Archive for September, 2017

They say that variety adds to the spice of life. One can live life completely routinely and habitually day by day, but that leads to a dull and predictable life. These type of people live by the motto, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In other words, why change something if it already works just fine? I would argue about how boring that sounds, but another would argue “Better safe than sorry.” While you may not successfully convince the stubborn people, many others accept variety in their lives. Trying something different makes life much more interesting, especially when it already changes on a set schedule. In this case, I refer to things that change monthly, such as a monthly pint nite, bottle share, or food specials menu. Speaking of the latter, you can find a terrific monthly specials menu at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern.

Dedicated to the heart of true craft, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT) understands that cooking requires more than simply skill – cooking requires HEART. Sure their menu contains plenty of amazing dishes that you will want to come back for over and over again in order to try everything. But did you know that JFAT carries a monthly specials menu? In addition to continually updating their menu and adding new items, all JFAT locations now offer a limited-time monthly menu with seasonal eats. This month, I got to try three items from their current specials menu:

  • Grilled Prosciutto-wrapped Figs with Arugula, Goat Cheese, Pine Nuts and Balsamic Syrup – Four halved fresh figs, wrapped with prosciutto, lightly grilled, served around arugula lightly dressed with sherry vinaigrette, and sprinkled with crumbled goat cheese & toasted pine nuts. Figs come drizzled lightly with balsamic syrup
  • Grilled Zucchini, Corn, Red Pepper, Ricotta and Squash Blossom Flatbread – Flatbread topped with Fontina, Ricotta, Parmesan, grilled zucchini, roasted corn, red peppers, and zucchini squash blossoms
  • Pasta with Clams, Andouille Sausage, Corn and Tomatoes – Thick-cut pappardelle pasta tossed with Manila clams, spicy Andouille style sausage, white wine, garlic, tomatoes. and corn

Enjoy something unique at any Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern location while the season lingers! Check out JFAT’s Facebook and Twitter pages to see what else they have that you may like your taste buds to tango with.

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The city of Downey celebrated their annual International Food & Music Festival this past Saturday evening on the streets of Downtown Downey. Free to attend for all ages, this street fair contained all sorts of activities and entertainment for the family. Visitors would find multiple stages for music and entertainment at the ends of streets, which contained dozens of food vendors, from booths of local businesses to gourmet food trucks. At another end of the event, rides and games awaited children and anyone else wanting to play with something. This event represents a good way to discover the local food of Downey aside from having the locally famous Porto’s Bakery right there.

The Montebello Art Walk returned for its fourth year running this past Saturday at Montebello City Park. This free and all-ages event brought out local artists, vendors, food trucks, live art demos, raffles, music, and more. Live music occurred at the center stage, while dozens of local vendors lined the area around the stage. Visitors would surely find great items and trinkets that work great as gifts here. Montebello represents an underrated city of LA County with a growing amount of local businesses that attract a younger crowd, and events such as this art walk help with bringing out not only the younger crowd, but adults who enjoy the local culture as well.

The Orange County Brew Ha Ha returns for its eighth iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, this craft beer festival will feature over 90 different breweries, over 200 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Look up directions before arriving – cell phones receive no signal as you approach the park.
  • Basic toll-free directions: Get to the 55 freeway, exit Chapman Avenue, then drive east until you reach the lake, where a sign should point out when to turn left into the park.
  • Bring cash for parking in case they charge for parking. Because of the park’s location, I do not recommend riding a bike or walking, although you may get dropped off.
  • Food come at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra cash. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • If you see that it has no signal, just turn off your cell phone during the fest. Smartphones can enter Airplane Mode instead.
  • Though the park contains many trees, consider applying sunscreen, and have extra sunscreen available. Security will not confiscate sunscreen from you.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers. Click here for a list of attending breweries.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no replacement for lost or broken glasses.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. An extra grace hour will allow guests time to sober up and find food before leaving.
  • Oak Canyon Park only has two exits: one back towards Orange, the other through the mountains leading of Rancho Santa Margarita. Police WILL patrol both roads leaving the park!

Check out these pictures from last year’s OC Brew Ha Ha:

7th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
September 17-24
Lake Forest
http://www.lakeforestbusiness.com/148/Shop-Dine

Explore the local businesses of Lake Forest during this eight-day period. Various restaurants and shops will have specials this week, which will culminate with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, September 24th.

Sloppy Seconds – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 18, De Via Bella Pizza & Sports Bar, Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 19, Skip Gibson’s BBQ, Grover Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 21, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 22, Soda Bar, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 23, Viper Room, West Hollywood
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 24, Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/SloppySecondsJunkRock

Punk rock band Sloppy Seconds will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. The cover fee and age limits vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day
September 19
Everywhere
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

As the name suggests, feel free to talk like a pirate all day today. Just avoid getting in trouble for it. Yarr~

2nd Annual Tastemakers of Orange County
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 20
The OC Mix, Costa Mesa
http://tastemakersofoc.com/

A food & beverage tasting event comes to Costa Mesa this Thursday night. General admission costs $95 and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $135, starts at 6pm, and comes with a keepsake apron. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Venice Art Crawl
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Windward Ave Circle, Venice
http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

Venice gets their own free and all-ages art walk this week, complete with a plethora of exhibits on display.

20th Annual SCOPE Poker Run
September 22-24
Hotel Maya, Long Beach
http://scopeinfo.com/

Contrary to the event name, a powerboat race comes to Long Beach this weekend. Multiple events will take place throughout the weekend, with the main race taking place on Saturday.

SoCal Regionals 2017
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 22-24
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.socalregionals.com/

A fighting-game tournament will take place this weekend in Anaheim. Registration to enter the tournament costs $55, and participants must bring their own wired controller. Spectator admission costs $10 for one day or $25 for all three days.

Stair Climb for Los Angeles
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 22
YMCA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ymcala.org/stairclimb

On this day, the city will shut down Hope Street as thousands attempt to race up the stairs of the US Bank tower in Downtown Los Angeles. This all-day fest also includes food trucks, live music, a beer garden, rock-climbing walls, and more. Even if you cannot participate in the climb, the actual festival requires no fee to enter.

Aftershock 5 Year Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 22-24
Aftershock Brewing, Temecula
http://www.aftershockbrewingco.com/

Temecula’s Aftershock Brewing turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a bunch of rare beers on tap for you to try. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

AdultCon #28
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 22
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 23
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 24
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.adultcon.com/indexa.html

Adult entertainment fans will not want to miss AdultCon this weekend. This expo allows guests to purchase adult entertainment paraphernalia, meet & take photos with porn stars, browse accessories, and more. For an 18 & over event, these types of expos rarely contain live nudity, as all the talent cover up their private parts in some way. For those not totally into the porn industry, AdultCon also features vendors and speakers geared towards couples and sexuality, as to not make this an event that only men would attend. General admission costs $40 and includes a $5 token that guests can redeem at vendors or to take a photo with a model/star. For just $10 more, upgrade to VIP to gain admission to both days plus some extra perks, listed on the website. Parking costs $20 per vehicle, so find a way to carpool to alleviate that cost.

Pasadena Greek Fest 2017
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 22
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 23-24
St. Anthony Greek Church, Pasadena
http://pasadenagreekfest.org/

$4 admission gets you into this all-ages Greek festival, which includes food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more.

Blacklight Slide
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 22
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.blacklightslide.com/anaheimca

Ever wanted to participate in a blacklight run, but without the running? Now you have the Blacklight Slide. As the name suggests, this event consists of one big slide with neon water flowing down it, and attendees can slide down the slide covered in neon glowing water. Admission costs $50 and allows you unlimited rides on the slide until the end of the event.

23rd Annual San Diego Festival of Beer
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 22
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sdbeerfest.org/

Get beer wasted with thousands of other people at this beer festival this Friday night in San Diego. The $50 admission grants you unlimited beer tasters from over 60 breweries pouring a total of over 120 different beers. The first 1,500 guests through the gate receive a souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual Surf City Surf Dog Weekend
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 22
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, September 23
8:00 am – 3:30 pm, September 24
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://surfdogevents.com/surf-city-surf-dog-

Catch a weekend of surfing and dogs this weekend in Huntington Beach. On Friday, visit the Rainwater Gallery for an opening reception. On Saturday, participate in various dog activities in Newport Beach. The expo lasts until Sunday, when the Surfing Dog contest also takes place. Events vary in price, so check the website for a price for each individual event.

22nd Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Fest
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 22
12:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 23
12:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 24
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://lobsterfestival.com/

Redondo Beach has a Lobster Fest going on this weekend, which will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $15 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. Purchase presale tickets online to save $2, or search their website for additional meal packages, such as surf & turf and more.

3rd Annual Catalina Wine Mixer
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, September 22
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, September 23
12:30 pm – 10:30 pm, September 24
Descanso Beach Club, Avalon
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/catalina-wine-mixer-2017

A wine & music festival will take place on Catalina Island all this weekend. Various events will take place, all of which have different admission prices, starting at $69. No one under 21 may attend.

18th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show
6:00 am – 4:30 pm, September 23
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.cruisinforacure.com/

This all-ages charity car show returns to the OC Fair this Saturday morning. Admission costs $15, and includes free prostate testing for men. Parking costs $8 for general or $10 for preferred parking.

Los Angeles Heart Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 23
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.heartwalkla.org/

Raise money to walk around Pasadena during this charity walk this Saturday morning.

23rd Annual Pacific Islander Festival of San Diego
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 23-24
Ski Beach, Mission Bay Park, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/

Check out this free and all-ages Pacific Islander festival this weekend in San Diego. Visitors will find food, treats, arts & crafts, games, merchandise, music, dancing, and more. Please have cash available for either parking or the shuttle service.

Rigs and Rods – United Pacific Industries Car & Truck Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 23
United Pacific Industries, Long Beach
http://www.upicarshow.com/

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Long Beach.

Anaheim Craft & Vintage Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 23
Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/123384988393050/

A free and all-ages local arts & crafts fair takes place in Anaheim this Saturday.

Julian Apple Days Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 23-24
Meghini Winery, Julian
http://www.julianappledays.com/

A weekend full of activities for the family comes to Julian this weekend. Admission costs $5 and gets you in to find live entertainment, games, food, drinks, treats, vendors, arts & crafts, and more.

16th Annual Irvine Global Village Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 23
Bill Barber Park, Irvine
http://www.irvinefestival.org/

This international cultural festival occurs this Saturday in Irvine at Bill Barber Park. Free to park and enter for all ages, this multicultural fest features international cuisine, live entertainment, a kids village with crafts & activities, cultural & religious exhibits, and an international marketplace.

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 23-24
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://itsacurrentaffair.com/

Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $12 and starts at 12pm, while early entry for 10am costs $20.

Margarita Taco Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 23
Bridgeport Park, Santa Clarita
http://nightout.com/events/margarita-taco-festival

As the event name suggests, this all-ages festival will have tacos and margaritas for you to taste. General admission costs $10 but only gets you in and does not include and food or drinks. Admission with margaritas included cost $45 for one person or $80 for two.

$5 Hakata Ramen Sale
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 23-24
Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata, Irvine
http://www.shinsengumigroup.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1509958082394342/

Shin-Sen-Gumi in Irvine will offer $5 bowls of their famous ramen this weekend. They will stop when they reach 1100 bowls served per day. Arrive early to score this deal!

2nd Annual San Gabriel Valley Sour Beer Festival
11:00 am – 2:00 am, September 23
38 Degrees, Monrovia
http://38degreesalehouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/104350796933014/

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

8th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 23
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://www.ocbrewhaha.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha returns for its seventh annual iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Silverado. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, this craft beer festival will feature over 100 different breweries, over 200 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 presale or $55 at the door, and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 presale or $70 at the door, and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

Speaking of transportation, ensure that you look up the location prior. Cell phone signals do not reach Oak Canyon Park, so once you arrive, expect to turn off your phone to conserve battery. Oak Canyon Park only has two ways to exit, both of which always have police stationed to catch drunk drivers. The toll-free method to arriving involves taking the 55 freeway, exiting Chapman Avenue, and driving east until you reach the park.

Bloody Mary Festival
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, September 23
Candela, La Brea/Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.thebloodymaryfest.com/

$45 gets you in to two hours of unlimited tastings of food and beverages this Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. A two-hour session will start at either 12pm or 2:30pm. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual Craft Beer LB Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 23
Rancho Los Cerritos, Long Beach
http://craftbeerlb.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/craft-beer-long-beach-festival-tickets-34591808029

A family-friendly beer festival comes to Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. Children 15 and under enter for free. Non-drinkers enter for $10. General admission with ten beer tasters costs $20 and starts at 1pm. VIP admission with 15 beer tasters costs $40 and starts at 12pm. Add an event t-shirt for $10.

Coastal Country Jam BBQ & Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 23-24
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://coastalcountryjam.com/

A barbecue, beer, and country music festival will take place on the beach this weekend. Presale tickets to this event start at $159.

6th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Event
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 23
Commissary at Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City
http://www.celebrityredcarpetevent.com/

Celebrities teach you about car safety and keeping children safe at this charity event this Saturday afternoon in Culver City. Basic admission costs $18.50 and comes with nothing, while admission with safety gear starts at $122.

2017 San Diego Uncorked Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 23
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/san-diego-live-wine-festival/

Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

Brewyard Outdoor Stein Festival
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 23
Brewyard Beer Company, Glendale
http://www.brewyardbeercompany.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1513475598712385/

Bring your own stein or boot to taste some Oktoberfest beer in Glendale this Saturday. This event has no admission – simply bring your glass, and you can drink for $8 each pour.

1st Annual San Fernando Valley Zine Fest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 23
Magnolia Science Academy, Reseda
http://www.sfvzinefest.com/

Art lovers rejoice – the San Fernando Valley gets their own Zone Fest this Saturday night, 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.

Food Wine & Brew Celebration
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 23
San Diego Zoo, San Diego
http://www.zoofoodandwine.com/

Sample food, beer, and wine at the zoo this Saturday night in San Diego. General admission costs $125 and starts at 7:30, while VIP admission costs $225 and starts at 6:30. All guests receive unlimited samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Bumps and Brewses
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 23
Iron Triangle Brewing, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bumps-and-brewses-tickets-36279665456

A popup wrestling feature will take place in a brewery in Downtown LA this Saturday night. Admission costs $20. No one under 21 may attend.

Yeastie Boys @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/132524797341112/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Saturday night in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Doomsday Ball
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 23
Globe Theatre, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1972790439618967/

Explore kinks, fetishes, and fashion at this nightclub event in Downtown LA this Saturday night. Admission starts at $12 and gets you in to a night of music, fashion, and other sexy fashion. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 24 – October 1
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For eight full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

19th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk
8:00 am – 1:00 pm, September 24
Brookside Park, Pasadena
http://www.wigglewagglewalk.org/

Join hundreds of dog lovers as they all walk with their dogs this Sunday morning in Pasadena. Walk along with your dog, or join a team and walk together. After the walk, stick around for a pet expo, complete with vendors, pet adoptions, pet services, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more.

Tustin’s 90th Celebration
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 24
Old Town Tustin, Tustin
http://www.tustinca.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1831055926911638/

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Tustin this Sunday morning, complete with vendors, food, live entertainment, and more.

33rd Annual Abbot Kinney Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 24
Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
http://abbotkinney.org/

This free all-ages street fair showcases the best of local businesses in food, drinks, merchandise, apparel, accessories, art, crafts, local music, and more. Abbot Kinney will close to traffic to allow the thousands of visitors to freely roam the streets and explore all the vendors.

8th Annual Sausage & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 24
Highland Springs Resort, Cherry Valley
http://www.hsresort.com/beer/

Halfway between the Inland Empire and Palm Desert lies the High Springs Resort, where they will host their annual Sausage & Beer Festival this weekend. Unlike a standard beer festival, this event will run continuously during the allotted times with no set schedule or strict event time. Free to attend, visitors will end up paying for food and drinks as they go, so nobody has to rush to drink beer in a certain period of time. Bring plenty of cash if you intend to endure a long session here.

Battle of the Burger
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 24
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/time-out-los-angeless-battle-of-the-burger-presented-by-guinness

Sample some of the best burgers in Los Angeles County this Sunday afternoon in Downtown LA. General admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and gets you in to one of two 2-hour session where you can stuff your face full of burgers. Each guests also receives one complimentary Guinness Blonde Lager.

3rd Annual Totally Tustin Food & Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 24
Tustin City Hall, Tustin
http://tustinchamber.org/our-3rd-annual-totally-tustin-food-and-wine-festival-is-here/

$50 gets you in to sample food and drinks from all the participating Tustin businesses this Sunday night.

Weekend in Polynesia returned for its 14th year running this past weekend. Taking place at Recreation Park North in Long Beach, this free and all-ages event showcased various cultures of the Pacific Islands with food, dance, music, vendors, and more. Since this festival required no admission, anyone could walk up and begin enjoying the sights and sounds right away. Dozens of themed vendor booths lined the circle of booths surrounding the main stage, selling apparel, accessories, trinkets, home goods, food, and more. However, the main attraction of the festival lie in the center of the area at the main stage. Dozens of guests flocked to the stage 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 did not keep guests away, for the performers kept the action even hotter.

The South Coast Corsa Corvair Club brought back their annual Corvair Cruise-In this past Saturday. This free and all-ages car show took place at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo and featured dozens of local corsas (small cars) and corvairs on display on the street. Visitors could check out all the cars on display, as well as check out the live music, raffles, museum, and more. While it may not contain as many cars as other Southern California car shows, this show focused on specific types of vehicles, so anyone interested in these types of vehicles would surely love to check out the selection here.

The Saint Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona celebrated their 12th Annual Festival this past weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this event represented a treat for not only the churchgoers but the locals as well. Visitors would find food from Egyptian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cultures, as well as live entertainment, games, and more. It may not provide too much to do for people not involved with the community, but it brought about some chances to try food not otherwise available anywhere nearby.

The Tarfest Music & Art Festival returns to the La Brea Tar Pits this Saturday for its 15th year running. Free to attend for all ages, this music and art event caters to a broad audience with features such as art, live music, local vendors, gourmet food trucks, a beer & wine garden, and more. The festivities kick off a 2pm, and the event lasts until 10pm, meaning visitors can really visit at any time to find different music and/or art going on. Visitors may find temporary free street parking in the neighborhoods south of the Tar Pits; otherwise, bring cash to pay for parking nearby. For more information and updates, check out Tarfest on Facebook and Twitter.

26th Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 12
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.pfar.org/pfar-charitable-foundation/taste-of-old-pasadena/

The Taste of Old Pasadena returns tomorrow to Old Town Pasadena. Over 30 diverse restaurants will sample their food & drinks for just $35 per person. Maps and signs will guide all attendees to find the food.

4th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 13
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 14
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.cwcbexpo.com/

Explore the business of the cannabis industry during this expo this week at the LA Convention Center. Intended only for those in the industry, attendees will connect and network with other professionals in the industry to obtain information about starting a cannabis business, running a cannabis business, providing equity/investment resources, or providing professional/business services. Registration for the expo starts at $125.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 13
Downtown Pacific Beach
http://www.pacificbeach.org/

Take a stroll through Pacific Beach this Wednesday evening and sample on a variety of foods from the local participating restaurants. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last.

To Live And Dine In S.D.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 13
Farmer & The Seahorse, San Diego
http://modernluxury.com/san-diego/events/live-dine-2017

A food & alcohol tasting event will take place this Wednesday evening in San Diego. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door, and gets you in to enjoy unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

25th Annual Taste of Downtown San Diego
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
Rustic Root, San Diego
http://downtownsandiego.org/events/tasteofdt/

Take a stroll through Downtown San Diego as you enjoy food samples from restaurants throughout Downtown San Diego this Thursday evening. For $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event, enjoy food samples from over 40 restaurants in Downtown all serving their flagship foods.

Savor Santa Ana
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.savorsantaana.com/

Santa Ana gets their very own strolling tasting event this Thursday night! Folks who have attend any Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor will already know the drill. To participate, simply show up, buy a booklet of five tickets for $10, and redeem those tickets at participating restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana for yummy samples. In addition, the weekly Downtown Santa Ana farmer’s market will also take place, allowing visitors to browse those wares as well.

Taste of 10: Celebrating 10 Years of The District at Tustin Legacy
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 14
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
http://localemagazine.com/localendar/taste-10-celebrating-10-years-district-tustin-legacy/

Sample food and drinks from over a dozen Tustin restaurants this Thursday night in Tustin. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, and gets you unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 14
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

19th Annual Sand Sports Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 15
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 16
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.sandsportssupershow.com/

Satiate your adrenaline with the Sand Sports Super Show this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds. See hundreds of ATVs, monster trucks, and many other vehicles all in one space. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $15, while children 12 and under enter free with paid adult admission. Bring extra cash for parking which ranges from $5 to $10.

Los Angeles Anime Film Festival 2017
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, September 15
10:30 am – 12:00 am, September 16-17
Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.la-aff.com/

Over 20 anime movies will air this weekend in Downtown LA. This event does not feature an all-inclusive pass – rather, you simply pay to see the movie(s) you want to watch. See the website for a list and schedule of movies.

California Beer Festival – Ventura
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 15
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, September 16
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 17
Mission Park, Downtown Ventura
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

The California Beer Festival invades Ventura this weekend with three separate events. On Friday, attend a food & beer pairing competition for $60 where five chefs and five brewers compete for the best beer & food pairing in show. Saturday represents their beer tasting event with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. General admission to this costs $55 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $80 and starts at 11:30am. No one under 21 may attend on Saturday. On Sunday, admission costs $30 and provides access to a plethora of food and beer vendors along with live blues music all day. All attendees will have to pay for food and drinks separately on Sunday.

Son of Monsterpalooza 2017
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 15
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 16-17
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, Burbank
http://www.monsterpalooza.com/

Basically, a convention for horror, Halloween, and other similar media. Check out costumes, apparel, accessories, toys, media, speakers, demos, celebrities, artists, and more all this weekend in Burbank. Admission to this all-ages event costs $25 per day or $60 for the full weekend.

17th Annual Bike Walk & Roll
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 16
New Harvest Educational Facility, Norwalk
http://www.bikewalkandroll.com/

Join in on this community bike fest going on all day this Saturday starting in Norwalk. This celebration features a multitude of events, from bike rides to a 10k walk to a family fun day to a BBQ competition. All active events start early in the morning, and the website features the full schedule of when every single event starts. From 10am to 6pm, check out a FREE all-ages fair in Norwalk, complete with food, music, games, rides, vendors, arts & crafts, and more.

Bubble Run San Diego
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 16
Mattress Firm Amphitheater, Chula Vista
http://www.bubblerun.com/events/san-diego/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race around the Sleep Train Amphitheater. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

13th Annual Moompetam: Native American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/moompetam/

This weekend celebration will feature traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating the indigenous California maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay. All aquarium visitors gain access to this festival, so anyone with regular aquarium admission can check this event out.

Oceanside Harbor Days 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside
http://www.oceansidechamber.com/oceanside-harbor-days.html

A handful of events will occur in Oceanside this weekend, including a surfing competition, volleyball tournament, CrossFit competition, classic car show, skating demo, and more. These events cost nothing to attend and spectate, while participation requires registration, of which the deadline has already passed.

Mountain Lakes 7th Annual End of Summer Run
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 16
Mountain Lakes Resort, Lytle Creek
http://www.mountainlakesca.com/

A car show will take place in the mountains north of Fontana this Saturday, free to attend for all ages.

2017 Long Beach Triathlon & Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 16
4:00 am – 10:00 am, September 17
Marina Green, Downtown Long Beach
http://thelongbeachtriathlon.com/

Test your physical prowess with this triathlon as you swim, run, and bike your way around Downtown Long Beach. An expo where visitors can explore and learn about the triathlon will occur on Saturday at Marina Green, and participating athletes can pick up their race packets at this expo. The actual triathlon starts at 7am on Sunday morning. Registration varies in price, with individual registration costing $140. All participants receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, finisher medal, post-race food & entertainment, a swim cap, and exclusive access to online results & professional photos.

Huntington Beach Surf City Days 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 16-17
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/surf-city-days2.html

A handful of events will occur in Downtown Huntington Beach this weekend, including a surfing competition, volleyball tournament, CrossFit competition, classic car show, skating demo, and more. These events cost nothing to attend and spectate, while participation requires registration, of which the deadline has already passed.

2nd Annual California Vegetarian Food Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.cavegfoodfest.com/

This event focuses on the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, not necessarily the food. As such, expect to find speakers, celebrities, cooking demos, seminars, vendors selling vegan accessories and apparel, and more. Admission costs $20 per day but does not include any food.

10th Annual Orange County Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
Central Library Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.pacifichealthpartners.org/

Immerse yourself in Pacific Islander culture at this FREE and all-ages festival this weekend in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find food, live music, entertainment, merchandise, activities, and more.

San Diego Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://womensexposandiego.com/

This two-day expo in San Diego celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

1st Annual San Diego Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://www.sandiegocookiecon.com/

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $25, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

5th Annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 16
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.folkrevivalfestival.com/

This all-ages event will showcase over 20 folk and roots music acts. Other highlights include the Port of Long Beach Kids Pumpkin Patch, Polly’s Pies pie-eating contest, and the LB Beard Advocates mustache/beard contest. Local craft breweries and a variety of food trucks will serve food & drinks to attendees. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $75 and includes access to a VIP lounge area. No one under 21 may attend as a VIP.

San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival 2017
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 16-17
Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.sjcgreekfest.org/

South Orange County gets their own Greek festival this weekend, free to attend for all ages. Visitors will find food, treats, live entertainment, rides, games, vendors, and more.

5th Annual OC Fest of Ales
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 16
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.festofales.com/

OC Fest of Ales returns to Downtown Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. The $70 admission grants you access to unlimited food AND beer while supplies last, plus a souvenir cup and bottle opener. Guests will also find all the usual beer festival festivities, such as games, live music, a homebrew competition, vendors, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Montebello Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 16
Montebello City Park, Montebello
http://www.keepingtheculturealive.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event, find artist, vendors, food trucks, live art demos, raffles, music, and more.

5th Annual Battle of the Tequileros
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 16
Taco Rosa, Newport Beach
http://www.tacorosa.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/battle-of-the-tequileros-v-tickets-36834725656

$75 gets you in to sample all the tequila and drinks that you can handle for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Horton’s Hayride
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 16
S. S. Lane Victory, San Pedro
http://www.hortonshayride.com/

Enjoy live music at this all-day all-ages rockabilly festival from the great sets of the Reverend Horton Heat, The Bouncing Souls, and more, and check out the great food, classic cars, and pinup models. Tickets to this event cost only $25.

2nd Annual Open Arts & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
Brand Boulevard, Glendale
http://openartsmusic.com/

A free and all-ages music and art festival comes to the streets of Glendale this Saturday.

15th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
http://www.tarfest.com/

This music & art festival returns this Saturday to the La Brea Tar Pits in West LA. Free to attend and open to all ages, guests will experience live music, live painting, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more.

2nd Annual Monrovia Station Beer & Music Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 16
Metro Gold Line Monrovia Station, Monrovia
http://www.monroviacc.com/

To celebrate the annivesary of Station Square Park & Metro Gold Line, Monrovia will have a beer and music festival there this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 4pm. Admission at the gate costs $60, if any tickets remain. All attendees receive fifteen 6oz beer tasters, plus access to local food vendors and the live music stage. No one under 21 may attend.

Downey International Food & Music Festival 2017
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 16
Downey Ave & 3rd St, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/

Downtown Downey will bustle with activity this Saturday evening. On Downey Avenue in downtown, visitors of all ages can walk the street for free to check out local restaurants serving food here, plus a beer & wine garden, kids’ zone, live music, and an outdoor movie at night.

OC Roller Girls – Blocktoberfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/

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.

Los Kung Fu Monkeys – Free Show
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 16
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/123317141624872/

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

Slow Children – Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 16
De Via Bella Pizza & Sports Bar, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1966164253651729/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Riverside. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 16
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

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

7th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
September 17-24
Lake Forest
http://www.lakeforestbusiness.com/148/Shop-Dine

Explore the local businesses of Lake Forest during this eight-day period. Various restaurants and shops will have specials this week, which will culminate with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, September 24th.

2017 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
Granada Pavilion, Granada Hills
http://www.facebook.com/SanFernandoValleyComicBookConvention

This annual local comics event returns to the San Fernando Valley this Sunday. General admission costs $5 while children under 12 enter for free with paid adult admission, and admission grants full access to the show floor, which contains dozens of artists, vendors, professional actors, and more.

StanceNation SoCal
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 17
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.stancenation.com/

A car show comes to the Anaheim Convention Center this Sunday afternoon. Presale admission costs $30 but has already sold out, and they have not specified how much admission will cost at the door.