Posts Tagged ‘Cookie Con’

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.

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.

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The Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show returned to the Los Angeles Convention Center this past weekend for its third year running. As the name suggests, this event featured all manners of sweets and desserts, but especially cookies and anything related to cookies. From traditional cookies to cookie sandwiches to cookie ice cream to cookie cups, if it had to do with cookies, attendees would find it here. This year’s event setup largely resembled last year – in the first year, it took place at the Pasadena Convention Center. Due to overwhelming popularity, they moved it to the LA Convention Center, expanded the event to two days, and tripled the ticket price. However, last year’s event STILL sold out. This year, admission went up to $60, and it still appeared as though they sold out once again.

Although now in their third year, it appears that some things never change. For the most part, the organizers have solved the problem of most of the lines. Last year, attendees had to wait in a line outside the convention center to even enter, and then once inside had to wait in a line to scan their tickets, and then wait in another line to get into the expo hall where the event took place. All of that did not exist this time – what lines did remain resided within the expo halls. Despite the best efforts to qualm all the line-waiting that attendees did, no one could avoid the massive lines for the vendors once inside the expo hall. Once inside, all the attendees faced lines upon lines for the few vendors that had samples. At this Cookie Con, less than half the vendors had actual samples for attendees to try – most of the vendors set up to sell things, such as products or services. Basically, attendees paid $60 in order to wait in lines to spend even more money. At this rate, eating $60’s worth of food would only occur if this event had a quarter of the amount of attendees so that everyone could efficiently reach the front of lines. In reality, it took half an hour of waiting in each line to finally get a sample of a cookie or some other dessert. On the other hand, the few vendors that had savory foods instead of sweets did not have bad lines, so I could easily get food samples such as jerky and tamales.

I fully expect Cookie Con to return next year, and likely with increased admission once again. When Southern California has food fests similar to this that cost like $175 or more to get in and sell out all the time, Cookie Con can just keep raising their prices, and would still sell out. If paying exorbitant admission fees to see these vendors sounds bad to you, just independently support the businesses on your own, such as Maya Brigadeiro or Bad Pickle Tees. The Cookie Con site (linked above) has a full list of all the vendors. By directly supporting the vendors, you omit the admission fees of going to an event, and you get to select what you want to see without the hassle of dealing with crowds of people and the dozens of strollers taking up space. Plenty of other dessert events will come up soon in the greater Los Angeles area, so check out my weekly events post every Monday to see how you can satisfy your sweet tooth.

The 3rd Annual Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend. As the name suggests, this all-ages event features all manners of sweets and desserts, but especially cookies and anything related to cookies. From traditional cookies to cookie sandwiches to cookie ice cream to cookie cups, if it has to do with cookies, attendees will find it here. The price of admission actually went down this year from last year’s $50 admission. However, they have introduced multiple levels of attendance, from as low as $20 up to $60. I do not understand why, as they sold out last year even with the $50 admission. Parking at the convention center costs $20 per vehicle.

As anyone can guess, this event draws massive attention from the local populace. As of the time of this post, Saturday has already completely sold out. For anyone planning to attend Saturday, expect wall-to-wall people with long lines at every booth. I highly suggest early arrival, as the line to get in to the building takes about half an hour to clear through, and then you have to face another line to enter the convention hall. Once inside the actual event, you will have to endure even more lines to get to the vendors. I hope you bring your patience this weekend, as well as comfortable shoes, and cash since you will have to pay for the food you consume here. By the way, very few of the vendors actually bring samples – the vendors need to make a profit, after all!

Do some research about the businesses that will attend Cookie Con. Local businesses such as Velvet Rope Bake Shop or Bad Pickle Tees often set up at other cheaper, less crowded events. The Cookie Con site (linked above) has a full list of all the vendors. By directly supporting the vendors, you omit the middleman, and you get to select what you want without the hassle of dealing with crowds of people and the dozens of strollers taking up space. Plenty of other dessert events will come up soon in the greater Los Angeles area, so check out my weekly events post every Monday to see how you can satisfy your sweet tooth.

Mustard Plug 2017 West Coast Tour
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 13, Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 14, Slide Bar, Fullerton
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, February 15, The Casbah, San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 18, The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.mustardplug.com/

Famous ska band Mustard Plug currently tours across the west coast, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so refer to Mustard Plug’s website for show details.

Valentine’s Day
February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day! Many businesses may offer special meals for this occasion, so check with your favorite local establishment to see if they have anything special to offer. This includes non-food places, such as museums.

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, February 14
Eat Drink Americano, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/wcc

Indulge in a cheese, chocolate, and wine pairing session this Tuesday night in Downtown LA. Admission costs $90 per person, and includes all foods and wines that attendees will enjoy. No one under 21 may attend.

Naughty Valentines Burlesque Show
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, February 14
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Come see some sultry dancing this Tuesday night in Long Beach. Admission starts at $10 and goes up depending on where you want to stand or sit, with a dinner package available as well, starting at $50.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 15
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 16-18
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Reel Big Fish: 2017 US Winter Tour
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 16, The Belasco Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 17, House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.reel-big-fish.com/

Reel Big Fish currently tours across the country as part of their annual winter tour, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so check the venue’s link for details.

Fang: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 16, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 17, The Garage, Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 18, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 19, Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.fangofficial.com/

Hardcore punk band Fang will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices will vary by the show’s location, so refer to Fang’s website for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

5th Annual San Diego Comic Fest
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 17
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 18-19
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 20
Four Points by Sheraton, Parkview, San Diego
http://www.sdcomicfest.org/

Much smaller and more intimate than the San Diego Comic Con, this weekend expo will feature artists, writers, actors, models, screenings, speakers, autograph sessions, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more. Admission on Saturday or Sunday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. Admission for Monday costs $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and still free for children. A 4-day weekend pass costs $50 for adults, $25 for children, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.

Foam Wonderland – Climax Tour 2017
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 17
City National Grove, Anaheim
http://foamwonderland.com/

Want to get covered in foam without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out this foam party this Friday night in Anaheim. Take a nighttime EDM scene, throw in colors, lights, and foam, and you have one messy and wet dance party. Tickets start at $58. No one under 18 may attend.

Blanks 77 – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 17, The Observatory, Santa Ana
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 18, Club Los Globos, Silverlake
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 19, Soda Bar, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/Blanks-77-256493316808/

Oi punk band Blanks 77 will headline a group of shows this weekend in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary by location, so check on their Facebook page for prices for each show.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 17, Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 18, Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Friday night in Hermosa Beach, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10 for Friday in Hermosa Beach, or $15 for Saturday in Riverside. No one under 21 may enter.

Rock The Boat: Love Stinks
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 17
Grand Romance Riverboat, Long Beach
http://www.rocktheboatla.com/

Take a boat ride out to sea this Friday night to enjoy an unregulated no-limits skacore show. Admission costs $25 presale. No one under 21 may attend.

Insane Inflatable 5K San Diego
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 18
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/san-diego-ca/

It appears that people will do anything to break the mundane cycle of 5k runs. Introducing the Insane Inflatable 5K, a 5k obstacle course that takes you through inflatable obstacles. You remember these things as a kid. Now endure them as you challenge yourself and others to get through over three miles of this stuff. Registration costs $65 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.

24th Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 18-19
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.queenmary.com/events/scotsfestival/

Exhibit and explore Scottish culture this weekend at the Queen Mary’s annual Scottish Festival. Open to all ages, this festival will allow guests to experience Scottish music, dancing, athletic competitions, food, apparel, merchandise, and more. Plenty of activities will keep guests of all ages occupied, such as a kids’ zone and petting zoo for little ones, and a darts tournament and whiskey tastings for adults. Saturday ticket-holders also receive a discount for the ensuing Scottish music concert at night (see event below). Single-day tickets cost $19 for adults, while other ticket packages will vary in prices. Parking will get hectic, so I highly recommend taking the FREE Passport bus from downtown to here. As the majority of the fest takes place outdoors, I suggest applying sunscreen and dressing for outdoor weather.

12th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 18-19
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://travelshows.com/losangeles

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $11 for one day, or $18 for both days.

2017 Long Beach Comic Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 18
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 19
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://longbeachcomicexpo.com/

Comic fans rejoice! The Long Beach Comic Expo returns for its annual installment at the Long Beach Convention Center this Saturday. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $50 for both days, giving guests all-day entry to the all-ages expo, where they can find plenty of merchandise, vendors, workshops, seminars, comic book signings/autographs, and more. Expect hundreds of cosplayers, as both exhibitors and attendees will dress up as their favorite fictional character. The convention center will sell food to hungry guests, but you can also check out the other great restaurants nearby if you get hungry, plus the bike fest going on across the street. Convention Center parking costs $10, so I suggest taking carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave and walking to the Convention Center.

Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 18
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 19
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, San Diego
http://www.petexposandiego.com/

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

Santa Anita Winners’ Circle Chili Cook Off
10:30 am – 6:00 pm, February 18
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanitabbq.com/santa-anita-chili-2017/

Enjoy chili tastings from local cooks as they enter their prized chili recipes in hopes of taking home the grand prize. General admission costs $10 and provides entry to the event as well as access to the racetrack and betting. All food and drinks sold separately.

3rd Annual Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 18
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 19
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.lacookiecon.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.

16th Annual Venice Beach Mardi Gras
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 18
Venice Beach, Venice
http://www.visitveniceca.com/calendar/2017mardigras/

Get wild this Saturday afternoon in Venice Beach. Free to attend for all ages, expect to see of of wild and vibrant outfits in this parade. The public may jump in to the parade too!

Free Punk Rock Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 18
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/343804072685338/

Enjoy a FREE local punk rock show this Saturday afternoon in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Air + Style Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 18-19
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://airandstyle.com/los-angeles-2/

Music and snowboarding collide at this extreme sports event this weekend in Los Angeles. Tickets to this concert start at $79 and go up depending on your mode of attendance.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 18
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

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

Anti Social: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 18
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1694642954199516/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0
February 19-25
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dineoutlongbeach.com/

The city of Long Beach has so many fine restaurants that they will have an entire week to celebrate the bounty. During this 7-day period, participating restaurants will have various food & drink specials. Check the website linked above for a list of participating restaurants and their specials.

Crave Expo
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 19
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.craveexpo.com/

Basically, a gourmet food truck or mobile food vendor fest. Preregister on their website to enter for free, or pay $10 at the gate to enter the event, and you gain access to a plethora of various food and beverage vendors. The admission only grants you entry, nothing else. Attendees will need to bring plenty of cash to pay for any food or drinks they intend to consume. Regular admission starts at 12pm, while a special VIP hour will take place starting at 11am. Dress appropriately for outdoor weather, including sunscreen for those intending to stay long. The venue provides free parking.

The Downton Abbey Tea
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 19
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/356173821431857/

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

The 2nd Annual Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show returned this past weekend to its new home at the Los Angeles Convention Center. As the name suggests, this event featured all manners of sweets and desserts, but especially cookies and anything related to cookies. From traditional cookies to cookie sandwiches to cookie ice cream to cookie cups, if it had to do with cookies, attendees would find it here. For this second year, in order to attempt to accommodate more attendees, the organizers moved the event from the Pasadena Convention Center to the Los Angeles Convention Center, and made the event last two days. They also increased the price of admission from $17 to $50 in an attempt to curb the sheer amount of attendees. However, this still had no effect on admission, as the event still sold out.

For the second time running this event, one would think that the organizer ironed out all the kinks by now, but alas, the infinite lines still existed. While general admission started at 11am, hundreds of attendees remained outdoors in line to scan their tickets for an additional half hour. Once inside the building, general admission attendees had to wait another half hour or so to finally enter the convention hall where Cookie Con would take place. Finally inside, all the attendees faced lines upon lines for the few vendors that had samples. At this Cookie Con, less than half the vendors had actual samples for attendees to try – most of the vendors set up to sell things, such as products or services. Basically, attendees paid $50 in order to wait in lines to spend even more money. At this rate, eating $50’s worth of food would only occur if this event had a quarter of the amount of attendees so that everyone could efficiently reach the front of lines. In reality, it took half an hour of waiting in each line to finally get a sample of a cookie or some other dessert.

Knowing how the organizer runs things, they will likely bring Cookie Con back next year. Do yourself a favor and avoid this event – just independently support the businesses on your own, such as Velvet Rope Bake Shop or Bad Pickle Tees. The Cookie Con site (linked above) has a full list of all the vendors. By directly supporting the vendors, you omit the middleman, and you get to select what you want without the hassle of dealing with crowds of people and the dozens of strollers taking up space. The layout of Cookie Con greatly resembled Sugar Rush, which cost less to attend, had just as many free unlimited samples, and did not have as many people, allowing attendees to eat to their hearts’ content. Plenty of other dessert events will come up soon in the greater Los Angeles area, so check out my weekly events post every Monday to see how you can satisfy your sweet tooth.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, February 3
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 4-6
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

City Tavern DTLA’s 2nd Birthday Celebration
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 4
City Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.citytaverndtla.com/

City Tavern’s Downtown LA location turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have food and drink specials this Thursday night.

College & Food Truck Night
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 4
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/collegenight/

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

Hyper Local Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 4
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/

This Thursday night, The Rookery in Pomona will have four select local craft beers on tap for $4.

El Segundo Brewing’s Dankbowl 2016
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 5-7
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://www.elsegundobrewing.com/

El Segundo Brewing will have special events this weekend that coincide with the big game. On Friday, they will bring back their Power Plant Triple IPA. On Saturday, they will have a lineup of Double IPA’s on tap. On Sunday, they will have a viewing party for the big game.

Ballast Point Tap Takeover
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 5
Board & Brew, Anaheim Hills
http://www.boardandbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/579957418819629/

This Friday evening, find Ballast Point’s fruit-inspired brews on tap at Board & Brew in Anaheim Hills.

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

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

Taste of Night Market
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 5-6
The Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://www.tasteofnightmarket.com/

The organizers of the inaugural 626 Night Market brings their successful night market to Santa Monica this weekend. As a spinoff of the 626 Night Market, this event will focus on the food and drink aspects, with tastings available from dozens of Asian-themed vendors. General admission starts at 6pm while VIP admission starts at 5pm. Prices start at $65 and go up to $95.

Luicidal @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:30 pm – 12:30 pm, February 5
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/657775887697976/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Gears and The Angry Samoans: Live in SoCal
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 5, The Garage, Ventura http://www.badsampresents.com/event/228670
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 6, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim http://thegearsatdollhut.brownpapertickets.com/

Local punk rock bands The Gears and The Angry Samoans will perform at these two shows this week in Southern California. The cover for each of these shows cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 5
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1070885-secret-affair-long-beach/

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

Super Kids Saturday 5K & Fun Run
7:30 am – 12:00 pm, February 6
Granada Beach, Long Beach
http://www.millerchildrenshospitallb.org/5K

Participate in a 5K run this Saturday morning and raise money for charity. Registration costs $30.

Geeks In Love Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 6-7
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1044883558908874/

Check out this FREE and all-ages arts & craft fair this weekend in Burbank, which follows a love and Valentine’s Day theme.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Irvine Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 6
Irvine Spectrum, Irvine
http://www.facebook.com/events/1654582321474439/

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

Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 6
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 7
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.lacookiecon.com/

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $17, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

2nd Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 6
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://sglunarnewyear.org/

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

12th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 6
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/chocolate-festival/

The Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest, the return of the Cake Walk, and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies.m Completely free to attend, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest in front of Chase Bank. Guests may use these tickets to exchange for various eats & drinks from participating businesses in Belmont Shore.

Long Beach Mardi Gras
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 6-7
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://lbmardigras.com/

Shoreline Village plays host this weekend to a myriad of music, art, activities, entertainment, dance, parades, and more. The actual parade starts at 2pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Completely free to attend for all ages, all guests can get involved with the festivities, from the dancing to the games and more. Dress up to get even more involved!

Gamer Bowl, a Gam3rCon event
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 6-7
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego
http://www.gam3rcon.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/148395915534914/

This weekend, check out a free and all-ages event featuring video games, board games, prizes, and other activities.

2016 Bock Fest
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 6
The Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
http://www.bockfest.net/

A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where the Germans love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers. For $55 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $95 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier for more entertainment and drinks.

4th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 6
Westfield Santa Anita, Arcadia
http://www.westfield.com/santaanita
http://www.facebook.com/events/777192795748171/

Enjoy a free and all-ages Lunar New Year celebration this Saturday in Arcadia with live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, specials, and more.

8th Annual Los Angeles Ska Wars
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 6
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles
http://www.flavorus.com/skawars2016

Ska fans get their day this Saturday in East Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages at Lincoln Park, headlined by legendary ska band The Toasters. Tickets to this festival cost $24 presale and $30 at the door.

Top Acid 1st Anniversary Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 6
Top Acid, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/230119177320564/

Top Acid turns a year old this weekend, and they will have a free and all-ages music show featuring local bands to celebrate.

The Crowd @ Fitzgerald’s HB
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 6
Fitzgerald’s, Huntington Beach
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1015609-crowd-huntington-beach/

Catch a local punk show this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Storytime with the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 6
Malone’s, Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Enjoy a raunchy burlesque show in Santa Ana this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter. Bring cash for the cover charge.

D.I. @ Spike’s Bar & Billiards
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, February 6
Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead
http://www.facebook.com/events/446778298865288/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Rosemead. The cover for this show costs $13. No one under 21 may enter.

6th Annual Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 7
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/_calendar/index.aspx

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this family-friendly festival this Saturday in Pasadena. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more. Admission to the museum costs $10, while children 11 and under can enter for free with a paid adult’s admission.

Bad Cop Bad Cop @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1682567965289163/

Check out some local punk rock bands this Sunday night at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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