So you have just received your Pokédex from Magnolia, and have boarded the train at Postwick, or will board the train soon. Unlike previous generations of Pokémon games where you had limited Pokémon variety prior to the first gym or trial, Pokémon Sword & Shield allow players to pass through the Wild Area much prior to the first gym. This presents players with a large variety of Pokémon to catch, as well as a good method to level up, quite early in the game. The Wild Area may appear overwhelming to players at first since players now have access to so much more Pokémon. I have compiled a list of the Pokémon that I most recommend catching.

Growlithe (Sh)/Vulpix (Sw)
Type: Fire
Priority: B (Growlithe), C (Vulpix), F (if you chose Scorbunny)
A fire Pokémon will greatly help for the first gym. Unfortunately, you do not have much of a choice for now. If you picked Scorbunny as your starter, you can safely skip these until later in the game. An arguably better fire Pokémon, Sizzlipede, resides in Route 3, the next route you will traverse, albeit at a 1% encounter rate. Between Growlithe and Vulpix, Growlithe ends up with better stats and greater move variety.

Magikarp
Type: Water
Priority: A, F (if you chose Sobble)
If you can get Magikarp to at least level 21, you have a very solid physical attacker quite early in the game. At that level, it can learn Waterfall, Ice Fang, and Bite, giving it very good coverage. Thanks to this game’s inherent Exp. Share, you never have to put Magikarp in battle to level it up, making a Gyarados easy to own. If you prefer speedy Pokémon…

Arrokuda
Type: Water
Priority: B, F (if you chose Sobble)
You actually catch Arrokuda in Route 2, not the Wild Area. Arrokuda’s final form Barraskewda ends up with about as much physical attack as Gyarados. While it cannot take a hit as well as Gyarados, it makes up for it with a lot of speed, more than Sobble’s final form. Barraskewda also learns some interesting coverage moves such as Drill Run, Close Combat, Throat Chop, and Psychic Fangs.

* Both water and grass cover rock and ground. Water covers fire, while grass covers water. If you picked Grookey and decide not to add a water type to your team, I strongly suggest catching a ground or rock Pokémon to cover fire, which I list below.

Roselia
Type: Grass/Poison
Priority: B, F (if you chose Grookey)
Lucky players can actually obtain a Roserade already by testing their luck at the Digging Duo. Roserade has similar stats to Grookey’s final form Rillaboom, boasting special attack equal to Rillaboom’s attack, but with slightly more speed. However, Roserade does not learn too many coverage moves outside of Dazzling Gleam and Shadow Ball (also Extrasensory, which requires breeding). A Pokémon further down this list uses those latter two moves better, so you may consider sticking two support moves on Roserade instead.

Bounsweet
Type: Grass
Priority: C, F (if you chose Grookey)
Consider Bounsweet’s final form Tsareena a slightly weaker Rillaboom. Tsareena’s main selling points include her signature ability, Queenly Majesty, and her signature attack, Trop Kick. To get Queenly Majesty, make sure you catch a Bounsweet with the Oblivious ability. Tsareena can eventually learn some coverage moves such as Hi Jump Kick and Acrobatics, helping to make up for having lower stats compared to Roserade or Rillaboom.

Swinub
Type: Ice/Ground
Priority: B
Most water Pokémon can learn Ice Beam, allowing for coverage without the weaknesses of ice types. Swinub stands out as a solid all-around physical ice and ground attacker. Much later in the game, obtaining Swinub’s final form Mamoswine from a 5* raid may yield its hidden ability, Thick Fat, which eliminates two of its weaknesses. However, Mamoswine’s strongest physical ice attack requires breeding.

Sneasel
Type: Ice/Dark
Priority: B, D (if you chose Sobble)
Early on, Sneasel will not appear in the wild – instead, it has a chance at appearing in a raid at one particular den. You can start catching it in the wild following the third gym. Sneasel shares similar stats to Arrokuda – it has great physical attack and speed, but otherwise cannot take hits well. Later in the game, Sobble’s final form Inteleon can learn Ice Beam and Dark Pulse, which covers both types of Sneasel. Until you can get these moves on Inteleon, Sneasel makes a good speedy dark & ice attacker.

Tyrogue
Type: Fighting
Priority: A (Shield), C (Sword)
Look for a Tyrogue with more attack than defense so that it can evolve into Hitmonlee. This will serve as a main fighting type for Shield players. Sword players will encounter another fighting type to catch after the first gym.

Ralts
Type: Psychic/Fairy
Priority: A
With great special attack and decent speed, Ralts will serve you well all the way until the end of the story. With Psychic, Moonblast, and Shadow Ball (TR required), you can hit just about anything for at least neutral damage.

Drilbur
Type: Ground/Steel (upon evolution)
Priority: A
Like Sneasel, you cannot encounter Drilbur in the early sections of the Wild Area – you can only encounter it a raid at one specific den. However, you will still encounter wild Drilbur prior to the first gym. Drilbur evolves into Excadrill, one of the best attackers in the game. Given Earthquake (or High Horsepower to avoid hitting teammates), Iron Head, and Rock Slide, Excadrill can hit just about anything for at least neutral damage. Both of its abilities make it better in a sandstorm, so consider teaching it Sandstorm, or bringing a teammate that can start a sandstorm.

Gastly
Type: Ghost/Poison
Priority: C
Gastly counters psychic and ghost types hard, but cannot take a hit at all. You will also need to trade it to obtain its final form Gengar. Gengar has high special attack and speed, and can learn a wide variety of moves. Later on, another ghost type, Chandelure, has even higher special attack and can take a hit better than Gengar.

Types not suggested to catch yet:

  • Electric: You will receive Toxel, a much better electric (and poison) attacker, a route prior to needing an electric type for a gym.
  • Poison: See the note about Toxel above.
  • Flying: Fire covers grass and bug, while psychic or fairy covers fighting. This game does not have any Pokémon double-weak to flying attacks.
  • Bug: You can find a Sizzlipede, a great bug and fire attacker, in Route 3.
  • Rock: Teach Rock Slide to a Drilbur/Excadrill for a rock attacker.

This method works best with a freshly-caught Farfetch’d, as a higher-level Farfetch’d may do too much damage.

  1. Catch wild Farfetch’d in Route 5 until you catch one holding a Leek. A Large Leek will not work – that item only works for cooking. Feel free to give the Leek to another Farfetch’d of a close level.
  2. Return to a nearby Pokémon Center, heal Farfetch’d, put it in the lead spot of your party, and make sure it still knows Fury Cutter (do not replace or forget it for now).
  3. Go back to Route 5, save your game, and look for a level 19 Stufful. Level 20 Stufful has a move that hits hard, potentially taking out your Farfetch’d in one hit.
  4. Use ONLY Fury Cutter until you land three critical hits.
  5. Once you land the third critical hit, use Rock Smash to finish the battle.

If you own a higher-level Farfetch’d from either Giant’s Mirror or a raid, this method can still work, but with greater difficulty. Find a foe that resists Fury Cutter and does not threaten Farfetch’d much, such as Shuckle.

With all of the advances of today’s technology, manufacturers continue to push the boundaries of smart devices for consumers to use in their daily lives. Think about the timeline of time, for example. People started carrying pocket watches because they could not bring a wall clock with them on the go. Next, Peter Henlein invented the watch so people could see the time on their wrists instead of having to pull out the pocket watch. Centuries later, cell phones allowed consumers to once again have time in their pockets. From there, we arrive at today’s wearable technology; specifically, fitness trackers and smartwatches.

Like cell phones, wearable gadgets come in all sorts of flavors, shapes, and sizes, and each consumer demands different specifications. One consumer may need a basic gadget. Another consumer may want every feature available to wearable gadgets. For the most part, when it comes to consumer electronics such as cell phones and wearable gadgets, you get what you pay for. For that reason, in 2017 when I decided to acquire a smartwatch for myself, I looked toward the higher end of smartwatches that would contain as many features as possible. At that time, one smartwatch fit that bill best – the LG Watch Sport.

At the time of its release, the LG Watch Sport had everything a consumer would want in a smartwatch. It came with Wear 2.0, the latest version of the operating system at that time. This watch has an IP68 dust/water resistance, the highest rating for any smartwatch. With a screen resolution of 480×480, no other watch can top this resolution. Other features include an ambient sensor for automatic screen brightness, LTE so it can have its own data without its paired phone nearby (requires another micro SIM card), NFC for Google Pay, three physical buttons for two extra shortcuts, a barometer, 768MB of RAM, and a wireless charging dock for elegant charging.

Looking at the full spec sheet, you would think that this watch has it all; however, a perfect smartwatch has yet to exist, and this watch comes with some flaws. A glaring con revolves around its size. To pack all these features into the watch, it needs to have size, and the LG Watch Sport comes in at one of the biggest smartwatches out there. For a smartwatch with “sport” in the name, many active people need a lighter watch, and the LG Watch Sport’s bulk makes it cumbersome to wear during physical activity. Consumers also cannot customize the bands/straps. Many smartwatches allow the consumer to swap out the straps/bands for customization, but the LG Watch Sport’s straps/bands come affixed to the unit. The LG Watch Sport also comes with horrendous battery life, even after you disable a lot of the key features such as LTE and wrist gestures. However, this battery issue applies to most Android smartwatches (sans the Galaxy Watch, which does not run on Android Wear). Lastly, and the main reason I decided to get rid of this smartwatch, the dreaded LG screen curse applies to this gadget.

In less than a year of daily usage, some off-colored lines appeared at the top of the screen. While it did not affect the performance of the device, one may see the noticeable lines as a nuisance. I posted about this in some online forums, and some suggested a factory reset, which I eventually performed. However, a factory reset did not resolve the screen lines. Some users also said they have this same issue not just with this watch, but with other LG devices too. Further research revealed that nearly all LG devices have this in common, that the screen may eventually end up with these lines in the screen. I contacted LG about a warranty repair, and I sent the watch to LG for repair. LG returned the watch to me a month later, claiming that they replaced the LCD screen (strange because this watch comes with an OLED screen). LG did send me back my original watch, as it had the same small nick on the exterior from before. Unfortunately, upon turning on the watch, the exact same lines in the screen remained. Basically, LG lied to me and simply sent me back my watch without doing a thing.

After all of this, I decided to sell off the watch. Factors that made me decide to sell the watch included the screen lines issue, as well as all of the watch’s features that I never use. I paid for all these extra and premium features that I never used – I do not use the watch for Google Pay, I never traveled with my watch without my phone, and I did not like the bulkiness. From there, I decided that I want a more basic watch that simply shows time and has notifications. Sure I could have opted for a cheap <$5 watch from the nearest bargain store, but I still wanted an Android watch for notifications. Further research landed me at the TicWatch E, a basic and inexpensive watch but not as cheap as possible.

The TicWatch E represents a great entry-level smartwatch easy on the wallet and with just enough features to introduce new consumers to the world of smartwatches. At less than half the price of the LG Watch Sport, I expected that this gadget would not carry as many features as the big guy. The TicWatch E has a lower resolution of 400×400, but weighs less than half of the LG Watch Sport’s body. Such a light body does not feel so cumbersome to wear, and so far the watch’s frame feels more impervious to bumps and nicks – I lightly nicked the LG Watch Sport within the first month, and that left a noticeable impact on the exterior. Like the LG Watch Sport, the TicWatch E also has a heart-rate monitor, GPS (but needs its paired phone nearby), and a speaker. As for customization, the TicWatch E comes in three colors, as opposed to the LG Watch Sport’s two colors. In addition, you can swap out the TicWatch E’s bands/straps to place whatever you like, allowing for more customization.

As a consumer moving from a higher-end smartwatch to an entry-level smartwatch, I expected to face a handful of downgrades. Most obvious, the watch does not respond as fast as the LG Watch Sport – it reacts slower to touches, and apps load slower. Of course, the TicWatch E has less RAM than the LG Watch Sport, among other internal specs. The TicWatch E has a lower water resistance level of IP67, which many regular consumers will not need to worry about. Other features that the TicWatch E lacks include ambient sensor for automatic brightness, extra buttons, LTE (so if you want to track a jog, you will need your phone with you), NFC (no Google Pay), and the charging dock (charges via cable just like cell phones, but you can buy a dock for <$15). Lastly, and this likely only applies to me so far, the watch face I used on the LG Watch Sport does not work on the TicWatch E – it keeps showing as invalid format.

Despite the downgrade and loss of multiple features, I have no regrets about moving to an inexpensive smartwatch. The lighter body makes a world of difference in my daily usage. Ironically, the frame feels like it can take more physical hits than the LG Watch Sport – I have hit the watch on a few things already, and it still has no physical damage. I never used any of the extra features that the LG Watch Sport had, so I do not miss them at all. Really I only miss the charging dock that the LG Watch Sport came with, and that my old watch face does not work on the TicWatch E. In the end, the TicWatch E delivers exactly what I want out of a smartwatch at an affordable price. Anyone looking to get into smartwatches without splurging on models over $200 should look into getting a TicWatch E.

Downtown Pomona receives their fair share of events and festivals throughout the year. From parades to art walks, one can always find something happening in Downtown Pomona. Even without any special events, Downtown Pomona represents an underrated destination, as one can find some fantastic restaurants, cool local shops, and some great concert venues. All of that came together this past Saturday at the Global Flavor Fest 2018. The Global Flavor Fest represents a food & drink tasting event where attendees could sample foods from various different cuisines, as well as enjoy beer and wine. Guests pay the admission to receive up to four hours of unlimited food and drink samples while supplies lasted. This all sounds fantastic… if the event had an ample amount of vendors. It appears that the event missed the mark on both ends – it contained a poor amount of vendors, and it attracted a low amount of guests. Hanging around outdoors in the hot California sun, attendees found no more than three hot food vendors. All other vendors had food for sale, which contradicts the event’s claim that admission would include food. Alcoholic drinks aside, attendees also had to pay for any non-alcoholic drinks. The vendors provided plenty of beer and wine, but for a tasting event like this in a hot setting, attendees need non-alcoholic selections. The first impression would leave many underwhelmed… until discovering the indoor portion of the event. While the main event takes place in the plaza area, the event extends over to the buildings, which included entry into The Rookery Alehouse, another participant in the event. Not only did The Rookery provide food AND beer to all event attendees, but they provided proper seating and restrooms. If the rest of the event operated like this, I believe most of the attendees would have enjoyed the overall experience. Personally, I spent over half my time at the event inside The Rookery.

If this event comes back next year, they have lots of room to improve. They can certainly invite more vendors, and they can indeed market to a greater audience. I would love to see this event return with even more food vendors for more types of cuisines.

When one claims the best of anything, people quickly speculate that claim as hogwash. For example, if a product claims to work ten times better than the leading brand, then why does that product not lead the market? Do the testimonials prove anything else, or do the testimonials get bought? The 9th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha returned to Silverado this past Saturday up the way at Lakeview Park, living up to its proclamation as “Southern California’s BEST Beer Festival!” Featuring over 90 breweries, a dozen food vendors, FREE sodas, live music, games, and more, I assure you that no other beer fest in the history of Orange County lives up to the proportions of the crew behind the Brew Ha Ha series of events.

The massive venue area contributes the most to the success of the OC Brew Ha Ha. Despite the incredulously long VIP line, guests began entering five minutes prior to the fest’s start time. Fortunately, all volunteers and brewery staff knew not to pour until the time began. Upon entering, one can quickly feel overwhelmed trying to figure out where to find what. Lakeview Park has much to explore, and OC Brew Ha Ha used a much larger space than previous events to accommodate for the increased number of breweries in attendance.

With a vast venue, plenty of vendors, a variety of beer & food, entertainment, and more, time flies by for any guest at OC Brew Ha Ha. The average consumer cannot possibly experience everything within the allotted four hours. Like a typical weekend vacation, guests would require more than a few days to experience it all. Luckily, the Brew Ha Ha team organizes multiple events throughout the year, including some events that do not fall under the same naming convention, such as Sabroso Taco Fest, Ye Scallywag, and Driftwood Festival. In addition, the team will bring back their signature beer fest in December under the moniker OC Brew Ho Ho, so if you need your beer fix, keep this in mind when December rolls around. No other beer fest in Orange County can top OC Brew Ha Ha, because it triumphs over all.

We live in a day and age of heavy social media influence. Back in the day prior to the advent of smartphones and social media, people had to rely on word-of-mouth or print publications to learn and discover new things. Those days have long passed, and today’s technology allows people to learn and discover new things almost instantaneously. This brings the drawback that people now pay more attention to their online first impression and how people see them online, leading to oversharing even minuscule things. In a sea of pictures and posts not exactly noteworthy, one may have trouble finding something new, so we turn to verified “curators” to share something worth our attention, such as the treats from Kream Kong.

Having just launched this past summer, Kream Kong has descended upon Southern California to deliver unto us their monstrous take on a sweet & cool treat. At the moment, one can discover Kream Kong as either a booth at events or a food truck. At first glance, especially when looking at their social media pages, Kream Kong looks like they serve up generic Instagram-worthy ice cream. Kream Kong earns their originality with their signature Kong’s Cookie. Imagine a reverse ice cream cookie sandwich, or a single-serve Pizookie that you can take with you on the go. A Kong’s Cookie consists of a cup with vanilla ice cream on the bottom, your choice of cookie layered in the middle, your choice of ice cream on top of the cookie, and your choice of toppings to top it off. Just like a Pizookie, Kream Kong serves you the cookie hot, meaning you should enjoy this treat fast before the cookie cools down and loses its warm & soft texture.

If this treat sounds appealing to you, track down Kream Kong at a local event, such as night markets, or food truck meetup in Southern California. You can see what they have and find out where they will appear on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

After six years of posting about upcoming events, I have decided to focus my energy elsewhere. I will continue to post reviews for food, events, businesses, and more as I discover them. These past six years have opened my eyes to a diverse mix of cultures and interests, and I will continue to expand my scope of discovering the new and interesting.


2018 Dew Tour
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 28 – July 1
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.dewtour.com/

Extreme sports take over the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Various events will take place over the weekend that involve sports and/or concerts, and each event has a separate admission fee. Check the website for full pricing information.

FEAR – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 28, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 29, The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/FEARtheband

Legendary hardcore punk band FEAR will headline some shows in Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $22 each.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 29 – July 1
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

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

10th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever! Car Show
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 29
World Cruise Center, San Pedro
http://www.lawaterfront.org/carsandstripesforever.php

At this free and all-ages event this Friday night, check out cars, local bands, and fireworks.

40th Annual Taste of Greece
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 29
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 30
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 1
St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine
http://irvinegreekfest.com/

This weekend-long all-ages festival celebrates Greek culture with food, drinks, desserts, live music, dancing, games, rides, and more. Admission to the fair costs $3.

2nd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, June 29
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, June 30
12:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 1
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com/

A weekend of jazz music comes to San Diego this weekend. Admission to this all-ages concert ranges from $65 to $250 – check the website to see what each admission type gets you.

Battalion of Saints – Live in Los Angeles
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, June 29
First Street Pool & Billiard Parlor, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/620712701596280/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Los Angeles. The covert for this show costs $8. No one under 18 may enter.

Hatsune Miku Expo 2018 – Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 29
Microsoft Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
http://mikuexpo.com/

The Japanese sensation Hatsune Miku, along with more Vocaloids, arrives in the US this week, starting with this show in Downtown LA this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show start at $55. Although called an expo, this event functions more like a concert than a vendor expo.

14th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 30
Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas
http://broam.org/

This free and all-ages event in Encinitas involves surfing, loud rock music, booze, and a whole lot of bros.

6th Annual Auto Enthusiast Day
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 30
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.autoenthusiastday.com/

Free to attend for all ages, check out all things cars outside of Angel Stadium of Anaheim this Saturday afternoon.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Oxnard Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 30
The Collection at RiverPark, Oxnard
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/169648543890840/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

Pirate Invasion of Long Beach
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 30 – July 1
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://www.pirateinvasionlongbeach.com/

Come see and act like pirates at the beach! Visitors may choose to dress as a pirate or arrive in normal clothes. Many others will fully dress up to play their parts. Expect to see pirate shows, vendors, music, a (mock) ship fight, and cannon blank shots fired at the pier. This FREE and all-ages event runs on Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am both days. If you plan to stay for a while, note that this takes place entirely outdoors, so have sunscreen available. Have cash available for nearby parking.

The Agenda Festival 2018
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 30
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.agendafest.co/

A pop-up show for pop culture and all other things popular in mainstream media takes place this Saturday at the Long Beach Convention Center. The $45 admission gets you in to check out the hundreds of vendors, as well as access to the extreme sports shows and concerts throughout the day.

Silverlakes Food, Wine & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 30
Silverlakes, Norco
http://www.foodwineandmusicfestival.com/

Taste the local flavor of Norco and neighboring cities this Saturday afternoon. For $10 to attend, visitors can roam and browse the attending businesses, and pay for the food as they go. All vendors will have food and/or drinks available at their own price, so all visitors should bring cash in order to receive food or drinks. Parking costs $10 per vehicle.

San Gabriel Mountains Beer Series
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 30
Central Park, Pasadena
http://lanatureforall.org/2018/05/31/san-gabriel-mountains-beer-series-6-30/

A beer tasting event comes to Pasadena this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $25 and includes five 8oz beer pours. VIP admission costs $40 and also comes with a hat and stainless steel pint cup. Bring cash for food, and dress for warm weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 30
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Street Dogs – Live in West Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 30
The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/streetdogs

Punk rock band Street Dogs currently tours across the nation, and that tour will stop by Southern California this weekend. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

Crust Stock 2018
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 30
PBWLA, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/148230399329521/

A crazy punk rock show takes place in Pomona this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 1
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.

5th Annual Belching Beaver Classic
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 1
Belching Beaver’s Pub980, Vista
http://belchingbeaver.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-belching-beaver-classic-car-show-tickets-46772232005

Check out what Belching Beaver has going on this Sunday. For $20 admission, gain three 8oz beers and a raffle ticket, all while checking out all of the custom cars on display. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 16-24
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.org/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Los Angeles Center Studios. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 9 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

9th Annual VidCon
8:00 am – 12:00 am, June 20-23
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://vidcon.com/

See all things in the realm of online video and the next generation of technology at the annual VidCon this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. Registration costs $150 per individual.

10th Annual Taste of Vista
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 20
Vista Village, Vista
http://vvba.org/event/taste-of-vista/

Sample food and drinks from dozens of local restaurants, breweries, and wineries this Wednesday night in Vista. Regular admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door. Non-alcoholic admission costs $25 presale or $40 at the door. All attendees receive unlimited samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 20-21
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street.

2nd Annual Eagle Walk: Sip & Savor
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 20
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://sip.eaglerockbrewery.com/

Enjoy food & beer pairings at five different locations in Eagle Rock this Wednesday night. The $50 ticket includes one food & beer pairing at each of the five locations. Participants will walk from location to location. Check with the website to see where each tasting takes place, and plan to park somewhere between the locations. No one under 21 may attend.

Make Music Los Angeles 2018
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 21
Los Angeles County
http://makemusicla.org/

All day this Thursday, local artists will perform across Los Angeles County with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

4th Annual Day Of Music Fullerton
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
Fullerton
http://thedayofmusic.com/

All day this Wednesday, local artists will perform across Fullerton with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

Del Mar Summer Solstice 2018
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 21
Powerhouse Park, Del Mar
http://visitdelmarvillage.com/summersolstice2018/

Sample food and drinks from Del Mar businesses this Thursday evening. The $85 admission gets you all access to unlimited samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual Fountain Valley Summerfest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 22
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 23
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 24
Fountain Valley Recreation & Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.fvsummerfest.com/

This free and all-ages 4-day celebration will include rides, food, drinks, games, entertainment, vendors, live music, beer/wine garden, sports, a car show on Saturday, and a dog show on Sunday.

2018 Taste of Covina
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 21
Heritage Plaza, Downtown Covina
http://covina.org/event/taste-of-covina-2018/

Sample food from restaurants of Covina this Thursday night. The $25 admission gets you unlimited food samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

19th Annual Take Your Dog To Work Day
June 22
Worldwide
http://www.takeyourdog.com/

As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates man’s best friend by granting a day where pet lovers can bring their darling dog(s) to work. Please consult with your boss/manager/supervisor if you can bring a dog to work!

2018 Santa Monica Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival
7:30 am – 7:30 pm, June 23
7:30 am – 4:30 pm, June 24
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://www.pierpaddle.com/

A series of water sports will take place on the beach in Santa Monica this weekend. Registration varies in price depending on the event you wish to participate in, so see the website for pricing details. Spectators may attend for free.

4th Annual AleSmith Tony Gwynn 5.5K Charity Run/Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 23
Lake Poway, Poway
http://www.tonygwynn5k.org/

Participate in a charity 5.5k run/walk this Saturday morning, hosted by AleSmith Brewing. The post-run party will have food and beer for participants.

The Color Run 5k – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 23
StubHub Center, Carson
http://thecolorrun.com/locations/los-angeles/

The color run that started it all returns to Los Angeles this Sunday morning. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $55 per solo participant. Waves of runners will start at 9:30am and launch every few minutes following that for up to an hour, so do not fret about getting there on time.

45th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 23-24
Brengle Terrace Park, Vista
http://www.sdhighlandgames.org/

A Scottish festival arrives in San Diego County this weekend, complete with bagpipes, Highland games, kilts, haggis, acting, music, and more. Admission costs $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, or $5 for children.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 23
Huntington State 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.

Fairy Festival 2018
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 23
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/fairyfest.htm

Bring your children to this event to enjoy fairies, tea, treats, games, arts & crafts, shows, and more. Admission to the venue costs $14 for adults, $10 for students/seniors/military, or $8 for children.

2018 Scuba Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 23-24
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://scubashow.com/

Come to this diving expo and check out hundreds of diving companies and resorts from around the world. Dozens of seminars will highlight equipment, destinations, training, photography, ecology, and more. Attendees will also find a seafood cooking demo, plus other goodies, such as door prizes. Admission varies based on the mode of attendance, with general admission starting at $12. Children under 13 get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking at the convention center’s parking structure costs $10 per vehicle.

57th Annual Fiesta of Gems Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 23-24
Veterans Memorial Park, Culver City
http://www.culvercityrocks.org/

This free and all-ages event will exhibit a handful of rocks and minerals, as well as feature educational seminars and speakers.

Riviera Village Summer Fest 2018
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 23-24
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rvsummerfestival.com/

This FREE and all-ages annual street fair occurs in the Riviera Village neighborhood of Redondo Beach. Numerous vendors, arts & crafts, food & drinks, carnival rides, entertainment, and more will take over the streets, as visitors stroll through all the roads gazing at all the wonderful booths. Do not attempt to park nearby – instead, park at South High, right off of Calle Mayor and Pacific Coast Highway, and take the free shuttle. The festival takes place entirely outdoors, so keep sunscreen handy.

39th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 23
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/special-event/street-fair-chili-cookoff-festival

Have some fun in the sun in Ocean Beach this Saturday at their annual street fair and chili cookoff. At this free and all-ages street fair, tens of thousands of people will stroll through Ocean Beach to check out all the art, live entertainment, vendors, and of course, the chili. Attendees may purchase chili tastings on the day of the event. This area gets extremely crowded with traffic, so plan alternate routes on arriving, and prepare to walk long distances to reach the street fair.

32nd Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 23-24
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachbayou.com/

Enjoy a weekend of Blues & Jazz music, specialty Cajun & Creole food, a Mardi Gras parade, dancing, kids’ activities, and more. Ticket prices vary, with general admission costing $25 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. This fest takes place outdoors with very little shade, so dress for the warm weather, and prepare sunscreen.

CSUF TitanCon 2018
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 23
Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton
http://www.csuftitancon.com/

Hosted by fans for fans, this all-ages event involves all things anime, manga, video games, comics, cosplay, and more. Visitors can expect to find artists, vendors, panels, merchandise, games, gourmet food trucks, cosplay contests, and more. One should not underestimate this event, as it attracts thousands of visitors annually. Admission now costs $10 per person.

Summer Suds Brewfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 23
Mile Square Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://summersudsbrewfestfv.com/

A beer tasting event comes to Fountain Valley this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings for the duration of the event while supplies last. Bring cash for parking and food. No one under 21 may attend.

Inland Empire Brewers Guild Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 23
Dos Lagos Golf Course, Corona
http://www.iebrewersguild.org/

A beer festival will take place in Corona this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and gets you a souvenir glass and unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Hamilton Family Brewery’s 4th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 23
Hamilton Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/231977710714990/

Hamilton Brewery turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of special beer available at their tasting room in Rancho Cucamonga this Saturday. Free to attend, they will have over 20 beers on tap, plus free food while supplies last. They will offer prepaid packages that will include beer pours plus other souvenirs, so click on the event’s link above for package details.

LA Taco & Beer Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 23
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 24
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.latacobeerfest.com/

Enjoy unlimited beers and taco samples this weekend while supplies last. General admission costs $49 per day and includes all beer during the event. The event will have additional food trucks and restaurant vendors selling food and drinks for an additional cost. No one under 21 may attend.

San Fernando Obon Festival 2018
4:30 pm – 10:00 pm, June 23-24
San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, Pacoima
http://www.sfvhbt.org/obon

A free and all-ages Japanese cultural festival will take place in the San Fernando Valley this weekend at night.

FKA 720°
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 23
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/fka720/

Enjoy some extreme sports and nightlife music for free at this all-ages outdoor concert this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach.

6th Annual San Diego Night Market
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 23
Convoy St, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sdnightmarket.com/

The San Diego Night Market returns to Kearny Mesa this Saturday, this year for FREE. Deriving from Asian cultures, this night market brings a taste of Asian nightlife to the streets of San Diego with Asian food, culture, live entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. Please refer to the website for details regarding free parking and shuttles.

Cheers: LA’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 23
Fairplex, Pomona
http://fairplex.com/tlcfairplex/events/viewevent?id=080d586b-2586-61b9-b02f-ff000060b1a3

A food & alcohol tasting event comes to the Fairplex in Pomona this Saturday night. Admission costs $75 presale or $85 at the gate, and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Bring cash for parking. No one under 21 may attend.

The Dickies – Live in Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 23
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/EventDetail?tmeventid=090054AEE2ED64FD

Legendary punk rock band The Dickies will headline a show in Anaheim this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

2018 Rock 2 Rock Paddleboard Race
6:30 am – 12:30 pm, June 24
Two Harbors/Isthmus Cove, Catalina Island
http://rock2rockrace.com/

This annual paddleboard race from Catalina Island to San Pedro returns this Sunday morning. Interested participants may register as an individual or on a relay team.

Highway Earth Car Show 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 24
Franklin Canyon Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.highwayearth.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show in the hills of Beverly Hills this Sunday morning.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 24
Van Nuys Blvd, Arleta
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of Van Nuys Blvd in the San Fernando Valley 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.

18th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 24
Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Taste-of-Adams.html

30 restaurants, 30 tastes. Taste the local flavor of Adams Avenue this Sunday afternoon, as you stroll up and down Adams Avenue checking out all the local restaurants in the area. A ticket bundle costs $35 presale and $40 on the day of the event, and provides guests with 30 taster tickets. Park in the neighborhood, and pick up your tickets from Smitty’s Auto on the day of the event if you purchased presale.

18th Annual SOULstice
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 24
Main Street, Santa Monica
http://www.mainstreetsm.com/summer-soulstice/

A music festival will take over the streets of Santa Monica this Sunday afternoon, free to attend for all ages. This will close some of the streets in the heart of Santa Monica, so plan your commute accordingly.

10th Annual Taste of La Mesa
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 11
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://taste.lamesachamber.com/

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. General admission costs $60, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $80, starts at 5pm, and includes preferred parking. All drinks come at a separate cost.

8bitLA + Play It Loud! Present: 3rd Annual Hack The Multiverse
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 12
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/324476928084361/

Jam out to video game inspired music this Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 18 may enter.

San Diego Summer STEAM Maker Festival
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 13
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sdfsmf.org/

An interactive educational event for all ages comes to Del Mar this Wednesday. Admission costs $8 for adults or $6 for children, and provides access to all the vendors, exhibitors, demos, games, activities, and more.

Taste of Little Italy
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 13
Little Italy, Downtown San Diego
http://www.tasteoflittleitalysd.com/

Sample the local flavor of Little Italy this Wednesday night, as attendees stroll through Little Italy and sample food directly in each participating business. Attendees pay for a stamp card with boxes representing each participating business. After receiving a sample, that business will stamp their corresponding box. Two different stamp cards exist for a north route and a south route, and each route’s stamp card costs $36 each, while purchasing both costs $50.

San Diego Magazine’s Best Restaurants Party
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, June 13
Pirch UTC, University City, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2018/Best-Restaurants-Party-2018/

Sample bites and wines from some of San Diego’s top chefs and wineries this Wednesday night at Pirch UTC. The $60 admission gets you in to unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 14-16
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.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 14
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.

San Diego International Beer Festival 2018
Various times, June 15-17
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://sandiegobeerfestival.com/

The San Diego County Fair will import hundreds of beers from around the world for a weekend of beer at the fairgrounds. Over the weekend, the fairgrounds will host five different four-hour sessions of unlimited tastings, and each session will feature different seminars and presentations. General admission starts at $55 and includes admission to the rest of the fair plus the souvenir cup. Parking on-site costs $10, while off-site parking with shuttles costs nothing. Although the beer fest takes place in the arena under a roof, the rest of the fair takes place outdoors, so prepare for sunny weather if you choose to venture outside. I highly recommend arriving as early as possible, as each session tends to run out of beer an hour before a session ends.

Alien Con 2018
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 15-16
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 17
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.thealiencon.com/

Science-fiction fans will not want to miss this convention taking place this weekend in Pasadena, which will feature science-fiction media, speakers, demos, panels, films, and more. Tickets cost $61 per day per person.

K-Town Night Market 2018
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 15
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 16
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, Los Angeles
http://ktownnightmarket.com/

Experience Korean nightlife this weekend at the annual Koreatown Night Market! This event celebrates Korean culture by immersing visitors into the night market experience similar to that of South Korea. Over 40 food vendors and 11 food trucks will serve up delicious Korean delectable eats, while visitors can check out the live entertainment, art exhibits, and vendor village in this outdoor market. Admission costs $2 presale or $5 at the door. Visitors can find $5 parking at nearby parking lots around the venue.

5th Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15-16
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 17
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $8 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

Not Yo Papa’s Ska Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 15
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/208986533187785/

Get your skanking on this Friday night in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

10th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 16-24
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.org/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Los Angeles Center Studios. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 9 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

DTLA Donut Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 16
Union Station, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.unionstationla.com/happenings/dtla-donut-fest

A donut event will take place in Union Station in Downtown LA this Saturday. The website does not mention anything about pricing or any other detail.

Repticon Los Angeles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 16
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 16
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://repticon.com/california/repticon-pasadena/

Check out two days of reptiles, amphibians, exotic pets, pet products, seminars, and more this weekend in Pasadena. General admission starts at 10am and costs $15 for both days, $10 for one day, or $5 for children. Online-only VIP admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children, allows admission to both days, and allows entry at 9am on Saturday.

23rd Annual San Clemente Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 16
Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
http://villagesanclemente.org/annual-car-show/

See hundreds of classic cars this Saturday at this free and all-ages car show in San Clemente.

26th Annual Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 16-17
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

Watch hundreds of artists create massive works of art on the sidewalks, plus enjoy a classic car show on Father’s Day! Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees will also find live music, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, food trucks, and more.

11th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 16
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/chili-at-the-beach.html

Got a craving for heat? Satisfy that craving this Saturday in sunny Surf City, as the streets close to traffic for the annual Huntington Beach Chili Cook Off & Salsa Tasting. Free to attend for all ages, this all-in-one street fair covers a massive portion of Downtown Huntington Beach, filled with arts & crafts, food, drinks, merchandise, a kids’ zone, music, and lots of chili and salsa tastings. In order to taste the chili and salsa, guests must purchase tasting tickets for $10 presale or $15 on the day of the fest. As this area gets extremely crowded on this day, I suggest carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking far and walking to downtown.

SuperHero Summer Fest Alhambra
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 16
Renaissance Plaza, Alhambra
http://www.superherosummerfestalhambra.com/

A free and all-ages fandom event takes place in Downtown Alhambra this Saturday afternoon. Visitors will find vendors, live entertainment, cosplay, and more.

Los Angeles Beer Week Kick-Off
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 16
Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://labeerweek.org/tickets/

Featuring over 75 breweries bringing over 200 beers, you definitely will not want to miss this epic beer tasting gala that kicks off LA Beer Week. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Vegan Playground
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 16
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://www.veganhard.com/

Vegans and entertainment collide this Saturday in Downtown LA. Admission ranges from $22 to $44, depending on when you want to enter and what you want included with admission.

Orange County Big Summer Beerfest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 16
OC Great Park, Irvine
http://www.bigsummerbeerfest.com/

A corporate beer festival comes to Irvine this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 3pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Boots & Brews Country Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 16
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://www.bootsandbrews.com/

Country music and beers collide this Saturday in Santa Clarita. General admission costs $45 but does not come with any food or drinks – all attendees will still need to pay for everything once inside. Children 10 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission.

23rd Annual Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, June 16
CA Center for the Arts, Escondido
http://www.bonsallrotary.com/

Enjoy wines from over 80 wineries, beers from local microbreweries, food from over 20 local restaurants & chefs, and blues music from various local musicians. Admission to this festival costs $75 per person, or $55 for non-drinkers.

90s Prom Party
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 16
The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/

Party like the 90s this Saturday night in Hollywood. Admission costs $30. No one under 21 may attend.

Father’s Day
June 17

Treat the father in your life to something special this Sunday.

9th Annual Wags-N-Wine Food & Wine Tasting Fundraiser
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 17
Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach
http://www.wagsnwine.com/

Sample food, wine, and beer at this fundraising event this Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. General admission costs $75 presale or $85 and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $95 presale or $105 at the door, starts at 12pm, and includes an upgraded tasting glass, VIP food & drinks, and a swag bag. All attendees receive unlimited samples while supplies last. Attendees may also bring their dogs for free. No one under 21 may attend.

Cask & Ye Shall Receive: MacLeod Ale Brewing’s 4th Anniversary
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 17
MacLeod Ale Brewing, Van Nuys
http://www.macleodale.com/

MacLeod Ale Brewing turns four years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a cask beer tasting event at their tasting room in Van Nuys this Sunday. Expect to encounter a handful of other breweries sampling their cask beers as well as this event. Admission comes in three levels. General admission starts at 1pm, and comes with five drink tickets for $20 or ten drink tickets for $35. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 12pm, and comes with unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event. No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual The Car Show at WVCC
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 17
West Valley Christian Church, West Hills
http://www.thecarshowatwvcc.com/

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show in West Hills this Sunday evening.

6th Annual Avalon Restaurant Week
June 1-7
Avalon, Catalina Island
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/6th-annual-avalon-restaurant-week

Some of Catalina Island’s most popular restaurants will provide specials on food this week. Contact your favorite restaurant to see what they will have going on during this period.

The Adolescents – Live in Tustin
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 5
Marty’s On Newport, Tustin
http://www.facebook.com/events/2108871956028001/

Get your circle pit on this Tuesday night in Tustin. The cover for this show costs $20. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 6-7
Pine Avenue, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/event-post/taste-of-downtown/

Sample food & drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach at this tasting fest held along Pine Avenue. Free to attend for all-ages, guests simply pay to eat, purchasing booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each. Each restaurant accepts varying amounts of tickets depending on their offerings. Live music and artists will keep guests entertained as well.

Los Angeles Design Festival
June 7-10
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ladesignfestival.org/

During these four days, various locations in & around Los Angeles will have various fashion and design events open to the public. Some of these events have an entry fee, others do not, so check with the website to see the list of events.

EA Play 2018
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 8
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 9-10
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
http://www.ea.com/eaplay2018

Play a handful of upcoming EA games this weekend in Hollywood. Although free to attend for all ages, interested attendees must still register to attend on the website.

2018 San Diego Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 8
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 9
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 10
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, North Park, San Diego
http://www.sdgreekfestival.com/

An all-ages Greek festival comes to San Diego this weekend, complete with food, desserts, drinks, ouzo, dance, music, rides, games, vendors, exhibits, and more. Arrive early enough and you can enter for free – otherwise, it costs $3 to enter.

10th Annual Cowabunga BBQ, Beer, & Bands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 8
Tri-City Regional Park, Placentia
http://www.rotarycowabunga.com/

Enjoy all-you-can-eat barbecue in Placentia this Friday evening, along with live entertainment, a silent auction, drinks (sold separately), and more. Tickets cost $40 for adults or $20 for children.

DTLA Dark Nights
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 8
L.A. Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lalive.com/events-calendar/dark-nights-birthday-edition

L.A. Live will host their own version of a night market this Friday night in Downtown LA. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can expect to find food vendors, merchandise, live entertainment, dancing, art, and more.

19th Annual Downtown Anaheim 5k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, June 9
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://anaheim5k.com/

A 5k run will take place in central Anaheim this Saturday morning that will close off several streets. Registration costs $35 for the 5k, and goes down for teams or children.

33rd Anniversary Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 9
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 9
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1842857219347521/

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.

4 Wheel Parts Truck & Jeep Fest 2018
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 9-10
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.4wheelparts.com/info/ontario-truck-jeep-fest.aspx

A free and all-ages expo for truck and jeep parts comes to Ontario this weekend. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the convention center.

32nd Annual San Diego Festival Of The Arts
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 9-10
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sdfestivalofthearts.org/

Enjoy a weekend of art and culture this weekend at this all-ages art festival down by the water in San Diego. Admission ranges from $12 to $16 – see the website for a pricing breakdown.

31st Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 9-10
Peninsula Center, Palos Verdes
http://www.palosverdeschamber.com/pv-street-fair

Located all the way out in the hills of Palos Verdes, this annual street fair contains numerous vendors, merchandise, arts & crafts, rides, food, live entertainment, and more. Free for all ages, guests from out of town can enjoy the scenery as they drive up the hills to arrive in Palos Verdes. Guests can park for free in the high school parking lots across the street from the shopping center.

Golden Years Vintage Market
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 9
2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.cameoappearancevintage.com/golden-years/

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.

43rd Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 9
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 10
Great Park, Irvine
http://www.irishfair.org/

Southern California’s largest Irish Fair returns to Irvine this weekend. This family-friendly fair brings Irish culture to one location, where attendees can see over a thousands Irish dancers, dozens of live bands, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, athletic competitions, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more. Guests should bring cash if they want to purchase any food, drinks, merchandise, accessories, or any other Irish goodie. I suggest avoiding American food, and trying the Irish food that you would not find elsewhere. Admission varies depending on how you want to attend, with general admission costing $15 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students.

HessFest 2018
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, June 9
Mike Hess Brewing, North Park, San Diego
http://www.mikehessbrewing.com/

Hess Brewing will celebrate their seventh anniversary with an afternoon beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room in North Park, San Diego. Hess Brewing will pour many of their beers plus some rare and exclusive beers just for this event, and other local breweries will make an appearance to serve their refreshing brews as well. General admission costs $45, starts at 12:30pm, and includes unlimited beer tasters and food samples. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 11:30am, and also provides access to VIP-only beers. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Pechanga’s 10th Annual Microbrew & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 9
Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula
http://www.pechanga.com/entertain/pechanga-10th-annual-microbrew-craft-beer-chili-cook-off

Enjoy unlimited beer (while supplies last) and chili samples at this beer tasting event at Pechanga in Temecula this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive a 2oz souvenir glass, and all the beer and chili you can consume until they run out.

7th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, June 9
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/129179984616503/

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday in Long Beach, and enjoy live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

Rök House 4-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
Rök House Brewing Company, Upland
http://www.rokhousebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1667043016742775/

Upland’s Rök House Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have over two dozen beers for you to try, including their anniversary ales. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

5th Annual East End Block Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
East End, Santa Ana
http://eastenddtsa.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/2121981988034379/

Enjoy a variety of local music, art, sports, cars, and more for free this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana.

2018 Inland Empire Greek Fest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9-10
Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, San Bernardino
http://www.iegreekfest.com/

An all-ages Greek festival comes to San Bernardino this weekend, complete with Greek food, desserts, ouzo, music, dance, games, rides, vendors, exhibits, and more. Admission costs just $2 for adults, while children can enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Chaldea/Cafe & Summer Fan Event
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 9
East Whittier Woman’s Improvement Club, Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/1802794433120615/

A maid cafe experience comes to Whittier this Saturday. $30 gets you in to experience a Japanese phenomenon.

2018 LA Pride Music Festival & Parade
2:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 9
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 10
West Hollywood Park, West Hollywood
http://www.lapride.org/

An all-ages music festival comes to West Hollywood this weekend, along with a parade on Sunday morning. Admission varies in price, starting at $25 for one day, and going up to $125 for a VIP admission.

Punk Rock Weekend in Pomona
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 9-10
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1808580805840969/

Two nights of punk rock take place at the Glass House in Pomona this week. Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $40 and gives admission to both nights.

Starpool’s 15 Year Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
Garden Amphitheatre, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/992250060942978/

Get your skanking on this Saturday night in Garden Grove. The cover for this all-ages show cots $10.

5th Annual SoCalMoms Great Big Family Play Day
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 10
The Autry Museum, Griffith Park
http://greatbigfamilyplayday.com/

A big day for kids happens this Sunday at The Autry in Griffith Park. Admission ranges from $5 to $90, and provides full access to all the games, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, booths, rides, demos, seminars, and more.

Stone Sour Fest 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 10
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-sour-fest-2018

Pucker up for this sour beer tasting event this Sunday morning at Stone Brewing in Escondido. For $55 admission, receive a souvenir glass and 15 3oz tasters from over a hundred different sour beers available. Bring extra cash for purchasing food on the premises. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Balboa Strawberry Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 10
Encino Park, Encino
http://balboastrawberryfestival.com/

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Encino this Sunday, complete with vendors, food, desserts, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more. Note that this event will close Ventura Blvd to traffic, so plan your commute accordingly.

Spring 2018 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 10
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at multiple locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. The surrounding neighborhoods contain plenty of free street parking.

32nd Annual Ojai Wine Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 10
Lake Casitas Recreation Area Event Site, Ventura
http://ojaiwinefestival.com/

A wine tasting event comes to Ventura this Saturday afternoon. Admission starts at $55 based on when you buy your ticket, when you want to enter, and how many in your party will enter. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Luau & Pig Roast
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 10
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.goosebar.com/

Enjoy some tropical-themed cocktails and delicious pork at this seasonal event in Costa Mesa this Sunday afternoon, free of a cover charge.