Archive for the ‘Restaurant’ Category

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.

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.

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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.

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

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

Sloppy Seconds – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 18, De Via Bella Pizza & Sports Bar, Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 19, Skip Gibson’s BBQ, Grover Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 21, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 22, Soda Bar, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 23, Viper Room, West Hollywood
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 24, Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/SloppySecondsJunkRock

Punk rock band Sloppy Seconds will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. The cover fee and age limits vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day
September 19
Everywhere
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

As the name suggests, feel free to talk like a pirate all day today. Just avoid getting in trouble for it. Yarr~

2nd Annual Tastemakers of Orange County
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 20
The OC Mix, Costa Mesa
http://tastemakersofoc.com/

A food & beverage tasting event comes to Costa Mesa this Thursday night. General admission costs $95 and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $135, starts at 6pm, and comes with a keepsake apron. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Venice Art Crawl
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Windward Ave Circle, Venice
http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

Venice gets their own free and all-ages art walk this week, complete with a plethora of exhibits on display.

20th Annual SCOPE Poker Run
September 22-24
Hotel Maya, Long Beach
http://scopeinfo.com/

Contrary to the event name, a powerboat race comes to Long Beach this weekend. Multiple events will take place throughout the weekend, with the main race taking place on Saturday.

SoCal Regionals 2017
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 22-24
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.socalregionals.com/

A fighting-game tournament will take place this weekend in Anaheim. Registration to enter the tournament costs $55, and participants must bring their own wired controller. Spectator admission costs $10 for one day or $25 for all three days.

Stair Climb for Los Angeles
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 22
YMCA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ymcala.org/stairclimb

On this day, the city will shut down Hope Street as thousands attempt to race up the stairs of the US Bank tower in Downtown Los Angeles. This all-day fest also includes food trucks, live music, a beer garden, rock-climbing walls, and more. Even if you cannot participate in the climb, the actual festival requires no fee to enter.

Aftershock 5 Year Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 22-24
Aftershock Brewing, Temecula
http://www.aftershockbrewingco.com/

Temecula’s Aftershock Brewing turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a bunch of rare beers on tap for you to try. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

AdultCon #28
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 22
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 23
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 24
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.adultcon.com/indexa.html

Adult entertainment fans will not want to miss AdultCon this weekend. This expo allows guests to purchase adult entertainment paraphernalia, meet & take photos with porn stars, browse accessories, and more. For an 18 & over event, these types of expos rarely contain live nudity, as all the talent cover up their private parts in some way. For those not totally into the porn industry, AdultCon also features vendors and speakers geared towards couples and sexuality, as to not make this an event that only men would attend. General admission costs $40 and includes a $5 token that guests can redeem at vendors or to take a photo with a model/star. For just $10 more, upgrade to VIP to gain admission to both days plus some extra perks, listed on the website. Parking costs $20 per vehicle, so find a way to carpool to alleviate that cost.

Pasadena Greek Fest 2017
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 22
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 23-24
St. Anthony Greek Church, Pasadena
http://pasadenagreekfest.org/

$4 admission gets you into this all-ages Greek festival, which includes food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more.

Blacklight Slide
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 22
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.blacklightslide.com/anaheimca

Ever wanted to participate in a blacklight run, but without the running? Now you have the Blacklight Slide. As the name suggests, this event consists of one big slide with neon water flowing down it, and attendees can slide down the slide covered in neon glowing water. Admission costs $50 and allows you unlimited rides on the slide until the end of the event.

23rd Annual San Diego Festival of Beer
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 22
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sdbeerfest.org/

Get beer wasted with thousands of other people at this beer festival this Friday night in San Diego. The $50 admission grants you unlimited beer tasters from over 60 breweries pouring a total of over 120 different beers. The first 1,500 guests through the gate receive a souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual Surf City Surf Dog Weekend
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 22
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, September 23
8:00 am – 3:30 pm, September 24
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://surfdogevents.com/surf-city-surf-dog-

Catch a weekend of surfing and dogs this weekend in Huntington Beach. On Friday, visit the Rainwater Gallery for an opening reception. On Saturday, participate in various dog activities in Newport Beach. The expo lasts until Sunday, when the Surfing Dog contest also takes place. Events vary in price, so check the website for a price for each individual event.

22nd Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Fest
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 22
12:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 23
12:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 24
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://lobsterfestival.com/

Redondo Beach has a Lobster Fest going on this weekend, which will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $15 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. Purchase presale tickets online to save $2, or search their website for additional meal packages, such as surf & turf and more.

3rd Annual Catalina Wine Mixer
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, September 22
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, September 23
12:30 pm – 10:30 pm, September 24
Descanso Beach Club, Avalon
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/catalina-wine-mixer-2017

A wine & music festival will take place on Catalina Island all this weekend. Various events will take place, all of which have different admission prices, starting at $69. No one under 21 may attend.

18th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show
6:00 am – 4:30 pm, September 23
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.cruisinforacure.com/

This all-ages charity car show returns to the OC Fair this Saturday morning. Admission costs $15, and includes free prostate testing for men. Parking costs $8 for general or $10 for preferred parking.

Los Angeles Heart Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 23
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.heartwalkla.org/

Raise money to walk around Pasadena during this charity walk this Saturday morning.

23rd Annual Pacific Islander Festival of San Diego
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 23-24
Ski Beach, Mission Bay Park, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/

Check out this free and all-ages Pacific Islander festival this weekend in San Diego. Visitors will find food, treats, arts & crafts, games, merchandise, music, dancing, and more. Please have cash available for either parking or the shuttle service.

Rigs and Rods – United Pacific Industries Car & Truck Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 23
United Pacific Industries, Long Beach
http://www.upicarshow.com/

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Long Beach.

Anaheim Craft & Vintage Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 23
Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/123384988393050/

A free and all-ages local arts & crafts fair takes place in Anaheim this Saturday.

Julian Apple Days Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 23-24
Meghini Winery, Julian
http://www.julianappledays.com/

A weekend full of activities for the family comes to Julian this weekend. Admission costs $5 and gets you in to find live entertainment, games, food, drinks, treats, vendors, arts & crafts, and more.

16th Annual Irvine Global Village Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 23
Bill Barber Park, Irvine
http://www.irvinefestival.org/

This international cultural festival occurs this Saturday in Irvine at Bill Barber Park. Free to park and enter for all ages, this multicultural fest features international cuisine, live entertainment, a kids village with crafts & activities, cultural & religious exhibits, and an international marketplace.

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 23-24
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://itsacurrentaffair.com/

Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $12 and starts at 12pm, while early entry for 10am costs $20.

Margarita Taco Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 23
Bridgeport Park, Santa Clarita
http://nightout.com/events/margarita-taco-festival

As the event name suggests, this all-ages festival will have tacos and margaritas for you to taste. General admission costs $10 but only gets you in and does not include and food or drinks. Admission with margaritas included cost $45 for one person or $80 for two.

$5 Hakata Ramen Sale
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 23-24
Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata, Irvine
http://www.shinsengumigroup.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1509958082394342/

Shin-Sen-Gumi in Irvine will offer $5 bowls of their famous ramen this weekend. They will stop when they reach 1100 bowls served per day. Arrive early to score this deal!

2nd Annual San Gabriel Valley Sour Beer Festival
11:00 am – 2:00 am, September 23
38 Degrees, Monrovia
http://38degreesalehouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/104350796933014/

Contrary to the event name, this event will not function as a festival. Instead, 38 Degrees in Monrovia will have a plethora of sour ales on tap available for you to try. This event has no cover charge or admission – simply show up, and pay for drinks as you go.

8th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 23
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://www.ocbrewhaha.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha returns for its seventh annual iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Silverado. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, this craft beer festival will feature over 100 different breweries, over 200 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 presale or $55 at the door, and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 presale or $70 at the door, and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

Speaking of transportation, ensure that you look up the location prior. Cell phone signals do not reach Oak Canyon Park, so once you arrive, expect to turn off your phone to conserve battery. Oak Canyon Park only has two ways to exit, both of which always have police stationed to catch drunk drivers. The toll-free method to arriving involves taking the 55 freeway, exiting Chapman Avenue, and driving east until you reach the park.

Bloody Mary Festival
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, September 23
Candela, La Brea/Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.thebloodymaryfest.com/

$45 gets you in to two hours of unlimited tastings of food and beverages this Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. A two-hour session will start at either 12pm or 2:30pm. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual Craft Beer LB Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 23
Rancho Los Cerritos, Long Beach
http://craftbeerlb.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/craft-beer-long-beach-festival-tickets-34591808029

A family-friendly beer festival comes to Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. Children 15 and under enter for free. Non-drinkers enter for $10. General admission with ten beer tasters costs $20 and starts at 1pm. VIP admission with 15 beer tasters costs $40 and starts at 12pm. Add an event t-shirt for $10.

3rd Annual Beer By The Bay
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 23
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.beerbythebay.com/

Coronado gets their own beer festival this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $50 presale and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples from the 15 participating breweries while supplies last. Attendees should bring cash if they plan to buy food. No one under 21 may attend.

Coastal Country Jam BBQ & Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 23-24
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://coastalcountryjam.com/

A barbecue, beer, and country music festival will take place on the beach this weekend. Presale tickets to this event start at $159.

6th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Event
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 23
Commissary at Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City
http://www.celebrityredcarpetevent.com/

Celebrities teach you about car safety and keeping children safe at this charity event this Saturday afternoon in Culver City. Basic admission costs $18.50 and comes with nothing, while admission with safety gear starts at $122.

2017 San Diego Uncorked Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 23
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/san-diego-live-wine-festival/

Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

Brewyard Outdoor Stein Festival
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 23
Brewyard Beer Company, Glendale
http://www.brewyardbeercompany.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1513475598712385/

Bring your own stein or boot to taste some Oktoberfest beer in Glendale this Saturday. This event has no admission – simply bring your glass, and you can drink for $8 each pour.

1st Annual San Fernando Valley Zine Fest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 23
Magnolia Science Academy, Reseda
http://www.sfvzinefest.com/

Art lovers rejoice – the San Fernando Valley gets their own Zone Fest this Saturday night, This free and all-ages event will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Food Wine & Brew Celebration
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 23
San Diego Zoo, San Diego
http://www.zoofoodandwine.com/

Sample food, beer, and wine at the zoo this Saturday night in San Diego. General admission costs $125 and starts at 7:30, while VIP admission costs $225 and starts at 6:30. All guests receive unlimited samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Bumps and Brewses
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 23
Iron Triangle Brewing, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bumps-and-brewses-tickets-36279665456

A popup wrestling feature will take place in a brewery in Downtown LA this Saturday night. Admission costs $20. No one under 21 may attend.

Yeastie Boys @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/132524797341112/

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

Doomsday Ball
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 23
Globe Theatre, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1972790439618967/

Explore kinks, fetishes, and fashion at this nightclub event in Downtown LA this Saturday night. Admission starts at $12 and gets you in to a night of music, fashion, and other sexy fashion. No one under 21 may attend.

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!

19th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk
8:00 am – 1:00 pm, September 24
Brookside Park, Pasadena
http://www.wigglewagglewalk.org/

Join hundreds of dog lovers as they all walk with their dogs this Sunday morning in Pasadena. Walk along with your dog, or join a team and walk together. After the walk, stick around for a pet expo, complete with vendors, pet adoptions, pet services, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more.

Tustin’s 90th Celebration
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 24
Old Town Tustin, Tustin
http://www.tustinca.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1831055926911638/

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Tustin this Sunday morning, complete with vendors, food, live entertainment, and more.

33rd Annual Abbot Kinney Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 24
Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
http://abbotkinney.org/

This free all-ages street fair showcases the best of local businesses in food, drinks, merchandise, apparel, accessories, art, crafts, local music, and more. Abbot Kinney will close to traffic to allow the thousands of visitors to freely roam the streets and explore all the vendors.

8th Annual Sausage & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 24
Highland Springs Resort, Cherry Valley
http://www.hsresort.com/beer/

Halfway between the Inland Empire and Palm Desert lies the High Springs Resort, where they will host their annual Sausage & Beer Festival this weekend. Unlike a standard beer festival, this event will run continuously during the allotted times with no set schedule or strict event time. Free to attend, visitors will end up paying for food and drinks as they go, so nobody has to rush to drink beer in a certain period of time. Bring plenty of cash if you intend to endure a long session here.

Battle of the Burger
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 24
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/time-out-los-angeless-battle-of-the-burger-presented-by-guinness

Sample some of the best burgers in Los Angeles County this Sunday afternoon in Downtown LA. General admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and gets you in to one of two 2-hour session where you can stuff your face full of burgers. Each guests also receives one complimentary Guinness Blonde Lager.

3rd Annual Totally Tustin Food & Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 24
Tustin City Hall, Tustin
http://tustinchamber.org/our-3rd-annual-totally-tustin-food-and-wine-festival-is-here/

$50 gets you in to sample food and drinks from all the participating Tustin businesses this Sunday night.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mountain Lakes 7th Annual End of Summer Run
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 16
Mountain Lakes Resort, Lytle Creek
http://www.mountainlakesca.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OC Roller Girls – Blocktoberfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The last quarter of the year always makes for the busiest time of the year for just about anyone. Retail workers start working mandatory overtime, food industry workers start working additional weekends & nights, and most other workers have to work increased hours to meet quota by the year’s end. At the same time, many events start taking place, such as holiday parties, football parties, or lots of family events, such as holiday parades. Why would all of this take place at the same time when most people lack time management skills? Luckily, some events can work around your schedule, and work with you to brighten up your holiday season. For those looking for a holiday party venue that works with your needs, look no further than Lucky Strike in Orange.

A bar & restaurant can only provide so much entertainment for parties, and Lucky Strike Orange has that plus bowling. Most visitors to Lucky Strike will find a menu with familiar American cuisine, as well as a full bar carrying all the essentials. However, most visitors may not immediately encounter Lucky Strike’s event/catering offerings. Upon entering the venue, guests can discover a smaller room to the left complete with its own set of bowling lanes. This represents the private party side, and Lucky Strike has recently revealed their holiday events menu. For Lucky Strike’s holiday menu, they offer a more unique selection of food than what they offer in the regular dining area. In addition to the food and drinks provided by Lucky Strike, Lucky Strike can bring in vendors to help with the party, such as a candy counter, photo booth, nitrogen ice cream bar, live DJ, and magician.

If your group or company has not yet decided on a venue for booking a holiday party, check out Lucky Strike at The Outlets at Orange. Explore Lucky Strike’s offerings on their Facebook and Twitter pages as well.