Archive for January, 2018

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 12-26
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

12th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 15-28
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://dinenb.com/restaurant-week/

This 14-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

Mustard Plug – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 15, Slide Bar, Fullerton
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16, The Casbah, San Diego
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 17, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 20, The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.mustardplug.com/

Famous ska band Mustard Plug will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so check with the venues for details.

2nd Annual Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 20
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, January 21
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenahalf.com/

Pasadena gets their own half marathon this weekend. A health & fitness expo will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, free to attend to the public. The half marathon and 5k will take place on Sunday morning at the Rose Bowl. Many streets around the area will close to vehicular traffic on Sunday, so check the website to see if any of the closures will affect your day.

Agent Orange @ The Whisky A Go Go
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 19
The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/agent-orange-4/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Santee Active Lifestyle Expo
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, January 20
Santee Trolley Square, Santee
http://www.santeeactiveexpo.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this event in Santee will with athletic demonstrations, free breakfast (while supplies last), vendors, activities, live entertainment, workshops, and more.

4th Annual SoCal Retro Gaming Expo
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 20-21
Frank & Son Collectible Show, City of Industry
http://www.socalretrogamingexpo.com/

Immerse yourself in gaming nostalgia this weekend in the City of Industry. This all-ages event will feature all things about retro video games, from the games themselves to artwork, toys, merchandise, and more. Presale admission costs $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, or $30 for both days.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 20
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1896897423958463/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Oxnard Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 20
The Collection at RiverPark, Oxnard
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/320000541827735/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

Brews & Bros Craft Beer Festival 2018
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 20
Cable Airport, Upland
http://brewsandbrosfest.org/

Celebrate Last Name Brewery’s 15th anniversary with lots of beer this Saturday. This beer festival will have over 80 beers to sample, plus cider, wine, craft soda, gourmet food, live music, games, and more. General admission costs $50, starts at 1pm, and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 12pm, and also includes a bottle opener, preferred parking, and access to rare beers.

14th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 21-28
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

3rd Annual Ladyface Ale Invitational
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, January 21
Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie, Agoura Hills
http://www.ladyfaceale.com/

Lady Alehouse celebrates their eighth anniversary this weekend with lots of beer, both in-house and from guest breweries. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door, and gets you a souvenir glass and 20 beer tasters. Ladyface Alehouse will serve food at an additional cost to attendees. No one under 21 may attend.

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7th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 7-12
40+ Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, over 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

LA Art Show 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 11-14
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.laartshow.com/

See thousands of different works of art this week at the LA Convention Center. One-day general admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. Four-day general admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 11
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.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 12-26
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

Reverend Horton Heat – Live in Orange County
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 12-13
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The Reverend Horton Heat will headline two shows in Orange County this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $15 per day.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 12
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

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

Southern California Half Marathon & 5K
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 13
Woodbridge Park, Irvine
http://www.schalfmarathon.com/

If you made a New Year’s resolution to get fit, enter yourself into this half marathon or 5K in Orange County. The half marathon currently costs $65, while the 5K costs $45 to enter. Act quick, because registration closes this Wednesday night!

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 13
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 14
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://travelshows.com/shows/san-diego/

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $11 for one day, or $18 for both days.

37th Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 13-14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $11 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

Anime Impulse 2018
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 13-14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://animeimpulse.com/

See all things anime and manga at this two-day expo at the Fairplex in Pomona this weekend. Visitors will find cosplay, designers, collects, celebrity appearances, panels, vendors, artists, cars, food, treats, fashion, and more. General admission costs $9 presale or $11 at the gate for one day, or $15 presale or $22 at the gate for both days.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Culver City Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 13
Westfield Culver City, Culver City
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/134097830613955/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

Grill ‘Em All 5th Anniversary Rager
10:30 am – 12:00 am, January 13
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://grillemallburgs.com/

Grill ‘Em All’s Alhambra location turns five years old this weekend, and to celebrate, Grill ‘Em All will have specials and events going on all day. All day, visitors will find food specials, beer specials, free birthday cake with any purchase, and more. In the evening, catch a live DJ playing metal hits, and free black metal face painting. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy the metal festivities.

2018 San Diego Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 13
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

Burger & Brewfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 13
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/burger-bites-brews/

Enjoy burgers, beers, and horse racing this Saturday at the Santa Anita Park racetrack. Admission costs $35 and includes four sliders, eight 3oz beer pours, and admission to the racetrack for betting.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

1st Annual Tuner Evolution: SoCal
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 14
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.tuner-evolution.com/

An import and car show comes to the Anaheim Convention Center this Sunday. Admission costs $20 for adults or $10 for children 12 and under.

Roxanne’s Lounge Presents: So Cal Whisky Wonderland
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 14
Roxanne’s Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.roxanneslounge.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/whisky-wonderland-tickets-39850446759

While Roxanne’s Lounge normally celebrates their anniversary around this time of year, this year they will hold a whisky & winter festival instead. Enjoy some snow fun, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 and comes with one beverage and 10 tasting tickets. VIP admission costs $50 and also includes access to the VIP area that will have exclusive drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

DTLA Breweries United Fest 2018
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 14
Triangle Lot, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://dtlabrews.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/387425271686558/

A beer tasting event will take place this Sunday evening in the Arts District in Downtown LA that will feature all of the breweries of Downtown LA. The $40 admission gets you unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for parking and food. No one under 21 may attend.

2018 San Diego Auto Show
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 28-30
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 31
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 1
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://www.sdautoshow.com/

Check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. General admission costs $15, with discounts available for military, seniors, and children.

Dinosaur Time Trek – Shark Edition
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 29
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 30-31
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 1
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.dinosaurtimetrek.com/city/anaheim-ca/

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit in Anaheim this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $20 to $26 – see the website for pricing details.

T.S.O.L. – Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 4, The Casbah, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 5, The Observatory, Santa Ana
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 6, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 7, The Regent, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/TsolOfficial

Legendary punk rock band T.S.O.L. will headline a handful of shows this week in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

AMA Expo West 2018
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 5
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 6
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 7
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://amaexpo.com/ama-expo-west/

Aeronautics hobbyists will not want to miss this expo taking place this weekend in Ontario. This expo will feature models, toys, gadgets, services, demos, and more about model airplanes. Admission widely ranges from $5 to $36 – see the website for a breakdown on prices.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 5
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).

8th Annual Citrus Heritage Run
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, January 6
Arlington Heights Sports Park, Riverside
http://citrusheritagerun.com/

Go on a run this Saturday morning in Riverside. Choose from a 5K, half-marathon, or full marathon. The registration fee will depend on your age division and the distance you want to run – check the website for a breakdown of pricing.

Bricks LA 2018
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 6-7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.bricksla.com/

The ultimate all-ages Lego convention comes to the Pasadena Convention Center this weekend. For just $5 admission, gain access to dozens of Lego vendors, artists, displays, interactive demos, and more.

15th Annual Los Angeles Fit Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 6-7
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thefitexpo.com/

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $30, while the weekend combo only costs $45. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

The Yoga Expo – Los Angeles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 6
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://theyogaexpo.org/event_los_angeles

This Saturday in Pasadena, check out all things yoga with demos, vendors, seminars, products, activities, workshops, and more. This all-ages event costs $35 to attend, and provides full access to all workshops, programs, and the show floor.

2018 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 6
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
Fairplex, Pomona
http://reptilesupershow.com/

Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under – check the website for a printable coupon good for $1 off admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – San Diego Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 6
Fashion Valley, San Diego
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/136413487070007/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

2018 New Year’s Race + Health & Fitness Expo
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 6
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 7
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.newyearsrace.com/

Kick off the new year with this fun run lasting your choice of 5k, 10k, or a half marathon. Registration varies depending on age and the course, but all participants receive with registration a medal, a shirt or sweater, admission to the expo & fair, a goodie bag, post-race recovery foods, and more. A health & fitness expo will take place at the Biltmore Hotel on Friday and Saturday afternoon, and all race participants can attend that expo. The race starts on 7th Street and goes up to around Grand Park and Chinatown, while half marathon runners will run through Dodger Stadium. This event WILL close off multiple streets in Downtown Los Angeles, something that rarely occurs, so you definitely will not want to miss this sight.

Indulge LA – Los Angeles Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 6
Omni Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.indulgela.net/

Come to Indulge LA, an all-ages expo where guests will experience the best of chocolates, wines, and champagnes from around the world. General admission costs $100 and starts at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and starts at 3pm. Admission covers unlimited chocolates, pastries, food, wine, champagne, spirits, and other goodies, such as a souvenir glass.

Warfest 2018
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 6
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/961806830627354/

A bunch of great local punk rock bands will play an all-ages show this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $15. Arrive before 6pm to park there for free; arrive afterwards, and pay $10 for parking.

7th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 7-12
40+ Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, over 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 7
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.

41st Annual Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.comicbookscifi.com/

Comic book and sci-fi fans will not want to miss this expo taking place in Los Angeles this Sunday. This event will feature multiple celebrities, dozens of merchandise vendors, and lots more. Admission costs $13 for entry at 10am, or $15 for early entry at 9am.

Oshogatsu Family Festival 2018
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/2018/oshogatsufest

Celebrate the year of the dog at this free and all-ages celebration. Visitors will find food, arts & crafts, cultural activities, live entertainment, and more.

I & I Brewing’s 6th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 7
I & I Brewing, Chino
http://iandibrewing.com/
http://iandi.brownpapertickets.com/

I & I Brewing turns six years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a celebration at their tasting room in Chino this Sunday. Admission costs $10 and comes with a pint glass and one beer pour. When purchasing admission, you must select a time that you will show up at, and you cannot enter until after your selected time.