2018 Kickoff Mixer by Project by Project – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 14
Mama Lion, Los Angeles
http://projectbyproject.org/

Network with people and enjoy light appetizers and drinks this Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Admission costs $12 presale or $20 at the door.

Los Angeles Magazine’s 3rd Annual Whiskey Festival
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, March 15
Museum of Flying, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/whiskeyfestival/

Sip on whisky samples and enjoy appetizers this Thursday night in Santa Monica. Admission costs $95 and gets you unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
March 16-18
The W, Hollywood
http://lafw.net/

The latest in fashion goes public this week in Los Angeles. Check the website for a list of all fashion events all over Los Angeles going on this week.

35th Annual San Diego Cake Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 16
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 17-18
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://sandiegocakeshow.com/

An all-ages expo for all things cakes and baked goods returns to San Diego this weekend. Classes, seminars, and contests/competitions will take place from Friday through Sunday. The vendor expo itself only takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Admission starts at $10 and goes up depending on what day you want to attend, your age, and what additional programming you wish to partake in.

Arcade Expo 4.0
2:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 16
11:00 am – 2:00 am, March 17
11:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 18
Arcade Expo, Banning
http://www.arcadeexpo.com/

Come see all things arcades at this weekend-long expo out in Banning. At this all-ages expo, see hundreds of different arcade machines, games, pinball machines, movies, seminars, vendors, food trucks, and much more. Admission varies depending on the date attending and age, ranging from $20 to $110, but all visitors get unlimited free play for all arcade games for the duration of the visit.

11th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 16
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://musinkfest.com/

Welcome to Musink, an all-ages music, tattoo, skateboarding, and pin-up festival that takes place at the OC Fairgrounds this weekend. Some of the largest names in punk rock will perform this weekend, such as Rancid and Bad Religion. Over 300 tattoo artists from around the world will fly in for the weekend. Tickets will remain on sale until the end of the fest on Sunday, so do not worry about not obtaining a ticket. Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so I highly recommend carpooling or getting dropped off.

Starpool’s 15th Anniversary Shows
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16-17
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://starpoolmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/106257280185805/

Get your skanking on this weekend in Santa Ana. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $12 each.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17
Worldwide

Too many places to name will do something special on this day, so check with your favorite local establishment to see what they have going on. Have a good time, and stay safe!

Veggiepalooza 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 17-18
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://fullertonarboretum.org/ps_veggiePalooza.php

Free to attend for all ages, a massive plant and vegetable sale will take place in Fullerton this weekend.

16th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, March 17
Parking lot east of Jack’s Beach Concession, Huntington Beach
http://eastweststrength.com/contest/

Free to attend for spectators, come watch a strongman competition down by the beach this Saturday morning.

L.A. Nature Fest
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, March 17-18
Natural History Museum, Exposition Park
http://www.nhm.org/naturefest

Learn about animals, plants, and more this weekend in Los Angeles. Admission ranges from $5 to $12, and provides full access to all of the exhibits and demos.

Claremont Pie Festival
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, March 17
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontpiefestival.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this street fair in Claremont this Saturday afternoon will have contests, demos, vendors, classic cars, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

24th Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 17
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://www.hbchamber.net/pages/st-patricks-day-parade1

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish-themed parade this Saturday in Downtown Hermosa Beach. The parade will run down Pier Avenue during this time, and local businesses will have plenty of specials for the thousands of visitors.

Akiba Day #11
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 17
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://akibaday.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1754939588149348/

Check out this free and all-ages meetup for fans of anime and manga. Expect to see a handful of cosplay here as well.

2018 West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 17
Tokyo Central, West Covina
http://esgvjcc.org/site/10-latest-announcements/225-2018-cherry-blossom-festival-2

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will find live entertainment, food, music, arts & crafts, and more.

Absolution Brewing Company’s 4th Anniversary Party
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 17
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
http://www.absolutionbrewingcompany.com/

Absolution Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of beer on tap for you to drink this Saturday. Free to attend, visitors will simply pay for beers as they go, or opt to purchase one of the beer packages. A $40 pass gets you unlimited firkin beer tasters from 1pm to 3pm, or four 20oz beer pours instead. Otherwise, the tasting room opens to the general public, where anyone can simply pay for individual beers just like normal business hours.

Phantom Carriage Brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Party
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 17
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/286765935185874/

Phantom Carriage turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of rare beers at their tasting room in Carson this Saturday. Unlike last year, they will not have a festival nor an admission fee – simply show up, buy the $15 anniversary glass, and then pay for beers as you go.

Gettin’ Lucky Burlesque
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 17
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with this themed burlesque show this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach. General admission starts at $10. No one under 21 may attend.

JFA – Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 17
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.jfamusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1661047057284966/

Rock out to some local punk rock music this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Logic Brewing 5th Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 18-24
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new beer daily, culminating with the release of their anniversary ale on Saturday. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k San Diego
6:00 am – 9:00 am, March 18
Petco Park, Downtown San Diego
http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego/

Run through Downtown San Diego this Sunday morning, and get lots of chocolate out of it, not just the hot drinkable kind. Registration costs $54 for the 5k or $74 for the 15k race.

33rd Annual Los Angeles Marathon
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 18
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://www.lamarathon.com/

The LA Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. If you intend to commute anywhere near this, plan your route accordingly.

8th Annual Adler Paddler
8:30 am – 1:00 pm, March 18
Naples Kayak Load & Launch, Long Beach
http://paddlewithpurpose.org/

A free and all-ages stand-up paddle race will take place in Long Beach this Sunday morning. They will have races as well as leisure paddling available.

Glitterfest Spring 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 18
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.

2018 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 18
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.

Comic Book & Collectibles Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 18
Claremont Packing House, Claremont
http://www.claremontpackinghouse.com/events

Free to attend for all ages, this event will feature dozens of vendors selling comic books, art, toys, games, and other memorabilia.

Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
10:30 am – 5:30 pm, March 18
Central Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbcbfest.com/

This free and all-ages festival takes place this Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find real cherry blossoms, live entertainment, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more.

San Diego Magazine’s Brunch Bash 2018
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 18
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2018/Brunch-Bash-2018/

Splurge on breakfast foods, beer, cocktails, coffee, and more this Sunday early afternoon in La Jolla. Tickets cost $50 per person and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Buellton Wine & Chili Festival
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, March 18
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, Buellton
http://www.buelltonwineandchilifestival.com/

Sample food, wines, beers, and more this Sunday afternoon in Buellton. The $45 admission gets you unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. Teenagers enter for $20, while children enter for $10. Minors receive unlimited food samples and non-alcoholic drinks.

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Orange County Restaurant Week
March 4-10
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

2018 All-Star Chef Classic
March 7-10
LA Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.allstarchefclassic.com/

This week, a slew a culinary celebrations will take place at LA Live in Downtown LA. Events range from formal dinners to strolling events (food fest style) to cooking classes & demos, and more. Admission starts at $25 and goes up depending on which event you want to attend.

16th Annual Southern California Linux Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 8-11
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale/16x

An expo for all things Linux comes to Pasadena this weekend. $20 gets you in to the expo floor to check out all the vendors and services.

22nd Annual Taste of Third
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 8
3rd Avenue b/t E St & G St, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/taste-of-third-avenue/

Stroll up and down Chula Vista’s 3rd Street and enjoy eats from the local shops this Thursday evening. Participation costs $20 and provides food and drink samples from participating businesses while supplies last.

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

13th Annual San Diego Cherry Blossom Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 9-11
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
http://www.niwa.org/cbf18

The Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego celebrates spring and Japanese culture. Guests can marvel at the beauty of the iconic cherry blossoms as well as the koi pond and waterfall at San Diego’s Japanese Friendship Garden. Visitors will also find an assortment of cultural performances, authentic Japanese street food, one-of-a-kind crafts & gifts, and a beer & sake garden for attendees to enjoy. The kids’ area offers hands-on arts & crafts and engaging activities. Admission costs $12.

2018 Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 9
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.

Into The Wild – OC Trail Run
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 10
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 10k or 21k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration for the 10k costs $55 presale or $60 on the day of the race. Registration for the 21k costs $75 presale or $80 on the day of the race.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10-11
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/

Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $18. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 10
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/142527236451622/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Garden Grove this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for a drink.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 10
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/

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!

Smorgasburg Saturday Pop Up on the Pier
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://la.smorgasburg.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/165877050722709/

Smorgasburg delivers a free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon on the Santa Monica Pier. Visitors will find all sorts of food vendors and booths serving up delicious and unique food and drinks.

Golden Years Vintage Market
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10
2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.cameoappearancevintage.com/golden-years-1

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.

Holi Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10-11
Whittier Narrows Park, South El Monte
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-of-colors-los-angeles-ca/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the Festival of Colors this weekend. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every hour. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

California Irish Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, March 10-11
Perris Auto Speedway, Perris
http://www.californiairishfest.com/

Celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by immersing yourself in the culture this weekend in Perris. Featuring authentic food, beer gardens, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, storytelling, merchandise vendors, athletic competitions, piping, and more, guests will find plenty to do here to remain occupied all day. Single-day admission costs $7.

OC Weekly’s Fresh Toast 2018
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, March 10
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.freshtoastoc.com/

Splurge on breakfast foods, beer, cocktails, coffee, and more this Saturday afternoon in Newport Beach. Tickets cost $40 per person and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual Orange County Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 10
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Dozens of microbreweries will gather here and pour all the beers that the guests can drink for the duration of the event. General admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm, while early bird admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. Tickets at the door cost $10 more. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

Best Coast Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 10
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://bestcoastbeerfest.com/

This looks like another big corporate beer festival, so stay wary. This one takes place in Downtown San Diego, land of some of the most popular breweries on the west coast. General admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $115, starts at 1pm, and includes access to a VIP area. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Wine Fest 2018
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 10-11
A Stone’s Throw Winery, San Juan Capistrano
http://ocwinefest.com/

A wine-tasting event comes to Orange County this weekend. General admission costs $70 and provides unlimited drink tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. All-access admission costs $100 and also provides exclusive access to select wines. Parking costs $5 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Taste of Bressi
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 10
Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, Bressi Ranch
http://www.bgccarlsbad.org/fundraising-events

Sample food, beer, wine, and more this Saturday afternoon in Carlsbad. Admission costs $48 presale or $55 at the door, and provides unlimited food while supplies last, and eight drink tickets good for beer or wine. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Montrose Spring Wine Walk
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 10
Montrose Shopping Park, Glendale
http://shopmontrose.com/montrose-spring-wine-walk/

Sample wines from over 20 stations hosted by the local merchants and businesses. Each location will serve red and/or white wines plus delicious appetizers for your enjoyment, along with complimentary bottled water. Guests will also enjoy live music and activities throughout the area. Tickets to participate cost $45 per person. No one under 21 may participate.

Electric Asian Night Market
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 10
All Souls Church, Alhambra
http://www.electricnightmarket.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/497179677345075/

The night market craze comes to Alhambra this Saturday night, free for all ages. Visitors will find lots of cultural food and drinks, as well as live music and other entertainment.

6th Annual Rock Star Beer Festival San Diego
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 10
Humphreys By The Bay, San Diego
http://www.rockstarbeerfestivalsd.com/

A corporate beer festival comes to San Diego this Saturday night. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Tustin Hangar Half Marathon & 5k
7:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 11
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
http://tustinhangarhalf.com/

A new race comes to cover the streets of Tustin this Sunday morning. Registration costs $110 for the half marathon or $35 for the 5k. Many streets in Tustin will close to vehicular traffic on Sunday, so plan your commute accordingly.

Santa Clarita Comic & Toy Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 11
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita
http://www.santaclaritacomictoyexpo.com/

Santa Clarita gets their own comics and toys convention this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $5 and includes free parking at the venue.

44th Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 11
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/44th-annual-festival-of-the-kite/

Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.

Beat Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 11
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://beatswapmeet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1619071004848360/

Free to attend with the donation of one canned food, this outdoor event will celebrate traditional music through vinyl, records, mix tapes, and other mediums of all genres.

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0
February 25 – March 3
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dineoutlongbeach.com/

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.

39th Annual Food Fare
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, March 1
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://pplafoodfare.com/

A high-class ritzy food-tasting event will take place in Santa Monica this Thursday. The afternoon session from 11am to 2pm costs $150 to attend. The evening session from 6:30pm to 9:30pm costs $250 to attend. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Parking costs $10 per vehicle. The website does not specify an age limit.

2nd Annual The Classic Auto Show
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 2
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 3
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.theclassicautoshow.com/

A new car expo debuts at the LA Convention Center this weekend. Come see all things automotive, from model cars to accessories and more. Tickets to this expo cost $25 presale or $30 at the door. Children may enter for $10. Parking at the convention center costs $20 per vehicle.

College & Food Truck Night
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 2
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/collegenight/

This Friday night, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach will open later than usual. They will have discounted admission for college students, and the aquarium will have gourmet food trucks parked outside to feed visitors.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 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).

18th Annual Japanese Food Festival
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 2
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 3
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, Los Angeles
http://www.japanfoodculture.org/japanese-food-festival/

$50 nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 3-hour Japanese food fest and a goodie bag. Guests will chow down on sushi, ramen, soba noodles, beef bowls, and more, while adults can sip sake, beer, shochu, wine, and more (alcohol not included with admission). During this time, a number of chefs will showcase cooking demos.

Tough Mudder Los Angeles 2018
6:00 am – 8:00 pm, March 3-4
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://toughmudder.com/events/2018-los-angeles

Tough Mudder needs no introduction – its legacy alone describes it in ways that words cannot. Expect to train hard this week, all leading up to madness this weekend.

3rd Annual Downtown Anaheim Community Yard Sale
8:00 am – 1:00 pm, March 3
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/

Local Anaheim residents will join in on a large communal yard sale in Downtown Anaheim this Saturday morning. Visitors can explore this event for free, while residents wanting to set up a spot to sell things must register for $10 per spot.

35th Annual Porsche & Vintage VW Literature, Toy & Memorabilia Meet
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 3
LAX Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.lalitandtoyshow.com/

See dozens of vendors this Saturday near LAX all exhibiting posters, brochures, toys, models, gifts, press kits, literature, accessories, and more for Porsches and vintage VW’s. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 per person.

5th Annual Los Angeles IPA Festival
9:30 am – 9:30 pm, March 3-4
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park
http://www.laipafestival.com/

Find over 60 different California-brewed IPA’s at Mohawk Bend this weekend during the LA IPA Fest. This event operates more like a tap takeover than a typical festival – instead of tickets, all 10oz beers cost $5 each, while souvenir glasses cost $5 each. Guests should park in the neighborhood north of Mohawk Bend.

Knife Expo 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 3-4
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.knifeexpo.net/

$12 gets you in to see dozens of vendors selling all sorts of knives.

Holi Festival of Colors – Riverside
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 3
Martha McLean Park, Riverside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-colors-riverside-ca/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every hour. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

11th Annual Holi on the Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 3-4
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://la-oc.aidindia.org/

For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale and $15 on the day of the event. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

Noble Ale Works 7th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 3
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://www.noblealeworks.com/
http://Noble7thAnniversary.eventbrite.com/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their seventh anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like previous years. General admission costs $50 and provides four hours of over 30 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. No one under 21 may attend this event.

2018 Spring Busker Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 3-4
Seaport Village, San Diego
http://www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/busker-festival

Basically, Circue du Soleil. This artful all-ages outdoor festival brings out performers of various entertainment trades (jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, etc) to entertain visitors. Free to attend, guests should seek alternate methods of transportation to arrive here, such as carpooling or public transportation, as decent parking will likely take a long time to find.

17th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 3
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.

4th Annual Air + Style Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 3-4
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://airandstyle.com/

Music and snowboarding collide at this extreme sports event this weekend in Los Angeles. Tickets to this concert start at $79 and go up depending on your mode of attendance.

Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience 2018
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 3
Empire Polo Fields, Indio
http://www.rwbexp.com/

Partying, loud music, and alcohol collide in one epic mashup in the desert this Saturday evening. Taking place where the famous Coachella and Stagecoach concerts occur, this all-ages concert will have stoner music, beer, wine, and overpriced food for you to indulge yourself and the kiddos with. Tickets start at $80 and go up to $325.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 4-10
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

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

So Cal All-Porsche Swap & Car Display 2018
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 4
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.lalitandtoyshow.com/related-events.html

Check out a bunch of classic cars this Sunday morning in Anaheim. Admission to this all-ages car show costs $10 per person.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 4
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

BrunchCon SD 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 4
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.brunchcon.com/

Spend some time this Sunday indulging in brunch goodies from scrumptious breakfast foods to tasty brunch beverages in San Diego. Multiple sessions will exist that each last three hours. Admission ranges from $65 to $90 depending on how much you intend to eat and drink, so check the website to see what admission works best for you. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Food & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 4
Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin
http://ocfoodandwine.com/

A new food & wine event comes to Orange County this Sunday afternoon. $100 gets you in to enjoy unlimited food and drink samples from all the participating businesses while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Like a flash, the 2018 Long Beach Comic Expo came and went this past weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. This convention for all things comics moved to the convention center’s Hall A, and visitors had to enter from the west side. The main operations of the expo had not changed – hundreds of local comic book writers and artists exhibited their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more, either for sale or for show. Elsewhere in other rooms around the Exhibit Lobby, a number workshops and seminars occurred, ranging from speaker panels to art workshops to live activities. Cosplay Corner returned to the expo as a part of the show floor as like in previous years. Nothing else drastic changed from the previous years of the Long Beach Comic Expo; however, I experienced lower attendance than usual this past weekend compared to previous years. Last year’s expo faced bad weather, but this past weekend had nice weather, in addition to a holiday weekend.

As a comic expo, we cannot forget about the diehard fans dressing up as their favorite fictional character. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into an art of fans sporting outfits and accessories to appear like another usually recognizable character. Mainstream characters such as Harley Quinn and Deadpool often get selected as the costume of choice due to the fast recognition by many fans, while lesser known characters tend to receive more praise by the fans who recognize the outfit. Check out this collection of the great costumes from the 2017 Long Beach Comic Expo. If you recognize any of these awesome people, please leave a comment with a URL to the person’s website or Facebook page, as well as the reference costume & photo! If the image links go down, click here for the album.

The Fall expo, the Long Beach Comic Con, returns in early September. The Fall event should return to the exact same location as this past weekend’s event, and generally has a greater turnout due to more famous people in attendance. Until then, keep an eye out for other similar expos, such as WonderCon at the end of March, or Anime Expo in early July. You have plenty of time to work up that unique and amazing DIY costume that everyone will want to take a picture of.

OC Roller Derby Orientation
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, February 21
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/ticketsevents/2018/2/21/new-skater-orientation

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance to join a league. Click the link to send your information to them, and then show up to orientation this Wednesday night in Huntington Beach.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 22-24
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

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.

QuiltCon 2018
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 22-25
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.quiltcon.com/

Check out all things quilts this weekend in Pasadena. Admission starts at $10 depending on when you want to attend and what programs you want to attend.

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Stereo Brewing Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 22
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/608620276146000/

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

Questival Adventure Race – Orange County
5:00 pm, February 23 – 7:00 pm, February 24
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://www.cotopaxi.com/products/questival-orange-county-2018

A 24-hour scavenger hunt takes place in Orange County starting this Friday night. All participants receive a backpack plus gear for the hunt. Winning teams may win trips, gear, cash prizes, and other rewards. Registration starts at $47.

San Luis Obispo Craft Beer Fest
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 23
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 24
Alex Madonna Expo Center, San Luis Obispo
http://www.slo-beer-fest.com/

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.

40th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run
7:30 am – 4:00 pm, February 24
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, February 25
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.firecracker10k.org/

Start off the new (Chinese) year right with this 5/10K Run/Bike race this weekend in Chinatown. The bike race takes place on Saturday, while the run takes place on Sunday. Registration prices range from $45 to $55. Various festivities will also take place in the Chinatown Central Plaza for most of the day.

7th Annual Whittier Area Classic Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 24
Whittier Area Community Church, Whittier
http://www.whittierareaclassiccarshow.com/

A free and all-ages car show and festival takes place in Whittier this Saturday.

27th Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 24
Valley Blvd & Garfield Ave, Alhambra
http://www.alhambranewyearfestival.com/

“Corporate America utilizes this venue to reach out to the Asian communities.” Meh. If you feel like checking out more Lunar New Year festivals, this free one will occur this Saturday afternoon on the street in Alhambra, blocking off traffic.

36th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 24-25
San Diego Chinese Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.sdcny.org/

Free and open to all ages, this family-friendly event will include lion dance performances, acrobatics, martial arts demos, live music, drumming, dancing, and more. Over 50 booths will sell merchandise and food, while some will feature crafts for families.

13th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 24-25
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://travelshows.com/losangeles

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $11 for one day, or $18 for both days.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 24
Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

This winter beer festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale or $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0
February 25 – March 3
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dineoutlongbeach.com/

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.

Valentine’s Day
February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day! Many businesses may offer special meals for this occasion, so check with your favorite local establishment to see if they have anything special to offer. This includes non-food places, such as museums.

18th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Festival & Big Band Blowout
February 15-18
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachjazzparty.com/

Lots of jazz music performances will take place in Newport Beach this week. Admission will greatly vary from $30 up to $495 – see the website for a full breakdown of admission and prices.

7th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, February 16-17
Citadel Outlets, Commerce
http://www.citadeloutlets.com/event/7th-annual-chinese-new-year-celebration/2145501484/

This weekend during the listed times, live dancers and artists from the Los Angeles Chinese Cultural Center will perform Chinese dragon dances, folk dances, and traditional songs & drum ceremonies.

37th Annual Tet Festival
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 16
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 17
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.tetfestival.org/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this family-fun festival this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Costing just $6 per person to enter, this festival will feature hundreds of booths selling merchandise, crafts, food, and more. Children will love all the rides available, while everyone will enjoy the music, dance, and parade. Parking at the venue costs $8 – see the website for additional info on where to park for free and take a shuttle.

12th Annual San Diego Tet Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 16
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 17
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 18
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://www.sdtet.com/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this festival all weekend at Mira Mesa Park in San Diego. Free to attend for all ages, this fest will feature many traditional music and dance performances, fashion shows, merchandise vendors, and plenty of food & drinks.

Chocolate & Art Show – Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 16-17
The Vortex, Los Angeles
http://chocolateandartshow.com/

Peruse through various works of art and sample chocolates this weekend near Downtown LA. Daily tickets cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Marvel-ous Infinity War Parody
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 16
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

A comic-themed burlesque show will take place in Downtown Long Beach this Friday night. General admission starts at $15. No one under 21 may attend.

25th Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 17-18
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.queenmary.com/events/scotsfestival/

Exhibit and explore Scottish culture this weekend at the Queen Mary’s annual Scottish Festival. Open to all ages, this festival will allow guests to experience Scottish music, dancing, athletic competitions, food, apparel, merchandise, and more. Plenty of activities will keep guests of all ages occupied, such as a kids’ zone and petting zoo for little ones, and a darts tournament and whiskey tastings for adults. Saturday ticket-holders also receive a discount for the ensuing Scottish music concert at night (see event below). Single-day tickets cost $25 for adults, while other ticket packages will vary in prices. Parking will get hectic, so I highly recommend taking the FREE Passport bus from downtown to here. As the majority of the fest takes place outdoors, I suggest applying sunscreen and dressing for outdoor weather.

2018 Long Beach Comic Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 17
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 18
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://longbeachcomicexpo.com/

Comic fans rejoice! The Long Beach Comic Expo returns for its annual installment at the Long Beach Convention Center this Saturday. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $50 for both days, giving guests all-day entry to the all-ages expo, where they can find plenty of merchandise, vendors, workshops, seminars, comic book signings/autographs, and more. Expect hundreds of cosplayers, as both exhibitors and attendees will dress up as their favorite fictional character. The convention center will sell food to hungry guests, but you can also check out the other great restaurants nearby if you get hungry, plus the bike fest going on across the street. Convention Center parking costs $10, so I suggest taking carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave and walking to the Convention Center.

Long Beach Mardi Gras
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 17
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://lbmardigras.com/

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!

119th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 17
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownla.com/wp1/event/chinese-new-year-festival-parade/
http://lagoldendragonparade.com/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year this Saturday in Downtown LA’s historic Chinatown at this free all-ages festival. All weekend, visitors will find arts & crafts, cultural merchandise, food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more. On Saturday early afternoon, a parade will roll through the area, closing off most streets around Chinatown to through-traffic. Guests can find plenty of free street parking up Spring Street or anywhere eastward.

2018 Huntington Beach Onesie Bar Crawl
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 17
Cruisers Bar & Grill, Huntington Beach
http://www.pubsinpajamas.com/

Drink with lots of people in outfits this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Admission starts at $15 and includes a drink and shot. No one under 21 may attend.

Throw Rag – Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 17
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://throwrag.com/
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1622862-throw-rag-long-beach/

Rock out to local punk rock bands in Long Beach this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Henny & Waffles Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 18
The Globe Theatre, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.hennyandwaffles.com/

This event will features lots of Hennessey and waffles. Admission will vary depending on when you want to show up and what you want to consume. Brunch from 1pm to 4pm costs $35 to attend. Unlimited mimosas during that time costs $15. The party afterwards going into the night will have various costs as well – see the website for a full list of prices. No one under 21 may attend.

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

51st Annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 9
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 10
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 11
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://cabookfair.com/

Discover hundreds of books this weekend in Pasadena. Presale admission costs $13 per day or $23 for the full weekend. Admission goes up by $2 at the door.

Lunar New Year Tết Festival 2018
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 9
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 10
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 11
SDCCU Stadium, San Diego
http://lunarnewyearfestival.org/

Celebrate Lunar New Year at this festival in San Diego this weekend. Visitors of all ages will find cultural food, vendors, rides, games, arts & crafts, music, entertainment, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $5 for adults and $4 for children.

Gamer Bowl, a GamerCon event
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 9
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 10
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 11
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.gamercon.com/

This weekend, check out an all-ages event featuring video games, board games, prizes, and other activities. Admission costs $17 for adults or $13.50 for children, and provides entry to the event for all three days.

12th Annual Croatian Cultural Extravaganza
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, February 9
3:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 10
10:30 am – 3:00 pm, February 11
St. Anthony Croatian Catholic Church, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1901040880178563/

A handful of Croatian events will take place near Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. Every event has different admission costs (some free) and age limits. Click on the event page linked above for details.

31st Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 10
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 11
The Reef, South Central Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef 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.

2018 Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 10-11
Del Mar Fairgrounds Wyland Center, Del Mar
http://gfafexpo.com/expos/san-diego

Find all things gluten-free and allergen-friendly at this expo in San Diego County this weekend. Adult admission costs $15 for one day or $25 for both. Children’s admission costs $5 for one day or $7 for both. Parking costs $13 per vehicle. Admission grants access to the entire expo floor, full of vendors, seminars, free goodies, and more.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Burbank Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 10
Burbank Town Center, Burbank
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/574540182895864/

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.

4th Annual Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 10
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 11
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.lacookiecon.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.

3rd Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 10
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://sglunarnewyear.org/

Celebrate the upcoming lunar new year with this FREE and all-ages festival in San Gabriel this Saturday afternoon. Visitors will find music, dance, art, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, tea garden, live calligraphy, fortune telling, and more.

Jav’s BBQ Grand Opening
11:30 am – 9:00 pm, February 10
Jav’s BBQ, Anaheim
http://www.javsbbq.co/
http://www.facebook.com/events/542970226087753/

Though already open to the public, this barbecue restaurant in Anaheim will hold its grand opening celebration this Saturday, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and live music all day. Free to attend, customers will receive chances to enter to win raffle prizes.

Cupid’s Undie Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 10
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/los-angeles/

Enjoy Valentine’s Day by running about a mile in your skivvies at this fun run in Santa Monica. Registration for this run costs $55 per participant, and anyone interested can also register as a team. For full rules and regulations, please see the official website linked above. No one under 21 may participate.

14th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 10
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/event/14th-annual-chocolate-festival/

The Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies. Completely free to attend, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest in front of Chase Bank. Guests may use these tickets to exchange for various eats & drinks from participating businesses in Belmont Shore.

9th Annual Brewbies Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 10
Bagby Beer Company, Oceanside
http://www.brewbies.org/

If you could not tell from the event name, this craft beer festival supports breast cancer research. Enjoy craft beer tastings from a multitude of breweries from across the nation during this four-hour tasting gala. General admission costs $45 presale or $60 at the door, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, souvenir bracelet, and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Absolutely no one under the age of 21 may enter.

4th Annual Port of Los Angeles Lunar New Year Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 10
Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://www.portoflosangeles.org/community/Lunar_New_Year_2018.asp

A free and all-ages event celebrating Chinese New Year comes to San Pedro this Saturday evening. Guests will find arts & crafts, vendors, a petting zoo, live entertainment, food, and more.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 10
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://downtownanaheim.com/events/ace/

Downtown Anaheim will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

14th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, February 11
Marine Stadium Park (north end), Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/bulldog.html

Surround yourself with cuteness this Sunday morning at the Bulldog Beauty Contest in Long Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests will see over 500 bulldogs in attendance, as many will strut their little legs on the red carpet runway. Each entry can win from any of 19 contests, some of which will cater to other dog breeds. Guests wanting seats at the runway will have to pay $5, while anyone wanting to enter their dog must pay $10 per entry.

Valley Retro Game Swap
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 11
Game Realms, Burbank
http://game-realms.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/147674192603218/

A swap meet for video games will take place in Burbank this Sunday, free to attend for all ages. The venue may also have some retro games available for play as well.

KSPC CD & Record Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 11
Smith Campus Center Ballroom, Claremont
http://kspc.org/cd-record-expo/

For $2 admission and free parking, enter a room full of music albums available for purchase. Interact with dozens of vendors selling all sorts of music, new and old.

4th Annual San Diego Fermentation Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 11
Leichtag Commons, Encinitas
http://sandiegofermentationfestival.com/

This annual all-ages festival showcasing Southern California’s bounty of artisanal foodmakers returns this weekend to a new, bigger location. This event will feature seminars, workshops, arts & crafts, activities, vendors, food & beverages, live music, and more. Regular admission costs $30 and provides access to food and non-alcoholic beverages, while a $45 admission will include ten tasters of craft beers and wines.

Anti-Flag – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 27, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 28, The Troubadour, Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30, Soma, San Diego
http://anti-flag.com/

Famous punk rock band Anti-Flag currently tours across the nation, and that tour will stop by Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Reverend Horton Heat – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The Reverend Horton Heat will headline some shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

2018 Surf City USA Marathon
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 2
9:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 3
6:00 am – 1:00 pm, February 4
Jack’s Beach Concessions, Huntington Beach
http://www.runsurfcity.com/

Running fever hits Huntington Beach this weekend. A health & fitness expo will take place all weekend, while the actual running events will take place Sunday morning. Registration starts at $149 and goes up depending on which course you intend to run. Many streets around this area will close to vehicular traffic, so plan your Sunday commute accordingly.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 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).

CoffeeCon LA 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 3-4
The Reef, South Central Los Angeles
http://www.coffee-con.com/

This weekend at CoffeeCon LA, indulge in all things coffee, from the classic beverage to coffee candy to coffee desserts to coffee foods and more. General admission costs $20 per day or $25 for both days.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Torrance Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 3
Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1943820199212948/

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.

Lunar New Year Festival 2018 in Monterey Park
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 3-4
Garvey Avenue, Monterey Park
http://www.lunarnewyears.com/

Celebrate Chinese New Year on the streets of Monterey Park this weekend. At this free and all-ages street fair, visitors can expect to find food, treats, vendors, arts & crafts, live entertainment, games, and more. Consult with the website to see where to park.

10th Annual Los Angeles Ska Wars
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 3
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/187666678477486/

Ska fans get their day this Saturday in Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages, headlined by The Slackers. Tickets to this concert cost $25 presale or $35 at the door.

U.S. Bombs – Live at the World Famous Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 3
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/121448028547142/

Famous punk rock band U.S. Bombs will headline a show in Anaheim this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

80s Prom Party
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 3
The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood
http://80spromparty.com/

Dress up in 80’s attire and party like they did in the 80’s this Saturday night in Hollywood. Admission costs $30. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 12-26
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

12th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 15-28
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://dinenb.com/restaurant-week/

This 14-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

14th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 21-28
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

1st Annual Taste of Alhambra Restaurant Week
January 22-28
Participating restaurants, Alhambra
http://downtownalhambra.com/event/taste-of-alhambra-june-22-28-2018/

Alhambra will host their first ever restaurant week this week. Over a dozen participating restaurants will have lunch and dinner specials – check with your favorite restaurant to see what they will have to offer.

1st Annual City of Tustin Restaurant Week
January 22-28
Participating restaurants, Tustin
http://tustinchamber.org/city-of-tustin-restaurant-week-1/

This week, a handful of restaurants in Tustin will have lunch and dinner specials. In order to receive these specials, you must purchase a wristband for $5 that will allow you to get the discounts. Check the website to see the participating restaurants and their specials.

3rd Annual Skacademy Awards
8:0 pm – 1:00 am, January 23
Soda Bar, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/149223139033578/

Southern Californian ska bands have banded together to throw an awards show dedicated to the booming SoCal ska scene. Various awards will go out to select bands, and a handful of ska bands will perform a set as well. The cover for this all-ages show costs $12.

15th Annual STARS of Santa Barbara
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, January 24
Leica Store & Gallery, West Hollywood
http://www.winela.com/starsofsantabarbara

Enjoy some wines and a silent auction in West Hollywood this Wednesday night. General admission costs $95, starts at 7pm, and includes unlimited wine and appetizer tastings while supplies last. VIP admission costs $195, starts at 6pm, and also includes a private dinner and wine tasting. No one under 21 may attend.

Animé Los Angeles 14
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 25
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, January 26-27
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 28
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.animelosangeles.org/

Anime & manga fans will not want to miss Animé LA this weekend, an expo with almost everything imaginable related to anime. From workshops to panels to demos to contests to live music to dances to adult content and more, Animé LA will surely contain something to sate your anime needs. A full weekend pass costs $70, while single-day passes range from $20 to $40.

Meat Up BBQ’s 3rd Year Anniversary
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 25
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1172914002840156/

Meat Up BBQ turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have special beers on tap, food specials, as well as an anniversary glass available to patrons this Thursday night. This event has no admission fee.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 25
Aurea Vista, Riverside
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

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

5th Annual San Diego Caffeine Crawl
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 26
9:00 am – 4:30 pm, January 27
10:00 am – 2:30 pm, January 28
Various locations, San Diego County
http://www.caffeinecrawl.com/san-diego-2018.html

Coffee lovers meet up this week at various locations in San Diego County. Like a pub crawl, attendees will select one of four routes, and explore a handful of coffee shops in select neighborhoods based on the route. Some routes may even include coffee beer!

2018 Golden State Tattoo Expo
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 26
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 27
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 28
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.goldenstatetattooexpo.com/

Check out hundreds of tattoo artists from around the globe at this tattoo convention this weekend in Pasadena. Admission costs $25 per day or $60 for the entire weekend.

Alex’s Bar 18th Anniversary Shows
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 26-27
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1606183-melvins-long-beach/
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1606185-adolescents-long-beach/

Long Beach’s Alex’s Bar turns eighteen years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have two nights of punk rock this weekend. Tickets to each of these show vary in price, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter.

Reverend Horton Heat – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 26, The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 27, The Rose, Pasadena
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 28, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The Reverend Horton Heat will headline some shows in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

SoCal Spartan Race Super & Sprint 2018
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 27-28
Prado Regional Park, Chino
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/2983/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Lake Elsinore. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $159 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Valencia Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 27
Westfield Valencia Town Center, Santa Clarita
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/353110771821987/

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.

APCA Asian Pacific Lunar New Year Festival
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 27
Mission Inn Courtyard, Downtown Riverside
http://lunarfestriverside.com/event-101/

At this free and all-ages festival this Saturday in Downtown Riverside, celebrate Lunar Yew Year with food, entertainment, vendors, merchandise, entertainment, arts & crafts, games, music, exhibits, fireworks, and more.

OC Weekly’s Viva Los Tacos
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 27
MainPlace Mall, Santa Ana
http://vivalostacosoc.com/

Stuff yourself with all the food and booze you can handle this Saturday in Santa Ana. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $55, starts at 12pm, and includes a goodie bag. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last, plus free parking. Although all-ages, anyone under 21 may not receive any alcoholic beverages.

Noods Noods Noods – SoCal Asian Food Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 27
eSports Arena, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.noodsfest.com/

Foodbeast returns with another food event this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana focused on Asian food. This event will operate much like their last few events. $10 gets you admission throughout the day into the area, where you can simply pay for food as you go. For the food fest experience, $60 gets you all-you-can-eat for four hours – two of these four-hour VIP sessions will take place, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

2nd Annual Los Angeles Beer & Food Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 27
Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake
http://labrewersguild.org/

The LA Brewers Guild will put on their first beer festival this Saturday afternoon in Silverlake. General admission costs $60 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass and unlimited food & beer while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Night On Broadway
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 27
Globe Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
http://nightonbroadway.la/

An evening of arts, culture and, entertainment arrives in Downtown LA this Saturday night. Check the website linked above for a full list of events, which details any admission fees or age limits.

2018 Los Angeles Uncorked Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 27
Union Station, Los Angeles
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/losangeles/

Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $60 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 5pm. 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.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 27
Fifty Seven Degrees, San Diego
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. No one under 21 may enter.

Anti-Flag – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 27, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 28, The Troubadour, Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30, Soma, San Diego
http://anti-flag.com/

Famous punk rock band Anti-Flag currently tours across the nation, and that tour will stop by Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Museums Free-For-All
January 28
Participating Museums, Southern California
http://www.socalmuseums.org/

This Sunday, participating Southern Californian museums will allows visitors in free of charge. Check the website linked above for a full list of participating locations.

Pasadena Comic Con & Toy Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 28
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenacomicandtoyshow.com/

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.

12th Annual CalComicCon
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, January 28
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.calcomiccon.com/

A small comic expo will come to Yorba Linda this Sunday. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10, and will contain dozens of comic artists and vendors.

Eagle Rock Brewery 8th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 28
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/

Eagle Rock Brewery turns eight this weekend, and to celebrate, the brewery will celebrate in style right at home at the tasting room. Guests pay $25 presale or $30 at the door to receive five drinks and a souvenir glass for this occasion. In addition, a handful of food trucks will stop by to serve the masses. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 12-26
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

12th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 15-28
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://dinenb.com/restaurant-week/

This 14-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

Mustard Plug – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 15, Slide Bar, Fullerton
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16, The Casbah, San Diego
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 17, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 20, The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.mustardplug.com/

Famous ska band Mustard Plug will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so check with the venues for details.

2nd Annual Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 20
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, January 21
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenahalf.com/

Pasadena gets their own half marathon this weekend. A health & fitness expo will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, free to attend to the public. The half marathon and 5k will take place on Sunday morning at the Rose Bowl. Many streets around the area will close to vehicular traffic on Sunday, so check the website to see if any of the closures will affect your day.

Agent Orange @ The Whisky A Go Go
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 19
The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/agent-orange-4/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Santee Active Lifestyle Expo
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, January 20
Santee Trolley Square, Santee
http://www.santeeactiveexpo.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this event in Santee will with athletic demonstrations, free breakfast (while supplies last), vendors, activities, live entertainment, workshops, and more.

4th Annual SoCal Retro Gaming Expo
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 20-21
Frank & Son Collectible Show, City of Industry
http://www.socalretrogamingexpo.com/

Immerse yourself in gaming nostalgia this weekend in the City of Industry. This all-ages event will feature all things about retro video games, from the games themselves to artwork, toys, merchandise, and more. Presale admission costs $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, or $30 for both days.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 20
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1896897423958463/

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!

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Oxnard Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 20
The Collection at RiverPark, Oxnard
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/320000541827735/

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.

Retro City Festival
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 20
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 21
Fairplex, Pomona
http://retrocityfestival.com/

Surround yourself with arcades, pinball machines, and retro video games this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona. $15 gets you in to enjoy unlimited play time for all the games on display.

Brews & Bros Craft Beer Festival 2018
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 20
Cable Airport, Upland
http://brewsandbrosfest.org/

Celebrate Last Name Brewery’s 15th anniversary with lots of beer this Saturday. This beer festival will have over 80 beers to sample, plus cider, wine, craft soda, gourmet food, live music, games, and more. General admission costs $50, starts at 1pm, and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 12pm, and also includes a bottle opener, preferred parking, and access to rare beers.

14th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 21-28
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

3rd Annual Ladyface Ale Invitational
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, January 21
Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie, Agoura Hills
http://www.ladyfaceale.com/

Lady Alehouse celebrates their eighth anniversary this weekend with lots of beer, both in-house and from guest breweries. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door, and gets you a souvenir glass and 20 beer tasters. Ladyface Alehouse will serve food at an additional cost to attendees. No one under 21 may attend.