Belmont Shore’s Dogz turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have live music this Tuesday night. Also expect food and drink specials all day.
Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 12
Ben & Jerry’s, Worldwide
Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday at any participating Ben & Jerry’s store.
Catch a taste of San Francisco’s Speakeasy Ales this Tuesday night at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a beer or two.
5th Annual Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 13
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.
Little Tokyo’s Far Bar will have some rare Firestone Walker brews available this Wednesday night, as well as the founder himself for a meet & greet. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.
Peelander-Z @ The Frida Cinema
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 13
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
Weird and wacky come to Santa Ana this Wednesday night. Enjoy an all-ages night of mischief and mayhem for just $10.
Canstruction LA 2016
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 14
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 15
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 16
Farmers and Merchants Bank Building, Downtown LA
Free to attend for all ages, see glorious art works made with cans this weekend in Downtown LA.
San Diego’s Mother Earth Brewing will take over the taps at Hollywood’s Blue Palms Brewhouse this Thursday night. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.
23rd Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, April 14
Share Our Selves, Costa Mesa
25 of Orange County’s finest chefs will gather to prepare their most unusual and unique taco. Come witness history in the making, as chefs strive to reinvent the wheel by crafting the new generation of tacos. VIP hour starts at 4:30pm and costs $150, while general admission starts at 5:30pm and costs $80.
Every year, Anaheim Brewery makes a beer for International Women’s Day. This beer comes out this Thursday evening at their tasting room in Anaheim. This event has no cover charge, so stop on by and show support for the women.
Tacos And Beer Tasting
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 14
San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego
Enjoy tastings from several popular local breweries, snack on a variety of delicious tacos, take fun snapshots in the photo booth, explore exciting exhibits, and revel in the festive atmosphere inside one of San Diego’s top museums. Admission costs $30. No one under 21 may participate.
Business & Beer @ Absolution Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 14
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This month, they will hit up Absolution 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, April 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.
Viet Film Fest 2016
6:00 pm – 12:30 am, April 14
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 15,17
11:00 am – 12:30 am, April 16
Orange Outlets, Orange
The Outlets at Orange will show many Vietnamese films this weekend. Check out the schedule on the website, which also lists the ticket prices for each film.
Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 14
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.
Hardcore punk band Union 13 will headline a show in Los Angeles before traveling down to Mexico for a tour. The cover for this Downtown LA show this Thursday night costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.
D.I.Y. Festival Competition
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 14
The Vibe Bar & Grill, Riverside
Check out this music & art festival this Thursday night in Riverside. Admission costs $7 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 18 may enter.
42nd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 15-16
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 17
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.
Iron Maiden beer comes to Phantom Carriage in Carson this weekend, and you have a chance to scoop some up. Free to attend, Phantom Carriage will sell the limited Iron Maiden beers on a first come, first served basis, and they will also show Iron Maiden concert videos all weekend.
Tour For Life: Pet Adoptions
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 15
Pet Food Express, Pasadena
A pet adoption event comes to Pasadena this Friday evening. Stop on by, as they will have giveaways, discounted pet adoptions, and more.
Odd Nights at the Autry
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 15
Autry Museum, Los Angeles
Free to attend for all ages, enjoy an evening of shopping, live music, food, arts & crafts, and more at the Autry Museum this Friday night.
Steinfest – Oktoberfest in April
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 15
Alpine Village, Torrance
Alpine Village’s traditional Oktoberfest celebration returns for its mid-year event this Friday night. Admission costs $10, but those arriving in an Oktoberfest outfit can enter for free! No one under 21 may attend.
Tough Mudder Los Angeles 2016
7:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 16-17
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
Tough Mudder needs no introduction – its legacy alone describes it in ways that words cannot. Expect to train hard this week, all leading up to madness this weekend.
Check out this pinup clothing pop-up taking place this Saturday at the Marriott in Anaheim near the convention center. Free to attend for all ages, expect to find many clothes and accessories for under $60. While the vendors will accept both cash and credit, parking at the venue takes cash only.
Green Scene Plant & Garden Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 16-17
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
Check out a diverse range of plants, arts & crafts, and more this weekend at the Fullerton Arboretum at Cal State Fullerton. Admission costs $8 for this all-ages event.
Downtown Burbank Arts Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 16-17
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Olive, Downtown Burbank
Check out hundreds of artists, street painters, sidewalk chalk artists, and more this weekend in Downtown Burbank. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can exhibit the many art on display, create their own art with sidewalk chalk or other artists allowing guests to interact, or purchase art to take home.
Rendezvous Artisan Market: Santa Monica
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 16-17
Museum of Flying, Santa Monica
Free to attend for all ages, over a hundred local vendors will set up in Santa Monica for a weekend of food, treats, shopping, and more.
25th Annual Poppy Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 16-17
Lancaster City Park, Lancaster
Bring out the family to this all-ages family-fun festival this weekend in Lancaster. This festival will have plenty of activities for everyone to get involved with, along with food, drinks, multiple vendors, music, dance, art, games, rides, and more. Admission for regular adults costs $8, while children, seniors, and military can enter for $5.
LAUSD Grand Arts Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 16
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
Free to attend for all ages, thousands of students from dozens of LA County schools will exhibit their art at this event in Downtown LA this Saturday afternoon. Visitors will also find live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, arts & crafts, and more.
Mix & mingle with other steampunk enthusiasts this Saturday in Poway. This event has no cover charge or strict programming – just show up whenever you like, preferably dressed for the occasion, and socialize.
Abnormal Beer Company launched to the public last year, and they have just turned a year old. To celebrate, they will have a party right where it started last year. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find special brews, bar bites, a live DJ, raffle prizes, a preview of the brewery expansion, and more.
Got a Harley that needs a wash? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday and let some bikini girls wash it for you. Bring cash to pay for the wash, plus some extra cash for tip.
Star Wars: May The Furs Be With You
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 16
Dogtopia Doggy Day Care, Anaheim
A doggy fundraiser comes to Anaheim Hills this Saturday afternoon. This event will have two life size, fully functional R2-D2 droids, plus volunteers from the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion in costume. Attendees can take lots of photos, participate in costume contests, purchase raffle tickets, and more. Admission costs $10 for adults or $5 for children.
11th Annual Vintage Fashion Show and Tea
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 16
Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles
See beautiful costumes and vintage gowns this Saturday in Los Angeles. Following the fashion show, visitors can participate in an afternoon tea buffet, check out the museum, browse the fashion vendors, and more. Presale tickets cost $30 for adults or $15 for children.
4th Annual Riverside Tamale Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 16
White Park, Riverside
Enjoy Hispanic food and culture this Saturday afternoon in Riverside. Admission costs only $5, but all guests must pay for tamales at cost, so bring cash for that.
Santa Barbara Earth Day 2016
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 16-17
Alameda Park, Santa Barbara
Free to attend for all ages, Santa Barbara will host an Earth Day fair this weekend. Guests will find lots of activities, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food & drinks, and more.
2nd Annual L.A. Local Craft Beer & Artisan Food Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 16
Alpine Village, Torrance
Check out the best of local food and beer at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon at Alpine Village in Torrance. Admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and provides access to unlimited food and beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
16th Annual Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 16
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego
Savor the flavors of all the amazing eateries in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Over 40 restaurants will offer delicious samples to guests, while a handful of local breweries will provide beer tasters for guests. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event. Admission includes 50 taster tickets, and each location accepts different amounts of tickets. Guests can move at their own pace, and select which locations to spend their tickets at.
2016 California Wine Festival – Dana Point
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 16
Lantern Bay Park, Dana Point
Enjoy food and wine at this wine tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. General admission costs $69 and starts at 1pm, early admission costs $89 and starts at 12pm, and VIP admission costs $109, starts at 12pm, and includes a few extra VIP perks.
Monrovia Station Beer & Music Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 16
Metro Gold Line Monrovia Station, Monrovia
To celebrate the opening of Station Square Park & Metro Gold Line, Monrovia will have a beer and music festival there this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. Admission at the gate costs $65, if any tickets remain. All attendees receive fifteen 6oz beer tasters, plus access to local food vendors and the live music stage. No one under 21 may attend.
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego Grand Opening
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 16
Mikkeller Brewing, Miramar, San Diego
Guess who took over the old AleSmith location? Mikkeller has touched down in Southern California, and they will open their doors to the public this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend, guests will find plenty of booze, live music, mobile food vendors, and more.
Cosmo 7K – All Ladies Run/Walk
3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 16
Only women can participate in this 7k fun run this Saturday! All participants receive complimentary snacks, a t-shirt, a souvenir martini glass, a goodie bag, and more.
OC Roller Girls: I Love Block And Roll
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 16
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.
Implants: Live in Laguna Niguel
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 16
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
Check out some great local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. Tickets to this show cost $7 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.
Everyone’s favorite offensive punk band Guttermouth will headline a small show in Corona this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.
30th Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 17
Main Street, Downtown Fallbrook
This annual local treat returns to Fallbrook this Sunday to celebrate the legacy of the California avocado. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find hundreds of vendors booths, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food & drinks, activities, and more.
27th Annual San Diego Earth Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 17
Balboa Park, San Diego
This FREE and all-ages Earth Day celebration takes place this Sunday at Balboa Park in San Diego. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with art galleries, “green” food, arts & crafts, vendors, a parade, and more.
Pinup Girl Clothing will host their semiannual pinup model meetup this Sunday at Disneyland. In addition to plenty of photo opportunities, expect to find goodie bags, trivia, contests, and more.
Local Brews & Local Grooves
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 17
House of Blues, Anaheim
Sample beers from over a dozen breweries while enjoying the sounds of local musicians at this semiannual food & beer event this Sunday afternoon at House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Admission costs $12, while the tasting wristband costs an additional $15 and come with five taste tickets, good towards food or beer.