Posts Tagged ‘BBQ’

Matamoska @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 14
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/183148502210333/

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

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16-17
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

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.

Taste of Culver City: Centennial Summer Celebration
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16
Culver & Washington, Downtown Culver City
http://www.downtownculvercity.com/

Stroll through Downtown Culver City this Wednesday evening and sample the local eats. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and grants you unlimted food samples from the participating businesses while supplies last. This may not include drinks – some businesses will sell those separately.

AVP Manhattan Beach Open
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 17-20
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
http://avp.com/event/manhattan-beach-open/

Come watch some of the world’s top beach volleyball players compete this weekend in Manhattan Beach. Visitors of all ages may attend the matches for free, but seats come at a fee.

7th Annual Echo Park Rising
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 17
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 18-19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Sunset Blvd, Echo Park
http://epr.la/

Explore the music, creativity, and diversity that Echo Park has to offer at this FREE and all-ages outdoor concert taking place all weekend on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. Many of the music shows have VIP tickets available for sale for preferred seating, so check the website to see which shows offer VIP tickets for sale.

KCON 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 18-20
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.kconusa.com/

A convention for all things Korean culture will come to Downtown LA this weekend. Attendees will find lots of vendor booths, food, entertainment, media, celebrity appearances, and more. Admission costs $15 for one day or $25 for the entire weekend.

2017 Los Angeles Tattoo Convention
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 19
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.latattooconvention.com/

Check out hundreds of tattoo artists from around the globe at this tattoo convention this weekend in Long Beach. Admission costs $17 per day or $30 for both days.

7th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
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.

San Diego Magazine’s 2017 Best of San Diego Party
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 18
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2017/Best-of-San-Diego-Party-2017/

Sample 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. General admission costs $80 and starts at 6:30pm, while VIP admission costs $120 and starts at 5:30pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Brea Fest
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea
http://www.breaspecialevents.com/

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.

Viernes 13 – Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 18
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/241233693055612/

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

77th Annual Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 19-27
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.

19th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 9:30 pm, August 19
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 20
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.

Los Angeles Spartan Race Stadium Sprint 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/959/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Elysian Park. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $149 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices.

Color Vibe 5k – Orange County
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 19
Fountain Valley Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.thecolorvibe.com/orangecounty.php

Another color run comes to Orange County this Saturday morning. Registration costs $65 per individual.

Fastivus 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana
http://www.fastivus.com/

If you like fast cars, you will not want to miss Fastivus this Sunday. This all-ages event features all things cars, from the racing aspect to famous racers and more. Admission costs $20 presale or $30 at the gate.

3rd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
City National Grove, Anaheim
http://www.cahotsauceexpo.com/

Spice lovers rejoice! Torch your taste buds at this hot sauce tasting event this weekend in Anaheim. General admission costs $10 and provides access to all the vendors sampling their hot sauces, but does not include food or drinks. A beer package costs $40 and includes five beverage tokens, a bottle of hot sauce, and a t-shirt. VIP admission costs $75 and provides access to a secluded VIP area.

2017 ¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 19
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://latinfoodfest.com/

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in San Diego. General admission costs $39 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $149, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

3rd Annual Orange County Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Anaheim Public Library, Anaheim
http://oczinefest.tumblr.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Orange County gets their own Zone Fest this Saturday afternoon. This free and all-ages event will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

2017 Natsumatsuri Family Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/2017/natsumatsuri/

At this free and all-ages event, find plenty of family-fun activities to partake in, such as karaoke, live music, live entertainment, games, arts & crafts, dance, and more.

2017 Unique LA Summer Market
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/markets-la

The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from hundreds of hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast. The $15 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food.

1st Annual Cultured Food Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
Highland Springs Resort, Cherry Valley
http://www.hsresort.com/beer/

Halfway between the Inland Empire and Palm Desert lies the Highland Springs Resort. They have ended their annual Sausage & Beer Festival and replaced it with a festival focusing on fermented foods and drinks. Like their previous festival, this event will run continuously during the allotted times with no set schedule or strict event time. For $7 admission, visitors will end up paying for food and drinks as they go, so nobody has to rush to eat or drink in a certain period of time. Bring plenty of cash if you intend to endure a long session here.

Stone Brewing’s 21st Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 19
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-21st-anniversary-celebration-invitational-beer-festival

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $55 per session, which run from 1pm-4pm or 5pm-8pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

Pacific Wine & Food Classic
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 19-20
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.pacificwineandfood.com/

A food & alcohol tasting festival takes place this weekend in Newport Beach. Single-day general admission costs $150, starts at 2pm, and gets you three hours of unlimited tastings while supplies last. Two-day general admission costs $250. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 1pm, and includes exclusive tastings plus access to a VIP lounge. Two-day VIP admission costs $350. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Dana Point Lobster Fest
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.danapointlobsterfest.org/

A festival with a lot of seafood comes to Dana Point this Saturday evening. Admission starts at $85, and each different admission provides you with different food. Attendees should also expect music throughout the night, casino games, and other activities. Bring cash for the cash bar.

9th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/buskerfest

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.

6th Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
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.

OC Roller Derby – Jailhouse Block
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://downtownanaheim.com/events/ace/

Downtown Anaheim will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

3rd Annual San Pedro Craft Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
USS Iowa BattleShip, San Pedro
http://chugginbrews.com/

Sample local craft beers and check out a tourist attraction this Saturday afternoon in San Pedro. General admission costs $42, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited beer while supplies last and access to the museum. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 2pm, and also includes a pretzel necklace, beer float, mimosa/sangria bar, and a souvenir glass. Parking costs $6 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

Rob’s Birthday Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 19
World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/384423645293212/

A handful of local punk rock bands will perform in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Ladies Who Ride
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 20
Lifestyle Cycles, Anaheim
http://cookscorners.com/

A group motorcycle ride for women will take place this Sunday. Free to participate, women motorcycle riders will first meet at Lifestyle Cycles in Anaheim, then will ride to Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon as one procession. Once at Cook’s Corner, the place will host specials and other entertainment for the rest of the afternoon.

Red Bull Soapbox Race – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 20
Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park
http://www.redbullsoapboxrace.com/usa-losangeles/en/

Come watch people race soap boxes down a hill this Sunday in Elysian Park, free to attend for all ages.

Valley Retro Game Swap
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 20
Game Realms, Burbank
http://game-realms.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/153726271862119/

A swap meet for video games will take place in Burbank this Sunday, free to attend for all ages. The venue may also have some retro games available for play as well.

3rd Annual Long Beach Tiki Social & Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 20
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.lbtikisocial.com/

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 $25. No one under 21 may attend.

Akiba Day: Summer Picnic & Cosplay Meetup
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 20
Whittier Narrows, South El Monte
http://www.facebook.com/events/160624967817770/

Free to attend for all ages, a picnic & cosplay meetup will take place in South El Monte this Sunday afternoon.

22nd Annual Plum Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 20
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.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 20
Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

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

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Streetlight Manifesto: The Somewhere in the Between Tour 2017
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 27, House of Blues, San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 28, House of Blues, Anaheim
http://streetlightmanifesto.com/

Ska/punk band Streetlight Manifesto currently tour across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary in price, so check with the venue for prices.

Knee Deep Cask Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 29
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/315896232171083/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

Tour De Fork 2017
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, June 29
Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.victoriagardensie.com/event/tour-de-fork/2145491758/

Take a stroll through Victoria Gardens and enjoy bites and sips from local businesses this Thursday evening. The $50 admission gets you access to unlimited food samples while supplies last, plus five drink tickets. No one under 21 may attend.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 30 – July 2
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

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.

9th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever! Car Show
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 30
World Cruise Center, San Pedro
http://www.portoflosangeles.org/community/cars_and_stripes_2017.asp

At this free and all-ages event this Friday night, check out cars, local bands, and fireworks.

A Taste of Exotic Mexican Cuisine & Mezcal
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 30
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2017/6/30/a-taste-of-exotic-mexican-cuisine-mezcal

Sample authentic eats and drinks this Friday evening in Fullerton, all while enjoying cultural music. The $35 admission gets you in to enjoy unlimited samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The 4th Scott Pilgrim Picture Show
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 30 – July 1
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/cinemattack-returns-to-the-frida-cinema-with-the-scott-pilgrim-picture-show-june-30-july-1/

Come together for a movie screening, lights show, sing along, food & drinks, and more. Tickets for this event cost $15.

The Vandals – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 30, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 1, The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://vandals.com/

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

Rockabilly Luau
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 30
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Hula and burlesque mix up this Friday night in Downtown Long Beach. $15 gets you in to enjoy this raunchy show. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 Anime Expo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 1-3
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.anime-expo.org/

The nation’s largest expo & convention for anime & manga returns to Downtown LA this 4th of July weekend. Complete with hundreds of artist & vendor booths, this convention allows attendees to get interactive via the masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission varies by the number of days attending – 4 days cost $90, while one day costs $55. Children 6-12 get in for a flat rate of $25, while children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Some of the special events, such as concerts and maid cafés, requires an additional ticket to get into. Parking at the convention center costs $20, so bring cash for that plus any of the vendors and food inside the convention center. Optionally, park in outdoor third party lots in the surrounding blocks for a lower rate, or take public transportation.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 1
Alamitos Beach (Shoreline Dr off Ocean Blvd), Long Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

Pirate Invasion of Long Beach
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 1
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 2
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-pierdaze.html

Come see and act like pirates at the beach! Visitors may choose to dress as a pirate or arrive in normal clothes. Many others will fully dress up to play their parts. Expect to see pirate shows, vendors, music, a (mock) ship fight, and cannon blank shots fired at the pier. This FREE and all-ages event runs on Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am both days. If you plan to stay for a while, note that this takes place entirely outdoors, so have sunscreen available. Have cash available for nearby parking.

Red, White & BBQ
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm, July 1
Start Los Angeles, Harvard Heights, Los Angeles
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/red-white-bbq-presented-by-time-out-l-a

Munch on barbecue and sip on booze this Saturday in Los Angeles. Two sessions of this food & drink fest will occur this Saturday: 12pm-2:30pm and 3pm-5:30pm. General admission costs $25 per person but starts half an hour after each session starts. VIP admission costs 35 and starts right when the session starts, so you get an extra half hour for $10. No one under 21 may attend.

The Rarest Experience Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 1
Stout, Hollywood
http://www.stoutburgersandbeers.com/

A rare beer fest comes to Hollywood this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend. Bring cash for parking and food.

Dry River Brewing Grand Opening
4:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 1
2:00 pm – 7:30 pm, July 2
Dry River Brewing, Boyle Heights
http://www.dryriverbrewing.com/

A new brewery near Downtown LA will officially open their doors to the public this weekend. $15 gets you in to one of six 90-minute sessions this weekend where you can enjoy two beer pours during that time. Attendees have the option of purchasing more beers beyond the initial two. No one under 21 may attend.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 1
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatown in 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.

Agent Orange & JFA @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 1
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1477888-agent-orange-long-beach/

Two heavyweights in punk rock perform this Saturday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

113th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 2
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 3
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 4
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
http://hb4thofjuly.org/

Celebrate Independence Day with a plethora of things to see and do in Huntington Beach this weekend. Activities include a pancake breakfast, 5k run, fitness expo, a parade, fireworks, live music, exhibitors, food vendors, family activities, and much more. See the website for a full list and schedule of what to expect.

Upcoming Events: May 1-7, 2017

Posted: May 1, 2017 in Art, Beer, Cars, Drinks, Events, Food, Inland Empire, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, Restaurant, San Diego, Ska, Sports, Wine
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Pasadena Restaurant Week
April 30 – May 5
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 30 and May 5, over 40 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

Extreme Midget Wrestling
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 2
Calico Saloon & Grill, Lancaster
http://extrememidgetwrestling.com/

You have not witnessed anything unlike midget wrestling. Come watch this unbelievable spectacle this weekend for a good drunken night. Admission starts at $20. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 3-4
Pine Avenue, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/event-post/taste-of-downtown/

Sample food & drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach at this tasting fest held on Pine Avenue. Free to attend for all-ages, guests simply pay to eat, purchasing booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each. Each restaurant accepts varying amounts of tickets depending on their offerings. Live music and artists will keep guests entertained as well.

Star Wars Day
May 4
Worldwide
http://www.starwars.com/may-the-4th

Star Wars Day officially falls on May 4th. Various businesses around the world will have Star Wars activities going on. Check with your local favorite hangout spot to see if they will celebrate this occasion.

AVP Huntington Beach Open
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 4-7
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
http://avp.com/event/avp-hb-open/

Some of the world’s top beach volleyball talent will come to Huntington Beach this weekend as part of this touring competition. General admission costs nothing, while premium seats will cost a bit.

8th Annual Taste of Cardiff
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 4
Cardiff Seaside Market, Cardiff
http://www.cardiff101.com/events/taste-of-cardiff/

Sample the local flavors of Cardiff this Thursday evening all throughout Downtown Cardiff. Tasting tickets cost $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event, and provide guests with unlimited food samples from participating locations until they run out of food. For $10 more, upgrade the ticket to include “sip stops” which add special cocktail, wine, or beer tastings at select locations.

Cinco De Mayo
May 5
Worldwide
http://cincodemayo.org/

Cinco De Mayo falls on a Friday this week, which typically means college specials since a handful of college students do not have classes on Fridays. Please celebrate responsibly!

Chamber Golf Tournament
10:30 am – 4:30 pm, May 5
Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club, San Clemente
http://www.scchamber.com/events/details/chamber-golf-tournament-05-06-2016-967

Play some competitive golf this Friday afternoon in South Orange County. Registration costs $175 per individual or $700 for a team of four.

Spring Fling Vendor Fair
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 5
Holiday Inn Hotel, Santa Ana
http://www.holidayinn.com/jwa-airport
http://www.facebook.com/events/473302746334269/

Free to attend for all ages, check out this vendor fair this Friday afternoon with apparel, accessories, arts & crafts, and more.

26th Southern California Homebrewers Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 5
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 6
Vail Lake Resort, Temecula
http://www.calhomebrewers.org/events/homebrew-festival/

This weekend, meet homebrewers and homebrew clubs from across California, and share beers, experiences, knowledge, contacts, and more. Attendees will find speakers, beer tastings, live entertainment, games, and more. It costs $10 to join the association, then another registration fee to attend.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 5
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.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).

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 5
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 6
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://uptownvillagemarket.com/

Local artists and vendors will display and sell their wares at this FREE art fest. Guests can look at some interesting works of art, while browsing through all the merchandise available to purchase. The organizers will provide free refreshments, while live bands and singers will keep guests entertained.

2017 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 5
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 6
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 7
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://www.citrusfair.com/

This little city fair takes place all weekend starting Friday evening. Open to all ages, guests can experience rides, games, food, merchandise, stage shows, and more. The fair requires no admission, though any sort of participation will require a cost.

BBQ & Beer Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, May 5
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 6
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 7
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://bbqandbeerfestival.com/

Barbecue and beers collide this weekend in Santa Clarita. Friday night represents the beer festival that costs $40 to get in and includes unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. All food comes at cost, so guests should bring cash to pay for food. No one under 21 may attend on Friday. Saturday and Sunday represent the family-friendly barbecue festival that costs $10 to enter, but all food and drinks come at cost that day.

Rock Star Beer Festival San Diego
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 5
Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego
http://www.rockstarbeerfestivalsd.com/

A corporate beer festival comes to San Diego this Friday night. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Taco Madness 2017
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 5
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lataco.com/taco-madness-2017/

Free to attend, check out food, drinks, music, art, and more this Friday night in Downtown LA. No one under 21 may attend.

Salsa Competition & Cantina Crawl 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 5
Shorb Garden, Alhambra
http://downtownalhambra.com/event/salsa-competition-cantina-crawl-2016/

Food, drinks, and music mix up with each other this Friday night in Alhambra. Free to attend for all ages, check out the salsa competition, the live music, and the bar crawl afterwards. No one under 21 may attend the bar crawl.

Voodoo Glow Skulls – Cinco De Mayo Show
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, May 5
The Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://voodooglowskulls.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/766198483547338/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Friday night in Riverside. Tickets to this show cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Free Comic Book Day
May 6
Participating locations, Worldwide
http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

Get a comic book for FREE this Saturday at participating comic book stores. Many stores will also host some sort of celebration, such as complimentary snacks, live entertainment, contests, and more, so check in with your favorite shop for details.

Tacos & Beer 5K Run & Festival
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 6
El Dorado East Regional Park, Long Beach
http://www.tacosnbeer5k.com/

Take a fun run, hold it during Cinco de Mayo weekend, add tacos and beer, throw costumes on, and you have a white boy’s fantasy party all on one day. Basically, if you have seen an MTV party, this does not stray too far from it. This event starts with a 5K fun run in the morning, and then when that ends, all participants can stay for tacos and beer for the rest of the festival. The organizers encourage everyone to wear silly costumes in an attempt to see who can stereotype the Latin culture the most. Food will come from local vendors, and since this takes place in Long Beach, except very normal Mexican food. Also, Bud Light will sponsor the beer, so keep that in mind if you care about the quality of your beer. If you still feel like going to this, registration starts at $70.

13th Misti Washington Gourd & Basket Weekend
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 6-7
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://baskets-gourds.com/

Shop and/or learn to create baskets and gourds this weekend in Encinitas. Admission and registration will vary in price based on when and how you want to attend, which may include fees for classes or seminars.

San Diego Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Cultural Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 6-7
De Anza Cove, Mission Bay, San Diego
http://www.sdhoolaulea.com/

Enjoy an all-ages Hawaiian festival for FREE this weekend in San Diego. At this two-day festival, find islander cuisine, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, and more.

Kentucky Derby Bourbon & Whiskey Tasting
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 6
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/ky-derby-party-chandelier-room-2017/

Sample various bourbon and whisky this Saturday in Arcadia. Admission costs $100 and includes all food and drink samples while supplies last, plus access to betting on the races. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 Scuba Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 6-7
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://scubashow.com/

Come to this diving expo and check out hundreds of diving companies and resorts from around the world. Dozens of seminars will highlight equipment, destinations, training, photography, ecology, and more. Attendees will also find a seafood cooking demo, plus other goodies, such as door prizes. Admission varies based on the mode of attendance, with general admission starting at $12. Children under 13 get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking at the convention center’s parking structure costs $10 per vehicle.

8th Annual Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 6
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://asianculturalfestivalsd.com/

This FREE all-ages fair celebrates Asian culture with martial arts demos, dancing, music, cooking demos, games, food, and more. Guests receive free parking as well as free entry into the festival, so bring the entire family over and have a ball.

Grand Central Market’s For the Love of Food
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, May 6
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/922/for-the-love-of-food

Free to attend for all ages, check out a day of chef demos, workshops, tastings, seminars, and more.

Soka University’s 16th Annual International Festival
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 6
Soka University, Aliso Viejo
http://www.soka.edu/news_events/International-Festival/default.aspx

At this free festival, guests of all ages can enjoy music, dance, arts & crafts, artists, and more. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling if attending.

Bacchus’ Home Brewers Fest 2017
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 6
Claud & Co. Bacchus’ Kitchen, Pasadena
http://www.bacchuskitchen.com/

For $45 admission, gain entry to this homebrewers tasting event up in Pasadena this Saturday early afternoon with food and beer tasters. Their website does not specify how much food and beer one can receive. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Holi Festival of Colors – Oceanside
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 6
Pier Amphitheatre, Oceanside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the annual Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration with color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every two hours starting at noon. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

12th Annual Silverado Chili Cook-Off & Cinco de Mayo Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 6
Silverado Community Center, Silverado
http://smrpd.org/

Sample lots of chili and enjoy a cultural festival this Saturday afternoon in the hills of Silverado. Packed with food, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more, visitors will surely find something to say occupied here. Free to attend, guests should bring cash to pay for any food or drinks here.

6th Annual Buellton Brew Fest
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, May 6
River View Park, Buellton
http://www.buelltonbrewfest.com/

Enjoy brews in beautiful Buellton this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and starts at 12:30, while VIP admission costs $55, starts at 11:30, includes access to exclusive VIP brews. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last until 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 6
Historic Downtown Vista Village, Vista
http://www.sdrhythmandbrews.com/

The San Diego Brewers Guild presents the Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival this Saturday afternoon in the historic Vista Village district. Now in its fifth year, this festival now contains over 50 breweries, nine music acts across three stages, and plenty of food for sale from local businesses. General admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts an hour earlier at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastes while supplies last, plus a souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may attend.

17th Annual Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 6
La Jolla Cove, La Jolla
http://www.jlsdfoodandwine.com/

Taste food from many of San Diego’s finest restaurants, and sip on California’s great wines and craft beers at this festival. Guests can participate in a silent auction, while live music and painting will keep guests occupied. General admission costs $85, or $140 for VIP, which includes preferred parking, access to exclusive drinks, and a VIP lounge. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Heritage, Music & Arts Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 6-7
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/event/heritage-music-arts-festival/

Celebrate the culture and spirit of the Downtown LA Arts District at this festival, taking place at Angel City Brewery this weekend. Local bands will play music all day, food trucks will serve food, brewers will lead brewery tours, and more activities will keep guests occupied. Guests pay no fee to enter, just the cost to purchase anything or participate in some activities. Parking for this event costs $4.

8th Annual Bikes Boards and Brews
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 6
Crown Point Park, Mission Bay, San Diego
http://www.pbbeerfest.com/

Enjoy local beer, gourmet bites, and a magnificent view of the bay at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pacific Beach. VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm, while general admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm. Prices go up $5 at the door. All admission comes with ten beer tasters. For $5 extra, display your vintage or custom bike for other guests to view.

1st Annual Empanada & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 6
The Wine Country, Signal Hill
http://www.lolasmexicancuisine.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/214874449013808/

Indulge on gourmet empanadas and wines this Saturday afternoon in Signal Hill. $25 gets you ten wine pours and all the empanadas you can eat while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

LA Taco & Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 6
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.latacobeerfest.com/

Enjoy unlimited beers and taco samples this Saturday afternoon while supplies last. General admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 1pm, and provides access to a VIP area. The event will have additional food trucks and restaurant vendors selling food and drinks for an additional cost. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 6
Mission District, South Pasadena
http://www.theeclectic.rocks/

Free to attend for all ages, see dozens of musicians and artists across five stages in South Pasadena this Saturday, plus a self-guided art walk, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, and more.

Roar & Pour Wine Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 6
Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbzoo.org/roar-and-pour/

Sample various wines while strolling through a zoo this Saturday evening in Santa Barbara. General admission costs $60 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $115, starts at 4pm, and has access to rare wines and appetizers. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last plus a souvenir wine glass to take home. No one under 21 may participate.

No Violence Music Fest 2017
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 6
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/3093
http://www.facebook.com/events/265623083886513/

Rock out to some Latin themed ska, punk rock, reggae, and more this Saturday evening at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $25.

23rd Annual Jewels of the Night Food & Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 6
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachstate.com/jewelsofthenight/

This Saturday evening, Cal State Long Beach hosts its annual food & wine festival for the 20th year in a row at the Walter Pyramid on the north side of the campus. Over 20 of the area’s top restaurants will serve their delicious food at this tasting gala, and a handful of California wineries will pour their signature wines. General admission to this event costs $150.

Foam Glow 5k – Los Angeles
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, May 6
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.foamglow.com/pomonaca

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of bubble runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Foam Glow. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam in this nighttime 5k race complete with flashing neon lights and loud dance music. Registration costs $50, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

SCRD Demented Danas vs. West Coast Derby Knockouts
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 6
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

Punk Rock Show @ Dipiazzas
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 6
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/629194273942037/

Enjoy some local punk rock music this Saturday night in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages show costs $12, or $10 for those 21 or over.

13th Annual Orange County Marathon
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 7
Fashion Island, Newport Beach
http://ocmarathon.com/

The OC Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. Please plan your commute accordingly.

44th Annual Carlsbad Village Street Faire
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Grand Avenue, Downtown Carlsbad
http://visitcarlsbad.com/events/572017-carlsbad-village-street-faire/

Check out this free and all-ages street fair taking place in Downtown Carlsbad this Sunday, featuring dozens of vendors, arts & crafts, food, entertainment, and more.

Robo Toy Fest + Brick Boutique
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://robotoyfest.com/
http://www.brickboutique.com/

Check out this all-ages two-in-one event this Sunday in Pasadena featuring robot toys and brick-building toys. Regular admission costs $10 and starts at 10am while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am.

4th Annual SoCalMoms Great Big Family Play Day
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
The Autry Museum, Griffith Park
http://greatbigfamilyplayday.com/

A big day for kids happens this Sunday at The Autry in Griffith Park. Admission ranges from $5 to $90, and provides full access to all the games, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, booths, rides, demos, seminars, and more.

Mud Factor: Seriously Fun, 5K Obstacle Run – San Bernardino
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 7
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://www.mudfactor.com/socal-2017

Get down and dirty at this fun run in San Bernardino this Sunday afternoon. Registration costs $65 online or $85 on the day of the event, and provides participants with a bandana, medal, temporary tattoo, and bib.

5th Annual Art in Bixby Park
10:00 am – 5:30 pm, May 7
Bixby Park, Long Beach
http://sites.google.com/site/bixbyparkpreservation/home

Free to attend for all ages, check out this mini fair in Long Beach featuring art for sale, as well as other vendors selling arts & crafts, apparel, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and more.

Cinco De Mayo Festival & Car Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 7
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/cinco-de-mayo-festival/

Free to attend for all ages, Arcadia’s Santa Anita Park will hold both a cultural festival and a car show this Sunday afternoon. Guests will find lots of classic cars on display, food, drinks, vendors, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

Pinup Parade in the Park
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, May 7
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1864539330469511/

Pinup Girl Clothing will host their semiannual pinup model meetup this Sunday at Disneyland. In addition to plenty of photo opportunities, expect to find goodie bags, trivia, contests, and more.

May Day Festival
11:00 am – 3:30 pm, May 7
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
http://www.bowers.org/index.php/education-programs/event/935-may-day-festival

Participate in family-friendly arts & crafts while enjoying live entertainment this Sunday afternoon at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Admission into the museum on this day costs $15.

6th Annual San Diego Jewish Food Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 7
Temple Adat Shalom, Poway/Rancho Bernardo
http://www.sdjewishfoodfest.com/

Explore the world of Jewish cuisine this Sunday afternoon in Poway. Admission costs $20, and comes with $20’s worth of “tickets” that attendees will need to exchange for food. A four-pack will cost $60 but come with $80’s worth of food tickets.

2017 Taste of the Town
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Mann Biomedical Park, Valencia
http://www.childfamilycenter.org/foundation/taste-of-the-town.cfm

Enjoy unlimited food and drinks (while supplies last) from over 40 restaurants from the Santa Clarita and Valencia area this Saturday at this tasting event in Valencia. General admission costs $75 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $125, starts at 12pm, and includes reserved seating, two bottles of wine, tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, and cooking demos.

2nd Annual Masters Of Taste
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 7
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
http://mastersoftastela.com/

Sample food and drinks from some of Los Angeles County’s top chefs and experts this Sunday afternoon in Pasadena. General admission costs $105, starts at 4pm, and provides unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $185, starts at 3pm, and also includes access to a VIP area.

12th Annual Taste of Orange
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 7
Orange Circle, Old Town Orange
http://www.thetasteoforange.org/

Sample the local flavors of Old Town Orange this Sunday at their annual Taste of Orange event. For $40, guests receive unlimited food samples, beer & wine tastings (additional cost), access to silent auctions, opportunity drawings, photo booth, and more.

Union 13 @ Five Star Bar
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 7
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/272563993167773/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Downtown LA this Sunday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 18 may enter.

In today’s generation, those growing up aim to set their own trends instead of following in their parents’ footsteps. For the most part, parents raised their children with what they (the parents) learned growing up, passing on their behaviors and lifestyles on to their children. However, as the children grow up, they start to desire independence from their parents, and as such they will want to develop their own wants and desires, usually opposite from their parents. For example, while parents will likely want to eat something familiar such as pizza and burgers, the children may want something special, usually something different or fusion. Today, fusion food exists in many restaurants, which combines two different foods into one concept imagined by the chef. Instead of trying to divide parents from children, why not make a place friendly to both, such as Pizza Port?

Bearing no relation to the pizza place in Disneyland with the same name, Pizza Port resembles a true Southern California staple. Not only do they craft their own family-friendly food, but they also brew their own huge lineup of craft beers. This makes Pizza Port a great place for the entire family – the children can enjoy the fun food as well as the games inside the restaurant, and the parents can enjoy the fantastic food as well as a cold one or two. While Pizza Port revels in the awards they win for the beers they brew, their food ought to win awards as well. When you see their BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza, you will understand why both parents and children love this dish. This pizza pie comes with tangy barbecue sauce, beef meatballs, diced bacon, chopped red onions, and mozzarella & cheddar cheese with red onions. All of their pizzas can come on traditional pizza dough or their beer-infused whole grain dough.

You can enjoy this savory pizza pie at any of Pizza Port’s locations for $9.50 for a small, $18.25 for a medium, or $22 for a large. Check out what else Pizza Port has serving up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Americans have a strange fascination with bacon. Something about this small strip of pork drives people to spend obscene amounts of money to add it on to something. Fast food restaurants routinely charge a dollar more to add a piece of bacon, while some restaurants charge up to $4 more to add some bacon. I will never understand why people do this, but I do know that if I crave the flavor of bacon, it had better taste good. Sure bacon may not always represent the healthiest option on any menu, but it certainly beats other questionable ingredients such as white bread. At least with bacon, you do get a minor source of protein, while something like white bread will generally come with fillers and maybe preservatives depending on where you got that bread. But if you want something with a lot of bacon in it, you most likely will not care about the nutrition in it – you care about the taste and how much guilt you can cram into one item of food, and for that I go to Pig Pen Delicacy in Santa Ana.

As the name of this food stand suggests, Pig Pen Delicacy sells pork and pork accessories products in whatever manner they can fashion. Located inside the 4th Street Market, one of Orange County’s well-known food halls, Pig Pen Delicacy wants to deliver pork to you until you just shut up and love it. From pulled pork to pork belly to bacon and more, if you want pork, you got it here at Pig Pen Delicacy. While they have a regular menu with all the porky goodness around, they also have a limited-time specials menu that contains obscene items such as the Cheesy Mac Bun Burger. This burger comes on fried mac & cheese “buns” instead of regular bread, and holds the beef patty (cooked to order), cheddar cheese, candied bacon, and barbecue sauce. I hope your arteries can handle all this greasy goodness, because the faint-of-heart will most definitely not handle this thickness.

For $9.50, you can indulge in this guilty pleasure for a limited time at Pig Pen Delicacy in Downtown Santa Ana. To see what other specials they have cooking up, check out Pig Pen Delicacy on Facebook and Twitter.

The 6th Annual Dana Point State BBQ Championships returned to Sea Terrace Park in Dana Point this past Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Over a hundred teams of Grill Masters from across the country gathered here to serve up their finest BBQ to win yet another coveted award for bragging rights as well as cash, prizes, titles, and fame. Free to attend for all ages, visitors could purchase sample tickets for $2, with all proceeds going towards the VFW charity, and use those tickets to exchange for samples from any of the participants. Visitors found all sorts of BBQ meats here, from pulled pork to ribs to brisket to bacon and more. A true test to the home Grill Master, this competition does not allow anything corporate to set foot in this area – only amateur or local groups could enter, and all foods come from non-corporate sources, such as locally-raised meat or homemade BBQ sauces.

I have attended this BBQ event ever since they got started, and I plus many others believe that it disappointed us all this year. The past three years saw the expansion of the event area to an additional area of the park to the east section, which also added a craft beer tasting component. Just like the barbecue tasting, visitors would purchase beer tickets at $2 each, and each ticket would redeem four ounce’s worth of beer. So what happened since last year? First off, the organizers completely got rid of the additional craft beer tasting section, opting for a Budweiser beer truck near the entrance. That entire eastern section belonged only to barbecue teams who entered the competition, and not a single team in this section offered any food to visitors. Speaking of offering food, though the event website advertised over a hundred barbecue teams, less than a dozen of them had public tastings. For an event that draws over a thousand visitors annually, not even that many teams can accommodate all of them. Also take into consideration that more than half of the teams offering food did not have any food ready until 1pm at the earliest. The high-demand meats like ribs and brisket did not come out until 1:45pm due to judging, and that caused abnormally long lines at almost all the teams. Not surprisingly, these teams ran out of food within minutes because of everyone waiting at all those booths. Despite the event running until 5pm, nobody had any food left by 3pm. As a minor complaint, many people did not like that such small food samples cost them $2 each.

I love barbecue, and I have loved this event for the past few years. Sadly, this year’s competition left a sour taste in many people’s mouths. As they made the same mistakes as last year but appear to have gotten worse, I do not foresee myself returning to this event anymore in the following years. They made mistakes last year, and instead of fixing the mistakes, the organizers made it worse. I feel they should completely remove the public tasting from this event, and just keep it private. After all, they have good reviews of the previous years to ride on, and this competition still attracts over a hundred groups from across the country.

Reminiscing back to our childhoods, we recall all the good times and bad times that significantly impacted us as children. Everyone remembers certain moments during their childhoods that has permanently affected our personalities today. Even without anything to capture those moments, we can still reminisce about the good old days through photos taken way back then. In fact, today’s society has accepted Throwback Thursdays as an homage to the good old days, when life did not bear so much worry, and we could live out our days without fear or oppression. These days, society has to deal with corruption on many levels, from governments to the internet to bullies in school and more. Like the human immune system, society reacts to these corruptions by implementing methods to combat those problems by either minimizing problems or eliminating them altogether. This may not restore the good old days, but as a society, we still like to look back to what paved the way for us to stand here today. Significantly, we remember the foods we once ate as children, even recalling the low prices. Those old signs advertising $0.10 French Fries did not lie – food stands actually sold items that now cost ten times more, or even more than that! Though we can still buy the same fast food items as back then, we have much better options today as far as finer dining without the inflated price tags. If you miss those $0.10 fries, wait until you see some of the appetizers that you can share with friends or enjoy as an entrée. I have discovered five different shareable appetizers that you can find in the Greater Los Angeles Area, and you can either enjoy these on its own or share them among the table.

5. The Abbey‘s Roadkill Fries

With all this newfangled technology and modernism going on these days, sometimes it helps to go back to the basics. We turn to the originals to inspired us to prepare for the future. For the originals, we head over to The Abbey in Seal Beach. Dubbed as Seal Beach’s legendary gastropub, The Abbey takes some of America’s favorite restaurant meals and does them well. You can taste the quality of the food here while appreciating the food styles that we grew up with. The Abbey does not try to push the envelope or invent new foods – they take what exists and cooks it up right. Look at their Roadkill Nachos on their appetizers menu. The Abbey treats nachos the classic way here with tortilla chips piled high with ground beef, grilled chicken, black beans, cheese, guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. You can order a small plate for $9.50, or go all-out for $13.50. Sure it may not seem like a new concept, but if you do not want to try something new and simply want to stick with what you know, The Abbey has the remedy for you.

4. Limerick’s Tavern‘s Irish Pub Nachos

More often than not, the hole-in-the-wall places have the best food that too few know about. From the outside, the restaurant may appear lackluster. Even once inside, the interior may appear dreary. As the old saying goes, “You cannot judge a book by its cover.” While hole-in-the-wall restaurants represent a game of hit-or-miss, the people’s voice may help to steer others in the right direction, which led me to the discovery of Limerick’s Tavern in Upland. When I first heard about this Irish pub, I expected the typical Irish faire that I encounter at every other Irish pub that I had dined at. To my surprise, Limerick’s Tavern shattered that conception with an unbelievable menu with desirable food. At Limerick’s Tavern, they serve up great gourmet food that no one would expect to find at a pub or sports bar. The dishes may represent classics, but their use of high-quality ingredients and plating presentation make them shine above the rest. Take a look at their Irish Pub Nachos. This beautiful plate of fresh home-made potato chips comes topped with chopped corned beef, pastrami, bacon bits, Swiss & cheddar cheese, sour cream, and scallions. This $10 plate of food can feed a group of four, or you can go nuts and treat yourself to this mighty fine dish.

3. The Smoking Ribs‘ Pulled Pork Nachos

As far as the style of cuisine goes, The Smoking Ribs truly lies off the beaten path. The Smoking Ribs specializes in southern-style barbecue, from ribs to brisket to pulled pork and more. As others have shown, many cultures around the world have no familiarity with American barbecue, such as Koreans and the Irish, so some may ponder about a non-Asian barbecue restaurant in an Asian part of town. However, I assure you that The Smoking Ribs stays true to its roots, boasting some top-quality smoke and meats. At The Smoking Ribs, you can go the traditional route and order a plate of meat with sides. The Smoking Ribs also offers a handful of other dishes that contain their meats, such as their Pulled Pork Nachos. For $10, you get a huge basket of nacho chips, nacho cheese, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and coleslaw. It sounds simple, but after one bite, you will want to devour this entire thing yourself instead of sharing it, despite its large size that can feed multiple people.

2. Meat Up BBQ‘s Smothered & Covered Chili Verde Fries

Ruling over their domain of meat, Meat Up BBQ does meat good and barbecue with their own culinary twist. The barbecue does not represent completely authentic southern barbecue, but rather barbecue with a slight Caribbean influence, evident in their use of tropical and fruity flavors. Sauces range from sweet to spicy to smokey, and meats include all the bases such as chicken, pork, beef, and even a few seafood items. Meat Up BBQ does not skimp on portion sizes, so when you order anything, even their appetizers, expect a huge plate, such as their Smothered & Covered Chili Verde Fries. $10 gets you a huge basket of BBQ-rub fries topped with pulled pork chili verde and a helping of cheddar cheese. You get some barbecue with the fries, and you get some Latin influence from the pork chili verde. This huge appetizer can easily feed a family of four, and I would not attempt to eat this entire thing as one person. However, after one bite, you may want as much of this as you can handle.

1. Súp Noodle Bar‘s Shaken House Fries

The United States promotes a mixed melting pot society. We take people from all nationalities and religions, and throw them into one country to unite them together. While many prefer to stick to the original ways and stay with their traditions, many of the younger generation want to see change and mixing of cultures. This has led to the creation of fusion foods, combining elements of different cuisines together. Plenty of fusion restaurants exist out there where you can taste the best of multiple worlds, such as at Súp Noodle Bar in Buena Park. Nestled in a large strip mall in a densely Korean area, Súp stands out from the crowd with their personal take on Vietnamese cuisine in a not-so Vietnamese area. Sure they have the traditional noodle soups, noodle bowls, and rice bowls, but for those not well versed in Vietnamese cuisine, Súp eases the transition with their versions of familiar foods, such as with their Shaken House Fries. This $13 massive plate of skinny fries comes topped with Súp’s shaken short rib, minced garlic, caramelized onions, sharp cheddar cheese, and spicy tartar sauce. This represents a calamity of flavors as you have the sweetness and savory from the beef, the sharpness from the garlic, more sweetness from the caramelized onions, creaminess from the cheese, and a bit of kick and tartness from the sauce. While this can feed up to four people, after one bite, you may want this all to yourself.

Punk Rock Taco Tuesday
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 4
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/164468780661349/

Release some mid-week frustration at this free punk rock show this Tuesday night in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste of the NFL: Rams
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 5
Globe Theatre, Universal City
http://www.tasteofthenfl.com/teamandcommunityevents/taste-of-the-rams

Taste food from local chefs for charity this Wednesday night in Universal City. Tickets cost $150 and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 6
Thomas Winery Plaza, Rancho Cucamonga
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the third Thursdays of each month in Rancho Cucamonga. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 6
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Ocotber 8
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 9
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://autoshowoc.com/

For $12 entry, guests can check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. Seniors and active military personnel can enter for $10. Guests looking for free street parking should locate Casa Vista St, west of the convention center, by Denny’s.

The Interrupters @ The Observatory’s Constellation Room
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 6
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.wearetheinterrupters.com/

The Interrupters embark on a tour this week, and that tour starts in Santa Ana with this all-ages show. Tickets to this show cost $12. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free, especially since a sold-out show will take place that same night in the main room. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

Ontario Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 7-9
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

3rd Annual Golf & Give Back
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 7
Lakewood Country Club, Lakewood
http://rmhcsc.org/chapter/events/view/138

Play some golf and eat dinner for charity this Friday in Lakewood. Registration costs $150 per person, and includes lunch and dinner. Dinner alone costs $50 per person.

30th Annual California Avocado Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 8
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 9
Downtown Carpinteria
http://avofest.com/

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in Carpinteria this weekend. Visitors will find vendors, food, arts & crafts, activities, games, rides, entertainment, and more.

Barrel Aged Beer Day
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 7
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.valiantbrewing.com/107-barrel-aged-beer-day/

This Friday, Orange’s Valiant Brewing will have a LOT of barrel-aged beers available for you to try. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy some sips.

12th Annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 7
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 8
Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego
http://oboktoberfest.com/

Enjoy Oktoberfest on the beach this weekend with this two-day Oktoberfest celebration. For just $3 admission, gain access to this event filled with beer, pretzels, sausages, and other typical Oktoberfest festivities.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.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).

2016 Seaside Highland Games
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8-9
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://www.seaside-games.com/

Celebrate Scottish history and culture at the Ventura Seaside Highland Games this weekend. Bring yourself, your family, and your friends out to enjoy bagpipes, dancing, clan history, awesome music, Scottish athletics, and more. Adult admission costs $17 for one day or $27 for two days. Senior admission costs $15 for one day or $24 for two days. Children enter for $5 regardless.

18th Annual Los Angeles Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 8
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 9
Saint Sophia Cathedral, West Los Angeles
http://lagreekfest.com/

Los Angeles gets their own Greek Fest this weekend that will basically have the same things as any other Greek Fest: food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. Admission to this all-ages festival costs $5 per person per day.

4th Annual Whiskey & Wine BBQ
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 7
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla
http://meritagecollection.com/estancialajolla/hotel/hotel-events/#event|whiskey-wine-bbq-with-trinitas-cellars-jack-daniels|1458

A whisky, wine, and barbecue tasting event comes to La Jolla this Friday night. General admission costs $105, and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last, as well as complimentary valet parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Tsunami Bomb: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 7, The Viper Room, West Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/events/1090176857742264/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 8, Pizza Beer Wings, Pomona http://www.facebook.com/events/1142877439110691/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 9, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=3115
http://tsunamibomblives.com/

Tsunami Bomb will perform a series of shows this week in California. Each show has a different ticket price, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Aquarium of the Pacific 5k Run/Walk
7:30 am – 11:30 am, October 8
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/5k

Go on a nice 5k run down on the beach this Saturday morning starting at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. All participants who register prior to race day will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, and a ticket to the aquarium with registration. Registration costs $45. Bring cash for parking in the aquarium parking structure.

Los Angeles Heart Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, October 8
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.heartwalkla.org/

Raise money to walk around Pasadena during this charity walk this Saturday morning.

29th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 8
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 9
The Reef/LA Mart, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef (LA Mart) in Los Angeles. Attendees to this expo will find hundreds of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale from over 50 different vendors for both men and women. Ticket prices heavily vary, but note that general admission starts at 10:30 am on Saturday. Those that purchase an upgraded ticket can enter as early as 9am. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

Rising of the Rods
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, October 8-9
Glen Helen Regional Park, San Bernardino
http://www.sledlifeproductions.com/

Check out custom cars, pinup models, and rock bands this weekend in San Bernardino. Tickets to this all-ages festival cost $10 per person per day.

2016 Dana Point State BBQ Championships
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.danapointbbqchampionships.com/

Over 100 teams of grill masters will gather from around the country to serve up their finest BBQ and compete for cash, prizes, and titles. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can purchase sample tickets for $2, and use those tickets to exchange for samples from any of the participants. For the adults, catch the craft beer & wine garden, featuring some of the country’s favorite breweries and wineries. Small 4oz beer pours will cost $2 each, while large 12oz beer pours will cost $6, and visitors can walk freely around the festival with drinks in hand. Visitors may park for free at the Salt Creek Beach parking lot located within PCH and Ritz Carlton Dr, despite signs saying that parking requires a fee. Otherwise, park at Dana Hills High School, and take the free shuttle service to the park.

8th Annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 8-9
Girard Ave, La Jolla
http://www.ljawf.com/

This free and all-ages street fair takes over the streets in La Jolla. Visitors will find hundreds of booths containing artists, merchandise, vendors, food & drinks, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

25th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8
Echo Park Lake, Echo Park
http://filamarts.org/

This free and all-ages Filipino festival will have food, drinks, arts & crafts, music, dance, merchandise, and more.

2nd Annual Shopping Extravaganza
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 8
Outlets at San Clemente, San Clemente
http://www.outletsatsanclemente.com/

Do shopping, enjoy a catered lunch, and sip on some adult beverages this Saturday in San Clemente. Participation in this charity shopping event costs $35.

FitCon LA
10:30 am – 6:00 pm, October 8-9
Fairplex, Pomona
http://fitcon.us/

Check out all things fitness, health, and sports at this convention this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona. FitCon will cover a broad range of fitness, from gymnastics to dance to weightlifting to sports and more. A handful of celebrity athletes will also make an appearance for autograph sessions, such as Arianny Celeste. Tickets cost $20 per day, $30 for both days, or $50 for a VIP pass that comes with front-of-line pass and a goodie bag.

Taste of South Lake 2016
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.southlakeavenue.org/

At this free outdoor festival, enjoy mouth-watering offerings from over 25 South Lake Avenue restaurants, live cooking demos with celebrity chefs, music performances by internationally known bands, a vendor village, and more.

2nd Annual Beer By The Bay
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 8
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.beerbythebay.com/

Coronado gets their own beer festival this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $50 presale and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples from the 15 participating breweries while supplies last. Attendees should bring cash if they plan to buy food. No one under 21 may attend.

Culver City Art Walk 2016
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 8
Washington & La Cienega, Culver City
http://culvercityartsdistrict.com/events-2/artwalk-2106/

A free and all-ages art walk will take place in Culver City this Saturday afternoon.

South Bay Oktoberfest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 8
Bay Club Redondo Beach, Redondo Beach
http://www.smackfestevents.com/beach-cities-beer-wine-festival/

An Oktoberfest-themed beer festival comes to Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $55 and includes a separate VIP line, a souvenir mug, and access to a VIP area with mixed drinks, complimentary food, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Covina Thunderfest & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
Citrus Avenue, Downtown Covina
http://covina.com/covina_thunderfest/

Check out this free and all-ages car show this Saturday afternoon in Covina. Each October, the streets of Downtown Covina roar to life with classic cars, hot rods, live music, food, shopping, and more.

Autumn Harvest Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest
http://ocparks.com/historic/heritage/events

A family-friendly event will take place in Lake Forest this Saturday evening that celebrates the fall harvest as well as Halloween. Admission costs $5 per person.

Anaheim Brewery’s Oktoberfest #2
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 8
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/

Anaheim Brewery will celebrate Oktoberfest with two Saturdays full of Oktoberfest activities, such as live music, freshly-prepared sausages on-site, German-style beers, and more. No admission required – simply show up, paid for beers as you go, and have fun.

ARTX Grand Opening
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
ArtExchange, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.artexchangelb.org/

A new art exhibit will open up in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday evening. Come check it out for free as part of the monthly Second Saturday Art Walk in Downtown Long Beach.

Orange County Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 8
City National Grove, Anaheim
http://www.orangecounty-beerfestival.com/

Drink your night away at this corporate beer festival taking place this Saturday night in Anaheim. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Champagne & Fried Chicken
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
Molino Street Loft 218, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/chicken

Enjoy champagne paired with gourmet fried chicken this Saturday night in Downtown LA. Admission costs $140 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Women Of Horror
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 8
Pizza Beer Wings, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1142877439110691/

Art, music, and burlesque collide this Saturday night in Pomona. The cover charge for this event costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 8
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1422988937716937/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in West Hollywood, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

2016 Long Beach Marathon
6:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 9
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://runlongbeach.com/

The annual Long Beach Marathon takes place this Sunday. Please note the street closures for that day, and adjust your day accordingly.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 9
Hospitality Point Park, San Diego
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Diego. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities. Parking at the park costs $10 per vehicle.

2016 Grand Fall Festival & Street Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 9
Via Vera Cruz, San Marcos
http://www.sanmarcoschamber.com/events/details/2016-grand-fall-festival-street-faire-we-re-making-an-impact-join-us-support-and-strengthen-the-voice-of-local-business-10-09-2016-6668

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in San Marcos this Sunday. Visitors can expect to find vendors, booths, games, rides, arts & crafts, food, entertainment, and more.

11th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Art & Music Festival + Tribute Car Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 9
Casita Del Pueblo, Whittier
http://www.casitadelpueblo.org/pages/2016-d-o-d-festival-application

A free and all-ages cultural street fair and car show comes to Uptown Whittier this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find lots of cars, vendors, food, arts & crafts, activities, entertainment, and more.

La Feria De Los Moles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 9
Placita Olvera, Los Angeles
http://feriadelosmoles.com/

This free and all-ages event at Olvera Street will have mole, Mexican food, live music, entertainment, and more.

Little Italy FESTA!
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 9
Little Italy, San Diego
http://www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-festa/

Bring out your friends and family to this free and all-ages event taking place on the streets of Little Italy in San Diego this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find Italian food, live music, cooking demos, arts & crafts, games, vendors, and more.

Brunch At The Races
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 9
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://microapp.laweekly.com/brunch-at-the-races/

Basically a food tasting event, participate in watching the races this Sunday afternoon, as well as sample bites and sips from dozens of restaurants. General admission costs $45, while VIP admission costs $65, comes with a goodie bag, and provides access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Discover Marina Del Rey
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 9
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey
http://marinadelrey.lacounty.gov/

A free and all-ages event will take place in Marina Del Rey this Sunday afternoon. Visitors can expect activities, rides, games, vendors, entertainment, and more.

2nd Annual Ukulele Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 9
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2016/10/9/ukulele-festival

Enjoy ukulele music, check out ukulele products, and/or bring your own ukulele to share music at this music gathering in Fullerton this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $12.50.

7th Annual Redondo Beach Taste of the Pier
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 9
Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/7th-annual-taste-of-the-pier-king-harbor-waterfront/

This food fest will include food tastings, bands, balloons, face painting, arts & crafts, and more. Enjoy a variety of small bites, live music, and fun while you tour the pier. Each restaurant will feature a different menu item and non-food retailers will offer other discounts and items in support of the Cancer Support Community and Redondo Beach Educational Foundation. Free to attend, tasting tickets cost $1 each.

42nd Annual Gourmet Festival of Fall
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 9
AbilityFirst, Pasadena
http://abilityfirstfestival.org/

Enjoy food, wine, craft beer, live music, a silent auction, and more this Sunday evening in Pasadena. General admission costs $175, while VIP admission costs $300 and includes VIP seating.

MDC @ Brick By Brick
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 9
Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1038245512937126/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore show in San Diego this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

“Off the beaten path” – This phrase gets used very often, but it has lost some of its original meaning over time. Everyone has a different measure of how beaten a path will appear. To some, off the beaten path simply means not on a major street or path. To others, off the beaten path means out in the middle of nowhere. This phrase can have many other meanings too, such as something that feels out of place or does not fit in. For example, much of Westminster contains Vietnamese businesses due to its large Vietnamese population. As such, who would expect to find something completely out of the ordinary nestled in with all of these Vietnamese businesses? In fact, one such thing exists, as Westminster now hosts a southern barbecue restaurant away from anywhere that one would expect to find a southern barbecue restaurant. Right on Euclid off of Westminster Blvd, welcome to The Smoking Ribs.

As far as the style of cuisine goes, The Smoking Ribs truly lies off the beaten path. The Smoking Ribs specializes in southern-style barbecue, from ribs to brisket to pulled pork and more. As others have shown, many cultures around the world have no familiarity with American barbecue, such as Koreans and the Irish, so some may ponder about a non-Asian barbecue restaurant in an Asian part of town. However, I assure you that The Smoking Ribs stays true to its roots, boasting some top-quality smoke and meats. At The Smoking Ribs, you can go the traditional route and order a plate of meat with sides. The Smoking Ribs also offers a handful of other dishes that contain their meats, such as their Pulled Pork Nachos. For $10, you get a huge basket of nacho chips, nacho cheese, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and coleslaw. It sounds simple, but after one bite, you will want to devour this entire thing yourself instead of sharing it, despite its large size that can feed multiple people.

If you crave some barbecue, perhaps you can go a little bit off the beaten path on to a different kind of beaten path to check out The Smoking Ribs. See what else The Smoking Ribs has cooking up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

76th Annual Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 13-21
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.

28th Annual Taste of MainStreet – Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 16
Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-taste-of-mainstreet/

Sample food from dozens of restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at over a dozen 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 17-18
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

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.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 18
Thomas Winery Plaza, Rancho Cucamonga
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the third Thursdays of each month in Rancho Cucamonga. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

Coronado Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1151237684955833/

This Thursday evening, Coronado Brewing will take over the taps at Redondo Beach’s Select Beer Store. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or two.

The Living End: Shift US Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 18, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/EventDetail?tmeventid=0A0050E7E0003C5E
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 19, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1247535-living-end-west-hollywood/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 20, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1247661-living-end-pomona/
http://www.thelivingend.com.au/

Legendary punk rock band The Living End will embark on a tour this week, and that tour will swing through Southern California. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so click on a show’s link for prices.

6th Annual Echo Park Rising
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 18
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 19
2:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 20
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 21
Sunset Blvd, Echo Park
http://epr.la/

Explore the music, creativity, and diversity that Echo Park has to offer at this FREE and all-ages outdoor concert taking place all weekend on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. Many of the music shows have VIP tickets available for sale for preferred seating, so check the website to see which shows offer VIP tickets for sale.

2016 Anaheim Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 19
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 20
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 21
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimhomeshows.com/

This all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Admission costs $8 for adults. Children may enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Finest Made Ales: Grand Opening
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
Finest Made Ales, Santee
http://www.finestmade.com/

A brewery/restaurant hybrid will officially open their doors to the public this Friday evening in Santee in East San Diego County. Stop on by and enjoy dinner with a cold one or two.

6th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 20
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
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.

Full Moon Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
The LAB, Costa Mesa
http://thelab.com/full-moon-night-market-august-19th

A free and all-ages artisan vendor fair will take place at The LAB in Costa Mesa this Friday night.

Brea Fest
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea
http://www.ci.brea.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=447

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.

The Weirdos: Live in Temecula
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 19
The Boiler Room, Temecula
http://www.facebook.com/events/1118729668170835/

A local punk rock show will take place in Temecula this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

15th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 9:30 pm, August 20
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 21
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.

SoCal Retro Gaming Expo Summer Edition 2016
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 20-21
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://www.socalretrogamingexpo.com/

Immerse yourself in gaming nostalgia this weekend in Rowland Heights. This all-ages event will feature all things about retro video games, from the games themselves to artwork, toys, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $10 for one day or $15 for both days. This area does not have a lot of parking available, so I suggest carpooling.

7th Annual Sausage & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 20-21
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. For $5 admission, 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.

6th Annual Los Angeles Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 20
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.

Sip N’ Ship Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 20
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/sip-n-ship-beer-festival/

San Diego’s Maritime Museum will host a beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer while supplies last, plus admittance to the museum during the event. No one under 21 may attend.

Stone Brewing’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 20
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
http://www.stonebrewing.com/anniv/

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $55 per session, which run from 1pm-4pm or 5pm-8pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

Skateboarding & Beer
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 20
Progress Brewing, South El Monte
http://www.progress-brewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/519589041571535/

This Saturday, South El Monte’s Progress Brewing will open up their parking lot for a day of skateboarding. They will have mobile food vendors available all day too. At night, they will show a skating documentary, as well as have raffle prizes to give out. This event costs nothing to attend – minors may attend to skate and watch the documentary, but obviously may not have any alcohol to drink.

Rob Caramella’s Birthday Bash
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 20
Regal Inn, Lakewood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1762249093988511/

Rock out at this local punk rock show this Saturday. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual Dana Point Lobster Fest
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 20
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.danapointlobsterfest.org/

A festival with a lot of seafood comes to Dana Point this Saturday evening. Admission starts at $85, and each different admission provides you with different food. Attendees should also expect music throughout the night, casino games, and other activities. Bring cash for the cash bar.

3rd Annual Pintwood Derby
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 20
Alosta Brewing, Covina
http://alostabrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/711511162330966/

Put your crafting skill to work this Saturday evening in Covina. At this contest, people enter to build a “toy” car to see whose design works the best. Entry costs $20 per person, and each person can buy a starter kit to build a car for $5. Children will compete in their own division, while adults will compete in an adults division. Reserved seats at the racing track costs $25 and includes table service.

Popfuji III
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Brouwerij West, San Pedro
http://www.brouwerijwest.com/popfuji/

This Saturday evening, San Pedro’s Brouwerij West will bring back Popfuji, their unfiltered pilsner, as well as a handful of local bands and gourmet food trucks. The cover charge to enter costs $5.

17th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Colorado Blvd & Eagle Rock Blvd, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockmusicfestival.org/

Take over the streets of Eagle Rock with this FREE and all-ages music festival this Saturday evening. With six stages all providing different genres of music, surely something exists for everyone here. In addition to all the music, check out the food trucks, local food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 20
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=553

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatown in 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.

5th Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 20
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.

OC Roller Girls – Cruisin’ For A Bruisin’
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 20
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at these back-to-back roller derby bouts this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Tickets to each roller derby bout cost $13.

Trump National Golf Club’s 8th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 21
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
http://www.trumpnationallosangeles.com/festivals

Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $65 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.

Taste of Paleo 4.0
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 21
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.tasteofpaleo.com/

Sample all the paleo food you can (until the vendors run out) at this all-ages tasting event this Sunday afternoon in Yorba Linda. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the gate.

21st Annual Plum Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 21
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.