Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: Oct. 20–22, 2017

Beer, shopping, sports and a Tim Burton film fest.

For the perfect weekend, add one spooky film, shopping, lots of beer and shake. Top with a dash of college sports. At a Waikīkī beer fest on the Hilton’s Great Lawn, you can choose from more than 100 beers, 30 wines and 30 sakes. Plus, relish the upcoming holidays with a film festival showcasing our favorite Halloween-esque director, and a pop-up shopping event with some of Hawai‘i’s most-loved local brands to help you get a jump on your holiday list. And there’s more: Young UH fans can sign up for a free event to meet the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team and score free tickets to an upcoming game.

  Third Annual Waikiki Beer Festival

PHOTO: courtesy of Great Waikīkī Beer Festival


Third Annual Great Waikīkī Beer Festival

Saturday, Oct. 21, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where can you taste a hundred local, seasonal and craft beers? We can think of no other place this weekend than the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort’s annual Great Waikīkī Beer Festival. On Saturday, head to the Hilton’s Great Lawn for tastings of more than 100 beers, plus 60 wines and sakes, with a picture-perfect Waikīkī sunset as a backdrop. General admission tickets are $75 and come with 10 4-ounce tastings of your choice. Want to get a head start? Purchase a VIP ticket for $105, which grants you early entry at 4 p.m. and comes with 10 tastings, plus a food ticket and complimentary parking. While not the star of the event, the available food for purchase—beer-braised bratwursts, Sriracha chicken wings and tater tot nachos, to name a few—make great complements to your drinks of choice. Beer connoisseurs (or drinking veterans) can enjoy more tastings for two bucks a pour.

$75–$105, 21 and older only. Hilton Hawaiian Village Great Lawn fronting Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, 2005 Kalia Road. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


Tim Burton Film Festival

Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 22

While most of his films aren’t directly related to Halloween, there’s no denying that Tim Burton’s gothic, dark-yet-whimsical fantasy films fit right into the holiday’s spirit. This Friday through Sunday, Hawai‘i Theatre will host a film festival dedicated to Burton. Purchase tickets online or at the theater’s box office for fan favorites Beetlejuice, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of Phan-Tom, Hawai‘i Theatre’s resident ghost who reportedly makes an appearance in the building from time to time.

$7–$12. Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.

  Arts and Flavors of Hawaii Fall Fest

PHOTO: courtesy of Natural Aloha


Arts and Flavors of Hawai‘i Fall Fest

Sunday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Why does Christmas always seem to creep up on us? It seems that Thanksgiving was just yesterday when—bam—suddenly it’s Dec. 23 and you have 20 people on your holiday shopping list. This year, say no to procrastination and save yourself the usual frantic visits to the mall and 2 a.m. gift-wrapping sessions. Arts and Flavors of Hawai‘i, with its fall festival this Sunday in Hawai‘i Kai, makes jump-starting your holiday shopping easy as pie. There, you’ll find more than a dozen local pop-ups including S.I.E. Swim, Yireh, Green Tea Leaves Design and Malama Baby offering Hawai‘i-made goods for beauty, fashion and home. After your altruistic shopping spree, treat yourself to a Ma‘ona musubi, Inferno’s pizza, Ubae ube mini-cheesecake, Wicked HI slush or other fresh-made snacks.

Free, Hawai‘i Kai Retirement Community, 428 Kawaihae St. For more information on Arts and Flavors of Hawai‘i, go here.


Wahine Experience

Saturday, Oct. 21, 4 to 6 p.m.

Young admirers of UH volleyball, get ready for the ultimate fan experience. On Saturday evening, UH will host Wahine Experience, a celebration of Rainbow Wahine athletics tailored especially for girls and boys 14 and younger. The free event will feature interactive games, demos and prizes, plus the chance to meet University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine players, coaches, celebrity alumni, cheerleaders and the UH band in person. The UH admissions team will also be there to give future college students information on the university’s application process including requirements and financial aid. The best part? Everyone who attends Wahine Experience will receive a free ticket to the Rainbow Wahine Volleyball match that evening!

Free, T.C. Ching Field on the UH Mānoa lower campus, 1105 Lower Campus Road. For more information and to register for this event, go here.


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