Self Storage For the Holidays

Where to store holiday gifts

The “official” start to the holiday season is Thanksgiving, celebrated throughout the United States this Thursday. Thanksgiving was declared by Congress to be an annual holiday in 1827, but the day that it was celebrated in the fall months varied every year.  In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt with the insistence of the large retail stores at the time, proclaimed that Thanksgiving Day would be officially held the third Thursday in November to lengthen the holiday shopping season. Thanksgiving Day has been held on that day ever since. It is a day for families and friends to gather together for meals and giving thanks.

Today, more and more stores are opening up for a few hours (or all day) on Thanksgiving Day for shopping, but most of the shopping starts on the day after Thanksgiving or Black Friday. This day is the “official” kick-off to the Christmas shopping season. The label Black Friday signifies that some stores finally go “in the black” for their earnings.  On average, over 135 Million people go shopping on Black Friday spending billions of dollars. The popularity of shopping on-line on Cyber Monday for online deals has been increasing over the past few years. We have all been inundated with commercials and news stories for the big deals for electronics, computers and other special items on Black Friday and some stores have even started their deals earlier to entice shoppers.

Storing Holiday Gifts

What does Black Friday or Cyber Monday have to do with self storage? Renting a self storage unit is a great solution for storing your holiday purchases. If you don’t have a lot of room in your home for storage or to keep the presents away from spying eyes, then it is a good idea to rent a self storage unit for the holiday season.   Magellan Storage offers month-to-month rentals, which is perfect for storing your Black Friday deals for the holiday season. Magellan Storage offers a variety of storage unit sizes from 5×5 to 10×30 for all of your storage needs.  A 5×5 storage unit, or the size of a coat closet, is a great place to store smaller packages and boxes, but if you need extra room to set up a wrapping station for your gifts, then we can happily accommodate your needs with a larger storage unit size.

A self storage unit is also a great place to store holiday decorations  such as Christmas trees, lights, decorations and wreaths. Utilizing a self storage unit for holiday decorations will help eliminate the after the holiday season clutter in your home. Climate controlled storage units help keep artificial wreaths and Christmas trees looking fresh and ready for use in the future.  Storage units are great places to keep your holiday decorations until you need them again next year.

Magellan Storage  facility offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday in celebration of Thanksgiving Day and so our employees can spend time with their loved ones.  Magellan Storage offices will re-open for regular hours on Saturday, November 28th. Customers can still access their storage units via the keypad gated-entry during the holiday. Magellan Storage wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Helping Charitable Organizations in Los Angeles for the Holidays

free Thanksgiving meals in LAThe holiday season is a time of giving thanks, spending time with family and friends, and helping out those in need. There are many ways to help out charitable organizations in the Los Angeles area from volunteering time at food banks, helping at community meals, or making donations. These charitable organizations are important to the Los Angeles Area throughout the year, but even more so during the winter months.

There are many organizations, food pantries and church groups in Orange County that offer assistance to low-income or homeless families for the holidays. The Los Angeles area has larger events including community Thanksgiving meals and holiday food basket distribution. Below are listed just a few of the charitable community organizations that help out those in need in the Los Angeles area, including Thanksgiving meals. All of the organizations welcome volunteers to help with their giving events.

Free Thanksgiving Meals in Los Angeles

Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner and Celebration

The Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner and Celebration takes place Thanksgiving Day at the VA Greater Westside Healthcare Campus. The organization offers a free sit-down Thanksgiving dinner, haircuts, blankets, hygiene kits and a children’s carnival. The meal is open to everyone with no reservations needed. Donations of perishable and non-perishable items are still needed and can be dropped off at collection points throughout the city through Wednesday, November 25th.  Food preparation begins on Wednesday with the meal on Thursday morning.

The Midnight Mission-Thanksgiving Street Fair

The Midnight Mission offers counseling, education, training and job placement to the city’s male homeless population. They have regular meal services and food donation drives, but they hold special Thanksgiving and Christmas events for the city’s homeless.  The Thanksgiving Street Fair will be held on Thanksgiving Day from 10am to 1pm at The Mission at 601 South San Pedro Street in downtown Los Angeles.  Volunteers are needed for food preparation and service during the special events as well as throughout the year.

Dinner in the Park

The Dinner in the Park at Pasadena Central Park takes place on both Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.  The Thanksgiving meal is November 26th from 11am to 3pm.  For over 40 years, Dinner in the Park has been sponsored by the Union Station Homeless Services, a non-profit organization committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives in the San Gabriel Valley. The organization provides thousands of holiday meals to homeless men, women, children, seniors, low-income families and those with no place to go for the holiday.  Volunteers are needed for the Christmas meal to help with the event, prepare and serve the meals and more.

Fred Jordan Mission

The Fred Jordan Mission sponsors Thanksgiving and Christmas Day Street Banquets in downtown Los Angeles at 445 Towne Ave, Los Angeles.  The banquet begins with a worship service and then the meal, with all the trimmings, is served by hundreds of volunteers to thousands of Los Angeles area homeless.  There will also be a special Christmas dinner on December 19th at the same location. The Fred Jordan Missions have worked on the streets of LA and the world since 1944 providing nourishing food, warm clothing, blankets and other vital services to people in need.

Holiday Food Charities and Food Banks

One Voice Holiday Program

Each year the One Voice Holiday Food Program  provides Christmas food baskets, toys and goods to 2,500 families (12,500 people) living in poverty in the Los Angeles area. All families are referred through the Head Start program. Over 2,000 volunteers gather for the 4 day and 4 night Holiday Food Program timeline. The first night volunteers sort the donated food for the families at Barker Hangar, the second night food boxes and baskets are filled with the donations and then loaded onto trucks for delivery to distribution centers throughout Los Angeles. The third night volunteers take the food baskets and bags to seven different distribution centers in the Los Angeles area. On the fourth day, the families receive their gifts from hundreds of volunteers. The program is always looking for donations and volunteers. Find out how by checking out their website.

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

1 in 5 residents of Los Angeles County faces food insecurity. The mission of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is to mobilize resources to fight hunger in the community.  The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank sources, acquires and distributes food throughout Los Angeles County through partnering agencies and programs.  Since 1973, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 1 billion pounds of food. It provides food to 280,500 people per month and in 2014 distributed 59 million pounds of food. It collects food from hundreds of resources to distribute to 700 partner agencies including food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens. Over 30,000 volunteers help with food sorting and distribution annually. There are many ways to help the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank from making personal donations, volunteering or by attending special events. For the holidays, the food bank is raising funds by selling holiday cards. 

Magellan Storage Open Storage Facility in Duarte

Magellan Storage in Duarte, California




Magellan Storage is excited to announce the opening of our newest location at 1727 Buena Vista Street in Duarte, California.  This state-of-the-art storage facility offers comfort, convenience and great storage amenities. Magellan Storage features a clean, safe and secure storage facility with flexible access hours for our storage customers.

History of City of Duarte

Duarte is a city in north-east Los Angeles County. It is located near the cities of Bradbury, Monrovia and Irwindale and is bounded in the north by the San Gabriel Mountains. The city has roots back thousands of years. The area started to develop in the mid 1880’s and continued to grow through the early 1900’s. The 6.7 mile area was incorporated in 1957 into the City of Duarte. Today, city has a population of over 21,000.

Duarte Storage Features

Magellan Storage – Duarte offers climate and non-climate controlled storage units in a variety of sizes from 5×5 to 10×35  that can fit home and business storage needs. Our storage facility is fully fenced and well-lit with 24 hour security monitoring, a digital security system, individual door alarms and electronic gate access with a personalized entry code. We have wide driveways and many ground level units to make accessing your storage unit when you want to a breeze. Our facility also helps protect from the elements with covered loading and unloading areas. We have dollies and carts available to make moving your items in and out of your storage unit easier.

The Magellan Storage – Duarte facility offers a variety of amenities for our customers including a business center, coffee bar and a friendly and professional staff. The business center has a free Wi-Fi connection, use of copiers, fax machine and a conference room for meetings. Our facility is stocked with all of the moving and packing supplies that you will need from boxes to packing tape to newsprint to bubble wrap.

It is easy to rent a storage unit at Magellan Storage in Duarte. Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 3pm. Our tenants can access their storage units during our daily gate hours of 6am to 7pm. When renting a storage unit, ask about our military, student and senior discounts, special new renter discounts and our month-to-month storage options. Customers can set up an online billing account with Magellan Storage with a click of a button and no deposit is required.

Stop by to see our newest Magellan Storage location in Duarte to see how our storage professionals can help with any of your storage needs! We are excited to be located in Duarte and look forward to meeting many of our community neighbors!

Tips for Halloween Costume Storage

Costume Storage TipsHalloween is one of the fastest growing consumer holidays. Costumes and decorations have become more elaborate every year. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, over 157 million Americans celebrated Halloween in some form this past weekend. Consumers were predicted to spend $6.9 billion on Halloween between costumes, candy and decoration. An average American will have spent $74 on costumes, candy or decorations.  People across American celebrated Halloween in many different ways from handing out candy (68%), dressing in costumes (44%), decorating their house and yard, (41%) or throwing or attending Halloween parties (32%).

Consumers spend a lot of money on costumes by making, renting or buying costumes for the Halloween season. $1.9 billion will have been spent on adult costumes this year and nearly a billion dollars for children’s costumes.  The most popular Halloween costumes for children in 2015 was princesses, Batman and Star Wars related costumes. For adults, the most popular costumes were witches, animals, Star Wars characters or zombies. With Los Angeles being the capital of movie and television production, there are costume shops all over the area where a consumer can rent costumes for Halloween or for events throughout the year.

How to Store Costumes

Buying costumes or the materials to make costumes can be expensive, so it is important to keep them in the best condition if you plan on using them again.   Young children love to play dress-up in their Halloween costumes. If children plan on keeping their costumes for play, then it is very important to make sure that the costume has been properly cleaned to remove any stains that happened during trick-or-treating. Put the costumes in a plastic storage bin in the child’s room or playroom to use for dress-up. If the costumes are not going to be used on a daily basis, they can be stored in a closet, basement, attic, or a storage unit. However there are steps that should be followed in order to keep the costumes in great condition.

  • Before placing in storage costumes should be cleaned and prepped. Fabric-based costumes should be properly laundered based on the manufacturer’s instructions. Remove all stains on the costumes as these can end up staying and possibly ruining the fabric.
  • Costumes should be completely dry before being stored.
  • Do not store costumes in plain plastic bags. Plastic bags can trap moisture making mold and mildew grow quicker on the costume.
  • Store in air tight acid-free plastic containers or garment bags.
  • Costumes that need to keep their shape should not be crammed in a container or box. Fold them neatly in the box. Use acid-free tissue paper in between folds of the costume to help prevent creases.
  • Stuff bubble wrap or newsprint in helmets or corset tops to keep their shape. Helmets, shoes or boots should be stored upright to prevent warping.
  • If you need to store props such as blasters, swords, shields, etc. keep them neatly organized in a labeled storage bin.
  • Use acid-free garment boxes, bags and tissue for storage whenever possible. These will help protect against chemical exposure, keeping the garment in top condition.
  • If possible, hang the costume in a garment bag in a storage unit. This will prevent the costume from getting wrinkled. Only store a few costumes per garment bag to avoid crushing the fabric.

Self storage is a great solution for storing Halloween costumes. In order to keep costumes in great shape it would be recommended to store them in climate controlled storage unit.  Magellan Storage offers a variety of climate and non-climate controlled storage units from closet size, 5×5, to big enough to fit the contents of a 4 bedroom or larger home, 10×30.

How to Have a Safe and Organized Laundry Room

Tips for Having a Safe and Organized Laundry RoomThe laundry room is one of the most used and usually the most unorganized rooms of the house. Laundry rooms can easily become a cluttered mess from piles of dirty clothing, clean clothes that need to be returned to their proper homes, laundry products and any extra items that have been stored in the laundry area. The better organized a laundry room is, the easier the dreaded laundry task becomes. It is also important to follow fire safety tips when organizing your laundry room to prevent fires in the home.


Storage Solutions for the Laundry Room

The purpose of the laundry room should be specifically for laundry. Remove excess and nonessential items to a storage facility. There are many laundry room storage solutions  that can help keep a laundry room organized. Some of these tips can be bought at home stores while some are great DIY projects.

  • Create a laundry sorting system for the laundry room. A rolling laundry basket dresser with three baskets for whites, darks and brights is a great way to organize the laundry and save time. The rolling basket allows you to move the baskets from room to room sorting as you go.
  • A great laundry room storage solution is to put up shelving above the washer and dryer. Store laundry products here to keep them off of the floor. Add baskets or storage bins to group the laundry products together. This will make it much easier to reach for and find soap or stain remover when you need it.
  • Another laundry room storage solution is to hang a metal door organizer on the laundry room door to store the laundry products. The metal racks will allow for easy cleaning and will help keep the products organized.
  • Hang a closet rod or hanging bar in the laundry room to hang items that could get wrinkled very easily.
  • Have the entire family help in the folding and putting away of clothes, linens, etc. This will make the project must less of a chore and get everyone involved in helping.

Fire Safety Tips for Laundry Room

A messy laundry room can also lead to fire hazards. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, between 2006 and 2010, dryers and washing machines were involved in 1 out of every 22 home fires.  Clothes dryers accounted the majority of the fires at 92% with 4% from washing machines and 4% with a combination of both appliances. It is highly important to keep your washing machine and dryer running properly to prevent fires in your home. Below are a few fire safety tips to keep your family and home safe:

  • Your dryer should be installed and serviced by a professional. Dryers should be properly grounded and plugged into the correct plug or outlet, not an extension cord.
  • The clothes dryer MUST have a lint filter.
  • Clean the lint filter after each load of laundry. Also, remove the lint that has collected around the rim of the door or lid. Built-up lint in a dryer is the biggest contributor to laundry room fires. At least once a year, clean the lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it.
  • Keep up the maintenance on the dryers. Gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to make sure that the gas line is open and the connections are free of leaks.
  • Turn off the dryer when your leave your home or are going to bed.
  • Keep the area around the dryer clear of things that could easily catch on fire such as boxes, cleaning supplies, or clothing.

Magellan Storage  offers a variety of storage unit sizes in both climate and non-climate control that is perfect to store excess household items. Stop by any of our 6 locations in Los Angeles and Orange Counties to see how our storage professionals can help with your storage needs.

2015 Halloween Events and Pumpkin Festivals in the Los Angeles Area

2015 Halloween Events in LAIt’s time for Halloween celebrations in the Los Angeles area. There are many haunted attractions, pumpkin festivals and events held throughout the area to celebrate Halloween. The pumpkin patches are great for the entire family. A majority of the haunted attractions are geared more towards children over 13 years old. Below are a list of just a few of the great Halloween attractions in the Los Angeles area:

Pumpkin Festivals

Visiting a pumpkin patch to pick out the best pumpkin for your jack-o-lantern is a great family activity. There are many pumpkin patches in the Los Angeles area that are open for the Halloween season.

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch  is located on the West LA College campus in Culver City. The pumpkin patch features a huge petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, a straw maze and a super slide. All admission fees are given back to visitors goes back to the cost of the pumpkins.

Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch

Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch has two locations in the Los Angeles area: 6815 S La Cienega Blvd in Los Angeles and 2320 Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica. The pumpkin patch features pony rides, a petting zoo, train ride around the patch, a small bouncy house, giant slides and more. Shawn’s also has the largest selection of pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks to help decorate for the season.

Cottone and Sons Pumpkins

Cottone and Sons Pumpkin Patch  is located in Torrance. This is a great family destination including bouncy houses, pony ride, petting zoo and more. There are pumpkins in all shapes and sizes for carving into jack-o-lanterns.

Tanaka Farms

Tanaka Farms is located in Irvine. The pumpkin patch is open daily from 9am to 6pm through October 31st.  The pumpkin patch provides fun for the entire family from exploring a corn maze, taking a wagon ride, petting zoo and other special events. Plus, pick your own fresh pumpkins and other vegetables!

Halloween Attractions and Events

Since the Los Angeles area is home to so many amusement parks and movie production companies, the Halloween celebrations are some of the best in the world.  Disneyland has their Halloween Celebration for the month of October with characters dressing up in costume and the park decorated in Halloween décor. Universal Studios hosts “Halloween Horror Nights” with haunted houses, mazes, rides, shows and other attractions. Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain also have Halloween displays, Haunted houses and other activities. The Los Angeles area will host a variety of spooky Halloween celebrations over the next week and these are just a few of the haunted attractions that you can go to.

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride  takes place at the Old Zoo at Griffith Park. This hayride will take your for a ride through the old abandoned zoo and its spooky inhabitants! There are five scary features including dark mazes, scare zones, haunted houses and an audience participation stage show.

Long Beach Zombie Walk

The zombies are invading Long Beach October 23rd to 25th for the Long Beach Zombie Walk.  There is a haunted maze attraction, zombie apocalypse laser tag attraction, carnival games, vendors, pumpkin carving and costume contests.

Legend of Boot Hill

The Legend of Boot Hill is actually a huge and elaborate Halloween yard display in Irvine. This year’s theme is “When Fog Rises-Fear Follows”.  Donations are accepted with part of the proceeds going to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Dark Harbor on the Queen Mary

The Queen Mary turns into the Dark Harbor for the Halloween season. Get scared by wandering through the haunted hallways and decks of the Queen Mary. There is a maze, paintball adventure, freak show, and many more scary monsters.

Ward 13

Evil Twin Studios presents Ward 13, and incredibly scary walk through the haunted and interactive world of The Raymond Hill Sanitarium in South Pasadena. Experience the terror, if you dare, every weekend through October 31st.

Enjoy all the fun Halloween celebrations in the Los Angeles area during this “spooky” season!  Magellan Storage  wishes everyone a safe and Happy Halloween season!

Benefits Of Hiring A Professional Organizer

hiring a professional organizerEach New Year, we set our resolutions to eat well, get in shape and get our lives organized.  We have good intentions at the beginning of the year to make sure we achieve our goals. People who want to stay on track to achieve their New Year’s goals will hire a professional fitness trainer or a life coach to give them that extra push they need for a healthy lifestyle.  However, most people don’t realize that there are certified professional organizers and home organization services that can be hired to help organize and simplify their cluttered homes.

Home organization can be an overwhelming task, whether it’s an extreme situation like hoarding or just running out of storage room in your home. Hiring a professional organizer to make objective decisions about your belongings can be a great help in the de-cluttering and reorganization process.

Why Should You Hire a Professional Organizer?

When looking for a certified professional or home organization service the first place to start your search is by searching online for The National Association of Professional Organizers.   The website has a directory of professional organizers listed by city and state who offer a wide range of organizational services. Professional organizers or home organization services won’t get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of “stuff” you currently have, and it’s their job to see through the home organization project to the end.

There are many benefits of hiring a professional organizer:

  • Having the help of a professional organizer will make the process go quicker. Our lives are filled with work, rushing kids to school and events and most people don’t have enough time in their days to start (and complete) home organization projects. A professional organizer can help you get the job done much faster than you could on your own.
  • Disorganized people tend to forget what items they already own or can’t remember where they put things; so instead of trying to find it will just go out and purchase another. Home organizers can find items you forgot you had.
  • It’s hard to not get sentimental about your DVD or CD collection, children’s school projects or family heirlooms. A professional organizer can help you make decisions about the items you truly need to keep.
  • A professional organizer can help with a home staging project. If you’re planning on selling your home, you need to make sure it’s de-cluttered to appeal to prospective buyers.
  • After you’ve gone through your belongings with a professional organizer, you can have a garage sale  to make some extra money. Or, if you have more high-end items you can consider selling them online for a nice profit.

Renting a storage unit for some of your belongings to help keep your home as de-cluttered as possible after you’ve hired a professional organizer is a great household storage option.  Magellan Storage offers a variety of storage options from climate controlled to non-climate controlled storage units at our 7 Los Angeles and Orange County facilities. Stop by any of our locations to see how we can help with home storage needs from moving and packing supplies to storing excess home items to storing a boat or RV.

10 Tips for Preparing a Boat for Storage

Tips for preparing a boat for storageThe Los Angeles area is known for great weather throughout most of the year. (Unless you count the extremely hot weather we have had the last few months!) The Pacific Ocean is a perfect place to go boating throughout most of the year. However, when there is a time that you can’t utilize the boat, you need a place to store it.

There are different options for storing a boat: keeping the boat in the water, putting the boat in dry dock, storing it in a driveway or storing the boat at a self storage facility. It is important to investigate the different options and what types of storage is best for you. Consult the boat’s owner manual for any specific storage instructions. Most people end up storing their boats in their drive-ways, but self storage is a great option to keep your boat safe during the winter months.

Magellan Storage offers indoor and outdoor parking spaces for boats and recreational vehicles (RVs) at select facilities. Our Costa Mesa facility offers additional amenities for both indoor and outdoor parking spaces. The facility offers 14’x 30’ x 19’ high indoor spaces, a dump station and a wash station. Magellan Storage’s specialized security system including digital keypad access, digital cameras, motion sensor lighting and 24/7 digital recording will give boat and RV owners peace of mind that their “toys” are protected in storage.

How to Prepare a Boat for Storage

When you are ready to put your boat in storage, there are certain steps that should be followed to make sure that the boat is in good working order and ready to be put back in the water easily when you next want to use it. Remember to always refer to the manufacturer’s manual for any specific instructions when getting the boat ready for storage.

  1. Before the boat is taken out of the water, take a ride specifically focused on seeing if there are any issues with the motor, sails and the hull. Create a list of the repairs that have to be made based on what you have heard and seen during this trip. Work on the needed repairs as you are preparing the boat for storage.
  2. Thoroughly clean the inside and outside of the boat. Scrape off any barnacles that might have attached themselves to the hull. Pressure wash the hull and the deck. Use vinyl cleaner and protection spray on cushions. Remove and clean any fabrics or draperies, pots, pans and dishes.
  3. Remove all electronics, flares and fire extinguishers while the boat is in storage.
  4. Fill the gas tank and add a good fuel stabilizer per the boat’s manufacturer instructions. After completing this task, run the flusher with the new fuel and stabilizer for at least 1 minute.
  5. Change the engine oil and replace the filters. Check the hoses, belts and clamps. Flush the coolant system with water and add antifreeze.
  6. Apply fogging oil to the carburetor and the cylinders before you place it in storage. Remove the spark plugs and replace with new ones if they are needed.
  7. Check the steering cables and columns. Spray any electrical connections with an anti-corrosion spray.
  8. Remove the battery from the boat, spray it with anti-corrosion spray and put it in a dry warm safe place for storage. If the battery is staying in the boat, try to charge the battery at least a few times a month.
  9. Cover the boat in a polytarp or polyvinyl cover that is made to fit the boat. Cover the motor separately with a canvas cover. Do not cover the motor with a plastic cover as moisture can build up over time that could cause damage to the motor.
  10. Store the boat on a trailer. If you are storing the boat in your driveway, make sure to put the trailer on wood blocks to protect the tires.


Celebrate Los Angeles Many Cultures with Festivals in October and November

LA Korean Festival

Korean Festival. Photo courtesy of

Los Angeles is the most diverse county in the United States. The Los Angeles area is home to a variety of cultures and ethnicities.  The many communities hold cultural celebrations throughout the year to share their heritage and culture. The festivals allow you to explore different culture’s heritage, foods, music and entertainment. There are many fun cultural festivals that take place in Los Angeles in October and November.

Los Angeles Korean Festival

The Los Angeles Korean Festival takes place October 1st to 4th at Seoul International Park. The festival is produced by the Los Angeles Korean Festival Foundation and features cultural displays, exhibitions, international performers, food and more. Local restaurants as well as South Korean vendors will be represented at the Los Angeles Korean Festival. Local and international products and vendors including cosmetics, accessories and packaged Korean food will be featured for the weekend event. For 2015, there will be a Korean Small Business Expo taking place at the same time as the festival. There are many local and international entertainers featured on the main stage at this year’s Korean Festival.


Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture

The Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture will take place at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles on October 4th and 5th.  There will be traditional Philippine Food, dancing and craft vendors and martial arts demonstrations. This is a family event with kid’s activities including storytelling and crafts. Popular Filipino celebrities from ABS-CBN will be making appearances and there will be a special performance by the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra with special guests.

Los Angeles Lithuanian Fair

The Los Angeles Lithuanian American Community celebrates Lithuanian pride, heritage and culture at the annual Los Angeles Lithuanian Fair.   The fair has become the largest festival of Lithuanian culture outside of Lithuania. The Lithuanian fair runs October 3rd and 4th at 2718 St. George Street in Los Angeles. Local and international singers, dancers and artists will be performing. There is a fine art exhibit featuring folk arts, weavings, oils, woods, ceramics and sculptures.  There is also a 3 on 3 basketball tournament.

Day of the Dead Celebrations

Mexicans celebrate Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on November 1st, which is also called All Souls Day. This holiday honors family ancestors by having the living family members commune with the dead. Families care for the graves of deceased family members and build elaborate altars to honor the loved ones who have passed away. Celebrations include processions with dancers and music. The symbol of the festival is the Calaveras or skull. You will find participants wearing skull masks, costumes, making paper mache skull puppets and making skull shaped candy. There are many Day of the Dead festivals in the Los Angeles area. The biggest event is the Day of the Day Festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Saturday, October 24th with ceremonial tributes, performances and alter creations around Hollywood’s most famous celebrity graves. There will be a costume contest for the best dressed calaca (or skeleton) and there will be children’s arts projects presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Olvera Street Merchants have 9 days of processions and events to celebrate the Day of the Dead from October 25th to November 3rd.

Southern California Indian Center 2015 Cultural Festival

The 47th Annual Southern California Indian Center 2015 Cultural Festival and Pow Wow will take place November 21st and 22nd at the OC Fair and Event Center. The family event will feature authentic American Indian dancing, singing, arts, crafts, food and shopping.  The event is sponsored by the Southern California Indian Center, whose mission is to promote social and economic self-sufficiency for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian people.

Mariachi Festival

The 25th Annual Mariachi Festival and Community Fair  is November 22nd from 9:30am to 7pm at Mariachi Plaza Station. The Mariachi Festival celebrates the heritage of the Mariachi Culture of Mexico. There are performances from mariachi bands from around the world which includes performers who play instruments, sing and dance. There will be food, entertainment and more at the festival.

Magellan Storage is proud a part of the great melting pot that is Los Angeles!

Celebrate Oktoberfest 2015 in the Los Angeles Area

Oktoberfest festivals in LAHistory of Oktoberfest

The end of September to early October signals the change in season from summer to autumn. It is also time for Oktoberfest celebrations around the world. Festival goers throughout the world raise a mug to celebrate this 205 year old annual event. Oktoberfest has its origin from a wedding celebration for King Ludwig 1st of Bavaria (then Prince Ludwig) to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburgausen in Munich, Bavaria, Germany on October 12, 1810. The wedding was celebrated with horse races and feasts on large fields named, “Theresienwiese” outside the prince’s castle. The festivities were so popular that they were repeated the next year and gave rise to the annual Munich Oktoberfest celebrations that we know today. The Munich Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world attracting more than six million people from around the world per year. Today’s Munich Oktoberfest takes place under big tents erected on the same fields where the king’s wedding was celebrated. The festival serves millions of gallons of specially brewed Oktoberfest beer, great food (especially pretzels), and music. German immigrants brought the traditions of Oktoberfest around the world. In the United States, there are many great Oktoberfest celebrations all across the country from Oregon to Ohio.  The biggest Oktoberfest celebration is in Cincinnati, Ohio (The sister city of Munich) at the end of September. This festival draws over 650,000 revelers every year!

Oktoberfest Celebrations in Los Angeles Area


There are many Oktoberfest celebrations in the Los Angeles area that run from mid-September through October. Some of the festivities are taking place at fairgrounds while others take place at local German restaurants. Below is a list of just a few of the Oktoberfest festivities in the area:

Oktoberfest at Alpine Valley

Oktoberfest at Alpine Valley  is the oldest and largest Oktoberfest celebration in Los Angeles. The restaurant has been hosting the celebration since 1968. Oktoberfest runs September 11th to October 31st. The event includes oompah bands, German food and German beers brewed by Wassteiner. There are daily group activities a chicken dance competition, stein holding contest and interactive songs and entertainment. This is a 21 and over event.

Oktoberfest at Old World Huntington Beach

Oktoberfest is celebrated at Old World German Village in Huntington Beach  from September 13th to November 1st. The annual party has been going on since 1971 in Orange County. There will be performances from visiting German oompah bands during the events. German import beer and German foods will also be served throughout the celebrations. There is also parades and dachshund races every Sunday with additional events for the entire family.

Los Angeles Oktoberfest

The Los Angeles Oktoberfest will take place at the Beverly Hills Country Club in Los Angeles October 16th through 18th.  This is a 21 and over event. There will be traditional German food and beer and music throughout the weekend. Events include Bavarian dancers, magicians and a silent auction.

Oktoberfest at Fairplex

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds for three weekends in October starting on October 9th. The Fairplex is transformed into a German beer garden with Oompah bands, pop music tribute bands, games, prizes, German food and beer to celebrate Bavarian culture and a tribute to Munich’s Oktoberfest. Sunday there is all ages events for the entire family.

Vegan Oktoberfest

For a modern twist to the Oktoberfest celebrations, there is Vegan Oktoberfest at L.A. Center Studios in Los Angeles on October 3rd and 4th.  The vegan Oktoberfest (first in the world) will feature vegan food and beer from over 30 different vegan food vendors in the Los Angeles area. There will be live music, stein holding contests and much more.

Magellan Storage is proud to be located in such a diverse city that celebrates its many cultures at festivals throughout the year!