Posts Tagged ‘Bluegrass’

LA Fleet Week 2017
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 1-4
LA Waterfront, San Pedro
http://www.lafleetweek.com/

Lots of ship, naval, and marine activities will take place this weekend in San Pedro. Many of the all-ages events have no admission fee, while some will require reservations. Check the website for a full list of events and their costs.

6th Annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 1-4
B Street Pier, San Diego
http://www.ussandsculpting.com/

Check out various works of art involving sand sculpting and 3D printing this weekend in San Diego. Admission ranges from $5 to $17.

Port of San Diego’s Festival of Sail 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 1
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 2-3
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 4
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/festival-of-sail/

Lots of tall ships will go on display this weekend in San Diego. Tickets cost $11 for adults or $9 for children & seniors, and grants access to the museum for the day.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 2-4
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

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

68th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 2-4
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

Extreme Midget Wrestling
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 6
Water Wheel Saloon, Norco
http://extrememidgetwrestling.com/

You have not witnessed anything unlike midget wrestling. Come watch this unbelievable spectacle this weekend for a good drunken night. Admission starts at $20. No one under 21 may enter.

Stiff Little Fingers: 40th Anniversary Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 6, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 7, El Rey Theater, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 8, House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.slf.rocks/

Legendary punk rock band Stiff Little Fingers starts a tour this week in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 7-9
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA to receive admission for free. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Taste of Del Mar 2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 7
Del Mar Village, Del Mar
http://visitdelmarvillage.com/tasteofdelmar2017/

Sample food and drinks from local Del Mar businesses this Thursday evening in Del Mar. Admission costs $30 for food only, or $40 for both food and drinks, and gets you unlimited samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

2nd Annual Ohana Music Fest
2:30 pm – 10:00 pm, September 8
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 9-10
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.theohanafest.com/

A three-day all-ages music concert comes to the beaches of Dana Point this weekend. Tickets start at $100.

St. Maurice 12th Annual Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 8
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 9
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 10
Saint Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church, Pomona
http://www.saintmauricechurch.org/

A family-friendly fair comes to Pomona this weekend, free to attend for all ages. This fair will have rides, games, prizes, entertainment, food, treats, vendors, and more.

21st Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 8
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 9
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 10
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.originallobsterfestival.com/

Dubbed as the FIRST Lobster Festival, the organizers from the Long Beach Crawfish Fest and OC BBQ Bonanza will bring tons of lobsters to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. In addition to all the lobster, the fest’s additional variety will include local music bands, dancers, artists, and more. Prices vary, but pre-purchasing tickets online will save you $2 each. Active U.S. military personnel can enter for free! As with any event in this area, attendees will have to pay for parking. You can find free parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

Bubbles & Botanicals
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 8
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Bubbles-and-Botanicals/

$35 gets you in to the Fullerton Arboretum this Friday night with champagne and appetizers while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

SFUA’s 2nd Annual Harvest Moon Celebration
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 8
Tanaka Farms, Irvine
http://www.solutionsforurbanag.org/events/

Sample an assortment of food and beverages this Friday night in Irvine. Admission costs $125 for adults or $80 for anyone 30 or under. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last, and unlimited beverage tasters for anyone 21 and over, also while supplies last.

The Vibrators at Diego’s Rock-n-Roll Bar & Eats
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 8
Diego’s Rock-n-Roll Bar & Eats, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1069204789847871/

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

Orange County Team Relay
7:00 am – 11:00 am, September 9
Mike Ward Community Park, Irvine
http://laceuprunningseries.com/

Participate in a running relay in Irvine this Saturday morning. Distances will range from 1k up to 10k. Registration ranges from $20 up to $300 depending on the distance and number of participants in a relay team.

14th Annual Weekend in Polynesia
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 9-10
Recreation Park, Long Beach
http://weekendinpolynesia.com/

Surround yourself with the cultures of the Southern Pacific Islands at this two-day all-ages festival taking place this weekend in Long Beach. Free to attend, visitors will experience live entertainment, dance, music, arts & crafts, games, cultural food & drinks, merchandise, and more.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 9
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1373502896030821/

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

South Coast Corsa Corvair Cruise-In 2017
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 9
Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo
http://www.southcoastcorsa.org/

A free and all-ages car show comes to El Segundo this Saturday.

4th Annual LA River Boat Race
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 9
Behind Elysian, Los Angeles
http://paddleguru.com/races/LARiverBoatRace

Put your rowing skills and core to the test at this rowing race this Saturday along the LA River. They will have a fun course for those who simply want to participate, and a competitive course for those who want to win.

PowerCon 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 9-10
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, Torrance
http://www.thepower-con.com/

Check out this expo dedicated to He Man and other similar action figure characters this weekend in Torrance. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $25, while children 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. Bring cash for parking as well.

15th Annual Chalk Art Festival on The Pier
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 9
Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/16th-annual-chalk-art-festival-on-the-pier/

Turn Redondo Beach Pier into a public canvas this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, the first 150 people receive free chalk to either use on the spot or take home. In addition, visitors will enjoy live music and may enter to win prizes.

2nd Annual Reader Burgers & Beer
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 9
Golden Hill Park, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegoreaderevents.com/burgers-and-beer-2017/

Appearing to replace the annual Reader Feast, this event has dozens of San Diego restaurants competing to win the best burger, and attendees get to sample food from them all. General admission costs $45, starts at 1pm, and comes with one drink ticket. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 12pm, and comes with three drink tickets. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Carlsbad Brewfest 2017
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, September 9
Holiday Park, Carlsbad
http://www.carlsbadbrewfest.org/

A food, beer, and music festival comes to Carlsbad this Saturday afternoon. The $50 admission gets you access to unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2017
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, September 9
Royce Quad, UCLA, West Los Angeles
http://www.lalovesalexslemonade.org/

Chefs and mixologists from around the world converge to UCLA this Saturday afternoon to serve their unique creations to all attendees. For $195 regular admission, enjoy all the food and drinks you can handle, and mingle with the curators of whatever you consume too.

12th Annual Shoreline Village Pirate Festival
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 9
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 10
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/

Come mingle with pirates and enjoy sword fighting, pirate bands, treasure (scavenger) hunt, bullwhip tricks, costume contests, kids activities, and more for free! Please adhere to the parking rules here.

San Diego Pizza & Beer Fest
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 9
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.pizzabeerfest.com/

$55 gets you in to this tasting event where you get to try samples of craft beers and gourmet pizzas from throughout San Diego County while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Sunstock Solar Fest
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 9
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://sunstocksolarfestival.com/

This green-type event features music, food, art, speakers, and more all focused on all things environmentally friendly. Presale admission costs $25 for adults, $20 for military/seniors/students, or $12 for children & teenagers. Admission at the door costs $5 more.

Buy a Dog a Beer Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 9
Wolf Creek Brewery, Santa Clarita
http://www.buyadogabeerfest.com/

Despite the name of the event, this festival represents your typical beer festival. General admission costs $45 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend. Attendees may NOT bring their dogs.

Dreamcast 18th USA Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 9
Game Realms, Burbank
http://game-realms.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/120022445299072/

In celebration of the Sega Dreamcast’s birthday, Burbank’s Game Realms will have a bunch of Dreamcast games available for you to play this Saturday evening. Admission costs $7 and grants you free play for any available machine, a raffle ticket, and entry into any tournament.

8th Annual Santee Bluegrass Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 9
Town Center Community Park East, Santee
http://cityofsanteeca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/3635/202

Enjoy bluegrass music, food, desserts, beer, wine, and more at this community music show this Saturday evening in Santee. Admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a souvenir cup. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 9
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Sunday night in Hermosa Beach, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Vibrators at Til-Two Club
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 9
Til-Two Club, City Heights, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/142837216292814/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in San Diego. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

28th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 10
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/car-show/

This car show will completely take over 2nd Street and its side streets this Sunday. Come see over 700 cars on display while walking the streets of glorious Belmont Shore. Completely free to attend, your best bet at parking will reside somewhere in Belmont Heights i.e. north of 2nd Street.

Alley Art Festival 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 10
Downtown Vista, Vista
http://www.vistaart.org/alley-art-festival-home

A free and all-ages art street fair will take place in Vista this Sunday.

Geek Meet: Aliens
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 10
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.geekmeet.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1882922198639739/

A free and all-ages geeky meetup will take place in Downtown Fullerton this Sunday night.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 2-5
B Street Pier, San Diego
http://www.ussandsculpting.com/

Check out various works of art involving sand sculpting and 3D printing this weekend in San Diego. Admission ranges from $5 to $17.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 3-5
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

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

67th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 3-5
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

3rd Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 8
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 9
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 10
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.cwcbexpo.com/

Explore the business of the cannabis industry during this expo this week at the LA Convention Center. Intended only for those in the industry, attendees will connect and network with other professionals in the industry to obtain information about starting a cannabis business, running a cannabis business, providing equity/investment resources, or providing professional/business services. Registration for the expo starts at $125.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 8-10
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA to receive admission for free. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

CaterCon 2016
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 8
Business Expo Center, Anaheim
http://catercon.com/

Taste food samples from local caterers, discover event/planning services, learn about event planning, enjoy live local music & entertainment, and more at this event in Anaheim this Thursday evening. Admission costs $45 presale or $55 at the door.

1st Annual Tastemakers of Orange County
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 8
The OC Mix, Costa Mesa
http://ocapica.org/2016/07/25/tastemakers-of-orange-county-purchase-your-tickets-now/

A food & beverage tasting event comes to Costa Mesa this Thursday night. General admission costs $65 and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $95, starts at 6pm, and comes with a keepsake apron. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 8
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.

Fleet Week Coronado: Kickoff Events
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 9
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 10
B Street Pier, San Diego
http://www.fleetweeksandiego.org/

Coronado’s Fleet Week starts this weekend, and they will have some events to kick it off. On Friday evening, a free and all-ages kickoff party will take place with food, drinks, music, and more. On Saturday, a free and all-ages sea & air parade will take place over the water.

2016 Orange County Japan Fair
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 9
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 10
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://oc-japanfair.com/

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture this weekend at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Visitors will find lots of ramen, sake tastings, live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, other food & drinks, vendors, and more. Admission costs $5 per day.

20th Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 9
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 10
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 11
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.originallobsterfestival.com/

Dubbed as the FIRST Lobster Festival, the organizers from the Long Beach Crawfish Fest and OC BBQ Bonanza will bring tons of lobsters to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. In addition to all the lobster, the fest’s additional variety will include local music bands, dancers, artists, and more. Prices vary, but pre-purchasing tickets online will save you $2 each. Active U.S. military personnel can enter for free! As with any event in this area, attendees will have to pay for parking. You can find free parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

OC Weekly’s 13th Annual Decadence
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 9
Hilton, Costa Mesa
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/decadence/

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. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $60 presale or $70 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes a goodie bag plus access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

Good Riddance: Live in Thousand Oaks
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 9
Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
http://grpunk.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/791739747594461/

Some big names in punk rock will perform in Thousand Oaks this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

The Vibrators: Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 9
Underground DTSA, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/779125245525100/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this local show this Friday night in Santa Ana. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 9-10
Lot 613, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/

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. No one under 21 may enter.

13th Annual Weekend in Polynesia
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 10-11
Recreation Park, Long Beach
http://www.pacifictalent.org/PTAA/Welcome.html

Surround yourself with the cultures of the Southern Pacific Islands at this two-day all-ages festival taking place this weekend in Long Beach. Free to attend, visitors will experience live entertainment, dance, music, arts & crafts, games, cultural food & drinks, merchandise, and more.

2016 Coronado Art Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 10-11
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.coronadoartwalk.com/

Free to attend for all ages, explore works of art from dozens of local artists, artisans, crafters, makers, and more at this outdoor art walk. Visitors will find paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, and more. The Coronado Ferry Landing’s restaurants, galleries, and shops will also have specials while providing live local music throughout the weekend.

LA Triathlon at Torrance Beach
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 10
5:30 am – 12:00 pm, September 11
Torrance Beach, Torrance
http://latriathlon.com/

The annual LA Triathlon will take place in Torrance this weekend. On Saturday, a free and all-ages health & fitness expo will take place at Triathlon Lab in Redondo Beach. The actual Triathlon will take place Sunday morning on the sands of Torrance Beach. Registration costs widely vary, so check the website to see how much each event costs to participate in.

$5 Food Festival – San Diego
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 10
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://fivedollarfoodfest.com/

This Saturday afternoon, a multitude of mobile food vendors will set up in San Diego to sell $5 plates of food. General admission costs $5 and starts at 12pm. Early admission costs $10 and starts at 11am. VIP admission costs $40 and includes five drink tickets plus access to a VIP area.

Unique LA Fall Market
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 10-11
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniqueusa.com/markets-la

The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from hundreds of 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.

California Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, September 10-11
Frank G. Bonelli Park, San Dimas
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

Saturday represents their beer tasting event with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. General admission to this costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 11:30am. No one under 21 may attend on Saturday. On Sunday, admission costs $10 and provides access to a plethora of food and beer vendors along with live music all day. All attendees will have to pay for food and drinks separately on Sunday.

14th Annual Back to School Chalk Art Festival on The Pier
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 10
Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/14th-annual-chalk-art-festival-on-the-pier/

Turn Redondo Beach Pier into a public canvas this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, the first 150 people receive free chalk to either use on the spot or take home. In addition, visitors will enjoy live music and may enter to win prizes.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2016
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 10
Royce Quad, UCLA, West Los Angeles
http://www.lalovesalexslemonade.org/

Chefs and mixologists from around the world converge to UCLA this Saturday afternoon to serve their unique creations to all attendees. For $195 regular admission, enjoy all the food and drinks you can handle, and mingle with the curators of whatever you consume too.

1st Annual Reader Burgers & Beer
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 10
Golden Hill Park, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegoreaderevents.com/burgers-and-beer-2016/

Appearing to replace the annual Reader Feast, this event has dozens of San Diego restaurants competing to win the best burger, and attendees get to sample food from them all. General admission costs $45, starts at 1pm, and comes with one drink ticket. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 12pm, and comes with three drink tickets. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Carlsbad Brewfest 2016
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, September 10
Holiday Park, Carlsbad
http://www.carlsbadbrewfest.org/

A food, beer, and music festival comes to Carlsbad this Saturday afternoon. The $50 admission gets you access to unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

MainFest Alhambra
1:00 pm – 10:30 pm, September 10
Main Street, Downtown Alhambra
http://www.mainfestalhambra.com/

The streets of Downtown Alhambra will close this Saturday for a special all-day all-ages concert. Tickets to this concert cost $30 for general admission or $50 for VIP admission, which includes access to VIP areas.

41st Annual Concert of Philippine Music & Dance
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 10
Joan B. Kroc Theatre, Rolando, San Diego
http://www.samahanphilippinedance.com/

A Filipino music & dance show will take place in San Diego this Saturday. Admission costs $15 for adults or $12 for children, students, and military.

Day of Punk
2:30 pm – 12:30 am, September 10
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/271453976554886/

A full day of punk rock comes to Anaheim this Saturday. Admission costs $10 presale or $12 at the door, and provides all-day access to the music and food truck. No one under 21 may enter.

Arts & Craft: A Food & Beer Event
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 10
Pico House, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.filamarts.org/filamarts-posts/2016/9/1/filam-arts-presents-arts-craft-a-food-beer-event

Despite the name, this event functions like a food and beer tasting event, with no art activities going on. Admission costs $40, but as an all-ages event, they did not specify what the $40 admission entails.

7th Annual Santee Bluegrass Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 10
Town Center Community Park East, Santee
http://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/index.aspx?recordid=3185&page=202

Enjoy bluegrass music, food, desserts, beer, wine, and more at this community music show this Saturday evening in Santee. Admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a souvenir cup. No one under 21 may attend.

Long Beach Beer Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 10
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbeerfestival.com/

If you want to spend a lot of money to get drunk on cheap beer, then this beer fest fits your bill. Trek down to Belmont Pier in Long Beach this Saturday night for beer and lots of other mischief. General admission costs $30 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from over 20 breweries present. No one under 21 may attend.

Zombie Fashion Show & Creature Art Exhibit
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 10
Lot 613, Los Angeles
http://www.zombiefashionshow.com/

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 dozens 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. No one under 21 may enter.

27th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 11
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://belmontshorecarshow.com/

This car show will completely take over 2nd Street and its side streets this Sunday. Come see over 700 cars on display while walking the streets of glorious Belmont Shore. Completely free to attend, your best bet at parking will reside somewhere in Belmont Heights i.e. north of 2nd Street.

5th Annual Solana Beach Super Tasty 5k
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 11
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, San Diego
http://www.girodisandiego.com/

Participate in a 5k unlike any other! This 5k course contains numerous restaurant stops that all participants must stop by and eat the required amount of food before moving on to the next. Typically runners avoid racing with food in their stomachs, but this run encourages running on a full belly. Registration for this run costs $40 per individual, with various price options for groups.

2nd Annual Monster Energy MXGP of USA
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 11
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://www.mxgp.com/tracks/glen-helen

An all-ages motocross show comes to San Bernardino this Sunday afternoon. Admission ranges from $30 to $70.

Los Angeles Ice Cream Takedown
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 11
The Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles
http://thetakedowns.com/laicecreamtakedown/

Remember the Mac & Cheeze Takedown from over two years ago? The organizers have returned, this time with yummy cool desserts. Enter your ice cream recipe to compete to win prizes, or just attend and stuff yourself full of ice cream! If you have an ice cream recipe worthy of recognition, enter it into this contest this Sunday afternoon. If you would rather eat other people’s ice cream, buy tickets for $20 per person, then show up and chow down!

Midtown Night Market
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 11
MacArthur Park, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/midtownnightmarket

The popularity of night markets has surged within the past year. This Sunday, Long Beach gets their very own night market, complete with free admission. Come to this all-ages outdoor fair and check out all the food, drinks, desserts, merchandise, live entertainment, and more. Expect heavy traffic approaching this area, so plan your commute accordingly.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 5-7
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

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

Leimert Park Village African Arts & Music Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 5-7
Leimert Park Village, Los Angeles
http://www.leimertparkvillagefestival.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages African cultural event going on all weekend in Leimert Park.

Pacific Media Expo 2015
10:00 am – 11:30 pm, September 5-6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://pacificmediaexpo.info/2015/

Immerse yourself in Eastern culture at this expo for all things Asian this weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center. At this all-ages expo, attendees will encounter art, music, dance, entertainment, cosplay, fashion, anime, manga, comics, video games, merchandise, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and much more. Adult admission costs $40 for Saturday or Sunday, $30 for Monday, or $65 for the entire weekend. Children 6-12 enter for $30, while children 5 & under enter for free with paid adult admission.

66th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5-7
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

Labor Day Punk Rock Show & BBQ
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 7
Alano of Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/943167702424393/

Enjoy some local punk rock and BBQ on this fine holiday afternoon today in Costa Mesa. Admission for this all-ages event simply requires a donation to cover the cost of food.

Amalgamator IPA Bottle Release
11:30 am – 10:00 pm, September 8
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ brings back their Amalgamator IPA in bottles this Tuesday, and you can snag bombers of this brew for $8 each at both of their locations.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 8
Downtown Pacific Beach
http://www.pacificbeach.org/

Take a stroll through Pacific Beach this Tuesday evening and sample on a variety of foods from the local participating restaurants. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last.

The Get Up Kids: 20th Anniversary Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 8, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/881625-get-up-kids-20th-anniversary-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 9, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/the-get-up-kids
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 10, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=6009375
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/870073-get-up-kids-20th-anniversary-los-angeles/

The Get Up Kids currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a show’s link for details.

OC Pub Crawl – Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 9
Downtown Santa Ana
http://occrawl.com/pubcrawl/

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

Charger Girls Calendar Unveiling Party
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 9
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/117206798631274/

Meet the entire Chargers cheer squad, buy swimsuit calendars, get autographs, and take photos at this meet & greet at the San Diego House of Blues this Wednesday night, free to attend for all ages.

CaterCon 2015
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 10
Business Expo Center, Anaheim
http://catercon.com/

Taste food samples from local caterers, discover event/planning services, learn about event planning, enjoy live local music & entertainment, and more at this event in Anaheim this Thursday evening. Admission costs $50 presale or $65 at the door.

2015 Taste of Downtown San Diego
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 10
Florent Restaurant & Lounge, San Diego
http://www.downtownsandiego.org/events/annual-taste-of-downtown/

Take a stroll through Downtown San Diego as you enjoy food samples from restaurants throughout Downtown San Diego this Thursday evening. For $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event, enjoy food samples from over 40 restaurants in Downtown all serving their flagship foods.

2015 San Diego Road Runner Sports Adventure Run
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 10
Road Runner Sports, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-san-diego-road-runner-sports-adventure-run-tickets-15040243774

Participate in a FREE, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with giveaways, raffle prizes, music, and a FREE beer garden. Your Adventure starts when you arrive early to collect your supplies and try cool new products from Adventure Run sponsors for free.When the run starts, hit the road and collect as many raffle tickets from as many checkpoints as possible in 60 minutes, then rush back for a chance to win over $3,000 in raffle prizes.

Business & Beer @ Smog City Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 10
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/437415339794348/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Smog City Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

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

Einstök Tap Takeover
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 10
The Daily Pint, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/1610102212597961/

Einstök will stock the taps with their brews at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica this Thursday night. Stop on by for a nice cold one, and take home a specialty Einstök glass while supplies last.

K9 Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 11-12
Granada Launch Ramp, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachseafestival.com/events/events-calendar-view/event/118-k9-festival

At this FREE and all-ages event on the beach, find lots of pet-related vendors, athletic demos, competitions, games, pet adoptions, arts & crafts, live music, food & drinks, and more.

17th Annual Los Angeles Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 11
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
Saint Sophia Cathedral, West Los Angeles
http://lagreekfest.com/

Just a week after the Long Beach Greek Fest, the LA Greek Fest will basically have the same things: food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. Admission to this all-ages festival costs $5 per person per day.

18th Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 11
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.originallobsterfestival.com/

Dubbed as the FIRST Lobster Festival, the organizers from the Long Beach Crawfish Fest and OC BBQ Bonanza will bring tons of lobsters to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. In addition to all the lobster, the fest’s additional variety will include local music bands, dancers, artists, and more. Prices vary, but pre-purchasing tickets online will save you $2 each. Active U.S. military personnel can enter for free! As with any event in this area, attendees will have to pay for parking. You can find free parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

The Vibrators @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1446285585685765/

Enjoy some punk rock music at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

2015 Grape Day Festival + Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 12
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://visitescondido.com/1777/grape-day-5k-parade-and-festival/

Bring out the family to this all-day celebration at the park. In the morning, a 5K race will take place around the park. At 9:30am, a local parade will run through Downtown Escondido. From then until the end of the celebration, a fair will take place at Grape Day Park, free to the public to attend. In addition, a wine & craft beer tasting pavilion will take place from 11am to 3pm. Sample wine from local wineries and beer from local breweries while enjoying live entertainment and other activities. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door, and include a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Long Beach Comic Con
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 12
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 13
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/

Come to the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Fans of comic books, pop culture, cartoons, media, anime/manga, and more will find lots to do, see, and buy at this expo. Saturday costs $30, while Sunday costs $25. Downtown Long Beach contains very few free parking, so either park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or take public transportation from elsewhere.

Weekend in Polynesia
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 12-13
Recreation Park, Long Beach
http://www.pacifictalent.org/PTAA/Welcome.html

Surround yourself with the cultures of the Southern Pacific Islands at this two-day all-ages festival taking place this weekend in Long Beach. Free to attend, visitors will experience live entertainment, dance, music, arts & crafts, games, cultural food & drinks, merchandise, and more.

Solana Beach Super Tasty 5k
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 12
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, San Diego
http://www.girodisandiego.com/taste-of-solana-beach-gourmet-fondo.html

Participate in a 5k unlike any other! This 5k course contains numerous restaurant stops that all participants must stop by and eat the required amount of food before moving on to the next. Typically runners avoid racing with food in their stomachs, but this run encourages running on a full belly. Registration for this run costs $40 per individual, with various price options for groups.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 12
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/710735092404461/

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

2015 Coronado Art Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 12-13
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.coronadoartwalk.org/

Free to attend for all ages, explore works of art from dozens of local artists, artisans, crafters, makers, and more at this outdoor art walk. Visitors will find paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, and more. The Coronado Ferry Landing’s restaurants, galleries, and shops will also have specials while providing live local music throughout the weekend.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Rancho Cucamonga Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 12
Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/877450855672595/

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

Dogs of Downtown Long Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 12
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Saluting-Our-Four-Legged-Family-Members-DLBA-Launches-First-Event-Dedicated-to-Dogs

Free to attend for all ages, hundreds of dog owners and dog lovers will convene in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday afternoon for a fun-filled afternoon of all things dogs. Visitors will find an agility course, pet photo booth, pet adoption services, pet care services, vendors, and more. In addition, Beachwood Brewing will release a special brew made just for this event, so make sure you grab a sip of this while in the area.

Venice Beach Music Fest 10
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, September 12
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicebeachmusicfest.com/

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

California Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, September 12-13
Frank G. Bonelli Park, San Dimas
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

If for some reason you decide to go to this beer fest instead of OC Brew Ha Ha, I will not stop you. Saturday represents their beer tasting event with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. General admission to this costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 11:30am. No one under 21 may attend on Saturday. On Sunday, admission costs $10 and provides access to a plethora of food and beer vendors along with live music all day. All attendees will have to pay for food and drinks separately on Sunday.

San Diego Restaurant Week Launch Party
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, September 12
Go Green Agriculture, Encinitas
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/upcoming-events/san-diego-restaurant-week-launch-party/

San Diego Restaurant Week returns starting on the 20th this month, but they will have their inaugural launch party this Saturday afternoon in Encinitas. For just $75 admission, sample a variety of foods from over a dozen of this year’s participating restaurants, and enjoy sips from over 20 local breweries, wineries, and distilleries. No one under 21 may attend.

13th Annual Back to School Chalk Art Festival on The Pier
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 12
Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/13th-annual-chalk-art-festival/

Turn Redondo Beach Pier into a public canvas this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, the first 150 people receive free chalk to either use on the spot or take home. In addition, visitors will enjoy live music and may enter to win prizes.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2015
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 12
Royce Quad, UCLA, West Los Angeles
http://www.lalovesalexslemonade.org/

Chefs and mixologists from around the world converge to UCLA this Saturday afternoon to serve their unique creations to all attendees. For $195 regular admission, enjoy all the food and drinks you can handle, and mingle with the curators of whatever you consume too.

4th Annual Reader Feast
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 12
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/readerfeast/

The San Diego Reader hosts this food fest that collects the best of San Diego eats into one location for a night of feasting and drinking. General admission costs $30 presale or $40 at the door, starts at 1pm, and provides all-access to all food & drink samples. VIP admission costs $45 presale or $55 at the door, starts at 12pm, and in addition to unlimited food & drink samples, comes with two full-pour drinks and a goodie bag. No one under 21 may attend.

The 6th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 12
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
http://ocbrewfest.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha returns for its sixth annual iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Irvine. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, this craft beer festival will feature over 100 different breweries, over 200 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 presale, $55 at the door, and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 presale, $70 at the door, and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

Speaking of transportation, ensure that you look up the location prior. Cell phone signals do not reach Oak Canyon Park, so once you arrive, expect to turn off your phone to conserve battery. Oak Canyon Park only has two ways to exit, both of which always have police stationed to catch drunk drivers. The toll-free method to arriving involves taking the 55 freeway, exiting Chapman Avenue, and driving east until you reach the park.

Remember: if you have any questions, send me a tweet @OnePunkArmy – I have attended the Brew Ha Ha before, and driven to Oak Canyon Park numerous times.

1st Annual San Diego Crab & Sushi Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 12
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.crabandsushifestivalsd.com/

Submerge yourself in seafood and beer this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $75 and comes with a pound of crab legs, one sushi roll, and two drink tickets. VIP admission costs $150 and comes with access to a VIP area, all you can eat crab legs & sushi, five drink tickets, an event t-shirt & sunglasses, and access to an after-party. No one under 21 may attend.

Downey International Food Festival 2015
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
Downey Ave & 3rd St, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/discover/international_food_n_music_festival_2015.asp

Downtown Downey will bustle with activity this Saturday evening. On Downey Avenue in downtown, visitors of all ages can walk the street for free to check out local restaurants serving food here, plus a beer & wine garden, kids’ zone, live music, and an outdoor movie at night.

6th Annual Santee Bluegrass Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 12
Town Center Community Park East, Santee
http://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/?page=8&recordid=2926&returnURL=%2findex.aspx

Enjoy bluegrass music, food, desserts, beer, wine, and more at this community music show this Saturday evening in Santee. Admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a souvenir cup. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 12
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2015/9/13/anaheim-night-market-3

Anaheim Packing District will hold its own night market this Saturday night. Unlike most other night markets taking place around Southern California, this has nothing to do with the Asian-influenced night markets. Instead, this event will simply have local crafts, artisans, musicians, curators, live music, and more.

The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 12
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/874691769289382/

Attend a screening of a documentary featuring legendary punk band The Damned this Saturday night in Santa Ana. General admission for this screening costs $10.

Lauren’s B-Day Punk Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 12
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/469758713192953/

Enjoy some local punk rock music in Laguna Niguel this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

26th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 13
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://belmontshorecarshow.com/

This car show will completely take over 2nd Street and its side streets this Sunday. Come see over 700 cars on display while walking the streets of glorious Belmont Shore. Completely free to attend, your best bet at parking will reside somewhere in Belmont Heights i.e. north of 2nd Street.

2015 Harvest Moon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 13
Arcadia County Park, Arcadia
http://www.la18.tv/la18-harvest-moon-festival-2015

Considered an Asian Thanksgiving, this all-ages Asian cultural festival will take place this Sunday afternoon at Arcadia County Park. Completely FREE to attend, guests will find food, drinks, desserts, live entertainment, games, rides, a kid’s area, and more. Guests can park for free at the Santa Anita Racetrack by entering Gate 5 and taking the shuttle once inside.

14th Annual Little Ethiopia Cultural Street Fair
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 13
Fairfax b/t Olympic & Whitworth, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.eaf.la/2015/08/little-ethiopia-cultural-street.html

At this free & all-ages cultural street fair, find all sorts of Ethiopian-inspired food, art, music, and more.

6th Annual Taste of La Mesa
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 9
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/directory/jsp/events/EventPage.jsp?ccid=460&eventid=411

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. Admission to this event costs $35 presale or $45 at the door, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All drinks come at a separate cost.

2014 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 10
Brigantine, Point Loma, San Diego
http://www.showclix.com/event/TasteofPointLoma

This Tuesday evening, sample the local flavor of Point Loma at the 2014 Taste of Point Loma. For $25 per person, visitors can receive unlimited food samples from the participating restaurants while supplies last. Students, cyclists, and active military personnel receive a $10 discount off admission.

Jay Tea @ Bridgetown DIY
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm, June 12
Bridgetown DIY, La Puente
http://www.facebook.com/events/1398789480397498/

Enjoy local ska music this Thursday night in La Puente. The cover for this all-ages show costs $7.

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

E3 After Party at the CIA
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 12
California Institute of Abnormalarts, Burbank
http://www.facebook.com/events/1433106693615670/

Catch Radioactive Chicken Heads, Mega Ran, Space Boyfriend, and Wizwars at this crazy weeknight show in Burbank this Thursday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 13
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 14
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 15
Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park, Ontario
http://huckfinn.com/

One of the west coast’s biggest all-ages bluegrass festivals returns this weekend in Ontario. The bluegrass music will go on all weekend so no one will miss a beat. In addition, attendees will find activities, contests, camping, raft-building, fishing, pedal boating, a playground, a zero-depth water play park, and a swim lagoon with water slides. Ticket prices vary depending on the attendee’s age, and how many days each attendee will visit the show. Single-day adult tickets cost $25 to $35, while a three-day pass costs $85. Children enter for $10 each, or $30 for all three days.

A Wilhelm Scream – On Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 13, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/a-wilhelm-scream
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 14, The Lyric Theater, Hancock Park, Los Angeles http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/542013

A Wilhelm Scream currently tours through North America, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to both of these all-ages shows cost $15 each.

Battalion of Saints @ Loaded Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 13
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1438745039698391/

Hollywood punks! Get your punk rock on this Friday night with Battalion of Saints, Yeastie Boys, and more. The cover to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Naughty Nostalgia with the Dirty Little Secrets
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 13
Malones Bar & Grill, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/247405428793959/

Check out this lovely burlesque show with a nostalgia theme. Relive your childhood as an adult this Friday night in Santa Ana. The venue charges a cover, so have cash available for that.

Angry Samoans @ Mission Tobacco Lounge
9:00 pm – 12:30 am, June 13
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1420905398178400/

Riverside punks! Get your punk rock on this Friday night as the Angry Samoans headline this small show. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Centerfield Ska Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 13
Centerfield Sports Bar, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/630150720413289/

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

Manic Hispanic @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 13
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/172290

Long Beach punks! Get your punk rock on this Friday night as the Manic Hispanic headline this epic show. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Business – On Tour
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 13, The Down & Out, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/544141875701935/
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 14, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://gonzopresents.com/event/172365

Legendary punk band The Business returns to Southern California this week to play some shows. Tickets to the Friday show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. Tickets to the Saturday show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend either show.

Robert Rampage Memorial – Punk Rock Show
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 13
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/521655721273850/

Decry headlines a small show this Friday night in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

2014 Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 14
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.

39th Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 14-15
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.irishfair.org/

Orange County’s largest Irish Fair finds a new home in Long Beach this weekend. This family-friendly fair brings Irish culture to one location, where attendees can see over a thousands Irish dancers, dozens of live bands, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, athletic competitions, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more. Guests should bring cash if they want to purchase any food, drinks, merchandise, accessories, or any other Irish goodie. I suggest avoiding American food, and trying the Irish food that you would not find elsewhere. Admission varies depending on how you want to attend, with general admission costing $15 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students.

22nd Annual Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 14-15
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

Watch hundreds of artists create massive works of art on the sidewalks, plus enjoy a classic car show on Father’s Day! Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees will also find live music, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, food trucks, and more.

7th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 14
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/chili-at-the-beach.html

Got a craving for heat? Satisfy that craving this Saturday in sunny Surf City, as the streets close to traffic for the annual Huntington Beach Chili Cook Off & Salsa Tasting. Free to attend for all ages, this all-in-one street fair covers a massive portion of Downtown Huntington Beach, filled with arts & crafts, food, drinks, merchandise, a kids’ zone, music, and lots of chili and salsa tastings. In order to taste the chili and salsa, guests must purchase tasting tickets for $10 presale or $15 on the day of the fest. As this area gets extremely crowded on this day, I suggest carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking far and walking to downtown.

2nd Annual Make Music Downey
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 14
Downtown Downey
http://www.makemusicdowney.org/

This free and all-ages outdoor event will feature over 70 music acts, food trucks, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, and more.

5th Annual San Diego Oysterfest
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, June 14
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://www.oysterfestsd.com/

More of a music fest than an oyster fest, this all-day festival in San Diego combines live music, oysters, and beer into one crazy festival. As you enjoy the live music, you can purchase fresh oysters from around the world to snack on, then buy some brews to wash it all down. General admission costs $27.50 but does NOT include food or drinks. No one under 21 may enter.

Santa Monica Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 14
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.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 14
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=275

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatownin Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Fan Alley: Sci-Fi, Comics, Art, and More
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 14
A Little Known Shop, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1470042139877689/

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will find arts & crafts themed to comics and sci-fi that they can purchase to take home. In addition, visitors can take part in a cosplay contest, where the winning costume designer receives a special prize. A few food trucks will stop by to keep visitors fed as well.

Gutterball Fest II
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 14
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1417081988562545/

Check out this loaded punk rock lineup that will play this Saturday night in La Habra. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Narcoleptic Youth @ The Alamo Riverside
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 14
The Alamo, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/494009570698630/

Narcoleptic Youth headlines a FREE all-ages show in Riverside this Saturday night.

1984 “Dehumanization” 30th Anniversary
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 14
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/crucifix

Do not miss this rare chance to see some very old school punk rock bands perform this Saturday night in Orange County. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

Circus Jerks @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/619394901487405/

OC punks! Get your punk rock on this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 15
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana
http://patchworkshow.com/craft-fair-locations/santa-ana-events/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at four different locationsz. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Those who have attended Renegade Craft Fair will view Patchwork as a hybrid of that and a traditional art fair. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. Guests should park in the neighborhood south of the festival.

This past Saturday, Packinghouse Brewing Company hosted their 1st Annual BrewGrass Craft Beer & Music Festival at their facility in Riverside. This beer fest combines the unlimited beer drinking nature of a typical beer fest and adds traditional American bluegrass music to entertain the attendees. Though unintended, this event landed on quite possibly the hottest day of the year in Southern California, as temperatures hit 114 degrees Fahrenheit at one point. Although the majority of this fest took place outdoors, Packinghouse opened their tasting room and brewing facility for the attendees to walk through and stay cool in the shade. Packinghouse not only invited a couple of cooling vendors (mist sprayers, etc), but also provided plenty of mist fans strewn throughout the fest area. Most of the attendees did not appear to mind the heat, as they all exhibited joy for all the beer and all the bluegrass.

The Packinghouse BrewGrass Fest lasted over five hours, an hour more than the standard beer fest, which gave Packinghouse plenty of time and space to pack a lot of content into this fest. Originally slotted for 1pm to 6pm, the gate staff allowed guests in as early as 12pm, albeit guests could not do anything at that time except sit or stand around. As a neat convenience, guests could bring their own outdoor furniture, such as chairs, tables, and stand umbrellas. Most of these attendees set up near the stage, while others set up randomly around the fest. The indoors area of the brewery served as a shaded haven for overheated guests, as no booths existed inside. Most of the action took place outside, where guests would find the stage, all the beer, and the three food trucks. Wait, three? As you may expect, the three food trucks maintained persistently long lines the entire festival. As a rule of thumb, invite one food truck for every 200 expected guests. This beer fest clearly oversold tickets (more on this later), so why only bring on three food trucks? I spent 20 minutes in line, then another 40 minutes waiting for the actual food. At a beer fest, nobody should accept this sort of wait. But enough about food – on to the beer!

Packinghouse proved they have many friends in the craft beer industry with this beer fest. The original lineup contained a massive 27 guest breweries in attendance, plus Packinghouse! I may not have seen the complete set of breweries while at the beer fest, because I had tasted every single beer present by 5pm. Either not all 27 breweries attended, or most breweries brought session-ish beers. Due to the extreme heat, most breweries decided not to bring anything strong to prevent dehydration via excess alcohol. As a result, I had difficulty selecting the strongest beer of the fest. After sifting through all the breweries, Valiant Brewing comes out on top with the strongest beer of Packinghouse’s 1st Annual BrewGrass Craft Beer & Music Festival.

For a beer fest that oversold tickets, things did not go as bad as overselling tickets would conspire. For Packinghouse’s first attempt at this type of fest, they fared rather well, yet still hit a couple of speed bumps. The overflow of guests caused parking problems for those that arrived after the start time of 1pm. Most of these late guests parked in a parking lot belonging to an industrial building around the corner from the brewery. Luckily, that building does not operate on weekends, so no automobile got ticketed or towed. They also did not invite enough food vendors to cover every guest. Whether food truck or food booth, for every 200 guests in attendance, an event organizer should invite one food vendor. Expecting a thousand guests? Invite five vendors in any combination, such as three trucks and two booths. Besides the three food trucks, guests could purchase desserts or sauces, but those hardly count as actual food when drinking mass quantities of beer. Other than that, everything ran smooth for a first run. The fest itself never felt crowded – just the parking lot and the wait for food felt like a crowd. Attendees not into bluegrass music simply tuned it out or did not pay attention to it. After the first ten minutes of music, I phased it out in my head, and never noticed the music again until I left. For a beer fest hosted by a brewery, I held high expectations, since as history taught us, beer fests held by a brewery tend to outperform beer fests from a non-brewery organizer. Suffice to say, this does not rule out non-brewery organized beer fests altogether, as some of the better beer fests also come from a non-brewery organizer. Always follow/like breweries in your area, as they may have special events from time to time. Some of these events can host hundreds of people like a beer fest, while most of the events will take place with a few dozen guests.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Girls On Film
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm, June 26
One-Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/382088235230963/

Catch a sexy burlesque show this Wednesday night in Downtown Santa Monica, dedicated to women on film. Have cash available for parking and a potential cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

New Kids On The Block 2
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 27
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://nkotb2.bpt.me/

From the organizers behind the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival comes NKOTB2, a festival of beer and food featuring breweries, brewpubs, and restaurants that opened less than two years ago. The admission of $30 includes parking and grants all-access to beer tastings and food samples until it runs out; however, with a hard limit of 300 tickets and over 15 breweries on board, do not expect any vendor to run out of food or beer by the end of the fest, so go nuts. Local bands will play live music to fill the room with uplifting beats. As of this morning, less than 100 tickets remain, so act quick and purchase your ticket today!

Union 13 @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 27
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=188069541357373

Union 13 returns to their hometown of Los Angeles to headline this street punk show featuring Rats In The Wall (Leftover Crack + F-Minus), Sleepwalkers, Nomads, All Out Attak, and more. Admission to this show costs only $5. No one under 18 may enter. Remember to bring your ID too, as security will not allow anyone in without showing it. Guests can find plenty of street parking in the neighborhood across the street.

Jack Bradshaw Dog Show
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 28-30
Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.jbradshaw.com/

Watch multiple dog shows and competitions this 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.

OC Tastefest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 28
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 29
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 30
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://octastefest.com/

Get a taste of Orange County’s top restaurants at the annual OC Tastefest this weekend at the OC Fair. This fest follows the pay-as-you-go system, foregoing last year’s admission fee to allow anyone in, and allowing guests to purchase as many tickets as they would like. Guests then use these tickets to exchange for food & drink samples from the 20+ participating restaurants. The more tickets you purchase, the more you save – $10 for 10 tickets, $25 for 30 tickets, and $40 for 50 tickets. Based on last year’s ticket requirements, a single person can consume more than 10 tickets, so I suggest 30 tickets for two people, or 50 tickets for three people. Parking at the OC Fair costs $5, so have cash available for that. This fest takes place mostly outdoors, so if you go early on Saturday or Sunday, dress for the warm weather, and apply sunscreen.

CH3 @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 28
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/137967

Catch punk rock band CH3 as they headline a punk rock show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach this Friday night with The Simpletones, The Gears, White Flag, and Shag Rats. Admission to this costs costs $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking on Orizaba Ave or in the neighborhood across the street. Avoid parking on N Gladys Ave, or in the Autozone parking lot.

Color Burst 5K
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 29
Irvine Lake, Silverado
http://www.thecharitybomb.com/

Enjoy a summer kickoff color run this Saturday morning at Irvine Lake. As with all color runs, this all-ages run covers a 5k dirt & grass course along Irvine Lake, complete with color “bursts” along the route. Participants should wear white to absorb and display all the colors the most upon reaching the bursts. As a fun run, no participant will win an actual prize other than the fun of running through color, and the colorful clothes they leave the event with. An afterparty will feature a beer garden, food trucks, live music, and other miscellaneous games. Registration costs $50 per individual, $35 per individual running for a team of four or more, $20 for children ages 9-15, and free for children 8 and under. Parking costs $5 at Irvine Lake. I strongly suggest carpooling and arriving early, as traffic here gets intense with only one road leading to the lake.

Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 29
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 30
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-pierdaze.html

Come see and act like pirates at the beach! Visitors may choose to dress as a pirate or arrive in normal clothes. Many others will fully dress up to play their parts. Expect to see pirate shows, vendors, music, a (mock) ship fight, and cannon blank shots fired at the pier. This FREE and all-ages event runs on Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am both days. If you plan to stay for a while, note that this takes place entirely outdoors, so have sunscreen available. Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood across Ocean Blvd.

Riviera Village Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 29-30
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rvsummerfestival.com/

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

Beachwood Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
11:30 am – 2:00 am, June 29
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/500598403341008/

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s 2nd anniversary at their restaurant/brewery in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Free to attend, expect to find rare beers on tap, as well as a handful of guest breweries and their brews. Beachwood BBQ will also serve up some food specials unique only for this glorious day. Guests can park for free for up to three hours with validation in the parking structure in the alley behind the restaurant.

Bottle Share #5
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 29
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/661742867176287/

Brew your own beer? Got an interested 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.

1st Annual BrewGrass Craft Beer & Music Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 29
Packinghouse Brewing Company, Riverside
http://blog.pbbeer.com/?p=27

Rock out to bluegrass music as you sip on unlimited craft beer samples this Saturday at Packinghouse Brewing Company in Riverside. This festival brings together food trucks, bluegrass bands, and craft beers from a handful of local breweries for your afternoon enjoyment. The fest will even provide a wine booth and a cigar lounge for those interested. Admission costs $35 presale and $40 at the door. Guests may bring a picnic blanket and/or chairs into the event. Food and full pints come at an additional cost. No one under 21 may attend.

Farm Folk Festival
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 29
Packing House, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/izevents?izc-event-id=13

Check out a local arts & crafts fair near Downtown Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. Expect live music, art, vendors, cooking demos, other merchandise, and more. Hungry guests can munch on food from food trucks or from Umami Burger right around the corner. The tasting room at Anaheim Brewery will remain open for normal business as well.

4th Annual Los Angeles Street Food Fest
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 29
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://lastreetfoodfest.com/

Experience the best of mobile eats in LA at the 4th annual LA Street Food Fest. This all-ages food fest features hundreds of chefs, restaurants, food carts, food trucks, food stands, pop-ups, bars, and more. The list of participating businesses includes more than enough food to cover your entire day, plus plenty of dessert, ice cream, coffee/teas, drinks, alcoholic drinks, mobile boutiques, and so much more. General admission costs $50, starts at 5pm, and includes parking and ALL food & drinks. VIP admission costs $75, starts at 3pm, and also includes access to a VIP lounge. Children 7 and under enter free with a paid adult admission. Attendees should bring a picnic blanket and/or chairs, as the venue cannot provide enough tables for the thousands of attendees.

4th Annual Claremont Village Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 29
Streets of Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontbluesandbrews.com/

Exhibit the local businesses of Claremont while sipping on craft beers and local food at this annual music and beer fest on the streets of Claremont Village. Over 30 of the local businesses will serve as sites where attendees to this fest can pick up some food or beer as they continue to stroll through Claremont Village to enjoy the live music and the goods & services offered by the local businesses. Admission costs $35 presale and $40 at the gate, and includes free parking and 12 beer tasting tickets. The site does not mention if admission includes food, so if you plan to eat, have some cash available. No one under 21 may attend.

Space of Light
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 29
Tierra de la Culebra, Highland Park
http://p-ai.com/pages/space-of-light

If you have attended Autumn Lights before, you will not want to miss this. Space of Light takes art as we know it and transforms it into glow-in-the-dark works of art. For a fee, guests can actually turn into the canvas for the artists. Other types of art will go up on display at this art show. Join in the communal fire pit lighting at 10pm. Guests will also find live music, vendors, raffle prizes, food & drinks, and more. Admission costs $5 presale and $10 at the door. The site makes no mention of age limits or parking, so prepare for whatever happens in that case.

Fang @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 29
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/645092898852090/

See some 1980’s bay area punk rock bands play at this show at The Airliner this Saturday night. This show costs $5 to enter before 9pm, and $7 to enter after 9pm. No one under 18 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

Volcanik Rockers + more @ Bob’s Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 29
Bob’s Bar, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/384314968341846/

Support local punk rock bands at this show that only costs $5 to attend. This show will include raffle tickets to upcoming shows for Luicidal, Lace ‘Em Up, and Agent Orange. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual Pasadena Marathon & Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 29
5:15 am – 11:00 am, June 30
Pasadena City College, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenamarathon.org/

Have you prepared for the 26.2? Enter the Pasadena Marathon, occurring this Sunday morning at Pasadena City College. A marathon festival occurs at the start/finish line until 11am, complete with vendors, activities, and other services. A marathon expo takes place on Saturday at Fuller Theological Seminary from 9am to 7pm. Full marathon registration has already sold out, but you can still register for the half marathon, 10k, or 5k until Wednesday night – after that, interested individuals will have to go to the expo and register there.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 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 $7 per person and comes with free parking.

13th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 30
Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Taste-of-Adams.html

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

2nd Annual Dog Day Afternoon
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 30
Fountain Valley Recreation & Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.meetup.com/desperatepawsofocdogclub/events/101243672/?action=detail&eventId=101243672

This FREE dog event takes place at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. Open to guests of all ages and all breeds, guests will find lots of dogs and dog activities, with athletic demos, vendors, adoption information, merchandise, and more. As part of Fountain Valley’s 5th Annual Summerfest, guests will also find rides, games, live music, beer/wine gardens, food, and more. Guests can park for free in any of the park’s parking lots. If those fill up, guests can park on the street, or in the neighborhood across the street.

Wanderlust Yoga In The City
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 30
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://la.wanderlustfestival.com/

Join in on this FREE yoga meetup this Sunday on the Santa Monica Pier. Simply RSVP by clicking on the picture below, then show up when desired. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

The Rose Park Bluegrass Festival returned this past Sunday to the Rose Park community in Long Beach. Free to all ages, the festival contained a handful of food trucks, local vendors, arts & crafts, games, a beer garden hosted by Beachwood BBQ, and more.

Although the fest only contained one stage, this small fest only needed that one. The entire community could hear the music from a few streets down. In addition to the music, organizers held mini shows or games between sets, such as a pie-eating contest.

Lasting from 12pm-5pm, I saw everything I needed to see within an hour of arriving. Bear in mind that the fest only takes up the space in the circle around Rose Park, meaning that if you wanted to see everything, you would see it all in about two minutes. Locals can spend more time here by bringing their family and setting up chairs picnic-style on the grass of Rose Park.

Considering attending the Rose Park Bluegrass Festival next year – it costs nothing to enter, and you get to see food trucks, local vendors, and more.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor (last of 2012)
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 15-16
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Belmont-Shore-Stroll-Savor/333931866642186

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

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

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

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

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
August 17-24
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 be featuring 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 that week.

Orange County BBQ Bonanza
11:00 am, August 17-19
Fountain Valley Sports Park, west side of Mile Square Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.ocbbqbonanza.com/

This event is open to all ages and is now FREE to enter. You can try many different types of BBQ from all over the country, ranging from $2 to $25 per plate. In addition to all the food, there will be carnival games and rides, vendors, and other entertainment.

Summer BBQ & Pro-BBQ Competition
August 17-19
Westminster Mall, Westminster
http://www.shelterforthehomeless.org/events.htm

This festival celebrates, ribs, pork, and watermelons. Watermelons are free each day of the festival, which costs $5 to enter. There will be plenty of food (that you have to pay for), carnival games, rides, entertainment, and more. I do not know why this is the same weekend as OC BBQ Bonanza, but I suppose that means the organizers are confident enough that their first annual BBQ fest will overtake one that has been around for years.

12th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
7:00 am, August 18-19
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival will be 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.

Los Angeles Dragonboat Festival
8:30 am – 4:00 pm, August 18
Legg Lake Park, Whittier
http://ladragonboat.com/

Come to watch Dragonboat races at Legg Lake Park – free parking and admission to spectate! If you missed the Long Beach Dragonboat Festival, you do not want to miss this.

Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 18
Uptown Whittier
http://www.whittieruptown.org/wua/?page_id=2555

This car show is free to the public, and will feature classics, muscles, vintages, and more. Local restaurants and food trucks will be available to keep you and your group fed.

Stone Brewery 16th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 18
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
http://www.stonebrew.com/anniv/

Stone Brewery is turning 16 soon, and to celebrate, Stone is throwing another huge bash full of food and beer. The $40 admission gets you a souvenir glass, ten 4oz pours, access to over 100 different beers, free sodas, cheese, and Arrogant Bastard onion rings. There are two 3-hour sessions: 11am-2pm, and 3pm-6pm.

Long Beach Funk Fest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
Downtown Long Beach
http://www.lbfunkfest.com/

This free event is open to all ages and will feature numerous funk artists and bands in the heart of Downtown Long Beach on Pine & Broadway (hint: streets will be closed). In addition to the live music, there will be a kids’ zone, arts & crafts, dancers, vendors, and more. After the fest ends, the after party will be at Harvelle’s, which is down the stairs next to Congregation Ale House, which is less than a minute away from the fest.

3rd Annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 18
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 begins at 3pm, while early admission begins at 1pm. The pub crawl has no set route – you are free to 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.

Gyoza Eating Championship
2:30 pm, August 18
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center Plaza, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/events/competitionday/

Part of The 72nd Annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival, this eating competition will see participants eating at least 264 gyoza in under 10 minutes. The winner walks away with $5,500 in cash prizes and bragging rights until next year. Spectators can get in free – if you want to participate, check the website for availability.

Long Beach Grand Cru
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 18
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachgrandcru.org

The Long Beach Grand Cru is a wine competition and tasting extravaganza, featuring some really rare and/or expensive wines. Tickets are $160 presale and $200 at the door.

Star Wars: It’s A Tap!
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 19
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://www.facebook.com/events/408688475860943/

Pizza Port will be tapping & pouring Star Wars themed beers all day for $3 or $4 a pint depending on the beer. There will be food specials, movies, costume contests, and more. There is no admission fee, so you only pay for what you consume.

Rose Park Bluegrass Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 19
Rose Park, Long Beach
http://www.roseparkbluegrass.com/

This free festival is open to all ages, and will feature many bluegrass bands, entertainment, food from local restaurants, games, arts & crafts, a beer garden, and more. Parking is very difficult around this area – luckily the website has a nifty guide on how to get there and where to park.