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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Reggae and ska collide in Anaheim this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.
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
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
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.
7:30 am – 3:30 pm, April 29-30
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm, April 30
Studio 11, Mid-City, Los Angeles
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.
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
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
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.