Posts Tagged ‘Boyle Heights’

For as much as Los Angeles pushes their local culture and mom & pop shops, the majority of the locals still believe in mass media and prefer big brands. When it comes to beer selection, much of Los Angeles still prefer their Corona, Heineken, and Budweiser. Local microbreweries may do what they can, but businesses appear based on the preferences of the local community, which partially explains the lack of microbreweries in Los Angeles. Trends have changed recently, leading to the establishment of a handful of breweries in Downtown LA’s Arts District. Once you expand beyond Downtown, you go back to the trend of preferring macro beers, especially if you venture eastward. In order to reach out to new grounds, one much take one step at a time, which Dry River Brewing has done.

Adding something a little bit different to the Downtown Los Angeles’ craft beer scene, Dry River Brewing officially opened their doors to the public at the beginning of July with their own approach to brewing. Located just off the 101 freeway in Boyle Heights just past the Arts District, over at Dry River Brewing, they believe in slow beer, something that traditionalists frown upon. The folks at Dry River Brewing like to experiment with allowing beer to sit and allow nature to take its course. As such, visitors can expect to find primarily wild ales and sour ales on tap at Dry River Brewing. Due to the nature of how they produce their brews, Dry River Brewing’s selection may cost more than the typical brewery, so keep that in mind if you intend to visit the tasting room. Speaking of the tasting room, Dry River Brewing only opens their doors on the first and third Saturdays of each month, so do not think you can just waltz over there any random day!

For more information and future updates, check out Dry River Brewing on Facebook and Twitter.

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2017 LA Restaurant Week
July 14-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 15-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Presented by Crunchyroll
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 26
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/event/the-ancient-magus-bride-presented-by-cruncyroll/

A highly-anticipated anime movie will screen one time this week in Santa Ana before its release. Admission to this screening costs $15 per person.

Beachwood Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 27
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/422743131442021/

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

10th Annual Supergirl Surf Pro
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 28-30
Oceanside Pier, Oceanside
http://supergirlpro.com/

Over a hundreds of the world’s top women surfers will compete this weekend in Oceanside. Visitors will also find various demos, vendors, booths, and entertainment all weekend at this free and all-ages event.

Nagoya Fair
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 28-30
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://www.mitsuwa.com/event/nagoya-fair/

Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance will have a free and all-ages event all this weekend. Visitors will get to experience a taste of Nagoya culture with unique food and entertainment.

Urban Hive Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 28
The Pike Outlets, Long Beach
http://www.urbanhivemarket.com/

Free to attend for all ages, a night market containing dozens of vendors takes place in Downtown Long Beach every fourth Friday night.

24th Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 28
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29-30
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.

27th Annual Taste of Yorba Linda
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 28
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.yorbalindachamber.org/

Sample the best of food & drinks in Yorba Linda this Friday evening. For $55 presale or $75 at the door, guests get treated to a night of unlimited food tastings plus two drink tickets good for beer or wine. Guests may reserve a table for ten for $100.

6th Annual LUCKYRICE Feast
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 28
Vibiana, Los Angeles
http://luckyrice.com/event/los-angeles-feast-4/

Join in on this night of Asian-style food tastings and cocktail sips this Friday night in Downtown LA. General admission costs $88 and starts at 8pm, while early admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and cocktail tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Every Time I Die: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 28, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 29, The Wiltern, Koreatown, Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 30, The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://everytimeidie.net/

Post-hardcore band Every Time I Die currently tours across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary in price, so check with the venue for prices.

Late Night Street Eats
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 28
Kaya Street Kitchen, Beverly Grove, Los Angeles
http://kayastreetkitchen.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1889577004701407/

A popup night market will take place near West Hollywood this Friday night. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find dozens of local food vendors showcasing their signature goods.

Ten Years of Tease
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 28
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

The Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque troupe will perform an anniversary show this Friday night in Long Beach. General admission costs $10. If you want seating, those admission prices will cost more. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 US Open of Surfing
July 29 – August 6
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

12th Annual Unleashed by Petco Imperial Beach Surf Dog
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 29
Imperial Beach Pier, Imperial Beach, San Diego
http://surfcitysurfdog.com/

Catch a weekend of surfing and dogs this weekend in Imperial Beach. Various events will take place throughout the day, with a few taking place on Sunday as well. Events vary in price, so check the website for a price for each individual event.

Adventure Hunt – Huntington Beach
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 29
Huntington Beach
http://adventurehunt.co/products/huntington-beach

Go on a scavenger hunt all around Huntington Beach this Saturday and race against others to compete for prizes. Registration starts at $49, and the more you pay, the more advantages you get.

28th Annual AVCC People’s Choice Car Sho[sic]
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 29
Grand Avenue, Arroyo Grande
http://www.arroyovalleycarclub.org/

Check out a free and all-ages car show up the coast of California this Saturday afternoon.

Long Beach Dragonboat Fest 2017
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 29-30
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.lbdragonboat.com/

Come watch numerous teams race Dragonboats in Marine Stadium, with the finals on Sunday. Expect to see Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. Spectators may attend and watch for free.

Belmont Shore Summer Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 29-30
Along 2nd Street, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/sidewalk-sale/

Various shops in Belmont Shore will offer sales on their items. Many shops will also place their items out on the sidewalk for people to browse as they walk by.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Northridge Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 29
Northridge Fashion Center, Northridge
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/244242902733826/

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

HessFest 2017
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 29
Mike Hess Brewing, North Park, San Diego
http://www.mikehessbrewing.com/

Hess Brewing will celebrate their seventh anniversary with an afternoon beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room in North Park, San Diego. Hess Brewing will pour many of their beers plus some rare and exclusive beers just for this event, and other local breweries will make an appearance to serve their refreshing brews as well. General admission costs $45, starts at 12:30pm, and includes unlimited beer tasters and food samples. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 11am, and also provides access to VIP-only beers. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual Vista BBQ Classic
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 29
Historic Downtown Vista, Vista
http://www.vistabbqclassic.com/

A free and all-ages street fair and barbecue competition returns to Vista this Saturday afternoon. Visitors can check out dozens of vendors, food booths, rides, games, entertainment, and more.

Midsummer Scream 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 29-30
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://midsummerscream.org/

A horror and Halloween expo comes to Long Beach this weekend, filled with vendors, entertainment, activities, and more. Tickets range from $25 to $75.

4th Annual Love Long Beach Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 29-30
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://lovelongbeachcelebration.com/

This all-ages event that costs $5 to get in will feature a plethora of family-fun things to do at the beach. Expect to find sports, games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, beer & wine garden, and more. On Saturday night, catch a fire show down on the beach as well.

1st Annual North Long Beach Tomato Festival
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, July 29
North Long Beach Victory Garden, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1458023390924122/

At this free and all-ages event in North Long Beach, sample some locally-grown tomatoes, partake in arts & crafts, and browse the goods of local vendors.

LMU’s 2nd Annual BeerFest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 29
Hannon Field @ Loyola Marymount University, Westchester, Los Angeles
http://alumnicommunity.lmu.edu/s/1013/lmu16/interior.aspx?sid=1013&gid=1&pgid=3616&cid=5455&ecid=5455&crid=0&calpgid=61&calcid=919

LMU will bring back their beer festival this Saturday afternoon to their campus in Westchester. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 12pm, and includes an event t-shirt and pretzel necklace. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from over a dozen participating breweries while supplies last. Attendees should bring cash for parking and food, and dress appropriately for hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Summer Fun Feast
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 29
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://www.kingharborbrewing.com/event/summer-fest-cornhole-tourney/

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing will host a cornhole tournament this Saturday afternoon, and they will also serve up a pig roast. Entry into the tournament costs $25 per person. All other visitors can attend for free – they will pay for food and drinks as they go.

Puente Community Arts Festival
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 29
Puente Learning Center, Boyle Heights
http://www.puente.org/event/community-arts-festival/

This free and all-ages event will have art, music, food, crafts, entertainment, demos, and more.

Punk Invasion 2K17
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 29
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1326000534152453/

An all-day all-ages punk concert comes to Santa Ana this Saturday. Tickets to this concert cost $35.

6th Annual Taste of Summer
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 29
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.fulfillment.org/tasteofsummer

Mix and mingle with rich people at this luxurious tasting event in Santa Monica this Saturday evening. Admission costs $85 presale or $150 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Pinup Prom 2017
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29
Pinup Girl Boutique, Burbank
http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/807320619436888/

Free to attend for all ages, a pinup-themed prom event will take place in Burbank this Saturday night.

Skylent Disco
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 29
Skyspace LA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/skylent-disco

A big dance party will take place above Downtown LA this Saturday night. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and grants you access to the dance floor, complimentary beverages, glow sticks, and one ride on the slide above Downtown LA. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual North Pacific Beach Sip ‘N Stroll
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 30
Cass St, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.sipnstrollpb.com/

Discover all the local shops and restaurants in North Pacific beach at this free street fair this Sunday afternoon. Cass St will close to traffic to allow visitors to roam the street and check out all of the booths, vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, games, rides, and more.

Swiss Fair 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 30
Swiss Park, Whittier
http://www.swisspark.la/

The Annual Swiss Fair returns to Swiss Park in Whittier this Sunday. Guests of all ages will find Swiss food, drinks, desserts, vendors, dance, music, cheese tastings, games, and more. Entry costs $5, which includes parking.

To Live And Dine In L.A.
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 30
Fairmont Miramar, Santa Monica
http://modernluxury.com/los-angeles/

A food & alcohol tasting event will take place this Sunday evening in Santa Monica. The $95 admission gets you in to enjoy unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Orange County Beer Week
May 19-28
Orange County
http://ocbrewers.org/oc-beer-week/

This 10-day beer celebration covers all of Orange County, starting with a beer fest at the Fullerton Arboretum. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place in Orange County, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to OC Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

2017 Space Tech Expo USA
8:30 am – 6:00 pm, May 23
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, May 24
8:30 am – 3:00 pm, May 25
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.spacetechexpo.com/

Check out America’s engineering meeting place for space technology. This exhibition draws thousands of industry leaders, decision makers, engineers, and buyers to meet manufacturers and the supply chain for civil, military, and commercial space. Interested attendees can register for FREE to check out the main expo of this event.

I Love Poke Festival 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 23
Bali Hai Restaurant, Point Loma, San Diego
http://onoyum.com/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event in San Diego. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while ten local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $75, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

2017 Lightning In A Bottle
May 24-29
San Antonio Recreation Area, Bradley
http://lightninginabottle.org/

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

Naja’s Place 9th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 24-31
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.najasplace.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/602988599889975/

For eight days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

Beer & Ice Cream Pairing
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 24
Next Door Craft Beer & Wine Bar, La Mesa, San Diego
http://www.nextdoorsd.com/

Enjoy local craft beer paired with ice cream from local creameries this Wednesday night in La Mesa. Tickets cost $20, and gets you in to one of two two-hour sessions (6-8pm or 8-10pm) along with four total pairings. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Burgers Bourbon + Beer
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, May 24
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/lasocialevents/burgers-bourbon-beer-2/

Indulge on all the burgers, beer, and bourbon that you can handle (while supplies last) this Wednesday night in Santa Monica for $70 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Taste of Brea 2017
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 25
Downtown Brea
http://tasteofbrea.com/

This free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase a $25 wristband to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Ranchwood BBQ Grand Re-Opening Mixer
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, May 25
Ranchwood BBQ, La Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-bbq.com/

This San Diego barbecue restaurant opens their doors to the public once again this Thursday night. The cover for the opening reception costs $10 and includes two beverages.

6th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 25
Casa Del Mexicano, Boyle Heights
http://www.elacc.org/

Sample the local flavors of Boyle Heights this Thursday night in Boyle Heights. Admission costs $100 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus a tote bag with various goodies inside.

Down By Law – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Holding Company, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.downbylaw.com/

Punk rock band Down By Law will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices for each show vary by the venue, so check with the venue for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Gamex 2017
12:00 pm, May 26 – 6:00 pm, May 29
Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://www.strategicon.net/

This weekend-long expo will feature all sorts of board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing, collectibles, computer games and more. Registration varies, ranging from $5 all the way up to $500, so see the website for a breakdown of the prices to attend.

59th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 27-28
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 29
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday.

Blackest Of The Black Festival
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 26
1:00 pm – 10:30 pm, May 27
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://blackestfest.com/

Metal, hardcore, post-hardcore, and more bands will rock out the hills of Silverado this weekend. Tickets to this black concert start at $39.

14th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 27
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 28
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach
http://meritagecollection.com/balboabayresort/newport-beach-wine-festival/

A handful of wine tasting events will take place in Newport Beach this weekend. Admission to these events range from $65 to $150.

The Varukers – Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/3097

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

The Adicts – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Belasco Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 28, House of Blues, Anaheim
http://adicts.us/

Legendary punk rock band The Adicts will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

Ten Foot Pole – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 26
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.tenfootpole.com/

Punk rock band Ten Foot Pole will headline a few shows in Southern California this week – they will co-headline a show with Down By Law, mentioned above. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Muscle Beach Memorial Day Weekend Spectacular
May 27-29
Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
http://www.musclebeachvenice.com/

Various strength and strongman events will take place in Venice Beach this weekend. Visitors of all ages may spectate the events for free.

Junior Volleyball Association’s 1st Annual West Coast Cup
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-29
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.jvaonline.org/events/jva-west-coast-cup

A volleyball competition will take place in Downtown Long Beach this weekend. Spectator admission ranges from $8 to $20, or $6 to $15 for students.

85th Annual Scottish Fest USA
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-28
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.scottishfest.com/

This annual all-ages Scottish festival features hundreds of bagpipers & drummers, Scottish & Irish food & vendors, Scottish clans, Highland dancing, Scottish athletes, and more. Admission costs $18 with discounts available for military, seniors, and children. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

9th Annual Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27
Riverview Pkwy & Town Center Pkwy, Santee
http://santeestreetfair.com/

Thousands of visitors will roam the streets of Santee this weekend during their annual street fair, now combined with a craft beer garden. Free for all-ages to attend, the fair will contain live music, entertainment, food, drinks, games, arts & crafts, rides, vendors, and so much more. Pricing for the beer festival varies depending on how many tasters a person wants, ranging from $10 to $30.

Classic Not Plastic 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-28
Various locations, Long Beach
http://www.classicnotplastic.net/

A scooter/moped rally will take place in Long Beach this weekend. Consult with the website for the full schedule of events and rides.

Fiesta Hermosa 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-29
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

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

Geeky Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-29
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1958778197741755/

Check out this free and all-ages arts & crafts fair this weekend in Los Angeles featuring geek culture.

31st Annual California Festival of Beers
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 27
Madonna Inn Meadows, San Luis Obispo
http://www.californiafestivalofbeers.com/

Spend an afternoon drinking lots of beer this Saturday in San Luis Obispo. General admission costs $60 and starts at 12pm. Aficionado admission costs $80, starts at 11am, and provides access to exclusive beers and food samples. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. All non-VIP food comes at a separate cost, so have cash available for that. No one under 21 may attend.

Beer Fest & Pool Party
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 27
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, Torrance
http://www.absolutionbrewingcompany.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1373435679412750/

$25 gets you in to this beer tasting event and pool party this Saturday afternoon in the South Bay. For an additional $10, receive access to a taco bar plus food bites. No one under 21 may attend.

California Gold Rush Beer Festival 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 27
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/california-gold-rush/

Beer and horse-racing mix up at the Santa Anita Park this Saturday afternoon. For $35 admission, you get eight 3oz beer tasters, four 3oz sour ale tasters, and the souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may enter this event.

Santa Anita Carnival 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 27-29
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-carnival/

Santa Anita Park opens their gates to the public for this FREE weekend-long festival for people of all ages. Visitors will find food, drinks, treats, rides, games, and more.

Cismontane Brewing 7th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 27
Cismontane Brewing, Santa Ana
http://www.cismontanebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/220535458441293/

Cismontane turns seven years old this year, and to celebrate, they will have rare beers on tap at their Santa Ana location. Unlike previous years that acted like a festival, this event will have no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Eat Drink Vegan – 8th Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 27
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://eatdrinkvegan.com/

Taste the best of Southern California’s vegan foods and craft beers this Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. General admission costs $60 presale and starts at 2pm. Children’s admission costs $25. VIP admission costs $120 presale and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the festival. All food comes at additional costs, so bring cash. Arrive early, and plan to pay for parking. The fest takes place outdoors, so prepare accordingly with sunscreen and clothes for hot weather.

2nd Annual Long Beach Craft Beer & Taco Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm , May 27
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://chugginbrews.com/

Get schwifty in Long Beach this Saturday with beer, tacos, music, and raunchy times. Depending on when you want to attend and how much you intend to consume, ticket prices will vary from $22 to $110. See the website for pricing details. No one under 21 may attend.

Not Another Ska Fest 5
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/1901159830168798/

An all-ages ska show takes place in Silverlake this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $7.

Dirt City Roller Rats vs Rough Diamond Rebels
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 27
Holiday Skating Center, Victorville
http://www.dirtcityrollerrats.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Victorville. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10.

Newport Beach Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
Newport Dunes Waterfront, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachbeerfest.com/

If you want to get drunk in Newport Beach this Saturday night, do it here at this beer tasting event. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50, starts at 6pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive beers. No one under 21 may attend.

Nick Lamagna Benefit Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1280822628654078/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this weekend in Northeast LA. The cover for these shows cost $7 for one night or $10 for both. No one under 21 may enter.

2017 Vista Village Strawberry Festival
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 28
Historic Downtown Vista
http://vistastrawberryfest.com/

At this free festival, guests of all-ages can experience a plethora of activities all day in Vista, formerly the Strawberry Capital of the World. The day starts with a 5K run, and when the run ends, the main festival begins. The multitude of activities include a beer garden, pie-eating contests, cooking contest, golf/putting contest, homebrew contest, video contest, strawberry costume contest, demos, live entertainment, car show, rides, games, food, and so much more. Visit the website for a full schedule and list of activities, plus directions on where to park.

21st Annual Redlands Firefighters Car Show
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28
State Street, Downtown Redlands
http://www.redlandsfirefighterscarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show on the streets of Downtown Redlands this Sunday.

6th Annual LA Zine Fest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://lazinefest.com/

This free and all-ages expo will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Long Beachland
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 28
Art Theatre Long Beach, Retro Row, Long Beach
http://www.charlesphoenix.com/event/charles-phoenix-long-beachland/

Enjoy a local comedy slide show this Saturday in Long Beach. Admission costs $29.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 28
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

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

Timeless Booty BBQ
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 28
Woodley Park Section Two, Van Nuys
http://www.timelessdnb.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/402558446769022/

Free to attend for all ages, a music concert will take place in Van Nuys this Sunday afternoon. They will have food vendors present, so have cash available if you want to buy food.

Los Skangeles Fest
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/282783288821053/

An all-day all-ages ska concert takes place in Silverlake this Sunday. Tickets to this show cost $22.

4th Annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 28
Main Street & Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
http://mainopolysm.com/

Sample the flavors of Santa Monica’s Main Street during this Monopoly-themed tasting event this Sunday afternoon. Admission varies in price depending on how much you plan to consume, starting at $25.

Under the Sun Grand Opening
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Under the Sun, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1400083713400546/

A vegan cafe will officially open their doors to the public this Sunday evening. Enjoy free samples during this time as well as live entertainment.

19th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 29
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

Celebrate this Memorial Day with a run down in sunny Orange County. Register for any of various distances, and head to the starting line by 7am for the race start. Registration fees vary based on the distance, with the half marathon costing $75.

Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 26
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 27-29
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 30
Ventura Beach Marriott, Ventura
http://dearhandmadelife.com/craftcation-conference/

Designers and makers will not want to miss the Craftcation conference this weekend in Ventura. Partake in four days of networking, learning, sharing, sampling, and more. Registration costs $470 per person and includes full access to the entire weekend of programs, workshops, seminars, demos, and everything else.

The Taste of Downtown Glendale 2017
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 26
Brand Blvd, Downtown Glendale
http://www.tasteofdowntownglendale.com/

Sample food from dozens of restaurants from Glendale this Wednesday night along the streets of Downtown Glendale. Admission costs $35 for food-only or $45 for food+wine, and includes unlimited samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $75 and comes with access to a VIP area with exclusive tastings.

Extreme Midget Wrestling
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 26, Water Wheel Saloon, Norco
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 29, Spotlight 29 Casino, Coachella
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.

8th Annual Kingdom-Con
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 27
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 28-30
Crowne Plaza, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://kingdom-con.com/

This all-ages Table Top gaming convention contains all things board games, mini games, role-playing games, vendors, and more. Admission costs $20 for one day or $50 for the entire weekend.

EZFoodFest Los Angeles 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 27
Califormia Market Center, Los Angeles
http://ezfoodfest.com/

Sample food and drinks from local restaurants this Thursday night in Downtown Los Angeles. It costs nothing to attend, but interested attendees must still register on the website. No one under 21 may attend.

Boogaloo Mountain Jam 2016
8:00 am – 3:00 am, April 28
7:00 am – 2:00 am, April 29
7:00 am – 3:00 am, April 30
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://boogaloofestival.com/

An entire weekend of electronic music, yoga, art, workshops, cars, food, vendors, and more awaits you at this all-ages music festival. Tickets start at $145.

28th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 28-30
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://petexpooc.org/

Pet lovers will want to check out this pet expo at the OC Fair & Event Center this weekend. Open to all ages, attendees will find lots of pet resources, including food, merchandise, demos, exhibits, shows, pet adoptions, and more. General admission costs $15, but guests may NOT bring pets.

Turkish Food Festival
10:00 am – 7:30 pm, April 28-30
12642 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/229535717524404/

Free to attend for all ages, a fair with lots of Turkish food will take place this weekend in Garden Grove. Bring cash to pay for any food or drinks you intend to consume.

Spring 2017 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 28-29
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

21st Annual Upland Lemon Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 28
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 29
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 30
9th St & Euclid Ave, Upland
http://www.uplandlemonfestival.com/

This street fair in Upland 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 around the street closures.

The 2017 Hollywood Show
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 28
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 29
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30
The Westin LA Airport Hotel, Los Angeles
http://hollywoodshow.com/main.php

Check out the ultimate autograph and pop culture expo taking place this weekend near LAX. Meet a handful of celebrities from the old days, get autographs, take photos, and see more.

4th Annual “Coins for the Crowns” Quartermania
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 28
Brookhurst Community Center, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimfallfestival.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/380147699020264/

Partake in a fundraising speed-auction this Friday night in Anaheim. Bid increments will go up by quarters, so expect to find a lot of small items that will not cost much. Admission costs $25 per person and includes access to an appetizer & dessert bar.

The Aggrolites + Viernes 13 – Live in Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 28
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.aggroreggae.com/

Reggae and ska collide in Anaheim this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Narcoleptic Youth – Live in Anaheim
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 28
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.narcolepticyouth.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1829871380599975/

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

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 28, Knights of Columbus Hall, Canoga Park
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 29, Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this weekend, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10 for each show. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual Walk for Wishes
7:30 am – 12:00 pm, April 29
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://site.wish.org/site/TR/WalkForWishes/Make-A-WishOrangeCountyandtheInlandEmpire

Take a walk around the park this Saturday morning while raising money for charity. Registration for this walk costs $25 plus however much you decide to donate.

Wanderlust 108
7:30 am – 3:30 pm, April 29-30
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://wanderlust.com/

Join in on this yoga meetup this Saturday on the Santa Monica Pier. Admission costs $55, and includes entry into a 5k run, yoga, and meditation. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

4th Annual San Diego Shaka Fest
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 29
Crown Point Park Mission Bay, San Diego
http://sandiegoshakafest.com/

Bring your friends and family out to this all-ages athletics & Hawaiian cultural festival this Saturday in San Diego. This event combines a traditional cultural festival with some athletic activities and competitions, featuring rowing, obstacle courses, yoga, and more activities along with the festival’s food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

Autism Speaks Walk – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 29
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/SouthernCalifornia

Walk for charity this Sunday morning in Anaheim. Raise certain amounts of money to qualify for rewards, which you can find out about on their website.

34th Annual Encinitas Street Fair
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 29-30
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://encinitas101.com/

This FREE street fair takes place this weekend 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.

STEAM Expo 2017
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 29
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://magnoliapublicschools.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=325600&type=d

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event this Saturday morning in Long Beach featuring activities, games, and other arts & crafts surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

30th Annual Seal Beach Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 29
Main Street, Seal Beach
http://sealbeachchamber.org/seal-beach-car-show-gallery/

Free to attend for all ages, check out this classic car show that will take over the streets of Old Town Seal Beach this Saturday.

Downtown Burbank Arts Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 29-30
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Olive, Downtown Burbank
http://dtnbur.com/

Check out hundreds of artists, street painters, sidewalk chalk artists, and more this weekend in Downtown Burbank. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can exhibit the many art on display, create their own art with sidewalk chalk or other artists allowing guests to interact, or purchase art to take home.

Spring 2017 Jackalope Art & Craft Fair – Pasadena
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 29-30
Central Park, Pasadena
http://www.jackalopeartfair.com/pasadena

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day arts & crafts fair will feature local artisans, curators, food trucks, live music, and more.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 29-30
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://lawomensexpo.com/

This two-day expo in Los Angeles celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey/Hop Concept 11th Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 29
Lost Abbey, San Marcos
http://shop.lostabbey.com/

Celebrate the 11th anniversary of this brewery conglomerate with lots of beer this Saturday in San Marcos. Admission costs $30 and comes with ten beer tasters, a souvenir glass, and access to purchase additional rare beers from their vintage case. No one under 21 may attend.

Beach Streets: University
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 29
Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach
http://beachstreets.com/

Long Beach has its own version of a ciclovia where the city officials closes a portion of the city to vehicular traffic to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to freely roam the streets. This Saturday, that will occur on the Cal State Long Beach campus and surrounding streets. Plan your commute accordingly.

8th Annual San Diego Metal Swap Meet
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 29
Quartyard, San Diego
http://www.metalswapmeet.com/

Metal fans will not want to miss this all-ages flea market for all things heavy metal. For just $5 admission, gain access to all sorts of vendors selling music, apparel, accessories, art, and more.

33rd Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 29-30
Little Italy, San Diego
http://www.missionfederalartwalk.org/

Free to the public, this art walk takes up 17 blocks of Little Italy filled with over 350 artists. All throughout the fest, guests can discover music and dance performances, and plenty of kids’ activities.

CSUF TitanCon 2017
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 29
Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton
http://www.csuftitancon.com/

Hosted by fans for fans, this free and all-ages event involves all things anime, manga, video games, comics, cosplay, and more. Visitors can expect to find artists, vendors, panels, merchandise, games, gourmet food trucks, cosplay contests, and more. One should not underestimate this event, as it attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Mission Viejo Arts Alive & Street Painting Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 29
Oso Viejo Community Park, Mission Viejo
http://cityofmissionviejo.org/artsalivefestival/

Free to enter for all ages, guests will find plenty of arts & crafts, vendors, food, live entertainment, and other things to do. All things come at cost, so make sure you bring cash to take part in this event.

7th Annual Session Fest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 29
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/event/7th-annual-session-fest/

On the opposite side of strong ales lie session beers – beers lower in alcohol content while maximizing flavor. Brewers created session ales so that craft beer lovers can drink more in a session without going overboard, especially with strong ales or hoppy beers. Eagle Rock Brewery started Session Fest to encourage new craft beer drinkers to enjoy what breweries can offer, and they will repeat the fest again this Sunday. For $25 presale or $30 at the door, guests will receive five pints of any session beer featured at the tasting room, in addition to keeping the glass they receive to drink out of. Guests may purchase additional drink tickets if desired. No one under 21 may attend.

Adams Avenue Unplugged 2017
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 29
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 30
Adams Avenue, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Unplugged.html

Completely free to the public, guests will spectate 180 live music acts throughout the day all in the various local businesses and multiple stages. The city will also offer free trolley service to transport guests from one end to the other.

Wicks Brewing Co. 4th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 29
Wicks Brewing Co., Riverside
http://www.wicksbrewing.com/

Wicks Brewing Co. opened their doors to the public four years ago, and to celebrate their anniversary this weekend, they will have an all-day party at their tasting room in Riverside. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and enjoy their anniversary ale, other special brews, and live music throughout the day.

Pico Block Party Spring 2017
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 29
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/pico-block-party-spring-2017/

Check out this free and all-ages music & arts event this Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica.

Brew Lagoon Craft Beer & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 29
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://www.brewlagoonfest.com/

A beer and music festival comes to Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and provides unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food, and prepare for hot sunny weather. No one under 21 may attend. Attendees can find plenty of free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods.

LA Weekly’s Burgers & Beer
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 29
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Sports Arena, Los Angeles
http://burgersandbeer.laweekly.com/

Hang with hipsters at this gourmet foodie and craft beer event in Los Angeles this Saturday afternoon. Find burgers from dozens of Los Angeles County’s hottest burger joints, and enjoy beer samples from dozens of Southern Californian microbreweries. General admission starts at 4pm and costs $55. VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 3pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples until it runs out. No one under 21 may attend.

Color Fun Fest 5K Los Angeles
3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 29
Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale
http://colorfunfest5k.com/los-angeles/

Subject yourself to another color run at this color 5k this Saturday in Irwindale. This event features two running events: one during the day, and one at night. Registration for this run costs $25 presale or $60 on the day of the event, if any tickets remain.

Narcoleptic Youth: Live in San Bernardino
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 29
Elks Lodge, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/675643159281621/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday evening in San Bernardino. The cover for this all-ages show costs $7.

10th Annual Taste of Aliso Niguel
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 29
Laguna Design Center, Laguna Niguel
http://www.anhspfan.org/

Taste the flavors of South Orange County at this tasting event this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. Admission to this food fest costs $35. No one under 21 may attend.

Night Nation Run – Orange County
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 29
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://nightnationrun.com/orange-county-anaheim/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

Punk Rock Night in Boyle Heights
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 29
The BLVD, Boyle Heights
http://www.facebook.com/events/243556156115156/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Boyle Heights. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

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.

Tacos & Beer 5K Run & Festival
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 30
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://www.tacosnbeer5k.com/

Take a fun run, hold it before 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 San Diego, 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 costs $54 presale or $59 on the day of the event.

3rd Annual Badge of Heart Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 30
LAPD Ahmanson Recruit Training Center, Westchester
http://lapd.com/events/3rd_annual_badge_of_heart_car_show/

Enjoy a free and all-ages classic car show this Sunday in Westchester.

6th Annual Chocolate Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/chocolate-festival/

This Sunday, guests of all ages can enjoy plenty of chocolate to eat, demos, arts & crafts, and more. Museum admission includes access to the chocolate area, which costs $20 presale or $33 at the door for adults, with discounts applicable to seniors, military, and children.

Spring 2017 Brentwood Art Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 30
San Vicente Blvd b/t Barrington & Bundy
http://www.brentwoodartfestival.com/

Check out a free and all-ages art festival this Sunday afternoon in Brentwood, complete with art, food trucks, music, shopping, a kids zone, and more.

VegFest Los Angeles 2017
10:30 am – 6:30 pm, April 30
Woodley Park, Encino
http://vegfestla.org/

Bring your vegan appetite to this vegan food tasting event this Sunday in the San Fernando Valley. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find lots of vegan food, live entertainment, speakers, arts & crafts, demos, vendors, and more activities.

2017 Taste of Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach
http://www.tastehb.com/

Sample the flavors of Huntington Beach’s local restaurants this Sunday at their food fest. Admission includes unlimited food samples and wine & beer tasters. General admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm, while VIP costs $90 and starts at 11am. VIP comes with complimentary champagne, extra hors d-oeuvres, free raffle entries, and free goodies. For both admissions, designated drivers will save $5, which only means they cannot receive any wine or beer.

Dessert Fest
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm, April 30
Studio 11, Mid-City, Los Angeles
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/dessert-fest-presented-by-time-out-l-a

Gorge out on sweets this Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. Admission ranges from $25 to $35 depending on when and how long you want to attend. All attendees receive unlimited dessert samples while supplies last.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 30
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1457827284228533/

Share a beer or two at this free bottle share in Monrovia this Sunday afternoon. Guests should bring a 22oz bomber or two 12oz bottles to share with others.

22nd Annual San Diego County Vintners Association Wine & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 30
Bernardo Winery, Rancho Bernardo
http://sandiegowineries.org/

Sample local wine and food this Sunday afternoon in Rancho Bernardo in San Diego County. Admission costs $55 and comes with unlimited food and wine samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Taste of the Eastside
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 30
Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, Los Angeles
http://tasteoftheeastside.com/

Sample the best of East LA’s restaurants this Sunday evening. At this all-ages tasting, guests can receive unlimited food samples from all of the 20+ participating vendors. Admission comes in three levels and varies depending on when you purchase it, starting at $45 and rising up to $85 – check the website for pricing details.

1st Annual Venice Art Week
May 15-22
Venice Beach
http://venicechamber.chambermaster.com/news/details/first-ever-venice-art-week-may-15-may-22-2016
http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

Venice gets their own Art Week this week, complete with a plethora of events that will take place throughout Venice throughout the week. Check the website for a full list of art exhibits and other art events taking place this week.

American Craft Beer Week
May 16-22
Nationwide
http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

Naja’s Place 8th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 18-25
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.najasplace.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/833351723463473/

For seven days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 18
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

5th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 19
Casa Del Mexicano, Boyle Heights
http://www.elacc.org/taste_of_boyle_heights

Sample the local flavors of Boyle Heights this Thursday night in Boyle Heights. Admission costs $100 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus a tote bag with various goodies inside.

Demob: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 19, Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 20, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 21, Pierside Pub, Oceanside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 22, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/Demob1978

UK punk band Demob will perform a string of shows in Southern California this week. Each show has a different cover charge. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Youth Brigade: Live at The Echo
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 19
The Echo, Echo Park
http://www.theecho.com/event/1153101-youth-brigade-los-angeles/

See Youth Brigade, Union 13, and other great punk bands this Thursday night in Echo Park. Tickets to this show cost $14.50 presale or $16.50 at the door. No one under 18 may enter.

2016 Orange County Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 20
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 21
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 22
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This FREE all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more.

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 20
6:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 21
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 22
Lake Skinner Recreation Area, Winchester
http://www.tvbwf.com/

Taste wines and fly in hot-air balloons during this three-day festival out in the Temecula Valley. In addition, enjoy live music, local food, craft beer, and other forms of entertainment. Admission starts at $5, so see the website for more details.

Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 20
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 21-22
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim
http://ocgreekfest.com/

This annual all-ages Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. For $3 admission, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

2nd Annual Sorrento Valley Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 20
Party Pals, Sorrento Valley, San Diego
http://www.sorrentovalleybeerfestival.com/

Enjoy some local beers at this beer tasting event in San Diego this Friday night. For $30 presale or $35 at the door, gain 12 3oz pours of your choice of local beer, plus the souvenir glass for you to take home. Guests can eat from local food trucks, plus enjoy the live local musicians. No one under 21 may attend.

29th Annual Yorba Linda Lobsterfest
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm, May 20
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.yllobsterfest.com/

For $85 presale or $100 at the door, gain access to all-you-can-eat lobster and steak while supplies last. Attendees will also find a silent auction, live music, a full bar, and more.

13th Annual Taste of Malibu
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 20
Duke’s Restaurant, Malibu
http://www.malibu.org/content/13th-annual-taste-malibu

For $40 admission, gain entry to this food tasting event where you get unlimited food samples from local restaurants while supplies last.

The Color Run 5k – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 21
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://thecolorrun.com/los-angeles/

The color run that started it all returns to Dodger Stadium 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.

37th Annual Fiesta del Sol
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 21-22
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
http://fiestadelsol.net/

Check out this free and all-ages street fair in Solana Beach this weekend, complete with food, vendors, arts & crafts, games, rides, live entertainment, and more.

16th Annual US Sumo Open
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 21
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.usasumo.com/us-sumo-open/2016-us-sumo-open/

Watch sumo wrestling matches in Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. Tickets to this all-ages event start at $35, or you can find tickets on Groupon or Living Social for $25.

Pirate Days
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 21-22
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/pirate-days/

Bring out the family to this all-ages pirate festival featuring live entertainment, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $17, with discounts available for seniors, military, children, and students.

Makers Arcade Spring Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://makersarcade.com/

$5 admission gets you into this all-ages arts & crafts fair.

Spring Awakening Festival 2016
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 22
Eaton Canyon Natural Area, Pasadena
http://www.ecnca.org/Spring_Awakening/SpringAwakening.htm

At this free and all-ages festival this weekend in Pasadena, visitors will check out Native American culture with arts & crafts, music, dance, food, and more.

4th Annual Heritage of Aloha Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21-22
Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs
http://www.hooilinafoundation.com/heritage-of-aloha-fest

This FREE and all-ages Hawaiian cultural festival contains food, drinks, live entertainment, music, dancing, arts & crafts, games, contests, and over 70 different vendors.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21-22
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://lawomensexpo.com/

This two-day expo in Los Angeles celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 21-22
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation/

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

California Strawberry Festival
10:00 am – 6:30 pm, May 21-22
College Park, Oxnard
http://strawberry-fest.org/

An all-ages fair/carnival comes to Oxnard this weekend, complete with live entertainment, food, drinks, desserts, rides, games, vendors, arts & crafts, and more. Tickets start at $5, while parking costs $10 per vehicle.

20th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts + Craft Beer Block
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 21
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego
http://northparkfestivalofarts.com/

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $40 admission, guests can enter the craft beer block and receive thirteen 4oz beer tastings from any of the over 30 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University. In addition, catch Stone Brewing’s beer garden in front of Bar Pink, which will run from noon to 6pm. This one has no admission – guests pay for the beers they want to drink.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 21
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.hbharley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1289215607759709/

Got a Harley that needs a wash? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday and let some bikini girls wash it for you for free (plus tips).

Foodie Fest Encinitas
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 21
The Lumberyard, Encinitas
http://foodiefestencinitas.com/

For $48 admission, get unlimited food samples (while supplies last) from dozens of restaurants from across San Diego County at this food festival this Saturday in Encinitas. Bring cash for drinks and parking.

Port Brewing’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 21
Port Brewing, San Marcos
http://shop.lostabbey.com/

Celebrate Port Brewing’s 10th anniversary with lots of beer.

Venice Spring Fling 6
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, May 21
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicespringfling.com/

A free & all-ages music & arts festival will take place in Venice this Saturday afternoon.

Smog City Brewing’s 2016 Anniversary
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 21
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.smogcitybrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1028567153876335/

Smog City Brewing reaches another birthday this week, and to celebrate, they will have multiple rare beers available for you to try this Saturday. A VIP session will take place from 11am to 1pm featuring exclusive tastings. After 1pm, the doors open to the public, so anyone can come in and drink away.

2016 Long Beach Pride Festival & Parade
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 21-22
Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach
http://longbeachpride.com/

An LGBT pride festival takes place this weekend in Long Beach, complete with live entertainment, music, dance, vendors, food, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
Ventura Harbor, Ventura
http://surfbeerfest.com/

This beer tasting event in Ventura will have over 45 breweries to choose beer from, as well as local surfboard shapers, local music, food trucks, and more. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 11:30am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Bacon & Barrels – San Diego
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://www.baconandbarrels.com/

Pig out on bacon eats and barrel sips this weekend in Downtown San Diego. Head down to the waterside park in Downtown San Diego for a day in the sun with bacon and booze. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while early admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $90 and includes access to a VIP lounge. Admission includes access to all food and drink stations until last call at about 4:45. No one under 21 may attend.

A Day At The Races
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, May 21
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.facebook.com/events/487485574777641/

Check out live music, gourmet food trucks, vendors, a beer garden, a VIP lounge, a swimsuit show, racing, and more this Saturday at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia. Tickets to this all-ages event cost $10.

1st Annual Wasteland Weekend Car Show
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 21
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.wastelandweekend.com/carshow/

Check out this car show with a post-apocalyptic theme taking place this Saturday at Alpine Village in Torrance. General admission to the car show costs $8 and runs until 7pm. After 7pm, the after-party will take place, and no one under 21 may attend that.

2016 Los Angeles Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Union Station, Los Angeles
http://www.riojawineandtapasfestival.com/

Sample Spanish wines and tapas at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA. The $65 admission grants attendees unlimited tastings while supplies last. Bring some extra cash for parking. No one under 21 may attend.

The Great Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://socialmixin.com/event/the-great-wine-festival/

Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting this Saturday in Irvine. Admission costs $65 and includes unlimited wine tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food and parking. No one under 21 may attend.

The Best Taste Of Santa Ana 2016
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 21
2nd Street Promenade, Santa Ana
http://www.assistkids.org/ps.home.cfm?ID=2436

Sample food from Santa Ana restaurants for $30 per person.

Tustin Lobsterfest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 21
Peppertree Park, Tustin
http://www.tustinlobsterfest.com/

At this annual fundraiser, guests pay $85 presale or $100 at the gate for all-you-can-eat lobster and tri-tip, and other picnic foods like hot dogs, salads, mac & cheese, baked potatoes, various pastries, and more. Each entry ticket comes with an entry to a lottery to win $1000!

OC Roller Girls – Beat Your Match
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 21
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at these back-to-back roller derby bouts this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Tickets to each roller derby bout cost $15.

Free Punk Show in Riverside
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 21
Inkonsiderate Boardshop, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1596569107330032/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages local punk show tonight in Riverside.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 21
Fifty Seven Degrees, San Diego
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. No one under 21 may enter.

22nd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 22
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Balboa_Island_Artwalk.html

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Robo Toy Fest + Brick Boutique
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 22
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 $7 and starts at 10am while early admission costs $12 and starts at 9am.

Gus “Goose” Duarte Memorial Benefit Show
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 22
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1711521655794395/

Check out a local punk rock show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Sunday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, May 22
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1616765258645244/

Share a beer or two at this free bottle share in Monrovia this Sunday afternoon. Guests should bring a 22oz bomber or two 12oz bottles to share with others.

American Craft Beer Week
May 11-17
Nationwide
http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

Hangar 24 Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 11
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1224167437724290/

Tonight, Hangar 24 takes over 12 taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Stop on by tonight and sample what Redlands can deliver.

Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 12
Häagen-Dazs, Nationwide
http://www.haagendazs.us/FreeConeDay/

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday evening at any participating Häagen-Dazs store.

Underground Comedy & Burlesque
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, May 12
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://longbeach.harvelles.com/event.cfm?id=200943

Enjoy a night complete with stand-up comedy and burlesque this Tuesday night in Downtown Long Beach. Admission costs $10, but use promo code DEE to gain admission for free!

Naja’s Place 7th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 13-19
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/366165203591325/

For seven days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

Ballast Point Tap Takeover & Food Pairing
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 14
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/976917892332624/

Ballast Point will take over the taps at Far Bar this Thursday night. In addition, the folks at Far Bar will curate some exclusive dishes to pair with some of the Ballast Point brews. No admission or reservations required – simply show up, grab a seat, and order away.

Business & Beer @ Abigaile
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 14
Abigaile, Hermosa Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1569923869924450/

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

4th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 14
Mariachi Plaza, Boyle Heights
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-taste-of-boyle-heights-tickets-15528038782

Sample the local flavors of Boyle Heights this Thursday night in Boyle Heights. Admission costs $120 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus a tote bag with various goodies inside.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 14
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

MDC – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 14, Los Globos, Silverlake, http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/812705-mdc-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 16, The Music Hall, Anaheim http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1388070

Legendary hardcore punk band MDC will headline a few all-ages shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices vary, so click on a link for more information.

Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16-17
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim
http://ocgreekfest.com/

This annual all-ages Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. For $3 admission, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

Sorrento Valley Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 15
Party Pals, Sorrento Valley, San Diego
http://www.sorrentovalleybeerfestival.com/

Enjoy some local beers at this beer tasting event in San Diego this Friday night. For $25 presale or $35 at the door, gain 12 3oz pours of your choice of local beer, plus the souvenir glass for you to take home. Guests can eat from local food trucks, plus enjoy the live local musicians. No one under 21 may attend.

Barley Forge Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/751825371598531/

Alpine Village in Torrance will have a lot of beers from Barley Forge on tap this Friday night. Stop on by and taste the beers from this powerhouse of a brewery.

Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1108679739148742/

This Friday night, Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will fill all of their taps with Ballast Point beers. No reservations required – simply show up, and have a taste of BP.

Punk & Oi Show in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 15
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1401018453554711/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this FREE local punk show this Friday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

All Punx, All Ages, All Night
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 15
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/641920689285473/

Rock out at this local punk show this Friday night in Baldwin Park. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

Punk Rock Show in Laguna Niguel
9:00 pm – 12:30 am, May 15
Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1431426897153436/

Catch a FREE local punk rock show in Laguna Niguel this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

21st Annual Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 16
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 17
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://www.muckcarshow.org/

See tons of cars, new and old, this weekend at The Muck in Fullerton. In addition, catch food trucks, local breweries, and local musicians as they accent this car festival. Admission to this event costs $5 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday.

Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
9:30 am – 12:30 pm, May 16
Granada Beach, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-long-beach-touch-a-truck-sat-may-16-registration-16885486946

Over 50 large vehicles will park along the beach at this free all-ages exhibit this Saturday morning. Food, drinks, vendors, live music, arts & crafts, and more will accompany this interactive event that allows guests to explore and take photos with large vehicles that people rarely get to see on a daily basis.

3rd Annual Heritage of Aloha Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 16-17
Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs
http://www.hooilinafoundation.com/heritage-of-aloha-fest

This FREE and all-ages Hawaiian cultural festival contains food, drinks, live entertainment, music, dancing, arts & crafts, games, contests, and over 70 different vendors.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 16-17
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://lawomensexpo.com/

This two-day expo in Los Angeles celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 16-17
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation/

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

Doctor Who and Sherlock Crafts Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 16-17
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1114443551915557/

Check out this FREE and all-ages event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. Visitors will find plenty of arts & crafts from local designers with a passion for the Dr. Who and Sherlock Holmes worlds.

17th Annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 16
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://www.tahwla.org/

At this free festival for all ages, guests will celebrate Taiwanese culture with live music, dance performances, food, games, raffles, merchandise vendors, art exhibits, and more.

19th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts + Craft Beer Block
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 16
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego
http://northparkfestivalofarts.com/

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $40 admission, guests can enter the craft beer block and receive thirteen 4oz beer tastings from any of the over 30 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University. In addition, catch Stone Brewing’s beer garden in front of Bar Pink, which will run from noon to 6pm. This one has no admission – guests pay for the beers they want to drink.

6th Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 16
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
http://irvinekoreanfestival.com/

This free and all-ages event showcases Korean culture with food, drinks, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more.

1st Annual Inland Empire Salsa Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 16
White Park, Riverside
http://www.iesalsafestival.com/

This all-ages festival in Riverside will have salsa tasting, live entertainment, a kids zone, a talent competition, a wine & beer garden, and more. Admission to this festival costs $10, but does not include anything else, so have cash available to buy things once inside.

1st Annual Reader Tacotopia
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 16
Golden Hill Park, San Diego
http://www.readertacotopia.com/

Sample tacos from over 30 of San Diego County’s top restaurants, vote for your favorite taco, and enjoy live music and a cash bar at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and includes two drink tickets. All guests have access to unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Civil War Drums & Gatling Guns
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 16-17
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1655372114682653/

At this free and all-ages event, guests can spectate civil war reenactments and other old-time activities.

6th Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 16
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.veganbeerfest.com/

Taste the best of Southern California’s vegan foods and craft beers at the 6th annual LA Vegan Beer & Food Fest this Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. General admission costs $50 presale or $65 at the door and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $80 presale or $95 at the door, and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the festival. All food comes at additional costs, so bring cash. No one under 21 may attend. Arrive early, and plan to pay for parking. The fest takes place outdoors, so prepare accordingly with sunscreen and clothes for hot weather.

Hangar 24 AirFest & 7th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands
http://www.hangar24airfest.com/

Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 7th Anniversary with an all-day air show at the Redlands Municipal Airport, located just across the street from the tasting room. Guests gain entry into the airport, where they will witness aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on displays in the hangars, and fireworks shows at night. Live bands will play music all day, and food trucks will keep guests fed and full. Last but not least, Hangar 24 will unleash over 30 beers for consumption, including many rare and limited brews. General admission costs $15 but does not include any beer – guests must purchase drink tickets after entering.

The Bruery’s Copperversary
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 16
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1654471094781132/

The Bruery has grown so popular that they had to make their anniversary PRIVATE! Only The Bruery’s Society members may attend their anniversary event now, which features an astounding 160 different beers to try in a 4-hour span. Society members only need to pay $60 to attend this unbelievable beer tasting event.

2nd Annual Bite at the Beach
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 16
MBS Media Campus, Manhattan Beach
http://www.manhattanbeachchamber.com/bite-at-the-beach/

20 restaurants and 20 breweries come together to create an afternoon of beer pairings with food. General admission costs $75, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited tastes of food and beer. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 2pm, and includes exclusive hors d’oeuvres and Samuel Adams barrel beer tastings. No one under 21 may attend. If you must take away one thing from this event, a major beer company sponsors it.

Anaheim Brewery’s Founder’s Day
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/746189972145788/

Enjoy specials beers, guests food vendors, and live music this and next Saturday at Anaheim Brewery.

Tustin Lobsterfest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 16
Peppertree Park, Tustin
http://www.tustinlobsterfest.com/

At this annual fundraiser, guests pay $75 for all-you-can-eat lobster and tri-tip, and other picnic foods like hot dogs, salads, mac & cheese, baked potatoes, various pastries, and more. Each entry ticket comes with an entry to a lottery to win $1000!

20th Annual Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
CA Center for the Arts, Escondido
http://www.bonsallrotary.com/

Enjoy wines from over 80 wineries, beers from local microbreweries, food from over 20 local restaurants & chefs, and blues music from various local musicians. Admission to this festival costs $75 per person, or $55 for non-drinkers.

WineArtLA 2015
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 16
V Wine Room, West Hollywood
http://www.wineartla.com/

Sip on some wines and munch on some cheeses and charcuterie while admiring art at this wine & art gala this Saturday night. General admission costs $50, while VIP admission costs $150 and comes with a pre-event champagne reception, exclusive wines, tray-passed appetizers, and more.

Body Fine Art Competition
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 16
The Springs, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.bodyfineart.com/

Check out this one-of-a-king art gallery feature works of art on the human body. Using naked models as a living canvas, dozens of artists showcase their skills in devising living art to wow the audience. Guests will spend most of their time admiring all of the art and models while also enjoying live music, live entertainment, and more. Admission to this event costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, but this event will definitely sell out, so act fast on those tickets. No one under 21 may attend.

21st Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 17
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Balboa_Island_Artwalk.html

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Escondido Downtown Street Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 17
Grand Ave, Downtown Escondido
http://www.escondido.org/escondido-street-faire.aspx

Here at this free and all-ages street fair, visitors will find over 500 vendors, arts & crafts, food, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more.

5th Annual Session Fest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 17
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/sessionfest5

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

3rd Annual Brew Rendezvous
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 17
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.sdchip.org/support-chip/brew-rendezvous.aspx

Support local businesses at this fundraiser/beer fest, where guests will receive beer and food from San Diego’s top breweries, restaurants, and farms. Admission costs $55, and comes with unlimited beer and food while it lasts. Non-drinkers may attend for $25. The venue typically covers parking; however, have cash available in case they decide to charge for parking that day. No one under 21 may attend.

Poolside Pig Roast @ Saltbox
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 17
Saltbox, San Diego
http://pigroastsd.bpt.me/

Enjoy a pig roast as a BBQ plate, sliders, or tacos – all you can eat! Admission costs $20 presale or $30 at the door, and includes one house Henebery Whiskey cocktail.

Taste of the Nation – Laguna Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 17
Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
http://ce.nokidhungry.org/events/taste-nation-laguna-beach

Sample culinary creations from some of Orange County’s greatest chefs and restaurants, while quenching your thirst from various wineries, breweries, and other non-alcoholic drink producers. General admission costs $200 and runs from 3pm to 6pm, while VIP costs $275 and goes until 8pm. The price goes up $25 at the door.

Duane Peters Gunfight – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 17
The Federal Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/374965969353124/

Enjoy a local punk show in Downtown Long Beach this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 18 may enter.

Ska Night @ Dipiazza’s
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 16
Dipiazza’s, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/545157272254569/

Get your skanking on tonght in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages show costs $8.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17
Worldwide

Too many places to name will do something special on this day, so check with your favorite local establishment to see what they have going on. Have a good time, and stay safe!

5th Annual Grilled Cheese & Beer Tasting Event
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 17
Vintage Enoteca, West Hollywood
http://www.vintageenoteca.com/

$30 gets you three different grilled cheese sandwiches and three 6oz beer pairings for each sandwich.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18-19
East Village Arts District, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-East-Village?id=68164

Sample food & drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach at this tasting fest held in the East Village Arts District. 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.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/806966066062534/

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Scrapbook Expo – Orange County
10:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 19-21
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.scrapbookexpo.com/

The nationally-famous Scrapbook Expo comes to Southern California this week! Admission to this all-ages expo varies in price, starting at $8 for a one-day general admission adult ticket.

Hanadoki Con 2015
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 19
11:00 am – 2:00 am, March 20
10:00 am – 2:00 am, March 21
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 22
Town & Country Resort, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.hanadokicon.org/

Basically, a Japanese pop culture convention. Come see all things anime, manga, and cosplay at this four-day convention taking place this week in San Diego. Registration varies in price, starting at $20.

Viernes 13 – CD Release Shows
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 19, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/8-Kalacas
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 20, White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys http://www.facebook.com/events/756552411100854/

Viernes 13 has released a new album, and they will perform a few shows to celebrate its release. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on the link of a show for pricing details.

Hammerland – Bottle Release Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 20
El Segundo Brewing Co., El Segundo
http://www.facebook.com/events/620583461407345/

ESBC will release their coveted Hammerland this Friday, and they have greatly prepared for it, so observe the timeline carefully. The main tasting room opens at noon, and they will start pouring Hammerland for visitors to enjoy in the tasting room. At 4pm, ESBC will open the tasting room annex to accommodate for increased visitors. Finally, a VIP party starts at 7pm that costs $99 to attend that includes a 12-bottle case of Hammerland, unlimited pours of any brew on tap at the time, unlimited food while it lasts, and access to a VIP area.

2015 South Bay Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 20
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 21
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 22
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Parking starts at $5, but parking the neighborhood east of Alamitos can bypass any parking fees.

8th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 20
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 21
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 22
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://musink.org/

Welcome to Musink, an all-ages music, tattoo, skateboarding, and pin-up festival that takes place at the OC Fairgrounds this weekend. Some of the largest names in punk rock will perform this weekend, such as Rancid and Bad Religion. Over 300 tattoo artists from around the world will fly in for the weekend. Tickets will remain on sale until the end of the fest on Sunday, so do not worry about not obtaining a ticket. Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so I highly recommend carpooling or getting dropped off.

3rd Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 20
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego
http://bhbeerfest15.brownpapertickets.com/

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

Implants – Live in Boyle Heights
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 20
Mi Ranchito, Boyle Heights
http://www.facebook.com/events/1392007477773158/

Rock out with some great punk bands this Friday night in East LA. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Agent Orange – Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 20
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/409373999240489/

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange will headline a small show in Riverside this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Ska Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 20
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1549405118669103/

Get your skanking on with these local ska bands this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Halftoberfest @ Alpine Village
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 20
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/793786844024354/

Missing the feel of Oktoberfest? Relive it this Friday night at Alpine Village in Torrance, complete with everything that Alpine Village’s actual Oktoberfest has. Entry costs $8, or anyone dressed in Oktoberfest clothes gets in for free!

Into The Wild – OC Trail Run
8:00 am – 11:00 am, March 21
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 10k or 21k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration costs $55 presale, and $60 on the day of the race.

Escape from the Walled City – Los Angeles
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, March 21
Weingart Stadium, Monterey Park
http://realescapegame.com/sp/la/

From the creators of Real Escape Game comes this new real life escape game that will take place in Monterey Park this Saturday. Three different sessions will take place that each last 90 minutes, starting at 10:30am, 2:30pm, and 6:30pm. This interactive event requires that you use your intuition and survival instincts to reach the goal in time, so participants should wear active clothing or anything that allows maximum mobility. Registration costs $30 presale or $35 at the door. Children under 6 may enter for free with a paid adult, but I would not recommend bringing children as they could hinder your ability to escape in time.

4th Annual Healthy Living Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 21-22
Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, Del Mar
http://www.healthylivingfestival.com/

Check out this health & wellness expo this weekend, FREE to attend for all ages! Guests can experience cooking demos, medical testing, belly dancers, fitness workshops, food & drink samples, massages, speakers, fitness tests, yoga classes, speakers, and more.

4th Annual Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship
10:30 am – 4:00 pm, March 21
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 around $12 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.

2015 ¡Latin Food Fest! Los Angeles
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 21
Hangar 8, Santa Monica
http://latinfoodfest.com/

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in Santa Monica. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $150, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 21
Anaheim Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.firkfest.com/

Craft beer fans will want to travel to Anaheim this Saturday, as Anaheim hosts FirkFest, a beer fest with only cask ales. FirkFest will feature over 30 breweries, and costs $50 to get in. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Native American Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 21
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/6th-annual-native-american-festival/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, visitors will find various forms of cultural entertainment, such as storytelling, dancing, singing, exhibits, and more.

Xplore Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 21
Downtown Los Angeles
http://xperienceadventures.com/

Basically, a scavenger hunt meets a 5k and parkour. Participants of this event must scour Los Angeles on foot to discover clues, points of interest, and landmarks using their physical abilities plus environmental senses to navigate the city and reach the goal in time. Anyone can participate either as an individual or on a team, and registration costs will vary based on that.

Norooz Festival & Persian Parade
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 21
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.noroozfestival.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event, visitors will find all sorts of Persian-themed vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, and more. Visitors will also enjoy a parade in the afternoon.

Skate Punk Fest 2015
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 21
Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/770929-jfa-pomona/

A bunch of great local punk bands will perform at the Glass House in Pomona this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Simply Wine Festival
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 21
CBS Studios, Studio City
http://simplywinefest.com/event.cfm?showtimingid=46667

Basically, rich people showing off. Come drink wine for $120 per person, or upgrade to VIP status for $165.

Luicidal – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 21
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1091891057503202/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Long Beach Restaurant Week
March 22-28
Participating locations, Long Beach
http://www.eatlbc.com/

Long Beach finally gets their own restaurant week to celebrate the entire city, after decades of “Tastes” of just communities within Long Beach. Participating locations throughout Long Beach during this week will provide lunch and dinner specials, so refer to the website for a full list of locations and their specials.

Bottle Logic Brewing 1st Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 22-28
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

Orange County craft beer fans have looked forward to this for a year, and the time has finally arrived. In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their first anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new barrel-aged beer daily, culminating with the release of Ideation, a Bourbon-Aged Wheat Wine, on Saturday, March 28th. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k San Diego
6:00 am – 9:00 am, March 22
Petco Park, Downtown San Diego
http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego/

Run through Downtown San Diego this Sunday morning, and get lots of chocolate out of it, not just the hot drinkable kind. Registration costs $49 for the 5k or $74 for the 15k race.

103rd Kit Collectors Expo
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 22
UFCW Local 324, Buena Park
http://www.kitcollectorshow.com/

Hundreds of vendors will gather here to showcase their model kits of cars, ships, planes, miniatures, armor, sci-fi/fantasy, space, and more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs just $5.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 22
Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of Ventura Blvd in the San Fernando Valley will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 9-17
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 13-14
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

2014 Idea World Fitness Convention
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 14-15
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 16
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-conferences/idea-world-fitness-convention

Check out this FREE* all-ages fitness expo going this this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. Numerous workshops, sessions, demos, and activities will go on all week outside of the expo hours (see the website for the full schedule), while over 300 exhibitors will occupy the expo hall to display their goods and/or services. Learn about the latest fitness trends, diet plans, health statuses, and more from the various speakers and coaches throughout the expo. Although visitors can receive free admission, visitors will still have to pay for parking, so have cash available for that. Circumvent the parking fee by parking in the neighborhood west of the convention center down S Casa Vista St and walking to the convention center from there.

* = Register yourself online to receive free admission to this expo. At the door, entry will cost $15.

2014 Taste of Downtown Disney
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 14
Downtown Disney, Anaheim
http://choc.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=100222

Relax in Downtown Disney as servers bring the food and drinks to you at this Taste of Downtown Disney. Also enjoy the best in local entertainment that only Downtown Disney can provide a venue for. Admission varies depending on the package, with general admission costing $75.

Business & Beer @ Dudes’ Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 14
Dudes’ Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/290157877836409/

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

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 14
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

7 Seconds @ The Glass House
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 14
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/566187-7-seconds-pomona/

Legendary punk band 7 Seconds ends their tour in California this week, and that tour swings through Pomona this Thursday night. Check out them, JFA, and more at this all-ages show for just $15 for a ticket.

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

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

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 15-16
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17
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.

Angry Samoans @ Blacklight District Lounge
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 15
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/270778399780260/

Enjoy some good ol’ punk this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Berserktown Fest
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 15-17
Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/612303-berserktown-festival-3-day-los-angeles/

Tons of hardcore and metal bands will take over Los Globos in Silverlake this weekend for an all-ages music festival, including well-known band A Global Threat. A weekend pass costs $45, while individual days range from $18 to $20.

A Global Threat @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 15
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/176588

Hardcore band A Global Threat will headline a small show this Friday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $13. No one under 21 may enter.

14th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 16
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/events-in-uptown/2014-uptown-car-show/

See hundreds of classic cars all for FREE at this all-ages car show on the streets of Uptown Whittier this Saturday. All of the businesses in Uptown Whittier will remain open under regular business hours. Interested visitors should park in the neighborhoods north of Hadley Street.

2014 Long Beach Triathlon & Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 16
4:00 am – 10:00 am, August 17
Marina Green, Downtown Long Beach
http://thelongbeachtriathlon.com/

Test your physical prowess with this triathlon as you swim, run, and bike your way around Downtown Long Beach. An expo where visitors can explore and learn about the triathlon will occur on Saturday at Marina Green, and participating athletes can pick up their race packets at this expo. The actual triathlon starts at 7am on Sunday morning. Registration varies in price, with individual registration costing $140. All participants receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, finisher medal, post-race food & entertainment, a swim cap, and exclusive access to online results & professional photos.

82nd Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 16-17
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://lbsandcastle.com/

This contest to build a unique and fascinating sand sculpture takes place over two days this weekend. Most of the building will take place on Saturday, with Sunday allocated mainly to spectators. All participants will get featured in local media, such as The Press Telegram. Interested individuals and/or teams may register for FREE, and all participants and spectators will find vendors, live music, food, and a kids’ area on both days.

9th Annual ArtWalk San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 16-17
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.artwalksandiego.org/ntc/

Check out the best in local art at this FREE all-ages art walk in Liberty Station this weekend. In addition to seeing art on display, visitors will likely see many artists creating artwork on the spot.

4th Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 16-17
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
http://teafestivalla.com/

Sample teas from around the world, and sample Japanese cuisine at this tea festival. General admission to this all-ages festival costs $20. Guests can park for free on the street on Sunday. On Saturday, all lots and meters will operate normally.

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

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $45 per session, which run from 11am-2pm or 3pm-6pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

Timeless Pints 1-Year Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16
Timeless Pints Brewing, Lakewood
http://www.timelesspints.com/events.html

Lakewood’s premier microbrewery turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a bash this Saturday where they plan to release several new brews to the public. In addition, they will have three food trucks visiting to serve food, plus live music all day. This party requires no admission – simply show up, and pay for beer as you go.

3rd Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 16
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ovarianpsycos.com/clitoral-mass-2/

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

4th Annual Los Angeles Taco Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 16
Mariachi Plaza Station, Boyle Heights
http://www.latacofestival.com/

Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Boyle Heights. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.

Skate For Losi Fundraiser Bowl Jam
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 16
Fontana Park, Fontana
http://www.facebook.com/events/821926791153778/

Skate, eat tacos, and listen to music all at Fontana’s north skate park this Saturday afternoon. Admission to this all-ages event costs nothing, but as a fundraiser, the organizers ask for donations to go towards the cause.

2nd Annual Nard Fest
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 16
The Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/654532001282828/

If you missed last year’s Nard Fest because it took place in Northern California, you may now redeem yourself this weekend, as Nard Fest comes closer to home by taking over the Majestic Ventura Theater this Saturday evening. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $22.50 presale or $27 at the door.

2014 Long Beach Grand Cru
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachgrandcru.org

Wine lovers will not want to miss this year’s Long Beach Grand Cru, a wine competition and tasting extravaganza, featuring some really rare and/or expensive wines. General admission costs $250 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $350 and starts at 5pm, but also includes access to a VIP area with premium food and drinks.

Gourmet Food Truck Gathering in West Covina
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 16
West Covina City Hall, West Covina
http://www.facebook.com/events/342585829165177/

Various gourmet food trucks will gather in West Covina this Saturday night to serve dinner. If you find yourself in or near the San Gabriel Valley this Saturday night, swing on by and grab some dinner.

Stinger’s Bacon Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 16
Stinger’s Bar & Night Club, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/284622945050888/

Bacon, beer, and music all collide in San Bernardino this Saturday night. Admission to this night only costs $10. However, I would advise bringing more cash, as they will likely charge for food and drinks. I envision this as simply a music show, with food & drinks sold during the show.

Slow Children @ Maya’s Cafe
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 16
Maya’s Cafe, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1451525595112418/

Local punk bands will play an all-ages show this Saturday night in Corona for just $5.

Confederate @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 16
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/487902781340548/

Get your weekly fill of punk rock this Saturday night at the World Famous Doll Hut. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Killroy @ Cafe NELA
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 16
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1467961793456824/

Support your local bands this Saturday night at Cafe NELA in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Fried Chicken Fest
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 17
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.foodgps.com/friedchicken/

The LA Fried Chicken Fest returns with the best fried chicken you will ever have, plus craft beers and cocktails to keep your thirst quenched. General admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, starts at 4pm, and includes unlimited tastings while supplies last. VIP admission costs $90 presale or $100 at the door, starts at 3pm, and includes reserved seating.

Angry Samoans @ Redwood Bar
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17
Redwood Bar & Grill, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/314689232033016/

Dance like you have never danced in a circle pit before at this show in Downtown Los Angeles this Sunday evening. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 14-15
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Taste of Downtown Disney
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 15
Downtown Disney, Anaheim
http://choc.convio.net/site/Calendar?id=100061&view=Detail

Relax in Downtown Disney as servers bring the food and drinks to you at this Taste of Downtown Disney. Also enjoy the best in local entertainment that only Downtown Disney can provide a venue for. Admission varies depending on the package, with general admission costing $75.

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
August 16-23
Various locations, Costa Mesa
http://www.travelcostamesa.com/costa-mesa-restaurant-week/

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

2nd Annual Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons – Beer Festival & Pro BBQ Competition
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 16
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 18
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.rpwbbq.com/

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 $10, $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.

52nd Annual Watermelon Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 16
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17-18
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://lionswatermelonfestival.com/

This annual street fair has moved from the streets to the world famous Rose Bowl! Get all the watermelon you can eat this weekend at the Watermelon Festival in Pasadena. This fair will also have other food, drinks, live music, entertainment, a beer garden, rides, games, vendors, and anything else you may find at a fair. Admission to this festival costs $10, while children 12 and under can enter for $5. Check the website for a printable coupon to save 30% off admission!

2013 Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 16
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbbqfestival.com/

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

The Angry Samoans in Malibu
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 16
The Malibu Inn, Malibu
http://www.indieonthewestside.com/

Catch old school punk band Angry Samoans in Malibu this Friday night, along with five other bands including Bad Samaritans. Tickets to this 18+ show cost $10.

5k Foam Fest – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, August 17
Fairplex, Pomona
http://5kfoamfest.com/Location/Index/18

In this installment of non-traditional 5k races, the Foam Fest now pits runners in a 5k obstacle course complete with lots of dirt and mud, followed by foam, water, suds, and soap. Actual obstacles may include wall climbs, army crawls, slides, balance platforms, and more. Registration for this wacky race costs $70 online and $80 on the day of the event, if any spots remain. Children ages 9 and under may not participate in the race. Wear old clothes that you do not mind getting dirty, yet comfortable enough to run in. Bring towels and spare clothes for the ride home following the race. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling.

13th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 17
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/wua/?page_id=2555

See hundreds of classic cars all for FREE at this all-ages car show on the streets of Uptown Whittier this Saturday. All of the businesses in Uptown Whittier will remain open under regular business hours. Interested visitors should park in the neighborhoods north of Hadley Street.

Stone Brewing’s 17th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 17
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
http://www.stonebrewing.com/anniv/

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $40 per session, which run from 11am-2pm or 3pm-6pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

2013 Los Angeles Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 17
Mariachi Plaza Station, Boyle Heights
http://www.latacofestival.com/

Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Boyle Heights. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.

5th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 17
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://summerandmusic.com/event/buskerfest/

BuskerFest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend for all ages, fans of music will surely want to come here. For long-term parking, search for street parking in neighborhoods to the east or north.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 17
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

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

Screeching Weasel, The Dwarves, Angry Samoans, & The Bugs @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 17
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/screeching-weasel

Punk rock returns to The Observatory this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Arrive early for free parking in their lot. Arrive late, and potentially pay a neighboring lot to park in.

Atomic Bombs in La Habra
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 17
La Habra 300 Bowl, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/568404229869918/

Check out some local punk rock bands playing for FREE at this all-ages show this Saturday night in La Habra.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Rock ‘N Roll Reunion
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, August 18
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/1410065182538193/

See some of the former member of the Dirty Little Secrets perform with the current lineup this Sunday night in Santa Monica. Bring cash for parking and a possible cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.