Posts Tagged ‘Comic Con’

The comics industry has grown quite substantially over the past year or two. Recent movies have helped with that, between all the sequels and reboots on the big screen and on television. The influx of independent and small artists & writers have also helped with the rise in the popularity of comics. Local art & comics events, such as the one coming up this weekend in Los Angeles, bring together the local community to meet and discover local art and writing talent. Fans do not always need to pay big bucks to enter such events – many events often attract hundreds of fans for little or no cost, such as the East LA Comic Con.

East LA shows that they love comics too at the 1st Annual East LA Comic Con. Taking place at the El Gallo Plaza this past Saturday, this free and all-ages event attracted over a thousand fans throughout the course of the day to come check out dozens of artists, writers, vendors, and exhibitors. For a small venue, the organizers managed to stuff many people into these tight quarters. Unlike a lot of the bigger comic cons, this event felt more like a zine fest than a full comic con. This event did not have the typical video games, screenings, panels, or outdoor exhibits that other events have. Like a zine fest, this event focused solely on the vendors and what they had to offer – the enclosed space and lack of electricity did not allow for much else.

As an event’s first year operating, of course one would expect to encounter beginner’s problems. From my experience at this event, many of the problems will vanish with the acquisition of a bigger, better venue. Main concerns involved the long line to get in, lack of space, and lack of air conditioning. The organizer can resolve all of this with a venue better capable of housing so many attendees. With the first year wrapped up, the organizers now have a firm grasp on the popularity of this event, and hopefully they can fix it for next year. Check out what they have planned coming up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? Since the beginning of time, civilization has always asked what came first. While the public can typically attribute tangible items with an origin, everything else requires documentation to pinpoint an origin, unless generally accepted. For example, today’s gourmet food truck trend started in early 2009 with Kogi BBQ, which everyone will say started it all. When you look at expos for comic books, all fans will tell you that the San Diego one started it all. But with the San Diego Comic Con selling out in seconds every year, what else can fans do? Sure they can shell out the cash for super inflated after-market passes, but why not travel up two hours to the greater Los Angeles area? We have witnessed countless comic events in Southern California, with one seemingly popping up every weekend or two. But how does one know which event to go to compared to others? It takes the brave to venture out and seek the new comic events, and many found that the Comic Con Revolution held up to its promise to deliver a fantastic comic con experience.

The 1st Annual Comic Con Revolution took place at the Ontario Convention Center this past Saturday to a massive crowd easily in the thousands. For as large a turnout that appeared, this expo worked in a very small space to hold that many fans. Taking place in most of the rooms on the first floor, hundreds of local comic book writers and artists traveled here to exhibit their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more. Eager fans could gain access to the entire show floor for the low price of $25 per person or $15 for teenagers, with children 12 and under entering free with a paid adult admission. In addition to the expo on the show floor, various workshops and seminars took place in the surrounding meeting rooms for those who registered ahead of time. True fans will recognize the various celebrities sitting in for meet & greet and autograph sessions. For a small space, it took some time to walk through every single aisle to gaze at all the work on display.

Even to those not interested in comics, everyone should attend a comic expo/con just to see everyone dressing up in costume. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into a staple for any sort of expo in this industry, and the fans proudly donned their best gear for this expo. Check out some of the amazing costumes that I encountered at Comic Con Revolution below.

Considering the massive turnout for this event along with the cramped space, not only do I foresee Comic Con Revolution returning next year, but I also predict that they will have to expand their space to accommodate for all the extra vendors and attendees that will want to attend next year. Comic Con Revolution joins the ranks of big comic events in Southern California, such as San Diego Comic Con, Long Beach Comic Con/Expo, Wonder Con, Los Angeles Comic Con (formerly Comikaze), Anime Expo, Fantasia Comic Con, Comic Excitement Con, and lots of others. Keep in touch with future updates from Comic Con Revolution by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Upcoming Events: May 15-21, 2017

Posted: May 15, 2017 in Animals, Art, Beer, Burgers, Cars, Country, Drinks, Events, Food, Hot Women, Inland Empire, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, Restaurant, San Diego, Sports, Wine
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American Craft Beer Week
May 15-21
Nationwide
http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

McFadden Public Market Grand Opening
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 15
McFadden Public Market, Santa Ana
http://www.mcfaddenmarket.com/

A new food hall officially opens their doors to the public today in Downtown Santa Ana. All day, receive 25% off all purchases. The first 100 visitors receive a goodie bag with a free food taster voucher plus $2 in arcade tokens. This event costs nothing to attend – simply show up, and check out the place.

Taste of Pasadena Bike Ride
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 16
Del Mar Gold Line Station, Pasadena
http://bikeshare.metro.net/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-pasadena-ride-tickets-33983218722

Bring out your bike and tour Pasadena this Tuesday night all while enjoying local bites and sips. This event costs nothing to attend but you must still register on the website. All participants must use their own bicycles and gear.

DomCon LA 2017
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 17
11:00 am – 12:00 am, May 18
11:00 am – 2:00 am, May 19
10:00 am – 2:00 am, May 20
11:00 am – 12:00 am, May 21
Los Angeles Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://domconla.com/

A conference for all things BDSM returns to Los Angeles this weekend. This conference will feature dozens of vendors, classes, workshops, parties, socials, shows, and more. Registration widely ranges depending on what events you want to attend, from $10 up to $125. No one under 18 may attend.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 17-18
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street.

Wizards Farewell Late Night Private Shopping Experience
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 17
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1241210712663627/

Whimsic Alley will have a closed shopping experience this Wednesday night. Get a free ticket via the event page linked above, and you can enter and shop there.

Bike to Work Day 2017
6:00 am – 9:00 am, May 18
Los Angeles County
http://www.metro.net/riding/bike-month/

This Thursday, LA Metro would like to encourage you to ride a bike to work instead of drive. Throughout the county, keep an eye out for pit stops containing snacks, coffee, and encouragement to ride.

Burgers & Brew
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 18
San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.museumofman.org/event/burgers-brews/

Enjoy tastings from several popular local breweries, snack on a variety of delicious burgers, take fun snapshots in the photo booth, explore exciting exhibits, and revel in the festive atmosphere inside one of San Diego’s top museums. Admission costs $30. No one under 21 may participate.

2nd Annual Venice Art Crawl
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 18
Venice Beach
http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

Venice gets their own art walk this week, complete with a plethora of events that will take place throughout Venice. Check the website for a full list of art exhibits and other art events taking place.

Ese: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 18, Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 19, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 20, Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 21, Diego’s Rock n Roll Bar, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/ESEtexas

Houston Texas punk rock band Ese will perform a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

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.

3rd Annual Paper Mart Parking Lot Sale
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 19
Paper Mart, Orange
http://www.papermart.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1424401114299027/

Free to attend for all ages, find cheap packing materials and other arts & crafts products this Friday morning in Orange.

2017 Fantasia Comic Con
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 19
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 20-21
Riverside County Fairgrounds, Indio
http://fantasiacon.com/

Palm Desert gets their very own comic convention this weekend in Indio. Check out three days of comics, artists, vendors, merchandise, seminars, autograph signings, cosplay contests, video game tournaments, film/television screenings, and lots more. Tickets range from $10 to $30 depending on your age and when you want to attend.

2017 Orange County Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 19
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 20
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 21
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This FREE all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more.

2017 Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 20-21
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim
http://ocgreekfest.com/

This annual all-ages Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. For $3 admission, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

4th Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 19-20
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 21
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $8 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

30th Annual Yorba Linda Lobsterfest
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm, May 19
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.yllobsterfest.com/

For $88 presale or $100 at the door, gain access to all-you-can-eat lobster and steak while supplies last. Attendees will also find a silent auction, live music, a full bar, and more.

Brea Bonanza Days 2017
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, May 19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 20-21
W Birch St, Downtown Brea
http://www.breadowntown.com/bonanza-days-2017/

A free and all-ages street fair and country music concert takes place on the streets of Downtown Brea this weekend.

DTLA Dark Nights
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 19
L.A. Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lalive.com/events-calendar/dark-nights

L.A. Live will host their own version of a night market this Friday night in Downtown LA. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can expect to find food vendors, merchandise, live entertainment, dancing, art, and more.

Booze & Glory: Live in Southern California
8:00 am – 1:00 am, May 18, The Garage, Ventura
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 19, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 20, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.boozeandglory.com/

Booze & Glory currently tours across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Each show varies in price, so check with the venue for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

23rd Annual Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 20
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 21
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://www.muckcarshow.org/

See tons of cars, new and old, this weekend at The Muck in Fullerton. In addition, catch food trucks, local breweries, and local musicians as they accent this car festival. Admission to this event costs $5 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday.

1st Annual OTL Tournament & Craft Beer Festival
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 20-21
Mariners Point, Mission Beach, San Diego
http://www.ombac.org/

An over-the-line tournament will take place throughout this weekend in San Diego, as well as a craft beer festival on Saturday afternoon. The beer fest will run from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday afternoon and cost $30 to enter. The tournament costs $120 for a three-person team.

Monrovia Days 2017
8:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 20
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 21
Library Park, Monrovia
http://www.monroviadays.org/

A free and all-ages event will take place this weekend in Monrovia. Enjoy a city fair complete with games, rides, food, vendors, entertainment, and more.

38th Annual Fiesta del Sol
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 20-21
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
http://fiestadelsol.net/

Check out this free and all-ages street fair in Solana Beach this weekend, complete with food, vendors, arts & crafts, games, rides, live entertainment, and more.

31st Annual Bug Fair
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 20-21
Natural History Museum, Los Angeles
http://nhm.org/site/activities-programs/bug-fair

Explore the world of bugs and insects this weekend at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. Admission into the museum costs $27, with discounts available for students and seniors.

Extreme Dimensions 11th Annual Charity Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 20
Extreme Dimensions, Fullerton
http://extremedimensions.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1085649824897313/

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show in Fullerton this Saturday, loaded with classic cars on display, as well as plenty of vendors and gourmet food trucks.

Pirate Days
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 20-21
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/pirate-days/

Bring out the family to this all-ages pirate festival featuring live entertainment, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $17, with discounts available for seniors, military, children, and students.

Spring Awakening Festival 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 20-21
Eaton Canyon Natural Area, Pasadena
http://www.ecnca.org/
http://www.crazycrow.com/site/event/eaton-canyon-spring-awakening-festival/

At this free and all-ages festival this weekend in Pasadena, visitors will check out Native American culture with arts & crafts, music, dance, food, and more.

5th Annual Heritage of Aloha Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 20-21
Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs
http://www.hooilinafoundation.com/heritage-of-aloha-fest

This FREE and all-ages Hawaiian cultural festival contains food, drinks, live entertainment, music, dancing, arts & crafts, games, contests, and over 70 different vendors.

2017 Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 20-21
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation/

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

2017 California Strawberry Festival
10:00 am – 6:30 pm, May 20-21
College Park, Oxnard
http://strawberry-fest.org/

An all-ages fair/carnival comes to Oxnard this weekend, complete with live entertainment, food, drinks, desserts, rides, games, vendors, arts & crafts, and more. Tickets start at $5, while parking costs $10 per vehicle.

5th Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 20
Reyes Winery, Santa Clarita
http://www.sierrapelonavintners.com/

General admission costs $85 and starts at 12pm, while VIP admission costs $110 and starts at 11am. All attendees receive free parking, a plate and glass for sampling, a gift bag, and unlimited food and wine tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The Californian Vintage Motorcycle Show
11:00 am – 5:30 pm, May 20
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/the-californian-motorcycle-show/

$10 gets you in to see lots of classic and modern motorcycles on display in Arcadia this Saturday afternoon.

2017 HorrorCon Jr.
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 20
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.horrorconinternational.com/

Visit a mini version of the ultimate Halloween & horror convention this Saturday in Long Beach. Find monsters, zombies, ghosts, and other terrifying things along with costumes, merchandise, art, screenings, cosmetics, special guests, and lots more. Admission to this all-ages event costs $8.50.

1st Annual East LA Comic Con
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 20
El Gallo Plaza, East Los Angeles
http://eastlacomiccon.com/

East LA gets their very own free and all-ages comic convention this Saturday afternoon. Check out comics, artists, vendors, merchandise, cosplay contests, video game tournaments, film/television screenings, and more.

Venice Spring Fling 7
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, May 20
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicespringfling.com/

A free & all-ages music & arts festival will take place in Venice this Saturday afternoon.

Smog City Brewing’s 2017 Anniversary
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 20
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.smogcitybrewing.com/
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2904086

Smog City Brewing reaches another birthday this week, and to celebrate, they will have multiple rare beers available for you to try this Saturday. A VIP session will take place from 11am to 1pm featuring exclusive tastings. After 1pm, the doors open to the public, so anyone can come in and drink away.

21st Annual North Park Festival of the Arts + Craft Beer Block
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 20
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego
http://northparkfestivalofarts.com/

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $40 admission, guests can enter the craft beer block and receive thirteen 4oz beer tastings from any of the over 30 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University. In addition, catch Stone Brewing’s beer garden in front of Bar Pink, which will run from noon to 6pm. This one has no admission – guests pay for the beers they want to drink.

2017 San Diego Taco Fest
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 20
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://sdtacofest.com/

Tacos, drinks, music, dancing, dogs, wrestling, wild women, and lots of other unrelated things collide this Saturday in San diego. General admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the gate and gets you in to this wicked party. Admission does not include food or drinks – it only just gets you inside, so you still have to pay for everything once in. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual LitFest Pasadena
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 20
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
Playhouse District, Pasadena
http://litfestpasadena.org/

Check out this free and all-ages event dedicated to books and authors taking place this weekend in Pasadena.

2017 Long Beach Pride Festival & Parade
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 20-21
Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach
http://longbeachpride.com/

An LGBT pride festival takes place this weekend in Long Beach, complete with live entertainment, music, dance, vendors, food, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door.

2017 Ventura Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 20
Ventura Harbor, Ventura
http://surfbeerfest.com/

This beer tasting event in Ventura will have over 45 breweries to choose beer from, as well as local surfboard shapers, local music, food trucks, and more. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 11:30am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual Craft Lager Fest
11:30 am – 12:00 am, May 20
38 Degrees, Alhambra
http://www.38degreesalehouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1928620550700418/

This Saturday, Alhambra’s 38 Degrees Ale House will tap over a dozen different craft lagers for you to try. This event has no admission fee or cover charge – simply show up, and pay for food and drinks as you go.

Beer Belly 6th Anniversary
11:30 am – 1:00 am, May 20
Beer Belly, Koreatown
http://www.beerbellyla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/148999155639199/

Koreatown’s Beer Belly turns six years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a bunch of sour ales on tap. They will also hold a wing-eating contest at some point in the day. This event has no admission or cover charge – simply show up, and pay as you go.

Uncorked: Derby Days Summer Wine Fest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 20
Culver Studios, Culver City
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/uncorked-derby-days-wine-fest-2017/

A fancy wine tasting event comes to Culver City this Saturday and will span two different sessions. General admission costs $60 and lasts three hours, from 1pm to 4pm or 5pm to 8pm. VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm, providing four hours of wine tasting. No one under 21 may attend.

Eeeeeats Con
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 20
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://theinfatuation.com/EEEEEATSCON

Sample food from dozens of Los Angeles County restaurants at this all-ages event this Saturday in Santa Monica. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $100 and includes a VIP lanyard, early entry, a water bottle, and gift bag. Admission only gets you in to the event – all attendees will still need to pay for all food or drinks once inside.

Hangar 24 AirFest & 9th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 20
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands
http://www.hangar24airfest.com/

Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 9th Anniversary with an all-day air show at the Redlands Municipal Airport, located just across the street from the tasting room. Guests gain entry into the airport, where they will witness aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on displays in the hangars, and fireworks shows at night. Live bands will play music all day, and food trucks will keep guests fed and full. Last but not least, Hangar 24 will unleash over 30 beers for consumption, including many rare and limited brews. General admission costs $25 but does not include any beer – guests must purchase drink tickets for that.

1st Annual Hardcore Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 20
Fraternal Order of Eagles, Culver City
http://www.facebook.com/events/1885035888451901/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Saturday in Culver City. The cover for this all-ages show costs $8.

Skyline: Art, Music, Food
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 20
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://radiohillevents.com/

This concert will take place just outside of Downtown LA this Saturday. General admission costs $50, while VIP admission costs $85 and includes access to a VIP area with restrooms and bars. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Best Taste Of Santa Ana
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 20
2nd Street Promenade, Santa Ana
http://www.assistanceleague.org/santa-ana/best-taste-of-santa-ana/

Sample food from Santa Ana restaurants for $30 per person.

2nd Annual OC Brewers Guild Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 20
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://ocbrewers.org/

The first festival dedicated to Orange County’s microbreweries and restaurants arrives in Anaheim this Saturday evening. The $60 admission grants you unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Unlike last year, admission no longer includes food – attendees will need to pay separately for food. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can park in the nearby parking structure for free, or find street parking in the neighborhood south of the venue.

2017 Tustin Lobsterfest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 20
Peppertree Park, Tustin
http://www.tustinlobsterfest.com/

At this annual fundraiser, guests pay $85 presale or $100 at the gate for all-you-can-eat lobster and tri-tip, and other picnic foods like hot dogs, salads, mac & cheese, baked potatoes, various pastries, and more. Each entry ticket comes with an entry to a lottery to win $1000!

D6 Night Market 2017
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 20
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://d6nightmarket.com/

A night market comes to Mira Mesa in San Diego County this Saturday night, free to attend for all ages. come check out all the food, vendors, music, dancing, games, and more.

OC Roller Derby – Slay the Force Be With You
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 20
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/

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

3rd Annual Asian American Music Festival
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm, May 20
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://asianamericanmusicfestival.net/

Enjoy some traditional and modern Asian music this Saturday night in Downtown LA. General admission ranges from $30 to $50 depending on where you want to sit. VIP admission costs $250 and includes a VIP reception.

L.A. Life Run
6:00 am – 11:00 am, May 21
L.A. Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://renegaderaceseries.com/la-life-run

Run through Downtown Los Angeles this Sunday morning and check out some of Downtown LA’s most iconic buildings. Registration ranges from $18 to $50 based on the distance you intend to run.

The Great Donut Run
8:00 am – 11:00 am, May 21
Irvine Valley College, Irvine
http://www.greatdonutrun.com/

Eat donuts and go on a run this Sunday morning in Irvine. Registration ranges from $25 to $45 based on your age and how long you want to run for.

23rd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Balboa_Island_Artwalk.html

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Escondido Downtown Street Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
Grand Ave, Downtown Escondido
http://www.escondido.org/escondido-street-faire.aspx

Here at this free and all-ages street fair, visitors will find over 500 vendors, arts & crafts, food, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more.

Hama Expo 2017
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 21
Alpha Upholsterers, Westlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/101837407057258/

A free and all-ages event comes to Westlake this Sunday that involves Japanese cultures and the dog Hamachi.

Museums of the Arroyo Day
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Museums of the Arroyo, Pasadena
http://www.museumsofthearroyo.com/

Six museums in Los Angeles and Pasadena will have free admission this Sunday during the listed times.

Rock Against Racism
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 21
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/642652532593148/

Enjoy a free local punk rock show this Sunday in Pomona. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

Flavor of L.A.
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
CBS Studio Center Back Lot, Studio City
http://flavorofla.com/

$75 gets you in to sample food and drinks from over a dozen different restaurants this Sunday afternoon in Studio City. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Ernie Howlett Park, Rolling Hills Estates
http://www.sbbeerwinefest.com/

Enjoy food, beer, and wine at this tasting event this Sunday afternoon in the South Bay. Admission costs $75 presale and includes unlimited tastings while supplies last. VIP admission costs $105 and include various perks such as reserved parking. No one under under 21 may attend.

2017 Taste Of The World
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Madame Tussauds Hollywood, Hollywood
http://latravelmagazine.com/tow/

Sample food and wines at this tasting event in Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $85, while VIP admission costs $125 and includes various goodies and perks. No one under 21 may attend.

Garb Bazaar, a Vintage Clothing Pop Up
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 21
Normal Heights Masonic Center, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1843014842653306/

Check out a free and all-ages clothing pop-up market this Sunday afternoon in San Diego.

Taste of the Nation – Laguna Beach
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 21
Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
http://ce.nokidhungry.org/events/taste-nation-laguna-beach

Sample culinary creations from some of Orange County’s greatest chefs and restaurants, while quenching your thirst from various wineries, breweries, and other non-alcoholic drink producers. Admission costs $300 and runs from 2pm to 7pm.

The Spring 2017 edition of the Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention returned to The Reef this past Sunday. This small gathering for comic book fans occurs quite often throughout the year, but does not draw crowds as huge as the major conventions such as the big one in San Diego. This event caters well for fans looking to actually browse and shop for comic books, toys, accessories, and other merchandise. Unlike other comic book conventions, I did not witness any artists or writers at this past weekend’s event, although the event certainly has the space to host them. I also did not encounter many cosplayers – I saw no more than ten people dressed up in character during my visit. However, this event still managed to bring out some celebrities from film and television for fan meet & greets.

If you want a good way to shop for items for yourself or the friends & family into comics, the Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention makes for a fun local event sure to deliver what you need. This event occurs a few times a year, so make sure you like them on Facebook to see when they will return with another event.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 5-11
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 6-17
Participating locations, Old Pasadena
http://www.oldpasadena.org/happyhourweek/

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

2017 All-Star Chef Classic
March 8-11
LA Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.allstarchefclassic.com/

This week, a slew a culinary celebrations will take place at LA Live in Downtown LA. Events range from formal dinners to strolling events (food fest style) to cooking classes & demos, and more. Admission starts at $25 and goes up depending on which event you want to attend.

Malibu Family Wine Social
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 8
Sonoma Wine Garden, Santa Monica
http://www.sonomawinegarden.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1839458483008495/

Sample some wines, cheese, and charcuterie this Wednesday night in Santa Monica. Reservations cost $18 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

21st Annual Taste of Third
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 9
3rd Avenue b/t E St & G St, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/the-taste-of-third-returns-march-9/

Stroll up and down Chula Vista’s 3rd Street and enjoy eats from the local shops this Thursday evening. Participation costs $20 and provides food and drink samples from participating businesses while supplies last.

North Park After Dark
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 9
North Park, San Diego
http://www.northparkafterdark.com/

This Thursday evening, many businesses in North Park will remain open later and have specials on food, drinks, merchandise, and more. Check out the variety of restaurants here, then check out all the various shops and discover something new to take home.

Golden Road: Grand Central Market – One Year Anniversary
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 9
Golden Road in Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://goldenroad.la/grandcentralmarket/
http://www.facebook.com/events/960386487427589/

Golden Road’s Grand Central Market location turns a year old this week, and they will celebrate with food, live music, games, a photo booth, raffle prizes, and lots of beer. Free to attend, visitors will pay for beers as they go. The first 50 customers will receive free food.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 9
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.

Badfish Roller Derby Recruitment Meeting
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, March 9
Arnold Cypress Park, Cypress
http://badfishrollerderby.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1862953957327620/

Ever wanted to play roller derby? You have a chance to join a team/league this Thursday night in Cypress. Come on out, meet current skaters, and learn more about roller derby.

Gettin’ Lucky Burlesque
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 9
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with this themed burlesque show this Thursday night in Downtown Long Beach. General admission starts at $10. No one under 21 may attend.

12th Annual San Diego Cherry Blossom Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 10-12
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
http://www.niwa.org/events-festivals-list/cbf17

The Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego celebrates spring and Japanese culture. Guests can marvel at the beauty of the iconic cherry blossoms as well as the koi pond and waterfall at San Diego’s Japanese Friendship Garden. Visitors will also find an assortment of cultural performances, authentic Japanese street food, one-of-a-kind crafts & gifts, and a beer & sake garden for attendees to enjoy. The kids’ area offers hands-on arts & crafts and engaging activities. Admission costs $12.

2017 Big Spring Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 10
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 11
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 12
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.

2017 Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 10
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

This free festival celebrates local art with art exhibits, live music, entertainment, and more as Pasadena’s local artists open up their studios to the public. For free street parking, check Corson Street.

D.I. – Live in Downtown Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 10
Diego’s Rock-n-Roll Bar & Eats, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1606307606062651/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Downtown Santa Ana. They have not yet specified the cover charge for this show, so have cash available. No one under 21 may enter.

Into The Wild – OC Trail Run
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 11
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 10k or 21k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration for the 10k costs $55 presale or $60 on the day of the race. Registration for the 21k costs $75 presale or $80 on the day of the race.

Color In Motion 5k – Indio
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 11
Empire Polo Fields, Indio
http://www.colorinmotion5k.com/indio

After many weekends of other off-center 5k races, we now return to the style that started it all – the color 5k. Start your weekend off with an all-ages 5k run while getting color dusted in your face. Registration costs $50 per person, or $45 if registering with a team. All participants should wear white during the run to absorb and show off the most color. Participants should bring extra towels and spare clothes for the ride home.

Insane Inflatable 5K Los Angeles
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 11
Fairplex, Pomona
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/event/pomona-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 $65 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 11
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/

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

Outlandish Time Travel Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 11-12
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/367649360266770/

Check out this FREE and all-ages event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. Visitors will find plenty of arts & crafts from local designers with a passion for the Doctor Who series.

23rd Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 11
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://www.hbchamber.net/pages/st-patricks-day-parade1

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish-themed parade this Saturday in Downtown Hermosa Beach. The parade will run down Pier Avenue during this time, and local businesses will have plenty of specials for the thousands of visitors.

10th Annual Holi on the Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 11-12
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://la-oc.aidindia.org/holionthebeach

For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale and $15 on the day of the event. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

Holi Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 11
Whittier Narrows Park, South El Monte
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-of-colors-in-los-angeles-ca/

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

Smorgasburg Saturday Pop Up on the Pier
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 11
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://la.smorgasburg.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1646637478979309/

Smorgasburg delivers a free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon on the Santa Monica Pier. Visitors will find all sorts of food vendors and booths serving up delicious and unique food and drinks.

FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 11
Anaheim Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.firkfest.com/

Craft beer fans will want to travel to Anaheim this Saturday, as Anaheim hosts FirkFest, a beer fest with only cask ales. FirkFest will feature over 30 breweries, and costs $55 to get in. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Bookfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 11
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://grandparkla.org/event/downtown-bookfest/

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

Select Beer Store’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 11
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1351347768219191/

Select Beer Store turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have some rare brews on tap this Saturday. This event has no admission or cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Best Coast Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 11
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://bestcoastbeerfest.com/

This looks like another big corporate beer festival, so stay wary. This one takes place in Downtown San Diego, land of some of the most popular breweries on the west coast. General admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $115, starts at 1pm, and includes access to a VIP area. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Taste of Bressi
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 11
Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, Bressi Ranch
http://www.bgccarlsbad.org/fundraising-events

Sample food, beer, wine, and more this Saturday afternoon in Carlsbad. Admission costs $48 presale or $55 at the door, and provides unlimited food while supplies last, and eight drink tickets good for beer or wine. No one under 21 may attend.

The Lights Festival – Orange County
2:30 pm – 9:00 pm, March 11
Sunset Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, Apple Valley
http://www.thelightsfest.com/event/orange-county/

Feel good with friends and strangers this Saturday evening out in Apple Valley. Take part in food, music, culture, lights, and more. Admission costs $60 per person.

Skanking Reggae Festival 2017
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 11
Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall, University Park, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/242661186181704/

Rock out to ska and reggae bands this Saturday night in Los Angeles. Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $53.

SCRD Lagunatics Vs. BCRD Riptide Rollers
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 11
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

1st Annual Tustin Hangar Half Marathon & 5k
7:00 pm – 12:00 pm, March 12
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
http://tustinhangarhalf.com/

A new race comes to cover the streets of Tustin this Sunday morning. Registration costs $110 for the half marathon or $35 for the 5k. Many streets in Tustin will close to vehicular traffic on Sunday, so plan your commute accordingly.

Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 12
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.comicbookscifi.com/

Comic book and sci-fi fans will not want to miss this one-day expo taking place in Los Angeles this Sunday. This event will feature many celebrities, hundreds of merchandise vendors, and lots more. General admission costs $13 and starts at 10am, while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am.

Brand Refresh Party
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 12
Belching Beaver Tavern & Grill, Vista
http://www.belchingbeaver.com/new-events-1/2017/3/12/brand-refresh-party

Belching Beaver has redesigned their brand, and you can sample the first of it this Sunday afternoon in North San Diego County. Admission costs $35 and includes four food & beer pairings, two 5oz pours, one 16oz pour, and a t-shirt. No one under 21 may attend.

Babychella Family Art & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 12
Mason Regional Park, Irvine
http://www.babychella.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this wholesome event will have a variety of activities for visitors to check out. Expect to find storytelling, live entertainment, photo booths, arts & crafts, games, yoga, vendors, and more.

43rd Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 12
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/43rd-annual-festival-of-the-kite/

Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.

Beat Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 12
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://beatswapmeet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/922293054572009/

Free to attend with the donation of one canned food, this outdoor event will celebrate traditional music through vinyl, records, mix tapes, and other mediums of all genres.

They said the classics never go out of style, but eventually they do. But when looking at trends, things that have goner out of style also eventually rebound back into popularity. Trends and fads ride a wave where they peak at one point then fall down and rise back up, repeating this cyclical process over time. Take a look at Pokémon for example. It had its prime time in the early 2000’s then slowly faded down, but then it surged in popularity again with the release of Pokémon GO last year. The Power Rangers had its glory in the 1990’s, then faded away for some time. However, a new Power Rangers movie will release later this month, hoping to revitalize the franchise. It helps to pay attention to the classics, as they will always find a way to come back into our lives, as we witnessed at the 2017 Pasadena Comic Con & Toy Show.

Pasadena gets their own event dedicated to comics and toys of new and old with the Pasadena Comic Con & Toy Show. Taking place this past Sunday at the Pasadena Convention Center, this all-ages convention represents a smaller, localized version of some of the larger comic events known throughout the world. Unlike those larger events, this one only costs $10 to enter for a decent amount of content. The main show floor had dozens of writers and artists all showing their work, as well as a handful of vendors selling toys, video games, and accessories. Additionally, some of the convention center’s side rooms contained more content, such as more toy vendors, guest cosplay booths, and a seminar/programs room. Altogether, this represents a nice scaled version of the big comic cons.

As a comic expo, we cannot forget about the diehard fans dressing up as their favorite fictional character. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into an art of fans sporting outfits and accessories to appear like another usually recognizable character. Mainstream characters such as Harley Quinn and Deadpool often get selected as the costume of choice due to the fast recognition by many fans, while lesser known characters tend to receive more praise by the fans who recognize the outfit. As one of the smaller comic expos, the Pasadena Comic Con did not have as many cosplayers in attendance throughout the day. However, a good amount still showed up, and I got to interact with them at the same character level that I do at larger events.

The Pasadena Convention Center hosts a handful of related events, such as events dedicated to Legos, Transformers, Power Rangers, and more. Check out the convention center’s website often (linked above) to see when they will have an event next. Also make sure you like the Pasadena Comic Con on Facebook, as they will post links about the aforementioned similar events that will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center.

San Diego Burger Week
February 24 – March 4
Participating locations, San Diego County
http://sdcitybeat.com/burgerweek

Enjoy select specialty burgers from participating locations all over San Diego County during this 10-day period for just $6 each!

Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras
February 28

Many locations and businesses will have some sort of special going on this Fat Tuesday. Check out your favorite local restaurants or businesses to see what they have going on.

The Virus and Agression @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.viruspunks.com/
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2932

Punk band The Virus will headline a show in Santa Ana this Tuesday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13.

OC Roller Derby Orientation
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, March 1
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/ticketsevents/2017/3/1/new-skater-orientation

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.

38th Annual Food Fare
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, March 2
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://pplafoodfare.com/

A high-class ritzy food-tasting event will take place in Santa Monica this Thursday. The afternoon session from 11am to 2pm costs $150 to attend. The evening session from 6:30pm to 9:30pm costs $250 to attend. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Parking costs $10 per vehicle. The website does not specify an age limit.

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern – Santa Monica Grand Opening
11:30 am – 4:00 pm, March 2
Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, Santa Monica
http://j-fat.com/locations/santa-monica/
http://www.facebook.com/events/403898963293488/

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern has opened the doors to their fourth location in Santa Monica, and they will celebrate with a generous 50% off all lunch menu items this Thursday afternoon. No coupon required – simply show up, order lunch, and you will get 50% off.

College & Food Truck Night
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 3
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/collegenight/

This Friday night, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach will open later than usual. They will have discounted admission for college students, and the aquarium will have gourmet food trucks parked outside to feed visitors.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 3
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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

Starpool: Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 3
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://www.starpoolmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1625133217782719/

Local ska band Starpool will headline a show in Riverside this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2nd Annual Downtown Anaheim Community Yard Sale
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 4
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/

Local Anaheim residents will join in on a large communal yard sale in Downtown Anaheim this Saturday morning. Visitors can explore this event for free, while residents wanting to set up a spot to sell things must register for $10 per spot.

The Straw – Grand Opening
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, March 4
The Straw, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1456671431034077/

Say hello to the next level of hipster food this Saturday as Costa Mesa’s The Straw officially opens their doors to the public. They will not have any specials on this day – just pop on in and buy one of these fancy milkshakes so you can show it off to all of your social media friends and post selfies with it.

34th Annual Porsche & Vintage VW Literature, Toy & Memorabilia Meet
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 4
LAX Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.lalitandtoyshow.com/

See dozens of vendors this Saturday near LAX all exhibiting posters, brochures, toys, models, gifts, press kits, literature, accessories, and more for Porsches and vintage VW’s. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 per person.

4th Annual Los Angeles IPA Festival
9:30 am – 9:30 pm, March 4-5
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park
http://www.laipafestival.com/

Find over 60 different California-brewed IPA’s at Mohawk Bend this weekend during the LA IPA Fest. This event operates more like a tap takeover than a typical festival – instead of tickets, all 10oz beers cost $5 each, while souvenir glasses cost $5 each. Guests should park in the neighborhood north of Mohawk Bend.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 4
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1273487682690729/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Garden Grove this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for a drink.

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 4
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 5
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://travelshows.com/shows/san-diego/

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 $18 for both days.

SoCal Etsy Guild Market – San Diego
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, March 4
Westfield Mission Valley, San Diego
http://socaletsyguild.com/

Free to attend for all ages, the SoCal Etsy Guild will hold its monthly vendor market this weekend, filled with dozens of vendors selling apparel, accessories, and more.

Holi Festival of Colors – Riverside
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 4
Martha McLean Park, Riverside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-colors-riverside-ca/

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

Noble Ale Works 6th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 4
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://www.noblealeworks.com/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their sixth anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like previous years. General admission costs $50 and provides four hours of over 30 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. No one under 21 may attend this event.

Akiba Day #1
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 4
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://akibaday.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1247962838619465/

Check out this free and all-ages meetup for fans of anime and manga. Expect to see a handful of cosplay here as well.

2017 Spring Busker Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 4-5
Seaport Village, San Diego
http://www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/busker-festival

Basically, Circue du Soleil. This artful all-ages outdoor festival brings out performers of various entertainment trades (jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, etc) to entertain visitors. Free to attend, guests should seek alternate methods of transportation to arrive here, such as carpooling or public transportation, as decent parking will likely take a long time to find.

16th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 4
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.

2017 Get Shamrocked Fest Launch Party
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 4
Tin Roof, Downtown San Diego
http://www.getshamrocked.com/

The Get Shamrocked Fest normally takes place in Murrieta in September annually, but this Saturday afternoon, they will have a special concert party in Downtown San Diego. Admission to this concert party costs $20. No one under 21 may attend.

Tater Tots & Beer Festival
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 4
Montecillo De Leo Politi Park, Elysian Park
http://tatertotfestival.com/events/los-angeles-ca/

Snack on tater tots and craft beers this Saturday in Los Angeles. General admission costs $40 while VIP admission costs $75 and provides access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last, and a beer stamp card good for one beer from each participating brewery. No one under 21 may attend.

Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience 2017
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 4
Empire Polo Fields, Indio
http://www.rwbexp.com/

Partying, loud music, and alcohol collide in one epic mashup in the desert this Saturday evening. Taking place where the famous Coachella and Stagecoach concerts occur, this all-ages concert will have stoner music, beer, wine, and overpriced food for you to indulge yourself and the kiddos with. Tickets start at $70 and go up to $5000.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 5-11
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

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

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

626 Golden Streets
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 5
South Pasadena to Azusa
http://www.626goldenstreets.com/

A ciclovia comes to the San Gabriel Valley this Sunday morning, which will close off many streets to through-traffic to allow bikers and pedestrians to freely roam the streets. Plan your commute accordingly.

So Cal All-Porsche Swap & Car Display 2017
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 5
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.lalitandtoyshow.com/related-events.html

Check out a bunch of classic cars this Sunday morning in Anaheim. Admission to this all-ages car show costs $10 per person.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 5
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

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

2017 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 5
Granada Pavilion, Granada Hills
http://www.facebook.com/SanFernandoValleyComicBookConvention

This annual local comics event returns to the San Fernando Valley this Sunday. General admission costs $5 while children under 12 enter for free with paid adult admission, and admission grants full access to the show floor, which contains dozens of artists, vendors, professional actors, and more.

San Diego Magazine’s Brunch Bash 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 5
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/December-2016/San-Diego-Magazines-Brunch-Bash-2017/

Splurge on breakfast foods, beer, cocktails, coffee, and more this Sunday early afternoon in La Jolla. Tickets cost $50 per person and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Stone IPA Madness
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 5
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-ipa-madness-festival-hops

Submerge yourself in hops this Sunday at this beer festival at Stone Brewing in Escondido. $15 gets you five 4oz beer tasters, while $25 gets you ten 4oz beer tasters. They currently have 20 beers listed, and may potentially have more added by Sunday. Bring cash for food, which you can buy separately once inside the festival. No one under 21 may attend.

South Coast Roller Derby Recruitment
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 5
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance to join a league. Show up to orientation this Sunday evening in Laguna Hills for more information and to meet current participants.

D.I. and Narcoleptic Youth: Live in Riverside
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 5
Aurea Vista, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/170507356783333/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Sunday evening in Riverside. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.