Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 29
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.
Long Beach Marathon Fun Run
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 30
On The Rocks, Long Beach
Run and socialize at this free fun run this Thursday evening that spans three to five miles of the full marathon’s course that goes through the CSULB campus.
Phantom Carriage Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 30
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.
2016 Anime Expo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 1-3
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
The nation’s largest expo & convention for anime & manga returns to Downtown LA this 4th of July weekend. Complete with hundreds of artist & vendor booths, this convention allows attendees to get interactive via the masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission varies by the number of days attending – 4 days cost $90, while one day costs $55. Children 6-12 get in for a flat rate of $25, while children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Some of the special events, such as concerts and maid cafés, requires an additional ticket to get into. Parking at the convention center costs $20, so bring cash for that plus any of the vendors and food inside the convention center. Optionally, park in outdoor third party lots in the surrounding blocks for a lower rate, or take public transportation.
626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 1-3
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.
8th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever! Car Show
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 1
World Cruise Center, San Pedro
At this free and all-ages event this Friday night, check out cars, local bands, and fireworks.
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 1
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
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).
Punk Rock Karaoke @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 1
Underground DTSA, Santa Ana
Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Friday night in Santa Ana, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood south of 1st Street.
Ignite: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 1, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/070116
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 2, Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach http://www.saintrocke.com/event/1183815-ignite-hermosa-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 3, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1184697-ignite-special-guests-san-diego/
Punk rock band Ignite will headline a series of shows in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.
Red White & Boobies: Making America Naked Again
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 1
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
Enjoy a sexy patriotic burlesque show this Friday night in Downtown Long Beach. General admission costs $10. No one under 21 may attend.
Los Cafres: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 1, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1140611-los-cafres-pomona/
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 2, The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/308865
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 3, Music Box, Little Italy, San Diego http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6580035
Enjoy a reggae/skacore show or two this weekend in Southern California. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so click on a show’s link for details.
LA Cosplay Ball
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 1
333 Live, Downtown Los Angeles
Party and dance the night away in costume this Friday night in Downtown LA. General admission costs $20, while fast-pass admission costs $30 that allows you to bypass some lines. Show your Anime Expo badge for discounted admission. They will have costume contests for cash prizes, though most of these contests involve sexiness and how much skin you can get away with legally showing. No one under 18 may enter.
SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 2
Rosie’s Dog Beach, Long Beach
Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.
Ocean Beach Pier 50th Anniversary Celebration
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 2
Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego
Check out this free and all-ages event in Ocean Beach this Saturday that will have vendors, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more.
112th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 2
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 3
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 4
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
Celebrate Independence Day with a plethora of things to see and do in Huntington Beach this weekend. Activities include a pancake breakfast, 5k run, fitness expo, a parade, fireworks, live music, exhibitors, food vendors, family activities, and much more. See the website for a full list and schedule of what to expect.
4th Annual Ballast Point Independence Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 2
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
Ballast Point will take over the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for beer as you go.
Wet Hot Skamerican Summer
6:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 2
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
Enjoy a free and all-ages ska show this Saturday night in Anaheim.
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 2
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
Rock out to local punk bands this Saturday night in Baldwin Park. The cover for this all-ages show costs $3 or $5 for two.
Subtract On The Pier
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 3-4
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
This year, instead of the usual Party On The Pier, the Do Lab will host a concert on the pier during this 4th of July weekend. Admission costs $15 for one day or $25 for both. No one under 21 may attend.
Doll Hut’s Independance Day Punktanza Celebration
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 3
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
Enjoy a free local punk rock show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Sunday. No one under 21 may enter.
Plenty of holiday events will take place this weekend, so check with your local favorite hangout spot to see if they have anything going on. Have a FUN and SAFE holiday weekend.
Surf City Run 5K
6:00 am – 11:00 am, July 4
Worthy Park, Huntington Beach
Participate in a community 5k run this 4th of July morning, followed by a festive parade. Registration for the 5k costs $40.
4th of July Picnic Dinner
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 4
Maritime Museum, San Diego
Enjoy a seaside dinner along with fireworks this Independence Day in San Diego. Admission costs $35 for adults or $18 for children.
13th Anniversary 4th of July Luau
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 4
Pizza Port, San Clemente
Pizza Port will have a free and all-ages festive celebration on their rooftop this 4th of July evening.