2016 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 28-30
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
The food and hospitality industry will have its own expo this weekend, featuring many aspects from food, ingredients, equipment, accessories, services, and more. This time, they have opened the expo to the public, so you no longer need to work in the industry to attend this. Attendees should expect lots of food and drink samples, plus lots of information about businesses and the industry. Registration for an attendee starts at $65. No one under 18 may attend.
Haven Gastropub 7th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, August 29 – September 1
Haven Gastropub, Orange
The long-standing Haven Gastropub turns seven years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have four days of food and drink specials at their restaurant in Old Towne Orange, where they will tap a bunch of rare brews for your enjoyment. They will also have a handful of food specials served during these days.
Great Society Cider & Mead’s Grand Opening
4:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 30
Great Society Cider & Mead, Long Beach
After weeks of launching as a soft opening, Long Beach’s Great Society Cider & Mead will finally officially open their doors to the public this Tuesday evening. They will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30, and will have a special cider available just for this day. Stop on by and enjoy some mid-week drinks.
11th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
10:00 am – 12:00 am, September 1
5:30 am – 8:00 pm, September 2
5:30 am – 4:00 pm, September 3
5:30 am – 11:30 am, September 4
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
The Disneyland Half Marathon returns for its tenth year this weekend with a plethora of things to see and do. Participate in any of the races, check out the health & fitness expo, and stick around for after-parties throughout the weekend. The website has an extensive list of everything going on this weekend, so consult with the website for more details.
Flights 2nd Annual South Bay Tap Takeover
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 1
Flights Beer Bar, Hawthorne
This Thursday, Flights Beer Bar in Hawthorne will stock all of their taps with only South Bay brewery beer. Come taste local flavor in one spot. This event has no admission fee or cover charge – simply show up and pay for drinks as you go.
To Live & Dine in OC 2016
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, September 1
Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo
Sample food and drinks from some of Orange County’s top restaurants this Thursday evening in Aliso Viejo. Tickets cost $40 presale or $50 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.
5th Annual Long Beach Psyclone Weekender
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 1-4
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. Thursday night costs $10, the weekend costs $30 per day, and the full weekend pass costs $80.
U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 2-5
B Street Pier, San Diego
Check out various works of art involving sand sculpting and 3D printing this weekend in San Diego. Admission ranges from $5 to $17.
Los Angeles Times: The TASTE
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 2-4
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.
Anime California 2016
11:00 am – 2:00 am, September 2
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 3-4
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
Anime, manga, and cosplay fans rejoice! Anime California returns this weekend to its new home at the Long Beach Convention Center. 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 $60 for the entire weekend.
LA County Fair – Opening Day
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2
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.
2016 E Hula Mau
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2
8:00 am – 12:00 am, September 3-4
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.
626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 2-4
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 2
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).
Orange International Street Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 2
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 3-4
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.
2016 Vegan Street Fair: Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2-3
The Federal Bar, North Hollywood
The vegans have their nights in North Hollywood this weekend. General admission costs $20 while VIP admission costs $40 that includes a “fast pass” for food lines. This event will operate similarly to a night market, where guests will still have to pay for any food or drinks they wish to consume.
La Fiesta de San Gabriel 2016
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 3-4
San Gabriel Mission, San Gabriel
A free and all-ages street fair comes to San Gabriel this weekend. Visitors will find food, entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, and more.
14th Annual Ventura Nationals Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 3
Ventura Fairgrounds, Ventura
Immerse yourself in a world of classic cars, local music, pinup models, and more at this rockabilly event in Ventura this Saturday. Admission costs $15 for adults or $10 for active military with ID. Children 12 & under enter for free with a paid adult admission.
New Blues Festival III
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 3-4
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
Enjoy two full days of local blues music at this all-ages concert this weekend at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. General admission costs $30 for one day or $50 for both days. VIP admission costs $125 for one day, and includes access to a VIP tent. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 3-5
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.
Four Sons Brewing 2nd Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 3-4
Four Sons Brewing, Huntington Beach
Four Sons Brewing in Huntington Beach turns two years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will tap a bunch of rare brews at their tasting room all weekend. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy some rare brews.
67th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 3-5
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.
San Diego Bacon Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 3
NTC Park – Preble Field, Liberty Station, San Diego
Simply put, you can eat all the bacon and drink all the drinks you can at this festival dedicated to bacon. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 1pm, and comes with a beer caddy to hold your beer tasting cup. All admissions include unlimited food and drinks until 5pm. No one under 21 may attend. This fest takes place outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior to arriving, and stay hydrated.
6th Annual D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 3
The Glass House, Pomona
Check out this all-ages music & art fest this Saturday night in Pomona. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door.
8th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 3
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
BuskerFest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend for all ages, fans of music will surely want to come here. For long-term parking, search for street parking in neighborhoods to the east or north.
For What Ales Ya 2016
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 3
Maniac Mike’s Cafe, Upland
$35 gets you admittance to this bottle share party, complete with a souvenir glass, complimentary taco bar, live music, and more. All attendees must bring at least one bottle of craft beer to participate in the beer drinking, as per the rules of any bottle share. No one under 21 may enter. See their website for a map of where attendees may park.
The Virus @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 3
The Observatory, Santa Ana
Punk rock band The Virus will make a rare appearance headlining an all-ages show in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost only $5. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.
Punk Rock Karaoke
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, September 3
Casbah, San Diego
Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in San Diego, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.
Ballast Point 20th Anniversary Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 4
Del Mar Racetrack, Del Mar
San Diego’s Ballast Point reaches a milestone this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of beer and live music this Sunday evening in Del Mar. General admission costs $55 and starts at 5pm. VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive ten 4oz beer pours, a souvenir glass, and access to the full venue grounds and music concerts. No one under 21 may attend.