30th On 30th
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 30
30th & University, North Park, San Diego
The monthly 30th On 30th event takes place on 30th Street in the North Park community of San Diego on the 30th of every month, with the exception of February, when this event turns into 30th On 28th (or 29th). On the 30th of each month, many restaurants, bars, and shops on & near 30th Street offer specials, often in mini sizes so that visitors can check out multiple locations. Many locations start their specials in the evening, while some offer it during the day. Specials range from food samples to drink specials, and sometimes even free food!
HopScotch Tavern & Bootlegger’s Brewery Pairing Dinner
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 2
HopScotch Tavern, Downtown Fullerton
Indulge in a five-course dinner complete with Brash Brewing beer and beer cocktail pairings this Wednesday night at Hopscotch Tavern in Downtown Fullerton. Interested guests must RSVP by phone, and provided payment information for the dinner fee (unspecified, but past dinners cost $75), plus a 20% non-refundable deposit. Guests can find plenty of free parking options nearby, so avoid parking at street meters. No one under 21 may attend this dinner.
Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 3
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 4
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Ocotber 5
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 6
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
For $12 entry, guests can check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. Seniors and active military personnel can enter for $10. Guests looking for free street parking should locate Casa Vista St, west of the convention center, by Denny’s.
2nd Annual San Diego Comic Fest
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 4-5
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 6
Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, Mission Valley, San Diego
Much smaller and more intimate than the San Diego Comic Con, this weekend expo will feature artists, writers, actors, models, screenings, speakers, autograph sessions, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more. Admission on Friday or Saturday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. Admission for Sunday costs $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.
56th Annual Tustin Tiller Days
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 4
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 5
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 6
Columbus Tustin Park, Tustin
Bring the family out to this all-ages city fair this weekend. Free to attend, this fair has everything that a family can enjoy, from the rides and games for kids, to the entertainment and vendors for adults. Remember to check out all the fair food, drinks, and dessert too, since buying food here supports local organizations and businesses. Guests can find free street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.
This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).
The Queers & Teenage Bottlerocket @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 4
The Observatory, Santa Ana
Get your weekly dosage of punk rock with The Queers, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Copyrights, and more this Friday night at The Observatory. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Arrive early to park in the venue’s parking lot. Arrive too late, and pay to park in neighboring parking lots.
The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.
Walnut Tree Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 5
Paradox Hybrid Walnut Tree, Whittier
Enjoy family-friendly fun this Saturday at the Walnut Tree Festival in Whittier. Free to attend, participate in a walnut cookie baking contest, or check out all the art, shopping, food trucks, and more.
2013 Dana Point State BBQ Championships
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 5
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
Over 100 teams of grill masters will gather from around the country to serve up their finest BBQ and compete for cash, prizes, and titles. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can purchase sample tickets for $2, and use those tickets to exchange for samples from any of the participants. For the adults, catch the craft beer & wine garden, featuring some of the country’s favorite breweries and wineries. Small 4oz beer pours will cost $2 each, while large 12oz beer pours will cost $6, and visitors can walk freely around the festival with drinks in hand. Visitors may park for free at the Salt Creek Beach parking lot located within PCH and Ritz Carlton Dr, despite signs saying that parking requires a fee.
Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 5-6
Live Oak Park South Field, Manhattan Beach
This free fair for all ages makes its annual return this weekend, featuring games, arts & crafts, food, beer & wine gardens, live entertainment, and more. The city will provide free parking and shuttle transportation at the Northrop Grumman Building at 15092 Aviation Blvd near the intersection of Aviation Blvd and Marine Street in Manhattan Beach.
5th Annual Taste of North Park
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 5
30th & University, North Park, San Diego
Explore the many restaurants, pubs, and bars in North Park this Saturday afternoon at the 5th Annual Taste of North Park. Presale admission costs $35, while admission on the day of the event costs $40, and admission comes with unlimited tastings of food and drinks from all participating businesses until they run out, so arrive early to get the most out of the taste! No one under 21 may receive any alcoholic drink.
L.A.F.D. Fire Hogs Annual Hogs Breath BBQ & Biker Games
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 5
Long Beach Police Officers Association Park, Long Beach
Support your local firefighters at this all-ages charity BBQ this Saturday. $40 gets you in to this fundraiser, complete with BBQ, live music, beer, and more. Guests should park on the back side of the nearby Walmart, closest to the actual park.
Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Edible Edition
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 5
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 6
SoCo Collection, Costa Mesa
From the creative minds behind Patchwork Fest comes this food edition of their popular indie arts & crafts fair. This two-day food summit brings together Southern California’s top sustainable chefs, restaurants, caterers, bakers, food trucks, bars, mixologists, and more for an outdoor weekend of food, arts & crafts, vendors, music, cooking demos, hands-on workshops, speakers, and more. Always all-ages to attend, guests may park and enter the fair for FREE, so find your favorite time to visit the SoCo Collection this weekend and explore the local food & beverage scene.
BAM Fest: Beer, Art, Music
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 5
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
The legendary BAM Festival returns this Saturday. BAM stands for Beer, Art, and Music – exactly what this fest celebrates. In addition, guests will find wine samples, food trucks, live DJ’s, dancing, and more. Tickets cost $50 and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours. Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood on the other side of the freeway by crossing over on 17th Street.
Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression Arts and Music Festival
1:00 pm – 7:00 am [sic], October 5
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
Los Angeles’ version of Burning Man, this event starts in the afternoon and continues until morning the next day. Experience 18 nonstop hours of music, dance, rituals, live DJ’s, theme camps, art cars, green technology, puppetry, circus, marching bands, and more all in the name of FIRE. Entry starts at $20 and actually rises as the event progresses.
Blacklight Run – Los Angeles
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 6
At 96% sold out at the time of this post, this event looks to fill up very soon! The fun run madness continues with this nightly run through the Fairplex in Pomona. This run takes place at night, and requires participants to wear all white while getting splattered with neon powder throughout the blacklight-filled course. By the end of the run, all participants will glow with many different colors and enjoy seeing a sea of glowing runners at the afterparty. Registration costs $35 by Wednesday and $55 afterwards, and comes with an event t-shirt, a glow pack to throw at other runners AFTER you have crossed the finish line, and a goodie bag full of items from the event sponsors.
Zombie Fashion Show & Creature Art Exhibit
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 5
Lot 613, Los Angeles
It returns! Dozens of Hollywood makeup artists will transform models into the undead at this Saturday night fashion & art show. While the models strut their deathly stuff, attendees can check out zombie-themed artwork from dozens artists from all over the country. The $10 admission grants access to all these exhibits, plus all-you-can-eat pancakes courtesy of the Pancakes & Booze Art Show that just occurred last week. No one under 21 may enter.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 6
Downtown Los Angeles
The streets of Downtown Los Angeles close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.
7th Annual International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 6
The Pasadena Center, Pasadena
Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Sunday afternoon in Pasadena for an all-you-can-eat chocolate bonanza. Admission costs $20 presale and $30 at the door, while children can get in for $10.