Posts Tagged ‘CSULB’

3rd Annual Orange County Beer Week
April 21-29
Orange County
http://ocbrewers.org/oc-beer-week/

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

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25-26
East Village Arts District, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/event-post/taste-of-downtown/

Sample food & drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach at this tasting fest held in the East Village Arts District. Free to attend for all-ages, guests simply pay to eat, purchasing booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each. Each restaurant accepts varying amounts of tickets depending on their offerings. Live music and artists will keep guests entertained as well.

Newport Beach Film Festival
April 26 – May 3
Multiple venues, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/

Dozens of independent films will air this week in Newport Beach. Check out the website for a schedule of all the films that you may watch, as well as the prices for each.

OC Beer Week Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 26
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/194206708038612/

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

Wine Wars
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 26
Eat Drink Americano, Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/wine-war-apri-26

Wine trivia meets wine tasting this Thursday night in Downtown LA. The event page claims that they will open one bottle per person that shows up. Admission costs $49, and includes all wine tastings from all opened bottles. Admission does not include food – attendees must pay extra for food. No one under 21 may attend.

29th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 27-29
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://petexpooc.org/

Pet lovers will want to check out this pet expo at the OC Fair & Event Center this weekend. Open to all ages, attendees will find lots of pet resources, including food, merchandise, demos, exhibits, shows, pet adoptions, and more. General admission costs $15, but guests may NOT bring pets.

22nd Annual Upland Lemon Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 27
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 28
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 29
9th St & Euclid Ave, Upland
http://www.uplandlemonfestival.com/

This street fair in Upland will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods around the street closures.

Cerritos Spring Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 27
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 29
Cerritos Sports Complex, Cerritos
http://www.cerritos.us/RESIDENTS/recreation/events/program_highlights.php

Enjoy a local spring carnival this weekend, free to attend for all ages. Visitors will find rides, games, live entertainment, food, drinks, treats, and more.

The 2018 Hollywood Show
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 27
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 28
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 29
The Westin LA Airport Hotel, Los Angeles
http://hollywoodshow.com/main.php

Check out the ultimate autograph and pop culture expo taking place this weekend near LAX. Meet a handful of celebrities from the old days, get autographs, take photos, and see more.

Los Angeles Spartan Race Stadium Sprint 2018
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 28
Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/3590/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Elysian Park. 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.

Wanderlust 108
7:30 am – 3:30 pm, April 28-29
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://wanderlust.com/

Join in on this yoga meetup this weekend on the Santa Monica Pier. Admission costs $55, and includes entry into a 5k run, yoga, and meditation. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

5th Annual San Diego Shaka Fest
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 28
Crown Point Park Mission Bay, San Diego
http://sandiegoshakafest.com/

Bring your friends and family out to this all-ages athletics & Hawaiian cultural festival this Saturday in San Diego. This event combines a traditional cultural festival with some athletic activities and competitions, featuring rowing, obstacle courses, yoga, and more activities along with the festival’s food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

35th Annual Encinitas Street Fair
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 28-29
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://encinitas101.com/

This FREE street fair takes place this weekend in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

STEAM Expo 2018
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 28
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://magnoliapublicschools.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=325600&type=d

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event this Saturday morning in Long Beach featuring activities, games, and other arts & crafts surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

31st Annual Seal Beach Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 28
Main Street, Seal Beach
http://sealbeachchamber.org/seal-beach-car-show-gallery/

Free to attend for all ages, check out this classic car show that will take over the streets of Old Town Seal Beach this Saturday.

Spring 2018 Jackalope Art & Craft Fair – Pasadena
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 28-29
Central Park, Pasadena
http://www.jackalopeartfair.com/pasadena

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day arts & crafts fair will feature local artisans, curators, food trucks, live music, and more.

Holi Festival of Colors – San Fernando Valley
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 28
Woodley Avenue Park, Van Nuys
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.

34th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 28-29
Little Italy, San Diego
http://www.missionfederalartwalk.org/

Free to the public, this art walk takes up 17 blocks of Little Italy filled with over 350 artists. All throughout the fest, guests can discover music and dance performances, and plenty of kids’ activities.

Smog City Brewing’s 7th Anniversary
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 20
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.smogcitybrewing.com/
http://smogcity2018.brownpapertickets.com/

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

1st Santa Monica Wine Fest
11:30 am – 8:30 pm, April 28
11:30 am – 3:00 pm, April 29
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://santamonicawinefest.com/

A wine tasting event comes to Santa Monica this weekend. Three three-hour event sessions will take place this weekend: 12pm or 5:30pm on Saturday, or 12pm on Sunday. General admission costs $75 and starts at the aforementioned times, while VIP admission costs $125, starts half an hour earlier, and includes a goodie bag. Admission does not include food – all attendees will need to pay for food separately. No one under 21 may attend.

Mission Viejo Arts Alive & Street Painting Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 28-29
Oso Viejo Community Park, Mission Viejo
http://cityofmissionviejo.org/artsalivefestival/

Free to enter for all ages, guests will find plenty of arts & crafts, vendors, food, live entertainment, and other things to do. All things come at cost, so make sure you bring cash to take part in this event.

Back To The Beach Festival 2018
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 28-29
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://backtothebeachfest.com/

A ska & rock concert comes to Huntington Beach this weekend. Tickets to this all-ages concert start at $60.

Adams Avenue Unplugged 2018
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
Adams Avenue, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Unplugged.html

Completely free to the public, guests will spectate 180 live music acts throughout the day all in the various local businesses and multiple stages. The city will also offer free trolley service to transport guests from one end to the other.

Watermelon Blonde Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/300612070467699/

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will release a spring seasonal beer this Saturday, and they will also have a watermelon eating contest and other fun watermelon inspired games and activities throughout the day. This event has no admission fee – simpy show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Wicks Brewing Co. 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 28
Wicks Brewing Co., Riverside
http://www.wicksbrewing.com/

Wicks Brewing Co. opened their doors to the public five years ago, and to celebrate their anniversary this weekend, they will have an all-day party at their tasting room in Riverside. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and enjoy their anniversary ale, other special brews, and live music throughout the day.

4th Annual STEAM Carnival
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 28
Great Park, Irvine
http://ipsf.net/steam-carnival.html

Bring out the family to this all-ages event this Saturday afternoon in Irvine featuring activities, games, and other arts & crafts surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Admission costs $10.

Brew Lagoon Craft Beer & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 28
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://www.brewlagoonfest.com/

A beer and music festival comes to Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the gate, and provides unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food, and prepare for hot sunny weather. No one under 21 may attend. Attendees can find plenty of free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods.

3rd Annual OC Brewers Guild Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 28
Newport Dunes, Newport Beach
http://ocbrewers.org/

The first festival dedicated to Orange County’s microbreweries and restaurants moves to Newport Beach this Saturday evening. The $60 admission grants you unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
Mission District, South Pasadena
http://www.theeclectic.rocks/

Free to attend for all ages, see dozens of musicians and artists across five stages in South Pasadena this Saturday, plus a self-guided art walk, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, and more.

Playhouse District Wine Walk
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 28
Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/wine-walk

For $25, you get six wine tastings at this small wine tasting event in Pasadena this Saturday evening.

24th Annual Jewels of the Night Food & Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 28
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachstate.com/jewelsofthenight/

This Saturday evening, Cal State Long Beach hosts its annual food & wine festival for the 20th year in a row at the Walter Pyramid on the north side of the campus. Over 20 of the area’s top restaurants will serve their delicious food at this tasting gala, and a handful of California wineries will pour their signature wines. General admission to this event costs $125.

11st Annual Taste of Aliso Niguel
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 28
Laguna Design Center, Laguna Niguel
http://www.anhspfan.org/

Taste the flavors of South Orange County at this tasting event this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. Admission to this food fest costs $35. No one under 21 may attend.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 28
Union Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/

For just a $10 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.

7th Annual Chocolate Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 29
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/chocolate-festival/

This Sunday, guests of all ages can enjoy plenty of chocolate to eat, demos, arts & crafts, and more. Museum admission includes access to the chocolate area, which costs $20 presale or $33 at the door for adults, with discounts applicable to seniors, military, and children.

2018 Taste of Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 29
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach
http://www.tastehb.com/

Sample the flavors of Huntington Beach’s local restaurants this Sunday at their food fest. Admission includes unlimited food samples and wine & beer tasters. General admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm, while VIP costs $90 and starts at 11am. VIP comes with complimentary champagne, extra hors d-oeuvres, free raffle entries, and free goodies. For both admissions, designated drivers will save $5, which only means they cannot receive any wine or beer.

23rd Annual San Diego County Vintners Association Wine & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 29
Bernardo Winery, Rancho Bernardo
http://sandiegowineries.org/

Sample local wine and food this Sunday afternoon in Rancho Bernardo in San Diego County. Admission costs $55 and comes with unlimited food and wine samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.autoconevents.com/

See all things cars at AutoCon this Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown LA. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. General admission to this all-ages convention cost $20 presale or $25 at the door. Bring cash for parking as well, which will cost $20 per vehicle.

8th Annual Taste of the Eastside
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 29
Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, Los Angeles
http://tasteoftheeastside.com/

Sample the best of East LA’s restaurants this Sunday evening. At this all-ages tasting, guests can receive unlimited food samples from all of the 20+ participating vendors. Admission comes in three levels and varies depending on when you purchase it, starting at $45 and rising up to $85 – check the website for pricing details.

San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County Party
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 29
Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2018/Best-of-North-County-Party-2018/

Samples food from North San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. Admission to this event costs $85 per person.

The annual US Sumo Open returns to CSULB’s Walter Pyramid for its 17th year running this Saturday afternoon. This spectacle features dozens of professional sumo wrestlers from around the world competing for the prized trophy and bragging rights. This tournament features men’s and women’s lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight competitors, all of which contain wrestlers from multiple different countries. Across all the competitors, Mongolia and Russia appear to have the most competitors. The day usually starts with individual divisions, and the day usually ends with the Open Weight tournament, where all competitors of a gender compete. This means that someone weighing 160 lbs may end up facing someone weighing over 500 lbs. Surprisingly for the women, the heavyweights do not always outperform the lighter competitors, as these competitors have appeared more brutal and vicious than the men. Throughout the day between sets, attendees got treated to a musical performance featuring dance and drums.

The US Sumo Open makes for an interesting event to attend and bring friends & family to. Southern California does not get sumo wrestling events like this often, so when one does come around, many people flock to it. General admission to this event costs $25 presale or $35 at the door for the upper bleachers, or $40 presale or $55 at the door for the lower bleachers. If you cannot make it to this event, they will have a live stream of the event available on their YouTube page, which they will link on their website once they start streaming. The US Sumo Open returns every year around this time, so if you cannot make it this year, bookmark your calendar for next year’s 18th Annual US Sumo Open. In the meantime, check out USA Sumo on Facebook for future updates and related events, such as the Sumo Sushi Show if they intend to bring it back this year.

Craft beer reigns supreme in Southern California, but some areas see a different spread of the distribution of craft beer than others. For example, Anaheim has lots of breweries so close to each other, but not much in the way of gastropubs or festivals. Conversely, Long Beach boasts lots of craft beer-friendly establishments and beer festivals, but houses very few breweries compared to surrounding cities. In fact, another beer festival came to Long Beach this past weekend, as Cal State Long Beach hosted their 1st Annual Long Beach Craft Beer Festival. Benefiting the CSULB Hospitality Department, this craft beer celebration covered two days of award-winning beers from across the nation. While the weekend started with a beer-pairing dinner and a brewers reception, the major festival took place Saturday afternoon at the campus’ Jack Rose track & field stadium. The festival featured over 50 different breweries, over 100 different beers, mobile food vendors, live entertainment, and more. Distinctly, the organizers brought out many breweries not typically seen at a beer festival in Southern California, including out-of-state or international breweries.

On a weekend fraught with dozens of beer events, it takes some mighty fine marketing and planning to stand out from the crowd. The Great American Beer Festival had just taken place the weekend prior, so as a result, very few beer events took place that weekend, pushing most beer festivals forward a week. So while many other beer festival occurred at the same time as the Long Beach one, the Long Beach event takes the crown for the weekend. No other beer festival can contain such a variety of breweries, especially breweries that rarely, if not ever, make an appearance in Southern California. Due to the wide, spacious venue, they can contain so many more booths if they choose to do so in a future iteration of this event. Despite appearing like a generic beer tasting festival, the organizers stayed true to the local microbrewery scene, opting not to highlight the macro breweries so much; in fact, the “sold out” breweries had their own spot in a far corner of the venue. Some of the microbreweries even dared to launch timed releases – at some of the larger beer festivals, the more popular breweries will release a rare beer at a certain time within the festival instead of making it available from the start, giving attendees a chance to line up to taste it instead of making it “first come, first served.” We rarely see something like this at a generic beer tasting event, so for some of the breweries to do this at this festival means something significant.

While anyone can certainly expect beginners’ mistakes on a first event, the Long Beach crew minimized problems, which makes this beer fest stand out as a true winner relative to the Southern California craft beer industry. Did I witness anything issues or areas that they can improve upon? Nobody can run an event for the first time without problems, but of those that I encountered, nothing bugged me too much. They had plenty of space to work with, and definitely could have filled up the venue – instead, a huge open area existed toward the back of the area. Perhaps they could have invited a lot more food vendors? The venue lacked cool, shaded areas, unless attendees remained on the west side of the venue due to the trees there. It also would have greatly helped if they made complimentary water more readily available. I did discover some iced buckets of water bottles, but I had to actively search for them. Finally, the method to enter greatly confused me – attendees had to check in at the box office at The Pyramid, receive their wristband and cup there, and then finally walk to the track to enter the event area. I had approached from the track’s side, so did not know that I still needed to walk over to the box office to pick up my objects.

Overall, the Long Beach Craft Beer Festival did the local craft beer scene justice. The CSULB campus has done a great job in recent years to introduce craft beer and craft wine to the student body, something that I could not enjoy while attending CSULB (ABC revoked the license while I attended classes here due to rowdy students one night). Although they do not have a brewing curriculum like another Southern Californian campus does, CSULB has taken a step in the right direction to boost the microbrewery scene to empower local brewers against the large corporations that would dare snuff out the little guys. Check out what else CSULB has in store for their students by liking the Facebook pages of The Nugget (the campus’ pub) and the bookstore.

Craft beer reigns supreme in Southern California, but some areas see a different spread of the distribution of craft beer than others. For example, Anaheim has lots of breweries so close to each other, but not much in the way of gastropubs or festivals. Conversely, Long Beach boasts lots of craft beer-friendly establishments and beer festivals, but houses very few breweries compared to surrounding cities. In fact, another beer festival comes to Long Beach this weekend, as Cal State Long Beach hosts their 1st Annual Long Beach Craft Beer Festival. Benefiting the CSULB Hospitality Department, this craft beer celebration covers two days of award-winning beers from across the nation.

On Friday night, two events will occur on campus. A beer pairing dinner will take place in the Chartroom in the university student union hosted by the one-and-only Dr. Bill Sysak himself. This will include eight different pairings, and costs $150 per person or $1,500 per table of ten. Also on this night, a brewers’ reception will take place at The Nugget at the university’s dining hall, open to the industry only. However, those who attend the beer pairing dinner will not only get to attend the brewers’ reception, but also receive VIP admission to the beer festival the following afternoon.

This Saturday afternoon, the beer festival will take place on the grass field inside the Jack Rose track & field stadium. This festival features over 50 different breweries, over 100 different beers, many food trucks, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $49 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $64 and starts at 1pm. All tickets come with a $5 coupon for Legends Sports Bar. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last, and all beers cease pouring at 5pm. No one under 21 may attend.

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Park on the north side of campus coming in from Atherton. Guests will park in the parking structure adjacent to the track, and then walk to the track from there.
  • Bring $7 cash for parking. Alternatively, guests may consider riding a bike here, as the campus provides plenty of free bicycle parking racks.
  • Food come at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra cash. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • The venue provides minimal shade, so consider applying sunscreen prior to your arrival, and have extra sunscreen available. Security will not confiscate sunscreen from you.
  • Stay hydrated prior to and throughout the festival.
  • Dress appropriately for hot weather. Southern California has seen a heat wave recently, and the combination of heat and alcohol will quickly lead to dehydration.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers. Click here for a list of attending breweries.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no replacement for lost or broken glasses.
  • All beers stop pouring at 5pm. Please do not badger anyone pouring beers for extra, as they must adhere to the ABC laws.
  • Please leave the venue responsibly. Consider hailing for a taxi, Uber, or Lyft out of the venue. Sponsored by the venue, use the RideYellow app with promo code GOBEACH for $15 off your first ride, and 25% off all future rides in Long Beach.

The annual US Sumo Open returned to CSULB’s Walter Pyramid for its 16th year running this past Saturday afternoon. This spectacle featured dozens of professional sumo wrestlers from around the world competing for the prized trophy and bragging rights. This tournament featured men’s and women’s lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight competitors, all of which contained wrestlers from multiple different countries. Across all the competitors, Mongolia and Russia appeared to have the most competitors. The day started with individual divisions, and the day ended with the Open Weight tournament, where all competitors of a gender competed. This meant that someone weighing 160 lbs may have ended up facing someone weighing over 500 lbs. Surprisingly for the women, the heavyweights could not outperform the lighter competitors – not surprising, as the women competitors appeared more brutal and vicious than the men. When the men competed, the heavyweights made it to the finals, as the spectators expected. Throughout the day between sets, attendees got treated to a musical performance featuring dance and drums. During an intermission, Japan’s heaviest man, whom the announcer nicknamed “Yama,” delighted the crowd with his girth and entertained the crowd by “wrestling” willing children. He basically teased the children for a bit before he allowed them to push him out of the ring.

The US Sumo Open makes for an interesting event to attend and bring friends & family to. Southern California does not get sumo wrestling events like this often, so when one does come around, many people flock to it. The US Sumo Open returns every year around this time, so bookmark your calendar for next year’s 17th Annual US Sumo Open. In the meantime, check out USA Sumo on Facebook for future updates and related events, such as the Sumo Sushi Show, which occurs next month among three consecutive Saturdays in Southern California.

Upcoming Events: April 25 – May 1, 2016

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Newport Beach Film Festival
April 21-28
Multiple venues, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/

Dozens of independent films will air this week in Newport Beach. Check out the website for a schedule of all the films that you may watch, as well as the prices for each.

Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week
April 23 – May 1
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dinelbc.com/

First came Eat LBC, then we had Dien Out Long Beach. Now we have Dine LBC, another Long Beach Restaurant Week. During this 9-day period, participating restaurants throughout Long Beach will have various food and drink specials. Some of these restaurants may require reservations, while others allow you to walk in and dine with the specials. Check the website for a list of participating restaurants.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
April 24-29
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 24 and 29, 45 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.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 27
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.

Munch&Learn
11:30 am – 1:00 pm, April 28
San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedrochamber.com/calendar-details.asp?id=5844

Enjoy an interactive luncheon featuring a keynote speaker talking about traveling. Reservations cost $20 per person.

7th Annual Kingdom-Con
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 29 – May 1
Crowne Plaza, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://kingdom-con.com/

This all-ages Table Top gaming convention contains all things board games, mini games, role-playing games, vendors, and more. Admission costs $20 for one day or $60 for the entire weekend.

Modern Times Cask Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1699603640311520/

Placentia’s Meat Up BBQ will have some exclusive cask ales from San Diego’s Modern Times available for you to taste this Thursday evening. As usual, order one of the special beers to receive a souvenir glass to take home. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night returns to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night! No reservations required – simply show up, get a table or seat at the bar, then customize your mac & cheese. Pick the toppings, herbs, cheese, sauce, meats, and pasta, and order a nice cold glass of craft beer.

Valiant Brewing Tasting Evening
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 28
Pacific Park Market, Aliso Viejo
http://www.facebook.com/events/219858365051469/

Sample a beer flight from Valiant Brewing this Thursday evening in Aliso Viejo for $5.

Modern Times Tap Takeover
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 28
The Social List, Long Beach
http://thesociallistlb.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/594631117371393/

A tap takeover meets an art show this Thursday night in Long Beach. Stop on by The Social List to check out some Modern Times beer as well as art by Jason Samarin.

Boogaloo Mountain Jam 2016
8:00 am – 3:00 am, April 29
7:00 am – 2:00 am, April 30
7:00 am – 3:00 am, May 1
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://2016.boogaloomtnjam.com/

An entire weekend of electronic music, yoga, art, workshops, cars, food, vendors, and more awaits you at this all-ages music festival. Tickets start at $145.

25th Southern California Homebrewers Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 29
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 30
Vail Lake Resort, Temecula
http://www.calhomebrewers.org/events/homebrew-festival/

This weekend, meet homebrewers and homebrew clubs from across California, and share beers, experiences, knowledge, contacts, and more. Attendees will find speakers, beer tastings, live entertainment, games, and more. It costs $10 to join the association, then another registration fee to attend.

20th Annual Upland Lemon Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 29
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 30
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 1
9th St & Euclid Ave, Upland
http://www.uplandlemonfestival.com/

This street fair in Upland will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods around the street closures.

2016 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 29
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 30
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 1
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://www.citrusfair.com/

This little city fair takes place all weekend starting Friday evening. Open to all ages, guests can experience rides, games, food, merchandise, stage shows, and more. The fair requires no admission, though any sort of participation will require a cost.

San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County Party
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 29
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/February-2016/Best-of-North-County-Party-2016/

Samples food from North San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. Admission to this event costs $80 per person.

FroYo 5k – San Diego
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 30
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://www.froyo5k.com/san-diego/

Pay lots of money to run a 5k for some frozen yogurt. You also get a bunch of random swag for participating too. Make sure that you load up on as much frozen yogurt as you can eat once you finish the run, at least until they kick you out.

Wanderlust 108
7:30 am – 3:30 pm, April 30
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://wanderlust.com/

Join in on this yoga meetup this Saturday on the Santa Monica Pier. Admission costs $54, and includes entry into a 5k run, yoga, and meditation. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

Tacos & Beer 5K Run & Festival
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 30
El Dorado East Regional Park, Long Beach
http://www.tacosnbeer5k.com/

Take a fun run, hold it during Cinco de Mayo weekend, add tacos and beer, throw costumes on, and you have a white boy’s fantasy party all on one day. Basically, if you have seen an MTV party, this does not stray too far from it. This event starts with a 5K fun run in the morning, and then when that ends, all participants can stay for tacos and beer for the rest of the festival. The organizers encourage everyone to wear silly costumes in an attempt to see who can stereotype the Latin culture the most. Food will come from local vendors, and since this takes place in Long Beach, except very normal Mexican food. Also, Bud Light will sponsor the beer, so keep that in mind if you care about the quality of your beer. If you still feel like going to this, registration costs $54 presale or $59 on the day of the event.

San Diego Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Cultural Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 30 – May 1
De Anza Cove, Mission Bay, San Diego
http://www.sdhoolaulea.com/

Enjoy an all-ages Hawaiian festival for FREE this weekend in San Diego. At this two-day festival, find islander cuisine, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, and more.

2016 Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 30
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Browse dozens of vintage fashion vendors at this vintage fashion expo this weekend at The Reef in Los Angeles. Admission varies based on when you want to attend, starting at $15.

Earth Day 2016, Uptown Whittier
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 30
Greenleaf Grassy Area, Uptown Whitter
http://whittieruptown.org/earthday

Bring out the family for some activities, arts & crafts, and more at this free and all-ages event this Saturday late morning in Whittier.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 30
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1991162161108351/

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!

29th Annual Seal Beach Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30
Main Street, Seal Beach
http://sealbeachchamber.org/seal-beach-car-show-gallery/

Free to attend for all ages, check out this classic car show that will take over the streets of Old Town Seal Beach this Saturday.

Science in the Park
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine
http://ocparks.com/civicax/inc/blobfetch.aspx?BlobID=52016

Bring out the family to this educational event featuring paleontology, archaeology, geology, biology, native plants, animals, and more. Admission costs $2 per person, while parking costs $5 per vehicle.

2016 National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30 – May 1
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://celiac.org/get-involved/gluten-free-expo/

This weekend in Pasadena, find hundreds of gluten-free samples, vendors, bloggers, authors, chefs, discounted products and more. Admission to the expo costs $20 for adults or $10 for children. The conference costs $45 for adults or $19 for children, and also provides a full conference experience with features such as complimentary breakfast, speakers, free goodies, and more.

Spring 2016 Jackalope Art & Craft Fair – Pasadena
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 30 – May 1
Central Park, Pasadena
http://www.jackalopeartfair.com/pasadena

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day arts & crafts fair will feature local artisans, curators, food trucks, live music, and more.

13th Annual Summer Meltdown
10:30 am – 10:00 pm, April 30
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://www.summermeltdownscv.com/

This huge all-ages event features three stages of live music all day, and live painters throughout the event area. Presale tickets cost $30 general admission or $60 VIP admission.

3rd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30
Lake View Park, Silverado
http://sabrosotacofest.com/

From the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha comes a Spring version of Orange County’s biggest beer festival – a beer & taco festival on this lovely Cinco de Mayo weekend. Here at this festival, attendees will find over 30 microbreweries serving their refreshing brews, dozens of chefs and restaurants serving up gourmet tacos, live Latin music all day, and much more. The $55 admission includes unlimited beer tasters, a souvenir glass, free parking, free water, live entertainment, games, a cigar lounge, and more. All tacos will cost $3, so prepare to carry cash, preferably singles. No one under 21 may attend.

A Street Af(Fair)
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 30
North Almont Drive, West Hollywood
http://astreetaffair.com/

Check out this free and all-ages street fair featuring various design merchants this Saturday afternoon in West Hollywood.

7th Annual Unique LA Spring Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 30 – May 1
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 $10 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.

32nd Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 30 – May 1
Little Italy, San Diego
http://www.missionfederalartwalk.org/

Free to the public, this art walk takes up 17 blocks of Little Italy filled with over 350 artists. All throughout the fest, guests can discover music and dance performances, and plenty of kids’ activities.

Green Prize Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 30
Cesar E Chavez Park, Long Beach
http://www.greenprizefestival.com/

Celebrate Earth Day this Saturday in Long Beach. At this free all-ages community festival down by the beach, visitors will find demos by local farms & chefs, live entertainment, local artists, green & eco-friendly services, speakers, arts & crafts, food from local restaurants, delis, food trucks, and more.

Mission Viejo Arts Alive & Street Painting Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 30
Oso Viejo Community Park, Mission Viejo
http://cityofmissionviejo.org/artsalivefestival/

Free to enter for all ages, guests will find plenty of arts & crafts, vendors, food, live entertainment, and other things to do. All things come at cost, so make sure you bring cash to take part in this event.

Akiba Day #2
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 30
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://akihabaraday.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1575502949429848/

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

Spring 2016 Dapper Day
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 30
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 1
Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim
http://dapperday.com/spring-2016-disneyland-ca

Dress to impress at this FREE and all-ages style expo this weekend at the Disneyland Resort. A plethora of activities will take place between the hotel and the amusement park throughout the weekend, so check the website to see what will occur. Some activities may require a fee. Visitors may park for free for up to two hours at the Downtown Disney parking lot.

Adams Avenue Unplugged 2016
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 30
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 1
Adams Avenue, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Unplugged.html

Completely free to the public, guests will spectate 180 live music acts throughout the day all in the various local businesses and multiple stages. The city will also offer free trolley service to transport guests from one end to the other.

2nd Annual STEAM Carnival
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 30
Tustin Market Place’s Edwards Courtyard, Tustin
http://ipsf.net/steam-carnival.html

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon in Tustin featuring activities, games, and other arts & crafts surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

5th Annual Anaheim Citrusfest
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 30
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages event in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon, filled with lots of family-friendly activities.

22nd Annual Jewels of the Night Food & Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 30
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachstate.com/jewelsofthenight/

This Saturday evening, Cal State Long Beach hosts its annual food & wine festival for the 20th year in a row at the Walter Pyramid on the north side of the campus. Over 20 of the area’s top restaurants will serve their delicious food at this tasting gala, and a handful of California wineries will pour their signature wines. General admission to this event costs $100.

21st Annual Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, April 30
CA Center for the Arts, Escondido
http://www.bonsallrotary.com/

Enjoy wines from over 80 wineries, beers from local microbreweries, food from over 20 local restaurants & chefs, and blues music from various local musicians. Admission to this festival costs $75 per person, or $55 for non-drinkers.

9th Annual Taste of Aliso Niguel
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, April 30
Laguna Design Center, Laguna Niguel
http://www.anhspfan.org/

Taste the flavors of South Orange County at this tasting event this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. Admission to this food fest costs $35. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Long Beach Poetry Slam
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, April 30
MADE in Long Beach, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1734078036827462/

This Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach, dozens of poets from all over will gather to share their poetry works and network with others. Admission costs $10, or $8 for students with valid ID.

La Bulla: A Lucha Libre Experience
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 30
Plaza de la Raza, East Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/201655506850706/

Art, wrestling, and music collide at this cultural event in East LA this Saturday night. General admission costs $25, while VIP admission costs $50 and comes with two drink tickets and separate speed lines. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Night @ The Viper Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 30
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1695081867417259/

Some great local punk rock bands will perform at The Viper Room in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets oto this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Life In Color San Diego 2016
9:00 pm – 3:00 am, April 30
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego
http://lifeincolor.com/

Some genius decided to take a nighttime color glow run and do away with the running. Now we have this nighttime color glow music fest. General admission to this concert costs $70. No one under 18 may attend.

12th Annual Orange County Marathon
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 1
Fashion Island, Newport Beach
http://ocmarathon.com/

The OC Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. Please plan your commute accordingly.

43rd Annual Carlsbad Village Street Faire
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 1
Grand Avenue, Downtown Carlsbad
http://visitcarlsbad.com/events/view/carlsbad-street-faire

Check out this free and all-ages street fair taking place in Downtown Carlsbad this Sunday, featuring dozens of vendors, arts & crafts, food, entertainment, and more.

2nd Annual Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
9:30 am – 12:30 pm, May 1
Granada Beach, Long Beach
http://www.justinrudd.com/truck.html

Over 50 large vehicles will park along the beach at this free all-ages exhibit this Saturday morning. Food, drinks, vendors, live music, arts & crafts, and more will accompany this interactive event that allows guests to explore and take photos with large vehicles that people rarely get to see on a daily basis.

Mud Factor: Seriously Fun, 5K Obstacle Run – San Bernardino
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 1
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://mudfactor.com/mfevent/event-san-bernardino-2016/

Get down and dirty at this fun run in San Bernardino this Sunday afternoon. Registration costs $65 online or $85 on the day of the event, and provides participants with a bandana, medal, temporary tattoo, and bib.

VegFest Los Angeles 2016
10:30 am – 6:30 pm, May 1
Woodley Park, Van Nuys
http://vegfestla.org/

Bring your vegan appetite to this vegan food tasting event this Sunday in the San Fernando Valley. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find lots of vegan food, live entertainment, speakers, arts & crafts, demos, vendors, and more activities.

College Area Food Experience (CAFE)
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 1
College Area Business District, San Diego
http://www.collegeareabid.com/

Over 25 local restaurants will participate in this afternoon food fest in the College Area Business District near San Diego State. Presale tickets cost $25, while tickets at the gate will cost $30, and will cover all the samples that guests will receive.

Cinco De Mayo Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 1
Fairplex, Pomona
http://boletosvip.com/en/home/377-cinco-de-mayo-que-buena.html

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo early this Sunday afternoon at the Fairplex in Pomona, complete with live entertainment, food, and more. Parking costs $20 per vehicle.

6th Annual Chef Celebration San Diego
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, May 1
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://chefcelebration.org/events/6th-annual-chef-celebration/

14 chefs will pair their best dishes with 14 craft beers from San Diego this Sunday afternoon, and you get to come and immerse your taste buds in ecstasy. Participation in this tasting event only costs $49! No one under 21 may attend.

2016 Taste of the Town
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, May 1
Mann Biomedical Park, Valencia
http://www.childfamilycenter.org/foundation/taste_of_town_buy_tickets.cfm

Enjoy unlimited food and drinks (while supplies last) from over 40 restaurants from the Santa Clarita and Valencia area this Saturday at this tasting event in Valencia. General admission costs $75 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $125, starts at 12pm, and includes reserved seating, two bottles of wine, tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, and cooking demos.

4th Annual Los Angeles Bacon Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 1
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.labaconfest.com/

As the name suggests, if you love bacon, this fest has nothing but bacon. Come indulge in all things bacon, as you explore every possible way to consume bacon. This year, they will run two 3-hour sessions: 12pm-3pm and 4pm-7pm. Tickets cost $65 per session, and sell out every year, so act fast if you want to go.

Authors on Asia – Tea Lovers Festival: 10 Years
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm, May 1
USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/_calendar/index.aspx

In celebration of their upcoming book, this Tea Lovers Festival will have many things for tea enthusiasts. Visitors will find lots of tea, live music, speakers, and more. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, and includes access to the rest of the museum.

11th Annual Taste of Orange
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 1
Orange Circle, Old Town Orange
http://www.thetasteoforange.org/

Sample the local flavors of Old Town Orange this Sunday at their annual Taste of Orange event. For $40, guests receive unlimited food samples, beer & wine tastings (additional cost), access to silent auctions, opportunity drawings, photo booth, and more.

6th Annual Taste of the Eastside
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 1
Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, Los Angeles
http://tasteoftheeastside.com/

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

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 26 – May 1
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 26 and May 1, 45 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.

Los Angeles Happy Hour Week
April 27 – May 1
Participating locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-happy-hour-week

From the organizers behind LA Restaurant Week comes LA Happy Hour Week, a five-day celebration for you to get your booze on. Over a hundred restaurants all over Los Angeles County will have various Happy Hour specials during this period, so check out the list in the link above and start getting happy.

Artopia Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 30
The Container Yard, Downtown Los Angeles
http://microapp.laweekly.com/artopia/2015/

Join the party and celebrate the best of local Los Angeles talent with live music, drinks, food trucks, art, and more. Admission costs $35 or $30 if purchasing multiples. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 1
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 2
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 3
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://www.citrusfair.com/

This little city fair takes place all weekend starting Friday evening. Open to all ages, guests can experience rides, games, food, merchandise, stage shows, and more. The fair requires no admission, though any sort of participation will require a cost.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 1
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).

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 1-2
Lot 613, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1498531810426575/

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

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 1
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/205201

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.

Free Punk Show in Lomita
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 1
The Firehouse, Lomita
http://www.facebook.com/events/366221183579040/

Enjoy a FREE local punk show in Lomita this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Free Comic Book Day
May 2
Participating locations, Worldwide
http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

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

Bubble Run Pomona
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 2
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.bubblerun.com/events/pomona/

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. 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.

Exploring the History of Chinese Pioneers: A Hike to Elysian Park
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 2
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://camla.org/calendar/#chinesepioneer

Join in on a half-day, 7-mile easy, half-street, half-trail hike to Elysian Park, concluding with a dim sum lunch in Chinatown. Registration for this event costs $15.

CicLAvia – Old Pasadena Walking Tour
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 2
Old Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.ciclavia.org/

As a preview to their CicLAvia Pasadena event coming up later this month, the organization will host this guided walking tour of Old Pasadena this Saturday morning. Participation for this event costs $12, and comes with Choctal ice cream at the conclusion of the event.

2015 Southern California Friendship 5K Walk
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 2
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.bestbuddiescalifornia.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1123598

Donate money to charity to walk a 5k in Long Beach this Saturday morning.

FroYo 5k – San Diego
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 2
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://www.froyo5k.com/san-diego/

Pay lots of money to run a 5k for some frozen yogurt. You also get a bunch of random swag for participating too. Make sure that you load up on as much frozen yogurt as you can eat once you finish the run, at least until they kick you out.

Tacos & Beer 5K Run & Festival
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 2
El Dorado East Regional Park, Long Beach
http://www.tacosnbeer5k.com/

Take a fun run, hold it during Cinco de Mayo weekend, add tacos and beer, throw costumes on, and you have a white boy’s fantasy party all on one day. Basically, if you have seen an MTV party, this does not stray too far from it. This event starts with a 5K fun run in the morning, and then when that ends, all participants can stay for tacos and beer for the rest of the festival. The organizers encourage everyone to wear silly costumes in an attempt to see who can stereotype the Latin culture the most. Food will come from local vendors, and since this takes place in Long Beach, except very normal Mexican food. Also, Bud Light will sponsor the beer, so keep that in mind if you care about the quality of your beer. If you still feel like going to this, registration costs $45 presale or $55 on the day of the event.

San Diego Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Cultural Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 2-3
De Anza Cove, Mission Bay, San Diego
http://www.sdhoolaulea.com/

Enjoy an all-ages Hawaiian festival for FREE this weekend in San Diego. At this two-day festival, find islander cuisine, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, and more.

2015 Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 2
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 3
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Browse dozens of vintage fashion vendors at this vintage fashion expo this weekend at The Reef in Los Angeles. Admission varies based on when you want to attend, starting at $13.

Wanderlust 108
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 2
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://wanderlust.com/

Join in on this yoga meetup this Saturday on the Santa Monica Pier. Admission costs $60, and includes entry into a 5k run, yoga, and meditation. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

Strawberry Jam 2015
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 2
Suzie’s Farm, Chula Vista
http://suziesfarm.com/community/strawberry-jam/

Free to attend for all ages, visitors to Suzie’s Farm this Saturday will get to pick their own strawberries to take home. In addition, watch some demos, attend some workshops, and sample various farm goodies during your visit.

2015 National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 2-3
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://celiac.org/get-involved/gluten-free-expo/

This weekend in Pasadena, find hundreds of gluten-free samples, vendors, bloggers, authors, chefs, discounted products and more. Admission to the expo costs $20 for adults or $10 for children. The conference costs $45 for adults or $19 for children, and also provides a full conference experience with features such as complimentary breakfast, speakers, free goodies, and more.

Steampunk Spring Picnic 2015
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, May 2
Old Poway Park, Poway
http://www.facebook.com/events/1406246619675907/

Show off your steampunk fashion at this steampunk meetup this Saturday in San Diego. Free to attend for all ages, come mix and mingle with other steampunk fans, and check out a few of the vendors that will sell their steampunk merchandise.

4th Street Retro Ramble & Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 2
4th Street’s Retro Row, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/818073931603979/

Check out some fun and fashion this Saturday along 4th Street’s Retro Row in Long Beach. Visitors will find dozens of sidewalk sales hosted by the various shops in this area, in addition to retro Volkswagen vehicles also selling merchandise along the sidewalks. Visitors will also find live street music, retro sodas, free ice cream, and event t-shirts.

Soka University’s 14th Annual International Festival
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 2
Soka University, Aliso Viejo
http://www.soka.edu/news_events/International-Festival/default.aspx

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

2nd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 2
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://sabrosotacofest.com/

From the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha comes a Spring version of Orange County’s biggest beer festival – a beer & taco festival on this lovely Cinco de Mayo weekend. Here at this festival, attendees will find over 30 microbreweries serving their refreshing brews, dozens of chefs and restaurants serving up gourmet tacos, live Latin music all day, and much more. The $55 admission includes unlimited beer tasters, a souvenir glass, free parking, free water, live entertainment, games, a cigar lounge, and more. All tacos will cost $3, so prepare to carry cash, preferably singles. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Hamburgers & Hops Music Festival
11:00 am – 5:30 pm, May 2
Collection Park, Oxnard
http://hamburgerandhops.com/

Burgers, craft beer, and music collide in this mixed festival this Saturday afternoon in Oxnard. Entry to the festival costs $10, and then visitors can simply pay for things as they go. For $25, guests will receive a souvenir glass and one 12oz beer pour. The complete package costs $45, which includes one burger, the souvenir glass, five 4oz beer samples, and access to an exclusive VIP area.

2015 Taste of the Town
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 2
Mann Biomedical Park, Valencia
http://www.childfamilycenter.org/foundation/taste_of_town_buy_tickets.cfm

Enjoy unlimited food and drinks (while supplies last) from over 40 restaurants from the Santa Clarita and Valencia area this Saturday at this tasting event in Valencia. General admission costs $75 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $125, starts at 12pm, and includes reserved seating, two bottles of wine, tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, and cooking demos.

KROQ Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm, May 2
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/kroq-beer-festival-2/

Basically, a bro fest with food trucks, beer, loud music, horse racing, and dudes. Parking and entry into the park costs nothing, or for $30, gain access to the KROQ backstage area, plus two drinks and a souvenir cup.

Mission Viejo Food, Wine & Art Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 2
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 3
Oso Viejo Community Park, Mission Viejo
http://www.mvfoodandwinefestival.com/

Food, wine, art, and corporations collide in this two-day event in South Orange County. Free to enter, guests will find plenty of food, beer, wine, art, music, and other things to do to bide the time. All things come at cost, so make sure you bring cash to take part in this event.

15th Annual Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 2
La Jolla Cove, La Jolla
http://www.jlsdfoodandwine.com/

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

Tacos & Tequila Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 2
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1557964201120844/

Unlimited tacos, craft beer, and margaritas await you this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm.

7th Annual South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 2
Mission District, South Pasadena
http://eclecticmusicfestival.com/

Free to attend for all ages, see dozens of musicians and artists across five stages in South Pasadena this Saturday, plus a self-guided art walk, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, and more.

21st Annual Jewels of the Night Food & Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 2
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachstate.com/jewelsofthenight/

This Saturday evening, Cal State Long Beach hosts its annual food & wine festival for the 20th year in a row at the Walter Pyramid on the north side of the campus. Over 20 of the area’s top restaurants will serve their delicious food at this tasting gala, and a handful of California wineries will pour their signature wines. General admission to this event costs $100.

Street Food Cinema 2015 Opening Night
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 2
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://www.streetfoodcinema.com/

Street Food Cinema kicks off their 2015 season with more food trucks, live music, and more movies than before. Check out the movie schedule on their website linked above, which may also feature the food truck lineup for you to plan your meals around.

Artopia Orange County
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 2
Business Expo Center, Anaheim
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/artopia/2015/

Join the party and celebrate the best of local Orange County talent with live music, drinks, food trucks, art, and more. General admission costs $30, while VIP admission costs $50 and includes three drinks plus a VIP area to lounge in. No one under 21 may attend.

The Copper Door 2 Year Anniversary Celebration
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 2
The Copper Door, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1424868077807909/

This Saturday, The Copper Door will celebrate their second year in business with live music, live DJ’s, burlesque shows from the Dirty Little Secrets, art exhibits, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Manic Hispanic @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 2
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Manic-Hispanic

Manic Hispanic returns to The Observatory this Saturday night for their annual Cinco de Mayo show. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. The venue has limited parking and runs two shows on this night, so arrive early to park for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

The Briggs @ Slidebar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 2
Slidebar, Fullerton
http://www.bandsintown.com/event/9567458

The Briggs will perform a FREE show this Saturday night at the Slidebar in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

11th Annual Orange County Marathon
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 3
Newport Center, Newport Beach
http://ocmarathon.com/

The OC Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. Please plan your commute accordingly.

4th Annual Los Angeles River 5K Fun Run
7:30 am – 11:30 am, May 3
Bond Park, Atwater Village
http://www.arunnerscircleevents.com/lariverfunrun/

Take part in an easygoing 5k fun run this Sunday morning starting in Atwater Village. Registration to this run costs $45 and ends on Tuesday, so act fast!

College Area Food Experience (CAFE)
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 3
College Area Business District, San Diego
http://www.collegeareabid.com/

Over 25 local restaurants will participate in this afternoon food fest in the College Area Business District near San Diego State. Presale tickets cost $25, while tickets at the gate will cost $30, and will cover all the samples that guests will receive.

5th Annual Chef Celebration San Diego
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, May 3
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1239596

14 chefs will pair their best dishes with 14 craft beers from San Diego this Sunday afternoon, and you get to come and immerse your taste buds in ecstasy. Participation in this tasting event only costs $49! No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Heritage, Music & Arts Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 3
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/3rd-annual-heritage-music-and-arts-festival/

Celebrate the culture and spirit of the Downtown LA Arts District at this festival, taking place at Angel City Brewery this Saturday. Local bands will play music all day, food trucks will serve food, brewers will lead brewery tours, and more activities will keep guests occupied. Guests pay no fee to enter, just the cost to purchase anything or participate in some activities. Parking for this event costs $4.

2nd Annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 3
South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula
http://www.sbbeerwinefest.com/

Enjoy food, beer, and wine at this tasting event this Sunday afternoon in the South Bay. Admission costs $65 and includes unlimited tastings while supplies last. Admission for children costs $20.

Doll Hut Punk ‘N BBQ
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 3
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1005368189494855/

Rock out to local punk rock bands, and chow down on grilled meats at this FREE all-day show this Sunday. No one under 21 may enter.

10th Annual Taste of Orange
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 3
Orange Circle, Old Town Orange
http://www.thetasteoforange.org/

Sample the local flavors of Old Town Orange this Sunday at their annual Taste of Orange event. For $40, guests receive unlimited food samples, beer & wine tastings (additional cost), access to silent auctions, opportunity drawings, photo booth, and more.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Storytime
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 3
Harvelle’s, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/822172121170156/

Enjoy a burlesque and comedy show in one this Sunday night in Downtown Long Beach. Admission to this event starts at $15.

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.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 27 – May 2
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 27 and May 2, 45 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.

Citraholic IPA Release
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 29
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1427858297463089/

IPA fans will want to check out Beachwood Brewing’s latest concoction this Tuesday evening, as they unveil their latest west coast IPA to the public. Guests to Beachwood Brewing may enjoy the brew there, or purchase bottles to take home. Beachwood Brewing will also run food specials that night.

Ska-Punk Show in La Puente
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 1
Bridgetown DIY, La Puente
http://www.facebook.com/events/728591103827370/

Enjoy a fun all-ages ska-punk show this Thursday night in La Puente. The cover for this show costs $8.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 2
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).

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 2-3
Lot 613, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/213799398792482/

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

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The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 2
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/170271

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.

Free Comic Book Day
May 3
Participating locations, Worldwide
http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

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

Tacos & Beer 5K Run & Festival
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 3
Long Beach Golf Learning Center, Long Beach
http://www.tacosnbeer5k.com/

Take a fun run, hold it during Cinco de Mayo weekend, add tacos and beer, throw costumes on, and you have a white boy’s fantasy party all on one day. Basically, if you have seen an MTV party, this does not stray too far from it. This event starts with a 5K fun run in the morning, and then when that ends, all participants can stay for tacos and beer for the rest of the festival. The organizers encourage everyone to wear silly costumes in an attempt to see who can stereotype the Latin culture the most. Food will come from local vendors, and since this takes place in West Long Beach, except very normal Mexican food. Also, Bud Light will sponsor the beer, so keep that in mind if you care about the quality of your beer. If you still feel like going to this, registration costs $45 presale or $55 on the day of the event.

San Diego Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Cultural Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 3-4
De Anza Cove, Mission Bay, San Diego
http://www.sdhoolaulea.com/

Enjoy an all-ages Hawaiian festival for FREE this weekend in San Diego. At this two-day festival, find islander cuisine, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, and more.

Soka University’s 13th Annual International Festival
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 3
Soka University, Aliso Viejo
http://www.soka.edu/news_events/International-Festival/default.aspx

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

6th Annual Unique LA Spring Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 3-4
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://stateofunique.com/unique-la/

Their website describes this event best: “The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 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 $10 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.

3rd Annual Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 3
Mother Earth Brew Co., Vista
http://www.sdrhythmandbrews.com/

The San Diego Brewers Guild presents the Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival this Saturday afternoon in the historic Vista Village district. Now in its third year, this festival now contains over 50 breweries, nine music acts across three stages, and plenty of food for sale from local businesses. This festival will also feature a home brewers competition. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 12pm, and comes with a souvenir glass good for unlimited beer tastings. VIP admission costs $60 presale only, and starts an hour earlier at 11am. No one under 21 may attend.

Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 3
Lake View Park, Silverado
http://sabrosotacofest.com/

From the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha comes a Spring version of Orange County’s biggest beer festival – a beer & taco festival on this lovely Cinco de Mayo weekend. Here at this festival, attendees will find over 30 microbreweries serving their refreshing brews, dozens of chefs and restaurants serving up gourmet tacos, live Latin music all day, and much more. The $55 admission includes unlimited beer tasters, a souvenir glass, free parking, free water, live entertainment, games, a cigar lounge, and more. All tacos will cost $2, so prepare to carry cash, preferably singles. No one under 21 may attend.

The Copper Door 1 Year Anniversary Show
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 3
The Copper Door, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/517445698366280/

This Saturday, The Copper Door will celebrate their first year in business with an all-day music & art festival. Catch live music, live DJ’s, burlesque shows from the Dirty Little Secrets, art exhibits, and more. Order food before 5pm for 20% off! No one under 21 may attend.

14th Annual Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 3
La Jolla Cove, La Jolla
http://www.jlsdfoodandwine.com/

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

2nd Annual Heritage, Music & Arts Festival
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 3
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/angel-citys-2nd-annual-heritage-fest/

Celebrate the culture and spirit of the Downtown LA Arts District at this festival, taking place at Angel City Brewery this Saturday. Local bands will play music all day, food trucks will serve food, brewers will lead brewery tours, and more activities will keep guests occupied. Guests pay no fee to enter, just the cost to purchase anything or participate in some activities. Parking for this event costs $4.

2014 Long Beach Bike Fest
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 3
The Pike, Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Bike-Fest-of-Long-Beach

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

20th Annual Jewels of the Night Food & Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 3
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachstate.com/jewelsofthenight/

This Saturday evening, Cal State Long Beach hosts its annual food & wine festival for the 20th year in a row at the Walter Pyramid on the north side of the campus. Over 20 of the area’s top restaurants will serve their delicious food at this tasting gala, and a handful of California wineries will pour their signature wines. General admission to this event costs $100.

Manic Hispanic @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 3
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/manic-hispanic-cinco

Manic Hispanic returns to The Observatory this Saturday night for their annual Cinco de Mayo show. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. The venue has limited parking and runs two shows on this night, so arrive early to park for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

Naked Aggression: Live in La Habra
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 3
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1455574117994623/

Great local punk rock bands hit up La Habra this Saturday evening. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Narcoleptic Youth: Live in Carson
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 3
Overtime Bar & Grill, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/1389051154705783/

Experience hardcore punk in Carson this Saturday night with Narcoleptic Youth, Corrupted Youth, and more. The cover for this show if entering before 9:30 costs $7, or $12 for two people. If entering after 9:30, the cover costs $10 per person. No one under 21 may enter.

Ska Night @ The Constellation Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 3
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/maxies-skapeche

Enjoy a fun all-ages ska show this Saturday night at the Constellation Room in The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this show cost only $5. The venue has limited parking and runs two shows on this night, so arrive early to park for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

10th Annual Orange County Marathon
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 4
Newport Center, Newport Beach
http://ocmarathon.com/

The OC Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. Please plan your commute accordingly.

9th Annual Taste of Orange
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 4
Orange Circle, Old Town Orange
http://www.thetasteoforange.org/

Sample the local flavors of Old Town Orange this Sunday at their annual Taste of Orange event. For $40, guests receive unlimited food samples, beer & wine tastings (additional cost), access to silent auctions, opportunity drawings, photo booth, and more.

Slow Children @ Chain Reaction
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 10
Chain Reaction, Anaheim
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/315673

Catch a local punk rock show this Wednesday night at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, with six bands total playing that night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. If you cannot find parking in their parking lot, park on S Loara St.

2013 Lightning In A Bottle
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 12
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 13
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 14
Lake Skinner, Temecula
http://lightninginabottle.org/

If I could pick one word to describe Lightning In A Bottle, I would pick hippie. Lightning In A Bottle brings people together from all over the world to celebrate earth and life with music, art, dance, yoga, speakers, workshops, and more. Expect to encounter thousands of people with a hippie mindset, like Woodstock but more controlled. Ticket prices vary depending on the mode of attendance, and they offer a presale discount, so check the prices on their site, and if you like what you see, purchase a ticket online to save some green.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 11
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 does not exist in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here before.

2013 Orange County Fair Opening Day
12:00 pm, July 12
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocfair.com/

The OC Fair this year runs Wednesday through Sunday each week starting July 12 with the final day on August 11. The fairgrounds open 12pm until 12am on weekdays, and 10am to 12 am on weekends. For opening day, all guests receive FREE parking and enter the fair for FREE. Click this link for special ticket promotions. Click this link for info on the Super Pass. Every year, a new fried food gets introduced, such as deep-fried Kool Aid or deep-fried butter. Last year, they allowed guests to bring their own foods to get fried, and they will continue that tradition this year.

2013 Body Art Expo
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 12
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 13
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.bodyartexpo.com/

Check out this all-ages tattoo expo running all weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona. Hundreds of tattoo artists from across the nation will fly in this weekend to deliver their works of art onto willing bodies. The expo will also feature live tribute bands, freak shows, a beer garden, hot body contests, tattoo contests, plenty of merchandise vendors, and more. Attendees interested in receiving ink should book an appointment with an artist – walking up to the artist may result in nothing if the artist fills up his or her schedule early. One-day admission costs $20, while a 3-day admission costs $45. Children under 10 enter for free with a paid adult admission, but note that no vendor will provide a tattoo or piercing to children. Please bring cash for parking, which may range from $5 to $10.

Black Flag @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12-13
The Observatory, Santa Ana
July 12: http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/black-flag
July 13: http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/black-flag-2

Legendary punk rock band Black Flag has reunited with the original lineup to play a short tour that swings through Southern California this weekend. Do not miss this opportunity to catch Black Flag in all their glory this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $25. Act fast on these tickets, as the first night has already sold out.

Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge Race 5K
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 13
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://rocrace.com/

If you have watched Wipeout and have always wanted to test your mettle on that course, you now have a chance with ROC Race this Saturday. This 5K course comes complete with obstacles from various similar TV shows to create a wacky race full of challenges and amusement. Anyone 13 and up can register to participate in this untimed obstacle race, and all registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Following the race, stick around for food trucks, a beer garden, and live music from DJ’s and local bands. At this moment, all of the morning times have sold out, so if you would like to register for this race, you may only choose an afternoon start time. Registration costs $65 through Wednesday, and $70 on the day of the event. If entering as a team, the team with the more registrants receive a 25% refund on their registration. Parking costs $10 per vehicle (hint: carpool), so bring extra cash with you for parking, food & drinks, and other merchandise.

2013 Tomato Battle – SoCal
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 13
Lakeview Park, Silverado
http://tomatobattle.com/

Prepare to get messy and release some pent up frustration as you hurl tomatoes at thousands of other people. As an old Spanish tradition, at the inaugural Tomato Battle, thousands of attendees will throw hundreds of thousands of tomatoes through the air in hopes of smacking someone, whether aimed or not. While the tomato zerg runs, local bands will play live music, while a costume contest will occur on the stage. Food trucks and a beer garden will fill up empty stomachs (at an additional cost). Registration for Tomato Battle costs $50. No one under 14 may participate. Bring cash for parking and food. Obviously, wear goggles and clothes you do not mind getting dirty, and bring clean clothes to change into when the event ends.

Agent Orange @ Stingers Bar
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 13
Stingers Bar & Night Club, San Bernardino
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3591184

Catch Agent Orange, D.I., Whitekaps, and more at this punk rock show at Stingers Bar in San Bernardino, complete with a full bar and food menu. Tickets to this show cost $12. No one under 18 may attend.

Lace ‘Em Up!
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 13
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.poortownshows.com/event/139002

This all-ages show features a mixture of reggae, soul, punk, ska, hardcore, and oi bands all in one night. Tickets to this show cost $8. Attendees can park for free in the venue’s parking lot.

Beach Babe Bicycling Classic
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 14
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://beachbabecycling.com/

Join hundreds of women cyclists tour the SoCal coastline from Long Beach to Huntington Beach in this beautiful annual bike ride this Sunday morning. Go on a bike ride for 15 miles or 36 miles along beach trails and bike lanes with a handful of catered rest stops along the path. Following the ride, attendees can enjoy a mini women’s expo at the finish line complete with merchandise and accessories. Registration costs $80 for a solo rider, and $210 for a team of three. Have cash available for parking, as the nearest free parking location lies in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue. The website does not specify if men can participate, but photos from previous years show absolutely no men.

2013 Concrete Hero – Los Angeles
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 14
Los Angeles State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.concretehero.org/

If you think you have the toughness to survive anything, think again. Withstand five brutal miles of unforgiving strength and agility obstacles at the annual Concrete Hero this Sunday morning. Run, crawl, climb, and swing your way to the finish line, and prove to the world that you have conquered the Concrete Hero challenge. All those who wish to participate must raise at least $400 to participate, plus pay the registration fee of $35. Concrete Hero does not discriminate, so anyone of any shape, color, ethnicity, and even age can participate. Spectators may enter for free. If you arrive early enough, you can find free street parking on N Spring St and any connecting street from W College St and northward. Later arrivals should opt for public transportation, or simply paying for the parking lots.

Origami Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 14
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Long Beach
http://www.csulb.edu/~jgarden/aboutus/event.html

Come meet and watch many origami experts at this family-friendly event on the CSULB campus. Watch origami experts create works of art, and participate in lessons to learn the art of origami. Admission ranges from $7 to $10 and includes folding origami paper. Bring cash for parking. The venue does not allow reentries, so eat prior to arriving here.

2nd Annual Doggie Street Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 14
Westfield Century City Mall, West Los Angeles
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

Black Flag @ The Vex
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 14
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://shows.gitbam.com/

Legendary punk rock band Black Flag has reunited with the original lineup to play a short tour that swings through Southern California this weekend. Do not miss this opportunity to catch Black Flag in all their glory this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show costs $30. You may park behind the building for free, but do not park too deep, or you risk getting blocked by other cars.