Posts Tagged ‘Events’

Beautiful California: a state unlike any other. From the luscious weather to the so-called California Girls, California almost represents a unique country of its own. As one of the major metropolitan states of this nation, California has one of the largest populations of virtually all demographics, but especially young adults. As society can guess, young adults sure love their hard beverages, and California has no shortage of festivals featuring hard beverages. Practically every week of the year, a festival occurs that features either craft beer, wine, or cocktails/spirits. When adults think festivals that include alcohol, they immediately think about what other activities and forms of entertainment to expect at the events. The days of simple tasting events have long gone by the wayside, and now people expect to find more than just drinking at such festivals. Typical events may include some games or live music, plus some some of food either included with admission or at a separate cost. The more these events feature, the more they feel like they bit off more than they could chew. Some events promise everything yet deliver underwhelming content, while some events promise the best of a few specialties and deliver all they can to satiate the attendees, such as at the 3rd Annual Beer X San Diego Beer & Music Festival.

The Beer X San Diego Beer & Music Festival returned for its third year running this past Saturday. Taking place at Waterfront Park in Downtown San Diego, this festival combines craft beer, drinks, food, and reggae music all in one location. With over a hundred different beers and other beverages to sip on, attendees had a plethora of options to get their buzz on. With so much to do in so little time, one would expect to try to rush around to see everything before the event ended. The beer stopped pouring at 4pm, while the entertainment continued to 10pm. This created an unpleasant crowding effect by the 3pm hour, as the people who attended primarily for the entertainment instead of the craft drinks continued to arrive even after 3pm. At this time, all the beer booths had ridiculously long lines, and almost everyone in those lines no longer cared about the beer pouring – they simply wanted to get drunk. This created a culture divide with the attendees of this event: those who care about the quality of the drinks, and those who attended for the entertainment that cared less for the drinks. Anyone who arrived early enough certainly got to enjoy any drink without needing to wait in lines, and could take time to discover the different types of drinks. However, as time passed, the type of attendees present quickly became apparent that no one cared for the drinks.

Although I did not attend the previous years, I believe that this event marked the first time the organizers teamed up with the organizers behind OC Brew Ha Ha. As such, I would expect that they would handle the festival quite well as they always do with their events. However, prior to entering, I clearly saw faults that Brew Ha Ha would never commit, such as having an inefficient entrance and laying out the booths in confusing spots. Nevertheless, I believe that the genre of music had a large effect on the people who showed up. Consider that the entrance still had a massive line in the final hour of drinks, and that the reggae culture eventually overtook the craft side of the festival. In the meantime, check out Beer X on Facebook and Twitter for future updates, and for news about upcoming events.

Matamoska @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 14
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/183148502210333/

Get your skanking on at this free skacore show tonight in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16-17
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Taste of Culver City: Centennial Summer Celebration
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16
Culver & Washington, Downtown Culver City
http://www.downtownculvercity.com/

Stroll through Downtown Culver City this Wednesday evening and sample the local eats. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and grants you unlimted food samples from the participating businesses while supplies last. This may not include drinks – some businesses will sell those separately.

AVP Manhattan Beach Open
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 17-20
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
http://avp.com/event/manhattan-beach-open/

Come watch some of the world’s top beach volleyball players compete this weekend in Manhattan Beach. Visitors of all ages may attend the matches for free, but seats come at a fee.

7th Annual Echo Park Rising
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 17
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 18-19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
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. Many of the music shows have VIP tickets available for sale for preferred seating, so check the website to see which shows offer VIP tickets for sale.

KCON 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 18-20
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.kconusa.com/

A convention for all things Korean culture will come to Downtown LA this weekend. Attendees will find lots of vendor booths, food, entertainment, media, celebrity appearances, and more. Admission costs $15 for one day or $25 for the entire weekend.

2017 Los Angeles Tattoo Convention
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 19
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.latattooconvention.com/

Check out hundreds of tattoo artists from around the globe at this tattoo convention this weekend in Long Beach. Admission costs $17 per day or $30 for both days.

7th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbbqfestival.com/

The Long Beach BBQ Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $3 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.

San Diego Magazine’s 2017 Best of San Diego Party
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 18
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2017/Best-of-San-Diego-Party-2017/

Sample food from San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. General admission costs $80 and starts at 6:30pm, while VIP admission costs $120 and starts at 5:30pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Brea Fest
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea
http://www.breaspecialevents.com/

Essentially a “Taste of Brea,” this free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase tickets to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Viernes 13 – Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 18
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/241233693055612/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Friday night in Riverside. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

77th Annual Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 19-27
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.

19th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 9:30 pm, August 19
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 20
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

Los Angeles Spartan Race Stadium Sprint 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/959/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Elysian Park. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $149 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices.

Color Vibe 5k – Orange County
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 19
Fountain Valley Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.thecolorvibe.com/orangecounty.php

Another color run comes to Orange County this Saturday morning. Registration costs $65 per individual.

Fastivus 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana
http://www.fastivus.com/

If you like fast cars, you will not want to miss Fastivus this Sunday. This all-ages event features all things cars, from the racing aspect to famous racers and more. Admission costs $20 presale or $30 at the gate.

3rd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
City National Grove, Anaheim
http://www.cahotsauceexpo.com/

Spice lovers rejoice! Torch your taste buds at this hot sauce tasting event this weekend in Anaheim. General admission costs $10 and provides access to all the vendors sampling their hot sauces, but does not include food or drinks. A beer package costs $40 and includes five beverage tokens, a bottle of hot sauce, and a t-shirt. VIP admission costs $75 and provides access to a secluded VIP area.

2017 ¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 19
Embarcadero Marina Park North, 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 $39 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $149, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

3rd Annual Orange County Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Anaheim Public Library, Anaheim
http://oczinefest.tumblr.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Orange County gets their own Zone Fest this Saturday afternoon. This free and all-ages event 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.

2017 Natsumatsuri Family Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/2017/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.

2017 Unique LA Summer Market
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/markets-la

The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from hundreds of hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast. The $15 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food.

1st Annual Cultured Food Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
Highland Springs Resort, Cherry Valley
http://www.hsresort.com/beer/

Halfway between the Inland Empire and Palm Desert lies the Highland Springs Resort. They have ended their annual Sausage & Beer Festival and replaced it with a festival focusing on fermented foods and drinks. Like their previous festival, this event will run continuously during the allotted times with no set schedule or strict event time. For $7 admission, visitors will end up paying for food and drinks as they go, so nobody has to rush to eat or drink in a certain period of time. Bring plenty of cash if you intend to endure a long session here.

Stone Brewing’s 21st Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 19
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-21st-anniversary-celebration-invitational-beer-festival

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 $55 per session, which run from 1pm-4pm or 5pm-8pm. 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.

Pacific Wine & Food Classic
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 19-20
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.pacificwineandfood.com/

A food & alcohol tasting festival takes place this weekend in Newport Beach. Single-day general admission costs $150, starts at 2pm, and gets you three hours of unlimited tastings while supplies last. Two-day general admission costs $250. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 1pm, and includes exclusive tastings plus access to a VIP lounge. Two-day VIP admission costs $350. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Dana Point Lobster Fest
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.danapointlobsterfest.org/

A festival with a lot of seafood comes to Dana Point this Saturday evening. Admission starts at $85, and each different admission provides you with different food. Attendees should also expect music throughout the night, casino games, and other activities. Bring cash for the cash bar.

9th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/buskerfest

BuskerFest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend for all ages, fans of music will surely want to come here. For long-term parking, search for street parking in neighborhoods to the east or north.

6th Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $45 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Roller Derby – Jailhouse Block
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/

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

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://downtownanaheim.com/events/ace/

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.

3rd Annual San Pedro Craft Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
USS Iowa BattleShip, San Pedro
http://chugginbrews.com/

Sample local craft beers and check out a tourist attraction this Saturday afternoon in San Pedro. General admission costs $42, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited beer while supplies last and access to the museum. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 2pm, and also includes a pretzel necklace, beer float, mimosa/sangria bar, and a souvenir glass. Parking costs $6 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

Rob’s Birthday Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 19
World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/384423645293212/

A handful of local punk rock bands will perform in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Ladies Who Ride
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 20
Lifestyle Cycles, Anaheim
http://cookscorners.com/

A group motorcycle ride for women will take place this Sunday. Free to participate, women motorcycle riders will first meet at Lifestyle Cycles in Anaheim, then will ride to Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon as one procession. Once at Cook’s Corner, the place will host specials and other entertainment for the rest of the afternoon.

Red Bull Soapbox Race – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 20
Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park
http://www.redbullsoapboxrace.com/usa-losangeles/en/

Come watch people race soap boxes down a hill this Sunday in Elysian Park, free to attend for all ages.

Valley Retro Game Swap
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 20
Game Realms, Burbank
http://game-realms.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/153726271862119/

A swap meet for video games will take place in Burbank this Sunday, free to attend for all ages. The venue may also have some retro games available for play as well.

3rd Annual Long Beach Tiki Social & Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 20
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.lbtikisocial.com/

Immerse yourself in Tiki culture at this social event in Long Beach this Sunday afternoon. Find Tiki-themed vendors, music, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $25. No one under 21 may attend.

Akiba Day: Summer Picnic & Cosplay Meetup
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 20
Whittier Narrows, South El Monte
http://www.facebook.com/events/160624967817770/

Free to attend for all ages, a picnic & cosplay meetup will take place in South El Monte this Sunday afternoon.

22nd Annual Plum Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 20
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/blog/event/old-worlds-annual-plum-festival/

Bring your family out to this FREE and all-ages event taking place at Old World Village in Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find games, arts & crafts, plum-based treats, live entertainment, and more.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 20
Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

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

Los Angeles Chinatown brought back their recurring Summer Nights event this past Saturday night. Free to attend for all ages, this evening festival brings together food, music, art, and entertainment in a multicultural setting. Throughout the Chinatown main plaza, visitors would find food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, and other forms of entertainment. While this event usually starts at 5pm, the true nightlife does not start until after sunset, when the bright lights go on and firecrackers get lit up all over the plaza. Chinatown brings back this event often every summer, usually taking place once a month. Check out their website linked above for all the dates that this event will occur on.

The 2017 Los Angeles Reptile Super Show returns this weekend to the Fairplex in Pomona. As one of the nation’s largest expo for reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, feed, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more, this show attracts reptile fans from across the nation to gaze at new potential pets and to stock up on supplies, feed, and other goods for their beloved pets. Open to all ages, visitors can browse through the countless booths and vendors around the expo hall, and potentially pick up some of the animals. None of the animals pose any serious threats to any of the visitors here – any animal that has venom do not have enough of it to injure a human. From the smallest of lizards to heavy snakes to the largest of tortoises and dragons, this expo has an animal to fit anyone’s lifestyle.

The show runs 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday, and costs $14 for adults or $9 for children. Get $1 off with a printed coupon available from their website, linked above. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy. Check it out, and discover the joy of the company of these alternative pets.

Covina’s Alosta Brewing brings back their Pintwood Derby for its fourth year running this Saturday after. Now moving to the Glendora Public Library, this charity fundraiser will see numerous people enter their crafted (toy) cars to race for trophies. Participants will pay the entry fee to create a small car that would run down a track, purely powered by gravity and friction. Alosta Brewing sells a starter kit for $5 for those not familiar with designing the small car. Children will compete in their own division, while adults will compete in an adults division. This year’s event will operate slightly different than previous years, as Alosta Brewing will turn this event into a mini beer festival as well. It costs $30 to attend the beer festival, which will take place outside the building that the racing will take place in. Attendees will receive unlimited beer samples from 12pm to 4pm while supplies last. These attendees that want to enter the Pintwood Derby will simply have to pay $5 more. Alosta Brewing has not yet specified if it will cost anything for minors to enter the derby, though they did mention that they will have gourmet food trucks on the premises.

29th Annual Taste of Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 8
Main Street, Encinitas
http://visitencinitas.org/event/29th-annual-taste-mainstreet/

Sample food from dozens of restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at over a dozen sip stops along the street as well. You can gain all-access to this for $45 presale or $50 at the gate. This taste tends to sell out each year, so purchase your tickets soon if you wish to attend.

Los Angeles Swim Fashion Show 2017
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 9
Skirball Cultural Center, Brentwood, Los Angeles
http://swimweekla.com/

See the latest in swimwear fashion and accessories at this one-of-a-kind swimwear fashion event. General admission to this show costs $28, while VIP admission with reserved seating costs $72.

Swingin’ Utters – Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 9, Sweet Springs Saloon, Los Osos
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 10, Horn Bar, Lancaster
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 11, The Garage, Ventura
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 12, Space Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 13, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://swinginutters.com/

Punk rock band Swingin’ Utters currently tours across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Each show has a different cover charge, so check with the venue for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

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

10th Annual Taste of Downtown Disney
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 10
Downtown Disney, Anaheim
http://www.chocwalk.org/the-taste/

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 $125.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 11-13
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

30th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival
5:00 pm – 10:30 pm, August 11
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 12-13
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachjazzfestival.com/

Soak in the sun with classy R&B and jazz music this weekend in Long Beach. Discover the best in local music under the sun in the park by the beach, and check out the local food and art also available at this all-ages fest. Admission varies based on attendance method, with rates starting at $50. Parking in nearby lots and structures cost $10 per vehicle – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue to circumvent parking fees.

Perseid Meteor Shower 2017
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 11-12
Anywhere
http://www.space.com/32868-perseid-meteor-shower-guide.html

The brightest meteor shower in history will occur this weekend. While you technically can see the meteor shower right now, it will peak this weekend. Head to a naturally dark area so you can see the sky the clearest. Note that the moon will rise around 11pm, which will interfere with viewing the meteor shower due to the moon illuminating the sky.

69th Annual Catalina Ski Race
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 12
Hotel Maya, Long Beach
http://www.catalinaskirace.net/

Over 70 water ski teams from around the world will race from The Queen Mary to Avalon and back this Saturday morning. Spanning a total of 62 miles round trip, this open sea race takes approximately one to two hours for most teams to complete, but the nature of the unpredictable ocean draws in the large audience that attends every year from around the world. The deadline to participate has already passed, but spectators may visit for free, so if you like what you see, bookmark this event for next year!

EPIC Series Orange County
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 12
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach
http://www.epicseriesocr.com/upcoming-events/epic-series-orange-county/

Test your might at this all-ages obstacle course this Saturday morning in Huntington Beach. Registration costs $85 for the open course or $90 for the competitive course. The kids course costs $20 to participate in.

BrunchCon LA 2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 12-13
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.brunchcon.com/

Spend some time this weekend indulging in brunch goodies from scrumptious breakfast foods to tasty brunch beverages at The Reef in Los Angeles. Multiple sessions will exist that each last three hours. Admission ranges from $65 to $90 depending on how much you intend to eat and drink, so check the website to see what admission works best for you. No one under 21 may attend.

BeautyCon LA
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 12-13
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://beautycon.com/beautycon-los-angeles

See all things beauty, fashion, cosmetics, and more at this event in Los Angeles this weekend. General admission costs $50 for one day or $80 for both days, and grants you access to the entire show floor full of vendors, services, workshops, speakers, demos, and more.

CatConLA 2017
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 25
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 26
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://catconworldwide.com/

As the event’s name suggests, this two-day event features all things cats. See the latest in cat trends involving fashion, grooming, accessories, nutrition, and more. Also meet famous cats and famous people who work with cats, including artists and designers. Adult admission costs $30 for a day, while child admission costs $15 for a day. Guests may not actually bring their cats. Guests will not actually see any cats without paying for an additional ticket to see the cats – those tickets start at $50.

5th Annual Auto Enthusiast Day
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 12
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.autoenthusiastday.com/

Free to attend for all ages, check out all things cars outside of Angel Stadium of Anaheim this Saturday afternoon.

12th Annual ArtWalk San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 12-13
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.

2017 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 12
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 13
Fairplex, Pomona
http://reptilesupershow.com/

Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under – check the website for a printable coupon good for $1 off admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Cerritos Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 12
Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/349854682100993/

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.

Unsung Brewing’s 1st Anniversary
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 12
Unsung Brewing @ MAKE, Anaheim
http://www.unsungbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/121116751835771/

Unsung Brewing will celebrate their first anniversary this Saturday in Anaheim. Free to attend, they will have rare beers on tap, anniversary merchandise for sale, a comic book release, people in costume, raffles, and more.

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival 2017
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, August 12
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.

4th Annual Pintwood Derby
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 12
Glendora Public Library, Glendora
http://www.alostabrewing.com/pintwood/

Put your crafting skill to work this Saturday afternoon in Glendora. At this contest, people enter to build a “toy” car to see whose design works the best. Alosta Brewing has significantly changed their Pintwood Derby this year. This event now resembles a beer festival, costing $30 to enter for unlimited beer tastings for the duration of the event while supplies last. Those who want to enter the Pintwood Derby will pay $35 to enter, which also includes the beer fest entry.

Coastal Country Jam BBQ & Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 12
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://coastalcountryjam.com/

A barbecue, beer, and country music festival will take place on the beach this Saturday. Presale tickets to this event cost $75. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual BeerX Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 12
Waterfront Park, Downtown San Diego
http://www.beerxsandiego.com/

Reggae music meets craft beer at this festival taking place in Downtown San Diego this weekend. Unlimited beer tastings will take place from 12pm to 4pm, while the live music will take place all day. After 4pm, attendees will have to pay for each drink. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while early admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $99 and includes access to a VIP area. Stage VIP admission costs $229 and allows viewing of the stage from on-stage on the side. No one under 21 may attend before 4:30. Attendees can find parking at various lots around the venue that range from $6 to $20.

Rosé & Bubbles Festival
12:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 12
Leica Store & Gallery, West Hollywood
http://www.winela.com/rose-bubbles-festival

Sample rosé and other bubbly sips this Saturday in West Hollywood. Various events will take place throughout the day, and each has its own admission price. Events include general tasting events, seminars, pairings, dinners, and more. See the website for a list of events and prices.

Burgers & Brews Invitational
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 12
Del Mar Racetrack, Del Mar
http://burgersandbrews.com/

Fill your stomach with burgers and beers this Saturday in Del Mar while listening to rap music. $32 gets you unlimited burger samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. Pay an additional $10 to add ten 2oz beer samples to your pass. The venue will have additional beers and other foods for purchase, such as fries or other sides.

4th Annual Bite at the Beach
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 12
MBS Media Campus, Manhattan Beach
http://www.manhattanbeachchamber.com/bite-at-the-beach/

20 restaurants and 20 breweries come together to create an afternoon of beer pairings with food. General admission costs $75, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited tastes of food and beer. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 2pm, and includes exclusive hors d’oeuvres and Samuel Adams barrel beer tastings. No one under 21 may attend. If you must take away one thing from this event, a major beer company sponsors it.

D.I. – Live in Corona
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 12
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1433075370116693/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 13
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

48th Annual Junior Over The Line OTL Tournament
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 13
Fiesta Island, Mission Beach, San Diego
http://www.ombac.org/

An over-the-line tournament for minors will take place this Sunday in San Diego. The tournament costs $5 to enter per person.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 13
Wilmington to San Pedro
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of San Pedro through Wilmington will close to bicyclists this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bicyclists and pedestrians may roam the streets.

64th Annual San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 13
Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
http://www.scchamber.com/events/details/san-clemente-fiesta-music-festival-08-14-2016-2603

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in San Clemente this Sunday. Visitors will find beer, food, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, games, cars, motorcycles, demos, workshops, and lots more.

12th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 13
Encinitas Community Park, Encinitas
http://www.cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com/

Want a little exercise, socialization, and bonding with your dog? Come enjoy dog contests, custom pet products and animal adoptions. Vendors will display the latest dog products and much more. San Diego County’s largest dog-centric event draws thousands attendees from all over San Diego to see over 200 vendors, dog contests, live music, food, an agility course, a doggie photo booth, doggie crafts and a large silent auction. Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees should park at or near Encinitas City Hall and take the free shuttle.

33rd Annual Hillcrest CityFest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 13
5th & University, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/

Have fun at this street fair in Hillcrest this Sunday with games, activities, vendors, live music, food, a beer garden, and more. Free to attend for all ages, visitors should park at the San Diego School District Building on the east side of Hillcrest.

3rd Annual Reckless Chili Cookoff
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 13
Reckless Brewing Company, Miramar, San Diego
http://www.wetnreckless.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1022317887871215/

Bring in your best homemade chili to compete for a $25 gift certificate, or just come in to taste the other chili. This event has no admission fee.

D.I. performing Guns at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 16, 2013.

Torrance’s Mitsuwa Marketplace hosted their second annual Nagoya Fair this past weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this mini indoor fair represented the food and culture of Nagoya, Japan. While Nagoya has Japan’s third largest population, much of the world has less familiarity with Nagoya than other cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, or Hiroshima. Regardless, Nagoya has its fair share of unique culture that sets it apart from the rest of Japan, especially in their cuisine. At this Nagoya Fair, visitors could get to sample all sorts of Nagoya foods, such as Sekai no Yamachan (specialty rubbed chicken wings), Kawakyu Ice (Japanese fluffy shave ice), Nagoya miso oden (a type of egg dish), and hitsumabushi (eel, think unagi). Some of the food stands originated from real locations, such as the shave ice that comes from a real Nagoya shop called Koriya Kawakyu. As such, one cannot find these specific recipes and flavors anywhere else except for these actual shops. Throughout the weekend, the lines for all these foods never subsided, making for a long wait in order to taste every single item. A group of four could easily split into all the lines and order enough for everyone to share, as all of these foods together can represent a complete meal.

Mitsuwa Marketplace holds multiple events like this throughout the year, some big and some small. As far as Southern California goes, the Torrance location tends to host the most events since their location lends well to hosting larger events, but that should not deter you from visiting the other Mitsuwa Marketplace locations! For a full list of locations, check out their website for store hours and addresses. Check out Mitsuwa Marketplace on social media too – they have specific accounts based on location, so for this post, check out their main Facebook page and the Twitter page for Southern California.

The 2017 Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival returned to Marine Stadium near the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach this past weekend. This annual race brings teams from across the world here to compete and race their dragon boats against each other, eventually winning the tournament’s grand prize following the finals on Sunday afternoon. Registration to participate in the races closed a while ago, but spectators of all ages may attend and watch the races for free. Although this festival appears as an event for the participants only, the festival features a handful of things to do that non-racers would also enjoy.

As mentioned above, this festival featured other activities besides the racing that non-racers would enjoy. A tent in the parking lot housed a small stage for traditional Chinese performances, such as balancing acts, music, dancing, martial arts, and more. Nearby this tent, all attendees found the vendor village, complete with booths selling food, drinks, cold treats, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more.

The hundreds of teams set up their stations along Paoli Way, past the vendor village. Strolling down Paoli Way allowed everyone a glimpse into the areas of the teams, but also allowed spectators to walk down to the shore and watch the races, which all started at the north end of Marine Stadium.

With everything that the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival has to offer, everyone comes here mainly to watch the races. However, unlike most water-based races, dragon boats involve more than simply your sight. Any sound can shake the air, but a dragon boat team shakes the heart! The combination of the drummer and paddlers working in unity really gets your heart pounding, similar to the feel of a NASCAR race or the Long Beach Grand Prix. When a race actually starts, spectators simply hear drumming, the drummer shouting commands at the paddlers, the paddlers chanting, and the sweep retorting the commands. One cannot help but get excited and cheer on a team, despite not knowing which teams to cheer for!

As one of the world’s grandest dragon boat races, you ought to catch a dragon boat race in all its glory. Fans of racing sports should not miss a dragon boat race. The next opportunity to view a race will take place on Saturday, October 7th at the Los Angeles Dragon Boat Festival. Like Long Beach, anyone may spectate for free, so bring your friends & family out to this race!

This Sunday afternoon, the Long Beach Zine Fest returns for their third year running at the Museum of Latin American Art near Downtown Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this event features dozens of local writers and artists as they exhibit their literary and artistic works. Visitors can purchase much of the works, while some can partake in trading works and art instead. Extraneous vendors and live entertainment will mix things up throughout the day. Visitors should bring cash if they intend to purchase any of the work here, as well as any food or other items such as apparel and accessories. The venue has a very limited parking lot, so plan to spend time looking for parking in the surrounding neighborhoods. For additional information and updates, check on their website linked above, and follow their updates on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest on what happens and what to expect.