Odd & Macabre Events 2021

Photo credit: Neven Krcmarek
At the Phantom Carriage Brewery

Wow, so I don’t think I’m alone when I say that 2020 was not what I expected. When I published my Odd & Macabre Los Angeles Events Calendar last year, I had no clue that most of the activities I included would either be cancelled or happen virtually. And it seems that may be the case for this year as well. But that’s okay because if anything, 2020 proved that there is fun to be had even when undergoing a lockdown; there are still experiences we can enjoy while at home.

So, my Odd & Macabre Events Calendar is slightly different this year. There are more virtual experiences and some events that I’m not completely certain are taking place, but are scheduled to happen. Most are based in Los Angeles, California, but I’ll also be including any online experiences I discover happening internationally since these activities are accessible to a wider audience. I also threw in a few special dates that relate to horror, esotericism and the macabre. I will be updating this continually throughout the year as news of more events pop up, and I hope I can continue to provide you with entertaining features in 2021!

January

2nd: World Introvert Day

A day dedicated to all the quiet ones! You can read about my experience as an introvert in my blog post Being an Introvert.

7th: Mystical, Magical, Practical Aromatherapy Presented by Ipso Facto (Virtual)

Learn about the healing properties and benefits of aromatherapy. The class takes place online via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. PST and is ‘pay what you wish.”

9th: Virtual Dance Party Presented by Bar Sinister

From 9:00 p.m. PST to 12:15 a.m. PST. Online event is free but donations are accepted.

12th: Dark of the Moon Magick Presented by Ipso Facto

Virtual class led by Jenn Morris at 7:30 p.m. PST. Class is pay what you wish.

13th: “Lilith: Daughter of Heaven or Succubus?” Lecture Presented by Ipso Facto (Virtual)

A lecture led by Dr. Rietveld that delves into the mysterious figure of Lilith. Takes place via Zoom at 8 p.m. PST and is pay what you wish.

16th: Fairhaven Cemetery After-Dark Lamplight Tour Presented by Haunted Orange County

Tour this historic graveyard at night! Takes place from 7 p.m. PST to 8:30 p.m. PST. Tickets are $24 per person.

18th: SOS Tour Coffee Pop-Up Bar Presented by The 4th Horseman & Black Forge Coffee

Black Forge Coffee has launched their Support Our Stages tour and the coffee pop-up bar will set up shop from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The 4th Horseman pizzeria in Long Beach, California! All COVID safety guidelines will be in place. 20% of the proceeds will be donated to various music venues and organizations.

19th: Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday (January 19, 1809-October 7, 1849)

Learn more about the writer in my article Poe Pop Culture: A Birthday Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe.

23rd: “Dwellers on the Theshhold: A David Lynch Tribute Exhibition” Presented by Sugar Mount Gallery

The exhibit will feature works inspired by David Lynch by a variety of artists. Show will be on display through February 26th.

28th: Channeling Virtual Workshop Presented by Ipso Facto

Online class led by Jenn Morris at 7:30 p.m. PST. Price is pay what you wish.

31st: Dark Ambient Sound Bath Live Stream

Lauren Davis is the founder of Dark Ambient Sound Bath, a meditative experience that confronts the shadow self. The live stream will take place from 8 p.m. PST to 9 p.m. PST via Facebook. The event is free, but donations are accepted. Read about my experience here.

Ongoing: Stranger Things The Drive-Into Experience

This event started back in October 2020 and is still happening in Los Angeles. It’s a one-hour horror drive-in experience based on the TV show. Last I heard, it was continuing through February. Tickets start at $69 and vary depending on the number of people in a vehicle.

Ongoing: “Murder We Wrote” Presented by The Count’s Den

A virtual experience where you can choose your own experience. Price is $5.

February

13th: Shane Izykowski’s “The Kind of Love that Doesn’t Die” Presented by The Dark Art Emporium (Virtual)

The Dark Art Emporium will debut a new exhibit featuring works by artist Shane Izykowski. The pieces for this show will focus on the themes of love and vulnerability. Opening reception takes place virtually via Facebook at 7 p.m. and is free.

13th: Endless Night Los Angeles Vampire Ball (Virtual)

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

This will be the first time since I started attending three years ago that I won’t be experiencing this event in person, but thankfully a virtual version will take place, so you can join from anywhere in the world! The soiree is from 8 p.m. PST to 12:30 a.m. PST. Tickets start at $13. This was one of the last in-person events I attended in 2020! Read about it here.

13th: Fairhaven Cemetery After-Dark Lamplight Tour Presented by Haunted Orange County

Tour this historic graveyard at night! Takes place from 7 p.m. PST to 8:30 p.m. PST. Tickets are $24 per person.

18th: Artist Talk With Shane Izykowski (Virtual)

Join me and artist Shane Izykowski as I host this discussion focusing on his latest works for the exhibit “The Kind of Love that Doesn’t Die” at The Dark Art Emporium. We will also be talking about the vulnerabilities people have submitted anonymously through his website and how we can start healing from the wounds they can cause. The event is free and will be taking place live on Facebook.

20th-21st: The Oddities Flea Market Virtual Edition

For the first time ever, The Oddities Flea Market, brought to you by Ryan Matthew and Regina Marie Cohn, will happen virtually! The event takes place from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST and a select group of vendors will be featured. Tickets are $5 and get you access to the entire weekend.

25th: Rick Baker: An Intimate Self-Portrait Presented by The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies

A conversation with special effects makeup artist Rick Baker. The event is in Los Angeles and happening online from 7:30 p.m. PST to 9 p.m. PST. Tickets are $10.

25th: Apuleius & the Cult of Isis & Osiris Lecture Presented by Ipso Facto

Virtual lecture led by Dr. James Rietveld from 8:00 p.m. PST to 9:30 p.m. PST. Price is pay what you wish.

March

9th: Hammer Goes to Hell: The House of Horror’s Unmade Films Presented by The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies

Virtual event happening in London from 7 p.m. GMT to 8:15 p.m. GMT. Tickets are £8 ($10.89 USD).

20th: Fairhaven Cemetery After-Dark Lamplight Tour Presented by Haunted Orange County

Tour this historic graveyard at night! Takes place at 8:00 p.m. PST. Tickets are $24 per person.

25th: An Orgy of Terror: Italian Horror Comics of the 1970s and 80s Presented by The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies

Virtual event happening in Los Angeles from 7:30 p.m. PST to 8:45 p.m. PST. Tickets are $10.

April

13th: The Monster Mash: Remix Horror from the Magic Lantern to the Small Screen Presented by The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies

Virtual event happening in London from 7:00 p.m. BST to 8:15 p.m. BST. Tickets are £8 ($10.89 USD).

17th: Fairhaven Cemetery After-Dark Lamplight Tour Presented by Haunted Orange County

Tour this historic graveyard at night! Takes place at 8:00 p.m. PST. Tickets are $24 per person.

29th: Walpurgisnacht: Folklore & Popular Culture Presented by The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies

Virtual event happening in Los Angeles from 7:30 PST to 8:45 p.m. PST. Tickets are $10.

May

22nd: Goth Day

A day dedicated to the macabre music-based subculture. Read my story of how I found my place within the goth community here.

22nd: Fairhaven Cemetery After-Dark Lamplight Tour Presented by Haunted Orange County

Tour this historic graveyard at night! Takes place at 8:00 p.m. PST. Tickets are $24 per person.

26th: Dracula Day

Vlad Tepes
Vlad Tepes, the man who inspired the Dracula legends.

The iconic novel Dracula by Bram Stoker was published on this day in 1897! Find ways you can pay homage in my feature The Undead Way to Celebrate Dracula Day.

27th: Projecting Horrors Real, Imaginary & Metaphorical Presented by The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies

The discussion will explore trans and other gender-non-conforming bodies in horror films. Virtual event happening in Los Angeles from 7:30 p.m. PST to 8:45 p.m. PST. Tickets are $10.

June

19th: Fairhaven Cemetery After-Dark Lamplight Tour Presented by Haunted Orange County

Tour this historic graveyard at night! Takes place at 8:00 p.m. PST. Tickets are $24 per person.

July

9th-11th: Midsummer Scream at the Long Beach Convention Center

At Midsummer Scream 2018

These dates are tentative. The event is dedicated to all things horror and Halloween, featuring vendors, discussion panels, haunts and more! Get a peek at what happens here.

August

30th: Frankenstein Day

No, this is not the day the classic horror novel was published, but it is the birth of its creator, author Mary Shelley! Find out how you can celebrate properly in my blog post How to Throw a Frankenstein Day Bash.

September

TBD: Son of Monsterpalooza in Burbank, California

This event is slated to happen in the fall, but dates have not been set. You can sign up on the website to receive updates.

TBD: Halloween Horror Nights Presented by Universal Studios Hollywood

After cancelling the 2020 haunt season, the company announced they plan to return in 2021. The event usually starts in mid-September. More updates to come.

TBD: Knott’s Scary Farm Presented by Knott’s Berry Farm

The website states the event will resume in 2021. In past years, it begins in September. More updates to come.

TBD: Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

The LA Haunted Hayride was one of the few haunt attractions to still take place in 2020 despite the pandemic. The website states they plan to return in September 2021. More updates to come.

10th: Marie Laveau’s Birthday (September 10, 1801-June 15, 1881)

Marie Laveau was renowned as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. You can read more about her in my feature History’s Most Formidable Occult Figures.

October

TBD: Dark Harbor Presented by The Queen Mary

After cancelling the 2020 haunt season, the company announced they plan to return in 2021. More updates to come.

12th: Aleister Crowley’s Birthday (October 12, 1875-December 1, 1947)

One way you can mark the occasion is by reading up on the occult. My blog post History’s Most Formidable Occult Figures will get you started.

17th: The Birth of Yours Truly, Vamp Jenn

Yes, this is my birth date! Right smack in the middle of the spookiest month of the year. Hopefully I can partake in a few haunting experiences, and plan some special treats that I can share here with you all. To get an idea of how I’ve celebrated in years past, check out this blog post.

30th: Endless Night New Orleans Vampire Ball at House of Blues NOLA

Scheduled to take place at 9 p.m. CT. The ball is normally held at House of Blues NOLA, but if in-person events are still restricted, the festivities will be held online via Facebook.

31st: Happy Halloween!

November

1st-2nd: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Presented by The Hollywood Forever Cemetery

A Mexican holiday celebrating the souls and memories of those that have passed into the next realm. Traditions include building an altar, called an ofrenda in Spanish, honoring the spirit of loved ones. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery usually holds an annual festival featuring food, drinks and performers. The event went virtual last year, so we’ll see what the plan is this year. I also discuss the holiday briefly in my blog post Celebrating Halloween Around the World.

8th: Bram Stoker’s Birthday (November 8, 1847-April 20, 1912)

December

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

If COVID restrictions lift, hopefully burlesque queen Dita Von Teese will resume her special New Year’s Eve show. I will share updates here as more details become available. Read about past shows I’ve attended here.

2 thoughts on “Odd & Macabre Events 2021

  1. Awesome list, Jenn! I’m going to take a while to peruse the details and to let little jolts of excitement and frisson strike where they may, but a quick glance brings a few front-and-center.

    January 2 – I missed Introvert Day?!? WTF? Well, for what it’s worth, Lockdown made it Introvert Day anyway.

    September – Would you believe I actually remember Knott’s Berry Farm? That, and Disneyland, and the San Diego Zoo sparked my five-year-old imagination. The closest we get Back East now is a jar of Knott’s Boysenberry Syrup. Not the same, but still thrilling.

    October 17 – Happy Birthday, Jennifer! Actually, I sent that greeting back in October, and it took all this time for the message to arrive. Stupid internet.

    Anyway, time for me to get reading, and to give your list the attention it needs. Thanks in advance for jostling Anticipation’s embers!

    1. Well thank you for the birthday wishes!
      And I hope you’re able to find a few things on the list you may want to look into. Most can be enjoyed from the comfort of home, so that’s a perk!
      It was tricky putting this list together because not much is happening and many places don’t want to set any dates due to the pandemic. Hopefully more things will gradually surface as the year goes on. Fingers crossed!

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