Boulevard Beer Dinner
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 10
Restauration, Long Beach
For $45 per person, enjoy a three-course meal alongside five craft beer pairings this Wednesday night in Long Beach.
Into The Wild – Rockin’ Summer Run 5k
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 11
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine
Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 5k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration costs $35 presale or $40 on the day of the run.
2016 San Diego Road Runner Sports Adventure Run
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 11
Road Runner Sports, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
Participate in a FREE, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with giveaways, raffle prizes, music, and a FREE beer garden. Your Adventure starts when you arrive early to collect your supplies and try cool new products from Adventure Run sponsors for free.When the run starts, hit the road and collect as many raffle tickets from as many checkpoints as possible in 60 minutes, then rush back for a chance to win over $3,000 in raffle prizes.
Business & Beer
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 11
Rob Rubens Distilling & Brewing, El Segundo
This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.
9th Annual Taste of Downtown Disney
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 11
Downtown Disney, Anaheim
Relax in Downtown Disney as servers bring the food and drinks to you at this Taste of Downtown Disney. Also enjoy the best in local entertainment that only Downtown Disney can provide a venue for. Admission varies depending on the package, with general admission costing $85.
Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 11
Downtown Los Angeles
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.
Little Tokyo’s Far Bar will have a slew of special Japanese beers on tap this Thursday evening. Stop on by and enjoy as cold one or two.
The Weirdos: Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 11
Underground DTSA, Santa Ana
Rock out at this local punk rock show this Thursday night in Santa Ana. The cover for this all-ages show costs $15.
Dirty Little Secrets “Netflix & Chill” Burlesque
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 11
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
Enjoy a saucy television-themed burlesque show this Thursday night in Downtown Long Beach for just $10. No one under 21 may attend.
Power Morphicon 5
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 12
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 13-14
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
Power Rangers fans will not want to miss this all-ages event taking place this weekend in Pasadena. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, or $50 for both days, and grants full access to the show floor, a gift bag, and a printed program.
29th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival
5:00 pm – 10:30 pm, August 12
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 13-14
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
Soak in the sun with classy R&B and jazz music this weekend in Long Beach. Discover the best in local music under the sun in the park by the beach, and check out the local food and art also available at this all-ages fest. Admission varies based on attendance method, with rates starting at $50. Parking in nearby lots and structures cost $10 per vehicle – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue to circumvent parking fees.
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 12
Courtyard Marriott, Long Beach
Immerse yourself in the world of shoegazing music this Friday night in Downtown Long Beach. Admission to this unique musical experience costs $15.
Punk Rock Revolution 3
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 12
Regal Inn, Lakewood
Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this FREE show in Lakewood this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.
76th Annual Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.
BattleFrog Obstacle Race Series – Riverside
6:00 am – 5:30 pm, August 13
Lake Elsinore Storm, Lake Elsinore
Put your physical fitness to the ultimate test this Saturday at Lake Elsinore as you challenge this 8k obstacle course filled with over two dozen military-themed challenges. Registration starts at $25, and comes with a timing chip for each participant. Spectators may enter for $15.
84th Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 13-14
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
This contest to build a unique and fascinating sand sculpture takes place over two days this weekend. Most of the building will take place on Saturday, with Sunday allocated mainly to spectators. All participants will get featured in local media, such as The Press Telegram. Interested individuals and/or teams may register for FREE, and all participants and spectators will find vendors, live music, food, and a kids’ area on both days.
11th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 13
Cardiff Town Center, Cardiff
Want a little exercise, socialization, and bonding with your dog? Come enjoy dog contests, custom pet products and animal adoptions. Vendors will display the latest dog products and much more. San Diego County’s largest dog-centric event draws thousands attendees from all over San Diego to see over 200 vendors, dog contests, live music, food, an agility course, a doggie photo booth, doggie crafts and a large silent auction. Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees should park at or near Encinitas City Hall and take the free shuttle.
11th Annual ArtWalk San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 13-14
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
Check out the best in local art at this FREE all-ages art walk in Liberty Station this weekend. In addition to seeing art on display, visitors will likely see many artists creating artwork on the spot.
2016 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 8
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 9
Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under – check the website for a printable coupon good for $1 off admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy.
2016 ¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 13
Broadway Pier, San Diego
The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in San Diego. General admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $150, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.
2016 Natsumatsuri Family Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 13
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
At this free and all-ages event, find plenty of family-fun activities to partake in, such as karaoke, live music, live entertainment, games, arts & crafts, dance, and more.
Los Angeles Quilt Show & Fiber Art Festival 2016
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 13-14
CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
See all things quilts this weekend in San Pedro. This all-ages expo showcases anything connected to the quilting industry, and showcases everything for the quilting hobbyist. Admission costs $10 and gets you in to both day at the show.
This Saturday, you can taste some very special beers in San Diego. Visit AleSmith any time this Saturday for some special brews.
Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, August 13
Carpinteria State Beach, Carpinteria
This beer tasting event in Carpinteria will have over 45 breweries to choose beer from, as well as local surfboard shapers, local music, food trucks, and more. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 11:30am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
9th Annual Surf Guitar Convention & Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 13
Alpine Village, Torrance
Come see lots of surf music bands perform at this benefit show. This all-day all-ages show costs $40 to attend.
Belching Beaver will open the doors to the public at their new location in Oceanside this Saturday, and they will also release a new sour ale as well. This grand opening event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.
2nd Annual Festival of Dankness
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 13
Waterfront Park, San Diego
Sample some of the boldest, strongest beers imaginable this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $50 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $80, starts at 2pm, and includes a t-shirt. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
7th Annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 13
Casey’s Irish Pub, Downtown Los Angeles
All attendees of this pub crawl through Downtown Los Angeles will see over 100 different craft beers across seven different locations. General admission costs $59 and starts at 3pm, while early admission costs $79 and begins at 2pm. The pub crawl has no set route – you may visit the locations in any order you like, and spend as much time at any particular venue as you like. All locations will open to the public at 7pm that day, but you can still stay at any of the locations as long as you like.
Empanadas & Malbec
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, August 13
Eat Drink Americano, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
Indulge in an empanada and wine pairing session this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA. Admission costs $60 per person or $100 for two people, and includes all foods and wines that attendees will enjoy. No one under 21 may attend.
Paint and drink beer at the same time at this charity fundraising event. Painting costs $22 and includes supplies to paint with. All-you-can-eat tacos and soft drinks costs $15. Get both for $35. The craft brew part? You have to pay extra for that, so imagine do this painting thing at a bar, and you have to pay for your beers at the counter.
Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 13
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
Downtown Anaheim will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.
2016 Huntington Beach Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 13
Meadowlark Golf Club, Huntington Beach
Party hard with booze, loud music, dancing, and many drunk people this Saturday evening in Huntington Beach. 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.
Los Angeles Fashion & Fetish Ball
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 13
333 Live, Los Angeles
Explore kinks, fetishes, and fashion at this nightclub event in Downtown LA this Saturday night. Admission starts at $10 and gets you in to a night of music, fashion, and other sexy fashion. No one under 21 may attend.
Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 14
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.
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, August 14
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana
If you like fast cars, you will not want to miss Fastivus this Sunday. This all-ages event features all things cars, from the racing aspect to famous racers and more. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the gate.
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 14
The Reef, Los Angeles
Spend this Sunday morning indulging in brunch goodies from scrumptious breakfast foods to tasty brunch beverages at The Reef in Los Angeles. Two sessions will exist that each last three hours: 9am to 12pm, and 12pm to 3pm. Admission ranges from $29 to $99 depending on how much you intend to eat and drink, so check the website to see what admission works best for you. No one under 21 may attend.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 14
Iconic Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Much of iconic Wilshire Boulevard will close to bicyclists this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bicyclists and pedestrians may roam the streets.
4th Annual Auto Enthusiast Day
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 14
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
Free to attend for all ages, check out all things cars outside of Angel Stadium of Anaheim this Sunday afternoon.
4th Annual Avocado Fest
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 14
Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
Angel City Brewery brings back their Avocado Ale this Sunday, and to celebrate, they will have multiple activities going on at their tasting room in Downtown Los Angeles., such as avocado-themed food trucks, live art, live music, vendors, games, brewery tours, and more. This event requires no admission – simply pay for beer and other products as you go.
2nd Annual Long Beach Tiki Social & Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 14
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
Immerse yourself in Tiki culture at this social event in Long Beach this Sunday afternoon. Find Tiki-themed vendors, music, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $20. No one under 21 may attend.
32nd Annual Hillcrest CityFest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 14
5th & University, Hillcrest, San Diego
Have fun at this street fair in Hillcrest this Sunday with games, activities, vendors, live music, food, a beer garden, and more. Free to attend for all ages, visitors should park at the San Diego School District Building on the east side of Hillcrest.