Posts Tagged ‘Blackmarket Bakery’

Haven Gastropub 6-Year Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 25
Haven Gastropub, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/1478427519141436/

The long-standing Haven Gastropub turns six years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have an all-day celebration at their restaurant in Old Towne Orange. On this day, Haven will tap a bunch of rare brews for your enjoyment. At night, enjoy an 8-course dinner for $100 per person (reservations required).

San Diego Craft Beer Job Fair
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 25
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-craft-beer-job-fair-tickets-16995250251

Interested in a career in the craft beer industry? Dress sharp and bring plenty of résumés to this craft beer job fair in San Diego this Tuesday, completely free to attend.

Three Weav3rs Bottle Release
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/879166495509486/

Three Weav3ers Brewing now has retail bottles available, and you can snag some at Select Beer Store starting this Wednesday.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26-27
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Waterfront-2015

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

OC Wine Crawl – Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26
The Barrel Room, Downtown Santa Ana
http://occrawl.com/winecrawl/

Embark on a guided stroll through five different establishments in Downtown Santa Ana this Wednesday night and sip on fine wine at each stop. Admission costs $25 for five drinks or $40 for ten drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 27
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

5th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 28
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 29
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, August 30
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.lafw.com/

Discover the multitude of food and wine options available in Southern California this week throughout Los Angeles County. Dozens of different events will take place that all feature something different, such as demonstrations, tastings, parties, and more. Events range in price from $100 to $250, so look at the website to discover what events float your boat.

Einstök Tap Takeover @ Congregation Ale House
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 27
Congregation Ale House, Long Beach/Pasadena/Asuza
http://www.facebook.com/events/116107832070569/

Iceland’s premier craft beer hits the taps at all Congregation Ale House locations this Thursday night. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy a nice cold one.

Noble Ale Works Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Noble Ale Works will occupy many of the taps at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one.

Anime California 2015
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 28
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 29-30
Hyatt Regency, Garden Grove
http://www.animecalifornia.com/

Anime, manga, and cosplay fans rejoice! Anime California returns this weekend to the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove, this 3-day expo contains hundreds of artist & vendor booths, various special events such as a masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $35 per day or $50 for the entire weekend.

C4 Central Coast Comic Con
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 28
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 29
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 30
Ventura County Fair Grounds, Ventura
http://www.venturacomiccon.com/

Come to see all things comics, sci-fi, and pop culture at the Central Coast Comic Con this weekend in Ventura. As with any comic con, attendees will find hundreds of artists, vendors, merchandise, and cosplayers to interact with, and attendees can participate in panels, speakers, seminars, discussions, contests, and more. Admission greatly varies, starting at $20 for a Friday pass and going all the way up to $100 for VIP passes. Check with the website for a breakdown of all the tickets and what they come with.

Sierra Nevada Night @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 28
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/976259499103230/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will occupy their taps with Sierra Nevada brews this Friday night. No admission necessary – just show up and enjoy a cold one.

5th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 28
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 29
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 30
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbbqfestival.com/

The Long Beach BBQ Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $3 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.

Blackmarket Cookie Throwdown
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 28
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1018905034796098/

Blackmarket Bakery needs your help in deciding what cookie they will add to their menu next. No purchase necessary – come sample four different cookies, then submit your vote.

Orange County Japan Fair
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 28
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 30
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://oc-japanfair.com/

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find lots of ramen, sake tastings, live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, other food & drinks, vendors, and more. Admission costs $5 for one day, and parking costs $7 per vehicle.

Long Beach Punk Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 28
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/931364996951465/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Riviera Village Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 29-30
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/102708700079929/

Dozens of shop in Riviera Village in Redondo Beach will hold special sidewalk sales this weekend. Stroll on down and see what the locals here have to offer.

7th Annual Venice Beach Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 29-30
Venice Beach
http://www.fx3events.com/

See arts, crafts, music, food, drinks, and more at Venice Beach this weekend, free admission. Keep in mind the heavy traffic near this area this weekend. Expect to park somewhere near Abbot Kinney and walk to the beach from there.

Jeeps of SoCal Meet & Greet
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 29
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/125165647821316/

Jeeps, pizza, and beer collide at this meetup this Saturday afternoon at Valiant Brewing in Orange. Free to attend for all ages, explore a variety of Jeep automobiles, and anyone who buys a pizza or a flight of beer receives a raffle ticket to win prizes from the Jeep organizations present.

5th Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 29
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/event/treasure-chest-fest-san-diego-2/

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Saturday at Green Flash Brewing. Attendees will get to see the ins & outs of the brewery at this fest that takes place all around the brewery. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door and gets you ten beer tasters, paired small bites from local restaurants, and a souvenir glass. Attendees may purchase additional beers from the tasting room, where $1 from each drink sold will go towards the charity. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual Woofstock Summer Bash Long Beach
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 29
Long Beach Market Place on 2nd & PCH, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/woofstock-summer-bash-long-beach-tickets-17814490621

Visit the Long Beach Market Place this Saturday afternoon for a free and all-ages event featuring live music, food, drinks, dog contests, giveaways, adoptions, prizes, a doggie photo booth, and more.

End of Summer Luau Skate Party
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 29
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/560416370765616/

Celebrate the end of summer with JFA, punk rock, skating, and a luau. Tickets to this punk rock party costs $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Brew & Food Festival – San Diego
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, August 29
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://brewandfoodfest.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of local beer, local food, and local music at this outdoor tasting event this Saturday in San Diego. General admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the gate, and starts at 3pm. Early-entry admission costs $55 presale or $60 at the gate, and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $105 presale or $110 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and includes access to a VIP area with rare brews and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last, but have to pay for any food. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 29
Casey’s Irish Pub, Downtown Los Angeles
http://213nightlife.com/lacraftbeercrawl

All attendees of this pub crawl through Downtown Los Angeles will see over 100 different craft beers across seven different locations. General admission costs $59 and starts at 3pm, while early admission costs $79 and begins at 2pm. The pub crawl has no set route – you may visit the locations in any order you like, and spend as much time at any particular venue as you like. All locations will open to the public at 7pm that day, but you can still stay at any of the locations as long as you like.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://www.facebook.com/PacificPlateBrewing

Pacific Plate Brewing turns two this week, and to celebrate, they will release a special brew to commemorate the occasion. Visitors of all ages pay no cover to visit the tasting room.

So Cal Brew Fest: After Hours
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 29
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://tickets.beerfests.com/event/SoCalBrewFestAfterHours

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 Farmers Park near Downtown Anaheim, complete with over 35 breweries and local restaurants all sampling their goods. Admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the gate, and includes unlimited 3oz beer samples and food samples while supplies last. Use promo code onepunkarmy to save 20% off admission!

3rd Annual Nardfest
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29-30
Majestic Ventura Theatre, Ventura
http://nardfest.com/

Nardcore fans will not want to miss this ultimate two-day nardcore music concert this weekend in Ventura.  Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $25 for one day or $35 for a weekend pass.

Orfila’s 22nd Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 29
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/winery-events/grape-stomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $90 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Knee Deep Experimental IPAs Tap Takeover & BBQ
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 29
The Blue Star, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1455169404791784/

Knee Deep Brewing will take over the taps at The Blue Star with a handful of their experimental IPAs this Saturday evening, plus an outdoor BBQ. No admission necessary – just show up, and pay for beer and food as you go.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 30
The Pickwick Gardens, Burbank
http://www.caskeylees.com/Vintage/Vintage.html

This expo features over 65 vendors selling their antique textiles, vintage clothes, accessories, and more for attendees to exhibit and purchase. Admission costs $8 per person and comes with free parking.

11th Annual LeucadiART Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 30
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart/

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

Bacon Brunch
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 30
Taste & Thirst, Downtown San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/940452069331466/

Taste & Thirst will have lots of bacon eats and Bacon Bloody Marys this Sunday early afternoon. Come kick off your week with some salty goodness.

1st Annual Long Beach Tiki Social & Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 30
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-annual-long-beach-tiki-social-tiki-swapmeet-tickets-17705033231

Immerse yourself in Tiki culture at this social event in Long Beach this Sunday afternoon. Find Tiki-themed vendors, music, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $15. No one under 21 may attend.

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Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
August 15-22
Various locations, Costa Mesa
http://www.travelcostamesa.com/costa-mesa-restaurant-week/

The annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week returns! Numerous restaurants in Costa Mesa will feature special prix fixe meals or other discounted items during this time. Many of these restaurants have amazing food, so I encourage you to check out at least one of the restaurants during this week.

25th Annual Taste of MainStreet – Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 19
Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-taste-of-mainstreet/

Sample food from 34 restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at the 16 sip stops along the street as well. You can gain all-access to this for $35 presale, or just $25 for food-only. This taste tends to sell out each year, so purchase your tickets soon if you wish to attend.

Tall Ships Festival LA 2014
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 20-22
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 23-24
Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://www.tallshipsfestivalla.com/

Some of the world’s tallest ships will dock at the Port of LA this week, allowing visitors of all ages to come gawk at them. In addition, the world’s largest rubber duck will float on in to the port. Ticket prices vary for everything during this festival, ranging from $4 all the way up to $150.

Smog City Tap Takeover @ The Factory
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/688169924608595/

South Bay brewery Smog City Brewing will bring nine different beers to take over the taps of The Factory, plus their cask tap. Stop on by this Wednesday evening to enjoy a cold brew.

2014 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 21
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

Mad Caddies – North America Tour 2014
8:30 pm – 2:00 am, August 21, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2069
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 22, M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona http://www.m15concerts.com/events/mad-caddies/
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 23, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/skankin-in-the-pit-fest

The Mad Caddies will go on tour throughout North America starting this week, and their tour starts off in Southern California with three killer shows. Each show has varying prices and age limits, so refer to the link of the show you want to attend for more info.

The Weirdos – 2014 US Summer Tour
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 21, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/177668
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 22, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://gonzopresents.com/event/178215

Relive the 80’s with these old school punk bands this week. Tickets to the Thursday show in Long Beach cost $15 presale or $17 at the door. Tickets to the Friday show in Pomona cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend either show.

Anime California 2014
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 22
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 23-24
Hyatt Regency, Garden Grove
http://www.animecalifornia.com/

Anime, manga, and cosplay fans rejoice! Anime California returns this weekend to the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove, this 3-day expo contains hundreds of artist & vendor booths, various special events such as a masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $30 per day or $50 for the entire weekend.

KTown Night Market’s OC Block Party
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 23
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://ktownnightmarket.com/

Following to vivid success of the KTown Night Market from a few months ago, the organizers will invade Orange County this weekend to bring their night market to the OC. For just $3 to get in, visitors will experience the true nightlife of Asia in this local environment full of food, drinks, vendors, games, music, live entertainment, lights, dancing, and more.

4th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 22
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 23
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 24
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbbqfestival.com/

The Long Beach BBQ Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $2 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.

Brea Fest
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 22
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea
http://www.cityofbrea.net/Calendar.aspx?EID=6611

Essentially a “Taste of Brea,” this free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase tickets to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Amenaza CD Release Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys
http://www.facebook.com/events/278990388948853/

Get crazy at this ska/reggae show this Friday night in Van Nuys. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Centerfield Ska Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 22
Centerfield Sports Bar, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/793977213987331/

Enjoy a FREE ska show this Friday night in Orange County with some fun local ska bands. No one under 21 may enter.

14th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 23-24
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

Back To School Open House
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 23
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/565229033599770/

If you have not visited Blackmarket Bakery in a long time, or have yet to visit them at all, check them out this Saturday afternoon. They will give out free samples of their new items to visitors. In addition, stick around for other free giveaways, such as t-shirts or other goodies to take home.

Venice Beach Music Fest 9
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 23
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicebeachmusicfest.com/

Experience local music, art, and dance at this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday.

5th Annual Taste of Westminster
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Civic Center Sunken Gardens, Westminster
http://www.tasteofwestminster.com/

Sample foods from the local restaurants of Westminster this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $25 for adults or $10 for children, and comes with unlimited food tastings while supplies last. About half of the vendors consist of corporate restaurants, so keep that in mind when sampling the Westminster restaurants. All drinks, alcoholic or not, come at a separate cost, so for a hot day with little shade, bring extra cash to stay hydrated.

Old Skool Oil – Custom Car & Cycle Show
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
Bowlium Lanes, Montclair
http://www.facebook.com/events/268668053321232/

Bring your friends and family to this FREE and all-ages car show in Montclair this Saturday afternoon. Visitors will find pin-up models, cash prizes, food & drink specials, a live DJ, music, art, raffles, and of course, cars.

3rd Annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, August 23
Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa
http://www.miramesabeerfest.com/

Sample lots of great beers this Saturday afternoon in Mira Mesa. General admission costs $25 presale and $30 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and comes with ten 4oz beer tasters. VIP admission costs $32 presale and $37 at the gate, starts at 1pm, comes with twelve 4oz beer tasters, and receive in-and-out privileges throughout the fest.

6th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 24
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture., thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. The all-inclusive admission costs $90 for Saturday and $85 for Sunday, so attendees should arrive early to maximize their eating & drinking time. Use the promo code spirits to take $25 off your admission. No one under 21 may attend.

Saturday Matinee @ The World Famous Doll Hut
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/266643470189183/

Check out this FREE afternoon show featuring some local punk bands at the Doll Hut this Saturday afternoon.

Orfila’s 21st Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 23
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/winery-events/grape-stomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $90 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 23
The Glass House, Pomona
http://bricktoyaface.com/

Check out this all-ages music & art fest this Saturday night in Pomona. Admission costs $12 presale and $17 at the door.

3rd Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 23
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $45 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual CLIF Brewfest
5:45 pm – 11:00 pm, August 23
St. Juliana Parish Center, Fullerton
http://www.stjulianachurch.org/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=386328&id=0

The annual CLIF (Catholic Lithuanian Irish Federation) Brewfest returns this weekend in Fullerton. Admission costs $50, and those who purchase presale tickets can enter 15 minutes earlier at 5:45pm. All attendees can eat and drink as much as they can with admission.

Cheap Sex @ Los Globos
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 23
Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/638889-cheap-sex-los-angeles/

Cheap Sex makes their only 2014 reunion at this show that they will headline at Los Globos in Silverlake this Saturday night, which also features a rare appearance by Lab Rats. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 18 may attend. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

RF7 – Record Release Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 23
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/671364132946958/

Local punk bands will hit up Blacklight District Lounge in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual Leucadia Artwalk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 24
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart/

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

Tustin Brewing 18th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 24
Tustin Brewing, Tustin
http://www.orangecal.com/calendars/tustin-brewing-company/events/anniversary-party

Tustin Brewing turns 18 this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer festival at their brewpub this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and comes with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Attendees can purchase food and merchandise separately, so have cash available for that.

Trump National Golf Club’s 6th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 24
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
http://www.trumpnationallosangeles.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=372108&ssid=286115&vnf=1

Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $50 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.

PigOut 3.0
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 24
California Scenario, Costa Mesa
http://100eats.com/events/pigout/

Following a successful turnout at last year’s PigOut 2.0, the organizers have returned once again with PigOut 3.0 – bigger, better, and with pignificant vengeance. This celebration of everyone’s favorite pink-snout animal delivers the goods with 15 of Orange County’s top chefs all preparing a feast for the ages, and ten of Orange County’s top mixologists all shaking up wicked concoctions. The general admission of $75 starts at 3pm allows all attendees four full hours of all-you-can-eat pork goodies, and all-you-can-drink craft cocktails. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 2pm, and includes a champagne reception plus a complimentary dessert item.

Many businesses tend to open during the first quarter of the year, meaning that many businesses also throw anniversary celebrations or specials around this time. This past weekend, Blackmarket Bakery celebrated their first anniversary at their current home in The Camp in Costa Mesa. Having moved from their old location in an industrial building across the 405 freeway from John Wayne Airport, Blackmarket Bakery has substantially grown as a business and in popularity ever since moving to The Camp. Now in an easily-accessible area, customers visit Blackmarket Bakery and find delicious baked goods using a short list of all-natural ingredients without anything fancy. You will not find fancy words or complex ingredients here – you will only find ingredients that we all grew up to love, such as flour, eggs, milk, sugar, and more.

For this first anniversary celebration, Blackmarket Bakery rolled out a handful of specials. As customers walked in, High Tide Derby greeted and passed out various samples or both old and new products.

Once inside, customers could purchase t-shirts on sale for $10. For all other breads, pastries, and other baked goods, customers would receive 15% off.

As a special treat for attending customers, Blackmarket Bakery hosted a cakewalk. This event combines musical chairs with a lottery, where participants would walk a path with numbered papers on the ground to the music. When the music stops, each participant occupies a number, and awaits a Blackmarket Bakery staff to call out a number they randomly drew prior to the walk. The participant occupying the corresponding drawn number then receives a free small cake from the bakery.

Although appearing minor, this celebration follows the model that Blackmarket Bakery adheres by – do a lot with a little. They follow simple ingredient lists with their products, using just all-natural ingredients without the need to continually add more ingredients. As a result, you get tasty items with a familiar taste presented in a contemporary fashion. This event did not require bells and whistles to proclaim their excitement over their anniversary, and all the attendees appreciated the simple things put forth on this day. Experience for yourself how delicious that simple can taste by visiting Blackmarket Bakery soon, and do not forget a loyalty card! Buy 12 items, and receive one free!

Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 17-26
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachdining.com/newport-beach-restaurant-week/default.aspx

This 10-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

10th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 19-24
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 6-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

Downtown Long Beach Pepper Week
January 20-26
Participating restaurants in Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Downtown-Long-Beach-Pepper-Week?id=65896

Pepper lovers will want to check out Downtown Long Beach this week, as over a dozen restaurants will serve special pepper courses/plates.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 20-31
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

Epic Brewing – Meet & Greet @ Beachwood BBQ
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/379834922154061/

Meet the team from Epic Brewing Company, and enjoy some of their uncommon beers this Tuesday night at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 3
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, January 21
Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/232123006956288/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

False Confession @ Billy O’s in Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 23
Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/699792706711057/

Catch False Confession, RF7, Anti-You, and The Loads at this punk rock show this Thursday night. Admission costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

The Adolescents & Pulley @ Borderline Bar & Grill
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 24
Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
http://www.borderlinebarandgrill.com/view_event.php?recordID=140

Big names in punk rock come to Thousand Oaks this Friday night, as The Adolescents and Pulley co-headline this small show. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 18 may enter.

Alex’s Bar 14th Anniversary Party
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 24 http://www.alexsbar.com/event/158224
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 25 http://www.alexsbar.com/event/158365
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Alex’s Bar in Long Beach celebrates their 14th anniversary this week with some mixed back-to-back shows, featuring punk rock bands such as Final Conflict, Bl’Ast, Swingin’ Utters, and more between Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets to either night costs $15 presale and $17 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Into The Wild – Black Star Canyon
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 25
Black Star Canyon, Silverado, Irvine
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 9.2k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration costs $40 presale, and $45 on the day of the race.

Los Angeles Fitness Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 25-26
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thefitexpo.com/la.asp

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $20, while the weekend combo only costs $30. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

Monterey Park 2014 Lunar New Year Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 25-26
Garvey Avenue between Garfield & Alhambra, Downtown Monterey Park
http://www.ci.monterey-park.ca.us/index.aspx?page=817

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this free all-ages festival in Downtown Monterey Park. Visitors will find food, drinks, arts & crafts, specialty merchandise, live entertainment, rides, games, and more. This festival sees tens of thousands of visitors annually, so plan your arrival and commute accordingly.

Blackmarket Bakery’s 1st Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 25
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/683216481700803/

Celebrate a year with Blackmarket Bakery as they throw a party for their customers, free to the public. Enjoy free samples, receive 15% off all breads & pastries, check out the new line of products, and more all this Saturday afternoon.

Bottle Share #11
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 25
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1442653839286395/

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

Downtown Sounds
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 25
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/612598072121343/

This FREE and ALL-AGES event takes place on Center Street in Downtown Anaheim. Over a dozen local bands will play their music, while Anaheim Brewery will host beer tents to serve guests.

Skate Punk Fest 2014
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 25
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/423811-angry-samoans-jfa-pomona/

An all-star lineup of SoCal punk rock will tear up Pomona this Saturday night, as Angry Samoans, JFA, Naked Aggression, Narcoleptic Youth, Whitekaps, and Destruction Made Simple all will play under one roof. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Plenty of free parking exists in the area, so avoid paying for parking if possible.

CH3 @ Royal Dive Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 25
Royal Dive Bar, Oceanside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1410641622510040/

Enjoy some local punk rock in Oceanside this Saturday night. Entry costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bl’Ast!, Final Conflict, Systematic Abuse & Evacuate @ Brick By Brick
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 25
Brick By Brick, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/542234

San Diego gets a dose of original hardcore punk this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Eagle Rock Brewery 4th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 26
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/4-year-anniversary-celebration

Eagle Rock Brewery turns four this weekend, and to celebrate, the brewery will celebrate in style right at home at the tasting room. Guests pay $20 to receive four drinks and a souvenir glass for this occasion. In addition, a handful of food trucks will stop by to serve the masses.

FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout 2013 Release
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 11
Stone Brewing Co., Escondido
http://www.stonebrew.com/calendar/default.asp?intEventsID=3452

Meet the brewers from FiftyFifty Brewing, and check out a handful of special stouts released this year.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 12
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 barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Friday the 13th Punk & Metal Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 13
Burger Bistro’s, East Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/649528811735450/

Get both punk and metal in your head at this all-ages show this Friday night in East LA. Admission costs $2 before 7pm, $3 before 9pm, and $4 afterwards. The venue has food and drinks for sale.

Naughty Sauce Night
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 13
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://38degreesalhambra.com/event/noble-aleworks-naughty-sauce-night-with-brewmaster-evan-price/

One of my favorite Orange County rare beers gets tapped this Friday night at 38 Degrees in Alhambra. Join Noble Ale’s brewmaster Evan and enjoy the various rare beers on tap this Friday night. Guests can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant, or in the parking structure across the street.

Death By Stereo 20th Anniversary Show
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, December 13
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/152202

Do not miss this chance to see Death By Stereo this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. Guests should park on Orizaba St or in the neighborhood across the street. No one under 21 may attend.

The Angry Samoans in Ventura
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 13
Billy O’s, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/633315260045744/

Old school punk band The Angry Samoans return to the stage at this local show this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost only $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Run or Dye – San Diego
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 14
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.runordye.com/locations/San-Diego

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. Following the Color Run of last month, this all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at Qualcomm Stadium. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $57, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.

Holiday Open House
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 14
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/227363907440991/

Welcome the holiday season with some baked goods samples, plus other giveaways, all at no cost to you!

4th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 14-15
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles-holiday-info

Renegade LA returns for the second time this year at LA State Historic Park. This completely FREE (parking & entry) event featured numerous independent artists and vendors not just from California, but out of state, and some out of the country. For the holiday show, expect hands-on workshops and a beer garden, in addition to the food trucks and hundreds of crafters available.

Holiday on Adams Avenue
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 14
Kensington Park, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/HolidayOnAdams.html

Visit Santa Claus, play in snow, enjoy arts & crafts booths, watch a movie, and more at the park at this family-friendly event this Saturday afternoon, all for free!

3rd Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on The Pier
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 14
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/3rd-annual-holiday-concert-santa-on-the-pier/

Enjoy local music and visit Santa Claus on the pier at this free event on the pier this Saturday. Also catch Santa surfing at one point!

60th Annual Daisy Avenue Parade
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 14
Daisy Avenue, Long Beach
http://www.longbeach.gov/district7/daisyparade.asp

Unlike most parades that march through a commercial area, this parade rolls through a residential neighborhood, making for a quieter, calmer parade with an emphasis on visuals.

31st Annual Parade of 1000 Light Christmas Boat Parade
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 14
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelineyachtclub.com/node/2061

Bring out your family to witness an illuminating parade on the water this Saturday night.

51st Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 14
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey
http://www.mdrboatparade.org/

Rain or shine, this boat parade will go on! The night begins with fireworks scheduled for 5:55 pm, immediately followed by the boat parade at 6pm.

The Adolescents & 7 Seconds @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, December 14
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/adolescents-7seconds

Legendary punk bands The Adolescents and 7 Seconds co-headline a massive punk rock show this Saturday night at The Observatory. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20. Arrive early enough to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

Rx Bandits Acoustic Set in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 14
Art Theatre, Long Beach
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/413527-rx-bandits-acoustic-long-beach/

Rx Bandits will play an intimate acoustic set this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. This show will definitely sell out, so act fast and buy a ticket today.

Free Punk Show in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 14
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/173449092857444/

Some local punk rock bands will play at this show this Saturday night for free. No one under 21 may enter.

Redwood Punk Rock Christmas Toy Drive
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 14
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/630204203711664/

Some of Southern California’s great punk bands play at this punk rock show and toy drive this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Admission to this show cost $12, or $8 if donating an unwrapped toy. No one under 21 may enter. Street parking meters go off at 8pm, so either find parking there or somewhere nearby.

The Old Firm Casuals @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 14
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/155439

Rancid fans will definitely want to catch this show this Saturday night, as Lars Frederiksen of Rancid will headline a show with his current band, Old Firm Casuals. Admission to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the venue.

Christmas Punk Fest 2013
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 15
Cobalt Café, Canoga Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/550569475017862/

The Angry Samoans continue their weekend of shows at this local show in the valley. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale and $11 at the door.

Death By Stereo @ Tiki Bar
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 15
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/498650

Death By Stereo continues their celebratory weekend with this show at Tiki Bar this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

I always love to support local businesses, and I love it more when local businesses operate humanely with the locals’ well-beings in mind. One such local business, Blackmarket Bakery, serves up delectable delights using local sustainable all-natural ingredients. Their plethora of sweet treats and savory eats has garnered them a huge fan base of people from all around the world, with some people traveling from out of the country just to taste the creations of Blackmarket Bakery. Their selection of goodies changes over time based on the season’s available ingredients, and Blackmarket Bakery has turned these changes into an interactive experience.

Last Friday night, Blackmarket Bakery held a Cookie Throwdown. Four of the bakers each made a different cookie to submit to this contest, where the crowd favorite would make a new home on the menu. Free to the public to attend, each visitor could sample as many cookies as they wanted, but each person received one vote to decide on their favorite cookie. Clockwise from top left:

  • Aldo’s Chocolate Coffee Hazelnut
  • Vicky’s Pistachio Orange Gingersnap
  • Maryla’s Chocolate Chipotlé
  • Elisha’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Sea Salt

Of all these flavors, I voted for the Gingersnap cookie since it tasted the most unique, as I have tasted similar cookies to the other three before. Lo and behold, Vicky’s Oh-Snap cookie won the throwdown! Head over to Blackmarket Bakery soon if you want to try this unique cookie, as they will start serving it sometime this week. Check out everything else they have to offer too, as you cannot go wrong with anything that comes off their shelves.

 

Halloween
October 31

Happy Candy Day! Have fun, and stay safe on this night.

Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 31
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Trick or Treat with the family in Belmont Shore for free! Local businesses will participate by handing out samples and candy during the evening.

Dim Sum Costumed Crawl
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 31
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=426

Dress up in costume and explore local food in Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles. Pair the local food with local craft beer, and enjoy the nightlife that Chinatown has to offer. Admission costs $70, and includes tastings from four restaurants and four breweries. Guests can find free parking east of Spring Street.

5th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 1-10
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 1
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).

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 1
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 2
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://sdbw.org/guild-festival/

This beer festival coincides with San Diego Beer Week annually. This year, they have split the festival into two parts. On Friday, a special VIP reception will take place that will have brewers and business owners in San Diego meet together to discuss and enjoy beer. On Saturday, the standard beer fest will take place, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Prices vary depending on attendance – the VIP reception costs $75, the Saturday beer fest costs $40, an hour early access to that one costs $55, and a two-day pass costs $100. No one under 21 may attend.

Blackmarket Cookie Throwdown
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 1
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/217218901735900/

Blackmarket Bakery needs your help in deciding what cookie they will add to their menu next. No purchase necessary – come sample four different cookies, then submit your vote.

The Avengers @ Los Globos
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 1
Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/380109-gitbam-avengers-los-angeles/

Tickets to this local all-ages punk rock show cost $15. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome Street.

Oppressed Logic @ El Corita
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 1
El Corita, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/508952282524464/

Tickets to this local all-ages punk rock show cost $5 before 9:30, and $6 afterwards.

Free Punk Show in Lomita
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 1
The Firehouse, Lomita
http://www.facebook.com/events/600901513302680/

Check out this free punk rock show in the South Bay this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 1
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/148116

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.

Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 2
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton
http://www.discoverycube.org/exhibits/event/pumpkin-launch-2/

At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.

Fluff Ice – Costa Mesa Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 2
Fluff Ice, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/492516267528220/

The San Gabriel Valley’s favorite cold treat makes its way down to Orange County starting this Saturday! The first 100 customers receive a FREE Fluff Ice; after that, receive buy one get one free deals until 5pm.

14th Annual Dia De Los Muertos
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 2
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood
http://www.ladayofthedead.com/

Celebrate this cultural holiday at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Hollywood. Attendees will find arts & crafts, art exhibits, costume contests, music, live entertainment, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $15 per person.

Jughead’s Revenge @ Five Star Bar
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 2
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/631727850183476/

This local punk rock show only costs $8 to get in. No one under 21 may attend.

Glassjaw @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 2
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/glassjaw

Glassjaw returns to performing this Saturday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. If they have not already sold out, tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Arrive early and park for free in the venue’s parking lot. Arrive too late, and pay $10 for parking further down the street.

The Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Live at Malone’s
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 2
Malone’s, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/564326036974719/

The sexy ladies of the Dirty Little Secrets will perform their burlesque routine this Saturday night at Malone’s in Santa Ana. The cover charge will range from $7 to $10, so have cash available for that. When entering, mention that you came to see the Dirty Little Secrets. Guests can park for free down Halladay Street.

Punk Rock Closeout
9:30 pm – 2:00 am, November 2
Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/410923645703418/

Local punk rock bands hit up Hollywood this Saturday night. Admission costs $5 before 10pm, and $10 afterwards, but costs $15 flat for anyone under age 18.

Subhumans @ Los Globos
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 3
Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/373475-gitbam-subhumans-los-angeles/

Tickets to this local all-ages punk rock show cost $15. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome Street.

2013 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 10
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.facebook.com/events/151727981691632/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Tuesday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay $5, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

Free Bread & Jam Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 10
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/696338460395848/

Sample all-natural breads with artisanal jams this Tuesday evening at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa, all for free.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 11
Downtown Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/427579

Experience the variety Pacific Beach has to offer at this all-inclusive restaurant walk this Wednesday night! For $20, all attendees will get to sample food from 19 local restaurants, as well as craft beer sampling. Anyone can come and join in on the feasting, but only those 21 and over may receive beer tasters.

Spanish Punk Night w/ Destruction Made Simple
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11
The Stardust Club, Downey
http://www.facebook.com/events/500692410024663/

Check out this FREE punk rock show this Wednesday night in Downey. Two punk bands from Spain will join the show that already consists of great local bands like Destruction Made Simple. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 12
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 barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Los Angeles Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 13
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 14
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 15
Ports O’Call Village, San Pedro
http://lobsterfest.com/

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

OC Weekly’s 10th Annual Decadence
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Reserve, Silverado
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/decadence2013/

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. All-inclusive admission costs $30, or click here to pay only $15 for admission. Guests should look to park at Saddleback Church and take the free shuttle from there, as the venue has limited valet parking only. No one under 21 may attend.

Blackmarket Bakery’s Fall Open House
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, September 14
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/712429488783795/

Come to Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa this Saturday morning and sample seasonal tarts, chocolate bark, toffee, pastries, buns, and breads, all for free. Every eighth customer that makes a purchase will receive a free t-shirt!

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2013
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 14
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://cantillon.be/br/3_21

“Zwanze Day is an international, simultaneous tapping of a one-off Cantillon abbey-style beer that visits 46 special locations around the United Stated, Canada, Europe, and Asia. One of Belgium’s finest breweries, these highly sought-after beers have become increasingly hard to find. Zwanze 2013 bears the name of its illustrious place of origin, Abbaye de Cureghem (Cureghem Abbey). In Dutch, “zwanze” refers to a type of semi-sarcastic humor typical of Brussels that one often encounters at Cantillon Brewery.”

As quoted by Beachwood BBQ, they will carry this extremely rare beer this Saturday, pouring samples and providing a brunch/lunch buffet to attendees. All reservations for this tapping have SOLD OUT already. If you would like to attend, search after-market sites for anyone selling tickets.

1st Annual Ramen Yokocho Fest
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 14-15
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance
http://ramenyokochous.com/

At this free and all-ages festival, guests can explore and eat ramen from some of LA’s top Japanese chefs. Guests park and enter the fest for free, while each bowl of ramen will cost $8.

Long Beach Fleadh – Irish Music & Oyster Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 14-15
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachfleadh.com/

Revel in Irish culture all this weekend in Downtown Long Beach, with Irish music, oysters, food, whisky tastings, film screenings, live entertainment, and more. This all-ages festival will bring Irish culture to town, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. Guests will find fresh oysters, champagne, Guinness, whisky, and other delicious Irish foods to consume, all while enjoying the Irish music all weekend. General admission costs $20 per day, or $30 for a two-day pass. Click here to purchase a one-day admission that comes with two free drinks. All attendees must cover their own transportation expenses. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather.

Immelmann Release & End of Summer Bash
11:00 am – 12:00 am, September 14
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/?p=2751

Immelmann makes its long-anticipated return this Saturday at Hangar 24. Get your bottle from the tasting room for $20 this Saturday, where the tasting room will also have other special beer releases, food from The Big Easy, and three local bands.

Wet Electric SoCal
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.wet-electric.com/wet-electric-socal-september-14/

I cannot understand the website’s description of this event. To me, this looks like an all-day dance party at the beach, complete with live DJ’s and lots of people dancing at the beach in their swimsuits. General admission starts at $75, while VIP admission starts at $140 and comes with perks such as exclusive entry and VIP areas.

Drink Good Beer Mash-Up & Homebrew Competition
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 22
The Factory Gastropub, Long Beach
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/431562

The Factory Gastropub will host a beer fest and homebrewers competition in their parking lot this Saturday afternoon. Presale tickets sell for $35, while tickets will sell for $40 at the door. Over 30 local breweries will serve their beers to attendees, while homebrewers will sample their beers as well. Registration to enter you homebrews ended already, so if you want to enter your brew(s), you will have to wait until the next competition. All attendees must bring valid ID to show at the gate. Attendees may park for free in the surrounding neighborhoods. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Great Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 14
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://www.greatwinefestival.com/

Over 50 wineries will gather to sample their tasty wines at this wine festival this Saturday afternoon at OC Great Park. For $75, attendees will receive unlimited wine tastings & food, while getting treated to live music, a silent auction, and an opportunity drawing. No one under 21 may attend.

SoCal Zombie Walk
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 14
Pasadena Central Park, Pasadena
http://www.socalzombiewalk.com/

Practice your zombie walk this Saturday evening in Pasadena. Meet up in Central Park in Pasadena, congregate with the other zombies there, and show Pasadena the collective force of a zombie invasion. This FREE and all-ages zombie walk will start early on in the night – guests not in zombie outfits or makeup will have to walk behind the main peloton of zombie walkers.

6th Annual Pasadena Mumbo Gumbo Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 14
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena
http://www.gumbofestpasadena.com/

All the gumbo you can eat returns to Pasadena this Saturday evening. This festival celebrates gumbo at its finest, and also includes live music, dancing, $5 beers & glasses of wines, and more. Presale tickets cost $40, while tickets at the door cost $60.

The Detours in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 14
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/201844143317481/

Before legendary punk bands like The Adolescents and D.I. started their thing, The Detours helped to pioneer today’s punk rock. You can see them perform all of their original hits this Saturday night in Baldwin Park, along with plenty of other local bands. This all-ages show costs $10, and has a full bar inside. Guests can park here for free.

Free Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 14
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/235613353253497/

Check out some local punk bands at this free show this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Guttermouth @ The Juke Joint
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 14
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/449031

Catch Guttermouth and other great local bands this Saturday night at The Juke Joint in Anaheim. Presale costs $12, and will likely sell out, so act fast! If any tickets remain, you can purchase admission at the door for $15. If the venue’s parking lot fills up, guests can park on North St. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 15-20
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For six full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

Los Angeles Fried Chicken Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 15
The Coop Pop-Up, Beverly Hills
http://www.lafriedchickenfest.com/

The LA Fried Chicken Fest returns with the best fried chicken you will ever have, plus craft beers and cocktails to keep your thirst quenched. All tickets to this event have officially sold out, but you can still find after-market tickets on sites like StubHub or Craigslist.

Rock Comp Finals
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
Tropics Lounge, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/193736110798388/

Say farewell to the old Tropics Lounge as they close the doors after one final show this Sunday night until they move to a new location. Check out this 11-band show for only $2! No one under 18 may attend.

8 Kalacas @ Los Globos
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles
http://www.flavorus.com/event/8-Kalacas-wSurprise-Headliner/187043

Spanish punk and ska come to LA this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

The Adicts, Agent Orange, Narcoleptic Youth @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-adicts

Punk rock giants hit the stage this Sunday night at The Observatory, as The Adicts headline a show along with Agent Orange and Narcoleptic Youth, two more extremely popular punk bands in their own right. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Arrive early to park in the venue’s parking lot – arrive too late and end up paying for parking in neighboring lots.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Summer Strip Down
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 15
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/237167809772803/

Enjoy a fun burlesque show courtesy of the Dirty Little Secrets this Sunday night in Santa Monica. Bring cash for parking and a possible cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

Free Chocolate Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 18
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/274577442689182/

Love chocolate? Sample some artisanal chocolate treats this Tuesday night at the Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa, free of charge.

Summer Cocktail Preview
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 19
Hopscotch Tavern, Fullerton
http://hopscotchsummercocktailpreview.eventbrite.com/

Hopscotch Tavern’s new summer cocktail menu debuts Friday, but you can order any of these at happy hour prices this Wednesday evening. RSVP using the provided link, where each RSVP works for the registrant plus one.

Taste of Little Italy
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 19
Little Italy, Downtown San Diego
http://www.tasteoflittleitalysd.com/

Sample the local flavor of Little Italy this Wednesday night, as attendees stroll through Little Italy and sample food directly in each participating business. Attendees pay for a stamp card with boxes representing each participating business. After receiving a sample, that business will stamp their corresponding box. Two different stamp cards exist for a north route and a south route, and each route’s stamp card costs $28 each, while purchasing both costs $42.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 19-20
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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.

Dom’s Favorite Burgers
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 19
West Elm South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
http://domsfavoriteburgers.com/

Snag some free burgers, and take pictures with pin-up models on the red carpet at this blogger’s summer kickoff party.

Take Your Dog To Work Day
All day, June 21
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!

Jack Bradshaw Dog Show
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 21-23
Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.jbradshaw.com/

Watch multiple dog shows and competitions this and next weekend in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, breeds will compete in show and athletic contests throughout the weekend. Expect parking to cost $15. Take public transportation (free on the Passport bus) or ride a bike to circumvent the hefty parking fee.

San Diego International Beer Festival
Various times, June 21-23
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sdfair.com/index.php?fuseaction=festivals.beer_festival

The San Diego County Fair will import over 400 beers from around the world for a weekend of beer at the fairgrounds. Over the weekend, the fairgrounds will host five different four-hour sessions of unlimited tastings, and each session will feature different seminars and presentations. General admission costs $55, and includes admission to the rest of the fair plus the souvenir cup. Parking on-site costs $10, while off-site parking with shuttles costs nothing. Although the beer fest takes place in the arena under a roof, the rest of the fair takes place outdoors, so prepare for sunny weather if you choose to venture outside. I highly recommend arriving as early as possible, as each session tends to run out of beer an hour before a session ends.

To Kristen With Love
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 21
Old Towne Pub, Pasadena
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/377604

A punk show, art show, and film premiere take over this small pub this Friday night in Pasadena. For just $10 entry, guests will see lots of local punk rock bands, art, and a film premiere by Seraph Films. The bar will serve drink specials all night, as well as free nachos. You will find the entrance to Old Towne Pub at the end of an alley on Holly St right next to Cafe Linda. Although free parking almost does not exist in this area, a few spots on Corson St have no meters. No one under 21 may enter.

A Wilhelm Scream & The Flatliners @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/wilhelm-scream-flatliners

A Wilhelm Scream and The Flatliners will start a tour soon, and that tour sweeps through California this week. Catch these two bands plus local openers at this all-ages show for only $13. The venue contains a free parking lot, but late arrivals may need to park in neighboring lots, which require a parking fee.

Steampunk Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 12:30 am, June 21
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/484900361582946/

Art, merchandise, food, music, gadgets, live tattooing, body painting, and more will grace The Vex with their presence this Friday night. For just $20 admission, guests can explore a night of steampunk music and art. Guests under 18 must attend with an adult. Guests can park behind the building, but should take care not to park too deep or risk getting blocked by other cars.

2013 Rental Car Rally – Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 3:00 pm, June 21
Location TBA, Los Angeles
http://www.rentalcarrally.com/

What do you get when you mix Halloween with Mario Kart? You get the Rental Car Rally! This race abandons all conventional means by pitting themed teams against each other as they drive from point A to point B overnight. Instead of which team arrives first, winners reach the destination with the fewest miles traveled while hitting every single checkpoint along the way. Along the way, teams may attempt to interfere with other teams, using methods such as water balloons, water guns, powdered balloons, and other wacky ways that you would normally see in a video game. Words cannot accurately describe the mayhem behind a Rental Car Rally. To understand this, one must commit to competing in this wacky ride.

2nd Annual Long Beach Art in the Park
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 22
Bixby Park, Long Beach
https://sites.google.com/site/bixbyparkpreservation/home

Enjoy an afternoon of plenty of family activities, arts & crafts, live music, food trucks, and more, free for all ages.

34th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 22
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.

27th Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, June 22
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 23
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachfestival.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.

2013 Tomato Assault – Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 22
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.tomatoassault.com/

Time to get down and dirty! Tens of thousands of pounds of tomatoes will fly through the air at this glorified tomato fight. Tomato Assault brings together live music, inflatable objects, a beer garden, food trucks, costume contests, and more all for the love of smacking other people with tomatoes. Registration costs $60, and no one under 21 may attend. Attendees must print, sign, and bring a waiver, found on the website, to the event in order to participate.

Balls For Balls 2013
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 22
Nirvana Bar & Grill, Los Angeles
http://www.ballsforballs.philanthroproductions.org/

In a nutshell, gather a team to competitively eat meatballs for charity. The winning team does take a cash prize home. A team of four enters for $60, while individuals enter for $20 and get placed in a random team as a filler. Spectators may enter and watch for free.

Bite Flite
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 22
Bar & Garden, Culver City
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7012846613/efbbt

Sample burgers, beers, and desserts at this food pairing dinner this Saturday in Culver City. The $22 admission includes a 4-beer flight, a choice of one of four sliders ($3.50 for each additional), and desserts from Mwokaji Cakery. Guests can find free street parking on nearby streets. No one under 21 may attend.

Nekromantix @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/nekromantix

Catch a psychobilly show this Saturday night in Santa Ana, as Nekromantix headlines a show with Graveyard Johnny’s, Dragstrip Demons, Black Rose Phantoms, Crash Cadillacs, and Butchery Boys. The first band starts at 8pm. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18. The venue contains a free parking lot, but late arrivals may need to park in neighboring lots, which require a parking fee.

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 23
Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Wilshire Blvd from Downtown LA to Miracle Mile will close to bikers this Sunday. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

4th Annual Summer Solstice Festival & International Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 23
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/june-23-summer-solstice-festival-fullerton-sister-city-associations-international-taco-fest/

Sample worldly cuisine in a tortilla at this taco fest 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. The Taco Fest starts at 1pm, lasts two hours, and requires an entry fee, which guests pay for at the gate. No one under 21 may attend the Taco Fest, as it also comes with complimentary beer tastings from Bootlegger’s Brewery. Guests may park for free at the venue.

1st Annual Tacolandia
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 23
Hollywood Palladium Parking Lot, Los Angeles
http://microapp.laweekly.com/tacolandia/

Gorge out on tacos from over 30 chefs from around Southern California and some from Baja at this taco fest in a parking lot. General admission costs $20 and includes unlimited food until it runs out, while VIP admission costs $40 and also includes a hosted bar. Guests of all ages may attend, but adults must have ID to drink.

Santa Monica Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 23
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://drinkeatplay.com/winefest/

Sample wines from over 50 wineries on the pier this Sunday evening. General admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 5pm. Food comes at a separate cost here. Both admissions include access to Pacific Park, the mini amusement park on the pier. Bring extra cash for parking. Dress for chilly weather, as this takes place at night near the ocean.

Free Bread & Jam Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 30
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/641986312485203/

Love bread and jam? Come to this free food tasting hosted by Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa this Tuesday evening, where guests may sample any of their various artisan breads and gourmet jams. As always, guests may park for free at The Camp, and guests of all ages may attend.

Face to Face and Teenage Bottlerocket – On Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 1 & 4
May 1: House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=80006
May 4: Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/238165-face-face-pomona/

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. Blacklist Royals will open Wednesday’s show, while Death on Wednesday will open Saturday’s show. Tickets to both shows cost $25. For Wednesday only, no one under 21 may enter.

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

2nd Annual Chocolate Festival
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 3
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 4-5
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://www.sdmaritime.org/chocolate-festival/

A 2-in-1 event! On Friday, attend a seminar learning about the origin of chocolate, and receive wine and chocolate pairings all for $12. On Saturday and Sunday, guests of all ages can enjoy plenty of chocolate to eat, demos, arts & crafts, and more. Museum admission includes access to the chocolate area, which costs $16 for adults, with discounts applicable to seniors, military, and children.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 3-4
Lot 613, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/512722695416188/

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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Community Arts Fair & Flea Market
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 4
Long Beach Playhouse, Long Beach
http://www.lbplayhouse.org/on-stage/special-programs/arts-fair

Free to attend, this all-ages fair will feature local artists, antiques, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. Guests can park for free in the adjacent neighborhoods.

Cario Blast Fit Camp Kickoff Party
9:00 am – 11:00 am, May 4
Oceanview High School Gymnasium, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/516754528382443/

Want to get fit in time for summer? Check out the grand opening kickoff party for Cardio Blast Fit Camp this Saturday morning at the gym of Oceanview High School in Huntington Beach. Open to all ages, guests can receive free wellness evaluations, body statistics measurements, nutrition Q&A, goodies, and more. Guests may also purchase raffle tickets to win prizes such as gift cards, health & beauty services, nutrition supplements, and more. The fitness class starts at 10am and costs $10 at the door, or $5 with RSVP via Facebook or phone. Guests may park for free at the high school parking lot off Warner.

Santa Monica Spring Jubilee
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 4-5
3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica
http://www.downtownsm.com/events/2013-05/santa-monica-spring-jubilee

At this free weekend festival, guests of all ages can celebrate British culture with food, drinks, flowers, vendors, merchandise, apparel, arts & crafts, activities, games, music, and more. Landscape professionals can show off their skills at the landscaping competition. Keep in mind that some freeway exits will get congested, and this area has few free parking, if none, so plan arrival accordingly.

Soka University’s 12th Annual International Festival
10:30 am – 5:30 pm, May 4
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.

1st Annual Heritage, Music & Arts Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 4
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/home/heritage-festival/

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.

GURLSociety Arts & Crafts Fair
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, May 4
Long Beach Opera, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/130486603787083/

This free arts & crafts fair will have plenty of activities for guests of all ages. Expect live entertainment, workshops, crafts, giveaways, food, and more, all from local crafters.

4th Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 4
The Roxy, West Hollywood
http://lavbf.tumblr.com/

Taste the best of Southern California’s vegan foods and craft beers at the 4th annual LA Vegan Beer Fest this Saturday afternoon at The Roxy in West Hollywood. For $40 presale and $50 at the door, attendees will receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the festival. All food comes at additional costs, so bring cash. No one under 21 may attend. Arrive early, and plan to pay for parking. The fest takes place outdoors, so prepare accordingly with sunscreen and clothes for hot weather.

13th Annual Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 4
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 $75 or two for $140. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Session Fest
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 4
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/3rd-annual-session-fest

On the opposite side of strong ales lie session beers – beers lower in alcohol content while maximizing flavor. Brewers created session ales so that craft beer lovers can drink more in a session without going overboard, especially with strong ales or hoppy beers. Eagle Rock Brewery started Session Fest two years ago to encourage new craft beer drinkers to enjoy what breweries can offer, and they will repeat the fest again this Saturday evening. For just $15, guests will receive three pints of any session beer featured at the tasting room, in addition to keeping the glass they receive to drink out of. Guests may purchase additional drink tickets if desired. No one under 21 may participate.

Voodoo Glow Skulls + more @ DiPiazzas
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 4
DiPiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/362683350514955/

Catch the Voodoo Glow Skulls, Left Alone, Profesor Galactico, South Central Skankers, Shoplifters, Isolated Victims, Schizm, and more this Saturday night at DiPiazzas in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door.

3rd Annual Artisan Food & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, May 5
Stone Brewing Co., Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/calendar/default.asp?intEventsID=2760

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo responsibly at Stone Brewing’s 3rd annual Artisan Food & Craft Beer Fest at their facility. For $55, guests will enjoy 14 tapas-style dishes paired with up to 23 different craft beers. Admission covers tax and tip. As always, guests may park for free at Stone. No one under 21 may attend.

Chencha Berrinches + more @ DiPiazzas
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 5
DiPiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/362984357153964/

Get your ska on for Cinco de Mayo with Chencha Berrinches, Matamoska, La Infinita, ONK, Rompe Cabezas, Rebelion 68, Destruction Made Simple, Damn I Forgot, and Los Brigands at DiPiazzas in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show only cost $10.

Manic Hispanic, CJ Ramone, CH3, The Henchman @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 5
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/manic-hispanic-cinco-de-mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Manic Hispanic and more this Sunday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages punk rock show cost $17.