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The Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County hosted the 2013 Big Bite Bacon Fest this past Father’s Day Sunday. Pulling together some of Southern California’s bacon-centric businesses plus craft breweries, this fest brought on all forms of pork to serve to guests that purchased the admission. Admission included unlimited food tastings until the food ran out, while guests could only receive five 2oz pours of beers, contrary to what they originally advertised. The staff mentioned that guests could receive more beer tastings than the original five, but that only applied to VIP guests, as the staff would not allow me five more tasters. This only marks the first of many things gone bad at this bacon fest. In order to receive food, guests had to wait in four staggering long lines: a line to enter the fair, a line to enter the fest, a line to receive a wristband, then a line to receive food. It took an hour and a half from arriving at the fair until I could obtain my first bite.

A handful of other problems contributed towards the overall lackluster performance of the Big Bite Bacon Fest. First off, when you look at the price compared to other food fests, most people clearly did not receive $55 worth of food. When you factor in the long lines and the vendors running out of food, most attendees received only about $20 worth of food. The $55 admission includes access to the rest of the fair, but the fest promoters failed to mention that the fair held Dia De Las Familias that day, a fair day dedicated to families. This resulted in excessive amounts of children and strollers not only in the fair, but at the bacon fest. Children do not appreciate certain foods as much as adults, so bringing children to a bacon fest that has beer in it too wastes the admission’s value. Speaking of food, those who did not attend did not miss anything special that they could find regularly on the restaurant’s menu. A majority of the vendors did not cook the food enough, such as:

  • A potato, egg, cheese, and bacon mix had rubbery bacon in it
  • The bacon waffles tasted like dough and wet batter
  • Slater’s 50/50 did not cook their burgers consistently – they ranged from rare all the way to well done
  • The BBQ chicken came out pink and slimy, a sign of not getting cooked long enough
  • Red in the center of a bacon-wrapped meatball

Other problems include not keeping the food warm, meager sample portions, no seconds allowed, beer volunteers that did not know the beers they poured, inefficient lines, and significantly less booths than the website advertised. How does a vendor serve cold food an hour after the fest starts? With such long lines, why do attendees receive only one small sample? For an event that does not limit the ticket sales, vendors should prepare more than enough food to meet the demands. This could potentially alleviate long lines, and increase marketing exposure to those who did not yet earn a chance to try the food. Keep in mind that general admission cost $55, while non-drinkers paid $40. Even for non-drinkers, nobody can scoff at $40, especially since nobody truly received that much food, albeit some of the bacon treats stood out from the rest.

A few of the bacon treats from the fest stood out, albeit most of the food do not belong in a fest that costs this much. My favorite treats include:

  • Pig Candy (candied bacon)
  • Bourbon maple bacon bar
  • Bacon cotton candy
  • Badunkachunk‘s Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the end, the Big Bite Bacon Fest took a big bite out of many attendees’ piggy banks. The long lines, lackluster food, strict beer rules, and expensive admission made for quite a disappointing event. This makes me fearful for future events of a similar nature. This weekend, the fair hosts the San Diego International Beer Fest. They claim to boast over 400 different beers from around the world, but I have seen the lineup, and it includes generic beers like Heineken, Stella, or Foster’s, plus many clones of those types of fizzy yellow beers. Each session costs $55 to attend just like the Big Bite Bacon Fest, but reviews from previous years reveal that each session tends to run out of beer an hour before a session ends. I would hold off on admission to this, and save it for a better beer fest, such as NKOTB2 occurring next week in San Diego. Also, save a spot on your calendar for Saturday, August 31, as the San Diego Bacon Fest occurs on that day. I have higher hopes for this one, as the organizers allegedly have nothing to do with the organizers behind the Big Bite Bacon Fest. San Diego will see some great food and/or beer fests in the upcoming months, so keep an eye out for events in the area, or check this site every Monday for the week’s upcoming events.

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Free Chocolate Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 18
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/274577442689182/

Love chocolate? Sample some artisanal chocolate treats this Tuesday night at the Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa, free of charge.

Summer Cocktail Preview
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 19
Hopscotch Tavern, Fullerton
http://hopscotchsummercocktailpreview.eventbrite.com/

Hopscotch Tavern’s new summer cocktail menu debuts Friday, but you can order any of these at happy hour prices this Wednesday evening. RSVP using the provided link, where each RSVP works for the registrant plus one.

Taste of Little Italy
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 19
Little Italy, Downtown San Diego
http://www.tasteoflittleitalysd.com/

Sample the local flavor of Little Italy this Wednesday night, as attendees stroll through Little Italy and sample food directly in each participating business. Attendees pay for a stamp card with boxes representing each participating business. After receiving a sample, that business will stamp their corresponding box. Two different stamp cards exist for a north route and a south route, and each route’s stamp card costs $28 each, while purchasing both costs $42.

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

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.

Dom’s Favorite Burgers
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 19
West Elm South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
http://domsfavoriteburgers.com/

Snag some free burgers, and take pictures with pin-up models on the red carpet at this blogger’s summer kickoff party.

Take Your Dog To Work Day
All day, June 21
Worldwide
http://www.takeyourdog.com/

As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates man’s best friend by granting a day where pet lovers can bring their darling dog(s) to work. Please consult with your boss/manager/supervisor if you can bring a dog to work!

Jack Bradshaw Dog Show
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 21-23
Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.jbradshaw.com/

Watch multiple dog shows and competitions this and next weekend in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, breeds will compete in show and athletic contests throughout the weekend. Expect parking to cost $15. Take public transportation (free on the Passport bus) or ride a bike to circumvent the hefty parking fee.

San Diego International Beer Festival
Various times, June 21-23
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sdfair.com/index.php?fuseaction=festivals.beer_festival

The San Diego County Fair will import over 400 beers from around the world for a weekend of beer at the fairgrounds. Over the weekend, the fairgrounds will host five different four-hour sessions of unlimited tastings, and each session will feature different seminars and presentations. General admission costs $55, and includes admission to the rest of the fair plus the souvenir cup. Parking on-site costs $10, while off-site parking with shuttles costs nothing. Although the beer fest takes place in the arena under a roof, the rest of the fair takes place outdoors, so prepare for sunny weather if you choose to venture outside. I highly recommend arriving as early as possible, as each session tends to run out of beer an hour before a session ends.

To Kristen With Love
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 21
Old Towne Pub, Pasadena
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/377604

A punk show, art show, and film premiere take over this small pub this Friday night in Pasadena. For just $10 entry, guests will see lots of local punk rock bands, art, and a film premiere by Seraph Films. The bar will serve drink specials all night, as well as free nachos. You will find the entrance to Old Towne Pub at the end of an alley on Holly St right next to Cafe Linda. Although free parking almost does not exist in this area, a few spots on Corson St have no meters. No one under 21 may enter.

A Wilhelm Scream & The Flatliners @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/wilhelm-scream-flatliners

A Wilhelm Scream and The Flatliners will start a tour soon, and that tour sweeps through California this week. Catch these two bands plus local openers at this all-ages show for only $13. The venue contains a free parking lot, but late arrivals may need to park in neighboring lots, which require a parking fee.

Steampunk Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 12:30 am, June 21
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/484900361582946/

Art, merchandise, food, music, gadgets, live tattooing, body painting, and more will grace The Vex with their presence this Friday night. For just $20 admission, guests can explore a night of steampunk music and art. Guests under 18 must attend with an adult. Guests can park behind the building, but should take care not to park too deep or risk getting blocked by other cars.

2013 Rental Car Rally – Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 3:00 pm, June 21
Location TBA, Los Angeles
http://www.rentalcarrally.com/

What do you get when you mix Halloween with Mario Kart? You get the Rental Car Rally! This race abandons all conventional means by pitting themed teams against each other as they drive from point A to point B overnight. Instead of which team arrives first, winners reach the destination with the fewest miles traveled while hitting every single checkpoint along the way. Along the way, teams may attempt to interfere with other teams, using methods such as water balloons, water guns, powdered balloons, and other wacky ways that you would normally see in a video game. Words cannot accurately describe the mayhem behind a Rental Car Rally. To understand this, one must commit to competing in this wacky ride.

2nd Annual Long Beach Art in the Park
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 22
Bixby Park, Long Beach
https://sites.google.com/site/bixbyparkpreservation/home

Enjoy an afternoon of plenty of family activities, arts & crafts, live music, food trucks, and more, free for all ages.

34th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 22
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/special-event/street-fair-chili-cookoff-festival

Have some fun in the sun in Ocean Beach this Saturday at their annual street fair and chili cookoff. At this free and all-ages street fair, tens of thousands of people will stroll through Ocean Beach to check out all the art, live entertainment, vendors, and of course, the chili. Attendees may purchase chili tastings on the day of the event. This area gets extremely crowded with traffic, so plan alternate routes on arriving, and prepare to walk long distances to reach the street fair.

27th Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, June 22
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 23
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachfestival.com/

Enjoy a weekend of Blues & Jazz music, specialty Cajun & Creole food, a Mardi Gras parade, dancing, kids’ activities, and more. Ticket prices vary, with general admission costing $25 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. This fest takes place outdoors with very little shade, so dress for the warm weather, and prepare sunscreen.

2013 Tomato Assault – Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 22
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.tomatoassault.com/

Time to get down and dirty! Tens of thousands of pounds of tomatoes will fly through the air at this glorified tomato fight. Tomato Assault brings together live music, inflatable objects, a beer garden, food trucks, costume contests, and more all for the love of smacking other people with tomatoes. Registration costs $60, and no one under 21 may attend. Attendees must print, sign, and bring a waiver, found on the website, to the event in order to participate.

Balls For Balls 2013
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 22
Nirvana Bar & Grill, Los Angeles
http://www.ballsforballs.philanthroproductions.org/

In a nutshell, gather a team to competitively eat meatballs for charity. The winning team does take a cash prize home. A team of four enters for $60, while individuals enter for $20 and get placed in a random team as a filler. Spectators may enter and watch for free.

Bite Flite
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 22
Bar & Garden, Culver City
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7012846613/efbbt

Sample burgers, beers, and desserts at this food pairing dinner this Saturday in Culver City. The $22 admission includes a 4-beer flight, a choice of one of four sliders ($3.50 for each additional), and desserts from Mwokaji Cakery. Guests can find free street parking on nearby streets. No one under 21 may attend.

Nekromantix @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/nekromantix

Catch a psychobilly show this Saturday night in Santa Ana, as Nekromantix headlines a show with Graveyard Johnny’s, Dragstrip Demons, Black Rose Phantoms, Crash Cadillacs, and Butchery Boys. The first band starts at 8pm. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18. The venue contains a free parking lot, but late arrivals may need to park in neighboring lots, which require a parking fee.

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 23
Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Wilshire Blvd from Downtown LA to Miracle Mile will close to bikers this Sunday. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

4th Annual Summer Solstice Festival & International Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 23
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/june-23-summer-solstice-festival-fullerton-sister-city-associations-international-taco-fest/

Sample worldly cuisine in a tortilla at this taco fest this Sunday afternoon at The Muck in Fullerton. The Summer Solstice Festival, which contains live music, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more, occurs the entire time, and costs nothing to attend for all ages. The Taco Fest starts at 1pm, lasts two hours, and requires an entry fee, which guests pay for at the gate. No one under 21 may attend the Taco Fest, as it also comes with complimentary beer tastings from Bootlegger’s Brewery. Guests may park for free at the venue.

1st Annual Tacolandia
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 23
Hollywood Palladium Parking Lot, Los Angeles
http://microapp.laweekly.com/tacolandia/

Gorge out on tacos from over 30 chefs from around Southern California and some from Baja at this taco fest in a parking lot. General admission costs $20 and includes unlimited food until it runs out, while VIP admission costs $40 and also includes a hosted bar. Guests of all ages may attend, but adults must have ID to drink.

Santa Monica Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 23
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://drinkeatplay.com/winefest/

Sample wines from over 50 wineries on the pier this Sunday evening. General admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 5pm. Food comes at a separate cost here. Both admissions include access to Pacific Park, the mini amusement park on the pier. Bring extra cash for parking. Dress for chilly weather, as this takes place at night near the ocean.

Alkaline Trio @ House of Blues
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, June 11 – House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79576
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 12 – House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79931

Alkaline Trio currently tours with Bayside and Off With Their Heads, and you can catch them all this week at the House of Blues in West Hollywood and Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Tickets range from $24 to $28 depending on presale price and date, so check both links above to see the prices.

Crawfish Boil
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 13
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/514822155250870/

Love crawfish? Head over to Beachwood BBQ this Thursday night for their special Crawfish Boil. This dinner requires no reservations, so simply show up, order crawfish by the pound, and receive your crawfish with a baguette, corn, andouille sausage, and potatoes. Depending on the available taps, your server will recommend some beer pairings for your crawfish dinner.

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

3rd Annual Sugar Rush Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 14
Aesthesia Studios, Culver City
http://www.sparkprogram.org/index.php/get_involved/sugar_rush/sugar-rush-los-angeles

Satisfy your sweet tooth at this dessert & cocktail reception this Friday night in Culver City. Treat yourself to delectable eats and desserts from high-end chefs, along with wine and champagne. Attendees can also bid in a silent auction for various items. The VIP reception starts at 6pm and costs $125 presale or $140 at the door. General admission starts at 7pm and costs $75 presale and $85 at the door.

38th Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 15-16
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
http://www.irishfair.org/

Orange County’s largest Irish Fair returns this weekend to Oak Canyon Park in Irvine out in the hills. This family-friendly fair brings Irish culture to one location, where attendees can see over a thousands Irish dancers, dozens of live bands, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, athletic competitions, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more. Guests should bring cash if they want to purchase any food, drinks, merchandise, accessories, or any other Irish goodie. I suggest avoiding American food, and trying the Irish food that you would not find elsewhere. Admission varies depending on how you want to attend, with general admission costing $15 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. Until 11:59pm this Thursday, you can purchase general admission tickets for only $8 using this link. Parking last year cost $7, so bring cash for parking too.

2013 Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 15-16
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

Watch hundreds of artists create massive works of art on the sidewalks, plus enjoy a classic car show on Father’s Day! Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees will also find live music, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, food trucks, and more.

4th Annual San Diego Oysterfest
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, June 15
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://www.oysterfestsd.com/

More of a music fest than an oyster fest, this all-day festival in San Diego combines live music, oysters, and beer into one crazy festival. As you enjoy the live music, you can purchase fresh oysters from around the world to snack on, then buy some brews to wash it all down. General admission costs $25 but does NOT include food or drinks. No one under 21 may enter.

6th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 15
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/CHILI_AT_THE_BEACH.html

Got a craving for heat? Satisfy that craving this Saturday in sunny Surf City, as the streets close to traffic for the annual Huntington Beach Chili Cook Off & Salsa Tasting. Free to attend for all ages, this all-in-one street fair covers a massive portion of Downtown Huntington Beach, filled with arts & crafts, food, drinks, merchandise, a kids’ zone, music, and lots of chili and salsa tastings. In order to taste the chili and salsa, guests must purchase tasting tickets for $10 presale or $15 on the day of the fest. As this area gets extremely crowded on this day, I suggest carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking far and walking to downtown.

OC Psycho Punk Fest
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/528020443903619/

Check out this all-ages punk rock & psychobilly show in Anaheim this Saturday night, featuring 19 bands on two stages. Entry to this show cost $10. This venue does not allow ins & outs, so eat hearty and hydrate well before attending.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=424

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatownin Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Narcoleptic Youth @ Unit B Studio
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15
Unit B Studio, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/630788496936699/

Slam dance, bike, and skateboard to your heart’s content at this punk rock show headlined by Narcoleptic Youth this Saturday night. Admission to this all-ages show cost $10.

Harmful If Swallowed – CD Release Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15
The Roxy Theater, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/237293713079822/

Local punk bands will play at The Roxy this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale and $12 at the door.

Agent Orange, Longway, O.C.A., Splntr @ Juke Joint
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 15
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/390538

Punk rock legend Agent Orange returns to Orange County to headline this show at the Juke Joint. Admission to this show costs $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 Big Bite Bacon Fest
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm, June 16
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.bigbitebaconfest.com/

Get your pork on this Father’s Day Sunday down in San Diego. Pig out on bacon eats & treats from some of San Diego’s finest chefs and restaurants, and for the adults, sample brews from San Diego’s multitude of micro breweries. As you munch and sip your way through the fest, test your mettle at pig pong, pork ladder toss, bacon bags, dunk a swine, and more games. General admission costs $55 and allows all-access into the Big Bite Bacon Fest and the San Diego County Fair. Upgrade to VIP for $25 more to enter an hour earlier, receive a goodie bag, and gain access to a VIP lounge with a private tasting. Parking costs $10, so bring cash for that. This festival takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately, and apply sunscreen.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Girls On Film
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, June 16
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/381445518642245/

Catch a sexy burlesque show this Sunday night in Santa Monica, dedicated to women on film. Have cash available for parking and a potential cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

Belly Up Beer Fest
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 9
Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
http://www.bellyup.com/event/beer-fest-w-aloha-radio/

A $15 entry grants guests 10 beer tasters from Acoustic Ales and Belching Beaver. Admission after 9pm only costs $5!

Ballast Point Tap Takeover + Seafood Night
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 10
The Factory Gastropub, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/548871885135759/

Visit The Factory this Wednesday night, as Ballast Point Brewing takes over the taps with their stellar lineup of IPA’s and more. The kitchen will also prepare a special sustainable seafood menu to pair with some of the beers (sold separately). No reservations required – simply show up and order a drink and/or food.

20th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, April 11
Share Our Selves, Costa Mesa
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

25 of Orange County’s finest chefs will gather to prepare their most unusual and unique taco. Come witness history in the making, as chefs strive to reinvent the wheel by crafting the new generation of tacos. VIP hour starts at 4:30pm and costs $150, while general admission starts at 5:30pm and costs $70.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 11
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking does not exist in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here before.

2013 Formula Drift
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 12
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 13
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://formulad.com/schedule/pro-championship/long-beach.php

Taking place a week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Formula Drift competition utilizes the sharpest turns of the track to put on a show that everyone can enjoy. Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event costs $24 plus fees up to $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so plan to carpool, take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood to the east to alleviate that parking fee.

Long Beach Roller Derby – Garden of Beaten
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 12
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://longbeachderbygals.com/

Catch some good ol’ roller derby this Friday night in Long Beach. Tickets to the all-ages Friday night bout cost $16. Parking costs $12, so either carpool or take the FREE bus from downtown.

Downtown Burbank Fine Arts Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 13-14
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Olive, Downtown Burbank
http://www.downtown-burbank.org/events.php

Check out hundreds of artists, street painters, sidewalk chalk artists, and more this weekend in Downtown Burbank. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can exhibit the many art on display, create their own art with sidewalk chalk or other artists allowing guests to interact, or purchase art to take home.

2nd Annual Healthy Living Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 13-14
Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, Del Mar
http://www.healthylivingfestival.com/

Check out this health & wellness expo this weekend, FREE to attend for all ages! Guests can experience cooking demos, medical testing, belly dancers, fitness workshops, food & drink samples, massages, speakers, fitness tests, yoga classes, speakers, and more.

City Challenge Urban Race 5K & Half Marathon – Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 13
Huntington Beach Beer Co., Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hegnessevents.com/

This Saturday, participate in this one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt & race! Compete with a partner or as an individual to locate and solve 12 different riddles and puzzles in a 5K or half marathon span. Due to the nature of this challenge run, all participants runs at their own pace, and can run in any direction since participants can solve the challenges in any order. Participants may use portable devices or tools to solve challenges (smartphones, ask people, etc), but must remain on their feet, meaning no bikes, skates, cars, etc. Participation costs $50 per individual, so a team of two costs $100. All participants must bring a camera or any device that can capture a photo in order to show proof of completing a challenge. Packet pickup starts at 11am at the Huntington Beach Beer Co., and the race starts at 12pm. Because of the prompt start time, I highly recommend arriving very early and securing parking, or you will certainly get stuck in heavy traffic on the way to Downtown Huntington Beach.

Gray Cloud Cigar & Craft Beer Pairing Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 13
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, Mission Viejo
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4562895744/

At this 21 & up festival, guests will enjoy special pairings of limited release craft beers, award-winning cigars, and small-bite hors d’oeuvres. Guests receive a commemorative Belgian-style tulip glass for their beer pairings, carefully selected by the world-renown Dr. Bill. Tickets cost $70 presale and $75 at the door, and include free parking.

Tustin Lobsterfest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 13
Peppertree Park, Tustin
http://www.tustinlobsterfest.com/

At this annual fundraiser, guests pay $75 for all-you-can-eat lobster and tri-tip, and other picnic foods like hot dogs, salads, mac & cheese, baked potatoes, various pastries, and more. Each entry ticket comes with an entry to a lottery to win $1000!

Santa Fe Springs – Spring Craft Beer Festival
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 13
Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet, Santa Fe Springs
http://www.sfsswapmeet.com/

The Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet will hold an after-dark party this Saturday night featuring craft beer, comedians, local cover bands, gourmet food trucks, and more. Tickets to this 21 & up fest cost $20 presale and $25 at the door, and include five 7oz beer tasters and free parking.

Ultimate Burlesque Show
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 13
Studio Servitu, Los Angeles
http://ultimateburlesque.eventbrite.com/

Come see some of the nation’s top burlesque performers strut their stuff this Wednesday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets to this voluptuous show cost $50.

4th Annual Walk For Water & Pancake Breakfast
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 14
American Junkie, Hermosa Beach
http://www.walkforwater2013.org/

At this all-ages event, all participants will receive a free goodie bag and t-shirt to commemorate their participation in this walk, and a pancake breakfast courtesy of American Junkie. Registration varies in price, but an individual would pay $30 to walk. Students and teams can save depending on the amount of participants involved.

2013 College Area Taste
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 14
College Area Business District, San Diego
http://www.collegeareabid.com/

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

Fellatio/BJ/Hand Job Workshop
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, April 14
EbyResa, San Diego
http://bja14.eventbrite.com/

WOMEN ONLY! Learn about fellatio, blow job, and hand job techniques at this workshop near Downtown San Diego this Sunday night. Registration costs $35 per individual, or $30 per person for multiple people. Guests can park for free on the streets nearby.

D.R.I. @ The Observatory
5:30 pm – 12:00 am, April 14
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/dri

Catch punk band D.R.I. as they host a BBQ and headline an all-ages show this Sunday night. Tickets cost $15 presale and $20 at the door, and include one complimentary plate of food and free parking.