Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday. Now that 2018 is in the books, it’s time to get ready for what 2019 has in store. I have to say that I am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend many amazing events this past year featuring uniquely talented individuals. In seeking out the odd and macabre happening near me, I discovered new places, experiences and people. I’ve already started filling my calendar with upcoming affairs and thought it’d be a good idea to share these with my readers. My mission is to introduce you to exciting new events that you can check out whether you live in the area or are visiting. Here we go!
Following is a tentative schedule of functions I plan to attend and cover on my site, but it’s by no means complete. I’ve also added brief descriptions about them. There are only a few events mentioned, but I’m hoping this list will grow fast, so you might want to check back occasionally for updates.
19th: Conjoined Vs. Grotesque Art Show at Copro Gallery
Opening night of a new exhibition that will run from 1/19 to 2/16. The exhibit will feature dark art by several artists, including Ryan Matthew Cohn, the man behind The Oddities Flea Market.
2nd: DAKUATO with 12 Inches of Wood at Dark Art Emporium
This event will introduce grotesque pieces by Japanese artists, plus include an erotic art show. Read about the last art exhibit I attended here.
9th: Occult: In History & Pop Culture at The Mystic Museum
Those who have been following my blog for awhile know that I love to attend art shows at The Mystic Museum! Done in collaboration with Blackcraft Cult, this is the shop’s first art installation of the year. Read about the last art exhibit I attended here.
17th: Endless Night Vampire Ball at the Globe Theatre
Put on by master fangsmith Father Sebastiaan, this is an evening full of revelry for the undead creatures of the night. Read my review of last year’s festivities here.
4th-July 14th: I Like Scary Movies Experience at The Desmond
This is quite a unique experience for all scary movie fanatics. It’s an interactive, immersive art installation that will feature recreations of scenes from five classic horror films: “The Shining,” “Beetlejuice,” “It,” “The Lost Boys,” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street!” There will be a ton of fun photo ops for visitors. The production is touring and Los Angeles is its first stop.
12th-14th: Monsterpalooza at Pasadena Convention Center
I’m hoping to attend one of the days of the event this year. It will be my first time. The convention celebrates monsters and movies, featuring hundreds of exhibitors and live discussion panels.
11th-?: Family Goals: Tribute to Gothic Families of TV at The Mystic Museum.
The Mystic Museum will debut yet another fantastic macabre art exhibit that will also feature the original Munsters coach for opening night!
11th-?: Prone to Exaggeration at The Dark Art Emporium
Another art exhibit debut that will be taking place this evening featuring macabre works by Rick “DIENZO” Blanco, Richard J. Frost and Bob Doucette.
18th-19th: Oddities Flea Market at the Globe Theatre
I was so happy to learn that this event was returning to LA for a second time. This year the market will take place across two days, plus there’s an after-party that will include dark and bizarre performances! Read my review of last year’s festivities here.
22nd: World Goth Day
Besides being my husband’s birthday, it’s also Goth Day! I was 14 when I found my place in the goth community and 2019 marks 20 years that I have identified with the scene. Nothing in particular is happening on the 22nd that I could find, but I thought it’d be fun to mention it here. Pay tribute to the subculture by being a little odd and macabre if you’d like.
23rd-August ?: Mad Hatter’s Gin & Tea Party Pop-Up
“Alice in Wonderland” enthusiasts can attend a tea party hosted by the Mad Hatter, but only for a limited time. The 90-minute experience gives guests the opportunity to become mixologists and create three cocktails. Many dates have sold out so act fast if you don’t want to be late!
24th-26th: Mothmeister – Postmortem Fairy Tales at Lethal Amounts Gallery
I jumped out of my skin when I discovered that the duo Mothmeister would be featured in an exhibit in Los Angeles! I first mentioned this pair in my post on macabre Instagram accounts. Their creations are mesmerizing. Opening night will also include a live soundscape by Dead Animal Assembly Plant.
5/31-6/1: The Thule Spirit Machine Experience at Diehl Marcus & Company
The antique and curio shop in Los Angeles not only sells rare finds to collectors, but also hosts fascinating events. This one involves an attempt to contact the other side using a device discovered during WWII!
8th: Vincent Castiglia’s Autopsy of the Soul at The Dark Art Emporium
A solo art show displaying Castiglia’s new series in its entirety, plus past works. Oh, did I mention he’s known for using his own blood in his paintings?
8th: Seven Sins & Loss at Copro Gallery
Chris Velasco curates this art exhibit featuring works by artists depicting the seven deadly sins. Also on display will be the “Loss” series by Menton3.
9th: Isis/Egyptian Magick Workshop at Ipso Facto
The alternative apparel and metaphysical shop in Fullerton, California, will host this workshop that will examine the goddess Isis and include a ritual. The shop also hosts spirit circles, which I have had the pleasure of attending.
15th: Witch Walk in Downtown Santa Ana, CA
This event, presented by Hype Priestess, makes its grand debut on this day and will take place the third Saturday of every month. Coven of Ashes will perform the opening ceremony. The walk will feature several vendors selling spiritual, magical and healing wares. Tarot card reading, live music and more will also be offered, and admission is free. If you think you may want to purchase anything, bring cash.
19th: The House of Red Velvet at Bar Lubitsch
I’ve been wanting to attend this event for awhile now. It showcases dark performance art that is provocative and tantalizes the senses.
23rd: Twin Temple at The Roxy Theatre
The Satanic doo-wop band is performing in Los Angeles and I’m hoping to attend. This will be my first time seeing the duo live. If you’re into soulful melodies from the 60s and don’t mind hailing Satan, you’ll enjoy this pair.
23rd: Dark Ambient Sound Bath: Exorcism at Pieter Performance Space
Dark Ambient Sound Bath is an experience geared towards healing through meditation accompanied by live ambient music, while also recognizing the “shadow self.” The theme for this session is “Exorcism.” I’ve never attended a sound bath, so I’m hoping to make this event.
26th: Spirit Seminar at The Mystic Museum
During this two-hour session, Mystic Dylan will discuss spirit communication and necromancy, followed by a presentation by Medium Adela Lavine who will guide the group in contacting the spirit realm. The seminar is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and tickets are $40.
28th: Beetlehouse LA Reopening
Beetlehouse LA is moving and upgrading to a bigger, better location! Founder Zach Neil has promised a ton of new spooky goodies that will be featured. For a look inside the original spot, see this blog post.
3rd-4th: Midsummer Scream at Long Beach Convention Center
Happening in my hometown of Long Beach, California, this will be my second time going to this horror convention that includes scary mazes, celebrity appearances, sneak peeks of October haunts and more. Read my review of last year’s festivities here.
8th- September 1st: Sinister Pointe’s Spirit Lounge in Brea, CA
During the Halloween season, Sinister Pointe creates haunts, and this year they are presenting another kind of spooky experience – a horror-themed pop-up interactive bar! Reservations are required so snag your spot before they all fill up.
???: Scare LA at Los Angeles Convention Center
I don’t have dates for this event, but it happened in August last year, so I’m assuming that’ll be the case for 2019. This is another major horror convention happening in Southern California that resurrects the Halloween sprit in summer. If anyone knows when this is taking place, feel free to leave a comment. Read my review of last year’s festivities here.
This month is going to be off the charts! Since it’s my birthday month, I know I’ll be attending a few haunts. Although circumstances may change and I don’t have dates yet, these are ones I’ll be planning to visit: Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights and Warner Bros. Studios Horror Made Here. I’ll add more information as the time nears, but these haunts usually begin some time in mid-September and continue until the end of October. Read what I did last year here.
That’s all I have so far, but as I mentioned, this is a work in progress. I hope you return to take a look at strange and unusual additions. If any of you out there know of other events happening in the Los Angeles/Orange County area that I should check out, please share!