Posts Tagged ‘Bike Fest’

57th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 22
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 23-24
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 25
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 23-25
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Refused – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 25, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Refused
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/820931-refused-west-hollywood/

One of the most influential bands in the history of punk rock embark on a cross-country tour starting this week in Southern California. Tickets to these all-ages shows have sold out long ago, but you may still find them on after-market sites.

Deschutes Tap Takeover @ Blue Palms
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/680406415439158/

Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery will take over the taps at Blue Palms this Wednesday night. Stop on by and check out the vast beer portfolio of Deschutes.

Neon Retro Arcade Community Fundraiser
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Neon Retro Arcade, Pasadena
http://www.facebook.com/events/790598064381316/

Get your gaming on in Pasadena this Thursday, and 50% of admission and gift card sales will go towards charity.

King Harbor & Telegraph Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1638473266376509/

Both King Harbor Brewing and Telegraph Brewing will split the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Thursday night, which will include the two breweries’ collaboration brew.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – San Diego
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 29
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 30
6:00 am – 2:30 pm, May 31
San Diego Convention Center/Balboa Park/Petco Park, San Diego
http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-diego/

A full weekend of running festivities will take place in San Diego this week. On Friday and Saturday, a health & fitness expo will take place at the San Diego Convention Center. On Saturday morning, a 5K run will take place near Balboa Park. Finally, on Sunday morning, the main marathon and half marathon will take place. Participation in each event varies depending on the event and age of participant, so check the website for pricing information.

2015 Orange County Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 29
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 30
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 31
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Admission costs $8, but print the coupon below to enter for free.

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 29
6:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 30
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 31
Lake Skinner Recreation Area, Winchester
http://www.tvbwf.com/

Taste wines and fly in hot-air balloons during this three-day festival out in the Temecula Valley. In addition, enjoy live music, local food, craft beer, and other forms of entertainment. Admission varies from $5 up to $50, so see the website for more details.

Brea SummerFest 2015
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 29
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 30
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 31
St. Angela Merici School, Brea
http://www.summerfestbrea.org/

Brea brings all of the elements of a state fair into one weekend with their annual SummerFest. Find food, rides, live entertainment, games, vendors, and more at this weekend-long fair for the entire family. Guests may enter and park for free – please adhere all signs for parking and entering the fest.

South Central Skankers: Live in Long Beach
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 29
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1603880946495736/

Rock out to some great local bands this Friday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Strung Out – Live at House of Blues
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, May 29, House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/losangeles/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004E490BA463F4
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 30, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004E50711B0D76

Punk band Strung Out will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so check the links above for prices.

Barb Wire Dolls & A Pretty Mess @ The Vu Bar
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 29
The Vu Bar, Santa Clarita
http://www.facebook.com/events/867823049949990/

Enjoy some live punk rock music in Santa Clarita this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5 if entering before 9pm, or $7 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Idea Fest Long Beach 2015
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 30
Orizaba Park, Long Beach
http://www.ideafestlb.org/

At this free and all-ages event, gain entertainment through education with workshops, classes, demos, arts & crafts, seminars, exhibits, and more. The content covers a wide variety of topics, so check out the website to see what the event will cover.

Cismontane Brewing 5th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 30
Cismontane Brewing, Rancho Santa Margarita
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-anniversary-party-tickets-16459240030

Cismontane turns five years old this year, and to celebrate, they will have a beer tasting event at their tasting room in Rancho Santa Margarita this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and includes eight 9oz pours (72 ounces!) and a t-shirt. Cismontane will also have events for Friday and Sunday, so check their social media feeds for more information.

Punk Rock Luau Summer Kick off
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 30
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/823861134357334/

Enjoy a full day of local punk rock music at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

2015 Long Beach Bike Fest
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 30
The Pike, Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Bike-Fest-of-Long-Beach

Enjoy a family-fun day filled with bike activities, vendors, and exhibits at the finish line of the Tour of Long Beach, located at The Pike right next to the Laugh Factory. This free all-ages event will feature bike exhibits, live entertainment, a bike valet, rides, games, vendors, food, a mini beer fest hosted by Beachwood BBQ, and more. The mini beer fest has no admission fee, but costs $20 for ten 5oz beer tastings. In addition to beers from Beachwood Brewing, other local breweries will make an appearance too.

Pepper Tree Brewery’s 1st Annual “A Taste of Summer”
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 30
Pepper Tree Brewery, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1400310550290402/

Check out this small brewery as they provide two beers for the public to taste for FREE.

10th Annual Los Angeles Wine Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 30
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 31
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.lawinefest.com/

Want to sample up to over 500 wines, brews, and spirits from around the world? Head to LA Wine Fest this weekend, where you will find plenty of good drinks, cooking demos, live entertainment, seminars, food trucks, boutiques, merchandise, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on how you choose to attend, with a general admission ticket starting at $70. This fest takes place outdoors with limited shade, so prepare for a day in the sun. Bring cash for the parking lot across the street, unless you get lucky and find street parking.

Spring 2015 Balboa Island Wine Walk
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 30
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.facebook.com/BalboaIslandWineWalk

Put on your walking shoes and bring your sense of fashion to Balboa Island this Saturday afternoon. At this event, attendees will receive a souvenir wine glass that they can take to various participating businesses on Balboa Island (map provided at event) to sip on wine and explore the businesses of Balboa Island. During this self-guided tour, check out the various shopping specials and food specials while you sip the day away. General admission costs $40 presale or $45 on the day of the event and includes ten wine tastings. VIP admission costs $75 and includes a VIP entrance, exclusive wines, a goodie bag, and access to a post-event party.

4th Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO: New Brewery Edition
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 30
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/craft-beer-bites-new-brewery-edition-tickets-16526036821

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Saturday evening. For $25 presale or $30 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Local Brews & Local Grooves
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 30
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004E62A0312F2E

Sample beers from 20 breweries while enjoying the sounds of local musicians at this food & beer event this Saturday evening at House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Admission costs $12, while the tasting wristband costs $15 and come with five taste tickets, good towards food or beer.

Rocket From The Crypt @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 30
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Rocket-From-the-Crypt

Catch Rocket From The Crypt, The Bronx, and more at this all-ages punk rock show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets cost $20.

Teenage Bottlerocket – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 30, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/teenage-bottlerocket
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 31, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2406

Teenage Bottlerocket currently tours across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this and next week. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $12 each.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 31
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of Colorado Blvd and surrounding streets in Pasadena will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

5th Annual Taste of the Eastside
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 31
Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, Los Angeles
http://tasteoftheeastside.com/

Sample the best of East LA’s restaurants this Sunday evening. At this all-ages tasting, guests can receive unlimited food samples from all of the 20+ participating vendors. Admission comes in three levels and varies depending on when you purchase it, starting at $50 and rising up to $100 – check the website for pricing details.

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Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 27 – May 2
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 27 and May 2, 45 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

Citraholic IPA Release
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 29
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1427858297463089/

IPA fans will want to check out Beachwood Brewing’s latest concoction this Tuesday evening, as they unveil their latest west coast IPA to the public. Guests to Beachwood Brewing may enjoy the brew there, or purchase bottles to take home. Beachwood Brewing will also run food specials that night.

Ska-Punk Show in La Puente
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 1
Bridgetown DIY, La Puente
http://www.facebook.com/events/728591103827370/

Enjoy a fun all-ages ska-punk show this Thursday night in La Puente. The cover for this show costs $8.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 2
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).

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 2-3
Lot 613, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/213799398792482/

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

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The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 2
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/170271

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

Free Comic Book Day
May 3
Participating locations, Worldwide
http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

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

Tacos & Beer 5K Run & Festival
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 3
Long Beach Golf Learning Center, Long Beach
http://www.tacosnbeer5k.com/

Take a fun run, hold it during Cinco de Mayo weekend, add tacos and beer, throw costumes on, and you have a white boy’s fantasy party all on one day. Basically, if you have seen an MTV party, this does not stray too far from it. This event starts with a 5K fun run in the morning, and then when that ends, all participants can stay for tacos and beer for the rest of the festival. The organizers encourage everyone to wear silly costumes in an attempt to see who can stereotype the Latin culture the most. Food will come from local vendors, and since this takes place in West Long Beach, except very normal Mexican food. Also, Bud Light will sponsor the beer, so keep that in mind if you care about the quality of your beer. If you still feel like going to this, registration costs $45 presale or $55 on the day of the event.

San Diego Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Cultural Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 3-4
De Anza Cove, Mission Bay, San Diego
http://www.sdhoolaulea.com/

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

Soka University’s 13th Annual International Festival
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 3
Soka University, Aliso Viejo
http://www.soka.edu/news_events/International-Festival/default.aspx

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

6th Annual Unique LA Spring Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 3-4
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://stateofunique.com/unique-la/

Their website describes this event best: “The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast.” The $10 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

3rd Annual Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 3
Mother Earth Brew Co., Vista
http://www.sdrhythmandbrews.com/

The San Diego Brewers Guild presents the Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival this Saturday afternoon in the historic Vista Village district. Now in its third year, this festival now contains over 50 breweries, nine music acts across three stages, and plenty of food for sale from local businesses. This festival will also feature a home brewers competition. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 12pm, and comes with a souvenir glass good for unlimited beer tastings. VIP admission costs $60 presale only, and starts an hour earlier at 11am. No one under 21 may attend.

Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 3
Lake View Park, Silverado
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 on this lovely Cinco de Mayo weekend. Here at this festival, attendees will find over 30 microbreweries serving their refreshing brews, dozens of chefs and restaurants serving up gourmet tacos, live Latin music all day, and much more. The $55 admission includes unlimited beer tasters, a souvenir glass, free parking, free water, live entertainment, games, a cigar lounge, and more. All tacos will cost $2, so prepare to carry cash, preferably singles. No one under 21 may attend.

The Copper Door 1 Year Anniversary Show
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 3
The Copper Door, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/517445698366280/

This Saturday, The Copper Door will celebrate their first year in business with an all-day music & art festival. Catch live music, live DJ’s, burlesque shows from the Dirty Little Secrets, art exhibits, and more. Order food before 5pm for 20% off! No one under 21 may attend.

14th Annual Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 3
La Jolla Cove, La Jolla
http://www.jlsdfoodandwine.com/

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

2nd Annual Heritage, Music & Arts Festival
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 3
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/angel-citys-2nd-annual-heritage-fest/

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

2014 Long Beach Bike Fest
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 3
The Pike, Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Bike-Fest-of-Long-Beach

Enjoy a family-fun day filled with bike activities, vendors, and exhibits at the finish line of the Tour of Long Beach, located at The Pike right next to the Laugh Factory. This free all-ages event will feature bike exhibits, live entertainment, a bike valet, rides, games, vendors, food, a mini beer fest hosted by Beachwood BBQ, and more. The mini beer fest has no admission fee, but costs $20 for ten 5oz beer tastings. In addition to beers from Beachwood Brewing, other local breweries will make an appearance too.

20th Annual Jewels of the Night Food & Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 3
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachstate.com/jewelsofthenight/

This Saturday evening, Cal State Long Beach hosts its annual food & wine festival for the 20th year in a row at the Walter Pyramid on the north side of the campus. Over 20 of the area’s top restaurants will serve their delicious food at this tasting gala, and a handful of California wineries will pour their signature wines. General admission to this event costs $100.

Manic Hispanic @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 3
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/manic-hispanic-cinco

Manic Hispanic returns to The Observatory this Saturday night for their annual Cinco de Mayo show. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. The venue has limited parking and runs two shows on this night, so arrive early to park for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

Naked Aggression: Live in La Habra
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 3
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1455574117994623/

Great local punk rock bands hit up La Habra this Saturday evening. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Narcoleptic Youth: Live in Carson
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 3
Overtime Bar & Grill, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/1389051154705783/

Experience hardcore punk in Carson this Saturday night with Narcoleptic Youth, Corrupted Youth, and more. The cover for this show if entering before 9:30 costs $7, or $12 for two people. If entering after 9:30, the cover costs $10 per person. No one under 21 may enter.

Ska Night @ The Constellation Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 3
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/maxies-skapeche

Enjoy a fun all-ages ska show this Saturday night at the Constellation Room in The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this show cost only $5. The venue has limited parking and runs two shows on this night, so arrive early to park for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

10th Annual Orange County Marathon
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 4
Newport Center, Newport Beach
http://ocmarathon.com/

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

9th Annual Taste of Orange
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 4
Orange Circle, Old Town Orange
http://www.thetasteoforange.org/

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

According to recent studies, Los Angeles currently ranks as the city with the worst traffic in the world. Californians never know how to drive in any condition, evident by the lack of care on the road and the tendency of drivers to exhibit anger after they clearly break a rule. Local cities and towns have started an initiative to entice the populace to ride bicycles to travel instead of driving and clogging up the highways. Riding bicycles comes with tons of benefits, with the only real downside of the inability to travel long distances in a quicker time. Specifically, signs around Long Beach currently regard the city as the most bike-friendly city in America. I would not trust that so liberally, as Long Beach still has some dangerous parts where no one would want to ride a bike through. Regardless, Long Beach always shows love for the bicyclists, creating bike lanes all over the city, and even hosting an annual Bike Fest to celebrate all things bikes.

The 2013 Bike Fest Long Beach kicked off following a morning of thousands of bicyclists riding in the 2013 Tour of Long Beach. With all the bike-riding over, participants and all other guests could enjoy the warmth and welcome of a family-friendly festival dedicated to the fit and active lifestyle of bicycles. Completely free to attend, visitors will find many local vendors with bicycle-related merchandise, other active life merchandise, and health & wellness services, like chiropractors or free bike tune-ups. Those who live the bicycle life could display an old bike in the vintage bike collection. A free bike valet greeted guests who rode their bikes to The Pike, while live bands kept the beats going all day.

New to Bike Fest this year, Beachwood BBQ hosted a small beer garden within the fest. Unbound to the public, any thirsty individual 21 and over could purchase ten 5oz beer samplers for $20, and take home the souvenir glass as well. While over ten breweries attended to pour their brews, Beachwood clearly garnered the longest consistent line all day. Not surprisingly, any brewery hosting a beer garden should receive the longest line – Eagle Rock Brewery can attest to that. As an open beer garden, anyone could enter the premises and peruse the breweries, but those who paid could receive beer.

For a city that proclaims itself as America’s most bike-friendly city, Long Beach has taken long steps in converting the city into a bicycle town. The city still has a long way to go, as one cannot simply ride a bike through the city and expect to arrive at point B unscathed. With a giant hill in the middle of the city (Signal Hill) and a multitude of unsafe neighborhoods, bicyclists can only reliably ride along the outskirts of town, or the nicer areas of Long Beach. Slowly but surely, Long Beach’s bike trend will grow enough that one day Long Beach may see its own ciclovia! Go green and save green by riding a bike to get places – it saves your body, your wallet, and the environment.

18th Annual Taste of Anaheim
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 9
GardenWalk, Anaheim
http://tasteofanaheim365.com/

Taste food samples from Anaheim’s great local establishments this Thursday evening at the GardenWalk near Disneyland. Admission costs $35 presale and $45 at the door, and comes with unlimited food samples from all participating restaurants while supplies last. In addition to free parking, guests may bid on various prizes in a silent auction. All drinks come at an additional price.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 9
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking does not exist in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here before.

Night of Crust-Punk-D-Beat
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, May 10
Guirado Park, Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/101115630093059/

Experience a true East LA backyard punk show this Friday night. Many local punk rock bands will play at this show, with 9 bands expected to play. Admission to this all-ages show costs $3 early bird, then $5 after 7:30. Guests may not bring outside food or drinks to the location, but the venue will sell basic food like tacos and hot dogs.

Implants, Sederra, Pour Habit, Skip Jack, Thorne @ The Ruby Room
7:30 pm – 2:00 am, May 10
The Ruby Room, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/536738876348754/

Catch Implants, Sederra, Pour Habit, Ship Jack, and Thorne at this local punk rock show this Friday night in San Diego. Tickets only cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Face to Face, Teenage Bottlerocket, Blacklist Royals @ House of Blues Anaheim
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 10-11
House of Blues, Downtown Disney, Anaheim
May 10: http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=80002
May 11: http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79999

Punk band Face To Face just released a new album, and currently headlines a tour with Teenage Bottlerocket. That tour will sweep through Southern California this week. Tickets to both all-ages shows cost $25.

WHAM! BANG! POW! The Retro Edition
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 10
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/169319916550710/

Experience art, live music, DJ’s, food trucks, and more this Friday night at The Vex in Los Angeles. For just $5, guests of all ages can check out art of B movies, cartoons, comic books, and more. Local bands and live DJ’s will break any silence all night, while a few food trucks will keep guests fed. For free parking, parking behind the venue, on the side closest to the train tracks. Take care not to park too deep, as you risk getting blocked by other cars.

2013 Tour of Long Beach
6:30 am – 9:30 am, May 11
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.touroflongbeach.com/

Join hundreds of locals on a bike ride through Long Beach this Saturday morning, including the mayor and more city officials. This race for charity features different levels of riding for all skill levels, starting with the 100-mile ride, all the way down to the 4-mile family ride. Registration, which closes Thursday night, varies in cost based on the ride length, while the family ride comes at no cost. The end of the Tour of Long Beach coincides with Bike Fest Long Beach, taking place at the finish line and opening at 9:30.

46th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 11-12
Pacific Ave, Sunset Beach
http://www.sunsetbeachartfestival.org/

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift or any other great gift this weekend in Sunset Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, the grassy area along Pacific Avenue gets filled with booths from local arts & crafts vendors all selling accessories, apparel, merchandise, and various other goodies. Local bands will play throughout the day, and a few food trucks will make their way down here to serve their wonderful eats.

Bike Fest Long Beach
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, May 11
The Pike, Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Bike-Fest-of-Long-Beach

Enjoy a family-fun day filled with bike activities, vendors, and exhibits at the finish line of the Tour of Long Beach, located at The Pike right next to the Laugh Factory. This free all-ages event will feature bike exhibits, live entertainment, a bike valet, rides, games, vendors, food, a mini beer fest hosted by Beachwood BBQ, and more. The mini beer fest has no admission fee, so guests pay as they go. In addition to beers from Beachwood Brewing, other local breweries will make an appearance too.

2013 San Diego Chocolate Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 11
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/chocolate.htm

Enjoy plenty of chocolate tastings, demos, and more this Saturday at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Guests pay the admission of the garden to enter ($12 general admission, discounts available for seniors, students, military, and children), then pay for tasting tickets to receive any of the chocolate or food. The garden will host activities for children to play with, while other guests can check out plant sales or other merchandise perfect for Mother’s Day.

2013 Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 11
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://asianculturalfestivalsd.com/

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

Long Beach Comic Con
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 11
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/

Comic fans rejoice! The Long Beach Comic Con returns for its semiannual installment at the Long Beach Convention Center this Saturday. For just $15 general admission, guests receive all-day entry to the all-ages expo, where they can find plenty of merchandise, vendors, workshops, seminars, comic book signings/autographs, and more. Expect hundreds of cosplayers, as both exhibitors and attendees will dress up as their favorite fictional character. The convention center will sell food to hungry guests, but you can also check out the other great restaurants nearby if you get hungry, plus the bike fest going on across the street. Convention Center parking costs $10, so I suggest taking carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave and walking to the Convention Center.

2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 11
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.queenmary.com/bbq/

BBQ experts from around the country will fly in this weekend to compete at the Queen Mary for the annual Best BBQ of the West title. Guests can help judges decide which contestant deserves to win the $9,000 cash prize by sampling all the BBQ and voting for the favorites. Entry costs $10 presale and $15 at the door, with parking costing $10. Once inside, guests can receive food samplers from the contestants for $2 each. In addition to all the smoke & meat around, live bands will play music all day, games will keep everyone occupied, select vendors will sell their related merchandise, Jack Daniels will open a lounge for all adults, while a separate kids’ county will house the little ones, and some of the LA Kings crew will make an appearance.

2013 Unique LA Spring Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 11-12
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://stateofunique.com/unique-la/

Their website describes this event best: “The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast.” The $10 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

Hwy 78 Festiv(ale)
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 11
Walnut Grove Park, San Marcos
http://78festivale.net/

Taste great beers from breweries along the 78 Corridor at this mini festival this Saturday afternoon. Plenty of food trucks will come out too, making this a beer fest & food truck fest in one. Admission costs $20 presale and $30 at the door. Although guests of all ages can visit the food trucks, only guests 21 or over may enter the beer area.

Glow Rush 5K
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 11
Casey’s Irish Pub, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.glowrush.com/#!los-angeles/c1imn

If you have ran in a color run before, prepare yourself for a new light. This 5K run/walk combines racing with a scavenger hunt and plenty of lights to brighten up the night. Teams compete to locate clues spread out among the city, and race to the finish line at the same time. Following the race, participants can party at the After-Glow Party at the finish line. Although tickets originally sold out over a month ago, the organizers just released a few hundred tickets at $80 each, so register now before all the tickets sell out!

Lori Gilbert Art @ Old Orange Brewing
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, May 11
Old Orange Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/130927847097339/

Enjoy a night of art, beer, and food this Saturday night in Old Orange. Guests may purchase art available all night as well as some of the latest brews available from the brewery.

Zombie Fashion Show & Creature Art Exhibit
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 11
The Mezz Bar, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/490945747623099/

Dozens of Hollywood makeup artists will transform models into the undead at this Saturday night fashion & art show. While the models strut their deathly stuff, attendees can check out zombie-themed artwork from over 300 artists from all over the country. The $10 admission grants access to all these exhibits, plus all-you-can-eat pancakes courtesy of the Pancakes & Booze Art Show that just occurred last week. No one under 21 may enter.

The American Wake @ Auld Dubliner
10:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 11
Auld Dubliner, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/538710106180772/

Come watch local Irish rock band The American Wake play a few sets for no cover charge at the Auld Dubliner in Downtown Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.