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Halloween
October 31

Happy Candy Day! Have fun, and stay safe on this night.

Dia De Los Muertos 2016
October 31

Honor the deceased on this traditional day of remembrance. Many businesses will have specials and special activities on this day, so check with your local businesses to learn more.

Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 31
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/trick-or-treat/

Trick or Treat with the family in Belmont Shore for free! Local businesses will participate by handing out samples and candy during the evening.

Innovation Brew Works’ Costume Contest & Karaoke Night
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 31
Innovation Brew Works, Pomona
http://www.ibrewworks.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1242077055863823/

Cal Poly Pomona’s Innovation Brew Works will have some family-friendly activities this Halloween at their tasting room. Participate in a costume contest, and/or enjoy some karaoke. This event costs nothing to attend.

Halloween Night with Skapeche Mode
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 31
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/330753067316806/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages ska show this Halloween night in Downtown Fullerton.

The Adicts: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 31, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/theadicts
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 1, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://www.observatorysd.com/event/6914025
http://adicts.us/

Legendary punk rock band The Adicts currently tour across the west coast, and that tour will visit Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so click on a show’s link for prices.

Bad Religion: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 1, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/badreligion
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 4, Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/bad-religion-against-me-2/
http://www.badreligion.com/

Legendary punk rock band Bad Religion currently tours across the country, and that tour will end in Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so click on a show’s link for prices.

Eat Chow’s Santa Ana Grand Opening
8:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 2
Eat Chow, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.eatchownow.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1788219281445042/

This Orange County restaurant opens the doors of its third location to the public this Wednesday. Stop on by and check out their success.

The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 3
Thomas Winery Plaza, Rancho Cucamonga
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the first and third Thursdays of each month in Rancho Cucamonga. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

8th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 4-13
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

Rare Beer Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 4
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/rare-beer-breakfast-0

Indulge in breakfast foods and rare beers this Friday morning in Escondido. The $65 admission provides 15 3oz beer pours, a souvenir glass, and unlimited food while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual BlizzCon
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 4
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 5
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.blizzcon.com/

Dive into the world of Overwatch, Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This convention will have speakers, panels, vendors, artists, tournaments, demos, and more. The $199 tickets to attend the convention have sold out, but you may still purchase a virtual ticket to watch the convention from home for $40, which also includes some in-game items for select games.

2016 Revolution Bike Fest
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 4
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 5
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 6
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://revolutionbikefest.com/

A health and wellness festival comes to the hills of Irvine this weekend. More than just bikes, this weekend getaway involves yoga, meditation, hiking, speakers, music, food, and more. Admission ranges from $25 to $495 – check the website for a full breakdown of what each admission gets you.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 4
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).

34th Annual Irvine Holiday Faire
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 4
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 5
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-fine-arts-center/holiday-faire

For just $2 admission, gain access to over a hundred local artisans exhibiting their wares, from jewelry to apparel to accessories and more.

8th Annual Montebello Taste of the Town
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, November 4
Bagramian Hall, Montebello
http://montebellotaste.com/

Sample eats & drinks from various restaurants from Montebello this Friday night. General admission costs $45 presale or $60 at the door, and includes unlimited tastes while supplies last. VIP admission costs $85 and also includes VIP seating and a gift bag.

14th Annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 4
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 5
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://sdbw.org/guild-festival/

This beer festival coincides with San Diego Beer Week annually. This year, they have split the festival into two parts. On Friday, a special VIP reception will take place that will have brewers and business owners in San Diego meet together to discuss and enjoy beer. On Saturday, the standard beer fest will take place, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Prices vary depending on attendance – the VIP reception costs $75, the Saturday beer fest costs $40, an hour early access to that one costs $55, and a two-day pass costs $100. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 4
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 5
8:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 6
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.konseptproject.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1650342851657826/

This free and all-ages outdoors events features art, music, fashion, photography, live entertainment, and more, all rolled into one street fest.

The Dickies: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 4
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/531312403731898/

Legendary punk rock band The Dickies will headline a show in Corona this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste Talks Los Angeles
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 4
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 5
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 6
Various locations, Downtown Los Angeles
http://losangeles.tastetalks.com/

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

Catalina Island Triathlon & Duathlon
7:30 am – 1:30 pm, November 5
Avalon Pier, Catalina Island
http://renegaderaceseries.com/upcoming-events/eventdetail/14/catalina-island-triathlon-duathlon

Test your athleticism this Saturday on Catalina Island with a triathlon or duathlon. Registration starts at $120.

20th Annual Long Beach Veteran’s Parade
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 5
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://lbveteransdayparade.com/

Bring your family out to watch a parade to honor our nation’s veterans this Saturday morning!

Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 5
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton
http://www.discoverycube.org/oc/exhibits/pumpkin-launch/

At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.

Long Beach Airport’s Festival of Flight
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 5
Long Beach Airport, Long Beach
http://www.lgb.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=116

At this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Airport will have information about flight schools, commercial airlines, aviation history, and more. In addition, find food trucks, live entertainment, a mobile aquarium, and prizes from a handful of airlines that they have donated for visitors to win!

StyleCon 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 5
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.stylecon.com/

Dozens of fashion and makeup vendors will congregate at the OC Fair this Saturday afternoon. Admission starts at $39 and gets you access to all of the booths on the show floor. The more you pay for admission, the more goodies you get.

ComplexCon 2016
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 5-6
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://complexcon.com/

If you see it on television or hear it on the radio, it will appear at ComplexCon this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Check out all things popular and conformed for $45 per day to access the expo floor. Concert tickets start at $75, which you must pay for on top of the expo pass.

California Dapper Day
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 5-6
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://dapperday.com/fall-2016-disneyland-ca

Exhibit your style and profile this weekend at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. The Dapper Day Expo will take place in the Disneyland Hotel on both days, free to attend for the public. This all-ages expo will have dozens of style vendors and services available for the public to check out. On Sunday, Dapper Day attendees will take to Disneyland Park for a day of fun and excitement.

2nd Annual Escondido Tamale Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 5
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://www.escondidotamalefestival.org/

Indulge on tamales at this FREE and all-ages festival this Saturday in Escondido. This event will features dozens of food vendors, live entertainment, vendors, arts & crafts, and more. Everything comes at cost, so guests should bring plenty of cash for this day. A special VIP package costs $35 that includes exclusive gourmet tamales along with craft beer and wine pairings.

Ritual Brewing’s 4th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, November 5
Ritual Brewing, Redlands
http://ritualbrewing.com/

Ritual Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have festivities at their tasting room in Redlands this Saturday. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive an anniversary glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend this event.

3rd Annual Orange County Halal Food Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 5
Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove
http://www.isocmasjid.org/

Free to attend for all ages, this food festival in Garden Grove will have lots of Halal food around. Visitors will also find live entertainment, vendors, children’s entertainment, and more.

Alosta Brewing 3rd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 5
Alosta Brewing, Covina
http://alostabrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/538306356375022/

Alosta Brewing has completed three years in the beer industry, and to celebrate, they will hold two beer tasting sessions this Saturday: 12-4pm and 5-9pm. Each session costs $30 to attend, and includes a souvenir glass, 12 beer half-pours (can use two to make a full pour), and three raffle tickets. Bring in a canned good to donate to receive an additional two half-pours and two raffle tickets. Alosta will bring on live entertainment, food vendors, and a special anniversary brew. No one under 21 may attend.

Balboa Craft Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 5
Balboa Village, Newport Beach
http://www.balboabeerfest.com/

Enjoy beach weather and craft beer this Saturday afternoon near Balboa Island. General admission costs $65, and includes unlimited beer AND food. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression Arts & Music Festival
1:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 5
Secret location, Arts District, Los Angeles
http://www.ladecom.com/

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

SoCal Food & Brew Fest
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 5
Ramona Mainstage, Ramona
http://www.ramonamainstage.com/socal-food-brew-fest/

$89 gets you unlimited food and beer while supplies last in northeast San Diego County this Saturday evening.

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, November 5
Eat Drink Americano, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/wcc

Indulge in a cheese, chocolate, and wine pairing session this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA. Admission costs $69 per person, and includes all foods and wines that attendees will enjoy. No one under 21 may attend.

Corrupted Youth Official Music Video Shoot ” Class Struggle”
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 5
Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1355677-concrete-jungle-los-angeles/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Silverlake. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

26th Annual SOS Celebrity Chef Dinner & Auction
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 5
Hyatt Regency, Huntington Beach
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

Enjoy a five-course dinner with wine pairings this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Attending this luxurious dinner costs $275 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

The Color Run 5k – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 5
StubHub Center, Carson
http://thecolorrun.com/night/locations/los-angeles/

The color run that started it all returns to Carson this Saturday night. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $55 per solo participant. Waves of runners will start at 6:30pm and launch every few minutes following that for up to an hour, so do not fret about getting there on time.

D.O.A. – Live at Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 5
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/244893722574423/

Legendary hardcore punk band D.O.A. will perform in Costa Mesa this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 6
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.

CCA CAL Orange County Chapter Crawfish Boil
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 6
Cypress Community Center, Cypress
http://www.ccacalifornia.org/cca-cal-orange-county-chapter-crawfish-boil/

Enjoy a traditional crawfish boil this Sunday afternoon in Cypress. Admission costs $60 per person and provides all of your food and drinks.

11th Annual Taste of University Heights
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, November 6
Buddha’s Light Bookstore, University Heights, San Diego
http://www.uhcdc.org/

Sample eats from the local businesses of University Heights this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $20 and gets you unlimited food samples from participating businesses while supplies last.

3rd Annual San Diego Cheese & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 6
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sdcheesefest.org/

Indulge in gourmet cheeses and craft beers this Saturday afternoon in Liberty Station in San Diego. General admission costs $45 and includes unlimited cheese samples and 15 beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Dia de los Muertos Fiesta
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 6
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2016/11/6/day-of-the-dead-festival

Free to attend for all ages, a Dia de los Muertos festival will take place in Fullerton this Sunday afternoon complete with arts & crafts, games, activities, entertainment, food, and more.

Rock & Brews 6th Annual Craft Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 6
Rock & Brews, El Segundo
http://www.rockandbrews.com/location/el-segundo/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rock-brews-6th-annual-beer-fest-tickets-26761334873

$45 gets you in to enjoy ten 6oz beers, plus full access to a buffet. No one under 21 may attend.

Pig Roast 4505
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 6
Mikkeller Brewing, Miramar, San Diego
http://4505meats.com/
http://pigroast4505.brownpapertickets.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of tacos, chicharonnes, and beer this Sunday in San Diego. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, and includes a full plate of food, one pint of beer plus a bonus taster shot, and all the chicharonnes you can eat plus more to take home. No one under 21 may attend.

The Aggrolites @ Slide Bar
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 6
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.aggroreggae.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/193406577768356/

The Aggrolites will perform a FREE all-ages show this Sunday evening in Fullerton.

Knotty Brewing Grand Opening
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 14
Knotty Brewing, San Diego
http://knottybrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/124796707970223/

A new brewery opens their doors to the public this Wednesday evening in Downtown San Diego. Free to attend, they will have Happy Hour specials from 4pm to 7pm, then $3 pints afterwards.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
Downtown Pacific Beach
http://www.pacificbeach.org/

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

Subhumans: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 14, The Garage, Ventura http://www.facebook.com/events/615121195330468/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1265227-subhumans-special-guests-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2557
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 17, Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1238043-subhumans-los-angeles/

Legendary punk rock band Subhumans currently tours across the west coast, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

2016 Taste of Downtown San Diego
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 15
Rustic Root, San Diego
http://www.downtownsandiego.org/events/annual-taste-of-downtown/

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

3rd Annual SDBG Golf Tournament
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 16
Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewersguild.org/calendar/297-3rd-annual-sdbg-golf-tournament

Play golf and drink craft beer at this charity golf tournament this Friday in San Diego. Registration for this event filled up a while ago, so if this event looks interesting to you, bookmark it for next year!

6th Annual Los Angeles Green Festival Expo
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 16
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 17-18
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.greenfestivals.org/

Explore the future of sustainability at this expo in Downtown LA this weekend. Visitors will encounter hundreds of vendors from food to tools and more. Adult admission costs $12 for one day, $22 for Saturday & Sunday, or $35 for all three days. Children enter for free with paid adult admission.

18th Annual Sand Sports Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 17
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.sandsportssupershow.com/

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

Savor Santa Ana
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 16
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/

Santa Ana gets their very own strolling tasting event this Thursday night! Folks who have attend any Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor will already know the drill. To participate, simply show up, buy a booklet of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem those tickets at participating restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana for yummy samples. In addition, the weekly Downtown Santa Ana farmer’s market will also take place, allowing visitors to browse those wares as well.

California Beer Festival – Ventura
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 16
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, September 17
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 18
Mission Park, Downtown Ventura
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

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

Bubbles & Botanicals
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 16
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Bubbles-and-Botanicals/

$25 gets you in to the Fullerton Arboretum this Friday night with champagne and appetizers while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden’s 35th Anniversary
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 16
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Long Beach
http://web.csulb.edu/~jgarden/aboutus/event.html

Enjoy an elegant evening in Long Beach this Friday complete with food stations, live music, a silent auction, and more. Admission costs $70.

Rebel Bingo
8:00 pm – 11:30 pm, September 16
333 Live, Los Angeles
http://rebelbingo.com/

If you think you know bingo, think again. This psychedelic interactive party takes bingo to extremes. Expect loud music, alcohol, dancing, intoxication, almost-naked people, and much more that you would not tell your grandparents about.

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

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

19th Annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 17-18
Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado
http://www.fleetweeksandiego.org/events/fleet-week-coronado-speed-festival/

This all-ages event features fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts at one of the most distinctive race track locations, Naval Air Station North Island, the birthplace of Naval Aviation. Nowhere else can you see a variety of cars racing on a live runway used by the U.S. Navy! The two-day festival includes a military pit crew challenge, car show, garage tours, test drives, a vendor village, a stunt show, a special appearance by Red Bull’s Geoff Aaron, and more. General admission presale costs $25 for one day or $35 for the weekend, while tickets at the door will cost $10 more.

12th Annual Moompetam: Native American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 17-18
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/moompetam/

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

2016 Long Beach Comic Con
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 17
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 18
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/

Come to the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Fans of comic books, pop culture, cartoons, media, anime/manga, and more will find lots to do, see, and buy at this expo. Saturday costs $30, while Sunday costs $25. Downtown Long Beach contains very few free parking, so either park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or take public transportation from elsewhere.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 17
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/477814222343426/

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!

3rd Annual LA River Boat Race
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
Behind Elysian, Los Angeles
http://paddleguru.com/races/LARiverBoatRace

Put your rowing skills and core to the test at this rowing race this Saturday along the LA River. They will have a fun course for those who simply want to participate, and a competitive course for those who want to win.

2016 Long Beach Triathlon & Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
4:00 am – 10:00 am, September 18
Marina Green, Downtown Long Beach
http://thelongbeachtriathlon.com/

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

Huntington Beach Surf City Days
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17-18
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/surf-city-days2.html

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

9th Annual Orange County Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 17-18
Central Library Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.pacifichealthpartners.org/

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

San Diego Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 17-18
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://womensexposandiego.com/

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

Book Lovers Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 17-18
Whimsic Alley, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1664090557240632/

Free to attend for all ages, check out dozens of vendors selling books, literature accessories, and more.

San Diego Gourmet Pizza Fest
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 17
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegopizzafest.com/

$35 gets you in to this tasting event where you get to try samples of gourmet pizzas from throughout San Diego County while supplies last. Admission also includes seven craft beer samples. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 17
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.folkrevivalfestival.com/

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

2nd Annual Sundown Music Festival
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 17-18
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://sundownmusicfest.com/

Party on the beach with music, art, booze, wild women, and more this weekend in Huntington Beach. Admission costs $75 for one day or $139 for both days. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual OC Fest of Ales
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 17
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.festofales.com/

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

Summer Send Off Beer Festival 2016 + Inland Empire Beer Week 2016 Kickoff
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 17
Riverside Municipal Airport, Riverside
http://www.iebrewersguild.org/

A beer festival will take place in Riverside this Saturday afternoon to mark the close of the summer season as well as kick off this year’s Inland Empire Beer Week. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass and unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Montebello Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 17
Montebello City Park, Montebello
http://www.keepingtheculturealive.com/

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

4th Annual Brewer’s Chili Cookoff
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 17
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/297307097296910/

A handful of Southern Californian breweries will collide at Select Beer Store this Saturday for an all-day chili cookoff featuring chili made by the brewers as well as beers from the breweries on tap. Chili tasting starts at 4pm, while the beers will flow all day.

Grand Opening of Ocean Beach Tasting Room & Sour Bottle Release
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 17
Belching Beaver, Ocean Beach
http://belchinbeaver.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/327941934215714/

Belching Beaver will open the doors to the public at their new location in Ocean Beach this Saturday, and they will also release a new sour ale as well. This grand opening event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

3rd Annual Horton’s Hayride
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
S. S. Lane Victory, San Pedro
http://www.hortonshayride.com/

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

Downey International Food & Music Festival 2016
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 17
Downey Ave & 3rd St, Downey
http://www.discoverdowney.org/ifmf

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

78th Annual LA Chinatown Moon Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 17
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=554

Chinese Thanksgiving celebrations continue this Saturday in Chinatown with their annual Moon (Cake) Festival. Free to attend for all ages, participants celebrate by eating mooncakes, mini pastries that may contain up to 2,000 calories each. In addition, guests can see kung fu demos, lion dancers, live music, food trucks, ping pong tournaments, and more. Guests can find free street parking beyond Spring St. or close to LA State Historic Park.

OC Roller Girls – School of Hard Blocks
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 17
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/

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

3rd Annual Taps & Tapas Craft Beer & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 18
Fiesta Hall, Uptown Whittier
http://www.tapsandtapaswhittier.com/

Savor the local flavor of Uptown Whittier at this food & beer tasting event this Sunday afternoon in Uptown Whittier. At this event, attendees will get treated to eats from over 20 local restaurants and sips from over 30 different craft beers from over 20 different breweries. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2:30pm, while VIP admission costs $80 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Craftoberfest
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 18
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/oktoberfest/

This Sunday afternoon, instead of the usual German beers, Torrance’s Alpine Village will have a handful of craft beers for their Oktoberfest event. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door, and gets you ten 2oz beer pours plus admission to the Oktoberfest celebration. No one under 21 may attend.

Coincidentally landing at the end of American Craft Beer Week, Hangar 24 Brewery celebrated their 8th anniversary with their inaugural AirFest and beer festival at Redlands Municipal Airport this past weekend. This anniversary celebration took place just across the street from the Hangar 24 tasting room, allowing guests to roam much of the airport grounds to view all the airplanes on exhibit, and check out all the food and beer available. All around the festival area, all of the attractions evenly spread out, from the food vendors to the beer tents to the airplanes on display and more. Throughout the day, live music would occur on the main stage, and various aerial acrobatics would occur overhead, demonstrating cool stunts performed in airplanes.

Although physically organized similarly to previous years, a clear separation of two halves of the airport existed. Guests entered on the eastern side, which basically represented the “all-ages” side what with the kids’ zone, activities, entertainment, and aviation exhibits. Upon moving over to the western side, we start to see a clear depiction of a typical crowded beer festival what with the crowds and the empty beer cups littered across the ground. With thousands of people gathered mostly to this western side, I could barely manage enough time to get one beer from the limited release booth, which had already run out of most of their beers.

After dredging through the waves of people on the beer side, I return back to the east side to enjoy some aerial acrobatics.

At around 5:30pm, we got treated to a special performance by the Just In Time Skydivers.

Following the skydiving spectacle, we got to see some more aerial acrobatics.

As a special treat, we got to see a muscle bi-plane race against a jet car. As Mythbusters once proved, the plane wins because the car has to face friction, which slows it down tremendously. No surprise here: the plane won the race.

Lastly, the Patriots Jet Team treated everyone to a magnificent air show complete with dazzling red, white, and blue trails.

Coincidentally coinciding with the end of American Craft Beer Week, Hangar 24 Brewery will celebrate their 8th Anniversary this Saturday with their inaugural AirFest taking place at Redlands Municipal Airport. Located across the street from the tasting room, this all-ages gathering covers almost the entire airport area, sans the runway, with dozens of tents & trucks pouring lots of beer. Admission starts at $8, with various tiers and prices that offer different amounts of beer and other perks, including a VIP tent that sits right up front for the viewing of the air show. Strewn throughout the area, in addition to the various tents and trucks pouring beer, the airport crew sets out vintage planes that guests can inspect and gaze at, and they also open some of the hangars so guests can tour the airport. Guests can climb into some of the planes for photo opportunities as well. Throughout the day, local bands play live music, and pilots put on aerial acrobatics shows, providing more than enough entertainment for the crowd. A kids’ play zone will keep the little ones busy while the adults go to drink elsewhere. Free parking means that guests can leave and return at their leisure, provided that they leave their wristbands on. With so much ground to cover, so much beer to drink, and so much else going on, no guest should ever feel bored the entire day.

If you have ever attended the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, you will surely remember the beautiful sunset over the mountains and palm trees. While this airport has no palm trees, its location by the mountains yields a spectacular sight as night falls and the sun produces an entrancing glow over the horizon. This almost makes you want to go to Hangar 24 one day in the evening just to witness the sunset from the tasting room.

5th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
November 1-8
Lake Forest
http://www.lakeforestbusiness.com/148/Shop-Dine

Explore the local businesses of Lake Forest during this eight-day period. Various restaurants and shops will have specials this week, which will culminate with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, November 8th.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 1:00 am, November 4
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/575037072643741/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 6-15
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

9th Annual BlizzCon
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 6
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 7
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.blizzcon.com/

Dive into the world of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This convention will have speakers, panels, vendors, artists, tournaments, demos, and more. The $199 tickets to attend the convention have sold out, but you may still purchase a virtual ticket to watch the convention from home for $40.

Firestone Walker Tap Takeover @ Blue Palms Brewhouse
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 6
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/156981964651366/

Firestone Walker will take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or more.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 6
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).

33rd Annual Irvine Holiday Faire
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 6
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 7
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/news-article/holiday-faire

For just $2 admission, gain access to over a hundred local artisans exhibiting their wares, from jewelry to apparel to accessories and more.

7th Annual Montebello Taste of the Town
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, November 6
Bagramian Hall, Montebello
http://montebellotaste.com/

Sample eats & drinks from various restaurants from Montebello this Friday night. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and includes unlimited tastes while supplies last. VIP admission costs $75 and also includes VIP seating and a gift bag.

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 6
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 7
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://sdbw.org/guild-festival/

This beer festival coincides with San Diego Beer Week annually. This year, they have split the festival into two parts. On Friday, a special VIP reception will take place that will have brewers and business owners in San Diego meet together to discuss and enjoy beer. On Saturday, the standard beer fest will take place, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Prices vary depending on attendance – the VIP reception costs $75, the Saturday beer fest costs $40, an hour early access to that one costs $55, and a two-day pass costs $100. No one under 21 may attend.

The Fall of Troy: Adventour Time
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 6, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/886537-fall-troy-pomona/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 7, Fonda Theatre, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/278768
http://thefalloftroy.com/

Post-hardcore band The Fall of Troy currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week with these two shows this weekend. Ticket prices for these all-ages shows depend on the location, so click on a show’s link above for details.

Brick Top Blaggers @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 6
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://tikibaroc.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1419721455013964/

Get your Irish jig on this Friday night at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/980263-secret-affair-long-beach/

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests. No one under 21 may enter.

Buck-O-Nine: Live in Rosemead
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, November 6
Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead
http://www.buckonine.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/984530791598059/

Ska-punk band Buck-O-Nine will headline a show in Rosemead this Friday night. They have not specified the cover fee for this show yet. No one under 21 may enter.

Wipeout Run – Orange County
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 7
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine
http://wipeoutrun.com/

ROC Race has transformed into Wipeout Run based on the hit TV show, and it arrives in Orange County this Saturday. This obstacle course comes complete with obstacles from various similar TV shows to create a wacky race full of challenges and amusement. Anyone 13 and up can register to participate in this untimed obstacle race, and all registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Following the race, stick around for food trucks, a beer garden, and live music from DJ’s and local bands. Registration costs $65 through Friday, and $75 on the day of the event. Bring extra cash with you for parking, food & drinks, and other merchandise.

20th Annual Uptown Whittier Art & Antique Fall Street Faire, Miss Uptown Whittier Contest, and 1st Annual Uptown Chili Showdown Cooking Contest
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7
Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2015-fall-art-antique-faire/

Uptown Whittier will play host to a plethora of free and all-ages events this Saturday. Their annual antique street fair returns that allows visitors to peruse the dozens of booths to find various goods to buy. Uptown Whittier will also crown next year’s Miss Uptown Whittier during this time. As for something new, Uptown Whittier will hold a chili cookoff for anyone to enter their chili in to win cash prizes.

6th Annual Fall Pet Days
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7-8
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx

This weekend-long event focuses on pet care, pet adoptions, pet services, and more about pets. Donate two cans or one bag of unopened dog or cat food to enter for free; otherwise, admission costs $5.

19th Annual Long Beach Veteran’s Parade
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 7
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://lbveteransdayparade.com/

Bring your family out to watch a parade to honor our nation’s veterans this Saturday morning!

Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 7
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton
http://www.discoverycube.org/oc/exhibits/pumpkin-launch/

At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.

Rock n’ Ride for Veterans
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 7
Downey Civic Center, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/discover/rock_n_ride_for_veterans.asp

Join in on a bike ride this Saturday in Downey and enjoy the sights, live entertainment, children’s activities, and more. Participants, may choose to ride for six miles or 32 miles.

1st Annual San Diego Mac N’ Cheese Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 7
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomacncheese.com/

As the event name suggests, this event allows you to stuff yourselves full of macaroni & cheese. Admission costs $35 and provides you with unlimited access to all the mac & cheese available from the dozens of food vendors available. In addition, all attendees receive ten drink tickets good towards craft beer and/or wine tasters. No one under 21 may attend.

24th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 7-8
El Pueblo De Los Angeles, Los Angeles
http://filamarts.org/

This all-ages Filipino festival will have food, drinks, arts & crafts, music, dance, merchandise, and more. New this year, visitors can now enter for FREE. Do take into consideration the commute and parking for the new location in Downtown LA.

Long Beach Airport’s Fly-In ’15
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7
Long Beach Airport, Long Beach
http://www.lgb.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=101&TargetID=1,2,3,7,8,6,11,12,13,14,5,15,16,4,17,18,19

At this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Airport will have information about flight schools, commercial airlines, aviation history, and more. In addition, find food trucks, live entertainment, a mobile aquarium, and prizes from a handful of airlines that they have donated for visitors to win!

The Hard Core Cider Tour: Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 7
Brookside Park, Pasadena
http://www.hardcorecidertour.com/los-angeles/

Ciders have their day at this cider-tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena. Featuring over 100 different ciders from over 40 cider makers, this tasting extravaganza will surely please all palates. General admission costs $45 and provides unlimited tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Alosta Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 7
Alosta Brewing, Covina
http://alostabrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1537094246580569/

Alosta Brewing has completed two years in the beer industry, and to celebrate, they will hold two beer tasting sessions this Saturday: 12-4pm and 5-9pm. Each session costs $30 to attend, and includes a souvenir glass, 12 beer half-pours (can use two to make a full pour), and three raffle tickets. Bring in a canned good to donate to receive an additional two half-pours and two raffle tickets. Alosta will bring on live entertainment, food vendors, and a special anniversary brew. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Beer Week @ Select Beer Store
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/865859633509985/

Unable to make it down to San Diego this weekend? Head on over to Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Saturday where they will tap many different San Diego beers for your enjoyment. No admission or cover charge required – simply show up, and enjoy some cold ones.

5th Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/740279252715225/

This free and all-ages outdoors events features art, music, fashion, photography, live entertainment, and more, all rolled into one street fest.

5th Annual Wedge Artisanal Cheese Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 7
Downtown Escondido
http://wedgeescondido.com/

If you love cheese, you will not want to miss this cheese festival. Admission costs $45 and provides access to over a dozen different places to sample gourmet cheeses and receive craft beer or wine pairings with them. As a self-guided tour, no one under 21 may participate, but they may continue to access all areas.

The Menzingers – On Tour
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 7, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2015
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 8, The Echoplex, Echo Park http://www.theecho.com/event/900179-menzingers-mewithoutyou-los-angeles/
http://themenzingers.com/

Punk band The Menzingers currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link above for details.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 7
57 Degrees, Middletown, San Diego
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/382246155302890/

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.

Free Ska-Punk Show in Anaheim
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 7
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/160152087669112/

Enjoy a FREE all-ages ska-punk show at Out Of The Park Pizza in Anaheim this Saturday night.

The Briefs: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, November 7, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/222041
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 8, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/956701-briefs-long-beach/

Rock out to punk rock bands this weekend in Pomona and/or Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque @ Malones Santa Ana
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm, November 7
Malones, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1074302839248221/

Enjoy a raunchy burlesque show this Saturday night in Santa Ana. The cover for this show ranges from $5 to $10. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 8
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.

16th Annual Japanese Food Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 8
Hilton, Universal City
http://www.jraamerica.com/food-festival

$80 nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 4-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. The parking lot across the street normally costs $5 to park, but sometimes this price changes, so have cash ready.

Hub City Stompers – Left Coast Recrod Release Party
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 8
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/223021

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Pomona this Sunday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

6th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 7-16
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

Dropkick Murphys – Celtic Punk Invasion Tour
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, November 10
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004D231ABC24FE&oid=0

The Dropkick Murphys currently tour across the world, and they will play the final Southern California show of the tour tonight. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $40.

7 Seconds @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 11
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/180331

Punk rock legends 7 Seconds will end their Fall 2014 tour in Long Beach this Tuesday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba Ave or the neighborhood across the street.

OB Warehouse Grand Opening
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 12
OB Warehouse, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.pacificsandiego.com/ob/

Check out a new experience in culinary indulgence at this grand opening gala this Wednesday night. The venue will provide complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, ciders, live music, live tattooing, and more.

Hot Water Music, Dave Hause, and The Flatliners – On Tour
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 12, The Irenic, North Park, San Diego http://theirenic.com/events/hot-water-music-w-dave-hause-the-flatliners/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 14, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Hot-Water-Music
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 15, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/661923-hot-water-music-los-angeles/

Hot Water Music will end their tour in California this week with three shows in Southern California. Each show has its own age limit and ticket price, so click on a link for more information about that particular show.

The Misfits: On Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 12, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura http://www.venturatheater.net/event/617387-misfits-ventura/
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 13, House of Blues, West Hollywood http://concerts.livenation.com/event/09004CFC0920604A
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 14, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004CCEF552B668&oid=0
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, November 15, Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside http://concerts.livenation.com/event/0B004D2965C110A4
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 16, House of Blues, San Diego http://concerts.livenation.com/event/0A004CC2E12B7A3E

Just like they do this time of the year every year, The Misfits will perform at countless international shows as part of their yearly tour. Every show listed has a different ticket price and age limit, so click on a link for more information.

Business & Beer @ Absolution Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 13
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/1552938878269304/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Absolution Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 13
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/891459

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Thursday evening. For $20 presale or $30 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 13
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.

The Ghost Inside & Every Time I Die – On Tour
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 13, SOMA, Midway, San Diego http://www.somasandiego.com/main.php
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 15-16, The Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/709359-ghost-inside-every-time-i-pomona/

Post-hardcore bands The Ghost Inside and Every Time I Die currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through California this week. Each of these all-ages shows has a different ticket price, so click on each link to see the prices.

SEQUEL – Artists Imagine Movie Sequels That Were Never Made
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 13
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/942423485772530/

This FREE and all-ages event will feature multiple works from various artists depicting fictional movie sequels.

Chicks That Rock @ The Redwood Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 13
The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/737803476256517/

Rock out with chicks that rock this Thursday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Obituary – Meat n’ Greet
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 14
Grill ’em All, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/495732763899666/

Metal band Obituary will crash Grill ’em All in Alhambra this Friday evening for a two-hour session of autographs, photos, merchandise, and more. All day at Grill ’em All, catch the one-day exclusive Obituary Burger: Shoestring Potatoes, Diced Onion, American Cheese & Frita Ketchup on a half pound Burg!

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 14
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, November 15
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 16
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.motorcycleshows.com/long-beach

See all-things motorcycles this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission varies, with a one-day adult general admission costing $15.

Beverly Hills Wine & Food Festival
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 14
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 15-16
Hyatt Century Plaza, Century City
http://beverlyhillswinefestival.com/

At this premier gala, over 50 chefs will prepare culinary samples for guests, while they sip on drinks from the over one hundred available wines, beers, and spirits. A VIP pass costs $300 and starts at 1pm, while general admission costs $150 and starts at 2pm. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Montebello Taste of the Town
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 14
Bagramian Hall, Montebello
http://montebellotaste.com/

Sample eats & drinks from various restaurants from Montebello this Friday night. General admission costs $35 presale or $45 at the door, and includes unlimited tastes while supplies last. VIP admission costs $75 and also includes VIP seating and a gift bag.

3rd Annual Kraft Bierfest
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 14
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 15
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/events/kraft-bierfest/

Alpine Village hosts a beer fest this weekend that will actually contain a decent amount of craft beers (unlike their Oktoberfest offerings). Two different sessions will take place: Friday night and Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $32.50 and starts an hour later, while VIP admission costs $52.50 and provides an extra hour of drinking. No one under 21 may enter. Use promo code 7craftyguy7 to save $7.50 off the ticket price.

Punk Rock Benefit Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 14
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1486323374957623/

Enjoy some local punk rock at this benefit show this Friday night in Baldwin Park. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10 or your best donation.

Total Chaos @ Blacklight District Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 14
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1588308334724355/

Punk band Total Chaos will headline a show in Long Beach this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Lower Class Brats – Fall Shows
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 14, Jewels Catch One, Arlington Heights, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/375427542613115/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 15, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://gonzopresents.com/event/184990
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Lower-Class-Brats

The Lower Class Brats will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this weekend. Each show has its own age limit and ticket price, so click on a link to find out more details about the show.

Stäläg 13 – Live in Ventura
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 14
The Red Cove, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/879291682082101/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands in Ventura this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual Nuke the Fridge Con
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 15
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://nukethefridge.com/

Check out Nuke the Fridge Con happening this Saturday in Rowland Heights. This FREE event features many famous people in the comics industry, such as Sarah Underwood, Stan Lee, and more. The first 100 guests receive a goodie bag! Please note that this event now only lasts one day instead of the full weekend like in previous years.

Wings of Angels – Book Signing & Release Party
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 15
Yanks Air Museum, Chino
http://www.facebook.com/events/597126100397675/

Wings of Angels, a book tribute to the art of WWII pinups and aviation, just released to the public. This Saturday in Chino, meet the photographer and various models from the book. Bring your own copy of the book to get it autographed.

Long Beach Airport’s Fly-In ’14
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 15
Long Beach Airport, Long Beach
http://www.lgb.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=90&TargetID=1

At this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Airport will have information about flight schools, commercial airlines, aviation history, and more. In addition, find food trucks, live entertainment, a mobile aquarium, and prizes from a handful of airlines that they have donated for visitors to win!

Barley Forge Brewing – Grand Opening
11:30 am – 1:00 am, November 15
Barley Forge Brewing, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/415256288628503/

Another brewery joins the illustrious Orange County brewery family with their official grand opening this Saturday at their location in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find new brews, brewery tours, live music, gourmet food, and more. This event requires no tickets or reservations – simply show up, and pay for items as you go.

Free Pizza Sampling @ Zpizza Belmont Shore
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, November 15
Zpizza, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://events.presstelegram.com/longbeach/events/zpizza-southern-california-sampling-events-share-/E0-001-076402707-0

This Saturday afternoon, receive FREE pizza samples from Zpizza on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, Long Beach.

Old Town Seal Beach Main Street Chili Cookoff Crawl
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 15
Main Street, Seal Beach
http://www.sealbeachrestaurantweek.com/events.html

Preceding Seal Beach Restaurant Week that will take place next week, around a dozen Seal Beach restaurants will participate in a chili cookoff this Saturday afternoon. Unlike last year’s chili cookoff that took place in the Hennessey’s Grill parking lot, this year’s chili cookoff will function more like a stroll. Visitors of all ages purchase a wristband for $10, which will allow them to sample as much chili as they like from participating restaurants up and down Main Street. The Hennessey’s Grill parking lot will function as the hub, where visitors can purchase wristbands, observe raffle prizes, and vote for their favorite chili.

The Gears – Live in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 15
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1711099265782173/

Get your punk rock on this Saturday night in Baldwin Park with a bunch of great local bands. The cover for this all-ages show costs $8, or FREE if entering before 7pm.

United Nations – West Coast Tour 2014
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 15
The Casbah, San Diego
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5050/

Post-hardcore supergroup United Nations will end their west coast tour in San Diego this weekend. Catch them in Southern California at this all-ages show for just $12.

JFA – Live in La Habra
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 15
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/551711184956403/

Punk rock legends JFA will headline an all-ages show in La Habra this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

Coincidentally landing at the end of American Craft Beer Week, Hangar 24 Brewery celebrated their 6th anniversary with a two-day AirFest and beer festival at Redlands Airport this past weekend. This anniversary celebration took place just across the street from the Hangar 24 tasting room, allowing guests to roam much of the airport grounds to view all the airplanes on exhibit, and check out all the food and beer available. All around the festival area, all of the attractions evenly spread out, from the food vendors to the beer tents to the airplanes on display and more. Throughout the day, live music would occur on the main stage, and various aerial acrobatics would occur overhead, demonstrating cool stunts performed in airplanes.

New this year (or not marketed much last year), AirFest lasted two days, starting on Friday afternoon, and running for most of the day Saturday. Naturally, admission for Saturday cost more than Friday. This year, I attended on the Friday of the celebration; however, I could tell that most of the fun would occur on Saturday. Some of the main attractions that occurred on Saturday for AirFest included the 30+ varieties of beer that they advertised, more varieties of aerial acrobatics, a fireworks show at night, longer hours, and more well-known music acts. On Friday, we only got ten varieties of beer, and besides the anniversary beer, anyone could obtain any of these beers at any time at the tasting room. Although I enjoyed the air shows, they started to get stale halfway through the runs. The night also did not feature any illuminating acts – just a staged airplane stunt. The beers also stopped way earlier than I recall, as beers kept going until after 9pm last year. Everclear also headlined the music on Saturday, whereas JT Hodges headlined the music on Friday. Lastly, Friday just did not have that many people there. Last year, the festival contained tons of people everywhere. Friday felt dead, as if Hangar 24 did not advertise the Friday event. At least Hangar 24 stepped it up with the food and merchandise vendors, now adding 400% more vendors than last year.

As far as the music went, Friday mainly revolved around country music. Country bands like Redneck Rodeo and HER played that beer-drinking music that everyone loves.

Aerial stunts took place throughout the day, giving everyone a reason to not slouch and look up. These pilots always amaze everyone viewing, and serve as great interruptions to groups of people. After a few hours though, most of the stunts start to look the same. Allegedly, Saturday’s stunts featured a lot more danger and variety.

Once all that ended, we got to see some parachuters, and one of them deployed a flag during the national anthem playing on the ground floor.

Some more aerial acrobatics occurred while waiting for the next music act to set up.

Country singer JT Hodges headlined the night with two sets. His sets contained a mix of his own original songs and cover songs. While he performed, little activity occurred elsewhere around the festival, as he captured the attention of nearly everyone present.

As I suggested to everyone I encountered, the sunset out here looks beautiful, and everyone should always seek to capture a great photo of this moment.

Between JT Hodges’ two sets, one final air show took place. Unfortunately, the fireworks show only occurred on Saturday.

I remember having the time of my life at last year’s AirFest. This time, my choice of attending on Friday may have soured my perception of this event, though I cannot say the same for anyone else that attended on Friday only. Perhaps the lack of true content compared to a previous year may have lowered my perception. Perhaps last year’s event went so well that it spoiled me from future events. Since the weekend, I have heard mixed reviews of this and last year’s AirFest. As best as I can say, just like the president, you cannot please everyone. Just do the best you can to inflict the greatest good for the greatest amount of people. Hangar 24 always does their best, but I think at least for the Friday event, it should wither away and leave everything to Saturday.

2013 comes to a close, marking the end of old fads and the birth of new trends. News that forever shifts the face of the earth break regularly, creating history that we all live through, albeit we simply take it with a grain of salt. We must keep in mind that the next generation will view what we live through today as history, so we should care for what goes on in today’s world and economy. As time progresses, so do trends and tastes, which explains the ever-rising popularity of craft beer and micro breweries. Corporate beer manufacturers saw significantly lower sales this year – while still relatively high compared to most micro breweries, the sales did not keep up with growth. In the craft beer industry, event planners hold beer festivals to generate buzz about many different types of beers to the guests that attend. Traditional beer fests had guests pay an entry fee and enter an area where they can freely roam and drink, usually in some public area where people cannot drink on normal days. Some beer fests require drink tickets to receive beers, while others provide all-you-can-drink beer. 2013 provided some new fest structures, but in the end, the goal of exposing attendees to new, amazing beers that they have never heard of or ever imagined drinking remains the same. California caters well to the craft beer industry, and as such host many beer fests throughout the year. Read on to check out five of my favorite Southern Californian beer festivals from 2013.

5. Drink Good Beer Fest

With all these big beer fests going on around this time of year, we tend to overlook the smaller crowd. A beer fest comes with a handful of objectives: provide lots of beer for attendees to drink (quantity), or invite micro breweries that need exposure (quality). Oktoberfest provides a prime example of the former – attracting thousands of people to one location to guzzle bad overpriced beer. When you want to find good beers but have no idea where to start, a beer fest makes for a great place to start, as it exposes attendees to a variety of local beers. Some larger beer fests get dominated by larger companies like Budweiser or Corona, so in order to seek out the locals, we have to look at smaller fests. In terms of any type of food & beverage festival, size does not always mean everything, and Drink Good Beer Fest at The Factory in Long Beach proves just that. All the breweries at this fest brought so much beer, and most of them brought their strong stuff too, a rarity in small-size beer fests like this. A giant canopy provided enough shade for any attendee wanting to escape the hot sun, as well as the snacks’ table where attendees could purchase snacks, water, or food from the host restaurant. Also, how often does a small beer fest last four full hours? Most beer fests nowadays last only three hours, or four with a “VIP admission” that costs more than general admission. The Factory went in the right direction with this beer fest, as it serves multiple purposes, such as exposing people to new beer & breweries, and exposing people to The Factory, a gastropub in an otherwise family-friendly neighborhood. Stay tuned for this fest next year, and start thinking of beers to brew to enter into this competition!

4. Mission Valley Craft Beer & Gourmet Food Festival

An old expression goes “All good things must come to an end.” I would never hope this to occur to any successful event, but alas it shall sooner or later. The Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival (MVCBF) returned to Handlery Hotel in San Diego for its fourth and final year. This mega fest provided more than just beer – this fest combined a beer fest with gourmet food from local chefs and restaurants. In addition to unlimited beer pours, all attendees could sample all the delicious food they could handle until the vendors ran out of food, and boy did the food fly out fast. Do not expect any corporate or chain businesses here – MVCBF only invited the best in local cuisine to the party. With so many vendors invited to the party, the venue’s area had to stretch to wrap around the building, and even then did they still lack ample seating for all the guests, although this does not indicate a flaw – only that this proves the immense popularity of this fest. It pains me that this super fest has to come to an end, but on the other hand, I cannot wait to see what future events they have in stock. Although this grand festival will not return, the organizers still hold smaller, intimate events, so check out their website for all of their upcoming events.

3. Hangar 24 AirFest & 5th Anniversary Celebration

Coincidentally coinciding with the end of American Craft Beer Week, Hangar 24 Brewery celebrated their 5th anniversary with an all-day AirFest taking place at Redlands Airport. Hangar 24 fans could enter for $5 if purchased online, or $8 at the gate. Located just across the street from the tasting room, this all-ages gathering covered almost the entire airport area, sans the runway, with tents and trucks pouring beers. Strewn throughout the area, in addition to the various tents and trucks pouring beer, the airport crew set out vintage planes that guests could inspect and gaze at, and opened some of the hangars so guests could tour the airport. Guests could climb into some of the planes for photo opportunities as well. All day long, taps poured beers, food trucks sold their food, local bands played live music, and pilots put on aerial acrobatics shows, providing more than enough entertainment for the crowd. A kids’ play zone kept the little ones busy while the adults could go and drink elsewhere. Free parking meant that guests could leave and return at their leisure, provided that they leave their wristbands on. With so much ground to cover, so much beer to drink, and so much else going on, no guest should have ever felt bored the entire day. A combination of all small details contributed to the greater success of this event. First off, guests could park for free, and could reenter the venue. This alone can sway hesitant minds towards purchasing a ticket to attend. With such a large area to cover, guests did not have to wait in long lines to receive beer tickets or beer pours. As I entered the fest, the immediate ticket booth had a long line, but as I explored further into the area, I discovered more ticket booths with no line at all. Unlike the standard beer fest with tribute bands as the only form of entertainment, AirFest brought varied forms of entertainment, especially with the air shows and local bands playing their own original music. Most importantly of all, the people made this fest a grand event. From the amicable attendees to the sociable staff, the general aura of goodwill in the air placed everyone in a good mood that bounced from person to person.

2. San Diego Brewers Guild Festival

As San Diego Beer Week entered its fifth year running, breweries have never looked stronger than ever before. The San Diego Brewers Guild quickly approaches a hundred member breweries, and they strive to show their collective strength to the public with their San Diego Brewers Guild Festival. Now in its 11th year (thus starting before San Diego Beer Week existed), this annual beer festival now coincides with San Diego Beer Week with a massive celebration at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego. This year’s festival from this past Saturday afternoon featured over 50 of the county’s guild breweries all spread out along the pier, each serving at least two of their beer offerings. With over a hundred different beers to taste, and only so much time available, attendees would have to power through all their beers in order to maximize the variety of beers tasted. People do not simply call San Diego the west coast capital of beer for no reason. San Diego County alone has almost a hundred official breweries – more if you count brewpubs and homebrew clubs. Consider that the state of Washington has just over 190 breweries, and you have a county packed full of craft beer enough to fill half a state. The San Diego Brewers Guild Festival rightly holds its place as one of the nation’s top beer festivals for its sheer amount of content packed into a small space within a 24-hour span, which included a VIP reception from Friday night. As a kickoff event for the rest of the beer festivities, attendees will have a better sense of direction for finding more events and specials throughout the week all over San Diego County.

1. Orange County Brew Ha Ha

Orange County’s biggest craft beer festival returned for its fourth year running this year at the 4th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival. Taking place at sunny Oak Canyon Park out in the hills of Silverado and Irvine, this lush park away from civilization marks a great getaway from the cluster of the city, especially since cell phone signals do not normally reach out here. Trumping last year’s festival in geographical size and content, this massive beer festival puts all others to shame by including a whopping 70+ breweries in attendance from all over the world, doubling its area from last year, and adding more food, games, exhibits, vendors, and live entertainment, including Reel Big Fish! Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, general admission started at 1pm and included ten beer pours, while Early admission started at 12pm and included 15 beer pours. All beers stopped pouring at 4pm, but trust me – they allocated more than enough beer per person, since many of the breweries brought strong or filling brews, resulting in majority of attendees leaving the fest at the end of the day with extra beer pours remaining. At this rate of expansion, I foresee a 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha as so large that any normal person cannot possibly complete a circuit in given time. If this case arises, they must consider running two sessions, just like how Stone Brewing does for their anniversary. If they cannot run two sessions on the same day, then they can add another beer fest of the same magnitude. Luckily, they already have – the 2nd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho returned to the Phoenix Club in Anaheim on Saturday, December 7th. No other beer fest in Orange County can compete on the same level as the Brew Ha Ha – see why for yourself next year!

Coincidentally coinciding with the end of American Craft Beer Week this past Saturday, Hangar 24 Brewery celebrated their 5th anniversary with an all-day AirFest taking place at Redlands Airport. Hangar 24 fans could enter for $5 if purchased online, or $8 at the gate. Located just across the street from the tasting room, this all-ages gathering covered almost the entire airport area, sans the runway, with tents and trucks pouring beers. Strewn throughout the area, in addition to the various tents and trucks pouring beer, the airport crew set out vintage planes that guests could inspect and gaze at, and opened some of the hangars so guests could tour the airport. Guests could climb into some of the planes for photo opportunities as well. All day long, taps poured beers, food trucks sold their food, local bands played live music, and pilots put on aerial acrobatics shows, providing more than enough entertainment for the crowd. A kids’ play zone kept the little ones busy while the adults could go and drink elsewhere. Free parking meant that guests could leave and return at their leisure, provided that they leave their wristbands on. With so much ground to cover, so much beer to drink, and so much else going on, no guest should have ever felt bored the entire day.

Various music acts performed throughout the day on the single center stage, eventually headlined at night by a Journey tribute band. At noon, the stage played host to a local comedian as well.

Albeit barely visible in the following photo, stunt pilots performed aerial acrobatics throughout the day, maneuvering planes in dangerous ways that impressed all onlookers. At one point, one of the pilots performed the Pugachev’s Cobra, a maneuver which Hangar 24 named one of their beers after.

Down at the west end, guests would find all of the vendors selling food and merchandise, plus the food trucks: Bacon Mania and Garlic Scape.

As this fest took place at an airport, guests could find airplanes all throughout the venue area. For some of the older planes, guests could only look at them and take pictures with them. For newer or larger aircraft, guests could actually enter them.

If you have ever attended the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, you will surely remember the beautiful sunset over the mountains and palm trees. While this airport had no palm trees, its location by the mountains yielded a spectacular sight as night fell and the sun produced an entrancing glow over the horizon. This almost makes you want to go to Hangar 24 one day in the evening just to witness the sunset from the tasting room.

With the airport closing prior to sunset, the nighttime activities started to set up for the final curtain call of the night. A Journey tribute band took to the stage for the stage’s final performance of the day. Once the band had finished their set, Hangar 24 treated all present guests to a wonderful nighttime fireworks show courtesy of pilot Bob Carlton.

As a friendly note to all other beer fest organizers, you have met your match. All things considered, Hangar 24’s AirFest could easily win the title of the best beer fest on the west coast. A combination of all small details contributed to the greater success of this event. First off, guests could park for free, and could reenter the venue. This alone can sway hesitant minds towards purchasing a ticket to attend. With such a large area to cover, guests did not have to wait in long lines to receive beer tickets or beer pours. As I entered the fest, the immediate ticket booth had a long line, but as I explored further into the area, I discovered more ticket booths with no line at all. Unlike the standard beer fest with tribute bands as the only form of entertainment, AirFest brought varied forms of entertainment, especially with the air shows and local bands playing their own original music. Most importantly of all, the people made this fest a grand event. From the amicable attendees to the sociable staff, the general aura of goodwill in the air placed everyone in a good mood that bounced from person to person.

Cheers to Hangar 24 – you have exhibited accomplishments, bountifulness, craftsmanship, dominance, and expertise in the craft beer industry with just one event. May your company live long, and may your brews satisfy many souls.

American Craft Beer Week
May 13-19
Nationwide
http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 15-16
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Bottle Share @ The Factory
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 15
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/466829150053763/

Share your favorite beer, and taste some other great beers at this monthly bottle share at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. No purchase necessary – simply bring in a bottle of craft beer of your choice, and share it with other craft beer enthusiasts. The restaurant will still serve the full menu for anyone hungry, and all burgers costs only $8 each after 8pm.

4th Annual Anatolian Cultures & Food Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 16-19
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.anatolianfestival.org/

Celebrate Anatolian culture at this weekend-long festival at the OC Fair. Guests will experience food, art, exhibits, arts, crafts, performances, music, dance, and more. Ticket prices vary, with a one-day general admission costing $12.

Firestone Walker’s Finest Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
The Surly Goat, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/622324564463925/

Meet co-founder of Firestone Walker, Mr. Walker himself, and enjoy some of their finest, rarest barrel-aged beers at this beer tasting. Guests simply pay for the beer they would like to try.

Artopia Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 16
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=427

Join the party and celebrate the best of local Los Angeles talent with live music, drinks, food trucks, art, and more. Admission costs $15, with plenty of free street parking a block east of Chinatown near LA State Historic Park. All ages may attend, but only guests 21 and over may drink.

Valiant Brewing Beer & Cheese Pairing
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 17
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/373318306109968/

Receive a flight of Valiant’s fine craft brews along with select gourmet cheeses to pair with each one. Each flight & pairing costs $15.

Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 18-19
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim
http://ocgreekfest.com/

This annual Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. Free to attend (with ticket printed online) for all ages, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Waive the admission by printing the ticket, found on their website. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

D.I., Destruction Made Simple, Yeastie Boys, Hollywood Hate, Blank Expressions, Gritos Enfadosos @ American Legion, Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 17
American Legion, Baldwin Park
http://www.poortownshows.com/event/135555

Rock out with local punk rock bands such as D.I., Destruction Made Simple, Yeastie Boys, and more this Friday night in Baldwin Park. This all-ages show costs $10 to attend and does not allow ins-and-outs, so eat hearty before arriving.

Sederra, Solution, Seven Year War, Warner Drive, & more @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 17
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/641423115872122/

Check out some local punk rock bands for FREE this Friday night. The show will hit capacity early, so for guaranteed tickets, click the event page linked above and send an email to the provided address to reserve your tickets. The show starts at 8pm, but not that parking with validation only lasts 5 hours, so expect to shell out a little extra cash for parking. No one under 18 may attend this show.

Hangar 24 AirFest & 5th Anniversary Celebration
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 18
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/airfest.htm

Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 5th Anniversary with an all-day air show at the Redlands Municipal Airport, located just across the street from the tasting room. For just $5 presale and $8 at the door (free for kids 12 and under), guests gain entry into the airport, where they will witness aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on displays in the hangars, and fireworks shows at night. Live bands will play music all day, and food trucks will keep guests fed and full. Last but not least, Hangar 24 will unleash over 30 beers for consumption, including many rare and limited brews. Guests may park for free at any of the various parking lots of the airport, and a free shuttle service will run from Downtown Redlands too.

Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 18-19
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation/

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

North Park Festival of the Arts + The Art of Whisky Tasting + Craft Beer Block
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 18
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego
http://northparkfestivalofarts.com/

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $25 presale and $30 at the door, guests can attend either a whisky tasting or enter the craft beer block. Whisky tastings take place at the Seven Grand Bar, last one hour each, and start at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm. The Craft Beer Block runs all day, and comes with twelve 4oz beer pours from any of 25 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University.

Orange County Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 18
Irvine Lake, Irvine
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Irvine Lake, just like the past few years. 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 $40 and starts at 3pm, while early bird admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. Bring extra cash for parking, which can go as high as $10. Arrive early, since only one road leads to Irvine Lake, meaning heavy traffic will occur closer to the start of the fest. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

Hepcat, The Aggrolites, DJ Boss Harmz @ House of Blues Anaheim
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 18
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79577

For $20 presale and $22 at the door, check out this all-ages ska show featuring Hepcat, The Aggrolites, and DJ Boss Harmz this Saturday night at House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim.

19th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 19
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Balboa_Island_Artwalk.html

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Venice Beach Food Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 19
Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Beach
http://venicebeachfoodfest.com/

$35 gets you all-you-can-eat food down on the boardwalk! Local chefs and food trucks will gather to serve their wonderful food to all attendees, and attendees can continue to check out all of the local shops on the Boardwalk. Prepare for a lot of walking if attempting to locate street parking in the neighborhoods, as you will likely end up parking a handful of blocks away from the beach on this day.

Taste of Hawthorne
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 19
Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Hawthorne
http://www.tasteofhawthorne.com/

Get a taste of the local flavor of Hawthorne this Sunday, as the Hawthorne Airport hosts this food fest for all ages. Expect over 40 participating food vendors, live music, beer & wine gardens, food trucks, and other activities to keep guests occupied. Check the website for a map of free parking. Allegedly free to attend, guests simply pay for food as they go.

20th Annual Sicilian Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 19
Little Italy, San Diego
http://sicilianfesta.com/

Immerse yourself in Italian culture at this free and all-ages festival this Sunday in San Diego. Guests can eat authentic Italian food while enjoying live music, dance performances, rides, games, and more. Arrive early too look for free street parking.

15th Annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 19
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://www.tahwla.org/

At this free festival for all ages, guests will celebrate Taiwanese culture with live music, dance performances, food, games, raffles, merchandise vendors, art exhibits, and more.

Hola Mexico Festival: The Greatest BBQ
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 19
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles
http://holamexicofest.com/english/evento3.html

Feast on a BBQ from some of LA’s top chefs, sip on some wines from some of Mexico’s top vineyards, or some tequilas, beers, or mezcales, and indulge on artisan chocolates. Admission to this all-ages feast costs $40.

The Rancho Country Beerfest Ho-down
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 19
Rancho Las Lomas, Silverado
http://therancho.brownpapertickets.com/

This country music festival takes place out in the wilderness this Sunday afternoon. For $40 admission, attendees can enjoy live country music, a variety of beers and other beverages, outdoor BBQ, line dancing, and more. Admission includes access to the zoo, food, and five beer tasters. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling. No one under 21 may attend.

CRUSH
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 19
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/events/crush-artisanal-wine-art-food-tasting-event

Check out this artisan wine, art, and food fest this Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. Admission includes unlimited tastings of wine & food, plus tours of the resident artists’ studios. VIP admission includes a few extra unnamed perks. For long-term parking, try parking the in the neighborhood across the freeway by taking 17th Street over.