5th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.
Founders Brewing Comes to SoCal
Various locations, Southern California
One of the nation’s most coveted breweries makes its way to Southern California in force this week to take over the taps of multiple beer places. Check with your favorite local beer bar to see if they will have any specials regarding Founders Brewing – some examples include Far Bar and Select Beer Store. These events have no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.
Udder Love Sky Bar
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 12
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
Beachwood Brewing will have four variations of their Udder Love milk stout on cask this Tuesday evening. If you love their Udder Love, make sure you stop on by this Tuesday evening.
Stone Brewing Pint Nite @ Wild Goose Tavern
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, January 13
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
This Wednesday night at Wild Goose Tavern, the first 50 people to order a Stone Brewing beer will get to keep the pint glass to take home!
Reel Big Fish: US Winter Tour + Suburban Legends FINAL TOUR
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 13, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004F87C7081AA9
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 14, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/reelbigfish
Reel Big Fish embarks on their annual winter tour starting this week, and they will bring along their good friends Suburban Legends, who have announced that they will throw in the towel after this tour. Do not miss this final chance to see Suburban Legends perform at either of these Southern California shows this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so check the venue’s link for details.
Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
This entire weekend, the Star Wars universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from Jedi Knights to Rebels and more. Throughout the weekend, Star Wars festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel.
Business & Beer @ HopSaint Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 14
HopSaint 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 HopSaint 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, January 14
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.
The Rookery 3rd Anniversary Beer Fest
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 15-17
The Rookery, Pomona
The Rookery in Downtown Pomona turns three this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have dozens of rare brews on tap throughout the weekend. Unlike last year’s anniversary which operated like a beer tasting festival, this weekend will not require any admission fees. Simply show up, enjoy the rare brews, and pay as you go. The Rookery will offer 4oz pours of these brews as well for those who want to treat this like a beer tasting event. Expect mostly heavy and strong beers at this one – The Rookery does not slouch when it comes to beer selection. The Rookery has a full-service kitchen with their full menu available all day. Guests can find free parking around Downtown Pomona, and can avoid paying to park in metered lots.
Arcade Expo 2016
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 15
10:00 am – 2:00 am, January 16
10:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 17
Arcade Expo, Banning
Come see all things arcades at this weekend-long expo out in Banning. At this all-ages expo, see hundreds of different arcade machines, games, pinball machines, movies, seminars, vendors, food trucks, and much more. Admission varies depending on the date attending and age, but all visitors get unlimited free play for all arcade games for the duration of the visit.
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut – Sing-Along
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, January 15
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
The Frida Cinema will air the South Park movie twice this Friday night, and they will also give lyrics sheets to all attendees to encourage them to sing along with the movie. General admission to a viewing costs $10.
Legendary punk band Smut Peddlers will headline a show in Santa Ana this Friday night along with a handful of other local bands. The cover for this all-ages punk show costs $15.
Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 16
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 17
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $16. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.
Easyriders 2016 Bike Show Tour
10:00 am – 7:00 am, January 16
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
See all things motorcycles at this one-day expo in Long Beach this Saturday. See hundreds of models bikes, meet celebrities, take photos with models, browse various vendors, and more at this show. General admission costs $20, while kids cost $10. The convention center parking lots charge $10 for parking, while other parking lots in the area have varying rates.
35th Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, January 16
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 17
Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $11 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.
Anime Impulse 2016
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, January 16
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 17
See all things anime and manga at this two-day expo at the Fairplex in Pomona this weekend. Visitors will find cosplay, designers, collects, celebrity appearances, panels, vendors, artists, cars, food, treats, fashion, and more. General admission costs $11 for one day or $20 for both days. VIP admission costs $150 and comes with a handful of VIP perks and access to exclusive panels and areas.
Grill ‘Em All 3rd Anniversary Rager
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, January 16
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
Grill ‘Em All’s Alhambra location turns three years old this weekend, and to celebrate, Grill ‘Em All will have specials and events going on all day. All day, visitors will find the return of the Blue Cheer burger, beer specials, free birthday cake with any purchase, and a free 3rd anniversary pin. In the evening, catch a live DJ playing metal hits, and free black metal face painting. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy the metal festivities.
2016 San Diego Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 16
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.
Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.
Shoreline Village 2nd Annual Buckaroo Days
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 16
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 17
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
Free for all ages, head to Shoreline Village this weekend for games, bluegrass music, arts & crafts, live entertainment, dancing, magic, and much more.
Public Beer & Wine Shop’s 2nd Anniversary
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 16
Public Beer & Wine Shop, Long Beach
Long Beach’s Public Beer & Wine Shop turns two years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a bunch of rare beers on tap as well as free samples. From 6pm to 9pm, visitors can receive free beer samples. From 7pm to 10pm, visitors can receive free food samples.
A new brewery has opened their doors to the public, and they will celebrate properly this Saturday at their tasting room in Clairemont. Stop on by and check out the new beers that Bitter Brothers Brewing has. They will have a food truck outside for the day as well.
Eikon Los Angeles
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, January 16
Austere’s Parking Structure, Downtown Los Angeles
For $10, light up the skies of Downtown LA with lanterns commemorating the new year.
Warfest 2016 w/ Agent Orange & D.I.
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 16
Gaslamp, Long Beach
A bunch of local punk rock bands will perform at the Gaslamp in Long Beach this Saturday night, headlined by Agent Orange and D.I. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. Guests park for free if arriving before 6pm; otherwise, parking at the venue costs $10.
Out Of The Park Pizza 5th Anniversary Party
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 16
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
Out Of The Park Pizza will celebrate their fourth year in business this weekend and they want you to join in on the festivities. For $40 general admission, gain access to unlimited food and beer while supplies last. Pay $10 extra for VIP admission to gain access to ten VIP exclusive beers.
Punk Rock Night in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16
The Prospector, Long Beach
Catch a night of wild punk rock this Saturday in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.
The Dickies: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
Legendary punk band The Dickies will headline a show in Laguna Niguel this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.
A Saturday of Ska at Morgan’s Tavern
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 16
Morgan’s Tavern, Riverside
Catch a FREE ska show at Morgan’s Tavern in Riverside this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.
Slaughter & The Dogs at Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 16
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
Enjoy a local punk rock show this Saturday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.
12th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
Participating restaurants in San Diego
Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.
Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 17
See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.