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This Weekend: Taste of Encino, Halloween Fest and Others Worth the Drive

Posted By Karen Young On October 6, 2011 @ 9:27 pm In Activities,Arts & Culture,Family,Featured,Gallery,My Daily Find,Shopping | No Comments

BY KAREN YOUNG

Taste of Encino: It’s a community gathering with foods from around the world, local restaurants, health and wellness pavillion, arts and craft vendors, business expo, children’s activities, entertainment, pumpkin patch, beer and wine garden and more. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Ventura Blvd between Balboa and Amestoy in Encino.

Spookley, the Square Pumpkin

Halloween Harvest Festival: See Spookley, the square pumpkin, and his friend Jack the scarecrow at the all new Holiday Hill Farms stage show inside the pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkin. There’s also a hay ride, kids activities, farm animals, and a six acre corn maze — and for those who dare after dark — the FrightFair Scream Park featuring the “Factory of Nightmares” Haunted House and the “Creatures of the Corn” Haunted Trail.  $5-$20, Multi-day passes available as well. Open daily through October 31, Pierce College, 20800 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills.

Children’s Consignment Event: Find gently used strollers, baby equipment, toys, clothes, furniture and more at huge discounts. Shop early for the best selection, but there’s an additional 50% off on Sunday. Today through Sunday,  19500 Plummer St., Northridge (next door to DSW). For daily hours, click here.

WORTH THE DRIVE

BAM Fest: If you want to take a drive this weekend, head out to Santa Monica for the BAM Fest (Beer, Art & Music Festival) on Sunday from 1 p.m. – 6 .m. at 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th Street. You can’t find an event like this in the 818 — at least not yet, so it’s worth the drive to the18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica for the BAM Fest (Beer, Art & Music Festival) — a celebration of locally produced art, music and California’s finest craft beers – 20 breweries, four bands, three galleries, open artist studios, an artist market, and gourmet food trucks. All proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center, a Santa Monica non-profit organization.Pre-Sale Tickets: $35/person or $40 at the door gets you a BAM Fest logo tasting glass and unlimited sampling, five hours of live music, exploration of artist studios and galleries. Food and vendors are extra.

New World FEST (Eco-Friendly Science and Technology) 150 exhibits featuring some of the best and most innovative eco-friendly products and services you’ll see. We’ve also got 6 stages of live performance – music, guest speakers, panel discussions, live product demo’s, chef demos, an eco-theatre screening award-winning films and documentaries, a very cool Sustainable Art exhibition, art workshops, live street art, plus a Spiritual Oasis, yoga classes, healthy food and beverage, robots, futuristic eco-science, and lots for families and kids – including music, puppetry, dinosaur digs, and a petting zoo. Friday – Sunday, October 7 – 9, Ocean Park Blvd and Barnard Way , Santa Monica, Admission: $12/Adults, $8/Kids under 14, $8/Seniors.

CicLAvia

Ciclavia: It’s  the third annual event for this giant block party downtown on Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. when 10 miles from East Hollywood through Downtown and to Chinatown and into Boyle Heights will be blocked off to traffic and turned into a place where people can bike, skate, walk and run.  Check out musicians playing classical, punk, brazilian, reggae, funk, and rock; watch jumpstyle, dance that incorporates hard beats and sharp, air-fueled movement; Listen to Balinese Gamelan music; See solar-powered DJs, audio and visual artists, and activists for alternative energy and transportation; play or watch dodgeball games; watch Sound Forest,  an interactive sound installation using a combination of traditional percussion instruments and found objects;  participate in 10 Mile Bodies where people move through the Fashion District, connecting to one another with Velcro, zippers, buttons, and string; play street chess, with a 9’x 9’ board and pieces measuring 2-3 feet tall;  get your photo taken in a photo booth on wheels that travels the CicLAvia route, taking photos upon request, which subjects can download later, free of charge…. plus more.

Staycation by Bus: Take a trip to San Diego’s Little Italy Festa this Sunday, via the Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica. It’s a perfect staycation for all ages! Festival events and activities include: Italian food served al fresco, reflecting a wide variety of specialties; music on three stages, cooking demonstrations and contests, chalk painting, a kids fun zone, a bocce ball tournament, an Italian motor sports exhibit, a beer and wine garden, a stickball exhibition game, a pizza-tossing contest and more. The Big Blue Bus (a state-of-the-art motorcoach) will leave the Santa Monica College main campus (parking structure at 17th Street and Pico Boulevard) at 9 a.m. The return bus leaves Little Italy at 5 p.m., arriving back in Santa Monica at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $40 per adult or senior; $35 per child up to age 12. Price includes round-trip transportation. Meals not included.  For further information on this excursion, click here.

Karen Young is the Founder/Editor of MY Daily Find. Email karen@mydailyfind.com  to submit and event.

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