Archive for April, 2015

The Brewery Art Walk returned this past weekend for the Spring 2015 installment of their semiannual art walk. Taking place at what appears as the historic remains of a Pabst Blue Ribbon brewing facility, this FREE and all-ages art walk features hundreds of resident artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. The facility includes an in-house restaurant, while the event invites many mobile vendors, gourmet food trucks, local microbreweries for a beer garden, local bands, and more. Albeit advertised as an all-ages event, a handful of the art contains material not suitable for children, and nude body-painted models walk around the event too.

For a free event that occurs twice a year, anyone would enjoy spending an afternoon here to admire a world of creativity. Invite some friends for a fun outing, but reassess if you want to bring children here due to the mature content of some of the material here. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for updates on upcoming events by the Brewery Art Walk Association. Many of the resident artists forbid photography in their studios, preventing me from acquiring my own photos. Take a look at a few of what other people have shot at this past weekend’s art walk (and got away with).

Like the nude body-painted models? You will have a chance to see a lot more of them at a body painting competition in about two weeks. Art comes in more forms than an image on a canvas, and this form proves it.

Southern California has such a diverse culture that appreciates many different things. Nowhere else does this diversity appear more in than within the cuisine here. Southern California houses so many different types of food that keeping track of them all turns into a job rather than a chore. Luckily, Southern California has food events, such as Artisanal LA, that allow visitors to experience what Southern California has to offer to your curious tastebuds. Artisanal LA returned for its semiannual show this past weekend to LA Mart in Downtown Los Angeles, bringing along with it a slew of local designer goods for our eyes and mouths. At Artisanal LA, this two-day all-ages event allows visitors to stroll through the numerous aisles filled with local artisanal vendors, where visitors can sample products, purchase products, or receive information about services for future business. At select times during the weekend, seminars would take place, where visitors can sit down to listen and watch demos or learn about things. Although this past weekend’s event did not carry as many vendors as the last Artisanal LA, just as many visitors showed up, making for a greater customer to vendor ratio. Around every corner, most products sold consisted of snacks, especially jerky, or dessert, such as cookies, cupcakes, candy, and more. I would anticipate that anyone arriving without a sweet tooth may feel left out of the many vendors present. Regardless, Artisanal LA did a great job of stocking a diverse lineup of vendors.

What other ways exist to sample some of the great products that Southern California has to offer other than at Artisanal LA? Remember that Artisanal LA takes place twice a year, so keep an eye out for news of the Fall event that should occur in October. Like the Artisanal LA Facebook page for more information about their upcoming events as they release it.

If you plan to party on this Cinco de Mayo weekend, make it count by attending the 2nd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival, brought to us by the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha. Taking place this Saturday afternoon from 11am to 5pm at Lakeview Park in Silverado, this festival combines a craft beer festival with all the celebrations necessary for a Cinco de Mayo party. Dozens of chefs, restaurants, and food trucks will make an appearance here to serve up some delicious gourmet tacos, all conveniently priced at $3 each. Beyond that, all attendees will receive unlimited pours of craft beer from over 30 different microbreweries. To keep guests entertained this festival will have live Lucha Libre wrestling and live Latin music all day. If guests choose to get involved somehow, they will find plenty of outdoor games to partake in, such as glorified Jenga, beanbag toss, and more. If guests simply want to relax, they can locate the cigar lounge and rest with some of the great cigars available. Though this event takes place outdoors, the event organizers will kindly provide free water to all the attendees.

The 2nd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival runs this Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, from 11am up until 5pm. Guests may enter as soon as 11am, but will only have access to the food section. The gates to all the beer will open at 12pm. Admission to this festival costs $55 presale, or $65 at the door. Use promo code beercats to save $10 off presale admission! Use this link to purchase tickets, as the main website above leads to last year’s ticket sales. Non-drinkers may purchase a designated driver ticket for $20 at the door. Read up on some more tips to make the most out of your visit:

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Absolutely nobody under 21 may enter the festival. Do not even think about bringing your kids or pets.
  • Look up directions before arriving – cell phones may receive no signal as you approach the park.
  • Basic toll-free directions: Get to the 55 freeway, exit Chapman Avenue, then drive east until you pass the lake, where a sign should point out when to turn left onto a road leading to the park.
  • Guests may park for free. Because of the park’s location, I do not recommend riding a bike or walking, although you may get dropped off.
  • Food come at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra $1 bills. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • If you see that it has no signal, just turn off your cell phone during the fest. Smartphones can enter Airplane Mode instead.
  • Though the park contains many trees, consider applying sunscreen, and have extra sunscreen available. Security will not confiscate sunscreen from you.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the festival. All attendees receive FREE water on the premises.
  • Dress appropriately for hot weather. Southern California has seen a heat wave recently, and the combination of heat, salty food, and alcohol will quickly lead to dehydration.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers. Click here for a list of attending breweries.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no replacement for lost or broken glasses.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. An extra grace hour will allow guests time to sober up and find food before leaving.
  • Oak Canyon Park only has two exits: one back towards Orange, the other through the mountains leading of Rancho Santa Margarita. Police WILL patrol both roads leaving the park!

Take a look back at last year’s Sabroso Fest for a glimpse at what may go down this Saturday:

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 26 – May 1
Various restaurants, Pasadena

Between April 26 and May 1, 45 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

Los Angeles Happy Hour Week
April 27 – May 1
Participating locations, Los Angeles County

From the organizers behind LA Restaurant Week comes LA Happy Hour Week, a five-day celebration for you to get your booze on. Over a hundred restaurants all over Los Angeles County will have various Happy Hour specials during this period, so check out the list in the link above and start getting happy.

Artopia Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 30
The Container Yard, Downtown Los Angeles

Join the party and celebrate the best of local Los Angeles talent with live music, drinks, food trucks, art, and more. Admission costs $35 or $30 if purchasing multiples. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 1
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 2
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 3
El Centro Park, La Habra

This little city fair takes place all weekend starting Friday 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.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 1
Various locations
Long Beach:

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).

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 1-2
Lot 613, Los Angeles

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

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

Free Punk Show in Lomita
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 1
The Firehouse, Lomita

Enjoy a FREE local punk show in Lomita this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Free Comic Book Day
May 2
Participating locations, Worldwide

Get a comic book for FREE this Saturday at participating comic book stores. Many stores will also host some sort of celebration, such as complimentary snacks, live entertainment, contests, and more, so check in with your favorite shop for details.

Bubble Run Pomona
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 2
Fairplex, Pomona

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

Exploring the History of Chinese Pioneers: A Hike to Elysian Park
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 2
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles

Join in on a half-day, 7-mile easy, half-street, half-trail hike to Elysian Park, concluding with a dim sum lunch in Chinatown. Registration for this event costs $15.

CicLAvia – Old Pasadena Walking Tour
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 2
Old Pasadena, Pasadena

As a preview to their CicLAvia Pasadena event coming up later this month, the organization will host this guided walking tour of Old Pasadena this Saturday morning. Participation for this event costs $12, and comes with Choctal ice cream at the conclusion of the event.

2015 Southern California Friendship 5K Walk
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 2
Shoreline Village, Long Beach

Donate money to charity to walk a 5k in Long Beach this Saturday morning.

FroYo 5k – San Diego
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 2
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego

Pay lots of money to run a 5k for some frozen yogurt. You also get a bunch of random swag for participating too. Make sure that you load up on as much frozen yogurt as you can eat once you finish the run, at least until they kick you out.

Tacos & Beer 5K Run & Festival
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 2
El Dorado East Regional Park, Long Beach

Take a fun run, hold it during Cinco de Mayo weekend, add tacos and beer, throw costumes on, and you have a white boy’s fantasy party all on one day. Basically, if you have seen an MTV party, this does not stray too far from it. This event starts with a 5K fun run in the morning, and then when that ends, all participants can stay for tacos and beer for the rest of the festival. The organizers encourage everyone to wear silly costumes in an attempt to see who can stereotype the Latin culture the most. Food will come from local vendors, and since this takes place in Long Beach, except very normal Mexican food. Also, Bud Light will sponsor the beer, so keep that in mind if you care about the quality of your beer. If you still feel like going to this, registration costs $45 presale or $55 on the day of the event.

San Diego Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Cultural Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 2-3
De Anza Cove, Mission Bay, San Diego

Enjoy an all-ages Hawaiian festival for FREE this weekend in San Diego. At this two-day festival, find islander cuisine, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, and more.

2015 Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 2
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 3
The Reef, Los Angeles

Browse dozens of vintage fashion vendors at this vintage fashion expo this weekend at The Reef in Los Angeles. Admission varies based on when you want to attend, starting at $13.

Wanderlust 108
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 2
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

Join in on this yoga meetup this Saturday on the Santa Monica Pier. Admission costs $60, and includes entry into a 5k run, yoga, and meditation. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

Strawberry Jam 2015
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 2
Suzie’s Farm, Chula Vista

Free to attend for all ages, visitors to Suzie’s Farm this Saturday will get to pick their own strawberries to take home. In addition, watch some demos, attend some workshops, and sample various farm goodies during your visit.

2015 National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 2-3
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

This weekend in Pasadena, find hundreds of gluten-free samples, vendors, bloggers, authors, chefs, discounted products and more. Admission to the expo costs $20 for adults or $10 for children. The conference costs $45 for adults or $19 for children, and also provides a full conference experience with features such as complimentary breakfast, speakers, free goodies, and more.

Steampunk Spring Picnic 2015
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, May 2
Old Poway Park, Poway

Show off your steampunk fashion at this steampunk meetup this Saturday in San Diego. Free to attend for all ages, come mix and mingle with other steampunk fans, and check out a few of the vendors that will sell their steampunk merchandise.

4th Street Retro Ramble & Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 2
4th Street’s Retro Row, Long Beach

Check out some fun and fashion this Saturday along 4th Street’s Retro Row in Long Beach. Visitors will find dozens of sidewalk sales hosted by the various shops in this area, in addition to retro Volkswagen vehicles also selling merchandise along the sidewalks. Visitors will also find live street music, retro sodas, free ice cream, and event t-shirts.

Soka University’s 14th Annual International Festival
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 2
Soka University, Aliso Viejo

At this free festival, guests of all ages can enjoy music, dance, arts & crafts, artists, and more. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling if attending.

2nd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 2
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado

From the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha comes a Spring version of Orange County’s biggest beer festival – a beer & taco festival on this lovely Cinco de Mayo weekend. Here at this festival, attendees will find over 30 microbreweries serving their refreshing brews, dozens of chefs and restaurants serving up gourmet tacos, live Latin music all day, and much more. The $55 admission includes unlimited beer tasters, a souvenir glass, free parking, free water, live entertainment, games, a cigar lounge, and more. All tacos will cost $3, so prepare to carry cash, preferably singles. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Hamburgers & Hops Music Festival
11:00 am – 5:30 pm, May 2
Collection Park, Oxnard

Burgers, craft beer, and music collide in this mixed festival this Saturday afternoon in Oxnard. Entry to the festival costs $10, and then visitors can simply pay for things as they go. For $25, guests will receive a souvenir glass and one 12oz beer pour. The complete package costs $45, which includes one burger, the souvenir glass, five 4oz beer samples, and access to an exclusive VIP area.

2015 Taste of the Town
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 2
Mann Biomedical Park, Valencia

Enjoy unlimited food and drinks (while supplies last) from over 40 restaurants from the Santa Clarita and Valencia area this Saturday at this tasting event in Valencia. General admission costs $75 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $125, starts at 12pm, and includes reserved seating, two bottles of wine, tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, and cooking demos.

KROQ Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm, May 2
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

Basically, a bro fest with food trucks, beer, loud music, horse racing, and dudes. Parking and entry into the park costs nothing, or for $30, gain access to the KROQ backstage area, plus two drinks and a souvenir cup.

Mission Viejo Food, Wine & Art Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 2
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 3
Oso Viejo Community Park, Mission Viejo

Food, wine, art, and corporations collide in this two-day event in South Orange County. Free to enter, guests will find plenty of food, beer, wine, art, music, and other things to do to bide the time. All things come at cost, so make sure you bring cash to take part in this event.

15th Annual Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 2
La Jolla Cove, La Jolla

Taste food from many of San Diego’s finest restaurants, and sip on California’s great wines and craft beers at this festival. Guests can participate in a silent auction, while live music and painting will keep guests occupied. General admission costs $85, or $140 for VIP, which includes preferred parking, access to exclusive drinks, and a VIP lounge. No one under 21 may attend.

Tacos & Tequila Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 2
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego

Unlimited tacos, craft beer, and margaritas await you this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm.

7th Annual South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 2
Mission District, South Pasadena

Free to attend for all ages, see dozens of musicians and artists across five stages in South Pasadena this Saturday, plus a self-guided art walk, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, and more.

21st Annual Jewels of the Night Food & Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 2
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach

This Saturday evening, Cal State Long Beach hosts its annual food & wine festival for the 20th year in a row at the Walter Pyramid on the north side of the campus. Over 20 of the area’s top restaurants will serve their delicious food at this tasting gala, and a handful of California wineries will pour their signature wines. General admission to this event costs $100.

Street Food Cinema 2015 Opening Night
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 2
Exposition Park, Los Angeles

Street Food Cinema kicks off their 2015 season with more food trucks, live music, and more movies than before. Check out the movie schedule on their website linked above, which may also feature the food truck lineup for you to plan your meals around.

Artopia Orange County
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 2
Business Expo Center, Anaheim

Join the party and celebrate the best of local Orange County talent with live music, drinks, food trucks, art, and more. General admission costs $30, while VIP admission costs $50 and includes three drinks plus a VIP area to lounge in. No one under 21 may attend.

The Copper Door 2 Year Anniversary Celebration
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 2
The Copper Door, Santa Ana

This Saturday, The Copper Door will celebrate their second year in business with live music, live DJ’s, burlesque shows from the Dirty Little Secrets, art exhibits, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Manic Hispanic @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 2
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Manic Hispanic returns to The Observatory this Saturday night for their annual Cinco de Mayo show. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. The venue has limited parking and runs two shows on this night, so arrive early to park for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

The Briggs @ Slidebar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 2
Slidebar, Fullerton

The Briggs will perform a FREE show this Saturday night at the Slidebar in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

11th Annual Orange County Marathon
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 3
Newport Center, Newport Beach

The OC Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. Please plan your commute accordingly.

4th Annual Los Angeles River 5K Fun Run
7:30 am – 11:30 am, May 3
Bond Park, Atwater Village

Take part in an easygoing 5k fun run this Sunday morning starting in Atwater Village. Registration to this run costs $45 and ends on Tuesday, so act fast!

College Area Food Experience (CAFE)
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 3
College Area Business District, San Diego

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.

5th Annual Chef Celebration San Diego
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, May 3
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego

14 chefs will pair their best dishes with 14 craft beers from San Diego this Sunday afternoon, and you get to come and immerse your taste buds in ecstasy. Participation in this tasting event only costs $49! No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Heritage, Music & Arts Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 3
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles

Celebrate the culture and spirit of the Downtown LA Arts District at this festival, taking place at Angel City Brewery this Saturday. Local bands will play music all day, food trucks will serve food, brewers will lead brewery tours, and more activities will keep guests occupied. Guests pay no fee to enter, just the cost to purchase anything or participate in some activities. Parking for this event costs $4.

2nd Annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 3
South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula

Enjoy food, beer, and wine at this tasting event this Sunday afternoon in the South Bay. Admission costs $65 and includes unlimited tastings while supplies last. Admission for children costs $20.

Doll Hut Punk ‘N BBQ
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 3
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Rock out to local punk rock bands, and chow down on grilled meats at this FREE all-day show this Sunday. No one under 21 may enter.

10th Annual Taste of Orange
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 3
Orange Circle, Old Town Orange

Sample the local flavors of Old Town Orange this Sunday at their annual Taste of Orange event. For $40, guests receive unlimited food samples, beer & wine tastings (additional cost), access to silent auctions, opportunity drawings, photo booth, and more.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Storytime
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 3
Harvelle’s, Long Beach

Enjoy a burlesque and comedy show in one this Sunday night in Downtown Long Beach. Admission to this event starts at $15.

Agent Orange performing The Last Goodbye at The Juke Joint in Anaheim, CA. Filmed on June 15, 2013.

The age of craft beer reigns supreme now more than ever. The popularity of it does not appear to descend at all, and will only go up everyday. While larger metropolitan areas will have greater concentrations of craft beer and microbreweries, the desire for craft beer has now expanded to smaller cities throughout the country. Thousands of microbrewery owners recognize this rise, and have banded together in order to form a more perfect union of craft beer. Sierra Nevada recognized this camaraderie and established Beer Camp Across America, a cross-country collaborative effort spanning seven major cities with every brewer along the way invited to join in the festivities. In each of those cities, Sierra Nevada hosted a Beer Camp beer tasting festival and invited almost every nearby brewery possible. A retail Beer Camp 12-pack exists that contains a 12oz beer bottle from 12 different breweries across the nation, including Sierra Nevada’s own contribution to the mixed pack.

As the organizer of this major feat in craft beer, you can bet that Sierra Nevada will throw their own chips into the pile. Who would organize an event only to not participate in it? Sierra Nevada calls their finished ode to their festival simply Beer Camp Hoppy Lager. This 7.0% abv Imperial American pilsner got brewed with Palisade and El Dorado hops for bitterness, and Citra and Equinox hops for aroma and taste. As a result, Beer Camp Hoppy Lager ends up with just 55 IBUs, giving this a medium bitterness. Beer Camp Hoppy Lager pairs great with mild to medium spicy foods such as curry and salsa verde. Beer Camp Hoppy Lager exists as a spring seasonal brew, so as spring basically has reached the halfway point of this year, you ought to act fast and look for this bottle at your local bottle shop. Enjoy this with food, enjoy this with friends, or enjoy this on its own – you cannot go wrong with Beer Camp Hoppy Lager.

Fame: a status that people all over the world desire to attain. In one degree or another, people desire some level of fame that they themselves define. Everybody defines fame differently to a different scope, so one person’s idea of fame can exist on an entirely different plane than another person’s. Local fame can exist when the local community looks up to a person, group, or business. Wider scopes of fame can exist when brought to the attention of all those other people, such as through marketing, advertising, radio, television, and more. Of course, landing a spot on an outlet that reaches many people faces tough competition, and not everyone can attain that. Local fame helps in that regard, and can bolster the spread of that fame. Getting on television usually represents one of the greatest forms of broad advertising, so opportunities to get on television have high competition. Luckily, Grill ‘Em All had what it took to get on television, and since then, everything has gone up for them.

Back in 2010, the Great Food Truck Race debuted on Food Network, which featured a handful of gourmet food trucks that included Grill ‘Em All as a contestant. The Grill ‘Em All crew emerged victorious, claiming the coveted $50,000 grand prize, which went towards a restaurant that they would eventually open in Alhambra in early 2013. Now two years in business, Grill ‘Em All has cemented a solid foundation. Locals cannot stop talking about them, and travelers from across the world anticipate visiting this legendary heavy metal restaurant. In fact, many influential figures in music, metal or not, have appeared at Grill ‘Em All for meet & greets, or just to dine in. Grill ‘Em All has more than just the music theme going for them – their food deserves to sit on the top shelf, a testament to the high caliber set by all the other trendy hip restaurants in Southern California. The transition from food truck to restaurant allowed them to increase the menu items offered, but they still kept the fan favorites on the menu, including the legendary Behemoth. If you could choose one menu item to represent the flagship of Grill ‘Em All, everyone would choose this mammoth grilled cheese burger. When I say grilled cheese burger, I do not refer to a patty melt – I mean a burger placed between two grilled cheese sandwiches used as the “buns” of the burger. Basically, you have four slices of bread with this burger, bacon, BBQ sauce, grilled onions, pickles, and three layers of cheddar cheese: one on the all-beef patty, and a layer in each of the grilled cheese sandwiches. This basically represents a western-style cheeseburger with the BBQ sauce, onions, and cheese, except that instead of hamburger buns, you hold onto two grilled cheese sandwiches to devour this burger. I hope you have a monstrous appetite to down this – all that bread will make this burger a tough foe to thwart.

If you still have yet to visit Grill ‘Em All, why not start with their flagship burger? You can challenge this monster for just $12. Come glimpse at the beast that gave rise to the legacy known as Grill ‘Em All.

Artisanal LA returns for its semiannual show this weekend to the second floor of LA Mart in Downtown Los Angeles. Featuring the latest and greatest of artisan food and drinks in Southern California, this designer edibles fair brings together the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more. Hundreds of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcase their goods and sell their wonderful products to all the attendees. The floor features aisles after aisles full of vendors in each little space, all vying for attendees to try their goods, and hopefully generate a fan out of them. Due to the enclosed space with no industrial ventilation, most of the food arrived premade, or as cold/room temperature goods. From refreshing soft drinks to chocolates to ice cream to grass-fed beef to cakes and beyond, Artisanal LA truly exhibits the best of local Southern Californian flavor. Words cannot fully depict all that transpires at Artisanal LA, so take an abridged tour through last year’s Artisanal LA here:

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $12 presale and $15 at the door. If buying presale, use promo code ebfan to save 30% off the presale price! Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

Bootlegger’s Brewery 7th Anniversary Celebration
April 20-26
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton

Bootlegger’s Brewery celebrates their seventh year in business this weekend, but instead of a festival as they have held in the past years, they will spread out the festivities across this entire week. Every day this week, Bootlegger’s will hold a different event at their tasting room in Downtown Fullerton, as well as a few other events outside of the tasting room. Some of the events require tickets, so check out the link for more information.

Bottle Share #420
4:20 pm – 8:40 pm, April 20
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

Bruery Terreux Previeux
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 22
The Bruery, Placentia

The public can catch a glimpse of the offerings from The Bruery Terreux this Wednesday at The Bruery’s tasting room in Placentia. Come check out the latest on the works of The Bruery.

4th Annual Taste of South Pasadena
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 22
Canoe House, South Pasadena

Sample the local flavor of South Pasadena this Wednesday evening. This tasting consists of two events: a wine tasting portion, and a restaurant crawl. The wine tasting costs $20 to attend and takes place at the Canoe House from 5pm to 7pm. The restaurant crawl takes place from 6pm to 9pm, and costs $35 for adults or $15 for those under 21, and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

2015 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, April 22
The Brigantine, Point Loma, San Diego

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Wednesday night. For $25, guests gain access to free shuttles that will take them from various places around Point Loma so that guests can reach all the restaurants in time.

6th Annual Kingdom-Con
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 23
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 24-26
Crowne Plaza, Mission Valley, San Diego

This all-ages Table Top gaming convention contains all things board games, mini games, role-playing games, vendors, and more. Admission costs $20 for one day or $60 for the entire weekend.

Boogaloo Mountain Jam 2015
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 24
6:00 am – 1:00 am, April 25
5:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 26
Irvine Lake, Silverado

An entire weekend of electronic music, yoga, art, workshops, cars, food, vendors, and more awaits you at this all-ages music festival. Tickets start at $150.

Stupid Flanders Record Release Show
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 24
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this FREE show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Night Nation Run – Orange County
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 24
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County Party
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 24
Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad

Samples food from North San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. Admission to this event costs $75 per person, or $65 each when purchasing five or more in a single transaction.

Chencha Berrinches: Live in South Gate
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 24
American Legion Post 335, South Gate

Check out some local skacore bands this Friday night in South Gate. The cover for this all-ages show costs $8 for those over 21, $10 for minors, or $7 if entering before 7:30pm.

2nd Annual San Diego Shaka Fest
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 25
Crown Point Park Mission Bay, San Diego

Bring your friends and family out to this all-ages athletics & Hawaiian cultural festival this Saturday in San Diego. This event combines a traditional cultural festival with some athletic activities and competitions, featuring rowing, obstacle courses, yoga, and more activities along with the festival’s food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

Chinatown Champions: Scavenger Hunt
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 25
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Grab a partner for this cultural scavenger hunt throughout the historic Los Angeles Chinatown this Saturday morning. Registration costs $60 per pair, and registration comes with some requirements that participants must fulfill, as listed in the link provided above. During the scavenger hunt, participants will get fed food and drinks, so eat a healthy breakfast for energy, but do not fill up.

2015 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 25
El Dorado Park, Long Beach

Celebrate Cambodian New Year this Saturday in Long Beach with traditional & modern performances, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, vendors, and more. Tickets plus parking to this all-ages festival cost $30 presale and $40 at the gate.

32nd Annual Encinitas Street Fair
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 25-26
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas

This FREE street fair takes place this weekend in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

12th Annual Yes I Can Summer Meltdown
10:30 am – 11:00 pm, April 25
Santa Clarita Skate Park, Santa Clarita

This huge all-ages event features three stages of live music all day, and live painters throughout the event area. Presale tickets cost $35 general admission or $60 VIP admission.

Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 25
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

Get sudsy at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. They will have beer, food, beer pong, live music, and basically everything else you should have at a beer fest. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. Early admission costs $75 and starts at 11am. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 11am, and allows access to an exclusive VIP area. Use promo code CRAFTFAN to save $10 off admission.

4th Annual Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 25
Historic Downtown Vista Village, Vista

The San Diego Brewers Guild presents the Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival this Saturday afternoon in the historic Vista Village district. Now in its fourth year, this festival now contains over 50 breweries, nine music acts across three stages, and plenty of food for sale from local businesses. This festival will also feature a home brewers competition. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 12pm, and comes with a souvenir glass good for unlimited beer tastings. VIP admission costs $60 presale only, and starts an hour earlier at 11am. No one under 21 may attend.

Spring 2015 Jackalope Art & Craft Fair – Pasadena
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-26
Pasadena Central Park, Pasadena

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day arts & crafts fair will feature local artisans, curators, food trucks, live music, and more.

Green Prize Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 25
Cesar E Chavez Park, Long Beach

Celebrate Earth Day this Saturday in Long Beach. At this free all-ages community festival down by the beach, visitors will find demos by local farms & chefs, live entertainment, local artists, green & eco-friendly services, speakers, arts & crafts, food from local restaurants, delis, food trucks, and more.

Spring 2015 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-26
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

31st Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-26
Little Italy, San Diego

Free to the public, this art walk takes up 17 blocks of Little Italy filled with over 350 artists. All throughout the fest, guests can discover music and dance performances, and plenty of kids’ activities.

Spring 2015 Artisanal LA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-26
LA Mart, Los Angeles

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $12 presale and $15 at the door. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

Wicks Brewing Co. 2nd Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 25
Wicks Brewing Co., Riverside

Wicks Brewing Co. opened their doors to the public two years ago, and to celebrate their anniversary this weekend, they will have an all-day party at their tasting room in Riverside. Come try Two Year Siege, their 2nd Anniversary barleywine aged on rye whiskey oak staves, and enjoy other special brews and live music throughout the day.

3rd Annual Pasadena Brewfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 25
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena

Enjoy local beer at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena. General admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door, and include ten drink tickets plus a souvenir glass. Hungry guests can order food off of the restaurant’s menu.

6th Annual Bikes Boards and Brews
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 25
Catamaran Resort Hotel, Pacific Beach, San Diego

Enjoy local beer, gourmet bites, and a magnificent view of the bay at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pacific Beach. VIP admission costs $35 and starts at 12pm, while general admission costs $30 and starts at 1pm. Prices go up $5 at the door. All admission comes with ten beer tasters. For $5 extra, display your vintage or custom bike for other guests to view.

Art of the TARDIS Craft Faire
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 25
Clockwork Couture, Burbank

Dr. Who fans will not want to miss this free event in Burbank this Saturday. Check out local artists and designers, and mingle with other fans that may dress up for the occasion too.

Adams Avenue Unplugged 2015
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 26
Adams Avenue, San Diego

Completely free to the public, guests will spectate 180 live music acts throughout the day all in the various local businesses and multiple stages. The city will also offer free trolley service to transport guests from one end to the other.

5th Annual San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 25
Left Coast Brewing Company, San Clemente

Enjoy an afternoon of beer and food in San Clemente this Saturday afternoon. This beer festival will contain 17 local breweries all serving their wonderful brews, and food from local non-profit groups. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and comes with 12 4oz beer pours.

6th Annual AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 25
Fairplex, Pomona

See all things cars at AutoCon this Saturday at the Fairplex in Pomona. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. General admission to this all-ages convention cost $15. Bring cash for parking as well, which will cost between $5 and $15 per vehicle.

South Coast Roller Derby vs. Wine Town Rollers
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $8 presale or $10 at the door.

Newport Beach Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
Newport Dunes Waterfront, Newport Beach

If you want to get drunk in Newport Beach this Saturday night, do it here at this beer tasting event. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive beers.

8th Annual Taste of Aliso Niguel
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
Laguna Design Center, Laguna Niguel

Taste the flavors of South Orange County at this tasting event this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. Admission to this food fest costs $35. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Spring Melt Fundraiser
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
Tastemade Studios, Santa Monica

Basically, rich people eating and drinking with hundreds of other rich people. Admission costs $125 and includes all food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may enter. Dress code strictly enforced.

Tartar Control’s CD Release and Peach Cobbler Party
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy some good local punk rock this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Life In Color San Diego 2015
9:00 pm – 3:00 am, April 25
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego

Some genius decided to take a nighttime color glow run and do away with the running. Now we have this nighttime color glow music fest. General admission to this concert costs $80.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 26 – May 1
Various restaurants, Pasadena

Between April 26 and May 1, 45 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

Pinup Girl Clothing @ Disneyland
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 26
Disneyland Park, Anaheim

Pinup Girl Clothing will head to Disneyland Park this Sunday, where they will do lots of things in the park, such as hand out goodie bags, hold pop trivia sessions, host meet & greets, and more.

Mud Factor: Seriously Fun, 5K Obstacle Run – San Bernardino
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 26
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino

Get down and dirty at this fun run in San Bernardino this Sunday afternoon. Registration costs $55 online or $85 on the day of the event, and provides participants with a bandana, medal, temporary tattoo, and bib.

3rd Annual San Diego Veg Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 26
McMillin Companies Event Center, Liberty Station, San Diego

Bring your vegan appetite to this vegan food tasting event this Sunday in San Diego. General admission costs $5, while VIP admission costs $20 (no perks specified yet). Certain foods require preordering online, so check the info via the link above.

Spring 2015 Brentwood Art Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 26
San Vicente Blvd b/t Barrington & Bundy

Check out a free and all-ages art festival this Sunday afternoon in Brentwood, complete with art, food trucks, music, shopping, a kids zone, and more.

2015 Taste of Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 26
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach

Sample the flavors of Huntington Beach’s local restaurants this Sunday at their food fest. Admission includes unlimited food samples and wine & beer tasters. General admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm, while VIP costs $85 and starts at 11am. VIP comes with complimentary champagne, extra hors d-oeuvres, free raffle entries, and free goodies. For both admissions, designated drivers will save $5, which only means they cannot receive any wine or beer.

3rd Annual Atwater Village Beer, Wine, & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 26
55 Degree Wine, Atwater Village

Check out local breweries, local vendors, food & drinks, live music, and more this Sunday at Atwater Village. VIP tickets cost $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 12pm, receives unlimited beer tasters and a free goodie bag. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with 15 tasters. Designated driver tickets cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Punk Rock Swap Meet
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 26
South Bay Customs, El Segundo

Check out a bunch of vendors, food, and punk rock music at this all-ages punk rock swap meet this Sunday afternoon in El Segundo. In addition to the handful of vendors on hand to sell punk rock items, a handful of local bands will also perform. Admission to this event costs $5.

The Dead Kennedys performing Holiday In Cambodia at the 2013 Ink-N-Iron Festival in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on June 8, 2013.