Posts Tagged ‘Cats’

The stereotype of the crazy cat lady exists because these people still exist to this day. I got a chance to witness thousands of these people all corralled into one tight space at the 2nd Annual CatConLA. As the event’s name suggests, this event featured all things cats, but mainly for cat people. Taking place at The Reef just outside of Downtown LA, this two-day event covered multiple floors of the venue to accommodate for the thousands of attendees throughout the weekend, and filled them full of cat vendors. In addition to the vendors and booths, CatConLA also featured famous cats and famous people who work with cats. Adult admission cost $25 for a day or $40 for the weekend, while child admission cost $15 for a day or $25 for the weekend. Guests could not actually bring their cats.

A week prior, organizer Susan Michaels made a guest radio appearance to speak about the upcoming CatConLA event. She mentioned that last year’s event had almost 13,000 in attendance, a figure that they may have underestimated as they expected only eight to ten thousand to attend. While I originally expected CatConLA as an expo for cats and cat product vendors, CatConLA delivered exactly the opposite. When I think about a cat expo, I think cat toys, cat food, and cat adoptions. Instead, we got photo booths, accessories & apparel with cats on them, and art about cats. Basically, we got an event for cat people, but not actually cats. As a result, I witnessed tons of crazy cat people (mostly women) wearing cat accessories and tossing around endless cat puns, with puns such as “Are you kitten me right meow?” and other puns that make you cringe. When you see a line of people stretching outside of the building adorned in cat ears, whiskers, and other accessories or makeup, you can expect chaos inside.

I did not see any actual cats throughout the event, nor did I see many vendors with products for cats. I would wager that vendors about cats made up about 90% of the booths, while vendors selling products for cats measured under 10% of the booths. It took until the end of my visit when I started to leave that I finally found real cats… at the very back of the second floor. They sectioned off the cats in the back with a wall with a few windows to look into these “play rooms” that had cats in them. In order to enter these rooms to interact with the cats, you had to sign forms saying that you would adopt a cat that day. So for those not intending to adopt a cat, you would never interact with a cat at all at CatConLA – you would just have to deal with thousands of crazy cat people.

Can I wholeheartedly recommend CatConLA as an event worth checking out? I do not have numbers to show for, but considering that the first CatConLA last year had three to five thousand more people than they originally projected, cats definitely have enough popularity that I do not foresee this event fading away any time soon. However, due to the nature of this event of not having anything worthwhile to cat owners, I do not expect to ever return to a CatConLA. Perhaps if they start having more vendors geared towards owning a cat, I may return to see what the vendors would have. But if all they keep bringing involves things for humans and not cats, I will stay away as if I have a cat hair allergy.

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2015 Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 28
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia
http://arcadiacachamber.org/events/taste-of-arcadia/

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $65 presale tickets now, or pay $80 at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

42nd Los Angeles Korean Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 1
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 2-4
Seoul International Park, Koreatown
http://www.lakoreanfestival.org/en/index.php

Immerse yourself in Korean culture at this four-day Korean festival in Koreatown this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this festival will have food, drinks, treats, music, entertainment, rides, games, arts & crafts, merchandise, vendors, and much more.

Pumpkin Beers Release
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 1
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.valiantbrewing.com/two-pumpkin-beers-one-day/

Valiant Brewing will release two new pumpkin beers this Thursday evening. No admission required – simply show up and enjoy a cold one.

San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 1
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://sangabrielcity.com/dumplingbeerfest

The San Gabriel Valley puts their spin on Oktoberfest with this dumpling & beer fest this Thursday night in San Gabriel. Free to attend for all ages, this festival will feature numerous dumpling vendors, other food vendors, live entertainment, a craft beer garden, and more. A wristband for unlimited beer sampling costs $20 presale or $25 at the gate. All food comes at cost, so bring plenty of cash for that.

42nd La Mesa Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 2-3
La Mesa Village, La Mesa
http://www.lmvma.com/SeasonalEvents/Oktoberfest.aspx

Enjoy a family-fun Oktoberfest celebration this weekend in La Mesa. Free to attend for all ages, this Oktoberfest celebration will have all the usual Oktoberfest festivities such as dance, music, sausages, pretzels, beer, and more. In addition, visitors will find hundreds of vendors, arts & crafts, games, and more activities for all ages.

58th Annual Tustin Tiller Days
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 2
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 3
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 4
Columbus Tustin Park, Tustin
http://www.tustintillerdays.org/

Bring the family out to this all-ages city fair this weekend. Free to attend, this fair has everything that a family can enjoy, from the rides and games for kids, to the entertainment and vendors for adults. Remember to check out all the fair food, drinks, and dessert too, since buying food here supports local organizations and businesses. Guests can find free street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 2
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).

2nd Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, October 2
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 3-4
Newport Beach Civic Center, Newport Beach
http://newportwineandfood.com/

Lots of activity will take place in the culinary world this weekend in Newport Beach. On Friday night, a VIP party will take place with a cocktail reception and a three-course food & wine pairing dinner. On Saturday and Sunday, attendees of the festival gain access to unlimited food tastings, cooking demos, cocktail mixing demos, live music, a silent auction, and more. Admission prices significantly vary based on the mode of attendance, with single-day admission costing $195 and a weekend pass costing $350.

Duane Peters Gunfight @ Karman Bar
8:00 pm – 12:30 am, October 2
Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1471391639851968/

Local punk bands will perform at the Karman Bar in Laguna Niguel this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Agent Orange: Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 1:00 am, October 2, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2582
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 3, Discovery, Ventura http://nightout.com/events/agent-orange-discovery/

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Each show has a different ticket price and age restriction, so click on a show’s link for more information.

1st Annual Los Angeles Moon Festival Cocktail Feast
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 2
Vibiana, Downtown Los Angeles
http://luckyrice.com/event/los-angeles-moon-festival-cocktail-feast/

Sip on cocktails and other libations all night in Downtown Los Angeles. General admission costs $50 and starts at 10pm, while VIP admission costs $88 and starts at 9pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Cadillac Tramps @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, October 2
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/960169-cadillac-tramps-long-beach/

Enjoy some local music at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Long Beach Heart Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, October 3
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.heartwalkla.org/

Raise money to walk around Long Beach during this charity walk this Saturday morning.

18th Annual Pacific Beachfest
8:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 3
Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://pacificbeachfest.org/

Enjoy a full day of outdoor activities at this free and all-ages beach festival in Pacific Beach. Visitors will find sports, tournaments, activities, live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, food, drinks, and more.

OrangeCon 2015
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 3
Pavilion at the University Conference Center, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton
http://www.ipmsoc.org/

The name of this event does not describe it at all. This all-ages exhibit showcases miniature models of airplanes and other types of vehicles, mostly military in theme. Admission to this viewing costs $5.

2015 Dana Point State BBQ Championships
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 3
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.danapointbbqchampionships.com/

Over 100 teams of grill masters will gather from around the country to serve up their finest BBQ and compete for cash, prizes, and titles. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can purchase sample tickets for $2, and use those tickets to exchange for samples from any of the participants. For the adults, catch the craft beer & wine garden, featuring some of the country’s favorite breweries and wineries. Small 4oz beer pours will cost $2 each, while large 12oz beer pours will cost $6, and visitors can walk freely around the festival with drinks in hand. Visitors may park for free at the Salt Creek Beach parking lot located within PCH and Ritz Carlton Dr, despite signs saying that parking requires a fee. Otherwise, park at Dana Hills High School, and take the free shuttle service to the park.

1st Annual Maker Faire San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 3-4
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://sdmakerfaire.org/

Celebrate local makers, artists, designers, and more at this two-day fair taking place in Balboa Park this weekend in San Diego. Attendees will experience handmade goods such as gadgets, sculptures, art, food, apparel, accessories, merchandise, and more. Admission varies depending on age and date of attendance, starting at $12.50 and going up to $30.

43rd Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 3-4
Live Oak Park South Field, Manhattan Beach
http://www.mbfair.org/

This free fair for all ages makes its annual return this weekend, featuring games, arts & crafts, food, beer & wine gardens, live entertainment, and more. The city will provide free parking and shuttle transportation at the Northrop Grumman Building at 15092 Aviation Blvd near the intersection of Aviation Blvd and Marine Street in Manhattan Beach.

Los Angeles Donut Festival
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 3
Mad Ave LA, East Hollywood
http://ladonutfestival.com/

Spend three hours of your Saturday afternoon standing in long lines munching on donut samples at this donut festival in East Hollywood.

Fall 2015 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 3-4
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.

2nd Annual Artesia International Street Fair & Diversity Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 3
Pioneer & 183rd, Artesia
http://www.cityofartesia.us/index.aspx?NID=282

At this free and all-ages street fair this Saturday, visitors will find food, music, dance, live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more.

2nd Annual Vegan Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 3-4
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.veganoktoberfest.com/

If you love Oktoberfest but follow the vegan plan, then you will fit right in at this one-of-a-kind Oktoberfest. All the typical Oktoberfest festivities will keep everyone occupied, while everyone gets full on vegan food and vegan beer. General admission costs $45, starts at 1pm, and includes one stein glass with unlimited beer pours. VIP admission costs $55, starts at 12pm, and also provides access to a VIP area with food samples.

3rd Annual Brewer’s Chili Cookoff
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 3
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1681526008746826/

A handful of Southern Californian breweries will collide at Select Beer Store this Saturday for an all-day chili cookoff featuring chili made by the brewers as well as beers from the breweries on tap. Chili tasting starts at 4pm, while the beers will flow all day.

San Diego Japan Fair
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 3
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 4
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sd-japanfair.com/

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture this weekend at NTC Liberty Statio in San Diego. Visitors will find lots of ramen, sake tastings, live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, other food & drinks, vendors, and more. Admission costs $5 for one day.

1st Annual Los Angeles Paella & Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 3
La Plaza de Culturas y Artes, Los Angeles
http://www.lapaellafest.com/

Enjoy paella and lots of wine and spirits this Saturday near Downtown Los Angeles. General admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the gate, and includes unlimited food and drink samples. VIP admission costs $120, and also includes access to a VIP area with some exclusive food and drinks.

Roxanne’s Lounge’s 2nd Annual Oktoberfest
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 3
Roxanne’s Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/834701753242473/

Roxanne’s Lounge in Long Beach will celebrate their own Oktoberfest this Saturday. $15 admission gets you five beer tasters plus access to all the usual Oktoberfest activities, games, contests, music, entertainment, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Brewery’s Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 3
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/

Anaheim Brewery will celebrate Oktoberfest with two Saturdays full of Oktoberfest activities, such as live music, freshly-prepared sausages on-site, German-style beers, and more. No admission required – simply show up, paid for beers as you go, and have fun.

Caturday
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 3
Community, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/623936704375767/

Cat lovers will want to check out this free and all-ages event this Saturday night in Anaheim. Visitors will find various cat-themed artists and arts & crafts here, as well as a resident food truck to serve hungry guests.

Zombie Fashion Show & Creature Art Exhibit
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 3
Lot 613, Los Angeles
http://www.zombiefashionshow.com/

Dozens of Hollywood makeup artists will transform models into the undead at this Saturday night fashion & art show. While the models strut their deathly stuff, attendees can check out zombie-themed artwork from dozens artists from all over the country. The $10 admission grants access to all these exhibits, plus all-you-can-eat pancakes courtesy of the Pancakes & Booze Art Show. No one under 21 may enter.

12th Annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, October 4
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
http://kidsbookfestival.com/

This FREE all-ages fair caters to families as it presents thousands of children’s book available to read or buy. The fair will also host multiple stages complete with family-friendly entertainment.

The Generators @ Alex’s Bar
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, October 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/956805-generators-long-beach/

Rock out this Sunday afternoon at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this local rock show cost $5 presale or $7 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Sundays @ Harvelle’s
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 4
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Sunday of the month at Harvelle’s in Downtown Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

41st Annual Gourmet Festival of Fall
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 4
AbilityFirst, Pasadena
http://abilityfirstfestival.org/

Enjoy food, wine, craft beer, live music, a silent auction, and more this Sunday evening in Pasadena. General admission costs $150, while VIP admission costs $300 and includes VIP seating.

Upcoming Events: September 15-21, 2014

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23rd Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 16
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.pfarcf.org/tasteofoldpasadena/

The Taste of Old Pasadena returns tomorrow to Old Town Pasadena. Over 30 diverse restaurants will sample their food & drinks for just $30 per person. Maps and signs will guide all attendees to find the food.

Sunset Strip Music Festival Pre-Party Bash
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 16
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1469030910045438/

Warm up for this weekend’s Sunset Strip Music Festival with this weeknight party in West Hollywood. For a $10 cover charge, check out some local rock bands, plus a burlesque show. No one under 21 may enter.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 17-18
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 September 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 Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 17-18
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Waterfront?id=67350

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

Mitsuwa Hokkaido Fair
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 18-21
Mitsuwa Marketplace, all SoCal locations
http://www.mitsuwa.com/ai1ec_event/hokkaido-torrance-2/

Much like the Mitsuwa Summer Fest, this FREE festival at all Mitsuwa Marketplaces now celebrates North Japan culture. Experience food, drinks, desserts, dance, music, games, and more from Northern Japanese culture.

2014 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 18
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.cerritostaste.com/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Thursday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay $10, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

California Brewmasters Book Signing & Drake’s IPA Collab Tapping
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 18
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/689783837768725/

Join brewers from local breweries at Beachwood Brewing this Thursday evening as they congregate for a signing of the book California Brewmasters. Books and beer come at cost. Guests of all ages may purchase a book as well as receive autographs, but minors cannot have any beer. In addition to the signing, Beachwood Brewing will tap a new IPA that they collaborated with Drake’s Brewing to brew called Vulcanizer, so ensure you grab a pint of that as well.

Savor Summer: Umami Burger Music & Art Series
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 18
Space 15 Twenty, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/272174519638418/

Enjoy a night of art, a live DJ, cash bar, and food from Umami Burger this Thursday night in Hollywood. Please have cash available for any food and/or drinks you desire to consume.

Generate LA Showcase
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 18
The Airliner Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/337479513083180/

This event will feature an art exhibit, two stages of bass music, a fashion run, dance performances, and more. The cover to enter this event costs $5 if entering before 9pm, or $10 after 9pm. The venue sells their own food and alcohol. No one under 21 may attend. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day
September 19
Everywhere
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

As the name suggests, feel free to talk like a pirate this Wednesday all day. Just avoid getting in trouble for it. Yarr~

Stair Climb for Los Angeles
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 19
YMCA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ymcastairclimb.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1070058

On this day, the city will shut down Hope Street as thousands attempt to race up the stairs of the US Bank tower in Downtown Los Angeles. This all-day fest also includes food trucks, live music, a beer garden, rock-climbing walls, and more. Even if you cannot participate in the climb, the actual festival requires no fee to enter.

2014 International Food Blogger Conference
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 19
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 20
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 21
The Westin, Downtown Seattle
http://www.foodista.com/ifbc2014

The world’s top conference for food bloggers returns to Seattle this year! This conference covers a broad diversity of topics, and each attendee may choose their own program of sessions to attend. Unfortunately I cannot attend this year, but look forward to it next year for sure!

16th Annual Sand Sports Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 19
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 20
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 21
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.sandsportssupershow.com/

Satiate your adrenaline with the Sand Sports Super Show this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds. See hundreds of ATVs, monster trucks, and many other vehicles all in one space. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $15, while children 12 and under enter free with paid adult admission. Bring extra cash for parking which ranges from $5 to $10.

Get Shamrocked Irish Festival 2014
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 19
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 20
11:00 am – 6:30 pm, September 21
Town Square Park, Murrieta
http://www.getshamrocked.com/

Revel in Irish culture all this weekend in Murrieta, with Irish music, food, live entertainment, and more. This all-ages festival will bring Irish culture to town, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. General admission costs $10 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, or $35 for a weekend pass. No one under 21 may attend on Friday or Saturday, but they may attend on Sunday only. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather.

Pasadena Greek Fest
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 19
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 20
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://pasadenagreekfest.org/

$5 admission gets you into this all-ages Greek festival, which includes food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. The race track charges $4 for parking per vehicle.

Monterey Park Night Market
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, September 19
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://mpknightmarket.com/

The popularity of night markets has surged within the past year. This Friday, Monterey Park gets their very own night market, complete with free admission. Come to this all-ages outdoor fair this Friday night, and check out all the food, drinks, desserts, merchandise, live entertainment, and more. Expect heavy traffic approaching this area, especially for a Friday night, so plan your commute accordingly.

The Aquabats: 20th Anniversary Tour
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 19
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/623861-aquabats-pomona/

The Aquabats continue their 20th Anniversary Tour, which sweeps through Pomona this week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $22.

1st Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 19
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 20-21
Newport Beach Civic Center, Newport Beach
http://newportwineandfood.com/

Lots of activity will take place in the culinary world this weekend in Newport Beach. On Friday night, a VIP party will take place with a cocktail reception and a three-course food & wine pairing dinner. On Saturday and Sunday, attendees of the festival gain access to unlimited food tastings, cooking demos, cocktail mixing demos, live music, a silent auction, and more. Admission prices significantly vary based on the mode of attendance, with single-day admission costing $195 and a weekend pass costing $350.

Get Lit In North Pine
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 19
Pine Avenue, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Event-Detail-Page/Get-Lit-in-North-Pine?id=67456

This Friday night, North Pine will host a FREE and all-ages twilight walk on Pine Avenue between 3rd & 8th streets in Downtown Long Beach. This nighttime event will contain glow zones, bubble soccer, roller disco, live music, food, and more activities for the entire family.

H.R. of Bad Brains @ Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 12:30 am, September 19
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/h-r-of-bad-brains-the-wyldz/

Check out this show going on this Friday night as part of the Sunset Strip Music Festival. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

6th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
September 20-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, culminating in a beer fest on the last day in Downtown Los Angeles. 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 over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, 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 LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

14th Annual Bike Walk & Roll
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 20
New Harvest Educational Facility, Norwalk
http://www.bikewalkandroll.com/

Join in on this community bike fest going on all day this Saturday starting in Norwalk. This celebration features a multitude of events, from bike rides to a 10k walk to a family fun day to a BBQ competition. All active events start early in the morning, and the website features the full schedule of when every single event starts. From 10am to 6pm, check out a FREE all-ages fair in Norwalk, complete with food, music, games, rides, vendors, arts & crafts, and more.

20th Annual Pacific Islander Festival of San Diego
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 20-21
Ski Beach, Mission Bay Park, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/

Check out this free and all-ages Pacific Islander festival this weekend in San Diego. Visitors will find food, treats, arts & crafts, games, merchandise, music, dancing, and more. Please have cash available for either parking or the shuttle service.

17th Annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 20-21
Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado
http://www.fleetweeksandiego.org/events/fleet-week-coronado-speed-festival/

This all-ages event features fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts at one of the most distinctive race track locations, Naval Air Station North Island, the birthplace of Naval Aviation. Nowhere else can you see a variety of cars racing on a live runway used by the U.S. Navy! The two-day festival includes a military pit crew challenge, car show, garage tours, test drives, a vendor village, a stunt show by Aaron Colton, a special appearance by the Robby Gordon SUPER Trucks, and more. General admission presale costs $25 for one day or $35 for the weekend, while tickets at the door will cost $10 more.

10th Annual Moompetam: Native American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 20-21
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/moompetam/

This weekend celebration will feature traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating the indigenous California maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay. All aquarium visitors gain access to this festival, so anyone with regular aquarium admission can check this event out.

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2014
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 20
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://cantillon.be/br/3_21

“Zwanze Day is an international, simultaneous tapping of a one-off Cantillon abbey-style beer that visits 46 special locations around the United Stated, Canada, Europe, and Asia. One of Belgium’s finest breweries, these highly sought-after beers have become increasingly hard to find. Zwanze 2013 bears the name of its illustrious place of origin, Abbaye de Cureghem (Cureghem Abbey). In Dutch, “zwanze” refers to a type of semi-sarcastic humor typical of Brussels that one often encounters at Cantillon Brewery.”

As quoted by Beachwood BBQ, they will carry this extremely rare beer this Saturday, pouring samples and providing a brunch/lunch buffet to attendees. All reservations for this tapping have SOLD OUT already. If you would like to attend, search after-market sites for anyone selling tickets.

7th Annual Orange County Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 20-21
Central Library Park, Huntington Beach
http://pacificislanderfestivaloc.com/

Immerse yourself in Pacific Islander culture at this FREE and all-ages festival this weekend in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find food, live music, entertainment, merchandise, activities, and more.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2014
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 20
Wilson Plaza, UCLA, West Los Angeles
http://www.lalovesalexslemonade.org/

Chefs and mixologists from around the world converge to UCLA this Saturday afternoon to serve their unique creations to all attendees. For $195 regular admission, enjoy all the food and drinks you can handle, and mingle with the curators of whatever you consume too.

Make The Music Go BANG! Fest
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 20
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/bang-fest

See, X, The Buzzcocks, and more at this all-day all-ages music festival at The Observatory in Orange County. Tickets to this show cost $35.

1st Annual Montebello Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 20
Montebello City Park, Montebello
http://www.artwalkmtb.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event, find artist, vendors, food trucks, live art demos, raffles, music, and more.

Gourmetzia 2014
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 20-21
South Hall K, Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.gourmetzia.com/

Described as “the international food lovers ultimate sampling event,” this two-day expo at the LA Convention Center showcases the finest in trending foods, gourmet, and artisan delicacies. Between all of the food sampling and browsing, check out all the culinary demos, performances, and high-energy activities. General admission costs $40 per day and starts at 4pm. Early entry admission costs $50 per day and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $85, starts at 12pm, provides access to BOTH days, and provides access to a special VIP section.

Beauty And The Creep – Costume Faire
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 20
Halloween Club, La Mirada
http://www.halloweenclub.com/beautyandthecreep

Halloween Club right off the 5 freeway will host a FREE all-ages costume contest and party this Saturday afternoon. This event will feature a costume fashion show, makeup artists, costume designers, contests, food, drinks, music, giveaways, and more.

Shoreline Village Pirate Festival 2014
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 20
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 21
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/pirate-festival-september-20th/

Come mingle with pirates and enjoy sword fighting, pirate bands, treasure (scavenger) hunt, bullwhip tricks, costume contests, kids activities, and more all for free! Please adhere to the parking rules here.

12th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 20
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
http://www.tarfest.com/

This music & art festival returns this Saturday to the La Brea Tar Pits in West LA. Free to attend and open to all ages, guests will experience live music, live painting, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more.

1st Annual San Diego Sriracha Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 20
Liberty Station, San Diego
http://nightout.com/events/1st-annual-san-diego-sriracha-festival-food-gps

Last year, the LA Sriracha Fest made us appreciate the beauty behind Sriracha. This year, the fest moves down to San Diego to spread the love for Sriracha. Test your spice tolerance at this food festival dedicated to sriracha this Saturday afternoon at Liberty Station in San Diego. General admission costs $59, starts at 3pm, and include all tastings, including craft beer and cocktail samples. VIP admission costs $90, starts at 2pm, and includes reserved seating.

1st Annual Apollos Bash Car Show
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 20
Rio Vista Inn, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/271052923104771/

As the event name suggests, dozens of classic cars will arrive for display this Saturday in Anaheim. This event has no cost or age limit to attend.

LA Beer Week 6th Anniversary Opening Gala
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 20
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://labeerweek.com/2014/event/la-beer-week-kickoff/

LA Beer Week kicks off its 2014 run with its annual beer fest this Saturday at its new location of Chinatown. In addition to the over 70 breweries present to serve beer, multiple food trucks will pair their foods (sold separately) with the beers.

Downey International Food Festival 2014
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 20
Downey Ave & 3rd St, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/discover/international_food_festival_2014.asp

Downtown Downey will bustle with activity this Saturday evening. On Downey Avenue in downtown, visitors of all ages can walk the street for free to check out local restaurants serving food here, plus a beer & wine garden, kids’ zone, live music, and an outdoor movie at night.

World Foodie Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 20
LA Spice Café, Culver City
http://www.worldfoodiefair.com/

Ten hopeful restauranteurs will serve their cuisine at this mini food fest this Saturday in Culver City. Each $6 ticket provides $7 worth of food, and attendees can vote for their favorite foods throughout the event. Four one-hour sessions will take place starting at 5pm in order to spread out the flow of attendees, and interested attendees can purchase tickets for this event ONLY online so that the organizers can cap each session due to capacity limits. Buy at least one ticket to secure your spot in a session – you can buy more tickets once you arrive there if you still feel hungry for more food.

CrossFit Intersect Downtown Grand Opening
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 20
CrossFit Intersect, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/711383145566355/

A new CrossFit gym will open up in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday evening. Doors open at 6pm with tasty hors d’oeuvres and drinks from local brewers. Ribbon-cutting ceremony happens at 7pm followed by a short workout at 7:30. Attendees will continue the celebration throughout Downtown afterwards.

Idle Worship – The Photography of Edward Colver
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 20
Lethal Amounts, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/296784110473924/

Check out this unveiling of never-before-seen images of old punk bands like Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Youth Brigade, and more this Saturday night in Los Angeles. The event page makes no mention of a cover charge or age minimum or parking info or any other piece of event detail, so bear that all in mind if you plan to attend this event.

Thrash Show @ Five Star Bar
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, September 20
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1464835617097357/

Get your thrash on at this show in Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can park at the street meters for free after 8pm.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 21-26
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For six full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

Run For Love – Yoga & 5k
8:00 am – 11:00 am, September 21
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://runforlove.info/

Hundreds will gather on the beach this Sunday morning for a communal yoga session plus a 5k run/walk. Registration costs $35 and includes an event t-shirt.

19th Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 21
Mountain Vista Drive, Encinitas
http://encinitasoktoberfest.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event this Sunday, the six-block marketplace on Mountain Vista Drive in Encinitas will feature Bavarian dancers, bands, hundreds of vendors, authentic German food & beverages, a family fun zone, and a ceremonial parade at 12pm.

Tony Hawk’s 11th Annual Stand Up For Skateparks
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 21
Green Acres Estate, Beverly Hills
http://www.standupforskateparks.org/

Come to Green Acres Estate in Beverly Hills this Sunday for an afternoon of action sports thrills. Visitors will find action sports demos, music from live DJ’s, games, food, arts & crafts, vendors, a silent auction, and more. Individual tickets cost $550 each, while a family package costs $2750 and includes an autographed skateboard by Tony Hawk.

4th Annual Ska Day at Disneyland – It’s A Ska World After All
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 21
Disneyland, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/692882780775823/

Rendezvous and mingle with ska fans at Disneyland this Sunday. Participate in multiple activities, such as a scavenger hunt, a ska outfit contest, a group picture, meet & greet lunch, and more. Please note that no ska show will actually take place.

Los Angeles Feline Film Festival & Internet Cat Video Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://lafelinefilmfestival.com/

As if cats do not already dominate our lives and the internet, a feline film festival will take place in Los Angeles this Sunday that celebrates out furry friends. See real cats, dozens of cat videos, meet famous cats, and more. Ticket prices vary to this event, with general admission costing $15, and additional prices for add-ons.

I ♥ Bois Hardcore
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Blood Orange Infoshop, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1406591726293435/

An all-day all-ages punk show invades Riverside this Sunday. The cover for this show costs $10.

Caskforce
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/338837772907451/

As part of LA Beer Week, Beachwood Brewing will unveil FIVE cask ales for this Sunday only. If you love craft beer, you owe it to yourself to visit Beachwood Brewing in Downtown Long Beach this Sunday.

Whitekaps & The Maxies @ Slidebar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 21
Slidebar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1497574080482934/

Head over to Slidebar in Fullerton this Sunday night to see both Whitekaps and The Maxies play a FREE show. No one under 21 may enter.

Slow Children @ Chain Reaction
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 10
Chain Reaction, Anaheim
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/315673

Catch a local punk rock show this Wednesday night at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, with six bands total playing that night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. If you cannot find parking in their parking lot, park on S Loara St.

2013 Lightning In A Bottle
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 12
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 13
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 14
Lake Skinner, Temecula
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.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 11
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 does not exist in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here before.

2013 Orange County Fair Opening Day
12:00 pm, July 12
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocfair.com/

The OC Fair this year runs Wednesday through Sunday each week starting July 12 with the final day on August 11. The fairgrounds open 12pm until 12am on weekdays, and 10am to 12 am on weekends. For opening day, all guests receive FREE parking and enter the fair for FREE. Click this link for special ticket promotions. Click this link for info on the Super Pass. Every year, a new fried food gets introduced, such as deep-fried Kool Aid or deep-fried butter. Last year, they allowed guests to bring their own foods to get fried, and they will continue that tradition this year.

2013 Body Art Expo
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 12
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 13
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.bodyartexpo.com/

Check out this all-ages tattoo expo running all weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona. Hundreds of tattoo artists from across the nation will fly in this weekend to deliver their works of art onto willing bodies. The expo will also feature live tribute bands, freak shows, a beer garden, hot body contests, tattoo contests, plenty of merchandise vendors, and more. Attendees interested in receiving ink should book an appointment with an artist – walking up to the artist may result in nothing if the artist fills up his or her schedule early. One-day admission costs $20, while a 3-day admission costs $45. Children under 10 enter for free with a paid adult admission, but note that no vendor will provide a tattoo or piercing to children. Please bring cash for parking, which may range from $5 to $10.

Black Flag @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12-13
The Observatory, Santa Ana
July 12: http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/black-flag
July 13: http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/black-flag-2

Legendary punk rock band Black Flag has reunited with the original lineup to play a short tour that swings through Southern California this weekend. Do not miss this opportunity to catch Black Flag in all their glory this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $25. Act fast on these tickets, as the first night has already sold out.

Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge Race 5K
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 13
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
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. At this moment, all of the morning times have sold out, so if you would like to register for this race, you may only choose an afternoon start time. Registration costs $65 through Wednesday, and $70 on the day of the event. If entering as a team, the team with the more registrants receive a 25% refund on their registration. Parking costs $10 per vehicle (hint: carpool), so bring extra cash with you for parking, food & drinks, and other merchandise.

2013 Tomato Battle – SoCal
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 13
Lakeview Park, Silverado
http://tomatobattle.com/

Prepare to get messy and release some pent up frustration as you hurl tomatoes at thousands of other people. As an old Spanish tradition, at the inaugural Tomato Battle, thousands of attendees will throw hundreds of thousands of tomatoes through the air in hopes of smacking someone, whether aimed or not. While the tomato zerg runs, local bands will play live music, while a costume contest will occur on the stage. Food trucks and a beer garden will fill up empty stomachs (at an additional cost). Registration for Tomato Battle costs $50. No one under 14 may participate. Bring cash for parking and food. Obviously, wear goggles and clothes you do not mind getting dirty, and bring clean clothes to change into when the event ends.

Agent Orange @ Stingers Bar
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 13
Stingers Bar & Night Club, San Bernardino
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3591184

Catch Agent Orange, D.I., Whitekaps, and more at this punk rock show at Stingers Bar in San Bernardino, complete with a full bar and food menu. Tickets to this show cost $12. No one under 18 may attend.

Lace ‘Em Up!
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 13
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.poortownshows.com/event/139002

This all-ages show features a mixture of reggae, soul, punk, ska, hardcore, and oi bands all in one night. Tickets to this show cost $8. Attendees can park for free in the venue’s parking lot.

Beach Babe Bicycling Classic
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 14
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://beachbabecycling.com/

Join hundreds of women cyclists tour the SoCal coastline from Long Beach to Huntington Beach in this beautiful annual bike ride this Sunday morning. Go on a bike ride for 15 miles or 36 miles along beach trails and bike lanes with a handful of catered rest stops along the path. Following the ride, attendees can enjoy a mini women’s expo at the finish line complete with merchandise and accessories. Registration costs $80 for a solo rider, and $210 for a team of three. Have cash available for parking, as the nearest free parking location lies in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue. The website does not specify if men can participate, but photos from previous years show absolutely no men.

2013 Concrete Hero – Los Angeles
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 14
Los Angeles State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.concretehero.org/

If you think you have the toughness to survive anything, think again. Withstand five brutal miles of unforgiving strength and agility obstacles at the annual Concrete Hero this Sunday morning. Run, crawl, climb, and swing your way to the finish line, and prove to the world that you have conquered the Concrete Hero challenge. All those who wish to participate must raise at least $400 to participate, plus pay the registration fee of $35. Concrete Hero does not discriminate, so anyone of any shape, color, ethnicity, and even age can participate. Spectators may enter for free. If you arrive early enough, you can find free street parking on N Spring St and any connecting street from W College St and northward. Later arrivals should opt for public transportation, or simply paying for the parking lots.

Origami Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 14
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Long Beach
http://www.csulb.edu/~jgarden/aboutus/event.html

Come meet and watch many origami experts at this family-friendly event on the CSULB campus. Watch origami experts create works of art, and participate in lessons to learn the art of origami. Admission ranges from $7 to $10 and includes folding origami paper. Bring cash for parking. The venue does not allow reentries, so eat prior to arriving here.

2nd Annual Doggie Street Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 14
Westfield Century City Mall, West Los Angeles
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

Black Flag @ The Vex
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 14
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://shows.gitbam.com/

Legendary punk rock band Black Flag has reunited with the original lineup to play a short tour that swings through Southern California this weekend. Do not miss this opportunity to catch Black Flag in all their glory this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show costs $30. You may park behind the building for free, but do not park too deep, or you risk getting blocked by other cars.