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-June 16th: 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.
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. Read my review of last year’s festivities here.
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.
???: 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!