Friday, Oct. 11
BAMP Project presents Earl Sweatshirt and Friends taking the stage at 8 p.m. The show is for all ages accompanied by an adult age 18 and up. Tickets are $30 general admission with a $5 increase the day of the show.
Talk Story Festival
University of Hawaii
This annual event celebrating its 31st year honors the traditions of oral history. The free festival runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and parking is $7. Music, hula and lei making will also be featured at the event. It will be held at Halau o Haumea, at Kamakakuokalani, Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The theme is He Lei Aloha: A Lei of Love.
Birthday from Hell
High Fives and State Dives Oahu will present Aunty Party Mom’s Birthday from Hell starting at 9 p.m. The event will feature live performances by Oceans Deep, Rapid Ohia Death, Never Enough and Smitz (pictured). The show is for ages 21 and up and there is no cover charge.
Blue Note Hawaii
The jazz vocalist will play shows at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets are premium $45, loge seating and bar area $35.
Blues and R&B
Guitarist and vocalist J.P. Smoketrain will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. In addition, he will perform Saturday, Oct. 12 at Los Garcia’s in Kailua in the same time slot. He also plays every Tuesday at Hawaiian Brian’s from 8 to 11 p.m.
Food & New Product Show
Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
This three-day show will be held 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13. It will feature food samples, a crafter’s village, new products, a plant sale, prizes and entertainment. One-day admission is $4, or seniors age 60 and up, students and military with ID $3. It’s free for children ages 21 and under accompanied by a paying adult.
Hear the genre-blending artist from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $15 early bird presale or $20 presale, plus fees. Ages 18 and up can dance, ages 21 and up can drink.
Saturday, Oct. 12
Hawaii Convention Center
This event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 13.
If you’re looking for a special thing to complement your geeky lifestyle, this event is like a mall for geeks, with handmade nerdy items, superheroes, gaming and more. Cosplay is highly encouraged.
Admission is free with pre-registration via eventbrite.com; otherwise, it’s $5 at the door.
30th anniversary celebration
Island reggae band The Manao Company will celebrate its 30th anniversary. Entertainers include the group along with others such as Fiji, Kolohe Kai, The Next Generation, Kapena, Leahi and Pacific Blu. The event will be held at the corner of Ala Moana Boulevard and Ward Avenue. Doors open at 4 p.m. and music starts at 4:30 for this all ages show. Tickets are $30 general admission or $80 VIP through Oct. 12 in advance or $40 general admission and $100 VIP at the door.
The Get Up Kids
Hear the band at 8 p.m. The show is for all ages accompanied by an adult age 18 and up. Tickets are $22 general admission with a $5 increase the day of the show.
Aloha Pride Street Festival
This festival hosted by Honolulu Beerworks on Cooke Street from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. will celebrate the LGBTQ community and benefit Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center. It will feature food, drink, music and more. Tickets are $20-$25. Other Pride Month events this weekend include a Pride 5K at Ala Moana Beach Park on Oct. 12 and much more. Visit the website for additional information.
South Shore Market
Art teacher Amy Craig will demonstrate watercolor painting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants are encouraged to follow along and supplies will be provided while they last. The event will be held in the market’s common area near MORI.
Hawaii Kai Towne Center
The Ducky Dash fundraiser starting at 9:30 a.m. supports Rotary’s local scholarships and community service in Hawaii. Enjoy the race, activities and entertainment including Henry Kapono. Before the dash, adopt a rubber ducky to race in the marina for a chance to win prizes. The Blood Bank of Hawaii will also be on site to accept donations.
Tribute to Aretha
Blue Note Hawaii
Soulful singer Paula Fuga pays tribute to “The Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin with shows Oct. 12-13. The event also features Maryanne Ito, Lana Kei and Maile.
Tickets are VIP $45, premium $35, loge seating and bar area $25. Show times are 6:30 and 9 p.m.
Hell of a Ride
The Elevations Hawaii Halloween special show with DJ Packo will take you on “one hell of a ride.” The all ages event in The Studio starts at 9 p.m. Presale tickets at $10 are available on the band’s website.
Sunday, Oct. 13
This one-loop course run will start at 6:30 a.m. on Makiki Heights Drive. The cost is $30 and registration ends at midnight Oct. 11.
Chris Murphy Duo
Cheesecake Factory Honolulu
The musicians will perform at the Kalakaua Avenue location of the restaurant from 7 to 10 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 14
Irish Rose Saloon
Listen to the Honolulu-based rock band starting at 9 p.m.
The musician will take the stage at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and there is no cover charge.
Maui Brewing Kailua
Listen to the artist perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 15
Blue Note Hawaii
The Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K will play shows at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets are tables and booth seating $45, bar area $30.
Red Sand Duo
Cheesecake Factory Kapolei
Experience the pair playing at the restaurant’s Ka Makana Alii location.
Bounty of Bands
Mike Piranha and Kitsch will take the stage. The show starts at 5 p.m. and lasts through 3:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 16
Kona Nui Nights
This free event from 6 to 8 p.m. will celebrate Hawaiian language, music, culture and the art of hula in the courtyard of the village’s information center. It will include a food vendor, cash bar and limited seating. Free parking is available across the street in the T.J. Maxx parking garage.
Hawaii State Art Museum
This free pau hana talk featuring local artist Chad Martin will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Blue Note Hawaii
This event brings Na Hoku Hanohano award-winner Johnny Valentine together with the singers of the Honolulu Chamber Choir to showcase musical classics through generations. Tickets are VIP $45, premium $35, loge seating and bar area $25. Show times are 6:30 and 9 p.m.
Yuk it up with laughs at this show that starts at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 8. Tickets are general admission $10 and military/student $7.
Thursday, Oct. 17
State of Pride
A screening of the film State of Pride, a talk story and drag show will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at University of Hawaii at Manoa art auditorium. This special event for LGBTQ Pride Month is free and open to the public.
Live from Honolulu
Doris Duke Theatre
Experience a night of original hilarious musicals written by aspiring Honolulu artists. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $25.
Kealoha Music Duo
Duke’s Canoe Club
Hear the pair from 9:30 p.m. to midnight.