Archive for the ‘Dessert’ Category

Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 26
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 27-29
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 30
Ventura Beach Marriott, Ventura
http://dearhandmadelife.com/craftcation-conference/

Designers and makers will not want to miss the Craftcation conference this weekend in Ventura. Partake in four days of networking, learning, sharing, sampling, and more. Registration costs $470 per person and includes full access to the entire weekend of programs, workshops, seminars, demos, and everything else.

The Taste of Downtown Glendale 2017
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 26
Brand Blvd, Downtown Glendale
http://www.tasteofdowntownglendale.com/

Sample food from dozens of restaurants from Glendale this Wednesday night along the streets of Downtown Glendale. Admission costs $35 for food-only or $45 for food+wine, and includes unlimited samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $75 and comes with access to a VIP area with exclusive tastings.

Extreme Midget Wrestling
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 26, Water Wheel Saloon, Norco
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 29, Spotlight 29 Casino, Coachella
http://extrememidgetwrestling.com/

You have not witnessed anything unlike midget wrestling. Come watch this unbelievable spectacle this weekend for a good drunken night. Admission starts at $20. No one under 21 may enter.

8th Annual Kingdom-Con
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 27
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 28-30
Crowne Plaza, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://kingdom-con.com/

This all-ages Table Top gaming convention contains all things board games, mini games, role-playing games, vendors, and more. Admission costs $20 for one day or $50 for the entire weekend.

EZFoodFest Los Angeles 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 27
Califormia Market Center, Los Angeles
http://ezfoodfest.com/

Sample food and drinks from local restaurants this Thursday night in Downtown Los Angeles. It costs nothing to attend, but interested attendees must still register on the website. No one under 21 may attend.

Boogaloo Mountain Jam 2016
8:00 am – 3:00 am, April 28
7:00 am – 2:00 am, April 29
7:00 am – 3:00 am, April 30
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://boogaloofestival.com/

An entire weekend of electronic music, yoga, art, workshops, cars, food, vendors, and more awaits you at this all-ages music festival. Tickets start at $145.

28th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 28-30
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://petexpooc.org/

Pet lovers will want to check out this pet expo at the OC Fair & Event Center this weekend. Open to all ages, attendees will find lots of pet resources, including food, merchandise, demos, exhibits, shows, pet adoptions, and more. General admission costs $15, but guests may NOT bring pets.

Turkish Food Festival
10:00 am – 7:30 pm, April 28-30
12642 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/229535717524404/

Free to attend for all ages, a fair with lots of Turkish food will take place this weekend in Garden Grove. Bring cash to pay for any food or drinks you intend to consume.

Spring 2017 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 28-29
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

21st Annual Upland Lemon Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 28
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 29
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 30
9th St & Euclid Ave, Upland
http://www.uplandlemonfestival.com/

This street fair in Upland 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 around the street closures.

The 2017 Hollywood Show
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 28
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 29
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30
The Westin LA Airport Hotel, Los Angeles
http://hollywoodshow.com/main.php

Check out the ultimate autograph and pop culture expo taking place this weekend near LAX. Meet a handful of celebrities from the old days, get autographs, take photos, and see more.

4th Annual “Coins for the Crowns” Quartermania
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 28
Brookhurst Community Center, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimfallfestival.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/380147699020264/

Partake in a fundraising speed-auction this Friday night in Anaheim. Bid increments will go up by quarters, so expect to find a lot of small items that will not cost much. Admission costs $25 per person and includes access to an appetizer & dessert bar.

The Aggrolites + Viernes 13 – Live in Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 28
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.aggroreggae.com/

Reggae and ska collide in Anaheim this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Narcoleptic Youth – Live in Anaheim
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 28
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.narcolepticyouth.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1829871380599975/

Get your weekly dose of puck rock this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 28, Knights of Columbus Hall, Canoga Park
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 29, Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this weekend, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10 for each show. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual Walk for Wishes
7:30 am – 12:00 pm, April 29
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://site.wish.org/site/TR/WalkForWishes/Make-A-WishOrangeCountyandtheInlandEmpire

Take a walk around the park this Saturday morning while raising money for charity. Registration for this walk costs $25 plus however much you decide to donate.

Wanderlust 108
7:30 am – 3:30 pm, April 29-30
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://wanderlust.com/

Join in on this yoga meetup this Saturday on the Santa Monica Pier. Admission costs $55, and includes entry into a 5k run, yoga, and meditation. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

4th Annual San Diego Shaka Fest
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 29
Crown Point Park Mission Bay, San Diego
http://sandiegoshakafest.com/

Bring your friends and family out to this all-ages athletics & Hawaiian cultural festival this Saturday in San Diego. This event combines a traditional cultural festival with some athletic activities and competitions, featuring rowing, obstacle courses, yoga, and more activities along with the festival’s food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

Autism Speaks Walk – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 29
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/SouthernCalifornia

Walk for charity this Sunday morning in Anaheim. Raise certain amounts of money to qualify for rewards, which you can find out about on their website.

34th Annual Encinitas Street Fair
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 29-30
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://encinitas101.com/

This FREE street fair takes place this weekend in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

STEAM Expo 2017
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 29
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://magnoliapublicschools.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=325600&type=d

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event this Saturday morning in Long Beach featuring activities, games, and other arts & crafts surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

30th Annual Seal Beach Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 29
Main Street, Seal Beach
http://sealbeachchamber.org/seal-beach-car-show-gallery/

Free to attend for all ages, check out this classic car show that will take over the streets of Old Town Seal Beach this Saturday.

Downtown Burbank Arts Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 29-30
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Olive, Downtown Burbank
http://dtnbur.com/

Check out hundreds of artists, street painters, sidewalk chalk artists, and more this weekend in Downtown Burbank. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can exhibit the many art on display, create their own art with sidewalk chalk or other artists allowing guests to interact, or purchase art to take home.

Spring 2017 Jackalope Art & Craft Fair – Pasadena
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 29-30
Central Park, Pasadena
http://www.jackalopeartfair.com/pasadena

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day arts & crafts fair will feature local artisans, curators, food trucks, live music, and more.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 29-30
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://lawomensexpo.com/

This two-day expo in Los Angeles 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.

Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey/Hop Concept 11th Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 29
Lost Abbey, San Marcos
http://shop.lostabbey.com/

Celebrate the 11th anniversary of this brewery conglomerate with lots of beer this Saturday in San Marcos. Admission costs $30 and comes with ten beer tasters, a souvenir glass, and access to purchase additional rare beers from their vintage case. No one under 21 may attend.

Beach Streets: University
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 29
Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach
http://beachstreets.com/

Long Beach has its own version of a ciclovia where the city officials closes a portion of the city to vehicular traffic to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to freely roam the streets. This Saturday, that will occur on the Cal State Long Beach campus and surrounding streets. Plan your commute accordingly.

8th Annual San Diego Metal Swap Meet
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 29
Quartyard, San Diego
http://www.metalswapmeet.com/

Metal fans will not want to miss this all-ages flea market for all things heavy metal. For just $5 admission, gain access to all sorts of vendors selling music, apparel, accessories, art, and more.

33rd Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 29-30
Little Italy, San Diego
http://www.missionfederalartwalk.org/

Free to the public, this art walk takes up 17 blocks of Little Italy filled with over 350 artists. All throughout the fest, guests can discover music and dance performances, and plenty of kids’ activities.

CSUF TitanCon 2017
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 29
Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton
http://www.csuftitancon.com/

Hosted by fans for fans, this free and all-ages event involves all things anime, manga, video games, comics, cosplay, and more. Visitors can expect to find artists, vendors, panels, merchandise, games, gourmet food trucks, cosplay contests, and more. One should not underestimate this event, as it attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Mission Viejo Arts Alive & Street Painting Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 29
Oso Viejo Community Park, Mission Viejo
http://cityofmissionviejo.org/artsalivefestival/

Free to enter for all ages, guests will find plenty of arts & crafts, vendors, food, live entertainment, and other things to do. All things come at cost, so make sure you bring cash to take part in this event.

7th Annual Session Fest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 29
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/event/7th-annual-session-fest/

On the opposite side of strong ales lie session beers – beers lower in alcohol content while maximizing flavor. Brewers created session ales so that craft beer lovers can drink more in a session without going overboard, especially with strong ales or hoppy beers. Eagle Rock Brewery started Session Fest to encourage new craft beer drinkers to enjoy what breweries can offer, and they will repeat the fest again this Sunday. For $25 presale or $30 at the door, guests will receive five pints of any session beer featured at the tasting room, in addition to keeping the glass they receive to drink out of. Guests may purchase additional drink tickets if desired. No one under 21 may attend.

Adams Avenue Unplugged 2017
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 29
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 30
Adams Avenue, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Unplugged.html

Completely free to the public, guests will spectate 180 live music acts throughout the day all in the various local businesses and multiple stages. The city will also offer free trolley service to transport guests from one end to the other.

Wicks Brewing Co. 4th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 29
Wicks Brewing Co., Riverside
http://www.wicksbrewing.com/

Wicks Brewing Co. opened their doors to the public four years ago, and to celebrate their anniversary this weekend, they will have an all-day party at their tasting room in Riverside. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and enjoy their anniversary ale, other special brews, and live music throughout the day.

Pico Block Party Spring 2017
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 29
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/pico-block-party-spring-2017/

Check out this free and all-ages music & arts event this Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica.

Brew Lagoon Craft Beer & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 29
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://www.brewlagoonfest.com/

A beer and music festival comes to Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and provides unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food, and prepare for hot sunny weather. No one under 21 may attend. Attendees can find plenty of free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods.

LA Weekly’s Burgers & Beer
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 29
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Sports Arena, Los Angeles
http://burgersandbeer.laweekly.com/

Hang with hipsters at this gourmet foodie and craft beer event in Los Angeles this Saturday afternoon. Find burgers from dozens of Los Angeles County’s hottest burger joints, and enjoy beer samples from dozens of Southern Californian microbreweries. General admission starts at 4pm and costs $55. VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 3pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples until it runs out. No one under 21 may attend.

Color Fun Fest 5K Los Angeles
3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 29
Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale
http://colorfunfest5k.com/los-angeles/

Subject yourself to another color run at this color 5k this Saturday in Irwindale. This event features two running events: one during the day, and one at night. Registration for this run costs $25 presale or $60 on the day of the event, if any tickets remain.

Narcoleptic Youth: Live in San Bernardino
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 29
Elks Lodge, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/675643159281621/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday evening in San Bernardino. The cover for this all-ages show costs $7.

10th Annual Taste of Aliso Niguel
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 29
Laguna Design Center, Laguna Niguel
http://www.anhspfan.org/

Taste the flavors of South Orange County at this tasting event this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. Admission to this food fest costs $35. No one under 21 may attend.

Night Nation Run – Orange County
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 29
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://nightnationrun.com/orange-county-anaheim/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

Punk Rock Night in Boyle Heights
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 29
The BLVD, Boyle Heights
http://www.facebook.com/events/243556156115156/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Boyle Heights. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
April 30 – May 5
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 30 and May 5, over 40 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

Tacos & Beer 5K Run & Festival
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 30
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://www.tacosnbeer5k.com/

Take a fun run, hold it before Cinco de Mayo weekend, add tacos and beer, throw costumes on, and you have a white boy’s fantasy party all on one day. Basically, if you have seen an MTV party, this does not stray too far from it. This event starts with a 5K fun run in the morning, and then when that ends, all participants can stay for tacos and beer for the rest of the festival. The organizers encourage everyone to wear silly costumes in an attempt to see who can stereotype the Latin culture the most. Food will come from local vendors, and since this takes place in San Diego, except very normal Mexican food. Also, Bud Light will sponsor the beer, so keep that in mind if you care about the quality of your beer. If you still feel like going to this, registration costs $54 presale or $59 on the day of the event.

3rd Annual Badge of Heart Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 30
LAPD Ahmanson Recruit Training Center, Westchester
http://lapd.com/events/3rd_annual_badge_of_heart_car_show/

Enjoy a free and all-ages classic car show this Sunday in Westchester.

6th Annual Chocolate Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/chocolate-festival/

This Sunday, guests of all ages can enjoy plenty of chocolate to eat, demos, arts & crafts, and more. Museum admission includes access to the chocolate area, which costs $20 presale or $33 at the door for adults, with discounts applicable to seniors, military, and children.

Spring 2017 Brentwood Art Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 30
San Vicente Blvd b/t Barrington & Bundy
http://www.brentwoodartfestival.com/

Check out a free and all-ages art festival this Sunday afternoon in Brentwood, complete with art, food trucks, music, shopping, a kids zone, and more.

VegFest Los Angeles 2017
10:30 am – 6:30 pm, April 30
Woodley Park, Encino
http://vegfestla.org/

Bring your vegan appetite to this vegan food tasting event this Sunday in the San Fernando Valley. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find lots of vegan food, live entertainment, speakers, arts & crafts, demos, vendors, and more activities.

2017 Taste of Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach
http://www.tastehb.com/

Sample the flavors of Huntington Beach’s local restaurants this Sunday at their food fest. Admission includes unlimited food samples and wine & beer tasters. General admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm, while VIP costs $90 and starts at 11am. VIP comes with complimentary champagne, extra hors d-oeuvres, free raffle entries, and free goodies. For both admissions, designated drivers will save $5, which only means they cannot receive any wine or beer.

Dessert Fest
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm, April 30
Studio 11, Mid-City, Los Angeles
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/dessert-fest-presented-by-time-out-l-a

Gorge out on sweets this Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. Admission ranges from $25 to $35 depending on when and how long you want to attend. All attendees receive unlimited dessert samples while supplies last.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 30
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1457827284228533/

Share a beer or two at this free bottle share in Monrovia this Sunday afternoon. Guests should bring a 22oz bomber or two 12oz bottles to share with others.

22nd Annual San Diego County Vintners Association Wine & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 30
Bernardo Winery, Rancho Bernardo
http://sandiegowineries.org/

Sample local wine and food this Sunday afternoon in Rancho Bernardo in San Diego County. Admission costs $55 and comes with unlimited food and wine samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Taste of the Eastside
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 30
Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, Los Angeles
http://tasteoftheeastside.com/

Sample the best of East LA’s restaurants this Sunday evening. At this all-ages tasting, guests can receive unlimited food samples from all of the 20+ participating vendors. Admission comes in three levels and varies depending on when you purchase it, starting at $45 and rising up to $85 – check the website for pricing details.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 4
Ben & Jerry’s, Worldwide
http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday at any participating Ben & Jerry’s store.

Free Punk Show @ Five Star Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 4
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/257703838022358/

Enjoy a free punk rock show in Downtown LA this Tuesday night. No one under 18 may enter.

6th Annual Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 5
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/roar-in-the-shore/

Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.

D.I.Y. Festival Competition
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 5-6
Clash City Station, Riverside
http://bricktoyaface.com/

Check out this music & art festival this week in Riverside. Admission costs $7 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 18 may enter.

OC Roller Derby Orientation
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 5
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/394631604250005/

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance to join a league. Click the link to send your information to them, and then show up to orientation this Wednesday night in Huntington Beach.

Scrapbook Expo – Orange County
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 6-8
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.scrapbookexpo.com/

The nationally-famous Scrapbook Expo comes to Southern California this week! Admission to this all-ages expo varies in price, starting at $8 for a one-day general admission adult ticket.

Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 6
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/taste-leucadia/

Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $25 presale or $30 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $15, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 6
The Pike Outlets, Downtown Long Beach
http://gplb.com/thunder-thursday-moves-pike-outlets/

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.

The Damned 40th Anniversary U.S. Tour
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 6, The Belasco Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 7, House of Blues, San Diego
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 8, House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.officialdamned.com/

Legendary punk rock band The Damned embark on an international tour starting this week in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary by location, so check with the website for details.

Ragnar Relay So Cal 2017
5:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 7-8
Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.runragnar.com/event-detail/relay/southerncalifornia

Take part in an epic overnight relay race that stretches from Orange County down to San Diego this weekend starting Friday morning. Grab a team, grab supplies, and make the trek from point A to point B, finally finishing at Crown Point in Pacific Beach.

43rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 7-8
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 9
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.gplb.com/

Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.

7th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party
10:00 am – 6:30 pm, April 7
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, April 8
J Street b/w 6th & 10th, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://eastvillagesandiego.com/7th-annual-east-village-opening-day-block-party-on-april-7th/

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

Lucidity Festival 2017
10:00 am – 8:00 am, April 7-9
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara
http://www.lucidityfestival.com/

Basically, a music & art festival that spans an entire weekend, similar to Coachella. This event runs nonstop from Friday morning through Monday morning. Lucidity requires many words to explain, which the website does a great job of. With dozens of stages, hundreds of vendors & artists, and endless activities, visitors will never run out of things to do here.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 7
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).

Monsterpalooza 2017
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 7
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 8-9
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
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 Pasadena. Admission to this all-ages event costs $30 per day or $70 for the full weekend.

Wasted Ones @ The Redwood Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 7
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1757209697930122/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this local punk show this Friday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

6th Annual Hollywood Half Marathon & 5k / 10k
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 8
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
http://hollywoodhalfmarathon.com/

The streets of Hollywood close down this Saturday morning for this series of races. Registration costs $105 for the half-marathon, $50 for the 10k, or $45 for the 5k.

43rd Annual Run Seal Beach 5k/10k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, April 8
Marina Community Park, Seal Beach
http://www.runsealbeach.com/

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

4th Annual Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 8-9
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.streetmachinenationals.net/StreetMachineAndMuscleCarNationalsPomona

Come see over a thousand muscle cars, classic cars, hot rods, and more at this weekend-long car show at the Fairplex in Pomona. Tickets cost $18 if purchased from participating O’Reilly Auto Parts stores, or $20 if purchased online or at the gate. Children can enter for $5. Bring cash for parking which may cost up to $10.

ArtFest 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 8-9
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/artfest.htm

Enjoy hundreds of art displays, cars, and live music this weekend at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Admission costs $14, with discounts available for seniors, military, students, and children.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 8
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

6th Annual Healthy Living Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 8-9
Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, Del Mar
http://www.healthylivingfestival.com/

Check out this health & wellness expo this weekend, FREE to attend for all ages (with printable coupon found on website). Guests can experience cooking demos, medical testing, belly dancers, fitness workshops, food & drink samples, massages, speakers, fitness tests, yoga classes, speakers, and more.

2017 Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire: Opening Day
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 8
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale
http://www.renfair.com/socal/

This renaissance faire will run from this Saturday through May 21st this year. Admission costs $29 for adults or $15 for children.

Food Truck Fetish Festival 2017
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 8
Exposition Park Event Parking, Los Angeles
http://www.foodtruckfetishfestival.com/

Remember food truck festivals from over five years ago? One returns this Saturday in Los Angeles. Admission costs $5 presale or $10 at the gate, and grants you access to gourmet food trucks where you will have to pay again for food. This event will also have a beer garden (drinks sold separately), live entertainment, and a VIP admission that includes unlimited soft drinks and one free dessert.

JANM Free Family Days: Celebrate Japanese American History
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 8
Japanese American National Museum, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://janm.org/familydays2017

Learn about Japanese American history at this free and all-ages cultural educational event this Saturday in Little Tokyo.

Champagne On Main Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair
11:00 am – 6:30 pm, April 8
Main Street, Downtown Ventura
http://www.champagneonmain.com/

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

9th Annual Los Angeles Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 8
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. Tickets cost $40, but does not include parking. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 8
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://sabrosotacofest.com/

From the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha comes a Spring version of Orange County’s biggest beer festival – a beer & taco festival rebooted. A lot has changed since last year. Admission still provides includes unlimited beer tasters, a souvenir glass, live entertainment, games, a cigar lounge, and more. All tacos will still cost $3 each, so prepare to carry cash, preferably singles. This big festival outgrew its previous home and has moved to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point for this year. In addition, this event now features a music component similar to their previous Cali Uncorked and Ye Scallywag festivals. Live bands will perform throughout the day, and all drinks after 4pm come at cost. No one under 21 may attend.

“When We Were Young” Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 8-9
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.whenwewereyoung.net/

A huge rock concert comes to The Observatory in Santa Ana this weekend. Tickets to this all-ages concert start at $60.

2nd Annual Punktography
1:00 pm – 12:00 pm, April 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/384558055264067/

Enjoy a free photography and punk rock show this Saturday all day at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 8
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.vindiego.com/

VinDiego returns to Liberty Station this Saturday afternoon. Enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $115 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and allows entry at 3pm. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Broke LA
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 8
Enox Events, East Los Angeles
http://brokelafest.com/

Cannot afford to dump money on Coachella? Check out Broke LA, a miniature version of the money-guzzling concert, this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Expose yourself to the variety of local art and music at this intimate experience, and keep your wallet happy too. Admission to this event costs $20 presale or $25 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Color Fun Fest 5K San Diego
3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 8
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, Chula Vista
http://colorfunfest5k.com/san-diego/

Subject yourself to another color run at this color 5k this Saturday in Chula Vista. This event features two running events: one during the day, and one at night. Registration for this run costs $25 presale or $60 on the day of the event, if any tickets remain.

4th Annual San Diego Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 8
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

This beer & music festival will take this Saturday at NTC Liberty Station. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

Night Nation Run – Orange County
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 8
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://nightnationrun.com/orange-county-anaheim/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

Montrose Brew Fest 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 9
Benitoite, Montrose, Glendale
http://brewfest.montrosechamber.org/

A beer and food tasting event comes to Glendale this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Artisanal LA returns for its semiannual show this weekend to its new home at the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Featuring the latest and greatest of artisan food and drinks in Southern California, this designer edibles fair brings together the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more. Hundreds of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcase their goods and sell their wonderful products to all the attendees. The floor features aisles after aisles full of vendors in each little space, all vying for attendees to try their goods, and hopefully generate a fan out of them. Due to the enclosed space with no industrial ventilation, most of the food arrived premade, or as cold/room temperature goods. From refreshing soft drinks to chocolates to ice cream to grass-fed beef to cakes and beyond, Artisanal LA truly exhibits the best of local Southern Californian flavor.

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 presale or $15 at the door. Parking at the venue costs $6 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs. Words cannot fully depict all that transpires at Artisanal LA, so take an abridged tour through last year’s Artisanal LA here:

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 6-17
Participating locations, Old Pasadena
http://www.oldpasadena.org/happyhourweek/

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

The Menzingers: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 13, Glass House, Pomona
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 14, The Regent Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
http://themenzingers.com/

Punk rock band The Menzingers currently tour across the country, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check on their website to see prices.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 15-16
East Village Arts District, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/event-post/taste-of-downtown/

Sample food & drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach at this tasting fest held in the East Village Arts District. Free to attend for all-ages, guests simply pay to eat, purchasing booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each. Each restaurant accepts varying amounts of tickets depending on their offerings. Live music and artists will keep guests entertained as well.

St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, March 15
Malarkey’s, Long Beach
http://www.arec-lb.com/

Go running for a few miles on this weekly Wednesday night run, then join an after-party at Malarkey’s this Wednesday night. This costs nothing to attend – show up for the run, show up for the after-arty, or do both.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
March 16-19
The W, Hollywood
http://lafw.net/

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

52nd Annual Azalea Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 16-17
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18-19
South Gate Park, South Gate
http://www.cityofsouthgate.org/636/Azalea-Festival

A city fair returns to South Gate this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find rides, games, entertainment, demos, food, treats, vendors, classic cars, and more.

Corks & Canvas
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, March 16
Anaheim GardenWalk, Anaheim
http://www.mcfaddensanaheim.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/189325491549218/

Wine and painting pair up at this event this Thursday evening in Anaheim. Attendees will partake in a two-hour painting class along with two glasses of wine provided by the venue, as well as a souvenir wine glass to take home. Registration costs $40. Food comes at an additional cost. Arrive early to get your preferred seat. No one under 21 may attend.

Norma Jean: The Polar Similar Tour 2017
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16, Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 17, Chain Reaction, Anaheim
http://www.normajeannoise.com/

Post-hardcore band Norma Jean currently tours across the country, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check on the website to see individual show prices.

Los Angeles Punk Museum Film Festival
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16
Beyond Baroque, Venice
http://www.lapunkmuseum.com/

Check out punk art and films for free this Thursday night in Venice.

Bouncing Souls: Simplicity Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 17, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://bouncingsouls.com/

Famous punk band Bouncing Souls will embark on a west coast tour starting this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary, so check on the website to see prices.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17
Worldwide

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

34th Annual San Diego Cake Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 17
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 18-19
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://sandiegocakeshow.com/

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

Arcade Expo 3.0
2:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 17
11:00 am – 2:00 am, March 18
11:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 19
Arcade Expo, Banning
http://www.arcadeexpo.com/

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

10th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 17
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 18
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 19
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://musinkfest.com/

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

GamerCon BYOC: Voidstate
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 17-19
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.gamercon.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/155087441647896/

A good ol’ LAN party will take place this weekend in Downtown San Diego. Bring out your gaming PC and play games against other gamers. This event can only take up to 40 people.

Flogging Molly’s St. Paddy’s Day 17
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, March 17
The Forum, Inglewood
http://www.floggingmolly.com/

Legendary Irish rock band Flogging Molly will headline their annual St. Patrick’s Day show in LA this year. Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $30.

The Cheifs: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 17, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/648600351990632/
7:00 am – 12:00 am, March 18, Cafe NELA, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/247177409055678/
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 19, Dipiazza’s, Long Beach http://www.facebook.com/events/405451103133887/

The Cheifs will headline a series of shows in Southern California this weekend. The cover charges and age limits vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Music Weekend @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 17-18
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/

This little dive bar in Downtown Pomona will have two separate music shows this weekend. The cover for each show varies, so check the venue’s website for cover charges. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

Color In Motion 5k – San Diego
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 18
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.colorinmotion5k.com/san-diego

After many weekends of other off-center 5k races, we now return to the style that started it all – the color 5k. Start your weekend off with an all-ages 5k run while getting color dusted in your face. Registration costs $50 per person, or $45 if registering with a team. All participants should wear white during the run to absorb and show off the most color. Participants should bring extra towels and spare clothes for the ride home.

Veggiepalooza 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 18-19
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://fullertonarboretum.org/ps_veggiePalooza.php

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

L.A. Nature Fest
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, March 18-19
Natural History Museum, Exposition Park
http://www.nhm.org/naturefest

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

Claremont Pie Festival
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, March 18
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontpiefestival.com/

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

Absolution Brewing Company’s 3rd Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, March 18
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
http://www.absolutionbrewingcompany.com/

Absolution Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of beer on tap for you to drink this Saturday. From 11am to 1pm, the tasting room will operate like a beer festival. It costs $50 to attend this VIP session, and all attendees receive unlimited beer pours during these two hours. This session will also have exclusive beers not available after it ends. After 1pm, the tasting room opens to the general public, where anyone can simply pay for individual beers just like normal business hours. A $25 package exists that gives you three beer tickets, one meal ticket, and a souvenir glass – those who attend the VIP session will also receive this package.

8th Annual Native American Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 18
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, visitors will find various forms of cultural entertainment, such as storytelling, dancing, singing, exhibits, and more.

2017 West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 18
Tokyo Central, West Covina
http://esgvjcc.org/site/10-latest-announcements/199-2017-cherry-blossom-festival

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

Coast Con 2017
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 18
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/722197834612134/

Free to attend for all ages, this event revolves around anime, video games, and cosplay. Visitors can expect to find artists, merchandise, live entertainment, cosplay contests, video game booths, a maid café, and more.

1st Annual PotterCon Los Angeles
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 18
The Echoplex, Echo Park
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.

1st Annual Montrose Spring Wine Walk
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 18
Montrose Shopping Park, Glendale
http://shopmontrose.com/montrose-spring-wine-walk/

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

Electric Asian Night Market
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 18
All Souls Church, Alhambra
http://www.electricnightmarket.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/590364204485202/

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

OC Roller Derby – Shamrock Smackdown
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 18
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.

5th Annual Rock Star Beer Festival San Diego
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego
http://www.rockstarbeerfestivalsd.com/

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

A Wilhelm Scream @ Brick By Brick
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 18
Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
http://www.awilhelmscream.com/

A Wilhelm Scream has a short west coast tour this week, and that tour swings through Southern California. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

32nd Annual Los Angeles Marathon
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 19
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://www.lamarathon.com/

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

7th Annual Adler Paddler
8:30 am – 1:00 pm, March 19
Naples Kayak Load & Launch, Long Beach
http://paddlewithpurpose.org/

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

Glitterfest Spring 2017
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 19
Spring Field Banquet Center, Fullerton
http://www.glitterfest.com/

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

Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 19
Central Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbcbfest.com/

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

The Aggrolites: Live in Riverside
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 19
Aurea Vista, Riverside
http://www.aggroreggae.com/

Reggae band The Aggrolites will headline a show in Riverside this Sunday evening. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

San Diego Burger Week
February 24 – March 4
Participating locations, San Diego County
http://sdcitybeat.com/burgerweek

Enjoy select specialty burgers from participating locations all over San Diego County during this 10-day period for just $6 each!

Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras
February 28

Many locations and businesses will have some sort of special going on this Fat Tuesday. Check out your favorite local restaurants or businesses to see what they have going on.

The Virus and Agression @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.viruspunks.com/
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2932

Punk band The Virus will headline a show in Santa Ana this Tuesday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13.

OC Roller Derby Orientation
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, March 1
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/ticketsevents/2017/3/1/new-skater-orientation

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance to join a league. Click the link to send your information to them, and then show up to orientation this Wednesday night in Huntington Beach.

38th Annual Food Fare
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, March 2
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://pplafoodfare.com/

A high-class ritzy food-tasting event will take place in Santa Monica this Thursday. The afternoon session from 11am to 2pm costs $150 to attend. The evening session from 6:30pm to 9:30pm costs $250 to attend. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Parking costs $10 per vehicle. The website does not specify an age limit.

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern – Santa Monica Grand Opening
11:30 am – 4:00 pm, March 2
Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, Santa Monica
http://j-fat.com/locations/santa-monica/
http://www.facebook.com/events/403898963293488/

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern has opened the doors to their fourth location in Santa Monica, and they will celebrate with a generous 50% off all lunch menu items this Thursday afternoon. No coupon required – simply show up, order lunch, and you will get 50% off.

College & Food Truck Night
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 3
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/collegenight/

This Friday night, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach will open later than usual. They will have discounted admission for college students, and the aquarium will have gourmet food trucks parked outside to feed visitors.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 3
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).

Starpool: Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 3
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://www.starpoolmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1625133217782719/

Local ska band Starpool will headline a show in Riverside this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2nd Annual Downtown Anaheim Community Yard Sale
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 4
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/

Local Anaheim residents will join in on a large communal yard sale in Downtown Anaheim this Saturday morning. Visitors can explore this event for free, while residents wanting to set up a spot to sell things must register for $10 per spot.

The Straw – Grand Opening
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, March 4
The Straw, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1456671431034077/

Say hello to the next level of hipster food this Saturday as Costa Mesa’s The Straw officially opens their doors to the public. They will not have any specials on this day – just pop on in and buy one of these fancy milkshakes so you can show it off to all of your social media friends and post selfies with it.

34th Annual Porsche & Vintage VW Literature, Toy & Memorabilia Meet
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 4
LAX Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.lalitandtoyshow.com/

See dozens of vendors this Saturday near LAX all exhibiting posters, brochures, toys, models, gifts, press kits, literature, accessories, and more for Porsches and vintage VW’s. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 per person.

4th Annual Los Angeles IPA Festival
9:30 am – 9:30 pm, March 4-5
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park
http://www.laipafestival.com/

Find over 60 different California-brewed IPA’s at Mohawk Bend this weekend during the LA IPA Fest. This event operates more like a tap takeover than a typical festival – instead of tickets, all 10oz beers cost $5 each, while souvenir glasses cost $5 each. Guests should park in the neighborhood north of Mohawk Bend.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 4
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1273487682690729/

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.

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 4
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 5
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://travelshows.com/shows/san-diego/

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $11 for one day, or $18 for both days.

SoCal Etsy Guild Market – San Diego
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, March 4
Westfield Mission Valley, San Diego
http://socaletsyguild.com/

Free to attend for all ages, the SoCal Etsy Guild will hold its monthly vendor market this weekend, filled with dozens of vendors selling apparel, accessories, and more.

Holi Festival of Colors – Riverside
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 4
Martha McLean Park, Riverside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-colors-riverside-ca/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every hour. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

Noble Ale Works 6th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 4
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://www.noblealeworks.com/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their sixth anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like previous years. General admission costs $50 and provides four hours of over 30 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. No one under 21 may attend this event.

Akiba Day #1
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 4
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://akibaday.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1247962838619465/

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

2017 Spring Busker Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 4-5
Seaport Village, San Diego
http://www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/busker-festival

Basically, Circue du Soleil. This artful all-ages outdoor festival brings out performers of various entertainment trades (jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, etc) to entertain visitors. Free to attend, guests should seek alternate methods of transportation to arrive here, such as carpooling or public transportation, as decent parking will likely take a long time to find.

16th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 4
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.

2017 Get Shamrocked Fest Launch Party
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 4
Tin Roof, Downtown San Diego
http://www.getshamrocked.com/

The Get Shamrocked Fest normally takes place in Murrieta in September annually, but this Saturday afternoon, they will have a special concert party in Downtown San Diego. Admission to this concert party costs $20. No one under 21 may attend.

Tater Tots & Beer Festival
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 4
Montecillo De Leo Politi Park, Elysian Park
http://tatertotfestival.com/events/los-angeles-ca/

Snack on tater tots and craft beers this Saturday in Los Angeles. General admission costs $40 while VIP admission costs $75 and provides access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last, and a beer stamp card good for one beer from each participating brewery. No one under 21 may attend.

Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience 2017
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 4
Empire Polo Fields, Indio
http://www.rwbexp.com/

Partying, loud music, and alcohol collide in one epic mashup in the desert this Saturday evening. Taking place where the famous Coachella and Stagecoach concerts occur, this all-ages concert will have stoner music, beer, wine, and overpriced food for you to indulge yourself and the kiddos with. Tickets start at $70 and go up to $5000.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 5-11
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 5
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

626 Golden Streets
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 5
South Pasadena to Azusa
http://www.626goldenstreets.com/

A ciclovia comes to the San Gabriel Valley this Sunday morning, which will close off many streets to through-traffic to allow bikers and pedestrians to freely roam the streets. Plan your commute accordingly.

So Cal All-Porsche Swap & Car Display 2017
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 5
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.lalitandtoyshow.com/related-events.html

Check out a bunch of classic cars this Sunday morning in Anaheim. Admission to this all-ages car show costs $10 per person.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 5
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

2017 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 5
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.

San Diego Magazine’s Brunch Bash 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 5
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/December-2016/San-Diego-Magazines-Brunch-Bash-2017/

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

Stone IPA Madness
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 5
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-ipa-madness-festival-hops

Submerge yourself in hops this Sunday at this beer festival at Stone Brewing in Escondido. $15 gets you five 4oz beer tasters, while $25 gets you ten 4oz beer tasters. They currently have 20 beers listed, and may potentially have more added by Sunday. Bring cash for food, which you can buy separately once inside the festival. No one under 21 may attend.

South Coast Roller Derby Recruitment
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 5
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance to join a league. Show up to orientation this Sunday evening in Laguna Hills for more information and to meet current participants.

D.I. and Narcoleptic Youth: Live in Riverside
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 5
Aurea Vista, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/170507356783333/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Sunday evening in Riverside. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

Despite a little wet weather, the Crave Expo went on as planned this past Sunday afternoon at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. The Crave Expo represents a gathering of food vendors all in one spot for attendees of all ages to check out and dine from. The organizers originally set this up as a ticketed event costing $5 presale or $10 at the gate per person; however, with the weather forecast showing rain all weekend, the organizers decided to nix the admission fee and allow people in for free as long as they preregister; otherwise it would still cost people $10 to enter if they just show up. Once inside, attendees gained access to all the vendors and could eat from whichever they chose. Basically, think of this as a food court, since attendees still needed to pay for any food or drink they wished to consume.

When I first heard about this event, it immediately appeared to me as a food truck fest. Remember food truck fests from 2010-2012? You paid some crazy amount of money to get in, then had to pay again for food. Once people realized that you could visit these food trucks elsewhere for free, people stopped going to food truck fests. Instead, people opted to go to weekly food truck gatherings, or the monthly ones such as First Fridays. Undaunted, I waltzed in to Crave Expo with a little over $40 in cash and checked out what they had to offer. Not surprisingly, I had seen most of these vendors before, either at other similar food events such as Artisanal LA or OC Night Market, or at local food truck gatherings such as Street Food Tuesday. Regardless, I did not want to walk away on an empty stomach. By the time I left, I had over $10 in my wallet.

I do anticipate that Crave Expo will return again in the future, but I advise to keep an open mind about how this event works. Remember that you can indeed find and visit most of these mobile food vendors elsewhere for free, thus avoiding paying for some sort of admission fee just to visit a food truck. Stay active with the local food truck scene by following your favorite food trucks on Twitter, and you will get to visit lots of them without needing to go to another “food truck fest” for some fee.

The Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show returned to the Los Angeles Convention Center this past weekend for its third year running. As the name suggests, this event featured all manners of sweets and desserts, but especially cookies and anything related to cookies. From traditional cookies to cookie sandwiches to cookie ice cream to cookie cups, if it had to do with cookies, attendees would find it here. This year’s event setup largely resembled last year – in the first year, it took place at the Pasadena Convention Center. Due to overwhelming popularity, they moved it to the LA Convention Center, expanded the event to two days, and tripled the ticket price. However, last year’s event STILL sold out. This year, admission went up to $60, and it still appeared as though they sold out once again.

Although now in their third year, it appears that some things never change. For the most part, the organizers have solved the problem of most of the lines. Last year, attendees had to wait in a line outside the convention center to even enter, and then once inside had to wait in a line to scan their tickets, and then wait in another line to get into the expo hall where the event took place. All of that did not exist this time – what lines did remain resided within the expo halls. Despite the best efforts to qualm all the line-waiting that attendees did, no one could avoid the massive lines for the vendors once inside the expo hall. Once inside, all the attendees faced lines upon lines for the few vendors that had samples. At this Cookie Con, less than half the vendors had actual samples for attendees to try – most of the vendors set up to sell things, such as products or services. Basically, attendees paid $60 in order to wait in lines to spend even more money. At this rate, eating $60’s worth of food would only occur if this event had a quarter of the amount of attendees so that everyone could efficiently reach the front of lines. In reality, it took half an hour of waiting in each line to finally get a sample of a cookie or some other dessert. On the other hand, the few vendors that had savory foods instead of sweets did not have bad lines, so I could easily get food samples such as jerky and tamales.

I fully expect Cookie Con to return next year, and likely with increased admission once again. When Southern California has food fests similar to this that cost like $175 or more to get in and sell out all the time, Cookie Con can just keep raising their prices, and would still sell out. If paying exorbitant admission fees to see these vendors sounds bad to you, just independently support the businesses on your own, such as Maya Brigadeiro or Bad Pickle Tees. The Cookie Con site (linked above) has a full list of all the vendors. By directly supporting the vendors, you omit the admission fees of going to an event, and you get to select what you want to see without the hassle of dealing with crowds of people and the dozens of strollers taking up space. Plenty of other dessert events will come up soon in the greater Los Angeles area, so check out my weekly events post every Monday to see how you can satisfy your sweet tooth.