Posts Tagged ‘Handlery Hotel’

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 7
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 18
The Continental Room, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/575833545805424/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Angry Samoans in Thousand Oaks
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
Lava Sports Lounge, Thousand Oaks
http://www.facebook.com/events/268461276645502/

Get a sampler of Southern California punk rock this Friday night in Thousand Oaks, as Angry Samoans headline a show with False Confession, Neighborhood Watch, and more. Tickets to this all-ages show start at $10.

Female Fronted Frenzy
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 21
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/721399254561194/

Check out some chicks that rock this Friday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Entry to this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

36th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run
7:30 am – 4:00 pm, February 22
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, February 23
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.firecracker10k.org/

Start off the new (Chinese) year right with this 5/10K Run/Bike race this weekend in Chinatown. The bike race takes place on Saturday, while the run takes place on Sunday. All races cost $40 to enter. Various festivities will also take place in the Chinatown Central Plaza for most of the day.

Burning Baby Fest
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 22-23
Location TBA
http://www.facebook.com/events/401242160011971/

Prepare yourself for the biggest punk rock shitstorm ever. Torture yourself through two full days of punk rock and DIY madness for just $10 per day, with $5 parking per vehicle. This festival supposedly has no age limit, but take care with the little ones here.

Open That Barrel Night
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 22
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/262197507277537/

Enjoy some live music, rare barrel-aged beers, and one-off beers this Saturday night at the Hangar 24 tasting room in Redlands.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 22
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

Last year, this beer festival took place on a rainy Friday night at Broadway Pier. This year, the festival moves indoors to Balboa Park on a Saturday night. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale and $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 22
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/163297

Catch punk rock legends The Dickies as they headline a show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach along with The Generators, The Howlers, and more. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba or the neighborhood across the street.

Luicidal in Riverside
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 22
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/737114729632552/

Luicidal headlines a local punk rock show in Riverside this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs $8 before 10pm and $10 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Angry Samoans in San Diego
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 22
Shakedown Bar, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/592451564161219/

The Angry Samoans will headline a local punk rock show in San Diego this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Restaurant Week
February 23 – March 1
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

Newport Beach Brewing Company’s Brewfest 6
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 23
Newport Beach Brewing Company, Newport Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/200451416821507/

Newport Beach Brewing Co. will host their annual Brewfest this Sunday at their brewery. $25 gets you 12 beer tasters, while guests may purchase more tasters for $1 each. The brewery’s restaurant will remain open for anyone wanting to eat.

San Diego Chefs Salute Tommy Gomes
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 23
Handlery Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/526443

Tommy Gomes has greatly impacted San Diego’s culinary community, and this Sunday, you can come celebrate with him, friends, and more with great food and great drinks. Enjoy a fantastic multi-course supper complete with beer pairings for just $75 per person. Act quick, as only 100 tickets will go out! No one under 21 may attend.

Cochon 555
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 23
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica
http://cochon555.com/2014-tour/los-angeles/

Five chefs, five pigs, and five winemakers await your stomach this Sunday evening as you partake in this epic pork feast for the ages. Sample over 30 different pork dishes, and sip on beers, wines, spirits, and more. Early guests will even get to try some foie gras! General admission starts at 5pm and costs $131, while early entry starts at 4pm and costs $208. No one under 21 may enter.

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2013 comes to a close, marking the end of old fads and the birth of new trends. News that forever shifts the face of the earth break regularly, creating history that we all live through, albeit we simply take it with a grain of salt. We must keep in mind that the next generation will view what we live through today as history, so we should care for what goes on in today’s world and economy. As time progresses, so do trends and tastes, which explains the ever-rising popularity of craft beer and micro breweries. Corporate beer manufacturers saw significantly lower sales this year – while still relatively high compared to most micro breweries, the sales did not keep up with growth. In the craft beer industry, event planners hold beer festivals to generate buzz about many different types of beers to the guests that attend. Traditional beer fests had guests pay an entry fee and enter an area where they can freely roam and drink, usually in some public area where people cannot drink on normal days. Some beer fests require drink tickets to receive beers, while others provide all-you-can-drink beer. 2013 provided some new fest structures, but in the end, the goal of exposing attendees to new, amazing beers that they have never heard of or ever imagined drinking remains the same. California caters well to the craft beer industry, and as such host many beer fests throughout the year. Read on to check out five of my favorite Southern Californian beer festivals from 2013.

5. Drink Good Beer Fest

With all these big beer fests going on around this time of year, we tend to overlook the smaller crowd. A beer fest comes with a handful of objectives: provide lots of beer for attendees to drink (quantity), or invite micro breweries that need exposure (quality). Oktoberfest provides a prime example of the former – attracting thousands of people to one location to guzzle bad overpriced beer. When you want to find good beers but have no idea where to start, a beer fest makes for a great place to start, as it exposes attendees to a variety of local beers. Some larger beer fests get dominated by larger companies like Budweiser or Corona, so in order to seek out the locals, we have to look at smaller fests. In terms of any type of food & beverage festival, size does not always mean everything, and Drink Good Beer Fest at The Factory in Long Beach proves just that. All the breweries at this fest brought so much beer, and most of them brought their strong stuff too, a rarity in small-size beer fests like this. A giant canopy provided enough shade for any attendee wanting to escape the hot sun, as well as the snacks’ table where attendees could purchase snacks, water, or food from the host restaurant. Also, how often does a small beer fest last four full hours? Most beer fests nowadays last only three hours, or four with a “VIP admission” that costs more than general admission. The Factory went in the right direction with this beer fest, as it serves multiple purposes, such as exposing people to new beer & breweries, and exposing people to The Factory, a gastropub in an otherwise family-friendly neighborhood. Stay tuned for this fest next year, and start thinking of beers to brew to enter into this competition!

4. Mission Valley Craft Beer & Gourmet Food Festival

An old expression goes “All good things must come to an end.” I would never hope this to occur to any successful event, but alas it shall sooner or later. The Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival (MVCBF) returned to Handlery Hotel in San Diego for its fourth and final year. This mega fest provided more than just beer – this fest combined a beer fest with gourmet food from local chefs and restaurants. In addition to unlimited beer pours, all attendees could sample all the delicious food they could handle until the vendors ran out of food, and boy did the food fly out fast. Do not expect any corporate or chain businesses here – MVCBF only invited the best in local cuisine to the party. With so many vendors invited to the party, the venue’s area had to stretch to wrap around the building, and even then did they still lack ample seating for all the guests, although this does not indicate a flaw – only that this proves the immense popularity of this fest. It pains me that this super fest has to come to an end, but on the other hand, I cannot wait to see what future events they have in stock. Although this grand festival will not return, the organizers still hold smaller, intimate events, so check out their website for all of their upcoming events.

3. Hangar 24 AirFest & 5th Anniversary Celebration

Coincidentally coinciding with the end of American Craft Beer Week, Hangar 24 Brewery celebrated their 5th anniversary with an all-day AirFest taking place at Redlands Airport. Hangar 24 fans could enter for $5 if purchased online, or $8 at the gate. Located just across the street from the tasting room, this all-ages gathering covered almost the entire airport area, sans the runway, with tents and trucks pouring beers. Strewn throughout the area, in addition to the various tents and trucks pouring beer, the airport crew set out vintage planes that guests could inspect and gaze at, and opened some of the hangars so guests could tour the airport. Guests could climb into some of the planes for photo opportunities as well. All day long, taps poured beers, food trucks sold their food, local bands played live music, and pilots put on aerial acrobatics shows, providing more than enough entertainment for the crowd. A kids’ play zone kept the little ones busy while the adults could go and drink elsewhere. Free parking meant that guests could leave and return at their leisure, provided that they leave their wristbands on. With so much ground to cover, so much beer to drink, and so much else going on, no guest should have ever felt bored the entire day. A combination of all small details contributed to the greater success of this event. First off, guests could park for free, and could reenter the venue. This alone can sway hesitant minds towards purchasing a ticket to attend. With such a large area to cover, guests did not have to wait in long lines to receive beer tickets or beer pours. As I entered the fest, the immediate ticket booth had a long line, but as I explored further into the area, I discovered more ticket booths with no line at all. Unlike the standard beer fest with tribute bands as the only form of entertainment, AirFest brought varied forms of entertainment, especially with the air shows and local bands playing their own original music. Most importantly of all, the people made this fest a grand event. From the amicable attendees to the sociable staff, the general aura of goodwill in the air placed everyone in a good mood that bounced from person to person.

2. San Diego Brewers Guild Festival

As San Diego Beer Week entered its fifth year running, breweries have never looked stronger than ever before. The San Diego Brewers Guild quickly approaches a hundred member breweries, and they strive to show their collective strength to the public with their San Diego Brewers Guild Festival. Now in its 11th year (thus starting before San Diego Beer Week existed), this annual beer festival now coincides with San Diego Beer Week with a massive celebration at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego. This year’s festival from this past Saturday afternoon featured over 50 of the county’s guild breweries all spread out along the pier, each serving at least two of their beer offerings. With over a hundred different beers to taste, and only so much time available, attendees would have to power through all their beers in order to maximize the variety of beers tasted. People do not simply call San Diego the west coast capital of beer for no reason. San Diego County alone has almost a hundred official breweries – more if you count brewpubs and homebrew clubs. Consider that the state of Washington has just over 190 breweries, and you have a county packed full of craft beer enough to fill half a state. The San Diego Brewers Guild Festival rightly holds its place as one of the nation’s top beer festivals for its sheer amount of content packed into a small space within a 24-hour span, which included a VIP reception from Friday night. As a kickoff event for the rest of the beer festivities, attendees will have a better sense of direction for finding more events and specials throughout the week all over San Diego County.

1. Orange County Brew Ha Ha

Orange County’s biggest craft beer festival returned for its fourth year running this year at the 4th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival. Taking place at sunny Oak Canyon Park out in the hills of Silverado and Irvine, this lush park away from civilization marks a great getaway from the cluster of the city, especially since cell phone signals do not normally reach out here. Trumping last year’s festival in geographical size and content, this massive beer festival puts all others to shame by including a whopping 70+ breweries in attendance from all over the world, doubling its area from last year, and adding more food, games, exhibits, vendors, and live entertainment, including Reel Big Fish! Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, general admission started at 1pm and included ten beer pours, while Early admission started at 12pm and included 15 beer pours. All beers stopped pouring at 4pm, but trust me – they allocated more than enough beer per person, since many of the breweries brought strong or filling brews, resulting in majority of attendees leaving the fest at the end of the day with extra beer pours remaining. At this rate of expansion, I foresee a 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha as so large that any normal person cannot possibly complete a circuit in given time. If this case arises, they must consider running two sessions, just like how Stone Brewing does for their anniversary. If they cannot run two sessions on the same day, then they can add another beer fest of the same magnitude. Luckily, they already have – the 2nd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho returned to the Phoenix Club in Anaheim on Saturday, December 7th. No other beer fest in Orange County can compete on the same level as the Brew Ha Ha – see why for yourself next year!

Free Punk Show in Downtown LA
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 3
Redwood Bar, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/238611659637080/

Find drink specials and local punk rock bands in Downtown Los Angeles this Tuesday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 4
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/179766825553233/

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

The Five Chef Societe II – Duck Tales
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, December 5
Handlery Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/496171

For $75, treat yourself to a 5-course duck dinner complete with craft beer pairings. Buy your ticket TODAY to save $15! Guests may park for free in the hotel’s parking lot, despite the automated gate. No one under 21 may participate.

The Flatliners in Corona
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 5
Maya’s Café, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1424483931113687/

Catch punk bands The Flatliners, Slow Children, and more in Corona this Thursday night. Entry to this all-ages show cost $10 and will likely hit capacity, so arrive early!

35th Annual Balboa Park December Nights
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 6
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 7
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.balboapark.org/decembernights

This free and all-ages event allows visitors to check out the museums of Balboa Park free of charge, and enjoy the live holiday-themed entertainment.

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 6
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, December 7
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 8
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.motorcycleshows.com/long-beach

See all-things motorcycles this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission varies, with a one-day adult general admission costing $15.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 6
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).

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 6
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 7
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://uptownvillagemarket.com/

Local artists and vendors will display and sell their wares at this FREE art fest. Guests can look at some interesting works of art, while browsing through all the merchandise available to purchase. The organizers will provide free refreshments, while live bands and singers will keep guests entertained.

Street Dogs @ Chain Reaction
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 6
Chain Reaction, Anaheim
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/416271

Street Dogs go on a quick tour across the country for just a month, starting in Southern California this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18, and will likely sell out fast. Attendees can find free street parking on S Loara St.

Free Punk Show in Lomita
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 6
The Firehouse, Lomita
http://www.facebook.com/events/222751601182548/

See local punk bands perform for free in Lomita this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/148117

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

Piecemakers Christmas “Under the Stars” Crafts Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 7
Piecemakers Country Store, Costa Mesa
http://piecemakerschristmasvillage.blogspot.com/

Hundreds of local vendors will sell their merchandise and creations at this free outdoor fair this weekend. Kids can enjoy hay rides and other activities, while food trucks will serve food to guests.

2013 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 7
2nd Street, Downtown Pomona
http://www.downtownpomona.org/events-calendar/christmas-parade-2013/

Looking for a Christmas parade to bring your friends & family to? Check out Downtown Pomona this Saturday morning for a free parade. Parking meters shut off for that day, so guests can park for free.

Pugachev’s Cobra Release & Barrel-Aged Beers Party
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 7
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.hangar24brewery.com/h24pugafest.htm

Like Santa Claus, Hangar 24’s bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, Pugachev’s Cobra, makes its annual return this month. Starting this Saturday at their tasting room at the brewery in Redlands, beer lovers can obtain Pugachev’s Cobra on draft and/or in bottles to take home. In addition, Hangar 24 will serve plenty of other barrel-aged beers on this day to commemorate the release of this year’s Pugachev’s Cobra. Tickets to this tasting event cost $25 and comes with 8 coupons good for a 4 oz. pour each.

6th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 7-8
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://stateofunique.com/unique-la/

Their website describes this event best: “The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast.” The $10 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

2nd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 7
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://ocbrewhoho.com/

From the creators of OC Brew Ha Ha comes the OC Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival! Join me this Saturday for an afternoon of UNLIMITED beer tastings, food, music, holiday shopping, and more. As one of the year’s final beer fests, expect to ring in 2014 with some rare and unreleased beers, including Hangar 24’s Pugachev’s Cobra. In addition to the beer and food, OC Brew Ho Ho will also feature a merchandise expo, allowing attendees to do some holiday shopping while drinking beer. Tickets cost $55 and comes with free parking, a souvenir glass, and all access to all areas of the fest. As with any beer fest, all attendees must show ID, and nobody under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 7
Fiesta Twin Theatre, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/549794795088407/

This free and all-ages outdoors events features art, music, fashion, photography, live entertainment, and more, all rolled into one street fest.

CodeName: Rocky in Long Beach
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 7
A-Lot, 7th & Pine, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/181047838757003/

CodeName: Rocky headlines an all-ages show in Long Beach this Saturday night. Entry only costs $5.

The Under Construction Birthday Bash – Free Punk Show
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 7
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/667595046606876/

Catch a FREE and all-ages show this Saturday night in La Habra, featuring ten local punk bands.

31st Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 7
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This year’s Christmas parade’s theme focuses on our troops and veterans. Police will close 2nd Street beginning at 5pm from Livingston through Bay Shore. As one of Belmont Shore’s most popular annual events, parking fills up intensely within a mile radius. I recommend parking way away and either bike or walk to Belmont Shore.

Free Punk Show in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 7
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/456680331106964/

Local punk bands tear it up in Long Beach this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December
Manhattan Beach Pier
http://www.pubclub.com/losangeles/fireworks.htm

This Sunday night, many streets near the Manhattan Beach Pier will close, as thousands of spectators gather to watch fireworks (which start at 7pm), dance, drink, mingle, and more. Completely free to attend, expect chaos with this many people. Arrive early to snag a good parking spot.

Angel City Gifts Bazaar
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 8
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/angel-city-gifts-bazaar-3/

Free to attend, visitors will find holiday merchants, food trucks, live music, and lots of beer.

Upcoming Events: August 19-25, 2013

Posted: August 19, 2013 in Art, Bar, Beer, Burlesque, Dance, Drinks, Events, Food, Hot Women, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, Restaurant, San Diego, Ska, Sports, Wine
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Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
Now through August 23
Various locations, Costa Mesa
http://www.travelcostamesa.com/costa-mesa-restaurant-week/

The annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week returns! Numerous restaurants in Costa Mesa will feature special prix fixe meals or other discounted items during this time. Many of these restaurants have amazing food, so I encourage you to check out at least one of the restaurants during this week.

24th Annual Taste of MainStreet – Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 20
Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-taste-of-mainstreet/

Sample food from 34 restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at the 16 sip stops along the street as well. You can gain all-access to this for $35 presale, or just $25 for food-only. This taste tends to sell out each year, so purchase your tickets soon if you wish to attend.

Chef Karl’s Summer Boil
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 21
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://summerboil.bpt.me/

Put a taste of the south in your mouth at this all-ages summer’s end country boil. For $25, guests will see 3/4 lbs of crawfish, 1/2 lbs of shrimp, 1/2 lbs of spicy andouille sausage, steamed red potatoes, and corn on the cob thrown into a communal boil for a grand feast. In addition, Hess Brewing will provide one free beer to each guest 21 and over. Guests also receive access to the swimming pool at this venue and their Reef Lounge for those wanting to stay after the feast ends. Bring cash just in case they charge for parking.

Beer Nerd Exam Night – IPA
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/492124894211209/

Think you know your beer? Come taste-test some mystery beers to see if you know your IPA’s. Correctly guess three out of four beers to get entered into a drawing to win various Beachwood BBQ prizes. No purchase necessary and free to enter, no one under 21 may participate.

2013 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 22
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

3rd Annual Essex Skyline Fashion Show
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 22
Essex Skyline, Santa Ana
http://expo4life.com/survivor-strut-3rd-annual-fashion-show/

At this fundraiser, attendees will see local designers showcase their work on models down the runway, all while munching on food & drink samples from local restaurants and bars. Attendees looking to take something home can browse through the boutique for apparel, or buy into a silent auction or raffle. Doors open at 6pm, and the fashion show starts at 7:30pm. Admission costs $50, and the first 100 guests to purchase admission receive a t-shirt and gift bag.

MDC, Duane Peters Gunfight, Dime Runner, and Project Shepherd @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 22
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/141368

A weekend of punk rock comes to Alex’s Bar, starting with MDC this Thursday night. If you missed MDC a week and a half ago, you have another chance to catch them here. Tickets cost $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 21 may attend. Guests should park on Orizaba Ave, or anywhere in the neighborhood south of Anaheim St.

SRH Fest 2013 w/ Strung Out & Unwritten Law
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, Agusut 23, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82199
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 24, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82260

Strung Out and Unwritten Law tag-team a set of shows this weekend in Southern California. This Friday night, they play an all-ages show at the House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, which costs $17.50 presale and $20 on the day of the show. On Saturday night, they play a 21+ show at House of Blues in Downtown San Diego, which costs $15 presale and $20 on the day of the show.

Motorsoule, Cadillac Tramps, Heroines, Brass Knuckle Voodoo, and more @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 23
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/182319431946807/

Looking for some old school music? Check out this show this Friday night. Little information about this show has gone out, such as cover charge, age requirement, and parking.

Slab, One Less Zero, Rope In Hand @ Hi Brow Lounge
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 23
Hi Brow Lounge, Upland
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=590021677711071

One Less Zero returns from their half-year break to play at this fundraiser Friday night in Upland. With limited information available, bring some cash in case of parking and entry fees. They did not specify an age requirement either.

Steve Soto’s 50th Birthday Extravaganza
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 23-24
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
August 23: http://www.alexsbar.com/event/143136
August 24: http://www.alexsbar.com/event/143138

Steve Soto, guitarist for The Adolescents, celebrates his 50th birthday this weekend, and in celebratory punk rock fashion, he will host TWO nights of punk rock this weekend at Alex’s Bar. Both shows cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend either show. On Friday, catch The Adolescents, The Middle Class, The Crowd, and Rats In The Wall. On Saturday, catch Manic Hispanic, CH3, Shattered Faith, and Transistor LB.

The Gears, Carnage Asada, Gypz, and Somos Mysteriosos @ El Corita
9:30 pm – 12:30 am, August 23
El Corita, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/177597319085757/

Check out this small all-ages classic punk rock show this Friday night in Northeast LA. This show only costs $5 to get in.

13th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 24-25
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

Color In Motion 5k – San Diego
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, August 24
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://colorinmotion5k.com/San_Diego

After many weekends of other off-center 5k races, we now return to the style that started it all – the color 5k. Start your weekend off with an all-ages 5k run while getting color dusted in your face. Registration costs $50 per person, or $45 if registering with a team. All participants should wear white during the run to absorb and show off the most color. Participants should bring extra towels and spare clothes for the ride home.

8th Annual ArtWalk San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 24-25
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.artwalksandiego.org/ntc/

Check out the best in local art at this FREE all-ages art walk in Liberty Station this weekend. In addition to seeing art on display, visitors will likely see many artists creating artwork on the spot.

2013 Indonesian Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 24
Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia, Los Angeles
http://indonesianfestivalla.com/

This free all-ages festival celebrates Indonesian culture with music, food, dance, activities, arts & crafts, and more.

Lost 80’s Live
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 24
Madhaus, Long Beach
http://cavemanpresents.com/

Check out this outdoor all-ages 80’s music festival this Saturday in Long Beach. General admission costs $35, while VIP tickets cost $75 and comes with access to a VIP bar with two drink tickets, a t-shirt, VIP seats, and meet & greet with the bands, which include original members from 80’s bands.

2nd Annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, August 24
Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa
http://www.miramesabeerfest.com/

Sample lots of great beers this Saturday afternoon in Mira Mesa. General admission costs $25 presale and $30 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and comes with ten 4oz beer tasters. VIP admission costs $32 presale and $37 at the gate, starts at 1pm, comes with twelve 4oz beer tasters, and receive in-and-out privileges throughout the fest.

5th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 24-25
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture., thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. The all-inclusive admission costs $90, so attendees should arrive early to maximize their eating & drinking time. No one under 21 may attend.

JFA CD Release Show w. D.I., Amerikan Made, and more @ Gaslamp Restaurant & Bar
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 24
Gaslamp Restaurant & Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/148485892018068/

This all-ages show this Saturday has so many bands that the show will start in the afternoon! For just $12 entry, you get treated to headliners JFA and D.I., along with many other great local punk rock bands such as Amerikan Made.

FYF Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 24-25
LA State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://fyffest.com/

Last year, FYF Fest raised the bar by including in the lineup Refused, one of the most revolutionary hardcore punk rock bands in history. This year, they have yet to announce something groundbreaking, but FYF Fest still remains a rock music lover’s ultimate fantasy. Featuring well-known bands such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flag (comprised of former member of Black Flag), MGMT, Touché Amoré, Title Fight, Joyce Manor, and more, rock music lovers will definitely find something that interests them, as well as discover new music, leading to potentially new tastes of music. In addition to the music, FYF Fest will also feature local comedians for those looking for something different other than music. FYF Fest takes place the weekend prior to Labor Day weekend at LA State Historic Park, opens at 2pm, and closes at 12am on both days. Open to all ages, weekend passes start at $99, since single-day passes sold out a while ago. FYF Fest does not allow reentries, so take note of that when arriving. For more information, check out their website, which lists a great amount of information.

Orfila’s 20th Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 24
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/winery-events/grape-stomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $85 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

The Long Table: A Playhouse District Food & Wine Celebration
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 24
(forner) Bistro 561, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/the-long-table/

Treat yourself to a multi-course dinner this Saturday prepared by some of Southern California’s renowned chefs. Diners can also sip on paired wines or beers during dinner. Attendance to this dinner costs $75 per person.

2nd Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 24
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $40 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Chula Vista Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 24
Otay Ranch Town Center, Chula Vista
http://www.facebook.com/events/228953777247025/

Treat yourself to a taste of over 20 restaurants from Chula Vista this Saturday night, and wash it all down with a fine selection of beer, wine, and spirits. Attendees will also find a silent auction, raffle prizes, live music, and more all in this outdoor setting. Admission to this tasting costs $50.

The Undertakers, Media Blitz, Rick Wilder, Decry, and more @ Dilettante
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 24
Dilettante, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/614271491937129/

See a bunch of local punk rock bands play at this fundraiser this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Entry to this all-ages fundraiser costs $10. Guests can park on the streets for free after 8pm.

OC Punx – Free Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 24
Good Ol’ Boys Saloon & Sports Bar, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/159572404232612/

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

Burlesque of Hollywood
11:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 24
M Bar, Hollywood
http://bobbieburlesque.wix.com/losangelesburlesque#!burlesqueofhollywood/cfvg

Ten of Los Angeles’ hottest burlesque acts will congregate to form this collaborative burlesque show this Saturday night in Hollywood. Admission costs $18 presale and $20 at the door. No one under 21 may attend. All guests must purchase a minimum of $10 of food or drinks.

9th Annual Leucadia Artwalk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 25
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/Artwalk.php

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

Trump National Golf Club’s 5th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 25
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
http://www.trumpnationallosangeles.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=372108&ssid=286115&vnf=1

Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $50 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.

7th Annual Charity Chili Cook Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 25
Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa
http://www.hitimewine.net/7th-Annual-Charity-Chili-Cook-Off.html

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!

South Central Skankers CD Release Show
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.yosttheater.com/calendar/2013/south-central-skankers-cd-release/

South Central Skankers will release a new album soon, and this Sunday, they will bring only a hundred advance copies of it to sell at this ska show. They will headline this show, which features numerous other local ska bands, including Matamoska. Entry to this all-ages show cost $16 presale and $20 at the door. If you want to purchase an album for $10, you must e-mail them via their Facebook page to reserve a spot to purchase the album, which will also come with a CD release poster.

LA Restaurant Week
Now through July 26
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 12-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

US Open of Surfing
Now through July 28
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
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.

Downtown Anaheim Art & Pub Crawl
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 25
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artandpubcrawl

At this FREE and all-ages event, the weekly farmer’s market will remain open for an extra hour for special art exhibits, live music, food, a beer & wine garden, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street. Note that the website says the event starts at 5pm, while the flyer says 4pm.

11th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 25
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego
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 $25 presale and $30 at the door, and includes all food, non-alcoholic drinks, access to a silent auction, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Glassjaw Live
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, July 25 @ The Echoplex, Los Angeles http://www.theecho.com/event/296271-glassjaw-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 26 @ The Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/293703-glassjaw-pomona/

Glassjaw has returned from their long hiatus for a small yet highly anticipated tour that stops by Southern California this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows have sold out long ago, but you may find after-market tickets available.

Drenched 5k – Los Angeles
7:30 am – 12:30 pm, July 27
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://rundrenched.com/events/los-angeles/

Experience the wettest 5k ever this Saturday morning! This all-ages fun run’s course comes equipped with mist tunnels, sprinklers, hoses, foam, water slides, and other wet contraptions. At random points throughout the course, expect “hot zones” that attempt to partially dry you off as you venture into the next wet area. Following the fun run, stick around for the Drenched after party that will last a few hours following the run. Registration costs $55 online and $65 on the day of the run, while individuals on a team of four or more pay $50 each. Registration comes with sunglasses, a t-shirt, and 25 water balloons (that you must fill yourself). Spectators may attend for free, but do not receive any goodies that the participants will. Wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in that you do not mind getting wet, and bring spare clothes and towels for when the run ends. Bring cash for parking, as well as for food should anyone want to buy something to eat.

Long Beach Dragonboat Fest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 27-28
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.lbdragonboat.com/

Come watch numerous teams race Dragonboats in Marine Stadium, with the finals on Sunday. Expect to see Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. Spectators may attend and watch for free – for a recap, please see my post from last year’s races.

5th Annual Venice Beach Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 27-28
Venice Beach
http://www.fx3events.com/

See arts, crafts, music, food, drinks, and more at Venice Beach this weekend, free admission. Keep in mind the heavy traffic near this area this weekend. Expect to park somewhere near Abbot Kinney and walk to the beach from there.

Bottle Share #6
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 27
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/603425439692314/

Brew your own beer? Got an interested craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

Neon Splash Dash 5k – Pomona
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 27
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.neonsplashdash.com/locations/pomona-ca-2013/

Run, jog, or walk your way through a brightly lit course at night with the Neon Splash Dash 5k. This all-ages fun run combines the spectrum of a color run, the brilliance of a glow run, and the wetness of running through the rain with specially formulated glow-in-the-dark glow water. Throughout the 5k course, live music will pump up the runners while course staff and volunteers will spray participants with the glow water to give them that special something that lights them up in the night. Following the run, all participants can stay for the after party that goes on all night. Registration costs $60 online and $65 on the day of the event, while teams of four or more can pay $50 or $55 per individual, respectively. As a color run, all participants should wear white during the race to absorb the most color possible, and have spare clothes to change into when going home. Parking will range from $5 to $10, but since spectators can enter for free, feel free to bring friends & family to watch the run. Note that the race will start at 8pm, and with thousands of participants, I highly suggest arriving at least an hour early to circumvent traffic.

“Save Ferris” @ OC Fair
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 27
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ns.ocfair.com/ocf2/calendar/ViewEvent.asp?EventId=2725

Originally announced as a reunion show, the facts quickly surfaced that the original band members would NOT reunite, but instead vocalist Monique Powell would perform Save Ferris songs with lesser-known musicians providing instrumentals. Regardless of the controversy, fans of old school ska will not want to miss this rare opportunity to witness Monique Powell perform classic Save Ferris songs. This all-ages concert starts at 7pm on Saturday, July 27th at the Orange County Fair & Event Center’s Pacific Amphitheater with two other bands opening the show prior to Monique’s performance. Ticket prices range from $20 to $33 depending on the seat location, and tickets include admission to the fair, so arrive early to enjoy the fair! Parking costs $10, so I highly advise carpooling.

GOGO13, CodeName: Rocky, Not A Chance @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 27
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/gogo13

Get your ska on this Saturday, as ska band GOGO13 hosts a CD release party at The Observatory with CodeName: Rocky, Not A Chance, and more. Tickets to this all-ages show cost just $12.

Swiss Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 28
Swiss Park, Whittier
http://www.swisspark.la/

The Annual Swiss Fair returns to Swiss Park in Whittier this Sunday. Guests of all ages will find Swiss food, drinks, desserts, vendors, dance, music, cheese tastings, games, and more. Entry costs $5, which includes parking.

Brew Rendezvous
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 28
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://www.sdchip.org/support-chip/brew-rendezvous.aspx

Support local businesses at this fundraiser/beer fest, where guests will receive beer and food from San Diego’s top breweries, restaurants, and farms. VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 12pm, where VIP guests receive exclusive beer and food tastings, as well as a meet & greet with Stone Brewing Company’s Dr. Bill. General admission costs $45 at starts at 1pm, and comes with unlimited beer and food while it lasts. Non-drinkers may attend for $20. The venue typically covers parking; however, have cash available in case they decide to charge for parking that day. No one under 21 may attend.

30th Anniversary Chaya Summer Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 28
Chaya Brasserie, West LA/Beverly Hills
http://www.thechaya.com/

This all-ages festival will provide unlimited (while it lasts) food, drinks, live entertainment, and games for all attendees. Tickets cost $55 presale and $65 at the door. Bring some cash for parking.

Suburban Legends, Save The Swim Team, and The Maxies @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/suburban-legends

Ska lives on at The Observatory this Sunday night, with Suburban Legends, Save The Swim Team, The Maxies, and more. Tickets to this all-ages show cost just $12.

“Out with the old, in with the new,” an age-old phrase that reverberates throughout history. As nature dictates, while some things can last a long time, nothing lasts forever, and thus the old must fade away to provide a clear path to the new. History has taught us that the successor does not necessarily improve upon the former, and can lead to some inauspicious feedback. In general, the new kids tend to bring something new to the table, something that usually improves an older situation. The automotive industry represents this notion best, as most new cars arrive with more features than models from previous years. As time progresses, new things crop up constantly in every industry. Due to some trends, certain industries may see an influx of new entities in a short given period of time. In 2012, the craft beer industry grew the most in history, relative to the rate of growth in the past. Of all the breweries that remain in business today, some remain open on beginner’s luck, while many others use existing knowledge to maintain the business. No matter what, we can thank these new breweries for stepping up to open a new business in this tough capitalistic society, and we praise the ones that stand the test of time by remaining in business after the first year or two. We now have a method to celebrate these new breweries thanks to the New Kids On The Block 2 Beer Fest.

From the organizers behind the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival comes NKOTB2, a festival of beer and food featuring breweries, brewpubs, and restaurants that opened less than two years ago. Just like the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Fest, NKOTB2 took place at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley of San Diego, but in the back garden terrace area rather than the front parking lot. At this beer fest, all attendees paid one admission fee for a wristband to gain access to unlimited tastings of beer and food while it lasted, plus reentry into the fest should any attendee need to leave the area. The fest area started from the hall at the back of the hotel, and covered all of the area going back towards the garden terrace, with a mix of food, beer, and sponsors scattered throughout the entire area.

To keep the attendees fed as they guzzled beer, the hotel’s kitchen provided a majority of the food. Attendees of the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Fest will recognize some of this food, especially the Wild Boar Ribs. Stone also made a guest appearance at this fest to serve pulled pork in a mini bread bowl. Although Stone remains one of San Diego’s oldest breweries, their bistro at Liberty Station recently opened, thus they secured a spot in NKOTB2 under the moniker of the Liberty Station location. PubCakes also made a guest appearance to serve their moist & delicious Gooey Butter Beer Bars.

For the live entertainment, the event organizers booked a local reggae band to play all night.

If you attend a beer fest, then clearly you attend for the beer, if not the wonderful food and for the love of local business. Featuring over 15 breweries from San Diego County and Riverside County, this little beer fest packed a punch when it came to beer. Factor in that this event’s ticket limit set in at 300, and you have a huge excess of beer when doing the math. However, the math proved wrong, as many of the breweries tended to run out of beer closer to the end of the night. This mattered little, as most of the 300 attendees arrived early enough to try all of the beers before any of the breweries ran out, especially when some of the breweries brought something strong. Wet ‘N Reckless Brewery wins the prize from bringing the strongest beer at this beer fest with their Honey Badger Don’t Care American Strong Ale.

The team over at Handlery Hotel has set a precedence for beer fests in San Diego with their series of ever-improving festivals of beer. Beer purists will swear by their standard beer fests, such as the San Diego Beer Week Brewer’s Guild Festival. Large festivals like those merit their own crowd, and thus can generate their own marketing and buzz with that many people. Bear in mind that the organizers behind NKOTB2 limited ticket sales to 300 attendees. They aimed to focus more on the quality of the event rather than raking in profit. By keeping the attendance down and maintaining the level of content, the organizers ensure that the attendees receive the best possible experience without the hassle of large crowds and lines to receive beers. In fact, the only line that ever existed all night started prior to the fest simply to enter it. People should always pay attention to an event’s attendance limit if any exists. If an event does not have a limit, guests will need to arrive early to beat traffic, deal with lines, move through crowds. and wait in longer lines for restrooms. In some cases, no limit will severely impact the experience of many guests such that they end up with a terrible experience altogether. We have already seen a mammoth disaster of an event occur within the past year, with many more to come. If event organizers can just attend events to do research first before jumping into the fray, we would all have better events to look forward to. Non-brewery beer fest organizers really should take a look at what OC Brew Ha Ha and Handlery Hotel do to make their events such a success. By discovering the right balance of attendance and content, event organizers can have their beers and drink them too!

Looking forward to the next event at Handlery Hotel? Click here to learn more about their Fall Pig Out, a pork and beer pairing dinner. Only 75 tickets priced at $125 each will ever see the light of day. The price seems extravagant, but at only 75 attendees, the intimacy of this event combined with the incredible quality of food and beer more than make up for the price.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Girls On Film
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm, June 26
One-Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/382088235230963/

Catch a sexy burlesque show this Wednesday night in Downtown Santa Monica, dedicated to women on film. Have cash available for parking and a potential cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

New Kids On The Block 2
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 27
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://nkotb2.bpt.me/

From the organizers behind the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival comes NKOTB2, a festival of beer and food featuring breweries, brewpubs, and restaurants that opened less than two years ago. The admission of $30 includes parking and grants all-access to beer tastings and food samples until it runs out; however, with a hard limit of 300 tickets and over 15 breweries on board, do not expect any vendor to run out of food or beer by the end of the fest, so go nuts. Local bands will play live music to fill the room with uplifting beats. As of this morning, less than 100 tickets remain, so act quick and purchase your ticket today!

Union 13 @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 27
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=188069541357373

Union 13 returns to their hometown of Los Angeles to headline this street punk show featuring Rats In The Wall (Leftover Crack + F-Minus), Sleepwalkers, Nomads, All Out Attak, and more. Admission to this show costs only $5. No one under 18 may enter. Remember to bring your ID too, as security will not allow anyone in without showing it. Guests can find plenty of street parking in the neighborhood across the street.

Jack Bradshaw Dog Show
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 28-30
Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.jbradshaw.com/

Watch multiple dog shows and competitions this weekend in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, breeds will compete in show and athletic contests throughout the weekend. Expect parking to cost $15. Take public transportation (free on the Passport bus) or ride a bike to circumvent the hefty parking fee.

OC Tastefest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 28
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 29
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 30
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://octastefest.com/

Get a taste of Orange County’s top restaurants at the annual OC Tastefest this weekend at the OC Fair. This fest follows the pay-as-you-go system, foregoing last year’s admission fee to allow anyone in, and allowing guests to purchase as many tickets as they would like. Guests then use these tickets to exchange for food & drink samples from the 20+ participating restaurants. The more tickets you purchase, the more you save – $10 for 10 tickets, $25 for 30 tickets, and $40 for 50 tickets. Based on last year’s ticket requirements, a single person can consume more than 10 tickets, so I suggest 30 tickets for two people, or 50 tickets for three people. Parking at the OC Fair costs $5, so have cash available for that. This fest takes place mostly outdoors, so if you go early on Saturday or Sunday, dress for the warm weather, and apply sunscreen.

CH3 @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 28
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/137967

Catch punk rock band CH3 as they headline a punk rock show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach this Friday night with The Simpletones, The Gears, White Flag, and Shag Rats. Admission to this costs costs $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking on Orizaba Ave or in the neighborhood across the street. Avoid parking on N Gladys Ave, or in the Autozone parking lot.

Color Burst 5K
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 29
Irvine Lake, Silverado
http://www.thecharitybomb.com/

Enjoy a summer kickoff color run this Saturday morning at Irvine Lake. As with all color runs, this all-ages run covers a 5k dirt & grass course along Irvine Lake, complete with color “bursts” along the route. Participants should wear white to absorb and display all the colors the most upon reaching the bursts. As a fun run, no participant will win an actual prize other than the fun of running through color, and the colorful clothes they leave the event with. An afterparty will feature a beer garden, food trucks, live music, and other miscellaneous games. Registration costs $50 per individual, $35 per individual running for a team of four or more, $20 for children ages 9-15, and free for children 8 and under. Parking costs $5 at Irvine Lake. I strongly suggest carpooling and arriving early, as traffic here gets intense with only one road leading to the lake.

Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 29
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 30
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-pierdaze.html

Come see and act like pirates at the beach! Visitors may choose to dress as a pirate or arrive in normal clothes. Many others will fully dress up to play their parts. Expect to see pirate shows, vendors, music, a (mock) ship fight, and cannon blank shots fired at the pier. This FREE and all-ages event runs on Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am both days. If you plan to stay for a while, note that this takes place entirely outdoors, so have sunscreen available. Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood across Ocean Blvd.

Riviera Village Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 29-30
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rvsummerfestival.com/

This FREE and all-ages annual street fair occurs in the Riviera Village neighborhood of Redondo Beach. Numerous vendors, arts & crafts, food & drinks, carnival rides, entertainment, and more will take over the streets, as visitors stroll through all the roads gazing at all the wonderful booths. Do not attempt to park nearby – instead, park at South High, right off of Calle Mayor and Pacific Coast Highway, and take the free shuttle. The festival takes place entirely outdoors, so keep sunscreen handy.

Beachwood Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
11:30 am – 2:00 am, June 29
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/500598403341008/

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s 2nd 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.

Bottle Share #5
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 29
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/661742867176287/

Brew your own beer? Got an interested craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

1st Annual BrewGrass Craft Beer & Music Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 29
Packinghouse Brewing Company, Riverside
http://blog.pbbeer.com/?p=27

Rock out to bluegrass music as you sip on unlimited craft beer samples this Saturday at Packinghouse Brewing Company in Riverside. This festival brings together food trucks, bluegrass bands, and craft beers from a handful of local breweries for your afternoon enjoyment. The fest will even provide a wine booth and a cigar lounge for those interested. Admission costs $35 presale and $40 at the door. Guests may bring a picnic blanket and/or chairs into the event. Food and full pints come at an additional cost. No one under 21 may attend.

Farm Folk Festival
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 29
Packing House, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/izevents?izc-event-id=13

Check out a local arts & crafts fair near Downtown Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. Expect live music, art, vendors, cooking demos, other merchandise, and more. Hungry guests can munch on food from food trucks or from Umami Burger right around the corner. The tasting room at Anaheim Brewery will remain open for normal business as well.

4th Annual Los Angeles Street Food Fest
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 29
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 $50, starts at 5pm, and includes parking and ALL food & drinks. VIP admission costs $75, 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.

4th Annual Claremont Village Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 29
Streets of Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontbluesandbrews.com/

Exhibit the local businesses of Claremont while sipping on craft beers and local food at this annual music and beer fest on the streets of Claremont Village. Over 30 of the local businesses will serve as sites where attendees to this fest can pick up some food or beer as they continue to stroll through Claremont Village to enjoy the live music and the goods & services offered by the local businesses. Admission costs $35 presale and $40 at the gate, and includes free parking and 12 beer tasting tickets. The site does not mention if admission includes food, so if you plan to eat, have some cash available. No one under 21 may attend.

Space of Light
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 29
Tierra de la Culebra, Highland Park
http://p-ai.com/pages/space-of-light

If you have attended Autumn Lights before, you will not want to miss this. Space of Light takes art as we know it and transforms it into glow-in-the-dark works of art. For a fee, guests can actually turn into the canvas for the artists. Other types of art will go up on display at this art show. Join in the communal fire pit lighting at 10pm. Guests will also find live music, vendors, raffle prizes, food & drinks, and more. Admission costs $5 presale and $10 at the door. The site makes no mention of age limits or parking, so prepare for whatever happens in that case.

Fang @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 29
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/645092898852090/

See some 1980’s bay area punk rock bands play at this show at The Airliner this Saturday night. This show costs $5 to enter before 9pm, and $7 to enter after 9pm. No one under 18 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

Volcanik Rockers + more @ Bob’s Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 29
Bob’s Bar, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/384314968341846/

Support local punk rock bands at this show that only costs $5 to attend. This show will include raffle tickets to upcoming shows for Luicidal, Lace ‘Em Up, and Agent Orange. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual Pasadena Marathon & Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 29
5:15 am – 11:00 am, June 30
Pasadena City College, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenamarathon.org/

Have you prepared for the 26.2? Enter the Pasadena Marathon, occurring this Sunday morning at Pasadena City College. A marathon festival occurs at the start/finish line until 11am, complete with vendors, activities, and other services. A marathon expo takes place on Saturday at Fuller Theological Seminary from 9am to 7pm. Full marathon registration has already sold out, but you can still register for the half marathon, 10k, or 5k until Wednesday night – after that, interested individuals will have to go to the expo and register there.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 30
The Pickwick Gardens, Burbank
http://www.caskeylees.com/Vintage/Vintage.html

This expo features over 65 vendors selling their antique textiles, vintage clothes, accessories, and more for attendees to exhibit and purchase. Admission costs $7 per person and comes with free parking.

13th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 30
Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Taste-of-Adams.html

30 restaurants, 30 tastes. Taste the local flavor of Adams Avenue this Sunday afternoon, as you stroll up and down Adams Avenue checking out all the local restaurants in the area. A ticket bundle costs $30 presale and $35 on the day of the event, and provides guests with 30 taster tickets. Park in the neighborhood, and pick up your tickets from Smitty’s Auto on the day of the event if you purchased presale.

2nd Annual Dog Day Afternoon
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 30
Fountain Valley Recreation & Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.meetup.com/desperatepawsofocdogclub/events/101243672/?action=detail&eventId=101243672

This FREE dog event takes place at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. Open to guests of all ages and all breeds, guests will find lots of dogs and dog activities, with athletic demos, vendors, adoption information, merchandise, and more. As part of Fountain Valley’s 5th Annual Summerfest, guests will also find rides, games, live music, beer/wine gardens, food, and more. Guests can park for free in any of the park’s parking lots. If those fill up, guests can park on the street, or in the neighborhood across the street.

Wanderlust Yoga In The City
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 30
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://la.wanderlustfestival.com/

Join in on this FREE yoga meetup this Sunday on the Santa Monica Pier. Simply RSVP by clicking on the picture below, then show up when desired. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

Free Cake Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 16
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/125300704328632/

Have your cake and eat it too! On Tuesday evening, the crew at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa will sample various cake flavors, so head down there to check it out, eat cake, and provide feedback.

2013 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 16
The Brigantine, Point Loma, San Diego
http://www.showclix.com/event/TasteofPointLoma2013

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Tuesday night. For $20, 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.

Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 17
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.

Bottle Share @ The Factory
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 17
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/355125444607668/

Share your favorite beer, and taste some other great beers at this monthly bottle share at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. No purchase necessary – simply bring in a bottle of craft beer of your choice, and share it with other craft beer enthusiasts. The restaurant will still serve the full menu for anyone hungry, and all burgers costs only $8 each after 8pm.

Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, Spindrift, Death Hymn Number 9, White Murder @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 17
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/132118

Catch Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys fame with his latest band, as they headline this punk rock show this Wednesday night. Tickets cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 18
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 20
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 21
La Habra Chamber of Commerce, La Habra
http://www.citrusfair.com/

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

LA Chinatown Dim Sum Crawl
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 18
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
https://chinatownla.ticketbud.com/dimsumcrawl

For those who have never tried dim sum or want to experience dim sum in a new light, check out this fascinating experience this Thursday night in Chinatown. Attendees will sample various dim sum eats from around Chinatown, while enjoying beer pairings courtesy of Eagle Rock Brewery. Attendees will also enjoy other foods provided by local vendors and businesses. Each attendee also receives a souvenir beer glass to take home after the night. Tickets to this event cost $60. No one under 21 may attend. Attendees can find free street parking on Spring Street, or the streets east of it.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 18
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.

One Way System, The Briggs, D.I., Mass Terror, Bad Samaritans @ The Vex Arts Center
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 18
The Vex Arts Center, Los Angeles
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/351104

Many great punk rock bands will play at The Vex this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13.

39th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 19-20
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 21
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.

America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 19-21
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.

2013 Green Prix of Long Beach
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 20
Anderson’s Lot, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/296807210448572/

This FREE family-friendly event takes place across multiple city blocks this Saturday in Long Beach. Guests can enjoy local retail vendors, children’s workshops, food trucks, live music, art shows, and more. Guests may also participate in a farm-to-table dinner for $90 per person.

2013 Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 20
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.

Echo Park Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 20
Echo Park Ave & Sunset Blvd, Echo Park
http://www.artneedsfreedom.com/pda/

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can view & create sidewalk art, chain link fence galleries, an art scavenger hunt, and lots more. The neighborhood features many businesses and shops to check out, plus a slew of great places to eat & drink at.

Taco Madness
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 20
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/l-a-taco-and-grand-park-present-taco-madness/

At this free event for all ages, guests can check out some of LA’s best tacos from both trucks and booths, live DJ’s all day, real-time artists creating murals, a cerveza garden for those 21 and up, and more. No admission required – simply walk up to your favorite vendor and buy some tacos.

6th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, April 20
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomusicfoundation.org/beerfest/home.html

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 $40. No one under 21 may enter.

Kress Market Green Beer Tasting
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 20
Kress Market, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/628303773849726/

Enjoy $2 tastings of eco-friendly craft beers this Saturday evening at Kress Market in Downtown Long Beach. Guests may also purchase bottles for $3 each.

Sip. Savor. STOP CANCER Wine Tasting Fundraiser
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 20
Tiato Kitchen Bar Garden, Santa Monica
http://www.stopcancer.org/Main/default/EventsDetail.aspx?id=58#.URS9d7aTQ7A

For $130 (partially tax-deductible), guests can sip on wines from Californian wineries and enjoy small bites from House of An. If any guest purchases bottles of wine to-go, a portion of the sales gets donated towards the fundraiser. Guests may also enjoy a silent auction, a live DJ, dancing, and merchandise sales.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 21-26
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 21 and April 26, 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.

CicLAvia – To The Sea
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 21
Downtown Los Angeles to Venice Beach
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Venice Blvd and some streets of Downtown Los Angeles through to Venice Beach 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.

Chef Karl’s Country Boil
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 21
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://countryboil.bpt.me/

Enjoy a southern feast complete with crawfish, shrimp, baby potatoes, andouille sausage, corn on the cob, and more this Sunday afternoon in San Diego. Societe Brewing will provide beer pairings for all guests at this feast. Tickets cost $25 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Wine & Chocolate Tasting & Auction
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 21
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, San Diego
http://www.dlhfoundation.org/?PageID=WineChocolate

At this 21 & over event, attendees will receive unlimited tastings of wine, beer, and chocolate. Tickets cost $60 per person.

An old expression goes “All good things must come to an end.” I would never hope this to occur to any successful event, but alas it shall sooner or later. The 4th annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival (MVCBF) wrapped up this past Sunday at Handlery Hotel in San Diego. As indicated by their sign above, this mega fest provided more than just beer – this fest combined a beer fest with gourmet food from local chefs and restaurants. In addition to unlimited beer pours, all attendees could sample all the delicious food they could handle until the vendors ran out of food, and boy did the food fly out fast. Do not expect any corporate or chain businesses here – MVCBF only invited the best in local cuisine to the party. With so many vendors invited to the party, the venue’s area had to stretch to wrap around the building, and even then did they still lack ample seating for all the guests, although this does not indicate a flaw – only that this proves the immense popularity of this fest.

With an eye for great quality food comes an eye for great quality craft beer. MVCBF ensured that guests would sample only the best beer that they could find, and all the breweries brought their A-game. Beer enthusiasts regard San Diego as the home of the West Coast IPA, so in order to provide variety to the guests, MVCBF decided to highlight all the great styles of beer among every brewery invited. From blueberry ales to coffee stouts to strong ales to cask beers, guests could truly find a beer of almost every type available.

All this time I had spoken of the amazing quality of the food present, but have not yet described any of it. Unless you have tried some of this food already (such as Slater’s 50/50), words honestly cannot accurately depict the unique flavors of the food available. Some of the standouts include a brownie with peanut butter mousse, wild boar baby back ribs, IPA carnitas nachos, drunken shrimp, beer-brined pork belly crostinis, spiked red velvet cheesecake, beer-braised beef cheeks with beer mac & cheese, and more. As expected, Slater’s 50/50 carried the longest line of the day, so by the time I got in line for them, they had run out of buns, so started serving just the meat with avocado mash and spread. They kindly gave me a plate with just the burger ends, which I knew contained all the flavor from the meat.

So above, I mentioned that all good things must come to an end. Sadly, this event marked the final iteration of the MVCBF. In order to focus on maintaining a high standard for quality and service, the organizers have decided to pull back and focus on smaller events where they can better keep an eye on operations while providing greater service to guests. Future events from the organizers will still honor the best in local food and craft beer, such as a Country Boil coming up in three weeks or another beer fest that features breweries opened for under two years, which arrives in less than three months from now. As far as I can see, this radical announcement may come as a shock, but upon further consideration, this happens for the best. Any event organizer should strive for high quality and great service, so by reducing the size of future events while increasing the quality, surely the folks behind the MVCBF prove their expertise in this field. I could go on and on about the wonderful organizers, but have you met any of them yet? Meet Michele Gretano, one of the visionaries behind the MVCBF and their future events. Personally, I love it when event organizers get hands-on with the fest.

It pains me that this super fest has to come to an end, but on the other hand, I cannot wait to see what future events they have in stock. So far, they have announced two upcoming events – see more info on them in the paragraph above. Missed the MVCBF and want to experience an amazing time? Attend one of these events, and have a great time. Act quick though – the number of tickets available has greatly decreased from the amount that MVCBF posted!

Their statement regarding the MVCBF finale:

When The Handlery Hotel started the Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival it was all about our desire to “re-invent” the traditional beer festival by celebrating “Local” craft beer paired with “Local” Chefs. We wanted to provide terrific beer but we also wanted to showcase fantastic food to go with it, we wanted both to matter. We chose early spring because there wasn’t much going on in the city and we wanted you to feel like you were getting a value. You liked what we were doing and we thank you greatly for that.

Fast forward a few years and now there are five festivals competing for your attention. They’re doing the same cattle call, “take a sip and move to the next line” exactly what we tried so hard to avoid. In order to compete, grow and continue, we would have to adopt their same practices and principles to keep the festival alive. That’s not who we are and that’s not the kind of event we want our name on.

MVCBF Fest IV is going to be our last. We’re going to pull back and focus on our smaller events following our original concept where the details don’t get lost in volume and we honor local craft beer and food. Future events like Chef Karl’s Country Boil with Societe Brewing and New Kids on the Block II, focusing on San Diego’s newest breweries. We’re going to do events that allow our Brewers and Chefs to do what they do best.

So, if this is our last ride for the MVCBF, we’re going to do it up right and leave it all on the field (or parking lot in our case). We thank you for all of your support and we look forward to seeing you all at our other events where we keep it “Local”.

Food vendors: Amore Cheesecakes; Baker Shake Foods; Bernardo Winery; Delicias; Carnitas Snack Shack; Crown Point Catering; Farmhouse Café; Handlery Hotel; O’Brien’s Pub; R Gang Eatery; Sea Rocket Bistro; Slaters 50/50; Stone World Bistro; Sweiners; Table 926; Terra; Toronado; Urge Gastropub; Local Habit

Breweries: AleSmith; Ballast Point; Belching Beaver; Cold Bore; Coronado; El Cajon; Golden Mead; Green Flash; Hangar 24; Helms; Hess; Hillcrest; Iron Fire; Karl Strauss; Latitude 33; Lightning; Mad Lab; Manzanita; Monkey Paw; On The Tracks; Port/Lost Abbey; Prohibition; Rough Draft; San Diego; Societe; Stone; The Beer Company; Thorn Street; Wet-n-Reckless

Entertainment: Danny & The Tramp (VIP Hour); So Cal Vibes; Split Finger; Safety Orange (After Party)

Bottle Share @ The Factory Gastrobar
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 20
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/255639587904711/

Kick off Spring with a craft beer bottle share this Wednesday at The Factory Gastrobar. No purchase necessary – simply bring in a bottle of craft beer of your choice, and share it with other craft beer enthusiasts. The restaurant will still serve the full menu for anyone hungry.

Chili & Ballast Point Pepper Beer Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/547105975329616/

Beachwood BBQ returns with another special food night. This time, they will serve four variations of chili: beef, wild boar, venison, and veggie. In addition, reps from Ballast Point will visit Beachwood BBQ and tap five of their beers brewed with peppers. After their Curry Night two months ago, you should not miss this chili night.

AdultCon
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 22
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 23
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 24
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.adultcon.com/indexa.html

Adult entertainment fans will not want to miss AdultCon this weekend. This expo allows guests to purchase adult entertainment paraphernalia, meet & take photos with porn stars, browse accessories, and more. For an 18 & over event, these types of expos rarely contain live nudity, as all the talent cover up their private parts in some way. For those not totally into the porn industry, AdultCon also features vendors and speakers geared towards couples and sexuality, as to not make this an event that only men would attend. General admission costs $40 and includes a $5 token that guests can redeem at vendors or to take a photo with a model/star. For just $10 more, upgrade to VIP to gain admission to all three days plus some extra perks, listed on the website. Parking costs $15 per vehicle, so find a way to carpool to alleviate that cost.

Long Beach Roller Derby – 2013 Season Premiere
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 22
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://longbeachderbygals.com/

Roller Derby returns to Long Beach after taking 2012 off! Tickets to the all-ages Friday night season opener cost $16. Parking costs $12, so either carpool or take the FREE bus from downtown.

Holi on the Beach 2013
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 23
Will Rogers State Beach, Pacific Palisades
http://www.aidla-events.org/holionthebeach/

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

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 23
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://acurrentaffairspring-es2005.eventbrite.com/

Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $10 and starts at 3pm, while early entry for 2pm costs $20.

Pennywise, Anti-Flag, Death By Stereo @ House of Blues San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 22-23
House of Blues, San Diego
March 22: http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=78708
March 23: http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=78709

Big names in punk rock play this weekend in San Diego. Come see Pennywise, Anti-Flag, Death By Stereo, and more this weekend at House of Blues in San Diego. Tickets cost $25 presale and $30 at the door. On Saturday, no one under 21 may enter.

Pamper Me Fabulous
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 24
Vibiana, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.pampermefabulous.com/

Consider this a Women’s Day Out, an event that features workouts, workshops, shopping, beauty, spa, health, free flowing bubbly, desserts, a gift bag, and more. For $42 admission, visitors can listen to speakers talk about health & wellness, participate in various exercises in the activity area such as yoga or stretching, and browse the vendors area for more goodies. Because of the free drinks, no one under 21 may enter.

4th (and final!) Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 24
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/413611305373861/

This gourmet food and craft beer festival takes place at the parking lot of the Handlery Hotel in San Diego. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. The now-sold out VIP admission costs $50, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 1pm. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm, but for those who just want to eat and not drink beer, designated drivers can enter for $25. Guests wanting to extend the experience can attend an afterparty at the Reef Lounge in the hotel for just $8. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

The Drunken Dessert Cart
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, March 24
Golden Road Brewing, Los Angeles
http://drunkendessertcart.eventbrite.com/

Have a sweet tooth that needs satisfying? Check out what Golden Road Brewing has brewing in their facility this Sunday night. For just $10, guests can gorge out on all the candy, pastries, and ice cream they can handle. Guests can wash all that down with various caffeinated drinks from local coffee brewers, or any of Golden Road’s wide selection of beers. Admission includes access to unlimited food & non-alcoholic drinks, free parking, a goodie bag, a photo booth, and more trinkets. No one under 21 may enter. Hurry – less than 40 tickets remain to this event!