Jeeps, craft beer, and pizza all collaborated at a meetup at Valiant Brewing in Orange this past Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, dozens of Jeep owners and enthusiasts flocked to Valiant Brewing to check out all the other Jeeps from the area, and to share common interests. In addition to seeing all the Jeeps around, anyone who bought a pizza from the food truck or a flight of beer from the tasting room received a raffle ticket to enter to win any of various prizes from Jeeps of SoCal. This meetup brought together two different worlds to collide and meet each other: craft beer fans could check out all the Jeeps, and Jeep fans could enjoy fresh cold beer.

Looking forward to more Jeep events? Make sure you like Jeeps of SoCal on Facebook to see what they have coming up. Additionally, check out what Valiant Brewing has brewing up at their tasting room by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Meet the Brewer: Barley Forge
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 2
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1612033139054495/

Meet the brewers from Barley Forge, enjoy some cold brews, and take home a sweet Barley Forge glass this Wednesday evening at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach.

Millencolin: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=6006415
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 3, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/millencolin
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, September 4, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/864199-millencolin-west-hollywood/

Punk band Millencolin currently tours around North America, and that tour swings through Southern California this week with three shows. Each of these all-ages shows have different ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for more details.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 2
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/968799996518427/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

10th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
10:00 am – 12:00 am, September 3
5:30 am – 8:00 pm, September 4
5:30 am – 4:00 pm, September 5
5:30 am – 11:30 am, September 6
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/disneyland-half-marathon/

The Disneyland Half Marathon returns for its tenth year this weekend with a plethora of things to see and do. Participate in any of the races, check out the health & fitness expo, and stick around for after-parties throughout the weekend. The website has an extensive list of everything going on this weekend, so consult with the website for more details.

3rd Annual San Diego CityBeat 5 Minute Film Festival
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 3
Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-san-diego-citybeat-5-minute-film-festival-tickets-18042730292

Come watch over a hundred locally produced short films this Thursday night at Balboa Park in San Diego. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door.

4th Annual Long Beach Psyclone Weekender
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 3-6
Seaport Marina Hotel, Long Beach
http://www.lbpsyclone.com/

Lots of psychobilly bands will invade Long Beach this weekend for this annual rockabilly festival. Live music will go on all weekend, and other events will circulate around town to coincide with this festival too, such as BBQ/pool parties, brunches, bus rides, and more. Find tickets for sale at select retailers, or purchase them online. Friday night costs $15, the weekend costs $35 per day, and the full weekend pass costs $80.

The Damned: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 3, Sycuan Casino, El Cajon http://www.sycuan.com/entertainment/the-damned/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 4, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EC3A8192480
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5, The Fonda Theater, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/278592

Legendary punk band The Damned will play a string of all-ages California shows this week, with three of them taking place in Southern California. Each of these shows have different ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for details.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 4, 6-7
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 5
B Street Pier, San Diego
http://www.ussandsculpting.com/

Check out various works of art involving sand sculpting and 3D printing this weekend in San Diego. Admission ranges from $5 to $17.

Los Angeles Times: The TASTE
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 4-6
Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood
http://events.latimes.com/taste/

Los Angeles Times presents The TASTE, a series of food-based events at Paramount Pictures Studios. Each event will feature unlimited food & drink tastings from over 40 of LA’s top restaurants, along with live cooking & mixology demonstrations, wine seminars, and panel discussions. Tickets vary in price depending on the event attended, starting at $100.

2015 E Hula Mau
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 4
8:00 am – 12:00 am, September 5-6
Terrace Theater @ the Long Beach Convention Center
http://www.ehulamau.org/

The annual E Hula Mau returns to Long Beach to exhibit various Pacific Islander performances, arts & crafts, food, vendors, and more. The actual fest requires no admission, while spectating the competitions requires a ticket purchase. Nearby parking structures east of Pine Avenue between 3rd & 6th Streets provide free parking for up to two hours.

2015 Body Art Expo – San Diego
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 5
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 6
San Diego Concourse, Downtown San Diego
http://www.bodyartexpo.com/showsSanDiego.php

Check out this all-ages tattoo expo running all weekend at the San Diego Concourse in Downtown San Diego. 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.

LA County Fair – Opening Day
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.lacountyfair.com/

Your local fair will open this Friday at the Fairplex in Pomona. If you missed the OC Fair, you will not want to miss the LA County Fair. Ticket prices range from free up to $17, but stores like Walgreens and Costco sell discounted ticket packages.

Hey Porter! Beer Release
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 4
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/1492267914421729/

Hamilton Family Brewery in Rancho Cucamonga will release a new beer this Friday evening, available for enjoying in the tasting room or to-go in growlers.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 4-6
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.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 4
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

Escape Craft Brewery Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
Wicks Brewing, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/504303763061471/

Escape Craft Brewery will tap their beers at Wicks Brewing in Riverside this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up and enjoy a cold one.

Orange International Street Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 4
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 5-6
Streets of Old Town Orange
http://www.orangestreetfair.org/

One of the grandest events to grace Orange County, the annual OISF returns this weekend to the streets of Old Town Orange. Completely free to attend and open to all ages, the OISF brings together regions of the world and their food, drinks, merchandise, dance, music, and so much more. The four roads radiating from the Orange Circle each contain 3-4 themed “Streets” based on a region of the world. This year, the organizers have shifted. You have never seen a street party this huge – trust me.

Iron Maiden Record Release Party
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/564287177060077/

Iron Maiden has a new album coming out, and Phantom Carriage will celebrate its release this Friday night with CD sales, “The Trooper” beer on draft, limited edition glasses, and a concert DVD on display. No admission required – simply show up, enjoy a cold one, and rock on.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/944973-secret-affair-long-beach/

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests. No one under 21 may enter.

13th Annual Ventura Nationals Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 5
Ventura Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://www.venturanationals.com/

Immerse yourself in a world of classic cars, local music, pinup models, and more at this rockabilly event in Ventura this Saturday. Admission costs $15 for adults or $10 for active military with ID. Children 12 & under enter for free with a paid adult admission.

New Blues Festival II
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 5-6
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://newbluesfestival.com/

Enjoy two full days of local blues music at this all-ages concert this weekend at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. General admission costs $25 for one day or $40 for both days. VIP admission costs $100 for one day or $180 for both days, and includes access to a VIP tent. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 5-7
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Leimert Park Village African Arts & Music Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 5-7
Leimert Park Village, Los Angeles
http://www.leimertparkvillagefestival.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages African cultural event going on all weekend in Leimert Park.

Pacific Media Expo 2015
10:00 am – 11:30 pm, September 5-6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://pacificmediaexpo.info/2015/

Immerse yourself in Eastern culture at this expo for all things Asian this weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center. At this all-ages expo, attendees will encounter art, music, dance, entertainment, cosplay, fashion, anime, manga, comics, video games, merchandise, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and much more. Adult admission costs $40 for Saturday or Sunday, $30 for Monday, or $65 for the entire weekend. Children 6-12 enter for $30, while children 5 & under enter for free with paid adult admission.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 5
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.facebook.com/events/510129519151688/

Ride a motorcycle? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday early afternoon to get it washed by the HBHD Angels.

Four Sons Brewing 1st Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5
Four Sons Brewing, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/foursonsbrewing

Four Sons Brewing in Huntington Beach turns a year old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will tap a bunch of rare brews at their tasting room this Saturday. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy some rare brews.

66th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5-7
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

San Diego Bacon Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 5
NTC Park – Preble Field, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sdbaconfest.com/

Simply put, you can eat all the bacon and drink all the drinks you can at this festival dedicated to bacon. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 1pm, and comes with a beer caddy to hold your beer tasting cup. All admissions include unlimited food and drinks until 5pm. No one under 21 may attend. This fest takes place outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior to arriving, and stay hydrated.

Shoreline Jam – Reggae Festival
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5-6
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.queenmary.com/events/shoreline-jam/

The annual Shoreline Jam returns this Saturday to the Queen Mary with a plethora of reggae bands to highlight the stage all day. Admission starts at $45 and goes all the way up to $200 based on the package you select, while parking at the Queen Mary costs $20 per vehicle.

7th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/buskerfest

BuskerFest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend for all ages, fans of music will surely want to come here. For long-term parking, search for street parking in neighborhoods to the east or north.

Fight Like A Girl! A Sailor Moon Art Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 5
Top Acid (The Frida Cinema), Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/858193250935384/

Check out this FREE and all-ages art show dedicated to all things Sailor Moon this Saturday night in Downtown Santa Ana.

Punk Rock ‘N’ The OC
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 5
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/551456211670108/

Rock out to local punk bands at this FREE show this Saturday night at the Slide Bar in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Funky Punky Show
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, September 5
The Church of Fun, East Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1489755874669365/

Discover the weird side of punk rock at this show this Saturday night in East Hollywood. The cover for this show costs only $5.

Coffee Floats with Black Ring Coffee
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 6
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/866311160121754/

Stop by Long Beach Creamery in Bixby Knolls this Sunday afternoon for delicious refreshing coffee floats for just $6 each.

Labor Day Weekend Punktanza
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 6
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1618746071738294/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this FREE show this Sunday evening at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 6
The Glass House, Pomona
http://bricktoyaface.com/

Check out this all-ages music & art fest this Sunday night in Pomona. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door.

The nation’s top conference for food bloggers returns to Seattle this year, as the 7th Annual International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) returns this September, starting Friday morning. This highly-acclaimed conference focuses on prime aspects to any writer that creates content related to food, beverages, cooking, and anything else in the culinary field. Covering a broad diversity of educational topics to choose from, each attendee may devise their own program of sessions to attend. Sessions/workshops will cover anything from food & cooking to writing skills to technology. I still have yet to formulate my full itinerary, but I get to pick one from each of these groups:

Saturday, 10:10am:

  • Anolon – Hands-on with cookware & bakeware
  • Krusteaz – Hands-on with baking goods
  • Teavana – Hands-on with teas

Saturday, 11:30am:

  • What Do You Do After You Hit Publish? – How to market your blog after you have written it
  • Honing the Craft – How to improve and diversify writing styles
  • Stop Motion Food Photography – How to take stunning photos

Saturday, 3:30pm:

  • Bubbles and Bites: Why Sparkling Wine is the Best Food Wine Presented by Italy’s Best Bubbles – Learn about food pairings
  • Curriculamb 101: From Pasture to Plate – Learn about the wonders of lamb cuisine
  • Wine education seminar presented by Concannon Vineyard & Winery – Learn all about wine

Sunday, 9:00am:

  • Supercharging Your WordPress Site – Making the most out of WordPress blogs
  • The Plan and The Pitch – Making your blog more professional and business-like
  • Food Trends: How to Identify and Use Them To Your Blog’s Advantage – Learning about the latest and hippest food trends

Sunday, 10:15am:

  • Cooking With Cannabis – Incorporating marijuana in cooking
  • Hungry for Words: Journalism 101 for Food Bloggers – Writing in a journalistic style, from researching to reporting and more

All weekend, attendees will get treated to many other exciting tastings and activities, such as the Taste of Seattle, a photography demo, an expo to discovery new products & ingredients, and more! Want me to cover/write about a particular session? Post a comment here or on my Facebook page, or tweet me. I will post something Saturday morning detailing my first day at the IFBC.

During any downtime this weekend, I can freely roam the city, so if you have any suggestions of places to visit, please do send me your suggestions! I appreciate all of the suggestions so far, and the following places have caught my eye. When I last visited Seattle in 2013, I got to visit Uneeda Burger, Elysian Brewing, Quinn’s Pub, 9 Million in Unmarked Bills, and more. For this year’s visit, I have crafted myself a list:

  • Matt’s in the Market – I got this suggestion back then, but wrote no notes, so I do not know what to look forward to. However, their food looks scrumptious, so I hope to visit.
  • Blind Pig Bistro – I received this suggestion when I inquired about gastropubs. I hope they have a nice craft beer list!
  • Tom Douglas restaurants – These restaurants look too pricey for me, but if I find the right company, I would not oppose to dining at any of these fine establishments.
  • Serious Pie – I heard they make some of Seattle’s finest pizzas. We will not know until we try it!
  • Theo Chocolate – So last time I actually visited Fremont but ran out of time to visit Theo Chocolate. This time, I hope to finally try their fair-trade chocolate!
  • Cowgirls Espresso – A bikini coffee shop… How could I not visit this place?

Finally, the breweries. Washington has their fair share of craft beer establishments, comparable to San Diego County.

  • Ballard: Hilliard’s, Stoup, Reuben’s, Urban Family Public House, Northwest Peaks, Peddler, Maritime Pacific, Populuxe, Bad Jimmy’s, and Hale’s.
  • Fremont: Fremont Brewing, Outlander, Odin, Rooftop
  • Greenwood: Lantern, Naked City, Bluebird
  • Queen Anne: Holy Mountain, McMenamins
  • Georgetown: Machine House, Elysian, Georgetown, Two Beers, Counterbalance
  • South Park: Lowercase, Burdick, Tin Dog, Odin, Valhalla, Big Al

I will have a lot more time in Seattle this time, basically staying in the area for an additional 36 hours than last time. The conference also does not last as long, starting later on Friday than last time. With all this free time, I hope to make the most out of my trip and visit as many unique places as possible. Let me know what I should check out, and I will try to formulate a plan to visit all these places.

September marks the new beginning of many things in life. From the start of Autumn to students returning to class to new television show seasons, one could say that life begins anew in Autumn just as much as Spring. Liven up this transition with some awesome events to look forward to in September.


 

International Food Blogger Conference

This does not take place in California – it takes place in Seattle, WA. However, I want to bring this up because I last attended in 2013 and skipped 2014, but will return once again this year. A food fan’s ultimate dream, attendees receive far more out of this conference than the cost of this conference. From all the friends gained to the extra exposure of your blog to all the food & drinks you get, food bloggers would not want to miss out on this annual conference for all things food in the 21st century.


 

Orange International Street Fair

Orange County locals recognize this annual event as one of the biggest to occur and with so much to do. Taking place on Labor Day weekend every year, this FREE and all-ages fair covers the streets of Old Towne Orange with live music, lots of food, beer, vendors, and more. The content remains fairly consistent year after year, so if you have attended this fair for a few years, you probably have seen it all. Regardless, the Orange International Street Fair always makes for a fun excursion with friends and family.


 

San Diego Bacon Festival

I have not attended the San Diego Bacon Festival since 2013 because it sucked so much back then that I decided not to return in 2014. However, the organizers promised to make things better, and if Big Bite Events can drastically improve their bacon festival, perhaps the organizers behind the San Diego Bacon Festival can improve their event. If you love bacon and/or beer, do not miss out on this bacon frenzy.


 

Long Beach Comic Con

What started as a local indie comic con has evolved into one of Southern California’s bigger comic cons. Attracting thousands of visitors annually, the Long Beach Comic Con returns on different weekends to throw some variety into the mix. While this may not attract the biggest names in the industry like the San Diego one can, attendees will surely find enough to see and do to fill up an entire weekend. Of course, we cannot forget the unbelievable cosplay that goes on here, and the Long Beach Comic Con boasts some of the finest handcrafted costumes that the industry has ever seen.


 

Orange County Brew Ha Ha

Undisputedly Orange County’s best beer festival, craft beer fans would kick themselves in the rear if they missed the annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha. No other beer festival can come close to what the Brew Ha Ha accomplishes. From the massive beer selection available to the variety of things to do to all the fun vendors to the amazing live music, the Brew Ha Ha represents what a true beer festival should operate like.

Look at the current year: 2015. Look at how far civilization has come. Look at the progress that the world has made in at least the past decade. The way civilization lives today differs tremendously from life during the mid-20th century. The way we interacted with others during our adolescent years no longer applies to the world. We have broken down race barriers, gender barriers, and even sexual preference barriers. However, although America preaches equality for all, discrimination still runs rampant in all corners of this glorious country. It may not appear as evident, but people of color still get treated differently, and women get treated differently in the workplace. How can this country claim “equality for all” when other countries have greater forms of equality, such as topless equality in many European countries? The time has arrived to spread the awareness of gender equality with the National Go Topless Pride Day.

Because we want equality for all, this past Sunday represented National Go Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. According to the Constitution, women have just as much the right to go topless in public as men; however, the United States does not allow women to do that, while other countries WITHOUT a Constitution already allow it! National Go Topless Pride Day aims to spread awareness that women deserve the right to do what men have done for decades without the stigma of drawing unnecessary attention due to the over-sexualization of breasts by the media. One of the problems derive from people growing up seeing breasts as a sexual object, not as a natural part of a human body. The media represents the greatest perpetrator of this notion because the media portrays women’s breasts as sexual objects. Imagine a world where mainstream media never existed, or at least never portrayed breasts as sexual objects. Nudist colonies already represent this theoretical world because their members view each other equally – they see nothing sexual in each other, even their lower parts. A world without mainstream media shoving ideas down our throats represents a world truly run by the people, not one run by a select few manipulating a massive population.

Unfortunately in today’s society it all comes down to still having to cover up just the nipples. I still attribute this to mainstream media portraying breasts as sexual objects though, because someone or something had to program that into our minds from a young age. Earlier this month, I saw a post saying something like “instead of sending my daughter home because she wore something that distracted the boys, why not educate the boys on the human body and how we all have normal human bodies?” We learn gender identities from an early age through parental guidance and the media. Traditional families will raise their children to behave as their respective genders, while a more modern approach allows children to define their own roles. Growing up with this stigma makes men view women’s nipples as some sort of holy grail, and it takes an epiphany to get the men to open up their minds and change their views. Women should never feel ashamed of their bodies. The issue that topless women face stems from the unwanted attention it draws from the locals. Placed in the correct setting, this would not present a problem. For example, nudist colonies and certain European beaches would not pay unnecessary attention to a topless woman because their cultures accept it. Send that same topless woman to a crowded Southern Californian beach where the culture does not yet accept it, and the woman faces arrest for “disorderly conduct.”

In order to spread awareness during National Go Topless Pride Day, organizers across the world staged Go Topless Pride Parades, organized marches/rallies where both men and women could bare it all, strut their stuff, and inform the public to not view them as sexual objects, but as human beings. Anyone wanting to participate still had to cover their nipples, so the women got creative in the ways they covered up such as using tape, pasties, and other things that could stick onto their bodies. Men also exhibited just as much support by applying tape, pasties, or anything else they could find. Due to the overwhelming press that this event received, it surely attracted tons of unwanted attention, such as religious protestors, old creepy men, and just general trolls. While the heavy police presence helped to curb the amount of trouble that surfaced, many undesired problems caused delays in the parade’s starting time. While waiting for the path and smoke to clear, many of the participants eagerly mingled with each other while dodging the bad people. Unlike other events I have attended, many of the participants declined to have their photo taken. Thankfully, a handful of energetic individuals did not hesitate to allow me to capture their beauty, so I got to work until the parade went under way.

A number of factors prevented the parade from launching on time. Religious protestors firmly planted themselves in front of the path and cited all the legal reasons why they could stand there, so the police could not legally remove them. Other trouble makers included old creepy men trying to get really close to the women & obstructing the real press/media people, young punk kids causing a scene, and all the men taking photos of women without asking for permission. Eventually the dust settled, and the parade could slowly but surely take off.

National Go Topless Pride Day encourages women to stand up for their constitutional rights, whether or not a state allows it. In states that forbid it, this encourages women to get it legalized. In states that allow it, this encourages women to exercise their already-existing rights. The organizers want women to feel comfortable about their natural mammalian breasts as a body part, nursing or not, and not as a sexual object. Because this movement emphasizes equality, this movement has just as much a meaning to men too. Men have fallen under the lull of the media for too long, seeing women’s breasts as something sexual rather than just a body part like arms and legs. Unlike the lower body parts which have to do with reproduction, breasts have nothing to do with reproduction – instead, it has to do with the phase after reproduction: child care, a significant part in the upbringing of children. Over time, men have become desensitized to the sight of a woman’s suggestive appearance such as short skirts, yoga pants, or revealing cleavage, and this movement aims to desensitize men’s sexual impulse on the sight of a woman’s breasts. Go Topless Pride wants men to respect the beauty of the human body rather than oogle over it.

How did the success of these worldwide Go Topless Pride Day Parades fare? Did they successfully spread awareness that women have the equal rights to go topless in public? Or did they merely provide an outlet for men to get a free show? Think about the year 2015, and how far civilization has come after all this time. Just this year the United States finally legalized same-sex marriages, further strengthening the equality gap for all. Can the nation tackle topless equality next? Other things the nation worries about now that we have legalized gay marriages include marijuana laws, prison reform, campaign finance, right to die laws, student loan debt (currently exceeds credit card debt), prostitution, climate change, privacy laws, widening of the upper class-lower class gap, education, health care, and so much more that topless equality does not measure as a “big issue” that the nation needs to address. Until then, you can support the Go Topless cause by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Lastly, we as a collective human society need to stop viewing women’s breasts as sexual objects, start viewing them as just a regular body part, and respect women’s decisions to treat their breasts as just a normal body part as well.

The 2015 Fit Expo made its Orange County debut this past weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This massive expo showcases all forms of fitness and athletics with live competitions, demos, workshops, seminars, and more. All attendees received access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more. At The Fit Expo, visitors could view various forms of fitness and non-arena sports, such as CrossFit, Gracie Barra, Grid League, weightlifting, Zumba, Parkour, wrestling, (mixed) martial arts, and more. The massive expo hall contained enough vendors to fill multiple swap meets, but once visitors got past all the vendors, they discovered the various demo areas strewn about the expo hall. Examples included a CrossFit competition, a Zumba fitness demo, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition, an MMA Pavilion with a variety of demos such as the “adult jungle gym,” a power-lifting competition, and more. The multitude of vendors varied in their goods or services offered. Some offered some sort of service, such as training or consulting. Most others offered merchandise, which included apparel, accessories, equipment, supplements, and more. This expo also exhibited a handful of food & beverage vendors. None of these vendors offered stereotypical health foods – they focused on what matters, such as all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, low-carb, and full of nutrients, especially protein.

The Fit Expo opens their doors to all demographics of all ages, not just those in the industry or those who work out frequently. Fit people love this expo because they can keep up with latest trends and news in the fitness industry. Casual visitors like this expo because they can learn the right ways to get fit, as well as feel motivated after seeing all the fit people around. The Fit Expo occurs routinely in California, and will return to Southern California in January at the Los Angeles Convention Center. When an expo like this comes your way, consider attending to see what it truly takes to stay fit, and gain first-hand experience from people who know how to stay fit.

Haven Gastropub 6-Year Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 25
Haven Gastropub, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/1478427519141436/

The long-standing Haven Gastropub turns six years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have an all-day celebration at their restaurant in Old Towne Orange. On this day, Haven will tap a bunch of rare brews for your enjoyment. At night, enjoy an 8-course dinner for $100 per person (reservations required).

San Diego Craft Beer Job Fair
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 25
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-craft-beer-job-fair-tickets-16995250251

Interested in a career in the craft beer industry? Dress sharp and bring plenty of résumés to this craft beer job fair in San Diego this Tuesday, completely free to attend.

Three Weav3rs Bottle Release
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/879166495509486/

Three Weav3ers Brewing now has retail bottles available, and you can snag some at Select Beer Store starting this Wednesday.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26-27
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Waterfront-2015

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

OC Wine Crawl – Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26
The Barrel Room, Downtown Santa Ana
http://occrawl.com/winecrawl/

Embark on a guided stroll through five different establishments in Downtown Santa Ana this Wednesday night and sip on fine wine at each stop. Admission costs $25 for five drinks or $40 for ten drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 27
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

5th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 28
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 29
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, August 30
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.lafw.com/

Discover the multitude of food and wine options available in Southern California this week throughout Los Angeles County. Dozens of different events will take place that all feature something different, such as demonstrations, tastings, parties, and more. Events range in price from $100 to $250, so look at the website to discover what events float your boat.

Einstök Tap Takeover @ Congregation Ale House
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 27
Congregation Ale House, Long Beach/Pasadena/Asuza
http://www.facebook.com/events/116107832070569/

Iceland’s premier craft beer hits the taps at all Congregation Ale House locations this Thursday night. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy a nice cold one.

Noble Ale Works Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Noble Ale Works will occupy many of the taps at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one.

Anime California 2015
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 28
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 29-30
Hyatt Regency, Garden Grove
http://www.animecalifornia.com/

Anime, manga, and cosplay fans rejoice! Anime California returns this weekend to the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove, this 3-day expo contains hundreds of artist & vendor booths, various special events such as a masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $35 per day or $50 for the entire weekend.

C4 Central Coast Comic Con
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 28
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 29
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 30
Ventura County Fair Grounds, Ventura
http://www.venturacomiccon.com/

Come to see all things comics, sci-fi, and pop culture at the Central Coast Comic Con this weekend in Ventura. As with any comic con, attendees will find hundreds of artists, vendors, merchandise, and cosplayers to interact with, and attendees can participate in panels, speakers, seminars, discussions, contests, and more. Admission greatly varies, starting at $20 for a Friday pass and going all the way up to $100 for VIP passes. Check with the website for a breakdown of all the tickets and what they come with.

Sierra Nevada Night @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 28
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/976259499103230/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will occupy their taps with Sierra Nevada brews this Friday night. No admission necessary – just show up and enjoy a cold one.

5th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 28
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 29
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 30
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbbqfestival.com/

The Long Beach BBQ Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $3 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.

Blackmarket Cookie Throwdown
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 28
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1018905034796098/

Blackmarket Bakery needs your help in deciding what cookie they will add to their menu next. No purchase necessary – come sample four different cookies, then submit your vote.

Orange County Japan Fair
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 28
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 30
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://oc-japanfair.com/

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find lots of ramen, sake tastings, live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, other food & drinks, vendors, and more. Admission costs $5 for one day, and parking costs $7 per vehicle.

Long Beach Punk Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 28
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/931364996951465/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Riviera Village Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 29-30
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/102708700079929/

Dozens of shop in Riviera Village in Redondo Beach will hold special sidewalk sales this weekend. Stroll on down and see what the locals here have to offer.

7th Annual Venice Beach Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 29-30
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.

Jeeps of SoCal Meet & Greet
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 29
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/125165647821316/

Jeeps, pizza, and beer collide at this meetup this Saturday afternoon at Valiant Brewing in Orange. Free to attend for all ages, explore a variety of Jeep automobiles, and anyone who buys a pizza or a flight of beer receives a raffle ticket to win prizes from the Jeep organizations present.

5th Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 29
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/event/treasure-chest-fest-san-diego-2/

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Saturday at Green Flash Brewing. Attendees will get to see the ins & outs of the brewery at this fest that takes place all around the brewery. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door and gets you ten beer tasters, paired small bites from local restaurants, and a souvenir glass. Attendees may purchase additional beers from the tasting room, where $1 from each drink sold will go towards the charity. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual Woofstock Summer Bash Long Beach
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 29
Long Beach Market Place on 2nd & PCH, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/woofstock-summer-bash-long-beach-tickets-17814490621

Visit the Long Beach Market Place this Saturday afternoon for a free and all-ages event featuring live music, food, drinks, dog contests, giveaways, adoptions, prizes, a doggie photo booth, and more.

End of Summer Luau Skate Party
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 29
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/560416370765616/

Celebrate the end of summer with JFA, punk rock, skating, and a luau. Tickets to this punk rock party costs $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Brew & Food Festival – San Diego
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, August 29
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://brewandfoodfest.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of local beer, local food, and local music at this outdoor tasting event this Saturday in San Diego. General admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the gate, and starts at 3pm. Early-entry admission costs $55 presale or $60 at the gate, and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $105 presale or $110 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and includes access to a VIP area with rare brews and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last, but have to pay for any food. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 29
Casey’s Irish Pub, Downtown Los Angeles
http://213nightlife.com/lacraftbeercrawl

All attendees of this pub crawl through Downtown Los Angeles will see over 100 different craft beers across seven different locations. General admission costs $59 and starts at 3pm, while early admission costs $79 and begins at 2pm. The pub crawl has no set route – you may visit the locations in any order you like, and spend as much time at any particular venue as you like. All locations will open to the public at 7pm that day, but you can still stay at any of the locations as long as you like.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://www.facebook.com/PacificPlateBrewing

Pacific Plate Brewing turns two this week, and to celebrate, they will release a special brew to commemorate the occasion. Visitors of all ages pay no cover to visit the tasting room.

So Cal Brew Fest: After Hours
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 29
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://tickets.beerfests.com/event/SoCalBrewFestAfterHours

Anaheim has turned into quite a craft beer mecca, and you get to sample its local flavor and more this Saturday afternoon. Check out this beer tasting event taking place at Farmers Park near Downtown Anaheim, complete with over 35 breweries and local restaurants all sampling their goods. Admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the gate, and includes unlimited 3oz beer samples and food samples while supplies last. Use promo code onepunkarmy to save 20% off admission!

3rd Annual Nardfest
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29-30
Majestic Ventura Theatre, Ventura
http://nardfest.com/

Nardcore fans will not want to miss this ultimate two-day nardcore music concert this weekend in Ventura.  Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $25 for one day or $35 for a weekend pass.

Orfila’s 22nd Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 29
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/winery-events/grape-stomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $90 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Knee Deep Experimental IPAs Tap Takeover & BBQ
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 29
The Blue Star, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1455169404791784/

Knee Deep Brewing will take over the taps at The Blue Star with a handful of their experimental IPAs this Saturday evening, plus an outdoor BBQ. No admission necessary – just show up, and pay for beer and food as you go.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 30
The Pickwick Gardens, Burbank
http://www.caskeylees.com/Vintage/Vintage.html

This expo features over 65 vendors selling their antique textiles, vintage clothes, accessories, and more for attendees to exhibit and purchase. Admission costs $8 per person and comes with free parking.

11th Annual LeucadiART Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 30
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart/

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

Bacon Brunch
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 30
Taste & Thirst, Downtown San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/940452069331466/

Taste & Thirst will have lots of bacon eats and Bacon Bloody Marys this Sunday early afternoon. Come kick off your week with some salty goodness.

1st Annual Long Beach Tiki Social & Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 30
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-annual-long-beach-tiki-social-tiki-swapmeet-tickets-17705033231

Immerse yourself in Tiki culture at this social event in Long Beach this Sunday afternoon. Find Tiki-themed vendors, music, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $15. No one under 21 may attend.