Posts Tagged ‘Carnival’

Two events took place at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa this past weekend, as the 69th Annual Fish Fry & Carnival added more to their festivities with the 1st Annual Costa Mesa Car Show. This free and all-ages event brought out the standard rides, games, and booths that a city fair typically provides. The carnival brought out the rides and games that many expect to see at a fair: the ferris wheel, bumper cars, obstacle courses, rides that swing or spin you, and all the games where you throw things top win stuffed animals. As for the booths, Costa Mesa dubs this their Fish Fry, which basically means fried fish strips plus fries. At $10 for a boat of fish & chips, you can find better quality at nearby restaurants, but at least buying here meant supporting a local city organization. New this year, they also added a classic car exhibit to Friday night. While nowhere near as large as larger annual car shows, this neat addition brought out the locals with classic cars to show off. These little local fairs show the diversity of the local community, and brings out visitors from not just nearby, but from the rest of the region as well. Whenever a city hosts a fair like this, you ought to check it out with your friends and family as well.

The 56th Annual Silverado Days returned to William Peak Park in Buena Park this past weekend. Free to park and attend, this fair for all ages represented a local version of a typical state fair. From the carnival rides to the prize games to the petting zoo to the food court, fans of state fairs would love the throwback feel of this classic annual city fair. Unlike previous years, guests could no longer purchase wristbands allowing unlimited rides. This year, all rides operated on a ticket basis, each costing less the more guests purchase at one time – a minor setback in keeping up with the times. The food court layout remained the same – a local organization or charity ran each booth, serving different styles of foods, such as a burger booth, ice cream booth, Mexican food booth, Chinese food booth, and so on. Vendors rotate every year, but the location of the vendors remained in the same location too this year.

For a FREE fair, why waste this opportunity to bring your friends and family here? Silverado Days happens at the same place every year on the third weekend of October. However, that means Halloween Haunt always causes congested traffic around this area, less than a mile away from Knott’s Berry Farm. For this reason, I always encourage visitors to either arrive early, or park in the neighborhood west of the park and walk from there. This year, Halloween Haunt did not stop me from revisiting a childhood tradition. Although I may have outgrown what this fair has to offer, I maintain tradition by visiting at least once every year, and you should too.

5th Annual Los Angeles International Tamale Festival
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 19
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 20
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21
Exposition Park, Los Angeles

If you love tamales, you cannot miss this fest! For just $4 ($6 at door), guests will enjoy tamale-making demos, a tamale cook-off, arts & crafts, vendors, a kids’ zone, live music, and various contests such as best commercial tamale, best homemade tamale, tamale-eating, and more.

56th Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 19
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 20
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 21
William Peak Park, Buena Park

This annual local fair takes place at Peak Park in Buena Park every year on the third weekend of October. Free to park and enter, guests of all ages will enjoy rides, games, vendors, a food court, live entertainment, and more. Numerous contests that guests can participate in include arm wrestling, horseshoe-throwing, pie-eating, hog calling, baby, dogs, chili cook-off, and more. If arriving at night, know that Halloween Haunt traffic envelopes the park, so turning into the street from Knott Ave will take a long time. Once you turn into the neighborhood, the park’s parking lot has more than enough spots available.

Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 20
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, the 9th annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.), will showcase the works of diverse artists who will use chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. The contest costs nothing for amateurs to enter, so check the website for the registration link.

Fall 2012 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 20-21
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles

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.

Hollywood On Tap
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 20
Paramount Studios, Los Angeles

Beer, food trucks, and live music join together to create the Hollywood On Tap beer fest this Saturday at Paramount Pictures Studios. For $40, attendees enter at 2pm and receive a souvenir glass and UNLIMITED beer pours. For just $10 more, guests may enter an hour early. At least seven food trucks will keep guests fed, but you have to pay separately for food. The event still provides free sodas and water to guests. As with all beer fests, anyone under 21 may not enter.

LA Oktoberfest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 20-21
Vanguard Hollywood, Los Angeles

For the full coverage, see this blog post.

The 2012 Los Angeles Oktoberfest returns this weekend to Vanguard Hollywood. A step above the other well-known Oktoberfests in Southern California, LA Oktoberfest gives guests the LA spin on Oktoberfest. Whereas other Oktoberfests charge you to enter then charge you for every beer you consume, LA Oktoberfest functions more like a beer fest. Guests pay $35 for admission to enter at 2pm, which includes a souvenir 1-liter stein and one complimentary beer fill. Each food item and additional beers cost $5 each. For $100, guests receive the VIP treatment – early entry at 1pm and unlimited beer pours. The fest ends at 5pm for all guests. For entertainment, LA Oktoberfest not only features the finest beer maidens serving beer, wine, cocktails, and more, but also live DJ’s, Bavarian dancers, accordionists, a silent auction, stein-holding contests, and more.

626 Night Market
3:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 20
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 21
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. Free to attend, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Arrive before 4pm to pay only $4 for parking and receive free horse-betting entries. Parking will cost $7 after 4pm.

Uptown Whittier Zombie Pub Crawl
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 20
The 6740, Whittier

Got a zombie outfit or zombie makeup? Join in on this zombie-themed pub crawl this Saturday night! Start at The 6740, then follow the group as they stroll from bar to bar.

Surf City Beach Derby
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 21
Huntington Beach Pier

Not your typical race! This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 2K & 5K obstacle course, half marathon scramble, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand. When registering, use coupon code YHang10 to save $5 off entry.

St. Pius V Fall Festival

The St. Pius V Fall Festival mainly caters towards kids and families. As a result, I have seen this all before – carnival rides, games, food, etc. Think of this as a localized state fair, but with less overall people, and more local populace.

Irvine Global Village Festival

Starting off Saturday, I headed down to the Global Village Festival. Much larger than I had anticipated, this festival covered the entire span of Bill Barber Park in Irvine. The festival contained five distinct areas, each representing the different offerings the fest had to offer: restaurants, entertainment, vendors, cultural area, and kid’s area. Although free to attend, participation favored those who planned to visit for a long time. Guests needed to purchase tickets in order to eat, drink, or participate in rides, games, events, etc. Since guests could not purchase individual tickets, this system catered more towards families spending the day there.

Taste of Brews – Dana Point

Taste of Brews returned to Dana Point for the second time. Abandoning the typical Taste of Brews setup, this beer fest took a detour from the typical beer fest we all know and love in order to accommodate for the partnership with the Dana Point BBQ Championship. Taste of Brews made up for the lack of venue area and beer variety with a lower admission of $30, the full four-hour duration, and unlimited beer pours. Sadly, all guests had to pay for food separately.

Dana Point BBQ Championship

The umbrella that Taste of Brews sailed under, the Dana Point BBQ Championship occurred at the same time as Taste of Brews. Mainly a private competition, guests could enter for free after the judging had completed, but each sample costed $2 each. $2 per sample seems extremely pricey, but all proceeds went towards the VFW charity. This event served as the food provider for Taste of Brews guests.

Shoutout to the Smokin’ It Up BBQ Crew from Eastvale for whipping out their reserve batch of brisket for me to try.

LA Chinatown Moon Festival

After the madness of Punk Rock Pillow Fight a few months ago, I had high expectation for the Chinatown Moon Festival. Sadly, I arrived to clustered chaos. Nothing stood out in all of Chinatown, save for the masses of people trying to push their way through the crowds. The scene perfectly reminded me of Punk Rock Pillow Fight, but without the actual pillow fight. Disappointed and tired after driving through Carmageddon, I left before dark.