Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

The 39th Annual Taste Of Greece returns this upcoming weekend to St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine. At this all-ages fair, visitors will find a multitude of Greek foods & desserts, wine, beer, ouzo, vendors, music, and more to keep everyone entertained throughout the weekend. Complete with merchandise, food, dessert, drinks, music, dance, rides, exhibits, and more, this annual fair brings a wealth of things for you, your friends, and your family to enjoy and make a lasting memory out of. Any visitor can participate in the dancing going on under the main tent, or just hang out and enjoy the sights. Some may choose to enjoy the eats of Greek culture with some Greek BBQ Pork, Loukanico, Saganaki, Galaktoboureko, and Baklava. Support this local Greek Fair by following them on Facebook. When the Greek have an occasion to celebrate, they will celebrate hard, as demonstrated whenever a Greek festival takes place.

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.

VidCon 2017
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.

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.

This past Saturday, Orange County food event planners 100eats returned to the streets of Downtown Santa Ana to bring back a food festival experience to an up & coming area. Called Pub & Grub: A Culinary Crawl, this tasting event brought out over a dozen of Orange County restaurants and gourmet food trucks to serve up their best street food samples to the hundreds of attendees. In addition, a handful of Southern California’s microbreweries set up to serve some refreshing brews to pair with all the food going around. The event covered 5th Street between Main Street and Spurgeon Street, as well as Bush Street down to 4th Street, the entrance to the event. Folks who have attended one of their previous events, Ooze Festival, will recognize how they set up Pub & Grub. The general admission method involves pay-as-you-go. The event took place on Saturday opening at 12pm and closing at 11pm. Pub & Grub operated continuously during that time, with a cost $10 to enter. Once inside, attendees would then have to pay for any food they wish to consume. This works best for those who did not plan to eat as much, or wanted to selectively choose what to eat or drink. The VIP admission method involved a traditional food fest operation. This took place in one of two three-hour sessions: 2pm-5pm and 6pm-9pm, and for $40 presale or $60 at the gate, any attendee received unlimited food & drink samples for this duration.

As I attended the night session, I eventually encountered the downfalls of this event. Two major issues arose by the halfway point of this event. Not only did the VIP vendors start running out of food and/or drinks by then, but the entire event had so much empty space. The VIP section had one liquor booth, three breweries, four food booths, and one dessert booth. The general section had three food trucks, one dessert truck, and one snack booth. Overall, this made for a LOT of open space that the organizers could have easily filled with more vendors. Did food vendors drop out of the event? In any case, this led to long lines in the VIP section and VIP vendors running out early. All of these issues would dissolve with more vendors. Unfortunately, this weekend contained a lot of other events, such as the LA Food Fest, so getting an adequate amount of vendors to this event resembled bidding on vendors.

9th Annual Taste of La Mesa
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 12
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://taste.lamesachamber.com/

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. General admission costs $60, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $80, starts at 5pm, and includes preferred parking. All drinks come at a separate cost.

8bitLA + Play It Loud! Present: Hack The Multiverse 2017
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 13
The Airliner Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/623470824524545/

Jam out to video game inspired music this Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $10 before 8pm or $15 afterwards. Anyone ages 18-20 must pay an additional $5 to enter. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Summer STEAM Maker Festival
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 14
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sdfsmf.org/

An interactive educational event for all ages comes to Del Mar this Wednesday. Admission costs $8 for adults or $6 for children, and provides access to all the vendors, exhibitors, demos, games, activities, and more.

Taste of Little Italy
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 14
Little Italy, Downtown San Diego
http://www.tasteoflittleitalysd.com/

Sample the local flavor of Little Italy this Wednesday night, as attendees stroll through Little Italy and sample food directly in each participating business. Attendees pay for a stamp card with boxes representing each participating business. After receiving a sample, that business will stamp their corresponding box. Two different stamp cards exist for a north route and a south route, and each route’s stamp card costs $36 each, while purchasing both costs $50.

San Diego Magazine’s Best Restaurants Party
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, June 14
Pirch UTC, University City, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2017/Best-Restaurants-Party-2017/

Sample bites and wines from some of San Diego’s top chefs and wineries this Wednesday night at Pirch UTC. The $60 admission gets you in to unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Big D & The Kids Table – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 14, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 15, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 16, The Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.bigdandthekidstable.com/

Ska-punk band Big D & The Kids Table currently tour across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age minimums to these shows vary by location, so check with the venue for information.

2017 Dew Tour
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 15-18
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.dewtour.com/

Extreme sports take over the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Various events will take place over the weekend that involve sports and/or concerts, and each event has a separate admission fee. Check the website for full pricing information.

Tartar Control – Live in Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 15
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/285151208593229/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Thursday night in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego International Beer Festival 2017
Various times, June 16-18
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://sandiegobeerfestival.com/

The San Diego County Fair will import hundreds of beers from around the world for a weekend of beer at the fairgrounds. Over the weekend, the fairgrounds will host five different four-hour sessions of unlimited tastings, and each session will feature different seminars and presentations. General admission starts at $55 and includes admission to the rest of the fair plus the souvenir cup. Parking on-site costs $10, while off-site parking with shuttles costs nothing. Although the beer fest takes place in the arena under a roof, the rest of the fair takes place outdoors, so prepare for sunny weather if you choose to venture outside. I highly recommend arriving as early as possible, as each session tends to run out of beer an hour before a session ends.

K-Town Night Market 2017
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 16
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 17
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, Los Angeles
http://ktownnightmarket.com/

Experience Korean nightlife this weekend at the annual Koreatown Night Market! This event celebrates Korean culture by immersing visitors into the night market experience similar to that of South Korea. Over 40 food vendors and 11 food trucks will serve up delicious Korean delectable eats, while visitors can check out the live entertainment, art exhibits, and vendor village in this outdoor market. Admission costs $2 presale or $5 at the door. Visitors can find $5 parking at nearby parking lots around the venue.

4th Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 16-17
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $8 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

Trials of Bahamut – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 16
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 17
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 18
DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown Los Angeles
http://realescapegame.com/ffxiv/

A special Final Fantasy themed escape game comes to Downtown LA this weekend. Unlike the organizer’s other events that only take one team at a time, this escape game will involve multiple teams in the same room all trying to escape. Registration for a game costs $41 per person, and they will have multiple sessions taking place throughout the weekend.

15th Annual Beer & Sake Festival
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 16
Harrah’s Resort, Valley Center
http://www.harrahssocal.com/events/beer-sake-festival/

Sample over a hundred different beers and sake this Friday night at Harrah’s out in northeast San Diego county. General admission costs $60, while VIP admission costs $80 and includes VIP seating, exclusive tastings, and an event t-shirt. No one under 21 may attend.

Little Saigon Night Market 2017
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 16-18
Asian Garden Mall, Westminster
http://www.littlesaigonnow.com/asian-garden-night-market-1170.html

Westminster’s Little Saigon gets into the night market action this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can expect to find tons of food, treats, drinks, vendors, games, toys, entertainment, and more.

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.

23rd Annual Dawg Walk & Pet Faire
7:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 17
The Village Green, Mission Viejo
http://www.dawg.org/

A dog walk and pet fair comes to Mission Viejo this Saturday morning. The dog walk starts at 7am and costs $25 online or $30 at the gate to register for the walk. A pet fair starts at 8am, costs nothing to attend, and includes many pet vendors and activities.

3rd Annual Fat Boy 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 17
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://www.active.com/long-beach-ca/running/distance-running-races/fat-boy-5k-long-beach-ca-2017

A 5k run/walk combines with donuts, pastries, and other desserts this Saturday morning in Long Beach. Registration costs $50 for adults, $33 for teenagers, or $18 for children.

3rd Annual AleSmith Tony Gwynn 5.5K Charity Run/Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 17
AleSmith Brewing, Miramar, San Diego
http://www.tonygwynn5k.org/

Participate in a charity 5.5k run/walk this Saturday morning, hosted by AleSmith Brewing. The post-run party will have food and beer for participants.

11th Annual Car Show
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 17
The Crossing Foursquare Church, Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/2232713373620842/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages car show this Saturday afternoon in Whittier.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 17
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/409852749379540/

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.

Mountain Lakes 7th Annual Charity Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 17
Mountain Lakes Resort, Lytle Creek
http://www.mountainlakesca.com/

A car show will take place in the mountains north of Fontana this Saturday, free to attend for all ages.

Fairy Festival 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 17
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/fairyfest.htm

Bring your children to this event to enjoy fairies, tea, treats, games, arts & crafts, shows, and more. Admission to the venue costs $14 for adults, $10 for students/seniors/military, or $8 for children.

25th Annual Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 17-18
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

Watch hundreds of artists create massive works of art on the sidewalks, plus enjoy a classic car show on Father’s Day! Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees will also find live music, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, food trucks, and more.

10th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 17
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/chili-at-the-beach.html

Got a craving for heat? Satisfy that craving this Saturday in sunny Surf City, as the streets close to traffic for the annual Huntington Beach Chili Cook Off & Salsa Tasting. Free to attend for all ages, this all-in-one street fair covers a massive portion of Downtown Huntington Beach, filled with arts & crafts, food, drinks, merchandise, a kids’ zone, music, and lots of chili and salsa tastings. In order to taste the chili and salsa, guests must purchase tasting tickets for $10 presale or $15 on the day of the fest. As this area gets extremely crowded on this day, I suggest carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking far and walking to downtown.

Beach Con 2017
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 17
Huntington State Beach Lifeguard Tower 10, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1135314589892082/

More of a meetup than an actual con, fans of cosplay, anime, manga, video games, comics, and other fandom will meet on the beach this Saturday.

2017 Global Reddit Meetup Day
11:30 am – 6:00 pm, June 17
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.reddit.com/r/LosAngeles/comments/6cd8qi/global_reddit_meetup_day_details_and_junk/

Basically a large meetup/picnic, this free and all-ages gathering will have food, drinks, games, and more.

Los Angeles Beer Week Kick-Off
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 17
Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://labeerweek.org/tickets/

Featuring over 75 breweries bringing over 200 beers, you definitely will not want to miss this epic beer tasting gala that kicks off LA Beer Week. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm. No one under 21 may attend.

17th Annual US Sumo Open
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 17
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.usasumo.com/us-sumo-open/2017-us-sumo-open/

Watch sumo wrestling matches in Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. Tickets to this all-ages event start at $25 depending on where you want to sit.

L.A. Dessert Festival 2017
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 17
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://dessertgoals.com/

Gorge out on sweet treats in Downtown LA this Saturday afternoon. $15 gets you in to one of four 90-minute sessions, but you still have to pay for everything once you enter. Some of the vendors will have free samples though, but expect to carry cash if you want more than just samples.

Hamilton Family Brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 17
Hamilton Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1470296843030273/

Hamilton Brewery turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of special beer available at their tasting room in Rancho Cucamonga this Saturday. Free to attend, they will have over 20 beers on tap, plus free food while supplies last. They will offer prepaid packages that will include beer pours plus other souvenirs, so click on the event’s link above for package details.

OC Weekly’s Summer Fest 2017
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 17
Newport Dunes, Newport Beach
http://www.ocsummerfest.com/

Come act merry and get drunk with other rich people at this fancy summer party this Saturday in Newport Beach. General admission costs $30 while VIP admission costs $55. Pay the admission, and you too can come get drunk and party with strangers that like to flaunt their status.

12th Annual Los Angeles Wine Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 17
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 18
The Row, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lawinefest.com/

Want to sample up to over 500 wines, brews, and spirits from around the world? Head to LA Wine Fest this weekend, where you will find plenty of good drinks, cooking demos, live entertainment, seminars, food trucks, boutiques, merchandise, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on how you choose to attend, with a general admission ticket starting at $70. This fest takes place outdoors with limited shade, so prepare for a day in the sun. Bring cash for the parking lot across the street, unless you get lucky and find street parking.

1st Annual Boots & Brews Country Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 17
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://www.bootsandbrews.com/

Country music and beers collide this Saturday in Santa Clarita. General admission costs $45 but does not come with any food or drinks – all attendees will still need to pay for everything once inside. Children 10 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission.

5th Annual TacoLAndia
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 17
El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Los Angeles
http://www.laweekly.com/tacolandia

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.

Artists Corner: June Summer Opener (Hot Summer Nights)
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17
The Daily Brew Coffee Bar, Montebello
http://www.keepingtheculturealive.com/artist-corner-

A free and all-ages art exhibit will take place in Montebello this Saturday evening.

Dance Ska Los Angeles
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 17
Union Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1701850306509232/

Get your skanking on this Saturday night in Los Angeles. The cover for this all-ages show costs $30.

22nd Annual Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, June 17
CA Center for the Arts, Escondido
http://www.bonsallrotary.com/

Enjoy wines from over 80 wineries, beers from local microbreweries, food from over 20 local restaurants & chefs, and blues music from various local musicians. Admission to this festival costs $75 per person, or $55 for non-drinkers.

OC Roller Derby – June Doom
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17
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.

JFA – Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 17
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1756752387975988/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Father’s Day
June 18

Treat the father in your life to something special this Sunday.

2017 Rock 2 Rock Paddleboard Race
6:30 am – 12:30 pm, June 18
Two Harbors/Isthmus Cove, Catalina Island
http://rock2rockrace.com/

This annual paddleboard race from Catalina Island to San Pedro returns this Sunday morning. Interested participants may register as an individual or on a relay team.

Cask & Ye Shall Receive: MacLeod Ale Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 18
MacLeod Ale Brewing, Van Nuys
http://www.macleodale.com/

MacLeod Ale Brewing turns three years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a cask beer tasting event at their tasting room in Van Nuys this Sunday. Expect to encounter a handful of other breweries sampling their cask beers as well as this event. Admission comes in three levels. General admission starts at 1pm, and comes with five drink tickets for $20 or ten drink tickets for $35. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 12pm, and comes with unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual The Car Show at WVCC
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 18
West Valley Christian Church, West Hills
http://www.thecarshowatwvcc.com/

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show in West Hills this Sunday evening.

If one thing has remained unchanged throughout history, ice cream has held on as one of the most popular desserts for people around the world. Many people love ice cream and the many forms of it. Ice cream can come to us a la carte, on a cone, or in something else. What does something else mean? In the past decade or so, thanks to the advent of the internet and social media, people share their food with the rest of the world, and that has led to other people trying to create something fancy to show off. The Instagram culture means that one place would try to one-up others by delivering something that looks different or unique. As such, we have seen ice cream served in almost every imaginable way possible, from churro ice cream sandwiches to ice cream donuts to ice cream burgers. This time, we can feast our eyes on ice cream inside croissants at Churned Creamery.

Churned Creamery aims to make their mark in the ice cream business in Orange County with their creative take on serving up everyone’s favorite dessert, ice cream. Churned Creamery opened their first location in Tustin but should have seven locations open in Southern California by the end of the year. So what makes Churned Creamery stand out among all the other ice cream places in Southern California? While other places may give you something like a donut or a churro with your ice cream, Churned Creamery will give you your ice cream inside a croissant. Has anyone else done this yet? Perhaps. However, this combination remains relatively unknown to the public, and Churned Creamery has taken a step forward in getting croissant ice cream sandwiches into the limelight. They will do so by opening up more locations, such as the Cypress location that had its grand opening this past Saturday. At the grand opening, the first 200 customers received a free CroCream (Churned Creamery’s name for the croissant ice cream sandwich), a Churned Creamery tote bag, and a raffle ticket to win an iPad.

At the time of this post, Churned Creamery has four locations open, with a fifth location opening this Saturday in Irvine. According to their website, two more locations should open up sometime afterwards. Keep up with what Churned Creamery has opening up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

When it comes to adding flavor to foods, nothing can boss the sauce. At its base, sauce contains sugar, salt, pepper, or any combination of those plus additional ingredients. Some foods contain flavor within itself, such as meats that have seasonings and herbs that help bring out the meat’s natural flavor. Most of the time, people add sauces or condiments to their foods to add flavor. For the most part, sauces bring a sweet component to the table, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, steak sauce, or teriyaki sauce. Many other sauces can add flavor components from sour to salty to spicy and more. However, when it comes to enhancing the flavors of the original dish, nothing can beat hot sauce. The capsaicin in hot sauces helps to open up our taste buds, allowing us to detect and absorb more flavors. For those that cannot take the heat, just a little bit helps to greatly enhance the flavor of the dish, something you can do at Slide Bar as of this week.

Downtown Fullerton has its fair share of restaurants, and businesses come and go every year. However, Slide Bar has endured the test of time. While some smaller restaurants may not make it past the first year, the Slide Bar has never relented. During the early years of the Slide Bar, most locals viewed the Slide Bar as a bar and concert lounge, a place to spend weekend nights at. Around 2014, the folks at the Slide Bar conducted an overhaul of their kitchen and started serving up better food. Sure they maintained themselves as a bar and concert lounge, but at least now one can consider the Slide Bar as a destination for lunch and/or dinner, where they can snag something such as the Cali Bandito Tacos. Essentially a California Burrito in taco form, this order of tacos comes with three made-to-order corn tortillas, each filled with carne asada marinated in Gringo Bandito hot sauce, French fries, cheddar cheese, an avocado slice, and sour cream. These three tacos come with a side of tortilla chips and a bean dip. These tacos have just the right amount of spiciness to not overwhelm your palate, but still give enough kick to allow you to fully enjoy the natural flavor of the carne asada.

The Slide Bar does more than just host bands and sling drinks – they have a full kitchen with a menu worth checking out. Check out what they have cooking up in their kitchen by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

The largest Irish festival in Southern California returns this weekend for its 42nd year running. The BIG Irish Fair returns to El Dorado Park in Long Beach this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm both days, delivering two days’ worth of Irish fun in the sun, filled with many activities, live entertainment, animals, merchandise, vehicles, food, drinks, kids’ activities, games, and much more. Just to name a few of the things guests will experience at the Irish Fair:

  • Spectate thousands of Irish dancers participating in numerous competitions at the various stages at the far end of the festival.
  • Listen and dance to dozens of live Celtic bands, including the Irish Ska Pirate band California Celts.
  • Watch marching bands compete for best in show, with plenty of bagpipes to go around.
  • Pet lots of animals from Ireland, such as sheep, border collies, and more.
  • Gasp in amazement at the athletic feats of the sports competitions in the far field across from the entrance.
  • Stroll through reenactments of older times in the countryside of Ireland.
  • Cheer for all the participating individuals in the grand parade, including the Rose of Tralee.
  • Peer at the Irish vehicles, including real DeLoreans like the one from Back To The Future.
  • Taste the Irish culture with authentic Irish food, such as bangers.
  • Peruse through the various merchandise vendors, selling lots of Irish souvenirs and memorabilia.

The BIG Irish Fair will contain plenty of fun and excitement for the entire family. The festivities run from 10am to 7pm on both Saturday and Sunday. General admission presale costs $15 per adult per day, while a 2-day adult admission costs $25. Seniors and students can enter for $13 each. Kids 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. Admission will increase by $3 when purchasing at the gate. Parking will range from $5 to $10. This festival takes place entirely outdoors, so dress appropriately for hot weather, and apply sunscreen prior to leaving home. The venue does not allow attendees to bring chairs, coolers, canopies, or any other large camping item; however, the park will provide more than enough tables and benches in the shaded areas. If you plan to purchase anything, bring cash, as the vendors cannot accept cards.

Piñata Protest – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 6
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.pinataprotestband.com/

Piñata Protest currently tours across the country, and that tour will have one more show in Southern California this week. Tuesday night’s show has no cover charge, but no one under 21 may enter.

S3 Coffee Bar’s 1st Year Anniversary
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 7
S3 Coffee Bar, Grantville, San Diego
http://www.s3coffeebar.com/

San Diego’s S3 Coffee Bar turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of food & drink samples and specials all day. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for what you order.

Los Angeles Design Festival
June 8-11
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ladesignfestival.org/

During these four days, various locations in & around Los Angeles will have various fashion and design events open to the public. Some of these events have an entry fee, others do not, so check with the website to see the list of events.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 8-10
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

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

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 8
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Pinball & Arcade Auction
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 9
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 10
Captain’s Auction Warehouse, Anaheim
http://captainsauctionwarehouse.com/

Bid on arcade, pinball, ticket, and prize machines during this special auction this weekend in Anaheim. This event has no admission fee, and anyone interested in purchasing may bid from home as well.

8th Annual San Diego Oysterfest
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
12:00 pm  – 10:00 pm, June 10
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://www.oysterfest.me/

More of a music fest than an oyster fest, this all-day festival in San Diego combines live music, oysters, and beer into one crazy festival. As you enjoy the live music, you can purchase fresh oysters from around the world to snack on, then buy some brews to wash it all down. General admission starts at $35 but does NOT include food or drinks. No one under 21 may enter.

2017 San Diego Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 10
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 11
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, North Park, San Diego
http://www.sdgreekfestival.com/

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.

2017 LA Pride Music Festival & Parade
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 9
2:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 11
West Hollywood Park, West Hollywood
http://www.lapride.org/

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.

Punk N Paint
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, June 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/468958693462564/

Live body painting and local punk rock mix up this Friday night in Anaheim. The cover for this event costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

MADE Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 9
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 10
L.A. Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ma.de/

Music and fashion collide at this concert this weekend in Downtown LA. Ticket prices vary based on which events you want to attend, so see the website for details.

18th Annual Downtown Anaheim 5k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, June 10
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://downtownanaheim.com/events/5krun/

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.

2017 Santa Monica Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival
7:30 am – 7:30 pm, June 10
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://www.pierpaddle.com/

A series of water sports will take place on the beach in Santa Monica this Saturday. Registration varies in price depending on the event you wish to participate in, so see the website for pricing details.

7th Annual Mabuhay Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 10
Kimball Park, National City
http://www.wesaymabuhay.org/

A free and all-ages Filipino cultural fair comes to National City this Saturday, complete with live entertainment, food, vendors, activities, and more.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 10
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/420850651611824/

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!

4 Wheel Parts Truck & Jeep Fest 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 10-11
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.4wheelparts.com/info/ontario-truck-jeep-fest.aspx

A free and all-ages expo for truck and jeep parts comes to Ontario this weekend. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the convention center.

31st Annual San Diego Festival Of The Arts
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 10-11
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sdfestivalofthearts.org/

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.

Kid Kon 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 10-11
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://kid-kon.com/

Check out all things pop culture and fandom for kids this weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center. Expect to find anything related to comics, films, cartoons, celebrities, TV shows, toys, books, games, and more, including lots of programs and activities. One-day admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. A weekend pass costs $25 presale or $35 at the door.

42nd Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 10-11
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.irishfairandmusicfest.com/

Southern California’s largest Irish Fair returns to Long Beach this weekend. This family-friendly fair brings Irish culture to one location, where attendees can see over a thousands Irish dancers, dozens of live bands, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, athletic competitions, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more. Guests should bring cash if they want to purchase any food, drinks, merchandise, accessories, or any other Irish goodie. I suggest avoiding American food, and trying the Irish food that you would not find elsewhere. Admission varies depending on how you want to attend, with general admission costing $15 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students.

Ronin-Expo 2017
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 10
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ronin-expo.org/

Fans of anime, manga, video games, comics, cosplay, Asian culture, and anything else with ninjas in it will not want to miss Ronin-Expo (formerly Ninja-Con), happening this Saturday at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Discuss and share hobbies with other attendees during the convention, and introduce others to new things. Admission to this all-ages convention costs $20 presale or $25 at the door. I suggest parking in the Arts District and walking over, as the Arts District has free street parking in select areas.

30th Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 10-11
Peninsula Center, Palos Verdes
http://www.pvstreetfair.com/

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.

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

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

Council Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 10
Council Brewing, Kearny Mesa
http://www.councilbrew.com/

San Diego’s Council Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a festival at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa. General admission costs $20, starts at 12pm, and comes with five 2oz beer pours. VIP admission costs $35, starts at 11am, comes with ten 2oz beer pours, and includes an anniversary pin. They will have mobile food vendors on site to cater to attendees’ hunger. No one under 21 may attend.

Pechanga’s 9th Annual Microbrew & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 10
Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula
http://www.pechanga.com/entertain/microbrew-craft-beer-and-chili-cook-off

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.

Rök House 3-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 10
Rök House Brewing Company, Upland
http://www.rokhousebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1297458586976626/

Upland’s Rök House Brewing turns three 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.

3rd Annual Orange County Funk Fest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 10
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://curious-ent.com/event/orange-county-funkfest-2017/

Funk music takes over the OC Fair this Saturday. Tickets to this all-ages concert start at $45.

2017 Inland Empire Greek Fest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 10-11
Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, San Bernardino
http://www.iegreekfest.com/

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.

Pub & Grub: A Culinary Crawl
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 10
5th Street behind 4th Street Market, Santa Ana
http://ocfoodiefest.com/pubandgrub

Check out lots of food this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana. Contrary to the event name, this event does not actually involve walking from location to location. This event will operate the same way as other events by this organizer – it costs $10 to enter the event, and then attendees will pay for food as they go. An all-you-can-eat experience exists in two three-hour sessions: 2pm-5pm and 6pm-9pm. These cost $40 presale or $60 at the door to enter, and attendees to this event can eat as much as they want for the duration of the session while supplies last.

3rd Annual So Cal Brew Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 10
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://socalbrewfest.com/

The So Cal Brew Fest returns to Orange County for its third year running this Saturday, complete with everything one would expect to find at a beer festival. General admission costs $39 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $49 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from all the participating breweries while supplies last. Bring cash for food truck purchases, and dress appropriately for hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Big Summer Beerfest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 10
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.bigsummerbeerfest.com/

A corporate beer festival comes to Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 3pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Los Angeles Food Fest
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 10
LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
http://lafoodfest.com/

Experience the best of Los Angeles eats at the LA Food Fest. This festival consists of a multitude of various events, from a brunch to a grand tasting to a party and more. General admission costs $65 and starts at 3:30pm, while VIP admission costs $95 and starts at 2pm.

EA Play 2017
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 10
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 11-12
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
http://www.ea.com/eaplay2017

Play a handful of upcoming EA games this weekend in Hollywood. Although free to attend for all ages, interested attendees must still register to attend on the website.

SFV Roller Derby Presents: Double Header
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 10
San Fernando Valley Roller Derby, Sylmar
http://sfvrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Sylmar. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10.

5th Annual The Feast Of Thrones
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 10
Whimsic Alley, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/

$80 gets you in to this Game of Thrones themed dinner, complete with food, drinks, and entertainment. No one under 18 may attend.

32nd Anniversary Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 11
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

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.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 11
Central Avenue, Glendale
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of S Central Avenue from Glendale to Atwater Village will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Stone Sour Fest 2017
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 11
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-sour-fest-2017

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.

22nd Annual San Clemente Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 11
Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
http://villagesanclemente.org/annual-car-show/

See hundreds of classic cars this Sunday at this free and all-ages car show in San Clemente.

3rd Annual Balboa Strawberry Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 11
Encino Park, Encino
http://balboastrawberryfestival.com/

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.

Spring 2017 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 11
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

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.

Pop-Up: Bubblyfest Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 11
The Rose Room, Venice Beach
http://www.bubblyfest.com/

Spend an afternoon sipping on champagnes this Sunday in Venice. Tickets cost $70 each, and gets you a tasting glass and unlimited champagne while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Luau & Pig Roast
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 11
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.goosebar.com/

Enjoy some tropical-themed cocktails and delicious pork at this seasonal event in Costa Mesa this Sunday afternoon, free of a cover charge.

Tartar Control @ Cafe NELA
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 11
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/288279171596114/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Sunday night in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Food and dining trends change very often, especially in larger metropolitan areas. Trends and fads have their phases where they have immense popularity but then fade away slowly after its peak. For example, take a look at the gourmet food truck trend. This trend started in 2008 with the introduction of Kogi BBQ. From there, many more aspiring chefs started their own gourmet food truck as a lower-cost method of jumping into the restaurant industry. It proved a success for many of them, with a lot of the more popular food trucks eventually making the jump over to a brick & mortar restaurant once the gourmet food truck fad started to die down. After this trend faded down, gastropubs claimed the spotlight for a time. However, while gastropubs catered to a few types of people, it did not do well to attract everyone, as everyone has different tastes and want more varieties. Nothing has more variety than a food court, and thus the idea of food halls started up. Food halls represent the modern contemporary version of food courts, kind of like what gourmet food trucks did for the traditional food truck. Today, food halls do a great job of attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to dine there daily, as these food halls provide culinary variety and a comfortable environment for visitors to relax in, such as at McFadden Public Market.

McFadden Public Market officially opened their doors to the public on Monday, May 15th, 2017. The latest food hall to join Orange County, McFadden Public Market represents the creative genius of Orange County entrepreneur Leonard Chan, the mastermind behind popular restaurants such as The Iron Press and Hatch. Unlike other food halls in Orange County, Leonard basically owns everything within McFadden Public Market. Every “business” here falls under the ownership of Leonard, while at other food halls, each business belongs to its respective owners. McFadden Public Market consists of two floors. The first floors contains all the food, plus a bar at the front. Currently, food offerings include Latin/Filipino, fried chicken, ice cream, and Vietnamese. The first floor still has a handful of openings, so one can expect more food variety here in the future, including a coffee bar. The second floor represents the fun or leisure side of McFadden Public Market. The second floor not only has a full bar, but also has an arcade, which features many pinball machines and old-school arcade games. Between the food, the drinks, the games, and the free WiFi, visitors can easily make a great afternoon or night here.

McFadden Public Market has lots of room to grow, as they will soon add more food, drinks, and games to their lineup. Stay updated with what happens here by liking them on Facebook.