Archive for August, 2017

Because we want equality for all, this upcoming Saturday 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!

77th Annual Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 19-27
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

Free Ska Show
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 22
Slide Bar, Fullerton

Get your skanking on at this free ska show this Tuesday night in Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 23-24
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach

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.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 23
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.

Slaughter And The Dogs – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 23, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 24, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 25, The Hi Hat, Highland Park

British punk band Slaughter And The Dogs will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. The cover price for each show varies by location, so check with the venue for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

2017 Naples Island Street Fair
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 24
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach

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.

7th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 24
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 25
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 26
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, August 27
Various locations, Los Angeles County

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.

2017 Anaheim Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 25
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 26
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 27
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

This all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Admission costs $8 for adults. Print the coupon below to receive $2 off admission. Children may enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Japan World Heroes
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 26-27
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

This all-ages expo celebrates all things Japanese heroes, such as Power Rangers, VR Troopers, Iron Man, and more. Tickets cost $20 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday, or $30 for all three days, and gets you access to the show floor with special guests, artists, vendors, screenings, panels, and more.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s 4th Anniversary
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 25
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 26
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia

Pacific Plate Brewing turns four 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 – just stop on by, and pay for cold ones as you go.

4th Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 25-25
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
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.

14th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 25
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26-27
Various locations, Carlsbad

A handful of music concerts will take place throughout Carlsbad this weekend. This event will feature free concert stages as well as paid concert stages. One-day tickets cost $40 for general admission or $90 for VIP admission. Three-day tickets cost $99 for general admission or $199 for VIP admission.

Narcoleptic Youth @ The Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Labyrinth of Jareth XX – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 25-26
Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles

Experience a weekend of costumes and magic as you party with the beautiful people of Southern California. Dance and mingle with the Royal Court, and show off your creativity with your most extravagant costume as you lose yourself in the entrancing music and atmosphere of the Labyrinth of Jareth. In layman’s terms, check out this fantasy costume party in LA all weekend, and expect to see a LOT of skin. Admission prices vary, from as low as $50 to as high as $111. Early arrivals will find free street parking near the hotel. Otherwise, guests can park in a parking garage behind the venue, or park at the Biltmore Hotel and take a shuttle from there. All attendees must don a full costume – no half costumes or lazy costumes. Although this event has no age limit, I do not suggest that children attend this event due to the content.

7th Annual Rumble At The Rose Bowl – Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 26
Rose Bowl, Pasadena

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.

19th Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Run & Fundraiser
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 26
LAFD Fire Museum, Hollywood

A charity motorcycle ride will take place in Calabasas this Saturday. Tickets cost $40 for a single rider or $70 for a pair of riders.

Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 26-27
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

The ultimate all-ages Lego convention comes to the Pasadena Convention Center this weekend. Attendees will find dozens of Lego vendors, artists, displays, interactive demos, and more. Tickets cost $25 for a four-hour session, or $39 for VIP good for an entire day.

Reflections Car Club South East Fundraiser Car Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 26
Artesia Park, Artesia

A free and all-ages car show comes to Artesia this Saturday afternoon.

3rd Annual The Fit Expo Anaheim
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 26-27
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

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.

2nd Annual Art In The Park
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 26
Triangle Park, Downtown Huntington Beach

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 12
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, August 26
Windward Plaza, Venice

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

6th Annual Star Wars: It’s A Tap!
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 26
Pizza Port, San Clemente

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.

Four Brewers 3rd Anniversary Celebration & Bottle Share
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 26
The Rookery, Pomona

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Saturday afternoon 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.

7th Annual Los Angeles Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 26
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles

Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.

2nd Annual DTLA Proud Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26-27
Pershing Square, Los Angeles

A pride festival comes to Downtown Los Angeles this weekend, complete with lots of music and entertainment. Admission costs $5 for one day or $8 for both days.

Go Topless Day Pride Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 26
Venice Beach, Venice

Because we want equality for all, this Saturday 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 Saturday 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.

2017 Huntington Beach Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 26
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach

Party hard with booze, loud music, dancing, and many drunk people this Saturday afternoon in Huntington Beach. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

It’s Not Dead Fest 2
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 26
Glen Helen Amphitheater, San Bernardino

Punk rock never died, and this concert will prove just that. Check out this all-day all-ages punk rock concert featuring some of the biggest names in punk rock this Saturday in San Bernardino. Tickets cost $42.50 and provides access to all music stages in the venue.

9th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 26
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 27
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego

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. Admission ranges from $20 for food only up to $95 for VIP admission – see the website for a full list of admission types. No one under 21 may attend.

Summer Madness Ska Festival 2017
3:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 26
The Observatory, Santa Ana

An all-day all-ages ska concert will take place in Santa Ana this Saturday using both stages at the venue. Tickets to this concert cost $20.

Barks & Brews
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 26
Outlets at San Clemente, San Clemente

A free and all-ages event will take place at the Outlets in San Clemente this Saturday evening. This event encourages visitors to bring out their dogs to check out a beer garden, local food vendors, live entertainment, activities, and more.

Orfila’s 24th Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 26
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido

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.

1st Annual Monrovia Wine Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 26
Old Town Monrovia

Take a stroll through Old Town Monrovia this Saturday evening and enjoy wine sips at participating businesses. Tickets cost $40 presale or $45 on the day of the event, and include all wine sips while supplies last.

1st Annual Orange County Paella & Wine Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 26
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Enjoy paella and wines this Saturday evening. General admission costs $50 presale or $65 at the door. Non-alcoholic admission costs $35. VIP admission costs $1000 and includes access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

In+ersection – A Playhouse District Festival
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26
Playhouse District, Pasadena

A free and all-ages art & music event will take place in Pasadena this Saturday evening.

SCRD Demented Danas vs. Dirt City Roller Rats
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 26
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

27th Annual CHOC Walk In the Park
6:00 am – 10:00 am, August 27
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim

Spend lots of money to go walk through Disneyland before it opens this Sunday morning. Participation requires a minimum payment of $85 but does not grant access to the parks after the walk.

18th Annual Elvis Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 27
Main Street, Garden Grove

A free and all-ages event celebrating all things Elvis Presley comes to Garden Grove this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find cars, vendors, live entertainment, games, activities, arts & crafts, and more.

10:00 am – 11:00 am, August 27
Legends Craft Brewery, Anaheim

Beer and yoga has already happened, and now we have beer and pilates. $20 covers your registration for this event, plus one pint of beer.

13th Annual LeucadiART Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 27
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia

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.

Tustin Brewing’s 21st Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 27
Tustin Brewing, Tustin

Tustin Brewing turns 21 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.

2017 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 27-29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

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.

15th Annual Gardena Jazz Festival
11:30 am – 7:30 pm, August 27
Rowley Memorial Park, Gardena

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

7th Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 27
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Sunday 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. Admission ranges from $30 to $55, and each admission gets you different things at the event – check the website for a full list of admission types. 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.

End of Summer Bash
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 27
Long Beach Creamery, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

This Sunday afternoon, Long Beach Creamery will host some local vendors as they sample their goods as well as sell them.

Skankster Sunday
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 27
Union Nightclub, Los Angeles

A ska and hip-hop show will take place in Los Angeles this Sunday evening. No one under 16 may enter. Anyone 21 and over gets in for free. For those age 16-20, only the first 250 people get in free – anyone after that has to pay the $6 cover charge to enter.

Reagan Youth – Live in Camarillo
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 27
Rock City Studios, Camarillo

End your weekend with some local punk rock this Sunday night in Camarillo. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

GBH – Live in San Diego
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 27
The Casbah, San Diego

Legendary punk rock band GBH will headline a show in San Diego this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $22. No one under 21 may enter.

When you go to a restaurant that serves one particular type of cuisine, one will expect to find some familiar items on the menu. For example, when going to an American restaurant, one would expect to see foods like steak, a chicken dish, perhaps some burgers or sandwiches, salads, and more. This occurs thanks to familiarity of that cuisine that the general public has. The more often the general public sees it, the more often they will accept seeing it. When a food item gets overdone, the public can sometimes forget how good it can taste. Fast-food and sit-down restaurants tend to drown their food in sauces and seasonings, preventing customers from tasting the true ingredient – the meat. Very few places highlight the meat rather than the add-ons correctly, but thankfully Nate’s Garden Grill understands not to drench food in sauces and seasonings.

Considered a hidden gem of San Diego County, Nate’s Garden Grill understands that one does not need to saturate a dish in flavorings to make it stand out. Tucked away on the side of the road in the City Heights neighborhood, Nate’s Garden Grill follows the local & sustainable trend with their ingredients, and they want you to taste the local flavor as it should taste. Contrary to the name, Nate’s Garden Grill does not specialize in salads, nor do they only possess a vegetarian or vegan menu. Nate’s Garden Grill carries a good variety of items on their menu that contain plenty of meat dishes, such as their Pulled Pork Sandwich. This customer favorite contains a generous mound of pulled pork smoked in-house and lightly sauced, along with organic kale slaw in a pretzel bun. For just a dollar more, you can add freshly sliced avocado to the sandwich, which completely changes the dynamic of the sandwich. The meat does not contain much sauce, so you get just enough to taste the barbecue sauce, but a light amount enough that you can appreciate the smoked nature of the pork. The body of the avocado helps to bring it all together, as well as provide a high number of nutrients in one serving.

If you seek an amazing, original, and local meal while in San Diego, take a detour towards City Heights and visit Nate’s Garden Grill. You can sink your teeth into the Pulled Pork Sandwich here for $11.75, plus $1 when you add avocado. To see what else Nate’s Garden Grill has grilling up back there, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for photos, updates, and a live music schedule.

It goes without saying that every person in the world likes different things. No two people like the exact same things – variation adds some spice to life, and helps to spread culture and interests. However, with that comes some separation in what people like. Fans of a particular thing may never come into contact with fans of another thing. Specifically, traditional fans of punk rock music never cared for anything hip or trendy. The stereotype of punk rock fans ironically contains a lot of corporate names, as the typical punk rock fan would drink Pabst Blue Ribbon and eat at McDonald’s. One would rarely see a punk rock person at a hip or trendy place, especially microbreweries. I started my blog years ago as a way to bridge the gap and introduce the two worlds to each other, and it looks like progress exists in closing the gap at Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing.

A brewery exists for nearly every genre of music, and now we have one for punk rock with Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing. Located in the heart of Downtown Chula Vista, this brewery not only brings Chula Vista into the radar of San Diego breweries, but functions as one of the few, if not the only, punk rock themed breweries in the nation. Punk rock fans will love the beers that reference punk rock songs and/or artists, and the fans will also love the left wall that has lots of band logos printed there. Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing only opened their doors to the public a few months ago, but appears to have already gained a large following. I visited the tasting room on a Saturday afternoon and discovered a near-full tasting room. At the moment, they do not carry too large of a variety of different brews. However, Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing possesses multiple fermenters and brite tanks, meaning they will have more beers available soon.

If you find yourself in Chula Vista, or at least somewhere near Downtown San Diego, you ought to visit Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing and check out their progress and growth. See what else they have brewing up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

The humble avocado – a miraculous fruit with so many unique characteristics that it really ought to stand in a food category on its own. Avocados possess limitless culinary versatility thanks to its mild flavor and body that fits into almost any food. You can use avocado as a condiment, spread, topping, entrée, ingredient in a beverage, and so much more. When people most commonly think of avocados, they think of guacamole first before anything else, even the recently famous avocado toast. Avocado toast has existed for a very long time, almost as long as guacamole has existed. Avocado toast gained a recent surge in popularity thanks to social media and the internet making jokes and memes involving avocado toast and millennials. But before the internet started making fun of avocado toast, many businesses had already carried avocado toast or some variation of it on their menus, such as at Wow Wow Waffle.

Hidden away in the south half of San Diego’s North Park neighborhood, Wow Wow Waffle remains one of San Diego’s most popular hidden gem (excuse the oxymoron). One may drive right by Wow Wow Waffle without even noticing it because Wow Wow Waffle resides behind a run-of-the-mill laundromat, and you can only access Wow Wow Waffle using the driveway on the side of that building. Wow Wow Waffle specializes in “street style” Belgian liege waffles, which reminds many of what one may discover from a gourmet food truck. Locals love Wow Wow Waffle for the simple yet delicious waffles grilling out of the tiny kitchen, including the famous The Number Seven. The Number Seven represents Wow Wow Waffle’s signature take on the traditional avocado toast. They take one of their signature liege waffles and top it with smashed avocado, goat cheese crumbles, and caramelized bacon. Wow Wow Waffle makes every dish to order, and since the bacon takes a long time to cook, expect to wait at least 20 minutes if you order one of these. However, when you combine all of the ingredients together in one bite, you will understand what makes Wow Wow Waffle stand out so much.

If you intend to travel there on the weekend, plan to arrive early – Wow Wow Waffle tends to sell out of The Number Seven by noon! But if you do make it when they still have some, you can experience breakfast bliss for $8.50 each. Visit Wow Wow Waffle on Facebook to see what else they have grilling up back there.

Beautiful California: a state unlike any other. From the luscious weather to the so-called California Girls, California almost represents a unique country of its own. As one of the major metropolitan states of this nation, California has one of the largest populations of virtually all demographics, but especially young adults. As society can guess, young adults sure love their hard beverages, and California has no shortage of festivals featuring hard beverages. Practically every week of the year, a festival occurs that features either craft beer, wine, or cocktails/spirits. When adults think festivals that include alcohol, they immediately think about what other activities and forms of entertainment to expect at the events. The days of simple tasting events have long gone by the wayside, and now people expect to find more than just drinking at such festivals. Typical events may include some games or live music, plus some some of food either included with admission or at a separate cost. The more these events feature, the more they feel like they bit off more than they could chew. Some events promise everything yet deliver underwhelming content, while some events promise the best of a few specialties and deliver all they can to satiate the attendees, such as at the 3rd Annual Beer X San Diego Beer & Music Festival.

The Beer X San Diego Beer & Music Festival returned for its third year running this past Saturday. Taking place at Waterfront Park in Downtown San Diego, this festival combines craft beer, drinks, food, and reggae music all in one location. With over a hundred different beers and other beverages to sip on, attendees had a plethora of options to get their buzz on. With so much to do in so little time, one would expect to try to rush around to see everything before the event ended. The beer stopped pouring at 4pm, while the entertainment continued to 10pm. This created an unpleasant crowding effect by the 3pm hour, as the people who attended primarily for the entertainment instead of the craft drinks continued to arrive even after 3pm. At this time, all the beer booths had ridiculously long lines, and almost everyone in those lines no longer cared about the beer pouring – they simply wanted to get drunk. This created a culture divide with the attendees of this event: those who care about the quality of the drinks, and those who attended for the entertainment that cared less for the drinks. Anyone who arrived early enough certainly got to enjoy any drink without needing to wait in lines, and could take time to discover the different types of drinks. However, as time passed, the type of attendees present quickly became apparent that no one cared for the drinks.

Although I did not attend the previous years, I believe that this event marked the first time the organizers teamed up with the organizers behind OC Brew Ha Ha. As such, I would expect that they would handle the festival quite well as they always do with their events. However, prior to entering, I clearly saw faults that Brew Ha Ha would never commit, such as having an inefficient entrance and laying out the booths in confusing spots. Nevertheless, I believe that the genre of music had a large effect on the people who showed up. Consider that the entrance still had a massive line in the final hour of drinks, and that the reggae culture eventually overtook the craft side of the festival. In the meantime, check out Beer X on Facebook and Twitter for future updates, and for news about upcoming events.

Matamoska @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 14
Slide Bar, Fullerton

Get your skanking on at this free skacore show tonight in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16-17
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.

Taste of Culver City: Centennial Summer Celebration
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16
Culver & Washington, Downtown Culver City

Stroll through Downtown Culver City this Wednesday evening and sample the local eats. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and grants you unlimted food samples from the participating businesses while supplies last. This may not include drinks – some businesses will sell those separately.

AVP Manhattan Beach Open
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 17-20
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach

Come watch some of the world’s top beach volleyball players compete this weekend in Manhattan Beach. Visitors of all ages may attend the matches for free, but seats come at a fee.

7th Annual Echo Park Rising
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 17
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 18-19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Sunset Blvd, Echo Park

Explore the music, creativity, and diversity that Echo Park has to offer at this FREE and all-ages outdoor concert taking place all weekend on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. Many of the music shows have VIP tickets available for sale for preferred seating, so check the website to see which shows offer VIP tickets for sale.

KCON 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 18-20
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

A convention for all things Korean culture will come to Downtown LA this weekend. Attendees will find lots of vendor booths, food, entertainment, media, celebrity appearances, and more. Admission costs $15 for one day or $25 for the entire weekend.

2017 Los Angeles Tattoo Convention
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 19
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

Check out hundreds of tattoo artists from around the globe at this tattoo convention this weekend in Long Beach. Admission costs $17 per day or $30 for both days.

7th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

The Long Beach BBQ Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $3 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.

San Diego Magazine’s 2017 Best of San Diego Party
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 18
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego

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.

Brea Fest
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea

Essentially a “Taste of Brea,” this free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase tickets to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Viernes 13 – Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 18
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Friday night in Riverside. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

77th Annual Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 19-27
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

19th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 9:30 pm, August 19
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 20
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

Los Angeles Spartan Race Stadium Sprint 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Elysian Park. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $149 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices.

Color Vibe 5k – Orange County
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 19
Fountain Valley Sports Park, Fountain Valley

Another color run comes to Orange County this Saturday morning. Registration costs $65 per individual.

Fastivus 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana

If you like fast cars, you will not want to miss Fastivus this Sunday. This all-ages event features all things cars, from the racing aspect to famous racers and more. Admission costs $20 presale or $30 at the gate.

3rd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
City National Grove, Anaheim

Spice lovers rejoice! Torch your taste buds at this hot sauce tasting event this weekend in Anaheim. General admission costs $10 and provides access to all the vendors sampling their hot sauces, but does not include food or drinks. A beer package costs $40 and includes five beverage tokens, a bottle of hot sauce, and a t-shirt. VIP admission costs $75 and provides access to a secluded VIP area.

2017 ¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 19
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in San Diego. General admission costs $39 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $149, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

3rd Annual Orange County Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Anaheim Public Library, Anaheim

Art lovers rejoice – Orange County gets their own Zone Fest this Saturday afternoon. This free and all-ages event will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

2017 Natsumatsuri Family Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles

At this free and all-ages event, find plenty of family-fun activities to partake in, such as karaoke, live music, live entertainment, games, arts & crafts, dance, and more.

2017 Unique LA Summer Market
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica

The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from hundreds of hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast. The $15 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food.

1st Annual Cultured Food Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
Highland Springs Resort, Cherry Valley

Halfway between the Inland Empire and Palm Desert lies the Highland Springs Resort. They have ended their annual Sausage & Beer Festival and replaced it with a festival focusing on fermented foods and drinks. Like their previous festival, this event will run continuously during the allotted times with no set schedule or strict event time. For $7 admission, visitors will end up paying for food and drinks as they go, so nobody has to rush to eat or drink in a certain period of time. Bring plenty of cash if you intend to endure a long session here.

Stone Brewing’s 21st Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 19
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $55 per session, which run from 1pm-4pm or 5pm-8pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

Pacific Wine & Food Classic
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 19-20
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach

A food & alcohol tasting festival takes place this weekend in Newport Beach. Single-day general admission costs $150, starts at 2pm, and gets you three hours of unlimited tastings while supplies last. Two-day general admission costs $250. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 1pm, and includes exclusive tastings plus access to a VIP lounge. Two-day VIP admission costs $350. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Dana Point Lobster Fest
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point

A festival with a lot of seafood comes to Dana Point this Saturday evening. Admission starts at $85, and each different admission provides you with different food. Attendees should also expect music throughout the night, casino games, and other activities. Bring cash for the cash bar.

9th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
East Village Arts District, Long Beach

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.

6th Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $45 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Roller Derby – Jailhouse Block
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
The Rinks, Huntington Beach

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim

Downtown Anaheim 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.

3rd Annual San Pedro Craft Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
USS Iowa BattleShip, San Pedro

Sample local craft beers and check out a tourist attraction this Saturday afternoon in San Pedro. General admission costs $42, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited beer while supplies last and access to the museum. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 2pm, and also includes a pretzel necklace, beer float, mimosa/sangria bar, and a souvenir glass. Parking costs $6 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

Rob’s Birthday Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 19
World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

A handful of local punk rock bands will perform in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Ladies Who Ride
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 20
Lifestyle Cycles, Anaheim

A group motorcycle ride for women will take place this Sunday. Free to participate, women motorcycle riders will first meet at Lifestyle Cycles in Anaheim, then will ride to Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon as one procession. Once at Cook’s Corner, the place will host specials and other entertainment for the rest of the afternoon.

Red Bull Soapbox Race – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 20
Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park

Come watch people race soap boxes down a hill this Sunday in Elysian Park, free to attend for all ages.

Valley Retro Game Swap
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 20
Game Realms, Burbank

A swap meet for video games will take place in Burbank this Sunday, free to attend for all ages. The venue may also have some retro games available for play as well.

3rd Annual Long Beach Tiki Social & Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 20
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach

Immerse yourself in Tiki culture at this social event in Long Beach this Sunday afternoon. Find Tiki-themed vendors, music, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $25. No one under 21 may attend.

Akiba Day: Summer Picnic & Cosplay Meetup
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 20
Whittier Narrows, South El Monte

Free to attend for all ages, a picnic & cosplay meetup will take place in South El Monte this Sunday afternoon.

22nd Annual Plum Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 20
Old World Village, Huntington Beach

Bring your family out to this FREE and all-ages event taking place at Old World Village in Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find games, arts & crafts, plum-based treats, live entertainment, and more.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 20
Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Sunday night in Hermosa Beach, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

For as much as Los Angeles pushes their local culture and mom & pop shops, the majority of the locals still believe in mass media and prefer big brands. When it comes to beer selection, much of Los Angeles still prefer their Corona, Heineken, and Budweiser. Local microbreweries may do what they can, but businesses appear based on the preferences of the local community, which partially explains the lack of microbreweries in Los Angeles. Trends have changed recently, leading to the establishment of a handful of breweries in Downtown LA’s Arts District. Once you expand beyond Downtown, you go back to the trend of preferring macro beers, especially if you venture eastward. In order to reach out to new grounds, one much take one step at a time, which Dry River Brewing has done.

Adding something a little bit different to the Downtown Los Angeles’ craft beer scene, Dry River Brewing officially opened their doors to the public at the beginning of July with their own approach to brewing. Located just off the 101 freeway in Boyle Heights just past the Arts District, over at Dry River Brewing, they believe in slow beer, something that traditionalists frown upon. The folks at Dry River Brewing like to experiment with allowing beer to sit and allow nature to take its course. As such, visitors can expect to find primarily wild ales and sour ales on tap at Dry River Brewing. Due to the nature of how they produce their brews, Dry River Brewing’s selection may cost more than the typical brewery, so keep that in mind if you intend to visit the tasting room. Speaking of the tasting room, Dry River Brewing only opens their doors on the first and third Saturdays of each month, so do not think you can just waltz over there any random day!

For more information and future updates, check out Dry River Brewing on Facebook and Twitter.

Los Angeles Chinatown brought back their recurring Summer Nights event this past Saturday night. Free to attend for all ages, this evening festival brings together food, music, art, and entertainment in a multicultural setting. Throughout the Chinatown main plaza, visitors would find food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, and other forms of entertainment. While this event usually starts at 5pm, the true nightlife does not start until after sunset, when the bright lights go on and firecrackers get lit up all over the plaza. Chinatown brings back this event often every summer, usually taking place once a month. Check out their website linked above for all the dates that this event will occur on.

The 2017 Los Angeles Reptile Super Show returns this weekend to the Fairplex in Pomona. As one of the nation’s largest expo for reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, feed, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more, this show attracts reptile fans from across the nation to gaze at new potential pets and to stock up on supplies, feed, and other goods for their beloved pets. Open to all ages, visitors can browse through the countless booths and vendors around the expo hall, and potentially pick up some of the animals. None of the animals pose any serious threats to any of the visitors here – any animal that has venom do not have enough of it to injure a human. From the smallest of lizards to heavy snakes to the largest of tortoises and dragons, this expo has an animal to fit anyone’s lifestyle.

The show runs 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday, and costs $14 for adults or $9 for children. Get $1 off with a printed coupon available from their website, linked above. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy. Check it out, and discover the joy of the company of these alternative pets.