Posts Tagged ‘Dead Kennedys’

2017 LA Restaurant Week
July 14-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 15-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 19-20
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

3rd Annual Stars Of Pinot
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 19
Sofitel LA, Beverly Hills
http://www.winela.com/starsofpinot

A wine tasting gala comes to Beverly Hills this Wednesday evening. Admission comes at three separate prices. Silver admission costs $85 and starts at 7:00pm while gold admission costs $175 and starts at 6:00pm -both of these admission types receive unlimited wine samples and appetizers while supplies last. VIP admission costs $210, starts at 5:30pm, and also includes a panel, dinner buffet, and gift bag. No one under 21 may attend.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 19
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

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

Hop-Con 5.0
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 19
Stone Brewing World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.stonebrewing.com/hopcon

Stone Bistro in Liberty Station will shut down this Wednesday night for this festival that will include lots of beers, cask ales, and free-play arcade games. General admission costs $75. No one under 21 may attend.

AVP Hermosa Beach Open
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 20-23
Hermosa Beach Pier, Hermosa Beach
http://avp.com/event/avp-hermosa-beach-open/

Come watch some of the world’s top beach volleyball players compete this weekend in Hermosa Beach. Visitors of all ages may attend the matches for free, but seats come at a fee.

Venice Art Crawl
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20
Windward Ave Circle, Venice
http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

Venice gets their own free and all-ages art walk this week, complete with a plethora of exhibits on display.

Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20-21
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 22
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 23
Honda Center, Anaheim
http://www.marveluniverselive.com/tickets/details/112305

Basically, a live-action Marvel movie with play out on stage in Anaheim this weekend. Tickets to this all-ages show start at $30.

Dead Kennedys – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20, The Echoplex, Echo Park
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 21, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22, House of Blues, Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
http://www.deadkennedys.com/

Legendary punk rock band Dead Kennedys will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. The prices and age limits vary by location, so check with the venue for information.

1st Annual Ska-Mic Con
11:00 am – 1:00 am, July 21-22
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.skamiccon.com/

Dozens of ska bands will perform at this all-ages concert in Anaheim this weekend. Single-day admission costs $40, while two-day admission costs $65. These only grant you entry to the concert, and do not include parking, food, or drinks. VIP admission costs $80 and grants access to both days, a private bar, the restaurant’s menu, and the after party. No one under 21 may purchase the VIP admission.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 21-23
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

2017 FYF Fest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 21
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22-23
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://fyffest.com/

FYF Fest really requires no other description. If you have heard of or attended Coachella, FYF Fest will feel similar. This three-day concert will feature the largest names in music. Surprisingly, tickets have not sold out yet! I recommend getting dropped off or taking the Metro, as parking will not exist on these three days.

Delicious Little Tokyo 2017
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 21
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 22
10:30 am – 9:00 pm, July 23
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.golittletokyo.com/delicious/

A handful of food & beverage events will take place around Little Tokyo this weekend. Some of these events have an admission fee, while some do not, so check the website for the full list of events.

Pirate Con
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 21
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/pirate-con/

A pirate-themed adult party takes place in a museum this Friday night. Admission costs $40 and includes a Funko Pop Barbossa collectible, one drink ticket, and complimentary appetizers while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Underground Alliance in LA
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 21
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1350254855066030/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Northeast LA. The cover for this show costs $3. No one under 21 may enter.

36th Annual Cypress 5K & 10K Run + 36th Annual Cypress Community Festival
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 22
Oak Knoll Park, Cypress
http://cypressfestival.com/

Two events occur back-to-back this Saturday in Cypress. Starting early in the morning, participate in a 5K or 10K run through the streets of Cypress. Following the run, a FREE all-ages & all-day festival will take place at the nearby park. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with a car show, food, drinks, games, rides, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more.

Insect & Ladybug Festival 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 22-23
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/insect.htm

Check out insects, lizards, snakes, and other invertebrates this weekend at this special exhibit in San Diego. Admission into the venue costs $14 for adults, $10 for seniors/students/military, or $8 for children. Parking costs $2 per vehicle.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Torrance Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 22
Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/805276009649773/

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

Tequila & Taco Music Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 22-23
Plaza Park, Ventura
http://www.tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com/

Indulge on tacos and liquor this weekend in Ventura. Entry into the festival costs $10 per person per day. A $40 Saturday admission exists that comes with six half-ounce tequila samples plus a souvenir glass, but this sampling only occurs from 11am to 3pm on Saturday. All admission does NOT include food or drinks – those come at a separate cost.

4th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Poetry Slam
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, July 22
Michelle Obama Library @ DeForest Park, Long Beach
http://www.deforestpark.org/

Free to attend for all ages, sample some chili made by locals this Saturday afternoon in Long Beach.

5th Annual Los Angeles Bacon Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 22
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.labaconfest.com/

As the name suggests, if you love bacon, this fest has nothing but bacon. Come indulge in all things bacon, as you explore every possible way to consume bacon. This year, they will run two 3-hour sessions: 12pm-3pm and 4pm-7pm. Tickets cost $60 per session, and sell out every year, so act fast if you want to go.

Sneaker Con 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 22-23
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://sneakercon.com/

Discover hundreds of shoe vendors this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. Admission to this all-ages event costs $25 for one day or $40 for both days.

5th Annual Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 22
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://heroesbrewfest.com/

Coinciding with Comic Con, this beer tasting event will take place at Liberty Station this Saturday evening. As the title suggests, this beer event will bear a costume element, encouraging attendees to arrive in some sort of cosplay outfit. They have changed the admission tiers for this year’s festival. General admission costs $20 and starts at 4pm but does not include any beer – these ticket holders will have to pay for all beers consumed. Early access admission costs $50, starts at 2pm, and comes with unlimited beer tasters for only the first two hours while supplies last. VIP admission costs $99, also starts at 2pm, but allows unlimited beer tasters for the entire duration of the event. It also provides access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Vegan Faire
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 22
Healthy Junk, Anaheim
http://www.thehealthyjunk.com/

This Saturday, check out this FREE and all-ages festival showcasing the full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods & services with booths & workshops focusing on food, environment, clothing and fitness. Catch live music on the promenade all day too.

SPOCOM 11th Annual Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 22
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://spocomusa.com/2010/01/27/event-info-2017-spocom-super-show-anaheim/

A car & trade show comes to Anaheim this Saturday evening. Admission to this all-ages event costs $30.

Sausage & Bierfest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.thephoenixclub.com/?upcoming-event=sausage-bierfest

$5 gets you in to this event that will have sausages and beer for sale, as well as live music throughout the night.

Fried Chicken & Champagne
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 22
Eat Drink Americano, Arts District, Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/chicken

Partake in a blind champagne tasting along with fried chicken pairings this Saturday night in the Arts District of Downtown LA. Admission costs $140 per person or $275 for a pair of tickets, and includes all food and drinks for the duration of the event. No one under 21 may attend.

Beat Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 23
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://beatswapmeet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1952387895047880/

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

The Dead Kennedys performing Holiday In Cambodia at the 2013 Ink-N-Iron Festival in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on June 8, 2013.

The Dead Kennedys performing California Über Alles at the 2013 Ink-N-Iron Festival in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on June 8, 2013.

Irvine Restaurant Week
January 9-15
Participating restaurants in Irvine
http://www.destinationirvine.com/restaurantweek/

Numerous restaurants in Irvine will serve special prix-fixe menu offerings during Irvine Restaurant Week. Prices vary between restaurants, but some lunches start as low as $6.95 per person. No reservations required – simply show up and request the specials.

4th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 11-16
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend
January 15-18
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/star-wars-half-marathon/

This entire weekend, the Star Wars universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from Jedi Knights to Rebels and more. Throughout the weekend, Star Wars festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel.

Deschutes Black Butte XXIV-XXVI Vertical Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 15
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/830355983688446/

38 Degrees will tap three variations of Black Butte Porter from Deschutes this Thursday night. Fans of strong beers will not want to miss out on this.

Dead Kennedys: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 15, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, San Diego http://bellyup.com/dead-kennedys
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Dead-Kennedys
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 17, The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills http://www.facebook.com/events/804767876229102/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 28, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/719459-dead-kennedys-west-hollywood/

Legendary punk band Dead Kennedys will headline FOUR shows in Southern California this week. Click on the show’s link for information about the lineup, ticket cost, and age limit.

Arcade Expo 2015
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 16
10:00 am – 2:00 am, January 17
10:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 18
Arcade Expo, Banning
http://www.arcadeexpo.com/

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

Agent Orange @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 16-17
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1500716263522211/

Legendary surf-punk band Agent Orange will headline TWO shows at the World Famous Doll Hut this Friday and Saturday night. The cover for each show costs $15. No one under 21 may attend.

The Dictators NYC – West Coast Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/684847-dictators-nyc-west-hollywood/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/The-Dictators-NYC

East coast punk rock band The Dictators will tour along the west coast this week, ending in Southern California. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on the link for more information.

The Wheel of Anderson
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 16
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/308018066054467/

Come watch a random Wes Anderson film this Friday night with other Wes Anderson fans. No one will know what film the cinema will show until they spin the wheel to select a film. All attendees receive complimentary snacks and drinks during the film.

34th Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 12:00 am, January 17
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 18
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $10 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

Hangar 24 Brewery’s Vinaceous Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, January 17
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/1536861909930951/

Celebrate the release of Hangar 24’s first Local Fields release of 2014, Vinaceous, at their tasting room this Saturday. Pouring begins at 11am, while guests can enjoy food (sold separately) and live music throughout the day.

Swamp Zombie 2.0 Hop Wars Beer Release & Bottle Share
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 17
Phantom Ales, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/907389442604968/

Phantom Ales will release a special brew this Saturday evening, and you can come in to try it. In addition, they will host a bottle share, so feel free to bring in a bottle or two of any craft beer to share.

Lagwagon & Swingin’ Utters @ The Fonda
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17
The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood
http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/256227

Famous punk bands Lagwagon and Swingin’ Utters will headline a show at the Fonda this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $22 presale or $25 at the door.

The English Beat @ The Roxy
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17
The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://www.theroxy.com/event/728793-english-beat-west-hollywood/

Skank to The Beat at this all-ages ska show this Saturday night at The Roxy in West Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $30.

The American Wake @ Silky Sullivan’s
9:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 17
Silky Sullivan’s, Fountain Valley
http://www.facebook.com/events/351750078362617/

Come see local Irish rock band The American Wake perform for free this Saturday night, ages 21 and up only.

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

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

Eat Drink Chill
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 18
The Unique Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chill.kintera.org/eatdrinkchill

Hang out with a bunch of hip rich people at this fundraiser in the Arts District of Downtown LA. Enjoy food, drinks, art, live music, and more as you mix and mingle the night away. Admission costs $25 per person, or $40 for two people.

The 2013 Ink-N-Iron Kustom Culture Festival wrapped up at the Queen Mary this past weekend. This weekend-long festival celebrates alternative and pin-up culture with tattoos, custom cars, models, and endless loud rock music. As the weekend’s most anticipated day of the music lineup, numerous attendees decided to don their best band shirt or other band paraphernalia. Many of them had not heard of the unwritten rule of not wearing the band’s shirt to their show. Anyways, I digress – back to Ink-N-Iron.

In addition to the main attractions of the music, tattoos, and cars, Ink-N-Iron featured many other activities to keep guests occupied all day. The entrance placed guests immediately in Vendor Village, filled with lots of music memorabilia, merchandise, apparel, accessories, music albums, and more. Continuing forward from here placed guests between the Tiki Drive-In Stage and the Motorama dome, filled with more cars to gaze at. The wide area in front of the dome held more cars as well.

More cars parked on the grass in front of the Tiki Drive-In stage.

Attendees could walk into the dome for the grand Motorama central. In here, attendees could stroll down aisles with custom cars on both sides.

All the tattooing took place inside the Queen Mary’s promenade area. Vendor booths filled the entire room among all three floors, including some of the side areas. This area appeared more organized than previous years largely in part to most of the vendors that only operated on appointments that attendees booked weeks to months in advance. While some of the artists allowed walk-ups, attendees already knew that getting inked would require a previous appointment.

One of the side rooms featured a model that artists could sketch:

Of course, all the attendees would not pay the hefty ticket fee for simply cars and tattoos – they paid to see the live music. With a fully stocked weekend lineup, music fans would appreciate all of the three nights with lots of major bands like Sublime, NOFX, Offspring, and more. I attended only on Saturday and arrived in the late afternoon, so I first got to see The Dwarves. Best recognized for their sexually explicit album covers, The Dwarves has carved out a show presence that one could call Rated R, in a similar manner to how Guttermouth shows gained notoriety with the crowd spitting endlessly. If any true fans of The Dwarves showed up to Ink-N-Iron, they toned down their behavior a lot, as the crowd remained fairly tame – even the circle pit appeared controlled. The Dwarves played a continuous set, with no real breaks between songs, which included the single I Will Deny. They abruptly ended their set once 30 minutes had elapsed, continuing the notion of no breaks nor speaking to the audience between songs.

Rumors of Jello Biafra returning for this performance by the Dead Kennedys had circulated around ever since his cameo at Coachella this year. Alas, no sign of Jello ever appeared during the Dead Kennedys set. Entering the stage to a wild and packed audience, the Dead Kennedys played all of their hits, from Holiday in Cambodia to California Über Alles to Chemical Warfare to Police Truck and more. Without Jello, this felt more like listening to a Dead Kennedys cover band, much like how Pennywise sounded at last year’s Ink-N-Iron with Zoli Téglás on vocals. Regardless, the Dead Kennedys still delivered a killer show, with plenty of moshing and crowd surfing about.

Reuniting after an 8-year hiatus, Rocket From The Crypt made their way onto the stage in brilliant stage lights. Lead vocalist Speedo made an introduction prior to starting the set, reminding us all about the band members’ characters and personalities. Those not familiar with Speedo may think he dabbled with some marijuana prior to the set, but I assure you that he purposely acts the way he does. As they had a one-hour set, Rocket From The Crypt played all of their hit songs throughout their history, from their first album all the way through Live From Camp X-Ray. They intended to keep playing after an hour, but the sound crew unexpectedly cut them off mid-song. Technically, Rocket From the Crypt just played an extremely stretched out instrumental section, leaving the crowd to wonder what would have occurred if the sound crew allowed Rocket From The Crypt to continue playing.

At last, the band everyone paid to see – Iggy & The Stooges – burst onto the stage to a see of screaming fans. They opened their set with Raw Power, a fitting first song to get the crowd ripping and roaring. In typically Iggy Pop fashion, all throughout the set, Iggy sang and danced in a spastic yet sexually-suggestive manner, provoking all the women to scream in desire. The band played all of their popular songs, such as Search & Destroy and I Wanna Be Your Dog. They eventually got to Fun House, where similarly to Pennywise’s Bro Hymn, a handful of audience members climbed up onto the stage to dance with the band. The set lasted a good hour and a half, which started 15 minutes after the scheduled start time. No one minded the late start, not even the mosh pit that formed during the set and lasted the entire time.

Did you miss Ink-N-Iron? With the price to attend increasing annually, Ink-N-Iron may turn into somewhat of an alternative version of Coachella. In fact, sooner or later, Ink-N-Iron may even occur on two consecutive weekends! Some of this year’s attendees have voiced their opinion, stating that they will not return if prices continue to rise as they have risen the past few years. At this point, admission mainly covers the cost to see the bands performing. Next year’s lineup will greatly determine if the bands selected to play merit the price increase. Keep your eyes open for some more music festivals coming up later this year, such as FYF Fest and Riot Fest. Orange County sees three local punk rock shows this Saturday night, including one with Agent Orange – check my weekly Upcoming Events post for more details!

Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 17
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia
http://arcadiacachamber.org/ai1ec_event/taste-of-arcadia-sept-17/?instance_id=10684

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $50 presale tickets now, or pay $60 at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

21st Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 18
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.pfarcf.org/tasteofoldpasadena/

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

International Talk Like A Pirate Day
September 19
Everywhere
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

As the name suggests, feel free to talk like a pirate this Wednesday all day. Just do not get in trouble for it. Yarr~

As a bonus, anyone who dons a full pirate outfit to any participating Krispy Kreme will receive a FREE dozen original glazed doughnuts!

Mitsuwa Hokkaido Fair
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 20-23
Mitsuwa Marketplace, all locations
http://mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=42

Much like the Mitsuwa Summer Fest, this FREE festival at all Mitsuwa Marketplaces now celebrates North Japan culture. Experience food, drinks, desserts, dance, music, games, and more from Northern Japanese culture.

Cerritos Taste of the Region
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 20
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://cerritos.org/chamber/about-the-chamber/programs-events/taste-of-the-region-business-expo

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Thursday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay a low flat fee, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

Last year’s participating restaurants:

LA Beer Week
September 20-30
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 11-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, culminating in a beer fest on the last day in Downtown Los Angeles. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate.

Big Orange Book Festival
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 21
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 22
Chapman University, Orange
http://bigorangebookfestival.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day book festival takes place at Chapman University in Orange this weekend. Come see hundreds of books, writers, live entertainment, food, speakers, and more.

Redondo Beach Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 21
12:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 22
12:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 23
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://lobsterfestival.com/

Three weekend lobster fests in a row! Following Long Beach and Los Angeles, Redondo Beach now has a Lobster Fest going on this weekend, which will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $10 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. Purchase presale tickets online to save $2, or search their website for additional meal packages, such as surf & turf and more.

Dead Kennedys, JFA, Whitecaps, Anarchy Taco, Unit F @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/dead-kennedys

The Dead Kennedys, JFA, Whitecaps, Anarchy Taco, and Unit F play a show this Friday at The Observatory in Santa Ana. This all-ages show costs $25. To Dead Kennedys fans, Jello has other priorities, and will not play with the band.

The Chocolate & Art Show (Experience)
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 21-23
KGB Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/446096902078260/

This three-night event filled with live music, art, NUDE BODY painting, and of course, chocolate will take over the KGB Studios in Los Angeles across from LA State Historic Park. For just a $10 cover, attendees will get to see over 150 artists, photographers, designers, body painters, and more. Live DJ’s will keep the venue loud and pumping, while you snack away at chocolate. Because of its location by the park, attendees can park for free on the street.

13th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 22
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.cruisinforacure.com/

This charity car show returns to the OC Fair this Saturday morning. Admission costs $15, and includes free prostate testing. [sic]

OC Fest of Ales & Beer Run 5K
9:00 am – 3:30 pm, September 22
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.ocfestofales.com/

This two-in-one fest combines a 5K run/walk with a beer fest immediately following. The 5K begins at 9am, while the main beer fest begins at 11:30am. Situated on the streets of Downtown Anaheim, the beer fest will feature over 100 different beers, a food truck food challenge, food & beer pairings, live music & entertainment, and more. As with any beer fest, no one under 21 can enter. Plenty of street parking surround Downtown Anaheim; otherwise, you can pay to park in one of the nearby structures.

Drink Good Beer Mash-Up & Homebrew Competition
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 22
The Factory Gastropub, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/DrinkGoodBeerMashUpHomebrewCompetition

The Factory Gastropub will host a beer fest and homebrewers competition in their parking lot this Saturday afternoon. Originally scheduled for September 2, presale tickets still sell for $25, while tickets will sell for $30 at the door. Over 30 local breweries will serve their beers to attendees, while homebrewers will sample their beers as well. Registration to enter you homebrews ended already, so if you want to enter your brew(s), you will have to wait until the next competition.

2012 Better Weather Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 22
Golden Road Brewing, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/341720145915669/

Golden Road Brewery will host their own beer fest this Saturday (just like everyone else). Presale tickets purchased before September 20 cost $30, then tickets cost $40 afterwards. Admission comes with five 6oz pours – additional pours cost $3 each. Attendees get treated to numerous breweries & beers, brewery tours, food trucks, live music, gifts & goodie bags, and more. Attendees can park on the streets surrounding the brewery.

Septemberfest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 22
Santa Monica Pier
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/septemberfest/

America’s answer to Oktoberfest, this American spin on Oktoberfest will feature over 150 craft beers, food trucks, live bands, and more. Where Oktoberfest celebrates German culture, Septemberfest celebrates America and everything great about it. Presale tickets cost $40, while tickets at the door cost $50, if any remain.

10th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 22
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
http://www.tarfest.com/

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

Autumn Lights
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 22
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/autumnlights.html

Anyone who has gone to the Downtown LA Artwalk will see similarities in Autumn Lights. This light show makes its annual return to Pershing Square this Saturday night. Free to attend for all ages, lights turn on at 6pm, revealing “some very large scale sculptural light installations, interactive light and performances, life black light paintings, photo booth, and other visually interesting work.” If you like going to the Downtown LA Artwalk, you do not want to miss this.

2012 Zam Fest
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 23
University High School, West Los Angeles
http://www.zamfest.com/

Moving from Long Beach to Los Angeles this year, this arts & music festivals caters to children. Zam Fest features a plethora of activities for kids, such as art, baking, acting, sports, dance, music, crafting, and more. Some activities cost nothing, while others cost tickets, of which the website lists the prices.

2012 Harvest Moon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 23
Arcadia County Park, Arcadia
http://www.facebook.com/events/101430326675498/

Considered an Asian Thanksgiving, this all-ages Asian cultural festival will take place this Sunday afternoon at Arcadia County Park. Completely FREE to attend, guests will find food, drinks, desserts, live entertainment, games, rides, a kid’s area, and more. Guests can park for free at the Santa Anita Racetrack by entering Gate 5 and taking the shuttle once inside.

The International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 23
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica
http://www.lachocolatesalon.com/

Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica. $20-25 gets you all-you-can-eat chocolate.