The first 5.11 Tactical store in Los Angeles County has opened their doors to the public this past Saturday. 5.11 Tactical manufactures apparel, equipment, and gear primarily for law enforcement, such as durable clothing, holsters, outdoor gear, and more. They mostly have their items sold at other retailers, such as Turner’s Outdoorsman, and 5.11 Tactical does not have that many of their own outlet locations. Los Angeles County citizens can finally check out the full selection at this location in Carson on Avalon just off I-405. During their grand opening on Saturday, they had free food in the early afternoon, and for the entire day, visitors received 20% off any purchase of 5.11 Tactical brand items. For more information about this location, check out their Facebook page for updates.

The 2016 Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival returns to Marine Stadium near the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach this weekend. This annual race brings teams from across the world here to compete and race their dragon boats against each other, eventually winning the tournament’s grand prize following the finals on Sunday afternoon. Registration to participate in the races closed a while ago, but spectators of all ages may still attend and watch the races for free. Although this festival appears as an event for the participants only, the festival features a handful of things to do that non-racers will also enjoy.

As mentioned above, this festival features other activities besides the racing that non-racers will enjoy. A tent in the parking lot will house a small stage for traditional Chinese performances, such as balancing acts, music, dancing, martial arts, and more. Nearby this tent, all attendees will find the vendor village, complete with booths selling food, drinks, cold treats, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more.

The hundreds of teams set up their stations along Paoli Way, past the vendor village. Strolling down Paoli Way allows everyone a glimpse into the areas of the teams, but also allows spectators to walk down to the shore and watch the races, which all starts at the north end of Marine Stadium.

With everything that the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival has to offer, everyone comes here mainly to watch the races. However, unlike most water-based races, dragon boats involve more than simply your sight. Any sound can shake the air, but a dragon boat team shakes the heart! The combination of the drummer and paddlers working in unity really gets your heart pounding, similar to the feel of a NASCAR race or the Long Beach Grand Prix. When a race actually starts, spectators simply hear drumming, the drummer shouting commands at the paddlers, the paddlers chanting, and the sweep retorting the commands. One cannot help but get excited and cheer on a team, despite not knowing which teams to cheer for!

The Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival runs on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, providing ample time to attend. On both days, the main festival area opens at 9am and runs until 6pm. The actual races follow their own schedule, so please refer to the website, linked above, for the race schedule. Spectators can find plenty of free street parking on Naples Island, Belmont Park, or Belmont Shore – do not attempt to park in the Marine Stadium parking lot, as that entrance will remain closed to the festival goers. Find some time this weekend to bring your friends, family, and pets down to watch these races – as one of the world’s grandest dragon boat races, you ought to catch a dragon boat race in all its glory.

LA Restaurant Week
July 18-31
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 14-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

US Open of Surfing
July 23-31
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

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

Red Table’s 5th Birthday Party
11:30 am – 9:00 pm, July 25
Red Table Restaurant, Huntington Beach
http://www.redtablerestaurants.com/

Huntington Beach’s Red Table Restaurant turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have $5 happy hour available all day.

Monster Mixer #8: Pop-Up Virtual Reality Arcade
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 25
The Copper Door, Santa Ana
http://www.socalvr.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/154489591637965/

Experience the new generation of virtual reality for free tonight in Downtown Santa Ana. No one under 18 may attend.

Terror: The Life & Death Tour 2016
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 27, The Industry, Chula Vista http://dosd.com/events/2016/7/27/the-life-death-tour-2016-terror-power-trip-harms-way-angel-dust-fury-red-death
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 28, Union Nightclub, Los Angeles http://www.unionclubla.com/event/1170687-life-death-tour-2016-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 30, Chain Reaction, Anaheim http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1172803
http://www.terrorlahc.com/

Hardcore band Terror currently tours across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so click on a show’s link for information.

2016 International Food Blogger Conference
July 28-31
Hyatt Regency, Sacramento
http://www.foodista.com/ifbc

The world’s top conference for food bloggers moves to Sacramento this year! This conference covers a broad diversity of topics, and each attendee may choose their own program of sessions to attend. Registration costs $195 for food bloggers or $495 for non-bloggers.

Pizza Port Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 28
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/608464322653839/

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

14th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 28
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/taste_of_Pifa.htm

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

Nagoya Fair
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 29-31
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://www.mitsuwa.com/event/nagoya-fair/

Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance will have a free and all-ages event all this weekend. Visitors will get to experience a taste of Nagoya culture with unique food and entertainment.

Belmont Shore Summer Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 29-31
Along 2nd Street, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/sidewalk-sale/

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

Urge Gastropub’s 6th Anniversary
11:30 am – 11:30 pm, July 29-30
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Juily 31
Urge Gastropub, Rancho Bernardo
http://rb.urgegastropub.com/events/2016/7/29/urge-gastropub-rancho-bernardos-6th-anniversary

San Diego’s Urge Gastropub turns six years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a weekend full of beer, music, food, and more. Expect local bands, food specials, and unique anniversary beers all weekend. Although this costs nothing to attend, Urge will offer a VIP package that includes many items – check the website to see what the VIP package gets you.

KCON Food Street Night Market
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29-30
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 31
LA Live, Los Angeles
http://ktownnightmarket.com/

Experience Korean nightlife this weekend at the annual Koreatown Night Market for FREE! 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.

Pinup Prom 2016
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29
Pinup Girl Boutique, Burbank
http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1629394724017215/

Free to attend for all ages, a pinup-themed prom event will take place in Burbank this Friday night.

26th Annual Taste of Yorba Linda
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 29
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.yorbalindachamber.org/

Sample the best of food & drinks in Yorba Linda this Friday evening. For $55 presale or $65 at the door, guests get treated to a night of unlimited food tastings plus two drink tickets good for beer or wine. Guests may reserve a table for ten for $100.

5th Annual LUCKYRICE Feast
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29
Vibiana, Los Angeles
http://luckyrice.com/event/los-angeles-feast-2/

Join in on this night of Asian-style food tastings and cocktail sips this Friday night in Downtown LA. General admission costs $88 and starts at 8pm, while early admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and cocktail tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Delicious Little Tokyo
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 30
10:30 am – 9:00 pm, July 31
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.golittletokyo.com/delicious/

A handful of food & beverage events will take place around Little Tokyo this weekend. Some of these events have an admission fee, while some do not, so check the website for the full list of events.

Voodoo Glow Skulls: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 29, Underground DTSA, Santa Ana http://www.facebook.com/events/887368128076394/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30, Bar 1650, Corona http://www.facebook.com/events/581747161992993/
http://voodooglowskulls.com/

Skacore band Voodoo Glow Skulls will headline two shows this week in Southern California. Ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so click on a show’s link for details.

11th Annual Unleashed by Petco Imperial Beach Surf Dog
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 30
Imperial Beach Pier, Imperial Beach, San Diego
http://surfcitysurfdog.com/

Catch a weekend of surfing and dogs this weekend in Imperial Beach. Various events will take place throughout the day, with a few taking place on Sunday as well. Events vary in price, so check the website for a price for each individual event.

Long Beach Dragonboat Fest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 30-31
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.lbdragonboat.com/

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

Run/Yoga Challenge Brouwerij West
9:30 am – 12:30 pm, July 30
Brouwerij West, San Pedro
http://www.brew-yoga.com/

Participate in some running and yoga this Saturday morning, then follow it up with beer at Brouwerij West in San Pedro. Participation costs $25 and includes the physical activities, vegan brunch, and beer samples. Participants under 21 may not have any beer though.

The Inspired Market – Yorba Linda
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 30
RM Nixon Park, Yorba Linda
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the last Saturdays of each month in Yorba Linda. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

Midsummer Scream
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 30
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 31
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://midsummerscream.org/

A horror and Halloween expo comes to Long Beach this weekend, filled with vendors, entertainment, activities, and more. Tickets range from $25 to $75.

Cook’s Corner 2nd Annual Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:30 pm, July 30
Cook’s Corner, Trabuco Canyon
http://cookscorners.com/

Check out lots of motorcycles and sip on craft beers this Saturday afternoon in Trabuco Canyon. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and provides unlimited beer samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. Cook’s Corner serves food at cost, so bring extra cash for that. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual Venice Bar B Que
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 30
Oakwood Recreation Center, Venice
http://www.venicenc.org/

A free and all-ages community potluck will take place in Venice this Saturday afternoon in Venice.

3rd Annual NOS Brew Fest & Home Brew Competition
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 30
NOS Event Center, San Bernardino
http://www.nosevents.com/upcoming-events/brew-fest/

A craft beer and homebrewing festival comes to San Bernardino this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $25 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $40, starts at 12pm, and also includes a t-shirt, key chain, and VIP parking. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Gourmetzia 2016
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 30-31
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.gourmetzia.com/

Described as “the international food lovers ultimate sampling event,” this two-day expo at The Reef showcases the finest in trending foods, gourmet, and artisan delicacies. Between all of the food sampling and browsing, check out all the culinary demos, performances, and high-energy activities. General admission costs $30 and grants full access to all the vendors and their samples.

Fiesta Pilsner Release
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Telegraph Brewing Company, Santa Barbara
http://www.telegraphbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/173048696444803/

Santa Barbara’s Telegraph Brewing will release a special pilsner this Saturday, and you can check it out at their tasting room all day. Telegraph will also have a Mexican mobile food vendor on site, plus appropriate music. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 30-31
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana
http://www.hardsummer.com/

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Tickets start at $109. No one under 18 may attend.

HessFest 2016
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm, July 30
Mike Hess Brewing, North Park, San Diego
http://www.mikehessbrewing.com/

Hess Brewing will celebrate their sixth 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 $50, starts at 1:00, and includes unlimited beer tasters and food samples. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 12:30pm, and provides access to VIP-only beers. All attendees receive a souvenir glass that they may bring back to the Hess tasting room for $4 refills for the rest of the year.

Punk Rock Fundraiser Show
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 30
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/979376092177977/

Enjoy a hard punk rock show this Saturday afternoon in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

LA Weekly’s Burgers & Beer
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 30
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Sports Arena, Los Angeles
http://microapp.laweekly.com/burgersandbeer/

Hang with hipsters at this gourmet foodie and craft beer event in Los Angeles this Saturday afternoon. Find burgers from dozens of Los Angeles County’s hottest burger joints, and enjoy beer samples from dozens of Southern Californian microbreweries. General admission starts at 3pm and costs $75 with beer or $55 without beer. VIP admission costs $90 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples until it runs out. No one under 21 may attend.

Twilight Chow Fest
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Martin Auto Service, Riverside
http://lunarfestriverside.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1551579355148028/

The Inland Empire gets their very first night market this Saturday, following on the heels of the very successful night markets of Arcadia, Koreatown, Costa Mesa, and recently Long Beach. Admission costs only $3 per person or $5 for two.

5th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 30
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Angeleno, Burbank
http://downtownburbankcarclassic.com/

Car enthusiasts will want to make their way over to Downtown Burbank this Saturday afternoon for a day full of classic cars, customs, and more, free to attend for all ages.

3rd Annual Vegan Faire
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 30
Healthy Junk, Anaheim
http://www.thehealthyjunk.com/

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

Tiki Night 2016
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 30
Egyptian Theater, Hollywood
http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/tiki-night-2016

Enjoy an all-ages Pacific Islander festival and show this Saturday evening in Hollywood. Visitors will find music, dance, entertainment, food, drinks, desserts, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. General admission costs $18, or $14 for students or seniors.

Popfuji II
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Brouwerij West, San Pedro
http://www.brouwerijwest.com/popfuji/

This Saturday evening, San Pedro’s Brouwerij West will bring back Popfuji, their unfiltered pilsner, as well as a handful of local bands and gourmet food trucks. The cover charge to enter costs $5.

Ska In The Park 4
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 30
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim Hills
http://www.facebook.com/events/1072192789560805/

Get your skanking on at this free and all-ages ska show this Saturday night in Anaheim Hills.

No Clue Brew Ride
8:30 am – 12:30 pm, July 31
No Clue Brew, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.brewcyclers.com/

Go on a bike ride this Sunday morning, which will include a brunch stop and beers. The bike ride costs nothing to attend, but participants should bring cash for food and beer.

2nd Annual Yestercon
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 31
The Carson Center, Carson
http://www.yestercon.co/

Check out old toys, games, and other pop culture items at this all-ages retro event in Carson this Sunday. General admission costs $10 and starts at 10am, while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am. Visitors may park for free here.

Swiss Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 31
Swiss Park, Whittier
http://www.swisspark.la/

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

Reckless First Anniversary Party
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 31
Reckless Brewing Company, Miramar, San Diego
http://www.wetnreckless.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/271274669916141/

Formerly Wet N Reckless Brewing, they will celebrate the first anniversary of their reopening this Sunday afternoon. They will have 12 beers on tap, and you can get a sampler flight of all of them for $15.

Summer Soda Tasting 2016
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 31
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, Highland Park
http://www.galcos.com/

$15 gets you a pass to sample various sodas in Highland Park this Sunday evening while supplies last.

letlive. @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 31
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.thisisletlive.com/
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/letlive

Post-hardcore band letlive. will headline an all-ages show in Santa Ana this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $15.

When out in the warm weather for a prolonged period of time, people start to crave cold things to eat and/or drink. This can range from chilled beverages to iced treats, such as shakes, shave ice, or ice cream. Many cold foods tend to warm up fast once exposed to the weather, especially the frozen ones. Shave ice and ice cream will usually melt away starting at one minute upon receiving it, so you typically would have to consume it fast, which could lead to brain freeze. Thus, these foods need to get colder to last longer in the heat. But how cold can you get? While traditional methods of preparing cold treats can only make something last so long, chemical methods have proven very successful in making cold treats last longer. Liquid nitrogen has proven very valuable in getting fresh ice cream to remain frozen for quite some time, and many places now do the liquid nitrogen-infused ice cream thing that many people have fallen in love with, such as at Cauldron Ice Cream.

Lots of newer ice cream places use liquid nitrogen to make fresh firm ice cream, but Cauldron Ice Cream takes it a step further. Located in southeast Santa Ana north of South Coast Plaza just on the border of Costa Mesa, Cauldron Ice Cream uses liquid nitrogen for their made-to-order ice cream for fresh customized ice cream that remains firm for a long time, even in warm weather. They did not innovate this method, as the method of utilizing liquid nitrogen to make ice cream has existed for many years already. However, Cauldron Ice Cream does not simply serve just ice cream – they kick things up with their signature Puffle cone, a bubble waffle that they roll into the shape of a cone. Known as the Egg Waffle in its origin of Hong Kong, this specialized waffle has surged in popularity recently thanks to the advent of the numerous night markets throughout the country. By rolling one up as soon as it leaves the waffle iron, Cauldron Ice Cream brings a unique spin on the classic waffle cone that pairs well with their rotating ice cream flavors, such as their Sea Salt Caramel Crunch ice cream. Cauldron uses caramel ice cream for the base and mixes pretzel bits into the ice cream for a crunchy texture. They then top the ice cream with sea salt and a caramel drizzle.

For just $6, you can enjoy this unique treat at Cauldron Ice Cream between Santa Ana and Costa Mesa. Check out Cauldron Ice Cream on Facebook for updates and listings of their current ice cream flavors.

When the local city or state fair comes to town, you can bet that thousands of people will flock to it during the opening weekend. Despite the excess heat and lack of shade, the 3rd Annual OC Brew Hee Haw craft beer festival returned to the Orange County Fair & Event Center this past weekend. This weekend-long beer tasting event took place on the opening weekend of the 2016 OC Fair this past weekend, and covered a large span of the weekend with four different beer tasting sessions that each lasted four hours. All attendees to the OC Brew Hee Haw received UNLIMITED beer tasters, as well as admission to the fairgrounds for that day. The actual Brew Hee Haw area did not contain much else to do besides get beer, as the small space only allowed for just drinking plus a small stage to allow a DJ to set up. Attendees could still wander about the fair, but could not bring beer outside of the event area.

Now in its third year, the OC Brew Hee Haw has once again come under some changes upon improving it from the previous years. The number of sessions increased back up to four like the first year, but up one from last year. Much like last year, admission to the beer tasting allowed for unlimited beer samples while supplies lasted. New this year, OC Brew Hee Haw took place in a brand new area to allow for more space compared to the previous years’ cramped location. The event got its own tents set up at the northwest entrance to the fair, and allowed more than enough space to fit all of the breweries and vendors. On the other hand, also new this year, visitors faced enhanced screening at the entrance, complete with more searches and a metal detector. This held up hundreds of people trying to get in, and it took me at least 20 minutes to finally enter the fair after getting in line to get screened. The fair administration also mucked up parking for the vendors, as many of the vendors and volunteers got redirected to a different parking lot than previously instructed. As a result, many of the vendors and volunteers arrived way after the session had started. The attendees did not seem to mind this – if anything, it made people get closer and make new friends. I mean, just look at all these people – they look like they had a great time!

If you missed out on the Brew Hee Haw, fret not. The one that started them all, OC Brew Ha Ha, returns for its sixth installment on Saturday, September 24th, back at Oak Canyon Park in Irvine. Tickets have already gone on sale for $45 general admission or $60 for entry an hour earlier. All visitors gain access to UNLIMITED beer tastings for the duration of the event from over 90 breweries serving over 200 different beers. Expect to find plenty of food trucks, other food vendors, free soft drinks, merchandise booths, beer industry speakers, games, and more, which includes live music. To stay updated on news such as this and more from OC Brew Ha Ha, like the Facebook page and follow them on Twitter so you know what goes on in the realm of Orange County’s greatest beer festivals.

The 2016 Idea World Fitness Convention & Expo returned this past weekend to the Los Angeles Convention Center. As one of the world’s largest fitness conferences, visitors from all over the world traveled to Los Angeles within the past week to check out this convention, full of workshops, speakers, demos, competitions, vendors, and more. From Wednesday through Sunday of last week, various seminars, sessions, workshops, and demos took place that attendees could participate in and gain valuable knowledge, or further their athletic career. From Thursday through Saturday, the Fitness & Nutrition Expo opened up to the public, and anyone who registered online for that expo could enter for free. This expo contained numerous vendors all exhibiting the latest in sports equipment, wellness services, new technology in sports, and food trends.

Those in the fitness or wellness industry definitely should have registered for the full conference, gaining immense benefits towards their business, or towards their training. For everyone else, attending the free expo yielded great returns in terms of content, networking opportunities, and all the free samples of protein goodies. Compared to last year’s convention, about half of the vendors returned, while the other half consisted of new vendors. The Idea World Fitness Expo focuses more on health and wellness, whereas another big fitness expo that takes place in Southern California (coming next month) focuses more on training and athletics. Regardless, numerous demos and exercises took place, ranging from dance to cross-training to controlled movements and more.

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

The ever popular 626 Night Market returns to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia this weekend. 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. Taking place the section south of the race track, this event dedicates a huge chunk of the space to the various food, drinks, and desserts that everyone can explore and taste, while leaving another space for all other vendors. At the far back of the event, visitors will find a live stage with entertainment taking place all weekend. Admission only costs $3 per person, while guests will have to pay for everything else once inside.

While night markets typically contain a wide variety of things to see and do, the main event circulates around the abundant amount of multicultural food available. This event consists of a large space south of the race track split into two halves: a north section and a south section. Guests enter into the north section, a field and walkway complete with all the vendors, services, games, arts & crafts, entertainment, and everything else not directly involved with food. Crossing over to the southern section places visitors into a blocked off portion of the parking lot, complete with dozens of food vendors all serving various types of food and drinks from multiple different regions of Asia, from Chinese to Thai to Vietnamese to Japanese to Korean and more. The longest lines occur at booths with the demanded items, such as the infamous Ramen Burger, Mama Musubi, stinky tofu, squid roe, and Spiked Juices.

Both the 626 Night Market and the OC Night Market take place a few times a year, so expect both events to come around later this summer. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for more updates on additional night markets in Southern California.