1st Annual Venice Art Week
Venice gets their own Art Week this week, complete with a plethora of events that will take place throughout Venice throughout the week. Check the website for a full list of art exhibits and other art events taking place this week.
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.
For seven days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.
Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 18
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.
5th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 19
Casa Del Mexicano, Boyle Heights
Sample the local flavors of Boyle Heights this Thursday night in Boyle Heights. Admission costs $100 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus a tote bag with various goodies inside.
Demob: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 19, Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 20, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 21, Pierside Pub, Oceanside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 22, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
UK punk band Demob will perform a string of shows in Southern California this week. Each show has a different cover charge. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.
Youth Brigade: Live at The Echo
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 19
The Echo, Echo Park
See Youth Brigade, Union 13, and other great punk bands this Thursday night in Echo Park. Tickets to this show cost $14.50 presale or $16.50 at the door. No one under 18 may enter.
2016 Orange County Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 20
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 21
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 22
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
This FREE all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more.
Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 20
6:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 21
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 22
Lake Skinner Recreation Area, Winchester
Taste wines and fly in hot-air balloons during this three-day festival out in the Temecula Valley. In addition, enjoy live music, local food, craft beer, and other forms of entertainment. Admission starts at $5, so see the website for more details.
Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 20
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 21-22
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim
This annual all-ages Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. For $3 admission, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.
2nd Annual Sorrento Valley Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 20
Party Pals, Sorrento Valley, San Diego
Enjoy some local beers at this beer tasting event in San Diego this Friday night. For $30 presale or $35 at the door, gain 12 3oz pours of your choice of local beer, plus the souvenir glass for you to take home. Guests can eat from local food trucks, plus enjoy the live local musicians. No one under 21 may attend.
29th Annual Yorba Linda Lobsterfest
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm, May 20
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
For $85 presale or $100 at the door, gain access to all-you-can-eat lobster and steak while supplies last. Attendees will also find a silent auction, live music, a full bar, and more.
13th Annual Taste of Malibu
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 20
Duke’s Restaurant, Malibu
For $40 admission, gain entry to this food tasting event where you get unlimited food samples from local restaurants while supplies last.
The Color Run 5k – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 21
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
The color run that started it all returns to Dodger Stadium this Saturday morning. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $50 per solo participant, or $45 per person if registering as a team of four or more. Waves of runners will start at 9am and launch every few minutes following that for up to two hours, so do not fret about getting there on time.
37th Annual Fiesta del Sol
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 21-22
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
Check out this free and all-ages street fair in Solana Beach this weekend, complete with food, vendors, arts & crafts, games, rides, live entertainment, and more.
16th Annual US Sumo Open
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 21
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
Watch sumo wrestling matches in Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. Tickets to this all-ages event start at $35, or you can find tickets on Groupon or Living Social for $25.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 21-22
Maritime Museum, San Diego
Bring out the family to this all-ages pirate festival featuring live entertainment, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $17, with discounts available for seniors, military, children, and students.
Makers Arcade Spring Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
Broadway Pier, San Diego
$5 admission gets you into this all-ages arts & crafts fair.
Spring Awakening Festival 2016
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 22
Eaton Canyon Natural Area, Pasadena
At this free and all-ages festival this weekend in Pasadena, visitors will check out Native American culture with arts & crafts, music, dance, food, and more.
4th Annual Heritage of Aloha Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21-22
Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs
This FREE and all-ages Hawaiian cultural festival contains food, drinks, live entertainment, music, dancing, arts & crafts, games, contests, and over 70 different vendors.
Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21-22
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
This two-day expo in Los Angeles celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.
Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 21-22
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.
California Strawberry Festival
10:00 am – 6:30 pm, May 21-22
College Park, Oxnard
An all-ages fair/carnival comes to Oxnard this weekend, complete with live entertainment, food, drinks, desserts, rides, games, vendors, arts & crafts, and more. Tickets start at $5, while parking costs $10 per vehicle.
20th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts + Craft Beer Block
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 21
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego
This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $40 admission, guests can enter the craft beer block and receive thirteen 4oz beer tastings from any of the over 30 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University. In addition, catch Stone Brewing’s beer garden in front of Bar Pink, which will run from noon to 6pm. This one has no admission – guests pay for the beers they want to drink.
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 for free (plus tips).
Foodie Fest Encinitas
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 21
The Lumberyard, Encinitas
For $48 admission, get unlimited food samples (while supplies last) from dozens of restaurants from across San Diego County at this food festival this Saturday in Encinitas. Bring cash for drinks and parking.
Port Brewing’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 21
Port Brewing, San Marcos
Celebrate Port Brewing’s 10th anniversary with lots of beer.
Venice Spring Fling 6
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, May 21
Windward Plaza, Venice
A free & all-ages music & arts festival will take place in Venice this Saturday afternoon.
Smog City Brewing reaches another birthday this week, and to celebrate, they will have multiple rare beers available for you to try this Saturday. A VIP session will take place from 11am to 1pm featuring exclusive tastings. After 1pm, the doors open to the public, so anyone can come in and drink away.
2016 Long Beach Pride Festival & Parade
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 21-22
Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach
An LGBT pride festival takes place this weekend in Long Beach, complete with live entertainment, music, dance, vendors, food, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door.
Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
Ventura Harbor, Ventura
This beer tasting event in Ventura will have over 45 breweries to choose beer from, as well as local surfboard shapers, local music, food trucks, and more. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 11:30am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
Bacon & Barrels – San Diego
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
Pig out on bacon eats and barrel sips this weekend in Downtown San Diego. Head down to the waterside park in Downtown San Diego for a day in the sun with bacon and booze. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while early admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $90 and includes access to a VIP lounge. Admission includes access to all food and drink stations until last call at about 4:45. No one under 21 may attend.
A Day At The Races
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, May 21
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
Check out live music, gourmet food trucks, vendors, a beer garden, a VIP lounge, a swimsuit show, racing, and more this Saturday at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia. Tickets to this all-ages event cost $10.
1st Annual Wasteland Weekend Car Show
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 21
Alpine Village, Torrance
Check out this car show with a post-apocalyptic theme taking place this Saturday at Alpine Village in Torrance. General admission to the car show costs $8 and runs until 7pm. After 7pm, the after-party will take place, and no one under 21 may attend that.
2016 Los Angeles Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Union Station, Los Angeles
Sample Spanish wines and tapas at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA. The $65 admission grants attendees unlimited tastings while supplies last. Bring some extra cash for parking. No one under 21 may attend.
The Great Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting this Saturday in Irvine. Admission costs $65 and includes unlimited wine tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food and parking. No one under 21 may attend.
The Best Taste Of Santa Ana 2016
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 21
2nd Street Promenade, Santa Ana
Sample food from Santa Ana restaurants for $30 per person.
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 21
Peppertree Park, Tustin
At this annual fundraiser, guests pay $85 presale or $100 at the gate for all-you-can-eat lobster and tri-tip, and other picnic foods like hot dogs, salads, mac & cheese, baked potatoes, various pastries, and more. Each entry ticket comes with an entry to a lottery to win $1000!
OC Roller Girls – Beat Your Match
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 21
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at these back-to-back roller derby bouts this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Tickets to each roller derby bout cost $15.
Free Punk Show in Riverside
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 21
Inkonsiderate Boardshop, Riverside
Enjoy a FREE and all-ages local punk show tonight in Riverside.
Pancakes & Booze Art Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 21
Fifty Seven Degrees, San Diego
For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. No one under 21 may enter.
22nd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 22
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.
Check out this all-ages two-in-one event this Sunday in Pasadena featuring robot toys and brick-building toys. Regular admission costs $7 and starts at 10am while early admission costs $12 and starts at 9am.
Gus “Goose” Duarte Memorial Benefit Show
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 22
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
Check out a local punk rock show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Sunday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.
Share a beer or two at this free bottle share in Monrovia this Sunday afternoon. Guests should bring a 22oz bomber or two 12oz bottles to share with others.