Posts Tagged ‘D.O.A.’

20th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 28
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

Celebrate this Memorial Day with a run down in sunny Orange County. Register for any of various distances, and head to the starting line by 7am for the race start. Registration fees vary based on the distance, with the half marathon costing $75.

Subhumans – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 29, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/shows/8148325/subhumans-with-final-conflict-rats-in-the-wall
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 30, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1652631-subhumans-thee-static-age-los-angeles/

Get some mid-week punk rock action this week with these all-ages shows. Check the venue for the cover charges.

D.O.A. 40th Anniversary Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 30, The Viper Room, West Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 31, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
http://www.suddendeath.com/

Legendary punk rock band D.O.A. currently tours across the nation, and that tour will stop by Southern California this week. Check with the venue for age limits and ticket prices.

14th Annual Taste Around of Avalon
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 31
Avalon, Catalina Island
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/island-info/upcoming-events

Stroll around Avalon and sample the local eats this Thursday evening. The website has no information on cost, age limit, or location.

Mason Ale Works Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 31
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.

6th Annual Avalon Restaurant Week
June 1-7
Avalon, Catalina Island
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/6th-annual-avalon-restaurant-week

Some of Catalina Island’s most popular restaurants will provide specials on food this week. Contact your favorite restaurant to see what they will have going on during this period.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – San Diego
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 1
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 2
6:00 am – 2:30 pm, June 3
San Diego Convention Center/Balboa Park/Petco Park, San Diego
http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-diego/

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

Anime Conji 2018
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 1
10:00 am – 12:00 am, June 2
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 3
Sheraton Mission Valley Hotel, San Diego
http://animeconji.org/

An expo for all things anime and manga takes place in San Diego this weekend. Visitors will find vendors, artists, games, live entertainment, cosplay, and more. Registration costs $25 for Saturday, $20 for Friday or Sunday, or $55 for a three-day pass.

2018 Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 1
6:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 2
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 3
Lake Skinner Recreation Area, Winchester
http://www.tvbwf.com/

Taste wines and fly in hot-air balloons during this three-day festival out in the Temecula Valley. In addition, enjoy live music, local food, craft beer, and other forms of entertainment. Admission starts at $5, so see the website for more details.

2018 San Diego County Fair: Opening Day
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 1
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sdfair.com/

The 2018 San Diego County Fair kicks off this Friday and will run until July 4th. General adult admission costs $18, while admission for seniors and children costs $11. Many promotions and coupons for admission exist – see the website for details.

13th Annual Lummis Day Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 1
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 2
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 3
Heritage Square Museum, Northeast Los Angeles
http://www.lummisday.org/

Catch music, dance, poetry, art, and more at this free multicultural festival this weekend in Northeast LA. Guests may park for free at the venue.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 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).

31st Annual Brea SummerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 1
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 2
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3
St. Angela Merici School, Brea
http://www.summerfestbrea.org/

Brea brings all of the elements of a state fair into one weekend with their annual SummerFest. Find food, rides, live entertainment, games, vendors, and more at this weekend-long fair for the entire family. Guests may enter and park for free – please adhere all signs for parking and entering the fest.

2018 Newport Beach Jazz Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 1
10:30 am – 10:00 pm, June 2-3
Hyatt Regency, Newport Beach
http://www.festivals.hyattconcerts.com/

Enjoy a weekend of jazz music in Newport Beach this week. Ticket prices range from $65 to $150 depending on how long you want to attend and what days.

2018 Horse Town Brew n’ Que Festival
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, June 1
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 2
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 3
George Ingall’s Equestrian Event Center, Norco
http://www.brewnquefestival.com/

A weekend of barbecue and brews comes to Norco. On Friday, catch an opening night reception with sips and bites that costs $50 to attend. On Saturday, enjoy an all-day barbecue festival complete with food, beer, live music, and more – general admission costs $10, while admission with a beer wristband costs $30 and includes unlimited beer samples while supplies last. On Sunday, a special invite-only barbecue judging class will take place. Bring plenty of cash for food and parking, and dress for warm weather.

BuddhaFest LA 2018
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, June 1
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 2-3
Writers Guild Theater, Beverly Hills
http://www.buddhafest.org/

Film, music, and meditation collide in a series of events this weekend in Beverly Hills. Ticket prices range from $15 to $185 depending on which event you want to attend.

24th Annual Inland Valley Street Rods Rally & Cruise
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 2
Euclid Avenue, Downtown Ontario
http://www.ontariorotary.org/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/24th-inland-valley-rally-cruise-the-original-route-83-cruise-tickets-40912007917

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Downtown Ontario.

Into The Wild – Fremont Canyon
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 2
Fremont Canyon, Orange
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

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

2018 Huntington Beach Elks Chili Cook Off & Car Show
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 2
Huntington Beach Elks Lodge No. 1959, Huntington Beach
http://hbelks.com/

Check out classic cars, chili contests, raffles, vendors, arts & crafts, and more at this free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Huntington Beach.

18th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 2
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/carshow/

See hundreds of classic cars all for FREE at this all-ages car show on the streets of Uptown Whittier this Saturday. All of the businesses in Uptown Whittier will remain open under regular business hours. Interested visitors should park in the neighborhoods north of Hadley Street.

24th Annual Studio Arts Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 2
Irvine City Hall, Irvine
http://www.irvinefinearts.org/

Dozens of Southern Californian artists will display their work for the public to view at this FREE and all-ages event this Saturday in Irvine. In addition to all the art, the event will feature live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, live art, and more.

15th Annual Pacific Islander Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 2-3
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/

Explore the cultures of the Pacific Islands all weekend at the Aquarium of the Pacific. For just the price of the aquarium’s general admission, guests of all ages will experience music, dancing, arts & crafts, ethnic cuisines, educational programming, storytelling, artisans, and more. Parking at the adjacent parking structure ranges from $5 to $10. The local Passport bus operates for free, so guests may ride public transportation to save money.

Ronin-Expo 2018
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 2
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ronin-expo.org/

Fans of anime, manga, video games, comics, cosplay, Asian culture, and anything else with ninjas in it will not want to miss Ronin-Expo (formerly Ninja-Con), happening this Saturday at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Discuss and share hobbies with other attendees during the convention, and introduce others to new things. Admission to this all-ages convention costs $20 presale or $25 at the door. I suggest parking in the Arts District and walking over, as the Arts District has free street parking in select areas.

4th Annual Los Angeles Bread Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 2-3
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/932/4th-annual-los-angeles-bread-festival-at-grand-central-market

They really will make a festival for just about anything. This weekend, check out a free all-ages festival dedicated to everything about bread. Tastes different types of bread, learn how to make bread, and even take some specialty breads home. I suggest parking in the Arts District and walking over, since the Arts District has free street parking in select areas.

4th Annual Inland Empire Salsa Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 2
White Park, Riverside
http://www.iesalsafestival.com/

This all-ages festival in Riverside will have salsa tasting, live entertainment, a kids zone, a talent competition, a wine & beer garden, and more. Admission to this festival costs $15, but does not include anything else, so have cash available to buy things once inside.

15th Annual Art Around Adams
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 2
Smitty’s Service, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.artaroundadams.org/

At this FREE and all-ages event, discover dozens of local artists and musicians along this stretch of two miles on Adams Avenue.

17th Annual Two Harbors Summer Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 2
Two Harbors, Avalon, Catalina Island
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/two-harbors-summer-wine-festival-2018

Sample dozens of wines at this wine tasting event on beautiful Catalina Island this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $45 for the event, but does not include transportation. Guests should take the Catalina Express that departs from San Pedro. View the website for details about how to travel to Two Harbors and which transports to take or not to take.

Zoo Brew
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 2
Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbzoo.org/zoobrew/

Enjoy beers from dozens of different breweries while gazing upon all the various exotic animals. General admission costs $65 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $105, starts at 2pm, and includes tray-passed appetizers. Bring extra cash for parking at the venue. No one under 21 may attend.

13th Annual Los Angeles Wine Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 2
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 3
The Row, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lawinefest.com/

Want to sample up to over 500 wines, brews, and spirits from around the world? Head to LA Wine Fest this weekend, where you will find plenty of good drinks, cooking demos, live entertainment, seminars, food trucks, boutiques, merchandise, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on how you choose to attend, with a general admission ticket starting at $70. This fest takes place outdoors with limited shade, so prepare for a day in the sun. Bring cash for the parking lot across the street, unless you get lucky and find street parking.

8th Annual Mabuhay Festival
3:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 2
Kimball Park, National City
http://www.wesaymabuhay.org/

A free and all-ages Filipino cultural fair comes to National City this Saturday, complete with live entertainment, food, vendors, activities, and more.

9th Annual Claremont Village Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 2
Streets of Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontbluesandbrews.com/

Exhibit the local businesses of Claremont while sipping on craft beers and local food at this annual music and beer fest on the streets of Claremont Village. Over 30 of the local businesses will serve as sites where attendees to this fest can pick up some food or beer as they continue to stroll through Claremont Village to enjoy the live music and the goods & services offered by the local businesses. Admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the gate, and includes free parking and 12 beer tasting tickets. The site does not mention if admission includes food, so if you plan to eat, have some cash available. No one under 21 may attend.

The Varukers – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 2, Union Nightclub, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/161115984602103/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 3, Marty’s On Newport, Tustin http://www.facebook.com/events/394857720981813/

Get your circle pit on with these shows in Southern California this weekend. The cover and age limits vary based on the location, so check with the venues for details.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 3
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

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

18th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 3
The Autry, Los Angeles
http://la-bike.org/riverride

Join thousands of bike riders and enjoy a day of riding, a fair, food, raffles, music, and more. Choose from any of five different rides and head out. Registration costs will vary depending on the ride chosen, ranging from $50 to $80.

8th Annual Cruise for Kids Car Show
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 3
Farmer Boys, Rancho Cucamonga
http://rckiwanis.weebly.com/fundraising.html

Check out a free and all-ages car show in Rancho Cucamonga this Sunday morning.

12th Annual Super Pet Adoption
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 3
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-animal-care-center/super-pet-adoption

For just $2 admission, come see dozens of animals up for adoption, and potentially welcome a new member to your family.

2018 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 3
Granada Pavilion, Granada Hills
http://www.facebook.com/SanFernandoValleyComicBookConvention

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

34th Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 3
Old Town Tustin
http://www.tustinchilicookoff.com/

Once again taking over the streets of Old Town Tustin, this FREE street fair contains lots of activities to keep the entire family busy and full the entire day. Attendees will find arts & crafts, live entertainment, merchandise vendors, kids’ area, the multitude of chili teams, and much more. This event gets highly crowded each year, and while it requires no admission to enter, guests will end up parking on city streets a few blocks away. To sample chili, guests must purchase tickets for $2 each, and redeem these tickets at the chili teams for samples.

6th Annual Art in Bixby Park
10:00 am – 5:30 pm, June 3
Bixby Park, Long Beach
http://sites.google.com/site/bixbyparkpreservation/home

Free to attend for all ages, check out this mini fair in Long Beach featuring art for sale, as well as other vendors selling arts & crafts, apparel, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and more.

21st Annual SoRo Community Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 3
Robertson & Cattaraugus, Los Angeles
http://www.soronc.org/

This FREE and all-ages street fair takes place in West LA between Culver City and Beverly Hills. Attendees will find live music, a kids’ zone including rock-climbing, arts & crafts, food trucks, and more. Guests can park for free in the neighborhoods surrounding the fest.

5th Annual Monrovia Music Fest
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 3
Library Park, Monrovia
http://www.monroviamusicfest.com/

Free to attend for all ages, Monrovia will have live music, a beer garden, mobile food vendors, arts & crafts, games, and more this Sunday afternoon.

Union 13 – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 3
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.ticketbat.com/event/union-13-with-special-guests

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk rock show this Sunday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

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Naja’s Place 10th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 16-23
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.najasplace.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/2023780541215170/

For eight days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

The Briefs – Live Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 21, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1669992-briefs-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm,, May 22, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/1058553600963905/

The Briefs will perform in Southern California this week, and they will headline these two shows. They will also perform at other shows this week – read further below to see the other shows they will perform in. No one under 21 may enter these shows.

2018 Space Tech Expo USA
8:30 am – 6:00 pm, May 22
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, May 23
8:30 am – 3:00 pm, May 24
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.spacetechexpo.com/

Check out America’s engineering meeting place for space technology. This exhibition draws thousands of industry leaders, decision makers, engineers, and buyers to meet manufacturers and the supply chain for civil, military, and commercial space. Interested attendees can register for FREE to check out the main expo of this event.

Coast of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 22
Along Mission & Garnet, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.pacificbeach.org/event/coast-of-pb-restaurant-walk/

Walk along the coast of Pacific Beach while sampling food & drinks from participating restaurants. Tickets cost $25 presale or $30 on the day of the event, and provides unlimited tastings for the duration of the event while supplies last.

I Love Poke Festival 2018
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 22
Bali Hai Restaurant, Point Loma, San Diego
http://onoyum.com/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event in San Diego. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while ten local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $75, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

2018 Lightning In A Bottle
May 23-28
San Antonio Recreation Area, Bradley
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.

21st Annual Taste of Duarte
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 23
Westminster Gardens, Duarte
http://www.tasteofduarte.com/

Sample foods from various restaurants in Duarte this Wednesday night. $50 gets you unlimited tasting samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

3rd Annual Burgers Bourbon + Beer
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, May 23
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/bbb/

Indulge on all the burgers, beer, and bourbon that you can handle (while supplies last) this Wednesday night in Santa Monica for $70 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Taste of Brea 2018
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 24
Downtown Brea
http://tasteofbrea.com/

This free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase a $25 wristband to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

7th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 24
Casa Del Mexicano, Boyle Heights
http://elacc.org/event/taste-boyle-heights/

Sample the local flavors of Boyle Heights this Thursday night in Boyle Heights. Admission costs $150 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus a tote bag with various goodies inside.

Angelic Upstarts – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 24, The Echoplex, Echo Park http://www.spacelandpresents.com/event/1669892-angelic-upstarts-briefs-los-angeles/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/shows/8121105/gbh-angelic-upstarts-bad-co-project-crim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1671875-angelic-upstarts-long-beach/

Angelic Upstarts will perform at a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits for each show will vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Gamex 2018
12:00 pm, May 25 – 6:00 pm, May 28
Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://www.strategicon.net/

This weekend-long expo will feature all sorts of board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing, collectibles, computer games and more. Registration varies, ranging from $5 all the way up to $500, so see the website for a breakdown of the prices to attend.

60th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 25
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 26-27
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 28
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday.

Muscle Beach Memorial Day Weekend Spectacular
May 26-28
Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
http://www.musclebeachvenice.com/

Various strength and strongman events will take place in Venice Beach this weekend. Visitors of all ages may spectate the events for free.

Junior Volleyball Association’s 2nd Annual West Coast Cup
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 26-28
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.jvaonline.org/events/jva-west-coast-cup

A volleyball competition will take place in Downtown Long Beach this weekend. Spectator admission ranges from $8 to $20, or $6 to $15 for students.

86th Annual Scottish Fest USA
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 26-27
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.scottishfest.com/

This annual all-ages Scottish festival features hundreds of bagpipers & drummers, Scottish & Irish food & vendors, Scottish clans, Highland dancing, Scottish athletes, and more. Admission costs $18 with discounts available for military, seniors, and children. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

Anime Pasadena 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 26
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.animepasadena.com/

Pasadena gets their own anime convention this Saturday, courtesy of Nerdbot, who put on their own convention here last year. Admission costs $17 presale or $20 at the door, and gets you in to check out all the vendors, artists, cosplay, games, live entertainment, speakers, demos, and more.

10th Annual Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 26
Riverview Pkwy & Town Center Pkwy, Santee
http://santeestreetfair.com/

Thousands of visitors will roam the streets of Santee this weekend during their annual street fair, now combined with a craft beer garden. Free for all-ages to attend, the fair will contain live music, entertainment, food, drinks, games, arts & crafts, rides, vendors, and so much more. Pricing for the beer festival varies depending on how many tasters a person wants, ranging from $10 to $30.

Classic Not Plastic 2018
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 26-27
Various locations, Long Beach
http://www.classicnotplastic.net/

A scooter/moped rally will take place in Long Beach this weekend. Consult with the website for the full schedule of events and rides.

Fiesta Hermosa 2018
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 26-28
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

California Gold Rush Beer Festival 2018
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 26
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/california-gold-rush/

Beer and horse-racing mix up at the Santa Anita Park this Saturday afternoon. For $35 admission, you get eight 3oz beer tasters, four 3oz sour ale tasters, and the souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may enter this event.

Santa Anita Carnival 2018
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 26-28
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-carnival/

Santa Anita Park opens their gates to the public for this FREE weekend-long festival for people of all ages. Visitors will find food, drinks, treats, rides, games, and more.

Eat Drink Vegan – 9th Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 26
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://eatdrinkvegan.com/

Taste the best of Southern California’s vegan foods and craft beers this Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. General admission costs $60 presale and starts at 2pm. Children’s admission costs $25. VIP admission costs $120 presale and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the festival. All food comes at additional costs, so bring cash. Arrive early, and plan to pay for parking. The fest takes place outdoors, so prepare accordingly with sunscreen and clothes for hot weather.

3rd Annual Catalina Island Chili Cook-Off
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 26
South Beach, Avalon, Catalina Island
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/3rd-annual-catalina-island-chili-cook

A chili cooking competition takes place on Catalina Island this Saturday. Admission costs $20 but does not include food.

Blacklight Run – Anaheim
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 26
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://blacklightrun.com/

The fun run madness continues with this nightly run through Anaheim this Saturday night. This run takes place at night, and requires participants to wear all white while getting splattered with neon powder throughout the blacklight-filled course. By the end of the run, all participants will glow with many different colors and enjoy seeing a sea of glowing runners at the afterparty. Registration costs $50 and comes with an event t-shirt, a glow pack to throw at other runners AFTER you have crossed the finish line, and a goodie bag full of items from the event sponsors.

Newport Beach Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
Newport Dunes Waterfront, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachbeerfest.com/

If you want to get drunk in Newport Beach this Saturday night, do it here at this beer tasting event. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50, starts at 6pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive beers. No one under 21 may attend.

2018 Vista Village Strawberry Festival
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 27
Historic Downtown Vista
http://vistastrawberryfest.com/
http://www.facebook.com/VistaStrawberryFestival

At this free festival, guests of all-ages can experience a plethora of activities all day in Vista, formerly the Strawberry Capital of the World. The day starts with a 5K run, and when the run ends, the main festival begins. The multitude of activities include a beer garden, pie-eating contests, cooking contest, golf/putting contest, homebrew contest, video contest, strawberry costume contest, demos, live entertainment, car show, rides, games, food, and so much more. Visit the website for a full schedule and list of activities, plus directions on where to park.

22nd Annual Redlands Firefighters Car Show
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27
State Street, Downtown Redlands
http://www.redlandsfirefighterscarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show on the streets of Downtown Redlands this Sunday.

7th Annual LA Zine Fest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://lazinefest.com/

This free and all-ages expo will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 27
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at different locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. Guests should park in the neighborhood south of the festival.

5th Annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 27
Main Street & Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
http://mainopolysm.com/

Sample the flavors of Santa Monica’s Main Street during this Monopoly-themed tasting event this Sunday afternoon. Admission varies in price depending on how much you plan to consume, starting at $25.

D.O.A. & M.D.C. @ The Karman Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/583666791993499/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Sunday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

20th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 28
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

Celebrate this Memorial Day with a run down in sunny Orange County. Register for any of various distances, and head to the starting line by 7am for the race start. Registration fees vary based on the distance, with the half marathon costing $75.

Halloween
October 31

Happy Candy Day! Have fun, and stay safe on this night.

Dia De Los Muertos 2016
October 31

Honor the deceased on this traditional day of remembrance. Many businesses will have specials and special activities on this day, so check with your local businesses to learn more.

Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 31
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/trick-or-treat/

Trick or Treat with the family in Belmont Shore for free! Local businesses will participate by handing out samples and candy during the evening.

Innovation Brew Works’ Costume Contest & Karaoke Night
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 31
Innovation Brew Works, Pomona
http://www.ibrewworks.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1242077055863823/

Cal Poly Pomona’s Innovation Brew Works will have some family-friendly activities this Halloween at their tasting room. Participate in a costume contest, and/or enjoy some karaoke. This event costs nothing to attend.

Halloween Night with Skapeche Mode
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 31
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/330753067316806/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages ska show this Halloween night in Downtown Fullerton.

The Adicts: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 31, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/theadicts
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 1, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://www.observatorysd.com/event/6914025
http://adicts.us/

Legendary punk rock band The Adicts currently tour across the west coast, and that tour will visit Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so click on a show’s link for prices.

Bad Religion: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 1, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/badreligion
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 4, Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/bad-religion-against-me-2/
http://www.badreligion.com/

Legendary punk rock band Bad Religion currently tours across the country, and that tour will end in Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so click on a show’s link for prices.

Eat Chow’s Santa Ana Grand Opening
8:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 2
Eat Chow, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.eatchownow.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1788219281445042/

This Orange County restaurant opens the doors of its third location to the public this Wednesday. Stop on by and check out their success.

The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 3
Thomas Winery Plaza, Rancho Cucamonga
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the first and third Thursdays of each month in Rancho Cucamonga. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

8th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 4-13
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

Rare Beer Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 4
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/rare-beer-breakfast-0

Indulge in breakfast foods and rare beers this Friday morning in Escondido. The $65 admission provides 15 3oz beer pours, a souvenir glass, and unlimited food while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual BlizzCon
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 4
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 5
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.blizzcon.com/

Dive into the world of Overwatch, Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This convention will have speakers, panels, vendors, artists, tournaments, demos, and more. The $199 tickets to attend the convention have sold out, but you may still purchase a virtual ticket to watch the convention from home for $40, which also includes some in-game items for select games.

2016 Revolution Bike Fest
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 4
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 5
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 6
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://revolutionbikefest.com/

A health and wellness festival comes to the hills of Irvine this weekend. More than just bikes, this weekend getaway involves yoga, meditation, hiking, speakers, music, food, and more. Admission ranges from $25 to $495 – check the website for a full breakdown of what each admission gets you.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 4
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).

34th Annual Irvine Holiday Faire
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 4
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 5
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-fine-arts-center/holiday-faire

For just $2 admission, gain access to over a hundred local artisans exhibiting their wares, from jewelry to apparel to accessories and more.

8th Annual Montebello Taste of the Town
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, November 4
Bagramian Hall, Montebello
http://montebellotaste.com/

Sample eats & drinks from various restaurants from Montebello this Friday night. General admission costs $45 presale or $60 at the door, and includes unlimited tastes while supplies last. VIP admission costs $85 and also includes VIP seating and a gift bag.

14th Annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 4
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 5
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://sdbw.org/guild-festival/

This beer festival coincides with San Diego Beer Week annually. This year, they have split the festival into two parts. On Friday, a special VIP reception will take place that will have brewers and business owners in San Diego meet together to discuss and enjoy beer. On Saturday, the standard beer fest will take place, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Prices vary depending on attendance – the VIP reception costs $75, the Saturday beer fest costs $40, an hour early access to that one costs $55, and a two-day pass costs $100. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 4
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 5
8:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 6
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.konseptproject.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1650342851657826/

This free and all-ages outdoors events features art, music, fashion, photography, live entertainment, and more, all rolled into one street fest.

The Dickies: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 4
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/531312403731898/

Legendary punk rock band The Dickies will headline a show in Corona this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste Talks Los Angeles
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 4
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 5
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 6
Various locations, Downtown Los Angeles
http://losangeles.tastetalks.com/

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

Catalina Island Triathlon & Duathlon
7:30 am – 1:30 pm, November 5
Avalon Pier, Catalina Island
http://renegaderaceseries.com/upcoming-events/eventdetail/14/catalina-island-triathlon-duathlon

Test your athleticism this Saturday on Catalina Island with a triathlon or duathlon. Registration starts at $120.

20th Annual Long Beach Veteran’s Parade
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 5
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://lbveteransdayparade.com/

Bring your family out to watch a parade to honor our nation’s veterans this Saturday morning!

Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 5
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton
http://www.discoverycube.org/oc/exhibits/pumpkin-launch/

At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.

Long Beach Airport’s Festival of Flight
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 5
Long Beach Airport, Long Beach
http://www.lgb.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=116

At this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Airport will have information about flight schools, commercial airlines, aviation history, and more. In addition, find food trucks, live entertainment, a mobile aquarium, and prizes from a handful of airlines that they have donated for visitors to win!

StyleCon 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 5
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.stylecon.com/

Dozens of fashion and makeup vendors will congregate at the OC Fair this Saturday afternoon. Admission starts at $39 and gets you access to all of the booths on the show floor. The more you pay for admission, the more goodies you get.

ComplexCon 2016
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 5-6
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://complexcon.com/

If you see it on television or hear it on the radio, it will appear at ComplexCon this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Check out all things popular and conformed for $45 per day to access the expo floor. Concert tickets start at $75, which you must pay for on top of the expo pass.

California Dapper Day
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 5-6
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://dapperday.com/fall-2016-disneyland-ca

Exhibit your style and profile this weekend at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. The Dapper Day Expo will take place in the Disneyland Hotel on both days, free to attend for the public. This all-ages expo will have dozens of style vendors and services available for the public to check out. On Sunday, Dapper Day attendees will take to Disneyland Park for a day of fun and excitement.

2nd Annual Escondido Tamale Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 5
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://www.escondidotamalefestival.org/

Indulge on tamales at this FREE and all-ages festival this Saturday in Escondido. This event will features dozens of food vendors, live entertainment, vendors, arts & crafts, and more. Everything comes at cost, so guests should bring plenty of cash for this day. A special VIP package costs $35 that includes exclusive gourmet tamales along with craft beer and wine pairings.

Ritual Brewing’s 4th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, November 5
Ritual Brewing, Redlands
http://ritualbrewing.com/

Ritual Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have festivities at their tasting room in Redlands this Saturday. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive an anniversary glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend this event.

3rd Annual Orange County Halal Food Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 5
Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove
http://www.isocmasjid.org/

Free to attend for all ages, this food festival in Garden Grove will have lots of Halal food around. Visitors will also find live entertainment, vendors, children’s entertainment, and more.

Alosta Brewing 3rd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 5
Alosta Brewing, Covina
http://alostabrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/538306356375022/

Alosta Brewing has completed three years in the beer industry, and to celebrate, they will hold two beer tasting sessions this Saturday: 12-4pm and 5-9pm. Each session costs $30 to attend, and includes a souvenir glass, 12 beer half-pours (can use two to make a full pour), and three raffle tickets. Bring in a canned good to donate to receive an additional two half-pours and two raffle tickets. Alosta will bring on live entertainment, food vendors, and a special anniversary brew. No one under 21 may attend.

Balboa Craft Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 5
Balboa Village, Newport Beach
http://www.balboabeerfest.com/

Enjoy beach weather and craft beer this Saturday afternoon near Balboa Island. General admission costs $65, and includes unlimited beer AND food. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression Arts & Music Festival
1:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 5
Secret location, Arts District, Los Angeles
http://www.ladecom.com/

Los Angeles’ version of Burning Man, this event starts in the afternoon and continues until morning the next day. Experience nonstop music, dance, rituals, live DJ’s, theme camps, art cars, green technology, puppetry, circus, marching bands, and more all in the name of FIRE.

SoCal Food & Brew Fest
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 5
Ramona Mainstage, Ramona
http://www.ramonamainstage.com/socal-food-brew-fest/

$89 gets you unlimited food and beer while supplies last in northeast San Diego County this Saturday evening.

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, November 5
Eat Drink Americano, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/wcc

Indulge in a cheese, chocolate, and wine pairing session this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA. Admission costs $69 per person, and includes all foods and wines that attendees will enjoy. No one under 21 may attend.

Corrupted Youth Official Music Video Shoot ” Class Struggle”
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 5
Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1355677-concrete-jungle-los-angeles/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Silverlake. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

26th Annual SOS Celebrity Chef Dinner & Auction
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 5
Hyatt Regency, Huntington Beach
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

Enjoy a five-course dinner with wine pairings this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Attending this luxurious dinner costs $275 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

The Color Run 5k – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 5
StubHub Center, Carson
http://thecolorrun.com/night/locations/los-angeles/

The color run that started it all returns to Carson this Saturday night. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $55 per solo participant. Waves of runners will start at 6:30pm and launch every few minutes following that for up to an hour, so do not fret about getting there on time.

D.O.A. – Live at Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 5
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/244893722574423/

Legendary hardcore punk band D.O.A. will perform in Costa Mesa this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 6
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

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

CCA CAL Orange County Chapter Crawfish Boil
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 6
Cypress Community Center, Cypress
http://www.ccacalifornia.org/cca-cal-orange-county-chapter-crawfish-boil/

Enjoy a traditional crawfish boil this Sunday afternoon in Cypress. Admission costs $60 per person and provides all of your food and drinks.

11th Annual Taste of University Heights
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, November 6
Buddha’s Light Bookstore, University Heights, San Diego
http://www.uhcdc.org/

Sample eats from the local businesses of University Heights this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $20 and gets you unlimited food samples from participating businesses while supplies last.

3rd Annual San Diego Cheese & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 6
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sdcheesefest.org/

Indulge in gourmet cheeses and craft beers this Saturday afternoon in Liberty Station in San Diego. General admission costs $45 and includes unlimited cheese samples and 15 beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Dia de los Muertos Fiesta
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 6
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2016/11/6/day-of-the-dead-festival

Free to attend for all ages, a Dia de los Muertos festival will take place in Fullerton this Sunday afternoon complete with arts & crafts, games, activities, entertainment, food, and more.

Rock & Brews 6th Annual Craft Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 6
Rock & Brews, El Segundo
http://www.rockandbrews.com/location/el-segundo/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rock-brews-6th-annual-beer-fest-tickets-26761334873

$45 gets you in to enjoy ten 6oz beers, plus full access to a buffet. No one under 21 may attend.

Pig Roast 4505
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 6
Mikkeller Brewing, Miramar, San Diego
http://4505meats.com/
http://pigroast4505.brownpapertickets.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of tacos, chicharonnes, and beer this Sunday in San Diego. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, and includes a full plate of food, one pint of beer plus a bonus taster shot, and all the chicharonnes you can eat plus more to take home. No one under 21 may attend.

The Aggrolites @ Slide Bar
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 6
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.aggroreggae.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/193406577768356/

The Aggrolites will perform a FREE all-ages show this Sunday evening in Fullerton.

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Gamex 2016
12:00 pm, May 27 – 6:00 pm, May 30
Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://www.strategicon.net/

This weekend-long expo will feature all sorts of board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing, collectibles, computer games and more. Registration varies, ranging from $5 all the way up to $500, so see the website for a breakdown of the prices to attend. Bring extra cash for parking at the venue.

58th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 28-29
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 30
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday. Prepare to park far away and have to walk over to the fair.

Muscle Beach Memorial Day Weekend Spectacular
May 28-30
Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
http://www.musclebeachvenice.com/

Various strength and strongman events will take place in Venice Beach this weekend. Visitors of all ages may spectate the events for free. Visitors should look for parking in the neighborhoods around Abbot Kinney, then walk over to the beach.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-30
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Geeky Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-30
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1564479810518077/

Check out this FREE and all-ages arts & crafts fair this weekend in Burbank featuring geek culture. Most vendors should accept credit card payments, but bring cash anyways just in case.

Santa Anita Carnival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 28-30
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-carnival/

Santa Anita Park opens their gates to the public for this FREE weekend-long festival for people of all ages. Visitors will find food, drinks, treats, rides, games, and more. Bring cash, as most of the vendors may not accept card.

18th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 30
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

Celebrate this Memorial Day with a run down in sunny Orange County. Register for any of various distances, and head to the starting line by 7am for the race start. Registration fees vary based on the distance, with the half marathon costing $75.

Refused – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 30
Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
http://bellyup.com/refused
http://www.officialrefused.com/

One of the most influential bands in the history of punk rock embarks on a cross-country tour starting this week in Southern California. Tickets to these shows may have sold out, but you may still find them on after-market sites.

D.O.A. – Live in Southern California
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 31
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.suddendeath.com/

Legendary hardcore punk band D.O.A. currently tours across the nation, and that tours swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to this show cost $18 presale or $20 at the door. Guests arriving before 5:30pm can park for free; afterwards, it costs $10 to park. No one under 18 may enter.

At The Drive-In @ The Hollywood Palladium
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 1-2
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/at-the-drive-in/
http://www.atthedriveinmusic.com/

Legendary post-hardcore band At The Drive-In will headline two shows in Hollywood this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows start at $36. Parking nearby may cost around $10 cash.

Huntington Beach Expo
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 2
City Hall, Huntington Beach
http://business.hbchamber.com/events/details/huntington-beach-expo-6-2-2016-9466

Check out this free and all-ages event this Thursday featuring health screenings, a job fair, gourmet food trucks, recycling information, vendors, police & fire safety education, and more.

Pizza Port Takeover @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1625112761147074/

Redondo Beach’s Select Beer Store will receive a lot of beer from Pizza Port this Thursday evening. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or more.

Bad Religion: Live in Ventura
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 2
Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.badreligion.com/

Legendary punk rock band Bad Religion will headline a show in Ventura this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30 presale or $32 at the door.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – San Diego
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 3
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4
6:00 am – 2:30 pm, June 5
San Diego Convention Center/Balboa Park/Petco Park, San Diego
http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-diego/

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

5th Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 3
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.makersquarter.com/happenings/craft-beer-bites

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Friday evening. For $35 presale or $40 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Lummis Day Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 3
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 5
Heritage Square Museum, Northeast Los Angeles
http://www.lummisday.org/

Catch music, dance, poetry, art, and more at this free multicultural festival this weekend in Northeast LA. Guests may park for free at the venue.

2016 San Diego County Fair: Opening Day
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 3
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sdfair.com/

The 2016 San Diego County Fair kicks off this Friday and will run until July 4th. General adult admission costs $16, while admission for seniors and children costs $9. Many promotions and coupons for admission exist – see the website for details.

Brea SummerFest 2016
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 3
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 4
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 5
St. Angela Merici School, Brea
http://www.summerfestbrea.org/

Brea brings all of the elements of a state fair into one weekend with their annual SummerFest. Find food, rides, live entertainment, games, vendors, and more at this weekend-long fair for the entire family. Guests may enter and park for free – please adhere all signs for parking and entering the fest.

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

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

69th Annual Fish Fry & Carnival + 1st Annual Costa Mesa Car Show
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 4-5
Fairview Park, Costa Mesa
http://www.cmnhlions.com/fish-fry/

A free and all-ages local carnival & fair comes to Costa Mesa this weekend, complete with $10 fish dinners, a car show on Friday, games, rides, vendors, music, entertainment, and more. Print the image below to receive a dollar off a fish dinner.

Horse Town Brew n’ Que Festival
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 4
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 5
George Ingall’s Equestrian Event Center, Norco
http://www.brewnquefestival.com/

A weekend of barbecue and brews comes to Norco. On Friday, catch an opening night reception with sips and bites that costs $50 to attend. On Saturday, enjoy an all-day barbecue festival complete with food, beer, live music, and more – general admission costs $10, while admission with a beer wristband costs $30 and includes unlimited beer samples while supplies last. On Sunday, a special invite-only barbecue judging class will take place. Bring plenty of cash for food and parking, and dress for warm weather.

Thrice: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 3, Shrine Expo Hall, Los Angeles http://www.shrineauditorium.com/events/detail/301537
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 4, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A00502D99571074
http://thrice.net/

Legendary post-hardcore band Thrice will headline these two shows in Southern California this week. Both shows have sold out long ago, but you may still find after-market tickets available from third-party vendors.

The Amazing Chase: Long Beach
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 4
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://eastvillagelongbeach.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/234563360214714/

Participate in a scavenger hunt throughout Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Registration costs $99 per person for teams of up to four people. Participants can find free parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue. Participants should dress for mobility through the city, and apply sunscreen as this will take place entirely outdoors.

17th Annual Yorba Linda Summer Festival & Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 4
Senior Living Center, Yorba Linda
http://oescal.org/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/17th-annual-summer-festival-and-car-show-free-family-event-tickets-23851047124

A free and all-ages fair and car show comes to Yorba Linda this Saturday. The children will enjoy rides, games, arts & crafts, shows, a bounce house, and more. The adults can enjoy the car show, vendors, and other goodies. Bring cash for food and the vendors.

16th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/carshow/

See hundreds of classic cars all for FREE at this all-ages car show on the streets of Uptown Whittier this Saturday. All of the businesses in Uptown Whittier will remain open under regular business hours. Interested visitors should park in the neighborhoods north of Hadley Street.

22nd Annual Studio Arts Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4
Irvine City Hall, Irvine
http://www.irvinefinearts.org/

Dozens of Southern Californian artists will display their work for the public to view at this FREE and all-ages event this Saturday in Irvine. In addition to all the art, the event will feature live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, live art, and more.

13th Annual Pacific Islander Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4-5
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/

Explore the cultures of the Pacific Islands all weekend at the Aquarium of the Pacific. For just the price of the aquarium’s general admission, guests of all ages will experience music, dancing, arts & crafts, ethnic cuisines, educational programming, storytelling, artisans, and more. Parking at the adjacent parking structure ranges from $5 to $10. The local Passport bus operates for free, so guests may ride public transportation to save money.

2nd Annual Los Angeles Bread Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 4-5
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/674/2nd-annual-los-angeles-bread-festival-at-grand-central-market

They really will make a festival for just about anything. This weekend, check out a free all-ages festival dedicated to everything about bread. Tastes different types of bread, learn how to make bread, and even take some specialty breads home. I suggest parking in the Arts District and walking over, since the Arts District has free street parking in select areas.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 4
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/241054102918333/

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!

2016 Scuba Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4-5
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://scubashow.com/

Come to this diving expo and check out hundreds of diving companies and resorts from around the world. Dozens of seminars will highlight equipment, destinations, training, photography, ecology, and more. Attendees will also find a seafood cooking demo, plus other goodies, such as door prizes. Admission varies based on the mode of attendance, with general admission starting at $12. Children under 13 get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking at the convention center’s parking structure costs $10 per vehicle.

Power-Con 2016
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 4-5
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, Torrance
http://www.thepower-con.com/

Check out this expo dedicated to He Man and other similar action figure characters this weekend in Torrance. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $25, while children 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. Bring cash for parking as well.

5th Annual LitFest Pasadena
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 4
Playhouse District, Pasadena
http://litfestpasadena.org/

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

Ninja-Con Anime Convention
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 4
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ninja-conla.org/

Fans of anime, manga, video games, comics, cosplay, Asian culture, and anything else with ninjas in it will not want to miss Ninja-Con, happening this Saturday at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Discuss and share hobbies with other attendees during the convention, and introduce others to new things. Admission to this all-ages convention costs $25 presale or $30 at the door. I suggest parking in the Arts District and walking over, as the Arts District has free street parking in select areas.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.hbharley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1082325765139852/

Got a Harley that needs a wash? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday and let some bikini girls wash it for you for free (plus tips).

Long Beach Vegan Food & Music Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 4
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.lbveganfest.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of vegan food and music this Saturday in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this fair will have food, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more. Bring cash to pay for food or other goods. Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

13th Annual Art Around Adams
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 4
Smitty’s Service, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.artaroundadams.org/

At this FREE and all-ages event, discover dozens of local artists and musicians along this stretch of two miles on Adams Avenue.

Sumo Sushi Show – Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 4
Exchange LA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.sumosushishow.com/

From the organizers of the recent US Sumo Open comes this mashup of sumo wrestling and sushi this Saturday. Admission ranges from $69 to $99 based on the seating location. Dress formally, but keep in mind that some of the attendees may get involved with the sumo wrestling!

15th Annual Two Harbors Summer Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 4
Two Harbors, Avalon, Catalina Island
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/15th-annual-summer-wine-festival-2016

Sample dozens of wines at this wine tasting event on beautiful Catalina Island this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $45 for the event, but does not include transportation. Guests should take the Catalina Express that departs from San Pedro. View the website for details about how to travel to Two Harbors and which transports to take or not to take.

2nd Annual So Cal Brew Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 4
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://socalbrewfest.com/

The So Cal Brew Fest returns to Orange County for its second year running this Saturday, complete with everything one would expect to find at a beer festival. General admission costs $43 and comes with unlimited beer tasters from all the participating breweries while supplies last. Bring cash for food truck purchases, and dress appropriately for hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Zoo Brew
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 4
Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbzoo.org/zoo-brew-2/

Enjoy beers from over 30 different breweries while gazing upon all the various exotic animals. General admission costs $58 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $95, starts at 2pm, and includes tray-passed appetizers. Bring extra cash for parking at the venue.

2nd Annual Brew & Food Festival – San Diego
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, June 4
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://brewandfoodfest.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of local beer, local food, and local music at this outdoor tasting event this Saturday in San Diego. General admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the gate, and starts at 3pm. Early-entry admission costs $50 presale or $55 at the gate, and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $80 presale or $85 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and includes access to a VIP area with rare brews and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last, but have to pay for any food. No one under 21 may attend. Parking at nearby lots ranges from $5 to $15.

Board & Brew Anaheim Hills 1 Year Anniversary Tap Takeover w/ Knee Deep Brewing
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 4
Board & Brew, Anaheim Hills
http://www.boardandbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1036689226411131/

Board & Brews in Anaheim Hills celebrates their first anniversary this Saturday, and they will have a handful of brews from Knee Deep Brewing to celebrate. The first 150 customers to order a Knee Deep brew will receive a special gift to take home.

David Bowie Tribute Concert & Screening
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, June 4
Sunnyside Cemetery, Long Beach
http://thefridacinema.org/event/ziggy-stardust-at-sunnyside-cemetery/

Enjoy a concert and screening dedicated to the late David Bowie this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages event cost $12 presale or $15 at the gate. Bring cash for parking and food.

Care (Packages) For Your Community
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 4
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim Hills
http://www.facebook.com/events/1565300587104115/

At this free and all-ages event, local ska bands will perform, and they will have a charity activity that involves donating items to make care packages for the needy.

Punk Rock Karaoke @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1173047-punk-rock-karaoke-long-beach/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in Long Beach, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba or the neighborhood across the street.

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

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

Coast – Santa Monica’s Open Streets Event
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 5
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://beta.smgov.net/strategic-goals/mobility/coast

Santa Monica gets its own ciclovia event this Sunday that will block off a portion of Santa Monica to vehicles, as if the city does not already have enough traffic problems. If you intend to drive anywhere in or near Santa Monica this Sunday, plan your commute accordingly.

4th Annual San Pedro Shred Festival of Skate
9:30 am – 3:30 pm, June 5
Gaffey St. Lookout Point, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedroshredfest.com/

Enjoy a day of skateboarding and live rock music at this FREE and all-ages event taking place in San Pedro this Sunday.

10th Annual Super Pet Adoption
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 5
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/animal-care-center/super-pet-adoption

For just $2 admission, come see dozens of animals up for adoption, and potentially welcome a new member to your family.

23rd Annual Balboa Island Parade
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 5
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.visitnewportbeach.com/events/balboa-island-parade/

Free to attend for all ages, a parade will take place on Balboa Island this Sunday morning.

19th Annual SoRo Community Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 5
Robertson & Cattaraugus, Los Angeles
http://www.soronc.org/

This FREE and all-ages street fair takes place in West LA between Culver City and Beverly Hills. Attendees will find live music, a kids’ zone including rock-climbing, arts & crafts, food trucks, and more. Guests can park for free in the neighborhoods surrounding the fest.

32nd Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 5
Old Town Tustin
http://www.tustinchilicookoff.com/

Once again taking over the streets of Old Town Tustin, this FREE street fair contains lots of activities to keep the entire family busy and full the entire day. Attendees will find arts & crafts, live entertainment, merchandise vendors, kids’ area, the multitude of chili teams, and much more. This event gets highly crowded each year, and while it requires no admission to enter, guests will end up parking on city streets a few blocks away. To sample chili, guests must purchase tickets for $2 each, and redeem these tickets at the chili teams for samples.

3rd Annual Belching Beaver Classic
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 5
Belching Beaver Brewery, Vista
http://belchinbeaver.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1050074348375309/

Check out what Belching Beaver has going on this Sunday. For $20 admission, gain three 8oz beers and a raffle ticket, all while checking out all of the custom cars on display.

Discharge @ The Glass House
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 5
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1131507-discharge-eyehategod-pomona/

Release some inner aggression at this all-ages show at the Glass House in Pomona this Sunday night for $25 presale or $28 at the door. Guests can find plenty of free parking in Downtown Pomona, and can avoid having to pay to park in paid lots.

The Casualties @ The Yost Theater
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 5
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1161783

Get your moshing on this Sunday night with The Casualties at this all-ages concert for $15. Guests should look for parking in the neighborhoods north of the venue.

Naja’s Place 8th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 18-25
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.najasplace.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/833351723463473/

For seven days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

I Love Poke Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 24
Bali Hai Restaurant, Point Loma, San Diego
http://onoyum.com/event/i-love-poke-sd-2016/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event in San Diego. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while ten local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $75, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

Angelic Upstarts: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 24, The Garage, Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, Club Los Globos, Silverlake
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://officialangelicupstarts.com/

Legendary punk band Angelic Upstarts currently tour through the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so refer to the band’s website for show details.

2016 Lightning In A Bottle
May 25-30
San Antonio Recreation Area, Bradley
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.

365 by Whole Foods Market – Opening Day
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 25
365 by Whole Foods Market, Silverlake
http://www.365bywfm.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1587622411548481/

A new grocery store opens in Silverlake this Wednesday morning, and the first 365 guests will receive mini-scones and vegan cookies, plus reusable shopping bags. The first 100 shoppers will receive gift cards in varying amounts, including one $365 gift card.

Scooper Bowl 2016 – Fundraiser
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 25
The Learning Centers At Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.tlcfairplex.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1199885140022271/

This fundraiser involves buying a bowl designed by an art student for $15, which will come with ice cream.

Mother Earth Brewing @ Far Bar
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 25
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1683971371868505/

Far Bar will receive a handful of brews from Mother Earth Brewing this Wednesday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

The English Dogs: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, The Complex, Glendale http://www.facebook.com/events/1553493521615672/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1118313-english-dogs-long-beach/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 27, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2881

Punk band The English Dogs currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

D.O.A. – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, Petie’s Place, Tarzana http://www.facebook.com/events/1707817879508070/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.facebook.com/events/1104533162930651/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 27, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1156801-do-san-diego/
4:30 pm – 11:30 pm, May 28, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1174565-united-punk-alliance-los-angeles/
http://www.suddendeath.com/

Legendary hardcore punk band D.O.A. currently tours across the nation, and that tours swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Taste of Brea 2016
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 26
Downtown Brea
http://tasteofbrea.com/

This free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase a $25 wristband to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Mother Earth Brewing – Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1715262115378666/

Placentia’s Meat Up BBQ will receive a handful of brews from Mother Earth Brewing this Thursday night. Buy a pint, and keep the glass to take home.

Ska Brewing Tap Takeover
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
The Stache Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/133188947093810/

Enjoy ska music and brews from Ska Brewing this Thursday night in Long Beach, free to attend.

The Buzzcocks: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Mayan, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.clubmayan.com/events_calendar/event/116
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 28, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/buzzcocks
http://www.buzzcocks.com/

Legendary punk band The Buzzcocks currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Anti-Nowhere League: Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 26, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2784
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 27, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1108505-united-punk-alliance-los-angeles/
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 29, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/antinowhereleague
http://www.antinowhereleague.com/

Punk band Anti-Nowhere League currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Gamex 2016
12:00 pm, May 27 – 6:00 pm, May 30
Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://www.strategicon.net/

This weekend-long expo will feature all sorts of board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing, collectibles, computer games and more. Registration varies, ranging from $5 all the way up to $500, so see the website for a breakdown of the prices to attend.

58th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 28-29
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 30
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday.

13th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 28
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 29
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach
http://live-meritagecollectionevents.time.ly/event/13th-annual-newport-beach-wine-festival-memorial-day-weekend/

A handful of wine tasting events will take place in Newport Beach this weekend. Admission to these events range from $65 to $150.

Lower Class Brats: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.lcbarmy.com/

Punk band Lower Class Brats will perform live in Corona this Friday night. Tickets cost $10 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Refused – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/306986
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 28, The Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1086697-refused-pomona/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 30, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/refused
http://www.officialrefused.com/

One of the most influential bands in the history of punk rock embarks on a cross-country tour starting this week in Southern California. Tickets to these shows may have sold out, but you may still find them on after-market sites.

Muscle Beach Memorial Day Weekend Spectacular
May 28-30
Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
http://www.musclebeachvenice.com/

Various strength and strongman events will take place in Venice Beach this weekend. Visitors of all ages may spectate the events for free.

84th Annual Scottish Fest USA
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-29
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.scottishfest.com/

This annual all-ages Scottish festival features hundreds of bagpipers & drummers, Scottish & Irish food & vendors, Scottish clans, Highland dancing, Scottish athletes, and more. Admission costs $18 with discounts available for military, seniors, and children. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

The Inspired Market – Yorba Linda
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 28
RM Nixon Park, Yorba Linda
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the last Saturdays of each month in Yorba Linda. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

8th Annual Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28
Riverview Pkwy & Town Center Pkwy, Santee
http://santeestreetfair.com/

Thousands of visitors will roam the streets of Santee this weekend during their annual street fair, now combined with a craft beer garden. Free for all-ages to attend, the fair will contain live music, entertainment, food, drinks, games, arts & crafts, rides, vendors, and so much more. Pricing for the beer festival varies depending on how many tasters a person wants, ranging from $10 to $30.

Classic Not Plastic 2016
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-29
Various locations, Long Beach
http://www.classicnotplastic.net/

A scooter/moped rally will take place in Long Beach this weekend. Consult with the website for the full schedule of events and rides.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-30
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Geeky Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-30
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1564479810518077/

Check out this free and all-ages arts & crafts fair this weekend in Burbank featuring geek culture.

System Of A Stout – Bottle Release
11:30 am – 10:00 pm, May 28
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach & Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ will have their annual release of this stout this Saturday at both of their locations. Stop on by to get a bottle or two for yourself before they appear in other retail shops.

Santa Anita Carnival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 28-30
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-carnival/

Santa Anita Park opens their gates to the public for this FREE weekend-long festival for people of all ages. Visitors will find food, drinks, treats, rides, games, and more.

Deschutes Brewery Tap Takeover
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 28
The Bottle Room, Whittier
http://thebottleroombar.com/events/

Whittier’s The Bottle Room will receive a handful of Deschutes beers this Saturday. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

5000 Pies Celebrates 5000th Pie
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 28
5000 Pies, West Long Beach
http://www.5000pies.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/278830395787626/

West Long Beach’s 5000 Pies will offer free pizza slices this Saturday afternoon while supplies last. They will also hold a pie-eating contest at 2:30pm.

California Gold Rush Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 28
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/california-gold-rush/

Beer and horse-racing mix up at the Santa Anita Park this Saturday afternoon. For $35 admission, you get ten 3oz beer tasters, one 12oz beer pour, and the souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may enter this event.

Hollywood Beer Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 28
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.hollywood-beerfestival.com/

Another corporate beer festival comes to Hollywood this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 3pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Brewery’s Founder’s Day & 5th Anniversary
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/947946561993079/

Enjoy specials beers, guests food vendors, and live music this Saturday at Anaheim Brewery.

Plethora of Piñatas Festival
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 28
Border X Brewing, Barrio Logan, Downtown San Diego
http://borderxbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/182995588752153/

Piñatas and beer collide at this free event taking place in Downtown San Diego this Saturday night.

2016 Vista Village Strawberry Festival
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 29
Historic Downtown Vista
http://vistastrawberryfest.com/

At this free festival, guests of all-ages can experience a plethora of activities all day in Vista, formerly the Strawberry Capital of the World. The day starts with a 5K run, and when the run ends, the main festival begins. The multitude of activities include a beer garden, pie-eating contests, cooking contest, golf/putting contest, homebrew contest, video contest, strawberry costume contest, demos, live entertainment, car show, rides, games, food, and so much more. Visit the website for a full schedule and list of activities, plus directions on where to park.

20th Annual Redlands Firefighters Car Show
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 29
State Street, Downtown Redlands
http://www.redlandsfirefighterscarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show on the streets of Downtown Redlands this Sunday.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 29
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at different locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Those who have attended Renegade Craft Fair will view Patchwork as a hybrid of that and a traditional art fair. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. Guests should park in the neighborhood south of the festival.

3rd Annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 29
Main Street & Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
http://mainopolysm.com/

Sample the flavors of Santa Monica’s Main Street during this Monopoly-themed tasting event this Sunday afternoon. Admission varies in price depending on how much you plan to consume, starting at $25.

The Last Generic Ska Show @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 29
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0900509C9E9D2AC4
http://www.facebook.com/events/120462555025700/

An all-ages ska show will take place at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $10.

18th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 30
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

Celebrate this Memorial Day with a run down in sunny Orange County. Register for any of various distances, and head to the starting line by 7am for the race start. Registration fees vary based on the distance, with the half marathon costing $75.

Star Wars Day
May 4
Worldwide
http://www.starwars.com/may-the-4th

Star Wars Day officially falls on May 4th. Various businesses around the world will have Star Wars activities going on. Check with your local favorite hangout spot to see if they will celebrate this occasion.

Cinco De Mayo
May 5
Worldwide
http://cincodemayo.org/

Cinco De Mayo falls on a Tuesday this week, so you can expect a lot of drinking festivities to happen on a Taco Tuesday.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, May 6
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/428521063991902/

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

6th Annual Taste of Cardiff
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 7
Cardiff Seaside Market, Cardiff
http://www.tasteofcardiff.com/

Sample the local flavors of Cardiff this Thursday evening all throughout Downtown Cardiff. Tasting tickets cost $25 presale or $30 on the day of the event, and provide guests with unlimited food samples from participating locations until they run out of food. For $10 more, upgrade the ticket to include “sip stops” which add special cocktail, wine, or beer tastings at select locations.

Stone Release 2.0
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/599687390067735/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will get a handful of Stone Brewing beers on draft this Thursday night. Head on over and taste the latest out of the Stone camp.

20th Annual Taste of Anaheim
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 7
GardenWalk, Anaheim
http://tasteofanaheim365.com/

Taste food samples from Anaheim’s great local establishments this Thursday evening at the GardenWalk near Disneyland. Admission costs $40 presale and $45 at the door, and comes with unlimited food samples from all participating restaurants while supplies last. In addition to free parking, guests may bid on various prizes in a silent auction. All drinks come at an additional price.

Digital LA – Holograms, Virtual Humans and AI
6:00 pm – 9:00, May 7
Hologram USA, Beverly Hills
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-la-holograms-virtual-humans-and-ai-tickets-16542222232

Learn about the future of holograms and artificial intelligence at this seminar in Beverly Hills this Thursday night. Admission costs $15 and features a panel of experts speaking about the future of technology and how they can shape the world.

Chinatown After Dark
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=83

Chinatown enters the Night Market field this Thursday night, as Chinatown transforms into an outdoor nighttime market filled with live entertainment, vendors, food, and more. Free for all ages, guests should park east of Spring St and/or north of College St.

Gator By The Bay 2015
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 8
10:30 am – 8:30 pm, May 9
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, May 10
Spanish Landing Park, San Diego
http://www.gatorbythebay.com/

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

D.O.A. – Western US Tour 2015
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 7, Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/802091-do-los-angeles/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 8, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2365

Legendary hardcore punk band D.O.A. will embark on a west coast tour this week, and that tour swings through Southern California with two shows. Each show has its own ticket price and age limit, so click on a link for those details.

2nd Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 8-9
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 10
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $7 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

Beach City Brewery’s 1st Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 8
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 9
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 10
Beach City Brewery, Huntington Beach
http://www.beachcitybrewery.com/

Beach City Brewery opened their doors to the public a year ago, and to celebrate a year in business, they will tap many rare beers at their tasting room in Huntington Beach this weekend. Come check out this exclusive lineup of barrel-aged beers, plus all the food trucks on hand to feed guests.

3rd Annual South Bay Girls Night Out
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 8
Civic Center Plaza, Downtown Manhattan Beach
http://oursouthbay.com/girls-night-out/

A charity runway show and exclusive shopping experience comes to South Bay for women this Friday night. Admission costs $100 presale or $125 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

D.I. @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1428965460731964/

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

Crawl4Nepal
May 9
Participating businesses, Southern California
http://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/crawl4nepal/

This Saturday, visit any participating brewery or bar and purchase the specified beer, and 100% of the proceeds will go towards a relief fund for Nepal.

2015 Tour of Long Beach
6:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 9
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.touroflongbeach.com/

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

Wipeout Run – San Diego
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 9
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://wipeoutrun.com/sd/

ROC Race has transformed into Wipeout Run based on the hit TV show, and it arrives in San Diego this Saturday. This obstacle 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. Registration costs $65 through Friday, and $75 on the day of the event. Bring extra cash with you for parking, food & drinks, and other merchandise.

48th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 9-10
Pacific Ave, Sunset Beach
http://www.sunsetbeachartfestival.org/

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

2015 San Diego Chocolate Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 9
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/chocolate.htm

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

2015 Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 9
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://asianculturalfestivalsd.com/

This FREE all-ages fair celebrates Asian culture with martial arts demos, dancing, music, cooking demos, games, food, and more. Guests receive free parking as well as free entry into the festival, so bring the entire family over and have a ball.

CacaoFest 2015: World Music Festival
10:30 am – 11:00 pm, May 9
WorldBeat Cultural Center, San Diego
http://www.cacaofest.com/

Enjoy a variety of things to do at this all-day festival this Saturday in San Diego. This event features live music, workshops, food, desserts, drinks, beer, wine, vendors, merchandise, arts & crafts, games, rides, exhibits, and lots more. Admission varies based on the individual attending, with general admission costing $40 and a variety of discounts or packages available.

Historic Core Mural Tour
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 9
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/historic-core-mural-tour-tickets-16703246861

Embark on a tour through Downtown Los Angeles to view a plethora of beautiful art murals with cultural and historic significance. Participation in this tour costs $15.

24th Annual Santa Monica Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 9
Clover Park, Santa Monica
http://www.smgov.net/festival

This free and all-ages event provides a multitude of things to do in Santa Monica. Down here at the park, find food, drinks, arts & crafts, vendors, live music, workshops, demos, exhibits, and more.

7th Annual Unique LA Spring Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 9-10
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniqueusa.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.

Fork Fest 2
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 9
Chase Palm Park, Santa Barbara
http://forkfest.nightout.com/

A huge tasting event comes to Santa Barbara this Saturday afternoon. Taste food and drinks from dozens of local eateries, breweries, and wineries, and vote for your favorite ones by the end of the day. Admission costs $40 and allows one taste from each participating vendor. No one under 21 may attend.

LA On Tap
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 9
Fairplex, Pomona
http://laontap.beer/

Dozens of breweries will meet up at the Fairplex this Saturday afternoon to serve their refreshing brews to attendees of this event. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, and starts at 2pm. Early admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours while supplies last, but food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for that plus parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Smog City Brewing 2015 Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 9
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/1663464547210176/

Smog City Brewing celebrates their anniversary this weekend with a bunch of rare beers only available on this day. No admission required – simply show up and pay for beer as you go.

7th Annual Orange County Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 9
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Dozens of microbreweries will gather here and pour all the beers that the guests can drink for the duration of the event. General admission costs $40 and starts at 3pm, while early bird admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

OMBAC Beach Music Festival 2015
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 9
Mariner’s Point, Mission Bay Park, San Diego
http://www.ombac.org/

Music and beer meet on the beach this Saturday in San Diego. Admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, allowing access to this festival of music, beer, and fun in the sun. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk vs Metal Smackdown
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/838730339499156/

A bunch of local bands will perform at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday. Guests can enter for free before 8pm; otherwise, the cover for this show costs $5 if entering after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Show in Long Beach
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 9
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1605350033040145/

Catch a local punk show in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 9
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

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

Mother’s Day
May 10
Worldwide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother%27s_Day

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

Tinker Bell Half Marathon
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 10
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/tinker-bell-half-marathon/

Take part in a Peter Pan-themed half marathon at Disneyland this Sunday morning. The half marathon runs through Disneyland Park and surrounding Anaheim streets, and will involve lots of costumes and characters on the sidelines. All participants receive a t-shirt, a medal, a goodie bag, and refreshments during and after the race.

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, May 10
Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill, Beverly Grove, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-cheese-chocolate-tickets-15736863382

Cheese, chocolate, and wine pair up with each other at this food pairing event this Sunday afternoon. For $79 admission or $140 for two people, gain access to five cheeses, five chocolates, and ten wines. No one under 21 may attend.

D.O.A. performing Police Brutality at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on February 1, 2013.

D.O.A. performing World War 3 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on February 1, 2013.

Last Friday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana, D.O.A. headlined their final show, backed up by D.I., Amerikan Made, and two local bands. As one of the forefathers of punk rock, founder Joey Shithead has remained true to his roots by refusing to allow D.O.A. to go down while he breathes. This man truly lives, eats, and sleeps punk rock, and he further proved it by acting as his own roadie in this show. With four other bands opening for D.O.A., only the truest punk rock fans could survive the entire night and appreciate the musical talent the stage has to offer.

Local Riverside punk band Slow Children opened the night to a largely empty room. For a band of a bunch of kids, they played a great high-energy show. Unfortunately they did not get a chance to play to a large crowd, as by the end they played their last song, the room still had less than half of the space filled with people. They definitely deserve more credit than their spot in the night would otherwise indicate.

Another local band played following Slow Children. This time, they did not mention their band name, though I can only guess The Skulls since a band later in the night mentioned that, albeit they probably have nothing to do with the original Skulls from 1976. With a harder sound than Slow Children, they managed to instigate a small pit. I could hardly focus on the band, as this pit contained some interesting characters, such as some kids shuffling, and a clown. Yes, a moshing clown, complete with white powder makeup, a red ball nose, and a rainbow wig.

After the local bands, we now move on to the sub-headliners, starting with Amerikan Made. With no bells or whistles, Amerikan Made represents standard punk rock. If you ask anybody who does not regularly listen to punk rock, what they would envision would sound like Amerikan Made. They played with nonstop energy, as the pit never stopped the entire time. Although there exists an unwritten rule that thou shalt not wear the band’s shirt to their show, I spotted a few people with Amerikan Made shirts, one of which read “Quit Being A Pussy” for one of their songs, which Amerikan Made played close to the end of their set.

A film crew set up for the next band, D.I. Another original punk band, former Adolescents and Social Distortion drummer Casey Royer founded D.I. back in 1982 and has remained with the band ever since. Never one to shy away from the spotlight, fans recognize Casey for his banter between songs, as D.I. rarely plays back-to-back songs without Casey saying something between songs. He never talks about the same thing twice – he manages to find something new to talk about between songs. Besides the random chatter, D.I. leads their set off with some fast music, starting the pit with the wheels already spinning. If you have not attended a D.I. show, you have to see one soon to understand the chaos of their set.

Prior to D.O.A.‘s final performance, the audience spotted Joey Shithead setting up his own stage. Always one to act as his own roadie, Joey stuck true to his roots and played in the same style he has always played with. He may not have moved as much as the previous bands, but his grungy voice coupled with their hardcore sound certainly moved the room. In fact, D.O.A. moved the room so much with their set that by about halfway through the set, the pit had significantly calmed down. I wager that most of the pit had expended their energy for the prior bands. This did not prevent the crowd from enjoying D.O.A., as they still swayed and jumped, just in place instead of into the next person.

Sad to see D.O.A. go? Bands throw in the towel quite often, but legendary bands like D.O.A. will make headlines when they call it quits. Make sure to read my blog weekly to stay up-to-date with upcoming music shows!

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
Now through 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.

2013 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 4
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, January 29
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/458007997571821/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 26.

Stout of the Union
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 31
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/235914716540951/

Love stouts? Head to Beachwood Brewing in Downtown Long Beach this Thursday night to immerse yourself in a world of stouts. Expect plenty of stouts in the form of both drafts and bottles, in addition to the handful of Beachwood Brewing’s own stout brews.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 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).

D.O.A. (Farewell Show!), D.I., Amerikan Made @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 1
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/doa

See legendary punk bands D.O.A. and D.I. perform this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 1
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/431710220233747/

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.

Color Run – Los Angeles
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 2
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://thecolorrun.com/los-angeles/

Ready to run through color? As the run that started it all, the Color Run 5k hits Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium this Saturday. In addition to the 5k run, all participants have to endure waves of color thrown on them throughout the run. By the end, all participants come out looking like a rainbow. Registration costs $50 each, or $45 per person for groups of four or more.

Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 2
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.socalpetexpo.com/

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this Saturday at the Long Beach Convention Center. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more.

3rd Annual Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 2
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/_events_calendar/families.aspx

Here at this free and all-ages festival, celebrate Chinese New Year in style, complete with food trucks, artists, performers, dancers, crafts, demos, and more.

Cro-Mags @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 3
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/cro-mags

Tickets to this all-ages hardcore punk show cost $15 each.