Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor (last of 2012)
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 15-16
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore

This is a “Taste of Belmont Shore” event that occurs during the summer months annually. You may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and these tickets are used to redeem food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy your tickets pre-sale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s. Tickets also sold in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Every restaurant takes a different amount of tickets depending on the offerings. For example, the Sampler Plate from George’s Greek Cafe costs only 4 tickets:

This is one of the more extreme examples, as most other items costing 4 tickets are smaller – a similar plate from another restaurant costs 9 tickets! But you can still enter the restaurants and order off their regular menu.

Frosted usually offers a mini-cupcake and a hi-top:

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
August 17-24
Various locations, Costa Mesa

The annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week returns! Numerous restaurants in Costa Mesa will be featuring special prix fixe meals or other discounted items during this time. Many of these restaurants have amazing food, so I encourage you to check out at least one of the restaurants during that week.

Orange County BBQ Bonanza
11:00 am, August 17-19
Fountain Valley Sports Park, west side of Mile Square Park, Fountain Valley

This event is open to all ages and is now FREE to enter. You can try many different types of BBQ from all over the country, ranging from $2 to $25 per plate. In addition to all the food, there will be carnival games and rides, vendors, and other entertainment.

Summer BBQ & Pro-BBQ Competition
August 17-19
Westminster Mall, Westminster

This festival celebrates, ribs, pork, and watermelons. Watermelons are free each day of the festival, which costs $5 to enter. There will be plenty of food (that you have to pay for), carnival games, rides, entertainment, and more. I do not know why this is the same weekend as OC BBQ Bonanza, but I suppose that means the organizers are confident enough that their first annual BBQ fest will overtake one that has been around for years.

12th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
7:00 am, August 18-19
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach

This Hawaiian & Islander festival will be at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

Los Angeles Dragonboat Festival
8:30 am – 4:00 pm, August 18
Legg Lake Park, Whittier

Come to watch Dragonboat races at Legg Lake Park – free parking and admission to spectate! If you missed the Long Beach Dragonboat Festival, you do not want to miss this.

Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 18
Uptown Whittier

This car show is free to the public, and will feature classics, muscles, vintages, and more. Local restaurants and food trucks will be available to keep you and your group fed.

Stone Brewery 16th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 18
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos

Stone Brewery is turning 16 soon, and to celebrate, Stone is throwing another huge bash full of food and beer. The $40 admission gets you a souvenir glass, ten 4oz pours, access to over 100 different beers, free sodas, cheese, and Arrogant Bastard onion rings. There are two 3-hour sessions: 11am-2pm, and 3pm-6pm.

Long Beach Funk Fest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
Downtown Long Beach

This free event is open to all ages and will feature numerous funk artists and bands in the heart of Downtown Long Beach on Pine & Broadway (hint: streets will be closed). In addition to the live music, there will be a kids’ zone, arts & crafts, dancers, vendors, and more. After the fest ends, the after party will be at Harvelle’s, which is down the stairs next to Congregation Ale House, which is less than a minute away from the fest.

3rd Annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 18
Casey’s Irish Pub, Downtown Los Angeles

All attendees of this pub crawl through Downtown Los Angeles will see over 100 different craft beers across seven different locations. General admission begins at 3pm, while early admission begins at 1pm. The pub crawl has no set route – you are free to visit the locations in any order you like, and spend as much time at any particular venue as you like. All locations will open to the public at 7pm that day, but you can still stay at any of the locations.

Gyoza Eating Championship
2:30 pm, August 18
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center Plaza, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Part of The 72nd Annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival, this eating competition will see participants eating at least 264 gyoza in under 10 minutes. The winner walks away with $5,500 in cash prizes and bragging rights until next year. Spectators can get in free – if you want to participate, check the website for availability.

Long Beach Grand Cru
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 18
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

The Long Beach Grand Cru is a wine competition and tasting extravaganza, featuring some really rare and/or expensive wines. Tickets are $160 presale and $200 at the door.

Star Wars: It’s A Tap!
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 19
Pizza Port, San Clemente

Pizza Port will be tapping & pouring Star Wars themed beers all day for $3 or $4 a pint depending on the beer. There will be food specials, movies, costume contests, and more. There is no admission fee, so you only pay for what you consume.

Rose Park Bluegrass Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 19
Rose Park, Long Beach

This free festival is open to all ages, and will feature many bluegrass bands, entertainment, food from local restaurants, games, arts & crafts, a beer garden, and more. Parking is very difficult around this area – luckily the website has a nifty guide on how to get there and where to park.

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