I Love Poke Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 30
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event tonight in Huntington Beach. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while ten local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $65, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

Monday Moonstomp – Free Ska Show
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 30
Old Towne Pub, Pasadena

Check out these three ska bands as they perform a FREE show tonight in Pasadena. No one under 21 may enter.

World Cup Viewing Party in Downtown Long Beach
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 1
Pine Avenue between 3rd & Broadway, Long Beach

Downtown Long Beach will close Pine Avenue between 3rd & Broadway this Tuesday for an outdoor World Cup viewing event. This free viewing will allow fans to watch both games televised live. Local businesses may also run specials during this time.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 2
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.

2014 Anime Expo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 3-5
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 6
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles

The nation’s largest expo & convention for anime & manga returns to Downtown LA this 4th of July weekend. Complete with hundreds of artist & vendor booths, this convention allows attendees to get interactive via the masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission varies by the number of days attending – 4 days cost $70, while one day costs $35. Children 6-12 get in for a flat rate of $25, while children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Some of the special events, such as concerts and maid cafés, requires an additional ticket to get into. Parking at the convention center costs $15, so bring cash for that plus any of the vendors and food inside the convention center. Optionally, park in outdoor third party lots in the surrounding blocks for a lower rate, or take public transportation.

“Almost” First Fridays Long Beach
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 3
Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

This monthly artwalk normally occurs on the first Friday of every month, but with a national holiday on Friday this month, this event will now take place a day prior.

America Stands For Freedom – Independence Eve Show & Revue
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 3
Glass House, Pomona

Legendary punk band The Vandals will headline this show at the Glass House in Pomona this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $17.76.

4th of July Party on the Pier
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 4
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach

Party at the beach this Independence Day in Long Beach. Admission costs $20 for adults and free for kids, and includes all-day reentry, one BBQ plate plus a soft drink, and access to the kids’ play area. Plenty of live bands, a beer garden, boat rides, and more will keep guests entertained all day. Metered parking lots remain enforced in the lots nearby; for long-term parking, I recommend parking in the neighborhoods beyond Ocean Blvd.

FEAR @ Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 4
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood

Legendary punk band FEAR will headline an all-ages show at the Whisky A Go Go this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $25.

Labyrinth of Jareth XVI – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 4-5
The Legendary Park Plaza, Los Angeles

Experience a weekend of costumes and magic as you party with the beautiful people of Southern California. Dance and mingle with the Royal Court, and show off your creativity with your most extravagant costume as you lose yourself in the entrancing music and atmosphere of the Labyrinth of Jareth. In layman’s terms, check out this fantasy costume party in LA all weekend, and expect to see a LOT of skin. Admission prices vary, from as low as $49 to as high as $116. Early arrivals will find free street parking near the hotel. Otherwise, guests can park in a parking garage behind the venue, or park at the Biltmore Hotel and take a shuttle from there. All attendees must don a full costume – no half costumes or lazy costumes. Although they have not specified an age limit, I assume no one under 21 can attend.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 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. No one under 21 may enter.

Beachwood Brewing 3rd Anniversary Celebration
10:00 am – 2:00 am, July 5
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s 3rd anniversary at their restaurant/brewery in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Free to attend, expect to find rare beers on tap, as well as a handful of guest breweries and their brews. Beachwood BBQ will also serve up some food specials unique only for this glorious day. Guests can park for free for up to three hours with validation in the parking structure in the alley behind the restaurant.

Super Girls Car Wash
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 5
Comic Book Hideout, Fullerton

Cosplay meets fundraising at this femme fatale car wash this Saturday afternoon. Come get your car washed by these costumed ladies, and/or enjoy some BBQ at this comics shop in Fullerton.

2014 Kush Expo
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 5
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 6
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

A medical marijuana expo comes to the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. This expo does not require a medical card to enter, but no one under 18 may attend. Tickets cost $18 presale (contrary to the photo below) or $25 at the door.

Moon Crisis: A Sailor Moon Tribute Show – Opening Night
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 5
Rothick Art Haus, Anaheim

Celebrate the 2014 reboot of the Sailor Moon franchise with this FREE all-ages art show this Saturday night in Anaheim.

Nekromantix & Guttermouth @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 5
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Psychobilly and punk rock clash this Saturday night at this all-ages show in Orange County. Tickets to this show cost just $10.

8Kalacas – CD Release Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 5
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Saturday night in the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Orange County. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

Mayfair – CD Release Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 6
Chain Reaction, Anaheim

Check out this post-hardcore show this Sunday night at the Chain Reaction. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

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