5th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
Explore the local businesses of Lake Forest during this eight-day period. Various restaurants and shops will have specials this week, which will culminate with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, November 8th.
Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 1:00 am, November 4
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.
7th Annual San Diego Beer Week
San Diego County
This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.
9th Annual BlizzCon
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 6
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 7
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
Dive into the world of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This convention will have speakers, panels, vendors, artists, tournaments, demos, and more. The $199 tickets to attend the convention have sold out, but you may still purchase a virtual ticket to watch the convention from home for $40.
Firestone Walker will take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or 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).
33rd Annual Irvine Holiday Faire
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 6
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 7
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine
For just $2 admission, gain access to over a hundred local artisans exhibiting their wares, from jewelry to apparel to accessories and more.
7th Annual Montebello Taste of the Town
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, November 6
Bagramian Hall, Montebello
Sample eats & drinks from various restaurants from Montebello this Friday night. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and includes unlimited tastes while supplies last. VIP admission costs $75 and also includes VIP seating and a gift bag.
San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 6
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 7
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
This beer festival coincides with San Diego Beer Week annually. This year, they have split the festival into two parts. On Friday, a special VIP reception will take place that will have brewers and business owners in San Diego meet together to discuss and enjoy beer. On Saturday, the standard beer fest will take place, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Prices vary depending on attendance – the VIP reception costs $75, the Saturday beer fest costs $40, an hour early access to that one costs $55, and a two-day pass costs $100. No one under 21 may attend.
The Fall of Troy: Adventour Time
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 6, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/886537-fall-troy-pomona/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 7, Fonda Theatre, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/278768
Post-hardcore band The Fall of Troy currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week with these two shows this weekend. Ticket prices for these all-ages shows depend on the location, so click on a show’s link above for details.
Get your Irish jig on this Friday night at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.
The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 6
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.
Ska-punk band Buck-O-Nine will headline a show in Rosemead this Friday night. They have not specified the cover fee for this show yet. No one under 21 may enter.
Wipeout Run – Orange County
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 7
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine
ROC Race has transformed into Wipeout Run based on the hit TV show, and it arrives in Orange County this Saturday. This obstacle course comes complete with obstacles from various similar TV shows to create a wacky race full of challenges and amusement. Anyone 13 and up can register to participate in this untimed obstacle race, and all registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Following the race, stick around for food trucks, a beer garden, and live music from DJ’s and local bands. Registration costs $65 through Friday, and $75 on the day of the event. Bring extra cash with you for parking, food & drinks, and other merchandise.
20th Annual Uptown Whittier Art & Antique Fall Street Faire, Miss Uptown Whittier Contest, and 1st Annual Uptown Chili Showdown Cooking Contest
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7
Uptown Whittier will play host to a plethora of free and all-ages events this Saturday. Their annual antique street fair returns that allows visitors to peruse the dozens of booths to find various goods to buy. Uptown Whittier will also crown next year’s Miss Uptown Whittier during this time. As for something new, Uptown Whittier will hold a chili cookoff for anyone to enter their chili in to win cash prizes.
6th Annual Fall Pet Days
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7-8
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
This weekend-long event focuses on pet care, pet adoptions, pet services, and more about pets. Donate two cans or one bag of unopened dog or cat food to enter for free; otherwise, admission costs $5.
19th Annual Long Beach Veteran’s Parade
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 7
Houghton Park, Long Beach
Bring your family out to watch a parade to honor our nation’s veterans this Saturday morning!
Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 7
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton
At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.
Rock n’ Ride for Veterans
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 7
Downey Civic Center, Downey
Join in on a bike ride this Saturday in Downey and enjoy the sights, live entertainment, children’s activities, and more. Participants, may choose to ride for six miles or 32 miles.
1st Annual San Diego Mac N’ Cheese Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 7
Waterfront Park, San Diego
As the event name suggests, this event allows you to stuff yourselves full of macaroni & cheese. Admission costs $35 and provides you with unlimited access to all the mac & cheese available from the dozens of food vendors available. In addition, all attendees receive ten drink tickets good towards craft beer and/or wine tasters. No one under 21 may attend.
24th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 7-8
El Pueblo De Los Angeles, Los Angeles
This all-ages Filipino festival will have food, drinks, arts & crafts, music, dance, merchandise, and more. New this year, visitors can now enter for FREE. Do take into consideration the commute and parking for the new location in Downtown LA.
Long Beach Airport’s Fly-In ’15
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7
Long Beach Airport, Long Beach
At this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Airport will have information about flight schools, commercial airlines, aviation history, and more. In addition, find food trucks, live entertainment, a mobile aquarium, and prizes from a handful of airlines that they have donated for visitors to win!
The Hard Core Cider Tour: Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 7
Brookside Park, Pasadena
Ciders have their day at this cider-tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena. Featuring over 100 different ciders from over 40 cider makers, this tasting extravaganza will surely please all palates. General admission costs $45 and provides unlimited tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
Alosta Brewing has completed two years in the beer industry, and to celebrate, they will hold two beer tasting sessions this Saturday: 12-4pm and 5-9pm. Each session costs $30 to attend, and includes a souvenir glass, 12 beer half-pours (can use two to make a full pour), and three raffle tickets. Bring in a canned good to donate to receive an additional two half-pours and two raffle tickets. Alosta will bring on live entertainment, food vendors, and a special anniversary brew. No one under 21 may attend.
San Diego Beer Week @ Select Beer Store
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
Unable to make it down to San Diego this weekend? Head on over to Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Saturday where they will tap many different San Diego beers for your enjoyment. No admission or cover charge required – simply show up, and enjoy some cold ones.
5th Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
This free and all-ages outdoors events features art, music, fashion, photography, live entertainment, and more, all rolled into one street fest.
5th Annual Wedge Artisanal Cheese Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 7
If you love cheese, you will not want to miss this cheese festival. Admission costs $45 and provides access to over a dozen different places to sample gourmet cheeses and receive craft beer or wine pairings with them. As a self-guided tour, no one under 21 may participate, but they may continue to access all areas.
The Menzingers – On Tour
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 7, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2015
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 8, The Echoplex, Echo Park http://www.theecho.com/event/900179-menzingers-mewithoutyou-los-angeles/
Punk band The Menzingers currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link above for details.
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.
Free Ska-Punk Show in Anaheim
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 7
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
Enjoy a FREE all-ages ska-punk show at Out Of The Park Pizza in Anaheim this Saturday night.
The Briefs: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, November 7, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/222041
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 8, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/956701-briefs-long-beach/
Rock out to punk rock bands this weekend in Pomona and/or Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.
Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque @ Malones Santa Ana
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm, November 7
Malones, Santa Ana
Enjoy a raunchy burlesque show this Saturday night in Santa Ana. The cover for this show ranges from $5 to $10. No one under 21 may enter.
San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 8
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.
16th Annual Japanese Food Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 8
Hilton, Universal City
$80 nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 4-hour Japanese food fest and a goodie bag. Guests will chow down on sushi, ramen, soba noodles, beef bowls, and more, while adults can sip sake, beer, shochu, wine, and more (alcohol not included with admission). During this time, a number of chefs will showcase cooking demos. The parking lot across the street normally costs $5 to park, but sometimes this price changes, so have cash ready.
Hub City Stompers – Left Coast Recrod Release Party
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 8
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Pomona this Sunday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.