Archive for August, 2017

Many famous people have started to branch out into products to sell under their namesake. While many people will instantly think of clothing or jewelry lines, this also applies to consumable goods, especially foods and drinks. Actors and musicians alike have come up with foods and/or drinks that represent them. Last year, I covered a line of hot sauces called Gringo Bandito released by Dexter Holland, the vocalist for the band The Offspring. Other such products include Stone Cold Steve Austin’s beer from El Segundo Brewing and Hanson’s beer called Mmmhops. Now, we can add another entry into the list of famous people or groups of people that have released something other than their known line of work – in this case, the band Pennywise has released a beer called Pennywiser.

Making its public debut in just over a week from now, Pennywiser has arrived to deliver a taste of what Pennywise represents. Strangely, a Southern Californian band partnered with a Northern California brewery, Lost Coast Brewery, to bring this beer back to Southern California. Pennywiser acts as a great stepping stone to get the band’s fans that do not normally drink beer into the IPA world. As a session IPA, Pennywiser sits at an easy 4.8% ABV, and contains some of the more common hops used in brewing: cascade, crystal, chinook, and citra hops. The hops do not attack the palate, but give the beer enough bitterness to allow the drinker to fully enjoy the citrus flavor and aroma present in the beer. Beer drinkers will appreciate the combination of hops, and music fans will appreciate a beer that they can enjoy without having to worry about its strength and boldness.

Pennywiser will see limited release in the South Bay starting the week of Labor Day 2017. This will primarily test the market to measure its popularity, as well as allow the brewery to fine-tune the recipe if necessary. Following the initial release, Pennywiser will see greater distribution as the brewery starts to bottle and ship it out. To stay updated on when and where you can taste some Pennywiser, make sure you follow Pennywise on Facebook and Twitter to see their posts and updates.

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The 3rd Annual Fit Expo Anaheim returned to Orange County this past weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This massive expo showcases all forms of fitness and athletics with live competitions, demos, workshops, seminars, and more. All attendees received access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more. At The Fit Expo, visitors could view various forms of fitness and non-arena sports, such as CrossFit, Gracie Barra, Grid League, weightlifting, Zumba, Parkour, wrestling, (mixed) martial arts, and more. The massive expo hall contained enough vendors to fill multiple swap meets, but once visitors got past all the vendors, they discovered the various demo areas strewn about the expo hall. Examples included 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 varied in their goods or services offered. Some offered some sort of service, such as training or consulting. Most others offered merchandise, which included apparel, accessories, equipment, supplements, and more. This expo also exhibited a handful of food & beverage vendors. None of these vendors offered stereotypical health foods – they focused on what matters, such as all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, low-carb, and full of nutrients, especially protein.

The Fit Expo opens their doors to all demographics of all ages, not just those in the industry or those who work out frequently. Fit people love this expo because they can keep up with latest trends and news in the fitness industry. Casual visitors like this expo because they can learn the right ways to get fit, as well as feel motivated after seeing all the fit people around. The Fit Expo occurs routinely in California, and will return to Southern California in January at the Los Angeles Convention Center. When an expo like this comes your way, consider attending to see what it truly takes to stay fit, and gain first-hand experience from people who know how to stay fit.

The 2017 Long Beach Comic Con returns to the Long Beach Convention Center this upcoming weekend. This two-day all-ages expo of comics, video games, anime, manga, and toys brings together fans, artists, designers, and more from around the world to meet with like minds and share interests. With plenty of speakers and workshops, the expo ensures that any attendee would find something to stay occupied. The Long Beach Comic Con has plenty more information to share on their website, as well as all their social media, such as their Facebook and Twitter pages. For those posting about the event, use the hashtags #LBCC #LBCC17 or #LBCC2017 since all three will refer to the event.

The convention runs on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend: starting at 10am to 7pm on Saturday, and 10:30am to 5pm on Sunday. Purchase your admission by 5pm this Friday to gain access to the convention half an hour earlier. Presale admission costs $40 to attend on Saturday, $35 to attend on Sunday, or $60 for the entire weekend. Admission passes at the door will cost $5 extra. Parking at the convention center costs $10 per vehicle. Those looking for free parking will not find much in Downtown Long Beach, so either park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or take public transportation from elsewhere. This expo takes place mainly indoors, so most visitors will not have to worry about sunlight or excess heat; however, anyone intending to remain outside for prolonged periods for photographs should apply sunscreen just in case.

What comic convention can rightfully call themselves a Comic Con without cosplay? Hundreds of attendees always display their creativity and craftsmanship with the various costumes donned to this expo. Sure the majority wear costumes less original than anticipated (such as Star Wars characters – sorry Slave Leia fans), but for those who put on something new or different, I salute them all. Check out some of the better costumes from last year:

2017 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 27-29
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.

12th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
10:00 am – 12:00 am, August 31
5:30 am – 8:00 pm, September 1
5:30 am – 4:00 pm, September 2
5:30 am – 11:30 am, September 3
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/disneyland-half-marathon/

The Disneyland Half Marathon returns for its twelfth 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.

Black Market Brewing Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 31
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1887163158202114/

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

A Ska Family Birthday
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 31
Parks & Rocks, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/106767130007891/

Get your skanking on at this local ska show this Thursday night in Anaheim. The cover for this all-ages show costs $2.

LA Fleet Week 2017
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 1-4
LA Waterfront, San Pedro
http://www.lafleetweek.com/

Lots of ship, naval, and marine activities will take place this weekend in San Pedro. Many of the all-ages events have no admission fee, while some will require reservations. Check the website for a full list of events and their costs.

6th Annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 1-4
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 1-3
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.

LA County Fair – Opening Day
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 1
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 CVS and Costco sell discounted ticket packages.

2017 E Hula Mau
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 1
8:00 am – 12:00 am, September 2-3
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.

Port of San Diego’s Festival of Sail 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 1
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 2-3
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 4
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/festival-of-sail/

Lots of tall ships will go on display this weekend in San Diego. Tickets cost $11 for adults or $9 for children & seniors, and grants access to the museum for the day.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 1-3
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 1
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).

2017 Orange International Street Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 1
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 2-3
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.

2017 Vegan Street Fair: Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 1-2
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 2017
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 1
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2-3
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.

PunkPalooza 2017
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 1
Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
http://www.facebook.com/events/143602236224311/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Thousand Oaks. The cover for this all-ages show costs $20.

15th Annual Ventura Nationals Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 2
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.

2017 Long Beach Comic Con
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 2
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 3
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/

Come to the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Fans of comic books, pop culture, cartoons, media, anime/manga, and more will find lots to do, see, and buy at this expo. Saturday costs $30, while Sunday costs $25. Downtown Long Beach contains very few free parking, so either park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or take public transportation from elsewhere.

New Blues Festival IV
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 2-3
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.

2017 Hawaiian Plumeria Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 2-3
Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.socalplumeriasociety.com/hawaiian-plumeria-festival

Free to attend for all ages, this event in San Diego will have many things centered on Hawaiian culture, such as flowers & plants for sale, live music & dancing, cultural food booths, vendors, arts & crafts, activities, and more.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 2-4
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.

5th Annual San Diego Bacon Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 2
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 $55 presale or $70 at the gate and starts at 1:30pm. VIP admission costs $90 presale or $100 at the gate, starts at 12pm, 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.

Four Sons Brewing 3rd Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 2-3
Four Sons Brewing, Huntington Beach
http://foursonsbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1951474745125307/

Four Sons Brewing in Huntington Beach turns three 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.

68th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 2-4
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.

3rd Annual Tacos, Tequila, and Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 2
Lane Field Park, San Diego
http://www.tacostequilafestival.com/

As this event’s name suggests, it will have tacos, tequila, and beer for you to get to work on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited tastings of everything for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest
2:00 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 Sunday in Pomona. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door.

1st Annual L.A. Brewers Cheers & Beers
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 2
StubHub Center, Carson
http://labrewersguild.org/galaxybeer/

A beer fest will take place prior to the LA Galaxy season opening game. Tickets start at $50 and gets you access to the beer fest plus a seat at the game. The closer the seat to the field, the more the ticket costs. No one under 21 may attend the beer fest.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Throw Rag: Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 2
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1532080-throw-rag-long-beach/

$15 gets you in to this show in Long Beach this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 3
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

Tacotopia at the Track 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 3
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sandiegoreaderevents.com/tacotopia-at-the-track-2017/

Sample tacos from over 30 of San Diego County’s top restaurants, vote for your favorite taco, and enjoy live music and a cash bar at this tasting event this Sunday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, and starts at 12pm. All guests have access to unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Big SoCal Euro 2017
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 3
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.big-euro.com/big-socal-euro/

A free and all-ages car show comes to San Diego this Sunday afternoon.

The 17th Annual Tiki Beach Festival returned to the Granada Launch Ramp in Long Beach this past weekend. This all-ages event allows all guests to experience various Pacific Islands inspired food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, and more. Situated right on the beach, the festival required no admission, so anyone could walk up and begin enjoying the sights and sounds right away. Dozens of themed vendor booths lined the main walkway leading up to the sand, selling apparel, accessories, trinkets, home goods, and more. Further down, we found all the food booths, selling lots of Pacific Islander food as well as American or Californian street food. However, the main attraction of the festival lie just beyond those booths on the right. Hundreds of guests flocked to the sand to gain a view of the main stage, where all the music and dancing resonated in everyone’s bodies. Every performance contained traditional music accompanied by dance performances, appealing to the eyes and ears. The hot sun and sand did not keep guests away, for the performers kept the action even hotter.

Come back next year! The Tiki Beach Fest occurs around mid-August annually and lasts two days, which gives you ample time to plan to show up at the beach.

The 9th Annual BuskerFest returned to the East Village Arts District of Downtown Long Beach this past Saturday night. Traditional busks consisted of various bands from all over performing on “stages” set up on flatbed trucks with minimal electrical equipment, busking for wooden nickels.  This primarily serves as a launching pad for musicians, gaining what usually represents their first major gig with a substantial crowd in the thousands. This gave a more traditional, old-time feel to the music, and provided guests a glimpse of how these types of bands used to “busk” many decades ago. Free to attend, fans of music enjoyed what they heard and supported in the form of wooden nickels that guests could purchase to “tip” the bands as they busk. The band with the most wooden nickels at the end of the night won a grand prize from the organizers. In addition to all the live music, guests found a beer garden and various food vendors, while volunteers staffed a bike valet at the eastern entrance. New this year, the organizers behind BuskerFest extended the area of BuskerFest to include a stretch of Linden Avenue. In previous years, the area had ended just prior to Linden Avenue to allow vehicles to pass. This year, they closed Linden Avenue from 1st Street to Broadway to make room for more stages and booths.

The 3rd 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.

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
http://www.niseiweek.org/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/273968869752961/

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
http://downtownlongbeach.org/event-post/taste-of-downtown/

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
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

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
http://www.satd.band/

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
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.

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
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.

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
http://www.anaheimhomeshows.com/

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
http://japanworldheroes.com/

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
http://www.pacificplatebrewing.com/

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
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.

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
http://www.carlsbadmusicfestival.org/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/1963871960552443/

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
http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com/

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
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/rose-bowl-2017

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
http://www.firehogs.org/

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
http://brickfestlive.com/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/1800972446885932/

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
http://thefitexpo.com/

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
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 12
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, August 26
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicebeachmusicfest.com/

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
http://pizzaport.com/locations/san-clemente/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1605106102867658/

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
http://www.fourbrewers.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/907605749407201/

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
http://www.latacofestival.com/

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
http://dtlaproud.org/

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
http://gotopless.org/

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
http://www.huntingtonbeachbeerfestival.com/

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
http://www.itsnotdeadfestival.com/

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
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. 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
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/3328

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
http://www.outletsatsanclemente.com/woof/

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
http://www.orfila.com/grapestomp/

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
http://www.cityofmonrovia.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/2456/611

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
http://paellawinefest.com/

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
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/intersection

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
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

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
http://www.chocwalk.org/

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
http://www.mainstreetgardengrove.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1078308315601473/

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.

Brewlates
10:00 am – 11:00 am, August 27
Legends Craft Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.legendsbeer.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/254970055014867/

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
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart-walk-2017/

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
http://tustinbrewery.com/
http://www.orangecal.com/calendars/tustin-brewing-company/events/21st-anniversary-beer-festival

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
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.

15th Annual Gardena Jazz Festival
11:30 am – 7:30 pm, August 27
Rowley Memorial Park, Gardena
http://www.gardenajazzfestival.com/

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
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/treasurechest/

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
http://longbeachcreamery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1434173113284447/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/109077333104884/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/289912164762393/

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
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1485270-gbh-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.