Posts Tagged ‘FEAR’

After six years of posting about upcoming events, I have decided to focus my energy elsewhere. I will continue to post reviews for food, events, businesses, and more as I discover them. These past six years have opened my eyes to a diverse mix of cultures and interests, and I will continue to expand my scope of discovering the new and interesting.


2018 Dew Tour
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 28 – July 1
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.dewtour.com/

Extreme sports take over the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Various events will take place over the weekend that involve sports and/or concerts, and each event has a separate admission fee. Check the website for full pricing information.

FEAR – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 28, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 29, The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/FEARtheband

Legendary hardcore punk band FEAR will headline some shows in Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $22 each.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 29 – July 1
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

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

10th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever! Car Show
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 29
World Cruise Center, San Pedro
http://www.lawaterfront.org/carsandstripesforever.php

At this free and all-ages event this Friday night, check out cars, local bands, and fireworks.

40th Annual Taste of Greece
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 29
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 30
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 1
St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine
http://irvinegreekfest.com/

This weekend-long all-ages festival celebrates Greek culture with food, drinks, desserts, live music, dancing, games, rides, and more. Admission to the fair costs $3.

2nd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, June 29
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, June 30
12:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 1
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com/

A weekend of jazz music comes to San Diego this weekend. Admission to this all-ages concert ranges from $65 to $250 – check the website to see what each admission type gets you.

Battalion of Saints – Live in Los Angeles
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, June 29
First Street Pool & Billiard Parlor, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/620712701596280/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Los Angeles. The covert for this show costs $8. No one under 18 may enter.

Hatsune Miku Expo 2018 – Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 29
Microsoft Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
http://mikuexpo.com/

The Japanese sensation Hatsune Miku, along with more Vocaloids, arrives in the US this week, starting with this show in Downtown LA this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show start at $55. Although called an expo, this event functions more like a concert than a vendor expo.

14th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 30
Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas
http://broam.org/

This free and all-ages event in Encinitas involves surfing, loud rock music, booze, and a whole lot of bros.

6th Annual Auto Enthusiast Day
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 30
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.autoenthusiastday.com/

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

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Oxnard Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 30
The Collection at RiverPark, Oxnard
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/169648543890840/

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

Pirate Invasion of Long Beach
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 30 – July 1
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://www.pirateinvasionlongbeach.com/

Come see and act like pirates at the beach! Visitors may choose to dress as a pirate or arrive in normal clothes. Many others will fully dress up to play their parts. Expect to see pirate shows, vendors, music, a (mock) ship fight, and cannon blank shots fired at the pier. This FREE and all-ages event runs on Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am both days. If you plan to stay for a while, note that this takes place entirely outdoors, so have sunscreen available. Have cash available for nearby parking.

The Agenda Festival 2018
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 30
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.agendafest.co/

A pop-up show for pop culture and all other things popular in mainstream media takes place this Saturday at the Long Beach Convention Center. The $45 admission gets you in to check out the hundreds of vendors, as well as access to the extreme sports shows and concerts throughout the day.

Silverlakes Food, Wine & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 30
Silverlakes, Norco
http://www.foodwineandmusicfestival.com/

Taste the local flavor of Norco and neighboring cities this Saturday afternoon. For $10 to attend, visitors can roam and browse the attending businesses, and pay for the food as they go. All vendors will have food and/or drinks available at their own price, so all visitors should bring cash in order to receive food or drinks. Parking costs $10 per vehicle.

San Gabriel Mountains Beer Series
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 30
Central Park, Pasadena
http://lanatureforall.org/2018/05/31/san-gabriel-mountains-beer-series-6-30/

A beer tasting event comes to Pasadena this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $25 and includes five 8oz beer pours. VIP admission costs $40 and also comes with a hat and stainless steel pint cup. Bring cash for food, and dress for warm weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 30
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

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

Street Dogs – Live in West Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 30
The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/streetdogs

Punk rock band Street Dogs currently tours across the nation, and that tour will stop by Southern California this weekend. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

Crust Stock 2018
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 30
PBWLA, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/148230399329521/

A crazy punk rock show takes place in Pomona this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 1
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

5th Annual Belching Beaver Classic
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 1
Belching Beaver’s Pub980, Vista
http://belchingbeaver.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-belching-beaver-classic-car-show-tickets-46772232005

Check out what Belching Beaver has going on this Sunday. For $20 admission, gain three 8oz beers and a raffle ticket, all while checking out all of the custom cars on display. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
September 20-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, culminating in a beer fest on the last day in Downtown Los Angeles. 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.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 21-26
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

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

Sip LBC – Long Beach Wine, Beer & Spirits Week
September 21-27
Various Restaurants, Long Beach
http://www.siplbc.com/

Various restaurants, bars, lounges, pubs, clubs, hotels, and more will have drink specials all this week in Long Beach.

2014 Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 22
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia
http://arcadiacachamber.org/events/taste-of-arcadia/

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $60 presale tickets now, or pay $70 at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

Authority Zero: Rise To The Fall Tour 2014
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 23, M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona http://www.m15concerts.com/events/authority-zero/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 25, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/authority-zero
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 26, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2133

Authority Zero currently tours across the nation, and their tour strolls through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages show range from $13 to $15.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 24
Downtown Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.pacificbeach.org/

Experience the variety Pacific Beach has to offer at this all-inclusive restaurant walk this Wednesday night! For $20, all attendees will get to sample food from 19 local restaurants, as well as craft beer sampling. Anyone can come and join in on the feasting, but only those 21 and over may receive beer tasters.

Meeting Of The Guilds – Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 26
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/553556321437833/

Three Californian brewers’ guilds unite to take over the taps of Mohawk Bend in Echo Park this Thursday night. Come celebrate LA Beer Weer in style by indulging on all sorts of beers.

Feast of San Gennaro
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 26-28
Hollywood & Highland, West Hollywood
http://feastofla.org/

Hosted by Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel, the Feast of San Gennaro makes its annual return this weekend just south of Hollywood & Highland. This street festival celebrates Italian culture in America, and will feature Italian food, desserts, drinks, music, entertainment, and more. Admission costs $5, while parking will vary.

19th Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Fest
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 26
12:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 27
12:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 28
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://lobsterfestival.com/

Three weekend lobster fests in a row! Following Long Beach and Los Angeles, Redondo Beach now has a Lobster Fest going on this weekend, which will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $15 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. Purchase presale tickets online to save $2, or search their website for additional meal packages, such as surf & turf and more.

6th Annual Surf City Surf Dog Weekend
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 26
9:00 am – 12:30 pm, September 27
8:00 am – 2:30 pm, September 28
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://surfcitysurfdog.com/

Catch a weekend of surfing and dogs this weekend in Huntington Beach. On Friday, visit the Shorebreak Hotel for an opening reception and a dog fashion show. On Saturday, participate in a dog yoga class in the morning, spectate various dog contests, and visit the Canine Expo at The Strand on 5th. The expo lasts until Sunday, when the Surfing Dog contest also takes place. Events vary in price, so check the website for a price for each individual event.

Brewers Karaoke
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, September 26
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/180591

LA Beer Week needed one of these. Free to attend, brewers from breweries around Los Angeles County will grace Alex’s Bar with their presence and their attempted singing vocals. Come for the beer, stay for the karaoke. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba or the neighborhood across the street.

Captain Wheels Benefit Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 26
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/182739

Get your weekly Friday fill of punk rock at this benefit show in Pomona this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $5 presale or $8 at the door. 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 parking lot.

Centerfield Ska Night 5
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 29
Centerfield Sports Bar, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/743572279033355/

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

15th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 27
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.cruisinforacure.com/

This all-ages charity car show returns to the OC Fair this Saturday morning. Admission costs $15, and includes free prostate testing for men. Parking costs $7 for general and $10 for preferred parking.

2014 Long Beach Comic & Horror Con
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 27
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 28
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. Taking place the weekend after Halloween, expect to see tie-ins with Halloween, as this expo will feature a Horror theme. Saturday costs $30, while Sunday costs $20. Downtown Long Beach contains very few free parking, so either park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or take public transportation from elsewhere.

13th Annual Irvine Global Village Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 27
Bill Barber Park, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/globalvillage/default.asp

This international cultural festival occurs this Saturday in Irvine at Bill Barber Park. Free to park and enter for all ages, this multicultural fest features international cuisine, live entertainment, a kids village with crafts & activities, cultural & religious exhibits, and an international marketplace.

33rd Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 27-28
Adams Avenue between 32nd & 35th Street, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Street-Fair.html

This FREE and all-ages music festival takes place over two days this weekend on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, between the 805 and 15 freeways. Ten blocks will close to traffic to make way for over 90 music acts on seven stages and over 350 vendor booths. Guests should take public transportation to Adams Avenue, as traffic will remain heavily congested all weekend, and parking will not exist in high numbers here.

8th Annual International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 27
The Pasadena Center, Pasadena
http://www.lachocolatesalon.com/

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

2014 Long Beach Folk Revival Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 27
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.folkrevivalfestival.com/

This all-ages event will showcase over 20 folk and roots music acts. Other highlights include the Port of Long Beach Kids Pumpkin Patch, Polly’s Pies pie-eating contest, and the LB Beard Advocates mustache/beard contest. Local craft breweries and a variety of food trucks will serve food & drinks to attendees. Tickets cost $15 presale or $20 at the door.

Ales & Tails – Pet Adoption Fair
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 27
Alosta Brewing, Covina
http://www.facebook.com/events/851302718237525/

Free to attend, Alosta Brewing will host a pet adoption fair this Saturday at their tasting room in Covina.

The Crazy Last Will of Dr. Mad
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, September 27
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 28
The Glass House, Pomona
http://realescapegame.com/ladrmad/

Join teams of six and put your brains together to solve an extremely challenging puzzle. Use your intuition, street smarts, and logic to solve the puzzles and discover the complete solution. Registration to this all-ages event costs $25 presale or $30 at the door.

2014 Fullerton Uncorked
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, September 27
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonuncorked.com/

At this food & wine tasting, find food samples from local restaurants, dozens of wine & craft beer tastings, live music, raffle prizes, and more. Tickets to this event cost $62 presale or $65 at the door, and include unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Ultimate Flight Night V
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 27
38 Degrees, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/920646391285827/

Filed under LA Beer Week events, 38 Degrees will receive some rare and highly sought-after beers this Saturday to serve as flights to customers.

Neon Dash – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 27
StubHub Center, Carson
http://www.neondash.com/locations/losangeles/

Run, jog, or walk your way through a brightly lit course at night with the Neon Dash 5k. This all-ages fun run combines the spectrum of a color run with the brilliance of a glow run with specially formulated glow-in-the-dark glow. Throughout the 5k course, live music will pump up the runners while course staff and volunteers will spray participants with the magical glow to give them that special something that lights them up in the night. Following the run, all participants can stay for the after party that goes on all night. Registration costs $60 and includes an event t-shirt. As a color run, all participants should wear white during the race to absorb the most color possible, and have spare clothes to change into when going home. Parking will range from $5 to $10, but since spectators can enter for free, feel free to bring friends & family to watch the run. Note that the race will start at 8pm, and with thousands of participants, I highly suggest arriving at least an hour early to circumvent traffic.

Naked Aggression in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 27
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/515505631913638/

A handful of local punk rock bands will head to Baldwin Park this Saturday to play one heck of a show. The cover for this all-ages show cost $8.

Isolated Victims @ Comic Book Hideout
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 27
Comic Book Hideout, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1461314514121949/

Ska, punk, and hardcore collide at this all-ages show this Saturday night in Fullerton. The cover for this show costs $5.

La Infinita – CD Release Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 27
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/433270740145676/

Enjoy a night of ska punk in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $7.

FEAR & T.S.O.L. @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 27
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/fear-tsol

Punk rock legends FEAR and T.S.O.L. will headline a show at The O this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20. Arrive early and park for free at the venue’s parking lot. Arrive later, and end up parking at a parking lot down the street for $10.

16th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk
7:30 am – 1:00 pm, September 28
Brookside Park, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenahumane.org/site/TR?fr_id=1160&pg=entry

Join hundreds of dog lovers as they all walk with their dogs this Sunday morning in Pasadena. Walk along with your dog, or join a team and walk together. After the walk, stick around for a pet expo, complete with vendors, pet adoptions, pet services, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more.

11th Annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, September 28
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
http://kidsbookfestival.com/

This FREE all-ages fair caters to families as it presents thousands of children’s book available to read or buy. The fair will also host multiple stages complete with family-friendly entertainment.

6th Annual Orange County Accordion Festival + The Samuel Adams Oktoberfest Experience
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 28
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/samuel-adams-octoberfest-experience-the-big-squeeze-tickets-12791187787

Sam Adams hosts an Oktoberfest event this Sunday in Costa Mesa, full of random shenanigans. Admission costs $25 presale or $35 at the door, and comes with four 12oz beer pours, a bratwurst, and a pretzel. Typical Oktoberfest entertainment will take place, such as a stein-holding contest, accordion musicians, and more. Attendees gain access to a variety of gourmet food trucks, plus the Orange County Market Place that takes place there every weekend.

30th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 28
Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
http://abbotkinney.org/

This free all-ages street fair showcases the best of local businesses in food, drinks, merchandise, apparel, accessories, art, crafts, local music, and more. Abbot Kinney will close to traffic to allow the thousands of visitors to freely roam the streets and explore all the vendors.

Whittier ARTcrawl Fest
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 28
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://www.uptowncrawlers.com/

At this FREE and all-ages art walk, find art, music, food, entertainment, and more. For those 21 or over, join in on a Tasting Crawl, where visitors can receive food & drink specials at participating restaurants.

Strong Ales & Jerky
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 28
The Factory, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1561632414058446/

Enjoy FREE jerky samples this Sunday afternoon at The Factory in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. In addition, The Factory will have a handful of strong ales on tap for you to try.

Gaslight Anthem & Against Me! @ Hollywood Palladium
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 28
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/the-gaslight-anthem/

Gaslight Anthem and Against Me! will perform at the Palladium this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost about $50.

The Descendents @ Fox Theater
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 28
Fox Theater, Pomona
http://www.foxpomona.com/detail.php?id=338

Legendary punk band Descendents will headline a show in Pomona this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

I Love Poke Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 30
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
http://ilovemusubi.com/poke/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event tonight in Huntington Beach. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while ten local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $65, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

Monday Moonstomp – Free Ska Show
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 30
Old Towne Pub, Pasadena
http://www.facebook.com/events/499367253528817/

Check out these three ska bands as they perform a FREE show tonight in Pasadena. No one under 21 may enter.

World Cup Viewing Party in Downtown Long Beach
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 1
Pine Avenue between 3rd & Broadway, Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/World-Cup-on-Pine-Avenue?id=67168

Downtown Long Beach will close Pine Avenue between 3rd & Broadway this Tuesday for an outdoor World Cup viewing event. This free viewing will allow fans to watch both games televised live. Local businesses may also run specials during this time.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 2
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/524474660922351/

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.

2014 Anime Expo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 3-5
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 6
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.anime-expo.org/

The nation’s largest expo & convention for anime & manga returns to Downtown LA this 4th of July weekend. Complete with hundreds of artist & vendor booths, this convention allows attendees to get interactive via the masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission varies by the number of days attending – 4 days cost $70, while one day costs $35. Children 6-12 get in for a flat rate of $25, while children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Some of the special events, such as concerts and maid cafés, requires an additional ticket to get into. Parking at the convention center costs $15, so bring cash for that plus any of the vendors and food inside the convention center. Optionally, park in outdoor third party lots in the surrounding blocks for a lower rate, or take public transportation.

“Almost” First Fridays Long Beach
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 3
Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/

This monthly artwalk normally occurs on the first Friday of every month, but with a national holiday on Friday this month, this event will now take place a day prior.

America Stands For Freedom – Independence Eve Show & Revue
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 3
Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/593977-vandals-pomona/

Legendary punk band The Vandals will headline this show at the Glass House in Pomona this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $17.76.

4th of July Party on the Pier
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 4
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/july-4th-party.html

Party at the beach this Independence Day in Long Beach. Admission costs $20 for adults and free for kids, and includes all-day reentry, one BBQ plate plus a soft drink, and access to the kids’ play area. Plenty of live bands, a beer garden, boat rides, and more will keep guests entertained all day. Metered parking lots remain enforced in the lots nearby; for long-term parking, I recommend parking in the neighborhoods beyond Ocean Blvd.

FEAR @ Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 4
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/fear/

Legendary punk band FEAR will headline an all-ages show at the Whisky A Go Go this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $25.

Labyrinth of Jareth XVI – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 4-5
The Legendary Park Plaza, Los Angeles
http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com/

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

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/174774

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests. No one under 21 may enter.

Beachwood Brewing 3rd Anniversary Celebration
10:00 am – 2:00 am, July 5
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/298776253623103/

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s 3rd anniversary at their restaurant/brewery in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Free to attend, expect to find rare beers on tap, as well as a handful of guest breweries and their brews. Beachwood BBQ will also serve up some food specials unique only for this glorious day. Guests can park for free for up to three hours with validation in the parking structure in the alley behind the restaurant.

Super Girls Car Wash
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 5
Comic Book Hideout, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/792663214097721/

Cosplay meets fundraising at this femme fatale car wash this Saturday afternoon. Come get your car washed by these costumed ladies, and/or enjoy some BBQ at this comics shop in Fullerton.

2014 Kush Expo
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 5
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 6
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.kushexpo.com/

A medical marijuana expo comes to the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. This expo does not require a medical card to enter, but no one under 18 may attend. Tickets cost $18 presale (contrary to the photo below) or $25 at the door.

Moon Crisis: A Sailor Moon Tribute Show – Opening Night
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 5
Rothick Art Haus, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/695210717184615/

Celebrate the 2014 reboot of the Sailor Moon franchise with this FREE all-ages art show this Saturday night in Anaheim.

Nekromantix & Guttermouth @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 5
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/nekromantix-guttermouth

Psychobilly and punk rock clash this Saturday night at this all-ages show in Orange County. Tickets to this show cost just $10.

8Kalacas – CD Release Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 5
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/1339

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Saturday night in the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Orange County. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

Mayfair – CD Release Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 6
Chain Reaction, Anaheim
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/607181

Check out this post-hardcore show this Sunday night at the Chain Reaction. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 1
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, January 7
Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1393150754259143/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 9
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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

Modern Times Beer – Los Angeles Launch
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 9
38 Degrees, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/273552516133735/

New brewery Modern Times from San Diego debuts in Los Angeles this Thursday night starting at 38 Degrees in Alhambra. Come meet the owner/founder, and try some of their beers. Guests can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant.

Irvine Restaurant Week
January 10-16
Participating restaurants in Irvine
http://www.destinationirvine.com/restaurantweek/

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

Beachwood Brewing’s 1/2 Birthday Party
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 10
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/645810292124913/

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s half birthday this Friday night with a selection of rare beers only available on this night. Guests can park free for up to three hours (with validation from the restaurant) in the parking garage behind the restaurant, accessed via the alley from Broadway or 3rd St.

Southern California Half Marathon & 5K
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 11
Woodbridge Park, Irvine
http://www.schalfmarathon.com/

If you made a New Year’s resolution to get fit, enter yourself into this half marathon or 5K in Orange County. The half marathon currently costs $65, while the 5K costs $45 to enter. Act quick, because registration closes this Wednesday night!

1st Annual Slider Eating Competition
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 11
Dog Haus Biergarten, Pasadena
http://www.facebook.com/events/691282004245919/

Entry to participate in this eating competition has already closed. However, you may still come to witness the final rounds of this eating competition this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena.

FEAR @ Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 11
Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/whiskys-50th-anniversary-fear/

Legendary punk band FEAR will headline a show at the Whisky A Go Go this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $25. Age limit: unknown.

Ill Repute – Live in Anaheim
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, January 11
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/248977578593457/

Nardcore legends Ill Repute will headline a show this Saturday night at Mirror Image Studios. Entry to this all-ages show costs $10. Guests can find plenty of free street parking nearby. The venue does not allow reentries, but will serve food & drinks in the back.

False Confession – Live in La Habra
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 11
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/690358344329086/

Check out False Confession along with some more local bands at this show in La Habra this Saturday night. Entry to this all-ages show costs just $5. Food, drinks, and bowling come at a separate cost.

The American Wake @ Auld Dubliner
10:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 11
Auld Dubliner, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/190747757791091/

Local Irish rock band The American Wake will perform three sets at Auld Dubliner this Saturday night, free of charge! No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 12-17
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

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

The Murder Junkies – Live in Thousand Oaks
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 12
Lava Lounge, Thousand Oaks
http://www.facebook.com/events/575062262558357/

Enjoy an all-ages punk rock show in Thousand Oaks this Sunday night.