Posts Tagged ‘August 2015’

The 2nd Annual Fit Expo Anaheim returns to Orange County this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This massive expo showcases all forms of fitness and athletics with live competitions, demos, workshops, seminars, and more. Single day admission costs $25, while the weekend combo only costs $40. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more. At The Fit Expo, visitors can view various forms of fitness and non-arena sports, such as CrossFit, weightlifting, Zumba, Parkour, wrestling, (mixed) martial arts, and more. The massive expo hall contains enough vendors to fill multiple swap meets, but once visitors get past all the vendors, they will discover the various demo areas strewn about the expo hall. Examples include a CrossFit competition, a Zumba fitness demo, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition, an MMA Pavilion with a variety of demos such as the “adult jungle gym,” a power-lifting competition, and more. The multitude of vendors vary in their goods or services offered. Some offer some sort of service, such as training or consulting. Most others offer merchandise, which includes apparel, accessories, equipment, supplements, and more. This expo also exhibits a handful of food & beverage vendors. None of these vendors offer stereotypical health foods – they focus on what matters, such as all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, low-carb, and full of nutrients, especially protein.

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Following up on a great first run back in June, the So Cal Brew Fest returned this past Saturday for their second go at a beer tasting event. This beer fest took place at the Farmers Park in Anaheim near the Anaheim Packing House and featured 17 breweries all pouring a couple of their refreshing brews. The admission into this beer fest included unlimited beer tasters and unlimited food samples from the few food vendors present. While the original admission cost of $50 seemed higher than most other beer festivals in Southern California, the unlimited food helped to offset that cost. This event saw primarily Southern Californian breweries with the sole exception of Anderson Valley, plus a few food vendors: Umami Burger, Brandy’s Sweet Temptations, Bronx Sandwich Co., and Urbana Anaheim. Along with all the beer and food available, attendees got to enjoy some field games like Bocce Ball, beanbag toss, and Jenga, as well as a live DJ. As attendance did not surpass a few hundred, attendees had lots of free range here, with plenty of space to move about, and never having to wait for any food or beer.

For a weekend with plenty other beer festivals taking place, this event saw some fierce competition in attracting craft beer fans. The initial price tag of the event may have put some people off. At $50 and only 17 breweries, this comes nowhere close to the big festivals such as OC Brew Ha Ha coming in less than two weeks from now, who has over 90 breweries, costs only $45, and lasts five hours. Once people realized that admission included unlimited food, suddenly the price feels reasonable. The organizers certainly could have done with more content, such as more breweries and more food vendors. Ideally, at least 20 breweries and at least six food vendors could justify the price tag. On a side note, vegetarians/vegans could not enjoy any of the food present at this event, but hey- they chose that life.

A small beer fest faced low attendance, to nobody’s surprise. I do expect the So Cal Brew Fest to return again next year, hopefully rectifying any beginner’s mistakes. The organizers could certainly use a lot more breweries and food vendors, as that would justify the price if attendees know that they also get food included with admission. As for attendance, I have no clue why so few people attended this event. As a result, the breweries had beer available until the end, and the food vendors did not run out of food. The organizers could kick up the marketing to attract more attendees as well. Promo codes help, such as my onepunkarmy promo code that cut 20% off admission. Keep an eye out for things to come from So Cal Brew Fest by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Jeeps, craft beer, and pizza all collaborated at a meetup at Valiant Brewing in Orange this past Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, dozens of Jeep owners and enthusiasts flocked to Valiant Brewing to check out all the other Jeeps from the area, and to share common interests. In addition to seeing all the Jeeps around, anyone who bought a pizza from the food truck or a flight of beer from the tasting room received a raffle ticket to enter to win any of various prizes from Jeeps of SoCal. This meetup brought together two different worlds to collide and meet each other: craft beer fans could check out all the Jeeps, and Jeep fans could enjoy fresh cold beer.

Looking forward to more Jeep events? Make sure you like Jeeps of SoCal on Facebook to see what they have coming up. Additionally, check out what Valiant Brewing has brewing up at their tasting room by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Look at the current year: 2015. Look at how far civilization has come. Look at the progress that the world has made in at least the past decade. The way civilization lives today differs tremendously from life during the mid-20th century. The way we interacted with others during our adolescent years no longer applies to the world. We have broken down race barriers, gender barriers, and even sexual preference barriers. However, although America preaches equality for all, discrimination still runs rampant in all corners of this glorious country. It may not appear as evident, but people of color still get treated differently, and women get treated differently in the workplace. How can this country claim “equality for all” when other countries have greater forms of equality, such as topless equality in many European countries? The time has arrived to spread the awareness of gender equality with the National Go Topless Pride Day.

Because we want equality for all, this past Sunday represented National Go Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. According to the Constitution, women have just as much the right to go topless in public as men; however, the United States does not allow women to do that, while other countries WITHOUT a Constitution already allow it! National Go Topless Pride Day aims to spread awareness that women deserve the right to do what men have done for decades without the stigma of drawing unnecessary attention due to the over-sexualization of breasts by the media. One of the problems derive from people growing up seeing breasts as a sexual object, not as a natural part of a human body. The media represents the greatest perpetrator of this notion because the media portrays women’s breasts as sexual objects. Imagine a world where mainstream media never existed, or at least never portrayed breasts as sexual objects. Nudist colonies already represent this theoretical world because their members view each other equally – they see nothing sexual in each other, even their lower parts. A world without mainstream media shoving ideas down our throats represents a world truly run by the people, not one run by a select few manipulating a massive population.

Unfortunately in today’s society it all comes down to still having to cover up just the nipples. I still attribute this to mainstream media portraying breasts as sexual objects though, because someone or something had to program that into our minds from a young age. Earlier this month, I saw a post saying something like “instead of sending my daughter home because she wore something that distracted the boys, why not educate the boys on the human body and how we all have normal human bodies?” We learn gender identities from an early age through parental guidance and the media. Traditional families will raise their children to behave as their respective genders, while a more modern approach allows children to define their own roles. Growing up with this stigma makes men view women’s nipples as some sort of holy grail, and it takes an epiphany to get the men to open up their minds and change their views. Women should never feel ashamed of their bodies. The issue that topless women face stems from the unwanted attention it draws from the locals. Placed in the correct setting, this would not present a problem. For example, nudist colonies and certain European beaches would not pay unnecessary attention to a topless woman because their cultures accept it. Send that same topless woman to a crowded Southern Californian beach where the culture does not yet accept it, and the woman faces arrest for “disorderly conduct.”

In order to spread awareness during National Go Topless Pride Day, organizers across the world staged Go Topless Pride Parades, organized marches/rallies where both men and women could bare it all, strut their stuff, and inform the public to not view them as sexual objects, but as human beings. Anyone wanting to participate still had to cover their nipples, so the women got creative in the ways they covered up such as using tape, pasties, and other things that could stick onto their bodies. Men also exhibited just as much support by applying tape, pasties, or anything else they could find. Due to the overwhelming press that this event received, it surely attracted tons of unwanted attention, such as religious protestors, old creepy men, and just general trolls. While the heavy police presence helped to curb the amount of trouble that surfaced, many undesired problems caused delays in the parade’s starting time. While waiting for the path and smoke to clear, many of the participants eagerly mingled with each other while dodging the bad people. Unlike other events I have attended, many of the participants declined to have their photo taken. Thankfully, a handful of energetic individuals did not hesitate to allow me to capture their beauty, so I got to work until the parade went under way.

A number of factors prevented the parade from launching on time. Religious protestors firmly planted themselves in front of the path and cited all the legal reasons why they could stand there, so the police could not legally remove them. Other trouble makers included old creepy men trying to get really close to the women & obstructing the real press/media people, young punk kids causing a scene, and all the men taking photos of women without asking for permission. Eventually the dust settled, and the parade could slowly but surely take off.

National Go Topless Pride Day encourages women to stand up for their constitutional rights, whether or not a state allows it. In states that forbid it, this encourages women to get it legalized. In states that allow it, this encourages women to exercise their already-existing rights. The organizers want women to feel comfortable about their natural mammalian breasts as a body part, nursing or not, and not as a sexual object. Because this movement emphasizes equality, this movement has just as much a meaning to men too. Men have fallen under the lull of the media for too long, seeing women’s breasts as something sexual rather than just a body part like arms and legs. Unlike the lower body parts which have to do with reproduction, breasts have nothing to do with reproduction – instead, it has to do with the phase after reproduction: child care, a significant part in the upbringing of children. Over time, men have become desensitized to the sight of a woman’s suggestive appearance such as short skirts, yoga pants, or revealing cleavage, and this movement aims to desensitize men’s sexual impulse on the sight of a woman’s breasts. Go Topless Pride wants men to respect the beauty of the human body rather than oogle over it.

How did the success of these worldwide Go Topless Pride Day Parades fare? Did they successfully spread awareness that women have the equal rights to go topless in public? Or did they merely provide an outlet for men to get a free show? Think about the year 2015, and how far civilization has come after all this time. Just this year the United States finally legalized same-sex marriages, further strengthening the equality gap for all. Can the nation tackle topless equality next? Other things the nation worries about now that we have legalized gay marriages include marijuana laws, prison reform, campaign finance, right to die laws, student loan debt (currently exceeds credit card debt), prostitution, climate change, privacy laws, widening of the upper class-lower class gap, education, health care, and so much more that topless equality does not measure as a “big issue” that the nation needs to address. Until then, you can support the Go Topless cause by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Lastly, we as a collective human society need to stop viewing women’s breasts as sexual objects, start viewing them as just a regular body part, and respect women’s decisions to treat their breasts as just a normal body part as well.

The 2015 Fit Expo made its Orange County debut this past weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This massive expo showcases all forms of fitness and athletics with live competitions, demos, workshops, seminars, and more. All attendees received access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more. At The Fit Expo, visitors could view various forms of fitness and non-arena sports, such as CrossFit, Gracie Barra, Grid League, weightlifting, Zumba, Parkour, wrestling, (mixed) martial arts, and more. The massive expo hall contained enough vendors to fill multiple swap meets, but once visitors got past all the vendors, they discovered the various demo areas strewn about the expo hall. Examples included a CrossFit competition, a Zumba fitness demo, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition, an MMA Pavilion with a variety of demos such as the “adult jungle gym,” a power-lifting competition, and more. The multitude of vendors varied in their goods or services offered. Some offered some sort of service, such as training or consulting. Most others offered merchandise, which included apparel, accessories, equipment, supplements, and more. This expo also exhibited a handful of food & beverage vendors. None of these vendors offered stereotypical health foods – they focused on what matters, such as all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, low-carb, and full of nutrients, especially protein.

The Fit 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. The Fit Expo occurs routinely in California, and will return to Southern California in January at the Los Angeles Convention Center. 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.

Haven Gastropub 6-Year Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 25
Haven Gastropub, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/1478427519141436/

The long-standing Haven Gastropub turns six years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have an all-day celebration at their restaurant in Old Towne Orange. On this day, Haven will tap a bunch of rare brews for your enjoyment. At night, enjoy an 8-course dinner for $100 per person (reservations required).

San Diego Craft Beer Job Fair
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 25
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-craft-beer-job-fair-tickets-16995250251

Interested in a career in the craft beer industry? Dress sharp and bring plenty of résumés to this craft beer job fair in San Diego this Tuesday, completely free to attend.

Three Weav3rs Bottle Release
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/879166495509486/

Three Weav3ers Brewing now has retail bottles available, and you can snag some at Select Beer Store starting this Wednesday.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26-27
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Waterfront-2015

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

OC Wine Crawl – Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26
The Barrel Room, Downtown Santa Ana
http://occrawl.com/winecrawl/

Embark on a guided stroll through five different establishments in Downtown Santa Ana this Wednesday night and sip on fine wine at each stop. Admission costs $25 for five drinks or $40 for ten drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 27
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

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.

5th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 28
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 29
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, August 30
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.lafw.com/

Discover the multitude of food and wine options available in Southern California this week throughout Los Angeles County. Dozens of different events will take place that all feature something different, such as demonstrations, tastings, parties, and more. Events range in price from $100 to $250, so look at the website to discover what events float your boat.

Einstök Tap Takeover @ Congregation Ale House
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 27
Congregation Ale House, Long Beach/Pasadena/Asuza
http://www.facebook.com/events/116107832070569/

Iceland’s premier craft beer hits the taps at all Congregation Ale House locations this Thursday night. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy a nice cold one.

Noble Ale Works Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Noble Ale Works will occupy many of the taps at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one.

Anime California 2015
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 28
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 29-30
Hyatt Regency, Garden Grove
http://www.animecalifornia.com/

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 $35 per day or $50 for the entire weekend.

C4 Central Coast Comic Con
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 28
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 29
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 30
Ventura County Fair Grounds, Ventura
http://www.venturacomiccon.com/

Come to see all things comics, sci-fi, and pop culture at the Central Coast Comic Con this weekend in Ventura. As with any comic con, attendees will find hundreds of artists, vendors, merchandise, and cosplayers to interact with, and attendees can participate in panels, speakers, seminars, discussions, contests, and more. Admission greatly varies, starting at $20 for a Friday pass and going all the way up to $100 for VIP passes. Check with the website for a breakdown of all the tickets and what they come with.

Sierra Nevada Night @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 28
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/976259499103230/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will occupy their taps with Sierra Nevada brews this Friday night. No admission necessary – just show up and enjoy a cold one.

5th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 28
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 29
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 30
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbbqfestival.com/

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 $3 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.

Blackmarket Cookie Throwdown
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 28
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1018905034796098/

Blackmarket Bakery needs your help in deciding what cookie they will add to their menu next. No purchase necessary – come sample four different cookies, then submit your vote.

Orange County Japan Fair
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 28
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 30
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://oc-japanfair.com/

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find lots of ramen, sake tastings, live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, other food & drinks, vendors, and more. Admission costs $5 for one day, and parking costs $7 per vehicle.

Long Beach Punk Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 28
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/931364996951465/

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

Riviera Village Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 29-30
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/102708700079929/

Dozens of shop in Riviera Village in Redondo Beach will hold special sidewalk sales this weekend. Stroll on down and see what the locals here have to offer.

7th Annual Venice Beach Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 29-30
Venice Beach
http://www.fx3events.com/

See arts, crafts, music, food, drinks, and more at Venice Beach this weekend, free admission. Keep in mind the heavy traffic near this area this weekend. Expect to park somewhere near Abbot Kinney and walk to the beach from there.

Jeeps of SoCal Meet & Greet
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 29
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/125165647821316/

Jeeps, pizza, and beer collide at this meetup this Saturday afternoon at Valiant Brewing in Orange. Free to attend for all ages, explore a variety of Jeep automobiles, and anyone who buys a pizza or a flight of beer receives a raffle ticket to win prizes from the Jeep organizations present.

5th Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 29
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/event/treasure-chest-fest-san-diego-2/

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Saturday at Green Flash Brewing. Attendees will get to see the ins & outs of the brewery at this fest that takes place all around the brewery. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door and gets you ten beer tasters, paired small bites from local restaurants, and a souvenir glass. Attendees may purchase additional beers from the tasting room, where $1 from each drink sold will go towards the charity. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual Woofstock Summer Bash Long Beach
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 29
Long Beach Market Place on 2nd & PCH, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/woofstock-summer-bash-long-beach-tickets-17814490621

Visit the Long Beach Market Place this Saturday afternoon for a free and all-ages event featuring live music, food, drinks, dog contests, giveaways, adoptions, prizes, a doggie photo booth, and more.

End of Summer Luau Skate Party
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 29
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/560416370765616/

Celebrate the end of summer with JFA, punk rock, skating, and a luau. Tickets to this punk rock party costs $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Brew & Food Festival – San Diego
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, August 29
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://brewandfoodfest.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of local beer, local food, and local music at this outdoor tasting event this Saturday in San Diego. General admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the gate, and starts at 3pm. Early-entry admission costs $55 presale or $60 at the gate, and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $105 presale or $110 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and includes access to a VIP area with rare brews and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last, but have to pay for any food. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 29
Casey’s Irish Pub, Downtown Los Angeles
http://213nightlife.com/lacraftbeercrawl

All attendees of this pub crawl through Downtown Los Angeles will see over 100 different craft beers across seven different locations. General admission costs $59 and starts at 3pm, while early admission costs $79 and begins at 2pm. The pub crawl has no set route – you may visit the locations in any order you like, and spend as much time at any particular venue as you like. All locations will open to the public at 7pm that day, but you can still stay at any of the locations as long as you like.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://www.facebook.com/PacificPlateBrewing

Pacific Plate Brewing turns two this week, and to celebrate, they will release a special brew to commemorate the occasion. Visitors of all ages pay no cover to visit the tasting room.

So Cal Brew Fest: After Hours
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 29
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://tickets.beerfests.com/event/SoCalBrewFestAfterHours

Anaheim has turned into quite a craft beer mecca, and you get to sample its local flavor and more this Saturday afternoon. Check out this beer tasting event taking place at Farmers Park near Downtown Anaheim, complete with over 35 breweries and local restaurants all sampling their goods. Admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the gate, and includes unlimited 3oz beer samples and food samples while supplies last. Use promo code onepunkarmy to save 20% off admission!

3rd Annual Nardfest
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29-30
Majestic Ventura Theatre, Ventura
http://nardfest.com/

Nardcore fans will not want to miss this ultimate two-day nardcore music concert this weekend in Ventura.  Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $25 for one day or $35 for a weekend pass.

Orfila’s 22nd Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 29
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/winery-events/grape-stomp/

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.

Knee Deep Experimental IPAs Tap Takeover & BBQ
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 29
The Blue Star, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1455169404791784/

Knee Deep Brewing will take over the taps at The Blue Star with a handful of their experimental IPAs this Saturday evening, plus an outdoor BBQ. No admission necessary – just show up, and pay for beer and food as you go.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 30
The Pickwick Gardens, Burbank
http://www.caskeylees.com/Vintage/Vintage.html

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.

11th Annual LeucadiART Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 30
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart/

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.

Bacon Brunch
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 30
Taste & Thirst, Downtown San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/940452069331466/

Taste & Thirst will have lots of bacon eats and Bacon Bloody Marys this Sunday early afternoon. Come kick off your week with some salty goodness.

1st Annual Long Beach Tiki Social & Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 30
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-annual-long-beach-tiki-social-tiki-swapmeet-tickets-17705033231

Immerse yourself in Tiki culture at this social event in Long Beach this Sunday afternoon. Find Tiki-themed vendors, music, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $15. No one under 21 may attend.

 

The 4th Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival returns to the Fullerton Arborteum this Saturday evening from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. As the name suggests, this event combines blues music, craft beer, and BBQ all into one locale. The $45 admission includes a souvenir pint 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, so bring some extra cash for food. This event takes place outdoors in the evening, so while you will not need sunscreen, expect warm weather throughout the event, so dress appropriately for that. Historically, the food vendors run out of food by the night’s end, while the breweries usually walk away with plenty of beer left, so go nuts on the beer, and perhaps try to sweet-talk the brewery reps into giving you a little bit something extra.

The 2015 Fit Expo Anaheim makes its Orange County debut this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This massive expo showcases all forms of fitness and athletics with live competitions, demos, workshops, seminars, and more. Single day admission costs $25, while the weekend combo only costs $40. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more. At The Fit Expo, visitors can view various forms of fitness and non-arena sports, such as CrossFit, weightlifting, Zumba, Parkour, wrestling, (mixed) martial arts, and more. The massive expo hall contains enough vendors to fill multiple swap meets, but once visitors get past all the vendors, they will discover the various demo areas strewn about the expo hall. Examples include a CrossFit competition, a Zumba fitness demo, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition, an MMA Pavilion with a variety of demos such as the “adult jungle gym,” a power-lifting competition, and more. The multitude of vendors vary in their goods or services offered. Some offer some sort of service, such as training or consulting. Most others offer merchandise, which includes apparel, accessories, equipment, supplements, and more. This expo also exhibits a handful of food & beverage vendors. None of these vendors offer stereotypical health foods – they focus on what matters, such as all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, low-carb, and full of nutrients, especially protein.

Uptown Whittier’s Annual Car Show returned for its 15th year running this past Saturday. A free outdoor event for all ages, hundreds of classic and custom cars filled the streets of Uptown Whittier covering much of Greenleaf Avenue and side streets from Hadley St down to Penn St. Thousands of visitors swarmed the streets to gaze upon all of the cars for photos or pure admiration throughout the day. All of the local businesses remained open during this time, so many visitors also got a chance to explore the local flavor of Uptown Whittier. In addition to all the cars on display, visitors also experienced live music, various vendors, a play area for children, and pinup models that apparently modeled for a calendar shoot at this car show. For a car show that has lasted 15 years, it has gained a strong following in the automotive industry, which paved the way for it to get its own calendar shoot.

The quaint community of Uptown Whittier holds events often throughout the year, such as a beer festival next month and a Miss Uptown Whittier contest in November. If you appreciate small town charm, give Uptown Whittier a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter. In the meantime, check out the photos I took at this year’s car show:

Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 15-23
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

World Series of Beach Volleyball
August 18-23
Alamitos Beach, Long Beach
http://www.wsobv.com/

This unprecedented event brings the world’s greatest beach volleyball players and their fans together for a week-long celebration of the summer. Festivities will include including sports, music, local culture, food, drinks, activities, and more. Visitors may attend any of the events for free, while premium seating for the broadcast events comes with a price.

Mocha Machine Release
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Dark-beer fans rejoice – Beachwood Brewing will release Mocha Machine this Tuesday. Enjoy this coffee porter on draft at Beachwood Brewing, or buy bottles to take elsewhere to enjoy.

26th Annual Taste of MainStreet – Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 18
Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-taste-of-mainstreet/

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.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19-20
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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

Rising Tohoku Food Fair
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 20-23
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://www.mitsuwa.com/event/the-second-rising-tohoku-food-fair-part-i-torrance-store/

Immerse yourself in the Tohoku region of northeast Japan this weekend at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. Free to attend for all ages, find lots of food, drinks, treats, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

Kratos: The Original Returns
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/1464818517155270/

Valiant Brewing brings back their original Kratos beer as well as three variations of it this Friday evening. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for the beers you wish to enjoy.

Orange Wine Walk
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 21
Old Towne Orange, Orange
http://www.orangewinewalk.com/

Stroll up and down Old Towne Orange, enjoy live music, and savor some wine and amazing local eats. The website has no other real information, such as how much this will cost, so bring some extra cash with you if you intend to attend.

The Return of La Banda Skalavera
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/la-banda-skalavera

Get your skanking on at this all-ages skacore show this Friday night at the Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to the show cost $13 presale or $16 at the door. Arrive early to park at the venue for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

San Diego Magazine’s 2015 Best of San Diego Party
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 21
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/February-2015/2015-Best-of-San-Diego-Party/

Samples food from San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. Admission to this event costs $75 per person, or $85 with a 12-month subscription to the magazine.

Brea Fest
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea
http://www.ci.brea.ca.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=623

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.

Rob’s Birthday Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 21
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/866765380026838/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

15th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 9:30 pm, August 22
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 23
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

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.

7th Annual San Diego Doggie Street Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 22
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

The Fit Expo Anaheim
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 22-23
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://thefitexpo.com/ana.asp

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $25, while the weekend combo only costs $40. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

Nerd Con 2015
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 22
California Center For The Arts, Escondido
http://www.nerd-con.com/

All things pop culture will meet up at this annual convention in Escondido this Saturday. Expect to find cosplay, games, comics, art, anime, technology, and more for the inner hobbyist in you. General admission costs $20 for adults or $12 for children. VIP admission costs $50, but the website does not mention what VIP admission gets different. Use promo code KILLERSNCO to save 15% off admission.

6th Annual Sausage & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 22-23
Highland Springs Resort, Cherry Valley
http://www.hsresort.com/beer/

Halfway between the Inland Empire and Palm Desert lies the High Springs Resort, where they will host their annual Sausage & Beer Festival this weekend. Unlike a standard beer festival, this event will run continuously during the allotted times with no set schedule or strict event time. Free to enter and with free parking, visitors will end up paying for food and drinks as they go, so nobody has to rush to drink beer in a certain period of time. Bring plenty of cash if you intend to endure a long session here.

5th Annual Los Angeles Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 22
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.latacofestival.com/

Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.

4th Annual Latin Jazz & Blues Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 22
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/4th_annual_uptown_latin_jazz_blues_festival

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday in Long Beach, and enjoy live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

2nd Annual Horton’s Hayride
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 22
Berth 49, San Pedro
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6008095

Enjoy live music at this all-day all-ages rockabilly festival from the great sets of the Reverend Horton Heat, Nekromantix, and more, and check out the great food, classic cars, and pinup models. Tickets to this event cost only $15.

7th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 22
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 23
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

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 one day or $150 for both days, so attendees should arrive early to maximize their eating & drinking time. No one under 21 may attend.

Tahoe Mountain Brewing – Tap Takeover
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
Public Beer & Wine Shop, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1616751838581579/

Enjoy any of six different brews from Tahoe Mountain Brewing this Saturday at Public Beer & Wine Shop in Downtown Long Beach.

Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 22
Westfield UTC, San Diego
http://www.ticketsauce.com/e/uncasked15

Sample local brews and taste delightful bites from local restaurants at this small beer fest this Saturday evening at the Westfield shopping center. For $20 presale or $25 at the door, guests will receive a souvenir glass, gift bag, beer guide, Westfield coupon book, and ten beer tickets. Attendees also may receive unlimited food samples from the resident restaurants within the festival.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=424

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

4th Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 22
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

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.

13th Annual Gardena Jazz Festival
11:30 am – 7:30 pm, August 23
Rowley Memorial Park, Gardena
http://www.facebook.com/events/1024827330880917/

Enjoy local jazz in the park at this all-ages outdoor concert for $20 per person.

Tustin Brewing 19th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Tustin Brewing, Tustin
http://www.orangecal.com/calendars/tustin-brewing-company/events/19th-anniversary-party

Tustin Brewing turns 19 this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer festival at their brewpub this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 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 7th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
http://www.trumpnationallosangeles.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=372108&ssid=286115&vnf=1

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.

Go Topless Day Pride Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Venice Beach, Venice
http://gotopless.org/

Because we want equality for all, this Sunday represents Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. Join in the pride parade this Sunday afternoon in Venice Beach, or anywhere else in the world where this may take place (check the website for more locations), and express your support of topless equality for all.

Local Live Music Industry Mixer
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/939584916063393/

Meet local musicians, promoters, venue owners, sound/studio engineers, producers, media, photographers, vendors, and more at this free mixer this Sunday afternoon.

2015 Plum Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/blog/event/old-worlds-annual-plum-festival/

Bring your family out to this FREE and all-ages event taking place at Old World Village in Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find games, arts & crafts, plum-based treats, live entertainment, and more.

Free Kite Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa
http://www.scfta.org/Events/Detail.aspx?id=13346

At this FREE and all-ages event this Sunday afternoon, check out all things kites with kite-building stations, flying demos, arts & crafts, live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, and more.

Date A Derby Dame
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
The Wayfarer, Costa Mesa
http://tinyurl.com/dateaderbydame

Meet the women who participate in roller derby in this calm and encouraging environment. You may even find romance if you get lucky! General admission costs $35, or $10 for active roller derby athletes.