Posts Tagged ‘Comic Con’

Pasadena Restaurant Week
May 6-11
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between May 6-11, over 40 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 8
Häagen-Dazs, Nationwide
http://www.haagendazs.us/FreeConeDay/

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday evening at any participating Häagen-Dazs store.

DomCon LA 2018
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 9
11:00 am – 12:00 am, May 10
11:00 am – 2:00 am, May 11
10:00 am – 2:00 am, May 12
11:00 am – 12:00 am, May 13
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.

Taste of Pacific City
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 10
Pacific City, Huntington Beach
http://www.gopacificcity.com/taste-of-pacific-city/

Sample food from Pacific City in Huntington Beach this Thursday night. This tasting consists of two zones of food: one for restaurants, the other for non-restaurant food such as treats, drinks, street food, etc. Admission costs $40 for one zone of your choice starting at 7pm, or $75 to access both zones starting at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited food samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

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

Gator By The Bay 2018
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 10
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 11
10:30 am – 8:30 pm, May 12
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, May 13
Spanish Landing Park, San Diego
http://www.gatorbythebay.com/

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

BBQ & Beer Festival
4:00 pm – 9:30 pm, May 11
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 12
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://bbqandbeerfestival.com/

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

AdultCon #29
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 11
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 12
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 13
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.adultcon.com/indexa.html

Adult entertainment fans will not want to miss AdultCon this weekend. This expo allows guests to purchase adult entertainment paraphernalia, meet & take photos with porn stars, browse accessories, and more. For an 18 & over event, these types of expos rarely contain live nudity, as all the talent cover up their private parts in some way. For those not totally into the porn industry, AdultCon also features vendors and speakers geared towards couples and sexuality, as to not make this an event that only men would attend. General admission costs $40 and includes a $5 token that guests can redeem at vendors or to take a photo with a model/star. For just $10 more, upgrade to VIP to gain admission to both days plus some extra perks, listed on the website. Parking costs $20 per vehicle, so find a way to carpool to alleviate that cost.

Agent Orange @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 11
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/178070986314342/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $17 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2018 Tour of Long Beach
6:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 12
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.touroflongbeach.com/

Join hundreds of locals on a bike ride through Long Beach this Saturday morning, including the mayor and more city officials. This race for charity features different levels of riding for all skill levels, starting with the 100-mile ride, all the way down to the 4-mile family ride. Following the bike rides, a free all-day all-ages festival will take place with more activities to partake in. Registration, which closes Thursday night, varies in cost based on the ride length, while the family ride comes at no cost.

Fullerton Airport Day 2018
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 12
Fullerton Municipal Airport, Fullerton
http://www.cityoffullerton.com/gov/departments/public_works/airport/airport_day.asp

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

1 Shop Auto’s 5th Annual Classics & Hot Rods Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 12
Walmart Supercenter, Lakewood
http://1shopauto.com/classicsandhotrodsshow.html

Bring out your friends & family to this free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Lakewood.

17th Annual Stanton Spring Car Show & Kids Fair
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 12
Stanton Park, Stanton
http://ci.stanton.ca.us/Departments/Community-Services/Special-Events

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show and fair this Saturday in Stanton.

15th Annual Culver City Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 12
Veteran’s Memorial Park, Culver City
http://www.culvercitycarshow.com/

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

2018 San Diego Chocolate Festival
9:00 am – 4:30 pm, May 12
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/chocolate.htm

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

2018 Fantasia Comic Con
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 12-13
Riverside County Fairgrounds, Indio
http://fantasiacon.com/

Palm Desert gets their very own comic convention this weekend in Indio. Check out two days of comics, artists, vendors, merchandise, seminars, autograph signings, cosplay contests, video game tournaments, film/television screenings, and lots more. Tickets range from $15 to $30 depending on your age and when you want to attend.

57th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 12-13
Pacific Ave, Sunset Beach
http://www.sunsetbeachca.org/specialevent.htm

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

Extreme Dimensions 12th Annual Charity Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 12
Extreme Dimensions, Fullerton
http://extremedimensions.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/369437320195316/

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.

9th Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 12
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
http://irvinekoreanfestival.com/

This free and all-ages event showcases Korean culture with food, drinks, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more.

41st Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 12-13
Bernardo Winery, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
http://bernardowinery.com/

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

9th Annual Unique LA Spring Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 12-13
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/markets-la

The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from hundreds of hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast. The $15 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

10th Annual Echo Park Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 12-13
Mack Sennett Studios, Echo Park
http://echoparkcraftfair.com/

Check out the finest in food, design, arts & crafts, and more at this craft fair in Echo Park this weekend. Admission to this all-ages fair costs $10 for one day or $16 for both days.

5th Annual Holi Festival of Colors – Oceanside
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 12
Pier Amphitheatre, Oceanside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/

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

JANM Free Family Days: Celebrate Japanese American History
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 12
Japanese American National Museum, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/

Learn about Japanese American history at this free and all-ages cultural educational event this Saturday in Little Tokyo.

13th Annual Silverado Chili Cook-Off & Cinco de Mayo Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 12
Circle S Ranch, Silverado
http://smrpd.org/

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

2nd Annual East LA Comic Con
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 12
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.

3rd Annual Like Totally 80’s Festival
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 12
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.liketotallyfestival.com/

An all-ages concert featuring 80’s pop bands moves to Huntington Beach this Saturday. Tickets to this concert cost $40 each.

22nd Annual North Park Festival of the Arts + Craft Beer Block
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 12
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.

18th Annual US Sumo Open
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 12
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.usasumo.com/us-sumo-open/2018-us-sumo-open/

Watch sumo wrestling matches in Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. Tickets to this all-ages event start at $25 depending on where you want to sit.

4th Annual Reader Tacotopia
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 12
Golden Hill Park, San Diego
http://www.readertacotopia.com/

Sample tacos from over 30 of San Diego County’s top restaurants, vote for your favorite taco, and enjoy live music and a cash bar at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $55 presale or $65 at the door, and includes two drink tickets. All guests have access to unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2018 Avenue Amps & Ales
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 12
Memorial Park, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/avenue-amps-ales/

A beer festival comes to Chula Vista this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Paella & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 12
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://paellawinefest.com/

Enjoy paella and wines down by the coast this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 presale or $90 at the door. Non-alcoholic admission costs $40. VIP admission costs $125 and includes access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

3rd Annual Beach Cities Beer & Wine Festival
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm, May 13
Bay Club, Redondo Beach
http://smackfestevents.com/

Sample dozens of beers and wines from local breweries and vineyards this Saturday in Redondo Beach. Visitors will also find food, music, and more. Admission costs $45 and includes unlimited beer and wine tasters while supplies last. Guests should bring cash for food and parking. No one under 21 may attend.

2018 Vegan Street Fair – San Diego Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am May 12
Anthem Vegan, North Park, San Diego
http://www.veganstreetfair.com/

The vegans have their day in North Park this Saturday night. This event takes place on El Cajon Blvd in & around Anthem Vegan, closing it to traffic. Dozens of vendors will set up booths in this event, serving up vegan food samples to all visitors. Entry to the fair costs nothing, while most vendors will sell food for under $3.

Foam Glow 5k – Los Angeles
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, May 12
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.foamglow.com/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of bubble runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Foam Glow. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam in this nighttime 5k race complete with flashing neon lights and loud dance music. Registration costs $50, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 12
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://downtownanaheim.com/events/ace/

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

DTLA Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 12
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://www.dtlabeerfest.com/

A corporate beer festival comes to Los Angeles this Saturday night. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. Food comes sold separately. No one under 21 may attend.

Night Nation Run – San Diego
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 12
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://nightnationrun.com/san-diego/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

Mother’s Day
May 13
Worldwide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother%27s_Day

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

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2018 Kickoff Mixer by Project by Project – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 14
Mama Lion, Los Angeles
http://projectbyproject.org/

Network with people and enjoy light appetizers and drinks this Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Admission costs $12 presale or $20 at the door.

Los Angeles Magazine’s 3rd Annual Whiskey Festival
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, March 15
Museum of Flying, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/whiskeyfestival/

Sip on whisky samples and enjoy appetizers this Thursday night in Santa Monica. Admission costs $95 and gets you unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
March 16-18
The W, Hollywood
http://lafw.net/

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

35th Annual San Diego Cake Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 16
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 17-18
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://sandiegocakeshow.com/

An all-ages expo for all things cakes and baked goods returns to San Diego this weekend. Classes, seminars, and contests/competitions will take place from Friday through Sunday. The vendor expo itself only takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Admission starts at $10 and goes up depending on what day you want to attend, your age, and what additional programming you wish to partake in.

Arcade Expo 4.0
2:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 16
11:00 am – 2:00 am, March 17
11:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 18
Arcade Expo, Banning
http://www.arcadeexpo.com/

Come see all things arcades at this weekend-long expo out in Banning. At this all-ages expo, see hundreds of different arcade machines, games, pinball machines, movies, seminars, vendors, food trucks, and much more. Admission varies depending on the date attending and age, ranging from $20 to $110, but all visitors get unlimited free play for all arcade games for the duration of the visit.

11th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 16
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://musinkfest.com/

Welcome to Musink, an all-ages music, tattoo, skateboarding, and pin-up festival that takes place at the OC Fairgrounds this weekend. Some of the largest names in punk rock will perform this weekend, such as Rancid and Bad Religion. Over 300 tattoo artists from around the world will fly in for the weekend. Tickets will remain on sale until the end of the fest on Sunday, so do not worry about not obtaining a ticket. Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so I highly recommend carpooling or getting dropped off.

Starpool’s 15th Anniversary Shows
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16-17
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://starpoolmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/106257280185805/

Get your skanking on this weekend in Santa Ana. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $12 each.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17
Worldwide

Too many places to name will do something special on this day, so check with your favorite local establishment to see what they have going on. Have a good time, and stay safe!

Veggiepalooza 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 17-18
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://fullertonarboretum.org/ps_veggiePalooza.php

Free to attend for all ages, a massive plant and vegetable sale will take place in Fullerton this weekend.

16th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, March 17
Parking lot east of Jack’s Beach Concession, Huntington Beach
http://eastweststrength.com/contest/

Free to attend for spectators, come watch a strongman competition down by the beach this Saturday morning.

L.A. Nature Fest
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, March 17-18
Natural History Museum, Exposition Park
http://www.nhm.org/naturefest

Learn about animals, plants, and more this weekend in Los Angeles. Admission ranges from $5 to $12, and provides full access to all of the exhibits and demos.

Claremont Pie Festival
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, March 17
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontpiefestival.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this street fair in Claremont this Saturday afternoon will have contests, demos, vendors, classic cars, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

24th Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 17
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.

Akiba Day #11
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 17
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://akibaday.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1754939588149348/

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

2018 West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 17
Tokyo Central, West Covina
http://esgvjcc.org/site/10-latest-announcements/225-2018-cherry-blossom-festival-2

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will find live entertainment, food, music, arts & crafts, and more.

Absolution Brewing Company’s 4th Anniversary Party
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 17
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
http://www.absolutionbrewingcompany.com/

Absolution Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of beer on tap for you to drink this Saturday. Free to attend, visitors will simply pay for beers as they go, or opt to purchase one of the beer packages. A $40 pass gets you unlimited firkin beer tasters from 1pm to 3pm, or four 20oz beer pours instead. Otherwise, the tasting room opens to the general public, where anyone can simply pay for individual beers just like normal business hours.

Phantom Carriage Brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Party
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 17
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/286765935185874/

Phantom Carriage turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of rare beers at their tasting room in Carson this Saturday. Unlike last year, they will not have a festival nor an admission fee – simply show up, buy the $15 anniversary glass, and then pay for beers as you go.

Gettin’ Lucky Burlesque
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 17
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

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

JFA – Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 17
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.jfamusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1661047057284966/

Rock out to some local punk rock music this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Logic Brewing 5th Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 18-24
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new beer daily, culminating with the release of their anniversary ale on Saturday. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k San Diego
6:00 am – 9:00 am, March 18
Petco Park, Downtown San Diego
http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego/

Run through Downtown San Diego this Sunday morning, and get lots of chocolate out of it, not just the hot drinkable kind. Registration costs $54 for the 5k or $74 for the 15k race.

33rd Annual Los Angeles Marathon
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 18
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://www.lamarathon.com/

The LA Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. If you intend to commute anywhere near this, plan your route accordingly.

8th Annual Adler Paddler
8:30 am – 1:00 pm, March 18
Naples Kayak Load & Launch, Long Beach
http://paddlewithpurpose.org/

A free and all-ages stand-up paddle race will take place in Long Beach this Sunday morning. They will have races as well as leisure paddling available.

Glitterfest Spring 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 18
Spring Field Banquet Center, Fullerton
http://www.glitterfest.com/

For $7, gain access to this all-ages vendor fair with mixed media art, jewelry, papier-mâché, sculptures, vintage home decor, and more.

2018 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 18
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.

Comic Book & Collectibles Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 18
Claremont Packing House, Claremont
http://www.claremontpackinghouse.com/events

Free to attend for all ages, this event will feature dozens of vendors selling comic books, art, toys, games, and other memorabilia.

Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
10:30 am – 5:30 pm, March 18
Central Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbcbfest.com/

This free and all-ages festival takes place this Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find real cherry blossoms, live entertainment, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more.

San Diego Magazine’s Brunch Bash 2018
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 18
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2018/Brunch-Bash-2018/

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.

5th Annual Buellton Wine & Chili Festival
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, March 18
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, Buellton
http://www.buelltonwineandchilifestival.com/

Sample food, wines, beers, and more this Sunday afternoon in Buellton. The $45 admission gets you unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. Teenagers enter for $20, while children enter for $10. Minors receive unlimited food samples and non-alcoholic drinks.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 4-10
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.

2018 All-Star Chef Classic
March 7-10
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.

16th Annual Southern California Linux Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 8-11
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale/16x

An expo for all things Linux comes to Pasadena this weekend. $20 gets you in to the expo floor to check out all the vendors and services.

22nd Annual Taste of Third
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 8
3rd Avenue b/t E St & G St, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/taste-of-third-avenue/

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.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 8
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.

13th Annual San Diego Cherry Blossom Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 9-11
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
http://www.niwa.org/cbf18

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.

2018 Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 9
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.

Into The Wild – OC Trail Run
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 10
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.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10-11
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/

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

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 10
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/142527236451622/

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.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 10
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!

Smorgasburg Saturday Pop Up on the Pier
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://la.smorgasburg.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/165877050722709/

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.

Golden Years Vintage Market
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10
2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.cameoappearancevintage.com/golden-years-1

A vintage clothing and vinyl records market will take place in Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will encounter dozens of vendors selling lots of local goods and gifts.

Holi Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10-11
Whittier Narrows Park, South El Monte
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-of-colors-los-angeles-ca/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the Festival of Colors this weekend. 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.

California Irish Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, March 10-11
Perris Auto Speedway, Perris
http://www.californiairishfest.com/

Celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by immersing yourself in the culture this weekend in Perris. Featuring authentic food, beer gardens, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, storytelling, merchandise vendors, athletic competitions, piping, and more, guests will find plenty to do here to remain occupied all day. Single-day admission costs $7.

OC Weekly’s Fresh Toast 2018
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, March 10
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.freshtoastoc.com/

Splurge on breakfast foods, beer, cocktails, coffee, and more this Saturday afternoon in Newport Beach. Tickets cost $40 per person and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual Orange County Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 10
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Dozens of microbreweries will gather here and pour all the beers that the guests can drink for the duration of the event. General admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm, while early bird admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. Tickets at the door cost $10 more. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

Best Coast Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 10
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.

OC Wine Fest 2018
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 10-11
A Stone’s Throw Winery, San Juan Capistrano
http://ocwinefest.com/

A wine-tasting event comes to Orange County this weekend. General admission costs $70 and provides unlimited drink tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. All-access admission costs $100 and also provides exclusive access to select wines. Parking costs $5 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Taste of Bressi
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 10
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.

2nd Annual Montrose Spring Wine Walk
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 10
Montrose Shopping Park, Glendale
http://shopmontrose.com/montrose-spring-wine-walk/

Sample wines from over 20 stations hosted by the local merchants and businesses. Each location will serve red and/or white wines plus delicious appetizers for your enjoyment, along with complimentary bottled water. Guests will also enjoy live music and activities throughout the area. Tickets to participate cost $45 per person. No one under 21 may participate.

Electric Asian Night Market
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 10
All Souls Church, Alhambra
http://www.electricnightmarket.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/497179677345075/

The night market craze comes to Alhambra this Saturday night, free for all ages. Visitors will find lots of cultural food and drinks, as well as live music and other entertainment.

6th Annual Rock Star Beer Festival San Diego
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 10
Humphreys By The Bay, San Diego
http://www.rockstarbeerfestivalsd.com/

A corporate beer festival comes to San Diego this Saturday night. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Tustin Hangar Half Marathon & 5k
7:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 11
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.

Santa Clarita Comic & Toy Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 11
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita
http://www.santaclaritacomictoyexpo.com/

Santa Clarita gets their own comics and toys convention this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $5 and includes free parking at the venue.

44th Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 11
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/44th-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 11
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://beatswapmeet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1619071004848360/

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.

Like a flash, the 2018 Long Beach Comic Expo came and went this past weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. This convention for all things comics moved to the convention center’s Hall A, and visitors had to enter from the west side. The main operations of the expo had not changed – hundreds of local comic book writers and artists exhibited their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more, either for sale or for show. Elsewhere in other rooms around the Exhibit Lobby, a number workshops and seminars occurred, ranging from speaker panels to art workshops to live activities. Cosplay Corner returned to the expo as a part of the show floor as like in previous years. Nothing else drastic changed from the previous years of the Long Beach Comic Expo; however, I experienced lower attendance than usual this past weekend compared to previous years. Last year’s expo faced bad weather, but this past weekend had nice weather, in addition to a holiday weekend.

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. Check out this collection of the great costumes from the 2017 Long Beach Comic Expo. If you recognize any of these awesome people, please leave a comment with a URL to the person’s website or Facebook page, as well as the reference costume & photo! If the image links go down, click here for the album.

The Fall expo, the Long Beach Comic Con, returns in early September. The Fall event should return to the exact same location as this past weekend’s event, and generally has a greater turnout due to more famous people in attendance. Until then, keep an eye out for other similar expos, such as WonderCon at the end of March, or Anime Expo in early July. You have plenty of time to work up that unique and amazing DIY costume that everyone will want to take a picture of.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 12-26
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.

12th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 15-28
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.

14th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 21-28
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.

1st Annual Taste of Alhambra Restaurant Week
January 22-28
Participating restaurants, Alhambra
http://downtownalhambra.com/event/taste-of-alhambra-june-22-28-2018/

Alhambra will host their first ever restaurant week this week. Over a dozen participating restaurants will have lunch and dinner specials – check with your favorite restaurant to see what they will have to offer.

1st Annual City of Tustin Restaurant Week
January 22-28
Participating restaurants, Tustin
http://tustinchamber.org/city-of-tustin-restaurant-week-1/

This week, a handful of restaurants in Tustin will have lunch and dinner specials. In order to receive these specials, you must purchase a wristband for $5 that will allow you to get the discounts. Check the website to see the participating restaurants and their specials.

3rd Annual Skacademy Awards
8:0 pm – 1:00 am, January 23
Soda Bar, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/149223139033578/

Southern Californian ska bands have banded together to throw an awards show dedicated to the booming SoCal ska scene. Various awards will go out to select bands, and a handful of ska bands will perform a set as well. The cover for this all-ages show costs $12.

15th Annual STARS of Santa Barbara
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, January 24
Leica Store & Gallery, West Hollywood
http://www.winela.com/starsofsantabarbara

Enjoy some wines and a silent auction in West Hollywood this Wednesday night. General admission costs $95, starts at 7pm, and includes unlimited wine and appetizer tastings while supplies last. VIP admission costs $195, starts at 6pm, and also includes a private dinner and wine tasting. No one under 21 may attend.

Animé Los Angeles 14
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 25
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, January 26-27
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 28
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 $70, while single-day passes range from $20 to $40.

Meat Up BBQ’s 3rd Year Anniversary
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 25
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1172914002840156/

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

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 25
Aurea Vista, Riverside
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Thursday night in Riverside, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual San Diego Caffeine Crawl
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 26
9:00 am – 4:30 pm, January 27
10:00 am – 2:30 pm, January 28
Various locations, San Diego County
http://www.caffeinecrawl.com/san-diego-2018.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!

2018 Golden State Tattoo Expo
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 26
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 27
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 28
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.

Alex’s Bar 18th Anniversary Shows
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 26-27
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1606183-melvins-long-beach/
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1606185-adolescents-long-beach/

Long Beach’s Alex’s Bar turns eighteen years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have two nights of punk rock this weekend. Tickets to each of these show vary in price, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter.

Reverend Horton Heat – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 26, The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 27, The Rose, Pasadena
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 28, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The Reverend Horton Heat will headline some shows in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

SoCal Spartan Race Super & Sprint 2018
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 27-28
Prado Regional Park, Chino
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/2983/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Lake Elsinore. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $159 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Valencia Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 27
Westfield Valencia Town Center, Santa Clarita
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/353110771821987/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

APCA Asian Pacific Lunar New Year Festival
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 27
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, merchandise, entertainment, arts & crafts, games, music, exhibits, fireworks, and more.

OC Weekly’s Viva Los Tacos
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 27
MainPlace Mall, Santa Ana
http://vivalostacosoc.com/

Stuff yourself with all the food and booze you can handle this Saturday in Santa Ana. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $55, starts at 12pm, and includes a goodie bag. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last, plus free parking. Although all-ages, anyone under 21 may not receive any alcoholic beverages.

Noods Noods Noods – SoCal Asian Food Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 27
eSports Arena, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.noodsfest.com/

Foodbeast returns with another food event this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana focused on Asian food. This event will operate much like their last few events. $10 gets you admission throughout the day into the area, where you can simply pay for food as you go. For the food fest experience, $60 gets you all-you-can-eat for four hours – two of these four-hour VIP sessions will take place, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

2nd Annual Los Angeles Beer & Food Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 27
Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake
http://labrewersguild.org/

The LA Brewers Guild will put on their first beer festival this Saturday afternoon in Silverlake. General admission costs $60 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass and unlimited food & beer while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Night On Broadway
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 27
Globe Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
http://nightonbroadway.la/

An evening of arts, culture and, entertainment arrives in Downtown LA this Saturday night. Check the website linked above for a full list of events, which details any admission fees or age limits.

2018 Los Angeles Uncorked Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 27
Union Station, Los Angeles
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/losangeles/

Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $60 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 5pm. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 27
Fifty Seven Degrees, San Diego
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/

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

Anti-Flag – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 27, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 28, The Troubadour, Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30, Soma, San Diego
http://anti-flag.com/

Famous punk rock band Anti-Flag currently tours across the nation, and that tour will stop by Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Museums Free-For-All
January 28
Participating Museums, Southern California
http://www.socalmuseums.org/

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

Pasadena Comic Con & Toy Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 28
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenacomicandtoyshow.com/

Pasadena gets their own all-ages convention dedicated to comics and toys this Sunday. General admission costs $10 and starts at 10am, while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am.

12th Annual CalComicCon
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, January 28
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.calcomiccon.com/

A small comic expo will come to Yorba Linda this Sunday. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10, and will contain dozens of comic artists and vendors.

Eagle Rock Brewery 8th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 28
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/

Eagle Rock Brewery turns eight this weekend, and to celebrate, the brewery will celebrate in style right at home at the tasting room. Guests pay $25 presale or $30 at the door to receive five drinks and a souvenir glass for this occasion. In addition, a handful of food trucks will stop by to serve the masses. No one under 21 may attend.

Four Sons Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 26
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/488306804886726/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

To Live & Dine in OC 2017
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, September 1
Laguna Design Center, Laguna Beach
http://www.modernluxury.com/orange-county/events/live-dine-oc-2017

Sample food and drinks from some of Orange County’s top restaurants this Thursday evening in Laguna Beach. Tickets cost $40 presale or $45 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Octoberflame IX
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 26-28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://tigerarmy.com/

Tiger Army will headline these all-ages shows this week at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to each show cost $30.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 27
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
6:00 am – 2:30 pm, October 29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.runrocknroll.com/los-angeles/

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

Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 27
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, October 28
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.stanleeslacomiccon.com/

One of the west coast’s largest multimedia pop culture expos returns to Downtown LA this weekend. Whether you like comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or anything else in the pop culture realm, anyone will surely find something to enjoy at the expo this weekend. Passes cost $30 to $45 for single days, or $80 for the entire weekend.

SoCal Spartan Race Beast & Sprint 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28-29
Snow Summit, Big Bear
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/2645/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Big Bear. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $149 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices. Use promo code 16SGX0243 to save 20% off registration.

36th Annual Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.thevillageclaremont.com/venture.html

At this free and all-ages event, thousands of visitors will get to check out arts & crafts from dozens of local artists, makers, and craftsmen. Visitors will also find merchandise, vendors, food, drinks, live music, arts & crafts, and more.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 29
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/

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

Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 29
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/cactus.htm

Buy some plants to adorn your home this weekend in Encinitas. With the price of admission into the garden, you can browse countless plants from small to big that you can purchase.

Family Fall Festival 2017
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 28
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/family-fall.htm

Celebrate the season with fall-themed activities, pumpkin painting, Halloween crafts, a petting zoo, and more with just the cost of admission to the garden.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 28
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA West L.A. & Valley
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 28
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.pacificstandardtime.org/

This Saturday, enjoy FREE access to eight museums and 13 exhibits throughout LA County. See the website for the list of participating locations.

Taste Talks Los Angeles
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 28
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 29
Various locations, Downtown Los Angeles
http://losangeles.tastetalks.com/

A food industry conference comes to Los Angeles this weekend, complete with mixers, parties, sit-down meals, seminars, speakers, demos, samples, and more. Admission starts at $49.

3rd Annual San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Fest
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 28
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomacncheese.com/

Sample as much gourmet mac & cheese as you can handle this Saturday afternoon in San Diego, while supplies last. Admission costs $35 and comes with ten 2oz beer tasters from participating local breweries. No one under 21 may attend.

Golden Years Vintage Market
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.cameoappearancevintage.com/golden-years/

A vintage clothing and vinyl records market will take place in Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will encounter dozens of vendors selling lots of local goods and gifts.

3rd Annual SoCal VegFest
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 28-29
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://socalvegfest.org/

This food fair takes place this weekend in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find food samples, live music, cooking demos, children’s entertainment, live yoga demos, vendors, and other services. Daily admission cost $5 presale or $10 at the door.

Halloween ComicFest 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 28
Comics Factory, Pasadena
http://www.comicsfactory.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1745555489080662/

Free to attend for all ages, Comics Factory in Pasadena will have free comic books for visitors this Saturday afternoon. They will also have a costume contest and other giveaways.

Super Dimension Convention 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 28
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance
http://superdimensioncon.com/

A convention for all things Macross and mecha comes to Torrance this Saturday. Admission starts at $15 and gets you access to the event plus a tote bag and magnet. Higher tiers of admission will grant additional souvenirs and special access to certain areas.

93rd Annual Anaheim Fall Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 28
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimfallfestival.org/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, find games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, live entertainment, costume contests, a petting zoo, a parade, and more.

Halloween Comic Fest 2017
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 28
Phat Collectibles, La Habra
http://www.phatcollectibles.com/

Free to attend for all ages, Phat Collectibles in La Habra will have free comic books for visitors this Saturday afternoon. They will also have a costume contest and other giveaways.

9th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 28
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://pizzaport.com/locations/san-clemente/

Drink beers and feel merry at Pizza Port in San Clemente this Saturday. Admission costs $35 and comes with eight 4oz beer tasters, and attendees can purchase additional beer tasters for $1 each. Attendees can purchase food from the restaurant throughout the day.

Punk in Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
SeaLegs at the Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://punkindrublicfest.com/huntington-beach/

Alcohol and punk rock collide in this epic festival taking place this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Co-organized by the founder of OC Brew Ha Ha, this festival will bring together some of the region’s top breweries and wineries, as well as some top names in punk rock. Admission starts at $69 and gets you in to the festival at certain times depending on which admission you purchased. All attendees receive unlimited beer or wine tastings while supplies last until 4pm. After 4pm, attendees will have to pay for drinks. The music will last all day. Attendees should bring cash for food and drinks after 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

The Growlers Six Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 28-29
Port of Los Angeles Outer Harbor, San Pedro
http://thegrowlerssix.com/

A huge all-ages concert takes place in San Pedro this weekend with a variety of music genres. Tickets start at $99.

18th Annual Dia De Los Muertos
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 28
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood
http://www.ladayofthedead.com/

Celebrate this cultural holiday at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Hollywood. Attendees will find arts & crafts, art exhibits, costume contests, music, live entertainment, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 per person.

6th Annual Rancho BEERnardo Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 28
Webb Park, Rancho Bernardo
http://ranchobeernardofestival.com/

Rancho Bernardo’s beer festival returns for its sixth year this week. Each day this week leading up to the festival, a nearby restaurant will offer special beer pairing dinners. On Saturday, the tasting event will take place where attendees can sip on beers and wines, enjoy food, live music, and more. Admission costs $40 for one person or $70 for two tickets, and comes with 15 tasting tickets and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Long Beach Zombie Walk
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://shorelinevillage.com/long-beach-zombie-walk-presented-by-shoreline-village-2017/

This zombie festival takes place throughout Shoreline Village in Long Beach this weekend. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Free to attend, this event will have many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s Oktoberfest 2017
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://pacificplatebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1941642949493432/

Monrovia’s Pacific Plate Brewing will have Oktoberfest activities at their tasting room this Saturday. The $15 admission gets you one beer, one sausage food item, and one pretzel.

Halloween Capers
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 28
Uptown Whittier, Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/capers/

A free and all-ages Halloween festival comes to Uptown Whittier this Saturday afternoon.

16th Annual Skalloween
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 29
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/109498303059169/

An all-day all-ages ska show will take place in Silverlake this Sunday. Tickets cost $7 presale, $12 at the door, or $10 at the door with a costume on.

5th Annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 28
Rusty’s Surf Ranch, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/211551212699899/

A zombie-themed pub crawl will take place in Santa Monica this Saturday night. Participation costs $12 presale or $15 on the day of the event, but does not include any drinks – attendees must pay for their own drinks.

4th Annual San Diego Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

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

The Darlings – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 27
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/161049397805658/

Rock out to some local music this Saturday night in San Diego. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Beach Streets: Uptown
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 29
Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://beachstreets.com/

Long Beach has its own version of a ciclovia where the city officials closes a portion of the city to vehicular traffic to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to freely roam the streets. This Saturday, that will occur in Bixby Knolls and surrounding streets. Plan your commute accordingly.

15th Annual Celebrate The Craft
11:30 am – 3:00 pm, October 29
The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla
http://www.lodgetorreypines.com/celebrate-the-craft

Enjoy food, beer, wine, and other local goodies this Sunday afternoon in La Jolla. Tickets cost $135 and provides unlimited tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

17th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 29
Marina Vista Park, Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html

Expect to see over 500 costumed dogs at this annual parade through Belmont Shore, as featured on the Kevin & Bean Show! Kids and adults may also enter a costume contest to win cash prizes. Presale entries cost $10 per dog, with prices rising on the day of the event.

SWMRS, The Interrupters, and more
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 29
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1901229280131216/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Sunday night in San Diego. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

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, the 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 the coast two hours to Los Angeles County? LA County hosts a handful of comics events and cons, some of which can appear as large as the San Diego one, such as Nerdbot-Con.

Nerdbot-Con 2017 returned to the Pasadena Convention Center this past Saturday to a massive crowd easily in the thousands. For as large a turnout that appeared, this expo consumed the entirety of the conference center, the entire east building, to hold that many fans. Taking place in all rooms of the conference center, dozens of comic book writers and artists traveled here to exhibit their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more. 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. Throughout the day, various activities took place on the show floor to keep attendees entertained, such as live bands, scene reenactments, karaoke, dancing, and more.

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. Watch in amazement the best of the best of this year’s Nerdbot-Con.

Missed out on Nerdbot-Con? Keep an eye out for other similar expos, such as Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con in late October, BlizzCon in early November, and Anime Los Angeles in late January. You have plenty of time to work up that unique and amazing DIY costume that everyone will want to take a picture of.

26th Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 12
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.pfar.org/pfar-charitable-foundation/taste-of-old-pasadena/

The Taste of Old Pasadena returns tomorrow to Old Town Pasadena. Over 30 diverse restaurants will sample their food & drinks for just $35 per person. Maps and signs will guide all attendees to find the food.

4th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 13
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 14
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.cwcbexpo.com/

Explore the business of the cannabis industry during this expo this week at the LA Convention Center. Intended only for those in the industry, attendees will connect and network with other professionals in the industry to obtain information about starting a cannabis business, running a cannabis business, providing equity/investment resources, or providing professional/business services. Registration for the expo starts at $125.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 13
Downtown Pacific Beach
http://www.pacificbeach.org/

Take a stroll through Pacific Beach this Wednesday evening and sample on a variety of foods from the local participating restaurants. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last.

To Live And Dine In S.D.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 13
Farmer & The Seahorse, San Diego
http://modernluxury.com/san-diego/events/live-dine-2017

A food & alcohol tasting event will take place this Wednesday evening in San Diego. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door, and gets you in to enjoy unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

25th Annual Taste of Downtown San Diego
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
Rustic Root, San Diego
http://downtownsandiego.org/events/tasteofdt/

Take a stroll through Downtown San Diego as you enjoy food samples from restaurants throughout Downtown San Diego this Thursday evening. For $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event, enjoy food samples from over 40 restaurants in Downtown all serving their flagship foods.

Savor Santa Ana
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.savorsantaana.com/

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

Taste of 10: Celebrating 10 Years of The District at Tustin Legacy
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 14
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
http://localemagazine.com/localendar/taste-10-celebrating-10-years-district-tustin-legacy/

Sample food and drinks from over a dozen Tustin restaurants this Thursday night in Tustin. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, and gets you unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

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

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

5th Annual Good Food Showcase
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 15
Coastal Roots Farm, Encinitas
http://www.sdchip.org/

Check out local farms, chefs, and products this Friday afternoon in Encinitas. Admission costs $10 and gets you access to all the exhibitors on site.

19th Annual Sand Sports Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 15
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 16
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.sandsportssupershow.com/

Satiate your adrenaline with the Sand Sports Super Show this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds. See hundreds of ATVs, monster trucks, and many other vehicles all in one space. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $15, while children 12 and under enter free with paid adult admission. Bring extra cash for parking which ranges from $5 to $10.

Los Angeles Anime Film Festival 2017
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, September 15
10:30 am – 12:00 am, September 16-17
Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.la-aff.com/

Over 20 anime movies will air this weekend in Downtown LA. This event does not feature an all-inclusive pass – rather, you simply pay to see the movie(s) you want to watch. See the website for a list and schedule of movies.

California Beer Festival – Ventura
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 15
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, September 16
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 17
Mission Park, Downtown Ventura
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

The California Beer Festival invades Ventura this weekend with three separate events. On Friday, attend a food & beer pairing competition for $60 where five chefs and five brewers compete for the best beer & food pairing in show. Saturday represents their beer tasting event with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. General admission to this costs $55 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $80 and starts at 11:30am. No one under 21 may attend on Saturday. On Sunday, admission costs $30 and provides access to a plethora of food and beer vendors along with live blues music all day. All attendees will have to pay for food and drinks separately on Sunday.

Son of Monsterpalooza 2017
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 15
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 16-17
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, Burbank
http://www.monsterpalooza.com/

Basically, a convention for horror, Halloween, and other similar media. Check out costumes, apparel, accessories, toys, media, speakers, demos, celebrities, artists, and more all this weekend in Burbank. Admission to this all-ages event costs $25 per day or $60 for the full weekend.

17th Annual Bike Walk & Roll
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 16
New Harvest Educational Facility, Norwalk
http://www.bikewalkandroll.com/

Join in on this community bike fest going on all day this Saturday starting in Norwalk. This celebration features a multitude of events, from bike rides to a 10k walk to a family fun day to a BBQ competition. All active events start early in the morning, and the website features the full schedule of when every single event starts. From 10am to 6pm, check out a FREE all-ages fair in Norwalk, complete with food, music, games, rides, vendors, arts & crafts, and more.

Bubble Run San Diego
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 16
Mattress Firm Amphitheater, Chula Vista
http://www.bubblerun.com/events/san-diego/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race around the Sleep Train Amphitheater. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

13th Annual Moompetam: Native American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/moompetam/

This weekend celebration will feature traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating the indigenous California maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay. All aquarium visitors gain access to this festival, so anyone with regular aquarium admission can check this event out.

Oceanside Harbor Days 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside
http://www.oceansidechamber.com/oceanside-harbor-days.html

A handful of events will occur in Oceanside this weekend, including a surfing competition, volleyball tournament, CrossFit competition, classic car show, skating demo, and more. These events cost nothing to attend and spectate, while participation requires registration, of which the deadline has already passed.

Mountain Lakes 7th Annual End of Summer Run
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 16
Mountain Lakes Resort, Lytle Creek
http://www.mountainlakesca.com/

A car show will take place in the mountains north of Fontana this Saturday, free to attend for all ages.

2017 Long Beach Triathlon & Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 16
4:00 am – 10:00 am, September 17
Marina Green, Downtown Long Beach
http://thelongbeachtriathlon.com/

Test your physical prowess with this triathlon as you swim, run, and bike your way around Downtown Long Beach. An expo where visitors can explore and learn about the triathlon will occur on Saturday at Marina Green, and participating athletes can pick up their race packets at this expo. The actual triathlon starts at 7am on Sunday morning. Registration varies in price, with individual registration costing $140. All participants receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, finisher medal, post-race food & entertainment, a swim cap, and exclusive access to online results & professional photos.

Huntington Beach Surf City Days 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 16-17
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/surf-city-days2.html

A handful of events will occur in Downtown Huntington Beach this weekend, including a surfing competition, volleyball tournament, CrossFit competition, classic car show, skating demo, and more. These events cost nothing to attend and spectate, while participation requires registration, of which the deadline has already passed.

2nd Annual California Vegetarian Food Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.cavegfoodfest.com/

This event focuses on the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, not necessarily the food. As such, expect to find speakers, celebrities, cooking demos, seminars, vendors selling vegan accessories and apparel, and more. Admission costs $20 per day but does not include any food.

10th Annual Orange County Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
Central Library Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.pacifichealthpartners.org/

Immerse yourself in Pacific Islander culture at this FREE and all-ages festival this weekend in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find food, live music, entertainment, merchandise, activities, and more.

San Diego Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://womensexposandiego.com/

This two-day expo in San Diego 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.

1st Annual San Diego Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://www.sandiegocookiecon.com/

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $25, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

5th Annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 16
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.folkrevivalfestival.com/

This all-ages event will showcase over 20 folk and roots music acts. Other highlights include the Port of Long Beach Kids Pumpkin Patch, Polly’s Pies pie-eating contest, and the LB Beard Advocates mustache/beard contest. Local craft breweries and a variety of food trucks will serve food & drinks to attendees. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $75 and includes access to a VIP lounge area. No one under 21 may attend as a VIP.

San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival 2017
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 16-17
Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.sjcgreekfest.org/

South Orange County gets their own Greek festival this weekend, free to attend for all ages. Visitors will find food, treats, live entertainment, rides, games, vendors, and more.

5th Annual OC Fest of Ales
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 16
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.festofales.com/

OC Fest of Ales returns to Downtown Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. The $70 admission grants you access to unlimited food AND beer while supplies last, plus a souvenir cup and bottle opener. Guests will also find all the usual beer festival festivities, such as games, live music, a homebrew competition, vendors, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Montebello Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 16
Montebello City Park, Montebello
http://www.keepingtheculturealive.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event, find artist, vendors, food trucks, live art demos, raffles, music, and more.

5th Annual Battle of the Tequileros
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 16
Taco Rosa, Newport Beach
http://www.tacorosa.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/battle-of-the-tequileros-v-tickets-36834725656

$75 gets you in to sample all the tequila and drinks that you can handle for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Horton’s Hayride
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 16
S. S. Lane Victory, San Pedro
http://www.hortonshayride.com/

Enjoy live music at this all-day all-ages rockabilly festival from the great sets of the Reverend Horton Heat, The Bouncing Souls, and more, and check out the great food, classic cars, and pinup models. Tickets to this event cost only $25.

2nd Annual Open Arts & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
Brand Boulevard, Glendale
http://openartsmusic.com/

A free and all-ages music and art festival comes to the streets of Glendale this Saturday.

15th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
http://www.tarfest.com/

This music & art festival returns this Saturday to the La Brea Tar Pits in West LA. Free to attend and open to all ages, guests will experience live music, live painting, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more.

2nd Annual Monrovia Station Beer & Music Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 16
Metro Gold Line Monrovia Station, Monrovia
http://www.monroviacc.com/

To celebrate the annivesary of Station Square Park & Metro Gold Line, Monrovia will have a beer and music festival there this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 4pm. Admission at the gate costs $60, if any tickets remain. All attendees receive fifteen 6oz beer tasters, plus access to local food vendors and the live music stage. No one under 21 may attend.

Downey International Food & Music Festival 2017
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 16
Downey Ave & 3rd St, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/

Downtown Downey will bustle with activity this Saturday evening. On Downey Avenue in downtown, visitors of all ages can walk the street for free to check out local restaurants serving food here, plus a beer & wine garden, kids’ zone, live music, and an outdoor movie at night.

OC Roller Girls – Blocktoberfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/

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

Los Kung Fu Monkeys – Free Show
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 16
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/123317141624872/

Get your skanking on at this free skacore show this Saturday night in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Slow Children – Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 16
De Via Bella Pizza & Sports Bar, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1966164253651729/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Riverside. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 16
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in San Diego, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
September 17-24
Lake Forest
http://www.lakeforestbusiness.com/148/Shop-Dine

Explore the local businesses of Lake Forest during this eight-day period. Various restaurants and shops will have specials this week, which will culminate with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, September 24th.

2017 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
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.

StanceNation SoCal
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 17
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.stancenation.com/

A car show comes to the Anaheim Convention Center this Sunday afternoon. Presale admission costs $30 but has already sold out, and they have not specified how much admission will cost at the door.

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, the 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 the coast two hours to Long Beach? After all, Long Beach plays home to the semiannual Long Beach Comic Con, which costs less to attend and has not ever sold out.

The 2017 Long Beach Comic Con returned to the Long Beach Convention Center this past weekend to a massive crowd easily in the thousands. For as large a turnout that appeared, this expo consumed two of the convention center’s halls to hold that many fans. Taking place in both Halls B & C, hundreds of local comic book writers and artists traveled here to exhibit their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more. In addition to the expo on the show floor, various workshops and seminars took place in the nearby meeting rooms for those who registered ahead of time. Diehard fans will recognize the various celebrities sitting in for meet & greet and autograph sessions. For a large 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. Watch in amazement the best of the best of this year’s Long Beach Comic Con.

Earlier I had mentioned that this event occurs semiannually. Just like earlier this year, the comic con took place across two days, while the Spring event operates as the Long Beach Comic Expo. The next expo will take place in the middle of February next year back at the Long Beach Convention Center. Although existing under a different name, the same organizer runs both events, so you can expect largely the same things at the Spring expo. You can check out what else they have in store on their Facebook page and Twitter feed. Until then, keep an eye out for other similar expos, such as Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con in late October, BlizzCon in early November, and Anime Los Angeles in late January. You have plenty of time to work up that unique and amazing DIY costume that everyone will want to take a picture of.

The 2017 Long Beach Comic Con returns to the Long Beach Convention Center this upcoming weekend. This two-day all-ages expo of comics, video games, anime, manga, and toys brings together fans, artists, designers, and more from around the world to meet with like minds and share interests. With plenty of speakers and workshops, the expo ensures that any attendee would find something to stay occupied. The Long Beach Comic Con has plenty more information to share on their website, as well as all their social media, such as their Facebook and Twitter pages. For those posting about the event, use the hashtags #LBCC #LBCC17 or #LBCC2017 since all three will refer to the event.

The convention runs on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend: starting at 10am to 7pm on Saturday, and 10:30am to 5pm on Sunday. Purchase your admission by 5pm this Friday to gain access to the convention half an hour earlier. Presale admission costs $40 to attend on Saturday, $35 to attend on Sunday, or $60 for the entire weekend. Admission passes at the door will cost $5 extra. Parking at the convention center costs $10 per vehicle. Those looking for free parking will not find much in Downtown Long Beach, so either park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or take public transportation from elsewhere. This expo takes place mainly indoors, so most visitors will not have to worry about sunlight or excess heat; however, anyone intending to remain outside for prolonged periods for photographs should apply sunscreen just in case.

What comic convention can rightfully call themselves a Comic Con without cosplay? Hundreds of attendees always display their creativity and craftsmanship with the various costumes donned to this expo. Sure the majority wear costumes less original than anticipated (such as Star Wars characters – sorry Slave Leia fans), but for those who put on something new or different, I salute them all. Check out some of the better costumes from last year: