Archive for the ‘Restaurant’ Category

Figueroa Mountain Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 30
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/535945266741850/

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

Riviera Village Holiday Stroll
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 30
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://rivieravillage.net/2017-holiday-stroll/

Explore Riviera Village in Redondo Beach this Thursday evening and enjoy holiday-themed festivities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday music, a parade at 6pm, local shopping sales, food & drink specials, and more.

3rd Annual The Handmade Holiday Show
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 30
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://www.iam8bit.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/164464287622325/

Free to attend for all ages, iam8bit in Echo Park will have a handful of local artists and vendors selling various goods and gifts for you to check out and buy.

Pennywise – Live in Anaheim
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 30 – December 1
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.pennywisdom.com/

Rock out to famous punk band Pennywise this week in Anaheim.

2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 1-10
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://laautoshow.com/

Check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. General admission costs $12 on weekdays or $15 on weekends.

33rd Annual Pomona Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 1-3
Fairplex, Pomona
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

21st Annual Pizza Port Carlsbad Strong Ale Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 1
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 2
Pizza Port Bottle Shop, Carlsbad
http://www.pizzaport.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pizza-ports-21st-annual-strong-ale-festival-tickets-39510624341

Submerge yourself in strong beers this weekend at Pizza Port in Carlsbad. General admission costs $45, starts at 5pm, and includes a souvenir glass and eight beer tasters. VIP sessions cost $70, start at 2pm, and also include complimentary food and access to purchase rare bottles.

39th Annual Balboa Park December Nights
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 1
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 2
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.balboapark.org/decembernights

This free and all-ages event allows visitors to check out the museums of Balboa Park free of charge, and enjoy the live holiday-themed entertainment.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 1
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).

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 1
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 2
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://uptownvillagemarket.com/

Local artists and vendors will display and sell their wares at this FREE art fest. Guests can look at some interesting works of art, while browsing through all the merchandise available to purchase. The organizers will provide free refreshments, while live bands and singers will keep guests entertained.

Seal Beach Christmas Parade 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 1
Main Street, Seal Beach
http://www.sealbeachlions.org/christmas-parade.html

Enjoy a free and all-ages holidays parade this Friday night in Old Town Seal Beach. Make sure you arrive early to secure parking and a good spot along the parade route.

Dag Nasty – Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 1, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, December 2, The Echo, Echo Park
http://www.daghouse.com/

Dag Nasty will headline a handful of shows in Southern California starting this week. Ticket prices and age limits for these shows vary by the location, so check with the venues for details.

4th Annual Run For A Claus
6:30 am – 11:00 am, December 2
University of California Irvine (turnaround at center of campus), Irvine
http://www.runforaclaus.com/

Participate in a 5K run this Saturday morning in Irvine. Kids may opt to participate in a 1-mile fun run instead. Registration for either run costs $40 for adults, with the price going down for younger participants.

San Diego STEAM Maker Festival
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 2
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sansmf.org/

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

47th Annual Candy Caneland & Craft Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 2
Ehlers Event Center, Buena Park
http://www.buenapark.com/city-departments/community-services/special-events/candy-caneland-craft-faire

Enjoy a free and all-ages holidays event this Saturday in Buena Park. Attendees can expect plenty of fun activities for the entire family. Bring cash for food and vendors.

4th Annual Grand Central Market Holiday Marketplace
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 2-3
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/1070/fourth-annual-holiday-marketplace

This weekend at Grand Central Market in Downtown LA, retail popups will offer special holiday products, while market vendors will have holiday deals on their goods. Visitors will also find cookbook signings, live music, and arts & crafts for the little ones.

23rd Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 2
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://downtownanaheim.com/events/treelighting/

Completely FREE to attend for all ages, this Christmas tree-lighting celebration lasts all day. During the day, guests can partake in breakfast with Santa, kids’ crafts & activities, a food fair, live entertainment, train rides, snow play, and more. The actual tree lighting begins at 6pm. If you need something to do with family, bring them to Downtown Anaheim this Saturday night.

54th Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 2
North Park, San Diego
http://www.toylandparade.com/

A free and all-ages festive parade takes place in North Park this Saturday morning. Following the parade, lots of holiday activities will take place in North Park on both 30th Street and University Avenue.

7th Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 2-3
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://teafestivalla.com/

Sample teas from around the world, and sample Japanese cuisine at this tea festival. General admission to this all-ages festival costs $15. Bring cash for parking and for any items you wish to buy at the event.

10th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 2-3
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/markets-la/

Their website describes this event best: “The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast.” The $15 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

Island Food and Beer Festival San Diego 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 2
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/island-food-and-beer-festival-san-diego-2017-tickets-36035996636

A beer fest will take place in San Diego this Saturday afternoon that will have a handful of Pacific Island food booths present. General admission costs $50 and gets you unlimited beer samples for the duration of the event while supplies last, with food sold separately. No one under 21 may attend.

Holidayfest on South Lake Avenue
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 2
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/south-lakes-2017-holidayfest-12-5pm/

Free to attend for all ages, this holiday festival will surely keep you and your family entertained. Visitors will find holiday activities, in-store specials & deals, Santa Claus, horse-carriage rides, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, drinks, and more.

2017 Chula Vista Starlight Parade & Frosty’s Snow Hill
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 2
Memorial Park, Chula Vista
http://www.starlightparade.com/

Family-friendly festivities will take place in Chula Vista this Saturday. Starting at noon, visitors will find snow at Memorial Park, plus other activities. A Christmas parade will start at 6pm on 3rd Avenue.

25th Annual Holiday Sonata in Uptown Whittier
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 2
Streets of Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/sonata/

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event on the streets of Uptown Whittier. Visitors will experience Christmas Village, Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, carolers, live entertainment, local shopping sales, food & drink specials, and lots more.

2018 Miss California USA Pageant
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 2-3
Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://misscausa.com/

On Saturday, catch the Miss California USA & Miss California Teen USA Preliminary Competition. On Sunday, see the Final Show Dress Rehearsal and the Final Coronation Show. Ticket prices range from $60 to $80 for the competitions, while tickets to the dress rehearsal cost about $30.

38th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 2
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://obtowncouncil.org/ob-for-the-holidays/

Bring the family out to this local holiday parade this Saturday evening in Ocean Beach. Arrive early to find parking and secure a spot to watch along the parade route.

35th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 2
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/event/the-35th-annual-belmont-shore-christmas-parade/

Police will close 2nd Street beginning at 5pm from Livingston through Bay Shore. As one of Belmont Shore’s most popular annual events, parking fills up intensely within a mile radius. I recommend parking way away and either bike or walk to Belmont Shore.

55th Annual LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 2
Ports O’ Call, San Pedro
http://laharborholidayafloat.org/

Enjoy a free and all-ages holiday boat parade with thousands of sparkling lights this Saturday night in San Pedro. Visitors have plenty of spots along the river to view the parade from – check the website for the parade route and viewing spots.

South Park Winter Walkabout
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 2
30th Street, South Park, San Diego
http://www.southparksd.com/walkabout.html

During this free and all-ages quarterly stroll through South Park, visitors can check out all the of the local businesses as they have specials and activities available.

Mexican Society – Tribute to Manic Hispanic
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 2
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1596264-mexican-society-long-beach/

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

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 3
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.

Riverside Reindeer Run
6:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 3
Fairmount Park, Riverside
http://laceuprunningseries.com/race-locations/riverside-2017/

Go on a run in Riverside this Sunday morning. Registration ranges from $20 to $90 depending on the distance of the run you want to participate in.

9th Annual San Diego Doggie Street Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 3
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

SoCal GI Joe Show & Toy Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 3
Embassy Suites, Temecula
http://www.facebook.com/events/256566994833309/

A handful of toy vendors will set up in Temecula this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $5 and grants you access to check out all the vendors.

4th Annual Mosaic Craft Fair
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 3
The Alhambra at Urban Community, Alhambra
http://www.mosaiccraftfair.org/

Get crafty at this arts & crafts fair this Sunday afternoon in Alhambra. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find dozens of independent designers selling their goods, a handful of mobile food vendors, a beer garden, live music, entertainment, and more.

39th Annual Corona Del Mar Christmas Walk
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 3
Corona Del Mar’s Business District, Corona Del Mar
http://www.cdmchamber.com/events/39th-annual-corona-del-mar-christmas-walk/

Free to attend for all ages, many businesses in Corona Del Mar will have specials and activities this Sunday afternoon.

8th Annual SoNo Fest & Chili Cookoff
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 3
32nd & Thorn, North Park, San Diego
http://sonofestchilicookoff.com/

Check out this free and all-ages event this Sunday afternoon in North Park that will have chili, a beer garden, a kids’ zone, vendors, live music, and more. Although free to attend, visitors can pay $20 to receive a handcrafted ceramic bowl and five restaurant chili tastings.

66th Annual Downey Christmas Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 3
Downey & Florence, Downey
http://www.downeychamber.org/christmasparade/index.php

Enjoy a free all-ages holiday parade in Downey this Sunday afternoon.

City of Irvine’s Winter Wonderland
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 3
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/calendar-of-events/event/winter-wonderland-2017

Irvine will have a free and all-ages holiday-themed event this Sunday evening. Visitors will find Christmas lights, a Christmas tree, arts & crafts, games, train rides, food & drinks, Santa Claus, and more.

23rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Procession
3:30 pm – 7:30 pm, December 3
Old Towne Plaza Area, Orange
http://www.cityoforange.org/856/Tree-Lighting-Ceremony

Come to Orange this Sunday evening for holiday cheer and family fun with traditional carols and a tree lighting ceremony at 5:15pm.

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Four Sons Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 26
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/488306804886726/

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

To Live & Dine in OC 2017
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, September 1
Laguna Design Center, Laguna Beach
http://www.modernluxury.com/orange-county/events/live-dine-oc-2017

Sample food and drinks from some of Orange County’s top restaurants this Thursday evening in Laguna Beach. Tickets cost $40 presale or $45 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Octoberflame IX
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 26-28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://tigerarmy.com/

Tiger Army will headline these all-ages shows this week at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to each show cost $30.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 27
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
6:00 am – 2:30 pm, October 29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.runrocknroll.com/los-angeles/

A full weekend of running festivities will take place in Los Angeles this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, a health & fitness expo will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. On Saturday morning, a 5K run will take place. Finally, on Sunday morning, the main marathon and half marathon will take place. Participation in each event varies in price depending on the event and age of participant, so check the website for pricing information.

Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 27
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, October 28
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.stanleeslacomiccon.com/

One of the west coast’s largest multimedia pop culture expos returns to Downtown LA this weekend. Whether you like comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or anything else in the pop culture realm, anyone will surely find something to enjoy at the expo this weekend. Passes cost $30 to $45 for single days, or $80 for the entire weekend.

SoCal Spartan Race Beast & Sprint 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28-29
Snow Summit, Big Bear
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/2645/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Big Bear. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $149 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices. Use promo code 16SGX0243 to save 20% off registration.

36th Annual Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.thevillageclaremont.com/venture.html

At this free and all-ages event, thousands of visitors will get to check out arts & crafts from dozens of local artists, makers, and craftsmen. Visitors will also find merchandise, vendors, food, drinks, live music, arts & crafts, and more.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 29
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 $18. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 29
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/cactus.htm

Buy some plants to adorn your home this weekend in Encinitas. With the price of admission into the garden, you can browse countless plants from small to big that you can purchase.

Family Fall Festival 2017
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 28
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/family-fall.htm

Celebrate the season with fall-themed activities, pumpkin painting, Halloween crafts, a petting zoo, and more with just the cost of admission to the garden.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 28
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.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA West L.A. & Valley
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 28
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.pacificstandardtime.org/

This Saturday, enjoy FREE access to eight museums and 13 exhibits throughout LA County. See the website for the list of participating locations.

Taste Talks Los Angeles
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 28
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 29
Various locations, Downtown Los Angeles
http://losangeles.tastetalks.com/

A food industry conference comes to Los Angeles this weekend, complete with mixers, parties, sit-down meals, seminars, speakers, demos, samples, and more. Admission starts at $49.

3rd Annual San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Fest
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 28
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomacncheese.com/

Sample as much gourmet mac & cheese as you can handle this Saturday afternoon in San Diego, while supplies last. Admission costs $35 and comes with ten 2oz beer tasters from participating local breweries. No one under 21 may attend.

Golden Years Vintage Market
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.cameoappearancevintage.com/golden-years/

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

3rd Annual SoCal VegFest
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 28-29
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://socalvegfest.org/

This food fair takes place this weekend in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find food samples, live music, cooking demos, children’s entertainment, live yoga demos, vendors, and other services. Daily admission cost $5 presale or $10 at the door.

Halloween ComicFest 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 28
Comics Factory, Pasadena
http://www.comicsfactory.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1745555489080662/

Free to attend for all ages, Comics Factory in Pasadena will have free comic books for visitors this Saturday afternoon. They will also have a costume contest and other giveaways.

Super Dimension Convention 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 28
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance
http://superdimensioncon.com/

A convention for all things Macross and mecha comes to Torrance this Saturday. Admission starts at $15 and gets you access to the event plus a tote bag and magnet. Higher tiers of admission will grant additional souvenirs and special access to certain areas.

93rd Annual Anaheim Fall Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 28
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimfallfestival.org/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, find games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, live entertainment, costume contests, a petting zoo, a parade, and more.

Halloween Comic Fest 2017
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 28
Phat Collectibles, La Habra
http://www.phatcollectibles.com/

Free to attend for all ages, Phat Collectibles in La Habra will have free comic books for visitors this Saturday afternoon. They will also have a costume contest and other giveaways.

9th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 28
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://pizzaport.com/locations/san-clemente/

Drink beers and feel merry at Pizza Port in San Clemente this Saturday. Admission costs $35 and comes with eight 4oz beer tasters, and attendees can purchase additional beer tasters for $1 each. Attendees can purchase food from the restaurant throughout the day.

Punk in Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
SeaLegs at the Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://punkindrublicfest.com/huntington-beach/

Alcohol and punk rock collide in this epic festival taking place this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Co-organized by the founder of OC Brew Ha Ha, this festival will bring together some of the region’s top breweries and wineries, as well as some top names in punk rock. Admission starts at $69 and gets you in to the festival at certain times depending on which admission you purchased. All attendees receive unlimited beer or wine tastings while supplies last until 4pm. After 4pm, attendees will have to pay for drinks. The music will last all day. Attendees should bring cash for food and drinks after 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

The Growlers Six Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 28-29
Port of Los Angeles Outer Harbor, San Pedro
http://thegrowlerssix.com/

A huge all-ages concert takes place in San Pedro this weekend with a variety of music genres. Tickets start at $99.

18th Annual Dia De Los Muertos
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 28
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood
http://www.ladayofthedead.com/

Celebrate this cultural holiday at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Hollywood. Attendees will find arts & crafts, art exhibits, costume contests, music, live entertainment, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 per person.

6th Annual Rancho BEERnardo Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 28
Webb Park, Rancho Bernardo
http://ranchobeernardofestival.com/

Rancho Bernardo’s beer festival returns for its sixth year this week. Each day this week leading up to the festival, a nearby restaurant will offer special beer pairing dinners. On Saturday, the tasting event will take place where attendees can sip on beers and wines, enjoy food, live music, and more. Admission costs $40 for one person or $70 for two tickets, and comes with 15 tasting tickets and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Long Beach Zombie Walk
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://shorelinevillage.com/long-beach-zombie-walk-presented-by-shoreline-village-2017/

This zombie festival takes place throughout Shoreline Village in Long Beach this weekend. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Free to attend, this event will have many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s Oktoberfest 2017
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://pacificplatebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1941642949493432/

Monrovia’s Pacific Plate Brewing will have Oktoberfest activities at their tasting room this Saturday. The $15 admission gets you one beer, one sausage food item, and one pretzel.

Halloween Capers
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 28
Uptown Whittier, Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/capers/

A free and all-ages Halloween festival comes to Uptown Whittier this Saturday afternoon.

16th Annual Skalloween
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 29
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/109498303059169/

An all-day all-ages ska show will take place in Silverlake this Sunday. Tickets cost $7 presale, $12 at the door, or $10 at the door with a costume on.

5th Annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 28
Rusty’s Surf Ranch, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/211551212699899/

A zombie-themed pub crawl will take place in Santa Monica this Saturday night. Participation costs $12 presale or $15 on the day of the event, but does not include any drinks – attendees must pay for their own drinks.

4th Annual San Diego Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
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.

The Darlings – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 27
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/161049397805658/

Rock out to some local music this Saturday night in San Diego. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Beach Streets: Uptown
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 29
Bixby Knolls, 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 in Bixby Knolls and surrounding streets. Plan your commute accordingly.

15th Annual Celebrate The Craft
11:30 am – 3:00 pm, October 29
The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla
http://www.lodgetorreypines.com/celebrate-the-craft

Enjoy food, beer, wine, and other local goodies this Sunday afternoon in La Jolla. Tickets cost $135 and provides unlimited tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

17th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 29
Marina Vista Park, Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html

Expect to see over 500 costumed dogs at this annual parade through Belmont Shore, as featured on the Kevin & Bean Show! Kids and adults may also enter a costume contest to win cash prizes. Presale entries cost $10 per dog, with prices rising on the day of the event.

SWMRS, The Interrupters, and more
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 29
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1901229280131216/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Sunday night in San Diego. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

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.

Diamond Bar Restaurant Week
October 6-20
Participating businesses, Diamond Bar
http://dbrestaurantweek.com/

Over a dozen restaurants from Diamond Bar will offer food and/or drink specials during this 15-day period. Check the website to see the participating locations.

YOUtopia 2017
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 19-22
La Jolla Indian Campground, Pauma Valley
http://sdyoutopia.com/

San Diego County gets their own version of Burning Man this weekend. If Burning Man appeals to you but you do not want to travel all the way out to the desert, check out YOUtopia.

Taste of Laguna 2017
4:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 19
Festival of the Arts Grounds, Laguna Beach
http://www.lagunabeachchamber.org/events/details/taste-of-laguna-2017-presented-by-nick-s-50829

Gather in Laguna Beach this Wednesday night for a mixer of food and local businesses. General admission costs $70 and starts at 5:30, while VIP admission costs $90, starts at 4:30, and includes one parking spot. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 Korean American Festival of O.C.
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 20-22
Garden Square Shopping Center, Garden Grove
http://kaffoc.org/

Immerse yourself in Korean culture at this Korean festival in Garden Grove this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this festival will have food, drinks, treats, music, entertainment, rides, games, arts & crafts, merchandise, vendors, and much more.

TwitchCon 2017
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 20
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 21
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 22
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.twitchcon.com/

The convention for all things Twitch, video games, and livestreaming comes to Long Beach this weekend. Passes cost $89 for Friday or Sunday, $109 for Saturday, or $179 for the entire weekend. Prices go up $20 starting this Thursday.

61st Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 20
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 21
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 22
William Peak Park, Buena Park
http://www.silveradodays.com/

This annual local fair takes place at Peak Park in Buena Park every year on the third weekend of October. Free to park and enter, guests of all ages will enjoy rides, games, vendors, a food court, live entertainment, and more. Numerous contests that guests can participate in include arm wrestling, horseshoe-throwing, pie-eating, hog calling, baby, dogs, chili cook-off, and more. If arriving at night, know that Halloween Haunt traffic envelopes the park, so turning into the street from Knott Ave will take a long time. Once you turn into the neighborhood, the park’s parking lot has more than enough spots available.

9th Annual Long Beach Zombie Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 20
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21-22
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://longbeachzombiefest.com/

This zombie festival takes place throughout Shoreline Village in Long Beach this weekend. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Admission costs $15, and includes many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Howl-o-Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 20
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.ivhsspca.org/

Enjoy wine samples from San Antonio Winery paired with hors d’oeuvres in Pomona this Friday night. Attendees may also bring their pets to enter into the pet costume contest. Admission costs $75. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 20
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Friday night in Fullerton, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. As usual, this venue has no cover charge. No one under 21 may enter.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 20-21
Lot 613, Los Angeles
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Long Beach Heart Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, October 21
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.heartwalkla.org/

Raise money to walk around Long Beach during this charity walk this Saturday morning.

30th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 22
The Reef/LA Mart, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef (LA Mart) in Los Angeles. Attendees to this expo will find hundreds of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale from over 50 different vendors for both men and women. Ticket prices heavily vary, but note that general admission starts at 10:30 am on Saturday. Those that purchase an upgraded ticket can enter as early as 9am. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

AHSAA 7th Annual Colony Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 21
Anaheim High School, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimcolonists.com/2017-colony-classic-car-show/

The Anaheim High School Alumni Association presents a free and all-ages car show this Saturday afternoon.

35th Annual Fall Plant Sale
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 21-22
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/plantsales.htm

Buy some plants to adorn your home this weekend in Encinitas. With the price of admission into the garden, you can browse countless plants from small to big that you can purchase.

2017 Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 21-22
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation/

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

12th Annual Coronado Art Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 21-22
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.coronadoartwalk.com/

Free to attend for all ages, explore works of art from dozens of local artists, artisans, crafters, makers, and more at this outdoor art walk. Visitors will find paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, and more. The Coronado Ferry Landing’s restaurants, galleries, and shops will also have specials while providing live local music throughout the weekend.

12th Annual Taste of Soul
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 21
Crenshaw Blvd, Leimert Park
http://tasteofsoul.org/

At this free and all-ages event, find soul food and soulful music, along with dozens of vendors, arts & crafts, and plenty of activities for everyone.

13th Annual FilAmFest
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21
San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts, Paradise Hills, San Diego
http://www.filamfest.org/

Check out this free and all-ages Filipino Festival, where visitors will find a car show, food trucks, live music, models, vendors, and more.

3rd Annual Inland Empire Taco Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21
White Park, Riverside
http://ietacofestival.com/

Party it up in Riverside this Saturday with tacos, drinks, music, entertainment, and more. Admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children, but does not include food or drinks, so bring plenty of cash to this event.

Fall 2017 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21-22
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.

2nd Annual Ye Scallywag Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 21
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.scallywagsd.com/

Alcohol, punk rock, and pirates collide in this epic festival taking place this Saturday in San Diego. Co-organized by the founder of OC Brew Ha Ha, this festival will bring together some of the region’s top breweries and wineries, as well as some top names in punk rock and ska. General admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. Early entry costs $65 and starts at 11am. Admission at the door will cost $10 more, if any tickets remain. All attendees receive unlimited beer or wine tastings while supplies last until 4pm. After 4pm, attendees will have to pay for drinks. The music will last all day until 7pm. Attendees should bring cash for food and drinks after 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Burbank Beer Festival & Street Fair
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, October 21
San Fernando Blvd, Downtown Burbank
http://www.burbankbeerfestival.com/

Downtown Burbank gets a little crazy this Saturday by holding a free and all-ages street fair that will include a beer garden. The all-day street fair will have various vendors selling apparel, accessories, trinkets, gadgets, and other souvenirs. The beer garden covers two three-hour sessions that start at 12pm and 4pm, and each session costs $40 to enter and comes with unlimited beer pours while supplies last.

2nd Annual Oktoberfest DTLA
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 21-22
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://oktoberfestdtla.com/

Oktoberfest festivities take over Pershing Square this weekend in Downtown LA. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can find lots of food and beer booths, as well as lots of live entertainment. All food and drinks come at cost, so visitors should bring plenty of cash for this event.

5th Annual San Clemente Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
The Market at North Beach, San Clemente
http://www.scoktoberfest.com/

Expect to find all of the typical Oktoberfest festivities here: chicken dancing, German music, stein holding, beer chugging, sausages, pretzels, normal bar beers, and more. Admission to this Oktoberfest celebration costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Red Bull Straight Rhythm 2017
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.redbull.com/us-en/events/straight-rhythm

A motocross race comes to the Fairplex in Pomona this Saturday afternoon. Adult admission costs $35 while children admission costs $15, and gets you access to open seating in the grandstand to watch the races.

2nd Annual Bankers Hill Fall Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 21
5th Avenue, Bankers Hill, San Diego
http://new.bankershillbusinessgroup.com/events/

An all-ages stroll will take place in Bankers Hill this Saturday afternoon. Visit one of the stops at the north or south end, pay the $20 admission, then visit participating locations for food or drink samples.

Packinghouse Brewing’s 7th Anniversary
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.pbbeer.com/

Packinghouse Brewing turns seven years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a free celebration at their tasting room in Riverside this Saturday. Throughout the day, Packinghouse will have live music, special beer releases, and mobile food vendors.

3rd Annual Viva La Vida Santa Ana Dia De Los Muertos Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21
Downtown Santa Ana
http://vivalavidasantaana.com/

A free and all-ages cultural event will take place in Santa Ana this Saturday. Come check out the various altars, live entertainment, outfits, food, and more.

Belching Beaver’s 5th Anniversary
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 21
Belching Beaver Brewery, Oceanside
http://belchingbeaver.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/116868179062563/

Belching Beaver Brewery turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a party at their facility in Oceanside this Saturday. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door and comes with a souvenir glass, one 16oz beer pour, three 8oz beer pours, three food pairings, and five raffle tickets. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Covina Thunderfest & Music Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
Citrus Avenue, Downtown Covina
http://covina.com/covina_thunderfest/

Check out this free and all-ages car show this Saturday afternoon in Covina. Each October, the streets of Downtown Covina roar to life with classic cars, hot rods, live music, food, shopping, and more.

14th Annual Sea Fare
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 21
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/seafare/

This annual food-tasting fundraiser will feature food & drink samples from over 25 local restaurants, live music, a silent auction, an open bar, and more. Tickets to this event cost $125 per person.

The Dickies 40th Anniversary Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 21
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/the-dickies-40th-anniversary-sloka-scurvy-kids-the-autistics-12-months-exit-here/

Legendary punk rock band The Dickies celebrate 40 years in the business with a tour, and that tour swings through Southern California this weekend. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

2017 Ventura Marathon
6:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 22
San Antonio Elementary School, Ojai
http://venturamarathon.com/

A marathon comes to the streets of Ventura County this Sunday morning. Take note of the road closures that will occur as a result of this event, and plan your commute accordingly.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 22
Hospitality Point Park, San Diego
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Diego. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities. Parking at the park costs $10 per vehicle.

Pasadena Art Center Car Classic 2017
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 22
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena
http://artcenter.edu/carclassic/

Check out a free and all-ages car show in Pasadena this Sunday afternoon.

6th Annual Giro di San Diego GranFondo
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 22
Kit Carson Park, Escondido
http://www.girodisandiego.com/

The Gran Fondo returns this year while ditching the old Super Tasty 5k in Solana Beach. This event now focuses solely on the bicycle ride. Interested riders can participate in multiple distances, and each distance has a different cost. Check the website for a breakdown of the courses and registration prices.

Stone Craft Beer & Cheese: the Ultimate Pairing Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 22
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-craft-beer-cheese-ultimate-pairing-festival-0

$55 gets you fifteen 3oz beer pours along with unlimited gourmet cheese samples at this festival in San Diego this Sunday afternoon. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Eastside Food Fest
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 22
Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake
http://eastsidefoodfest.com/

Indulge in eats, sips, and treats from numerous restaurants around the heart of Los Angeles this Sunday evening in Silverlake. General admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, and starts at 4pm. VIP admission costs $95 presale or $105 at the door, and starts at 3pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples of everything while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The Vibrators – Live in West Hollywood
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 22
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/the-vibrators-the-bastards/

Rock out to some local bands this Sunday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

SWMRS, The Interrupters, Sharp Shock, One Less Zero
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 22
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/shows/7597445/swmrs-the-interrupters-with-sharp-shock-one-less-zero

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Sunday night in Santa Ana. TIckets to this all-ages show cost $16 presale or $18 at the door.

Cuisine all around the world has its variances depending on the location and region. While each culture has its own flavors and uniquer ingredients, many places utilize the same base dish to deliver the flavor. For example, you can find fried chicken just about anywhere in the world. However, the flavor of the fried chicken will greatly depend on your location and where you get it from. Sure fried chicken in itself tastes great, but many places like to add their own personal twist to fried chicken. Check out these five places in the greater Los Angeles area that you can get some tasty and unique fried chicken.

5. Howlin’ Rays‘s Nashville Hot Chicken

When a place takes upwards of two hours from getting in line to receiving food for customers, that either means they work slowly or they have sky-high demand. Luckily for Howlin’ Ray’s, they fall under the latter case. In fact, they even boast when their line only takes an hour to get through. So this Howlin’ Ray’s place in Los Angeles’ Chinatown only opens for five hours on five days of the week. No matter what day or time you go there, expect to wait at least an hour to finally receive your food. Why does it take that long? Howlin’ Ray’s makes the best Nashville Hot Chicken this side of the Mississippi. Nashville Hot Chicken does not taste like any ordinary spicy chicken – it has its own unique combination of savory, zest, zing, tart, and spice that no other type of chicken can match. You could only find better Nashville Hot Chicken in Nashville itself. If you find that you have up to two hours to kill, why not spend it waiting for some Nashville Hot Chicken from Howlin’ Ray’s?

4. Jumping Däk‘s Korean Fried Chicken

If you visit Jumping Däk, you will get Korean Fried Chicken and not much else, but you will get Korean Fried Chicken made very well! Having just opened about a year ago, Jumping Däk boasts a menu specializing in the savory food, along with sides and desserts to accompany the main course. This fast-casual restaurant replaced an old Hawaiian BBQ fast-food restaurant that never really saw too many customers. However, with the recent opening of a ramen restaurant next door, it made sense to open something here to take advantage of the overflow of the ramen restaurant’s customers, and here we have Jumping Däk. For those who have never tasted Korean Fried Chicken, luckily Jumping Däk provides samples of their three flavors: Sweet, Spicy (pictured below), and Fiery. Sweet and Fiery explain themselves, while Spicy represents a happy medium of the Sweet and Fiery. Basically, imagine popcorn chicken tossed in their signature sauces. Customers can enjoy this Korean Fried Chicken a la carte, as a sandwich, or as a combo with sides and a drink.

3. Densetsu no Sutadonya‘s Karaage Don

We moved from Nashville to Korea, and now we move to Japan. Fried chicken exists all over Asia, and each country does their fried chicken a little differently. In the case of Japan, each city or region cooks differently. However, for the major cities of Japan, they have a locally popular place called Densetsu no Sutadonya, known for their Sutadon. The word Sutadon consists of “suta” for stamina and “don” for bowl, so Sutadon literally means “stamina bowl” in Japanese. While originally found in Japan, Southern California now has a Densetsu no Sutadonya in Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. This location prepares food the same way they do in Japan – using extremely high temperatures to cook everything quickly and all at once. You can taste this best in their Karaage Don. They basically flash-fry the meat, so it gets cooked without having it soak in all the oil. That way you can enjoy the chicken’s true flavor instead of a mouthful of oil.

2. Abigaile Restaurant‘s Fried (Jidori) Chicken

Have you heard of Kobe Beef? Kobe Beef represents a higher quality of beef, much higher than that of Angus beef. A higher quality grade of meat applies to more than just beef – it applies to chicken too, but in this case, we refer to it as Jidori Chicken. Just like how Kobe Beef tastes better than normal beef, Jidori Chicken tastes better than regular chicken, and you can taste the difference at Abigaile Restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Although appearing upscale and fancy, Abigaile actually functions like a casual gastropub, especially given their location by the beach so that beachgoers can dine at Abigaile without worry of their outfit. Perhaps Abigaile appears upscale due to their food menu, which contains some highly eclectic items such as their simply named Fried Chicken. Abigaile’s approach to Jidori Chicken contains togarashi in the batter, giving it a kick in each bite without the need for sauce. Speaking of sauce, this chicken comes with housemade hot sauce and preserved lemon gribiche, along with papaya slaw. $15 allows you to taste this upscale version of fried chicken.

1. Jimmy’s Famous Tavern‘s Southern Fried Chicken

If you seek classic American cuisine with an artisanal touch, look no further than Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT). Reinventing traditional restaurant faire, JFAT covers many grounds of cuisine familiar to many with their high-quality approach to cooking. Currently boasting five locations between Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, JFAT takes what you know about traditional American restaurants and turns it up to eleven. Between brunch, lunch, dinner, and a full bar, any time of the day makes for a great time to stop on by JFAT and enjoy a bite or sip or more. Any time of the day makes a great time to sink your teeth into JFAT’s Southern Fried Chicken. The batter contains Herbes de Provence, which gives the chicken so much flavor that you do not need any sauce or condiment for it – enjoy the chicken on its own for true bliss. Anyway, this fried chicken comes served with garlic mashed potatoes, thyme gravy, and green beans, all for $20 a plate.

When the seasons change, many more things change than just the weather. Looking at the weather alone, Southern California currently experiences a massive heat wave that may make you believe that the seasons had not turned yet. The pharmaceutical industry has come under heavy scrutiny. Scientists have discovered flowing water on Mars. A drought threatens the inhabitation of California. As a society, we cannot accurately predict what radical event will change the world next, but we can brace ourselves for anything, as we always have in the past as an enduring society. We can also fall back on what we typically associate with this time of the year. Fall, as we know it, indicates pumpkins, red wine, NFL, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the fall harvest, especially the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, giving us a reason to gorge on Mooncakes. Looking at all these opportunities to feast on favorable foods, we should not overlook outdoor grilling, nor the foods prepared that way. Though the winds will chill the air more so than in the summer, many folks will still utilize the grill up through Thanksgiving. In homage of the veritable fall feast, take a look at these five burgers in the Greater Los Angeles Area that I highly recommend seeking out this season.

5. The Federal‘s Smokehouse Burger

When it comes to barbecue, nothing can beat the meats. Southern barbecue boasts all types of meats, from the smoked chicken to the pulled pork to the spicy sausages to the various beef types and much more. Barbecue restaurants typically limit you to a two-meat or three-meat platter. However, The Federal would like to break that barrier by delivering four different types of meat to your face. As a gastropub, The Federal focuses on quality and taste above all else. Between the craft food, craft beer, and craft cocktails, The Federal carefully creates everything from scratch, such as their Smokehouse Burger. A grilled Angus beef patty gets topped with smoked turkey, pepper bacon, BBQ pulled pork, and smoked cheddar all on a milk bun. For $16, you can experience this mountain of meat that can hardly fit in your mouth.

4. Burger Boss‘ Double Grassfed Beef Burger

As a basic human truth, humans want to have control. When one has control, they feel more comfortable. You may ask,”Control over what?” This can apply to just about anything: control over life, control over work, control over a business, control over simple choices, and more. This paves the way for customization, as it gives customers complete control over what they can order. We have plenty of build-it type restaurants, especially when it comes to sandwiches or pizza. We have not seen many customizable burger places up until now, where we have Burger Boss. Burger Boss may feel like a corporate business what with their multiple locations. However, they only have locations in Orange County and Riverside for now, so you can enjoy this local flavor with their Grassfed Beef Burger. At $8.99 for a double, you get to choose the bun, cheese, sauce, and regular toppings. Go premium for $1.19 per topping by adding things like turkey bacon or avocado.

3. Mighty Kitchen‘s Sliders

Would you consider sliders as burgers? Sliders tend to have a greater bun-to-meat ratio than burgers, which explains why I tend to avoid sliders, not to mention that sliders cost as much or more than fast-food burgers. Few places get sliders right, but luckily I discovered that Mighty Kitchen in Los Alamitos actually does a decent job at delivering fun and tasty sliders. You cannot order sliders a la carte at Might Kitchen – you have to order two or three, and they come with fries. I go with three sliders for $15.50 for the better value, and Mighty Kitchen carries many varieties of sliders, such as (pictured from left to right):

  • HHG (Hella Hot Guac): Chorizo patty, pico de gallo, pepper jack cheese, cholula, spicy mayo, housemade jalapeño pepper jelly, guacamole
  • Western Slider: Cheddar cheeseburger, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, fried onion ring, pickle, BBQ sauce, special sauce
  • PBM Bacon Cheeseburger: Maple peanut butter, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, onion, special sauce

2. Humble Potato‘s Karê-bága

Many foods have a region that they typically derive from. For example, schnitzel derives from German cuisine, gyros derive from Greek cuisine, and sushi derives from Japanese cuisine. Some foods have regional differences, such as curry. You can have British curry, Indian curry, Thai curry, Japanese curry, and more, and each type tastes different than others. Speaking of curry, sure you can find curry bowls at just about any Japanese restaurant, but what if you want to enjoy curry as something else? Enter Humble Potato, a humble eatery bringing cuisine from the land of the rising sun to the wild west. Despite the name of the business, Humble Potato carries more than just potatoes – they sling out awesome Japanese-inspired burgers as well, such as the Karê-bága (curry burger, get it?). At $12, this messy burger contains an Angus beef patty, slow-cooked Japanese curry, tomato, yuzu-jalapeño slaw, and a fried egg. For the true burger experience, dig both your hands in and smother your face with this burger.

1. Abricott‘s Abricott Burger w/ Korean Pork Belly

Traditional hamburgers contain a ground beef patty accompanied by an assortment of toppings, usually vegetables as a means of including something somewhat healthy in the burger. The changing times have led to many others ingredients getting thrown into burgers, including other meats, something that Abricott does very well. Locals recognize the small yet humble Abricott in Pasadena for the fusion menu that combines French, Vietnamese, and Thai cuisines. With so many options on the menu, one may overlook the simply titled Abricott Burger. At first, this burger sounds simple with seasoned ground beef, tomato, onions, lettuce, and mayonnaise on a brioche bun, all for just $11.95. However, Abricott turns things up a notch by allowing you to add Korean Pork Belly to the burger for just $1. Suddenly you have a phenomenal taste of the east in your hands. Surprisingly, each mouthful allows you to savor both the beef patty and the pork belly. Abricott does food well, and you ought to taste how well they do food by seeking out this burger the next time you find yourself in or near Pasadena.

18th Annual Taste of La Verne
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 10
University of La Verne, La Verne
http://www.tasteoflaverne.com/

Sample food and drinks from dozens of restaurants and bars from La Verne this Tuesday night in Pomona. General admission costs $45 and comes with free parking and unlimited food and drink samples from all the vendors while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Fleet Week San Diego 2017
October 11-17
Throughout San Diego
http://fleetweeksandiego.org/

A handful of events celebrating military personnel will take place throughout San Diego starting this week. Check the website for a full list of events and their locations.

8th Annual A Taste of Coronado
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 11
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.atasteofcoronado.com/

Sample eats from various Coronado businesses this Wednesday night in Coronado. Tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door, and allows for unlimited food samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

44th Annual Los Angeles Korean Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 12
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 13-15
Seoul International Park, Koreatown
http://www.lakoreanfestival.org/en/index.php

Immerse yourself in Korean culture at this four-day Korean festival in Koreatown this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this festival will have food, drinks, treats, music, entertainment, rides, games, arts & crafts, merchandise, vendors, and much more.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 12
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.

2017 Formula Drift
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 13-14
Irwindale Event Center, Irwindale
http://www.formulad.com/schedule/irwindale

Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event starts at $40 plus fees up to $10. Parking usually costs $10.

20th Annual Del Mar Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 13-15
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

He’e Nalu Aloha Pier Festival & Luau 2017
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 13
9:30 am – 10:00 pm, October 14
Huntington Beach Pier, Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/he-e-nalu-aloha.html

A free and all-ages Hawaiian & Pacific Islander festival comes to Huntington Beach this Saturday. Visitors can expect food, vendors, arts & crafts, games, entertainment, activities, and more.

2017 Seaside Highland Games
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 13
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14-15
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://www.seaside-games.com/

Celebrate Scottish history and culture at the Ventura Seaside Highland Games this weekend. Bring yourself, your family, and your friends out to enjoy bagpipes, dancing, clan history, awesome music, Scottish athletics, and more. Adult admission costs $17 for one day or $27 for two days. Senior admission costs $15 for one day or $24 for two days. Children enter for $5 regardless.

2017 Orange County Japan Fair
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 13
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 14
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 15
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://oc-japanfair.com/

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find lots of ramen, sake tastings, live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, other food & drinks, vendors, and more. Admission costs $7 presale of $8 at the door. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

2017 Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 13
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

This free festival celebrates local art with art exhibits, live music, entertainment, and more as Pasadena’s local artists open up their studios to the public. For free street parking, check Corson Street.

The Aquabats – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 13, House of Blues, Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 14, House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.theaquabats.com/

Skapunk band The Aquabats will headline a pair of all-ages shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Big Bear Yoga Festival 2017
8:30 am – 8:00 pm, October 14
Big Bear Performing Arts Center, Big Bear Lake
http://www.bigbearyogafestival.com/

A free and all-ages event for all things yoga comes to Big Bear Lake this Saturday. Lots of activities and programs will take place throughout the day that anyone can participate in. Check the website for the full schedule of events.

14th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 14
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.justinrudd.com/chalk.html

Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, the 12th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.), will showcase the works of diverse artists who will use chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. The contest costs nothing for amateurs to enter, so check the website for the registration link.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 14
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/116089055740004/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

26th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14
Echo Park Lake, Echo Park
http://filamarts.org/

This free and all-ages Filipino festival will have food, drinks, arts & crafts, music, dance, merchandise, and more.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14-15
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.

9th Annual Taste of North Park
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 14
30th & University, North Park, San Diego
http://www.tastenorthpark.com/

Explore the many restaurants, pubs, and bars in North Park this Saturday afternoon at the 7th Annual Taste of North Park. Presale admission costs $35, while admission on the day of the event costs $40, and admission comes with unlimited tastings of food and drinks from all participating businesses until they run out, so arrive early to get the most out of the taste! No one under 21 may receive any alcoholic drink.

Taste of South Lake 2017
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.southlakeavenue.org/

At this free outdoor festival, enjoy mouth-watering offerings from over 25 South Lake Avenue restaurants, live cooking demos with celebrity chefs, music performances by internationally known bands, a vendor village, and more.

2017 Oxnard Steampunk Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14-15
Heritage Square, Oxnard
http://oxnardsteampunkfest.com/

Steampunk fans will not want to miss this huge steampunk gathering this weekend in Oxnard. Adult admission costs $12, while children’s admission costs $5 on Saturday or nothing on Sunday. Lots of activities and meetups will take place, including live music, vendors, food booths, tea parties, fencing/dueling, and more.

12th Annual Pasadena Artwalk
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14
Colorado & El Molino, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/artwalk/

This free all-ages event highlights Southern California’s aspiring artists looking to make an impact with their creations. Artwork will include paintings, sculptures, watercolors, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, printmaking, and more.

2017 Santa Barbara Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 14
Elings Park, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbbeerfestival.com/

Santa Barbara has its own beer festival this Saturday afternoon. $60 admission gets you in to unlimited beer tastings for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

I-15 Brew Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 14
Galway Downs Equestrian Center, Temecula
http://www.i15brewfestival.com/

Taste the best of the Inland Empire at this beer tasting event out in Temecula this Saturday afternoon. This event will feature over 60 breweries, 30 home brewers, live music, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $70 presale and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters until 4pm while supplies last. After 4pm, attendees will need to pay for beers. No one under 21 may attend.

Pico Block Party: Translation
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 14
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/pico-block-party-translation/

A free and all-ages art exhibit and festival takes place in Santa Monica this Saturday afternoon.

Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression Arts & Music Festival
1:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 14
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.ladecom.com/

Los Angeles’ version of Burning Man, this event starts in the afternoon and continues until morning the next day. Experience nonstop music, dance, rituals, live DJ’s, theme camps, art cars, green technology, puppetry, circus, marching bands, and more all in the name of FIRE.

2017 South Bay Oktoberfest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 14
Bay Club Redondo Beach, Redondo Beach
http://www.smackfestevents.com/beach-cities-beer-wine-festival/

An Oktoberfest-themed beer festival comes to Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $55 and includes a separate VIP line, a souvenir mug, and access to a VIP area with mixed drinks, complimentary food, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Pour On 4th
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 14
Retro Row, Long Beach
http://4thstreetlongbeach.com/

Enjoy beer, wine, food, and music along 4th Street’s “Retro Row” in Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 presale. All attendees receive unlimited beer & wine while supplies last and access to small eats, which will cost $4 to $6 each, so have lots of cash available for food. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Off The Hook: Santa Monica Seafood Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 14
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://offthehookseafoodfest.com/

Enjoy lots of seafood, drinks, live music, games, and more fun this Saturday evening on the Santa Monica Pier. General admission costs $65 and starts at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $90, starts at 3pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive food and drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Ooze Fest – Southern California’s Premier Cheese Festival
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, October 14
MainPlace Mall, Santa Ana
http://oozefestival.com/

Get cheesed out at this festival celebrating all things cheese this weekend in Downtown Santa Ana. They have returned to a ticketed format much like their first year. $75 gets you in to one of two three-hour sessions, 3:30-6:30 or 7:30-10:30. All attendees receive unlimited food samples for the duration of the session while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual Taste of Italy
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 14
Italian American Museum, Los Angeles
http://italianhall.org/taste-of-italy-los-angeles/

Sample the best of Italian in Los Angeles at this tasting gala this Saturday evening in Downtown Los Angeles. Samples food & drinks from dozens of restaurants & wineries, enjoy the live entertainment, and more. General admission tickets cost $60, while children 12 and under get in for $25.

OC Roller Girls – Silence of the Slams
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 14
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.

Uptown Whittier Zombie Pub Crawl 2017
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 14
Uptown Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/841127889378440/

A handful of zombie and punk rock themed events will take place in Uptown Whittier this Saturday night. Activities will include costume contests, trivia, karaoke, live music, and more.

Nardcore at Roy’s Birthday
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1137424753024684/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Saturday night in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Lower Class Brats – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 14, Club Los Globos, Silverlake
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 15, The Casbah, San Diego
http://www.lcbarmy.com/

Punk rock band Lower Class Brats will headline a pair of shows in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 15
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.

Surf City 10-Mile, 10k, and 5k
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 15
Hilton Waterfront Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.surfcity10.com/

This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 5K, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand.

2nd Annual Spacerock Trail Race
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 15
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, Santa Clarita
http://spacerocktrailrace.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out the Spacerock Trail Run, a wild course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration costs $90 for the 5k, $110 for the 10k, or $130 for the half-marathon.

Disneyland Lolita Day 2017
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 15
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://disneylandlolitaday.wixsite.com/home

This Sunday, lolita fans will congregate at Disneyland in Anaheim. Dress up and come mingle with others, or simply come admire those who do dress up.

Glitterfest Fall 2017
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 15
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.

Fallbrook Harvest Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 15
Downtown Fallbrook
http://www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/autumn-in-fallbrook.html

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Fallbrook this Sunday, complete with arts & crafts, vendors, food, games, entertainment, and more.

Brunch At The Races
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 15
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://brunchattheraces.laweekly.com/

Basically a food tasting event, participate in watching the races this Sunday afternoon, as well as sample bites and sips from dozens of restaurants. General admission costs $45, while VIP admission costs $65, comes with a goodie bag, and provides access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Tater Tots & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 15
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://totsandbeer.com/events/santa-clarita-ca-session-1/

Snack on tater tots and craft beers this Sunday in Santa Clarita. $34 gets you in to one of two three-hour sessions, 11am-2pm or 3pm-6pm. 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.

Los Angeles Magazine’s 12th Annual The Food Event
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 15
Saddlerock Ranch, Malibu
http://www.lamag.com/thefoodevent2017/

$130 gets you in to this event in Malibu this Sunday afternoon with food and drink samples from dozens of vendors. No one under 21 may attend.

43rd Annual Gourmet Festival of Fall
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 15
AbilityFirst, Pasadena
http://www.abilityfirst.org/events/festival-of-fall/

Enjoy food, wine, craft beer, live music, a silent auction, and more this Sunday evening in Pasadena. General admission costs $175, while VIP admission costs $300 and includes VIP seating.

A Taste of Old Town Monrovia
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 15
Myrtle Avenue, Old Town Monrovia
http://tastemonrovia.com/

Taste the local flavors of Monrovia this Sunday evening on the streets of Old Town Monrovia. $50 allows you to receive unlimited samples from participating businesses for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The Aggrolites and The Skatalites: Live at the Belly Up
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 15
Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1821997454797516/

Get your skanking on this Sunday night in Solana Beach. Tickets to this show cost $20 presale or $22 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

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.

They say that variety adds to the spice of life. One can live life completely routinely and habitually day by day, but that leads to a dull and predictable life. These type of people live by the motto, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In other words, why change something if it already works just fine? I would argue about how boring that sounds, but another would argue “Better safe than sorry.” While you may not successfully convince the stubborn people, many others accept variety in their lives. Trying something different makes life much more interesting, especially when it already changes on a set schedule. In this case, I refer to things that change monthly, such as a monthly pint nite, bottle share, or food specials menu. Speaking of the latter, you can find a terrific monthly specials menu at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern.

Dedicated to the heart of true craft, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT) understands that cooking requires more than simply skill – cooking requires HEART. Sure their menu contains plenty of amazing dishes that you will want to come back for over and over again in order to try everything. But did you know that JFAT carries a monthly specials menu? In addition to continually updating their menu and adding new items, all JFAT locations now offer a limited-time monthly menu with seasonal eats. This month, I got to try three items from their current specials menu:

  • Grilled Prosciutto-wrapped Figs with Arugula, Goat Cheese, Pine Nuts and Balsamic Syrup – Four halved fresh figs, wrapped with prosciutto, lightly grilled, served around arugula lightly dressed with sherry vinaigrette, and sprinkled with crumbled goat cheese & toasted pine nuts. Figs come drizzled lightly with balsamic syrup
  • Grilled Zucchini, Corn, Red Pepper, Ricotta and Squash Blossom Flatbread – Flatbread topped with Fontina, Ricotta, Parmesan, grilled zucchini, roasted corn, red peppers, and zucchini squash blossoms
  • Pasta with Clams, Andouille Sausage, Corn and Tomatoes – Thick-cut pappardelle pasta tossed with Manila clams, spicy Andouille style sausage, white wine, garlic, tomatoes. and corn

Enjoy something unique at any Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern location while the season lingers! Check out JFAT’s Facebook and Twitter pages to see what else they have that you may like your taste buds to tango with.

The city of Downey celebrated their annual International Food & Music Festival this past Saturday evening on the streets of Downtown Downey. Free to attend for all ages, this street fair contained all sorts of activities and entertainment for the family. Visitors would find multiple stages for music and entertainment at the ends of streets, which contained dozens of food vendors, from booths of local businesses to gourmet food trucks. At another end of the event, rides and games awaited children and anyone else wanting to play with something. This event represents a good way to discover the local food of Downey aside from having the locally famous Porto’s Bakery right there.