Posts Tagged ‘Firestone Walker’

Dogz 5 Year Anniversary
11:00 am – 1:30 am, April 12
Dogz Bar and Grill, Long Beach
http://www.dogzbarandgrill.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/966645413385176/

Belmont Shore’s Dogz turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have live music this Tuesday night. Also expect food and drink specials all day.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 12
Ben & Jerry’s, Worldwide
http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday at any participating Ben & Jerry’s store.

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 12
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/564914146998849/

Catch a taste of San Francisco’s Speakeasy Ales this Tuesday night at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a beer or two.

5th Annual Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 13
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/roar-in-the-shore/

Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.

Firestone Walker Night
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 13
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/805763442901074/

Little Tokyo’s Far Bar will have some rare Firestone Walker brews available this Wednesday night, as well as the founder himself for a meet & greet. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Peelander-Z @ The Frida Cinema
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 13
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/event/peelander-z/

Weird and wacky come to Santa Ana this Wednesday night. Enjoy an all-ages night of mischief and mayhem for just $10.

Canstruction LA 2016
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 14
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 15
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 16
Farmers and Merchants Bank Building, Downtown LA
http://canstructionla.com/

Free to attend for all ages, see glorious art works made with cans this weekend in Downtown LA.

Mother Earth Brewing Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 14
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1557645794532790/

San Diego’s Mother Earth Brewing will take over the taps at Hollywood’s Blue Palms Brewhouse this Thursday night. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

23rd Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, April 14
Share Our Selves, Costa Mesa
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

25 of Orange County’s finest chefs will gather to prepare their most unusual and unique taco. Come witness history in the making, as chefs strive to reinvent the wheel by crafting the new generation of tacos. VIP hour starts at 4:30pm and costs $150, while general admission starts at 5:30pm and costs $80.

2016 Unite Belgian Trippel Release
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 14
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/217548851942520/

Every year, Anaheim Brewery makes a beer for International Women’s Day. This beer comes out this Thursday evening at their tasting room in Anaheim. This event has no cover charge, so stop on by and show support for the women.

Tacos And Beer Tasting
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 14
San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.museumofman.org/event/tacos-beer-tasting/

Enjoy tastings from several popular local breweries, snack on a variety of delicious tacos, take fun snapshots in the photo booth, explore exciting exhibits, and revel in the festive atmosphere inside one of San Diego’s top museums. Admission costs $30. No one under 21 may participate.

Business & Beer @ Absolution Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 14
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
http://www.businessnbeer.com/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This month, they will hit up Absolution 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, April 14
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.

Viet Film Fest 2016
6:00 pm – 12:30 am, April 14
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 15,17
11:00 am – 12:30 am, April 16
Orange Outlets, Orange
http://www.vietfilmfest.com/

The Outlets at Orange will show many Vietnamese films this weekend. Check out the schedule on the website, which also lists the ticket prices for each film.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 14
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Story-Details/Thunder-Thursday-Returns-with-Motorcyclists-Painting-the-Sky-with-Stunts

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.

Union 13: Live at Five Star Bar
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 14
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.union13.bigcartel.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/465666190298982/

Hardcore punk band Union 13 will headline a show in Los Angeles before traveling down to Mexico for a tour. The cover for this Downtown LA show this Thursday night costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

D.I.Y. Festival Competition
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 14
The Vibe Bar & Grill, Riverside
http://bricktoyaface.com/

Check out this music & art festival this Thursday night in Riverside. Admission costs $7 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 18 may enter.

42nd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 15-16
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 17
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.gplb.com/

Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.

The Trooper Returns
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 15
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 16
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/507670256101391/

Iron Maiden beer comes to Phantom Carriage in Carson this weekend, and you have a chance to scoop some up. Free to attend, Phantom Carriage will sell the limited Iron Maiden beers on a first come, first served basis, and they will also show Iron Maiden concert videos all weekend.

Tour For Life: Pet Adoptions
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 15
Pet Food Express, Pasadena
http://pasadenahumane.org/event/north-shore-animal-leagues-tour-for-life-adoption-event/

A pet adoption event comes to Pasadena this Friday evening. Stop on by, as they will have giveaways, discounted pet adoptions, and more.

Odd Nights at the Autry
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 15
Autry Museum, Los Angeles
http://theautry.org/programs/special-events/the-odd-market

Free to attend for all ages, enjoy an evening of shopping, live music, food, arts & crafts, and more at the Autry Museum this Friday night.

Steinfest – Oktoberfest in April
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 15
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/upcoming-events/fri-3-steinfest/

Alpine Village’s traditional Oktoberfest celebration returns for its mid-year event this Friday night. Admission costs $10, but those arriving in an Oktoberfest outfit can enter for free! No one under 21 may attend.

Tough Mudder Los Angeles 2016
7:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 16-17
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://toughmudder.com/events/2016-los-angeles

Tough Mudder needs no introduction – its legacy alone describes it in ways that words cannot. Expect to train hard this week, all leading up to madness this weekend.

Pinup Girl Clothing Yardsale
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 16
Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim
http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/967709676641806/

Check out this pinup clothing pop-up taking place this Saturday at the Marriott in Anaheim near the convention center. Free to attend for all ages, expect to find many clothes and accessories for under $60. While the vendors will accept both cash and credit, parking at the venue takes cash only.

Green Scene Plant & Garden Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 16-17
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://fullertonarboretum.org/event_green.php

Check out a diverse range of plants, arts & crafts, and more this weekend at the Fullerton Arboretum at Cal State Fullerton. Admission costs $8 for this all-ages event.

Downtown Burbank Arts Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 16-17
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Olive, Downtown Burbank
http://dtnbur.com/

Check out hundreds of artists, street painters, sidewalk chalk artists, and more this weekend in Downtown Burbank. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can exhibit the many art on display, create their own art with sidewalk chalk or other artists allowing guests to interact, or purchase art to take home.

Rendezvous Artisan Market: Santa Monica
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 16-17
Museum of Flying, Santa Monica
http://www.rendezvousmarket.com/

Free to attend for all ages, over a hundred local vendors will set up in Santa Monica for a weekend of food, treats, shopping, and more.

25th Annual Poppy Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 16-17
Lancaster City Park, Lancaster
http://www.poppyfestival.com/

Bring out the family to this all-ages family-fun festival this weekend in Lancaster. This festival will have plenty of activities for everyone to get involved with, along with food, drinks, multiple vendors, music, dance, art, games, rides, and more. Admission for regular adults costs $8, while children, seniors, and military can enter for $5.

LAUSD Grand Arts Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 16
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://achieve.lausd.net/arts
http://grandparkla.org/event/lausd-grand-arts-festival/

Free to attend for all ages, thousands of students from dozens of LA County schools will exhibit their art at this event in Downtown LA this Saturday afternoon. Visitors will also find live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, arts & crafts, and more.

Steampunk Spring Picnic
10:30 am – 5:30 pm, April 16
Old Poway Train Park, Poway
http://www.sdsteampunk.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1690225247910592/

Mix & mingle with other steampunk enthusiasts this Saturday in Poway. This event has no cover charge or strict programming – just show up whenever you like, preferably dressed for the occasion, and socialize.

Abnormal Beer Company’s One Year Anniversary
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 16
The Cork and Craft, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
http://abnormalbeer.co/
http://www.facebook.com/events/543207895841034/

Abnormal Beer Company launched to the public last year, and they have just turned a year old. To celebrate, they will have a party right where it started last year. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find special brews, bar bites, a live DJ, raffle prizes, a preview of the brewery expansion, and more.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 16
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.hbharley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/166837517035750/

Got a Harley that needs a wash? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday and let some bikini girls wash it for you. Bring cash to pay for the wash, plus some extra cash for tip.

Star Wars: May The Furs Be With You
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 16
Dogtopia Doggy Day Care, Anaheim
http://www.barksoflove.org/events.html

A doggy fundraiser comes to Anaheim Hills this Saturday afternoon. This event will have two life size, fully functional R2-D2 droids, plus volunteers from the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion in costume. Attendees can take lots of photos, participate in costume contests, purchase raffle tickets, and more. Admission costs $10 for adults or $5 for children.

11th Annual Vintage Fashion Show and Tea
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 16
Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles
http://heritagesquare.org/events/calendar/11th-annual-vintage-fashion-show-and-tea

See beautiful costumes and vintage gowns this Saturday in Los Angeles. Following the fashion show, visitors can participate in an afternoon tea buffet, check out the museum, browse the fashion vendors, and more. Presale tickets cost $30 for adults or $15 for children.

4th Annual Riverside Tamale Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 16
White Park, Riverside
http://riversidetamalefestival.weebly.com/

Enjoy Hispanic food and culture this Saturday afternoon in Riverside. Admission costs only $5, but all guests must pay for tamales at cost, so bring cash for that.

Santa Barbara Earth Day 2016
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 16-17
Alameda Park, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbearthday.org/

Free to attend for all ages, Santa Barbara will host an Earth Day fair this weekend. Guests will find lots of activities, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food & drinks, and more.

2nd Annual L.A. Local Craft Beer & Artisan Food Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 16
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/events/los-angeles-craft-beer-food-fest/

Check out the best of local food and beer at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon at Alpine Village in Torrance. Admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and provides access to unlimited food and beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

16th Annual Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 16
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/events/taste-of-hillcrest-2016/

Savor the flavors of all the amazing eateries in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Over 40 restaurants will offer delicious samples to guests, while a handful of local breweries will provide beer tasters for guests. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event. Admission includes 50 taster tickets, and each location accepts different amounts of tickets. Guests can move at their own pace, and select which locations to spend their tickets at.

2016 California Wine Festival – Dana Point
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 16
Lantern Bay Park, Dana Point
http://www.californiawinefestival.com/ticketsbuytickets/orange-county-wine-festival/

Enjoy food and wine at this wine tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. General admission costs $69 and starts at 1pm, early admission costs $89 and starts at 12pm, and VIP admission costs $109, starts at 12pm, and includes a few extra VIP perks.

Monrovia Station Beer & Music Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 16
Metro Gold Line Monrovia Station, Monrovia
http://beerfests.com/events/monrovia-station-beer-music-fest/

To celebrate the opening of Station Square Park & Metro Gold Line, Monrovia will have a beer and music festival there this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. Admission at the gate costs $65, if any tickets remain. All attendees receive fifteen 6oz beer tasters, plus access to local food vendors and the live music stage. No one under 21 may attend.

Mikkeller Brewing San Diego Grand Opening
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 16
Mikkeller Brewing, Miramar, San Diego
http://mikkeller.dk/location/mikkeller-brewing-san-diego/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1523339264629334/

Guess who took over the old AleSmith location? Mikkeller has touched down in Southern California, and they will open their doors to the public this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend, guests will find plenty of booze, live music, mobile food vendors, and more.

Cosmo 7K – All Ladies Run/Walk
3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 16
Fairplex, Pomona
http://energyevents.com/cosmo7k-pomona

Only women can participate in this 7k fun run this Saturday! All participants receive complimentary snacks, a t-shirt, a souvenir martini glass, a goodie bag, and more.

OC Roller Girls: I Love Block And Roll
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 16
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 $15.

Implants: Live in Laguna Niguel
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 16
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/215459385462267/

Check out some great local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. Tickets to this show cost $7 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Guttermouth: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 16
Bar 1650, Corona
http://xxx-guttermouth-xxx.com/
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1131369

Everyone’s favorite offensive punk band Guttermouth will headline a small show in Corona this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

30th Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 17
Main Street, Downtown Fallbrook
http://www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/avocado-festival.html

This annual local treat returns to Fallbrook this Sunday to celebrate the legacy of the California avocado. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find hundreds of vendors booths, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food & drinks, activities, and more.

27th Annual San Diego Earth Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 17
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://earthdayweb.org/

This FREE and all-ages Earth Day celebration takes place this Sunday at Balboa Park in San Diego. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with art galleries, “green” food, arts & crafts, vendors, a parade, and more.

Pinup Parade in the Park
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 17
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/692802034195626/

Pinup Girl Clothing will host their semiannual pinup model meetup this Sunday at Disneyland. In addition to plenty of photo opportunities, expect to find goodie bags, trivia, contests, and more.

Local Brews & Local Grooves
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 17
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09005047F4D81503

Sample beers from over a dozen breweries while enjoying the sounds of local musicians at this semiannual food & beer event this Sunday afternoon at House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Admission costs $12, while the tasting wristband costs an additional $15 and come with five taste tickets, good towards food or beer.

Ritual Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration Week
November 16-21
Ritual Brewing, Redlands
http://ritualbrewing.com/

Ritual Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have festivities at their tasting room in Redlands all week long. The week will culminate with a beer festival this Saturday from 12pm to 4:30. General admission costs $30 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $40 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive an anniversary glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend this event.

12th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
November 16-22
Various locations, San Diego
http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/

All week, check out all things food & wine all over San Diego County. From wine tastings to cooking classes to seminars to food sampling, if it has to do with food or drinks, it will happen during this time. On Saturday, experience the grand finale with a massive food & wine tasting festival at Embarcadero Marina Park North in Downtown San Diego. General admission to this festival costs $135 and starts at 12pm, while early admission costs $165 and starts at 11am.

Meet The Brewer: Artifex Brewing @ The Factory Gastrobar
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 18
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1060392040657796/

Artifex Brewing will travel up from San Clemente to Long Beach this Wednesday evening for a tap takeover, beer pairing, and meet & greet with the brewer. This night has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you go.

Meatloaf Wednesday
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 18
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Following the success of their ribs, mac & cheese, and poutine special events, Beachwood BBQ will now hold a Meatloaf night this Wednesday. Choose from multiple different meat types, and enjoy it as a meal or as a flight paired with craft beers.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day
November 19
Worldwide
http://www.beaujolaisnouveauday.com/

Every year on the third Thursday of November, wine enthusiasts worldwide celebrate the arrival of this passionate wine with fireworks, music, festivals, and more. Check in with your favorite local restaurant, bar, or winery to see if they will participate in the celebration of this glorious wine.

Belgium Beers Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 19
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/upcoming-events/tap-takeover/

Alpine Village will tap a bunch of Belgian beers this Thursday night for your enjoyment. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

2015 Los Angeles Auto Show
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 20-29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://laautoshow.com/

Check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. General admission costs $12 on weekdays or $15 on weekends.

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 20
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, November 21
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.motorcycleshows.com/city/long-beach-ca

See all-things motorcycles this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission varies, with a one-day adult general admission costing $15.

Pairing Is Caring 2
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm, November 20
Monk Space, Los Angeles
http://www.insidethecellar.com/

Enjoy a night of food, beer, and wine in Koreatown this Friday night. General admission costs $50 and starts at 7:30, while VIP admission costs $65, starts at 7pm, and includes access to a VIP lounge. All attendees receive unlimited food, beer, and wine while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Escape From The Time Travel Lab
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 20
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 21-22
Edm Hall, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
http://realescapegame.com/rerla_ttlab/

Put your brain to the test at this real-life escape game. Participants of this event have 90 minutes to solve multiple puzzles of varying difficulty, and combine the solutions to unlock additional puzzles, which will eventually lead to the final solution that will solve the entire game. Each session can only have up to 11 participants, and teamwork will get your group through the puzzle to the final answer. Registration costs $26 per person.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 20-21
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 Color Run 5k – Orange County
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 21
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://thecolorrun.com/orange-county/

The color run that started it all returns to Huntington State Beach this Saturday morning. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $50 per solo participant, or $45 per person if registering as a team of four or more. Waves of runners will start at 9am and launch every few minutes following that for up to two hours, so do not fret about getting there on time.

Bubble Run – Lake Elsinore
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 21
Diamond Stadium, Lake Elsinore
http://www.bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/socal/

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 around the Sleep Train Amphitheater. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

2015 Designer Con
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 21
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.designercon.com/

This design event takes place this weekend in Pasadena. What started as an expo for designer toys and collectables has evolved into including apparel and accessories. Designer Con now features toys, apparel, art, crafts, and more, ranging from fine, traditional, modern, urban, and contemporary. Presale tickets cost $5, tickets at the door cost $7, while arrivals after 3pm cost nothing.

30th Annual Elves’ Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 21
Pasadena Waldorf School, Altadena
http://www.elves-faire.com/

This FREE and all-ages fair will allow visitors to enjoy medieval activities, games, live music, food, entertainment, and more.

Hermosa Beach Holiday Sidewalk Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 21
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://business.hbchamber.net/events/details/holiday-sidewalk-festival-3147

Check out this free and all-ages event this Saturday in Downtown Hermosa Beach. Visitors will find arts & crafts, live entertainment, music, dancing, games, sidewalk sales, food & drink specials, and more.

Taste of Autumn Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 21
Shark Club, Costa Mesa
http://www.tasteofautumnbeerfestival.com/

An autumn beer tasting event will take place at the Shark Club in Costa Mesa this Saturday over two sessions. General admission costs $40 and runs 1pm to 4pm or 7pm to 10pm. VIP admission costs $50 and starts an hour earlier than general admission. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Hops & Hounds: Packinghouse Brewing’s 5th Anniversary
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 21
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.pbbeer.com/

Packinghouse Brewing turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a free celebration at their tasting room in Riverside this Saturday. Throughout the day, Packinghouse will have live music, special beer releases, and mobile food vendors. A portion of the day’s sales will go towards the American Cancer Society.

Old Town Seal Beach Main Street Chili Cookoff Crawl
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 21
Main Street, Seal Beach
http://www.sealbeachrestaurantweek.com/events.html

Around a dozen Seal Beach restaurants will participate in a chili cookoff this Saturday afternoon. Visitors of all ages can purchase a wristband for $10, which will allow them to sample as much chili as they like from participating restaurants up and down Main Street. The Hennessey’s Grill parking lot will function as the hub, where visitors can purchase wristbands, observe raffle prizes, and vote for their favorite chili.

Orange County’s 3rd Annual Beard & Moustache Competition
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 21
The Rinks, Irvine
http://www.dubswashere.com/

Movember participants, listen up! Show off your wicked facial hair at this competition for all things hairy this Friday night in Huntington Beach, featuring a handful of categories to enter into to win cash prizes. In addition to the fabulous styles, visitors will find food, a full bar, live music, vendors, and more. Registration costs $15, while spectators may enter for $5.

The Crowd @ Alex’s Bar
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, November 21
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/989049-crowd-long-beach/

Rock out to some local old-school punk rock bands this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

25th Annual Encinitas Fall Street Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 22
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/fall-festival/

This FREE street fair takes place this Sunday in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

23rd Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
Southwest Museum, Mount Washington
http://www.arroyoartscollective.org/

This Sunday, check out homes and studios of artists and craftspeople around Highland Park, Eagle Rock, and surrounding areas. This self-guided tour costs $10 presale or $15 on the day of the event, and allows access to art purchasing, building tours, and more. While strolling, check out some of the great places to grab a bite or sip, such as Fusion Burgers, Donut Friend, The Oinkster, and more.

Artisanal LA: West Elm Holiday Pop-Up
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 22
West Elm, Beverly Grove
http://artisanalla.com/

Head over to West Elm in Beverly Grove this Sunday for a small popup of Artisanal LA. Free to attend for all ages, this popup gives visitors a sample of Artisanal LA’s semiannual event at The Reef. Visitors will find a handful of local artisanal food vendors plus some local arts & crafts vendors.

Beer & Pie with Firestone Walker
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 22
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1483421438653814/

Enjoy some handmade pies and Firestone Walker brews this Sunday afternoon at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for food and drinks as you go.

7th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 6-15
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

Green Flash 13th Anniversary Release: Hand Shake IPA
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 9
Green Flash Brewing, Sorrento Valley, San Diego
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/event/green-flash-13th-anniversary-release-event-hand-shake-ipa-20151109/

Green Flash Brewing releases their 13th anniversary beer today at their tasting room down in San Diego. Enjoy the Hand Shake IPA all day in the tasting room, meet the brewers from Green Flash and Alpine Beer Company from 4pm to 6pm, and check out the various 13th anniversary merchandise available for sale.

The Fall of Troy: Adventour Time
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, November 10
The Irenic, North Park, San Diego
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2532
http://thefalloftroy.com/

Post-hardcore band The Fall of Troy currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices for these all-ages shows depend on the location, so click on a show’s link above for details.

The Menzingers: On Tour
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 10
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=6065355
http://themenzingers.com/

Punk band The Menzingers currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link above for details.

The Briefs: Live in Southern California
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 10, The Echoplex, Echo Park http://www.theecho.com/event/961599-briefs-los-angeles/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 12, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2593
http://www.thebriefsofficial.com/

Rock out to punk rock bands this weekend in Los Angeles and/or San Diego. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Swingin’ Utters: On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 11, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/877665-swingin-utters-west-hollywood/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 12, The Garage, Ventura http://holdmyticket.com/checkout/event/221151
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 13, The Hideout, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.eventbrite.com/e/swingin-utters-san-diego-music-thing-tickets-18196283574
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 14, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.slidebarfullerton.com/calendar
http://swinginutters.com/

Punk band Swingin’ Utters currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Each show has a different ticket price and age limit, so click on a show’s link for details.

Avengers Superheroes Half Marathon Weekend
10:00 am – 12:00 am, November 12
5:30 am – 8:00 pm, November 13
5:30 am – 4:00 pm, November 14
5:30 am – 11:30 am, November 15
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/avengers-half-marathon/

The Avengers Superheroes Half Marathon returns this weekend with a plethora of things to see and do. Participate in any of the races, check out the health & fitness expo, and stick around for after-parties throughout the weekend. The website has an extensive list of everything going on this weekend, so consult with the website for more details.

Business & Beer @ Strand Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 12
Strand Brewing, Torrance
http://businessnbeer.com/strand-brewing-company-november-12-2015/

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

The Misfits: On Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 12, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura http://www.venturatheater.net/event/892239-misfits-ventura/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 13, The Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/884465-misfits-pomona/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 14-15, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/861381-misfits-west-hollywood/
http://www.misfits.com/

Legendary punk band The Misfits currently tour across the nation, and that tour sweeps through Southern California this week. These all-ages shows have different ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for more details.

Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 12
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/craft-beer-bites-beer-week-edition-tickets-18397901619

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Thursday evening. For $30 presale or $35 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 12
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.

Manic Hispanic: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 13, Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel http://www.eventbrite.com/e/english-presents-manic-hispanic-tickets-18988152074
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, November 14, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/224694

Manic Hispanic will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Tickets to these shows vary in price, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter either of these shows.

Lagwagon: On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 13, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/932953-lagwagon-performing-trashed-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 14, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=6126545
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 15, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/932957-lagwagon-performing-hoss-los-angeles/
http://www.lagwagon.com/

Punk band Lagwagon currently tours across the nation, and that tour moves through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a show’s link above for details.

Radioactive Chicken Heads @ El Cid
9:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 13
El Cid, Silverlake
http://www.radioactivechickenheads.com/

Rock out this Friday the 13th with these funky rock bands in Silverlake. The cover for this show costs $13.

Bubble Run – San Diego
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 14
Sleep Train Amphitheater, Chula Vista
http://www.bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/san-diego/

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 around the Sleep Train Amphitheater. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

6th Annual Nuke the Fridge Con
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 14
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://nukethefridge.com/

Check out Nuke the Fridge Con happening this Saturday in Rowland Heights. This FREE event features many famous people in the comics industry, such as Sarah Underwood, Stan Lee, and more. The first 100 guests receive a goodie bag! Please note that this event now only lasts one day instead of the full weekend like in previous years.

Repticon Los Angeles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 14
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 15
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://repticon.com/losangeles.html

Check out two days of reptiles, amphibians, exotic pets, pet products, seminars, and more this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. General admission starts at 10am and costs $15 for both days, $10 for one day, or $5 for children. Online-only VIP admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children, allows admission to both days, and allows entry at 9am on Saturday.

Escondido Tamale Festival
10:30 am – 4:30 pm, November 14
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://www.escondidotamalefestival.org/

Indulge on tamales at this FREE and all-ages festival this Saturday in Escondido. This event will features dozens of food vendors, live entertainment, vendors, arts & crafts, and more. Everything comes at cost, so guests should bring plenty of cash for this day. A special VIP package costs $35 that includes exclusive gourmet tamales along with craft beer and wine pairings.

Barrel-Aged Speedway Stout & Hawaiian Speedway Stout Release Party
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 14
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego
http://alesmith.com/

Come taste one of San Diego’s most coveted brews this Saturday at the AleSmith tasting room in San Diego. They will also have a handful of other variations of this brew on tap for you to try.

2nd Annual San Diego Cheese & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 14
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sdcheesefest.org/

Indulge in gourmet cheeses and craft beers this Saturday afternoon in Liberty Station in San Diego. General admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $75, starts at 12pm, and includes VIP seating. All attendees receive 12 cheese and beer pairings. No one under 21 may attend.

Walker’s Wild Ride
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 14
Orange & Santa Ana
http://www.firestonebeer.com/events/walkers-wild-ride.php

Firestone Walker will tap four very rare sour beers at four different locations in Orange County this Saturday. Visit their website for a schedule of their stops; however, which beer they tap at each location remains a secret!

1st Annual Cali Uncorked Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 14
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://www.uncorkedfest.com/

The organizers behind Orange County Brew Ha Ha bring to you this new festival unlike anything ever before: Cali Uncorked. This festival combines craft beer, wine, food, music, and comedy all in one location. With over a hundred different beers and wines to sip on, you will not run out of different things to try here. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while early admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. All guests receive unlimited beer and wine tasters while supplies last. Food comes at cost, so guests should bring extra cash for food here. No one under 21 may attend.

Skyland Ale Works 1st Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 14
Skyland Ale Works, Corona
http://www.skylandaleworks.com/

This little microbrewery in Corona has survived a year in the craft beer industry, and they will celebrate at their tasting room in Corona this Saturday. They will have their anniversary ale on tap, plus a few variations of the anniversary ale as well. Prepay for the commemorative anniversary glass to receive a beer pour with the glass; otherwise, guests can buy the anniversary glass for $6.

Helm’s Brewing 3-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 14
Helm’s Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.helmsbrewingco.com/

Helm’s Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a plethora of special brews on tap at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa this Saturday. This celebration has no ticket or cover charge – simply show up, and pay for cold ones as you go.

Balboa Craft Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 14
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.

Root Beer Floats with Stateside Crafts
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 14
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach
http://longbeachcreamery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/985623561502786/

Stop by Long Beach Creamery in Bixby Knolls this Saturday afternoon for delicious refreshing root beer floats for just $6 each.

La Quinta Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary Party
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 14
La Quinta Brewing, Palm Desert
http://www.laquintabrewing.com/

La Quinta Brewing turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have their special anniversary beer on tap plus a few other special beers. In addition, they will have a food vendor on site, plus live music throughout the day. This event has no ticket or cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy good times.

Outpost Festival
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 14
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://outpostfest.com/

A music, art, food, and multicultural event comes to Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $80 and includes access to a VIP tent.

Orange Coast Magazine’s Annual Wine Affair
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 14
Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom, Costa Mesa
http://www.orangecoast.com/wineaffair/

Sample many wines from some of the top wineries on the west coast this Saturday Costa Mesa. In addition to all the wine, local restaurants will also sample hors d’oeuvre to go with the wines. Admission costs $75 presale or $99 at the door. Use promo code yelpwine to receive admission for $55. No one under 21 may attend.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 14
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

Bang Boom Bash
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 14
Mid City Arthouse, Los Angeles
http://bangboombash.com/

Music, burlesque, and booze all collide in one event this Saturday night in Los Angeles. General admission to this raunchy show costs $12, while VIP admission costs $18 and includes a special cup and drink ticket. No one under 21 may attend.

All Female Art Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 14
Public Beer & Wine Shop, Long Beach
http://www.publicbeerwineshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/938676562894052/

Five local artists will showcase their art work in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday night, in addition to special beers on tap for breast cancer awareness. This event has no cover charge. No one under 21 may enter.

2nd Annual Mosaic Craft Fair
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 15
The Alhambra at Urban Community, Alhambra
http://www.mosaiccraftfair.org/

Get crafty at this arts & crafts fair this Sunday afternoon in Alhambra. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find dozens of independent designers selling their goods, a handful of mobile food vendors, a beer garden, live music, entertainment, and more.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 15
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at different locations: Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. The surrounding neighborhood contains plenty of free street parking.

Wild Goose Tavern’s 3rd Anniversary Party
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 15
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.goosebar.com/

Wild Goose Tavern turns three years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a party at their place in Costa Mesa this Sunday. During the first hour, guests will receive complimentary appetizers. Throughout the night, they will have a silent auction, raffles, merchandise for sale, and more. A portion of food sales will go towards a charity too. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and have a good time.

5th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
November 1-8
Lake Forest
http://www.lakeforestbusiness.com/148/Shop-Dine

Explore the local businesses of Lake Forest during this eight-day period. Various restaurants and shops will have specials this week, which will culminate with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, November 8th.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 1:00 am, November 4
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/575037072643741/

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.

7th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 6-15
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

9th Annual BlizzCon
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 6
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 7
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.blizzcon.com/

Dive into the world of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This convention will have speakers, panels, vendors, artists, tournaments, demos, and more. The $199 tickets to attend the convention have sold out, but you may still purchase a virtual ticket to watch the convention from home for $40.

Firestone Walker Tap Takeover @ Blue Palms Brewhouse
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 6
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/156981964651366/

Firestone Walker will take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or more.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 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).

33rd Annual Irvine Holiday Faire
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 6
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 7
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/news-article/holiday-faire

For just $2 admission, gain access to over a hundred local artisans exhibiting their wares, from jewelry to apparel to accessories and more.

7th Annual Montebello Taste of the Town
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, November 6
Bagramian Hall, Montebello
http://montebellotaste.com/

Sample eats & drinks from various restaurants from Montebello this Friday night. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and includes unlimited tastes while supplies last. VIP admission costs $75 and also includes VIP seating and a gift bag.

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 6
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 7
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://sdbw.org/guild-festival/

This beer festival coincides with San Diego Beer Week annually. This year, they have split the festival into two parts. On Friday, a special VIP reception will take place that will have brewers and business owners in San Diego meet together to discuss and enjoy beer. On Saturday, the standard beer fest will take place, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Prices vary depending on attendance – the VIP reception costs $75, the Saturday beer fest costs $40, an hour early access to that one costs $55, and a two-day pass costs $100. No one under 21 may attend.

The Fall of Troy: Adventour Time
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 6, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/886537-fall-troy-pomona/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 7, Fonda Theatre, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/278768
http://thefalloftroy.com/

Post-hardcore band The Fall of Troy currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week with these two shows this weekend. Ticket prices for these all-ages shows depend on the location, so click on a show’s link above for details.

Brick Top Blaggers @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 6
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://tikibaroc.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1419721455013964/

Get your Irish jig on this Friday night at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/980263-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. No one under 21 may enter.

Buck-O-Nine: Live in Rosemead
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, November 6
Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead
http://www.buckonine.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/984530791598059/

Ska-punk band Buck-O-Nine will headline a show in Rosemead this Friday night. They have not specified the cover fee for this show yet. No one under 21 may enter.

Wipeout Run – Orange County
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 7
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine
http://wipeoutrun.com/

ROC Race has transformed into Wipeout Run based on the hit TV show, and it arrives in Orange County this Saturday. This obstacle course comes complete with obstacles from various similar TV shows to create a wacky race full of challenges and amusement. Anyone 13 and up can register to participate in this untimed obstacle race, and all registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Following the race, stick around for food trucks, a beer garden, and live music from DJ’s and local bands. Registration costs $65 through Friday, and $75 on the day of the event. Bring extra cash with you for parking, food & drinks, and other merchandise.

20th Annual Uptown Whittier Art & Antique Fall Street Faire, Miss Uptown Whittier Contest, and 1st Annual Uptown Chili Showdown Cooking Contest
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7
Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2015-fall-art-antique-faire/

Uptown Whittier will play host to a plethora of free and all-ages events this Saturday. Their annual antique street fair returns that allows visitors to peruse the dozens of booths to find various goods to buy. Uptown Whittier will also crown next year’s Miss Uptown Whittier during this time. As for something new, Uptown Whittier will hold a chili cookoff for anyone to enter their chili in to win cash prizes.

6th Annual Fall Pet Days
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7-8
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx

This weekend-long event focuses on pet care, pet adoptions, pet services, and more about pets. Donate two cans or one bag of unopened dog or cat food to enter for free; otherwise, admission costs $5.

19th Annual Long Beach Veteran’s Parade
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 7
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://lbveteransdayparade.com/

Bring your family out to watch a parade to honor our nation’s veterans this Saturday morning!

Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 7
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton
http://www.discoverycube.org/oc/exhibits/pumpkin-launch/

At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.

Rock n’ Ride for Veterans
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 7
Downey Civic Center, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/discover/rock_n_ride_for_veterans.asp

Join in on a bike ride this Saturday in Downey and enjoy the sights, live entertainment, children’s activities, and more. Participants, may choose to ride for six miles or 32 miles.

1st Annual San Diego Mac N’ Cheese Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 7
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomacncheese.com/

As the event name suggests, this event allows you to stuff yourselves full of macaroni & cheese. Admission costs $35 and provides you with unlimited access to all the mac & cheese available from the dozens of food vendors available. In addition, all attendees receive ten drink tickets good towards craft beer and/or wine tasters. No one under 21 may attend.

24th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 7-8
El Pueblo De Los Angeles, Los Angeles
http://filamarts.org/

This all-ages Filipino festival will have food, drinks, arts & crafts, music, dance, merchandise, and more. New this year, visitors can now enter for FREE. Do take into consideration the commute and parking for the new location in Downtown LA.

Long Beach Airport’s Fly-In ’15
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7
Long Beach Airport, Long Beach
http://www.lgb.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=101&TargetID=1,2,3,7,8,6,11,12,13,14,5,15,16,4,17,18,19

At this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Airport will have information about flight schools, commercial airlines, aviation history, and more. In addition, find food trucks, live entertainment, a mobile aquarium, and prizes from a handful of airlines that they have donated for visitors to win!

The Hard Core Cider Tour: Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 7
Brookside Park, Pasadena
http://www.hardcorecidertour.com/los-angeles/

Ciders have their day at this cider-tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena. Featuring over 100 different ciders from over 40 cider makers, this tasting extravaganza will surely please all palates. General admission costs $45 and provides unlimited tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Alosta Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 7
Alosta Brewing, Covina
http://alostabrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1537094246580569/

Alosta Brewing has completed two years in the beer industry, and to celebrate, they will hold two beer tasting sessions this Saturday: 12-4pm and 5-9pm. Each session costs $30 to attend, and includes a souvenir glass, 12 beer half-pours (can use two to make a full pour), and three raffle tickets. Bring in a canned good to donate to receive an additional two half-pours and two raffle tickets. Alosta will bring on live entertainment, food vendors, and a special anniversary brew. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Beer Week @ Select Beer Store
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/865859633509985/

Unable to make it down to San Diego this weekend? Head on over to Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Saturday where they will tap many different San Diego beers for your enjoyment. No admission or cover charge required – simply show up, and enjoy some cold ones.

5th Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/740279252715225/

This free and all-ages outdoors events features art, music, fashion, photography, live entertainment, and more, all rolled into one street fest.

5th Annual Wedge Artisanal Cheese Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 7
Downtown Escondido
http://wedgeescondido.com/

If you love cheese, you will not want to miss this cheese festival. Admission costs $45 and provides access to over a dozen different places to sample gourmet cheeses and receive craft beer or wine pairings with them. As a self-guided tour, no one under 21 may participate, but they may continue to access all areas.

The Menzingers – On Tour
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 7, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2015
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 8, The Echoplex, Echo Park http://www.theecho.com/event/900179-menzingers-mewithoutyou-los-angeles/
http://themenzingers.com/

Punk band The Menzingers currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link above for details.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 7
57 Degrees, Middletown, San Diego
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/382246155302890/

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.

Free Ska-Punk Show in Anaheim
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 7
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/160152087669112/

Enjoy a FREE all-ages ska-punk show at Out Of The Park Pizza in Anaheim this Saturday night.

The Briefs: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, November 7, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/222041
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 8, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/956701-briefs-long-beach/

Rock out to punk rock bands this weekend in Pomona and/or Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque @ Malones Santa Ana
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm, November 7
Malones, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1074302839248221/

Enjoy a raunchy burlesque show this Saturday night in Santa Ana. The cover for this show ranges from $5 to $10. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 8
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.

16th Annual Japanese Food Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 8
Hilton, Universal City
http://www.jraamerica.com/food-festival

$80 nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 4-hour Japanese food fest and a goodie bag. Guests will chow down on sushi, ramen, soba noodles, beef bowls, and more, while adults can sip sake, beer, shochu, wine, and more (alcohol not included with admission). During this time, a number of chefs will showcase cooking demos. The parking lot across the street normally costs $5 to park, but sometimes this price changes, so have cash ready.

Hub City Stompers – Left Coast Recrod Release Party
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 8
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/223021

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Pomona this Sunday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

A Colossal Party for Two Mid-Size Champions
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 20
Beachwood BBQ, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1428764817338726/

Catch some amazing rare beers at Beachwood Brewing this Wednesday night. Expect to see some rare beers from Beachwood Brewing as well as Firestone Walker.

2nd Annual Machinima Interactive Film Festival
November 22-24
Iam8bit, Los Angeles
http://machinimainteractivefilmfestival.com/

Watch tons of independently-made video game short films at this film festival this weekend. The website does not mention anything else, such as entry fees, parking, age limits, times, etc.

Run or Dye – Orange County
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 23
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://www.runordye.com/locations/Orange-County-2013

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. This all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at Orange County Great Park in Irvine. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $50 per person in a team, or $55 for an individual, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.

28th Annual Elves’ Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 23
Pasadena Waldorf School, Altadena
http://www.elves-faire.com/

This FREE and all-ages fair will allow visitors to enjoy medieval activities, games, live music, food, entertainment, and more.

Long Beach Comic & Horror Con
10:00 am, November 23-24
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 $25, 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.

Zebrahead, Versus The World, Nations Afire, Sederra, and Safe Haven
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 23
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82673

Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15 presale and $20 at the door. Guests can park for free for up to five hours, so plan your arrival accordingly.

D.I., Battalion of Saints, Naked Aggression, Stop Breathing, Somali Pirates, Glue Gun in Ventura
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 23
Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/383489-di-battalion-saints-naked-ventura/

Get punked up this Saturday in Ventura, as D.I. headlines a show with lots of other great local punk rock bands. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15 presale and $17 at the door.

Graffiti Run – Los Angeles
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 24
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.thegraffitirun.com/locations/los-angeles-ca-november-24-2013/

Love color runs? The Graffiti Run takes place this Sunday at the Fairplex in Pomona. Runners should wear white worn to absorb the most color during the run. These types of runs emphasize color and having fun as opposed to actually racing to compete, so a participant’s age or physical status does not matter. The first race starts at 9am, and heats of 500 runners take off every 20 minutes afterwards. Registration costs $55, and $60 the day of.

23rd Annual Encinitas Fall Street Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 24
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/fall-festival/

This FREE street fair takes place this Sunday in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

With all these big beer fests going on around this time of year, we tend to overlook the smaller crowd. A beer fest comes with a handful of objectives: provide lots of beer for attendees to drink (quantity), or invite micro breweries that need exposure (quality). Oktoberfest provides a prime example of the former – attracting thousands of people to one location to guzzle bad overpriced beer. When you want to find good beers but have no idea where to start, a beer fest makes for a great place to start, as it exposes attendees to a variety of local beers. Some larger beer fests get dominated by larger companies like Budweiser or Corona, so in order to seek out the locals, we have to look at smaller fests. In terms of any type of food & beverage festival, size does not always mean everything, and The Factory’s Drink Good Beer Fest proves just that.

The Factory Gastropub in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach has always had a penchant for supporting the local beer scene. Everyday, customers will find taps stocked only with craft beers in the dining room. Every month, they host various beer-related events, such as tap takeovers, bottle shares, beer pairings, and homebrew meetings. The Factory strongly supports the homebrew movement, encouraging locals to take up brewing beer at home. This notion to support homebrewers activated the invocation of the Drink Good Beer Mash-Up & Homebrew Competition. This event combined a homebrew contest with a small beer fest, which saw the launch of Ohana Brewing‘s flagship beer last year. Now running for the second year in a row, the 2nd Annual Drink Good Beer Fest has grown to include more homebrew entrants and micro breweries in this event. Following last year’s launch, Congregation Ale House launched their new beer at this fest. For as little as $25 for presale admission, attendees received up to four hours with ten 4oz beer pours at this fest – plenty of time to get through it all. I even bought more drink tickets since I had exhausted my original allocation with an hour left to go.

Breweries in attendance: Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Noble Ale Works, Dudes’ Brewing, Kinetic Brewing, Firestone Walker, Sierra Nevada, Cismontane Brewing, Strand Brewing, Congregation Ale House, Stone Brewing, The Bruery, Smog City Brewing, Pizza Port, Latitude 33, Iron Fist Brewing, Golden Road Brewing, Ohana Brewing, Los Angeles Ale Works, Eagle Rock Brewery, New Belgium, Monkish Brewing, Epic Brewing, Karl Strauss, Hangar 24, Ritual Brewing, Bootlegger’s Brewery, Valiant Brewing, El Segundo Brewing, Tenaya Creek Brewery

Of particular note, Los Angeles Ale Works decided to not only bring beer like everyone else, but also to bring craft soda. I have seen homebrewers and micro breweries head in the direction of craft sodas, so to see it in fruition here makes the vision appear more real. It also helps that, for an outdoors festival, they carried the only free non-alcoholic beverage. To sample at this fest, they brough Ketsara, a Thai Tea soda.

Nearly every brewery brought up to two different beers to try. For a small fest, one would expect to see standard beers available instead of the fancy stuff found indoors at popular establishments. However, a few of the breweries decided to man up and bring strong stuff. A handful of the beers floated around the 9% range, but Firestone Walker wins the strongest of the fest for bringing their §ucaba, a 12.5% barleywine. Other beers I got to try:

  • Hangar 24 Brewery – Kirschen, a 3.9% Berliner Weisse (not pictured)
  • Epic Brewing – Santa Cruz, a 5.8% brown ale
  • Eagle Rock Brewery – Unionist, a 5.4% Belgian ale
  • Monkish Brewery – Seme Della Vita, a 9.8% Belgian Tripel
  • Smog City Brewing – L.A. Saison, a 5.8% saison
  • Karl Strauss – Peanut Butter Cup, a 5.8% porter
  • Firestone Walker – §ucaba, a 12.5% American barleywine
  • Tenaya Creek – Old Jackalope, a 10.4% barleywine
  • Iron Fist Brewing – Dubbel Fisted, an 8.1% dubbel
  • Golden Road Brewing – Hudson Imperial Rye Porter, an 8.5% strong porter
  • Kinetic Brewing – Saison Été, a 6.6% farmhouse ale
  • Dudes’ Brewing – Grinning Face, a 6.2% American porter

At the start of the beer fest, The Factory’s owner Natalie welcomed Congregation’s owner Travis as he blessed the beer and the day for everyone to enjoy.

At the end of the beer fest, the homebrew contest organizers finally announced the winners of the competition. Their homebrew will receive limited distribution in the South LA/Orange County area for a limited time.

Who said size matters? We have not seen so much content in so little space since Slater’s 50/50 held a beer fest in the parking lot right outside their newest location. All the breweries brought so much beer, and most of them brought their strong stuff too, a rarity in small-size beer fests like this. A giant canopy provided enough shade for any attendee wanting to escape the hot sun, as well as the snacks table where attendees could purchase snacks, water, or food from the restaurant. Also, how often does a small beer fest last four hours? Most beer fests nowadays last only three hours, or four with a “VIP admission” that costs more than general admission. The Factory went in the right direction with this beer fest, as it serves multiple purposes, such as exposing people to new beer & breweries, and exposing people to The Factory, a gastropub in an otherwise family-friendly neighborhood. Stay tuned for this fest next year, and start thinking of beers to brew to enter into this competition!

American Craft Beer Week
May 13-19
Nationwide
http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 15-16
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.

Bottle Share @ The Factory
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 15
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/466829150053763/

Share your favorite beer, and taste some other great beers at this monthly bottle share at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. No purchase necessary – simply bring in a bottle of craft beer of your choice, and share it with other craft beer enthusiasts. The restaurant will still serve the full menu for anyone hungry, and all burgers costs only $8 each after 8pm.

4th Annual Anatolian Cultures & Food Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 16-19
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.anatolianfestival.org/

Celebrate Anatolian culture at this weekend-long festival at the OC Fair. Guests will experience food, art, exhibits, arts, crafts, performances, music, dance, and more. Ticket prices vary, with a one-day general admission costing $12.

Firestone Walker’s Finest Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
The Surly Goat, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/622324564463925/

Meet co-founder of Firestone Walker, Mr. Walker himself, and enjoy some of their finest, rarest barrel-aged beers at this beer tasting. Guests simply pay for the beer they would like to try.

Artopia Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 16
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=427

Join the party and celebrate the best of local Los Angeles talent with live music, drinks, food trucks, art, and more. Admission costs $15, with plenty of free street parking a block east of Chinatown near LA State Historic Park. All ages may attend, but only guests 21 and over may drink.

Valiant Brewing Beer & Cheese Pairing
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 17
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/373318306109968/

Receive a flight of Valiant’s fine craft brews along with select gourmet cheeses to pair with each one. Each flight & pairing costs $15.

Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 18-19
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim
http://ocgreekfest.com/

This annual Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. Free to attend (with ticket printed online) for all ages, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Waive the admission by printing the ticket, found on their website. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

D.I., Destruction Made Simple, Yeastie Boys, Hollywood Hate, Blank Expressions, Gritos Enfadosos @ American Legion, Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 17
American Legion, Baldwin Park
http://www.poortownshows.com/event/135555

Rock out with local punk rock bands such as D.I., Destruction Made Simple, Yeastie Boys, and more this Friday night in Baldwin Park. This all-ages show costs $10 to attend and does not allow ins-and-outs, so eat hearty before arriving.

Sederra, Solution, Seven Year War, Warner Drive, & more @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 17
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/641423115872122/

Check out some local punk rock bands for FREE this Friday night. The show will hit capacity early, so for guaranteed tickets, click the event page linked above and send an email to the provided address to reserve your tickets. The show starts at 8pm, but not that parking with validation only lasts 5 hours, so expect to shell out a little extra cash for parking. No one under 18 may attend this show.

Hangar 24 AirFest & 5th Anniversary Celebration
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 18
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/airfest.htm

Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 5th Anniversary with an all-day air show at the Redlands Municipal Airport, located just across the street from the tasting room. For just $5 presale and $8 at the door (free for kids 12 and under), guests gain entry into the airport, where they will witness aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on displays in the hangars, and fireworks shows at night. Live bands will play music all day, and food trucks will keep guests fed and full. Last but not least, Hangar 24 will unleash over 30 beers for consumption, including many rare and limited brews. Guests may park for free at any of the various parking lots of the airport, and a free shuttle service will run from Downtown Redlands too.

Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 18-19
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation/

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

North Park Festival of the Arts + The Art of Whisky Tasting + Craft Beer Block
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 18
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego
http://northparkfestivalofarts.com/

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $25 presale and $30 at the door, guests can attend either a whisky tasting or enter the craft beer block. Whisky tastings take place at the Seven Grand Bar, last one hour each, and start at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm. The Craft Beer Block runs all day, and comes with twelve 4oz beer pours from any of 25 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University.

Orange County Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 18
Irvine Lake, Irvine
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Irvine Lake, just like the past few years. 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 3pm, while early bird admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. Bring extra cash for parking, which can go as high as $10. Arrive early, since only one road leads to Irvine Lake, meaning heavy traffic will occur closer to the start of the fest. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

Hepcat, The Aggrolites, DJ Boss Harmz @ House of Blues Anaheim
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 18
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79577

For $20 presale and $22 at the door, check out this all-ages ska show featuring Hepcat, The Aggrolites, and DJ Boss Harmz this Saturday night at House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim.

19th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 19
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Balboa_Island_Artwalk.html

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Venice Beach Food Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 19
Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Beach
http://venicebeachfoodfest.com/

$35 gets you all-you-can-eat food down on the boardwalk! Local chefs and food trucks will gather to serve their wonderful food to all attendees, and attendees can continue to check out all of the local shops on the Boardwalk. Prepare for a lot of walking if attempting to locate street parking in the neighborhoods, as you will likely end up parking a handful of blocks away from the beach on this day.

Taste of Hawthorne
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 19
Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Hawthorne
http://www.tasteofhawthorne.com/

Get a taste of the local flavor of Hawthorne this Sunday, as the Hawthorne Airport hosts this food fest for all ages. Expect over 40 participating food vendors, live music, beer & wine gardens, food trucks, and other activities to keep guests occupied. Check the website for a map of free parking. Allegedly free to attend, guests simply pay for food as they go.

20th Annual Sicilian Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 19
Little Italy, San Diego
http://sicilianfesta.com/

Immerse yourself in Italian culture at this free and all-ages festival this Sunday in San Diego. Guests can eat authentic Italian food while enjoying live music, dance performances, rides, games, and more. Arrive early too look for free street parking.

15th Annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 19
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://www.tahwla.org/

At this free festival for all ages, guests will celebrate Taiwanese culture with live music, dance performances, food, games, raffles, merchandise vendors, art exhibits, and more.

Hola Mexico Festival: The Greatest BBQ
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 19
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles
http://holamexicofest.com/english/evento3.html

Feast on a BBQ from some of LA’s top chefs, sip on some wines from some of Mexico’s top vineyards, or some tequilas, beers, or mezcales, and indulge on artisan chocolates. Admission to this all-ages feast costs $40.

The Rancho Country Beerfest Ho-down
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 19
Rancho Las Lomas, Silverado
http://therancho.brownpapertickets.com/

This country music festival takes place out in the wilderness this Sunday afternoon. For $40 admission, attendees can enjoy live country music, a variety of beers and other beverages, outdoor BBQ, line dancing, and more. Admission includes access to the zoo, food, and five beer tasters. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling. No one under 21 may attend.

CRUSH
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 19
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/events/crush-artisanal-wine-art-food-tasting-event

Check out this artisan wine, art, and food fest this Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. Admission includes unlimited tastings of wine & food, plus tours of the resident artists’ studios. VIP admission includes a few extra unnamed perks. For long-term parking, try parking the in the neighborhood across the freeway by taking 17th Street over.

Welcome to the wonderful world of delicious craft beers dominated by a market filled with fizzy yellow beers. In a day & age where mass-produced watered-down beers sell the most, the typical consumer tends to carry a sour taste about beers, unbeknownst to the wide array of craft beers. For anyone wanting to explore the finer side of beer, they most likely have to travel off the beaten path to locate craft beers. Some craft breweries have succeeded in a market dominated by big corporate businesses; these craft breweries include Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium. Over the past few years, the popularity of craft beers has risen so much that 2012 has seen the largest percentage in consumers in the preference of craft beers of all time. With this momentum, many craft breweries that laid low since opening now want to get the ball rolling faster. A Californian craft brewery has had the ball rolling the entire time, but never struck anything… until now. For this particular craft brewery, we turn our attentions to Firestone Walker.

Considered a Gen X brewery, Firestone Walker definitely earns their spot as one of America’s leading craft breweries. Even to those that do not regularly consume craft beer, the name Firestone still rings a bell. Their flagship pale ale, the Double Barrel Ale (DBA), currently reigns as their top-selling beer. However, nearly everyone who has tried DBA has no idea about the variations of it, namely the double-strength version of it. Firestone’s Double DBA represents their standard DBA brewed at double strength. What does this mean to the typical drinker? First off, unlike the regular DBA’s 5.0% ABV that drinks as an amber ale, Double DBA clocks in at 12.0% as a barley wine. DBA flies well with many drinkers, so Double DBA simply means twice as much DBA, right? Well to those not accustomed with this style and strength of beer, one does not simply chug this beer down. At 12%, Double DBA contains the same potency as wine, yet tastes very much like liquor. Although labeled as a barrel-aged imperial special bitter, the first sip tastes like sipping on a fine whiskey. Trust me my friend – you want to take your time with this beer. You want to coat your entire palate with the notes of caramel malts and toffee brewed into the beer in oak barrels. If you can help it, allow the beer to sit in your mouth for a few seconds as you savor the rich, sweet, earthy flavors swishing around. If you can only request one drink at a sitting, make it Double DBA – one bottle will leave you feeling good all night.

I obtained my bottle of Double DBA from California Heights Market on Orange & Bixby in Long Beach. You can find it in the cooler there for $15.99 per bottle.