Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 8
Ben & Jerry’s, Worldwide
http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

Get a FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday at any participating Ben & Jerry’s store.

Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 9
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.

21st Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, April 10
Share Our Selves, Costa Mesa
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

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 10
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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 barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 10
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Tecate-Thunder-Thursday?id=64693

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.

40th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 11-12
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 13
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.gplb.com/

Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.

Santa Monica Global Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 11-13
3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica
http://www.global-festival.com/

Santa Monica will bustle with activity this weekend at this free and all-ages festival that celebrates the cultures of the world. Catch live entertainment all weekend, plus lots of worldly foods to try and vendors to shop from.

2013 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 11
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 12
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 13
La Habra Chamber of Commerce, La Habra
http://www.citrusfair.com/

This little city fair takes place all weekend starting Thursday evening. Open to all ages, guests can experience rides, games, food, merchandise, stage shows, and more. The fair requires no admission, though any sort of participation will require a cost.

The Virus, Evacuate, The Bad Engrish, and More – On Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 11, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-virus
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 12, Los Globos, Silverlake http://thevirus.brownpapertickets.com/

Catch original punk rock bands The Virus, Evacuate, The Bad Engrish, and more this weekend in Southern California. This Friday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana, tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. The venue has a limited parking lot, so arrive early to park for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10. This Saturday night at Los Globos in Silverlake, tickets to this all-ages show cost $13. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

Special Class of 99 Reunion Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 pm, April 11
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1379875255620201/

Relive the best of 90’s punk rock at this show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may attend.

The LAST Grilled Cheese Invitational
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 12
Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://grilledcheeseinvitational.com/

You heard right – the Grilled Cheese Invitational will occur this weekend for the last time ever. Entry to this event costs $15, which allows you to watch people eat, drink, yell, cook, and more. Regular guests must still pay for grilled cheeses.

Punk Night @ Friar Tucks
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 12
Friar Tucks, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/596250813791083/

Catch a FREE show at Friar Tucks this Saturday night in Pomona. No one under 21 may enter.

Yeastie Boys @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 12
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/505069746270273/

Get crazy this Saturday night at The World Famous Doll Hut with the Yeastie Boys and more. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Shattered Faith @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, April 12
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/168890

Long Beach gets its punk rock night this weekend, as Alex’s Bar hosts Shattered Faith and more. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue, or up Orizaba Ave.

2014 Los Angeles Avocado Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 13
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious avocado eats along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

2014 College Area Taste
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 13
College Area Business District, San Diego
http://www.collegeareabid.com/

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.

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