14th Annual Orange County’s Largest Mixer
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 28
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Pay $20 to enter this event to mix and mingle with other random strangers. Bring cash for parking too.
Free Punk/Ska Show @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 28
Slide Bar, Downtown Fullerton
Enjoy a free punk and ska show this Tuesday night in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.
Fist of Fusion – Grand Opening
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, March 30
Fist of Fusion, Hollywood
Fist of Fusion makes the transition from food truck to a permanent location as of this Thursday in Hollywood. Stop on by for their grand opening day where you will get 25% off your entire bill, and enjoy some Hawaiian/Islander fusion street food.
Belching Beaver Cask Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 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.
2017 Formula Drift
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 31 – April 1
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
Taking place a week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Formula Drift competition utilizes the sharpest turns of the track to put on a show that everyone can enjoy. Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event costs $40 plus fees up to $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so plan to carpool, take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood to the east to alleviate that parking fee.
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 31
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 1
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 2
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
Get your nerd on at WonderCon this weekend. Check out comic books, DVDs, action figures, artwork, signings/autographs, lots of cosplay, and more all weekend. Ticket prices for this all-ages expo vary depending on the preferred attendance method; for example, attending on Friday or Saturday for one day costs $30, while attending on Sunday only costs $18. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs about $20.
MXM Tag Team Tournament
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 31
eSports Arena, Santa Ana
Video game developer NCSOFT has a new game going into Beta next month, and they will preview it prior to the Beta this Friday evening in Santa Ana. Free to attend for all ages, the first 250 people in attendance will receive a free MXM t-shirt. Stick around to watch the game tournament, and to interact with the professional gamers.
5th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 31
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego
Bankers Hill will host a beer and art festival this Friday night for the fifth year in a row. Tickets cost $30 presale or $35 at the door, and include unlimited 4oz beer pours plus unlimited food from participating local vendors while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
Reel Big Fish: 2017 US Winter Tour
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 31
House of Blues, Anaheim
Reel Big Fish currently tours across the country as part of their annual winter tour, and that tour ends in Southern California this week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.
2nd Annual The 420 Games Los Angeles
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, April 1
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Do sports, listen to loud music, and get high all at this gathering this Saturday in Santa Monica. Admission ranges from $4.20 to $60 based on what you want to do here. Check out the website for a full list of activities and how much each costs.
22nd Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 1
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
Check out over 90 vendors selling collectibles, jewelry, art, furniture, glassware, and more at this street fair this Saturday. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find many rare merchandise from local businesses and home vendors. Guests can dine at any of the local establishments, which will remain open under their normal business hours. Guests can park for free on the street in adjacent neighborhoods.
25th Annual Riverside Airshow
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 1
Riverside Airport, Riverside
See all things aviation at this FREE and all-ages air show at the Riverside Airport this Saturday.
Discover The Dinosaurs – Orange County
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 1-2
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $18 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.
A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 1-2
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $12 and starts at 12pm, while early entry for 10am costs $20.
7th Annual Brew With A View
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 1
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
Watch the Riverside Airshow from Packinghouse Brewing this Saturday, free of charge. They will have mobile food vendors, live music, and of course, lots of beer.
Abnormal Beer Company’s Two Year Anniversary
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 1
The Cork and Craft, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
Abnormal Beer Company turns two years old this week, and 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.
6th Annual Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 1
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
Enjoy some traditional BBQ meats this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Admission to this all-ages food fest costs $5 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.
7th Annual Spring Artisanal LA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 1-2
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 presale or $15 at the door. Parking at the venue costs $6 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.
2017 San Diego Uncorked Wine Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 1
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $60 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.
Coastal Country Jam BBQ & Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 1
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
A barbecue, beer, and country music festival will take place on the beach this Saturday. Presale tickets to this event cost $75. No one under 21 may attend.
Balboa Craft Beer Festival 2017
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm, April 1
Balboa Village, Newport Beach
Enjoy beach weather and craft beer this Saturday afternoon near Balboa Island. General admission costs $65, and includes unlimited beer AND food. No one under 21 may attend.
Festival of Fools “Punk N’ Nachos” Spring Kick Off Show
1:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 1
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
A bunch of local punk rock bands will perform at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday starting in the afternoon. Guests may enter for free if arriving before 5pm; otherwise, the cover charge costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.
King Harbor Brewing 3rd Anniversary Celebration
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 1
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room. General admission costs $40 and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
2017 World Pillow Fight Day
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 1
Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 1st, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.
Duane Peters Gunfight: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 1
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
Release some inner aggression at this punk rock show this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.
The Coaster Run 5K/10K/Kids Run
6:00 am – 10:00 am, April 2
Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia
Participate in a charity run through an amusement park this Sunday morning with the Coaster Run. Choose between a 5K or a 10K, or a Kids Run for the little ones. As a charity run, no participant can “win” – all participants will receive a commemorative medal for finishing the run. All participants also receive a coupon for half off an adult’s admission to the amusement park good for up to a month following the run. Registration varies in price depending on the course, so refer to the website for details.
Sand Sports Super Swap
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 2
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Buy, sell, or trade anything related to sand sports or offroading this Sunday morning. Admission costs $5 presale or $10 at the door, and grants access to all available vendors.
22nd Annual Tokyo City Cup & Japan Family Day
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, April 2
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
A day of horse racing and Japanese culture comes to Santa Anita Park this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find races, food, arts & crafts, games, entertainment, vendors, and more at this event. Adult admission costs $5, but the website has a printable coupon good for free admission. Children may enter for free with adults.
Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 2
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
Celebrate this traditional cultural springtime festival this Sunday afternoon in Santa Ana. With just the price of admission into the museum, visitors get access to arts & crafts, live entertainment, cultural food & drinks, and more.
5th Annual Chino Brew & Chew
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 2
Brinderson Hall, Chino Fairgrounds, Chino
A beer tasting event comes to Chino this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive 15 4oz beer tasters. Bring cash for food if you intend to eat there. No one under 21 may attend.