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Upcoming Events: May 2-8, 2016

Posted: May 2, 2016 in Art, Beer, Cars, Dessert, Drinks, Events, Food, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, Restaurant, San Diego, Ska, Sports, Wine
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Extreme Midget Wrestling
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 4
BIGS Fullerton, Fullerton
http://extrememidgetwrestling.com/

You have not witnessed anything unlike midget wrestling. Come watch this unbelievable spectacle this Wednesday night for a good drunken night. Admission starts at $20. No one under 21 may enter.

Star Wars Day
May 4
Worldwide
http://www.starwars.com/may-the-4th

Star Wars Day officially falls on May 4th. Various businesses around the world will have Star Wars activities going on. Check with your local favorite hangout spot to see if they will celebrate this occasion.

Cinco De Mayo
May 5
Worldwide
http://cincodemayo.org/

Cinco De Mayo falls on a Thursday this week, which typically means college specials since a handful of college students do not have classes on Fridays. Please celebrate responsibly!

Tinker Bell Half Marathon
May 5-8
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/tinker-bell-half-marathon/

This entire weekend, the Peter Pan universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from the lost boys to pirates and more. Throughout the weekend, festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel. The Peter Pan-themed half marathon takes place at Disneyland this Sunday morning. The half marathon runs through Disneyland Park and surrounding Anaheim streets, and will involve lots of costumes and characters on the sidelines. All participants receive a t-shirt, a medal, a goodie bag, and refreshments during and after the race.

AVP Huntington Beach Open
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 5-8
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
http://avp.com/event/avp-hb-open/

Some of the world’s top beach volleyball talent will come to Huntington Beach this weekend as part of this touring competition. General admission costs nothing, while premium seats will cost a bit.

Valiant Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 5
Gina’s Pizza, Irvine
http://www.ginaspizza.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1583521865298411/

Valiant Brewing will take over the taps at Gina’s Pizza in Irvine this Thursday night. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Porko Rico Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 5
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1539560489673592/

For this Cinco de Mayo, Meat Up BBQ will do something different by having a gourmet food truck take over not the taps, but the kitchen. Enjoy various food specials courtesy of Porko Rico this Thursday night at Meat Up BBQ, with no cover charge.

7th Annual Taste of Cardiff
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, May 5
Cardiff Seaside Market, Cardiff
http://www.tasteofcardiff.com/

Sample the local flavors of Cardiff this Thursday evening all throughout Downtown Cardiff. Tasting tickets cost $25 presale or $30 on the day of the event, and provide guests with unlimited food samples from participating locations until they run out of food. For $10 more, upgrade the ticket to include “sip stops” which add special cocktail, wine, or beer tastings at select locations.

Gator By The Bay 2016
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 5
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 6
10:30 am – 8:30 pm, May 7
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, May 8
Spanish Landing Park, San Diego
http://www.gatorbythebay.com/

This all-ages Zydeco, Blues, & Crawfish festival runs all this weekend, starting on Thursday night. Enjoy plenty of live entertainment, music, dancing, dance lessons, cooking demos, arts & crafts, Cajun food, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on the method of attendance, starting as low as $15 and running all the way up to $200 for the full package.

Manic Hispanic: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 5, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.facebook.com/events/1035864826495950/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 6, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1099879-manic-hispanic-west-hollywood/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 7, The Casbah, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1096963-manic-hispanic-san-diego/

Manic Hispanic returns to Southern California this weekend for their annual Cinco de Mayo shows. Tickets to these shows vary in price and age limits, so click on a show’s link for information.

Cinco de Mayo Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 5
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://themaxies.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/254243134909112/

Enjoy a local punk rock show this Thursday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Voodoo Glow Skulls: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 5, Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside http://public.ticketbiscuit.com/ConcertLounge/Events/267159
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 6, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2898
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 7, Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/1066383526762136/
http://voodooglowskulls.com/

Voodoo Glow Skulls will headline three show in Southern California this week. The ticket prices and age limits vary between shows, so click on a show’s link for details.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 6
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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

The Copper Door 3 Year Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 6
The Copper Door, Santa Ana
http://thecopperdoorbar.com/event/copper-door-3-year-anniversary-celebration-feat-dj-fuze-power-106/

This Friday, The Copper Door will celebrate their third year in business with live music, live DJ’s, food & drink specials, art exhibits, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 6
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://uptownvillagemarket.com/

Local artists and vendors will display and sell their wares at this FREE art fest. Guests can look at some interesting works of art, while browsing through all the merchandise available to purchase. The organizers will provide free refreshments, while live bands and singers will keep guests entertained.

BBQ & Beer Festival
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, May 6
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 7
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://bbqandbeerfestival.com/

Barbecue and beers collide this weekend in Santa Clarita. Friday night represents the beer festival that costs $40 to get in and includes unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. All food comes at cost, so guests should bring cash to pay for food. No one under 21 may attend on Friday. Saturday represents the family-friendly barbecue festival that costs $10 to enter, but all food and drinks come at cost that day.

Union 13: Live in Fullerton
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 6
Programme Skate & Sound, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1525329297776045/

Check out Union 13 and other great local hardcore bands at this all-ages show for just $5 this Friday night.

The Generators: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 6
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1138123

Release some inner aggression at this local punk show this Friday night in Corona. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 6-7
Lot 613, Los Angeles
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1169079-secret-affair-long-beach/

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

The Slackers: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 6, El Rey Theatre, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/307067
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 7, Music Box, San Diego http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6499265
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 8, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/theslackers
http://www.theslackers.com/

Popular ska band The Slackers will headline three shows in Southern California this weekend as part of their west coast tour. Ticket prices and age limits vary between shows, so click on a show’s link for details.

Free Comic Book Day
May 7
Participating locations, Worldwide
http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

Get a comic book for FREE this Saturday at participating comic book stores. Many stores will also host some sort of celebration, such as complimentary snacks, live entertainment, contests, and more, so check in with your favorite shop for details.

13th Annual Culver City Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 7
Downtown Culver City
http://www.culvercitycarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show in Culver City this Saturday to see hundreds of classic and custom cars, as well as browse dozens of automotive vendors and the local shops and restaurants.

49th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 7-8
Pacific Ave, Sunset Beach
http://www.sunsetbeachca.org/specialevent.htm

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift or any other great gift this weekend in Sunset Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, the grassy area along Pacific Avenue gets filled with booths from local arts & crafts vendors all selling accessories, apparel, merchandise, and various other goodies. Local bands will play throughout the day, and a few food trucks will make their way down here to serve their wonderful eats.

2nd Annual Blastoff Comicsfest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 7
The Federal Bar, North Hollywood
http://www.blastoffcomics.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of music, food, beer, and comics this Saturday in North Hollywood. Although free to attend for all ages, a special writer’s table will take place that requires an admission fee. Check the website to see what you may need to pay for to do there.

Fullerton Airport Day 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 7
Fullerton Municipal Airport, Fullerton
http://www.cityoffullerton.com/gov/departments/public_works/airport/airport_day.asp

At this free and all-ages event, visitors can check out all things aviation at the Fullerton Municipal Airport.

2016 San Diego Chocolate Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 7
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/chocolate.htm

Enjoy plenty of chocolate tastings, demos, and more this Saturday at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Guests pay the admission of the garden to enter ($12 general admission, discounts available for seniors, students, military, and children), then pay for tasting tickets to receive any of the chocolate or food. The garden will host activities for children to play with, while other guests can check out plant sales or other merchandise perfect for Mother’s Day.

39th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7-8
Bernardo Winery, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
http://bernardowinery.com/

Free to attend for all ages, check out this arts & crafts fair going on in San Diego complete with food, arts & crafts, vendors, live entertainment, and more.

2016 Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 7
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://asianculturalfestivalsd.com/

This FREE all-ages fair celebrates Asian culture with martial arts demos, dancing, music, cooking demos, games, food, and more. Guests receive free parking as well as free entry into the festival, so bring the entire family over and have a ball.

8th Annual Echo Park Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 7-8
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.

Soka University’s 15th Annual International Festival
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Soka University, Aliso Viejo
http://www.soka.edu/news_events/International-Festival/default.aspx

At this free festival, guests of all ages can enjoy music, dance, arts & crafts, artists, and more. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling if attending.

2016 Spring Champagne Social
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 7
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/champagnesocialspring/

Check out this free art exhibit featuring the current resident artists this Saturday in Santa Monica, complete with complimentary champagne. Although free to attend for all ages, guests must register via the link above.

Bacchus’ Home Brewers Fest 2016
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 7
Claud & Co. Bacchus’ Kitchen, Pasadena
http://www.bacchuskitchen.com/

For $45 admission, gain entry to this homebrewers tasting event up in Pasadena this Saturday early afternoon with food and beer tasters. Their website does not specify how much food and beer one can receive. No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Silverado Chili Cook-Off & Cinco de Mayo Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Silverado Community Center, Silverado
http://smrpd.org/

Sample lots of chili and enjoy a cultural festival this Saturday afternoon in the hills of Silverado. Packed with food, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more, visitors will surely find something to say occupied here. Free to attend, guests should bring cash to pay for any food or drinks here.

7th Annual San Diego Metal Swap Meet
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, North Park, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/186656765026898/

Metal fans will not want to miss this all-ages flea market for all things heavy metal. For just $5 admission, gain access to all sorts of vendors selling music, apparel, accessories, art, and more.

5th Annual Buellton Brew Fest
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, May 7
River View Park, Buellton
http://www.buelltonbrewfest.com/

Enjoy brews in beautiful Buellton this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and starts at 12:30, while VIP admission costs $55, starts at 11:30, includes access to exclusive VIP brews. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last until 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Bookfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://grandparkla.org/event/grand-parks-downtown-bookfest/

Find dozens of literary vendors at this free and all-ages book fair this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA.

Cismontane Brewing 6th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Cismontane Brewing, Rancho Santa Margarita
http://www.cismontanebrewing.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cismontane-brewings-6th-anniversary-party-tickets-24667291533

Cismontane turns six years old this year, and to celebrate, they will have a beer tasting event at their tasting room in Rancho Santa Margarita this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes in two levels: $18 gets you four half-pints, while $32 gets you eight half-pints plus an anniversary t-shirt. Cismontane will also have events for Friday and Sunday, so check their social media feeds for more information.

KROQ Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/kro/

Listen to loud music, throw away money by betting on horses, and drink lots of macro beers at this event at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $5, then you have to spend money on everything else once you enter.

San Diego Paella & Wine Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 7
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://paellawinefest.com/

Enjoy paella and wines down by the coast this Saturday afternoon. Admission starts at $80.

Saint Archer Brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 7
Saint Archer Brewery, Mira Mesa, San Diego
http://www.saintarcherbrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1589044508074809/

Saint Archer turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have special anniversary beers available for you to try, as well as a special anniversary glass. This event costs nothing to attend – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

16th Annual Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
La Jolla Cove, La Jolla
http://www.jlsdfoodandwine.com/

Taste food from many of San Diego’s finest restaurants, and sip on California’s great wines and craft beers at this festival. Guests can participate in a silent auction, while live music and painting will keep guests occupied. General admission costs $85, or $140 for VIP, which includes preferred parking, access to exclusive drinks, and a VIP lounge. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Orange County Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Dozens of microbreweries will gather here and pour all the beers that the guests can drink for the duration of the event. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while early bird admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. Tickets at the door cost $10 more. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

LA On Tap
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 7
Fairplex, Pomona
http://laontap.beer/

Dozens of breweries will meet up at the Fairplex this Saturday afternoon to serve their refreshing brews to attendees of this event. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, and starts at 2pm. Early admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours while supplies last, but food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for that plus parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Network Brewery’s Grand Opening
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 7
Network Brewery, Santa Ana
http://www.networkbrewery.com/

A new brewery joins Orange County’s illustrious family of microbreweries, and they will open their doors to the public this Saturday. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

2016 Long Beach Bike Fest
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 7
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Event-Detail-Page/Bike-Fest?id=70216

Enjoy a family-fun day filled with bike activities, vendors, and exhibits at the finish line of the Tour of Long Beach, located at The Pike right next to the Laugh Factory. This free all-ages event will feature bike exhibits, live entertainment, a bike valet, rides, games, vendors, food, a mini beer fest hosted by Beachwood BBQ, and more. The mini beer fest has no admission fee, but costs $20 for ten 5oz beer tastings. In addition to beers from Beachwood Brewing, other local breweries will make an appearance too.

No Violence Music Fest 2016
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 7
UNION Night Club, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1234255286602746/

Over a dozen skacore bands will perform in Los Angeles this Saturday. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Uncorked Wine Walk
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 7
Westfield UTC, University City, San Diego
http://www.westfield.com/utc/events/all-events/uncorked-wine-walk/27036

Take a stroll through Westfield UTC while sipping on wines. Admission costs $20 and allows you to sample wines from participating businesses.

Playhouse District Wine Walk
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 7
Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/wine-walk

For $20, you get six wine tastings at this small wine tasting event in Pasadena this Saturday evening.

Street Food Cinema 2016 Opening Night
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 7
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://www.streetfoodcinema.com/

Street Food Cinema kicks off their 2016 season with more food trucks, live music, and more movies than before. Check out the movie schedule on their website linked above, which may also feature the food truck lineup for you to plan your meals around.

Ladies First! Art Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
GCS Clothing Store, Santa Ana
http://www.konseptproject.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1134785179907628/

Free to attend for all-ages, check out this art exhibit featuring works made by local female artists.

3rd Annual San Diego Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

This beer & music festival will take this Saturday at NTC Liberty Station. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Beer, Brats & Books
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena
http://www.friendsppl.org/beerbratsbooks/

Relax this Saturday night with bratwurst, beers, and books in Pasadena. General admission costs $50 each or $90 for two people. No one under 21 may attend.

Agent Orange @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 7
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/994568020597306/

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will headline a show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Mother’s Day
May 8
Worldwide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother%27s_Day

Mother’s Day arrives this Sunday. Take note that many restaurants and flower shops will have excess business this weekend.

Los Angeles Bicycle Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 8
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://bci.yapsody.com/

Enter a world of bicycles, music, food, and art this Sunday afternoon at Grand Park in Downtown LA. Check out workshops, demos, live music, art, ride-alongs, and more. Tickets for this event start at $10.

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Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0
February 28 – March 5
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dineoutlongbeach.com/

The city of Long Beach has so many fine restaurants that they will have an entire week to celebrate the bounty. During this 7-day period, participating restaurants will have various food & drink specials. Check the website linked above for a list of participating restaurants and their specials.

The Federal Bar’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 29
The Federal Bar, North Hollywood
http://nh.thefederalbar.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/975538795825139/

North Hollywood’s The Federal Bar turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a bunch of rare brews on tap this Monday night. This event has no admission fee – simply stop by and enjoy a cold one or two.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 1-14
Participating locations, Old Pasadena
http://www.oldpasadena.org/happyhourweek/

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

San Diego Burger Week
March 3-12
Participating locations, San Diego County
http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/burgerweek

Enjoy select specialty burgers from participating locations all over San Diego County during this 10-day period for just $5 each!

Modern Times Night @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 3
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/429888723876863/

Modern Times will stock five of their brews at Select Beer Store this Thursday evening. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

9th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 4
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 5
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 6
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://musink.org/

Welcome to Musink, an all-ages music, tattoo, skateboarding, and pin-up festival that takes place at the OC Fairgrounds this weekend. Some of the largest names in punk rock will perform this weekend, such as Rancid and Bad Religion. Over 300 tattoo artists from around the world will fly in for the weekend. Tickets will remain on sale until the end of the fest on Sunday, so do not worry about not obtaining a ticket. Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so I highly recommend carpooling or getting dropped off.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 4
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1090215-secret-affair-long-beach/

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

Downtown Anaheim Community Yard Sale
8:00 am – 1:00 pm, March 5
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/

Local Anaheim residents will join in on a large communal yard sale in Downtown Anaheim this Saturday morning. Visitors can explore this event for free, while residents wanting to set up a spot to sell things must register for $10 per spot.

Insane Inflatable 5K Long Beach
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 5
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/long-beach-ca/

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

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00pm, March 5
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1666514063566081/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Garden Grove this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for a drink.

11th Annual San Diego Cherry Blossom Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 5-6
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
http://niwa.org/11th-annual-cherry-blossom-festival

The Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego celebrates spring and Japanese culture. Guests can marvel at the beauty of the iconic cherry blossoms as well as the koi pond and waterfall at San Diego’s Japanese Friendship Garden. Visitors will also find an assortment of cultural performances, authentic Japanese street food, one-of-a-kind crafts & gifts, and a beer & sake garden for attendees to enjoy. The kids’ area offers hands-on arts & crafts and engaging activities. Admission costs $8.

Holi Festival of Colors – Riverside
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 5
Martha Mclean Park, Riverside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-colors-riverside-ca/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every hour. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

Betty’s Birthday @ Hangar 24
11:00 am – 12:00 am, March 5
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.hangar24brewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1687816934808364/

In celebration of the birthday of their popular Betty IPA, Hangar 24 will have multiple variations of the brew on tap this Saturday at their tasting room in Redlands. This event has no admission – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or two.

2016 Spring Busker Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 5-6
Seaport Village, San Diego
http://www.seaportvillage.com/entertainment/busker-festival

Basically, Circue du Soleil. This artful all-ages outdoor festival brings out performers of various entertainment trades (jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, etc) to entertain visitors. Free to attend, guests should seek alternate methods of transportation to arrive here, such as carpooling or public transportation, as decent parking will likely take a long time to find.

15th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 5
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.

Absolution Brewing Company’s Hoppy 2nd Birthday
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 5
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
http://www.absolutionbrewingcompany.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hoppy-2nd-birthday-tickets-21571131836

Absolution Brewing turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of beer on tap plus an anniversary ale and a cask tent, as well as gourmet food trucks present throughout the day. The event itself has no admission fee, but Absolution offers beer packages for those who want a festival experience. A general package costs $25 and comes with three full beer pours and one meal ticket for the food trucks. A VIP package costs $45 and includes an anniversary t-shirt, unlimited beer pours from 12pm to 1pm, and then four beer pours after 1pm.

Power Rangers Launch Party & Signing
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 5
Phat Collectibles, Anaheim
http://www.phatcollectibles.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/529253643911009/

A new Power Rangers comic series will launch, and some of the important people behind it will make an appearance at Phat Collectibles in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. Stop on by for a meet & greet, autographs, and photographs.

OC Roller Girls – Get Lucky
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 5
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $13.

4th Annual Rock Star Beer Festival San Diego
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 5
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.rockstarbeerfestivalsd.com/

A corporate beer festival comes to San Diego this Saturday night. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Blacklight Run – San Diego
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 5
Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista
http://www.blacklightrun.com/san-diego/

The fun run madness continues with this nightly run through the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista. This run takes place at night, and requires participants to wear all white while getting splattered with neon powder throughout the blacklight-filled course. By the end of the run, all participants will glow with many different colors and enjoy seeing a sea of glowing runners at the afterparty. Registration costs $20 by Wednesday and $45 afterwards, and comes with an event t-shirt, a glow pack to throw at other runners AFTER you have crossed the finish line, and a goodie bag full of items from the event sponsors.

Agent Orange: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 5
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1639790366283453/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – St. Patrick’s Show
8:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 5
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Get your fill of burlesque at TRiP in Santa Monica this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 6-12
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 6
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

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

The Coaster Run 5K/10K/Kids Run
6:00 am – 10:00 am, March 6
Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
http://www.thecoasterrun.com/

Participate in a charity run through an amusement park this Sunday morning with the Coaster Run. Choose between a 5K or a 10K, or a Kids Run for the little ones. As a charity run, no participant can win – all participants will receive a commemorative medal for finishing the run, plus a complimentary slice of Boysenberry Pie. All participants also receive a coupon for half off an adult’s admission to the amusement park good for up to a month following the run. Registration varies in price depending on the course, so refer to the website for details.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 6
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.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 6
Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of Van Nuys Blvd in the San Fernando Valley will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

5th Annual LA Zine Fest
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 6
The Majestic, Downtown Los Angeles
http://lazinefest.com/

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

Reminiscing back to our childhoods, we recall all the good times and bad times that significantly impacted us as children. Everyone remembers certain moments during their childhoods that has permanently affected our personalities today. Even without anything to capture those moments, we can still reminisce about the good old days through photos taken way back then. In fact, today’s society has accepted Throwback Thursdays as an homage to the good old days, when life did not bear so much worry, and we could live out our days without fear or oppression. These days, society has to deal with corruption on many levels, from governments to the internet to bullies in school and more. Like the human immune system, society reacts to these corruptions by implementing methods to combat those problems by either minimizing problems or eliminating them altogether. This may not restore the good old days, but as a society, we still like to look back to what paved the way for us to stand here today. Significantly, we remember the foods we once ate as children, even recalling the low prices. Those old signs advertising $0.10 French Fries did not lie – food stands actually sold items that now cost ten times more, or even more than that! Though we can still buy the same fast food items as back then, we have much better options today as far as finer dining without the inflated price tags. If you miss those $0.10 fries, wait until you see some of the fries that you can eat as entrées. I have discovered five different fries entrées that you can find in the Greater Los Angeles Area, and I highly suggest seeking them out this season, as some of these may not linger around once the season ends.

5. Dos Chinos‘ Garden Grove BBQ Papas Fritas

Throughout this Top 5 list, you may notice a common trend among the entries – the word poutine. For those unfamiliar with poutine, this Canadian dish, at its very base, consists of fries, gravy, and cheese curds. From there, the person preparing it may add whatever to this canvas of a dish, typically some sort of meat. While this certainly sounds like a meal already, not every fries entrée must contain gravy and/or cheese. In the case of Dos Chinos, they do not even think about gravy, in favor of their Asian heritage. This fusion food truck from Orange County takes traditional Asian flavors, such as Vietnamese-style pork belly or garlic butter shrimp, and cooks them into Latin/Mexican preparations, such as tacos, burritos, or quesadillas. Over the past few years, they have greatly expanded their menu offerings in both directions, and utilize a chart system in ordering. In other words, customers simply choose the meat, then choose the preparation. For example, their Garden Grove BBQ Papas Fritas combines their Korean Mexican BBQ Beef with red cabbage and crema sauce over a bed of shoestring fries, jack-cheddar cheese, chopped onions, and cilantro. The beef will remind you of traditional Chinese takeout, but prepared much more flavorful, with an emphasis on high-quality grass-fed angus beef and the right balance of marinade on the beef. Where traditional Chinese restaurants serve this with white rice, Dos Chinos serves this to you with fries – for America! The fries provide a different texture than the soft nature of rice, so you have more going on in each bite as you crunch your way through this bowl of meat and potatoes big enough to share. But why would you want to share? At $8 per bowl, you can own this steal of a deal at the Dos Chinos truck, constantly roaming around Orange County. Pay attention to their Twitter to discover their future locations!

4. Haven Gastropub – Orange‘s Lamb Neck Poutine

As mentioned above, the most basic poutine consists of fries, gravy, and cheese curds. Increasingly popular in Canada, poutine has made landfall here in America due to its unique combination of ingredients that appeals to many appetites as not only a snack food, but as a fulfilling meal. Among conscious eaters, poutine has increased in popularity because of the freshness of cheese curds. Ideally, people should consume cheese curds within hours of its creation, so unless a restaurant produces its own cheese curds, poutine would use other types of cheese besides cheese curds. Regardless of the method of acquisition, Haven Gastropub understands the importance of quality cheese curds, as well as the importance of all of the restaurant’s other locally-sourced ingredients. Formulating the standard structure for any respectable sustainable restaurant, Haven Gastropub has pioneered the art of pub faire and introduced it to the modern American fine dining setting. By reinventing these dishes, Haven aims to take foods with a reputation as bar food and transform them into beautiful entrées that customers will want to brag about having eaten. While corporations have created a greasy image for poutine in Canada, Haven turns that all around with their Lamb Neck Poutine. Using braised lamb neck as the spotlight ingredient, Haven constructs this poutine with their pommes frites, dijon lamb gravy, and fresh cheddar cheese curds. Some people would turn an eye away from hearing “lamb neck” mentioned in food, either at the though of eating neck or of the texture of the meat. If the latter, the braising of the meat gives it an utmost tender texture, as it falls apart like braised short ribs do. Traditional poutine may look like this, but in terms of flavor, it can come nowhere close. Keep in mind that Haven Gastropub in Orange County serves this dish, as the Pasadena location does not list it on their menu.

3. The Federal Bar‘s Short Rib Poutine

When a brand grows large in popularity and demand, one should expect that brand to expand the reach to a larger scope or audience. For example, Southern California’s own Slater’s 50/50 has opened six overall locations, while Eureka Burger has FINALLY concocted plans to expand into Los Angeles and Orange County. Not too long ago, when The Federal Bar in North Hollywood grew beyond their walls, they first opened up another restaurant right around the corner under the name Bow & Truss. Eventually the demand for The Federal Bar grew so much that they had to expand past their little bubble in North Hollywood. As a result, they opened their second location in Downtown Long Beach this past April. Boasting nearly the same menu, The Federal Bar maintains the theme of a prohibition-era federal reserve bank while operating as a full-fledged gastropub. With a penchant for terrific craft beers, fine wines, and artisanal spirits, The Federal Bar serves up classic gastropub faire with a gourmet spin. For example, take a look at their version of poutine, the Short Rib Poutine. First, they take their House Fries, which comes with herbs, parmesan, and garlic, then they top it off with fresh mozzarella cheese curds, shredded beef short rib, and a blue cheese drizzle, which gives it a unique kick that poutine normally would not have. The Federal Bar may list this in the Starters section of their menu, but the resulting dish more than fills up one person. In fact, you may actually have to either share this with someone, or take the rest to-go. Just remember to savor the short ribs well, and get as much of the blue cheese as possible with the short rib. The savoriness of the meat with the sharp flavor of the blue cheese create a potent yet irresistible match-up of short rib and sauce. You can order this off their regular menu for $11, but arrive during Happy Hour from 3pm to 6pm everyday, and you can order this dish for $2 off! Even better during Happy Hour, you can also receive drinks at Happy Hour prices, so pair this fries entrée with a cold, refreshing IPA for the perfect evening meal.

2. 1321 Downtown Taproom Bistro‘s Pork Fries

Who said that Bacon has to reign as the all-time best pork preparation of all time? We can all agree that bacon makes any food and drink taste better, but when you get to a point where you just eat bacon so much that the thought of bacon gets desensitized in your mind, you have to start searching for alternatives. Fortunately there exists visionary chefs who worship pork and the versatility of this wonderful meat. Versatility lives on at 1321 Downtown Taproom Bistro in their Pork Fries. Although 1321 Downtown Taproom Bistro lists their infamous Pork Fries under their Firsts, or appetizers, this large pan can serve a party of 2-3. This skillet consists of thin fries covered with pulled pork confit, stout-braised onions, melted sharp cheddar, and smoked tomato rémoulade. Picture the pork sitting in a marinade of salt, seasonings, and herbs, then cooked in its own drippings. What results from the process tastes like roasted and somewhat crispy shredded pork with a heaping level of smokiness and salty flavors attacking your taste buds. The onions braised in stout contribute to this dish with its tender, sweet, and dark flavors. The cheese comes melted and soft, but hardens quickly. As a result, I highly suggest eating this the moment your server brings it out, and not wait to eat it. Note that you can order this during Happy Hour from 4pm to 7pm for a reduced price, so aim to go during Happy Hour, and pair this with a nice cold pale ale!

1. Umami Burger‘s Truffle Royale Poutine

From Day 1, ever since I started this blog, I vowed never to give a spotlight to corporate businesses, but to focus on the best in the local scene of Southern California. Understandably, something may grow in popularity so much that expansion comes natural. For example, Hof’s Hut has gained enough local popularity that expansion to greater territory only seems natural at this point. Other businesses expand rapidly yet remain in Southern California… for now, such as Slater’s 50/50. One such entity remained solely in Southern California for just two years, and rose in notoriety so much that they expanded to Northern California after two years in business. Now with a location in Florida and plans to expand into New York, Umami Burger has more than cemented its name into the history of food in America. In fact, Saturday Night Live even name-dropped Umami Burger, proving the dominance of this burger chain. Umami did not reach their current status with just marketing and timing – they earned their reputation with quality unlike any other. Although pricey, their burgers will more than satisfy a craving for an amazing burger, as their menu now contains more than just burgers. Most customers will want to stick with burgers like the namesake indicates, but sometimes customers can get a little adventurous by ordering a modified burger. Umami now offers a modified burger in the form of turning any burger into a poutine dish. Have you seen a poutine with a burger patty in it? Go all-in with their Truffle Royale Poutine, their signature Truffle Royale burger served over fries with house gravy. The original burger comes with a beef patty topped with braised short ribs, garlic aioli, truffle glaze, and truffle cheese. Why bother with truffle oil at this point when the dish already contains so much truffle? The truffle levels in this dish exceed nine thousand, as you cut into the medium rare patty and braised short ribs, and scoop up the perfect bite with a little of everything in this dish. The Truffle Royale burger costs $15, while you can “poutine-it” any burger for an extra $2, so the Truffle Royale Poutine will cost $17 altogether. Not every Umami Burger location serves the Truffle Royale, and not every location has the “poutine-it” option, so refer to the Umami Burger website for a menu from each location before you venture out in search of meaty fried goodness. The old saying that you cannot judge a book by its cover typically does not apply to Umami Burger, as they strive for excellent plating and deliciously gorgeous burgers. When it comes to poutine, the gravy will cause a mess, so carefully plating poutine takes extra practice. While the photo looks like a mess, the umami sensory explosion will make you forget what it looked like when the server brought it out to you.

The Downtown Long Beach Associates continued their seasonal series of sampling the local flavor with the Taste of Downtown Long Beach – Pine Avenue last week. As Long Beach does not have a unified “Taste of Long Beach,” each neighborhood wields the power to host their own taste, such as with Belmont Shore’s Stroll & Savor and Bixby Knolls’ First Fridays. Downtown Long Beach breaks their tasting events up into different seasons and hosts it in different sections of Downtown Long Beach. Three months ago, Taste of Downtown Long Beach took place in the East Village Arts District and primarily featured businesses in that area. This time, the Taste of Downtown Long Beach moved to Pine Avenue, the heart of Downtown Long Beach.

The Downtown Long Beach Associates carefully constructed this event to make it as user-friendly as possible. Unlike many other city’s tasting event, the Taste of Downtown Long Beach bears no entry fee. Any guests wanting to taste food simply pay as they go. Guests could purchase 12 tasting tickets online for $10, while guests paying on the day of the event only receive 10 tickets. The ticket booth sat in the Diamond Parking Lot between Broadway and 1st Street, which also held a handful of other Downtown Long Beach restaurants not immediately on Pine Avenue. For the rest of the participating restaurants, guests had to stroll along Pine Avenue north and south of Broadway. However, all paths eventually led back to the Diamond Parking Lot, which contained tables, chairs, a beer garden hosted by Beachwood BBQ, and a small stage for the night’s live music. For guests wanting to drink more, they could easily enter any of the bars nearby, while beer drinkers could find Beachwood BBQ just around the corner.

Long Beach contains plenty of great local eateries and establishments, but discovering them all takes some time. Luckily, taste events occur regularly, allowing guests to sample food without committing to a full meal. As mentioned above, First Fridays occurs monthly in Bixby Knolls, and most of the businesses there participate by offering some sort of special. Belmont Shore hosts Stroll & Savor in the summer months, with the next one happening less than a week from today. Food & drink specials occur daily, and Long Beach Meet ‘N Eat tweets about them daily, so give them a follow if you seek eats in Long Beach.