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Upcoming Events: May 1-7, 2017

Posted: May 1, 2017 in Art, Beer, Cars, Drinks, Events, Food, Inland Empire, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, Restaurant, San Diego, Ska, Sports, Wine
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Pasadena Restaurant Week
April 30 – May 5
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 30 and May 5, over 40 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

Extreme Midget Wrestling
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 2
Calico Saloon & Grill, Lancaster
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.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 3-4
Pine Avenue, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/event-post/taste-of-downtown/

Sample food & drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach at this tasting fest held on Pine Avenue. Free to attend for all-ages, guests simply pay to eat, purchasing booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each. Each restaurant accepts varying amounts of tickets depending on their offerings. Live music and artists will keep guests entertained as well.

Star Wars Day
May 4
Worldwide
http://www.starwars.com/may-the-4th

Star Wars Day officially falls on May 4th. Various businesses around the world will have Star Wars activities going on. Check with your local favorite hangout spot to see if they will celebrate this occasion.

AVP Huntington Beach Open
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 4-7
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
http://avp.com/event/avp-hb-open/

Some of the world’s top beach volleyball talent will come to Huntington Beach this weekend as part of this touring competition. General admission costs nothing, while premium seats will cost a bit.

8th Annual Taste of Cardiff
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 4
Cardiff Seaside Market, Cardiff
http://www.cardiff101.com/events/taste-of-cardiff/

Sample the local flavors of Cardiff this Thursday evening all throughout Downtown Cardiff. Tasting tickets cost $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event, and provide guests with unlimited food samples from participating locations until they run out of food. For $10 more, upgrade the ticket to include “sip stops” which add special cocktail, wine, or beer tastings at select locations.

Cinco De Mayo
May 5
Worldwide
http://cincodemayo.org/

Cinco De Mayo falls on a Friday this week, which typically means college specials since a handful of college students do not have classes on Fridays. Please celebrate responsibly!

Chamber Golf Tournament
10:30 am – 4:30 pm, May 5
Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club, San Clemente
http://www.scchamber.com/events/details/chamber-golf-tournament-05-06-2016-967

Play some competitive golf this Friday afternoon in South Orange County. Registration costs $175 per individual or $700 for a team of four.

Spring Fling Vendor Fair
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 5
Holiday Inn Hotel, Santa Ana
http://www.holidayinn.com/jwa-airport
http://www.facebook.com/events/473302746334269/

Free to attend for all ages, check out this vendor fair this Friday afternoon with apparel, accessories, arts & crafts, and more.

26th Southern California Homebrewers Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 5
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 6
Vail Lake Resort, Temecula
http://www.calhomebrewers.org/events/homebrew-festival/

This weekend, meet homebrewers and homebrew clubs from across California, and share beers, experiences, knowledge, contacts, and more. Attendees will find speakers, beer tastings, live entertainment, games, and more. It costs $10 to join the association, then another registration fee to attend.

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

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 5
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 6
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://uptownvillagemarket.com/

Local artists and vendors will display and sell their wares at this FREE art fest. Guests can look at some interesting works of art, while browsing through all the merchandise available to purchase. The organizers will provide free refreshments, while live bands and singers will keep guests entertained.

2017 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 5
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 6
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 7
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://www.citrusfair.com/

This little city fair takes place all weekend starting Friday evening. Open to all ages, guests can experience rides, games, food, merchandise, stage shows, and more. The fair requires no admission, though any sort of participation will require a cost.

BBQ & Beer Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, May 5
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 6
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 7
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://bbqandbeerfestival.com/

Barbecue and beers collide this weekend in Santa Clarita. Friday night represents the beer festival that costs $40 to get in and includes unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. All food comes at cost, so guests should bring cash to pay for food. No one under 21 may attend on Friday. Saturday and Sunday represent the family-friendly barbecue festival that costs $10 to enter, but all food and drinks come at cost that day.

Rock Star Beer Festival San Diego
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 5
Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego
http://www.rockstarbeerfestivalsd.com/

A corporate beer festival comes to San Diego this Friday night. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Taco Madness 2017
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 5
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lataco.com/taco-madness-2017/

Free to attend, check out food, drinks, music, art, and more this Friday night in Downtown LA. No one under 21 may attend.

Salsa Competition & Cantina Crawl 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 5
Shorb Garden, Alhambra
http://downtownalhambra.com/event/salsa-competition-cantina-crawl-2016/

Food, drinks, and music mix up with each other this Friday night in Alhambra. Free to attend for all ages, check out the salsa competition, the live music, and the bar crawl afterwards. No one under 21 may attend the bar crawl.

Voodoo Glow Skulls – Cinco De Mayo Show
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, May 5
The Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://voodooglowskulls.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/766198483547338/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Friday night in Riverside. Tickets to this show cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Free Comic Book Day
May 6
Participating locations, Worldwide
http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

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

Tacos & Beer 5K Run & Festival
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 6
El Dorado East Regional Park, Long Beach
http://www.tacosnbeer5k.com/

Take a fun run, hold it during Cinco de Mayo weekend, add tacos and beer, throw costumes on, and you have a white boy’s fantasy party all on one day. Basically, if you have seen an MTV party, this does not stray too far from it. This event starts with a 5K fun run in the morning, and then when that ends, all participants can stay for tacos and beer for the rest of the festival. The organizers encourage everyone to wear silly costumes in an attempt to see who can stereotype the Latin culture the most. Food will come from local vendors, and since this takes place in Long Beach, except very normal Mexican food. Also, Bud Light will sponsor the beer, so keep that in mind if you care about the quality of your beer. If you still feel like going to this, registration starts at $70.

13th Misti Washington Gourd & Basket Weekend
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 6-7
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://baskets-gourds.com/

Shop and/or learn to create baskets and gourds this weekend in Encinitas. Admission and registration will vary in price based on when and how you want to attend, which may include fees for classes or seminars.

San Diego Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Cultural Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 6-7
De Anza Cove, Mission Bay, San Diego
http://www.sdhoolaulea.com/

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

Kentucky Derby Bourbon & Whiskey Tasting
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 6
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/ky-derby-party-chandelier-room-2017/

Sample various bourbon and whisky this Saturday in Arcadia. Admission costs $100 and includes all food and drink samples while supplies last, plus access to betting on the races. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 Scuba Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 6-7
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://scubashow.com/

Come to this diving expo and check out hundreds of diving companies and resorts from around the world. Dozens of seminars will highlight equipment, destinations, training, photography, ecology, and more. Attendees will also find a seafood cooking demo, plus other goodies, such as door prizes. Admission varies based on the mode of attendance, with general admission starting at $12. Children under 13 get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking at the convention center’s parking structure costs $10 per vehicle.

8th Annual Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 6
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://asianculturalfestivalsd.com/

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

Grand Central Market’s For the Love of Food
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, May 6
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/922/for-the-love-of-food

Free to attend for all ages, check out a day of chef demos, workshops, tastings, seminars, and more.

Soka University’s 16th Annual International Festival
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 6
Soka University, Aliso Viejo
http://www.soka.edu/news_events/International-Festival/default.aspx

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

Bacchus’ Home Brewers Fest 2017
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 6
Claud & Co. Bacchus’ Kitchen, Pasadena
http://www.bacchuskitchen.com/

For $45 admission, gain entry to this homebrewers tasting event up in Pasadena this Saturday early afternoon with food and beer tasters. Their website does not specify how much food and beer one can receive. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Holi Festival of Colors – Oceanside
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 6
Pier Amphitheatre, Oceanside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the annual Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration with color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every two hours starting at noon. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

12th Annual Silverado Chili Cook-Off & Cinco de Mayo Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 6
Silverado Community Center, Silverado
http://smrpd.org/

Sample lots of chili and enjoy a cultural festival this Saturday afternoon in the hills of Silverado. Packed with food, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more, visitors will surely find something to say occupied here. Free to attend, guests should bring cash to pay for any food or drinks here.

6th Annual Buellton Brew Fest
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, May 6
River View Park, Buellton
http://www.buelltonbrewfest.com/

Enjoy brews in beautiful Buellton this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and starts at 12:30, while VIP admission costs $55, starts at 11:30, includes access to exclusive VIP brews. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last until 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 6
Historic Downtown Vista Village, Vista
http://www.sdrhythmandbrews.com/

The San Diego Brewers Guild presents the Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival this Saturday afternoon in the historic Vista Village district. Now in its fifth year, this festival now contains over 50 breweries, nine music acts across three stages, and plenty of food for sale from local businesses. General admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts an hour earlier at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastes while supplies last, plus a souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may attend.

17th Annual Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 6
La Jolla Cove, La Jolla
http://www.jlsdfoodandwine.com/

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

5th Annual Heritage, Music & Arts Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 6-7
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/event/heritage-music-arts-festival/

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

8th Annual Bikes Boards and Brews
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 6
Crown Point Park, Mission Bay, San Diego
http://www.pbbeerfest.com/

Enjoy local beer, gourmet bites, and a magnificent view of the bay at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pacific Beach. VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm, while general admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm. Prices go up $5 at the door. All admission comes with ten beer tasters. For $5 extra, display your vintage or custom bike for other guests to view.

1st Annual Empanada & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 6
The Wine Country, Signal Hill
http://www.lolasmexicancuisine.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/214874449013808/

Indulge on gourmet empanadas and wines this Saturday afternoon in Signal Hill. $25 gets you ten wine pours and all the empanadas you can eat while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

LA Taco & Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 6
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.latacobeerfest.com/

Enjoy unlimited beers and taco samples this Saturday afternoon while supplies last. General admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 1pm, and provides access to a VIP area. The event will have additional food trucks and restaurant vendors selling food and drinks for an additional cost. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 6
Mission District, South Pasadena
http://www.theeclectic.rocks/

Free to attend for all ages, see dozens of musicians and artists across five stages in South Pasadena this Saturday, plus a self-guided art walk, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, and more.

Roar & Pour Wine Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 6
Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbzoo.org/roar-and-pour/

Sample various wines while strolling through a zoo this Saturday evening in Santa Barbara. General admission costs $60 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $115, starts at 4pm, and has access to rare wines and appetizers. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last plus a souvenir wine glass to take home. No one under 21 may participate.

No Violence Music Fest 2017
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 6
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/3093
http://www.facebook.com/events/265623083886513/

Rock out to some Latin themed ska, punk rock, reggae, and more this Saturday evening at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $25.

23rd Annual Jewels of the Night Food & Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 6
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachstate.com/jewelsofthenight/

This Saturday evening, Cal State Long Beach hosts its annual food & wine festival for the 20th year in a row at the Walter Pyramid on the north side of the campus. Over 20 of the area’s top restaurants will serve their delicious food at this tasting gala, and a handful of California wineries will pour their signature wines. General admission to this event costs $150.

Foam Glow 5k – Los Angeles
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, May 6
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.foamglow.com/pomonaca

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of bubble runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Foam Glow. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam in this nighttime 5k race complete with flashing neon lights and loud dance music. Registration costs $50, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

SCRD Demented Danas vs. West Coast Derby Knockouts
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 6
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

Punk Rock Show @ Dipiazzas
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 6
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/629194273942037/

Enjoy some local punk rock music this Saturday night in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages show costs $12, or $10 for those 21 or over.

13th Annual Orange County Marathon
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 7
Fashion Island, Newport Beach
http://ocmarathon.com/

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

44th Annual Carlsbad Village Street Faire
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Grand Avenue, Downtown Carlsbad
http://visitcarlsbad.com/events/572017-carlsbad-village-street-faire/

Check out this free and all-ages street fair taking place in Downtown Carlsbad this Sunday, featuring dozens of vendors, arts & crafts, food, entertainment, and more.

Robo Toy Fest + Brick Boutique
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://robotoyfest.com/
http://www.brickboutique.com/

Check out this all-ages two-in-one event this Sunday in Pasadena featuring robot toys and brick-building toys. Regular admission costs $10 and starts at 10am while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am.

4th Annual SoCalMoms Great Big Family Play Day
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
The Autry Museum, Griffith Park
http://greatbigfamilyplayday.com/

A big day for kids happens this Sunday at The Autry in Griffith Park. Admission ranges from $5 to $90, and provides full access to all the games, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, booths, rides, demos, seminars, and more.

Mud Factor: Seriously Fun, 5K Obstacle Run – San Bernardino
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 7
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://www.mudfactor.com/socal-2017

Get down and dirty at this fun run in San Bernardino this Sunday afternoon. Registration costs $65 online or $85 on the day of the event, and provides participants with a bandana, medal, temporary tattoo, and bib.

5th Annual Art in Bixby Park
10:00 am – 5:30 pm, May 7
Bixby Park, Long Beach
http://sites.google.com/site/bixbyparkpreservation/home

Free to attend for all ages, check out this mini fair in Long Beach featuring art for sale, as well as other vendors selling arts & crafts, apparel, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and more.

Cinco De Mayo Festival & Car Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 7
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/cinco-de-mayo-festival/

Free to attend for all ages, Arcadia’s Santa Anita Park will hold both a cultural festival and a car show this Sunday afternoon. Guests will find lots of classic cars on display, food, drinks, vendors, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

Pinup Parade in the Park
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, May 7
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1864539330469511/

Pinup Girl Clothing will host their semiannual pinup model meetup this Sunday at Disneyland. In addition to plenty of photo opportunities, expect to find goodie bags, trivia, contests, and more.

May Day Festival
11:00 am – 3:30 pm, May 7
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
http://www.bowers.org/index.php/education-programs/event/935-may-day-festival

Participate in family-friendly arts & crafts while enjoying live entertainment this Sunday afternoon at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Admission into the museum on this day costs $15.

6th Annual San Diego Jewish Food Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 7
Temple Adat Shalom, Poway/Rancho Bernardo
http://www.sdjewishfoodfest.com/

Explore the world of Jewish cuisine this Sunday afternoon in Poway. Admission costs $20, and comes with $20’s worth of “tickets” that attendees will need to exchange for food. A four-pack will cost $60 but come with $80’s worth of food tickets.

2017 Taste of the Town
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Mann Biomedical Park, Valencia
http://www.childfamilycenter.org/foundation/taste-of-the-town.cfm

Enjoy unlimited food and drinks (while supplies last) from over 40 restaurants from the Santa Clarita and Valencia area this Saturday at this tasting event in Valencia. General admission costs $75 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $125, starts at 12pm, and includes reserved seating, two bottles of wine, tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, and cooking demos.

2nd Annual Masters Of Taste
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 7
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
http://mastersoftastela.com/

Sample food and drinks from some of Los Angeles County’s top chefs and experts this Sunday afternoon in Pasadena. General admission costs $105, starts at 4pm, and provides unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $185, starts at 3pm, and also includes access to a VIP area.

12th Annual Taste of Orange
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 7
Orange Circle, Old Town Orange
http://www.thetasteoforange.org/

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

Union 13 @ Five Star Bar
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 7
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/272563993167773/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Downtown LA this Sunday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 18 may enter.

14th Annual Orange County’s Largest Mixer
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 28
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocmixer.com/

Pay $20 to enter this event to mix and mingle with other random strangers. Bring cash for parking too.

Free Punk/Ska Show @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 28
Slide Bar, Downtown Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/117592125443406/

Enjoy a free punk and ska show this Tuesday night in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Fist of Fusion – Grand Opening
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, March 30
Fist of Fusion, Hollywood
http://www.fistoffusionislandgrill.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1291616244289422/

Fist of Fusion makes the transition from food truck to a permanent location as of this Thursday in Hollywood. Stop on by for their grand opening day where you will get 25% off your entire bill, and enjoy some Hawaiian/Islander fusion street food.

Belching Beaver Cask Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 30
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/268279623598745/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

2017 Formula Drift
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 31 – April 1
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://formulad.com/schedule/long-beach

Taking place a week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Formula Drift competition utilizes the sharpest turns of the track to put on a show that everyone can enjoy. Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event costs $40 plus fees up to $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so plan to carpool, take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood to the east to alleviate that parking fee.

WonderCon 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 31
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 1
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 2
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.comic-con.org/wca

Get your nerd on at WonderCon this weekend. Check out comic books, DVDs, action figures, artwork, signings/autographs, lots of cosplay, and more all weekend. Ticket prices for this all-ages expo vary depending on the preferred attendance method; for example, attending on Friday or Saturday for one day costs $30, while attending on Sunday only costs $18. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs about $20.

MXM Tag Team Tournament
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 31
eSports Arena, Santa Ana
http://www.playmxm.com/en/news/mxm-tag-team-tournament

Video game developer NCSOFT has a new game going into Beta next month, and they will preview it prior to the Beta this Friday evening in Santa Ana. Free to attend for all ages, the first 250 people in attendance will receive a free MXM t-shirt. Stick around to watch the game tournament, and to interact with the professional gamers.

5th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 31
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego
http://new.bankershillbusinessgroup.com/

Bankers Hill will host a beer and art festival this Friday night for the fifth year in a row. Tickets cost $30 presale or $35 at the door, and include unlimited 4oz beer pours plus unlimited food from participating local vendors while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Reel Big Fish: 2017 US Winter Tour
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 31
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.reel-big-fish.com/

Reel Big Fish currently tours across the country as part of their annual winter tour, and that tour ends in Southern California this week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

2nd Annual The 420 Games Los Angeles
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, April 1
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://420games.org/

Do sports, listen to loud music, and get high all at this gathering this Saturday in Santa Monica. Admission ranges from $4.20 to $60 based on what you want to do here. Check out the website for a full list of activities and how much each costs.

22nd Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 1
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/artantique2017/

Check out over 90 vendors selling collectibles, jewelry, art, furniture, glassware, and more at this street fair this Saturday. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find many rare merchandise from local businesses and home vendors. Guests can dine at any of the local establishments, which will remain open under their normal business hours. Guests can park for free on the street in adjacent neighborhoods.

25th Annual Riverside Airshow
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 1
Riverside Airport, Riverside
http://www.riversideairshow.com/

See all things aviation at this FREE and all-ages air show at the Riverside Airport this Saturday.

Discover The Dinosaurs – Orange County
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 1-2
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $18 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 1-2
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://itsacurrentaffair.com/

Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $12 and starts at 12pm, while early entry for 10am costs $20.

7th Annual Brew With A View
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 1
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.pbbeer.com/

Watch the Riverside Airshow from Packinghouse Brewing this Saturday, free of charge. They will have mobile food vendors, live music, and of course, lots of beer.

Abnormal Beer Company’s Two Year Anniversary
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 1
The Cork and Craft, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
http://abnormalbeer.co/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1087585761345795/

Abnormal Beer Company turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a party right where it started last year. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find special brews, bar bites, a live DJ, raffle prizes, a preview of the brewery expansion, and more.

6th Annual Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 1
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://santaanitabbq.com/

Enjoy some traditional BBQ meats this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Admission to this all-ages food fest costs $5 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.

7th Annual Spring Artisanal LA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 1-2
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://artisanalla.com/

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 presale or $15 at the door. Parking at the venue costs $6 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

2017 San Diego Uncorked Wine Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 1
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/san-diego-wine-festival-april-2017/

Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $60 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

Coastal Country Jam BBQ & Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 1
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://coastalcountryjam.com/

A barbecue, beer, and country music festival will take place on the beach this Saturday. Presale tickets to this event cost $75. No one under 21 may attend.

Balboa Craft Beer Festival 2017
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm, April 1
Balboa Village, Newport Beach
http://www.balboabeerfest.com/

Enjoy beach weather and craft beer this Saturday afternoon near Balboa Island. General admission costs $65, and includes unlimited beer AND food. No one under 21 may attend.

Festival of Fools “Punk N’ Nachos” Spring Kick Off Show
1:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 1
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/424674214591996/

A bunch of local punk rock bands will perform at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday starting in the afternoon. Guests may enter for free if arriving before 5pm; otherwise, the cover charge costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

King Harbor Brewing 3rd Anniversary Celebration
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 1
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://www.kingharborbrewing.com/2017/03/party-time-2/

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room. General admission costs $40 and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 World Pillow Fight Day
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 1
Worldwide
http://pillowfightday.com/

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 1st, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.

Duane Peters Gunfight: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 1
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1763712457289612/

Release some inner aggression at this punk rock show this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

The Coaster Run 5K/10K/Kids Run
6:00 am – 10:00 am, April 2
Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia
http://www.thecoasterrun.com/

Participate in a charity run through an amusement park this Sunday morning with the Coaster Run. Choose between a 5K or a 10K, or a Kids Run for the little ones. As a charity run, no participant can “win” – all participants will receive a commemorative medal for finishing the run. All participants also receive a coupon for half off an adult’s admission to the amusement park good for up to a month following the run. Registration varies in price depending on the course, so refer to the website for details.

Sand Sports Super Swap
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 2
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.sandsportssupershow.com/super-swap-tickets-buy-today

Buy, sell, or trade anything related to sand sports or offroading this Sunday morning. Admission costs $5 presale or $10 at the door, and grants access to all available vendors.

22nd Annual Tokyo City Cup & Japan Family Day
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, April 2
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.tokyocitycup.com/

A day of horse racing and Japanese culture comes to Santa Anita Park this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find races, food, arts & crafts, games, entertainment, vendors, and more at this event. Adult admission costs $5, but the website has a printable coupon good for free admission. Children may enter for free with adults.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 2
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
http://www.bowers.org/index.php/education-programs/event/934-japanese-cherry-blossom-festival

Celebrate this traditional cultural springtime festival this Sunday afternoon in Santa Ana. With just the price of admission into the museum, visitors get access to arts & crafts, live entertainment, cultural food & drinks, and more.

5th Annual Chino Brew & Chew
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 2
Brinderson Hall, Chino Fairgrounds, Chino
http://www.sichinovalley.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=957607&module_id=170130

A beer tasting event comes to Chino this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive 15 4oz beer tasters. Bring cash for food if you intend to eat there. No one under 21 may attend.

13th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
November 14-20
Various locations, San Diego
http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/

All week, check out all things food & wine all over San Diego County. From wine tastings to cooking classes to seminars to food sampling, if it has to do with food or drinks, it will happen during this time. On Saturday, experience the grand finale with a massive food & wine tasting festival at Embarcadero Marina Park North in Downtown San Diego. General admission to this festival costs $145 and starts at 12pm, while early admission costs $185 and starts at 11am. No one under 21 may attend.

Women’s Beer Forum
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 16
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/womens-beer-forum/

$14 gets you a flight of four beers from various breweries. Judging by historical posts about this event, it appears that men may not participate in this.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day
November 17
Worldwide
http://www.beaujolaisnouveauday.com/

Every year on the third Thursday of November, wine enthusiasts worldwide celebrate the arrival of this passionate wine with fireworks, music, festivals, and more. Check in with your favorite local restaurant, bar, or winery to see if they will participate in the celebration of this glorious wine.

Creamistry Koreatown Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 17
Creamistry, Koreatown
http://creamistry.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/153460365121294/

A new Creamistry opens their doors the public this Thursday in Koreatown. The first 200 customers receive a free t-shirt with the purchase of any item. From 3pm to 5pm, all customers receive one free single scoop of ice cream.

AleSmith Cask Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 17
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/221444861609772/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

Pennywise: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 17, House of Blues, Downtown San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/EventDetail?tmeventid=0A0050FD9C4F2A0F
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 18, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura http://www.venturatheater.net/event/1272249-pennywise-playing-about-ventura/
http://www.pennywisdom.com/

Famous punk rock band Pennywise currently tours across the country, and that tour will conclude on the west coast this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link to view prices.

Nekromantix: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 17, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1376864-nekromantix-special-guests-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 18, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2802
http://www.nekromantix.net/

Popular psychobilly band Nekromantix currently tours across the country, and that tour will conclude in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

2016 Los Angeles Auto Show
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 18-27
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://laautoshow.com/

Check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. General admission costs $12 on weekdays or $15 on weekends.

The Mom Made Market Orange County
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 18
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 19
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://the-mom-made-market.ticketleap.com/the-mom-made-market-orange-county/

Visit over a hundred arts & crafts vendors this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. Admission to this all-ages event ranges from $2 to $8.

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 18
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, November 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 20
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://motorcycleshows.com/longbeach

See all-things motorcycles this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission varies, with a one-day adult general admission costing $16.

La Quinta Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Party
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 18
La Quinta Brewing, Palm Desert
http://www.laquintabrewing.com/

La Quinta Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have their special anniversary beer on tap plus a few other special beers. In addition, they will have a food vendor on site, plus live music throughout the night. This event has no ticket or cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy good times.

Santa Ana Art Mixer
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 18
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/event/santa-ana-arts-mixer/

Mix and mingle with local artists and makers this Friday night in Santa Ana. Free to attend, this event requires registration via their website.

The Aquabats: Live in Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 18
City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim
http://www.theaquabats.com/
http://www.citynationalgroveofanaheim.com/events/detail/the-aquabats

Legendary ska-punk band The Aquabats will headline a show in Anaheim this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

1st Annual Punk Rock for Preemies
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 18
Paladino’s, Tarzana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1112696532155702/

Enjoy some local punk rock this Friday night in Tarzana. Tickets to this show cost $15, and a portion of ticket sales goes to charity. No one under 21 may enter.

41st Annual Turkey Trot
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 19
Vincent Lugo Park, San Gabriel
http://www.sangabrielcity.com/530/Turkey-Trot

A Thanksgiving fun run takes place in San Gabriel this Saturday morning. Registration costs $35 per person. As with any fun run, participants do not receive prizes for winning.

The Color Run 5k – Orange County
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 19
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://thecolorrun.com/locations/huntington-beach-ca/

The color run that started it all returns to Huntington State Beach this Saturday morning. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $50 per solo participant, or $45 per person if registering as a team of four or more. Waves of runners will start at 9am and launch every few minutes following that for up to two hours, so do not fret about getting there on time.

Bubble Run – San Diego
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 19
Sleep Train Amphitheater, Chula Vista
http://www.bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/san-diego-ca/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race around the Sleep Train Amphitheater. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

Barbells for Beers
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 19
Wicks Brewing, Riverside
http://www.wicksbrewing.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbells-for-beers-tickets-26486089607

Get a good morning workout with a partner, then cap it off with some food and beer this Saturday in Riverside. Registration costs $60 per team.

7th Annual Nuke the Fridge Con
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 19
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://nukethefridge.com/

Check out Nuke the Fridge Con happening this Saturday in Rowland Heights. This FREE event features many famous people in the comics industry, such as Nichelle Nichols, Billy Dee Williams, and more.

2016 Designer Con
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 20
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.designercon.com/

This design event takes place this weekend in Pasadena. What started as an expo for designer toys and collectibles has evolved into including apparel and accessories. Designer Con now features toys, apparel, art, crafts, and more, ranging from fine, traditional, modern, urban, and contemporary. Single-day admission costs $10, while weekend admission costs $15.

31st Annual Elves’ Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 19
Pasadena Waldorf School, Altadena
http://www.elves-faire.com/

This FREE and all-ages fair will allow visitors to enjoy medieval activities, games, live music, food, entertainment, and more.

Hermosa Beach Holiday Sidewalk Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 19-20
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://business.hbchamber.net/events/details/holiday-sidewalk-festival-3399

Check out this free and all-ages event this weekend in Downtown Hermosa Beach. Visitors will find arts & crafts, live entertainment, music, dancing, games, sidewalk sales, food & drink specials, and more.

Gunwhale Ales Grand Opening
11:00 am – 8:30 pm, November 19-20
Gunwhale Ales, Costa Mesa
http://www.gunwhaleales.com/

Another Orange County brewery opens their doors to the public this weekend in Costa Mesa. This event costs nothing to attend – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Cranksgiving Los Angeles XVI
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, November 19
Echo Park Lake, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/318338861837453/

A bicycle ride, scavenger hunt, and food drive collide in one event this Saturday. Bring out your bike, some fitness gear, and some cash, and race to see who can collect or buy the most food for the food drive charity. The event itself costs nothing to attend, but participants will need some money to pay for food to donate.

5th Annual Alpine Kraft Bierfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 19
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/events/kraft-bierfest/

More than 30 microbreweries will serve over 50 different beers this Saturday afternoon at Alpine Village in Torrance. General admission to this beer festival costs $25 presale or $30 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Stereo Brewing’s IPA Day
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 19
Stereo Brewing, Placenta
http://www.stereobrewing.com/

Recently-opened Stereo Brewing will release their first batch of IPA’s this Saturday, and you can taste them all and score a t-shirt to commemorate the release. A flight of five beers plus the t-shirt costs $25 presale or $35 at the counter.

The Rare Experience Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 19
Stout, Studio City
http://www.stoutburgersandbeers.com/beerfest/

Sample some really rare beers from across the nation this Saturday afternoon in Studio City. General admission costs $50, starts at 2pm, and comes with ten 4oz beers. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 1pm, and comes with 12 4oz beers. Attendees should bring extra cash to pay for food at the venue. No one under 21 may attend.

Helm’s Brewing 4-Year Anniversary
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 19
Helm’s Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.helmsbrewingco.com/
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2708719

Helm’s Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a plethora of special brews on tap at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa this Saturday. $25 gets you a souvenir glass plus ten beer tasters, or pay $5 more for unlimited beers tasters for the duration of your visit. No one under 21 may attend.

A Drinking Game: So I Married an Axe Murderer
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 19
ACME Studios, North Hollywood
http://www.adrinkinggame.com/

Enjoy some drinks and solve a mystery this Saturday night in North Hollywood. Admission costs $20 but does not include alcohol – attendees should bring their own drinks.

Suicidal Tendencies: Live in Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 19
Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.suicidaltendencies.com/

Legendary hardcore band Suicidal Tendencies currently tours across the nation, and that nation concludes in Ventura this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25 presale or $28 at the door.

The Dwarves: Live in Downtown Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 19
LA Space Camp, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thedwarves.com/

Punk rock band The Dwarves will headline a show in Downtown LA this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Youth Gone Mad: Live in Downtown Los Angeles
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 19
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/989922907784862/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Saturday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

26th Annual Encinitas Fall Street Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 20
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/holidaystreetfair/

This FREE street fair takes place this Sunday in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

24th Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, November 20
Southwest Museum, Mount Washington
http://www.arroyoartscollective.org/

This Sunday, check out homes and studios of artists and craftspeople around Highland Park, Eagle Rock, and surrounding areas. This self-guided tour costs $10 presale or $15 on the day of the event, and allows access to art purchasing, building tours, and more. While strolling, check out some of the great places to grab a bite or sip, such as Fusion Burgers, Donut Friend, The Oinkster, and more.

39th Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 20
Colorado Blvd, East Pasadena
http://pasadenadoodahparade.info/

The weird and wacky get their own parade this Sunday afternoon in Pasadena. Register on the website to secure a spot along the parade route to watch, free for all ages.

2016 Miracle on Main Street – Tree Lighting
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 20
Main Street, Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1674782902771762/

Free to attend for all ages, a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony will take place in Downtown Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon, as well as a plethora of other festive events.

1st Annual San Diego Ramen Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 20
Sushi On A Roll, Downtown San Diego
http://sdramenfest.com/

Pig out on ramen, sake, and more this Sunday evening in Downtown San Diego. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and comes with four ramen samples plus a ticket good for a fifth ramen sample or a beverage. VIP admission costs $60 presale or $65 at the door, includes two additional tickets, a goodie bag, and access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

Old Spanish Days – Fiesta
August 3-7
Santa Barbara
http://www.sbfiesta.org/

A week of Latin cultural celebrations comes to Santa Barbara this week, and will include a plethora of events to check out, including a food & wine festival at the Santa Barbara Zoo on Thursday evening. Check the website for a full list of events, and each event’s cost and age limit.

Zaigermeister Release
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 3
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/event/zaigermeister-release/

This Wednesday evening, Eagle Rock Brewery will release their first ever sour ale. Stop on by and enjoy it at the tasting room, or take bottles of it to go.

2016 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 4-5
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 7
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

Celebrate beach life with the annual International Surf Festival that spans four days starting Thursday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

Mermade Market
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 4
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 5
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6
Dana Point Community House, Dana Point
http://mermademarket.com/

Check out this free and all-ages vendor and arts & crafts fair taking place in Dana Point this week. Visitors will find apparel, accessories, food, entertainment, and more.

Great Society Cider & Mead – Soft Opening
4:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
Great Society Cider & Mead, Long Beach
http://www.greatsocietycider.com/great-society-cider-mead-soft-opens-thursday-august-4/

One of the few places dedicated to ciders soft opens their doors to the public this Thursday evening before they officially open their doors on Saturday. Free to attend, stop on by either Thursday or Saturday to see how far craft cider has come.

IPA Day @ Valiant Brewing
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 4
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.valiantbrewing.com/84-alpha-overdrive-bottle-release-quadruple-ipa/

Celebrate IPA Day this Thursday evening at Valiant Brewing in Orange as they bring their Overdrive Quad IPA out on draft and in bottles.

63rd Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 5
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-fishing.html

This FREE kids’ fishing contest will provide a safe environment for kids to learn how to fish, about fishing equipment, and about the environment. All participants must supply their own rod and reel – the event will provide bait and tackle.

VRLA Summer Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 5-6
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.virtualrealityla.com/

See the latest in virtual reality gadgets at this VR expo at the LA Convention Center this weekend. General admission to this all-ages expo costs $40.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 5-7
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

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

5th Annual Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons – Beer Festival & Pro BBQ Competition
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 7
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.afhusa.org/rpwbbq/

Indulge in BBQ, pork, watermelons, and beer this weekend in Huntington Beach. Grill masters from across the country will fly in to compete for the grand prize of $10,000, and attendees will share the delight to sampling all the delicious meaty goodness. Attendees will also find all the watermelon they can eat, as well as watermelon-related activities such as carving, seed-spitting, eating contests, and more. Also catch live music all weekend on the stage. General admission valid for all three days cost $9, $5 for children ages 8-12, and free for younger children. General admission only grants entry to the festival – all attendees must pay for food separately.

23rd Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6-7
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com/

Indulge in crawfish, beignets, drinks, and other New Orleans eats this weekend in Long Beach. In addition to all the food, attendees will find a TV lounge, dance contests, live music, souvenir photos, and more. Entry to this all-ages festival cost $13 presale and $17 at the gate for adults, while kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Adding a two-pound crawfish feast will cost $28 presale and $38 at the gate. Adding a three-pound crawfish feast will cost $35 presale and $48 at the gate. The parking lots across the street charge for use – park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

Unsung Brewing’s Grand Opening
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
Unsung Brewing @ MAKE, Anaheim
http://www.unsungbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/321211908267340/

Another brewery opens their doors to the public this Friday evening, and even the mayor will make an appearance at the beginning. All visitors receive a dollar off pints during the first hour. Free to enter, stop on by this Friday night to see how much hype they have built up over the past year.

68th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 5
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 6
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 7
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://lahabracornfestival.com/

This city fair celebrates corn with food, rides, games, drinks, vendors, merchandise, raffles, entertainment, and more. This fair will have a parade on Saturday afternoon too. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can also participate in a corn-eating contest, cutest baby contest, dog costume contest, apple pie contest, and more.

Brew at the Zoo
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 5
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles
http://lazoo.org/brew/

This craft beer fest at the Los Angeles Zoo will allow you to drink while exhibiting the animals. Also expect to see comedians, DJs, bands, vendors, and more. General admission costs $65, starts at 7pm, and includes unlimited 5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals. VIP admission costs $125, starts at 6pm, and includes access to two VIP lounges. No one under 21 may attend.

The Aggrolites @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 5
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1196577-aggrolites-long-beach/

Reggae/ska band The Aggrolites will headline a show in Long Beach this Friday night. The cover for this show will cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Labyrinth of Jareth XVIII – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 5-6
Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com/

Experience a weekend of costumes and magic as you party with the beautiful people of Southern California. Dance and mingle with the Royal Court, and show off your creativity with your most extravagant costume as you lose yourself in the entrancing music and atmosphere of the Labyrinth of Jareth. In layman’s terms, check out this fantasy costume party in LA all weekend, and expect to see a LOT of skin. Admission prices vary, from as low as $50 to as high as $111. Early arrivals will find free street parking near the hotel. Otherwise, guests can park in a parking garage behind the venue, or park at the Biltmore Hotel and take a shuttle from there. All attendees must don a full costume – no half costumes or lazy costumes. Although they have not specified an age limit, I assume no one under 21 can attend.

27th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
South Clairemont Park, San Diego
http://www.clairemontfamilyday.com/

Bring the entire family over to the park this Saturday for a FREE fair at the park. This fair will feature a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, drinks, games, rides, a car show, and more. Visitors can swim for FREE in the park’s pool from 12pm until 3pm.

7th Annual Tour de Big Bear
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
Big Bear Lake Village, Big Bear Lake
http://tourdebigbear.com/

Go on a bike ride throughout Big Bear Lake this Saturday morning. Rides last between 25 to 100 miles. Many other activities will take place throughout Big Bear Lake on this day too – check the website to see the list of other things to do this weekend.

2016 ARP Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6-7
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.scscracing.com/

Powerboat racers from across the country will congregate in Long Beach this weekend for this annual competition. Admission costs $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Unique Studio Tours
8:30 am – 2:30 pm, August 6
The Unique Space, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/unique-studio-tours-tickets-26435462179

Take a guided tour through multiple maker spaces this Saturday morning in Downtown LA. Registration costs $55, which includes transportation throughout the tour, a gift bag, food & drinks at each stop, and more.

5th Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 6
Lou Costello Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ovarianpsycos.com/

Participate in a communal bike ride starting in Los Angeles this Saturday morning. Mix and mingle with the various diverse women joining in on this bike ride.

18th Annual Taste of Ecuador Food Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 6
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
http://www.laeventsmarketing.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious Ecuadorian eats along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

4th Annual San Diego Burger Battle
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
Carddine Home Resort, San Marcos
http://www.sandiegoburgerbattle.com/

Dozens of professional and amateur cooks will enter their prized burgers into this competition for a chance to win big, which includes a new grill and a chance to go to the world competition. Although free to attend for all-ages, the general public will not get to taste any of the burgers, since only judges can taste. Attendees will get to see the cooks in action, as well as speak with professional cooks, chefs, and other industry folks.

5th Annual Latino Comics Expo
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6-7
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://www.molaa.org/events/latino-comics-expo-day-1/

As the name suggests, this all-ages event features all things Latin with comics, from Latin-themed comics to comics created by Latin people. Admission costs $10 on Saturday, or free on Sunday.

4th Annual ScareLA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 6-7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://scarela.com/

Welcome to Southern California’s premier Halloween convention. At this weekend event, get a glimpse at all things Halloween, preview this year’s top costumes, and get info on the world’s scariest haunted houses or mazes. Check out over a hundred Halloween vendors, makeup artists, scare demos, costume demos, and more. Visitors may also want to wear their costume to this expo to “practice” for Halloween! The price of admission varies based on the day of attendance, and any of the extras included with admission. General admission (no extra goodies) costs $35 on Saturday and $30 on Sunday. See the website for a full breakdown of prices.

Uncorked: Derby Days Summer Wine Fest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 6
Culver Studios, Culver City
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/derbydays/

A fancy wine tasting event comes to Culver City this Saturday and will span two different sessions. General admission costs $60 and lasts three hours, from 1pm to 4pm or 5pm to 8pm. VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm, providing four hours of wine tasting. No one under 21 may attend.

International Sailor Moon Day Los Angeles 2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 6
Sycamore Grove Park, Highland Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1822245344670963/

A meetup of Sailor Moon fans will take place this Saturday afternoon in Highland Park, free to attend for all ages. This meetup will function like a potluck, so bring any food or drinks you may wish to share, as well as any media to share with the other fans.

The Enchanted World of Miyazaki: Tribute Art Show
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 6
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 7
Mid-City Arthouse, Los Angeles
http://www.midcityarthouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1042511919148845/

A special art exhibit comes to LA this weekend, free to attend. No one under 21 may attend after 7pm.

2016 Taste of San Pedro
4:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6
CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedrochamber.com/

Explore cuisine from over 20 restaurants in San Pedro this Saturday evening. In addition to all the food and drinks, enjoy live music, live entertainment, and special beverage samples. General admission costs $55, starts at 5:00pm, and comes with five food tasters and five drink tasters. VIP admission costs $95, starts at 4:30pm, and comes with unlimited food and drink tasters. Attendees may purchase additional food and beverages at cost at the event.

14th Annual Plate By Plate
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6
California Science Center, Los Angeles
http://platebyplate.org/la/

Check out some of Southern California’s top restauranteurs at this evening gala this Saturday in LA. General admission costs $150, starts at 7pm, and provides access to the main floor. VIP admission costs $300, starts at 6pm, and comes with multiple VIP perks.

Karate In The Garage: Tour Kickoff Show
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 6
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1744647219148030/

Ska band Karate In The Garage will embark on a tour soon, but before they do, they will headline a FREE and all-ages show in Anaheim this Saturday night.

8th Annual OC Fair Fun Run 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 7
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocfair5k.com/

The OC Fair hosts a 5K at the fairgrounds this Sunday morning. Registration costs $40 presale and $45 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Children ages 6-12 register for $25 presale and $30 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Online registration closes this Thursday. All participants receive a goodie bag, which includes a T-shirt, a medal for participating, and one admission into the OC Fair.

August Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:30 pm, August 7
Just Ride LA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.la-bike.org/sunday_funday_august_2016

Bring out your family for a bike ride around Downtown LA. The course runs up to 18 miles, but participants may choose to ride for a lesser duration.

40th Annual Los Angeles Ratha Yatra
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 7
Venice Beach, Venice
http://festivalofchariots.com/

Some kind of religious parade and festival comes to Venice Beach this Sunday afternoon, free to attend for all ages. In addition to a parade, expect to find performers, entertainers, vendors, and more.

International Festival of Masks
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 7
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
http://www.bowers.org/index.php/education-programs/family-programs/event/497-internation-festival-of-masks

A special masks exhibit will take place at Bowers Museum this Sunday afternoon. For the cost of museum admission, gain access to all sorts of historical and cultural masks, and participate in arts & crafts activities including face painting and mask creation.

20th Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 7
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/2016-lemon-festival/

This street fair in Chula Vista will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods south of 3rd Avenue.

2016 OMShoes Summer Horseshoe Tournament
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 7
Mariner’s Point, Mission Beach, San Diego
http://www.ombac.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/274808499552955/

A charity horseshoe tournament will take place in San Diego this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $20, while participation will cost an additional $5. All proceeds go to charity.

10th Annual Charity Chili Cook Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 7
Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa
http://www.hitimewine.net/charity-chili-cook-off

Don your best cowboy/cowgirl outfit and mosey on over to Hi-Time Wine Cellars this Sunday for their annual chili cook-off. At this pinnacle of chili fests, guests will find live music, beer, wine, spirits, and more. Presale admission costs $10, while admission with ten raffle/drink tickets cost $20. Act quick, as this event sells out every year!

8th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 7
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com/

An all-ages seafood festival comes to Newport Beach this Sunday evening. Admission costs $60, and includes one full meal. VIP admission costs $150 and basically gives you all-you-can-eat food while supplies last.