Posts Tagged ‘Cider’

Craft beer has remained popular for quite some time now, and will continue to remain popular. With all of the experimentation done by brewers across the world, craft beer fans start to see many different styles, as well as meet old styles reinvented to today’s craft standards. Experimenting with ales has introduced many people to other styles such as the saison, gosé, wild ale, mead, and cider. Corporations have dulled our perceptions of ciders with all the mass-produced stuff on the market, so it comes down to local craft cideries to bring ciders back up to par along with craft beer. Ciders have a lot of popularity in the Pacific Northwest due to the climate and availability of ingredients, but craft cider has not made a huge impact on Southern California yet. Many cideries from the Pacific Northwest have reps down in SoCal, but so far the area had lacked a standing presence. That all changed with Honest Abe Cidery, Los Angeles County’s first and currently only microcidery.

Hidden in an industrial complex on the edge of Gardena bordering Carson, Honest Abe Cidery delivers craft cider out of a very small space. With the slow yet steady rise of the popularity of craft cider, it only made sense to start a cidery in Southern California, and the folks at Honest Abe Cidery did just that. Everyone has to start somewhere, and Honest Abe Cidery started small with just one simple fermentation system, smaller than a lot of other production facilities. As such, they can dedicate much of their space as a tasting room. While some smaller microbreweries may have a cramped tasting room, Honest Abe Cidery’s tasting room has plenty of space to kick back or move about. As far as the actual ciders go, Honest Abe Cidery has a standard lineup of ciders that they always carry, plus seasonal ciders based on the season’s fruits. Standard ciders here range between 6% to 8% abv, while Honest Abe Cidery also carries a handful of stronger ciders, including some aged ciders.

Curious to know where you can locate some of this amazing local cider? Visit their Facebook and Twitter pages to see what they have going on and for updates about their beverages.

Craft beer has remained popular for quite some time now, and will continue to remain popular. With all of the experimentation done by brewers across the world, craft beer fans start to see many different styles, as well as meet old styles reinvented to today’s craft standards. Experimenting with ales has introduced many people to other styles such as the saison, gosé, wild ale, mead, and cider. Corporations have dulled our perceptions of ciders with all the mass-produced stuff on the market, so it comes down to local craft cideries to bring ciders back up to par along with craft beer. Ciders have a lot of popularity in the Pacific Northwest due to the climate and availability of ingredients, but craft cider has not made a huge impact on Southern California yet. Many cideries from the Pacific Northwest have reps down in SoCal, but so far the area had lacked a standing presence. That all changed a few weeks ago with the opening of Great Society Cider & Mead in Long Beach.

In the east section of Downtown Long Beach, you can discover Great Society Cider & Mead on Atlantic & Broadway. Replacing the former Peppercorner across the street from Vons, Great Society Cider & Mead represents a social pub that specializes in ciders and meads. With over 20 different ciders & meads available at any time, Great Society Cider & Mead will always have a wide range of drinks from entry-level to cider connoisseur. Similar to a brewpub, Great Society Cider & Mead allows customers to order drinks individually or as a sampler flight of four drinks. Great Society Cider & Mead also serves food; however, so far, their food has not impressed me – the meat skewers come out lukewarm, and the mac & cheese tastes bland and needs salt. I would say to visit Great Society Cider & Mead primarily for the drinks, not the food. If you intend to partake in a long session of drinking, then by all means order some food to go with all the drinks.

I do expect many new things to occur at Great Society Cider & Mead, since they just officially opened and will likely undergo many changes in the upcoming weeks. Stay up to date with what Great Society Cider & Mead has in store by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Southern California has no shortage of festivals featuring adult beverages. Almost every week of the year, a festival occurs that features either craft beer, wine, or cocktails/spirits. When adults think festivals that include alcohol, they immediately think about drinks that will get them instantly drunk. The quality of beverages has changed over time to focus more on the taste and character of the drinks rather than the alcoholic content of the drink, and more and more festivals have started to focus on these beverages that highlight flavor rather than alcohol content. For example, Session Fest focuses on beers under 6%. However, beer falls under the category of drinks that can go higher in ABV. For adult beverages with a lower traditional ABV, we turn to ciders. Ciders do not get much exposure since they have the stereotype of having lower ABV, and thus only get small exposure at festivals. Times have changed, and the world now sees not only stronger ciders, but cider festivals, such as the Hard Core Cider Tour.

This past Saturday, the Hard Core Cider Tour landed in Los Angeles County to deliver dozens of ciders to our thirsty lips. Taking place at beautiful Brookside Park in Pasadena near the Rose Bowl, this festival featured over 20 different cideries serving up a multitude of ciders for attendees to sip on. The general admission of $45 allowed attendees to sip on as much cider as they would like for the duration of the festival. Upon entering the festival, attendees received a lanyard with a stamp card with numbers representing each cidery, and each vendor should have stamped the number representing them when attendees arrived for a drink. However, many vendors allowed attendees to keep returning for more cider pours, or never stamped the cards. The website originally stated that attendees could receive only one drink from each vendor; however, they stated that only to follow ABC protocol. In reality, attendees kept going back over and over to the booths for more cider. Perhaps this statement may have turned off many potential attendees, as they felt that $45 for one cider per vendor cost too much. Knowing that attendees could basically drink as much as they could handle, the price could justify itself.

The rectangular area of this festival provided more than enough space for the attendees to roam around. The cideries lined up the long ends of the space, the food trucks took up the north side, and the music stage took up the south side. The center of the space allowed for field games, such as beanbag toss, Connect Four, and Jenga. The space did not allow for much shade, and the trees did not shade the area until halfway through the festival, so attendees that did not retreat to the booths would get sunburned fast.

Despite a somewhat low turnout, all of the attendees had a great time at this festival. Even after sipping on all the ciders, no one ended up truly drunk. Half of the ciders present had an ABV above 6%, just like that of many standard craft beers. Regardless, this did not put anyone over the edge, so everyone enjoyed the festival and left with a positive experience that would likely bring them back next time.

Interested in attending a cider festival? While their website may say that attendees only get a limited amount of cider samples, attendees will likely get as many pours as they desire. Like the Hard Core Cider Tour on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for future updates about upcoming cider events.

5th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
November 1-8
Lake Forest
http://www.lakeforestbusiness.com/148/Shop-Dine

Explore the local businesses of Lake Forest during this eight-day period. Various restaurants and shops will have specials this week, which will culminate with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, November 8th.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 1:00 am, November 4
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/575037072643741/

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.

7th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 6-15
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

9th Annual BlizzCon
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 6
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 7
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.blizzcon.com/

Dive into the world of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This convention will have speakers, panels, vendors, artists, tournaments, demos, and more. The $199 tickets to attend the convention have sold out, but you may still purchase a virtual ticket to watch the convention from home for $40.

Firestone Walker Tap Takeover @ Blue Palms Brewhouse
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 6
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/156981964651366/

Firestone Walker will take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or more.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 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).

33rd Annual Irvine Holiday Faire
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 6
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 7
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/news-article/holiday-faire

For just $2 admission, gain access to over a hundred local artisans exhibiting their wares, from jewelry to apparel to accessories and more.

7th Annual Montebello Taste of the Town
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, November 6
Bagramian Hall, Montebello
http://montebellotaste.com/

Sample eats & drinks from various restaurants from Montebello this Friday night. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and includes unlimited tastes while supplies last. VIP admission costs $75 and also includes VIP seating and a gift bag.

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 6
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 7
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://sdbw.org/guild-festival/

This beer festival coincides with San Diego Beer Week annually. This year, they have split the festival into two parts. On Friday, a special VIP reception will take place that will have brewers and business owners in San Diego meet together to discuss and enjoy beer. On Saturday, the standard beer fest will take place, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Prices vary depending on attendance – the VIP reception costs $75, the Saturday beer fest costs $40, an hour early access to that one costs $55, and a two-day pass costs $100. No one under 21 may attend.

The Fall of Troy: Adventour Time
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 6, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/886537-fall-troy-pomona/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 7, Fonda Theatre, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/278768
http://thefalloftroy.com/

Post-hardcore band The Fall of Troy currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week with these two shows this weekend. Ticket prices for these all-ages shows depend on the location, so click on a show’s link above for details.

Brick Top Blaggers @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 6
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://tikibaroc.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1419721455013964/

Get your Irish jig on this Friday night at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/980263-secret-affair-long-beach/

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.

Buck-O-Nine: Live in Rosemead
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, November 6
Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead
http://www.buckonine.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/984530791598059/

Ska-punk band Buck-O-Nine will headline a show in Rosemead this Friday night. They have not specified the cover fee for this show yet. No one under 21 may enter.

Wipeout Run – Orange County
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 7
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine
http://wipeoutrun.com/

ROC Race has transformed into Wipeout Run based on the hit TV show, and it arrives in Orange County this Saturday. This obstacle course comes complete with obstacles from various similar TV shows to create a wacky race full of challenges and amusement. Anyone 13 and up can register to participate in this untimed obstacle race, and all registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Following the race, stick around for food trucks, a beer garden, and live music from DJ’s and local bands. Registration costs $65 through Friday, and $75 on the day of the event. Bring extra cash with you for parking, food & drinks, and other merchandise.

20th Annual Uptown Whittier Art & Antique Fall Street Faire, Miss Uptown Whittier Contest, and 1st Annual Uptown Chili Showdown Cooking Contest
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7
Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2015-fall-art-antique-faire/

Uptown Whittier will play host to a plethora of free and all-ages events this Saturday. Their annual antique street fair returns that allows visitors to peruse the dozens of booths to find various goods to buy. Uptown Whittier will also crown next year’s Miss Uptown Whittier during this time. As for something new, Uptown Whittier will hold a chili cookoff for anyone to enter their chili in to win cash prizes.

6th Annual Fall Pet Days
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7-8
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx

This weekend-long event focuses on pet care, pet adoptions, pet services, and more about pets. Donate two cans or one bag of unopened dog or cat food to enter for free; otherwise, admission costs $5.

19th Annual Long Beach Veteran’s Parade
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 7
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://lbveteransdayparade.com/

Bring your family out to watch a parade to honor our nation’s veterans this Saturday morning!

Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 7
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton
http://www.discoverycube.org/oc/exhibits/pumpkin-launch/

At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.

Rock n’ Ride for Veterans
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 7
Downey Civic Center, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/discover/rock_n_ride_for_veterans.asp

Join in on a bike ride this Saturday in Downey and enjoy the sights, live entertainment, children’s activities, and more. Participants, may choose to ride for six miles or 32 miles.

1st Annual San Diego Mac N’ Cheese Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 7
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomacncheese.com/

As the event name suggests, this event allows you to stuff yourselves full of macaroni & cheese. Admission costs $35 and provides you with unlimited access to all the mac & cheese available from the dozens of food vendors available. In addition, all attendees receive ten drink tickets good towards craft beer and/or wine tasters. No one under 21 may attend.

24th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 7-8
El Pueblo De Los Angeles, Los Angeles
http://filamarts.org/

This all-ages Filipino festival will have food, drinks, arts & crafts, music, dance, merchandise, and more. New this year, visitors can now enter for FREE. Do take into consideration the commute and parking for the new location in Downtown LA.

Long Beach Airport’s Fly-In ’15
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7
Long Beach Airport, Long Beach
http://www.lgb.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=101&TargetID=1,2,3,7,8,6,11,12,13,14,5,15,16,4,17,18,19

At this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Airport will have information about flight schools, commercial airlines, aviation history, and more. In addition, find food trucks, live entertainment, a mobile aquarium, and prizes from a handful of airlines that they have donated for visitors to win!

The Hard Core Cider Tour: Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 7
Brookside Park, Pasadena
http://www.hardcorecidertour.com/los-angeles/

Ciders have their day at this cider-tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena. Featuring over 100 different ciders from over 40 cider makers, this tasting extravaganza will surely please all palates. General admission costs $45 and provides unlimited tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Alosta Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 7
Alosta Brewing, Covina
http://alostabrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1537094246580569/

Alosta Brewing has completed two years in the beer industry, and to celebrate, they will hold two beer tasting sessions this Saturday: 12-4pm and 5-9pm. Each session costs $30 to attend, and includes a souvenir glass, 12 beer half-pours (can use two to make a full pour), and three raffle tickets. Bring in a canned good to donate to receive an additional two half-pours and two raffle tickets. Alosta will bring on live entertainment, food vendors, and a special anniversary brew. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Beer Week @ Select Beer Store
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/865859633509985/

Unable to make it down to San Diego this weekend? Head on over to Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Saturday where they will tap many different San Diego beers for your enjoyment. No admission or cover charge required – simply show up, and enjoy some cold ones.

5th Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/740279252715225/

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

5th Annual Wedge Artisanal Cheese Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 7
Downtown Escondido
http://wedgeescondido.com/

If you love cheese, you will not want to miss this cheese festival. Admission costs $45 and provides access to over a dozen different places to sample gourmet cheeses and receive craft beer or wine pairings with them. As a self-guided tour, no one under 21 may participate, but they may continue to access all areas.

The Menzingers – On Tour
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 7, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2015
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 8, The Echoplex, Echo Park http://www.theecho.com/event/900179-menzingers-mewithoutyou-los-angeles/
http://themenzingers.com/

Punk band The Menzingers currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link above for details.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 7
57 Degrees, Middletown, San Diego
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/382246155302890/

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.

Free Ska-Punk Show in Anaheim
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 7
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/160152087669112/

Enjoy a FREE all-ages ska-punk show at Out Of The Park Pizza in Anaheim this Saturday night.

The Briefs: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, November 7, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/222041
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 8, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/956701-briefs-long-beach/

Rock out to punk rock bands this weekend in Pomona and/or Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque @ Malones Santa Ana
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm, November 7
Malones, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1074302839248221/

Enjoy a raunchy burlesque show this Saturday night in Santa Ana. The cover for this show ranges from $5 to $10. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 8
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

16th Annual Japanese Food Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 8
Hilton, Universal City
http://www.jraamerica.com/food-festival

$80 nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 4-hour Japanese food fest and a goodie bag. Guests will chow down on sushi, ramen, soba noodles, beef bowls, and more, while adults can sip sake, beer, shochu, wine, and more (alcohol not included with admission). During this time, a number of chefs will showcase cooking demos. The parking lot across the street normally costs $5 to park, but sometimes this price changes, so have cash ready.

Hub City Stompers – Left Coast Recrod Release Party
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 8
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/223021

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Pomona this Sunday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Following up on yesterday’s post, I had a blast on my day of arrival in Seattle a few days prior to the 2015 International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC), and I continued my excursions going into my second day in Seattle, yesterday. While I still had over a day until this year’s IFBC could officially kick off, I decided to make the most of my time by exploring even more that the city has to offer. This time, I arranged to meet with another conference attendee for a full day of adventures starting in Fremont. I had visited Fremont the last time I visited Seattle two years ago, but could not spend as much time there as I had hoped back then. Now with a set plan in motion, we set forth into Fremont and Downtown to fill our stomachs and spirits.

I disembarked up in Fremont a little before noon, before I had arranged to meet up. I took this time to stroll up to Uneeda Burger to gaze upon the astounding burger shack that I had left a lot of drool in the last time I had visited Seattle. After that, I entered Caffe Vita nearby for my (late) morning coffee. Finally, I strolled down to Paseo to meet up for lunch. I had received many recommendations to dine at Paseo, but could not do so last time because they did not open on Sundays back then, the one day of the week that I explored Fremont. I discovered that they now open on Sundays, but that mattered not, as I could finally sink my teeth into their succulent Caribbean roast pork. Following this breakfast/lunch meal, I introduced my friend to Book Larder across the street, a small cookbook shop that occasionally holds cooking demos and tastings.

To burn off our hearty lunch, we strolled down to lower Fremont, where we ended up at Schilling Cider House to sip on some fruity refreshments. Coincidentally, Southern California now has Schilling Cider distributed down there by none other than Hangar 24… the brewery I used to work for.

Up next, the moment that we both awaited for, we scuttled over to Theo Chocolate. Once there, we took a tour of their factory to learn about their chocolate, see the process of producing chocolates, and of course get absolutely chocolate-wasted the entire time.

Right around the corner from Theo Chocolate, we discovered a quaint little house called Outlander Brewery & Pub. This ambitious brewery operates out of what appears as a converted house. They not only serve food out of their tiny kitchen, but brew all their beer downstairs in the basement out of the smallest brewing system I have ever laid my eyes on.

With some time left before dinner, we made one final stop in Fremont at Fremont Brewing. One of the larger breweries in the area that many others recommended to me, this large brewery can easily accommodate a sizable amount of people. From their ample beer selection to all the beers they have available to take to-go, I can see why people made a huge fuss that I must visit Fremont Brewing before leaving Seattle in a few days.

For the last stop of the night, we traveled back to Downtown Seattle for dinner at FareStart. A unique dining experience, FareStart allows homeless or disadvantaged people to train in culinary arts to get their lives back on track and start a career that they can wholeheartedly call their own. For this dinner, we joined a group of over a dozen other IFBC attendees for good eating and good spirits. This night also represented a graduation ceremony for three of the students, and we arrived just to time to see the celebrations before receiving our meals.

The next few days will have tons of IFBC content for me to participate in. While I look forward to every minute of the conference, I sincerely hope that I will have a chance to return to Ballard to resume my brewery tour that ended earlier than expected on Wednesday. If that cannot happen, then I will simply go with the flow, and explore whatever else I can stumble upon.

US Open of Surfing
July 25 – August 2
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

Roller Derby Day @ Disneyland
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 28
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/810939248994910/

Roller Derby will not actually happen at Disneyland, but you can meet hundreds of roller derby athletes as they enjoy a day of fun at the Disneyland Resort this Tuesday.

2015 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 30-31
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 2
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

Celebrate beach life with the 2015 International Surf Festival that spans five days starting Wednesday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

13th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 30
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/taste_of_Pifa.htm

Get a taste of Islander cuisine this Thursday night near Liberty Station. Admission to this all-ages tasting costs $30 presale and $40 at the door, and includes all food, non-alcoholic drinks, access to a silent auction, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Stone Brewing Tap Takeover
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, July 30
Michael’s Pizzeria, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/978341268865611/

Stone Brewing will take over the taps at Michael’s Pizzeria’s Downtown Long Beach location this Thursday night. No admission necessary – simply have a seat and order away.

Cider Symposium
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/1460147750971809/

Cider enthusiasts will want to check out Phantom Carriage in Carson this Thursday night for a cider tasting plus Q&A panel with cider makers. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for food and drinks as you go.

4th Annual LUCKYRICE Feast
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Create Nightclub, Hollywood
http://luckyrice.com/upcoming-events

Join in on this night of Asian-style food tastings and cocktail sips this Thursday night in Hollywood. General admission costs $88 and starts at 8pm, while early admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and cocktail tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Stiff Little Fingers – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/stiff-little-fingers
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 31, House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/losangeles/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EC2C51C30B0&oid=0
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 1, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EBC35D46C85&oid=0

Legendary punk band Stiff Little Fingers will headline three shows in Southern California this week before they head back to Europe. Each show has different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link for more information.

The Aggrolites – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/_the-aggrolites
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, July 31, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/the-aggrolites
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 1, Casa Escobar, Malibu http://www.facebook.com/events/1452202035079676/

Catch The Aggrolites as they headline three shows in Southern California this week. Each show has different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link for more information.

25th Annual Taste of Yorba Linda
6:00 pm – 10:30 pm, July 31
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.yorbalindachamber.org/

Sample the best of food & drinks in Yorba Linda this Friday evening. For $45 presale or $55 at the door, guests get treated to a night of unlimited food tastings plus two drink tickets good for beer or wine. Guests may reserve a table for ten for $100.

Grilled Cheese & Beer Night
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Andrew’s Cheese Shop, Santa Monica
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/july-31st-fancy-schmancy-grilled-cheese-beer-night-tickets-17202210274

Enjoy a six-course dinner with beer pairings for $100 at this local cheese shop in Santa Monica this Friday night.

Rikk Agnew Band @ Loaded Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 31
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/934400023277394/

Enjoy some local punk rock music in Hollywood this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bear Fight @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1576875682601019/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

26th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 1
South Clairemont Park, San Diego
http://www.clairemontfamilyday.com/

Bring the entire family over to the park this Saturday for a FREE fair at the park. This fair will feature a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, drinks, games, rides, a car show, and more. Visitors can swim for FREE in the park’s pool from 12pm until 3pm.

Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival 2015
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 1
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://moshimoshi-nippon-la.com/

Check out this Japanese cultural event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. This all-ages event features music, entertainment, fashion, vendors, cosplay, and more Japanese things. One-day admission costs $10 presale or $12 at the door. Two-day admission costs $18 presale or $20 at the door.

4th Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 1
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ovarianpsycos.com/

Participate in a communal bike ride starting in Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday afternoon. Mix and mingle with the various diverse women joining in on this bike ride.

2nd Annual Big Bite Bacon Fest Long Beach
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 1
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 2
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.bigbitebaconfest.com/

Get your pork on this weekend down at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Pig out on bacon eats & treats from some of Southern California’s finest chefs and restaurants, and for the adults, sample brews from Southern California’s multitude of micro breweries. As you munch and sip your way through the fest, test your mettle at pig pong, pork ladder toss, bacon bags, dunk a swine, and more games. Admission varies based on when you enter and if you will include the beer package, starting at $40. Parking costs $10, so bring cash for that. This festival takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately, and apply sunscreen.

Anaheim Packing District & Farmers Park Market One-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 1, Packing District, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/1609913935917154/
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 2, Farmers Park, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/1617638718511055/

A year ago, Anaheim launched a local attraction that has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors since then. This weekend, they celebrate the past year with free and all-ages festivities that include games, arts & crafts, live music, entertainment, food specials, and more. As always, no cameras allowed inside the building.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 1-2
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.hardsummer.com/

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at the Fairplex in Pomona. Tickets sold out a while ago, but you may still find after-market tickets for sale. No one under 18 may attend.

4th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 1
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Angeleno, Burbank
http://downtownburbankcarclassic.com/

Car enthusiasts will want to make their way over to Downtown Burbank this Saturday afternoon for a day full of classic cars, customs, and more, free to attend for all ages.

Taste of San Pedro
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedrochamber.com/

Explore cuisine from over 20 restaurants in San Pedro this Saturday evening. In addition to all the food and drinks, enjoy live music, live entertainment, and special beverage samples. General admission costs $55 and comes with five food tasters and three drink tasters. VIP admission costs $85 and comes with ten food tasters and five drink tasters. Attendees may purchase additional food and beverages at cost at the event.

Twisted At The Pike
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 1
Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/twisted

Immerse yourself into the world of weird this Saturday night in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this twisted carnival has live music, dance, magic performers, a beer garden hosted by Auld Dubliner, local food vendors, and more.

I-15 Brew Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
Galway Downs Equestrian Center, Temecula
http://www.i15brewfestival.com/

Taste the best of the Inland Empire at this beer tasting event out in Temecula this Saturday evening. This event will feature over 60 breweries, 30 home brewers, live music, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 7pm, and includes a souvenir glass with unlimited beer tasters. VIP admission costs $70 presale, and starts at 6pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Green Jellÿ @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 1
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1570326229922320/

Release some aggression at this local show this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Lakewood Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:00 pm, August 2
Del Valle Park, Lakewood
http://la-bike.org/events/lakewood-family-sunday-funday-ride-0

Bring out your family for a bike ride around Lakewood and Long Beach. The course runs up to 18 miles, but participants may choose to ride for a lesser duration.

19th Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/2015-lemon-festival/

This street fair in Chula Vista will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods south of 3rd Avenue.