Archive for July, 2015

People get finicky over trivial things because of how “viral” those things get. For example, the world goes into an uproar over the death of one lion, yet hundreds of people get murdered on a daily basis. According to human nature, people get deeply involved with things that have no direct impact on their lives. A few years ago, California voted to ban the sale of foie gras due to the inhumane method of procuring it. That ban lifted earlier this year, but all the negative propaganda the past few years means that many restaurants still fear serving it. Little by little, Californian restaurants have slowly integrated foie gras back into their menus, and by now, people can savor this delectable delight in select places, such as at Shin-Sen-Gumi Yakitori in Gardena.

Southern Californian food fans swear by the name Shin-Sen-Gumi. Heralded as one of the premier Japanese restaurants of Southern California, Shin-Sen-Gumi does not follow American norms in terms of in-house dining. All of the staff at any Shin-Sen-Gumi live by the traditional eastern culture, as apparent by the shouting of the staff inside. At a normal restaurant, staff communicate face-to-face. At Shin-Sen-Gumi, staff shout their orders overhead for EVERYONE in the restaurant to hear – you can kind of hear it in this video. Shin-Sen-Gumi restaurants fall into a number of different categories based on what they serve. This post focuses on their Yakitori restaurants, a category that focuses on small eats A.K.A. tapas style. Three of these exist in Southern California: Gardena, Monterey Park, and Fountain Valley. I recently visited the Gardena location and discovered that they do indeed serve seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras from their Specials menu. I had not savored foie gras in years, so having this opportunity presented in front of me again meant I had to brace myself for the incoming wave of meaty goodness about to attack my face.

Sure it costs $14.50 for a small piece of this seared piece of animal fat, but how often do people get to treat themselves like this? I obtained this from the Gardena location, so I do not know if the Monterey Park or Fountain Valley locations carry this.

Not one to shy away from anything food-related (and free), I decided to visit the 2nd Annual Vegan Faire at Center Street Promenade in Downtown Anaheim this past Saturday afternoon. Hosted by The Healthy Junk, this free and all-ages outdoor event brought the vegan community together for a day of vegan eats, vegan drinks, music, activities, and more. Visitors could snag samples of various things, especially drinks. Visitors could also view demos of crossfit, karate, and zumba. Other than that, this fair mainly set out to spread the vegan propaganda, what with the signs attempting to dispel myths about veganism. Non-vegan visitors would likely not find much to do here, other than try all the samples around. While a Vegan Faire has all the right tools to end up a successful hit, it falls short with lack of content.

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners united this past Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach at the SoCal Corgi Nation‘s Summer Corgi Beach Day. At this free and all-ages event, thousands of passionate Corgi owners gathered for a fun & fur-filled day on the sandy dunes of Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach – it had to move from its original home of Huntington Beach due to the US Open of Surfing taking place in Huntington Beach at the same time. Over 600 Corgis appeared to play, mingle, and enjoy this special day for them. Activities primarily included an Instagram photo meet-up and a limbo contest. Other than that, the day consisted of mingling, chatting, and playing with all the cute pups.

Looking forward to the next Corgi Beach Day? Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 24th, back in Huntington Beach. In the meantime, check out some of the photos from this past Saturday at the Summer Corgi Beach Day.

The Big Bite Bacon Fest returns for its second year running at the Queen Mary in Long Beach this upcoming weekend. Pulling together some of Southern California’s bacon-centric businesses plus microbreweries, this fest brings on all forms of pork to serve to all willing attendees. Admission varies based on when you enter and if you will include the beer package, ranging from $40 to $70. Parking costs $10, so bring cash for that. Admission includes unlimited food tastings until the food runs out (which it will), while guests that purchase a beer package with admission can receive some beer tasters.

Those who have never attended ANY bacon festival in Southern California should do ample research before jumping the gun and buying tickets. In my experiences, every bacon festival in Southern California has had major issues that prevented people from thoroughly enjoying it. For example, all these reviews from last year’s Bacon Fest do not lie – it really did not live up to expectations. First off, when you look at the price compared to other food fests, most people clearly did not receive $40’s worth of food. When you factor in the long lines and the vendors running out of food, most attendees received only about $20’s worth of food. Children do not appreciate certain foods as much as adults, so bringing children to a bacon fest that has beer in it too wastes the admission’s value. Speaking of food, those who did not attend did not miss anything special that they could find regularly on the restaurant’s menu. A majority of the vendors did not cook the food enough, such as:

  • A potato, egg, cheese, and bacon mix had rubbery bacon in it
  • The bacon waffles tasted like dough and wet batter
  • Slater’s 50/50 did not cook their burgers consistently – they ranged from rare all the way to well done
  • The BBQ chicken came out pink and slimy, a sign of not getting cooked long enough
  • Red in the center of a bacon-wrapped meatball

Other problems include not keeping the food warm, meager sample portions, no seconds allowed, beer volunteers that did not know about the beers they poured, inefficient lines, and significantly less booths than the website advertised. How does a vendor serve cold food an hour after the fest starts? With such long lines, why do attendees receive only one small sample? For an event that does not limit the ticket sales, vendors should prepare more than enough food to meet the demands. This could potentially alleviate long lines, and increase marketing exposure to those who did not yet earn a chance to try the food.

Since last year, the organizers have claimed that they will improve the way they run the event. What can one expect this time? Read up for some tips on how to make your festival experience enjoyable:

  • Prepare yourself for the weather. This festival takes place mostly outdoors with limited shade. Apply ample sunscreen (security will not confiscate sunscreen upon entry), and dress for hot weather.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast. This sounds counterproductive, but the fact remains that you will only receive SAMPLES at this event, not full meals. Also all that bacon cannot do well for your body, so make sure you get your proper daily nutrients before splurging.
  • The VIP hour makes or breaks the day. Overall the VIP hour makes for an enjoyable experience. However, once the floodgates open to general admission, expect all to go to the pits.
  • Stay hydrated. Salty foods like bacon quickly dehydrate your body. Beer also quickly dehydrates your body. Drink plenty of water before you arrive here, and stay hydrated throughout the festival.
  • Fully charge your phone before arriving. Do not expect to find any outlets to charge your phone during the festival.
  • Bring cash. The Queen Mary charges a fortune to park there, and some vendors at the festival may only accept cash. Consider taking the FREE bus from Downtown Long Beach to save on parking fees.
  • Arrive early. All vendors WILL run out of food within an hour or two. Late arrivals will miss out on the best food samples.
  • Have patience. Expect LONG lines at every booth, and expect to wait a while to receive your bacon sample. Knowing the Queen Mary’s track record, they will not cap tickets either, so do not expect the event to sell out. For best results, split your party up to multiple lines, and have each person bring a handful of food samples back so you can all share the bacon goodness.

Still planning to attend this bacon festival? Take a look at these bacon eats from previous festivals:

US Open of Surfing
July 25 – August 2
Huntington Beach, south of the pier

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

Roller Derby Day @ Disneyland
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 28
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim

Roller Derby will not actually happen at Disneyland, but you can meet hundreds of roller derby athletes as they enjoy a day of fun at the Disneyland Resort this Tuesday.

2015 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 30-31
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 2
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach

Celebrate beach life with the 2015 International Surf Festival that spans five days starting Wednesday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

13th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 30
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego

Get a taste of Islander cuisine this Thursday night near Liberty Station. Admission to this all-ages tasting costs $30 presale and $40 at the door, and includes all food, non-alcoholic drinks, access to a silent auction, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Stone Brewing Tap Takeover
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, July 30
Michael’s Pizzeria, Downtown Long Beach

Stone Brewing will take over the taps at Michael’s Pizzeria’s Downtown Long Beach location this Thursday night. No admission necessary – simply have a seat and order away.

Cider Symposium
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson

Cider enthusiasts will want to check out Phantom Carriage in Carson this Thursday night for a cider tasting plus Q&A panel with cider makers. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for food and drinks as you go.

4th Annual LUCKYRICE Feast
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Create Nightclub, Hollywood

Join in on this night of Asian-style food tastings and cocktail sips this Thursday night in Hollywood. General admission costs $88 and starts at 8pm, while early admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and cocktail tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Stiff Little Fingers – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 31, House of Blues, West Hollywood
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 1, House of Blues, Anaheim

Legendary punk band Stiff Little Fingers will headline three shows in Southern California this week before they head back to Europe. Each show has different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link for more information.

The Aggrolites – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, July 31, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 1, Casa Escobar, Malibu

Catch The Aggrolites as they headline three shows in Southern California this week. Each show has different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link for more information.

25th Annual Taste of Yorba Linda
6:00 pm – 10:30 pm, July 31
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda

Sample the best of food & drinks in Yorba Linda this Friday evening. For $45 presale or $55 at the door, guests get treated to a night of unlimited food tastings plus two drink tickets good for beer or wine. Guests may reserve a table for ten for $100.

Grilled Cheese & Beer Night
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Andrew’s Cheese Shop, Santa Monica

Enjoy a six-course dinner with beer pairings for $100 at this local cheese shop in Santa Monica this Friday night.

Rikk Agnew Band @ Loaded Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 31
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood

Enjoy some local punk rock music in Hollywood this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bear Fight @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

26th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 1
South Clairemont Park, San Diego

Bring the entire family over to the park this Saturday for a FREE fair at the park. This fair will feature a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, drinks, games, rides, a car show, and more. Visitors can swim for FREE in the park’s pool from 12pm until 3pm.

Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival 2015
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 1
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2
The Reef, Los Angeles

Check out this Japanese cultural event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. This all-ages event features music, entertainment, fashion, vendors, cosplay, and more Japanese things. One-day admission costs $10 presale or $12 at the door. Two-day admission costs $18 presale or $20 at the door.

4th Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 1
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles

Participate in a communal bike ride starting in Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday afternoon. Mix and mingle with the various diverse women joining in on this bike ride.

2nd Annual Big Bite Bacon Fest Long Beach
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 1
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 2
The Queen Mary, Long Beach

Get your pork on this weekend down at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Pig out on bacon eats & treats from some of Southern California’s finest chefs and restaurants, and for the adults, sample brews from Southern California’s multitude of micro breweries. As you munch and sip your way through the fest, test your mettle at pig pong, pork ladder toss, bacon bags, dunk a swine, and more games. Admission varies based on when you enter and if you will include the beer package, starting at $40. Parking costs $10, so bring cash for that. This festival takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately, and apply sunscreen.

Anaheim Packing District & Farmers Park Market One-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 1, Packing District, Anaheim
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 2, Farmers Park, Anaheim

A year ago, Anaheim launched a local attraction that has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors since then. This weekend, they celebrate the past year with free and all-ages festivities that include games, arts & crafts, live music, entertainment, food specials, and more. As always, no cameras allowed inside the building.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 1-2
Fairplex, Pomona

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at the Fairplex in Pomona. Tickets sold out a while ago, but you may still find after-market tickets for sale. No one under 18 may attend.

4th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 1
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Angeleno, Burbank

Car enthusiasts will want to make their way over to Downtown Burbank this Saturday afternoon for a day full of classic cars, customs, and more, free to attend for all ages.

Taste of San Pedro
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro

Explore cuisine from over 20 restaurants in San Pedro this Saturday evening. In addition to all the food and drinks, enjoy live music, live entertainment, and special beverage samples. General admission costs $55 and comes with five food tasters and three drink tasters. VIP admission costs $85 and comes with ten food tasters and five drink tasters. Attendees may purchase additional food and beverages at cost at the event.

Twisted At The Pike
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 1
Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach

Immerse yourself into the world of weird this Saturday night in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this twisted carnival has live music, dance, magic performers, a beer garden hosted by Auld Dubliner, local food vendors, and more.

I-15 Brew Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
Galway Downs Equestrian Center, Temecula

Taste the best of the Inland Empire at this beer tasting event out in Temecula this Saturday evening. This event will feature over 60 breweries, 30 home brewers, live music, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 7pm, and includes a souvenir glass with unlimited beer tasters. VIP admission costs $70 presale, and starts at 6pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Green Jellÿ @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 1
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Release some aggression at this local show this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Lakewood Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:00 pm, August 2
Del Valle Park, Lakewood

Bring out your family for a bike ride around Lakewood and Long Beach. The course runs up to 18 miles, but participants may choose to ride for a lesser duration.

19th Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista

This street fair in Chula Vista will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods south of 3rd Avenue.

Art lovers rejoice – Orange County got their very own Zine Fest this past Sunday afternoon. Taking place at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, this free and all-ages event featured dozens of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. To engage guests, some of the artists held demos and workshops at their tables, allowing attendees to take part in or observe live art. However, due to the limited space of the venue plus limited parking in the area, this event saw mainly ins & outs all day in regards to guests.

The OC Zine Fest makes occasional pop-ups at events throughout Orange County. Stay up to date with things going on with the OC Zine Fest by liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter.

The 2015 Idea World Fitness Convention & Expo returned this past weekend to it new location at the Los Angeles Convention Center. As one of the world’s largest fitness conferences, visitors from all over the world traveled to Los Angeles within the past week to check out this convention, full of workshops, speakers, demos, competitions, vendors, and more. From Wednesday through Sunday of last week, various seminars, sessions, workshops, and demos took place that attendees could participate in and gain valuable knowledge, or further their athletic career. From Thursday through Saturday, the Fitness & Nutrition Expo opened up to the public, and anyone who registered online for that expo could enter for free. This expo contained numerous vendors all exhibiting the latest in sports equipment, wellness services, new technology in sports, and food trends.

Those in the fitness or wellness industry definitely should have registered for the full conference, gaining immense benefits towards their business, or towards their training. For everyone else, attending the free expo yielded great returns in terms of content, networking opportunities, and all the free samples of protein goodies. Compared to last year’s convention, about half of the vendors returned, while the other half consisted of new vendors. The Idea World Fitness Expo focuses more on health and wellness, whereas another big fitness expo that takes place in Southern California (coming next month) focuses more on training and athletics. Regardless, numerous demos and exercises took place, ranging from dance to cross-training to controlled movements and more.

The Idea World Fitness Expo opens their doors to all demographics of all ages, not just those in the industry or those who work out frequently. Fit people love this expo because they can keep up with latest trends and news in the fitness industry. Casual visitors like this expo because they can learn the right ways to get fit, as well as feel motivated after seeing all the fit people around. When an expo like this comes your way, consider attending to see what it truly takes to stay fit, and gain first-hand experience from people who know how to stay fit.

A little bit of inclement weather will not bog down the fun people will have at the local city or state fair. Despite some inauspicious weather, the 2nd Annual OC Brew Hee Haw craft beer festival returned to the Orange County Fair & Event Center this past weekend. This weekend-long beer tasting event took place on the opening weekend of the 2015 OC Fair this past weekend, and covered a large span of the weekend with three different beer tasting sessions that each lasted four hours. All attendees to the OC Brew Hee Haw received UNLIMITED beer tasters, as well as admission to the fairgrounds for that day. The actual Brew Hee Haw area did not contain much else to do besides get beer, as the small space only allowed for just drinking. A small stage allowed a DJ to set up, as well as host speakers to talk about beer and beer pairings. Attendees could still wander about the fair, but could not bring beer outside of the event area.

The OC Brew Ha Ha Productions crew has taken some of the cues from last year’s festival, and vastly improved it. Changes from last year include reducing the sessions from four to three, allowing unlimited beer tasters, and providing more space in the event area by eliminating unnecessary objects. Many of last year’s problems also got resolved by the start of the festival, either by Brew Ha Ha or by the OC Fair. Attendees parking at the free off-site parking structure took a shuttle that dropped them off right at the gate leading to the Brew Hee Haw. For attendees who entered through a different gate, signs all over the fair pointed out the directions to Brew Hee Haw. If anything, the only thing that rained on this parade involved the rain itself. Due to the rain, attendees did not go to the outdoor portion at the back of the event area, so everyone crammed inside, making for a tight event space. The attendees did not seem to mind this – if anything, it made people get closer and make new friends. I mean, just look at all these people – they look like they had a great time!

If you missed out on the Brew Hee Haw, fret not. The one that started them all, OC Brew Ha Ha, returns for its sixth installment on Saturday, September 12th, back at Oak Canyon Park in Irvine. Tickets have already gone on sale for $45 general admission or $60 for entry an hour earlier. All visitors gain access to UNLIMITED beer tastings for the duration of the event from over 80 breweries serving over 170 different beers. Expect to find plenty of food trucks, other food vendors, free soft drinks, merchandise booths, beer industry speakers, games, and more, which includes live music. To stay updated on news such as this and more from OC Brew Ha Ha, like the Facebook page and follow them on Twitter so you know what goes on in the realm of Orange County’s greatest beer festivals.

People simply love bacon for unexplainable reasons, and will go to crazy distances just for that crispy salty crunchy satisfying feel of biting into bacon. You know bacon has something going for it when people wrap things in bacon to make it taste better, even things most people may not have heard of, such as water chestnuts or peppadews. When you cannot wrap something in bacon, what logically comes next other that chop up the bacon and throw it all onto food? In some instances, you can then directly add the bacon into whatever you make. Like bacon and waffles? Add bacon pieces to the batter prior to grilling. Like bacon and pasta? Roll your own bacon & cheese tortelloni. As one of the most versatile foods in the world, bacon adds that je ne sais quoi to anything one can eat or drink, and can replace most basic ingredients in foods. In place of certain ingredients, bacon makes for an ample substitute, something that Slater’s 50/50 does very well with their dishes.

Nothing says America more than bacon, an ingredient that Slater’s 50/50 worships. During their six years in business, Slater’s 50/50 has come up with the craziest, most original foods involving bacon. Their bacon revolution has stretched out to the corporate world, as fast food and chain restaurants have attempted to imitate the famous 50/50 burger but have all failed to properly duplicate it. In the meantime, Slater’s 50/50 has continually raised the bar in porky products, such as when they launched the 100% bacon burger a few years ago. This year, they stepped it up a notch with the new & improved The ‘Merica 2.0. The first iteration had all things bacon on it, including a patty completing made from ground bacon. This year, Slater’s got all fancy with it by topping it with Sriracha bacon, bacon jam, bacon cheese, fried mac & cheese, tomatoes, and greens, all sandwiched between a bacon pretzel bun. Now it no longer tastes like a salt overload – the bacon jam plus the few veggies helps to break down all the salty goodness going on here. You still get a heaping mouthful of bacon, so a refreshing pale ale will help to cut through the savoriness of this burger.

Do you love bacon? If so, you owe it to yourself to head on down to Slater’s 50/50 by the end of this month to pound The ‘Merica 2.0. This burger always returns as the July burger-of-the-month, so if you miss it this year, come back next year!

LA Restaurant Week
July 13-26
Greater Los Angeles Area

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 14-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Restauration One Year Anniversary Bluegrass Boil
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 22
Restauration, Long Beach

Long Beach’s Restauration turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a crawfish boil accompanied by bluegrass music. Reservations to this lovely dinner cost $30.

VidCon 2015
8:00 am – 12:00 am, July 23-25
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

See all things in the realm of online video and the next generation of technology at the annual VidCon this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. Registration has sold out long ago, so bookmark this landmark event for next year.

Los Angeles Swim Week
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 23
The London Hotel, West Hollywood

See the latest in swimwear fashion and accessories at this one-of-a-kind swimwear fashion event. Admission to this show costs $50.

Savor Santa Ana
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
East End, Downtown Santa Ana

Santa Ana gets their very own strolling tasting event this Thursday night! Folks who have attend any Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor will already know the drill. To participate, simply show up, buy a booklet of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem those tickets at participating restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana for yummy samples. In addition, the weekly Downtown Santa Ana farmer’s market will also take place, allowing visitors to browse those wares as well.

Five Iron Frenzy: Live in Orange County
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23, Chain Reaction, Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 24-25, The Observatory, Santa Ana

Punk band Five Iron Frenzy will headline three all-ages shows in Orange County this week. Each show’s ticket price varies, so click on a link for more details.

3rd Annual Bicycle Drive-In
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 24
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach

Roll up with your bicycles to Downtown Long Beach this Saturday night for a free nighttime event with a movie screening, laser light show, costume contest, live music show, beer garden, and more.

Free Ska Show @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 24
Slide Bar, Fullerton

Get your skanking on at this FREE ska show in the Slide Bar in Fullerton this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Agent Orange: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 24
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will headline a small show in Laguna Niguel this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Decry @ Cafe NELA
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 24
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles

Check out a local punk show in Northeast Los Angeles this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

US Open of Surfing
July 25 – August 2
Huntington Beach, south of the pier

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

34th Annual Cypress 5K & 10K Run + 35th Annual Cypress Community Festival
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 25
Oak Knoll Park, Cypress

Two events occur back-to-back this Saturday in Cypress. Starting early in the morning, participate in a 5K or 10K run through the streets of Cypress. Following the run, a FREE all-ages & all-day festival will take place at the nearby park. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with a car show, food, drinks, games, rides, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more.

Gladiator Rock’n Run – Orange County
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 25
Irvine Lake, Silverado

Test your might at this unforgiving outdoor 6K obstacle course this Saturday at Irvine Lake in Silverado. Registration costs $75 online or $100 on-site, and parking costs $10 per vehicle.

Belmont Shore Summer Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 25-26
Along 2nd Street, Long Beach

Various shops in Belmont Shore will offer sales on their items. Many shops will also place their items out on the sidewalk for people to browse as they walk by.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 25
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

HessFest 2015
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 25
Mike Hess Brewing, North Park, San Diego

Hess Brewing will celebrate their fifth anniversary with an afternoon beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room in North Park, San Diego. Hess Brewing will pour many of their beers plus some rare and exclusive beers just for this event, and other local breweries will make an appearance to serve their refreshing brews as well. General admission costs $45, starts at 12:30, and includes unlimited beer tasters and food samples. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 12pm, and provides access to VIP-only beers. All attendees receive a souvenir glass that they may bring back to the Hess tasting room for $4 refills for the rest of the year.

2nd Annual Vegan Faire
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 25
Healthy Junk, Anaheim

This Saturday, check out this FREE and all-ages all-day festival showcasing the full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods & services with booths & workshops focusing on food, environment, clothing and fitness. Catch live music on the promenade all day too.

Pizza Port Flip Flop Fest
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 25
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood

Pizza Port will completely take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood this Saturday. Don your beach or Hawaiian gear, and go enjoy some cold ones.

Cambodian Music Festival 2015
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 25
Pearson Park Amphitheatre, Anaheim

Listen to multiple genres of music in the Cambodian language in a family-friendly setting this Saturday in Anaheim. General admission costs $50 for adults or $25 for children.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 25
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatownin Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Taste of Summer 2015
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 25
The Victorian, Santa Monica

Mix and mingle with rich people at this luxurious tasting event in Santa Monica this Saturday evening. Admission costs $100 presale or $125 at the door.

2015 Plate By Plate
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 25
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles

Check out some of Southern California’s top restauranteurs at this evening gala this Saturday in Downtown LA. General admission costs $150, starts at 7pm, and provides access to the main floor. VIP admission costs $300, starts at 6pm, and comes with multiple VIP perks.

The Freeze @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Adolescents @ The Roxy Theatre
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 25
The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood

Legendary punk band The Adolescents will headline a show at The Roxy this Saturday night. Tickets for this all-ages show cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Viernes 13: Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 25
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside

Release some aggression at this local show this Saturday night in Riverside. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual North Pacific Beach Sip ‘N Stroll
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 26
Cass St, Pacific Beach, San Diego

Discover all the local shops and restaurants in North Pacific beach at this free street fair this Sunday afternoon. Cass St will close to traffic to allow visitors to roam the street and check out all of the booths, vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, games, rides, and more.

Swiss Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 26
Swiss Park, Whittier

The Annual Swiss Fair returns to Swiss Park in Whittier this Sunday. Guests of all ages will find Swiss food, drinks, desserts, vendors, dance, music, cheese tastings, games, and more. Entry costs $5, which includes parking.

The Generators Summer BBQ Matinee
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 26
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Enjoy some local music and food this Sunday afternoon in Pomona. The cover for this event costs $5.

First International Harajuku Fashion Walk Day
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, July 26
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles

If you like Japanese culture, you will not want to miss this Japanese women’s fashion exhibit this Sunday afternoon in Little Tokyo of Downtown LA, free to attend for all ages.