Halloween
October 31

Happy Candy Day! Have fun, and stay safe on this night.

Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 31
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Trick or Treat with the family in Belmont Shore for free! Local businesses will participate by handing out samples and candy during the evening.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 2
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars are 21+ only).

2012 Designer Con
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 3
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.designercon.com/

This one-day event takes place this Saturday in Pasadena. What started as an expo for designer toys and collectables has evolved into including apparel and accessories. Designer Con now features toys, apparel, art, crafts, and more, ranging from fine, traditional, modern, urban, and contemporary. Presale tickets cost $5, tickets at the door cost $7, while arrivals after 3pm cost nothing.

Long Beach Comic & Horror Con
10:00 am, November 3-4
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/

Come to the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Fans of comic books, pop culture, cartoons, media, anime/manga, and more will find lots to do, see, and buy at this expo. Taking place the weekend after Halloween, expect to see tie-ins with Halloween, as this expo will feature a Horror theme. Saturday costs $25, while Sunday costs $20. Downtown Long Beach contains very few free parking, so either park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or take public transportation from elsewhere.

Los Angeles Derby Dolls – Championship Battle
6:00 pm – 10:30 pm, November 3
The Doll Factory, Los Angeles
http://derbydolls.com/la

Watch some good old fashioned roller derby, as the Varsity Brawlers take on the Sirens for the 2012 Championship. Doors open at 6pm, and the match begins at 8pm. General admission costs $20 (standing room only), while VIP tickets cost $45 (unreserved bleacher seating). Always arrive early though, as space fills up fast, even if you purchase VIP.

Japanese Food Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 4
Doubletree Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.jraamerica.com/ff/index.html

$60 nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 4-hour Japanese food fest and a goodie bag. Guests will chow down on sushi, ramen, soba noodles, beef bowls, and more, while adults can sip sake, beer, shochu, wine, and more (alcohol not included with admission). During this time, a number of chefs will showcase cooking demos. The parking lot across the street normally costs $5 to park, but sometimes this price changes, so have cash ready.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 4
Helms Bakery, Culver City
http://www.patchworkshow.com/locations-culver-city.php

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at four different locations: Culver City, Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Those who have attended Renegade Craft Fair will view Patchwork as a hybrid of that and a traditional art fair. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since not only do most vendors only accept cash, but you may need to pay for parking should free parking space runs out.

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