Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 10
Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday evening at any participating Häagen-Dazs store.
Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 11-12
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.
Wild Goose Tavern in Costa Mesa will receive some Oskar Blues brews and pint glasses this Wednesday for your pleasure. Buy a pint, get discounted refills the rest of the night, and take the pint glass home with you.
21st Annual Taste of Anaheim
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 12
Taste food samples from Anaheim’s great local establishments this Thursday evening at the GardenWalk near Disneyland. Admission costs $40 presale and $45 at the door, and comes with unlimited food samples from all participating restaurants while supplies last. In addition to free parking, guests may bid on various prizes in a silent auction. All drinks come at an additional price.
Business & Beer @ Scholb Premium Ales
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 12
Scholb Premium Ales, 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 Scholb Premium Ales 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, May 12
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.
3rd Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 13-14
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $8 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.
Stout Tasting Evening
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 13
Pacific Park Market, Aliso Viejo
Sample a beer flight of various stouts this Friday evening in Aliso Viejo for $5.
Pennywise: Three Albums, Three Nights
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 13-15
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
Punk band Pennywise will headline three consecutive nights at The Observatory in San Diego this week, playing a different album each night. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so check with the website to see prices.
Alton Brown LIVE: Eat Your Science
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 13
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa
Listen to Alton Brown speak about the know-how and the how-to of food, cooking, and food science at this seminar this Friday night in Costa Mesa. Admission costs $49.
Booze & Glory: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 13, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1106135-booze-glory-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 14, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/238531
UK punk band Booze & Glory makes a rare appearance in Southern California this weekend to perform these shows. Tickets to these shows vary in price, so click on a show’s link for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.
2016 Tour of Long Beach
6:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 14
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
Join hundreds of locals on a bike ride through Long Beach this Saturday morning, including the mayor and more city officials. This race for charity features different levels of riding for all skill levels, starting with the 100-mile ride, all the way down to the 4-mile family ride. Following the bike rides, a free all-day all-ages festival will take place with more activities to partake in. Registration, which closes Thursday night, varies in cost based on the ride length, while the family ride comes at no cost.
Bubble Run Pomona
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 14
Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.
Two different free all-ages events celebrating the same occasion will take place this weekend in Monrovia. On Saturday, enjoy a city fair complete with games, rides, food, vendors, entertainment, and more. On Sunday, enjoy an all-day concert that will also have food, drinks, and vendors.
22nd Annual Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 14
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 15
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
See tons of cars, new and old, this weekend at The Muck in Fullerton. In addition, catch food trucks, local breweries, and local musicians as they accent this car festival. Admission to this event costs $5 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday.
15th Annual Stanton Spring Car Show & Kids Fair
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 14
Stanton Park, Stanton
Enjoy a free and all-ages car show and fair this Saturday in Stanton.
7th Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 14
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
This free and all-ages event showcases Korean culture with food, drinks, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more.
The Yummy California Sweets & Beads Show
10:00 am – 5:30 pm, May 14-15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
Check out this bizarre mashup of desserts and beaded jewelry this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown LA. General admission costs $20, or $15 per person if purchasing a 4-pack, and provides access to the entire expo floor. Parking at the convention center will cost $20 per vehicle. Take note that another event not appropriate for children will also take place at the convention center this weekend (scroll down to see it).
2016 West Coast Natural Hair + Health + Beauty Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 14
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 15
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
Check out this all-ages hair, health, and beauty expo taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend and browse dozens of vendors selling and sampling many different products. General admission into the expo costs $20, while VIP admission costs $40 and also includes all the workshops, a refreshment station, and a goodie bag.
3rd Annual Holi Festival of Colors – Oceanside
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 14
Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre, Oceanside
Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the annual Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every two hours starting at noon. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.
2nd Annual Inland Empire Salsa Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 14
White Park, Riverside
This all-ages festival in Riverside will have salsa tasting, live entertainment, a kids zone, a talent competition, a wine & beer garden, and more. Admission to this festival costs $12, but does not include anything else, so have cash available to buy things once inside.
5th Annual Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 14
Historic Downtown Vista Village, Vista
The San Diego Brewers Guild presents the Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival this Saturday afternoon in the historic Vista Village district. Now in its fifth year, this festival now contains over 50 breweries, nine music acts across three stages, and plenty of food for sale from local businesses. General admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, starts at 1pm, and comes with a souvenir glass good for unlimited beer tastings. VIP admission costs $55 presale only, and starts an hour earlier at 12pm. No one under 21 may attend.
2nd Annual Reader Tacotopia
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 14
Golden Hill Park, San Diego
Sample tacos from over 30 of San Diego County’s top restaurants, vote for your favorite taco, and enjoy live music and a cash bar at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $55 presale or $65 at the door, and includes two drink tickets. All guests have access to unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
LA On Tap
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 14
California Market Center, Los Angeles
Dozens of breweries will meet up in Downtown LA this Saturday afternoon to serve their refreshing brews to attendees of this event. Two sessions will take place: an afternoon session and an evening one. General admission costs $45 presale or $55 at the door and starts at 1pm or 5pm and lasts three hours. VIP admission costs $60 presale or $70 at the door, starts at 12pm, and includes a t-shirt and food voucher. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours while supplies last, but food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for that plus parking. No one under 21 may attend.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America 2016 Collaborations
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 14
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
This Saturday, Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will have all of this year’s Beer Camp Across America brews for you to try, fresh from the tap.
Hangar 24 AirFest & 8th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 14
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands
Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 8th Anniversary with an all-day air show at the Redlands Municipal Airport, located just across the street from the tasting room. Guests gain entry into the airport, where they will witness aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on displays in the hangars, and fireworks shows at night. Live bands will play music all day, and food trucks will keep guests fed and full. Last but not least, Hangar 24 will unleash over 30 beers for consumption, including many rare and limited brews. General admission costs $17 but does not include any beer – guests must purchase drink tickets for that.
Orange County Food and Wine Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 14
4:30 pm – 11:00 pm, May 15
Old Ranch Country Club, Seal Beach
Indulge in local wine and/or food this weekend in Seal Beach. On Saturday, enjoy a wine tasting festival complete with dozens of wines to sip on for $85 admission. On Sunday night, reserve a seat for $375 at this formal five-course dinner.
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 14
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
Adult entertainment fans will not want to miss AdultCon this weekend. This expo allows guests to purchase adult entertainment paraphernalia, meet & take photos with porn stars, browse accessories, and more. For an 18 & over event, these types of expos rarely contain live nudity, as all the talent cover up their private parts in some way. For those not totally into the porn industry, AdultCon also features vendors and speakers geared towards couples and sexuality, as to not make this an event that only men would attend. General admission costs $40 and includes a $5 token that guests can redeem at vendors or to take a photo with a model/star. For just $10 more, upgrade to VIP to gain admission to both days plus some extra perks, listed on the website. Parking costs $20 per vehicle, so find a way to carpool to alleviate that cost.
1st Annual Beach Cities Beer & Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 14
King Harbor Marina, Redondo Beach
Sample dozens of beers and wines from local breweries and vineyards this Saturday in Redondo Beach. Visitors will also find food, music, and more. Admission costs $45 and includes unlimited beer and wine tasters while supplies last. Guests should bring cash for food and parking. No one under 21 may attend.
8th Annual South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 14
Mission District, South Pasadena
Free to attend for all ages, see dozens of musicians and artists across five stages in South Pasadena this Saturday, plus a self-guided art walk, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, and more.
Artopia Orange County
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 14
The 1912, Santa Ana
Join the party and celebrate the best of local Orange County talent with live music, drinks, food trucks, art, and more. General admission costs $30, while VIP admission costs $50 and includes three drinks plus a VIP area to lounge in. No one under 21 may attend.
Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 14
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.
Body Fine Art Competition
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 14
The Springs, Downtown Los Angeles
Check out this one-of-a-king art gallery feature works of art on the human body. Using naked models as a living canvas, dozens of artists showcase their skills in devising living art to wow the audience. Guests will spend most of their time admiring all of the art and models while also enjoying live music, live entertainment, and more. Admission to this event costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, but this event will definitely sell out, so act fast on those tickets. No one under 21 may attend.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 15
Long Beach Blvd & Firestone, South Gate
Much of Long Beach Blvd and Firestone in South Gate will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.
Escondido Downtown Street Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 15
Grand Ave, Downtown Escondido
Here at this free and all-ages street fair, visitors will find over 500 vendors, arts & crafts, food, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more.
18th Annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 15
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
At this free festival for all ages, guests will celebrate Taiwanese culture with live music, dance performances, food, games, raffles, merchandise vendors, art exhibits, and more.
Museums of the Arroyo Day
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 15
Museums of the Arroyo, Pasadena
Six museums in Los Angeles and Pasadena will have free admission this Sunday during the listed times.
4th Annual Heritage, Music & Arts Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 15
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
Celebrate the culture and spirit of the Downtown LA Arts District at this festival, taking place at Angel City Brewery this Sunday. Local bands will play music all day, food trucks will serve food, brewers will lead brewery tours, and more activities will keep guests occupied. Guests pay no fee to enter, just the cost to purchase anything or participate in some activities. Parking for this event costs $4.
3rd Annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 15
Ernie Howlett Park, Rolling Hills Estates
Enjoy food, beer, and wine at this tasting event this Sunday afternoon in the South Bay. Admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, and includes unlimited tastings while supplies last. VIP admission costs $135 presale or $150 at the door if any remain, and include various perks such as reserved parking. Admission for children costs $20.
Taste of the Nation – Laguna Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 15
Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
Sample culinary creations from some of Orange County’s greatest chefs and restaurants, while quenching your thirst from various wineries, breweries, and other non-alcoholic drink producers. General admission costs $200 and runs from 3pm to 6pm, while VIP costs $275 and goes until 8pm. The price goes up $25 at the door.
American Craft Beer Week
Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.