Belly Up Beer Fest
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 9
Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach

A $15 entry grants guests 10 beer tasters from Acoustic Ales and Belching Beaver. Admission after 9pm only costs $5!

Ballast Point Tap Takeover + Seafood Night
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 10
The Factory Gastropub, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

Visit The Factory this Wednesday night, as Ballast Point Brewing takes over the taps with their stellar lineup of IPA’s and more. The kitchen will also prepare a special sustainable seafood menu to pair with some of the beers (sold separately). No reservations required – simply show up and order a drink and/or food.

20th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, April 11
Share Our Selves, Costa Mesa

25 of Orange County’s finest chefs will gather to prepare their most unusual and unique taco. Come witness history in the making, as chefs strive to reinvent the wheel by crafting the new generation of tacos. VIP hour starts at 4:30pm and costs $150, while general admission starts at 5:30pm and costs $70.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 11
Downtown Los Angeles

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 does not exist in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here before.

2013 Formula Drift
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 12
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 13
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

Taking place a week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Formula Drift competition utilizes the sharpest turns of the track to put on a show that everyone can enjoy. Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event costs $24 plus fees up to $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so plan to carpool, take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood to the east to alleviate that parking fee.

Long Beach Roller Derby – Garden of Beaten
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 12
The Queen Mary, Long Beach

Catch some good ol’ roller derby this Friday night in Long Beach. Tickets to the all-ages Friday night bout cost $16. Parking costs $12, so either carpool or take the FREE bus from downtown.

Downtown Burbank Fine Arts Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 13-14
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Olive, Downtown Burbank

Check out hundreds of artists, street painters, sidewalk chalk artists, and more this weekend in Downtown Burbank. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can exhibit the many art on display, create their own art with sidewalk chalk or other artists allowing guests to interact, or purchase art to take home.

2nd Annual Healthy Living Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 13-14
Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, Del Mar

Check out this health & wellness expo this weekend, FREE to attend for all ages! Guests can experience cooking demos, medical testing, belly dancers, fitness workshops, food & drink samples, massages, speakers, fitness tests, yoga classes, speakers, and more.

City Challenge Urban Race 5K & Half Marathon – Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 13
Huntington Beach Beer Co., Downtown Huntington Beach

This Saturday, participate in this one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt & race! Compete with a partner or as an individual to locate and solve 12 different riddles and puzzles in a 5K or half marathon span. Due to the nature of this challenge run, all participants runs at their own pace, and can run in any direction since participants can solve the challenges in any order. Participants may use portable devices or tools to solve challenges (smartphones, ask people, etc), but must remain on their feet, meaning no bikes, skates, cars, etc. Participation costs $50 per individual, so a team of two costs $100. All participants must bring a camera or any device that can capture a photo in order to show proof of completing a challenge. Packet pickup starts at 11am at the Huntington Beach Beer Co., and the race starts at 12pm. Because of the prompt start time, I highly recommend arriving very early and securing parking, or you will certainly get stuck in heavy traffic on the way to Downtown Huntington Beach.

Gray Cloud Cigar & Craft Beer Pairing Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 13
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, Mission Viejo

At this 21 & up festival, guests will enjoy special pairings of limited release craft beers, award-winning cigars, and small-bite hors d’oeuvres. Guests receive a commemorative Belgian-style tulip glass for their beer pairings, carefully selected by the world-renown Dr. Bill. Tickets cost $70 presale and $75 at the door, and include free parking.

Tustin Lobsterfest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 13
Peppertree Park, Tustin

At this annual fundraiser, guests pay $75 for all-you-can-eat lobster and tri-tip, and other picnic foods like hot dogs, salads, mac & cheese, baked potatoes, various pastries, and more. Each entry ticket comes with an entry to a lottery to win $1000!

Santa Fe Springs – Spring Craft Beer Festival
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 13
Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet, Santa Fe Springs

The Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet will hold an after-dark party this Saturday night featuring craft beer, comedians, local cover bands, gourmet food trucks, and more. Tickets to this 21 & up fest cost $20 presale and $25 at the door, and include five 7oz beer tasters and free parking.

Ultimate Burlesque Show
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 13
Studio Servitu, Los Angeles

Come see some of the nation’s top burlesque performers strut their stuff this Wednesday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets to this voluptuous show cost $50.

4th Annual Walk For Water & Pancake Breakfast
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 14
American Junkie, Hermosa Beach

At this all-ages event, all participants will receive a free goodie bag and t-shirt to commemorate their participation in this walk, and a pancake breakfast courtesy of American Junkie. Registration varies in price, but an individual would pay $30 to walk. Students and teams can save depending on the amount of participants involved.

2013 College Area Taste
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 14
College Area Business District, San Diego

Over 25 local restaurants will participate in this afternoon food fest in the College Area Business District near San Diego State. Presale tickets cost $25, while tickets at the gate will cost $30, and will cover all the samples that guests will receive.

Fellatio/BJ/Hand Job Workshop
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, April 14
EbyResa, San Diego

WOMEN ONLY! Learn about fellatio, blow job, and hand job techniques at this workshop near Downtown San Diego this Sunday night. Registration costs $35 per individual, or $30 per person for multiple people. Guests can park for free on the streets nearby.

D.R.I. @ The Observatory
5:30 pm – 12:00 am, April 14
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Catch punk band D.R.I. as they host a BBQ and headline an all-ages show this Sunday night. Tickets cost $15 presale and $20 at the door, and include one complimentary plate of food and free parking.

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