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2017 Anime Expo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 1-3
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.anime-expo.org/

The nation’s largest expo & convention for anime & manga returns to Downtown LA this 4th of July weekend. Complete with hundreds of artist & vendor booths, this convention allows attendees to get interactive via the masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission varies by the number of days attending – 4 days cost $90, while one day costs $55. Children 6-12 get in for a flat rate of $25, while children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Some of the special events, such as concerts and maid cafés, requires an additional ticket to get into. Parking at the convention center costs $20, so bring cash for that plus any of the vendors and food inside the convention center. Optionally, park in outdoor third party lots in the surrounding blocks for a lower rate, or take public transportation.

113th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 2
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 3
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 4
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
http://hb4thofjuly.org/

Celebrate Independence Day with a plethora of things to see and do in Huntington Beach this weekend. Activities include a pancake breakfast, 5k run, fitness expo, a parade, fireworks, live music, exhibitors, food vendors, family activities, and much more. See the website for a full list and schedule of what to expect.

Locale’s 7th Annual Red, White, and Luau
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 3
Newport Back Bay Dunes & Marina, Newport Beach
http://localemagazine.com/localendar/locale-7th-annual-red-white-luau-presented-rubys-diner/

A food & drink fest takes place tonight in Newport Beach. Tickets to this event cost $25 presale or $30 at the door. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Independence Day
July 4
United States

Plenty of holiday events will take place this weekend, so check with your local favorite hangout spot to see if they have anything going on. Have a FUN and SAFE holiday weekend.

Surf City Run 5K
6:00 am – 11:00 am, July 4
Worthy Park, Huntington Beach
http://surfcityrun.com/

Participate in a community 5k run this 4th of July morning, followed by a festive parade. Registration for the 5k costs $40.

31st Annual Sespe Creek Car & Cycle Show
9:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 4
Central Park, Fillmore
http://www.fillmorechamber.org/fillmore-master-calendar/2017/7/4/sespe-creek-car-cycle-show

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show in historic Downtown Fillmore this Tuesday afternoon.

4th of July Picnic Dinner
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 4
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/4th-of-july-celebrations/

Enjoy a seaside dinner along with fireworks this Independence Day in San Diego. Admission costs $35 for adults or $18 for children.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 7
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).

1st Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 7
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, July 8
12:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 9
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com/

A weekend of jazz music comes to San Diego this weekend. Admission to this all-ages concert ranges from $65 to $250 – check the website to see what each admission type gets you.

2017 Rental Car Rally – Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 7
Location TBA, Los Angeles
http://www.rentalcarrally.com/

What do you get when you mix Halloween with Mario Kart? You get the Rental Car Rally! This race abandons all conventional means by pitting themed teams against each other as they drive from point A to point B overnight. Instead of which team arrives first, winners reach the destination with the fewest miles traveled while hitting every single checkpoint along the way. Along the way, teams may attempt to interfere with other teams, using methods such as water balloons, water guns, powdered balloons, and other wacky ways that you would normally see in a video game. Words cannot accurately describe the mayhem behind a Rental Car Rally. To understand this, one must commit to competing in this wacky ride.

64th Annual Over The Line OTL Tournament
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 8-9
Mariners Point, Mission Beach, San Diego
http://www.ombac.org/

An over-the-line tournament will take place throughout this weekend in San Diego. The tournament costs $120 for a three-person team.

Taste of Paleo 5.0
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 8
Montecillo De Leo Politi Park, Los Angeles
http://www.tasteofpaleo.com/

Check out a handful of paleo food at this all-ages tasting event this Saturday in Los Angeles. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the gate, but does not come with food – all attendees need to bring cash in order to pay for food once inside the event.

56th Annual Fiesta of Gems Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 8-9
Veterans Memorial Park, Culver City
http://www.culvercityrocks.org/

This free and all-ages event will exhibit a handful of rocks and minerals, as well as feature educational seminars and speakers.

2017 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 8
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 9
San Diego Concourse, Downtown San Diego
http://reptilesupershow.com/

Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo in Downtown San Diego. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under – check the website for a printable coupon good for $1 off admission.

2nd Annual Latin Salsa Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 8-9
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://www.latinsalsafestival.com/

Spice lovers rejoice! Torch your taste buds at this free spice event this weekend at Pershing Square in Downtown LA. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find plenty of food vendors with spicy foods, along with plenty of Latin inspired entertainment.

Beachwood Brewing 6th Anniversary Celebration
10:30 am – 2:00 am, July 8
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s sixth anniversary at their restaurant/brewery in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Free to attend, expect to find rare beers on tap, as well as a handful of guest breweries and their brews. Beachwood BBQ will also serve up some food specials unique only for this glorious day. Guests can park for free for up to three hours with validation in the parking structure in the alley behind the restaurant.

Summer 2017 LA Renegade Craft Fair
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 8-9
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/fairs/los-angeles

This free and all-ages fair at LA State Historic Park will have arts, crafts, music, foodtrucks, drinks, and more. Come see the alternative side of arts & crafts this weekend.

2nd Annual Long Beach Vegan Food & Music Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 8
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.lbveganfest.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of vegan food and music this Saturday in Long Beach. This fest will have food for sale, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more. Unlike last year, this event now has an admission fee that costs $17. Bring cash to pay for food or other goods. Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

Red, White & Brew: 4th Annual Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 8
National Orange Show Event Center, San Bernardino
http://www.nosevents.com/upcoming-events/brew-fest/

A beer festival comes to San Bernardino this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $25 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $40, starts at 12pm, and includes a t-shirt, key chain, and VIP parking. These attendees will receive unlimited beer samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. For some reason, this event will allow children to attend, but they obviously cannot have any alcohol. For anyone attending that will not drink, admission will cost $10 for them.

SCRD Demented Danas vs. Foothill Foxy Flyers
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 8
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

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

The Untouchables at The Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1799004587095538/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Saturday night in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

German Heritage Day
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 9
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/

Do you love Oktoberfest? Show off your German pride at this FREE and all-ages celebration this Sunday afternoon at Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Enjoy German food, music, arts & crafts, and more. The first 500 guests receive a FREE meal, so act quick!

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The 2017 Anime Expo returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center starting this Saturday and running through Tuesday. This annual 4-day expo for all things Anime & Manga attracts exhibitors and fans from across the globe for the largest gathering of its kind in the world. What started as a simple expo for those in the Anime industry has grown to encompass anything remotely related to the art of Japanese art & animation. Today, this large expo now hosts artists, designers, vendors, video game companies, technicians, actors/actresses, voice actors, models, musicians, singers, cosplayers, and much more to spread their work out to the public as well as interact with the fans. With so much to do, so many people to see, and so many people wanting to get in (tens of thousands of visitors on the first day!), naturally the organizers had to make this expo cover a span of four days every year.

As the current world’s largest expo of its kind, one can expect sheer overflow of people in the area for miles. Road traffic does not face as much of a problem, save for the exuberant parking prices that reaches upwards of $40 per vehicle. Pedestrian traffic causes the most headaches, from the uncontrolled crosswalks to the endless line of jaywalkers. If anything definitely terrorizes attendees, the line to enter the expo causes the most grief. From getting in line to getting into the building, the wait in the mornings usually takes hours to enter. Strangely, very few attendees complain about this, as if they accept this year after year. Upon questioning some attendees from previous years, they mention that at least a hundred attendees camp overnight, and that entering the line at 8am when the expo opens still takes over an hour to get in. They also mention that the first day always sees the most amount of attendees, which sounds reasonable. Lesson learned: if attending Anime Expo, either attend extremely early on the first day, or attend on the second and/or third day.

The actual expo covers the entire span on the convention center, both the South Hall and the West Hall. The main expo occurs in the South Hall, while the West Hall houses the miscellaneous activities, such as workshops, video game competitions, cosplay contests, and more. The expo simply has too much going on, so I understand why most attendees purchase either the two or four day pass rather than just a single day. The expo contains different sections based on the content; for example, attendees would find the artist booths at the back, the autographs at the right, the merchandise in the middle, and celebrity/actor appearances at the front.

For any type of expo or convention of this nature, sure we may want to pay attention to the exhibitors, but at the heart of any gathering of this kind, our attention instantly turns to the cosplayers. Attendees love to dress up as their favorite character to show their pride and/or craftsmanship, while some simply slap together a lazy costume just to blend in somehow, such as the hundreds of attendees with a Teemo hat. For Anime Expo, the world’s largest expo of its kind, attendees either go all in or go nothing.

Streetlight Manifesto: The Somewhere in the Between Tour 2017
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 27, House of Blues, San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 28, House of Blues, Anaheim
http://streetlightmanifesto.com/

Ska/punk band Streetlight Manifesto currently tour across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary in price, so check with the venue for prices.

Knee Deep Cask Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 29
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/315896232171083/

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

Tour De Fork 2017
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, June 29
Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.victoriagardensie.com/event/tour-de-fork/2145491758/

Take a stroll through Victoria Gardens and enjoy bites and sips from local businesses this Thursday evening. The $50 admission gets you access to unlimited food samples while supplies last, plus five drink tickets. No one under 21 may attend.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 30 – July 2
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

9th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever! Car Show
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 30
World Cruise Center, San Pedro
http://www.portoflosangeles.org/community/cars_and_stripes_2017.asp

At this free and all-ages event this Friday night, check out cars, local bands, and fireworks.

A Taste of Exotic Mexican Cuisine & Mezcal
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 30
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2017/6/30/a-taste-of-exotic-mexican-cuisine-mezcal

Sample authentic eats and drinks this Friday evening in Fullerton, all while enjoying cultural music. The $35 admission gets you in to enjoy unlimited samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The 4th Scott Pilgrim Picture Show
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 30 – July 1
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/cinemattack-returns-to-the-frida-cinema-with-the-scott-pilgrim-picture-show-june-30-july-1/

Come together for a movie screening, lights show, sing along, food & drinks, and more. Tickets for this event cost $15.

The Vandals – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 30, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 1, The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://vandals.com/

Legendary punk rock band The Vandals will headline these two shows this weekend in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by venue, so check with the venue for prices.

Rockabilly Luau
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 30
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Hula and burlesque mix up this Friday night in Downtown Long Beach. $15 gets you in to enjoy this raunchy show. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 Anime Expo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 1-3
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.anime-expo.org/

The nation’s largest expo & convention for anime & manga returns to Downtown LA this 4th of July weekend. Complete with hundreds of artist & vendor booths, this convention allows attendees to get interactive via the masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission varies by the number of days attending – 4 days cost $90, while one day costs $55. Children 6-12 get in for a flat rate of $25, while children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Some of the special events, such as concerts and maid cafés, requires an additional ticket to get into. Parking at the convention center costs $20, so bring cash for that plus any of the vendors and food inside the convention center. Optionally, park in outdoor third party lots in the surrounding blocks for a lower rate, or take public transportation.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 1
Alamitos Beach (Shoreline Dr off Ocean Blvd), Long Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

Pirate Invasion of Long Beach
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 1
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 2
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-pierdaze.html

Come see and act like pirates at the beach! Visitors may choose to dress as a pirate or arrive in normal clothes. Many others will fully dress up to play their parts. Expect to see pirate shows, vendors, music, a (mock) ship fight, and cannon blank shots fired at the pier. This FREE and all-ages event runs on Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am both days. If you plan to stay for a while, note that this takes place entirely outdoors, so have sunscreen available. Have cash available for nearby parking.

Red, White & BBQ
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm, July 1
Start Los Angeles, Harvard Heights, Los Angeles
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/red-white-bbq-presented-by-time-out-l-a

Munch on barbecue and sip on booze this Saturday in Los Angeles. Two sessions of this food & drink fest will occur this Saturday: 12pm-2:30pm and 3pm-5:30pm. General admission costs $25 per person but starts half an hour after each session starts. VIP admission costs 35 and starts right when the session starts, so you get an extra half hour for $10. No one under 21 may attend.

The Rarest Experience Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 1
Stout, Hollywood
http://www.stoutburgersandbeers.com/

A rare beer fest comes to Hollywood this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend. Bring cash for parking and food.

Dry River Brewing Grand Opening
4:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 1
2:00 pm – 7:30 pm, July 2
Dry River Brewing, Boyle Heights
http://www.dryriverbrewing.com/

A new brewery near Downtown LA will officially open their doors to the public this weekend. $15 gets you in to one of six 90-minute sessions this weekend where you can enjoy two beer pours during that time. Attendees have the option of purchasing more beers beyond the initial two. No one under 21 may attend.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 1
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Agent Orange & JFA @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 1
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1477888-agent-orange-long-beach/

Two heavyweights in punk rock perform this Saturday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

113th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 2
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 3
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 4
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
http://hb4thofjuly.org/

Celebrate Independence Day with a plethora of things to see and do in Huntington Beach this weekend. Activities include a pancake breakfast, 5k run, fitness expo, a parade, fireworks, live music, exhibitors, food vendors, family activities, and much more. See the website for a full list and schedule of what to expect.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 25 – October 2
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For eight full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

2016 Taste of Pomona Valley
4:30 pm – 8:30 pm, September 26
Mountain Meadows Golf Course, Pomona
http://pomonachamber.org/event/taste-pomona-valley/

Sample food from dozens of Pomona restaurants tonight in the Pomona Valley. Admission costs $55, and allows unlimited food samples while supplies last.

2016 Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 26
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia
http://arcadiacachamber.org/events/taste-of-arcadia/

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $50 presale tickets now, as you cannot purchase tickets at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

Madball: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 26, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1285123-madball-special-guests-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 27, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1249345-madball-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 28, Union Nightclub, Los Angeles http://www.unionclubla.com/event/1295661-madball-los-angeles/
http://madballhc.com/

East coast hardcore band Madball currently tours across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these shows vary, so click on a show’s link for pricing details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Monkey & GOGO13 @ Out Of The Park Pizza
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 26
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/173680816401677/

Get your skanking on at this free and all-ages show tonight in Anaheim.

2016 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 28
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.cerritostaste.com/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Wednesday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay $10, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

2 Towns Ciderhouse Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 28
Great Society Cider & Mead, Long Beach
http://www.greatsocietycider.com/event/2-towns-pint-night-save-date/

This Wednesday night, Long Beach’s Great Society Cider & Mead will have a bunch of ciders from 2 Towns on tap for you to try. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 29, October 2
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, September 30 – October 1
Hollywood Athletic Club, Hollywood
http://lafw.net/

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

End of Summer Barbecue Spectacular
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 29
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Culinary-Series/

Enjoy fresh barbecue cuisine and learn about grilling too at this barbecue class this Thursday night in Fullerton. Registration costs $90 per person, and includes a full grilling class and complete dinner.

2nd Annual San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 29
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://www.sangabrielcity.com/dumplingandbeerfest

The San Gabriel Valley puts their spin on Oktoberfest with this dumpling & beer fest this Thursday night in San Gabriel. Free to attend for all ages, this festival will feature numerous dumpling vendors, other food vendors, live entertainment, a craft beer garden, and more. A wristband for unlimited beer sampling costs $20 for 16 beer pours or $30 for unlimited beers while supplies last. All food comes at cost, so bring plenty of cash for that.

Ventura Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 30 – October 2
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

Stair Climb for Los Angeles
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 30
YMCA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ymcala.org/stairclimb

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

Bootlegger’s Brewery Pumpkin Release Party
11:00 am – 12:00 am, September 30
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton
http://www.bootleggersbrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/541357092741318/

This Friday, Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton will have a lot of pumpkin beers available for you to taste. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Wet Hop Simcoe Pale – Day One
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://elsegundobrewing.com/

Get a taste of extremely fresh hops this Friday from El Segundo Brewing. Simply show up, and enjoy a fresh pale ale right there at the tasting room, or take a bottle or more home.

Hamilton Family Brewery’s Oktoberfest
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 30 – October 2
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/196958947383432/

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will celebrate Oktoberfest this weekend with lots of beer plus a souvenir glass. Buy the Oktoberfest mug, and you can get $1 off refills all weekend.

43rd La Mesa Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 30
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 1
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 2
La Mesa Village, La Mesa
http://www.cityoflamesa.com/1420/La-Mesa-Oktoberfest

Enjoy a family-fun Oktoberfest celebration this weekend in La Mesa. Free to attend for all ages, this Oktoberfest celebration will have all the usual Oktoberfest festivities such as dance, music, sausages, pretzels, beer, and more. In addition, visitors will find hundreds of vendors, arts & crafts, games, and more activities for all ages.

59th Annual Tustin Tiller Days
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 1
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 2
Columbus Tustin Park, Tustin
http://www.tustintillerdays.org/

Bring the family out to this all-ages city fair this weekend. Free to attend, this fair has everything that a family can enjoy, from the rides and games for kids, to the entertainment and vendors for adults. Remember to check out all the fair food, drinks, and dessert too, since buying food here supports local organizations and businesses. Guests can find free street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Pacific Beachfest Beer Cup
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 30
Pacific Beach Shore Club, San Diego
http://www.beachfestbeercup.com/

Homebrews and microbreweries collide at this beer tasting event this Friday night in Pacific Beach. The $25 admission grants you access to taste the homebrews, as well as sample beers from all the participating breweries while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2016 Orange County Lebanese Cultural Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 1
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 2
St. John Maron Church, Orange
http://www.oclebanesefestival.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages Lebanese cultural festival taking place this weekend in Orange.

3rd Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1-2
Newport Beach Civic Center, Newport Beach
http://newportwineandfood.com/

Lots of activity will take place in the culinary world this weekend in Newport Beach. On Friday night, a VIP party will take place with a cocktail reception and a three-course food & wine pairing dinner. On Saturday and Sunday, attendees of the festival gain access to unlimited food tastings, cooking demos, cocktail mixing demos, live music, a silent auction, and more. Admission prices significantly vary based on the mode of attendance, with single-day admission costing $175 and a weekend pass costing $295.

Wine & Cake Pairing
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
Public Beer & Wine Shop, Downtown Long Beach
http://publicbeerwineshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/174464426323592/

This Friday night, Downtown Long Beach’s Public Beer & Wine Shop will have special cakes for sale to pair with select wines. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, buy some cake, and pair it with some succulent wines.

Agent Orange: Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 30
Underground DTSA, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1636128846704315/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this all-ages show this Friday night in Downtown Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $15.

American Jihad: Live in Lakewood
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 30
Regal Inn, Lakewood
http://www.facebook.com/events/286367975088357/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Lakewood this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

2016 Grape Day Festival + Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 1
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://visitescondido.com/1777/grape-day-5k-parade-and-festival/

Bring out the family to this all-day celebration at the park. In the morning, a 5K race will take place around the park. At 9:30am, a local parade will run through Downtown Escondido. From then until the end of the celebration, a fair will take place at Grape Day Park, free to the public to attend. In addition, a wine & craft beer tasting pavilion will take place from 11am to 3pm. Sample wine from local wineries and beer from local breweries while enjoying live entertainment and other activities. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door, and include a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

19th Annual Pacific Beachfest
8:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 1
Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://pacificbeachfest.org/

Enjoy a full day of outdoor activities at this free and all-ages beach festival in Pacific Beach. Visitors will find sports, tournaments, activities, live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, food, drinks, and more.

2016 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1-2
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.offroadexpo.com/pomona-ca

Check out all things off-roading this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona, complete with hundreds of vendors, dozens of industry professionals, and acres of off-road. Adult admission costs $20, or $15 if you purchase it at O’Reilly Auto Parts. Children enter for $6. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs $10 per vehicle.

Activate Uptown: Long Beach
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 1
Artesia & Myrtle, Long Beach
http://gohumansocal.org/Pages/Events/ActivateUptown.aspx

This Saturday afternoon, a free and all-ages open streets event will take place in the north side of Long Beach. Plenty of booths and activities will line the surrounding streets, including a live music stage.

2nd Annual Maker Faire San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1-2
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://sdmakerfaire.org/

Celebrate local makers, artists, designers, and more at this two-day fair taking place in Balboa Park this weekend in San Diego. Attendees will experience handmade goods such as gadgets, sculptures, art, food, apparel, accessories, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $20 for adults or $12 for children.

44th Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1-2
Live Oak Park South Field, Manhattan Beach
http://www.mbfair.org/

This free fair for all ages makes its annual return this weekend, featuring games, arts & crafts, food, beer & wine gardens, live entertainment, and more. The city will provide free parking and shuttle transportation at the Northrop Grumman Building at 15092 Aviation Blvd near the intersection of Aviation Blvd and Marine Street in Manhattan Beach.

2nd Annual SlutWalk
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://amberroseslutwalk.com/

Assume the role of an activist for an afternoon this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Participation costs $17, but use promo code THANKYOUFLIRT to register for free.

10th Annual International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.lachocolatesalon.com/

Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena for an all-you-can-eat chocolate bonanza. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, while children can get in for $10.

Tater Tots & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://tatertotfestival.com/events/orange-county-ca/

Snack on gourmet tots and craft beers this Saturday at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Two 3-hour sessions will take place: 11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm. Each session costs $40 to attend or $75 for VIP, and provides access to unlimited food samples while supplies last, and a beer stamp card good for one beer from each participating brewery. VIP admission receives a goodie bag plus access to a VIP lounge. Parking costs $8 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

EAT Show 2016
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 1
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://theeatshow.com/

Over 50 Los Angeles restaurants will set up at The Reef this Saturday to sample their food for you. General admission costs $50 and gets you in to either of two 3-hour sessions: 12pm-3pm or 6pm-9pm. Upgrade to VIP admission for $90 to enter an hour earlier (11am or 5pm, respectively) and receive a goodie bag as well. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual San Fernando Chile Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 1-2
San Fernando Rd & Brand Blvd, San Fernando
http://www.chilefestival.org/

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in San Fernando this weekend. Visitors will find food, entertainment, vendors, games, rides, and more.

3rd Annual Artesia International Street Fair & Diversity Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 1
Pioneer & 183rd, Artesia
http://www.cityofartesia.us/index.aspx?NID=282

At this free and all-ages street fair this Saturday, visitors will find food, music, dance, live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more.

Eagle Rock Brewery’s Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 1
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/193985921013775/

Participate in some good ol’ Oktoberfest activities this Saturday afternoon in Eagle Rock. While free to attend, no one under 21 may enter.

Mad Decent Block Party 2016
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 1
Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://maddecentblockparty.com/

A dance party concert comes to Los Angeles this Saturday. Tickets cost $56.50 each. No one under 18 may attend.

2nd Anniversary ALToberfest Party
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 1
No Clue Craft Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.nocluebrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1742535672678480/

Rancho Cucamonga’s No Clue Craft Brewery celebrates their second anniversary this weekend with an anniversary ale, lots of other beers, and German festivities. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, have some fun, and pay for beers as you go.

2nd Annual Los Angeles Paella & Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 1
La Plaza de Culturas y Artes, Los Angeles
http://paellawinefest.com/

Enjoy paella and lots of wine and spirits this Saturday near Downtown Los Angeles. General admission costs $52.50 presale or $85 at the gate, and includes unlimited food and drink samples. VIP admission costs $120, and also includes access to a VIP area with some exclusive food and drinks.

Off The Hook: Santa Monica Seafood Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 1
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://offthehookseafoodfest.com/

Enjoy lots of seafood, drinks, live music, games, and more fun this Saturday evening on the Santa Monica Pier. General admission costs $60, while VIP admission costs $90 and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive food and drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Brewery’s Oktoberfest #1
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/

Anaheim Brewery will celebrate Oktoberfest with two Saturdays full of Oktoberfest activities, such as live music, freshly-prepared sausages on-site, German-style beers, and more. No admission required – simply show up, paid for beers as you go, and have fun.

Anime Expo’s Christmas-Halloween Party & Open House
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 1
Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, Santa Ana
http://www.anime-expo.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1168307923215870/

The official Anime Expo will have a free and all-ages mixer in Orange County this Saturday evening. They will have costumes, games, food, and more.

8th Annual Taste of Italy
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
Italian American Museum, Los Angeles
http://italianhall.org/taste-of-italy-los-angeles/

Sample the best of Italian in Los Angeles at this tasting gala this Saturday evening in Downtown Los Angeles. Samples food & drinks from dozens of restaurants & wineries, enjoy the live entertainment, and more. General admission tickets cost $60, while children 12 and under get in for $25.

4th Annual Promenade Beer & Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/BreweriesnWineries-Galore-4th-Annual-Promenade-Beer-Wine-Festival-to-Descend-onto-DTLB

Following last year’s success, Downtown Long Beach brings back their beer & wine festival this weekend, complete with lots of drinks, local food, and live music. For $40 presale or $50 at the gate, guests will receive unlimited 3oz beer or wine tastings, 10 food tastings, and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may enter.

The Descendents: Live in Hollywood
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 1
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/descendents/

Legendary punk rock band The Descendents will headline an all-ages show in Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets start at $67.

Rock Out @ DiPiazzas
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 1
DiPiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/170179466748386/

Get weird this Saturday night at DiPiazzas in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages rock show costs $10.

Luicidal: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 1
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/146390829134325/

Check out some great local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

21st Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 2
Mountain Vista Drive, Encinitas
http://encinitasoktoberfest.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event this Sunday, the six-block marketplace on Mountain Vista Drive in Encinitas will feature Bavarian dancers, bands, hundreds of vendors, authentic German food & beverages, a family fun zone, and a ceremonial parade at 12pm.

The Big Draw LA: 7th Annual Make Your Mark in the Park
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 2
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://thebigdrawla.org/

A free and all-ages drawing event will take place in Downtown LA this Sunday afternoon. They will have live music and drawing tools for anyone who visits.

Roxanne’s Lounge’s 3rd Annual Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 2
Roxanne’s Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.roxanneslounge.com/oktoberfest

Roxanne’s Lounge in Long Beach will celebrate their own Oktoberfest this Sunday. Admission starts at $5 and gets you in to all the usual Oktoberfest activities, games, contests, music, entertainment, and more. Other admission packages range from $10 to $25 and include other goodies such as a glass and beer pours. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Eastside Food Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 2
Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake
http://eastsidefoodfest.com/

Indulge in eats, sips, and treats from numerous restaurants around the heart of Los Angeles this Sunday evening in Silverlake. General admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, and starts at 5pm. VIP admission costs $95 presale or $105 at the door, and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples of everything while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 29
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Long Beach Marathon Fun Run
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 30
On The Rocks, Long Beach
http://www.runlongbeach.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/489816897894571/

Run and socialize at this free fun run this Thursday evening that spans three to five miles of the full marathon’s course that goes through the CSULB campus.

Phantom Carriage Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 30
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/686183674866470/

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

2016 Anime Expo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 1-3
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.anime-expo.org/

The nation’s largest expo & convention for anime & manga returns to Downtown LA this 4th of July weekend. Complete with hundreds of artist & vendor booths, this convention allows attendees to get interactive via the masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission varies by the number of days attending – 4 days cost $90, while one day costs $55. Children 6-12 get in for a flat rate of $25, while children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Some of the special events, such as concerts and maid cafés, requires an additional ticket to get into. Parking at the convention center costs $20, so bring cash for that plus any of the vendors and food inside the convention center. Optionally, park in outdoor third party lots in the surrounding blocks for a lower rate, or take public transportation.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 1-3
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

8th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever! Car Show
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 1
World Cruise Center, San Pedro
http://www.portoflosangeles.org/community/cars_and_stripes_2016.asp

At this free and all-ages event this Friday night, check out cars, local bands, and fireworks.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 1
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).

Punk Rock Karaoke @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 1
Underground DTSA, Santa Ana
http://selloutevents.com/event/1162403

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Friday night in Santa Ana, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood south of 1st Street.

Ignite: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 1, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/070116
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 2, Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach http://www.saintrocke.com/event/1183815-ignite-hermosa-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 3, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1184697-ignite-special-guests-san-diego/
http://igniteband.com/

Punk rock band Ignite will headline a series of shows in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Red White & Boobies: Making America Naked Again
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 1
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Enjoy a sexy patriotic burlesque show this Friday night in Downtown Long Beach. General admission costs $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Cafres: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 1, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1140611-los-cafres-pomona/
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 2, The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/308865
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 3, Music Box, Little Italy, San Diego http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6580035
http://www.loscafres.net/

Enjoy a reggae/skacore show or two this weekend in Southern California. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so click on a show’s link for details.

LA Cosplay Ball
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 1
333 Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lacosplayball.com/

Party and dance the night away in costume this Friday night in Downtown LA. General admission costs $20, while fast-pass admission costs $30 that allows you to bypass some lines. Show your Anime Expo badge for discounted admission. They will have costume contests for cash prizes, though most of these contests involve sexiness and how much skin you can get away with legally showing. No one under 18 may enter.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 2
Rosie’s Dog Beach, Long Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

Ocean Beach Pier 50th Anniversary Celebration
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 2
Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego
http://oceanbeachsandiego.com/resources/local-news/ob-pier-50th-anniversary-celebration

Check out this free and all-ages event in Ocean Beach this Saturday that will have vendors, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more.

112th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 2
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 3
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 4
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
http://hb4thofjuly.org/

Celebrate Independence Day with a plethora of things to see and do in Huntington Beach this weekend. Activities include a pancake breakfast, 5k run, fitness expo, a parade, fireworks, live music, exhibitors, food vendors, family activities, and much more. See the website for a full list and schedule of what to expect.

4th Annual Ballast Point Independence Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 2
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1713076325613450/

Ballast Point will take over the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for beer as you go.

Wet Hot Skamerican Summer
6:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 2
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1083426355029169/

Enjoy a free and all-ages ska show this Saturday night in Anaheim.

Baldwin Punk
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 2
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/538879359628000/

Rock out to local punk bands this Saturday night in Baldwin Park. The cover for this all-ages show costs $3 or $5 for two.

Subtract On The Pier
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 3-4
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.subtractmusic.com/

This year, instead of the usual Party On The Pier, the Do Lab will host a concert on the pier during this 4th of July weekend. Admission costs $15 for one day or $25 for both. No one under 21 may attend.

Doll Hut’s Independance Day Punktanza Celebration
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 3
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1056984594394863/

Enjoy a free local punk rock show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Sunday. No one under 21 may enter.

Independence Day
July 4
United States

Plenty of holiday events will take place this weekend, so check with your local favorite hangout spot to see if they have anything going on. Have a FUN and SAFE holiday weekend.

Surf City Run 5K
6:00 am – 11:00 am, July 4
Worthy Park, Huntington Beach
http://surfcityrun.com/

Participate in a community 5k run this 4th of July morning, followed by a festive parade. Registration for the 5k costs $40.

4th of July Picnic Dinner
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 4
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/4th-of-july-celebrations/

Enjoy a seaside dinner along with fireworks this Independence Day in San Diego. Admission costs $35 for adults or $18 for children.

13th Anniversary 4th of July Luau
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 4
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://www.pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-san-clemente/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1609725326007987/

Pizza Port will have a free and all-ages festive celebration on their rooftop this 4th of July evening.

The 2015 Anime Expo wrapped up this year’s installment at the Los Angeles Convention Center this past Sunday. This annual 4-day expo for all things Anime & Manga attracts exhibitors and fans from across the globe for the largest gathering of its kind in the world. What started as a simple expo for those in the Anime industry has grown to encompass anything remotely related to the art of Japanese art & animation. Today, this large expo now hosts artists, designers, vendors, video game companies, technicians, actors/actresses, voice actors, models, musicians, singers, cosplayers, and much more to spread their work out to the public as well as interact with the fans. With so much to do, so many people to see, and so many people wanting to get in (tens of thousands of visitors on the first day!), naturally the organizers had to make this expo cover a span of four days every year.

The actual expo covered the entire span on the convention center, both the South Hall and the West Hall. The main expo occurred in the South Hall, while the West Hall housed the miscellaneous activities, such as workshops, video game competitions, cosplay contests, and more. The expo simply had too much going on, so I understand why most attendees purchased either the two or four day pass rather than just a single day. The expo contained different sections based on the content; for example, attendees could find the artist booths at the back, the autographs at the right, the merchandise in the middle, and celebrity/actor appearances at the front.

For any type of expo or convention of this nature, sure we may want to pay attention to the exhibitors, but at the heart of any gathering of this kind, our attention instantly turns to the cosplayers. Attendees love to dress up as their favorite character to show their pride and/or craftsmanship, while some simply slap together a lazy costume just to blend in somehow, such as the hundreds of attendees with a Teemo hat. For Anime Expo, the world’s largest expo of its kind, attendees either go all in or go nothing. Observe some of the fun costumes from Day 2 of the 2015 Anime Expo:

Missed out on Anime Expo this year? Fear not – Anime California comes to Orange County on the weekend of August 28-30. At $45 for the entire weekend, expect to see nearly the same things at Anime Expo. If you desire the massive crowds and content that Anime Expo offers, the 2016 Anime Expo takes place July 1-4 next year back at the Los Angeles Convention Center. On the bright side, this gives you plenty of time to work on that amazing costume that will wow everyone!

The 2015 Anime Expo returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center starting this Thursday and running through Sunday. This annual 4-day expo for all things Anime & Manga attracts exhibitors and fans from across the globe for the largest gathering of its kind in the world. What started as a simple expo for those in the Anime industry has grown to encompass anything remotely related to the art of Japanese art & animation. Today, this large expo now hosts artists, designers, vendors, video game companies, technicians, actors/actresses, voice actors, models, musicians, singers, cosplayers, and much more to spread their work out to the public as well as interact with the fans. With so much to do, so many people to see, and so many people wanting to get in (tens of thousands of visitors on the first day!), naturally the organizers had to make this expo cover a span of four days every year.

As the current world’s largest expo of its kind, one can expect sheer overflow of people in the area for miles. Road traffic does not face as much of a problem, save for the exuberant parking prices that reaches upwards of $40 per vehicle. Pedestrian traffic causes the most headaches, from the uncontrolled crosswalks to the endless line of jaywalkers. If anything definitely terrorizes attendees, the line to enter the expo causes the most grief. From getting in line to getting into the building, the wait on the morning of the 4th of July usually takes hours to enter. Strangely, very few attendees complain about this, as if they accept this year after year. For a first-time attendee like myself, I speak for many other first-time attendees when I say that this expo NEEDS an attendance limit. Comic Con follows an attendance limit, yet still sells out in under a minute every year. Upon questioning some attendees from previous years, they mention that at least a hundred attendees camp overnight, and that entering the line at 8am when the expo opens still takes over an hour to get in. They also mention that the first day always sees the most amount of attendees, which sounds reasonable. Lesson learned: if attending Anime Expo, either attend extremely early on the first day, or attend on the second and/or third day.

The actual expo covers the entire span on the convention center, both the South Hall and the West Hall. The main expo occurs in the South Hall, while the West Hall houses the miscellaneous activities, such as workshops, video game competitions, cosplay contests, and more. The expo simply has too much going on, so I understand why most attendees purchase either the two or four day pass rather than just a single day. The expo contains different sections based on the content; for example, attendees would find the artist booths at the back, the autographs at the right, the merchandise in the middle, and celebrity/actor appearances at the front.

For any type of expo or convention of this nature, sure we may want to pay attention to the exhibitors, but at the heart of any gathering of this kind, our attention instantly turns to the cosplayers. Attendees love to dress up as their favorite character to show their pride and/or craftsmanship, while some simply slap together a lazy costume just to blend in somehow, such as the hundreds of attendees with a Teemo hat. For Anime Expo, the world’s largest expo of its kind, attendees either go all in or go nothing. Observe some of the fun costumes from the 2013 Anime Expo:

As an added bonus, my cousin also took a handful of photos, and you may now observe Anime Expo from his point of view too:

If you feel that you cannot attend Anime Expo this year, fear not – Anime California comes to Orange County on the weekend of August 28-30. At $45 for the entire weekend, expect to see nearly the same things at Anime Expo. If you desire the massive crowds and content that Anime Expo offers, keep this weekend open for the 2014 Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. If you have a costume, wear it proudly and show it off to everyone!

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 1
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/908510255875460/

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.

2015 Anime Expo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 2-4
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 5
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.anime-expo.org/

The nation’s largest expo & convention for anime & manga returns to Downtown LA this 4th of July weekend. Complete with hundreds of artist & vendor booths, this convention allows attendees to get interactive via the masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission varies by the number of days attending – 4 days cost $80, while one day costs $39. Children 6-12 get in for a flat rate of $25, while children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Some of the special events, such as concerts and maid cafés, requires an additional ticket to get into. Parking at the convention center costs $15, so bring cash for that plus any of the vendors and food inside the convention center. Optionally, park in outdoor third party lots in the surrounding blocks for a lower rate, or take public transportation.

7th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever! Car Show
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 2
World Cruise Center, San Pedro
http://www.facebook.com/events/1405770269739899/

At this free and all-ages event this Thursday night, check out cars, local bands, and fireworks.

Viernes 13 @ The Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 2
The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/viernes-13-2/

Rock out to some local skacore this Thursday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

111th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 3
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 4
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 5
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
http://hb4thofjuly.org/

Celebrate Independence Day with a plethora of things to see and do in Huntington Beach this weekend. Activities include a pancake breakfast, 5k run, fitness expo, a parade, fireworks, live music, exhibitors, food vendors, family activities, and much more. See the website for a full list and schedule of what to expect.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 3-5
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

3rd Annual Ballast Point Independence Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 3
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1592719104313973/

Ballast Point will take over the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for beer as you go.

America Stands For Freedom – Independence Eve Show & Revue
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 3
Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/869941-vandals-pomona/

Legendary punk band The Vandals will headline this show at the Glass House in Pomona this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $17.76.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 3
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/884455-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.

Independence Day
July 4
United States

Plenty of holiday events will take place this weekend, so check with your local favorite hangout spot to see if they have anything going on. Have a FUN and SAFE holiday weekend.

4th of July Party on the Pier
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 4
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 5
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/july-4th-party.html

Party at the beach this Independence Day in Long Beach. Admission costs $10 for adults and free for kids, and includes all-day reentry, one BBQ plate plus a soft drink, and access to the kids’ play area. Plenty of live bands, a beer garden, boat rides, and more will keep guests entertained all day. Metered parking lots remain enforced in the lots nearby; for long-term parking, I recommend parking in the neighborhoods beyond Ocean Blvd.

OC Block Party July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 4
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://ocblockparty.com/

From the organizers behind Ktown Night Market comes the OC Block Party, a 4th of July extravaganza taking place at Angel Stadium this Saturday. It costs $7 to attend this all-ages celebration, complete with fireworks, live music, food, drinks, vendors, a car show, and more. Bring lots of extra cash with you for parking and other things you may purchase in the event area.

The 2014 Anime Expo returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center starting this Thursday and running through Sunday. This annual 4-day expo for all things Anime & Manga attracts exhibitors and fans from across the globe for the largest gathering of its kind in the world. What started as a simple expo for those in the Anime industry has grown to encompass anything remotely related to the art of Japanese art & animation. Today, this large expo now hosts artists, designers, vendors, video game companies, technicians, actors/actresses, voice actors, models, musicians, singers, cosplayers, and much more to spread their work out to the public as well as interact with the fans. With so much to do, so many people to see, and so many people wanting to get in (tens of thousands of visitors on the first day!), naturally the organizers had to make this expo cover a span of four days every year.

As the current world’s largest expo of its kind, one can expect sheer overflow of people in the area for miles. Road traffic does not face as much of a problem, save for the exuberant parking prices that reaches upwards of $40 per vehicle. Pedestrian traffic causes the most headaches, from the uncontrolled crosswalks to the endless line of jaywalkers. If anything definitely terrorizes attendees, the line to enter the expo causes the most grief. From getting in line to getting into the building, the wait on the morning of the 4th of July usually takes hours to enter. Strangely, very few attendees complain about this, as if they accept this year after year. For a first-time attendee like myself, I speak for many other first-time attendees when I say that this expo NEEDS an attendance limit. Comic Con follows an attendance limit, yet still sells out in under a minute every year. Upon questioning some attendees from previous years, they mention that at least a hundred attendees camp overnight, and that entering the line at 8am when the expo opens still takes over an hour to get in. They also mention that the first day always sees the most amount of attendees, which sounds reasonable. Lesson learned: if attending Anime Expo, either attend extremely early on the first day, or attend on the second and/or third day.

The actual expo covers the entire span on the convention center, both the South Hall and the West Hall. The main expo occurs in the South Hall, while the West Hall houses the miscellaneous activities, such as workshops, video game competitions, cosplay contests, and more. The expo simply has too much going on, so I understand why most attendees purchase either the two or four day pass rather than just a single day. The expo contains different sections based on the content; for example, attendees would find the artist booths at the back, the autographs at the right, the merchandise in the middle, and celebrity/actor appearances at the front.

For any type of expo or convention of this nature, sure we may want to pay attention to the exhibitors, but at the heart of any gathering of this kind, our attention instantly turns to the cosplayers. Attendees love to dress up as their favorite character to show their pride and/or craftsmanship, while some simply slap together a lazy costume just to blend in somehow, such as the hundreds of attendees with a Teemo hat. For Anime Expo, the world’s largest expo of its kind, attendees either go all in or go nothing. Observe some of the fun costumes from Day 1 of the 2013 Anime Expo:

As an added bonus, my cousin also took a handful of photos, and you may now observe Anime Expo from his point of view too:

If you feel that you cannot attend Anime Expo this year, fear not – Anime California comes to Orange County on the weekend of August 22-24. At $40 per day, expect to see nearly the same things at Anime Expo. If you desire the massive crowds and content that Anime Expo offers, keep this weekend open for the 2014 Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. If you have a costume, wear it proudly and show it off to everyone!

I Love Poke Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 30
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
http://ilovemusubi.com/poke/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event tonight in Huntington Beach. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while ten local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $65, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

Monday Moonstomp – Free Ska Show
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 30
Old Towne Pub, Pasadena
http://www.facebook.com/events/499367253528817/

Check out these three ska bands as they perform a FREE show tonight in Pasadena. No one under 21 may enter.

World Cup Viewing Party in Downtown Long Beach
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 1
Pine Avenue between 3rd & Broadway, Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/World-Cup-on-Pine-Avenue?id=67168

Downtown Long Beach will close Pine Avenue between 3rd & Broadway this Tuesday for an outdoor World Cup viewing event. This free viewing will allow fans to watch both games televised live. Local businesses may also run specials during this time.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 2
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/524474660922351/

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.

2014 Anime Expo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 3-5
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 6
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.anime-expo.org/

The nation’s largest expo & convention for anime & manga returns to Downtown LA this 4th of July weekend. Complete with hundreds of artist & vendor booths, this convention allows attendees to get interactive via the masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission varies by the number of days attending – 4 days cost $70, while one day costs $35. Children 6-12 get in for a flat rate of $25, while children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Some of the special events, such as concerts and maid cafés, requires an additional ticket to get into. Parking at the convention center costs $15, so bring cash for that plus any of the vendors and food inside the convention center. Optionally, park in outdoor third party lots in the surrounding blocks for a lower rate, or take public transportation.

“Almost” First Fridays Long Beach
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 3
Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/

This monthly artwalk normally occurs on the first Friday of every month, but with a national holiday on Friday this month, this event will now take place a day prior.

America Stands For Freedom – Independence Eve Show & Revue
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 3
Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/593977-vandals-pomona/

Legendary punk band The Vandals will headline this show at the Glass House in Pomona this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $17.76.

4th of July Party on the Pier
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 4
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/july-4th-party.html

Party at the beach this Independence Day in Long Beach. Admission costs $20 for adults and free for kids, and includes all-day reentry, one BBQ plate plus a soft drink, and access to the kids’ play area. Plenty of live bands, a beer garden, boat rides, and more will keep guests entertained all day. Metered parking lots remain enforced in the lots nearby; for long-term parking, I recommend parking in the neighborhoods beyond Ocean Blvd.

FEAR @ Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 4
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/fear/

Legendary punk band FEAR will headline an all-ages show at the Whisky A Go Go this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $25.

Labyrinth of Jareth XVI – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 4-5
The Legendary Park Plaza, Los Angeles
http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com/

Experience a weekend of costumes and magic as you party with the beautiful people of Southern California. Dance and mingle with the Royal Court, and show off your creativity with your most extravagant costume as you lose yourself in the entrancing music and atmosphere of the Labyrinth of Jareth. In layman’s terms, check out this fantasy costume party in LA all weekend, and expect to see a LOT of skin. Admission prices vary, from as low as $49 to as high as $116. Early arrivals will find free street parking near the hotel. Otherwise, guests can park in a parking garage behind the venue, or park at the Biltmore Hotel and take a shuttle from there. All attendees must don a full costume – no half costumes or lazy costumes. Although they have not specified an age limit, I assume no one under 21 can attend.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/174774

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.

Beachwood Brewing 3rd Anniversary Celebration
10:00 am – 2:00 am, July 5
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/298776253623103/

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s 3rd anniversary at their restaurant/brewery in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Free to attend, expect to find rare beers on tap, as well as a handful of guest breweries and their brews. Beachwood BBQ will also serve up some food specials unique only for this glorious day. Guests can park for free for up to three hours with validation in the parking structure in the alley behind the restaurant.

Super Girls Car Wash
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 5
Comic Book Hideout, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/792663214097721/

Cosplay meets fundraising at this femme fatale car wash this Saturday afternoon. Come get your car washed by these costumed ladies, and/or enjoy some BBQ at this comics shop in Fullerton.

2014 Kush Expo
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 5
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 6
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.kushexpo.com/

A medical marijuana expo comes to the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. This expo does not require a medical card to enter, but no one under 18 may attend. Tickets cost $18 presale (contrary to the photo below) or $25 at the door.

Moon Crisis: A Sailor Moon Tribute Show – Opening Night
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 5
Rothick Art Haus, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/695210717184615/

Celebrate the 2014 reboot of the Sailor Moon franchise with this FREE all-ages art show this Saturday night in Anaheim.

Nekromantix & Guttermouth @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 5
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/nekromantix-guttermouth

Psychobilly and punk rock clash this Saturday night at this all-ages show in Orange County. Tickets to this show cost just $10.

8Kalacas – CD Release Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 5
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/1339

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Saturday night in the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Orange County. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

Mayfair – CD Release Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 6
Chain Reaction, Anaheim
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/607181

Check out this post-hardcore show this Sunday night at the Chain Reaction. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.