Posts Tagged ‘Belgian’

LA Restaurant Week
July 18-31
Greater Los Angeles Area

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 14-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Streetlight Manifesto’s The Year With No End Tour 2016
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 18, The Novo, Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 19, House of Blues, San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20, The Observatory, Santa Ana

Skapunk band Streetlight Manifesto currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so click on a show’s link for prices.

Los Angeles Swim Week
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 19-20
Skirball Cultural Center, Brentwood, Los Angeles

See the latest in swimwear fashion and accessories at this one-of-a-kind swimwear fashion event. Admission to this show costs $30.

Gam3rCon 2016
12:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 20-24
10th Avenue Art Center, San Diego

Taking place during the San Diego Comic Con, Gam3rCon features four floors of gaming entertainment, including a Video Game Arena, Tabletop Gaming Lounge, gaming industry panels, live theater, gaming-themed artwork, and rooftop parties. Adult admission costs $20 for a single day or $60 for the entire weekend. Child admission costs $10 for a single day or $30 for the entire weekend.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 20-21
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore

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.

2nd Annual Stars Of Pinot
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 20
Sofitel LA, Beverly Hills

A wine tasting gala comes to Beverly Hills this Wednesday evening. Admission comes at three separate prices. Silver admission costs $100 and starts at 7:30pm while gold admission costs $125 and starts at 7:00pm -both of these admission types receive unlimited wine samples and appetizers while supplies last. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 6:00pm, and also includes a panel, dinner buffet, and gift bag. No one under 21 may attend.

Modern Times 3rd Anniversary Hits The Road
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20
Library Alehouse, Santa Monica

San Diego’s Modern Times Beer turned three years old recently, and to celebrate, they will tap their beers at various locations throughout Southern California during the second half of July as part of an anniversary tour. That tour visits Library Alehouse in Santa Monica this Wednesday night. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Women’s Beer Forum: Chapman Crafted Beer
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 20
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock

$14 gets you a flight of four beers from new Orange County brewery Chapman Crafted Beer. Judging by historical posts about this event, it appears that men may not participate in this.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20
The Rookery, Pomona

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.

Hop-Con 4.0
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 20
Stone Brewing World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego

Stone Bistro in Liberty Station will shut down this Wednesday night for this festival that will include lots of beers, cask ales, and free-play arcade games. General admission costs $75. No one under 21 may attend.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – San Diego Appearance
9:30 am – 7:00 pm, July 21-23
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego

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

Creamistry Torrance Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 21
Creamistry, Torrance

A Creamistry will open its doors to the public in Torrance this Thursday afternoon. The first 200 customers will receive a t-shirt with their order. Customers visiting between 2pm to 4pm can receive free ice cream.

Reinheitsgebot 500 Years of German Beer
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 21
Alpine Village, Torrance

Alpine Village will have a bunch of German beers available for just $4 or $5 this Thursday evening in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the passing of a vital German beer law. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Venice Art Crawl
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 21
Windward Ave Circle, Venice

Venice gets their own free and all-ages art walk this week, complete with a plethora of exhibits on display.

2016 Dew Tour
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 22
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 23
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

Extreme sports take over the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Various events will take place over the weekend that involve sports and/or concerts, and each event has a separate admission fee. Check the website for full pricing information.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 22-24
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

2016 Los Angeles Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 22
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 23
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 24
Ports O’Call Village, San Pedro

This lobster festival at Port of Los Angeles will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, pirate shows, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $10 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. A printable coupon on the website allows guests to save $1 off entry.

Weird Al Yankovic’s The Mandatory World Tour
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22-23
Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Hills

Weird Al Yankovic will headline two concerts at the Hollywood Bowl this week. Tickets may have already sold out, but you may still find some after-market tickets available for sale.

US Open of Surfing
July 23-31
Huntington Beach, south of the pier

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

35th Annual Cypress 5K & 10K Run + 35th Annual Cypress Community Festival
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 23
Oak Knoll Park, Cypress

Two events occur back-to-back this Saturday in Cypress. Starting early in the morning, participate in a 5K or 10K run through the streets of Cypress. Following the run, a FREE all-ages & all-day festival will take place at the nearby park. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with a car show, food, drinks, games, rides, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 23
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

Insect & Ladybug Festival 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 23-24
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas

Check out insects, lizards, snakes, and other invertebrates this weekend at this special exhibit in San Diego. Admission into the venue costs $14 for adults, $10 for seniors/students/military, or $8 for children. Parking costs $2 per vehicle.

5.11 Tactical – Carson Grand Opening
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 23
5.11 Tactical, Carson

A new 5.11 Tactical store will open their doors to the public this Saturday, and you may attend for free. Arrive early for free food, giveaways, promotions, and more.

Introduction to Extract Homebrewing Class
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 23
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia

Learn about the ingredients, equipment, and the procedure of extract brewing during this class this Saturday morning. Attendees will get to actually do some work, so wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Following the class, attendees will receive 10% off purchases in the store.

To Live And Dine In L.A.
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 23
FilAm ARTS, Westlake, Los Angeles

Some kind of food, art, and music event will take place this Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. Virtually no information exists for this, such as admission fees, prices, and more. If this event sounds appealing to you, approach it with lots of time and money on hand.

Craftsmen Brewing Day
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23
The Bottle Room, Whittier

For as long as Craftsmen Brewing has existed, they have not had a tasting room. This Saturday, they will have a special event in Whittier, so do not miss out on this rare opportunity to check out Craftsmen Brewing in person.

The Surf Life 1 Year Anniversary
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 23
The Surf Life, Pacific Beach, San Diego

This Pacific Beach clothing shop celebrates their anniversary this Saturday afternoon with live music, complimentary food and drinks, and 25% off your purchase.

6th Annual San Diego Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 23
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Fundraiser Show
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy a hard punk rock show this Saturday afternoon in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Lost Highway Motorcycle Show & Concert 2016
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 23
San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino

A motorcycle show and rock concert comes to San Bernardino this Saturday. Tickets start at $25.

4th Annual Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm, July 23
Waterfront Park, San Diego

Coinciding with Comic Con, this beer tasting event will take place at Liberty Station this Saturday afternoon. As the title suggests, this beer event will bear a costume element, encouraging attendees to arrive in some sort of cosplay outfit. Presale general admission costs $44 and starts at 3:30pm, while presale VIP admission costs $54 and starts at 2:30pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from the over 40 participating breweries while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Funk Fest
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 23
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

An all-day funk concert takes place in Anaheim this Saturday. Tickets start at $40 and go up to $200.

Beer Fest For Beer Geeks: Drink To Independence
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
STOUT, Hollywood

Drink lots of Belgian beers this Saturday evening in Hollywood. General admission costs $60 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $90 and starts at 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Heroes Vs Villains Art Exhibit
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
La Bodega Gallery, Barrio Logan, San Diego

A free and all-ages art exhibit will take place in San Diego this Saturday evening.

2016 Long Beach Grand Cru
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

Wine lovers will not want to miss this year’s Long Beach Grand Cru, a wine competition and tasting extravaganza, featuring some really rare and/or expensive wines. General admission costs $100 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and starts at 5pm, but also includes access to a VIP area with premium food and drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Super Video Game Land 3 at Mission Brewery
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23
Mission Brewery, Downtown San Diego

Now for something REALLY different. Immerse yourself in video game art and culture at Mission Brewery in San Diego this Saturday night. Enjoy a nostalgic night of art, music, games, and beer all in one spot.

Ska Show @ Don The Beachcomber
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Saturday night in Sunset Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Out Of Order’s “Stuck In The Mud” Tour 2016
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 23, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 24, Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Punk rock band Out Of Order currently tours across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these shows vary by location. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

4th Annual North Pacific Beach Sip ‘N Stroll
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
Cass St, Pacific Beach, San Diego

Discover all the local shops and restaurants in North Pacific beach at this free street fair this Sunday afternoon. Cass St will close to traffic to allow visitors to roam the street and check out all of the booths, vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, games, rides, and more.

2nd Annual Orange County Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana

Art lovers rejoice – Orange County gets their own Zone Fest this Sunday 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.

Coastal Country Jam BBQ & Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 24
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach

A barbecue, beer, and country music festival will take place on the beach this Sunday. Presale tickets to this event cost $55. No one under 21 may attend.

Face To Face @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 24
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Enjoy an all-ages punk rock show featuring Face To Face, Guttermouth, and more this Sunday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this show cost $25.

One of the most anticipated breweries to set foot in Southern California, Brouwerij West finally opened their doors to the public two weeks ago in San Pedro. Located in a huge warehouse space near the Port of Los Angeles, Brouwerij West has delighted countless craft beer fans for many years with their unique Belgian brews that others simply cannot imitate. Though limited and restricted in how people could obtain Brouwerij West’s brews in the past, all those barriers finally fell when the tasting room opened to the public. During their grand opening celebration, visitors could enter for free to check out the beers, the gourmet food trucks, and the live music in the evening. It appeared that thousands of others had the same idea, as Brouwerij West remained at near full capacity for pretty much the entire day. It took at least half an hour of waiting in a line until finally receiving a beer, showing just how badly the people want to taste Brouwerij West’s brews. Because of the sheer amount of people present at this opening day, I opted not to obtain any beers – I returned the following week after the hype had died down to try their brews.

As their name suggests, Brouwerij West does not brew in the stereotypical west coast brewery sense. Brouwerij West focuses on their Belgian roots and sticks with Belgian styles of beers. As such, they focus heavily on natural flavor rather than how bitter they can make their beers. For my first flight of beers, I stuck with these types of beers instead of choosing the ale styles that most other local microbreweries create. Many of their beers have fruit undertones or other ingredients that give their brews a sweet and/or tart finish. For the most part, their beers go down crisp and dry, eliminating the possibility of any lingering aftertaste.

Looking forward to trying Brouwerij West’s brews? Check out what they have in store coming up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Keep an eye out for them at upcoming beer festivals too – they will likely have the longest line at whatever festival they end up at. Bear in mind that some major beer festivals will take place in Southern California in the next few weeks, and I will post those on my weekly events post every Monday morning.

4th Street Market – Grand Opening
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 16
4th Street Market, Downtown Santa Ana

The next foodie paradise has arrived in Downtown Santa Ana, and they open their doors to the public TODAY. If you have visited the Anaheim Packing House, this place will feel very familiar. The 4th Street Market contains a plethora of food-oriented businesses that will surely provide for anyone’s eating needs. Stop on by anytime and check out what foods you have waited to try all this time.

The Adolescents: FREE Show @ Amoeba Music
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 18
Amoeba Music, Hollywood

Legendary punk band The Adolescents have released a new album, and to celebrate, they will perform a FREE all-ages show this Wednesday night at Amoeba Music in Hollywood. The band will also sign copies of the album, so bring cash to buy an autographed album for yourself.

Less Than Jake & Reel Big Fish – 2015 Winter USA Tour
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 18, The Grove, Anaheim
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 19, House of Blues, San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 20, House of Blues, Hollywood

Ska bands Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish wrap up their winter tour in Southern California this week with these three all-ages shows. Each show has a different ticket price, so click on the link to see how much each show costs.

2015 U.S. Coffee Championships
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 19-22
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

Coffee lovers rejoice! Check out this all-ages coffee competition taking place at the Long Beach Arena all this weekend. Passes cost $10 for one day, or $15 for all four days, and grants access to sample all the amazing coffee available.

Craft Beer 101
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 19
Alpine Village, Torrance

Join in on an introductory course for learning the joys of craft beer at this seminar this Thursday night at Alpine Village in Torrance. This session costs just $5 per person, and includes beer tastings. No one under 21 may attend.

Dogfish Head Pint Nite @ Naja’s Place
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 19
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach

Naja’s Place will have a handful of Dogfish Head beers on tap this Thursday night. Order a pint, and you get to take the Dogfish Head pint glass home!

Agent Orange @ The Federal Bar Long Beach
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 19
The Federal Bar, Downtown Long Beach

A handful of local punk bands will perform at The Federal Bar in Downtown Long Beach this Thursday night. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 18 may enter. Bring cash for parking in the area, as the nearest free street parking lies about a mile away.

2015 Big Spring Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 21
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 22
Fairplex, Pomona

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Bring cash for parking, which costs between $5 to $10.

Tet Festival 2015
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 21
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 22
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this family-fun festival this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Costing just $6 per person to enter, this festival will feature hundreds of booths selling merchandise, crafts, food, and more. Children will love all the rides available, while everyone will enjoy the music, dance, and parade. Parking at the venue costs $7 – see the website for additional info on where to park for free and take a shuttle.

New Belgium Tap Takeover @ Alpine Village
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 20
Alpine Village, Torrance

Alpine Village will switch their taps to a bunch of New Belgium beers this Friday night. Come on over and see what New Belgium has brewing up besides Fat Tire.

10th Annual San Diego Tet Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 20
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 21
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 22
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this festival all weekend at Mira Mesa Park in San Diego. Free to attend for all ages, this fest will feature many traditional music and dance performances, fashion shows, merchandise vendors, and plenty of food & drinks.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 20-21
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego

This winter beer festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend for TWO beer tasting events. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale and $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 20
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this local punk rock show this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Cursive – 2015 Tour
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 20, The Echoplex, Echo Park
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 21, Glass House, Pomona
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 22, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego

Cursive’s 2015 tour swings through Southern California this week with these three shows. Each show has its own ticket price and age limit, so click on a link above for more information.

Angry Samoans: Live in Ventura
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 20
The Garage, Ventura

The Angry Samoans will headline a local punk show this Friday night in Ventura. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The 3rd Scott Pilgrim Picture Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 20
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana

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

Insane Inflatable 5K Los Angeles
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 21
Fairplex, Pomona

It appears that people will do anything to break the mundane cycle of 5k runs. Introducing the Insane Inflatable 5K, a 5k obstacle course that takes you through inflatable obstacles. You remember these things as a kid. Now endure them as you challenge yourself and others to get through over three miles of this stuff. Registration costs $64 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.

African-American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21-22
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

Celebrate Black History Month at the Aquarium of the Pacific this weekend. For the cost of general admission into the aquarium, guests will get to partake in live entertainment, arts & crafts, food, dancers, music, storytellers, and more.

Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 21
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 22
Fairplex, Pomona

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend at its new location at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more. Bring cash for parking, which will cost between $5 to $10 per vehicle.

24th Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21
Valley Blvd & Garfield Ave, Alhambra

“Corporate America utilizes this venue to reach out to the Asian communities.” Meh. If you feel like checking out more Lunar New Year festivals, this free one will occur this Saturday afternoon on the street in Alhambra, blocking off traffic.

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21-22
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $16 for one day, or $25 for both days.

33rd Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21-22
San Diego Chinese Center, Downtown San Diego

Free and open to all ages, this family-friendly event will include lion dance performances, acrobatics, martial arts demos, live music, drumming, dancing, and more. Over 50 booths will sell merchandise and food, while some will feature crafts for families.

Noble Ale Works 4th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 21
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim

Noble Ale Works celebrates their fourth anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like last year. General admission costs $40 and provides three hours (starting at 1pm) of over 30 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. For $10 more, enter an hour early to get a head-start on the day. No one under 21 may attend this event.

Guttermouth @ The Observatory
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Famous punk rock band Guttermouth will headline a matinée show at The Observatory this Saturday afternoon. Tickets to this all-ages show cost only $5.

116th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 pm – 8:30 pm, February 21
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles

Celebrate the Lunar New Year this Saturday in Downtown LA’s historic Chinatown at this free all-ages festival. All weekend, visitors will find arts & crafts, cultural merchandise, food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more. On Saturday early afternoon, a parade will roll through the area, closing off most streets around Chinatown to through-traffic. Guests can find plenty of free street parking up Spring Street or anywhere eastward.

Color Fun Fest 5K San Diego
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 21
Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista

Subject yourself to another color run at this color 5k this Saturday in Chula Vista. This event features two running events: one during the day, and one at night. Registration for this run costs $60 presale or $75 on the day of the event, if any tickets remain.

Punk Rock Sausage Fest
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 21
The Vu Bar & Lounge, Santa Clarita

Enjoy an entire day of local punk rock bands and sausages to eat at this all-day gig in Santa Clarita this Saturday. General admission for the show only cost $7 presale or $10 at the door. Admission with food costs $12 presale or $15 at the door. The event page does not specify an age limit, but I would not bring anyone under 21.

Angry Samoans @ The World Famous Doll Hut
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Catch an all-star lineup of great punk rock bands at this show this Saturday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies @ The Roxy Theatre
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood

Legendary punk band The Dickies will headline a show at The Roxy in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $17.

Free Punk Show in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
Morgan’s Tavern, Riverside

Enjoy a FREE punk rock show in Riverside this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Stone Belgian Fest
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 22
Stone Brewing World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego

Enjoy an afternoon full of Belgian beers at this beer tasting event this Sunday afternoon in San Diego. Admission costs $50 and comes with 15 3oz beer tasters and a souvenir glass. The venue will have a limited menu specifically curated for this event to serve to hungry guests.

Iron Reagan & Exhumed – Meat n’ Greet @ Grill ‘Em All
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm, February 22
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra

Two metal bands will arrive at Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra this Sunday afternoon for a fan-meeting event. Come get autographs and photos with the bands, and enjoy an exclusive burger that the venue will serve only on that day.

Newport Beach Brewing Company’s 20th Anniversary Brewfest 7
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 22
Newport Beach Brewing Company, Newport Beach

Newport Beach Brewing Co. will host their annual Brewfest this Sunday at their brewery. $35 gets you unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event, a change from previous years’ 12 tasters. The brewery’s restaurant will remain open for anyone wanting to eat.

Angry Samoans, Naked Aggression & Downtown Brown – Live at Gaslamp Long Beach
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 22
Gaslamp, Long Beach

A bunch of big names in punk rock will perform an all-ages show in Long Beach this Sunday. The event page does not specify the cover charge, so bring up to $20 cash to get into this show. Parking at the venue costs $5 if arriving after 5pm.

As a general statement, age makes many things better. In terms of humans, experience and knowledge grow over time with age, as well as privileges such as driving or going to a bar or casino. Some food & drink gets better with age too. Fruits need time to ripen to reach that perfect state of edibility, while many beers and wines develop more complex flavors if allowed to sit for a long time. The art of aging requires careful monitoring of the right amount of time to allow an object or person to reach the full potential. If allowed to age for too long, the person or object starts to lose certain values and qualities. Fruits may grow too ripe, while humans lose physical ability at greater ages. This same rule applies to drinks – allow a wine or beer to sit for too long, and people can no longer enjoyably drink it. With this knowledge in hand, the folks over at Hangar 24 Brewery have perfected the art of brewing and has exhibited it in their Barrel Roll series of barrel-aged beers.

Having just wrapped up their 5th Anniversary Fest, Hangar 24 Brewery used the momentum leaving the fest to roll out production of a handful of new beers. With Belgian Summer Ale already available, they also released a special Belgian-style Coffee Ale as part of American Craft Beer Week. This momentum continued to roll with their Anniversary Red Ale, Essence, and not one, but TWO entries in their Barrel Roll series. The first beer, which Hangar 24 released with their 5th Anniversary, comes to us as Slow Roll, the sixth installment in their series of barrel-aged beers. This 11.9% Belgian-style Golden Ale pours as a wonderful murky brown hue, similar in appearance to a barleywine. Upon pouring, the aroma of the beer gives off hints of vanilla, caramel, banana, pears, and some other tart fruit. Once completed, Hangar 24 stores this brew in bourbon barrels to allow the concoction to absorb the notes of bourbon to give it its color and bourbon background. The end results yield an immense fruity and bold brew with the punch to knock even the craftiest craft beer drinkers off their socks. Sounds like something that you would want to sink your taste buds into? Act quickly to obtain a bottle – with only a few thousand bottles produced back in May, quantities run low across Southern California, so by now, your luck has nearly run out.

Unable to obtain Slow Roll for yourself? I had mentioned two Barrel Roll beers released around this time. Hangar 24 recently released a seventh beer, Tailslide, available at their tasting room in Redlands for a limited. Just like with Slow Roll, act quick – Hangar 24 has already removed Tailslide from the tasting room, so only a few select restaurants and bars around Southern California still carry it at this time. Contact Hangar 24 for locations on where to locate Tailslide and/or Slow Roll today!

Leave it to the Europeans to brew the finest beers. Drinkers all over the world renown German and Austrian beers for their drinkability and sessionable styles associated with Oktoberfest. Other drinkers head straight for the Belgian beers for the full taste and higher alcohol percentage. Belgian beers have seen a rise in popularity over the past few years because drinkers seek a stronger kick in their drinks than the abundant weak domestic beers. In fact, many people refer to Belgian beers as hipster beer because of how many people flocked to this beer as their standard choice. Just like the domestic market, plenty of Belgian beers exist, though most of them get overshadowed by Chimay, as Chimay has the marketing and distribution to reach so many more people than the rest. Recently, many American craft breweries have experimented and released their own Belgian beers from their brewery. One such brewery, Brewery Ommegang, seeks to lead the charge to bring Belgian beers to the forefront of the craft beer world.

Based out of New York, Brewery Ommegang specializes in Belgian beers and the celebration behind it. In Belgium, every single beer has its own unique glass. Brewery Ommegang treats all of their beers the same way as the Belgians do – with love and respect for the individuality and uniqueness of each beer. All of their beers carry a distinct flavor profile, but their Gnomegang (NO-meh-gong) not only looks right, but tastes right as well. Brewed by actual gnomes from Brasserie d’Achouffe, this Belgian Blonde Ale appears golden with a smooth fluffy head. First scents should remind you of cloves and citrus typical of other chouffe beers. A nice balance of hops and malty caramel round out the floral aroma and taste. Since this bottle still contains sediment from the brewing process, take care to pour slowly to avoid pouring and drinking the sediment. This 25.4oz bottle holds 9.5% abv, so consumers should plan ahead for what happens after downing this bottle. Planning to consume Gnomegang with a meal? I recommend seafood or poultry; specifically, duck. Planning to share Gnomegang with a friend? Buy two bottles.

LA Restaurant Week(s)
July 16-27
Greater Los Angeles Area

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area are participating in this 12-day feast. All participating restaurants will be offering either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 18-19
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore

This is a “Taste of Belmont Shore” event that occurs during the summer months annually. You may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and these tickets are used to redeem food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy your tickets pre-sale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s. Tickets also sold in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Every restaurant takes a different amount of tickets depending on the offerings. For example, the Sampler Plate from George’s Greek Cafe costs only 4 tickets:

This is one of the more extreme examples, as most other items costing 4 tickets are smaller – a similar plate from another restaurant costs 9 tickets! But you can still enter the restaurants and order off their regular menu.

Frosted usually offers a mini-cupcake and a hi-top:

Glen Eden’s Nudestock
July 20-22
Glen Eden Nudist Resort, Corona

There is very limited information about this event, as it is for members only. However, I have included the link for those interested in attending next year.

Night Birds, Toys That Kill, The Shrine, Aukerman, and Vultures United @ VLHS Warehouse
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 20
VLHS Warehouse, Pomona

Watch these five punk rock bands play at VLHS Warehouse in Pomona this Friday night. Cover is $6 and is open to all ages.

Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 21-22
Alondra Park, Gardena

This is a free cultural fest at the park. Various music and dance acts will be performing during the fest. Local vendors will be selling food and merchandise too.

Belgian Independence Day
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 21
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands

In homage to Belgian Independence Day, Hangar 24‘s tasting room will be filled with all Belgian beers. Special pints and flights will be available that are not otherwise available to the public. Some of the beers planned to be poured include: Belgian Summer Ale, Amber Saison, Palmero, Belgian Tripel (pilot batch), 2012 Pro-Am, Dark Strong Ale (pilot batch), 2011 Pro-Am, and Anja Belgian Pale Ale. Crispy Truck will also be serving up delicious fried goodies all day. There is no entry fee to this fest, and parking is free. Grab your friends and head out there!

San Diego Brew Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 21
Liberty Station, San Diego

The 2nd Annual San Diego Brew Fest returns to Liberty Station with beer, food trucks, music, and more. The event will feature dozens of local and international craft beers, as well as San Diego’s most popular food trucks (food sold separately). Admission is $40 for general admission (3pm to 6pm) and $50 for VIP (2pm to 6pm) and include the beer tastings.

Los Angeles Street Food Fest
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 21
Rose Bowl, Pasadena

This gigantic outdoor fest at the Rose Bowl will feature some of LA’s most popular chefs serving samples and hosting demos. Also present are numerous food trucks, an ice cream social, a beer garden, live music, and more. One price gets you EVERYTHING for FREE – parking, food, drinks, beer, wine, cocktails, photo booths, merchandise, swag, etc. Can you really pass on this opportunity?

Raylene & Kiara Mia @ Cloud 9 Sports Bar
9:30 pm – 11:30 pm, July 21
Cloud 9 Sports Bar, North Long Beach

Latina porn stars Raylene and Kiara Mia will make a guest appearance at Cloud 9 this Saturday.

Aquarium of the Pacific 5K Run/Walk
6:00 am – 9:00 am, July 22
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting their first ever 5K Run/Walk this Sunday. The course will encircle the aquarium and will include parts of the harbor and shore. Multiple age divisions ensure a fair competition. Since this is less than a week away, note the registration cost is at its highest.

Belmont Shore Summer Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 20-22
Along 2nd Street, Long Beach

Various shops in Belmont Shore will be offering sales on their items. Many shops will also places their items out on the sidewalk for people to browse as they walk by.