United Nations – West Coast Tour 2014
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 4, Catch One Night Club, Los Angeles http://www.ticketfly.com/event/682201-united-nations-los-angeles/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 5, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/United-Nations
http://twitter.com/TheOfficialUN

Post-hardcore supergroup United Nations will perform on the west coast for the first time ever. Catch them in Southern California twice this week in all-ages shows in both Los Angeles and Orange County.

Dropkick Murphys – Celtic Punk Invasion Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 5, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004D1714B02DE0&oid=0
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 7, Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside http://concerts.livenation.com/event/0B004D24C89921DA
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 9, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura http://www.venturatheater.net/event/679129-dropkick-murphys-ventura/

The Dropkick Murphys currently tour across the world, and they will swing through Southern California this week. Each show has a different age minimum and ticket price, so click on each link above for more info about the show.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 1:00 am, November 5
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/711366428954209/

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.

Lagwagon & Swingin’ Utters – North American Tour 2014
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 6, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004D1DBC082036&oid=0
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 8, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Lagwagon

Punk rock heavyweights Lagwagon and Swingin’ Utters embark on a tour across the nation this week, starting in Southern California. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, starting at $22.

6th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 7-16
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

8th Annual BlizzCon
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 7
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 8
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.blizzcon.com/

Dive into the world of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This convention will have speakers, panels, vendors, artists, tournaments, demos, and more. The $199 tickets to attend the convention have sold out, but you may still purchase a virtual ticket to watch the convention from home for $40.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 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).

32nd Annual Irvine Holiday Faire
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 7
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 8
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/finearts/specialevents/holiday_faire.asp

For just $2 admission, gain access to over a hundred local artisans exhibiting their wares, from jewelry to apparel to accessories and more.

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 7
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 8
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://sdbw.org/guild-festival/

This beer festival coincides with San Diego Beer Week annually. This year, they have split the festival into two parts. On Friday, a special VIP reception will take place that will have brewers and business owners in San Diego meet together to discuss and enjoy beer. On Saturday, the standard beer fest will take place, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Prices vary depending on attendance – the VIP reception costs $75, the Saturday beer fest costs $40, an hour early access to that one costs $55, and a two-day pass costs $100. No one under 21 may attend.

Teenage Mutant Pizza Party
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/509529785850427/

Come watch the 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and enjoy free pizza too!

Finch – Back To Oblivion Tour
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 7, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/659667-finch-west-hollywood/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 8, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura http://www.venturatheater.net/event/661205-finch-ventura/

Post-hardcore band Finch will wrap up their tour in Southern California this week. Catch them at these two all-ages shows in Southern California.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 7
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/185943

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.

2014 Designer Con
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 8
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 9
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.designercon.com/

This one-day event takes place this Saturday in Pasadena. What started as an expo for designer toys and collectables has evolved into including apparel and accessories. Designer Con now features toys, apparel, art, crafts, and more, ranging from fine, traditional, modern, urban, and contemporary. Presale tickets cost $5, tickets at the door cost $7, while arrivals after 3pm cost nothing.

18th Annual Long Beach Veteran’s Parade
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 8
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://lbveteransdayparade.com/

Bring your family out to watch a parade to honor our nation’s veterans this Saturday morning!

Orange Coast Magazine’s West Of West Wine Festival
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 8
Honda Center, Anaheim
http://www.orangecoast.com/wowoc/

Sample many wines from some of the top wineries on the west coast this Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim. In addition to all the wine, local restaurants will also sample hors d’oeuvre to go with the wines. General admission costs $175 and starts at 11am. VIP admission costs $325, starts at 10am, and allows access to some exclusive wines. Use promo code WOWYELP to receive general admission tickets for just $99.

Bloomfest LA
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, November 8
Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.bloomfestla.org/

Bloomfest celebrates the life of Joel Bloom, essentially the Godfather of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. All over the Arts District, visitors can freely roam all the galleries and check out all the amazing works of art that locals have devised. Angel City Brewery will host a beer garden in the afternoon and the after-party at night, and any drinks come at separate costs.

Alosta Brewing 1st Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 8
Alosta Brewing, Covina
http://www.facebook.com/events/1534971653413373/

Alosta Brewing has completed a year in the beer industry, and to celebrate, they will hold two beer tasting sessions this Saturday: 12-4pm and 5-9pm. Each session costs $30 to attend, and includes a souvenir glass, 12 beer half-pours (can use two to make a full pour), and three raffle tickets. Bring in a canned good to donate to receive an additional two half-pours and two raffle tickets. Alosta will bring on live entertainment, food vendors, and a special anniversary brew. No one under 21 may attend.

Shelton Brothers – The Festival 2014
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 8-9
CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://www.sheltonbrothers.com/festival/

Deemed as California’s biggest beer festival, this weekend-long beer festival brings on brews from all over the world for you to sample. Taking place over four 4-hour sessions starting at noon and 5pm on both days, admission gets you access to brews from over 70 different international breweries. Admission varies in price, starting at $40 for the second Sunday session and going up to $160 for all four sessions. Admission does not include drinks – attendees must purchase drink tickets that cost a dollar per ticket, or $20 for 25 tickets. One ticket equals roughly two ounces of beer. No one under 21 may enter.

Luicidal – CD Release Show
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 8
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/358995337603592/

Containing former members of the legendary Suicidal Tendencies, Luicidal will headline a show this Saturday in Long Beach to celebrate the release of their latest album. The cover for this all-ages show costs $15. Guests can park for free in arriving before 5pm; otherwise, parking costs $5.

OC Roller Derby Flat Track
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 8
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $13.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 8
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

La Pobreska 10-Year Anniversary Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 8
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/La-Pobreska

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Saturday night at The Observatory. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. Arrive very early to grab free parking at the venue’s parking lot. Otherwise, later arrivals will have to park down the street and pay $10.

The Stitches @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/283839355145590/

Get your weekly fill of punk rock at the Doll Hut this Saturday night with The Stitches, Bedlam Knives, and more. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may attend.

102nd Kit Collectors Expo
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 9
UFCW Local 324, Buena Park
http://www.kitcollectorshow.com/

Hundreds of vendors will gather here to showcase their model kits of cars, ships, planes, miniatures, armor, sci-fi/fantasy, space, and more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs just $5.

15th Annual Japanese Food Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 9
Hilton, Universal City
http://www.jraamerica.com/food-festival

$60 nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 4-hour Japanese food fest and a goodie bag. Guests will chow down on sushi, ramen, soba noodles, beef bowls, and more, while adults can sip sake, beer, shochu, wine, and more (alcohol not included with admission). During this time, a number of chefs will showcase cooking demos. The parking lot across the street normally costs $5 to park, but sometimes this price changes, so have cash ready.

Punk N’ Tacos 8
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/264654483744256/

Enjoy a fun afternoon of punk rock and tacos at this FREE show this Sunday afternoon. Anyone wanting food or drinks should bring cash to pay for it. No one under 21 may attend.

2014 Eastside Food Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 9
Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake
http://www.eastsidefoodfest.com/home.php

Savor the best of Silverlake, Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Highland Park, and more of Eastside this Sunday evening in Silverlake. Enjoy gourmet food samples, craft beer & wines (additional cost), live entertainment, food demos, speaker panels, and more. General admission costs $45 and allows unlimited food tastings. Premium admission costs $60 and also includes three drink tickets. VIP admission costs $75 and includes five drink tickets, VIP seating, a raffle ticket, a gift bag, and VIP entry.

Naked Aggression @ Cafe NELA
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 9
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1565798180314658/

Enjoy an evening of punk rock this Sunday in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the surrounding neighborhood.

Pulley & Duane Peters Gunfight – Live in Long Beach
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 9
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1446913285589126/

Lots of punk rock bands will swarm the Gaslamp in Long Beach this Sunday evening. Check out this all-ages show for just $10 presale or $15 at the door. Guests arriving before 5pm can park for free; otherwise, parking costs $5.

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