Posts Tagged ‘Asian American Expo’

7th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 7-12
40+ Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, over 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

LA Art Show 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 11-14
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.laartshow.com/

See thousands of different works of art this week at the LA Convention Center. One-day general admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. Four-day general admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 11
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.

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

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

Reverend Horton Heat – Live in Orange County
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 12-13
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The Reverend Horton Heat will headline two shows in Orange County this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $15 per day.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 12
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

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

Southern California Half Marathon & 5K
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 13
Woodbridge Park, Irvine
http://www.schalfmarathon.com/

If you made a New Year’s resolution to get fit, enter yourself into this half marathon or 5K in Orange County. The half marathon currently costs $65, while the 5K costs $45 to enter. Act quick, because registration closes this Wednesday night!

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 13
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 14
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://travelshows.com/shows/san-diego/

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

37th Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 13-14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $11 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

Anime Impulse 2018
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 13-14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://animeimpulse.com/

See all things anime and manga at this two-day expo at the Fairplex in Pomona this weekend. Visitors will find cosplay, designers, collects, celebrity appearances, panels, vendors, artists, cars, food, treats, fashion, and more. General admission costs $9 presale or $11 at the gate for one day, or $15 presale or $22 at the gate for both days.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Culver City Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 13
Westfield Culver City, Culver City
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/134097830613955/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

Grill ‘Em All 5th Anniversary Rager
10:30 am – 12:00 am, January 13
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://grillemallburgs.com/

Grill ‘Em All’s Alhambra location turns five years old this weekend, and to celebrate, Grill ‘Em All will have specials and events going on all day. All day, visitors will find food specials, beer specials, free birthday cake with any purchase, and more. In the evening, catch a live DJ playing metal hits, and free black metal face painting. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy the metal festivities.

2018 San Diego Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 13
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

Burger & Brewfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 13
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/burger-bites-brews/

Enjoy burgers, beers, and horse racing this Saturday at the Santa Anita Park racetrack. Admission costs $35 and includes four sliders, eight 3oz beer pours, and admission to the racetrack for betting.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

1st Annual Tuner Evolution: SoCal
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 14
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.tuner-evolution.com/

An import and car show comes to the Anaheim Convention Center this Sunday. Admission costs $20 for adults or $10 for children 12 and under.

Roxanne’s Lounge Presents: So Cal Whisky Wonderland
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 14
Roxanne’s Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.roxanneslounge.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/whisky-wonderland-tickets-39850446759

While Roxanne’s Lounge normally celebrates their anniversary around this time of year, this year they will hold a whisky & winter festival instead. Enjoy some snow fun, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 and comes with one beverage and 10 tasting tickets. VIP admission costs $50 and also includes access to the VIP area that will have exclusive drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

DTLA Breweries United Fest 2018
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 14
Triangle Lot, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://dtlabrews.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/387425271686558/

A beer tasting event will take place this Sunday evening in the Arts District in Downtown LA that will feature all of the breweries of Downtown LA. The $40 admission gets you unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for parking and food. No one under 21 may attend.

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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:

6th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 8-13
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

Free Ska Show @ Slide Bar
9:00 pm – 12:00 pm, January 10
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/193990614400267/

Get your skanking on at this FREE local ska show this Tuesday night in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Barrel Fest with Hangar 24
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 11
Stout, Hollywood
http://www.stoutburgersandbeers.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1882915241920684/

This Wednesday night, Hollywood’s Stout will have a handful of strong beers from Hangar 24 available for you to try. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Brujeria, The Casualties, and Piñata Protest: Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 11
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/brujeria

Release some inner aggression at this all-ages punk rock show this Wednesday night in Santa Ana. Tickets cost $15 each.

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend
January 12-15
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/star-wars-half-marathon/

This entire weekend, the Star Wars universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from Jedi Knights to Rebels and more. Throughout the weekend, Star Wars festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel.

LA Art Show 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 12-15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.laartshow.com/

See thousands of different works of art this week at the LA Convention Center. One-day general admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. Four-day general admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 12
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.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 13-27
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

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

26th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 13-15
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.photola.com/

One of the world’s biggest photography exhibits returns to The Reef in Los Angeles this weekend. Presale admission to this all-ages event costs $20 for one day, $30 for the entire weekend, or $15 for students & seniors. Tickets at the door will cost $5 more. Guests can find free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods.

Coffee & Wine Tasting Event
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 13
Vintage Enoteca, Hollywood
http://vintageenoteca.com/

For $40 per person, receive a three-course meal complete with wine pairings. You may arrive at any time during the night, but they highly recommend reservations. No one under 21 may participate.

Whitney’s Freaky Friday the 13th Birthday Bash
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 13
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/147070969103602/

Get your skanking on at this FREE all-ages local ska show this Friday night. Ska Brewing will also have a handful of their beers available on tap on this night.

Friday the 13th Punk Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 13
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/337820203266734/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

MxPx, Five Iron Frenzy, and Dogwood: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 13, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://www.observatorysd.com/event/7052365
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 14, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura http://www.venturatheater.net/event/1393441-mxpx-ventura/
http://www.mxpx.com/

MxPx will headline shows in San Diego and Ventura this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link for prices.

1st Annual Comic Excitement Convention
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 14
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.comicexcitement.com/

A new comic con debuts in Downtown LA this weekend at the LA Convention Center. This all-ages two-day event will feature celebrity guests, cosplay stars, comic book creators, and more. Attendees will find contests, demos, games, exhibits, vendors, and lots of programming to stay occupied all weekend. Admission costs $29 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $49 for both days. Parking at the convention center costs $20 per vehicle.

36th Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 14-15
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $11 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

Anime Impulse 2017
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 14-15
Fairplex, Pomona
http://animeimpulse.com/

See all things anime and manga at this two-day expo at the Fairplex in Pomona this weekend. Visitors will find cosplay, designers, collects, celebrity appearances, panels, vendors, artists, cars, food, treats, fashion, and more. General admission costs $11 for one day or $22 for both days.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Arcadia Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 14
Westfield Santa Anita, Arcadia
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/226410531132933/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

Grill ‘Em All 4th Anniversary Rager
11:00 am – 12:00 am, January 14
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://grillemallburgs.com/

Grill ‘Em All’s Alhambra location turns three years old this weekend, and to celebrate, Grill ‘Em All will have specials and events going on all day. All day, visitors will find food specials, beer specials, free birthday cake with any purchase, and more. In the evening, catch a live DJ playing metal hits, and free black metal face painting. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy the metal festivities.

Burger & Brewfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 14
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/burger-bites-brews/

Enjoy burgers, beers, and horse racing this Saturday at the Santa Anita Park racetrack. Admission costs $35 and includes four sliders, eight 3oz beer pours, and admission to the racetrack for betting.

Roxanne’s Lounge Presents: So Cal Whisky Wonderland
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 14
Roxanne’s Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.roxanneslounge.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/so-cal-whisky-wonderland-tickets-24826951079

While Roxanne’s Lounge normally celebrates their anniversary around this time of year, this year they will hold a whisky & winter festival instead. Enjoy some snow fun, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 and comes with one beverage and 10 tasting tickets. VIP admission costs $50 and also includes access to the VIP area that will have exclusive drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Eventrockit Food Market – Pasadena
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 14
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://eventrockit.com/

An all-ages outdoor food market and tasting event will take place in Pasadena this Saturday afternoon. It costs nothing to attend this event, but you still need to RSVP a ticket via their website so that the vendors know how much food to bring. Alternatively, spend $2 for a special pass, and show this pass to vendors to receive a dollar off all items.

Noods Noods Noods – SoCal Asian Food Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 14
eSports Arena, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.noodsfest.com/

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

Meditation Flash Mob
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, January 14
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.ransomly.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1192496597499811/

Show up to the park, do some meditating, and mingle with others at this free and all-ages flash mob this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. Pay attention to the event page for the exact time and location.

390’s CD Release Party
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 14
DTSA Underground, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/347930658902284/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Saturday night in Downtown Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

13th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 15-22
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

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

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 15
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

Beer Belly Bottle Share
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 15
Beer Belly, Long Beach
http://www.beerbellyla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/351062788583550/

Beer Belly’s new Long Beach location will host a bottle share this Sunday afternoon. Bring a beer or two to share with others, and taste what others have to share.

Celebrate The Life Of Mike “Gabby” Gaborno
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 15
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/163221700827738/

An all-ages punk rock benefit show will take place in Santa Ana this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $10.

5th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 10-15
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

Founders Brewing Comes to SoCal
January 12-16
Various locations, Southern California
http://foundersbrewing.com/

One of the nation’s most coveted breweries makes its way to Southern California in force this week to take over the taps of multiple beer places. Check with your favorite local beer bar to see if they will have any specials regarding Founders Brewing – some examples include Far Bar and Select Beer Store. These events have no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Udder Love Sky Bar
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 12
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/BeachwoodBBQ/photos/pb.116567235035259.-2207520000.1452482979./1219494571409181/

Beachwood Brewing will have four variations of their Udder Love milk stout on cask this Tuesday evening. If you love their Udder Love, make sure you stop on by this Tuesday evening.

Stone Brewing Pint Nite @ Wild Goose Tavern
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, January 13
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.goosebar.com/

This Wednesday night at Wild Goose Tavern, the first 50 people to order a Stone Brewing beer will get to keep the pint glass to take home!

Reel Big Fish: US Winter Tour + Suburban Legends FINAL TOUR
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 13, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004F87C7081AA9
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 14, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/reelbigfish
http://www.reel-big-fish.com/
http://www.suburbanlegends.com/

Reel Big Fish embarks on their annual winter tour starting this week, and they will bring along their good friends Suburban Legends, who have announced that they will throw in the towel after this tour. Do not miss this final chance to see Suburban Legends perform at either of these Southern California shows this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so check the venue’s link for details.

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend
January 14-17
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/star-wars-half-marathon/

This entire weekend, the Star Wars universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from Jedi Knights to Rebels and more. Throughout the weekend, Star Wars festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel.

Business & Beer @ HopSaint Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 14
HopSaint Brewing, Torrance
http://www.businessnbeer.com/

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

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

The Rookery 3rd Anniversary Beer Fest
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 15-17
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

The Rookery in Downtown Pomona turns three this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have dozens of rare brews on tap throughout the weekend. Unlike last year’s anniversary which operated like a beer tasting festival, this weekend will not require any admission fees. Simply show up, enjoy the rare brews, and pay as you go. The Rookery will offer 4oz pours of these brews as well for those who want to treat this like a beer tasting event. Expect mostly heavy and strong beers at this one – The Rookery does not slouch when it comes to beer selection. The Rookery has a full-service kitchen with their full menu available all day. Guests can find free parking around Downtown Pomona, and can avoid paying to park in metered lots.

Arcade Expo 2016
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 15
10:00 am – 2:00 am, January 16
10:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 17
Arcade Expo, Banning
http://www.arcadeexpo.com/

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

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut – Sing-Along
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, January 15
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/event/south-park-bigger-longer-uncut-sing-along-10pm/

The Frida Cinema will air the South Park movie twice this Friday night, and they will also give lyrics sheets to all attendees to encourage them to sing along with the movie. General admission to a viewing costs $10.

Smut Peddlers: Live in Orange County
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 15
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.smutpeddlers.net/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1675291006079537/

Legendary punk band Smut Peddlers will headline a show in Santa Ana this Friday night along with a handful of other local bands. The cover for this all-ages punk show costs $15.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 16
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 17
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/purchase/event.php?eid=100170

Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $16. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

Easyriders 2016 Bike Show Tour
10:00 am – 7:00 am, January 16
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://easyridersevents.com/bikeshow-2016-long-beach.php

See all things motorcycles at this one-day expo in Long Beach this Saturday. See hundreds of models bikes, meet celebrities, take photos with models, browse various vendors, and more at this show. General admission costs $20, while kids cost $10. The convention center parking lots charge $10 for parking, while other parking lots in the area have varying rates.

35th Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, January 16
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 17
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $11 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

Anime Impulse 2016
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, January 16
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 17
Fairplex, Pomona
http://animeimpulse.com/

See all things anime and manga at this two-day expo at the Fairplex in Pomona this weekend. Visitors will find cosplay, designers, collects, celebrity appearances, panels, vendors, artists, cars, food, treats, fashion, and more. General admission costs $11 for one day or $20 for both days. VIP admission costs $150 and comes with a handful of VIP perks and access to exclusive panels and areas.

Grill ‘Em All 3rd Anniversary Rager
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, January 16
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://grillemallburgs.com/

Grill ‘Em All’s Alhambra location turns three years old this weekend, and to celebrate, Grill ‘Em All will have specials and events going on all day. All day, visitors will find the return of the Blue Cheer burger, beer specials, free birthday cake with any purchase, and a free 3rd anniversary pin. In the evening, catch a live DJ playing metal hits, and free black metal face painting. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy the metal festivities.

2016 San Diego Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 16
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

Bottle Share
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 16
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://38degreesalhambra.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1154546497930891/

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

Shoreline Village 2nd Annual Buckaroo Days
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 16
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 17
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/buckaroo-days-are-back/

Free for all ages, head to Shoreline Village this weekend for games, bluegrass music, arts & crafts, live entertainment, dancing, magic, and much more.

Public Beer & Wine Shop’s 2nd Anniversary
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 16
Public Beer & Wine Shop, Long Beach
http://www.publicbeerwineshop.com/

Long Beach’s Public Beer & Wine Shop turns two years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a bunch of rare beers on tap as well as free samples. From 6pm to 9pm, visitors can receive free beer samples. From 7pm to 10pm, visitors can receive free food samples.

Bitter Brothers Brewing Grand Opening
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 16
Bitter Brothers Brewing, Clairemont, San Diego
http://bitterbrothers.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1174752345888057/

A new brewery has opened their doors to the public, and they will celebrate properly this Saturday at their tasting room in Clairemont. Stop on by and check out the new beers that Bitter Brothers Brewing has. They will have a food truck outside for the day as well.

Eikon Los Angeles
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, January 16
Austere’s Parking Structure, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/eikon-los-angeles-fireflies-tickets-20249702405

For $10, light up the skies of Downtown LA with lanterns commemorating the new year.

Warfest 2016 w/ Agent Orange & D.I.
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 16
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1629786643949973/

A bunch of local punk rock bands will perform at the Gaslamp in Long Beach this Saturday night, headlined by Agent Orange and D.I. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. Guests park for free if arriving before 6pm; otherwise, parking at the venue costs $10.

Out Of The Park Pizza 5th Anniversary Party
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 16
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.outoftheparkpizza.co/
http://www.facebook.com/OutOfParkPizza/photos/pb.121953811165619.-2207520000.1452491590./1192791397415183/

Out Of The Park Pizza will celebrate their fourth year in business this weekend and they want you to join in on the festivities. For $40 general admission, gain access to unlimited food and beer while supplies last. Pay $10 extra for VIP admission to gain access to ten VIP exclusive beers.

Punk Rock Night in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16
The Prospector, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/726560810779046/

Catch a night of wild punk rock this Saturday in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1652982184946352/

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

A Saturday of Ska at Morgan’s Tavern
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 16
Morgan’s Tavern, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/214890778844075/

Catch a FREE ska show at Morgan’s Tavern in Riverside this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Slaughter & The Dogs at Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 16
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1025431-slaughter-dogs-long-beach/

Enjoy a local punk rock show this Saturday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

12th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 17-24
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

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

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 17
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

Irvine Restaurant Week
January 9-15
Participating restaurants in Irvine
http://www.destinationirvine.com/restaurantweek/

Numerous restaurants in Irvine will serve special prix-fixe menu offerings during Irvine Restaurant Week. Prices vary between restaurants, but some lunches start as low as $6.95 per person. No reservations required – simply show up and request the specials.

4th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 11-16
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend
January 15-18
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/star-wars-half-marathon/

This entire weekend, the Star Wars universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from Jedi Knights to Rebels and more. Throughout the weekend, Star Wars festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel.

Deschutes Black Butte XXIV-XXVI Vertical Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 15
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/830355983688446/

38 Degrees will tap three variations of Black Butte Porter from Deschutes this Thursday night. Fans of strong beers will not want to miss out on this.

Dead Kennedys: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 15, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, San Diego http://bellyup.com/dead-kennedys
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Dead-Kennedys
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 17, The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills http://www.facebook.com/events/804767876229102/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 28, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/719459-dead-kennedys-west-hollywood/

Legendary punk band Dead Kennedys will headline FOUR shows in Southern California this week. Click on the show’s link for information about the lineup, ticket cost, and age limit.

Arcade Expo 2015
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 16
10:00 am – 2:00 am, January 17
10:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 18
Arcade Expo, Banning
http://www.arcadeexpo.com/

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

Agent Orange @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 16-17
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1500716263522211/

Legendary surf-punk band Agent Orange will headline TWO shows at the World Famous Doll Hut this Friday and Saturday night. The cover for each show costs $15. No one under 21 may attend.

The Dictators NYC – West Coast Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/684847-dictators-nyc-west-hollywood/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/The-Dictators-NYC

East coast punk rock band The Dictators will tour along the west coast this week, ending in Southern California. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on the link for more information.

The Wheel of Anderson
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 16
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/308018066054467/

Come watch a random Wes Anderson film this Friday night with other Wes Anderson fans. No one will know what film the cinema will show until they spin the wheel to select a film. All attendees receive complimentary snacks and drinks during the film.

34th Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 12:00 am, January 17
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 18
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $10 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

Hangar 24 Brewery’s Vinaceous Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, January 17
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/1536861909930951/

Celebrate the release of Hangar 24’s first Local Fields release of 2014, Vinaceous, at their tasting room this Saturday. Pouring begins at 11am, while guests can enjoy food (sold separately) and live music throughout the day.

Swamp Zombie 2.0 Hop Wars Beer Release & Bottle Share
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 17
Phantom Ales, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/907389442604968/

Phantom Ales will release a special brew this Saturday evening, and you can come in to try it. In addition, they will host a bottle share, so feel free to bring in a bottle or two of any craft beer to share.

Lagwagon & Swingin’ Utters @ The Fonda
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17
The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood
http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/256227

Famous punk bands Lagwagon and Swingin’ Utters will headline a show at the Fonda this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $22 presale or $25 at the door.

The English Beat @ The Roxy
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17
The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://www.theroxy.com/event/728793-english-beat-west-hollywood/

Skank to The Beat at this all-ages ska show this Saturday night at The Roxy in West Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $30.

The American Wake @ Silky Sullivan’s
9:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 17
Silky Sullivan’s, Fountain Valley
http://www.facebook.com/events/351750078362617/

Come see local Irish rock band The American Wake perform for free this Saturday night, ages 21 and up only.

11th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 18-24
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

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

Eat Drink Chill
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 18
The Unique Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chill.kintera.org/eatdrinkchill

Hang out with a bunch of hip rich people at this fundraiser in the Arts District of Downtown LA. Enjoy food, drinks, art, live music, and more as you mix and mingle the night away. Admission costs $25 per person, or $40 for two people.

Irvine Restaurant Week
January 10-16
Participating restaurants in Irvine
http://www.destinationirvine.com/restaurantweek/

Numerous restaurants in Irvine will serve special prix-fixe menu offerings during Irvine Restaurant Week. Prices vary between restaurants, but some lunches start as low as $6.95 per person. No reservations required – simply show up and request the specials.

3rd Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 12-17
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 2
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, January 14
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
http://www.facebook.com/events/477902498991372/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Almanac Beer Company – Tap Takeover @ The Factory
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 15
The Factory, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/399464233522014/

Meet the founders of Alamanac Beer Company from San Francisco this Wednesday night as they take over the taps at The Factory in the Bixby Knolls Neighborhood of Long Beach. Buy a sampler of four of their beers for $12, or buy a pint and take home their pint glass!

Saint Archer Brewing – Meet The Brewer
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 15
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1440458622833713/

The brewing team from Saint Archer Brewing from San Diego will visit Beachwood Brewing in Downtown Long Beach this Wednesday night for a meet & greet. In addition, the team will bring at least six of their brews to serve on draft at Beachwood Brewing.

The Murder Junkies & Mentors @ Characters
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 15
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/158177

See a mid-week punk rock show in Pomona this Wednesday night at Characters Sports Bar. Entry to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the venue.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 16
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/516492098466503/

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night returns to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night! No reservations required – simply show up, get a table or seat at the bar, then customize your mac & cheese. Pick the toppings, herbs, cheese, sauce, meats, and pasta, and order a nice cold glass of craft beer.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 17-26
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachdining.com/newport-beach-restaurant-week/default.aspx

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

Blank Expressions @ The Hub in Colton
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17
The Hub, Colton
http://www.facebook.com/events/415688721896667/

Check out some fun local punk rock bands at this show for just $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/553778688039914/

If you have not heard, The Doll Hut has returned to hosting punk rock shows, such as this one this Friday night. Entry to this shows costs only $3. No one under 21 may enter.

33rd Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 18-19
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $9 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 18
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/196822827148503/

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.

4th Annual Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 18
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/_calendar/families.aspx

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this family-friendly festival this Saturday in Pasadena. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more. Admission to the museum costs $10, while children 11 and under can enter for free with a paid adult’s admission.

Hangar 24 Brewery’s Vinaceous Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, January 18
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/1500922856799904/

Celebrate the release of Hangar 24’s first Local Fields release of 2014, Vinaceous, at their tasting room this Saturday. Pouring begins at 11am, while guests can enjoy food (sold separately) and live music throughout the day.

Agent Orange @ Tiki Bar
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 18
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/466192426823921/

Catch legendary punk band Agent Orange as they headline a local show at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $17 each. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Night @ Cafe NELA
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 18
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/258668990924259/

See some great local punk rock bands at Cafe NELA northeast of Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around.

The American Wake @ Silky Sullivan’s
9:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 18
Silky Sullivan’s, Fountain Valley
http://www.facebook.com/events/646147072112552/

Come see local Irish rock band The American Wake perform for free this Saturday night, ages 21 and up only.

Green Jellÿ, The Dwarves, and more @ Gaslamp Long Beach
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 19
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/383727261761684/

Come to this all-ages punk rock show in Long Beach this Sunday to see Green Jellÿ, The Dwarves, and more. Tickets cost $12 presale and $17 at the door. Parking costs $5 if arriving after 4pm.