9th Annual Dog Day Afternoon at the Cathedral
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 8
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Downtown Los Angeles
This FREE and all-ages event brings together dogs and dog lovers from around town to mingle and enjoy a night of fun and relaxation. In addition to meeting a bunch of other dogs, visitors will find live music, vendors, pet adoptions, and more.
12:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 9-12
10th Avenue Art Center, San Diego
Taking place during the San Diego Comic Con, Gam3rCon features four floors of gaming entertainment, including a Video Game Arena, Tabletop Gaming Lounge, gaming industry panels, live theater, gaming-themed artwork, and rooftop parties. Adult admission costs $20 for a single day or $60 for the entire weekend. Child admission costs $10 for a single day or $30 for the entire weekend.
Business & Beer @ Absolution Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 9
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Absolution Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.
Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 9
Downtown Los Angeles
This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.
X – Album Show Weekend
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 9-12
The Observatory, Santa Ana
Legendary punk band X will headline four shows across four consecutive days this week in Southern California. Each show will also have great opening bands, so arrive early to check them out too. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a link for pricing details.
Ten Foot Pole: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 9, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/ten-foot-pole
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 10, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/884019
Enjoy a classic punk rock show this Thursday and Friday night. Ticket prices and age limits vary, so click on a show’s link for more information.
TWO YEAR Barrel-Aged Acurum – LIMITED Release
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 10
Valiant Brewing, Orange
Valiant Brewing will release the ultra-rare Acurum bottles this Friday evening on a first-come, first-served basis. Craft beer enthusiasts will not want to miss out on this extremely limited brew.
Super Video Game Land at Mission Brewery
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 10
Mission Brewery, Downtown San Diego
Now for something REALLY different. Immerse yourself in video game art and culture at Mission Brewery in San Diego this Friday night. Enjoy a nostalgic night of art, music, games, and beer all in one spot.
Grilled Cheese & Beer Night
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, July 10
Andrew’s Cheese Shop, Santa Monica
Enjoy a four-course dinner with beer pairings for $50 at this local cheese shop in Santa Monica this Friday night.
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 11
The Reef, Los Angeles
See all things beauty, fashion, cosmetics, and more at this one-day event at The Reef in Los Angeles this Saturday. General admission costs $30 and grants you access to the entire show floor full of vendors, services, workshops, speakers, demos, and more.
1st Annual California Hot Sauce Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 11-12
Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach
Spice lovers rejoice! Torch your taste buds at this hot sauce tasting event this weekend at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. General admission costs $10 and provides access to all the vendors sampling their hot sauces, but does not include food or drinks. A beer package costs $50 and includes five beverage tokens, a bottle of hot sauce, and a t-shirt. VIP admission costs $100 and provides access to a secluded VIP area.
Beachwood Brewing 4th Anniversary Celebration
10:30 am – 12:00 am, July 11
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s 4th anniversary at their restaurant/brewery in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Free to attend, expect to find rare beers on tap, as well as a handful of guest breweries and their brews. Beachwood BBQ will also serve up some food specials unique only for this glorious day. Guests can park for free for up to three hours with validation in the parking structure in the alley behind the restaurant.
Renegade Craft Fair
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 11-12
Grand Park, Los Angeles
This free and all-ages fair at Grand Park will have arts, crafts, music, foodtrucks, drinks, and more. Come see the alternative side of arts & crafts this weekend.
Boulevard Brewing Tap Takeover
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 11
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
Boulevard Brewing will take over the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. No admission required – simply show up and pay as you go.
New Belgium Brewing + The Do LaB Celebration
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 11
Howl Event Space, Long Beach
At this FREE event, have fun with typical antics by The Do LaB, and enjoy some beer that New Belgium Brewing created exclusively for The Do LaB. In addition, catch live music, food, wine, and other activities. Food and wine come at a separate cost, so bring cash for those.
3rd Annual Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 11
The Loma Club, Liberty Station, San Diego
Coinciding with Comic Con, this beer tasting event will take place at Liberty Station this Saturday afternoon. As the title suggests, this beer event will bear a costume element, encouraging attendees to arrive in some sort of cosplay outfit. Presale general admission costs $49 and starts at 3pm, while presale VIP admission costs $64 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from the over 40 participating breweries while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
6th Annual Los Angeles Street Food Fest
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 11
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Experience the best of mobile eats in LA at the 4th annual LA Street Food Fest. This all-ages food fest features hundreds of chefs, restaurants, food carts, food trucks, food stands, pop-ups, bars, and more. The list of participating businesses includes more than enough food to cover your entire day, plus plenty of dessert, ice cream, coffee/teas, drinks, alcoholic drinks, mobile boutiques, and so much more. General admission costs $60, starts at 5pm, and includes parking and ALL food & drinks. VIP admission costs $90, starts at 3pm, and also includes access to a VIP lounge. Children 7 and under enter free with a paid adult admission. Attendees should bring a picnic blanket and/or chairs, as the venue cannot provide enough tables for the thousands of attendees.
Four Brewers 1st Anniversary Celebration
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 11
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
This craft beer podcast celebrates a year in the industry this Saturday at Hamilton Family Brewery in Rancho Cucamonga. Admission costs nothing to attend, while special anniversary glasses cost $12. The brewery will have an exclusive saison on tap brewed just for this occasion, and the podcast crew will have swag to give away, such as stickers and pins.
Night Nation Run – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
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.
German Heritage Day
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, July 12
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
Do you love Oktoberfest? Show off your German pride at this FREE and all-ages celebration this Sunday afternoon at Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Enjoy German food, music, arts & crafts, and more. The first 500 guests receive a FREE meal, so act quick!
Afternoon Delight: A Sunday Funday of Bands and Burlesque
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 12
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
Enjoy local music and burlesque this Sunday in Downtown Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10