Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Matamoska @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 14
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/183148502210333/

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

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16-17
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Taste of Culver City: Centennial Summer Celebration
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16
Culver & Washington, Downtown Culver City
http://www.downtownculvercity.com/

Stroll through Downtown Culver City this Wednesday evening and sample the local eats. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and grants you unlimted food samples from the participating businesses while supplies last. This may not include drinks – some businesses will sell those separately.

AVP Manhattan Beach Open
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 17-20
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
http://avp.com/event/manhattan-beach-open/

Come watch some of the world’s top beach volleyball players compete this weekend in Manhattan Beach. Visitors of all ages may attend the matches for free, but seats come at a fee.

7th Annual Echo Park Rising
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 17
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 18-19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Sunset Blvd, Echo Park
http://epr.la/

Explore the music, creativity, and diversity that Echo Park has to offer at this FREE and all-ages outdoor concert taking place all weekend on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. Many of the music shows have VIP tickets available for sale for preferred seating, so check the website to see which shows offer VIP tickets for sale.

KCON 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 18-20
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.kconusa.com/

A convention for all things Korean culture will come to Downtown LA this weekend. Attendees will find lots of vendor booths, food, entertainment, media, celebrity appearances, and more. Admission costs $15 for one day or $25 for the entire weekend.

2017 Los Angeles Tattoo Convention
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 19
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.latattooconvention.com/

Check out hundreds of tattoo artists from around the globe at this tattoo convention this weekend in Long Beach. Admission costs $17 per day or $30 for both days.

7th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbbqfestival.com/

The Long Beach BBQ Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $3 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.

San Diego Magazine’s 2017 Best of San Diego Party
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 18
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2017/Best-of-San-Diego-Party-2017/

Sample food from San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. General admission costs $80 and starts at 6:30pm, while VIP admission costs $120 and starts at 5:30pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Brea Fest
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea
http://www.breaspecialevents.com/

Essentially a “Taste of Brea,” this free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase tickets to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Viernes 13 – Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 18
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/241233693055612/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Friday night in Riverside. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

77th Annual Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 19-27
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

19th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 9:30 pm, August 19
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 20
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

Los Angeles Spartan Race Stadium Sprint 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/959/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Elysian Park. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $149 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices.

Color Vibe 5k – Orange County
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 19
Fountain Valley Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.thecolorvibe.com/orangecounty.php

Another color run comes to Orange County this Saturday morning. Registration costs $65 per individual.

Fastivus 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana
http://www.fastivus.com/

If you like fast cars, you will not want to miss Fastivus this Sunday. This all-ages event features all things cars, from the racing aspect to famous racers and more. Admission costs $20 presale or $30 at the gate.

3rd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
City National Grove, Anaheim
http://www.cahotsauceexpo.com/

Spice lovers rejoice! Torch your taste buds at this hot sauce tasting event this weekend in Anaheim. General admission costs $10 and provides access to all the vendors sampling their hot sauces, but does not include food or drinks. A beer package costs $40 and includes five beverage tokens, a bottle of hot sauce, and a t-shirt. VIP admission costs $75 and provides access to a secluded VIP area.

2017 ¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 19
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://latinfoodfest.com/

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in San Diego. General admission costs $39 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $149, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

3rd Annual Orange County Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Anaheim Public Library, Anaheim
http://oczinefest.tumblr.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Orange County gets their own Zone Fest this Saturday afternoon. 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.

2017 Natsumatsuri Family Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/2017/natsumatsuri/

At this free and all-ages event, find plenty of family-fun activities to partake in, such as karaoke, live music, live entertainment, games, arts & crafts, dance, and more.

2017 Unique LA Summer Market
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/markets-la

The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from hundreds of hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast. The $15 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food.

1st Annual Cultured Food Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
Highland Springs Resort, Cherry Valley
http://www.hsresort.com/beer/

Halfway between the Inland Empire and Palm Desert lies the Highland Springs Resort. They have ended their annual Sausage & Beer Festival and replaced it with a festival focusing on fermented foods and drinks. Like their previous festival, this event will run continuously during the allotted times with no set schedule or strict event time. For $7 admission, visitors will end up paying for food and drinks as they go, so nobody has to rush to eat or drink in a certain period of time. Bring plenty of cash if you intend to endure a long session here.

Stone Brewing’s 21st Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 19
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-21st-anniversary-celebration-invitational-beer-festival

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $55 per session, which run from 1pm-4pm or 5pm-8pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

Pacific Wine & Food Classic
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 19-20
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.pacificwineandfood.com/

A food & alcohol tasting festival takes place this weekend in Newport Beach. Single-day general admission costs $150, starts at 2pm, and gets you three hours of unlimited tastings while supplies last. Two-day general admission costs $250. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 1pm, and includes exclusive tastings plus access to a VIP lounge. Two-day VIP admission costs $350. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Dana Point Lobster Fest
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.danapointlobsterfest.org/

A festival with a lot of seafood comes to Dana Point this Saturday evening. Admission starts at $85, and each different admission provides you with different food. Attendees should also expect music throughout the night, casino games, and other activities. Bring cash for the cash bar.

9th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/buskerfest

BuskerFest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend for all ages, fans of music will surely want to come here. For long-term parking, search for street parking in neighborhoods to the east or north.

6th Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $45 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Roller Derby – Jailhouse Block
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
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.

3rd Annual San Pedro Craft Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
USS Iowa BattleShip, San Pedro
http://chugginbrews.com/

Sample local craft beers and check out a tourist attraction this Saturday afternoon in San Pedro. General admission costs $42, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited beer while supplies last and access to the museum. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 2pm, and also includes a pretzel necklace, beer float, mimosa/sangria bar, and a souvenir glass. Parking costs $6 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

Rob’s Birthday Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 19
World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/384423645293212/

A handful of local punk rock bands will perform in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Ladies Who Ride
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 20
Lifestyle Cycles, Anaheim
http://cookscorners.com/

A group motorcycle ride for women will take place this Sunday. Free to participate, women motorcycle riders will first meet at Lifestyle Cycles in Anaheim, then will ride to Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon as one procession. Once at Cook’s Corner, the place will host specials and other entertainment for the rest of the afternoon.

Red Bull Soapbox Race – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 20
Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park
http://www.redbullsoapboxrace.com/usa-losangeles/en/

Come watch people race soap boxes down a hill this Sunday in Elysian Park, free to attend for all ages.

Valley Retro Game Swap
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 20
Game Realms, Burbank
http://game-realms.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/153726271862119/

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.

3rd Annual Long Beach Tiki Social & Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 20
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.lbtikisocial.com/

Immerse yourself in Tiki culture at this social event in Long Beach this Sunday afternoon. Find Tiki-themed vendors, music, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $25. No one under 21 may attend.

Akiba Day: Summer Picnic & Cosplay Meetup
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 20
Whittier Narrows, South El Monte
http://www.facebook.com/events/160624967817770/

Free to attend for all ages, a picnic & cosplay meetup will take place in South El Monte this Sunday afternoon.

22nd Annual Plum Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 20
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/blog/event/old-worlds-annual-plum-festival/

Bring your family out to this FREE and all-ages event taking place at Old World Village in Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find games, arts & crafts, plum-based treats, live entertainment, and more.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 20
Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

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

29th Annual Taste of Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 8
Main Street, Encinitas
http://visitencinitas.org/event/29th-annual-taste-mainstreet/

Sample food from dozens of restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at over a dozen sip stops along the street as well. You can gain all-access to this for $45 presale or $50 at the gate. This taste tends to sell out each year, so purchase your tickets soon if you wish to attend.

Los Angeles Swim Fashion Show 2017
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 9
Skirball Cultural Center, Brentwood, Los Angeles
http://swimweekla.com/

See the latest in swimwear fashion and accessories at this one-of-a-kind swimwear fashion event. General admission to this show costs $28, while VIP admission with reserved seating costs $72.

Swingin’ Utters – Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 9, Sweet Springs Saloon, Los Osos
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 10, Horn Bar, Lancaster
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 11, The Garage, Ventura
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 12, Space Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 13, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://swinginutters.com/

Punk rock band Swingin’ Utters currently tours across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Each show has a different cover charge, so check with the venue for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

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

10th Annual Taste of Downtown Disney
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 10
Downtown Disney, Anaheim
http://www.chocwalk.org/the-taste/

Relax in Downtown Disney as servers bring the food and drinks to you at this Taste of Downtown Disney. Also enjoy the best in local entertainment that only Downtown Disney can provide a venue for. Admission varies depending on the package, with general admission costing $125.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 11-13
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

30th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival
5:00 pm – 10:30 pm, August 11
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 12-13
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachjazzfestival.com/

Soak in the sun with classy R&B and jazz music this weekend in Long Beach. Discover the best in local music under the sun in the park by the beach, and check out the local food and art also available at this all-ages fest. Admission varies based on attendance method, with rates starting at $50. Parking in nearby lots and structures cost $10 per vehicle – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue to circumvent parking fees.

Perseid Meteor Shower 2017
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 11-12
Anywhere
http://www.space.com/32868-perseid-meteor-shower-guide.html

The brightest meteor shower in history will occur this weekend. While you technically can see the meteor shower right now, it will peak this weekend. Head to a naturally dark area so you can see the sky the clearest. Note that the moon will rise around 11pm, which will interfere with viewing the meteor shower due to the moon illuminating the sky.

69th Annual Catalina Ski Race
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 12
Hotel Maya, Long Beach
http://www.catalinaskirace.net/

Over 70 water ski teams from around the world will race from The Queen Mary to Avalon and back this Saturday morning. Spanning a total of 62 miles round trip, this open sea race takes approximately one to two hours for most teams to complete, but the nature of the unpredictable ocean draws in the large audience that attends every year from around the world. The deadline to participate has already passed, but spectators may visit for free, so if you like what you see, bookmark this event for next year!

EPIC Series Orange County
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 12
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach
http://www.epicseriesocr.com/upcoming-events/epic-series-orange-county/

Test your might at this all-ages obstacle course this Saturday morning in Huntington Beach. Registration costs $85 for the open course or $90 for the competitive course. The kids course costs $20 to participate in.

BrunchCon LA 2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 12-13
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.brunchcon.com/

Spend some time this weekend indulging in brunch goodies from scrumptious breakfast foods to tasty brunch beverages at The Reef in Los Angeles. 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.

BeautyCon LA
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 12-13
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://beautycon.com/beautycon-los-angeles

See all things beauty, fashion, cosmetics, and more at this event in Los Angeles this weekend. General admission costs $50 for one day or $80 for both days, and grants you access to the entire show floor full of vendors, services, workshops, speakers, demos, and more.

CatConLA 2017
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 25
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 26
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://catconworldwide.com/

As the event’s name suggests, this two-day event features all things cats. See the latest in cat trends involving fashion, grooming, accessories, nutrition, and more. Also meet famous cats and famous people who work with cats, including artists and designers. Adult admission costs $30 for a day, while child admission costs $15 for a day. Guests may not actually bring their cats. Guests will not actually see any cats without paying for an additional ticket to see the cats – those tickets start at $50.

5th Annual Auto Enthusiast Day
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 12
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.autoenthusiastday.com/

Free to attend for all ages, check out all things cars outside of Angel Stadium of Anaheim this Saturday afternoon.

12th Annual ArtWalk San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 12-13
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.artwalksandiego.org/ntc/

Check out the best in local art at this FREE all-ages art walk in Liberty Station this weekend. In addition to seeing art on display, visitors will likely see many artists creating artwork on the spot.

2017 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 12
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 13
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 – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Cerritos Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 12
Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/349854682100993/

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.

Unsung Brewing’s 1st Anniversary
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 12
Unsung Brewing @ MAKE, Anaheim
http://www.unsungbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/121116751835771/

Unsung Brewing will celebrate their first anniversary this Saturday in Anaheim. Free to attend, they will have rare beers on tap, anniversary merchandise for sale, a comic book release, people in costume, raffles, and more.

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival 2017
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, August 12
Carpinteria State Beach, Carpinteria
http://surfbeerfest.com/

This beer tasting event in Carpinteria will have over 45 breweries to choose beer from, as well as local surfboard shapers, local music, food trucks, and more. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 11:30am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Pintwood Derby
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 12
Glendora Public Library, Glendora
http://www.alostabrewing.com/pintwood/

Put your crafting skill to work this Saturday afternoon in Glendora. At this contest, people enter to build a “toy” car to see whose design works the best. Alosta Brewing has significantly changed their Pintwood Derby this year. This event now resembles a beer festival, costing $30 to enter for unlimited beer tastings for the duration of the event while supplies last. Those who want to enter the Pintwood Derby will pay $35 to enter, which also includes the beer fest entry.

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

A barbecue, beer, and country music festival will take place on the beach this Saturday. Presale tickets to this event cost $75. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual BeerX Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 12
Waterfront Park, Downtown San Diego
http://www.beerxsandiego.com/

Reggae music meets craft beer at this festival taking place in Downtown San Diego this weekend. Unlimited beer tastings will take place from 12pm to 4pm, while the live music will take place all day. After 4pm, attendees will have to pay for each drink. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while early admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $99 and includes access to a VIP area. Stage VIP admission costs $229 and allows viewing of the stage from on-stage on the side. No one under 21 may attend before 4:30. Attendees can find parking at various lots around the venue that range from $6 to $20.

Rosé & Bubbles Festival
12:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 12
Leica Store & Gallery, West Hollywood
http://www.winela.com/rose-bubbles-festival

Sample rosé and other bubbly sips this Saturday in West Hollywood. Various events will take place throughout the day, and each has its own admission price. Events include general tasting events, seminars, pairings, dinners, and more. See the website for a list of events and prices.

Burgers & Brews Invitational
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 12
Del Mar Racetrack, Del Mar
http://burgersandbrews.com/

Fill your stomach with burgers and beers this Saturday in Del Mar while listening to rap music. $32 gets you unlimited burger samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. Pay an additional $10 to add ten 2oz beer samples to your pass. The venue will have additional beers and other foods for purchase, such as fries or other sides.

4th Annual Bite at the Beach
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 12
MBS Media Campus, Manhattan Beach
http://www.manhattanbeachchamber.com/bite-at-the-beach/

20 restaurants and 20 breweries come together to create an afternoon of beer pairings with food. General admission costs $75, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited tastes of food and beer. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 2pm, and includes exclusive hors d’oeuvres and Samuel Adams barrel beer tastings. No one under 21 may attend. If you must take away one thing from this event, a major beer company sponsors it.

D.I. – Live in Corona
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 12
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1433075370116693/

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

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 13
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.

48th Annual Junior Over The Line OTL Tournament
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 13
Fiesta Island, Mission Beach, San Diego
http://www.ombac.org/

An over-the-line tournament for minors will take place this Sunday in San Diego. The tournament costs $5 to enter per person.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 13
Wilmington to San Pedro
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of San Pedro through Wilmington will close to bicyclists this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bicyclists and pedestrians may roam the streets.

64th Annual San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 13
Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
http://www.scchamber.com/events/details/san-clemente-fiesta-music-festival-08-14-2016-2603

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in San Clemente this Sunday. Visitors will find beer, food, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, games, cars, motorcycles, demos, workshops, and lots more.

12th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 13
Encinitas Community Park, Encinitas
http://www.cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com/

Want a little exercise, socialization, and bonding with your dog? Come enjoy dog contests, custom pet products and animal adoptions. Vendors will display the latest dog products and much more. San Diego County’s largest dog-centric event draws thousands attendees from all over San Diego to see over 200 vendors, dog contests, live music, food, an agility course, a doggie photo booth, doggie crafts and a large silent auction. Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees should park at or near Encinitas City Hall and take the free shuttle.

33rd Annual Hillcrest CityFest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 13
5th & University, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/

Have fun at this street fair in Hillcrest this Sunday with games, activities, vendors, live music, food, a beer garden, and more. Free to attend for all ages, visitors should park at the San Diego School District Building on the east side of Hillcrest.

3rd Annual Reckless Chili Cookoff
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 13
Reckless Brewing Company, Miramar, San Diego
http://www.wetnreckless.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1022317887871215/

Bring in your best homemade chili to compete for a $25 gift certificate, or just come in to taste the other chili. This event has no admission fee.

This Sunday afternoon, the Long Beach Zine Fest returns for their third year running at the Museum of Latin American Art near Downtown Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this event features dozens of local writers and artists as they exhibit their literary and artistic works. Visitors can purchase much of the works, while some can partake in trading works and art instead. Extraneous vendors and live entertainment will mix things up throughout the day. Visitors should bring cash if they intend to purchase any of the work here, as well as any food or other items such as apparel and accessories. The venue has a very limited parking lot, so plan to spend time looking for parking in the surrounding neighborhoods. For additional information and updates, check on their website linked above, and follow their updates on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest on what happens and what to expect.

2017 LA Restaurant Week
July 14-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 15-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 19-20
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

3rd Annual Stars Of Pinot
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 19
Sofitel LA, Beverly Hills
http://www.winela.com/starsofpinot

A wine tasting gala comes to Beverly Hills this Wednesday evening. Admission comes at three separate prices. Silver admission costs $85 and starts at 7:00pm while gold admission costs $175 and starts at 6:00pm -both of these admission types receive unlimited wine samples and appetizers while supplies last. VIP admission costs $210, starts at 5:30pm, and also includes a panel, dinner buffet, and gift bag. No one under 21 may attend.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 19
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Hop-Con 5.0
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 19
Stone Brewing World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.stonebrewing.com/hopcon

Stone Bistro in Liberty Station will shut down this Wednesday night for this festival that will include lots of beers, cask ales, and free-play arcade games. General admission costs $75. No one under 21 may attend.

AVP Hermosa Beach Open
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 20-23
Hermosa Beach Pier, Hermosa Beach
http://avp.com/event/avp-hermosa-beach-open/

Come watch some of the world’s top beach volleyball players compete this weekend in Hermosa Beach. Visitors of all ages may attend the matches for free, but seats come at a fee.

Venice Art Crawl
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20
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.

Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20-21
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 22
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 23
Honda Center, Anaheim
http://www.marveluniverselive.com/tickets/details/112305

Basically, a live-action Marvel movie with play out on stage in Anaheim this weekend. Tickets to this all-ages show start at $30.

Dead Kennedys – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20, The Echoplex, Echo Park
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 21, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22, House of Blues, Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
http://www.deadkennedys.com/

Legendary punk rock band Dead Kennedys will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. The prices and age limits vary by location, so check with the venue for information.

1st Annual Ska-Mic Con
11:00 am – 1:00 am, July 21-22
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.skamiccon.com/

Dozens of ska bands will perform at this all-ages concert in Anaheim this weekend. Single-day admission costs $40, while two-day admission costs $65. These only grant you entry to the concert, and do not include parking, food, or drinks. VIP admission costs $80 and grants access to both days, a private bar, the restaurant’s menu, and the after party. No one under 21 may purchase the VIP admission.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 21-23
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

2017 FYF Fest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 21
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22-23
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://fyffest.com/

FYF Fest really requires no other description. If you have heard of or attended Coachella, FYF Fest will feel similar. This three-day concert will feature the largest names in music. Surprisingly, tickets have not sold out yet! I recommend getting dropped off or taking the Metro, as parking will not exist on these three days.

Delicious Little Tokyo 2017
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 21
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 22
10:30 am – 9:00 pm, July 23
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.golittletokyo.com/delicious/

A handful of food & beverage events will take place around Little Tokyo this weekend. Some of these events have an admission fee, while some do not, so check the website for the full list of events.

Pirate Con
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 21
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/pirate-con/

A pirate-themed adult party takes place in a museum this Friday night. Admission costs $40 and includes a Funko Pop Barbossa collectible, one drink ticket, and complimentary appetizers while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Underground Alliance in LA
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 21
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1350254855066030/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Northeast LA. The cover for this show costs $3. No one under 21 may enter.

36th Annual Cypress 5K & 10K Run + 36th Annual Cypress Community Festival
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 22
Oak Knoll Park, Cypress
http://cypressfestival.com/

Two events occur back-to-back this Saturday in Cypress. Starting early in the morning, participate in a 5K or 10K run through the streets of Cypress. Following the run, a FREE all-ages & all-day festival will take place at the nearby park. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with a car show, food, drinks, games, rides, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more.

Insect & Ladybug Festival 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 22-23
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/insect.htm

Check out insects, lizards, snakes, and other invertebrates this weekend at this special exhibit in San Diego. Admission into the venue costs $14 for adults, $10 for seniors/students/military, or $8 for children. Parking costs $2 per vehicle.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Torrance Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 22
Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/805276009649773/

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.

Tequila & Taco Music Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 22-23
Plaza Park, Ventura
http://www.tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com/

Indulge on tacos and liquor this weekend in Ventura. Entry into the festival costs $10 per person per day. A $40 Saturday admission exists that comes with six half-ounce tequila samples plus a souvenir glass, but this sampling only occurs from 11am to 3pm on Saturday. All admission does NOT include food or drinks – those come at a separate cost.

4th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Poetry Slam
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, July 22
Michelle Obama Library @ DeForest Park, Long Beach
http://www.deforestpark.org/

Free to attend for all ages, sample some chili made by locals this Saturday afternoon in Long Beach.

5th Annual Los Angeles Bacon Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 22
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.labaconfest.com/

As the name suggests, if you love bacon, this fest has nothing but bacon. Come indulge in all things bacon, as you explore every possible way to consume bacon. This year, they will run two 3-hour sessions: 12pm-3pm and 4pm-7pm. Tickets cost $60 per session, and sell out every year, so act fast if you want to go.

Sneaker Con 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 22-23
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://sneakercon.com/

Discover hundreds of shoe vendors this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. Admission to this all-ages event costs $25 for one day or $40 for both days.

5th Annual Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 22
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://heroesbrewfest.com/

Coinciding with Comic Con, this beer tasting event will take place at Liberty Station this Saturday evening. As the title suggests, this beer event will bear a costume element, encouraging attendees to arrive in some sort of cosplay outfit. They have changed the admission tiers for this year’s festival. General admission costs $20 and starts at 4pm but does not include any beer – these ticket holders will have to pay for all beers consumed. Early access admission costs $50, starts at 2pm, and comes with unlimited beer tasters for only the first two hours while supplies last. VIP admission costs $99, also starts at 2pm, but allows unlimited beer tasters for the entire duration of the event. It also provides access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Vegan Faire
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 22
Healthy Junk, Anaheim
http://www.thehealthyjunk.com/

This Saturday, check out this FREE and all-ages festival showcasing the full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods & services with booths & workshops focusing on food, environment, clothing and fitness. Catch live music on the promenade all day too.

SPOCOM 11th Annual Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 22
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://spocomusa.com/2010/01/27/event-info-2017-spocom-super-show-anaheim/

A car & trade show comes to Anaheim this Saturday evening. Admission to this all-ages event costs $30.

Sausage & Bierfest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.thephoenixclub.com/?upcoming-event=sausage-bierfest

$5 gets you in to this event that will have sausages and beer for sale, as well as live music throughout the night.

Fried Chicken & Champagne
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 22
Eat Drink Americano, Arts District, Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/chicken

Partake in a blind champagne tasting along with fried chicken pairings this Saturday night in the Arts District of Downtown LA. Admission costs $140 per person or $275 for a pair of tickets, and includes all food and drinks for the duration of the event. No one under 21 may attend.

Beat Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 23
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://beatswapmeet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1952387895047880/

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.

The 8th Annual Los Angeles Renegade Craft Fair returned for its semi-annual Summer Market this past weekend at its original home of the LA State Historic Park outside of Downtown Los Angeles. This free and all-ages event sees thousands of visitors all coming to see over 250 select independent artists, crafters, and vendors all exhibiting and selling their wares. Among all the possible merchandise, visitors could purchase anything from clothing, accessories, home goods (candles, soap, wind chimes, etc), kitchen supplies, artisanal eats (candy, preserves, etc), music records, pet supplies, and so much more. What makes Renegade Craft appealing revolves around every single vendor, all independently crafting their own handmade goods as opposed to manufacturing them in a factory. In addition to the multitude of aisles filled with vendors, Renegade Craft also offers various hands-on workshops, art installations, live DJ’s, a photo booth, gourmet food trucks, and more.

With the change in location came a change in the lineup of vendors. This past weekend’s event appeared to have fewer amount of vendors compared to the past couple of years at Grand Park. This does not denote a bad thing, as the organizers had to deal with a smaller area this time, despite returning to its original location. Renegade Craft exists to introduce the locals to new vendors that they would have never heard of, and this past weekend’s event certainly did that for me.

If you attended Renegade LA this past weekend, I would love to know what you purchased. Please share your items by commenting on this post, or by posting on my Facebook page. Keep in mind that Renegade runs twice a year in Los Angeles – the holiday show will occur on the weekend of December 9-10 later this year. As a free event open to the public that lasts two days, Renegade Craft Fair can easily fit into anyone’s schedule. Shop local, and support local business – doing so drives the local economy and greatly benefits your local community. Support Renegade Craft Fair by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

AleSmith’s 3rd Annual IPA Week
July 10-14
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego
http://alesmith.com/

In the past, AleSmith has celebrated IPA Day, which typically falls on the second Tuesday of July. This year, AleSmith will expand the celebration to a full week of specialty IPAs, educational seminars, and unique hoppy creations.

Endless Summer: Time Out LA July Magazine Release Party
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, July 10
The Montalban, Hollywood
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/endless-summer-time-out-l-a-july-magazine-release-party

Time Out LA releases their monthly magazine this week, and will celebrate with a party in Hollywood tonight. General admission costs $19 and comes with two cocktails per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Birds of Prey Night
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 11
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Birds-of-Prey/

Get an up-close look at magnificent birds this Tuesday night in Fullerton. Ticket to this all-ages event cost $10.

Taco Tuesday w/ Viernes 13
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/231900113995991/

Enjoy $1 tacos and a FREE show this Tuesday night in Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Summer Nights at Newport Dunes
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 12
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://greatersmc.com/

Food, drinks, music, networking, and more will collide in Newport Beach this Wednesday evening. Admission costs $75 and includes food and drinks.

14th Annual California Wine Festival
July 13-15
Multiple locations, Santa Barbara
http://www.californiawinefestival.com/

This weekend, a variety of wine events will take place throughout Santa Barbara. Events vary in content and price, so click on the provided website for details about what to expect.

World Series of Beach Volleyball
July 13-16
Alamitos Beach, Long Beach
http://www.wsobv.com/

This unprecedented event brings the world’s greatest beach volleyball players and their fans together for a week-long celebration of the summer. Festivities will include including sports, music, local culture, food, drinks, activities, and more. Visitors may attend any of the events for free, while premium seating for the broadcast events comes with a price.

15th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 13
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/taste_of_Pifa.htm

Get a taste of Islander cuisine this Thursday night near Liberty Station. Admission to this all-ages tasting costs $30 presale and $40 at the door, and includes all food, non-alcoholic drinks, access to a silent auction, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Taste of Grand Central Market
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, July 13
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://secretcityla.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-grand-central-market-tickets-34985236785

$50 will get you a tasting tour of many of the food stands inside the historic Grand Central Market in Downtown LA. This will include food only, not drinks.

Orange Coast Magazine’s Best Of 2017 Party
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, July 13
Rancho Las Lomas, Silverado
http://www.orangecoast.com/bestof2017/

$50 gets you in to this event with unlimited samples of food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 13
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.

2017 LA Restaurant Week
July 14-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 15-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

2017 D23 Expo
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 14-15
9:00 am – 6:30 pm, July 16
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://d23.com/d23-expo/

The world’s largest Disney expo returns this weekend to the Anaheim Convention Center. Situated just across the street from the Disneyland Resort, tens of thousands of Disney fans from around the world travel here to find all things Disney here, from merchandise vendors to autograph sessions to costume contests and more. One-day admission for non-D23 members costs $81 for adults or $59 for children 12 and under. A weekend pass for non-D23 members costs $238 for adults or $174 for children 12 and under. I HIGHLY recommend early arrival – with so many people trying to get in, expect to wait in long lines if arriving mid-day. Parking will cost a pretty penny – consider getting dropped off, or park in the neighborhoods to the west.

2017 Sun & Sea Festival
10:00 am – 12:00 am, July 14
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 15
Imperial Beach, San Diego
http://sunandseafestival.com/

Have some fun in the sun this weekend at Imperial Beach in San Diego. All weekend, a plethora of activities will occur, each with its own cost and attendance restrictions, from sandcastle building to a pancake breakfast to a night ball. See the website for full details on all the events going on this weekend.

2017 Orange County Fair Opening Day
12:00 pm, July 14
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocfair.com/

The OC Fair this year runs Wednesday through Sunday each week starting July 14 with the final day on August 13. The fairgrounds open 12pm until 12am on weekdays, and 10am to 12 am on weekends. For opening day, all guests receive FREE parking and enter the fair for FREE. Every year, a new fried food gets introduced, such as deep-fried Kool Aid or deep-fried butter. In previous years, they allowed guests to bring their own foods to get fried, and they will continue that tradition this year.

2017 Los Angeles Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 14
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 15
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 16
Ports O’Call Village, San Pedro
http://lobsterfest.com/

This lobster festival at Port of Los Angeles will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, pirate shows, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $10 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. A printable coupon on the website allows guests to save $1 off entry.

2017 South Bay Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 14
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 15-16
St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church, Redondo Beach
http://www.sbgreekfestival.com/

Celebrate life as the Greeks do at this Greek festival this weekend in Redondo Beach. This weekend-long all-ages festival celebrates Greek culture with food, drinks, desserts, live music, dancing, games, rides, and more. Admission to the fair costs $2, but print the flyer below to enter for free!

Los Angeles Soul Music Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 14-16
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://lasoulmusic.com/

Three days of soul music come to Los Angeles this weekend. Admission ranged from $70 to $255 depending on how many days you want to attend, as well as what areas and seats you want to access.

Bacon & Barrels – San Luis Obispo
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, July 14
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 15
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 16
Madonna Inn Meadows, San Luis Obispo
http://www.baconandbarrels.com/

Pig out on bacon eats and barrel sips this weekend in San Luis Obispo. Three different events will take place throughout the weekend, each with different prices. A dinner will take place Friday night, and a brunch buffet will take place Sunday morning. Most people will want to check out the festival taking place Saturday afternoon. Check with the website for pricing details. No one under 21 may attend any of these events.

2017 See, Sip & Savor Historical Home Tour
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 14
Private residence, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://hslb.org/calendar_of_events/2017-see-sip-savor-historical-home-tour/

Tour through old historical homes in Long Beach while enjoying appetizers and drinks this Friday night. The $60 admission gets you in to the tour, as well as gets you your food and drinks for the tour.

Punk Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/234129480400629/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs only $3. No one under 21 may enter.

2017 Rental Car Rally – Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 14
Location TBA, Los Angeles
http://www.rentalcarrally.com/

What do you get when you mix Halloween with Mario Kart? You get the Rental Car Rally! This race abandons all conventional means by pitting themed teams against each other as they drive from point A to point B overnight. Instead of which team arrives first, winners reach the destination with the fewest miles traveled while hitting every single checkpoint along the way. Along the way, teams may attempt to interfere with other teams, using methods such as water balloons, water guns, powdered balloons, and other wacky ways that you would normally see in a video game. Words cannot accurately describe the mayhem behind a Rental Car Rally. To understand this, one must commit to competing in this wacky ride.

Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 15-16
Liberty Station, San Diego
http://junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com/

For $10 admission, gain entry to this all-ages vendor fair featuring countless vintage apparel, accessories, and other goods.

39th Annual Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, July 15-16
Alondra Park, Lawndale
http://www.hiccsc.org/

This free and all-ages cultural fest at the park will feature various music and dance acts. Local vendors will sell food and merchandise too. Visitors must park in the parking structure facing Redondo Beach Blvd and enter the park’s back entrance.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 15
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/226988447817458/

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!

2017 Sri Lanka Day
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 15
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://slday.com/

Immerse yourself in Sri Lankan culture this Saturday in Pasadena. Visitors will find Sri Lankan food, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. The website does not mention anything about admission, so make sure you have cash available just in case.

The Agenda Festival 2017
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 15
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.agendafest.co/

A pop-up show for pop culture and all other things popular in mainstream media takes place this Saturday at the Long Beach Convention Center. The $45 admission gets you in to check out the hundreds of vendors, as well as access to the extreme sports shows and concerts throughout the day.

4th Annual Orange County Brew Hee Haw
Three 4-hour sessions, July 15-16
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocbrewheehaw.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha team returns with this weekend-long beer festival taking place at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Covering three 4-hour sessions throughout the weekend, this beer festival takes the concept of the locally famous Brew Ha Ha and steps it up by adding beer from breweries outside of the Southern California circuit, so expect to see some unfamiliar beers here. General admission costs $55 presale or $65 at the gate. All ticket-holders receive unlimited beer tasters plus a complimentary pass to the OC Fair for that day. A session will take place 12-4pm and 6-10pm on Saturday, and 1-5pm on Sunday. No one under 21 may enter the Brew Hee Haw area, and can only stay out in the fairgrounds. However, guests may freely leave and enter between the Brew Hee Haw area and the fairgrounds. Parking at the OC Fair costs $10 cash per vehicle. On weekends, guests may park for free at select parking lots and ride a shuttle to the fairgrounds – consult the OC Fair website for details, linked above.

37th Annual Los Angeles Lotus Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 15-16
Echo Park Lake, Echo Park
http://www.laparks.org/lotusfestival

Enjoy a free and all-ages event this weekend that celebrates Asian culture with food, music, dance, and a variety of other entertainment.

Annual Luau Party Fundraiser
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 15
American Legion South Bay, Post 184, Redondo Beach
http://post184.com/

A local fundraiser takes place in Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. $25 gets you in to see traditional music & dance, as well as food served at 4pm.

2017 Garagiste Wine Festival: Urban Exposure
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 15
Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, Santa Monica
http://californiagaragistes.com/2017-la-festival/

Wine lovers will not want to miss this wine event taking place this Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica. Regular admission costs $69 and starts at 3pm. VIP admission costs $99, starts at 2pm, and includes backstage access plus seminars. All attendees receive unlimited food and wine samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Reggae Island Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 15
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://chugginbrews.com/

A drunk fest featuring music, beer, food, dance, drugs, games, and more comes to Long Beach this Saturday. Admission ranges from $15 to $45 depending on your age, when you buy the ticket, and when you want to attend.

1st Annual OC Cajun Food & Music Celebration
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 15
Mile Square Park, Fountain Valley
http://ocfoodbank.org/cajun/

Sample food from local restaurants and sip on craft beers and wines this Saturday afternoon in Fountain Valley. Admission ranges from $15 to $50 depending on your age and what food or drink package you want to buy.

Sip & Savor – Santa Monica
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 15
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://sipandsavorfestivals.com/

Enjoy food, drinks, snacks, wine, and more this Saturday evening in Santa Monica. General admission costs $70 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $85 and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited food & drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Fig Earth Supply’s 1st Annual Mid Summer Night Market
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 15
Fig Earth Supply, Mount Washington, Los Angeles
http://minifarmbox.com/figearthsupply/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1870861429798219/

A local vendor market will take place this Saturday night in Mount Washington, free to attend for all ages.

Hardcore Punk Night @ The Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 15
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1856101261312325/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Saturday night in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Beach Cruisers & Brews #2
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 16
King Harbor Waterfront Tasting Room, Redondo Beach
http://www.kingharborbrewing.com/event/beach-cruisers-brews-2/

Bring your bicycle to Redondo Beach and take a small tour around while enjoying some brews and bites. $40 gets you two pre-ride beers, a beer & burrito at the first stop, an IPA at the second stop, and pitcher deals at the final stop.

Artisanal LA Summer Garden Party
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 16
Lombardi House, Hollywood
http://artisanalla.com/

Artisanal LA goes fancy with this spinoff event in Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. Basically the same thing that happens at regular Artisanal LA events will happen here – attendees will get to check out dozens of vendors all selling their goods here. However, this event costs $35 presale or $40 at the door to attend, primarily because this event includes food and drink samples for attendees while supplies last.

DTLA Breweries United Fest 2017
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 16
Triangle Lot, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://dtlabrews.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/234184463754234/

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.

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center brought back their Summer Solstice Festival for its eighth year running this past Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, this event featured a handful of local vendors, artisans, and musicians, as well as arts & crafts for children. The event also contained a few local food vendors. The event did not feature too much else from their previous years, but they did add a beer garden that they called OC Beer Alley. Essentially a beer garden, four local breweries set up to pour their beers on this hot summer day. Visitors had to buy tickets at the entrance to the beer garden to redeem for beers. For such a hot day, drinking outside proved inauspicious – it certainly would have felt more safe and comfortable to drink indoors or at least in a cooler place. Still, this made for a nice afternoon for families, as the children can go play with the arts & crafts while the parents can enjoy themselves in the beer garden.

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center holds events very often at their facility in Fullerton, many of which have no cost to attend. Check out the Muckenthaler Cultural Center on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

The 2017 Anime Expo returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center starting this Saturday and running through Tuesday. This annual 4-day expo for all things Anime & Manga attracts exhibitors and fans from across the globe for the largest gathering of its kind in the world. What started as a simple expo for those in the Anime industry has grown to encompass anything remotely related to the art of Japanese art & animation. Today, this large expo now hosts artists, designers, vendors, video game companies, technicians, actors/actresses, voice actors, models, musicians, singers, cosplayers, and much more to spread their work out to the public as well as interact with the fans. With so much to do, so many people to see, and so many people wanting to get in (tens of thousands of visitors on the first day!), naturally the organizers had to make this expo cover a span of four days every year.

As the current world’s largest expo of its kind, one can expect sheer overflow of people in the area for miles. Road traffic does not face as much of a problem, save for the exuberant parking prices that reaches upwards of $40 per vehicle. Pedestrian traffic causes the most headaches, from the uncontrolled crosswalks to the endless line of jaywalkers. If anything definitely terrorizes attendees, the line to enter the expo causes the most grief. From getting in line to getting into the building, the wait in the mornings usually takes hours to enter. Strangely, very few attendees complain about this, as if they accept this year after year. Upon questioning some attendees from previous years, they mention that at least a hundred attendees camp overnight, and that entering the line at 8am when the expo opens still takes over an hour to get in. They also mention that the first day always sees the most amount of attendees, which sounds reasonable. Lesson learned: if attending Anime Expo, either attend extremely early on the first day, or attend on the second and/or third day.

The actual expo covers the entire span on the convention center, both the South Hall and the West Hall. The main expo occurs in the South Hall, while the West Hall houses the miscellaneous activities, such as workshops, video game competitions, cosplay contests, and more. The expo simply has too much going on, so I understand why most attendees purchase either the two or four day pass rather than just a single day. The expo contains different sections based on the content; for example, attendees would find the artist booths at the back, the autographs at the right, the merchandise in the middle, and celebrity/actor appearances at the front.

For any type of expo or convention of this nature, sure we may want to pay attention to the exhibitors, but at the heart of any gathering of this kind, our attention instantly turns to the cosplayers. Attendees love to dress up as their favorite character to show their pride and/or craftsmanship, while some simply slap together a lazy costume just to blend in somehow, such as the hundreds of attendees with a Teemo hat. For Anime Expo, the world’s largest expo of its kind, attendees either go all in or go nothing.

9th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 17-25
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.org/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Los Angeles Center Studios. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 9 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

8th Annual VidCon
8:00 am – 12:00 am, June 21-24
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://vidcon.com/

See all things in the realm of online video and the next generation of technology at the annual VidCon this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. Registration costs $150 per individual.

Make Music Los Angeles 2017
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 21
Los Angeles County
http://makemusicla.org/

All day this Wednesday, local artists will perform across Los Angeles County with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

3rd Annual Day Of Music Fullerton
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
Fullerton
http://thedayofmusic.com/

All day this Wednesday, local artists will perform across Fullerton with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

9th Annual Taste of Vista
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 21
Vista Village, Vista
http://vvba.org/event/taste-of-vista/

Sample food and drinks from dozens of local restaurants, breweries, and wineries this Wednesday night in Vista. Regular admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door. Non-alcoholic admission costs $25 presale or $40 at the door. All attendees receive unlimited samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 21-22
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

1st Annual Eagle Walk: Sip & Savor
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://sip.eaglerockbrewery.com/

Enjoy food & beer pairings at five different locations in Eagle Rock this Wednesday night. The $47 ticket includes one food & beer pairing at each of the five locations. Participants will walk from location to location. Check with the website to see where each tasting takes place, and plan to park somewhere between the locations. No one under 21 may attend.

The Mad Caddies – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://www.madcaddies.com/

Ska/punk band The Mad Caddies will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Del Mar Summer Solstice 2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 22
Powerhouse Park, Del Mar
http://visitdelmarvillage.com/summersolstice2017/

Sample food and drinks from Del Mar businesses this Thursday evening. The $85 admission gets you all access to unlimited samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual Fountain Valley Summerfest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 22
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 23
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 24
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
Fountain Valley Recreation & Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.fvsummerfest.com/

This free and all-ages 4-day celebration will include rides, food, drinks, games, entertainment, vendors, live music, beer/wine garden, sports, a car show on Saturday, and a dog show on Sunday.

Brutal Hearts of Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1888437541442061/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands for free this Thursday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

18th Annual Take Your Dog To Work Day
June 23
Worldwide
http://www.takeyourdog.com/

As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates man’s best friend by granting a day where pet lovers can bring their darling dog(s) to work. Please consult with your boss/manager/supervisor if you can bring a dog to work!

39th Annual Taste of Greece
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 23
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 24
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine
http://irvinegreekfest.com/

This weekend-long all-ages festival celebrates Greek culture with food, drinks, desserts, live music, dancing, games, rides, and more. Admission to the fair costs $3, but print the flyer below to enter for free!

2017 OC Pride Festival & Parade
June 23-25
Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.prideoc.com/

A series of events will take place in & around Downtown Santa Ana this weekend. Check with the website for a full schedule of events, as well as their prices and age limits.

Chron Gen w/ JFA in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 23, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.facebook.com/events/1924708007748184/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 24, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/3074

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this all-ages show in Silverlake this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $13.

Sal’s Photos 1 Millionth Photo Celebration
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 23
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1499122873483031/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

13th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24
Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas
http://broam.org/

This free and all-ages event in Encinitas involves surfing, loud rock music, booze, and a whole lot of bros.

2nd Annual The Liquid Run
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 24-25
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.theliquidrun.com/

This floating obstacle course returns to Newport Beach this weekend. Traverse a quarter mile of inflatable objects and obstacles to reach the finish line. Registration filled up long ago, so bookmark this event for next year if this event looks fun to you.

CCOA Western Nationals 50th Anniversary Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 24
Courtyard Marriott, Cypress
http://www.socalcougarclub.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Cypress.

44th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24-25
Brengle Terrace Park, Vista
http://www.sdhighlandgames.org/

A Scottish festival arrives in San Diego County this weekend, complete with bagpipes, Highland games, kilts, haggis, acting, music, and more. Admission costs $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, or $5 for children.

Regal Con 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24-25
Irvine Marriott, Irvine
http://www.regalcon2015.com/

A fandom & pop culture expo comes to Irvine this weekend. Attendees can expect to find celebrities, art, vendors, cosplay, panels, entertainment, and more. General admission costs $60 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $95 for both days.

Riviera Village Summer Fest 2017
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 24-25
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rvsummerfestival.com/

This FREE and all-ages annual street fair occurs in the Riviera Village neighborhood of Redondo Beach. Numerous vendors, arts & crafts, food & drinks, carnival rides, entertainment, and more will take over the streets, as visitors stroll through all the roads gazing at all the wonderful booths. Do not attempt to park nearby – instead, park at South High, right off of Calle Mayor and Pacific Coast Highway, and take the free shuttle. The festival takes place entirely outdoors, so keep sunscreen handy.

Orange County Elite Bodybuilding & Powerlifting Competition 2017
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 24
Valencia High School, Placentia
http://orangecountyelite.com/

A weightlifting competition and expo comes to Orange County this Saturday. $20 admission gets you access to see the various lifting competitions, plus access to the various vendors in the expo.

38th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 24
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/special-event/street-fair-chili-cookoff-festival

Have some fun in the sun in Ocean Beach this Saturday at their annual street fair and chili cookoff. At this free and all-ages street fair, tens of thousands of people will stroll through Ocean Beach to check out all the art, live entertainment, vendors, and of course, the chili. Attendees may purchase chili tastings on the day of the event. This area gets extremely crowded with traffic, so plan alternate routes on arriving, and prepare to walk long distances to reach the street fair.

Official Studio Ghibli Pop-Up & Opening Party at JapanLA
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24-25
JapanLA, Fairfax, Los Angeles
http://www.japanla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/769244469910420/

A Japanese studio will have a popup market this weekend in Fairfax. In order to enter, you must line up at 9:30am on Saturday morning to receive a free ticket to attend. They will only hand out tickets to the first 800 people in line. If you do get a ticket, you can then return any time this weekend to enter the popup.

6th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, June 24
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1884473848478072/

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday in Long Beach, and enjoy live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

31st Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 24-25
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachbayou.com/

Enjoy a weekend of Blues & Jazz music, specialty Cajun & Creole food, a Mardi Gras parade, dancing, kids’ activities, and more. Ticket prices vary, with general admission costing $25 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. This fest takes place outdoors with very little shade, so dress for the warm weather, and prepare sunscreen.

4th Annual Gold Line Pub Crawl
11:00 am – 2:00 am, June 24
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.facebook.com/goldlinepubcrawl

An all-day pub crawl will take place in LA County this Saturday. They have no official website, and the event page does not specify a cost or designated starting point, so go poke around the event page to ask for details.

2017 Beer Camp Across America: Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 24
Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park, Long Beach
http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/festivals/long-beach/

Sierra Nevada brings their coveted national beer festival to Southern California this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. Bring cash for the gourmet food trucks on site. This festival takes place entirely outdoors, so dress for the warm weather and bring sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Orange County Food, Wine & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 24
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.foodwineandmusicfestival.com/

Taste the local flavor of Dana Point and neighboring cities this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. $10 to attend, visitors can roam and browse the attending businesses, and pay for the food as they go. All vendors will have food and/or drinks available at their own price, so all visitors should bring cash in order to receive food or drinks. Guests can park for free at Dana Point High School, and take the shuttle from there to arrive at the location.

7th Annual San Diego Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 24
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 $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. 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.

37th Annual Padres Tailgate Party & Firefighter Chili Cook-off
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, June 24
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://www2.mda.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=109602

Tailgate prior to this Saturday’s Padres game and sample some chili too. Admission ranges from $20 to $50 based on age and if an attendee will go to the Padres game.

Societe Five
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 24
Societe Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://societebrewing.com/societefour/

San Diego’s Societe Brewing turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have their annual brewers games at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa this Saturday afternoon. The $30 general admission gets you in to the festivities, a souvenir glass, and unlimited beer pours for the duration of the session. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 24
Hillcrest Brewing Company, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://hillcrestcraftbeercrawl.com/

Take a walk and explore the beer, wine, and liquor scene in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and includes a tasting cup and tasters at each participating location. No one under 21 may participate.

1st Annual PotterParty Anaheim
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 24
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://potterconusa.com/

Basically, adult Harry Potter fans get together and do raunchy adult things while getting into character of the Harry Potter universe. Dress up as a character from the Harry Potter universe, and bring your strong alcohol tolerances to this event. Admission costs $13.50 for each single ticket, but each ticket allows two people in.

8th Annual Claremont Village Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 24
Streets of Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontbluesandbrews.com/

Exhibit the local businesses of Claremont while sipping on craft beers and local food at this annual music and beer fest on the streets of Claremont Village. Over 30 of the local businesses will serve as sites where attendees to this fest can pick up some food or beer as they continue to stroll through Claremont Village to enjoy the live music and the goods & services offered by the local businesses. Admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the gate, and includes free parking and 12 beer tasting tickets. The site does not mention if admission includes food, so if you plan to eat, have some cash available. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual San Diego Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 24
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
Kearny Office Park, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sdnightmarket.com/

The San Diego Night Market returns to Kearny Mesa this weekend. Deriving from Asian cultures, this night market brings a taste of Asian nightlife to the streets of San Diego with Asian food, culture, live entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. Admission only costs $3 for adults, while children can enter for free! Please refer to the website for details regarding free parking and shuttles.

San Fernando Obon Festival 2017
4:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 24-25
San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, Pacoima
http://www.sfvhbt.org/obon

A free and all-ages Japanese cultural festival will take place in the San Fernando Valley this weekend at night.

FKA 720°
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 24
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/720pine

Enjoy some extreme sports and nightlife music for free at this all-ages outdoor concert this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach.

Celebrate Yorba Linda
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 24
Main Street, Yorba Linda
http://www.ylmainstreet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/768275453352649/

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in Downtown Yorba Linda this Saturday night.

Cheers: LA’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 24
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.tlcfairplex.org/tlc/events/home/2017/06/25/default-calendar/cheers

A food & alcohol tasting event comes to the Fairplex in Pomona this Saturday night. Admission costs $75 presale or $85 at the gate, and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Bring cash for parking. No one under 21 may attend.

SMD Record Release Show
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 24
The BLVD, Boyle Heights
http://www.facebook.com/events/240777349660734/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Saturday night in East LA. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Highway Earth Car Show 2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 25
Franklin Canyon Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.highwayearth.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show in the hills of Beverly Hills this Sunday morning.

3rd Annual Classics in the Groves
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 25
Camarillo Grove Park, Camarillo
http://venturavintagerods.org/
http://hulalounge.com/events/classics-in-the-groves/

A free and all-ages car show will take place in Camarillo this Sunday afternoon.

Bombs Super Show – 2nd Annual Los Angeles Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 25
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.bombsmagazine.com/2017-events/los-angeles-classic-carshow/

A classic car show comes to the Long Beach Convention Center this Sunday. Tickets to this all-ages event cost $20 per person.

17th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 25
Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Taste-of-Adams.html

30 restaurants, 30 tastes. Taste the local flavor of Adams Avenue this Sunday afternoon, as you stroll up and down Adams Avenue checking out all the local restaurants in the area. A ticket bundle costs $35 presale and $40 on the day of the event, and provides guests with 30 taster tickets. Park in the neighborhood, and pick up your tickets from Smitty’s Auto on the day of the event if you purchased presale.

17th Annual SOULstice
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 25
Main Street, Santa Monica
http://www.mainstreetsm.com/summer-soulstice/

A music festival will take over the streets of Santa Monica this Sunday afternoon, free to attend for all ages. This will close some of the streets in the heart of Santa Monica, so plan your commute accordingly.

8th Annual Summer Solstice Festival & OC Beer Alley
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 25
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2017/6/25/summer-solstice-festival

Sample worldly cuisine at this cultural festival this Sunday afternoon at The Muck in Fullerton. The Summer Solstice Festival, which contains live music, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more, occurs the entire time, and costs nothing to attend for all ages. Guests may park for free at the venue.

8th Annual Wags-N-Wine Food & Wine Tasting Fundraiser
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 25
Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach
http://www.wagsnwine.com/

Sample food, wine, and beer at this fundraising event this Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. General admission costs $75 presale or $85 and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $95 presale or $105 at the door, starts at 12pm, and includes an upgraded tasting glass, VIP food & drinks, and a swag bag. All attendees receive unlimited samples while supplies last. Attendees may also bring their dogs for free. No one under 21 may attend.

Wild Beers Workshop
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, June 25
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Workshops/

Learn how to make beer this Sunday afternoon in Fullerton. Registration for this workshop costs $50 per person.

Punk Rock Swap And Show 3
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
The OffBeat, Highland Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/113150949234798/

Punk rock bands and vendors will convene this Sunday evening in Highland Park. This event has no cover charge. No one under 21 may enter.

The Long Beach edition of the Spring 2017 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival wrapped up this past Sunday at Marine Stadium in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach. This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at three different locations: Santa Ana, Long Beach, and Oakland. Patchwork Fest emphasizes supporting the local community, and does so by not allowing anything corporate within the boundaries. To envision Patchwork Fest, imagine an arts & crafts fair, but catered to a modern trendy crowd that features local independent designers. Many locals set up their booths here, selling their wares, merchandise, apparel, accessories, foods, desserts, music, and so on. Twice a year, thousands of visitors descend upon Patchwork Fest to discover and revisit the hundreds of vendors present. No matter who shows up, all visitors will definitely find something that will please their interests.

Completely free to attend to the public, Patchwork Fest openly welcomes pets, and boasts a free bike valet for visitors. Each branch of the streets featured over a hundred different local vendors all selling their various goods and/or services. Visitors who get hungry could enjoy fresh hot eats from the various food vendors throughout the event area, or can browse through the various food booths in the fest for portable eats. Much like every iteration of the Patchwork Fest in Long Beach, the day saw plenty of sunshine and cool sea breezes, making it a comfortable day to spend some time here. Of particular note, a majority of the vendors here exhibited soaps and candles, adding a fresh scent to the event. Sun, sea, and soy collided as these scents waft through the air.