Archive for February, 2018

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0
February 25 – March 3
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dineoutlongbeach.com/

The city of Long Beach has so many fine restaurants that they will have an entire week to celebrate the bounty. During this 7-day period, participating restaurants will have various food & drink specials. Check the website linked above for a list of participating restaurants and their specials.

39th Annual Food Fare
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, March 1
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://pplafoodfare.com/

A high-class ritzy food-tasting event will take place in Santa Monica this Thursday. The afternoon session from 11am to 2pm costs $150 to attend. The evening session from 6:30pm to 9:30pm costs $250 to attend. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Parking costs $10 per vehicle. The website does not specify an age limit.

2nd Annual The Classic Auto Show
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 2
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 3
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.theclassicautoshow.com/

A new car expo debuts at the LA Convention Center this weekend. Come see all things automotive, from model cars to accessories and more. Tickets to this expo cost $25 presale or $30 at the door. Children may enter for $10. Parking at the convention center costs $20 per vehicle.

College & Food Truck Night
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 2
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/collegenight/

This Friday night, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach will open later than usual. They will have discounted admission for college students, and the aquarium will have gourmet food trucks parked outside to feed visitors.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 2
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).

18th Annual Japanese Food Festival
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 2
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 3
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, Los Angeles
http://www.japanfoodculture.org/japanese-food-festival/

$50 nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 3-hour Japanese food fest and a goodie bag. Guests will chow down on sushi, ramen, soba noodles, beef bowls, and more, while adults can sip sake, beer, shochu, wine, and more (alcohol not included with admission). During this time, a number of chefs will showcase cooking demos.

Tough Mudder Los Angeles 2018
6:00 am Р8:00 pm, March 3-4
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://toughmudder.com/events/2018-los-angeles

Tough Mudder needs no introduction – its legacy alone describes it in ways that words cannot. Expect to train hard this week, all leading up to madness this weekend.

3rd Annual Downtown Anaheim Community Yard Sale
8:00 am – 1:00 pm, March 3
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/

Local Anaheim residents will join in on a large communal yard sale in Downtown Anaheim this Saturday morning. Visitors can explore this event for free, while residents wanting to set up a spot to sell things must register for $10 per spot.

35th Annual Porsche & Vintage VW Literature, Toy & Memorabilia Meet
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 3
LAX Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.lalitandtoyshow.com/

See dozens of vendors this Saturday near LAX all exhibiting posters, brochures, toys, models, gifts, press kits, literature, accessories, and more for Porsches and vintage VW’s. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 per person.

5th Annual Los Angeles IPA Festival
9:30 am – 9:30 pm, March 3-4
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park
http://www.laipafestival.com/

Find over 60 different California-brewed IPA’s at Mohawk Bend this weekend during the LA IPA Fest. This event operates more like a tap takeover than a typical festival – instead of tickets, all 10oz beers cost $5 each, while souvenir glasses cost $5 each. Guests should park in the neighborhood north of Mohawk Bend.

Knife Expo 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 3-4
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.knifeexpo.net/

$12 gets you in to see dozens of vendors selling all sorts of knives.

Holi Festival of Colors – Riverside
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 3
Martha McLean Park, Riverside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-colors-riverside-ca/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every hour. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

11th Annual Holi on the Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 3-4
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://la-oc.aidindia.org/

For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale and $15 on the day of the event. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

Noble Ale Works 7th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm Р4:00 pm, March 3
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://www.noblealeworks.com/
http://Noble7thAnniversary.eventbrite.com/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their seventh anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like previous years. General admission costs $50 and provides four hours of over 30 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. No one under 21 may attend this event.

2018 Spring Busker Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 3-4
Seaport Village, San Diego
http://www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/busker-festival

Basically, Circue du Soleil. This artful all-ages outdoor festival brings out performers of various entertainment trades (jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, etc) to entertain visitors. Free to attend, guests should seek alternate methods of transportation to arrive here, such as carpooling or public transportation, as decent parking will likely take a long time to find.

17th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 3
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.

4th Annual Air + Style Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 3-4
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://airandstyle.com/

Music and snowboarding collide at this extreme sports event this weekend in Los Angeles. Tickets to this concert start at $79 and go up depending on your mode of attendance.

Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience 2018
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 3
Empire Polo Fields, Indio
http://www.rwbexp.com/

Partying, loud music, and alcohol collide in one epic mashup in the desert this Saturday evening. Taking place where the famous Coachella and Stagecoach concerts occur, this all-ages concert will have stoner music, beer, wine, and overpriced food for you to indulge yourself and the kiddos with. Tickets start at $80 and go up to $325.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 4-10
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 4
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.

So Cal All-Porsche Swap & Car Display 2018
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 4
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.lalitandtoyshow.com/related-events.html

Check out a bunch of classic cars this Sunday morning in Anaheim. Admission to this all-ages car show costs $10 per person.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 4
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.

BrunchCon SD 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 4
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.brunchcon.com/

Spend some time this Sunday indulging in brunch goodies from scrumptious breakfast foods to tasty brunch beverages in San Diego. Multiple sessions will exist that each last three hours. Admission ranges from $65 to $90 depending on how much you intend to eat and drink, so check the website to see what admission works best for you. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Food & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 4
Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin
http://ocfoodandwine.com/

A new food & wine event comes to Orange County this Sunday afternoon. $100 gets you in to enjoy unlimited food and drink samples from all the participating businesses while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

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Like a flash, the 2018 Long Beach Comic Expo came and went this past weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. This convention for all things comics moved to the convention center’s Hall A, and visitors had to enter from the west side. The main operations of the expo had not changed – hundreds of local comic book writers and artists exhibited their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more, either for sale or for show. Elsewhere in other rooms around the Exhibit Lobby, a number workshops and seminars occurred, ranging from speaker panels to art workshops to live activities. Cosplay Corner returned to the expo as a part of the show floor as like in previous years. Nothing else drastic changed from the previous years of the Long Beach Comic Expo; however, I experienced lower attendance than usual this past weekend compared to previous years. Last year’s expo faced bad weather, but this past weekend had nice weather, in addition to a holiday weekend.

As a comic expo, we cannot forget about the diehard fans dressing up as their favorite fictional character. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into an art of fans sporting outfits and accessories to appear like another usually recognizable character. Mainstream characters such as Harley Quinn and Deadpool often get selected as the costume of choice due to the fast recognition by many fans, while lesser known characters tend to receive more praise by the fans who recognize the outfit. Check out this collection of the great costumes from the 2017 Long Beach Comic Expo. If you recognize any of these awesome people, please leave a comment with a URL to the person’s website or Facebook page, as well as the reference costume & photo! If the image links go down, click here for the album.

The Fall expo, the Long Beach Comic Con, returns in early September. The Fall event should return to the exact same location as this past weekend’s event, and generally has a greater turnout due to more famous people in attendance. Until then, keep an eye out for other similar expos, such as WonderCon at the end of March, or Anime Expo in early July. You have plenty of time to work up that unique and amazing DIY costume that everyone will want to take a picture of.

OC Roller Derby Orientation
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, February 21
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/ticketsevents/2018/2/21/new-skater-orientation

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance to join a league. Click the link to send your information to them, and then show up to orientation this Wednesday night in Huntington Beach.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 22-24
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

QuiltCon 2018
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 22-25
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.quiltcon.com/

Check out all things quilts this weekend in Pasadena. Admission starts at $10 depending on when you want to attend and what programs you want to attend.

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Stereo Brewing Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 22
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/608620276146000/

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

Questival Adventure Race – Orange County
5:00 pm, February 23 – 7:00 pm, February 24
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://www.cotopaxi.com/products/questival-orange-county-2018

A 24-hour scavenger hunt takes place in Orange County starting this Friday night. All participants receive a backpack plus gear for the hunt. Winning teams may win trips, gear, cash prizes, and other rewards. Registration starts at $47.

San Luis Obispo Craft Beer Fest
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 23
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 24
Alex Madonna Expo Center, San Luis Obispo
http://www.slo-beer-fest.com/

Get sudsy in San Luis Obispo this weekend and enjoy dozens of beers from dozens of breweries. Admission costs $30 for Friday night or $50 for Saturday afternoon. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. Both days will contain the same things, but Friday costs less due to lower demand. No one under 21 may attend.

40th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run
7:30 am – 4:00 pm, February 24
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, February 25
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.firecracker10k.org/

Start off the new (Chinese) year right with this 5/10K Run/Bike race this weekend in Chinatown. The bike race takes place on Saturday, while the run takes place on Sunday. Registration prices range from $45 to $55. Various festivities will also take place in the Chinatown Central Plaza for most of the day.

7th Annual Whittier Area Classic Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 24
Whittier Area Community Church, Whittier
http://www.whittierareaclassiccarshow.com/

A free and all-ages car show and festival takes place in Whittier this Saturday.

27th Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 24
Valley Blvd & Garfield Ave, Alhambra
http://www.alhambranewyearfestival.com/

“Corporate America utilizes this venue to reach out to the Asian communities.” Meh. If you feel like checking out more Lunar New Year festivals, this free one will occur this Saturday afternoon on the street in Alhambra, blocking off traffic.

36th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 24-25
San Diego Chinese Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.sdcny.org/

Free and open to all ages, this family-friendly event will include lion dance performances, acrobatics, martial arts demos, live music, drumming, dancing, and more. Over 50 booths will sell merchandise and food, while some will feature crafts for families.

13th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 24-25
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://travelshows.com/losangeles

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.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 24
Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

This winter beer festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale or $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0
February 25 – March 3
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dineoutlongbeach.com/

The city of Long Beach has so many fine restaurants that they will have an entire week to celebrate the bounty. During this 7-day period, participating restaurants will have various food & drink specials. Check the website linked above for a list of participating restaurants and their specials.

Valentine’s Day
February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day! Many businesses may offer special meals for this occasion, so check with your favorite local establishment to see if they have anything special to offer. This includes non-food places, such as museums.

18th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Festival & Big Band Blowout
February 15-18
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachjazzparty.com/

Lots of jazz music performances will take place in Newport Beach this week. Admission will greatly vary from $30 up to $495 – see the website for a full breakdown of admission and prices.

7th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, February 16-17
Citadel Outlets, Commerce
http://www.citadeloutlets.com/event/7th-annual-chinese-new-year-celebration/2145501484/

This weekend during the listed times, live dancers and artists from the Los Angeles Chinese Cultural Center will perform Chinese dragon dances, folk dances, and traditional songs & drum ceremonies.

37th Annual Tet Festival
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 16
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 17
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.tetfestival.org/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this family-fun festival this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Costing just $6 per person to enter, this festival will feature hundreds of booths selling merchandise, crafts, food, and more. Children will love all the rides available, while everyone will enjoy the music, dance, and parade. Parking at the venue costs $8 – see the website for additional info on where to park for free and take a shuttle.

12th Annual San Diego Tet Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 16
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 17
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 18
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://www.sdtet.com/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this festival all weekend at Mira Mesa Park in San Diego. Free to attend for all ages, this fest will feature many traditional music and dance performances, fashion shows, merchandise vendors, and plenty of food & drinks.

Chocolate & Art Show – Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 16-17
The Vortex, Los Angeles
http://chocolateandartshow.com/

Peruse through various works of art and sample chocolates this weekend near Downtown LA. Daily tickets cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Marvel-ous Infinity War Parody
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 16
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

A comic-themed burlesque show will take place in Downtown Long Beach this Friday night. General admission starts at $15. No one under 21 may attend.

25th Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 17-18
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.queenmary.com/events/scotsfestival/

Exhibit and explore Scottish culture this weekend at the Queen Mary’s annual Scottish Festival. Open to all ages, this festival will allow guests to experience Scottish music, dancing, athletic competitions, food, apparel, merchandise, and more. Plenty of activities will keep guests of all ages occupied, such as a kids’ zone and petting zoo for little ones, and a darts tournament and whiskey tastings for adults. Saturday ticket-holders also receive a discount for the ensuing Scottish music concert at night (see event below). Single-day tickets cost $25 for adults, while other ticket packages will vary in prices. Parking will get hectic, so I highly recommend taking the FREE Passport bus from downtown to here. As the majority of the fest takes place outdoors, I suggest applying sunscreen and dressing for outdoor weather.

2018 Long Beach Comic Expo
10:00 am Р6:00 pm, February 17
10:00 am Р5:00 pm, February 18
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://longbeachcomicexpo.com/

Comic fans rejoice! The Long Beach Comic Expo returns for its annual installment at the Long Beach Convention Center this Saturday. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $50 for both days, giving guests all-day entry to the all-ages expo, where they can find plenty of merchandise, vendors, workshops, seminars, comic book signings/autographs, and more. Expect hundreds of cosplayers, as both exhibitors and attendees will dress up as their favorite fictional character. The convention center will sell food to hungry guests, but you can also check out the other great restaurants nearby if you get hungry, plus the bike fest going on across the street. Convention Center parking costs $10, so I suggest taking carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave and walking to the Convention Center.

Long Beach Mardi Gras
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 17
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://lbmardigras.com/

Shoreline Village plays host this Saturday to a myriad of music, art, activities, entertainment, dance, parades, and more. The actual parade starts at 3pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Completely free to attend for all ages, all guests can get involved with the festivities, from the dancing to the games and more. Dress up to get even more involved!

119th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 17
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownla.com/wp1/event/chinese-new-year-festival-parade/
http://lagoldendragonparade.com/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year this Saturday in Downtown LA’s historic Chinatown at this free all-ages festival. All weekend, visitors will find arts & crafts, cultural merchandise, food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more. On Saturday early afternoon, a parade will roll through the area, closing off most streets around Chinatown to through-traffic. Guests can find plenty of free street parking up Spring Street or anywhere eastward.

2018 Huntington Beach Onesie Bar Crawl
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 17
Cruisers Bar & Grill, Huntington Beach
http://www.pubsinpajamas.com/

Drink with lots of people in outfits this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Admission starts at $15 and includes a drink and shot. No one under 21 may attend.

Throw Rag – Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 17
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://throwrag.com/
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1622862-throw-rag-long-beach/

Rock out to local punk rock bands in Long Beach this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Henny & Waffles Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 18
The Globe Theatre, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.hennyandwaffles.com/

This event will features lots of Hennessey and waffles. Admission will vary depending on when you want to show up and what you want to consume. Brunch from 1pm to 4pm costs $35 to attend. Unlimited mimosas during that time costs $15. The party afterwards going into the night will have various costs as well – see the website for a full list of prices. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 8
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.

51st Annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 9
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 10
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 11
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://cabookfair.com/

Discover hundreds of books this weekend in Pasadena. Presale admission costs $13 per day or $23 for the full weekend. Admission goes up by $2 at the door.

Lunar New Year TŠļŅt Festival 2018
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 9
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 10
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 11
SDCCU Stadium, San Diego
http://lunarnewyearfestival.org/

Celebrate Lunar New Year at this festival in San Diego this weekend. Visitors of all ages will find cultural food, vendors, rides, games, arts & crafts, music, entertainment, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $5 for adults and $4 for children.

Gamer Bowl, a GamerCon event
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 9
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 10
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 11
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.gamercon.com/

This weekend, check out an all-ages event featuring video games, board games, prizes, and other activities. Admission costs $17 for adults or $13.50 for children, and provides entry to the event for all three days.

12th Annual Croatian Cultural Extravaganza
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, February 9
3:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 10
10:30 am – 3:00 pm, February 11
St. Anthony Croatian Catholic Church, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1901040880178563/

A handful of Croatian events will take place near Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. Every event has different admission costs (some free) and age limits. Click on the event page linked above for details.

31st Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 10
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 11
The Reef, South Central Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef in Los Angeles. Attendees to this expo will find hundreds of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale from over 50 different vendors for both men and women. Ticket prices heavily vary, but note that general admission starts at 10:30 am on Saturday. Those that purchase an upgraded ticket can enter as early as 9am. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

2018 Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
10:00 am Р3:00 pm, February 10-11
Del Mar Fairgrounds Wyland Center, Del Mar
http://gfafexpo.com/expos/san-diego

Find all things gluten-free and allergen-friendly at this expo in San Diego County this weekend. Adult admission costs $15 for one day or $25 for both. Children’s admission costs $5 for one day or $7 for both. Parking costs $13¬†per vehicle. Admission grants access to the entire expo floor, full of vendors, seminars, free goodies, and more.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Burbank Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 10
Burbank Town Center, Burbank
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/574540182895864/

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.

4th Annual Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 10
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 11
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.lacookiecon.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.

3rd Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 10
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://sglunarnewyear.org/

Celebrate the upcoming lunar new year with this FREE and all-ages festival in San Gabriel this Saturday afternoon. Visitors will find music, dance, art, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, tea garden, live calligraphy, fortune telling, and more.

Jav’s BBQ Grand Opening
11:30 am – 9:00 pm, February 10
Jav’s BBQ, Anaheim
http://www.javsbbq.co/
http://www.facebook.com/events/542970226087753/

Though already open to the public, this barbecue restaurant in Anaheim will hold its grand opening celebration this Saturday, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and live music all day. Free to attend, customers will receive chances to enter to win raffle prizes.

Cupid’s Undie Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 10
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/los-angeles/

Enjoy Valentine’s Day by running about a mile in your skivvies at this fun run in Santa Monica. Registration for this run costs $55 per participant, and anyone interested can also register as a team. For full rules and regulations, please see the official website linked above. No one under 21 may participate.

14th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 10
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/event/14th-annual-chocolate-festival/

The Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies. Completely free to attend, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest in front of Chase Bank. Guests may use these tickets to exchange for various eats & drinks from participating businesses in Belmont Shore.

9th Annual Brewbies Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 10
Bagby Beer Company, Oceanside
http://www.brewbies.org/

If you could not tell from the event name, this craft beer festival supports breast cancer research. Enjoy craft beer tastings from a multitude of breweries from across the nation during this four-hour tasting gala. General admission costs $45 presale or $60 at the door, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, souvenir bracelet, and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Absolutely no one under the age of 21 may enter.

4th Annual Port of Los Angeles Lunar New Year Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 10
Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://www.portoflosangeles.org/community/Lunar_New_Year_2018.asp

A free and all-ages event celebrating Chinese New Year comes to San Pedro this Saturday evening. Guests will find arts & crafts, vendors, a petting zoo, live entertainment, food, and more.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 10
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://downtownanaheim.com/events/ace/

Downtown Anaheim will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

14th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, February 11
Marine Stadium Park (north end), Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/bulldog.html

Surround yourself with cuteness this Sunday morning at the Bulldog Beauty Contest in Long Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests will see over 500 bulldogs in attendance, as many will strut their little legs on the red carpet runway. Each entry can win from any of 19 contests, some of which will cater to other dog breeds. Guests wanting seats at the runway will have to pay $5, while anyone wanting to enter their dog must pay $10 per entry.

Valley Retro Game Swap
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 11
Game Realms, Burbank
http://game-realms.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/147674192603218/

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

KSPC CD & Record Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 11
Smith Campus Center Ballroom, Claremont
http://kspc.org/cd-record-expo/

For $2 admission and free parking, enter a room full of music albums available for purchase. Interact with dozens of vendors selling all sorts of music, new and old.

4th Annual San Diego Fermentation Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 11
Leichtag Commons, Encinitas
http://sandiegofermentationfestival.com/

This annual all-ages festival showcasing Southern California’s bounty of artisanal foodmakers returns this weekend to a new, bigger location. This event will feature seminars, workshops, arts & crafts, activities, vendors, food & beverages, live music, and more. Regular admission costs $30 and provides access to food and non-alcoholic beverages, while a $45 admission will include ten tasters of craft beers and wines.