Posts Tagged ‘Grand Prix’

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 10
Ben & Jerry’s, Worldwide
http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday at any participating Ben & Jerry’s store.

7th Annual Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 11
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/roar-in-the-shore/

Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.

2018 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, April 11
Portuguese Club, Point Loma, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/TasteofPointLoma

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Wednesday night. For $25, guests gain access to free shuttles that will take them from various places around Point Loma so that guests can reach all the restaurants in time.

25th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, April 12
Share Our Selves, Costa Mesa
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

25 of Orange County’s finest chefs will gather to prepare their most unusual and unique taco. Come witness history in the making, as chefs strive to reinvent the wheel by crafting the new generation of tacos. VIP hour starts at 4:30pm and costs $150, while general admission starts at 5:30pm and costs $80. Admission does not guarantee food for attendees.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 12
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 12
The Pike Outlets, Downtown Long Beach
http://gplb.com/

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.

44th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 13-14
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 15
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.gplb.com/

Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.

39th Annual OC Fair Imaginology
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 13
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 14-15
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocfair.com/steam

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event this weekend in Costa Mesa featuring activities, games, and other arts & crafts surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Parking at the venue costs $8 per vehicle.

3rd Annual VRSC Student Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 13
USC School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles
http://www.uscvr.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this event will feature all things virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality. Check out demos, gadgets, speakers, vendors, and more.

Monsterpalooza 2018
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 13
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 14-15
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.monsterpalooza.com/

Basically, a convention for horror, Halloween, and other similar media. Check out costumes, apparel, accessories, toys, media, speakers, demos, celebrities, artists, and more all this weekend in Pasadena. Admission to this all-ages event costs $30 per day or $70 for the full weekend.

Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 14
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/orange-county-2017

Can you withstand the passage of time? Test your might at this 5k/10k challenge course this Saturday at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Run, climb, jump, and crawl your way through unforgiving obstacles as you race towards the finish with little regard to however much mud and dirt you may pick up along the way. Registration for the 5k costs $75, while registration for the 10k costs $85.

Wanderlust 108
7:30 am – 3:30 pm, April 14
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://wanderlust.com/

Join in on this yoga meetup this Saturday at Liberty Station in San Diego. Admission costs $49, and includes entry into a 5k run, yoga, and meditation. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

Bubble Run Pomona
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/pomona/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

24th Annual Orange Plaza Car Show
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 14
Old Towne Orange
http://orangeplazarotary.org/web/car-show/

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show in Orange this Saturday morning.

16th Annual Corn Feed Run Car Show & Cruise
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 14
Downtown Chino
http://www.chinokiwanis.com/cornfeed-run

A free and all-ages car show will take place in Chino this Saturday morning.

Minefaire: A Minecraft Fan Experience 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 14-15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://minefaire.com/

Minecraft fans will not want to miss this event dedicated to all things Minecraft. Tickets to this all-ages expo start at $45.

Orange County Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 14-15
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.ocwomensexpo.com/

This two-day expo in Anaheim celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

10th Annual Hippy Killer Hoedown
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 14
Farmers Fairgrounds, Perris
http://www.facebook.com/HippyKillerHoedown

At this all-ages kustom kulture festival, see all sorts of cars, hot rods, customs, motorcycles, vans, live music, and more. Admission to this event costs $10.

18th Annual Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 14
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://www.fabuloushillcrest.com/taste-of-hillcrest

Savor the flavors of all the amazing eateries in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Over 40 restaurants will offer delicious samples to guests, while a handful of local breweries will provide beer tasters for guests. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event. Admission includes 50 taster tickets, and each location accepts different amounts of tickets. Guests can move at their own pace, and select which locations to spend their tickets at.

8th Annual San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 14
Left Coast Brewing Company, San Clemente
http://www.scchamber.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of beer and food in San Clemente this Saturday afternoon. This beer festival will contain over a dozen local breweries all serving their wonderful brews, and food from local non-profit groups. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 1pm. Early entry costs $45, and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive 12 4oz beer pours. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 14
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.vindiego.com/

VinDiego returns to Liberty Station this Saturday afternoon. Enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $115 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and allows entry at 3pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Smut Peddlers 25th Anniversary Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 14
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/shows/8104665/smut-peddlers-25th-anniversary-with-radolescents-hardship-anchors-1034

Legendary punk rock band Smut Peddlers will headline a show in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Burlesque Booze Cruise
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 14
Pierpoint Landing, Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Enjoy a raunchy burlesque show on the water this Saturday night. The cruise will involve a one-hour burlesque show and a dance party afterwards. Admission starts at $25 and requires a two-drink minimum. No one under 21 may attend.

Guttermouth – Live in Rancho Cucamonga
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 14
4th & Mill, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/198664764066304/

Famous punk rock band Guttermouth will perform in Rancho Cucamonga this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 15
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

32nd Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 15
Main Street, Downtown Fallbrook
http://www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/avocado-festival.html

This annual local treat returns to Fallbrook this Sunday to celebrate the legacy of the California avocado. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find hundreds of vendors booths, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food & drinks, activities, and more.

Vintage Vibes
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 15
The Unique Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/vintagevibes/

A one-day fashion popup will take place in Downtown LA this Sunday. Admission costs $5 presale or $10 at the door, and gets you access to dozens of apparel & accessories vendors.

Battle for VANS Warped Tour: Round 1
1:30 pm – 6:30 pm, April 15
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/180460746088793/

Local punk rock bands will perform this Sunday afternoon in Pomona to win a chance to perform in the Warped Tour this summer. Tickets to this show cost $6 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

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Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 4
Ben & Jerry’s, Worldwide
http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday at any participating Ben & Jerry’s store.

Free Punk Show @ Five Star Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 4
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/257703838022358/

Enjoy a free punk rock show in Downtown LA this Tuesday night. No one under 18 may enter.

6th Annual Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 5
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/roar-in-the-shore/

Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.

D.I.Y. Festival Competition
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 5-6
Clash City Station, Riverside
http://bricktoyaface.com/

Check out this music & art festival this week in Riverside. Admission costs $7 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 18 may enter.

OC Roller Derby Orientation
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 5
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/394631604250005/

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance to join a league. Click the link to send your information to them, and then show up to orientation this Wednesday night in Huntington Beach.

Scrapbook Expo – Orange County
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 6-8
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.scrapbookexpo.com/

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.

Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 6
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/taste-leucadia/

Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $25 presale or $30 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $15, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 6
The Pike Outlets, Downtown Long Beach
http://gplb.com/thunder-thursday-moves-pike-outlets/

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.

The Damned 40th Anniversary U.S. Tour
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 6, The Belasco Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 7, House of Blues, San Diego
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 8, House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.officialdamned.com/

Legendary punk rock band The Damned embark on an international tour starting this week in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary by location, so check with the website for details.

Ragnar Relay So Cal 2017
5:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 7-8
Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.runragnar.com/event-detail/relay/southerncalifornia

Take part in an epic overnight relay race that stretches from Orange County down to San Diego this weekend starting Friday morning. Grab a team, grab supplies, and make the trek from point A to point B, finally finishing at Crown Point in Pacific Beach.

43rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 7-8
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 9
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.gplb.com/

Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.

7th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party
10:00 am – 6:30 pm, April 7
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, April 8
J Street b/w 6th & 10th, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://eastvillagesandiego.com/7th-annual-east-village-opening-day-block-party-on-april-7th/

This free and all-ages event celebrates the San Diego Padres’ annual opening game. This street party will have craft beer, live music, food, drinks, vendors, and more.

Lucidity Festival 2017
10:00 am – 8:00 am, April 7-9
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara
http://www.lucidityfestival.com/

Basically, a music & art festival that spans an entire weekend, similar to Coachella. This event runs nonstop from Friday morning through Monday morning. Lucidity requires many words to explain, which the website does a great job of. With dozens of stages, hundreds of vendors & artists, and endless activities, visitors will never run out of things to do here.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 7
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

Monsterpalooza 2017
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 7
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 8-9
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.monsterpalooza.com/

Basically, a convention for horror, Halloween, and other similar media. Check out costumes, apparel, accessories, toys, media, speakers, demos, celebrities, artists, and more all this weekend in Pasadena. Admission to this all-ages event costs $30 per day or $70 for the full weekend.

Wasted Ones @ The Redwood Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 7
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1757209697930122/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this local punk show this Friday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

6th Annual Hollywood Half Marathon & 5k / 10k
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 8
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
http://hollywoodhalfmarathon.com/

The streets of Hollywood close down this Saturday morning for this series of races. Registration costs $105 for the half-marathon, $50 for the 10k, or $45 for the 5k.

43rd Annual Run Seal Beach 5k/10k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, April 8
Marina Community Park, Seal Beach
http://www.runsealbeach.com/

A 5k/10k run will cover the streets of Seal Beach this Saturday morning. Registration costs $40 and includes an event t-shirt (XXL size costs $3 more). Plan your commute accordingly.

4th Annual Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 8-9
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.streetmachinenationals.net/StreetMachineAndMuscleCarNationalsPomona

Come see over a thousand muscle cars, classic cars, hot rods, and more at this weekend-long car show at the Fairplex in Pomona. Tickets cost $18 if purchased from participating O’Reilly Auto Parts stores, or $20 if purchased online or at the gate. Children can enter for $5. Bring cash for parking which may cost up to $10.

ArtFest 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 8-9
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/artfest.htm

Enjoy hundreds of art displays, cars, and live music this weekend at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Admission costs $14, with discounts available for seniors, military, students, and children.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 8
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

6th Annual Healthy Living Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 8-9
Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, Del Mar
http://www.healthylivingfestival.com/

Check out this health & wellness expo this weekend, FREE to attend for all ages (with printable coupon found on website). Guests can experience cooking demos, medical testing, belly dancers, fitness workshops, food & drink samples, massages, speakers, fitness tests, yoga classes, speakers, and more.

2017 Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire: Opening Day
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 8
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale
http://www.renfair.com/socal/

This renaissance faire will run from this Saturday through May 21st this year. Admission costs $29 for adults or $15 for children.

Food Truck Fetish Festival 2017
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 8
Exposition Park Event Parking, Los Angeles
http://www.foodtruckfetishfestival.com/

Remember food truck festivals from over five years ago? One returns this Saturday in Los Angeles. Admission costs $5 presale or $10 at the gate, and grants you access to gourmet food trucks where you will have to pay again for food. This event will also have a beer garden (drinks sold separately), live entertainment, and a VIP admission that includes unlimited soft drinks and one free dessert.

JANM Free Family Days: Celebrate Japanese American History
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 8
Japanese American National Museum, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://janm.org/familydays2017

Learn about Japanese American history at this free and all-ages cultural educational event this Saturday in Little Tokyo.

Champagne On Main Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair
11:00 am – 6:30 pm, April 8
Main Street, Downtown Ventura
http://www.champagneonmain.com/

A cluster of events will take place in Downtown Ventura this Saturday afternoon. A free and all-ages street fair will take place all day, consisting of vendors, food, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more. A champagne/wine walk takes place from 3pm to 6pm. This costs $50 to participate in, and gives participants a wristband with tickets and tasting cup to walk around the street fair getting samples of champagnes, wines, or craft beers. A VIP admission costs $70 and also grants access to a dessert bar. Since this takes place in the street fair, no one under 21 may participate, but they can still walk around with the adults.

9th Annual Los Angeles Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 8
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. Tickets cost $40, but does not include parking. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 8
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://sabrosotacofest.com/

From the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha comes a Spring version of Orange County’s biggest beer festival – a beer & taco festival rebooted. A lot has changed since last year. Admission still provides includes unlimited beer tasters, a souvenir glass, live entertainment, games, a cigar lounge, and more. All tacos will still cost $3 each, so prepare to carry cash, preferably singles. This big festival outgrew its previous home and has moved to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point for this year. In addition, this event now features a music component similar to their previous Cali Uncorked and Ye Scallywag festivals. Live bands will perform throughout the day, and all drinks after 4pm come at cost. No one under 21 may attend.

“When We Were Young” Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 8-9
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.whenwewereyoung.net/

A huge rock concert comes to The Observatory in Santa Ana this weekend. Tickets to this all-ages concert start at $60.

2nd Annual Punktography
1:00 pm – 12:00 pm, April 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/384558055264067/

Enjoy a free photography and punk rock show this Saturday all day at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 8
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.vindiego.com/

VinDiego returns to Liberty Station this Saturday afternoon. Enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $115 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and allows entry at 3pm. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Broke LA
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 8
Enox Events, East Los Angeles
http://brokelafest.com/

Cannot afford to dump money on Coachella? Check out Broke LA, a miniature version of the money-guzzling concert, this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Expose yourself to the variety of local art and music at this intimate experience, and keep your wallet happy too. Admission to this event costs $20 presale or $25 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Color Fun Fest 5K San Diego
3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 8
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, Chula Vista
http://colorfunfest5k.com/san-diego/

Subject yourself to another color run at this color 5k this Saturday in Chula Vista. This event features two running events: one during the day, and one at night. Registration for this run costs $25 presale or $60 on the day of the event, if any tickets remain.

4th Annual San Diego Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 8
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

This beer & music festival will take this Saturday at NTC Liberty Station. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

Night Nation Run – Orange County
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 8
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://nightnationrun.com/orange-county-anaheim/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

Montrose Brew Fest 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 9
Benitoite, Montrose, Glendale
http://brewfest.montrosechamber.org/

A beer and food tasting event comes to Glendale this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Dogz 5 Year Anniversary
11:00 am – 1:30 am, April 12
Dogz Bar and Grill, Long Beach
http://www.dogzbarandgrill.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/966645413385176/

Belmont Shore’s Dogz turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have live music this Tuesday night. Also expect food and drink specials all day.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 12
Ben & Jerry’s, Worldwide
http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday at any participating Ben & Jerry’s store.

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 12
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/564914146998849/

Catch a taste of San Francisco’s Speakeasy Ales this Tuesday night at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a beer or two.

5th Annual Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 13
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/roar-in-the-shore/

Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.

Firestone Walker Night
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 13
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/805763442901074/

Little Tokyo’s Far Bar will have some rare Firestone Walker brews available this Wednesday night, as well as the founder himself for a meet & greet. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Peelander-Z @ The Frida Cinema
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 13
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/event/peelander-z/

Weird and wacky come to Santa Ana this Wednesday night. Enjoy an all-ages night of mischief and mayhem for just $10.

Canstruction LA 2016
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 14
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 15
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 16
Farmers and Merchants Bank Building, Downtown LA
http://canstructionla.com/

Free to attend for all ages, see glorious art works made with cans this weekend in Downtown LA.

Mother Earth Brewing Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 14
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1557645794532790/

San Diego’s Mother Earth Brewing will take over the taps at Hollywood’s Blue Palms Brewhouse this Thursday night. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

23rd Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, April 14
Share Our Selves, Costa Mesa
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

25 of Orange County’s finest chefs will gather to prepare their most unusual and unique taco. Come witness history in the making, as chefs strive to reinvent the wheel by crafting the new generation of tacos. VIP hour starts at 4:30pm and costs $150, while general admission starts at 5:30pm and costs $80.

2016 Unite Belgian Trippel Release
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 14
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/217548851942520/

Every year, Anaheim Brewery makes a beer for International Women’s Day. This beer comes out this Thursday evening at their tasting room in Anaheim. This event has no cover charge, so stop on by and show support for the women.

Tacos And Beer Tasting
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 14
San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.museumofman.org/event/tacos-beer-tasting/

Enjoy tastings from several popular local breweries, snack on a variety of delicious tacos, take fun snapshots in the photo booth, explore exciting exhibits, and revel in the festive atmosphere inside one of San Diego’s top museums. Admission costs $30. No one under 21 may participate.

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

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

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 14
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Viet Film Fest 2016
6:00 pm – 12:30 am, April 14
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 15,17
11:00 am – 12:30 am, April 16
Orange Outlets, Orange
http://www.vietfilmfest.com/

The Outlets at Orange will show many Vietnamese films this weekend. Check out the schedule on the website, which also lists the ticket prices for each film.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 14
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Story-Details/Thunder-Thursday-Returns-with-Motorcyclists-Painting-the-Sky-with-Stunts

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.

Union 13: Live at Five Star Bar
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 14
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.union13.bigcartel.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/465666190298982/

Hardcore punk band Union 13 will headline a show in Los Angeles before traveling down to Mexico for a tour. The cover for this Downtown LA show this Thursday night costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

D.I.Y. Festival Competition
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 14
The Vibe Bar & Grill, Riverside
http://bricktoyaface.com/

Check out this music & art festival this Thursday night in Riverside. Admission costs $7 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 18 may enter.

42nd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 15-16
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 17
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.gplb.com/

Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.

The Trooper Returns
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 15
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 16
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/507670256101391/

Iron Maiden beer comes to Phantom Carriage in Carson this weekend, and you have a chance to scoop some up. Free to attend, Phantom Carriage will sell the limited Iron Maiden beers on a first come, first served basis, and they will also show Iron Maiden concert videos all weekend.

Tour For Life: Pet Adoptions
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 15
Pet Food Express, Pasadena
http://pasadenahumane.org/event/north-shore-animal-leagues-tour-for-life-adoption-event/

A pet adoption event comes to Pasadena this Friday evening. Stop on by, as they will have giveaways, discounted pet adoptions, and more.

Odd Nights at the Autry
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 15
Autry Museum, Los Angeles
http://theautry.org/programs/special-events/the-odd-market

Free to attend for all ages, enjoy an evening of shopping, live music, food, arts & crafts, and more at the Autry Museum this Friday night.

Steinfest – Oktoberfest in April
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 15
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/upcoming-events/fri-3-steinfest/

Alpine Village’s traditional Oktoberfest celebration returns for its mid-year event this Friday night. Admission costs $10, but those arriving in an Oktoberfest outfit can enter for free! No one under 21 may attend.

Tough Mudder Los Angeles 2016
7:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 16-17
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://toughmudder.com/events/2016-los-angeles

Tough Mudder needs no introduction – its legacy alone describes it in ways that words cannot. Expect to train hard this week, all leading up to madness this weekend.

Pinup Girl Clothing Yardsale
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 16
Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim
http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/967709676641806/

Check out this pinup clothing pop-up taking place this Saturday at the Marriott in Anaheim near the convention center. Free to attend for all ages, expect to find many clothes and accessories for under $60. While the vendors will accept both cash and credit, parking at the venue takes cash only.

Green Scene Plant & Garden Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 16-17
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://fullertonarboretum.org/event_green.php

Check out a diverse range of plants, arts & crafts, and more this weekend at the Fullerton Arboretum at Cal State Fullerton. Admission costs $8 for this all-ages event.

Downtown Burbank Arts Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 16-17
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Olive, Downtown Burbank
http://dtnbur.com/

Check out hundreds of artists, street painters, sidewalk chalk artists, and more this weekend in Downtown Burbank. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can exhibit the many art on display, create their own art with sidewalk chalk or other artists allowing guests to interact, or purchase art to take home.

Rendezvous Artisan Market: Santa Monica
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 16-17
Museum of Flying, Santa Monica
http://www.rendezvousmarket.com/

Free to attend for all ages, over a hundred local vendors will set up in Santa Monica for a weekend of food, treats, shopping, and more.

25th Annual Poppy Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 16-17
Lancaster City Park, Lancaster
http://www.poppyfestival.com/

Bring out the family to this all-ages family-fun festival this weekend in Lancaster. This festival will have plenty of activities for everyone to get involved with, along with food, drinks, multiple vendors, music, dance, art, games, rides, and more. Admission for regular adults costs $8, while children, seniors, and military can enter for $5.

LAUSD Grand Arts Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 16
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://achieve.lausd.net/arts
http://grandparkla.org/event/lausd-grand-arts-festival/

Free to attend for all ages, thousands of students from dozens of LA County schools will exhibit their art at this event in Downtown LA this Saturday afternoon. Visitors will also find live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, arts & crafts, and more.

Steampunk Spring Picnic
10:30 am – 5:30 pm, April 16
Old Poway Train Park, Poway
http://www.sdsteampunk.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1690225247910592/

Mix & mingle with other steampunk enthusiasts this Saturday in Poway. This event has no cover charge or strict programming – just show up whenever you like, preferably dressed for the occasion, and socialize.

Abnormal Beer Company’s One Year Anniversary
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 16
The Cork and Craft, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
http://abnormalbeer.co/
http://www.facebook.com/events/543207895841034/

Abnormal Beer Company launched to the public last year, and they have just turned a year old. To celebrate, they will have a party right where it started last year. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find special brews, bar bites, a live DJ, raffle prizes, a preview of the brewery expansion, and more.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 16
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.hbharley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/166837517035750/

Got a Harley that needs a wash? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday and let some bikini girls wash it for you. Bring cash to pay for the wash, plus some extra cash for tip.

Star Wars: May The Furs Be With You
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 16
Dogtopia Doggy Day Care, Anaheim
http://www.barksoflove.org/events.html

A doggy fundraiser comes to Anaheim Hills this Saturday afternoon. This event will have two life size, fully functional R2-D2 droids, plus volunteers from the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion in costume. Attendees can take lots of photos, participate in costume contests, purchase raffle tickets, and more. Admission costs $10 for adults or $5 for children.

11th Annual Vintage Fashion Show and Tea
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 16
Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles
http://heritagesquare.org/events/calendar/11th-annual-vintage-fashion-show-and-tea

See beautiful costumes and vintage gowns this Saturday in Los Angeles. Following the fashion show, visitors can participate in an afternoon tea buffet, check out the museum, browse the fashion vendors, and more. Presale tickets cost $30 for adults or $15 for children.

4th Annual Riverside Tamale Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 16
White Park, Riverside
http://riversidetamalefestival.weebly.com/

Enjoy Hispanic food and culture this Saturday afternoon in Riverside. Admission costs only $5, but all guests must pay for tamales at cost, so bring cash for that.

Santa Barbara Earth Day 2016
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 16-17
Alameda Park, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbearthday.org/

Free to attend for all ages, Santa Barbara will host an Earth Day fair this weekend. Guests will find lots of activities, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food & drinks, and more.

2nd Annual L.A. Local Craft Beer & Artisan Food Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 16
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/events/los-angeles-craft-beer-food-fest/

Check out the best of local food and beer at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon at Alpine Village in Torrance. Admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and provides access to unlimited food and beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

16th Annual Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 16
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/events/taste-of-hillcrest-2016/

Savor the flavors of all the amazing eateries in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Over 40 restaurants will offer delicious samples to guests, while a handful of local breweries will provide beer tasters for guests. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event. Admission includes 50 taster tickets, and each location accepts different amounts of tickets. Guests can move at their own pace, and select which locations to spend their tickets at.

2016 California Wine Festival – Dana Point
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 16
Lantern Bay Park, Dana Point
http://www.californiawinefestival.com/ticketsbuytickets/orange-county-wine-festival/

Enjoy food and wine at this wine tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. General admission costs $69 and starts at 1pm, early admission costs $89 and starts at 12pm, and VIP admission costs $109, starts at 12pm, and includes a few extra VIP perks.

Monrovia Station Beer & Music Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 16
Metro Gold Line Monrovia Station, Monrovia
http://beerfests.com/events/monrovia-station-beer-music-fest/

To celebrate the opening of Station Square Park & Metro Gold Line, Monrovia will have a beer and music festival there this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. Admission at the gate costs $65, if any tickets remain. All attendees receive fifteen 6oz beer tasters, plus access to local food vendors and the live music stage. No one under 21 may attend.

Mikkeller Brewing San Diego Grand Opening
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 16
Mikkeller Brewing, Miramar, San Diego
http://mikkeller.dk/location/mikkeller-brewing-san-diego/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1523339264629334/

Guess who took over the old AleSmith location? Mikkeller has touched down in Southern California, and they will open their doors to the public this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend, guests will find plenty of booze, live music, mobile food vendors, and more.

Cosmo 7K – All Ladies Run/Walk
3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 16
Fairplex, Pomona
http://energyevents.com/cosmo7k-pomona

Only women can participate in this 7k fun run this Saturday! All participants receive complimentary snacks, a t-shirt, a souvenir martini glass, a goodie bag, and more.

OC Roller Girls: I Love Block And Roll
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 16
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

Implants: Live in Laguna Niguel
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 16
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/215459385462267/

Check out some great local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. Tickets to this show cost $7 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Guttermouth: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 16
Bar 1650, Corona
http://xxx-guttermouth-xxx.com/
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1131369

Everyone’s favorite offensive punk band Guttermouth will headline a small show in Corona this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

30th Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 17
Main Street, Downtown Fallbrook
http://www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/avocado-festival.html

This annual local treat returns to Fallbrook this Sunday to celebrate the legacy of the California avocado. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find hundreds of vendors booths, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food & drinks, activities, and more.

27th Annual San Diego Earth Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 17
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://earthdayweb.org/

This FREE and all-ages Earth Day celebration takes place this Sunday at Balboa Park in San Diego. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with art galleries, “green” food, arts & crafts, vendors, a parade, and more.

Pinup Parade in the Park
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 17
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/692802034195626/

Pinup Girl Clothing will host their semiannual pinup model meetup this Sunday at Disneyland. In addition to plenty of photo opportunities, expect to find goodie bags, trivia, contests, and more.

Local Brews & Local Grooves
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 17
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09005047F4D81503

Sample beers from over a dozen breweries while enjoying the sounds of local musicians at this semiannual food & beer event this Sunday afternoon at House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Admission costs $12, while the tasting wristband costs an additional $15 and come with five taste tickets, good towards food or beer.

San Diego Steampunk March Meeetup
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, March 28
Fuddruckers, Mira Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sdsteampunk.com/

Mix and mingle with other steampunk enthusiasts tonight in Mira Mesa.

Avery Brewing Night @ Far Bar
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 29
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1723947904486830/

Little Tokyo’s Far Bar will have a bunch of Avery Brewing beers on tap this Tuesday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

Epic Brewing Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 30
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/190006874713410/

Epic Brewing will take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood this Wednesday evening. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a few cold ones.

2nd Annual SOCO Uncorked
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 31
South Coast Collection, Costa Mesa
http://southcoastcollection.com/soco-uncorked/

Enjoy small bites, wine sips, and live music this Thursday evening at the SOCO Mix Mart in Costa Mesa. General admission costs $75 presale or $95 at the door, and starts at 6pm. VIP admission costs $100, and starts at 5pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

Ragnar Relay So Cal 2016
5:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 1-2
Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.runragnar.com/event-detail/relay/southerncalifornia

Take part in an epic overnight relay race that stretches from Orange County down to San Diego this weekend starting Friday morning. Grab a team, grab supplies, and make the trek from point A to point B, finally finishing at Crown Point in Pacific Beach.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 1
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).

4th Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, April 1
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 2
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.vindiego.com/

VinDiego returns this year, bigger and better! On Friday, select small tastings and seminars will take place to allow guests to taste and learn about different wines. On Saturday afternoon at Liberty Station, enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $105 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $135 and allows entry at 3pm.

Hardcore Punk Night @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 1
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/243003

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk night this Friday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 1
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1133197-secret-affair-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.

2016 Formula E Long Beach ePrix
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 2
Long Beach Grand Prix Track, Long Beach
http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/calendar/2016-long-beach.aspx

Check out the world’s first fully-electric racing series this Saturday on the same track as the Long Beach Grand Prix. This Saturday will represent round six of the year-long racing tournament. General admission costs $30 for adults or $20 for children and seniors.

BeerFit San Diego 2016
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 2
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://runbeerfit.com/event/san-diego/

Run a 5k while drinking beer. If you think you can handle this, registration starts at $50.

21st Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 2
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/faire/

Check out over 90 vendors selling collectibles, jewelry, art, furniture, glassware, and more at this street fair this Saturday. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find many rare merchandise from local businesses and home vendors. Guests can dine at any of the local establishments, which will remain open under their normal business hours. Guests can park for free on the street in adjacent neighborhoods.

24th Annual Riverside Airshow
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 2
Riverside Airport, Riverside
http://www.riversideairshow.com/

See all things aviation at this FREE and all-ages air show at the Riverside Airport this Saturday.

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 2-3
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://itsacurrentaffair.com/

Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $12 and starts at 12pm, while early entry for 10am costs $20.

6th Annual Brew With A View
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 2
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.pbbeer.com/

Watch the Riverside Airshow from Packinghouse Brewing this Saturday, free of charge. They will have mobile food vendors, live music, and of course, lots of beer.

Long Beachland
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 2
Art Theatre Long Beach, Retro Row, Long Beach
http://www.arttheatrelongbeach.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1671099253179679/

Enjoy a local comedy slide show this Saturday in Long Beach. Admission costs $29.

5th Annual Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 2
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://santaanitabbq.com/

Enjoy some traditional BBQ meats this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Admission to this all-ages food fest costs $5 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.

Spring 2016 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 2-3
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

San Diego Craft Beer Relay
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 2
Bates Nut Farm, Valley Center
http://www.craftbeerrelay.com/

Basically, a four-person relay team takes on a 5k obstacle course while sampling craft beer along the way. If you think you have a group that can handle this, registration costs $289 per team.

2016 San Diego Uncorked Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 2
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/san-diego-wine-festival/

Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $55 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

Meet The Brewer: Good Beer Company
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 2
Stateside Crafts, Long Beach
http://www.statesidecrafts.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1779973905558798/

This Saturday in Long Beach, meet the brewers from Good Beer Company, and try a flight of their beers as well for $7.

King Harbor Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 2
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://kingharborbrewing.com/event/2nd-anniversary/

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room. General admission costs $30 and comes with a souvenir glass, unlimited beer pours, and access to the dessert bar. VIP admission costs $40, and also includes a bottle of their anniversary brew.

2016 World Pillow Fight Day
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 2
Worldwide
http://pillowfightday.com/

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 2nd, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. At the time, nobody has announced any Southern Californian events. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.

Night Nation Run – Orange County
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 2
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.nightnationrun.com/orange-county-2016/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 3
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
http://www.bowers.org/index.php/education-programs/family-programs/event/161-japanese-cherry-blossom-festival

Celebrate this traditional cultural springtime festival this Sunday afternoon in Santa Ana. With just the price of admission into the museum, visitors get access to arts & crafts, live entertainment, cultural food & drinks, and more.

5th Annual Chocolate Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 3
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/chocolate-festival/

This Sunday, guests of all ages can enjoy plenty of chocolate to eat, demos, arts & crafts, and more. Museum admission includes access to the chocolate area, which costs $17 for adults, with discounts applicable to seniors, military, and children.

Montrose Brew Fest 2016
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 3
Benitoite, Montrose, Glendale
http://www.montrosebrewfest.org/

A beer and food tasting event comes to Glendale this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Coronado Brewing Can Launch Pool Party
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 3
Lafayette Hotel Swim Club & Bungalows, North Park, San Diego
http://coronadobrewing.com/cans

Coronado Brewing will start distributing their canned beverages, and to celebrate this start, they will have a free pool party this Sunday in North Park. Guests can enjoy the live music, take a dip in the pool, enjoy some cold ones, and savor some local food. While this event costs nothing to get into, guests should bring cash to buy food and drinks.

Masters Of Taste 2016
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 3
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
http://mastersoftastela.com/

Sample food and drinks from some of Los Angeles County’s top chefs and experts this Sunday afternoon in Pasadena. General admission costs $125, starts at 4pm, and provides unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $225, starts at 3pm, and also includes access to a VIP area.

The 41st Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach returns this week to grace Downtown Long Beach with all of its festivities and tourist attractions. As Long Beach’s largest annual event, the grand prix attracts tens of thousands of race fans from across the globe to spectate the races and immerse in Southern California culture. Like any large outdoor event, attendees should take extra precaution to endure the weather conditions, which in the case of the grand prix usually consists of adequate hydration and sunscreen application. Regular attendees know to stick to the normal game plan, as the layout of the grand prix remains consistent every year. However, those attending for the first time may feel overwhelmed by all the path closures, stairs, ramps, and temporary paths. Even the map provided by the grand prix explains little without a veteran explaining the map. Read on for further clarity on how to navigate the grand prix, as the layout will likely remain the same next year.

Five public entrances exist for the grand prix. The main entrance lies directly in front of the performing arts center, where Long Beach Blvd ends. Guests without tickets can purchase tickets here or pick up tickets from will call.

Entering via the main entrance places guests on a platform directly above the back straightaway of the race track.

Moving further towards the front of the track, guests will find all of the main activities that guests can participate in. These include the celebrity car paddock, hospitality village, go kart track, indy car paddock, and one of the entrances to the lifestyle expo, an expo for all things automobiles.

Leaving the lifestyle expo going east, guests will discover the hospitality village, filled with more active lifestyle vendors, plus the location of the Formula Drift competition area. Crossing over the track at this point places guests at the Exotic Car Paddock, where guests can exhibit and take pictures with rare and/or expensive cars.

From the hospitality village area, moving towards the starting line will have guests face two bridges, one of which will take guests over to the Marina Green side, which we will cover in just a bit. A second bridge running parallel to the track going west serves as a shortcut for reaching Turns 6 & 7.

Slightly west of the main entrance lies another entrance to the grand prix, in case the main entrance starts to overflow. Unlike the main entrance, this straightforward entrance serves as a direct path from Marina Green to the Ocean Blvd exit. This entrance places guests directly above Turn 8 of the race track, a common spot for racers to wipe. From this area, guests can reach the main entrance area by traveling into the convention center’s west entrance and navigating through the lifestyle expo.

Moving further inward from this entrance, guests will discover one of the main general admission viewing areas – a bridge going over Shoreline Drive. From this vista, guests receive a vantage point over Turns 6 & 7, as well as the straightaway following the starting line. Guests can also spot two of the ramps used in the Super Truck demonstration. In order to reach the viewing area for Turn 6 from here, guests must take the stairs going down from the convention center’s west entrance, walk south, then take the temporary bridge going towards The Pike.

Reaching the end of the bridge will place guests at a split – go west towards The Pike, or go east towards Shoreline Village and the starting line. For the duration of the grand prix, all businesses at The Pike and Shoreline Village will remain open for business, so guests can opt to eat and/or drink there instead of at vendors.

All entrances will eventually converge at Marina Green, which faces the starting line. From the main entrance, taking the main path places you here. From the second entrance, moving east at the split at the end of the first bridge places you at Marina Green after moving past Shoreline Village. Once at Marina Green, guests will find behind the grandstands a lengthy row of food & drink vendors. Also behind the grandstands, guests can find the food truck village.

Marina Green stretches far along the race track, which consists of half of the straightaway where the starting line lies. This creates plenty of space for spectators to approach the fence for either a closer look or to take pictures. Two additional public entrances exist for guests to take here at Marina Green, although I have never personally taken either entrance. Guests may enter at the far east end, or for those that purchased a Marina parking pass, they may enter directly from the parking lot.

If guests move west towards The Pike, they will discover more restaurants and more viewing areas, especially near Turn 1. To get to the other side by Turn 6 from here, guests must travel west towards the aquarium, take the temporary bridge, climb up more stairs (great view of Turn 2 here), cross the bridge going over Shoreline Drive (can view Turn 5 from here), then take the only stairs down. The last public entrance lies here at The Pike.

For any major race during the weekend, you will want to end up at Turn 6 sooner or later. This turn certainly stirs up the most buzz among race fans. Many wipes occur on this turn due to racers attempting to pass right here. The tight turn also means a racer could accidentally run into the girder. Race fans receive a convenient view of a monitor showing the race live as well as real-time results, and plenty of speakers allows guests to hear the commentators between racers passing by. Lastly, winners will usually performs donuts at this turn following the race.

Hopefully this guide helps you better understand the layout of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. This layout has remained the same for at least the past four years because it works. Navigating this course without a plan can leave many tourists lost and confused, and they end up wasting a lot of time trying to figure out how to reach a certain point. Some tourists may get frustrated and not return due to the complexity of getting around the area. But once you attend and build a visual map for yourself, you will discover that all the paths and bridges make sense. For this year’s grand prix, I suggest obtaining a free ticket to the grand prix on Friday – every year, countless promotions exist allowing guests free entry on the Friday of grand prix weekend. Do not miss this opportunity, as this will determine if you will enjoy the races or not as a first-time visitor.

The Factory Gastrobar’s Grilled Cheese Week
April 13-19
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1570393353209281/

The Factory crafts some amazing artisan grilled cheese sandwiches, and for the next seven days, they will sling a different variation of grilled cheese each day. If you love grilled cheeses as much as I do, you ought to visit The Factory everyday this week.

Free Sprinkles Day: 10 Year Anniversary
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 13
Sprinkles Cupcakes, Nationwide
http://www.facebook.com/events/1588763341371569/

Visit any participating Sprinkles Cupcakes today to receive one FREE cupcake!

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 14
Ben & Jerry’s, Worldwide
http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday at any participating Ben & Jerry’s store.

Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 15
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 16
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 17-18
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 19
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.starwarscelebration.com/

Star Wars fans rejoice! This weekend, a massive Star Wars expo comes to Southern California at the Anaheim Convention Center. Find all things Star Wars here, such as collectibles, merchandise, apparel, art, literature, special guests, screenings, seminars, and more. Admission varies in price, with single-day admission ranging from $60 to $75, children costing $35, and a weekend pass for $140.

Lagunitas Tap Takeover
4:20 pm – 10:00 pm, April 16
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/806278599455499/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will have a Lagunitas tap takeover this Thursday night. No admission required – simply show up and order as you go.

22nd Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, April 16
Share Our Selves, Costa Mesa
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

25 of Orange County’s finest chefs will gather to prepare their most unusual and unique taco. Come witness history in the making, as chefs strive to reinvent the wheel by crafting the new generation of tacos. VIP hour starts at 4:30pm and costs $150, while general admission starts at 5:30pm and costs $80.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 16
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Tecate-Thunder-Thursday?id=64693

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.

Richie Ramone – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 16
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1822015921356349/

Come enjoy all your favorite Ramones hits this Thursday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

41st Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 17-18
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 19
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.gplb.com/

Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.

RVCA Warehouse Sale
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 17-19
RVCA Warehouse, Irvine
http://rvca.eventbrite.com/
http://www.rvca.com/b/post/warehouse-sale

If you like RVCA, check out their warehouse sale this weekend. Not only do you get to visit their warehouse, but you can score some great deals on apparel, accessories, and more. Guests can enter for free after waiting in an absurdly long line. No one under 13 may enter.

SoCal Etsy Guild Handmade Pop-Up Shop at Arts District Co-Op 1 Year Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 17/19
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 18
Arts District Co-op, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/arts-district-co-op-1-year-anniversary-celebration-tickets-16406755046

Free to attend for all ages, the SoCal Etsy Guild will celebrate their first year anniversary this weekend with food trucks, art, vendors, live music, a full bar, and more.

Mission Brewery Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 17
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/913327552018940/

Enjoy some brews from Mission Brewery as they take over the taps at Alpine Village this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up and order as you go.

Punk Show in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 17
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/341360836059291/

Get your punk rock on this Friday night in Baldwin Park at this local all-ages show. The cover for this show costs $5, or enter for free if arriving before 7:30pm.

Raskahuele @ The Constellation Room
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 17
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/-raskahuele

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Friday night in the Constellation Room at The Observatory this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

Chicks That Rock
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 17
Jimmy’s Place, Burbank
http://www.facebook.com/events/624590280974487/

Rock out at this local rock show this Friday night in Burbank. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

1st Annual Guns ‘N Hoses Competition
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 18
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimpa.com/about/guns-n-hoses

Come watch firefighters, police, and civilians compete in a charity fitness competition this Saturday at the Farmers Park in Anaheim, free to attend. In addition to the competition, visitors can take photos with SWAT and vintage firefighting vehicles, watch a K9 demo, enjoy a performance by the OC Law Girls, watch a police vs. firefighter tug-o-war, browse vendors, enter a 50/50 raffle, and more. Guests over 21 can also enjoy a beer garden starting at 11am. Have lunch at the nearby Umami Burger any time on Saturday, and they will donate 10% of the proceeds to the competition’s charity.

24th Annual Poppy Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 18-19
Lancaster City Park, Lancaster
http://www.poppyfestival.com/

Bring out the family to this all-ages family-fun festival this weekend in Lancaster. This festival will have plenty of activities for everyone to get involved with, along with food, drinks, multiple vendors, music, dance, art, games, rides, and more. Admission for regular adults costs $8, while children, seniors, and military can enter for $5.

20th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 18-19
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Immerse yourself in a world of literature this weekend on the USC campus, completely free to attend. In addition to finding thousands of books here, visitors can expect live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment, artists creating their work on-site, a photography exhibit, film screenings, discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics, and so much more.

3rd Annual Riverside Tamale Festival
11:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 18
White Park, Riverside
http://riversidetamalefestival.weebly.com/

Enjoy Hispanic food and culture this Saturday afternoon in Riverside. Admission costs only $1, but all guests must pay for tamales at cost, so bring cash for that.

L.A. Local Craft Beer & Artisan Food Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 18
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/events/los-angeles-craft-beer-food-fest/

Check out the best of local food and beer at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon at Alpine Village in Torrance. Admission costs $40 and provides access to unlimited food and beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

15th Annual Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 18
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/events/taste-of-hillcrest-2013/

Savor the flavors of all the amazing eateries in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Over 40 restaurants will offer delicious samples to guests, while a handful of local breweries will provide beer tasters for guests. Admission costs $30 presale and $35 on the day of the event. Admission includes 50 taster tickets, and each location accepts different amounts of tickets. Guests can move at their own pace, and select which locations to spend their tickets at.

2015 California Wine Festival – Dana Point
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 18
Lantern Bay Park, Dana Point
http://www.californiawinefestival.com/

Enjoy food and wine at this wine tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. General admission costs $59 and starts at 1pm, early admission costs $79 and starts at 12pm, and VIP admission costs $99, starts at 12pm, and includes a few extra VIP perks.

Santa Monica Ukulele Festival
12:00 pm – 8:30 pm, April 18
Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica
http://www.santamonicaukulelefestival.com/

Enjoy ukulele music, check out ukulele products, and/or bring your own ukulele to share music at this music gathering in Santa Monica this Saturday. Admission costs $5, and parking costs $5.

5th Annual Brokechella
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 18
cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://brokechella.com/

Cannot afford to dump money on Coachella? Check out Brokechella, a miniature version of the money-guzzling concert, this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Expose yourself to the variety of local art and music at this intimate experience, and keep your wallet happy too. Admission to this event costs $20 presale or $25 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Cosmo 7K – All Ladies Run/Walk
3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 18
Fairplex, Pomona
http://energyevents.com/cosmo7k-la

Only women can participate in this 7k fun run this Saturday! All participants receive complimentary snacks, a t-shirt, a souvenir martini glass, a goodie bag, and more.

OC Roller Girls – Roller Derby Rodeo
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 18
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

1st Annual A Taste of Downtown
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 18
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/gala/

Enjoy food, drinks, music, art, and more in Downtown LA this Saturday evening. General admission costs $45 presale or $65 at the door, while VIP admission costs $75 presale or $95 at the door – VIP admission gains priority entry and seating.

Night Nation Run – San Diego
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 18
Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista
http://www.nightnationrun.com/san-diego-2015/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

Buck-O-Nine – Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, April 18, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5232
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/387635884729937/

Buck-O-Nine will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Each show has a different price and age limit, so click on the show’s link for more information.

Los Angeles Cocktail Classic
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 18
Park Plaza, Los Angeles
http://drinkeatplay.com/cocktailclassic/

Basically, rich people drinking with hundreds of other rich people. Admission costs $75 and includes all drinks while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so have cash available for that. No one under 21 may enter. Dress code strictly enforced.

Grand Pacific Steam’s Steampunk Swapmeet
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 19
San Diego Lapidary Society, Linda Vista, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1415773082058104/

Steampunk fans will not want to miss this all-ages flea market for all things steampunk. Free to attend, visitors will find all sorts of vendors selling music, apparel, accessories, art, and more.

26th Annual San Diego Earth Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 19
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://earthdayweb.org/

This FREE and all-ages Earth Day celebration takes place this Sunday at Balboa Park in San Diego. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with art galleries, “green” food, arts & crafts, vendors, a parade, and more.

2015 Los Angeles Avocado Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 19
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious avocado eats 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.

25th Annual Multi-Cultural Earth Day
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 19
WorldBeat Center, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1592835090952858/

At this free and all-ages event, find live music, dance, arts & crafts, vegetarian food, and more.

Taco Madness 2015
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 19
Villains Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles
http://tacomadness.brownpapertickets.com/

A bunch of taco businesses from across LA County will gather here this Saturday for an afternoon of slinging tacos. Admission costs $10 but does not include anything but entry – guests should bring plenty of cash to purchase tacos once inside.

Jonah Raydio, Brendon Small, and The Manx @ Grill ‘Em All
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 19
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/860972927279783/

Brendon Small of Metalocalypse fame will visit Grill ‘Em All this Sunday night, which will accompany a performance by The Manx. No admission required, but the restaurant has limited space, so arrive early to secure your spot!

The 40th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach returns this week to grace Downtown Long Beach with all of its festivities and tourist attractions. As Long Beach’s largest annual event, the grand prix attracts tens of thousands of race fans from across the globe to spectate the races and immerse in Southern California culture. Like any large outdoor event, attendees should take extra precaution to endure the weather conditions, which in the case of the grand prix usually consists of adequate hydration and sunscreen application. Regular attendees know to stick to the normal game plan, as the layout of the grand prix remains consistent every year. However, those attending for the first time may feel overwhelmed by all the path closures, stairs, ramps, and temporary paths. Even the map provided by the grand prix explains little without a veteran explaining the map. Read on for further clarity on how to navigate the grand prix, as the layout will likely remain the same next year.

Five public entrances exist for the grand prix. The main entrance lies directly in front of the performing arts center, where Long Beach Blvd ends. Guests without tickets can purchase tickets here or pick up tickets from will call.

Entering via the main entrance places guests on a platform directly above the back straightaway of the race track.

Moving further towards the front of the track, guests will find all of the main activities that guests can participate in. These include the celebrity car paddock, hospitality village, go kart track, indy car paddock, and one of the entrances to the lifestyle expo, an expo for all things automobiles.

Leaving the lifestyle expo going east, guests will discover the hospitality village, filled with more active lifestyle vendors, plus the location of the Formula Drift competition area. Crossing over the track at this point places guests at the Exotic Car Paddock, where guests can exhibit and take pictures with rare and/or expensive cars.

From the hospitality village area, moving towards the starting line will have guests face two bridges, one of which will take guests over to the Marina Green side, which we will cover in just a bit. A second bridge running parallel to the track going west serves as a shortcut for reaching Turns 6 & 7.

Slightly west of the main entrance lies another entrance to the grand prix, in case the main entrance starts to overflow. Unlike the main entrance, this straightforward entrance serves as a direct path from Marina Green to the Ocean Blvd exit. This entrance places guests directly above Turn 8 of the race track, a common spot for racers to wipe. From this area, guests can reach the main entrance area by traveling into the convention center’s west entrance and navigating through the lifestyle expo.

Moving further inward from this entrance, guests will discover one of the main general admission viewing areas – a bridge going over Shoreline Drive. From this vista, guests receive a vantage point over Turns 6 & 7, as well as the straightaway following the starting line. Guests can also spot two of the ramps used in the Super Truck demonstration. In order to reach the viewing area for Turn 6 from here, guests must take the stairs going down from the convention center’s west entrance, walk south, then take the temporary bridge going towards The Pike.

Reaching the end of the bridge will place guests at a split – go west towards The Pike, or go east towards Shoreline Village and the starting line. For the duration of the grand prix, all businesses at The Pike and Shoreline Village will remain open for business, so guests can opt to eat and/or drink there instead of at vendors.

All entrances will eventually converge at Marina Green, which faces the starting line. From the main entrance, taking the main path places you here. From the second entrance, moving east at the split at the end of the first bridge places you at Marina Green after moving past Shoreline Village. Once at Marina Green, guests will find behind the grandstands a lengthy row of food & drink vendors. Also behind the grandstands, guests can find the food truck village.

Marina Green stretches far along the race track, which consists of half of the straightaway where the starting line lies. This creates plenty of space for spectators to approach the fence for either a closer look or to take pictures. Two additional public entrances exist for guests to take here at Marina Green, although I have never personally taken either entrance. Guests may enter at the far east end, or for those that purchased a Marina parking pass, they may enter directly from the parking lot.

If guests move west towards The Pike, they will discover more restaurants and more viewing areas, especially near Turn 1. To get to the other side by Turn 6 from here, guests must travel west towards the aquarium, take the temporary bridge, climb up more stairs (great view of Turn 2 here), cross the bridge going over Shoreline Drive (can view Turn 5 from here), then take the only stairs down. The last public entrance lies here at The Pike.

For any major race during the weekend, you will want to end up at Turn 6 sooner or later. This turn certainly stirs up the most buzz among race fans. Many wipes occur on this turn due to racers attempting to pass right here. The tight turn also means a racer could accidentally run into the girder. Race fans receive a convenient view of a monitor showing the race live as well as real-time results, and plenty of speakers allows guests to hear the commentators between racers passing by. Lastly, winners will usually performs donuts at this turn following the race.

Hopefully this guide helps you better understand the layout of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. This layout has remained the same for at least the past four years because it works. Navigating this course without a plan can leave many tourists lost and confused, and they end up wasting a lot of time trying to figure out how to reach a certain point. Some tourists may get frustrated and not return due to the complexity of getting around the area. But once you attend and build a visual map for yourself, you will discover that all the paths and bridges make sense. For this year’s grand prix, I suggest obtaining a free ticket to the grand prix on Friday – every year, countless promotions exist allowing guests free entry on the Friday of grand prix weekend. Do not miss this opportunity, as this will determine if you will enjoy the races or not as a first-time visitor.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 8
Ben & Jerry’s, Worldwide
http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

Get a FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday at any participating Ben & Jerry’s store.

Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 9
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.

21st Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, April 10
Share Our Selves, Costa Mesa
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

25 of Orange County’s finest chefs will gather to prepare their most unusual and unique taco. Come witness history in the making, as chefs strive to reinvent the wheel by crafting the new generation of tacos. VIP hour starts at 4:30pm and costs $150, while general admission starts at 5:30pm and costs $70.

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

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 10
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Tecate-Thunder-Thursday?id=64693

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.

40th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 11-12
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 13
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.gplb.com/

Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.

Santa Monica Global Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 11-13
3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica
http://www.global-festival.com/

Santa Monica will bustle with activity this weekend at this free and all-ages festival that celebrates the cultures of the world. Catch live entertainment all weekend, plus lots of worldly foods to try and vendors to shop from.

2013 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 11
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 12
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 13
La Habra Chamber of Commerce, La Habra
http://www.citrusfair.com/

This little city fair takes place all weekend starting Thursday evening. Open to all ages, guests can experience rides, games, food, merchandise, stage shows, and more. The fair requires no admission, though any sort of participation will require a cost.

The Virus, Evacuate, The Bad Engrish, and More – On Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 11, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-virus
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 12, Los Globos, Silverlake http://thevirus.brownpapertickets.com/

Catch original punk rock bands The Virus, Evacuate, The Bad Engrish, and more this weekend in Southern California. This Friday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana, tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. The venue has a limited parking lot, so arrive early to park for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10. This Saturday night at Los Globos in Silverlake, tickets to this all-ages show cost $13. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

Special Class of 99 Reunion Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 pm, April 11
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1379875255620201/

Relive the best of 90’s punk rock at this show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may attend.

The LAST Grilled Cheese Invitational
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 12
Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://grilledcheeseinvitational.com/

You heard right – the Grilled Cheese Invitational will occur this weekend for the last time ever. Entry to this event costs $15, which allows you to watch people eat, drink, yell, cook, and more. Regular guests must still pay for grilled cheeses.

Punk Night @ Friar Tucks
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 12
Friar Tucks, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/596250813791083/

Catch a FREE show at Friar Tucks this Saturday night in Pomona. No one under 21 may enter.

Yeastie Boys @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 12
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/505069746270273/

Get crazy this Saturday night at The World Famous Doll Hut with the Yeastie Boys and more. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Shattered Faith @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, April 12
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/168890

Long Beach gets its punk rock night this weekend, as Alex’s Bar hosts Shattered Faith and more. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue, or up Orizaba Ave.

2014 Los Angeles Avocado Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 13
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious avocado eats 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.

2014 College Area Taste
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 13
College Area Business District, San Diego
http://www.collegeareabid.com/

Over 25 local restaurants will participate in this afternoon food fest in the College Area Business District near San Diego State. Presale tickets cost $25, while tickets at the gate will cost $30, and will cover all the samples that guests will receive.

Long Beach Restaurant Week
March 30 – April 5
Participating locations, Long Beach
http://www.eatlbc.com/

Long Beach finally gets their own restaurant week to celebrate the entire city, after decades of “Tastes” of just communities within Long Beach. Participating locations throughout Long Beach during this week will provide lunch and dinner specials, so refer to the website for a full list of locations and their specials.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 2
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/732408876798896/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 3
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/taste-leucadia/

Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $10, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.

MONKEY @ Dipiazzas
7:00 pm – 12:30 am, April 3
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/743017295728991/

Enjoy an all-ages ska show featuring local bands this Thursday night at Dipiazzas in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost only $5. Guests can find plenty of free parking around the area.

Dead Anthem Records Hardcore Punk Night
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, April 3
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/532822710166703/

Hardcore punk takes over The Airliner northeast of Los Angeles this Thursday night. Get into this show for only $3. No one under 18 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

2014 Formula Drift
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 4
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 5
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://formulad.com/schedule/pro-championship/long-beach.php

Taking place a week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Formula Drift competition utilizes the sharpest turns of the track to put on a show that everyone can enjoy. Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event costs $40 plus fees up to $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so plan to carpool, take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood to the east to alleviate that parking fee.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 4
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).

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/166505

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.

The Co-Dependents @ The Juke Joint
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, April 4
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/639456126123528/

Catch Orange County legends The Co-Dependents as they headline a FREE show this Friday night at The Juke Joint in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Hangar 24 Palmero Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, April 5
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/732303080147883/

Hangar 24 Brewery will release Palmero, the next of their yearly seasonal brews, this weekend. To celebrate, the tasting room will have Palmero available for pints, flights, and growler fills starting this Saturday. In addition, guests can enjoy live local music all day, and munch on some tacos later on.

2nd Annual Slater’s 50/50 Backyard Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 5
Slater’s 50/50, Lake Forest
http://slaters5050.com/backyard-brewfest/

Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited beer pours from over 25 local breweries and free samples of Slater’s 50/50’s epic eats. Tickets to this 21 & up only event cost $30, while designated driver tickets (food only) cost $10. Admission includes free parking, and typically little to no traffic thanks to this area’s geography.

2014 World Pillow Fight Day
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 5
Worldwide
http://2014.pillowfightday.com/

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 6th, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. At the time, nobody has announced any Southern Californian events. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.

2nd Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, April 4
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 5
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.vindiego.com/

VinDiego returns this year, bigger and better! On Friday, select small tastings and seminars will take place to allow guests to taste and learn about different wines. On Saturday afternoon at Liberty Station, enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $95 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $115 and allows entry at 3pm.

Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 5
Westfield UTC, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/uncasked-a-neighborhood-craft-beer-fest-tickets-10827737053

Sample local brews and taste delightful bites from local restaurants at this small beer fest this Saturday evening at the Westfield shopping center. For $20 presale or $25 at the door, guests will receive a souvenir glass, gift bag, beer guide, Westfield coupon book, and ten beer tickets. Attendees also may receive unlimited food samples from the resident restaurants within the festival.

Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 5
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/584206

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Saturday evening. For $30 presale or $35 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

Rodents of Unusual Size 10-Year Anniversary Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 5
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/226545214199258/

Get your weekly fill of punk rock at the Doll Hut this Saturday night with some fun local bands. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Psychobilly Night @ O’Hearn’s in Lomita
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 5
O’Hearn’s Pub, Lomita
http://www.facebook.com/events/592948677467676/

Catch some local psychobilly bands this Saturday night in the South Bay. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, April 5
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/164104

Punk rock icon Jello Biafra will headline a show with his band this Saturday night at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking.

8th Annual Cambodian New Year Parade
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 6
Anaheim St, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/

Catch a free public parade this Sunday morning in Cambodia Town in Long Beach that celebrates the Cambodian New Year. Arrive early to find adequate parking.

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 6
Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Wilshire Blvd from Downtown LA to Miracle Mile will close to bikers this Sunday. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Mustard Plug, Left Alone, and More @ Dipiazzas
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 6
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.dipiazzas.com/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=2062&year=2014&month=4&day=6&Itemid=26

Ska-punk icons Mustard Plug and Left Alone will headline this packed show this Sunday night at Dipiazzas in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $8 presale and $10 at the door.

The 39th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach wrapped up its weeks of festivities this past weekend in Downtown Long Beach. As Long Beach’s largest annual event, the grand prix attracts tens of thousands of race fans from across the globe to spectate the races and immerse in Southern California culture. Like any large outdoor event, attendees should take extra precaution to endure the weather conditions, which in the case of the grand prix usually consists of adequate hydration and sunscreen application. Regular attendees know to stick to the normal game plan, as the layout of the grand prix remains consistent every year. However, those attending for the first time may feel overwhelmed by all the path closures, stairs, ramps, and temporary paths. Even the map provided by the grand prix explains little without a veteran explaining the map. Read on for further clarity on how to navigate the grand prix, as the layout will likely remain the same next year.

Five public entrances exist for the grand prix. The main entrance lies directly in front of the performing arts center, where Long Beach Blvd ends. Guests without tickets can purchase tickets here or pick up tickets from will call.

Entering via the main entrance places guests on a platform directly above the back straightaway of the race track.

Moving further towards the front of the track, guests will find all of the main activities that guests can participate in. These include the celebrity car paddock, hospitality village, go kart track, indy car paddock, and one of the entrances to the lifestyle expo, an expo for all things automobiles.

Leaving the lifestyle expo going east, guests will discover the hospitality village, filled with more active lifestyle vendors, plus the location of the Formula Drift competition area. Crossing over the track at this point places guests at the Exotic Car Paddock, where guests can exhibit and take pictures with rare and/or expensive cars.

From the hospitality village area, moving towards the starting line will have guests face two bridges, one of which will take guests over to the Marina Green side, which we will cover in just a bit. A second bridge running parallel to the track going west serves as a shortcut for reaching Turns 6 & 7.

Slightly west of the main entrance lies another entrance to the grand prix, in case the main entrance starts to overflow. Unlike the main entrance, this straightforward entrance serves as a direct path from Marina Green to the Ocean Blvd exit. This entrance places guests directly above Turn 8 of the race track, a common spot for racers to wipe. From this area, guests can reach the main entrance area by traveling into the convention center’s west entrance and navigating through the lifestyle expo.

Moving further inward from this entrance, guests will discover one of the main general admission viewing areas – a bridge going over Shoreline Drive. From this vista, guests receive a vantage point over Turns 6 & 7, as well as the straightaway following the starting line. Guests could also spot two of the ramps used in the Super Truck demonstration that occurred Sunday late morning. In order to reach the viewing area for Turn 6 from here, guests must take the stairs going down from the convention center’s west entrance, walk south, then take the temporary bridge going towards The Pike.

Reaching the end of the bridge will place guests at a split – go west towards The Pike, or go east towards Shoreline Village and the starting line. For the duration of the grand prix, all businesses at The Pike and Shoreline Village remained open for business, so guests could opt to eat and/or drink there instead of at vendors.

All entrances will eventually converge at Marina Green, which faces the starting line. From the main entrance, taking the main path places you here. From the second entrance, moving east at the split at the end of the first bridge places you at Marina Green after moving past Shoreline Village. Once at Marina Green, guests will find behind the grandstands a lengthy row of food & drink vendors. Also behind the grandstands, guests can find the food truck village.

Marina Green stretches far along the race track, which consists of half of the straightaway where the starting line lies. This creates plenty of space for spectators to approach the fence for either a closer look or to take pictures. Two additional public entrances exist for guests to take here at Marina Green, although I have never personally taken either entrance. Guests may enter at the far east end, or for those that purchased a Marina parking pass, they may enter directly from the parking lot.

If guests move west towards The Pike, they will discover more restaurants and more viewing areas, especially near Turn 1. To get to the other side by Turn 6 from here, guests must travel west towards the aquarium, take the temporary bridge, climb up more stairs (great view of Turn 2 here), cross the bridge going over Shoreline Drive (can view Turn 5 from here), then take the only stairs down. The last public entrance lies here at The Pike.

For any major race during the weekend, you will want to end up at Turn 6 sooner or later. This turn certainly stirs up the most buzz among race fans. Many wipes occur on this turn due to racers attempting to pass right here. The tight turn also means a racer could accidentally run into the girder. Race fans receive a convenient view of a monitor showing the race live as well as real-time results, and plenty of speakers allows guests to hear the commentators between racers passing by. Lastly, winners will usually performs donuts at this turn following the race.

Hopefully this guide helped you better understand the layout of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. This layout has remained the same for at least the past four years because it works. Navigating this course without a plan can leave many tourists lost and confused, and they end up wasting a lot of time trying to figure out how to reach a certain point. Some tourists may get frustrated and not return due to the complexity of getting around the area. But once you attend and build a visual map for yourself, you will discover that all the paths and bridges make sense. For next year, I suggest obtaining a free ticket to the grand prix on a Friday – every year, countless promotions exist allowing guests free entry on the Friday of grand prix weekend. Do not miss this opportunity, as this will determine if you will enjoy the races or not as a first-time visitor.