Posts Tagged ‘Decadence’

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 24 – October 1
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For eight full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

2017 Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 25
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia
http://www.arcadiacachamber.org/taste-of-arcadia/

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $50 presale tickets now, as you cannot purchase tickets at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra – Live in Orange County
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/shows/7552015/tokyo-ska-paradise-orchestra-with-viernes-13

Get your skanking on in Santa Ana tonight. The cover for this all-ages show costs $20.

Skacore Night in Downtown LA
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 26
La Cita Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/468671750173082/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show in Downtown LA this Tuesday night. The cover for this show costs $8 if entering before 9pm, or $10 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Wasteland Weekend 2017
September 27 – October 1
California City
http://www.wastelandweekend.com/

Live in a post-apocalyptic world this weekend in the desert. This event will immerse you in a culture that one would expect as shown in the movies.

2017 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 27
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.cerritostaste.com/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Wednesday 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 $10, 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.

2nd Annual Southern California In-Water Boat Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 28
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 29-30
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Cabrillo Way Marina, San Pedro
http://www.socalboatshow.com/

Check out lots of boats on display this weekend in San Pedro. Admission costs $15 for adults, while children enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 28
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 29
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 30
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 1
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://autoshowoc.com/

For $12 entry, guests can check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. Seniors and active military personnel can enter for $10. Guests looking for free street parking should locate Casa Vista St, west of the convention center, by Denny’s.

Epic Brewing Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 28
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/342785082815424/

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

Taste of Ventura County 2017
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 28
Commemorative Air Force Museum, Camarillo
http://www.wcrventuracounty.com/

Sample food and drinks from restaurants throughout Ventura County this Thursday night. $75 gets you in to enjoy unlimited samples while supplies last.

Taste of Pasadena 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 28
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.pasadena-chamber.org/forms/taste-of-pasadena

Sample foods from dozens of Pasadena restaurants this Thursday night at the Rose Bowl. Tickets cost $30 presale or $50 at the door, and allow unlimited samples while supplies last.

44th La Mesa Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 10:30 pm, September 29
10:00 am – 10:30 pm, September 30
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
La Mesa Village, La Mesa
http://www.lamesaoktoberfest.org/

Enjoy a family-fun Oktoberfest celebration this weekend in La Mesa. Free to attend for all ages, this Oktoberfest celebration will have all the usual Oktoberfest festivities such as dance, music, sausages, pretzels, beer, and more. In addition, visitors will find hundreds of vendors, arts & crafts, games, and more activities for all ages.

Get Shamrocked Irish Festival 2017
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 29
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 30
Town Square Park, Murrieta
http://www.getshamrocked.com/

Revel in Irish culture all this weekend in Murrieta, with Irish music, food, live entertainment, and more. This all-ages festival will bring Irish culture to town, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. General admission costs $20 for Friday, $30 for Saturday, or $40 for a weekend pass. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Weekly’s 14th Annual Decadence
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 29
Hotel Irvine, Irvine
http://www.ocdecadence.com/

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. General admission costs $55 and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 6pm, and includes a goodie bag plus access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 29
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
Newport Beach Civic Center, Newport Beach
http://newportwineandfood.com/

Lots of activity will take place in the culinary world this weekend in Newport Beach. On Friday night, a VIP party will take place with a cocktail reception and a three-course food & wine pairing dinner. On Saturday and Sunday, attendees of the festival gain access to unlimited food tastings, cooking demos, cocktail mixing demos, live music, a silent auction, and more. Admission prices significantly vary based on the mode of attendance, with single-day admission costing $175 and a weekend pass costing $295.

2017 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.offroadexpo.com/pomona-ca

Check out all things off-roading this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona, complete with hundreds of vendors, dozens of industry professionals, and acres of off-road. Adult admission costs $20, or $15 if you purchase it at O’Reilly Auto Parts. Children enter for $6. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs $10 per vehicle.

Nerdbot-Con 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 30
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.nerdbot.com/nerdbot-con

$17 gets you in to this all-ages pop culture expo complete with dozens of vendors, artists, cosplayers, music, games, activities, and more.

356th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 30
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 1
Adams Avenue between 32nd & 35th Street, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Street-Fair.html

This FREE and all-ages music festival takes place over two days this weekend on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, between the 805 and 15 freeways. Ten blocks will close to traffic to make way for over 90 music acts on seven stages and over 350 vendor booths. Guests should take public transportation to Adams Avenue, as traffic will remain heavily congested all weekend, and parking will not exist in high numbers here.

Alhambra Moon Festival on Main
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
2nd & Main, Downtown Alhambra
http://downtownalhambra.com/event/moonfestival/

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Downtown Alhambra this weekend.

Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbairshow.com/

A free and all-ages jet show comes to Huntington Beach this weekend. Practice/rehearsals will take place on Friday, while the actual shows take place on Saturday and Sunday. Bring out your friends and family to enjoy some aerial entertainment. Attendees may purchase reserved seats via the website.

Music Tastes Good
12:00 pm – 10:00 am, September 30 – October 1
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://mtglb.co/

An all-ages concert will come to Downtown Long Beach this weekend. Admission costs $75 for one day or $135 for both days. As with any long concert, make sure you can endure remaining outdoors for a long period of time, and have plenty of cash for food and drinks.

Eat Uptown Food Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 30
Nixon Plaza, Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/event/eat-uptown-food-festival/

Savor the local flavor of Uptown Whittier at this food tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Uptown Whittier. At this event, attendees will get treated to eats from dozens of local restaurants. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last. Guests must purchase drinks separately. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Beer Fest (Fall Edition)
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 30
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. General admission costs $45 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 2pm. All admission comes with unlimited beer pours, but does not include parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Dudes Brewing Three Year Anniversary Celebration
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 30
Dudes Brewing, Torrance
http://thedudesbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1939290312952050/

Dudes Brewing in Torrance turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have anniversary glasses available, raffle prizes throughout the day, and special beers on tap for you to try. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Taste Of Santa Ana 2017
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 30
Main Place Mall, Santa Ana
http://www.tasteofsantaana.org/

Sample various bites and sips from Santa Ana restaurants at this all-ages event this Saturday evening at the mall. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the gate, and gets you unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

2017 Fullerton Uncorked
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 30
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonuncorked.org/

At this food & wine tasting, find food samples from local restaurants, dozens of wine & craft beer tastings, live music, raffle prizes, and more. Tickets to this event cost $70 presale or $75 at the door, and include unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

GBH, The Casualties, Spider – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 30, Glass House, Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 1, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://gbhuk.com/

Legendary UK punk band GBH will headline a pair of shows this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

14th Annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, October 1
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
http://kidsbookfestival.com/

This FREE all-ages fair caters to families as it presents thousands of children’s book available to read or buy. The fair will also host multiple stages complete with family-friendly entertainment.

Coast – Santa Monica’s Open Streets Event
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 1
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.

56th Annual Sandcastle Contest
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, October 1
Corona Del Mar State Beach, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeach.com/events/56th-annual-sandcastle-contest/

Register to build the best sand castle this Sunday in Newport Beach.

Santa Clarita Comic & Toy Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita
http://www.santaclaritacomictoyexpo.com/

Santa Clarita gets their own comics and toys convention this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $8 and includes free parking at the venue.

La Feria De Los Moles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
Grand Park, Los Angeles
http://feriadelosmoles.com/

This free and all-ages event in Downtown LA will have mole, Mexican food, live music, entertainment, and more.

22nd Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
Mountain Vista Drive, Encinitas
http://encinitasoktoberfest.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event this Sunday, the six-block marketplace on Mountain Vista Drive in Encinitas will feature Bavarian dancers, bands, hundreds of vendors, authentic German food & beverages, a family fun zone, and a ceremonial parade at 12pm.

11th Annual International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.lachocolatesalon.com/

Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena for an all-you-can-eat chocolate bonanza. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, while children can get in for $10.

Sustainable Seafood Expo 2017
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 1
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro
http://sustainableseafoodexpo.org/

Explore the future of sustainable seafood this Sunday in San Pedro. General admission costs $10 and gets you two tasting tickets. All-inclusive admission costs $60 and gets you a taste from each booth plus one drink ticket.

3rd Annual SlutWalk
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://amberroseslutwalk.com/

Assume the role of an activist for an afternoon this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Participation costs $12.

Taste of Garden Grove
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
Garden Grove Amphitheater, Garden Grove
http://www.ggcf.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-garden-grove-featuring-missing-persons-anabella-of-bow-wow-wow-tickets-35450922664

Sample foods from local Garden Grove restaurants and listen to live music this Sunday. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the gate. VIP admission with select locations for the main stage costs $30. The event page does not give a lot of specifics, so basically treat this as a concert more than anything.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 2-5
B Street Pier, San Diego
http://www.ussandsculpting.com/

Check out various works of art involving sand sculpting and 3D printing this weekend in San Diego. Admission ranges from $5 to $17.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 3-5
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.

67th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 3-5
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

3rd Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 8
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 9
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 10
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.cwcbexpo.com/

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

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 8-10
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

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

CaterCon 2016
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 8
Business Expo Center, Anaheim
http://catercon.com/

Taste food samples from local caterers, discover event/planning services, learn about event planning, enjoy live local music & entertainment, and more at this event in Anaheim this Thursday evening. Admission costs $45 presale or $55 at the door.

1st Annual Tastemakers of Orange County
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 8
The OC Mix, Costa Mesa
http://ocapica.org/2016/07/25/tastemakers-of-orange-county-purchase-your-tickets-now/

A food & beverage tasting event comes to Costa Mesa this Thursday night. General admission costs $65 and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $95, starts at 6pm, and comes with a keepsake apron. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 8
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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

Fleet Week Coronado: Kickoff Events
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 9
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 10
B Street Pier, San Diego
http://www.fleetweeksandiego.org/

Coronado’s Fleet Week starts this weekend, and they will have some events to kick it off. On Friday evening, a free and all-ages kickoff party will take place with food, drinks, music, and more. On Saturday, a free and all-ages sea & air parade will take place over the water.

2016 Orange County Japan Fair
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 9
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 10
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://oc-japanfair.com/

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture this weekend at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Visitors will find lots of ramen, sake tastings, live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, other food & drinks, vendors, and more. Admission costs $5 per day.

20th Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 9
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 10
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 11
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.originallobsterfestival.com/

Dubbed as the FIRST Lobster Festival, the organizers from the Long Beach Crawfish Fest and OC BBQ Bonanza will bring tons of lobsters to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. In addition to all the lobster, the fest’s additional variety will include local music bands, dancers, artists, and more. Prices vary, but pre-purchasing tickets online will save you $2 each. Active U.S. military personnel can enter for free! As with any event in this area, attendees will have to pay for parking. You can find free parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

OC Weekly’s 13th Annual Decadence
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 9
Hilton, Costa Mesa
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/decadence/

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $60 presale or $70 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes a goodie bag plus access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

Good Riddance: Live in Thousand Oaks
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 9
Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
http://grpunk.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/791739747594461/

Some big names in punk rock will perform in Thousand Oaks this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

The Vibrators: Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 9
Underground DTSA, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/779125245525100/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this local show this Friday night in Santa Ana. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 9-10
Lot 613, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/

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

13th Annual Weekend in Polynesia
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 10-11
Recreation Park, Long Beach
http://www.pacifictalent.org/PTAA/Welcome.html

Surround yourself with the cultures of the Southern Pacific Islands at this two-day all-ages festival taking place this weekend in Long Beach. Free to attend, visitors will experience live entertainment, dance, music, arts & crafts, games, cultural food & drinks, merchandise, and more.

2016 Coronado Art Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 10-11
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.coronadoartwalk.com/

Free to attend for all ages, explore works of art from dozens of local artists, artisans, crafters, makers, and more at this outdoor art walk. Visitors will find paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, and more. The Coronado Ferry Landing’s restaurants, galleries, and shops will also have specials while providing live local music throughout the weekend.

LA Triathlon at Torrance Beach
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 10
5:30 am – 12:00 pm, September 11
Torrance Beach, Torrance
http://latriathlon.com/

The annual LA Triathlon will take place in Torrance this weekend. On Saturday, a free and all-ages health & fitness expo will take place at Triathlon Lab in Redondo Beach. The actual Triathlon will take place Sunday morning on the sands of Torrance Beach. Registration costs widely vary, so check the website to see how much each event costs to participate in.

$5 Food Festival – San Diego
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 10
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://fivedollarfoodfest.com/

This Saturday afternoon, a multitude of mobile food vendors will set up in San Diego to sell $5 plates of food. General admission costs $5 and starts at 12pm. Early admission costs $10 and starts at 11am. VIP admission costs $40 and includes five drink tickets plus access to a VIP area.

Unique LA Fall Market
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 10-11
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.

California Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, September 10-11
Frank G. Bonelli Park, San Dimas
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

Saturday represents their beer tasting event with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. General admission to this costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 11:30am. No one under 21 may attend on Saturday. On Sunday, admission costs $10 and provides access to a plethora of food and beer vendors along with live music all day. All attendees will have to pay for food and drinks separately on Sunday.

14th Annual Back to School Chalk Art Festival on The Pier
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 10
Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/14th-annual-chalk-art-festival-on-the-pier/

Turn Redondo Beach Pier into a public canvas this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, the first 150 people receive free chalk to either use on the spot or take home. In addition, visitors will enjoy live music and may enter to win prizes.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2016
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 10
Royce Quad, UCLA, West Los Angeles
http://www.lalovesalexslemonade.org/

Chefs and mixologists from around the world converge to UCLA this Saturday afternoon to serve their unique creations to all attendees. For $195 regular admission, enjoy all the food and drinks you can handle, and mingle with the curators of whatever you consume too.

1st Annual Reader Burgers & Beer
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 10
Golden Hill Park, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegoreaderevents.com/burgers-and-beer-2016/

Appearing to replace the annual Reader Feast, this event has dozens of San Diego restaurants competing to win the best burger, and attendees get to sample food from them all. General admission costs $45, starts at 1pm, and comes with one drink ticket. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 12pm, and comes with three drink tickets. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Carlsbad Brewfest 2016
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, September 10
Holiday Park, Carlsbad
http://www.carlsbadbrewfest.org/

A food, beer, and music festival comes to Carlsbad this Saturday afternoon. The $50 admission gets you access to unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

MainFest Alhambra
1:00 pm – 10:30 pm, September 10
Main Street, Downtown Alhambra
http://www.mainfestalhambra.com/

The streets of Downtown Alhambra will close this Saturday for a special all-day all-ages concert. Tickets to this concert cost $30 for general admission or $50 for VIP admission, which includes access to VIP areas.

41st Annual Concert of Philippine Music & Dance
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 10
Joan B. Kroc Theatre, Rolando, San Diego
http://www.samahanphilippinedance.com/

A Filipino music & dance show will take place in San Diego this Saturday. Admission costs $15 for adults or $12 for children, students, and military.

Day of Punk
2:30 pm – 12:30 am, September 10
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/271453976554886/

A full day of punk rock comes to Anaheim this Saturday. Admission costs $10 presale or $12 at the door, and provides all-day access to the music and food truck. No one under 21 may enter.

Arts & Craft: A Food & Beer Event
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 10
Pico House, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.filamarts.org/filamarts-posts/2016/9/1/filam-arts-presents-arts-craft-a-food-beer-event

Despite the name, this event functions like a food and beer tasting event, with no art activities going on. Admission costs $40, but as an all-ages event, they did not specify what the $40 admission entails.

7th Annual Santee Bluegrass Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 10
Town Center Community Park East, Santee
http://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/index.aspx?recordid=3185&page=202

Enjoy bluegrass music, food, desserts, beer, wine, and more at this community music show this Saturday evening in Santee. Admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a souvenir cup. No one under 21 may attend.

Long Beach Beer Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 10
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbeerfestival.com/

If you want to spend a lot of money to get drunk on cheap beer, then this beer fest fits your bill. Trek down to Belmont Pier in Long Beach this Saturday night for beer and lots of other mischief. General admission costs $30 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from over 20 breweries present. No one under 21 may attend.

Zombie Fashion Show & Creature Art Exhibit
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 10
Lot 613, Los Angeles
http://www.zombiefashionshow.com/

Dozens of Hollywood makeup artists will transform models into the undead at this Saturday night fashion & art show. While the models strut their deathly stuff, attendees can check out zombie-themed artwork from dozens artists from all over the country. The $10 admission grants access to all these exhibits, plus all-you-can-eat pancakes courtesy of the Pancakes & Booze Art Show. No one under 21 may enter.

27th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 11
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://belmontshorecarshow.com/

This car show will completely take over 2nd Street and its side streets this Sunday. Come see over 700 cars on display while walking the streets of glorious Belmont Shore. Completely free to attend, your best bet at parking will reside somewhere in Belmont Heights i.e. north of 2nd Street.

5th Annual Solana Beach Super Tasty 5k
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 11
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, San Diego
http://www.girodisandiego.com/

Participate in a 5k unlike any other! This 5k course contains numerous restaurant stops that all participants must stop by and eat the required amount of food before moving on to the next. Typically runners avoid racing with food in their stomachs, but this run encourages running on a full belly. Registration for this run costs $40 per individual, with various price options for groups.

2nd Annual Monster Energy MXGP of USA
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 11
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://www.mxgp.com/tracks/glen-helen

An all-ages motocross show comes to San Bernardino this Sunday afternoon. Admission ranges from $30 to $70.

Los Angeles Ice Cream Takedown
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 11
The Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles
http://thetakedowns.com/laicecreamtakedown/

Remember the Mac & Cheeze Takedown from over two years ago? The organizers have returned, this time with yummy cool desserts. Enter your ice cream recipe to compete to win prizes, or just attend and stuff yourself full of ice cream! If you have an ice cream recipe worthy of recognition, enter it into this contest this Sunday afternoon. If you would rather eat other people’s ice cream, buy tickets for $20 per person, then show up and chow down!

Midtown Night Market
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 11
MacArthur Park, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/midtownnightmarket

The popularity of night markets has surged within the past year. This Sunday, Long Beach gets their very own night market, complete with free admission. Come to this all-ages outdoor fair and check out all the food, drinks, desserts, merchandise, live entertainment, and more. Expect heavy traffic approaching this area, so plan your commute accordingly.

3rd Annual Peachapalooza
August 13-15
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach & Downtown Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

This Thursday through Saturday, both Beachwood BBQ locations will feature peach dishes as well as peach beers. No admission required – simply show up, and order away.

Business & Beer @ Monkish Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 13
Monkish Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/440346372823833/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Monkish Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

2015 Taste of Downtown Disney
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 13
Downtown Disney, Anaheim
https://secure2.convio.net/choc/site/Ticketing;jsessionid=E7603818D3932F67A8AFBFE34D0A8613.app263a?view=Tickets&id=100322

Relax in Downtown Disney as servers bring the food and drinks to you at this Taste of Downtown Disney. Also enjoy the best in local entertainment that only Downtown Disney can provide a venue for. Admission varies depending on the package, with general admission costing $85.

5-Course Sustainable Seafood & Craft Beer Dinner
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 13
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/beer_dinner/

Enjoy five seafood dishes paired with five different craft beers this Thursday night at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Attendance for this dinner costs $75, and includes admission to the rest of the aquarium for that night. No one under 21 may attend. Bring extra cash to pay for parking at the aquarium’s parking structure.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 13
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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

2015 Tasting Table Lobster Rumble LA
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 13
Los Angeles Center Studios, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.tastingtable.com/rumblela2015

Sample over a dozen different lobster rolls from across the country at this tasting event this Thursday night in Downtown LA. General admission costs $100 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $150, starts at 6pm, and provides access to a VIP area plus a goodie bag.

2015 D23 Expo
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 14-15
9:00 am – 6:30 pm, August 16
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://d23.com/d23-expo/

The world’s largest Disney expo returns this weekend to the Anaheim Convention Center. Situated just across the street from the Disneyland Resort, tens of thousands of Disney fans from around the world travel here to find all things Disney here, from merchandise vendors to autograph sessions to costume contests and more. One-day admission for non-D23 members costs $65 for adults and $48 for children 12 and under. A weekend pass for non-D23 members costs $216 for adults and $156 for children 12 and under. I HIGHLY recommend early arrival – with so many people trying to get in, expect to wait in long lines if arriving mid-day. Parking will cost a pretty penny – consider getting dropped off, or park in the neighborhoods to the west.

2nd Annual SDBG Golf Tournament
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 14
Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-san-diego-brewers-guild-golf-tournament-registration-15602849543

Play golf and drink craft beer at this charity golf tournament this Friday in San Diego. Registration for this event filled up a while ago, so if this event looks interesting to you, bookmark it for next year!

5th Annual Echo Park Rising
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 14
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 15-16
Sunset Blvd, Echo Park
http://epr.la/

Explore the music, creativity, and diversity that Echo Park has to offer at this FREE and all-ages outdoor concert taking place all weekend on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park.

Dance Downtown
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 14
Music Center Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.musiccenter.org/events/summer/DanceDowntown/

Every other Friday this summer, the Music Center Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles will hold a free and all-ages dance event. Learn to dance the moves, show off your moves, and/or meet new people interested in dance.

The English Beat: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 14, Pacific Amphitheater, Costa Mesa http://www.pacamp.com/pa/schedules/2015/b52s_englishbeat.asp
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, August 15, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/806653-english-beat-west-hollywood/

Get your skanking on with The English Beat this weekend as they perform at two all-ages shows in Southern California.

Labyrinth of Jareth XVIII – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 14-15
Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com/

Experience a weekend of costumes and magic as you party with the beautiful people of Southern California. Dance and mingle with the Royal Court, and show off your creativity with your most extravagant costume as you lose yourself in the entrancing music and atmosphere of the Labyrinth of Jareth. In layman’s terms, check out this fantasy costume party in LA all weekend, and expect to see a LOT of skin. Admission prices vary, from as low as $49 to as high as $116. Early arrivals will find free street parking near the hotel. Otherwise, guests can park in a parking garage behind the venue, or park at the Biltmore Hotel and take a shuttle from there. All attendees must don a full costume – no half costumes or lazy costumes. Although they have not specified an age limit, I assume no one under 21 can attend.

Narcoleptic Youth @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 14
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/953154951403374/

Enjoy a local punk show in Pomona this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests will find free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the parking lots.

Free Punk Show in Laguna Niguel
8:30 pm – 1:00 am, August 14
Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/567692446702920/

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

Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 15-23
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

15th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 15
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2015-the-15th-annual-uptown-classic-car-show/

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.

Taste of Paleo 3.0
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 15
Center at Founders Village, Fountain Valley
http://www.tasteofpaleo.com/

Sample all the paleo food you can (until the vendors run out) at this all-ages tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Fountain Valley. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the gate.

2015 Long Beach Triathlon & Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 15
4:00 am – 10:00 am, August 16
Marina Green, Downtown Long Beach
http://thelongbeachtriathlon.com/

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

83rd Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 15-16
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://lbsandcastle.com/

This contest to build a unique and fascinating sand sculpture takes place over two days this weekend. Most of the building will take place on Saturday, with Sunday allocated mainly to spectators. All participants will get featured in local media, such as The Press Telegram. Interested individuals and/or teams may register for FREE, and all participants and spectators will find vendors, live music, food, and a kids’ area on both days.

10th Annual ArtWalk San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 15-16
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.artwalksandiego.org/ntc/

Check out the best in local art at this FREE all-ages art walk in Liberty Station this weekend. In addition to seeing art on display, visitors will likely see many artists creating artwork on the spot.

2015 ¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 15
Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://latinfoodfest.com/

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in San Diego. General admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $150, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

2015 Natsumatsuri Family Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 15
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/2015/natsumatsuri/

At this free and all-ages event, find plenty of family-fun activities to partake in, such as karaoke, live music, live entertainment, games, arts & crafts, dance, and more.

Stone Brewing’s 19th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 15
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
http://www.stonebrewing.com/anniv/

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $45 per session, which run from 11am-2pm or 3pm-6pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, August 15
Carpinteria State Beach, Carpinteria
http://surfbeerfest.com/

This beer tasting event in Carpinteria will have over 45 breweries to choose beer from, as well as local surfboard shapers, local music, food trucks, and more. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 11:30am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Timeless Pints 2nd Year Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 15
Timeless Pints Brewing, Lakewood
http://timelesspints.com/events/tp-turns-2-anniversary-party/

Lakewood’s premier microbrewery turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a bash this Saturday where they plan to release several new brews to the public. In addition, they will have three food trucks visiting to serve food, plus live music all day. This party requires no admission – simply show up, and pay for beer as you go.

22nd Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 15
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 16
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com/

Indulge in crawfish, beignets, drinks, and other New Orleans eats this weekend in Long Beach. In addition to all the food, attendees will find a TV lounge, dance contests, live music, souvenir photos, and more. Entry to this all-ages festival cost $13 presale and $15 at the gate for adults, while kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Adding a two-pound crawfish feast will cost $28 presale and $38 at the gate. Adding a three-pound crawfish feast will cost $35 presale and $48 at the gate. The parking lots across the street charge for use – park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

Beers Magazine’s Summer Fest
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 15
The Reef’s Parking Lot, Los Angeles
http://beersfest.com/

Drink lots of beer in a hot steamy parking lot this Saturday afternoon close to Downtown Los Angeles. Admission costs $10 and only gets you in to the event area. A pint glass that will enable you to actually drink beer at the event costs $20 presale or $25 at the event. All attendees that purchase the glass receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event or until the beer runs out. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find free parking in the neighborhoods south of the venue.

3rd Annual Beard & Moustache Competition
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 15
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://lafacialhairsociety.brownpapertickets.com/

Show off your wicked facial hair at this competition for all things hairy this Saturday afternoon in Hollywood, featuring a handful of categories to enter into to win cash prizes. In addition to the fabulous styles, visitors will find food, a full bar, live music, vendors, and more. Registration costs $25, while spectators may enter for $15.

OC Weekly’s 12th Annual Decadence
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 15
Hotel Irvine, Irvine
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/decadence/2015/

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. General admission costs $35 presale or $45 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $55 presale or $65 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes a goodie bag plus access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

Bad Ass Helen’s Birthday Bash
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 15
The Alamo, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/389880004535924/

Bad Ass vocalist Helen celebrates her birthday this week with some great punk bands performing in Riverside this Saturday night.

No Talents and The Stitches @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 15
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/879893-no-talents-long-beach/

Enjoy some great local music in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 30 – September 1
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returned to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this past 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.

Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 30 – September 1
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

Orange County Psycho Punk Fest #4
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, September 2
House of Blues, Downtown Disney, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004CFFEAD12E45&oid=0

A bunch of Orange County punk bands will perform on TWO stages at the House of Blues this Tuesday night. Tickets to this show cost $10, but contact any of the bands directly to score free tickets. I also have extra tickets, so reach out to me if you want free tickets as well. No one under 18 may attend this show. Guests may park for free for up to five hours with the show’s wristband, so plan your arrival accordingly.

Stiff Little Fingers – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 2, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/stiff-little-fingers
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 3, El Rey Theatre, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/251379

Stiff Little Fingers will headline two shows in the greater Los Angeles area this week. Tickets to both of these all-ages shows cost $25. The band will also have copies of their new album, No Going Back, available for sale, so have some extra cash available if you want to purchase a copy.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 3
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1540412959512087/

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

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

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

Huntington Beach Food, Art, & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 5
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 6-7
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbfest.com/

Get lost in a sea of people at this massive festival this weekend on the beach in Huntington Beach. Find BBQ, art, live music, beer, and plenty more to see & do all weekend. Tickets cost $20 for all-access, $15 for food & music only, or $35 for reserved seating. Admission does not include food – all attendees must pay for food separately.

3rd Annual Reader Feast
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/readerfeast/

The San Diego Reader hosts this food fest that collects the best of San Diego eats into one location for a night of feasting and drinking. General admission costs $30 presale and $60 at the door, starts at 6pm, and provides all-access to all food & drink samples. VIP admission costs $40 presale and $80 at the door, starts at 5pm, and in addition to unlimited food & drink samples, comes with two full-pour drinks and a goodie bag. No one under 21 may attend.

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

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

16th Annual Los Angeles Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 5
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 6
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 7
Saint Sophia Cathedral, West Los Angeles
http://lagreekfest.com/

Just a week after the Long Beach Greek Fest, the LA Greek Fest will basically have the same things: food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. Admission to this all-ages festival costs $5 per person per day.

The 17th Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 6
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 7
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.originallobsterfestival.com/

Dubbed as the FIRST Lobster Festival, the organizers from the Long Beach Crawfish Fest and OC BBQ Bonanza will bring tons of lobsters to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. In addition to all the lobster, the fest’s additional variety will include local music bands, dancers, artists, and more. Prices vary, but pre-purchasing tickets online will save you $2 each. Active U.S. military personnel can enter for free! As with any event in this area, attendees will have to pay for parking. You can find free parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

OC Weekly’s 11th Annual Decadence
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 5
Hilton, Costa Mesa
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/decadence/2014/

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. All-inclusive admission costs $35 presale, or $40 at the door if any tickets remain. No one under 21 may attend.

Reunion Ale Fundraiser
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5
The Surly Goat, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/760543790671447/

Come sip on some rare brews while raising money for charity this Friday night at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood. Buy any of the featured brews, and a portion of the sales will benefit bone cancer research. Visitors may also purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win bottles of the special brews to take home.

Skunk & Pedz Birthday Blast
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 5
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/694379867308644/

Catch some local punk bands in northeast LA this Friday night. Tickets for this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should look for street parking in the neighborhood across the street.

Decry in Santa Clarita
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5
The Vu Bar, Santa Clarita
http://www.facebook.com/events/504899492988378/

Local punk bands play a benefit show this Friday night in Santa Clarita. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Naked Aggression in Riverside
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/522116031257634/

Naked Aggression will headline this show in Riverside this Friday night with some local up & coming punk bands. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Good Riddance – Two Shows
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks http://borderlinebarandgrill.ticketfly.com/event/633931-good-riddance-live-thousand-oaks/
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, September 6, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/178184

Good Riddance will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend, one in Thousand Oaks on Friday night, and one in Long Beach on Saturday night. Tickets to both of these shows cost $15. For the show in Thousand Oaks, any attendee under 21 must enter with an attendee over 21. For the Long Beach show, admission at the door costs $17 if the show has not sold out by then, and no one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/182195

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. No one under 21 may enter.

2014 Grape Day Festival + Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 6
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://visitescondido.com/1777/grape-day-5k-parade-and-festival/

Bring out the family to this all-day celebration at the park. In the morning, a 5K race will take place around the park. At 9:30am, a local parade will run through Downtown Escondido. From then until the end of the celebration, a fair will take place at Grape Day Park, free to the public to attend. In addition, a wine & craft beer tasting pavilion will take place from 11am to 3pm. Sample wine from local wineries and beer from local breweries while enjoying live entertainment and other activities. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door, and include a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Aquarium of the Pacific 5k Run/Walk
7:30 am – 11:30 am, September 6
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/5k

Go on a nice 5k run down on the beach this Sunday morning starting at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. All participants who register prior to race day will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, and a ticket to the aquarium with registration. Registration costs $44 for children, and $52 for adults. Aquarium members can save $12 on registration. Bring cash for parking in the aquarium parking structure.

Solana Beach Super Tasty 5k
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 6
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, San Diego
http://www.girodisandiego.com/taste-of-solana-beach-gourmet-fondo.html

Participate in a 5k unlike any other! This 5k course contains numerous restaurant stops that all participants must stop by and eat the required amount of food before moving on to the next. Typically runners avoid racing with food in their stomachs, but this run encourages running on a full belly. Registration for this run costs $40 per individual, with various price options for groups.

The 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 6
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
http://ocbrewfest.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha returns for its fifth annual iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Irvine. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, this craft beer festival will feature over 70 different breweries, over 150 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 presale, $55 at the door, and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 presale, $70 at the door, and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

Speaking of transportation, ensure that you look up the location prior. Cell phone signals do not reach Oak Canyon Park, so once you arrive, expect to turn off your phone to conserve battery. Oak Canyon Park only has two ways to exit, both of which always have police stationed to catch drunk drivers. The toll-free method to arriving involves taking the 55 freeway, exiting Chapman Avenue, and driving east until you reach the park.

Remember: if you have any questions, send me a tweet @OnePunkArmy – I have attended the Brew Ha Ha before, and driven to Oak Canyon Park numerous times.

4th Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 6
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/event/treasure-chest-fest-san-diego/

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Saturday at Green Flash Brewing. Attendees will get to see the ins & outs of the brewery at this fest that takes place all around the brewery. The $40 admission gets you ten beer tasters, paired small bites from local restaurants, and a souvenir glass. Attendees may purchase additional beers from the tasting room, where $1 from each drink sold will go towards the charity. No one under 21 may attend.

California Beer Festival
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm, September 6
Frank G. Bonelli Park, San Dimas
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

If for some reason you decide to go to this beer fest instead of OC Brew Ha Ha, I will not stop you. Tickets to this beer fest cost $45. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 6
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/206465796216944/

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

Ranch Roundup – Whoop It Up For Kids
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 6
Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach
http://www.rancholosalamitos.org/

Feast for a cause at this family-friendly fundraiser in Long Beach this Saturday evening. Enjoy live country music, line dancing lessons, open-pit barbecue, cowboy/cowgirl costume contests, silent auctions, vendors, arts & crafts, poker tournaments, and more. Admission to this event costs $125 per person and includes parking and food. All auctions, vendors, and card games come at their own cost.

6th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 6
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://summerandmusic.com/event/buskerfest/

BuskerFest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend for all ages, fans of music will surely want to come here. For long-term parking, search for street parking in neighborhoods to the east or north.

Guttermouth @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 6
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1472026786388325/

Famous punk band Guttermouth will headline a small show at Tiki Bar this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

The 25th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 7
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://belmontshorecarshow.com/

This car show will completely take over 2nd Street and its side streets this Sunday. Come see over 700 cars on display while walking the streets of glorious Belmont Shore. Completely free to attend, your best bet at parking will reside somewhere in Belmont Heights i.e. north of 2nd Street.

2014 Harvest Moon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 7
Arcadia County Park, Arcadia
http://www.la18.tv/la18-harvest-moon-festival-2014/

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.

Four Sons Brewing – Grand Opening
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 7
Four Sons Brewing, Huntington Beach
http://www.foursonsbrewing.com/

A new brewery joins the prestigious list of Orange County breweries and opens their doors to the public this Sunday afternoon. Four Sons Brewing out of Huntington Beach will have five taps ready for their opening day, plus a special keg that they will tap halfway through the day.

Crust Punk Night @ The Other Place
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, September 7
The Other Place, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1541583632729476/

Rock out this Sunday night at The Other Place in Anaheim. The cover for this all-ages show costs only $5.

OC Weekly‘s annual tasting event, Decadence, returned for its tenth year running this past Friday night. This annual nightly gala features some of Orange County’s top chefs, caterers, bakers, mixologists, musicians, and more for a night of sipping and savoring in the wilderness. Taking place at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado, guests will walk among random animal exhibits around this wildlife reserve. As a wildlife reserve and event space, this venue hosts events all the time of varying scale, from small parties to large events like this. Perhaps the word large comes off as an understatement in this case, or that too many people anticipated or overrated this event.

Upon arrival, all guests could spot the night’s most glaring issue – the abundance of attendees. For some reason, people tend to believe that more people usually means something good. When it comes down to the source, this means something or someone at the front cannot expedite the group of people. In addition to the long line to enter the venue, once inside the venue, even more lines existed for every table and booth. Just to convolute things further, guests had to navigate lots of narrow paths in the darkness. For example, I could barely see what Slater’s 50/50 and Smoqued served until I used my phone’s light. At other locations throughout the venue, vendors had to operate with little space and contort around the twisted paths, since the venue’s architects decided not to craft straight paths or walls. But apparently, most of the attendees love to wait in long crowded lines in the dark for samples of food and drinks.

As another issue that manifested prior to the night, OC Weekly once again botched on the parking information. Last year, they said that guests could park for free, but at the last-minute announced that parking would cost $5. This time, they made a last-minute change to the parking location. They originally announced that guests should park at Saddleback Church and ride the shuttle from there to the venue. I arrived there an hour prior to the event’s start time, and circled the church campus for a good 45 minutes, and never saw any shuttles or signs of Decadence attendees. Finally fed up, I decided to drive to the venue to discover the parking situation, since OC Weekly does not list any sort of contact phone number for anyone to reach with questions. Along the way to the venue from the church, I spotted a shuttle turning from a cross street. I turned onto that cross street only to discover that the Decadence parking lot existed in a totally different location unrelated to Saddleback Church. OC Weekly’s negligence to announce correct parking details to the attendees caused not only myself to arrive late, but hundreds more, as I discovered during the shuttle ride to the venue.

What happened to the quality of the food and drinks? Sure OC Weekly invited some cool restaurants like Slater’s 50/50, Chapter One, and Scott’s, but Decadence this year came nowhere close to the amount of food vendors that participated last year. As another huge bummer, OC Weekly did not bring on any micro brewery this time, opting to stock Corona as the only beer available throughout the entire venue. Craft beer reigns in the overall beer industry, so why not bring ANY micro brewery at all?

A VIP area existed and carried lots of exclusive bites and sips that everyone outside could not obtain. With the right timing, anyone could enter the VIP area, as security apparently did not do a good job of keeping the area closed, especially after someone inside the VIP area opened all the doors marked DO NOT OPEN, allowing everyone else to enter.

Clearly I do not work for OC Weekly, but clearly too many people have drunk their Kool Aid. Decadence this year cannot even compare to Decadence last year, when they had lots of food, lots of space, and lots of light. This time, they put us outdoors in the dark, with fewer choices for food and drinks. Okay, we can look at animal exhibits… but we came to a tasting event, not a zoo! With the way the attendees swarmed in the narrow paths, it totally felt like a zoo with this many people. OC Weekly had the audacity to claim that everyone had a good time at Decadence, and their photos show it. People need to stop believing everything they say and start to realize the opinionated nature of OC Weekly. After all, OC Weekly exists as a publication, not a newspaper. If you seek credible sources of information, read a local newspaper, like the OC Register. Just stop taki

Orange County, you confuse me.

Want to sample the best of local Orange County restaurants, bars, food trucks, caterers, and more? If so, then you owe it to yourself to check out OC Weekly’s 10th Annual Decadence tomorrow night. This highly-anticipated food tasting event brings out Orange County’s top chefs, bakers, restauranteurs, mixologists, brewers, DJ’s, and more for a night of feasting, drinking, dancing, mingling, and partying. Taking place at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado east from Irvine, attendees can enter for the general admission cost of $30, receive access to the botanical gardens, and receive food & drinks until all participating vendors run out. Guests should look to park at Saddleback Church, located on Saddleback Pkwy by turning onto Portola Pkwy off of El Toro Rd, and take the free shuttle from there, as the venue has limited valet parking only. No one under 21 may attend.

Attendees can expect to taste delicious eats from dozens of restaurants, bars, food trucks, and more. A partial list of participating businesses include American Tavern, Atun, Breakaway Sports Lounge, Cancun Fresh, Crave, Cream Pan, Creamistry, Ecco Pizzeria, Growl Juice Pub, Hapa Cupcakes, Hen House Grill, House of Big Fish, Irvine Lanes, Izalco, Jagerhaus, JT Schmid’s, Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, Marine Room Tavern, Original Mike’s, Ringside Lounge, Rooftop Lounge, Slapfish, Slaters 50/50, Smoqued BBQ, Ted’s Place, The Shore Bar & Grill, Tilted Kilt, Wildflour Cupcakes, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and more! Also featured, are sips from Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, Milagro Tequila, Finlandia Vodka, Red Bull, Wine Gallery, Coffee Bean, Balvenie Scotch, Chambord, Chambord Vodka, and more.

Observe my photos from last year’s Decadence that took place at the Fairmont in Newport Beach:

2013 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 10
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.facebook.com/events/151727981691632/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Tuesday 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 $5, 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.

Free Bread & Jam Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 10
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/696338460395848/

Sample all-natural breads with artisanal jams this Tuesday evening at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa, all for free.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 11
Downtown Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/427579

Experience the variety Pacific Beach has to offer at this all-inclusive restaurant walk this Wednesday night! For $20, all attendees will get to sample food from 19 local restaurants, as well as craft beer sampling. Anyone can come and join in on the feasting, but only those 21 and over may receive beer tasters.

Spanish Punk Night w/ Destruction Made Simple
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11
The Stardust Club, Downey
http://www.facebook.com/events/500692410024663/

Check out this FREE punk rock show this Wednesday night in Downey. Two punk bands from Spain will join the show that already consists of great local bands like Destruction Made Simple. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 12
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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

Los Angeles Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 13
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 14
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 15
Ports O’Call Village, San Pedro
http://lobsterfest.com/

This lobster festival at Port of Los Angeles will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, pirate shows, 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. A printable coupon on the website allows guests to save $1 off entry.

OC Weekly’s 10th Annual Decadence
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Reserve, Silverado
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/decadence2013/

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. All-inclusive admission costs $30, or click here to pay only $15 for admission. Guests should look to park at Saddleback Church and take the free shuttle from there, as the venue has limited valet parking only. No one under 21 may attend.

Blackmarket Bakery’s Fall Open House
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, September 14
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/712429488783795/

Come to Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa this Saturday morning and sample seasonal tarts, chocolate bark, toffee, pastries, buns, and breads, all for free. Every eighth customer that makes a purchase will receive a free t-shirt!

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2013
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 14
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://cantillon.be/br/3_21

“Zwanze Day is an international, simultaneous tapping of a one-off Cantillon abbey-style beer that visits 46 special locations around the United Stated, Canada, Europe, and Asia. One of Belgium’s finest breweries, these highly sought-after beers have become increasingly hard to find. Zwanze 2013 bears the name of its illustrious place of origin, Abbaye de Cureghem (Cureghem Abbey). In Dutch, “zwanze” refers to a type of semi-sarcastic humor typical of Brussels that one often encounters at Cantillon Brewery.”

As quoted by Beachwood BBQ, they will carry this extremely rare beer this Saturday, pouring samples and providing a brunch/lunch buffet to attendees. All reservations for this tapping have SOLD OUT already. If you would like to attend, search after-market sites for anyone selling tickets.

1st Annual Ramen Yokocho Fest
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 14-15
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance
http://ramenyokochous.com/

At this free and all-ages festival, guests can explore and eat ramen from some of LA’s top Japanese chefs. Guests park and enter the fest for free, while each bowl of ramen will cost $8.

Long Beach Fleadh – Irish Music & Oyster Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 14-15
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachfleadh.com/

Revel in Irish culture all this weekend in Downtown Long Beach, with Irish music, oysters, food, whisky tastings, film screenings, live entertainment, and more. This all-ages festival will bring Irish culture to town, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. Guests will find fresh oysters, champagne, Guinness, whisky, and other delicious Irish foods to consume, all while enjoying the Irish music all weekend. General admission costs $20 per day, or $30 for a two-day pass. Click here to purchase a one-day admission that comes with two free drinks. All attendees must cover their own transportation expenses. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather.

Immelmann Release & End of Summer Bash
11:00 am – 12:00 am, September 14
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/?p=2751

Immelmann makes its long-anticipated return this Saturday at Hangar 24. Get your bottle from the tasting room for $20 this Saturday, where the tasting room will also have other special beer releases, food from The Big Easy, and three local bands.

Wet Electric SoCal
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.wet-electric.com/wet-electric-socal-september-14/

I cannot understand the website’s description of this event. To me, this looks like an all-day dance party at the beach, complete with live DJ’s and lots of people dancing at the beach in their swimsuits. General admission starts at $75, while VIP admission starts at $140 and comes with perks such as exclusive entry and VIP areas.

Drink Good Beer Mash-Up & Homebrew Competition
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 22
The Factory Gastropub, Long Beach
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/431562

The Factory Gastropub will host a beer fest and homebrewers competition in their parking lot this Saturday afternoon. Presale tickets sell for $35, while tickets will sell for $40 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. All attendees must bring valid ID to show at the gate. Attendees may park for free in the surrounding neighborhoods. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Great Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 14
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://www.greatwinefestival.com/

Over 50 wineries will gather to sample their tasty wines at this wine festival this Saturday afternoon at OC Great Park. For $75, attendees will receive unlimited wine tastings & food, while getting treated to live music, a silent auction, and an opportunity drawing. No one under 21 may attend.

SoCal Zombie Walk
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 14
Pasadena Central Park, Pasadena
http://www.socalzombiewalk.com/

Practice your zombie walk this Saturday evening in Pasadena. Meet up in Central Park in Pasadena, congregate with the other zombies there, and show Pasadena the collective force of a zombie invasion. This FREE and all-ages zombie walk will start early on in the night – guests not in zombie outfits or makeup will have to walk behind the main peloton of zombie walkers.

6th Annual Pasadena Mumbo Gumbo Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 14
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena
http://www.gumbofestpasadena.com/

All the gumbo you can eat returns to Pasadena this Saturday evening. This festival celebrates gumbo at its finest, and also includes live music, dancing, $5 beers & glasses of wines, and more. Presale tickets cost $40, while tickets at the door cost $60.

The Detours in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 14
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/201844143317481/

Before legendary punk bands like The Adolescents and D.I. started their thing, The Detours helped to pioneer today’s punk rock. You can see them perform all of their original hits this Saturday night in Baldwin Park, along with plenty of other local bands. This all-ages show costs $10, and has a full bar inside. Guests can park here for free.

Free Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 14
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/235613353253497/

Check out some local punk bands at this free show this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Guttermouth @ The Juke Joint
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 14
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/449031

Catch Guttermouth and other great local bands this Saturday night at The Juke Joint in Anaheim. Presale costs $12, and will likely sell out, so act fast! If any tickets remain, you can purchase admission at the door for $15. If the venue’s parking lot fills up, guests can park on North St. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 15-20
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For six full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

Los Angeles Fried Chicken Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 15
The Coop Pop-Up, Beverly Hills
http://www.lafriedchickenfest.com/

The LA Fried Chicken Fest returns with the best fried chicken you will ever have, plus craft beers and cocktails to keep your thirst quenched. All tickets to this event have officially sold out, but you can still find after-market tickets on sites like StubHub or Craigslist.

Rock Comp Finals
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
Tropics Lounge, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/193736110798388/

Say farewell to the old Tropics Lounge as they close the doors after one final show this Sunday night until they move to a new location. Check out this 11-band show for only $2! No one under 18 may attend.

8 Kalacas @ Los Globos
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles
http://www.flavorus.com/event/8-Kalacas-wSurprise-Headliner/187043

Spanish punk and ska come to LA this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

The Adicts, Agent Orange, Narcoleptic Youth @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-adicts

Punk rock giants hit the stage this Sunday night at The Observatory, as The Adicts headline a show along with Agent Orange and Narcoleptic Youth, two more extremely popular punk bands in their own right. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Arrive early to park in the venue’s parking lot – arrive too late and end up paying for parking in neighboring lots.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Summer Strip Down
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 15
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/237167809772803/

Enjoy a fun burlesque show courtesy of the Dirty Little Secrets this Sunday night in Santa Monica. Bring cash for parking and a possible cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

The end of 2012 approaches, and 2012 marked a year of progress and innovation. As time moves forward, the human population always seek to expand and absorb new things around the world, because one cannot keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. For this matter, humans need to keep an open mind about trying new things, but sometimes they lack the necessary outlet to do so. When it comes to new foods, plenty of food fests provide just that opportunity for the public to try new things. Around the world, new restaurants, pubs, bars, food trucks, and more open daily, but if those start serving new foods that the public may not accept immediately accept, then the business tanks. These food fests provide the perfect outlet for new food businesses to sample their foods to the public, and to begin building a strong clientele. The Greater Los Angeles Area houses an abundance of food businesses and large venues to hold large-scale food fests. With this comes the responsibility to ensure the proper hosting of a food fest to please both the vendors and the guests. I have compiled a list of five food fests in the Greater Los Angeles Area from 2012 that I believe all other event organizers can learn from. Many other food fests have occurred this year not on this list, and some succeeded while some others let the vendors and/or guests down. This list should clear up the successes from the failures.

5. Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor

The Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor in Long Beach consists of four two-evening food fests that run on the third Wednesday and the following Thursday from May through August. Unlike most food fests that require a paid admission and usually charge for parking, guests in Belmont Shore can park for free and roam the area for free. Only the customers that want to participate have to buy the ticket books to sample food & drinks from the restaurants, and even then all the businesses still operate under normal business hours for customers that want to dine out and not necessary partake in Stroll & Savor. Stroll & Savor follow a pay-as-you-go system, where guests can buy as few or as many ticket books as they like, lifting any limits for the guests. Because of this flexibility and minimal cost to the consumer, Stroll & Savor reigns as the top open-to-the-public food fest.

4. Taste of Orange County

The Taste of Orange County takes place on Father’s Day weekend at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. Guests pay a flat rate to enter, which guests can circumvent with various coupons or vouchers from local media or businesses. Admission does not include food tickets – the organizers follow a pay-as-you-go system, so guests can buy as many tickets as they like. At first, all these costs plus the parking fee appears as a wallet-drainer, but once you step inside, you realize the value of everything you just threw your money at. Featuring a plethora of Orange County’s finest restaurants, wine bars, and breweries, the Taste of OC truly highlights the best of food in this county. The value of the restaurants present and the food they served surpass the cost of the entry fee and food tickets, not to mention the few vendors providing free items, including Hangar 24 Brewery providing free beer samples. In addition, some of OC’s most renowned chefs provided free cooking demos for guests. Because of the sheer value, the more people in your party, the more you save, and the more food you all can samples if you all share your food.

3. Decadence – A Celebration of the Senses

While OC Weekly may have made a mistake or two with Decadence – A Celebration of the Senses, the content of this fest nullifies all that. Covering both indoors and outdoors, this upscale food fest included more than just restaurants – this event included bars, clubs, breweries, other event promoters, and food trucks. The ballroom featured breweries, most of the restaurants, and specialty spirits. The outside area contained the clubs, open bars, food trucks, and a few restaurants that needed to grill outside. A small party could take all four hours of the event just to get through all the food, and many of the vendors had run out of supply by the final hour. For those less interested in food, the breweries, specialty spirits, open bars, and clubs outside provided enough distractions that anyone could easily forget about food over. Perhaps next year, OC Weekly will remember to invite artists to show guests their work.

2. Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival

The Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival had grown so much in the past years that not only did the organizers move to a new venue, but they expanded the fest to a two-day fest. Honestly, a small party could not even sample food & drinks from every vendor present in just these two days, especially since some vendors only appeared for one of the days. Taking place on the top floor of a parking structure at the Mercedes-Benz of Calabasas, this food fest contained more than enough food vendors and wine vendors, plus the occasional breweries, to fill up every guest. The organizers laid it all out as simple as possible too – all the food vendors lined the perimeter of the area, while all the drink vendors served from the center. In addition to all the eating and drinking, the Dirty Little Secrets performed their burlesque routine each day, entertaining and delighting guests with their presence. For just the entrance fee, guests receive unlimited food & drinks, and a free burlesque show. Who could complain about that?

1. Los Angeles Epicurean Festival

Los Angeles Epicurean Festival represents the pinnacle of all food fests. Only the highest quality food & drinks make an appearance here at Epicurean. The entrance fee covers unlimited food & drink tastes for the guests, and guests will find items of such a high quality that they may leave spoiled. After sampling everything here, you may never look at food the same way again. From the highest quality desserts to the aged wines to the best meats to the finest spirits, Epicurean truly opens up a brand new world of food & drinks to guests. Besides all the goodies to sample, organizers also host cooking demos, an Iron Chef style competition, and a mixology battle. DJ’s provide live music between programs, while pastry chefs sculpt beautiful sugar sculptures for viewing pleasure. The largest crowd gathered outdoors, where a vendor served the elusive Foie Gras to all guests. No food fest could ever simply serve food that rare and expensive like that! All things considered, anyone wanting to host a food fest needs to learn from Epicurean, as they have food fests down to an art.

OC Weekly hosted their annual Decadence – A Celebration of the Senses this past Friday night at the Fairmont in Newport Beach. Touted as an upscale gala that tingles all of your senses, all lucky attendees could sample food from over 30 local restaurants, drink from the many beverage vendors, dance to the funkiest beats in Orange County, and more. At first glance you would think of a giant party, but in the end, guests pretty much attended a food fest. OC Weekly mentioned free parking on their website; however, everyone who drove there found out about the $5 parking fee. OC Weekly also enforced a dress code, which I found unnecessary because of the nature of this food fest, and that some guys did not dress up at all. Also, throughout the entire night, I never once witnessed any art exhibits. Surely they head in the right direction with having guests experience food with all their senses: seeing it, hearing it cook, smelling it, picking it up, and tasting it.

Check out this montage of photos I acquired from Decadence:

Will you come back to Decadence next year? For such a low price for all-you-can-eat AND drink, what have you got to lose?

This Friday night from 8pm-11pm, OC Weekly hosts Decandence, a celebration of the senses, at Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach. 30 restaurants will sample their food, while drink tastings will keep guests going in between food tastings. Admission includes unlimited food tastings, drinks, and self-parking. Normally admission costs $30, but until Wednesday night, you can purchase tickets for half off! If this event appeals to your senses, consider purchasing VIP tickets for half off, which gives you a faster separate VIP line and all-access, even to VIP areas. No guest under 21 can enter, and the event requires cocktail attire. I will likely attend, so come see everything Decadence has to offer!