Posts Tagged ‘Belmont Shore’

9th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 17-25
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.org/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Los Angeles Center Studios. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 9 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

8th Annual VidCon
8:00 am – 12:00 am, June 21-24
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://vidcon.com/

See all things in the realm of online video and the next generation of technology at the annual VidCon this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. Registration costs $150 per individual.

Make Music Los Angeles 2017
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 21
Los Angeles County
http://makemusicla.org/

All day this Wednesday, local artists will perform across Los Angeles County with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

3rd Annual Day Of Music Fullerton
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
Fullerton
http://thedayofmusic.com/

All day this Wednesday, local artists will perform across Fullerton with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

9th Annual Taste of Vista
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 21
Vista Village, Vista
http://vvba.org/event/taste-of-vista/

Sample food and drinks from dozens of local restaurants, breweries, and wineries this Wednesday night in Vista. Regular admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door. Non-alcoholic admission costs $25 presale or $40 at the door. All attendees receive unlimited samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 21-22
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.

1st Annual Eagle Walk: Sip & Savor
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://sip.eaglerockbrewery.com/

Enjoy food & beer pairings at five different locations in Eagle Rock this Wednesday night. The $47 ticket includes one food & beer pairing at each of the five locations. Participants will walk from location to location. Check with the website to see where each tasting takes place, and plan to park somewhere between the locations. No one under 21 may attend.

The Mad Caddies – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://www.madcaddies.com/

Ska/punk band The Mad Caddies will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Del Mar Summer Solstice 2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 22
Powerhouse Park, Del Mar
http://visitdelmarvillage.com/summersolstice2017/

Sample food and drinks from Del Mar businesses this Thursday evening. The $85 admission gets you all access to unlimited samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual Fountain Valley Summerfest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 22
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 23
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 24
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
Fountain Valley Recreation & Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.fvsummerfest.com/

This free and all-ages 4-day celebration will include rides, food, drinks, games, entertainment, vendors, live music, beer/wine garden, sports, a car show on Saturday, and a dog show on Sunday.

Brutal Hearts of Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1888437541442061/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands for free this Thursday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

18th Annual Take Your Dog To Work Day
June 23
Worldwide
http://www.takeyourdog.com/

As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates man’s best friend by granting a day where pet lovers can bring their darling dog(s) to work. Please consult with your boss/manager/supervisor if you can bring a dog to work!

39th Annual Taste of Greece
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 23
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 24
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine
http://irvinegreekfest.com/

This weekend-long all-ages festival celebrates Greek culture with food, drinks, desserts, live music, dancing, games, rides, and more. Admission to the fair costs $3, but print the flyer below to enter for free!

2017 OC Pride Festival & Parade
June 23-25
Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.prideoc.com/

A series of events will take place in & around Downtown Santa Ana this weekend. Check with the website for a full schedule of events, as well as their prices and age limits.

Chron Gen w/ JFA in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 23, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.facebook.com/events/1924708007748184/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 24, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/3074

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this all-ages show in Silverlake this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $13.

Sal’s Photos 1 Millionth Photo Celebration
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 23
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1499122873483031/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

13th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24
Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas
http://broam.org/

This free and all-ages event in Encinitas involves surfing, loud rock music, booze, and a whole lot of bros.

2nd Annual The Liquid Run
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 24-25
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.theliquidrun.com/

This floating obstacle course returns to Newport Beach this weekend. Traverse a quarter mile of inflatable objects and obstacles to reach the finish line. Registration filled up long ago, so bookmark this event for next year if this event looks fun to you.

CCOA Western Nationals 50th Anniversary Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 24
Courtyard Marriott, Cypress
http://www.socalcougarclub.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Cypress.

44th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24-25
Brengle Terrace Park, Vista
http://www.sdhighlandgames.org/

A Scottish festival arrives in San Diego County this weekend, complete with bagpipes, Highland games, kilts, haggis, acting, music, and more. Admission costs $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, or $5 for children.

Regal Con 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24-25
Irvine Marriott, Irvine
http://www.regalcon2015.com/

A fandom & pop culture expo comes to Irvine this weekend. Attendees can expect to find celebrities, art, vendors, cosplay, panels, entertainment, and more. General admission costs $60 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $95 for both days.

Riviera Village Summer Fest 2017
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 24-25
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rvsummerfestival.com/

This FREE and all-ages annual street fair occurs in the Riviera Village neighborhood of Redondo Beach. Numerous vendors, arts & crafts, food & drinks, carnival rides, entertainment, and more will take over the streets, as visitors stroll through all the roads gazing at all the wonderful booths. Do not attempt to park nearby – instead, park at South High, right off of Calle Mayor and Pacific Coast Highway, and take the free shuttle. The festival takes place entirely outdoors, so keep sunscreen handy.

Orange County Elite Bodybuilding & Powerlifting Competition 2017
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 24
Valencia High School, Placentia
http://orangecountyelite.com/

A weightlifting competition and expo comes to Orange County this Saturday. $20 admission gets you access to see the various lifting competitions, plus access to the various vendors in the expo.

38th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 24
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/special-event/street-fair-chili-cookoff-festival

Have some fun in the sun in Ocean Beach this Saturday at their annual street fair and chili cookoff. At this free and all-ages street fair, tens of thousands of people will stroll through Ocean Beach to check out all the art, live entertainment, vendors, and of course, the chili. Attendees may purchase chili tastings on the day of the event. This area gets extremely crowded with traffic, so plan alternate routes on arriving, and prepare to walk long distances to reach the street fair.

Official Studio Ghibli Pop-Up & Opening Party at JapanLA
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24-25
JapanLA, Fairfax, Los Angeles
http://www.japanla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/769244469910420/

A Japanese studio will have a popup market this weekend in Fairfax. In order to enter, you must line up at 9:30am on Saturday morning to receive a free ticket to attend. They will only hand out tickets to the first 800 people in line. If you do get a ticket, you can then return any time this weekend to enter the popup.

6th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, June 24
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1884473848478072/

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

31st Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 24-25
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachbayou.com/

Enjoy a weekend of Blues & Jazz music, specialty Cajun & Creole food, a Mardi Gras parade, dancing, kids’ activities, and more. Ticket prices vary, with general admission costing $25 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. This fest takes place outdoors with very little shade, so dress for the warm weather, and prepare sunscreen.

4th Annual Gold Line Pub Crawl
11:00 am – 2:00 am, June 24
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.facebook.com/goldlinepubcrawl

An all-day pub crawl will take place in LA County this Saturday. They have no official website, and the event page does not specify a cost or designated starting point, so go poke around the event page to ask for details.

2017 Beer Camp Across America: Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 24
Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park, Long Beach
http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/festivals/long-beach/

Sierra Nevada brings their coveted national beer festival to Southern California this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. Bring cash for the gourmet food trucks on site. This festival takes place entirely outdoors, so dress for the warm weather and bring sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Orange County Food, Wine & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 24
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.foodwineandmusicfestival.com/

Taste the local flavor of Dana Point and neighboring cities this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. $10 to attend, visitors can roam and browse the attending businesses, and pay for the food as they go. All vendors will have food and/or drinks available at their own price, so all visitors should bring cash in order to receive food or drinks. Guests can park for free at Dana Point High School, and take the shuttle from there to arrive at the location.

7th Annual San Diego Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 24
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

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 $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 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.

37th Annual Padres Tailgate Party & Firefighter Chili Cook-off
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, June 24
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://www2.mda.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=109602

Tailgate prior to this Saturday’s Padres game and sample some chili too. Admission ranges from $20 to $50 based on age and if an attendee will go to the Padres game.

Societe Five
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 24
Societe Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://societebrewing.com/societefour/

San Diego’s Societe Brewing turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have their annual brewers games at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa this Saturday afternoon. The $30 general admission gets you in to the festivities, a souvenir glass, and unlimited beer pours for the duration of the session. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 24
Hillcrest Brewing Company, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://hillcrestcraftbeercrawl.com/

Take a walk and explore the beer, wine, and liquor scene in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and includes a tasting cup and tasters at each participating location. No one under 21 may participate.

1st Annual PotterParty Anaheim
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 24
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://potterconusa.com/

Basically, adult Harry Potter fans get together and do raunchy adult things while getting into character of the Harry Potter universe. Dress up as a character from the Harry Potter universe, and bring your strong alcohol tolerances to this event. Admission costs $13.50 for each single ticket, but each ticket allows two people in.

8th Annual Claremont Village Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 24
Streets of Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontbluesandbrews.com/

Exhibit the local businesses of Claremont while sipping on craft beers and local food at this annual music and beer fest on the streets of Claremont Village. Over 30 of the local businesses will serve as sites where attendees to this fest can pick up some food or beer as they continue to stroll through Claremont Village to enjoy the live music and the goods & services offered by the local businesses. Admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the gate, and includes free parking and 12 beer tasting tickets. The site does not mention if admission includes food, so if you plan to eat, have some cash available. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual San Diego Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 24
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
Kearny Office Park, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sdnightmarket.com/

The San Diego Night Market returns to Kearny Mesa this weekend. Deriving from Asian cultures, this night market brings a taste of Asian nightlife to the streets of San Diego with Asian food, culture, live entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. Admission only costs $3 for adults, while children can enter for free! Please refer to the website for details regarding free parking and shuttles.

San Fernando Obon Festival 2017
4:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 24-25
San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, Pacoima
http://www.sfvhbt.org/obon

A free and all-ages Japanese cultural festival will take place in the San Fernando Valley this weekend at night.

FKA 720°
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 24
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/720pine

Enjoy some extreme sports and nightlife music for free at this all-ages outdoor concert this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach.

Celebrate Yorba Linda
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 24
Main Street, Yorba Linda
http://www.ylmainstreet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/768275453352649/

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in Downtown Yorba Linda this Saturday night.

Cheers: LA’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 24
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.tlcfairplex.org/tlc/events/home/2017/06/25/default-calendar/cheers

A food & alcohol tasting event comes to the Fairplex in Pomona this Saturday night. Admission costs $75 presale or $85 at the gate, and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Bring cash for parking. No one under 21 may attend.

SMD Record Release Show
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 24
The BLVD, Boyle Heights
http://www.facebook.com/events/240777349660734/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Saturday night in East LA. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Highway Earth Car Show 2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 25
Franklin Canyon Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.highwayearth.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show in the hills of Beverly Hills this Sunday morning.

3rd Annual Classics in the Groves
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 25
Camarillo Grove Park, Camarillo
http://venturavintagerods.org/
http://hulalounge.com/events/classics-in-the-groves/

A free and all-ages car show will take place in Camarillo this Sunday afternoon.

Bombs Super Show – 2nd Annual Los Angeles Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 25
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.bombsmagazine.com/2017-events/los-angeles-classic-carshow/

A classic car show comes to the Long Beach Convention Center this Sunday. Tickets to this all-ages event cost $20 per person.

17th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 25
Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Taste-of-Adams.html

30 restaurants, 30 tastes. Taste the local flavor of Adams Avenue this Sunday afternoon, as you stroll up and down Adams Avenue checking out all the local restaurants in the area. A ticket bundle costs $35 presale and $40 on the day of the event, and provides guests with 30 taster tickets. Park in the neighborhood, and pick up your tickets from Smitty’s Auto on the day of the event if you purchased presale.

17th Annual SOULstice
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 25
Main Street, Santa Monica
http://www.mainstreetsm.com/summer-soulstice/

A music festival will take over the streets of Santa Monica this Sunday afternoon, free to attend for all ages. This will close some of the streets in the heart of Santa Monica, so plan your commute accordingly.

8th Annual Summer Solstice Festival & OC Beer Alley
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 25
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2017/6/25/summer-solstice-festival

Sample worldly cuisine at this cultural festival this Sunday afternoon at The Muck in Fullerton. The Summer Solstice Festival, which contains live music, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more, occurs the entire time, and costs nothing to attend for all ages. Guests may park for free at the venue.

8th Annual Wags-N-Wine Food & Wine Tasting Fundraiser
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 25
Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach
http://www.wagsnwine.com/

Sample food, wine, and beer at this fundraising event this Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. General admission costs $75 presale or $85 and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $95 presale or $105 at the door, starts at 12pm, and includes an upgraded tasting glass, VIP food & drinks, and a swag bag. All attendees receive unlimited samples while supplies last. Attendees may also bring their dogs for free. No one under 21 may attend.

Wild Beers Workshop
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, June 25
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Workshops/

Learn how to make beer this Sunday afternoon in Fullerton. Registration for this workshop costs $50 per person.

Punk Rock Swap And Show 3
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
The OffBeat, Highland Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/113150949234798/

Punk rock bands and vendors will convene this Sunday evening in Highland Park. This event has no cover charge. No one under 21 may enter.

The Long Beach edition of the Spring 2017 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival wrapped up this past Sunday at Marine Stadium in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach. This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at three different locations: Santa Ana, Long Beach, and Oakland. Patchwork Fest emphasizes supporting the local community, and does so by not allowing anything corporate within the boundaries. To envision Patchwork Fest, imagine an arts & crafts fair, but catered to a modern trendy crowd that features local independent designers. Many locals set up their booths here, selling their wares, merchandise, apparel, accessories, foods, desserts, music, and so on. Twice a year, thousands of visitors descend upon Patchwork Fest to discover and revisit the hundreds of vendors present. No matter who shows up, all visitors will definitely find something that will please their interests.

Completely free to attend to the public, Patchwork Fest openly welcomes pets, and boasts a free bike valet for visitors. Each branch of the streets featured over a hundred different local vendors all selling their various goods and/or services. Visitors who get hungry could enjoy fresh hot eats from the various food vendors throughout the event area, or can browse through the various food booths in the fest for portable eats. Much like every iteration of the Patchwork Fest in Long Beach, the day saw plenty of sunshine and cool sea breezes, making it a comfortable day to spend some time here. Of particular note, a majority of the vendors here exhibited soaps and candles, adding a fresh scent to the event. Sun, sea, and soy collided as these scents waft through the air.

The first of this year’s summer series of Belmont Shore’s Stroll & Savor of Long Beach wrapped up last week. This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs every year from May through August on the third Wednesday, and the Thursday immediately following. Free to attend for all ages, guests participate by paying $10 for a booklet containing 12 tickets that get redeemed at participating businesses along 2nd Street in Belmont Shore. The products offered by participating businesses range from appetizers to drinks to desserts to even full plates of food. Ticket costs vary based on the location, with some offering more than the value of the tickets, and many offering less than the value of the tickets. Although most of the participating businesses served the same things that they serve yearly, sometimes things will stand out from the crowd. I took one booklet last week, and went on a nice stroll through Belmont Shore.

Not much has changed in the way of offerings from the participating businesses. Between each year, most of the restaurants stick to their guns and offer what the people like, opting not to experiment or offer anything different. For that reason, I do not always attend every Stroll & Savor event in a given year. This year, I felt hesitant to go, knowing that not much will have changed. However, I bit the bullet and went last week to see if anything new had popped up. I got a chance to try the following:

  • Rance’s Chicago Pizza had replaced the former Shore Public House, a restaurant that did not fare too well in Belmont Shore.
  • The former Powell’s Sweet Shoppe had closed for good, and Rocket Fizz swooped in to replace it. They served craft sodas for the event.
  • Pho-Nomenon did not last very long in Belmont Shore, as they had closed. Lasher’s Kitchen has since moved into that spot from their old location on Broadway & Redondo.
  • Frosted Cupcakery featured a new item this time, Sugar Cookies, in addition to their standard mini cupcakes and hi-tops.
  • Saint & Second finally participated for the first time in Stroll & Savor. Matching their pricey menu, they served meatballs that cost $2 per meatball.

All in all, a few things may have changed, but most restaurants have kept their offerings the same for Stroll & Savor. If you like what you see, check out what other events Belmont Shore has coming up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Upcoming Events: May 15-21, 2017

Posted: May 15, 2017 in Animals, Art, Beer, Burgers, Cars, Country, Drinks, Events, Food, Hot Women, Inland Empire, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, Restaurant, San Diego, Sports, Wine
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American Craft Beer Week
May 15-21
Nationwide
http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

McFadden Public Market Grand Opening
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 15
McFadden Public Market, Santa Ana
http://www.mcfaddenmarket.com/

A new food hall officially opens their doors to the public today in Downtown Santa Ana. All day, receive 25% off all purchases. The first 100 visitors receive a goodie bag with a free food taster voucher plus $2 in arcade tokens. This event costs nothing to attend – simply show up, and check out the place.

Taste of Pasadena Bike Ride
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 16
Del Mar Gold Line Station, Pasadena
http://bikeshare.metro.net/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-pasadena-ride-tickets-33983218722

Bring out your bike and tour Pasadena this Tuesday night all while enjoying local bites and sips. This event costs nothing to attend but you must still register on the website. All participants must use their own bicycles and gear.

DomCon LA 2017
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 17
11:00 am – 12:00 am, May 18
11:00 am – 2:00 am, May 19
10:00 am – 2:00 am, May 20
11:00 am – 12:00 am, May 21
Los Angeles Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://domconla.com/

A conference for all things BDSM returns to Los Angeles this weekend. This conference will feature dozens of vendors, classes, workshops, parties, socials, shows, and more. Registration widely ranges depending on what events you want to attend, from $10 up to $125. No one under 18 may attend.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 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.

Wizards Farewell Late Night Private Shopping Experience
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 17
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1241210712663627/

Whimsic Alley will have a closed shopping experience this Wednesday night. Get a free ticket via the event page linked above, and you can enter and shop there.

Bike to Work Day 2017
6:00 am – 9:00 am, May 18
Los Angeles County
http://www.metro.net/riding/bike-month/

This Thursday, LA Metro would like to encourage you to ride a bike to work instead of drive. Throughout the county, keep an eye out for pit stops containing snacks, coffee, and encouragement to ride.

Burgers & Brew
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 18
San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.museumofman.org/event/burgers-brews/

Enjoy tastings from several popular local breweries, snack on a variety of delicious burgers, take fun snapshots in the photo booth, explore exciting exhibits, and revel in the festive atmosphere inside one of San Diego’s top museums. Admission costs $30. No one under 21 may participate.

2nd Annual Venice Art Crawl
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 18
Venice Beach
http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

Venice gets their own art walk this week, complete with a plethora of events that will take place throughout Venice. Check the website for a full list of art exhibits and other art events taking place.

Ese: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 18, Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 19, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 20, Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 21, Diego’s Rock n Roll Bar, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/ESEtexas

Houston Texas punk rock band Ese will perform a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

2nd Annual Orange County Beer Week
May 19-28
Orange County
http://ocbrewers.org/oc-beer-week/

This 10-day beer celebration covers all of Orange County, starting with a beer fest at the Fullerton Arboretum. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place in Orange County, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to OC Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

3rd Annual Paper Mart Parking Lot Sale
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 19
Paper Mart, Orange
http://www.papermart.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1424401114299027/

Free to attend for all ages, find cheap packing materials and other arts & crafts products this Friday morning in Orange.

2017 Fantasia Comic Con
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 19
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 20-21
Riverside County Fairgrounds, Indio
http://fantasiacon.com/

Palm Desert gets their very own comic convention this weekend in Indio. Check out three days of comics, artists, vendors, merchandise, seminars, autograph signings, cosplay contests, video game tournaments, film/television screenings, and lots more. Tickets range from $10 to $30 depending on your age and when you want to attend.

2017 Orange County Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 19
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 20
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 21
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This FREE all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more.

2017 Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 20-21
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim
http://ocgreekfest.com/

This annual all-ages Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. For $3 admission, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

4th Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 19-20
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 21
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $8 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

30th Annual Yorba Linda Lobsterfest
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm, May 19
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.yllobsterfest.com/

For $88 presale or $100 at the door, gain access to all-you-can-eat lobster and steak while supplies last. Attendees will also find a silent auction, live music, a full bar, and more.

Brea Bonanza Days 2017
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, May 19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 20-21
W Birch St, Downtown Brea
http://www.breadowntown.com/bonanza-days-2017/

A free and all-ages street fair and country music concert takes place on the streets of Downtown Brea this weekend.

DTLA Dark Nights
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 19
L.A. Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lalive.com/events-calendar/dark-nights

L.A. Live will host their own version of a night market this Friday night in Downtown LA. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can expect to find food vendors, merchandise, live entertainment, dancing, art, and more.

Booze & Glory: Live in Southern California
8:00 am – 1:00 am, May 18, The Garage, Ventura
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 19, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 20, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.boozeandglory.com/

Booze & Glory currently tours across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Each show varies in price, so check with the venue for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

23rd Annual Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 20
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 21
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://www.muckcarshow.org/

See tons of cars, new and old, this weekend at The Muck in Fullerton. In addition, catch food trucks, local breweries, and local musicians as they accent this car festival. Admission to this event costs $5 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday.

1st Annual OTL Tournament & Craft Beer Festival
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 20-21
Mariners Point, Mission Beach, San Diego
http://www.ombac.org/

An over-the-line tournament will take place throughout this weekend in San Diego, as well as a craft beer festival on Saturday afternoon. The beer fest will run from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday afternoon and cost $30 to enter. The tournament costs $120 for a three-person team.

Monrovia Days 2017
8:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 20
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 21
Library Park, Monrovia
http://www.monroviadays.org/

A free and all-ages event will take place this weekend in Monrovia. Enjoy a city fair complete with games, rides, food, vendors, entertainment, and more.

38th Annual Fiesta del Sol
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 20-21
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
http://fiestadelsol.net/

Check out this free and all-ages street fair in Solana Beach this weekend, complete with food, vendors, arts & crafts, games, rides, live entertainment, and more.

31st Annual Bug Fair
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 20-21
Natural History Museum, Los Angeles
http://nhm.org/site/activities-programs/bug-fair

Explore the world of bugs and insects this weekend at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. Admission into the museum costs $27, with discounts available for students and seniors.

Extreme Dimensions 11th Annual Charity Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 20
Extreme Dimensions, Fullerton
http://extremedimensions.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1085649824897313/

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show in Fullerton this Saturday, loaded with classic cars on display, as well as plenty of vendors and gourmet food trucks.

Pirate Days
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 20-21
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/pirate-days/

Bring out the family to this all-ages pirate festival featuring live entertainment, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $17, with discounts available for seniors, military, children, and students.

Spring Awakening Festival 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 20-21
Eaton Canyon Natural Area, Pasadena
http://www.ecnca.org/
http://www.crazycrow.com/site/event/eaton-canyon-spring-awakening-festival/

At this free and all-ages festival this weekend in Pasadena, visitors will check out Native American culture with arts & crafts, music, dance, food, and more.

5th Annual Heritage of Aloha Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 20-21
Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs
http://www.hooilinafoundation.com/heritage-of-aloha-fest

This FREE and all-ages Hawaiian cultural festival contains food, drinks, live entertainment, music, dancing, arts & crafts, games, contests, and over 70 different vendors.

2017 Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 20-21
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation/

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

2017 California Strawberry Festival
10:00 am – 6:30 pm, May 20-21
College Park, Oxnard
http://strawberry-fest.org/

An all-ages fair/carnival comes to Oxnard this weekend, complete with live entertainment, food, drinks, desserts, rides, games, vendors, arts & crafts, and more. Tickets start at $5, while parking costs $10 per vehicle.

5th Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 20
Reyes Winery, Santa Clarita
http://www.sierrapelonavintners.com/

General admission costs $85 and starts at 12pm, while VIP admission costs $110 and starts at 11am. All attendees receive free parking, a plate and glass for sampling, a gift bag, and unlimited food and wine tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The Californian Vintage Motorcycle Show
11:00 am – 5:30 pm, May 20
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/the-californian-motorcycle-show/

$10 gets you in to see lots of classic and modern motorcycles on display in Arcadia this Saturday afternoon.

2017 HorrorCon Jr.
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 20
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.horrorconinternational.com/

Visit a mini version of the ultimate Halloween & horror convention this Saturday in Long Beach. Find monsters, zombies, ghosts, and other terrifying things along with costumes, merchandise, art, screenings, cosmetics, special guests, and lots more. Admission to this all-ages event costs $8.50.

1st Annual East LA Comic Con
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 20
El Gallo Plaza, East Los Angeles
http://eastlacomiccon.com/

East LA gets their very own free and all-ages comic convention this Saturday afternoon. Check out comics, artists, vendors, merchandise, cosplay contests, video game tournaments, film/television screenings, and more.

Venice Spring Fling 7
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, May 20
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicespringfling.com/

A free & all-ages music & arts festival will take place in Venice this Saturday afternoon.

Smog City Brewing’s 2017 Anniversary
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 20
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.smogcitybrewing.com/
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2904086

Smog City Brewing reaches another birthday this week, and to celebrate, they will have multiple rare beers available for you to try this Saturday. A VIP session will take place from 11am to 1pm featuring exclusive tastings. After 1pm, the doors open to the public, so anyone can come in and drink away.

21st Annual North Park Festival of the Arts + Craft Beer Block
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 20
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego
http://northparkfestivalofarts.com/

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $40 admission, guests can enter the craft beer block and receive thirteen 4oz beer tastings from any of the over 30 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University. In addition, catch Stone Brewing’s beer garden in front of Bar Pink, which will run from noon to 6pm. This one has no admission – guests pay for the beers they want to drink.

2017 San Diego Taco Fest
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 20
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://sdtacofest.com/

Tacos, drinks, music, dancing, dogs, wrestling, wild women, and lots of other unrelated things collide this Saturday in San diego. General admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the gate and gets you in to this wicked party. Admission does not include food or drinks – it only just gets you inside, so you still have to pay for everything once in. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual LitFest Pasadena
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 20
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
Playhouse District, Pasadena
http://litfestpasadena.org/

Check out this free and all-ages event dedicated to books and authors taking place this weekend in Pasadena.

2017 Long Beach Pride Festival & Parade
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 20-21
Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach
http://longbeachpride.com/

An LGBT pride festival takes place this weekend in Long Beach, complete with live entertainment, music, dance, vendors, food, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door.

2017 Ventura Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 20
Ventura Harbor, Ventura
http://surfbeerfest.com/

This beer tasting event in Ventura will have over 45 breweries to choose beer from, as well as local surfboard shapers, local music, food trucks, and more. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 11:30am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual Craft Lager Fest
11:30 am – 12:00 am, May 20
38 Degrees, Alhambra
http://www.38degreesalehouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1928620550700418/

This Saturday, Alhambra’s 38 Degrees Ale House will tap over a dozen different craft lagers for you to try. This event has no admission fee or cover charge – simply show up, and pay for food and drinks as you go.

Beer Belly 6th Anniversary
11:30 am – 1:00 am, May 20
Beer Belly, Koreatown
http://www.beerbellyla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/148999155639199/

Koreatown’s Beer Belly turns six years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a bunch of sour ales on tap. They will also hold a wing-eating contest at some point in the day. This event has no admission or cover charge – simply show up, and pay as you go.

Uncorked: Derby Days Summer Wine Fest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 20
Culver Studios, Culver City
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/uncorked-derby-days-wine-fest-2017/

A fancy wine tasting event comes to Culver City this Saturday and will span two different sessions. General admission costs $60 and lasts three hours, from 1pm to 4pm or 5pm to 8pm. VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm, providing four hours of wine tasting. No one under 21 may attend.

Eeeeeats Con
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 20
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://theinfatuation.com/EEEEEATSCON

Sample food from dozens of Los Angeles County restaurants at this all-ages event this Saturday in Santa Monica. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $100 and includes a VIP lanyard, early entry, a water bottle, and gift bag. Admission only gets you in to the event – all attendees will still need to pay for all food or drinks once inside.

Hangar 24 AirFest & 9th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 20
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands
http://www.hangar24airfest.com/

Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 9th Anniversary with an all-day air show at the Redlands Municipal Airport, located just across the street from the tasting room. Guests gain entry into the airport, where they will witness aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on displays in the hangars, and fireworks shows at night. Live bands will play music all day, and food trucks will keep guests fed and full. Last but not least, Hangar 24 will unleash over 30 beers for consumption, including many rare and limited brews. General admission costs $25 but does not include any beer – guests must purchase drink tickets for that.

1st Annual Hardcore Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 20
Fraternal Order of Eagles, Culver City
http://www.facebook.com/events/1885035888451901/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Saturday in Culver City. The cover for this all-ages show costs $8.

Skyline: Art, Music, Food
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 20
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://radiohillevents.com/

This concert will take place just outside of Downtown LA this Saturday. General admission costs $50, while VIP admission costs $85 and includes access to a VIP area with restrooms and bars. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Best Taste Of Santa Ana
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 20
2nd Street Promenade, Santa Ana
http://www.assistanceleague.org/santa-ana/best-taste-of-santa-ana/

Sample food from Santa Ana restaurants for $30 per person.

2nd Annual OC Brewers Guild Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 20
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://ocbrewers.org/

The first festival dedicated to Orange County’s microbreweries and restaurants arrives in Anaheim this Saturday evening. The $60 admission grants you unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Unlike last year, admission no longer includes food – attendees will need to pay separately for food. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can park in the nearby parking structure for free, or find street parking in the neighborhood south of the venue.

2017 Tustin Lobsterfest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 20
Peppertree Park, Tustin
http://www.tustinlobsterfest.com/

At this annual fundraiser, guests pay $85 presale or $100 at the gate for all-you-can-eat lobster and tri-tip, and other picnic foods like hot dogs, salads, mac & cheese, baked potatoes, various pastries, and more. Each entry ticket comes with an entry to a lottery to win $1000!

D6 Night Market 2017
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 20
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://d6nightmarket.com/

A night market comes to Mira Mesa in San Diego County this Saturday night, free to attend for all ages. come check out all the food, vendors, music, dancing, games, and more.

OC Roller Derby – Slay the Force Be With You
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 20
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.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 $15.

3rd Annual Asian American Music Festival
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm, May 20
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://asianamericanmusicfestival.net/

Enjoy some traditional and modern Asian music this Saturday night in Downtown LA. General admission ranges from $30 to $50 depending on where you want to sit. VIP admission costs $250 and includes a VIP reception.

L.A. Life Run
6:00 am – 11:00 am, May 21
L.A. Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://renegaderaceseries.com/la-life-run

Run through Downtown Los Angeles this Sunday morning and check out some of Downtown LA’s most iconic buildings. Registration ranges from $18 to $50 based on the distance you intend to run.

The Great Donut Run
8:00 am – 11:00 am, May 21
Irvine Valley College, Irvine
http://www.greatdonutrun.com/

Eat donuts and go on a run this Sunday morning in Irvine. Registration ranges from $25 to $45 based on your age and how long you want to run for.

23rd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Balboa_Island_Artwalk.html

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Escondido Downtown Street Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
Grand Ave, Downtown Escondido
http://www.escondido.org/escondido-street-faire.aspx

Here at this free and all-ages street fair, visitors will find over 500 vendors, arts & crafts, food, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more.

Hama Expo 2017
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 21
Alpha Upholsterers, Westlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/101837407057258/

A free and all-ages event comes to Westlake this Sunday that involves Japanese cultures and the dog Hamachi.

Museums of the Arroyo Day
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Museums of the Arroyo, Pasadena
http://www.museumsofthearroyo.com/

Six museums in Los Angeles and Pasadena will have free admission this Sunday during the listed times.

Rock Against Racism
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 21
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/642652532593148/

Enjoy a free local punk rock show this Sunday in Pomona. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

Flavor of L.A.
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
CBS Studio Center Back Lot, Studio City
http://flavorofla.com/

$75 gets you in to sample food and drinks from over a dozen different restaurants this Sunday afternoon in Studio City. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Ernie Howlett Park, Rolling Hills Estates
http://www.sbbeerwinefest.com/

Enjoy food, beer, and wine at this tasting event this Sunday afternoon in the South Bay. Admission costs $75 presale and includes unlimited tastings while supplies last. VIP admission costs $105 and include various perks such as reserved parking. No one under under 21 may attend.

2017 Taste Of The World
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Madame Tussauds Hollywood, Hollywood
http://latravelmagazine.com/tow/

Sample food and wines at this tasting event in Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $85, while VIP admission costs $125 and includes various goodies and perks. No one under 21 may attend.

Garb Bazaar, a Vintage Clothing Pop Up
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 21
Normal Heights Masonic Center, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1843014842653306/

Check out a free and all-ages clothing pop-up market this Sunday afternoon in San Diego.

Taste of the Nation – Laguna Beach
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 21
Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
http://ce.nokidhungry.org/events/taste-nation-laguna-beach

Sample culinary creations from some of Orange County’s greatest chefs and restaurants, while quenching your thirst from various wineries, breweries, and other non-alcoholic drink producers. Admission costs $300 and runs from 2pm to 7pm.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 4
Ben & Jerry’s, Worldwide
http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday at any participating Ben & Jerry’s store.

Free Punk Show @ Five Star Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 4
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/257703838022358/

Enjoy a free punk rock show in Downtown LA this Tuesday night. No one under 18 may enter.

6th Annual Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 5
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/roar-in-the-shore/

Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.

D.I.Y. Festival Competition
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 5-6
Clash City Station, Riverside
http://bricktoyaface.com/

Check out this music & art festival this week in Riverside. Admission costs $7 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 18 may enter.

OC Roller Derby Orientation
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 5
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/394631604250005/

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance to join a league. Click the link to send your information to them, and then show up to orientation this Wednesday night in Huntington Beach.

Scrapbook Expo – Orange County
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 6-8
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.scrapbookexpo.com/

The nationally-famous Scrapbook Expo comes to Southern California this week! Admission to this all-ages expo varies in price, starting at $8 for a one-day general admission adult ticket.

Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 6
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/taste-leucadia/

Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $25 presale or $30 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $15, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 6
The Pike Outlets, Downtown Long Beach
http://gplb.com/thunder-thursday-moves-pike-outlets/

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.

The Damned 40th Anniversary U.S. Tour
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 6, The Belasco Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 7, House of Blues, San Diego
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 8, House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.officialdamned.com/

Legendary punk rock band The Damned embark on an international tour starting this week in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary by location, so check with the website for details.

Ragnar Relay So Cal 2017
5:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 7-8
Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.runragnar.com/event-detail/relay/southerncalifornia

Take part in an epic overnight relay race that stretches from Orange County down to San Diego this weekend starting Friday morning. Grab a team, grab supplies, and make the trek from point A to point B, finally finishing at Crown Point in Pacific Beach.

43rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 7-8
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 9
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.gplb.com/

Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.

7th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party
10:00 am – 6:30 pm, April 7
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, April 8
J Street b/w 6th & 10th, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://eastvillagesandiego.com/7th-annual-east-village-opening-day-block-party-on-april-7th/

This free and all-ages event celebrates the San Diego Padres’ annual opening game. This street party will have craft beer, live music, food, drinks, vendors, and more.

Lucidity Festival 2017
10:00 am – 8:00 am, April 7-9
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara
http://www.lucidityfestival.com/

Basically, a music & art festival that spans an entire weekend, similar to Coachella. This event runs nonstop from Friday morning through Monday morning. Lucidity requires many words to explain, which the website does a great job of. With dozens of stages, hundreds of vendors & artists, and endless activities, visitors will never run out of things to do here.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 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).

Monsterpalooza 2017
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 7
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 8-9
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.monsterpalooza.com/

Basically, a convention for horror, Halloween, and other similar media. Check out costumes, apparel, accessories, toys, media, speakers, demos, celebrities, artists, and more all this weekend in Pasadena. Admission to this all-ages event costs $30 per day or $70 for the full weekend.

Wasted Ones @ The Redwood Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 7
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1757209697930122/

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

6th Annual Hollywood Half Marathon & 5k / 10k
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 8
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
http://hollywoodhalfmarathon.com/

The streets of Hollywood close down this Saturday morning for this series of races. Registration costs $105 for the half-marathon, $50 for the 10k, or $45 for the 5k.

43rd Annual Run Seal Beach 5k/10k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, April 8
Marina Community Park, Seal Beach
http://www.runsealbeach.com/

A 5k/10k run will cover the streets of Seal Beach this Saturday morning. Registration costs $40 and includes an event t-shirt (XXL size costs $3 more). Plan your commute accordingly.

4th Annual Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 8-9
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.streetmachinenationals.net/StreetMachineAndMuscleCarNationalsPomona

Come see over a thousand muscle cars, classic cars, hot rods, and more at this weekend-long car show at the Fairplex in Pomona. Tickets cost $18 if purchased from participating O’Reilly Auto Parts stores, or $20 if purchased online or at the gate. Children can enter for $5. Bring cash for parking which may cost up to $10.

ArtFest 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 8-9
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/artfest.htm

Enjoy hundreds of art displays, cars, and live music this weekend at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Admission costs $14, with discounts available for seniors, military, students, and children.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 8
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington 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.

6th Annual Healthy Living Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 8-9
Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, Del Mar
http://www.healthylivingfestival.com/

Check out this health & wellness expo this weekend, FREE to attend for all ages (with printable coupon found on website). Guests can experience cooking demos, medical testing, belly dancers, fitness workshops, food & drink samples, massages, speakers, fitness tests, yoga classes, speakers, and more.

2017 Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire: Opening Day
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 8
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale
http://www.renfair.com/socal/

This renaissance faire will run from this Saturday through May 21st this year. Admission costs $29 for adults or $15 for children.

Food Truck Fetish Festival 2017
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 8
Exposition Park Event Parking, Los Angeles
http://www.foodtruckfetishfestival.com/

Remember food truck festivals from over five years ago? One returns this Saturday in Los Angeles. Admission costs $5 presale or $10 at the gate, and grants you access to gourmet food trucks where you will have to pay again for food. This event will also have a beer garden (drinks sold separately), live entertainment, and a VIP admission that includes unlimited soft drinks and one free dessert.

JANM Free Family Days: Celebrate Japanese American History
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 8
Japanese American National Museum, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://janm.org/familydays2017

Learn about Japanese American history at this free and all-ages cultural educational event this Saturday in Little Tokyo.

Champagne On Main Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair
11:00 am – 6:30 pm, April 8
Main Street, Downtown Ventura
http://www.champagneonmain.com/

A cluster of events will take place in Downtown Ventura this Saturday afternoon. A free and all-ages street fair will take place all day, consisting of vendors, food, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more. A champagne/wine walk takes place from 3pm to 6pm. This costs $50 to participate in, and gives participants a wristband with tickets and tasting cup to walk around the street fair getting samples of champagnes, wines, or craft beers. A VIP admission costs $70 and also grants access to a dessert bar. Since this takes place in the street fair, no one under 21 may participate, but they can still walk around with the adults.

9th Annual Los Angeles Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 8
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. Tickets cost $40, but does not include parking. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 8
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://sabrosotacofest.com/

From the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha comes a Spring version of Orange County’s biggest beer festival – a beer & taco festival rebooted. A lot has changed since last year. Admission still provides includes unlimited beer tasters, a souvenir glass, live entertainment, games, a cigar lounge, and more. All tacos will still cost $3 each, so prepare to carry cash, preferably singles. This big festival outgrew its previous home and has moved to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point for this year. In addition, this event now features a music component similar to their previous Cali Uncorked and Ye Scallywag festivals. Live bands will perform throughout the day, and all drinks after 4pm come at cost. No one under 21 may attend.

“When We Were Young” Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 8-9
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.whenwewereyoung.net/

A huge rock concert comes to The Observatory in Santa Ana this weekend. Tickets to this all-ages concert start at $60.

2nd Annual Punktography
1:00 pm – 12:00 pm, April 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/384558055264067/

Enjoy a free photography and punk rock show this Saturday all day at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 8
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.vindiego.com/

VinDiego returns to Liberty Station this Saturday afternoon. Enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $115 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and allows entry at 3pm. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Broke LA
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 8
Enox Events, East Los Angeles
http://brokelafest.com/

Cannot afford to dump money on Coachella? Check out Broke LA, a miniature version of the money-guzzling concert, this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Expose yourself to the variety of local art and music at this intimate experience, and keep your wallet happy too. Admission to this event costs $20 presale or $25 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Color Fun Fest 5K San Diego
3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 8
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, Chula Vista
http://colorfunfest5k.com/san-diego/

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 $25 presale or $60 on the day of the event, if any tickets remain.

4th Annual San Diego Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 8
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

This beer & music festival will take this Saturday at NTC Liberty Station. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

Night Nation Run – Orange County
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 8
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://nightnationrun.com/orange-county-anaheim/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

Montrose Brew Fest 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 9
Benitoite, Montrose, Glendale
http://brewfest.montrosechamber.org/

A beer and food tasting event comes to Glendale this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The Haute Dogs Bulldog Beauty Contest returned for its 13th annual iteration this past Sunday at Marine Stadium in Long Beach. Organized by Justin Rudd and operated by the Community Action Team, this beauty pageant for bulldogs celebrates the charm and cuteness of these precious pets. Completely free to attend, guests could see and play with over 500 bulldogs, some even from out of state. Pet owners wanting to enter their dog had to pay a one-time participation fee of $10, which allowed the pooches to enter any of over 20 categories of competitions. These competitions more resembled sweepstakes than anything, as the dogs did not have to do anything physically tough other than walk around the runway once. In addition to bulldogs, a few of the contests allowed other breeds to participate, such as pugs, chihuahuas, and pit bulls. Other generic categories included cutest, ugliest, senior dogs, best in show, mutts, small dogs, and large dogs. Albeit not everyone who brought their dog actually entered a contest, everybody surely enjoyed the company of the pups, especially kids, whom bulldogs love to play with. Any pet lover should have made an effort to attend this free gathering of pets.

Events like these help to remind us of the joys these wonderful animals bring to our lives. If you currently do not have a pet, considering adding one to your life. They make great companions, and do not cost as much as a child. Stay on the lookout for pet events in your area for opportunities to learn about pets, and possibly acquire one. Other notable events from this organizer include the Howl’oween Parade for all pets, and the Santa Paws operation, a charity event that occurs in December. Additionally, check out the So Cal Corgi Nation, an organization dedicated to corgis that routinely puts on events throughout the year.

The 13th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest will take place this Sunday morning at Marine Stadium in the park at the north end. Over 500 dogs can compete in 19 different categories, most of which feature bulldogs, both English and French. Some categories will tailor specifically to other breeds, such as pugs, chihuahuas, and pit bulls. Other generic categories include cutest, ugliest, senior dogs, best in show, mutts, small dogs, and large dogs. Spectators can visit absolutely free, but for just $5, visitors may buy a seat along the runway to gain an up-close view as the dogs strut down the runway. For anyone wanting to enter their dog into the pageant, the organizers assess a $10 entry fee. The first contest begins at 9:45 am, and contests continue all the way to 3:00 pm. The main event, the English Bulldog pageant, begins at 10am, while French Bulldogs go on at noon. Various pet vendors will remain open to the public from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm. Some home breeders also bring their pups to sell to eager pet lovers!

For an event free to attend for the public, this makes for a nice Sunday morning getaway for you, your friends, and your family. If you do not currently have a pet, this event shows you the joys of having a furry companion in your life, and can pave the way towards having a pet of your own since this event has information about pet adoptions. In addition, some pet breeders may visit the event, so visitors can seek information from them as well. Come out to Long Beach this Sunday morning to see a bunch of cute pets for a feel-good time. Check out the Bulldog Beauty Contest on Facebook to keep up with their announcements and latest information. In the meantime, check out my photos from last year’s Bulldog Beauty Contest:

This Saturday afternoon, the 13th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival returns to Long Beach from 12pm to 4pm along 2nd Street, rain or shine. Set up similarly to Stroll & Savor, this all-ages festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies. Chase Bank will host the central hub, where guests can purchase ticket booklets and find more information regarding the fest, as well as locate the dessert contest entries and pie-eating contests, which start around 3pm. Anyone wanting to enter the dessert contest should fill out a form found on the aforementioned website link. This year, the organizers have removed the extra activities such as the Cake Walk and Valentine Heart Walk, and will focus solely on the tastings and contests.

As far as the general public goes, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest at participating businesses along 2nd Street.Guests will use these tickets to redeem food items from participating businesses up and down 2nd Street. Food items will range in ticket cost, with most items costing one ticket and larger food items costing four or more. Sadly, the public may not try any of the desserts from the homemade dessert contest due to the health code. However, the food from the businesses should more than sate your appetite. For most people, one $10 booklet should suffice. For those with a larger appetite, I suggest arriving early and acquiring two booklets in order to have time to eat everything before the participating businesses run out of food for the event.

A handful of events will take place in or near Belmont Shore this month, ranging from food to shopping to pets to art and more. Get the latest news on Belmont Shore events by checking them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Down By Law: 2017 West Coast Tour
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 2, The Garage, Ventura, http://www.facebook.com/events/366345440367007/
February 3, The Viper Room, West Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/events/1438774869484985/
February 4, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.facebook.com/events/654220584752849/
February 5, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=3196
http://www.downbylaw.com/

Legendary punk rock band Down By Law will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age minimums vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Pliny The Younger Day
February 3
Select beer locations in California
http://russianriverbrewing.com/pliny-the-younger-release/

The most overhyped beer in brewing history makes its way to Southern California this weekend to many locations. Check with your local craft beer establishment to see if they have Pliny The Younger available.

The Halal Guys Cerritos Grand Opening
11:00 am – 2:00 am, February 3
The Halal Guys, Cerritos
http://thehalalguys.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/183625602114360/

A new The Halal Guys will open their doors to the public this Friday in Cerritos. The first 1,000 people in line will have a chance to win free stuff. As for the food, they did not mention any giveaways, so make sure you can pay for your food if you order any!

2017 Surf City USA Marathon
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 3
9:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 4
6:00 am – 1:00 pm, February 5
Jack’s Beach Concessions, Huntington Beach
http://www.runsurfcity.com/

Running fever hits Huntington Beach this weekend. A health & fitness expo will take place all weekend, while the actual running events will take place Sunday morning. Registration starts at $149 and goes up depending on which course you intend to run. Many streets around this area will close to vehicular traffic, so plan your Sunday commute accordingly.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 3
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).

Lunar New Year Tết Festival 2017
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 3
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 4-5
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://lunarnewyearfestival.org/

Celebrate Lunar New Year at this festival at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego this weekend. Visitors of all ages will find cultural food, vendors, rides, games, arts & crafts, music, entertainment, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $5 for adults and $4 for children.

Gamer Bowl, a GamerCon event
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 3
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 4
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 5
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.gamercon.com/

This weekend, check out an all-ages event featuring video games, board games, prizes, and other activities. Admission costs $17 for adults or $13.50 for children, and provides entry to the event for all three days.

SoCal Retro Gaming Expo 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 4-5
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.socalretrogamingexpo.com/

Immerse yourself in gaming nostalgia this weekend in Ontario. This all-ages event will feature all things about retro video games, from the games themselves to artwork, toys, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, or $40 for both days. Bring cash for parking, which will range from $10 to $20.

3rd Annual San Diego Fermentation Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 4
Waterfront Park, Downtown San Diego
http://sandiegofermentationfestival.com/

This annual all-ages festival showcasing Southern California’s bounty of artisanal foodmakers returns this weekend to a new, bigger location. This event will feature seminars, workshops, arts & crafts, activities, vendors, food & beverages, live music, and more. Regular admission costs $25 and provides access to food and non-alcoholic beverages, while a $39 admission will include ten tasters of craft beers and wines.

So Cal Winter Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 4
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.socalwinterbrewfest.com/

Anaheim has turned into quite a craft beer mecca, and you get to sample its local flavor and more this Saturday afternoon. Check out this beer tasting event taking place at Phoenix Club in Anaheim, complete with over 30 breweries and local food trucks. Admission costs $45 presale or $55 at the gate, and includes unlimited 3oz beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

13th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 4
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/chocolate-festival/

The Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest, the return of the Cake Walk, and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies.m Completely free to attend, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest in front of Chase Bank. Guests may use these tickets to exchange for various eats & drinks from participating businesses in Belmont Shore.

118th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 4
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownla.com/wp1/event/118th-annual-golden-dragon-parade/
http://lagoldendragonparade.com/

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.

Boomtown Brewery’s Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 4
Boomtown Brewery, Arts District, Los Angeles
http://www.boomtownbrew.com/

One of Downtown LA’s breweries will officially open their doors to the public this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend, this grand opening party will have live music throughout the day, mobile food vendors, and lots of new beers for you to try.

T.S.O.L. and The Dwarves – Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 4
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2934

Some big names in punk rock will perform in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

The Aggrolites: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 4, The Garage, Ventura http://www.facebook.com/events/1848830522063506/
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 5, Aurea Vista, Riverside http://www.facebook.com/events/227636921019842/
http://www.aggroreggae.com/

The Aggrolites have a bunch of shows in Southern California coming up in the next few months, including these two this weekend. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

9th Annual Los Angeles Ska Wars
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 5
Union Nightclub, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1187571184653266/

Ska fans get their day this Sunday in Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages, headlined by the Mad Caddies. Tickets to this concert cost $20 presale or $30 at the door.

The 34th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade returns this Saturday night. This wondrous treat for locals allows the community to recognize prominent individuals, groups, and organizations that help to shape what Long Beach represents. Although free, this parade draws in an enormous crowd every year, equating to immense traffic and insufficient parking, especially since police will close 2nd Street to traffic starting at 5pm. I always just park incredibly far away and just walk to Belmont Shore with friends, although I have seen groups bike there. Many people set up seats along the parade route, which encircles 2nd Street in both directions, quite early. Arrive too late and you may just barely catch the tail end of the parade with some visibility.

Returning to the parade this year, So Cal Corgi Nation will incorporate themselves into the parade as one of the marching participants. This organization normally hosts Corgi meet-ups at nearby dog beaches for Corgi owners and lovers to come and check out all the beloved companions. While they would normally have one of these meet-ups around this time of the year (following a quarterly schedule), due to the cold weather and other events taking place, it makes more sense to simply combine the meet-up into the parade, and thus the organization had combined into this parade.

Looking for something festive to do with friends and/or family this weekend? Bring them to Belmont Shore and check out the parade. It costs nothing to attend, just the agony of searching for parking or arriving early and waiting until then. But even if you do the latter, Belmont Shore has plenty of businesses and activities to keep you and your group occupied for quite some time. So if I do not see you at the parade this Saturday night, Happy Holidays to you and yours~