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Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: Oct. 6–8, 2017

A lineup of the weekend’s best events.


Looking to get into the spirit of the season? We’ve got you covered. This weekend, head to the East Side for a day of games, farm animals and fresh-squeezed Nalo lemonade at Waimānalo Country Farms’ monthlong fall festival. For the adventurous looking to get into the Halloween mood, our guide to Honolulu’s haunted houses will leave you looking as if you’ve seen a ghost. Plus, the Italian lovers can get their pizza fix at the Friends of Italy Society of Hawai‘i’s first-ever Italian festival this Saturday, and a photo expo all weekend long at the Blaisdell Center, complete with beginner to advanced-level workshops, will help improve the skills of any photographer.


Festa Italiana Hawaii

PHOTO: courtesy of Appetito Craft Pizza and Wine Bar


Festa Italiana

Saturday, Oct. 7, 4 to 10 p.m.

The only thing we hate about Italian cuisine is that we can never get enough of it. Pizza? No such thing as a bad slice. Gelato? Heck, throw an extra scoop on that cone. Wine? Only on days that end with y. For lovers of pasta, garlic and cheese, the Friends of Italy Society of Hawai‘i’s inaugural Festa Italiana is where you want to be this Saturday. A free street festival taking place in Kaka‘ako along Cooke Street, Festa Italiana features Italian and Italian-inspired bites, a wine and beer garden, street performers and live entertainment. Want to kick the night up a notch? Purchase tickets for Passaporto Italiano, which gains you entry into Festa Italiana’s VIP-only section and the ultimate international food and wine experience, complete with food tastings from nine of the island’s best Italian restaurants, wine pours and specialty drinks—plus extras, including a luxury Italian car showcase courtesy of Velocity Honolulu. Any friends of Italy are friends of ours.

$0–$100. 446 Cooke St. For more information on this event, go here.


SEE ALSO: The Ultimate Guide to Festa Italiana


PhotoCon Hawai‘i

Friday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 8

Whether you’re a hobbyist or a pro, PhotoCon Hawai‘i wants to help you take better photos. Hawai‘i’s first annual educational and informational event for photographers, PhotoCon Hawai‘i takes over the Blaisdell Center with Saturday and Sunday workshops, keynote speakers and a tradeshow offering products and equipment for all types of photo and video production. Many workshops provide you with a camera, and classes span all types of interests and experience levels, from a beginner-level Intro to Photo with Canon to an advanced class on capturing the best images possible with your drone. To register for keynote events and Saturday and Sunday workshops, head online to preregister for both days for $20, or grab them at the door for $30 or $15 per day. Class sizes are limited, so we recommend registering early.

$15–$30, Neal S. Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave., Hawai‘i Suites. For more information and to register for workshops, go here.


SEE ALSO: 7 Absolutely Free Honolulu Events to Check Out in October 2017


2017 Haunted Houses

PHOTO: Aaron K. Yoshino


Visit Honolulu’s Scariest Haunted Houses

Now through Oct. 31

Scaredy cats can stay at home. For those looking to jumpstart their Halloween spirit (and potentially give themselves a heart attack in the process), there’s no better way than with a visit to one of Hawai‘i’s haunted houses. In our guide to the scariest haunted houses in Honolulu, we give you our top picks to get your adrenaline pumping, from a former sugar plantation full of demented clowns and zombies to an opportunity to save the world in an apocalypse-style zombie paintball scenario. And keep checking back—we’ll be adding more to the list throughout the month.


SEE ALSO: Watch HONOLULU Staffers Experience a New Haunted House by Jorge Garcia


Fall Harvest Festival

Weekends, now through Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Yup, Waimānalo has a pumpkin patch. And you’re welcome to visit it every weekend, now through the end of October, during Waimānalo Country Farms’ Fall Harvest Festival. Bring your family for a day of autumn fun, with hayrides, food, games and even a chance to win your very own, ready-to-carve pumpkin. Kids and adults alike will have a blast exploring the sunflower patch, petting the farm’s many furry residents (goats! dogs! more goats!) and chowing down fresh picked, super sweet Dakota corn. Order the Low Country Boil, made with potatoes, corn, shrimp and a garlic-butter sauce, with a Mason jar filled with Waimānalo Country Farms’ famous Nalo-made lemonade. And, with free parking, you can stay as long as you want.

Free, Waimānalo Country Farms, 41-225 Lupe St., Waimānalo. For more information on this event, go here.


Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.




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