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Things to do this week: Oct. 15-21

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Don’t know what to do this coming week? Tired of being at home? We’ve got you covered. This week’s list includes a dumpling an beer festival, a reggaeton party, a Harry Potter themed dinner and La Sonora Dinamita.

Tambora Fest 2021

Pico Rivera Sports Arena | 11003 Rooks Road, Pico Rivera, CA 90601 | Oct. 15 | ticketon.com

This year’s Tambora Fest will feature 14 bandas and tamborazos. General admission is $34.99.

Dumpling & Beer Fest

Mission District | 320 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776 | Oct. 15 | sangabrieled.com

The Dumpling & Beer Fest is San Gabriel’s “local twist on Oktoberfest” showcasing dumpling food booths, food trucks, a craft beer garden, boba and live entertainment. Purchase an unlimited beer sampling wristband at eventbrite.com for $35. Wristbands will also be sold at the door for $40 from 5-8 p.m., while supplies last. The event ends at 10 p.m.

Eagle Rock Movie Night

Eagle Rock Rec Center | 1100 Eagle Vista Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90041 | Oct. 15 | instagram.com/kdeleoncd14

Councilmember Kevin De León’s office is hosting Eagle Rock Movie Night on the lawn of the Eagle Rock Rec Center. This week’s movie will be “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Gasolina Party

Avalon Hollywood | 1735 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028 | Oct. 15 | eventbrite.com

This is a weekly reggaeton party with tickets at $15. The main room plays reggaeton, guaracha, dembow and EDM. The Bardot plays hip hop and Top 40 hits.

Past Action Heroes – The Ultimate 80s & 90s Tribute Party Band

The Mixx | 443 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101 | Oct. 15 | eventbrite.com

Past Action Heroes will be playing hits from the ‘80s and ‘90s live on stage at The Mixx starting at 8 p.m. This will be a double feature, two 45-minute shows, and audience members are encouraged to dress up. Tickets are $10.

La Sonora Dinamita

Memorial Park | 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena, CA 91103 | Oct. 16 | cityofpasadena.net

As part of the City of Pasadena’s Latino Heritage Celebration, La Sonora Dinamita will get audiences dancing to its cumbia beats at this free concert in the park. Face masks will be required for this event.

South Pasadena Arts Crawl

South Pasadena | Mission Street | Oct. 16 | southpasadena.net

The South Pasadena Arts Crawl is a free event, from 4-8 p.m., featuring art on exhibition, activities, live music, stand-up comedy, open houses, food and drink specials, and sales throughout the business district. Mission Street and adjacent blocks will be live with activity.

Fall Festival

Pacific Community Center & Park | 501 S. Pacific Ave., Glendale, CA 91204 | Oct. 16 | glendaleca.gov

The annual Fall Festival will feature food, games, arts and crafts, face painting, music, bounce house, pumpkin patch, carnival games, and a rock climbing wall.

Jungle Fire & KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe

One Colorado | 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103 | Oct. 16 | onecolorado.com

Starting at 7:30 p.m., KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe will provide beats before Jungle Fire takes the stage at 8 p.m. According to event organizers. Jungle Fire was “Conceived as a one-off Afro Latin funk jam between friends in 2011” and “has quickly and steadily become an explosive 10-piece Tropi-Funk juggernaut lighting up sold out dance floors and music festivals in several continents.” Registration is free.

Montebello 101 Anniversary Celebration

City Park | 1301 W. Whittier Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640 | Oct. 16 | cityofmontebello.com

For Montebello’s 101 birthday, the city is kicking off a slew of events with a 5K family run/walk at City Park at 8 a.m. This will be followed by a parade on Whittier Boulevard, from 5th Street to City Park,  at 10 a.m. Festivities will end with a festival featuring live music, games, arts and crafts, vendors and jumpers at City Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pop-Up Tiki Bar Speakeasy Comedy Show

Secret location to be announced in Old Pasadena | Oct. 16 | eventbrite.com

See comedians from HBO, NBC, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, XM Radio and more perform at a secret pop-up tiki bar speakeasy. Audience members are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts and tiki-themed outfits. There will be door prizes. The location of the show will be emailed to you the day of the show. General admission is $45.

Drive-Thru Pumpkin Patch

Clara Park | 4835 Clara St., Cudahy, CA 90201 | Oct. 16

The City of Cudahy will be hosting a free drive-thru pumpkin patch event in addition to a COVID-19 vaccine mobile clinic on Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is limited to residents of Bell, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, South Gate and Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 529-3250.

Congressman Adam Schiff Discusses ‘Midnight in Washington’

Pasadena Presbyterian Church | 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101 | Oct. 16 | eventbrite.com

Vroman’s Bookstore is hosting this conversation between Congressman Schiff and Jason Alexander as they discuss the congressman’s book “Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could.” The doors open at 3 p.m. and tickets are $36.

Ave 26 Family Night Market

Pico Rivera Sports Arena | 11003 Sports Arena Drive, Pico Rivera, CA 90601 | Oct. 16 | instagram.com/ave26familynightmarket

The wildly popular Avenue 26 Family Night Market is temporarily being housed at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena. The market first went viral during the spring with its plethora of food, drinks, apparel and accessories for sale while a live DJ plays. The market will be there from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Entry and parking are free.

Mt. Wilson Trail Race

Kersting Court, Sierra Madre  | Oct. 16 | cityofsierramadre.com

Celebrating the 113th anniversary of the Mount Wilson Trail Race, this 8.6-mile race is the second longest run trail race in California. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $39 for teens 14-17 years old and $70 for adults.

Dave Damian & No Vacancy Orchestra

Cicada Club | 617 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 | Oct. 17 | cicadaclub.com

Led by vocalist and frontman Dave Damiani, the No Vacancy Orchestra has played venues all over the world. The band, “swings in the style of Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Jamie Cullum, the Rat Pack, Michael Buble, and Harry Conick Jr.,” according to event organizers. Advance tickets are $20. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”

Walt Disney Concert Hall | 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Oct. 17 | laphil.com

Organist Cameron Carpenter brings Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” to life on Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The program includes Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, Fantasia on “Komm, Heiliger Geist,”  Tickets range from $20 to $63 and can be purchased at laphil.com.

Second Annual Trunk or Treat

5800 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630 | Oct. 19 | facebook.com/StreetFoodTuesday

This is Street Food Tuesday’s second annual Trunk or Treat event. Starting at 5 p.m., the event will feature a movie, cars and food trucks. The event is free.

Monster Mash

Barnes Park | 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754 | Oct. 21 | montereypark.ca.gov

The third annual Monster Mash will feature carnival games, food trucks,  juggler Fantastick Patrick, a costume parade, trick-or-treating and magician Arty Loon. This free event will run  from 4-7 p.m.

Hogwarts Great Hall Dinner

Salud on Fourth | 1944 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, CA 90802 | Oct. 21 | salud-juice.square.site

Dress up in your wizard robes for this three-course meal — including one pumpkin juice or harvest moon coder, gillyweed kelp noodles salad, Hagrid’s hearty tomato bisque and grilled cheese, desserts from The Trolly Witch, a pumpkin spiced drink — that will be followed by wand making. Tickets are $50.

Nights of the Jack

King Gillette Ranch | 26800 Mulholland Highway Calabasas, CA 91302 | Through Oct. 31 | nightsofthejack.com

Vast grounds of intricately hand-carved and illuminated jack o’lanterns welcome visitors to Nights of the Jack, an immersive Halloween experience. Event organizers promise a live pumpkin carver, gift shop, top LA food trucks, a “spookeasy bar” offering seasonal drinks and “Instagrammable” moments. The grounds open at 6 p.m. and close at 10 p.m. Tickets are timed and start at $34.99 (prices depend on the day). Children under 2 can enter for free.

Haunt of Halloween

Kaleidoscope Mall | 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 | Through Oct. 31 | hauntofhalloween.com

Haunt of Halloween promises a good in “truly macabre fashion.” Every ticket includes: Haunted Maze Attraction, Face Your Fears Sensory Attraction, Up Close Horror Pop Up, Souvenir Photo Op, S.C.H.A.R. Reptile Exhibit, Scary Shows and Halloween Acts. Admission tickets are sold with a scheduled maze entrance during 30 minute time slots, each hour. Single night tickets are $20 to $25 per adult. Parking is free.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Griffith Park | 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027 | Through Oct. 31 | losangeleshauntedhayride.com

The town square of “Midnight Falls” serves as the epicenter of this year’s scary festivities, featuring cast members interacting with guests.The premise of the hayride is that a witch has summoned creatures that have hidden themselves throughout the attraction. Tickets start at $29.99.


Descanso Gardens | 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 | Oct. 11-31 | descansogardens.org

Carved, a family-friendly event featuring hundreds of carved pumpkins lining a one-mile walk through the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove, opens at DescansoGardens Monday, Oct. 11. Additionally, expect to see oversized sculptures made of natural materials, a hay maze, themed food and drinks. Timed tickets are $25–28 each for members and $32–35 each for non-members.

House of Spirits

The York Manor | 4908 York Blvd., Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA 90042  | Weekends through Oct. 31 | houseofspiritssoiree.com

The premise of House of Spirits is based on the history of Rasputin’s dealings with the Russian royal family. Guests, who are encouraged to dress in period fashion, will “mingle with spirits, witness secret ceremonies, commune with the dearly departed on a giant Ouija Board, enjoy themed cocktails, magic, music and more” during this haunted soirée, according to event organizers.Tickets start at $55.

It’s Alive! Frankenstein Intimate Immersive Experience

Mountain View Mausoleum | 2300 N. Marengo Ave., Altadena, CA 91001 | Weekends through Oct. 31 | eventbrite.com

This immersive experience is set in Mary Shelley’s world. “Prepare to be separated from the people you came with and have a unique experience as you meet the poets and radicals of Mary’s inner circle,” say event organizers. “Help to create Frankenstein’s monster; encounter performers one-on-one; traverse the world of a mausoleum and an abandoned chapel.” The show does deal with grief and loss and features scenes of death, suicide and self-dismemberment. Tickets range from $55 to $60.

Halloween at Kidspace

Kidspace | 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103 | Through Oct. 31 | kidspacemuseum.org

Children are encouraged to wear costumes when visiting and strut the orange catwalk. Kidspace will have free pumpkin decorating, silly story times, and up-close visits with spiders every day. Advance online reservations are required. General admission is $14.95 for adults and children, $12.95 for seniors and free for infants under the age of 1.

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