Posts Tagged ‘Bike’

Long Beach has received the title of the most bike-friendly city in the United States, and they proudly displayed why at the 2015 Beach Streets Uptown event this past Saturday. Free to participate for all ages, this ciclovia event closed off a seven-mile stretch of roads in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach from 9am to 4pm, preventing vehicles from entering the area but allowing pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters, and the like to freely roam the streets. Throughout the day, visitors would find plenty of other things going on along this stretch of road, including live music, live entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, services, and more. In addition, The Factory Gastrobar held a mini beer festival at their restaurant during Beach Streets, complete with over 16 beers to choose from, double the amount that their taps normally hold.

Beach Streets consists of a series of these ciclovia-like events throughout Long Beach, and they plan to hold more events like this in other areas of Long Beach later in the year. Stay updated with future events by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

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A California law recently passed that drivers must remain at least three feet away from cyclists at all times. Since the passing of this law, I have witnessed countless cyclists abusing this law by riding on busy streets, cutting off traffic, riding against traffic, riding without helmets, and other malpractices. The momentum appears to shift towards the favor of the cyclists, as evident by bicycle events such as CicLAvia and this past weekend’s event in Orange County, Re:Imagine Garden Grove. At this free and all-ages downtown open streets event, multiple streets around Garden Grove closed to vehicular traffic in order to pave the way for cyclists and pedestrians. The three-mile stretch contained a handful of things to do and see, such as food trucks, arts & crafts, a beer garden, live entertainment, and more. Along a stretch of the path, numerous triangular orange structures marked the future locations of trees and works of art, such as sculptures and statues. The rest of the course contained mainly arts & crafts for children, and live entertainment featuring Richard Blade on the turntables.

For a first-time event, I did not walk in with high expectations, as I anticipated stumbling into beginner’s mistakes. The only mistake I severely encountered involved the sheer openness of this event. What should have attracted thousands of visitors only managed to attract just a little over a thousand. Aside from the main hub of Main Street with all the booths and attractions, the rest of the course appeared barren throughout the day. I cannot say anything negative about their marketing, as everyone and their mothers knew about this event going into the day. But honestly, does Garden Grove need one of these events? When you look at the surrounding cities (West Anaheim, Westminster, Santa Ana, etc), one never actually feels safe riding a bicycle through those neighborhoods. This event would receive greater reception even in North Long Beach, where the number of cyclists outnumber the amount of visitors to Re:Imagine Garden Grove, albeit at least one person gets killed daily in North Long Beach. The organizers have the right ideas with the right execution, but they may have marketed to the wrong crowd. If they try again in a more receptive city next year, they may see a greater turnout.

Slow Children @ Chain Reaction
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 10
Chain Reaction, Anaheim
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/315673

Catch a local punk rock show this Wednesday night at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, with six bands total playing that night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. If you cannot find parking in their parking lot, park on S Loara St.

2013 Lightning In A Bottle
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 12
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 13
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 14
Lake Skinner, Temecula
http://lightninginabottle.org/

If I could pick one word to describe Lightning In A Bottle, I would pick hippie. Lightning In A Bottle brings people together from all over the world to celebrate earth and life with music, art, dance, yoga, speakers, workshops, and more. Expect to encounter thousands of people with a hippie mindset, like Woodstock but more controlled. Ticket prices vary depending on the mode of attendance, and they offer a presale discount, so check the prices on their site, and if you like what you see, purchase a ticket online to save some green.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 11
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.

2013 Orange County Fair Opening Day
12:00 pm, July 12
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocfair.com/

The OC Fair this year runs Wednesday through Sunday each week starting July 12 with the final day on August 11. The fairgrounds open 12pm until 12am on weekdays, and 10am to 12 am on weekends. For opening day, all guests receive FREE parking and enter the fair for FREE. Click this link for special ticket promotions. Click this link for info on the Super Pass. Every year, a new fried food gets introduced, such as deep-fried Kool Aid or deep-fried butter. Last year, they allowed guests to bring their own foods to get fried, and they will continue that tradition this year.

2013 Body Art Expo
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 12
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 13
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.bodyartexpo.com/

Check out this all-ages tattoo expo running all weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona. Hundreds of tattoo artists from across the nation will fly in this weekend to deliver their works of art onto willing bodies. The expo will also feature live tribute bands, freak shows, a beer garden, hot body contests, tattoo contests, plenty of merchandise vendors, and more. Attendees interested in receiving ink should book an appointment with an artist – walking up to the artist may result in nothing if the artist fills up his or her schedule early. One-day admission costs $20, while a 3-day admission costs $45. Children under 10 enter for free with a paid adult admission, but note that no vendor will provide a tattoo or piercing to children. Please bring cash for parking, which may range from $5 to $10.

Black Flag @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12-13
The Observatory, Santa Ana
July 12: http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/black-flag
July 13: http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/black-flag-2

Legendary punk rock band Black Flag has reunited with the original lineup to play a short tour that swings through Southern California this weekend. Do not miss this opportunity to catch Black Flag in all their glory this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $25. Act fast on these tickets, as the first night has already sold out.

Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge Race 5K
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 13
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://rocrace.com/

If you have watched Wipeout and have always wanted to test your mettle on that course, you now have a chance with ROC Race this Saturday. This 5K course comes complete with obstacles from various similar TV shows to create a wacky race full of challenges and amusement. Anyone 13 and up can register to participate in this untimed obstacle race, and all registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Following the race, stick around for food trucks, a beer garden, and live music from DJ’s and local bands. At this moment, all of the morning times have sold out, so if you would like to register for this race, you may only choose an afternoon start time. Registration costs $65 through Wednesday, and $70 on the day of the event. If entering as a team, the team with the more registrants receive a 25% refund on their registration. Parking costs $10 per vehicle (hint: carpool), so bring extra cash with you for parking, food & drinks, and other merchandise.

2013 Tomato Battle – SoCal
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 13
Lakeview Park, Silverado
http://tomatobattle.com/

Prepare to get messy and release some pent up frustration as you hurl tomatoes at thousands of other people. As an old Spanish tradition, at the inaugural Tomato Battle, thousands of attendees will throw hundreds of thousands of tomatoes through the air in hopes of smacking someone, whether aimed or not. While the tomato zerg runs, local bands will play live music, while a costume contest will occur on the stage. Food trucks and a beer garden will fill up empty stomachs (at an additional cost). Registration for Tomato Battle costs $50. No one under 14 may participate. Bring cash for parking and food. Obviously, wear goggles and clothes you do not mind getting dirty, and bring clean clothes to change into when the event ends.

Agent Orange @ Stingers Bar
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 13
Stingers Bar & Night Club, San Bernardino
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3591184

Catch Agent Orange, D.I., Whitekaps, and more at this punk rock show at Stingers Bar in San Bernardino, complete with a full bar and food menu. Tickets to this show cost $12. No one under 18 may attend.

Lace ‘Em Up!
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 13
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.poortownshows.com/event/139002

This all-ages show features a mixture of reggae, soul, punk, ska, hardcore, and oi bands all in one night. Tickets to this show cost $8. Attendees can park for free in the venue’s parking lot.

Beach Babe Bicycling Classic
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 14
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://beachbabecycling.com/

Join hundreds of women cyclists tour the SoCal coastline from Long Beach to Huntington Beach in this beautiful annual bike ride this Sunday morning. Go on a bike ride for 15 miles or 36 miles along beach trails and bike lanes with a handful of catered rest stops along the path. Following the ride, attendees can enjoy a mini women’s expo at the finish line complete with merchandise and accessories. Registration costs $80 for a solo rider, and $210 for a team of three. Have cash available for parking, as the nearest free parking location lies in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue. The website does not specify if men can participate, but photos from previous years show absolutely no men.

2013 Concrete Hero – Los Angeles
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 14
Los Angeles State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.concretehero.org/

If you think you have the toughness to survive anything, think again. Withstand five brutal miles of unforgiving strength and agility obstacles at the annual Concrete Hero this Sunday morning. Run, crawl, climb, and swing your way to the finish line, and prove to the world that you have conquered the Concrete Hero challenge. All those who wish to participate must raise at least $400 to participate, plus pay the registration fee of $35. Concrete Hero does not discriminate, so anyone of any shape, color, ethnicity, and even age can participate. Spectators may enter for free. If you arrive early enough, you can find free street parking on N Spring St and any connecting street from W College St and northward. Later arrivals should opt for public transportation, or simply paying for the parking lots.

Origami Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 14
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Long Beach
http://www.csulb.edu/~jgarden/aboutus/event.html

Come meet and watch many origami experts at this family-friendly event on the CSULB campus. Watch origami experts create works of art, and participate in lessons to learn the art of origami. Admission ranges from $7 to $10 and includes folding origami paper. Bring cash for parking. The venue does not allow reentries, so eat prior to arriving here.

2nd Annual Doggie Street Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 14
Westfield Century City Mall, West Los Angeles
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

Black Flag @ The Vex
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 14
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://shows.gitbam.com/

Legendary punk rock band Black Flag has reunited with the original lineup to play a short tour that swings through Southern California this weekend. Do not miss this opportunity to catch Black Flag in all their glory this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show costs $30. You may park behind the building for free, but do not park too deep, or you risk getting blocked by other cars.

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.