By LUCY GUANUNA
Early Day of the Dead events and celebrations continue into the weekend with a vibrant festival in El Sereno and a paper mache workshop honoring the furry friends that have passed away.
Read on for our top 10 events and things-to-do this weekend.
FRIDAY, October 19
Cumbias – Cumbiaton will be joining forces with Texas’ Bombón for a cumbia-fueled Halloween party. Bombón’s DJs Gracia Chavez and OGT will be joining the regular Cumbiaton lineup at First Street Pool and Billiard in Boyle Heights.
SATURDAY, October 20
Car Show – Ride low and slow to the Arroyo Roundup, a car show, concert and fundraiser in Highland Park. Check out the lowriders and live performances by Boogaloo Assassins and San Cha. Proceeds from the Arroyo Roundup will go to Recycled Resources for the Homeless.
Day of the Dead – Celebrate loved ones who’ve passed at El Sereno Dia de Los Muertos. El Sereno Community Arts and Hecho En Mexico Restaurant have organized a day of music and ceremony with live performances by El Sereno Middle School Mariachi, Spaghetti Cumbia and Conjunto Jardin son jarocho followed by a procession and memorial balloon release.
Fitness – If you prefer to spend your time outdoors and being active, an REI instructor will be teaching Yoga for the Outdoor Enthusiast at the Audubon Center at Debs Park. Develop strength, balance and flexibility for your next outdoor adventure.
Do Your Part – Join the Church of the Epiphany in Lincoln Heights for an afternoon of food and live music to celebrate the church’s participation in the Nationwide Partners in Preservation: Main Streets program. The church, a hotbed of social justice activism for decades, is now vying for grant funding to preserve the historic space. When your not dancing to the tunes of Lilyflor y Los Compas, you can offer your support by casting a vote for the Church of the Epiphany.
SUNDAY, October 21
Create – This popular Tacos y Arte event is sold out, but worth joining the waitlist. Enjoy some tacos de canasta and bottomless aguas frescas as you create an altar to honor your loved ones with the help of an instructor. The event is BYOB for guests 21 and over and will be held at Tolosa restaurant in Boyle Heights.
Beer Fest – Sunday funday at Dia de Los Cerveceros y Cocineros, a homebrewed craft beer festival featuring over 30 Latino homebrewers at La Plaza de La Raza. A spotlight will also be on the food at this beer fest with Goat Mafia bringing birria-inspired dishes and the Cut Kitchen bringing their craft quesadillas. Enjoy the beer, but don’t miss the live sets by Chola Orange and Tropi Corrillo!
Create – In the tradition of Dia de Los Muertos, celebrate the life of a furry loved one that has passed in a paper mache workshop hosted by Holy Grounds Foundation of Literacy and Art. Donations will go to the Walk Me Home Rescue Group. Workshops will be held Saturday and Sunday at Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea in El Sereno.
Family Fun – Visit Tierra de La Culebra Art Park in Highland Park for an afternoon of puppetry with Puppets in the Park! La Culebra Action League, in collaboration with Arroyo Arts Collective and Teatro Arroyo, will be hosting the free puppet show followed by puppet crafts. Puppets in the Park! is held every third Sunday of the month.
Entertainment – Meet Sunday brunch’s floozy sister, Wasted Afternoon, at the Silver Lake Lounge. With a happy hour lasting through 8 p.m. and an Open Mic where anything goes, things are sure to get interesting… or sloppy.
That’s It For This Weekend!
As always, it’s a good idea to check with event organizers about any changes.
Thanks for reading. Until next Thursday, stay on top of the rest of the week’s goings-on by visiting the Eastside Events Calendar.
— Lucy Guanuna