The 17th Annual Los Angeles Dia De Los Muertos Festival returns this Saturday to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. At this all-ages festival, thousands of visitors get to explore the cemetery grounds to observe all of the altars, costumes, and live entertainment throughout. All around the cemetery grounds, visitors will find altars, statues, and other art structures along the paths, all set up to pay tribute to the fallen. Many visitors may also embrace the part by dressing up or applying appropriate face painting. Multiple forms of live entertainment will take place to keep visitors occupied, such as live music, dancing, models, arts & crafts, and more.

To see more from the festival, see photos from previous years, and find information about upcoming events, check out the Hollywood Forever Facebook and Twitter pages.

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday for a dog day at the beach at the SoCal Corgi Nation’s Fall 2016 SoCal Corgi Beach Day. At this free and all-ages event, thousands of passionate Corgi owners gather for a fun & fur-filled day on the sandy dunes of the Huntington Beach Dog Beach in Orange County. Hundreds of Corgis will travel here to play, mingle, and enjoy this special day for them. Activities primarily include an Instagram photo meet-up, a costume contest, and a limbo contest. Other than that, the day consists of mingling, chatting, and playing with all of the cute pups.

6th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
October 23-30
Lake Forest

Explore the local businesses of Lake Forest during this eight-day period. Various restaurants and shops will have specials this week, which will culminate with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, October 30th.

17th Annual Taste of La Verne
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 25
University of La Verne, La Verne

Sample food and drinks from dozens of restaurants and bars from La Verne this Tuesday night in Pomona. General admission costs $45 and comes with free parking and unlimited food and drink samples from all the vendors while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

D.R.I. – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 25, Moose Lodge, Lancaster
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 26, Union Nightclub, Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 27, The Garage, Ventura
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 28, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 29-30, M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona

Legendary punk band D.R.I. currently tours across the country, and that tour will sweep through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so check their website for details.

3rd Annual A Few Good Men Gala
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, October 26
Long Beach Sports Arena, Long Beach

A charity men’s fashion and auction returns to Long Beach this week. Individual tickets start at $200.

2nd Annual Oktoberfest Party & Cask Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 27
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia

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

Octoberflame VIII
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 27-30
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Tiger Army will headline these all-ages shows this week at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to each show cost $30.

The Suicide Machines: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 27, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 28, Velvet Jones Santa Barbara
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 29, The Irenic, North Park, San Diego

The Suicide Machines will headline three shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Bitten: A Food Conversation
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 28
Gallery Theater @ Barnsdall Art Park, Hollywood

Listen to industry professionals talk about food this Friday in Hollywood. Registration to attend costs $200 per person.

Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 28
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 29
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 30
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles

One of the west coast’s largest multimedia pop culture expos returns to Downtown LA this weekend. Whether you like comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or anything else in the pop culture realm, anyone will surely find something to enjoy at the expo this weekend. Passes cost $25 to $35 for single days, or $70 for the entire weekend.

2nd Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 28
Heritage Museum, Santa Ana

A free and all-ages cultural arts & crafts event will take place in Santa Ana this Friday.

Fall Fun Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 28
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel

A free and all-ages Halloween event comes to San Gabriel this Friday night.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 29
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach

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.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 29
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach

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

The Inspired Market – Yorba Linda
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 24
RM Nixon Park, Yorba Linda

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.

2nd Annual SoCal VegFest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 29-30
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa

Free to attend for all ages, this food fair takes place this weekend in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find food samples, live music, cooking demos, children’s entertainment, live yoga demos, vendors, and other services.

92nd Annual Anaheim Fall Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 29
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim

At this FREE and all-ages festival, find games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, live entertainment, costume contests, a petting zoo, a parade, and more.

2016 Cake Expo Sweets & Party Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 29
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 30
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar

Find all things cakes and baking at this two-day event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar this weekend. Attendees will find hundreds of dessert samples, various workshops, hands-on demos, celebrity chefs, dozens of vendors, and more. Admission varies based on when you want to attend and what extras you want, starting at $10 and going up as high as $149.

Belching Beaver’s 4th Anniversary
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 29
Belching Beaver Brewery, Oceanside

Belching Beaver Brewery turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a party at their facility in Oceanside this Saturday. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, and grants attendees one 16oz beer pour, one 8oz specialty pour, one raffle ticket, and a 16oz anniversary glass. No one under 21 may attend.

17th Annual Dia De Los Muertos
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 29
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood

Celebrate this cultural holiday at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Hollywood. Attendees will find arts & crafts, art exhibits, costume contests, music, live entertainment, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 per person.

Festival Supreme 2016
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 29
Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles

This music & comedy festival will feature some of the industry’s greatest acts all in one venue this Saturday. General admission costs $100, while VIP admission costs $250 and includes a handful of perks such as special entry, parking, seating, lounges, and more.

Coachella Valley Brewing’s 3rd Year Anniversary
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 29
Coachella Valley Brewing, Thousand Palms

Coachella Valley Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a party at their tasting room this Saturday. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 1pm, and includes a few extra perks, such as access to unique rare brews. All attendees receive ten beer tasters and a souvenir cup. No one under 21 may enter.

Halloween Capers
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 29
Uptown Whittier, Whittier

A free and all-ages Halloween festival comes to Uptown Whittier this Saturday afternoon.

The Adicts @ El Rey Theater
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 29
El Rey Theater, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles

Legendary punk rock band The Adicts currently tour across the west coast, and that tour will visit Southern California this weekend. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $27.50 presale or $30 at the door.

Naja’s Place’s Halloween Party
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 29
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach

Enjoy beers, costumes, music, and movies this Saturday night in Redondo Beach. This event has no cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

Voodoo Glow Skulls 1st Annual “Halloween Monster Mash”
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 29
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside

Skacore band Voodoo Glow Skulls will headline a Halloween show this Saturday night in Riverside. Tickets for this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

14th Annual Celebrate The Craft
11:30 am – 3:00 pm, October 30
The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla

Enjoy food, beer, wine, and other local goodies this Sunday afternoon in La Jolla. Tickets cost $135 and provides unlimited tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

16th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 30
Marina Vista Park, Long Beach

Expect to see over 500 costumed dogs at this annual parade through Belmont Shore, as featured on the Kevin & Bean Show! Kids and adults may also enter a costume contest to win cash prizes. Presale entries cost $10 per dog, with prices rising on the day of the event.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 30
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia

Share a beer or two at this free bottle share in Monrovia this Sunday afternoon. Guests should bring a 22oz bomber or two 12oz bottles to share with others.

15th Annual Skalloween
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 30
Club Los Globos, Silverlake

An all-day all-ages ska show will take place in Silverlake this Sunday. Tickets cost $10 presale, $15 at the door, or $12 at the door with a costume on.

The Vandals performing Urban Struggle at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare in Pomona, CA. Filmed on October 19, 2013.

Craft beer continues to rise up across the nation, despite the efforts of big corporations trying to stomp out the competition. This year’s Great American Beer Festival proved just that because, relative to the total amount of medals awarded, macro beers accounted for the lowest percentage of medal winners in the last decade (according to beer industry folks who attended this year’s festival). The growth will not stop as long as aspiring minds and entrepreneurs strive for their dreams. Craft beer reigns supreme in Orange County, as over 40 breweries now exist in this geographically small county, which includes the recently opened Stereo Brewing.

Further strengthening the brewery scene for Orange County (especially North Orange County), Stereo Brewing has opened their doors to the public this past Saturday. Located at the southeastern end of Placentia near where Yorba Linda meets Anaheim Hills, Stereo Brewing joins the prestigious ranks of other local microbreweries, such as The Bruery and Bottle Logic, that have a good-size tasting room that can accommodate food trucks. Take one step into Stereo Brewing and you will see that a lot of attention went into the detail of decorating and designing the tasting room. Themed after the founder’s love for music, Stereo Brewing not only names their brews after music names and terms, but has various props and items on display in the tasting room that has some significance to the music industry. Southern Californian craft beer enthusiasts may recognize this theme in another brewery, Acoustic Ales. Though unrelated, the breweries share a passion for music, something that anyone can appreciate. I mean, music got me through a tough time in my life, so when others share their love for music, it makes it more comfortable to relate.

Stereo Brewing opens their tasting room five days a week currently, and routinely has events at their tasting room, such as live music, food trucks, and television/sports programs. Check out their website above for a complete schedule, and check them out on Facebook as well.

Craft beer reigns supreme in Southern California, but some areas see a different spread of the distribution of craft beer than others. For example, Anaheim has lots of breweries so close to each other, but not much in the way of gastropubs or festivals. Conversely, Long Beach boasts lots of craft beer-friendly establishments and beer festivals, but houses very few breweries compared to surrounding cities. In fact, another beer festival came to Long Beach this past weekend, as Cal State Long Beach hosted their 1st Annual Long Beach Craft Beer Festival. Benefiting the CSULB Hospitality Department, this craft beer celebration covered two days of award-winning beers from across the nation. While the weekend started with a beer-pairing dinner and a brewers reception, the major festival took place Saturday afternoon at the campus’ Jack Rose track & field stadium. The festival featured over 50 different breweries, over 100 different beers, mobile food vendors, live entertainment, and more. Distinctly, the organizers brought out many breweries not typically seen at a beer festival in Southern California, including out-of-state or international breweries.

On a weekend fraught with dozens of beer events, it takes some mighty fine marketing and planning to stand out from the crowd. The Great American Beer Festival had just taken place the weekend prior, so as a result, very few beer events took place that weekend, pushing most beer festivals forward a week. So while many other beer festival occurred at the same time as the Long Beach one, the Long Beach event takes the crown for the weekend. No other beer festival can contain such a variety of breweries, especially breweries that rarely, if not ever, make an appearance in Southern California. Due to the wide, spacious venue, they can contain so many more booths if they choose to do so in a future iteration of this event. Despite appearing like a generic beer tasting festival, the organizers stayed true to the local microbrewery scene, opting not to highlight the macro breweries so much; in fact, the “sold out” breweries had their own spot in a far corner of the venue. Some of the microbreweries even dared to launch timed releases – at some of the larger beer festivals, the more popular breweries will release a rare beer at a certain time within the festival instead of making it available from the start, giving attendees a chance to line up to taste it instead of making it “first come, first served.” We rarely see something like this at a generic beer tasting event, so for some of the breweries to do this at this festival means something significant.

While anyone can certainly expect beginners’ mistakes on a first event, the Long Beach crew minimized problems, which makes this beer fest stand out as a true winner relative to the Southern California craft beer industry. Did I witness anything issues or areas that they can improve upon? Nobody can run an event for the first time without problems, but of those that I encountered, nothing bugged me too much. They had plenty of space to work with, and definitely could have filled up the venue – instead, a huge open area existed toward the back of the area. Perhaps they could have invited a lot more food vendors? The venue lacked cool, shaded areas, unless attendees remained on the west side of the venue due to the trees there. It also would have greatly helped if they made complimentary water more readily available. I did discover some iced buckets of water bottles, but I had to actively search for them. Finally, the method to enter greatly confused me – attendees had to check in at the box office at The Pyramid, receive their wristband and cup there, and then finally walk to the track to enter the event area. I had approached from the track’s side, so did not know that I still needed to walk over to the box office to pick up my objects.

Overall, the Long Beach Craft Beer Festival did the local craft beer scene justice. The CSULB campus has done a great job in recent years to introduce craft beer and craft wine to the student body, something that I could not enjoy while attending CSULB (ABC revoked the license while I attended classes here due to rowdy students one night). Although they do not have a brewing curriculum like another Southern Californian campus does, CSULB has taken a step in the right direction to boost the microbrewery scene to empower local brewers against the large corporations that would dare snuff out the little guys. Check out what else CSULB has in store for their students by liking the Facebook pages of The Nugget (the campus’ pub) and the bookstore.

Artisanal LA returns for its semiannual show this weekend to the second floor of The Reef near Downtown Los Angeles. Featuring the latest and greatest of artisan food and drinks in Southern California, this designer edibles fair brings together the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more. Hundreds of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcase their goods and sell their wonderful products to all the attendees. The floor features aisles after aisles full of vendors in each little space, all vying for attendees to try their goods, and hopefully generate a fan out of them. Due to the enclosed space with no industrial ventilation, most of the food arrived premade, or as cold/room temperature goods. From refreshing soft drinks to chocolates to ice cream to grass-fed beef to cakes and beyond, Artisanal LA truly exhibits the best of local Southern Californian flavor. Words cannot fully depict all that transpires at Artisanal LA, so take an abridged tour through the last Artisanal LA here:

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 presale or $15 at the door. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.