Posts Tagged ‘Anime’

26th Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 12
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.pfar.org/pfar-charitable-foundation/taste-of-old-pasadena/

The Taste of Old Pasadena returns tomorrow to Old Town Pasadena. Over 30 diverse restaurants will sample their food & drinks for just $35 per person. Maps and signs will guide all attendees to find the food.

4th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 13
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 14
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.cwcbexpo.com/

Explore the business of the cannabis industry during this expo this week at the LA Convention Center. Intended only for those in the industry, attendees will connect and network with other professionals in the industry to obtain information about starting a cannabis business, running a cannabis business, providing equity/investment resources, or providing professional/business services. Registration for the expo starts at $125.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 13
Downtown Pacific Beach
http://www.pacificbeach.org/

Take a stroll through Pacific Beach this Wednesday 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.

To Live And Dine In S.D.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 13
Farmer & The Seahorse, San Diego
http://modernluxury.com/san-diego/events/live-dine-2017

A food & alcohol tasting event will take place this Wednesday evening in San Diego. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door, and gets you in to enjoy unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

25th Annual Taste of Downtown San Diego
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
Rustic Root, San Diego
http://downtownsandiego.org/events/tasteofdt/

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.

Savor Santa Ana
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.savorsantaana.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 five 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.

Taste of 10: Celebrating 10 Years of The District at Tustin Legacy
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 14
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
http://localemagazine.com/localendar/taste-10-celebrating-10-years-district-tustin-legacy/

Sample food and drinks from over a dozen Tustin restaurants this Thursday night in Tustin. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, and gets you unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 14
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.

19th Annual Sand Sports Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 15
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 16
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
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.

Los Angeles Anime Film Festival 2017
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, September 15
10:30 am – 12:00 am, September 16-17
Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.la-aff.com/

Over 20 anime movies will air this weekend in Downtown LA. This event does not feature an all-inclusive pass – rather, you simply pay to see the movie(s) you want to watch. See the website for a list and schedule of movies.

California Beer Festival – Ventura
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 15
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, September 16
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 17
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.

Son of Monsterpalooza 2017
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 15
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 16-17
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, Burbank
http://www.monsterpalooza.com/

Basically, a convention for horror, Halloween, and other similar media. Check out costumes, apparel, accessories, toys, media, speakers, demos, celebrities, artists, and more all this weekend in Burbank. Admission to this all-ages event costs $25 per day or $60 for the full weekend.

17th Annual Bike Walk & Roll
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 16
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.

Bubble Run San Diego
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 16
Mattress Firm Amphitheater, Chula Vista
http://www.bubblerun.com/events/san-diego/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race around the Sleep Train Amphitheater. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

13th Annual Moompetam: Native American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
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.

Oceanside Harbor Days 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside
http://www.oceansidechamber.com/oceanside-harbor-days.html

A handful of events will occur in Oceanside 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.

Mountain Lakes 7th Annual End of Summer Run
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 16
Mountain Lakes Resort, Lytle Creek
http://www.mountainlakesca.com/

A car show will take place in the mountains north of Fontana this Saturday, free to attend for all ages.

2017 Long Beach Triathlon & Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 16
4:00 am – 10:00 am, September 17
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 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 16-17
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.

2nd Annual California Vegetarian Food Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.cavegfoodfest.com/

This event focuses on the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, not necessarily the food. As such, expect to find speakers, celebrities, cooking demos, seminars, vendors selling vegan accessories and apparel, and more. Admission costs $20 per day but does not include any food.

10th Annual Orange County Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
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 16-17
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.

1st Annual San Diego Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://www.sandiegocookiecon.com/

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $25, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

5th Annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 16
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.

San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival 2017
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 16-17
Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.sjcgreekfest.org/

South Orange County gets their own Greek festival this weekend, free to attend for all ages. Visitors will find food, treats, live entertainment, rides, games, vendors, and more.

5th Annual OC Fest of Ales
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 16
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.

4th Annual Montebello Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 16
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.

5th Annual Battle of the Tequileros
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 16
Taco Rosa, Newport Beach
http://www.tacorosa.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/battle-of-the-tequileros-v-tickets-36834725656

$75 gets you in to sample all the tequila and drinks that you can handle for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Horton’s Hayride
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 16
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.

2nd Annual Open Arts & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
Brand Boulevard, Glendale
http://openartsmusic.com/

A free and all-ages music and art festival comes to the streets of Glendale this Saturday.

15th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
http://www.tarfest.com/

This music & art festival returns this Saturday to the La Brea Tar Pits in West LA. Free to attend and open to all ages, guests will experience live music, live painting, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more.

2nd Annual Monrovia Station Beer & Music Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 16
Metro Gold Line Monrovia Station, Monrovia
http://www.monroviacc.com/

To celebrate the annivesary of Station Square Park & Metro Gold Line, Monrovia will have a beer and music festival there this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 4pm. Admission at the gate costs $60, if any tickets remain. All attendees receive fifteen 6oz beer tasters, plus access to local food vendors and the live music stage. No one under 21 may attend.

Downey International Food & Music Festival 2017
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 16
Downey Ave & 3rd St, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/

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.

OC Roller Girls – Blocktoberfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
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.

Los Kung Fu Monkeys – Free Show
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 16
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/123317141624872/

Get your skanking on at this free skacore show this Saturday night in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Slow Children – Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 16
De Via Bella Pizza & Sports Bar, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1966164253651729/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Riverside. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 16
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

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

7th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
September 17-24
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, September 24th.

2017 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
Granada Pavilion, Granada Hills
http://www.facebook.com/SanFernandoValleyComicBookConvention

This annual local comics event returns to the San Fernando Valley this Sunday. General admission costs $5 while children under 12 enter for free with paid adult admission, and admission grants full access to the show floor, which contains dozens of artists, vendors, professional actors, and more.

StanceNation SoCal
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 17
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.stancenation.com/

A car show comes to the Anaheim Convention Center this Sunday afternoon. Presale admission costs $30 but has already sold out, and they have not specified how much admission will cost at the door.

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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.

The Robo Toy Fest returned for its annual event this past Sunday. Taking place at the Pasadena Convention Center, this all-ages expo features dozens of artists and vendors all showcasing any media involving robots or mechs. From Transformers to Power Rangers and more, any fan of robot toys would love to see everything here. Visitors would find more than enough toys around to keep their interests piqued for hours. Admission only costs $10 and allows in-and-out privileges the entire day. Robo Toy Fest normally operates along with Brick Boutique, but for some reason that event did not return this year, so Robo Toy Fest operated on its own. For a small event though, one could see everything present within half an hour. However, the event organizers provided some extra content to entice visitors to stay, such as complimentary snacks and special guest celebrities doing autograph signings and photographs with visitors. I specifically saw one of the Red Rangers from one of the Power Rangers seasons, as well as the actor that portrayed Liu Kang in a Mortal Kombat movie. For those with expanded interests, plenty of vendors present provided merchandise from video games, comics, anime, manga, and more, giving fans more to see than just robots.

Robo Toy Fest returns at different times of the year. Last year, Robo Toy Fest took place in October, way off from this year in May. The organizers of Robo Toy Fest also put on a lot of other similar events at the Pasadena Convention Center, which I will list below. Make sure you like Robo Toy Fest on Facebook to see what else they have coming up. To better understand what transpires here, check out these other similar events held at the Pasadena Convention Center:

Many fandom events have occurred recently in Southern California. The term “fandom” refers to a broad range of pop culture interests and hobbies, from comics to video games to anime/manga and more. The most popular ones cost the most to get in, but a lot of smaller ones often do not cost much, if not completely free, to attend, and more often than not the smaller ones still attract a huge crowd, such as TitanCon 2017. Hosted at the student union on the Cal State Fullerton campus, TitanCon represents a locally-run community event around all things anime, manga, and video games. Taking place this past Saturday from 11am to 10pm, this free and all-ages event attracted thousands of fans of anime, manga, and video games to this quaint gathering for a fun day of mixing and mingling. Visitors would find artists, vendors, merchandise, mobile food vendors, live entertainment, cosplay contests, video games, a maid café, and more.

While it may not have the abundant amount of content that larger conventions and expos would have, Coast Con still had enough content to keep visitors occupied for hours. The student union primarily contained all the happenings of TitanCon, where attendees would check in, find the artist/vendor hall, check out all the programming, enter the maid café, play games, and more. On the other side of the student union from the check-in table, the majority of cosplayers gathered on all floors. The cosplayers took advantage of the stairs and the large outdoor space to handle all their photos, dancing, and acting.

Since none of the programming took place at the southeast section of the student union, this represented a great place to not only relax, but for attendees to mingle and meet others. I have attended countless fandom events in the past, but always attended as a regular person with a camera. This time, I actually arrived in costume, providing me with an entirely different experience. Many attendees stopped me to take a photo of me, while many others wanted to converse with me. Sure this distracted me from taking hundreds of photos like I usually do, but experiencing the life of a cosplayer more than made up for it, as I now understand how other cosplayers feel. While it may sound like a silly concept to people not into comics, anime, video games, or other forms of media, I highly encourage everyone to try cosplaying at least once, and not just buying a premade costume from a Halloween store.

Expect many more fandom events in Southern California in the near future. SoCal has Comic Con Revolution taking place in less than two weeks from now. The granddaddy of all anime events, the Anime Expo, takes place on the 4th of July weekend as it always does. The major maestro of comic cons, the Comic Con, takes place just three weeks following Anime Expo. Remember that smaller events will always occur between then, so always check with your local community to find more events to visit.

Sigur Rós: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 10, Fox Theater, Pomona
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 13-15, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown Los Angeles
http://sigur-ros.co.uk/

Legendary post-rock band Sigur Rós currently tours across the world, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by date, so check with the venue for ticket prices.

Thursday: Live at The Wiltern
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 11
The Wiltern, Koreatown
http://thursday.net/

Legendary post-hardcore band Thursday makes their triumphant return to SoCal this week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

Subhumans: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 11, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 12, The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.citizenfish.com/
http://www.facebook.com/Subhumans-UK-137812882953527/

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

2017 San Diego Road Runner Sports Adventure Run
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 13
Road Runner Sports, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.adventurerun.com/

Participate in a FREE, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with giveaways, raffle prizes, music, and a FREE beer garden. Your Adventure starts when you arrive early to collect your supplies and try cool new products from Adventure Run sponsors for free.When the run starts, hit the road and collect as many raffle tickets from as many checkpoints as possible in 60 minutes, then rush back for a chance to win over $3,000 in raffle prizes.

Orange Coast Magazine’s Best Restaurants Celebration
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, April 13
PIRCH, Costa Mesa
http://www.orangecoast.com/event/orange-coast-magazines-best-restaurants-celebration/

Sample food, treats, drinks, and more from some of Orange County’s top restaurants this Thursday night in Costa Mesa. Admission costs $60 and provides unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Guests can park for free here. No one under 21 may attend.

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

Road Trip To Hell Burlesque Show
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 13
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Enjoy a sizzling burlesque show this Thursday night in Downtown Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Hanadoki Con 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 am, April 14
10:00 am – 2:00 am, April 15
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 16
Town & Country Resort, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.hanadokicon.org/

Basically, a Japanese pop culture convention. Come see all things anime, manga, and cosplay at this three-day convention taking place this week in San Diego. Registration varies in price, starting at $20.

Easter Spectacular by Anime Academia
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 14
Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/253061245156113/

Free to attend for all ages, enjoy Easter-themed games, raffles, prizes, treats, and more this Friday afternoon in Costa Mesa.

3rd Annual Ventura County Spring Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 14
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 15
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 16
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://www.venturacountyfair.org/foundation/springfair/

The Ventura County Fair will open for just a weekend this week. The $6 admission gets you in to the fairgrounds this weekend and includes a coupon good for $5 off admission for the actual fair that will return later this year.

Viernes 13: Live in Riverside
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 14
The Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/919430071531936/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show in Riverside this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale or $15 at the door.

Tiger Army with T.S.O.L. & Gamblers Mark
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 14
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://www.tigerarmy.com/

Legendary psychobilly band Tiger Army currently tours across the world, and that tour swings through Southern California this week and next week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

Wanderlust 108
7:30 am – 3:30 pm, April 15
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://wanderlust.com/

Join in on this yoga meetup this Saturday at Liberty Station in San Diego. Admission costs $49, and includes entry into a 5k run, yoga, and meditation. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

VRLA Expo 2017
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.virtualrealityla.com/

See the latest in virtual reality gadgets at this VR expo at the LA Convention Center this Saturday afternoon. General admission to this all-ages expo costs $40, or $30 for students.

Easter Scrimmage: Bunnies vs. Chicks
10:30 am – 12:30 pm, April 15
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday morning in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10 presale or $15 at the door.

13th Annual Vintage Fashion Show and Tea
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 15
Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles
http://heritagesquare.org/events/calendar/13th-annual-vintage-fashion-show-and-tea

See beautiful costumes and vintage gowns this Saturday in Los Angeles. Following the fashion show, visitors can participate in an afternoon tea buffet, check out the museum, browse the fashion vendors, and more. Presale tickets cost $30 for adults or $15 for children.

First Class Pizza • Woodbury’s 10 Year Anniversary
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 15
First Class Pizza • Woodbury, Irvine
http://www.firstclasspizzawoodbury.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/432670127072103/

Irvine’s First Class Pizza • Woodbury turns ten years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have some rare beers on tap this Saturday, as well as specialty food items for sale. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you go.

Zotcade 2017 Gaming Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 15-16
UCI Student Center, Irvine
http://www.zotcade.com/

A free and all-ages video games event takes place on the UCI campus this weekend. While free to attend, parking and gaming tournament fees will apply. This event will have a few gaming-related vendors and panels as well.

17th Annual Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 15
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/taste-of-hillcrest-2017

Savor the flavors of all the amazing eateries in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Over 40 restaurants will offer delicious samples to guests, while a handful of local breweries will provide beer tasters for guests. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event. Admission includes 50 taster tickets, and each location accepts different amounts of tickets. Guests can move at their own pace, and select which locations to spend their tickets at.

7th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 15
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.mvcbf.com/

This gourmet food and craft beer festival returns to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego this Saturday. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. VIP admission costs $90 presale or $100 at the gate, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $60 presale or $65 at the gate, and starts at 1:30pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

Long Beach Craft Beer & Oyster Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 15
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://chugginbrews.com/

Sample oysters and craft beers this Saturday afternoon in Long Beach down by the water. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45, starts at 12pm, and includes a mimosa bar. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples until 4pm, and a souvenir cup. Admission does NOT include food – all attendees must still pay for food. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Wing Fest 2017
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 15
Jolt’n Joes, Downtown San Diego
http://wingfestsandiego.com/ (warning: autoplay)

If you love chicken wings, check out the all-ages Wing Fest in San Diego this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $30 presale or $40 at the door and starts at 3pm. VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. Admission includes unlimited food samples while supplies last, but does not include drinks – attendees must pay for drinks. Participation in a wing-eating contest costs $35 to register.

Night Nation Run – San Diego
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 15
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://nightnationrun.com/san-diego/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

2017 Long Beach Onesie Pub Crawl
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 15
Clancy’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://vipcaliforniaevents.com/

Drunk people in tacky onesies get schwifty with each other this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach. $10 gets you a wristband good for participating venues, where you will receive specials on drinks all night. Participants must find their own way to get from venue to venue. No one under 21 may attend.

DC Fallout: Live in Fullerton
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 15
Slide Bar, Downtown Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1417067521677788/

Rock out to a FREE show this Saturday night in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Easter
April 16
Worldwide

Happy Easter! Spend today with loved ones~

Many fandom events have occurred recently in Southern California. The term “fandom” refers to a broad range of pop culture interests and hobbies, from comics to video games to anime/manga and more. The most popular ones cost the most to get in, but a lot of smaller ones often do not cost much, if not completely free, to attend, and more often than not the smaller ones still attract a huge crowd, such as as Coast Con 2017. Hosted by Anime Academia, an organization of Orange Coast College, Coast Con represents a locally-run community event around all things anime, manga, and video games. Taking place this past Saturday from 12pm to 8pm, this free and all-ages event attracted hundreds of fans of anime, manga, and video games to this quaint gathering for a fun day of mixing and mingling. Visitors would find artists, merchandise, live entertainment, cosplay contests, video game booths, a maid café, and more.

While it may not have the abundant amount of content that larger conventions and expos would have, Coast Con still had enough content to keep visitors occupied for a few hours. The Student Center acted as the hub of the event, containing a check-in table, lots of vendors, and the maid café. Directly outside in the maid quad, more artists and vendors set up along the center aisle. Going past this aisle, we find the classrooms that had the event’s programming, which included the video game stations and anime viewing rooms. Walking down from the main quad to the Moore Theatre brought us to the main stage where they held the cosplay contests. I only stuck around for the main cosplay contest that had everyone strut their stuff for the audience, and boy did a lot of people dress up for such a low-key event. This goes to show the dedication that these cosplayers have towards their interests.

While Anime Academia exists as a college organization, they often put on events open to the public. Check out Anime Academia on Facebook to see what other events they have planned that you can attend.

Like a flash, the 2017 Long Beach Comic Expo came and went this past weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. This convention for all things comics returned to the convention center’s Hall C just like previous years, and visitors had to enter from the east side instead of the usual west side due to another convention taking place along the western rooms. The main operations of the expo had not changed – hundreds of local comic book writers and artists exhibited their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more, either for sale or for show. Elsewhere in other rooms across from Hall C, a number workshops and seminars occurred, ranging from speaker panels to art workshops to live activities. Cosplay Corner returned to the expo as a part of the show floor in the same side of the room as previous years. Nothing else drastic changed from the previous years of the Long Beach Comic Expo, but due to the weekend’s storms, a few things got moved around – notably, anything vehicular moved to the other side from the entrance, such as themed cars and the mobile food vendors. Many cosplayers often remain out in front for photo shoots; however, due to the weather, most attendees preferred to remain inside the expo halls. Overall, I experienced lower attendance than usual this past weekend, and many attribute that to bad weather.

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

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

The 2017 Long Beach Comic Expo returns to the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend, taking place over two days in all its glory. Returning to Hall C and the Pacific Promenade area, hundreds of local comic book writers and artists will travel here to exhibit their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more. Eager fans can gain access to the entire show floor for $30 per person for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $50 for both days, with children 10 and under entering free with a paid adult admission. In addition to the expo on the show floor, various workshops and seminars will occur in the surrounding meeting rooms for those who register ahead of time. Diehard fans will recognize the various celebrities sitting in for meet & greet and autograph sessions.

Some general tips to make your visit pleasant:

  • Peak time: 12pm-2pm on Saturday, as you will encounter the most amount of cosplayers at this time
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as you will walk a lot.
  • I advise staying for as long as possible to see more and interact with other attendees. Also have enough energy to last the entire time.
  • While mostly indoors, a lot of the cosplayers like to hang out outside for photo shoots. Regardless, it would behoove you to dress for chilly or possibly rainy weather.
  • Have extra cash available for food as well as merchandise if you think you will buy something inside the expo.
  • Get into character! Even if you cannot dress up, cosplayers love to act their part and interact with others.
  • Expect to take a lot of photos, so bring an extra camera or power bank for smartphones.
  • I know we normally tell our kids to not talk to strangers, but at this event, attendees encourage others to chat with the cosplayers, especially children.

Even to those not interested in comics, everyone should attend a comic expo/con just to see everyone dressing up in costume. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into a staple for any sort of expo in this industry, and the fans proudly don their best gear for this expo.

The turn of a new year indicates that Lunar New Year soon approaches, and with it comes countless fairs, festivals, and events that all celebrate this cultural tradition. However, no other event brings everything all together quite like the Asian American Expo. Now in its 36th year, this event returned to the Fairplex in Pomona this past weekend to deliver the expansive world of Eastern culture. This all-ages expo featured just about everything revolving around Chinese culture and Asian pop culture in general, from the fashion to the fiction to the food to the art to the music and so much more. Attendees would encounter art, music, dance, entertainment, cosplay, fashion, anime, manga, comics, video games, merchandise, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and tons of other things that could keep one occupied for more than just a weekend. Many attendees went all out and dressed for the occasion, while other fans simply attended to check out what this expo has to offer, and believe me you could spend more than a day here.

While the Asian American Expo covered a great portion of the Fairplex, the expo consists of more than just its own vendor expo – the event incorporates Anime Impulse as well as The Silk Show, both of which took place in its own expo hall. The Silk Show took place in one of the expo halls and basically contained vendors for apparel and shoes. For most of the expo’s action, we turn to Anime Impulse. This annual event for all things Anime & Manga attracts exhibitors and fans from across the globe for a huge gathering of like-minded people. Attendees would find artists, designers, vendors, video game developers, technicians, actors/actresses, voice actors, models, musicians, singers, cosplayers, and much more. Within the layout of the Asian American Expo, Anime Impulse took up an expo hall and a half, splitting a second expo hall with part of the overall expo. Anime Impulse also utilizes a lot of the open space as well, as many of the cosplayers and anime fans spread out around the area, most of which looked for a good spot to take photos at. However, most of the action took place inside the main expo hall, filled with all the vendors as well as the indoor stage. A special Maid Café event took place in the back corner; however, this required an additional admission fee to check out, mainly for those who actively participate in those kinds of events.

Even to those not interested in the anime or manga or video games, everyone should attend an anime expo/con just to see everyone dressing up in costume. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into a staple for any sort of expo in this industry, and the fans proudly donned their best gear for this expo. Observe some of what you may expect to see in cosplay at an anime event:

The Asian American Expo, in conjunction with Anime Impulse and The Silk Show, operates annually right before Lunar New Year. While it will take another year for this particular series of events to return, plenty of Lunar New Year events will take place all the way up to the actual Lunar New Year. Check out my blog every Monday morning for a post about the following week’s events to see if one will come to your area. In the meantime, get social with the Asian American Expo by liking them on Facebook. You can also get social with Anime Impulse by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. The same goes for The Silk Show: check them out on Facebook and Twitter as well. If you missed out on visiting the Fairplex this past weekend, fret not – Anime Los Angeles will take place at the Ontario Convention Center in less than two weeks from now.

The 2017 Anime Impulse returns to the Fairplex in Pomona this Saturday and Sunday. This annual event for all things Anime & Manga attracts exhibitors and fans from across the globe for a huge gathering of like-minded people. 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, as Anime Impulse takes place concurrently with the annual Asian American Expo and The Silk Show, both also at the Fairplex. Today, this combined event 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, attendees can spend the two full days exploring everything here, and possibly not see everything offered in time.

The actual event covers a huge span of the Fairplex event grounds, occupying multiple buildings and outdoor areas. Admission cost $11 per day, and grants access to all connected events: Anime Impulse, Asian American Expo, and the Silk Show. Parking costing $11 per vehicle per day – attendees commuting there should enter Gate 9 on N White Avenue. The event’s show hours start at 10am and end at 7pm both days. These events will occur rain or shine, so prepare yourself for the weather for this weekend, including those who will dress up. Attendees should plan to bring extra cash to not only pay for parking, but to pay for food, since the event does not allow ins-&-outs. If you feel that you cannot make it to the Fairplex this weekend, fret not – Anime Los Angeles will take place at the Ontario Convention Center two weeks later. In the meantime, check out what you may encounter at Anime Impulse by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. In the meantime, check out photos from last year’s Anime Impulse:

Following photos by Shannon Cottrell:

Following photos by Fil Zafra: