The 3 C’s: Cigars, Chocolates, Craft Beer
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 9
Belching Beaver, Vista
Enjoy pairings of chocolate, cigars, and craft beers this Tuesday night in Vista. Attendance costs $25. No one under 21 may attend.
Ninkasi Night @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 11
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will stock their taps with Ninkasi beers this Thursday evening. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.
Business & Beer @ Dudes Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 11
Dudes Brewing, Torrance
This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Dudes Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.
Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 11
Downtown Los Angeles
This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.
Tiger Army @ Observatory North Park
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 11
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
Tiger Army will headline a show in San Diego this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.
4th Annual San Diego Comic Fest
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 12-13
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 14
Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, Mission Valley, San Diego
Much smaller and more intimate than the San Diego Comic Con, this weekend expo will feature artists, writers, actors, models, screenings, speakers, autograph sessions, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more. Admission on Friday or Saturday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. Admission for Sunday costs $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.
Tet Festival 2016
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 12
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 13
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 14
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this family-fun festival this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Costing just $6 per person to enter, this festival will feature hundreds of booths selling merchandise, crafts, food, and more. Children will love all the rides available, while everyone will enjoy the music, dance, and parade. Parking at the venue costs $7 – see the website for additional info on where to park for free and take a shuttle.
11th Annual San Diego Tet Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 12
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 13
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 14
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this festival all weekend at Mira Mesa Park in San Diego. Free to attend for all ages, this fest will feature many traditional music and dance performances, fashion shows, merchandise vendors, and plenty of food & drinks.
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 12
Novel Bar, Wilshire, Los Angeles
Rock out to some psychobilly in Los Angeles this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $12. No one under 18 may enter.
Bonecrusher @ The Redwood
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 12
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Redwood in Downtown LA this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.
Insane Inflatable 5K San Diego
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 13
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista
It appears that people will do anything to break the mundane cycle of 5k runs. Introducing the Insane Inflatable 5K, a 5k obstacle course that takes you through inflatable obstacles. You remember these things as a kid. Now endure them as you challenge yourself and others to get through over three miles of this stuff. Registration costs $64 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.
29th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 13
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Ferbuary 14
The Reef/LA Mart, Downtown Los Angeles
Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef (LA Mart) in Los Angeles. Attendees to this expo will find hundreds of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale from over 50 different vendors for both men and women. Ticket prices heavily vary, but note that general admission starts at 10:30 am on Saturday. Those that purchase an upgraded ticket can enter as early as 9am. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.
23rd Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 13-14
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
Exhibit and explore Scottish culture this weekend at the Queen Mary’s annual Scottish Festival. Open to all ages, this festival will allow guests to experience Scottish music, dancing, athletic competitions, food, apparel, merchandise, and more. Plenty of activities will keep guests of all ages occupied, such as a kids’ zone and petting zoo for little ones, and a darts tournament and whiskey tastings for adults. Saturday ticket-holders also receive a discount for the ensuing Scottish music concert at night (see event below). Single-day tickets cost $18 for adults, while other ticket packages will vary in prices. Parking will get hectic, so I highly recommend taking the FREE Passport bus from downtown to here. As the majority of the fest takes place outdoors, I suggest applying sunscreen and dressing for outdoor weather.
25th Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 13
Valley Blvd & Garfield Ave, Alhambra
“Corporate America utilizes this venue to reach out to the Asian communities.” Meh. If you feel like checking out more Lunar New Year festivals, this free one will occur this Saturday afternoon on the street in Alhambra, blocking off traffic.
34th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 13-14
San Diego Chinese Center, Downtown San Diego
Free and open to all ages, this family-friendly event will include lion dance performances, acrobatics, martial arts demos, live music, drumming, dancing, and more. Over 50 booths will sell merchandise and food, while some will feature crafts for families.
Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 13
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 14
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, San Diego
This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more. Bring cash for parking, which will cost between $5 to $10 per vehicle.
Discover The Dinosaurs – Long Beach
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 13-15
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $18 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.
117th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 pm – 8:30 pm, February 13
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
Celebrate the Lunar New Year this Saturday in Downtown LA’s historic Chinatown at this free all-ages festival. All weekend, visitors will find arts & crafts, cultural merchandise, food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more. On Saturday early afternoon, a parade will roll through the area, closing off most streets around Chinatown to through-traffic. Guests can find plenty of free street parking up Spring Street or anywhere eastward.
San Diego On Tap
12:00 pm – 8:30 pm, February 13
Town & Country Resort Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego
A beer festival comes to Mission Valley in San Diego this Saturday. Two sessions will take place: an afternoon session and a night session. General admission costs $45 and lasts three hours while VIP admission costs $60, lasts four hours, and includes a t-shirt and food voucher. No one under 21 may attend.
7th Annual Brewbies Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 13
Bagby Beer Company, Oceanside
If you could not tell from the event name, this craft beer festival supports breast cancer research. Enjoy craft beer tastings from a multitude of breweries from across the nation during this four-hour tasting gala. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a glass, a bracelet, and one raffle ticket. VIP admission costs $75, and throws in four additional raffle tickets plus access to a VIP lounge with exclusive beers. Absolutely no one under the age of 21 may enter.
Hoppy Valentine’s Farm-To-Table Dinner
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
Brouwerij West, San Pedro
Enjoy a farm-to-table dinner complete with beer pairings courtesy of Brouwerij West this Saturday night in San Pedro. Reservations cost $90 per person if attending as a couple, or $100 individually otherwise. No one under 21 may attend.
Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.
OC Roller Girls – Love Is A Battlefield
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $13.
International Guitar Night
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
Soka Performing Arts Center, Aliso Viejo
Enjoy contemporary guitar music this Saturday night at Soka University in Aliso Viejo. Tickets cost $39 general admission or $29 for students & seniors.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Many businesses may offer special meals for this occasion, so check with your favorite local establishment to see if they have anything special to offer. This includes non-food places, such as museums.
31st Annual Los Angeles Marathon
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, February 14
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
The LA Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. If you intend to commute anywhere near this, plan your route accordingly.
12th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, February 14
Marine Stadium Park (north end), Long Beach
Surround yourself with cuteness this Sunday morning at the Bulldog Beauty Contest in Long Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests will see over 500 bulldogs in attendance, as many will strut their little legs on the red carpet runway. Each entry can win from any of 19 contests, some of which will cater to other dog breeds. Guests wanting seats at the runway will have to pay $5, while anyone wanting to enter their dog must pay $10 per entry.