Posts Tagged ‘GOGO13’

Every year, various parks around Orange County host FREE and all-ages concerts in the summer. Two years ago, they set the bar high with a free Aquabats show. Last Thursday night, OC Parks returned again with a free show featuring Orange County natives GOGO13. This show followed up on the previous week at this location, where Suburban Legends headlined the free show. At all of this summer’s concerts at Orange County Parks, expect the show to last about two hours, and expect a few food trucks and maybe a vendor or two. Since these shows tend to take place on a weekday, they will remain light on content, focusing on the headlining band and the bountiful parks in Orange County.

The Hawkline Monster opened the night with a solo acoustic set. This band from Long Beach normally rolls as a full band that plays indie rock music. Without any explanation, a single member of the band played a half-hour acoustic set instead. The crowd still enjoyed it, as the kids all danced away during the songs. As a solo acoustic singer, this style greatly reminded me of Gary Jules. Upon listening to their studio tracks, they sound more like an indie rock band.

Before GOGO13 could get started, a sizable group of kids approached the stage and sat around it, remaining there for most of the hour. The crowd got right into the mood, getting up to start dancing, swinging, and skanking once the music started. GOGO13 plays a fun, peppy set, not really going for anything super fast that may cause people to start slamming into things. GOGO13 does more than just play music – they entertain crowds with their antics and acting. They may even cover popular songs during their set! GOGO13 truly deserves to headline shows, and I believe they deserve a larger crowd.

Want more of GOGO13? Pay attention to their Facebook page linked above, for you will hear of any news first on that site.

US Open of Surfing
July 25 – August 3
Huntington Beach, south of the pier

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.

Mocha Machine Release
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach

Dark-beer fans rejoice – Beachwood Brewing will release Mocha Machine this Tuesday. Enjoy this coffee porter on draft at Beachwood Brewing, or buy bottles to take elsewhere to enjoy.

8Kalacas @ House of Blues Sunset – Free Show
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 29
House of Blues, West Hollywood

Catch a FREE ska show this Tuesday night in West Hollywood. Click the link above for more information on how to obtain free tickets. No one under 18 may attend the show.

2014 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 30
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 31
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
6:45 am – 10:00 pm, August 2
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 3
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach

Celebrate beach life with the 2014 International Surf Festival that spans five days starting Wednesday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

Ska Revival Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30
Dipiazzas, Long Beach

This collective group of ska bands from across the country will stop by Long Beach on their tour this Wednesday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

GOGO13 @ Irvine Regional Park
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Irvine Regional Park, Orange

Various parks around Orange County will host FREE and all-ages concerts this summer. This Thursday night, see local ska band GOGO13 perform an unforgettable set. Food trucks will arrive to keep guests fed too.

61st Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 1
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach

This FREE kids’ fishing contest will provide a safe environment for kids to learn how to fish, about fishing equipment, and about the environment. All participants must supply their own rod and reel – the event will provide bait and tackle.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
Various locations
Long Beach:

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).

The Rusty Monk: 1st Anniversary Art Show
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
The Rusty Monk, Uptown Whittier

Celebrate The Rusty Monk’s 1st anniversary this Friday night with an art show, special dinner menu, special beer tappings, glass giveaways, and more.

66th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 1
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 2
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 3
El Centro Park, La Habra

This city fair celebrates corn with food, rides, games, drinks, vendors, merchandise, raffles, entertainment, and more. This fair will have a parade on Saturday afternoon too. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can also participate in a corn-eating contest, cutest baby contest, dog costume contest, apple pie contest, and more.

Whitekaps @ Little Louie’s Hemet
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 1
Little Louie’s, Hemet

Local punk bands will play a show this Friday night in Hemet. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Wet Hot Skamerican Summer
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 1
House of Blues, Anaheim

A bunch of great local ska bands will play an all-ages show this Friday night at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. You can obtain free tickets by directly contacting any of the bands via their Facebook page. Guests can park for free for up to five hours with the wristband from this show, so plan your arrival accordingly.

Punk Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 1
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy some local punk/ska music this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 1
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dirty Little Secrets @ Whisky A Go Go
11:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 1
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood

The sexy vixens from the Dirty Little Secrets return this Friday night for a raunchy show at the Whisky. This bar requires a variable cover charge. When entering, mention that you want to see the Dirty Little Secrets.

25th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2
South Clairemont Park, San Diego

Bring the entire family over to the park this Saturday for a FREE fair at the park. This fair will feature a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, drinks, games, rides, a car show, and more. Visitors can swim for FREE in the park’s pool from 12pm until 3pm.

2014 Lucas Oil Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2-3
Marine Stadium, Long Beach

Powerboat racers from across the country will congregate in Long Beach this weekend for this annual competition. Admission costs $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

21st Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 2
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 3
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

Indulge in crawfish, beignets, drinks, and other New Orleans eats this weekend in Long Beach. In addition to all the food, attendees will find a TV lounge, dance contests, live music, souvenir photos, and more. Entry to this all-ages festival cost $13 presale and $15 at the gate for adults, while kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Adding a two-pound crawfish feast will cost $28 presale and $38 at the gate. Adding a three-pound crawfish feast will cost $35 presale and $48 at the gate. The parking lots across the street charge for use – park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 2-3
Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, South El Monte

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte. Tickets start at $85 for one-day general admission, and go up as high as $270 for a two-day VIP pass. No one under 18 may attend.

Bicycle Drive-In
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 2
7th & Pine, Long Beach

Ride your bikes to this FREE all-ages event and enjoy an evening of film and music. Visitors may bring blankets, chairs, and picnics to set up to enjoy the movies and/or music.

Yeastie Boys @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 2
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get crazy this Saturday night at this local punk show at the Doll Hut. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

OC Fair Fun Run 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 3
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

The OC Fair hosts a 5K at the fairgrounds this Sunday morning. Registration costs $40 presale and $45 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Children ages 6-12 register for $25 presale and $30 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Online registration closes this Thursday. All participants receive a goodie bag, which includes a T-shirt, a medal for participating, and one admission into the OC Fair.

Lakewood Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:00 pm, August 3
Del Valle Park, Lakewood

Bring out your family for a bike ride around Lakewood and Long Beach. The course runs up to 18 miles, but participants may choose to ride for a lesser duration.

18th Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 3
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista

This street fair in Chula Vista will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods south of 3rd Avenue.

2nd Annual North Pacific Beach Sip ‘N Stroll
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, August 3
Cass St, Pacific Beach, San Diego

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.

The Inland Empire got a taste of ska this past Saturday night, as GOGO13 headlined this tiny show in the back room of the Glass House. This low-cost all-ages show brought together a handful of Southern California ska bands for a night full of fun and skanking. As this show took place in the back room, this small space could only comfortably hold no more than a hundred people – going over that amount would make the space very cramped. Somehow, the spacing worked out, allowing for a pit area of a decent size. By the time I had arrived at the show, I had completely missed the first act, and the second act had reached their final song, so I made do with the situation. Apologies to Jared P for not arriving on time for his set.

I had arrived at the Glass House during Skadonna‘s set. Basically, this ska band from Orange County covers songs by Madonna, such as Like A Virgin. I heard them end with Like A Prayer, and I will admit that listening to a bouncy version of that song threw me for a loop. I later found out that this show marked their first ever live performance. Good on them for finally making it to a public stage and gaining lots of fans in the process.

Finally situated in place, I first got to experience Two Tone Boners in all their glory. This ska band from El Monte brought forth an original set comprised of ska with punk rock elements, meaning the skanking pit saw some heavier circle pit action here. Also notably, this band features a keytar player, known for riling up a crowd as much as a cow bell. If they wanted to cover a song, they could have, yet still stuck to their own original songs.

The second of the night’s cover bands played next, as Skapeche Mode entered the room with their glorious outfits. As the band’s name may imply, this ska band from Los Angeles covers Depeche Mode songs using their weapons of brass. They played a shortened set, omitting a few songs from their set list. However, they still got to the songs most recognized by the audience. These guys not only played their songs, but danced around with the audience as well, spreading their joy and energy around the room.

Now free from their tour with Reel Big Fish, The Maxies would mark the last of the night’s opening bands. For those unfamiliar with The Maxies, picture The Aquabats, but an M-rated version. Therefore, The Maxies come across as a highly-offensive and lewd band that will throw every bad word in existence at the audience. They do not use traditional ska instruments, but rely on a keyboardist to synthesize music to sound like ska music, similar to The Aquabats. As a result, The Maxies gain greater freedom to play with a heavier punk rock feel than just ska, lending to an intense circle pit that resonated all night.

The first of the night’s headliners, CodeName: Rocky, started with some tempo buildup to get the audience pumped up. These guys have garnered quite a following since their inception in the 1990’s, and it showed with the enthusiasm in the audience. Once the music started flowing, the crowd revved the pit even further. As one of the prominent first bands of the third wave ska movement in Orange County, CodeName: Rocky picked up lots of fans fast, alongside today’s mainstream bands like No Doubt and Reel Big Fish. Keep an eye out for a new album coming out this year, as well as any more shows they will play, because they deliver a show that no one can ever forget.

Prior to the start of the final act of the night, the stage crew dimmed the lights and enabled a fog machine to set the mood for GOGO13. The crowd certainly felt the mood, as the entire room got to dancing, swinging, and skanking once the music started. GOGO13 kept their set mellow and smooth throughout, not really going for anything super fast that may cause people to start slamming into things. GOGO13 does more than just play music – they entertain crowds with their antics and acting. They may even cover popular songs during their set! GOGO13 truly deserves to headline shows, and I believe they deserve a larger crowd.

Every band has a Facebook page, so give them a Like to check out more from them! With the exception of Skadonna, every band also has a Twitter page, so give them a Follow!

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17

Too many places to name will do something special on this day, so check with your favorite local establishment to see what they have going on. Have a good time, and stay safe!

Burlesque Fandom Battle: Star Wars vs Star Trek
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, March 18
Bar Lubitsch, West Hollywood

The age-old debate of Star Wars versus Star Trek remains in a stalemate, and will remain that way for eternity. You can witness a more entertaining take on that debate this Tuesday night with this burlesque show depicting one world versus the other. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 19
The Rookery, Pomona

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.

Scrapbook Expo – Orange County
10:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 20-22
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

The nationally-famous Scrapbook Expo comes to Southern California this week! Admission to this all-ages expo varies in price, starting at $8 for a one-day general admission adult ticket.

IPA & Curry Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 20
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach

Beachwood BBQ returns with another special food night. This time, they will serve five variations of curry, similar to Curry Night last year. In addition, catch special IPA pairings for each curry variation. No reservations required – simply show up, have a seat, and order!

7th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 21
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 22
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa

Welcome to Musink, an all-ages music, tattoo, skateboarding, and pin-up festival that takes place at the OC Fairgrounds this weekend. Some of the largest names in punk rock will perform this weekend, such as The Descendents and The Vandals. Over 300 tattoo artists from around the world will fly in for the weekend. Tickets will remain on sale until the end of the fest on Sunday, so do not worry about not obtaining a ticket. Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so I highly recommend carpooling or getting dropped off.

Free Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 21
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Catch a free local punk rock show this Friday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may attend.

Free Punk Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 21
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Take our some inner aggression at this free show this Friday night in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Ass Punk Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 21
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood

Local punk bands hit up Hollywood this Friday night. Check out this fun lineup for just $5 at Loaded Hollywood. No one under 21 may enter.

The Zombie Run Extreme/Black Ops – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, March 22
Acton Movie Ranch, Acton

You never truly run a 5k or obstacle course until you have to run it under fear! This two-part zombie run places you in the shoes of a survivor or zombie. In the morning, participate in a 5K obstacle course, where you can register as a fleeing human, or as a zombie seeking to capture the humans. At night, participate in the same setup, but under the cover of darkness with little to no light. Registration varies depending on the course, time, and role, starting as low as $45 for a single zombie.

3rd Annual Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship
10:30 am – 4:00 pm, March 22
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

Enjoy some traditional BBQ meats this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Admission to this all-ages food fest costs around $12 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.

Holi on the Beach 2013
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 22
Will Rogers State Beach, Pacific Palisades

Missed Festival of Colors last weekend? You have another chance at it this Saturday. For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $10 presale and $15 on the day of the event. The first 150 cars receive $2 off the parking fee, so try to arrive early! Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

Let There Be Light: A Spring Equinox Design Fair
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 22-23
405 Mateo St, Downtown LA Arts District

This all-ages design fair showcases the latest seasonal trends in furniture, objects, fine arts, sculptures, and fashion. Tickets cost $8 presale and $10 at the door, and admit you for one day only. Attendees should park at any metered parking spot on the streets nearby, which only requires coinage until 4pm. Attendees can park on the street for free on Sunday.

FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 22
Anaheim Farmers Park, Anaheim

Craft beer fans will want to travel to Anaheim this Saturday, as Anaheim hosts FirkFest, a beer fest with only cask ales. FirkFest will feature over 30 breweries, and costs $50 to get in. Use promo code mothercolony to save $10! No one under 21 may attend.

Sam Fest – The Inaugural Los Angeles Barleywine Festival
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 22
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra

This Saturday, 38 Degrees will tap over 30 different barleywines in honor of Sam Samaniego, a beer enthusiast who traveled to Toronado Barleywine Festival annually. Come enjoy some barleywines, and check out some of the rare beers available too. This event requires no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you drink. Guests can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant.

Ska Night @ The Glass House
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 22
Glass House, Pomona

Get your skanking on this Saturday night in Pomona with this great lineup of local ska bands. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Guests can park for free around Downtown Pomona, so avoid paying for parking where possible.

Punk Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 22
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

For just $5, rock out with some great local punk rock bands at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may attend.

CH3 @ Redwood Bar
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 22
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles

CH3 headlines a small show this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Street parking meters go off at 8pm, so guests can park on the street for free.

Naked Aggression @ Billy O’s
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 22
Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura

Naked Aggression will headline a small local show this Saturday night in Ventura. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Seafood Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 23
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious seafood along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

Voodoo Glow Skulls @ Dipiazza’s
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 23
Dipiazza’s, Long Beach

Voodoo Glow Skulls currently tours along the west coast, and they will swing by Long Beach for an all-ages show this Sunday night. Although not specified, this show should cost around $10.

No matter the time of the year, punk rock never stops, regardless of any holidays. The Vandals prove that fact every year with their annual Christmas Formal, now in its 18th year running. Taking place last Friday night at House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, this year’s show followed in the footsteps of last year’s show that featured The Gears and Indian School as the openers, as this year’s show hosted GOGO13 and Knock Out as the openers. As one of the few bands, if not the only band, that dedicate a show entirely to Christmas, punk rock fans always look forward to this show every year to bring holiday cheer and delights to everyone present, whether they like The Vandals or not. After all, some fans honestly attend certain shows for a band other than the headliner, so kudos to them for still showing support for the rest of the community. At least for The Vandals, everyone present at this show went nuts for their beloved Christmas punk rock music.

I had arrived after Knock Out finished their set, so I unfortunately could not witness any of their music. I did manage to snake my way in to the front of the pit in time for GOGO13, a local ska band that I had missed out on multiple times earlier this year. As anticipated, a skanking pit initiated not too long after GOGO13 started their set, which slowly evolved into a standard circle pit, punk rock style. The kids in the pit apparently forgot about the skanking part, and just slammed into any visible person. This kept up for the remainder of GOGO13’s set, which included plenty of original songs and the occasional cover song.

Christmas cheer caught on with a lot of the audience members like a contagion, with little to no angst detected within the venue. That all went to the gutter the moment the lights turned off, as all audience members present immediately rushed to the front of the stage to throw their bodies at The Vandals. Sporting red tops with their band roles printed across the front, the audience could not wait for the first song to drop, as the pit enraged from the get-go, despite The Vandals playing their Christmas album songs out of order. No one seemed to mind – they just raged and shuffled as long as they could hear music running. The Vandals finished playing Christmas songs quite early in their set, and resorted to taking requests from audience members, which included It’s A Fact and Anarchy Burger. The Vandals made their bluffing exit quite early in the night as well, as they had not played some of their anticipated songs like My Girlfriend’s Dead or especially Oi To The World. Nobody fell for their exit, and remained put for the eventual encore, which lasted a lot longer than normal encores. I suppose that The Vandals do not follow conventional means when it comes to putting on shows, so encore rules do not apply to them. The alleged encore started with guitarist Warren Fitzgerald’s soliloquy, which he always performs at every show at the end of the show. Once the rest of the band regrouped, they finished off their set, finally playing their hits My Girlfriend’s Dead and Oi To The World.

We never know when The Vandals will play next! Make sure you Like their page on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for all the latest updates direct from the band. You may even discover a contest that may allow you to win tickets to an upcoming show, so pay attention daily!

LA Restaurant Week
Now through July 26
Greater Los Angeles Area

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

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

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

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
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 26 @ The Glass House, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.