Throughout the Southern California region, there are plenty of mazes, music and art events you can attend to celebrate Halloween weekend. But, is there one place where you can experience all three? Indeed there is, and it’s called the Escape All Hallows’ Eve Festival!
The Insomniac event will be taking place on Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, Calif.
Unlike a rave or your typical amusement park filled with frightening mazes, this gleefully horrific event is considered SoCal’s largest Halloween-themed dance music festival, with several haunted mazes, huge, interactive art installations, theatrical performers and five stages. Not to mention, there will be 75-plus artists and DJs performing some of the sickest EDM, house, dubstep, trance, hip-hop and trap music you’ll ever hear in one place.
Below is your guide and everything you need to know about this sinister world of music, art…and fear.
With dozens and dozens of acts guaranteed to perform this Halloween weekend, you might be overwhelmed about which ones to see. Our advice: Try to see as many as you can! Some of our favorite performers include (listed alphabetically) Adventure Club, Afrojack, Benny Benassi, Datsik, Deorro, Keys N Krates, Laidback Luke, Moby, Paul van Dyk, Schoolboy Q, The Chainsmokers and Tiesto. For the full music lineup, click here!
And, not only will the music be on point, but each of the five stages will blow your mind.
The Slaughterhouse stage will feature monster bass and beats. Laidback Luke will present Super You&Me on Ghouls’ Graveyard, which will also be the stage to see the Bassrush Experience.
On Friday, the Chopping Block stage is for all of you trance fans. But on Saturday, this stage will be home for all hip-hop, future bass and trance aficionados. Canadian electronic DJ Richie Hawtin will present his deep and hypnotic ENTER experience at the Cannibals’ Tea Party stage, and the Bayou Voodoo Mansion will play host to the best of house music.
Continue to check back on the festival's website for updates on which artists will be performing on each stage.
THE MAZES & PERFORMERS
Yes, the music at this festival is great, but let’s be real: No Halloween experience is complete without scary, haunting, adrenaline-pumping mazes! Thankfully, Escape All Hallows’ Eve has that under control.
Clowns, chainsaws, body parts, blood and gore—expect to scream like a little girl as you walk through the terrifying mazes. Don’t believe us? Watch this video.
And just because you’re not in one of the mazes, don’t expect to not get scared. There will be performers and creatures decked out in superb Halloween costumes and makeup performing tricks such as dangling from the sky, spinning on stage, twirling fire or walking on stilts. They might start an impromptu dance party…or they’ll make it their mission to spook you.
Many festivals boast eye-popping art installations, and Insomniac never fails to disappoint (c’mon, did you see the wonderful art at EDC this year?). At Escape All Hallows Eve, you can get a close-up view of the appropriately Halloween-themed One-Eyed Monster, a roving art car that is designed like a long-necked monster with a giant eye and 24 speakers around its base. There’s also the Cactaferrum, a 28-foot structure that changes hues and flame effects to represent the phases of plant life – so cool!
OTHER IMPORTANT INFO
Now, some other things you need to know:
-You can’t bring your own food, beverages or alcohol into the festival, but don’t stress—there will be food and beverage stands located throughout the event. There will also be a 21-and-over bar that serves beer and liquor.
-If you forgot something, head to the festival's general store that’s stocked with all of your basic necessities.
-And at any festival, it’s important that you stay hydrated. You can fill up your Insomniac canteen, CamelBak or any empty beverage container at one of the many free water refill stations.
So put on your costume, don't forget your ID or ticket, and have a frightfully fun time at the 4th Annual Escape All Hallows’ Eve Festival!
Escape All Hallows Eve takes place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1 at the National Orange Show Events Center (689 S. E Street, San Bernardino, Calif.). Festival hours are 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
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