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Free weekend? Pancakes and Booze, 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and a haunted night market

“More businesses are coming than going, which is why we have this positive job growth number,” said Beacon Economics founding partner Chris Thornberg, referring to the 93,000 jobs added in Los Angeles last year.
Photo by Sam Gao via Flickr Creative Commons
“More businesses are coming than going, which is why we have this positive job growth number,” said Beacon Economics founding partner Chris Thornberg, referring to the 93,000 jobs added in Los Angeles last year.

It finally feels like fall in L.A. Did you pick out your Halloween costume yet? (Pro tip: Don't dress like this.) In our time off, we're chilling with zombies, seeing a live Quantic show and eating too many carbs. 

Here's everything you need to know about what to do this weekend.


1. Pancakes and Booze 

Pancakes and beer? Why not?! But that's not it. The Pancakes and Booze pop-up show will fill a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles with multiple stages for two nights of live music and local art. See body painting by Booleep, take goofy photos a la Snap Yourself, peruse paintings from Mai Lill Art and listen to music with the King's English. Pro tip: Be sure to check out this Walter White-inspired creation.

When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Lot 613 | MAP

Price: $5


2. Front Porch Cinema 

Video: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" trailer

Watch Wes Anderson's latest flick "The Grand Budapest Hotel" in a screening hosted by L.A. Weekly's Amy Nicholson. It's going to be chilly in the evening, so bring a coat (yes, finally!) for a movie night on Santa Monica Pier. Arrive early for a tribute to Anderson from indie-pop buzz band Saint Motel. Pro tip: There will be food trucks (and lawn chairs for rent).

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday

Where: Santa Monica Pier | MAP

Price: Free


3. The HAUNTED MPK Night Market

Photo: Delicious food

The Monterey Night Market is back but with a twist. Expect food trucks, a beer garden — and zombies. This month's event will be Halloween-themed with candy for those in costume, a pumpkin patch and $5 seasonal brews. Grab food at the Grilled Cheese Truck, Carb & Nation or What The Funnel before competing for prizes in a zombie walk. Pro tip: Arrive early for $3 craft beers from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

When: 5:30 to 10:30 p.m Friday

Where: Barnes Park, Monterey Park | MAP

Price: Free admission


4. Beetlejuice 

Video: Watch the trailer

Night owls: Once you've stuffed yourself at Monterey's haunted market, head over to the Vista Theatre for a showing of the '80s cult classic "Beetlejuice." This classic theater with comfy seats in Los Feliz is worth a visit. Plus, who doesn't want to see a young Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis together on the silver screen? Pro tip: Arrive early for a costume contest. 

When: 11:59 p.m. Friday

Where: Vista Theatre, Los Feliz | MAP

Price: $12; purchase tix here


5. Culture Collide 

Video: Culture Collide 2013 recap

Get ready for lots of live music at the fifth annual Cultural Collide Festival, where 30 bands will perform at spots around Echo Park. Venues include the Echo and Echoplex, Echo Park United Methodist Church and Taix with artists like Quantic (listen to our interview with the British DJ here), Kamp!, Nervous Nellie and more.  

When: Thursday through Saturday; see lineup here

Where: Various locations around Echo Park 

Price: $35.48; purchase tix here


6. Artists and Fleas 

(Photo: Artists & Fleas)

Booksdecorative ceramics, vintage microphones, funky necklaces. Artists & Fleas is returning to downtown Los Angeles with a curated market of eclectic designers, plus DIY arts and crafts. The food will decadent and delicious: Vaka Burgers (voted best burger by KPCC listeners!), the Pudding Truck and more. Find a list of vendors here. Pro tip: Check out the Art District's new vegan restaurant/wellness center, The Springs, before or after; its grand opening is Saturday. 

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 

Where: 647 Mateo Street, DTLA | MAP

Price: Free entry


7. Sunset Bat Hike

(Photo: Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

Get out of the city for a two-mile hike Saturday — with bats! Tour guides at Whittier's nature preserve will guide you through bat houses, help you spot the webbed mammals and discuss their feeding habits. They even have a bat detector. Pro tip: This is a family-friendly event, but dogs aren't welcome. 

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Sycamore Canyon Trail, Whittier | MAP

Price: Free 


8. Weekend splurge: Sriracha Festival

(Photo: Jeremy Brooks /Flickr)

Eggslut, Eagle Rock Brewery and CrèmeCaramelLA. What more do we have to say? Back by popular demand, the 2nd Annual L.A. Sriracha Festival is a chef-driven, foodie event with each of its 21 vendors offering a special Sriracha dish or drink. 

Highlights include:

  • Mendocino Farms, chef Judy Han — Peruvian steak sandwich with spicy aji amarillo (includes Sriracha), Oaxacan cheese, herb aioli, red onions, tomatoes and shredded romaine on panini grilled Drago Bakery's torta bun.
  • Beachwood BBQ, chef Gabe Gordon  — Sriracha braised and glazed smoked spare rib with sweet and spicy vegetable slaw.
  • Eagle Rock Brewery Public House, chef Jerry Su — Beef tendon churrones with Sriracha sugar & Mexican chocolate.
  • CrèmeCaramelLA, chef Kristine de la Cruz — Holy petit s'mores: Sriracha marshmallow layered on a fudgy dark chocolate brownie, dipped in white chocolate, rolled in graham cracker and topped with Sriracha honeycomb dust.

When: 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Chinatown Central Plaza | MAP

Price: $65 general admission; purchase tix here


What's going on in your 'hood? Let me know on Twitter @kristenlepore