Posts Tagged ‘Chain Reaction’

I Love Poke Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 30
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
http://ilovemusubi.com/poke/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event tonight in Huntington Beach. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while ten local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $65, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

Monday Moonstomp – Free Ska Show
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 30
Old Towne Pub, Pasadena
http://www.facebook.com/events/499367253528817/

Check out these three ska bands as they perform a FREE show tonight in Pasadena. No one under 21 may enter.

World Cup Viewing Party in Downtown Long Beach
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 1
Pine Avenue between 3rd & Broadway, Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/World-Cup-on-Pine-Avenue?id=67168

Downtown Long Beach will close Pine Avenue between 3rd & Broadway this Tuesday for an outdoor World Cup viewing event. This free viewing will allow fans to watch both games televised live. Local businesses may also run specials during this time.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 2
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/524474660922351/

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

2014 Anime Expo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 3-5
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 6
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.anime-expo.org/

The nation’s largest expo & convention for anime & manga returns to Downtown LA this 4th of July weekend. Complete with hundreds of artist & vendor booths, this convention allows attendees to get interactive via the masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission varies by the number of days attending – 4 days cost $70, while one day costs $35. Children 6-12 get in for a flat rate of $25, while children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Some of the special events, such as concerts and maid cafés, requires an additional ticket to get into. Parking at the convention center costs $15, so bring cash for that plus any of the vendors and food inside the convention center. Optionally, park in outdoor third party lots in the surrounding blocks for a lower rate, or take public transportation.

“Almost” First Fridays Long Beach
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 3
Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/

This monthly artwalk normally occurs on the first Friday of every month, but with a national holiday on Friday this month, this event will now take place a day prior.

America Stands For Freedom – Independence Eve Show & Revue
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 3
Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/593977-vandals-pomona/

Legendary punk band The Vandals will headline this show at the Glass House in Pomona this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $17.76.

4th of July Party on the Pier
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 4
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/july-4th-party.html

Party at the beach this Independence Day in Long Beach. Admission costs $20 for adults and free for kids, and includes all-day reentry, one BBQ plate plus a soft drink, and access to the kids’ play area. Plenty of live bands, a beer garden, boat rides, and more will keep guests entertained all day. Metered parking lots remain enforced in the lots nearby; for long-term parking, I recommend parking in the neighborhoods beyond Ocean Blvd.

FEAR @ Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 4
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/fear/

Legendary punk band FEAR will headline an all-ages show at the Whisky A Go Go this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $25.

Labyrinth of Jareth XVI – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 4-5
The Legendary Park Plaza, Los Angeles
http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com/

Experience a weekend of costumes and magic as you party with the beautiful people of Southern California. Dance and mingle with the Royal Court, and show off your creativity with your most extravagant costume as you lose yourself in the entrancing music and atmosphere of the Labyrinth of Jareth. In layman’s terms, check out this fantasy costume party in LA all weekend, and expect to see a LOT of skin. Admission prices vary, from as low as $49 to as high as $116. Early arrivals will find free street parking near the hotel. Otherwise, guests can park in a parking garage behind the venue, or park at the Biltmore Hotel and take a shuttle from there. All attendees must don a full costume – no half costumes or lazy costumes. Although they have not specified an age limit, I assume no one under 21 can attend.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/174774

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests. No one under 21 may enter.

Beachwood Brewing 3rd Anniversary Celebration
10:00 am – 2:00 am, July 5
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/298776253623103/

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s 3rd anniversary at their restaurant/brewery in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Free to attend, expect to find rare beers on tap, as well as a handful of guest breweries and their brews. Beachwood BBQ will also serve up some food specials unique only for this glorious day. Guests can park for free for up to three hours with validation in the parking structure in the alley behind the restaurant.

Super Girls Car Wash
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 5
Comic Book Hideout, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/792663214097721/

Cosplay meets fundraising at this femme fatale car wash this Saturday afternoon. Come get your car washed by these costumed ladies, and/or enjoy some BBQ at this comics shop in Fullerton.

2014 Kush Expo
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 5
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 6
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.kushexpo.com/

A medical marijuana expo comes to the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. This expo does not require a medical card to enter, but no one under 18 may attend. Tickets cost $18 presale (contrary to the photo below) or $25 at the door.

Moon Crisis: A Sailor Moon Tribute Show – Opening Night
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 5
Rothick Art Haus, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/695210717184615/

Celebrate the 2014 reboot of the Sailor Moon franchise with this FREE all-ages art show this Saturday night in Anaheim.

Nekromantix & Guttermouth @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 5
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/nekromantix-guttermouth

Psychobilly and punk rock clash this Saturday night at this all-ages show in Orange County. Tickets to this show cost just $10.

8Kalacas – CD Release Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 5
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/1339

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Saturday night in the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Orange County. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

Mayfair – CD Release Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 6
Chain Reaction, Anaheim
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/607181

Check out this post-hardcore show this Sunday night at the Chain Reaction. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

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Free Punk Show in Downtown LA
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 3
Redwood Bar, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/238611659637080/

Find drink specials and local punk rock bands in Downtown Los Angeles this Tuesday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 4
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/179766825553233/

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

The Five Chef Societe II – Duck Tales
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, December 5
Handlery Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/496171

For $75, treat yourself to a 5-course duck dinner complete with craft beer pairings. Buy your ticket TODAY to save $15! Guests may park for free in the hotel’s parking lot, despite the automated gate. No one under 21 may participate.

The Flatliners in Corona
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 5
Maya’s Café, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1424483931113687/

Catch punk bands The Flatliners, Slow Children, and more in Corona this Thursday night. Entry to this all-ages show cost $10 and will likely hit capacity, so arrive early!

35th Annual Balboa Park December Nights
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 6
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 7
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.balboapark.org/decembernights

This free and all-ages event allows visitors to check out the museums of Balboa Park free of charge, and enjoy the live holiday-themed entertainment.

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 6
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, December 7
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 8
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.motorcycleshows.com/long-beach

See all-things motorcycles this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission varies, with a one-day adult general admission costing $15.

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

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

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 6
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 7
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://uptownvillagemarket.com/

Local artists and vendors will display and sell their wares at this FREE art fest. Guests can look at some interesting works of art, while browsing through all the merchandise available to purchase. The organizers will provide free refreshments, while live bands and singers will keep guests entertained.

Street Dogs @ Chain Reaction
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 6
Chain Reaction, Anaheim
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/416271

Street Dogs go on a quick tour across the country for just a month, starting in Southern California this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18, and will likely sell out fast. Attendees can find free street parking on S Loara St.

Free Punk Show in Lomita
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 6
The Firehouse, Lomita
http://www.facebook.com/events/222751601182548/

See local punk bands perform for free in Lomita this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/148117

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

Piecemakers Christmas “Under the Stars” Crafts Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 7
Piecemakers Country Store, Costa Mesa
http://piecemakerschristmasvillage.blogspot.com/

Hundreds of local vendors will sell their merchandise and creations at this free outdoor fair this weekend. Kids can enjoy hay rides and other activities, while food trucks will serve food to guests.

2013 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 7
2nd Street, Downtown Pomona
http://www.downtownpomona.org/events-calendar/christmas-parade-2013/

Looking for a Christmas parade to bring your friends & family to? Check out Downtown Pomona this Saturday morning for a free parade. Parking meters shut off for that day, so guests can park for free.

Pugachev’s Cobra Release & Barrel-Aged Beers Party
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 7
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.hangar24brewery.com/h24pugafest.htm

Like Santa Claus, Hangar 24’s bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, Pugachev’s Cobra, makes its annual return this month. Starting this Saturday at their tasting room at the brewery in Redlands, beer lovers can obtain Pugachev’s Cobra on draft and/or in bottles to take home. In addition, Hangar 24 will serve plenty of other barrel-aged beers on this day to commemorate the release of this year’s Pugachev’s Cobra. Tickets to this tasting event cost $25 and comes with 8 coupons good for a 4 oz. pour each.

6th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 7-8
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://stateofunique.com/unique-la/

Their website describes this event best: “The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast.” The $10 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

2nd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 7
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://ocbrewhoho.com/

From the creators of OC Brew Ha Ha comes the OC Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival! Join me this Saturday for an afternoon of UNLIMITED beer tastings, food, music, holiday shopping, and more. As one of the year’s final beer fests, expect to ring in 2014 with some rare and unreleased beers, including Hangar 24’s Pugachev’s Cobra. In addition to the beer and food, OC Brew Ho Ho will also feature a merchandise expo, allowing attendees to do some holiday shopping while drinking beer. Tickets cost $55 and comes with free parking, a souvenir glass, and all access to all areas of the fest. As with any beer fest, all attendees must show ID, and nobody under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 7
Fiesta Twin Theatre, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/549794795088407/

This free and all-ages outdoors events features art, music, fashion, photography, live entertainment, and more, all rolled into one street fest.

CodeName: Rocky in Long Beach
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 7
A-Lot, 7th & Pine, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/181047838757003/

CodeName: Rocky headlines an all-ages show in Long Beach this Saturday night. Entry only costs $5.

The Under Construction Birthday Bash – Free Punk Show
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 7
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/667595046606876/

Catch a FREE and all-ages show this Saturday night in La Habra, featuring ten local punk bands.

31st Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 7
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This year’s Christmas parade’s theme focuses on our troops and veterans. Police will close 2nd Street beginning at 5pm from Livingston through Bay Shore. As one of Belmont Shore’s most popular annual events, parking fills up intensely within a mile radius. I recommend parking way away and either bike or walk to Belmont Shore.

Free Punk Show in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 7
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/456680331106964/

Local punk bands tear it up in Long Beach this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December
Manhattan Beach Pier
http://www.pubclub.com/losangeles/fireworks.htm

This Sunday night, many streets near the Manhattan Beach Pier will close, as thousands of spectators gather to watch fireworks (which start at 7pm), dance, drink, mingle, and more. Completely free to attend, expect chaos with this many people. Arrive early to snag a good parking spot.

Angel City Gifts Bazaar
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 8
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/angel-city-gifts-bazaar-3/

Free to attend, visitors will find holiday merchants, food trucks, live music, and lots of beer.

Pints For Presents
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 26
The Factory Gastrobar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/243320142499187/

Donate an unwrapped unopened toy worth $10 or more and receive a 12oz pour of any beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing, which will do a partial tap takeover this Tuesday.

Vegan Thanksgiving
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, November 27
Claremont Craft Ales, Claremont
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/507736

For $26, enjoy a vegan pre-Thanksgiving dinner at Claremont Craft Ales. For $6 more, receive a gluten-free meal instead.

Polar Bear Club @ Chain Reaction
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 27
Chain Reaction, Anaheim
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/369905

Polar Bear Club just released a new album and currently tours throughout the nation playing shows, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to their all-ages Orange County show this Wednesday night cost $12 presale and $14 at the door. Guests can find free street parking on S Loara St.

Skacore Night in Hollywood
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 27
Hollywood Anti-Social Club, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/668336049867718/

For just $5, ring in Thanksgiving at this skacore show in Hollywood. No one under 21 may enter.

CH3 @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, November 27
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/154061

Original punk band CH3 headlines a show this Wednesday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost just $7. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba or the neighborhood across the street.

Guttermouth @ Character’s in Pomona
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 27
Character’s Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/153935

Guttermouth headlines this pre-Thanksgiving show in Pomona this Wednesday. Presale tickets cost $13, while tickets at the door cost $15. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking nearby.

Long Beach Turkey Trot 5k/10k Run/Walk
6:00 am – 11:00 am, November 28
Belmont Olympic Pool, Long Beach
http://justinrudd.com/trot.html

This fun run takes place on Thanksgiving morning. Participants should pick up their bib and packet from Belmont Olympic Pool prior to that morning – see the site for schedules. Four different runs start at 7am, 8am, 9am, and 10am. The registration fee now costs $40 per person for any run. As a fun run, participants do not receive any actual prizes – only bragging rights. Participants may park in nearby beach parking lots for free until the end of the event, upon which officials will enforce the parking meters.

Dana Point Turkey Trot
6:00 am – 11:00 am, November 28
Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point
http://www.turkeytrot.com/

Another Thanksgiving fun run takes place in Dana Point. Registration costs $40 per person. As with any fun run, participants do not receive prizes for winning.

Santa Monica Gobble Wobble
6:30 am – 11:00 am, November 28
Emerson Reed Park, Santa Monica
http://www.santamonicagobblewobble.com/

Combining a fair with a race, the Gobble Wobble adds to the main run with a costume contest, turkey calling contest, potato sack races, and other fair-themed activities. Registration currently costs $35, but will increase to $40 starting Thursday.

OC Psycho Punk Fest #2
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 29
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/511086

19 local bands will play across two stages at this all-ages punk rock fest in Orange County this Friday night. Tickets cost only $5 presale and $7 at the door. Guests can park for free on the street.

Piss N’ Blood @ Detroit Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 29
Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/591795047552797/

$5 gets you into this punk/indie show in Costa Mesa. No one under 21 may enter.

Suicidal Tendencies @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 29
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/suicidal-tendencies

Suicidal Tendencies headline an all-ages show this Friday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this show cost $25. Arrive early to find parking in the venue’s parking lot. Arrive too late, and park down the street for $10 per vehicle.

3rd Annual We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 30
Eagle Rock Blvd & Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock
http://wehearteaglerockblock.blogspot.com/

Several shops in Eagle Rock will participate in this local Small Business Saturday celebration with sidewalk sales and other specials. Every shop will host their own specials, and some will have public activities, such as bounce houses or arts & crafts.

Bottle Share #9
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 30
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/252038118283131/

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

Free Show @ Regal Inn
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 30
Regal Inn, Lakewood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1423344147896174/

Catch a FREE show with some local bands this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 1
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana
http://patchworkshow.com/craft-fair-locations/santa-ana-events/

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

San Diego Indie Craft Market
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 1
Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, North Park, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/558614010890344/

Check out lots of local indie arts & crafts at this free and all-ages event this Sunday afternoon in North Park.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
Now through October 20
All over Los Angeles
http://lafashionweek.net/

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

57th Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 18
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 19
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 20
William Peak Park, Buena Park
http://www.silveradodays.com/

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

1st Annual Punktoberfest
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 18
Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/358657-gitbams-punk-halloween-di-los-angeles/

Catch D.I., Naked Aggression, Narcoleptic Youth, Fang, Circle One, Social Conflict, Corrupted Youth, and Mr Whiskers as they play an unforgettable show. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Guests can park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

Real Friends, Mixtapes, Forever Came Calling, Pentimento, and more
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 18, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=83365
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 19, Chain Reaction, Anaheim http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/357789

This tour of pop-ish punk bands comes through Southern California this weekend. Tickets to both all-ages show costs $12.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 18-19
Lot 613, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/104999573041183/

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

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Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Haunted Halloween
11:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 18
Whisky a Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/508060885955893/

Catch a raunchy Halloween-themed burlesque show this Friday night at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood. They have not specified the admission amount, so have about $10-12 available for it. No one under 18 may enter.

Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 19
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.justinrudd.com/chalk.html

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

6th Annual Old Town Tustin Art Walk
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 19
Old Town (Downtown) Tustin
http://www.tustinca.org/artwalk/

Check out over 60 artist booths lined up along the streets of Old Town Tustin this Saturday. This annual event also includes music, a wine bar, a photography contest, kids’ art at the Tustin Library, docent-led tours, and more. All local businesses will operate under regular business hours.

Ultimate Beerfest Orange County
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 19
OC Fair & Events Center
http://www.ultimatebeerfest.com/eventinfo.cfm?id=3

Sample brews from some of California’s top micro breweries while indulging in cuisine from food trucks and mobile food vendors. Proceeds benefit Villa Chardonnay, a 501c3 non-profit horse rescue in Temecula. Session 1 runs from 12pm-3pm and Session 2 runs 6pm-9pm. VIP admission can enter an hour early and judge the beers. General admission costs $50 per session, while VIP admission costs $75, and parking costs $7 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

The Vandals @ Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare
6:30 pm – 1:00 am, October 19
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.greatamericannightmare.com/index3.html

The Vandals, TSOL, The Dickies, and Duane Peters play at this haunted Halloween escapade this Saturday night. Test your fortitude at all of the haunted attractions, and stick around for a night of punk rock and Halloween fun (no costumes allowed). Presale tickets cost $30, while tickets at the door cost $35.

Mad Monster Party #10
6:30 pm – 1:30 am
The Vex, Los Angeles
https://www.purplepass.com/#2895/E_Minor_God_Entertainment-MAD_MONSTER_PARTY_#10_Featuring_THE_METEORS!-The_Vex_Arts-October-19-2013.html

Get your psychobilly fix this Saturday night at The Vex in Los Angeles. This all-ages event will have six local psychobilly bands, a costume contest, live DJ’s, food & drinks, vendors, and lots of candy. Admission costs $20. Guests can park in the alley behind the venue, but avoid parking too far in, or those arriving afterwards may block the way.

Hate Meditation Fest
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 19
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/148828568658956/

This all-ages show costs $3, where Angels of Mischief will celebrate their 6th year anniversary by headlining this local street punk show.

Pistol Grip Reunion Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 19
Character’s Sports Bar, Pomona
http://holdmyticket.com/event/149281

Old school punk band Pistol Grip reunites with a show this Saturday night in Pomona, along with The Misguided, Destruction Made Simple, and The Failures. Admission to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 Pour It Black
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 20
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/331895

Love dark beers? You owe it to visit Stone Brewing’s Pour It Black, a beer festival dedicated to dark beers. Admission costs $45 and comes with fifteen 3oz tasters and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Howling Halloween in the Park
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 20
Fountain Valley Recreation @ Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.fvhalloween.com/

Bring out the entire family, including your pups, to this Halloween fair and dog show this Sunday afternoon. This FREE event will have trick-or-treating, costume contests, games, vendors, pet adoptions, food trucks, opportunity prizes, and more.

3rd Annual Ska Day at Disneyland – It’s A Ska World After All
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 20
Disneyland, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/341779942574294/

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

Punk Halloween Costume Party @ Los Globos
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 20
Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/380101-black-fag-costume-party-los-angeles/

Don your best Halloween costume and rock out to local punk bands at this Halloween show this Sunday night at Los Globos in Silverlake. This all-ages show costs $12 to enter, or less with a costume, depending on the effort level of the costume. Guests can park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Halloween Spooktacular
9:30 pm – 11:30 pm, October 20
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/244949355655112/

Catch a raunchy Halloween-themed burlesque show this Sunday night at TRiP. They have not specified the admission amount, so have about $10-12 available for it. No one under 21 may enter.

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

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

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

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

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 11
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking does not exist in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here before.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge Race 5K
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 13
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://rocrace.com/

If you have watched Wipeout and have always wanted to test your mettle on that course, you now have a chance with ROC Race this Saturday. This 5K course comes complete with obstacles from various similar TV shows to create a wacky race full of challenges and amusement. Anyone 13 and up can register to participate in this untimed obstacle race, and all registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Following the race, stick around for food trucks, a beer garden, and live music from DJ’s and local bands. At this moment, all of the morning times have sold out, so if you would like to register for this race, you may only choose an afternoon start time. Registration costs $65 through Wednesday, and $70 on the day of the event. If entering as a team, the team with the more registrants receive a 25% refund on their registration. Parking costs $10 per vehicle (hint: carpool), so bring extra cash with you for parking, food & drinks, and other merchandise.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After many shows on the road, letlive. had returned home to Southern California to play a few shows. Last week on Tuesday, they headlined a show at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, supported by HRVRD, Night Verses, and Rescuer. As a post hardcore band that formed over a decade ago, letlive. did not enjoy an easy road to fame. They struggled like any startup would, but they stuck to their guts and remained in the game, which has landed them where they stand today. Post hardcore did not take off until the mid 2000’s, so when it did, you can bet letlive. reveled in that wave.

On this night, I had actually arrived close to the end of Night Verses‘ set, meaning that I had completely missed Rescuer. I really wanted to listen to Rescuer, as they play more of a hardcore punk sound than post hardcore. Night Verses played some entrancing music for their post hardcore sound – listen to Be Happy With Yourself, I’m Staying Here In Hell to understand what I mean.

Moving forward in the night, HRVRD (Harvard) played their set. HRVRD does not fit the typical post hardcore description, as they focus more on melodic sounds than hard riffs. The singer does not scream – a change of pace from the rest of the night. Because of this, their music fits well with many audiences, as they do not shut out the people who do not listen to “screamo” music. Towards the end of the set, letlive. singer Jason Butler appeared and provided backup vocals for two of the songs. I consider HRVRD a recess for the chaos that letlive. would cause in the crowd.

Once letlive. hit the stage, as with any headlining band, the entire audience rushed the stage. I had not attended a post hardcore show in over a year, so I almost forgot what to expect. Luckily, the audience reacted no differently than a punk show. Unlike punk shows where most people feel antagonistic towards each other, letlive. promoted unity and harmony, as Butler often spoke motivational lines between songs. A few times, Butler told a story that transitioned into the next song. If anyone can rehearse that, letlive. played that off rather well. The music never slowed down, but kept up the energy all night, as everyone felt in the heat of the room.

With Spring approaching, expect to hear about many upcoming shows in the next few months. Check back here every week to see what shows come up soon!

Dishcrawl – Long Beach
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 12
Downtown Long Beach
http://dishcrawl.com/longbeach/

When you combine a pub crawl with restaurants instead of bars, you get Dishcrawl! The $45 ticket will grant you access to prix-fixe meals at four restaurants that your guide will reveal the night of the crawl. Upon purchasing a ticket, you will receive an e-mail that details where to meet and when. If you do go, arrive with an empty stomach. Dress for the cold weather, as the crawl takes place at night.

letlive @ The Chain Reaction
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 12
Chain Reaction, Anaheim
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/208003

Hardcore band letlive plays in Orange County this Tuesday night with HRVRD, Night Verses, and Rescuer. This all-ages show costs $12 presale and $15 at the door.

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

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking does not exist in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here before.

Epic Beer Festival
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 15
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 16
San Diego Convention Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.epicbeerfestival.com/

This beer fest contains so many beers and breweries that they run three different sessions. With over 80 breweries and over 200 beers to try, this fest lives up to its name. The $40 admission grants guests access to a session of choice, a souvenir cup, and unlimited beer pours.

Graffiti Run – Los Angeles
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 16
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.thegraffitirun.com/locations/los-angeles-ca-march-16-2013/

Love color runs? The Graffiti Run takes place this Saturday at the Fairplex in Pomona. As a precursor to St. Patrick’s Day, runners may choose to wear green in addition to the standard white worn by color runners. These types of runs emphasize color and having fun as opposed to actually racing to compete, so a participant’s age or physical status does not matter. The first race starts at 9am, and heats of 500 runners take off every 20 minutes afterwards. Registration costs $60, and you must register online – no one can register the day of.

2013 Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
10:30 am – 8:00 pm, March 16
Excelsior High School, Norwalk
http://festivalofcolorsla.com/

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

The Story So Far, Man Overboard, and more @ The Glass House
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16
Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/200095-story-so-far-man-overboard-pomona/

Check out The Story So Far, Man Overboard, Tonight Alive, Citizen, and The American Scene this Saturday night at The Glass House in Pomona. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Bacon Social
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16
The Factory, Los Angeles
http://baconsocial.com/

This monthly gathering of art, food, music, and more features over 20 different local artists and photographers displaying their work, as well as at least three different bands playing throughout the night. The $7 cover goes towards all the free bacon, snacks, and drinks for the attendees.

Swingin’ Utters @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 16
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/446038125463939/

Come see one of the original punk bands play this Saturday at Alex’s Bar. This 21 & over show also features Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss, Wild Roses, and Jason Cruz (of Strung Out) & Howl. Tickets cost $13 presale and $15 at the door.

Pink Floyd LaserSpectacular
11:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 16
Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach
http://www.carpenterarts.org/2012-2013/pink-floyd-laserspectacular.html

Experience Pink Floyd’s music through stunning visuals and light shows. This all-ages show costs $28 each. An earlier 8pm show has already sold out, so get tickets to the 11pm show quick!

The Adicts St. Patrick’s Bash + Show w/ The Billy Bones
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 16
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 17
March 16: House of Blues, Los Angeles
March 17: House of Blues, Anaheim
LA: http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79113
Bash: http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79987
Show: http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79262

Legendary punk rock band The Adicts party it up this weekend in Southern California. On Saturday, catch The Adicts, The Billy Bones, and The Breakdowns at House of Blues on Sunset. This all-ages show costs $22.50 presale and $26 at the door. On Sunday, The Adicts host a two-part party & show for St. Patrick’s Day. At 5pm, The Adicts host a 21 & up party, complete with Irish buffet, beer pitcher specials, raffle prizes, and more. You may obtain all this for just $18. Their main show starts at 8pm, which also features The Billy Bones. This all-ages show costs $25 presale and $27.50 at the door.

Christian Dasilva was not only the sound man for The Chain Reaction, but he has also toured with many bands, including The Aquabats. The Aquabats, along with Starpool and The Makeup Sex, played a show at Chain last night as a benefit concert to his family following Dasilva’s death. Thanks to OC Weekly Music for posting about this show.

The Makeup Sex opened the night with their grunge set. Although musically talented, Twitter people in the audience did not think so. Inside Chain is a screen that shows what people are tweeting when they include the hashtag #chainchat in their tweet. Most of the tweets showed disdain towards The Makeup Sex, comparing them to the likes of Nickelback and Creed. I did not believe the sound to be that bad, but this was not what I came here for.

Up next was Starpool. I had heard of Starpool prior, and knew they are a ska band. I must say that for a band I had never heard of, they put on quite a show. Their set was entertaining from the beginning to the end. I especially enjoyed watching the brass players, as they utilized the entire stage instead of simply staying in place the entire time.


In the final photo, the lead singer comes into the audience to sing from there.

Before The Aquabats took to the stage, I got a chance to see their set list.

The last song is Burger Rain.

As soon as the lights darkened, everyone in the audience threw up the Aquabats symbol.

And then in typical cartoon superhero style, The Aquabats stormed onto the stage. After this, there is nothing else that can be said – The Aquabats blew the roof off the place. With relentless energy and sound, The Aquabats not only just performed their music, but had some cartoonish antics between songs.

Right before getting to Super Rad, some former band members appeared onto the stage: Doctor Rock, Prince Adam, and Chainsaw the Prince of Karate. They had their moment to shine, but really this was meant to be a break for the band, as they spent a lot of time talking.

Once they got to Pool Party, perhaps the most unexpected scene (to me) occurred on stage. The band called up kids to come onto the stage. Each kid was introduced to the audience, then was informed that if they go crowd-surfing, they would be treated to free candy (Chain is an all-ages venue; thus there is no alcohol, just candy and soda available). A few of the kids declined the offer, while the rest took to the sea of crazy punks. During each kid’s surfing, The Aquabats would play snippets of other known punk songs, such as Minor Threat and Suburban Home.


The little boy in green was the most apprehensive, but was eventually coaxed into trying the pit when his dad came to the front of the stage and assured him that he would be fine.

After wrapping up Pool Party, The Aquabats briefly exited the stage, but I knew that they would come back to play a couple more songs. The audience knew too, as they continuously chanted “Where Was The Captain?” until they returned for their final two songs. At the end of the night, the band auctioned off their neoprene outfits, with all the proceeds going towards Dasilva’s family.

There will be more benefit shows for Dasilva’s family. Check the Chain Reaction website for further dates. Knowing his music history, any benefit show is something that neither I nor you should not miss.

LA Restaurant Week
Now through July 27
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://discoverlosangeles.com/restaurantweekv2/index.jsp

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area are participating in this feast. All participating restaurants will be offering either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

The Aquabats To Play Christian Dasilva Benefit Concert
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 23
Chain Reaction, Anaheim
http://blogs.ocweekly.com/heardmentality/2012/07/aquabats_to_play_christian_das.php

The Aquabats and Starpool will be playing this benefit show at The Chain Reaction. Tickets are already sold out, though you may luck out and find scalpers at the venue.

Authority Zero, Versus The World, Raptors, and DC Fallout at Slide Bar
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 25
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.slidebarfullerton.com/calendar

This FREE show featuring Authority Zero and more is at The Slide Bar. In order to get in, you must pick up a wristband, which will be distributed starting at 7:30. You must be 21 or over to enter.

My Birthday!
July 25

Just thought I would throw that out there. I will try to get into the Authority Zero show. Come hang out!

International Quilt Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 27-29
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.quilts.com/newHome/shows/viewer.php?page=SummerFestival

This expo will feature workshops, vendors, exhibits, and more at the Long Beach Convention Center. As I did not attend last year, I do not have much more info.

Adult Con
July 27-29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.adultcon.com/

This is an adult entertainment expo, thus you must be over 18 to enter. Having been to one prior, you will see everything you never expected to see. Despite the age limit, there is no actually nudity or other acts seen – the only way to see it is in the print and merchandise, which is all over the convention. But you never know who you will meet there!

Long Beach Dragonboat Fest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 28-29
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.lbdragonboat.com/

Come watch numerous teams race Dragonboats in Marine Stadium – The Finals are on Sunday. There will be Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. Completely free to attend and spectate, though registration to participate is already closed.

2012 American Filipino Festival
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 28-29
Cerritos College Falcon Stadium, Cerritos
http://filamfest.splendidstudiobooth.com/

Check out this Filipino Festival, where there will be a car show, food trucks, live music, models, vendors, and more. Tickets are $20 per person. I am unsure about parking, though if they do charge to park, there are plenty of surrounding neighborhoods that allow free parking, though those streets will surely become congested.

Venice Beach Summer Fest
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 28-29
Venice Beach
http://www.fx3events.com/

This weekend at Venice Beach, there will be arts, crafts, music, food, drinks, and more. The event is free to attend – keep in mind that traffic will be very heavy this weekend. Expect to park somewhere near Abbot Kinney and walk to the beach from there.

Renegade Craft Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 28-29
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles

This fair at LA State Historic Park will have crafts, music, foodtrucks, drinks, and more. Come see the alternative side of arts & crafts this weekend. Think Patchwork Fest, but catering more to people who think beyond the darker side of the box.

Long Beach Crawfish Festival
12:00 pm, July 28-29
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com/

Make sure you buy presale, as tickets are $15 less that way. Various crawfish will be served here along with drinks. Live music will be on all weekend too.

Swiss Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 29
Swiss Park, Whittier
http://www.swisspark.la/

The Annual Swiss Fair returns to Swiss Park in Whittier this Sunday. There will be food, drinks, desserts, vendors, dance, music, cheese tastings, games, and more. The cost is $5 to enter, parking is free.