Dig LA Weekend Guide: Halloween Edition

Welcome to the spooktacular weekend. It’s Halloween and we’ve got some fun All Hallows’ Eve events for ya. These festivities won’t break the bank either. There are parties at Rush Street, Villain’s Tavern, or The Edison for adult themed fun. If you’re tugging the kiddies along, head to the Pumpkin Liner, a Haunted Hay Ride in Griffith Park, a celebration on Olvera St, or a special party Downtown. On Saturday see some scary movies in the park while you chow on grub from select food trucks or head to San Pedro for the 5th Annual Dia de los Muertos Block Party. If Halloween isn’t your bag, head to the Ronald Regan library for some wine, cheese and chocolate or learn about the wine business with Learn About Wine.

Friday, Oct 29

Rush Street True Blood Party
Culver City (9pm-2am)
Rush Street will be completely transformed on Halloween weekend to become the most wicked bar on TV’s red hot True Blood show: Fangtasia. The entire staff will be decked out in characters from the show, so join Eric, Pam, Bill & Sookie on Friday & Saturday as they bite new friends at Rush Street for what will surely be a great Halloween bash. For your drinking pleasure: vials of potent “V,” bloody Jell-O shots, bloody beer, “Tru Blood” cocktails such as “Death on the Beach,” “The Plasmapolitian,” and upstairs, look for “Tru Blood” Bottle Service (complete with a bottle of liquor plus the authentic Tru Blood drink beverage as a mixer) and sultry vampires lurking around Rush Street’s infamous pole dancing room. No cover!

A Dark Carnival at Villain’s Tavern
Downtown Los Angeles (7pm-2am)
Villain’s Tavern presents a Dark Carnival on Friday and Saturday from 7pm till close. With live music, special ghoulish libations, carnival food, costume contest, tarot card reading, along with a visit from the food truck Great Balls on Tires, it’s sure to be a fun way to spend All Hallows Eve. Admission is free, that’s right you heard us. Get your party on.

Dia de los Muertos at Olvera Street
Downtown Los Angeles (7pm)
Olvera Street celebrates Dia de los Muertos all weekend long with festivities featuring pinata breaking, children workshops, face painting, strolling Mariachi bands and Ballet Folklorico. Enjoy colorful, ancient Mexican ceremonies in honor of departed loved ones with beautifully decorated altars, entertainment and Novenaria processions. Admission is free

Ronald Reagan Library Wine Tasting
Simi Valley (6-9:30pm)
Enjoy an incredible evening with food and wine pairing, gourmet small plate dinner menu, and fine chocolate tastings, and award winning artisan cheeses at the Ronald Reagan Library Wine Tasting. Meet wine makers and chocolate experts, and dance to live music under the wings of Air Force One. Be sure to step out onto the outdoor patio lounge and tour all of the exciting exhibits at the Ronald Reagan Library. Including the Air Force One, the White House in Miniature, and their exciting Born to Be Wild Celebrity and vintage Motorcycle exhibit! Each guest will receive a commemorative wine glass to take home! Tickets are $79.95 per person. More info and tickets here.

Pumpkin Liner
Filmore (Through Oct 31)
A truly unique Halloween experience can be had at the Filmore & Western Railway Co. Take a train ride on the Pumpkin Liner for $19 (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. Make your reservations by calling 800-773-8724.

Los Angeles Haunted Hay Ride
(Thu-Sat, 5pm-12am)
Built in the early 1900’s, the small zoo quickly became the buzz of the community. Home to bears, monkeys, tigers, exotic birds, and lions, roars, growls, and moans could be heard throughout the canyons nightly. The Clifton family resided on the property as Mr. Clifton was the zookeeper who was on the grounds at all times. Shortly, after the zoo opened the animals started to exhibit behavior changes. Unexplained events of violence started hitting the papers where patrons were being killed and animals were going missing. Relive the experience at the Los Angeles Haunted Hay Ride at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park.

Saturday, Oct 30

Outdoor Cinema Food Fest
Los Angeles (Doors at 5:30pm)
Experience the Outdoor Cinema Food Fest featuring some of the best food trucks in Los Angeles along with outdoor movies on a huge 40 foot screen. This weekend it’s the super Halloween special with Zombieland on Sat at Los Angeles State Historic Park and then on Sunday it’s the one and only Jack with The Shining at Exposition Park. It’s the ultimate picnic in the park – no basket required! Kick back and enjoy your gourmet street food in a beautiful park under the stars. Advance VIP seating available for $8 per person.

5th Annual Dia de los Muertos Block Party
San Pedro (3-10pm)
A time to celebrate the lives of our deceased family members and friends and the continuity of life through our children. Artwork by local students in the form of colored “skulls” and elaborate altars by high school students will be on display. There will also be craft projects for the children such as painting sugar “skulls”, creating paper marigolds and more. The 400 block of 6th Street will be closed to allow for food and crafts vendors, music and entertainment themed to the celebration. In addition, there will be continuous activities and events throughout downtown with the highlight being a traditional procession. Admission is only $5 for those wearing a costume.

LearnAboutWine – Wine Business 101
Downtown Los Angeles (10am-1pm)
Do you have passion for the wine industry? Treat yourself to a special discussion about the wine industry and opportunities that could be open to you. Wine career ideas including Importing, Distributing, Negotiating, Marketing, and Sales, to Wine Bars, Wine Retail, Wine Clubs, Internet Wine Websites and more. If you’re thinking of working in the wine industry then this class is for you. The class is $99 and includes a large packet to take home with you. More info at LearnAboutWine.

Sunday, Oct 31

All Hallows Eve at The Edison
Downtown Los Angeles (8pm)
The Edison All Hallows Eve presents Goblins, Phantoms, Apparitions and Demons at their finest! Enter and win big prizes for the Best Original, Humorous or Ghoulish Costume. Prizes include Edison gift certificates and surprises. Entertainment by Helios Jive and Stilt Circus Tickets are $20 pre-sale in costume, $25 at the door in costume, $35. without a costume. Get your tiks here.

3rd Annual Halloween Party for Downtown LA Kids.
Downtown Los Angeles (5-8pm)
The Third Annual Halloween Party for Downtown LA Kids features a fun and safe environment for the kids of downtown LA to trick or treat, get their face painted, play in the bounce house, play with friends, and all for free courtesy of Ralphs. This event takes place at Grand Hope Park. Parking is $5 at the FIDM Garage.

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
West Hollywood
It’s THE party of all Halloween Parties at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. Check out the web site for more info, street closures, parking info, etc. 250,000 people are expected to attend, so bring your patience, admission is free.

Hollywood Halloween Street Fair
Hollywood (Dawn-10pm)
A more family friendly version of the West Hollywood street fair without the parade. There is no official event in Hollywood, but from dawn to 10pm-ish 100,000 people show up anyway. Costumed kids can trick-or-treat from shop to shop on Hollywood Blvd.


Weekend Flights at Rosso Wine Shop
Glendale (5-8pm)
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 www.rossowineshop.com 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 (6-11pm)
Travel back in time to the glamorous days of Hollywood’s golden age of nightclubs every Sunday 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.

palate food + wine Sunday Session and Supper
Glendale (12-5pm & 5-9pm)
Every Sunday at palate food + wine try the featured “Single Dish” at Sunday Session for $12. Or do the full Sunday supper for $35 which includes an appetizer, a main course, and dessert. Wine flights available for $12.

Little Dom’s Monday Night Supper
Los Feliz (6pm-11pm)
On Monday nights Little Dom’s if offering a $15 prix-fixe supper featuring seasonal dishes like Shrimp & Whitebean Brushetta , Grilled Albacore w/ Roasted Peppers & Oregano,
Cranberry & Chocolate Chunk Rice Pudding. Bottles of Dago Red or White are $10, and Peroni beer is $2. Sounds like the perfect recession buster to us.

Wine Pairing Wednesday at Upstairs2
West LA (7:30pm)
Upstairs 2, located above the massive Wine House, offers a four-course dinner prepared by chef Todd Barrie every Wednesday, paired with four wines from around the world selected by sommelier Marilyn Snee. Each week will showcase a different wine region, and there will be a brief discussion of each wine and its pairing. The cost is only $55 per person. Make your rezzy here.


Nov 5-7The Los Angeles Taste of the World Festival is a unique series of events to be held annually, that celebrates the food, music, art, culture and dancing from the countries and cultures found throughout the United States. With the world’s five continents in mind, the festival includes representation from consulates, restaurants, travel agencies, airlines, and musical performers. It also features strolling entertainers, clowns, face painting, dancing, and cooking and art exhibitions. There will be a three-day talent search for the “Next Superstar,” the “Next Celebrity Chef,” “The Next Stand up Comic,” “The Next Event Planner” and an exciting, dramatic exhibition and competition for the next “Dancing with the Salsa Stars” winner. Taste of the World features the Healthy World Pavilion, showcasing gluten-free, vegan, and healthy food alternatives. For $40 (or $20 at Goldstar) the VIP pass includes admission, a private wine tasting event, talent meet and greet, two beverage (soda and water) tickets, in-and-out privileges, artist meet & greet, private performances, and more. The $10 General Admission ticket is for entry only. No ins and outs. Menu options must be purchased separately and range in price from $1.00 to $7.00 on average.

Nov 6 – It is time for the 2010 Four Brix Winery Harvest Release Party. Join them in celebrating the release of our Spanish Rioja-style blend called Temptress. Temptress is a blend of Tempranillo, Mourvedre and Grenache and will go perfectly with the Spanish menu of tapas and paella they have planned for the evening. The event will be held from 6-11 p.m. at the Westlake Yacht Club. The setting is beautifully located on the shores of Westlake Lake, and remind us of an evening on the Costa Del Sol. Also being poured for the first time at this event their only single-varietal release of Petite Sirah, along with Smitten, a white Rhone-style blend. Tickets are $95, get em here.

Nov 7 – 24th Annual Great Chefs of Los Angeles – The National Kidney Foundation Serving Southern California & Southern Nevada’s Go Green Go Organic! event is approaching quickly! Stefan Richter of Stefan’s at L.A. Farm is the Host Chef for the great event taking place at the CBS Radford Studios. Over 60 Top Southern California Chefs, Wines, Spirits, & Beverage Sponsors, Live and Silent Auction, DJ Mike Palmieri, plus ‘Get Hip Get Green’ Gift Bags, the Go Green Lounge, and a Beer Garden Hosted by Christina Perozzi – “The Beer Chick & Beer Sommelier” & much much more! Tickets are $150, more info here.

Nov 7 – Join Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, hosts Suzanne Goin, David Lentz, Caroline Styne, and more than 20 of the country’s top chefs for an exclusive culinary event on Sunday, November 7, 2010. The lawn at the mansion of Culver Studios (9336 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA) provides the perfect backdrop for this decadent chefs’ cook-out. The Chefs will create their signature dishes right in front of you, providing a chance for you to witness their culinary talents firsthand. In addition, to award winning food and great drinks, the event will have an exciting live auction, featuring one of a kind items and experiences. And of course, it is all for a great cause! Tickets start at $150. Get em here.

Nov 13 – For a full menu of fun, don’t miss Agoura Munch Madness, Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 11:00am to 5:00pm with more than a dozen of LA’s top gourmet food trucks, live entertainment, a holiday boutique, contests, and more. It’s all happening at the campus of Agoura High School and proceeds benefit their International Baccalaureate program. Admission is just $5 in advance or $7 at the gate. Food truck tastes sold separately.


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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