Archive for March, 2016

Some of California’s strongest athletes competed in a strongman competition this past Saturday morning in Huntington Beach as part of the 14th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest. Taking place in a parking lot just east of Jack’s Concession Stand at Huntington State Beach, this competition allowed visitors of all ages to spectate these weightlifting feats for free, as the competitors exhibited their strength and finesse among five different lifting rounds. While most of the competitors represented various lifting and/or barbell clubs or organizations, the contest still allowed independent competitors to compete. Competitors exhibited their athletic ability in the following events:

  1. Axle/log clean & press: a power clean followed by a press/jerk using a log, barbell, and dumbbell
  2. Complex: seated arm over arm, keg carry, and sled push
  3. Conan’s Wheel: underarm lifting a weighted pole and moving it around a circle (shown below)
  4. Complex: farmer’s carry, tire flip, and sled-anchor chain drag
  5. Atlas Stones: picking up a heavy Atlas Stone and lifting it over a hurdle

Both men and women competed and gave their all, proving that fitness does not discriminate. The announcer even said that one of the women competitors weighs “one hundred and nothing” and she still could move Conan’s Wheel one cycle at well over 200 pounds. One can never start lifting weights too late, so if you feel motivated to get strong like these competitors, search locally for a weightlifting gym or a barbell/lifting club or organization. Try to avoid mass “fitness centers” such as Planet Fitness that deter heavy lifting – those do not provide proper training, and will usually trap you in convoluted contracts that you cannot easily escape without an attorney. For best results, search for actual weightlifting gyms or CrossFit gyms with a lifting program. Not all CrossFit gyms have dedicated lifting space, so do some research on these gyms to see if they allow a lifting-only membership without the CrossFit workout shenanigans.

The first Taste of Downtown Long Beach of 2016 occurred last week on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Free to attend for all ages, numerous businesses in Downtown Long Beach set up booths in the East Village Arts District to serve food & drinks to guests who purchased food tickets. Guests could purchase 12 tickets for $10 online, or one ticket for $1 each at the event. The restaurants that served at this event ranged from the many restaurants around the East Village to those along Pine Avenue to the handful of restaurants in Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor. In addition to all the food, local bands played music throughout the night, and local artists and vendors set up to sell their merchandise and other work.

Missed out on this food fest? The Downtown Long Beach Association will host the taste once again in early June and late August. For a simple method to sample what Downtown Long Beach has to offer, you do not want to miss the next taste or two.

The VinDiego Wine & Food Festival returns for its fourth year this weekend at Liberty Station in San Diego. This two-day event allows wine enthusiasts to immerse themselves in wine culture, whether at a seminar, a small-scale tasting, or at the grand tasting festival. Friday will see smaller events with low limits to keep things intimate with the attendees, while the Saturday event will see thousands of attendees sipping and savoring all afternoon. The Saturday tasting event provides attendees with three hours (four with VIP upgrade) of unlimited wine pours and food samples from the participating businesses. As wine tends to have a larger consumer base than craft beer, this festival covers much more ground than a typical beer fest. General admission presale costs $105 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $135 and allows entry at 3pm. The festival ends promptly at 7pm. No one under 21 may attend the event. The surrounding areas have free parking lots, but these fill up fast, so I suggest carpooling plus arriving early to secure a parking spot.

The entire festival grounds at NTC Liberty Station spans the outside courtyard area, plus the interior of the event center. Starting off with the event center building, a variety of exhibitors usually set up at the tables inside. The exhibitors include a handful of wineries, plenty of non-hot food samples, a few non-alcoholic drinks, and merchandise vendors.

The majority of the attendees tend to remain outside in the courtyard area, where most of the wineries set up. Along with the few hot food vendors out here serving hot food, all the wineries group up by region. Each individual row of wineries comes from a different region, most of which derives from the west coast. For example, one row of wineries would represent Napa Valley, while another row would contain wineries from Oregon. Throughout the day, attendees can enjoy live local music that they can all dance to.

The VinDiego Festival markets this event as a wine & food festival. In the past, they did not appear to have enough food to satiate all the attendees. The hot food vendors saw endless lines of people waiting for food, and many of them ran out of food long before the event ended. The last time I attended VinDiego, I never had to wait for any wine, but I did not obtain much food due to the long lines that moved rather slowly. As a result, I stuck with the food vendors inside the event center, opting to not receive any hot food. Hopefully VinDiego will invite some more food vendors to the festival this time.

The wines flow all day, never appearing to run out. With enough wine to fill a football stadium, VinDiego does not slack off with the wine. This event does not utilize volunteers to pour the drinks – the representatives from the wineries themselves pour the wines. This allows them to better describe the wines as they poured, a notion that greatly assists those with less knowledge about wine, like me.

While San Diego represents the craft beer capital of the west coast, VinDiego proves that San Diego has a strong wine presence as well. Craft beer still has yet to curb a large portion of consumer purchases worldwide, while wine already sits up there as one of the most purchased consumer goods annually. Whether you have as much knowledge as a sommelier or would like to get started with wine, VinDiego makes a great event to check out for all your wine resources. Like their Facebook page and Follow them on Twitter for event updates and information regarding any future events.

San Diego Steampunk March Meeetup
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, March 28
Fuddruckers, Mira Mesa, San Diego

Mix and mingle with other steampunk enthusiasts tonight in Mira Mesa.

Avery Brewing Night @ Far Bar
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 29
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles

Little Tokyo’s Far Bar will have a bunch of Avery Brewing beers on tap this Tuesday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

Epic Brewing Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 30
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood

Epic Brewing will take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood this Wednesday evening. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a few cold ones.

2nd Annual SOCO Uncorked
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 31
South Coast Collection, Costa Mesa

Enjoy small bites, wine sips, and live music this Thursday evening at the SOCO Mix Mart in Costa Mesa. General admission costs $75 presale or $95 at the door, and starts at 6pm. VIP admission costs $100, and starts at 5pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

Ragnar Relay So Cal 2016
5:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 1-2
Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach

Take part in an epic overnight relay race that stretches from Orange County down to San Diego this weekend starting Friday morning. Grab a team, grab supplies, and make the trek from point A to point B, finally finishing at Crown Point in Pacific Beach.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 1
Various locations
Long Beach:

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).

4th Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, April 1
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 2
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego

VinDiego returns this year, bigger and better! On Friday, select small tastings and seminars will take place to allow guests to taste and learn about different wines. On Saturday afternoon at Liberty Station, enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $105 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $135 and allows entry at 3pm.

Hardcore Punk Night @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 1
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk night this Friday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $5. 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.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 1
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.

2016 Formula E Long Beach ePrix
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 2
Long Beach Grand Prix Track, Long Beach

Check out the world’s first fully-electric racing series this Saturday on the same track as the Long Beach Grand Prix. This Saturday will represent round six of the year-long racing tournament. General admission costs $30 for adults or $20 for children and seniors.

BeerFit San Diego 2016
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 2
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Run a 5k while drinking beer. If you think you can handle this, registration starts at $50.

21st Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 2
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier

Check out over 90 vendors selling collectibles, jewelry, art, furniture, glassware, and more at this street fair this Saturday. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find many rare merchandise from local businesses and home vendors. Guests can dine at any of the local establishments, which will remain open under their normal business hours. Guests can park for free on the street in adjacent neighborhoods.

24th Annual Riverside Airshow
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 2
Riverside Airport, Riverside

See all things aviation at this FREE and all-ages air show at the Riverside Airport this Saturday.

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 2-3
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles

Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $12 and starts at 12pm, while early entry for 10am costs $20.

6th Annual Brew With A View
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 2
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside

Watch the Riverside Airshow from Packinghouse Brewing this Saturday, free of charge. They will have mobile food vendors, live music, and of course, lots of beer.

Long Beachland
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 2
Art Theatre Long Beach, Retro Row, Long Beach

Enjoy a local comedy slide show this Saturday in Long Beach. Admission costs $29.

5th Annual Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 2
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

Enjoy some traditional BBQ meats this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Admission to this all-ages food fest costs $5 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.

Spring 2016 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 2-3
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

San Diego Craft Beer Relay
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 2
Bates Nut Farm, Valley Center

Basically, a four-person relay team takes on a 5k obstacle course while sampling craft beer along the way. If you think you have a group that can handle this, registration costs $289 per team.

2016 San Diego Uncorked Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 2
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego

Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $55 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

Meet The Brewer: Good Beer Company
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 2
Stateside Crafts, Long Beach

This Saturday in Long Beach, meet the brewers from Good Beer Company, and try a flight of their beers as well for $7.

King Harbor Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 2
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room. General admission costs $30 and comes with a souvenir glass, unlimited beer pours, and access to the dessert bar. VIP admission costs $40, and also includes a bottle of their anniversary brew.

2016 World Pillow Fight Day
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 2

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 2nd, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. At the time, nobody has announced any Southern Californian events. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.

Night Nation Run – Orange County
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 2
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 3
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana

Celebrate this traditional cultural springtime festival this Sunday afternoon in Santa Ana. With just the price of admission into the museum, visitors get access to arts & crafts, live entertainment, cultural food & drinks, and more.

5th Annual Chocolate Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 3
Maritime Museum, San Diego

This Sunday, guests of all ages can enjoy plenty of chocolate to eat, demos, arts & crafts, and more. Museum admission includes access to the chocolate area, which costs $17 for adults, with discounts applicable to seniors, military, and children.

Montrose Brew Fest 2016
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 3
Benitoite, Montrose, Glendale

A beer and food tasting event comes to Glendale this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Coronado Brewing Can Launch Pool Party
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 3
Lafayette Hotel Swim Club & Bungalows, North Park, San Diego

Coronado Brewing will start distributing their canned beverages, and to celebrate this start, they will have a free pool party this Sunday in North Park. Guests can enjoy the live music, take a dip in the pool, enjoy some cold ones, and savor some local food. While this event costs nothing to get into, guests should bring cash to buy food and drinks.

Masters Of Taste 2016
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 3
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena

Sample food and drinks from some of Los Angeles County’s top chefs and experts this Sunday afternoon in Pasadena. General admission costs $125, starts at 4pm, and provides unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $225, starts at 3pm, and also includes access to a VIP area.

As a connected community, today’s society have gotten used to generally accepted styles of food. For the most part, we see a lot of a certain type of food based on the region. To no one’s surprise, the greatest concentration of a particular style of cuisine resides in its locale of origin. However, many modern communities appreciate the diversity and variety of carrying different types of food places around. This has paved the way for the various types of restaurants to crop up all over. From Latin restaurants to Asian restaurants to sub-genres of food such as barbecue or noodle restaurants, we have seen a restaurant for virtually anything consumable. But even when a restaurant specializes in one particular thing, they can always break the mold and introduce something a little bit off the charts. For that, we turn to Súp Noodle Bar.

Nestled in a Korean shopping center in Buena Park, Súp Noodle Bar delivers noodle bowls so delicious that they usually have a full house every night. Specializing in phô, this Vietnamese restaurant puts their own unique flavor into every curated entrée on their menu. At first glance, their food may appear alike any other ordinary restaurant’s food. Ask the locals about Súp, and they will attest to the unbelievable flavor profile of every item here. In addition to their wondrous noodle bowls, Súp has also gained notoriety with their Shaken House Fries. This massive plate of fries comes with truffle oil, marinated short rib, minced garlic, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, and spicy tartar sauce. This plate that can easily feed a party of four contains a savory punch that will leave your taste buds seeing stars. Although listed as an appetizer, one or two people can easily consider this an entrée.

For more about what Súp Noodle Bar has to offer, visit their Facebook and Twitter page, and check them out in North Buena Park on the northwestern corner of Beach Blvd and La Mirada Blvd.

With Spring now underway, the weather starts to warm up, and the daily daylight starts to extend, providing even greater incentive to get out there and explore the world. Events around town occur regularly, and most people understand the basics of most of these events, such as 5k runs, art shows, or beer fests. But what happens when a traditional event comes up with a spin? Enter Firkfest, a beer festival celebrating the wonders of cask ales. Traditional beer fests see breweries or home brewers bringing in their brews to sample to the large crowd of attendees over a short period of time. This past Saturday at Farmers Park in Anaheim, Firkfest did that same thing, except the participating breweries brought only casks to this party. A one-of-a-kind festival, cask ales rarely get this type of exposure, largely due to the portability of it. As a result, only cask ales from breweries on the west coast could survive the trip here. Aside from the drinks featured here, Firkfest operated largely like most other beer festivals. Admission to this festival cost $55, and included unlimited beer tastings from all the participating breweries from noon to 3:45pm, plus free parking. Around this small area, other activities included live music and some recreational games, like bocce ball, cornhole, Jenga, and more. For the majority of the beers, the alcohol percentage ranged from six to eight percent, with a few going above or below that. I managed to try something from every brewery since none of the breweries held any timed releases like some have in the past – all attendees could receive any beer right from the start.

Now in its third year, Firkfest has solidified itself as one of the staple Orange County beer festivals for craft beer fans to attend. Last year, the organizers also incorporated a chili cookoff into the event, allowing local businesses to enter their best rendition of chili to a contest, while also allowing attendees to sample the chili. This year, they appear to have ditched that idea, intending to focus solely on the brews at hand. As a persistent problem since their first year, the staff clearly could have handled the entrance line a lot better. The front gate volunteers did not start checking tickets and handing out wristbands until 12pm on the dot, losing valuable time for the attendees way at the back of the line. To mitigate this issue, they could have ran two lines: one line to check in & receive a wristband, and another line for the express entrance with just showing the wristband. As a notable experience, the attendance remained below average for a beer fest. Some of the larger beer festivals have you standing shoulder to shoulder with other people, waiting in long lines for generic beer that may even include macro beers like Shock Top. Those “drunk fests” do not emphasize the quality of the beer – they focus on quantity and getting people as drunk as the next person. Firkfest got the quality beers for a fest with a manageable attendance, keeping things slightly more intimate and allowing greater interactions with the attendees and the representatives from the breweries. The organizers also resolved parking by allowing guests to park for free in a parking structure that normally would not allow so many people to park in for so long. The venue worked out great for the wide space, and the weather made it even better. With nothing outstanding to complain about, I foresee Firkfest standing strong for many years.

The 6th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival returns to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego this Saturday afternoon. This mega tasting festival provides more than just the best of local craft beer – this fest combines a beer fest with gourmet food from local chefs and restaurants. In addition to unlimited beer pours, all attendees can sample all the delicious food they can handle until the vendors run out of food, and the food flies out fast as indicated at previous years of this fest. Do not expect any corporate or chain businesses here – MVCBF only invites the best in local cuisine to the party. With an eye for great quality food comes an eye for great quality craft beer. MVCBF ensures that guests would sample only the best beer that they can find, so expect all the breweries to bring their A-game. Beer enthusiasts regard San Diego as the home of the West Coast IPA, so in order to provide variety to the guests, MVCBF will highlight all the diverse styles of beer among every brewery invited. From blueberry ales to coffee stouts to strong ales to cask beers, guests will truly find a beer of almost every type available. VIP admission costs $85, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1:30pm. The festival will end promptly at 5pm, with last call occurring at 4:45pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

In today’s society, reputation means everything as far as getting ahead in life. First impressions have a huge impact on the foundation of your reputation, as most people often form their opinions immediately upon discovering or meeting a person. With today’s society, people tend to not pay attention to anyone with no solid reputation, meaning that someone with a blank slate has all the freedom to carve out his or her path. Certain famous people have had much time to plan for their debut to thousands to millions of people, while others get immediately thrown into the limelight. In regards to the former, their planning almost always pays off, as they gain countless lifelong fans and supporters, such as the Mythbusters as they finally retire the series. Another such famous individual, Alton Brown, rose to fame with his extensive culinary knowledge via his Food Network show, Good Eats. His overwhelmingly positive reputation allowed him to progress on to greater things, but at the same time allow him to pick his battles. For an example of that, we turn to Umami Burger.

Umami Burger does not truly need an introduction, as their global legacy more than proves their capability at delivery quality products. Anyone who has tried their burgers can attest to the immense quality of the burgers that others have often attempted to imitate but could never successfully duplicate. While Umami Burger originated in Southern California, they have since extended their reach across the globe. Regardless, people still travel across the world in order to visit one of the original Los Angeles County locations because these burger simply taste that good. Heck, even Saturday Night Live recognized the significance of Umami Burger during one of their episodes. This just goes to show that if you indeed have something that good, the people will do your marketing for you. In the past, Umami Burger has done collaborations with famous people, such as The Black Keys or Michael Voltaggio. This time, Umami Burger has teamed up with Alton Brown to deliver AB’s take on a burger: the Alton Burger. For this breakfast-inspired burger, Umami Burger utilizes a burger patty consisting of a blend of beef and bacon lardons. They top this with cheddar cheese, a cheesy tot smashed into the shape of a hash brown, miso-maple bacon, a fried egg, and fried sage, which all sits on a bed of coffee ketchup. The bacon will likely stand out the most, while the smashed cheesy tot will give body and warmth to the burger.

You can smash this burger yourself for $14 at any participating Umami Burger from now until Thursday, April 14th. Check out what other fun stuff they have coming soon by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Bottle Logic Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 20-26
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim

In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new barrel-aged beer daily, culminating with the release of their anniversary ale on Saturday, March 26th. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Glassjaw: Live in Southern California
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 22, Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 24, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego

Legendary post-hardcore band Glassjaw currently tours across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary, so click on a show’s link for pricing details.

Reverend Horton Heat: On Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 22, Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 23, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 24, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 25, The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano

The legendary Reverend Horton Heat currently tours across the country, and that tour will enter Southern California this week, continuing with more shows into next week. Each show has a different ticket price and parking situation, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Arts District Brewing Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood

New brewery Arts District Brewing will take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood this Wednesday evening. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a few cold ones.

IPA & Curry Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach

Beachwood BBQ returns with another special food night. This time, they will serve five variations of curry for you to choose from. In addition, catch special IPA pairings for each curry variation. No reservations required – simply show up, have a seat, and order!

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23-24
East Village Arts District, Downtown Long Beach

Sample food & drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach at this tasting fest held in the East Village Arts District. Free to attend for all-ages, guests simply pay to eat, purchasing booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each. Each restaurant accepts varying amounts of tickets depending on their offerings. Live music and artists will keep guests entertained as well.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23
The Rookery, Pomona

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

At The Drive-In: Live in Orange County
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 23
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Legendary post-hardcore band At The Drive-In will headline a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Wednesday night. Tickets to this all-ages show have sold out, but you may still find some after-market tickets available on third-party websites.

Shattered Faith @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 23
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Rock out to some local punk rock this Wednesday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Founders Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 24
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia

This Thursday evening, Meat Up BBQ in Placentia will load up a handful of their taps with brews from Founders Brewing. Order one of their brews to receive a souvenir glass that you can take home, and refills will also cost less with this glass on this night. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Whitekaps @ The Garage Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 24
The Garage, Ventura

Ventura gets a taste of punk rock this Thursday night. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

WonderCon 2016
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 25
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 26
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 27
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

Get your nerd on at WonderCon this weekend. Check out comic books, DVDs, action figures, artwork, signings/autographs, lots of cosplay, and more all weekend. Ticket prices for this all-ages expo vary depending on the preferred attendance method; for example, attending on Friday or Saturday for one day costs $30, while attending on Sunday only costs $18. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs about $20.

Spring Beer Release Party
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 25-26
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will release their two spring seasonal brews this weekend. Stop on by and enjoy these refreshing brews.

The Dickies, The Dwarves, and The Queers @ The Glass House Pomona
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 25
The Glass House, Pomona

Get physical at this heavy all-ages punk rock show in Pomona this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Matamoska: Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 25
The Vibe Bar & Grill, Riverside

Get your skanking on at this skacore show in Riverside this Friday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $6.

Punk Rock Show @ The Kensington
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, March 25
Kensington Club, Kensington, San Diego

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in San Diego. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

14th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, March 26
Parking lot east of Jack’s Beach Concession, Huntington Beach

Free to attend for spectators, come watch a strongman competition down by the beach this Saturday morning.

Three Weav3rs Brew & Brunch
11:00 am – 1:30 pm, March 26
Restauration, Long Beach

Enjoy a three-course brunch and five beer pairings courtesy of Three Weav3rs Brewing this Saturday at Restauration in Long Beach. Reservations cost $30 per person.

Vintage Clothing Sale
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 26
The Set Shop, Downtown Los Angeles

Check out this FREE and all-ages vintage pop-up this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA. This pop-up will have dozens of vendors selling vintage clothing, apparel, accessories, food, and more.

Wing Over – Release Day
11:00 am – 12:00 am, March 26
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands

Hangar 24’s coveted Hammerhead returns under a new name this Saturday: Wing Over. Check out the Hangar 24 tasting room in Redlands this Saturday for your shot at Wing Over for $20 per bottle. They will also have a special brew called Esperanza available. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, order a Wing Over, and sip away.

Blooming Pop-Up
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 26
The Reef, Los Angeles

Check out this FREE and all-ages pop-up taking place this Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. Visitors can expect to encounter dozens of vendors and booths selling food, drinks, treats, apparel, accessories, and lots of other miscellaneous items.

6th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 26
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

This gourmet food and craft beer festival returns to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego this Saturday. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. VIP admission costs $85, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1:30pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

2nd Annual Spring Break BBQ
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 26
Pizza Port, San Clemente

Pizza Port in San Clemente will host a FREE and all-ages spring break party this Saturday. It will take place on their rooftop parking lot, where they will have grilling/barbecue, games, live music, and select house beers $2 off. Have swimsuits available or other clothing made for the water, as they will have lots of water around.

Fat Hog Day
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 26
Ritual Brewing, Redlands

Redlands’ Ritual Brewing releases their barrel-aged Fat Hog this Saturday on draft and in bottles. They will also have multiple varieties of Fat Hog available for you to try in the tasting room. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a sip or more.

Long Beach Carnevale 2016
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 26
Outside the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

At this free and all-ages event, come dress up, dance, and enjoy the merry company.

Electric Run – San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 26
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar

When you combine a 5k with a rave, you get the Electric Run. Go on a 5k fun run through bright lights and dance music the entire way. Participants should wear the brightest & lightest clothes to this run as to maximize the glow color & lighting. Participants should also bring their own glow items from home, as vendors will likely sell out fast during the night. Registration costs $35 and comes with a t-shirt, glow bracelet, and glow markers. The race finishes at the stage, where live DJ’s will spin music all night for all participants to stay and party to.

Luicidal @ The Viper Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 26
The Viper Room, West Hollywood

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Saturday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Karaoke @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 26
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in Pomona, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $12. 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 parking lot.

Norooz Festival & Persian Parade
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 27
Wilshire Blvd & Westwood Blvd, Westwood

At this FREE and all-ages event, visitors will find all sorts of Persian-themed vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, and more. Visitors will also enjoy a parade in the afternoon.

Easter with The Bollweevils
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 27
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana

Wrap up this year’s Easter with some punk rock this Sunday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

Narcoleptic Youth performing McAnarchy at Club Los Globos in Silverlake, CA. Filmed on October 18, 2013.