Posts Tagged ‘Coffee’

Americans love their coffee. Visiting and inhabiting coffee shops represents a traditional American pastime. Business meetings, clubs, and first dates all do well with coffee in hand. Americans love their coffee so much that they dedicated events towards the love of coffee, such as at CoffeeCon LA 2017. Taking place at The Reef in Los Angeles this past weekend, this java-themed event featured all things coffee, from various types of coffee to coffee edibles to coffee equipment and more. Dozens of vendors sampled their brews, both hot and cold, while a handful of other vendors exhibited their coffee complements, such as candy, desserts, and other food. Many other vendors exhibited coffee equipment, such as machines or presses used to brew coffee. Throughout the day, seminars would take place detailing various topics about coffee, from the origins of certain types of coffee to how to utilize coffee in the culinary sense.

Following up on last year’s overwhelming attendance, CoffeeCon made some changes this year to accommodate attendees. They expanded CoffeeCon from one day to both Saturday and Sunday. Last year’s CoffeeCon took place in the basement of The Reef, a small, tight, and compact space. This year’s CoffeeCon moved to the second floor of The Reef, a significantly larger space. I have strolled through the second floor here for multiple events, and this huge space provided more than enough room for attendees to roam freely without worry of bumping into other people. While the second floor provided more walking space, I feel that the organizers could have spaced out the vendors a bit further apart, as some of the aisles felt really cramped in the middle of the afternoon when the most amount of people showed up and got into unorganized lines at booths. But most importantly, CoffeeCon got rid of all the non-coffee vendors that felt out-of-place last year, such as vendors selling t-shirts or coffee accessories. While this year’s CoffeeCon delivered a largely fresh batch of vendors, I still saw Bona Fide Craft Draft that I remember from last year as a mobile coffee vendor. They essentially rent or staff coffee taps for special events, similar to food trucks, but they come with the option of filling the taps with whatever the client chooses, as well as the option to allows patrons to self themselves.

It looks like with these improvements, CoffeeCon has found a way to cement themselves into the Los Angeles event market mainstay. My only complaint revolves around the entrance line, as it took too long for them to scan tickets, and the line to enter stretched outside the building. Consider that it rained on Sunday morning through the early afternoon, so that dampened some attendees’ spirits. As long as they fix that for next year, I believe they will have a winning formula to keep people coming back. For more information regarding future CoffeeCon events, check them out on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.

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Americans love their coffee. Visiting and inhabiting coffee shops represents a traditional American pastime. Business meetings, clubs, and first dates all do well with coffee in hand. Americans love their coffee so much that they dedicated events towards the love of coffee, such as at CoffeeCon LA 2017. Taking place at The Reef in Los Angeles this weekend, this java-themed event features all things coffee, from various types of coffee to coffee edibles to coffee equipment and more. Dozens of vendors may sample their brews, both hot and cold, while a handful of other vendors will exhibit their coffee complements, such as candy, desserts, and other food. Many other vendors exhibit coffee equipment, such as machines or presses used to brew coffee. Throughout the day, seminars take place detailing various topics about coffee, from the origins of certain types of coffee to how to utilize coffee in the culinary sense.

Due to last year’s overwhelming attendance, CoffeeCon has made some changes this year to accommodate attendees. They have expanded CoffeeCon from one day to both Saturday and Sunday. Admission for one day costs $15 per person, while two-day admission costs $20. A $40 ticket exists that grants one-day admission plus access to a coffee tasting seminar at 2pm. This seminar can only take up to 100 people each day, so if this interests you, act fact before it sells out. Last year’s CoffeeCon took place in the basement of The Reef, a small, tight, and compact space. They have not yet specified where in The Reef that CoffeeCon will take place this year, so prepare for a tight space again if it comes back to the basement. Attendees should bring extra cash if they intend to buy anything here, since most of the vendors will sells things and not necessarily sample their goods. Parking at the venue costs $10 per vehicle, but visitors can find street parking in a residential neighborhood about a block away, and can avoid paying to park.

For more information regarding CoffeeCon events both in Southern California and the rest of the nation, check them out on Facebook and Twitter for other updates.

Americans love their coffee. Visiting and inhabiting coffee shops represents a traditional American pastime. Business meetings, clubs, and first dates all do well with coffee in hand. Americans love their coffee so much that they dedicated events towards the love of coffee, such as at CoffeeCon LA 2016. Taking place at The Reef in Los Angeles this past Saturday, this java-themed event featured all things coffee, from various types of coffee to coffee edibles to coffee equipment and more. Dozens of vendors sampled their brews, both hot and cold, while a handful of other vendors exhibited their coffee complements, such as candy, desserts, and other food. Many other vendors exhibited coffee equipment, such as machines or presses used to brew coffee. Throughout the day, seminars would take place detailing various topics about coffee, from the origins of certain types of coffee to how to utilize coffee in the culinary sense.

CoffeeCon drew a large crowd, as evident by the crowded halls of The Reef. CoffeeCon LA 2016 took place in The Reef’s basement, as opposed to the floor above ground with significantly more space. The tighter space coupled with over a thousand visitors made for tight quarters. Regardless, I still managed to see many of the vendors, especially Portola Coffee Roasters and their line that wrapped around the aisles. Of particular note, Bona Fide Craft Draft caught my eye as a mobile coffee vendor. They essentially rent or staff coffee taps for special events, similar to food trucks, but they come with the option of filling the taps with whatever the client chooses, as well as the option to allows patrons to self themselves.

If not for the really tight space, I would have thoroughly enjoyed CoffeeCon LA 2016. However, the difficulty of navigating plus vendors not having enough samples meant that visitors paid a good amount to enter, only to have to pay more to buy stuff here, kind of like paying for a car then having to pay for gas to drive it. For more information regarding future CoffeeCon events, check them out on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.

10th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 18-31
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://dinenb.com/restaurant-week/

This 14-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 18-31
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

Mustard Plug: Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, January 26, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/431978123674922/
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, January 27, Casbah, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5774
http://www.mustardplug.com/

Famous ska band Mustard Plug currently tours across the west coast, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Each of these shows have a different ticket price, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

13th Annual STARS of Santa Barbara
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, January 27
The Peninsula, Beverly Hills
http://www.winela.com/starsofsantabarbara

Enjoy some wines and a silent auction in Beverly Hills this Wednesday night. General admission costs $125, starts at 7pm, and includes unlimited wine and appetizer tastings while supplies last. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 6pm, and also includes a private dinner and wine tasting. No one under 21 may attend.

LA Art Show 2016
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 28-31
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.laartshow.com/

See thousands of different works of art this week at the LA Convention Center. One-day general admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. Four-day general admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door.

Animé Los Angeles 12
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 28
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 29-30
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 31
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.animelosangeles.org/

Anime & manga fans will not want to miss Animé LA this weekend, an expo with almost everything imaginable related to anime. From workshops to panels to demos to contests to live music to dances to adult content and more, Animé LA will surely contain something to sate your anime needs. A full weekend pass costs $60, while single-day passes cost $35.

2016 Dark Scotch Ale Release
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 28
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/

Anaheim Brewery releases this year’s version of their Dark Scotch Ale this Thursday evening. Stop on by and give it a taste.

Stout Thing!
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 28
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1682747101974697/

Phantom Carriage will have a lot of different stouts available this Thursday evening, along with horror movies, metal music, and some desserts. This event has no admission fee.

Meat Up BBQ’s 1st Year Anniversary
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 28
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1685775588344206/

Meat Up BBQ turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will have sour beers on tap, food specials, as well as an anniversary glass available to patrons this Thursday night. This event has no admission fee.

Hangar 24 Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 29
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/994443380628190/

Hangar 24 Brewery will take over the taps at Hollywood’s Blue Palms Brewhouse this Friday evening. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

2016 Golden State Tattoo Expo
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 29
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 30
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 31
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.goldenstatetattooexpo.com/

Check out hundreds of tattoo artists from around the globe at this tattoo convention this weekend in Pasadena. Admission costs $25 per day or $60 for the entire weekend.

Lunar New Year Tết Festival 2016
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 29
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, January 30-31
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://littlesaigonsandiego.org/

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

The Dwarves: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 29, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1020861-guttermouth-pulley-dwarves-santa-ana/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30, The Garage, Ventura http://www.badsampresents.com/event/230072
http://www.thedwarves.com/

Famous punk band The Dwarves will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Each show has its own age limit and ticket price, so click on a show’s link for additional details.

Riot LA: Alternative Comedy Festival
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, January 29
1:00 pm – 12:30 am, January 30
3:00 pm – 10:30 pm, January 31
Various locations, Los Angeles
http://riotla.com/

A series of comedy shows will take place across Los Angeles this weekend. Each individual show has its own ticket prices, while a superfan pass costs $110 good for all Saturday and Sunday shows.

Viernes 13 @ The Vibe Riverside
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 29
The Vibe Bar & Grill, Riverside
http://viernes13.net/

Get your skanking on in Riverside this Friday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Death By Stereo @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 29
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://deathbystereo.com/

Death By Stereo will headline a small show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Agression: Live in Tarzana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 29
Petie’s Place, Tarzana
http://www.facebook.com/events/984867244926853/

Legendary nardcore band Agression will headline a show in Tarzana this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Tartar Control: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 29
Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1678117142406622/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock in Laguna Niguel this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Alex’s Bar Sweet 16 Anniversary Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 29-30
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1047479-off-long-beach/
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1047487-off-long-beach/

Long Beach’s Alex’s Bar turns sixteen years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have two nights of punk rock this weekend. Tickets to each of these show cost $20 presale or $22 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Museums Free-For-All
January 30
Participating Museums, Southern California
http://www.socalmuseums.org/

This Saturday, participating Southern Californian museums will allows visitors in free of charge. Check the website linked above for a full list of participating locations.

CoffeeCon LA 2016
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 30
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.coffee-con.com/

This Saturday at CoffeeCon LA 2016 in Los Angeles, indulge in all things coffee, from the classic beverage to coffee candy to coffee desserts to coffee foods and more. Sessions last three and a half hours, starting at 9am or 12:30pm. General admission costs $23 for one session, or $30 for the entire day.

APCA Asian Pacific Lunar New Year Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 30
Mission Inn Courtyard, Downtown Riverside
http://lunarfestriverside.com/event-101/

At this free and all-ages festival this Saturday in Downtown Riverside, celebrate Lunar Yew Year with food, entertainment, vendors, merchanidse, entertainment, arts & crafts, games, music, exhibits, fireworks, and more.

Laughs By Volume: A Craft Beer & Comedy Show
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 30
LA Mother, Hollywood
http://laughsbyvolume.com/

A beer fest and comedy show merge into one this Saturday afternoon in Hollywood, featuring over 20 different beers and six comedians. Three three-hour sessions will take place: 1pm, 5pm, and 9pm. Admission per session costs $27.50 presale or $30 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Punktanza
1:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/728234213947677/

Over a dozen local punk rock bands will perform at this all-day show this Saturday at the Doll Hut in Anaheim, free of charge. No one under 21 may enter.

New Beer Release: Cerveza Hermosa
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 30
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://kingharborbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1512123185755659/

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing will release a new Mexican amber lager this Saturday. Stop on by and give it a try. They will also have free carne asada tacos for customers starting at 2pm while supplies last.

Night On Broadway
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 30
Globe Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
http://nightonbroadway.la/

An evening of arts, culture and, entertainment arrives in Downtown LA this Saturday night, featuring a wealth of activities including the Southern California return of Rebel Bingo. Check the website linked above for a full list of events, which details any admission fees or age limits.

Naked Aggression: Live in Bell Gardens
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30
American Legion, Bell Gardens
http://www.facebook.com/events/1731631133732368/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Bell Gardens this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 18 may enter.

JFA @ The Viper Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.jfamusic.com/
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?eventId=6332945&pl=alaviper2

Legendary punk rock band JFA will headline a show in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Slaughter & The Dogs: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30
Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.slaughterandthedogs.info/
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1010537-slaughter-dogs-laguna-niguel/

Enjoy a local punk rock show this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

2nd Annual San Diego Fermentation Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 31
Coastal Roots Farm, Encinitas
http://sandiegofermentationfestival.com/

For $20 admission, gain access to this all-ages festival showcasing Southern California’s bounty of artisanal foodmakers and brewers. This event will feature seminars, workshops, arts & crafts, activities, vendors, food & beverages, live music, and more.

The Downton Abbey Tea
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 31
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/924438757645547/

Fans of Downton Abbey will not want to miss this formal tea supper this Sunday evening in Burbank. The $40 admission includes tea, sandwiches, dessert, entertainment, and themed activities.

The Jukebox Romantics @ The World Famous Doll Hut
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1450233818629295/

Enjoy some local punk rock music this Wednesday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Ocotber 17
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 18
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.motortrendautoshows.com/Orange_County/

For $12 entry, guests can check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. Seniors and active military personnel can enter for $10. Guests looking for free street parking should locate Casa Vista St, west of the convention center, by Denny’s.

Pop-Up Beer Dinner @ Phantom Carriage
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/tickets/c20eb1ob5vou5r0ck6oj5kve3z5veb

Enjoy a five-course dinner with craft beer pairings this Thursday night at Phantom Carriage Brewery in Carson. Admission costs $75, and includes a tour of the brewing facility. No one under 21 may attend.

New Noise Conference & Festival 2015
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15-17
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 18
Multiple venues, Santa Barbara
http://www.newnoisesb.org/

Over this four-day span, multiple venues will host numerous music acts, as well block party on Sunday. Ticket prices vary based on the individual music performance, so check the website for full details regarding the musician, ticket prices, location, age limits, and more.

Inland Empire Restaurant Week
October 16-25
Participating restaurants, Inland Empire
http://www.inlandempirerestaurantweek.com/

Over a hundred restaurants from Corona to Chino to Big Bear to Palm Desert will have food & drink special during this ten-day period. Check out your favorite local restaurant, or enjoy something new.

El Segundo Brewing’s Wet Hop Weekend
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 17
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://www.elsegundobrewing.com/

El Segundo Brewing will release three different wet-hopped brews this weekend. On Friday, they will release wet-hopped Mayberry IPA. On Saturday, they will release wet-hopped Simcoe Pale and Citramongous DIPA. In addition on Saturday, they will have a BBQ in their backyard patio. These releases require no admission – simply show up, and pay as you go.

1st Annual La Mesa FallFest
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 16
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 17
Grossmont Center, La Mesa
http://www.lamesachamber.com/

La Mesa will have Oktoberfest festivities this weekend at the Grossmont Center in La Mesa. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find live music, various contests and activities, and plenty of food and beer. Visitors should bring cash for any food or beer to consume on premises. Anyone under 21 may not have any alcoholic beverages, and may only attend with adult supervision.

Allagash Night @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1610898762496649/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will stock their taps with Allagash beers this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one.

59th Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 16
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 17
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 18
William Peak Park, Buena Park
http://www.silveradodays.com/

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

Voodoo Glow Skulls: Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, October 16, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2567
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 17, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/1005653122812362/

Skacore band Voodoo Glow Skulls will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Tickets to the San Diego show cost $12 presale or $14 at the door. The Fullerton show has no cover charge. No one under 21 may enter either show.

The Color Run 5k – Ventura
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, October 17
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://thecolorrun.com/ventura/

The color run that started it all returns to Ventura County Fairgrounds 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.

5th Annual Rumble At The Rose Bowl – Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 17
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/register/10/17/2015

Can you withstand the passage of time? Test your might at this 5k/10k challenge course this Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Run, climb, jump, and crawl your way through unforgiving obstacles as you race towards the finish with little regard to however much mud and dirt you may pick up along the way. Registration for the 5k costs $70 presale or $85 on the day of the race. Registration for the 10k costs $85 presale or $120 on the day of the race.

12th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 17
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.justinrudd.com/chalk.html

Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, the 12th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.), will showcase the works of diverse artists who will use chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. The contest costs nothing for amateurs to enter, so check the website for the registration link.

28th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 17
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 18
The Reef/LA Mart, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef (LA Mart) in Los Angeles. Attendees to this expo will find hundreds of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale from over 50 different vendors for both men and women. Ticket prices heavily vary, but note that general admission starts at 10:30 am on Saturday. Those that purchase an upgraded ticket can enter as early as 9am. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

2015 Cake Expo Sweets & Party Show
9:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 17-18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://cake-expo.com/

Find all things cakes and baking at this two-day event at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa this weekend. Attendees will find hundreds of dessert samples, various workshops, hands-on demos, celebrity chefs, dozens of vendors, and more. Admission varies based on when you want to attend and what extras you want, starting at $10 and going up as high as $450.

8th Annual Old Town Tustin Art Walk
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 17
Old Town (Downtown) Tustin
http://www.tustinca.org/civicax/calendar/inc/blobfetch.aspx?BlobID=24312

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

Long Beach Fine Art Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 17-18
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.westcoastartists.com/shows/lgb1.html

This FREE and all-ages event takes place at the Marina Green near Shoreline Village in Long Beach. This event features art from local designers, plus gourmet food trucks ready to serve delicious eats all weekend. Visitors may purchase any of the works from participating designers. Visitors will find paid parking at the park’s parking lot. Visitors may also park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 17-18
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://lawomensexpo.com/

This two-day expo in Los Angeles celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

10th Annual Taste of Soul
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 17
Crenshaw Blvd, Leimert Park
http://tasteofsoul.org/

At this free and all-ages event, find soul food and soulful music, along with dozens of vendors, arts & crafts, and plenty of activities for everyone.

7th Annual Taste of North Park
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 17
30th & University, North Park, San Diego
http://www.tastenorthpark.com/

Explore the many restaurants, pubs, and bars in North Park this Saturday afternoon at the 7th Annual Taste of North Park. Presale admission costs $35, while admission on the day of the event costs $40, and admission comes with unlimited tastings of food and drinks from all participating businesses until they run out, so arrive early to get the most out of the taste! No one under 21 may receive any alcoholic drink.

3rd Annual San Clemente Oktoberfest
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 17
Elks Lodge, San Clemente
http://scoktoberfest.weebly.com/

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. Admission to this Oktoberfest celebration costs $9 presale or $12 at the door.

2015 Santa Barbara Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 17
Elings Park, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbbeerfestival.com/

Santa Barbara has its own beer festival this Saturday afternoon. $60 admission gets you in to unlimited beer tastings for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Burbank Beer Festival & Street Fair
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, October 17
San Fernando Blvd, Downtown Burbank
http://www.burbankbeerfestival.com/

Downtown Burbank gets a little crazy this Saturday by holding a free and all-ages street fair that will include a beer garden. The all-day street fair will have various vendors selling apparel, accessories, trinkets, gadgets, and other souvenirs. The beer garden covers two three-hour sessions that start at 12pm and 4pm, and each session costs $40 to enter and comes with unlimited beer pours while supplies last.

Coachella Valley Brewing’s 2nd Year Anniversary
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 17
Coachella Valley Brewing, Thousand Palms
http://cvbco.com/product/2nd-anniversary-party-general-admission/

Coachella Valley Brewing turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a party at their tasting room this Saturday. The $20 admission gets you 12 beer tasters and access to the tasting room on this day, complete with live music and food vendors. Attendees not drinking, including minors, can enter for $5.

Off The Hook: Santa Monica Seafood Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 17
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://offthehookseafoodfest.com/

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

Diwali 2015 – The Indian Festival of Lights
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 17
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sdmart.org/calendar/diwali-2015

Immerse yourself in Indian culture with this lamp exhibit at Balboa Park this Saturday evening. Find various lamps from India, see cultural dances, spectacular light displays, indulge in Indian food, check out the museum’s art, and more. Admission to this all-ages event costs $5.

OC Roller Girls – OC vs. OC Showdown
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 17
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

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

12th Annual Sea Fare
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 17
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/seafare/

This annual food-tasting fundraiser will feature food & drink samples from over 25 local restaurants, live music, a silent auction, an open bar, and more. Tickets to this event costs $125 per person.

Punk Rock Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 17
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1671312216425428/

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

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 18
Frank G Bonelli Regional Park, San Dimas
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Dimas. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities. Parking at the park costs $10 per vehicle.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 18
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of the center 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.

Stone Brewing’s 5th Annual Pour It Black
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 18
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/calendar/default.asp?intEventsID=4590

Love dark beers? You owe it to visit Stone Brewing’s Pour It Black, a beer festival dedicated to dark beers. Admission costs $49 and comes with fifteen 3oz tasters and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Pinup Parade in the Park
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 18
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/112669529076844/

Pinup Girl Clothing will host a pinup model meetup this Sunday at Disneyland. In addition to plenty of photo opportunities, expect to find goodie bags, trivia, contests, and more.

Coffee Floats with Black Ring Coffee
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 18
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1633658923571063/

Stop by Long Beach Creamery in Bixby Knolls this Sunday afternoon for delicious refreshing coffee floats for just $6 each.

2nd Annual Eastside Food Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 18
Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake
http://eastsidefoodfest.com/

Indulge in eats, sips, and treats from numerous restaurants around the heart of Los Angeles this Sunday evening in Silverlake. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, and starts at 5pm. VIP admission costs $80 presale or $90 at the door, and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples of everything while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Long Beach Urban Farm Dinner
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 18
Growing Experience Urban Farm, Long Beach
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2359341

Enjoy a multi-course farm-to-table dinner this Sunday evening in Long Beach. Admission to this dinner costs $95 per individual, or $720 for a table of eight. The dinner will not provide beverages, but diners may bring their own drinks of choice.

4th Street Market – Grand Opening
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 16
4th Street Market, Downtown Santa Ana
http://4thstreetmarket.com/

The next foodie paradise has arrived in Downtown Santa Ana, and they open their doors to the public TODAY. If you have visited the Anaheim Packing House, this place will feel very familiar. The 4th Street Market contains a plethora of food-oriented businesses that will surely provide for anyone’s eating needs. Stop on by anytime and check out what foods you have waited to try all this time.

The Adolescents: FREE Show @ Amoeba Music
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 18
Amoeba Music, Hollywood
http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3216/index.html

Legendary punk band The Adolescents have released a new album, and to celebrate, they will perform a FREE all-ages show this Wednesday night at Amoeba Music in Hollywood. The band will also sign copies of the album, so bring cash to buy an autographed album for yourself.

Less Than Jake & Reel Big Fish – 2015 Winter USA Tour
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 18, The Grove, Anaheim http://www.citynationalgroveofanaheim.com/events/detail/reel-big-fish-less-than-jake
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 19, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004D63A74F1E34&oid=0
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 20, House of Blues, Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/losangeles/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004D5F089A531D&oid=0

Ska bands Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish wrap up their winter tour in Southern California this week with these three all-ages shows. Each show has a different ticket price, so click on the link to see how much each show costs.

2015 U.S. Coffee Championships
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 19-22
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://uscoffeechampionships.org/2015-u-s-coffee-championships-coming-long-beach-ca/

Coffee lovers rejoice! Check out this all-ages coffee competition taking place at the Long Beach Arena all this weekend. Passes cost $10 for one day, or $15 for all four days, and grants access to sample all the amazing coffee available.

Craft Beer 101
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 19
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/930983893579889/

Join in on an introductory course for learning the joys of craft beer at this seminar this Thursday night at Alpine Village in Torrance. This session costs just $5 per person, and includes beer tastings. No one under 21 may attend.

Dogfish Head Pint Nite @ Naja’s Place
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 19
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/536974193072238/

Naja’s Place will have a handful of Dogfish Head beers on tap this Thursday night. Order a pint, and you get to take the Dogfish Head pint glass home!

Agent Orange @ The Federal Bar Long Beach
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 19
The Federal Bar, Downtown Long Beach
http://lb.thefederalbar.com/calendar/?event_id=5599125

A handful of local punk bands will perform at The Federal Bar in Downtown Long Beach this Thursday night. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 18 may enter. Bring cash for parking in the area, as the nearest free street parking lies about a mile away.

2015 Big Spring Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 21
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 22
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Bring cash for parking, which costs between $5 to $10.

Tet Festival 2015
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 21
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 22
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.tetfestival.org/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this family-fun festival this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Costing just $6 per person to enter, this festival will feature hundreds of booths selling merchandise, crafts, food, and more. Children will love all the rides available, while everyone will enjoy the music, dance, and parade. Parking at the venue costs $7 – see the website for additional info on where to park for free and take a shuttle.

New Belgium Tap Takeover @ Alpine Village
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 20
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/404540636390164/

Alpine Village will switch their taps to a bunch of New Belgium beers this Friday night. Come on over and see what New Belgium has brewing up besides Fat Tire.

10th Annual San Diego Tet Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 20
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 21
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 22
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://www.sdtet.com/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this festival all weekend at Mira Mesa Park in San Diego. Free to attend for all ages, this fest will feature many traditional music and dance performances, fashion shows, merchandise vendors, and plenty of food & drinks.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 20-21
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

This winter beer festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend for TWO beer tasting events. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale and $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 20
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1545090555738497/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this local punk rock show this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Cursive – 2015 Tour
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 20, The Echoplex, Echo Park http://www.theecho.com/event/704133-cursive-los-angeles/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 21, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/702909-cursive-pomona/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 22, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5072/

Cursive’s 2015 tour swings through Southern California this week with these three shows. Each show has its own ticket price and age limit, so click on a link above for more information.

Angry Samoans: Live in Ventura
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 20
The Garage, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/1526367120972150/

The Angry Samoans will headline a local punk show this Friday night in Ventura. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The 3rd Scott Pilgrim Picture Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 20
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/event/scott-pilgrim-picture-show-3/

Come together for a movie screening, lights show, sing along, food & drinks, and more. Tickets for this event cost $15.

Insane Inflatable 5K Los Angeles
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 21
Fairplex, Pomona
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/los-angeles-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.

African-American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21-22
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/african_american_festival/

Celebrate Black History Month at the Aquarium of the Pacific this weekend. For the cost of general admission into the aquarium, guests will get to partake in live entertainment, arts & crafts, food, dancers, music, storytellers, and more.

Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 21
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 22
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.socalpetexpo.com/

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend at its new location at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more. Bring cash for parking, which will cost between $5 to $10 per vehicle.

24th Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21
Valley Blvd & Garfield Ave, Alhambra
http://www.alhambranewyearfestival.com/

“Corporate America utilizes this venue to reach out to the Asian communities.” Meh. If you feel like checking out more Lunar New Year festivals, this free one will occur this Saturday afternoon on the street in Alhambra, blocking off traffic.

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21-22
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://travelshows.com/losangeles

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 $16 for one day, or $25 for both days.

33rd Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21-22
San Diego Chinese Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.sdchinesecenter.org/

Free and open to all ages, this family-friendly event will include lion dance performances, acrobatics, martial arts demos, live music, drumming, dancing, and more. Over 50 booths will sell merchandise and food, while some will feature crafts for families.

Noble Ale Works 4th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 21
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://nobleparty.brownpapertickets.com/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their fourth anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like last year. General admission costs $40 and provides three hours (starting at 1pm) of over 30 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. For $10 more, enter an hour early to get a head-start on the day. No one under 21 may attend this event.

Guttermouth @ The Observatory
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Guttermouth-and-Counterpunch

Famous punk rock band Guttermouth will headline a matinée show at The Observatory this Saturday afternoon. Tickets to this all-ages show cost only $5.

116th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 pm – 8:30 pm, February 21
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=203

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

Color Fun Fest 5K San Diego
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 21
Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista
http://colorfunfest5k.com/locations/san-diego/

Subject yourself to another color run at this color 5k this Saturday in Chula Vista. This event features two running events: one during the day, and one at night. Registration for this run costs $60 presale or $75 on the day of the event, if any tickets remain.

Punk Rock Sausage Fest
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 21
The Vu Bar & Lounge, Santa Clarita
http://goodcleanfund.com/punk-rock-foodies-sausage-fest-tickets/

Enjoy an entire day of local punk rock bands and sausages to eat at this all-day gig in Santa Clarita this Saturday. General admission for the show only cost $7 presale or $10 at the door. Admission with food costs $12 presale or $15 at the door. The event page does not specify an age limit, but I would not bring anyone under 21.

Angry Samoans @ The World Famous Doll Hut
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/370406739798533/

Catch an all-star lineup of great punk rock bands at this show this Saturday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies @ The Roxy Theatre
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://www.theroxy.com/event/705601-dickies-west-hollywood/

Legendary punk band The Dickies will headline a show at The Roxy in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $17.

Free Punk Show in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
Morgan’s Tavern, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1783611831863174/

Enjoy a FREE punk rock show in Riverside this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Stone Belgian Fest
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 22
Stone Brewing World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/956576

Enjoy an afternoon full of Belgian beers at this beer tasting event this Sunday afternoon in San Diego. Admission costs $50 and comes with 15 3oz beer tasters and a souvenir glass. The venue will have a limited menu specifically curated for this event to serve to hungry guests.

Iron Reagan & Exhumed – Meat n’ Greet @ Grill ‘Em All
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm, February 22
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1559051587695139/

Two metal bands will arrive at Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra this Sunday afternoon for a fan-meeting event. Come get autographs and photos with the bands, and enjoy an exclusive burger that the venue will serve only on that day.

Newport Beach Brewing Company’s 20th Anniversary Brewfest 7
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 22
Newport Beach Brewing Company, Newport Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/brewfest-brewco-20th-anniversary-tickets-14424029661

Newport Beach Brewing Co. will host their annual Brewfest this Sunday at their brewery. $35 gets you unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event, a change from previous years’ 12 tasters. The brewery’s restaurant will remain open for anyone wanting to eat.

Angry Samoans, Naked Aggression & Downtown Brown – Live at Gaslamp Long Beach
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 22
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/325064751032229/

A bunch of big names in punk rock will perform an all-ages show in Long Beach this Sunday. The event page does not specify the cover charge, so bring up to $20 cash to get into this show. Parking at the venue costs $5 if arriving after 5pm.

11th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 18-24
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 19 – February 1
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://dinenb.com/restaurant-week/

This 14-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 19 – February 1
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

Cheese Week @ The Factory
January 19-25
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/648232371966407/

Two years ago, Downtown Long Beach had a Cheese Week. Last year, they had a Pepper Week. This year, we have not heard anything from the Downtown Long Beach camp. Until then, The Factory will host their own Cheese Week this week with different cheese specials each day.

Saosin with Anthony Green
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 19
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Saosin

Post-hardcore band Saosin will headline a show at The Observatory tonight. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30. Arrive early to get free parking at the venue’s parking lot. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

Cosplay Photoshoot @ CSULB Zen Garden
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, January 21
CSULB Zen Garden, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1559612120924673/

Got a cosplay costume that you want to show off? Come to this photo shoot this Wednesday in the Zen Garden located at the northwest end of Cal State Long Beach. As this takes place on a college campus, visitors may not freely park here. Visitors can find street parking on Atherton or the neighborhood north of it.

Dory Deli – Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 21
Dory Deli, Newport Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/583687015096996/

Dory Deli in Newport Beach will have their official grand opening next Monday. Until then, they will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the chamber of commerce this Wednesday evening at 5:30.

Madball – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 21, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2276
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 22, Chain Reaction, Anaheim http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/738277
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 23, White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/738869
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 24, Jerry’s Pizza & Pub, Bakersfield http://www.ticketfly.com/event/738875-madball-bakersfield/

Legendary New York hardcore band Madball will play a string of shows in Southern California this week. Each show has a different price and age limit, so click on the show’s link for more information.

Mobile Deathcamp – Live in Long Beach
6:00 pm – 1:00 am,  January 21
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/705405139556615/

Release some aggression at this show in Long Beach this Wednesday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Mad Caddies & The Aggrolites @ The Troubadour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 21
The Troubadour, West Hollywood
http://www.troubadour.com/event/727085-mad-caddies-los-angeles/

The Mad Caddies and The Aggrolites will embark on a west coast tour this week, starting with a show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood this Wednesday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $17 presale or $20 at the door.

Keg For A Cause – Pink Boots Society
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 22
Bottlecraft, North Park, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/330008397204713/

On Thursday evening, stop by Bottlecraft in North Park to buy Pizza Port’s Tres Tuercas Nut Brown Ale. 100% of the proceeds will go to Pink Boots Society – San Diego.

Dogfish Head Flight Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 22
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1537796286502035/

Sip on some Dogfish Head beers this Thursday night at 38 Degrees in Alhambra.

San Diego Caffeine Crawl
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, January 23
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 24
Various locations, San Diego County
http://www.caffeinecrawl.com/san-diego.html

Coffee lovers meet up this week at various locations in San Diego County. Like a pub crawl, attendees will select one of four routes, and explore a handful of coffee shops in select neighborhoods based on the route. Some routes may even include coffee beer!

Nuke the Fridge Con (Special Edition)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 24-25
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://nukethefridge.com/

While it normally occurs in November each year, Nuke the Fridge Con returns to Rowland Heights this weekend for a special event featuring Stan Lee of Marvel fame. This FREE event features dozens of pop culture vendors all selling various goods of video games, sports memorabilia, comics, and other collectibles. Anyone will surely find something here to satisfy their inner collector.

4th Annual Kites Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 24
Claremont Sands Beach (Horny Corner), Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/605903379532016/

Bring out the kids to this kite-flying event this Saturday afternoon in Long Beach. Admission to this event costs $10.

Beer Geek Speedway Release Party
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 24
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1380631615576435/

AleSmith and Mikkeller have collaborated to brew up an imperial oatmeal stout with Kopi Luwak coffee, which goes on sale TODAY. This Saturday, the AleSmith tasting room in San Diego will have multiple variations of Speedway Stout available for the public to try.

Phat Con 2015
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, January 24
Dave & Buster’s, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/713657188681347/

Release your inner nerd at this FREE event this Saturday at Dave & Buster’s at The Outlets At Orange. Meet dozens of artists, writers, vendors, and more, as you gaze upon all of the wondrous works of art and collectibles. Bring some cash if you intend to purchase any toys, comic books, or other collectibles.

The Rookery 2nd Anniversary Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 24
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1075775

The Rookery in Downtown Pomona turns two this weekend, and to celebrate, they will hold an in-house beer fest for you to come get sloshed. Admission costs $40, and comes with unlimited beer pours plus a souvenir glass to take home. Expect mostly heavy and strong beers at this one – The Rookery does not slouch when it comes to beer selection. The Rookery has a full-service kitchen with their full menu available all day. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find free parking around Downtown Pomona, and can avoid paying to park in metered lots.

2015 North County Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 24
Moonlight Amphitheater, Vista
http://www.northcountybeerfestival.com/

North San Diego County has a beer festival this Saturday afternoon featuring over 25 breweries. Admission to this beer festival costs $42.50 for unlimited tastings while supplies last.

8Kalacas – Live in Van Nuys
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 24
White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys
http://www.facebook.com/events/489235587886250/

Go crazy at this skacore show this Saturday night in Van Nuys. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Eagle Rock Brewery 5th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 25
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/eagle-rock-brewery-5-year-anniversary

Eagle Rock Brewery turns five this weekend, and to celebrate, the brewery will celebrate in style right at home at the tasting room. Guests pay $20 to receive three drinks and a souvenir glass for this occasion. In addition, a handful of food trucks will stop by to serve the masses.

Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 25
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.lacookiecon.com/

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this one-day event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $21, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

2015 Bock Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 25
Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.bockfest.net/

A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where the Germans love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers. For $45 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $85 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier for more entertainment and drinks.

With Halloween right around the corner, why not start preparing yourself for what may transpire? Whether you will indulge on sweets, booze, or other like-minded individuals on such a holiday, the lucky visitors to L.A. Foodie‘s Treatoberfest could partake in a preview of all sorts of adult Halloween celebrations rolled into one. This past Saturday night, the L.A. Foodie crew strutted into Angel City Brewery, where the crew and a slew of great chefs, bakers, and caterers from all over Southern California set up along the back to prepare for a night of serving up all the delicious sweet treats that attendees could handle. L.A. Foodie encouraged attendees to don their best costumes and have some fun among the crowd, as well as take photos in front of the green screen. All throughout the night, attendees could go trick-or-treating by visiting all of the tables and selecting any treat they desired. General admission cost $12, and included unlimited food & dessert samples from all the vendors while supplies lasted. As an added bonus, L.A. Foodie provided to-go boxes so that attendees could take home as many treats as they could fit into the to-go box. Talk about sweetening the deal!

As L.A. Foodie’s second run at this event, they made some changes to go in a different direction this time around. First off, they nixed the $40 VIP package, which included all of the general admission goodies, plus a goodie bag, an LA Foodie t-shirt, a fashionable wristband, and Angel City Brewery goodies. Second, this year’s event utilized the new private space adjacent to the brewery, as opposed to last year’s event in the open tasting room. Most importantly, admission did not include beers this time – last year, admission included three beer tasters. Personally, I noticed fewer dessert vendors than last year… or at least fewer vendors with food we could take home in our provided to-go boxes. Last year, I took home more than could fit in the box. This year, we really could only take home goodies from one of the vendors, as all the other treats likely would not make the ride home due to spilling or melting. This year’s vendors included some from last year, but otherwise mixed it up to include:

 

 

When L.A. Foodie throws an event, they do it right. Although they have not held an event since April, know that they all constantly search for the best of Los Angeles, whether they record podcasts, scout out new restaurants or bars, or put random food in strangers’ mouths. They currently do not have plans for another event, but when they do, they will blast it out to all of their followers. Make sure you like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter to ensure you will know firsthand when they will hold another event.

Despite the turn of the season, Southern California’s heat wave rages on. Temperatures had hit record highs in the past few weeks, causing many people to desire something cold to cool down. Of course, some people may not have a sweet tooth like I do, but you have to treat yourself occasionally. Sometimes, your body just craves it – when you feel hot, your body tells you to go find something cold to eat or drink. If you plan on powering through this heat wave, I now bring to you five cold treats in the Los Angeles area to get you through this hot fall season.

5. Top Round Roast Beef‘s Frozen Custard Milkshakes

Everyone loves ice cream, whether they will admit it or not. The creamy texture plus the sweet sensation brings comfort and joy to anyone munching through it. But have you heard of ice cream’s cousin that walks in ice cream’s shadow? Some places may have already heard of it, but frozen custard has risen as a popular choice for cold treats, a feat that Top Round Roast Beef has capitalized on. Ice cream contains a lot of air in it, which lends to its preservation of sitting in a freezer for a long time. On the other hand, frozen custard contains a greater ratio of eggs and milk compared to ice cream, giving the frozen custard a denser feel with less air. Since the folks at Top Round churn their frozen custard daily without ever freezing it for storage, it will never have ice crystals in it, lending to its smooth, velvety texture. This small diner in Mid-Wilshire near La Brea may have claimed fame with their signature roast beef, but actually their Frozen Custard Milkshakes keep the locals returning back. Every cold treat has a certain coldness factor to it, and boy can this milkshake really cool you down on a hot day. These milkshakes come in four flavors: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and pistachio. For the adventurous, I highly suggest the pistachio for a one-of-a-kind treat rarely found elsewhere. But honestly, you cannot go wrong with any flavor, even plain vanilla (pictured above). At just $5 a cup, you get more than your money’s worth here.

4. Shave It‘s Hawaii 5-Oh

Have you ever heard of the classic song (These Are A Few Of) My Favorite Things? This song lists a handful of things, tangible or not, that fill a person with joy despite bad times. Though the singer lists individual things in the song, why not skip the hassle and combine some of those things? Whenever I can have one of my favorite things, I eagerly look forward to it. Whenever I can have more than one of my favorite things at the same time, my heart fills with glee. Enter Shave It, the brilliant business capturing the hearts of many with their approach to combining two individual items together to form something even better. As their name suggests, Shave It does the shave ice thing, and yes – pronunciation makes a huge difference. Shaved ice with a D typically refers to ground ice, like that of a snow cone. Shave ice without the D refers to how native Hawaiians see it – finely sliced ice so smooth that it feels like ice cream. Upon hearing that comparison, the folks behind Shave It decided to mash the two up by serving up cups of shave ice WITH ice cream – a match made in heaven I tell you! The list of combinations stretches all the way around their store, since any customer can mix and match ice cream and shave ice flavors, such as with the Hawaii 5-Oh. This homage to the television show of the same name contains what the name would suggest – coconut ice cream with Hawaiian Punch shave ice. The fruitiness of the shave ice combined with the creaminess of the ice cream almost gives it a strawberry milk effect, something that any kid can enjoy. For less than $5, you too can experience the childhood joys of combining two of your favorite things into one cup.

3. Fluff Ice‘s Coffee Cake

Recently, a new study discovered that a person’s genes strongly determine how that person’s body reacts to coffee. Common perceptions make us believe that drinking coffee nearly daily helps to build a tolerance to coffee. While this may hold validity in those with the genes to build such a tolerance, those without this set of genes may approach coffee differently. A few individuals may forever fully absorb all coffee for life, while others may never react to coffee at all. The abundance of coffee shops today all gauge the strength of coffee based on what the customer desires. More often than not, customers simply seek the flavor of coffee, not the energy boost that it provides, which Fluff Ice satisfies quite well. One of Los Angeles’ original shaved snow shops, Fluff Ice has generated quite a Southern California empire as of this upcoming weekend. From storefronts to food trucks, Fluff Ice has a mission to deliver authentic shaved snow to the people of Southern California and, sometime in the near future, the rest of the world. The truck’s menu generally carries a condensed version of what the stores offer; after all, they primarily use the truck as means to promote the stores rather than make pure profit from mobile sales. If you visit one of their stores, you may discover their Coffee Cake combination of coffee shaved snow, crushed graham crackers, crushed Oreos (pictured without it above), and choice of condensed milk or chocolate syrup. If you know you cannot consume caffeine, worry not, as a $4 medium serving of this contains less than five grams of caffeine, indicating that Fluff Ice utilizes decaf coffee for the flavor base. After all, the sugar already gives kids their sugar rush, so why add fuel to the fire?

2. Tierra Mia Coffee‘s Mexican Chocolate Frappe

People all over the world love their coffee. Many people consume coffee for its caffeine content. Many others consume coffee for its flavor. Some drink coffee as means of socializing. Some drink coffee just to keep occupied. Regardless of why any sole individual would consume coffee, we can now find a coffee shop in almost any given square mile in any urban area. Many joke that you can cross the street from a Starbucks only to find another Starbucks, but honestly this only happens in Seattle, home of the first Starbucks. Here in Los Angeles, many other brands exist that occupy many street corners, such as Tierra Mia Coffee. Imagine a Southern California version of Starbucks with Southwestern influences, and you have Tierra Mia. Anyone walking into a Tierra Mia shop for the first time with no prior knowledge of the business would assume a Mexican version of Starbucks, which holds absolutely no truth to the matter. Tierra Mia gains their unique advantage by giving back to local communities and providing a space for starving artists to display their work. That aside, their menu contains many foods & beverage flavors unique to them. While you may have familiarity with a Frappuccino, Tierra Mia also serves their own lineup of Frappes, such as their Mexican Chocolate Frappe. If you love chocolate milkshakes, then you will love this blended beverage that tastes like a dark chocolate smoothie with hints of coffee. You gain more of a chocolate taste from this than the coffee in it, and the use of Mexican chocolate gives this beverage a bolder, richer chocolate flavor. The Mexican chocolate also lends to the antioxidant content in this blended beverage, so not only can you satisfy your sweet tooth and cool yourself down for under $5, but you can slightly improve your health by consuming some polyphenols.

1. The Iron Press‘ Cap’n Crunch Berries & Milk Waffle

How many cereal mascots can you name? As a child, television and supermarkets exposed us to countless cartoon characters that represented cereal brands. From Toucan Sam to Count Chocula to Flintstones to Snap/Crackle/Pop to Tony the Tiger to the Trix Rabbit, big companies used whatever cute characters they could muster in order to entice kids into eating their cereal. On a side note, no female cereal mascots exist – you only have male mascots for cereal. Anyways, no other mascot resonates within the memory more than Cap’n Crunch. Oh yes, this creepy midget sailor appears on everyone’s minds when they think about cereal because of the way he stares into your soul through your eyes. Those hollow eyes can capture any soul with a gesture as simple as eye contact, a fact that the people at The Iron Press can testify to. The Cap’n loves more than just cereal – he loves waffles, he loves beer, and swiggity swooty, he loves pirate booty. Nothing grabs tail better than waffles with the open seas and a pint of Windansea Wheat in hand, and the Cap’n sure loves to dip his hands wherever he can fit them, such as in the Cap’n Crunch Berries & Milk Waffle. The waffle contains actual Crunch Berries cereal in it, which gets further dusted with crushed Crunch Berries, then drizzled with a milk glaze, followed with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Have you followed a diet? The Cap’n cares not about said diets. Bring forth your empty gut and devour this mound of sugar and carbs for $7, lest you fear the inevitable belly swell. So grab yourself a nice pint of wheat ale and raise it in the air. Knock them up, slap them down, and never want to care. After that, order another one for me. Down it quick, and allow your inhibitions to roam free!

With Halloween right around the corner, why not start preparing yourself for what may transpire? Whether you will indulge on sweets, booze, or other like-minded individuals on such a holiday, the lucky visitors to L.A. Foodie‘s Treatoberfest could partake in a preview of all sorts of adult Halloween celebrations rolled into one. This past Saturday night, the L.A. Foodie crew strutted into Angel City Brewery, where the crew and a slew of great chefs, bakers, and caterers from all over Southern California set up along the back to prepare for a night of serving up all the delicious sweet treats that attendees could handle. L.A. Foodie encouraged attendees to don their best costumes and have some fun among the crowd, as well as take photos in front of the green screen. All throughout the night, attendees could go trick-or-treating by visiting all of the tables and selecting any treat they desired. General admission cost $15, and included three 4oz beer pours from Angel City Brewery, unlimited food & dessert samples, and $20 Uber ride service gift card for new signups. VIP cost $40, included all of the general admission goodies, plus a goodie bag, an LA Foodie t-shirt, a fashionable wristband, and Angel City Brewery goodies. As an added bonus, L.A. Foodie provided to-go boxes so that attendees could take home as many treats as they could fit into the to-go box. Talk about sweetening the deal!

A total of eleven tables provided sweet treats, plus a booth to serve beer provided by Angel City Brewery. Take a gander at all of the desserts below, and if any of them entice your eyes, please check out their website to learn more about them.

When L.A. Foodie throws an event, they do it right. Although they have not held an event since June, know that they all constantly search for the best of Los Angeles, whether they record podcasts, scout out new restaurants or bars, or put random food in strangers’ mouths. They currently do not have plans for another event, but when they do, they will blast it out to all of their followers. Make sure you like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter to ensure you will know firsthand when they will hold another event.