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Los Angeles Fashion Week
Now through October 19
All over Los Angeles
http://lafashionweek.net/

The latest in fashion goes public all this week in Los Angeles. Check the website for a list of all fashion events all over Los Angeles going on this week.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/779375302121690/

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.

New Noise Conference & Festival 2014
7:00 pm – 11:00, October 15-16
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm, October 17
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 18
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 19
Five different venues, Santa Barbara
http://www.newnoisesb.org/

Over this five-day span, five different venues will host numerous music acts, as well as music conferences on Sunday. Ticket prices vary based on the individual music performance, so check the website for full details regarding the musician, ticket prices, location, age limits, and more.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1534797783399251/

Beachwood BBQ fans rejoice! The one that started them all, Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night, returns this Thursday night to the Seal Beach restaurant. No reservations required – simply show up, grab a list, then start marking off what you want in your Mac & Cheese dish.

Savor Santa Ana
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 16
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/

Santa Ana gets their very own strolling tasting event this Thursday night! Folks who have attend any Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor will already know the drill. To participate, simply show up, buy a booklet of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem those tickets at participating restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana for yummy samples. In addition, the weekly Downtown Santa Ana farmer’s market will also take place, allowing visitors to browse those wares as well.

English Dogs – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 16, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/English-Dogs
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 17, S.C.L.A. Apparel, Watts, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/352491461581494/

Original UK punk band English Dogs will tour across the west coast starting with Southern California this week. They will also return to Southern California a few times in the next two weeks. Tickets to these all-ages shows range from $10 to $13.

Inland Empire Restaurant Week
October 17-26
Participating restaurants, Inland Empire
http://www.inlandempirerestaurantweek.com/

Over a hundred restaurants from Corona to Chino to Big Bear to Palm Desert will have food & drink special during this ten-day period. Check out your favorite local restaurant, or enjoy something new

3rd Annual San Diego Comic Fest
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 17-18
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 19
Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.sdcomicfest.org/

Much smaller and more intimate than the San Diego Comic Con, this weekend expo will feature artists, writers, actors, models, screenings, speakers, autograph sessions, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more. Admission on Friday or Saturday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. Admission for Sunday costs $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.

58th Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 17
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 18
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 19
William Peak Park, Buena Park
http://www.silveradodays.com/

This annual local fair takes place at Peak Park in Buena Park every year on the third weekend of October. Free to park and enter, guests of all ages will enjoy rides, games, vendors, a food court, live entertainment, and more. Numerous contests that guests can participate in include arm wrestling, horseshoe-throwing, pie-eating, hog calling, baby, dogs, chili cook-off, and more. If arriving at night, know that Halloween Haunt traffic envelopes the park, so turning into the street from Knott Ave will take a long time. Once you turn into the neighborhood, the park’s parking lot has more than enough spots available.

Monterey Park Night Market
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, October 17
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://mpknightmarket.com/

The popularity of night markets has surged within the past year. This Friday, Monterey Park gets their very own night market, complete with free admission. Come to this all-ages outdoor fair this Friday night, and check out all the food, drinks, desserts, merchandise, live entertainment, and more. Expect heavy traffic approaching this area, especially for a Friday night, so plan your commute accordingly.

Duane Peters Gunfight @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 17
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://tikibaroc.com/?p=4

Catch Duane Peters Gunfight, D.I., Riotgun, and more at this punk show at the Tiki Bar this Friday night. No one has specified a cover charge, so have cash available for that. No one under 21 may enter.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 17-18
Lot 613, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/673049362743408/

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

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Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 18
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.justinrudd.com/chalk.html

Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, the 11th annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.), will showcase the works of diverse artists who will use chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. The contest costs nothing for amateurs to enter, so check the website for the registration link.

27th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 18
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 19
The Reef/LA Mart, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef (LA Mart) in Los Angeles. Attendees to this expo will find hundreds of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale from over 50 different vendors for both men and women. Ticket prices heavily vary, but note that general admission starts at 10:30 am on Saturday. Those that purchase an upgraded ticket can enter as early as 9am. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

7th Annual Old Town Tustin Art Walk
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 18
Old Town (Downtown) Tustin
http://www.tustinca.org/artwalk/

Check out over 60 artist booths lined up along the streets of Old Town Tustin this Saturday. This annual event also includes music, a wine bar, a photography contest, kids’ art at the Tustin Library, docent-led tours, and more. All local businesses will operate under regular business hours.

2nd Annual San Clemente Oktoberfest
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 18
Elks Lodge, San Clemente
http://scoktoberfest.weebly.com/

Expect to find all of the typical Oktoberfest festivities here: chicken dancing, German music, stein holding, beer chugging, sausages, pretzels, normal bar beers, and more. Admission to this Oktoberfest celebration costs $10.

2nd Annual Ramen Yokocho Fest
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 18-19
Fairplex, Pomona
http://ramenyokochous.com/

At this all-ages festival, guests can explore and eat ramen from some of LA’s top Japanese chefs. Admission costs $5 per person, while each bowl of ramen will cost $8. Parking will cost $10 per vehicle, so I recommend carpooling to save money.

Downtown Burbank Oktoburfest
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 18
Gordon Biersch, Burbank
http://www.downtown-burbank.org/events.php

Downtown Burbank turns on the taps for Oktoberfest with ample helpings of beer and good times. A Biergarten will take over San Fernando Blvd between Olive & Angeleno, where beer enthusiasts can sample a variety of brews, pick up a swag bag filled with special offers, obtain a souvenir glass, and enjoy music & entertainment. Guests can obtain food & appetizers for takeout from area restaurants and eateries. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission starts at 12pm and allows access to rare brews.

7th Annual Tattoos For The Cure
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 18
Ink’d Chronicles, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/429922330478520/

At this annual breast cancer charity event, find tattoos, a fashion show, live music, an art exhibit, vendors, beer, raffle prizes, and more. Any visitor wanting a tattoo must spend $80 minimum on it. Artists volunteer their time, and all proceeds get donated to the breast health program at Cancer Care Center.

Anaheim Brewery Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 18
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://anaheimbrewery.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/anaheim-brewerys-2014-oktoberfest-double-dates/

Expect to find all of the typical Oktoberfest festivities here: chicken dancing, German music, stein holding, beer chugging, sausages, pretzels, normal bar beers, and more.

BierBuzz Masquerade 2014
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 18
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://masqueradebeerfest.com/

Halloween and craft beer meet this Saturday night at this costumed beer fest. General admission costs $35, comes with ten beer tasters, and starts at 6pm. VIP admission costs $45, comes with 15 beer tasters, and starts at 5pm. This event takes place mostly outdoors and will go on rain or shine. Guests can find plenty of free street parking throughout the neighborhood. No one under 21 may enter.

8th Annual Pasadena Mumbo Gumbo Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 18
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena
http://www.gumbofestpasadena.com/

All the gumbo you can eat returns to Pasadena this Saturday evening. This festival celebrates gumbo at its finest, and also includes live music, dancing, $5 beers & glasses of wines, and more. Presale tickets cost $50, while tickets at the door cost $60.

11th Annual Sea Fare
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 18
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/seafare/

This annual food-tasting fundraiser will feature food & drink samples from over 25 local restaurants, live music, a silent auction, an open bar, and more. Tickets to this event costs $125 per person.

Circus Jerks @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 18
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/273991146144629/

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

D.R.I. – When Worlds Collide Tour
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 18, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://www.ticketfly.com/event/639985-when-worlds-collide-tour-san-diego/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 19, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/dri-2014

Old school punk band D.R.I. currently tours throughout the world, and that tour will swing through Southern California this and next week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on the individual link for further information.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 19
Frank G Bonelli Regional Park, San Dimas
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Dimas. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities. Parking at the park costs $10 per vehicle.

2014 Pour It Black
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 19
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/pouritblack/

Love dark beers? You owe it to visit Stone Brewing’s Pour It Black, a beer festival dedicated to dark beers. Admission costs $45 and comes with fifteen 3oz tasters and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Sriracha Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 19
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://sriracha.nightout.com/

Test your spice tolerance at this food festival dedicated to sriracha this Sunday afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles. General admission costs $59, starts at 3pm, and include all tastings, including craft beer and cocktail samples. VIP admission costs $90, starts at 2pm, and includes reserved seating.

Eddie & The Hot Rods @ Slide Bar
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 19
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/245542405656789/

UK rockers Eddie & The Hot Rods return to America for a two-week tour. Catch them in Fullerton this Sunday night. No one under 21 may enter.

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Much of the United States has this fixation about their local fair, whether the city or the state fair. From a narrow perspective, nothing changes year after year at the fair – if you attended previously, you would receive the same experience again the next time. This largely remains true persistently, but the experience generally changes based on who you attend the fair with, not which fair you attend. If you visit various fairs within the same region, you would see most of the same things: fair food, carnival rides, animals, and tons of vendors. For example, the San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles fairs all have the same basic outline of the aforementioned features. Once you have gone to one fair, you have basically experienced it all. So what can you do to continue to enjoy fair life without wading through the hoards of people in the hot sun? If you enjoy fair food, you would have wanted to go to Beachwood BBQ last week for their rendition of fair foods with a twist.

Nestled in a small space in historic old-town Seal Beach, Beachwood BBQ has garnered an outstanding reputation not only among the locals, but across the nation for their influence on the craft beer industry. Sure they revolutionized the idea of rotating taps, but Beachwood BBQ churns out some stellar eats above and beyond standard bar food quality. For the most part, one can see Beachwood BBQ’s menu as mostly bar food, since most, if not all, of the menu pairs really well with whatever beer they have on tap. Folks in the area last Thursday evening could truly immerse themselves in the bar food experience when Beachwood BBQ hosted a dinner night aptly entitled Beachwood On A Stick. On this night, Beachwood BBQ took a good look at common fair foods, and re-envisioned a more gourmet version of each of their ideas. In addition, each food item received its own beer pairing to go with it. Some of the pairings matched well, while a few lost me in the mix. You can peek at the menu above, or scroll down to read the descriptions plus my review.

  • Lamb Kofta, $5: smoked lamb, mint BBQ sauce | Pairs w/ Duvel Single Belgian Pale Ale

I will call this my favorite out of all of the menu. This looks small, but the sheer meatiness of it plus the unique minty BBQ sauce makes for a divine bite.

  • Poutine, $4: mashed potato, mozzarella, sage gravy | Pairs w/ Avery Samael’s Oak Aged Ale, an English Barleywine
  • Chicken Gumbo, $4: diced chicken, onions, bell peppers, okra, sassafras cream, fried rice | Pairs w/ Brouwerij Malheur 12° Belgian Strong Dark Ale

The Poutine basically represents a mozzarella stick, but with mashed potatoes in it as well. The gravy made it soggy, so it crumbled right off the stick. This did not contain meat, which made me sad 😦 Also this beer pairing sorely did not work out for me. On its own, this barleywine would taste great as a sipper. However, due to its strength, it badly damaged my palate.
The Chicken Gumbo basically represents a shish kabob, with no fancy tricks other than the fried (literally) rice.

  • Funnel Cake Dog, $4: smoked andouille sausage, powdered sugar | Pairs w/ Firestone Walker Easy Jack IPA

Take a really spicy sausage, batter it with funnel cake batter, dust some powdered sugar on it, and you have this… Emphasis on really spicy. The beer pairing, for as much IBU’s as it contains, could not douse the fire raging in my mouth.

  • Liver & Onions, $4: grilled chicken livers, roasted pearl onions, red wine demi glace | Pairs w/ Tahoe Mountain Bright Moments Pale Ale

Once you get over the fact that you have liver on a plate in front of you, the flavor comes up remarkably well. The texture of the liver may make some people queasy, so turn off your mind when you eat liver.

  • Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana, $3: rolled in pork rinds | Pairs w/ Almanac Biere de Chocolat Porter

My favorite dessert, since it does not taste that sweet, and it also has pork rinds to give it a salty taste. Imagine a frozen chocolate banana with sea salt, and you have this amazing dessert seemingly easy to make at home.

  • Twinkie, $4: sorrel marshmallow filling, funnel cake fried | Pairs w/ New Belgium Wild² Dubbel

If they could tone down the sweetness, this would have turned out as the most demanded item. The funnel cake batter and the filling’s overbearing sweetness makes this large enough to split with another person.

Miss out on Beachwood On A Stick? Pay attention to their Facebook page, as they always announce events like this in advance there. Even if you cannot make it to a special dinner night, head on over to check out their ever-changing beer selection, plus their menu of great eats.

2013 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 10
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.facebook.com/events/151727981691632/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Tuesday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay $5, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

Free Bread & Jam Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 10
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/696338460395848/

Sample all-natural breads with artisanal jams this Tuesday evening at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa, all for free.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 11
Downtown Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/427579

Experience the variety Pacific Beach has to offer at this all-inclusive restaurant walk this Wednesday night! For $20, all attendees will get to sample food from 19 local restaurants, as well as craft beer sampling. Anyone can come and join in on the feasting, but only those 21 and over may receive beer tasters.

Spanish Punk Night w/ Destruction Made Simple
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11
The Stardust Club, Downey
http://www.facebook.com/events/500692410024663/

Check out this FREE punk rock show this Wednesday night in Downey. Two punk bands from Spain will join the show that already consists of great local bands like Destruction Made Simple. No one under 21 may attend.

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

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

Los Angeles Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 13
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 14
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 15
Ports O’Call Village, San Pedro
http://lobsterfest.com/

This lobster festival at Port of Los Angeles will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, pirate shows, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $10 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. A printable coupon on the website allows guests to save $1 off entry.

OC Weekly’s 10th Annual Decadence
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Reserve, Silverado
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/decadence2013/

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. All-inclusive admission costs $30, or click here to pay only $15 for admission. Guests should look to park at Saddleback Church and take the free shuttle from there, as the venue has limited valet parking only. No one under 21 may attend.

Blackmarket Bakery’s Fall Open House
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, September 14
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/712429488783795/

Come to Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa this Saturday morning and sample seasonal tarts, chocolate bark, toffee, pastries, buns, and breads, all for free. Every eighth customer that makes a purchase will receive a free t-shirt!

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2013
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 14
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://cantillon.be/br/3_21

“Zwanze Day is an international, simultaneous tapping of a one-off Cantillon abbey-style beer that visits 46 special locations around the United Stated, Canada, Europe, and Asia. One of Belgium’s finest breweries, these highly sought-after beers have become increasingly hard to find. Zwanze 2013 bears the name of its illustrious place of origin, Abbaye de Cureghem (Cureghem Abbey). In Dutch, “zwanze” refers to a type of semi-sarcastic humor typical of Brussels that one often encounters at Cantillon Brewery.”

As quoted by Beachwood BBQ, they will carry this extremely rare beer this Saturday, pouring samples and providing a brunch/lunch buffet to attendees. All reservations for this tapping have SOLD OUT already. If you would like to attend, search after-market sites for anyone selling tickets.

1st Annual Ramen Yokocho Fest
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 14-15
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance
http://ramenyokochous.com/

At this free and all-ages festival, guests can explore and eat ramen from some of LA’s top Japanese chefs. Guests park and enter the fest for free, while each bowl of ramen will cost $8.

Long Beach Fleadh – Irish Music & Oyster Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 14-15
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachfleadh.com/

Revel in Irish culture all this weekend in Downtown Long Beach, with Irish music, oysters, food, whisky tastings, film screenings, live entertainment, and more. This all-ages festival will bring Irish culture to town, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. Guests will find fresh oysters, champagne, Guinness, whisky, and other delicious Irish foods to consume, all while enjoying the Irish music all weekend. General admission costs $20 per day, or $30 for a two-day pass. Click here to purchase a one-day admission that comes with two free drinks. All attendees must cover their own transportation expenses. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather.

Immelmann Release & End of Summer Bash
11:00 am – 12:00 am, September 14
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/?p=2751

Immelmann makes its long-anticipated return this Saturday at Hangar 24. Get your bottle from the tasting room for $20 this Saturday, where the tasting room will also have other special beer releases, food from The Big Easy, and three local bands.

Wet Electric SoCal
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.wet-electric.com/wet-electric-socal-september-14/

I cannot understand the website’s description of this event. To me, this looks like an all-day dance party at the beach, complete with live DJ’s and lots of people dancing at the beach in their swimsuits. General admission starts at $75, while VIP admission starts at $140 and comes with perks such as exclusive entry and VIP areas.

Drink Good Beer Mash-Up & Homebrew Competition
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 22
The Factory Gastropub, Long Beach
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/431562

The Factory Gastropub will host a beer fest and homebrewers competition in their parking lot this Saturday afternoon. Presale tickets sell for $35, while tickets will sell for $40 at the door. Over 30 local breweries will serve their beers to attendees, while homebrewers will sample their beers as well. Registration to enter you homebrews ended already, so if you want to enter your brew(s), you will have to wait until the next competition. All attendees must bring valid ID to show at the gate. Attendees may park for free in the surrounding neighborhoods. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Great Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 14
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://www.greatwinefestival.com/

Over 50 wineries will gather to sample their tasty wines at this wine festival this Saturday afternoon at OC Great Park. For $75, attendees will receive unlimited wine tastings & food, while getting treated to live music, a silent auction, and an opportunity drawing. No one under 21 may attend.

SoCal Zombie Walk
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 14
Pasadena Central Park, Pasadena
http://www.socalzombiewalk.com/

Practice your zombie walk this Saturday evening in Pasadena. Meet up in Central Park in Pasadena, congregate with the other zombies there, and show Pasadena the collective force of a zombie invasion. This FREE and all-ages zombie walk will start early on in the night – guests not in zombie outfits or makeup will have to walk behind the main peloton of zombie walkers.

6th Annual Pasadena Mumbo Gumbo Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 14
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena
http://www.gumbofestpasadena.com/

All the gumbo you can eat returns to Pasadena this Saturday evening. This festival celebrates gumbo at its finest, and also includes live music, dancing, $5 beers & glasses of wines, and more. Presale tickets cost $40, while tickets at the door cost $60.

The Detours in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 14
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/201844143317481/

Before legendary punk bands like The Adolescents and D.I. started their thing, The Detours helped to pioneer today’s punk rock. You can see them perform all of their original hits this Saturday night in Baldwin Park, along with plenty of other local bands. This all-ages show costs $10, and has a full bar inside. Guests can park here for free.

Free Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 14
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/235613353253497/

Check out some local punk bands at this free show this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Guttermouth @ The Juke Joint
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 14
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/449031

Catch Guttermouth and other great local bands this Saturday night at The Juke Joint in Anaheim. Presale costs $12, and will likely sell out, so act fast! If any tickets remain, you can purchase admission at the door for $15. If the venue’s parking lot fills up, guests can park on North St. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 15-20
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For six full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

Los Angeles Fried Chicken Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 15
The Coop Pop-Up, Beverly Hills
http://www.lafriedchickenfest.com/

The LA Fried Chicken Fest returns with the best fried chicken you will ever have, plus craft beers and cocktails to keep your thirst quenched. All tickets to this event have officially sold out, but you can still find after-market tickets on sites like StubHub or Craigslist.

Rock Comp Finals
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
Tropics Lounge, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/193736110798388/

Say farewell to the old Tropics Lounge as they close the doors after one final show this Sunday night until they move to a new location. Check out this 11-band show for only $2! No one under 18 may attend.

8 Kalacas @ Los Globos
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles
http://www.flavorus.com/event/8-Kalacas-wSurprise-Headliner/187043

Spanish punk and ska come to LA this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

The Adicts, Agent Orange, Narcoleptic Youth @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-adicts

Punk rock giants hit the stage this Sunday night at The Observatory, as The Adicts headline a show along with Agent Orange and Narcoleptic Youth, two more extremely popular punk bands in their own right. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Arrive early to park in the venue’s parking lot – arrive too late and end up paying for parking in neighboring lots.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Summer Strip Down
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 15
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/237167809772803/

Enjoy a fun burlesque show courtesy of the Dirty Little Secrets this Sunday night in Santa Monica. Bring cash for parking and a possible cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
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 does not exist in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here before.

Los Angeles Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 14
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 15
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 16
Ports O’Call Village, San Pedro
http://lobsterfest.com/

This lobster festival at Port of Los Angeles will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, pirate shows, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $10 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. A printable coupon on the website allows guests to save $1 off entry.

Pasadena Greek Fest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 14
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 15-16
Santa Anita Race Track, Arcadia
http://pasadenagreekfest.org/

Three weekend Greek fests in a row! Following Long Beach and Los Angeles, Pasadena now has a Greek Fest going on this weekend. The $5 admission includes food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. The race track charges $4 for parking per vehicle.

24th Annual Taste of Newport
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 14
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 15
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 16
Newport Center Drive, Fashion Island, Newport Beach
http://www.tasteofnewport.com/

This three-day food, wine, and music festival returns this weekend to Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Over 35 local restaurants and over 15 wineries will serve all guests here. Presale tickets sell for $22, while tickets at the door sell for $25. While guests can park for free, admission does NOT include food, but comes on a per-order basis. Similar to games at the OC Fair, guests must obtain a card that they must preload with money at the event. After loading the card, all vendors will use that card to accept payment from guests. Each vendor takes varying amounts from the card, similar to Taste of OC or Stroll & Savor. It sounds complicating, but for having done this 23 years prior, this system works.

Purple Revolver
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 15
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.purple-revolver.com/

This jack-of-all-trades festival celebrates the 60s, 70s, and 80s pop culture in a modern setting. Featuring tribute bands for The Beatles, Queen, and Led Zeppelin, guests will also find food trucks, a beer garden, a karaoke lounge, a car show, and a “retro festival” containing numerous vendors and merchandise. Presale tickets cost $15, while tickets at the door cost $20. As with any event in this area, all guests must pay for parking. Guests may park for free in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Long Beach Parade of Olympians
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 15
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/280766685362784/

Long Beach Olympians will celebrate their performance in this year’s Olympics with a parade in Belmont Shore this Saturday afternoon. Misty May-Treanor, Jessica Hardy, Ryan Bailey, Chay Lapin, and Adam Wright have confirmed participation. Following the parade at 3:30pm, head to McKenna’s on the Bay for a Meet & Greet session with autographs, photos, and more.

6th Annual Pasadena Mumbo Gumbo Fest
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 16
Boston Court Performing Arts Center, Pasadena
http://www.gumbofestpasadena.com/

All the gumbo you can eat returns to Pasadena this Sunday afternoon. This festival celebrates gumbo at its finest, and also includes live music, dancing, $5 beers & glasses of wines, and more. Presale tickets cost $49, while tickets at the door cost $60.