Posts Tagged ‘Cismontane Brewing’

OC Roller Derby Orientation
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, October 4
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/446207475751468/

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance to join a league. Click the link to send your information to them, and then show up to orientation this Wednesday night in Huntington Beach.

2017 Los Angeles Fashion Week
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 4
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 5
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 6-7
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
Alexandria Ballrooms, Downtown Los Angeles
http://lafw.net/

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

3rd Annual San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 5
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://sangabrieled.com/255/Dumpling-Beer-Fest

The San Gabriel Valley puts their spin on Oktoberfest with this dumpling & beer fest this Thursday night in San Gabriel. Free to attend for all ages, this festival will feature numerous dumpling vendors, other food vendors, live entertainment, a craft beer garden, and more. A wristband for unlimited beer sampling costs $20 for 16 beer pours or $30 for unlimited beers while supplies last. All food comes at cost, so bring plenty of cash for that.

Buccaneer Days
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 5
11:00 am – 2:00 am, October 6-7
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 8
Two Harbors, Catalina Island
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/buccaneers-weekend-2017

A weekend full of pirates, booty, and booze comes to Catalina Island. Admission starts at $45 and goes up based on how many days you want to attend and if you want to include lodging.

Death By Stereo – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 5, Brick By Brick, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 6, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 7, The Garage, Ventura
http://www.deathbystereo.com/

Hardcore band Death By Stereo will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these shows vary by location, so check with the venue for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

28th Annual Ventura Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 6-8
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://harvestfestival.com/

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

Gaslight Steampunk Expo 2017
11:30 am – 11:00 pm, October 6
9:00 am – 1:30 am, October 7
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 8
Town & Country Resort Hotel, San Diego
http://www.gaslightexpo.org/

An all-ages expo for all things steampunk comes to San Diego this weekend. Tickets start at $15.

13th Annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 6
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 7
Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego
http://oboktoberfest.com/

Enjoy Oktoberfest on the beach this weekend with this two-day Oktoberfest celebration. For just $3 admission, gain access to this event filled with beer, pretzels, sausages, and other typical Oktoberfest festivities.

31st Annual California Avocado Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 6
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 7
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 8
Downtown Carpinteria
http://avofest.com/

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in Carpinteria this weekend. Visitors will find vendors, food, arts & crafts, activities, games, rides, entertainment, and more.

30th Annual Tustin Tiller Days
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 6
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 7
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 8
Columbus Tustin Park, Tustin
http://www.tustintillerdays.org/

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

Pacific Beachfest Beer Cup
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 6
Pacific Beach Shore Club, San Diego
http://www.beachfestbeercup.com/

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

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

19th Annual Los Angeles Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 6
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 7
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 8
Saint Sophia Cathedral, West Los Angeles
http://lagreekfest.com/

Los Angeles gets their own Greek Fest this weekend that will basically have the same things as any other Greek Fest: food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. Admission to this all-ages festival costs $5 per person per day.

6th Annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 6
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 7-8
Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lapodfest.com/

Meet the top names in podcasting, entertainment, comedy, and technology this weekend in West Hollywood. Tickets start at $49. Although all-ages, anyone under 18 must attend with a paid adult.

Circle One – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 6
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1796261697263014/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Color Run 5k – Huntington Beach
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, October 7
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://thecolorrun.com/locations/huntington-beach-ca/

The color run that started it all returns to Huntington Beach this Saturday morning. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $50 per solo participant, or $45 per person if registering as a team of four or more. Waves of runners will start at 9am and launch every few minutes following that for up to two hours, so do not fret about getting there on time.

2017 Grape Day Festival + Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion
7:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 7
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://visitescondido.com/1777/grape-day-5k-parade-and-festival/

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

Aquarium of the Pacific 5k Run/Walk
7:30 am – 11:30 am, October 7
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/5k

Go on a nice 5k run down on the beach this Saturday morning starting at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. All participants who register prior to race day will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, and a ticket to the aquarium with registration. Registration costs $45. Bring cash for parking in the aquarium parking structure.

Fit Foodie Festival & 5K
8:00 am – 11:30 am, October 7
Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.fitfoodierun.com/san-diego-california.html

A 5K meets a food tasting event this Saturday morning in San Diego. Run a race and eat food along the way, as well as all the food available after thge finish line. Registration starts at $45.

20th Annual Pacific Beachfest
8:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 7
Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://pacificbeachfest.org/

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

2017 Los Angeles Dragonboat Festival
8:30 am – 4:00 pm, October 7
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale
http://ladragonboat.com/

Come to watch Dragonboat races at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area – free parking and admission to spectate!

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 5
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/

Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $18. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

3rd Annual Maker Faire San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 7-8
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://sdmakerfaire.org/

Celebrate local makers, artists, designers, and more at this two-day fair taking place in Balboa Park this weekend in San Diego. Attendees will experience handmade goods such as gadgets, sculptures, art, food, apparel, accessories, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $20 for adults or $12 for children.

45th Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 7-8
Live Oak Park South Field, Manhattan Beach
http://www.mbfair.org/

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

9th Annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 7-8
Girard Ave, La Jolla
http://www.ljawf.com/

This free and all-ages street fair takes over the streets in La Jolla. Visitors will find hundreds of booths containing artists, merchandise, vendors, food & drinks, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

3rd Annual Shopping Extravaganza
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 7
Outlets at San Clemente, San Clemente
http://www.outletsatsanclemente.com/

Do shopping, enjoy a catered lunch, and sip on some adult beverages this Saturday in San Clemente. Participation in this charity shopping event costs $35.

4th Annual Artesia International Street Fair & Diversity Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 7
Pioneer & 183rd, Artesia
http://www.cityofartesia.us/index.aspx?NID=282

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

1st Annual San Diego Barrel Aged Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 7
Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobeerfest.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-barrel-aged-beer-fest-tickets-35801102060

Dozens of locals breweries will bring out their strongest beers for you to try this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Hot Wings & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 7
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/hot-wing-and-craft-beer-festival/

$40 gets you in to enjoy six wings, eight 3oz beer tasters, and access to betting on horse races. Parking costs $4 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 Dana Point Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 7
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.danapointoktoberfest.com/

South Orange County gets their own free & all-ages Oktoberfest celebration this weekend. Expect to find all of the typical Oktoberfest festivities here: chicken dancing, German music, stein holding, beer chugging, sausages, pretzels, normal bar beers, and more.

BrewBQ – Food & Beer Pairing
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
Cismontane Brewing, Santa Ana
http://www.cismontanebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1540993299292111/

A barbecue and beer pairing will take place at Cismontane Brewing in Santa Ana this Saturday. Admission costs $12 presale or $17 at the door, and provides you with four food and beer pairings.

King Harbor Brewing Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://www.kingharborbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1897338370283398/

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing will have Oktoberfest festivities this Saturday. Registration for one of the games starts at $30, and gets you a stein and four fills. If you do not want to participate in the games, you can enter the tasting room for free and pay for beers as you go.

Oktoberfest 2017
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
8 bit Brewing Company, Murrieta
http://www.8bitbrewingcompany.com/
http://8bitbrewingcompany.ticketleap.com/oktoberfest-2017/

Murrieta’s 8 bit Brewing Company will host their own Oktoberfest festivities this Saturday. $10 gets you a pint glass and a goodie bag. $20 gets you a stein, one full pour of an Oktoberfest beer, and the aforementioned goodie bag. Minors enter for free with paid adult admission.

35th Annual Carlsbad Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
Holiday Park, Carlsbad
http://www.rotaryoktoberfest.org/

An all-ages Oktoberfest celebration comes to Carlsbad this Saturday. Adult admission ranges from $5 to $15, while children enter for free with paid adult admission.

California Brew Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 7
Chase Palm Park, Santa Barbara
http://nightout.com/events/california-brew-festival-santa-barbara/

A beer festival comes to Santa Barbara this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $75 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $100 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Los Angeles Paella & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 7
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://paellawinefest.com/

Enjoy paella and lots of wine and spirits this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. General admission costs $50 presale or $85 at the gate, and includes unlimited food and drink samples. VIP admission costs $120, and also includes access to a VIP area with some exclusive food and drinks.

Culver City Art Walk 2017
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 7
Washington & La Cienega, Culver City
http://culvercityartsdistrict.com/artwalk/

A free and all-ages art walk will take place in Culver City this Saturday afternoon.

OMOCAT Pop-Up Shop / Omori Demo
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 7
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 8
Dave Frey Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.omocat-shop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1439239359466586/

This free and all-ages art exhibit will appear in Downtown LA only this weekend. On Saturday night, the exhibit will have live music, which costs $20 to attend.

25 Years of Union 13
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
Self Help Graphics & Art, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1978038242431554/

Catch music and art to celebrate the band Union 13 at this all-ages show this Saturday evening. The cover for this show costs $10.

18th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
Colorado Blvd & Eagle Rock Blvd, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockmusicfestival.org/

Take over the streets of Eagle Rock with this FREE and all-ages music festival this Saturday evening. With six stages all providing different genres of music, surely something exists for everyone here. In addition to all the music, check out the food trucks, local food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

79th Annual LA Chinatown Moon Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 7
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://chinatownla.com/wp1/event/mid-autumn-moon-festival/

Chinese Thanksgiving celebrations continue this Saturday in Chinatown with their annual Moon (Cake) Festival. Free to attend for all ages, participants celebrate by eating mooncakes, mini pastries that may contain up to 2,000 calories each. In addition, guests can see kung fu demos, lion dancers, live music, food trucks, ping pong tournaments, and more. Guests can find free street parking beyond Spring St. or close to LA State Historic Park.

Harvest Moon Walk
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, October 7
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://www.heart.org/la-hmw

Raise money to walk around Monterey Park during this charity walk this Saturday evening.

2017 Long Beach Marathon
6:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 8
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://runlongbeach.com/

The annual Long Beach Marathon takes place this Sunday. Please note the street closures for that day, and adjust your day accordingly.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 8
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of Downtown Los Angeles will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

2017 Grand Fall Festival & Street Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8
Via Vera Cruz, San Marcos
http://www.sanmarcoschamber.com/events/details/2017-grand-fall-festival-street-faire-we-re-making-an-impact-join-us-support-and-strengthen-the-voice-of-local-business-7964

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in San Marcos this Sunday. Visitors can expect to find vendors, booths, games, rides, arts & crafts, food, entertainment, and more.

Pier Del Sol
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 8
Pacific Park, Santa Monica
http://sosc.org/pierdelsol

This event has food, drinks, rides, games, live entertainment, and more. Tickets start at $75 – see the website for a full list of ticket types and prices.

Valley Retro Game Swap
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 8
Game Realms, Burbank
http://game-realms.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/343214646131193/

A swap meet for video games will take place in Burbank this Sunday, free to attend for all ages. The venue may also have some retro games available for play as well.

12th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Art & Music Festival + Tribute Car Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8
Casita Del Pueblo, Whittier
http://www.casitadelpueblo.org/

A free and all-ages cultural street fair and car show comes to Uptown Whittier this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find lots of cars, vendors, food, arts & crafts, activities, entertainment, and more.

The Big Draw LA: 8th Annual Make Your Mark in the Park
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 8
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://thebigdrawla.org/

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

Eagle Rock Brewery’s Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 8
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/834601516708342/

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

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Orange County mainstay brewery Cismontane Brewing recently turned seven years old, a feat in this competitive microbrewery market. As they do every year, Cismontane holds a party to celebrate their anniversary. However, this year brought about many new changes for Cismontane. Notably, Cismontane has relocated to a new facility in Santa Ana, departing from their original location in Rancho Santa Margarita. This marks Cismontane’s first time holding an anniversary event ever at this new Santa Ana location. To also mix things up, Cismontane changed the way they structured their anniversary event. In previous years, Cismontane held their anniversary like a beer festival. Guests would pay for a ticket to receive a set amount of beer pours as well as an anniversary glass. This year, Cismontane did away with the ticketing fees. Instead, they tapped a handful of barrel-aged beers for guests to enjoy. With no tickets or cover charges to worry about, guests could enter freely and simply pay for beers as they went. With this setup, guests would only pay for beers that they wanted to drink instead of paying for a set amount of beers that they may not get to enjoy. Unfortunately, Cismontane did not have an anniversary glass this time – they just had their regular merchandise for sale. Historically, Cismontane held their anniversary at the end of April or the beginning of May. Due to the sheer amount of beer events during that time this year, Cismontane kept postponing their anniversary to a more suitable date with the fewest amount of conflicting beer events.

Check out Cismontane Brewing at their new location in Santa Ana just off the 55 freeway. See what they have brewing up here by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Their new location can accommodate more guests than their previous Rancho Santa Margarita location (which Laguna Beach Beer Company has acquired after Cismontane moved), so check them out behind Pep Boys (enter on the west side).

2nd Annual Orange County Beer Week
May 19-28
Orange County
http://ocbrewers.org/oc-beer-week/

This 10-day beer celebration covers all of Orange County, starting with a beer fest at the Fullerton Arboretum. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place in Orange County, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to OC Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

2017 Space Tech Expo USA
8:30 am – 6:00 pm, May 23
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, May 24
8:30 am – 3:00 pm, May 25
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.spacetechexpo.com/

Check out America’s engineering meeting place for space technology. This exhibition draws thousands of industry leaders, decision makers, engineers, and buyers to meet manufacturers and the supply chain for civil, military, and commercial space. Interested attendees can register for FREE to check out the main expo of this event.

I Love Poke Festival 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 23
Bali Hai Restaurant, Point Loma, San Diego
http://onoyum.com/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event in San Diego. 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 $75, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

2017 Lightning In A Bottle
May 24-29
San Antonio Recreation Area, Bradley
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.

Naja’s Place 9th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 24-31
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.najasplace.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/602988599889975/

For eight days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

Beer & Ice Cream Pairing
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 24
Next Door Craft Beer & Wine Bar, La Mesa, San Diego
http://www.nextdoorsd.com/

Enjoy local craft beer paired with ice cream from local creameries this Wednesday night in La Mesa. Tickets cost $20, and gets you in to one of two two-hour sessions (6-8pm or 8-10pm) along with four total pairings. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Burgers Bourbon + Beer
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, May 24
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/lasocialevents/burgers-bourbon-beer-2/

Indulge on all the burgers, beer, and bourbon that you can handle (while supplies last) this Wednesday night in Santa Monica for $70 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Taste of Brea 2017
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 25
Downtown Brea
http://tasteofbrea.com/

This free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase a $25 wristband to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Ranchwood BBQ Grand Re-Opening Mixer
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, May 25
Ranchwood BBQ, La Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-bbq.com/

This San Diego barbecue restaurant opens their doors to the public once again this Thursday night. The cover for the opening reception costs $10 and includes two beverages.

6th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 25
Casa Del Mexicano, Boyle Heights
http://www.elacc.org/

Sample the local flavors of Boyle Heights this Thursday night in Boyle Heights. Admission costs $100 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus a tote bag with various goodies inside.

Down By Law – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Holding Company, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.downbylaw.com/

Punk rock band Down By Law will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices for each show vary by the venue, so check with the venue for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Gamex 2017
12:00 pm, May 26 – 6:00 pm, May 29
Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://www.strategicon.net/

This weekend-long expo will feature all sorts of board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing, collectibles, computer games and more. Registration varies, ranging from $5 all the way up to $500, so see the website for a breakdown of the prices to attend.

59th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 27-28
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 29
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday.

Blackest Of The Black Festival
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 26
1:00 pm – 10:30 pm, May 27
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://blackestfest.com/

Metal, hardcore, post-hardcore, and more bands will rock out the hills of Silverado this weekend. Tickets to this black concert start at $39.

14th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 27
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 28
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach
http://meritagecollection.com/balboabayresort/newport-beach-wine-festival/

A handful of wine tasting events will take place in Newport Beach this weekend. Admission to these events range from $65 to $150.

The Varukers – Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/3097

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

The Adicts – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Belasco Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 28, House of Blues, Anaheim
http://adicts.us/

Legendary punk rock band The Adicts will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

Ten Foot Pole – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 26
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.tenfootpole.com/

Punk rock band Ten Foot Pole will headline a few shows in Southern California this week – they will co-headline a show with Down By Law, mentioned above. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Muscle Beach Memorial Day Weekend Spectacular
May 27-29
Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
http://www.musclebeachvenice.com/

Various strength and strongman events will take place in Venice Beach this weekend. Visitors of all ages may spectate the events for free.

Junior Volleyball Association’s 1st Annual West Coast Cup
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-29
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.jvaonline.org/events/jva-west-coast-cup

A volleyball competition will take place in Downtown Long Beach this weekend. Spectator admission ranges from $8 to $20, or $6 to $15 for students.

85th Annual Scottish Fest USA
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-28
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.scottishfest.com/

This annual all-ages Scottish festival features hundreds of bagpipers & drummers, Scottish & Irish food & vendors, Scottish clans, Highland dancing, Scottish athletes, and more. Admission costs $18 with discounts available for military, seniors, and children. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

9th Annual Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27
Riverview Pkwy & Town Center Pkwy, Santee
http://santeestreetfair.com/

Thousands of visitors will roam the streets of Santee this weekend during their annual street fair, now combined with a craft beer garden. Free for all-ages to attend, the fair will contain live music, entertainment, food, drinks, games, arts & crafts, rides, vendors, and so much more. Pricing for the beer festival varies depending on how many tasters a person wants, ranging from $10 to $30.

Classic Not Plastic 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-28
Various locations, Long Beach
http://www.classicnotplastic.net/

A scooter/moped rally will take place in Long Beach this weekend. Consult with the website for the full schedule of events and rides.

Fiesta Hermosa 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-29
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Geeky Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-29
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1958778197741755/

Check out this free and all-ages arts & crafts fair this weekend in Los Angeles featuring geek culture.

31st Annual California Festival of Beers
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 27
Madonna Inn Meadows, San Luis Obispo
http://www.californiafestivalofbeers.com/

Spend an afternoon drinking lots of beer this Saturday in San Luis Obispo. General admission costs $60 and starts at 12pm. Aficionado admission costs $80, starts at 11am, and provides access to exclusive beers and food samples. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. All non-VIP food comes at a separate cost, so have cash available for that. No one under 21 may attend.

Beer Fest & Pool Party
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 27
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, Torrance
http://www.absolutionbrewingcompany.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1373435679412750/

$25 gets you in to this beer tasting event and pool party this Saturday afternoon in the South Bay. For an additional $10, receive access to a taco bar plus food bites. No one under 21 may attend.

California Gold Rush Beer Festival 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 27
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/california-gold-rush/

Beer and horse-racing mix up at the Santa Anita Park this Saturday afternoon. For $35 admission, you get eight 3oz beer tasters, four 3oz sour ale tasters, and the souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may enter this event.

Santa Anita Carnival 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 27-29
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-carnival/

Santa Anita Park opens their gates to the public for this FREE weekend-long festival for people of all ages. Visitors will find food, drinks, treats, rides, games, and more.

Cismontane Brewing 7th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 27
Cismontane Brewing, Santa Ana
http://www.cismontanebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/220535458441293/

Cismontane turns seven years old this year, and to celebrate, they will have rare beers on tap at their Santa Ana location. Unlike previous years that acted like a festival, this event will have no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Eat Drink Vegan – 8th Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 27
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://eatdrinkvegan.com/

Taste the best of Southern California’s vegan foods and craft beers this Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. General admission costs $60 presale and starts at 2pm. Children’s admission costs $25. VIP admission costs $120 presale and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the festival. All food comes at additional costs, so bring cash. Arrive early, and plan to pay for parking. The fest takes place outdoors, so prepare accordingly with sunscreen and clothes for hot weather.

2nd Annual Long Beach Craft Beer & Taco Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm , May 27
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://chugginbrews.com/

Get schwifty in Long Beach this Saturday with beer, tacos, music, and raunchy times. Depending on when you want to attend and how much you intend to consume, ticket prices will vary from $22 to $110. See the website for pricing details. No one under 21 may attend.

Not Another Ska Fest 5
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/1901159830168798/

An all-ages ska show takes place in Silverlake this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $7.

Dirt City Roller Rats vs Rough Diamond Rebels
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 27
Holiday Skating Center, Victorville
http://www.dirtcityrollerrats.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Victorville. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10.

Newport Beach Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
Newport Dunes Waterfront, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachbeerfest.com/

If you want to get drunk in Newport Beach this Saturday night, do it here at this beer tasting event. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50, starts at 6pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive beers. No one under 21 may attend.

Nick Lamagna Benefit Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1280822628654078/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this weekend in Northeast LA. The cover for these shows cost $7 for one night or $10 for both. No one under 21 may enter.

2017 Vista Village Strawberry Festival
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 28
Historic Downtown Vista
http://vistastrawberryfest.com/

At this free festival, guests of all-ages can experience a plethora of activities all day in Vista, formerly the Strawberry Capital of the World. The day starts with a 5K run, and when the run ends, the main festival begins. The multitude of activities include a beer garden, pie-eating contests, cooking contest, golf/putting contest, homebrew contest, video contest, strawberry costume contest, demos, live entertainment, car show, rides, games, food, and so much more. Visit the website for a full schedule and list of activities, plus directions on where to park.

21st Annual Redlands Firefighters Car Show
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28
State Street, Downtown Redlands
http://www.redlandsfirefighterscarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show on the streets of Downtown Redlands this Sunday.

6th Annual LA Zine Fest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://lazinefest.com/

This free and all-ages expo will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Long Beachland
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 28
Art Theatre Long Beach, Retro Row, Long Beach
http://www.charlesphoenix.com/event/charles-phoenix-long-beachland/

Enjoy a local comedy slide show this Saturday in Long Beach. Admission costs $29.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 28
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at different locations. 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. 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.

Timeless Booty BBQ
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 28
Woodley Park Section Two, Van Nuys
http://www.timelessdnb.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/402558446769022/

Free to attend for all ages, a music concert will take place in Van Nuys this Sunday afternoon. They will have food vendors present, so have cash available if you want to buy food.

Los Skangeles Fest
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/282783288821053/

An all-day all-ages ska concert takes place in Silverlake this Sunday. Tickets to this show cost $22.

4th Annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 28
Main Street & Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
http://mainopolysm.com/

Sample the flavors of Santa Monica’s Main Street during this Monopoly-themed tasting event this Sunday afternoon. Admission varies in price depending on how much you plan to consume, starting at $25.

Under the Sun Grand Opening
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Under the Sun, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1400083713400546/

A vegan cafe will officially open their doors to the public this Sunday evening. Enjoy free samples during this time as well as live entertainment.

19th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 29
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

Celebrate this Memorial Day with a run down in sunny Orange County. Register for any of various distances, and head to the starting line by 7am for the race start. Registration fees vary based on the distance, with the half marathon costing $75.

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Extreme Midget Wrestling
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 4
BIGS Fullerton, Fullerton
http://extrememidgetwrestling.com/

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

Star Wars Day
May 4
Worldwide
http://www.starwars.com/may-the-4th

Star Wars Day officially falls on May 4th. Various businesses around the world will have Star Wars activities going on. Check with your local favorite hangout spot to see if they will celebrate this occasion.

Cinco De Mayo
May 5
Worldwide
http://cincodemayo.org/

Cinco De Mayo falls on a Thursday this week, which typically means college specials since a handful of college students do not have classes on Fridays. Please celebrate responsibly!

Tinker Bell Half Marathon
May 5-8
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/tinker-bell-half-marathon/

This entire weekend, the Peter Pan universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from the lost boys to pirates and more. Throughout the weekend, festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel. The Peter Pan-themed half marathon takes place at Disneyland this Sunday morning. The half marathon runs through Disneyland Park and surrounding Anaheim streets, and will involve lots of costumes and characters on the sidelines. All participants receive a t-shirt, a medal, a goodie bag, and refreshments during and after the race.

AVP Huntington Beach Open
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 5-8
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
http://avp.com/event/avp-hb-open/

Some of the world’s top beach volleyball talent will come to Huntington Beach this weekend as part of this touring competition. General admission costs nothing, while premium seats will cost a bit.

Valiant Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 5
Gina’s Pizza, Irvine
http://www.ginaspizza.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1583521865298411/

Valiant Brewing will take over the taps at Gina’s Pizza in Irvine this Thursday night. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Porko Rico Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 5
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1539560489673592/

For this Cinco de Mayo, Meat Up BBQ will do something different by having a gourmet food truck take over not the taps, but the kitchen. Enjoy various food specials courtesy of Porko Rico this Thursday night at Meat Up BBQ, with no cover charge.

7th Annual Taste of Cardiff
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, May 5
Cardiff Seaside Market, Cardiff
http://www.tasteofcardiff.com/

Sample the local flavors of Cardiff this Thursday evening all throughout Downtown Cardiff. Tasting tickets cost $25 presale or $30 on the day of the event, and provide guests with unlimited food samples from participating locations until they run out of food. For $10 more, upgrade the ticket to include “sip stops” which add special cocktail, wine, or beer tastings at select locations.

Gator By The Bay 2016
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 5
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 6
10:30 am – 8:30 pm, May 7
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, May 8
Spanish Landing Park, San Diego
http://www.gatorbythebay.com/

This all-ages Zydeco, Blues, & Crawfish festival runs all this weekend, starting on Thursday night. Enjoy plenty of live entertainment, music, dancing, dance lessons, cooking demos, arts & crafts, Cajun food, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on the method of attendance, starting as low as $15 and running all the way up to $200 for the full package.

Manic Hispanic: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 5, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.facebook.com/events/1035864826495950/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 6, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1099879-manic-hispanic-west-hollywood/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 7, The Casbah, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1096963-manic-hispanic-san-diego/

Manic Hispanic returns to Southern California this weekend for their annual Cinco de Mayo shows. Tickets to these shows vary in price and age limits, so click on a show’s link for information.

Cinco de Mayo Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 5
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://themaxies.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/254243134909112/

Enjoy a local punk rock show this Thursday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Voodoo Glow Skulls: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 5, Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside http://public.ticketbiscuit.com/ConcertLounge/Events/267159
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 6, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2898
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 7, Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/1066383526762136/
http://voodooglowskulls.com/

Voodoo Glow Skulls will headline three show in Southern California this week. The ticket prices and age limits vary between shows, so click on a show’s link for details.

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

The Copper Door 3 Year Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 6
The Copper Door, Santa Ana
http://thecopperdoorbar.com/event/copper-door-3-year-anniversary-celebration-feat-dj-fuze-power-106/

This Friday, The Copper Door will celebrate their third year in business with live music, live DJ’s, food & drink specials, art exhibits, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 6
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 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.

BBQ & Beer Festival
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, May 6
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 7
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://bbqandbeerfestival.com/

Barbecue and beers collide this weekend in Santa Clarita. Friday night represents the beer festival that costs $40 to get in and includes unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. All food comes at cost, so guests should bring cash to pay for food. No one under 21 may attend on Friday. Saturday represents the family-friendly barbecue festival that costs $10 to enter, but all food and drinks come at cost that day.

Union 13: Live in Fullerton
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 6
Programme Skate & Sound, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1525329297776045/

Check out Union 13 and other great local hardcore bands at this all-ages show for just $5 this Friday night.

The Generators: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 6
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1138123

Release some inner aggression at this local punk show this Friday night in Corona. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 6-7
Lot 613, Los Angeles
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/

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.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1169079-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.

The Slackers: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 6, El Rey Theatre, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/307067
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 7, Music Box, San Diego http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6499265
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 8, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/theslackers
http://www.theslackers.com/

Popular ska band The Slackers will headline three shows in Southern California this weekend as part of their west coast tour. Ticket prices and age limits vary between shows, so click on a show’s link for details.

Free Comic Book Day
May 7
Participating locations, Worldwide
http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

Get a comic book for FREE this Saturday at participating comic book stores. Many stores will also host some sort of celebration, such as complimentary snacks, live entertainment, contests, and more, so check in with your favorite shop for details.

13th Annual Culver City Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 7
Downtown Culver City
http://www.culvercitycarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show in Culver City this Saturday to see hundreds of classic and custom cars, as well as browse dozens of automotive vendors and the local shops and restaurants.

49th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 7-8
Pacific Ave, Sunset Beach
http://www.sunsetbeachca.org/specialevent.htm

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift or any other great gift this weekend in Sunset Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, the grassy area along Pacific Avenue gets filled with booths from local arts & crafts vendors all selling accessories, apparel, merchandise, and various other goodies. Local bands will play throughout the day, and a few food trucks will make their way down here to serve their wonderful eats.

2nd Annual Blastoff Comicsfest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 7
The Federal Bar, North Hollywood
http://www.blastoffcomics.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of music, food, beer, and comics this Saturday in North Hollywood. Although free to attend for all ages, a special writer’s table will take place that requires an admission fee. Check the website to see what you may need to pay for to do there.

Fullerton Airport Day 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 7
Fullerton Municipal Airport, Fullerton
http://www.cityoffullerton.com/gov/departments/public_works/airport/airport_day.asp

At this free and all-ages event, visitors can check out all things aviation at the Fullerton Municipal Airport.

2016 San Diego Chocolate Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 7
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/chocolate.htm

Enjoy plenty of chocolate tastings, demos, and more this Saturday at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Guests pay the admission of the garden to enter ($12 general admission, discounts available for seniors, students, military, and children), then pay for tasting tickets to receive any of the chocolate or food. The garden will host activities for children to play with, while other guests can check out plant sales or other merchandise perfect for Mother’s Day.

39th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7-8
Bernardo Winery, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
http://bernardowinery.com/

Free to attend for all ages, check out this arts & crafts fair going on in San Diego complete with food, arts & crafts, vendors, live entertainment, and more.

2016 Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 7
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://asianculturalfestivalsd.com/

This FREE all-ages fair celebrates Asian culture with martial arts demos, dancing, music, cooking demos, games, food, and more. Guests receive free parking as well as free entry into the festival, so bring the entire family over and have a ball.

8th Annual Echo Park Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 7-8
Mack Sennett Studios, Echo Park
http://echoparkcraftfair.com/

Check out the finest in food, design, arts & crafts, and more at this craft fair in Echo Park this weekend. Admission to this all-ages fair costs $10.

Soka University’s 15th Annual International Festival
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Soka University, Aliso Viejo
http://www.soka.edu/news_events/International-Festival/default.aspx

At this free festival, guests of all ages can enjoy music, dance, arts & crafts, artists, and more. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling if attending.

2016 Spring Champagne Social
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 7
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/champagnesocialspring/

Check out this free art exhibit featuring the current resident artists this Saturday in Santa Monica, complete with complimentary champagne. Although free to attend for all ages, guests must register via the link above.

Bacchus’ Home Brewers Fest 2016
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 7
Claud & Co. Bacchus’ Kitchen, Pasadena
http://www.bacchuskitchen.com/

For $45 admission, gain entry to this homebrewers tasting event up in Pasadena this Saturday early afternoon with food and beer tasters. Their website does not specify how much food and beer one can receive. No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Silverado Chili Cook-Off & Cinco de Mayo Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Silverado Community Center, Silverado
http://smrpd.org/

Sample lots of chili and enjoy a cultural festival this Saturday afternoon in the hills of Silverado. Packed with food, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more, visitors will surely find something to say occupied here. Free to attend, guests should bring cash to pay for any food or drinks here.

7th Annual San Diego Metal Swap Meet
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, North Park, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/186656765026898/

Metal fans will not want to miss this all-ages flea market for all things heavy metal. For just $5 admission, gain access to all sorts of vendors selling music, apparel, accessories, art, and more.

5th Annual Buellton Brew Fest
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, May 7
River View Park, Buellton
http://www.buelltonbrewfest.com/

Enjoy brews in beautiful Buellton this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and starts at 12:30, while VIP admission costs $55, starts at 11:30, includes access to exclusive VIP brews. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last until 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Bookfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://grandparkla.org/event/grand-parks-downtown-bookfest/

Find dozens of literary vendors at this free and all-ages book fair this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA.

Cismontane Brewing 6th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Cismontane Brewing, Rancho Santa Margarita
http://www.cismontanebrewing.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cismontane-brewings-6th-anniversary-party-tickets-24667291533

Cismontane turns six years old this year, and to celebrate, they will have a beer tasting event at their tasting room in Rancho Santa Margarita this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes in two levels: $18 gets you four half-pints, while $32 gets you eight half-pints plus an anniversary t-shirt. Cismontane will also have events for Friday and Sunday, so check their social media feeds for more information.

KROQ Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/kro/

Listen to loud music, throw away money by betting on horses, and drink lots of macro beers at this event at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $5, then you have to spend money on everything else once you enter.

San Diego Paella & Wine Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 7
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://paellawinefest.com/

Enjoy paella and wines down by the coast this Saturday afternoon. Admission starts at $80.

Saint Archer Brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 7
Saint Archer Brewery, Mira Mesa, San Diego
http://www.saintarcherbrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1589044508074809/

Saint Archer turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have special anniversary beers available for you to try, as well as a special anniversary glass. This event costs nothing to attend – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

16th Annual Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
La Jolla Cove, La Jolla
http://www.jlsdfoodandwine.com/

Taste food from many of San Diego’s finest restaurants, and sip on California’s great wines and craft beers at this festival. Guests can participate in a silent auction, while live music and painting will keep guests occupied. General admission costs $85, or $140 for VIP, which includes preferred parking, access to exclusive drinks, and a VIP lounge. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Orange County Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Dozens of microbreweries will gather here and pour all the beers that the guests can drink for the duration of the event. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while early bird admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. Tickets at the door cost $10 more. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

LA On Tap
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 7
Fairplex, Pomona
http://laontap.beer/

Dozens of breweries will meet up at the Fairplex this Saturday afternoon to serve their refreshing brews to attendees of this event. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, and starts at 2pm. Early admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours while supplies last, but food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for that plus parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Network Brewery’s Grand Opening
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 7
Network Brewery, Santa Ana
http://www.networkbrewery.com/

A new brewery joins Orange County’s illustrious family of microbreweries, and they will open their doors to the public this Saturday. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

2016 Long Beach Bike Fest
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 7
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Event-Detail-Page/Bike-Fest?id=70216

Enjoy a family-fun day filled with bike activities, vendors, and exhibits at the finish line of the Tour of Long Beach, located at The Pike right next to the Laugh Factory. This free all-ages event will feature bike exhibits, live entertainment, a bike valet, rides, games, vendors, food, a mini beer fest hosted by Beachwood BBQ, and more. The mini beer fest has no admission fee, but costs $20 for ten 5oz beer tastings. In addition to beers from Beachwood Brewing, other local breweries will make an appearance too.

No Violence Music Fest 2016
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 7
UNION Night Club, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1234255286602746/

Over a dozen skacore bands will perform in Los Angeles this Saturday. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Uncorked Wine Walk
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 7
Westfield UTC, University City, San Diego
http://www.westfield.com/utc/events/all-events/uncorked-wine-walk/27036

Take a stroll through Westfield UTC while sipping on wines. Admission costs $20 and allows you to sample wines from participating businesses.

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

For $20, you get six wine tastings at this small wine tasting event in Pasadena this Saturday evening.

Street Food Cinema 2016 Opening Night
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 7
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://www.streetfoodcinema.com/

Street Food Cinema kicks off their 2016 season with more food trucks, live music, and more movies than before. Check out the movie schedule on their website linked above, which may also feature the food truck lineup for you to plan your meals around.

Ladies First! Art Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
GCS Clothing Store, Santa Ana
http://www.konseptproject.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1134785179907628/

Free to attend for all-ages, check out this art exhibit featuring works made by local female artists.

3rd Annual San Diego Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

This beer & music festival will take this Saturday at NTC Liberty Station. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Beer, Brats & Books
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena
http://www.friendsppl.org/beerbratsbooks/

Relax this Saturday night with bratwurst, beers, and books in Pasadena. General admission costs $50 each or $90 for two people. No one under 21 may attend.

Agent Orange @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 7
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/994568020597306/

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will headline a show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Mother’s Day
May 8
Worldwide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother%27s_Day

Mother’s Day arrives this Sunday. Take note that many restaurants and flower shops will have excess business this weekend.

Los Angeles Bicycle Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 8
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://bci.yapsody.com/

Enter a world of bicycles, music, food, and art this Sunday afternoon at Grand Park in Downtown LA. Check out workshops, demos, live music, art, ride-alongs, and more. Tickets for this event start at $10.

By now, less than half of today’s active Orange County microbreweries have had their doors open to the public for greater than two years, meaning that the Orange County craft beer scene currently consists of many “beginners” for lack of better words. The Orange County craft beer community treats their local businesses well, such as Cismontane Brewing. Located way out in Rancho Santa Margarita, Cismontane has had a lasting impact on the Orange County craft beer scene with their strong support towards the brewing community. This past weekend, they celebrated their 5th anniversary with three days of activities. On Friday night, Cismontane poured five special firkins (casks) from their tasting room, and released some rare bottles to sell to the public. On Saturday, Cismontane held their beer tasting event, where guests received eight 9oz beers (72oz total!) and an anniversary t-shirt for $35/$40. On Sunday morning, Cismontane held their inaugural bike ride, a tradition of theirs since the start, considering their location in the hills lends well to long-distance bike rides. Those who attended the tasting event on Saturday got treated to a LOT of beer. Luckily, the tasting event lasted a good six hours, providing plenty of time to get sudsy. During that time, Cismontane co-founders Evan and Ross sampled some of their rarer treats, including a shot of bourbon. As if we already got enough beer from the tasting, here comes liquor.

Look forward to great things from Cismontane, as they show no signs of faltering. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for updates on what to expect from their camp.

57th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 22
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 23-24
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 25
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 23-25
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Refused – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 25, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Refused
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/820931-refused-west-hollywood/

One of the most influential bands in the history of punk rock embark on a cross-country tour starting this week in Southern California. Tickets to these all-ages shows have sold out long ago, but you may still find them on after-market sites.

Deschutes Tap Takeover @ Blue Palms
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/680406415439158/

Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery will take over the taps at Blue Palms this Wednesday night. Stop on by and check out the vast beer portfolio of Deschutes.

Neon Retro Arcade Community Fundraiser
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Neon Retro Arcade, Pasadena
http://www.facebook.com/events/790598064381316/

Get your gaming on in Pasadena this Thursday, and 50% of admission and gift card sales will go towards charity.

King Harbor & Telegraph Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1638473266376509/

Both King Harbor Brewing and Telegraph Brewing will split the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Thursday night, which will include the two breweries’ collaboration brew.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – San Diego
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 29
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 30
6:00 am – 2:30 pm, May 31
San Diego Convention Center/Balboa Park/Petco Park, San Diego
http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-diego/

A full weekend of running festivities will take place in San Diego this week. On Friday and Saturday, a health & fitness expo will take place at the San Diego Convention Center. On Saturday morning, a 5K run will take place near Balboa Park. Finally, on Sunday morning, the main marathon and half marathon will take place. Participation in each event varies depending on the event and age of participant, so check the website for pricing information.

2015 Orange County Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 29
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 30
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 31
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Admission costs $8, but print the coupon below to enter for free.

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 29
6:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 30
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 31
Lake Skinner Recreation Area, Winchester
http://www.tvbwf.com/

Taste wines and fly in hot-air balloons during this three-day festival out in the Temecula Valley. In addition, enjoy live music, local food, craft beer, and other forms of entertainment. Admission varies from $5 up to $50, so see the website for more details.

Brea SummerFest 2015
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 29
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 30
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 31
St. Angela Merici School, Brea
http://www.summerfestbrea.org/

Brea brings all of the elements of a state fair into one weekend with their annual SummerFest. Find food, rides, live entertainment, games, vendors, and more at this weekend-long fair for the entire family. Guests may enter and park for free – please adhere all signs for parking and entering the fest.

South Central Skankers: Live in Long Beach
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 29
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1603880946495736/

Rock out to some great local bands this Friday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Strung Out – Live at House of Blues
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, May 29, House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/losangeles/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004E490BA463F4
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 30, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004E50711B0D76

Punk band Strung Out will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so check the links above for prices.

Barb Wire Dolls & A Pretty Mess @ The Vu Bar
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 29
The Vu Bar, Santa Clarita
http://www.facebook.com/events/867823049949990/

Enjoy some live punk rock music in Santa Clarita this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5 if entering before 9pm, or $7 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Idea Fest Long Beach 2015
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 30
Orizaba Park, Long Beach
http://www.ideafestlb.org/

At this free and all-ages event, gain entertainment through education with workshops, classes, demos, arts & crafts, seminars, exhibits, and more. The content covers a wide variety of topics, so check out the website to see what the event will cover.

Cismontane Brewing 5th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 30
Cismontane Brewing, Rancho Santa Margarita
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-anniversary-party-tickets-16459240030

Cismontane turns five years old this year, and to celebrate, they will have a beer tasting event at their tasting room in Rancho Santa Margarita this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and includes eight 9oz pours (72 ounces!) and a t-shirt. Cismontane will also have events for Friday and Sunday, so check their social media feeds for more information.

Punk Rock Luau Summer Kick off
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 30
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/823861134357334/

Enjoy a full day of local punk rock music at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

2015 Long Beach Bike Fest
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 30
The Pike, Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Bike-Fest-of-Long-Beach

Enjoy a family-fun day filled with bike activities, vendors, and exhibits at the finish line of the Tour of Long Beach, located at The Pike right next to the Laugh Factory. This free all-ages event will feature bike exhibits, live entertainment, a bike valet, rides, games, vendors, food, a mini beer fest hosted by Beachwood BBQ, and more. The mini beer fest has no admission fee, but costs $20 for ten 5oz beer tastings. In addition to beers from Beachwood Brewing, other local breweries will make an appearance too.

Pepper Tree Brewery’s 1st Annual “A Taste of Summer”
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 30
Pepper Tree Brewery, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1400310550290402/

Check out this small brewery as they provide two beers for the public to taste for FREE.

10th Annual Los Angeles Wine Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 30
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 31
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.lawinefest.com/

Want to sample up to over 500 wines, brews, and spirits from around the world? Head to LA Wine Fest this weekend, where you will find plenty of good drinks, cooking demos, live entertainment, seminars, food trucks, boutiques, merchandise, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on how you choose to attend, with a general admission ticket starting at $70. This fest takes place outdoors with limited shade, so prepare for a day in the sun. Bring cash for the parking lot across the street, unless you get lucky and find street parking.

Spring 2015 Balboa Island Wine Walk
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 30
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.facebook.com/BalboaIslandWineWalk

Put on your walking shoes and bring your sense of fashion to Balboa Island this Saturday afternoon. At this event, attendees will receive a souvenir wine glass that they can take to various participating businesses on Balboa Island (map provided at event) to sip on wine and explore the businesses of Balboa Island. During this self-guided tour, check out the various shopping specials and food specials while you sip the day away. General admission costs $40 presale or $45 on the day of the event and includes ten wine tastings. VIP admission costs $75 and includes a VIP entrance, exclusive wines, a goodie bag, and access to a post-event party.

4th Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO: New Brewery Edition
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 30
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/craft-beer-bites-new-brewery-edition-tickets-16526036821

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Saturday evening. For $25 presale or $30 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Local Brews & Local Grooves
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 30
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004E62A0312F2E

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

Rocket From The Crypt @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 30
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Rocket-From-the-Crypt

Catch Rocket From The Crypt, The Bronx, and more at this all-ages punk rock show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets cost $20.

Teenage Bottlerocket – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 30, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/teenage-bottlerocket
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 31, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2406

Teenage Bottlerocket currently tours across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this and next week. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $12 each.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 31
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of Colorado Blvd and surrounding streets in Pasadena will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

5th Annual Taste of the Eastside
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 31
Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, Los Angeles
http://tasteoftheeastside.com/

Sample the best of East LA’s restaurants this Sunday evening. At this all-ages tasting, guests can receive unlimited food samples from all of the 20+ participating vendors. Admission comes in three levels and varies depending on when you purchase it, starting at $50 and rising up to $100 – check the website for pricing details.

Chinese Cuisine Festival (SGV Chinese Restaurant Week)
February 6-15
Participating businesses in the San Gabriel Valley
http://www.iconunion.com/chinesecuisinefestival/

Explore the best of Chinese cuisine in the San Gabriel Valley during this week-long period of meal specials. Participating businesses will have various specials ranging from discounts to prix-fixe meals, so check the website for a list of participating businesses and see what each has to offer.

The Toasters: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 9, Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach http://www.facebook.com/events/977034142323919/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 10, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/1521039158177710/

Famous ska band The Toasters will headline two shows tonight and tomorrow in Southern California. The cover for the Long Beach show tonight costs $8, while the Fullerton show tomorrow night costs nothing. No one under 21 may enter either show.

Savor Santa Ana
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 12
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/

Santa Ana gets their very own strolling tasting event this Thursday night! Folks who have attend any Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor will already know the drill. To participate, simply show up, buy a booklet of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem those tickets at participating restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana for yummy samples. In addition, the weekly Downtown Santa Ana farmer’s market will also take place, allowing visitors to browse those wares as well.

Cismontane Brewing – Tap Takeover @ The Factory
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 12
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/413270438850500/

The fine folks from Orange County’s Cismontane Brewing will take over the taps at The Factory in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. Come on down this Thursday night to enjoy some crafty brews.

Business & Beer @ El Segundo Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 12
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://www.facebook.com/events/1582352505330949/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up El Segundo Brewing in El Segundo. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 12
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 barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Cro-Mags – West Coast Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 12, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2297
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 13, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/195824
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 14, Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/759981-cro-mags-los-angeles/

New York hardcore punk band Cro-Mags embark on a west coast tour starting this week in Southern California. The three Southern California shows all have different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link above for more information.

San Diego Lunar New Year Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 14
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 15
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.lunarnewyearfestival.org/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this festival all weekend at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. This all-ages festival will feature many traditional music and dance performances, fashion shows, merchandise vendors, and plenty of food & drinks. Admission costs $5 for adults or $4 for children, with family packages available as well.

Single Hop – Downtown Santa Ana Beer Hop
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
The Good Beer Company, Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/beer/

Ring in Valentine’s Day with some craft beer in your life. This Friday night in Downtown Santa Ana, mix and mingle with many others at this unique beer tasting event. This event takes place across five locations in Downtown Santa Ana – guests start at The Good Beer Company, and from there can move on to C4 Deli, The Copper Door, 4th St. Market, and Native Son Alehouse in any order. Admission costs $20, and grants you a flight of craft beer at each location. Bring some cash for parking in Downtown Santa Ana, or park in neighborhoods a few blocks away for free. No one under 21 may participate.

Joyce Manor @ The Glass House
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 13-14
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/736299-joyce-manor-pomona/

Joyce Manor will headline not one, but TWO shows at the Glass House in Downtown Pomona this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $16. Guests can find free parking around Downtown Pomona, and can avoid paying to park in certain lots.

Duane Peters Gunfight @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 13
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/396902153820546/

Get your weekly fill of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. Tickets for this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Insane Inflatable 5K Huntington Beach
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 14
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/huntington-beach-ca/

It appears that people will do anything to break the mundane cycle of 5k runs. Introducing the Insane Inflatable 5K, a 5k obstacle course that takes you through inflatable obstacles. You remember these things as a kid. Now endure them as you challenge yourself and others to get through over three miles of this stuff. Registration costs $64 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 14-15
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://travelshows.com/sandiego

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $11 for one day, or $17 for both days.

Cupid’s Undie Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 14
The Abbey, West Hollywood
http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/los-angeles/

Enjoy Valentine’s Day by running about a mile in your skivvies at this fun run in West Hollywood. Registration for this run costs $55 per participant, and anyone interested can also register as a team. For full rules and regulations, please see the official website linked above. No one under 21 may participate.

6th Annual Brewbies Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 14
Bagby Beer Company, Oceanside
http://www.brewbies.org/

If you could not tell from the event name, this craft beer festival supports breast cancer research. Enjoy craft beer tastings from a multitude of breweries from across the nation during this four-hour tasting gala. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a glass, a bracelet, and one raffle ticket. VIP admission costs $75, and throws in four additional raffle tickets plus access to a VIP lounge with exclusive beers. Absolutely no one under the age of 21 may enter.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 14
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

The Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque Valentines Day Special
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 14
Villain’s Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/992052554157360/

Enjoy a Valentine’s themed burlesque show this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 15
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://sglunarnewyear.org/

Celebrate the upcoming lunar new year with this FREE and all-ages festival in San Gabriel this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find music, dance, art, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, tea garden, live calligraphy, fortune telling, and more.

4th Annual LA Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 15
Homenetmen, Glassell Park
http://lazinefest.com/

This free and all-ages expo will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Ska Night @ Loaded Hollywood
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 15
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1552480678325604/

Get your skanking on at this ska show this Sunday night in Hollywood, featuring the return of South Bay’s Just Like Before. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

With all these big beer fests going on around this time of year, we tend to overlook the smaller crowd. A beer fest comes with a handful of objectives: provide lots of beer for attendees to drink (quantity), or invite micro breweries that need exposure (quality). Oktoberfest provides a prime example of the former – attracting thousands of people to one location to guzzle bad overpriced beer. When you want to find good beers but have no idea where to start, a beer fest makes for a great place to start, as it exposes attendees to a variety of local beers. Some larger beer fests get dominated by larger companies like Budweiser or Corona, so in order to seek out the locals, we have to look at smaller fests. In terms of any type of food & beverage festival, size does not always mean everything, and The Factory’s Drink Good Beer Fest proves just that.

The Factory Gastropub in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach has always had a penchant for supporting the local beer scene. Everyday, customers will find taps stocked only with craft beers in the dining room. Every month, they host various beer-related events, such as tap takeovers, bottle shares, beer pairings, and homebrew meetings. The Factory strongly supports the homebrew movement, encouraging locals to take up brewing beer at home. This notion to support homebrewers activated the invocation of the Drink Good Beer Mash-Up & Homebrew Competition. This event combined a homebrew contest with a small beer fest, which saw the launch of Ohana Brewing‘s flagship beer last year. Now running for the second year in a row, the 2nd Annual Drink Good Beer Fest has grown to include more homebrew entrants and micro breweries in this event. Following last year’s launch, Congregation Ale House launched their new beer at this fest. For as little as $25 for presale admission, attendees received up to four hours with ten 4oz beer pours at this fest – plenty of time to get through it all. I even bought more drink tickets since I had exhausted my original allocation with an hour left to go.

Breweries in attendance: Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Noble Ale Works, Dudes’ Brewing, Kinetic Brewing, Firestone Walker, Sierra Nevada, Cismontane Brewing, Strand Brewing, Congregation Ale House, Stone Brewing, The Bruery, Smog City Brewing, Pizza Port, Latitude 33, Iron Fist Brewing, Golden Road Brewing, Ohana Brewing, Los Angeles Ale Works, Eagle Rock Brewery, New Belgium, Monkish Brewing, Epic Brewing, Karl Strauss, Hangar 24, Ritual Brewing, Bootlegger’s Brewery, Valiant Brewing, El Segundo Brewing, Tenaya Creek Brewery

Of particular note, Los Angeles Ale Works decided to not only bring beer like everyone else, but also to bring craft soda. I have seen homebrewers and micro breweries head in the direction of craft sodas, so to see it in fruition here makes the vision appear more real. It also helps that, for an outdoors festival, they carried the only free non-alcoholic beverage. To sample at this fest, they brough Ketsara, a Thai Tea soda.

Nearly every brewery brought up to two different beers to try. For a small fest, one would expect to see standard beers available instead of the fancy stuff found indoors at popular establishments. However, a few of the breweries decided to man up and bring strong stuff. A handful of the beers floated around the 9% range, but Firestone Walker wins the strongest of the fest for bringing their §ucaba, a 12.5% barleywine. Other beers I got to try:

  • Hangar 24 Brewery – Kirschen, a 3.9% Berliner Weisse (not pictured)
  • Epic Brewing – Santa Cruz, a 5.8% brown ale
  • Eagle Rock Brewery – Unionist, a 5.4% Belgian ale
  • Monkish Brewery – Seme Della Vita, a 9.8% Belgian Tripel
  • Smog City Brewing – L.A. Saison, a 5.8% saison
  • Karl Strauss – Peanut Butter Cup, a 5.8% porter
  • Firestone Walker – §ucaba, a 12.5% American barleywine
  • Tenaya Creek – Old Jackalope, a 10.4% barleywine
  • Iron Fist Brewing – Dubbel Fisted, an 8.1% dubbel
  • Golden Road Brewing – Hudson Imperial Rye Porter, an 8.5% strong porter
  • Kinetic Brewing – Saison Été, a 6.6% farmhouse ale
  • Dudes’ Brewing – Grinning Face, a 6.2% American porter

At the start of the beer fest, The Factory’s owner Natalie welcomed Congregation’s owner Travis as he blessed the beer and the day for everyone to enjoy.

At the end of the beer fest, the homebrew contest organizers finally announced the winners of the competition. Their homebrew will receive limited distribution in the South LA/Orange County area for a limited time.

Who said size matters? We have not seen so much content in so little space since Slater’s 50/50 held a beer fest in the parking lot right outside their newest location. All the breweries brought so much beer, and most of them brought their strong stuff too, a rarity in small-size beer fests like this. A giant canopy provided enough shade for any attendee wanting to escape the hot sun, as well as the snacks table where attendees could purchase snacks, water, or food from the restaurant. Also, how often does a small beer fest last four hours? Most beer fests nowadays last only three hours, or four with a “VIP admission” that costs more than general admission. The Factory went in the right direction with this beer fest, as it serves multiple purposes, such as exposing people to new beer & breweries, and exposing people to The Factory, a gastropub in an otherwise family-friendly neighborhood. Stay tuned for this fest next year, and start thinking of beers to brew to enter into this competition!