Posts Tagged ‘Grilled Cheese’

2017 US Open of Surfing
July 29 – August 6
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

Monday Melt Down
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Grits, Fullerton
http://gritsfullerton.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1381759148568857/

A grilled cheese contest will take place in Downtown Fullerton tonight. They have not provided any information regarding admission fees or how much each thing will cost.

Old Spanish Days – Fiesta
August 2-6
Santa Barbara
http://www.sbfiesta.org/

A week of Latin cultural celebrations comes to Santa Barbara this week, and will include a plethora of events to check out, including a food & wine festival at the Santa Barbara Zoo on Thursday evening. Check the website for a full list of events, and each event’s cost and age limit.

Opposition Rising: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 2, Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 3, Tower Bar, City Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 4, Bar 1650, Corona
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 5, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/oppositionrising

A series of hardcore punk shows will take place in Southern California this week. The cover charges for these shows vary by the venue, so check with the location for details. No one under 21 may enter any show.

2017 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 3-4
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 6
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

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

IPA Day 2017
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 3
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1982772172007344/

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will release two new IPA’s this week. Stop on by their tasting room starting this Thursday to enjoy a cold one or two.

64th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 4
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-fishing.html

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

2017 Bon Odori
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, August 4
Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.niwa.org/jfg-events/obon-festival

San Diego gets an Obon Festival this Friday in Balboa Park. Admission costs $10, and gets you in to enjoy food, arts & crafts, entertainment, games, music, vendors, and more.

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

69th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 5
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 6
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://lahabracornfestival.com/

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

Brew at the Zoo 2017
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles
http://lazoo.org/brew/

This craft beer fest at the Los Angeles Zoo will allow you to drink while exhibiting the animals. Also expect to see comedians, DJs, bands, vendors, and more. General admission costs $65, starts at 7pm, and includes unlimited 5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals. VIP admission costs $125, starts at 6pm, and includes access to two VIP lounges. No one under 21 may attend.

Kirby’s Dream Band, Super MadNES, Extra Lives
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 4
California Institute of Abnormalarts, North Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/112490802715742/

Rock out to some video game inspired music this Friday night in North Hollywood. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

10th Annual Surf Guitar Convention & Festival
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 4
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 5-6
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://surfguitar101.com/convention/HOME.html

Come see lots of surf music bands perform at this benefit show. This all-ages event costs $20 to attend on Friday or Sunday, or $40 to attend on Saturday.

Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week
August 5-13
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dinelbc.com/

First came Eat LBC, then we had Dine Out Long Beach. Now we have Dine LBC, another Long Beach Restaurant Week. During this 9-day period, participating restaurants throughout Long Beach will have various food and drink specials. Some of these restaurants may require reservations, while others allow you to walk in and dine with the specials. Check the website for a list of participating restaurants.

28th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 5
South Clairemont Park, San Diego
http://www.clairemontfamilyday.com/

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

8th Annual Tour de Big Bear
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 5
Big Bear Lake Village, Big Bear Lake
http://tourdebigbear.com/

Go on a bike ride throughout Big Bear Lake this Saturday morning. Rides last between 25 to 100 miles. Many other activities will take place throughout Big Bear Lake on this day too – check the website to see the list of other things to do this weekend.

2017 ARP Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 5-6
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.scscracing.com/

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

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 5
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/

Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $16. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

6th Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 5
LA State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ovarianpsycos.com/

Participate in a communal bike ride starting in Los Angeles this Saturday morning. Mix and mingle with the various diverse women joining in on this bike ride.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Rancho Cucamonga Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 5
Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/846780582147307/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

5th Annual ScareLA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 5-6
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://scarela.com/

Welcome to Southern California’s premier Halloween convention. At this weekend event, get a glimpse at all things Halloween, preview this year’s top costumes, and get info on the world’s scariest haunted houses or mazes. Check out over a hundred Halloween vendors, makeup artists, scare demos, costume demos, and more. Visitors may also want to wear their costume to this expo to “practice” for Halloween! The price of admission varies based on the day of attendance, and any of the extras included with admission. General admission (no extra goodies) costs $35 on Saturday and $30 on Sunday. See the website for a full breakdown of prices.

5th Annual Avocado Fest
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 5-6
Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/event/avocado-fest/

Angel City Brewery brings back their Avocado Ale this week, and to celebrate, they will have multiple activities going on at their tasting room in Downtown Los Angeles., such as avocado-themed food trucks, live art, live music, vendors, games, brewery tours, and more. This event requires no admission – simply pay for beer and other products as you go.

5th Annual Maritime Museum of San Diego’s Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 5
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/craft-beer-festival/

A waterside beer festival comes to Downtown San Diego this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The So-Cal Hoedown
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.socalhoedown.com/

A concert will take over the streets of Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday, featuring four stages and three indoor venues. This event will also have a car show and pinup contest. General admission to this all-ages concert costs $30, while VIP admission costs $50 and includes an event poster and t-shirt.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 5-6
Glen Helen Amphitheater, San Bernardino
http://www.hardsummer.com/

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Tickets start at $109. No one under 18 may attend.

High & Mighty Festival
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 5-6
Village Green Park, Garden Grove
http://highandmightyfest.com/

An all-ages concert with some big names in rock and rap will take place in Garden Grove this weekend. Tickets start at $39.

Hollywood Beer & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 5
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.hollywood-beerfestival.com/

Get chocolate-wasted in Hollywood this Saturday afternoon complete with bros, hos, brews, queues, and more. General admission costs $35 and starts at 3pm. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 2pm, and has access to exclusive cocktails. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 5
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Angeleno, Burbank
http://downtownburbankcarclassic.com/

Car enthusiasts will want to make their way over to Downtown Burbank this Saturday afternoon for a day full of classic cars, customs, and more, free to attend for all ages.

Golden Park Summer Music & Movie Event
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
Golden Park, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=312&targetid=1

A free and all-ages music and movie night will take place in Downey this Saturday evening.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 5
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

5th Annual International Vegetarian & Vegan Food Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 5
Planet Rehab, San Dimas
http://www.planetrehab.org/

Sample vegetarian and vegan food from 30 different cuisines this Saturday evening in San Dimas. Admission costs $25 for adults or $10 for children, and provides unlimited food samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

15th Annual Plate By Plate
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
California Science Center, Los Angeles
http://platebyplate.org/la/

Check out some of Southern California’s top restauranteurs at this evening gala this Saturday in LA. General admission costs $150, starts at 7pm, and provides access to the main floor. VIP admission costs $250, starts at 6pm, and comes with multiple VIP perks.

The Dickies – Live in Corona
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 5
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/129121090975321/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

9th Annual OC Fair Fun Run 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 6
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocfair5k.com/

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

3rd Annual Yestercon
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
The Carson Center, Carson
http://www.yestercon.co/

Check out old toys, games, and other pop culture items at this all-ages retro event in Carson this Sunday. General admission costs $10 and starts at 10am, while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am. Visitors may park for free here.

August Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:30 pm, August 6
Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach.
http://www.la-bike.org/sunday_funday_aug_2017

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

19th Annual Taste of Ecuador Food Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 6
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
http://www.laeventsmarketing.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious Ecuadorian 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.

41st Annual Los Angeles Ratha Yatra
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 6
Venice Beach, Venice
http://festivalofchariots.com/

Some kind of religious parade and festival comes to Venice Beach this Sunday afternoon, free to attend for all ages. In addition to a parade, expect to find performers, entertainers, vendors, and more.

3rd Annual Long Beach Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://lbzinefest.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Long Beach gets their own Zine Fest this Sunday afternoon. This free and all-ages event will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

21st Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/lemon-festival/

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

11th Annual Charity Chili Cook Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 6
Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa
http://www.hitimewine.net/charity-chili-cook-off

Don your best cowboy/cowgirl outfit and mosey on over to Hi-Time Wine Cellars this Sunday for their annual chili cook-off. At this pinnacle of chili fests, guests will find live music, beer, wine, spirits, and more. Presale admission costs $10, while admission with ten raffle/drink tickets cost $20. Act quick, as this event sells out every year!

Game Day: Battle Royale
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 6
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego
http://gamercon.com/

Play fighting video games for free this Sunday afternoon in Downtown San Diego.

Cruise the Pike Classic Car Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 28
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://laydbackproductions.com/?page_id=4234

Come on down to The Pike this Sunday afternoon and enjoy art and cars on the grassy knoll! Spectators of all ages can attend for free. Anyone interested in showcasing their classic car in this show must register their vehicle for $15 prior to the event or $20 on the day of.

9th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 6
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com/

An all-ages seafood festival comes to Newport Beach this Sunday evening. Admission costs $60, and includes one full meal. VIP admission costs $150 and basically gives you all-you-can-eat food while supplies last.

Game of Thrones Trivia Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 18
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/new-events/2016/4/18/game-of-thrones-trivia

Put your Game of Thrones knowledge to the test this Monday night at the Bottle Logic Brewing tasting room in Anaheim. They will have two trivia sessions: 5pm and 7:30pm. Each session can accommodate up to 30 teams with a maximum of six people per team. Registration costs nothing, but they will not accept walk-ins.

San Diego Craft Beer Job Fair
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 19
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewersguild.org/calendar/11919-san-diego-craft-beer-job-fair

Looking for a job in the craft beer industry? Don your business outfit and bring a bunch of résumés to SILO in Makers Quarter in San Diego this Tuesday evening to meet dozens of employers in the industry at this FREE job fair.

5th Annual Taste of South Pasadena
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 19
Canoe House, South Pasadena
http://www.southpasadenarotary.org/

Sample the local flavor of South Pasadena this Tuesday evening. This tasting consists of two events: a wine tasting portion, and a restaurant crawl. The wine tasting costs $20 to attend and takes place at the Canoe House from 5pm to 7pm. The restaurant crawl takes place from 6pm to 9pm, and costs $35 for adults or $15 for those under 21, and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

The Big Cheese – Grilled Cheese Festival & Competition
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 19
Provisions Market, Orange
http://www.provisionsmarkets.com/
http://www.universe.com/bigcheese2016

For $60, you get to watch master chefs make grilled cheese sandwiches!

Rancid: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1071871-rancid-west-hollywood/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 21, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/rancid
http://rancidrancid.com/

In addition to performing at Coachella, legendary punk band Rancid will headline two other shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows differ, so click on a show’s link for pricing details.

City Tavern Culver City’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 20
City Tavern, Culver City
http://citytavernculvercity.com/

City Tavern’s Culver City location turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have food and drink specials this Wednesday night.

2016 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, April 20
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.

Doodlefest
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 20
Public Beer Wine Shop, Long Beach
http://www.squeezeart.com/calendar/2016/4/20/doodlefest

Free to attend, the organizers of this event will provide paper and markers for guests to draw on and display their creative minds.

Mad Caddies: Live in Santa Barbara
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 20
Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara
http://madcaddies.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1000146683410445/

The Mad Caddies will headline one show in Santa Barbara this week. The cover for this show costs $20. No one under 21 may enter.

Newport Beach Film Festival
April 21-28
Multiple venues, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/

Dozens of independent films will air this week in Newport Beach. Check out the website for a schedule of all the films that you may watch, as well as the prices for each.

Valiant Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 21
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 22
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 23
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.valiantbrewing.com/3rd/

Valiant opened their doors to the public three years ago, and to celebrate, they will have three days of beer tasting at their tasting room in Orange. This year, they have nixed the admission fee, so now you may pay as you go. First you must buy the glass for $5, then buy drink tickets afterwards. Each day they will have different beers available, so check their website for a schedule of the beers that they will have and when.

Tustin Union Market’s Spring Launch Party
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 21
Tustin Union Market, Tustin
http://unionmarkettustin.com/spring-launch-party/

Enjoy complimentary beer or wine as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres from the local eateries at Tustin Union Market this Thursday evening. They will also have live bands performing all night.

27th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 22-24
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://petexpooc.org/

Pet lovers will want to check out this pet expo at the OC Fair & Event Center this weekend. Open to all ages, attendees will find lots of pet resources, including food, merchandise, demos, exhibits, shows, pet adoptions, and more. General admission costs $13, but guests may NOT bring pets.

2016 South Bay Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 22
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 23
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 24
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Parking starts at $5, but parking the neighborhood east of Alamitos can bypass any parking fees.

Cerritos Spring Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 22
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 23
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 24
Cerritos Sports Complex, Cerritos
http://www.cerritos.us/RESIDENTS/recreation/events/program_highlights.php

Enjoy a local spring carnival this weekend, free to attend for all ages. Visitors will find rides, games, live entertainment, food, drinks, treats, and more.

Left Alone @ Union Nightclub
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 22
Union Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.leftalonemusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1579965928961351/

Enjoy a night of skacore in Los Angeles this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

Lower Class Brats: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 22, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1141223-thee-static-age-lowerclass-los-angeles/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, April 23, Til-Two Club, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.tiltwoclub.com/events/lower-class-brats-channel-3/
http://www.lcbarmy.com/

Legendary punk band Lower Class Brats will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Each of these shows have different ticket prices and age limits, so check each show’s link for details.

Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week
April 23 – May 1
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dinelbc.com/

First came Eat LBC, then we had Dien Out Long Beach. Now we have Dine LBC, another Long Beach Restaurant Week. During this 9-day period, participating restaurants throughout Long Beach will have various food and drink specials. Some of these restaurants may require reservations, while others allow you to walk in and dine with the specials. Check the website for a list of participating restaurants.

3rd Annual San Diego Shaka Fest
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 23
Crown Point Park Mission Bay, San Diego
http://sandiegoshakafest.com/

Bring your friends and family out to this all-ages athletics & Hawaiian cultural festival this Saturday in San Diego. This event combines a traditional cultural festival with some athletic activities and competitions, featuring rowing, obstacle courses, yoga, and more activities along with the festival’s food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

2016 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 23
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/

Celebrate Cambodian New Year this Saturday in Long Beach with traditional & modern performances, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, vendors, and more. Tickets plus parking to this all-ages festival cost $30 presale and $40 at the gate.

33rd Annual Encinitas Street Fair
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 23-24
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://encinitas101.com/events/springstreetfair/

This FREE street fair takes place this weekend in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

Wild West Steam Fest
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 23
Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana
http://www.wildweststeamfest.com/

Steampunk meets the wild west at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Santa Ana. Dress to impress, and enjoy activities such as live music, costume contests, reenactments, arts & crafts, seminars, museum tours, and more. The festival runs until 6pm, and a concert starts at 7pm. Admission costs $30 for the festival, $20 for the concert, $35 for both, or $45 for VIP, which includes goodies and a seat at the concert.

8th Annual Hippy Killer Hoedown
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 23
Farmers Fairgrounds, Perris
http://hippykillersgarage.blogspot.com/

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.

CitySolve Urban Race Long Beach
11:00 am – 3:30 pm, April 23
Alfredo’s Beach Club, Long Beach
http://www.citysolveurbanrace.com/cities/long_beach_ca

Participate in a city-wide scavenger hunt this Saturday for a chance to win $300. Registration costs $50 per person, and a team may contain two to four participants.

Spring Pop Up Shop
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 23
BOLD LA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/962688180473501/

Check out this popup event in Downtown LA this Saturday afternoon featuring dozens of local artists and designers. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find art, accessories, apparel, and many other household items for sale.

Wicks Brewing Co. 3rd Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 23
Wicks Brewing Co., Riverside
http://www.wicksbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1148930561797949/

Wicks Brewing Co. opened their doors to the public three years ago, and to celebrate their anniversary this weekend, they will have an all-day party at their tasting room in Riverside. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and enjoy their anniversary ale, other special brews, and live music throughout the day.

Brunch at Farm Lot 59 with Restauration
11:30 am – 1:30 pm, April 23
Farm Lot 59, Long Beach
http://www.farmlot59.org/

Enjoy brunch at a local urban farm this Saturday early afternoon. Reservations cost $50 for adults or $15 for children.

4th Annual Pasadena Brewfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 23
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenabrewfest.com/

Enjoy local beer at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena. General admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door, and include ten drink tickets plus a souvenir glass. Hungry guests can order food off of the restaurant’s menu.

6th Annual San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 23
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 17 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.

9th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 23
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego
http://citybeatbeerfest.com/

Looking to get your beer on this weekend? Head to the San Diego CityBeat Festival of Beers, where guests receive UNLIMITED pours from over 50 breweries plus the souvenir taster cup. Guests may purchase food at an additional cost. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 23
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.autoconevents.com/autocon-los-angeles-2016/

See all things cars at AutoCon this Saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown LA. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. General admission to this all-ages convention cost $20 presale or $25 at the door. Bring cash for parking as well, which will cost between $15 to $20 per vehicle.

Beer Sessions at OB Warehouse
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, April 23
OB Warehouse, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.cohnrestaurants.com/obwarehouse/post/ob-warehouse-beer-sessions-next-class-april-23rd

Attend this beer seminar in San Diego this Saturday to learn a brief history of beer while tasting some brews as well. Registration costs $38 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Broke LA
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 23
Imperial Arts Studio, Downtown Los Angeles
http://brokechella.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 Los Angeles
3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 23
Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale
http://colorfunfest5k.com/los-angeles/

Subject yourself to another color run at this color 5k this Saturday in Irwindale. 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.

Laughs By Volume 3: A Craft Beer & Comedy Show
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 23
HNYPT, Downtown Los Angeles
http://laughsbyvolume.com/

A beer fest and comedy show merge into one this Sunday afternoon in Downtown LA, featuring over 40 different beers and six comedians. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, and includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Ales & Artisans Craft Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 23
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.iebrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/636771089804159/

Inland Empire Brewing Company will host a free vendor popup event this Saturday evening. They will have a handful of local arts & crafts vendors, as well as live music, mobile food vendors, and lots of beer.

Rolling Burger Barns: Free Burgers
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 23
Rolling Burger Barns, Arcadia
http://www.burgerbarns.com/

Rolling Burger Barns now has a permanent brick & mortar location in Arcadia, and to celebrate its opening, they will give out FREE burgers this Wednesday evening while supplies last. First come, first served!

South Coast Roller Derby Double Header
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 23
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $8 presale or $10 at the door.

4th Annual Feast of Thrones
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 23
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1680112462278611/

Participate in a Game of Thrones themed dinner this Saturday night in Burbank. Reservations cost $70 per person. No one under 18 may attend.

Newport Beach Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 23
Newport Dunes Waterfront, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachbeerfest.com/

If you want to get drunk in Newport Beach this Saturday night, do it here at this beer tasting event. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $55 presale or $65 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive beers.

The Maxies – Record Release Show
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 23
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/487055634821999/

The Maxies have a new album coming out, and to celebrate, they will headline a FREE all-ages ska show this Saturday night at Out Of The Park Pizza in Anaheim Hills.

The Angry Samoans @ Bar 1650
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 23
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/570330863137076/

Go crazy at this local punk show this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies: Live in Rosemead
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, April 23
Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead
http://www.facebook.com/events/225614857794692/

Rock out to some punk rock bands this Saturday night in Rosemead. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque: Music Video Mania
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 23
Malone’s, Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

The lovely ladies of the Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque will pay tribute to the late great music videos of the 80’s and 90’s this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Bring cash to pay for the cover charge, which will range from $5 to $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
April 24-29
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 24 and 29, 45 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

6th Annual Kite Festival
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 24
Ascot Hills Park, El Sereno, Los Angeles
http://www.josehuizar.com/councilmember_huizar_invites_you_to_the_6th_annual_kite_festival

Enjoy a free and all-ages kite festival in East LA this Sunday afternoon. The first 500 kids in attendance will receive a free kite and a commemorative medal.

Spring 2016 Brentwood Art Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 24
San Vicente Blvd b/t Barrington & Bundy
http://www.brentwoodartfestival.com/

Check out a free and all-ages art festival this Sunday afternoon in Brentwood, complete with art, food trucks, music, shopping, a kids zone, and more.

2016 Taste of Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 24
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach
http://www.tastehb.com/

Sample the flavors of Huntington Beach’s local restaurants this Sunday at their food fest. Admission includes unlimited food samples and wine & beer tasters. General admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm, while VIP costs $90 and starts at 11am. VIP comes with complimentary champagne, extra hors d-oeuvres, free raffle entries, and free goodies. For both admissions, designated drivers will save $5, which only means they cannot receive any wine or beer.

2nd Annual Long Beach Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 24
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://lbzinefest.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Long Beach gets their own Zone Fest this Sunday afternoon. This free and all-ages event will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

7th Annual Bikes Boards and Brews
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, April 24
Catamaran Resort Hotel, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/205970253094687/

Enjoy local beer, gourmet bites, and a magnificent view of the bay at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pacific Beach. VIP admission costs $35 and starts at 12pm, while general admission costs $30 and starts at 1pm. Prices go up $5 at the door. All admission comes with ten beer tasters. For $5 extra, display your vintage or custom bike for other guests to view.

4th Annual Atwater Village Beer, Wine, & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 24
Link N Hops, Atwater Village
http://www.atwatervillagefestival.com/

Check out local breweries, local vendors, food & drinks, live music, and more this Sunday at Atwater Village. VIP tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door, starts at 12pm, receives unlimited beer tasters and a free goodie bag. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and comes with 15 tasters. Designated driver tickets cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, April 24
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1764089383811488/

Share a beer or two at this free bottle share in Monrovia this Sunday afternoon. Guests should bring a 22oz bomber or two 12oz bottles to share with others.

US Open of Surfing
July 25 – August 2
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

Roller Derby Day @ Disneyland
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 28
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/810939248994910/

Roller Derby will not actually happen at Disneyland, but you can meet hundreds of roller derby athletes as they enjoy a day of fun at the Disneyland Resort this Tuesday.

2015 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 30-31
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 2
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

Celebrate beach life with the 2015 International Surf Festival that spans five days starting Wednesday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

13th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 30
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/taste_of_Pifa.htm

Get a taste of Islander cuisine this Thursday night near Liberty Station. Admission to this all-ages tasting costs $30 presale and $40 at the door, and includes all food, non-alcoholic drinks, access to a silent auction, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Stone Brewing Tap Takeover
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, July 30
Michael’s Pizzeria, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/978341268865611/

Stone Brewing will take over the taps at Michael’s Pizzeria’s Downtown Long Beach location this Thursday night. No admission necessary – simply have a seat and order away.

Cider Symposium
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/1460147750971809/

Cider enthusiasts will want to check out Phantom Carriage in Carson this Thursday night for a cider tasting plus Q&A panel with cider makers. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for food and drinks as you go.

4th Annual LUCKYRICE Feast
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Create Nightclub, Hollywood
http://luckyrice.com/upcoming-events

Join in on this night of Asian-style food tastings and cocktail sips this Thursday night in Hollywood. General admission costs $88 and starts at 8pm, while early admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and cocktail tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Stiff Little Fingers – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/stiff-little-fingers
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 31, House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/losangeles/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EC2C51C30B0&oid=0
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 1, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EBC35D46C85&oid=0

Legendary punk band Stiff Little Fingers will headline three shows in Southern California this week before they head back to Europe. Each show has different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link for more information.

The Aggrolites – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/_the-aggrolites
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, July 31, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/the-aggrolites
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 1, Casa Escobar, Malibu http://www.facebook.com/events/1452202035079676/

Catch The Aggrolites as they headline three shows in Southern California this week. Each show has different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link for more information.

25th Annual Taste of Yorba Linda
6:00 pm – 10:30 pm, July 31
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.yorbalindachamber.org/

Sample the best of food & drinks in Yorba Linda this Friday evening. For $45 presale or $55 at the door, guests get treated to a night of unlimited food tastings plus two drink tickets good for beer or wine. Guests may reserve a table for ten for $100.

Grilled Cheese & Beer Night
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Andrew’s Cheese Shop, Santa Monica
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/july-31st-fancy-schmancy-grilled-cheese-beer-night-tickets-17202210274

Enjoy a six-course dinner with beer pairings for $100 at this local cheese shop in Santa Monica this Friday night.

Rikk Agnew Band @ Loaded Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 31
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/934400023277394/

Enjoy some local punk rock music in Hollywood this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bear Fight @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1576875682601019/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

26th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 1
South Clairemont Park, San Diego
http://www.clairemontfamilyday.com/

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

Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival 2015
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 1
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://moshimoshi-nippon-la.com/

Check out this Japanese cultural event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. This all-ages event features music, entertainment, fashion, vendors, cosplay, and more Japanese things. One-day admission costs $10 presale or $12 at the door. Two-day admission costs $18 presale or $20 at the door.

4th Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 1
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ovarianpsycos.com/

Participate in a communal bike ride starting in Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday afternoon. Mix and mingle with the various diverse women joining in on this bike ride.

2nd Annual Big Bite Bacon Fest Long Beach
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 1
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 2
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.bigbitebaconfest.com/

Get your pork on this weekend down at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Pig out on bacon eats & treats from some of Southern California’s finest chefs and restaurants, and for the adults, sample brews from Southern California’s multitude of micro breweries. As you munch and sip your way through the fest, test your mettle at pig pong, pork ladder toss, bacon bags, dunk a swine, and more games. Admission varies based on when you enter and if you will include the beer package, starting at $40. Parking costs $10, so bring cash for that. This festival takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately, and apply sunscreen.

Anaheim Packing District & Farmers Park Market One-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 1, Packing District, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/1609913935917154/
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 2, Farmers Park, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/1617638718511055/

A year ago, Anaheim launched a local attraction that has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors since then. This weekend, they celebrate the past year with free and all-ages festivities that include games, arts & crafts, live music, entertainment, food specials, and more. As always, no cameras allowed inside the building.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 1-2
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.hardsummer.com/

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at the Fairplex in Pomona. Tickets sold out a while ago, but you may still find after-market tickets for sale. No one under 18 may attend.

4th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 1
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Angeleno, Burbank
http://downtownburbankcarclassic.com/

Car enthusiasts will want to make their way over to Downtown Burbank this Saturday afternoon for a day full of classic cars, customs, and more, free to attend for all ages.

Taste of San Pedro
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedrochamber.com/

Explore cuisine from over 20 restaurants in San Pedro this Saturday evening. In addition to all the food and drinks, enjoy live music, live entertainment, and special beverage samples. General admission costs $55 and comes with five food tasters and three drink tasters. VIP admission costs $85 and comes with ten food tasters and five drink tasters. Attendees may purchase additional food and beverages at cost at the event.

Twisted At The Pike
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 1
Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/twisted

Immerse yourself into the world of weird this Saturday night in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this twisted carnival has live music, dance, magic performers, a beer garden hosted by Auld Dubliner, local food vendors, and more.

I-15 Brew Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
Galway Downs Equestrian Center, Temecula
http://www.i15brewfestival.com/

Taste the best of the Inland Empire at this beer tasting event out in Temecula this Saturday evening. This event will feature over 60 breweries, 30 home brewers, live music, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 7pm, and includes a souvenir glass with unlimited beer tasters. VIP admission costs $70 presale, and starts at 6pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Green Jellÿ @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 1
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1570326229922320/

Release some aggression at this local show this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Lakewood Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:00 pm, August 2
Del Valle Park, Lakewood
http://la-bike.org/events/lakewood-family-sunday-funday-ride-0

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

19th Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/2015-lemon-festival/

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

9th Annual Dog Day Afternoon at the Cathedral
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 8
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.downtownla.com/dog-day-2015-rsvp.asp

This FREE and all-ages event brings together dogs and dog lovers from around town to mingle and enjoy a night of fun and relaxation. In addition to meeting a bunch of other dogs, visitors will find live music, vendors, pet adoptions, and more.

Gam3rCon 2015
12:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 9-12
10th Avenue Art Center, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gam3rcon-tickets-15355124591

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

Business & Beer @ Absolution Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 9
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/973629712667755/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, 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, July 9
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.

X – Album Show Weekend
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 9-12
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/X-4-day-pass

Legendary punk band X will headline four shows across four consecutive days this week in Southern California. Each show will also have great opening bands, so arrive early to check them out too. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a link for pricing details.

Ten Foot Pole: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 9, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/ten-foot-pole
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 10, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/884019

Enjoy a classic punk rock show this Thursday and Friday night. Ticket prices and age limits vary, so click on a show’s link for more information.

TWO YEAR Barrel-Aged Acurum – LIMITED Release
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 10
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/602960973179241/

Valiant Brewing will release the ultra-rare Acurum bottles this Friday evening on a first-come, first-served basis. Craft beer enthusiasts will not want to miss out on this extremely limited brew.

Super Video Game Land at Mission Brewery
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 10
Mission Brewery, Downtown San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1122847081063191/

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

Grilled Cheese & Beer Night
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, July 10
Andrew’s Cheese Shop, Santa Monica
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/july-10th-grilled-cheese-beer-night-tickets-17202195229

Enjoy a four-course dinner with beer pairings for $50 at this local cheese shop in Santa Monica this Friday night.

BeautyCon LA
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 11
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://beautycon.com/la

See all things beauty, fashion, cosmetics, and more at this one-day event at The Reef in Los Angeles this Saturday. General admission costs $30 and grants you access to the entire show floor full of vendors, services, workshops, speakers, demos, and more.

1st Annual California Hot Sauce Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 11-12
Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach
http://www.cahotsauceexpo.com/

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

Beachwood Brewing 4th Anniversary Celebration
10:30 am – 12:00 am, July 11
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1497953640450113/

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s 4th anniversary at their restaurant/brewery in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Free to attend, expect to find rare beers on tap, as well as a handful of guest breweries and their brews. Beachwood BBQ will also serve up some food specials unique only for this glorious day. Guests can park for free for up to three hours with validation in the parking structure in the alley behind the restaurant.

Renegade Craft Fair
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 11-12
Grand Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles/losangeles-fair-details

This free and all-ages fair at Grand Park will have arts, crafts, music, foodtrucks, drinks, and more. Come see the alternative side of arts & crafts this weekend.

Boulevard Brewing Tap Takeover
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 11
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/829925280410272/

Boulevard Brewing will take over the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. No admission required – simply show up and pay as you go.

New Belgium Brewing + The Do LaB Celebration
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 11
Howl Event Space, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1610015875941133/

At this FREE event, have fun with typical antics by The Do LaB, and enjoy some beer that New Belgium Brewing created exclusively for The Do LaB. In addition, catch live music, food, wine, and other activities. Food and wine come at a separate cost, so bring cash for those.

3rd Annual Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 11
The Loma Club, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://heroesbrewfest.com/

Coinciding with Comic Con, this beer tasting event will take place at Liberty Station this Saturday afternoon. As the title suggests, this beer event will bear a costume element, encouraging attendees to arrive in some sort of cosplay outfit. Presale general admission costs $49 and starts at 3pm, while presale VIP admission costs $64 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from the over 40 participating breweries while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Los Angeles Street Food Fest
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 11
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://lastreetfoodfest.com/

Experience the best of mobile eats in LA at the 4th annual LA Street Food Fest. This all-ages food fest features hundreds of chefs, restaurants, food carts, food trucks, food stands, pop-ups, bars, and more. The list of participating businesses includes more than enough food to cover your entire day, plus plenty of dessert, ice cream, coffee/teas, drinks, alcoholic drinks, mobile boutiques, and so much more. General admission costs $60, starts at 5pm, and includes parking and ALL food & drinks. VIP admission costs $90, starts at 3pm, and also includes access to a VIP lounge. Children 7 and under enter free with a paid adult admission. Attendees should bring a picnic blanket and/or chairs, as the venue cannot provide enough tables for the thousands of attendees.

Four Brewers 1st Anniversary Celebration
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 11
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/1603383939947180/

This craft beer podcast celebrates a year in the industry this Saturday at Hamilton Family Brewery in Rancho Cucamonga. Admission costs nothing to attend, while special anniversary glasses cost $12. The brewery will have an exclusive saison on tap brewed just for this occasion, and the podcast crew will have swag to give away, such as stickers and pins.

Night Nation Run – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.nightnationrun.com/los-angeles-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.

German Heritage Day
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, July 12
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/

Do you love Oktoberfest? Show off your German pride at this FREE and all-ages celebration this Sunday afternoon at Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Enjoy German food, music, arts & crafts, and more. The first 500 guests receive a FREE meal, so act quick!

Afternoon Delight: A Sunday Funday of Bands and Burlesque
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 12
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/465842670240763/

Enjoy local music and burlesque this Sunday in Downtown Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10

Fame: a status that people all over the world desire to attain. In one degree or another, people desire some level of fame that they themselves define. Everybody defines fame differently to a different scope, so one person’s idea of fame can exist on an entirely different plane than another person’s. Local fame can exist when the local community looks up to a person, group, or business. Wider scopes of fame can exist when brought to the attention of all those other people, such as through marketing, advertising, radio, television, and more. Of course, landing a spot on an outlet that reaches many people faces tough competition, and not everyone can attain that. Local fame helps in that regard, and can bolster the spread of that fame. Getting on television usually represents one of the greatest forms of broad advertising, so opportunities to get on television have high competition. Luckily, Grill ‘Em All had what it took to get on television, and since then, everything has gone up for them.

Back in 2010, the Great Food Truck Race debuted on Food Network, which featured a handful of gourmet food trucks that included Grill ‘Em All as a contestant. The Grill ‘Em All crew emerged victorious, claiming the coveted $50,000 grand prize, which went towards a restaurant that they would eventually open in Alhambra in early 2013. Now two years in business, Grill ‘Em All has cemented a solid foundation. Locals cannot stop talking about them, and travelers from across the world anticipate visiting this legendary heavy metal restaurant. In fact, many influential figures in music, metal or not, have appeared at Grill ‘Em All for meet & greets, or just to dine in. Grill ‘Em All has more than just the music theme going for them – their food deserves to sit on the top shelf, a testament to the high caliber set by all the other trendy hip restaurants in Southern California. The transition from food truck to restaurant allowed them to increase the menu items offered, but they still kept the fan favorites on the menu, including the legendary Behemoth. If you could choose one menu item to represent the flagship of Grill ‘Em All, everyone would choose this mammoth grilled cheese burger. When I say grilled cheese burger, I do not refer to a patty melt – I mean a burger placed between two grilled cheese sandwiches used as the “buns” of the burger. Basically, you have four slices of bread with this burger, bacon, BBQ sauce, grilled onions, pickles, and three layers of cheddar cheese: one on the all-beef patty, and a layer in each of the grilled cheese sandwiches. This basically represents a western-style cheeseburger with the BBQ sauce, onions, and cheese, except that instead of hamburger buns, you hold onto two grilled cheese sandwiches to devour this burger. I hope you have a monstrous appetite to down this – all that bread will make this burger a tough foe to thwart.

If you still have yet to visit Grill ‘Em All, why not start with their flagship burger? You can challenge this monster for just $12. Come glimpse at the beast that gave rise to the legacy known as Grill ‘Em All.

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 Factory Gastrobar’s Grilled Cheese Week
April 6-12
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1407763742866137/

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.

Abnormal Beer Co. Launch Party
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 7
The Cork and Craft, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/334690200054248/

Another brewery joins the illustrious San Diego craft beer family, and you can sample their brews this Tuesday evening in the Rancho Bernardo community of San Diego. No reservations required – simply show up, and choose from the cask or the three other core brews.

Matt and Kim – FREE Performance & Signing
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 7
Amoeba Music, Hollywood
http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3266/

Matt and Kim has a new album coming out this week, and to celebrate, they will have a FREE record-signing and performance session this Tuesday night at Amoeba Music in Hollywood. Space will definitely run out, so arrive early to secure your spot.

Tastemade Bite Club: Country Fest
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 8
Tastemade Studios, Santa Monica
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tastemade-biteclub-country-fest-tickets-16307333674

Enjoy some comfort food, local craft beer, and country music this Wednesday night for FREE. No one under 21 may attend.

Game of Thrones/Ommegang Three-Eyed Raven Release Party
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 8
Complex, Glendale
http://www.facebook.com/events/783766921701038/

Basically, an Ommegang tap takeover. Come to Complex in Glendale this Wednesday night for some Ommegang beers and lots of Game of Thrones fun. $12 gets you a collectable Game of Thrones Three-Eyed Raven goblet plus a 10oz fill of any Ommegang beer.

Skacoustic Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/861667987210395/

Local ska bands will perform acoustic sets at this show this Wednesday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The event page does not specify a cover charge, so have cash prepared for it. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 9
J Street b/w 6th & 10th, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/813691205413394/

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.

Business & Beer @ Strand Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 9
Dudes’ Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/1415026368802116/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Dudes’ 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 9
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.

Ragnar Relay So Cal 2015
5:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 10-11
Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.ragnarrelay.com/race/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.

Lucidity Festival 2015
10:00 am – 8:00 am, April 10-13
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara
http://2015.lucidityfestival.com/

Basically, a music & art festival that spans an entire weekend, similar to Coachella going on this same weekend. 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.

26th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 10-12
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://petexpooc.org/

Pet lovers will want to check out this pet expo at the OC Fair & Event Center this weekend. Open to all ages, attendees will find lots of pet resources, including food, merchandise, demos, exhibits, shows, pet adoptions, and more. General admission costs $13, but guests may NOT bring pets.

2015 Formula Drift
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 10
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 11
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://formulad.com/schedule/long-beach

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.

Marina Del Rey’s 50th Birthday Bash & LA’s Marinafest Boat Show
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 10
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 11-12
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey
http://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/mdr50/

Celebrate the 50th year of this historic landmark this weekend with some free and all-ages marine festivities. On Friday night, catch a free concert plus fireworks.

Ommegang/Game of Thrones Three-Eyed Raven Release Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 10
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/456686501153247/

Alpine Village gets the Ommegang Game of Thrones beers this Friday night, plus some exclusive glassware as well. No reservations required – simply show up, and enjoy some cold ones.

The Uprising @ The World Famous Doll Hut
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 10
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/353350701518007/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $3 presale or $7 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, April 10
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 11
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 $125 and allows entry at 3pm.

2015 Hollywood Half Marathon & 5k / 10k
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 11
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
http://hollywoodhalfmarathon.com/

The streets of Hollywood close down this Saturday morning for this series of races. Registration costs $115 for the half-marathon, $55 for the 10k, or $45 for the 5k.

FroYo 5k – Irvine
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 11
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine
http://www.froyo5k.com/irvine/

Pay lots of money to run a 5k for some frozen yogurt. You also get a bunch of random swag for participating too. Make sure that you load up on as much frozen yogurt as you can eat once you finish the run, at least until they kick you out.

20th Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 11
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2015-the-20th-annual-uptown-whittier-arts-antique-spring-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.

Downtown Burbank Arts Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 11-12
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.

7th Annual Hippy Killer Hoedown
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 11
Farmers Fairgrounds, Perris
http://hippykillersgarage.blogspot.com/

At this all-ages kustom kulture festival, see all sorts of cars, hot rods, customs, motorcycles, vans, and more. Also catch some live music from bands like Agent Orange, Swingin’ Utters, and more. Admission to this event costs $10.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 11
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1375483326082135/

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.

BUZZ•BEER•CURE
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 11
Local Tap House & Kitchen, Oceanside
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1429226

For $25 admission, enjoy eight 8oz beer pours and food specials from Local Tap House at this beer tasting event this Saturday.

6th Annual San Diego Metal Swap Meet
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 11
Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, North Park, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/323405207849478/

Metal fans will not want to miss this all-ages flea market for all things heavy metal. For just $5 admission, gain access to all sorts of vendors selling music, apparel, accessories, art, and more.

Inland Empire Brewing Company 6th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 11
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/810740632314114/

The IEBC celebrated their 6th anniversary this year, and they will tone down this year’s celebration unlike the previous years. This time, they will not have a festival nor sell tickets – they will simply have standard tasting room procedures with special brews on tap, as well as an extra food truck or two.

OC Brew & Bites Music Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 11
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://ocfoodbank.org/brewsandbites/

Craft beer and gourmet food collide at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon at the Anaheim Packing District. For $50 admission, gain access to beers from ten breweries, and food from six local restaurants.

King Harbor Brewing 1st Anniversary Celebration
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 11
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/king-harbor-brewery-1-year-anniversary-celebration-tickets-16165401150

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room. General admission costs $50 and comes with eight 12oz beer pours plus a bottle of their anniversary brew. “Option B” costs $25 but only comes with four 12oz beers and no bottle.

4th Annual Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet World Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 11
Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet, Santa Fe Springs
http://www.sfsswapmeet.com/

The Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet will hold an after-dark party this Saturday night featuring local cover bands and local craft beer. Tickets to this 21 & up fest cost $15 presale or $20 at the door, and include two beer pints and free parking.

Punk Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 11
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1075129992515441/

Catch some great local punk bands this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Viernes 13 & The English Beat – Live in San Diego
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 11
Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1608659166014616/

Get your skanking on at this ska show in San Diego this Saturday night. Tickets for this show cost $20 presale or $22 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Narcoleptic Youth @ Cafe NELA
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 11
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/726899774083617/

Catch some great local punk bands this Saturday night in northeast LA. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

9th Annual Cambodian New Year Parade
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 12
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.

Farm To Table Tennis
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 12
Stone World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1429284

Beer tasting, food pairing, and ping pong collide in this unique combination of events this Sunday afternoon in Liberty Station. For $40 general admission, gain access to this event with unlimited food samples and six beer pours. For $60 admission, attendees may enter the table tennis tournament; however, only individuals in the food & beverage industry may enter the tournament due to charity rules.

1st Annual Long Beach Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 12
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://lbzinefest.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Long Beach gets their own Zone Fest this Sunday afternoon. This free and all-ages event will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

3rd Annual Hwy 78 Festiv(ale)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 12
Walnut Grove Park, San Marcos
http://www.78festivale.com/

Taste great beers from breweries along the 78 Corridor at this mini festival this Sunday afternoon. Plenty of food trucks will come out too, making this a beer fest & food truck fest in one. General admission costs $20 presale or $30 at the door, and starts at 1pm. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Miss California Icon Pageant
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 12
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.missiconpageant.com/

This Miss California pageant starts at 7pm this Sunday night. Contestants will actually need most of Saturday and Sunday free for rehearsals and qualifiers.

Hooligans United – A Tribute to Rancid
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 12
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/A-Tribute-to-Rancid-with-Voodoo-Glow-Skulls

A handful of bands, including Voodoo Glow Skulls, will pay homage to Rancid with this tribute show this Sunday night in the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door.

Ska Night @ Dipiazza’s
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 16
Dipiazza’s, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/545157272254569/

Get your skanking on tonght in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages show costs $8.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17
Worldwide

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

5th Annual Grilled Cheese & Beer Tasting Event
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 17
Vintage Enoteca, West Hollywood
http://www.vintageenoteca.com/

$30 gets you three different grilled cheese sandwiches and three 6oz beer pairings for each sandwich.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18-19
East Village Arts District, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-East-Village?id=68164

Sample food & drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach at this tasting fest held in the East Village Arts District. Free to attend for all-ages, guests simply pay to eat, purchasing booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each. Each restaurant accepts varying amounts of tickets depending on their offerings. Live music and artists will keep guests entertained as well.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/806966066062534/

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Scrapbook Expo – Orange County
10:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 19-21
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.

Hanadoki Con 2015
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 19
11:00 am – 2:00 am, March 20
10:00 am – 2:00 am, March 21
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 22
Town & Country Resort, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.hanadokicon.org/

Basically, a Japanese pop culture convention. Come see all things anime, manga, and cosplay at this four-day convention taking place this week in San Diego. Registration varies in price, starting at $20.

Viernes 13 – CD Release Shows
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 19, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/8-Kalacas
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 20, White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys http://www.facebook.com/events/756552411100854/

Viernes 13 has released a new album, and they will perform a few shows to celebrate its release. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on the link of a show for pricing details.

Hammerland – Bottle Release Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 20
El Segundo Brewing Co., El Segundo
http://www.facebook.com/events/620583461407345/

ESBC will release their coveted Hammerland this Friday, and they have greatly prepared for it, so observe the timeline carefully. The main tasting room opens at noon, and they will start pouring Hammerland for visitors to enjoy in the tasting room. At 4pm, ESBC will open the tasting room annex to accommodate for increased visitors. Finally, a VIP party starts at 7pm that costs $99 to attend that includes a 12-bottle case of Hammerland, unlimited pours of any brew on tap at the time, unlimited food while it lasts, and access to a VIP area.

2015 South Bay Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 20
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 21
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 22
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Parking starts at $5, but parking the neighborhood east of Alamitos can bypass any parking fees.

8th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 20
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 21
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 22
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://musink.org/

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

3rd Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 20
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego
http://bhbeerfest15.brownpapertickets.com/

Bankers Hill will host a beer and art festival this Friday night for the third year in a row. Tickets cost $30 presale and $35 at the door, and include ten 4oz beer pours plus unlimited food from participating local vendors while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Implants – Live in Boyle Heights
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 20
Mi Ranchito, Boyle Heights
http://www.facebook.com/events/1392007477773158/

Rock out with some great punk bands this Friday night in East LA. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Agent Orange – Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 20
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/409373999240489/

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange will headline a small show in Riverside this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Ska Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 20
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1549405118669103/

Get your skanking on with these local ska bands this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Halftoberfest @ Alpine Village
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 20
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/793786844024354/

Missing the feel of Oktoberfest? Relive it this Friday night at Alpine Village in Torrance, complete with everything that Alpine Village’s actual Oktoberfest has. Entry costs $8, or anyone dressed in Oktoberfest clothes gets in for free!

Into The Wild – OC Trail Run
8:00 am – 11:00 am, March 21
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 10k or 21k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration costs $55 presale, and $60 on the day of the race.

Escape from the Walled City – Los Angeles
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, March 21
Weingart Stadium, Monterey Park
http://realescapegame.com/sp/la/

From the creators of Real Escape Game comes this new real life escape game that will take place in Monterey Park this Saturday. Three different sessions will take place that each last 90 minutes, starting at 10:30am, 2:30pm, and 6:30pm. This interactive event requires that you use your intuition and survival instincts to reach the goal in time, so participants should wear active clothing or anything that allows maximum mobility. Registration costs $30 presale or $35 at the door. Children under 6 may enter for free with a paid adult, but I would not recommend bringing children as they could hinder your ability to escape in time.

4th Annual Healthy Living Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 21-22
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! Guests can experience cooking demos, medical testing, belly dancers, fitness workshops, food & drink samples, massages, speakers, fitness tests, yoga classes, speakers, and more.

4th Annual Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship
10:30 am – 4:00 pm, March 21
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 around $12 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.

2015 ¡Latin Food Fest! Los Angeles
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 21
Hangar 8, Santa Monica
http://latinfoodfest.com/

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in Santa Monica. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $150, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 21
Anaheim Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.firkfest.com/

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

6th Annual Native American Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 21
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/6th-annual-native-american-festival/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, visitors will find various forms of cultural entertainment, such as storytelling, dancing, singing, exhibits, and more.

Xplore Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 21
Downtown Los Angeles
http://xperienceadventures.com/

Basically, a scavenger hunt meets a 5k and parkour. Participants of this event must scour Los Angeles on foot to discover clues, points of interest, and landmarks using their physical abilities plus environmental senses to navigate the city and reach the goal in time. Anyone can participate either as an individual or on a team, and registration costs will vary based on that.

Norooz Festival & Persian Parade
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 21
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.noroozfestival.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event, visitors will find all sorts of Persian-themed vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, and more. Visitors will also enjoy a parade in the afternoon.

Skate Punk Fest 2015
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 21
Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/770929-jfa-pomona/

A bunch of great local punk bands will perform at the Glass House in Pomona this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Simply Wine Festival
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 21
CBS Studios, Studio City
http://simplywinefest.com/event.cfm?showtimingid=46667

Basically, rich people showing off. Come drink wine for $120 per person, or upgrade to VIP status for $165.

Luicidal – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 21
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1091891057503202/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Long Beach Restaurant Week
March 22-28
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.

Bottle Logic Brewing 1st Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 22-28
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

Orange County craft beer fans have looked forward to this for a year, and the time has finally arrived. In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their first anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new barrel-aged beer daily, culminating with the release of Ideation, a Bourbon-Aged Wheat Wine, on Saturday, March 28th. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k San Diego
6:00 am – 9:00 am, March 22
Petco Park, Downtown San Diego
http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego/

Run through Downtown San Diego this Sunday morning, and get lots of chocolate out of it, not just the hot drinkable kind. Registration costs $49 for the 5k or $74 for the 15k race.

103rd Kit Collectors Expo
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 22
UFCW Local 324, Buena Park
http://www.kitcollectorshow.com/

Hundreds of vendors will gather here to showcase their model kits of cars, ships, planes, miniatures, armor, sci-fi/fantasy, space, and more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs just $5.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 22
Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of Ventura Blvd in the San Fernando Valley will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Over time, human tastes change due to exposure to new things, new experiences, and new knowledge. Starting off as a child, we consumed basic foods mainly for nutrition, not for enjoyment. Once we left our toddler stage, we start to eat common foods like hot dogs, pizza, and hamburgers, as well as crave sweets. From that point on, we would slowly start to like new and different foods and different tastes. For example, most kids and teenagers love ketchup, but cannot stand mustard. Conversely, adults tend to prefer mustard over ketchup due to its flavor complementing meat products, as well as having no sugar. Once we get older, we tend to stick with what we have come to eat on a regular basis. Sometimes, we start to crave what we once had as children. This concept of eating what we did as children, known as comfort food, has recently gained popularity with today’s society, but with gourmet twists to satiate our adult needs. Sure we may want basic macaroni & cheese sometimes, but order it while dining out, and you may receive it with bread crumbs, truffle oil, and/or some kind of meat in it, like bacon. Sometimes, you just want the original thing, and you want it to taste good. Whether you want the original or a rebooted original, comfort food will always have a part in our lives. If you desire comfort food, check out these five comfort foods that you can find in the greater Los Angeles area.

5. La Palma Chicken Pie Shop‘s Chicken Pot Pie

Longevity of a business typically indicates that any business does their job well at staying in business. If a business can remain open for years in a highly competitive industry, that business deserve to remain there. La Palma Chicken Pie Shop has existed in Anaheim for so many decades that nobody can truly claim local status without having heard of this place. Since their inception in the 1950’s or whenever they opened, they have done their thing and have not changed a bit. Find all your typical comfort foods here, from the turkey sandwiches to the chicken noodle soup to all the delightful pastries and baked goods here. Of course, anyone visiting this quaint shop must try their namesake, the Chicken Pot Pie. For less than $5, you can order a smothered chicken pot pie a la carte. This pot pie contains nothing extraordinary – just your typical chicken meat, peas, carrots, and gravy. When you order it a la carte, they smother it with more gravy. Sure it may not contain anything unique, but it tastes exactly as how you would imagine it. No reason exists to fix something not broken.

4. The Crooked Duck‘s Duck Chili

Do you occasionally drive down a busy street and see businesses to the side that makes you wonder what they have? Some major roads have plenty of great local businesses along the path, but the majority of everyone driving on that road simply zooms past these businesses and never take time to discover what awaits if they stop to visit. Slowing down may lead you to discover interesting places, such as The Crooked Duck in Long Beach. I feel that its location hinders its popularity, as the speed limit in front of The Crooked Duck clocks in at over 50 MPH, so most people zoom past this place and never know what lies here. I can tell you now that if you stop to visit this place, you will discover amazing comfort food prepared with local ingredients. But since they have duck in their name, you can expect some of the greatest duck dishes here, such as their Duck Chili. This black bean chili has 5-spice duck in it, with wonton chips and a hoisin sauce drizzle on top. Despite the presence of a strong sauce, the duck boldly stands out. For just $5.25, you can get this duck on and satisfy your hunger with a right portion.

3. The Viking Truck‘s Nemesis Corn Dog

In recent years, Disneyland has stepped up the quality of their food in regards to ingredients. Unfortunately, the price increases of everything including the entrance ticket does not justify visiting this theme park for a mere bite. For years, I have sworn by the corn dog from the Little Red Wagon in Disneyland, but could not afford to visit the park whenever I craved it. Fortunately, the discovery of The Viking Truck in Orange County has nullified any reason I have to go into Disneyland for a corn dog. The Viking Truck, which roams Orange County in their food truck, specializes in gourmet sausages, and utilizes them not only in sandwiches, but in corn dogs. Using a homemade batter, The Viking Truck uses their gourmet sausages for unique corn dogs not easy to replicate. Their signature corn dog, the Nemesis Corn Dog, contains their smoked bratwurst. This combination works so well because of the batter’s sweetness matched with the bratwurst’s smokiness and meatiness. The flavors contrast so well, but the addition of spicy brown mustard adds an additional sour flavor, completing the full taste bud spectrum. This brilliant corn dog costs just $6.50 (when not at special locations such as a convention center), slightly more than a Disneyland corn dog. But when you consider the freshness of this corn dog, and the fact that you do not have to pay to visit this food truck, who cares about which one costs less?

2. Beer Belly‘s Beer Belly Grilled Cheese

If something does not fit in with the others, do you call it a black sheep or a wolf in sheep’s clothing? You probably answered black sheep… but what if the black sheep holds power over the herd? Enter Beer Belly, Koreatown’s wolf in sheep’s clothing. A random gastropub tucked away in the urban sprawl of Korean businesses… no one would believe a hidden gem like this exists in such a town. Once you discover it and venture inside, you will discover that you may fall in love with Beer Belly. For a place so small, Beer Belly offers a vast variety of not only food, but beer as well. Their reinvention of classic comfort food into a fine dining experience will leave you craving more, especially their Beer Belly Grilled Cheese. At $12, this one-of-a-kind grilled cheese basically takes two grilled cheese sandwiches and utilizes each of them as a bun, resulting in a sandwich containing four slices of bread. Playing along with the power of Four, four cheeses play into this sandwich: cheddar, asiago, gruyère, and goat cheese. As if four cheeses did not appear enough, the center layer contains applewood-smoked bacon, and the entire sandwich receives a drizzle of maple syrup. I sincerely hope that if you plan to tackle this beast of a sandwich that you do not follow any diets. As they say about comfort food: good for heart, but bad for your heart.

1. Tavern On 2‘s Rosa’s Chilaquiles

I love to watch the evolution of local establishments. New businesses mostly start out small, and with the growing fan base, the business must grow too. When Tavern On 2 finally unveiled the doubling of their dining area, business boomed for them, as expected. One of two gastropubs in Belmont Shore (the other one counts as a chain), Tavern On 2 understands their loyal customers, and constantly adapts to the changing times of not only the local community, but to the frequent visitors from out of town. Those who have not visited Tavern On 2 within the past few months ought to return to gaze upon the new menu curated by Tavern On 2’s new chef. Many of the old favorites remain on the menu, such as their Oxtail Poutine, but the brunch menu has received a complete overhaul, which now lists some interesting dishes, such as Rosa’s Chilaquiles. This modern reinvention of a classic starts with a traditional chilaquiles base of egg-washed tortilla pieces smothered with chile verde. This dish receives a generous helping of avocado, sliced radishes, cilantro, queso fresco, crema, and roasted pork belly. Wait, what? Looks like the chef decided to place a spin on this traditional dish. Although the pork belly represents a small portion out of the entire dish, it brings enough porky undertones to make its presence felt during the course of devouring. Score this rad dish during brunch on the weekends for just $12. Do not forget to pair this with some great craft beer that Tavern On 2 changes weekly!

With a cold winter approaching, what do we as humans seek out to escape those unfavorable conditions? Usually a blanket or a nice warm bed will do the trick, but most people cannot just carry a bed around everywhere. When the cold weather has people down, they seek warm, comforting food and drinks to warm out the body. A hot drink such as coffee or tea may make you feel warm, while something heavier like soup or noodles will retain the heat better. When people think of warm and comforting food, they will likely think of comfort food – food that we enjoyed while younger that made us feel good. Grilled cheese and tomato soup make for great examples of comfort food. In today’s culinary world, every chef and cook has placed their own spin on classics, bringing traditional comfort food to the table using exquisite ingredients or preparation styles. One can find a grilled cheese around every nook and cranny, or just wander around Orange County until Porko Rico BBQ comes into sight.

After an exciting first month in business, the Porko Rico BBQ food truck has not only acquired a generous following, but has launched a few new items for their current menu. Currently roaming in Orange County, Porko Rico BBQ specializes in Southern-style BBQ with a Caribbean spin. The overall vibe of Porko Rico BBQ has changed over the past month, now that not only does the menu fit the theme, but the staff fit the theme as well. Their Pulled Pork Sandwich that I reviewed last month now goes by the name Pillager Pulled Pork. They have introduced some new items to their menu as well, such as their Shipwreck Grilled Cheese. This meaty sandwich comes with tender brisket, fire-roasted tomatoes, coconut pesto, and muenster cheese, all on buttered & grilled toast. At first bite, you can immediately taste the beef, accompanied by the pesto. The brisket just oozes out natural meat juices, exhibiting its freshness. The pesto stands out with its use of coconut in the ingredients, meshing well with the fire-roasted tomatoes for a balance of flavors to highlight the beef.

You can crush your own Shipwreck Grilled Cheese for just $9 from this Orange County food truck. Why look anywhere else for a great grilled cheese sandwich? Stick around for a bit, and Porko Rico BBQ will eventually come to an area in Orange County near you.