session with the commencement of Nick + Stef’s popular Meat 101 series. The restaurant’s signature program provides an opportunity for meat lovers to sample, compare, and explore different cuts and aging techniques through an intimate interactive approach guides by Executive Chef Logan. Once again recognizing the importance of pairings, carefully selected wines will be offered to attendees of the culinary educational evening.

Get Your Phil – Dinner & Concert Packages
Downtown Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Philharmonic is partnering with some of Downtown LA’s best restaurants for the launch of their Get Your Phil program: a specially crafted prix fixe dinner for only $32 per person (including tax/tip, doesn’t include alcoholic beverages), followed by a wonderful concert (some packages start at a bargain rate of $50 per person) at Walt Disney Concert Hall. At dinner, guests will also enjoy an insightful presentation about the concert by a special guest and a member from the LA Phil. Upcoming restaurants include Border Grill, Le Ka, First & Hope, and Blue Cow.

The Purge
Downtown Los Angeles (Through Oct 31)
Blumhouse Productions – the company behind such terrifying films as the Paranormal Activity franchises, Sinister, Insidious and last year’s Blumhouse of Horrors – invites you to take part in a horror-theater experience unlike any you’ve ever seen. The 2-3 hour experience immersive performance plunges you into the terrifying world envisioned in The Purge, where for one horrific night each year, all crime is legal. Visitors will choose their own path through the story, exploring throughout all 6 floors of the theater. More info and tickets here.

The Spider Pavilion
Downtown Los Angeles (Through November 2)
The Spider Pavilion , the living habitat where hundreds of spiders spin their webs for all to see. It’s the perfect time of year to shed your fear of these Arachnids! Learn about spiders and see cases containing special rarely displayed specimens from the Museum’s living collections.

Halloween Harvest Festival
Woodland Hills
Check out the Halloween Harvest Festival at Pierce College right off the 101 in Woodland Hills. Leave your car at home and take the Orange line to the De soto Metro stop. Plus, your metro ticket gets you free admission! Through November 3, explore a corn maze, brave the haunted house, enjoy hay rides and more. If that sounds too kid friendly for you, the place takes on a special sinister quality after dark.

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is the ultimate Halloween music and horror event, showcasing three terrifying haunted houses; Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses! This horrifying event will be taking place Thursday-Sunday nights from Oct. 10th – Nov. 2nd at the LA County FEARplex in Pomona, featuring concerts from various artists each night. Get ready for the NIGHTMARE of your life!

Saturday, October 26

“Dead Man’s Party” at Dog Haus Biergarten
Pasadena (6pm-1am)
Dog Haus celebrates their 3rd Anniversary with an 80s Prom Halloween party. With costume contests, spiked punch, 80’s cover band, and a photo booth to help you remember it all. Entrance is FREE with food and drinks available for purchase. Munch on items like the Haus Dog, a special all-beef skinless dog or the Dirt Bag with Fritos, haus chili, hausemade cheese sauce, and diced onion. Beer and cocktails will also be available for purchase of course. Admission is free!

The 24th Annual “Boo at the Zoo”
Los Angeles (SAT & SUN)
Visitors are invited to wear their wildest costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the Los Angeles Zoo’s “Boo at the Zoo” event. Additional activities include pumpkin carving demonstrations, arts and crafts, creepy-crawly animal encounters, chomp n’ stomp animal feedings, and interactive storytelling and music with Campfire Cathy. Zoo admission is just $18.

Eat|See|Hear The Shining
Downtown Los Angeles
Eat|See|Hear, LA’s premier outdoor movie, food truck and live music event series, continues its month-long Shocktober Supernatural Saturday Night screenings, Eat|See|Hear|SCREAM, with The Shining. Moviegoers are encouraged to dress in their scary best on this final night as there will be a costume contest for the biggest horror fans judged by Creepy LA. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., band performs at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at

Pumpkin Liner
A truly unique Halloween experience can be had at the Filmore & Western Railway Co. Starting Oct 3rd, take a train ride on the Pumpkin Liner for $20 (kids for $12). Start at the Filmore train station, ride out to a pumpkin patch, eat some tasty BBQ, traverse the haunted hay maze, and browse the arts and crafts booths.

Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch
Santa Paula
Happening weekends through Oct 27, Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch is the place to find the perfect pumpkin in their acres of bright orange gourds. There is a giant red corn maze, towering hay pyramids, hay rides, farm animals, face painting, a country store, delicious food and great entertainment. Admission is $5.

Mr Bones Pumpkin Patch
West Hollywood
If you’re looking for some local pumpkin hunting, check out Mr Bones Pumpkin Patch in West Hollywood. Kids anxiously anticipate the arrival of the patch, kicking off the fun of the Halloween season with Mr. Bones and the Halloween giants, the jumpin’ pumpkin, straw maze and face painting. Offering the finest in fresh autumn decorations including long-stemmed pumpkins, cornstalks, indian corn, gourds, squash and straw bales.

Los Angeles Haunted Hay Ride
(Sun-Wed 6:30-10:30pm & Thu-Sat, 6:30pm-12am)
In the 1920’s, King Gillette was known for hosting the most prestigious parties in all of Los Angeles County on his sprawling 500 acre ranch. On the night of the last ball ever witnessed on the ranch, the inmates from a local asylum escaped and invaded the ball. Relive the experience at the Los Angeles Haunted Hay Ride with a Children of the Corn-style hayride through the wooded grounds. King Gillette Ranch, 26800 W. Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas (310-542-9966). Admission is $20-$25. Get ur tickets here.

Sunday, October 27

L.A. Sriracha Festival
Downtown Los Angeles
The L.A. Sriracha Festival is a chef-driven, all-inclusive, 21+ event from The Sriracha Cookbook + Food GPS that spotlights the world’s most iconic hot sauce. Enjoy a variety of Sriracha themed dishes, including dessert. Local craft beer, cocktails, and sodas help tame the heat. The L.A. Sriracha Festiaval also supports a good cause, Food Forward. Tickets are just $49, or $59 at the door. VIP packages available for $89.

Second Annual Sausage Festival
Santa Monica (5-8pm)
Ray Garcia and FIG in Santa Monica is hosting the Second Annual Sausage Festival. Chefs Kris Morningstar (Ray’s & Stark Bar), Christian Page (Short Order), Jason Travi (littlefork), Bernhard Mairinger (BierBeisl), Greg Daniels (Haven Gastropub) and Paul Buchanan (Primal Academy) will serve up gourmet sausage and craft beers alongside live music and other assorted fun. Tickets are available online.



Gallery Secrets at NHM
Los Angeles (SAT & SUN)
This is the Natural History Family’s second collaboration with Chalk Repertory Theatre. Each night features four short original comedies and dramas by L.A. writers, set from 1913 to today. Audience members will be divided into four groups to be led through the full play cycle, before meeting in the main foyer for cocktail hour at the end of the show. $20 Members; $25 Nonmembers.

Sunday Roasts at Mignon
Downtown Los Angeles (3-6pm)
There’s something so familial about a roast. Cooking a large piece of meat, carving it, and sharing it with friends and family. It’s not about finesse or perfection; it’s more fun, casual, and comforting. Every Sunday Mignon features a different cut of meat, simply roasted and served with roasted Weiser Farms Potatoes Lyonnaise, and a Petit Salad with Maggie’s Farms greens. $20/plate. First come first serve.

Sundays Live
Los Angeles (6-7pm)
LACMA’s weekly chamber music series, Sundays Live, features the best of national, international, Los Angeles and emerging artists. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public at 6 pm each Sunday in the Leo S. Bing Theater. Admission is free. While you’re there, check out Ray’s Stark Bar for a cocktail, or two or three.

LA Derby Dolls
Echo Park (6-10pm)
The L.A. Derby Dolls are Southern California’s premiere all-female, banked track roller derby league. Watch girls on wheels as they battle out on the track with two teams of five players each: four blockers (one of whom wears a striped helmet cover as the “pivot”) and one jammer. Races take place every other Saturday and some Sundays. A full season schedule can be browsed here.

Silver Lake Farmers’ Market
Silver Lake (8am – 1pm)
The Silver Lake Farmers’ Market offers more than just fresh, local produce. Customers can also find vintage clothings, jewelry, music, and snacks, giving it more of a flea market vibe.

Weekend Flights at Rosso Wine Shop
Glendale (5-8 p.m.)
A new wine theme each week. Whether it is their Old World favorites or Pinot Noir from Russian River, they mix it up and keep the price reasonable. Visit for more details. They also have wines by the glass available at the bar, along with some select beer picks by the bottle, if the wine flight doesn’t work for you. Cost is around $10.

Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club
Downtown Los Angeles
Travel back in time to the glamorous days of Hollywood’s golden age of nightclubs at the Cicada Club in Downtown. Featuring the finest vintage dance orchestras and entertainment, Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club is unlike any night on the town you have ever experienced. Vintage or evening attire encouraged. A dinner reservation will guarantee your table for the entire evening. To see who’s playing each week and for more info check out their web site.


November 1-2 – Westchester’s favorite new watering hole Cinco, is channeling its Oaxacan roots with the ultimate boo-zy Dia de Los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) celebration. In addition to drink specials, the festivities to honor the deceased will include traditional mole negro plates, an altar that will be up all week for guests to pay tribute to their loved ones with photographs and sweets, and a live Mariachi Band on Saturday afternoon from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

November 2-3 – Temecula Valley wine country invites locals and visitors alike to celebrate this year’s wine grape harvest at the region’s Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend. This fall passport event is the last chance of the year to explore more than 30 wineries, sample new and unfinished wines, enjoy delicious food pairings, and experience the beauty of wine country in autumn – all in one weekend. A two-day ticket runs $99, Sunday only is $79. Food only for the designated drivers is $69.

November 2Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever is a must see event. Partake in various sacred ceremonial tributes and memorable altar creations with a vibrant traditional procession in the home of Hollywood’s Immortals. There is tons of food, 3 music stages, many themed parades around the cemetery, vendors of all kinds of Day of the Dead items and an altar contest, not to mention a lot of great costumes. Admission is $15 and the event is from Noon-12am. Lines are guaranteed, so get there as early as you can.

November 7 – After four years and thousands of lobster rolls served, Tasting Table is ready to take its marquee culinary event, the NYC Lobster Roll Rumble, on the road. That’s right, it’s coming to LA. You can vote for your favorite roll from ten of the best seafood slingers along the Pacific coastline, who will try to claw their way to the top: L&E Oyster Bar (L.A.), The Hungry Cat (L.A.), Blue Plate Oysterette (L.A.), Littlefork (L.A.), The Strand House (L.A.), Cousins Maine Lobster (L.A.), Anchor & Hope (S.F.), Sam’s Chowder House (Half Moon Bay) and Old Port Lobster Shack (Redwood City)–plus a specialty roll from Chobani. Tickets are on sale now ($75 plus tax; click here to buy) for the West Coast Lobster Roll Rumble on November 7, 2013, at the Cooper Design Space in Downtown Los Angeles, with ten percent of ticket sales benefiting Share Our Strength.

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Author:Matt Mitchell

A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.

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