Posts Tagged ‘August 2014’

For the longest time, little to no one regarded the San Gabriel Valley as the place to go for craft beer. Historically, the San Gabriel Valley mainly houses very traditional citizens that prefer their “safe” beers. Industrial businesses take up most of the valley space, while corporate businesses thrive due to the local populace’s behavior of sticking to familiar things. Over the past decade, the amount of local businesses have started to increase, and with it, the preference of locals to visit these local establishments over the corporate businesses. This change in tastes opened the door for microbreweries to move in and take up residence as well. When the dust had settled, craft beer fans can now see the San Gabriel Valley as a place to visit for at least a day to get their beer-tasting on.

Last week, Pacific Plate Brewing turned a year old, and to celebrate, they hosted an anniversary party at their tasting room in Monrovia on Saturday. At this party, Pacific Plate released their First Anniversary Ale, a 10% Belgian strong dark ale. During the day, they also had a bunch of classic cars on display in their small parking lot. Throughout the day, a food vendor at the back of the parking lot kept all visitors fed, while a DJ spun music to break the silence.

For those who have not heard of Pacific Plate Brewing, they brew their beers using exotic Latin American ingredients. These Latin-inspired brews lend to the names of most of their beers, such as the Horchata Stout or the Copa De Oro. They went outside of their comfort zone to brew up two special beers for their anniversary: the aforementioned Belgian strong dark ale, and a 3.5% English mild ale.

Pacific Plate hosted a raffle to win various prizes as well.

Most of the breweries out in the San Gabriel Valley only opened recently, within the past year. As such, they still remain largely a local spot, as opposed to the breweries typically seen at a local beer festival. Now that Pacific Plate Brewing has completed a year in business, they ought to look into expanding beyond the small area of the San Gabriel Valley. Perhaps they can start getting into more restaurants or bars, or they can even start showing up at local beer festivals! In any event, keep an eye out for Pacific Plate Brewing in the near future, as they will come up faster than we expect.

One of the most talked-about annual events in Orange County, the Orange International Street Fair returns to the streets of Old Town Orange this Labor Day weekend. Free to attend and open to all ages, thousands of people gather on the streets to see and experience everything: food, drinks, music, dance, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more. From the Orange Circle at the intersection of Chapman & Glassell, four roads radiate out, each with different themed “streets” where guests can experience a particular culture or region from the world.

This year, the organizers have shuffled the deck as far as the layout goes. In previous years, visitors could experience culture from any of twelve different themed sections at this fair: Italian, Japan, Irish, Greek, English, Swiss, Denmark, Polynesian, Norwegian, German, American, and Mexican. Every section has its own food, drinks, vendors, entertainment, and activities. To add variety, the cultural sections now have new homes within the street fair area.

Hopefully returning visitors take note of this and do not get lost when looking for certain things!

The Orange International Street Fair starts TONIGHT at 5pm, while the fair starts at 10am the next two days: Saturday and Sunday. The fair ends at 10pm every night. The fair costs nothing to enter, and anyone can enter or leave at will. All visitors wanting to eat, drink, or purchase anything else from the participating vendors should bring cash, as many of the vendors will not accept other forms of payment. Most of the local businesses will remain open for regular business hours, but they will usually operate differently to accommodate for the increased foot traffic. Any visitor wanting to drink must bring their ID to show proof of age, and keep all drinks within the fair area. The fair takes place outdoors on the busy streets of Old Town Orange, so dress for warm weather, and apply sunscreen if visiting during the day. First-time visitors may not have an easy time finding parking. Visitors should look for parking the neighborhoods far from the site, and prepare to walk up to a mile or more to reach the fair. Try your luck at finding parking anywhere within the square mile enclosed by Walnut Ave, Cambridge St, La Veta Ave, and Batavia St. Aside from that, all other details should unravel as you stroll towards the fair and wiggle your way through the massive crowds. Though you may lose yourself in this crowd, you may find yourself having so much fun that the crowd will guide you to a delightful and pleasant visit.

Back again for their third year in a row, the Fullerton Arborteum hosted their 3rd Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival this past Saturday evening. As the name suggests, this event combines blues music, craft beer, and BBQ all into one locale. The $45 admission included a souvenir pint glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, and live blues music. A total of 13 breweries attended to serve their brews, plus a Straub collective that consisted of three brands. A local winery also made their presence felt.

All of the breweries enclosed the main seating area, complete with a small stage for the live music. All attendees received a souvenir pint glass, but only received ten 4oz tasters with admission. As a result, all attendees walked away from each booth with their glass only a quarter filled.

For an event called Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ, one would expect to find much of all those things, no? We found plenty of beer and blues music, but not nearly enough BBQ. Only two food vendors served up food: Big B’s Barbecue, a local dive bar & grill, and Knowlwood, an Orange County chain restaurant. Everyone already knew that they had to pay a separate price for the food, since admission clearly stated that it did not include food. However, everyone expected more options overall. The prices also appeared inflated for the event, such as $10 for a chili dog, costing significantly more than even gourmet food truck prices.

Lack of food aside, nobody complained about the beer. By the end of the night, most of the breweries had plenty of beer left, and started pouring more than the stated four ounces.

I doubt anyone complained about the steadily increasing beer pours as the night progressed.

Considering that I missed the first two years of this event, I had high hopes for this beer festival coming into this weekend. Sadly, it did not live up to my expectations simply due to the lack of food options. For a small festival like this that has less than 20 breweries, I would expect at least four different food vendors, and greater food variety. What about people who do not eat meat, or have certain food allergies, such as gluten? Next year, I hope to see more food added so that the BBQ part of the name deserves to remain in the name of the event.

Pride of cHops – Bottle Release
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach

This marvelously hoppy and aromatic IPA contains a blend of Amarillo, Nelson Sauvin, and Mosaic hops. Come to Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach this Tuesday evening to purchase a bottle of this limited release for $8 per bottle.

Long Beach Indie Film Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 27
10:00 am – 12:00 am, August 28-29
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 30
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 31
Cinemark at the Pike Theatres, Long Beach

Showcasing global diversity through film, television, and digital media, this international film festival takes place all this week in Downtown Long Beach. Screening more than 100 international & domestic films, this event brings together established & aspiring filmmakers, scholars, creative professionals, and movie lovers from around the globe. Ticket prices vary depending on the movie, while a few other events exist, such as an opening night party happening at Club Sevilla.

Indycar Fan Appreciation Party
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 28
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands

Race fans will want to stop by Hangar 24 in Redlands this Thursday night to see a real Indycar, as well as meet the driver. In addition, visitors can purchase discounted tickets to the upcoming Indycar race.

Los Angeles Times: The TASTE
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 29-31
Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood

Los Angeles Times presents The TASTE, a series of food-based events at Paramount Pictures Studios. Each event will feature unlimited food & drink tastings from over 40 of LA’s top restaurants, along with live cooking & mixology demonstrations, wine seminars, and panel discussions. Tickets vary in price depending on the event attended, starting at $100.

2014 E Hula Mau
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 29
8:00 am – 12:00 am, August 30-31
Terrace Theater @ the Long Beach Convention Center

The annual E Hula Mau returns to Long Beach to exhibit various Pacific Islander performances, arts & crafts, food, vendors, and more. The actual fest requires no admission, while spectating the competitions requires a ticket purchase. Nearby parking structures east of Pine Avenue between 3rd & 6th Streets provide free parking for up to two hours.

LA County Fair – Opening Day
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 29
Fairplex, Pomona

Your local fair will open this Friday at the Fairplex in Pomona. If you missed the OC Fair, you will not want to miss the LA County Fair. Ticket prices range from free up to $17, but stores like Walgreens and Costco sell discounted ticket packages.

Orange International Street Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 30-31
Streets of Old Town Orange

One of the grandest events to grace Orange County, the annual OISF returns this weekend to the streets of Old Town Orange. Completely free to attend and open to all ages, the OISF brings together regions of the world and their food, drinks, merchandise, dance, music, and so much more. The four roads radiating from the Orange Circle each contain 3-4 themed “Streets” based on a region of the world. This year, the organizers have shifted. You have never seen a street party this huge – trust me.

Druglords Of The Avenues @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 29
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get your weekly fill of punk rock at this show this Friday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Long Beach Psyclone Weekender
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 29-31
Seaport Marina Hotel, Long Beach

Lots of psychobilly bands will invade Long Beach this weekend for this annual rockabilly festival. Live music will go on all weekend, and other events will circulate around town to coincide with this festival too, such as BBQ/pool parties, brunches, bus rides, and more. Find tickets for sale at select retailers, or purchase them online. Friday night costs $15, the weekend costs $35 per day, and the full weekend pass costs $80.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 30 – September 1
Downtown Hermosa Beach

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 30 – September 1
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

Bottle Share #15
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 30
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra

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.

Punk Rock Luau #4
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 30
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Don your flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts to this daytime punk rock show at the World Famous Doll Hut this Saturday. The cover for this show costs $7, or $5 if you wear a Hawaiian shirt. No one under 21 may enter.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s 1st Anniversary Ale Release & Car Show
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 30
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia

Pacific Plate Brewing turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will release a special brew to commemorate the occasion. In addition, check out all the classic cars on display outside their tasting room. Visitors of all ages pay no cover to visit the tasting room or the car show.

2nd Annual East LA Zombie Walk’n
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 30
Legion Comics, East Los Angeles

Get a head-start on Halloween with this free zombie-themed all-ages event this Saturday in East LA. Starting at 2pm, find makeup artists, vendors, food trucks, live music, and more at Legion Comics in East LA. The actual zombie walk will commence at 7pm.

D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest 2014
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 30
The Glass House, Pomona

Check out this all-ages music & art fest this Saturday night in Pomona. Admission costs $12 presale and $17 at the door.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Art Show
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 30
A Shop Called Quest, Claremont

Free for all ages, fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will not want to miss this art show this Saturday night in Claremont.

Nothing To Live For – East LA Punk Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 30
Sabotage Tattoos, East Los Angeles

This all-ages punk show in East LA costs only $4 to attend.

Tartar Control @ 13th Frame Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 30
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra

Let out some aggression at this all-ages punk show this Saturday night in La Habra. The cover for this show costs $8.

He Who Cannot Be Named @ The Redwood Bar
9:30 pm – 12:30 am, August 30
The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles

Rock out at the Redwood Bar in Downtown LA this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 31
The Pickwick Gardens, Burbank

This expo features over 65 vendors selling their antique textiles, vintage clothes, accessories, and more for attendees to exhibit and purchase. Admission costs $8 per person and comes with free parking.

Lakewood’s premier microbrewery turned a year old last week, and to celebrate, they threw a bash on Saturday where they released several new brews to the public. In addition, they had three food vendors visiting to serve food, plus live music all day. Along the back edge of Long Beach Airport lies a track of industrial buildings, of which Timeless Pints Brewing Company sits nestled at the back of one of the parking lots. Located between Signal Hill, Bixby Knolls, and the heart of Lakewood, Timeless Pints has found a home in the boot of Lakewood. This new microbrewery brings a necessary craft beer presence to the 562 area, a region dominated by tons of craft beer restaurants and bars, but lacking in actual breweries, save for a few brewpubs (Beachwood Brewing and Belmont Brewing qualify as brewpubs, not microbreweries). Certain areas in the greater Los Angeles area contain a greater density of breweries, such as the Anaheim-Fullerton-Orange triangle, the South Bay, and the San Gabriel Valley. However, the entire middle section between Los Angeles and Orange County lacks any clusters of breweries. The introduction of Timeless Pints to this region hopes to shatter that notion.

Timeless Pints offers a standard selection of beer varieties, as far as microbreweries in Southern California go. Any visitor (21 or over, of course) can snag a 2oz/taster flight of the first five beers on their list for just $5, which consists of a wit, blond, amber, stout, and pale ale. Going further down their beer list, we find the bolder stuff, such as some IPA varieties, a Belgian, dark beers, and seasonal beers. Although not immediately present in the tasting room, Timeless Pints does have barrels stashed away in the production area, meaning that they intend to delve into stronger beers in the future. For a brewery that just opened late July last year, Timeless Pints has created a microbrewery oasis for craft beer fans in an area where people never imagined finding such a place. Give them a Like on Facebook, and give them a Follow on Twitter for all the news on this brewery serving the 562 area.

How does a musician celebrate turning 21? By headlining their own show, of course! Slow Children‘s drummer Justus turned 21 last week, and on Saturday night, they headlined a local all-ages punk show at Maya’s Cafe in Home Gardens. Although the show only cost $5 to get in, the place certainly felt like it had seen better days, as the acoustics sounded rather bad, and the place does not have air conditioning, making for a very heated space to stand in. With the sound quality that low, one could not accurately absorb the bands’ music unless you already have heard them perform.

Starting off the night at 8:15pm, Pull Punch Pray opened to an instant circle pit. For a band that has no standardized internet presence, they sure brought their own old school presence with their decent fan base to this show. Although I have not heard of these guys before, nearly everyone present already knew what to expect. Their original hardcore sound lends very well to the hardcore punk genre, all leading up to their cover of I Love Livin’ In The City.

Next up, The Dogs played their grity set. Described as Riverside Happy Punk, this band with no internet presence played a solid, consistent set. They prefer not to muck around between songs, and jump right into the next while minimizing transitions. Despite this, they still played longer than half an hour, longer than any of the other bands of the night.

Before the headliner could go on, Heartless Folk played their punk set. Straight out of Berkeley, this young punk band currently remains on the road touring through who knows where. They went down to San Diego last week, and last mentioned their location in Oregon. But anyways, they played their set fast and direct, with no bells or whistles. They set the stage perfectly for the night’s headliner. They also bought a cake for Justus!

As the night’s headliner, everyone came into an already cramped and hot room for Slow Children. The crowd wasted no time occupying the space directly in front of the band. In a small venue like this, circle pits cannot occur naturally, so instead, the crowd decided to throw themselves onto the stage, which meant onto the band. Slow Children played a nice, hard set consisting of songs from their current album, such as Velvet Gloves, Mind Of My Own, plus many other of their classic songs. Listening to their studio songs do them no justice, as they sound infinitely much better in person. The screams plus the distorting song tempos make for an unforgettable performance that deserves a larger stage.

Want to see more of Slow Children? Give them a Like on Facebook (linked at the top of this post) to see where they will play next, such as tomorrow night in Corona.

The 2014 Idea World Fitness Convention & Expo came to the Anaheim Convention Center last week. As one of the world’s largest fitness conferences, visitors from all over the world traveled to Orange County within the past week to check out this convention, full of workshops, speakers, demos, competitions, vendors, and more. From Wednesday through Sunday of last week, various seminars, sessions, workshops, and demos took place that registered attendees could participate in and gain valuable knowledge, or further their athletic career. From Thursday through Saturday, the Fitness & Nutrition Expo opened up to the public, and anyone who registered online for that expo could enter for free. This expo contained numerous vendors all exhibiting the latest in sports equipment, wellness services, new technology in sports, and food trends.

Those in the fitness or wellness industry definitely should have registered for the full conference, gaining immense benefits towards their business, or towards their training. For everyone else, attending the free expo yielded great returns in terms of content, networking opportunities, and all the free samples of protein goodies. I attended the expo on Saturday only, and as I approached the convention center, a competition took place outside. While the movements resembled crossfit movements, the equipment did not match, so this appeared as a generic athletics competition.

Once inside the convention center, I entered into vendor land, a scene all too familiar with me. Luckily I had entered from the north side, where all the food vendors set up to give out samples.

Yoplait handed out samples of their Greek yogurt line. Not to complain, but other yogurt vendors nearby had better-quality yogurt.

Thanks to GNC for the free shaker bottles, plus all the protein powder and protein bar samples.

Daiya provided dairy-free and gluten-free samples of their products with cheese. Their pizza had just arrived fresh out of the oven. Give them a try – their products seriously taste just like regular cheese.

As a general rule of thumb, minimize carbs unless anticipating a cardio workout within the next 24 hours. Otherwise, those carbs convert to fat if not properly burned. Maple syrup may help some athletes, as long as they utilize all the energy provided by the syrup.

About Time sells instant protein powder, bottle included. Basically, you get a clear plastic bottle with a scoop of whey protein in it already, and you simply add water and shake for a dose of protein. Personally, I pre-scoop my own whey protein into a shaker bottle and keep that with me wherever I go in case I need to protein up.

Ah Krave Jerky, I run into you all the time at various locations, such as Artisanal LA. I like that they have a new flavor out now – black cherry barbecue pork.

As the name implies, Two Moms started as two mothers wanting to create healthy snacks. At least their truffles taste like real chocolate truffles!

Turning the corner, we find GO Veggie! They make food substitutes with vegetables, such as dairy-free cheese. The look & feel resembles cheese, but as far as taste goes, real cheese has it going on.

Kefir Milk has such a vast amount of health benefits that could fill up an entire book. Although it costs a pretty penny, if you strive to get into better shape, look into purchasing Kefir Milk for yourself.

A vendor claims that chocolate milk has plenty of health benefits, especially to active people. As specified above, it helps mainly to those expecting a cardio workout within the next 24 hours. Unfortunately for those not expecting that, chocolate milk has way too much sugar per serving. I would not recommend anyone drink chocolate milk, and even if you intend to complete a cardio workout, better methods of absorbing carbs exist.

Well hello Navitas Naturals. I have not seen you since Seattle last year.

Howdy Quest Nutrition. Thanks for the free protein bar and protein chips samples. I had no idea protein chips existed until I discovered this booth.

I currently own a jar of Dymatize ISO 100, and it works terrific, better than most generic brands. It tastes more sweet and less chalky than most other brands too.

The Fitness Cue bar serves to help balance the body, in terms of grip, posture, and stretching.

The ActivMotion Bar represents a typical barbell, but clear and with steel ball bearings inside. This helps with balance when carrying a barbell for the power-lifters out there.

In the back, something happened with dogs around this small course. I never got a chance to find out the vendor’s name.

Slackline Industries brought these balancing bands, where everybody tried different things such as hand-balancing or squatting.

The Tabata workout generally consists of a high-intensity movement over a certain interval of time followed by a small rest period, then starting it up again. For example, a group can do push-ups for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then repeat for X amount of minutes.

Big Mike’s Fitness had a deal going on where anyone who completed ten pull-ups could spin the wheel for the prize shown.

Spartan Race held a demo in front of their booth, challenging anyone to complete 30 burpees in under a minute. I can barely reach 20 in a minute, so I opted not to participate. I never discovered what the winners received.

The Idea World Fitness Expo opens their doors to all demographics of all ages, not just those in the industry or those who work out frequently. Fit people love this expo because they can keep up with latest trends and news in the fitness industry. Casual visitors like this expo because they can learn the right ways to get fit, as well as feel motivated after seeing all the fit people around. When an expo like this comes your way, consider attending to see what it truly takes to stay fit, and gain first-hand experience from people who know how to stay fit.

Legendary punk band 7 Seconds recently went on a US summer tour that started in July, and that tour ended in California last week. This past Saturday, they played the second-to-last show of their tour at the Glass House in Pomona to a sold-out wild crowd. Tickets had just sold out that day, so any fan had plenty of time to obtain a ticket. For those that did not, fret not, for I have a brief recap of the night.

Opening the night, we have Anti-Christ Demon Core, stylized as ACxDC. This grindcore band held nothing back as they started their set, immediately driving the crowd into a frenzied circle pit. The pit subsided quick though, leaving only a few boys to raise ruckus by slamming into people. Although they have a huge following of their own, their music reminds me of Converge, a very popular metalcore band. ACxDC’s strong fan base gives them a great crowd wherever they go, regardless of the type of venue or show.

Up next, The Copyrights took to the stage to start their set. Although classified as a pop-punk band, they sound nothing like mainstream pop-punk bands, performing a sound of their own along the likes of Teenage Bottlerocket and Millencolin. Nearly everyone present had definitely heard The Copyrights’ music before, but many could not put a name to the face. Anyone with a punk-themed Pandora station will have heard The Copyrights, such as one of their more recognizable songs, Charlie Birgertime. They played a solid fun set, not coming off as too poppy for the crowd.

At last, the big moment of the night arrived when JFA appeared on stage. Some may argue that the night’s true headliners did not play last. When you put things into perspective, JFA does hold more of a legacy than any of the other bands in the night. All other bands acknowledged the significance of JFA playing at this show, yet JFA only went second-to-last. This truly tested the energy of the crowd, as it appeared that the entire room expended all of their adrenaline into this one set. This did not happen without meaning – JFA always delivers a brutal performance not fit for the faint of heart. They started with We Know You Suck, and from there, chaos ensued as the venue’s security could not maintain the crowd any longer. One by one, fans jumped over the railing, onto the stage, then jumped back into the crowd, kicking any unaware fans in the front, including me. Other songs in their set included Lowrider, Johnny D, Charlie Brown, and Beach Blanket Bongout. Check out a JFA show soon and experience why so many punk rock bands and fans regard them as legends.

The tension in the room expanded vastly as the anticipation for 7 Seconds reached peak levels. With no real surprises or tricks up their sleeves, 7 Seconds delivered an exciting show to all the eager fans in attendance. They wasted little time transitioning between songs, opting to play songs into the start of the next song. Some of their more recognizable songs came towards the end, with Walk Together Rock Together serving as the final song of the encore, so those who remained in the concert hall the entire time could rock out with everyone else. The rest of the set contained plenty of old songs with some new songs thrown in there. Of course 7 Seconds would play Regress and Young Till I Die, but they also surprised the crowd with a cover of Sham 69’s If The Kids Are United. Despite the legacy status of 7 Seconds, the crowd did not get nearly as wild as they did during JFA, likely because they all ran out of energy during JFA’s set. This indicates nothing about the enthusiasm of the crowd, as the pit did stretch back all the way to the back wall. After all these years, 7 Seconds still has the young spirit in them to perform intense shows like this, just like their songs states that they will stay young until they die.

Miss out on this show? Make sure you LIKE the Facebook pages of all the bands that performed in this show. They will always post information regarding upcoming shows there first, so hit them up!

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
August 15-22
Various locations, Costa Mesa

The annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week returns! Numerous restaurants in Costa Mesa will feature special prix fixe meals or other discounted items during this time. Many of these restaurants have amazing food, so I encourage you to check out at least one of the restaurants during this week.

25th Annual Taste of MainStreet – Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 19
Main Street, Encinitas

Sample food from 34 restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at the 16 sip stops along the street as well. You can gain all-access to this for $35 presale, or just $25 for food-only. This taste tends to sell out each year, so purchase your tickets soon if you wish to attend.

Tall Ships Festival LA 2014
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 20-22
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 23-24
Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro

Some of the world’s tallest ships will dock at the Port of LA this week, allowing visitors of all ages to come gawk at them. In addition, the world’s largest rubber duck will float on in to the port. Ticket prices vary for everything during this festival, ranging from $4 all the way up to $150.

Smog City Tap Takeover @ The Factory
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

South Bay brewery Smog City Brewing will bring nine different beers to take over the taps of The Factory, plus their cask tap. Stop on by this Wednesday evening to enjoy a cold brew.

2014 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 21
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

Mad Caddies – North America Tour 2014
8:30 pm – 2:00 am, August 21, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 22, M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 23, The Observatory, Santa Ana

The Mad Caddies will go on tour throughout North America starting this week, and their tour starts off in Southern California with three killer shows. Each show has varying prices and age limits, so refer to the link of the show you want to attend for more info.

The Weirdos – 2014 US Summer Tour
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 21, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 22, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Relive the 80’s with these old school punk bands this week. Tickets to the Thursday show in Long Beach cost $15 presale or $17 at the door. Tickets to the Friday show in Pomona cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend either show.

Anime California 2014
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 22
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 23-24
Hyatt Regency, Garden Grove

Anime, manga, and cosplay fans rejoice! Anime California returns this weekend to the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove, this 3-day expo contains hundreds of artist & vendor booths, various special events such as a masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $30 per day or $50 for the entire weekend.

KTown Night Market’s OC Block Party
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 23
Angel Stadium, Anaheim

Following to vivid success of the KTown Night Market from a few months ago, the organizers will invade Orange County this weekend to bring their night market to the OC. For just $3 to get in, visitors will experience the true nightlife of Asia in this local environment full of food, drinks, vendors, games, music, live entertainment, lights, dancing, and more.

4th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 22
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 23
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 24
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

The Long Beach BBQ Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $2 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.

Brea Fest
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 22
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea

Essentially a “Taste of Brea,” this free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase tickets to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Amenaza CD Release Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys

Get crazy at this ska/reggae show this Friday night in Van Nuys. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Centerfield Ska Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 22
Centerfield Sports Bar, Huntington Beach

Enjoy a FREE ska show this Friday night in Orange County with some fun local ska bands. No one under 21 may enter.

14th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 23-24
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

Back To School Open House
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 23
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa

If you have not visited Blackmarket Bakery in a long time, or have yet to visit them at all, check them out this Saturday afternoon. They will give out free samples of their new items to visitors. In addition, stick around for other free giveaways, such as t-shirts or other goodies to take home.

Venice Beach Music Fest 9
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 23
Windward Plaza, Venice

Experience local music, art, and dance at this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday.

5th Annual Taste of Westminster
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Civic Center Sunken Gardens, Westminster

Sample foods from the local restaurants of Westminster this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $25 for adults or $10 for children, and comes with unlimited food tastings while supplies last. About half of the vendors consist of corporate restaurants, so keep that in mind when sampling the Westminster restaurants. All drinks, alcoholic or not, come at a separate cost, so for a hot day with little shade, bring extra cash to stay hydrated.

Old Skool Oil – Custom Car & Cycle Show
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
Bowlium Lanes, Montclair

Bring your friends and family to this FREE and all-ages car show in Montclair this Saturday afternoon. Visitors will find pin-up models, cash prizes, food & drink specials, a live DJ, music, art, raffles, and of course, cars.

3rd Annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, August 23
Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa

Sample lots of great beers this Saturday afternoon in Mira Mesa. General admission costs $25 presale and $30 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and comes with ten 4oz beer tasters. VIP admission costs $32 presale and $37 at the gate, starts at 1pm, comes with twelve 4oz beer tasters, and receive in-and-out privileges throughout the fest.

6th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 24
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture., thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. The all-inclusive admission costs $90 for Saturday and $85 for Sunday, so attendees should arrive early to maximize their eating & drinking time. Use the promo code spirits to take $25 off your admission. No one under 21 may attend.

Saturday Matinee @ The World Famous Doll Hut
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Check out this FREE afternoon show featuring some local punk bands at the Doll Hut this Saturday afternoon.

Orfila’s 21st Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 23
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $90 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 23
The Glass House, Pomona

Check out this all-ages music & art fest this Saturday night in Pomona. Admission costs $12 presale and $17 at the door.

3rd Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 23
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $45 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual CLIF Brewfest
5:45 pm – 11:00 pm, August 23
St. Juliana Parish Center, Fullerton

The annual CLIF (Catholic Lithuanian Irish Federation) Brewfest returns this weekend in Fullerton. Admission costs $50, and those who purchase presale tickets can enter 15 minutes earlier at 5:45pm. All attendees can eat and drink as much as they can with admission.

Cheap Sex @ Los Globos
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 23
Los Globos, Silverlake

Cheap Sex makes their only 2014 reunion at this show that they will headline at Los Globos in Silverlake this Saturday night, which also features a rare appearance by Lab Rats. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 18 may attend. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

RF7 – Record Release Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 23
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Local punk bands will hit up Blacklight District Lounge in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual Leucadia Artwalk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 24
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

Tustin Brewing 18th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 24
Tustin Brewing, Tustin

Tustin Brewing turns 18 this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer festival at their brewpub this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and comes with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Attendees can purchase food and merchandise separately, so have cash available for that.

Trump National Golf Club’s 6th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 24
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes

Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $50 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.

PigOut 3.0
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 24
California Scenario, Costa Mesa

Following a successful turnout at last year’s PigOut 2.0, the organizers have returned once again with PigOut 3.0 – bigger, better, and with pignificant vengeance. This celebration of everyone’s favorite pink-snout animal delivers the goods with 15 of Orange County’s top chefs all preparing a feast for the ages, and ten of Orange County’s top mixologists all shaking up wicked concoctions. The general admission of $75 starts at 3pm allows all attendees four full hours of all-you-can-eat pork goodies, and all-you-can-drink craft cocktails. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 2pm, and includes a champagne reception plus a complimentary dessert item.

The 2014 Los Angeles Reptile Super Show wrapped up this past weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona. As one of the nation’s largest expo for reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, feed, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more, this show attracted reptile fans from across the nation to gaze at new potential pets and to stock up on supplies, feed, and other goods for their beloved pets. Open to all ages, visitors could browse through the countless booths and vendors around the expo hall, and potentially pick up some of the animals. None of the animals posed any serious threats to any of the visitors here – any animal that had venom did not have enough of it to injure a human. From the smallest of lizards to heavy snakes to the largest of tortoises and dragons, this expo had an animal to fit anyone’s lifestyle.

Miss out on the Los Angeles Reptile Super Show? Worry not – this show returns to the Fairplex on the weekend of January 10-11, 2015. The details for that show remain the same as this past weekend’s Los Angeles show: 10am-6pm on Saturday, 11am-5pm on Sunday, $14 for adults, and $9 for children, with $1 off with a printed coupon from their website. Check it out, and discover the joy of the company of these alternative pets.