5th Annual Los Angeles International Tamale Festival
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 19
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 20
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21
Exposition Park, Los Angeles

If you love tamales, you cannot miss this fest! For just $4 ($6 at door), guests will enjoy tamale-making demos, a tamale cook-off, arts & crafts, vendors, a kids’ zone, live music, and various contests such as best commercial tamale, best homemade tamale, tamale-eating, and more.

56th Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 19
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 20
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 21
William Peak Park, Buena Park

This annual local fair takes place at Peak Park in Buena Park every year on the third weekend of October. Free to park and enter, guests of all ages will enjoy rides, games, vendors, a food court, live entertainment, and more. Numerous contests that guests can participate in include arm wrestling, horseshoe-throwing, pie-eating, hog calling, baby, dogs, chili cook-off, and more. If arriving at night, know that Halloween Haunt traffic envelopes the park, so turning into the street from Knott Ave will take a long time. Once you turn into the neighborhood, the park’s parking lot has more than enough spots available.

Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 20
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, the 9th annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.), will showcase the works of diverse artists who will use chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. The contest costs nothing for amateurs to enter, so check the website for the registration link.

Fall 2012 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 20-21
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

Hollywood On Tap
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 20
Paramount Studios, Los Angeles

Beer, food trucks, and live music join together to create the Hollywood On Tap beer fest this Saturday at Paramount Pictures Studios. For $40, attendees enter at 2pm and receive a souvenir glass and UNLIMITED beer pours. For just $10 more, guests may enter an hour early. At least seven food trucks will keep guests fed, but you have to pay separately for food. The event still provides free sodas and water to guests. As with all beer fests, anyone under 21 may not enter.

LA Oktoberfest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 20-21
Vanguard Hollywood, Los Angeles

For the full coverage, see this blog post.

The 2012 Los Angeles Oktoberfest returns this weekend to Vanguard Hollywood. A step above the other well-known Oktoberfests in Southern California, LA Oktoberfest gives guests the LA spin on Oktoberfest. Whereas other Oktoberfests charge you to enter then charge you for every beer you consume, LA Oktoberfest functions more like a beer fest. Guests pay $35 for admission to enter at 2pm, which includes a souvenir 1-liter stein and one complimentary beer fill. Each food item and additional beers cost $5 each. For $100, guests receive the VIP treatment – early entry at 1pm and unlimited beer pours. The fest ends at 5pm for all guests. For entertainment, LA Oktoberfest not only features the finest beer maidens serving beer, wine, cocktails, and more, but also live DJ’s, Bavarian dancers, accordionists, a silent auction, stein-holding contests, and more.

626 Night Market
3:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 20
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 21
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. Free to attend, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Arrive before 4pm to pay only $4 for parking and receive free horse-betting entries. Parking will cost $7 after 4pm.

Uptown Whittier Zombie Pub Crawl
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 20
The 6740, Whittier

Got a zombie outfit or zombie makeup? Join in on this zombie-themed pub crawl this Saturday night! Start at The 6740, then follow the group as they stroll from bar to bar.

Surf City Beach Derby
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 21
Huntington Beach Pier

Not your typical race! This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 2K & 5K obstacle course, half marathon scramble, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand. When registering, use coupon code YHang10 to save $5 off entry.

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