Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.
World Series of Beach Volleyball
Alamitos Beach, Long Beach
This unprecedented event brings the world’s greatest beach volleyball players and their fans together for a week-long celebration of the summer. Festivities will include including sports, music, local culture, food, drinks, activities, and more. Visitors may attend any of the events for free, while premium seating for the broadcast events comes with a price.
Mocha Machine Release
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
Dark-beer fans rejoice – Beachwood Brewing will release Mocha Machine this Tuesday. Enjoy this coffee porter on draft at Beachwood Brewing, or buy bottles to take elsewhere to enjoy.
26th Annual Taste of MainStreet – Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 18
Main Street, Encinitas
Sample food from 34 restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at the 16 sip stops along the street as well. You can gain all-access to this for $35 presale, or just $25 for food-only. This taste tends to sell out each year, so purchase your tickets soon if you wish to attend.
Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19-20
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.
Rising Tohoku Food Fair
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 20-23
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
Immerse yourself in the Tohoku region of northeast Japan this weekend at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. Free to attend for all ages, find lots of food, drinks, treats, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.
Kratos: The Original Returns
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Valiant Brewing, Orange
Valiant Brewing brings back their original Kratos beer as well as three variations of it this Friday evening. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for the beers you wish to enjoy.
Orange Wine Walk
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 21
Old Towne Orange, Orange
Stroll up and down Old Towne Orange, enjoy live music, and savor some wine and amazing local eats. The website has no other real information, such as how much this will cost, so bring some extra cash with you if you intend to attend.
The Return of La Banda Skalavera
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana
Get your skanking on at this all-ages skacore show this Friday night at the Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to the show cost $13 presale or $16 at the door. Arrive early to park at the venue for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.
San Diego Magazine’s 2015 Best of San Diego Party
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 21
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
Samples food from 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 $85 with a 12-month subscription to the magazine.
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea
Essentially a “Taste of Brea,” this free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase tickets to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.
Rob’s Birthday Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 21
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.
15th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 9:30 pm, August 22
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 23
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.
7th Annual San Diego Doggie Street Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 22
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.
The Fit Expo Anaheim
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 22-23
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $25, while the weekend combo only costs $40. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.
Nerd Con 2015
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 22
California Center For The Arts, Escondido
All things pop culture will meet up at this annual convention in Escondido this Saturday. Expect to find cosplay, games, comics, art, anime, technology, and more for the inner hobbyist in you. General admission costs $20 for adults or $12 for children. VIP admission costs $50, but the website does not mention what VIP admission gets different. Use promo code KILLERSNCO to save 15% off admission.
6th Annual Sausage & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 22-23
Highland Springs Resort, Cherry Valley
Halfway between the Inland Empire and Palm Desert lies the High Springs Resort, where they will host their annual Sausage & Beer Festival this weekend. Unlike a standard beer festival, this event will run continuously during the allotted times with no set schedule or strict event time. Free to enter and with free parking, visitors will end up paying for food and drinks as they go, so nobody has to rush to drink beer in a certain period of time. Bring plenty of cash if you intend to endure a long session here.
5th Annual Los Angeles Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 22
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.
4th Annual Latin Jazz & Blues Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 22
Houghton Park, Long Beach
Bring out the family to this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday in Long Beach, and enjoy live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.
2nd Annual Horton’s Hayride
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 22
Berth 49, San Pedro
Enjoy live music at this all-day all-ages rockabilly festival from the great sets of the Reverend Horton Heat, Nekromantix, and more, and check out the great food, classic cars, and pinup models. Tickets to this event cost only $15.
7th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 22
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 23
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture., thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. The all-inclusive admission costs $90 for one day or $150 for both days, so attendees should arrive early to maximize their eating & drinking time. No one under 21 may attend.
Tahoe Mountain Brewing – Tap Takeover
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
Public Beer & Wine Shop, Long Beach
Enjoy any of six different brews from Tahoe Mountain Brewing this Saturday at Public Beer & Wine Shop in Downtown Long Beach.
Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 22
Westfield UTC, San Diego
Sample local brews and taste delightful bites from local restaurants at this small beer fest this Saturday evening at the Westfield shopping center. For $20 presale or $25 at the door, guests will receive a souvenir glass, gift bag, beer guide, Westfield coupon book, and ten beer tickets. Attendees also may receive unlimited food samples from the resident restaurants within the festival.
Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
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.
4th Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 22
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $45 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.
13th Annual Gardena Jazz Festival
11:30 am – 7:30 pm, August 23
Rowley Memorial Park, Gardena
Enjoy local jazz in the park at this all-ages outdoor concert for $20 per person.
Tustin Brewing 19th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Tustin Brewing, Tustin
Tustin Brewing turns 19 this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer festival at their brewpub this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door, and comes with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Attendees can purchase food and merchandise separately, so have cash available for that.
Trump National Golf Club’s 7th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $50 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.
Go Topless Day Pride Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Venice Beach, Venice
Because we want equality for all, this Sunday represents Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. Join in the pride parade this Sunday afternoon in Venice Beach, or anywhere else in the world where this may take place (check the website for more locations), and express your support of topless equality for all.
Local Live Music Industry Mixer
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
Meet local musicians, promoters, venue owners, sound/studio engineers, producers, media, photographers, vendors, and more at this free mixer this Sunday afternoon.
2015 Plum Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
Bring your family out to this FREE and all-ages event taking place at Old World Village in Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find games, arts & crafts, plum-based treats, live entertainment, and more.
Free Kite Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa
At this FREE and all-ages event this Sunday afternoon, check out all things kites with kite-building stations, flying demos, arts & crafts, live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, and more.
Date A Derby Dame
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
The Wayfarer, Costa Mesa
Meet the women who participate in roller derby in this calm and encouraging environment. You may even find romance if you get lucky! General admission costs $35, or $10 for active roller derby athletes.