Posts Tagged ‘Hard Core Cider Tour’

October 31

Happy Candy Day! Have fun, and stay safe on this night.

Dia De Los Muertos 2017
October 31

Honor the deceased on this traditional day of remembrance. Many businesses will have specials and special activities on this day, so check with your local businesses to learn more.

Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 31
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

Trick or Treat with the family in Belmont Shore for free! Local businesses will participate by handing out samples and candy during the evening.

9th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 3-12
San Diego County

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

11th Annual BlizzCon
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 3
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 4
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

Dive into the world of Overwatch, Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This convention will have speakers, panels, vendors, artists, tournaments, demos, and more. The $199 tickets to attend the convention have sold out, but you may still purchase a virtual ticket to watch the convention from home for $40, which also includes some in-game items for select games.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 3
Various locations
Long Beach:

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).

35th Annual Irvine Holiday Faire
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 3
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 4
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine

For just $2 admission, gain access to over a hundred local artisans exhibiting their wares, from jewelry to apparel to accessories and more.

15th Annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 3
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 4
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego

This beer festival coincides with San Diego Beer Week annually. This year, they have split the festival into two parts. On Friday, a special VIP reception will take place that will have brewers and business owners in San Diego meet together to discuss and enjoy beer. On Saturday, the standard beer fest will take place, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Prices vary depending on attendance – the VIP reception costs $75, the Saturday beer fest costs $40, an hour early access to that one costs $55, and a two-day pass costs $100. No one under 21 may attend.

Rogue & Friends Brews Cruise
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, November 3
Broadway Pier, San Diego

A beer fest will take place on a cruise ship this Friday night in San Diego. Tickets cost $55 presale, and gets you unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

T.S.O.L. – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 3, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 5, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Legendary punk rock band T.S.O.L. will headline a few shows in Southern California this weekend. Prices will vary by location. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Tough Mudder SoCal 2017
7:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 4-5
Lake Elsinore Diamond, Lake Elsinore

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

Catalina Island Triathlon & Duathlon
7:30 am – 1:30 pm, November 4
Avalon Pier, Catalina Island

Test your athleticism this Saturday on Catalina Island with a triathlon or duathlon. Registration starts at $120.

The Color Run 5k – San Diego
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 4
SDCCU Stadium, San Diego

The color run that started it all returns to San Diego this Saturday night. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $55 per solo participant. Waves of runners will start at 9:30am and launch every few minutes following that for up to an hour, so do not fret about getting there on time.

Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 4
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton

At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.

Long Beach Airport’s Festival of Flight
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 4
Long Beach Airport, Long Beach

At this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Airport will have information about flight schools, commercial airlines, aviation history, and more. In addition, find food trucks, live entertainment, a mobile aquarium, and prizes from a handful of airlines that they have donated for visitors to win!

StyleCon 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 4
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Dozens of fashion and makeup vendors will congregate at the OC Fair this Saturday afternoon. Admission starts at $39 and gets you access to all of the booths on the show floor. The more you pay for admission, the more goodies you get.

3rd Annual Indio California BBQ State Championship & Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 4
The Lights at Indio Golf Course, Indio

Over 100 teams of grill masters will gather from around the country to serve up their finest BBQ and compete for cash, prizes, and titles. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can purchase barbecue samples from any of the participants, as well as food and drinks from other vendors.

ComplexCon 2017
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 4-5
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

If you see it on television or hear it on the radio, it will appear at ComplexCon this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Check out all things popular and conformed for $45 per day to access the expo floor. Concert tickets start at $75, which you must pay for on top of the expo pass.

California Dapper Day
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 4-5
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim

Exhibit your style and profile this weekend at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. The Dapper Day Expo will take place in the Disneyland Hotel on both days, free to attend for the public. This all-ages expo will have dozens of style vendors and services available for the public to check out. On Sunday, Dapper Day attendees will take to Disneyland Park for a day of fun and excitement.

Ritual Brewing’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, November 4
Ritual Brewing, Redlands

Ritual Brewing turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have festivities at their tasting room in Redlands this Saturday. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive an anniversary glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend this event.

Lagunitas Beer Circus 2017 – Azusa
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 4
Lagunitas Brewery, Azusa

A beer fest meets a freak show this Saturday in Azusa. $40 gets you in to this entertaining event with acts not suitable for children, plus your first pint of beer. After your first beer, you will have to buy the rest, so bring plenty of cash for more beer and food. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Pizza & Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 4
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles

$50 gets you in to one out of two 3-hour sessions of this tasting event where you get to try samples of craft beers and gourmet pizzas from throughout Los Angeles County while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Orange County Halal Food Fest
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 4
Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove

Free to attend for all ages, this food festival in Garden Grove will have lots of Halal food around. Visitors will also find live entertainment, vendors, children’s entertainment, and more.

1st Annual The Hard Core Cider Tour: San Diego
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 7
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego

Ciders have their day at this cider-tasting event this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. Featuring over 100 different ciders from over 40 cider makers, this tasting extravaganza will surely please all palates. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and provides unlimited tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

La Quinta Brewing’s 4th Anniversary Party
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 4
La Quinta Brewing, Palm Desert

La Quinta Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have their special anniversary beer on tap plus a few other special beers. In addition, they will have a food vendor on site, plus live music throughout the night. This event has no ticket or cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy good times.

Night Nation Run – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 4
Irwindale Event Center, Irwindale

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

Agent Orange, JFA, and more – Live in Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 4
DTSA Underground, Santa Ana

Some big names in punk rock will perform this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Save Ferris – Live in Pomona
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 4
Glass House, Pomona

Get your skanking on this Saturday night in Pomona. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 5
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

Stone DRK Festival
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 5
Stone Brewing, Escondido

Love dark beers? You owe it to visit Stone Brewing’s DRK, a beer festival dedicated to dark beers. Admission costs $49 and comes with fifteen 3oz tasters and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 5
Cali Comfort BBQ, Spring Valley

A barbecue competition & festival comes to La Mesa this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all-ages, visitors can sample food from the competitors for $2 each. Visitors can also expect lots of activities, entertainment, vendors, beverages, and more.

5th Annual Sip’n’Shuck
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 5
The Deck on Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach

Enjoy fresh oysters, live entertainment, champagnes, wines, spirits, and more this Sunday afternoon in Laguna Beach. Admission costs $95 presale or $120 at the door, and provides unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Wild Goose Tavern’s 5th Anniversary Party
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 5
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa

Wild Goose Tavern turns five years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a party at their place in Costa Mesa this Sunday. During the first hour, guests will receive complimentary appetizers. Throughout the night, they will have a silent auction, raffles, merchandise for sale, and more. A portion of food sales will go towards a charity too. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and have a good time.

Santa Monica 10th Annual Wine & Food Festival
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 5
Playa Studios, Culver City

Enjoy food and wine this Sunday evening in Santa Monica. Admission costs $145 presale or $150 at the door, and provides unlimited samples while supplies last. The venue contains plenty of free parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Southern California has no shortage of festivals featuring adult beverages. Almost every week of the year, a festival occurs that features either craft beer, wine, or cocktails/spirits. When adults think festivals that include alcohol, they immediately think about drinks that will get them instantly drunk. The quality of beverages has changed over time to focus more on the taste and character of the drinks rather than the alcoholic content of the drink, and more and more festivals have started to focus on these beverages that highlight flavor rather than alcohol content. For example, Session Fest focuses on beers under 6%. However, beer falls under the category of drinks that can go higher in ABV. For adult beverages with a lower traditional ABV, we turn to ciders. Ciders do not get much exposure since they have the stereotype of having lower ABV, and thus only get small exposure at festivals. Times have changed, and the world now sees not only stronger ciders, but cider festivals, such as the Hard Core Cider Tour.

This past Saturday, the Hard Core Cider Tour landed in Los Angeles County to deliver dozens of ciders to our thirsty lips. Taking place at beautiful Brookside Park in Pasadena near the Rose Bowl, this festival featured over 20 different cideries serving up a multitude of ciders for attendees to sip on. The general admission of $45 allowed attendees to sip on as much cider as they would like for the duration of the festival. Upon entering the festival, attendees received a lanyard with a stamp card with numbers representing each cidery, and each vendor should have stamped the number representing them when attendees arrived for a drink. However, many vendors allowed attendees to keep returning for more cider pours, or never stamped the cards. The website originally stated that attendees could receive only one drink from each vendor; however, they stated that only to follow ABC protocol. In reality, attendees kept going back over and over to the booths for more cider. Perhaps this statement may have turned off many potential attendees, as they felt that $45 for one cider per vendor cost too much. Knowing that attendees could basically drink as much as they could handle, the price could justify itself.

The rectangular area of this festival provided more than enough space for the attendees to roam around. The cideries lined up the long ends of the space, the food trucks took up the north side, and the music stage took up the south side. The center of the space allowed for field games, such as beanbag toss, Connect Four, and Jenga. The space did not allow for much shade, and the trees did not shade the area until halfway through the festival, so attendees that did not retreat to the booths would get sunburned fast.

Despite a somewhat low turnout, all of the attendees had a great time at this festival. Even after sipping on all the ciders, no one ended up truly drunk. Half of the ciders present had an ABV above 6%, just like that of many standard craft beers. Regardless, this did not put anyone over the edge, so everyone enjoyed the festival and left with a positive experience that would likely bring them back next time.

Interested in attending a cider festival? While their website may say that attendees only get a limited amount of cider samples, attendees will likely get as many pours as they desire. Like the Hard Core Cider Tour on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for future updates about upcoming cider events.