Archive for September, 2017

Modern desserts look a lot different than they did a few decades ago. While a lot of traditional desserts still exist, their appearance and method for making them have gradually changed over time. Thanks to the prevalence of social media, food appearance matters more than ever. On top of people wanting food that looks good, methods for creating such food has changed much over time as well. For example, decades ago, very few thought to create instant ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Makers had to make a batch of ice cream and store it in a freezer of an ice cram machine. Now with the spread of liquid nitrogen, lots of places can now create fresh ice cream instantly, such as at Scoops N Scoops Creamery.

The use of liquid nitrogen in cuisine has spread far by now, and Scoops N Scoops Creamery utilizes that technique to get creative. Scoops N Scoops Creamery has all the necessary tools that one would expect of a place that does liquid nitrogen ice cream – they can create any flavor on their menu that a customer requests, and they can add toppings to any order. However, Scoops N Scoops Creamery does something a little different at their little shop – they can put their ice cream inside a macaroon to create a Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich. The name says it all – you get Scoops N Scoops Creamery’s fresh ice cream, and place it between two macaroon halves to create a giant ice cream sandwich. The small size costs $5 but grants you two heaping scoops of the ice cream flavor of your choice. At just a small, you would still need a spoon to eat one of the scoops before you can think of eating this like an actual sandwich and picking it up by hand.

Scoops N Scoops Creamery currently has two locations: Irvine and Chino Hills. If you seek a fun and delicious dessert to sate your sweet tooth, head on over to Scoops N Scoops Creamery and try their Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich today. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter to see what else they have to offer.

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The Irvine Global Village Festival returned for its 16th year running this past Saturday afternoon. Taking place at Bill Barber Park, this free and all-ages festival contained five distinct areas, each representing the different offerings the fest had to offer: restaurants, entertainment, vendors, cultural area, and kid’s area. Although free to attend, participation favored those who planned to visit for a long time. Guests needed to purchase tickets in order to eat, drink, or participate in rides, games, events, etc. Since guests could not purchase individual tickets, this system catered more towards families spending the day there.

United Pacific Industries brought back their annual car & truck show this past Saturday afternoon at their parking lot in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this car show featured custom rigs and rods on display, including custom and special semi-trucks. In addition to all the vehicles on display, the event featured a live music stage, gourmet food trucks, and a handful of local vendors selling accessories and trinkets. The event also hosted a small beer garden for the adults to enjoy, and some games on the other side of the parking lot for little ones to stay occupied. Check out more from the car show on their Facebook page.

The annual Orange County International Auto Show returns to the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. This all-ages car show represents a huge trade fair, with most of the major automobile manufacturers all present to not only showcase all the current and new models, but to garner some sales from the thousands of attendees. Admission only costs $12 and grants attendees full access to the entire floor to scout out all the cars, trucks, exotics, parts, accessories, and more. Besides all the cars on display, attendees can test-drive some of the cars too. The OC Auto Show returns every year to the Anaheim Convention Center around this time of the year. If you cannot make it this weekend, bookmark it for next year, as this event makes for a great way to spend a few hours of your weekend with friends and family. Give them a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter to show your love of cars.

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!

2017 Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 25
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia
http://www.arcadiacachamber.org/taste-of-arcadia/

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $50 presale tickets now, as you cannot purchase tickets at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra – Live in Orange County
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/shows/7552015/tokyo-ska-paradise-orchestra-with-viernes-13

Get your skanking on in Santa Ana tonight. The cover for this all-ages show costs $20.

Skacore Night in Downtown LA
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 26
La Cita Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/468671750173082/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show in Downtown LA this Tuesday night. The cover for this show costs $8 if entering before 9pm, or $10 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Wasteland Weekend 2017
September 27 – October 1
California City
http://www.wastelandweekend.com/

Live in a post-apocalyptic world this weekend in the desert. This event will immerse you in a culture that one would expect as shown in the movies.

2017 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 27
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.cerritostaste.com/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Wednesday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay $10, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

2nd Annual Southern California In-Water Boat Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 28
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 29-30
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Cabrillo Way Marina, San Pedro
http://www.socalboatshow.com/

Check out lots of boats on display this weekend in San Pedro. Admission costs $15 for adults, while children enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 28
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 29
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 30
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 1
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://autoshowoc.com/

For $12 entry, guests can check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. Seniors and active military personnel can enter for $10. Guests looking for free street parking should locate Casa Vista St, west of the convention center, by Denny’s.

Epic Brewing Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 28
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/342785082815424/

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

Taste of Ventura County 2017
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 28
Commemorative Air Force Museum, Camarillo
http://www.wcrventuracounty.com/

Sample food and drinks from restaurants throughout Ventura County this Thursday night. $75 gets you in to enjoy unlimited samples while supplies last.

Taste of Pasadena 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 28
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.pasadena-chamber.org/forms/taste-of-pasadena

Sample foods from dozens of Pasadena restaurants this Thursday night at the Rose Bowl. Tickets cost $30 presale or $50 at the door, and allow unlimited samples while supplies last.

44th La Mesa Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 10:30 pm, September 29
10:00 am – 10:30 pm, September 30
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
La Mesa Village, La Mesa
http://www.lamesaoktoberfest.org/

Enjoy a family-fun Oktoberfest celebration this weekend in La Mesa. Free to attend for all ages, this Oktoberfest celebration will have all the usual Oktoberfest festivities such as dance, music, sausages, pretzels, beer, and more. In addition, visitors will find hundreds of vendors, arts & crafts, games, and more activities for all ages.

Get Shamrocked Irish Festival 2017
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 29
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 30
Town Square Park, Murrieta
http://www.getshamrocked.com/

Revel in Irish culture all this weekend in Murrieta, with Irish music, food, live entertainment, and more. This all-ages festival will bring Irish culture to town, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. General admission costs $20 for Friday, $30 for Saturday, or $40 for a weekend pass. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Weekly’s 14th Annual Decadence
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 29
Hotel Irvine, Irvine
http://www.ocdecadence.com/

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. General admission costs $55 and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 6pm, and includes a goodie bag plus access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 29
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
Newport Beach Civic Center, Newport Beach
http://newportwineandfood.com/

Lots of activity will take place in the culinary world this weekend in Newport Beach. On Friday night, a VIP party will take place with a cocktail reception and a three-course food & wine pairing dinner. On Saturday and Sunday, attendees of the festival gain access to unlimited food tastings, cooking demos, cocktail mixing demos, live music, a silent auction, and more. Admission prices significantly vary based on the mode of attendance, with single-day admission costing $175 and a weekend pass costing $295.

2017 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.offroadexpo.com/pomona-ca

Check out all things off-roading this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona, complete with hundreds of vendors, dozens of industry professionals, and acres of off-road. Adult admission costs $20, or $15 if you purchase it at O’Reilly Auto Parts. Children enter for $6. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs $10 per vehicle.

Nerdbot-Con 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 30
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.nerdbot.com/nerdbot-con

$17 gets you in to this all-ages pop culture expo complete with dozens of vendors, artists, cosplayers, music, games, activities, and more.

356th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 30
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 1
Adams Avenue between 32nd & 35th Street, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Street-Fair.html

This FREE and all-ages music festival takes place over two days this weekend on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, between the 805 and 15 freeways. Ten blocks will close to traffic to make way for over 90 music acts on seven stages and over 350 vendor booths. Guests should take public transportation to Adams Avenue, as traffic will remain heavily congested all weekend, and parking will not exist in high numbers here.

Alhambra Moon Festival on Main
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
2nd & Main, Downtown Alhambra
http://downtownalhambra.com/event/moonfestival/

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Downtown Alhambra this weekend.

Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbairshow.com/

A free and all-ages jet show comes to Huntington Beach this weekend. Practice/rehearsals will take place on Friday, while the actual shows take place on Saturday and Sunday. Bring out your friends and family to enjoy some aerial entertainment. Attendees may purchase reserved seats via the website.

Music Tastes Good
12:00 pm – 10:00 am, September 30 – October 1
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://mtglb.co/

An all-ages concert will come to Downtown Long Beach this weekend. Admission costs $75 for one day or $135 for both days. As with any long concert, make sure you can endure remaining outdoors for a long period of time, and have plenty of cash for food and drinks.

Eat Uptown Food Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 30
Nixon Plaza, Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/event/eat-uptown-food-festival/

Savor the local flavor of Uptown Whittier at this food tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Uptown Whittier. At this event, attendees will get treated to eats from dozens of local restaurants. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last. Guests must purchase drinks separately. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Beer Fest (Fall Edition)
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 30
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. General admission costs $45 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 2pm. All admission comes with unlimited beer pours, but does not include parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Dudes Brewing Three Year Anniversary Celebration
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 30
Dudes Brewing, Torrance
http://thedudesbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1939290312952050/

Dudes Brewing in Torrance turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have anniversary glasses available, raffle prizes throughout the day, and special beers on tap for you to try. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Taste Of Santa Ana 2017
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 30
Main Place Mall, Santa Ana
http://www.tasteofsantaana.org/

Sample various bites and sips from Santa Ana restaurants at this all-ages event this Saturday evening at the mall. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the gate, and gets you unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

2017 Fullerton Uncorked
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 30
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonuncorked.org/

At this food & wine tasting, find food samples from local restaurants, dozens of wine & craft beer tastings, live music, raffle prizes, and more. Tickets to this event cost $70 presale or $75 at the door, and include unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

GBH, The Casualties, Spider – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 30, Glass House, Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 1, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://gbhuk.com/

Legendary UK punk band GBH will headline a pair of shows this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

14th Annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, October 1
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
http://kidsbookfestival.com/

This FREE all-ages fair caters to families as it presents thousands of children’s book available to read or buy. The fair will also host multiple stages complete with family-friendly entertainment.

Coast – Santa Monica’s Open Streets Event
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 1
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://beta.smgov.net/strategic-goals/mobility/coast

Santa Monica gets its own ciclovia event this Sunday that will block off a portion of Santa Monica to vehicles, as if the city does not already have enough traffic problems. If you intend to drive anywhere in or near Santa Monica this Sunday, plan your commute accordingly.

56th Annual Sandcastle Contest
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, October 1
Corona Del Mar State Beach, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeach.com/events/56th-annual-sandcastle-contest/

Register to build the best sand castle this Sunday in Newport Beach.

Santa Clarita Comic & Toy Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita
http://www.santaclaritacomictoyexpo.com/

Santa Clarita gets their own comics and toys convention this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $8 and includes free parking at the venue.

La Feria De Los Moles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
Grand Park, Los Angeles
http://feriadelosmoles.com/

This free and all-ages event in Downtown LA will have mole, Mexican food, live music, entertainment, and more.

22nd Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
Mountain Vista Drive, Encinitas
http://encinitasoktoberfest.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event this Sunday, the six-block marketplace on Mountain Vista Drive in Encinitas will feature Bavarian dancers, bands, hundreds of vendors, authentic German food & beverages, a family fun zone, and a ceremonial parade at 12pm.

11th Annual International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.lachocolatesalon.com/

Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena for an all-you-can-eat chocolate bonanza. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, while children can get in for $10.

Sustainable Seafood Expo 2017
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 1
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro
http://sustainableseafoodexpo.org/

Explore the future of sustainable seafood this Sunday in San Pedro. General admission costs $10 and gets you two tasting tickets. All-inclusive admission costs $60 and gets you a taste from each booth plus one drink ticket.

3rd Annual SlutWalk
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://amberroseslutwalk.com/

Assume the role of an activist for an afternoon this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Participation costs $12.

Taste of Garden Grove
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
Garden Grove Amphitheater, Garden Grove
http://www.ggcf.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-garden-grove-featuring-missing-persons-anabella-of-bow-wow-wow-tickets-35450922664

Sample foods from local Garden Grove restaurants and listen to live music this Sunday. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the gate. VIP admission with select locations for the main stage costs $30. The event page does not give a lot of specifics, so basically treat this as a concert more than anything.

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.

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.

3rd Annual Beer By The Bay
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 23
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.beerbythebay.com/

Coronado gets their own beer festival this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $50 presale and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples from the 15 participating breweries while supplies last. Attendees should bring cash if they plan to buy food. No one under 21 may attend.

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.