It’s the start of a new year, which means it’s time to release my annual Odd & Macabre Events Calendar for 2022! Unlike the past two years, there are quite a few venues that have already announced dates for upcoming festivities. My fingers are crossed that these will all take place. As always, I’m going to attend as much as I can. Activities are slowly popping up, and I’ll continually be updating this post, so make sure to check back for new additions.
Although I’m based near Los Angeles, I’m doing my best to include things that are happening in other parts of the globe. Who wouldn’t want to discover spooky adventures occurring in their neck of the woods? Some of what you’ll find here include the first-ever Satanic convention, vampire soirees, immersive shows, dark art exhibits, virtual gatherings and more. Cheers to another year filled with chills and thrills!
2nd: World Introvert Day
A day dedicated to introverts! For my experience, read “Being an Introvert” and check out my podcast episode “Celebrating World Introvert Day & Being an Introvert.”
8th: The Count’s Den Presents “Inner Pieces”
An immersive show exploring identity issues that the LGBTQIA2S+ community faces. Must be age 16 or over to attend, and tickets are $35.
14th-February 6th: Scream Tribute Opening at SugarMynt Gallery
An exhibit paying tribute to the horror film Scream. Event takes place at Sugarmynt Gallery in South Pasadena, California. Opening night is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and tickets are $15.
This edition is themed “Scream Queen Vol. II.” and takes place in downtown Santa Ana, California. Features vendors, dining and entertainment. Admission is free but you must RSVP.
19th: Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday
Read about the famous gothic writer and poet in my blog post “Poe Pop Culture: A Birthday Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe.”
This burlesque event was originally supposed to be held on New Year’s Eve but was cancelled due to COVID-related reasons. The show takes place at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. Tickets are still on sale and start at $79.50. Read all about my time at past Dita Von Teese shows.
22nd: The House of Red Velvet Presents “A New Baptism”
The dark theatre group performs their latest edition “A New Baptism” one last time in Los Angeles. Show takes place at Pico Union Project at 7:30 p.m. for VIP members and 8:45 p.m. for general admission. Tickets start at $55. Read my review of the performance in “The House of Red Velvet Returns with A New Baptism.”
4th -6th: Virtual Market of the Beast
The event will feature vendors specializing in occult wares, bizarre finds and more.
11th-13th: The Satanic Temple’s SatanCon
The Satanic Temple hosts its first ever SatanCon in Scottsdale, Arizona, featuring discussion panels and presentations.
Takes place at an undisclosed location in Hollywood, California, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
19th: Endless Night Los Angeles Vampire Ball Pre-Party at Bar Sinister
Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the event. Must show proof of vaccination to enter.
20th-21st: Endless Night Los Angeles Vampire Ball
Takes place at the Globe Theater in Los Angeles, California, from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Tickets start at $65. Read about my time at Endless Night 2020 Vampire Ball.
Takes place at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts, and will be the first black and white attire only event host by Endless Night. Tickets start at $45 and festivities begin at 7 p.m.
8th: Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies Presents Castlevania’s ‘Miserable Pile of Secrets’
A virtual class discussing adaptations of Dracula. Broadcasting from London, England, and held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. GMT.
15th-31st: The Boulet Brothers Dragula UK Tour
See performers from Dragula season 4 perform live! The show will tour throughout the UK and tickets are on sale now.
26th-27th: The Oddities Flea Market
Happens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Globe Theater in Los Angeles, California. Tickets start at $20. Find out about my experience at The Oddities Flea Market.
29th: Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies Presents Women & Gothic Literature
Virtual class broadcasting from Los Angeles, California. Takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
31st-June 11th: Frida Immersive Dream
An immersive exhibit highlighting the life and art of Frida Kahlo. It will be held at the Lighthouse Artspace Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. Tickets start at $39.99. This event is also happening in the cities of Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston and Toronto. Check the website for more dates.
12th: Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies Presents “Nursing Grief”
Virtual class broadcasting from London. Takes place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. BST.
22nd: Goth Day
A day celebrating the music-based subculture. Click above to read how I got into the goth scene and listen to my Goth Day podcast episode.
26th: Dracula Day
The iconic novel Dracula by Bram Stoker was published on this day in 1897! Read the blog post by clicking on the link above and listen to my Dracula Day podcast episode.
31st: Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies Presents Racial Horror & the Monstrous Foreign
Virtual class broadcasting from Los Angeles from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
An immersive event coming to New York sometime in May. Tickets are on sale and start at $54 per person.
An event dedicated to monsters, special effects makeup and more in horror! Tickets are on sale and start at $30. Event takes place in Pasadena, California, at the Pasadena Convention Center. Time varies depending on the day. For an inside look at the event, read my Monsterpalooza blog post.
Held at Castle Ybor in Tampa, Florida. Tickets start at $23.
Arriving in San Francisco, California, sometime in June. Tickets on sale and start at $54.
18th-25th: Dracula Tour’s Summer Vampire Vacation
The travel agency Tours and Events hosts its annual summer trip to Transylvania, Romania—an area synonymous with vampire folklore and legends. Visit the website for tour package information.
29th-31st: Midsummer Scream
The popular mega horror convention is slated to return to the Long Beach Convention Center in California. The event features discussion panels, celebrity signing, haunts, spooky vendors and more. Ticket sales and other details TBA. Read about my time at Midsummer Scream: Awaken the Spirits.
30th: Frankenstein Day
The occasion marks the birthday of Mary Shelley who wrote the notorious gothic novel Frankenstein. Find out how you can celebrate Frankenstein Day!
10th: Marie Laveau’s Birthday
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.
28th-October 2nd: Wasteland Weekend
A post-apocalyptic themed music festival that takes place in the Southern California desert. Enjoy live performances, edgy entertainment, and more. Must be 18 years or older to attend. Information regarding ticket sales to be announced.
?: Universal Studios Hollywood: Halloween Horror Nights
Halloween event in Los Angeles, California. More details TBA.
?: Knott’s Scary Farm
Halloween event in Buena Park, California. More details TBA.
?: Six Flags Magic Mountain: Fright Fest
Halloween event in Ventura, California. More details TBA.
Halloween event. More details TBA.
4th: Anne Rice’s Birthday
17th: Vamp Jenn’s Birthday
I’ll be celebrating all month long, attending as many spooky events as possible, so keep checking back on my blog for new posts about my Halloween adventures!
27th-November 3rd: Dracula Tour’s Horrific Halloween Holiday
The Tours and Events travel agency hosts their 24th annual Halloween trip to Transylvania, Romania. Visit historic sites featured in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula and attend a huge All Hallows Eve bash! Visit the website to view the full itinerary.
28th-30th: Endless Night New Orleans Vampire Ball
Three-day long event. Tickets to each festivity can be purchased separately.
1st-2nd: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
A Mexican holiday celebrating the souls and memories of those that have passed into the next realm. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery holds an annual event commemorating the occasion. More details to be announced. Learn more about the holiday in Celebrating Halloween Around the World.
8th: Bram Stoker’s Birthday
The author of famed gothic horror novel Dracula was born on this day in 1847.
11th: One-Year Passing of Anne Rice
On this day last year, the literary and vampire worlds lost an amazing author, Anne Rice. She will never be forgotten and will live on in our hearts.
11th: Maila Nurmi’s (aka Vampira) Birthday
Maila Nurmi, who was famously known as Vampira, was born on this day in 1922. She’s the ultimate vamp who was the star of The Vampira Show and was featured in several horror films.