Posts Tagged ‘California Market Center’

Food business means serious business. In any given 24-hour period, over a billion dollars circulate in the economy that pertain to food sales, both prepared foods and food ingredients. As such, this makes the food & beverage industry a vast world to explore, proposing little barriers to entry but a long climb to the top to remain successful in a large industry. Any daring entrepreneur can step into the food industry, but remaining in the industry poses an entirely different challenge. Catering has remained a less popular aspect of the industry, as most people prefer to do their own choosing and selecting when it comes to food. However, an organization hopes to change that perspective with their ezFoodFest, an event aimed at showcasing the best of local food.

Hosted by ezCater, the ezFoodFest represents a gathering of dozens of local restaurants and food businesses under one roof, all sampling their goods to the hundreds of attendees throughout the night. The ezFoodFest started in Boston, and the Los Angeles event took place last Thursday night on the first floor of the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles. So what makes ezFoodFest stand out among the rest of the multitude of food festivals that take place in the greater Los Angeles area? One word: FREE. Indeed, it costs zero for interested attendees to come on in, check out the event, and stuff themselves full on this night. Even better, attendees received TWO drink tickets good for any drink at the bars, including straight liquor on the rocks. Of course, this meant that anyone under 21 could not attend. According to one of the organizers of the event, they make their ezFoodFest events free as a means of paying it forward, hoping that attendees would not only give their business to the participating restaurants, but also use the ezCater service.

Interested in checking out what ezCater has to offer? They will hold two more ezFoodFest events this year – one in Atlanta later this month, and one back in Boston later this year. Check out ezCater’s website linked above, and also take a look at their Facebook and Twitter pages to see what neat things they have in store.

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Artisanal LA returns for its semiannual show this weekend to its new home at the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Featuring the latest and greatest of artisan food and drinks in Southern California, this designer edibles fair brings together the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more. Hundreds of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcase their goods and sell their wonderful products to all the attendees. The floor features aisles after aisles full of vendors in each little space, all vying for attendees to try their goods, and hopefully generate a fan out of them. Due to the enclosed space with no industrial ventilation, most of the food arrived premade, or as cold/room temperature goods. From refreshing soft drinks to chocolates to ice cream to grass-fed beef to cakes and beyond, Artisanal LA truly exhibits the best of local Southern Californian flavor.

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 presale or $15 at the door. Parking at the venue costs $6 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs. Words cannot fully depict all that transpires at Artisanal LA, so take an abridged tour through last year’s Artisanal LA here:

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 1-7
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 1-14
Participating locations, Old Pasadena
http://www.oldpasadena.org/happyhourweek/

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

Odd Market – Eagle Rock
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, March 2
All Star Lanes, Eagle Rock
http://theoddmarket.com/eaglerock/

A handful of gourmet food trucks and local vendors will swarm into Eagle Rock tonight for some bowling and local fun. Free to attend, simply drop on by and bring out your friends and family.

H.R. from Bad Brains – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 4
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/875495262502591/

Get your mid-week fill of punk rock at this show in Long Beach this Wednesday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 4
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1548768698721064/

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

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 6
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 6
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/288160744640890/

Come to Alpine Village in Torrance this Friday evening and check out a lineup full of Fig Mtn brews.

Valiant Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, March 6
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 7
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://valiant.bpt.me/

Valiant opened their doors to the public two years ago, and to celebrate, they will have two days of beer tasting at their tasting room in Orange. On Friday night, check out a VIP night that costs $70 to attend, and includes unlimited tasters of Valiant’s anniversary brews plus food pairings that include chocolate, coffee, and other hors d’oeuvres. On Saturday from noon to 4pm, Valiant will have their grand tasting event that costs $40 to attend, and includes unlimited tasters of most of Valiant’s lineup of brews, plus some in-house brewed sodas. No one under 21 may attend either event.

Rikk Agnew Band @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 6
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/763991957009721/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this local bands show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

7 Seconds – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 6, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks http://www.facebook.com/events/436017816550013/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/7-Seconds

Legendary punk rock band 7 Seconds will embark on a mini California tour starting with these two shows in Southern California. Each show has its own ticket price and age limit, so click on the link of a show for more information.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/198128

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

The Shell Corporation @ The Redwood
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 6
The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/323422677854225/

Check out some awesome local punk bands this Friday night at The Redwood in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Viernes 13 – Live in Riverside
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 6
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1375896709394318/

Check out this skacore show in Riverside this Friday night featuring a handful of local bands. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

8th Annual Holi on the Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 7
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://la-oc.aidindia.org/holionthebeach

For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale and $15 on the day of the event. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

3rd Annual Holi Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 7
Excelsior High School, Norwalk
http://festivalofcolorsla.com/

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

West 3rd Street Crawl
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 7
Link, Beverly Grove, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ludlows-west-3rd-street-crawl-tickets-15733039946

Stroll and explore the businesses of West 3rd Street at this pub-like crawl. Participation costs $45, and comes with a handful of food & drink tastings and exclusive access to sales at select locations.

2015 Spring Busker Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 7-9
Seaport Village, San Diego
http://www.seaportvillage.com/entertainment/busker-festival

Basically, Circue du Soleil. This artful all-ages outdoor festival brings out performers of various entertainment trades (jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, etc) to entertain visitors. Free to attend, guests should seek alternate methods of transportation to arrive here, such as carpooling or public transportation, as decent parking will likely take a long time to find.

14th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 7
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.

Best Coast Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 7
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://bestcoastbeerfest.com/

This looks like another big corporate beer festival, so stay wary. This one takes place in Downtown San Diego, and will take place over two 4-hour sessions: 12-4pm and 5-9pm. The evening session will include a movie screening of Anchorman plus another secret movie. General admission costs $45 per session or $75 for both sessions, while a VIP admission exists that costs $125.

Phantom Carriage Brewery – Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 7
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/796410000434190/

Carson’s first production microbrewery officially opens the doors to their tasting room this Saturday, and they have invited YOU to come check them out! Phantom Carriage will have ten of their brews on tap for the public to try, as well as some rare beers from guest breweries. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

2015 Los Angeles Celtic Faire
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 7
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 8
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.celticfaireatfairplex.com/fp/events/irishFestival/

Prepare yourself for St. Patrick’s Day by immersing yourself in the culture this weekend at the 2015 Los Angeles Celtic Faire at the Fairplex in Pomona. Featuring authentic food, beer gardens, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, storytelling, merchandise vendors, athletic competitions, piping, and more, guests will find plenty to do here to remain occupied all day. Single-day admission costs $10, while children enter for $5. Parking costs $10, so I suggest carpooling to alleviate that fee.

Sam Fest – 2nd Annual Los Angeles Barleywine Festival
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 7
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://38degreesalhambra.com/event/sam-fest-2nd-annual-los-angeles-barleywine-festival/

This Saturday, 38 Degrees will tap over 30 different barleywines in honor of Sam Samaniego, a beer enthusiast who traveled to Toronado Barleywine Festival annually. Come enjoy some barleywines, and check out some of the rare beers available too. This event requires no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you drink. Guests can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant.

Self Help Festival 2015
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 7
NOS Event Center, San Bernardino
http://selfhelpfest.com/

The festival for hardcore fans comes to Southern California this Saturday. Admission to this all-day music festival costs $42.50.

Howl Event Space – Official Launch Party
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 7
Howl Event Space, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/401934749985836/

The Howl Event Space in Downtown Long Beach officially opens for business this week, and to celebrate their opening, they will have a FREE launch party for everyone to come check out. Experience live music, vendors, food, drinks, a photo booth, and more.

Blacklight Run – San Diego
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 7
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.blacklightrun.com/sandiego-ca/

The fun run madness continues with this nightly run through Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. This run takes place at night, and requires participants to wear all white while getting splattered with neon powder throughout the blacklight-filled course. By the end of the run, all participants will glow with many different colors and enjoy seeing a sea of glowing runners at the afterparty. Registration costs $20 by Wednesday and $45 afterwards, and comes with an event t-shirt, a glow pack to throw at other runners AFTER you have crossed the finish line, and a goodie bag full of items from the event sponsors.

Agent Orange – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7
The Casbah, San Diego
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5155

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange will headline a show in San Diego this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 7
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/196179

Legendary punk band The Dickies will headline a show in Pomona this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent parking lot.

The Coaster Run 5K/10K/Kids Run
6:00 am – 10:00 am, March 8
Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
http://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=9382051

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

41st Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 8
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/40th-annual-festival-of-the-kite/

Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.

LA Weekly’s The Essentials
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 8
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://microapp.laweekly.com/essentials/2015/

Basically, a food & wine fest for the rich. General admission costs $65 presale or $70 at the door, starts at 2pm, and comes with unlimited food & drink tastings until they run out. VIP admission costs $85 presale or $90 at the door, starts at 1pm, and includes a VIP gift bag.

The 7th Annual Unique LA Holiday Market returned to the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend. As one of the largest independent designer shows in the nation, hundreds of artists, crafters, designers, cooks, bakers, mixologists, and more gathered to exhibit and sell their wares to attendees. Unique LA emphasizes creativity in the United States, as every vendor hails from the United States and makes their products here. Taking place in the top floor penthouse, the show floor expanded to two full sides of the building, and the California Market Center consists of two buildings connected twice, looking like a hollow rectangle when viewing from the sky. Among the many art, apparel, and accessories vendors, some specialty vendors existed, such as cutlery or tupperware.

For the first time since I discovered Unique LA years ago, I attended this event on a Saturday, arguably always busier than Sunday. No surprise there – so many people attend and buy things on Saturday that dozens of vendors actually sell out of products and cannot attend Sunday with adequate inventory. I managed to stumble upon a handful of vendors that I recognized, which included Bad Pickle Tees, Donut Friend, Velvet Rope Bake Shop, MNKR, and Maya Brigadeiro. By the end, I interacted with countless diverse vendors, and I believe that anyone can find exactly what they want at Unique LA.

As one of the nation’s largest gatherings that caters to local independent artists and crafters, Unique LA grants an outlet to young entrepreneurs in a tough free market dominated by large corporations. Stay on the trail of Unique LA via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter to find out when the next show returns.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 7
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/273746442803398/

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

Acoustic First Wednesdays @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 7
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/538567106252766/

Listen to some acoustic acts for free at the Doll Hut this and every first Wednesday of the month. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual Taste of Cardiff
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 8
Cardiff Seaside Market, Cardiff
http://www.tasteofcardiff.com/

Sample the local flavors of Cardiff this Thursday evening all throughout Downtown Cardiff. Tasting tickets cost $25 presale or $30 on the day of the event, and provide guests with unlimited food samples from participating locations until they run out of food. For $10 more, upgrade the ticket to include “sip stops” which add special cocktail, wine, or beer tastings at select locations.

19th Annual Taste of Anaheim
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 8
GardenWalk, Anaheim
http://tasteofanaheim365.com/

Taste food samples from Anaheim’s great local establishments this Thursday evening at the GardenWalk near Disneyland. Admission costs $40 presale and $45 at the door, and comes with unlimited food samples from all participating restaurants while supplies last. In addition to free parking, guests may bid on various prizes in a silent auction. All drinks come at an additional price.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 8
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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

Gator By The Bay 2014
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 8
4:00 pm – 10:30 pm, May 9
10:30 am – 8:00 pm, May 10
10:30 am – 7:00 pm, May 11
Spanish Landing Park, San Diego
http://www.gatorbythebay.com/

This all-ages Zydeco, Blues, & Crawfish festival runs all this weekend, starting on Thursday night. Enjoy plenty of live entertainment, music, dancing, dance lessons, cooking demos, arts & crafts, Cajun food, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on the method of attendance, starting as low as $15 and running all the way up to $200 for the full package.

OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 9-10
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 11
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://626nightmarket.com/OCnightmarket/home.php

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $7 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

2014 Wine Riot LA
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 9
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 10
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://secondglass.com/event-categories/wineriot/LA-2014-spring/

Love wine, or want to get into wine? Wine Riot covers the entire spectrum of wine and people, from the newcomers to the experienced. Just like how a beer fest allows guests to sample different types of beer, Wine Riot allows guests to sample different types of wines from all around the world. Wine experts will deliver seminars for both consumers and those in the industry. Live DJ’s, a photo booth, temporary tattoos, and more will adorn the venue space. Wine Riot occurs in two sessions: 1pm-5pm, and 7pm-11pm. Tickets currently cost $60 per person. Prepare to either pay for parking or arrive via public transportation.

Go Punk Yourself
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, May 9
Malones Bar And Grill, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/261914743982271/

Check out over ten great local punk rock bands this Friday night at Malones in Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park down Halladay Street.

Peligro @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 9
The World Famous Doll Hut
http://www.facebook.com/events/738397182867726/

Enjoy some good ol’ punk rock this Friday night at the Doll Hut. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

D.I. @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, May 9
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/167773

Long Beach gets a high dosage of punk rock this Friday night with D.I., All Day, The Grim, and more. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2014 Tour of Long Beach
6:30 am – 9:30 am, May 10
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.touroflongbeach.com/

Join hundreds of locals on a bike ride through Long Beach this Saturday morning, including the mayor and more city officials. This race for charity features different levels of riding for all skill levels, starting with the 100-mile ride, all the way down to the 4-mile family ride. Registration, which closes Thursday night, varies in cost based on the ride length, while the family ride comes at no cost.

The Color Run 5k – Orange County
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 10
OC Great Park, Irvine
http://thecolorrun.com/orange-county/

The color run that started it all returns to Orange County 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.

Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge Race 5K – San Diego
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 10
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://rocrace.com/

If you have watched Wipeout and have always wanted to test your mettle on that course, you now have a chance with ROC Race this Saturday. This 5K course comes complete with obstacles from various similar TV shows to create a wacky race full of challenges and amusement. Anyone 13 and up can register to participate in this untimed obstacle race, and all registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Following the race, stick around for food trucks, a beer garden, and live music from DJ’s and local bands. Registration costs $70 through Friday, and $85 on the day of the event. Bring extra cash with you for parking, food & drinks, and other merchandise.

47th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 10-11
Pacific Ave, Sunset Beach
http://www.sunsetbeachartfestival.org/

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift or any other great gift this weekend in Sunset Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, the grassy area along Pacific Avenue gets filled with booths from local arts & crafts vendors all selling accessories, apparel, merchandise, and various other goodies. Local bands will play throughout the day, and a few food trucks will make their way down here to serve their wonderful eats.

2014 San Diego Chocolate Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 10
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/chocolate.htm

Enjoy plenty of chocolate tastings, demos, and more this Saturday at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Guests pay the admission of the garden to enter ($12 general admission, discounts available for seniors, students, military, and children), then pay for tasting tickets to receive any of the chocolate or food. The garden will host activities for children to play with, while other guests can check out plant sales or other merchandise perfect for Mother’s Day.

4th Annual Session Fest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 10
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/eagle-rock-brewery-s-4th-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 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.

2014 Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 10
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://asianculturalfestivalsd.com/

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

Beach City Brewery’s Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 10
Beach City Brewery, Huntington Beach
http://www.beachcitybrewery.com/

Huntington Beach’s first real microbrewery opens their doors to the public this Saturday, and they would like to see you there! This Saturday, head to Beach City Brewery and check out the beers from this small microbrewery hoping to leave a mark in Huntington Beach. To keep visitors fed, the brewery will have food trucks on hand all day.

Cancer Sucks Se7en
1:30 pm – 10:00 pm, May 10
American Legion Post 30, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/616811075080158/

An all-day, all-ages, punk rock fundraiser will go down this Saturday in Pomona. Tickets to this epic punk rock concert cost $10 presale or $15 at the door.

Hwy 78 Festiv(ale)
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 10
Walnut Grove Park, San Marcos
http://78festivale.net/

Taste great beers from breweries along the 78 Corridor at this mini festival this Saturday afternoon. Plenty of food trucks will come out too, making this a beer fest & food truck fest in one. General admission costs $25 presale or $35 at the door, and starts at 5pm. For $5 extra, guests may purchase the early entry ticket which allows entry at 4pm. Although guests of all ages can visit the food trucks, only guests 21 or over may enter the beer area.

Stalag13, The Grim, Circle One, and More – Live in Baldwin Park
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 10
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1405612783037672/

Catch a hardcore punk rock show this Saturday night in Baldwin Park. Admission to this all-ages show costs $10.

Mother’s Day Ska Punk Benefit Show
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 11
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1382530615364628/

Lots of great punk rock and ska bands will unite to play this benefit show this Sunday night at Dipiazzas in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $9 presale or $12 at the door.

Orange County Restaurant Week
February 23 – March 1
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Finals
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/552588158143432/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Five different local artists will perform and compete for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. Come see the best of the 7-week series duke it out one last time.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Last Thursdays @ One Eyed Gypsy
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm, February 27
One Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/524366924350286/

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

Neighborhood Watch – Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 28
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1399024127026156/

Catch some good ol’ punk rock in Long Beach this Friday night with Neighborhood Watch and more great local bands. The cover for this show costs just $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk & Skacore Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 28
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1386039024992801/

Pay just $5 to check out some great local punk rock and skacore bands this Friday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may attend.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 1-15
Participating locations, Old Pasadena
http://www.oldpasadena.org/happyhourweek/

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

The Makeup Show – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 1
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 2
California Market Center, Los Angeles
http://www.themakeupshow.com/makeupshow/LA/index.html

Exhibit beauty, fashion, makeup, and more at this trade show all weekend in Los Angeles. This two-day event will feature workshops, seminars, live demos, merchandise, samples, and more. Presale tickets cost $48 for one day and $68 for both days. Tickets at the door will cost $10 extra.

Inland Empire Brewing Company 5th Anniversary Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 1
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.iebrew.com/news/product/beer-and-food-festival-ticket

The IEBC will celebrate their 5th anniversary this weekend just like they did last year – with a massive festival at their brewery. Featuring over 30 breweries, plenty of food trucks, and live music, this festival will please any beer drinker. General admission costs $40, begins at 1pm, and includes 15 beer tasters. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 12pm, comes with 20 beer tasters, and allows access to the VIP area.

13th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 1
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.

Valiant Brewing 1st Year Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 1
Valiant Brewing, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/509421035842680/

Just over a year ago, Valiant Brewing opened their doors to the public to ravishing reviews. This Saturday, the folks behind the brews will celebrate the first year of their brewery with an all-day celebration at their tasting room. Expect a grand total of 26 different beers available to the public, many of which the public have not seen. For your entertainment, check out the mini hot-rod collection that will park outside the tasting room all day. Attendance requires no entry fee – simply show up, show your ID, and pay for beers as you go. This event will allow attendees under 21 to go inside; however, they still cannot drink any beer.

Long Beach Mardi Gras
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 1
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://lbmardigras.com/

Shoreline Village plays host this Saturday to a myriad of music, art, activities, entertainment, dance, parades, and more. The actual parade starts at 3pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Completely free to attend for all ages, all guests can get involved with the festivities, from the dancing to the games and more. Dress up to get even more involved!

Punk Rock Night in La Habra
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 1
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1451654678398695/

Catch an all-ages punk rock show in La Habra this Saturday night for just $5.

Orange County Cocktail Week
March 2-8
Participating locations, Orange County
http://www.occocktailweek.com/

Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and pairings at participating locations all week for $20.14 per person.

The Coaster Run 5K/10K/Kids Run
6:00 am – 10:00 am, March 2
Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
http://www.renegaderaceseries.com/index.php?view=details&id=12%3Acoaster-run-at-knotts-berry-farm&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=146

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