Meet the Brewer: Barley Forge
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 2
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
Meet the brewers from Barley Forge, enjoy some cold brews, and take home a sweet Barley Forge glass this Wednesday evening at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach.
Millencolin: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=6006415
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 3, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/millencolin
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, September 4, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/864199-millencolin-west-hollywood/
Punk band Millencolin currently tours around North America, and that tour swings through Southern California this week with three shows. Each of these all-ages shows have different ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for more details.
Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 2
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.
10th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
10:00 am – 12:00 am, September 3
5:30 am – 8:00 pm, September 4
5:30 am – 4:00 pm, September 5
5:30 am – 11:30 am, September 6
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
The Disneyland Half Marathon returns for its tenth year this weekend with a plethora of things to see and do. Participate in any of the races, check out the health & fitness expo, and stick around for after-parties throughout the weekend. The website has an extensive list of everything going on this weekend, so consult with the website for more details.
3rd Annual San Diego CityBeat 5 Minute Film Festival
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 3
Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park, San Diego
Come watch over a hundred locally produced short films this Thursday night at Balboa Park in San Diego. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door.
4th Annual Long Beach Psyclone Weekender
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 3-6
Seaport Marina Hotel, Long Beach
Lots of psychobilly bands will invade Long Beach this weekend for this annual rockabilly festival. Live music will go on all weekend, and other events will circulate around town to coincide with this festival too, such as BBQ/pool parties, brunches, bus rides, and more. Find tickets for sale at select retailers, or purchase them online. Friday night costs $15, the weekend costs $35 per day, and the full weekend pass costs $80.
The Damned: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 3, Sycuan Casino, El Cajon http://www.sycuan.com/entertainment/the-damned/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 4, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EC3A8192480
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5, The Fonda Theater, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/278592
Legendary punk band The Damned will play a string of all-ages California shows this week, with three of them taking place in Southern California. Each of these shows have different ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for details.
U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 4, 6-7
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 5
B Street Pier, San Diego
Check out various works of art involving sand sculpting and 3D printing this weekend in San Diego. Admission ranges from $5 to $17.
Los Angeles Times: The TASTE
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 4-6
Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood
Los Angeles Times presents The TASTE, a series of food-based events at Paramount Pictures Studios. Each event will feature unlimited food & drink tastings from over 40 of LA’s top restaurants, along with live cooking & mixology demonstrations, wine seminars, and panel discussions. Tickets vary in price depending on the event attended, starting at $100.
2015 E Hula Mau
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 4
8:00 am – 12:00 am, September 5-6
Terrace Theater @ the Long Beach Convention Center
The annual E Hula Mau returns to Long Beach to exhibit various Pacific Islander performances, arts & crafts, food, vendors, and more. The actual fest requires no admission, while spectating the competitions requires a ticket purchase. Nearby parking structures east of Pine Avenue between 3rd & 6th Streets provide free parking for up to two hours.
2015 Body Art Expo – San Diego
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 5
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 6
San Diego Concourse, Downtown San Diego
Check out this all-ages tattoo expo running all weekend at the San Diego Concourse in Downtown San Diego. Hundreds of tattoo artists from across the nation will fly in this weekend to deliver their works of art onto willing bodies. The expo will also feature live tribute bands, freak shows, a beer garden, hot body contests, tattoo contests, plenty of merchandise vendors, and more. Attendees interested in receiving ink should book an appointment with an artist – walking up to the artist may result in nothing if the artist fills up his or her schedule early. One-day admission costs $20, while a 3-day admission costs $45. Children under 10 enter for free with a paid adult admission, but note that no vendor will provide a tattoo or piercing to children. Please bring cash for parking, which may range from $5 to $10.
LA County Fair – Opening Day
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
Your local fair will open this Friday at the Fairplex in Pomona. If you missed the OC Fair, you will not want to miss the LA County Fair. Ticket prices range from free up to $17, but stores like Walgreens and Costco sell discounted ticket packages.
Hey Porter! Beer Release
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 4
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
Hamilton Family Brewery in Rancho Cucamonga will release a new beer this Friday evening, available for enjoying in the tasting room or to-go in growlers.
626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 4-6
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.
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).
Escape Craft Brewery Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
Wicks Brewing, Riverside
Escape Craft Brewery will tap their beers at Wicks Brewing in Riverside this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up and enjoy a cold one.
Orange International Street Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 4
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 5-6
Streets of Old Town Orange
One of the grandest events to grace Orange County, the annual OISF returns this weekend to the streets of Old Town Orange. Completely free to attend and open to all ages, the OISF brings together regions of the world and their food, drinks, merchandise, dance, music, and so much more. The four roads radiating from the Orange Circle each contain 3-4 themed “Streets” based on a region of the world. This year, the organizers have shifted. You have never seen a street party this huge – trust me.
Iron Maiden Record Release Party
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
Iron Maiden has a new album coming out, and Phantom Carriage will celebrate its release this Friday night with CD sales, “The Trooper” beer on draft, limited edition glasses, and a concert DVD on display. No admission required – simply show up, enjoy a cold one, and rock on.
The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 4
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. No one under 21 may enter.
13th Annual Ventura Nationals Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 5
Ventura Fairgrounds, Ventura
Immerse yourself in a world of classic cars, local music, pinup models, and more at this rockabilly event in Ventura this Saturday. Admission costs $15 for adults or $10 for active military with ID. Children 12 & under enter for free with a paid adult admission.
New Blues Festival II
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 5-6
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
Enjoy two full days of local blues music at this all-ages concert this weekend at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. General admission costs $25 for one day or $40 for both days. VIP admission costs $100 for one day or $180 for both days, and includes access to a VIP tent. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 5-7
Downtown Hermosa Beach
Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.
Leimert Park Village African Arts & Music Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 5-7
Leimert Park Village, Los Angeles
Check out this FREE and all-ages African cultural event going on all weekend in Leimert Park.
Pacific Media Expo 2015
10:00 am – 11:30 pm, September 5-6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
Immerse yourself in Eastern culture at this expo for all things Asian this weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center. At this all-ages expo, attendees will encounter art, music, dance, entertainment, cosplay, fashion, anime, manga, comics, video games, merchandise, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and much more. Adult admission costs $40 for Saturday or Sunday, $30 for Monday, or $65 for the entire weekend. Children 6-12 enter for $30, while children 5 & under enter for free with paid adult admission.
Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 5
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
Ride a motorcycle? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday early afternoon to get it washed by the HBHD Angels.
Four Sons Brewing 1st Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5
Four Sons Brewing, Huntington Beach
Four Sons Brewing in Huntington Beach turns a year old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will tap a bunch of rare brews at their tasting room this Saturday. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy some rare brews.
66th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5-7
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.
San Diego Bacon Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 5
NTC Park – Preble Field, Liberty Station, San Diego
Simply put, you can eat all the bacon and drink all the drinks you can at this festival dedicated to bacon. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 1pm, and comes with a beer caddy to hold your beer tasting cup. All admissions include unlimited food and drinks until 5pm. No one under 21 may attend. This fest takes place outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior to arriving, and stay hydrated.
Shoreline Jam – Reggae Festival
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5-6
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
The annual Shoreline Jam returns this Saturday to the Queen Mary with a plethora of reggae bands to highlight the stage all day. Admission starts at $45 and goes all the way up to $200 based on the package you select, while parking at the Queen Mary costs $20 per vehicle.
7th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
BuskerFest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend for all ages, fans of music will surely want to come here. For long-term parking, search for street parking in neighborhoods to the east or north.
Fight Like A Girl! A Sailor Moon Art Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 5
Top Acid (The Frida Cinema), Santa Ana
Check out this FREE and all-ages art show dedicated to all things Sailor Moon this Saturday night in Downtown Santa Ana.
Punk Rock ‘N’ The OC
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 5
Slide Bar, Fullerton
Rock out to local punk bands at this FREE show this Saturday night at the Slide Bar in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.
Funky Punky Show
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, September 5
The Church of Fun, East Hollywood
Discover the weird side of punk rock at this show this Saturday night in East Hollywood. The cover for this show costs only $5.
Coffee Floats with Black Ring Coffee
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 6
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach
Stop by Long Beach Creamery in Bixby Knolls this Sunday afternoon for delicious refreshing coffee floats for just $6 each.
Labor Day Weekend Punktanza
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 6
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this FREE show this Sunday evening at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.
5th Annual D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 6
The Glass House, Pomona
Check out this all-ages music & art fest this Sunday night in Pomona. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door.