American Craft Beer Week
May 13-19
Nationwide
http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 15-16
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Bottle Share @ The Factory
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 15
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/466829150053763/

Share your favorite beer, and taste some other great beers at this monthly bottle share at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. No purchase necessary – simply bring in a bottle of craft beer of your choice, and share it with other craft beer enthusiasts. The restaurant will still serve the full menu for anyone hungry, and all burgers costs only $8 each after 8pm.

4th Annual Anatolian Cultures & Food Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 16-19
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.anatolianfestival.org/

Celebrate Anatolian culture at this weekend-long festival at the OC Fair. Guests will experience food, art, exhibits, arts, crafts, performances, music, dance, and more. Ticket prices vary, with a one-day general admission costing $12.

Firestone Walker’s Finest Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
The Surly Goat, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/622324564463925/

Meet co-founder of Firestone Walker, Mr. Walker himself, and enjoy some of their finest, rarest barrel-aged beers at this beer tasting. Guests simply pay for the beer they would like to try.

Artopia Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 16
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=427

Join the party and celebrate the best of local Los Angeles talent with live music, drinks, food trucks, art, and more. Admission costs $15, with plenty of free street parking a block east of Chinatown near LA State Historic Park. All ages may attend, but only guests 21 and over may drink.

Valiant Brewing Beer & Cheese Pairing
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 17
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/373318306109968/

Receive a flight of Valiant’s fine craft brews along with select gourmet cheeses to pair with each one. Each flight & pairing costs $15.

Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 18-19
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim
http://ocgreekfest.com/

This annual Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. Free to attend (with ticket printed online) for all ages, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Waive the admission by printing the ticket, found on their website. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

D.I., Destruction Made Simple, Yeastie Boys, Hollywood Hate, Blank Expressions, Gritos Enfadosos @ American Legion, Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 17
American Legion, Baldwin Park
http://www.poortownshows.com/event/135555

Rock out with local punk rock bands such as D.I., Destruction Made Simple, Yeastie Boys, and more this Friday night in Baldwin Park. This all-ages show costs $10 to attend and does not allow ins-and-outs, so eat hearty before arriving.

Sederra, Solution, Seven Year War, Warner Drive, & more @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 17
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/641423115872122/

Check out some local punk rock bands for FREE this Friday night. The show will hit capacity early, so for guaranteed tickets, click the event page linked above and send an email to the provided address to reserve your tickets. The show starts at 8pm, but not that parking with validation only lasts 5 hours, so expect to shell out a little extra cash for parking. No one under 18 may attend this show.

Hangar 24 AirFest & 5th Anniversary Celebration
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 18
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/airfest.htm

Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 5th Anniversary with an all-day air show at the Redlands Municipal Airport, located just across the street from the tasting room. For just $5 presale and $8 at the door (free for kids 12 and under), guests gain entry into the airport, where they will witness aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on displays in the hangars, and fireworks shows at night. Live bands will play music all day, and food trucks will keep guests fed and full. Last but not least, Hangar 24 will unleash over 30 beers for consumption, including many rare and limited brews. Guests may park for free at any of the various parking lots of the airport, and a free shuttle service will run from Downtown Redlands too.

Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 18-19
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation/

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

North Park Festival of the Arts + The Art of Whisky Tasting + Craft Beer Block
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 18
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego
http://northparkfestivalofarts.com/

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $25 presale and $30 at the door, guests can attend either a whisky tasting or enter the craft beer block. Whisky tastings take place at the Seven Grand Bar, last one hour each, and start at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm. The Craft Beer Block runs all day, and comes with twelve 4oz beer pours from any of 25 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University.

Orange County Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 18
Irvine Lake, Irvine
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Irvine Lake, just like the past few years. Dozens of microbreweries will gather here and pour all the beers that the guests can drink for the duration of the event. General admission costs $40 and starts at 3pm, while early bird admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. Bring extra cash for parking, which can go as high as $10. Arrive early, since only one road leads to Irvine Lake, meaning heavy traffic will occur closer to the start of the fest. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

Hepcat, The Aggrolites, DJ Boss Harmz @ House of Blues Anaheim
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 18
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79577

For $20 presale and $22 at the door, check out this all-ages ska show featuring Hepcat, The Aggrolites, and DJ Boss Harmz this Saturday night at House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim.

19th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 19
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Balboa_Island_Artwalk.html

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Venice Beach Food Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 19
Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Beach
http://venicebeachfoodfest.com/

$35 gets you all-you-can-eat food down on the boardwalk! Local chefs and food trucks will gather to serve their wonderful food to all attendees, and attendees can continue to check out all of the local shops on the Boardwalk. Prepare for a lot of walking if attempting to locate street parking in the neighborhoods, as you will likely end up parking a handful of blocks away from the beach on this day.

Taste of Hawthorne
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 19
Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Hawthorne
http://www.tasteofhawthorne.com/

Get a taste of the local flavor of Hawthorne this Sunday, as the Hawthorne Airport hosts this food fest for all ages. Expect over 40 participating food vendors, live music, beer & wine gardens, food trucks, and other activities to keep guests occupied. Check the website for a map of free parking. Allegedly free to attend, guests simply pay for food as they go.

20th Annual Sicilian Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 19
Little Italy, San Diego
http://sicilianfesta.com/

Immerse yourself in Italian culture at this free and all-ages festival this Sunday in San Diego. Guests can eat authentic Italian food while enjoying live music, dance performances, rides, games, and more. Arrive early too look for free street parking.

15th Annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 19
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://www.tahwla.org/

At this free festival for all ages, guests will celebrate Taiwanese culture with live music, dance performances, food, games, raffles, merchandise vendors, art exhibits, and more.

Hola Mexico Festival: The Greatest BBQ
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 19
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles
http://holamexicofest.com/english/evento3.html

Feast on a BBQ from some of LA’s top chefs, sip on some wines from some of Mexico’s top vineyards, or some tequilas, beers, or mezcales, and indulge on artisan chocolates. Admission to this all-ages feast costs $40.

The Rancho Country Beerfest Ho-down
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 19
Rancho Las Lomas, Silverado
http://therancho.brownpapertickets.com/

This country music festival takes place out in the wilderness this Sunday afternoon. For $40 admission, attendees can enjoy live country music, a variety of beers and other beverages, outdoor BBQ, line dancing, and more. Admission includes access to the zoo, food, and five beer tasters. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling. No one under 21 may attend.

CRUSH
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 19
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/events/crush-artisanal-wine-art-food-tasting-event

Check out this artisan wine, art, and food fest this Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. Admission includes unlimited tastings of wine & food, plus tours of the resident artists’ studios. VIP admission includes a few extra unnamed perks. For long-term parking, try parking the in the neighborhood across the freeway by taking 17th Street over.

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