Posts Tagged ‘Fun Run’

AleSmith’s 2nd Annual IPA Week
July 11-15
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego
http://alesmith.com/

In the past, AleSmith has celebrated IPA Day, which typically falls on the second Tuesday of July. This year, AleSmith will expand the celebration to a full week of specialty IPAs, educational seminars, and unique hoppy creations.

88 Fingers Louie: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 13, The Viper Room, West Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/events/1075964602464789/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 14, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1145557-88-fingers-louie-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 15, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2932
http://www.facebook.com/EightyEightFingersLouie

Punk band 88 Fingers Louie will headline three consecutive shows in Southern California this week. Each show has a different age limit and ticket price, so click on a show’s link for details.

13th Annual California Wine Festival
July 14-16
Multiple locations, Santa Barbara
http://www.californiawinefestival.com/

This weekend, a variety of wine events will take place throughout Santa Barbara. Events vary in content and price, so click on the provided website for details about what to expect.

AVP Manhattan Beach Open
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 14-17
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
http://avp.com/event/avp-manhattan-beach-open-2/

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

2016 Idea World Fitness Convention
12:00 pm – 6:30 pm, July 14-15
10:30 am – 6:30 pm, July 16
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-conferences/idea-world-fitness-convention

Check out this FREE* all-ages fitness expo going this this week at the Los Angeles 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.

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

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

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This month, they will hit up Smog City Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

Long Beach Marathon Fun Run
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 14
The Pike, Long Beach
http://www.runlongbeach.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1043234282398230/

Run and socialize at this free fun run this Thursday evening that spans three to five miles of the full marathon’s course that goes through the CSULB campus.

Orange Coast Magazine’s Best Of 2016 Party
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, July 14
Rancho Las Lomas, Silverado
http://www.orangecoast.com/bestof2016/

$40 gets you in to this event with unlimited samples of food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

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

Beer Dinner with Beachwood BBQ & Brewing @ Haven Gastropub
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 14
Haven Gastropub, Orange
http://www.havengastropub.com/

For $65, you get a multi-course dinner with beer pairings this Thursday night at Haven Gastropub in Orange.

Poison Idea: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 14, The Garage, Ventura
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 15, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.facebook.com/events/218079165225564/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 16, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1141151-slapshot-poison-idea-special-san-diego/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 17, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1141227-slapshot-poison-idea-west-hollywood/

Hardcore punk band Poison Idea will headline three shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits differ between these shows, so click on a show’s link for details.

2016 Sun & Sea Festival
10:00 am – 12:00 am, July 15
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 16
Imperial Beach, San Diego
http://sunandseafestival.com/

Have some fun in the sun this weekend at Imperial Beach in San Diego. All weekend, a plethora of activities will occur, each with its own cost and attendance restrictions, from sandcastle building to a pancake breakfast to a night ball. See the website for full details on all the events going on this weekend.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Irvine Appearance
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 15-17
Irvine Spectrum, Irvine
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1741463116131860/

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.

2016 Orange County Fair Opening Day
12:00 pm, July 15
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocfair.com/

The OC Fair this year runs Wednesday through Sunday each week starting July 15 with the final day on August 14. The fairgrounds open 12pm until 12am on weekdays, and 10am to 12 am on weekends. For opening day, all guests receive FREE parking and enter the fair for FREE. Every year, a new fried food gets introduced, such as deep-fried Kool Aid or deep-fried butter. In previous years, they allowed guests to bring their own foods to get fried, and they will continue that tradition this year.

2016 Body Art Expo
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 15
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 16
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 17
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.bodyartexpo.com/

Check out this all-ages tattoo expo running all weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona. Hundreds of tattoo artists from across the nation will fly in this weekend to deliver their works of art onto willing bodies. The expo will also feature live tribute bands, freak shows, a beer garden, hot body contests, tattoo contests, plenty of merchandise vendors, and more. Attendees interested in receiving ink should book an appointment with an artist – walking up to the artist may result in nothing if the artist fills up his or her schedule early. One-day admission costs $20, while a 3-day admission costs $45. Children under 10 enter for free with a paid adult admission, but note that no vendor will provide a tattoo or piercing to children. Please bring cash for parking, which may range from $5 to $10.

2016 South Bay Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 15
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 16-17
St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church, Redondo Beach
http://www.sbgreekfestival.com/

Celebrate life as the Greeks do at this Greek festival this weekend in Redondo Beach. This weekend-long all-ages festival celebrates Greek culture with food, drinks, desserts, live music, dancing, games, rides, and more. Admission to the fair costs $2, but print the flyer below to enter for free!

3rd Annual Orange County Brew Hee Haw
Four 4-hour sessions, July 15-17
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocbrewheehaw.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha team returns with this weekend-long beer festival taking place at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Covering four 4-hour sessions throughout the weekend, this beer festival takes the concept of the locally famous Brew Ha Ha and steps it up by adding beer from breweries outside of the Southern California circuit, so expect to see some unfamiliar beers here. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the gate and lasts three hours, while VIP admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the gate and lasts four hours. All ticket-holders receive unlimited beer tasters plus a complimentary pass to the OC Fair for that day. A session will take place 6pm-10pm on Friday, 12-4pm and 6-10pm on Saturday, and 1-5pm on Sunday. No one under 21 may enter the Brew Hee Haw area, and can only stay out in the fairgrounds. However, guests may freely leave and enter between the Brew Hee Haw area and the fairgrounds. Parking at the OC Fair costs $10 cash per vehicle. On weekends, guests may park for free at select parking lots and ride a shuttle to the fairgrounds – consult the OC Fair website for details, linked above.

The Fall Of Troy: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 15, The Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1161049-fall-troy-pomona/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 16, Soma Sidestage, San Diego http://www.facebook.com/events/1604406826546530/
http://thefalloftroy.com/

Post-hardcore band The Fall Of Troy will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a show’s link for details.

Babymetal World Tour 2016 – Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 15
The Wiltern, Koreatown
http://www.babymetal.com/

International phenomenon Babymetal currently tours across the world, and that tour will swing through Southern California this Friday night. Tickets have long sold out, but you may still find after-market tickets on third-party websites.

Screeching Weasel: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 15, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1197237-screeching-weasel-special-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/screechingweasel
http://screechingweasel.com/

Punk band Screeching Weasel will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices and age limits to these shows differ, so click on a show’s link for details.

The Dickies & The Queers: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 15, The Viper Room, West Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/events/260204080980703/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, July 17, The Casbah, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1153047-dickies-queers-san-diego/

Punk rock legends The Dickies and The Queers will headline these two shows in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these shows vary in price, so click on a show’s link for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Swarm LA Scooter Rally
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 15
9:00 am – 12:00 am, July 16
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 17
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.hivecrewla.com/

A weekend-long scooter ride will take place at various locations in Los Angeles. Bring your scooter, meet other scooter riders, and enjoy the ride.

3rd Annual Love Long Beach Festival
6:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 16-17
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://lovelongbeachcelebration.com/

This FREE and all-ages event will feature a plethora of family-fun things to do at the beach. Expect to find sports, games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, beer & wine garden, and more. On Saturday night, catch a fire show down on the beach as well.

68th Annual Catalina Ski Race
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 16
Hotel Maya, 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!

Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 16-17
Liberty Station, San Diego
http://libertystation.com/events/junk-trunk-vintage-market/

For $10 admission, gain entry to this all-ages vendor fair featuring countless vintage apparel, accessories, and other goods.

38th Annual Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, July 16-17
Alondra Park, Lawndale
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.

2nd Annual Show & Shine Car Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 16
United Pacific Industries, Long Beach
http://www.upicarshow.com/

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Long Beach.

2nd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 16-17
Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach
http://www.cahotsauceexpo.com/

Spice lovers rejoice! Torch your taste buds at this hot sauce tasting event this weekend at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. General admission costs $10 and provides access to all the vendors sampling their hot sauces, but does not include food or drinks. A beer package costs $50 and includes five beverage tokens, a bottle of hot sauce, and a t-shirt. VIP admission costs $100 and provides access to a secluded VIP area.

$5 Food Festival – Orange County
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 16
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://fivedollarfoodfest.com/events/irvine-ca/

This Saturday afternoon, a multitude of mobile food vendors will set up in Silverado to sell $5 plates of food. General admission costs $5 and starts at 12pm. Early admission costs $10 and starts at 11am. VIP admission costs $40 and includes five drink tickets plus access to a VIP area.

OC Weekly’s Summer Fest 2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 16
Newport Dunes, Newport Beach
http://www.ocsummerfest.com/

Come act merry and get drunk with other rich people at this fancy summer party this Saturday in Newport Beach. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, while VIP admission costs $65 presale or $70 at the door. Pay the admission, and you too can come get drunk and party with strangers that like to flaunt their status.

2nd Annual Orange County Citrus Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 16
GardenWalk, Anaheim
http://orangecountycitrusfestival.com/

This free and all-ages event will feature food, music, vendors, arts & crafts, entertainment, games, and more.

Guttermouth @ The World Famous Doll Hut
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 16
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1752396331658296/

Guttermouth releases a new single this Friday, and they will also headline a show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday. The cover for this all-day show costs $20. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual Taste of Summer
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 16
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.fulfillment.org/tasteofsummer

Mix and mingle with rich people at this luxurious tasting event in Santa Monica this Saturday evening. Admission costs $125 presale or $150 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

50 Plus 5 Anniversary
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 16
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/267274703630463/

Anaheim Brewery celebrates an anniversary this week, and to celebrate, they will have an anniversary ale for you to try, plus live music and a food vendor available all night. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Colorado Street Bridge Party
6:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 16
Historic Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenaheritage.org/bridge

Celebrate the history of a really old bridge by partying on it this Saturday night. Catch a night of music, dancing, classic cars, arts & crafts, food, drinks, and more all on the bridge. Tickets to this event cost $18 presale or $20 at the gate.

Griffith Park Trail Relay Marathon & 8K
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, July 17
Griffith Park, Los Angeles
http://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=123578

Participate as a team in a relay marathon, or run solo in an 8K this Sunday morning in Griffith Park. The 8K costs $49 to register for. To register for the relay marathon, please contact the organizer using the above link.

Tokyo Nebuta
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm, July 17
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://tokyonebuta.com/

At this free and all-ages event, experience this popular Japanese cultural tradition complete with music, art, and other arts & crafts.

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The 2015 Long Beach Turkey Trot wrapped up last Thursday morning, signaling a great start to a hearty Thanksgiving. Thousands of eager runners gathered along the shores behind Belmont Shore to participate in a communal fun run to get the blood flowing in time for a holiday feast. This year’s run saw new time slots, with the 5k and 10k runs all starting at 7am, 8:30am, or 10am. The kids half-mile run occurred around 9:40am. Registration has remained the same over the past few years with a $40 base registration fee, with discounts available for early registration or student/military specials as well. Because of Thanksgiving, anyone could park at any metered parking spot for free, allowing for plenty of free parking, in addition to the nearby neighborhoods.

Turkey Trots will occur in many places across the nation on Thanksgiving weekend, so runners have choices on which one to pick. Looking for a way to either build up metabolism or burn off your Thanksgiving feast? Check out a Turkey Trot near you, and get your body back into motion.

The 2014 Long Beach Turkey Trot wrapped up last Thursday morning, signaling a great start to a hearty Thanksgiving. Thousands of eager runners gathered along the shores behind Belmont Shore to participate in a communal fun run to get the blood flowing in time for a holiday feast. This year’s run saw new time slots, with the 5k and 10k runs all starting at 7am, 8:30am, or 10am. The kids half-mile run occurred around 9:40am. Registration has remained the same over the past few years with a $40 base registration fee, with discounts available for early registration or student/military specials as well. Because of Thanksgiving, anyone could park at any metered parking spot for free, allowing for plenty of free parking, in addition to the nearby neighborhoods.

The race takes place mainly along the shores of Long Beach, ranging from Granada Beach all the way to Shoreline. The starting line this year moved from Bennett Ave to Granada Ave, with the course starting westward instead of eastward. 5k runners will turn back before Junipero Ave, while 10k runners will continue all the way to Shoreline Village Dr before turning back. The run ends at the starting line at the Granada Launch Ramp.

Turkey Trots will occur in many places across the nation on Thanksgiving weekend, so runners have choices on which one to pick. Looking for a way to either build up metabolism or burn off your Thanksgiving feast? Check out a Turkey Trot near you, and get your body back into motion.

The 2014 Long Beach Turkey Trot takes place Thanksgiving morning, this Thursday, as early as 6:30am. Spectators should expect to see thousands of runners over the course of four start times: 7am, 8am, 9am, and 10am. Participants may select to run a 5k or 10k at 7am or 8am, a 10k at 9am, and a 5k at 10am. Kids may enter a half-mile run starting around 9:10-9:15. Online registration already closed, so those still wanting to participate will have to visit the starting line at the Belmont Olympic Pool this Wednesday from 1pm til 7:45pm with the $40 registration fee. Participants may also pick up their race bib and packet during this time frame. Because of Thanksgiving, anyone can park at any metered parking spot for free, allowing for plenty of free parking, in addition to the nearby neighborhoods.

The race takes place mainly along the shores of Long Beach, ranging from Granada Beach all the way to Shoreline. The starting line begins at Bennett Ave and launches eastward before turning around at Granada Ave and running along the beach. 5k runners will turn back before Junipero Ave, while 10k runners will continue all the way to Shoreline Village Dr before turning back. The run ends on the north side of the Belmont Olympic Pool building.

Turkey Trots will occur in many places across the nation this weekend, so you have choices on which one to pick. Looking for a way to either build up metabolism or burn off your Thanksgiving feast? Check out a Turkey Trot near you, and get your body back into motion.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 6
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 11
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/612929522104013/

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

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
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.

Luicidal @ The Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1381901362073188/

Spend your Valentine’s Day with these local punk bands this Friday night, as Luicidal headlines this show at the World Famous Doll Hut. Entry to this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

Cupid’s Undie Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 15
The Abbey, West Hollywood
http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/los-angeles/

Enjoy the day after Valentine’s Day by running about a mile in your underwear at this fun run in West Hollywood. Registration for this run costs $50 per participant, and anyone interested can also register as a team. For full rules and regulations, please see the official website linked above. No one under 21 may participate.

Bottle Logic Brewery – Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 15
Bottle Logic Brewery, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/new-events/2014/2/15/bottle-logic-grand-opening

Bottle Logic Brewery’s tasting room will open its doors to the public this Saturday afternoon, after much anticipation since releasing some of their brews at some beer festivals last year. Simply show up any time during business hours, and check out their beers, or even order a flight. Porko Rico BBQ food truck will serve from 1pm to 9pm for any visitor that gets hungry.

I Just Wanna Dance
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 15
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Redondo Beach
http://www.ijwdshow.com/

This non-profit show brings together post-grads wanting to get away from the busy work life to let it all out and just dance for a night. For $20 per ticket, expect to hear music and see dances from many different cultures. The organizers will also provide FREE food and drinks!

Anarchy Taco @ The Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 15
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1450185485195418/

Lots of local punk rock bands will play at the World Famous Doll Hut this Saturday night. Check out this show for just $6. No one under 21 may enter.

10th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, February 16
Marine Stadium Park (north end), Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/bulldog.html

Surround yourself with cuteness this Sunday morning at the Bulldog Beauty Contest in Long Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests will see over 500 bulldogs in attendance, as many will strut their little legs on the red carpet runway. Each entry can win from any of 19 contests, some of which will cater to other dog breeds. Guests wanting seats at the runway will have to pay $5, while anyone wanting to enter their dog must pay $10 per entry.

3rd Annual LA Zine Fest
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 16
Helms Bakery, Culver City
http://lazinefest.com/

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

Radioactive Chicken Heads 20th Anniversary Bash
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 16
The District Lounge, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/436592339775245/

Twenty years has passed since the Radioactive Chicken Heads performed their first show, and they would like to invite you to come rock out with them this Sunday as they celebrate twenty years in the making. Check out this FREE all-day show in Downtown Orange this Sunday. No one under 21 may attend.

LA Restaurant Week
Now through July 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.

US Open of Surfing
Now through July 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.

Downtown Anaheim Art & Pub Crawl
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 25
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artandpubcrawl

At this FREE and all-ages event, the weekly farmer’s market will remain open for an extra hour for special art exhibits, live music, food, a beer & wine garden, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street. Note that the website says the event starts at 5pm, while the flyer says 4pm.

11th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 25
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/taste_of_Pifa.htm

Get a taste of Islander cuisine this Thursday night near Liberty Station. Admission to this all-ages tasting costs $25 presale and $30 at the door, and includes all food, non-alcoholic drinks, access to a silent auction, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Glassjaw Live
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, July 25 @ The Echoplex, Los Angeles http://www.theecho.com/event/296271-glassjaw-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 26 @ The Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/293703-glassjaw-pomona/

Glassjaw has returned from their long hiatus for a small yet highly anticipated tour that stops by Southern California this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows have sold out long ago, but you may find after-market tickets available.

Drenched 5k – Los Angeles
7:30 am – 12:30 pm, July 27
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://rundrenched.com/events/los-angeles/

Experience the wettest 5k ever this Saturday morning! This all-ages fun run’s course comes equipped with mist tunnels, sprinklers, hoses, foam, water slides, and other wet contraptions. At random points throughout the course, expect “hot zones” that attempt to partially dry you off as you venture into the next wet area. Following the fun run, stick around for the Drenched after party that will last a few hours following the run. Registration costs $55 online and $65 on the day of the run, while individuals on a team of four or more pay $50 each. Registration comes with sunglasses, a t-shirt, and 25 water balloons (that you must fill yourself). Spectators may attend for free, but do not receive any goodies that the participants will. Wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in that you do not mind getting wet, and bring spare clothes and towels for when the run ends. Bring cash for parking, as well as for food should anyone want to buy something to eat.

Long Beach Dragonboat Fest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 27-28
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.lbdragonboat.com/

Come watch numerous teams race Dragonboats in Marine Stadium, with the finals on Sunday. Expect to see Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. Spectators may attend and watch for free – for a recap, please see my post from last year’s races.

5th Annual Venice Beach Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 27-28
Venice Beach
http://www.fx3events.com/

See arts, crafts, music, food, drinks, and more at Venice Beach this weekend, free admission. Keep in mind the heavy traffic near this area this weekend. Expect to park somewhere near Abbot Kinney and walk to the beach from there.

Bottle Share #6
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 27
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/603425439692314/

Brew your own beer? Got an interested craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

Neon Splash Dash 5k – Pomona
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 27
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.neonsplashdash.com/locations/pomona-ca-2013/

Run, jog, or walk your way through a brightly lit course at night with the Neon Splash Dash 5k. This all-ages fun run combines the spectrum of a color run, the brilliance of a glow run, and the wetness of running through the rain with specially formulated glow-in-the-dark glow water. Throughout the 5k course, live music will pump up the runners while course staff and volunteers will spray participants with the glow water to give them that special something that lights them up in the night. Following the run, all participants can stay for the after party that goes on all night. Registration costs $60 online and $65 on the day of the event, while teams of four or more can pay $50 or $55 per individual, respectively. As a color run, all participants should wear white during the race to absorb the most color possible, and have spare clothes to change into when going home. Parking will range from $5 to $10, but since spectators can enter for free, feel free to bring friends & family to watch the run. Note that the race will start at 8pm, and with thousands of participants, I highly suggest arriving at least an hour early to circumvent traffic.

“Save Ferris” @ OC Fair
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 27
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ns.ocfair.com/ocf2/calendar/ViewEvent.asp?EventId=2725

Originally announced as a reunion show, the facts quickly surfaced that the original band members would NOT reunite, but instead vocalist Monique Powell would perform Save Ferris songs with lesser-known musicians providing instrumentals. Regardless of the controversy, fans of old school ska will not want to miss this rare opportunity to witness Monique Powell perform classic Save Ferris songs. This all-ages concert starts at 7pm on Saturday, July 27th at the Orange County Fair & Event Center’s Pacific Amphitheater with two other bands opening the show prior to Monique’s performance. Ticket prices range from $20 to $33 depending on the seat location, and tickets include admission to the fair, so arrive early to enjoy the fair! Parking costs $10, so I highly advise carpooling.

GOGO13, CodeName: Rocky, Not A Chance @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 27
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/gogo13

Get your ska on this Saturday, as ska band GOGO13 hosts a CD release party at The Observatory with CodeName: Rocky, Not A Chance, and more. Tickets to this all-ages show cost just $12.

Swiss Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 28
Swiss Park, Whittier
http://www.swisspark.la/

The Annual Swiss Fair returns to Swiss Park in Whittier this Sunday. Guests of all ages will find Swiss food, drinks, desserts, vendors, dance, music, cheese tastings, games, and more. Entry costs $5, which includes parking.

Brew Rendezvous
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 28
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://www.sdchip.org/support-chip/brew-rendezvous.aspx

Support local businesses at this fundraiser/beer fest, where guests will receive beer and food from San Diego’s top breweries, restaurants, and farms. VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 12pm, where VIP guests receive exclusive beer and food tastings, as well as a meet & greet with Stone Brewing Company’s Dr. Bill. General admission costs $45 at starts at 1pm, and comes with unlimited beer and food while it lasts. Non-drinkers may attend for $20. The venue typically covers parking; however, have cash available in case they decide to charge for parking that day. No one under 21 may attend.

30th Anniversary Chaya Summer Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 28
Chaya Brasserie, West LA/Beverly Hills
http://www.thechaya.com/

This all-ages festival will provide unlimited (while it lasts) food, drinks, live entertainment, and games for all attendees. Tickets cost $55 presale and $65 at the door. Bring some cash for parking.

Suburban Legends, Save The Swim Team, and The Maxies @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/suburban-legends

Ska lives on at The Observatory this Sunday night, with Suburban Legends, Save The Swim Team, The Maxies, and more. Tickets to this all-ages show cost just $12.

The first annual Color Mob took place this past Saturday morning at Irvine Lake. A spinoff of the highly popular Color Run, this colorful 5K saw thousands of runners wearing white while traversing through dirt and other rough terrain while getting pelted with handfuls of colored corn starch. All participants enter wearing all white and leave looking like a rainbow threw up on them. As a fun run, the organizers do not actually keep time – they simply provide an outlet for participants to run wild and free. As such, participants seek out these color runs for the experience and memories rather than setting personal records.

As the first color run put on by these organizers, one should expect some mistakes or miscalculations to occur. Typically, I can forgive beginner mistakes when holding events, and I gladly provide constructive criticism. However, I did not expect a mistake this large as I approached the area. Nothing irks me more than a mistake that wastes people’s time. Earlier this year, I wrote about an event’s poor handling of managing the entrance. Suffice to say, a mistake on a greater scale occurred the morning of Color Mob. Observe this photo I snapped:

Notice a neverending line of cars? I sat in this traffic for 30 minutes and had barely moved a few feet before I snapped this photo. I entered this traffic about a mile and a half away from Irvine Lake at 9:15am, 45 minutes prior to the run’s start time. Can you see the very end of the line in this photo? It took me another half hour to reach that point. I looked up traffic on my phone, and saw the road colored black all the way up to Irvine Lake. That could mean one of two likely things: an accident occurred immediately at Irvine Lake, or the organizers did not know how to handle traffic. Surprisingly, a driver coming back kindly confirmed the latter. Not daunted by the inevitable wait time of sitting in traffic, I endured another hour of this, and still did not even progress a mile. During that time, I gradually witnessed runners leaving their cars and running towards the lake. Sharing their pain, I shouted at everyone passing by to demand a refund. An hour later, I noticed that people had parked their cars on the side of the road far from the lake and just ran to the lake. I knew that I still had about a half mile to drive to the lake at that point, so me parking with them meant nothing, especially since I had another event to attend within an hour. Frustrated, I finally turned around and left the traffic madness.

So what exactly went wrong? A bit of research later showed that the lake could only accommodate for about 3,000 parking spots, but Color Mob had sold over 10,000 tickets with no refunds allowed. What kind of greedy event planner does that? Did they not even consider that not everyone would carpool? Or did they do this on purpose just to boost numbers on their first year? Sure they can brag about how many tickets they sold on their first event, but how many of the tickets sold actually participated in the run? I do not speak alone on this subject; however, the organizers quickly delete any negative post on their Facebook page. This post, however, still lingers on their page:

Monica Garcia Thelin: At 9:10 we had 3 miles to go on Santiago Canyon Road. At 10:10 we had 2 miles to go. This was by car. Next time, get some traffic directors and a new location. From what I hear the start time was moved to 11 as well as adding more heats. Nice try but perhaps an email blast to update us would have been helpful as quite a few gave up and turned around.

For such poor planning, the organizers owe it to all supporters to refund anyone arriving after the run’s start time. How dare they take people’s money and make them waste time for nothing! All day long, tons of people complained on their Facebook page, yet most of those posts no longer exist. What kind of morals does this organization carry? If you want to maintain a positive reputation, accommodate to everyone who had to suffer. But since they (Bernie) Madoff With The Money, nobody should ever trust them again, let alone support of recommend them to anyone. Looking for a REAL Color Run? Check out the next one in Los Angeles on February 2nd in a few months. At least they know how to hold an event.

The 2012 Long Beach Turkey Trot takes place Thanksgiving morning, this Thursday as early as 6:30am. Spectators should expect to see thousands of runners over the course of four start times: 7am, 8am, 9am, and 10am. Participants may select to run a 5k or 10k at 7am or 8am, a 10k at 9am, and a 5k at 10am. Kids may enter a half-mile run starting around 9:10-9:15. Online registration already closed, so those still wanting to participate will have to visit the starting line at the Belmont Olympic Pool this Wednesday from 1pm til 7:45pm with the $40 registration fee. Participants may also pick up their race bib and packet during this time frame. Because of Thanksgiving, anyone can park at any metered parking spot for free, allowing for plenty of free parking, in addition to the nearby neighborhoods.

The race takes place mainly along the shores of Long Beach, ranging from Granada Beach all the way to Shoreline. The starting line begins at Bennett Ave and launches eastward before turning around at Granada Ave and running along the beach. 5k runners will turn back before Junipero Ave, while 10k runners will continue all the way to Shoreline Village Dr before turning back. The run ends on the north side of the Belmont Olympic Pool building.

Turkey Trots will occur in many places across the nation this weekend, so you have choices on which one to pick. Looking for a way to either build up metabolism or burn off your Thanksgiving feast? Check out a Turkey Trot near you, and get your body back into motion.