Archive for the ‘Dessert’ Category

Food news & media giant Foodbeast brought back one of their major events this past Saturday, Ooze Fest, for its third year running. Hailed as Southern California’s premier cheese festival, this tasting event brought out dozens of Orange County restaurants to serve up their best cheese-inspired 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. Ooze Fest took place across two different time slots on Saturday in order to spread out the amount of attendees: an afternoon session and an evening session. Each session allowed all attendees to have unlimited food and drinks while supplies lasted, and as far as the first session went, no booth ran out of food. The first session featured a grilled cheese sandwich eating contest, while the second session featured a pizza eating contest and a hot sauce challenge. Other than that, this event ran exactly how they described it originally – pay to get in, then eat and drink as much as you can until the event ends. Fortunately, spreading this event over two sessions meant that attendees did not have to deal with long lines at the food and drink booths.

In the days leading up to this event, I only worried about excess attendance and having to wait in lines for food. Fortunately this issue never surfaced greatly thanks to having two sessions instead of cramming everyone into one session. At times, a few of the vendors had to catch up on making food, so some people inevitably had to wait in a line. In the end, this event never turned into a wait fest, unlike some other similar events. Stay tuned in the upcoming year as they plan to bring back some of their other events, such as a noodle fest.

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Modern desserts look a lot different than they did a few decades ago. While a lot of traditional desserts still exist, their appearance and method for making them have gradually changed over time. Thanks to the prevalence of social media, food appearance matters more than ever. On top of people wanting food that looks good, methods for creating such food has changed much over time as well. For example, decades ago, very few thought to create instant ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Makers had to make a batch of ice cream and store it in a freezer of an ice cram machine. Now with the spread of liquid nitrogen, lots of places can now create fresh ice cream instantly, such as at Scoops N Scoops Creamery.

The use of liquid nitrogen in cuisine has spread far by now, and Scoops N Scoops Creamery utilizes that technique to get creative. Scoops N Scoops Creamery has all the necessary tools that one would expect of a place that does liquid nitrogen ice cream – they can create any flavor on their menu that a customer requests, and they can add toppings to any order. However, Scoops N Scoops Creamery does something a little different at their little shop – they can put their ice cream inside a macaroon to create a Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich. The name says it all – you get Scoops N Scoops Creamery’s fresh ice cream, and place it between two macaroon halves to create a giant ice cream sandwich. The small size costs $5 but grants you two heaping scoops of the ice cream flavor of your choice. At just a small, you would still need a spoon to eat one of the scoops before you can think of eating this like an actual sandwich and picking it up by hand.

Scoops N Scoops Creamery currently has two locations: Irvine and Chino Hills. If you seek a fun and delicious dessert to sate your sweet tooth, head on over to Scoops N Scoops Creamery and try their Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich today. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter to see what else they have to offer.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 24 – October 1
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For eight full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

2017 Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 25
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia
http://www.arcadiacachamber.org/taste-of-arcadia/

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $50 presale tickets now, as you cannot purchase tickets at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra – Live in Orange County
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/shows/7552015/tokyo-ska-paradise-orchestra-with-viernes-13

Get your skanking on in Santa Ana tonight. The cover for this all-ages show costs $20.

Skacore Night in Downtown LA
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 26
La Cita Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/468671750173082/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show in Downtown LA this Tuesday night. The cover for this show costs $8 if entering before 9pm, or $10 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Wasteland Weekend 2017
September 27 – October 1
California City
http://www.wastelandweekend.com/

Live in a post-apocalyptic world this weekend in the desert. This event will immerse you in a culture that one would expect as shown in the movies.

2017 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 27
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.cerritostaste.com/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Wednesday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay $10, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

2nd Annual Southern California In-Water Boat Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 28
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 29-30
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Cabrillo Way Marina, San Pedro
http://www.socalboatshow.com/

Check out lots of boats on display this weekend in San Pedro. Admission costs $15 for adults, while children enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 28
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 29
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 30
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 1
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://autoshowoc.com/

For $12 entry, guests can check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. Seniors and active military personnel can enter for $10. Guests looking for free street parking should locate Casa Vista St, west of the convention center, by Denny’s.

Epic Brewing Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 28
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/342785082815424/

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

Taste of Ventura County 2017
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 28
Commemorative Air Force Museum, Camarillo
http://www.wcrventuracounty.com/

Sample food and drinks from restaurants throughout Ventura County this Thursday night. $75 gets you in to enjoy unlimited samples while supplies last.

Taste of Pasadena 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 28
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.pasadena-chamber.org/forms/taste-of-pasadena

Sample foods from dozens of Pasadena restaurants this Thursday night at the Rose Bowl. Tickets cost $30 presale or $50 at the door, and allow unlimited samples while supplies last.

44th La Mesa Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 10:30 pm, September 29
10:00 am – 10:30 pm, September 30
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
La Mesa Village, La Mesa
http://www.lamesaoktoberfest.org/

Enjoy a family-fun Oktoberfest celebration this weekend in La Mesa. Free to attend for all ages, this Oktoberfest celebration will have all the usual Oktoberfest festivities such as dance, music, sausages, pretzels, beer, and more. In addition, visitors will find hundreds of vendors, arts & crafts, games, and more activities for all ages.

Get Shamrocked Irish Festival 2017
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 29
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 30
Town Square Park, Murrieta
http://www.getshamrocked.com/

Revel in Irish culture all this weekend in Murrieta, with Irish music, food, live entertainment, and more. This all-ages festival will bring Irish culture to town, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. General admission costs $20 for Friday, $30 for Saturday, or $40 for a weekend pass. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Weekly’s 14th Annual Decadence
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 29
Hotel Irvine, Irvine
http://www.ocdecadence.com/

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. General admission costs $55 and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 6pm, and includes a goodie bag plus access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 29
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
Newport Beach Civic Center, Newport Beach
http://newportwineandfood.com/

Lots of activity will take place in the culinary world this weekend in Newport Beach. On Friday night, a VIP party will take place with a cocktail reception and a three-course food & wine pairing dinner. On Saturday and Sunday, attendees of the festival gain access to unlimited food tastings, cooking demos, cocktail mixing demos, live music, a silent auction, and more. Admission prices significantly vary based on the mode of attendance, with single-day admission costing $175 and a weekend pass costing $295.

2017 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.offroadexpo.com/pomona-ca

Check out all things off-roading this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona, complete with hundreds of vendors, dozens of industry professionals, and acres of off-road. Adult admission costs $20, or $15 if you purchase it at O’Reilly Auto Parts. Children enter for $6. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs $10 per vehicle.

Nerdbot-Con 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 30
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.nerdbot.com/nerdbot-con

$17 gets you in to this all-ages pop culture expo complete with dozens of vendors, artists, cosplayers, music, games, activities, and more.

356th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 30
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 1
Adams Avenue between 32nd & 35th Street, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Street-Fair.html

This FREE and all-ages music festival takes place over two days this weekend on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, between the 805 and 15 freeways. Ten blocks will close to traffic to make way for over 90 music acts on seven stages and over 350 vendor booths. Guests should take public transportation to Adams Avenue, as traffic will remain heavily congested all weekend, and parking will not exist in high numbers here.

Alhambra Moon Festival on Main
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
2nd & Main, Downtown Alhambra
http://downtownalhambra.com/event/moonfestival/

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Downtown Alhambra this weekend.

Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbairshow.com/

A free and all-ages jet show comes to Huntington Beach this weekend. Practice/rehearsals will take place on Friday, while the actual shows take place on Saturday and Sunday. Bring out your friends and family to enjoy some aerial entertainment. Attendees may purchase reserved seats via the website.

Music Tastes Good
12:00 pm – 10:00 am, September 30 – October 1
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://mtglb.co/

An all-ages concert will come to Downtown Long Beach this weekend. Admission costs $75 for one day or $135 for both days. As with any long concert, make sure you can endure remaining outdoors for a long period of time, and have plenty of cash for food and drinks.

Eat Uptown Food Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 30
Nixon Plaza, Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/event/eat-uptown-food-festival/

Savor the local flavor of Uptown Whittier at this food tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Uptown Whittier. At this event, attendees will get treated to eats from dozens of local restaurants. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last. Guests must purchase drinks separately. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Beer Fest (Fall Edition)
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 30
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. General admission costs $45 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 2pm. All admission comes with unlimited beer pours, but does not include parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Dudes Brewing Three Year Anniversary Celebration
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 30
Dudes Brewing, Torrance
http://thedudesbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1939290312952050/

Dudes Brewing in Torrance turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have anniversary glasses available, raffle prizes throughout the day, and special beers on tap for you to try. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Taste Of Santa Ana 2017
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 30
Main Place Mall, Santa Ana
http://www.tasteofsantaana.org/

Sample various bites and sips from Santa Ana restaurants at this all-ages event this Saturday evening at the mall. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the gate, and gets you unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

2017 Fullerton Uncorked
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 30
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonuncorked.org/

At this food & wine tasting, find food samples from local restaurants, dozens of wine & craft beer tastings, live music, raffle prizes, and more. Tickets to this event cost $70 presale or $75 at the door, and include unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

GBH, The Casualties, Spider – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 30, Glass House, Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 1, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://gbhuk.com/

Legendary UK punk band GBH will headline a pair of shows this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

14th Annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, October 1
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
http://kidsbookfestival.com/

This FREE all-ages fair caters to families as it presents thousands of children’s book available to read or buy. The fair will also host multiple stages complete with family-friendly entertainment.

Coast – Santa Monica’s Open Streets Event
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 1
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://beta.smgov.net/strategic-goals/mobility/coast

Santa Monica gets its own ciclovia event this Sunday that will block off a portion of Santa Monica to vehicles, as if the city does not already have enough traffic problems. If you intend to drive anywhere in or near Santa Monica this Sunday, plan your commute accordingly.

56th Annual Sandcastle Contest
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, October 1
Corona Del Mar State Beach, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeach.com/events/56th-annual-sandcastle-contest/

Register to build the best sand castle this Sunday in Newport Beach.

Santa Clarita Comic & Toy Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita
http://www.santaclaritacomictoyexpo.com/

Santa Clarita gets their own comics and toys convention this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $8 and includes free parking at the venue.

La Feria De Los Moles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
Grand Park, Los Angeles
http://feriadelosmoles.com/

This free and all-ages event in Downtown LA will have mole, Mexican food, live music, entertainment, and more.

22nd Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
Mountain Vista Drive, Encinitas
http://encinitasoktoberfest.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event this Sunday, the six-block marketplace on Mountain Vista Drive in Encinitas will feature Bavarian dancers, bands, hundreds of vendors, authentic German food & beverages, a family fun zone, and a ceremonial parade at 12pm.

11th Annual International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.lachocolatesalon.com/

Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena for an all-you-can-eat chocolate bonanza. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, while children can get in for $10.

Sustainable Seafood Expo 2017
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 1
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro
http://sustainableseafoodexpo.org/

Explore the future of sustainable seafood this Sunday in San Pedro. General admission costs $10 and gets you two tasting tickets. All-inclusive admission costs $60 and gets you a taste from each booth plus one drink ticket.

3rd Annual SlutWalk
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://amberroseslutwalk.com/

Assume the role of an activist for an afternoon this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Participation costs $12.

Taste of Garden Grove
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
Garden Grove Amphitheater, Garden Grove
http://www.ggcf.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-garden-grove-featuring-missing-persons-anabella-of-bow-wow-wow-tickets-35450922664

Sample foods from local Garden Grove restaurants and listen to live music this Sunday. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the gate. VIP admission with select locations for the main stage costs $30. The event page does not give a lot of specifics, so basically treat this as a concert more than anything.

26th Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 12
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.pfar.org/pfar-charitable-foundation/taste-of-old-pasadena/

The Taste of Old Pasadena returns tomorrow to Old Town Pasadena. Over 30 diverse restaurants will sample their food & drinks for just $35 per person. Maps and signs will guide all attendees to find the food.

4th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 13
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 14
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.cwcbexpo.com/

Explore the business of the cannabis industry during this expo this week at the LA Convention Center. Intended only for those in the industry, attendees will connect and network with other professionals in the industry to obtain information about starting a cannabis business, running a cannabis business, providing equity/investment resources, or providing professional/business services. Registration for the expo starts at $125.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 13
Downtown Pacific Beach
http://www.pacificbeach.org/

Take a stroll through Pacific Beach this Wednesday evening and sample on a variety of foods from the local participating restaurants. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last.

To Live And Dine In S.D.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 13
Farmer & The Seahorse, San Diego
http://modernluxury.com/san-diego/events/live-dine-2017

A food & alcohol tasting event will take place this Wednesday evening in San Diego. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door, and gets you in to enjoy unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

25th Annual Taste of Downtown San Diego
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
Rustic Root, San Diego
http://downtownsandiego.org/events/tasteofdt/

Take a stroll through Downtown San Diego as you enjoy food samples from restaurants throughout Downtown San Diego this Thursday evening. For $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event, enjoy food samples from over 40 restaurants in Downtown all serving their flagship foods.

Savor Santa Ana
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.savorsantaana.com/

Santa Ana gets their very own strolling tasting event this Thursday night! Folks who have attend any Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor will already know the drill. To participate, simply show up, buy a booklet of five tickets for $10, and redeem those tickets at participating restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana for yummy samples. In addition, the weekly Downtown Santa Ana farmer’s market will also take place, allowing visitors to browse those wares as well.

Taste of 10: Celebrating 10 Years of The District at Tustin Legacy
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 14
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
http://localemagazine.com/localendar/taste-10-celebrating-10-years-district-tustin-legacy/

Sample food and drinks from over a dozen Tustin restaurants this Thursday night in Tustin. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, and gets you unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 14
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.

5th Annual Good Food Showcase
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 15
Coastal Roots Farm, Encinitas
http://www.sdchip.org/

Check out local farms, chefs, and products this Friday afternoon in Encinitas. Admission costs $10 and gets you access to all the exhibitors on site.

19th Annual Sand Sports Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 15
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 16
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.sandsportssupershow.com/

Satiate your adrenaline with the Sand Sports Super Show this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds. See hundreds of ATVs, monster trucks, and many other vehicles all in one space. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $15, while children 12 and under enter free with paid adult admission. Bring extra cash for parking which ranges from $5 to $10.

Los Angeles Anime Film Festival 2017
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, September 15
10:30 am – 12:00 am, September 16-17
Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.la-aff.com/

Over 20 anime movies will air this weekend in Downtown LA. This event does not feature an all-inclusive pass – rather, you simply pay to see the movie(s) you want to watch. See the website for a list and schedule of movies.

California Beer Festival – Ventura
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 15
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, September 16
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 17
Mission Park, Downtown Ventura
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

The California Beer Festival invades Ventura this weekend with three separate events. On Friday, attend a food & beer pairing competition for $60 where five chefs and five brewers compete for the best beer & food pairing in show. Saturday represents their beer tasting event with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. General admission to this costs $55 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $80 and starts at 11:30am. No one under 21 may attend on Saturday. On Sunday, admission costs $30 and provides access to a plethora of food and beer vendors along with live blues music all day. All attendees will have to pay for food and drinks separately on Sunday.

Son of Monsterpalooza 2017
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 15
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 16-17
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, Burbank
http://www.monsterpalooza.com/

Basically, a convention for horror, Halloween, and other similar media. Check out costumes, apparel, accessories, toys, media, speakers, demos, celebrities, artists, and more all this weekend in Burbank. Admission to this all-ages event costs $25 per day or $60 for the full weekend.

17th Annual Bike Walk & Roll
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 16
New Harvest Educational Facility, Norwalk
http://www.bikewalkandroll.com/

Join in on this community bike fest going on all day this Saturday starting in Norwalk. This celebration features a multitude of events, from bike rides to a 10k walk to a family fun day to a BBQ competition. All active events start early in the morning, and the website features the full schedule of when every single event starts. From 10am to 6pm, check out a FREE all-ages fair in Norwalk, complete with food, music, games, rides, vendors, arts & crafts, and more.

Bubble Run San Diego
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 16
Mattress Firm Amphitheater, Chula Vista
http://www.bubblerun.com/events/san-diego/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race around the Sleep Train Amphitheater. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

13th Annual Moompetam: Native American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/moompetam/

This weekend celebration will feature traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating the indigenous California maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay. All aquarium visitors gain access to this festival, so anyone with regular aquarium admission can check this event out.

Oceanside Harbor Days 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside
http://www.oceansidechamber.com/oceanside-harbor-days.html

A handful of events will occur in Oceanside this weekend, including a surfing competition, volleyball tournament, CrossFit competition, classic car show, skating demo, and more. These events cost nothing to attend and spectate, while participation requires registration, of which the deadline has already passed.

Mountain Lakes 7th Annual End of Summer Run
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 16
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.

2017 Long Beach Triathlon & Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 16
4:00 am – 10:00 am, September 17
Marina Green, Downtown Long Beach
http://thelongbeachtriathlon.com/

Test your physical prowess with this triathlon as you swim, run, and bike your way around Downtown Long Beach. An expo where visitors can explore and learn about the triathlon will occur on Saturday at Marina Green, and participating athletes can pick up their race packets at this expo. The actual triathlon starts at 7am on Sunday morning. Registration varies in price, with individual registration costing $140. All participants receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, finisher medal, post-race food & entertainment, a swim cap, and exclusive access to online results & professional photos.

Huntington Beach Surf City Days 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 16-17
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/surf-city-days2.html

A handful of events will occur in Downtown Huntington Beach this weekend, including a surfing competition, volleyball tournament, CrossFit competition, classic car show, skating demo, and more. These events cost nothing to attend and spectate, while participation requires registration, of which the deadline has already passed.

2nd Annual California Vegetarian Food Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.cavegfoodfest.com/

This event focuses on the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, not necessarily the food. As such, expect to find speakers, celebrities, cooking demos, seminars, vendors selling vegan accessories and apparel, and more. Admission costs $20 per day but does not include any food.

10th Annual Orange County Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
Central Library Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.pacifichealthpartners.org/

Immerse yourself in Pacific Islander culture at this FREE and all-ages festival this weekend in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find food, live music, entertainment, merchandise, activities, and more.

San Diego Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://womensexposandiego.com/

This two-day expo in San Diego celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

1st Annual San Diego Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://www.sandiegocookiecon.com/

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $25, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

5th Annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 16
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.folkrevivalfestival.com/

This all-ages event will showcase over 20 folk and roots music acts. Other highlights include the Port of Long Beach Kids Pumpkin Patch, Polly’s Pies pie-eating contest, and the LB Beard Advocates mustache/beard contest. Local craft breweries and a variety of food trucks will serve food & drinks to attendees. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $75 and includes access to a VIP lounge area. No one under 21 may attend as a VIP.

San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival 2017
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 16-17
Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.sjcgreekfest.org/

South Orange County gets their own Greek festival this weekend, free to attend for all ages. Visitors will find food, treats, live entertainment, rides, games, vendors, and more.

5th Annual OC Fest of Ales
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 16
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.festofales.com/

OC Fest of Ales returns to Downtown Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. The $70 admission grants you access to unlimited food AND beer while supplies last, plus a souvenir cup and bottle opener. Guests will also find all the usual beer festival festivities, such as games, live music, a homebrew competition, vendors, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Montebello Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 16
Montebello City Park, Montebello
http://www.keepingtheculturealive.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event, find artist, vendors, food trucks, live art demos, raffles, music, and more.

5th Annual Battle of the Tequileros
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 16
Taco Rosa, Newport Beach
http://www.tacorosa.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/battle-of-the-tequileros-v-tickets-36834725656

$75 gets you in to sample all the tequila and drinks that you can handle for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Horton’s Hayride
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 16
S. S. Lane Victory, San Pedro
http://www.hortonshayride.com/

Enjoy live music at this all-day all-ages rockabilly festival from the great sets of the Reverend Horton Heat, The Bouncing Souls, and more, and check out the great food, classic cars, and pinup models. Tickets to this event cost only $25.

2nd Annual Open Arts & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
Brand Boulevard, Glendale
http://openartsmusic.com/

A free and all-ages music and art festival comes to the streets of Glendale this Saturday.

15th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
http://www.tarfest.com/

This music & art festival returns this Saturday to the La Brea Tar Pits in West LA. Free to attend and open to all ages, guests will experience live music, live painting, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more.

2nd Annual Monrovia Station Beer & Music Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 16
Metro Gold Line Monrovia Station, Monrovia
http://www.monroviacc.com/

To celebrate the annivesary of Station Square Park & Metro Gold Line, Monrovia will have a beer and music festival there this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 4pm. Admission at the gate costs $60, if any tickets remain. All attendees receive fifteen 6oz beer tasters, plus access to local food vendors and the live music stage. No one under 21 may attend.

Downey International Food & Music Festival 2017
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 16
Downey Ave & 3rd St, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/

Downtown Downey will bustle with activity this Saturday evening. On Downey Avenue in downtown, visitors of all ages can walk the street for free to check out local restaurants serving food here, plus a beer & wine garden, kids’ zone, live music, and an outdoor movie at night.

OC Roller Girls – Blocktoberfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
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.

Los Kung Fu Monkeys – Free Show
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 16
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/123317141624872/

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

Slow Children – Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 16
De Via Bella Pizza & Sports Bar, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1966164253651729/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Riverside. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 16
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

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

7th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
September 17-24
Lake Forest
http://www.lakeforestbusiness.com/148/Shop-Dine

Explore the local businesses of Lake Forest during this eight-day period. Various restaurants and shops will have specials this week, which will culminate with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, September 24th.

2017 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
Granada Pavilion, Granada Hills
http://www.facebook.com/SanFernandoValleyComicBookConvention

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

StanceNation SoCal
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 17
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.stancenation.com/

A car show comes to the Anaheim Convention Center this Sunday afternoon. Presale admission costs $30 but has already sold out, and they have not specified how much admission will cost at the door.

The 68th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival returned this past Labor Day weekend to Assumption Greek Church on Pacific Coast Highway between Bellflower and Loynes. At this all-ages fair, visitors found a multitude of Greek foods & desserts, wine, beer, ouzo, and more to keep everyone entertained throughout the holiday 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. While any visitor can participate in the dancing going on under the main tent, I opted to simply admire those who bravely stepped forth to display their Greek dancing abilities. For me, I chose to enjoy the eats of Greek culture with some Gyros and Ouzo. Support this local Greek Fair by following them on Facebook and liking them on Twitter.

Torrance’s Mitsuwa Marketplace hosted their second annual Nagoya Fair this past weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this mini indoor fair represented the food and culture of Nagoya, Japan. While Nagoya has Japan’s third largest population, much of the world has less familiarity with Nagoya than other cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, or Hiroshima. Regardless, Nagoya has its fair share of unique culture that sets it apart from the rest of Japan, especially in their cuisine. At this Nagoya Fair, visitors could get to sample all sorts of Nagoya foods, such as Sekai no Yamachan (specialty rubbed chicken wings), Kawakyu Ice (Japanese fluffy shave ice), Nagoya miso oden (a type of egg dish), and hitsumabushi (eel, think unagi). Some of the food stands originated from real locations, such as the shave ice that comes from a real Nagoya shop called Koriya Kawakyu. As such, one cannot find these specific recipes and flavors anywhere else except for these actual shops. Throughout the weekend, the lines for all these foods never subsided, making for a long wait in order to taste every single item. A group of four could easily split into all the lines and order enough for everyone to share, as all of these foods together can represent a complete meal.

Mitsuwa Marketplace holds multiple events like this throughout the year, some big and some small. As far as Southern California goes, the Torrance location tends to host the most events since their location lends well to hosting larger events, but that should not deter you from visiting the other Mitsuwa Marketplace locations! For a full list of locations, check out their website for store hours and addresses. Check out Mitsuwa Marketplace on social media too – they have specific accounts based on location, so for this post, check out their main Facebook page and the Twitter page for Southern California.

2017 US Open of Surfing
July 29 – August 6
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

Monday Melt Down
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Grits, Fullerton
http://gritsfullerton.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1381759148568857/

A grilled cheese contest will take place in Downtown Fullerton tonight. They have not provided any information regarding admission fees or how much each thing will cost.

Old Spanish Days – Fiesta
August 2-6
Santa Barbara
http://www.sbfiesta.org/

A week of Latin cultural celebrations comes to Santa Barbara this week, and will include a plethora of events to check out, including a food & wine festival at the Santa Barbara Zoo on Thursday evening. Check the website for a full list of events, and each event’s cost and age limit.

Opposition Rising: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 2, Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 3, Tower Bar, City Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 4, Bar 1650, Corona
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 5, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/oppositionrising

A series of hardcore punk shows will take place in Southern California this week. The cover charges for these shows vary by the venue, so check with the location for details. No one under 21 may enter any show.

2017 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 3-4
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 6
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

Celebrate beach life with the annual International Surf Festival that spans four days starting Thursday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

IPA Day 2017
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 3
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1982772172007344/

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will release two new IPA’s this week. Stop on by their tasting room starting this Thursday to enjoy a cold one or two.

64th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 4
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-fishing.html

This FREE kids’ fishing contest will provide a safe environment for kids to learn how to fish, about fishing equipment, and about the environment. All participants must supply their own rod and reel – the event will provide bait and tackle.

2017 Bon Odori
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, August 4
Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.niwa.org/jfg-events/obon-festival

San Diego gets an Obon Festival this Friday in Balboa Park. Admission costs $10, and gets you in to enjoy food, arts & crafts, entertainment, games, music, vendors, and more.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 4
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

69th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 5
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 6
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://lahabracornfestival.com/

This city fair celebrates corn with food, rides, games, drinks, vendors, merchandise, raffles, entertainment, and more. This fair will have a parade on Saturday afternoon too. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can also participate in a corn-eating contest, cutest baby contest, dog costume contest, apple pie contest, and more.

Brew at the Zoo 2017
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles
http://lazoo.org/brew/

This craft beer fest at the Los Angeles Zoo will allow you to drink while exhibiting the animals. Also expect to see comedians, DJs, bands, vendors, and more. General admission costs $65, starts at 7pm, and includes unlimited 5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals. VIP admission costs $125, starts at 6pm, and includes access to two VIP lounges. No one under 21 may attend.

Kirby’s Dream Band, Super MadNES, Extra Lives
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 4
California Institute of Abnormalarts, North Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/112490802715742/

Rock out to some video game inspired music this Friday night in North Hollywood. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

10th Annual Surf Guitar Convention & Festival
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 4
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 5-6
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://surfguitar101.com/convention/HOME.html

Come see lots of surf music bands perform at this benefit show. This all-ages event costs $20 to attend on Friday or Sunday, or $40 to attend on Saturday.

Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week
August 5-13
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dinelbc.com/

First came Eat LBC, then we had Dine Out Long Beach. Now we have Dine LBC, another Long Beach Restaurant Week. During this 9-day period, participating restaurants throughout Long Beach will have various food and drink specials. Some of these restaurants may require reservations, while others allow you to walk in and dine with the specials. Check the website for a list of participating restaurants.

28th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 5
South Clairemont Park, San Diego
http://www.clairemontfamilyday.com/

Bring the entire family over to the park this Saturday for a FREE fair at the park. This fair will feature a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, drinks, games, rides, a car show, and more. Visitors can swim for FREE in the park’s pool from 12pm until 3pm.

8th Annual Tour de Big Bear
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 5
Big Bear Lake Village, Big Bear Lake
http://tourdebigbear.com/

Go on a bike ride throughout Big Bear Lake this Saturday morning. Rides last between 25 to 100 miles. Many other activities will take place throughout Big Bear Lake on this day too – check the website to see the list of other things to do this weekend.

2017 ARP Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 5-6
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.scscracing.com/

Powerboat racers from across the country will congregate in Long Beach this weekend for this annual competition. Admission costs $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 5
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/

Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $16. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

6th Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 5
LA State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ovarianpsycos.com/

Participate in a communal bike ride starting in Los Angeles this Saturday morning. Mix and mingle with the various diverse women joining in on this bike ride.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Rancho Cucamonga Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 5
Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/846780582147307/

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.

5th Annual ScareLA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 5-6
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://scarela.com/

Welcome to Southern California’s premier Halloween convention. At this weekend event, get a glimpse at all things Halloween, preview this year’s top costumes, and get info on the world’s scariest haunted houses or mazes. Check out over a hundred Halloween vendors, makeup artists, scare demos, costume demos, and more. Visitors may also want to wear their costume to this expo to “practice” for Halloween! The price of admission varies based on the day of attendance, and any of the extras included with admission. General admission (no extra goodies) costs $35 on Saturday and $30 on Sunday. See the website for a full breakdown of prices.

5th Annual Avocado Fest
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 5-6
Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/event/avocado-fest/

Angel City Brewery brings back their Avocado Ale this week, and to celebrate, they will have multiple activities going on at their tasting room in Downtown Los Angeles., such as avocado-themed food trucks, live art, live music, vendors, games, brewery tours, and more. This event requires no admission – simply pay for beer and other products as you go.

5th Annual Maritime Museum of San Diego’s Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 5
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/craft-beer-festival/

A waterside beer festival comes to Downtown San Diego this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The So-Cal Hoedown
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.socalhoedown.com/

A concert will take over the streets of Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday, featuring four stages and three indoor venues. This event will also have a car show and pinup contest. General admission to this all-ages concert costs $30, while VIP admission costs $50 and includes an event poster and t-shirt.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 5-6
Glen Helen Amphitheater, San Bernardino
http://www.hardsummer.com/

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Tickets start at $109. No one under 18 may attend.

High & Mighty Festival
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 5-6
Village Green Park, Garden Grove
http://highandmightyfest.com/

An all-ages concert with some big names in rock and rap will take place in Garden Grove this weekend. Tickets start at $39.

Hollywood Beer & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 5
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.hollywood-beerfestival.com/

Get chocolate-wasted in Hollywood this Saturday afternoon complete with bros, hos, brews, queues, and more. General admission costs $35 and starts at 3pm. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 2pm, and has access to exclusive cocktails. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 5
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Angeleno, Burbank
http://downtownburbankcarclassic.com/

Car enthusiasts will want to make their way over to Downtown Burbank this Saturday afternoon for a day full of classic cars, customs, and more, free to attend for all ages.

Golden Park Summer Music & Movie Event
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
Golden Park, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=312&targetid=1

A free and all-ages music and movie night will take place in Downey this Saturday evening.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 5
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

5th Annual International Vegetarian & Vegan Food Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 5
Planet Rehab, San Dimas
http://www.planetrehab.org/

Sample vegetarian and vegan food from 30 different cuisines this Saturday evening in San Dimas. Admission costs $25 for adults or $10 for children, and provides unlimited food samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

15th Annual Plate By Plate
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
California Science Center, Los Angeles
http://platebyplate.org/la/

Check out some of Southern California’s top restauranteurs at this evening gala this Saturday in LA. General admission costs $150, starts at 7pm, and provides access to the main floor. VIP admission costs $250, starts at 6pm, and comes with multiple VIP perks.

The Dickies – Live in Corona
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 5
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/129121090975321/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

9th Annual OC Fair Fun Run 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 6
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocfair5k.com/

The OC Fair hosts a 5K at the fairgrounds this Sunday morning. Registration costs $40 presale and $45 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Children ages 6-12 register for $25 presale and $30 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Online registration closes this Thursday. All participants receive a goodie bag, which includes a T-shirt, a medal for participating, and one admission into the OC Fair.

3rd Annual Yestercon
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
The Carson Center, Carson
http://www.yestercon.co/

Check out old toys, games, and other pop culture items at this all-ages retro event in Carson this Sunday. General admission costs $10 and starts at 10am, while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am. Visitors may park for free here.

August Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:30 pm, August 6
Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach.
http://www.la-bike.org/sunday_funday_aug_2017

Bring out your family for a bike ride around Redondo Beach. The course runs up to 18 miles, but participants may choose to ride for a lesser duration.

19th Annual Taste of Ecuador Food Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 6
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
http://www.laeventsmarketing.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious Ecuadorian eats along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

41st Annual Los Angeles Ratha Yatra
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 6
Venice Beach, Venice
http://festivalofchariots.com/

Some kind of religious parade and festival comes to Venice Beach this Sunday afternoon, free to attend for all ages. In addition to a parade, expect to find performers, entertainers, vendors, and more.

3rd Annual Long Beach Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://lbzinefest.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Long Beach gets their own Zine Fest this Sunday 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.

21st Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/lemon-festival/

This street fair in Chula Vista will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods south of 3rd Avenue.

11th Annual Charity Chili Cook Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 6
Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa
http://www.hitimewine.net/charity-chili-cook-off

Don your best cowboy/cowgirl outfit and mosey on over to Hi-Time Wine Cellars this Sunday for their annual chili cook-off. At this pinnacle of chili fests, guests will find live music, beer, wine, spirits, and more. Presale admission costs $10, while admission with ten raffle/drink tickets cost $20. Act quick, as this event sells out every year!

Game Day: Battle Royale
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 6
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego
http://gamercon.com/

Play fighting video games for free this Sunday afternoon in Downtown San Diego.

Cruise the Pike Classic Car Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 28
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://laydbackproductions.com/?page_id=4234

Come on down to The Pike this Sunday afternoon and enjoy art and cars on the grassy knoll! Spectators of all ages can attend for free. Anyone interested in showcasing their classic car in this show must register their vehicle for $15 prior to the event or $20 on the day of.

9th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 6
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com/

An all-ages seafood festival comes to Newport Beach this Sunday evening. Admission costs $60, and includes one full meal. VIP admission costs $150 and basically gives you all-you-can-eat food while supplies last.

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.

Summer has undoubtedly arrived, what with the heat wave and all. The weather does not seem that it will lose some degrees in the next month or two, so cool off with a nice cold treat. Some people may not have a sweet tooth like I do, but they have to treat themselves occasionally. Sometimes, your body just craves it – when you feel hot, your body tells you to go find something cold to eat or drink. If you plan on powering through this heat wave, I have some suggestions on how to cool yourself off in Southern California.

5. 21 Choices Frozen Yogurt‘s Peanut Butter Malt

One can find milkshakes at hundreds of places, as milkshakes represent one of the easiest cold treats to make, yet taste amazing nonetheless. While milkshakes exist just about anywhere, one may have a difficult time locating a good malt. Malted milk shakes may sound like a foreign concept to some since not everyone carries malt powder. When you finally find a place that has it, they may not necessarily make it the right way. I have previously covered a place that I believe makes the best malt ever, and I have recently found a new contender for that title in 21 Choices Frozen Yogurt. As its rather direct name suggests, 21 Choices carries 21 flavors of frozen yogurt in their shops. To no one’s surprise, they sell the typical frozen yogurt bowls with toppings here. However, I would like to talk about the other menu items that 21 Choices provides, namely their Peanut Butter Malt. Think peanut butter milkshake, but with a strong hit of malt. To understand the flavor of malt, one needs to understand malt as a primary ingredient in brewing beer. For the beer drinkers out there, a malted milk shake will slightly resemble the malt flavor of beer. Not all places put the right amount of malt in their shakes, but 21 Choices does not skimp on the malt.

4. Hula Girls Shave Ice‘s Pineapple Dole Whip Shave Ice

Southern Californians recognize Disneyland for not just the amusement aspects, but for their food as well. Disney kitchens have churned out some of the most unique foods the world has seen, so when other places can produce similar products they may even taste better, the locals flock to it. I used to swear by Disneyland’s corn dogs until I discovered The Viking Truck. Finally, locals can now find the beloved Pineapple Dole Whip at Hula Girls Shave Ice. Hula Girls serves Hawaiian shave ice and soft serve ice cream out of their little shop down in Huntington Beach. What makes them stand out relates to Disneyland, as Hula Girls serves Pineapple Dole Whip soft serve. Combining their products together, you get a Pineapple Dole Whip Shave Ice, where shave ice with the flavors of your choice sit on top of a swirl of Pineapple Dole Whip soft serve. Enjoy this classic that Disneyland fans rave about without having to pay the exorbitant price to enter the theme park by visiting Hula Girls Shave Ice.

3. Confetti Italian Ice‘s Pineapple Dole Whip + Cococnut Italian Ice Parfait

Everyone loves sweets, but no one can deny that teenagers represent the worst demographic for controlling dessert habits. Teenagers usually have money to buy whatever they want (as long as they can afford it), and they have not grown up enough to make sensible spending decisions. As such, lots of places take advantage of that by introducing desirable foods priced just within reach that young customers will want to come back to, especially cold treats. Starbucks does this well with their blended drinks, as do some Italian Ice places. Take a stroll over to Confetti Italian Ice and you will see that they value quality in their treats instead of simply catering to as many customers as possible. Tightly nestled in a strip mall in Costa Mesa near the Orange County Fairgrounds, Confetti Italian Ice may resemble another popular Southern Californian place that does something similar, but Confetti has vastly unique flavors such as their Pineapple Dole Whip + Cococnut Italian Ice Parfait. This basically resembles a Piña Colada with the smoothness of the coconut and the tanginess of the pineapple. You can get one of these parfaits for $3.75 for a small, $4.25 for a medium, or $5.25 for a large.

2. Shave It‘s Mini B

Have you ever heard of the classic song (These Are A Few Of) My Favorite Things? This song lists a handful of things, tangible or not, that fill a person with joy despite bad times. Though the singer lists individual things in the song, why not skip the hassle and combine some of those things? Whenever I can have one of my favorite things, I eagerly look forward to it. Whenever I can have more than one of my favorite things at the same time, my heart fills with glee. Enter Shave It, the brilliant business capturing the hearts of many with their approach to combining two individual items together to form something even better. As their name suggests, Shave It does the shave ice thing, and yes – pronunciation makes a huge difference. Shaved ice with a D typically refers to ground ice, like that of a snow cone. Shave ice without the D refers to how native Hawaiians see it – finely sliced ice so smooth that it feels like ice cream. Upon hearing that comparison, the folks behind Shave It decided to mash the two up by serving up cups of shave ice WITH ice cream – a match made in heaven I tell you! The list of combinations stretches all the way around their store, since any customer can mix and match ice cream and shave ice flavors, such as with the Mini B. This tropical cup not only features tangy ice flavors as well as the vanilla ice cream, but it includes a caramel drizzle to mix things up. The fruitiness of the shave ice combined with the creaminess of the ice cream almost gives it a strawberry milk effect while the caramel adds a zing of sweetness to the mix, something that any kid can enjoy. For less than $5, you too can experience the childhood joys of combining two of your favorite things into one cup.

1. The Bleu House‘s Potted Plant Milk Tea

We live in an age of technology, the internet, social media, and smartphones. The days of face-to-face interaction have died with the past, as most people spend their time in public with their faces buried in their smartphones. People use this as their means of interacting with others, and social media provides an outlet for that. Especially today, we have Instagram food – basic foods made to look pretty so that customers will share it online. If you want the perfect example of Instagram food, take a look at what The Bleu House has to offer. I never expected something so trendy to exist in an otherwise quiet city, but alas The Bleu House represents a haven for teenagers and young adults to hang out at and enjoy some bites and sips. The Bleu House does a great job at serving up fusion style foods that mix eastern flavors with western foods, but perhaps their cold treats have made The Bleu House so popular, such as their Potted Plant Milk Tea. The Bleu House provides seven types of milk teas: Jasmine, Thai, Rose, Almond, Taro, Honey, and Matcha. For $4.25, you can order this served Potted Plant style, where they top it with sweet cream, chocolate cookie crumbles, and a micro sprout. Boba comes optionally, and I would actually suggest no boba so that you can enjoy the cream and cookie crumbs.

The night market trend continues to gain popularity, as it exponentially attracts more and more visitors with each passing event. Derivating from populated Asian countries, a night market represents a food & entertainment festival packed with many different types of food, vendors, and various forms of entertainment, including live performances and games. In the past few years, night markets have spread globally due to the increased desire for Asian food, one of which has landed in Koreatown just west of Downtown Los Angeles. This past weekend, the folks over at the Ktown Night Market hosted their annual event at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Koreatown. This weekend-long all-ages festival brought the nightlife of the east to the west, and showed the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Admission only cost $5 per person, while guests had to pay for everything else once inside. As an event with “Food Fest” in the name, visitors could expect to discover tons of authentic and interesting foods here. While most of the food found here derived from Korea, visitors could find cuisine from other regions of Asia, such as Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, and more. The organizers did not categorize any sections of the street – visitors could encounter food, merchandise, food trucks, games, and more all scattered throughout the area.

Miss out on this night market? Keep in mind that many other night markets take place, now that its popularity has risen substantially. In Southern California alone, in addition to Koreatown, night markets occur in Arcadia, Downtown LA, Costa Mesa, Monterey Park, Westminster, and San Diego. I believe that within a year from now, many more night markets will pop up – a quick search revealed at least two more in Northern California, so look up some night markets in your area, and experience how locals celebrate their culture in the far east.