If one thing has remained unchanged throughout history, ice cream has held on as one of the most popular desserts for people around the world. Many people love ice cream and the many forms of it. Ice cream can come to us a la carte, on a cone, or in something else. What does something else mean? In the past decade or so, thanks to the advent of the internet and social media, people share their food with the rest of the world, and that has led to other people trying to create something fancy to show off. The Instagram culture means that one place would try to one-up others by delivering something that looks different or unique. As such, we have seen ice cream served in almost every imaginable way possible, from churro ice cream sandwiches to ice cream donuts to ice cream burgers. This time, we can feast our eyes on ice cream inside croissants at Churned Creamery.

Churned Creamery aims to make their mark in the ice cream business in Orange County with their creative take on serving up everyone’s favorite dessert, ice cream. Churned Creamery opened their first location in Tustin but should have seven locations open in Southern California by the end of the year. So what makes Churned Creamery stand out among all the other ice cream places in Southern California? While other places may give you something like a donut or a churro with your ice cream, Churned Creamery will give you your ice cream inside a croissant. Has anyone else done this yet? Perhaps. However, this combination remains relatively unknown to the public, and Churned Creamery has taken a step forward in getting croissant ice cream sandwiches into the limelight. They will do so by opening up more locations, such as the Cypress location that had its grand opening this past Saturday. At the grand opening, the first 200 customers received a free CroCream (Churned Creamery’s name for the croissant ice cream sandwich), a Churned Creamery tote bag, and a raffle ticket to win an iPad.

At the time of this post, Churned Creamery has four locations open, with a fifth location opening this Saturday in Irvine. According to their website, two more locations should open up sometime afterwards. Keep up with what Churned Creamery has opening up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

When it comes to adding flavor to foods, nothing can boss the sauce. At its base, sauce contains sugar, salt, pepper, or any combination of those plus additional ingredients. Some foods contain flavor within itself, such as meats that have seasonings and herbs that help bring out the meat’s natural flavor. Most of the time, people add sauces or condiments to their foods to add flavor. For the most part, sauces bring a sweet component to the table, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, steak sauce, or teriyaki sauce. Many other sauces can add flavor components from sour to salty to spicy and more. However, when it comes to enhancing the flavors of the original dish, nothing can beat hot sauce. The capsaicin in hot sauces helps to open up our taste buds, allowing us to detect and absorb more flavors. For those that cannot take the heat, just a little bit helps to greatly enhance the flavor of the dish, something you can do at Slide Bar as of this week.

Downtown Fullerton has its fair share of restaurants, and businesses come and go every year. However, Slide Bar has endured the test of time. While some smaller restaurants may not make it past the first year, the Slide Bar has never relented. During the early years of the Slide Bar, most locals viewed the Slide Bar as a bar and concert lounge, a place to spend weekend nights at. Around 2014, the folks at the Slide Bar conducted an overhaul of their kitchen and started serving up better food. Sure they maintained themselves as a bar and concert lounge, but at least now one can consider the Slide Bar as a destination for lunch and/or dinner, where they can snag something such as the Cali Bandito Tacos. Essentially a California Burrito in taco form, this order of tacos comes with three made-to-order corn tortillas, each filled with carne asada marinated in Gringo Bandito hot sauce, French fries, cheddar cheese, an avocado slice, and sour cream. These three tacos come with a side of tortilla chips and a bean dip. These tacos have just the right amount of spiciness to not overwhelm your palate, but still give enough kick to allow you to fully enjoy the natural flavor of the carne asada.

The Slide Bar does more than just host bands and sling drinks – they have a full kitchen with a menu worth checking out. Check out what they have cooking up in their kitchen by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Uptown Whittier’s Annual Car Show returned for its 17th year running this past Saturday. Like last year, it took place in June – prior to last year, the car show used to take place in August. A free outdoor event for all ages, hundreds of classic and custom cars filled the streets of Uptown Whittier covering much of Greenleaf Avenue and side streets from Hadley St down to Penn St. Thousands of visitors swarmed the streets to gaze upon all of the cars for photos or pure admiration throughout the day. All of the local businesses remained open during this time, so many visitors also got a chance to explore the local flavor of Uptown Whittier. In addition to all the cars on display, visitors also experienced live music, various vendors, a play area for children, and pinup models that apparently modeled for a calendar shoot at this car show. For a car show that has lasted 16 years, it has gained a strong following in the automotive industry, which paved the way for it to get its own calendar shoot.

The quaint community of Uptown Whittier holds events often throughout the year, such as a street beer festival and a Miss Uptown Whittier contest. If you appreciate small town charm, give Uptown Whittier a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter. In the meantime, check out the photos I took at this year’s car show:

The largest Irish festival in Southern California returns this weekend for its 42nd year running. The BIG Irish Fair returns to El Dorado Park in Long Beach this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm both days, delivering two days’ worth of Irish fun in the sun, filled with many activities, live entertainment, animals, merchandise, vehicles, food, drinks, kids’ activities, games, and much more. Just to name a few of the things guests will experience at the Irish Fair:

  • Spectate thousands of Irish dancers participating in numerous competitions at the various stages at the far end of the festival.
  • Listen and dance to dozens of live Celtic bands, including the Irish Ska Pirate band California Celts.
  • Watch marching bands compete for best in show, with plenty of bagpipes to go around.
  • Pet lots of animals from Ireland, such as sheep, border collies, and more.
  • Gasp in amazement at the athletic feats of the sports competitions in the far field across from the entrance.
  • Stroll through reenactments of older times in the countryside of Ireland.
  • Cheer for all the participating individuals in the grand parade, including the Rose of Tralee.
  • Peer at the Irish vehicles, including real DeLoreans like the one from Back To The Future.
  • Taste the Irish culture with authentic Irish food, such as bangers.
  • Peruse through the various merchandise vendors, selling lots of Irish souvenirs and memorabilia.

The BIG Irish Fair will contain plenty of fun and excitement for the entire family. The festivities run from 10am to 7pm on both Saturday and Sunday. General admission presale costs $15 per adult per day, while a 2-day adult admission costs $25. Seniors and students can enter for $13 each. Kids 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. Admission will increase by $3 when purchasing at the gate. Parking will range from $5 to $10. This festival takes place entirely outdoors, so dress appropriately for hot weather, and apply sunscreen prior to leaving home. The venue does not allow attendees to bring chairs, coolers, canopies, or any other large camping item; however, the park will provide more than enough tables and benches in the shaded areas. If you plan to purchase anything, bring cash, as the vendors cannot accept cards.

Piñata Protest – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 6
Slide Bar, Fullerton

Piñata Protest currently tours across the country, and that tour will have one more show in Southern California this week. Tuesday night’s show has no cover charge, but no one under 21 may enter.

S3 Coffee Bar’s 1st Year Anniversary
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 7
S3 Coffee Bar, Grantville, San Diego

San Diego’s S3 Coffee Bar turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of food & drink samples and specials all day. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for what you order.

Los Angeles Design Festival
June 8-11
Downtown Los Angeles

During these four days, various locations in & around Los Angeles will have various fashion and design events open to the public. Some of these events have an entry fee, others do not, so check with the website to see the list of events.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 8-10
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 8
Downtown Los Angeles

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.

Pinball & Arcade Auction
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 9
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 10
Captain’s Auction Warehouse, Anaheim

Bid on arcade, pinball, ticket, and prize machines during this special auction this weekend in Anaheim. This event has no admission fee, and anyone interested in purchasing may bid from home as well.

8th Annual San Diego Oysterfest
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
12:00 pm  – 10:00 pm, June 10
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego

More of a music fest than an oyster fest, this all-day festival in San Diego combines live music, oysters, and beer into one crazy festival. As you enjoy the live music, you can purchase fresh oysters from around the world to snack on, then buy some brews to wash it all down. General admission starts at $35 but does NOT include food or drinks. No one under 21 may enter.

2017 San Diego Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 10
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 11
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, North Park, San Diego

An all-ages Greek festival comes to San Diego this weekend, complete with food, desserts, drinks, ouzo, dance, music, rides, games, vendors, exhibits, and more. Arrive early enough and you can enter for free – otherwise, it costs $3 to enter.

2017 LA Pride Music Festival & Parade
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 9
2:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 11
West Hollywood Park, West Hollywood

An all-ages music festival comes to West Hollywood this weekend, along with a parade on Sunday morning. Admission varies in price, with free admission on Friday, $25 for one day, and going up to $125 for a VIP admission.

Punk N Paint
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, June 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Live body painting and local punk rock mix up this Friday night in Anaheim. The cover for this event costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

MADE Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 9
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 10
L.A. Live, Downtown Los Angeles

Music and fashion collide at this concert this weekend in Downtown LA. Ticket prices vary based on which events you want to attend, so see the website for details.

18th Annual Downtown Anaheim 5k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, June 10
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim

A 5k run will take place in central Anaheim this Saturday morning that will close off several streets. Registration costs $35 for the 5k, and goes down for teams or children.

2017 Santa Monica Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival
7:30 am – 7:30 pm, June 10
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

A series of water sports will take place on the beach in Santa Monica this Saturday. Registration varies in price depending on the event you wish to participate in, so see the website for pricing details.

7th Annual Mabuhay Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 10
Kimball Park, National City

A free and all-ages Filipino cultural fair comes to National City this Saturday, complete with live entertainment, food, vendors, activities, and more.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 10
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach

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!

4 Wheel Parts Truck & Jeep Fest 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 10-11
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario

A free and all-ages expo for truck and jeep parts comes to Ontario this weekend. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the convention center.

31st Annual San Diego Festival Of The Arts
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 10-11
Waterfront Park, San Diego

Enjoy a weekend of art and culture this weekend at this all-ages art festival down by the water in San Diego. Admission ranges from $12 to $16 – see the website for a pricing breakdown.

Kid Kon 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 10-11
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

Check out all things pop culture and fandom for kids this weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center. Expect to find anything related to comics, films, cartoons, celebrities, TV shows, toys, books, games, and more, including lots of programs and activities. One-day admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. A weekend pass costs $25 presale or $35 at the door.

42nd Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 10-11
El Dorado Park, Long Beach

Southern California’s largest Irish Fair returns to Long Beach this weekend. This family-friendly fair brings Irish culture to one location, where attendees can see over a thousands Irish dancers, dozens of live bands, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, athletic competitions, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more. Guests should bring cash if they want to purchase any food, drinks, merchandise, accessories, or any other Irish goodie. I suggest avoiding American food, and trying the Irish food that you would not find elsewhere. Admission varies depending on how you want to attend, with general admission costing $15 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students.

Ronin-Expo 2017
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 10
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles

Fans of anime, manga, video games, comics, cosplay, Asian culture, and anything else with ninjas in it will not want to miss Ronin-Expo (formerly Ninja-Con), happening this Saturday at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Discuss and share hobbies with other attendees during the convention, and introduce others to new things. Admission to this all-ages convention costs $20 presale or $25 at the door. I suggest parking in the Arts District and walking over, as the Arts District has free street parking in select areas.

30th Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 10-11
Peninsula Center, Palos Verdes

Located all the way out in the hills of Palos Verdes, this annual street fair contains numerous vendors, merchandise, arts & crafts, rides, food, live entertainment, and more. Free for all ages, guests from out of town can enjoy the scenery as they drive up the hills to arrive in Palos Verdes. Guests can park for free in the high school parking lots across the street from the shopping center.

Golden Years Vintage Market
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 10
2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana

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

Council Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 10
Council Brewing, Kearny Mesa

San Diego’s Council Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a festival at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa. General admission costs $20, starts at 12pm, and comes with five 2oz beer pours. VIP admission costs $35, starts at 11am, comes with ten 2oz beer pours, and includes an anniversary pin. They will have mobile food vendors on site to cater to attendees’ hunger. No one under 21 may attend.

Pechanga’s 9th Annual Microbrew & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 10
Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula

Enjoy unlimited beer (while supplies last) and chili samples at this beer tasting event at Pechanga in Temecula this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive a 2oz souvenir glass, and all the beer and chili you can consume until they run out.

Rök House 3-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 10
Rök House Brewing Company, Upland

Upland’s Rök House Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have over two dozen beers for you to try, including their anniversary ales. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

3rd Annual Orange County Funk Fest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 10
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Funk music takes over the OC Fair this Saturday. Tickets to this all-ages concert start at $45.

2017 Inland Empire Greek Fest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 10-11
Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, San Bernardino

An all-ages Greek festival comes to San Bernardino this weekend, complete with Greek food, desserts, ouzo, music, dance, games, rides, vendors, exhibits, and more. Admission costs just $2 for adults, while children can enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Pub & Grub: A Culinary Crawl
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 10
5th Street behind 4th Street Market, Santa Ana

Check out lots of food this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana. Contrary to the event name, this event does not actually involve walking from location to location. This event will operate the same way as other events by this organizer – it costs $10 to enter the event, and then attendees will pay for food as they go. An all-you-can-eat experience exists in two three-hour sessions: 2pm-5pm and 6pm-9pm. These cost $40 presale or $60 at the door to enter, and attendees to this event can eat as much as they want for the duration of the session while supplies last.

3rd Annual So Cal Brew Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 10
Phoenix Club, Anaheim

The So Cal Brew Fest returns to Orange County for its third year running this Saturday, complete with everything one would expect to find at a beer festival. General admission costs $39 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $49 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from all the participating breweries while supplies last. Bring cash for food truck purchases, and dress appropriately for hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Big Summer Beerfest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 10
Angel Stadium, Anaheim

A corporate beer festival comes to Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 3pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Los Angeles Food Fest
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 10
LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

Experience the best of Los Angeles eats at the LA Food Fest. This festival consists of a multitude of various events, from a brunch to a grand tasting to a party and more. General admission costs $65 and starts at 3:30pm, while VIP admission costs $95 and starts at 2pm.

EA Play 2017
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 10
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 11-12
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood

Play a handful of upcoming EA games this weekend in Hollywood. Although free to attend for all ages, interested attendees must still register to attend on the website.

SFV Roller Derby Presents: Double Header
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 10
San Fernando Valley Roller Derby, Sylmar

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Sylmar. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10.

5th Annual The Feast Of Thrones
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 10
Whimsic Alley, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles

$80 gets you in to this Game of Thrones themed dinner, complete with food, drinks, and entertainment. No one under 18 may attend.

32nd Anniversary Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 11
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach

Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 11
Central Avenue, Glendale

Much of S Central Avenue from Glendale to Atwater Village will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Stone Sour Fest 2017
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 11
Stone Brewing, Escondido

Pucker up for this sour beer tasting event this Sunday morning at Stone Brewing in Escondido. For $49 admission, receive a souvenir glass and 15 3oz tasters from over a hundred different sour beers available. Bring extra cash for purchasing food on the premises. No one under 21 may attend.

22nd Annual San Clemente Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 11
Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente

See hundreds of classic cars this Sunday at this free and all-ages car show in San Clemente.

3rd Annual Balboa Strawberry Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 11
Encino Park, Encino

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Encino this Sunday, complete with vendors, food, desserts, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more. Note that this event will close Ventura Blvd to traffic, so plan your commute accordingly.

Spring 2017 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 11
Marine Stadium, Long Beach

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at multiple locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. The surrounding neighborhoods contain plenty of free street parking.

Pop-Up: Bubblyfest Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 11
The Rose Room, Venice Beach

Spend an afternoon sipping on champagnes this Sunday in Venice. Tickets cost $70 each, and gets you a tasting glass and unlimited champagne while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Luau & Pig Roast
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 11
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa

Enjoy some tropical-themed cocktails and delicious pork at this seasonal event in Costa Mesa this Sunday afternoon, free of a cover charge.

Tartar Control @ Cafe NELA
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 11
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles

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

Food and dining trends change very often, especially in larger metropolitan areas. Trends and fads have their phases where they have immense popularity but then fade away slowly after its peak. For example, take a look at the gourmet food truck trend. This trend started in 2008 with the introduction of Kogi BBQ. From there, many more aspiring chefs started their own gourmet food truck as a lower-cost method of jumping into the restaurant industry. It proved a success for many of them, with a lot of the more popular food trucks eventually making the jump over to a brick & mortar restaurant once the gourmet food truck fad started to die down. After this trend faded down, gastropubs claimed the spotlight for a time. However, while gastropubs catered to a few types of people, it did not do well to attract everyone, as everyone has different tastes and want more varieties. Nothing has more variety than a food court, and thus the idea of food halls started up. Food halls represent the modern contemporary version of food courts, kind of like what gourmet food trucks did for the traditional food truck. Today, food halls do a great job of attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to dine there daily, as these food halls provide culinary variety and a comfortable environment for visitors to relax in, such as at McFadden Public Market.

McFadden Public Market officially opened their doors to the public on Monday, May 15th, 2017. The latest food hall to join Orange County, McFadden Public Market represents the creative genius of Orange County entrepreneur Leonard Chan, the mastermind behind popular restaurants such as The Iron Press and Hatch. Unlike other food halls in Orange County, Leonard basically owns everything within McFadden Public Market. Every “business” here falls under the ownership of Leonard, while at other food halls, each business belongs to its respective owners. McFadden Public Market consists of two floors. The first floors contains all the food, plus a bar at the front. Currently, food offerings include Latin/Filipino, fried chicken, ice cream, and Vietnamese. The first floor still has a handful of openings, so one can expect more food variety here in the future, including a coffee bar. The second floor represents the fun or leisure side of McFadden Public Market. The second floor not only has a full bar, but also has an arcade, which features many pinball machines and old-school arcade games. Between the food, the drinks, the games, and the free WiFi, visitors can easily make a great afternoon or night here.

McFadden Public Market has lots of room to grow, as they will soon add more food, drinks, and games to their lineup. Stay updated with what happens here by liking them on Facebook.

The Santa Ana edition of the Spring 2017 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival wrapped up this past Sunday in Downtown Santa Ana. This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at three different locations: Santa Ana, Long Beach, and Oakland. Patchwork Fest emphasizes supporting the local community, and does so by not allowing anything corporate within the boundaries. To envision Patchwork Fest, imagine an arts & crafts fair, but catered to a modern trendy crowd that features local independent designers. Many locals set up their booths here, selling their wares, merchandise, apparel, accessories, foods, desserts, music, and so on. Twice a year, thousands of visitors descend upon Patchwork Fest to discover and revisit the dozens of vendors present. No matter who shows up, all visitors will definitely find something that will please their interests.

Completely free to attend to the public, Patchwork Fest openly welcomes pets, and boasts a free bike valet for visitors. Each branch of the streets features over a dozen different local vendors all selling their various goods and/or services. Visitors who get hungry could enjoy fresh hot eats from the various food vendors throughout the event area, or can browse through the various food booths in the fest for portable eats. Unlike the previous year where it rained on the event, this year’s event saw plenty of sunshine, which did not stop the vendors from going strong, nor did the heat stop the hundreds of visitors from seeking out great gifts.

The series of Patchwork Festivals happens twice a year: in Spring and Fall. With each series, it runs weekend after weekend at different locations. The next Patchwork Fest will occur in Long Beach in a few weeks. In addition to new foods to try, the lineup of vendors changes, so you may find some great new gifts for your friends & family. Give a like to the Patchwork Festival on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to see what they have in store for you at future shows. For a free fest, what have you got to lose?

The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival returned to the Village Green in Garden Grove for its 59th year running this past weekend. This free and all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. From the carnival rides to the prize games to the food court, fans of state fairs would love the throwback feel of this classic annual city fair. The layout of the fair remained largely the same as previous years. The majority of the vendors lined up along Main Street, selling various things from apparel to accessories to toys to home goods to spinners and more. The Village Green held all of the games and rides. Visitors could purchase a wristband for $30 that provided unlimited rides for that day. Between Main Street and the Village Green, all the food vendors lined up. This event had typical fair food – corn dogs, cotton candy, nachos, shaved ice, and more fair food. For a FREE fair, why waste this opportunity to bring your friends and family here? The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival happens at the same place every year on Memorial Day weekend. Support this local organization by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Orange County mainstay brewery Cismontane Brewing recently turned seven years old, a feat in this competitive microbrewery market. As they do every year, Cismontane holds a party to celebrate their anniversary. However, this year brought about many new changes for Cismontane. Notably, Cismontane has relocated to a new facility in Santa Ana, departing from their original location in Rancho Santa Margarita. This marks Cismontane’s first time holding an anniversary event ever at this new Santa Ana location. To also mix things up, Cismontane changed the way they structured their anniversary event. In previous years, Cismontane held their anniversary like a beer festival. Guests would pay for a ticket to receive a set amount of beer pours as well as an anniversary glass. This year, Cismontane did away with the ticketing fees. Instead, they tapped a handful of barrel-aged beers for guests to enjoy. With no tickets or cover charges to worry about, guests could enter freely and simply pay for beers as they went. With this setup, guests would only pay for beers that they wanted to drink instead of paying for a set amount of beers that they may not get to enjoy. Unfortunately, Cismontane did not have an anniversary glass this time – they just had their regular merchandise for sale. Historically, Cismontane held their anniversary at the end of April or the beginning of May. Due to the sheer amount of beer events during that time this year, Cismontane kept postponing their anniversary to a more suitable date with the fewest amount of conflicting beer events.

Check out Cismontane Brewing at their new location in Santa Ana just off the 55 freeway. See what they have brewing up here by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Their new location can accommodate more guests than their previous Rancho Santa Margarita location (which Laguna Beach Beer Company has acquired after Cismontane moved), so check them out behind Pep Boys (enter on the west side).

A handful of this past weekend’s events will continue to occur today due to the holiday weekend. Please refer to last week’s events post to see which events will also occur today.

Naja’s Place 9th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 24-31
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach

For eight days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

Hardcore Punk @ Alex’s Bar
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 29
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Long Beach this afternoon. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Hepcat + The Slackers @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 29
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Groove to some ska and reggae tonight in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

7th Annual Chef Celebration San Diego
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 31
La Jolla Shores Hotel & Restaurant, La Jolla

Chef Celebration has changed things up this year in regards to their annual event. Instead of a tasting event like previous years, they will host prix-fixe dinners throughout the year, including this main one this Wednesday night. Reservations for this dinner costs $65.

13th Annual Taste Around of Avalon
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 1
Avalon, Catalina Island

Stroll around Avalon and sample the local eats this Thursday evening. The website has no information on cost, age limit, or location.

Tacos & Tequila
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 1
Candela La Brea, Mid-Wilshire/Miracle Mile, Los Angeles

Sample tacos from various LA County restaurants and then down it with tequila this Thursday night in Los Angeles. General admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, and gets you in to one of two 90-minute sessions, 6:30-8:00 or 8:30-10:00. VIP admission costs $35 and starts at 6:00pm. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Avalon Restaurant Week
June 2-8
Avalon, Catalina Island

Some of Catalina Island’s most popular restaurants will provide specials on food this week. Contact your favorite restaurant to see what they will have going on during this period.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – San Diego
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 2
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 3
6:00 am – 2:30 pm, June 4
San Diego Convention Center/Balboa Park/Petco Park, San Diego

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

2017 Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
6:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 3
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4
Lake Skinner Recreation Area, Winchester

Taste wines and fly in hot-air balloons during this three-day festival out in the Temecula Valley. In addition, enjoy live music, local food, craft beer, and other forms of entertainment. Admission starts at $5, so see the website for more details.

12th Annual Lummis Day Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 2
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 3
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 4
Heritage Square Museum, Northeast Los Angeles

Catch music, dance, poetry, art, and more at this free multicultural festival this weekend in Northeast LA. Guests may park for free at the venue.

2017 San Diego County Fair: Opening Day
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 2
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar

The 2016 San Diego County Fair kicks off this Friday and will run until July 4th. General adult admission costs $18, while admission for seniors and children costs $11. Many promotions and coupons for admission exist – see the website for details.

1st Annual I3 Arts Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 2
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 3
Grand Park & Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles

An all-ages music & art event will take place in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. Events will take place at multiple locations, such as Grand Park and Pershing Square. While generally free to attend, some of the events have an entry fee – see the website for details.

30th Annual Brea SummerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 2
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 3
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 4
St. Angela Merici School, Brea

Brea brings all of the elements of a state fair into one weekend with their annual SummerFest. Find food, rides, live entertainment, games, vendors, and more at this weekend-long fair for the entire family. Guests may enter and park for free – please adhere all signs for parking and entering the fest.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

70th Annual Fish Fry & Carnival + 1st Annual Costa Mesa Car Show
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 2
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 3-4
Fairview Park, Costa Mesa

A free and all-ages local carnival & fair comes to Costa Mesa this weekend, complete with $10 fish dinners, a car show on Friday, games, rides, vendors, music, entertainment, and more.

2017 Newport Beach Jazz Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
10:30 am – 10:00 pm, June 3-4
Hyatt Regency, Newport Beach

Enjoy a weekend of jazz music in Newport Beach this week. Ticket prices range from $65 to $150 depending on how long you want to attend and what days.

2017 Horse Town Brew n’ Que Festival
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 3
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 4
George Ingall’s Equestrian Event Center, Norco

A weekend of barbecue and brews comes to Norco. On Friday, catch an opening night reception with sips and bites that costs $50 to attend. On Saturday, enjoy an all-day barbecue festival complete with food, beer, live music, and more – general admission costs $10, while admission with a beer wristband costs $30 and includes unlimited beer samples while supplies last. On Sunday, a special invite-only barbecue judging class will take place. Bring plenty of cash for food and parking, and dress for warm weather.

BuddhaFest LA 2017
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, June 2
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 3-4
Writers Guild Theater, Beverly Hills

Film, music, and meditation collide in a series of events this weekend in Beverly Hills. Ticket prices range from $15 to $185 depending on which event you want to attend.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 2-3
Lot 613, Los Angeles

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.

23rd Annual Inland Valley Street Rods Rally & Cruise
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 3
Euclid Avenue, Downtown Ontario

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Downtown Ontario.

2017 Huntington Beach Elks Chili Cook Off & Car Show
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 3
Huntington Beach Elks Lodge No. 1959, Huntington Beach

Check out classic cars, chili contests, raffles, vendors, arts & crafts, and more at this free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Huntington Beach.

17th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 3
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier

See hundreds of classic cars all for FREE at this all-ages car show on the streets of Uptown Whittier this Saturday. All of the businesses in Uptown Whittier will remain open under regular business hours. Interested visitors should park in the neighborhoods north of Hadley Street.

23rd Annual Studio Arts Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 3
Irvine City Hall, Irvine

Dozens of Southern Californian artists will display their work for the public to view at this FREE and all-ages event this Saturday in Irvine. In addition to all the art, the event will feature live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, live art, and more.

14th Annual Pacific Islander Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 3-4
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

Explore the cultures of the Pacific Islands all weekend at the Aquarium of the Pacific. For just the price of the aquarium’s general admission, guests of all ages will experience music, dancing, arts & crafts, ethnic cuisines, educational programming, storytelling, artisans, and more. Parking at the adjacent parking structure ranges from $5 to $10. The local Passport bus operates for free, so guests may ride public transportation to save money.

3rd Annual Los Angeles Bread Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 3-4
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles

They really will make a festival for just about anything. This weekend, check out a free all-ages festival dedicated to everything about bread. Tastes different types of bread, learn how to make bread, and even take some specialty breads home. I suggest parking in the Arts District and walking over, since the Arts District has free street parking in select areas.

2017 National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 3-4
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

This weekend in Pasadena, find hundreds of gluten-free samples, vendors, bloggers, authors, chefs, discounted products and more. Admission to the expo costs $20 for adults or $10 for children. The conference costs $45 for adults or $19 for children, and also provides a full conference experience with features such as complimentary breakfast, speakers, free goodies, and more.

4th Annual Belching Beaver Classic
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 3
Belching Beaver Brewery, Oceanside

Check out what Belching Beaver has going on this Saturday. For $20 admission, gain three 8oz beers and a raffle ticket, all while checking out all of the custom cars on display. No one under 21 may attend.

14th Annual Art Around Adams
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 3
Smitty’s Service, Normal Heights, San Diego

At this FREE and all-ages event, discover dozens of local artists and musicians along this stretch of two miles on Adams Avenue.

4th Annual East End Block Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3
East End, Santa Ana

Enjoy a variety of local music, art, sports, cars, and more for free this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana.

16th Annual Two Harbors Summer Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 3
Two Harbors, Avalon, Catalina Island

Sample dozens of wines at this wine tasting event on beautiful Catalina Island this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $45 for the event, but does not include transportation. Guests should take the Catalina Express that departs from San Pedro. View the website for details about how to travel to Two Harbors and which transports to take or not to take.

Zoo Brew
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 3
Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara

Enjoy beers from over 30 different breweries while gazing upon all the various exotic animals. General admission costs $60 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $100, starts at 2pm, and includes tray-passed appetizers. Bring extra cash for parking at the venue. No one under 21 may attend.

SCRD: V Town Derby Dames and OC Roller Derby
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 3
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

Nick Lamagna’s Birthday Bash
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 3
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Enjoy some tacos (while supplies last) and local punk rock this Saturday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $7, and includes all-you-can-eat tacos until they run out, so arrive early! No one under 21 may enter.

Carlos’s Birthday Bash
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, June 3
Bar 1650, Corona

Rock out to some local punk rock at this FREE show this Saturday night in Corona. No one under 21 may enter.

D.I. @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 3
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

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

Voodoo Glow Skulls @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 3
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 4
Fairplex, Pomona

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.

17th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4
The Autry, Los Angeles

Join thousands of bike riders and enjoy a day of riding, a fair, food, raffles, music, and more. Choose from any of eight different rides (two of them start from Shoreline Village in Long Beach) and head out. Registration costs will vary depending on the ride chosen, ranging from $50 to $80.

7th Annual Cruise for Kids Car Show
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 4
Farmer Boys, Rancho Cucamonga

Check out a free and all-ages car show in Rancho Cucamonga this Sunday morning.

3rd Annual Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
9:30 am – 1:00 pm, June 4
Granada Beach, Long Beach

Over 50 large vehicles will park along the beach at this free all-ages exhibit this Saturday morning. Food, drinks, vendors, live music, arts & crafts, and more will accompany this interactive event that allows guests to explore and take photos with large vehicles that people rarely get to see on a daily basis.

1st Annual Bruisers & Cruisers Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Chino Valley D.E.S. Club, Chino

Roller derby meets classic cars at this free and all-ages show this Sunday in Chino.

2017 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Granada Pavilion, Granada Hills

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.

5th Annual San Pedro Shred Festival of Skate
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Gaffey St. Lookout Point, San Pedro

Enjoy a day of skateboarding and live rock music at this FREE and all-ages event taking place in San Pedro this Sunday.

11th Annual Super Pet Adoption
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine

For just $2 admission, come see dozens of animals up for adoption, and potentially welcome a new member to your family.

24th Annual Balboa Island Parade
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 4
Balboa Island, Newport Beach

Free to attend for all ages, a parade will take place on Balboa Island this Sunday morning.

20th Annual SoRo Community Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Robertson & Cattaraugus, Los Angeles

This FREE and all-ages street fair takes place in West LA between Culver City and Beverly Hills. Attendees will find live music, a kids’ zone including rock-climbing, arts & crafts, food trucks, and more. Guests can park for free in the neighborhoods surrounding the fest.

33rd Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
11:30 am – 6:00 pm, June 4
Old Town Tustin

Once again taking over the streets of Old Town Tustin, this FREE street fair contains lots of activities to keep the entire family busy and full the entire day. Attendees will find arts & crafts, live entertainment, merchandise vendors, kids’ area, the multitude of chili teams, and much more. This event gets highly crowded each year, and while it requires no admission to enter, guests will end up parking on city streets a few blocks away. To sample chili, guests must purchase tickets for $2 each, and redeem these tickets at the chili teams for samples.

4th Annual Monrovia Music Fest
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 4
Library Park, Monrovia

Free to attend for all ages, Monrovia will have live music, a beer garden, mobile food vendors, arts & crafts, games, and more this Sunday afternoon.