Against Me! @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 29
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
Against Me! will headline a small show tonight at The O in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Arrive early enough to park at The O’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.
Reagan Youth – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 30, Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura http://www.facebook.com/events/1467265370210223/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 1, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://www.ticketfly.com/event/628355-reagan-youth-special-guests-san-diego/
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 4, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/reagan-youth
1:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 5, Gringos Cantina, Montebello http://www.facebook.com/events/898877996806828/
Legendary punk band Reagan Youth ends their national tour this week in Southern California, complete with four headlining shows. Ticket prices and age restrictions vary with the show, so click on each link for individual details.
Taste of Laguna & Business Expo 2014
4:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 1
Festival of the Arts, Laguna Beach
Gather in Laguna Beach this Wednesday night for a mixer of food and local businesses. General admission costs $60 and starts at 5:30, while VIP admission costs $80, starts at 4:30, and includes one parking spot.
Stone Brewing: Beer Pairing @ Parker’s Lighthouse
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 1
Parker’s Lighthouse, Long Beach
Enjoy a five-course dinner complete with craft beer pairings courtesy of Stone Brewing this Wednesday night at Parker’s Lighthouse in Long Beach. This dinner costs $65 per person plus gratuity, and nobody under 21 may participate in this dinner.
Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, October 1
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.
Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 2
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 3
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Ocotber 4
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 5
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.
Ska Night in Riverside
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 2
Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside
Reel Big Fish will headline a ska show in Riverside this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $29.
Sham 69 – Southern California Shows
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 2, Cobalt Cafe, Canoga Park http://www.facebook.com/events/1447456858876497/
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, Octber 3, The Airliner, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/674194709334289/
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 4, Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa http://www.facebook.com/events/343356365839182/
Legendary UK punk band Sham 69 will headline various shows in Southern California this week. Each show had different ticket prices and age minimums, so check each link for more information.
57th Annual Tustin Tiller Days
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 3
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 4
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 5
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. On Sunday afternoon, the park will host a small beer fest with some local breweries. Guests interested in the beer fest can purchase five tasters for $12, or ten tasters for $20. Guests can find free street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 3
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.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).
Dark Nights at LA Live
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 3
LA Live, Downtown Los Angeles
Enjoy a night in Downtown LA without the fuss of overpriced parking and overpriced food & drinks. Gain all-night parking for just $5, and enjoy $5 specials from local restaurants and bars.
Taste of North Park Kickoff Movie Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 3
North Park Theatre’s Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
Just a week prior to the actual Taste of North Park, the organizers will host a free and all-ages movie screening this Friday night in North Park. In addition to the movie, visitors will find a beer garden, local food booths, a live DJ, a craft cocktail competition, and more.
The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 3
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 4
Roadside Rest Park, 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.
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 4
Pavilion at the University Conference Center, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton
The name of this event does not describe it at all. This all-ages exhibit showcases miniature models of airplanes and other types of vehicles, mostly military in theme. Admission to this viewing costs $5.
2nd Annual Discover East Long Beach
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, October 4
Farmers & Merchants Bank, Anaheim & Obispo, Long Beach
At this scavenger hunt of sorts, participants will scour East Long Beach for certain businesses that hold prizes and/or raffle tickets to win bigger prizes. Participation for this scavenger hunt costs $15.
2014 Dana Point State BBQ Championships
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 4
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. Otherwise, park at Dana Hills High School, and take the free shuttle service to the park.
42nd Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 4-5
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.
23rd Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 4-5
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
This all-ages Filipino festival will have food, drinks, arts & crafts, music, dance, merchandise, and more. New this year, visitors can now enter for FREE. Do take into consideration the commute and parking for the new location in Downtown LA.
1st Annual Artesia International Street Fair & Diversity Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 4
Pioneer & 183rd, Artesia
At this free and all-ages street fair this Saturday, visitors will find food, music, dance, live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more.
Hangar 24 Brewery’s Falling Leaf Launch & Gourdgeous Release
11:00 am – 12:00 am, October 4
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
This Saturday, Hangar 24 will release two beers on the same day. As they do every year, their pumpkin porter Gourdgeous comes out starting this Saturday. In addition, check out the latest addition to the roster, Falling Leaf, their Gourdgeous aged in bourbon barrels. Visitors to the tasting room can sip on Falling Leaf from draft, as well as take bottles home for $20 each. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy live music, as well as food from the local mobile eatery.
1st Annual Vegan Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 4
Beach Park 1, Santa Monica
A first time exists for everything, right? If you love Oktoberfest but follow the vegan plan, then you will fit right in at this one-of-a-kind Oktoberfest. All the typical Oktoberfest festivities will keep everyone occupied, while everyone gets full on vegan food and vegan beer. General admission costs $45, starts at 1pm, and includes one stein glass with unlimited beer pours. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 12pm, and also provides access to a VIP area with food samples.
16th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 4
Colorado Blvd & Eagle Rock Blvd, Eagle Rock
Take over the streets of Eagle Rock with this FREE and all-ages music festival this Saturday evening. With six stages all providing different genres of music, surely something exists for everyone here. In addition to all the music, check out the food trucks, local food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.
2nd Annual San Diego Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 4
Engineer Rd, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
Following the massive success of last year’s event, the San Diego Night Market returns to a new location in Kearny Mesa this Saturday evening. Deriving from Asian cultures, this night market brings a taste of Asian nightlife to the streets of San Diego with Asian food, culture, live entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. Admission only costs $2 for adults, while children can enter for free! Please refer to the website for details regarding free parking and shuttles.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 5
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.