Much of the United States has this fixation about their local fair, whether the city or the state fair. From a narrow perspective, nothing changes year after year at the fair – if you attended previously, you would receive the same experience again the next time. This largely remains true persistently, but the experience generally changes based on who you attend the fair with, not which fair you attend. If you visit various fairs within the same region, you would see most of the same things: fair food, carnival rides, animals, and tons of vendors. For example, the San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles fairs all have the same basic outline of the aforementioned features. Once you have gone to one fair, you have basically experienced it all. So what can you do to continue to enjoy fair life without wading through the hoards of people in the hot sun? If you enjoy fair food, you would have wanted to go to Beachwood BBQ last week for their rendition of fair foods with a twist.

Nestled in a small space in historic old-town Seal Beach, Beachwood BBQ has garnered an outstanding reputation not only among the locals, but across the nation for their influence on the craft beer industry. Sure they revolutionized the idea of rotating taps, but Beachwood BBQ churns out some stellar eats above and beyond standard bar food quality. For the most part, one can see Beachwood BBQ’s menu as mostly bar food, since most, if not all, of the menu pairs really well with whatever beer they have on tap. Folks in the area last Thursday evening could truly immerse themselves in the bar food experience when Beachwood BBQ hosted a dinner night aptly entitled Beachwood On A Stick. On this night, Beachwood BBQ took a good look at common fair foods, and re-envisioned a more gourmet version of each of their ideas. In addition, each food item received its own beer pairing to go with it. Some of the pairings matched well, while a few lost me in the mix. You can peek at the menu above, or scroll down to read the descriptions plus my review.

  • Lamb Kofta, $5: smoked lamb, mint BBQ sauce | Pairs w/ Duvel Single Belgian Pale Ale

I will call this my favorite out of all of the menu. This looks small, but the sheer meatiness of it plus the unique minty BBQ sauce makes for a divine bite.

  • Poutine, $4: mashed potato, mozzarella, sage gravy | Pairs w/ Avery Samael’s Oak Aged Ale, an English Barleywine
  • Chicken Gumbo, $4: diced chicken, onions, bell peppers, okra, sassafras cream, fried rice | Pairs w/ Brouwerij Malheur 12° Belgian Strong Dark Ale

The Poutine basically represents a mozzarella stick, but with mashed potatoes in it as well. The gravy made it soggy, so it crumbled right off the stick. This did not contain meat, which made me sad :( Also this beer pairing sorely did not work out for me. On its own, this barleywine would taste great as a sipper. However, due to its strength, it badly damaged my palate.
The Chicken Gumbo basically represents a shish kabob, with no fancy tricks other than the fried (literally) rice.

  • Funnel Cake Dog, $4: smoked andouille sausage, powdered sugar | Pairs w/ Firestone Walker Easy Jack IPA

Take a really spicy sausage, batter it with funnel cake batter, dust some powdered sugar on it, and you have this… Emphasis on really spicy. The beer pairing, for as much IBU’s as it contains, could not douse the fire raging in my mouth.

  • Liver & Onions, $4: grilled chicken livers, roasted pearl onions, red wine demi glace | Pairs w/ Tahoe Mountain Bright Moments Pale Ale

Once you get over the fact that you have liver on a plate in front of you, the flavor comes up remarkably well. The texture of the liver may make some people queasy, so turn off your mind when you eat liver.

  • Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana, $3: rolled in pork rinds | Pairs w/ Almanac Biere de Chocolat Porter

My favorite dessert, since it does not taste that sweet, and it also has pork rinds to give it a salty taste. Imagine a frozen chocolate banana with sea salt, and you have this amazing dessert seemingly easy to make at home.

  • Twinkie, $4: sorrel marshmallow filling, funnel cake fried | Pairs w/ New Belgium Wild² Dubbel

If they could tone down the sweetness, this would have turned out as the most demanded item. The funnel cake batter and the filling’s overbearing sweetness makes this large enough to split with another person.

Miss out on Beachwood On A Stick? Pay attention to their Facebook page, as they always announce events like this in advance there. Even if you cannot make it to a special dinner night, head on over to check out their ever-changing beer selection, plus their menu of great eats.

LA Restaurant Week
July 14-27
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 12-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

World Series of Beach Volleyball
July 22-27
Alamitos Beach, Long Beach
http://www.wsobv.com/

This unprecedented event brings the world’s greatest beach volleyball players and their fans together for a week-long celebration of the summer. Festivities will include including sports, music, local culture, food, drinks, activities, and more. Visitors may attend any of the events for free, while premium seating for the broadcast events comes with a price.

Suburban Legends @ Irvine Regional Park
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 24
Irvine Regional Park, Orange
http://ocparks.com/

Various parks around Orange County will host FREE and all-ages concerts this summer. This Thursday night, see local ska band Suburban Legends perform an unforgettable set. Food trucks will arrive to keep guests fed too.

The Aquabats: 20th Anniversary Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 24
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004C7F8C773E31&oid=0

The Aquabats continue their 29th Anniversary Tour, which sweeps through San Diego this week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $22.

Naked Aggression @ Dipiazzas
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 24
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/612597165505632/

Local hardcore punk bands invade Dipiazzas this Thursday night for an all-ages show. Nobody has posted the cover charge, so have some cash available for that. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the neighborhood behind Dipiazzas.

Sarah’s Birthday Extravaganza
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 24
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/253698728156721/

Local punk bands will tear it up this Thursday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may attend.

US Open of Surfing
July 25 – August 3
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

2014 Body Art Expo
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 25
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 26
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 27
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.bodyartexpo.com/

Check out this all-ages tattoo expo running all weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona. Hundreds of tattoo artists from across the nation will fly in this weekend to deliver their works of art onto willing bodies. The expo will also feature live tribute bands, freak shows, a beer garden, hot body contests, tattoo contests, plenty of merchandise vendors, and more. Attendees interested in receiving ink should book an appointment with an artist – walking up to the artist may result in nothing if the artist fills up his or her schedule early. One-day admission costs $20, while a 3-day admission costs $45. Children under 10 enter for free with a paid adult admission, but note that no vendor will provide a tattoo or piercing to children. Please bring cash for parking, which may range from $5 to $10.

Summer Take Over
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 25
Toxic Youth Productions, Hemet
http://www.facebook.com/events/545013425615244/

Tons of great Southern California punk bands will play a show this Friday evening in Hemet. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door.

Monterey Park Night Market
5:00 pm – 10:30 pm, July 25
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://mpknightmarket.com/

The popularity of night markets has surged within the past year. This Friday, Monterey Park gets their very own night market, complete with free admission. Come to this all-ages outdoor fair this Friday night, and check out all the food, drinks, desserts, merchandise, live entertainment, and more. Expect heavy traffic approaching this area, especially for a Friday night, so plan your commute accordingly.

24th Annual Taste of Yorba Linda
6:00 pm – 10:30 pm, July 25
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.yorbalindachamber.org/

Sample the best of food & drinks in Yorba Linda this Friday evening. For $45 presale or $55 at the door, guests get treated to a night of unlimited food tastings plus two drink tickets good for beer or wine. Guests may reserve a table for ten for $100.

A Little Bit of Chemical X – Chicks That Rock
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1425526291044471/

See some great local female-fronted bands at The World Famous Doll Hut this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

33rd Annual Cypress 5K & 10K Run + 34th Annual Cypress Community Festival
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 26
Oak Knoll Park, Cypress
http://cypressfestival.com/

Two events occur back-to-back this Saturday in Cypress. Starting early in the morning, participate in a 5K or 10K run through the streets of Cypress. Following the run, a FREE all-ages & all-day festival will take place at the nearby park. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with a car show, food, drinks, games, rides, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more.

9th Annual Dog Days of Summer
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 26
The Park, La Habra Heights
http://www.petprescriptionteam.com/events.html

Want a little exercise, socialization, and bonding with your dog? Come enjoy dog contests, custom pet products and animal adoptions. Completely free to attend for all ages, vendors will display the latest dog products and much more. Expect to see over 50 vendors, dog contests, live music, food, an agility course, a doggie photo booth, doggie crafts and more.

Long Beach Dragonboat Fest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 26-27
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.lbdragonboat.com/

Come watch numerous teams race Dragonboats in Marine Stadium, with the finals on Sunday. Expect to see Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. Spectators may attend and watch for free.

Belmont Shore Summer Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 26-27
Along 2nd Street, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Various shops in Belmont Shore will offer sales on their items. Many shops will also place their items out on the sidewalk for people to browse as they walk by.

6th Annual Venice Beach Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 26-27
Venice Beach
http://www.fx3events.com/

See arts, crafts, music, food, drinks, and more at Venice Beach this weekend, free admission. Keep in mind the heavy traffic near this area this weekend. Expect to park somewhere near Abbot Kinney and walk to the beach from there.

Renegade Craft Fair
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 26-27
Grand Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles

This free and all-ages fair at Grand Park will have arts, crafts, music, foodtrucks, drinks, and more. Come see the alternative side of arts & crafts this weekend.

Polycot Release Day
11:00 am – 12:00 am, July 26
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/530284870431293/

Hangar 24 Brewery will release their annual local summer brew this Saturday at their tasting room in Redlands. Visitors to the tasting room can enjoy this apricot beer at the tasting room, or they can take home bottles or growlers of it. Visitors will get treated to live music throughout the day, as well as food from a local vendor (at a separate cost). Those who cannot make it out to the tasting room can find Polycot at local grocery stores after this weekend.

1st Annual Vegan Faire
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 26
Healthy Junk, Anaheim
http://www.thehealthyjunk.com/

This Saturday, check out this FREE and all-ages all-day festival showcasing the full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods & services with booths & workshops focusing on food, environment, clothing and fitness. Catch live music on the promenade all day too.

Bottle Share #14
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 26
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/731430773562628/

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

Punk Rock Luau #3
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 21
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/246539025548721/

Don your flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts to this daytime punk rock show at the World Famous Doll Hut this Saturday. The cover for this show costs $7, or $5 if you wear a Hawaiian shirt. No one under 21 may enter.

Taps Summer Luau
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 26
Taps Fish House, Brea
http://www.tapsfishhouse.com/brea/html/specials.html

Enjoy five Polynesian craft cocktails, hula dancers, shave ice, and Polynesian food all for one price. Taps will even have a banana leaf-wrapped whole-roasted pig on site! Tickets to this tasting event costs $60. No one under 21 may attend.

Taps & Tapas: Craft Beer & Food Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 26
Whittier Community Center, Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/events-in-uptown/taps-tapas-craft-beer-food-festival-coming-july-2014/

Come enjoy food from 18 restaurants and beer from 22 breweries at this local food & beer festival this Saturday evening in Whittier. General admission costs $45 at starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 4pm.

The Crowd @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 26
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/175509

Local punk bands will hit up Long Beach this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Swiss Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 27
Swiss Park, Whittier
http://www.swisspark.la/

The Annual Swiss Fair returns to Swiss Park in Whittier this Sunday. Guests of all ages will find Swiss food, drinks, desserts, vendors, dance, music, cheese tastings, games, and more. Entry costs $5, which includes parking.

Just Like Before performing Las Payasas Me Quieren Cojer at Dipiazzas in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on February 28, 2013.

All over the world, food and music go together quite nicely. Different genres may pair better with certain cuisines than other pairings, but for the most part, anyone can associate food with music. Even heavy metal can have its own special pairing that works out well. However, most can agree that punk rock typically has no business dealing with food. The stereotypical punk rock fan cares little for food quality, and eats whatever food they can find, especially fast food. Very rarely does one find punk rock themes in a rather hipster food place. After all, hip food places will generally have people that listen to popular music. However, I discovered one place that embraces punk rock, yet operates a food business highly tailored towards today’s hipsters. Punk rock fans and hipsters alike refer to this place as Donut Friend.

Located smack dab in the middle of Highland Park, Donut Friend has combined two unlikely worlds to fuse something so unusual that the general populace cannot get enough of this place. As the business name suggests, this place specializes in donuts, but not like any old donut shop – nothing old about Donut Friend. The Donut Artists at Donut Friend handcraft all donuts to order. Like at a Subway, customers can fully customize what goes in and on their donuts, or they can simply order with all the stated ingredients on the menu. Because they care about the local/sustainable movement, Donut Friend utilizes local ingredients in their donuts and their homemade toppings. To avoid alienating those with dietary restrictions, everything at Donut Friend does not contain dairy or eggs, so vegans can rejoice!

So how does Donut Friend tie in with punk rock? Simple – they name all of their donuts after punk rock bands or songs. All of their donuts have some sort of donut pun on an existing name. Some examples include:

  • Jets to Basil = Jets to Brazil
  • Rites of Sprinkles = Rites of Spring
  • Cherry 3 = CH3
  • Dag Nutty = Dag Nasty
  • Cro-Magnut = Cro-Mags
  • Jimmy Eat Swirl = Jimmy Eat World
  • Minus the Bear Claw = Minus the Bear
  • Drive Like Jelly = Drive Like Jehu
  • Gorilla Biscuit = Gorilla Biscuits
  • Fudgegazi = Fugazi
  • GG Almond = GG Allin
  • Chocolate From The Crypt = Rocket From The Crypt
  • Jane Dough = Converge’s album “Jane Doe”

The list of donut puns goes on and on, especially with their seasonal items. I could think of a few names they could potentially use, such as At The Jive-In for a coffee-inspired donut (At The Drive-In), Tropical-ducer for a citrus donut (Sonic Reducer), Narcoleptic Rhub for a rhubarb donut (Narcoleptic Youth), or Minor Treat if they decide of make donut holes (Minor Threat). If they want to go into milkshakes, they can even call one a Nervous Milkshake-down (Nervous Breakdown by Black Flag)! Local punk bands: takes notes.

People always say to never judge a book by its cover. Even the scariest neighborhoods can hide diamonds in the rough. When a friend recommended to me to explore her neighborhood of Highland Park, at first I felt skeptical about visiting what I perceived as a desolate and dangerous city. Undaunted, I sought out those recommendations, and one of them landed me at Donut Friend. The discovery of Donut Friend has altered the shape of my punk life to come. If you love donuts and feel tired of the same old donuts you find at a local donut shop, trek on up to Highland Park and locate Donut Friend, and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of punk rock donuts.

Breaking new grounds by combining two unlikely worlds, the brazen crew behind the OC Brew Ha Ha boldly stepped into the Orange County Fairgrounds to host the first ever OC Brew Hee Haw, a craft beer festival held within a local fair. This weekend-long beer tasting event took place on the opening weekend of the 2014 OC Fair this past weekend, and covered a large span of the weekend with four different beer tasting sessions that each lasted four hours. All attendees to the OC Brew Hee Haw received 15 beer tasters, as well as admission to the fairgrounds for that day. A total of 32 breweries made their presence known, each serving two of their own brews with the exception of Stone Brewing, which served four. The actual Brew Hee Haw area did not contain much else to do besides get beer or play Jenga, as the small space only allowed for just drinking. A small stage allowed a DJ to set up, as well as host speakers to talk about beer and beer pairings.

During the festivities, an opportunity to interview a representative from Hangar 24 Brewery arose. I took a bit of time to speak with him, and hear more about the background of one of this festival’s larger breweries.


Transcript:
Hi, I am Bob, I represent Hangar 24 Craft Brewery & Distribution. We are located in Redlands, CA. What makes our brewery unique is the fact that we use an old airplane hangar. Our founder & head brewer Ben Cook used to brew in kind of an airplane hangar across the street from the Redlands Municipal Airport, and he decided to open up this brewery in 2008, and it has been a blast ever since. They have a Local Fields series, which uses local farmers to brew seven different brews throughout the year. They use locally grown, locally harvested produce. Our most popular beer is the Orange Wheat. We do the purée, whole oranges, peel & seeds, the whole thing, put it in wheat beer… fantastic beer. If you haven’t made a trip out to Redlands yet, I highly recommend it. Cheers!

Historically, the OC Brew Ha Ha Productions crew has put on some of the most memorable beer festivals in Southern California. With this new festival that pairs them up with another large production group in the form of the OC Fair, some inconsistencies surfaced. Overall, this event felt more lackluster than previous Brew Ha Ha events. Upon broadening the perspectives, one can identify that the OC Fair caused most, if not all, of the inconsistencies. From the parking to the navigation to the restrictions, attendees had less control over their enjoyment of this festival, largely due in part to the restrictive nature of entering a “theme park” of sorts. To summarize the issues of this weekend’s festivities:

  • Parking: Parking directly at the OC Fair cost $10 per vehicle, and subjected everyone to the madness of one-lane traffic in the lot. On weekends, a free parking lot with shuttle service exists not too far from the fair. However, on this past weekend, a swap meet occurred at that location, further limiting the amount of available parking. This forced many to either circle that parking lot for much longer than needed, or face the $10 parking charge at the direct lot.
  • Navigation: None of the fair staff knew anything about the Brew Hee Haw. Any attempt to ask about the event’s location would lead attendees in circles because the fair staff knew how to do only their job and nothing else. It took me half an hour from entering the fair to locating the Brew Hee Haw, all the way in the back northeast corner of the fair.
  • Restricted space: All prior Brew Ha Ha events had tons of space to move about in. This event restricted all guests to a tent. Sure the attendees could come and go from this area as they please, but beer could not leave the immediate premises. This seems counterproductive, considering that a Bud Light booth existed right in front of the Brew Hee Haw entrance.
  • Limited restrooms: Any beer fest must have ample access to restrooms. Brew Hee Haw guests could only use the fair’s restrooms, which saw a consistently long line all day.
  • Other restrictions: Attendees could not bring beer outside of the Brew Hee Haw area. However, right outside of the Brew Hee Haw, Bud Light booths sold big cups of fizzy yellow beer for $10 each. This also meant that anyone wanting food had to finish their current cup of beer before leaving to go get food and bring it back.

Looking at the big picture, the OC Fair caused the significant problems for this beer festival. On the Brew Hee Haw side, no visible errors occurred.

As previously mentioned, a total of 32 different breweries attended the OC Brew Hee Haw to serve their delicious brews.

  1. Noble Ale
  2. Saint Archer
  3. Heroes Riverside
  4. Green Flash
  5. El Segundo
  6. Goose Island
  7. Golden Road
  8. Newport Beach
  9. Valiant
  10. Cismontane
  11. Avery
  12. Tustin
  13. Hoparazzi
  14. Ritual
  15. Bottle Logic
  16. Lagunitas
  17. Hangar 24
  18. Firestone
  19. Drake’s
  20. Black Market
  21. Beach City
  22. Ballast Point
  23. Bootlegger’s
  24. Modern Times
  25. Lost Abbey
  26. Great Divide
  27. Stone
  28. Taps
  29. Ninkasi
  30. Pizza Port
  31. Monkish
  32. Old Orange

I do not see the Brew Hee Haw as a complete loss for the production crew. Some new opportunities have surfaced following this weekend. The most obvious opportunity revolves around the partnership with the OC Fair. To get into a venue of this significance marks a step through a huge door, and can lead to bigger, grander venues. Also notice the beers available, and the new breweries present. At most beer festivals, organizers obtain their beers from the local breweries that donate to them. At this beer festival, the OC Fair buys beer, meaning that they could have acquired beer from further away that locals may not get much of a chance to try, such as Avery or Great Divide. Finally, like any first-time events, the organizers can learn from the first iteration and improve upon the event by next year.

If you missed out on the Brew Hee Haw, fret not. The one that started them all, OC Brew Ha Ha, returns for its fifth installment on Saturday, September 6th, back at Oak Canyon Park in Irvine. Tickets have already gone on sale for $45 general admission or $60 for entry an hour earlier. All visitors gain access to UNLIMITED beer tastings for the duration of the event from over 80 breweries serving over 170 different beers. Expect to find plenty of food trucks, other food vendors, free soft drinks, merchandise booths, beer industry speakers, games, and more, which includes live music. Recall that Reel Big Fish performed at last year’s Brew Ha Ha, and expect the Brew Ha Ha crew to step up their game for this year. Who will perform? To stay updated on news such as this and more from OC Brew Ha Ha, like the Facebook page and follow them on Twitter so you know what goes on in the realm of Orange County’s greatest beer festivals.

As part of their annual seasonal series of free live music events, Summer And Music launched Twisted At The Pike last Friday night. This free and all-ages outdoor event took place in front of the ferris wheel at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach, and featured four local bands, and a handful of wacky actors. In addition to the live music, visitors found fire dancers, magicians, and many characters, which included monsters, ghouls, and other scary figures. Between music sets, a live DJ filled the air with dance music, and visitors could check out the food and drinks sold by the Auld Dubliner.

To better understand the theme, imagine a carnival from a horror movie. Many roaming characters portrayed an evil clown, while some simply donned a monster mask or costume. Various props around the area allowed some interaction with visitors, such as a twisted mirror. To complete the panoramic experience, the bands played psychedelic music, almost putting listeners into a trance. Words cannot accurately describe the atmosphere of this event – you had to attend to understand what transpired here.

Miss out on Twisted At The Pike? Summer And Music will host many more events this summer in Long Beach. Check out their website (linked above) for a full list of events to look forward to. I can tell you right now to pay attention to their Facebook page in about two weeks for an event on the first Saturday of August. If you like music, and you like free stuff, you definitely owe it to yourself, your friends, and your family to check out anything put on by Summer And Music.

LA Restaurant Week
July 14-27
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 12-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Meet the Brewer: King Harbor Brewing
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 16
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/261392207395514/

New to the South Bay brewery scene, meet the head brewer of King Harbor Brewing, and try some of their brews. The first 24 customers to order a pint of a King Harbor beer receives a free King Harbor glass!

Sausage Fest 2014
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, July 16
LOUNGEsix, San Diego
http://www.sdsausagefest.com/

Ten chefs from all over San Diego will dole out their famous meaty sausages at this sausage tasting this Wednesday evening in Downtown San Diego. $10 gets you in to taste as much sausage as you can handle. An additional $20 will allow you to take a souvenir stein glass home, as well as a special brew to fill and drink that night.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 16-17
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 16
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1493020040915587/

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Pennywise – CD Release Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 16
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/pennywise-2014

To celebrate the release of their latest album release, Pennywise will headline this all-ages show this Wednesday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this show cost $20.

The Dwarves & The Queers @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 16
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/172136

Big names in punk rock bring their tour through Southern California this Wednesday night, stopping by Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

Beachwood On A Stick
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 17
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/641492242613864/

Beachwood BBQ takes on fair food this Thursday night, as they prepare a special menu comprised of foods on sticks and/or fried foods. This tasting requires no reservations – simply show up, and order away.

12th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 17
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/taste_of_Pifa.htm

Get a taste of Islander cuisine this Thursday night near Liberty Station. Admission to this all-ages tasting costs $30 presale and $40 at the door, and includes all food, non-alcoholic drinks, access to a silent auction, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Bad Religion & X @ Pacific Amphitheatre
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, July 17
Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa
http://www.pacamp.com/pa/schedules/2014/Bad_Religion.asp

Legendary Los Angeles punk bands Bad Religion and X will perform this Thursday night at the OC Fair. Tickets to this show cost $30.

2014 Sun & Sea Festival
10:00 am – 12:00 am, July 18
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 19
Imperial Beach, San Diego
http://sunandseafestival.com/

Have some fun in the sun this weekend at Imperial Beach in San Diego. All weekend, a plethora of activities will occur, each with its own cost and attendance restrictions, from sandcastle building to a pancake breakfast to a night ball. See the website for full details on all the events going on this weekend.

Discover The Dinosaurs – Long Beach
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 18
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 19
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 20
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/Events/longbeach.html

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the Long Beach Convention Center this and next weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $16 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 18-19
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

Nardcore Legends in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, July 18
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/863372653690415/

Check out some great local punk rock bands this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may attend.

9-Man Sprint Relay Race
6:30 am – 3:30 pm, July 19
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://kahakaioutrigger.com/calendar-events/2013-events/9-man-sprints/

Come out and watch canoe racing in Marine Stadium this Saturday morning. Those interested in participating can find all the necessary information on their website.

66th Annual Catalina Ski Race
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 19
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.catalinaskirace.net/

Over 70 water ski teams from around the world will race from The Queen Mary to Avalon and back this Saturday morning. Spanning a total of 62 miles round trip, this open sea race takes approximately one to two hours for most teams to complete, but the nature of the unpredictable ocean draws in the large audience that attends every year from around the world. The deadline to participate has already passed, but spectators may visit for free, so if you like what you see, bookmark this event for next year!

1st Annual Love Long Beach Festival
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 19-20
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://www.lovelongbeachfestival.com/

This FREE and all-ages event will feature a plethora of family-fun things to do at the beach. Expect to find sports, games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, beer & wine garden, and more. On Saturday night, catch a fire show down on the beach as well.

Hello Kitty Warehouse Sale
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 19
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 20
Sheraton Hotel, Cerritos
http://whsale.com/usa/2014/06/hello-kitty-warehouse-sale-ca-july-2014

Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this blowout sale this weekend, with some products marked up to 70% off.

36th Annual Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 19-20
Alondra Park, Gardena
http://www.hiccsc.org/

This free and all-ages cultural fest at the park will feature various music and dance acts. Local vendors will sell food and merchandise too. Visitors must park in the parking structure facing Redondo Beach Blvd and enter the park’s back entrance.

3rd Annual Long Beach Art in the Park
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 19
Bixby Park, Long Beach
https://sites.google.com/site/bixbyparkpreservation/home

Enjoy an afternoon of plenty of family activities, arts & crafts, live music, food trucks, and more, free for all ages.

53rd Annual Watermelon Festival
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 19-20
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://lionswatermelonfestival.com/

This annual street fair has moved from the Rose Bowl to Santa Anita Park. Get all the watermelon you can eat this weekend at the Watermelon Festival in Arcadia. This fair will also have other food, drinks, live music, entertainment, a beer garden, rides, games, vendors, and anything else you may find at a fair. Admission to this festival costs $10, while children 12 and under can enter for $5. Check the website for a printable coupon to save 30% off admission!

6th Annual Malibu Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 19
Malibu Lumberyard, Malibu
http://www.malibubeerfestival.com/

Taste beers, local food, wines, and spirits from around the world all for just $50 per person. Guests may only purchase tickets online, not at the door. See below for a map of where to park for free.

Ultimate Armwrestling League
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 19
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/575913195851117/

Think you have arms strong enough to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes? Enter in this arm wrestling competition this Saturday at Packinghouse Brewing in Riverside! Even if you lose a match, you can still enjoy the beer here.

SoCal Punk Reunion #2
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 19
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/329848030498408/

Great local punk bands get together for a show this Saturday night in northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $10 which INCLUDES complimentary food. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Night @ 13th Frame Lounge
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 19
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/663699190382988/

Local punk bands gather to play a benefit show this Saturday night in La Habra. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Punk Rock Night @ Morgan’s Tavern
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 19
Morgan’s Tavern, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/561375327305022/

Catch a FREE punk rock show this Saturday night in Riverside. No one under 21 may attend.

Mad Parade – 30-Year Anniversary
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, July 19
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/175181

Old school punk band Mad Parade return for an anniversary show this Saturday night in Pomona. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Luicidal @ Billy O’s
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 19
Billy O’s Saloon, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/1441165052817146/

Luicidal, which contains two former members of Suicidal Tendencies, will headline a show in Ventura this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Circle Scotty’s Birthday Show
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 19
The Britisher, Lancaster
http://www.facebook.com/events/707051339356352/

Local punk bands head up to Lancaster to play this FREE birthday show this Saturday night. No one under 21 may attend.

2014 Taste of Latin-America Food Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 20
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious Latin-inspired eats along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

3rd Annual Doggie Street Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 20
Westfield Century City Mall, West Los Angeles
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

Beer Camp Across America – Southwest Edition
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 20
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/festival/southwest_edition

This summer, Sierra Nevada Brewing will host a seven-city traveling beer festival called Beer Camp Across America, and it makes its second stop in San Diego this Sunday. Sierra Nevada claims that this San Diego edition has over 95 breweries in attendance, tons more than any other beer festival in Southern California has ever had. Tickets to this beer festival cost $65. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk N’ Tacos 6
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 20
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/265470850307588/

Enjoy a fun afternoon of punk rock and tacos at this FREE show this Sunday afternoon. Anyone wanting food or drinks should bring cash to pay for it. No one under 21 may attend.

The Great Root Beer Taste-Off
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 20
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, Highland Park
http://galcos.dreamhosters.com/?p=934

Taste over 75 different varieties of root beer this Sunday in Highland Park. Tickets to this sipping cost $12 presale or $15 at the door.

T.S.O.L. @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, July 20
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/175513

Legendary punk band T.S.O.L. will headline a show this Sunday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.