Posts Tagged ‘Funk’

Piñata Protest – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 6
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.pinataprotestband.com/

Piñata Protest currently tours across the country, and that tour will have one more show in Southern California this week. Tuesday night’s show has no cover charge, but no one under 21 may enter.

S3 Coffee Bar’s 1st Year Anniversary
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 7
S3 Coffee Bar, Grantville, San Diego
http://www.s3coffeebar.com/

San Diego’s S3 Coffee Bar turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of food & drink samples and specials all day. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for what you order.

Los Angeles Design Festival
June 8-11
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ladesignfestival.org/

During these four days, various locations in & around Los Angeles will have various fashion and design events open to the public. Some of these events have an entry fee, others do not, so check with the website to see the list of events.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 8-10
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 8
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.

Pinball & Arcade Auction
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 9
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 10
Captain’s Auction Warehouse, Anaheim
http://captainsauctionwarehouse.com/

Bid on arcade, pinball, ticket, and prize machines during this special auction this weekend in Anaheim. This event has no admission fee, and anyone interested in purchasing may bid from home as well.

8th Annual San Diego Oysterfest
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
12:00 pm  – 10:00 pm, June 10
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://www.oysterfest.me/

More of a music fest than an oyster fest, this all-day festival in San Diego combines live music, oysters, and beer into one crazy festival. As you enjoy the live music, you can purchase fresh oysters from around the world to snack on, then buy some brews to wash it all down. General admission starts at $35 but does NOT include food or drinks. No one under 21 may enter.

2017 San Diego Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 10
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 11
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, North Park, San Diego
http://www.sdgreekfestival.com/

An all-ages Greek festival comes to San Diego this weekend, complete with food, desserts, drinks, ouzo, dance, music, rides, games, vendors, exhibits, and more. Arrive early enough and you can enter for free – otherwise, it costs $3 to enter.

2017 LA Pride Music Festival & Parade
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 9
2:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 11
West Hollywood Park, West Hollywood
http://www.lapride.org/

An all-ages music festival comes to West Hollywood this weekend, along with a parade on Sunday morning. Admission varies in price, with free admission on Friday, $25 for one day, and going up to $125 for a VIP admission.

Punk N Paint
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, June 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/468958693462564/

Live body painting and local punk rock mix up this Friday night in Anaheim. The cover for this event costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

MADE Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 9
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 10
L.A. Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ma.de/

Music and fashion collide at this concert this weekend in Downtown LA. Ticket prices vary based on which events you want to attend, so see the website for details.

18th Annual Downtown Anaheim 5k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, June 10
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://downtownanaheim.com/events/5krun/

A 5k run will take place in central Anaheim this Saturday morning that will close off several streets. Registration costs $35 for the 5k, and goes down for teams or children.

2017 Santa Monica Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival
7:30 am – 7:30 pm, June 10
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://www.pierpaddle.com/

A series of water sports will take place on the beach in Santa Monica this Saturday. Registration varies in price depending on the event you wish to participate in, so see the website for pricing details.

7th Annual Mabuhay Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 10
Kimball Park, National City
http://www.wesaymabuhay.org/

A free and all-ages Filipino cultural fair comes to National City this Saturday, complete with live entertainment, food, vendors, activities, and more.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 10
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/420850651611824/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

4 Wheel Parts Truck & Jeep Fest 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 10-11
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.4wheelparts.com/info/ontario-truck-jeep-fest.aspx

A free and all-ages expo for truck and jeep parts comes to Ontario this weekend. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the convention center.

31st Annual San Diego Festival Of The Arts
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 10-11
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sdfestivalofthearts.org/

Enjoy a weekend of art and culture this weekend at this all-ages art festival down by the water in San Diego. Admission ranges from $12 to $16 – see the website for a pricing breakdown.

Kid Kon 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 10-11
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://kid-kon.com/

Check out all things pop culture and fandom for kids this weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center. Expect to find anything related to comics, films, cartoons, celebrities, TV shows, toys, books, games, and more, including lots of programs and activities. One-day admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. A weekend pass costs $25 presale or $35 at the door.

42nd Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 10-11
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.irishfairandmusicfest.com/

Southern California’s largest Irish Fair returns to Long Beach this weekend. This family-friendly fair brings Irish culture to one location, where attendees can see over a thousands Irish dancers, dozens of live bands, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, athletic competitions, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more. Guests should bring cash if they want to purchase any food, drinks, merchandise, accessories, or any other Irish goodie. I suggest avoiding American food, and trying the Irish food that you would not find elsewhere. Admission varies depending on how you want to attend, with general admission costing $15 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students.

Ronin-Expo 2017
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 10
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ronin-expo.org/

Fans of anime, manga, video games, comics, cosplay, Asian culture, and anything else with ninjas in it will not want to miss Ronin-Expo (formerly Ninja-Con), happening this Saturday at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Discuss and share hobbies with other attendees during the convention, and introduce others to new things. Admission to this all-ages convention costs $20 presale or $25 at the door. I suggest parking in the Arts District and walking over, as the Arts District has free street parking in select areas.

30th Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 10-11
Peninsula Center, Palos Verdes
http://www.pvstreetfair.com/

Located all the way out in the hills of Palos Verdes, this annual street fair contains numerous vendors, merchandise, arts & crafts, rides, food, live entertainment, and more. Free for all ages, guests from out of town can enjoy the scenery as they drive up the hills to arrive in Palos Verdes. Guests can park for free in the high school parking lots across the street from the shopping center.

Golden Years Vintage Market
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 10
2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.cameoappearancevintage.com/golden-years/

A vintage clothing and vinyl records market will take place in Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will encounter dozens of vendors selling lots of local goods and gifts.

Council Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 10
Council Brewing, Kearny Mesa
http://www.councilbrew.com/

San Diego’s Council Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a festival at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa. General admission costs $20, starts at 12pm, and comes with five 2oz beer pours. VIP admission costs $35, starts at 11am, comes with ten 2oz beer pours, and includes an anniversary pin. They will have mobile food vendors on site to cater to attendees’ hunger. No one under 21 may attend.

Pechanga’s 9th Annual Microbrew & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 10
Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula
http://www.pechanga.com/entertain/microbrew-craft-beer-and-chili-cook-off

Enjoy unlimited beer (while supplies last) and chili samples at this beer tasting event at Pechanga in Temecula this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive a 2oz souvenir glass, and all the beer and chili you can consume until they run out.

Rök House 3-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 10
Rök House Brewing Company, Upland
http://www.rokhousebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1297458586976626/

Upland’s Rök House Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have over two dozen beers for you to try, including their anniversary ales. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

3rd Annual Orange County Funk Fest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 10
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://curious-ent.com/event/orange-county-funkfest-2017/

Funk music takes over the OC Fair this Saturday. Tickets to this all-ages concert start at $45.

2017 Inland Empire Greek Fest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 10-11
Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, San Bernardino
http://www.iegreekfest.com/

An all-ages Greek festival comes to San Bernardino this weekend, complete with Greek food, desserts, ouzo, music, dance, games, rides, vendors, exhibits, and more. Admission costs just $2 for adults, while children can enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Pub & Grub: A Culinary Crawl
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 10
5th Street behind 4th Street Market, Santa Ana
http://ocfoodiefest.com/pubandgrub

Check out lots of food this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana. Contrary to the event name, this event does not actually involve walking from location to location. This event will operate the same way as other events by this organizer – it costs $10 to enter the event, and then attendees will pay for food as they go. An all-you-can-eat experience exists in two three-hour sessions: 2pm-5pm and 6pm-9pm. These cost $40 presale or $60 at the door to enter, and attendees to this event can eat as much as they want for the duration of the session while supplies last.

3rd Annual So Cal Brew Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 10
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://socalbrewfest.com/

The So Cal Brew Fest returns to Orange County for its third year running this Saturday, complete with everything one would expect to find at a beer festival. General admission costs $39 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $49 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from all the participating breweries while supplies last. Bring cash for food truck purchases, and dress appropriately for hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Big Summer Beerfest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 10
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.bigsummerbeerfest.com/

A corporate beer festival comes to Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 3pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Los Angeles Food Fest
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 10
LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
http://lafoodfest.com/

Experience the best of Los Angeles eats at the LA Food Fest. This festival consists of a multitude of various events, from a brunch to a grand tasting to a party and more. General admission costs $65 and starts at 3:30pm, while VIP admission costs $95 and starts at 2pm.

EA Play 2017
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 10
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 11-12
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
http://www.ea.com/eaplay2017

Play a handful of upcoming EA games this weekend in Hollywood. Although free to attend for all ages, interested attendees must still register to attend on the website.

SFV Roller Derby Presents: Double Header
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 10
San Fernando Valley Roller Derby, Sylmar
http://sfvrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Sylmar. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10.

5th Annual The Feast Of Thrones
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 10
Whimsic Alley, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/

$80 gets you in to this Game of Thrones themed dinner, complete with food, drinks, and entertainment. No one under 18 may attend.

32nd Anniversary Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 11
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 11
Central Avenue, Glendale
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of S Central Avenue from Glendale to Atwater Village will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Stone Sour Fest 2017
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 11
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-sour-fest-2017

Pucker up for this sour beer tasting event this Sunday morning at Stone Brewing in Escondido. For $49 admission, receive a souvenir glass and 15 3oz tasters from over a hundred different sour beers available. Bring extra cash for purchasing food on the premises. No one under 21 may attend.

22nd Annual San Clemente Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 11
Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
http://villagesanclemente.org/annual-car-show/

See hundreds of classic cars this Sunday at this free and all-ages car show in San Clemente.

3rd Annual Balboa Strawberry Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 11
Encino Park, Encino
http://balboastrawberryfestival.com/

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Encino this Sunday, complete with vendors, food, desserts, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more. Note that this event will close Ventura Blvd to traffic, so plan your commute accordingly.

Spring 2017 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 11
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

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

Pop-Up: Bubblyfest Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 11
The Rose Room, Venice Beach
http://www.bubblyfest.com/

Spend an afternoon sipping on champagnes this Sunday in Venice. Tickets cost $70 each, and gets you a tasting glass and unlimited champagne while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Luau & Pig Roast
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 11
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.goosebar.com/

Enjoy some tropical-themed cocktails and delicious pork at this seasonal event in Costa Mesa this Sunday afternoon, free of a cover charge.

Tartar Control @ Cafe NELA
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 11
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/288279171596114/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Sunday night in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

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LA Restaurant Week
July 18-31
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 14-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Streetlight Manifesto’s The Year With No End Tour 2016
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 18, The Novo, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.thenovodtla.com/events/detail/307918
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 19, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A00505D12932E44
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/streetlightmanifesto
http://streetlightmanifesto.com/

Skapunk band Streetlight Manifesto currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so click on a show’s link for prices.

Los Angeles Swim Week
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 19-20
Skirball Cultural Center, Brentwood, Los Angeles
http://swimweekla.com/

See the latest in swimwear fashion and accessories at this one-of-a-kind swimwear fashion event. Admission to this show costs $30.

Gam3rCon 2016
12:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 20-24
10th Avenue Art Center, San Diego
http://www.gam3rcon.com/

Taking place during the San Diego Comic Con, Gam3rCon features four floors of gaming entertainment, including a Video Game Arena, Tabletop Gaming Lounge, gaming industry panels, live theater, gaming-themed artwork, and rooftop parties. Adult admission costs $20 for a single day or $60 for the entire weekend. Child admission costs $10 for a single day or $30 for the entire weekend.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 20-21
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.

2nd Annual Stars Of Pinot
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 20
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 $100 and starts at 7:30pm while gold admission costs $125 and starts at 7:00pm -both of these admission types receive unlimited wine samples and appetizers while supplies last. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 6:00pm, and also includes a panel, dinner buffet, and gift bag. No one under 21 may attend.

Modern Times 3rd Anniversary Hits The Road
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20
Library Alehouse, Santa Monica
http://moderntimesbeer.com/events/so-cal

San Diego’s Modern Times Beer turned three years old recently, and to celebrate, they will tap their beers at various locations throughout Southern California during the second half of July as part of an anniversary tour. That tour visits Library Alehouse in Santa Monica this Wednesday night. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Women’s Beer Forum: Chapman Crafted Beer
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 20
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/womens-beer-forum/

$14 gets you a flight of four beers from new Orange County brewery Chapman Crafted Beer. Judging by historical posts about this event, it appears that men may not participate in this.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20
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 4.0
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 20
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.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – San Diego Appearance
9:30 am – 7:00 pm, July 21-23
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1740322739584602/

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.

Creamistry Torrance Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 21
Creamistry, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/305285206483142/

A Creamistry will open its doors to the public in Torrance this Thursday afternoon. The first 200 customers will receive a t-shirt with their order. Customers visiting between 2pm to 4pm can receive free ice cream.

Reinheitsgebot 500 Years of German Beer
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 21
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/267950600245903/

Alpine Village will have a bunch of German beers available for just $4 or $5 this Thursday evening in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the passing of a vital German beer law. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Venice Art Crawl
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 21
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.

2016 Dew Tour
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 22
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 23
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.dewtour.com/

Extreme sports take over the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Various events will take place over the weekend that involve sports and/or concerts, and each event has a separate admission fee. Check the website for full pricing information.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 22-24
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.

2016 Los Angeles Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 22
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 23
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 24
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.

Weird Al Yankovic’s The Mandatory World Tour
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22-23
Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Hills
http://weirdal.com/

Weird Al Yankovic will headline two concerts at the Hollywood Bowl this week. Tickets may have already sold out, but you may still find some after-market tickets available for sale.

US Open of Surfing
July 23-31
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.

35th Annual Cypress 5K & 10K Run + 35th Annual Cypress Community Festival
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 23
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.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 23
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/554465994725913/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

Insect & Ladybug Festival 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 23-24
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.

5.11 Tactical – Carson Grand Opening
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 23
5.11 Tactical, Carson
http://www.511tactical.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/826659177464480/

A new 5.11 Tactical store will open their doors to the public this Saturday, and you may attend for free. Arrive early for free food, giveaways, promotions, and more.

Introduction to Extract Homebrewing Class
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 23
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/282683205418664/

Learn about the ingredients, equipment, and the procedure of extract brewing during this class this Saturday morning. Attendees will get to actually do some work, so wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Following the class, attendees will receive 10% off purchases in the store.

To Live And Dine In L.A.
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 23
FilAm ARTS, Westlake, Los Angeles
http://www.grublife.com/toliveanddineinla/

Some kind of food, art, and music event will take place this Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. Virtually no information exists for this, such as admission fees, prices, and more. If this event sounds appealing to you, approach it with lots of time and money on hand.

Craftsmen Brewing Day
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23
The Bottle Room, Whittier
http://thebottleroombar.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/515674518621273/

For as long as Craftsmen Brewing has existed, they have not had a tasting room. This Saturday, they will have a special event in Whittier, so do not miss out on this rare opportunity to check out Craftsmen Brewing in person.

The Surf Life 1 Year Anniversary
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 23
The Surf Life, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/508572502667070/

This Pacific Beach clothing shop celebrates their anniversary this Saturday afternoon with live music, complimentary food and drinks, and 25% off your purchase.

6th Annual San Diego Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 23
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Fundraiser Show
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1692436131017899/

Enjoy a hard punk rock show this Saturday afternoon in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Lost Highway Motorcycle Show & Concert 2016
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 23
San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino
http://www.losthighwayfest.com/

A motorcycle show and rock concert comes to San Bernardino this Saturday. Tickets start at $25.

4th Annual Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm, July 23
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://heroesbrewfest.com/

Coinciding with Comic Con, this beer tasting event will take place at Liberty Station this Saturday afternoon. As the title suggests, this beer event will bear a costume element, encouraging attendees to arrive in some sort of cosplay outfit. Presale general admission costs $44 and starts at 3:30pm, while presale VIP admission costs $54 and starts at 2:30pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from the over 40 participating breweries while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Funk Fest
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 23
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://curious-ent.com/event/orange-county-funkfest/

An all-day funk concert takes place in Anaheim this Saturday. Tickets start at $40 and go up to $200.

Beer Fest For Beer Geeks: Drink To Independence
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
STOUT, Hollywood
http://beerfestforbeergeeks.com/festivals/drink-to-independence/

Drink lots of Belgian beers this Saturday evening in Hollywood. General admission costs $60 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $90 and starts at 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Heroes Vs Villains Art Exhibit
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
La Bodega Gallery, Barrio Logan, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1749205555313971/

A free and all-ages art exhibit will take place in San Diego this Saturday evening.

2016 Long Beach Grand Cru
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachgrandcru.com/

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 $100 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and starts at 5pm, but also includes access to a VIP area with premium food and drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Super Video Game Land 3 at Mission Brewery
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23
Mission Brewery, Downtown San Diego
http://www.supervideogameland.com/

Now for something REALLY different. Immerse yourself in video game art and culture at Mission Brewery in San Diego this Saturday night. Enjoy a nostalgic night of art, music, games, and beer all in one spot.

Ska Show @ Don The Beachcomber
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/902500483250918/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Saturday night in Sunset Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Out Of Order’s “Stuck In The Mud” Tour 2016
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 23, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 24, Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/OutOfOrder2013

Punk rock band Out Of Order currently tours across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these shows vary by location. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

4th Annual North Pacific Beach Sip ‘N Stroll
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
Cass St, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.sipnstrollpb.com/

Discover all the local shops and restaurants in North Pacific beach at this free street fair this Sunday afternoon. Cass St will close to traffic to allow visitors to roam the street and check out all of the booths, vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, games, rides, and more.

2nd Annual Orange County Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana
http://oczinefest.tumblr.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Orange County gets their own Zone Fest this Sunday afternoon. This free and all-ages event 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.

Coastal Country Jam BBQ & Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 24
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://coastalcountryjam.com/

A barbecue, beer, and country music festival will take place on the beach this Sunday. Presale tickets to this event cost $55. No one under 21 may attend.

Face To Face @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 24
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://facetofacemusic.com/
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/facetoface

Enjoy an all-ages punk rock show featuring Face To Face, Guttermouth, and more this Sunday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this show cost $25.

2013 Anime Expo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 4-6
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 7
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.anime-expo.org/

The nation’s largest expo & convention for anime & manga returns to Downtown LA this 4th of July weekend. Complete with hundreds of artist & vendor booths, this convention allows attendees to get interactive via the masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission varies by the number of days attending – 4 days cost $70, 2 days cost $60, and one day costs $40. Children 6-12 get in for a flat rate of $25, while children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Some of the special events, such as concerts and maid cafés, requires an additional ticket to get into. Parking at the convention center costs $15, so bring cash for that plus any of the vendors and food inside the convention center. Optionally, park in outdoor third party lots in the surrounding blocks for a lower rate, or take public transportation.

4th of July Party on the Pier
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 4
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/july-4th-party.html

Party at the beach this Independence Day in Long Beach. Admission costs $20 for adults and free for kids, and includes all-day reentry, one BBQ plate plus a soft drink, and access to the kids’ play area. Plenty of live bands, a beer garden, boat rides, and more will keep guests entertained all day. Metered parking lots remain enforced in the lots nearby; for long-term parking, I recommend parking in the neighborhoods beyond Ocean Blvd.

Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 4
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/4th-of-july-block-party/

Check out a family-fun day filled with music, dancing, food trucks, and more this 4th of July in Downtown LA. Free to attend for all ages, Hill Street will even close off for food trucks and pedestrian traffic, so if you plan to travel that way, take a detour, or get stuck in traffic.

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

Labyrinth of Jareth XVI – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 5-6
The Legendary Park Plaza, Los Angeles
http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com/

Experience a weekend of costumes and magic as you party with the beautiful people of Southern California. Dance and mingle with the Royal Court, and show off your creativity with your most extravagant costume as you lose yourself in the entrancing music and atmosphere of the Labyrinth of Jareth. In layman’s terms, check out this fantasy costume party in LA all weekend, and expect to see a LOT of skin. Admission prices vary, from as low as $49 to as high as $116. Early arrivals will find free street parking near the hotel. Otherwise, guests can park in a parking garage behind the venue, or park at the Biltmore Hotel and take a shuttle from there. All attendees must don a full costume – no half costumes or lazy costumes. Although they have not specified an age limit, I assume no one under 21 can attend.

Luicidal in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 5
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/624118377616776/

Luicidal, a punk band that contains members from the original Suicidal Tendencies, headlines this all-ages punk rock with eight other bands this Friday night in Baldwin Park. Entry to this show costs $10. Guests may park for free, and the venue contains a bar for those 21 and over.

The Hootenanny
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 6
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
http://thehootenanny.com/

Check out some of today’s great punk rock and psychobilly bands, such as Social Distortion, Face To Face, Murder By Death, and more at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Irvine. The Hootenanny also features a car show and a Miss Hootenanny pageant. General admission costs $50, while children five and under enter free with a paid adult admission. VIP admission costs $100 and includes access to a backstage VIP lounge, complimentary cocktails, and reentry into the event all day. Bring lots of cash for parking, food, and vendors, and prepare for hot weather, as this takes place outdoors. Expect not to use your cell phone due to no cell towers in the area.

Long Beach Funk Fest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 6
Downtown Long Beach
http://www.lbfunkfest.com/

Taking place a full month earlier than last year, this free and all-ages all-day concert will feature numerous funk artists and bands in the heart of Downtown Long Beach on Pine & Broadway (hint: streets will close to traffic). A kids’ zone, arts & crafts, dancers, vendors, and more will cover the multitude of blocks around Pine & Broadway. Unlike last year, this event now comes with a admission fee of $15 presale and $20 at the door, while kids ten and under enter free with a paid adult admission. This admission fee should hopefully weed out the troublemakers that made last year’s event less safe than normal.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 6
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 7
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. This flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Admission costs $2 before 6pm, and $3 afterwards. Guests may now park here for free during the event.

Agent Orange @ The Gaslamp Long Beach
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 7
The Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/203449789807389/

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange headlines an early all-ages show this Sunday in Long Beach. This epic show contains a multitude of bands that include Amerikan Made, Whitekaps, Billy Bones, The Uprising (first show back in 4 years), Jurassic Punx, The SCABS, Drown The Sound, Graveyard Riot and legendary punk band CH3. Admission costs $12 and comes with free parking.

The Long Beach Funk Fest covered the streets of Downtown Long Beach this past Saturday. Starting at noon, lasting all day, and completely open to the public, this free music festival showcased many local funk bands across multiple stages and two main stages. A large main stage blocked Pine Avenue right at 3rd Street, while the other main stage took over the parking lot behind Dave Schneider. Smaller stages filled Pine Avenue between that main stage and Broadway, with numerous dance parties (dance circles) in between them all. A kids’ zone, arts & crafts, dancers, vendors, and more took up the rest of the parking lot in front of Congregation Ale House. In this same area, Beachwood BBQ hosted a beer garden with their brews plus a few guest brews.

For those who attended the Long Beach Zombie Walk last year, you would have witnessed a very similar outing. For a fest open to the public, the crowd saw all sorts of people, good and bad. With no way to regulate the entrants, police and security had to step up their presence, reducing the effectiveness of police patrols outside of downtown. Even with the increased security, many hooligans still managed to stir up trouble and harass some attendees. These types of events greatly reward locals, but event organizers need more care when filtering out the trouble-makers. As fun as it should seem, I shall return next week with higher hopes. Until then, the same organizers have Busker Fest this upcoming Saturday, so if you want to see free another Downtown Long Beach music festival, head there this Saturday night.

The rest of the pictures I got from Funk Fest:

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor (last of 2012)
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 15-16
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Belmont-Shore-Stroll-Savor/333931866642186

This is a “Taste of Belmont Shore” event that occurs during the summer months annually. You may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and these tickets are used to redeem food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy your tickets pre-sale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s. Tickets also sold in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Every restaurant takes a different amount of tickets depending on the offerings. For example, the Sampler Plate from George’s Greek Cafe costs only 4 tickets:

This is one of the more extreme examples, as most other items costing 4 tickets are smaller – a similar plate from another restaurant costs 9 tickets! But you can still enter the restaurants and order off their regular menu.

Frosted usually offers a mini-cupcake and a hi-top:

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
August 17-24
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 be featuring 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 that week.

Orange County BBQ Bonanza
11:00 am, August 17-19
Fountain Valley Sports Park, west side of Mile Square Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.ocbbqbonanza.com/

This event is open to all ages and is now FREE to enter. You can try many different types of BBQ from all over the country, ranging from $2 to $25 per plate. In addition to all the food, there will be carnival games and rides, vendors, and other entertainment.

Summer BBQ & Pro-BBQ Competition
August 17-19
Westminster Mall, Westminster
http://www.shelterforthehomeless.org/events.htm

This festival celebrates, ribs, pork, and watermelons. Watermelons are free each day of the festival, which costs $5 to enter. There will be plenty of food (that you have to pay for), carnival games, rides, entertainment, and more. I do not know why this is the same weekend as OC BBQ Bonanza, but I suppose that means the organizers are confident enough that their first annual BBQ fest will overtake one that has been around for years.

12th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
7:00 am, August 18-19
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival will be at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

Los Angeles Dragonboat Festival
8:30 am – 4:00 pm, August 18
Legg Lake Park, Whittier
http://ladragonboat.com/

Come to watch Dragonboat races at Legg Lake Park – free parking and admission to spectate! If you missed the Long Beach Dragonboat Festival, you do not want to miss this.

Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 18
Uptown Whittier
http://www.whittieruptown.org/wua/?page_id=2555

This car show is free to the public, and will feature classics, muscles, vintages, and more. Local restaurants and food trucks will be available to keep you and your group fed.

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

Stone Brewery is turning 16 soon, and to celebrate, Stone is throwing another huge bash full of food and beer. The $40 admission gets you a souvenir glass, ten 4oz pours, access to over 100 different beers, free sodas, cheese, and Arrogant Bastard onion rings. There are two 3-hour sessions: 11am-2pm, and 3pm-6pm.

Long Beach Funk Fest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
Downtown Long Beach
http://www.lbfunkfest.com/

This free event is open to all ages and will feature numerous funk artists and bands in the heart of Downtown Long Beach on Pine & Broadway (hint: streets will be closed). In addition to the live music, there will be a kids’ zone, arts & crafts, dancers, vendors, and more. After the fest ends, the after party will be at Harvelle’s, which is down the stairs next to Congregation Ale House, which is less than a minute away from the fest.

3rd Annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 18
Casey’s Irish Pub, Downtown Los Angeles
http://213nightlife.com/lacraftbeercrawl

All attendees of this pub crawl through Downtown Los Angeles will see over 100 different craft beers across seven different locations. General admission begins at 3pm, while early admission begins at 1pm. The pub crawl has no set route – you are free to visit the locations in any order you like, and spend as much time at any particular venue as you like. All locations will open to the public at 7pm that day, but you can still stay at any of the locations.

Gyoza Eating Championship
2:30 pm, August 18
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center Plaza, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/events/competitionday/

Part of The 72nd Annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival, this eating competition will see participants eating at least 264 gyoza in under 10 minutes. The winner walks away with $5,500 in cash prizes and bragging rights until next year. Spectators can get in free – if you want to participate, check the website for availability.

Long Beach Grand Cru
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 18
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachgrandcru.org

The Long Beach Grand Cru is a wine competition and tasting extravaganza, featuring some really rare and/or expensive wines. Tickets are $160 presale and $200 at the door.

Star Wars: It’s A Tap!
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 19
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://www.facebook.com/events/408688475860943/

Pizza Port will be tapping & pouring Star Wars themed beers all day for $3 or $4 a pint depending on the beer. There will be food specials, movies, costume contests, and more. There is no admission fee, so you only pay for what you consume.

Rose Park Bluegrass Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 19
Rose Park, Long Beach
http://www.roseparkbluegrass.com/

This free festival is open to all ages, and will feature many bluegrass bands, entertainment, food from local restaurants, games, arts & crafts, a beer garden, and more. Parking is very difficult around this area – luckily the website has a nifty guide on how to get there and where to park.