Archive for August, 2016

The Anaheim Packing District certainly has a bold reputation as a food hot spot in Orange County to add on to the many other food hot spots, such as Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market, Tustin’s Union Market, and Costa Mesa’s Bristol stretch. Everyday, hoards of people flock to these locations to spend lots of money for something that they can share on Instagram. From the $5 ice cream bar to the $8 cup of coffee (with foam art!) to the $14 Asian burrito, these places have come up with the right recipes to lire people in to drop loads of cash just so the customers can show off their oh-so unique food. Sometimes, it helps to go back to basics and enjoy something familiar that also tastes great, and the Anaheim Packing District has done just that with the introduction of the Doggone Good Soda Company.

The Doggone Good Soda Company has existed for a few years already and have delivered countless amounts of all-natural sodas all over Orange County and beyond. Though lots of companies can claim the use of all-natural ingredients in their beverages, DGSC takes it a step further by allowing customers to order custom labels on the sodas. This ranges from small batches such as for parties to larger needs such as a company picnic, an organization holding a fundraiser, a mom & pop shop that needs to advertise their business, and more. DGSC has had a location in Old Towne Orange where it functions as a production facility and a storefront, but this past Friday, they opened another stand in the Anaheim Packing District. Taking over the former Buy’n Bulk, DGSC now has a satellite location where they can serve up custom sodas and good comfort food. The food mainly consists of hot dogs and various toppings, providing comfort food in an environment filled with other businesses trying to push the limits of creativity. However, I strongly urge visitors to check out DGSC’s beverage selection – I mean, why not taste what they started the company for?

Support this local business by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

The 67th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival & Cultural Event returns this Labor Day weekend to Assumption Greek Church on Pacific Coast Highway between Bellflower and Loynes. Open this Saturday through Monday from 12pm to 9pm each day, this all-ages festival will present a multitude of Greek foods & desserts, wine, beer, ouzo, and more to keep guests full. A tent will house a stage with live music and dance performances during the entire festival. Guests can participate in the dance too, as instructors will provide free lessons to anyone willing to try. A full carnival zone will contain many rides and games to keep kids occupied while you get your ouzo on. Guests may also take a stroll through the church to observe the artifacts that they possess.

I highly suggest spending quite some time here, as this festival has much to do. A large portion of this festival takes place outdoors with limited shade, so attendees should prepare with sunscreen and attire for warm weather. Hydrate well for this festival, as the warm weather combined with flavorful food can quickly dehydrate a person. The website does not specify the entry fee, but it has cost up to $5 in the past. Speaking of which, come with extra cash, as most of the vendors here only accept cash, including the entry gate. Attendees should NOT park in the church’s neighborhood. Instead, guests should park at the nearby VA Hospital on 7th Street, where a complimentary shuttle to transport guests to the festival and back to the parking lot.

Looking for something fulfilling and entertaining to do this weekend? You have a 3-day weekend, so make the most of it by visiting the Long Beach Greek Festival with your friends and family. To see what else they have in store for the upcoming weekend, check out the Long Beach Greek Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

2016 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 28-30
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.westernfoodexpo.com/

The food and hospitality industry will have its own expo this weekend, featuring many aspects from food, ingredients, equipment, accessories, services, and more. This time, they have opened the expo to the public, so you no longer need to work in the industry to attend this. Attendees should expect lots of food and drink samples, plus lots of information about businesses and the industry. Registration for an attendee starts at $65. No one under 18 may attend.

Haven Gastropub 7th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, August 29 – September 1
Haven Gastropub, Orange
http://www.havengastropub.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/668535763310192/

The long-standing Haven Gastropub turns seven years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have four days of food and drink specials at their restaurant in Old Towne Orange, where they will tap a bunch of rare brews for your enjoyment. They will also have a handful of food specials served during these days.

Great Society Cider & Mead’s Grand Opening
4:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 30
Great Society Cider & Mead, Long Beach
http://www.greatsocietycider.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/160375111035292/

After weeks of launching as a soft opening, Long Beach’s Great Society Cider & Mead will finally officially open their doors to the public this Tuesday evening. They will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30, and will have a special cider available just for this day. Stop on by and enjoy some mid-week drinks.

11th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
10:00 am – 12:00 am, September 1
5:30 am – 8:00 pm, September 2
5:30 am – 4:00 pm, September 3
5:30 am – 11:30 am, September 4
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/disneyland-half-marathon/

The Disneyland Half Marathon returns for its tenth year this weekend with a plethora of things to see and do. Participate in any of the races, check out the health & fitness expo, and stick around for after-parties throughout the weekend. The website has an extensive list of everything going on this weekend, so consult with the website for more details.

Flights 2nd Annual South Bay Tap Takeover
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 1
Flights Beer Bar, Hawthorne
http://flightsbeerbar.com/

This Thursday, Flights Beer Bar in Hawthorne will stock all of their taps with only South Bay brewery beer. Come taste local flavor in one spot. This event has no admission fee or cover charge – simply show up and pay for drinks as you go.

To Live & Dine in OC 2016
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, September 1
Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo
http://www.modernluxury.com/orange-county/events/live-dine-1

Sample food and drinks from some of Orange County’s top restaurants this Thursday evening in Aliso Viejo. Tickets cost $40 presale or $50 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Long Beach Psyclone Weekender
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 1-4
Seaport Marina Hotel, Long Beach
http://www.lbpsyclone.com/

Lots of psychobilly bands will invade Long Beach this weekend for this annual rockabilly festival. Live music will go on all weekend, and other events will circulate around town to coincide with this festival too, such as BBQ/pool parties, brunches, bus rides, and more. Find tickets for sale at select retailers, or purchase them online. Thursday night costs $10, the weekend costs $30 per day, and the full weekend pass costs $80.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 2-5
B Street Pier, San Diego
http://www.ussandsculpting.com/

Check out various works of art involving sand sculpting and 3D printing this weekend in San Diego. Admission ranges from $5 to $17.

Los Angeles Times: The TASTE
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 2-4
Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood
http://events.latimes.com/taste/

Los Angeles Times presents The TASTE, a series of food-based events at Paramount Pictures Studios. Each event will feature unlimited food & drink tastings from over 40 of LA’s top restaurants, along with live cooking & mixology demonstrations, wine seminars, and panel discussions. Tickets vary in price depending on the event attended, starting at $100.

Anime California 2016
11:00 am – 2:00 am, September 2
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 3-4
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.animecalifornia.com/

Anime, manga, and cosplay fans rejoice! Anime California returns this weekend to its new home at the Long Beach Convention Center. This 3-day expo contains hundreds of artist & vendor booths, various special events such as a masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $60 for the entire weekend.

LA County Fair – Opening Day
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.lacountyfair.com/

Your local fair will open this Friday at the Fairplex in Pomona. If you missed the OC Fair, you will not want to miss the LA County Fair. Ticket prices range from free up to $17, but stores like Walgreens and Costco sell discounted ticket packages.

2016 E Hula Mau
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2
8:00 am – 12:00 am, September 3-4
Terrace Theater @ the Long Beach Convention Center
http://www.ehulamau.org/

The annual E Hula Mau returns to Long Beach to exhibit various Pacific Islander performances, arts & crafts, food, vendors, and more. The actual fest requires no admission, while spectating the competitions requires a ticket purchase. Nearby parking structures east of Pine Avenue between 3rd & 6th Streets provide free parking for up to two hours.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 2-4
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

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.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 2
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.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).

Orange International Street Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 2
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 3-4
Streets of Old Town Orange
http://www.orangestreetfair.org/

One of the grandest events to grace Orange County, the annual OISF returns this weekend to the streets of Old Town Orange. Completely free to attend and open to all ages, the OISF brings together regions of the world and their food, drinks, merchandise, dance, music, and so much more. The four roads radiating from the Orange Circle each contain 3-4 themed “Streets” based on a region of the world. This year, the organizers have shifted. You have never seen a street party this huge – trust me.

2016 Vegan Street Fair: Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2-3
The Federal Bar, North Hollywood
http://www.veganstreetfair.com/

The vegans have their nights in North Hollywood this weekend. General admission costs $20 while VIP admission costs $40 that includes a “fast pass” for food lines. This event will operate similarly to a night market, where guests will still have to pay for any food or drinks they wish to consume.

La Fiesta de San Gabriel 2016
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 3-4
San Gabriel Mission, San Gabriel
http://www.sangabrielmissionfiesta.org/

A free and all-ages street fair comes to San Gabriel this weekend. Visitors will find food, entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, and more.

14th Annual Ventura Nationals Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 3
Ventura Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://www.venturanationals.com/

Immerse yourself in a world of classic cars, local music, pinup models, and more at this rockabilly event in Ventura this Saturday. Admission costs $15 for adults or $10 for active military with ID. Children 12 & under enter for free with a paid adult admission.

New Blues Festival III
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 3-4
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://newbluesfestival.com/

Enjoy two full days of local blues music at this all-ages concert this weekend at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. General admission costs $30 for one day or $50 for both days. VIP admission costs $125 for one day, and includes access to a VIP tent. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 3-5
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Four Sons Brewing 2nd Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 3-4
Four Sons Brewing, Huntington Beach
http://foursonsbrewing.com/event/four-sons-2nd-anniversary-celebration/

Four Sons Brewing in Huntington Beach turns two years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will tap a bunch of rare brews at their tasting room all weekend. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy some rare brews.

67th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 3-5
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

San Diego Bacon Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 3
NTC Park – Preble Field, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sdbaconfest.com/

Simply put, you can eat all the bacon and drink all the drinks you can at this festival dedicated to bacon. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 1pm, and comes with a beer caddy to hold your beer tasting cup. All admissions include unlimited food and drinks until 5pm. No one under 21 may attend. This fest takes place outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior to arriving, and stay hydrated.

6th Annual D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 3
The Glass House, Pomona
http://bricktoyaface.com/
http://www.facebook.com/BrickToYaFace

Check out this all-ages music & art fest this Saturday night in Pomona. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door.

8th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 3
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/buskerfest

BuskerFest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend for all ages, fans of music will surely want to come here. For long-term parking, search for street parking in neighborhoods to the east or north.

For What Ales Ya 2016
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 3
Maniac Mike’s Cafe, Upland
http://www.facebook.com/events/223705457992880/

$35 gets you admittance to this bottle share party, complete with a souvenir glass, complimentary taco bar, live music, and more. All attendees must bring at least one bottle of craft beer to participate in the beer drinking, as per the rules of any bottle share. No one under 21 may enter. See their website for a map of where attendees may park.

The Virus @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 3
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/thevirus

Punk rock band The Virus will make a rare appearance headlining an all-ages show in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost only $5. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, September 3
Casbah, San Diego
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1222029-punk-rock-karaoke-san-diego/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in San Diego, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Ballast Point 20th Anniversary Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 4
Del Mar Racetrack, Del Mar
http://www.ballastpoint.com/og20/

San Diego’s Ballast Point reaches a milestone this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of beer and live music this Sunday evening in Del Mar. General admission costs $55 and starts at 5pm. VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive ten 4oz beer pours, a souvenir glass, and access to the full venue grounds and music concerts. No one under 21 may attend.

Covina’s Alosta Brewing brought back their Pintwood Derby for its third year running this past Saturday evening. This charity fundraiser saw numerous people enter their crafted (toy) cars to race for trophies. Participants paid the $20 entry fee, and had to create a small car that would run down a track, purely powered by gravity and friction. Alosta Brewing sold a starter kit for $5 for those not familiar with designing the small car. Children competed in their own division, while adults competed in an adults division. Most of the children came from local families, while a handful of the adults competing consisted of reps from nearby breweries. This year’s Pintwood Derby benefited No Kid Hungry and Chefs Cycle foundation. Aside from this outdoor event, Alosta Brewing operated under normal business procedures, with mobile food vendors outside and beers flowing inside.

Interested in what else Alosta Brewing has brewing for the future? Check them out on Facebook and Twitter for news and upcoming events. Pay attention to Alosta Brewing before early November – their anniversary takes place around the first weekend of November, and craft beer fans will not want to miss it.

The 2016 Summer edition of the SoCal Retro Gaming Expo took place at the Frank & Son Collectible Show in Rowland Heights this past weekend. This all-ages event cost $10 to enter and featured a handful of free-play arcade games and console games, as well as tournament stations for competitive multiplayer games. This expo contained over a dozen different vendors all selling goods related to video games, from actual video games to trinkets and accessories that have to do with video games. Near the entrance, attendees would find a music stage for video game music cover bands, such as Super MadNES, a heavy metal band that plays old school video game music from the 8-bit and 16-bit generation of video games. Past the music stage, attendees would find the tournament area with head-to-head consoles set up. For the most part, these consoles held fighting games, but a few of them had cooperative games and the players competed for a high score instead. At the back, attendees would find the panel room that had speakers and demos throughout the weekend.

The Frank & Son Collectible Show resides in a large warehouse full of vendors that anyone can enter for free. They have an event space in the middle of the building, and not all of these events come with an admission fee. As such, anyone could have simply visited Frank & Son’s just to browse the vendors, which sold things like sports memorabilia, anime/manga items, video games, video game merchandise, and more. Attendees to the SoCal Retro Gaming Expo also got a chance to browse all of the vendors here. For more information about the SoCal Retro Gaming Expo, check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

The Frank & Son Collectible Show hosts numerous events throughout the year, including the Nuke The Firdge Con that takes place in less than three months from now. Check out what other events will take place at Frank & Son’s by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Because we want equality for all, this upcoming Sunday represents National Go Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. This movement aims to spread awareness that women have the Constitutional right to bare their tops in public, despite local laws that otherwise prevent that. Many states actually allow top freedom; however, the police can still arrest bare-chested women for “disorderly conduct” even if the person did nothing else wrong. This Sunday across the nation, numerous movements will occur to shed light on the true legality of topless women in public, and aim to take a stand against authorities by marching topless. Certain cities allow bare tops during this movement, such as New York. However, Californian police will make arrests, so all women participating in this Sunday’s march in Venice must still cover up their nipples, either with pasties, stickers, or non-transparent tape.

In order to make this parade fun and successful, participants should make a few preparations for this event. Definitely prepare for prolonged exposure to the sun, so have sunscreen applied and available for reapplication. Part of this parade involves walking on sand with the rest on concrete, so sandals work best for footwear. The event page lists the approximate location as “198 Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90291” so when you get there, you may have to wander around a bit to find the meeting spot. Speaking of which, though the event starts at 1pm, the parade will not begin until some time between 2pm to 3pm. I still suggest arriving early to get settled, cover up the nipples if you had not already done so, mingle with others, and get a feel for the layout and parade path. Prepare to face a lot of troublemakers, gawkers, creeps, and generic immature people. They simply want attention, so just ignore them the entire time. All participants have the right to refuse photos, so if people start randomly taking pictures of you, kindly let them know that they cannot take a picture of you. Lastly, just let loose and have fun!

The 2nd Annual Fit Expo Anaheim returns to Orange County this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This massive expo showcases all forms of fitness and athletics with live competitions, demos, workshops, seminars, and more. Single day admission costs $25, while the weekend combo only costs $40. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more. At The Fit Expo, visitors can view various forms of fitness and non-arena sports, such as CrossFit, weightlifting, Zumba, Parkour, wrestling, (mixed) martial arts, and more. The massive expo hall contains enough vendors to fill multiple swap meets, but once visitors get past all the vendors, they will discover the various demo areas strewn about the expo hall. Examples include a CrossFit competition, a Zumba fitness demo, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition, an MMA Pavilion with a variety of demos such as the “adult jungle gym,” a power-lifting competition, and more. The multitude of vendors vary in their goods or services offered. Some offer some sort of service, such as training or consulting. Most others offer merchandise, which includes apparel, accessories, equipment, supplements, and more. This expo also exhibits a handful of food & beverage vendors. None of these vendors offer stereotypical health foods – they focus on what matters, such as all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, low-carb, and full of nutrients, especially protein.

Upcoming Events: August 22-28, 2016

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World Series of Beach Volleyball
August 23-28
Alamitos Beach, Long Beach
http://www.wsobv.com/

This unprecedented event brings the world’s greatest beach volleyball players and their fans together for a week-long celebration of the summer. Festivities will include including sports, music, local culture, food, drinks, activities, and more. Visitors may attend any of the events for free, while premium seating for the broadcast events comes with a price.

1st Annual Burgers Bourbon + Beer
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, August 24
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/lasocialevents/bbb/

Sample craft burgers, craft beers, and craft cocktails this Wednesday night in Santa Monica. General admission costs $65 and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $85 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 24-25
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Final-Taste-of-Downtown-for-2016-Set-to-Invade-the-Waterfront-with-GrubnSunsets

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

2016 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

2016 Oktoberfest Lager Release
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/292426344449027/

This Thursday evening, Anaheim Brewery will have their own mini Oktoberfest celebration with the release of their Oktoberfest Lager. Stop on by, enjoy this brew, and don any festive clothing if you have it. This event has no cover charge – just show up and enjoy the night.

4 Sons Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1801059113447483/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

Build Your Own Grits Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Build Your Own Night returns to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night, this time featuring grits! No reservations required – simply show up, get a table or seat at the bar, then customize your grits dish. Pick the toppings, herbs, cheese, sauce, meats, and pasta, and order a nice cold glass of craft beer.

6th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 26
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 27
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, August 28
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.lafw.com/

Discover the multitude of food and wine options available in Southern California this week throughout Los Angeles County. Dozens of different events will take place that all feature something different, such as demonstrations, tastings, parties, and more. Events range in price from $100 to $250, so look at the website to discover what events float your boat.

Lagunitas Beer Pairing Dinner
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 25
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/lagunitas_beer_dinner/

Enjoy a three-course dinner complete with beer pairings for each course this Thursday night in Long Beach for $75 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Wiens Brewing Food Pairing Dinner
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1754822874789012/

Enjoy a three-course dinner complete with beer pairings this Thursday night in Pomona.

Twilight Concerts @ Santa Monica Pier: Save Ferris
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://tcs.santamonicapier.org/tcs825

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages concert featuring ska band Save Ferris this Thursday night in Santa Monica.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary
August 26-28
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://www.pacificplatebrewing.com/

Pacific Plate Brewing turns three this week, and to celebrate, they will release special brews each day this weekend. Visitors of all ages pay no cover to visit the tasting room.

Doggone Good Soda Company Grand Opening
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 26
Packing District, Anaheim
http://doggonegoodsoda.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/496695287206542/

A new shop will open to the public this Friday at the Anaheim Packing District. They will not have any specials or giveaways, but you can still stop by and check them out.

3rd Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 26-27
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 28
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

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.

San Diego Magazine’s 2016 Best of San Diego Party
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 26
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/April-2016/Best-of-San-Diego-Party-2016/

Sample food from San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. General admission costs $80 and starts at 6:30pm, while VIP admission costs $120 and starts at 5:30pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Nerd Con 2016
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 26
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 27
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 28
California Center For The Arts, Escondido
http://www.nerd-con.com/

All things pop culture will meet up at this annual convention in Escondido this weekend. Expect to find cosplay, games, comics, art, anime, technology, and more for the inner hobbyist in you. Admission greatly varies depending on what day you will attend and how long you will attend, so see the website for pricing details.

Free Music Show @ Out Of The Park Pizza
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 26
Out Of the Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/838548336275654/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages rock show this Friday night in Anaheim.

Saves The Day @ Glass House
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 26
Glass House, Pomona
http://savestheday.com/

Saves The Day will headline an all-ages show in Pomona this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $22. Guests can find plenty of free parking around the area and can avoid having to pay to park.

Acidez @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 26
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/acidez

Rock out to some hardcore punk this Friday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10 per car.

Bonecrusher @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 26-27
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1537761413200296/

Punk band Bonecrusher will headline two nights at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this weekend. The cover for each of these shows cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Youth Brigade: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 26, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks http://borderlinebarandgrill.ticketfly.com/event/1280039-youth-brigade-di-stalag-13-thousand-oaks/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 27, El Rey Theatre, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/312913

Punk band Youth Brigade will headline two all-ages shows in LA County this week. Ticket prices vary for each show, so click on a show’s link for ticket prices.

Tartar Control @ Dipiazzas
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, August 26
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1838797699686969/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages show costs $7.

6th Annual Rumble At The Rose Bowl – Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 27
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/rose-bowl-2016

Can you withstand the passage of time? Test your might at this 5k/10k challenge course this Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Run, climb, jump, and crawl your way through unforgiving obstacles as you race towards the finish with little regard to however much mud and dirt you may pick up along the way. Registration for the 5k costs $75, while registration for the 10k costs $85.

8th Annual San Diego Doggie Street Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 27
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

The Inspired Market – Yorba Linda
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 27
RM Nixon Park, Yorba Linda
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the last Saturdays of each month in Yorba Linda. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

2nd Annual The Fit Expo Anaheim
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 27-28
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://thefitexpo.com/ana.asp

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $25, while the weekend combo only costs $40. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 27
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.hbharley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1129211980469212/

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).

1st Annual Art In The Park
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 27
Triangle Park, Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/art-in-the-park.html

A free and all-ages event comes to Huntington Beach this Saturday afternoon. This event will feature food, arts & crafts, entertainment, activities, games, and other family-fun things.

Venice Beach Music Fest 11
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, August 27
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicebeachmusicfest.com/

Experience local music, art, and dance at this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday.

Star Wars: It’s A Tap!
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 27
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://www.pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-san-clemente/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1631024213878382/

Pizza Port will tap & pour Star Wars themed beers all day for $3 or $4 a pint depending on the beer. They will also have food specials, movies, costume contests, and more. No admission required – you only pay for what you consume.

San Gabriel Valley Sour Beer Festival
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 27
38 Degrees, Monrovia
http://38degreesalehouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/965061530258722/

Contrary to the event name, this event will not function as a festival. Instead, 38 Degrees in Monrovia will have a plethora of sour ales on tap available for you to try. This event has no cover charge or admission – simply show up, and pay for drinks as you go.

6th Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 27
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/event/treasure-chest-fest-san-diego-2016/

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Saturday at Green Flash Brewing. Attendees will get to see the ins & outs of the brewery at this fest that takes place all around the brewery. General admission costs $50 presale or $55 at the door and gets you ten beer tasters, paired small bites from local restaurants, and a souvenir glass. Attendees may purchase additional beers from the tasting room, where $1 from each drink sold will go towards the charity. No one under 21 may attend.

Ska Brewing & Scooter Rally
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/632205490266488/

Two free events take place at Redondo Beach’s Select Beer Store this Saturday. All day, they will have a bunch of beers from Ska Brewing on tap available for you to try (at cost, of course). They will also have a scooter meetup and ride – check the event page for further details.

1st Annual Ohana Music Fest
1:00 pm – 9:30 pm, August 27-28
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.theohanafest.com/

A two-day all-ages music concert comes to the beaches of Dana Point this weekend. Tickets start at $100.

8th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 27
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 28
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture., thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. The all-inclusive admission costs $85, but use promo code cocktails to take $20 off admission. No one under 21 may attend.

2016 FYF Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 27-28
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://fyffest.com/

FYF Fest really requires no other description. If you have heard of or attended Coachella, FYF Fest will feel similar. This two-day concert will feature the largest names in music. Surprisingly, you can still purchase tickets! I recommend getting dropped off or taking the Metro, as parking will not exist on these two days.

Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 27
Westfield UTC, San Diego
http://www.westfield.com/utc

Sample local brews and taste delightful bites from local restaurants at this small beer fest this Saturday evening at the Westfield shopping center. For $20 presale or $25 at the door, guests will receive a souvenir glass, gift bag, beer guide, Westfield coupon book, and ten beer tickets. Attendees also may receive unlimited food samples from the resident restaurants within the festival.

Orfila’s 23rd Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 27
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/winery-events/grape-stomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $90 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Middle Earth Dinner
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 27
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/595304703966194/

Lord of the Rings fans will not want to miss this themed dinner taking place this Saturday night in Burbank. While you can attend in regular clothes, they encourage dressing up to the theme, as well as acting the part. Admission costs $70. No one under 18 may attend.

San Pedro Beer & Bacon Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
USS Iowa BattleShip, San Pedro
http://chugginbrews.com/

Indulge on beers and bacon aboard a battleship this Saturday night in San Pedro. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Face To Face @ The Observatory North Park
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 27
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://www.observatorysd.com/event/6835615

Punk band Face To Face will headline an all-ages show in San Diego this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $25.

12th Annual LeucadiART Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 28
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart/

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

1st Annual Cars & Doggies
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 28
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine
http://www.mpsarmy.org/cars-doggies/

A car show and dog meetup will take place in Irvine this Sunday, free to attend for all ages.

Tustin Brewing’s 20th Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 28
Tustin Brewing, Tustin
http://tustinbrewery.com/
http://www.orangecal.com/calendars/tustin-brewing-company/events/tbc-20th-anniversary-party

Tustin Brewing turns 20 this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer festival at their brewpub this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $40 and starts at 12pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 11am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Attendees can purchase food and merchandise separately, so have cash available for that.

2016 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 28-30
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.westernfoodexpo.com/

The food and hospitality industry will have its own expo this weekend, featuring many aspects from food, ingredients, equipment, accessories, services, and more. This time, they have opened the expo to the public, so you no longer need to work in the industry to attend this. Attendees should expect lots of food and drink samples, plus lots of information about businesses and the industry. Registration for an attendee starts at $65. No one under 18 may attend.

14th Annual Gardena Jazz Festival
11:30 am – 7:30 pm, August 28
Rowley Memorial Park, Gardena
http://www.gardenajazzfestival.com/

Enjoy local jazz in the park at this all-ages outdoor concert for $25 per person.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 28
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1735880903295814/

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.

Go Topless Day Pride Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 28
Venice Beach, Venice
http://gotopless.org/

Because we want equality for all, this Sunday represents Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. Join in the pride parade this Sunday afternoon in Venice Beach, or anywhere else in the world where this may take place (check the website for more locations), and express your support of topless equality for all.

End Of Summer Bash
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 28
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach
http://longbeachcreamery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1123689424370312/

Free to attend for all ages, Long Beach Creamery will close down their parking lot this Sunday afternoon for a day of live music and food.

Mead & Cider Bottle Share
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 28
Honest Abe Cidery, Carson
http://www.honestabecider.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1773259292922278/

Share your favorite mead and/or cider with others, and indulge in other ciders and meads this Sunday in Carson. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy drinks and good times.

Cruise the Pike Classic Car Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 28
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://laydbackproductions.com/?page_id=4234

Come on down to The Pike this Sunday afternoon and enjoy art and cars on the grassy knoll! Spectators of all ages can attend for free. Anyone interested in showcasing their classic car in this show must register their vehicle for $15 prior to the event or $20 on the day of.

Beards & Beers Bonanza
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 28
The Stache Bar, Long Beach
http://www.folkrevivalfestival.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/116194742161626/

A beard & mustache contest will take place in Long Beach this Sunday evening. Throughout the day, the venue will have food & drink specials plus live music.

When it comes to local craft beer in Los Angeles County, it comes as no surprise that Torrance houses the greatest congregation of microbreweries out of the entire county. With seven breweries all within a few miles of each other, one can take a walking tour of all of them in just a day (sans HopSaint, the outlier), though I do suggest hitching a ride to the western two. While one may think that having so many breweries so close to each other would amount to cannibalizing sales, these breweries all support each other in growth, so proximity does not hurt them at all. We know that Cosmic Ales recently opened up right in between Smog City and Monkish. Earlier this year, Absolution Brewing also got to say hi to a new neighbor, Scholb Premium Ales.

Just a few buildings down from Absolution Brewing lies Scholb Premium Ales, another entry into the South Bay microbrewery family. A portmanteau of the last names of the co-owners, Scholb Premium Ales represents your tried & true mom & pop shop. Walking in to Scholb Premium Ales, you will not get the feeling of walking into a sponsored brewery, or some brewery that leaks money out of every corner. Instead, you get a homely feeling where you can enjoy your brews surrounded by good company and friendly vibes. Scholb Premium Ales will generally have at least ten brews available to serve at any given time, and those brews cover the general spectrum of beer styles. Typical of California, they usually have a variety of IPA’s available as well, because we all know how much Californians love IPA’s as much as many people love bacon.

If you find yourself in the Torrance neck of the woods, consider stopping by Scholb Premium Ales to enjoy a cold one or two, or take a sampler flight of five beers. Check out Scholb Premium Ales on Facebook and Twitter to see what else they have brewing up.

Craft beer has remained popular for quite some time now, and will continue to remain popular. With all of the experimentation done by brewers across the world, craft beer fans start to see many different styles, as well as meet old styles reinvented to today’s craft standards. Experimenting with ales has introduced many people to other styles such as the saison, gosé, wild ale, mead, and cider. Corporations have dulled our perceptions of ciders with all the mass-produced stuff on the market, so it comes down to local craft cideries to bring ciders back up to par along with craft beer. Ciders have a lot of popularity in the Pacific Northwest due to the climate and availability of ingredients, but craft cider has not made a huge impact on Southern California yet. Many cideries from the Pacific Northwest have reps down in SoCal, but so far the area had lacked a standing presence. That all changed a few weeks ago with the opening of Great Society Cider & Mead in Long Beach.

In the east section of Downtown Long Beach, you can discover Great Society Cider & Mead on Atlantic & Broadway. Replacing the former Peppercorner across the street from Vons, Great Society Cider & Mead represents a social pub that specializes in ciders and meads. With over 20 different ciders & meads available at any time, Great Society Cider & Mead will always have a wide range of drinks from entry-level to cider connoisseur. Similar to a brewpub, Great Society Cider & Mead allows customers to order drinks individually or as a sampler flight of four drinks. Great Society Cider & Mead also serves food; however, so far, their food has not impressed me – the meat skewers come out lukewarm, and the mac & cheese tastes bland and needs salt. I would say to visit Great Society Cider & Mead primarily for the drinks, not the food. If you intend to partake in a long session of drinking, then by all means order some food to go with all the drinks.

I do expect many new things to occur at Great Society Cider & Mead, since they just officially opened and will likely undergo many changes in the upcoming weeks. Stay up to date with what Great Society Cider & Mead has in store by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.