8th Annual Taste of La Mesa
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 6
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. General admission costs $55, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 5pm, and includes preferred parking. All drinks come at a separate cost.
California Presidential Primary
Do your part this Tuesday: get our and vote!
Beer Camp Across America Visits Far Bar
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 8
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
Little Tokyo’s Far Bar will receive brews from this year’s Beer Camp Across America collaboration to tap fresh for you to taste. This night has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.
Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 9-11
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.
Chef Throwdown for Cystic Fibrosis
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 9
Hotel del Coronado, Coronado
A special dinner fundraiser takes place in Coronado this Thursday night. General admission costs $150, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus parking. VIP admission costs $250, starts at 5pm, and also includes a meet & greet, valet parking, and reserved VIP tables.
Business & Beer @ Monkish Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 9
Monkish Brewing, Torrance
This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This month, they will hit up Monkish Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.
Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
Downtown Los Angeles
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.
Beer Paper LA’s 3rd Anniversary
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 9, Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 12, Barbara’s at the Brewery, Los Angeles
Beer Paper LA has churned out publications for three years now, and to celebrate, they will have TWO free beer-filled events this week.
Orange County Beer Week
This 8-day beer celebration covers all of Orange County, starting with a beer fest at the Fullerton Arboretum. 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 in Orange County, 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 OC Beer Week, as their website will list them all.
40th Annual Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 10-12
Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park, Ontario
One of the west coast’s biggest all-ages bluegrass festivals returns this weekend in Ontario. The bluegrass music will go on all weekend so no one will miss a beat. In addition, attendees will find activities, contests, camping, raft-building, fishing, pedal boating, a playground, a zero-depth water play park, and a swim lagoon with water slides. Ticket prices vary depending on the attendee’s age, and how many days each attendee will visit the show. Single-day adult tickets cost $45 to $50, while a three-day pass costs $125 to $140.
2016 San Diego Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 10
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 11
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 12
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, North Park, San Diego
An all-ages Greek festival comes to San Diego this weekend, complete with food, desserts, drinks, ouzo, dance, music, rides, games, vendors, exhibits, and more. Arrive early enough and you can enter for free – otherwise, it costs $3 to enter.
2016 LA Pride Music Festival & Parade
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
2:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 11
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 12
West Hollywood Park, West Hollywood
An all-ages music festival comes to West Hollywood this weekend, along with a parade on Sunday morning. Admission varies in price, with free admission on Friday, $25 for one day, and going up to $125 for a VIP admission.
Split Decision Reunion Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
Split Decision formed over a decade ago, and after all this time, they will reunite for this special show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.
Eric Lara’s 29th Birthday Punk Rock Party w/ Naked Aggression
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
Petie’s Place, Tarzana
Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in Tarzana. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.
2016 Beverly Hills Food & Wine Festival
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 10
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 11
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 12
Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
A food and wine tasting event comes to West LA this weekend. Two sessions of the festival will take place: Friday night and Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $100 and lasts two hours, while VIP admission costs $150 and lasts three hours. Sunday’s Champagne brunch costs $55 to attend. Bring cash for parking at these events. No one under 21 may attend any of these events.
17th Annual Downtown Anaheim 5k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, June 11
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
A 5k run will take place in central Anaheim this Saturday morning that will close off several streets. Registration costs $35 for the 5k, and goes down for teams or children.
31st Anniversary Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 11
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.
Fido Fest 2016
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 11
Town Center Community Park East, Santee
A free and all-ages dog event comes to east San Diego this Saturday morning. Check out pet vendors, pet demos, pet adoptions, and more.
The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 11
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
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.
Time Out LA’s Donut Party
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 11
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
Pig out on donuts, coffee, teas, ciders, and wines this Saturday in Hollywood. The $25 admission gets you in to one of three two-hour sessions: 10am, 12:30pm, or 3pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples of everything while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
30th Annual San Diego Festival Of The Arts
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 11-12
Waterfront Park, San Diego
Enjoy a weekend of art and culture this weekend at this all-ages art festival down by the water in San Diego. Admission ranges from $12 to $16 – see the website for a pricing breakdown.
29th Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 11-12
Peninsula Center, Palos Verdes
Located all the way out in the hills of Palos Verdes, this annual street fair contains numerous vendors, merchandise, arts & crafts, rides, food, live entertainment, and more. Free for all ages, guests from out of town can enjoy the scenery as they drive up the hills to arrive in Palos Verdes. Guests can park for free in the high school parking lots across the street from the shopping center.
Make Music Pasadena
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 11
Old Town Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
This FREE and all-ages music festival completely covers the streets of Downtown Pasadena. All day long, guests can catch over 150 free concerts from dozens of local bands and other bands that have traveled from afar to play here. Local long-term parking may cost quite a bit, so opt to park further and take public transportation to cut down on costs.
LA Cosplay Con 2016
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 11
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
Get your cosplay on at this all-ages cosplay event featuring contests, tracks, gaming tournaments, prizes, and more. Tickets to Cosplay Con cost $25 for general admission, $20 for cosplayers, or $15 for students.
3rd Annual Euro Bierfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 11
Alpine Village, Torrance
A bunch of European beers will arrive at Alpine Village this Saturday for your tasting pleasure. Admission to this beer tasting event costs $45 and includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer samples from over 60 different varieties while supplies last. Bring cash for other products, such as food and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 21 may attend.
Pechanga’s 8th Annual Microbrew & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 11
Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula
Enjoy unlimited beer (while supplies last) and chili samples at this beer tasting event at Pechanga in Temecula this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive a 2oz souvenir glass, and all the beer and chili you can consume until they run out.
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 11
Societe Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
San Diego’s Societe Brewing turns four 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 $12 general admission gets you in to the festivities, a souvenir glass, and one beer pour for that glass. Attendees will need to pay for any additional beers after that first one.
5th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 11
Houghton Park, Long Beach
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.
Sumo Sushi Show – San Diego
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 11
Fluxx Nightclub, Downtown San Diego
From the organizers of the recent US Sumo Open comes this mashup of sumo wrestling and sushi this Saturday. Admission ranges from $69 to $99 based on the seating location. Dress formally, but keep in mind that some of the attendees may get involved with the sumo wrestling!
3rd Annual East End Block Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
East End, Santa Ana
Enjoy a variety of local music for free this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana.
Rök House 2-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Rök House Brewing Company, Upland
Upland’s Rök House Brewing turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have over two dozen beers for you to try, including their anniversary ales. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.
Inland Empire Beer & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
Two events will occur back-to-back this Saturday in Riverside. The day starts with a beer festival from 12pm to 4pm, complete with over 20 local breweries all pouring their brews for all the attendees. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last, as well as admission to the following event. From 4pm to 10pm, a music concert will take place that costs $15 to get in to. At that point, all beers will come at cost, so anyone present after 4pm will need to pay for each beer.
2016 Inland Empire Greek Fest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11-12
Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, San Bernardino
An all-ages Greek festival comes to San Bernardino this weekend, complete with Greek food, desserts, ouzo, music, dance, games, rides, vendors, exhibits, and more. Admission costs just $2 for adults, while children can enter for free with a paid adult admission.
Tacos & Tequila Festival San Diego
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 11
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
Indulge in unlimited tacos, craft beer, and tequila this Saturday afternoon in San Diego, all while supplies last. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. No one under 21 may attend.
4th Annual TacoLAndia
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 11
El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Drown yourself in taco heaven at this all-you-can-eat taco fest this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles, featuring over 80 different chefs. Attendees will also find Mariachi bands and cash bars. General admission costs $50 and includes unlimited food while supplies last. All drinks come at separate cost, so bring cash for drinks.
2016 Iron Classics Car Show & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Gaslamp, Long Beach
Two events will occur back-to-back at the Gaslamp in Long Beach this Saturday. Starting at 3pm, catch a free car show in the parking lot. From 5pm onwards, a music show will take place inside the Gaslamp that costs $15 presale or $20 at the door to enter. Guests arriving prior to 6pm can park for free; anyone arriving afterwards will have to pay $10 to park.
1st Annual OC Brewers Guild Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 11
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
The first festival dedicated to Orange County’s microbreweries and restaurants arrives in Fullerton this Saturday evening. The $75 admission grants you unlimited food and beer tastings while supplies last. The venue provides free parking up to a certain amount, so if you arrive too late, you may need to pay for parking beyond the venue. No one under 21 may attend.
OC Roller Girls – Battle for the Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 11
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at these back-to-back roller derby bouts this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Tickets to each roller derby bout cost $15.
JapanLA 10 Year Anniversary & Super Kawaii Food Art Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Japan LA, Fairfax, Los Angeles
Japan LA turns ten years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have an art show at their store, as well as specials on select items.
The Unholy Sounds of Damnation
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 11
The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
Get your moshing on at this punk rock show in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.
Skacore Show @ The Constellation Room
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 11
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
Get your skanking on at this Latin skacore show in the Constellation Room this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.
16th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 12
The Autry, Los Angeles
Join thousands of bike riders and enjoy a day of riding, a fair, food, raffles, music, and more. Choose from any of eight different rides (two of them start from Shoreline Village in Long Beach) and head out. Registration costs will vary depending on the ride chosen, ranging from $50 to $80.
Santa Ana Street Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 12
Outside 4th Street Market, Downtown Santa Ana
Eat breakfast out on the streets of Downtown Santa Ana this Sunday morning. Registration costs only $5 per person.
21st Annual San Clemente Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 12
Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
See hundreds of classic cars this Sunday at this free and all-ages car show in San Clemente.
Balboa Strawberry Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 12
Encino Park, Encino
A free and all-ages street fair comes to Encino this Sunday, complete with vendors, food, desserts, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more. Note that this event will close Ventura Blvd to traffic, so plan your commute accordingly.
Stone Sour Fest 2016
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 12
Stone Brewing, Escondido
Pucker up for this sour beer tasting event this Sunday morning at Stone Brewing in Escondido. For $49 admission, receive a souvenir glass and 15 3oz tasters from over a hundred different sour beers available. Bring extra cash for purchasing food on the premises. No one under 21 may attend.
Spring 2016 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 12
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at multiple locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. The surrounding neighborhoods contain plenty of free street parking.
Latino Multicultural Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 12
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
Free to attend for all ages, explore art, music, dance, and more at this cultural event in Long Beach.
4th Annual Luau & Pig Roast
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 12
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
Enjoy some tropical-themed cocktails and delicious pork at this seasonal event in Costa Mesa this Sunday afternoon, free of a cover charge.
Mission Brewery’s 9th Anniversary
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 12
Mission Brewery, East Village, Downtown San Diego
San Diego’s Mission Brewery turns nine years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a party this Sunday afternoon full of beer and live music. Admission with one beer costs $10. Add a souvenir glass for $15 admission, or get the beer, glass, and an anniversary t-shirt for $30.