Posts Tagged ‘Donuts’

10th Annual Taste of La Mesa
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 11
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://taste.lamesachamber.com/

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. General admission costs $60, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $80, starts at 5pm, and includes preferred parking. All drinks come at a separate cost.

8bitLA + Play It Loud! Present: 3rd Annual Hack The Multiverse
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 12
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/324476928084361/

Jam out to video game inspired music this Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 18 may enter.

San Diego Summer STEAM Maker Festival
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 13
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sdfsmf.org/

An interactive educational event for all ages comes to Del Mar this Wednesday. Admission costs $8 for adults or $6 for children, and provides access to all the vendors, exhibitors, demos, games, activities, and more.

Taste of Little Italy
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 13
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 $36 each, while purchasing both costs $50.

San Diego Magazine’s Best Restaurants Party
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, June 13
Pirch UTC, University City, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2018/Best-Restaurants-Party-2018/

Sample bites and wines from some of San Diego’s top chefs and wineries this Wednesday night at Pirch UTC. The $60 admission gets you in to unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 14-16
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 for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 14
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.

San Diego International Beer Festival 2018
Various times, June 15-17
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://sandiegobeerfestival.com/

The San Diego County Fair will import hundreds of 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 starts at $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.

Alien Con 2018
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 15-16
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 17
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.thealiencon.com/

Science-fiction fans will not want to miss this convention taking place this weekend in Pasadena, which will feature science-fiction media, speakers, demos, panels, films, and more. Tickets cost $61 per day per person.

K-Town Night Market 2018
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 15
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 16
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, Los Angeles
http://ktownnightmarket.com/

Experience Korean nightlife this weekend at the annual Koreatown Night Market! This event celebrates Korean culture by immersing visitors into the night market experience similar to that of South Korea. Over 40 food vendors and 11 food trucks will serve up delicious Korean delectable eats, while visitors can check out the live entertainment, art exhibits, and vendor village in this outdoor market. Admission costs $2 presale or $5 at the door. Visitors can find $5 parking at nearby parking lots around the venue.

5th Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15-16
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 17
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $8 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

Not Yo Papa’s Ska Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 15
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/208986533187785/

Get your skanking on this Friday night in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

10th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 16-24
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.org/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Los Angeles Center Studios. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 9 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

DTLA Donut Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 16
Union Station, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.unionstationla.com/happenings/dtla-donut-fest

A donut event will take place in Union Station in Downtown LA this Saturday. The website does not mention anything about pricing or any other detail.

Repticon Los Angeles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 16
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 16
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://repticon.com/california/repticon-pasadena/

Check out two days of reptiles, amphibians, exotic pets, pet products, seminars, and more this weekend in Pasadena. General admission starts at 10am and costs $15 for both days, $10 for one day, or $5 for children. Online-only VIP admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children, allows admission to both days, and allows entry at 9am on Saturday.

23rd Annual San Clemente Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 16
Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
http://villagesanclemente.org/annual-car-show/

See hundreds of classic cars this Saturday at this free and all-ages car show in San Clemente.

26th Annual Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 16-17
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.

11th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 16
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.

SuperHero Summer Fest Alhambra
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 16
Renaissance Plaza, Alhambra
http://www.superherosummerfestalhambra.com/

A free and all-ages fandom event takes place in Downtown Alhambra this Saturday afternoon. Visitors will find vendors, live entertainment, cosplay, and more.

Los Angeles Beer Week Kick-Off
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 16
Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://labeerweek.org/tickets/

Featuring over 75 breweries bringing over 200 beers, you definitely will not want to miss this epic beer tasting gala that kicks off LA Beer Week. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Vegan Playground
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 16
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://www.veganhard.com/

Vegans and entertainment collide this Saturday in Downtown LA. Admission ranges from $22 to $44, depending on when you want to enter and what you want included with admission.

Orange County Big Summer Beerfest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 16
OC Great Park, Irvine
http://www.bigsummerbeerfest.com/

A corporate beer festival comes to Irvine this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 3pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Boots & Brews Country Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 16
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://www.bootsandbrews.com/

Country music and beers collide this Saturday in Santa Clarita. General admission costs $45 but does not come with any food or drinks – all attendees will still need to pay for everything once inside. Children 10 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission.

23rd Annual Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, June 16
CA Center for the Arts, Escondido
http://www.bonsallrotary.com/

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

90s Prom Party
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 16
The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/

Party like the 90s this Saturday night in Hollywood. Admission costs $30. No one under 21 may attend.

Father’s Day
June 17

Treat the father in your life to something special this Sunday.

9th Annual Wags-N-Wine Food & Wine Tasting Fundraiser
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 17
Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach
http://www.wagsnwine.com/

Sample food, wine, and beer at this fundraising event this Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. General admission costs $75 presale or $85 and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $95 presale or $105 at the door, starts at 12pm, and includes an upgraded tasting glass, VIP food & drinks, and a swag bag. All attendees receive unlimited samples while supplies last. Attendees may also bring their dogs for free. No one under 21 may attend.

Cask & Ye Shall Receive: MacLeod Ale Brewing’s 4th Anniversary
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 17
MacLeod Ale Brewing, Van Nuys
http://www.macleodale.com/

MacLeod Ale Brewing turns four years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a cask beer tasting event at their tasting room in Van Nuys this Sunday. Expect to encounter a handful of other breweries sampling their cask beers as well as this event. Admission comes in three levels. General admission starts at 1pm, and comes with five drink tickets for $20 or ten drink tickets for $35. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 12pm, and comes with unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event. No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual The Car Show at WVCC
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 17
West Valley Christian Church, West Hills
http://www.thecarshowatwvcc.com/

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show in West Hills this Sunday evening.

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8th Annual Taste of La Mesa
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 6
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/8th-annual-taste-of-la-mesa-837

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. General admission costs $55, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 5pm, and includes preferred parking. All drinks come at a separate cost.

California Presidential Primary
June 7
California
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/june-7-2016-presidential-primary-election/

Do your part this Tuesday: get our and vote!

Beer Camp Across America Visits Far Bar
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 8
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1599658257029413/

Little Tokyo’s Far Bar will receive brews from this year’s Beer Camp Across America collaboration to tap fresh for you to taste. This night has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 9-11
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 for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Chef Throwdown for Cystic Fibrosis
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 9
Hotel del Coronado, Coronado
http://chefthrowdown.eventscff.org/

A special dinner fundraiser takes place in Coronado this Thursday night. General admission costs $150, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus parking. VIP admission costs $250, starts at 5pm, and also includes a meet & greet, valet parking, and reserved VIP tables.

Business & Beer @ Monkish Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 9
Monkish Brewing, Torrance
http://www.businessnbeer.com/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This month, 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.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
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.

Beer Paper LA’s 3rd Anniversary
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 9, Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 12, Barbara’s at the Brewery, Los Angeles
http://www.beerpaperla.com/

Beer Paper LA has churned out publications for three years now, and to celebrate, they will have TWO free beer-filled events this week.

Orange County Beer Week
June 10-17
Orange County
http://ocbrewers.org/oc-beer-week/

This 8-day beer celebration covers all of Orange County, starting with a beer fest at the Fullerton Arboretum. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place in Orange County, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to OC Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

40th Annual Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 10-12
Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park, Ontario
http://huckfinn.com/

One of the west coast’s biggest all-ages bluegrass festivals returns this weekend in Ontario. The bluegrass music will go on all weekend so no one will miss a beat. In addition, attendees will find activities, contests, camping, raft-building, fishing, pedal boating, a playground, a zero-depth water play park, and a swim lagoon with water slides. Ticket prices vary depending on the attendee’s age, and how many days each attendee will visit the show. Single-day adult tickets cost $45 to $50, while a three-day pass costs $125 to $140.

2016 San Diego Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 10
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 11
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 12
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, North Park, San Diego
http://www.sdgreekfestival.com/

An all-ages Greek festival comes to San Diego this weekend, complete with food, desserts, drinks, ouzo, dance, music, rides, games, vendors, exhibits, and more. Arrive early enough and you can enter for free – otherwise, it costs $3 to enter.

2016 LA Pride Music Festival & Parade
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
2:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 11
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 12
West Hollywood Park, West Hollywood
http://www.lapride.org/

An all-ages music festival comes to West Hollywood this weekend, along with a parade on Sunday morning. Admission varies in price, with free admission on Friday, $25 for one day, and going up to $125 for a VIP admission.

Split Decision Reunion Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/961824893936718/

Split Decision formed over a decade ago, and after all this time, they will reunite for this special show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Eric Lara’s 29th Birthday Punk Rock Party w/ Naked Aggression
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
Petie’s Place, Tarzana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1073831502678559/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in Tarzana. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

2016 Beverly Hills Food & Wine Festival
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 10
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 11
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 12
Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
http://beverlyhillsfoodandwinefestival.com/

A food and wine tasting event comes to West LA this weekend. Two sessions of the festival will take place: Friday night and Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $100 and lasts two hours, while VIP admission costs $150 and lasts three hours. Sunday’s Champagne brunch costs $55 to attend. Bring cash for parking at these events. No one under 21 may attend any of these events.

17th Annual Downtown Anaheim 5k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, June 11
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/5krun

A 5k run will take place in central Anaheim this Saturday morning that will close off several streets. Registration costs $35 for the 5k, and goes down for teams or children.

31st Anniversary Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 11
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.

Fido Fest 2016
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 11
Town Center Community Park East, Santee
http://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/Index.aspx?page=8&recordid=3158

A free and all-ages dog event comes to east San Diego this Saturday morning. Check out pet vendors, pet demos, pet adoptions, and more.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 11
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1748101858768754/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Garden Grove this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for a drink.

Time Out LA’s Donut Party
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 11
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/tola-donut-party

Pig out on donuts, coffee, teas, ciders, and wines this Saturday in Hollywood. The $25 admission gets you in to one of three two-hour sessions: 10am, 12:30pm, or 3pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples of everything while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

30th Annual San Diego Festival Of The Arts
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 11-12
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sdfestivalofthearts.org/

Enjoy a weekend of art and culture this weekend at this all-ages art festival down by the water in San Diego. Admission ranges from $12 to $16 – see the website for a pricing breakdown.

29th Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 11-12
Peninsula Center, Palos Verdes
http://www.pvstreetfair.com/

Located all the way out in the hills of Palos Verdes, this annual street fair contains numerous vendors, merchandise, arts & crafts, rides, food, live entertainment, and more. Free for all ages, guests from out of town can enjoy the scenery as they drive up the hills to arrive in Palos Verdes. Guests can park for free in the high school parking lots across the street from the shopping center.

Make Music Pasadena
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 11
Old Town Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
http://www.makemusicpasadena.org/

This FREE and all-ages music festival completely covers the streets of Downtown Pasadena. All day long, guests can catch over 150 free concerts from dozens of local bands and other bands that have traveled from afar to play here. Local long-term parking may cost quite a bit, so opt to park further and take public transportation to cut down on costs.

LA Cosplay Con 2016
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 11
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://lacosplaycon.com/

Get your cosplay on at this all-ages cosplay event featuring contests, tracks, gaming tournaments, prizes, and more. Tickets to Cosplay Con cost $25 for general admission, $20 for cosplayers, or $15 for students.

3rd Annual Euro Bierfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 11
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://eurobierfest.com/

A bunch of European beers will arrive at Alpine Village this Saturday for your tasting pleasure. Admission to this beer tasting event costs $45 and includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer samples from over 60 different varieties while supplies last. Bring cash for other products, such as food and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 21 may attend.

Pechanga’s 8th Annual Microbrew & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 11
Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula
http://bit.ly/BeerNChili

Enjoy unlimited beer (while supplies last) and chili samples at this beer tasting event at Pechanga in Temecula this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive a 2oz souvenir glass, and all the beer and chili you can consume until they run out.

Societe Four
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 11
Societe Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://societebrewing.com/societefour/

San Diego’s Societe Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have their annual brewers games at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa this Saturday afternoon. The $12 general admission gets you in to the festivities, a souvenir glass, and one beer pour for that glass. Attendees will need to pay for any additional beers after that first one.

5th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 11
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/5th_annual_uptown_jazz_festival

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday in Long Beach, and enjoy live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

Sumo Sushi Show – San Diego
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 11
Fluxx Nightclub, Downtown San Diego
http://www.sumosushishow.com/

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

3rd Annual East End Block Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
East End, Santa Ana
http://eastenddtsa.com/event/3rd-annual-block-party/

Enjoy a variety of local music for free this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana.

Rök House 2-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Rök House Brewing Company, Upland
http://www.rokhousebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/995273553898050/

Upland’s Rök House Brewing turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have over two dozen beers for you to try, including their anniversary ales. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Inland Empire Beer & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.bierbuzz.com/component/banners/click/43.html

Two events will occur back-to-back this Saturday in Riverside. The day starts with a beer festival from 12pm to 4pm, complete with over 20 local breweries all pouring their brews for all the attendees. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last, as well as admission to the following event. From 4pm to 10pm, a music concert will take place that costs $15 to get in to. At that point, all beers will come at cost, so anyone present after 4pm will need to pay for each beer.

2016 Inland Empire Greek Fest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11-12
Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, San Bernardino
http://www.iegreekfest.com/

An all-ages Greek festival comes to San Bernardino this weekend, complete with Greek food, desserts, ouzo, music, dance, games, rides, vendors, exhibits, and more. Admission costs just $2 for adults, while children can enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Tacos & Tequila Festival San Diego
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 11
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.makersquarter.com/happenings/tacos-tequila-festival-san-diego

Indulge in unlimited tacos, craft beer, and tequila this Saturday afternoon in San Diego, all while supplies last. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual TacoLAndia
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 11
El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Los Angeles
http://www.laweekly.com/tacolandia

Drown yourself in taco heaven at this all-you-can-eat taco fest this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles, featuring over 80 different chefs. Attendees will also find Mariachi bands and cash bars. General admission costs $50 and includes unlimited food while supplies last. All drinks come at separate cost, so bring cash for drinks.

2016 Iron Classics Car Show & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.gaslamplongbeach.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1698043677128637/

Two events will occur back-to-back at the Gaslamp in Long Beach this Saturday. Starting at 3pm, catch a free car show in the parking lot. From 5pm onwards, a music show will take place inside the Gaslamp that costs $15 presale or $20 at the door to enter. Guests arriving prior to 6pm can park for free; anyone arriving afterwards will have to pay $10 to park.

1st Annual OC Brewers Guild Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 11
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://ocbrewers.org/

The first festival dedicated to Orange County’s microbreweries and restaurants arrives in Fullerton this Saturday evening. The $75 admission grants you unlimited food and beer tastings while supplies last. The venue provides free parking up to a certain amount, so if you arrive too late, you may need to pay for parking beyond the venue. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Roller Girls – Battle for the Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 11
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at these back-to-back roller derby bouts this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Tickets to each roller derby bout cost $15.

JapanLA 10 Year Anniversary & Super Kawaii Food Art Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Japan LA, Fairfax, Los Angeles
http://www.japanla.com/

Japan LA turns ten years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have an art show at their store, as well as specials on select items.

The Unholy Sounds of Damnation
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 11
The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/damnation-ch3-mad-parade-rocket-to-russia-the-returners-g-matthews/

Get your moshing on at this punk rock show in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Skacore Show @ The Constellation Room
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 11
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/inspector

Get your skanking on at this Latin skacore show in the Constellation Room this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

16th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 12
The Autry, Los Angeles
http://la-bike.org/riverride

Join thousands of bike riders and enjoy a day of riding, a fair, food, raffles, music, and more. Choose from any of eight different rides (two of them start from Shoreline Village in Long Beach) and head out. Registration costs will vary depending on the ride chosen, ranging from $50 to $80.

Santa Ana Street Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 12
Outside 4th Street Market, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/

Eat breakfast out on the streets of Downtown Santa Ana this Sunday morning. Registration costs only $5 per person.

21st Annual San Clemente Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 12
Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
http://villagesanclemente.org/annual-car-show/

See hundreds of classic cars this Sunday at this free and all-ages car show in San Clemente.

Balboa Strawberry Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 12
Encino Park, Encino
http://balboastrawberryfestival.com/

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Encino this Sunday, complete with vendors, food, desserts, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more. Note that this event will close Ventura Blvd to traffic, so plan your commute accordingly.

Stone Sour Fest 2016
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 12
Stone Brewing, Escondido

Pucker up for this sour beer tasting event this Sunday morning at Stone Brewing in Escondido. For $49 admission, receive a souvenir glass and 15 3oz tasters from over a hundred different sour beers available. Bring extra cash for purchasing food on the premises. No one under 21 may attend.

Spring 2016 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 12
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

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

Latino Multicultural Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 12
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://www.molaa.org/events/latino-multicultural-festival-artventure-target-free-sunday/

Free to attend for all ages, explore art, music, dance, and more at this cultural event in Long Beach.

4th Annual Luau & Pig Roast
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 12
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.goosebar.com/

Enjoy some tropical-themed cocktails and delicious pork at this seasonal event in Costa Mesa this Sunday afternoon, free of a cover charge.

Mission Brewery’s 9th Anniversary
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 12
Mission Brewery, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://missionbrewery.com/9years/

San Diego’s Mission Brewery turns nine years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a party this Sunday afternoon full of beer and live music. Admission with one beer costs $10. Add a souvenir glass for $15 admission, or get the beer, glass, and an anniversary t-shirt for $30.

An Orange County original, the OC Donut Bar, recently announced their closure on New Year’s Day. However, at that same time, they also announced that they would soon reopen under the name Crafted Donuts. Fans of the original OC Donut Bar can rejoice over the new branding, as Crafted Donuts makes their donuts in the exact same way as before. Under the new Crafted Donuts brand, the folks here have some new interesting takes on donut flavors, fillings, and toppings. In order to appeal to a mass crowd, Crafted Donuts have gone the way of crazier and more fun flavors, in addition to the traditional donut toppings, fillings, and flavors. Their offerings change on a daily basis, which they post about on their Facebook page linked above. Not to lose out to other competing dessert places nearby such as U Jelly, another donut shop that opened in the same city on the same day, OC Donut Bar had to do something to make themselves stand out among the crowd. Going the route of Crafted Donuts appears as their response to all the hipster dessert places popping up everywhere trying to appeal to kids and teenagers who do not know any better than to buy a $5 donut with ice cream that anyone can make at home for under a dollar. If you fancy some fancy donuts, head on over to Fountain Valley where you will have choices on how to satisfy your morning sweet tooth.

Orange County restauranteurs have picked up steam recently. The creator behind Afters Ice Cream, Nudo Nudo, and GD Bro Burger has just launched U Jelly (Twitter), a donut shop in Fountain Valley. All of the previous shops have the same thing in common – they primarily appeal to kids and teenagers, and U Jelly follows that trend. U Jelly focuses on colorful and ridiculously sweet donuts and croissants with lavish toppings, fillings, and colorful adornments. In addition to all the donuts and croissants, U Jelly plans to serve sweet jelly beverages and a dessert that resembles a bánh mì sandwich. Aside from their grand opening this past Saturday night, which saw a line of hungry kids that wrapped the building twice over, nobody else has any real information on what else to expect from U Jelly. You will just have to stick around and see what they churn out of their kitchen. If any of the other similar shops can tell a story, this place will generally carry too much hype for its worth. But hey, they only opened less than a week ago, so give them some time to establish themselves.

Conversely, check out another fancy donut shop in Fountain Valley that also had their grand opening at the same time…

All over the world, food and music go together quite nicely. Different genres may pair better with certain cuisines than other pairings, but for the most part, anyone can associate food with music. Even heavy metal can have its own special pairing that works out well. However, most can agree that punk rock typically has no business dealing with food. The stereotypical punk rock fan cares little for food quality, and eats whatever food they can find, especially fast food. Very rarely does one find punk rock themes in a rather hipster food place. After all, hip food places will generally have people that listen to popular music. However, I discovered one place that embraces punk rock, yet operates a food business highly tailored towards today’s hipsters. Punk rock fans and hipsters alike refer to this place as Donut Friend.

Located smack dab in the middle of Highland Park, Donut Friend has combined two unlikely worlds to fuse something so unusual that the general populace cannot get enough of this place. As the business name suggests, this place specializes in donuts, but not like any old donut shop – nothing old about Donut Friend. The Donut Artists at Donut Friend handcraft all donuts to order. Like at a Subway, customers can fully customize what goes in and on their donuts, or they can simply order with all the stated ingredients on the menu. Because they care about the local/sustainable movement, Donut Friend utilizes local ingredients in their donuts and their homemade toppings. To avoid alienating those with dietary restrictions, everything at Donut Friend does not contain dairy or eggs, so vegans can rejoice!

So how does Donut Friend tie in with punk rock? Simple – they name all of their donuts after punk rock bands or songs. All of their donuts have some sort of donut pun on an existing name. Some examples include:

  • Jets to Basil = Jets to Brazil
  • Rites of Sprinkles = Rites of Spring
  • Cherry 3 = CH3
  • Dag Nutty = Dag Nasty
  • Cro-Magnut = Cro-Mags
  • Jimmy Eat Swirl = Jimmy Eat World
  • Minus the Bear Claw = Minus the Bear
  • Drive Like Jelly = Drive Like Jehu
  • Gorilla Biscuit = Gorilla Biscuits
  • Fudgegazi = Fugazi
  • GG Almond = GG Allin
  • Chocolate From The Crypt = Rocket From The Crypt
  • Jane Dough = Converge’s album “Jane Doe”

The list of donut puns goes on and on, especially with their seasonal items. I could think of a few names they could potentially use, such as At The Jive-In for a coffee-inspired donut (At The Drive-In), Tropical-ducer for a citrus donut (Sonic Reducer), Narcoleptic Rhub for a rhubarb donut (Narcoleptic Youth), or Minor Treat if they decide of make donut holes (Minor Threat). If they want to go into milkshakes, they can even call one a Nervous Milkshake-down (Nervous Breakdown by Black Flag)! Local punk bands: takes notes.

People always say to never judge a book by its cover. Even the scariest neighborhoods can hide diamonds in the rough. When a friend recommended to me to explore her neighborhood of Highland Park, at first I felt skeptical about visiting what I perceived as a desolate and dangerous city. Undaunted, I sought out those recommendations, and one of them landed me at Donut Friend. The discovery of Donut Friend has altered the shape of my punk life to come. If you love donuts and feel tired of the same old donuts you find at a local donut shop, trek on up to Highland Park and locate Donut Friend, and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of punk rock donuts.

Not only does April indicate the first full month of Spring, but typically April means that Lent just ended, or ended early in the month. This allows those who participated in Lent to release any sacrifices and resume habitual life. What practice do most people resume following Lent? Most commonly, Lent observers sacrificed certain foods, alcohol, and even sex. But for those who do not observe Lent, Spring still instills life and energy into everyone. The longer daylight hours coupled with warmer weather energizes us to get out there and perform more tasks than in the Winter. Naturally, a warm sunny Saturday afternoon calls for throwing a backyard brew fest, and Slater’s 50/50 Lake Forest accomplished just that.

Slater’s 50/50 hosted their own Backyard Brew Fest this past Saturday at their youngest location in Lake Forest, where guests could indulge in unlimited samples of craft beer. Taking place on a day filled with many other large events, Slater’s headed in the opposite direction from those large events. Instead of selecting a vast venue and filling it with the most amount of people and vendors possible, Slater’s aimed to keep this fest small and intimate. The fest area literally took place in their backyard, a span of one lane in the parking lot fenced off, keeping the area down to less than the restaurant’s area. Mama always said “It’s what’s on the inside that counts,” and Mama speaks the truth. True craft beer lovers welcome this notion of keeping attendance low, as this places a greater emphasis on selecting quality breweries that will supply their better brews, including Hangar 24’s limited-release Hammerhead. At least 16 local breweries attended – of all the present breweries, I recall seeing Ritual, Bootleggers, Hangar 24, Rough Draft, Ballast Point, El Segundo, Golden Road, Fireman’s Brew, Deschutes, Cismontane, latitude 33, Valiant, Taps, Ohana, Allagash, and Old Orange. The intimacy of this event called for the breweries to not only supply their own plastic sampler cups, but their own staff as well. Whereas most beer fests use volunteers to pour beers for the breweries, all breweries utilized their own staff or brewers for this beer fest, allowing guests to easily interact with people knowledgeable about the brewery and their brews.

As a brew fest hosted by a restaurant, you can bet the restaurant provided most of the food. Unlike some beer fests where guests have to pay additional to eat, Slater’s 50/50 decided to treat their guests to free small bites. Keeping with the unlimited theme, unlimited beer samples necessitate unlimited small plates, so Slater’s 50/50 selected a good variety of their wonderful food to dole out to the guests. For starters, Slater’s offered plates of Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, and their House Salad with chicken breast. Besides the Bacon Brownie, guests waited longest for the samples of the B’ B’ B’ Bacon Burger. If not for the long line, I would have gone back over and over for the burger; instead I opted to take two servings of the other three items.

As an unexpected treat, Chapter One also made a special guest appearance to serve their own food at this brew fest. They brought samples of their Scotch Egg and Jerked Salmon Nachos appetizer, as well as mini servings of their Red Velvet and The Dude (White Russian) Donuts. As evident by the photographs, all these samples flew off the serving trays as quick as the beers.

Size does not mean everything, and this quaint beer fest proves that. Sometimes, you have to scale things down a bit from the chaos that large events can create. By limiting the attendance and area, fewer social barriers exist, allowing the people to more easily interact with one another. Specific to this brew fest, this also relieves the pressure of beer servers to expedite the lines, as they now can slow down to chat with the guests. Always consider the outcomes of the event based on how many people attend. If you attended a larger beer fest, not only would you have to worry about finding and/or paying for parking, but with more people, you have less room to move around, and will often bump or elbow your way through the crowds. A small fest like this also does not cost as much to attend, enticing guests further to consider that event. If you missed Slater’s 50/50’s Backyard Brew Fest, fret not, as plenty more beer fests will occur in the coming months. If it happens in Southern California, more likely than not you can find me there, and I will bring back all the information you need to know.