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This Saturday, the 2016 Bock Fest returns to Southern California at its original location of the Olympic Collection in West Los Angeles. A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where they love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers. For $55 admission, attendees receive two hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $95 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier for more entertainment and drinks. Absolutely no person under the age of 21 may attend, and do not forget to bring a valid ID!

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Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, February 3
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 4-6
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 for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

City Tavern DTLA’s 2nd Birthday Celebration
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 4
City Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.citytaverndtla.com/

City Tavern’s Downtown LA location turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have food and drink specials this Thursday night.

College & Food Truck Night
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 4
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/collegenight/

This Thursday night, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach will open later than usual. They will have discounted admission for college students, and the aquarium will have gourmet food trucks parked outside to feed visitors.

Hyper Local Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 4
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/

This Thursday night, The Rookery in Pomona will have four select local craft beers on tap for $4.

El Segundo Brewing’s Dankbowl 2016
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 5-7
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://www.elsegundobrewing.com/

El Segundo Brewing will have special events this weekend that coincide with the big game. On Friday, they will bring back their Power Plant Triple IPA. On Saturday, they will have a lineup of Double IPA’s on tap. On Sunday, they will have a viewing party for the big game.

Ballast Point Tap Takeover
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 5
Board & Brew, Anaheim Hills
http://www.boardandbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/579957418819629/

This Friday evening, find Ballast Point’s fruit-inspired brews on tap at Board & Brew in Anaheim Hills.

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

Taste of Night Market
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 5-6
The Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://www.tasteofnightmarket.com/

The organizers of the inaugural 626 Night Market brings their successful night market to Santa Monica this weekend. As a spinoff of the 626 Night Market, this event will focus on the food and drink aspects, with tastings available from dozens of Asian-themed vendors. General admission starts at 6pm while VIP admission starts at 5pm. Prices start at $65 and go up to $95.

Luicidal @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:30 pm – 12:30 pm, February 5
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/657775887697976/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Gears and The Angry Samoans: Live in SoCal
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 5, The Garage, Ventura http://www.badsampresents.com/event/228670
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 6, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim http://thegearsatdollhut.brownpapertickets.com/

Local punk rock bands The Gears and The Angry Samoans will perform at these two shows this week in Southern California. The cover for each of these shows cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 5
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1070885-secret-affair-long-beach/

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.

Super Kids Saturday 5K & Fun Run
7:30 am – 12:00 pm, February 6
Granada Beach, Long Beach
http://www.millerchildrenshospitallb.org/5K

Participate in a 5K run this Saturday morning and raise money for charity. Registration costs $30.

Geeks In Love Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 6-7
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1044883558908874/

Check out this FREE and all-ages arts & craft fair this weekend in Burbank, which follows a love and Valentine’s Day theme.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Irvine Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 6
Irvine Spectrum, Irvine
http://www.facebook.com/events/1654582321474439/

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.

Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 6
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 7
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.lacookiecon.com/

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $17, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

2nd Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 6
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://sglunarnewyear.org/

Celebrate the upcoming lunar new year with this FREE and all-ages festival in San Gabriel this Saturday afternoon. Visitors will find music, dance, art, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, tea garden, live calligraphy, fortune telling, and more.

12th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 6
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/chocolate-festival/

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

Long Beach Mardi Gras
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 6-7
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://lbmardigras.com/

Shoreline Village plays host this weekend to a myriad of music, art, activities, entertainment, dance, parades, and more. The actual parade starts at 2pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Completely free to attend for all ages, all guests can get involved with the festivities, from the dancing to the games and more. Dress up to get even more involved!

Gamer Bowl, a Gam3rCon event
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 6-7
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego
http://www.gam3rcon.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/148395915534914/

This weekend, check out a free and all-ages event featuring video games, board games, prizes, and other activities.

2016 Bock Fest
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 6
The Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
http://www.bockfest.net/

A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where the Germans love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers. For $55 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $95 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier for more entertainment and drinks.

4th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 6
Westfield Santa Anita, Arcadia
http://www.westfield.com/santaanita
http://www.facebook.com/events/777192795748171/

Enjoy a free and all-ages Lunar New Year celebration this Saturday in Arcadia with live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, specials, and more.

8th Annual Los Angeles Ska Wars
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 6
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles
http://www.flavorus.com/skawars2016

Ska fans get their day this Saturday in East Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages at Lincoln Park, headlined by legendary ska band The Toasters. Tickets to this festival cost $24 presale and $30 at the door.

Top Acid 1st Anniversary Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 6
Top Acid, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/230119177320564/

Top Acid turns a year old this weekend, and they will have a free and all-ages music show featuring local bands to celebrate.

The Crowd @ Fitzgerald’s HB
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 6
Fitzgerald’s, Huntington Beach
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1015609-crowd-huntington-beach/

Catch a local punk show this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Storytime with the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 6
Malone’s, Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Enjoy a raunchy burlesque show in Santa Ana this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter. Bring cash for the cover charge.

D.I. @ Spike’s Bar & Billiards
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, February 6
Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead
http://www.facebook.com/events/446778298865288/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Rosemead. The cover for this show costs $13. No one under 21 may enter.

6th Annual Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 7
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/_calendar/index.aspx

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this family-friendly festival this Saturday in Pasadena. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more. Admission to the museum costs $10, while children 11 and under can enter for free with a paid adult’s admission.

Bad Cop Bad Cop @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1682567965289163/

Check out some local punk rock bands this Sunday night at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

When you consider the people behind a beer fest, what type of people come to mind? Do you picture tough men drinking nonstop? Do you envision Irishmen drinking all day at the pub? Perhaps you think of Germans celebrating Oktoberfest. Contrary to what many believe, certain nationalities do not need a holiday or occasion to drink. Who said the Irish clamor over St. Patrick’s Day? Who believes Germans only drink prior to Oktoberfest? Each nation delivers more than the stereotypical beer that people know them for. Take the Germans for example – what else do they drink other than Oktoberfest beers? Have you heard of Bocks? This winter equivalent of the Oktoberfest brew deserves more attention than they currently do not receive. Luckily, Southern California holds an annual beer fest celebrating the wonderful world of Bock beers, and holding true to its location, Bock Fest brings more than just the beer – it also brings more booze including lots of spirits.

Taking place at its new location of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, the 2015 Bock Fest holds true to its roots as the beer fest that celebrates the lesser-known of German beers. Similar in style to Oktoberfest brews, Bocks appear darker and taste bolder, but can range from the paleness of a pilsner to the darkness of a stout. Although this fest focuses on Bocks and other German beers, many other microbreweries served their amazing craft beers as well. Popular breweries such as Figueroa Mountain, Fireman’s Brew, Spaten, and Lagunitas made an appearance, while rotating live music, food vendors, wines & spirits, cigar rolling, and more kept all guests occupied as they guzzled their brews.

Missed Bock Fest? Want to go to another beer fest just like it? I heard they plan to host a St. Patrick’s Fest. I currently have no details about such a fest, but perhaps I shall soon. For the latest in beer fests in Southern California, follow my blog for my weekly events post!

This Sunday, the 2015 Bock Fest returns to Southern California at its new location of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where they love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers.

For $45 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $85 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier for more entertainment and drinks. Street parking meters do not go into effect on Sundays, so commuters can possibly find free parking on the streets around the venue; otherwise, the venue has a paid private parking garage. Absolutely no person under the age of 21 may attend, and do not forget to bring a valid ID!

11th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 18-24
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 19 – February 1
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://dinenb.com/restaurant-week/

This 14-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.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 19 – February 1
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.

Cheese Week @ The Factory
January 19-25
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/648232371966407/

Two years ago, Downtown Long Beach had a Cheese Week. Last year, they had a Pepper Week. This year, we have not heard anything from the Downtown Long Beach camp. Until then, The Factory will host their own Cheese Week this week with different cheese specials each day.

Saosin with Anthony Green
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 19
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Saosin

Post-hardcore band Saosin will headline a show at The Observatory tonight. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30. Arrive early to get free parking at the venue’s parking lot. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

Cosplay Photoshoot @ CSULB Zen Garden
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, January 21
CSULB Zen Garden, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1559612120924673/

Got a cosplay costume that you want to show off? Come to this photo shoot this Wednesday in the Zen Garden located at the northwest end of Cal State Long Beach. As this takes place on a college campus, visitors may not freely park here. Visitors can find street parking on Atherton or the neighborhood north of it.

Dory Deli – Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 21
Dory Deli, Newport Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/583687015096996/

Dory Deli in Newport Beach will have their official grand opening next Monday. Until then, they will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the chamber of commerce this Wednesday evening at 5:30.

Madball – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 21, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2276
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 22, Chain Reaction, Anaheim http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/738277
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 23, White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/738869
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 24, Jerry’s Pizza & Pub, Bakersfield http://www.ticketfly.com/event/738875-madball-bakersfield/

Legendary New York hardcore band Madball will play a string of shows in Southern California this week. Each show has a different price and age limit, so click on the show’s link for more information.

Mobile Deathcamp – Live in Long Beach
6:00 pm – 1:00 am,  January 21
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/705405139556615/

Release some aggression at this show in Long Beach this Wednesday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Mad Caddies & The Aggrolites @ The Troubadour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 21
The Troubadour, West Hollywood
http://www.troubadour.com/event/727085-mad-caddies-los-angeles/

The Mad Caddies and The Aggrolites will embark on a west coast tour this week, starting with a show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood this Wednesday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $17 presale or $20 at the door.

Keg For A Cause – Pink Boots Society
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 22
Bottlecraft, North Park, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/330008397204713/

On Thursday evening, stop by Bottlecraft in North Park to buy Pizza Port’s Tres Tuercas Nut Brown Ale. 100% of the proceeds will go to Pink Boots Society – San Diego.

Dogfish Head Flight Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 22
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1537796286502035/

Sip on some Dogfish Head beers this Thursday night at 38 Degrees in Alhambra.

San Diego Caffeine Crawl
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, January 23
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 24
Various locations, San Diego County
http://www.caffeinecrawl.com/san-diego.html

Coffee lovers meet up this week at various locations in San Diego County. Like a pub crawl, attendees will select one of four routes, and explore a handful of coffee shops in select neighborhoods based on the route. Some routes may even include coffee beer!

Nuke the Fridge Con (Special Edition)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 24-25
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://nukethefridge.com/

While it normally occurs in November each year, Nuke the Fridge Con returns to Rowland Heights this weekend for a special event featuring Stan Lee of Marvel fame. This FREE event features dozens of pop culture vendors all selling various goods of video games, sports memorabilia, comics, and other collectibles. Anyone will surely find something here to satisfy their inner collector.

4th Annual Kites Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 24
Claremont Sands Beach (Horny Corner), Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/605903379532016/

Bring out the kids to this kite-flying event this Saturday afternoon in Long Beach. Admission to this event costs $10.

Beer Geek Speedway Release Party
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 24
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1380631615576435/

AleSmith and Mikkeller have collaborated to brew up an imperial oatmeal stout with Kopi Luwak coffee, which goes on sale TODAY. This Saturday, the AleSmith tasting room in San Diego will have multiple variations of Speedway Stout available for the public to try.

Phat Con 2015
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, January 24
Dave & Buster’s, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/713657188681347/

Release your inner nerd at this FREE event this Saturday at Dave & Buster’s at The Outlets At Orange. Meet dozens of artists, writers, vendors, and more, as you gaze upon all of the wondrous works of art and collectibles. Bring some cash if you intend to purchase any toys, comic books, or other collectibles.

The Rookery 2nd Anniversary Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 24
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1075775

The Rookery in Downtown Pomona turns two this weekend, and to celebrate, they will hold an in-house beer fest for you to come get sloshed. Admission costs $40, and comes with unlimited beer pours plus a souvenir glass to take home. Expect mostly heavy and strong beers at this one – The Rookery does not slouch when it comes to beer selection. The Rookery has a full-service kitchen with their full menu available all day. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find free parking around Downtown Pomona, and can avoid paying to park in metered lots.

2015 North County Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 24
Moonlight Amphitheater, Vista
http://www.northcountybeerfestival.com/

North San Diego County has a beer festival this Saturday afternoon featuring over 25 breweries. Admission to this beer festival costs $42.50 for unlimited tastings while supplies last.

8Kalacas – Live in Van Nuys
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 24
White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys
http://www.facebook.com/events/489235587886250/

Go crazy at this skacore show this Saturday night in Van Nuys. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Eagle Rock Brewery 5th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 25
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/eagle-rock-brewery-5-year-anniversary

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

Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 25
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.lacookiecon.com/

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this one-day event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $21, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

2015 Bock Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 25
Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.bockfest.net/

A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where the Germans love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers. For $45 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $85 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier for more entertainment and drinks.

With the start of a new year, everybody and everything gets a chance at a fresh start. While people can have their resolutions, some entities, especially businesses, have to plan for the greater picture. Timing means a lot in business, so having the right products or services at the right times can make or break a business. When companies hold events, they must take care not to hold them at the same time as similar events, as those could take away potential customers. For the most part, unless an event organizer really drops the ball, the event runs its duration without any many hitches. If you want to see what Southern California has to offer, check out these five events going on this season.

5. Bock Fest & Cosplay Beer Fest

This year’s Bock Fest moves to a new location at the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where they love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers. For $45 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $85 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier, plus a souvenir glass. New this year, the organizers will include additional entertainment in the form of the Cosplay Beer Fest, encouraging people to dress up as fictional characters.

4. 5th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival

Although this event technically takes place in the Spring and in San Diego County, I needed to include this as a significant event that all should look into. After taking a year off, the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival returns to San Diego at its new location of Qualcomm Stadium. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. VIP admission costs $55, comes with a brew caddy, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1:30pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

3. 12th Annual TheFitExpo Los Angeles

Experience everything related to fitness at the 12th Annual TheFitExpo Los Angeles. Taking place over the course of two days at the Los Angeles Convention Center, this massive expo showcases all forms of fitness and athletics with live competitions, demos, workshops, seminars, and more. Visitors can view various forms of fitness and non-arena sports, such as CrossFit, weightlifting, Zumba, Parkour, wrestling, (mixed) martial arts, and more. The massive expo hall contains enough vendors to fill multiple swap meets, but once visitors get past all the vendors, they will find the various demo areas strewn about the expo hall. Single day admission costs $25, while the weekend combo only costs $40. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

2. 11th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest

The 11th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest will take place on the morning of Saturday, February 7 at Marine Stadium in the park at the north end. Over 500 dogs can compete in 19 different categories, most of which feature bulldogs, both English and French. Some categories will tailor specifically to other breeds, such as pugs, chihuahuas, and pit bulls. Other generic categories include cutest, ugliest, senior dogs, best in show, mutts, small dogs, and large dogs. Spectators can visit absolutely free, but for just $5, visitors may buy a seat along the runway to gain an up-close view as the dogs strut down the runway. For anyone wanting to enter their dog into the pageant, the organizers assess a $10 entry fee. The first contest begins at 9:40 am, and contests continue all the way to 3:00 pm. The main event, the English Bulldog pageant, begins at 10am, while French Bulldogs go on at noon. Various pet vendors will remain open to the public from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm. Some home breeders also bring their pups to sell to eager pet lovers!

1. 2015 Long Beach Comic Expo

The 2015 Long Beach Comic Expo returns to the Long Beach Convention Center at the end of February, much in the year earlier than last year. Returning to Hall C and the foyer on the southwest side, hundreds of local comic book writers and artists will travel here to exhibit their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more. Eager fans can gain access to the entire show floor for $30 per person for Saturday, $20 on Sunday, or $45 for the entire weekend, effectively double the amount of last year. In addition to the expo on the show floor, various workshops and seminars will occur in the promenade meeting rooms for those who register ahead of time. Diehard fans will recognize the various celebrities sitting in for meet & greet and autograph sessions. Even to those not interested in comics, everyone should attend a comic expo/con just to see everyone dressing up in costume. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into a staple for any sort of expo in this industry, and the fans proudly don their best gear for this expo.

When you consider the people behind a beer fest, what type of people come to mind? Do you picture tough men drinking nonstop? Do you envision Irishmen drinking all day at the pub? Perhaps you think of Germans celebrating Oktoberfest. Contrary to what many believe, certain nationalities do not need a holiday or occasion to drink. Who said the Irish clamor over St. Patrick’s Day? Who believes Germans only drink prior to Oktoberfest? Each nation delivers more than the stereotypical beer that people know them for. Take the Germans for example – what else do they drink other than Oktoberfest beers? Have you heard of Bocks? This winter equivalent of the Oktoberfest brew deserves more attention than they currently do not receive. Luckily, Southern California holds an annual beer fest celebrating the wonderful world of Bock beers, and holding true to its location, Bock Fest brings more than just the beer – it also brings more booze and some sultry burlesque babes.

Taking place at the Olympic Collection in West Los Angeles, the 2014 Bock Fest holds true to its roots as the beer fest that celebrates the lesser-known of German beers. Similar in style to Oktoberfest brews, Bocks appear darker and taste bolder, but can range from the paleness of a pilsner to the darkness of a stout. Although this fest focuses on Bocks and other German beers, many other microbreweries served their amazing craft beers as well. Popular breweries such as Figueroa Mountain, Fireman’s Brew, Spaten, and Lagunitas made an appearance, with the latter two taking home the Beer Champion and People’s Choice award for Bock Fest, respectively. Rotating live music, food vendors, wines & spirits, cigar rolling, and more kept all guests occupied as they guzzled their brews.

In addition to the multitude of breweries, wineries, and vendors, we must pay tribute to the people who made this fest possible. From the live DJ to the importers to the brewers to the event staff, without the people, this fest would never have occurred.

Bock Fest employs select judges to elect the best brewery of the fest, while the organizers also provide attendees the opportunity to vote for their favorite brewery present. As mentioned above, the judges selected Spaten as their favorite, while the crowd voted Lagunitas as their favorite.

Saving the best for last, the Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque made a special appearance to perform not one, but TWO shows to all the lucky attendees. These lovely ladies do a great job of not just performing, but also with crowd interaction, leaving everyone craving more. Below shows only a glimpse of their performance – if you like what you see, check out their shows! Like their page on Facebook for news about their upcoming shows, such as their residency First Wednesday show TONIGHT at the Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana.

Missed Bock Fest? Want to go to another beer fest just like it? I heard they plan to host a St. Patrick’s Fest. I currently have no details about such a fest, but perhaps I shall soon. For the latest in beer fests in Southern California, follow my blog for my weekly events post!

This Saturday, the 2014 Bock Fest arrives at The Olympic Collection in West Los Angeles. A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where they love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers.

For just $29 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 1pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $85 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier, plus access to the return of Sugar Lounge for more entertainment and drinks. Did I mention that Sugar Lounge returns as well?

Perhaps you seek some additional forms of entertainment to enjoy with your beer. Bock Fest provides that in the form of Sugar Lounge, an adult playground where your inner child meets the grown you. VIP attendees receive access to this seductive lounge complete with more beer, wine, spirits, ice luge, treats, sexy ladies, and more. Who could resist a burlesque show from the Dirty Little Secrets? Your heart will melt as you keep your eyes on the sultry moves of these ladies with no urge to turn away.

Itching to attend Bock Fest? Tickets sell out fast every year. If you want to drink productively while saving some money, Bock Fest needs volunteers. Volunteers should work at least three hours between 12pm-6pm, either to help set up, work the fest, or clean up. Volunteer duties include:

  • Assist booths with bottles: opening bottles, putting empty bottles back in boxes, helping pour beers, etc
  • Removing boxes of bottles: taking boxes of bottles to the back area (I will show where they go), bringing empty boxes back to booths
  • Transporting ice: bringing bags of ice to booths, emptying water buckets
  • Assist servers with pouring drinks: I recommend bar experience for this
  • Guest service: answering questions guests may have
  • Fulfillment: generally assisting staff with their needs

In exchange for working, volunteers enter the fest for free, and receive one meal & unlimited drinks during breaks or downtime. The facility runs the parking lot, so unfortunately you still would have to pay for parking. Located off the 405 and 10 freeways, free street parking rarely exists here. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please leave your contact info in a comment below, or tweet me (fastest way to reach me) at @OnePunkArmy.

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.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 4
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, January 28
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/598793220174870/

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.

Avery Brewing – Tap Takeover @ The Factory
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 29
The Factory, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/214914548710706/

Come try some Maharaja or any other of Avery’s beers as they take over the taps at The Factory this Wednesday night.

Chili-Infused Beer Dinner
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, January 29
The Grill at Torrey Pines, San Diego
http://lodgetorreypines.com/beer/

Five San Diego breweries will pair their beers with various chili dishes from The Grill at Torrey Pines this Wednesday night. The $80 admission includes food, beer pairings, valet parking, tax, and gratuity. No one under 21 may attend.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Last Thursdays @ One Eyed Gypsy
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm, January 30
One Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/713678805331671/

Get your fill of burlesque every last Thursday of the month at One Eyed Gypsy in Downtown Los Angeles, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

World’s Worst Ska Competition
8:00 pm – 1:00 am January 31
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=85080

Come see some local and not local ska bands as they perform this ska-tastic show this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale and $12.50 at the door. Contact one of the bands, such as The Maxies, and they may give you a discount, or even give you tickets for free!

Guttermouth & Authority Zero @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 31
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/guttermouth-authorityzero

Two heavy-hitters in punk rock play a show this Friday night, as Guttermouth and Authority Zero co-headline this value of an all-ages show. At $5 per ticket, this show will likely sell out by Friday night, so go get your tickets fast!

Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 1
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.socalpetexpo.com/

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this Saturday at the Long Beach Convention Center. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more.

Hangar 24 California Spring Beer Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, February 1
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/660569240665798/

Hangar 24 will celebrate an early Spring this year with an extra early release of their spring seasonal beer this weekend. Visitors can fill up growlers of this seasonal beer starting this Saturday, and can also enjoy live music starting in the afternoon.

2014 Bock Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 1
The Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
http://www.bockfest.net/

A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where the Germans love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers. For just $29 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $85 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier, plus access to the return of Sugar Lounge for more entertainment and drinks.

115th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 1
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 2
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=204

Celebrate the Lunar New Year this weekend in Downtown LA’s historic Chinatown at this free all-ages festival. All weekend, visitors will find arts & crafts, cultural merchandise, food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more. On Saturday early afternoon, a parade will roll through the area, closing off most streets around Chinatown to through-traffic. Guests can find plenty of free street parking up Spring Street or anywhere eastward.

The Menzingers @ The Constellation Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 1
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-menzingers

The Menzingers currently tour across the country, and that tour stop by Southern California this weekend. Tickets to the all-ages show at The Observatory this Saturday night cost $13.

Guttermouth @ Brick By Brick
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 1
Brick By Brick, San Diego
http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1773660&cobrand=brickbybrick

Guttermouth headlines a show in San Diego this Saturday night, complete with other great local bands. Tickets to this show cost $17 presale and $20 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

When you consider the people behind a beer fest, what type of people come to mind? Do you picture tough men drinking nonstop? Do you envision Irishmen drinking all day at the pub? Perhaps you think of Germans celebrating Oktoberfest. Contrary to what many believe, certain nationalities do not need a holiday or occasion to drink. Who said the Irish clamor over St. Patrick’s Day? Who believes Germans only drink prior to Oktoberfest? Each nation delivers more than the stereotypical beer that people know them for. Take the Germans for example – what else do they drink other than Oktoberfest beers? Have you heard of Bocks? This winter equivalent of the Oktoberfest brew deserves more attention than they currently do not receive. Luckily, Southern California holds an annual beer fest celebrating the wonderful world of Bock beers, and holding true to its location, Bock Fest brings more than just the beer – it brings on the bacon and the burlesque babes.

Taking place at the Arena Nightclub in Hollywood, the 2013 Bock Fest holds true to its roots as the beer fest that celebrates the lesser-known of German beers. Similar in style to Oktoberfest brews, Bocks appear darker and taste bolder, but can range from the paleness of a pilsner to the darkness of a stout. Although this fest focuses on Bocks and other German beers, many other microbreweries served their amazing craft beers as well. Popular breweries such as Lagunitas, Hangar 24, and Fireman’s Brew made an appearance, while the latter actually took home the People’s Choice award for Bock Fest. Rotating live music, a handful of food vendors (including a food truck right outside), wines & spirits upstairs, fortune telling, cigar rolling, and more kept all guests occupied as they guzzled their brews.

Speaking of upstairs, remember my post(s) about Sugar Lounge a month ago? It made a return to Bock Fest, this time as an open lounge to all guests. Just like last time, Sugar Lounge featured a live DJ the entire time, full bar, more beer, and not one, but TWO sexy burlesque shows by the Dirty Little Secrets. As anyone can imagine, this area filled up fast, and remained full for the entire duration of the fest.

Missed Bock Fest? Want to go to another beer fest just like it? I heard they plan to host a St. Patrick’s Fest. I currently have no details about such a fest, but perhaps I shall soon. For the latest in beer fests in Southern California, follow my blog for my weekly events post!