Posts Tagged ‘Fried Chicken’

Cuisine all around the world has its variances depending on the location and region. While each culture has its own flavors and uniquer ingredients, many places utilize the same base dish to deliver the flavor. For example, you can find fried chicken just about anywhere in the world. However, the flavor of the fried chicken will greatly depend on your location and where you get it from. Sure fried chicken in itself tastes great, but many places like to add their own personal twist to fried chicken. Check out these five places in the greater Los Angeles area that you can get some tasty and unique fried chicken.

5. Howlin’ Rays‘s Nashville Hot Chicken

When a place takes upwards of two hours from getting in line to receiving food for customers, that either means they work slowly or they have sky-high demand. Luckily for Howlin’ Ray’s, they fall under the latter case. In fact, they even boast when their line only takes an hour to get through. So this Howlin’ Ray’s place in Los Angeles’ Chinatown only opens for five hours on five days of the week. No matter what day or time you go there, expect to wait at least an hour to finally receive your food. Why does it take that long? Howlin’ Ray’s makes the best Nashville Hot Chicken this side of the Mississippi. Nashville Hot Chicken does not taste like any ordinary spicy chicken – it has its own unique combination of savory, zest, zing, tart, and spice that no other type of chicken can match. You could only find better Nashville Hot Chicken in Nashville itself. If you find that you have up to two hours to kill, why not spend it waiting for some Nashville Hot Chicken from Howlin’ Ray’s?

4. Jumping Däk‘s Korean Fried Chicken

If you visit Jumping Däk, you will get Korean Fried Chicken and not much else, but you will get Korean Fried Chicken made very well! Having just opened about a year ago, Jumping Däk boasts a menu specializing in the savory food, along with sides and desserts to accompany the main course. This fast-casual restaurant replaced an old Hawaiian BBQ fast-food restaurant that never really saw too many customers. However, with the recent opening of a ramen restaurant next door, it made sense to open something here to take advantage of the overflow of the ramen restaurant’s customers, and here we have Jumping Däk. For those who have never tasted Korean Fried Chicken, luckily Jumping Däk provides samples of their three flavors: Sweet, Spicy (pictured below), and Fiery. Sweet and Fiery explain themselves, while Spicy represents a happy medium of the Sweet and Fiery. Basically, imagine popcorn chicken tossed in their signature sauces. Customers can enjoy this Korean Fried Chicken a la carte, as a sandwich, or as a combo with sides and a drink.

3. Densetsu no Sutadonya‘s Karaage Don

We moved from Nashville to Korea, and now we move to Japan. Fried chicken exists all over Asia, and each country does their fried chicken a little differently. In the case of Japan, each city or region cooks differently. However, for the major cities of Japan, they have a locally popular place called Densetsu no Sutadonya, known for their Sutadon. The word Sutadon consists of “suta” for stamina and “don” for bowl, so Sutadon literally means “stamina bowl” in Japanese. While originally found in Japan, Southern California now has a Densetsu no Sutadonya in Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. This location prepares food the same way they do in Japan – using extremely high temperatures to cook everything quickly and all at once. You can taste this best in their Karaage Don. They basically flash-fry the meat, so it gets cooked without having it soak in all the oil. That way you can enjoy the chicken’s true flavor instead of a mouthful of oil.

2. Abigaile Restaurant‘s Fried (Jidori) Chicken

Have you heard of Kobe Beef? Kobe Beef represents a higher quality of beef, much higher than that of Angus beef. A higher quality grade of meat applies to more than just beef – it applies to chicken too, but in this case, we refer to it as Jidori Chicken. Just like how Kobe Beef tastes better than normal beef, Jidori Chicken tastes better than regular chicken, and you can taste the difference at Abigaile Restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Although appearing upscale and fancy, Abigaile actually functions like a casual gastropub, especially given their location by the beach so that beachgoers can dine at Abigaile without worry of their outfit. Perhaps Abigaile appears upscale due to their food menu, which contains some highly eclectic items such as their simply named Fried Chicken. Abigaile’s approach to Jidori Chicken contains togarashi in the batter, giving it a kick in each bite without the need for sauce. Speaking of sauce, this chicken comes with housemade hot sauce and preserved lemon gribiche, along with papaya slaw. $15 allows you to taste this upscale version of fried chicken.

1. Jimmy’s Famous Tavern‘s Southern Fried Chicken

If you seek classic American cuisine with an artisanal touch, look no further than Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT). Reinventing traditional restaurant faire, JFAT covers many grounds of cuisine familiar to many with their high-quality approach to cooking. Currently boasting five locations between Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, JFAT takes what you know about traditional American restaurants and turns it up to eleven. Between brunch, lunch, dinner, and a full bar, any time of the day makes for a great time to stop on by JFAT and enjoy a bite or sip or more. Any time of the day makes a great time to sink your teeth into JFAT’s Southern Fried Chicken. The batter contains Herbes de Provence, which gives the chicken so much flavor that you do not need any sauce or condiment for it – enjoy the chicken on its own for true bliss. Anyway, this fried chicken comes served with garlic mashed potatoes, thyme gravy, and green beans, all for $20 a plate.

2017 LA Restaurant Week
July 14-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 15-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 19-20
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

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.

3rd Annual Stars Of Pinot
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 19
Sofitel LA, Beverly Hills
http://www.winela.com/starsofpinot

A wine tasting gala comes to Beverly Hills this Wednesday evening. Admission comes at three separate prices. Silver admission costs $85 and starts at 7:00pm while gold admission costs $175 and starts at 6:00pm -both of these admission types receive unlimited wine samples and appetizers while supplies last. VIP admission costs $210, starts at 5:30pm, and also includes a panel, dinner buffet, and gift bag. No one under 21 may attend.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 19
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Hop-Con 5.0
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 19
Stone Brewing World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.stonebrewing.com/hopcon

Stone Bistro in Liberty Station will shut down this Wednesday night for this festival that will include lots of beers, cask ales, and free-play arcade games. General admission costs $75. No one under 21 may attend.

AVP Hermosa Beach Open
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 20-23
Hermosa Beach Pier, Hermosa Beach
http://avp.com/event/avp-hermosa-beach-open/

Come watch some of the world’s top beach volleyball players compete this weekend in Hermosa Beach. Visitors of all ages may attend the matches for free, but seats come at a fee.

Venice Art Crawl
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20
Windward Ave Circle, Venice
http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

Venice gets their own free and all-ages art walk this week, complete with a plethora of exhibits on display.

Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20-21
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 22
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 23
Honda Center, Anaheim
http://www.marveluniverselive.com/tickets/details/112305

Basically, a live-action Marvel movie with play out on stage in Anaheim this weekend. Tickets to this all-ages show start at $30.

Dead Kennedys – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20, The Echoplex, Echo Park
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 21, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22, House of Blues, Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
http://www.deadkennedys.com/

Legendary punk rock band Dead Kennedys will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. The prices and age limits vary by location, so check with the venue for information.

1st Annual Ska-Mic Con
11:00 am – 1:00 am, July 21-22
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.skamiccon.com/

Dozens of ska bands will perform at this all-ages concert in Anaheim this weekend. Single-day admission costs $40, while two-day admission costs $65. These only grant you entry to the concert, and do not include parking, food, or drinks. VIP admission costs $80 and grants access to both days, a private bar, the restaurant’s menu, and the after party. No one under 21 may purchase the VIP admission.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 21-23
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

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

2017 FYF Fest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 21
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22-23
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://fyffest.com/

FYF Fest really requires no other description. If you have heard of or attended Coachella, FYF Fest will feel similar. This three-day concert will feature the largest names in music. Surprisingly, tickets have not sold out yet! I recommend getting dropped off or taking the Metro, as parking will not exist on these three days.

Delicious Little Tokyo 2017
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 21
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 22
10:30 am – 9:00 pm, July 23
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.golittletokyo.com/delicious/

A handful of food & beverage events will take place around Little Tokyo this weekend. Some of these events have an admission fee, while some do not, so check the website for the full list of events.

Pirate Con
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 21
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/pirate-con/

A pirate-themed adult party takes place in a museum this Friday night. Admission costs $40 and includes a Funko Pop Barbossa collectible, one drink ticket, and complimentary appetizers while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Underground Alliance in LA
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 21
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1350254855066030/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Northeast LA. The cover for this show costs $3. No one under 21 may enter.

36th Annual Cypress 5K & 10K Run + 36th Annual Cypress Community Festival
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 22
Oak Knoll Park, Cypress
http://cypressfestival.com/

Two events occur back-to-back this Saturday in Cypress. Starting early in the morning, participate in a 5K or 10K run through the streets of Cypress. Following the run, a FREE all-ages & all-day festival will take place at the nearby park. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with a car show, food, drinks, games, rides, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more.

Insect & Ladybug Festival 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 22-23
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/insect.htm

Check out insects, lizards, snakes, and other invertebrates this weekend at this special exhibit in San Diego. Admission into the venue costs $14 for adults, $10 for seniors/students/military, or $8 for children. Parking costs $2 per vehicle.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Torrance Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 22
Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/805276009649773/

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

Tequila & Taco Music Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 22-23
Plaza Park, Ventura
http://www.tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com/

Indulge on tacos and liquor this weekend in Ventura. Entry into the festival costs $10 per person per day. A $40 Saturday admission exists that comes with six half-ounce tequila samples plus a souvenir glass, but this sampling only occurs from 11am to 3pm on Saturday. All admission does NOT include food or drinks – those come at a separate cost.

4th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Poetry Slam
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, July 22
Michelle Obama Library @ DeForest Park, Long Beach
http://www.deforestpark.org/

Free to attend for all ages, sample some chili made by locals this Saturday afternoon in Long Beach.

5th Annual Los Angeles Bacon Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 22
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.labaconfest.com/

As the name suggests, if you love bacon, this fest has nothing but bacon. Come indulge in all things bacon, as you explore every possible way to consume bacon. This year, they will run two 3-hour sessions: 12pm-3pm and 4pm-7pm. Tickets cost $60 per session, and sell out every year, so act fast if you want to go.

Sneaker Con 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 22-23
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://sneakercon.com/

Discover hundreds of shoe vendors this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. Admission to this all-ages event costs $25 for one day or $40 for both days.

5th Annual Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 22
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://heroesbrewfest.com/

Coinciding with Comic Con, this beer tasting event will take place at Liberty Station this Saturday evening. As the title suggests, this beer event will bear a costume element, encouraging attendees to arrive in some sort of cosplay outfit. They have changed the admission tiers for this year’s festival. General admission costs $20 and starts at 4pm but does not include any beer – these ticket holders will have to pay for all beers consumed. Early access admission costs $50, starts at 2pm, and comes with unlimited beer tasters for only the first two hours while supplies last. VIP admission costs $99, also starts at 2pm, but allows unlimited beer tasters for the entire duration of the event. It also provides access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Vegan Faire
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 22
Healthy Junk, Anaheim
http://www.thehealthyjunk.com/

This Saturday, check out this FREE and all-ages festival showcasing the full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods & services with booths & workshops focusing on food, environment, clothing and fitness. Catch live music on the promenade all day too.

SPOCOM 11th Annual Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 22
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://spocomusa.com/2010/01/27/event-info-2017-spocom-super-show-anaheim/

A car & trade show comes to Anaheim this Saturday evening. Admission to this all-ages event costs $30.

Sausage & Bierfest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.thephoenixclub.com/?upcoming-event=sausage-bierfest

$5 gets you in to this event that will have sausages and beer for sale, as well as live music throughout the night.

Fried Chicken & Champagne
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 22
Eat Drink Americano, Arts District, Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/chicken

Partake in a blind champagne tasting along with fried chicken pairings this Saturday night in the Arts District of Downtown LA. Admission costs $140 per person or $275 for a pair of tickets, and includes all food and drinks for the duration of the event. No one under 21 may attend.

Beat Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 23
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://beatswapmeet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1952387895047880/

Free to attend with the donation of one canned food, this outdoor event will celebrate traditional music through vinyl, records, mix tapes, and other mediums of all genres.

Punk Rock Taco Tuesday
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 4
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/164468780661349/

Release some mid-week frustration at this free punk rock show this Tuesday night in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste of the NFL: Rams
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 5
Globe Theatre, Universal City
http://www.tasteofthenfl.com/teamandcommunityevents/taste-of-the-rams

Taste food from local chefs for charity this Wednesday night in Universal City. Tickets cost $150 and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 6
Thomas Winery Plaza, Rancho Cucamonga
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the third Thursdays of each month in Rancho Cucamonga. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 6
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Ocotber 8
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 9
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://autoshowoc.com/

For $12 entry, guests can check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. Seniors and active military personnel can enter for $10. Guests looking for free street parking should locate Casa Vista St, west of the convention center, by Denny’s.

The Interrupters @ The Observatory’s Constellation Room
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 6
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.wearetheinterrupters.com/

The Interrupters embark on a tour this week, and that tour starts in Santa Ana with this all-ages show. Tickets to this show cost $12. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free, especially since a sold-out show will take place that same night in the main room. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

Ontario Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 7-9
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

3rd Annual Golf & Give Back
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 7
Lakewood Country Club, Lakewood
http://rmhcsc.org/chapter/events/view/138

Play some golf and eat dinner for charity this Friday in Lakewood. Registration costs $150 per person, and includes lunch and dinner. Dinner alone costs $50 per person.

30th Annual California Avocado Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 8
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 9
Downtown Carpinteria
http://avofest.com/

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in Carpinteria this weekend. Visitors will find vendors, food, arts & crafts, activities, games, rides, entertainment, and more.

Barrel Aged Beer Day
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 7
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.valiantbrewing.com/107-barrel-aged-beer-day/

This Friday, Orange’s Valiant Brewing will have a LOT of barrel-aged beers available for you to try. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy some sips.

12th Annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 7
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 8
Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego
http://oboktoberfest.com/

Enjoy Oktoberfest on the beach this weekend with this two-day Oktoberfest celebration. For just $3 admission, gain access to this event filled with beer, pretzels, sausages, and other typical Oktoberfest festivities.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
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).

2016 Seaside Highland Games
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8-9
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://www.seaside-games.com/

Celebrate Scottish history and culture at the Ventura Seaside Highland Games this weekend. Bring yourself, your family, and your friends out to enjoy bagpipes, dancing, clan history, awesome music, Scottish athletics, and more. Adult admission costs $17 for one day or $27 for two days. Senior admission costs $15 for one day or $24 for two days. Children enter for $5 regardless.

18th Annual Los Angeles Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 8
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 9
Saint Sophia Cathedral, West Los Angeles
http://lagreekfest.com/

Los Angeles gets their own Greek Fest this weekend that will basically have the same things as any other Greek Fest: food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. Admission to this all-ages festival costs $5 per person per day.

4th Annual Whiskey & Wine BBQ
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 7
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla
http://meritagecollection.com/estancialajolla/hotel/hotel-events/#event|whiskey-wine-bbq-with-trinitas-cellars-jack-daniels|1458

A whisky, wine, and barbecue tasting event comes to La Jolla this Friday night. General admission costs $105, and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last, as well as complimentary valet parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Tsunami Bomb: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 7, The Viper Room, West Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/events/1090176857742264/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 8, Pizza Beer Wings, Pomona http://www.facebook.com/events/1142877439110691/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 9, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=3115
http://tsunamibomblives.com/

Tsunami Bomb will perform a series of shows this week in California. Each show has a different ticket price, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Aquarium of the Pacific 5k Run/Walk
7:30 am – 11:30 am, October 8
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/5k

Go on a nice 5k run down on the beach this Saturday morning starting at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. All participants who register prior to race day will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, and a ticket to the aquarium with registration. Registration costs $45. Bring cash for parking in the aquarium parking structure.

Los Angeles Heart Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, October 8
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.heartwalkla.org/

Raise money to walk around Pasadena during this charity walk this Saturday morning.

29th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 8
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 9
The Reef/LA Mart, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef (LA Mart) in Los Angeles. Attendees to this expo will find hundreds of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale from over 50 different vendors for both men and women. Ticket prices heavily vary, but note that general admission starts at 10:30 am on Saturday. Those that purchase an upgraded ticket can enter as early as 9am. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

Rising of the Rods
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, October 8-9
Glen Helen Regional Park, San Bernardino
http://www.sledlifeproductions.com/

Check out custom cars, pinup models, and rock bands this weekend in San Bernardino. Tickets to this all-ages festival cost $10 per person per day.

2016 Dana Point State BBQ Championships
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.danapointbbqchampionships.com/

Over 100 teams of grill masters will gather from around the country to serve up their finest BBQ and compete for cash, prizes, and titles. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can purchase sample tickets for $2, and use those tickets to exchange for samples from any of the participants. For the adults, catch the craft beer & wine garden, featuring some of the country’s favorite breweries and wineries. Small 4oz beer pours will cost $2 each, while large 12oz beer pours will cost $6, and visitors can walk freely around the festival with drinks in hand. Visitors may park for free at the Salt Creek Beach parking lot located within PCH and Ritz Carlton Dr, despite signs saying that parking requires a fee. Otherwise, park at Dana Hills High School, and take the free shuttle service to the park.

8th Annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 8-9
Girard Ave, La Jolla
http://www.ljawf.com/

This free and all-ages street fair takes over the streets in La Jolla. Visitors will find hundreds of booths containing artists, merchandise, vendors, food & drinks, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

25th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8
Echo Park Lake, Echo Park
http://filamarts.org/

This free and all-ages Filipino festival will have food, drinks, arts & crafts, music, dance, merchandise, and more.

2nd Annual Shopping Extravaganza
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 8
Outlets at San Clemente, San Clemente
http://www.outletsatsanclemente.com/

Do shopping, enjoy a catered lunch, and sip on some adult beverages this Saturday in San Clemente. Participation in this charity shopping event costs $35.

FitCon LA
10:30 am – 6:00 pm, October 8-9
Fairplex, Pomona
http://fitcon.us/

Check out all things fitness, health, and sports at this convention this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona. FitCon will cover a broad range of fitness, from gymnastics to dance to weightlifting to sports and more. A handful of celebrity athletes will also make an appearance for autograph sessions, such as Arianny Celeste. Tickets cost $20 per day, $30 for both days, or $50 for a VIP pass that comes with front-of-line pass and a goodie bag.

Taste of South Lake 2016
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.southlakeavenue.org/

At this free outdoor festival, enjoy mouth-watering offerings from over 25 South Lake Avenue restaurants, live cooking demos with celebrity chefs, music performances by internationally known bands, a vendor village, and more.

2nd Annual Beer By The Bay
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 8
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.beerbythebay.com/

Coronado gets their own beer festival this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $50 presale and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples from the 15 participating breweries while supplies last. Attendees should bring cash if they plan to buy food. No one under 21 may attend.

Culver City Art Walk 2016
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 8
Washington & La Cienega, Culver City
http://culvercityartsdistrict.com/events-2/artwalk-2106/

A free and all-ages art walk will take place in Culver City this Saturday afternoon.

South Bay Oktoberfest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 8
Bay Club Redondo Beach, Redondo Beach
http://www.smackfestevents.com/beach-cities-beer-wine-festival/

An Oktoberfest-themed beer festival comes to Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $55 and includes a separate VIP line, a souvenir mug, and access to a VIP area with mixed drinks, complimentary food, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Covina Thunderfest & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
Citrus Avenue, Downtown Covina
http://covina.com/covina_thunderfest/

Check out this free and all-ages car show this Saturday afternoon in Covina. Each October, the streets of Downtown Covina roar to life with classic cars, hot rods, live music, food, shopping, and more.

Autumn Harvest Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest
http://ocparks.com/historic/heritage/events

A family-friendly event will take place in Lake Forest this Saturday evening that celebrates the fall harvest as well as Halloween. Admission costs $5 per person.

Anaheim Brewery’s Oktoberfest #2
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 8
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/

Anaheim Brewery will celebrate Oktoberfest with two Saturdays full of Oktoberfest activities, such as live music, freshly-prepared sausages on-site, German-style beers, and more. No admission required – simply show up, paid for beers as you go, and have fun.

ARTX Grand Opening
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
ArtExchange, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.artexchangelb.org/

A new art exhibit will open up in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday evening. Come check it out for free as part of the monthly Second Saturday Art Walk in Downtown Long Beach.

Orange County Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 8
City National Grove, Anaheim
http://www.orangecounty-beerfestival.com/

Drink your night away at this corporate beer festival taking place this Saturday night in Anaheim. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Champagne & Fried Chicken
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
Molino Street Loft 218, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/chicken

Enjoy champagne paired with gourmet fried chicken this Saturday night in Downtown LA. Admission costs $140 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Women Of Horror
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 8
Pizza Beer Wings, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1142877439110691/

Art, music, and burlesque collide this Saturday night in Pomona. The cover charge for this event costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 8
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1422988937716937/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in West Hollywood, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

2016 Long Beach Marathon
6:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 9
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://runlongbeach.com/

The annual Long Beach Marathon takes place this Sunday. Please note the street closures for that day, and adjust your day accordingly.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 9
Hospitality Point Park, San Diego
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Diego. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities. Parking at the park costs $10 per vehicle.

2016 Grand Fall Festival & Street Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 9
Via Vera Cruz, San Marcos
http://www.sanmarcoschamber.com/events/details/2016-grand-fall-festival-street-faire-we-re-making-an-impact-join-us-support-and-strengthen-the-voice-of-local-business-10-09-2016-6668

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in San Marcos this Sunday. Visitors can expect to find vendors, booths, games, rides, arts & crafts, food, entertainment, and more.

11th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Art & Music Festival + Tribute Car Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 9
Casita Del Pueblo, Whittier
http://www.casitadelpueblo.org/pages/2016-d-o-d-festival-application

A free and all-ages cultural street fair and car show comes to Uptown Whittier this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find lots of cars, vendors, food, arts & crafts, activities, entertainment, and more.

La Feria De Los Moles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 9
Placita Olvera, Los Angeles
http://feriadelosmoles.com/

This free and all-ages event at Olvera Street will have mole, Mexican food, live music, entertainment, and more.

Little Italy FESTA!
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 9
Little Italy, San Diego
http://www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-festa/

Bring out your friends and family to this free and all-ages event taking place on the streets of Little Italy in San Diego this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find Italian food, live music, cooking demos, arts & crafts, games, vendors, and more.

Brunch At The Races
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 9
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://microapp.laweekly.com/brunch-at-the-races/

Basically a food tasting event, participate in watching the races this Sunday afternoon, as well as sample bites and sips from dozens of restaurants. General admission costs $45, while VIP admission costs $65, comes with a goodie bag, and provides access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Discover Marina Del Rey
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 9
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey
http://marinadelrey.lacounty.gov/

A free and all-ages event will take place in Marina Del Rey this Sunday afternoon. Visitors can expect activities, rides, games, vendors, entertainment, and more.

2nd Annual Ukulele Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 9
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2016/10/9/ukulele-festival

Enjoy ukulele music, check out ukulele products, and/or bring your own ukulele to share music at this music gathering in Fullerton this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $12.50.

7th Annual Redondo Beach Taste of the Pier
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 9
Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/7th-annual-taste-of-the-pier-king-harbor-waterfront/

This food fest will include food tastings, bands, balloons, face painting, arts & crafts, and more. Enjoy a variety of small bites, live music, and fun while you tour the pier. Each restaurant will feature a different menu item and non-food retailers will offer other discounts and items in support of the Cancer Support Community and Redondo Beach Educational Foundation. Free to attend, tasting tickets cost $1 each.

42nd Annual Gourmet Festival of Fall
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 9
AbilityFirst, Pasadena
http://abilityfirstfestival.org/

Enjoy food, wine, craft beer, live music, a silent auction, and more this Sunday evening in Pasadena. General admission costs $175, while VIP admission costs $300 and includes VIP seating.

MDC @ Brick By Brick
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 9
Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1038245512937126/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore show in San Diego this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 9-17
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/

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.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 13-14
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.

2014 Idea World Fitness Convention
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 14-15
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 16
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-conferences/idea-world-fitness-convention

Check out this FREE* all-ages fitness expo going this this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. Numerous workshops, sessions, demos, and activities will go on all week outside of the expo hours (see the website for the full schedule), while over 300 exhibitors will occupy the expo hall to display their goods and/or services. Learn about the latest fitness trends, diet plans, health statuses, and more from the various speakers and coaches throughout the expo. Although visitors can receive free admission, visitors will still have to pay for parking, so have cash available for that. Circumvent the parking fee by parking in the neighborhood west of the convention center down S Casa Vista St and walking to the convention center from there.

* = Register yourself online to receive free admission to this expo. At the door, entry will cost $15.

2014 Taste of Downtown Disney
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 14
Downtown Disney, Anaheim
http://choc.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=100222

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 $75.

Business & Beer @ Dudes’ Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 14
Dudes’ Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/290157877836409/

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 Dudes’ 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, August 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.

7 Seconds @ The Glass House
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 14
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/566187-7-seconds-pomona/

Legendary punk band 7 Seconds ends their tour in California this week, and that tour swings through Pomona this Thursday night. Check out them, JFA, and more at this all-ages show for just $15 for a ticket.

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
August 15-22
Various locations, Costa Mesa
http://www.travelcostamesa.com/costa-mesa-restaurant-week/

The annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week returns! Numerous restaurants in Costa Mesa will feature special prix fixe meals or other discounted items during this time. Many of these restaurants have amazing food, so I encourage you to check out at least one of the restaurants during this week.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 15-16
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

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

Angry Samoans @ Blacklight District Lounge
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 15
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/270778399780260/

Enjoy some good ol’ punk this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Berserktown Fest
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 15-17
Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/612303-berserktown-festival-3-day-los-angeles/

Tons of hardcore and metal bands will take over Los Globos in Silverlake this weekend for an all-ages music festival, including well-known band A Global Threat. A weekend pass costs $45, while individual days range from $18 to $20.

A Global Threat @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 15
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/176588

Hardcore band A Global Threat will headline a small show this Friday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $13. No one under 21 may enter.

14th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 16
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/events-in-uptown/2014-uptown-car-show/

See hundreds of classic cars all for FREE at this all-ages car show on the streets of Uptown Whittier this Saturday. All of the businesses in Uptown Whittier will remain open under regular business hours. Interested visitors should park in the neighborhoods north of Hadley Street.

2014 Long Beach Triathlon & Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 16
4:00 am – 10:00 am, August 17
Marina Green, Downtown Long Beach
http://thelongbeachtriathlon.com/

Test your physical prowess with this triathlon as you swim, run, and bike your way around Downtown Long Beach. An expo where visitors can explore and learn about the triathlon will occur on Saturday at Marina Green, and participating athletes can pick up their race packets at this expo. The actual triathlon starts at 7am on Sunday morning. Registration varies in price, with individual registration costing $140. All participants receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, finisher medal, post-race food & entertainment, a swim cap, and exclusive access to online results & professional photos.

82nd Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 16-17
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://lbsandcastle.com/

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.

9th Annual ArtWalk San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 16-17
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.artwalksandiego.org/ntc/

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.

4th Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 16-17
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
http://teafestivalla.com/

Sample teas from around the world, and sample Japanese cuisine at this tea festival. General admission to this all-ages festival costs $20. Guests can park for free on the street on Sunday. On Saturday, all lots and meters will operate normally.

Stone Brewing’s 18th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 16
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
http://www.stonebrewing.com/anniv/

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $45 per session, which run from 11am-2pm or 3pm-6pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

Timeless Pints 1-Year Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16
Timeless Pints Brewing, Lakewood
http://www.timelesspints.com/events.html

Lakewood’s premier microbrewery turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a bash this Saturday where they plan to release several new brews to the public. In addition, they will have three food trucks visiting to serve food, plus live music all day. This party requires no admission – simply show up, and pay for beer as you go.

3rd Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 16
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ovarianpsycos.com/clitoral-mass-2/

Participate in a communal bike ride starting in Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday afternoon. Mix and mingle with the various diverse women joining in on this bike ride.

4th Annual Los Angeles Taco Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 16
Mariachi Plaza Station, Boyle Heights
http://www.latacofestival.com/

Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Boyle Heights. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.

Skate For Losi Fundraiser Bowl Jam
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 16
Fontana Park, Fontana
http://www.facebook.com/events/821926791153778/

Skate, eat tacos, and listen to music all at Fontana’s north skate park this Saturday afternoon. Admission to this all-ages event costs nothing, but as a fundraiser, the organizers ask for donations to go towards the cause.

2nd Annual Nard Fest
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 16
The Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/654532001282828/

If you missed last year’s Nard Fest because it took place in Northern California, you may now redeem yourself this weekend, as Nard Fest comes closer to home by taking over the Majestic Ventura Theater this Saturday evening. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $22.50 presale or $27 at the door.

2014 Long Beach Grand Cru
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachgrandcru.org

Wine lovers will not want to miss this year’s Long Beach Grand Cru, a wine competition and tasting extravaganza, featuring some really rare and/or expensive wines. General admission costs $250 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $350 and starts at 5pm, but also includes access to a VIP area with premium food and drinks.

Gourmet Food Truck Gathering in West Covina
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 16
West Covina City Hall, West Covina
http://www.facebook.com/events/342585829165177/

Various gourmet food trucks will gather in West Covina this Saturday night to serve dinner. If you find yourself in or near the San Gabriel Valley this Saturday night, swing on by and grab some dinner.

Stinger’s Bacon Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 16
Stinger’s Bar & Night Club, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/284622945050888/

Bacon, beer, and music all collide in San Bernardino this Saturday night. Admission to this night only costs $10. However, I would advise bringing more cash, as they will likely charge for food and drinks. I envision this as simply a music show, with food & drinks sold during the show.

Slow Children @ Maya’s Cafe
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 16
Maya’s Cafe, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1451525595112418/

Local punk bands will play an all-ages show this Saturday night in Corona for just $5.

Confederate @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 16
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/487902781340548/

Get your weekly fill of punk rock this Saturday night at the World Famous Doll Hut. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Killroy @ Cafe NELA
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 16
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1467961793456824/

Support your local bands this Saturday night at Cafe NELA in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Fried Chicken Fest
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 17
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.foodgps.com/friedchicken/

The LA Fried Chicken Fest returns with the best fried chicken you will ever have, plus craft beers and cocktails to keep your thirst quenched. General admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, starts at 4pm, and includes unlimited tastings while supplies last. VIP admission costs $90 presale or $100 at the door, starts at 3pm, and includes reserved seating.

Angry Samoans @ Redwood Bar
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17
Redwood Bar & Grill, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/314689232033016/

Dance like you have never danced in a circle pit before at this show in Downtown Los Angeles this Sunday evening. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

2013 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 10
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.facebook.com/events/151727981691632/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Tuesday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay $5, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

Free Bread & Jam Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 10
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/696338460395848/

Sample all-natural breads with artisanal jams this Tuesday evening at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa, all for free.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 11
Downtown Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/427579

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

Spanish Punk Night w/ Destruction Made Simple
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11
The Stardust Club, Downey
http://www.facebook.com/events/500692410024663/

Check out this FREE punk rock show this Wednesday night in Downey. Two punk bands from Spain will join the show that already consists of great local bands like Destruction Made Simple. No one under 21 may attend.

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

Los Angeles Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 13
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 14
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 15
Ports O’Call Village, San Pedro
http://lobsterfest.com/

This lobster festival at Port of Los Angeles will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, pirate shows, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $10 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. A printable coupon on the website allows guests to save $1 off entry.

OC Weekly’s 10th Annual Decadence
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Reserve, Silverado
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/decadence2013/

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. All-inclusive admission costs $30, or click here to pay only $15 for admission. Guests should look to park at Saddleback Church and take the free shuttle from there, as the venue has limited valet parking only. No one under 21 may attend.

Blackmarket Bakery’s Fall Open House
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, September 14
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/712429488783795/

Come to Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa this Saturday morning and sample seasonal tarts, chocolate bark, toffee, pastries, buns, and breads, all for free. Every eighth customer that makes a purchase will receive a free t-shirt!

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2013
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 14
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://cantillon.be/br/3_21

“Zwanze Day is an international, simultaneous tapping of a one-off Cantillon abbey-style beer that visits 46 special locations around the United Stated, Canada, Europe, and Asia. One of Belgium’s finest breweries, these highly sought-after beers have become increasingly hard to find. Zwanze 2013 bears the name of its illustrious place of origin, Abbaye de Cureghem (Cureghem Abbey). In Dutch, “zwanze” refers to a type of semi-sarcastic humor typical of Brussels that one often encounters at Cantillon Brewery.”

As quoted by Beachwood BBQ, they will carry this extremely rare beer this Saturday, pouring samples and providing a brunch/lunch buffet to attendees. All reservations for this tapping have SOLD OUT already. If you would like to attend, search after-market sites for anyone selling tickets.

1st Annual Ramen Yokocho Fest
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 14-15
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance
http://ramenyokochous.com/

At this free and all-ages festival, guests can explore and eat ramen from some of LA’s top Japanese chefs. Guests park and enter the fest for free, while each bowl of ramen will cost $8.

Long Beach Fleadh – Irish Music & Oyster Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 14-15
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachfleadh.com/

Revel in Irish culture all this weekend in Downtown Long Beach, with Irish music, oysters, food, whisky tastings, film screenings, live entertainment, and more. This all-ages festival will bring Irish culture to town, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. Guests will find fresh oysters, champagne, Guinness, whisky, and other delicious Irish foods to consume, all while enjoying the Irish music all weekend. General admission costs $20 per day, or $30 for a two-day pass. Click here to purchase a one-day admission that comes with two free drinks. All attendees must cover their own transportation expenses. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather.

Immelmann Release & End of Summer Bash
11:00 am – 12:00 am, September 14
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/?p=2751

Immelmann makes its long-anticipated return this Saturday at Hangar 24. Get your bottle from the tasting room for $20 this Saturday, where the tasting room will also have other special beer releases, food from The Big Easy, and three local bands.

Wet Electric SoCal
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.wet-electric.com/wet-electric-socal-september-14/

I cannot understand the website’s description of this event. To me, this looks like an all-day dance party at the beach, complete with live DJ’s and lots of people dancing at the beach in their swimsuits. General admission starts at $75, while VIP admission starts at $140 and comes with perks such as exclusive entry and VIP areas.

Drink Good Beer Mash-Up & Homebrew Competition
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 22
The Factory Gastropub, Long Beach
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/431562

The Factory Gastropub will host a beer fest and homebrewers competition in their parking lot this Saturday afternoon. Presale tickets sell for $35, while tickets will sell for $40 at the door. Over 30 local breweries will serve their beers to attendees, while homebrewers will sample their beers as well. Registration to enter you homebrews ended already, so if you want to enter your brew(s), you will have to wait until the next competition. All attendees must bring valid ID to show at the gate. Attendees may park for free in the surrounding neighborhoods. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Great Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 14
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://www.greatwinefestival.com/

Over 50 wineries will gather to sample their tasty wines at this wine festival this Saturday afternoon at OC Great Park. For $75, attendees will receive unlimited wine tastings & food, while getting treated to live music, a silent auction, and an opportunity drawing. No one under 21 may attend.

SoCal Zombie Walk
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 14
Pasadena Central Park, Pasadena
http://www.socalzombiewalk.com/

Practice your zombie walk this Saturday evening in Pasadena. Meet up in Central Park in Pasadena, congregate with the other zombies there, and show Pasadena the collective force of a zombie invasion. This FREE and all-ages zombie walk will start early on in the night – guests not in zombie outfits or makeup will have to walk behind the main peloton of zombie walkers.

6th Annual Pasadena Mumbo Gumbo Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 14
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena
http://www.gumbofestpasadena.com/

All the gumbo you can eat returns to Pasadena this Saturday evening. This festival celebrates gumbo at its finest, and also includes live music, dancing, $5 beers & glasses of wines, and more. Presale tickets cost $40, while tickets at the door cost $60.

The Detours in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 14
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/201844143317481/

Before legendary punk bands like The Adolescents and D.I. started their thing, The Detours helped to pioneer today’s punk rock. You can see them perform all of their original hits this Saturday night in Baldwin Park, along with plenty of other local bands. This all-ages show costs $10, and has a full bar inside. Guests can park here for free.

Free Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 14
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/235613353253497/

Check out some local punk bands at this free show this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Guttermouth @ The Juke Joint
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 14
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/449031

Catch Guttermouth and other great local bands this Saturday night at The Juke Joint in Anaheim. Presale costs $12, and will likely sell out, so act fast! If any tickets remain, you can purchase admission at the door for $15. If the venue’s parking lot fills up, guests can park on North St. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 15-20
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

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

Los Angeles Fried Chicken Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 15
The Coop Pop-Up, Beverly Hills
http://www.lafriedchickenfest.com/

The LA Fried Chicken Fest returns with the best fried chicken you will ever have, plus craft beers and cocktails to keep your thirst quenched. All tickets to this event have officially sold out, but you can still find after-market tickets on sites like StubHub or Craigslist.

Rock Comp Finals
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
Tropics Lounge, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/193736110798388/

Say farewell to the old Tropics Lounge as they close the doors after one final show this Sunday night until they move to a new location. Check out this 11-band show for only $2! No one under 18 may attend.

8 Kalacas @ Los Globos
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles
http://www.flavorus.com/event/8-Kalacas-wSurprise-Headliner/187043

Spanish punk and ska come to LA this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

The Adicts, Agent Orange, Narcoleptic Youth @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-adicts

Punk rock giants hit the stage this Sunday night at The Observatory, as The Adicts headline a show along with Agent Orange and Narcoleptic Youth, two more extremely popular punk bands in their own right. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Arrive early to park in the venue’s parking lot – arrive too late and end up paying for parking in neighboring lots.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Summer Strip Down
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 15
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/237167809772803/

Enjoy a fun burlesque show courtesy of the Dirty Little Secrets this Sunday night in Santa Monica. Bring cash for parking and a possible cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

Over time, human tastes change due to exposure to new things, new experiences, and new knowledge. Starting off as a child, we consumed basic foods mainly for nutrition, not for enjoyment. Once we left our toddler stage, we start to eat common foods like hot dogs, pizza, and hamburgers, as well as crave sweets. From that point on, we would slowly start to like new and different foods and different tastes. For example, most kids and teenagers love ketchup, but cannot stand mustard. Conversely, adults tend to prefer mustard over ketchup due to its flavor complementing meat products, as well as having no sugar. Once we get older, we tend to stick with what we have come to eat on a regular basis. Sometimes, we start to crave what we once had as children. This concept of eating what we did as children, known as comfort food, has recently gained popularity with today’s society, but with gourmet twists to satiate our adult needs. Sure we may want basic macaroni & cheese sometimes, but order it while dining out, and you may receive it with bread crumbs, truffle oil, and/or some kind of meat in it, like bacon. Sometimes, you just want the original thing, and you want it to taste good. Fried chicken also falls into the comfort food category, and while most other people will think about Kentucky Fried Chicken, set your sight towards Beachwood BBQ for their fried chicken.

Known as a purveyor of special dinner nights such as Mac & Cheese Night and Chili Night, Beachwood BBQ has redefined the pop-up concept. Credited as the world’s first rotating tap restaurant, Beachwood BBQ strays away from routine by offering food and drinks for only a limited time or while supplies last. In the case of beer, once a keg runs out of beer, the folks at Beachwood BBQ take that keg out, and replace the spot with a new beer. As kegs run out on a daily basis, customers will likely see a different selection of beers every time they come in. In the case of food, while Beachwood BBQ does serve a standard menu, they also host special dinner nights centered around a particular dish. These special dinners occur every one to two months, usually on a Wednesday or Thursday night. Last night, Beachwood BBQ traveled down a different path by crafting a Fried Chicken Night. For this occasion, customers may order a leg & thigh, breast & wing, or all four, and choose between regular or spicy. All plates come with green beans, smoky mashed potatoes with rosemary gravy, and an herb biscuit with hot honey dipping sauce. I could not decipher how they prepared their batter and seasoning, but I can safely say this: KFC, eat your heart out. One bite into this clucker will make you forget about KFC in a heartbeat. The spicy chicken did not taste that spicy at all – I cannot handle any level beyond medium, and this chicken tasted rather mild to me. In fact, the honey sauce for the biscuit tasted intensely more spicy than the chicken. For a plate like this containing many savory items, a beer would go great in washing this down. Although an IPA does a great job at cutting through bold savory flavors, this fried chicken went best with something fruity or almost sour, like a saison, fruit beer, or even a sour.

Beachwood BBQ always does great things at their tiny little location in Seal Beach, and they do even greater amazing things at their brewpub in Downtown Long Beach. Want to see what they cook up next? Follow Beachwood BBQ on Twitter, and Like their page on Facebook for the latest updates. I recommend checking back next month – albeit these nights normally run once every two months, Beachwood BBQ has ran special dinner nights on consecutive months in the past. With their string of success, you would miss out on a fantastic opportunity if you skip their next dinner night.

LA Restaurant Week
July 15-26
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 12-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

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

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Beachwood Fried Chicken Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 18
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/558784350851857/

Beachwood BBQ continues their run of special monthly dinner nights with fried chicken this Thursday night. Choose from two kinds of fried chicken, which comes with mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, and a biscuit. No reservations required, so show up whenever you like.

The Aquabats @ House of Blues San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 18
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=81392

Have a ball with The Aquabats at this all-ages show this Thursday night. Tickets cost $18 presale and $20 at the door.

2013 Nudestock
July 19-21
Glen Eden Nudist Resort, Corona
http://gleneden.com/2013/06/nudestock-2013/

As a members-only event, they have released very limited information about this even. However, I have included the link for those interested in attending next year.

Belmont Shore Summer Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 19-21
Along 2nd Street, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Various shops in Belmont Shore will offer sales on their items. Many shops will also place their items out on the sidewalk for people to browse as they walk by.

US Open of Surfing
July 20-28
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

65th Annual Catalina Ski Race
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 20
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.catalinaskirace.net/

Over 70 water ski teams from around the world will race from The Queen Mary to Avalon and back this Saturday morning. Spanning a total of 62 miles round trip, this open sea race takes approximately one to two hours for most teams to complete, but the nature of the unpredictable ocean draws in the large audience that attends every year from around the world. The deadline to participate has already passed, but spectators may visit for free, so if you like what you see, bookmark this event for next year!

35th Annual Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 20-21
Alondra Park, Gardena
http://www.hiccsc.org/

This free and all-ages cultural fest at the park will feature various music and dance acts. Local vendors will sell food and merchandise too. Visitors must park in the parking structure facing Redondo Beach Blvd and enter the park’s back entrance.

Run or Dye – Los Angeles Empire
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 20
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.runordye.com/locations/San-Bernardino-2013

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. This all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at the Fairplex in Pomona. 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.

Renegade Craft Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 20-21
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles

This free and all-ages fair at LA State Historic Park will have arts, crafts, music, foodtrucks, drinks, and more. Come see the alternative side of arts & crafts this weekend. Read my first and second recap from last year for more info.

Rumble On Pine
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 20
Pine & 7th, Long Beach
http://www.partyonpinelb.com/

This free and all-ages festival features a variety of things to do and see, such as a car show, BBQ, beer garden, full bar, pin-up pageants, arts & crafts, merchandise, children’s activities, and more. If you seek something to do with friends and/or family, check out this event in Long Beach.

TAPS Fish House & Brewery Craft Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 20
Taps Fish House, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/133397120187611/

Taps Fish House in Corona will host a craft beer festival at their Corona location this Saturday afternoon. Following the same setup as their fest in Brea back in April, $50 gets guests all-access to several different international food stations and a set number of tickets to receive beer. Keep in mind that guests have a limit on beer, but no limits on food; as a result, I suggest getting obtaining some beers first before heading to the food stations.

LA Summer Skate Punk Fest 2013
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20
Los Globos, Los Angeles
http://shows.gitbam.com/

Catch a mega punk rock show complete with a small skate park in the back of the venue. This all-ages show costs $15 to enter, and will feature some great punk rock bands such as Smut Peddlers, Angry Samoans, Evacuate, Destruction Made Simple, and more.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

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

The Haters 10 Year Anniversary Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 20
Tropics Lounge, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/434123680006349/

Orange County punks will want to check out this show, complete with ten SoCal bands. Attendees can receive free tacos while present, but no one may reenter after leaving once. No one under 21 may enter.

Guttermouth @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 20
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/138267

Catch Guttermouth headlining this small show at Alex’s Bar this Saturday night. Tickets cost $10 presale and $12 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Girls On Film
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, July 21
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/547026848690651/

Catch a sexy burlesque show this Sunday night in Downtown Santa Monica, dedicated to women on film. Have cash available for parking and a potential cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
Now through August 24
Various locations, Costa Mesa
http://www.travelcostamesa.com/costa-mesa-restaurant-week/

The annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week returns! Numerous restaurants in Costa Mesa will feature special prix fixe meals or other discounted items during this time. Many of these restaurants have amazing food, so I encourage you to check out at least one of the restaurants during this week.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 22-23
Pine Avenue & Broadway, Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/archives/6569

The final Taste of Downtown Long Beach will conclude this week with its finale at Pine Avenue and Broadway. The Taste of Downtown Long Beach follows the same format as Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor – booklets of 12 tickets cost $10, and each participating restaurant or bar will consume varying amounts of tickets. Beachwood BBQ will host a beer garden inside the parking lot.

Cruisin’ the Island
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, August 23
2nd Street, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://naplesislandbusiness.com/

Think of this as the Naples version of the Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor. Free admission and parking, while ticket booklets of 12 cost $10. Buying two booklets provides you with a raffle entry to win a $500 credit towards a cruise. Most of the Naples Island restaurants will participate, allowing you to sample food that otherwise could not participate in Stroll & Savor.

Ribs For your Pleasure
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 23
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/422239581159855/

On this glorious night, Beachwood BBQ will serve SIX different types of ribs a la carte: pork, beef, lamb, antelope, venison, and wild boar. Meat-lovers will not want to miss this.

Voodoo Glow Skulls – Record Release Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 23
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/334550966629524/

Voodoo Glow Skulls, Left Alone, Chencha Berrinches, La Pobreska, Rompe Cabezas and Death March ft. Skinhead Rob from the Transplants will all perform on this night at Alpine Village. If you have not seen Voodoo Glow Skulls live, you must go to this show.

Decadence – A Celebration of the Senses
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 24
Fairmont Hotel, Newport Beach
http://www.ocweekly.com/microsites/decadence2012/
Discounted tickets (expires Wednesday)

This festival for the senses will feature 30 local restaurants, live music & DJs, local dance performers, signature cocktails, and more. $30 all-inclusive admission, free parking.

2012 Los Angeles Guitar Festival
8:00 pm, August 24
7:00 pm, August 25
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
http://www.laguitarfestival.com

This festival will feature many types of musicians, live performances, music vendors, and more. Ticket prices range from $30 to $125. Fans of music will not want to miss this gala.

Taste of Brews – Long Beach
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 25
Lighthouse Park, Long Beach
http://www.tasteofbrews.com/

The PREMIER beer fest for Long Beach, Taste of Brews brings the best in craft beer to Lighthouse Park behind the Aquarium of the Pacific this Saturday. General admission begins at 1pm, while early entry (VIP) begins at 12pm. Parking gets complicated, as one cannot simply park right at the venue. The nearby parking structure will only allow parking for aquarium guests. The actual parking structure for this event lies across Shoreline Drive, next to Avia Hotel. For those who do not want to pay for parking, the next closest free parking stretches out to the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue. I parked in a neighborhood last year, but walking in the heat drained me by the time I reached the fest area.

SoCal Tomato Battle
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 25
Irvine Lake, Irvine
http://tomatobattle.com/socal/

Looking for a messy time? Expect to see hundreds of thousands of tomatoes flung at unwilling people at this all-out tomato fight. Live music, costume contests, a beer garden, and more await you at Irvine Lake this Saturday.

4th Annual Busker Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 25
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://summerandmusic.com/buskerfest/

Buskerfest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend, fans of music will surely want to come here.

Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for Blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $40 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes separate.

Punk Rock Pillow Fight
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, August 25
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.punkrockpillowfight.com/

Essentially a glorified pillow fight, this event marks night three – the final day of Punk Rock Pillow Fight at this location. Free to participate, kids usually fight first while the adults come out to play when it gets dark. I may get to DJ the fights, so come check it (me) out!

Trump National Golf Club’s 4th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 26
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
http://www.trumpnationallosangeles.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=355164&ssid=261799&vnf=1

Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $50 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.

Los Angeles Fried Chicken Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 26
The Coop Pop-Up, Beverly Hills
http://www.lafriedchickenfest.com/

Ever wanted to try fried chicken prepared by nine of LA’s top chefs? Now you have a chance at the LA Fried Chicken Fest! In addition to the best fried chicken you will ever have, craft beers and cocktails will keep you hydrated.