Posts Tagged ‘Farmers Park’

The vernal equinox arrives this weekend, meaning that the weather will start to warm up, and the daily daylight will start to extend, providing even greater incentive to get out there and explore the world. Events around town occur regularly, and most people understand the basics of most of these events, such as 5k runs, art shows, or beer fests. But what happens when a traditional event comes up with a spin? Enter FirkFest, a beer festival celebrating the wonders of cask ales. Traditional beer fests see breweries or home brewers bringing in their brews to sample to the large crowd of attendees over a short period of time. This Saturday at Farmers Park in Anaheim, FirkFest will do that same thing, except the participating breweries will bring only casks to this party. A unique fest of its kind, cask ales rarely get this type of exposure, largely due to the portability of it. As a result, only cask ales from west coast breweries can survive the trip here.

Aside from the drinks featured here, FirkFest operates largely like most other beer festivals. Admission to this festival costs $55, and includes unlimited beer tastings from all the participating breweries from noon to 3:45pm, plus free parking. Around this small area, other activities include live music and some recreational games, like bocce ball, beanbag toss, hula hoops, Jenga, and more. Towards the entrance, guests can purchase food from any of the available food vendors. The majority of the beers’ alcohol percentage range from six to eight percent, with a few going above or below that. As this event takes place mostly outdoors, make sure you prepare to spend all that time under the sun, so dress for warm weather, and have sunscreen applied just in case. Attendees can find plenty of free parking in the nearby neighborhoods, or can park in a structure adjacent to City Hall for free that day.

The Slackers: Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 6, The Casbah, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1298339-slackers-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 7-9, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/1271387-slackers-los-angeles/
http://www.theslackers.com/

Ska/reggae band The Slackers will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits to each show vary, so click on a show’s link for details.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 8
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.

3rd Annual International Drone Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 9
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 10
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://internationaldroneexpo.com/

Check out the latest in drones, gadgets, accessories, and more this weekend at the LA Convention Center. General admission to this all-ages expo costs $30, and gets you access to both days of vendors, demos, and more.

1st Annual Tour De Fullerton Pub Crawl
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 9
Pie Dog, Downtown Fullerton
http://www.piedogfullerton.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/175788752886306/

Three restaurants will have food and drink specials this Friday night in Downtown Fullerton. Bring cash, warm clothing, and perhaps a bike, and enjoy local nightlife.

7 Seconds: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 9, Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara http://www.velvet-jones.com/event/1351829-7seconds-santa-barbara/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 10, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1318871-5th-annual-slabby-holidaze-san-diego/
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 11, The Echo, Echo Park http://www.theecho.com/event/1349591-7seconds-los-angeles/

Legendary punk rock band 7 Seconds will headline a couple of shows in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

5th Annual Hike The Halo
8:30 am – 12:30 pm, December 10
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR?fr_id=5512&pg=entry

Engage in an obstacle course this Saturday morning in Anaheim. Registration costs $30, and you can pick from three available courses of varying difficulties.

63rd Annual Uptown Holiday Parade
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 10
Uptown Whittier, Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/parade/

Enjoy a FREE Christmas parade in Uptown Whittier this Saturday morning.

7th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 10-11
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles

Renegade LA returns to Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, event featured numerous independent artists and vendors not just from California, but out of state, and some out of the country. For the holiday show, expect hands-on workshops and a beer garden, in addition to the food trucks and hundreds of crafters available.

8th Annual Echo Park Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 10-11
Mack Sennett Studios, Echo Park
http://echoparkcraftfair.com/

Check out the finest in food, design, arts & crafts, and more at this craft fair in Echo Park this weekend. Admission to this all-ages fair costs $10.

5th Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 10
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://ocbrewhoho.com/

From the creators of OC Brew Ha Ha comes the OC Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival! Head to Anaheim this Saturday for an afternoon of UNLIMITED beer tastings, food, music, holiday shopping, and more. As one of the year’s final beer fests, expect to ring in 2017 with some rare and unreleased beers. In addition to the beer and food, OC Brew Ho Ho will also feature a merchandise expo, allowing attendees to do some holiday shopping while drinking beer. Tickets cost $55 and comes with free parking, a souvenir glass, and all access to all areas of the fest. As with any beer fest, all attendees must show ID, and nobody under 21 may enter.

5th Annual OC Santa Crawl
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 10
Malarky’s Irish Pub, Newport Beach
http://www.ocsantacrawl.com/

Get drunk with a bunch of random people dressed in Santa outfits and sexy holiday suits this Saturday afternoon. Participation costs $30 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on The Pier
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 10
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/holiday-concert-and-santa-on-the-pier/

Enjoy local music and visit Santa Claus on the pier at this free event on the pier this Saturday. Also catch Santa surfing at one point!

1st Annual Long Beach Homebrew Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 10
Private residence, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.welovelb.org/long-beach-homebrew-festival.html

Long Beach will have a local beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon.

25th Annual King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade
4:30 pm – 9:30 pm, December 10
King Harbor Yacht Club, Redondo Beach
http://www.khyc.org/

Enjoy two boat parades this Saturday evening in Redondo Beach. The evening will start with the paddlecraft parade with small boats and sailboats. Following that, the main parade will take place with larger boats. Check with the website for a list of good spots to watch the parade from.

8th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 10
Four locations, Santa Monica
http://www.santamonicapubcrawl.com/

Don your best Santa Claus outfits, and go bar-hopping with your friends and new friends this Saturday night in Santa Monica. Participation costs $20 per route, and attendees may choose one of four possible routes. It goes without saying that no one under 21 may participate.

34th Annual Parade of 1000 Lights Christmas Boat Parade
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 10
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelineyachtclub.com/

Bring out your family to witness an illuminating parade on the water this Saturday night in Shoreline Village near Downtown Long Beach.

54th Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 10
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey
http://www.mdrboatparade.org/

Rain or shine, this boat parade will go on! The night begins with fireworks scheduled for 5:55 pm, immediately followed by the boat parade at 6pm.

2016 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 10
2nd Street, Downtown Pomona
http://www.downtownpomona.org/christmas-parade/

Looking for a Christmas parade to bring your friends & family to? Check out Downtown Pomona this Saturday night for a free parade. Parking meters shut off for that day, so guests can park for free.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 10
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/calendar/events
http://www.facebook.com/events/602505239934377/

Anaheim Packing District will hold its own night market this Saturday night. Unlike most other night markets taking place around Southern California, this has nothing to do with the Asian-influenced night markets. Instead, this event will simply have local crafts, artisans, musicians, curators, live music, and more.

The Adolescents @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 10
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/adolescentsandthedickies

Legendary punk rock band The Adolescents will headline their annual December show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

11th Annual Newport Beach Santa Pub Crawl
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 10
Newport Landing OR Woody’s Wharf, Newport Beach
http://www.nbsantapubcrawl.com/

Don your best Santa Claus outfits, and go bar-hopping with your friends and new friends this Saturday night in Newport Beach. Participation costs $20 presale or $25 on the night of the event. It goes without saying that no one under 21 may participate.

Holiday on Adams Avenue
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 11
Kensington Park, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/HolidayOnAdams.html

Visit Santa Claus, play in snow, enjoy arts & crafts booths, watch a movie, and more at the park at this family-friendly event this Saturday afternoon, all for free!

OC Weekly’s Holiday Cheers 2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 11
[AV] Irvine, Irvine
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/holidaycheers/

Mix and mingle with rich people at this fancy cocktail party in Orange County this Sunday afternoon in Irvine. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55, starts at 1pm, and provides access to a VIP lounge. No one under 21 may attend.

45th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 11 & 18
San Diego Bay, San Diego/Coronado
http://www.sdparadeoflights.org/

Enjoy a free Christmas boat parade along San Diego Bay this Sunday evening.

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 11
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
http://mbfireworks.com/

This Sunday night, many streets near the Manhattan Beach Pier will close, as thousands of spectators gather to watch fireworks (which start at 7pm), dance, drink, mingle, and more. Completely free to attend, expect chaos with this many people. Arrive early to snag a good parking spot.

6th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 4
J Street b/w 6th & 10th, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://eastvillagesandiego.com/6th-annual-east-village-opening-day-block-party-on-april-4th/

This free and all-ages event celebrates the San Diego Padres’ annual opening game. This street party will have craft beer, live music, food, drinks, vendors, and more.

First Tuesdays Tap Takeover: Bottle Logic
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 5
Amazing Grapes, Rancho Santa Margarita
http://www.amazinggrapes.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/685025194973562/

Amazing Grapes in Rancho Santa Margarita has a feature tap takeover every first Tuesday of the month. This month, they will feature Bottle Logic on tap. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a beer or more.

Stone Pilot Series: Experimental IPA Taste Test
11:00 am – 2:00 am, April 6
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1107186412637100/

Stone Brewing has some experimental IPA’s going on, and Far Bar will have two of them, #2 and #3. You get to help decide the customer favorite. Participants will get a taster of each first, then get a pint of their favorite. Whichever brew sells the most at the end of the day wins.

Brewballers Bottle Share
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 6
The Brew & Meatball Co., Covina
http://www.facebook.com/events/576171029212075/

Got an interesting beer that you would like to share? Bring at least 750mL of beer, your own glass, and $10, and you can enjoy all the wonderful beers that everyone else will bring.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, April 6
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.

Scrapbook Expo – Orange County
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 7-9
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.scrapbookexpo.com/

The nationally-famous Scrapbook Expo comes to Southern California this week! Admission to this all-ages expo varies in price, starting at $8 for a one-day general admission adult ticket.

Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 7
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/taste-leucadia/

Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $20 presale or $30 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $15, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.

Spring Cider Slam with 2 Towns Ciderhouse
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 7
Restauration, Long Beach
http://restaurationlb.com/events/spring-cider-slam-with-2-towns-ciderhouse/

Enjoy some spring seasonal ciders in Long Beach this Thursday evening. Enjoy them individually, or try all four as a flight. This event has no cover charge.

4th Annual Orange County Improv Festival
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 7-9
STAGEStheatre, Fullerton
http://ocimprovfest.com/

Enjoy up to three nights of improv comedy in Orange County this weekend. Individual shows cost $10 to $15, while a pass for a full day costs $25. The venue has a small parking lot, and the surrounding neighborhood only allows parking for up to two hours, so plan your commute accordingly. The website does not specify an age minimum, though you can expect adult humor, so consider leaving the little ones at home.

Lucidity Festival 2016
10:00 am – 8:00 am, April 8-10
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara
http://2016.lucidityfestival.com/

Basically, a music & art festival that spans an entire weekend, similar to Coachella. This event runs nonstop from Friday morning through Monday morning. Lucidity requires many words to explain, which the website does a great job of. With dozens of stages, hundreds of vendors & artists, and endless activities, visitors will never run out of things to do here.

2016 Formula Drift
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 8
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 9
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://formulad.com/schedule/long-beach

Taking place a week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Formula Drift competition utilizes the sharpest turns of the track to put on a show that everyone can enjoy. Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event costs $40 plus fees up to $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so plan to carpool, take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood to the east to alleviate that parking fee.

Jello Biafra DJ Set
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 8
Diego’s Rock n’ Roll Bar & Eats, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1730562247155489/

Enjoy a night of punk rock music this Friday night in Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Los Skarnales Boss Bday Bash
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 8
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/243090

Rock out to local punk/ska bands this Friday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

5th Annual Hollywood Half Marathon & 5k / 10k
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 9
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
http://hollywoodhalfmarathon.com/

The streets of Hollywood close down this Saturday morning for this series of races. Registration costs $105 for the half-marathon, $50 for the 10k, or $45 for the 5k.

Angels 5k & Fun Run
6:00 am – 9:00 am, April 9
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.race-angels.com/

Take part in a 5k and/or fun run at Angel Stadium this Saturday morning. Registration costs $45 for the 5k or $30 for the fun run.

42nd Annual Run Seal Beach 5k/10k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, April 9
Marina Community Park, Seal Beach
http://www.runsealbeach.com/

A 5k/10k run will cover the streets of Seal Beach this Saturday morning. Registration costs $40 and includes an event t-shirt (XXL size costs $3 more). Plan your commute accordingly.

ArtFest 2016
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 9-10
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/artfest.htm

Enjoy hundreds of art displays, cars, and live music this weekend at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Admission costs $14, with discounts available for seniors, military, students, and children.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 9
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

21st Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 9-10
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Immerse yourself in a world of literature this weekend on the USC campus, completely free to attend. In addition to finding thousands of books here, visitors can expect live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment, artists creating their work on-site, a photography exhibit, film screenings, discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics, and so much more. Parking on campus costs $10, while the indoor seminars cost between $10 to $15 to attend.

5th Annual Healthy Living Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 9-10
Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, Del Mar
http://www.healthylivingfestival.com/

Check out this health & wellness expo this weekend, FREE to attend for all ages! Guests can experience cooking demos, medical testing, belly dancers, fitness workshops, food & drink samples, massages, speakers, fitness tests, yoga classes, speakers, and more.

2016 Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire: Opening Day
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 9
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale
http://www.renfair.com/socal/

This renaissance faire will run from this Saturday through May 22nd this year. Admission costs $29 for adults or $15 for children.

San Diego BBQ Fest 2016
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 9
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://eliteeventssd.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of food and craft beer in San Diego this Saturday. Admission comes in three tiers ($25, $40, and $75), and each provides a different amount of perks, from unlimited food and beer to just admission only. If you get any of the two lower admissions, bring cash to pay for food.

5th Annual Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 9
Historic Downtown Vista Village, Vista
http://www.sdrhythmandbrews.com/

The San Diego Brewers Guild presents the Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival this Saturday afternoon in the historic Vista Village district. Now in its fifth year, this festival now contains over 50 breweries, nine music acts across three stages, and plenty of food for sale from local businesses. General admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, starts at 1pm, and comes with a souvenir glass good for unlimited beer tastings. VIP admission costs $55 presale only, and starts an hour earlier at 12pm. No one under 21 may attend.

KROQ Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 9
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/kro/

Party with hundreds of other people this Saturday afternoon at the Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia. The $5 admission gets you access to food trucks, lawn games, live music, horse racing, and the beer garden. Bring plenty of cash to pay for food and beer. Upgrade to the $30 VIP admission for backstage access, two drink scrips, a souvenir hat, and more.

8th Annual Los Angeles Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 9
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. Tickets cost $40, but does not include parking.

Balboa Craft Beer Festival 2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 9
Balboa Village, Newport Beach
http://www.balboabeerfest.com/

Enjoy beach weather and craft beer this Saturday afternoon near Balboa Island. General admission costs $55, and includes unlimited beer AND food. No one under 21 may attend.

Innovation Brew Works One Year Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 9
Innovation Brew Works, Pomona
http://www.ibrewworks.com/

This young Pomona microbrewery turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will have an anniversary party at their tasting room this Saturday. Admission ranges from $10 to $30, and each type of admission will provide varying levels of beer and other goodies. Check their website linked above for a full breakdown of what each level of admission gets.

5th Annual Anaheim Citrusfest
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 9
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages event in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon, filled with lots of family-friendly activities.

Bane: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 9, Union Nightclub, Los Angeles http://www.unionclubla.com/event/1071657-bane-final-los-angeles-los-angeles/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 10, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/bane
http://www.banecentral.com/

Hardcore band Bane currently tours across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these shows vary, so click on a show’s link for pricing details.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) @ The Frida Cinema
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, April 9
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/event/tmnt/

Come watch the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Attendees will also get treated to pizza, trivia, prizesm giveaways, photo opportunities with the characters, and more. Admission costs $17, or add $1 more to receive a Foot Clan headband.

Mad Parade @ Cafe NELA
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 9
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/931104043647949/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around.

Bubble Run Irvine
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 10
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine
http://www.bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/irvine-ca/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race. 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.

10th Annual Cambodian New Year Parade
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 10
Anaheim St, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/

Catch a free public parade this Sunday morning in Cambodia Town in Long Beach that celebrates the Cambodian New Year. Arrive early to find adequate parking.

6th Annual Session Fest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 10
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/session

On the opposite side of strong ales lie session beers – beers lower in alcohol content while maximizing flavor. Brewers created session ales so that craft beer lovers can drink more in a session without going overboard, especially with strong ales or hoppy beers. Eagle Rock Brewery started Session Fest to encourage new craft beer drinkers to enjoy what breweries can offer, and they will repeat the fest again this Sunday. For just $15, guests will receive three pints of any session beer featured at the tasting room, in addition to keeping the glass they receive to drink out of. Guests may purchase additional drink tickets if desired. No one under 21 may participate.

Peelander-Z @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 10
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1098379-peelander-z-long-beach/

Enjoy a night of punk and ska this Sunday at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

With Spring now underway, the weather starts to warm up, and the daily daylight starts to extend, providing even greater incentive to get out there and explore the world. Events around town occur regularly, and most people understand the basics of most of these events, such as 5k runs, art shows, or beer fests. But what happens when a traditional event comes up with a spin? Enter Firkfest, a beer festival celebrating the wonders of cask ales. Traditional beer fests see breweries or home brewers bringing in their brews to sample to the large crowd of attendees over a short period of time. This past Saturday at Farmers Park in Anaheim, Firkfest did that same thing, except the participating breweries brought only casks to this party. A one-of-a-kind festival, cask ales rarely get this type of exposure, largely due to the portability of it. As a result, only cask ales from breweries on the west coast could survive the trip here. Aside from the drinks featured here, Firkfest operated largely like most other beer festivals. Admission to this festival cost $55, and included unlimited beer tastings from all the participating breweries from noon to 3:45pm, plus free parking. Around this small area, other activities included live music and some recreational games, like bocce ball, cornhole, Jenga, and more. For the majority of the beers, the alcohol percentage ranged from six to eight percent, with a few going above or below that. I managed to try something from every brewery since none of the breweries held any timed releases like some have in the past – all attendees could receive any beer right from the start.

Now in its third year, Firkfest has solidified itself as one of the staple Orange County beer festivals for craft beer fans to attend. Last year, the organizers also incorporated a chili cookoff into the event, allowing local businesses to enter their best rendition of chili to a contest, while also allowing attendees to sample the chili. This year, they appear to have ditched that idea, intending to focus solely on the brews at hand. As a persistent problem since their first year, the staff clearly could have handled the entrance line a lot better. The front gate volunteers did not start checking tickets and handing out wristbands until 12pm on the dot, losing valuable time for the attendees way at the back of the line. To mitigate this issue, they could have ran two lines: one line to check in & receive a wristband, and another line for the express entrance with just showing the wristband. As a notable experience, the attendance remained below average for a beer fest. Some of the larger beer festivals have you standing shoulder to shoulder with other people, waiting in long lines for generic beer that may even include macro beers like Shock Top. Those “drunk fests” do not emphasize the quality of the beer – they focus on quantity and getting people as drunk as the next person. Firkfest got the quality beers for a fest with a manageable attendance, keeping things slightly more intimate and allowing greater interactions with the attendees and the representatives from the breweries. The organizers also resolved parking by allowing guests to park for free in a parking structure that normally would not allow so many people to park in for so long. The venue worked out great for the wide space, and the weather made it even better. With nothing outstanding to complain about, I foresee Firkfest standing strong for many years.

The vernal equinox arrives this weekend, meaning that the weather will start to warm up, and the daily daylight will start to extend, providing even greater incentive to get out there and explore the world. Events around town occur regularly, and most people understand the basics of most of these events, such as 5k runs, art shows, or beer fests. But what happens when a traditional event comes up with a spin? Enter FirkFest, a beer festival celebrating the wonders of cask ales. Traditional beer fests see breweries or home brewers bringing in their brews to sample to the large crowd of attendees over a short period of time. This Saturday at Farmers Park in Anaheim, FirkFest will do that same thing, except the participating breweries will bring only casks to this party. A unique fest of its kind, cask ales rarely get this type of exposure, largely due to the portability of it. As a result, only cask ales from west coast breweries can survive the trip here.

Aside from the drinks featured here, FirkFest operates largely like most other beer festivals. Admission to this festival costs $55*, and includes unlimited beer tastings from all the participating breweries from noon to 3:45pm, plus free parking. Around this small area, other activities include live music and some recreational games, like bocce ball, beanbag toss, hula hoops, Jenga, and more. Towards the entrance, guests can purchase food from any of the available food vendors. The majority of the beers’ alcohol percentage range from six to eight percent, with a few going above or below that.

* = Use promo code boozeblog to receive $5 off admission

Business & Beer @ Abigaile
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 10
Abigaile Restaurant, Hermosa Beach
http://businessnbeer.com/the-brewery-at-abigaile-december-10-2015/

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 Abigaile in Hermosa Beach. 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, December 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.

2nd Annual youbloomLA Music Festival & Conference
7:00 pm – 12:30 am, December 10-11
9:30 am – 1:00 am, December 12
Highland Park Ebell, Highland Park
http://www.youbloom.com/la-2015/

A handful of bands will perform across three different venues around Los Angeles, along with a musicians’ conference in Highland Park this Saturday. Each show has its own cover charge, while the conference costs $25 to attend.

Reverend Horton Heat: On The Road
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 10, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura http://www.venturatheater.net/event/954591-reverend-horton-heat-ventura/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 11-12, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/reverend-horton-heat
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 13, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/event/6095745
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The Reverend Horton Heat currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Each of these all-ages shows have different ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for prices.

The Aggrolites: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 10, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/theaggrolites
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 12, Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach http://www.saintrocke.com/event/991781-aggrolites-hermosa-beach/
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 13, Music Box, Little Italy, San Diego http://www.aggroreggae.com/

The Aggrolites will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Each of these shows have different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link for information.

Agnostic Front: On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 10, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/970869-agnostic-front-west-hollywood/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 11, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/968711-agnostic-front-long-beach/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 12, Til Two Club, City Heights, San Diego http://www.tiltwoclub.com/events/agnostic-front-w-fury-death-march-revolt-chix/
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 13, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/222937
http://www.agnosticfront.com/

Hardcore punk band Agnostic Front currently tours across the nation, and that tour sweeps through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age restrictions for each of these shows vary by location, so click on a show’s link for information.

Punk Night @ The Redwood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 10
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1687206661515344/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Thursday night at the Redwood Bar in Downtown Los Angeles. The cover charge for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Ho Ho Holiday Extravaganza
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 11
Surf Dogs Sports Grill, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/140586022968679/

Rock out to some local punk rock at this FREE show this Friday night in Huntington Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

62nd Annual Uptown Holiday Parade
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 12
Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2015-the-62nd-annual-uptown-holiday-parade/

Enjoy a FREE Christmas parade in Uptown Whittier this Saturday morning.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 12
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/marketplace.html

Gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon for FREE!

6th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 12-13
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles

Renegade LA returns to Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, event featured numerous independent artists and vendors not just from California, but out of state, and some out of the country. For the holiday show, expect hands-on workshops and a beer garden, in addition to the food trucks and hundreds of crafters available.

Pet Winter Wonderland
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 12
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 13
LA Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.holidaypetexpo.com/

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more. Bring cash for parking, which will cost between $10 to $20 per vehicle.

7th Annual Echo Park Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 12-13
Mack Sennett Studios, Echo Park
http://echoparkcraftfair.com/

Check out the finest in food, design, arts & crafts, and more at this craft fair in Echo Park this weekend. Admission to this all-ages fair costs $10.

Beer Geek Brunch
11:30 am – 2:00 pm, December 12
Native Son Alehouse, Santa Ana
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2464724

Enjoy a three-course brunch this Saturday early afternoon complete with craft beer pairings. Registration costs $40. No one under 21 may participate.

4th Annual OC Santa Crawl
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 12
Malarky’s Irish Pub, Newport Beach
http://www.ocsantacrawl.com/

Get drunk with a bunch of random people dressed in Santa outfits and sexy holiday suits this Saturday afternoon. Participation costs $30, or $15 with promo code FB15. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on The Pier
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 12
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/5th-annual-holiday-concert-santa-on-the-pier/

Enjoy local music and visit Santa Claus on the pier at this free event on the pier this Saturday. Also catch Santa surfing at one point!

2015 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 12
2nd Street, Downtown Pomona
http://www.downtownpomona.org/christmas-parade-2014/

Looking for a Christmas parade to bring your friends & family to? Check out Downtown Pomona this Saturday morning for a free parade. Parking meters shut off for that day, so guests can park for free.

62nd Annual Daisy Avenue Parade
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 12
Daisy Avenue, Long Beach
http://www.longbeach.gov/district7/news/daisy-avenue-holiday-events-2015/

Unlike most parades that march through a commercial area, this parade rolls through a residential neighborhood, making for a quieter, calmer parade with an emphasis on visuals.

7th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 12
Four locations, Santa Monica
http://www.santamonicapubcrawl.com/

Don your best Santa Claus outfits, and go bar-hopping with your friends and new friends this Saturday night in Santa Monica. Participation costs $12 per route, and attendees may choose one of four possible routes. It goes without saying that no one under 21 may participate.

33rd Annual Parade of 1000 Lights Christmas Boat Parade
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 12
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelineyachtclub.com/

Bring out your family to witness an illuminating parade on the water this Saturday night.

53rd Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 12
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey
http://www.mdrboatparade.org/

Rain or shine, this boat parade will go on! The night begins with fireworks scheduled for 5:55 pm, immediately followed by the boat parade at 6pm.

69th Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 12
Naples Island Canals, Long Beach
http://www.naplesca.com/

This annual holiday boat parade returns to the canals in & around Naples Island this Saturday evening. Completely free to attend, immediate streets along the parade route begin closing to traffic at 5pm. Spectators get to see dozens of boats decorated with Christmas lights and props as they sail through the parade route. Large boats start at 6pm and sail entirely south of 2nd Street, while small boats start at 6:45pm and begin at Marine Stadium before following a route similar to the large boats.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 12
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/calendar/events

Anaheim Packing District will hold its own night market this Saturday night. Unlike most other night markets taking place around Southern California, this has nothing to do with the Asian-influenced night markets. Instead, this event will simply have local crafts, artisans, musicians, curators, live music, and more.

Litmus Green – Live in Corona
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 12
Maya’s Cafe, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/900152373406661/

Rock out to local punk bands this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

10th Annual Newport Beach Santa Pub Crawl
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 12
Newport Landing OR Woody’s Wharf, Newport Beach
http://www.nbsantapubcrawl.com/

Don your best Santa Claus outfits, and go bar-hopping with your friends and new friends this Saturday night in Newport Beach. Participation costs $20 presale or $25 on the night of the event. It goes without saying that no one under 21 may participate.

Holiday on Adams Avenue
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 13
Kensington Park, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/HolidayOnAdams.html

Visit Santa Claus, play in snow, enjoy arts & crafts booths, watch a movie, and more at the park at this family-friendly event this Saturday afternoon, all for free!

44th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, December 13
San Diego Bay, San Diego/Coronado
http://www.sdparadeoflights.org/

Enjoy a free Christmas boat parade along San Diego Bay this Sunday evening.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 5-7
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Leimert Park Village African Arts & Music Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 5-7
Leimert Park Village, Los Angeles
http://www.leimertparkvillagefestival.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages African cultural event going on all weekend in Leimert Park.

Pacific Media Expo 2015
10:00 am – 11:30 pm, September 5-6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://pacificmediaexpo.info/2015/

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 or Sunday, $30 for Monday, or $65 for the entire weekend. Children 6-12 enter for $30, while children 5 & under enter for free with paid adult admission.

66th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5-7
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

Labor Day Punk Rock Show & BBQ
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 7
Alano of Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/943167702424393/

Enjoy some local punk rock and BBQ on this fine holiday afternoon today in Costa Mesa. Admission for this all-ages event simply requires a donation to cover the cost of food.

Amalgamator IPA Bottle Release
11:30 am – 10:00 pm, September 8
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ brings back their Amalgamator IPA in bottles this Tuesday, and you can snag bombers of this brew for $8 each at both of their locations.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 8
Downtown Pacific Beach
http://www.pacificbeach.org/

Take a stroll through Pacific Beach this Tuesday evening and sample on a variety of foods from the local participating restaurants. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last.

The Get Up Kids: 20th Anniversary Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 8, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/881625-get-up-kids-20th-anniversary-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 9, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/the-get-up-kids
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 10, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=6009375
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/870073-get-up-kids-20th-anniversary-los-angeles/

The Get Up Kids currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a show’s link for details.

OC Pub Crawl – Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 9
Downtown Santa Ana
http://occrawl.com/pubcrawl/

Embark on a guided stroll through five different establishments in Downtown Santa Ana this Wednesday night and sip on craft beer at each stop. Admission costs $25 for five drinks or $40 for ten drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Charger Girls Calendar Unveiling Party
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 9
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/117206798631274/

Meet the entire Chargers cheer squad, buy swimsuit calendars, get autographs, and take photos at this meet & greet at the San Diego House of Blues this Wednesday night, free to attend for all ages.

CaterCon 2015
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 10
Business Expo Center, Anaheim
http://catercon.com/

Taste food samples from local caterers, discover event/planning services, learn about event planning, enjoy live local music & entertainment, and more at this event in Anaheim this Thursday evening. Admission costs $50 presale or $65 at the door.

2015 Taste of Downtown San Diego
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 10
Florent Restaurant & Lounge, San Diego
http://www.downtownsandiego.org/events/annual-taste-of-downtown/

Take a stroll through Downtown San Diego as you enjoy food samples from restaurants throughout Downtown San Diego this Thursday evening. For $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event, enjoy food samples from over 40 restaurants in Downtown all serving their flagship foods.

2015 San Diego Road Runner Sports Adventure Run
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 10
Road Runner Sports, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-san-diego-road-runner-sports-adventure-run-tickets-15040243774

Participate in a FREE, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with giveaways, raffle prizes, music, and a FREE beer garden. Your Adventure starts when you arrive early to collect your supplies and try cool new products from Adventure Run sponsors for free.When the run starts, hit the road and collect as many raffle tickets from as many checkpoints as possible in 60 minutes, then rush back for a chance to win over $3,000 in raffle prizes.

Business & Beer @ Smog City Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 10
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/437415339794348/

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 Smog City Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

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

Einstök Tap Takeover
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 10
The Daily Pint, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/1610102212597961/

Einstök will stock the taps with their brews at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica this Thursday night. Stop on by for a nice cold one, and take home a specialty Einstök glass while supplies last.

K9 Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 11-12
Granada Launch Ramp, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachseafestival.com/events/events-calendar-view/event/118-k9-festival

At this FREE and all-ages event on the beach, find lots of pet-related vendors, athletic demos, competitions, games, pet adoptions, arts & crafts, live music, food & drinks, and more.

17th Annual Los Angeles Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 11
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
Saint Sophia Cathedral, West Los Angeles
http://lagreekfest.com/

Just a week after the Long Beach Greek Fest, the LA Greek Fest will basically have the same things: food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. Admission to this all-ages festival costs $5 per person per day.

18th Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 11
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.originallobsterfestival.com/

Dubbed as the FIRST Lobster Festival, the organizers from the Long Beach Crawfish Fest and OC BBQ Bonanza will bring tons of lobsters to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. In addition to all the lobster, the fest’s additional variety will include local music bands, dancers, artists, and more. Prices vary, but pre-purchasing tickets online will save you $2 each. Active U.S. military personnel can enter for free! As with any event in this area, attendees will have to pay for parking. You can find free parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

The Vibrators @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1446285585685765/

Enjoy some punk rock music at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

2015 Grape Day Festival + Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 12
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.

2015 Long Beach Comic Con
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 12
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 13
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/

Come to the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Fans of comic books, pop culture, cartoons, media, anime/manga, and more will find lots to do, see, and buy at this expo. Saturday costs $30, while Sunday costs $25. Downtown Long Beach contains very few free parking, so either park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or take public transportation from elsewhere.

Weekend in Polynesia
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 12-13
Recreation Park, Long Beach
http://www.pacifictalent.org/PTAA/Welcome.html

Surround yourself with the cultures of the Southern Pacific Islands at this two-day all-ages festival taking place this weekend in Long Beach. Free to attend, visitors will experience live entertainment, dance, music, arts & crafts, games, cultural food & drinks, merchandise, and more.

Solana Beach Super Tasty 5k
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 12
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, San Diego
http://www.girodisandiego.com/taste-of-solana-beach-gourmet-fondo.html

Participate in a 5k unlike any other! This 5k course contains numerous restaurant stops that all participants must stop by and eat the required amount of food before moving on to the next. Typically runners avoid racing with food in their stomachs, but this run encourages running on a full belly. Registration for this run costs $40 per individual, with various price options for groups.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 12
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/710735092404461/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

2015 Coronado Art Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 12-13
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.coronadoartwalk.org/

Free to attend for all ages, explore works of art from dozens of local artists, artisans, crafters, makers, and more at this outdoor art walk. Visitors will find paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, and more. The Coronado Ferry Landing’s restaurants, galleries, and shops will also have specials while providing live local music throughout the weekend.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Rancho Cucamonga Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 12
Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/877450855672595/

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.

Dogs of Downtown Long Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 12
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Saluting-Our-Four-Legged-Family-Members-DLBA-Launches-First-Event-Dedicated-to-Dogs

Free to attend for all ages, hundreds of dog owners and dog lovers will convene in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday afternoon for a fun-filled afternoon of all things dogs. Visitors will find an agility course, pet photo booth, pet adoption services, pet care services, vendors, and more. In addition, Beachwood Brewing will release a special brew made just for this event, so make sure you grab a sip of this while in the area.

Venice Beach Music Fest 10
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, September 12
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicebeachmusicfest.com/

Experience local music, art, and dance at this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday.

California Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, September 12-13
Frank G. Bonelli Park, San Dimas
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

If for some reason you decide to go to this beer fest instead of OC Brew Ha Ha, I will not stop you. Saturday represents their beer tasting event with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. General admission to this costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 11:30am. No one under 21 may attend on Saturday. On Sunday, admission costs $10 and provides access to a plethora of food and beer vendors along with live music all day. All attendees will have to pay for food and drinks separately on Sunday.

San Diego Restaurant Week Launch Party
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, September 12
Go Green Agriculture, Encinitas
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/upcoming-events/san-diego-restaurant-week-launch-party/

San Diego Restaurant Week returns starting on the 20th this month, but they will have their inaugural launch party this Saturday afternoon in Encinitas. For just $75 admission, sample a variety of foods from over a dozen of this year’s participating restaurants, and enjoy sips from over 20 local breweries, wineries, and distilleries. No one under 21 may attend.

13th Annual Back to School Chalk Art Festival on The Pier
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 12
Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/13th-annual-chalk-art-festival/

Turn Redondo Beach Pier into a public canvas this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, the first 150 people receive free chalk to either use on the spot or take home. In addition, visitors will enjoy live music and may enter to win prizes.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2015
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 12
Royce Quad, UCLA, West Los Angeles
http://www.lalovesalexslemonade.org/

Chefs and mixologists from around the world converge to UCLA this Saturday afternoon to serve their unique creations to all attendees. For $195 regular admission, enjoy all the food and drinks you can handle, and mingle with the curators of whatever you consume too.

4th Annual Reader Feast
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 12
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/readerfeast/

The San Diego Reader hosts this food fest that collects the best of San Diego eats into one location for a night of feasting and drinking. General admission costs $30 presale or $40 at the door, starts at 1pm, and provides all-access to all food & drink samples. VIP admission costs $45 presale or $55 at the door, starts at 12pm, and in addition to unlimited food & drink samples, comes with two full-pour drinks and a goodie bag. No one under 21 may attend.

The 6th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 12
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
http://ocbrewfest.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha returns for its sixth annual iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Irvine. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, this craft beer festival will feature over 100 different breweries, over 200 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 presale, $55 at the door, and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 presale, $70 at the door, and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

Speaking of transportation, ensure that you look up the location prior. Cell phone signals do not reach Oak Canyon Park, so once you arrive, expect to turn off your phone to conserve battery. Oak Canyon Park only has two ways to exit, both of which always have police stationed to catch drunk drivers. The toll-free method to arriving involves taking the 55 freeway, exiting Chapman Avenue, and driving east until you reach the park.

Remember: if you have any questions, send me a tweet @OnePunkArmy – I have attended the Brew Ha Ha before, and driven to Oak Canyon Park numerous times.

1st Annual San Diego Crab & Sushi Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 12
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.crabandsushifestivalsd.com/

Submerge yourself in seafood and beer this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $75 and comes with a pound of crab legs, one sushi roll, and two drink tickets. VIP admission costs $150 and comes with access to a VIP area, all you can eat crab legs & sushi, five drink tickets, an event t-shirt & sunglasses, and access to an after-party. No one under 21 may attend.

Downey International Food Festival 2015
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
Downey Ave & 3rd St, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/discover/international_food_n_music_festival_2015.asp

Downtown Downey will bustle with activity this Saturday evening. On Downey Avenue in downtown, visitors of all ages can walk the street for free to check out local restaurants serving food here, plus a beer & wine garden, kids’ zone, live music, and an outdoor movie at night.

6th Annual Santee Bluegrass Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 12
Town Center Community Park East, Santee
http://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/?page=8&recordid=2926&returnURL=%2findex.aspx

Enjoy bluegrass music, food, desserts, beer, wine, and more at this community music show this Saturday evening in Santee. Admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a souvenir cup. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 12
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2015/9/13/anaheim-night-market-3

Anaheim Packing District will hold its own night market this Saturday night. Unlike most other night markets taking place around Southern California, this has nothing to do with the Asian-influenced night markets. Instead, this event will simply have local crafts, artisans, musicians, curators, live music, and more.

The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 12
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/874691769289382/

Attend a screening of a documentary featuring legendary punk band The Damned this Saturday night in Santa Ana. General admission for this screening costs $10.

Lauren’s B-Day Punk Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 12
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/469758713192953/

Enjoy some local punk rock music in Laguna Niguel this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

26th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 13
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://belmontshorecarshow.com/

This car show will completely take over 2nd Street and its side streets this Sunday. Come see over 700 cars on display while walking the streets of glorious Belmont Shore. Completely free to attend, your best bet at parking will reside somewhere in Belmont Heights i.e. north of 2nd Street.

2015 Harvest Moon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 13
Arcadia County Park, Arcadia
http://www.la18.tv/la18-harvest-moon-festival-2015

Considered an Asian Thanksgiving, this all-ages Asian cultural festival will take place this Sunday afternoon at Arcadia County Park. Completely FREE to attend, guests will find food, drinks, desserts, live entertainment, games, rides, a kid’s area, and more. Guests can park for free at the Santa Anita Racetrack by entering Gate 5 and taking the shuttle once inside.

14th Annual Little Ethiopia Cultural Street Fair
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 13
Fairfax b/t Olympic & Whitworth, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.eaf.la/2015/08/little-ethiopia-cultural-street.html

At this free & all-ages cultural street fair, find all sorts of Ethiopian-inspired food, art, music, and more.

Following up on a great first run back in June, the So Cal Brew Fest returned this past Saturday for their second go at a beer tasting event. This beer fest took place at the Farmers Park in Anaheim near the Anaheim Packing House and featured 17 breweries all pouring a couple of their refreshing brews. The admission into this beer fest included unlimited beer tasters and unlimited food samples from the few food vendors present. While the original admission cost of $50 seemed higher than most other beer festivals in Southern California, the unlimited food helped to offset that cost. This event saw primarily Southern Californian breweries with the sole exception of Anderson Valley, plus a few food vendors: Umami Burger, Brandy’s Sweet Temptations, Bronx Sandwich Co., and Urbana Anaheim. Along with all the beer and food available, attendees got to enjoy some field games like Bocce Ball, beanbag toss, and Jenga, as well as a live DJ. As attendance did not surpass a few hundred, attendees had lots of free range here, with plenty of space to move about, and never having to wait for any food or beer.

For a weekend with plenty other beer festivals taking place, this event saw some fierce competition in attracting craft beer fans. The initial price tag of the event may have put some people off. At $50 and only 17 breweries, this comes nowhere close to the big festivals such as OC Brew Ha Ha coming in less than two weeks from now, who has over 90 breweries, costs only $45, and lasts five hours. Once people realized that admission included unlimited food, suddenly the price feels reasonable. The organizers certainly could have done with more content, such as more breweries and more food vendors. Ideally, at least 20 breweries and at least six food vendors could justify the price tag. On a side note, vegetarians/vegans could not enjoy any of the food present at this event, but hey- they chose that life.

A small beer fest faced low attendance, to nobody’s surprise. I do expect the So Cal Brew Fest to return again next year, hopefully rectifying any beginner’s mistakes. The organizers could certainly use a lot more breweries and food vendors, as that would justify the price if attendees know that they also get food included with admission. As for attendance, I have no clue why so few people attended this event. As a result, the breweries had beer available until the end, and the food vendors did not run out of food. The organizers could kick up the marketing to attract more attendees as well. Promo codes help, such as my onepunkarmy promo code that cut 20% off admission. Keep an eye out for things to come from So Cal Brew Fest by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Haven Gastropub 6-Year Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 25
Haven Gastropub, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/1478427519141436/

The long-standing Haven Gastropub turns six years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have an all-day celebration at their restaurant in Old Towne Orange. On this day, Haven will tap a bunch of rare brews for your enjoyment. At night, enjoy an 8-course dinner for $100 per person (reservations required).

San Diego Craft Beer Job Fair
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 25
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-craft-beer-job-fair-tickets-16995250251

Interested in a career in the craft beer industry? Dress sharp and bring plenty of résumés to this craft beer job fair in San Diego this Tuesday, completely free to attend.

Three Weav3rs Bottle Release
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/879166495509486/

Three Weav3ers Brewing now has retail bottles available, and you can snag some at Select Beer Store starting this Wednesday.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26-27
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Waterfront-2015

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

OC Wine Crawl – Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26
The Barrel Room, Downtown Santa Ana
http://occrawl.com/winecrawl/

Embark on a guided stroll through five different establishments in Downtown Santa Ana this Wednesday night and sip on fine wine at each stop. Admission costs $25 for five drinks or $40 for ten drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 27
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

5th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 28
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 29
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, August 30
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.lafw.com/

Discover the multitude of food and wine options available in Southern California this week throughout Los Angeles County. Dozens of different events will take place that all feature something different, such as demonstrations, tastings, parties, and more. Events range in price from $100 to $250, so look at the website to discover what events float your boat.

Einstök Tap Takeover @ Congregation Ale House
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 27
Congregation Ale House, Long Beach/Pasadena/Asuza
http://www.facebook.com/events/116107832070569/

Iceland’s premier craft beer hits the taps at all Congregation Ale House locations this Thursday night. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy a nice cold one.

Noble Ale Works Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Noble Ale Works will occupy many of the taps at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one.

Anime California 2015
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 28
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 29-30
Hyatt Regency, Garden Grove
http://www.animecalifornia.com/

Anime, manga, and cosplay fans rejoice! Anime California returns this weekend to the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove, this 3-day expo contains hundreds of artist & vendor booths, various special events such as a masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $35 per day or $50 for the entire weekend.

C4 Central Coast Comic Con
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 28
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 29
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 30
Ventura County Fair Grounds, Ventura
http://www.venturacomiccon.com/

Come to see all things comics, sci-fi, and pop culture at the Central Coast Comic Con this weekend in Ventura. As with any comic con, attendees will find hundreds of artists, vendors, merchandise, and cosplayers to interact with, and attendees can participate in panels, speakers, seminars, discussions, contests, and more. Admission greatly varies, starting at $20 for a Friday pass and going all the way up to $100 for VIP passes. Check with the website for a breakdown of all the tickets and what they come with.

Sierra Nevada Night @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 28
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/976259499103230/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will occupy their taps with Sierra Nevada brews this Friday night. No admission necessary – just show up and enjoy a cold one.

5th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 28
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 29
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 30
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.

Blackmarket Cookie Throwdown
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 28
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1018905034796098/

Blackmarket Bakery needs your help in deciding what cookie they will add to their menu next. No purchase necessary – come sample four different cookies, then submit your vote.

Orange County Japan Fair
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 28
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 30
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://oc-japanfair.com/

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find lots of ramen, sake tastings, live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, other food & drinks, vendors, and more. Admission costs $5 for one day, and parking costs $7 per vehicle.

Long Beach Punk Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 28
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/931364996951465/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Riviera Village Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 29-30
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/102708700079929/

Dozens of shop in Riviera Village in Redondo Beach will hold special sidewalk sales this weekend. Stroll on down and see what the locals here have to offer.

7th Annual Venice Beach Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 29-30
Venice Beach
http://www.fx3events.com/

See arts, crafts, music, food, drinks, and more at Venice Beach this weekend, free admission. Keep in mind the heavy traffic near this area this weekend. Expect to park somewhere near Abbot Kinney and walk to the beach from there.

Jeeps of SoCal Meet & Greet
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 29
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/125165647821316/

Jeeps, pizza, and beer collide at this meetup this Saturday afternoon at Valiant Brewing in Orange. Free to attend for all ages, explore a variety of Jeep automobiles, and anyone who buys a pizza or a flight of beer receives a raffle ticket to win prizes from the Jeep organizations present.

5th Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 29
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/event/treasure-chest-fest-san-diego-2/

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Saturday at Green Flash Brewing. Attendees will get to see the ins & outs of the brewery at this fest that takes place all around the brewery. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door and gets you ten beer tasters, paired small bites from local restaurants, and a souvenir glass. Attendees may purchase additional beers from the tasting room, where $1 from each drink sold will go towards the charity. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual Woofstock Summer Bash Long Beach
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 29
Long Beach Market Place on 2nd & PCH, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/woofstock-summer-bash-long-beach-tickets-17814490621

Visit the Long Beach Market Place this Saturday afternoon for a free and all-ages event featuring live music, food, drinks, dog contests, giveaways, adoptions, prizes, a doggie photo booth, and more.

End of Summer Luau Skate Party
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 29
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/560416370765616/

Celebrate the end of summer with JFA, punk rock, skating, and a luau. Tickets to this punk rock party costs $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Brew & Food Festival – San Diego
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, August 29
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://brewandfoodfest.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of local beer, local food, and local music at this outdoor tasting event this Saturday in San Diego. General admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the gate, and starts at 3pm. Early-entry admission costs $55 presale or $60 at the gate, and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $105 presale or $110 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and includes access to a VIP area with rare brews and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last, but have to pay for any food. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 29
Casey’s Irish Pub, Downtown Los Angeles
http://213nightlife.com/lacraftbeercrawl

All attendees of this pub crawl through Downtown Los Angeles will see over 100 different craft beers across seven different locations. General admission costs $59 and starts at 3pm, while early admission costs $79 and begins at 2pm. The pub crawl has no set route – you may visit the locations in any order you like, and spend as much time at any particular venue as you like. All locations will open to the public at 7pm that day, but you can still stay at any of the locations as long as you like.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://www.facebook.com/PacificPlateBrewing

Pacific Plate Brewing turns two this week, and to celebrate, they will release a special brew to commemorate the occasion. Visitors of all ages pay no cover to visit the tasting room.

So Cal Brew Fest: After Hours
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 29
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://tickets.beerfests.com/event/SoCalBrewFestAfterHours

Anaheim has turned into quite a craft beer mecca, and you get to sample its local flavor and more this Saturday afternoon. Check out this beer tasting event taking place at Farmers Park near Downtown Anaheim, complete with over 35 breweries and local restaurants all sampling their goods. Admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the gate, and includes unlimited 3oz beer samples and food samples while supplies last. Use promo code onepunkarmy to save 20% off admission!

3rd Annual Nardfest
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29-30
Majestic Ventura Theatre, Ventura
http://nardfest.com/

Nardcore fans will not want to miss this ultimate two-day nardcore music concert this weekend in Ventura.  Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $25 for one day or $35 for a weekend pass.

Orfila’s 22nd Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 29
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/winery-events/grape-stomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $90 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Knee Deep Experimental IPAs Tap Takeover & BBQ
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 29
The Blue Star, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1455169404791784/

Knee Deep Brewing will take over the taps at The Blue Star with a handful of their experimental IPAs this Saturday evening, plus an outdoor BBQ. No admission necessary – just show up, and pay for beer and food as you go.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 30
The Pickwick Gardens, Burbank
http://www.caskeylees.com/Vintage/Vintage.html

This expo features over 65 vendors selling their antique textiles, vintage clothes, accessories, and more for attendees to exhibit and purchase. Admission costs $8 per person and comes with free parking.

11th Annual LeucadiART Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 30
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart/

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

Bacon Brunch
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 30
Taste & Thirst, Downtown San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/940452069331466/

Taste & Thirst will have lots of bacon eats and Bacon Bloody Marys this Sunday early afternoon. Come kick off your week with some salty goodness.

1st Annual Long Beach Tiki Social & Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 30
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-annual-long-beach-tiki-social-tiki-swapmeet-tickets-17705033231

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 $15. No one under 21 may attend.

Unity Beer Bottle Release
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/1611333909145540/

Come to Smog City Brewing in Torrance this Wednesday evening for the bottle release of Unity, the official beer of LA Beer Week. Visitors can purchase bottles, fill growlers, and/or enjoy Unity right in the tasting room.

Taste of Little Italy
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17
Little Italy, Downtown San Diego
http://www.tasteoflittleitalysd.com/

Sample the local flavor of Little Italy this Wednesday night, as attendees stroll through Little Italy and sample food directly in each participating business. Attendees pay for a stamp card with boxes representing each participating business. After receiving a sample, that business will stamp their corresponding box. Two different stamp cards exist for a north route and a south route, and each route’s stamp card costs $30 each, while purchasing both costs $45.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17-18
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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.

Psychonauts 10th Anniversary
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 17
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/710551265723205/

Indie video game Psychonauts released to the public ten years ago, and to celebrate, iam8bit will have a free night dedicated to it with art, drinks, and gaming. Guests under 21 must have an accompanying adult.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 18
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night returns to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night! No reservations required – simply show up, get a table or seat at the bar, then customize your mac & cheese. Pick the toppings, herbs, cheese, sauce, meats, and pasta, and order a nice cold glass of craft beer.

AleSmith & Modern Times Beer Dinner
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 18
OB Warehouse, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/112234452443474/

Enjoy a four-course dinner featuring beer pairings courtesy of AleSmith and Modern Times of San Diego. Reservations cost $64 per person excluding tax and tip. No one under 21 may attend.

iam8bit 10th Anniversary Art Show
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 18
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/766631996787578/

Art gallery iam8bit turns ten years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have over a hundred artists from around the world display their gaming art at the iam8bit gallery in Echo Park starting this Thursday night, complete with a live DJ spinning tunes all night.

The Slackers – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 18
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=5819225

Ska band The Slackers will headline a show in North Park this Thursday night as part of their North American Summer tour. Tickets to this show cost $16. No one under 18 may enter.

Guttermouth – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 18, The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel http://www.eventbrite.com/e/guttermouth-tickets-17238403529
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 20, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/857359-guttermouth-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, Til-Two Club, City Heights, San Diego http://www.tiltwoclub.com/events/guttermouth-tba/

Famous punk band Guttermouth will headline a series of shows in California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a link for more details.

The Misfits – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 18-20, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Misfits-Three-Day-Pass
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=5618905

Legendary punk band The Misfits will headline four shows across four consecutive days this week in Southern California. Each show will also have great opening bands, so arrive early to check them out too. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a link for pricing details.

FREE Ice Cream Sandwiches CREAM Irvine Spectrum Grand Opening
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 19
Cream Irvine Spectrum, Irvine
http://www.facebook.com/events/1598286637085707/

As the title says, get a FREE ice cream sandwich during this shop’s grand opening this Friday, limit one per person.

Hot Sünner Nights
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 19
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/369770383222746/

To celebrate the summer solstice, Select Beer Store will pour Sünner Kölsch, a hard-to-find beer, this Friday night at their shop in Redondo Beach. No admission required – come in and enjoy a cold one there, or take a bottle or two to-go.

Valiant Brewing & Center Street Cheese – Beer & Cheese Pairing
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 19
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/869609686451667/

For $20, receive a pairing of five gourmet cheeses and five craft beers at Valiant Brewing in Orange this Friday night.

Original Long Beach Punk Rock
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 19
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1480973508859622/

Enjoy some local punk rock at this show in Long Beach this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 19
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1636442293265154/

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.

Gang Green – 2015 West Coast Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 19, The Airliner, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/816461821756629/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 20, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/206546
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 21, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/gang-green
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/871463-gang-green-long-beach/

Punk band Gang Green currently tours across the west coast, and that tour will swing through Southern California this weekend. Tickets and age limits vary with each show, so check with a particular show to see how much it costs and the age required to enter.

7th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 20-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Exposition Park. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

AleSmith Mr. Padre 5.5K Charity Run/Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 20
NEW AleSmith Brewing, Miramar, San Diego
http://www.active.com/san-diego-ca/running/races/alesmith-mr-padre-5-5k-2015

Participate in a charity 5.5k run/walk this Saturday morning, hosted by AleSmith Brewing. The post-run party will have food and beer for participants.

9th Annual Car Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 20
The Crossing Foursquare Church, Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/862630587113226/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages car show this Saturday afternoon in Whittier.

40th Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 20-21
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.irishfair.org/

Southern California’s largest Irish Fair returns to Long Beach this weekend. This family-friendly fair brings Irish culture to one location, where attendees can see over a thousands Irish dancers, dozens of live bands, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, athletic competitions, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more. Guests should bring cash if they want to purchase any food, drinks, merchandise, accessories, or any other Irish goodie. I suggest avoiding American food, and trying the Irish food that you would not find elsewhere. Admission varies depending on how you want to attend, with general admission costing $15 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students.

23rd Annual Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 20-21
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

Watch hundreds of artists create massive works of art on the sidewalks, plus enjoy a classic car show on Father’s Day! Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees will also find live music, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, food trucks, and more.

8th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 20
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/chili-at-the-beach.html

Got a craving for heat? Satisfy that craving this Saturday in sunny Surf City, as the streets close to traffic for the annual Huntington Beach Chili Cook Off & Salsa Tasting. Free to attend for all ages, this all-in-one street fair covers a massive portion of Downtown Huntington Beach, filled with arts & crafts, food, drinks, merchandise, a kids’ zone, music, and lots of chili and salsa tastings. In order to taste the chili and salsa, guests must purchase tasting tickets for $10 presale or $15 on the day of the fest. As this area gets extremely crowded on this day, I suggest carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking far and walking to downtown.

Hamilton Brewery’s 1st Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, June 20
Hamilton Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/949206648465273/

Hamilton Brewery turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they have a special anniversary beer ready to release to the public. In addition, they will have special merchandise available for sale, plus FREE food for all guests starting at 12pm.

29th Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, June 20
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 21
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachfestival.com/

Enjoy a weekend of Blues & Jazz music, specialty Cajun & Creole food, a Mardi Gras parade, dancing, kids’ activities, and more. Ticket prices vary, with general admission costing $25 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. This fest takes place outdoors with very little shade, so dress for the warm weather, and prepare sunscreen.

So Cal Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 20
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/so-cal-brew-fest-tickets-15723453272

Here comes a new challenger! A new beer festival arrives in Orange County this Saturday, complete with everything one would expect to find at a beer festival. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the gate, and starts at 12pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters from all the participating breweries while supplies last. Bring cash for food truck purchases, and dress appropriately for hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Beer Week Kick-Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 20
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-beer-week-kickoff-festival-tickets-16242788618

LA Beer Week moves from September to June this year, and along with that huge change comes the big beer fest moving to the beginning of the week, as well as its new location of Exposition Park. Featuring over 75 breweries bringing over 200 beers, you definitely will not want to miss this epic beer tasting gala. General admission costs $45 and includes 25 2oz beer tasters and the souvenir glass. VIP admission sold out long ago, so I have no reason to list its features! No one under 21 may attend.

OC Weekly’s Summer Fest 2015
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 20
Newport Dunes, Newport Beach
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/summerfest/2015/

Come act merry and get drunk with other rich people at this fancy summer party this Saturday in Newport Beach. General admission costs $15 presale or $25 at the door, while VIP admission costs $30 presale or $40 at the door. Pay the admission, and you too can come get drunk and party with strangers that like to flaunt their status.

2015 San Diego Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 20
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 20
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2015/6/21/anaheim-night-market-5

Anaheim Packing District will hold its own night market this Saturday night. Unlike most other night markets taking place around Southern California, this has nothing to do with the Asian-influenced night markets. Instead, this event will simply have local crafts, artisans, musicians, curators, live music, and more.

The Stitches @ The Karman Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 20
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1423979067911418/

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

Father’s Day
June 21
United States

Do something nice for dad today!

Make Music Los Angeles 2015
June 21
Los Angeles County
http://makemusicla.org/

All day this Sunday, local artists will perform across Los Angeles County with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

Father’s Day Craft Beer Brunch
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 21
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/upcoming-events/sunday-may-21-fathers-day-brunch/

Treat dad to a brunch buffet this Sunday morning, which includes two craft beers. Adults cost $23.95, teens cost $16.95, while kids cost $9.95. In addition, 5oz beer tasters will cost $1.50 on Father’s Day.

LA Beer Week Hangover Brunch
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 21
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/857246381022877/

Got a little too sudsy at the LA Beer Week Kick-Off the previous day? Far Bar will have a special brunch menu this Sunday morning in preparation for LA Beer Week.

6th Annual Summer Solstice Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 21
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/events-performances/festivals/

Sample worldly cuisine at this cultural festival this Sunday afternoon at The Muck in Fullerton. The Summer Solstice Festival, which contains live music, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more, occurs the entire time, and costs nothing to attend for all ages. Guests may park for free at the venue.

Cascade Brewing & Friends for Father’s Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 21
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/399338190254468/

Just in time for Father’s Day, Select Beer Store has some uncommon Cascade beers on tap ready for your sipping pleasure.

Cask & Ye Shall Receive: MacLeod Ale Brewing’s 1st Anniversary
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
MacLeod Ale Brewing, Van Nuys
http://macleodale.ticketbud.com/cask

MacLeod Ale Brewing turns a year old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a trio of cask beer tasting events at their tasting room in Van Nuys this Sunday. Expect to encounter a handful of other breweries sampling their cask beers as well as this event. Guests can choose to attend any of three sessions that each last three hours, and admission will vary based on how much guests intend to drink. $15 nets five drink tickets, $25 nets ten drink tickets, and $50 provides unlimited drinks for the duration of the session. Each session has a 275-person limit, so act fast if you want to attend.

Slaughter & The Dogs w/ The Briggs @ The Soda Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21
The Soda Bar, San Diego
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2456

Punk bands Slaughter & The Dogs and The Briggs will perform in San Diego this Sunday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.