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The largest Irish festival in Southern California returns this weekend for its 42nd year running. The BIG Irish Fair returns to El Dorado Park in Long Beach this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm both days, delivering two days’ worth of Irish fun in the sun, filled with many activities, live entertainment, animals, merchandise, vehicles, food, drinks, kids’ activities, games, and much more. Just to name a few of the things guests will experience at the Irish Fair:

  • Spectate thousands of Irish dancers participating in numerous competitions at the various stages at the far end of the festival.
  • Listen and dance to dozens of live Celtic bands, including the Irish Ska Pirate band California Celts.
  • Watch marching bands compete for best in show, with plenty of bagpipes to go around.
  • Pet lots of animals from Ireland, such as sheep, border collies, and more.
  • Gasp in amazement at the athletic feats of the sports competitions in the far field across from the entrance.
  • Stroll through reenactments of older times in the countryside of Ireland.
  • Cheer for all the participating individuals in the grand parade, including the Rose of Tralee.
  • Peer at the Irish vehicles, including real DeLoreans like the one from Back To The Future.
  • Taste the Irish culture with authentic Irish food, such as bangers.
  • Peruse through the various merchandise vendors, selling lots of Irish souvenirs and memorabilia.

The BIG Irish Fair will contain plenty of fun and excitement for the entire family. The festivities run from 10am to 7pm on both Saturday and Sunday. General admission presale costs $15 per adult per day, while a 2-day adult admission costs $25. Seniors and students can enter for $13 each. Kids 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. Admission will increase by $3 when purchasing at the gate. Parking will range from $5 to $10. This festival takes place entirely outdoors, so dress appropriately for hot weather, and apply sunscreen prior to leaving home. The venue does not allow attendees to bring chairs, coolers, canopies, or any other large camping item; however, the park will provide more than enough tables and benches in the shaded areas. If you plan to purchase anything, bring cash, as the vendors cannot accept cards.

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The largest Irish festival in Southern California returns this weekend for its 40th year running. The BIG Irish Fair returns to El Dorado Park in Long Beach this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm both days, delivering two days’ worth of Irish fun in the sun, filled with many activities, live entertainment, animals, merchandise, vehicles, food, drinks, kids’ activities, games, and much more. Just to name a few of the things guests will experience at the Irish Fair:

  • Spectate thousands of Irish dancers participating in numerous competitions at the various stages at the far end of the festival.
  • Listen and dance to dozens of live Celtic bands, including the Irish Ska Pirate band California Celts.
  • Watch marching bands compete for best in show, with plenty of bagpipes to go around.
  • Pet lots of animals from Ireland, such as sheep, border collies, and more.
  • Gasp in amazement at the athletic feats of the sports competitions in the far field across from the entrance.
  • Stroll through reenactments of older times in the countryside of Ireland.
  • Cheer for all the participating individuals in the grand parade, including the Rose of Tralee.
  • Peer at the Irish vehicles, including real DeLoreans like the one from Back To The Future.
  • Taste the Irish culture with authentic Irish food, such as bangers.
  • Peruse through the various merchandise vendors, selling lots of Irish souvenirs and memorabilia.

The BIG Irish Fair will contain plenty of fun and excitement for the entire family. The festivities run from 10am to 7pm on both Saturday and Sunday. General admission presale costs $15 per adult per day, while a 2-day adult admission costs $25. Seniors and students can enter for $13 each. Kids 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. Admission will increase by $3 when purchasing at the gate. Parking will range from $5 to $10. This festival takes place entirely outdoors, so dress appropriately for hot weather, and apply sunscreen prior to leaving home. The venue does not allow attendees to bring chairs, coolers, canopies, or any other large camping item; however, the park will provide more than enough tables and benches in the shaded areas. If you plan to purchase anything, bring cash, as the vendors cannot accept cards.

 

Orange County’s largest Irish cultural festival moved to Long Beach for its 39th annual run this past Father’s Day weekend at El Dorado Park. This festival celebrates Irish culture by throwing together thousands of traditional Irish step dancers, a handful of Celtic bands, lots of characters, and more vendors than you can shake a clover at. First-time visitors to this fair may feel overwhelmed at all the activities available – after all, they call it the BIG Irish Fair for a good reason. Luckily, this fair takes place on two consecutive days, allowing guests to select which day they want to explore this fair. The event staff provides a map of the fair, as long as guests can read it and get past the immediate wave of vendors upon walking in through the front gate.

Immediately upon entering, guests walked through two aisles of various vendors selling all sorts of stuff. Some of these booths contained information, such as the booth about the Rose of Tralee, which resembles an honoring title, like a Miss America for the Irish.

The Irish love cars, and they proudly display their automobiles that have any Irish background, including real DeLoreans.

Unlike last year where the animals, such as herding border collies, the sheep herd, and Irish wolfhounds, all situated around one area, this year separated the two different packs. The sheep herding demonstration took place at the south end of the festival, while visitors could find the Irish wolfhounds at the north end of the festival.

Once past the vendors at the entrance, visitors walking to the left would find three shaded stages housing the Irish step dancing competitions, where girls and boys display their precision and grace with their fluid and bouncing movements.

Right in front of the step dancing tents, visitors could walk by various Irish art on display.

Following a clockwise route from the step dancing tents, the Royal Tara Village allowed visitors to observe and participate in reenactments of traditional Irish life, including demos on playing with Irish musical instruments. Back here, visitors could also interact with Irish wolfhounds.

Down the center of the festival lie all the food and drink vendors. Sadly they did not offer much in the line of Irish food. I eventually settled for some Shepherd’s Pie, which could not measure up to the quality of actual Irish pubs.

At the far back of the festival, we end up at the Shamrock Bowl, where the traditional Celtic bands played to large crowds all weekend.

Continuing clockwise around the festival, we close the circle back to the entrance with the Emerald Bowl. Not only did this stage feature the bagpipe players, but this stage’s lineup included more of the younger, modern Celtic bands that carried more modern rock sounds, such as a Celtic reggae band, and a handful of Irish punk bands.

The Big Irish Fair has now completed its 39th year running, operating very similarly to how they did many years ago. Of note, they use traditional means of marketing and advertising the fair. Today, the new generation uses a lot of internet and social media to get word of events out to the public, as well as publications like local newspapers or magazines. In the past few years I have attended the Irish Fair, I barely discovered any form of marketing – I personally originally discovered it through word of mouth. Speaking of the past few years, very little has changed as far as structure and activities. If you attended the Irish Fair many years ago, you would not miss a lot in the recent years of the fair. Also, for an Irish Fair, the fair did not emphasize Irish food, or at least American Irish food. One booth sold Fish & Chips, but at a quality like a county or state fair, meaning mostly fried with little regard to the quality of the fish and chips. Another booth posted a Corned Beer & Cabbage sign; however, that booth lied with the sign because they sold corned beef sandwiches that contained so little meat. For a true corned beef sandwich, head to Roscoe’s Deli in Fullerton, where they pile on over a pound of meat on your sandwich. In the end, first or second time visitors to the fair will enjoy it, especially if you attend with friends and/or family. But as the fair barely changes year after year, attending more than two years in the row yields less excitement. If you have not gone, then I certainly recommend attending next year. If you already have attended, spread the word out to your friends and family. For such a low price to enter, any new attendee will easily get his or her money’s worth.

6th Annual Taste of La Mesa
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 9
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/directory/jsp/events/EventPage.jsp?ccid=460&eventid=411

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. Admission to this event costs $35 presale or $45 at the door, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All drinks come at a separate cost.

2014 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 10
Brigantine, Point Loma, San Diego
http://www.showclix.com/event/TasteofPointLoma

This Tuesday evening, sample the local flavor of Point Loma at the 2014 Taste of Point Loma. For $25 per person, visitors can receive unlimited food samples from the participating restaurants while supplies last. Students, cyclists, and active military personnel receive a $10 discount off admission.

Jay Tea @ Bridgetown DIY
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm, June 12
Bridgetown DIY, La Puente
http://www.facebook.com/events/1398789480397498/

Enjoy local ska music this Thursday night in La Puente. The cover for this all-ages show costs $7.

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

E3 After Party at the CIA
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 12
California Institute of Abnormalarts, Burbank
http://www.facebook.com/events/1433106693615670/

Catch Radioactive Chicken Heads, Mega Ran, Space Boyfriend, and Wizwars at this crazy weeknight show in Burbank this Thursday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 13
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 14
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 15
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 $25 to $35, while a three-day pass costs $85. Children enter for $10 each, or $30 for all three days.

A Wilhelm Scream – On Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 13, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/a-wilhelm-scream
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 14, The Lyric Theater, Hancock Park, Los Angeles http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/542013

A Wilhelm Scream currently tours through North America, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to both of these all-ages shows cost $15 each.

Battalion of Saints @ Loaded Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 13
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1438745039698391/

Hollywood punks! Get your punk rock on this Friday night with Battalion of Saints, Yeastie Boys, and more. The cover to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Naughty Nostalgia with the Dirty Little Secrets
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 13
Malones Bar & Grill, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/247405428793959/

Check out this lovely burlesque show with a nostalgia theme. Relive your childhood as an adult this Friday night in Santa Ana. The venue charges a cover, so have cash available for that.

Angry Samoans @ Mission Tobacco Lounge
9:00 pm – 12:30 am, June 13
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1420905398178400/

Riverside punks! Get your punk rock on this Friday night as the Angry Samoans headline this small show. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Centerfield Ska Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 13
Centerfield Sports Bar, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/630150720413289/

Enjoy a FREE ska show this Friday night in Orange County with some fun local ska bands. No one under 21 may enter.

Manic Hispanic @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 13
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/172290

Long Beach punks! Get your punk rock on this Friday night as the Manic Hispanic headline this epic show. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Business – On Tour
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 13, The Down & Out, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/544141875701935/
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 14, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://gonzopresents.com/event/172365

Legendary punk band The Business returns to Southern California this week to play some shows. Tickets to the Friday show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. Tickets to the Saturday show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend either show.

Robert Rampage Memorial – Punk Rock Show
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 13
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/521655721273850/

Decry headlines a small show this Friday night in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

2014 Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 14
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.

39th Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 14-15
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.irishfair.org/

Orange County’s largest Irish Fair finds a new home in Long Beach this weekend. 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.

22nd Annual Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 14-15
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.

7th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 14
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.

2nd Annual Make Music Downey
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 14
Downtown Downey
http://www.makemusicdowney.org/

This free and all-ages outdoor event will feature over 70 music acts, food trucks, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, and more.

5th Annual San Diego Oysterfest
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, June 14
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 $27.50 but does NOT include food or drinks. No one under 21 may enter.

Santa Monica Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 14
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.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 14
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=275

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.

Fan Alley: Sci-Fi, Comics, Art, and More
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 14
A Little Known Shop, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1470042139877689/

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will find arts & crafts themed to comics and sci-fi that they can purchase to take home. In addition, visitors can take part in a cosplay contest, where the winning costume designer receives a special prize. A few food trucks will stop by to keep visitors fed as well.

Gutterball Fest II
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 14
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1417081988562545/

Check out this loaded punk rock lineup that will play this Saturday night in La Habra. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Narcoleptic Youth @ The Alamo Riverside
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 14
The Alamo, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/494009570698630/

Narcoleptic Youth headlines a FREE all-ages show in Riverside this Saturday night.

1984 “Dehumanization” 30th Anniversary
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 14
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/crucifix

Do not miss this rare chance to see some very old school punk rock bands perform this Saturday night in Orange County. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

Circus Jerks @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/619394901487405/

OC punks! Get your punk rock on this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 15
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana
http://patchworkshow.com/craft-fair-locations/santa-ana-events/

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

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, Now through April 26
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 21 and April 26, 45 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

The Revival Tour: Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), Jenny O.@ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 22
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/revival-tour

Punk rock goes acoustic with this tour, which stops by The Observatory TONIGHT. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

Tap Takeover: Old Orange Brewing
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 23
Beachfront Bar & Grill, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=246620092144303

Old Orange Brewing will take over the taps at Beachfront Bar & Grill this Tuesday night, courtesy of the Beer Punks. Come in any time at night and enjoy some brews from Old Orange. Also, catch Jason Cruz & The Howl performing live later in the night.

Build Your Own Mac ‘N Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 24
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/363098517129660/

Beachwood BBQ throws a special food night every month or two, each with a different type of food, such as chili or ribs. This time, they return to what started it all with their Build Your Own Mac ‘N Cheese Night. Pick the pasta, cheese, herbs, veggies, and meat, and pair it with a nice craft beer or two.

Dishcrawl Long Beach
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 24
Cambodia Town, Long Beach
http://www.dishcrawl.com/longbeach/

Get a taste of Cambodian culture by celebrating Cambodian New Year at this installment of Dishcrawl Long Beach. For $45, attendees will feast on a four-course dinner across four different restaurants. Attendees will receive an e-mail on the day of the event detailing where to meet and when.

Tap Takeover: Iron Fist / Latitude 33
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/261261850677932/

Two young breweries from Vista, CA will visit The Factory this Thursday night to stock the taps with their magnificent brews. Both breweries will take over the taps, and guests can meet the brewers from both breweries as well! Come drink some great beers, all at $4 per pint.

Alkaline Trio with Bayside @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/alkaline-trio

Alkaline Trio currently tours with Bayside, and you can catch both of them this Thursday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

Nathan Maxwell (Flogging Molly), Jesse & Jeff (The Aggolites), and more @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 25
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/134943

Nathan Maxwell, bassist for Flogging Molly, conducts a respectable solo tour. Catch him, Jesse & Jeff from The Aggrolites, and more this Thursday night at Alex’s Bar. Tickets cost $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Japanese Sweets Fair
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 26-28
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://www.mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=46

Browse through a plethora of sweet treats made in Japan all weekend at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. Open to all ages, every treat will vary in price, so have cash available with you.

Guttermouth, Destruction Made Simple, Whitekaps, Throne, The Grim @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 26
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/135254

Catch Guttermouth, Destruction Made Simple, Whitekaps, Throne, and The Grim this Friday night at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. Tickets to this punk rock show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

March for Babies Los Angeles Walk
8:30 am – 12:30 pm, April 27
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/463031300436356/

Walk to raise money for Miller’s Children Hospital. Walk as an individual or as a team. Proceeds benefit the March of Dimes NICU Signature Program at Miller Children’s and will fund research to help prevent premature birth.

18th Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 27
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/wua/?page_id=2340

Check out over 90 vendors selling collectibles, jewelry, art, furniture, glassware, and more at this street fair this Saturday. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find many rare merchandise from local businesses and home vendors. Guests can dine at any of the local establishments, which will remain open under their normal business hours. Guests can park for free on the street in adjacent neighborhoods.

2013 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 27
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://cam-cc.org/drupal/node/208

Celebrate Cambodian New Year this Saturday in Long Beach with traditional & modern performances, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, vendors, and more. Tickets plus parking to this all-ages festival cost $30 presale and $40 at the gate.

30th Annual Encinitas Street Fair
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 27-28
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-aprilstreetfair/

This FREE street fair takes place this weekend in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

Norma Coombs Alternative School Spring Fair
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 27
Norma Coombs Alternative School, Pasadena
http://ncas.pasadenausd.org/

This local school will host local craft vendors, food trucks, live music, and more. Completely free to attend for all ages, this fair caters towards families, so bring the young ones and have a fun time.

Spring 2013 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 27-28
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

29th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 27-28
Little Italy, San Diego
http://www.missionfederalartwalk.org/

Free to the public, this art walk takes up 17 blocks of Little Italy filled with over 350 artists. All throughout the fest, guests can discover music and dance performances, and plenty of kids’ activities.

Taps 1st Annual Craft Brew Festival
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, April 27
Taps Fish House, Brea
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151397935623963

Taps Fish House & Brewery will host their first annual craft beer festival this Saturday afternoon at their Orange County location. For $50, guests will receive 15 beer tickets and unlimited tastings of various foods catered by the restaurant. At least 16 breweries will make an appearance in addition to Taps’ own brews. Since the restaurant will remain open to the public, this fest will most likely take place in the parking lot behind the building. No one under 21 may enter.

Adams Avenue Unplugged
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 27
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 28
Adams Avenue, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Unplugged.html

Completely free to the public, guests will spectate 180 live music acts throughout the day all in the various local businesses and multiple stages. The city will also offer free trolley service to transport guests from one end to the other.

Bite Flite
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 27
Bar & Garden, Culver City
http://biteflite.eventbrite.com/

Sample burgers, beers, and desserts at this food pairing dinner this Saturday in Culver City. The $15 admission includes a 4-beer flight, cake truffles from Velvet Rope Bake Shop, a tote bag full of goodies, and sliders (additional cost). No one under 21 may attend.

The Adolescents, The Dickies, Shattered Faith, The Crowd @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 27
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=80011

Legendary punk band The Adolescents headline a show with The Dickies, Shattered Faith, and The Crowd this Saturday night at House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $19 presale and $22 on the day of the show.

2013 Taste of Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 28
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach
http://www.tastehb.com/

Sample the flavors of Huntington Beach’s local restaurants this Sunday at their food fest. Admission includes unlimited food samples and wine & beer tasters. General admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm, while VIP costs $85 and starts at 11am. VIP comes with complimentary champagne, extra hors d-oeuvres, free raffle entries, and free goodies. For both admissions, designated drivers will save $5, which only means they cannot receive any wine or beer.

Bootlegger’s Brewery 5th Anniversary Music & Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 28
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://bootleggers5th.brownpapertickets.com/

Celebrate Bootlegger’s Brewery’s 5th anniversary at their music & beer fest this Sunday in Fullerton. The $30 admission includes 10 beer tasters, a souvenir glass, over 30 brews including rares and limited brews, food trucks, live music, access to the venue’s art gallery, a bull ride, bocce ball, dunk tank, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Atwater Village Beer, Wine, & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 28
Atwater Village
http://www.atwatervillagefestival.com/

Check out local breweries, local vendors, food & drinks, live music, and more this Sunday at Atwater Village. VIP tickets cost $40 presale and $50 at the fest, starts at 12pm, receives 24 beer tasters and a free goodie bag. General admission costs $30 presale and $40 at the fest, and comes with 12 tasters. Designated driver tickets cost $15 presale and $20 at the fest.

8th Annual Taste of Orange
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 28
Orange Circle, Old Town Orange
http://orangeblossomsalo.org/Taste_of_Orange.html

Sample the local flavors of Old Town Orange this Sunday at their annual Taste of Orange event. For $40, guests receive unlimited food samples, beer & wine tastings (additional cost), access to silent auctions, opportunity drawings, photo booth, and more.