Posts Tagged ‘Cerritos’

6th Annual Taste of South Pasadena
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 19
Canoe House, South Pasadena
http://www.southpasadenarotary.org/

Sample the local flavor of South Pasadena this Wednesday evening. This tasting consists of two events: a wine tasting portion, and a restaurant crawl. The wine tasting costs $20 to attend and takes place at the Canoe House from 5pm to 7pm. The restaurant crawl takes place from 6pm to 9pm, and costs $35 for adults or $15 for those under 21, and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

2017 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, April 19
Portuguese Club, Point Loma, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/TasteofPointLoma

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Wednesday night. For $25, guests gain access to free shuttles that will take them from various places around Point Loma so that guests can reach all the restaurants in time.

Women’s Beer Forum
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 19
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/womens-beer-forum/

$23 gets you a flight of four beers from various breweries. Judging by historical posts about this event, it appears that men may not participate in this.

5th Annual Orange County Improv Festival
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19-22
STAGEStheatre, Fullerton
http://ocimprovfest.com/

Enjoy up to four nights of improv comedy in Orange County this weekend. Tickets cost $10 per day or $40 for an all-access pass for all four days. The venue has a small parking lot, and the surrounding neighborhood only allows parking for up to two hours, so plan your commute accordingly. The website does not specify an age minimum, though you can expect adult humor, so consider leaving the little ones at home.

Newport Beach Film Festival
April 20-27
Multiple venues, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/

Dozens of independent films will air this week in Newport Beach. Check out the website for a schedule of all the films that you may watch, as well as the prices for each.

24th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, April 20
Share Our Selves, Costa Mesa
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

25 of Orange County’s finest chefs will gather to prepare their most unusual and unique taco. Come witness history in the making, as chefs strive to reinvent the wheel by crafting the new generation of tacos. VIP hour starts at 4:30pm and costs $150, while general admission starts at 5:30pm and costs $80. Admission does not guarantee food for attendees.

The Muckenthaler’s 5th Annual Speakeasy
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, April 20
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2017/4/20/the-muckenthalers-5th-annual-speakeasy

Enjoy fashion, drinks, dancing, and music this Thursday night in Fullerton. Admission costs $25 and comes with a complimentary glass of champagne. No one under 21 may attend.

38th Annual OC Fair Imaginology
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 21
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 22-23
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocfair.com/steam

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event this weekend in Costa Mesa featuring activities, games, and other arts & crafts surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Parking at the venue costs $8 per vehicle.

2017 South Bay Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 21
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 22
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 23
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

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

Cerritos Spring Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 21
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 22
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 23
Cerritos Sports Complex, Cerritos
http://www.cerritos.us/RESIDENTS/recreation/events/program_highlights.php

Enjoy a local spring carnival this weekend, free to attend for all ages. Visitors will find rides, games, live entertainment, food, drinks, treats, and more.

San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County Party
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 21
The Paddock, Del Mar
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2017/Best-of-North-County-Party-2017/

Samples food from North San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. Admission to this event costs $80 per person.

Purple Rain Peepshow
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 21
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Enjoy a sultry burlesque show dedicated to the late Prince this Friday night in Downtown Long Beach. Admission to this show costs $12. No one under 21 may attend.

Extreme Midget Wrestling
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 21
Club 80s Bar & Grill, Corona
http://extrememidgetwrestling.com/

You have not witnessed anything unlike midget wrestling. Come watch this unbelievable spectacle this Friday night for a good drunken night. Admission starts at $20. No one under 21 may enter.

Angels 5k & Fun Run
6:00 am – 9:00 am, April 22
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.race-angels.com/

Take part in a 5k and/or fun run at Angel Stadium this Saturday morning. Registration costs $45 for the 5k or $30 for the fun run.

2017 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 22
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/

Celebrate Cambodian New Year this Saturday in Long Beach with traditional & modern performances, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, vendors, and more. Tickets plus parking to this all-ages festival cost $30 presale or $40 at the gate.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 22
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/319731998441902/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

Earth Day 2017, Uptown Whittier
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 22
Greenleaf Grassy Area, Uptown Whitter
http://whittieruptown.org/earthday

Bring out the family for some activities, arts & crafts, and more at this free and all-ages event this Saturday late morning in Whittier.

Green Scene Plant & Garden Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 22-23
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://fullertonarboretum.org/event_green.php

Check out a diverse range of plants, arts & crafts, and more this weekend at the Fullerton Arboretum at Cal State Fullerton. Admission costs $8 for this all-ages event.

22nd Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 22-23
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Immerse yourself in a world of literature this weekend on the USC campus, completely free to attend. In addition to finding thousands of books here, visitors can expect live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment, artists creating their work on-site, a photography exhibit, film screenings, discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics, and so much more. Parking on campus costs $10, while the indoor seminars cost between $10 to $15 to attend.

26th Annual Poppy Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 22-23
Lancaster City Park, Lancaster
http://www.poppyfestival.com/

Bring out the family to this all-ages family-fun festival this weekend in Lancaster. This festival will have plenty of activities for everyone to get involved with, along with food, drinks, multiple vendors, music, dance, art, games, rides, and more. Admission for regular adults costs $8, while children, seniors, and military can enter for $5.

5th Annual Riverside Tamale Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 22
White Park, Riverside
http://rivtamalefest.com/

Enjoy Hispanic food and culture this Saturday afternoon in Riverside. Admission costs only $10, but all guests must pay for tamales at cost, so bring cash for that.

College Area Business District’s ART Street
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 22
Social Tap, College Area, San Diego
http://collegeareabid.com/?page_id=2831

Check out dozens of artists booths at this free and all-ages street fair this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. This event will also have live entertainment and a food & beer garden.

2017 Wild West Steam Fest
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 22
Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana
http://www.wildweststeamfest.com/

Steampunk meets the wild west at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Santa Ana. Dress to impress, and enjoy activities such as live music, costume contests, reenactments, arts & crafts, seminars, museum tours, and more. The festival runs until 6pm, and a concert starts at 7pm. Admission costs $30 for the festival, $10 for the concert, $35 for both, or $10 less for children/youth.

9th Annual Hippy Killer Hoedown
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 22
Farmers Fairgrounds, Perris
http://hippykillersgarage.blogspot.com/

At this all-ages kustom kulture festival, see all sorts of cars, hot rods, customs, motorcycles, vans, live music, and more. Admission to this event costs $10.

Green Prize Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 22
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.greenprizefestival.com/

Celebrate Earth Day this Saturday in Long Beach. At this free all-ages community festival down by the beach, visitors will find demos by local farms & chefs, live entertainment, local artists, green & eco-friendly services, speakers, arts & crafts, food from local restaurants, delis, food trucks, and more.

Santa Barbara Earth Day 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 22-23
Alameda Park, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbearthday.org/

Free to attend for all ages, Santa Barbara will host an Earth Day fair this weekend. Guests will find lots of activities, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food & drinks, and more.

Meat Street Food Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 22
Main Place Mall, Santa Ana
http://eatmeatstreet.com/

Foodbeast returns with another food festival this Saturday dedicated to meat. It operates much like their previous festivals – you can either pay for an entry admission to gain access to vendors where you will have to pay for food again, or you can pay for an all-you-can-eat experience that lasts only three hours. Basic admission costs $10, but then you still need cash to pay for anything else once inside. The all-you-can-eat experience costs $50 to attend, and runs from 1pm to 4pm, or 5pm to 8pm. These sessions will include some exclusive food vendors that the basic admission cannot get, which you can see on the website.

2017 California Wine Festival – Dana Point
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 22
Lantern Bay Park, Dana Point
http://californiawinefestival.com/events/orange-county

Enjoy food and wine at this wine tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. General admission costs $69 and starts at 1pm, early admission costs $89 and starts at 12pm, and VIP admission costs $109, starts at 12pm, and includes a few extra VIP perks.

7th Annual San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 22
Left Coast Brewing Company, San Clemente
http://www.scchamber.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of beer and food in San Clemente this Saturday afternoon. This beer festival will contain 17 local breweries all serving their wonderful brews, and food from local non-profit groups. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 1pm. Early entry costs $45, and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive 12 4oz beer pours.

Spring 2017 Dapper Day
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 22
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 23
Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim
http://dapperday.com/spring-2017-disneyland-ca

Dress to impress at this FREE and all-ages style expo this weekend at the Disneyland Resort. A plethora of activities will take place between the hotel and the amusement park throughout the weekend, so check the website to see what will occur. Some activities may require a fee. Visitors may park for free for up to two hours at the Downtown Disney parking lot.

10th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 22
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego
http://citybeatbeerfest.com/

Looking to get your beer on this weekend? Head to the San Diego CityBeat Festival of Beers, where guests receive UNLIMITED pours from over 50 breweries plus the souvenir taster cup. Guests may purchase food at an additional cost. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual STEAM Carnival
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 22
Great Park, Irvine
http://ipsf.net/steam-carnival.html

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

Watermelon Blonde Party
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 22
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/178089952707794/

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will release a spring seasonal beer this Saturday, and they will also have a watermelon eating contest and other fun watermelon inspired games and activities throughout the day. This event has no admission fee – simpy show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Playhouse District Wine Walk
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 22
Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/wine-walk

For $25, you get six wine tastings at this small wine tasting event in Pasadena this Saturday evening.

South Coast Roller Derby Double Header
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 22
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $8 presale or $10 at the door.

Half Past Two’s 10th Anniversary
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 22
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.halfpasttwoska.com/

Get your skanking on at this all-ages ska show this Saturday night in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10.

Life In Color San Diego 2017
9:00 pm – 3:00 am, April 22
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego
http://lifeincolor.com/

Some genius decided to take a nighttime color glow run and do away with the running. Now we have this nighttime color glow music fest. General admission to this concert costs $70. No one under 18 may attend.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 23
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

6th Annual Long Beach Walk for Kids
7:00 am – 10:00 am, April 23
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://www.walkforkids.org/longbeach

Go on a walk to raise money for awareness this Sunday morning in Long Beach. Registration for this walk costs $25.

2017 La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5k
7:30 am – 10:30 am, April 23
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.lajollahalfmarathon.com/

A half marathon will take place in San Diego County this Sunday morning that stretches from Del Mar to La Jolla. Registration for the half marathon costs $120, while registration for the 5k costs $45.

EPIC Series Los Angeles
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 23
Los Angeles Police Academy, Elysian Park
http://www.epicseriesocr.com/upcoming-events/epic-series-los-angeles/

Test your might at this all-ages obstacle course this Sunday morning in Los Angeles. Registration costs $65 for the open course or $70 for the competitive course. The kids course costs $10 to participate in.

31st Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 23
Main Street, Downtown Fallbrook
http://www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/avocado-festival.html

This annual local treat returns to Fallbrook this Sunday to celebrate the legacy of the California avocado. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find hundreds of vendors booths, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food & drinks, activities, and more.

28th Annual San Diego Earth Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 23
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://earthdayweb.org/

This FREE and all-ages Earth Day celebration takes place this Sunday at Balboa Park in San Diego. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with art galleries, “green” food, arts & crafts, vendors, a parade, and more.

Tiger Army with T.S.O.L. & Gamblers Mark
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 23
Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.tigerarmy.com/

Legendary psychobilly band Tiger Army currently tours across the world, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

Down By Law: 2017 West Coast Tour
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 2, The Garage, Ventura, http://www.facebook.com/events/366345440367007/
February 3, The Viper Room, West Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/events/1438774869484985/
February 4, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.facebook.com/events/654220584752849/
February 5, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=3196
http://www.downbylaw.com/

Legendary punk rock band Down By Law will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age minimums vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Pliny The Younger Day
February 3
Select beer locations in California
http://russianriverbrewing.com/pliny-the-younger-release/

The most overhyped beer in brewing history makes its way to Southern California this weekend to many locations. Check with your local craft beer establishment to see if they have Pliny The Younger available.

The Halal Guys Cerritos Grand Opening
11:00 am – 2:00 am, February 3
The Halal Guys, Cerritos
http://thehalalguys.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/183625602114360/

A new The Halal Guys will open their doors to the public this Friday in Cerritos. The first 1,000 people in line will have a chance to win free stuff. As for the food, they did not mention any giveaways, so make sure you can pay for your food if you order any!

2017 Surf City USA Marathon
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 3
9:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 4
6:00 am – 1:00 pm, February 5
Jack’s Beach Concessions, Huntington Beach
http://www.runsurfcity.com/

Running fever hits Huntington Beach this weekend. A health & fitness expo will take place all weekend, while the actual running events will take place Sunday morning. Registration starts at $149 and goes up depending on which course you intend to run. Many streets around this area will close to vehicular traffic, so plan your Sunday commute accordingly.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 3
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).

Lunar New Year Tết Festival 2017
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 3
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 4-5
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://lunarnewyearfestival.org/

Celebrate Lunar New Year at this festival at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego this weekend. Visitors of all ages will find cultural food, vendors, rides, games, arts & crafts, music, entertainment, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $5 for adults and $4 for children.

Gamer Bowl, a GamerCon event
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 3
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 4
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 5
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.gamercon.com/

This weekend, check out an all-ages event featuring video games, board games, prizes, and other activities. Admission costs $17 for adults or $13.50 for children, and provides entry to the event for all three days.

SoCal Retro Gaming Expo 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 4-5
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.socalretrogamingexpo.com/

Immerse yourself in gaming nostalgia this weekend in Ontario. This all-ages event will feature all things about retro video games, from the games themselves to artwork, toys, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, or $40 for both days. Bring cash for parking, which will range from $10 to $20.

3rd Annual San Diego Fermentation Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 4
Waterfront Park, Downtown San Diego
http://sandiegofermentationfestival.com/

This annual all-ages festival showcasing Southern California’s bounty of artisanal foodmakers returns this weekend to a new, bigger location. This event will feature seminars, workshops, arts & crafts, activities, vendors, food & beverages, live music, and more. Regular admission costs $25 and provides access to food and non-alcoholic beverages, while a $39 admission will include ten tasters of craft beers and wines.

So Cal Winter Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 4
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.socalwinterbrewfest.com/

Anaheim has turned into quite a craft beer mecca, and you get to sample its local flavor and more this Saturday afternoon. Check out this beer tasting event taking place at Phoenix Club in Anaheim, complete with over 30 breweries and local food trucks. Admission costs $45 presale or $55 at the gate, and includes unlimited 3oz beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

13th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 4
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/chocolate-festival/

The Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest, the return of the Cake Walk, and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies.m Completely free to attend, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest in front of Chase Bank. Guests may use these tickets to exchange for various eats & drinks from participating businesses in Belmont Shore.

118th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 4
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownla.com/wp1/event/118th-annual-golden-dragon-parade/
http://lagoldendragonparade.com/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year this Saturday in Downtown LA’s historic Chinatown at this free all-ages festival. All weekend, visitors will find arts & crafts, cultural merchandise, food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more. On Saturday early afternoon, a parade will roll through the area, closing off most streets around Chinatown to through-traffic. Guests can find plenty of free street parking up Spring Street or anywhere eastward.

Boomtown Brewery’s Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 4
Boomtown Brewery, Arts District, Los Angeles
http://www.boomtownbrew.com/

One of Downtown LA’s breweries will officially open their doors to the public this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend, this grand opening party will have live music throughout the day, mobile food vendors, and lots of new beers for you to try.

T.S.O.L. and The Dwarves – Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 4
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2934

Some big names in punk rock will perform in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

The Aggrolites: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 4, The Garage, Ventura http://www.facebook.com/events/1848830522063506/
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 5, Aurea Vista, Riverside http://www.facebook.com/events/227636921019842/
http://www.aggroreggae.com/

The Aggrolites have a bunch of shows in Southern California coming up in the next few months, including these two this weekend. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

9th Annual Los Angeles Ska Wars
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 5
Union Nightclub, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1187571184653266/

Ska fans get their day this Sunday in Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages, headlined by the Mad Caddies. Tickets to this concert cost $20 presale or $30 at the door.

The 2016 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo returned to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts this past Wednesday night. Open to all ages, this food fest, colloquially known as the Taste of Cerritos, allows all attendees to sample food, drinks, and dessert from various restaurants from the Cerritos region. Participating restaurants and caterers, which contained more corporate businesses than local businesses, hailed from neighboring cities such as Artesia, Norwalk, and Whittier. At first, this sounds less likely of a taste of the region if attendees mostly sample food from restaurants found nationwide. However, this event focuses on all businesses in the area, corporate or not.

Taste of the Region stands out from the pack with its great value, despite raising the admission fee in 2014. Unlike many other tasting events that either cost over $40 or cost low but limit how much food attendees may receive, the Taste of the Region costs a mere $10 to enter, then allows attendees to eat & drink all they want until the participating businesses run out of food or drinks. Early arrivals can consider this “$10 All You Can Eat” considering the businesses bring their best food at the beginning, then start to run out after an hour or two. By about two hours into the tasting, over half of the booths had run out of food, so this becomes an early bird case. Also, starting at 4:30pm on a Wednesday makes for a strange time to host such an event.

For the price to enter this annual tasting event & expo, you cannot go wrong unless you arrive late. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements from Cerritos every year around September, as they will run this again next year. It appears that with each year, they shift more towards the business expo while shifting away from the restaurants. Make sure you attend the Taste of the Region next year, as they may scrap the tasting altogether, god forbid, and focus solely on the business expo!

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 25 – October 2
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For eight 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!

2016 Taste of Pomona Valley
4:30 pm – 8:30 pm, September 26
Mountain Meadows Golf Course, Pomona
http://pomonachamber.org/event/taste-pomona-valley/

Sample food from dozens of Pomona restaurants tonight in the Pomona Valley. Admission costs $55, and allows unlimited food samples while supplies last.

2016 Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 26
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 $50 presale tickets now, as you cannot purchase tickets at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

Madball: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 26, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1285123-madball-special-guests-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 27, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1249345-madball-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 28, Union Nightclub, Los Angeles http://www.unionclubla.com/event/1295661-madball-los-angeles/
http://madballhc.com/

East coast hardcore band Madball currently tours across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these shows vary, so click on a show’s link for pricing details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Monkey & GOGO13 @ Out Of The Park Pizza
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 26
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/173680816401677/

Get your skanking on at this free and all-ages show tonight in Anaheim.

2016 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 28
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.cerritostaste.com/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Wednesday 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.

2 Towns Ciderhouse Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 28
Great Society Cider & Mead, Long Beach
http://www.greatsocietycider.com/event/2-towns-pint-night-save-date/

This Wednesday night, Long Beach’s Great Society Cider & Mead will have a bunch of ciders from 2 Towns on tap for you to try. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 29, October 2
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, September 30 – October 1
Hollywood Athletic Club, Hollywood
http://lafw.net/

The latest in fashion goes public this week in Los Angeles. Check the website for a list of all fashion events all over Los Angeles going on this week.

End of Summer Barbecue Spectacular
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 29
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Culinary-Series/

Enjoy fresh barbecue cuisine and learn about grilling too at this barbecue class this Thursday night in Fullerton. Registration costs $90 per person, and includes a full grilling class and complete dinner.

2nd Annual San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 29
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://www.sangabrielcity.com/dumplingandbeerfest

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 for 16 beer pours or $30 for unlimited beers while supplies last. All food comes at cost, so bring plenty of cash for that.

Ventura Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 30 – October 2
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

Stair Climb for Los Angeles
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 30
YMCA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ymcala.org/stairclimb

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.

Bootlegger’s Brewery Pumpkin Release Party
11:00 am – 12:00 am, September 30
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton
http://www.bootleggersbrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/541357092741318/

This Friday, Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton will have a lot of pumpkin beers available for you to taste. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Wet Hop Simcoe Pale – Day One
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://elsegundobrewing.com/

Get a taste of extremely fresh hops this Friday from El Segundo Brewing. Simply show up, and enjoy a fresh pale ale right there at the tasting room, or take a bottle or more home.

Hamilton Family Brewery’s Oktoberfest
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 30 – October 2
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/196958947383432/

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will celebrate Oktoberfest this weekend with lots of beer plus a souvenir glass. Buy the Oktoberfest mug, and you can get $1 off refills all weekend.

43rd La Mesa Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 30
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 1
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 2
La Mesa Village, La Mesa
http://www.cityoflamesa.com/1420/La-Mesa-Oktoberfest

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.

59th Annual Tustin Tiller Days
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 1
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 2
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.

Pacific Beachfest Beer Cup
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 30
Pacific Beach Shore Club, San Diego
http://www.beachfestbeercup.com/

Homebrews and microbreweries collide at this beer tasting event this Friday night in Pacific Beach. The $25 admission grants you access to taste the homebrews, as well as sample beers from all the participating breweries while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2016 Orange County Lebanese Cultural Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 1
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 2
St. John Maron Church, Orange
http://www.oclebanesefestival.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages Lebanese cultural festival taking place this weekend in Orange.

3rd Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1-2
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 $175 and a weekend pass costing $295.

Wine & Cake Pairing
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
Public Beer & Wine Shop, Downtown Long Beach
http://publicbeerwineshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/174464426323592/

This Friday night, Downtown Long Beach’s Public Beer & Wine Shop will have special cakes for sale to pair with select wines. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, buy some cake, and pair it with some succulent wines.

Agent Orange: Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 30
Underground DTSA, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1636128846704315/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this all-ages show this Friday night in Downtown Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $15.

American Jihad: Live in Lakewood
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 30
Regal Inn, Lakewood
http://www.facebook.com/events/286367975088357/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Lakewood this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

2016 Grape Day Festival + Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 1
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://visitescondido.com/1777/grape-day-5k-parade-and-festival/

Bring out the family to this all-day celebration at the park. In the morning, a 5K race will take place around the park. At 9:30am, a local parade will run through Downtown Escondido. From then until the end of the celebration, a fair will take place at Grape Day Park, free to the public to attend. In addition, a wine & craft beer tasting pavilion will take place from 11am to 3pm. Sample wine from local wineries and beer from local breweries while enjoying live entertainment and other activities. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door, and include a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

19th Annual Pacific Beachfest
8:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 1
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.

2016 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1-2
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.offroadexpo.com/pomona-ca

Check out all things off-roading this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona, complete with hundreds of vendors, dozens of industry professionals, and acres of off-road. Adult admission costs $20, or $15 if you purchase it at O’Reilly Auto Parts. Children enter for $6. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs $10 per vehicle.

Activate Uptown: Long Beach
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 1
Artesia & Myrtle, Long Beach
http://gohumansocal.org/Pages/Events/ActivateUptown.aspx

This Saturday afternoon, a free and all-ages open streets event will take place in the north side of Long Beach. Plenty of booths and activities will line the surrounding streets, including a live music stage.

2nd Annual Maker Faire San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1-2
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 costs $20 for adults or $12 for children.

44th Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1-2
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.

2nd Annual SlutWalk
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://amberroseslutwalk.com/

Assume the role of an activist for an afternoon this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Participation costs $17, but use promo code THANKYOUFLIRT to register for free.

10th Annual International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.lachocolatesalon.com/

Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena for an all-you-can-eat chocolate bonanza. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, while children can get in for $10.

Tater Tots & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://tatertotfestival.com/events/orange-county-ca/

Snack on gourmet tots and craft beers this Saturday at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Two 3-hour sessions will take place: 11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm. Each session costs $40 to attend or $75 for VIP, and provides access to unlimited food samples while supplies last, and a beer stamp card good for one beer from each participating brewery. VIP admission receives a goodie bag plus access to a VIP lounge. Parking costs $8 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

EAT Show 2016
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 1
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://theeatshow.com/

Over 50 Los Angeles restaurants will set up at The Reef this Saturday to sample their food for you. General admission costs $50 and gets you in to either of two 3-hour sessions: 12pm-3pm or 6pm-9pm. Upgrade to VIP admission for $90 to enter an hour earlier (11am or 5pm, respectively) and receive a goodie bag as well. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual San Fernando Chile Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 1-2
San Fernando Rd & Brand Blvd, San Fernando
http://www.chilefestival.org/

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in San Fernando this weekend. Visitors will find food, entertainment, vendors, games, rides, and more.

3rd Annual Artesia International Street Fair & Diversity Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 1
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.

Eagle Rock Brewery’s Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 1
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/193985921013775/

Participate in some good ol’ Oktoberfest activities this Saturday afternoon in Eagle Rock. While free to attend, no one under 21 may enter.

Mad Decent Block Party 2016
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 1
Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://maddecentblockparty.com/

A dance party concert comes to Los Angeles this Saturday. Tickets cost $56.50 each. No one under 18 may attend.

2nd Anniversary ALToberfest Party
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 1
No Clue Craft Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.nocluebrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1742535672678480/

Rancho Cucamonga’s No Clue Craft Brewery celebrates their second anniversary this weekend with an anniversary ale, lots of other beers, and German festivities. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, have some fun, and pay for beers as you go.

2nd Annual Los Angeles Paella & Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 1
La Plaza de Culturas y Artes, Los Angeles
http://paellawinefest.com/

Enjoy paella and lots of wine and spirits this Saturday near Downtown Los Angeles. General admission costs $52.50 presale or $85 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.

Off The Hook: Santa Monica Seafood Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 1
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://offthehookseafoodfest.com/

Enjoy lots of seafood, drinks, live music, games, and more fun this Saturday evening on the Santa Monica Pier. General admission costs $60, while VIP admission costs $90 and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive food and drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Brewery’s Oktoberfest #1
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
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.

Anime Expo’s Christmas-Halloween Party & Open House
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 1
Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, Santa Ana
http://www.anime-expo.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1168307923215870/

The official Anime Expo will have a free and all-ages mixer in Orange County this Saturday evening. They will have costumes, games, food, and more.

8th Annual Taste of Italy
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
Italian American Museum, Los Angeles
http://italianhall.org/taste-of-italy-los-angeles/

Sample the best of Italian in Los Angeles at this tasting gala this Saturday evening in Downtown Los Angeles. Samples food & drinks from dozens of restaurants & wineries, enjoy the live entertainment, and more. General admission tickets cost $60, while children 12 and under get in for $25.

4th Annual Promenade Beer & Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/BreweriesnWineries-Galore-4th-Annual-Promenade-Beer-Wine-Festival-to-Descend-onto-DTLB

Following last year’s success, Downtown Long Beach brings back their beer & wine festival this weekend, complete with lots of drinks, local food, and live music. For $40 presale or $50 at the gate, guests will receive unlimited 3oz beer or wine tastings, 10 food tastings, and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may enter.

The Descendents: Live in Hollywood
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 1
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/descendents/

Legendary punk rock band The Descendents will headline an all-ages show in Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets start at $67.

Rock Out @ DiPiazzas
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 1
DiPiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/170179466748386/

Get weird this Saturday night at DiPiazzas in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages rock show costs $10.

Luicidal: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 1
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/146390829134325/

Check out some great local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

21st Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 2
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.

The Big Draw LA: 7th Annual Make Your Mark in the Park
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 2
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://thebigdrawla.org/

A free and all-ages drawing event will take place in Downtown LA this Sunday afternoon. They will have live music and drawing tools for anyone who visits.

Roxanne’s Lounge’s 3rd Annual Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 2
Roxanne’s Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.roxanneslounge.com/oktoberfest

Roxanne’s Lounge in Long Beach will celebrate their own Oktoberfest this Sunday. Admission starts at $5 and gets you in to all the usual Oktoberfest activities, games, contests, music, entertainment, and more. Other admission packages range from $10 to $25 and include other goodies such as a glass and beer pours. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Eastside Food Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 2
Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake
http://eastsidefoodfest.com/

Indulge in eats, sips, and treats from numerous restaurants around the heart of Los Angeles this Sunday evening in Silverlake. General admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, and starts at 5pm. VIP admission costs $95 presale or $105 at the door, and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples of everything while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

We have entered event season, what with the dozens of events that take place every weekend so far. I managed to make it out to a handful of other events last week, and since I did not have time to fully cover them all, I will briefly post about my week’s adventures below.

On Thursday night, the Union Market in Tustin held a Spring Launch Party. Free to attend, this gathering featured complimentary beer and/or wine as well as hors d’oeuvres served from the local eateries. They also had live bands performing all night. Due to the compact nature of the Union Market, it always feels crowded there, no matter when I visit. Having an occasion or event there only makes matters worse, as the crowding and noise levels made it uncomfortable to remain there for an extended period of time.

The city of Cerritos held their annual Spring Festival at the Cerritos Sports Complex all weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this fair mainly presented rides, games, live music, and a few gourmet food trucks. However, it did not feature as many vendors as other local city fairs. After one walkthrough of the entire grounds, I only encountered carnival rides and games, while I wanted to see what types of vendors would set up here. The lack of vendors meant that I would end up leaving a lot sooner than I had expected.

Bootlegger’s Brewery turned eight years old last week, and they typically celebrate by holding an anniversary celebration at The Muckenthaler Museum on the final Saturday of April. This year, they opted not to host an anniversary festival, and instead decided to keep it simple by just pouring their anniversary brews out of their tasting room all weekend. On Saturday afternoon, they had live music at their tasting room. On Sunday morning, a third party hosted a “Beer & Yoga” event at the tasting room.

On Sunday afternoon, the Long Beach Zine Fest returned for their second year running at the Museum of Latin American Art. Free to attend for all ages, this event featured dozens of local writers and artists as they exhibited their literary and artistic works. Visitors could purchase much of the works, while others could trade works instead. Extraneous vendors and live entertainment mixed things up throughout the day. Inefficient parking at this venue made it take a while to finally arrive here, while the excessive children running around tired me out fast.

Finally, the weekend ended with a visit to the South Bay Home & Garden Show. Free to attend for all ages, this expo showcased the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Walking through the aisles felt like walking through a used car center, what with all the salespeople trying to heckle and sell things to you that you do not necessarily need. This event also has a strict no-photography policy, so I could not take a single photo. Instead, I have here one of their stock photos because apparently they do not want people to see how hard visitors get approached by the salespeople.

Game of Thrones Trivia Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 18
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/new-events/2016/4/18/game-of-thrones-trivia

Put your Game of Thrones knowledge to the test this Monday night at the Bottle Logic Brewing tasting room in Anaheim. They will have two trivia sessions: 5pm and 7:30pm. Each session can accommodate up to 30 teams with a maximum of six people per team. Registration costs nothing, but they will not accept walk-ins.

San Diego Craft Beer Job Fair
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 19
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewersguild.org/calendar/11919-san-diego-craft-beer-job-fair

Looking for a job in the craft beer industry? Don your business outfit and bring a bunch of résumés to SILO in Makers Quarter in San Diego this Tuesday evening to meet dozens of employers in the industry at this FREE job fair.

5th Annual Taste of South Pasadena
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 19
Canoe House, South Pasadena
http://www.southpasadenarotary.org/

Sample the local flavor of South Pasadena this Tuesday evening. This tasting consists of two events: a wine tasting portion, and a restaurant crawl. The wine tasting costs $20 to attend and takes place at the Canoe House from 5pm to 7pm. The restaurant crawl takes place from 6pm to 9pm, and costs $35 for adults or $15 for those under 21, and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

The Big Cheese – Grilled Cheese Festival & Competition
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 19
Provisions Market, Orange
http://www.provisionsmarkets.com/
http://www.universe.com/bigcheese2016

For $60, you get to watch master chefs make grilled cheese sandwiches!

Rancid: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1071871-rancid-west-hollywood/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 21, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/rancid
http://rancidrancid.com/

In addition to performing at Coachella, legendary punk band Rancid will headline two other shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows differ, so click on a show’s link for pricing details.

City Tavern Culver City’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 20
City Tavern, Culver City
http://citytavernculvercity.com/

City Tavern’s Culver City location turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have food and drink specials this Wednesday night.

2016 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, April 20
Portuguese Club, Point Loma, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/TasteofPointLoma

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Wednesday night. For $25, guests gain access to free shuttles that will take them from various places around Point Loma so that guests can reach all the restaurants in time.

Doodlefest
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 20
Public Beer Wine Shop, Long Beach
http://www.squeezeart.com/calendar/2016/4/20/doodlefest

Free to attend, the organizers of this event will provide paper and markers for guests to draw on and display their creative minds.

Mad Caddies: Live in Santa Barbara
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 20
Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara
http://madcaddies.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1000146683410445/

The Mad Caddies will headline one show in Santa Barbara this week. The cover for this show costs $20. No one under 21 may enter.

Newport Beach Film Festival
April 21-28
Multiple venues, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/

Dozens of independent films will air this week in Newport Beach. Check out the website for a schedule of all the films that you may watch, as well as the prices for each.

Valiant Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 21
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 22
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 23
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.valiantbrewing.com/3rd/

Valiant opened their doors to the public three years ago, and to celebrate, they will have three days of beer tasting at their tasting room in Orange. This year, they have nixed the admission fee, so now you may pay as you go. First you must buy the glass for $5, then buy drink tickets afterwards. Each day they will have different beers available, so check their website for a schedule of the beers that they will have and when.

Tustin Union Market’s Spring Launch Party
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 21
Tustin Union Market, Tustin
http://unionmarkettustin.com/spring-launch-party/

Enjoy complimentary beer or wine as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres from the local eateries at Tustin Union Market this Thursday evening. They will also have live bands performing all night.

27th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 22-24
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://petexpooc.org/

Pet lovers will want to check out this pet expo at the OC Fair & Event Center this weekend. Open to all ages, attendees will find lots of pet resources, including food, merchandise, demos, exhibits, shows, pet adoptions, and more. General admission costs $13, but guests may NOT bring pets.

2016 South Bay Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 22
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 23
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 24
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

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

Cerritos Spring Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 22
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 23
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 24
Cerritos Sports Complex, Cerritos
http://www.cerritos.us/RESIDENTS/recreation/events/program_highlights.php

Enjoy a local spring carnival this weekend, free to attend for all ages. Visitors will find rides, games, live entertainment, food, drinks, treats, and more.

Left Alone @ Union Nightclub
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 22
Union Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.leftalonemusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1579965928961351/

Enjoy a night of skacore in Los Angeles this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

Lower Class Brats: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 22, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1141223-thee-static-age-lowerclass-los-angeles/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, April 23, Til-Two Club, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.tiltwoclub.com/events/lower-class-brats-channel-3/
http://www.lcbarmy.com/

Legendary punk band Lower Class Brats will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Each of these shows have different ticket prices and age limits, so check each show’s link for details.

Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week
April 23 – May 1
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dinelbc.com/

First came Eat LBC, then we had Dien Out Long Beach. Now we have Dine LBC, another Long Beach Restaurant Week. During this 9-day period, participating restaurants throughout Long Beach will have various food and drink specials. Some of these restaurants may require reservations, while others allow you to walk in and dine with the specials. Check the website for a list of participating restaurants.

3rd Annual San Diego Shaka Fest
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 23
Crown Point Park Mission Bay, San Diego
http://sandiegoshakafest.com/

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

2016 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 23
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/

Celebrate Cambodian New Year this Saturday in Long Beach with traditional & modern performances, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, vendors, and more. Tickets plus parking to this all-ages festival cost $30 presale and $40 at the gate.

33rd Annual Encinitas Street Fair
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 23-24
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://encinitas101.com/events/springstreetfair/

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

Wild West Steam Fest
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 23
Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana
http://www.wildweststeamfest.com/

Steampunk meets the wild west at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Santa Ana. Dress to impress, and enjoy activities such as live music, costume contests, reenactments, arts & crafts, seminars, museum tours, and more. The festival runs until 6pm, and a concert starts at 7pm. Admission costs $30 for the festival, $20 for the concert, $35 for both, or $45 for VIP, which includes goodies and a seat at the concert.

8th Annual Hippy Killer Hoedown
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 23
Farmers Fairgrounds, Perris
http://hippykillersgarage.blogspot.com/

At this all-ages kustom kulture festival, see all sorts of cars, hot rods, customs, motorcycles, vans, live music, and more. Admission to this event costs $10.

CitySolve Urban Race Long Beach
11:00 am – 3:30 pm, April 23
Alfredo’s Beach Club, Long Beach
http://www.citysolveurbanrace.com/cities/long_beach_ca

Participate in a city-wide scavenger hunt this Saturday for a chance to win $300. Registration costs $50 per person, and a team may contain two to four participants.

Spring Pop Up Shop
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 23
BOLD LA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/962688180473501/

Check out this popup event in Downtown LA this Saturday afternoon featuring dozens of local artists and designers. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find art, accessories, apparel, and many other household items for sale.

Wicks Brewing Co. 3rd Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 23
Wicks Brewing Co., Riverside
http://www.wicksbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1148930561797949/

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

Brunch at Farm Lot 59 with Restauration
11:30 am – 1:30 pm, April 23
Farm Lot 59, Long Beach
http://www.farmlot59.org/

Enjoy brunch at a local urban farm this Saturday early afternoon. Reservations cost $50 for adults or $15 for children.

4th Annual Pasadena Brewfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 23
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenabrewfest.com/

Enjoy local beer at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena. General admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door, and include ten drink tickets plus a souvenir glass. Hungry guests can order food off of the restaurant’s menu.

6th Annual San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 23
Left Coast Brewing Company, San Clemente
http://www.scchamber.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of beer and food in San Clemente this Saturday afternoon. This beer festival will contain 17 local breweries all serving their wonderful brews, and food from local non-profit groups. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 1pm. Early entry costs $45, and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive 12 4oz beer pours.

9th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 23
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego
http://citybeatbeerfest.com/

Looking to get your beer on this weekend? Head to the San Diego CityBeat Festival of Beers, where guests receive UNLIMITED pours from over 50 breweries plus the souvenir taster cup. Guests may purchase food at an additional cost. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 23
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.autoconevents.com/autocon-los-angeles-2016/

See all things cars at AutoCon this Saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown LA. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. General admission to this all-ages convention cost $20 presale or $25 at the door. Bring cash for parking as well, which will cost between $15 to $20 per vehicle.

Beer Sessions at OB Warehouse
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, April 23
OB Warehouse, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.cohnrestaurants.com/obwarehouse/post/ob-warehouse-beer-sessions-next-class-april-23rd

Attend this beer seminar in San Diego this Saturday to learn a brief history of beer while tasting some brews as well. Registration costs $38 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Broke LA
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 23
Imperial Arts Studio, Downtown Los Angeles
http://brokechella.com/

Cannot afford to dump money on Coachella? Check out Broke LA, a miniature version of the money-guzzling concert, this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Expose yourself to the variety of local art and music at this intimate experience, and keep your wallet happy too. Admission to this event costs $20 presale or $25 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Color Fun Fest 5K Los Angeles
3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 23
Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale
http://colorfunfest5k.com/los-angeles/

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

Laughs By Volume 3: A Craft Beer & Comedy Show
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 23
HNYPT, Downtown Los Angeles
http://laughsbyvolume.com/

A beer fest and comedy show merge into one this Sunday afternoon in Downtown LA, featuring over 40 different beers and six comedians. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, and includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Ales & Artisans Craft Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 23
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.iebrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/636771089804159/

Inland Empire Brewing Company will host a free vendor popup event this Saturday evening. They will have a handful of local arts & crafts vendors, as well as live music, mobile food vendors, and lots of beer.

Rolling Burger Barns: Free Burgers
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 23
Rolling Burger Barns, Arcadia
http://www.burgerbarns.com/

Rolling Burger Barns now has a permanent brick & mortar location in Arcadia, and to celebrate its opening, they will give out FREE burgers this Wednesday evening while supplies last. First come, first served!

South Coast Roller Derby Double Header
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 23
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $8 presale or $10 at the door.

4th Annual Feast of Thrones
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 23
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1680112462278611/

Participate in a Game of Thrones themed dinner this Saturday night in Burbank. Reservations cost $70 per person. No one under 18 may attend.

Newport Beach Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 23
Newport Dunes Waterfront, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachbeerfest.com/

If you want to get drunk in Newport Beach this Saturday night, do it here at this beer tasting event. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $55 presale or $65 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive beers.

The Maxies – Record Release Show
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 23
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/487055634821999/

The Maxies have a new album coming out, and to celebrate, they will headline a FREE all-ages ska show this Saturday night at Out Of The Park Pizza in Anaheim Hills.

The Angry Samoans @ Bar 1650
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 23
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/570330863137076/

Go crazy at this local punk show this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies: Live in Rosemead
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, April 23
Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead
http://www.facebook.com/events/225614857794692/

Rock out to some punk rock bands this Saturday night in Rosemead. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque: Music Video Mania
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 23
Malone’s, Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

The lovely ladies of the Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque will pay tribute to the late great music videos of the 80’s and 90’s this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Bring cash to pay for the cover charge, which will range from $5 to $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
April 24-29
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 24 and 29, 45 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

6th Annual Kite Festival
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 24
Ascot Hills Park, El Sereno, Los Angeles
http://www.josehuizar.com/councilmember_huizar_invites_you_to_the_6th_annual_kite_festival

Enjoy a free and all-ages kite festival in East LA this Sunday afternoon. The first 500 kids in attendance will receive a free kite and a commemorative medal.

Spring 2016 Brentwood Art Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 24
San Vicente Blvd b/t Barrington & Bundy
http://www.brentwoodartfestival.com/

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

2016 Taste of Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 24
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach
http://www.tastehb.com/

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

2nd Annual Long Beach Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 24
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://lbzinefest.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Long Beach gets their own Zone Fest this Sunday afternoon. This free and all-ages event will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

7th Annual Bikes Boards and Brews
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, April 24
Catamaran Resort Hotel, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/205970253094687/

Enjoy local beer, gourmet bites, and a magnificent view of the bay at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pacific Beach. VIP admission costs $35 and starts at 12pm, while general admission costs $30 and starts at 1pm. Prices go up $5 at the door. All admission comes with ten beer tasters. For $5 extra, display your vintage or custom bike for other guests to view.

4th Annual Atwater Village Beer, Wine, & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 24
Link N Hops, Atwater Village
http://www.atwatervillagefestival.com/

Check out local breweries, local vendors, food & drinks, live music, and more this Sunday at Atwater Village. VIP tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door, starts at 12pm, receives unlimited beer tasters and a free goodie bag. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and comes with 15 tasters. Designated driver tickets cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, April 24
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1764089383811488/

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

Mitsuwa Hokkaido Fair
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 11-21
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
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.

2015 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 15
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.cerritostaste.com/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Tuesday 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.

24th Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 15
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.

Pub Science Night
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 15
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1660198844224908/

Astronomy and craft beer collide in this unique and ubiquitous seminar this Tuesday night at Bottle Logic Brewing’s tasting room in Anaheim. Free to attend for all ages, real scientists will make a special visit to talk science, space, and brewing. No reservation or admission required – simply show up, grab a cold one, enjoy some food from the Porko Rico BBQ food truck, and indulge your mind with science.

2nd Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo
8:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 16
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 17
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 18
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.cwcbexpo.com/

Explore the business of the cannabis industry during this expo this week at the LA Convention Center. Intended only for those in the industry, attendees will connect and network with other professionals in the industry to obtain information about starting a cannabis business, running a cannabis business, providing equity/investment resources, or providing professional/business services. Registration for the expo starts at $125.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 16-17
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.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 17-19
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA to receive admission for free. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

2015 International Food Blogger Conference
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 18
7:30 am – 9:00 pm, September 19
7:30 am – 1:00 pm, September 20
Sheraton, Downtown Seattle
http://www.foodista.com/ifbc

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. I will return to Seattle for a week, so keep an eye out for all my posts from the Northwest~

Power Plant TIPA Bottle Release
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 18
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://www.facebook.com/events/1605249279735012/

El Segundo Brewing will release a Triple IPA this week both in bottles and on draft in their tasting room. Swing on by and grab a bottle or two or a case, and enjoy a fresh cold one while at the tasting room. If you cannot make it to the tasting room, find bottles on store shelves across Southern California.

17th Annual Sand Sports Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 18
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 19
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 20
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 2015
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 18
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 19
11:00 am – 6:30 pm, September 20
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.

California Beer Festival – Ventura
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 18
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, September 19
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 20
Mission Park, Downtown Ventura
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

The California Beer Festival invades Ventura this weekend with three separate events. On Friday, attend a food & beer pairing competition for $60 where five chefs and five brewers compete for the best beer & food pairing in show. Saturday represents their beer tasting event with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. General admission to this costs $55 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $80 and starts at 11:30am. No one under 21 may attend on Saturday. On Sunday, admission costs $30 and provides access to a plethora of food and beer vendors along with live blues music all day. All attendees will have to pay for food and drinks separately on Sunday.

8th Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 18
Mountain View Golf Course, Santa Paula
http://citrusclassicballoons.com/

Basically, an art show at night. Head up to Santa Paula past Ventura this Friday night to see dozens of hot-air balloons illuminated under the starry sky for your eyes to gaze upon. Admission costs $10 for adults or $5 for children. The balloons will remain grounded, and no visitor may ascend in any of the balloons.

21st Annual San Diego Festival of Beer
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 18
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sdbeerfest.org/

Get beer wasted with thousands of other people at this beer festival this Friday night in San Diego. The $50 admission grants you unlimited beer tasters from over 60 breweries pouring a total of over 120 different beers. The first 1,500 guests through the gate receive a souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may attend.

Atreyu – Long Live Album Release Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 18, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/906999-atreyu-pomona/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 20, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/906991-atreyu-los-angeles/

Atreyu has a new album coming out, and they will headline a bunch of shows across the country to celebrate the release. Each of these all-ages shows has a different ticket price, so click on a show’s link for pricing details.

Teenage Mutant Pizza Party 2
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 18
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://cinemattack.ticketleap.com/tmnt2

Come watch the 90’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 movie, and enjoy pizza too! Admission costs $15.

Cheap Sex: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 18, The Vibe Bar & Grill, Riverside http://www.facebook.com/events/1167936436556323/
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 19, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/cheap-sex
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 20, The Black Castle, Vermont Knolls, Los Angeles http://www.eventbrite.com/e/concrete-jungle-ent-presents-cheap-sex-monster-squad-the-bad-engrish-tickets-17537713774

Revolutionary hardcore punk band Cheap Sex will return from their hiatus to headline some all-ages shows this weekend. Do not miss out on this rare opportunity to catch Cheap Sex, as they rarely perform nowadays. Tickets to these shows vary in price from $10 to $15.

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~

15th Annual Bike Walk & Roll
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 19
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.

Long Beach Fitness Festival
8:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 19
Marina Green, Long Beach
http://thelongbeachfitnessfestival.com/

All aspects of fitness will congregate at this all-day all-ages event this Saturday near Downtown Long Beach. This event features a 5k/10k run, weightlifting/powerlifting, yoga, Tai Chi, multiple forms of dance, Zumba, health & fitness speakers, and more activities. In addition, attendees will find plenty of merchandise vendors, live music, food, a beer garden, and more. Admission costs $10, while children 10 and under enter for free with paid adult admission. Nearby parking costs $10 per vehicle, so check in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave for free street parking.

18th Annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 19-20
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, a special appearance by Red Bull’s Geoff Aaron, and more. General admission presale costs $25 for one day or $35 for the weekend, while tickets at the door will cost $10 more.

3rd Annual Car & Motorcycle Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 19
Alamitos Bay Landing, Long Beach
http://lbrmhcarshow.rmhcsc.org/

Fans of the original Long Beach Motorama will not want to miss this classic car show this Saturday. This year, see over 250 different automobiles & motorcycles on display at this FREE and all-ages car show at Alamitos Bay Landing between Long Beach and Seal Beach. Visitors will also find a skateboard & BMX demo, skateboarding lessons, kids’ zone, live DJ, and more.

11th Annual Moompetam: Native American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 19-20
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 2015
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 19
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.

4th Annual Doggie Street Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 19
Westwood Recreation Center, Westwood, 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.

Huntington Beach Surf City Days
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 19-20
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/surf-city-days.html

A handful of events will occur in Downtown Huntington Beach this weekend, including a surfing competition, volleyball tournament, CrossFit competition, classic car show, skating demo, and more. These events cost nothing to attend and spectate, while participation requires registration, of which the deadline has already passed.

8th Annual Orange County Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 19-20
Central Library Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.pacifichealthpartners.org/

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.

Reforged Release Party & Farewell to Cabot Kickoff
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 19
AleSmith Brewing (old location), San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1041783252512839/

This Saturday, AleSmith will release a new beer while saying goodbye to their old location on Cabot Drive. Stop on by the old location one last time to catch some rare brews that you may not have another chance to try for a long time.

4th Annual La Mirada Olive Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 19
La Mirada Regional Park, La Mirada
http://www.lamiradaolivefest.com/

Bring your friends and family out to this free and all-ages city fair this Saturday in La Mirada. This fair will have games, rides, food, drinks, treats, vendors, merchandise, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

3rd Annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 19
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.folkrevivalfestival.com/

This all-ages event will showcase over 20 folk and roots music acts. Other highlights include the Port of Long Beach Kids Pumpkin Patch, Polly’s Pies pie-eating contest, and the LB Beard Advocates mustache/beard contest. Local craft breweries and a variety of food trucks will serve food & drinks to attendees. Tickets cost $15 presale or $20 at the door.

3rd Annual OC Fest of Ales
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 19
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.festofales.com/

After taking 2014 off, the OC Fest of Ales has returned under new management and under a brand new redesign. They have ditched the 5k beer run in favor of just a straight-up beer festival. The $60 admission grants you access to unlimited food AND beer while supplies last, plus a souvenir cup and bottle opener. Guests will also find all the usual beer festival festivities, such as games, live music, a homebrew competition, vendors, and more. No one under 21 may attend. Use promo code KUCI to save 20% off admission.

Art of the TARDIS Craft Faire
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 19
Clockwork Couture, Burbank
http://www.facebook.com/events/988491457869105/

Dr. Who fans will not want to miss this free all-ages event in Burbank this Saturday. Check out local artists and designers, and mingle with other fans that may dress up for the occasion too.

2nd Annual Montebello Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 19
Montebello City Park, Montebello
http://www.keepingtheculturealive.com/

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

10th Annual Shoreline Village Pirate Festival
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 19
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 20
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/

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.

Pasadena Greek Fest
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 19-20
St. Anthony Greek Church, Pasadena
http://pasadenagreekfest.org/

$4 admission gets you into this all-ages Greek festival, which includes food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more.

7th Annual Malibu Beer Festival
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 19
Malibu Lumberyard, Malibu
http://www.malibubeerfestival.com/

Taste beers, local food, wines, and spirits from around the world all for just $65 per person. Guests may only purchase tickets online, not at the door.

Local Brews & Local Grooves
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 19
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EEFF6CD74C1

Sample beers from 20 breweries while enjoying the sounds of local musicians at this food & beer event this Saturday evening at House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Admission costs $12, while the tasting wristband costs an additional $15 and come with five taste tickets, good towards food or beer.

OC Roller Girls – OC vs. OC Showdown
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 19
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

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

Long Beach Beer Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 19
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbeerfestival.com/

If you want to spend a lot of money to get drunk on cheap beer, then this beer fest fits your bill. Trek down to Belmont Pier in Long Beach this Saturday night for beer and lots of other mischief. General admission costs $30 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from over 20 breweries present. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Night @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, September 19
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/849397978475653/

Release some inner aggression at this local punk rock show this Saturday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

CH3 @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 19
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/930339-channel-3-long-beach/

Local punk band CH3 will headline a show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 20-27
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!

20th Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 20
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.

Fresh Hop Harvest Sunday
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 20
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/1602627079999747/

Phantom Carriage will tap a slew of fresh wet-hopped beer this Sunday at their tasting room in Carson. Stop on by and experience what true fresh beer should taste like.

2nd Annual Taps & Tapas Craft Beer & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 20
Fiesta Hall, Uptown Whittier
http://www.tapsandtapaswhittier.com/

Savor the local flavor of Uptown Whittier at this food & beer tasting event this Sunday afternoon in Uptown Whittier. At this event, attendees will get treated to eats from over 20 local restaurants and sips from over 30 different craft beers from over 20 different breweries. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2:30pm, while VIP admission costs $80 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The B Sharps: CD Release Party
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 20
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/897206717033148/

Spend this Sunday night with some local bands in Riverside. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

With every passing year, brilliant minds introduce the world to new inventions and innovations that revolutionize the way people go about their everyday lives. In an instant, something new can come into our lives that essentially adds convenience to a previous task. For example, at the beginning of last decade, very few people carried cell phones, while most others had pagers. A few years later, a majority of the world owned a cell phone. Many other new products or ideas come around that either invent or reinvent objects for the everyday consumer. For example, spiral potato cutters came into the food industry less than a decade ago, and now these things appear in most major cities. Another new concept that has blown up recently involves the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze food so quickly that it does not have time to form ice crystals. What practical use can one apply this to? We shall investigate the folks behind the counters of your local Creamistry.

Using liquid nitrogen to churn up fresh ice cream in an instant has existed in the food industry for a handful of years already, but it really took off about a year or two ago. Around that time, the first ever Creamistry opened their doors to the public to deliver fresh made-to-order ice cream to the hands of locals. At first, one might see Creamistry as just any other ice cream shop like Cold Stone or whatever. Unlike those other shops that have their ice cream premade and sitting in tubs in a display freezer accumulating ice crystals, Creamistry has no ice cream ever premade until you, the customer, orders it. Every single person has different tastes, and each person craves different things at different times. Creamistry allows you to build your own cup of ice cream with whatever flavor you want. Craving something chocolatey? Order some chocolate ice cream with brownies mixed in. Craving something refreshing? Order a fruit flavor like pineapple and add fresh fruits like strawberries. Have children with you? Order them cake ice cream with M&M’s mixed in. Creamistry boasts that over a thousand combinations exist, so you can order something new every time you visit a Creamistry.

While the price difference between a small, medium, and family-size (large) differ drastically, the actual size difference matters in servings. A small cup has more than enough for one person, a medium can serve two people, and a family-size can serve four or more, depending on appetite. Creamistry offers other products as well, such as craft sodas, shakes, floats, ice cream sandwiches, cookies, waffle bowls, and brownie bowls.

Intrigued, I ordered an Orange Bang ice cream on my first visit. It deeply reminded me of a 50/50 bar, sans the ice crystals!

As of this posting, Creamistry currently has five locations open: Irvine, Cerritos, Belmont Shore (Long Beach), Corona, and Rowland Heights. Expect to see new locations soon in Costa Mesa and Mission Viejo. Curious to see the difference before you taste the difference? Check them out on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates from the Creamistry camp.

11th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
November 16-23
Various locations, San Diego
http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/

All week, check out all things food & wine all over San Diego County. From wine tastings to cooking classes to seminars to food sampling, if it has to do with food or drinks, it will happen during this time. On Saturday, experience the grand finale with a massive food & wine tasting festival at Embarcadero Marina Park North in Downtown San Diego. General admission to this festival costs $135 and starts at 12pm, while early admission costs $165 and starts at 11am.

2nd Annual Seal Beach Restaurant Week
November 17-22
Various locations, Seal Beach
http://sealbeachrestaurantweek.com/

Following the success of last year, Seal Beach Restaurant Week will return for its second year starting today and lasting through Saturday. Over ten of Main Street’s restaurants will offer food & drinks specials during this time, ranging from discounts on certain items to prix-fixe meals, such as the one shown below.

7th Annual (Ice) Skate And Destroy
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 18
Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/355759924580430/

Spend an hour ice skating in Pershing Square with no heed for children. Afterwards, grab some pizza from Pizzanista in the Arts District.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day
November 20
Worldwide
http://www.beaujolaisnouveauday.com/

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

Animation Breakdown 2014
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 20-21
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 22-23
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, November 24-25
The Cinefamily, Beverly Grove, Los Angeles
http://www.cinefamily.org/films/animation-breakdown-2014/

Watch over a dozen independently-produced animated films all throughout the weekend for just $12 per film. See the website for a full schedule of all the films.

Monterey Park Night Market
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 21
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.

Orange County’s 2nd Annual Beard & Moustache Competition
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 21
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/orange-countys-2nd-annual-beard-moustache-competition-tickets-12800724311

Movember participants, listen up! Show off your wicked facial hair at this competition for all things hairy this Friday night in Huntington Beach, featuring a handful of categories to enter into to win cash prizes. In addition to the fabulous styles, visitors will find food, a full bar, live music, vendors, and more. Registration costs $15, while spectators may enter for $5.

Beaujolais Nouveau Passions
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 21
The Castaway, Burbank
http://passionsproductions.com/
http://www.beaujolaispassions.com/

Celebrate a night of French foods, wines, and entertainment in beautiful Beverly Hills. At this one-night fest, guests get treated to French food samples, merchandise, live music, silent auction, caberet dancers, and more. Presale tickets cost $20, while tickets at the door cost $25. VIP presale costs $50, and $75 at the door, and comes with preferred seating, a 4-course meal, complimentary wine & other drinks, and covers tax & tip. Guests may find free street parking surrounding the venue, while the venue will provide valet parking as well.

Slow Children – Live in Riverside
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 21
Inkonsiderate Boardshop 2, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1570444916508952/

Enjoy some local punk rock at this FREE and all-ages show this Friday night in Riverside.

Wasted Ones – Live in Canoga Park
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 21
Cobalt Café, Canoga Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/516006368536000/

Get crazy at this all-ages punk rock show in the valley this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10.

OC Baking Company 2nd Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Bake Sale Fundraiser
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 22
Old Towne Orange Farmers & Artisans Market, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/782949101752272/

This Saturday morning, purchase some bread and/or baked goods from the OC Baking Company in Orange, and a portion of the sales will go to diabetes research.

Repticon Los Angeles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 23
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://repticon.com/losangeles.html

Check out two days of reptiles, amphibians, exotic pets, pet products, seminars, and more this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. General admission starts at 10am and costs $15 for both days, $10 for one day, or $5 for children. Online-only VIP admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children, allows admission to both days, and allows entry at 9am on Saturday.

22nd Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
Lummis House, Highland Park
http://www.arroyoartscollective.org/

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

29th Annual Elves’ Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 22
Pasadena Waldorf School, Altadena
http://www.elves-faire.com/

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

Microsoft Store Grand Opening Celebration w/ Kelly Clarkson
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 22
Los Cerritos Center (Mall), Cerritos
http://www.facebook.com/events/736561929762341/

A new Microsoft Store will open their doors to the public starting this Saturday, and they will have two items at a very low price for that day only. In addition, the first thousand people in line for the store will receive a pair of tickets to see Kelly Clarkson perform live at the Cerritos Mall for FREE. People may start lining up as early as 11pm the previous night at the mall entrance between Lazy Dog Café and California Pizza Kitchen.

Hangar 24 Brewery’s Warmer Release
11:00 am – 12:00 am, November 22
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/1579600495595476/

This Saturday, Hangar 24 will release the next beer in their Local Fields series, Warmer, ahead of the normal yearly schedule. Anyone visiting the tasting room can sip on Warmer from draft, as well as take bottles or growlers of it home. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy live music, as well as food from the local mobile eatery.

14th Annual Cranksgiving Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 22
Echo Park Lake, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/332475183600110/

Thanksgiving has inspired many 5K/10K runs in the past, colloquially know as Turkey Trots. This Saturday, participate in a Thanksgiving-inspired bike ride called Cranksgiving. Registration starts at noon, while the actual ride will start at 1pm. All participants must bring their own bike, helmet, lock, and bag(s).

24th Annual Encinitas Fall Street Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 23
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/fall-festival/

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

The 2014 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo returned to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts last Thursday night. Open to all ages, this food fest, colloquially known as the Taste of Cerritos, allows all attendees to sample food, drinks, and dessert from various restaurants from the Cerritos region. Participating restaurants and caterers, which contained more corporate businesses than local businesses, hailed from neighboring cities such as Artesia, Norwalk, and Whittier. At first, this sounds less likely of a taste of the region if attendees mostly sample food from restaurants found nationwide. However, this event focuses on all businesses in the area, corporate or not.

Times change, and sometimes times change for the worse. Last year, the tasting event cost only $5 to enter, and boasted an equal share of food vendors and business vendors. This year, the organizers doubled the price to enter the event, claiming to have double the features. Sure the Taste of the Region allows attendees to eat & drink all they want until the participating businesses run out of food or drinks, but now that admission has gone up to $10, I expect to find twice as much food as last year. Sadly, the amount of food remained the same as last year, but the amount of non-food vendors increased. It appears that with each year, they shift more towards the business expo while shifting away from the restaurants, and I even stated last year that the ratio of non-food vendors to food vendors would increase. Sooner or later, they may scrap the tasting altogether, god forbid, and focus solely on the business expo!