23rd Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 16
Old Town Pasadena
The Taste of Old Pasadena returns tomorrow to Old Town Pasadena. Over 30 diverse restaurants will sample their food & drinks for just $30 per person. Maps and signs will guide all attendees to find the food.
Sunset Strip Music Festival Pre-Party Bash
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 16
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
Warm up for this weekend’s Sunset Strip Music Festival with this weeknight party in West Hollywood. For a $10 cover charge, check out some local rock bands, plus a burlesque show. No one under 21 may enter.
Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 17-18
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through September 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.
Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 17-18
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.
Mitsuwa Hokkaido Fair
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 18-21
Mitsuwa Marketplace, all SoCal locations
Much like the Mitsuwa Summer Fest, this FREE festival at all Mitsuwa Marketplaces now celebrates North Japan culture. Experience food, drinks, desserts, dance, music, games, and more from Northern Japanese culture.
2014 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 18
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Thursday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay $10, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.
California Brewmasters Book Signing & Drake’s IPA Collab Tapping
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 18
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
Join brewers from local breweries at Beachwood Brewing this Thursday evening as they congregate for a signing of the book California Brewmasters. Books and beer come at cost. Guests of all ages may purchase a book as well as receive autographs, but minors cannot have any beer. In addition to the signing, Beachwood Brewing will tap a new IPA that they collaborated with Drake’s Brewing to brew called Vulcanizer, so ensure you grab a pint of that as well.
Savor Summer: Umami Burger Music & Art Series
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 18
Space 15 Twenty, Hollywood
Enjoy a night of art, a live DJ, cash bar, and food from Umami Burger this Thursday night in Hollywood. Please have cash available for any food and/or drinks you desire to consume.
Generate LA Showcase
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 18
The Airliner Nightclub, Los Angeles
This event will feature an art exhibit, two stages of bass music, a fashion run, dance performances, and more. The cover to enter this event costs $5 if entering before 9pm, or $10 after 9pm. The venue sells their own food and alcohol. No one under 21 may attend. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.
International Talk Like A Pirate Day
As the name suggests, feel free to talk like a pirate this Wednesday all day. Just avoid getting in trouble for it. Yarr~
Stair Climb for Los Angeles
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 19
YMCA, Downtown Los Angeles
On this day, the city will shut down Hope Street as thousands attempt to race up the stairs of the US Bank tower in Downtown Los Angeles. This all-day fest also includes food trucks, live music, a beer garden, rock-climbing walls, and more. Even if you cannot participate in the climb, the actual festival requires no fee to enter.
2014 International Food Blogger Conference
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 19
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 20
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 21
The Westin, Downtown Seattle
The world’s top conference for food bloggers returns to Seattle this year! This conference covers a broad diversity of topics, and each attendee may choose their own program of sessions to attend. Unfortunately I cannot attend this year, but look forward to it next year for sure!
16th Annual Sand Sports Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 19
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 20
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 21
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Satiate your adrenaline with the Sand Sports Super Show this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds. See hundreds of ATVs, monster trucks, and many other vehicles all in one space. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $15, while children 12 and under enter free with paid adult admission. Bring extra cash for parking which ranges from $5 to $10.
Get Shamrocked Irish Festival 2014
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 19
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 20
11:00 am – 6:30 pm, September 21
Town Square Park, Murrieta
Revel in Irish culture all this weekend in Murrieta, with Irish music, food, live entertainment, and more. This all-ages festival will bring Irish culture to town, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. General admission costs $10 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, or $35 for a weekend pass. No one under 21 may attend on Friday or Saturday, but they may attend on Sunday only. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather.
Pasadena Greek Fest
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 19
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 20
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
$5 admission gets you into this all-ages Greek festival, which includes food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. The race track charges $4 for parking per vehicle.
Monterey Park Night Market
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, September 19
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
The popularity of night markets has surged within the past year. This Friday, Monterey Park gets their very own night market, complete with free admission. Come to this all-ages outdoor fair this Friday night, and check out all the food, drinks, desserts, merchandise, live entertainment, and more. Expect heavy traffic approaching this area, especially for a Friday night, so plan your commute accordingly.
The Aquabats: 20th Anniversary Tour
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 19
The Glass House, Pomona
The Aquabats continue their 20th Anniversary Tour, which sweeps through Pomona this week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $22.
1st Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 19
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 20-21
Newport Beach Civic Center, Newport Beach
Lots of activity will take place in the culinary world this weekend in Newport Beach. On Friday night, a VIP party will take place with a cocktail reception and a three-course food & wine pairing dinner. On Saturday and Sunday, attendees of the festival gain access to unlimited food tastings, cooking demos, cocktail mixing demos, live music, a silent auction, and more. Admission prices significantly vary based on the mode of attendance, with single-day admission costing $195 and a weekend pass costing $350.
Get Lit In North Pine
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 19
Pine Avenue, Downtown Long Beach
This Friday night, North Pine will host a FREE and all-ages twilight walk on Pine Avenue between 3rd & 8th streets in Downtown Long Beach. This nighttime event will contain glow zones, bubble soccer, roller disco, live music, food, and more activities for the entire family.
H.R. of Bad Brains @ Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 12:30 am, September 19
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
Check out this show going on this Friday night as part of the Sunset Strip Music Festival. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.
6th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
Greater Los Angeles Area
This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, culminating in a beer fest on the last day in Downtown Los Angeles. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.
14th Annual Bike Walk & Roll
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 20
New Harvest Educational Facility, Norwalk
Join in on this community bike fest going on all day this Saturday starting in Norwalk. This celebration features a multitude of events, from bike rides to a 10k walk to a family fun day to a BBQ competition. All active events start early in the morning, and the website features the full schedule of when every single event starts. From 10am to 6pm, check out a FREE all-ages fair in Norwalk, complete with food, music, games, rides, vendors, arts & crafts, and more.
20th Annual Pacific Islander Festival of San Diego
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 20-21
Ski Beach, Mission Bay Park, San Diego
Check out this free and all-ages Pacific Islander festival this weekend in San Diego. Visitors will find food, treats, arts & crafts, games, merchandise, music, dancing, and more. Please have cash available for either parking or the shuttle service.
17th Annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 20-21
Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado
This all-ages event features fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts at one of the most distinctive race track locations, Naval Air Station North Island, the birthplace of Naval Aviation. Nowhere else can you see a variety of cars racing on a live runway used by the U.S. Navy! The two-day festival includes a military pit crew challenge, car show, garage tours, test drives, a vendor village, a stunt show by Aaron Colton, a special appearance by the Robby Gordon SUPER Trucks, and more. General admission presale costs $25 for one day or $35 for the weekend, while tickets at the door will cost $10 more.
10th Annual Moompetam: Native American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 20-21
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
This weekend celebration will feature traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating the indigenous California maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay. All aquarium visitors gain access to this festival, so anyone with regular aquarium admission can check this event out.
Cantillon Zwanze Day 2014
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 20
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
“Zwanze Day is an international, simultaneous tapping of a one-off Cantillon abbey-style beer that visits 46 special locations around the United Stated, Canada, Europe, and Asia. One of Belgium’s finest breweries, these highly sought-after beers have become increasingly hard to find. Zwanze 2013 bears the name of its illustrious place of origin, Abbaye de Cureghem (Cureghem Abbey). In Dutch, “zwanze” refers to a type of semi-sarcastic humor typical of Brussels that one often encounters at Cantillon Brewery.”
As quoted by Beachwood BBQ, they will carry this extremely rare beer this Saturday, pouring samples and providing a brunch/lunch buffet to attendees. All reservations for this tapping have SOLD OUT already. If you would like to attend, search after-market sites for anyone selling tickets.
7th Annual Orange County Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 20-21
Central Library Park, Huntington Beach
Immerse yourself in Pacific Islander culture at this FREE and all-ages festival this weekend in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find food, live music, entertainment, merchandise, activities, and more.
L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2014
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 20
Wilson Plaza, UCLA, West Los Angeles
Chefs and mixologists from around the world converge to UCLA this Saturday afternoon to serve their unique creations to all attendees. For $195 regular admission, enjoy all the food and drinks you can handle, and mingle with the curators of whatever you consume too.
Make The Music Go BANG! Fest
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 20
The Observatory, Santa Ana
See, X, The Buzzcocks, and more at this all-day all-ages music festival at The Observatory in Orange County. Tickets to this show cost $35.
1st Annual Montebello Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 20
Montebello City Park, Montebello
At this FREE and all-ages event, find artist, vendors, food trucks, live art demos, raffles, music, and more.
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 20-21
South Hall K, Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
Described as “the international food lovers ultimate sampling event,” this two-day expo at the LA Convention Center showcases the finest in trending foods, gourmet, and artisan delicacies. Between all of the food sampling and browsing, check out all the culinary demos, performances, and high-energy activities. General admission costs $40 per day and starts at 4pm. Early entry admission costs $50 per day and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $85, starts at 12pm, provides access to BOTH days, and provides access to a special VIP section.
Beauty And The Creep – Costume Faire
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 20
Halloween Club, La Mirada
Halloween Club right off the 5 freeway will host a FREE all-ages costume contest and party this Saturday afternoon. This event will feature a costume fashion show, makeup artists, costume designers, contests, food, drinks, music, giveaways, and more.
Shoreline Village Pirate Festival 2014
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 20
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 21
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
Come mingle with pirates and enjoy sword fighting, pirate bands, treasure (scavenger) hunt, bullwhip tricks, costume contests, kids activities, and more all for free! Please adhere to the parking rules here.
12th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 20
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
This music & art festival returns this Saturday to the La Brea Tar Pits in West LA. Free to attend and open to all ages, guests will experience live music, live painting, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more.
1st Annual San Diego Sriracha Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 20
Liberty Station, San Diego
Last year, the LA Sriracha Fest made us appreciate the beauty behind Sriracha. This year, the fest moves down to San Diego to spread the love for Sriracha. Test your spice tolerance at this food festival dedicated to sriracha this Saturday afternoon at Liberty Station in San Diego. General admission costs $59, starts at 3pm, and include all tastings, including craft beer and cocktail samples. VIP admission costs $90, starts at 2pm, and includes reserved seating.
1st Annual Apollos Bash Car Show
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 20
Rio Vista Inn, Anaheim
As the event name suggests, dozens of classic cars will arrive for display this Saturday in Anaheim. This event has no cost or age limit to attend.
LA Beer Week 6th Anniversary Opening Gala
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 20
Chinatown, Los Angeles
LA Beer Week kicks off its 2014 run with its annual beer fest this Saturday at its new location of Chinatown. In addition to the over 70 breweries present to serve beer, multiple food trucks will pair their foods (sold separately) with the beers.
Downey International Food Festival 2014
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 20
Downey Ave & 3rd St, Downey
Downtown Downey will bustle with activity this Saturday evening. On Downey Avenue in downtown, visitors of all ages can walk the street for free to check out local restaurants serving food here, plus a beer & wine garden, kids’ zone, live music, and an outdoor movie at night.
World Foodie Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 20
LA Spice Café, Culver City
Ten hopeful restauranteurs will serve their cuisine at this mini food fest this Saturday in Culver City. Each $6 ticket provides $7 worth of food, and attendees can vote for their favorite foods throughout the event. Four one-hour sessions will take place starting at 5pm in order to spread out the flow of attendees, and interested attendees can purchase tickets for this event ONLY online so that the organizers can cap each session due to capacity limits. Buy at least one ticket to secure your spot in a session – you can buy more tickets once you arrive there if you still feel hungry for more food.
CrossFit Intersect Downtown Grand Opening
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 20
CrossFit Intersect, Downtown Long Beach
A new CrossFit gym will open up in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday evening. Doors open at 6pm with tasty hors d’oeuvres and drinks from local brewers. Ribbon-cutting ceremony happens at 7pm followed by a short workout at 7:30. Attendees will continue the celebration throughout Downtown afterwards.
Idle Worship – The Photography of Edward Colver
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 20
Lethal Amounts, Los Angeles
Check out this unveiling of never-before-seen images of old punk bands like Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Youth Brigade, and more this Saturday night in Los Angeles. The event page makes no mention of a cover charge or age minimum or parking info or any other piece of event detail, so bear that all in mind if you plan to attend this event.
Thrash Show @ Five Star Bar
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, September 20
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
Get your thrash on at this show in Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can park at the street meters for free after 8pm.
San Diego Restaurant Week
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
For six full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!
Run For Love – Yoga & 5k
8:00 am – 11:00 am, September 21
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
Hundreds will gather on the beach this Sunday morning for a communal yoga session plus a 5k run/walk. Registration costs $35 and includes an event t-shirt.
19th Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 21
Mountain Vista Drive, Encinitas
At this FREE and all-ages event this Sunday, the six-block marketplace on Mountain Vista Drive in Encinitas will feature Bavarian dancers, bands, hundreds of vendors, authentic German food & beverages, a family fun zone, and a ceremonial parade at 12pm.
Tony Hawk’s 11th Annual Stand Up For Skateparks
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 21
Green Acres Estate, Beverly Hills
Come to Green Acres Estate in Beverly Hills this Sunday for an afternoon of action sports thrills. Visitors will find action sports demos, music from live DJ’s, games, food, arts & crafts, vendors, a silent auction, and more. Individual tickets cost $550 each, while a family package costs $2750 and includes an autographed skateboard by Tony Hawk.
4th Annual Ska Day at Disneyland – It’s A Ska World After All
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 21
Rendezvous and mingle with ska fans at Disneyland this Sunday. Participate in multiple activities, such as a scavenger hunt, a ska outfit contest, a group picture, meet & greet lunch, and more. Please note that no ska show will actually take place.
Los Angeles Feline Film Festival & Internet Cat Video Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
As if cats do not already dominate our lives and the internet, a feline film festival will take place in Los Angeles this Sunday that celebrates out furry friends. See real cats, dozens of cat videos, meet famous cats, and more. Ticket prices vary to this event, with general admission costing $15, and additional prices for add-ons.
I ♥ Bois Hardcore
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Blood Orange Infoshop, Riverside
An all-day all-ages punk show invades Riverside this Sunday. The cover for this show costs $10.
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
As part of LA Beer Week, Beachwood Brewing will unveil FIVE cask ales for this Sunday only. If you love craft beer, you owe it to yourself to visit Beachwood Brewing in Downtown Long Beach this Sunday.
Whitekaps & The Maxies @ Slidebar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 21
Head over to Slidebar in Fullerton this Sunday night to see both Whitekaps and The Maxies play a FREE show. No one under 21 may enter.