Archive for March, 2018

15th Annual Orange County’s Largest Mixer
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 29
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocmixer.com/

Pay $20 to enter this event to mix and mingle with other random strangers. Bring cash for parking too.

El Segundo Brewing Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 29
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/351719211902801/

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

8th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 30
12:00 pm – 6:30 pm, March 31
J Street b/w 6th & 10th, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://eastvillagesandiego.com/featured/east-village-opening-weekend-block-party/

This free and all-ages event celebrates the San Diego Padres’ annual opening game. This street party will have craft beer, live music, food, drinks, vendors, and more.

3rd Annual The 420 Games Los Angeles
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 31 – April 1
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://420games.org/

Do sports, listen to loud music, and get high all at this gathering this weekend in Santa Monica. Admission ranges from $4.20 to $60 based on what you want to do here. Check out the website for a full list of activities and how much each costs.

Margarita Taco Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 31
Simi Valley Town Center, Simi Valley
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/margarita-taco-festival-simi-valley-tickets-41358670898

A food & drink festival comes to the San Fernando Valley this Saturday afternoon. General admission starts at $10 and only gets you in. Higher admissions will get you additional things, such as drink tickets and access to exclusive areas/tastings.

Champagne On Main Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair
11:00 am – 6:30 pm, March 31
Main Street, Downtown Ventura
http://www.champagneonmain.com/

A cluster of events will take place in Downtown Ventura this Saturday afternoon. A free and all-ages street fair will take place all day, consisting of vendors, food, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more. A champagne/wine walk takes place from 3pm to 6pm. This costs $50 to participate in, and gives participants a wristband with tickets and tasting cup to walk around the street fair getting samples of champagnes, wines, or craft beers. A VIP admission costs $70 and also grants access to a dessert bar. Since this takes place in the street fair, no one under 21 may participate, but they can still walk around with the adults.

2018 San Diego Uncorked Wine Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 31
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/san-diego-wine-festival-2018/

Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $60 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm. 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.

8th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 31
SDCCU Stadium, San Diego
http://www.mvcbf.com/

This gourmet food and craft beer festival returns to SDCCU Stadium in San Diego this Saturday. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. VIP admission costs $90 presale or $100 at the gate, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $60 presale or $65 at the gate, and starts at 1:30pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

Mac’s Birthday Show with JFA, Narcoleptic Youth, and more
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/166084620678043/

Release some inner aggression at this local punk rock show this Saturday evening in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies + The Queers @ The Viper Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 31
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.ticketbat.com/event/the-dickies-_-the-queers

Legendary punk rock bands The Dickies and The Queers will headline a show in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets to thisshow cost $17 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Manic Hispanic – Live in Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 31
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/307914

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Easter
April 1
Worldwide

Happy Easter! Spend today with loved ones~

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Bottle Logic Brewing 5th Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 18-24
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new beer daily, culminating with the release of their anniversary ale on Saturday. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Universal Flow Gathering 2018
March 22-25
Apple Valley
http://www.universalflowgathering.com/

Many details about this event remains unknown such as time and location, but this looks like a hippie gathering out in the desert with music, yoga, interpretive dance, and more. It costs $150 to attend this. No one under 18 may attend.

68th Annual Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 22-24
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://lascifair.org/

See lots of science and engineering projects from students this week at the Pasadena Convention Center. Free to attend for all ages, this event will have student projects on display as well as many seminars about science and engineering.

14th Annual San Clemente Mixologist Competition
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 22
Pierside Kitchen & Bar, San Clemente
http://www.scchamber.com/events/details/san-clemente-mixologist-competition-03-24-2016-1073

Local bartenders work their magic to deliver quality drinks with a quality show this Thursday afternoon in San Clemente. Admission costs $35, and comes with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a sampling of the presented libations while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Fork ‘N’ Bottle
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 22
Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin
http://alumni.calpoly.edu/

$75 gets you in to enjoy unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last this Thursday night in Tustin.

Kilowatt Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Weekend
March 23-25
Kilowatt Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://kilowatt.beer/

One of the hundreds of breweries in San Diego celebrates their third anniversary this week, and to celebrate, they will have a variety of beer events this weekend. They will have special anniversary beer releases, glasses, and more activities. This has no admission or cover charge – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or two.

WonderCon 2018
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 23
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 24
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 25
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.comic-con.org/wca

Get your nerd on at WonderCon this weekend. Check out comic books, DVDs, action figures, artwork, signings/autographs, lots of cosplay, and more all weekend. Ticket prices for this all-ages expo vary depending on the preferred attendance method; for example, attending on Friday or Saturday for one day costs $30, while attending on Sunday only costs $18. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs about $20.

6th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 23
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego
http://new.bankershillbusinessgroup.com/

Bankers Hill will host a beer and art festival this Friday night for the sixth year in a row. Tickets cost $30 presale or $35 at the door, and include unlimited 4oz beer pours plus unlimited food from participating local vendors while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Noche de Estrellas
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, March 23
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/noche_de_estrellas/

This all-ages Latin-themed party celebrates the sea stars of the aquarium. Live bands, DJ’s, dancers, and more will keep the Latin music going all throughout the night. Entry into this party comes with the cost of admission into the aquarium.

44th Annual Run Seal Beach 5k/10k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, March 24
Marina Community Park, Seal Beach
http://www.runsealbeach.com/

A 5k/10k run will cover the streets of Seal Beach this Saturday morning. Registration costs $40 and includes an event t-shirt (XXL size costs $3 more). Plan your commute accordingly.

Piecemakers Peddler’s Market
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 24
Piecemakers Country Store, Costa Mesa
http://www.piecemakers.com/events/peddlers.html

Free to attend for all ages, this semiannual outdoor market contains dozens of local vendors selling various goods from antiques to apparel to accessories and lots more. Visitors will surely find great items to furnish a living space or to give away as gifts.

26th Annual Riverside Airshow
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 24
Riverside Airport, Riverside
http://riversideca.gov/airport/events/airshow/

See all things aviation at this FREE and all-ages air show at the Riverside Airport this Saturday.

8th Annual Brew With A View
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, March 24
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.pbbeer.com/

Watch the Riverside Airshow from Packinghouse Brewing this Saturday, free of charge. They will have mobile food vendors, live music, and of course, lots of beer.

Abnormal Beer Company’s Three Year Anniversary
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 24
The Cork and Craft, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
http://abnormalbeer.co/
http://www.facebook.com/events/168985273755718/

Abnormal Beer Company turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a party right where it started last year. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find special brews, bar bites, a live DJ, raffle prizes, a preview of the brewery expansion, and more.

2018 ¡Latin Food Fest! Los Angeles
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 24
Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica
http://latinfoodfest.com/

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in Santa Monica. General admission costs $35 and starts at 12pm. Early admission costs $75 and starts at 11am. VIP admission costs $149, also starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

7th Annual Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 24
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://fireitupevents.com/

Enjoy some traditional BBQ meats this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Admission to this all-ages food fest costs $5 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.

FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 24
Anaheim Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.firkfest.com/

Craft beer fans will want to travel to Anaheim this Saturday, as Anaheim hosts FirkFest, a beer fest with only cask ales. FirkFest will feature over 30 breweries, and costs $55 to get in. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

12th Annual Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 24
Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica
http://www.smgov.net/airportartwalk

Free to attend for all ages, check out a bunch of art on display this Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica.

Waffles & Beer Festival 2018
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 24-25
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/waffles-and-beer-festival-tickets-39885374228

A bunch of waffles and beer vendors will cover Downtown LA’s Pershing Square this weekend. Admission costs $5 presale or $7 at the door. All guests will still have to pay for food and drinks once inside.

Orange County Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 24
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.orangecounty-beerfestival.com/

Drink your night away at this corporate beer festival taking place this Saturday night in lovely Downtown Santa Ana. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

20th Annual Reaching For The Cure: Run & Ride
6:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 25
Irvine Valley College, Irvine
http://pcrf-kids.org/events/reaching-for-the-cure-half-marathon/

Run or ride at this fundraising event this weekend in Irvine. Registration starts at $40 and goes up based on duration and mode.

2018 Vegan Street Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 25
NoHo Commons, North Hollywood
http://www.veganstreetfair.com/

The vegans have their day in North Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. This event takes place on the streets of North Hollywood, closing Chandler Blvd between Lankershim and Vineland to traffic. Dozens of vendors will set up booths in this event, serving up vegan food samples to all visitors. Entry to the fair costs nothing, while most vendors will sell food for under $3.

LA Weekly’s The Essentials
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 25
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://essentials.laweekly.com/

Mix & mingle with other rich people as you munch on delicate food and drink samples curated by some of Los Angeles’ most hip places to hang out at. General admission costs $65 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $105 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

20th Annual Huntington Beach Crabfest
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, March 25
Senior Center in Central Park, Huntington Beach
http://hblionscrabfest.com/

An all-you-can-eat crab feast comes to Huntington Beach this Sunday evening. The $70 admission allows you to stuff yourself full of crab and other sides and appetizers.

2018 Kickoff Mixer by Project by Project – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 14
Mama Lion, Los Angeles
http://projectbyproject.org/

Network with people and enjoy light appetizers and drinks this Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Admission costs $12 presale or $20 at the door.

Los Angeles Magazine’s 3rd Annual Whiskey Festival
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, March 15
Museum of Flying, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/whiskeyfestival/

Sip on whisky samples and enjoy appetizers this Thursday night in Santa Monica. Admission costs $95 and gets you unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
March 16-18
The W, Hollywood
http://lafw.net/

The latest in fashion goes public this week in Los Angeles. Check the website for a list of all fashion events all over Los Angeles going on this week.

35th Annual San Diego Cake Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 16
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 17-18
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://sandiegocakeshow.com/

An all-ages expo for all things cakes and baked goods returns to San Diego this weekend. Classes, seminars, and contests/competitions will take place from Friday through Sunday. The vendor expo itself only takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Admission starts at $10 and goes up depending on what day you want to attend, your age, and what additional programming you wish to partake in.

Arcade Expo 4.0
2:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 16
11:00 am – 2:00 am, March 17
11:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 18
Arcade Expo, Banning
http://www.arcadeexpo.com/

Come see all things arcades at this weekend-long expo out in Banning. At this all-ages expo, see hundreds of different arcade machines, games, pinball machines, movies, seminars, vendors, food trucks, and much more. Admission varies depending on the date attending and age, ranging from $20 to $110, but all visitors get unlimited free play for all arcade games for the duration of the visit.

11th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 16
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://musinkfest.com/

Welcome to Musink, an all-ages music, tattoo, skateboarding, and pin-up festival that takes place at the OC Fairgrounds this weekend. Some of the largest names in punk rock will perform this weekend, such as Rancid and Bad Religion. Over 300 tattoo artists from around the world will fly in for the weekend. Tickets will remain on sale until the end of the fest on Sunday, so do not worry about not obtaining a ticket. Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so I highly recommend carpooling or getting dropped off.

Starpool’s 15th Anniversary Shows
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16-17
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://starpoolmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/106257280185805/

Get your skanking on this weekend in Santa Ana. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $12 each.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17
Worldwide

Too many places to name will do something special on this day, so check with your favorite local establishment to see what they have going on. Have a good time, and stay safe!

Veggiepalooza 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 17-18
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://fullertonarboretum.org/ps_veggiePalooza.php

Free to attend for all ages, a massive plant and vegetable sale will take place in Fullerton this weekend.

16th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, March 17
Parking lot east of Jack’s Beach Concession, Huntington Beach
http://eastweststrength.com/contest/

Free to attend for spectators, come watch a strongman competition down by the beach this Saturday morning.

L.A. Nature Fest
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, March 17-18
Natural History Museum, Exposition Park
http://www.nhm.org/naturefest

Learn about animals, plants, and more this weekend in Los Angeles. Admission ranges from $5 to $12, and provides full access to all of the exhibits and demos.

Claremont Pie Festival
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, March 17
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontpiefestival.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this street fair in Claremont this Saturday afternoon will have contests, demos, vendors, classic cars, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

24th Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 17
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://www.hbchamber.net/pages/st-patricks-day-parade1

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish-themed parade this Saturday in Downtown Hermosa Beach. The parade will run down Pier Avenue during this time, and local businesses will have plenty of specials for the thousands of visitors.

Akiba Day #11
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 17
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://akibaday.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1754939588149348/

Check out this free and all-ages meetup for fans of anime and manga. Expect to see a handful of cosplay here as well.

2018 West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 17
Tokyo Central, West Covina
http://esgvjcc.org/site/10-latest-announcements/225-2018-cherry-blossom-festival-2

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will find live entertainment, food, music, arts & crafts, and more.

Absolution Brewing Company’s 4th Anniversary Party
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 17
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
http://www.absolutionbrewingcompany.com/

Absolution Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of beer on tap for you to drink this Saturday. Free to attend, visitors will simply pay for beers as they go, or opt to purchase one of the beer packages. A $40 pass gets you unlimited firkin beer tasters from 1pm to 3pm, or four 20oz beer pours instead. Otherwise, the tasting room opens to the general public, where anyone can simply pay for individual beers just like normal business hours.

Phantom Carriage Brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Party
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 17
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/286765935185874/

Phantom Carriage turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of rare beers at their tasting room in Carson this Saturday. Unlike last year, they will not have a festival nor an admission fee – simply show up, buy the $15 anniversary glass, and then pay for beers as you go.

Gettin’ Lucky Burlesque
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 17
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with this themed burlesque show this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach. General admission starts at $10. No one under 21 may attend.

JFA – Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 17
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.jfamusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1661047057284966/

Rock out to some local punk rock music this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Logic Brewing 5th Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 18-24
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new beer daily, culminating with the release of their anniversary ale on Saturday. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k San Diego
6:00 am – 9:00 am, March 18
Petco Park, Downtown San Diego
http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego/

Run through Downtown San Diego this Sunday morning, and get lots of chocolate out of it, not just the hot drinkable kind. Registration costs $54 for the 5k or $74 for the 15k race.

33rd Annual Los Angeles Marathon
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 18
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://www.lamarathon.com/

The LA Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. If you intend to commute anywhere near this, plan your route accordingly.

8th Annual Adler Paddler
8:30 am – 1:00 pm, March 18
Naples Kayak Load & Launch, Long Beach
http://paddlewithpurpose.org/

A free and all-ages stand-up paddle race will take place in Long Beach this Sunday morning. They will have races as well as leisure paddling available.

Glitterfest Spring 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 18
Spring Field Banquet Center, Fullerton
http://www.glitterfest.com/

For $7, gain access to this all-ages vendor fair with mixed media art, jewelry, papier-mâché, sculptures, vintage home decor, and more.

2018 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 18
Granada Pavilion, Granada Hills
http://www.facebook.com/SanFernandoValleyComicBookConvention

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

Comic Book & Collectibles Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 18
Claremont Packing House, Claremont
http://www.claremontpackinghouse.com/events

Free to attend for all ages, this event will feature dozens of vendors selling comic books, art, toys, games, and other memorabilia.

Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
10:30 am – 5:30 pm, March 18
Central Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbcbfest.com/

This free and all-ages festival takes place this Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find real cherry blossoms, live entertainment, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more.

San Diego Magazine’s Brunch Bash 2018
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 18
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2018/Brunch-Bash-2018/

Splurge on breakfast foods, beer, cocktails, coffee, and more this Sunday early afternoon in La Jolla. Tickets cost $50 per person and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Buellton Wine & Chili Festival
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, March 18
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, Buellton
http://www.buelltonwineandchilifestival.com/

Sample food, wines, beers, and more this Sunday afternoon in Buellton. The $45 admission gets you unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. Teenagers enter for $20, while children enter for $10. Minors receive unlimited food samples and non-alcoholic drinks.

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.

2018 All-Star Chef Classic
March 7-10
LA Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.allstarchefclassic.com/

This week, a slew a culinary celebrations will take place at LA Live in Downtown LA. Events range from formal dinners to strolling events (food fest style) to cooking classes & demos, and more. Admission starts at $25 and goes up depending on which event you want to attend.

16th Annual Southern California Linux Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 8-11
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale/16x

An expo for all things Linux comes to Pasadena this weekend. $20 gets you in to the expo floor to check out all the vendors and services.

22nd Annual Taste of Third
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 8
3rd Avenue b/t E St & G St, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/taste-of-third-avenue/

Stroll up and down Chula Vista’s 3rd Street and enjoy eats from the local shops this Thursday evening. Participation costs $20 and provides food and drink samples from participating businesses while supplies last.

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

13th Annual San Diego Cherry Blossom Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 9-11
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
http://www.niwa.org/cbf18

The Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego celebrates spring and Japanese culture. Guests can marvel at the beauty of the iconic cherry blossoms as well as the koi pond and waterfall at San Diego’s Japanese Friendship Garden. Visitors will also find an assortment of cultural performances, authentic Japanese street food, one-of-a-kind crafts & gifts, and a beer & sake garden for attendees to enjoy. The kids’ area offers hands-on arts & crafts and engaging activities. Admission costs $12.

2018 Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 9
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

This free festival celebrates local art with art exhibits, live music, entertainment, and more as Pasadena’s local artists open up their studios to the public. For free street parking, check Corson Street.

Into The Wild – OC Trail Run
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 10
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 10k or 21k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration for the 10k costs $55 presale or $60 on the day of the race. Registration for the 21k costs $75 presale or $80 on the day of the race.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10-11
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/

Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $18. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 10
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/142527236451622/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Garden Grove this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for a drink.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 10
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/

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!

Smorgasburg Saturday Pop Up on the Pier
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://la.smorgasburg.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/165877050722709/

Smorgasburg delivers a free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon on the Santa Monica Pier. Visitors will find all sorts of food vendors and booths serving up delicious and unique food and drinks.

Golden Years Vintage Market
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10
2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.cameoappearancevintage.com/golden-years-1

A vintage clothing and vinyl records market will take place in Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will encounter dozens of vendors selling lots of local goods and gifts.

Holi Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10-11
Whittier Narrows Park, South El Monte
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-of-colors-los-angeles-ca/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the Festival of Colors this weekend. 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.

California Irish Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, March 10-11
Perris Auto Speedway, Perris
http://www.californiairishfest.com/

Celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by immersing yourself in the culture this weekend in Perris. Featuring authentic food, beer gardens, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, storytelling, merchandise vendors, athletic competitions, piping, and more, guests will find plenty to do here to remain occupied all day. Single-day admission costs $7.

OC Weekly’s Fresh Toast 2018
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, March 10
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.freshtoastoc.com/

Splurge on breakfast foods, beer, cocktails, coffee, and more this Saturday afternoon in Newport Beach. Tickets cost $40 per person and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual Orange County Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 10
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Dozens of microbreweries will gather here and pour all the beers that the guests can drink for the duration of the event. General admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm, while early bird admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. Tickets at the door cost $10 more. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

Best Coast Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 10
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://bestcoastbeerfest.com/

This looks like another big corporate beer festival, so stay wary. This one takes place in Downtown San Diego, land of some of the most popular breweries on the west coast. General admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $115, starts at 1pm, and includes access to a VIP area. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Wine Fest 2018
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 10-11
A Stone’s Throw Winery, San Juan Capistrano
http://ocwinefest.com/

A wine-tasting event comes to Orange County this weekend. General admission costs $70 and provides unlimited drink tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. All-access admission costs $100 and also provides exclusive access to select wines. Parking costs $5 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Taste of Bressi
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 10
Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, Bressi Ranch
http://www.bgccarlsbad.org/fundraising-events

Sample food, beer, wine, and more this Saturday afternoon in Carlsbad. Admission costs $48 presale or $55 at the door, and provides unlimited food while supplies last, and eight drink tickets good for beer or wine. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Montrose Spring Wine Walk
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 10
Montrose Shopping Park, Glendale
http://shopmontrose.com/montrose-spring-wine-walk/

Sample wines from over 20 stations hosted by the local merchants and businesses. Each location will serve red and/or white wines plus delicious appetizers for your enjoyment, along with complimentary bottled water. Guests will also enjoy live music and activities throughout the area. Tickets to participate cost $45 per person. No one under 21 may participate.

Electric Asian Night Market
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 10
All Souls Church, Alhambra
http://www.electricnightmarket.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/497179677345075/

The night market craze comes to Alhambra this Saturday night, free for all ages. Visitors will find lots of cultural food and drinks, as well as live music and other entertainment.

6th Annual Rock Star Beer Festival San Diego
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 10
Humphreys By The Bay, San Diego
http://www.rockstarbeerfestivalsd.com/

A corporate beer festival comes to San Diego this Saturday night. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Tustin Hangar Half Marathon & 5k
7:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 11
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
http://tustinhangarhalf.com/

A new race comes to cover the streets of Tustin this Sunday morning. Registration costs $110 for the half marathon or $35 for the 5k. Many streets in Tustin will close to vehicular traffic on Sunday, so plan your commute accordingly.

Santa Clarita Comic & Toy Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 11
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita
http://www.santaclaritacomictoyexpo.com/

Santa Clarita gets their own comics and toys convention this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $5 and includes free parking at the venue.

44th Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 11
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/44th-annual-festival-of-the-kite/

Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.

Beat Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 11
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://beatswapmeet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1619071004848360/

Free to attend with the donation of one canned food, this outdoor event will celebrate traditional music through vinyl, records, mix tapes, and other mediums of all genres.