5th Annual San Diego Comic Fest
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 17
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 18-19
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 20
Four Points by Sheraton, Parkview, San Diego
Much smaller and more intimate than the San Diego Comic Con, this weekend expo will feature artists, writers, actors, models, screenings, speakers, autograph sessions, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more. Admission on Saturday or Sunday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. Admission for Monday costs $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and still free for children. A 4-day weekend pass costs $50 for adults, $25 for children, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.
Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
The city of Long Beach has so many fine restaurants that they will have an entire week to celebrate the bounty. During this 7-day period, participating restaurants will have various food & drink specials. Check the website linked above for a list of participating restaurants and their specials.
Total Chaos: Live in Downtown LA
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 22
5 Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
Enjoy a FREE hardcore punk show in Downtown LA this Wednesday night. No one under 18 may enter.
Suicidal Tendencies: World Gone Mad Tour 2017
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 22, The Observatory, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 23, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
Legendary hardcore punk band Suicidal Tendencies embarks on a tour this week, and that tour will start in Southern California. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so check with the venue for prices.
5th Annual LA Art Book Fair
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 23
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 24
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 25
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 26
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
An all-ages book fair comes to Downtown LA this weekend. Thursday night costs $10 to attend, and will have live entertainment as well as a book signing. Visitors may enter for free for the rest of the weekend.
San Diego Burger Week
February 24 – March 4
Participating locations, San Diego County
Enjoy select specialty burgers from participating locations all over San Diego County during this 10-day period for just $6 each!
San Luis Obispo Craft Beer Fest
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 24
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 25
Alex Madonna Expo Center, San Luis Obispo
Get sudsy in San Luis Obispo this weekend and enjoy dozens of beers from dozens of breweries. Admission costs $30 for Friday night or $50 for Saturday afternoon. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. Both days will contain the same things, but Friday costs less due to lower demand. No one under 21 may attend.
Flavors: Future of Food
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, February 24
The Autry Museum, Griffith Park
Immerse yourself in the wonders of California’s “Farm To Table” culinary phenomenon this Friday night at The Autry Museum. Admission costs $50 and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.
2nd Annual Skacademy Awards
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 24-25
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
Southern Californian ska bands have banded together to throw an awards show dedicated to the booming SoCal ska scene. Free to attend for all ages, various awards will go out to select bands, and a handful of ska bands will perform a set as well on both nights.
CoffeeCon LA 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 25-26
The Reef, South Central Los Angeles
This weekend at CoffeeCon LA 2017, indulge in all things coffee, from the classic beverage to coffee candy to coffee desserts to coffee foods and more. General admission costs $15 per day or $20 for both days.
40th Annual Orange County Home & Garden Show
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 25
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 26
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
This all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Admission costs $6 for adults, while children 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. Parking at the OC Fair costs $8 per vehicle.
SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.
$3 Hakata Ramen Sale
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 25-26
Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata, Fountain Valley
In celebration of their 16th anniversary, Shin-Sen-Gumi in Fountain Valley will offer $3 bowls of their famous ramen this weekend. They will stop when they reach a thousand bowls served per day. Arrive early to score this deal!
Brouwerij West 1 Year Anniversary Funky Breakfunch
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 25
Brouwerij West, San Pedro
One of the most anticipated breweries to set foot in Southern California has turned a year old, and they will celebrate their anniversary this weekend with beers for brunch. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and includes a souvenir glass and ten 4oz beer pours. No one under 21 may attend.
Long Beach Mardi Gras
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 25
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
Shoreline Village plays host this Saturday to a myriad of music, art, activities, entertainment, dance, parades, and more. The actual parade starts at 3pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Completely free to attend for all ages, all guests can get involved with the festivities, from the dancing to the games and more. Dress up to get even more involved!
This Saturday, Van Nuys’ MacLeod Ale Brewing will have a bunch of lagers on tap, and they will roast some whole hogs throughout the day. Free to attend, guests will simply pay for food and drinks as they go.
1st Annual Lumpia Fest – San Diego
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 25
Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa, San Diego
An all-ages food festival for all things Lumpia comes to San Diego this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $55 presale or $75 at the gate, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. Drinks come at a separate cost.
This Saturday, Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will release two Scottish beers for you to try. In addition, they will have live bagpipers in the evening, mobile food vendors, games, and more. This event has no cover charge. They will have a special glass available for purchase, and all refills in that glass will receive a dollar off.
Tater Tots & Beer Festival
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 25
Balboa Park, San Diego
Snack on tater tots and craft beers this Saturday in San Diego. General admission costs $40 while VIP admission costs $75 and provides access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last, and a beer stamp card good for one beer from each participating brewery. No one under 21 may attend.
4th Annual Pub Crawl “The Twelve Pints of Christmas (in February)”
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 25
Port Pavilion, Downtown San Diego
Join in on a pub crawl this Saturday evening in Downtown San Diego and explore five different locations while you get drunk with friends and/or complete strangers. All participants must pay for their own drinks.
2nd Annual San Pedro Craft Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 25
USS Iowa BattleShip, San Pedro
Sample local craft beers and check out a tourist attraction this Saturday afternoon in San Pedro. General admission costs $42, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited beer while supplies last and access to the museum. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 2pm, and also includes a pretzel necklace, beer float, mimosa/sangria bar, and a souvenir glass. Parking costs $6 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.
Pasadena Comic Con & Toy Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 26
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
Pasadena gets their own all-ages convention dedicated to comics and toys this Sunday. General admission costs $10 and starts at 10am, while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am.
Hollywood Beer & Music Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 26
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
Another corporate beer festival comes to Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. No one under 21 may attend.
Not Another Ska Fest 4
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 26
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
An all-ages ska show takes place in Silverlake this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $6.