Posts Tagged ‘El Segundo Brewing’

Latitude 33 Pint Night at LinX Artisan Sausage
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 9
LinX Artisan Sausage, Orange
http://linxdogs.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/678247515691133/

Orange’s LinX will tap a bunch of beers from Latitude 33 this Thursday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

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

The Bombpops: Record Release Shows
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 9, The Tower Bar, City Heights, San Diego
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 10, The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 11, The Garage, Ventura
http://thebombpops.com/

The Bombpops have a new record out this week, and they will celebrate with a handful of west coast shows. Each show has its own ticket price, so refer to the website for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Super Beer Bros! Level One
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 10
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://elsegundobrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/362560220797379/

Every year, El Segundo Brewing releases a series of limited-release beers around this time. Stop on by their tasting room this Friday to taste what they have out this year.

Valentine Beer & Dessert Pairing
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 10
Alosta Brewing, Covina
http://alostabrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/162850964203570/

Enjoy some beer and pastry pairings this Friday night in Covina. Everything comes at cost, so make sure you have cash or cards to pay with.

The Aggrolites: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 10
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.aggroreggae.com/

The Aggrolites have a bunch of shows in Southern California coming up in the next few months, including this weekend. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

39th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run
7:30 am – 4:00 pm, February 11
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, February 12
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.firecracker10k.org/

Start off the new (Chinese) year right with this 5/10K Run/Bike race this weekend in Chinatown. The bike race takes place on Saturday, while the run takes place on Sunday. Registration prices range from $45 to $55. Various festivities will also take place in the Chinatown Central Plaza for most of the day.

30th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 11
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Ferbuary 12
The Reef, South Central Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef in Los Angeles. Attendees to this expo will find hundreds of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale from over 50 different vendors for both men and women. Ticket prices heavily vary, but note that general admission starts at 10:30 am on Saturday. Those that purchase an upgraded ticket can enter as early as 9am. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

2017 Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 11-12
Del Mar Fairgrounds Wyland Center, Del Mar
http://gfafexpo.com/locations/2017-san-diego-ca/

Find all things gluten-free and allergen-friendly at this expo in San Diego County this weekend. Adult admission costs $15 for one day or $25 for both. Children’s admission costs $5 for one day or $7 for both. Parking costs $13 per vehicle. Admission grants access to the entire expo floor, full of vendors, seminars, free goodies, and more.

26th Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 11
Valley Blvd & Garfield Ave, Alhambra
http://www.alhambranewyearfestival.com/

“Corporate America utilizes this venue to reach out to the Asian communities.” Meh. If you feel like checking out more Lunar New Year festivals, this free one will occur this Saturday afternoon on the street in Alhambra, blocking off traffic.

35th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 11-2
San Diego Chinese Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.sdcny.org/

Free and open to all ages, this family-friendly event will include lion dance performances, acrobatics, martial arts demos, live music, drumming, dancing, and more. Over 50 booths will sell merchandise and food, while some will feature crafts for families.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Glendale Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 11
Glendale Galleria, Glendale
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1060048430808115/

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

Golden Years Vintage Market
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 11
2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.cameoappearancevintage.com/golden-years-1

A vintage clothing and vinyl records market will take place in Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will encounter dozens of vendors selling lots of local goods and gifts.

Cupid’s Undie Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 11, The Victorian, Santa Monica http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/los-angeles/
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 11, The Loma Club at Liberty Station, San Diego http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/san-diego/

Enjoy Valentine’s Day by running about a mile in your skivvies at this fun run in West Hollywood. Registration for this run costs $55 per participant, and anyone interested can also register as a team. For full rules and regulations, please see the official website linked above. No one under 21 may participate.

8th Annual Brewbies Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 11
Bagby Beer Company, Oceanside
http://www.brewbies.org/

If you could not tell from the event name, this craft beer festival supports breast cancer research. Enjoy craft beer tastings from a multitude of breweries from across the nation during this four-hour tasting gala. General admission costs $45 presale or $60 at the door, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, souvenir bracelet, and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Absolutely no one under the age of 21 may enter.

Tater Tots & Beer Festival
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 11
North Park, Riverside
http://tatertotfestival.com/events/riverside-ca/

Snack on tater tots and craft beers this Saturday in Riverside. General admission costs $35 while VIP admission costs $75 and provides access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last, and a beer stamp card good for one beer from each participating brewery. No one under 21 may attend.

Artists Corner: One Love-One heART
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 11
The Daily Brew Coffee Bar, Montebello
http://www.keepingtheculturealive.com/artist-corner-

A free and all-ages art exhibit will take place in Montebello this Saturday evening.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 11
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

Downtown Anaheim will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

Hardcore Punk Night in Fullerton
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 11
Programme HQ, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/360495120980648/

Release some inner aggression at this local hardcore punk show this Saturday night in Fullerton. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

The Dickies: Live in Laguna Niguel
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 11
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1766269103626465/

Legendary punk rock band The Dickies will headline a small show in Laguna Niguel this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Narcoleptic Youth & Naked Aggression @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 11
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1233465210068618/

Locally famous punk rock bands perform this Saturday night in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

13th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, February 12
Marine Stadium Park (north end), Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/bulldog.html

Surround yourself with cuteness this Sunday morning at the Bulldog Beauty Contest in Long Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests will see over 500 bulldogs in attendance, as many will strut their little legs on the red carpet runway. Each entry can win from any of 19 contests, some of which will cater to other dog breeds. Guests wanting seats at the runway will have to pay $5, while anyone wanting to enter their dog must pay $10 per entry.

KSPC CD & Record Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 12
Smith Campus Center Ballroom, Claremont
http://kspc.org/cd-record-expo/

For $2 admission and free parking, enter a room full of music albums available for purchase. Interact with dozens of vendors selling all sorts of music, new and old.

Authority Zero: Winter 2017 US Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 12
Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
http://authorityzero.com/

Famous punk rock band Authority Zero currently tours across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California at the end of this week. Tickets to this show cost $15 presale or $18 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

8th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 4-13
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

Rivertucky 2016 Release
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 8
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.iebrew.com/

This Tuesday, Inland Empire Brewing will release their coveted barrel-aged ale. Stop on by and enjoy it at the tasting room, or buy bottles to-go.

37th Annual Ocean Beach Restaurant Walk
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 8
Main Street, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://oceanbeachsandiego.com/resources/local-news/annual-ob-restaurant-walk-2016

Stroll through historic Ocean Beach and sample food from the local restaurants this Wednesday evening. $25 allows you to sample all the food you can eat from participating businesses while supplies last.

Punk Rock Tuesdays
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 8
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/109392969535936/

Enjoy a FREE local punk rock show this Tuesday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

Avengers Superheroes Half Marathon Weekend
10:00 am – 12:00 am, November 10
5:30 am – 8:00 pm, November 11
5:30 am – 4:00 pm, November 12
5:30 am – 11:30 am, November 13
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/avengers-half-marathon/

The Avengers Superheroes Half Marathon returns this weekend with a plethora of things to see and do. Participate in any of the races, check out the health & fitness expo, and stick around for after-parties throughout the weekend. The website has an extensive list of everything going on this weekend, so consult with the website for more details.

Orange County Whisky Fest
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, November 10
Crevier Classic Cars, Costa Mesa
http://www.orangecoast.com/event/orange-coast-whiskey-fest/

Sip on fancy cocktails this Thursday night in Costa Mesa. General admission costs $75 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $100 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drinks for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

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

Pacific Media Expo 2016
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 11
9:00 am – 1:00 am, November 12
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 13
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.pacificmediaexpo.org/

Immerse yourself in Eastern culture at this expo for all things Asian this weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center. At this all-ages expo, attendees will encounter art, music, dance, entertainment, cosplay, fashion, anime, manga, comics, video games, merchandise, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and much more. Adult admission costs $40 for Saturday, $30 for Friday or Sunday, or $65 for the entire weekend. Children 6-12 enter for $30, while children 5 & under enter for free with paid adult admission.

Day ONE: “HA! HA!” Nelson IPA
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 11
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://elsegundobrewing.com/

El Segundo Brewing will release a fresh IPA this Friday. Stop on by their tasting room and enjoy it there, or buy some bottles to-go.

Bang Boom Bash
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 11
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 12
Seaport Marina Hotel, Long Beach
http://bangboombash.com/

Music, burlesque, and booze all collide in one event this weekend in Long Beach. Admission ranges from $15 to $50 – check the website for prices and what each price gets you. No one under 21 may attend.

Barb Wire Dolls: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 11
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/218103108605545/

Enjoy a local rock show this Friday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Into the Wild Limestone Eco Challenge 12k/20k
7:00 am – 11:00 am, November 12
Limestone Canyon Regional Park, Silverado
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 12k/20k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration for the 12k costs $60 presale or $65 on the day of the run. Registration for the 20k costs $75 presale or $80 on the day of the run.

Beach Streets: Midtown
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 19
Broadway, Long Beach
http://beachstreets.com/

Long Beach has its own version of a ciclovia where the city officials closes a portion of the city to vehicular traffic to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to freely roam the streets. This Saturday, that will occur down Anaheim Street from Pacific Coast Highway through MacArthur Park. Plan your commute accordingly.

Repticon Los Angeles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 12
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 13
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://repticon.com/california/los-angeles-costa-mesa/

Check out two days of reptiles, amphibians, exotic pets, pet products, seminars, and more this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. 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.

2016 Indio California BBQ State Championship & Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 12
The Lights at Indio Golf Course, Indio
http://www.discoverindio.com/Indio-BBQ-Championship-Festival

Over 100 teams of grill masters will gather from around the country to serve up their finest BBQ and compete for cash, prizes, and titles. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can purchase barbecue samples from any of the participants, as well as food and drinks from other vendors.

Fall 2016 Jackalope Art & Craft Fair – Pasadena
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 12-13
Central Park, Pasadena
http://www.jackalopeartfair.com/pasadena

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day arts & crafts fair will feature local artisans, curators, food trucks, live music, and more.

Barrel-Aged Speedway Stout Release Party
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 12
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego
http://alesmith.com/

Come taste one of San Diego’s most coveted brews this Saturday at the AleSmith tasting room in San Diego. They will also have a handful of other variations of this brew on tap for you to try.

9th Stone Homebrew Competition & AHA Rally
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 12
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/aha-rally

Admission to this homebrewing event costs $38, and includes a one-year membership to the American Homebrewers Association, unlimited tastings of this year’s homebrew entries, a souvenir glass, and raffle drawings.

2nd Annual San Diego Sausage & Beer Festival
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, November 12
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/sdsausagefest

Sample sausages and beers this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. Tickets cost $65 presale or $85 at the door, and grants you access to unlimited sausage and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Salute Beer Festival
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, November 12
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://salutebeerfest.com/

In honor of Veteran’s Day, drink lots of beer in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. This beer festival allows you to sample unlimited beers while supplies last, as well as check out a handful of military-themed vendors, selling apparel, accessories, and more. General admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 11:30am. Bring cash for food, and dress for warm weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Beer Fest (Fall Edition)
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 12
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All admission comes with unlimited beer pours, but does not include parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Driftwood Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 12
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.driftwoodfest.com/

The organizers behind Orange County Brew Ha Ha bring to you this new festival unlike anything ever before. This festival combines craft beer, wine, food, the beach, and country music all in one location. With over a hundred different beers and wines to sip on, you will not run out of different things to try here. Admission ranges from $49 to $249 – see the website for a breakdown of the prices and what they get you. All guests receive unlimited beer and wine tasters while supplies last. Food comes at cost, so guests should bring extra cash for food here. No one under 21 may attend.

Wiens Brewing 4th Anniversary
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 12
Wiens Brewing, Temecula
http://wiensbrewing.com/

Temecula’s Wiens Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have special beers at their tasting room this Saturday.

Totally 80’s: Packinghouse Brewing’s 6th Anniversary
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 12
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.pbbeer.com/

Packinghouse Brewing turns six years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a free celebration at their tasting room in Riverside this Saturday. Throughout the day, Packinghouse will have live music, special beer releases, and mobile food vendors.

Orange County’s 3rd Annual Beard & Moustache Competition
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 12
The Rinks, Irvine
http://www.dubswashere.com/

Movember participants, listen up! Show off your wicked facial hair at this competition for all things hairy this Friday night in Huntington Beach, featuring a handful of categories to enter into to win cash prizes. In addition to the fabulous styles, visitors will find food, a full bar, live music, vendors, and more. Registration costs $15, while spectators may enter for $5.

Foam Glow 5k – San Diego
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, November 12
Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista
http://www.foamglow.com/san-diego-ca/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of bubble runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Foam Glow. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam in this nighttime 5k race complete with flashing neon lights and loud dance music. Registration costs $50, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 12
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

Presidential Ska-lection
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 12
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1176704762405267/

A free and all-ages local ska show will take place in Anaheim Hills this Saturday night.

Gonzo’s Bday Bash
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 12
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/259279

The owner of Pomona’s Characters Sports Bar will celebrate his birthday this week with some local punk rock Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $13. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

1st Annual California Vegetarian Food Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 13
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.cavegfoodfest.com/

A vegan vegetarian festival comes to Hollywood this Sunday afternoon, complete with food, seminars, a kids area, live music, fitness activities, and more. General admission costs $30 and grants generic access to the event space. VIP admission costs $50 and provides a goodie bag, a drink ticket, and access to VIP areas. Children under 10 enter for free with a paid adult admission.

17th Annual Japanese Food Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 13
Hilton, Universal City
http://japanesefoodcultureusa.org/festival/festival.html

$55 presale or $70 at the door nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 5-hour Japanese food fest and a goodie bag. Guests will chow down on sushi, ramen, soba noodles, beef bowls, and more, while adults can sip sake, beer, shochu, wine, and more (alcohol not included with admission). During this time, a number of chefs will showcase cooking demos. The parking lot across the street normally costs $5 to park, but sometimes this price changes, so have cash ready.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 13
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at different locations: Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. 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 neighborhood contains plenty of free street parking.

I Love Poke Festival
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, November 13
Hotel Irvine, Irvine
http://onoyum.com/event/love-poke-orange-county/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event this Sunday afternoon in Irvine. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $75, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

4th Annual Sip’n’Shuck
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 13
The Deck on Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
http://www.sipnshuck.com/

Enjoy fresh oysters, live entertainment, champagnes, wines, spirits, and more this Sunday afternoon in Laguna Beach. Admission costs $95 presale or $120 at the door, and provides unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Wild Goose Tavern’s 4th Anniversary Party
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 13
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.goosebar.com/

Wild Goose Tavern turns four years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a party at their place in Costa Mesa this Sunday. During the first hour, guests will receive complimentary appetizers. Throughout the night, they will have a silent auction, raffles, merchandise for sale, and more. A portion of food sales will go towards a charity too. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and have a good time.

Santa Monica 9th Annual Wine & Food Festival
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 13
Museum of Flying, Santa Monica
http://www.rotaryclubofsantamonica.org/

Enjoy food and wine this Sunday evening in Santa Monica. Admission costs $125 presale or $150 at the door, and provides unlimited samples while supplies last. The venue contains plenty of free parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Choking Victim: Live in Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 13
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/chokingvictim

Legendary punk rock band Choking Victim will reunite for a rare show this Sunday night in Anaheim. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

7th Annual A Taste of Coronado
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 12
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.atasteofcoronado.com/

Sample eats from various Coronado businesses this Wednesday night in Coronado. Tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door, and allows for unlimited food samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

Ska Brewing Tap Takeover & Pint Nite
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 12
Pie Dog, Fullerton
http://skabrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/204131510007066/

This Wednesday night, Fullerton’s Pie Dog will have a bunch of beers from Ska Brewing available for you to try. Buy a pint, and keep the glass to take home while supplies last.

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

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

2nd Annual Sweet City: 2016 National Dessert Day Celebration
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, October 14
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/hb-sweet-city.html

This Friday, various businesses in Downtown Huntington Beach will have special scratcher cards that may randomly award you with a free dessert from that business. Simply show up at a participating business, receive a card, and test your luck. In the evening, a cookie-eating contest will take place.

60th Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 14
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 15
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 16
William Peak Park, Buena Park
http://www.silveradodays.com/

This annual local fair takes place at Peak Park in Buena Park every year on the third weekend of October. Free to park and enter, guests of all ages will enjoy rides, games, vendors, a food court, live entertainment, and more. Numerous contests that guests can participate in include arm wrestling, horseshoe-throwing, pie-eating, hog calling, baby, dogs, chili cook-off, and more. If arriving at night, know that Halloween Haunt traffic envelopes the park, so turning into the street from Knott Ave will take a long time. Once you turn into the neighborhood, the park’s parking lot has more than enough spots available.

8th Annual Long Beach Zombie Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 14
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15-16
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachzombiefest.com/

This zombie festival takes place over the spacious greens of Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach this weekend. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Admission costs $15, and includes many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Punk Rock Nite @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1087173651358204/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Second Empire DIPA Bottle Release
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, October 14
Phillips Mansion, Pomona
http://alostabrewing.com/Events.html

Covina’s Alosta Brewing will release a Double IPA this Friday night at a special location in Pomona. Those interested must preorder this beer prior to traveling to the location. Preorders also allow a tour of the historical location.

10th Annual Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 14-15
The Village at Topanga, Woodland Hills
http://www.malibufoodandwinefestival.com/

A grand two-night food & wine festival returns to Calabasas this weekend. This gala of food, wine, beer, desserts, celebrity chefs, cars, music, burlesque, and more brings together people from all over to sample the best of Calabasas, Malibu, and select vendors from the Greater Los Angeles Area. General admission costs $100 and starts at 9pm, while VIP tickets cost $150 and starts at 8pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 14, Bar 1650, Corona http://www.facebook.com/events/283737218655948/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 15, The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel http://www.facebook.com/events/1561790510792830/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this weekend, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Color Run 5k – Ventura
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, October 15
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://thecolorrun.com/locations/ventura-ca/

The color run that started it all returns to Ventura this Saturday morning. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $50 per solo participant, or $45 per person if registering as a team of four or more. Waves of runners will start at 9am and launch every few minutes following that for up to two hours, so do not fret about getting there on time.

2016 Los Angeles Dragonboat Festival
8:30 am – 4:00 pm, October 15
Legg Lake Park, Whittier
http://ladragonboat.com/

Come to watch Dragonboat races at Legg Lake Park – free parking and admission to spectate!

13th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 15
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.justinrudd.com/chalk.html

Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, the 12th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.), will showcase the works of diverse artists who will use chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. The contest costs nothing for amateurs to enter, so check the website for the registration link.

He’e Nalu Aloha Pier Festival & Luau
9:30 am – 9:00 pm, October 15
Huntington Beach Pier, Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/he-e-nalu-aloha.html

A free and all-ages Hawaiian & Pacific Islander festival comes to Huntington Beach this Saturday. Visitors can expect food, vendors, arts & crafts, games, entertainment, activities, and more.

Glitterfest Fall 2016
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 15
Business Expo Center, Anaheim
http://www.glitterfest.com/

For $7, gain access to this all-ages vendor fair with mixed media art, jewelry, papier-mâché, sculptures, vintage home decor, and more.

34th Annual Fall Plant Sale
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 15-16
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/plantsales.htm

Buy some plants to adorn your home this weekend in Encinitas. With the price of admission into the garden, you can browse countless plants from small to big that you can purchase.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 15-16
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://lawomensexpo.com/

This two-day expo in Los Angeles celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

2016 Oxnard Steampunk Fest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 15
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 16
Heritage Square, Oxnard
http://oxnardsteampunkfest.com/

Steampunk fans will not want to miss this huge steampunk gathering this weekend in Oxnard. Adult admission costs $12, while children’s admission costs $5 on Saturday or nothing on Sunday. Lots of activities and meetups will take place, including live music, vendors, food booths, tea parties, fencing/dueling, and more.

11th Annual Taste of Soul
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 15
Crenshaw Blvd, Leimert Park
http://tasteofsoul.org/

At this free and all-ages event, find soul food and soulful music, along with dozens of vendors, arts & crafts, and plenty of activities for everyone.

2nd Annual San Diego Sausage & Beer Festival
10:30 am – 3:30 pm, October 15
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/sdsausagefest

Sample sausages and beers this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. Tickets cost $65 presale or $85 at the door, and grants you access to unlimited sausage and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Fest
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 15
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.worldwidenetworkoflearning.org/projects–events.html
http://www.facebook.com/events/1787719211462085/

Sample as much gourmet mac & cheese as you can handle this Saturday afternoon in San Diego, while supplies last. Admission costs $35 and comes with ten 2oz beer tasters from participating local breweries. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Taste of North Park
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 15
30th & University, North Park, San Diego
http://www.tastenorthpark.com/

Explore the many restaurants, pubs, and bars in North Park this Saturday afternoon at the 7th Annual Taste of North Park. Presale admission costs $35, while admission on the day of the event costs $40, and admission comes with unlimited tastings of food and drinks from all participating businesses until they run out, so arrive early to get the most out of the taste! No one under 21 may receive any alcoholic drink.

Stereo Brewing’s Grand Opening
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 15
Stereo Brewing, Placentia
http://www.stereobrewing.com/

A new brewery in Orange County opens their doors to the public this weekend. They will have six beers available for you to try, plus live music and mobile food vendors throughout the day. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Rockin’ The Wharf 2
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 15
Queens Wharf, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1639576893000943/

An all-ages all-day rockabilly concert comes to Long Beach this Saturday. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the gate.

2016 Santa Barbara Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 15
Elings Park, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbbeerfestival.com/

Santa Barbara has its own beer festival this Saturday afternoon. $60 admission gets you in to unlimited beer tastings for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Vegan Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm, October 15
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.veganoktoberfest.com/

If you love Oktoberfest but follow the vegan plan, then you will fit right in at this one-of-a-kind Oktoberfest. All the typical Oktoberfest festivities will keep everyone occupied, while everyone gets full on vegan food and vegan beer. General admission costs $45, starts at 1pm, and includes one stein glass with unlimited beer pours. VIP admission costs $55, starts at 12pm, and also provides access to a VIP area with food samples. No one under 21 may attend.

2016 Dana Point Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 15
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.danapointoktoberfest.com/

South Orange County gets their own free & all-ages Oktoberfest celebration this weekend. Expect to find all of the typical Oktoberfest festivities here: chicken dancing, German music, stein holding, beer chugging, sausages, pretzels, normal bar beers, and more.

Burbank Beer Festival & Street Fair
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, October 15
San Fernando Blvd, Downtown Burbank
http://www.burbankbeerfestival.com/

Downtown Burbank gets a little crazy this Saturday by holding a free and all-ages street fair that will include a beer garden. The all-day street fair will have various vendors selling apparel, accessories, trinkets, gadgets, and other souvenirs. The beer garden covers two three-hour sessions that start at 12pm and 4pm, and each session costs $40 to enter and comes with unlimited beer pours while supplies last.

Dessert Week LA: Live Event
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 15
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://dessertweekla.com/

Sample desserts from dozens of vendors this Saturday in Downtown LA. General admission costs $15, starts at 1pm, and gets you ten dessert samples. VIP admission costs $25, starts at 12pm, includes a drink ticket, and allows you to sample from 25 vendors. All attendees can purchase full-size desserts and beverages for cash.

8th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://www.pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-san-clemente/

Drink beers and feel merry at Pizza Port in San Clemente this Saturday. Admission costs $30 and comes with eight 4oz beer tasters, and attendees can purchase additional beer tasters for $1 each. Attendees can purchase food from the restaurant throughout the day.

2nd Annual Ooze Fest – Southern California’s Premier Cheese Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15-16
Parking lot in front of Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://oozefestival.com/

Get cheesed out at this festival celebrating all things cheese this weekend in Downtown Santa Ana. This year, they have handled admission a lot differently. $5 gets you admission throughout the day into the area, where you can simply pay for food as you go. For the food fest experience, $50 gets you all-you-can-eat from 5pm to 9pm.

El Segundo Brewing’s Wet Hop Weekend
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 15
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://www.elsegundobrewing.com/

El Segundo Brewing will release their wet-hopped brews this Saturday. They will have various versions of their hoppy brew, plus live music and mobile food vendors. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Long Beach Craft Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 15
Jack Rose Track Stadium @ Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach
http://www.lbbeerfest.com/

Cal State Long Beach will host their very own beer festival for the first time this weekend. General admission costs $49 and starts at 2pm. VIP Admission costs $64 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. Bring cash for parking and food. No one under 21 may attend.

Timeless Pints 3rd Year Anniversary Party
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 15
Timeless Pints Brewing, Lakewood
http://timelesspints.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/904646152999296/

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

2nd Annual Pour On 4th
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 15
Retro Row, Long Beach
http://4thstreetlongbeach.com/

Enjoy beer, wine, food, and music along 4th Street’s “Retro Row” in Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, while VIP admission costs $25 presale or $35 on the day of the event and comes with a goodie bag with assorted products and gift certificates to the local businesses. All attendees receive unlimited beer & wine while supplies last and access to small eats, which will cost $2 to $6 each, so have lots of cash available for food. No one under 21 may attend.

2016 Pasadena Octoberfest
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, October 15
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://pasadenaoctoberfest.com/

More a beer festival than an Oktoberfest, Pasadena gets a beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon. The event will have dozens of breweries, mobile food vendors, live music, and more. General admission costs $40 and starts at 3pm. Early admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $70, also starts at 2pm, and includes VIP treatment with complimentary food and access to exclusive beers. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for parking and food. No one under 21 may attend.

Sour Bonanza 2016
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 15
Holiday Wine Cellar, Escondido
http://www.holidaywinecellar.com/

$60 gets you 15 tasters of sour beers this Saturday evening in Escondido. No one under 21 may attend.

Guttermouth’s Mark’s 50th Birthday Bash
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 15
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.xxx-guttermouth-xxx.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/338185939845780/

Legendary punk rock band Guttermouth’s lead vocalist turns 50 years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a bigass show this Saturday in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $25. No one under 21 may enter.

Chula Vista Oktoberfiesta
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 15
Salt Creek Community Park, Chula Vista
http://chulavistarotary.org/event/2016-oktoberfiesta/

Chula Vista hosts their own version of an Oktoberfest this Saturday evening. Tickets to this event cost $50 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The Social List’s Fall Block Party & Oktoberfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15
The Social List, Long Beach
http://thesociallistlb.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/598774573635944/

This Saturday evening, Long Beach’s The Social List will close off a small portion of the adjacent streets to allow for outdoor drinking and partying. Buy a stein with beer for $15, and get $2 off beer refills all month long. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and have a good time.

6th Annual Taste of Mexico Culinary Festival
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 15
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles
http://www.thetasteofmexico.org/

Sample lots of Mexican food and drinks this Saturday night in Downtown LA. General admission costs $65 and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $85, starts at 6pm, and includes exclusive food and drinks, plus access to a VIP lounge. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Piñata Protest: Live in Southern California
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 15, Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead http://www.facebook.com/events/1170812436303221/
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 16, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/1230112757008604/
http://www.pinataprotestband.com/

Piñata Protest will perform a handful of shows in Southern California starting this weekend. Each show has a different cover charge, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Surf City 10-Mile, 10k, and 5k
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 16
Hilton Waterfront Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.surfcity10.com/

This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 5K, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 16
Frank G Bonelli Park, San Dimas
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Dimas. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities. Parking at the park costs $10 per vehicle.

Disneyland Lolita Day 2016
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 16
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://disneylandlolitaday.wixsite.com/

This Sunday, lolita fans will congregate at Disneyland in Anaheim. Dress up and come mingle with others, or simply come admire those who do dress up.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 16
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of the center of Downtown Los Angeles will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Stone Brewing’s 6th Annual Pour It Black
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 16
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/pour-it-black

Love dark beers? You owe it to visit Stone Brewing’s Pour It Black, a beer festival dedicated to dark beers. Admission costs $49 and comes with fifteen 3oz tasters and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 16
Cali Comfort BBQ, Spring Valley
http://www.calicomfortbbq.com/svbbqfest2016

A barbecue competition & festival comes to La Mesa this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all-ages, visitors can sample food from the competitors for $2 each. Visitors can also expect lots of activities, entertainment, vendors, beverages, and more.

DTLA Breweries United Fest 2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 16
Triangle Lot, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://dtlabrews.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dtla-breweries-united-fest-16-tickets-27671426983

A beer tasting event will take place this Sunday afternoon in the Arts District in Downtown LA that will feature all of the breweries of Downtown LA. The $45 admission gets you unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for parking and food. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Magazine’s 11th Annual The Food Event
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 16
Saddlerock Ranch, Malibu
http://www.lamag.com/thefoodevent

$125 gets you in to this event in Malibu this Sunday afternoon with food and drink samples from dozens of vendors. No one under 21 may attend.

Monsters & Mai Tais V
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge, North Hollywood
http://www.tongahut.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1035496033216068/

Get festive and boozy this Sunday in North Hollywood. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find art for sale, live music, food, drinks, and more.

7th Annual Urban Farm Dinner
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 16
The Growing Experience: An Urban Farm, Long Beach
http://primalalchemy.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1802282733348882/

Enjoy a farm-to-table dinner this Sunday evening for $120 per person or $600 for a table for six.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 25 – October 2
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

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

2016 Taste of Pomona Valley
4:30 pm – 8:30 pm, September 26
Mountain Meadows Golf Course, Pomona
http://pomonachamber.org/event/taste-pomona-valley/

Sample food from dozens of Pomona restaurants tonight in the Pomona Valley. Admission costs $55, and allows unlimited food samples while supplies last.

2016 Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 26
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia
http://arcadiacachamber.org/events/taste-of-arcadia/

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

Madball: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 26, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1285123-madball-special-guests-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 27, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1249345-madball-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 28, Union Nightclub, Los Angeles http://www.unionclubla.com/event/1295661-madball-los-angeles/
http://madballhc.com/

East coast hardcore band Madball currently tours across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these shows vary, so click on a show’s link for pricing details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Monkey & GOGO13 @ Out Of The Park Pizza
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 26
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/173680816401677/

Get your skanking on at this free and all-ages show tonight in Anaheim.

2016 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 28
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.cerritostaste.com/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Wednesday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay $10, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

2 Towns Ciderhouse Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 28
Great Society Cider & Mead, Long Beach
http://www.greatsocietycider.com/event/2-towns-pint-night-save-date/

This Wednesday night, Long Beach’s Great Society Cider & Mead will have a bunch of ciders from 2 Towns on tap for you to try. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 29, October 2
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, September 30 – October 1
Hollywood Athletic Club, Hollywood
http://lafw.net/

The latest in fashion goes public this week in Los Angeles. Check the website for a list of all fashion events all over Los Angeles going on this week.

End of Summer Barbecue Spectacular
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 29
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Culinary-Series/

Enjoy fresh barbecue cuisine and learn about grilling too at this barbecue class this Thursday night in Fullerton. Registration costs $90 per person, and includes a full grilling class and complete dinner.

2nd Annual San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 29
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://www.sangabrielcity.com/dumplingandbeerfest

The San Gabriel Valley puts their spin on Oktoberfest with this dumpling & beer fest this Thursday night in San Gabriel. Free to attend for all ages, this festival will feature numerous dumpling vendors, other food vendors, live entertainment, a craft beer garden, and more. A wristband for unlimited beer sampling costs $20 for 16 beer pours or $30 for unlimited beers while supplies last. All food comes at cost, so bring plenty of cash for that.

Ventura Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 30 – October 2
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

Stair Climb for Los Angeles
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 30
YMCA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ymcala.org/stairclimb

On this day, the city will shut down Hope Street as thousands attempt to race up the stairs of the US Bank tower in Downtown Los Angeles. This all-day fest also includes food trucks, live music, a beer garden, rock-climbing walls, and more. Even if you cannot participate in the climb, the actual festival requires no fee to enter.

Bootlegger’s Brewery Pumpkin Release Party
11:00 am – 12:00 am, September 30
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton
http://www.bootleggersbrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/541357092741318/

This Friday, Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton will have a lot of pumpkin beers available for you to taste. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Wet Hop Simcoe Pale – Day One
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://elsegundobrewing.com/

Get a taste of extremely fresh hops this Friday from El Segundo Brewing. Simply show up, and enjoy a fresh pale ale right there at the tasting room, or take a bottle or more home.

Hamilton Family Brewery’s Oktoberfest
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 30 – October 2
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/196958947383432/

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will celebrate Oktoberfest this weekend with lots of beer plus a souvenir glass. Buy the Oktoberfest mug, and you can get $1 off refills all weekend.

43rd La Mesa Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 30
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 1
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 2
La Mesa Village, La Mesa
http://www.cityoflamesa.com/1420/La-Mesa-Oktoberfest

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

59th Annual Tustin Tiller Days
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 1
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 2
Columbus Tustin Park, Tustin
http://www.tustintillerdays.org/

Bring the family out to this all-ages city fair this weekend. Free to attend, this fair has everything that a family can enjoy, from the rides and games for kids, to the entertainment and vendors for adults. Remember to check out all the fair food, drinks, and dessert too, since buying food here supports local organizations and businesses. Guests can find free street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Pacific Beachfest Beer Cup
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 30
Pacific Beach Shore Club, San Diego
http://www.beachfestbeercup.com/

Homebrews and microbreweries collide at this beer tasting event this Friday night in Pacific Beach. The $25 admission grants you access to taste the homebrews, as well as sample beers from all the participating breweries while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2016 Orange County Lebanese Cultural Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 1
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 2
St. John Maron Church, Orange
http://www.oclebanesefestival.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages Lebanese cultural festival taking place this weekend in Orange.

3rd Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1-2
Newport Beach Civic Center, Newport Beach
http://newportwineandfood.com/

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

Wine & Cake Pairing
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 30
Public Beer & Wine Shop, Downtown Long Beach
http://publicbeerwineshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/174464426323592/

This Friday night, Downtown Long Beach’s Public Beer & Wine Shop will have special cakes for sale to pair with select wines. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, buy some cake, and pair it with some succulent wines.

Agent Orange: Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 30
Underground DTSA, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1636128846704315/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this all-ages show this Friday night in Downtown Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $15.

American Jihad: Live in Lakewood
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 30
Regal Inn, Lakewood
http://www.facebook.com/events/286367975088357/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Lakewood this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

2016 Grape Day Festival + Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 1
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://visitescondido.com/1777/grape-day-5k-parade-and-festival/

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

19th Annual Pacific Beachfest
8:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 1
Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://pacificbeachfest.org/

Enjoy a full day of outdoor activities at this free and all-ages beach festival in Pacific Beach. Visitors will find sports, tournaments, activities, live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, food, drinks, and more.

2016 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1-2
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.offroadexpo.com/pomona-ca

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

Activate Uptown: Long Beach
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 1
Artesia & Myrtle, Long Beach
http://gohumansocal.org/Pages/Events/ActivateUptown.aspx

This Saturday afternoon, a free and all-ages open streets event will take place in the north side of Long Beach. Plenty of booths and activities will line the surrounding streets, including a live music stage.

2nd Annual Maker Faire San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1-2
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://sdmakerfaire.org/

Celebrate local makers, artists, designers, and more at this two-day fair taking place in Balboa Park this weekend in San Diego. Attendees will experience handmade goods such as gadgets, sculptures, art, food, apparel, accessories, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $20 for adults or $12 for children.

44th Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1-2
Live Oak Park South Field, Manhattan Beach
http://www.mbfair.org/

This free fair for all ages makes its annual return this weekend, featuring games, arts & crafts, food, beer & wine gardens, live entertainment, and more. The city will provide free parking and shuttle transportation at the Northrop Grumman Building at 15092 Aviation Blvd near the intersection of Aviation Blvd and Marine Street in Manhattan Beach.

2nd Annual SlutWalk
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://amberroseslutwalk.com/

Assume the role of an activist for an afternoon this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Participation costs $17, but use promo code THANKYOUFLIRT to register for free.

10th Annual International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.lachocolatesalon.com/

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

Tater Tots & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://tatertotfestival.com/events/orange-county-ca/

Snack on gourmet tots and craft beers this Saturday at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Two 3-hour sessions will take place: 11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm. Each session costs $40 to attend or $75 for VIP, and provides access to unlimited food samples while supplies last, and a beer stamp card good for one beer from each participating brewery. VIP admission receives a goodie bag plus access to a VIP lounge. Parking costs $8 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

EAT Show 2016
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 1
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://theeatshow.com/

Over 50 Los Angeles restaurants will set up at The Reef this Saturday to sample their food for you. General admission costs $50 and gets you in to either of two 3-hour sessions: 12pm-3pm or 6pm-9pm. Upgrade to VIP admission for $90 to enter an hour earlier (11am or 5pm, respectively) and receive a goodie bag as well. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual San Fernando Chile Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 1-2
San Fernando Rd & Brand Blvd, San Fernando
http://www.chilefestival.org/

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in San Fernando this weekend. Visitors will find food, entertainment, vendors, games, rides, and more.

3rd Annual Artesia International Street Fair & Diversity Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 1
Pioneer & 183rd, Artesia
http://www.cityofartesia.us/index.aspx?NID=282

At this free and all-ages street fair this Saturday, visitors will find food, music, dance, live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more.

Eagle Rock Brewery’s Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 1
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/193985921013775/

Participate in some good ol’ Oktoberfest activities this Saturday afternoon in Eagle Rock. While free to attend, no one under 21 may enter.

Mad Decent Block Party 2016
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 1
Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://maddecentblockparty.com/

A dance party concert comes to Los Angeles this Saturday. Tickets cost $56.50 each. No one under 18 may attend.

2nd Anniversary ALToberfest Party
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 1
No Clue Craft Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.nocluebrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1742535672678480/

Rancho Cucamonga’s No Clue Craft Brewery celebrates their second anniversary this weekend with an anniversary ale, lots of other beers, and German festivities. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, have some fun, and pay for beers as you go.

2nd Annual Los Angeles Paella & Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 1
La Plaza de Culturas y Artes, Los Angeles
http://paellawinefest.com/

Enjoy paella and lots of wine and spirits this Saturday near Downtown Los Angeles. General admission costs $52.50 presale or $85 at the gate, and includes unlimited food and drink samples. VIP admission costs $120, and also includes access to a VIP area with some exclusive food and drinks.

Off The Hook: Santa Monica Seafood Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 1
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://offthehookseafoodfest.com/

Enjoy lots of seafood, drinks, live music, games, and more fun this Saturday evening on the Santa Monica Pier. General admission costs $60, while VIP admission costs $90 and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive food and drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Brewery’s Oktoberfest #1
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/

Anaheim Brewery will celebrate Oktoberfest with two Saturdays full of Oktoberfest activities, such as live music, freshly-prepared sausages on-site, German-style beers, and more. No admission required – simply show up, paid for beers as you go, and have fun.

Anime Expo’s Christmas-Halloween Party & Open House
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 1
Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, Santa Ana
http://www.anime-expo.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1168307923215870/

The official Anime Expo will have a free and all-ages mixer in Orange County this Saturday evening. They will have costumes, games, food, and more.

8th Annual Taste of Italy
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
Italian American Museum, Los Angeles
http://italianhall.org/taste-of-italy-los-angeles/

Sample the best of Italian in Los Angeles at this tasting gala this Saturday evening in Downtown Los Angeles. Samples food & drinks from dozens of restaurants & wineries, enjoy the live entertainment, and more. General admission tickets cost $60, while children 12 and under get in for $25.

4th Annual Promenade Beer & Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/BreweriesnWineries-Galore-4th-Annual-Promenade-Beer-Wine-Festival-to-Descend-onto-DTLB

Following last year’s success, Downtown Long Beach brings back their beer & wine festival this weekend, complete with lots of drinks, local food, and live music. For $40 presale or $50 at the gate, guests will receive unlimited 3oz beer or wine tastings, 10 food tastings, and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may enter.

The Descendents: Live in Hollywood
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 1
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/descendents/

Legendary punk rock band The Descendents will headline an all-ages show in Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets start at $67.

Rock Out @ DiPiazzas
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 1
DiPiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/170179466748386/

Get weird this Saturday night at DiPiazzas in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages rock show costs $10.

Luicidal: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 1
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/146390829134325/

Check out some great local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

21st Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 2
Mountain Vista Drive, Encinitas
http://encinitasoktoberfest.com/

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

The Big Draw LA: 7th Annual Make Your Mark in the Park
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 2
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://thebigdrawla.org/

A free and all-ages drawing event will take place in Downtown LA this Sunday afternoon. They will have live music and drawing tools for anyone who visits.

Roxanne’s Lounge’s 3rd Annual Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 2
Roxanne’s Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.roxanneslounge.com/oktoberfest

Roxanne’s Lounge in Long Beach will celebrate their own Oktoberfest this Sunday. Admission starts at $5 and gets you in to all the usual Oktoberfest activities, games, contests, music, entertainment, and more. Other admission packages range from $10 to $25 and include other goodies such as a glass and beer pours. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Eastside Food Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 2
Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake
http://eastsidefoodfest.com/

Indulge in eats, sips, and treats from numerous restaurants around the heart of Los Angeles this Sunday evening in Silverlake. General admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, and starts at 5pm. VIP admission costs $95 presale or $105 at the door, and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples of everything while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, February 3
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

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

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

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

City Tavern DTLA’s 2nd Birthday Celebration
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 4
City Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.citytaverndtla.com/

City Tavern’s Downtown LA location turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have food and drink specials this Thursday night.

College & Food Truck Night
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 4
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/collegenight/

This Thursday night, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach will open later than usual. They will have discounted admission for college students, and the aquarium will have gourmet food trucks parked outside to feed visitors.

Hyper Local Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 4
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/

This Thursday night, The Rookery in Pomona will have four select local craft beers on tap for $4.

El Segundo Brewing’s Dankbowl 2016
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 5-7
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://www.elsegundobrewing.com/

El Segundo Brewing will have special events this weekend that coincide with the big game. On Friday, they will bring back their Power Plant Triple IPA. On Saturday, they will have a lineup of Double IPA’s on tap. On Sunday, they will have a viewing party for the big game.

Ballast Point Tap Takeover
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 5
Board & Brew, Anaheim Hills
http://www.boardandbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/579957418819629/

This Friday evening, find Ballast Point’s fruit-inspired brews on tap at Board & Brew in Anaheim Hills.

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

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

Taste of Night Market
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 5-6
The Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://www.tasteofnightmarket.com/

The organizers of the inaugural 626 Night Market brings their successful night market to Santa Monica this weekend. As a spinoff of the 626 Night Market, this event will focus on the food and drink aspects, with tastings available from dozens of Asian-themed vendors. General admission starts at 6pm while VIP admission starts at 5pm. Prices start at $65 and go up to $95.

Luicidal @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:30 pm – 12:30 pm, February 5
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/657775887697976/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Gears and The Angry Samoans: Live in SoCal
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 5, The Garage, Ventura http://www.badsampresents.com/event/228670
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 6, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim http://thegearsatdollhut.brownpapertickets.com/

Local punk rock bands The Gears and The Angry Samoans will perform at these two shows this week in Southern California. The cover for each of these shows cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 5
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1070885-secret-affair-long-beach/

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

Super Kids Saturday 5K & Fun Run
7:30 am – 12:00 pm, February 6
Granada Beach, Long Beach
http://www.millerchildrenshospitallb.org/5K

Participate in a 5K run this Saturday morning and raise money for charity. Registration costs $30.

Geeks In Love Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 6-7
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1044883558908874/

Check out this FREE and all-ages arts & craft fair this weekend in Burbank, which follows a love and Valentine’s Day theme.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Irvine Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 6
Irvine Spectrum, Irvine
http://www.facebook.com/events/1654582321474439/

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

Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 6
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 7
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.lacookiecon.com/

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $17, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

2nd Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 6
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://sglunarnewyear.org/

Celebrate the upcoming lunar new year with this FREE and all-ages festival in San Gabriel this Saturday afternoon. Visitors will find music, dance, art, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, tea garden, live calligraphy, fortune telling, and more.

12th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 6
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/chocolate-festival/

The Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest, the return of the Cake Walk, and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies.m Completely free to attend, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest in front of Chase Bank. Guests may use these tickets to exchange for various eats & drinks from participating businesses in Belmont Shore.

Long Beach Mardi Gras
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 6-7
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://lbmardigras.com/

Shoreline Village plays host this weekend to a myriad of music, art, activities, entertainment, dance, parades, and more. The actual parade starts at 2pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Completely free to attend for all ages, all guests can get involved with the festivities, from the dancing to the games and more. Dress up to get even more involved!

Gamer Bowl, a Gam3rCon event
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 6-7
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego
http://www.gam3rcon.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/148395915534914/

This weekend, check out a free and all-ages event featuring video games, board games, prizes, and other activities.

2016 Bock Fest
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 6
The Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
http://www.bockfest.net/

A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where the Germans love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers. For $55 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $95 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier for more entertainment and drinks.

4th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 6
Westfield Santa Anita, Arcadia
http://www.westfield.com/santaanita
http://www.facebook.com/events/777192795748171/

Enjoy a free and all-ages Lunar New Year celebration this Saturday in Arcadia with live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, specials, and more.

8th Annual Los Angeles Ska Wars
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 6
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles
http://www.flavorus.com/skawars2016

Ska fans get their day this Saturday in East Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages at Lincoln Park, headlined by legendary ska band The Toasters. Tickets to this festival cost $24 presale and $30 at the door.

Top Acid 1st Anniversary Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 6
Top Acid, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/230119177320564/

Top Acid turns a year old this weekend, and they will have a free and all-ages music show featuring local bands to celebrate.

The Crowd @ Fitzgerald’s HB
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 6
Fitzgerald’s, Huntington Beach
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1015609-crowd-huntington-beach/

Catch a local punk show this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Storytime with the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 6
Malone’s, Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Enjoy a raunchy burlesque show in Santa Ana this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter. Bring cash for the cover charge.

D.I. @ Spike’s Bar & Billiards
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, February 6
Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead
http://www.facebook.com/events/446778298865288/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Rosemead. The cover for this show costs $13. No one under 21 may enter.

6th Annual Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 7
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/_calendar/index.aspx

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this family-friendly festival this Saturday in Pasadena. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more. Admission to the museum costs $10, while children 11 and under can enter for free with a paid adult’s admission.

Bad Cop Bad Cop @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1682567965289163/

Check out some local punk rock bands this Sunday night at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

The Jukebox Romantics @ The World Famous Doll Hut
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1450233818629295/

Enjoy some local punk rock music this Wednesday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Ocotber 17
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 18
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.motortrendautoshows.com/Orange_County/

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

Pop-Up Beer Dinner @ Phantom Carriage
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/tickets/c20eb1ob5vou5r0ck6oj5kve3z5veb

Enjoy a five-course dinner with craft beer pairings this Thursday night at Phantom Carriage Brewery in Carson. Admission costs $75, and includes a tour of the brewing facility. No one under 21 may attend.

New Noise Conference & Festival 2015
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15-17
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 18
Multiple venues, Santa Barbara
http://www.newnoisesb.org/

Over this four-day span, multiple venues will host numerous music acts, as well block party on Sunday. Ticket prices vary based on the individual music performance, so check the website for full details regarding the musician, ticket prices, location, age limits, and more.

Inland Empire Restaurant Week
October 16-25
Participating restaurants, Inland Empire
http://www.inlandempirerestaurantweek.com/

Over a hundred restaurants from Corona to Chino to Big Bear to Palm Desert will have food & drink special during this ten-day period. Check out your favorite local restaurant, or enjoy something new.

El Segundo Brewing’s Wet Hop Weekend
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 17
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://www.elsegundobrewing.com/

El Segundo Brewing will release three different wet-hopped brews this weekend. On Friday, they will release wet-hopped Mayberry IPA. On Saturday, they will release wet-hopped Simcoe Pale and Citramongous DIPA. In addition on Saturday, they will have a BBQ in their backyard patio. These releases require no admission – simply show up, and pay as you go.

1st Annual La Mesa FallFest
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 16
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 17
Grossmont Center, La Mesa
http://www.lamesachamber.com/

La Mesa will have Oktoberfest festivities this weekend at the Grossmont Center in La Mesa. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find live music, various contests and activities, and plenty of food and beer. Visitors should bring cash for any food or beer to consume on premises. Anyone under 21 may not have any alcoholic beverages, and may only attend with adult supervision.

Allagash Night @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1610898762496649/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will stock their taps with Allagash beers this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one.

59th Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 16
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 17
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 18
William Peak Park, Buena Park
http://www.silveradodays.com/

This annual local fair takes place at Peak Park in Buena Park every year on the third weekend of October. Free to park and enter, guests of all ages will enjoy rides, games, vendors, a food court, live entertainment, and more. Numerous contests that guests can participate in include arm wrestling, horseshoe-throwing, pie-eating, hog calling, baby, dogs, chili cook-off, and more. If arriving at night, know that Halloween Haunt traffic envelopes the park, so turning into the street from Knott Ave will take a long time. Once you turn into the neighborhood, the park’s parking lot has more than enough spots available.

Voodoo Glow Skulls: Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, October 16, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2567
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 17, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/1005653122812362/

Skacore band Voodoo Glow Skulls will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Tickets to the San Diego show cost $12 presale or $14 at the door. The Fullerton show has no cover charge. No one under 21 may enter either show.

The Color Run 5k – Ventura
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, October 17
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://thecolorrun.com/ventura/

The color run that started it all returns to Ventura County Fairgrounds this Saturday morning. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $50 per solo participant, or $45 per person if registering as a team of four or more. Waves of runners will start at 9am and launch every few minutes following that for up to two hours, so do not fret about getting there on time.

5th Annual Rumble At The Rose Bowl – Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 17
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/register/10/17/2015

Can you withstand the passage of time? Test your might at this 5k/10k challenge course this Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Run, climb, jump, and crawl your way through unforgiving obstacles as you race towards the finish with little regard to however much mud and dirt you may pick up along the way. Registration for the 5k costs $70 presale or $85 on the day of the race. Registration for the 10k costs $85 presale or $120 on the day of the race.

12th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 17
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.justinrudd.com/chalk.html

Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, the 12th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.), will showcase the works of diverse artists who will use chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. The contest costs nothing for amateurs to enter, so check the website for the registration link.

28th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 17
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 18
The Reef/LA Mart, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef (LA Mart) in Los Angeles. Attendees to this expo will find hundreds of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale from over 50 different vendors for both men and women. Ticket prices heavily vary, but note that general admission starts at 10:30 am on Saturday. Those that purchase an upgraded ticket can enter as early as 9am. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

2015 Cake Expo Sweets & Party Show
9:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 17-18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://cake-expo.com/

Find all things cakes and baking at this two-day event at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa this weekend. Attendees will find hundreds of dessert samples, various workshops, hands-on demos, celebrity chefs, dozens of vendors, and more. Admission varies based on when you want to attend and what extras you want, starting at $10 and going up as high as $450.

8th Annual Old Town Tustin Art Walk
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 17
Old Town (Downtown) Tustin
http://www.tustinca.org/civicax/calendar/inc/blobfetch.aspx?BlobID=24312

Check out over 60 artist booths lined up along the streets of Old Town Tustin this Saturday. This annual event also includes music, a wine bar, a photography contest, kids’ art at the Tustin Library, docent-led tours, and more. All local businesses will operate under regular business hours.

Long Beach Fine Art Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 17-18
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.westcoastartists.com/shows/lgb1.html

This FREE and all-ages event takes place at the Marina Green near Shoreline Village in Long Beach. This event features art from local designers, plus gourmet food trucks ready to serve delicious eats all weekend. Visitors may purchase any of the works from participating designers. Visitors will find paid parking at the park’s parking lot. Visitors may also park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 17-18
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://lawomensexpo.com/

This two-day expo in Los Angeles celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

10th Annual Taste of Soul
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 17
Crenshaw Blvd, Leimert Park
http://tasteofsoul.org/

At this free and all-ages event, find soul food and soulful music, along with dozens of vendors, arts & crafts, and plenty of activities for everyone.

7th Annual Taste of North Park
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 17
30th & University, North Park, San Diego
http://www.tastenorthpark.com/

Explore the many restaurants, pubs, and bars in North Park this Saturday afternoon at the 7th Annual Taste of North Park. Presale admission costs $35, while admission on the day of the event costs $40, and admission comes with unlimited tastings of food and drinks from all participating businesses until they run out, so arrive early to get the most out of the taste! No one under 21 may receive any alcoholic drink.

3rd Annual San Clemente Oktoberfest
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 17
Elks Lodge, San Clemente
http://scoktoberfest.weebly.com/

Expect to find all of the typical Oktoberfest festivities here: chicken dancing, German music, stein holding, beer chugging, sausages, pretzels, normal bar beers, and more. Admission to this Oktoberfest celebration costs $9 presale or $12 at the door.

2015 Santa Barbara Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 17
Elings Park, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbbeerfestival.com/

Santa Barbara has its own beer festival this Saturday afternoon. $60 admission gets you in to unlimited beer tastings for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Burbank Beer Festival & Street Fair
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, October 17
San Fernando Blvd, Downtown Burbank
http://www.burbankbeerfestival.com/

Downtown Burbank gets a little crazy this Saturday by holding a free and all-ages street fair that will include a beer garden. The all-day street fair will have various vendors selling apparel, accessories, trinkets, gadgets, and other souvenirs. The beer garden covers two three-hour sessions that start at 12pm and 4pm, and each session costs $40 to enter and comes with unlimited beer pours while supplies last.

Coachella Valley Brewing’s 2nd Year Anniversary
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 17
Coachella Valley Brewing, Thousand Palms
http://cvbco.com/product/2nd-anniversary-party-general-admission/

Coachella Valley Brewing turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a party at their tasting room this Saturday. The $20 admission gets you 12 beer tasters and access to the tasting room on this day, complete with live music and food vendors. Attendees not drinking, including minors, can enter for $5.

Off The Hook: Santa Monica Seafood Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 17
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://offthehookseafoodfest.com/

Enjoy lots of seafood, drinks, live music, games, and more fun this Saturday evening on the Santa Monica Pier. General admission costs $60, while VIP admission costs $90 and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive food and drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Diwali 2015 – The Indian Festival of Lights
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 17
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sdmart.org/calendar/diwali-2015

Immerse yourself in Indian culture with this lamp exhibit at Balboa Park this Saturday evening. Find various lamps from India, see cultural dances, spectacular light displays, indulge in Indian food, check out the museum’s art, and more. Admission to this all-ages event costs $5.

OC Roller Girls – OC vs. OC Showdown
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 17
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

12th Annual Sea Fare
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 17
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/seafare/

This annual food-tasting fundraiser will feature food & drink samples from over 25 local restaurants, live music, a silent auction, an open bar, and more. Tickets to this event costs $125 per person.

Punk Rock Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 17
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1671312216425428/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 18
Frank G Bonelli Regional Park, San Dimas
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Dimas. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities. Parking at the park costs $10 per vehicle.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 18
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of the center of Downtown Los Angeles will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Stone Brewing’s 5th Annual Pour It Black
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 18
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/calendar/default.asp?intEventsID=4590

Love dark beers? You owe it to visit Stone Brewing’s Pour It Black, a beer festival dedicated to dark beers. Admission costs $49 and comes with fifteen 3oz tasters and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Pinup Parade in the Park
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 18
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/112669529076844/

Pinup Girl Clothing will host a pinup model meetup this Sunday at Disneyland. In addition to plenty of photo opportunities, expect to find goodie bags, trivia, contests, and more.

Coffee Floats with Black Ring Coffee
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 18
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1633658923571063/

Stop by Long Beach Creamery in Bixby Knolls this Sunday afternoon for delicious refreshing coffee floats for just $6 each.

2nd Annual Eastside Food Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 18
Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake
http://eastsidefoodfest.com/

Indulge in eats, sips, and treats from numerous restaurants around the heart of Los Angeles this Sunday evening in Silverlake. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, and starts at 5pm. VIP admission costs $80 presale or $90 at the door, and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples of everything while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Long Beach Urban Farm Dinner
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 18
Growing Experience Urban Farm, Long Beach
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2359341

Enjoy a multi-course farm-to-table dinner this Sunday evening in Long Beach. Admission to this dinner costs $95 per individual, or $720 for a table of eight. The dinner will not provide beverages, but diners may bring their own drinks of choice.

In today’s society, the spread of information, such as the advent of social media, has helped to educate citizens about the benefits of higher quality products. Tastes and preferences constantly change, and we now see that more and more people start to prefer quality over quantity. If we look around the world, the terms we associate with quantity tend to refer to corporations that have a global reach, such as some soft drink companies or fast food chains. If we want quality, we tend to search locally, as local businesses focus more on the quality of their products and services. For example, in the past few years, a large shift in the preference of beer has gone underway, where most beer-drinkers now prefer local craft beers as opposed to mass-produced light beer common around the world. Microbreweries tend to crop up in geographical clusters centralized along a particular city or region, such as Vista or Mira Mesa down in San Diego County. Craft beer fans in the greater Los Angeles area can find breweries all over the place, but will soon want to start visiting the South Bay more often, as numerous new microbreweries have opened up in the past couple of years. If you have not yet familiarized yourself with the South Bay craft beer scene, I recommend starting with these five microbreweries to visit this season, and then branching out from there.

5. Phantom Carriage Brewery

One of the few themed microbreweries that I have visited, Phantom Carriage Brewery broke new ground this year opening up as the city of Carson’s first production microbrewery. This particular location inches closer towards the stretch-of-no-beer that runs from Long Beach northward through a handful of cities all the way up to the San Gabriel Valley. True to the name, Phantom Carriage has a dark, goth-like theme inside the tasting room – dim lights along with a general dark interior contributed towards the effect of an actual physical phantom carriage nearby. With a slight speakeasy vibe, Phantom Carriage will surely please anyone of any generation.

4. Monkish Brewing Co.

In many counties with a thriving craft beer culture, one brewery always exists as the black sheep of the herd. In San Diego County, Lost Abbey clearly holds this title for their odd and strong brews that have nothing to do with the IPA dominance of San Diego County. In Orange County, The Bruery easily represents the black sheep for their heavy catalog of sours and strong beers, not to mention a barrel storage facility that holds over 3,000 filled barrels. In the South Bay, one could wager that Monkish Brewing Co. would fulfill the role of the black sheep of this region. Monkish definitely strays away from standard offerings that travelers would expect of a brewery. Whenever I visit a new brewery, I always look for the standards: something light (lager or pilsner), wheat/white ale, pale ale, amber or brown ale, IPA, stout or porter, and something strong. Monkish breaks this pattern by simply serving whatever they feel like. Monkish also tends to brew uncommon types, such as experimental sours or Belgian styles. I find their tasting room’s business hours a bit strange, so check up on when they open before you make the journey here.

3. El Segundo Brewing Company

Currently residing as their city’s only microbrewery, El Segundo Brewing Company remains a solid fixture in Downtown El Segundo with no plans of vacating any time soon. Looking into their building does make one wonder if they should consider moving into a larger building though, as they have the smallest tasting room I have ever stepped foot in. As a popular fictional character once said, “Size does not mean everything,” which reflects perfectly here at El Segundo Brewing. Despite a small tasting room, this brewery churns out amazing brews capable of winning medals. Along with a bottling line for retail sales, El Segundo Brewing continues to stand their ground as a solid force in the craft beer market.

2. Smog City Brewing Company

When thinking about the originals of the South Bay beer scene, Smog City Brewing Company usually comes to mind. Centrally located in Torrance, Smog City has a concrete plan about how to operate a brewery, and they do such a great job at it. People all over Southern California feel Smog City’s presence, from beer festivals to restaurants to bottle shops and more. Aptly named for their proximity to the Exxon Mobil Refinery, Smog City’s location essentially marks them as a hub for most of the South Bay breweries. Most people who conduct a South Bay brewery tour tend to start at Smog City as a result, not to mention the generous business hours of the tasting room. With a large portfolio of beers available at any given time, visitors to the tasting room will always find something new to try, and something new to take home.

1. Strand Brewing Co.

The South Bay holds a handful of craft beer businesses, but none of them could stand at their current position today with Strand Brewing Co. Much like how Kogi BBQ started the gourmet food truck craze, Strand basically put the South Bay on the craft beer map. Obviously they did not do it themselves – they had the help from the local avid craft beer loyalists seeking to bring some young life to an otherwise industrial area. Out of all of the South Bay breweries, Strand has traveled quite far with their beers – I have spotted their 24th Street Pale Ale in Las Vegas before. One could even say that they have the greatest reach if they can traverse into another state. The people love Strand, and Strand gives back to the people by participating with the locals in events, fundraisers, festivals, and more. Check out the Strand tasting room in Torrance soon for a fun time.

Chinese Cuisine Festival (SGV Chinese Restaurant Week)
February 6-15
Participating businesses in the San Gabriel Valley
http://www.iconunion.com/chinesecuisinefestival/

Explore the best of Chinese cuisine in the San Gabriel Valley during this week-long period of meal specials. Participating businesses will have various specials ranging from discounts to prix-fixe meals, so check the website for a list of participating businesses and see what each has to offer.

The Toasters: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 9, Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach http://www.facebook.com/events/977034142323919/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 10, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/1521039158177710/

Famous ska band The Toasters will headline two shows tonight and tomorrow in Southern California. The cover for the Long Beach show tonight costs $8, while the Fullerton show tomorrow night costs nothing. No one under 21 may enter either show.

Savor Santa Ana
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 12
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/

Santa Ana gets their very own strolling tasting event this Thursday night! Folks who have attend any Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor will already know the drill. To participate, simply show up, buy a booklet of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem those tickets at participating restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana for yummy samples. In addition, the weekly Downtown Santa Ana farmer’s market will also take place, allowing visitors to browse those wares as well.

Cismontane Brewing – Tap Takeover @ The Factory
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 12
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/413270438850500/

The fine folks from Orange County’s Cismontane Brewing will take over the taps at The Factory in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. Come on down this Thursday night to enjoy some crafty brews.

Business & Beer @ El Segundo Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 12
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://www.facebook.com/events/1582352505330949/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up El Segundo Brewing in El Segundo. 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, February 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.

Cro-Mags – West Coast Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 12, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2297
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 13, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/195824
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 14, Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/759981-cro-mags-los-angeles/

New York hardcore punk band Cro-Mags embark on a west coast tour starting this week in Southern California. The three Southern California shows all have different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link above for more information.

San Diego Lunar New Year Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 14
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 15
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.lunarnewyearfestival.org/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this festival all weekend at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. This all-ages festival will feature many traditional music and dance performances, fashion shows, merchandise vendors, and plenty of food & drinks. Admission costs $5 for adults or $4 for children, with family packages available as well.

Single Hop – Downtown Santa Ana Beer Hop
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
The Good Beer Company, Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/beer/

Ring in Valentine’s Day with some craft beer in your life. This Friday night in Downtown Santa Ana, mix and mingle with many others at this unique beer tasting event. This event takes place across five locations in Downtown Santa Ana – guests start at The Good Beer Company, and from there can move on to C4 Deli, The Copper Door, 4th St. Market, and Native Son Alehouse in any order. Admission costs $20, and grants you a flight of craft beer at each location. Bring some cash for parking in Downtown Santa Ana, or park in neighborhoods a few blocks away for free. No one under 21 may participate.

Joyce Manor @ The Glass House
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 13-14
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/736299-joyce-manor-pomona/

Joyce Manor will headline not one, but TWO shows at the Glass House in Downtown Pomona this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $16. Guests can find free parking around Downtown Pomona, and can avoid paying to park in certain lots.

Duane Peters Gunfight @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 13
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/396902153820546/

Get your weekly fill of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. Tickets for this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Insane Inflatable 5K Huntington Beach
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 14
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/huntington-beach-ca/

It appears that people will do anything to break the mundane cycle of 5k runs. Introducing the Insane Inflatable 5K, a 5k obstacle course that takes you through inflatable obstacles. You remember these things as a kid. Now endure them as you challenge yourself and others to get through over three miles of this stuff. Registration costs $64 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 14-15
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://travelshows.com/sandiego

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $11 for one day, or $17 for both days.

Cupid’s Undie Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 14
The Abbey, West Hollywood
http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/los-angeles/

Enjoy Valentine’s Day by running about a mile in your skivvies at this fun run in West Hollywood. Registration for this run costs $55 per participant, and anyone interested can also register as a team. For full rules and regulations, please see the official website linked above. No one under 21 may participate.

6th Annual Brewbies Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 14
Bagby Beer Company, Oceanside
http://www.brewbies.org/

If you could not tell from the event name, this craft beer festival supports breast cancer research. Enjoy craft beer tastings from a multitude of breweries from across the nation during this four-hour tasting gala. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a glass, a bracelet, and one raffle ticket. VIP admission costs $75, and throws in four additional raffle tickets plus access to a VIP lounge with exclusive beers. Absolutely no one under the age of 21 may enter.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 14
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

The Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque Valentines Day Special
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 14
Villain’s Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/992052554157360/

Enjoy a Valentine’s themed burlesque show this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 15
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://sglunarnewyear.org/

Celebrate the upcoming lunar new year with this FREE and all-ages festival in San Gabriel this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find music, dance, art, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, tea garden, live calligraphy, fortune telling, and more.

4th Annual LA Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 15
Homenetmen, Glassell Park
http://lazinefest.com/

This free and all-ages expo will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Ska Night @ Loaded Hollywood
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 15
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1552480678325604/

Get your skanking on at this ska show this Sunday night in Hollywood, featuring the return of South Bay’s Just Like Before. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

With all these big beer fests going on around this time of year, we tend to overlook the smaller crowd. A beer fest comes with a handful of objectives: provide lots of beer for attendees to drink (quantity), or invite micro breweries that need exposure (quality). Oktoberfest provides a prime example of the former – attracting thousands of people to one location to guzzle bad overpriced beer. When you want to find good beers but have no idea where to start, a beer fest makes for a great place to start, as it exposes attendees to a variety of local beers. Some larger beer fests get dominated by larger companies like Budweiser or Corona, so in order to seek out the locals, we have to look at smaller fests. In terms of any type of food & beverage festival, size does not always mean everything, and The Factory’s Drink Good Beer Fest proves just that.

The Factory Gastropub in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach has always had a penchant for supporting the local beer scene. Everyday, customers will find taps stocked only with craft beers in the dining room. Every month, they host various beer-related events, such as tap takeovers, bottle shares, beer pairings, and homebrew meetings. The Factory strongly supports the homebrew movement, encouraging locals to take up brewing beer at home. This notion to support homebrewers activated the invocation of the Drink Good Beer Mash-Up & Homebrew Competition. This event combined a homebrew contest with a small beer fest, which saw the launch of Ohana Brewing‘s flagship beer last year. Now running for the second year in a row, the 2nd Annual Drink Good Beer Fest has grown to include more homebrew entrants and micro breweries in this event. Following last year’s launch, Congregation Ale House launched their new beer at this fest. For as little as $25 for presale admission, attendees received up to four hours with ten 4oz beer pours at this fest – plenty of time to get through it all. I even bought more drink tickets since I had exhausted my original allocation with an hour left to go.

Breweries in attendance: Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Noble Ale Works, Dudes’ Brewing, Kinetic Brewing, Firestone Walker, Sierra Nevada, Cismontane Brewing, Strand Brewing, Congregation Ale House, Stone Brewing, The Bruery, Smog City Brewing, Pizza Port, Latitude 33, Iron Fist Brewing, Golden Road Brewing, Ohana Brewing, Los Angeles Ale Works, Eagle Rock Brewery, New Belgium, Monkish Brewing, Epic Brewing, Karl Strauss, Hangar 24, Ritual Brewing, Bootlegger’s Brewery, Valiant Brewing, El Segundo Brewing, Tenaya Creek Brewery

Of particular note, Los Angeles Ale Works decided to not only bring beer like everyone else, but also to bring craft soda. I have seen homebrewers and micro breweries head in the direction of craft sodas, so to see it in fruition here makes the vision appear more real. It also helps that, for an outdoors festival, they carried the only free non-alcoholic beverage. To sample at this fest, they brough Ketsara, a Thai Tea soda.

Nearly every brewery brought up to two different beers to try. For a small fest, one would expect to see standard beers available instead of the fancy stuff found indoors at popular establishments. However, a few of the breweries decided to man up and bring strong stuff. A handful of the beers floated around the 9% range, but Firestone Walker wins the strongest of the fest for bringing their §ucaba, a 12.5% barleywine. Other beers I got to try:

  • Hangar 24 Brewery – Kirschen, a 3.9% Berliner Weisse (not pictured)
  • Epic Brewing – Santa Cruz, a 5.8% brown ale
  • Eagle Rock Brewery – Unionist, a 5.4% Belgian ale
  • Monkish Brewery – Seme Della Vita, a 9.8% Belgian Tripel
  • Smog City Brewing – L.A. Saison, a 5.8% saison
  • Karl Strauss – Peanut Butter Cup, a 5.8% porter
  • Firestone Walker – §ucaba, a 12.5% American barleywine
  • Tenaya Creek – Old Jackalope, a 10.4% barleywine
  • Iron Fist Brewing – Dubbel Fisted, an 8.1% dubbel
  • Golden Road Brewing – Hudson Imperial Rye Porter, an 8.5% strong porter
  • Kinetic Brewing – Saison Été, a 6.6% farmhouse ale
  • Dudes’ Brewing – Grinning Face, a 6.2% American porter

At the start of the beer fest, The Factory’s owner Natalie welcomed Congregation’s owner Travis as he blessed the beer and the day for everyone to enjoy.

At the end of the beer fest, the homebrew contest organizers finally announced the winners of the competition. Their homebrew will receive limited distribution in the South LA/Orange County area for a limited time.

Who said size matters? We have not seen so much content in so little space since Slater’s 50/50 held a beer fest in the parking lot right outside their newest location. All the breweries brought so much beer, and most of them brought their strong stuff too, a rarity in small-size beer fests like this. A giant canopy provided enough shade for any attendee wanting to escape the hot sun, as well as the snacks table where attendees could purchase snacks, water, or food from the restaurant. Also, how often does a small beer fest last four hours? Most beer fests nowadays last only three hours, or four with a “VIP admission” that costs more than general admission. The Factory went in the right direction with this beer fest, as it serves multiple purposes, such as exposing people to new beer & breweries, and exposing people to The Factory, a gastropub in an otherwise family-friendly neighborhood. Stay tuned for this fest next year, and start thinking of beers to brew to enter into this competition!