Odd & Macabre Los Angeles Events 2020

Odd & Macabre Los Angeles Events 2020
INRI: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate
INRI: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate

Note: Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, many upcoming events have been cancelled. Some will possibly be rescheduled for later in the year and others are offering virtual alternatives. I’ll update this calendar as more information becomes available.

It’s officially the beginning of a new year and decade! The year 2019 was definitely one for the books. I discovered new places and experiences, obtained more forbidden knowledge and connected with many creative people. I’m excited to check out the dark adventures that await to share them with all of you.

This list is a work in progress and I’ll continue to add to it as I find out about more affairs. I hope to attend most and, if you’re in the area, let this serve as a fun, spooky guide of things to do while in and around Los Angeles. So, without further ado, here’s a look at upcoming Odd & Macabre Los Angeles Events in 2020.

JANUARY

9th: The Art of Mourning at Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum

Photo with jewelry historian and lecturer Lord Hayden Peters, the man behind Art of Mourning
Photo with jewelry historian and lecturer Lord Hayden Peters, the man behind Art of Mourning

Lord Hayden Peters returns to The Mystic Museum to discuss the fascinating history of mourning jewels. The lecture is from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and tickets are $30. I attended this event when it happened in 2018. Read all about it here.

10th: “Morpheus” Solo Art Exhibit at Lethal Amounts

Blake Armstrong presents solo art exhibit “Morpheus.” Named after the Greek god of sleep, this show will delve into the artist’s frustration with sleep and reveal nightmares and other dark ponderings. Doors open at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

11th: Steven Johnson Leyba “Fire” Exhibit at The Dark Art Emporium

This solo exhibition will feature artwork and a ritual by Leyba, as well as debut his new book “We Are All Indians Now.” In an Instagram post, the gallery mentioned people passed out and left the space the last time the artist performed. The event is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and admission is free. Must be 18+ years of age.

11th: Old Town Orange Ghost Walk by Haunted Orange County

Find out what spirits haunt Old Town Orange on this walking tour. The event is from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and tickets are $23.

15th: Psychic Development Class II (Rescheduled) at Ipso Facto

Part two of this four-part series will delve into growing your psychic abilities with the use of divination tools. The classes are led by clairvoyant Shelley Hofberg and take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Read about the first workshop and my interview with Hofberg here.

18th: Witch Walk DTSA in Santa Ana

Back for 2020, Witch Walk resumes its monthly event featuring vendors offering pagan, spiritual, occult and witch wares and services. Admission is free and the event is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you haven’t been before, read here for my coverage of the debut event, as well as my interview with founder Hype Priestess Lacey Conine.

18th & 25th: Haunted Santa Ana Ghost Walk by Haunted Orange County

Tour and event company Haunted Orange County takes participants exploring around historic Santa Ana. Hear stories of murder, execution and more. The tour is from 8 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. and tickets are $24.

19th: SoCal Gothic Dating’s Macabre Picnic at Odd Fellows Cemetery

Calling all single goths! SoCal Gothic Dating presents its first picnic of the year for anyone unattached and looking to mix and mingle with fellow dark creatures. The event is free, but do bring your own food, drinks, blankets and other picnic supplies. Dressing up is encouraged and music will be presented by Vickie Valent. Picnic takes place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is for people ages 21+.

19th: Frontier Justice at Black Sheep Gallery

The gallery’s first exhibit of the year takes people back to the Wild West exploring the concept of Manifest Destiny, the pilgrimage to the region and displacement of the natives. The event promises to be quite thought-provoking. There will be live entertainment and vendors. The event is free and takes place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

22nd: Catacombs & the Cult of Saints Lecture at Ipso Facto

Catacombs

This lecture is part of a regular free series offered at the shop and led by Dr. James Rietveld. This edition will explore the catacombs of ancient Rome and history of the veneration of saints.

28th: Gothic Book Club w/ John Palisano at The Last Bookstore

This Gothic edition of the book club will focus on the graphic novel edition of Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book” with author Palisano moderating the discussion. Session begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $30. Admission cost includes the book, plus snacks & beverages.

FEBRUARY

5th: Apparitions of Loves Past Spirit Circle at Ipso Facto

Join Terri Kennedy and Carl Young for a Valentine’s Day themed séance. There will be tarot reading, pendulum divination, spirit board and table tipping. Admission is $15 and the session is from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. See what happened when I attended my first spirit circle here.

9th: Crystal Elixirs & Potions Workshop at Ipso Facto

Learn how to concoct your own magical mixtures to manifest love, health and more. Tickets are $20 and price includes recipes and supplies. It takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

15th: Witch Walk DTSA in Santa Ana

Witch Walk resumes its monthly event featuring vendors offering pagan, spiritual, occult and witch wares and services. Admission is free and the event is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you haven’t been before, read here for my coverage of the debut event, as well as my interview with founder Hype Priestess Lacey Conine.

15th: “Erotic” Exhibit at The Black Sheep Gallery

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the gallery will host a fetish-themed exhibit featuring erotic art, live performances and more. The event is for adults ages 21+ and takes place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $6 and price includes one complimentary beverage.

15th: Endless Night Vampire Ball Pre-Party at Bar Sinister

Bar Sinister will again host the pre-party for the Los Angeles vampire ball. Father Sebastiaan will be present and there’ll be special performances. Admission is $10 and doors open at 10 p.m.

16th: Endless Night Vampire Ball at The Globe Theatre

Endless Night Los Angeles Vampire Ball 2019
Endless Night Los Angeles Vampire Ball 2019

The undead come alive at the annual Los Angeles vampire ball! Tickets are available now and start at $50. Festivities begin at 9 p.m. for VIP and 10 p.m. for general admission. Enjoy libations, live entertainment by bands FIRA and Orgy, and the company of fellow immortals. Read about last year’s festivities here.

19th & 26th: The House of Red Velvet at Bar Lubitsch

A tantalizing performance art show that balances the erotic with the grotesque. Tickets start at $45. You can opt for the special pre-show at 8:45 p.m. Main event is 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Read about my time attending, plus a special interview with the creator Olivia Bellafontaine here.

22nd: Mardi Gras Celebration w/ Aurelio Voltaire at Bar Sinister

Goth music royalty Voltaire returns to Bar Sinister for a special Mardi Gras event! Don your best masks and enjoy live performances, a DJ and more. Take a look at when I attended Voltaire’s last performance at the goth club here.

22nd & 23rd: “Exorcism” by Dark Ambient Sound Bath

This event will take place in Santa Ana on the 22nd and in Hollywood on the 23rd from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Meditate and heal to dark sounds and experience visions and unique body reactions. Tickets are $25 and you should bring a yoga mat and water.

26th-April 5th: The Wizard’s Cauldron Cocktail Experience at Secret Location

A new immersive experience is debuting in LA. This 90-minute mixology session allows you to create and drink your own potions. Participants receive a robe and wand, plus imbibe in adult beverages. Location is disclosed at time of purchase and tickets start at $45. Various dates and time slots are available. From the description, this sounds a bit like the Mad Hatter Gin & Tea Party I attended last year, which you can read about here.

MARCH

6th: Dark Ambient Sound Bath at Above + Below Studio

Exorcism edition. Meditate and heal to dark sounds and experience visions and unique body reactions. Tickets are $25 and you should bring a yoga mat and water.

7th: Dark Ambient Sound Bath at Thymele Arts

Exorcism edition. Meditate and heal to dark sounds and experience visions and unique body reactions. Tickets are $25 and you should bring a yoga mat and water.

14th: Devotion Bound – Meimaro at Dark Art Emporium

This is going to be quite an art exhibit because not only will this be Japanese artist Meimaro’s first U.S. solo exhibition, it will also be the first event to happen in the gallery’s brand-new location! Opening night is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is free.

14th: Dark Ambient Sount Bath at Collective Energy Yoga

Paralysis Edition. Meditate and heal to dark sounds and experience visions and unique body reactions. Tickets are $25 and you should bring a yoga mat and water.

15th: Dark Ambient Sound Bath at Above + Below Studio

Paralysis Edition. Meditate and heal to dark sounds and experience visions and unique body reactions. Tickets are $25 and you should bring a yoga mat and water.

19th: Ostara at Black Sheep Gallery

This event will hold a special ritual led by Zachariah The Witch to usher in the Spring season. There will also be a seed planting workshop and more. It takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and tickets are $15.

21st: Witch Walk DTSA in Santa Ana

The Witch Walk presented by the Hype Priestess
The Witch Walk presented by the Hype Priestess

Witch Walk resumes its monthly event featuring vendors offering pagan, spiritual, occult and witch wares and services. Admission is free and the event is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you haven’t been before, read here for my coverage of the debut event, as well as my interview with founder Hype Priestess Lacey Conine.

21st: Fairhaven Cemetery After-Dark Lamplight Tour

This is a new tour offered by Haunted Orange County. Take a guided night walk of this historic cemetery and hear fascinating anecdotes about its past. Tickets are $24 and the tour will be held the third Saturday of every month.

APRIL

4th-5th: The Oddities Flea Market at The Globe Theatre

Shop bizarre wares, taxidermy, jewelry and more during this event hosted by Ryan Matthew and Regina Marie Cohn. The market operates from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on both days with special early admission for VIPs. Tickets will be available soon. In the meantime, let me give you a peek inside this wonderfully uncanny affair here.

11th: Rated R Easter Party: A Horror Speakeasy in Glendale, CA

Celebrate the return of Jesus at this horror-themed speakeasy with cocktails, music and monsters! This event is ages 21+ only.

12th: Julien-K & The Birthday Massacre at Whisky a Go Go

The two goth music bands will perform live! I’ve seen these groups before and they put on an awesome show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $30.

18th: Witch Walk DTSA in Santa Ana (Virtual Edition)

Witch Walk resumes its monthly event, but virtually via Instagram for the foreseeable future. Shop from the safety of your home! It features vendors offering pagan, spiritual, occult and witch wares and services. Admission is free and the event is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you haven’t been before, read here for my coverage of the debut event, as well as my interview with founder Hype Priestess Lacey Conine.

MAY

8th-10th: Monsterpalooza at Pasadena Convention Center

Monster Creations
Monster Creations

This three-day event is back again, featuring more than 400 exhibitors, celebrity appearances, live discussion panels, a monster museum and more. Tickets are $30 to attend Friday and Sunday, $35 for Saturday or $75 for the entire weekend.

8th: Hekate: Rite of her Sacred Fires Ritual by The Crooked Path Occult Apothecary (Virtual)

Free Facebook live stream.

9th: Communion by The Dark Art Emporium (Virtual)

A virtual opening reception for the gallery’s latest exhibit streaming live on Facebook from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

13th: History of Satanism in France (Virtual)

Lecture presented via Zoom from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

16th: Witch Walk DTSA in Santa Ana (Virtual Edition)

Witch Walk resumes its monthly event, but virtually via Instagram for the foreseeable future. Shop from the safety of your home! It features vendors offering pagan, spiritual, occult and witch wares and services. Admission is free and the event is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you haven’t been before, read here for my coverage of the debut event, as well as my interview with founder Hype Priestess Lacey Conine.

22nd: Goth Day

A day to celebrate the macabre subculture that grew out of the post-punk movement of the late 1970s/80s. Rock your goth best on this day! I know I will. Plus, I will have new blog content dedicated to the subculture. Why not start with the Goth ABCs?

JUNE

20th: Witch Walk DTSA in Santa Ana (Virtual Edition)

Witch Walk resumes its monthly event, but virtually via Instagram for the foreseeable future. Shop from the safety of your home! It features vendors offering pagan, spiritual, occult and witch wares and services. Admission is free and the event is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you haven’t been before, read here for my coverage of the debut event, as well as my interview with founder Hype Priestess Lacey Conine.

JULY

11th: Menton3 & Red Plague Group Exhibit at Copro Gallery

Opening reception of the gallery’s latest are exhibit. Menton3 present “Into the Wood,” works inspired by the dark side of fairy tales. The pieces of multiple dark artist will be on display in the group exhibition. The gallery is allowing in-person viewing during COVID-19. Reservations must be made in advance and only six patrons are allowed in the gallery at a time. The exhibit will run through July 31st and admission is free.

11th: Kat Philbin Solo Show at The Dark Art Emporium

Artist Kat Philbin presents solo exhibit “13 Foxes and the End of the World.” No word yet if the gallery will do another virtual exhibit via Facebook due to COVID-19 or will open to the public with restrictions.

18th: Witch Walk DTSA in Santa Ana (Virtual Edition)

Witch Walk resumes its monthly event, but virtually via Instagram for the foreseeable future. Shop from the safety of your home! It features vendors offering pagan, spiritual, occult and witch wares and services. Admission is free and the event is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you haven’t been before, read here for my coverage of the debut event, as well as my interview with founder Hype Priestess Lacey Conine.

31st-August 2nd: Midsummer Scream at Long Beach Convention Center

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. For the first time ever, this horror convention will span across three days instead of two, from Friday to Sunday. More information will come, but this is a Halloween-themed event not to be missed.

AUGUST

8th: A. Travesty & A.C. McCarthy Feature Show at The Dark Art Emporium

15th: Witch Walk DTSA in Santa Ana (Virtual Edition)

Witch Walk resumes its monthly event, but virtually via Instagram for the foreseeable future. Shop from the safety of your home! It features vendors offering pagan, spiritual, occult and witch wares and services. Admission is free and the event is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you haven’t been before, read here for my coverage of the debut event, as well as my interview with founder Hype Priestess Lacey Conine.

SEPTEMBER

12th: Joe Vollan & Steven Russell Black at The Dark Art Emporium

19th: Witch Walk DTSA in Santa Ana (Virtual Edition)

Witch Walk resumes its monthly event, but virtually via Instagram for the foreseeable future. Shop from the safety of your home! It features vendors offering pagan, spiritual, occult and witch wares and services. Admission is free and the event is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you haven’t been before, read here for my coverage of the debut event, as well as my interview with founder Hype Priestess Lacey Conine.

19th: Victorian Mourning Lecture & Exhibit by Haunted OC

Haunted OC presents a socially distanced experience discussing Victorians’ relationship with death. Various time slots are available and limited to 10 people. Face masks are required. This will be an outdoor event at the Howe-Waffle Mansion in Santa Ana, CA. Tickets are $26 for adults and $16 for youth ages 12 and under.

TBD-November 1st: Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios: Halloween Horror Nights (© 2018 Universal Studios)
Universal Studios: Halloween Horror Nights (© 2018 Universal Studios)

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. Dates are tentative, but we can expect the horror-filled festivities to occur around these times. The creators behind this event work to bring new themed experiences each year. Last year featured “Stranger Things,” “Us,” “House of 1000 Corpses,” “Universal Monsters Frankenstein & the Wolfman” and many more. Tickets start at $69.

TBD-November 1st: Dark Harbor at The Queen Mary

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. You can expect Halloween frights to include multiple mazes, hundreds of monsters, hidden bars, rides and live entertainment. Tickets usually start at $20 and the event operates Thursday through Sunday nights.

TBD-November 1st: Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park

Update as of 8/2020: The LA Haunted Hayride will still take place, but with certain restrictions due to the pandemic. More details to be announced.

This year’s theme has yet to be announced, but you can expect interactive mazes, photo ops, the iconic hayride and, of course, lots of scares! Ticket prices start at $29.99. Stay tuned for official dates.

TBD-November 1st: Knott’s Scary Farm

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. It’s considered the largest Halloween event happening in Southern California and the theme park promises to deliver more spine-chilling thrills this year. Plus, right now you can add a Scary Farm Pass to your 2020 season pass for $95. Dates coming soon.

TBD: Horror Made Here at Warner Bros. Studio

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. This Halloween affair is fairly new and I attended it back in 2018. Sadly, the event did not take place in 2019, but the studio hinted that it was working on elevating the experience for 2020. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it returns this year. Have a look at my time at the event here.

OCTOBER

Halloween Pumpkin

1st-31st (Tentative): Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience

There’s a new way to experience haunts this year—from your car! This drive-thru haunt will take place in downtown Los Angeles and be based on season three of the Netflix series Stranger Things. Tickets go on sale August 26th at 12 p.m. PT and are going for $59 per car. Join the waitlist to be the first to know. Trust me, this is sure to sell out fast!

TBD-November 1st: House of Spirits Haunted Cocktail Soirée

This dark event is returning for Fall 2020! Enjoy libations in a haunted mansion (secret location), play with a giant Ouija board, meet tarot readers and more. This events is for adults ages 21+ and tickets will most likely start at around $60.

10th: Jeremy Cross Solo Show at The Dark Art Emporium

17th: Witch Walk DTSA in Santa Ana (Virtual Edition)

Witch Walk resumes its monthly event, but virtually via Instagram for the foreseeable future. Shop from the safety of your home! It features vendors offering pagan, spiritual, occult and witch wares and services. Admission is free and the event is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you haven’t been before, read here for my coverage of the debut event, as well as my interview with founder Hype Priestess Lacey Conine.

31st: Halloween

Happy All Hallows’ Eve! Find out how places around the world celebrate this dark and mystical day here.

NOVEMBER

14th: Melancholia Group Show at The Dark Art Emporium

21st: Witch Walk DTSA in Santa Ana (Virtual Edition)

Witch Walk resumes its monthly event, but virtually via Instagram for the foreseeable future. Shop from the safety of your home! It features vendors offering pagan, spiritual, occult and witch wares and services. Admission is free and the event is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you haven’t been before, read here for my coverage of the debut event, as well as my interview with founder Hype Priestess Lacey Conine.

DECEMBER

Holiday

12th: Buddy Nestor Solo Show at The Dark Art Emporium

19th: Witch Walk DTSA in Santa Ana (Virtual Edition)

Witch Walk resumes its monthly event, but virtually via Instagram for the foreseeable future. Shop from the safety of your home! It features vendors offering pagan, spiritual, occult and witch wares and services. Admission is free and the event is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you haven’t been before, read here for my coverage of the debut event, as well as my interview with founder Hype Priestess Lacey Conine.

31st: Dita Von Teese’s New Year’s Eve Gala

The Queen of Burlesque and friends bid farewell to the old and ring in the new with tantalizing striptease acts, dance numbers, acrobatic performances and naughty comedy! More details to come.

2 thoughts on “Odd & Macabre Los Angeles Events 2020

  1. What a “playlist,” Jenn! We, your fortunate readers, look forward to intriguing, ethereal samples throughout the year.

    Especially anticipate reading about the Elixirs & Potions Workshop next month, and you just know I had to search for (and find!) the Oddities Flea Market. Your report last year mesmerized, and I can’t wait for this year’s encore visit to be equally thrilling.

    Oh, and I loved reading about all the ghost/witch walks in O.C.! To think, such spookiness lurked when I lived in Huntington Beach back in the day. I was oblivious to it then, as a kid, but now comes a long-delayed education!

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