7th Annual Taste of South Pasadena
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 17
Canoe House, South Pasadena
http://www.southpasadenarotary.org/

Sample the local flavor of South Pasadena this Tuesday evening. This tasting consists of two events: a wine tasting portion, and a restaurant crawl. The wine tasting costs $20 to attend and takes place at the Canoe House from 5pm to 7pm. The restaurant crawl takes place from 6pm to 9pm, and costs $35 for adults or $15 for those under 21, and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

Taste of Liberty Station
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 18
Liberty Station, San Diego
http://libertystation.com/events/taste-of-liberty-station

Sample eats from the various restaurants throughout Liberty Station this Wednesday evening. $30 allows you to sample food from all the participating businesses for the duration of the event while supplies last. For an additional $15, you can also sample bubbly during the event.

9th Annual Kingdom-Con
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 19
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 20-22
Crowne Plaza, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://kingdom-con.com/

This all-ages Table Top gaming convention contains all things board games, mini games, role-playing games, vendors, and more. Admission costs $20 for one day or $50 for the entire weekend.

Orange Coast Magazine’s Best Restaurants Celebration
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, April 19
PIRCH, Costa Mesa
http://www.orangecoast.com/bestrestaurants/

Sample food, treats, drinks, and more from some of Orange County’s top restaurants this Thursday night in Costa Mesa. Admission costs $60 and provides unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Guests can park for free here. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual San Diego Comic Fest
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 20
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 21-22
Town & Country, San Diego
http://www.sdcomicfest.org/

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 Saturday or Sunday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. A 3-day weekend pass costs $50 for adults, $25 for children, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.

Angels 5k & Fun Run
6:00 am – 9:00 am, April 21
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.race-angels.com/

Take part in a 5k and/or fun run at Angel Stadium this Saturday morning. Registration costs $45 for the 5k or $30 for the fun run.

The Inflatable Run – Orange County
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 21
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.theinflatablerun.com/orange-county/

A bouncy 5k & festival will take place in Costa Mesa this Saturday. Tickets range from $15 to $65 depending on what you want to participate in.

2018 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 21
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/

Celebrate Cambodian New Year this Saturday in Long Beach with traditional & modern performances, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, vendors, and more. Tickets plus parking to this all-ages festival cost $30 presale or $40 at the gate.

Earth Day LA 2018
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 21
Highland Park Recreation Center, Highland Park
http://www.lacitysan.org/earthdayla

This free and all-ages event will have lots of arts & crafts to partake in, as well as plenty of vendors for food and merchandise.

Green Scene Plant & Garden Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 21-22
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://fullertonarboretum.org/event_green.php

Check out a diverse range of plants, arts & crafts, and more this weekend at the Fullerton Arboretum at Cal State Fullerton. Admission costs $8 for this all-ages event.

23rd Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 21-22
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Immerse yourself in a world of literature this weekend on the USC campus, completely free to attend. In addition to finding thousands of books here, visitors can expect live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment, artists creating their work on-site, a photography exhibit, film screenings, discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics, and so much more. Parking on campus costs $10, while the indoor seminars cost between $10 to $15 to attend.

27th Annual Poppy Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 21-22
Lancaster City Park, Lancaster
http://www.poppyfestival.com/

Bring out the family to this all-ages family-fun festival this weekend in Lancaster. This festival will have plenty of activities for everyone to get involved with, along with food, drinks, multiple vendors, music, dance, art, games, rides, and more. Admission for regular adults costs $8, while children, seniors, and military can enter for $5.

Spring 2018 LA Renegade Craft Fair
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 21-22
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/fairs/los-angeles

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

Tequila & Taco Music Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 21-22
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://www.tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com/

Indulge on tacos and liquor this weekend in San Diego. Entry into the festival costs $10 per person per day. A $40 Saturday admission exists that comes with six half-ounce tequila samples plus a souvenir glass, but this sampling only occurs from 11am to 3pm on Saturday. All admission does NOT include food or drinks – those come at a separate cost.

6th Annual Riverside Tamale Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 21
White Park, Riverside
http://rivtamalefest.com/

Enjoy Hispanic food and culture this Saturday afternoon in Riverside. Admission costs only $10, but all guests must pay for tamales at cost, so bring cash for that.

Santa Barbara Earth Day 2018
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 21-22
Alameda Park, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbearthday.org/

Free to attend for all ages, Santa Barbara will host an Earth Day fair this weekend. Guests will find lots of activities, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food & drinks, and more.

2018 California Wine Festival – Dana Point
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 21
Lantern Bay Park, Dana Point
http://californiawinefestival.com/events/orange-county

Enjoy food and wine at this wine tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. General admission costs $69 and starts at 1pm, early admission costs $89 and starts at 12pm, and VIP admission costs $109, starts at 12pm, and includes a few extra VIP perks.

3rd Annual Buckles ‘n’ Brews Invitational Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 21
Santa Barbara Carriage & Western Arts Museum, Santa Barbara
http://www.bucklesandbrews.com/

A country music & craft beer festival will take place in Santa Barbara this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Spring 2018 Dapper Day
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 21
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 22
Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim
http://dapperday.com/spring-2018-disneyland-ca

Dress to impress at this FREE and all-ages style expo this weekend at the Disneyland Resort. A plethora of activities will take place between the hotel and the amusement park throughout the weekend, so check the website to see what will occur. Some activities may require a fee. Visitors may park for free for up to two hours at the Downtown Disney parking lot.

8th Annual Broke LA
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 21-22
The Regent, Downtown Los Angeles
http://brokelafest.com/

Cannot afford to dump money on Coachella? Check out Broke LA, a miniature version of the money-guzzling concert, this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Expose yourself to the variety of local art and music at this intimate experience, and keep your wallet happy too. Admission to this event costs $15 per day or $25 for both days. No one under 21 may attend.

14th Annual Taste of Fountain Valley
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 21
Los Caballeros Sports Village, Fountain Valley
http://www.tasteoffv.com/

Sample food and drinks from dozens of participating restaurants in Fountain Valley this Saturday night. Admission costs $40 and gets you unlimited food and non-alcoholic beverage samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. For alcoholic drinks, drink tickets will cost $5 each. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Beer Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 21
Lane Field, Downtown San Diego
http://www.cheeseandbeerfest.com/

Sample as much gourmet mac & cheese and beer as you can handle this Saturday night in San Diego, while supplies last. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. No one under 21 may attend.

JFA and Naked Aggression – Live in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 21
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1821961007877927/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Saturday night in Baldwin Park. The cover for this all-ages show costs $12.

7th Annual Long Beach Walk for Kids
7:00 am – 10:00 am, April 22
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://www.walkforkids.org/longbeach

Go on a walk to raise money for awareness this Sunday morning in Long Beach. Registration for this walk costs $25.

2018 La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5k
7:30 am – 10:30 am, April 22
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.lajollahalfmarathon.com/

A half marathon will take place in San Diego County this Sunday morning that stretches from Del Mar to La Jolla. Registration for the half marathon costs $120, while registration for the 5k costs $45.

13th Annual Thai New Year Songkran Festival
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 22
Thai Town, Hollywood
http://thainewyear.org/

A street fair will take place in Hollywood this Sunday all day. Visitors can expect to find lots of food, vendors, games, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more. Since this will close off a portion of Hollywood Blvd to vehicular traffic, anyone planning to travel anywhere near this area this Sunday should account for extra traffic.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 22
San Dimas through Claremont
http://www.ciclavia.org/

A stretch of road from San Dimas to Claremont will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

29th Annual San Diego Earth Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 22
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://earthdayweb.org/

This FREE and all-ages Earth Day celebration takes place this Sunday at Balboa Park in San Diego. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with art galleries, “green” food, arts & crafts, vendors, a parade, and more.

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Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 10
Ben & Jerry’s, Worldwide
http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday at any participating Ben & Jerry’s store.

7th Annual Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 11
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/roar-in-the-shore/

Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.

2018 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, April 11
Portuguese Club, Point Loma, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/TasteofPointLoma

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Wednesday night. For $25, guests gain access to free shuttles that will take them from various places around Point Loma so that guests can reach all the restaurants in time.

25th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, April 12
Share Our Selves, Costa Mesa
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

25 of Orange County’s finest chefs will gather to prepare their most unusual and unique taco. Come witness history in the making, as chefs strive to reinvent the wheel by crafting the new generation of tacos. VIP hour starts at 4:30pm and costs $150, while general admission starts at 5:30pm and costs $80. Admission does not guarantee food for attendees.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 12
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 12
The Pike Outlets, Downtown Long Beach
http://gplb.com/

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.

44th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 13-14
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 15
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.gplb.com/

Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.

39th Annual OC Fair Imaginology
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 13
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 14-15
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocfair.com/steam

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event this weekend in Costa Mesa featuring activities, games, and other arts & crafts surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Parking at the venue costs $8 per vehicle.

3rd Annual VRSC Student Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 13
USC School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles
http://www.uscvr.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this event will feature all things virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality. Check out demos, gadgets, speakers, vendors, and more.

Monsterpalooza 2018
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 13
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 14-15
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.monsterpalooza.com/

Basically, a convention for horror, Halloween, and other similar media. Check out costumes, apparel, accessories, toys, media, speakers, demos, celebrities, artists, and more all this weekend in Pasadena. Admission to this all-ages event costs $30 per day or $70 for the full weekend.

Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 14
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/orange-county-2017

Can you withstand the passage of time? Test your might at this 5k/10k challenge course this Saturday at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Run, climb, jump, and crawl your way through unforgiving obstacles as you race towards the finish with little regard to however much mud and dirt you may pick up along the way. Registration for the 5k costs $75, while registration for the 10k costs $85.

Wanderlust 108
7:30 am – 3:30 pm, April 14
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://wanderlust.com/

Join in on this yoga meetup this Saturday at Liberty Station in San Diego. Admission costs $49, and includes entry into a 5k run, yoga, and meditation. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

Bubble Run Pomona
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/pomona/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

24th Annual Orange Plaza Car Show
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 14
Old Towne Orange
http://orangeplazarotary.org/web/car-show/

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show in Orange this Saturday morning.

16th Annual Corn Feed Run Car Show & Cruise
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 14
Downtown Chino
http://www.chinokiwanis.com/cornfeed-run

A free and all-ages car show will take place in Chino this Saturday morning.

Minefaire: A Minecraft Fan Experience 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 14-15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://minefaire.com/

Minecraft fans will not want to miss this event dedicated to all things Minecraft. Tickets to this all-ages expo start at $45.

Orange County Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 14-15
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.ocwomensexpo.com/

This two-day expo in Anaheim celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

10th Annual Hippy Killer Hoedown
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 14
Farmers Fairgrounds, Perris
http://www.facebook.com/HippyKillerHoedown

At this all-ages kustom kulture festival, see all sorts of cars, hot rods, customs, motorcycles, vans, live music, and more. Admission to this event costs $10.

18th Annual Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 14
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://www.fabuloushillcrest.com/taste-of-hillcrest

Savor the flavors of all the amazing eateries in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Over 40 restaurants will offer delicious samples to guests, while a handful of local breweries will provide beer tasters for guests. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event. Admission includes 50 taster tickets, and each location accepts different amounts of tickets. Guests can move at their own pace, and select which locations to spend their tickets at.

8th Annual San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 14
Left Coast Brewing Company, San Clemente
http://www.scchamber.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of beer and food in San Clemente this Saturday afternoon. This beer festival will contain over a dozen local breweries all serving their wonderful brews, and food from local non-profit groups. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 1pm. Early entry costs $45, and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive 12 4oz beer pours. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 14
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.vindiego.com/

VinDiego returns to Liberty Station this Saturday afternoon. Enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $115 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and allows entry at 3pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Smut Peddlers 25th Anniversary Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 14
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/shows/8104665/smut-peddlers-25th-anniversary-with-radolescents-hardship-anchors-1034

Legendary punk rock band Smut Peddlers will headline a show in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Burlesque Booze Cruise
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 14
Pierpoint Landing, Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Enjoy a raunchy burlesque show on the water this Saturday night. The cruise will involve a one-hour burlesque show and a dance party afterwards. Admission starts at $25 and requires a two-drink minimum. No one under 21 may attend.

Guttermouth – Live in Rancho Cucamonga
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 14
4th & Mill, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/198664764066304/

Famous punk rock band Guttermouth will perform in Rancho Cucamonga this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 15
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

32nd Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 15
Main Street, Downtown Fallbrook
http://www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/avocado-festival.html

This annual local treat returns to Fallbrook this Sunday to celebrate the legacy of the California avocado. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find hundreds of vendors booths, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food & drinks, activities, and more.

Vintage Vibes
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 15
The Unique Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/vintagevibes/

A one-day fashion popup will take place in Downtown LA this Sunday. Admission costs $5 presale or $10 at the door, and gets you access to dozens of apparel & accessories vendors.

Battle for VANS Warped Tour: Round 1
1:30 pm – 6:30 pm, April 15
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/180460746088793/

Local punk rock bands will perform this Sunday afternoon in Pomona to win a chance to perform in the Warped Tour this summer. Tickets to this show cost $6 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies + The Queers @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 2
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/shows/8001935/the-dickies-the-queers

Legendary punk rock bands The Dickies and The Queers will headline a show in Santa Ana tonight. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Scrapbook Expo – Los Angeles County
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 5-7
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.scrapbookexpo.com/

The nationally-famous Scrapbook Expo comes to Southern California this week! Admission to this all-ages expo varies in price, starting at $8 for a one-day general admission adult ticket.

Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 5
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/taste-leucadia/

Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $25 presale or $30 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $15, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.

T.S.O.L. – Live in West Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 5-6
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/TsolOfficial

Legendary punk rock band T.S.O.L. will headline two shows in West Hollywood this week. Tickets to these shows cost $20 each. No one under 21 may enter.

Ragnar Relay So Cal 2018
5:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 6-7
Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.runragnar.com/event-detail/relay/southerncalifornia

Take part in an epic overnight relay race that stretches from Orange County down to San Diego this weekend starting Friday morning. Grab a team, grab supplies, and make the trek from point A to point B, finally finishing at Crown Point in Pacific Beach.

2018 Formula Drift
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 6-7
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://formulad.com/schedule/long-beach

Taking place a week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Formula Drift competition utilizes the sharpest turns of the track to put on a show that everyone can enjoy. Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event costs $40 plus fees up to $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so plan to carpool, take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood to the east to alleviate that parking fee.

Lucidity Festival 2018
10:00 am – 8:00 am, April 6-8
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara
http://www.lucidityfestival.com/

Basically, a music & art festival that spans an entire weekend, similar to Coachella. This event runs nonstop from Friday morning through Monday morning. Lucidity requires many words to explain, which the website does a great job of. With dozens of stages, hundreds of vendors & artists, and endless activities, visitors will never run out of things to do here.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 6
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).

Into The Wild – Black Star Canyon
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 7
Black Star Canyon, Silverado
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 10k or 21k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration for the 10k costs $55 presale or $60 on the day of the race. Registration for the 21k costs $75 presale or $80 on the day of the race.

23rd Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 7
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/art-antique-street-faire/

Check out dozens of vendors selling collectibles, jewelry, art, furniture, glassware, and more at this street fair this Saturday. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find many rare merchandise from local businesses and home vendors. Guests can dine at any of the local establishments, which will remain open under their normal business hours. Guests can park for free on the street in adjacent neighborhoods.

ArtFest 2018
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 7-8
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/artfest.htm

Enjoy hundreds of art displays, cars, and live music this weekend at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Admission costs $14, with discounts available for seniors, military, students, and children.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 7
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 7-8
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://itsacurrentaffair.com/

Check out dozens of vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $12 and starts at 12pm, while early entry for 10am costs $20.

2018 Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire: Opening Day
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 7
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale
http://www.renfair.com/socal/

This renaissance faire will run from this Saturday through May 21st this year. Admission costs $29 for adults or $15 for children.

2018 Pacific Islands Cultural Workshops & BBQ
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 7
Hula Halau O’ Lilinoe, Carson
http://www.pacccenter.org/bbq

A small Pacific Islander event will take place in Carson this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $30 and includes lunch.

Foodie Con 2018
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 7-8
The Reef, South Central, Los Angeles
http://www.foodiecon.org/

If you have gone to Artisanal LA, this will feel very familiar. Check out this event in Los Angeles this weekend filled with dozens of vendors selling and/or sampling various food & beverage products. The event will also have speakers, demos, activities, and miscellaneous vendors. Admission starts at $10. Attendees can find free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods.

11th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 7
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego
http://citybeatbeerfest.com/

Looking to get your beer on this weekend? Head to the San Diego CityBeat Festival of Beers, where guests receive UNLIMITED pours from over 50 breweries plus the souvenir taster cup. Guests may purchase food at an additional cost. General admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. No one under 21 may enter.

6th Annual Spook Show by Halloween Club
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 7
Halloween Club, La Mirada
http://www.halloweenclub.com/Spook-Show

Check out over a hundred Halloween and horror themed vendors in La Mirada this Saturday, free to attend for all ages.

3rd Annual Coast Con
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 7
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
http://occoastcon.org/

Free to attend for all ages, this event revolves around anime, video games, and cosplay. Visitors can expect to find artists, merchandise, live entertainment, cosplay contests, video game booths, a maid café, and more.

10th Annual Los Angeles Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 7
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. Tickets cost $40, but does not include parking. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 7
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://sabrosotacofest.com/

From the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha comes a Spring version of Orange County’s biggest beer festival – a beer & taco festival rebooted. A lot has changed since last year. Admission still provides includes unlimited beer tasters, a souvenir glass, live entertainment, games, a cigar lounge, and more. All tacos will still cost $3 each, so prepare to carry cash, preferably singles. This big festival outgrew its previous home and has moved to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point for this year. In addition, this event now features a music component similar to their previous Cali Uncorked and Ye Scallywag festivals. Live bands will perform throughout the day, and all drinks after 4pm come at cost. No one under 21 may attend.

King Harbor Brewing 4th Anniversary Celebration
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 7
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://www.kingharborbrewing.com/2018/03/4th-anniversary-party/

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room. General admission costs $45 and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2018 World Pillow Fight Day
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 7
Worldwide
http://pillowfightday.com/

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 1st, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.

Bootlegger’s Brewery 10th Anniversary Celebration
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, April 7
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.bootleggersbrewery.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bootleggers-brewery-10-year-anniversary-beer-fest-tickets-43957827044

Bootlegger’s Brewery celebrates their tenth year in business this month, and they will hold a beer festival as they have in the past. Admission costs $50 and gets you unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Sand Sports Super Swap
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 8
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.sandsportssupershow.com/sand-sports-super-swap

Buy, sell, or trade anything related to sand sports or offroading this Sunday morning. Admission costs $5 presale or $10 at the door, and grants access to all available vendors.

23rd Annual Tokyo City Cup & Japan Family Day
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, April 8
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.tokyocitycup.com/

A day of horse racing and Japanese culture comes to Santa Anita Park this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find races, food, arts & crafts, games, entertainment, vendors, and more at this event. Adult admission costs $5, but the website has a printable coupon good for free admission. Children may enter for free with adults.

Montrose Brew Fest 2018
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 8
Benitoite, Montrose, Glendale
http://brewfest.montrosechamber.org/

A beer and food tasting event comes to Glendale this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Chino Brew & Chew
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 8
Brinderson Hall, Chino Fairgrounds, Chino
http://www.sichinovalley.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=957607&module_id=170130

A beer tasting event comes to Chino this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive 15 4oz beer tasters. Bring cash for food if you intend to eat there. No one under 21 may attend.

Coastal Country Jam BBQ & Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 8
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://coastalcountryjam.com/

A barbecue, beer, and country music festival will take place on the beach this Saturday. Presale tickets to this event cost $75. No one under 21 may attend.

15th Annual Orange County’s Largest Mixer
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 29
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocmixer.com/

Pay $20 to enter this event to mix and mingle with other random strangers. Bring cash for parking too.

El Segundo Brewing Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 29
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/351719211902801/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

8th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 30
12:00 pm – 6:30 pm, March 31
J Street b/w 6th & 10th, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://eastvillagesandiego.com/featured/east-village-opening-weekend-block-party/

This free and all-ages event celebrates the San Diego Padres’ annual opening game. This street party will have craft beer, live music, food, drinks, vendors, and more.

3rd Annual The 420 Games Los Angeles
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 31 – April 1
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://420games.org/

Do sports, listen to loud music, and get high all at this gathering this weekend in Santa Monica. Admission ranges from $4.20 to $60 based on what you want to do here. Check out the website for a full list of activities and how much each costs.

Margarita Taco Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 31
Simi Valley Town Center, Simi Valley
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/margarita-taco-festival-simi-valley-tickets-41358670898

A food & drink festival comes to the San Fernando Valley this Saturday afternoon. General admission starts at $10 and only gets you in. Higher admissions will get you additional things, such as drink tickets and access to exclusive areas/tastings.

Champagne On Main Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair
11:00 am – 6:30 pm, March 31
Main Street, Downtown Ventura
http://www.champagneonmain.com/

A cluster of events will take place in Downtown Ventura this Saturday afternoon. A free and all-ages street fair will take place all day, consisting of vendors, food, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more. A champagne/wine walk takes place from 3pm to 6pm. This costs $50 to participate in, and gives participants a wristband with tickets and tasting cup to walk around the street fair getting samples of champagnes, wines, or craft beers. A VIP admission costs $70 and also grants access to a dessert bar. Since this takes place in the street fair, no one under 21 may participate, but they can still walk around with the adults.

2018 San Diego Uncorked Wine Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 31
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/san-diego-wine-festival-2018/

Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $60 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 31
SDCCU Stadium, San Diego
http://www.mvcbf.com/

This gourmet food and craft beer festival returns to SDCCU Stadium in San Diego this Saturday. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. VIP admission costs $90 presale or $100 at the gate, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $60 presale or $65 at the gate, and starts at 1:30pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

Mac’s Birthday Show with JFA, Narcoleptic Youth, and more
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/166084620678043/

Release some inner aggression at this local punk rock show this Saturday evening in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies + The Queers @ The Viper Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 31
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.ticketbat.com/event/the-dickies-_-the-queers

Legendary punk rock bands The Dickies and The Queers will headline a show in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets to thisshow cost $17 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Manic Hispanic – Live in Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 31
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/307914

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Easter
April 1
Worldwide

Happy Easter! Spend today with loved ones~

Bottle Logic Brewing 5th Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 18-24
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new beer daily, culminating with the release of their anniversary ale on Saturday. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Universal Flow Gathering 2018
March 22-25
Apple Valley
http://www.universalflowgathering.com/

Many details about this event remains unknown such as time and location, but this looks like a hippie gathering out in the desert with music, yoga, interpretive dance, and more. It costs $150 to attend this. No one under 18 may attend.

68th Annual Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 22-24
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://lascifair.org/

See lots of science and engineering projects from students this week at the Pasadena Convention Center. Free to attend for all ages, this event will have student projects on display as well as many seminars about science and engineering.

14th Annual San Clemente Mixologist Competition
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 22
Pierside Kitchen & Bar, San Clemente
http://www.scchamber.com/events/details/san-clemente-mixologist-competition-03-24-2016-1073

Local bartenders work their magic to deliver quality drinks with a quality show this Thursday afternoon in San Clemente. Admission costs $35, and comes with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a sampling of the presented libations while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Fork ‘N’ Bottle
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 22
Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin
http://alumni.calpoly.edu/

$75 gets you in to enjoy unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last this Thursday night in Tustin.

Kilowatt Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Weekend
March 23-25
Kilowatt Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://kilowatt.beer/

One of the hundreds of breweries in San Diego celebrates their third anniversary this week, and to celebrate, they will have a variety of beer events this weekend. They will have special anniversary beer releases, glasses, and more activities. This has no admission or cover charge – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or two.

WonderCon 2018
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 23
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 24
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 25
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.comic-con.org/wca

Get your nerd on at WonderCon this weekend. Check out comic books, DVDs, action figures, artwork, signings/autographs, lots of cosplay, and more all weekend. Ticket prices for this all-ages expo vary depending on the preferred attendance method; for example, attending on Friday or Saturday for one day costs $30, while attending on Sunday only costs $18. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs about $20.

6th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 23
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego
http://new.bankershillbusinessgroup.com/

Bankers Hill will host a beer and art festival this Friday night for the sixth year in a row. Tickets cost $30 presale or $35 at the door, and include unlimited 4oz beer pours plus unlimited food from participating local vendors while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Noche de Estrellas
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, March 23
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/noche_de_estrellas/

This all-ages Latin-themed party celebrates the sea stars of the aquarium. Live bands, DJ’s, dancers, and more will keep the Latin music going all throughout the night. Entry into this party comes with the cost of admission into the aquarium.

44th Annual Run Seal Beach 5k/10k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, March 24
Marina Community Park, Seal Beach
http://www.runsealbeach.com/

A 5k/10k run will cover the streets of Seal Beach this Saturday morning. Registration costs $40 and includes an event t-shirt (XXL size costs $3 more). Plan your commute accordingly.

Piecemakers Peddler’s Market
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 24
Piecemakers Country Store, Costa Mesa
http://www.piecemakers.com/events/peddlers.html

Free to attend for all ages, this semiannual outdoor market contains dozens of local vendors selling various goods from antiques to apparel to accessories and lots more. Visitors will surely find great items to furnish a living space or to give away as gifts.

26th Annual Riverside Airshow
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 24
Riverside Airport, Riverside
http://riversideca.gov/airport/events/airshow/

See all things aviation at this FREE and all-ages air show at the Riverside Airport this Saturday.

8th Annual Brew With A View
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, March 24
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.pbbeer.com/

Watch the Riverside Airshow from Packinghouse Brewing this Saturday, free of charge. They will have mobile food vendors, live music, and of course, lots of beer.

Abnormal Beer Company’s Three Year Anniversary
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 24
The Cork and Craft, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
http://abnormalbeer.co/
http://www.facebook.com/events/168985273755718/

Abnormal Beer Company turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a party right where it started last year. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find special brews, bar bites, a live DJ, raffle prizes, a preview of the brewery expansion, and more.

2018 ¡Latin Food Fest! Los Angeles
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 24
Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica
http://latinfoodfest.com/

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in Santa Monica. General admission costs $35 and starts at 12pm. Early admission costs $75 and starts at 11am. VIP admission costs $149, also starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

7th Annual Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 24
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://fireitupevents.com/

Enjoy some traditional BBQ meats this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Admission to this all-ages food fest costs $5 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.

FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 24
Anaheim Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.firkfest.com/

Craft beer fans will want to travel to Anaheim this Saturday, as Anaheim hosts FirkFest, a beer fest with only cask ales. FirkFest will feature over 30 breweries, and costs $55 to get in. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

12th Annual Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 24
Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica
http://www.smgov.net/airportartwalk

Free to attend for all ages, check out a bunch of art on display this Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica.

Waffles & Beer Festival 2018
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 24-25
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/waffles-and-beer-festival-tickets-39885374228

A bunch of waffles and beer vendors will cover Downtown LA’s Pershing Square this weekend. Admission costs $5 presale or $7 at the door. All guests will still have to pay for food and drinks once inside.

Orange County Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 24
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.orangecounty-beerfestival.com/

Drink your night away at this corporate beer festival taking place this Saturday night in lovely Downtown Santa Ana. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

20th Annual Reaching For The Cure: Run & Ride
6:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 25
Irvine Valley College, Irvine
http://pcrf-kids.org/events/reaching-for-the-cure-half-marathon/

Run or ride at this fundraising event this weekend in Irvine. Registration starts at $40 and goes up based on duration and mode.

2018 Vegan Street Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 25
NoHo Commons, North Hollywood
http://www.veganstreetfair.com/

The vegans have their day in North Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. This event takes place on the streets of North Hollywood, closing Chandler Blvd between Lankershim and Vineland to traffic. Dozens of vendors will set up booths in this event, serving up vegan food samples to all visitors. Entry to the fair costs nothing, while most vendors will sell food for under $3.

LA Weekly’s The Essentials
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 25
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://essentials.laweekly.com/

Mix & mingle with other rich people as you munch on delicate food and drink samples curated by some of Los Angeles’ most hip places to hang out at. General admission costs $65 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $105 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

20th Annual Huntington Beach Crabfest
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, March 25
Senior Center in Central Park, Huntington Beach
http://hblionscrabfest.com/

An all-you-can-eat crab feast comes to Huntington Beach this Sunday evening. The $70 admission allows you to stuff yourself full of crab and other sides and appetizers.

2018 Kickoff Mixer by Project by Project – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 14
Mama Lion, Los Angeles
http://projectbyproject.org/

Network with people and enjoy light appetizers and drinks this Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Admission costs $12 presale or $20 at the door.

Los Angeles Magazine’s 3rd Annual Whiskey Festival
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, March 15
Museum of Flying, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/whiskeyfestival/

Sip on whisky samples and enjoy appetizers this Thursday night in Santa Monica. Admission costs $95 and gets you unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
March 16-18
The W, Hollywood
http://lafw.net/

The latest in fashion goes public this week in Los Angeles. Check the website for a list of all fashion events all over Los Angeles going on this week.

35th Annual San Diego Cake Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 16
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 17-18
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://sandiegocakeshow.com/

An all-ages expo for all things cakes and baked goods returns to San Diego this weekend. Classes, seminars, and contests/competitions will take place from Friday through Sunday. The vendor expo itself only takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Admission starts at $10 and goes up depending on what day you want to attend, your age, and what additional programming you wish to partake in.

Arcade Expo 4.0
2:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 16
11:00 am – 2:00 am, March 17
11:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 18
Arcade Expo, Banning
http://www.arcadeexpo.com/

Come see all things arcades at this weekend-long expo out in Banning. At this all-ages expo, see hundreds of different arcade machines, games, pinball machines, movies, seminars, vendors, food trucks, and much more. Admission varies depending on the date attending and age, ranging from $20 to $110, but all visitors get unlimited free play for all arcade games for the duration of the visit.

11th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 16
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://musinkfest.com/

Welcome to Musink, an all-ages music, tattoo, skateboarding, and pin-up festival that takes place at the OC Fairgrounds this weekend. Some of the largest names in punk rock will perform this weekend, such as Rancid and Bad Religion. Over 300 tattoo artists from around the world will fly in for the weekend. Tickets will remain on sale until the end of the fest on Sunday, so do not worry about not obtaining a ticket. Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so I highly recommend carpooling or getting dropped off.

Starpool’s 15th Anniversary Shows
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16-17
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://starpoolmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/106257280185805/

Get your skanking on this weekend in Santa Ana. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $12 each.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17
Worldwide

Too many places to name will do something special on this day, so check with your favorite local establishment to see what they have going on. Have a good time, and stay safe!

Veggiepalooza 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 17-18
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://fullertonarboretum.org/ps_veggiePalooza.php

Free to attend for all ages, a massive plant and vegetable sale will take place in Fullerton this weekend.

16th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, March 17
Parking lot east of Jack’s Beach Concession, Huntington Beach
http://eastweststrength.com/contest/

Free to attend for spectators, come watch a strongman competition down by the beach this Saturday morning.

L.A. Nature Fest
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, March 17-18
Natural History Museum, Exposition Park
http://www.nhm.org/naturefest

Learn about animals, plants, and more this weekend in Los Angeles. Admission ranges from $5 to $12, and provides full access to all of the exhibits and demos.

Claremont Pie Festival
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, March 17
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontpiefestival.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this street fair in Claremont this Saturday afternoon will have contests, demos, vendors, classic cars, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

24th Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 17
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://www.hbchamber.net/pages/st-patricks-day-parade1

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish-themed parade this Saturday in Downtown Hermosa Beach. The parade will run down Pier Avenue during this time, and local businesses will have plenty of specials for the thousands of visitors.

Akiba Day #11
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 17
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://akibaday.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1754939588149348/

Check out this free and all-ages meetup for fans of anime and manga. Expect to see a handful of cosplay here as well.

2018 West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 17
Tokyo Central, West Covina
http://esgvjcc.org/site/10-latest-announcements/225-2018-cherry-blossom-festival-2

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will find live entertainment, food, music, arts & crafts, and more.

Absolution Brewing Company’s 4th Anniversary Party
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 17
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
http://www.absolutionbrewingcompany.com/

Absolution Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of beer on tap for you to drink this Saturday. Free to attend, visitors will simply pay for beers as they go, or opt to purchase one of the beer packages. A $40 pass gets you unlimited firkin beer tasters from 1pm to 3pm, or four 20oz beer pours instead. Otherwise, the tasting room opens to the general public, where anyone can simply pay for individual beers just like normal business hours.

Phantom Carriage Brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Party
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 17
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/286765935185874/

Phantom Carriage turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of rare beers at their tasting room in Carson this Saturday. Unlike last year, they will not have a festival nor an admission fee – simply show up, buy the $15 anniversary glass, and then pay for beers as you go.

Gettin’ Lucky Burlesque
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 17
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with this themed burlesque show this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach. General admission starts at $10. No one under 21 may attend.

JFA – Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 17
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.jfamusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1661047057284966/

Rock out to some local punk rock music this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Logic Brewing 5th Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 18-24
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new beer daily, culminating with the release of their anniversary ale on Saturday. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k San Diego
6:00 am – 9:00 am, March 18
Petco Park, Downtown San Diego
http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego/

Run through Downtown San Diego this Sunday morning, and get lots of chocolate out of it, not just the hot drinkable kind. Registration costs $54 for the 5k or $74 for the 15k race.

33rd Annual Los Angeles Marathon
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 18
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://www.lamarathon.com/

The LA Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. If you intend to commute anywhere near this, plan your route accordingly.

8th Annual Adler Paddler
8:30 am – 1:00 pm, March 18
Naples Kayak Load & Launch, Long Beach
http://paddlewithpurpose.org/

A free and all-ages stand-up paddle race will take place in Long Beach this Sunday morning. They will have races as well as leisure paddling available.

Glitterfest Spring 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 18
Spring Field Banquet Center, Fullerton
http://www.glitterfest.com/

For $7, gain access to this all-ages vendor fair with mixed media art, jewelry, papier-mâché, sculptures, vintage home decor, and more.

2018 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 18
Granada Pavilion, Granada Hills
http://www.facebook.com/SanFernandoValleyComicBookConvention

This annual local comics event returns to the San Fernando Valley this Sunday. General admission costs $5 while children under 12 enter for free with paid adult admission, and admission grants full access to the show floor, which contains dozens of artists, vendors, professional actors, and more.

Comic Book & Collectibles Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 18
Claremont Packing House, Claremont
http://www.claremontpackinghouse.com/events

Free to attend for all ages, this event will feature dozens of vendors selling comic books, art, toys, games, and other memorabilia.

Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
10:30 am – 5:30 pm, March 18
Central Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbcbfest.com/

This free and all-ages festival takes place this Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find real cherry blossoms, live entertainment, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more.

San Diego Magazine’s Brunch Bash 2018
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 18
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2018/Brunch-Bash-2018/

Splurge on breakfast foods, beer, cocktails, coffee, and more this Sunday early afternoon in La Jolla. Tickets cost $50 per person and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Buellton Wine & Chili Festival
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, March 18
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, Buellton
http://www.buelltonwineandchilifestival.com/

Sample food, wines, beers, and more this Sunday afternoon in Buellton. The $45 admission gets you unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. Teenagers enter for $20, while children enter for $10. Minors receive unlimited food samples and non-alcoholic drinks.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 4-10
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

2018 All-Star Chef Classic
March 7-10
LA Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.allstarchefclassic.com/

This week, a slew a culinary celebrations will take place at LA Live in Downtown LA. Events range from formal dinners to strolling events (food fest style) to cooking classes & demos, and more. Admission starts at $25 and goes up depending on which event you want to attend.

16th Annual Southern California Linux Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 8-11
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale/16x

An expo for all things Linux comes to Pasadena this weekend. $20 gets you in to the expo floor to check out all the vendors and services.

22nd Annual Taste of Third
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 8
3rd Avenue b/t E St & G St, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/taste-of-third-avenue/

Stroll up and down Chula Vista’s 3rd Street and enjoy eats from the local shops this Thursday evening. Participation costs $20 and provides food and drink samples from participating businesses while supplies last.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 8
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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.

13th Annual San Diego Cherry Blossom Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 9-11
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
http://www.niwa.org/cbf18

The Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego celebrates spring and Japanese culture. Guests can marvel at the beauty of the iconic cherry blossoms as well as the koi pond and waterfall at San Diego’s Japanese Friendship Garden. Visitors will also find an assortment of cultural performances, authentic Japanese street food, one-of-a-kind crafts & gifts, and a beer & sake garden for attendees to enjoy. The kids’ area offers hands-on arts & crafts and engaging activities. Admission costs $12.

2018 Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 9
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

This free festival celebrates local art with art exhibits, live music, entertainment, and more as Pasadena’s local artists open up their studios to the public. For free street parking, check Corson Street.

Into The Wild – OC Trail Run
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 10
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 10k or 21k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration for the 10k costs $55 presale or $60 on the day of the race. Registration for the 21k costs $75 presale or $80 on the day of the race.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10-11
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/

Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $18. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 10
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/142527236451622/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Garden Grove this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for a drink.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 10
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

Smorgasburg Saturday Pop Up on the Pier
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://la.smorgasburg.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/165877050722709/

Smorgasburg delivers a free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon on the Santa Monica Pier. Visitors will find all sorts of food vendors and booths serving up delicious and unique food and drinks.

Golden Years Vintage Market
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10
2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.cameoappearancevintage.com/golden-years-1

A vintage clothing and vinyl records market will take place in Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will encounter dozens of vendors selling lots of local goods and gifts.

Holi Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10-11
Whittier Narrows Park, South El Monte
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-of-colors-los-angeles-ca/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the Festival of Colors this weekend. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every hour. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

California Irish Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, March 10-11
Perris Auto Speedway, Perris
http://www.californiairishfest.com/

Celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by immersing yourself in the culture this weekend in Perris. Featuring authentic food, beer gardens, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, storytelling, merchandise vendors, athletic competitions, piping, and more, guests will find plenty to do here to remain occupied all day. Single-day admission costs $7.

OC Weekly’s Fresh Toast 2018
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, March 10
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.freshtoastoc.com/

Splurge on breakfast foods, beer, cocktails, coffee, and more this Saturday afternoon in Newport Beach. Tickets cost $40 per person and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual Orange County Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 10
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Dozens of microbreweries will gather here and pour all the beers that the guests can drink for the duration of the event. General admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm, while early bird admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. Tickets at the door cost $10 more. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

Best Coast Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 10
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://bestcoastbeerfest.com/

This looks like another big corporate beer festival, so stay wary. This one takes place in Downtown San Diego, land of some of the most popular breweries on the west coast. General admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $115, starts at 1pm, and includes access to a VIP area. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Wine Fest 2018
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 10-11
A Stone’s Throw Winery, San Juan Capistrano
http://ocwinefest.com/

A wine-tasting event comes to Orange County this weekend. General admission costs $70 and provides unlimited drink tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. All-access admission costs $100 and also provides exclusive access to select wines. Parking costs $5 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Taste of Bressi
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 10
Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, Bressi Ranch
http://www.bgccarlsbad.org/fundraising-events

Sample food, beer, wine, and more this Saturday afternoon in Carlsbad. Admission costs $48 presale or $55 at the door, and provides unlimited food while supplies last, and eight drink tickets good for beer or wine. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Montrose Spring Wine Walk
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 10
Montrose Shopping Park, Glendale
http://shopmontrose.com/montrose-spring-wine-walk/

Sample wines from over 20 stations hosted by the local merchants and businesses. Each location will serve red and/or white wines plus delicious appetizers for your enjoyment, along with complimentary bottled water. Guests will also enjoy live music and activities throughout the area. Tickets to participate cost $45 per person. No one under 21 may participate.

Electric Asian Night Market
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 10
All Souls Church, Alhambra
http://www.electricnightmarket.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/497179677345075/

The night market craze comes to Alhambra this Saturday night, free for all ages. Visitors will find lots of cultural food and drinks, as well as live music and other entertainment.

6th Annual Rock Star Beer Festival San Diego
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 10
Humphreys By The Bay, San Diego
http://www.rockstarbeerfestivalsd.com/

A corporate beer festival comes to San Diego this Saturday night. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Tustin Hangar Half Marathon & 5k
7:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 11
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
http://tustinhangarhalf.com/

A new race comes to cover the streets of Tustin this Sunday morning. Registration costs $110 for the half marathon or $35 for the 5k. Many streets in Tustin will close to vehicular traffic on Sunday, so plan your commute accordingly.

Santa Clarita Comic & Toy Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 11
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita
http://www.santaclaritacomictoyexpo.com/

Santa Clarita gets their own comics and toys convention this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $5 and includes free parking at the venue.

44th Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 11
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/44th-annual-festival-of-the-kite/

Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.

Beat Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 11
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://beatswapmeet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1619071004848360/

Free to attend with the donation of one canned food, this outdoor event will celebrate traditional music through vinyl, records, mix tapes, and other mediums of all genres.

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0
February 25 – March 3
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dineoutlongbeach.com/

The city of Long Beach has so many fine restaurants that they will have an entire week to celebrate the bounty. During this 7-day period, participating restaurants will have various food & drink specials. Check the website linked above for a list of participating restaurants and their specials.

39th Annual Food Fare
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, March 1
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://pplafoodfare.com/

A high-class ritzy food-tasting event will take place in Santa Monica this Thursday. The afternoon session from 11am to 2pm costs $150 to attend. The evening session from 6:30pm to 9:30pm costs $250 to attend. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Parking costs $10 per vehicle. The website does not specify an age limit.

2nd Annual The Classic Auto Show
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 2
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 3
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.theclassicautoshow.com/

A new car expo debuts at the LA Convention Center this weekend. Come see all things automotive, from model cars to accessories and more. Tickets to this expo cost $25 presale or $30 at the door. Children may enter for $10. Parking at the convention center costs $20 per vehicle.

College & Food Truck Night
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 2
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/collegenight/

This Friday night, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach will open later than usual. They will have discounted admission for college students, and the aquarium will have gourmet food trucks parked outside to feed visitors.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 2
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).

18th Annual Japanese Food Festival
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 2
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 3
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, Los Angeles
http://www.japanfoodculture.org/japanese-food-festival/

$50 nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 3-hour Japanese food fest and a goodie bag. Guests will chow down on sushi, ramen, soba noodles, beef bowls, and more, while adults can sip sake, beer, shochu, wine, and more (alcohol not included with admission). During this time, a number of chefs will showcase cooking demos.

Tough Mudder Los Angeles 2018
6:00 am – 8:00 pm, March 3-4
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://toughmudder.com/events/2018-los-angeles

Tough Mudder needs no introduction – its legacy alone describes it in ways that words cannot. Expect to train hard this week, all leading up to madness this weekend.

3rd Annual Downtown Anaheim Community Yard Sale
8:00 am – 1:00 pm, March 3
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/

Local Anaheim residents will join in on a large communal yard sale in Downtown Anaheim this Saturday morning. Visitors can explore this event for free, while residents wanting to set up a spot to sell things must register for $10 per spot.

35th Annual Porsche & Vintage VW Literature, Toy & Memorabilia Meet
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 3
LAX Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.lalitandtoyshow.com/

See dozens of vendors this Saturday near LAX all exhibiting posters, brochures, toys, models, gifts, press kits, literature, accessories, and more for Porsches and vintage VW’s. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 per person.

5th Annual Los Angeles IPA Festival
9:30 am – 9:30 pm, March 3-4
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park
http://www.laipafestival.com/

Find over 60 different California-brewed IPA’s at Mohawk Bend this weekend during the LA IPA Fest. This event operates more like a tap takeover than a typical festival – instead of tickets, all 10oz beers cost $5 each, while souvenir glasses cost $5 each. Guests should park in the neighborhood north of Mohawk Bend.

Knife Expo 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 3-4
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.knifeexpo.net/

$12 gets you in to see dozens of vendors selling all sorts of knives.

Holi Festival of Colors – Riverside
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 3
Martha McLean Park, Riverside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-colors-riverside-ca/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every hour. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

11th Annual Holi on the Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 3-4
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://la-oc.aidindia.org/

For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale and $15 on the day of the event. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

Noble Ale Works 7th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 3
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://www.noblealeworks.com/
http://Noble7thAnniversary.eventbrite.com/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their seventh anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like previous years. General admission costs $50 and provides four hours of over 30 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. No one under 21 may attend this event.

2018 Spring Busker Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 3-4
Seaport Village, San Diego
http://www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/busker-festival

Basically, Circue du Soleil. This artful all-ages outdoor festival brings out performers of various entertainment trades (jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, etc) to entertain visitors. Free to attend, guests should seek alternate methods of transportation to arrive here, such as carpooling or public transportation, as decent parking will likely take a long time to find.

17th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 3
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.

4th Annual Air + Style Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 3-4
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://airandstyle.com/

Music and snowboarding collide at this extreme sports event this weekend in Los Angeles. Tickets to this concert start at $79 and go up depending on your mode of attendance.

Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience 2018
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 3
Empire Polo Fields, Indio
http://www.rwbexp.com/

Partying, loud music, and alcohol collide in one epic mashup in the desert this Saturday evening. Taking place where the famous Coachella and Stagecoach concerts occur, this all-ages concert will have stoner music, beer, wine, and overpriced food for you to indulge yourself and the kiddos with. Tickets start at $80 and go up to $325.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 4-10
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 4
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

So Cal All-Porsche Swap & Car Display 2018
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 4
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.lalitandtoyshow.com/related-events.html

Check out a bunch of classic cars this Sunday morning in Anaheim. Admission to this all-ages car show costs $10 per person.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 4
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

BrunchCon SD 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 4
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.brunchcon.com/

Spend some time this Sunday indulging in brunch goodies from scrumptious breakfast foods to tasty brunch beverages in San Diego. Multiple sessions will exist that each last three hours. Admission ranges from $65 to $90 depending on how much you intend to eat and drink, so check the website to see what admission works best for you. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Food & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 4
Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin
http://ocfoodandwine.com/

A new food & wine event comes to Orange County this Sunday afternoon. $100 gets you in to enjoy unlimited food and drink samples from all the participating businesses while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Like a flash, the 2018 Long Beach Comic Expo came and went this past weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. This convention for all things comics moved to the convention center’s Hall A, and visitors had to enter from the west side. The main operations of the expo had not changed – hundreds of local comic book writers and artists exhibited their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more, either for sale or for show. Elsewhere in other rooms around the Exhibit Lobby, a number workshops and seminars occurred, ranging from speaker panels to art workshops to live activities. Cosplay Corner returned to the expo as a part of the show floor as like in previous years. Nothing else drastic changed from the previous years of the Long Beach Comic Expo; however, I experienced lower attendance than usual this past weekend compared to previous years. Last year’s expo faced bad weather, but this past weekend had nice weather, in addition to a holiday weekend.

As a comic expo, we cannot forget about the diehard fans dressing up as their favorite fictional character. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into an art of fans sporting outfits and accessories to appear like another usually recognizable character. Mainstream characters such as Harley Quinn and Deadpool often get selected as the costume of choice due to the fast recognition by many fans, while lesser known characters tend to receive more praise by the fans who recognize the outfit. Check out this collection of the great costumes from the 2017 Long Beach Comic Expo. If you recognize any of these awesome people, please leave a comment with a URL to the person’s website or Facebook page, as well as the reference costume & photo! If the image links go down, click here for the album.

The Fall expo, the Long Beach Comic Con, returns in early September. The Fall event should return to the exact same location as this past weekend’s event, and generally has a greater turnout due to more famous people in attendance. Until then, keep an eye out for other similar expos, such as WonderCon at the end of March, or Anime Expo in early July. You have plenty of time to work up that unique and amazing DIY costume that everyone will want to take a picture of.

OC Roller Derby Orientation
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, February 21
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/ticketsevents/2018/2/21/new-skater-orientation

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance to join a league. Click the link to send your information to them, and then show up to orientation this Wednesday night in Huntington Beach.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 22-24
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

QuiltCon 2018
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 22-25
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.quiltcon.com/

Check out all things quilts this weekend in Pasadena. Admission starts at $10 depending on when you want to attend and what programs you want to attend.

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Stereo Brewing Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 22
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/608620276146000/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

Questival Adventure Race – Orange County
5:00 pm, February 23 – 7:00 pm, February 24
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://www.cotopaxi.com/products/questival-orange-county-2018

A 24-hour scavenger hunt takes place in Orange County starting this Friday night. All participants receive a backpack plus gear for the hunt. Winning teams may win trips, gear, cash prizes, and other rewards. Registration starts at $47.

San Luis Obispo Craft Beer Fest
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 23
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 24
Alex Madonna Expo Center, San Luis Obispo
http://www.slo-beer-fest.com/

Get sudsy in San Luis Obispo this weekend and enjoy dozens of beers from dozens of breweries. Admission costs $30 for Friday night or $50 for Saturday afternoon. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. Both days will contain the same things, but Friday costs less due to lower demand. No one under 21 may attend.

40th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run
7:30 am – 4:00 pm, February 24
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, February 25
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.firecracker10k.org/

Start off the new (Chinese) year right with this 5/10K Run/Bike race this weekend in Chinatown. The bike race takes place on Saturday, while the run takes place on Sunday. Registration prices range from $45 to $55. Various festivities will also take place in the Chinatown Central Plaza for most of the day.

7th Annual Whittier Area Classic Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 24
Whittier Area Community Church, Whittier
http://www.whittierareaclassiccarshow.com/

A free and all-ages car show and festival takes place in Whittier this Saturday.

27th Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 24
Valley Blvd & Garfield Ave, Alhambra
http://www.alhambranewyearfestival.com/

“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.

36th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 24-25
San Diego Chinese Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.sdcny.org/

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.

13th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 24-25
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://travelshows.com/losangeles

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $11 for one day, or $18 for both days.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 24
Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

This winter beer festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale or $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0
February 25 – March 3
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dineoutlongbeach.com/

The city of Long Beach has so many fine restaurants that they will have an entire week to celebrate the bounty. During this 7-day period, participating restaurants will have various food & drink specials. Check the website linked above for a list of participating restaurants and their specials.