2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 5
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 4
The Coach House Concert Hall, San Juan Capistrano

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Mad Caddies on Tour – Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 4, The El Rey, Los Angeles http://www.axs.com/events/246469/mad-caddies-tickets
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 6, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/mad-caddies-2014

The Mad Caddies start their 2014 tour across the continent in Southern California this week with these two shows. These all-ages show range from $15 to $20, so check each individual venue for info.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 5
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Tet Festival 2014
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 7
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 8
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 9
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this family-fun festival this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Costing just $5 per person to enter, this festival will feature hundreds of booths selling merchandise, crafts, food, and more. Children will love all the rides available, while everyone will enjoy the music, dance, and parade. Parking at the venue costs $7 – see the website for additional info on where to park for free and take a shuttle.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 7
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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).

Union 13 @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
The Airliner, Los Angeles

Check out the best of Los Angeles hardcore punk at this show this Friday night, headlined by Union 13. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 18 may attend. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

Free Punk Rock Show @ Billy O’s
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 7
Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura

Three local punk bands play a free show in Ventura this Friday night. Come for the drinks, stay for the bands.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
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.

CH3 & RF7 @ Loaded Hollywood
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 7
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood

Local punk rock bands hit up Hollywood this Friday night at Loaded. Entry to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

10th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 8
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

Set up similarly to Stroll & Savor, the Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest, the return of the Cake Walk, and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies. This year, the organizers have added a pancake breakfast in the morning – see the website for details on how to attend that. Completely free to attend, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest in front of Chase Bank.

23rd Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 8
Valley Blvd & Garfield Ave, Alhambra

“Corporate America utilizes this venue to reach out to the Asian communities.” Meh. If you feel like checking out more Lunar New Year festivals, this free one will occur this Saturday afternoon on the street in Alhambra, blocking off traffic.

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 8-9
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $10 for one day, or $15 for both days.

32nd Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 8-9
San Diego Chinese Center, Downtown San Diego

Free and open to all ages, this family-friendly event will include lion dance performances, acrobatics, martial arts demos, live music, drumming, dancing, and more. Over 50 booths will sell merchandise and food, while some will feature crafts for families.

Noble Ale Works 3rd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 8
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim

Noble Ale Works celebrates their third anniversary this weekend, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like last year. For $40 presale (purchased by this Thursday) or $60 at the door, attendees can enjoy three hours (starting at 1pm) of over 25 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. For $10 more, enter an hour early to get a head-start on the day. No one under 21 may purchase the ticket, but minors may still enter the area for the food trucks or with an attendee.

Tap ‘N’ Run 4k – Orange County
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 8
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado

Two unlikely events combine together in this beer-chugging running race. Take a 4k, throw in costumed men, give them two pints’ worth of beer, and you have Tap ‘N’ Run. Running while drinking never leads to a good thing, but if this piques your interest, registration to this wacky race costs $60. No one under 21 may participate. Arrive early, as the road leading here contains only one lane, and will cause extreme traffic just before the event starts.

Los Angeles Ska Wars 2014
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 8
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles

Ska fans get their day this Saturday in East Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages at Lincoln Park, headlined by legendary ska band The Toasters. Tickets to this festival cost $18 presale and $25 at the door.

2nd Annual Los Angeles Bacon Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 8
Petersen Auto Museum, Los Angeles

As the name suggests, if you love bacon, this fest has nothing but bacon. Come indulge in all things bacon, as you explore every possible way to consume bacon. Tickets sold out a long time ago, but you may get lucky and find someone selling a ticket or two.

The Dickies and Agent Orange @ M15 in Corona
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 8
M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona

Catch old school punk bands The Dickies and Agent Orange as they headline this local show this Saturday night in Corona. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

Decry and RF7 @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Catch punk bands Decry and RF7 as they perform at The World Famous Doll Hut this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Show @ Harold’s Place
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 8
Harold’s Place, San Pedro

Check out this punk show in the South Bay this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs only $3. No one under 21 may enter.

Union 13 @ Billy O’s
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 8
Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura

Union 13 headlines a show in Ventura this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs only $6. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock BBQ
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Over ten local punk rock bands will play at this all-day show at The World Famous Doll Hut, including Union 13 for the third day in a row. Admission to this show costs only $5 and lasts all day. No one under 21 may attend.

Save Music in Chinatown 2
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 9
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles

This fundraiser/concert takes place near Chinatown this Sunday afternoon, and features local bands, such as punk band CH3. Admission to this fundraiser costs $12, or $16 with eight raffle tickets. Children 12 and under can enter for free.


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