Posts Tagged ‘English Beat’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See hundreds of classic cars all for FREE at this all-ages car show on the streets of Uptown Whittier this Saturday. All of the businesses in Uptown Whittier will remain open under regular business hours. Interested visitors should park in the neighborhoods north of Hadley Street.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Irvine Restaurant Week
January 9-15
Participating restaurants in Irvine
http://www.destinationirvine.com/restaurantweek/

Numerous restaurants in Irvine will serve special prix-fixe menu offerings during Irvine Restaurant Week. Prices vary between restaurants, but some lunches start as low as $6.95 per person. No reservations required – simply show up and request the specials.

4th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 11-16
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend
January 15-18
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/star-wars-half-marathon/

This entire weekend, the Star Wars universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from Jedi Knights to Rebels and more. Throughout the weekend, Star Wars festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel.

Deschutes Black Butte XXIV-XXVI Vertical Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 15
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/830355983688446/

38 Degrees will tap three variations of Black Butte Porter from Deschutes this Thursday night. Fans of strong beers will not want to miss out on this.

Dead Kennedys: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 15, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, San Diego http://bellyup.com/dead-kennedys
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Dead-Kennedys
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 17, The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills http://www.facebook.com/events/804767876229102/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 28, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/719459-dead-kennedys-west-hollywood/

Legendary punk band Dead Kennedys will headline FOUR shows in Southern California this week. Click on the show’s link for information about the lineup, ticket cost, and age limit.

Arcade Expo 2015
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 16
10:00 am – 2:00 am, January 17
10:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 18
Arcade Expo, Banning
http://www.arcadeexpo.com/

Come see all things arcades at this weekend-long expo out in Banning. At this all-ages expo, see hundreds of different arcade machines, games, pinball machines, movies, seminars, vendors, food trucks, and much more. Admission varies depending on the date attending and age, but all visitors get unlimited free play for all arcade games for the duration of the visit.

Agent Orange @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 16-17
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1500716263522211/

Legendary surf-punk band Agent Orange will headline TWO shows at the World Famous Doll Hut this Friday and Saturday night. The cover for each show costs $15. No one under 21 may attend.

The Dictators NYC – West Coast Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/684847-dictators-nyc-west-hollywood/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/The-Dictators-NYC

East coast punk rock band The Dictators will tour along the west coast this week, ending in Southern California. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on the link for more information.

The Wheel of Anderson
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 16
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/308018066054467/

Come watch a random Wes Anderson film this Friday night with other Wes Anderson fans. No one will know what film the cinema will show until they spin the wheel to select a film. All attendees receive complimentary snacks and drinks during the film.

34th Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 12:00 am, January 17
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 18
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $10 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

Hangar 24 Brewery’s Vinaceous Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, January 17
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/1536861909930951/

Celebrate the release of Hangar 24’s first Local Fields release of 2014, Vinaceous, at their tasting room this Saturday. Pouring begins at 11am, while guests can enjoy food (sold separately) and live music throughout the day.

Swamp Zombie 2.0 Hop Wars Beer Release & Bottle Share
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 17
Phantom Ales, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/907389442604968/

Phantom Ales will release a special brew this Saturday evening, and you can come in to try it. In addition, they will host a bottle share, so feel free to bring in a bottle or two of any craft beer to share.

Lagwagon & Swingin’ Utters @ The Fonda
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17
The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood
http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/256227

Famous punk bands Lagwagon and Swingin’ Utters will headline a show at the Fonda this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $22 presale or $25 at the door.

The English Beat @ The Roxy
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17
The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://www.theroxy.com/event/728793-english-beat-west-hollywood/

Skank to The Beat at this all-ages ska show this Saturday night at The Roxy in West Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $30.

The American Wake @ Silky Sullivan’s
9:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 17
Silky Sullivan’s, Fountain Valley
http://www.facebook.com/events/351750078362617/

Come see local Irish rock band The American Wake perform for free this Saturday night, ages 21 and up only.

11th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 18-24
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

Eat Drink Chill
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 18
The Unique Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chill.kintera.org/eatdrinkchill

Hang out with a bunch of hip rich people at this fundraiser in the Arts District of Downtown LA. Enjoy food, drinks, art, live music, and more as you mix and mingle the night away. Admission costs $25 per person, or $40 for two people.

California Brewmasters Book Signing Party
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 9
Beach City Brewery, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/666873693400359/

Join brewers from local breweries at Beach City Brewery this Wednesday evening as they congregate for a signing of the book California Brewmasters. Guests may park and attend for free. Books and beer come at cost. Guests of all ages may purchase a book as well as receive autographs, but minors cannot have any beer.

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

Deschutes – Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 10
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/476444565819032/

Oregon’s own Deschutes Brewery will take over the taps at The Rookery in Downtown Pomona this Thursday night. Come on down and enjoy a nice cold one.

2014 Orange County Fair Opening Day
12:00 pm, July 11
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocfair.com/

The OC Fair this year runs Wednesday through Sunday each week starting July 11 with the final day on August 10. The fairgrounds open 12pm until 12am on weekdays, and 10am to 12 am on weekends. For opening day, all guests receive FREE parking and enter the fair for FREE. Click this link for special ticket promotions. Click this link for info on the Super Pass. Every year, a new fried food gets introduced, such as deep-fried Kool Aid or deep-fried butter. In previous years, they allowed guests to bring their own foods to get fried, and they will continue that tradition this year.

The Aquabats @ House of Blues Anaheim
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004C8F2DE8ED6E&oid=0

Have a ball with The Aquabats and The Interrupters at this all-ages show this Friday night. Tickets cost $22 presale.

1st Annual Orange County Brew Hee Haw
Four 4-hour sessions, July 11-13
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocbrewheehaw.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha team has struck again with this weekend-long beer festival taking place at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Covering four 4-hour sessions throughout the weekend, this beer festival takes the concept of the locally famous Brew Ha Ha and steps it up by adding beer from breweries outside of the Southern California circuit, so expect to see some unfamiliar beers here. Tickets per session cost $50 presale or $55 at the gate, and all ticket-holders receive 15 beer tasters plus a complimentary pass to the OC Fair for that day. A session will take place 6-10pm on Friday, 12-4pm and 5-9pm on Saturday, and 12-4pm on Sunday. The two afternoon sessions occurring at 12pm also include a free concert ticket to a performance at the Pacific Amphitheatre later that night. No one under 21 may enter the Brew Hee Haw area, and can only stay out in the fairgrounds. However, guests may freely leave and enter between the Brew Hee Haw area and the fairgrounds. Parking at the OC Fair costs $10 cash per vehicle. On weekends, guests may park for free at select parking lots and ride a shuttle to the fairgrounds – consult the OC Fair website for details, linked above.

Read up on the last event put on by the OC Brew Ha Ha team.

Twisted At The Pike
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 11
Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach
http://summerandmusic.com/event/twisted-at-the-pike/

Immerse yourself into the world of weird this Friday night in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this twisted carnival has live music, dance, magic performers, a beer garden hosted by Auld Dubliner, local food vendors, and more.

The Offspring & The Adolescents @ The Pacific Amphitheatre
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 11
Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa
http://www.pacamp.com/pa/schedules/2014/The_Offspring.asp

Orange County natives The Offspring and The Adolescents will headline the opening night of the 2014 OC Fair this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show start at $40 and includes admission to the fair.

Agent Orange & Guttermouth @ Borderline Bar & Grill
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 11
Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
http://borderlinebarandgrill.ticketfly.com/event/609945-agent-orange-guttermouth-thousand-oaks/

Punk rock heavyweights Agent Orange and Guttermouth will headline this local show this Friday night in Thousand Oaks. Tickets to this show cost $12. No one under 18 may attend.

Punk Rock Night @ The Redwood Bar
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/443428575794238/

Check out a great lineup of local bands this Friday night in Downtown LA. The page does not specify a cover charge, so have cash available for that. No one under 21 may attend this show.

Weird Band Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 11
California Institute of Abnormalarts, North Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1409594345995678/

For just $10, guests of all ages can check out this show featuring some of the weirdest bands in the industry.

2014 Rental Car Rally – Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 11
Location TBA, Los Angeles
http://www.rentalcarrally.com/

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

6th Annual San Diego Doggie Street Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 12
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

1st Annual Horton’s Hayride
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 12
Shannon’s On Pine, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hortons-hayride-tickets-11378069111

The streets of Downtown Long Beach at Pine & Broadway will shut down to traffic for this all-day all-ages rockabilly festival. Enjoy live music from the great sets of the Reverend Horton Heat, Jello Biafra, and more, and check out the great food, classic cars, and pinup models. Tickets to this event costs only $10.

Grindcore Fest 2014
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12
333 Live, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/509243209165428/

Can you handle this many hours of hardcore music? Test your stamina at this lengthy grindcore show this Saturday night in Los Angeles. The event page has released limited information about the event, so have cash ready on you, or prepare to not even enter if the event has an age minimum.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 12
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=281

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

Colorado Street Bridge Party
6:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 12
Historic Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenaheritage.org/bridge

Celebrate the history of a really old bridge by partying on it this Saturday night. Catch a night of music, dancing, classic cars, arts & crafts, food, drinks, and more all on the bridge. Tickets to this event cost $16 presale or $18 at the gate.

Neon Dash – San Diego
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 12
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.neondash.com/locations/sandiego/

Run, jog, or walk your way through a brightly lit course at night with the Neon Dash 5k. This all-ages fun run combines the spectrum of a color run with the brilliance of a glow run with specially formulated glow-in-the-dark glow. Throughout the 5k course, live music will pump up the runners while course staff and volunteers will spray participants with the magical glow to give them that special something that lights them up in the night. Following the run, all participants can stay for the after party that goes on all night. Registration costs $30 online and $40 on the day of the event. As a color run, all participants should wear white during the race to absorb the most color possible, and have spare clothes to change into when going home. Parking will range from $5 to $10, but since spectators can enter for free, feel free to bring friends & family to watch the run. Note that the race will start at 8pm, and with thousands of participants, I highly suggest arriving at least an hour early to circumvent traffic.

Smut Peddlers – Album Release Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/smut-peddlers-album-release

Legendary punk band Smut Peddlers have a new album coming out, and they will celebrate with this album release show this Saturday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost just $10. Arrive early and park in the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a parking lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

Jerm & Merrie’s Birthday Bash
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12
The Screamin’ Chicken, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/316714931837786/

Enjoy some of Southern California’s hardest rocking punk rock bands this Saturday night all the way out in San Bernardino. The cover for this show costs only $8. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Creepers @ 13th Frame Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/542896765819227/

Rock out to some hardcore street punk in La Habra this Saturday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Beach Babe Bicycling Classic
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 13
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://californiagirlseries.com/

Join hundreds of women cyclists tour the SoCal coastline from Long Beach to Huntington Beach in this beautiful annual bike ride this Sunday morning. Go on a bike ride for 15 miles or 36 miles along beach trails and bike lanes with a handful of catered rest stops along the path. Following the ride, attendees can enjoy a mini women’s expo at the finish line complete with merchandise and accessories. Registration costs $95 for a solo rider. Have cash available for parking, as the nearest free parking location lies in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue. The website does not specify if men can participate, but photos from previous years show absolutely no men.

101st Kit Collectors Expo
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 13
UFCW Local 324, Buena Park
http://www.kitcollectorshow.com/

Hundreds of vendors will gather here to showcase their model kits of cars, ships, planes, miniatures, armor, sci-fi/fantasy, space, and more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs just $5.

Los Angeles Cuban Festival
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 13
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.fiestalegre.net/

Bring out your family to this Cuban festival this Sunday in Long Beach. Tickets cost $30 presale or $35 at the gate, and allows full access to all the Cuban food, drinks, music, dancing, arts & crafts, and more.

Ballast Point 18th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 13
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://www.ballastpoint.com/events/ballast-point-18th-anniversary-beer-festival/

Ballast Point Brewing turns 18 soon, and would like to invite you to come celebrate with them! At the San Diego Maritime Museum this Sunday afternoon, guests can find all things Ballast Point, as they enjoy their drinks aboard historic ships and submarines. Ballast Point will provide over 40 different beers, which will include rare beers and some unreleased beers. Live music will play on multiple stages throughout the venue. Local food vendors will also set up for guests that get hungry, although food comes at its own price. Admission to this one of a kind beer fest costs $40, which includes full admission to the museum, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

German Heritage Day
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 13
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/

Do you love Oktoberfest? Show off your German pride at this FREE and all-ages celebration this Sunday afternoon at Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Enjoy German food, music, arts & crafts, and more. The first 500 guests receive a FREE meal, so act quick!

Punk Rock N’ Fiesta
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 13
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1438254613098011/

Relax with this daytime punk rock show this Sunday afternoon, with catering available. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

The English Beat @ The OC Fair
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 13
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocfair.com/2014/shows/TheEnglishBeat.asp

Old school ska band The English Beat will headline a show inside the OC Fair’s Hangar this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15 and includes admission to the fair.

The summer of reunions and hiatus-breakers pushes forward! With the recent return of Black Flag and Glassjaw, music fans eagerly looked forward to the next reuniting act, and they would get a chance at that with a Save Ferris show. Originally announced as a reunion show, the facts quickly surfaced that the original band members would NOT reunite, but instead vocalist Monique Powell would perform Save Ferris songs with lesser-known musicians providing instrumentals. Regardless of the controversy, fans of old school ska did not want to miss this rare opportunity to witness Monique Powell perform classic Save Ferris songs. This all-ages concert occurred at the Orange County Fair & Event Center’s Pacific Amphitheater with two other great ska bands opening the show prior to Monique’s performance. Ticket prices ranged from $20 to $33 depending on the seat location, and tickets included admission to the fair.

The Originalites kicked off the night with their surf ska set. This local band from Huntington Beach aimed to get everyone on their feet to get the blood flowing in time for the rest of the night. With a sound similar to The Toasters, they did not relent with their 30-minute set, which consisted of their original songs sung in both English and Spanish. As the first band, they did not play to the full crowd, but rather they played to an arena about a quarter full. Those arriving late missed out on a good show – with musical prowess like this, they deserve large stages like this always.

Once the sun set, The English Beat filled up the stage to start their ska/reggae set. For a ska band popular in the early 80’s, The English Beat has come a long way to delight fans across the world by continuing to play shows. As one of the true originals of two-tone ska, all the old school ska fans in this crowd instantly got up on their feet when The English Beat appeared on stage. The English Beat played a mix of songs across all of their discography, from hits like Mirror In The Bathroom to covers like Tenderness. Their set lasted a good 40 minutes, which provided us with 40 minutes of old school ska goodness.

Appearing to quite possibly the greatest ovation in her performance history, Monique Powell strutted onto the stage once her band had loaded up right at 9pm. Opening up the set with Spam, the band went on to play all of their hits, from The World Is New to Good Bye to Super Spy and more. At the end of their 70-minute set, they closed out the night with their famous cover of Come On Eileen. Sadly, they never played Under 21, which I really wanted to hear. Throughout the set, Monique changed dresses twice – she started with an animal print dress and a white coat that she took off after a few songs, changed into a black dress with roses on it, then changed into a white dress. During a few of the pauses between songs, Monique took the time to chat with the audience and reminisce about the past shows. At one point, the stage crew brought out a bag of beach balls to throw out to the audience. With everyone having so much fun, one would wonder why this show did not sell out – most seats in the two far corner sections remained unfilled, indicating that tickets remained to sell to this show. Perhaps all the bad publicity about this show contributed to those empty seats, but with a show this entertaining, why get political over small things?

Call it what you want – Monique Powell, The English Beat, and The Originalites delivered a fantastic ska show to the OC Fair, a venue known for tribute bands and rock & roll bands. To criticize this show because the original band did not play it resembles refusal to eat a finely cooked meal because an executive chef did not cook it. To maintain fairness, at one point close to the end of their set, Monique Powell did call the band Save Ferris. Sure they all just played Save Ferris songs, but only Monique came from the band in the past, while the rest of the band came from auditions. For political accuracy, I have called this a Monique Powell show, since nearly everyone attended to see her perform Save Ferris songs. If they can perform it right, then we can forgive the original band not getting together again. I mean, look at the Dead Kennedys – they still play shows, despite not having Jello Biafra around.

Bottom line: if you enjoy the music, go to that show, regardless of who actually performs it.