Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, February 3
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.
Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 4-6
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.
City Tavern DTLA’s 2nd Birthday Celebration
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 4
City Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles
City Tavern’s Downtown LA location turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have food and drink specials this Thursday night.
College & Food Truck Night
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 4
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
This Thursday night, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach will open later than usual. They will have discounted admission for college students, and the aquarium will have gourmet food trucks parked outside to feed visitors.
Hyper Local Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 4
The Rookery, Pomona
This Thursday night, The Rookery in Pomona will have four select local craft beers on tap for $4.
El Segundo Brewing’s Dankbowl 2016
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 5-7
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
El Segundo Brewing will have special events this weekend that coincide with the big game. On Friday, they will bring back their Power Plant Triple IPA. On Saturday, they will have a lineup of Double IPA’s on tap. On Sunday, they will have a viewing party for the big game.
This Friday evening, find Ballast Point’s fruit-inspired brews on tap at Board & Brew in Anaheim Hills.
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).
Taste of Night Market
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 5-6
The Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
The organizers of the inaugural 626 Night Market brings their successful night market to Santa Monica this weekend. As a spinoff of the 626 Night Market, this event will focus on the food and drink aspects, with tastings available from dozens of Asian-themed vendors. General admission starts at 6pm while VIP admission starts at 5pm. Prices start at $65 and go up to $95.
Luicidal @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:30 pm – 12:30 pm, February 5
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 $10. No one under 21 may enter.
The Gears and The Angry Samoans: Live in SoCal
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 5, The Garage, Ventura http://www.badsampresents.com/event/228670
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 6, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim http://thegearsatdollhut.brownpapertickets.com/
Local punk rock bands The Gears and The Angry Samoans will perform at these two shows this week in Southern California. The cover for each of these shows cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.
The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 5
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.
Super Kids Saturday 5K & Fun Run
7:30 am – 12:00 pm, February 6
Granada Beach, Long Beach
Participate in a 5K run this Saturday morning and raise money for charity. Registration costs $30.
Check out this FREE and all-ages arts & craft fair this weekend in Burbank, which follows a love and Valentine’s Day theme.
Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Irvine Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 6
Irvine Spectrum, Irvine
SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck. This Saturday, visitors to the truck will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.
Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 6
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 7
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $17, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.
2nd Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 6
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
Celebrate the upcoming lunar new year with this FREE and all-ages festival in San Gabriel this Saturday afternoon. Visitors will find music, dance, art, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, tea garden, live calligraphy, fortune telling, and more.
12th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 6
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
The Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest, the return of the Cake Walk, and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies.m Completely free to attend, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest in front of Chase Bank. Guests may use these tickets to exchange for various eats & drinks from participating businesses in Belmont Shore.
Long Beach Mardi Gras
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 6-7
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
Shoreline Village plays host this weekend to a myriad of music, art, activities, entertainment, dance, parades, and more. The actual parade starts at 2pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Completely free to attend for all ages, all guests can get involved with the festivities, from the dancing to the games and more. Dress up to get even more involved!
This weekend, check out a free and all-ages event featuring video games, board games, prizes, and other activities.
2016 Bock Fest
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 6
The Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where the Germans love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers. For $55 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $95 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier for more entertainment and drinks.
Enjoy a free and all-ages Lunar New Year celebration this Saturday in Arcadia with live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, specials, and more.
8th Annual Los Angeles Ska Wars
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 6
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles
Ska fans get their day this Saturday in East Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages at Lincoln Park, headlined by legendary ska band The Toasters. Tickets to this festival cost $24 presale and $30 at the door.
Top Acid 1st Anniversary Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 6
Top Acid, Santa Ana
Top Acid turns a year old this weekend, and they will have a free and all-ages music show featuring local bands to celebrate.
The Crowd @ Fitzgerald’s HB
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 6
Fitzgerald’s, Huntington Beach
Catch a local punk show this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.
Storytime with the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 6
Malone’s, Santa Ana
Enjoy a raunchy burlesque show in Santa Ana this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter. Bring cash for the cover charge.
D.I. @ Spike’s Bar & Billiards
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, February 6
Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead
Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Rosemead. The cover for this show costs $13. No one under 21 may enter.
6th Annual Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 7
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this family-friendly festival this Saturday in Pasadena. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more. Admission to the museum costs $10, while children 11 and under can enter for free with a paid adult’s admission.
Bad Cop Bad Cop @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
Check out some local punk rock bands this Sunday night at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.