Weekly Editor’s Picks: Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, “Sonita” Screening Breeder’s Cup Weekend

Participants enjoy Dapper Day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on February 24, 2013. The semi-annual event brings together those wanting to celebrate the tradition of stepping out in style. (Christina House/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Wednesday 11/2

Dia de los Muertos celebration @ Self Help Graphics & Art

Celebrating the Day of the Dead with this event, Boyle Height’s Self Help Graphics & Art center hosts a Dia de los Muertos art exhibit. The event starts with a march from Mariachi Plaza to Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School. There will be food and craft vendors in addition to the festivities.


5 p.m.

1300 E 1st St.

Los Angeles, CA 90033

Dia de los Muertos Festival & Block Party @ 24th Street Theatre

If the previous Dia de los Muertos event didn’t grab your attention, this celebration will have folklorico and Aztec dance groups in addition to mariachis and a Latin rock band. Food, crafts and the iconic sight of altars make up the core experience of the celebration.


6 p.m.

1117 W. 24th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Thursday 11/3

“Sonita” Screening @ Skirball Cultural Center

This film follows the story of a teenage Afghan refugee in Iran who aspires to be a rapper, but her family pushes for her to become a bride, as they estimate her bridewealth to be about $9,000. The film examines womanhood in Iran and Afghan societies.

$10 general; $8 full-time students

7:30 p.m.

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90049

Friday 11/4

Pasadena Fan Fest @ Pasadena Civic Center

Coinciding with the Breeder’s Cup weekend is this concert that celebrates the music from the 1980s with a cover band. Food trucks and drinks will be available for attendees, with two drink tickets included with each person’s entrance.


7 p.m.

300 E. Green St.

Pasadena, CA 91101

Breeder’s Cup @ Santa Anita Racetrack

This weekend marks the arrival of the Breeder’s Cup, where people participate in some good old gambling via racehorse picks. Among the racehorses is California Chrome, who won the 2014 Kentucky Derby.


2 p.m.

285 W. Huntington Dr.

Arcadia, CA 91007

Saturday 11/5

Rising Tohoku Food Festival @ Mitsuwa Marketplace

Although the Mitsuwa Marketplace offers Japanese food all year long, the food from the Tohoku region will stand in the spotlight for the weekend at this festival. In addition, there will be dances, toy-building workshops and the region’s mascots for photos.


10 a.m.

21515 S. Western Ave.

Torrance, CA 90501

Dapper Day @ Disneyland

For those that love Disneyland and snazzy vintage clothing, this day is the perfect combination. There will be a style expo at the Disneyland Hotel that starts on Saturday and the actual dapper meetup will be on Sunday.


8 a.m.

1313 Disneyland Dr.

Anaheim, CA 92802

Sunday 11/6

Rock & Brews Beerfest @ Rock & Brews

Local breweries offer up samples of some of their best beers for this taste-testing festival. Food will be served and there will be family-friendly activities such as a kids’ play area and a dog patio.


12 p.m.

143 Main St.

El Segundo, CA 90245